A Daily Analysis
By Marc Schulman
June 16, 2009 Iran Day Three- Paris Air Show
Today marked the third day of massive demonstrations in Iran for and against the government. The government had outlawed demonstrations against the results of the elections, but the opposition organized a demonstration attended by hundreds of thousands. Meanwhile, the government has done the most it can to limit the flow of information and has banned foreign coverage of the demonstrations. Observers are divided as to where unrest is headed. The head of Israel’s Mossad spy agency stated he believed the demonstrations would peter our after a few days. Other observers believe there are fundamental changes taking place in Iran. They believe the clerics are now divided and some are supporting the opposition. At the moment, everything is fluid, and it's impossible to know how this will unfold in the coming days.
The Paris Air show opened yesterday. Israel has one of the largest pavilions at the show. Reports are that despite the worldwide economic down turn, Israel is expecting to see an increase in its current exports of arms, which stood last year at $6 Billion. The two weapons systems that are receiving the most attention are Israel’s anti missile systems and its newest generations of drones, that includes an unmanned helicopter, designed to evacuate wounded troops from a high intensity battlefield.