IDF official: Army ready for ground op in Gaza – Ynetnews and more

IDF official: Army ready for ground op in Gaza – Ynetnews

Iran encouraging Islamic Jihad to fire rockets at Israel, escalation could prompt ground incursion, senior officer says. IDF hasn’t used all measures at its disposal, he says

Is Gaza war in cards? The current round of fighting between Israel and Palestinian terror groups could prompt Israel to launch a ground operation in the Gaza Strip, a senior IDF official said Monday.

IDF official: Army ready for ground op in Gaza – Israel News, Ynetnews


Full Titanic wreck site mapped for first time – Science –

An expedition team used sonar imaging and more than 100,000 photos taken from underwater robots to create the map, which shows where hundreds of objects and pieces of the presumed-unsinkable vessel landed after striking an iceberg, killing more than 1,500 people.

Explorers of the Titanic — which sank on its maiden voyage from Southampton, England, to New York City — have known for more than 25 years where the bow and stern landed after the vessel struck an iceberg. But previous maps of the floor around the wreckage were incomplete, said Parks Stephenson, a Titanic historian who consulted on the 2010 expedition. Studying the site with old maps was like trying to navigate a dark room with a weak flashlight.

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The Opposition and Putin Remain on a Collision Course

The explosion of street protests in Moscow was a real scare for Putin. While now he enjoys his victory, granting concessions to those responsible for the weeks of panic would have been very much against his unforgiving nature. He [Putin] believes that the weak always are – and should be – beaten, and fancies that he has proven himself to be strong. The fight on the last stretch of elections was, in his imagination, not against the cheerful crowds on the Bolotnaya square but against the dark forces that sought to dismember Russia in collusion with the eternal Western enemies. Those in the opposition who expect dialogue and liberal reforms are going to be disappointed – and will discover the depth of Putin’s...

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Ahmadinejad: ‘Zionist regime dead’

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says the West is making a mistake in supporting Israel, which is “martyring” the Palestinian people.

“The Zionist regime is a dead entity which cannot be brought back to life through such efforts,” the president told a large crowd Sunday in the city of Karaj, close to Tehran. “You (the West) have made investments and are losing face for the sake of a bunch of criminals and are not aware that the Zionist regime is like a rotten tree that you have invested in, but you will lose face.”

Ahmadinejad: ‘Zionist regime dead’


How China Can Prevent Collapse | China Power

And yet, although China weathered the global economic crisis relatively well, there has been one example after another of domestic social unrest. The most notorious was what happened in Wukan in Guangdong Province, where villagers extracted pledges from Communist Party officials to allow local polls to be held in an open manner.

News has travelled fast on social media, such as microblog Weibo, about these developments – faster even, it seems, than the government is able to respond through official state-run media. This is all ultimately tied to the reforms unleashed three decades ago. And it raises the question of whether China can expect even more far-reaching changes as a result of the leadership transition later this...

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China renews territorial claim on disputed rock island off South Korea

The rock in question (Ieodo is internationally called Socotra Rock, and is 4.6 meters below sea level.) is closer to Korea than any other country. It is located 149 kilometers southwest of Korea’s southernmost island of Marado and 247 kilometers northeast of the nearest Chinese island of Tongdao.

Experts here argue that China’s renewed claim to Ieodo appears to be a move to get the upper hand in future negotiations with South Korea over maritime territory.

“China periodically raises its territorial issue to make it an international dispute and at the same time, to strengthen its rationale for its right to the rock. The main motivation is apparently to expand its maritime economic interests given expected resources...

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Ex-Israeli spymaster: Iran response to Israeli attack would be devastating – Haaretz

Former Mossad chief Meir Dagan said that an Israeli strike on Iran would lead to a missile attack on Israel that would have a “devastating impact” on the country, in an interview that aired Sunday on CBS’s 60 minutes.

According to Dagan, an attack will start a regional war. “And wars, you know how they start. You never know how you are ending it,” he said.

Dagan also expressed skepticism over the effectiveness of an Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear program to deny Iran nuclear weapons. Unlike what has been reported in the past, according to Dagan there aren’t four Iranian nuclear sites but “dozens.”

Ex-Israeli spymaster: Iran response to Israeli attack would be...

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Israel to delay strike on Iran until after US elections?

Obama insisted that any attack on Iran should be postponed until after the US presidential elections in November, possibly even until next spring. The source revealed that Netanyahu consented to delaying a strike, but wished to know until when. “The question is how much time,” he reportedly said.

The source reported that Israel’s National Security Advisor Yaakov Amidror presented US administration and military officials with new intelligence data about Iran’s nuclear program. The findings included “Project 111,” a project to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile warhead and conduct large-scale high-explosive experiments, the Sunday Times reported. Amidror also noted that a...

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