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Understanding Iran’s diplomatic strategy

In this article, Gareth Porter analyses Iran’s strategy for negotiations with the United States, for the past ten years. He explains how uranium enrichment and the subsequent development of nuclear capabilities act as the main bargaining chip in Iran’s negotiation strategy with the United States. He also gives us the aims of the Iranian strategy and what  their demands to … Continue reading

Tiny Gulf islands rekindle big Arab-Iran dispute

Tiny Gulf islands rekindle big Arab-Iran dispute

Analysis: Israeli-Iranian war now out of shadows

Israeli intelligence believes that the terrorist attacks in the past two days were orchestrated by the Iran-Hezbollah axis and targeted foreign Israeli diplomatic missions. The attacks seem rushed due to their consistently poor execution, but the message of the bombings is clear. Iran is determined to attack Israel by any means and hopes to eventually … Continue reading

Tehran rejects Israeli claims on Iranian role in attacks abroad

Ramin Mehmanparast, spokesman of Iran’s Foreign Ministry, said that claims by Israel that the recent attacks on its embassies in Georgia and India  were perpetrated by Iran and its ally Hezbollah were part of psychological war against the Islamic Republic. He said Israel was responsible for the attacks to tarnish Iran’s relations with the two host embassies’ host countries, … Continue reading

Israel accuses Iran, Hezbollah after bombers attack embassies in India, Georgia

According to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Hezbollah attempted to target Israeli embassies in India and Georgia today. The bomb in Tbilisi, Georgia was defused before it was able to cause harm but in New Delhi, Israel’s defense attaché’s wife was wounded following the placement of explosives under the car by motorcyclists. Though the attack was poorly executed, … Continue reading

Report: Mossad is using Azerbaijan to spy on Iran

The Israeli spy agency Mossad has been capitalizing on the porous border between Azerbaijan and Iran as a means of executing its spy operations in Iran. Reports of the mistreatment of the large Azeri population in Iran, the fact that many Azeris consider northern Iran to really be Southern Azerbaijan and growing Iran-Armenia relations – … Continue reading

Hamas ‘will never recognise Israel’ — Gaza premier

Gaza Prime Minister Ismael Haniyeh said on Saturday in Iran that Hamas “will never recognize Israel”. He furthermore stated that “The resistance will continue until all Palestinian land, including Al Quds [Jerusalem], has been liberated and all the refugees have returned.” His speech was made on the 33rd anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, to a crowd … Continue reading

Analysis: Is Syria the next Iraq?

Ron Ben Yishai writes about the possibility that the Syrian uprising will result in the country’s breaking up in ethnic, autonomic, hostile regions that are barely connected. One of the signs of disintegration is that some chiefs of important Alawite tribes, once loyal to Bashar Al Assad, have started to declare that they are no … Continue reading

Iran to announce ‘major nuclear progress’

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran said that it will soon announce “very important and very major nuclear achievements”. He spoke on a rally in Tehran, that marked the 33rd anniversary of the Islamic Revolution. Ahmadinejad said furthermore that Iran would never give up its nuclear program, of which it still says that it will only … Continue reading

Analysis: Hamas drifting away from longtime patron Iran

In the wake of the Arab Spring, Hamas seems to be drifting away from the Iran-Syria axis and moving towards the wealthy Gulf states. Khaled Mashaal, Hamas top leader, said the movement needs to be part of the Islamist political rise in the Arab world triggered by popular uprisings and Hamas must therefore distance itself from Iran which is … Continue reading

Israel’s Mossad trained assassins of Iran nuclear scientists, report says

NBC News on Thursday cited U.S. officials who stated that Israel’s Mossad is training Iranian dissident activists to assassinate Iranian nuclear scientists. They have also been recruiting members of a Pakistani terror group to carry out attacks against the Iranian regime. And a link between Israel and the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (MEK) has also been confirmed. … Continue reading

Israeli deputy FM Ayalon calls on UN to impose oil embargo on Iran

Israeli deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon asked Colombia, which leads the UN Committee that overseas sanctions on Iran, to implement an oil embargo on Iran. To prevent a regional crisis to happen because of rising oil prices after such an embargo, Ayalon called on Colombia, a major oil exporter, to increase its outputs and in … Continue reading

Opinion: Assad takes a page out of Russia’s book in his war against rebels

The drastic and recent change in the brutality of the siege of Homs, the center of the Syrian uprising, suggests that the arrival of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavarov is encouraging Assad to follow a similar strategy to that used by Russia in Chechnya. The electricity and phone lines have been cut and food is … Continue reading

Obama: Israel has not made decision on Iran attack, but it is rightly concerned

U.S. President Barack Obama said on Sunday that he believes Israel has not yet made the decision whether or not to attack Iran. Obama stated that he prefers a diplomatic solution to the Iranian nuclear issue and that he would not like to see more fighting in the region, that is rich of oil. He said that … Continue reading

Analysis: Israeli leaders’ silence on Assad’s crackdown reflects fears of uncertain future

While the international community has been busy handing out condemnations to Syria, Israel has remained distant and ambiguous in its remarks concerning the Assad regime’s crackdown. According to Eyal Zisser, an Israeli historian at Tel Aviv University, the uprising worries Israelis, especially the upholding of the status quo of peaceful enmity and the proliferation of … Continue reading

Opinion: We Need to Talk to Iran, But How?

It is time for the United States to try something different when it comes to Iran; thirty-two years of sanctions and nonexistent diplomatic relations between the two countries have made the current situation dangerous. The risk of miscalculation is not to be underestimated. The situation could get out of hand very quickly if both parties do not renew talks on … Continue reading

Why Israeli radio transmits in Farsi for listeners in Iran

As tension has been growing between the Jewish state and Iran over the latter’s alleged nuclear weapons program, an Farsi-language Israeli radio aims at bridging the gap between the two countries and hopes to help spread peace between the two peoples. It even takes calls from Iranian listeners. “We, the people in Israel, are a peaceful … Continue reading

Report: Top Iran military official aiding Assad’s crackdown on Syria opposition

The Assad regime of Syria is stepping up its campaign to stamp out resistance militarily and is now being assisted by the Elite Quds force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard.  The Quds leadership presence as well as the recent increase of violent attacks by the Assad regime, in which mortars and rockets are being used … Continue reading

Iran military manoeuvres heighten Middle East tensions

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards are performing military exercises, involving ground forces, in the south of the country. The exercises follow a statement from the country’s religious leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who said that they will help any nation or group that would be up against Israel.  He referred to Israel as a “cancerous tumor that should … Continue reading

Debate: Will Israel attack Iran?

Has the countdown to attack Iran begun already? Would Israel go it alone? And what would the regional implications be? Guests: Yaakov Katz, a defence analyst and author, and Mohammad Marandi, a professor of political science at the University of Tehran. Al Jazeera, Qatar

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Debate: Is there a rift between the Prime Minster and the security establishment, and how might it affect his chances of re-election?

Interview: Dr. Einat Wilf, Israeli MP, Chair of the ‘Independence’ faction

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