The new computer virus named “Flame,” is the most sophisticated cyber weapon in history and there are rumors giving Israel the credit for its technology and usage. This virus has crept into government computers in Saudi Arabia, Iran, Syria, Egypt and Palestinian controlled areas. Reports say that large quantities of information have been stolen from various Iranian government agencies. The virus even shut down Iranian oil terminals and disrupted some oil exports. This new program has also erased hard drive information in Iran.
Moshe Yaalon, Minister of Strategic Affairs would not comment directly about the new “Flame” but did say in response, “Israel has been blessed with a prolific hi-tech sector that opens possibilities in both the business and security fields.”
A senior Israeli official stated that the U.N. negotiation with Iran over their nuclear ambitions “is not working. There is not an iota of evidence indicating the Iranians are in any way serious about curbing their nuclear program.”
The U.S. briefed Israel about the meetings with Iran describing what the international community has brought to the table “is less than what is needed, and even those minimal demands were rejected by the Iranians.” Jerusalem is said to be “skeptical in the extreme” about the current U.N. talks.
Israeli P.M. Benjamin Netanyahu shared that nothing short of Iran stopping uranium enrichment, getting rid of what it already produced and dismantling the means of making more would satisfy him.
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak called the Iranian nuclear threat “a sword on the neck of Israel. You don’t wait until they acquire the (nuclear) capability and they build it (the bomb) and they deploy it. Then it’s too late, you cannot act.” Ehud Barak went on to explain, “you cannot sleep quietly when the Iranians are working day and night to disrupt world peace, after which Israel will not be able to do anything. Israel doesn’t have an option, and I repeat does not have an option, to ignore this challenge.”
Former Military Intelligence chief Amos Yadlin said in Tel Aviv, while giving a speech at the annual conference of the Institute for National Security, “Attacking Iran would be less dangerous for Israel than a nuclear Iran, but we need to work out a strategic plan not only for the attack itself but also for the day after the attack.”
“The Americans’ motive for negotiation is keeping the situation calm to prevent Israel’s unsolicited moves that might upset the electoral process in the United States,” according to Alastair Crooke, former adviser to E.U. Foreign Policy Chief. Crooke said the U.S. policy of continued talks with Iran is also aimed at “stopping increasing tensions in the Middle-East resulting in escalation of oil prices until after the U.S. elections in November.”
U.N. human rights officials say the “execution style” murders of 34 women and 49 children were committed by “Assad thugs.”
Russia has stood by Damascus and shielded it from international action, even though a second brutal massacre has just been disclosed that left an additional 41 dead. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov seemed to accuse officials in Washington of thinking about arming the Free Syrian Army rebels fighting Assad’s regime. France has been asking the West to equip and train the poorly organized FSA, but few will go on record to say the U.N. backed plan is failing.
The massive U.S. sponsored military drills in Jordan have been suddenly cut short without explanation. So far there have been 110,000 Syrian refugees escaping to Jordan for safety. The military exercise involved several Middle Eastern countries; however Israel was not invited to participate. Syrian newspapers claimed the “Exercise Lion 12” was named after the Arabic surname of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as a message that foreign forces are knocking at his door. Assad means “lion” in Arabic.
Sunday marked “Israel Day” in New York with a big parade down 5th Avenue, celebrating the 64th anniversary of the modern State of Israel. Over 200 groups and 29 floats participated in the event that was viewed by many thousands of people. The Empire State Building was highlighted with blue and white lights for this special day, representing the colors of the Israeli flag.