Middle East is rumbling…

“The threats against Israel have not disappeared,” he said. “What was relevant in the past remains relevant. Eight Syrian military divisions are stationed between the Sea of Galilee and Damascus. These forces are currently inactive, but that may change tomorrow morning.”

“An extraordinary amount of [enemy] ordnance covers every region of Israel,” Gantz said. “Every region in Israel is currently under threat. Our enemies are trying to create a military system that skips over Israel’s defense capabilities and directly targets the strategic depth of the State of Israel.”

The enemy wants to damage Israel’s ability to function in the next war, he explained. They want to “wreak destruction and generate a victory story for the day after. They understand that the campaign will be short and harsh, but they will try and hit us hard to generate these achievements.” All this, he said, is part of the ongoing Arab strategy of “strategic attrition” against Israel, adopted when conventional wars proved unable to defeat the Jewish state.  [source]

Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has held several secret meetings with his economic and military advisers in recent days to prepare for the possibility of war with the United States. Sources report the preparations are to include the execution of those Iranians who oppose the regime. [source]

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    Gulf Arabs have plans against Hormuz closure: official:

    ABU DHABI (Reuters) – Coastguards and naval forces of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) group of Arab countries have contingency plans for a possible attempt by Iran to shut the Strait of Hormuz, a Kuwaiti maritime official said on Monday.
    Five of the six GCC members – Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar and Kuwait – rely on the world’s most important energy shipping lane being open to export most of their oil or gas.
    Tehran has threatened to close the narrow shipping lane between Oman, the only GCC member which does not depend on Hormuz, and Iran if Western sanctions aimed at starving Iran’s disputed nuclear program of funds stop it from selling oil.

    http://ca.news.yahoo.com/gulf-arabs-plans-against-hormuz-closure-official-004325154.html

    A number of Americans have taken refuge in the embassy in Cairo after a crackdown on US-funded non-governmental organisations, the state department said on Monday.

    “We can confirm that a handful of US citizens have opted to stay in the embassy compound in Cairo while waiting for permission to depart Egypt,” Kate Starr, a state department spokesperson, said.

    The rare move by the embassy to offer its citizens diplomatic refuge follows a crackdown by Egypt’s military-led government on NGOs, including several funded by the US government, which saw travel bans imposed on six American staffers including a son of US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2012/01/20121302153320790.html

    US says Assad’s fall ‘inevitable’:

    The US has said the rule of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is coming to an end, as Western and Arab nations push for a UN Security Council resolution.

    Washington is seeking to convince Russia not to stand in the way of the Arab League’s initiative, to be presented to the Security Council in New York on Tuesday, calling for Assad to transfer power to help resolve the crisis.

    “Assad’s fall is inevitable,” Jay Carney, the White House spokesman, said on Monday.

    “As governments make decisions about where they stand on this issue and what steps need to be taken with regards to brutality of Assad’s regime, it’s important to calculate into your consideration the fact that he will go. The regime has lost control of the country and he will eventually fall.”

    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2012/01/201213144956880720.html

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