May 17, 2011

New Rocket Bases...Guess Where

The Washington Times has an editorial today entitled “Iran encircles Israel: Obama continues to ignore the tough Mideast challenges” although we'd like to point out that Israel is not the only one being encircled.

Iran is currently building rocket bases in Venezuela (see below), which will no doubt complement their proxy's (Hezbollah) presence in Mexico and throughout South America, not to mention their sleeper cells in North America, i.e., in the U.S.

Meanwhile, the UN has finally (after how many years?) woken up to the fact that Iran and North Korea have been regularly exchanging ballistic missile technology, and that North Korea may have helped Syria build a nuclear reactor (Israel destroyed it in 2007, but the UN is still investigating if it existed!).

So while we look forward to hearing President Obama’s speech on Thursday about his Middle East policy (which as of today, G-d only knows), his strategy of leading from behind doesn’t bode well for Israel or America.

The Jerusalem Post  |  May 17, 2011

'Die Welt': Iran building rocket bases in Venezuela

By Benjamin Weinthal, JPost Correspondent

German paper says Iranians paid cash to build mid-range missile launch pads on Paraguana Peninsula; Iranian engineers visited site in Feb.

Photo by: REUTERS

BERLIN – The Iranian government is moving forward with the construction of rocket launch bases in Venezuela, the German daily Die Welt wrote in its Thursday edition. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is Teheran’s most important South American ally.

Iran is building intermediate-range missile launch pads on the Paraguaná Peninsula, and engineers from a construction firm – Khatam al-Anbia – owned by the Revolutionary Guards visited Paraguaná in February. Amir al-Hadschisadeh, the head of the Guard’s Air Force, approved the visit, according to the report. Die Welt cited information from “Western security insiders.”

The rocket bases are to include measures to prevent air attacks on Venezuela as well as commando and control stations.

The Iranian military involvement in the project extends to bunker, barracks and watch tower construction. Twenty-meter deep rocket silos are planned. The cost of the Venezuelan military project is being paid for with Iranian oil revenue. The Iranians paid in cash for the preliminary phase of the project, which amounted to “dozens of millions” of dollars, Die Welt wrote.

The Paraguaná Peninsula is on the coast of Venezuela and is roughly 120 kilometers from America’s main South American partner, Colombia.

According to Die Welt, the clandestine agreement between Venezuela and Iran would mean the Chavez government would fire rocket at Iran’s enemies should the Islamic Republic face military strikes.

Meanwhile the German press agency (DPA) reported on Friday that Germany will not contest the placement of the Hamburg- based European- Iranian Trade Bank (EIH) on the EU sanctions list at the end of the month. The US Treasury Department sanctioned the EIH last year, saying it was one of the most important institutions in Europe for financing Iran’s missile and nuclear proliferation programs. Germany was the subject of criticism from American, French, British and Israeli officials because it refused to shut the EIH.

The EIH plays a crucial role in facilitating financial transactions for midsize German firms that are active in Iran. German- Iranian total trade amounted to over 4 billion euros in 2010, making German Iran’s No. 1 EU trade partner.

Original article here.


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