Hezbollah rocket launcher 311 (R).
(photo credit: Reuters)
Iran is benefiting from the upheaval in the Middle East as the rising price of
oil undercuts the effect sanctions were having on the country, according to
recent assessments within the Israeli defense establishment.
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At the same
time, Hezbollah is concerned with the ongoing protests in Syria and the
possibility that President Bashar Assad will lose power.
foreign reports, Syria is storing an unspecified number of long-range Scud
missiles inside a base near the Syrian-Lebanese border. Other reports have
mentioned that Syria is also storing advanced surface-to-air missiles on
Iran is believed to still be suffering from technical
setbacks due to the Stuxnet computer virus that attached its Natanz uranium fuel
enrichment facility over the summer but has gotten most of its program back on
According to assessments within the defense establishment, Iran’s
current strategy is to prepare all of its nuclear assets for the day that it
will decide to go to the breakout stage and begin developing a nuclear weapon.