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From The Times May 21, 2009

Iran's missile test is playing with fire, says Israel

(Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images) Mr Ahmadinejad has won points at home for restoring the country's pride Catherine Philp, Diplomatic Correspondent, and Tom Baldwin in Washington Iran celebrated the beginning of its official election campaign period yesterday with the launch of a missile capable of reaching Israeli and American bases in the Gulf. The launch comes two days after Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli Prime Minister, met President Obama in Washington and urged him to help to thwart Iran’s nuclear ambitions. President Ahmadinejad of Iran, who is running for his second term against three challengers, announced the launch at a public rally, declaring that Iran could “send to hell” any aggressor that sought to attack it. The range of the surface-to-surface Sejil 2 missile is about 2,000km. This capacity, combined with the Shahab 3 missiles that can reach even further, raises concerns not only in Israel but among American-allied Arab states such as Saudi Arabia, which are increasingly nervous of Iranian regional hegemony after the demise of a Sunni bulwark in neighbouring Iraq.

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