Rumors out of Iran...

Tensions are running high between Iran and Israel, and Washington is trying to avert a war. Just today Iran is reporting it has identified “a major terrorist group from the Zionist regime (of Israel) and has arrested some of its protected operational members inside the country,” –IRNA reported, without saying when the arrests had taken place.

The semi-official Fars news agency said the suspects were arrested “while preparing to carry out terrorist acts”, adding that a considerable number of bombs, machineguns, military and communication equipment had been seized. So wars and rumors of war continue to come out of the Middle East (Matthew 24:6). We will wait and see if Iran can confirm their claims.

On another note, former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton has spoken out concerning the latest rumors regarding Israel and a possible base in the geopolitical strategic nation of Azerbaijan (see recent blog).

The Obama administration is using either leaks or propaganda to slow down Israel’s plan to attack Iran. America’s former ambassador to the UN John Bolton certainly thinks this is the case – and he is not a man given to rash statements.

An article on the website of Foreign Policy Magazine written by Mark Perry, quoted four unnamed ‘senior diplomats’ and ‘intelligence officers’ saying that Israel had been granted access to air bases in Azerbaijan on Iran’s northern border. The article inferred that this meant Israel planned to use Azerbaijan either for a strike at Iran or for support for an attack. An Azeri official has denied the claim. It is hard to know what is taking place between Azerbaijan and Israel. Israel recently sold the Azeris 1.6 billion dollars worth of sophisticated weapons and defense systems.

John Bolton has concluded that whether this is a genuine leak or disinformation, the story is an attempt to harm Israel by its principal ally the United States. On FOX NEWS, Bolton said : “I think this leak today is part of the administration’s campaign against an Israeli attack.” … Bolton, a Fox News contributor, noted that tipping the Israelis’ hand by revealing “very sensitive, very important information” could frustrate such a plan of attack by Israel.

Steven LeBlanc

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