Iran

Analysis: Tehran has its own agenda in Gaza

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, December 31, 2008

Beyond the immediate objective of restoring calm to Israel’s south, there are four additional reasons for Israel’s operation.

First, there is the criminal nature of the Hamas government in Gaza, which has done all in its power to harm its own population. Hamas has turned Gazans into human shields, behind whom it hides its military infrastructure. And it has prioritised ‘resistance’ to Israeli ‘occupation’ — presumably of Israel itself — over improving the daily lives of Gazans.

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Ahmadinejad Xmas speech has C4 under fire

By Marcus Dysch, December 31, 2008

Channel 4 has defended its invitation to Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to deliver its alternative Christmas message.

In his speech, Mr Ahmadinejad claimed society faced a range of moral, political and security crises.

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Fear over Russia air defence sale to Iran

By Yaakov Katz, December 23, 2008

Concern mounted in Israel this week over reports that Russia has finalised plans to sell an anti-aircraft missile system to Iran that would make any potential airstrike against their nuclear facilities far more difficult.

Israel is concerned that Russia will sell Iran the S-300, one of the most advanced multi-target anti-aircraft-systems in the world. It has a reported ability to track up to 100 targets simultaneously while engaging up to 12. It has a range of 200 kilometers and can hit targets at altitudes of 90,000 feet.

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Analysis: This may bring a strike closer

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, December 23, 2008

Something went wrong with Russia’s air defence systems on September 6, 2007. Israeli fighter jets penetrated Syrian airspace and destroyed a secret installation, in all likelihood a nuclear reactor. Syria was protected by a Russian-made air defence system, the Pantsir, and Israel’s ability to penetrate Syrian airspace and destroy such a sensitive facility meant that Tehran took notice: reports suggested that 14 of the 50 systems delivered to Damascus were earmarked for shipment to Iran.

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Team Obama talks tough on Iran

By Nathan Guttman, December 4, 2008

President-elect Barack Obama has won praise from Jewish and pro-Israel groups for his foreign policy and security team.

Among the nominations announced on Monday, of particular interest was that of New York Senator Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State.

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Iranian ‘Mossad’ ring broken

By Leon Symons, November 27, 2008

Iran claimed to have broken a Mossad spy network that was seeking information about its nuclear programme and planning to carry out bombings and assassinations.

Last week, businessman Ali Ashtari was executed after being accused of spying for Israel. The semi-official Fars agency put out a story saying that the 45-year-old had been arrested two years ago and confessed to spying for Israel using security and telecommunications equipment. Israel denied all claims.

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Blogger accused of spying for Israel

By Leon Symons, November 24, 2008

An Iranian nicknamed "The Blogfather" and credited with starting the country's blogging revolution has been arrested and accused of spying for Israel.

Hossein Derakhshan, who holds joint Iranian-Canadian citizenship, returned to Iran three weeks ago, having left for Canada in 2000 with his wife.

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Hague talks tough on Iran

November 6, 2008

The Shadow Foreign Secretary, William Hague, has made a call for renewed pressure on Hamas and Hizbollah, and a united world strategy on Iran.

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Peres: Iran’s a world threat

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 26, 2008

Israel's president, Shimon Peres, warns today that it must not be left to Israel alone to solve the Iranian issue. "The Iranian threat is not only towards Israel, but the whole world," the president says in an exclusive, wide-ranging interview with the Jewish Chronicle to mark Rosh Hashanah.

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Sanctions on Iran are failing, warns Israel

By Yaakov Katz, September 24, 2008

Iran already has one-third of the amount of enriched uranium it needs to develop a nuclear weapon, a top Israeli intelligence official has revealed.

Brig-Gen Yossi Baidatz, head of Military Intelligence's Research Division, told the Israeli cabinet that international efforts to stop Iran's nuclear programme were failing, despite the recent International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report which lambasted Tehran for failing to cooperate with United Nations inspectors.

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