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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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Israeli PM: Iran to blame for Delhi embassy car explosion

By Jennifer Lipman, February 13, 2012

The Israeli Prime Minister has blamed Iran for an attack on an Israeli diplomat's car in Delhi.

A woman, believed to be the wife of a diplomat, was injured in the blast near the Israeli embassy. The car went up in flames on Monday afternoon, Delhi time.

The explosion in India occurred as staff at Israel's embassy in Georgia managed to disable a device before it could do any damage.

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US election hands Netanyahu giant dilemma on Iran

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 9, 2012

The strategic timetable for the next nine months is becoming increasingly clear. Israel's apparent plans to strike Iran this year are limited by one crucial date: November 6 - the day of the US presidential elections.

Although he wishes with all his heart for a Republican victory, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is predicting the re-election of Barack Obama.

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Peres calls for peace as Iran steps up rhetoric

By Jennifer Lipman, February 9, 2012

Shimon Peres has called for Iran and Israel not to live as enemies even as a website linked to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's regime called for "the final annihilation of Israel".

The Israeli president and Nobel laureate, at a speech marking the creation of the Knesset 63 years ago, said that the two countries "were not born enemies".

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Will Iran wake up to the signals?

By Alistair de Kare-Silver, February 7, 2012

The increased international pressure towards Iran over its nuclear program is timely and much needed. At the end of last month, following a meeting of EU Foreign Ministers all 27 member states agreed to an immediate ban on any new contracts for the purchase or transport of Iranian crude oil or refined petroleum.

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Obama orders sanctions on Iran

By Jennifer Lipman, February 6, 2012

President Barack Obama is ordering a new wave of sanctions on Iran.

The US president announced the executive order this afternoon instating additional sanctions on Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's government and on Iran's Central Bank, because of the "deceptive practices" of it and other Iranian banks.

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Iranians' northern exposure

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 27, 2012

A refugee family facing a return to Iran, where they are accused of leaking nuclear secrets, featured in the Holocaust Memorial Day event at Manchester's Jewish Museum.

The Vahidis fled to the UK in 2006 after a close friend - a member of an Iranian opposition party - was found dead. Mohammed Vahidi worked in a nuclear-related industry and has been linked to information given to the friend.

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