Iran

Iranian cell planning attack on Israelis arrested in Azerbaijan

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 23, 2012

As more evidence accumulated this week of Iranian attempts to attack Israeli targets from Thailand to Azerbaijan, the Indian government has tried to play down the Iranian involvement in the bombing last week that wounded the wife of an Israeli diplomat.

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Can we talk our way out? Unlikely

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, February 23, 2012

The visit of IAEA inspectors to Tehran this week is the second of its kind.

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Iran cancels Serbia match because of Israeli manager Avram Grant

By Jennifer Lipman, February 20, 2012

An Iranian football team has pulled out of a match with a Serbian club because the other side is coached by an Israeli.

Avram Grant, the former West Ham United manager, has been at Partizan Belgrad since last month.

The Serbian team is due to play Iran's Sepahan Isfahan on Friday, in a friendly match.

But the Iranians have told the Belgrade side that they will not take part any more.

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Israel warned against military attack on Iran.

By Jennifer Lipman, February 20, 2012

Israel was urged to give sanctions "a real chance" as Iran announced it was cutting oil sales to Britain and France.

Foreign Secretary William Hague called on Israel to look again at the approach "of very serious economic sanctions and diplomatic pressure, and the readiness to negotiate with Iran.

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Thai police blame Iran as Israel calls for UN condemnation

By Jennifer Lipman, February 17, 2012

Thai police have confirmed that the explosives that injured an Iranian man earlier this week were meant for Israeli diplomats.

Israel has already made public its belief that Iran was behind the botched attack in Bangkok, another failed one in Georgia and a blast in Delhi on Monday.

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Hamas twists and turns over unity

February 16, 2012

Hamas appears to be split over the unity deal it signed with Fatah and the movement's relationship with Iran.

According to the deal signed two weeks ago in Qatar by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and the head of Hamas's political bureau Khaled Mashal, the two movements will form a joint government of technocrats with Mr Abbas as prime minister.

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Israel: global terror wave has just begun

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 16, 2012

Israeli intelligence believes that Iran and Hizbollah will make more attempts to attack Israeli representatives and targets around the world over the next few months.

The assessment of the three attempted hits this week in Georgia, India and Thailand is that they are all connected to Iran's terror network.

Israel's ambassador to Thailand, Yitzhak Shoham, said on Wednesday that the bombs used

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Sign of Iran's grim desperation

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 16, 2012

The three incidents on Monday and Tuesday, in Tbilisi, New Delhi and Bangkok are somewhat baffling to Israeli security experts.

On the one hand, the nearly simultaneous operations in different parts of the globe point to a highly organised network with major resources at its disposal.

On the other, the attacks appeared bungled and the targets were all "low-grade".

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Netanyahu: Iran 'undermining global stability'

By Jennifer Lipman, February 15, 2012

Israel's Prime Minister has condemned Iran as "the number one exporter of terror around the world".

Benjamin Netanyahu's comments came following a string of attacks believed to be directed at Israel this week, in India, Thailand and Georgia, although the third was thwarted.

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Israeli envoy: Blasts in India, Thailand were 'similar'

By Jennifer Lipman, February 15, 2012

Explosives used in attacks this week in Delhi and Bangkok were of similar types, an Israeli diplomat has said.

Israel's ambassador to Thailand, Itzhak Shoham, said that the similarities of the devices used in those attacks and one that was thwarted on Monday in Georgia, led Israel to "assume that there is the same network of terror".

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