Crossfire War- TEHRAN WATCH – West Asia Theatre: Tehran – Beirut – Damascus/Jerusalem; Tehran Provides Hezbollah with Improved Zelzal Missile Battery Capable of Hitting Dimona – Site of Israel Underground Nuclear Facility
Night Watch: BEIRUT – Debka reports that Tehran, through Damascus, has just provided Hezbollah with an upgraded Zelzal missile battery with a 350-400 km range (200-240 miles), capable of hitting Israel’s underground nuclear facility at Dimona in the Negev desert, 34 km (20 miles) east of Beersheba. [DEBKA]
The information was supplied by Tehran’s former Ambassador to Damascus Ali-Akbar Mohtashami-Pour and who is now Tehran’s senior liaison to Hezbollah. The Zelzal battery consists of 16 missiles and if fired from northern or central Lebanon should have enough range to reach the facility. But Debka points out the impact would be largely symbolic, since the Dimona nuclear plant is deep underground and even a direct hit would do no damage. The facility is also protected by anti-missile defenses.
But with Iran-Syria still able to keep Hezbollah well supplied it gives Israel no other choice but to attack the supply centers in Syria forcing Damascus into the war which is what Syria-Iran want. Tehran-Damascus know that when they join the war it will increase the war’s popularity all over the Islamic world and increase the influence of the Islamic radical element in society in every Islamic country. That will reduce the West’s influence in the affairs of the region and seriously threaten any Islamic government still working with the West, principally Cairo.
I suspect however that Egypt’s military will remain loyal to President Hosni Mubarak, if that is the case he could have them attack Iranian forces in the immediate area that are working with Syria-Hezbollah. The regional war will really expand and lengthen taking a lot of pressure off Israel, especially since Mubarak is surrounded by capitals that support the Jihad: Tripoli-Khartoum-Riyadh. Debka even reported, a few months ago, that Iran was moving a brigade and its armor to a military base outside Khartoum. They will then concentrate their attention on removing Mubarak by supporting those who have long been opposed to him, the Muslim Brotherhood.