Iran

Ex-security chiefs cast doubt on Iran strategy

By Ben Hartman, May 3, 2012

Comments about Iran made by former Shin Bet chief Yuval Diskin last Friday have shaken up the Israeli political establishment.

In recent months, a number of security officials have expressed doubts in the ability of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defence Minister Ehud Barak to lead Israel in any potential military showdown with Iran.

Mr Diskin said he had no trust in them, calling th

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EU foreign policy chief Ashton to visit Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, May 3, 2012

The European Union's foreign policy representative is to visit Israel to discuss the organisation's response to the Iranian nuclear threat.

Baroness Ashton will meet the Israeli Prime Minister next Wednesday before the next stage in talks between Iran, the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany.

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Indian police deport Iranian spying suspect

By Jennifer Lipman, April 27, 2012

The Indian authorities have deported an Iranian man believed to be spying on Israeli and Jewish targets, according to reports in the Indian media.

The 40-year-old PhD student was understood to have been scouting out the Chabad House and a synagogue and spying on Israelis in the city of Pune.

The Pune Mirror alleged that the man, Hamid Kashkouli, was also being paid by Tehran intelligence.

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After Stuxnet virus, Iran has been in the grip of network-paranoia

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 26, 2012

Iran's leadership has repeatedly said over the past couple of years that the destructive Stuxnet computer worm was easily vanquished and caused little damage to the centrifuges carrying out uranium enrichment.

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Carry on enriching: the Iran talks farce

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 19, 2012

The different views of the outcome of last weekend's talks between the international powers and Iran have already caused a public spat between Benjamin Netanyahu and Barack Obama.

Iran's delegation to last Saturday's talks in Istanbul with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany (P5+1) refused to discuss the specifics of the demand that they curtail their uranium enric

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Elie Wiesel: Should be no comparison between Holocaust and Iran

By Jennifer Lipman, April 19, 2012

Holocaust survivor and human rights advocate Elie Wiesel has cautioned against comparing the Iranian threat to the atrocities carried out by the Nazis.

Mr Wiesel, 83, told Globes that it was "unacceptable and impossible to make comparisons with the Holocaust".

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Iran threat underlined on Israel's Holocaust Memorial Day

By Jennifer Lipman, April 19, 2012

Israel has begun marking its annual Holocaust Memorial Day.

As is customary, sirens went off at 10am local time across the Jewish state and pedestrians and drivers came to a standstill, in memory of the six million Jews who perished during the Shoah.

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Warning about impact on European Jews if Israel strikes Iran

By Zoe Winograd, April 18, 2012

European Jewish Congress President, Dr Moshe Kantor, has warned European leaders of a "tsunami of hate" in Europe if unrest escalated in the Middle East.

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Netanyahu: Iran given free pass at nuclear talks

By Jennifer Lipman, April 16, 2012

The Israeli Prime Minister has criticised international officials for a weak response to Iran's nuclear ambitions.

Representatives from the US. Britain, China, Russia, France and Germany met Iranian officials last week for nuclear talks. The discussions were disbanded until May 23, but were labelled "constructive and useful" by Baroness Ashton, the EU foreign policy chief.

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White House: time running out for Iran

By Jennifer Lipman, April 12, 2012

A White House official has warned that time is running out for Iran to work with the international community.

Jay Carney, press secretary for the Obama administration, said that “the window was closing” for the Ahmadinejad regime to cooperate over its nuclear ambitions.

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