Israel "Preparing For War In North", Boosts Air Defenses; Warns Iran

One day after the most "significant escalation" in tensions between Israel and Syria/Iran, when an Israeli F-16 was shot down over the Golan Heights after it attacked a Syrian base which allegedly launched a drone into Israeli airspace, Israel appears to be "preparing for war in the North" according to the Jerusalem Post, which reports that the Jewish state has boosted its air defense in the region along the Syrian border following the "significant confrontation between the Jewish State, Syria and Iran."

Witnesses cited by JPost reported seeing a convoy of missile-defense batteries heading north near the Israeli-Arab city of Baka al-Gharbiya. Other witnesses posted photos of several trucks carrying the batteries on central highways in northern Israel.

Israel’s air defenses currently include the Iron Dome, designed to shoot down short-range rockets.

Additionally there is the Arrow system, which intercepts ballistic missiles outside of the Earth’s atmosphere and the David’s Sling missile-defense system, which is designed to intercept tactical ballistic missiles, medium- to long-range rockets and cruise missiles fired from ranges of between 40 km. to 300 km.

The Arrow system was first reportedly used in April when it was launched to intercept three surface-to-air missiles fired toward IAF jets by Syrian-regime air defense.

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Meanwhile, according to AFP, Israel issued a stark warning on Sunday over Iran's presence in neighbouring Syria after the previously reported confrontation between the neighboring nations threatened to open a new and unpredictable period in Syria's seven-year civil war, which now appears to also be engaged in de facto war against Israel.

In a dramatic escalation, Israel carried out major air raids in Syria on Saturday, including against what it described as Iranian targets - the first time it had publicly acknowledged doing so since the war began. The raids came after an Israeli F16 fighter was shot down by Syrian air defenses. The pilots survived, but it was Israel's first loss of a warplane in battle since 1982.

Commenting on the escalation, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the start of Sunday's cabinet meeting that "we inflicted on Saturday a heavy blow to Iranian and Syrian forces," adding that "w made clear to everyone that our rules of engagement will not change in any way. We will continue to harm anyone who tries to harm us. This was our policy and this will remain our policy."

Other Israeli ministers spoke of refusing to accept Iran entrenching itself militarily in Syria, as Netanyahu has said repeatedly. Tehran denies it is doing so. 

And while several analysts said they did not expect a further escalation in the coming days, some spoke of the possibility of the Syrian war entering a new phase. While we have yet to see how oil will trade after the tension filled weekend, Israel’s stocks dropped as much as 1.3%, after Israel and Iran moved closer to confrontation in Syria.

Quoted by Bloomberg, Ilanit Sherf, head of equity research at Israel’s largest institutional investor, Psagot Investment House said that the drop in Israeli stocks on Sunday is "mainly due to developments in the security arena over the weekend," and that "the confrontation in Syria was “irregular in a number of ways, and there is concern, of course, of further entanglement."

In a surprise to some, Ofer Zalzberg of the International Crisis Group think tank said that Syria has become more emboldened to try to stop Israeli strikes inside the country, while Israel wants to maintain its ability to operate there when it sees fit. Imagine that: a country daring to defend its sovereignty.

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Still, optimists believe that the latest escalation will remain contained: "I think this incident is more likely to be contained because fundamentally it is a gradual attempt to renegotiate the so-called rules of the game," Zalzberg said, adding that Russia should mediate.

Furthermore, on Saturday, Israeli military spokesman Jonathan Conricus warned that Syria and Iran were "playing with fire", but stressed that Israel was not seeking an escalation. "This is the most blatant and severe Iranian violation of Israeli sovereignty" in recent years, Conricus said.

After Saturday's escalation, Iran dismissed Israeli "lies" and said Syria had the right to defend itself against Israeli attacks. Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said "Iran does not have a military presence in Syria, and has only sent military advisers at the request of the Syrian government."

Meanwhile, Russia stressed the need to "avoid any measure that could lead to a dangerous escalation".

As reported last night, Netanyahu spoke with both Russian President Vladimir Putin and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson after Saturday's confrontation.

Naturally, Washington backed Israel and blamed Iran for the escalation. Tillerson on Sunday begins a Middle East tour that will take him to Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt and Kuwait.

Ultimately the decision whether a full-blown war emerges from the latest conflict will fall on Netanyahu and Putin: The Israeli PM has met regularly with the Russian president in recent months in a bid to convince Russia to keep Iranian forces away from Israeli territory. Russia and Israel have also established a hotline to avoid accidental clashes in Syria.


hestroy interrupt Sun, 02/11/2018 - 12:47 Permalink

“Goyim were born only to serve us. Without that, they have no place in the world – only to serve the People of Israel.”

“In Israel, death has no dominion over them… With gentiles, it will be like any person – they need to die, but [God] will give them longevity. Why? Imagine that one’s donkey would die, they’d lose their money.

“This is his servant… That’s why he gets a long life, to work well for this Jew.”

“Why are gentiles needed? They will work, they will plow, they will reap. We will sit like an effendi and eat… That is why gentiles were created.”


Do you mean this, jootard?

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eforce pier Sun, 02/11/2018 - 14:40 Permalink

"it was Israel's first loss of a warplane in battle since 1982."

First loss or first admited loss?

Also Hezbollah has said they will get their tens of thousands of fighters to launch missiles all at once if attacked, which now includes a lot of new ones since 2006, mostly Iranian models, then they also have the anti-ship missiles and probably some MANPADs.

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Slack Jack east of eden Sun, 02/11/2018 - 14:52 Permalink

There are no ancient Jewish cities in Israel,...
but there are lots of ancient Greek cities.

What is weird is this; that 2000 years ago, it seems that there were no people even resembling Jews, in Israel.

It turns out that there is not a single ancient Jewish city in what is now called Israel. There is not a single ancient city where Hebrew characters are used on the statues and buildings. There is not a single ancient city where the buildings are in the ancient Jewish architectural style. In fact, there is not even a category of "ancient Jewish architectural style".

Of course, the Hebrew characters that are desired, are those of the Dead Sea scrolls (supposedly from 2000 years ago), which are essentially the modern Hebrew characters without points.

If you check out all the ancient cities in Israel from 2000 years ago, they are all Greek, and their ruins are still there for you to visit. Their inscriptions are in the Greek script and the buildings are in the ancient Greek architectural styles.

Here is a list of some of the known ancient Greek cities in (and near) Israel; Ecdippa, Seleucia, Ptolemais, Taricheia Arbela, Asochis, Sepphoris, Hippos, Dion, Sycaminum, Bucolon Polis, Itabyrium, Gadara, Abila, Dora, Comus, Gephrus, Crocodilion Polis, Caesarea, Straton's Tower, Narbata, Scythopolis, Pella, Samaria, Amathus, Ragaba, Gerasa, Apollonia, Sicima, Pegae, Joppa, Arimathea, Jamnia, Port of Jamnia, Lydda, Modiin, Aphaerema, Philadelphia, Birtha, Gazara, Beth Horon, Dok, Jericho, Samaga, Esbus, Medaba, Ladder of Tyre, Azotus, Port of Azotus, Accaron, Jerusalem, Ascalon, Anthedon, Gaza, Marissa, Beth Zur, Hebron, Adora, Engeddi.

The ancient Jewish cities in Israel are,....... well there aren't any. Not even one.

Here's an interesting example of a first century BC Greek inscription (i.e., in Greek letters) from Jerusalem's Temple Mount forbidding the entry of strangers to the Temple precinct.

The pictured stone was found in 1935. It was actually the second such warning-stone to be found, the first being discovered by Charles Simon Clermont-Ganneau in 1871. It was deemed so dangerous to the "Jews inhabited Israel 2000 years ago" theory, that it completely disappeared for 13 years before resurfacing in Istanbul, where, it was correctly calculated, it would not attract much attention.


The first Jerusalem Temple Mount warning-stone, now found in the Archaeology Museum, Istanbul, is pictured below:

It says (in Greek): "No stranger is to enter within the balustrade round the temple and enclosure. Whoever is caught will be responsible to himself for his death, which will ensue."

Slack Jack's CHALLENGE:

Name ONE ancient city (that existed in what is now called Israel) where the building inscriptions are all in Hebrew, and the buildings are constructed in the ancient Hebrew architectural style (whatever that may be).

Then give a summary of "the ancient Hebrew architectural style" (you will have to make this up as it does not yet exist).

Then give links to photos of the ancient building inscriptions which show that they are written in Hebrew.

Then show that the buildings are constructed in the ancient Hebrew architectural style (that you have just invented).

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Slack Jack Slack Jack Sun, 02/11/2018 - 14:52 Permalink

The Dead Sea scrolls Hoax.

The Dead Sea scrolls are a mixture of old documents that were hidden in a number of caves to be miraculously found and used to support the establishment of Israel, a country intended for Jews only.

The main document "finds" were in 1946 and 1947 in caves near the tiny ancient settlement of Qumran.

Israel was created in 1948.

The Dead Sea scrolls are the only really old (well supposedly really old) documents, in the Hebrew characters, that have ever been found. No other really old documents in the Hebrew characters have ever been found.

All other documents in Hebrew characters date from later than 800 AD.

Previous to the "finds", critics had pointed out the late date of all documents in Hebrew characters, and deduced that the Hebrew Old Testament must have been translated from the Greek Old Testament and not the other way round.

Then, low and behold,... a very timely miracle occurs.

The Dead Sea scrolls are "found" and dated to hundreds of years earlier than the oldest previously known documents in Hebrew characters.

Then, it is widely claimed that all the scrolls were produced and hidden in the Qumran caves before 70 AD (the supposed time of the mythical sack of Jerusalem by the Romans).

The critics are not given access to the scrolls nor even photographs of the text, lest they spoil the party.

In fact, for decades, only seven scholars are given access to the scrolls.

This goes on till certain critics are dead and the scrolls have been purged of all anachronisms (like Arabic numerals).

Then, in 1991, only 45 years after their "discovery", the Huntington Library, in San Marino, California, without consent, makes facsimile copies of the scrolls available to all.

So that, in brief, is the Dead Sea scrolls Hoax.

More, however, can be deduced....

One can even guess where the Dead Sea documents came from.

It turns out that some of the Dead Sea documents, for example, the "Damascus Document," are nearly identical to documents from the Genizah collection of the Ben Ezra Synagogue in Cairo, Egypt. So, it is likely that many of the Dead Sea scrolls had their source there.

Worldwide, there are ten manuscripts of the "Damascus Document" from the Dead Sea scrolls and two from the Cairo Genizah. This strange distribution is a result of the fraud. The "Damascus Document" was first published in 1910 by Solomon Schechter in "Fragments of a Zadokite Work."

The Ben Ezra Synagogue was established around 900 AD.

Now, the Arabs have ruled Egypt since they defeated the Greek armies around 635 AD.

Now, the synagogue (and its Jews) existed happily, undisturbed, in Cairo, in the midst of the Islamic world.

So, maybe the original Jews were a group of Arabs.

This would explain why Hebrew and Arabic are nearly identical languages.

This would explain why the Hebrew and Islamic religious traditions are very similar.

And, it would also explain why Jews turned up in Spain with the Arabs (Moors).

Another couple of points:

It should also be noted that a few Jewish scholars (in particular, Solomon Zeitlin) have long insisted that the Dead Sea scrolls were a Medieval production. [Zeitlin was a well-known Talmudic scholar and would not claim this unless convinced it was true.]

Internal evidence from the scrolls themselves indicates a Medieval production. See, here.

And, the fact that many scrolls are written on vellum (90% of them) proves these are indeed a Medieval production.

It is estimated that 20 people occupied the site of Qumran (estimated by the number of inhabitants for whom there was room in the buildings). Now these 20 people were not just ordinary people, they read and wrote Greek, Phoenician, Aramaic, Nabataean, and Hebrew documents, like natives, and managed to write learned works on numerous religious topics (about 900 manuscripts were "recovered"; about six hundred separate works), while gathering enough water, and raising enough food, for their survival, in a desert.

Some have tried to claim that as many as 200 lived at Qumran, but most have considered that number ridiculously high.

Anyway, I think it is clear that the Dead Sea scrolls are a bunch of old documents that have been thrown together and sold to a gullible world.

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Lost in translation eforce Sun, 02/11/2018 - 14:51 Permalink

Just gotta’ love Israel’s chutzpah, dontcha’?

Iran staggers under how many years of Western sanctions, but it’s “the regional bully.”

Israel bombs Syrians - who have done NOTHING TO ISRAEL - over, and over, and over, AND OVER AGAIN, all the while claiming “we’re just defending ourselves.”

Now they issue “warnings” to Iran, and up the air defense posture in anticipation of, what... an Iranian airstrike?  With what, 40-year old Iranian F-4 Phantoms?

Meanwhile back in AmeriKa, Baptists “pray for the peace of Jerusalem” and cheerlead the IDF...

What a sick-ass JOKE.  Disgusting.


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earleflorida HisBoyElroy Sun, 02/11/2018 - 21:27 Permalink

some interesting facts of volunteer immigration to Palestine (Jerusalem) for the Jews given by a respectful Germany before 'TSHF event' for their support defending the homeland

'The Badge of Honor'  with the 'Star of David' and NAZI (swastika) on others both stamped front and back:

***link return and scroll to item for history***

Note: Link doesn't work??? Why??? If interested google site and scroll   "1934 ElN NAZl FAHRT NACH PALASTlNA " !!!

Note2:   Dated 1934 where thousands, perhaps as high as fifty thousand were given immigration papers for services rendered to their promise land as graditude.

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CatInTheHat eforce Sun, 02/11/2018 - 16:57 Permalink

Now you understand Nutty's perpetual anxiety over Iran. IsraHell might have nukes but Iran has their missiles everywhere, that could launch from anywhere in Iran or elsewhere....

IsraHell would wind up worse than it did in 2006....

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ebear eforce Sun, 02/11/2018 - 17:11 Permalink

Cost benefit analysis:

Q: What is the cost of a jet aircraft vs the cost of the missile used to bring it down?

Q: How many jet aircraft can you afford to lose engaging low-value targets like munitions dumps or AA batteries?

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MK ULTRA Alpha JRobby Sun, 02/11/2018 - 15:22 Permalink

A nuclear war is coming, it will be an ICBM war. I'm predicting 100 million US deaths.

It's unfortunate the US will lose over 100 million people, but countries like Russia will lose everything.

And what's even better is, all the whining social justice warriors, snowflakes, armies of homosexuals and pedos, will have great loss in their ranks.

People like Bush, Obama, Clinton will be killed either by the initial nuclear exchange or the after, the after? will be a bloody civil war killing off all who are targeted.

It's payback on a grand scale, it needs to be done and it's on the way.

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MK ULTRA Alpha MK ULTRA Alpha Sun, 02/11/2018 - 15:44 Permalink

And don't say you didn't deserve it. The foreigners on here who want this will be consumed by it. That's right, all of the foreigners on here, will get what they deserve too. That makes me happy and that's why I pray for a nuclear war to pay these anti-American communist back, foreign and domestic.

No more American free defense, no more rule based economic trade. The world will be given a one way ticket to the stone age. You deserved it.

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MK ULTRA Alpha Joe A Sun, 02/11/2018 - 16:47 Permalink

 I read it was sold and no one knows where it's headquartered. So you're adding to the Bulgarian fact, just for another low life cut down. This is a representation of a conditioned television mind, always making a joke of serious issues is a symptom of the television fantasy mind.

It's impossible to stop watching TV because you're an addict.

Keep running the laugh tape used to make you laugh at something which isn't funny. It's used as a defense mechanism for people who don't anything about the subject because all of their knowledge and thinking comes from the TV.

There are many mindless conditioned communist minds on these boards, foreign and domestic.

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Benito_Camela MK ULTRA Alpha Sun, 02/11/2018 - 16:40 Permalink

You've been watching too many movies, kid. Nobody doubts that we all deserve whatever comes - even if not directly. We all should have stopped this monstrosity in Washington D.C. from ever metastasizing into what it has become, but the rest of the world is to blame for it as well. 

Nevertheless, if you think there's something novel or unique in your 3rd grade prophecies, realize you're probably talking to people who were raised thinking nuclear war was going to happen any day. We've had daydreams that are worse than the childish nightmare scenarios you're offering up here. 

Can I ask you a personal quesiton? Is English your 2nd language? 

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MK ULTRA Alpha Benito_Camela Sun, 02/11/2018 - 17:08 Permalink

How old are you, what country are you posting from and what is your nationality?

This is an anti-American pro-Russian site with foreigners and communist. It isn't influencing the US but creates a feed back loop for the most delusional biased anti-American slant.

I have seen so many former ZH posters come on here and said, they were leaving ZH. They're Americans and the delusional biased crap drove them away.

It's always America is bad and so many reasons from the CIA to the defense industry, BUT RUSSIA IS FUCKING PERFECT, CHINA IS FUCKING PERFECT.

THAT'S THE SHIT WE GET HERE AND IT HAS DRIVEN THE ZH WRITERS TO QUIT TOO. If you're a delusional nut case television head brainwashed by US MSM communism defeatism, then this is your place.

The Bulgarian founder was convicted of insider trading and barred from trading in the US and lost his hedge fund, he has an anti-American biased chip on his shoulder. There is plenty of data on ZH on the net.



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