Iran

IDF chief is to warn Pentagon over Iran

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 5, 2009

IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi is to meet his US counterparts in Washington next week for talks aimed at convincing the Obama administration of the urgency of acting against Iran’s nuclear programme.

Senior Israeli military sources have made it clear that a decision on an Israeli strike against Iran will top the agenda of a new government headed by Binyamin Netanyahu.

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Ofcom clears Channel 4 on Iran message

By Simon Rocker and Marcus Dysch, February 26, 2009

Ofcom, the broadcast watchdog, has rejected a complaint against Channel 4 for choosing President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran to deliver its Alternative Christmas Message last year.

This week Ofcom said that it had received 295 complaints from viewers that the Iranian leader was an “offensive and inappropriate” choice because of his views on the Holocaust, women and homosexuals.

But it stated that the actual content of the broadcast could be “described as non-confrontational, comprising as it did a message of goodwill to the UK audience”.

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Board asks for help for Iran Bahá’is

February 26, 2009

The Board of Deputies president, Henry Grunwald QC, has written to Foreign Secretary David Miliband with a renewed call to the government to support the persecuted Bahá’i community in Iran.

The Board made representations to the government last May when six community leaders were arrested and detained. The group, including a seventh leader already in custody, has now been charged with various crimes including “insulting religious sanctity”, “undermining the Islamic Republic of Iran” and even “espionage for Israel”.

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Anger as Schroeder visits Iran

February 26, 2009

German Jewish leaders harshly criticised former chancellor Gerhard Schroeder for meeting Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Tehran. Mr Schroeder, who works for Russian energy giant Gazprom, called for direct talks between the US and Iran.

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Ahmadinejad may have a kosher secret up his sleeve

By Simon Rocker, February 19, 2009

He wants Israel to disappear; he has questioned the Holocaust; he believes Zionists pull the financial strings in the world. Many Jews would probably rate him public enemy number one. But could President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad be hiding a secret?

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Pro-Israel demo outside Iranian embassy

By Leon Symons, January 16, 2009

Up to 500 people demonstrated outside the Iranian embassy in Kensington, west London, last night (Thursday).

Led by a group of Zionist Federation activists and with ZF support, the group said it wanted to bring to wider attention Iran’s role in Middle East affairs as the main backer of both Hamas in Gaza and Hizbollah in Lebanon.

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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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