Sunday, December 25, 2011
Iran launched its 10-day naval drill “Velayati (Supremacy) 90” east of the strategic Strait of Hormuz Saturday, Dec. 24, to show its muscle – first of all to Washington in view of the Obama administration radically changed stance in favor of an attack to destroy the Islamic Republic’s nuclear weapons program.
It is a message that, notwithstanding the proximity of US warships in the area, Tehran can close the Persian Gulf’s Strait of Hormuz to the passage of one third of the world’s oil consumption; and if attacked, it will not just hit back at US targets in the region and Israel; Saudi Arabia and Jordan are additionally in its sights.
Israel was informed of the US policy reversal on Iran in the one-on-one talk President Barak Obama held with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak at Gaylord Hotel, Maryland on Dec. 16.
For Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Barak, the tightening of military coordination on Iran between the US and their government is a signal achievement for which neither has won kudos at home, where a sustained campaign is afoot to end their rule by raising one prickly domestic issue after another.
So far, their political foes have made no headway. The Netanyahu administration is supported by a comfortable parliamentary majority and can safely focus on pressing military and strategic decision-making.
The Iranian war game covers a 2,000-kilometer stretch of sea off the Hormuz Strait, in the northern Indian Ocean and in the Gulf of Aden up to the entrance to the Red Sea.
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