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