Shimon Peres quizzed on Iran, the Arab Spring and religion

By Jennifer Lipman, December 28, 2011

Israel's president discusses the impact of the Arab Spring and the prospect for reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah


US switches to hawk over Iranian threat

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 22, 2011

America's defence chiefs have adopted a belligerent new tone over the possibility of carrying out a military strike against Iran.

In an interview with CBS on Monday, Secretary of Defence Leon Panetta said that the Iranians are at a point in the their nuclear programme where they can develop a bomb in a year or less.


Iranians want to attack Israel - with a computer game

By Jennifer Lipman, December 13, 2011

Iran is planning an attack on Tel Aviv – but it is not one that will leave many Israelis quaking in their boots.


Blindness that excuses Iran's excesses

By Alan Johnson, December 9, 2011

Don't listen to the nuclear nonsense, screamed one of the main left-wing weeklies, the New Statesman, only days after a sober and authoritative International Atomic Energy Agency report had laid bare Iran's pursuit of a nuclear bomb.


Hamas exits Syria - and orbit of Iran

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 8, 2011

Hamas has largely deserted its headquarters in the Syrian capital in recent weeks, in what has become an unofficial departure by the Palestinian movement.

The exodus reflects both the widely-held belief that the Assad regime is entering its dying days, and the proximity of Hamas to Islamist elements in the Syrian opposition.

Hamas was founded 24 years ago in the Gaza Strip by Palestinian mem


Iranian swimmers flee Israelis who saved them

By Jennifer Lipman, December 1, 2011

A pair of drowning Iranians refused to thank their rescuers properly – because they were Israeli.

Lifeguard father-and-son team Shimshon and Nimrod Machani, have practiced their skill for years on Tel Aviv's beaches.


Press TV fined by Ofcom for interview with prisoner

By Jennifer Lipman, December 1, 2011

The broadcasting standards watchdog has fined the Tehran-backed channel, Press TV, £100,000 for multiple breaches of its code.


Storming of the British Embassy in Tehran will only damage the regime

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, December 1, 2011

Two weeks after a huge explosion at a military base outside Tehran killed the Revolutionary Guards' top missile expert alongside 20 others, this week another explosion rocked Isfahan, the seat of a uranium conversion facility.

There is no confirmation that the facility was indeed the site of the explosion - although some media reports have indicated this was the case.


Iran threaten to send 150,000 missiles to Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, November 28, 2011

The Iranian defence minister has suggested that his country is prepared to send 150,000 missiles to attack Israel.

Ahmad Vahidi, who is wanted by Interpol for his alleged role in the 1994 bombing of the Buenos Aires Jewish centre, was quoted making the claim by the Fars News agency.


What can stop Iran now? Nothing much

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, November 24, 2011

The latest round of media hype on Iran offers much comic relief for an otherwise terrible truth.