Iran

Obama’s dangerous campaign

By Melanie Phillips, September 16, 2012

Into my inbox last week popped an email from Michelle Obama. "Thank you for an amazing week… Can you chip in $5 or more to stand with Barack today?"

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A fateful year ahead

September 13, 2012

This time last year, we wondered whether this would be the year in which Israel acted against Iran, whether alone or in concert with the US. A year on and the same question remains foremost in our minds. But it somehow feels that the next few months will be fateful, whatever happens.

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MPs using Iraq history to challenge Israel on Iran

By Jennifer Lipman, September 13, 2012

British politicians are downplaying the evidence for an Iranian nuclear threat on the basis of a comparison with the lead-up to the Iraq war. In doing so, they are criticising Israel for its approach to Tehran.

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Tension between Britain and Israel over Iran and university settlement

By Martin Bright and Anshel Pfeffer, September 13, 2012

Relations between the UK and Israel were put under intense strain this week as Britain joined the US and EU to increase the pressure on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to give time for sanctions to work rather than launching military action against Iran.

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Canada severs ties with Iran

By Orlando Radice, September 7, 2012

Canada is suspending its diplomatic relations with Iran and expelling all Iranian envoys from the country.

The Canadian government cited as reasons for the move Iran’s support for Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria, its threats to the existence of Israel, its ongoing nuclear programme and its politicians’ regular use of “antisemitic rhetoric”.

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Waiting for the US on Iran is like Russian roulette

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, September 6, 2012

It is no mystery that US President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are not each other’s first choices for their respective jobs.

Washington and Jerusalem have spent almost four years seeking to dismiss recurring news stories about the friction between these two men and, more importantly, their policies.

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Why Israel is unlikely to act alone against Iran

By Tim Marshall, September 6, 2012

An Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear programme would be… challenging, which is putting it mildly. A joint Israeli-US attack on Iran’s nuclear programme would be… devastating, and that’s also putting it mildly.

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Cracks show in US-Israel stance on Iran

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 6, 2012

The dispute between the American and Israeli leaderships over a possible attack on Iran has come out into the open in recent days with what was the sternest warning by a senior American figure against an Israeli strike.

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Only the US can provide a truly credible threat against Iran

By Noah Beck, September 6, 2012

With Iran stubbornly spinning its nuclear centrifuges, despite nearly a decade of diplomatic efforts and sanctions, time is short to avoid another Middle East conflict that could spin disastrously out of control, leave many dead, and send oil prices skyrocketing. But the U.S.

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Loyalty row MP questions reality of Iran threat

By Jennifer Lipman, September 5, 2012

The Labour MP who questioned the loyalty of the British envoy to Israel has posited that the Iranian nuclear threat is "non-existent".

In Foreign and Commonwealth Office questions on Tuesday, Paul Flynn, the Labour MP for Newport West, referred to the 179 brave British soldiers who were lost in pursuit of non-existent weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

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