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‘US trying to sway Israeli public opinion against Iranian strike

After comments by Head of Joint Chiefs of Staff Dempsey & U.S. Defense Secretary Panetta, sources say American officials are briefing Israeli media against pre-emptive Iranian attack

By Yoni Hirsch, Eli Leon, Shlomo Cesana, Mati Tuchfeld, Gideon Alon and News Agencies


Israel suspects that senior figures in the U.S. administration have been briefing local media outlets in recent weeks against a pre-emptive Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities in an attempt to sway Israeli public opinion, according to reports.

Pannetta and Dempsey briefing the media on Tuesday. Photo: Getty Images

Pannetta and Dempsey briefing the media on Tuesday.
Photo: Getty Images

At a joint briefing with General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the U.S. Continue Reading »

Iranian Families of the assassinated nuclear scientists to sue U.S., U.K. & Israel.

At press conference in Tehran, the Father of 1 of the scientists reported that they  demanded Iran’s judiciary to pursue their complaints through int’l bodies & bring those behind the murders to justice.


Families of Iran’s slain nuclear scientists have filed a lawsuit against Israel, the U.S. and Britain accusing them of involvement in the assassination of their loved ones.

Iran’s Natanz reactor

Iran’s Natanz reactor. – Photo by AP

Rahim Ahmadi Roshan, the father of one of the scientists, told a press conference in Tehran Wednesday that the families have demanded Iran’s judiciary to pursue their complaint through international bodies and bring those behind the murders to justice. Continue Reading »

Ex-IDF intelligence chief: A nuclear Iran more dangerous than military strike

At a conference in U.S., Amos Yadlin says Iran has a ‘sophisticated’ strategy to pursue nuclear weapons that is ‘unfortunately’ working.


Former Military Intelligence chief Maj. Gen. (res.) Amos Yadlin said on Saturday that a nuclear Iran would be more dangerous than carrying out a military strike on Iran.

Amos Yadlin June 28, 2011 (Moti Milrod)

Former Military Intelligence chief Maj. Gen. (res.) Amos Yadlin - Photo by Moti Milrod

Speaking from the crowd in respone to a panel discussion at the Washington Institute’s 2012 Weinberg Founders Conference in Virginia, Yadlin said Iran has a “sophisticated” strategy to pursue nuclear weapons and added his assessment that this strategy is “unfortunately” working

Yadlin said he favored exhausting all other options before striking Iran’s nuclear facilities but stressed that a “nuclear Iran is more dangerous than attacking Iran.”

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Iran says identified source of reported cyber attack on oil industry

Official at Islamic Republic’s Oil Ministry tells Fars news agency that Iranian security officials were able to identify a computer virus designed to steal and damage data.

Iran has been able to identify the source of a recently reported cyber attack on its oil industry, an official at the Islamic Republic’s Oil Ministry said on Saturday, adding that a computer virus attempted to “steal and damage data.”

Iran refinery - AP - 23.4.12

An Iranian oil worker repairs a pipe at an oil refinery in Tehran - Photo by AP

On Tuesday, Iran’s Oil Ministry said its IT systems had suffered no lasting damage from a suspected cyber attack, but its experts would require two or three days to investigate and address the impact of the virus.

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Obama announces new Iran, Syria technology sanctions

During his first visit to the Holocaust museum as President, Obama introduces a new set of sanctions against entities aiding the regimes of Iran and Syria to use technology to target citizens and erode their human rights.

United States President Barack Obama on Monday announced new sanctions on people and entities in Iran and Syria who have deemed to use technology to target citizens and erode their human rights.


President Barack Obama speaking at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington - photo by AP

Speaking at the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C. before a crowd of Holocaust survivors, administration officials, members of Congress, and leaders of Jewish organizations, Obama commented on the situation in Syria and Iran.

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Iran says cut oil supply to Spain, may halt flow to Germany, Italy

Iran has cut oil exports to Spain and may halt sales to Germany and Italy, Iran’s English-language state television reported on Tuesday, in an apparent move to strengthen its position ahead of crucial talks with world powers later this week.

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Irainian Ship - Photo by: Glenn Klasner

But in an indication that Tehran’s “counter-sanctions” were of little impact, Spain’s biggest refiner said it had already replaced its Iranian crude with oil from Saudi Arabia several months ago.

Iran has played a tit-for-tat game over crude shipments since the European Union agreed in January that it would stop all Iranian oil imports as of July. Continue Reading »

American expert: U.S. ‘green light’ for Israeli attack on Iran depends on ‘whether it can get the job done’

Walter Russell Mead, one of America’s foremost foreign policy gurus, tells Haaretz Iran may soon offer compromise formulas aimed at ‘driving a wedge’ between Israel and the U.S.

U.S. President Barack Obama is capable of ordering a military attack on Iran, but the U.S. would probably prefer to yield to Israel if it was convinced that it “could get the job done” – this is the assessment of Walter Russell Mead, a renowned expert on American foreign policy.

Israel Air Force fighter jet. Photo: IDF

“The U.S. has a lot of things to think about in a lot of places and I’m sure Obama feels that he has enough wars in the Middle East already,” Mead said in a conversation with Haaretz. Continue Reading »