9.21: news.pol/purges/wwIII/why Iran targets Haifa and Tel Aviv:
. if Iran were to punish Israel, they said
their first target would be Haifa and Tel Aviv.
I know Tel Aviv is the effective capital of Israel
but what is Haifa?
Iran marked the anniversary of its 1980 invasion by Iraq
(an invasion supported by usa) with a parade.
Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari,
commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps:
"If they [usa-Israel] want to extend their reach
and engage in adventurism
they should go to the Bay of Pigs"
- a reference to the location of a botched U.S.[CIA] attempt
to overthrow Cuban leader Fidel Castro in 1961.
Among the weapons displayed was the new long-range
"Zolfaqar" ballistic missile, named after a legendary sword
given by the Prophet Mohammad to Imam Ali.
A banner on the side of a truck carrying the new missile
bore a threat to Iran's arch-foe Israel:
"If the leaders of the Zionist regime make a mistake
then the Islamic Republic [Iran]
will turn Tel Aviv and Haifa to dust."
Fars news agency:
Iran’s military chief of staff Gen. Mohammad Hossein Bagheri
said at the parade that the $38 million, 10-year defense aid package
granted to Israel by the United States
makes Iran “more determined” to strengthen its military.
“The criminal move [by the United States] to sign an agreement
to present a supportive military package to the Zionist regime
is a desperate attempt to protect the security vacuum of the regime
and makes us more determined to increase our military power."
why Haifa and Tel Aviv?
Jerusalem is the largest and most important city to Israel,
but it's also important to Islam.
is the second largest city in Israel;
and the largest metropolitan area.
Tel Aviv is home to most foreign embassies.
. the phrase "Haifa works, Jerusalem prays, and Tel Aviv plays"
refers to Haifa's reputation as a city of industry.
A generation ago Haifa's image was that of a
serious-- and somewhat dull-- labor city
because of its many factories.
It still has an industrial area to its north,
where one of Israel's two oil refineries is located.
But it also has a world-class high-tech strip in its south,
in the "Matam" technology park along the beach.
The park includes blue-chip tech firms such as
Intel, Apple, Philips, Cisco, Qualcomm, Microsoft, and Google
as well as some of Israel's largest tech firms, Elbit and Amdocs.
IBM has an R&D center on the top of Mount Carmel
at Haifa University; and HP has a lab at the Technion,
Israel's leading technological university.
Ottoman rule until 1918, except for two brief periods.
In the years following, Haifa grew in terms of
traffic, population and importance, as Akko suffered a decline.
The development of Haifa increased further with the arrival of
members of the German Protestant Temple Society in 1868,
who settled a modern neighborhood near the city,
now known as the "German Colony". The Templers
greatly contributed to the town's commerce and industry,
playing an important role in its modernization.
Templers are members of the Temple Society (German: Tempelgesellschaft),
a German Protestant sect with roots in the
Pietist movement of the Lutheran Church.
The Templers were expelled from the church in 1858
because of their millennial beliefs.
Their aim was to realize the apocalyptic visions of
the prophets of Israel in the Holy Land.
. 1868: Beginning of carefully planned migration of Templers
to the Holy Land (then part of the Ottoman Empire).
In 1869 begins the construction of the first house in Haifa,
the community hall (Gemeindehaus). Over many years
urban and rural settlements with community halls and schools,
commercial, trade, farm and transport enterprises
were established in a number of locations including
Haifa, Jaffa and Jerusalem.