Israel’s National News reports that Iran has tripled the number of missiles in its arsenal capable of hitting the Zionist state in the past year.
According to a recent report, Iran possessed 30 Shahab III missiles at the beginning of 2008. Since then the number of Shahab III missiles in its arsenal has grown to around 100.
With a reported range of 1,200 miles, all of Israel and much southern Europe are now within reach of the Shahab III.
Iran also test fired a new missile called the Sajjil in November, with a range similar to the Shahab III but with improved accuracy. It is still unknown how many of the new missile Iran has in service.
However, Iran is not the only potential threat facing Israel in the region. In late November Israeli defence minister Ehud Barak disclosed that the number of missiles held by Hezbollah had “grown threefold since the Second Lebanon War”.
“It has missiles that can reach the towns of Ashkelon, Beersheba and Dimona [in southern Israel more than 125 miles from the Lebanese border].
“Today Hezbollah has 42,000 missiles”, said Barak.
Meaning that in any future conflict with Iran, Hezbollah would pose a significant threat to Israel given the Muslim militia’s close ties with Tehran.
The rapid rearming of Hezbollah and the growing military capability of Iran has prompted some in the Israeli media to speculate that they maybe preparing for war with the Zionist state. Although to be fair, it may simply be a precautionary measure given recent Israeli belligerence over Iran’s nuclear program.
Nonetheless, it has also been reported that Iran has begun deploying troops and missiles to Assab in Eritrea. This is strategically significant because with the addition of a new Iranian naval base on the eastern mouth of the Strait of Hormuz, the new base in Eritrea will enable Iran to exercise a decisive influence on both shores of the pivotal sea-lane.
A good 40 per cent of the world’s oil passes through the Straits of Hormuz. The location of these two new Iranian naval bases seems to have been chosen with a view to closing the vital sea-lane if necessary.
Would Iran close the Straits were it attacked and what would be the consequences if it succeeded in doing so?
Given the current dire state of global financial markets, the outcome would be nothing short of catastrophic economically. As to the military consequences, this web site believes any conflict with Iran has the potential to rapidly escalate into a world war.
Whatever the ultimate outcome, Iran is steadily becoming a far more influential player in the region. Earlier this month it announced the test firing of a new surface-to-surface missile from a warship in the Persian Gulf.
Called the Nasr 2, the missile reportedly successfully destroyed a target 19 miles away. Meaning that with a width of 34 miles and naval bases on both sides of the entrance to the Straits, Iran could easily block the waterway with shore based missiles alone.
So Iranian talk of closing the Straits is not just an empty threat. If acted upon it will impact on everyone, one way or another, around the globe.
And for those who say that this website is being unnecessarily alarmist and engaged in “scare-mongering”. All we can say is that the “Galactic Federation” is not going to save us, as some correspondents would have us believe.
Seriously. Some correspondents have actually claimed as much.
The time has come for humanity to learn a lesson. It is a wake-up call, if you like and sometimes the most pressing lessons and wake-ups are of necessity, hard and bloody.
And for those who still hope the “Galactic Federation” will save the day: the wake-up will be harder than most.