Iranian-Israeli unity at Oscars panel event

By Jennifer Lipman, February 27, 2012

An Iranian director participated in a pre-Oscars panel event with an Israeli filmmaker without incident, despite the growing tensions between the two countries.


UK does comprehend Iran threat

By Martin Bright, February 23, 2012

It is rare that the political class has been as united as it was on Monday evening when MPs voted by 285 to six for a cross-party amendment to keep all options open when dealing with Iran. The anti-war Tory MP John Baron proposed a backbench motion calling on the government to remove military intervention from the table and barely a voice was raised in support.


Israel waits for world to wake up as Iran blocks inspectors

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 23, 2012

The refusal of the Iranian government to grant the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors access to some of the country's nuclear plants will bolster the arguments of the Israeli faction, headed by Defence Minister Ehud Barak, that argue that diplomacy and sanctions will not deter the Tehran regime from achieving its nuclear ambitions.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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