The IAF exercise will include dozens of attack aircraft over the vastness of the Mediterranean Sea. “The aim is to prepare for every eventuality; we will not allow Iran to go nuclear,” explained Minister Zeev Elkin.
By Israel National News
The Israeli Air Force is currently in the midst of preparations for a broad-ranging exercise in which dozens of airplanes will participate, in preparation for a possible attack on Iran.
According to a report on (Israel’s) Channel 11, the exercise will take place in the coming spring over the Mediterranean Sea, and will be held openly. Enhanced budgets have been allotted toward this exercise, which involves, among other things, flights of over 1000 kilometers in length, similar to what pilots would be traveling if they were headed to Iran. Continue Reading »
Op-Ed: Only if Teheran feels Israel can actually destroy their bunkered nuclear production sites will there be a serious deterrent in preventing Iran from producing a nuclear arsenal.
– Unlike the US, Israel has a long history in flying extended distances from its borders to destroy nuclear installations of its enemies.
By EHUD EILAM
US President Joe Biden’s administration seeks to negotiate with Iran. If it does not work, the US will have to deter Iran from producing nuclear weapons. Another scenario is that the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, might survive and even be improved following future negotiations. Continue Reading »
In a joint statement with the UAE & Bahrain ambassadors, the Israeli envoy to the United States urged Joe Biden to investigate & examine anew ‘the reality in the Middle East’ before making any decisions about returning to the Iran nuclear deal.
Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer insisted on Monday that it would be a mistake for the incoming Biden administration to return to the Iran nuclear deal.
Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer – Screenshot: YouTube
In a joint statement released in tandem with the ambassadors of the UAE and Bahrain, Dermer urged the president-elect to examine “the reality in the Middle East” before making any decisions about the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. Continue Reading »
Commissioner Uwe Becker, a member of Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union party is the first antisemitism commissioner to urge the German Chancellor to “immediately freeze its relations with Iran,” and re-impose economic sanctions against Tehran, if Germany’s national interest really is in a secure Israel.
By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL
One of Germany’s leading commissioners tasked with combating antisemitism has urged Chancellor Angela Merkel to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal to protect Israel’s security and instead impose sanctions on Tehran.
“The current escalation with Israel should be reason enough for Germany to advocate the…. Iran nuclear agreement, which has been undermined by Iran… [as] dead, and for the necessary sanctions against Tehran to become effective again in their entirety,” Uwe Becker, commissioner of the Hessian federal state government for Jewish life and the fight against antisemitism, told The Jerusalem Post on Monday. Continue Reading »
After first describing White House personnel as “inept,” the British press published further comments by UK Ambassador Kim Darroch, accusing President Trump of “diplomatic vandalism” and how he pulled out of the Iranian nuclear deal because, “it was Obama’s deal.”
Britain’s envoy to the US believed Donald Trump pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal because it was hashed out by the administration of his predecessor Barack Obama, according to leaked documents published by the Mail on Sunday.
“The administration is set upon an act of diplomatic vandalism, seemingly for ideological and personality reasons — it was Obama’s deal,” ambassador Kim Darroch wrote in a 2018 memo. Continue Reading »
Succumbing to Obama White House pressure in 2015 not to threaten the newly signed Iran Nuclear Deal, an operative working for Hezbollah was arrested, then released without charge, after explosives were uncovered by MI5 in a terror plot against Israeli targets near London.
The British newspaper, the Daily Telegraph reported Sunday, that British security service, MI5, had in 2015, uncovered a plot by the Iran backed terror group Hezbollah to lay the ground work for terror acts against Israeli targets in the UK.
Screenshot from J’lem Post/Reuters
According to the report MI5 and metropolitan police, acting on information provided by a foreign government’s intelligence agency, found a stockpile of ammonium nitrate commonly used in bomb making, concealed in thousands of disposable ice packs, in a location in the North of London. Continue Reading »
According to an investigation by Senate Republicans, Obama administration officials sidestepped sanctions despite repeatedly testifying to the contrary before Congress, giving Iran access to the US banking system that would have allowed Iran to convert $5.7 billion in Omani rials to US dollars.
– The treacherous plan failed when 2 US banks refused to cooperate.
By Associated Press and Israel Hayom Staff
The Obama administration secretly sought to give Iran brief access to the U.S. financial system by sidestepping sanctions kept in place after the 2015 nuclear deal, despite repeatedly telling the opposite to Congress and the public, according to an investigation by Senate Republicans released Wednesday. Continue Reading »
After President Trump’s withdrawal from the Iranian nuclear deal and the U.S. reimposing sanctions, European leaders are scrambling to protect their economic deals and lucrative profits with the notorious Islamic Republic.
Europe’s largest economies lobbied to protect their companies’ investments in Iran on Friday, seeking to keep the nuclear deal with Tehran alive after Washington pulled out and threatened to impose sanctions on European companies.
Germany and France have significant trade links with Iran and remain committed to the nuclear agreement, as does Britain, and the three countries’ foreign ministers plan to meet on Tuesday to discuss it. Continue Reading »
The Iranian rial is driven down by massive public demand for dollars among locals anticipating the resumption of US sanctions targeted to cripple Tehran’s economy.
– Iran’s central bank governor erroneously insists economy would not be hurt by Trump’s withdrawal from nuclear agreement.
DUBAI – Iran’s rial traded near record lows against the dollar in the free market on Tuesday as Iranians tried to buy hard currency, fearing economic turmoil if US President Donald Trump withdraws from a deal on Iran’s nuclear program.
The dollar was selling for 65,000 rials, according to foreign exchange website Bonbast.com, which tracks the free market. Continue Reading »
Airbus, the European airline consortium has a $19B deal threatened, with over a billion dollars in French automobile sales; Germany’s Volkswagen to suffer big-time, so it’s understandable why Germany, Britain and France will likely seek exemptions for their firms should President Trump pull out of nuclear deal.
By Israel Hayom
From airplanes to oilfields, billions of dollars are on the line for international corporations as U.S. President Donald Trump weighs whether to pull the United States out of Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers.
The 2015 deal lifted crippling economic sanctions from Iran in exchange for a pledge from Iran to curb its military nuclear efforts. Continue Reading »
Satellite images shows parking lots full, an opened gate to the plant’s uranium enrichment tunnels, new building construction and recently, numerous buses parked at the facility.
Israeli satellite company iSi released several photos on Thursday indicating ‘unusual activity’ at a nuclear research facility in Iran from April 29, following weeks of speculation that US President Donald Trump might decide to leave the nuclear deal.
Satellite images reveal ‘unusual activity’ at Iran nuclear research facility. – Photo: iSi
The satellite images show a number of activities at the Fordow nuclear research plant that haven’t been detected in recent months, such as a large presence of buses and vehicles, as well as new large buildings which iSi believe are for R&D (research and development) and assembly. Continue Reading »
Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov tells the press following talks with his Chinese counterpart in Beijing, “We [China and Russia] will obstruct attempts [by U.S. President Trump] to sabotage these agreements which were enshrined in a UN Security Council resolution.”
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday he had agreed with his Chinese counterpart that Moscow and Beijing would try to block any US attempt to sabotage the Iran nuclear deal, Russian state news agency TASS reported.
“We are against revising these agreements, we consider it very counterproductive to try to reduce to zero years of international work carried out via talks between the six major powers and Iran,” TASS quoted Lavrov as saying after talks with Wang Yi, China’s top diplomat, in Beijing. Continue Reading »
Tillerson has publicly contradicted Trump on the Iran deal in the past, including during the current negotiations, and has advised Trump not to rip up the nuclear accord outright, whereas CIA director Mike Pompeo, has disagreed, advocating for a full U.S. withdrawal from the 2015 pact led by former President Obama.
By MICHAEL WILNER
WASHINGTON — US President Donald Trump unceremoniously fired his secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, on Tuesday morning, in part over “disagreements” on the Iran nuclear deal and amid a critical negotiation with Europe over its fate.
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European leaders quietly say they prefer keeping accord, not because it offered Iran an economic lifeline, but because it opened a vast range of mega-investment opportunities for European countries.
PARIS – Europe must make clear how it will react if the United States pulls out of the multinational nuclear deal with Iran and do more to encourage international banks to return to the country, a senior Iranian official said on Tuesday.
Last month, US President Donald Trump broke ranks with European allies Russia and China by refusing to re-certify Iran’s compliance with its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, reached during Barack Obama’s tenure. Continue Reading »
Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, founder of the Tel Aviv-based Israel Law Center, found a ‘back door’ to force Tehran to pay settlement in a past terrorism case, but in the process, may kill Boeing’s multi-billion dollar deal with Iran, and also nullify Iran’s nuclear agreement with the P5+1.
BY YAAKOV KATZ
When the landmark nuclear deal was signed in 2015 between the world superpowers and Iran, one of the big winners was, of course, Tehran. Billions of dollars, frozen throughout years of economic sanctions, were finally released, providing a much-needed boost to Iran’s failing economy.
Another winner was Boeing. In one of the appendices of the deal, aerospace companies, primarily Boeing and Airbus, were given special permission to start doing business with Iran. Continue Reading »