Yesterday, Iran test fired its most advanced ballistic missile, an upgraded version of the Sajjil 2, which has a range of close to 2,000 kilometers, can carry a nuclear warhead and is powered by a solid-fuel propellant which gives it greater accuracy and range capable of hitting Israel and parts of Europe.
Oh, and it can be stored in underground silos, making it more difficult to detect before launch. The Iranians also claim it is impossible to destroy with anti-missile systems because of its radar-evading ability, given its high speed.
One Israeli defense official articulated an important question:
“This missile can threaten Europe,” one Israeli defense official said. “If Israel were their only enemy, why would they need missiles that can reach Europe?”
Meanwhile, US President Barack Obama reportedly warned Chinese President Hu Jintao that the United States would not be able to keep Israel from attacking Iranian nuclear installations for much longer, on a recent visit to Beijing to convince the Chinese to support strict sanctions on Tehran if it does not accept Western proposals for its nuclear program.
Updates (Israel time; most recent at top)
10:08PM: Now this is just awesome: Rockets into Roses.
Each rose is a unique hand-sculpted piece of art, fashioned from actual rockets that landed in Israel. The stem is mounted on a base in the shape of Israel, with each rose “growing” from the region where most of the have rockets landed.
A silver plaque is attached to the base of the rose, indicating the month and year that the rocket landed in Israel.
A minimum of $50.00 from each rose will be donated to Operation Lifeshield to build more shelters.
3:45PM: Israeli Opposition Leader Tzipi Livni responds to the lawfare being waged against her in Britain.
The camera’s to your right, Tzipi.
3:36PM: Former US Ambassador to the UN John Bolton sees an Israeli strike on Iran as the only option to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.
10:02AM: A palestinian Iman has become upset over a photo that could ruin his reputation.
A photo of him accepting a peaceful gesture from a Joooooooo.
Officials in Yasouf village were upset over a misprint in Ma’an’s Arabic edition Tuesday, which mistakenly labeled a Jerusalem official the Imam of the village.
Chairman of the Yasuf village committee Abdel-Rahim Saleh Musleh, “Abu An-Nour,” telephoned the Ma’an offices Wednesday, saying the council “rejected” the MaanImage that described the man wearing a red kuffeieh as the imam of the village, receiving a Qur’an from a settler rabbi.
Musleh called the mistake “rude” and said it could “ruin the reputation” of the imam.
The photos documented the mayor of Salfit and several villagers receiving copies of the Qur’an from the settler rabbis, from an illegal settlement in the West Bank near Bethlehem. The group brought the gifts as an apology for the destructive acts of a separate group of settlers who burned down the village mosque earlier in the week.
The mistake was corrected by Ma’an Arabic after speaking with Sheikh Mousa, who confirmed he was not the subject of the photographs.
Musleh called the mistake a “ploy by the media,” adding that the real Imam, Sheikh Jamal Mousa, was in Ramallah that day and “did not have his photo taken with any rabbis.”
8:58AM: An African American preacher expresses his disgust at the suggestion that Israel is an apartheid state.