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Former MI6 boss: Muslim Brotherhood 'terrorists at heart'

By Jennifer Lipman, March 30, 2011

The former head of the MI6 has described the Muslim Brotherhood as being "at heart, a terrorist organisation".

Speaking at a conference on British-Israeli diplomatic relations at Chatham House, Sir Richard Dearlove also said that Hamas and Hizbollah were "Iranian surrogates".

He warned that it was necessary to "do everything you can to prevent Iran from becoming nuclear".

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Libya a fatal distraction from Iran

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, March 24, 2011

Why are British planes bombing Libya? Humanitarian intervention - that's the answer.

Consider this: until two months ago, Libya was a new friend - and a textbook example of the kind of cold, calculated, national interest-driven foreign policy that would get results and save the West from sentimental but ill-conceived efforts to export democracy to the Middle East.

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Hague meets Barak in London

By Jessica Elgot, March 18, 2011

Israel’s Defence Minister Ehud Barak has met Foreign Minister William Hague in London to discuss an “urgent return to negotiations.”

Speaking after the meeting last night, Mr Hague said: “I had a constructive wide-ranging meeting with Defence Minister Barak. I underlined that the UK unreservedly condemns the murder of the family in Itamar on March 11.”

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Syrian ship with arms for Gaza captured by Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 17, 2011

The capture of an arms shipment from Syria, bound for Gaza, revealed attempts by Hamas to obtain advanced capabilities with which to threaten Israeli shipping and natural gas installations in the Mediterranean.

The German-owned Victoria, a container-ship on a routine voyage through ports in the eastern Mediterranean, took on a shipment in the Syrian port of Latakia on Monday.

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Israel seizes ship with tons of weapons near Gaza

By Jennifer Lipman, March 15, 2011

A freighter carrying a significant amount of weaponry believed to be for use by terrorists in the Gaza Strip has been intercepted by the Israeli navy.

The Victoria, which set sail from Syria and went via Turkey, was bound for Egypt but intelligence suggested it was carrying weapons from Iran for Hamas to smuggle across the border.

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Iranium: official trailer

By Jennifer Lipman, March 9, 2011
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A preview of a documentary looking at the dangers of Iran's nuclear ambitions.

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London screening for 'nuclear Iran' film

By Jennifer Lipman, March 9, 2011

A film featuring a detailed examination of Iran’s nuclear ambitions and their impact on international security will have its European premiere at a London synagogue next week.

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Screening a film about the Holocaust in Tehran

By Jennifer Lipman, March 8, 2011

Iranian audiences will have the chance to watch a film about the Holocaust next week thanks to an initiative by a French anti-racism group.

Education about the Nazi atrocities is minimal at best in a country whose president has publicly denied the Holocaust, but from Monday Claude Lanzmann’s 1985 documentary Shoah will be screened on an Iranian satellite channel.

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Poll: Israel unpopular, but not as bad as Iran or Pakistan

By Jennifer Lipman, March 7, 2011

Israel is viewed in a more positive light than this time last year but is still one of the least popular countries in the world, according to an annual BBC poll.

Respondents to the BBC World Service Country Rating Poll gave Israel a 49 per cent negative rating, making the country among the globe’s four least liked nations.

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Most Iranians want ties with Israel, not with Hizbollah

By Azadeh Moaveni, March 4, 2011

Well before the recent wave of Arab revolt swept the Middle East, the region had already witnessed a historic, people-power challenge to a despotic order. In 2009, three million Iranians poured into the streets of Tehran to protest against President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's fraudulent re-election.

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