Iran

Ashkenazi video triggers Stuxnet rumours

By Jennifer Lipman, February 16, 2011

A video tribute to the outgoing chief of staff of the Israeli army has reignited speculation about whether Israel played a role in a 2009 cyber attack on Iran.

At a party marking Gabi Ashkenazi's departure from his job after four years, the general was treated to a montage of the highlights of his career.

One of the scenes referred to the Stuxnet worm, a virus which it is believed seriously disabled the computer systems at two of Iran’s uranium enrichment sites. However it did not go any further details.

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Liam Fox calls for tougher action against Iran

By Martin Bright, February 10, 2011

Defence Secretary Liam Fox used his speech at the Herzliya conference to warn against complacency in the face of the growing nuclear threat from Iran and urged more robust action from the international community.

Speaking on Monday on a panel of defence ministers convened by European Friends of Israel, Dr Fox said: "When talking about timescales I do not think it is prudent to assume we are at the most optimistic end of the spectrum."

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The good news: Iran may be next

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 10, 2011

Who's next? Which domino will be the next to fall? Which other Arab capital is about to see thousands of young demonstrators battling it out with police and calling for the speedy departure of their autocratic ruler, as we have over the past few weeks in Tunisia and Egypt?

Given that not one expert or analyst foresaw the events in Cairo and Tunis, one wonders how they can tell if and where it will happen again.

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Egyptian opposition leader accused of being Iranian stooge

By Jennifer Lipman, February 1, 2011

A leading figure in world Jewry has labelled the Egyptian opposition leader Mohammed ElBaradei “a stooge” of the Iranian regime.

Malcolm Honlein, the executive vice-president of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organisations, accused Mr ElBaradei of fronting for Iran and “distorting reports” during his 12 years as director of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

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On this day: Islamic republic established in Iran

By Jennifer Lipman, February 1, 2011

The Iranian revolution, which ended more than 50 years of the rule of the US-baked Pahlavi dynasty, started in January 1978, when disparate groups of religious scholars, students, nationalists and communists began demonstrating against the Shah.

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Hall of Infamy: Iran English Radio

January 28, 2011

"The Holocaust, on which independent research is strictly banned in the West, was nothing but a preposterous claim to settle European Jews in the Muslim land of Palestine by falsely creating a sense of oppression for the Zionists.

"Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in statements applauded by all independent and conscientious people of the world has proposed due research on the supposed Holocaust."

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Hague urges Syrian support for Middle East deal

By Jennifer Lipman, January 28, 2011

William Hague has called on Syria to “support efforts towards a comprehensive peace with Israel”.

Mr Hague, who is in Syria for his first official visit as Foreign Secretary, also said that the British government’s position is to oppose settlement building and support Syria’s claim on the Golan Heights, which have been under Israeli control for 44 years.

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NatWest freezes Press TV bank account

By Jennifer Lipman, January 27, 2011

One of Britain's biggest clearing banks, NatWest, has confirmed that it has frozen the British account of the Iranian state-backed news channel Press TV.

Launched in 2007, the channel has been the subject of worldwide controversy for its coverage of stories including the stoning sentence of the Iranian Sakineh Ashtiani Mohammed.

Last month Press TV broadcast a re-enactment of the alleged murder of her husband.

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Yad Vashem launch Iran site

By Jennifer Lipman, January 24, 2011

Yad Vashem has begun broadcasting videos in Farsi.

The Israeli Holocaust memorial museum, which already has an Arabic YouTube channel, has launched the service in a bid to educate Iran’s population about the Nazis.

The videos will highlight the atrocities of the Second World War and the genocide of six million Jews to a population whose president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has publicly questioned the Holocaust.

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Mossad playing a new Iran game

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, January 13, 2011

Deterrence sometimes demands taking credit for your victories - but in its covert war against Iran, Israel has rarely done so, despite its likely role in many successful sabotages of Iran's nuclear programme.

Outgoing chief of Mossad, Meir Dagan's moment of openness to journalists when, last week, he let it slip that he believed Iran would not be able to build a nuclear bomb until 2015, seemed to reverse that, with Dagan revealing little but hinting Israel may be responsible for the delay.

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