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Saturday, January 05, 2013

Iran's ability to retaliate for Israeli strike limited

Iran's ability to retaliate for an Israeli strike on its nuclear program has been greatly limited by the problems of the Assad regime in Syria.
According to a report in Israeli daily Maariv, Israeli diplomats meeting in Jerusalem were told by Defense Ministry intelligence officials that the weakening of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has taken its toll on Iran militarily.
The officials said that neither Syria nor Hezbollah have the capability to start a war with Israel and would be largely unable to respond on behalf of Iran in the event of an Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities.
Hezbollah would need direct aid from Iran to be capable of fighting Israel as it did in 2006, the officials said, but Iran was likely not to do so, because such a move would likely bring the U.S. and Europe directly into the conflict. Hezbollah recognizes its weakened position, the officials said, and was unlikely to provoke Israel into a massive invasion of Lebanon.
Addressing relations with Egypt, the officials believe that Cairo would reign-in Hamas because the country is broke and can’t alienate the West, which it is relying on for financial aid.

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At 6:39 AM, Blogger debbie said...

G-d really is watching out for us. and all it took was making our enemies stupid and mean.


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