Rafah’s Subterranean Tunnel City: The Gateway to Hamastan

By seizing the so-called "Philadelphi" route along the Gaza- Egyptian international borderline, Hamas has finally taken full control of all exits and border crossings into the Gaza Strip- where they are about to create an Islamic Fundamentalist Hamastan. Israel is highly concerned from the flow of Iranian originating weapons and munitions into Gaza through the underground tunnels under the Philadelphi...

Seoul to Invest US$63 Billion in Strategic Deterrence, Missile Defense

The South Korean defense ministry submitted to the parliament a 214.5 trillion won (US$192.6 billion) budget request for the 2014-2018 fiscal year period. The budget was submitted for deliberation on Thursday, as Parliament discussed the Seoul's planned missile and missile defense programs, facing North Korea's nuclear and missile weapons threat. The budget plan needs parliamentary approval before being implemented...

European Air Forces Seek a Common Weaponized UAS

Some European countries may consider an Israeli made unmanned air system (UAS) as a platform for a "Black program” to create a European medium-altitude/long-endurance (MALE) armed UAS, I-HLS reports. This is the assessment of European sources familiar with the advanced Israeli made UAS. According to Aviation Week, frustrated by apparent U.S. ambivalence in granting authority to integrate weapons onto its Reaper...

Myth and Realities of Turkey’s Hidden Islamist Agenda

Oriental experts are asking themselves whether there is a secret government agenda to impose Islamic law in Turkey. But are the secularists merely stirring up fears about political Islam to win more power? In a debate fueled by suspicion and acrimony, there are no clear-cut answers. But given Turkey's geographical location, it is hardly surprising that the nation is...

Wahabism and ISIS – Did the Saudis Create a Monster They Can’t Control?

Officially Riyadh views the Islamic extremism as a terrorist organization that poses a direct threat to the kingdom's security. informally, the Saudi regime is paying the Islamic extremist factions huge sums of money to save its own involvement in the conflict; a traditional attitude, the House of Saud has maintained, whenever a dangerous situation has developed.

JCPOA – Bluffing the Way to an Agreement

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Gathering in Vienna to discuss a renewed agreement, all sides seem to ignore the facts. Iran is galloping to achieve the nuclear threshold. Unless a credible threat is put on the table, continued sanctions will only slow the process. Israel should not be left alone to deal with what seems to be the most serious threat to the stability of the region, and an existential threat to the Jewish state.

Simorgh First Launch – an Iranian Success or Failure?

Iran conducted the first launch of the 'Simorgh' last week, Tehran's largest satellite launch vehicle, and what the Pentagon views as a key element of its effort to build long-range missiles. Although Iran has not confirmed the test flight, both US and Russian sources reported the event, but the sources are not in agreement whether it was a success, part success or failure.

What’s Really Going On Behind The Scene in Tehran?

Mysterious Explosions By David Eshel A powerful mysterious blast that took place two weeks ago in the Tehran suburb of Khavarshahar near a Revolutionary Guards munitions warehouse and wrecked a convoy of Revolutionary Guard Corps vehicles that was allegedly carrying arms to Hezbollah. Although the blast was clearly heard throughout Tehran, the Revolutionary Guard imposed a complete clamp-down on any reports...

Israeli Fighter Jets Challenge Cypriot Air Defense in Mock Battle Exercise

Sharing a common interest in securing offshore mineral exploration areas throughout the Eastern Mediterranean, Israel and Cyprus are tightening defense cooperation through a series of air and naval exercises conducted over the Islands' southern coast. The relations between Israel, Cyprus and Greece are warming since 2008, as Israel's close relations with Turkey deteriorated since the rise of Turkish Prime Minister Recep...

The Ukrainian crisis – a cyber warfare battlefield

The crisis in Ukraine was the largest battlefield of cyber war since Russia's cyber-attacks on Estonia in 2007 and Georgia in 2008. Russian cyber operations in Ukraine were based on the experience and lessons learned from previous attacks; they haven't left 'fingerprints' leading to the sources. Russia has managed to hit almost all Ukraine government websites and it was able to take control and to put on surveillance and monitoring all the Internet and telephone communications lines, before the invasion and occupation of Crimea by its military.

Brazil Restarts Big-Ticket Procurement with an Eye to the Future

By Ray Peterson, Forecast International Although Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has no doubt been stirred by Venezuela's military buildup, he also recognizes the need for his own country to rectify its deficient level of armaments in order to strengthen Brazil's position as a regional leader. He has increased pressure to make funds available for two ambitious military programs, previously...

Denial of Service (DDoS) Cyber attacks – are they using the same logic as terror threats?

Much has been discussed about the damage that the Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) attacks cause to corporates and governments alike. It is estimate that at least 50% of Fortune 500 companies have been compromised by APT, and the potential financial damage to these organizations is almost impossible to quantify, but probably in the trillions of US dollars. Compared to this...

Post Arafat: Two Palestine Entities?

Barely two days after Yasser Arafat was buried, under the chaotic circumstances in his Ramallah Mukhata fortress, some forty gunmen, belonging to his loyal Al Aqsa Martyrs' brigades ( renamed after his death to Arafat's Martyr's brigades), rushed into a mourning tent in Gaza City, November 15, and opened fire on the congregation. Two men were killed and four...

Kenya Ethnic Chaos Could Provoke Al Qaeda Comeback

Kenya's sudden spiral into chaos after years being regarded as a regional stability in the turbulent Black African continent, will no doubt strike a heavy blow on the economies of a wide swathe of neighboring nations. But while the present scale of internecine violence came as quite a surprise, it was not the first time that this African nation...