Sorry Baroness Ashton, Iran won't concede in Baghdad

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, May 24, 2012

When, over a year ago, tensions began to publicly surface between Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, the Western press concluded that Ahmadinejad was the more moderate element — at least in terms of relations with the West and nuclear diplomacy.


'Be loyal to Israel' pleads foreign minister Lieberman

By Martin Bright, May 24, 2012

Diaspora Jews should support Israel’s government regardless of its political complexion, according to its controversial Foreign Minister, Avigdor Lieberman.

Speaking at an event hosted by the Jewish National Fund in London on Tuesday evening, Mr Lieberman said that Jews who organised a petition against his visit were a legitimate part of the debate about the future of Israel.


Israel skeptical on Iran talks in Baghdad

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 24, 2012

Western diplomats participating in the Baghdad talks that began on Wednesday were upbeat about the possibility of reaching a deal which would limit Iran’s uranium enrichment programme.


Iran withdraws Azerbaijan envoy over Eurovision dispute

By Jennifer Lipman, May 23, 2012

The Iranian ambassador to Azerbaijan has been recalled to Tehran following a row over the Eurovision Song Contest, which is taking place this week in Baku, the Azerbaijani capital.


British ministers reportedly consulting lawyers over Israel Iran strike

By Jennifer Lipman, May 23, 2012

The British Government has reportedly consulted lawyers over its options if fighting breaks out between Israel and Iran.

In Baghdad later today representatives from the five Security Council nations and Germany will meet Iranian officials to discuss the regime's nuclear ambitions.


Netanyahu warns 'no concessions' ahead of Iran nuclear meeting

By Jennifer Lipman, May 22, 2012

Benjamin Netanyahu has reiterated his belief that Iran intends to destroy Israel using nuclear weapons.

The Israeli Prime Minister, speaking the day before an international meeting , focused on Tehran's nuclear ambitions, takes place in Baghdad, called for steps to be taken to ensure Iran does not get an atomic bomb.


Iran's Ahmadinejad wants to come to the London Olympics

By Jennifer Lipman, May 18, 2012

Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has "no business" attending the London Olympic Games this summer, the World Jewish Congress said this week.

The Iranian leader told the country's official news agency that he wanted to go to the games to watch some of the 50 Iranian athletes who had qualified compete for gold.


Iranian flies star of David flag for Israel

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 17, 2012

Meet the former Iranian soldier who flies the Israeli flag above his north Manchester home, having fled torture in his home country.

Ali Ramezan is an unlikely Israel supporter, but the 47-year-old, who fought in the Iran-Iraq war, has turned his back on Iran.


US security analyst: Iran bomb 'irrefutable'

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 17, 2012

One of the most experienced and respected security analysts in the United States has produced a comprehensive study of all the material released so far on Iran's nuclear programme.

In Rethinking Our Approach to Iran's Search for the Bomb, Anthony Cordesman concludes that Iran is irrefutably developing an atomic weapon.


Iran and Syria ordered to pay family of teenage Tel Aviv bomb victim

By Jennifer Lipman, May 16, 2012

Syria and Iran have been ordered by a US court to pay £200 million to the family of a Florida teenager who was killed in a suicide bomb attack in a Tel Aviv.

Daniel Wultz was 16 when he was killed in the Islamic Jihad attack on a restaurant during the Pesach holiday. Eleven people died in the blast, and Daniel's father, Yekutiel, was severely wounded.