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U.S. Sends 3 Warships for Possible Evacuation of American Citizens from Israel
5 years ago
While Iran ships new, more powerful Fajar-5 missiles to Gaza, the U.S. sends three warships for possible evacuation of American citizens from Israel

An Iranian 150-ton freighter departed Bandar Abbas port Sunday, Nov. 18, with a cargo of 220 short-range missiles and 50 improved long-range Fajar-5 rockets for the Gaza Strip.

Debka  The new Fajar-5s have a 200-kilo warhead, which packs a bigger punch than the 175 kilos of explosives delivered by the rockets in current use with the Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip.  To extend their range to cover the 85 kilometers from Gaza to Tel Aviv, Hamas removed a part of their payloads to make them lighter. The Sudanese will then be told by Tehran whether TO put into Port Sudan with the missiles, or turn north and sail up the Red Sea to the Straits of Tiran to link up with Egyptian fishing boats which regularly ply this waterway in the service of Palestinian-Iranian smuggling networks. They would unload the missile cargo in a quiet inlet on the Sinai coast. From there, it would be carried to the smuggling tunnels running from Sinai under the border into the Gaza Strip. Palestinian teams assisted by Iranian and Hizballah technicians in the Gaza Strip would then assemble the new rockets and make them operational.

Iranian proxy Sudan greets cargo ship carrying weapons from Iran

Tehran is sending the fresh supply of disassembled rockets to replenish the stocks its allies, the Palestinian Hamas and Jihad Islami, depleted in their round-the-clock attacks on Israel since Nov. 10. (And what are we sending Israel? Oh, that’s right, we’re sending them orders to “show restraint&rdquo US warships turn around toward Israel for possible evacuation of Americans (the first time ever). Perhaps we are anticipating Israel to be attacked by Iran? DEBKA  The US has ordered three amphibious warships with 2,500 Marines aboard back to the eastern Mediterranean to remain on standby off Israel’s shore in case they are needed to evacuate American citizens. TheUSS Iwo Jima, the USS New York and the USS Gunston Hall, were sailing west of Gibraltar on their way to back to Norfolk, Virginia, when they were turned around.


5 years ago
The United States have never before evacuated American citizens from Israel. The US notice does not say whether a possible evacuation would include the US forces posted in American bases in Israel. A mass evacuation would entail a Marine shore landing in order to lead the evacuees to the amphibious craft. The Iwo Jima is a helicopter carrier, while the New York, one of the newest vessels of its kind in the US Navy, is a primary class of amphibious transport dock. Although a decision to evacuate nationals was defined in the CNN report as a “remote contingency,” our sources stress that it is extreme enough to be taken only when a war situation is envisaged capable of endangering Americans. This step negates the expectation articulated widely in Israel Monday, Nov. 19,  that a ceasefire with the Hamas is within reach. It rather indicates that Washington sees the situation surrounding the Gaza Strip in a far different light, more like a situation holding the threat of a general conflagration beyond the confines of the Israel-Hamas contest in Gaza.


According to the same report, the US military also maintains three to four ships off the coast of Israel that are capable of shooting down ballistic missiles. That deployment has stretched for some months in the face of a potential ballistic threat from Iran.

5 years ago

Special thanks to Jim Peterson for this article.  

I am not sure but this seems to send a message more than "evacuating people from the U.S," I hope.  The fact that these ships contain rockets and missles, as well, I hope means that we are willing to offer assistance to Israel and to tell  Iran to back off and leave this alone.  This is a chance for Obama to prove himself capable of defending the U.S. and I hope he doesn't fail.

Have to hope for Israel's sake.

5 years ago

Yes, Jim, thank you very much.


Appears Obama is taking the "passive approach" when, in fact, he should be sending warships to intercept the Iranian ship!


Obama is saying "America is passive and he won't intercede.    Tell me how this can be good.   It cannot.  



5 years ago

To  all of you who  are involved in this: and I guess that means EVERYONE;it certainly appears to me that our POTUS is showing his true colors, but WHAT ARE HIS TRUE COLORS?

He's leaving us out here in somewhat of a FOG. We know who we should be protecting, yet, in that article, nothing is really stated about protecting anyone other than our American Citizens. If that isn't kicking the Jewish Faith under the bus, I don't know what it is.

I can't imagine any other of the past presidents that I've lived through in my lifetime, allowing this situation to go as far as it has. Perhaps, just as the heroes of Benghazi, took it upon themselves to live up to the protection of human life, the US NAVAL OFFICERS who have turned around from their trip back home will take the same attitude, and do what they honestly feel is following the oath which they took upon entering the military and perhaps when they became Officers etc. Let's hope for Israel's sake that they are somewhat protected regardless of what we have or have not heard via the main stream media.



5 years ago

Remember what Obama said in 2008 before he was elected:  "I WILL FUNDMENTALLY CHANGE THIS COUNTRY."   That is what he said, Jim.     And, he intends to do that.


Our only hope at this point is that Obama continues to meet gridlock over the next two years and hopefully by then the American people will once again be on their feet eyes facing east and will vote in November 2014 and bring another tsunami vote and rearrange the Senate.   The did it once they can do it again.   


Obama wants a weakened America which means he had to capture the healthcare, but that is failing in the states, AND he must drastically reduce our military capability and he is working on that....and this is why he sits back and does nothing for Irsrael.   He is sending a message to the middle east.   


He has four more years but after that he is a nobody and can move to Hawaii.   Meanwhile, we watch and wait.

5 years ago

I apologize to Jim for misspelling his last name, as it is Petersen as he rightfully reminded me.

Diane, not only do we watch and wait, but we must be ready to raise our voices and let our representation on Capital Hill know that we will not stand for anymore catering to Obama; he violates the Constitution or commits another Benghazi and he is impeached and forced to leave the White House.  The lines needs to be drawn in the sand on this.

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