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IRAN DEFENSE MINISTER: ISRAELI STRIKE WOULD BE A SUICIDE MISSION

Brigadier General Vahidi says ‘Zionist regime is completely isolated,’ threatens deadly strikes from Iran, should Israel attack.

Haaretz

Iran’s defense minister said Sunday that any Israeli strike on Iran would constitute suicide, the official news agency IRNA reported.

“The Zionist regime is completely isolated and under no circumstances it can attack Iran unless she wants to commit a suicide,” IRNA quoted Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi as saying. “It is due to the fact that it will receive deadly strikes from Iran which will make it unstable.”

He stressed that Iran is developing its defense capabilities and has made significant progress thus far.

“Iran is in a unique position in all areas, including manufacture of unmanned reconnaissance aircraft, as well as defense and assault airplanes. Iran has also made great progress in electronic warfare technology, aviation industries and missile technology,” IRNA quoted him as saying.

He also said that Iran’s capture of the U.S. surveillance drone was a great achievement for Iranian scientists.

On Saturday, Iran’s navy started ten days of maneuvers in the Persian Gulf. Naval commander Admiral Amir-Habibollah Sayari said the drill started over an area of 2,000 kilometers, from the Sea of Oman to the east of the Strait of Hormuz.

The armed forces have increased their maneuvers following renewed speculation about possible U.S or Israeli airstrikes against the country’s nuclear sites.

Iran has so far denied having any plans to close the Strait of Hormuz, a vital transit route for international oil shipments.

But Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said last week that “if the region faced a war-like situation, then everything would then become war-like.”

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JEWISH BILLIONAIRE SHELDON ADELSON–GINGRICH IS RIGHT TO CALL PALESTINIANS ‘INVENTED PEOPLE’

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American billionaire Sheldon Adelson, close ally of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and owner of the Israeli daily Israel Hayom, said on Sunday that he agreed with Republican Presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich’s controversial remarks that the Palestinians are an invented people.

Gingrich’s “invented Palestinians” remarks to the Jewish Channel, a U.S. cable TV network, earlier this month were met with widespread criticism.

Addressing a Hanukkah celebration for hundreds of youths visiting Israel as part of the Taglit Birthright program on Sunday, Adelson said, “Read the history of those who call themselves Palestinians, and you will hear why [Newt] Gingrich said recently that the Palestinians are an invented people. There are a number of Palestinians who will recognize the truth of this statement.”

Adelson also appealed to the hundreds of Jewish youth in the audience to study history and be “goodwill ambassadors” for Israel.

“When you return to your countries of origin, speak in support of Israel – don’t let Muslim student organizations take over the campuses. Learn history, go back to the Ottoman Empire and the First World War, and know the issue under discussion, and when you return to our homes you will remember that you are goodwill ambassadors for Israel,” Adelson said.

Adelson and other speakers, including Minister of Information and Disapora Yuli Edelstein, addressed Jewish youth from around the world who are taking part in a ten-day Taglit Birthright tour of Israel to coincide with Hannukah.

Over 290,000 young Jews from 54 countries around the world have visited Israel as part of the Taglit Birthright program, which aims to forge links between young Diaspora Jews and Israel. The Adelson family has been one of the main donors of the Taglit program in the past six years.

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