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For years Israel’s Arab neighbors have grown accustomed to routine unprovoked attacks on their infrastructure, soldiers and civilians by the Jewish state.

While Syria’s air defense has been increasing its success rate in quashing Israeli raids, the latest exchange between the two countries has opened up the possibility to strike back.

Yesterday, a missile bypassed Israel’s Patriot, Iron Dome and David’s Sling missile defense systems and landed close to the delicate Dimona nuclear reactor in its Southern desert, triggering panic in the city when its alarm went off. The Dimona nuclear facility is highly secretive as it is used to produce the Israel’s illegal nuclear weapons.

A press release by the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) made no specific mention of this, which is unusual. The Israeli military is claiming that the projectile was an errant Syrian surface to air missile intended for Israeli jets, but this is difficult to believe as it flew across half of Israel from far away Damascus.

For Israel’s rivals, the American tax payer funded Iron Dome system has been a psychological barrier to punching Israel back. While Hamas has in the past been able to get small rockets through the system, the goal in these attacks has always been to waste Israel’s money (Iron Dome missiles cost $100,000 each) rather than attack strategic targets.

Accidental or not, Wednesday’s lapse in Israel’s defense, near its nuclear facility no less, shows that it is very vulnerable to rapidly advancing Iranian and possibly even Russian technology that has found its way into Lebanese resistance group Hezbollah’s hands.

Just days ago, Israeli military officials raised alarms about the Iron Dome system potentially being junk. According to retired Colonel Yossi Langotsky, the Iron Dome would not be able to intercept Hezbollah rockets launched into Israeli territory with consistency.

There is strong circumstantial evidence to suggest Iranian involvement. Last week, Iranian military analyst Sadollah Zarei suggested that any Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities should be met with retaliation against their Dimona reactor. Landing a missile 30 kilometers from Dimona could be a message to Jewish leadership that they are serious.

The Israeli military also announced in recent weeks that it was rushing defense resources to Dimona due to fears that the Iranians could hit the nuclear base as revenge for the brazen assassination campaign against their scientists. This, like their Syria story, also seems like a lie, as the Iranians and Syrians know that triggering a nuclear catastrophe in Israel would be automatic grounds for a full war not just with Israel, but the United States. The more plausible scenario is that Israel wanted the Iranians to believe that, if ever tested, the defense of its vital infrastructure is impenetrable so that they can keep bombing Iranian power plants on the table without risking mutual consequences.

None of the players involved have an interest to tell us what really happened yesterday. Whatever the exact details are, Israeli homeland defense has been exposed as a paper tiger.

As Russia and China begin overshadowing the United States and Western Europe on the world stage, Iran is able to assert its interests in spite of what Jews in Washington and Jerusalem think. The era of uncontested Israeli hegemony is coming to an end.

(Republished from National Justice by permission of author or representative)
 
• Category: Foreign Policy • Tags: Israel, Middle East 
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  1. now would be a great time for Iran to launch an attack on Dimona, Israel is in a political abyss, the U.S would not intervene due to the war weariness of the public and the pandemic conditions prioritizing domestic politics, and the current attempt to pressure China China would mean having to withdraw forces from Europe and the Pacific to send forces to the middle east.

    U.S involvement in a war with Iran
    1) politically unpopular
    2) would make all the Taiwan/Ukraine posturing impossible and possibly open the door for annexation of Donbass and Taiwan, and make a stronger case for the completion of Nordstream 2, so the U.S would have a trilemma of who to antagonize, because it could not militarily antagonize Iran, China and Russia at the same time.

    right now is a BRILLIANT time for Iran to attack Dimona

    Sadly Iranians are a cowardly dimwitted people (as are Americans), and so is their government. There are still many great noble Iranians, but they are not in power and not the majority.

    • Troll: Chris Mallory
    • Replies: @Vanunu
  2. I want to see Israel test out the F-35 against the S-400 systems. Come on guys, what’s holding you up? You got them for free and then some. Take that piece of shit for a test drive.

  3. Zimriel says:

    For years Israel’s Arab neighbors have grown accustomed to routine unprovoked attacks on their infrastructure, soldiers and civilians by the Jewish state. … Yesterday, a missile bypassed Israel’s Patriot, Iron Dome and David’s Sling missile defense systems and landed close to the delicate Dimona nuclear reactor in its Southern desert,

    “Shots were fired by a gun when the Crips and Bloods met on the intersection of MLK Blvd and Malcolm X Street”.

    Eric: I like your posts usually, but this is dinduism, and unbecoming of you.

    • Troll: Alfred Muscaria
  4. Phibbs says:

    Jews may be congenitally cunning, scheming, manipulative, deceptive, anti-Christian/Christ-hating, selfish, arrogant, tribal and super-hypocritical, but they are also born cowards. They would lose a war with Hezbollah alone — never mind Iran.

    • Replies: @anon
    , @Pheasant
  5. Striker:

    “Accidental or not, Wednesday’s lapse in Israel’s defense, near its nuclear facility no less, shows that it is very vulnerable to rapidly advancing Iranian and possibly even Russian technology that has found its way into Lebanese resistance group Hezbollah’s hands.”

    The Zionist entity has to be lucky all the time. Hezbollah has to be lucky
    just once. . . .

  6. Interesting development and kudos to Mr Striker for breaking it. Where’s Israel Shamir when you need him ?

  7. Just days ago, Israeli military officials raised alarms about the Iron Dome system potentially being junk.

    I dont think its ‘junk’, however the system is designed to stop basically two categories of munitions, to my understanding –

    1) propulsion ‘systems’ with a suitable arc of travel
    2) munitions that are auto calculated to hit a populated area

    Iron Dome is its current configuration would be useless as far as I am aware against –

    1) an evasive loitering delivery system that could be designed specifically to deliberately deplete / waste its munitions
    2) it would be useless against a hyper-sonic, non-arc of travel munition that would complete its delivery before the Iron Dome could even launch against it.

    If Russia / China can develop domestic Hypersonic tech, the Iranians not only can do it as well, but probably already are.. which would leave the Israeli’s with a need to set their defensive systems to run on auto-launch permissions, since an evasive Hyper-sonic munition could not be bypassed due to calculations that it will terminate in unpopulated desert.

    In that scenario, Iron Dome is the weapon of right now, but its not the solution for the future, which is going to rapidly bypass its technological strengths. The death of Iron Dome will be a flat trajectory and to quote Goose – “I feel the need — the need for speed.”

  8. JimDandy says:

    Sounds like the Jewish state is in peril! Better raise taxes on Americans now to pay for all we suddenly need to provide her with. And send more U.S. troops out to the region now! Fire up the active draft if need be!

  9. Notsofast says:

    a warning shot across the bow of the israeli ship of state from the iranians, as well as a don’t fuck with us from putin to nato. 21st century diplomacy in spades.

    • Replies: @PJ London
  10. Anonymous[142] • Disclaimer says:

    The era of uncontested Israeli hegemony is coming to an end.

    This might settle the settlements issue when Jews return to their native lands of Brooklyn, Palm Beach, and Brookline, MA.

    • LOL: Petermx
    • Replies: @Chris Mallory
  11. Anonymous[367] • Disclaimer says:

    First thing that’s ridiculous: That the missiles came from “Damascus”. No one launches missiles from their capital city.

    Second thing: Dimona is “delicate”.

    Third thing: A missile landing 18 miles away is a problem?

    • Replies: @A123
  12. Petermx says:

    It would be very interesting if it comes out whether the missile was errant or not but particularly if it was not. That could force Israel to stop its military attacks on its neighbors and seek a friendlier relationship rather than being the neighborhood bully. One direct hit on their nuclear facilities could be a disaster that could probably reach beyond their own border.

    That is the downside for them for the role they played in making the US a multiracial and less competitive country with top US universities educating foreigners instead of Americans. The realization that the US has been knocked off its perch has only become apparent in the last year or so and I wonder to what degree it is accurate.

  13. A123 says:
    @Anonymous

    Another ridiculous statement: “Syria’s air defense has been increasing its success rate in quashing Israeli raids”

    Syrian air defenses have managed to shoot down *only one* F-16. And, that aircraft was crippled by a severe mid-flight mechanical failure.
    _____

    Can Iranian al’Hezbollah damage “soft” targets and kill unarmed civilians with large numbers of inaccurate rockets (Katyushas and larger varients)? Yes.

    How would Israel respond if Ayatollah Khameni intentionally targeted civilians with an Iranian al’Hezbollah offensive? One can be sure that it would include “high visibility” strikes at targets inside Iran.

    Khameni is a sociopath. He does not care if Iranians die. However, total impotence countering Israeli strikes would be a personal humiliation that would weaken his regime.

    PEACE 😇

    • Troll: Theophrastus, Pat Kittle
  14. “As Russia and China begin overshadowing the United States and Western Europe on the world stage…”

    Come on, man! While Putin has stopped the disasters of the immediate post-Soviet period, they’re not overshadowing anything.

    China is a different story. Just as the looting of post-Soviet Russia was assisted by the United States, the rise of China was facilitated by the US, whose capitalist class owns so much of the world. They saw China as a huge market opportunity (‘if we can get just 2% of this yuge market, that’s 10 bazillion dollars!”). But the Chinese looked at it from the point of view of what was good for China, and no one can say they have been wrong.

    “Let’s move all our manufacturing to China – our manufacturing workforce will become deskilled and poor, but who cares? We’ll make out like bandits”

    “The fools are handing over their manufacturing … they’ll never get it back. The Lord has delivered them into our hands”

  15. anon[278] • Disclaimer says:
    @Phibbs

    But they are good at disrupting the religious fasting of the Palestinians with stones and bricks ,chants of Death to Arabs, and when find themselves underperforming in comparing to their racist expectations ,they are very agile and quick at calling for reinforcements from IDF, cabinet members and judiciary.

    https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/police-arrest-dozens-jerusalem-clashes-israeli-nationalists-chant-death-arabs-2021-04-23/

  16. Israel’s greatest advantage is that fights arabs. Arabs are low iq and extremely incompetent at war. Just see their showings in the arab-israeli wars or their defeats at the hands of ISIS. At the battle of Mosul in 2011, 2000 lightly armed ISIS Jihadis defeated and routed two Iraqi armored divisions numbering 30,000 men, supplemented with another 30,000 policemen.

    The Iraqis mind you had an air force, artillery and over 500 tanks. Yet, they were routed. The only race of people who are worse at fighting would be negroes, who got their ass handed to them by a handful of white Rhodesians despite enjoying a 10-1 superiority and being heavily armed the USSR.

    Iranian ballistic missiles could reach Israel and they could harm Israeli infrastructure as well when considering their improved CEP. A dedicated Iranian barrage could very well destroy the Israeli power grid.

    But then what? Attacking Israel is not efficient from a military standpoint for Iran. Iranian ballistic missiles would be tracked by US early warning systems as soon as they are launched and many of them will be intercepted.

    All it would do is invite Israeli nuclear strikes against Tehran.

    As far Hezbollah is concerned, they are a militia with no armored forces, artillery or air force. The israeli air force is the strongest in the middle east. Turkey would be a distant second.

    Sure they might be able to attack and inflict some heavy damage on Israeli economic infrastructure, but all that would do is invite a full scale Israeli invasion. And sorry hezbollah stans, rag tag arab militias stand no chance against a modern, standing army.

    They would invade Lebanon and Syria and smash Hezbollah and the Syrian army to pieces. Yes, after a decade of guirella warfare they might withdraw, but they would leave Lebanon and Syria a depopulated wasteland.

    See the Soviet war in Afghanistan for reference. The USSR withdrew after 10 years of war and the Afghans ”won” theoretically. But by the time the Soviets left, 2 million Afghanis had been killed, a further 5 million maimed or wounded, 1/3rd of the population displaces and their entire agricultural system vanished.

    The Soviets left 14 million mines in Afghanistan which according to the red cross might take 3000 years to fully remove. This was their ”victory”. Same thing with the Lebanese ”victory” in the 1982 Lebanon war.

    Though i’m not opposed to Jews doing some kebab removal and getting their own men slaughtered in the process, the danger is that would drive all these sand niggers to Europe. Where they will be giddily invited by the hook noses residing there.

    Its a strange thing to see the modern alt right licking the anus of muslims. Just becasue someone hates Jews doesn’t automatically make them your friends. Niggers in the US and sand niggers in France hate Jews as well. But they also rape and murder whites on a mass scale.

    Its a realpolitik point that’s lost on effeminate alt righters like Striker, Keith Woods or Richard Spencer, who are attracted to the virile savagery of Islam

    • Replies: @anyone with a brain
  17. @YetAnotherAnon

    “Let’s move all our manufacturing to China – our manufacturing workforce will become deskilled and poor, but who cares? We’ll make out like bandits”

    It would seem that a weakness of the sociopaths who rule us is their high time preference. One would think it should be obvious to the densest dunce that moving manufacturing to a nation where relations were not always optimal – and might not be optimal in the future – is a mistake. And a deskilled and poor workforce won’t be able to buy the junk imported from those Chinese factories. High time preference would also explain why sociopathic corporate leaders fit right into the ‘only worry about the next quarter’ Wall Street paradigm.

  18. “It would seem that a weakness of the sociopaths who rule us is their high time preference. “

    That would be the case if you assume their goal is a prosperous America. But, as in the UK, it’s taken 60 years and was (and is) very much a long term project to get us where we are – and there’s further to travel.

  19. sarz says:

    Those familiar with the platosguns.com website run by ‘Taxi’ might want to read a long comment by her at the bottom of her Hezbollah article. She makes a strong case that Iran did the large explosion the details of which the Israelis are covering up because the facts are so strategically damaging. It was not a Syrian S-200 missile flying hundreds of miles beyond its range. It was a cyber attack. I think Ron Unz should run Taxi’s long comment as an article.

    • Replies: @Anon
  20. Tom Verso says:

    The Israel “Paper Tiger”
    The 34 Day 2006 Lebanon War

    That Israel is a “Paper Tiger” was unequivocally demonstrated in the 2006 34 day Lebanon war.

    Israel mounted a full ‘blitzkrieg” invasion (300 tanks, infantry, special forces, navy, dropped 25,000 bombs) and after 34 days Israel wanted an unconditional cease fire and full withdrawal.

    For 34 days, Israel spent most of the time carrying causalities out, pulling damaged tanks out and towing its advanced missile ship back to port.

    For 34 days, 100s of missiles poured into northern Israel, despite attempts to stop them with 25,000 bombs, creating an internal refuge problem with people leaving the north heading south.

    The Pentagon was so shocked that it sent company grade, field grade and general grade officers in all the combat arms to meet with their counter parts in the Israeli army.

    “How could this be?” They wanted to know how the 5th most powerful armed force in the world got crushed by some ‘rag tag’ militia.

    The greatest irony: The Israelis got whipped the Hezbollah militia.
    Hezbollah had a regular army strategic reserve to counter attack in the event that Israel got control of an area in southern Lebanon.

    That reserve was never called into use because Israel never got control of a single square foot of Lebanon.

    This virtually unknown war in western media is well documented in hundreds of books and articles. The title of one that I bought fascinated me:

    “The 2006 Lebanon Campaign and the Future of Warfare: Implications for Army and Defense Policy.”

    Further evidence that Israel is paper tiger can be inferred from the current Syria war where Hezbollah has sent troops to fight with the Syrian army.
    Accordingly, Hezbollah now has combined arms combat experience and is not limited to guerrilla warfare.

    This is what the leader of Hezbollah may have had in mind when he recently said:

    “In the past we fought the Israelis defensively. In the next war we will be fighting offensively.”

    • Agree: Pheasant
    • Replies: @Pat Kittle
  21. Vanunu says:
    @anyone with a brain

    idiotic warmongering
    That sort of aggressive behavior by Iran would make them look like Izrael.

  22. @Caspar von Everec

    I applaud your cartoonish racism in trying to convert UNZ readers to subservience to Jews.

    You are right and wrong.
    Modern Arabs and Muslims are terrible fighters. But there are exceptions, one is Hezbollah. Hezbollah has amazing capabilites and intelligence gathering underestimating them is a grave mistake, second Iranians (not Arabs) are decent fighters, probably terrible at invasions but incredibly well prepared for homeland defense. Sadly their leadership and culture is pretty fucking sad, diplomatically they are super weak.

    Second Israelis are terrible fighters too, just less terrible than Arabs and more terrible than Arabs in the 1973 war, where the Arabs could have conquered Israel but stopped at the 1967 or 1947 borders. I have read accounts of the war from unbiased sources and the Israelis were losing their shit, they only exist today because of ths foolishness of the Arab regimes at the time.

    Israel has over time become more Arab–dysfunctional politics, increasing religiosity, youth seeking to emigrate. Jewish self-rule is a new experiment in history, Jewish states have been rare in history and by Jewish accounts don’t last more than a hundred years, and in self-governance the Jews are performing pretty badly even Kissinger has predicted the collapse of Israel by 2022.

    why should Iran launch strikes against Israel? for one, limited strikes might convince Israel to stop lobbying for sanctions on Iran, but such a decision requires high energy Iranian leadership which there is none.

    Maybe I am the fool and Iran is just playing the long game and waiting for Israel to collapse. Even if nothing happens what will remain of Israel will be impoverished ultra orthodox who don’t work and have tons of children, soon they might enter negotiations to be annexed by their neighbors, the country of Jordan solely exist for this scenario, under terms of reconciliation and peace, Palestinians can return but Jews can stay.

  23. @YetAnotherAnon

    the rise of China was facilitated by the US

    WRONG!
    China would be where it is at today, with or without the actions of the Americans. Furthermore it was the Chinese that forced the hands of American business by creating the world’s largest market and best labor force. It is China that supplied a lifeline to the ailing American economy, not the other way around.

    The existence of the American working class was a rare blip in history, America never had a true peasantry or large native born wage labor force, it has mostly been immigrants who labored for wages. But sadly today non-wage employment (owning and operating businesses) is out of reach mentally and fiscally for most Americans, so you are kind of fucked. Too many people, not enough capital, too many mouths, not enough brains.

    • Thanks: showmethereal
  24. @Anonymous

    This might settle the settlements issue when Jews return to their native lands of Brooklyn, Palm Beach, and Brookline, MA.

    Nope, send them back to Russia and the ghettos of Eastern Europe where they belong. Zio-Slavs do not belong in the US.

  25. KenH says:

    Iran announced 1-2 years ago that it had made great strides with it’s drone and ballistic missile technology (no doubt with some secret help from Russia) and it appears this wasn’t a bluff. The pinpoint accuracy of the Iranian missiles that struck the U.S. base in Iraq in retaliation for the assassination of Soleimani and the earlier drone strike on Saudi Arabian oil fields prove that.

    So Iran can indeed inflict carnage on Israel and U.S. forces in the region it push comes to shove.

  26. Franco says:

    The first thing I thought was that this could be a beautiful false flag by the Netanyahu Sandy-Italian-Musical-Chairs-Government. This get to put a nation of paranoid freaks on war footing so that they’ll back up Netanyahu and it also lets Benjamin Netanyahu bring home the..bacon? Beef brisket?
    They can bellyache that David’s Sling, and the Patriot missiles and Iron Dome from America are old and busted, and to preserve Israel’s “qualitative military edge” and to protect America’s Greatest Ally and Only Democracy in the Middle East (except all the other ones), Americans need to come up with a such-and-such billion dollar a year for such and such years “modernization aid package” for them. And the military congressional industrial complex would get to roll around in all of that new modernization money. Everybody wins but 99.9+ percent of American citizens.

  27. Anon[397] • Disclaimer says:
    @sarz

    You mean Taxi’s comment on her blog here:

    https://platosguns.com/2020/11/24/hezbollah-the-beautiful/#comment-31481

    And this one from today is another good one by Taxi:

    https://platosguns.com/2020/11/24/hezbollah-the-beautiful/#comment-31489

    • Thanks: sarz
  28. Pheasant says:
    @Phibbs

    ‘They would lose a war with Hezbollah alone’

    They already have 2006.

    • Agree: Mulegino1, Pat Kittle
  29. PJ London says:
    @Notsofast

    My thoughts exactly.
    Nothing happens in Syria without Russian permission. Neither Iran nor Assad would try Israel without Russia’s agreement. Just as Ukraine won’t take a pee without US permission.
    Russia took out the the N Syrian oil storage and several hundred tankers in response to US bombing at Al Bukamal. They took out a US supported training camp and arms depot outside Palmyra and threatened al Tanf.
    Now they have warned Israel “Pull in your dog or you will be responsible.”
    They used a low level missile to show that Israel could not defend against it and the message was that next time it will be for real.
    Israel is allowed to bomb an empty barracks and reclaim some ‘face’, but the message has been sent.
    As Putin says, “Don’t think to cross our ‘Red lines’ and we say where those lines are”.

  30. @Tom Verso

    Considering the misery the Terrorist Theocracy of Israel has wrought upon the world (9-11 wars, etc.), I wish Iran & Hezbollah 100% success in whatever future conflicts they may have with the (((vile shysters))).

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