[Sayma-Announce] Fw: response from FCNL on US Troops Going to Israel

Joe Parko jparko90 at charter.net
Thu Jan 5 18:47:37 PST 2012

messages back and forth from FCNL

From: Kate Gould 
Sent: Thursday, January 05, 2012 3:02 PM
To: Joe Parko 
Cc: Diane E. Randall ; Bridget Moix 
Subject: RE: US Troops Going to Israel

Thanks so much Joe for passing this on, and apologies for the delay on responding to your earlier email.

Preventing war with Iran is, as Diane mentioned, one of FCNL’s top priorities. As for this development, I just wrote a blogpost analyzing this troubling news about the deployment of US troops to Israel:


Also, if you’re interested, we’ve recently put together an Iran webpage here with more resources: www.fcnl.org/iran

Thanks again Joe & let me know if you have any other questions.

All the very best and Happy New Year!


Kate Gould

Legislative Associate for Foreign Policy

Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL)

Direct: 202-903-2516



From: Diane E. Randall 
Sent: Thursday, January 05, 2012 10:16 AM
To: 'Joe Parko'
Subject: RE: US Troops Going to Israel

Dear Joe: 

Thanks for your message and forwarding this. The report of US troops to Israel caught the attention of FCNL staff as well. We are very concerned about the growing rhetoric of conflict and Congressional actions to impose harsher sanctions of Iran's central bank that escalate tensions leading to military engagement. 

This is a high priority for FCNL; Kate Gould, our lobbyist for Greater Middle East peace and Bridget Moix, Secretary for Foreign Policy are taking the lead here on staff. More to follow in e-news and in our legislative action messages. 




From: Joe Parko [mailto:mailto:jparko90%40charter.net] 
Sent: Wednesday, January 04, 2012 6:42 PM
To: Diane E. Randall
Subject: Fw: US Troops Going to Israel


I enjoyed meeting you at the FCNL annual meeting. Please make this an FCNL top priority. I fear that we are moving to a new war in Iran.
This is a very ominous development. We must stop our government from becoming an accomplice to the Israeli government’s desire to maintain its nuclear weapons supremacy in the Middle East. 
Joe Parko
SAYMA FCNL representative

Friends of Sabeel--North America
Voice of the Palestinian Christians

US Troops going to Israel


January 2, 2012. Jerusalem. In one of the most blacked-out stories in America right now, the US military is preparing to send thousands of US troops, along with US Naval anti-missile ships and accompanying support personnel, to Israel. It took forever to find a second source for confirmation of this story and both relatively mainstream media outlets are in Israel. With one source saying the military deployment and corresponding exercises are to occur in January, the source providing most of the details suggests it will occur later this spring.

Calling it not just an "exercise", but a "deployment", the Jerusalem Post quotes US Lt.-Gen Frank Gorenc, Commander of the US Third Air Force based in Germany. The US Commander visited Israel two weeks ago to confirm details for "the deployment of several thousand American soldiers to Israel." In an effort to respond to recent Iranian threats and counter-threats, Israel announced the largest ever missile defense exercise in its history. Now, it's reported that the US military, including the US Navy, will be stationed throughout Israel, also taking part.

While American troops will be stationed in Israel for an unspecified amount of time, Israeli military personnel will be added to EUCOM in Germany. EUCOM stands for United States European Command.

In preparation for anticipated Iranian missile attacks upon Israel, the US is reportedly bringing its THAAD, Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, and ship-based Aegis ballistic missile systems to Israel. The US forces will join Israeli missile defense systems like the Patriot and Arrow. The deployment comes with "the ultimate goal of establishing joint task forces in the event of a large-scale conflict in the Middle East". The Jerusalem Post reports that US Lt.-Gen Frank Gorenc was in Israel meeting with his Israeli counterpart, Brig.-Gen Doron Gavish, commander of the Air Defense Division. While there, the US General visited one of Israel's three 'Iron Dome' anti-missile outposts. The Israeli Air Force has announced plans to deploy a fourth Iron Dome system in the coming months. Additional spending increases in the Jewish state will guarantee the manufacture and deployment of three more Iron Dome systems by the end of 2012. The Israelis are hoping to eventually have at least a dozen of the anti-missile systems deployed along its northern and southern borders.

In a show of escalated tensions in the region, Iran test fired two long range missiles today. One, called the Qadar, is a powerful sea-to-shore missile. The other was an advanced surface-to-surface missile called the Nour. According to Iranian state news, the Nour is an 'advanced radar-evading, target-seeking, guided and controlled missile'. Additionally, the Iranian military reportedly test-fired numerous other short, medium and long-range missiles. Yesterday, Iranian authorities reported that they test-fired the medium-range, surface-to-air, radar-evading Mehrab missile. Today is supposed to be the final day of Iranian naval drills in the Straits of Hormuz.

Iran recently made global headlines when it threatened to blockade the Straits of Hormuz if Europe and the US went ahead with their boycott of Iranian oil and the country's central bank. One-quarter of the world's oil passes through that waterway every day. President Obama has announced that a closure of the Straits was unacceptable and vowed to take whatever measures are necessary to keep the vital shipping lane open.

In response to the Iranian missile tests this weekend, French authorities were the first to respond, calling it a, "very bad signal to the international community."We want to underline that the development by Iran of a missile program is a source of great concern to the international community," the French Foreign Ministry said in a written statement. Israeli officials suggested the flamboyant Iranian military drills this weekend were a sign that international sanctions on the country were taking a heavy toll and that any additional boycotts, on its banks or oil industry, would be crippling.

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said the large missile tests showed, "the dire straits of Iran in light of the tightening sanctions around her, including the considerations in the last few days regarding the sanctions of exporting petroleum as well as the possibility of sanctions against the Iranian Central Bank." While the chances of Iran going through with its threat of closing the Straits of Hormuz are slim, the deployment of thousands of US troops and naval ships to Israel shows the US isn't taking any chances.

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