DEBKAfile (Mossad) 7 May 2018: Unusual Western military movements in the Middle East in the past 48 hours may tie in with President Donald Trump’s decision to jump forward his decision on the Iran nuclear deal.
He released a Twitter post on Monday, May 7 saying: “I will be announcing my decision on the Iran Deal tomorrow from the White House at 2:00 pm.” – i.e. four days before the May 12 deadline.
DEBKAfile‘s Washington and military sources report exclusively that the president’s announcement came against the background of unusual US, British and French forces heading for the Middle East and deploying in countries bordering on Syria. These startling events point suggestively in two directions:
1) Trump may have decided on the US withdrawal from the nuclear deal with Iran – although this is not definite.
2) He is moving ahead with this decision in the light of war tensions mounting between Israel and Iran and Hizballah in Syria and Lebanon.
Our military sources also reveal fleets of US warplanes and advanced surveillance drones working around the clock to track the slightest military movements around Syrian and Lebanese Mediterranean shores.
They also report that Britain has in the last few hours transferred another squadron of advanced Typhoon fighter jets to the Middle East, with France adding Rafale and Mirage 2000 jets. Some of these flights reached their forward positions through Israel’s air space.
Israel wants to assassinate Pres. Assad – if he does not drive the Iranians out of his country!
DWN 7 May 2018: “If Assad continues to let the Iranians operate from Syria, he should know that he has signed his own death warrant and that it will be his end. We will overthrow his regime, “said Yuval Steinitz, Israeli Minister of National Infrastructure, Energy and Water Resources, Yediot Ahronot’s website. Steinitz is a member of the Israel Security Cabinet.
DEBKAfile (Mossad) 6 May 2018: President Vladimir Putin has invited Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to sit with him on the saluting stand of the Victory March in Moscow on 10 May
This annual parade is the Moscow’s primary showcase for the latest Russian weapons systems and its military might. Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman has commented of late that if Russian weaponry deployed in Syria is used against the Israeli army, the IDF won’t hesitate to strike back. He was referring to the advanced S-400 and S-300 air defense systems that Russia has deployed in Syria.
Putin appears to calculate that Netanyahu will be so impressed by Russia’s awesome military prowess when unfolds before him that he will go home and advise Lieberman to talk less.
Left: The Tampa Bay Times 6 May 2018: Netanyahu: “Better confront Iran sooner than later”!!
Moscow has concluded that a military clash between Israel and Iran is inevitable.
Stop muscle-flexing against Russian forces in Syria, he will warn. If you mess with us, it will boomerang against you.
It is even more important to have a party available with access to both sides to carry forward discussions for a cessation of hostilities between the belligerents.
Putin asked Netanyahu for an unambiguous promise that, if warfare erupts with Iran, Israel forces will not harm a single Russian soldier or weapons system.