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    Israel Displays Arms It Says Were Destined for Gaza

    Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to the media in front of a display of M302 rockets, found aboard the Klos C ship, at a navy base in the Red Sea resort city of Eilat on March 10, 2014.
    Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to the media in front of a display of M302 rockets, found aboard the Klos C ship, at a navy base in the Red Sea resort city of Eilat on March 10, 2014.
    Scott Bobb
    Israel has displayed weapons from an intercepted ship it says were being sent from Iran to militants in the Gaza Strip -- a charge denied by Tehran.

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu displayed the arms at a news conference Monday in the Red Sea port of Eilat. Flanked by senior defense officials, Netanyahu accused the world of standing by while the Iranian government arms Gaza militants who threaten millions of Israelis.

    "There are those who would prefer that we not hold this news conference here today," he said. "They feel uncomfortable that we show what is really happening inside Iran. They prefer that we continue to nurture the illusion that Iran has changed direction. They are not prepared to recognize that Iran, a brutal regime, has not abandoned its deep involvement in terrorism, its systematic efforts to undermine peace and security throughout the Middle East and its ambition to destroy Israel."

    But, he said, the facts we are showing on this platform prove the exact opposite.

    Israel announced the weapons discovery last week after boarding a Panamanian-flagged ship in the Red Sea. The government distributed videos of its soldiers unloading the weapons from containers from the ship. It said the arms were hidden under sacks of cement that originated in Iran.

    The Israeli government said it seized 40 M-302 rockets, 181 large mortar shells and 400,000 rounds of Kalashnikov bullets.  It said the rockets have a range up to 160 kilometers, which mean they could reach most urban centers in Israel.

    Israel said the arms were made in Syria and flown to Iran where they were loaded onto the ship headed for Port Sudan.  They were then to be transported overland via Egypt and smuggled into Gaza.

    The governments of Iran and Sudan have denied the charge.  An official of the Hamas group that controls Gaza, Taher al-Nono, called it a big lie.

    He said this is a silly claim and futile fabrication aimed at justifying the blockade of the Gaza Strip.  In reality, he said, Gaza is blockaded and they are talking about a ship that was found in the Red Sea thousands of kilometers away.

    Israel has maintained a naval and land blockade against Gaza since Hamas seized power seven years ago.  Gaza residents have used smuggling tunnels from Egypt's Sinai desert to bring in food, construction supplies as well as arms.

    Egypt's military-backed government has destroyed many tunnels since it seized power eight months ago but some reportedly continue to operate.

    Iran and six world powers have negotiated a temporary agreement aimed at ending Iran's alleged nuclear weapons program in exchange for an easing of sanctions against it. Israel has sharply criticized the negotiations, saying Iran has no intention of abandoning its program.

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    by: JohnWV from: USA
    March 12, 2014 6:14 AM
    Iran had no part in this. The Jewish state's Mossad expertly staged another false flag deception intended to involve United States in yet another Mideast war to further Israel's grandiose aspirations. But Palestine surely does need missiles capable of striking anywhere in Israel. With the world's fourth most powerful military, Israel routinely uses American fighter jets against the inmates of besieged Palestine. Fathers, mothers and children are killed, splattered actually. The Jews enjoy a kill ratio of near one hundred to one. The Palestinian's response with crude rockets is pathetic. But those rockets do confirm that Palestine will not accept defeat, they “give proof through the night that (their) flag is still there.”
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    by: amercan eagle from: usa
    March 13, 2014 11:52 AM
    You already lost get used to it. Q

    by: Abel Ogah from: OJU Nigeria
    March 11, 2014 3:29 AM
    Is Iran more powerful than the UN put together? Shame to those protecting Iran and terrorism. Their nation will not know peace too. Amen.Amen Amen.

    by: Leroy Padmore from: Jersey City
    March 11, 2014 12:13 AM
    The true has been seen, when PM. Netanyahu told the world about Iran hypocritical action towards the peace process in Israel, and that of their Nuclear ambition, lot of people look at PM. Netanyahu to be warmonger. A man that doesn't want peace. The true has been seen, what can they say now? the world needs to apologized to PM. Netanyahu and the people of Israel. But Israel should rain that same weapon on Gaza and Hezbollah. Let them get the taste of their own medicine. And we support Israel for that. Iran and the Arab league are wasting their time, Israel will not be removed from that land anymore. Iran is so shamed, Israeli intelligence is the best in the world. Iran has an Iranian spy right in their own hierarchy, spying for Israel. This is what money can do. money can buy your loyalty. And Iran has sell herself to Israel.hahahaha, Israel is Bad, I love Israel, The star of david will forever fly high above the Middle East. God Bless Israel

    by: Anonymous
    March 10, 2014 8:12 PM
    All the more reason to take out assad, he is creating a breeding ground for terrorism. Assad uses terror on the people of Syria, and sadly they must fight using his own game of terror. How can civilians fight a tyrant that uses terror? They fight fire with fire, the Syrian people have no other way to fight, just hand guns, and whatever weapons they steal from assads thugs.

    Assad must be taken out, arrested or captured. An end to the Syrian bloodshed.

    Iran government on the other hand need a serious slap for allowing their men to go in to Syria and fight along side SAA which terrorizes the people. Hezzbolah is a known terrorist group which Assad doesnt mind at all nor does Iran.

    Meenwhile Putin counts the money he is making off all the deaths across the middle east. For every civilian killed by a sniper fire, Putin sells the assad thug another bullet....

    Enough of the corruption, lets do some "Spring" cleaning and get rid of these war criminals once and for all.

    Meenwhile Ukraine, Putin jumps into a country he has no business in, nor did he tell any other nations of his plan(s)... Entirely illegal.
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    by: Anonymous
    March 12, 2014 12:31 AM
    Just because assad saved some nuns (If he really did, lets assume he did) what about all those he is guilty of murdering by dropping barrel bombs on/near the homes of many families.

    Everything assad has done since day one of this war outweighs any good savior things he can do. You can be the best nobel peace prize winner after murdering people, but you are still a murderer. His crimes will never be erased from Syrian history books.
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    by: Godwin from: Nigeria
    March 11, 2014 1:14 PM
    Assad helps return Christian nuns seized by terrorists, thanks boy, even if this is the only good thing you do in your life. Please encourage Assad to also release the bishops that were abducted by the same terrorists too. This notwithstanding, I score Assad higher than the so-called opposition made up of terrorist cells, though Assad himself too is armed by a terrorist regime - in Tehran. Russia...? I do not have enough space to think what the country is up to, but I know it has had to grapple with al qaida in Afghanistan: and al qaida is armed and trained by USA. Is this a result of the cold war? USA used every available thing to prosecute the cold war; the aftermath has become more troubling than the war itself. So who is worried right now, USA or USSR? Really more worrisome is about the caliber of leaders overseeing world affairs. Just yesterday Katherine Ashton told the whole world she doesn't think Iran's nuclear negotiation will achieve a comprehensive deal. They're just seeing that. What a short sightedness! And what a blinded people leading the whole world! Where do you think they will lead the world to, Abyss? Your guess is as good as mine. Do you know who's so optimistic of a blissful life in Abyss? President Barrack Obama, John Kerry, and the White House.., only in USA!

    by: Dr. Salman Khan from: US
    March 10, 2014 7:00 PM
    I love this nation of Israel - here we have a Ukrainian turmoil - a virtual war between Russia and the "west" - the Crimea being annexed by Russia - Muslime terrorists blow up a commuter airliner full of Chinese people - in Syria Islamic depravities commuting genocide - Iran executing thousands of Sunni Muslimes Arabs - Tatar Al Qaeda linked with Dagestan militants and Chechen Islamist terrorists... being encouraged by the EU and the US to perpetrate atrocities against the Russian military in the Crimea... and what is the most attractive news in the world..?? ISRAEL...!!! A Philistine terrorist Jordanian "judge" got himself blown when trying to steal a weapon from an Israeli soldier... bad mistake dude...!!! maybe your Satanic Allah will give you couple of really ugly virgins... just for your stupidity... LOL

    by: ROBERT from: USA
    March 10, 2014 6:41 PM
    How many you nukes you have, where is their pictures! you yahoo.

    by: franko from: ny
    March 10, 2014 6:38 PM
    BS

    by: Doron from: Atlanta
    March 10, 2014 6:21 PM
    The article distorts issues. Israel provides Gaza with food, water, electricity, constantly. It treats Gazans in its hospitals. There is a naval blockade, which given the constant rocket attacks from Gaza, and Hamas' pledge to destroy Israel, is hardly surprising. By the way, Egypt provides almost nothing across its border with Gaza.

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