IDF ground forces practice river crossing. The drill included soldiers from combat engineering, tanks, artillery and infantry units.
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Turkey warned 15 companies that submitted bids in a Greek Cypriot tender for oil exploration in a disputed areas of the Mediterranean, to pull out of the project, reported the Turkish Daily News.
“The companies which cooperate with GKRY (the Greek Cypriot administration) will not be included in energy projects in Turkey in the future,” a Foreign Ministry statement said yesterday.
According to Greek Cyprus, 29 companies made 15 bids for exploratory drilling in a second round of licensing to exploit offshore oil and gas off the shore of Cyprus. Israel’s Delek, ATP of the US, Russia’s Novatec, Italy’s ENI, France’s Total, Malaysia’s Petronas, Canada’s Petra Petroleum, and Britain’s Vitol are among the 15 firms and consortiums seeking drill.
The much-publicized joint defense drill planned between Israel and the United States has been postponed in the wake of quickly escalating tensions between the two countries and Iran.
The decision to delay ‘Austere Challenge 12’ for six months was made by Washington, which felt tensions in the Middle East would be ramped up by a display of the allies’ military maneuverings. The drill is scheduled to be the largest joint military exercise to ever take place between the nations, will include approximately 5,000 soldiers from Israel and the US, and will simulate a ballistic missile strike on Israel in order to test the country’s missile defense systems.
Recent days and weeks have seen an increase in speculation that Israel is preparing to bomb Iranian nuclear targets, with a top Iranian nuclear scientist killed in a car bomb on January 11. Following that attack, the 5th such assassination of an Iranian scientist in 2 years, Tehran submitted a letter to Washington accusing the CIA of committing the bombing.
Iran has threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz, a critical oil supply route. The United States passed a message to Iran on Sunday that blocking the waterway would constitute a “red line” over which Iran could not cross without an American response.
Israel and the United States have announced the postponement of their much-hyped joint anti-missile military drill due to “technical” reasons.
Neither the White House nor the IDF elaborated on what “logistical” problems delayed the drill, dubbed “Austere Challenge”, but it is thought that a delay of a few months will provide the Obama administration more time to prove that its sanctions regime against Iran are working. Israel Public Radio, citing military sources, reported that the exercises would be delayed to the end of 2012.
The IDF (Israel Defense Forces) will be required to launch a significant offensive strike on Gaza if rocket attacks against Israeli citizens from the Hamas-controlled region do not come to an end, IDF Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense committee on Tuesday.
“Such a measure needs to be proactive and organized, under Israeli control and not dragging on,” Gantz said. He added that there is a chance of renewed violence by Arabs in Judea and Samaria.
On Saturday, Israel Air Force aircraft targeted and destroyed a rocket firing post erected in the southern Gaza city of Khan Younis which was poised to fire missiles into Israel. One terrorist was killed and seven injured.
Egypt warned Hamas in recent weeks that if rocket attacks against Israelis continue, Israel will launch an operation in Gaza.
On Sunday, Gantz oversaw an army drill in which the Combat Engineer Corps practiced responding to enemy infiltration and the capture of an Israeli soldier. Fighter jets and elite army units took part in the drill.