‘Iran threatens nuclear explosion in Israel’s Dimona facility’
Via msn.com en/US, Dec. 26 with a link to the Jerusalem Post
“A Twitter account run by Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) on Friday threatened to blow up the city of Dimona in the Negev desert, where a nuclear facility is located.
The IRGC account, with its 12,100 followers, posted a video showing multiple explosions in a desert. “Then on the day, we [God] will deal you the fiercest blow. We will surely inflict punishment, “ the IRGC wrote in Arabic, citing a quote from the Koran, adding the hashtag “Dimona.” The video is post-dated to Friday.
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The account provides a link to the IRGC’s Telegram account, with its 376,084 subscribers. Both the IRGC Twitter account and Telegram account show the IRGC logo—an arm raised while clutching a rifle.”
Clicking through to jpost.com, a different title: Jerusalem Post, Dec. 26, 2021, ‘Why Iran’s threat to attack Israel’s Dimona matters – analysis; The decision to unveil a new multiple-drone launcher while splicing that with a digital mock-up of Dimona is a new level of Iranian aggressive threats.
“Iran has published and distributed a video of rockets and drones being used to attack Dimona in the Negev Desert. It says the attack took place during the recent 17th Great Prophet drill with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and the IRGC Air Force.” [...]
Tehran says it “simulated a missile and drone attack on the Dimona nuclear center using 16 ballistic missiles and five suicide drones, successfully,” according to its semi-official Fars News Agency. The Jerusalem Post reported on the initial videos on Saturday. Iran has now doubled down with its own reports, bragging about its abilities.
The video was published by Fars and Tasnim New Agency, main Iranian media outlets linked to the government and the IRGC. This means the video is a purposeful attempt by Iran to threaten Israel, which, of course, isn’t exactly new. Tehran threatens Israel everyday with various forms of destruction; it continually has to come up with new threats.” [...]
“Iran simulated “targeting the development of weapons of mass destruction by the Zionist regime,” the report said. In the initial stages of the drill, Iran had showcased IRGC missiles and drones, it said.” [...]
“Fars published the video in full, which has been circulated online for several days. According to Tasnim’s defense correspondent, “In the last stage of the joint exercise, 16 types of solid and liquid fuel ballistic missiles, as well as 10 suicide UAVs known as Shahed-136 drones, simulated targeting Dimona.”
Iran simulated “targeting the development of weapons of mass destruction by the Zionist regime,” the report said. In the initial stages of the drill, Iran had showcased IRGC missiles and drones, it said.”
I guess readers re supposed to take the Jerusalem Post’s translations at face value. Why not?
Curiously, 2 days earlier: ‘Israel's Iran question: To strike or not to strike? – opinion; Will an overt airstrike on Iran really achieve so much more for Israel in terms of a delay than continued covert operations?’, DECEMBER 23, 2021,
"Targets would vary:
“The first would be Natanz, Iran’s main uranium enrichment facility.The complex consists of two large halls, roughly 300,000 square feet each dug somewhere between eight and 23 feet below ground and covered by several layers of concrete and metal. The walls of each hall are estimated to be approximately two feet thick. The facility is also surrounded by surface-to-air missiles.
The next facility would be the heavy-water plant under construction near the town of Arak, which could be used one day to produce plutonium. Iranians say the material will be used for medical and research isotope production, but in reality could have the ability to produce plutonium for nuclear weapons.”, etc.
‘Report: Jake Sullivan Reassures Israel US Willing to Take Harder Line on Iran;Sullivan met with Bennett and other Israeli officials in Jerusalem’, by Dave DeCamp, December 22, 2021, antiwar.com
"Sullivan reportedly laid out three scenarios to the Israeli officials:
- A deal is reached within the next few weeks, and the JCPOA is revived, which Sullivan doubts will happen.
- A “freeze for freeze” agreement that would give Iran some sanctions relief in exchange for freezing certain aspects of its nuclear program
- Negotiations fail and the US implements new sanctions and other pressure on Iran
Israeli officials have made it clear that they are against the idea of a “freeze for freeze” or any type of interim deal. The Israelis claim Iran is only using the negotiations to buy time while it develops a bomb despite a lack of evidence for the assertion. The head of the CIA, William Burns, recently said the spy agency has no evidence Iran has decided to pursue a nuclear weapon.
I reckon there’s plenty of evidence now....
‘Key Differences Between Shia and Sunni Muslims’, learnreligions.com
(cross-posted from Café Babylon)