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Al-Arabiya news: Mossad assassinated Iranian operatives in Libya

The Saudi Al-Arabiya news network reported Monday that Israel’s security and special operations agency is responsible for the deaths of two Revolutionary Guards members who arrived in Libya seeking to obtain uranium.

By Daniel Salami


Israel’s intelligence agency, the Mossad, was responsible for the liquidation of two Revolutionary Guards members in Libya, the Saudi Al-Arabiya news network reported Monday.

Mossad agents allegedly followed the two men when they were still in Tunisia, and killed them after they crossed the border to Libya.

Iran’s regime is one of the main players attempting to take advantage of the chaos created in Libya after the demise of its ruler Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. Continue Reading »

REPORT: Iran procurement activities include nuclear warhead components for ballistic missile

German security official: “Despite the nuclear agreement [lead by Obama in July 2015], Iran has not given up its illegal activities in Germany,” by pursuing to acquire banned components to construct nuclear warheads for their ongoing ballistic missile program.



German security officials have accused the Iranian regime of pursuing its goal to build missiles armed with nuclear warheads, the Berlin daily Der Tagesspiegelreported.

“Despite the nuclear agreement [reached with world powers in July 2015], Iran has not given up its illegal activities in Germany. The mullah regime also made efforts this year to obtain material from [German] firms for its nuclear program and the construction of missiles, said security sources,” Der Tagesspiegel wrote on Friday. Continue Reading »

IAEA rejects resolution to impose oversight over Israel’s nuclear facility




In a move hailed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahuas a “great” diplomatic victory, the International Atomic Energy Agency handily voted down an Egyptian resolution on Thursday to force Israel to open its nuclear facilities to international inspectors.

The resolution also wanted the International Atomic Energy Agency’s member states to express concern over Israel’s nuclear capabilities, and call on it to join the 1970 nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Continue Reading »

Bibi says Iran is no laughing matter on Israeli comedy show


Comedy hosts sting Netanyahu on housing reform, settlements, and Iran’s nuclear program. The latter prompted a stern response.


A relaxed Benjamin Netanyahu appeared Sunday evening on the hit comedy show “Matsav Hauma” (“State of the Nation”) jousting with the hosts on topics ranging from Israeli politics to the Iranian threat and reiterating his stance on negotiations with the Palestinians.

Netanyahu in 'Matsav Hauma'

Netanyahu in ‘Matsav Hauma.’ – Photo: Niv Eshet Cohen

“The right wing says you can’t talk to [Palestinian President Mahmoud] Abbas,” said host Merav Galili. “Maybe without the ruckus of the tractors building settlements you could hear him better?”

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Iranian TV airs short clip of nuclear ‘holocaust’ against Israel


WATCH: Iranian TV animation depicts how the Islamic Republic might respond to a U.S. and/or Israeli strike on its nuclear facilities.



A short animated film being aired across Iran depicts the nuclear destruction of Israel. The film opens with the word ‘Holocaust’ appearing on the screen, with a Star of David underneath it, Israel’s Channel 2 reported on Tuesday.

Screen shot of the Iranian video.

Screen shot of the Iranian video.

The airing of the animation comes as talks between Tehran and world powers over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program are resume in Austria.

The film, which started to appear Monday on Iranian websites depicts how the Islamic Republic might respond to an American or Israeli strike on its nuclear facilities. Continue Reading »

Report: Israeli military intel unit seeks Farsi speaking Iranian immigrants


20% of Farsi speaking Jewish immigrants from Iran serve in special IDF intelligence units.

By Reuters



Iranian-born immigrants to Israel are drafted to its military intelligence units in disproportionately large numbers, an official report said on Thursday. This fact reflects the military’s high demand for Farsi speakers to monitor the Jewish state’s arch-enemy.

IDF Unit 8200

Soldiers in Unit 8200, the IDF’s technological spearhead. – Photo: Moti Milrod

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sees a mortal menace in Iran’s disputed nuclear program and has long hinted his country was waging a covert campaign to track and foil it.

Those efforts, security sources said, have been stepped up since world powers and Tehran agreed an interim nuclear deal in November. Continue Reading »

Susan Rice consults Israeli officials about Iran nuclear deal

Susan Rice, Obama’s national security adviser  met with her Israeli counterpart last week in hope of gaining support for P5+1 nuclear deal with Iran.

By Reuters



President Barack Obama‘s national security adviser Susan Rice played host to a series of meetings with Israeli officials last week to try to gain their support for an interim deal with Iran aimed at containing Tehran’s nuclear program.

U.S. national security adviser Susan Rice (R) with Secretary of State John Kerry and Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power in September 2013. – Photo: Reuters

The meetings, announced in a White House statement on Sunday, arose from talks between Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last month as the United States tried to persuade a skeptical Israel to support the Iran deal. Continue Reading »

Israeli officials: US admits Iran will get $20 billion in sanctions relief – not $7 billion as Obama said


U.S. administration officials admitted to Israeli colleagues that American negotiators greatly underestimated the economic benefits Iran would reap from Geneva’s P5+1 accord.



Senior officials in the administration of President Barack Obama have conceded over the past few days in conversations with colleagues in Israel that the value of the economic sanctions relief to Iran could be much higher than originally thought in Washington, security sources in Israel told Haaretz.


The Iranian economy is already showing signs of growth. – Photo: AP

In official statements by the United States immediately after the agreement limiting Iran’s nuclear program was signed in Geneva between Iran and theF six powers at the end of November it was said that the economic relief Iran would receive in exchange for signing the agreement would be relatively low – $6 billion or $7 billion. Continue Reading »

Obama: West Bank Must Not turn into ‘Gaza 2’

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U.S. President Obama says at Saban Forum that there cannot be a situation where Judea & Samaria becomes a security threat, like what happened to Gaza.

By Elad Benari


U.S. President Barack Obama said at the Saban Forum on Saturday that there must not be another Gaza in the Palestinian Authority-assigned areas of Judea and Samaria.

Obama at Saban Forum

President Barack Obama at the Saban Forum in Washington, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013.- Photo: AP

Israel pulled out of Gaza in 2005, as part of the “Disengagement”. This resulted in Hamas taking over the region and escalating rocket attacks at southern Israel. Continue Reading »

Obama said Israel-Palestinian deal doable, but to be implemented in stages

Keeping Iran from becoming nuclear-armed is not just an Israeli interest, but that of the U.S. as well, said President Obama at the annual Saban Forum.

Kerry: peace deal with Palestinians will make Israel more secure.

By and Reuters



U.S. President Barack Obama said on Saturday that a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians is possible, and would have to be implemented in stages.

U.S. President Barack Obama.

U.S. President Barack Obama. – Photo: Shahar Azran

Both sides will have to “stretch out of their comfort zones,” Obama said at the annual Saban Forum in Washington, D.C., adding that “we know what the outlines of a potential agreement will look like.” Continue Reading »

ADL’s chief favors firm Iran sanctions, blasts White House ‘hysterical’ response

Jewish leader is embarrassed by Obama’s acquiescence to Teheran’s pressure, describes secret U.S. talks with Iran as ‘violation of special relationship with Israel.’



The head of the Anti-Defamation League Abe Foxman has come out in clear support of legislation of new sanctions on Iran while blasting what he describes as the administration’s “hysterical” reaction to possibility that Congress will enact them.

Iran nuclear talks at the UN

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Iranian FM Mohammad Javad Zarif and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton attend meeting at the UN on Sept. 26, 2013. – Photo: AP

“I am embarrassed by how our government has accepted the threats of blackmail by the Iranians against even discussing new sanctions,” Foxman told Haaretz on Friday. Continue Reading »

Turkey & Iran plan on reviving trade in wake of nuclear deal

Hurriyet Daily News says Iranian and Turkish officials are to meet in near future to resume economic cooperation.

By & Reuters



The nuclear agreement signed between Iran and world powers may result in improved economic ties between the Islamic Republic and Turkey.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif with his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (L) shakes hands with his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu after a news conference in Ankara, November 1, 2013.- Photo: Reuters

According to a report Saturday in Hurriyet Daily News, an Iranian delegation will visit Turkey “in the near future” to discuss the two countries’ trade relations, while Turkish Trade Minister Zafer Caglayan is set to travel to Tehran in mid-January. Continue Reading »

World powers close to agreement with Iran as nuclear talks continue

3rd round of talks with the Iranians open with the representatives offering contradictory assessments of chances for success.

Netanyahu, ‘It’s possible to reach a better agreement, but it requires being consistent & persistent.’

By and Reuters 



GENEVA – The third round of nuclear talks between Iran and the six powers opened in Geneva Wednesday with the parties offering contradictory assessments of the chances for success.

Netanyahu and Putin in Moscow

Netanyahu and Putin arrive for a joint news conference in the Kremlin in Moscow. Wednesday, November 20, 2013.- Photo: AP

Yet even as some of the negotiators sought to lower expectations, most seemed optimistic that by the end of the weekend, an agreement on curbing Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief would be reached.

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Khamenei: ‘ Zionist regime doomed to annihilation’


Iran’s supreme leader says ‘Israeli officials cannot be called humans, they are like animals’.

Israeli expert: Harsh talk meant “to set stage for deal.”




Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Iran would not step back from its nuclear rights, and his negotiating team had set limits for talks over Iran’s disputed nuclear program.

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei – Photo: Ho New/Reuters

Khamenei took swipes at Israel and France during his speech to tens of thousands of volunteer Basij militiamen in Tehran, broadcast live on Iran’s Press TV.

“Zionist officials cannot be called humans, they are like animals, some of them,” said Khamenei.

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Exiled dissidents report: Iran building new secret nuclear instillation

Iranian opposition group, which previously exposed the Natanz uranium enrichment plant and the Arak heavy-water facility are now reporting a new underground site that’s being built inside a 600-meter tunnel complex.

By Reuters



An exiled Iranian opposition group said on Monday it had information about an underground nuclear site being built in Iran and that this was among a number of secret venues for an atomic bomb program.

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Heavy-water production plant in the central Iranian town of Arak, Saturday, Aug. 26, 2006. – Photo: AP

The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) exposed Iran’s uranium enrichment plant at Natanz and a heavy-water facility at Arak in 2002. Continue Reading »