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Israel’s Security: What The Media Has Underreported

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There are six hugely important developments that have happened in the last month that will provide extraordinary help to protect Israel’s security. Unfortunately, these events have been underreported in the media:

1.     On June 9, 2010,  the U.N. Security Council passed a set of new sanctions against Iran with Russia, China, the U.S. and nine others voting in favor, with Brazil and Turkey voting no, and Lebanon abstaining.  While these sanctions will have some additional effects, and are expected to result in even greater sanctions from the Europeans and the U.S., the most immediate, as well as long term benefit of the sanctions is that Russia has agreed not to sell its S-300 anti-aircraft system to Iran!  The S-300 system is extremely difficult to overcome, according to all knowledgeable military experts.  If delivered to Iran, it would be a game-changer in Iran’s military position vis-a-vis Israel. (Russia now says Iran sanctions ban S-300 missiles)

2.     On June 12, 2010, Saudi Arabia agreed to permit Israel to over fly a portion of its territory, should Israel feel it necessary to undertake military actions against Iran. (Saudi Arabia Gives Israel Clear Skies to Attack Iranian Nuclear Sites)

3.     On June 10, 2010, the Palestinian Authority President, Mahmoud Abbas, publicly stated that Israel should not be forced to end its blockade of Gaza. (Abbas to Obama: I’m against lifting the Gaza naval blockade)

4.     On June 9, 2010, Palestinian Authority President, Mahmoud Abbas publically declared in Washington, D.C. that he and the Palestinians were ready to recognize that the Jewish people have a right to some portion of Israel and the territories. (Washington – Abbas Tells U.S. Jews: I Would Never Deny Jewish Right to The Land of Israel)

5.      On May 10, 2010, Israel was admitted, unanimously, to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). This enables Israel to join the world’s fellow economic powers as a co-equal, first class citizen for the first time. (The State of Israel Joins the OECD)

6.      On May 13, 2010, President Barack Obama announced his intention to give the state of Israel $205 million so that Israel might purchase additional Iron Dome anti-missile defense batteries for deployment throughout the State of Israel.On May 20, 2010, the House of Representatives voted 410 – 4 to affirm President Obama’s decision. The Iron Dome Short Range Artillery Rocket Defense System is designed to intercept short-range rockets, missiles, and mortars launched by terrorists in Gaza and southern Lebanon. It can protect Israel from rockets within a range of 2.5 – 45 miles. (Obama authorizes $205 million for Iron Dome)

All these six items have a major, positive impact on the security of the State of Israel!

Each of these six accomplishments was only made possible with the direct, powerful, and demanding insistence of President Barack Obama. In my opinion, the big picture for Israel’s security has improved!

There is, obviously, a long way to go, but progress such as this is important not to overlook, ignore, or belittle.

Congressman Steve Rothman (D-NJ) is in his seventh term in the U.S. House of Representatives.  He serves on the House Appropriations Subcommittees of Defense; and State and Foreign Operations, which appropriate all spending for the United States military, and all foreign aid, respectively.

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3 Responses for “Israel’s Security: What The Media Has Underreported”

  1. Facts not spin says:

    The S-300 missiles if delivered to Iran “would be a game-changer in Iran’s military position vis-a-vis Israel” because Iran would actually be able to defend itself against an airstrike (s-300 are anti aircraft missiles) against its nuclear reactors (can you say Chernobyl) from a country that is not a signatory to the Nuclear non-proliferation treaty and has well over 100 nukes. Nukes which it developed in secretly, as the US and Israel are now accusing Iran of doing and supposedly justifies an airstrike. An airstrike which is looking more likely now Saudi Arabia has green lighted the use of its airspace.

    This is like saying isn’t it good your hands are tied behind your back so you can’t stop me punching you in the face to stop you getting hold of knife when I have two samurai swords strapped to my back.

    Isn’t! that! great! Mr Rothman!

    This is like saying isn’t it good your hands are tied behind your back so you can’t stop me punching you in the face to stop you getting hold of knife when I have two samari swords strapped to my back.

  2. prosanity says:

    It was under reported dear Representative Rothman because it is the epitome of tag teaming and bullying by the two powers who want complete control of the Middle East – the US and Israel. So Iran is the next chapter of the Endless War – the war profiteers will score again, and Israel will continue to assist the US with the destabilization of the ME and the depopulation of the ME. To borrow Facts not spin – Isn’t!great!Mr. Rothman!

  3. JW Salthouse says:

    Israel has develeped 400+ nuclear bombs illegally and outside the rules of the IAEA. They are the biggest threat in that region. Their own historians have admitted that they exterminated the Palestinians and drove them into the prisons called Gaza Strip and the West Bank.
    The hypocrisy that demands Palestinians to say out loud that the “Jewish” people have the right to “The Land of Israel”, while these supposed Jews do not have to say that Palestinians have aright to Palestine is a farce.
    I have an old Bible that shows the whole area to be called Palestine.
    Many of these so-called Jewish people have no blood connection to Abraham, while many “non-Jewish” people do. These occupiers and their descendents should be allowed to SHARE the land with those who’s forefathers were born there.
    The time has come for the US to stop being an empire and to end its support of Israel’s crimes.

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