In addition to the tomb-purchasing initiative, the Jewish community also planned to build a vocational school named after Cyrus the Great, as well as a hospital and an exhibition dedicated to Cyrus’ achievements.
By CHEN MALUL/NATIONAL LIBRARY OF ISRAEL
It is not entirely clear whose idea it was, but in 1968, a vigorous correspondence developed between Jewish representatives in the Iranian parliament and officials from the regime of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Iran’s ruler at the time. The focus of this exchange was an attempt to purchase the Tomb of Esther and Mordechai at Hamedan. The pretext? Celebrations marking the 2,500th anniversary of the Edict of Cyrus, which were to be held in 1971. Continue Reading »
The Coronavirus is credited for killing the ‘butcher’ of Tehran, named for his role in brutally suppressing civilian protests, just after the death of Expediency Council member Mohammad Mirmohammadi on Monday.
– Iran’s percentage of deaths to infections, 3.3%, is much higher than other countries.
By Netta Bar, Dean Shmuel Elmas, AP
Another senior Iranian official has been killed by the coronavirus, Iran’s Tasnim News Agency reported on Wednesday, a day after Iran put its armed forces on alert to assist health officials in battling the virus, which has killed at least 77 people in an outbreak that has sickened top officials and pushed even supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei into wearing disposable gloves while trying to reassure the nation. Continue Reading »
For Iraq, Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait, Lebanon and other countries now infected by the coronavirus because of the Muslim pilgrimage to the infected holy city of Qom, and the theocrat government’s subsequent decision to not consider the issue an emergency, Iran couldn’t care less if thousands will die.
By SETH J. FRANTZMAN
On Monday, Iranian official Ahmad Amirabadi said there have been up to 50 deaths in Iran from coronavirus. The regime did what it knows how to do best: It sought to silence him and condemn him for spreading the news, claiming that only 12 had died from the virus and that there were only 61 cases in the country. Continue Reading »
More Iranian threats that don’t scare Israel:
As Revolutionary Guard cargo plane leaves Tehran for Damascus following 6 months of repairs (previously damaged in Syria airstrike attributed to Israel), Iranian official vows “crushing response that will cause regret to any kind of aggression or stupid action from this [Zionist] regime.”
By Reuters, Ynet
Iran will respond forcefully to any Israeli action against its interests in the region, its Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday, according to the Mehr news agency.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran will give a crushing response that will cause regret to any kind of aggression or stupid action from this regime against our country’s interests in Syria and the region,” ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said. Continue Reading »
Analysis: IDF Chief of Staff’s speech contained specific warnings, not only to Israelis, but also threats aimed at Hamas, Hezbollah, Lebanon and even Iran, in an attempt to convey that in the next conflict that Israel is forced into will include intense, devastating fire.
By Gal Perl Finkel
IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi said on Wednesday that the Israeli army is preparing vigorously for a military campaign.
His lecture at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya seemed to be aimed at both the ears of Israeli citizens and the ears of Iran, Hezbollah and Hamas.
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The construction of an Iranian underground missiles warehouse on the Iraq-Syria border has been identified via satellite imagery by an independent Israeli intelligence company.
By Arutz Sheva Staff
Iran is building a tunnel to store missiles in eastern Syria, near the border with Iraq, according to satellite imagery revealed by Israeli intelligence company “ImageSat” on Tuesday.
Israeli intel firm ImageSat Intl. reveals secret Iranian underground armory. – Photo: Twitter @ImageSat Intl.
According to the report released by the company, the tunnel is being used to store missiles and long-range weapons and is located at Imam Ali Air Force Base.
The tunnel is estimated to be approximately 121 meters long, 4.5 meters wide and 4 meters deep. Continue Reading »
IDF reports ‘dozens’ of Iranian militia targets in Syria were struck in an overnight IDF operation by Israeli warplanes over Damascus, in retaliation for multiple rockets fired by Iranian proxies a day earlier.
By i24NEWS – AFP
The Israeli military said that it had successfully struck over a “dozen” targets in Syria overnight Wednesday in retaliation for Iranian proxy fire a day earlier.
Syria state media reported that at least two were killed in the Israeli attack.
The strikes on Israeli territory early Tuesday morning, which was blamed on Iranian military forces, were reportedly intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system. Continue Reading »
Netanyahu’s proposal comes following a series of unpunished Iranian attacks and seizures of foreign oil-tankers, their recent attack on Saudi oil facilities and now Tehran’s accusation that Israel attempted an assassination on the IRGC commender.
By TZVI JOFFRE
In a cabinet meeting on Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu proposed a massive air defense system to defend against Iranian attacks, especially cruise missiles like those used in attacks on a Saudi Arabian oil facility last month, according to KAN.
Last month, cruise missiles and explosive drones were used in an attack on two plants at the heart of Saudi Arabia’s oil industry, including the world’s biggest petroleum processing facility. Continue Reading »
With boundless bluster and bravado, the haughty IRGC Deputy Commander for Operations, Abbas Nilforoushan takes to their local radio with further warnings against those that would attack Iranian forces, claiming, “Israel lacks strategic depth.”
By ROSSELLA TERCATIN
An Iranian Revolutionary Guards top commander threatened Israel, warning against an Israeli attack on Iran, Radio Farda reported on Saturday.
“If Israel makes a strategic mistake, it has to collect bits and pieces of Tel Aviv from the lower depths of the Mediterranean Sea,” IRGC Deputy Commander for Operations Abbas Nilforoushan said in an interview with the IRGC’s Tasnim news agency, as reported by the US-funded Iranian branch of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. Continue Reading »
Having witnessed repeated military opposition to Iran’s presence in Syria and Iraq, Iran has defiantly increased its presence and maintains the transfer of precision missile technology to Hezbollah, leaving PM Netanyahu to say, “Iran has no immunity, anywhere.”
By SETH J. FRANTZMAN
Syrian air defenses responded to an alleged airstrike on the Iraq-Syrian border town of Albukamal just after midnight on Saturday. It is the latest of several airstrikes reported in the same vicinity that are alleged to have struck Iranian-backed groups or bases linked to Iran. Albukamal is a key strategic crossing between Iraq and Syria and could be conduit for weapons trafficking from Iranian-backed groups to Hezbollah or the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in Syria. Continue Reading »
An unnamed source to the Independent in Arabic writes, “Saudi fighter jets have been spotted along with other fighter jets, that have attacked facilities and positions belonging to Iranian militias.”
By TZVI JOFFRE
Both Israel and Saudi Arabia have been blamed for recent air strikes targeting pro-Iranian militias in the Albukamal area of Syria near the border with Iraq, according to Arab media. The attacks resulted in a number of deaths and injuries and the destruction of weapon storage facilities and rocket launchers.
“Saudi fighter jets have been spotted along with other fighter jets that have attacked facilities and positions belonging to Iranian militias,” said an unnamed source to the Independent in Arabic. Continue Reading »
Arab media outlets reports “Unidentified warplanes” struck installations belonging to the Popular Mobilization Unit, an Iranian proxy Shiite militia in the Al Bukamal region of eastern Syria early this morning; one Iraqi news channel accuses Israel of being behind the attacks.
By i24NEWS, Israel Hayom Staff
“Unidentified warplanes” struck Shiite militia targets in the Al Bukamal region of eastern Syria early Tuesday morning, Arab media outlets reported.
According to the reports, the airstrikes were carried out near the Iraqi border and targeted the Iran-backed Popular Mobilization Units.
One Iraqi news channel pointed to Israel as the perpetrator of one of the attacks. Continue Reading »
Satellite photos show black plume of smoke from explosion on Iran Space Center launch pad, in what appears to be a result of their third satellite launch failure this year alone.
– Iranian officials didn’t immediately acknowledge the catastrophic event.
By Associated Press
A rocket at an Iranian space center that was to conduct a satellite launch criticized by the U.S. apparently exploded on its launch pad Thursday, satellite images show, suggesting the Islamic Republic suffered its third failed launch this year alone.State media and officials did not immediately acknowledge the incident at the Imam Khomeini Space Center in Iran’s Semnan province. Continue Reading »