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Iran Blames Israel for Gulf Tensions

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13 Aug 2019
Iran Blames Israel for Gulf Tensions
Commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy, Rear Admiral Alireza Tangsiri, recently told the Lebanese news agency Al Mayadeen that "Any kind of presence of the Zionist Regime in Persian Gulf is illegal as it may trigger war and conflict in the region." Without citing any reasons why he might think there were Israeli warships in or near the Persian Gulf, he added that his government is doing everything it can to maintain peace and stability in the region despite unending “provocations” by Israel, the US, UK and Iran’s Arab neighbors. These sentiments were echoed by other Iranian officials in recent days.

In related news, Reuters reported on Monday that Germany’s exports to Iran have dropped by nearly 50% in the first six months of 2019 while Iranian exports to Germany fell by nearly the same amount, in a sign that US-imposed sanctions on the Islamic Republic are having their intended effect.

Here is a video about Iran’s threats to its neighbors

IDF Navy Leads Large Multi-National Earthquake Drill
In yet another defeat for the movement to Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) Israel, the IDF Navy hosted ships from 10 foreign navies in recent days for a massive joint disaster response exercise in the Eastern Mediterranean. Operation “Mighty Waves” brought together ships, aircraft and sailors from Israel, the US, Greece, France, Cyprus, Canada, Ireland, Germany, Britain and Chile, as well as a delegation from NATO, to practice procedures for assisting recovery efforts from a large-scale earthquake. Other branches of the IDF as well as the Haifa Port and civilian emergency response agencies also took part in the five-day exercise.

“Israel has to prepare for an earthquake. Statistically it occurs every 100 years and this is the right time to prepare and carry out such a drill,” Maj. Amichai Rahamim, head of the exercise section in the doctrine department of the Israel Navy told The Jerusalem Post. “We are sure that the navy will be in charge of humanitarian aid…after an earthquake, we will need to bring humanitarian aid to Israel and we know that Israel, which has many allies, will need them to come help. It’s going to be a coalition event and more countries than those who participated in the drill will likely send humanitarian aid.”
In related news, the IDF Ground Forces announced this week that it is cancelling several large-scale exercises planned to take place in coming months due to budget cuts. Some commanders expressed concerns that this would negatively effect the IDF’s preparedness for a renewed round of conflict, especially in the North.

US Army Formally Purchases Iron Dome Batteries
An official with the US Army’s air and missile defense modernization program confirmed on Monday that the Pentagon has signed a contract to purchase two batteries of the Iron Dome system, which was jointly developed by US company Raytheon and Israeli defense firm Rafael. The IDF has deployed the Iron Dome system and credited it with shooting down hundreds of incoming rockets in recent conflicts with terrorist organizations in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip. Several other militaries around the world are reportedly interested in acquiring the system.

Casspi Officially Signs Contract with Macabbi Tel Aviv
Israeli athlete Omri Casspi formally announced on Tuesday that, following a 10-year career in the NBA, he is returning to Macabbi Tel Aviv with a three year contract. “I am coming home to Maccabi Tel Aviv, back to where I grew up and learned how to play basketball,” he said. “I was 13 years old when I first arrived here and I am proud and excited to once again be wearing the Maccabi jersey with the Magen David on its back. This is a great privilege.”

Netanyahu Congratulates New President of Guatemala
The office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a statement Tuesday morning, saying “I congratulate Alejandro Giammattei on his election as President of Guatemala. He is a friend of Israel and I am convinced that together we will strengthen the excellent cooperation between the countries. I would like to take this opportunity to thank my friend, President Jimmy Morales. During his tenure, relations between Israel and Guatemala reached new heights, thanks also to his correct and brave decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to move the Guatemalan Embassy there.”


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