Iranian nuclear program

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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

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

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

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

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

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

Israel’s Vice PM: Fall of Assad could weaken Mideast ‘axis of evil’

Israeli Vice Prime Minister and Strategic Affairs Minister Moshe Ya’alon said on Sunday that Israel has not been, and will not be interfering in the current Syrian crisis. He furthermore said that he did not expect a Muslim Brotherhood regime to take over in Syria, but that it would rather be a relatively moderate Sunni … 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

No trouble in region: Turkey to Israel, Iran

Turkish officials are cautioning against the use of military force, wherever it originates, in the ongoing standoff between Iran and the West. Ankara’s worries that the conflict over Iran’s nuclear program becomes an armed one are rooted in a desire to stabilize the region. In recent weeks, the conflict has escalated, with stronger sanctions placed … Continue reading

Iran ‘trying to attack Israeli targets in retaliation for scientists’ deaths’

In the past year, three attempted attacks from Iran on Israeli targets (in Turkey, Azerbaijan and Thailand) have been thwarted, according to Yoram Cohen, the head of the Israeli security agency (Shin Bet). Cohen said that Iran’s attempted attacks on Israelis come as a reprisal for the four Iranian nuclear scientists that have been assassinated in the … Continue reading

Interview: David Harris, Executive Director of the American Jewish Committee

David Harris, Executive Director of the American Jewish Committee, discusses the Syrian conflict, the Iranian nuclear programme and the possibility of a “pre-emptive” Israeli attack on Iran, as well as the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. France 24, France

Analysis: Media frenzy on Iran contradicts reality

Yaakov Katz, author of this article, discusses the role western and Israeli media play in the confrontation between Israel, the West and Iran. Using for example comments by US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta that were aired weeks ago, US media are printing reports and articles on Iran at a fast pace, though the situation … Continue reading

Interview: Iranian Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar

As Iran braces itself to face the effect of fresh Western-imposed sanctions, Iranian Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar discusses how the current standstill is influencing affairs inside the country. Russia Today, Russia

Opinion: ‘It May Be Too Late to Attack Iran after the Summer’

According to the author of this article, Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, sources quoted in American media on Tuesday have said that a military option against Iran will not be at issue anymore after the summer. Taking steps against Iran that exceed the current sanctions seem to “become urgent as Iran drifts into an immunity zone” said Israeli … Continue reading

Report: Attempt on life of Israeli envoy to Azerbaijan thwarted

Azerbaijani media has reported that three locals who were arrested last week had been paid and were under the instruction of Iranian intelligence to kill the Israeli Ambassador, as well as a teacher and a rabbi from the Chabad school. The foiled attack may have been an act of revenge by Iran, who has been … Continue reading

EU calls Iran’s bluff on military threats and sets oil embargo for July

Foreign minister from European Union member states have agreed to set an embargo on Iranian oil starting in six months time. To force the Iranian regime to stop its alleged nuclear weapons program, the EU will stop importing oil and petroleum products from the Islamic Republic starting July 1. The time lag is meant to … Continue reading

Jewish American publisher faces criticism for suggesting Netanyahu consider the assassination of President Obama

A recent column by the publisher of the Atlanta Jewish Times, Andrew Adler, has created a firestorm. In “What would you do?”, Adler suggested the assassination of U.S. President Barack Obama as a way for Israel to stop Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. The U.S. Secret Service did not comment on whether Andrew Adler’s suggestion … Continue reading

U.S. military chief in Israel for talks on Iran

The United States’ top military official, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, visited Israel and held talks with his counterparts on Friday in an effort to coordinate responses to Iran’s  perceived aggression, as well as other policy matters. The move comes amid growing concern that Israel would move to strike Iran’s nuclear facilities independent … Continue reading

Interview: Steven Kull, Director of the Program on International Policy Attitudes

As tensions grow over Iran’s nuclear ambitions with US sanctions against Tehran’s central bank and recent missiles tests by Iran, Steven Kull explains why he hopes that the Middle East could still become a nuclear weapons-free zone. France24, France


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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