Prospects of Iran-U.S. conflict intensifies – 16.9.19 TV7 Israel News


Shalom and good evening, this is TV7 Israel
News broadcasting to you from Jerusalem; And in today’s top stories;
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announces three components, which according
to him, are vital to ensure both the national security and future of the Jewish State. Two of the Saudi Arabia’s major Aramco oil
plants, including the world’s largest oil processing facility, were attacked over the
weekend by Yemen’s Iranian-backed Houthi rebels – sparking major blazes and renewed
prospects of a wider conflagration. U.S. President Donald Trump insinuates that
if the Islamic Republic of Iran is found guilty of the attack on Saudi oil installations,
the United States will respond militarily. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
has announced three components he maintains are vital to ensure the national security
and future of the Jewish State. In the final cabinet meeting of Netanyahu’s
incumbent-government, just ahead of tomorrow’s national parliamentary elections, the Israeli
leader once again reiterated his plan to assert Jerusalem’s sovereignty over the West Bank
district of the Jordan Valley; a territory that he and many in Israel’s security establishment
believe will provide the Jewish State with strategic depth, imperative for the IDF to
protect the country’s northern gateway. “Israeli sovereignty over the Jordan Valley
and the northern Dead Sea. I proclaimed this a few days ago. We will apply this sovereignty immediately
upon the formation of the next government, in the next Knesset. I am proud to convene this special Cabinet
meeting, in the Jordan Valley. This is not only the eastern gate of the State
of Israel; it is a defensive wall from the east because the Jordan Valley, together with
the areas that control it, which will be part of the State of Israel, ensure that the IDF
will be here forever. Instead of having a state that is only a few
kilometers wide, this will be a state with strategic depth and strategic height.” A second component presented by Netanyahu
pertains to his declared-plan to extend Israeli sovereignty over the Jewish settlement-blocs
situated within the remaining disputed districts of the West Bank, which include the biblical
territories of Judea and Samaria. The Prime Minister insisted that this plan,
will be incorporated in U.S. President Donald Trump’s so-called “Deal of the Century,”a
regional peace accord set to be unveiled shortly after the outcome of Israel’s national elections. “Applying Israeli sovereignty over all of
the communities in Judea and Samaria, both those in blocs, including the area of the
blocs, and also those outside the blocs, as well as additional areas that are vital for
our security and for ensuring our heritage. These things will come up in the plan of the
century; it will come very fast after the elections.” Prime Minister Netanyahu also revealed a third
vital component to Israel’s national and strategic security, which he termed as historic. “Over the weekend, I spoke with my friend
President (Donald) Trump. We agreed to advance a historic defensive
alliance between the U.S. and Israel at our upcoming meeting at the UN General Assembly. This is historic because it adds a powerful
component of deterrence against our enemies, alongside maintaining the ability to act,
and freedom of action, of our forces. On this we will always insist and it will
always be in this defensive agreement just as it has entered into the other defensive
agreements. This is a main component for coming generations
to ensure our future.” According to a message U.S. President Donald
Trump wrote on his Twitter account Saturday night, he and Netanyahu have held telephone
discussions on a plan to establish a mutual defence treaty between Washington and Jerusalem
while adding that the two leaders hope to meet shortly after Israel’s elections, at
the annual opening of the United Nations General Assembly, which is scheduled for later this
month. President Trump also described the referred-to
‘treaty’ as an additional anchor between the two close-allies, the United States and
Israel. It is important to note, however, that a requirement
of such a defense treaty that mandates coordination between both parties in advance of all war-related
activities is liable to deny Jerusalem the freedom of launching surprise military operations
or wars without first securing consent from Washington. Senior Israeli defense officials confirmed
to TV7 that this kind of a bilateral pact has been discussed in general terms, although
so far no preparatory work has yet been conducted. One defense official voiced his concern over
an agreement of this nature, in light of the recent developments vis-à-vis Iran’s nuclear
program – that “may demand a pre-emptive Israeli strike against relevant Islamic Republic
installations,” in spite of possible objections from Washington’s political establishment. Now to Saudi Arabia, where;
Two major Aramco oil plants, including the world’s largest oil processing facility,
were attacked over the weekend by Yemen’s Iranian-backed Houthi rebels – sparking
major blazes and renewed prospects of a wider conflagration. The Iranian-backed Houthi rebels have claimed
responsibility for the attack in a televised announcement and pledged to further intensify
operations against the American allied Kingdom. “With the grace of God the great, the air
force has completed a wide attack using 10 drones that targeted the sites Abqaiq and
Khurais, which are owned by Aramco, in Eastern Saudi Arabia this morning. The damage was precise and direct and was
named “the second balanced preemptive strike”.” While the Saudi Interior Ministry announced
that it has managed to subdue the raging fires, Aramco gave no immediate timeline as to when
output would resume. Multiple reports indicate that a return to
full oil production could take “weeks,” rather than days.” Saudi Arabia’s state-controlled media is
nevertheless insisting that oil exports to meet the global demand would not be affected. Despite Riyadh’s reluctance to name the
perpetrator behind the attack; U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo released a statement
on his Twitter account, in which he blamed the Islamic Republic of bearing responsibility
for the attack. The American top diplomat insisted that “Amid
all the calls for de-escalation, Iran has now launched an unprecedented attack on the
world’s energy supply.” As such, Secretary Pompeo called “on all
nations to publicly and unequivocally condemn Iran’s attacks.” He further sought to reassure the international
community that “The United States will (continue to) work with (its) partners and allies to
ensure that energy markets remain well supplied and Iran is held accountable for its aggression.” Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif
responded to the allegations by accusing his American counterpart of spreading deceit. The Iranian top diplomat also warned that
Washington’s qualitative military edge would not lead to victory – and proclaimed that
the only way to avoid further disaster is for the White House to accept defeat by immediately
retracting its international sanctions and instead advance a diplomatic route with the
Islamic Republic. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani voiced an
even more hawkish sentiment toward the United States and its allies by declaring that the
only way for regional hostilities to end is the immediate withdrawal of all U.S. forces
from the region. “If we want to establish real security in
this region, the only way is that the U.S. invasion to the region should be over.” / “Americans, instead of accusing themselves
and confessing that their presence in the region, in Syria, in Yemen, and other areas
has been problematic, every now and then they accuse the countries in the region and the
brave fighters of Yemen.” U.S. President Donald Trump responded to the
latest escalation by announcing his administration will release oil from the American Strategic
Petroleum Reserve, if needed – among other measures, to assure that the global market
is well supplied and that oil prices are not severely affected. While not naming Iran directly, President
Trump indicated that an investigation into the perpetrators of the attack is ongoing. Depending of verification, the American leader
also stated that the U.S. military is “locked and loaded” and is awaiting orders on how
to proceed based on the outcome of the Saudi-led investigation.

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