Thousands of US Troops to Arrive in Israel This
Week, in Preparation for an Attack on Iran
Tuesday January 10, 2012 13:24 by Mais Azza - IMEMC & Agencies
Accompanied by a US aircraft carrier, 9,000 US troops including
airmen, missile interceptor teams, marines, technicians and intelligence
officers are scheduled to land in Israel in the coming weeks. Many will
stay up to the end of the year as part of the US-Israeli Army deployment
in readiness for a military engagement with Iran, aiming at a
synchronized military front against Iran.
US Third Air Force Lt.
Gen. Frank Gorenc commented in his visit two weeks ago that the coming
action is more a "deployment" than an "exercise,”. The joint force will
now be in place ready for a decision to attack Iran's nuclear
installations or any combat emergency.
After Tehran had released
a bulletin about another Iranian naval exercise at the Strait of Hormuz
in February, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, Israeli Defense Minister
Ehud Barak and the two army chiefs, US Gen. Martin Dempsey and Lt. Gen.
Benny Gantz decided to announce the coming of the force on Thursday
night, Jan. 5.
During his visit to Washington, British Defense
Minister, Phillip Hammond, confirmed that Britain stands ready to strike
Iran if the Strait of Hormuz is closed.
Tehran stage military’s
maneuvers every few days to assure the Iranians that it is prepared to
defend the country against an American or Israeli strike on its national
The joint US-Israeli drill is going to test
several Israeli and US air defense systems against incoming missiles
will also practice intercepting missiles and rockets coming in from
Syria, Hezbollah Party in Lebanon, and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
Deployment of thousands of U.S. troops in Israel, a start of
war against Iran?
Sunday, 08 January 2012
By Dina al-Shibeeb, Al-Arabiya --
The Middle East roils in crisis as a U.S. aircraft carrier
entered one of the world’s most important choke point for oil shipments,
the Strait of Hormuz, which Iran has threatened to close if the United
States raises sanctions against the Islamic Republic. The deployment of
thousands of U.S. troops in Israel has raised speculation of an imminent
On December 20, the Jerusalem Post reported that Lt.-Gen.
Frank Gorenc, commander of the U.S. forces based in Germany, said that
there will be a deployment of several thousand American soldiers in
An Egypt-based military expert, major general Jamal Mathloum,
said that “there is a military strategic cooperation between the U.S.
and Israel since the 1980s and there is definitely mutual
understanding.” He added that the U.S. troop deployment might not
necessarily mean a direct signal of war, but that it could be read as
Israel and U.S. readiness in case of a conflict arising in the region.
“There is already a U.S. radar station in southern Israel, and might
contain from 500 to 700 American soldiers operating there,” Mathloum
But for Abdulaziz Sager, chairman and founder of the Gulf
Research Center in Dubai, the deployment of U.S. troops in Israel is
“definitely to send a clear signal to Iran.”
Sager said that
there is a U.S.-Israel defense agreement that makes defending the Jewish
state an obligation to the United States. In addition to that, U.S.
President Barack Obama said in his last AIPAC meeting that the United
States does not rule out any option against Iran.
debka.com, an Israeli website that provides political and security
analysis, about 9,000 U.S. soldiers have already arrived in Israel. But
Mathloum said this figure remains insignificant compared to the more
than 100,000 American soldiers dispersed in 1,000 U.S. bases worldwide.
Lt.-Gen. Gorenc’s announcement came as he was visiting Israel to
finalize plans for the upcoming drill. There will also be an
establishment of American command posts in Israel and IDF command posts
at EUCOM headquarters in Germany – with the ultimate goal of
establishing joint task forces in the event of a large-scale conflict in
the Middle East, the newspaper reported.
But according to Elias
Henna, a Lebanon-based expert in military issues, the deployment of
9,000 U.S. troops in Israel goes back to the U.S. withdrawal from Iraq
and to support U.S. presence in the region and not to leave the “Arab
field” open to further Iranian influence.
Asked why the United
States did not increase its troop numbers in its military bases in the
Persian Gulf, Henna said that both countries [Israel and United States]
have far more compatible militaries, are bound with military agreements
and that the United States has more freedom in Israel.
does not mind even if one million U.S. soldiers to be deployed in the
Jewish state,” he added. As the U.S. and Israel continue their
cooperation in light of the crisis looming around Iran, the Islamic
Republic appears to remain unyielding.
On Sunday, head of Iran’s
Atomic Energy Organization Fereydoun, Abbasi Davani, reportedly said
that Iran’s underground uranium enrichment facility will go on stream
soon. Davani said that the Fordow nuclear enrichment plant will be
operational in the near future and that around 20 percent, 3.5 percent
and four percent enriched uranium can be produced at the site.
“There is no third party to verify about the site [Fordow] and truth
about the announcement,” said Sager, adding “they can say all they want
to say but there is no confirmation or verification.”
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