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Russia’s ‘present’ for Iran

If and when Israel decides that nothing will stop Iran from making a nuclear bomb, the steps that may be taken will be complicated – especially after Tehran got a “present” from Russia. The present was given as reports coming from Tehran about the so-called agreement with the USA and EU do not have anything […]

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Israel to revisit debate over purchase of more F-35s

In the aftermath of the Israeli elections, a questionmark hangs over whether a new government will approve the purchase of more Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning IIs. In February, in an almost unprecedented decision, the cabinet opted not to approve the Israeli air force’s original request. After a heated debate, strong opposition within the cabinet resulted […]

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Israel lengthens its arm amid Iranian nuclear zigzag

At the time of writing, a few hours remain before the deadline for the nuclear talks with Iran. The “zigzag” continues as Iranian officials on Sunday backed away from a critical element of a proposed nuclear agreement, saying they are no longer willing to ship their atomic fuel out of the country. No matter the […]

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Reacting to the long-range cruise missile threat

The growing number of long-range cruise missiles in the hands of countries that pose a threat to Israel is set to push efforts to develop and build efficient defence systems against such weapons. Yesterday, Iran unveiled its first long-range cruise missile. The new system, Soumar, has been manufactured by Iranian experts at an organisation of domestic […]

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The Russian S-300 missile system in Iranian hands: a “game changer”

The Russian-made S-300 surface-to-air weapon system has been a focus of tension between Israel and Russia for the past few years.  Israel believes it would be a “game changer” if fell into the hands of two countries – Syria and Iran. A few years ago,  Moscow planned to supply the S-300 to Syria, but financial […]

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Flying toys, real UAS and a lot of imagination

It’s either-or. Either the Iranian defence establishment thinks the world is stupid, or the world is actually stupid. You can’t fool everyone all the time. I choose the first option. To try and convince the world you are mastering technologies when you aren’t is stupidity, pure stupidity. Every few weeks the Iranians organise ceremonies in […]

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Geopolitical change and the impact on the arms trade

The global arms trade is subject to political change – and that sometimes puts Israeli defence companies in problematic positions. A little history: years ago, when the Shah ruled Iran, the country was a major customer. Then the Ayatollahs took over, and the market was eliminated overnight. South Africa was also once a major buyer […]

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Taking an arms ship – this time the IAF was behind the scenes

Yesterday we learned that the commando unit of the Israeli navy recently took control of a cargo ship that was on its way to supply Hamas in Gaza with heavy rockets courtesy of Iran. Two organisations were behind the scenes of this operation. The first was the Israeli intelligence service and the second the Israeli airforce […]

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Iranian ‘smiles campaign’ could lead to a new arms race

The planned meeting later today between US President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will not change the fact. The “smiles campaign” initiated by Iran will start a new arms race in the Middle East. This became clear to Israel and Gulf states such as Saudi Arabia immediately after Obama’s telephone call with Iranian […]

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Iran’s nuclear programme and Israel’s options

Israel has invested a huge – and I mean very, very huge – sum of money in preparing itself for the minute the cabinet will decide that nothing that else will stop the Iranian military nuclear programme, and that only force – brutal force – will do it.Much of that sum went to the Israeli […]

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