UPDATE 09 October 2014: As referenced in the comments section of this SITREP, comparative satellite reconnaissance imagery (seen above) has been released by ISRAELDEFENSE.com (Damage at the Military Research Complex at Parchin) which puts the lie to statements made by the Islamic Republic of Iran talking heads who immediately denied that an explosion occurred at the Parchin nuclear weapons complex. IsraelDefense imagery analyst Ronen Solomon characterized the satellite imagery as indicative of "damage consistent with an attack against bunkers in a central locality within the military research complex at the Parchin military compound."
Exploding Bridge Wire (EBW) nuclear weapon initiator of the type Iran has been developing at the Parchin nuclear complex.
The right side of the image shows part of the Parchin complex on August 12, 2014. Everything intact. The left side of the image shows the same part of the Parchin complex on October 7, 2014. Look at these side-by-side images through a hand-held magnifying glass. Notice the direction of the building and tree shadows. Both images were acquired at nearly the same time of day nearly two months apart. Notice the red circled areas on the left side. In two distinct places, at most a hundred yards or so distant from each other, hundreds of trees and several buildings have been evaporated leaving nothing but scorched earth. Not even stumps of the trees that had been here remain. Other buildings have burned roofs and other trees have been completely defoliated. There are six or seven responding vehicles in the center of the primary area of complete destruction, which is inclusive of nearly six entire blocks of what had been buildings and trees. Something very powerful, like a conventional initiator for a nuclear device, detonated unexpectedly and wiped this part of the Parchin complex slick. These pictures don't lie, and there's a couple thousand more words waiting to be discovered in the above image.
02 October 2014: The strongest indicator (and possibly another warning) that Bibi Netanyahu's speech at the UNGA last week was more than mere rhetoric can be seen in the fact that the State Department spokeswoman, Jen Psaki, has made it very clear that both the White House and the State Department flat-out rejected the entire content of PM Bibi Netanyahu's speech. Let me repeat that: both the White House and the U.S. Department of State flat-out rejected and do not hold any common ground with what Israel's Prime Minister had to say before the UN General Assembly last week.
At this point all intellectually honest folks who have not yet read the linked transcript of Netanyahu's speech might want to do so in order to come up to speed with the schism that exists between Israel and the United States regarding the truly existential threats that exist in the Middle East and how each is willing, or not willing, to address those threats.. One might want to recalibrate and reconsider how this situation is to be assessed in full.
And one doesn't have to take my word for any of this because if one regularly monitors Israel's normally US-oriented liberal media, such as The Jerusalem Post for example, then what I am saying in this update should be at least two-day old news. What could very well occur next without any warning will not come as a shock or a surprise.
The plain fact is that Obama has thrown both Netanyahu and Israel under the proverbial bus in the face of the existential threat posed by a nuclear armed Iran. If one happens to think that Israel will do nothing, one might want to reconsider the thought process in which that particular assessment was arrived at. One might just discover the acute difference between the level of threat posed by HAMAS to Israel, and the existential level threat posed by a nuclear-armed Iran.
29 September 2014: I have been very critical of Israeli PM Netanyahu since this summer's IDF Operation Protective Edge because of the political calculus and maneuverings he used during the ground combat phase of the operation and how he unilaterally concluded it - guaranteeing great bloodshed and destruction in the near future. However, that aside, in his absolutely masterful address today to the United Nations General Assembly I would have to say that PM Netanyahu very adroitly placed all the world's nations on notice that an Iranian indigenous production of nuclear weapons cannot and will not be allowed to occur.
"Imagine how much more dangerous the Islamic State, ISIS, would be if it possessed chemical weapons. Now imagine how much more dangerous the Islamic state of Iran would be if it possessed nuclear weapons.
Ladies and gentlemen, would you let ISIS enrich uranium? Would you let ISIS build a heavy water reactor? Would you let ISIS develop intercontinental ballistic missiles? Of course you wouldn’t. Then you mustn’t let the Islamic state of Iran do those things either, because here’s what will happen. Once Iran produces atomic bombs, all the charms and all the smiles will suddenly disappear. They’ll just vanish. And it’s then that the ayatollahs will show their true face and unleash their aggressive fanaticism on the entire world.
There’s only one responsible course of action to address this threat. Iran’s nuclear military capabilities must be fully dismantled. (Applause.) Make no mistake: ISIS must be defeated. But to defeat ISIS and leave Iran as a threshold nuclear power is to win the battle and lose the war. (Applause.) To defeat ISIS and leave Iran as a threshold nuclear power is to win the battle and lose the war."