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20 May 2009


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MOSCOW, May 20 (RIA Novosti) - Russia has put on a hold a contract to deliver MiG-31E Foxhound interceptor-fighters to Syria, a Russian business daily reported on Wednesday, citing defense-industry sources.

According to Kommersant, the $400-500 million contract for the delivery of eight MiG-31E aircraft was signed in 2007. Since production of MiG-31E's had stopped in 1994, Syria was to receive retrofitted aircraft from Russia's Air Force reserves.

There has been no official comment on the decision to freeze the contract, but an industry source quoted by the daily said the contract was terminated due to Damascus's financial problems.


TEL AVIV - Israel's air force on Thursday wrapped up a large-scale four-day exercise which simulated its ability to combat Syria and Iran, a military official said.

The exercise was aimed at testing the air force's ability to "counter" attacks from the Gaza Strip, Lebanon, Syria and Iran.

This is the first time the Israeli army has simulated strikes from Iran, located more than 1,000 kilometres (620 miles) away, the official claimed.


Arthur, it's worse than that. MAD is mutual -- it assumes that both sides have nuclear weapons. MAD constrains both sides, in that behaving belligerently could very easily lead to a nuclear exchange.

Israelis have good reason to be afraid that some hateful neighbor might attempt a genocidal first strike if that neighbor had the chance. Neocon Israeli politicians have a second motive for wanting to maintain a nuclear monopoly: they presumably want to be able to continue behaving belligerently toward their neighbors without the constraints imposed by MAD. For example, the 2006 Lebanon war would have been impossible (or at least much more obviously a bad idea) if the Syrians had nuclear weapons.

Bombing Iran is a bad idea (among other reasons) because it will fail, either in the short run if they make a hash of the raid or in the long run by demonstrating the need for a deterrent to the Iranian people. A raid would both motivate and justify a future Iranian attempt to build a deterrent.

If the Israelis want their neighbors not to have nuclear weapons (understandable) they need to create a situation such that their neighbors do not feel the need to have a deterrent against being arbitrarily bombed by the IAF.


For the last two years, the Israeli Army has been developing new tactics and equipment for fighting Hamas and Hezbollah-type gunmen in urban areas. The Israelis have built training areas, with dense urban construction, and run many of its ground troops through special exercises. How well the new tactics and training are will be seen in the next week or so. The new tactics are meant to minimize civilian casualties, while enabling Israeli troops to quickly move through the area and kill or capture enemy personnel and equipment. Reservist units that have not gone through the special training are being sent to the new training centers for at least a few days of instruction on the new tactics. These new methods, while officially secret, apparently involve some new fighting tactics, and lots of electronic warfare. Hamas has had to operate with both cell phones and landline communications down. In addition, their walkie-talkies are sometimes jammed, and apparently listened to carefully by Israeli electronic warfare troops. This is causing command and coordination problems for Hamas fighters.



Despite U.S. weapons budget cuts, take a look a this one --


US: We will pay for Israel missile system / World / Home - Morning Star


Why are we the U.S. paying for a high priced system for Israel, when the rich little nation of Israel is very capable of paying for all on its own? Why is the U.S. paying for it instead of Israel?


here is a way to keep the population in line.


Israel will stage its largest-ever national exercise next week to test security and emergency responses to potential missile attacks, bombings and natural disasters, an official said on Wednesday.

The five-day exercise begins on Sunday and will simulate simultaneous rocket strikes from the Gaza Strip and Lebanon and missile attacks from arch-foes Syria and Iran, Defence Ministry spokesman Shlomo Dror told AFP.

"We will be exercising the doomsday scenario of simultaneous strikes against Israel on all fronts and by different means," Dror said, stressing that "such a scenario is highly unlikely."

This will include conventional, chemical and biological strikes against large population centres. It will also simulate a wave of Palestinian suicide bombings.

A high point of the drill will be on Tuesday when air-raid sirens sound across the country and citizens must scramble to shelters, in some areas within seconds and others within no more than three minutes.

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