Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Round Round Get Around...

They get around:

"Israel is struggling to keep its diplomatic friends in Africa as Iran makes a determined effort to expand its influence there, making the continent an emerging theater in the Iran-Israel confrontation. But these days the Jewish state has a new ally, Kenya, which wants Israeli help to fight the growing menace of jihadist terrorism emanating from war-torn Somalia, Kenya's northern neighbour... Israel is also seeking a foothold in the turbulent Horn of Africa to guard the approaches of the Red Sea. This is a vital shipping route and the access to the Arabian Sea for missile-armed Israeli submarines to target Iran should hostilities erupt... [I]n recent months Israel has been building military and intelligence links with Ethiopia, Nigeria and other African states." (Israel eyes new alliances in Africa,, 9/3/10)

"Two Israeli aircraft appearing to be spy planes flew near Budapest's international airport last week but did not land there, Hungarian media reported Thursday. According to the reports, the planes were on a 'spy mission' that may be connected to the assassination of a Syrian national in his vehicle Wednesday in the Hungarian capital." ('Israeli spy planes flew over Budapest', Attila Somfalvi,, 18/3/10)

"Israeli and Romanian defense officials said Monday that one Romanian and six Israeli soldiers were missing after an Israeli helicopter in which they were travelling crashed in mountainous terrain in central Romania... Romanian and Israeli troops are taking part in Blue Sky 2010, 11-day joint aviation exercises where troops are trained to fly low at low altitude in search, rescue and medical evacuation exercises." (Six IAF crew missing as Israeli helicopter crashes in Romania, Anshel Pfeffer, Haaretz, 26/7/10)

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