Exact dates for delivery are still under discussion, according to Reuters.
The missiles would not render an Israeli attack on Iran impossible, but would make it more difficult.
There was a certain amount of hoopla about the unanimous vote in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee calling for advancement of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, sponsored by Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN). The bill would grant Congress the ability to review the deal currently being crafted by the Obama administration and Iran.
A step in the right direction, certainly, but there still is room for considerable unease. At the last minute, seeing the prospect of a vote large enough to over-ride a veto, Obama declared that he would cooperate and not veto. This is encouraging, of course – as it suggests a shift in the dynamic. (And yes, I do believe Netanyahu’s Congressional talk had an influence on the situation.) But in order to secure Democratic support, there were compromises made. WSJ reviewed the situation with a somewhat jaundiced eye, and, as Arnold Ahlert wrote in FrontPage, “It remains to be seen whether lawmakers, including those in Obama’s own party, will hold the president accountable for his reckless deal-making…”
I will be returning soon to consider this and related Iran issues in a great deal more detail.
According to a report by the Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry at Tel Aviv University, anti-Semitism rose almost 40% in 2014, over the level of incidents in the previous year.
Said Center president, Dr. Moshe Kantor, “Many streets in our European cities have become hunting grounds for Jews, and some Jews are now forced to avoid community institutions and synagogues as a result. Some are choosing to leave the continent, many are afraid to walk the streets, and even more are retreating behind high walls and barbed wire. This has become the new reality of Jewish life in Europe.”