Two jet aircraft designated "State 23" and State 24" have taken off from Tehran, Iran. It appears the talking . . . is over.
The aircraft named "State 23" flew to Amman, Jordan. (Here)
The second aircraft named "State 24" is still in the air at the writing of this story (Here)
Meanwhile, the Iran Foreign Minister arrived back at the United Nations in New York City for "urgent talks regarding Gaza." (Here)
The situation with the Gaza Strip is at the breaking point Diplomatically.
At the United Nations Security Council meeting, a heated exchange of words took place between the ambassadors of Russia, China and Israel yesterday.
Israeli Ambassador to the UN Gilad Erdan in the Security Council: "How would Moscow react if terrorist squads wiped out entire neighborhoods in Moscow? How would Beijing react if terrorists cut off the heads of your babies? I'll give you a moment to think about that, even though you don't even need a moment. We all know exactly how you would react"
"The Russian Draft does not mention Israel's right to self-defense at all. Would Moscow or Beijing accept the right to self-defense if they were faced with a similar threat? I guess so."
The Russian ambassador to the UN replied to Jordan: "The Israeli representative asked what Russia would do if terrorists attacked Moscow. The answer is that when we were subjected to terrorist attacks from Chechnya we were told in the world that "it was not terrorism but a national liberation movement."
We were told to talk to the Chechens. But we didn't talk to them, we destroyed them"
The Russian ambassador added: "In our proposed resolution there is a condemnation of terrorism and an expression of empathy for Israel's situation. We are not asking you not to fight terrorism - we are asking you to fight terrorists and not civilians. Take this into account when you choose to respond to our words in the future."
China's ambassador to the UN also replied to Jordan: "I did not intend to enter into an argument with Israel. If Israel regards China as an adversary, you have probably chosen the wrong target. "Since the beginning of the conflict in Gaza, we have condemned all attacks against civilians - Israelis and Palestinians."
The Chinese ambassador added: "I remind you that last week there was a proposed resolution by Brazil that condemned Hamas. We voted in favor but the US vetoed it. We do not underestimate the situation in Israel, but we attach the same importance to the situation of the Palestinians. It cannot be denied that for a long time the aspirations of the Palestinians were not met. Let's be fair and stick to the facts"
As the Draft Resolution was defeated the Russian delegate said: We regret the Security Council’s inability to stop the escalation in the region.
Hal Turner Analysis
Diplomats do not -- generally -- speak to each other this way in public. To me, it was actually quite refreshing to see these folks lay things on the line so candidly.
I think the world could use a LOT more of such candid, frank, talk; it might make things in our world a lot better. No more mealy-mouth dancing around issues. REAL TALK.
Unfortunately, history shows that by the time Diplomats finally start engaging in "real" talk, it's usually too late.
As you read this, all the armies are deployed around the Middle East. Egypt, Jordan, Syria. Hezbollah fighters in Lebanon are already engaging in skirmishes with Israeli troops along the Israel-Lebanon border. People are dying in those skirmishes.
Iran is already deploying long range missiles, and coastal defenses along the shores of both the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman.
Iraq is massing hundreds of thousands of fighters to help "Palestinians."
Houthis in Yemen are already firing missiles and launching drones at Israel, but both Saudi Arabia and the US are shooting those down long before they reach Israel.
A lot of people realize right now that if WHEN this kicks-off, it's going to be a military bloodbath.
I hate to have to say this, but it really must be said: "I personally believe that if a regional war breaks out, Israel is highly likely (in my personal view) to be over-run.
This isn't 1967 when a bunch of Arab countries went piecemeal to war against Israel. This is 2023, and the Arabs learned a LOT since 1967.
They now have large armories of long-range, and very precise, missiles. Their troops are in advanced Armored vehicles with laser targeting and night vision.
Communications are all encrypted.
Radar is very much more advanced. Fighter jets are orders of magnitude better than they were in 1967.
Frankly, and it pains me to say this, I think Israel will get it's clock cleaned. In fact, I think it will be so bad, and happen so fast, that Israel will be left with no choice but to launch tactical nuclear strikes against SEVERAL Muslim nations.
And if/when THAT happens, the world will erupt.
Now that the US State Department aircraft have departed Iran, it appears the talking has stopped.
Historically, when the talking stops . . . . war begins.
Get right with God.
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