Iran

Hall of Infamy: Hojatoleslam Jalil Mohebby

November 8, 2010

"The story of [Ashtiani] was blown up by the Americans, the British and the Zionists"

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Persian community join the US

November 4, 2010

Finchley Persian Sephardi Min-yan has formally joined Finchley Synagogue (Kinloss) as a satellite community, with full United Synagogue membership status and Kinloss congregant benefits. It is first formal arrangement between a United and Sephardi community.

The Persian minyan has operated from the Finchley Synagogue site for a number of years. As part of the recent Kinloss refurbishment, a new shul was constructed for the minyan.

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Israeli weightlifter triumphs over Iranian competitor

By Jennifer Lipman, November 2, 2010
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Hot on the heels of Israel's victory over Iran in the chess world, an Israeli has emerged victorious in the World Masters Weightlifting Championship.

Sergio Britva came first in the competition, held in Poland, beating an Iranian hopeful by lifting four more kilograms.

Hossein Khodadadi, however, was not exactly graceful in defeat. Watch his response when Mr Britva tries to shake his hand.

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Israel wins (chess) war with Iran

By Jennifer Lipman, October 22, 2010

An Israeli chess player has set a new world record for playing the highest number of games at one time. The title was previously held by an Iranian player.

Grandmaster Alik Gershon, who emigrated to Israel from the Ukraine after the collapse of the Soviet Union, took the title after playing 523 games simultaneously in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square.

Mr Gershon, 30, won most of those matches – losing just 11 and drawing 58 of them.

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Iran shows it is rattled by Israel

By Meir Javedanfar, September 7, 2010

"If Iran is attacked, with our fire we will turn the night into broad daylight over Israel. Our missiles will target all their cities, and the reactor at Dimona will be no exception," a commander in Iran's Revolutionary Guards recently threatened in the Kuwaiti daily Al Rai Al Alam.

These are not mere words of bravado. They are also a clear sign that Iran's rulers are actually worried about the possibility of a military strike by Israel.

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Ramallah turns against Tehran

By Meir Javedanfar, September 7, 2010

Last Sunday, the PLO leadership launched a major verbal assault against Iran's president.

"The one who does not represent the Iranian people, who falsified election results, who oppressed the Iranian people and stole authority has no right to speak about Palestine, its president or its representatives," said Nabil Abu Rudeineh, a spokesman for the PA.

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Egypt and Iran row over peace talk 'betrayal'

By Jennifer Lipman, September 3, 2010

The Egyptian government has called off a visit by Iran’s foreign minister after he accused President Hosni Mubarak of betraying Arabs by supporting the Middle East peace talks.

Manouchehr Mottaki had been set to visit Cairo for a meeting of the non-aligned movement.

But the discussion has been postponed after Mr Mottaki criticised Arab leaders for their involvement in this week’s Washington negotiations.

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Comment: Peace talks? Don't get your hopes up

By Gerald M Steinberg, August 26, 2010

Six decades of failed peace efforts have left most Israelis (and Palestinians) deeply skeptical about the prospects for success.

The pattern is familiar - a new American president, faced with major difficulties at home and abroad, hopes that a Middle East peace breakthrough will help solve many of these problems. He squeezes the leaders of both sides, and as neither wants the label of "spoiler", they go along with the charade.

But the efforts fail, as core differences over history, religion (particularly in Jerusalem), borders and sovereignty remain insurmountable.

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Analysis: The best bet for Israel is still sabotage, not an air attack

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 26, 2010

The much-heralded "switching on" of the Iranian nuclear reactor in Bushehr does not mean that an Israeli or American military attack is any nearer.

Despite some alarmist warnings, especially by former American ambassador the United Nations, John Bolton, this is not any sort of "point of no return". With close inspection by the IAEA and the Russian government, the light-water reactor won't give the Iranians the much-sought-after key to the nuclear power clubhouse.

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Analysis: The West is downplaying Iran's reactor at its peril

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, August 26, 2010

Last week's feeding of fuel into Iran's Bushehr nuclear reactor came as a surprise. For years, Russia dragged its feet and found recurrent excuses to delay the completion of the Bushehr project. The ceremony marking the start of the reactor last Saturday indicates the last obstacle has now been removed.

Why Russia decided to proceed is open to debate - though one can surmise that Moscow wished to register its discontent with the autonomous sanctions that the US, Europe and other Western countries recently adopted against Iran's energy sector.

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