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Rogue traders or spy heroes? Ofer family mystery deepens

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 10, 2011

One of the richest families in Israel is at the centre of a controversy involving trade with Israel's deadliest enemy and murky espionage. And, at the height of the scandal, its patriarch has died at the age of 89.

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Why ex-Mossad head hit out at Netanyahu

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 10, 2011

Meir Dagan could never be described as a lily-liveredliberal.

In eight years at the head of Mossad, he embarked on a series of clandestine operations that, according to senior Israeli officials, "stopped at nothing to disrupt the axis between Iran, Syria, Hamas and Hizbollah".

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Tension as Bolivia hosts Iranian terror suspect wanted by Argentina

By Jennifer Lipman, June 1, 2011

Bolivia's foreign minister has issued an apology to Argentina after inviting a wanted Iranian terror suspect to an official ceremony.

David Choquehuanca offered his "deepest apologies" to his Argentine counterpart Hector Timerman for hosting Iran's defence minister at an event on Tuesday.

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EU hits Iran with sanctions

By Benjamin Weinthal, May 26, 2011

The European Union announced this week a new round of economic sanctions targeting 100 Iranian companies, including Tehran's main European financial hub, the Hamburg-based European-Iranian trade bank (EIH).

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Israelis 'sold ship to Iran'

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 26, 2011

The US State Department delivered a damaging and embarrassing blow to one of the richest families in Israel this week when it named the private shipping company of the Opher family, which also controls Israel's national shipping conglomerate, Zim, in a list of firms to be penalised for dealing with the Iranian government.

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Iran anxious over losing Syrian ally

By Meir Javedanfar, May 19, 2011

The demonstrations in Syria have created much concern in Iran.

"Our nations and our statesmen must follow events in Syria closely," was the recommendation of the Iran-based Middle East expert, Hassan Hanizadeh.

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Ex-Mossad chief says attack on Iran would be 'stupid'

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 12, 2011

In a rare display of public disagreement, both chiefs of Israel's intelligence services over the past decade have voiced serious misgivings about key policies of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Iran and the Palestinians.

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After bin Laden, Iran's Khamenei biggest threat

By Jennifer Lipman, May 5, 2011

With Osama bin Laden dead, Iran's supreme leader is the biggest threat to global security, Binyamin Netanyahu said in an interview today.

The Israeli Prime Minister told CNN that Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was more of a threat than Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

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Concern over German Iran policies

By Benjamin Weinthal, April 14, 2011

Only hours before Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu touched down in Berlin for talks last week, Chancellor Angela Merkel's administration announced that it would stop pumping billions of euros' worth of crude oil payments into Iran's coffers.

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Britain's former spy chief: MI6 kept secrets from Israel, Hamas Iran's puppet

By Martin Bright, March 31, 2011

One of Britain's top spies has described the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood as "at heart a terrorist organisation" and labelled Hamas and Hizbollah as surrogates of the Iranian state.

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