Tag Archive for Iran

REPORT: Iran sanctions Poland

A Turkish news agency reports that the Islamic Republic canceled a scheduled Polish film week two days after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Fox News that Poland was hosting a U.S. sponsored summit, aimed at discussing Iran’s regional, disruptive influence.

By Elad Benari


Iran on Sunday cancelled a week dedicated to display Polish films, which was scheduled to take place in February, in protest over Poland’s hosting of an anti-Islamic Republic summit.

Hossein Entezami, the director of the Cinema Organization, said that the activity has been suspended, reported the Turkish Anadolu news agency.

Polish films had been scheduled to be shown in February in the cities of Tehran, Isfahan, Shiraz and Mashahd. Continue Reading »

Israel’s President Welcomes US National Security Advisor John Bolton

Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin warmly welcomed John Bolton to Jerusalem, saying how much he personally appreciated all that he’s done for Israel over the years, “and we know that you’re going to do more.”



United States National Security Advisor John Bolton received an especially warm welcome when he called on President Reuven Rivlin on Tuesday.

Rivlin is always happy to welcome visitors to “Jerusalem the capital of Israel, the eternal capital of the Jewish People,” but in Bolton’s case, it was also with the knowledge that Bolton is “a great friend of the State of Israel and the Jewish People.”

Rivlin told Bolton how much he appreciated all that he has done to date for Israel, “and we know that you’re going to do more.”

Bolton said that it was a great honor to meet Rivlin in Jerusalem, and underscored that the meeting took place during challenging times for both the United States and Israel. Continue Reading »

Iran unveils its domestically-built fighter jet

Iranian state television debuted Iran’s new domestically made fighter jet called Kowsar, capable of carrying limited weaponry, and could be used for short aerial support missions.
– Iranian President Hassan Rouhani: “Why does the United States not attack us? … because it knows the consequences.”

By Reuters and Ynet


Iran unveiled a new fighter jet on Tuesday, state media reported, as tensions rise between Tehran and regional rivals over conflicts in the Middle East.

The fighter jet called Kowsar was fully domestic made, capable of carrying various weapons, and will be used for short aerial support missions, Tasnim news agency said. Continue Reading »

Iranian general accuses Israel of stealing Iran’s clouds

After head of Iran’s Civil Defense Organization, Brigadier General Gholam Reza Jalali charged Israel with stealing Iran’s clouds and snow, the country’s meteorological service weather chief, Ahad Vazife rebutted, saying, “On the basis of meteorological knowledge, it is not possible for a country to steal snow or clouds.”



An Iranian general on Monday accused Israel of manipulating weather to prevent rain over the Islamic republic, alleging his country was facing cloud “theft,” before being contradicted by the nation’s weather chief.

“The changing climate in Iran is suspect,” Brigadier General Gholam Reza Jalali, head of Iran’s Civil Defense Organization told a press conference, semi-official ISNA news agency reported. Continue Reading »

German Chancellor Merkel: EU must deal with Iran’s ‘aggressive tendencies’

After having met with Jordan’s King Abdullah, Germany’s chancellor said definitively, “Iran’s aggressive tendencies must not only be discussed, but rather we need solutions urgently,” acknowledging their roguish presence in Syria, in the war in Yemen and Iran’s activities with regard to Israel’s security.

By Reuters


German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday said European countries shared concerns over Iran’s ballistic missile programme and called for solutions to its “aggressive tendencies” in the Middle East.

“Iran’s aggressive tendencies must not only be discussed, but rather we need solutions urgently,” she said after meeting Jordan’s King Abdullah in Amman. She announced 384 million euros ($445 million) of aid to Jordan this year. Continue Reading »

Syrian NGO: Iran, Hezbollah troops preparing to withdraw from southern Syria

Just a day after Russian FM Sergei Lavrov said that Iranian and allied forces should withdraw from the Southern Syria “soon,” the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported [Thursday] that Iran & Hezbollah are preparing to withdraw their troops from Syrian areas close to the Israeli border.

By i24NEWS


Iran and Hezbollah are preparing to withdraw troops from a southern Syria region close to the Israeli border after Russian intervention, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Thursday.

Citing “a number of reliable sources” the war monitor said that Iranian advisers and Hezbollah fighters will vacate from two provinces in the area of Daraa and Quneitra near to the Israeli party of the Golan Heights. Continue Reading »

Iranians Say Modern New Mosque Looks Like a ‘Jewish Yarmulke’

Conservative Muslims, unable to accept the modern mosque design in Tehran, blame the Jews for the building lacking the traditional domes and minarets, accusing authorities of “treason” for approving the design.

By Israel Today Staff


The Jewish people were surprised to find themselves entangled in a heated debate over mosque design in Iran.

A massive new mosque being constructed in Tehran sports a sleek, minimalist design that architects say evokes the “austerity of early Islam.”

But more conservative Muslim voices have slammed the departure from the more traditional domes and minarets characteristic of mosques across the Middle East.

Some called it the result of “secular and Jewish influence.”

The New Arab reported that one local news website, Mashregh, went so far as to state that the new mosque looks like a ‘Jewish yarmulke’ (kippa in Hebrew, skullcap in English), and that the architects should be tried for “treason” for aiding a Zionist conspiracy. Continue Reading »

Iran’s Olympic wrestling coach resigns over country’s anti-Israel policy

Head coach of Iran’s Wrestling Federation, Rasoul Khadem [pictured above], resigns over Tehran’s policy of forcing his athletes to forfeit matches in order to avoid contact with Israeli opponents, saying how wrestler Alireza Karimi, who was banned for half year, and previous coach banned for two years was, “not right.”

By Oren Aharoni


The head of the Islamic Republic of Iran Wrestling Federation, Rasoul Khadem, announced his resignation Wednesday, only two months after being approved for the position, in protest of Iran’s rigid stance on competing against Israeli athletes.

Just recently, Iranian wrestler Alireza Karimi received a six month suspension for losing on purpose to a Russian opponent during the U-23 World Championship held in Poland in November, so that he would not advance to the next round and face Israeli wrestler Yuri Kalashnikov, who won a bronze medal. Continue Reading »

WATCH Iranian wrestler told to throw match in order to avoid facing Israeli opponent

To avoid refusing to face Israeli opponent by withdrawing, a political action condemned by the United World Wrestling Committee that would lead to a fine of thousands of dollars, watch Iranian wrestler told to intentionally loses match with Russian, in order to avoid advancing to face Israeli opponent.



Israel’s Uri Kalashnikov won the bronze medal at the 86-kilo category of the under-23 wrestling world championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland on Saturday, but it is the bout he never got to fight that is making all the headlines.

Iran’s government hailed wrestler Alireza Karimi-Mashiani for his “noble and heroic action”, saying he is “a source of pride and praise,” after he threw a bout against a Russian opponent in order to avoid facing Kalashnikov. Continue Reading »

After Egyptian-led reconciliation of rival Palestinian faction, Hamas leaders go to Iran

Under the auspices of the Egyptian leadership, Hamas & Fatah finally signed a long sought after reconciliation agreement, but instead of solidifying its new relationship with Egypt, Hamas leaders travelled to Iran to enhance mutual cooperation, to Cairo’s pique.



A high-level Hamas delegation led by Hamas Deputy Politburo chief Salih al-Arouri arrived in Tehran on Friday to meet with Iranian officials, Hamas’s official website reported.

The delegation’s arrival in the Iranian capital came just a week after Hamas and Fatah signed an agreement to advance national reconciliation efforts under the auspices of Egypt. Iran and Egypt have cold ties. Continue Reading »

IDF News UPDATES: Pilot armored corps program for female combat soldiers fails

After female trainees dropped out of pilot program to serve in armored corps units, IDF command decides to cancel project.
– More on Iran, Hezbollah and Palestinian terrorism.

Arutz Sheva Staff


The pilot program for female soldiers in the IDF armored corps failed after two of the twelve female recruits dropped out during basic training.

Female IDF soldiers in combat training – IDF’s Spokesperson’s Unit

As part of the pilot program, the IDF sought to have three female soldiers serve in a tank and work together with one male soldier.

Following the dropouts, the IDF plans to examine whether the tanks can be manned by an all-female crew. Continue Reading »

REPORT: After Obama’s billions to Iran, Hezbollah’s influence metastasized throughout Mid-East


The US daily NY Times published a report documenting the modus operandi of Hezbollah’s recruitment of new fighters for the Iranian proxy, an invaluable player in Tehran’s hunger for regional religious domination, that has stretched its presence and influence way beyond Lebanon & Syria and far into Iraq & Yemen.

By Liad Osmo


Hezbollah has spread its military influence far and wide throughout the Middle East, with the terror organization providing thousands of fighters to Syria, training hundreds in Iraq, giving support to rebels in Yemen and even offering assistance to militias in Afghanistan, according to a Friday report in The New York Times. Continue Reading »

Israel offers Iranian journalist asylum in Israel

Responding to a request by the Jerusalem Journalists Association, Israel’s Interior Minister commented, “This is a journalist whose life is in real danger, only because of writing columns on an Israeli news website.”

By Mordechai Sones


Interior Minister Aryeh Deri responded to a request by the Jerusalem Journalists Association and the National Journalists Association to approve entry into Israel of Iranian journalist Nada Amin, who writes for the Times of Israel.

Israel’s Interior Minister Aryeh Deri – Photo: Wikipedia

Amin is currently in Turkey, where she fled from Iran three years ago. Turkey has already announced that she will be deported in coming days from Turkey to Iran, where she is expected to be sentenced to death. Continue Reading »

REPORT: Iranian cyber spying group targets US, Israel, Saudi Arabia & Germany

ClearSky of Israel and the Tokyo-based Trend Micro say malicious hackers are using social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube to dupe targeted victims in Saudi Arabia, Germany, the U.S. and Israel.

By Reuters and Israel Hayom Staff


A cyber spying group with links to Iran is targeting countries including Israel, Saudi Arabia, Germany and the United States, security researchers said on Tuesday.

A new report by Tokyo-based Trend Micro and ClearSky of Israel detailed incidents as recently as April of this year involving a group known as “CopyKittens,” which has been active for the past four years. Continue Reading »

PM Netanyahu tells Iran after missile strike on Syria, “Don’t threaten Israel”


Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said Israel was not worried by the Iranian strike, being their first strike outside its own territory in nearly 30 years. “Israel is prepared for every development, we have no concerns or worries.”

By i24NEWS


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Iran not to threaten Israel on Monday, hours after the Iranian army fired ballistic missiles at a Syrian base of the Islamic State.

“I have one message for Iran: Don’t threaten Israel,” Netanyahu said, reported AFP.

A picture provided by the Iran’s state TV official website shows Iranian Revolutionary Guards launching a missile from an undisclosed location in western Iran, towards Islamic State bases in Syria – IRIB TV/AFP

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard said it fired six missiles targeting “terror bases” of the Islamic State in eastern Syria on Sunday. Continue Reading »