Summary: The UN has adopted toothless sanctions against Iran - the US Congress more efficient ones including bans on financial tansactions and ship insurances as well as a certain amount of blockade on the delivery of petrol to Iran. However, Russia has promised to sell Iran its thus missing petrol - thus leaving just the military option, especially since Pres. Medwedew has just declared Iran to be neat its nuclear bomb.
More and more indicates a coming US-Isaeli attack on Iran, psychological warfare having so far been ineffective. A gigantic US-Israeli military build up is taking place - according to Russia Today in 10 countries around Iran as well as in the Persian Gulf - including airbases in Saudi Arabia. During the G-8- meeting last month, Silvio Berlusconi said the G-8 leaders "believe absolutely that Israel will probably react against Iran preemptively.” On 13 July, Fidel Castro reappeared and declared that a US-Israeli attack on Iran is "imminent" and predicted that this could trigger a global nuclear war. In unusually blunt remarks, UAE Ambassador Yousef al-Otaiba publicly endorsed the use of the military option for countering Iran's nuclear program, if sanctions fail. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned that an increase in tensions between Lebanon and Israel could lead to a new conflict with potentially devastating consequences. On 14 June Prime Minister Netanyahu warned the Likud Party to be prepared for dark days, since medieval forces were threatening. On 11 June the Gulf News reported  a formidable coalition against Israel consisting of  Turkey, Syria and Iran - the meeting being attended by Russia´s Vladimir Putin.
In the meantime, a serious internal split is occurring in Israel between secular and ultraorthdox Jews isolating their girls totally from other children in school. 650 000 ultra-Orthodox Israelis will not work, but are devoting their lives to Bible study. They live on a state pension, funded by the money of the secular taxpayers. Strictly religious Jews do not have to serve in the army, to which secular Israelis are drafted for three, Israeli women for two years. Thus, it is often non-religious soldiers who have to risk their lives against their conviction to protect settlers who for religious-ideological reasons live in the West Bank. In addition, Ultra-Orthodox families often have ten or twelve children. In particular, the ultraorthodox Jews are making their influence felt in the Knesset. What angers many Israelis most is the tolerance  of the State authorities towards the ultra-Orthodox rioters.

Jerusalem Post July 19, 2010. Israel convinces US with credible military plan on Iran.
DEBKAfile 19 July 2010: US and Israel fear Iran may be capable of a nuclear test this year

Petraeus

 7 weeks have elapsed since my latest report on the situation in the Middle east – and according to incoming reports the hatred seems to be more and more  explosive: An all-out war seems imminent according to some – but this was also stated 3 months ago. The tiptoeing on both sides around the point of war might, however, also be expressive of neither side daring to ignite the catastophe, a situation known from the cold war. Thus, the US has now put its armies of the Middle East and Central Asia under the control of just one New World Order loyal general: Infowars 23 June 2010: General David Petraeus attended the Bildberger confab held in Spain this year and also attended the secretive meeting in Greece last yearHe is a member of the one-world Council on Foreign Relations
Tame UN sanctions were passed against Iran on 9 June 2010. On 25 June , 2010, the US Congress passed another set of sanctions 
 
Iran is not guaranteeing a peaceful production of nuclear power [so] the members of the G-8 are worried and believe absolutely that Israel will probably react preemptively,” Italian Prime Minister Berlusconi told reporters following talks with other Group of Eight leaders north of Toronto – Haaretz 27 June 2010.  The Trilateral Commission meeting in May and the Bilderberg meeting in June 2010 wanted that war. So the New World Order powers (see videos on right margin of this blog) are now introducing sanctions, which at the UN level may seem harmless. But the subsequent US sanctions may be explosive. This is the reason why Iran refuses nuclear talks until end of August 2010 – wanting to gain time.

Russia Today- video: A gigantic military build up is taking place around Iran in 10 countries. Israel can use Saudian airfields for an attack against Iran:

The Morning Star 13 July 2010 Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro warned on Monday that a US-Israeli attack on Iran is "imminent" and predicted that this could trigger a global nuclear war. "When they decide to attack Iran, one war after the other will be unleashed," he declared.

The Washington Times 6 July 2010: The United Arab Emirates ambassador to the United States said Tuesday that the benefits of bombing Iran's nuclear program outweigh the short-term costs such an attack would impose. In unusually blunt remarks, Ambassador Yousef al-Otaiba publicly endorsed the use of the military option for countering Iran's nuclear program, if sanctions fail.

DEBKAfile 2 July 2010: A US-Iran showdown loomed closer early Friday, July 2, when president Barack Obama signed into law a series of energy sanctions, the toughest yet, for arresting Iran's nuclear weapons program. Iran's defense minister Gen. Ahmad Vahidi warned that searches of its ships or planes would have "dire consequences" for world security and the Middle East in particular.
Debkafile's Iranian sources have no doubt that Iran will strike back - possibly, in the first instance, by impeding Persian Gulf shipping carrying Saudi and Gulf oil out to the United States, Europe and the Far East, with immediate effect on world oil prices. Interception of an Iranian ship suspected of carrying contraband energy products could well spin into a showdown. On 5 July, Iran was forced to ground passenger airplanes because they were refused refuelling in the UK, Germany and the UAE. The Iranian government is considering retaliation.
President Obama indicated that this time the United States is determined to follow through on its punitive measures against Iran. As he signed the new sanctions, he said: "There should be no doubt, the US and the international community are determined to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons." 
 
Irans_army_land_force_18.4.10 Gulf Daily News 26 June 2010: Israel is massing warplanes in the Caucasus for an attack on Iran, it was revealed yesterday.
Preparations are underway to launch the military attack from Azerbaijan and Georgia, reports our sister paper Akhbar Al Khaleej, quoting military sources.
Meanwhile, Iran's Press TV reported that a very large contingent of US ground forces had massed in Azerbaijan, near the Iranian border. The independent Azerbaijani news website Trend confirmed the report.
DEBKAfile 23 June 2010: In a rare move, Iran has declared a state of war on its northwestern border. Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps men and equipment units are being massed in the Caspian Sea region against what Tehran  claims are US and Israeli forces concentrated on army and air bases in Azerbaijan ready to strike Iran's nuclear facilities. Brig.-Gen Mehdi Moini of the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), commander of the forces tasked with "repelling" this American-Israeli offensive: “Some western countries are fueling ethnic conflicts to destabilize the situation in the region.  Other Iranian sources report that in the last few days, Israel has secretly transferred a large number of bomber jets to bases in Azerbaijan, via Georgia, and that American special forces are also concentrated in Azerbaijan in preparation for a strike. On Tuesday, June 22, Dr. Uzi Arad, head of Israel's National Security Council and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's closest adviser, said "The latest round of UN Security Council sanctions on Iran is inadequate for thwarting its nuclear progress. A preemptive military strike might eventually be necessary."

DEBKAfile 21 June 2010: The armada of 10 US  warships plus an Israeli and German battle vessel each, which transited the Suez Canal Friday, June 18, has reached the Persian Gulf, Debkafile's Aircraft-carriermilitary sources report. But first, from June 6 through June 10, the USS Harry S. Truman carrier Strike Group was deployed 50 miles of the shore of southwestern Israel, secretly drilling the interception of incoming Iranian, Syrian and Hizballah missiles and rockets against US and Israeli targets in the Middle East. Besides, they practised bombing attacks. President Barack Obama ordered all US missile interceptors in the Middle East to go on war alert in the second week of June, including batteries aboard US Sixth Fleet vessels on the Mediterranean and the US Fifth Fleet in the Persian Gulf. 28 June 2010 Debkafile's military sources report that Washington has posted a third carrier opposite Iran's shores. It is supported by amphibious assault ships and up to 4,000 Navy and Marine Corps personnel.

One Jerusalem 14 June 2010: A respected poll, conducted after the boarding of the flotilla ship, quantifies overwhelming Israeli support for Netanyahu's policies. On a personal level, Netanyahu's positives rating have climbed to 53% while dissatisfaction with President Obama has soared to 71%. In addition, 63% are dissatisfied with the Obama administration's response to the flotilla.The Sidney Morning Herald 18 June 2010: Americans are among the most supportive of a military option to deal with Iran with 66 per cent of those who oppose a nuclear-armed Iran saying they would consider the use of Israel_airforceforce, a figure second only to Nigeria's 71 per cent. Among Europeans, the views are more mixed. In France, 59 per cent said they would consider the use of military force to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons.

But maybe the spark to ignite the showdown in the Middle East is coming from another corner of the world
MSNBC 2 July 2010: Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned that an increase in tensions between Lebanon and Israel could lead to a new conflict with potentially devastating consequences. In a report to the U.N. Security Council, Ban accused both countries of violating the 2006 cease-fire resolution that ended the 34-day war between Israel and Hezbollah militants in southern Lebanon.

Attila Somfalvi  14 June 2010 Israel News:
  Minister Benjamin Netanyahu predicted rough waters ahead for Israel on Monday. "Be prepared for difficult days," he told a Likud faction meeting, in which he also announced the establishment of an inquiry committee to probe the IDF flotilla raid. "Dark forces from the Middle Ages are raging against us. I have received calls from concerned officials in the Balkans and Eastern Europe who are very worried about these developments."

 Israels-enemiesGulf News 11 June 2010 A formidable coalition against Israel is taking shape in the Greater Middle East. At its core are Turkey, Iran and Syria, three countries harbouring bitter grievances against the Jewish state. They are determined to hold in check Israel's military power and force it to change course. Early this past week, Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan hosted a Eurasian summit in Istanbul. The summit was attended by Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai, and senior representatives from China, India and Pakistan, among other regional leaders. Syria's President Bashar Al Assad, and Palestinian National Authority President Mahmoud Abbas were invited guests. The Eurasian summit was followed by a meeting on Wednesday of the Turkish-Arab Cooperation Forum, attended by Turkish and Arab League foreign ministers. At all these meetings, decisions were taken aimed at increasing pressure on Israel. Demands were formulated that Israel lift the siege on Gaza and agree to an independent international commission of enquiry into its assault in international waters on the Gaza-bound flotilla. Israel has already rejected both these demands. The great question is whether this necessary evolution of Israeli thinking can take place without another war.  It must be recognised that the omens are not particularly favourable.

The Middle East nuclear prolifration race has started?
DEBKAfile 8 July 2010: After his June 29 talks with Barack Obama, Saudi King Abdullah decided not to wait Iranian oil minister+russian energy ministerfor US sanctions to take effect on Iran but get the kingdom's nuclear program underway with all possible speed, helped by France.  The Saudi momentum is carrying Egypt and Jordan in its wake.

DEBKAfile 15 July 2010   Countering the new US embargo on petroleum and oil distillates embargo on Iran, Russian Energy Minister Sergei Shmatko and Iranian Oil Minister Masud Mir-Kazemi Wednesday, July 14 signed a series of far-reaching energy-related agreements, including a deal to sell Tehran Russian petroleum products and petrochemicals.The pacts aim squarely at the law signed by President Barack Obama on July 2 to hit Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps' prime source of income, imported refined oil products including gasoline.This latter provision bypasses the US ban on the banks and insurance companies involved in funding refined oil supplies to Iran. But punishing Russian breakers of the US sanction could trigger a serious crisis in relations with Russia.

According to rumors, China and Turkey are willing to help Iran evade the fuel sanctions. Putin's personally giving active support - disclosed here by debkafile's Moscow sources - for the mechanisms to break Obama's anti-Iran fuel embargo. On Monday, July 12, President Medvedev commented that Iran was closer than ever to building a nuclear weapon, knowing that the US maneuver for deterring Iran from making the last leap in its race for a nuke was about to be sabotaged by his own government. The New York Times  14 july 2010  Confirms this. 

Split in Israel between ultra-Orthodox and non-Orthodox Jews Ashkenazy-demonstration
 Spiegel 18 Juni 2010: The case divides Israel: Ultra-Orthodox parents want their daughters separated from other children by all the means. The conflict is undermining the very foundations of the Israeli society.  The girls' school of Immanuel in the West Bank has 200 students. There is strict separation from secular children. It is a separation between Oriental Sephardic and ultraorthodox European Ashkenazi Jews. Judge Edmond Levy ruled on Tuesday that the Orthodox mothers and fathers were to pay for contempt of the court by going to prison for two weeks and paying a fine.

On Thursday, the day where the parents were to begin serving their prison sentence, it then came to the revolt by the Ultra-Orthodox: Well over 100,000 Pious Jews took to the streets in Jerusalem and other religiously influenced Israeli cities to express their support for school segregation. On posters they attackied Judge Levy  as a "fascist", denouncing the "war of the secular Jews against the religion." On the eve of the demonstrations, the religious Knesset member, Moshe Gafner, indirectly compared the demonstration controlling Israeli police with Nazis. The parade of the religious Jews was received by the secular and moderate religious majority in Israel with dismay, even with undisguised anger, and that not only because of the obvious racism, propagated there: For a long time, Israel is a society deeply divided along religious/secular lines - drifting more and more apart. Many of the estimated 650 000 ultra-Orthodox Israelis will not work, but are devoting their lives to Bible study. They live on a state pension, funded by the money of the secular taxpayers. Strictly religious Jews do not have to serve in the army, to which secular Israelis are drafted for three, Israeli women for two years. Thus, it is often non-religious soldiers who have to risk their lives against their conviction to protect settlers who for religious-ideological reasons live in the West Bank.

In addition, Ultra-Orthodox families often have ten or twelve children. In particular, the ultraorthodox Jews are making their influence felt in the Knesset. What angers many Israelis and commentator Yair Lapid most is the tolerance  of the State authorities towards the ultra-Orthodoxrioters. "If the police capitulates this time to the violence of the ultra-Orthodox, then Israel has abandoned the rule of law," said Lapid. If the state does not defend against people who discriminate against students because of their skin color, the secular majority could be tempted to terminate the existing partnership agreement since 1947 between religious and secular Jews, he fears.