14/09/2012

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IAEA passes resolution rebuking Iran over nuclear program

Amid Israeli threat to strike Iran, 35-nation board of the UN nuclear agency adopts resolution voicing 'serious concern' about Iran's nuclear progress, while stating a peaceful diplomatic solution is desired.

by Reuters

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U.S.: Iran 'systematically demolishing' facility at Parchin

U.S. strike on Iran could lead to all-out Mideast war, experts say

Russia, China agree to back IAEA resolution critical of Iran

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Russia, China agree to back IAEA resolution critical of Iran

Amid U.S.-Israel tension over Iran's nuclear program, West persuades Russia and China to adopt a resolution demanding that Iran halt any action that could promote development of nuclear bomb.

by The Associated Press

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Clinton's slap in the face

Clinton rejects Netanyahu's call for 'red lines' over Iran nuclear program

Netanyahu: Those that refuse to set red lines for Iran can't give Israel red light

IAEA passes resolution rebuking Iran over nuclear program

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Netanyahu’s Iran comments cause American media stir

‘Red line’ comments renewed tensions between Washington and Jerusalem.

by Natasha Mozgovaya

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White House declines Netanyahu request to meet with Obama

Obama phones Netanyahu after White House snubs Israeli PM’s request to meet

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New poll: Majority of Americans oppose military strike on Iran

As tensions mount between Israel and the U.S. over Iran, a poll by the Chicago Council for Global Affairs shows widespread support for the Administration’s cautious policies.

by Chemi Shalev

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Netanyahu’s challenge: Keeping Iran on boil until November

Netanyahu: Those that refuse to set red lines for Iran can't give Israel red light

White House declines Netanyahu request to meet with Obama

U.S. strike on Iran could lead to all-out Mideast war, experts say

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On 9/11 anniversary, U.S. envoy to Israel commemorates victims, cautions against nuclear Iran

U.S. Ambassador Daniel B. Shapiro leads ceremony at Israeli 9/11 memorial in Jerusalem, attended by relatives of Israeli victims.

by Mordechai I. Twersky

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9/11 first responders find respite

Obama commemorates 9/11 victims at Pentagon ceremony

Shofar so good

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The top 8 headlines you might have missed / Haaretz Newsline, September 11

From Netanyahu’s criticism of the international community over its position on Iran, to the Red Hot Chili Peppers in Tel Aviv, Haaretz sums up the top headlines from Israel, the Middle East, and the Jewish World.

by Haaretz

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After one-month rift over Iran issue, Peres, Netanyahu meet in private

The meeting was an effort to mend the rift between the President and the Prime Minister, after Peres said that Israel must not strike Iran’s nuclear facilities without U.S.support.

by Barak Ravid

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Netanyahu aides: In opposing Israeli attack on Iran, Peres forgot his place

Former Israeli President Yitzhak Navon backs Peres on Iran statements

Top Israeli official: U.S. refusal to set 'red lines' helps Iran reach nuclear goals

In secret visit to Israel, U.K. officials warn Netanyahu against unilateral attack on Iran

Netanyahu: Those that refuse to set red lines for Iran can't give Israel red light

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IAEA demands immediate access to suspected Iranian nuclear weapons site

Yukiya Amano, director general of UN's nuclear watchdog says it is 'frustrating' that no concrete progress had been made in talks between Iran, IAEA geared at resolving nuclear standoff.

by Reuters

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Clinton rejects Netanyahu's call for 'red lines' over Iran nuclear program

U.S.: Iran 'systematically demolishing' facility at Parchin

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U.A.E. official: We will strike in Iran if Iranian terror squads target Gulf states

Speaking to al-Arabiya network, Dubai's police chief warns of Muslim Brotherhood takeover of Syria in wake of Assad's possible ouster.

by Avi Issacharoff

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German FM to Netanyahu: Israeli strike on Iran nuclear sites could fracture international coalition

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Romney: Iran's nuclear progress is Obama's biggest foreign policy failure

Speaking to NBC's 'Meet the Press,' Republican presidential candidate says Tehran closer to achieving nuclear capabilities than when Obama entered office in 2008.

by Natasha Mozgovaya and Haaretz

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Netanyahu 'lost his temper,' reprimanded U.S. envoy over Iran, says congressman

U.S. Senators McCain, Lieberman, Graham urge tougher stand on Syria, Iran

Obama's lead over Romney grows

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Iran military official says Tehran set to unveil long-range cruise missile

Speaking to Press TV, Iran's deputy defense minister says Islamic Republic will 'soon' display the Meshkat missile, with a reported range of 2,000 kilometers.

by Haaretz

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German FM to Netanyahu: Israeli strike on Iran nuclear sites could fracture international coalition

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Report: Amid talk of new nuclear sanctions, Iran's currency hits record low

Semi-official Iranian news agency says rial drops 7 percent in a single day to 24,300 rials to the dollar, in what could be the effect of the West's financial measures against Tehran.

by The Associated Press and Haaretz

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Crippling sanctions and isolation likely to drag Iran back to the negotiating table

EU preparing new sanctions on Iran over nuclear program

German FM to Netanyahu: Israeli strike on Iran nuclear sites could fracture international coalition

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Reshuffling the deck: Barak now opposes Israeli strike on Iran, sources say

People who have met the defense minister in recent weeks say he cites his objections with the same conviction and skill he used to support an attack just two months ago.

by Yossi Verter

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Barak hints U.S. military preparations may eliminate Israel's need for Iran strike

Barak rejects reports he now opposes Israeli strike on Iran

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Deputy U.S. army chief arrives in Israel, amid continued debate on nuclear Iran

Admiral James A. Winnefeld makes unannounced visit, to meet Israeli security officials and discuss the countries' continued military cooperation.

by Gili Cohen

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Report: U.S. General Dempsey says he does not want to be 'complicit' in Israeli attack on Iran

Senior U.S. intelligence official: Israel won't strike Iran before November

Barak hints U.S. military preparations may eliminate Israel's need for Iran strike

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Netanyahu, the serial violator of Israeli gag orders

Senior Haaretz analyst Amir Oren says Netanyahu's outrage over leaks from the security cabinet is laughable in light of Netanyahu's own leaks over the attack on a nuclear reactor in Syria.

by Amir Oren

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Netanyahu cancels security cabinet meeting, citing information leak

Netanyahu rebukes Mofaz for 'irresponsible' remarks on Iran policy

Netanyahu mulls polygraph tests for ministers after Iran discussion leaked

 

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Photo: A Tel Aviv beach on Friday.  Hundreds of thousands of tourists are visiting Israel each month. Nearly 300,000 tourists arrived in Israel in July, a record for the month and an 8% increase over the previous July. The Israeli Tourism Ministry: ‘Each month of 2012 has set an all-time record for the month.’    Iran, a ‘threat to Israel’ ?

10/09/2012

Israel uses 'Nuclear Threat' as pretext to bomb Syria and Iran

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'New Revelations Cast Light on Syria’s Nuclear Program'

Satellite photos show new sites of Syrian nuclear development
Israeli-bombed nuclear plant was farther along than thought
Syria has repeatedly snubbed IAEA inspections

WASHINGTON, Feb. 24.2011 – Syria established four additional nuclear facilities aside from the one bombed by Israel in 2007, the US Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) reported late Wednesday (Feb. 23).

The report suggests that Syria's nuclear program was far more advanced than previously believed and gives more urgency to international efforts to uncover the full extent of Syria’s nuclear ambitions.

Here is some background and a timeline on Syria’s secret efforts to acquire nuclear efforts:

Background (From the Nuclear Threat Initiative)

Syria has been a signatory to the Non Proliferation Treaty since 1968, but is nonetheless widely known to have sought nuclear weaponry for over 40 years.

“Given Syria's weak conventional forces, a nuclear weapons program may have seemed a viable option for achieving strategic parity with Israel” after the 1973 war, the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) states in its fact sheet on Syria

Realizing it could not build a weapon on its own, Syria sought help through the 1980s from European countries to develop a reactor. A French firm ultimately won the bid.

China began constructing the SRR-1 research reactor in 1991 as a part of an IAEA technical assistance project. China also provided Syria with 980.4g of uranium enriched to 90.2%

Throughout the 1990s, American and Israeli officials believed that Syria and China were cooperating on weaponization projects

The Al-Khibar Site

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In 2007, Israeli warplanes, in an attack codenamed “Operation Orchard,” bombed suspected nuclear site al-Khibar, also known as Daz az Zwar, in northeastern Syria.

Al-Khibar was a nuclear reactor site in the advanced stages of construction.

Three days before the attack, a North Korean ship carrying materials labeled as cement, but widely suspected of being nuclear materials, had docked in the Syrian port of Tartus.

North Korea was suspected to be aiding in the development of the site.

Leading Israeli nuclear expert Uzi Even said of the target: “I suspect that it was a plant for processing plutonium, namely, a factory for assembling the bomb,” he said. “I think the DPRK [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea] transferred to Syria weapons-grade plutonium in raw form that is nuggets of easily transported metal in protective cans. I think the shaping and casting of the plutonium was supposed to be in Syria.”

Current status: Removing the Veil on Syrian Ambitions

Even in the face of world consensus, Syria continues to reject that the Israeli bombings damaged a nuclear facility.

Syria has refused inspections since 2008, prompting Western officials to threaten more punitive measures if IAEA inspectors are not again allowed to visit sites in question.

The German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung, in December 2010, reported that three new sites related to the one allegedly bombed by Israel in 2007 had been discovered.

A February 23, 2011 report by the Washington-based think-tank Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) suggests that Syria’s program was far more advanced than previously thought after the 2007 Israeli air-raid on al-Khibar.

The ISIS also discovered four new nuclear sites previously unknown to western investigators.

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak commented on the revelations on Feb. 24, saying that even though Israel knows about Syrian ambitions, the door is still open to peace talks.

Contact:

Alan Elsner: 202-857-6671 (office), 202-306-0757 (cell), alane@theisraelproject.org 

Jennifer Packer: 202-207-6122 (office), jenniferp@theisraelproject.org 

http://www.theisraelproject.org 

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(The links are regularly deactivated by the war propaganda services which want that we repeat like a chicken the daily war propaganda against Syria and Iran)

Photo: Israel's nuclear threat. The Sunday Times reveals the secrets of Israel's nuclear arsenal.

30/08/2012

US-Israel: 'Iran's clandestine and dangerous nuclear weapons'...

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Israel’s Secret Nuclear Alliance with Racist South Africa

In the mid-70s, the world’s two pariah states, Israel and South Africa, sought to seal their relationship with a nuclear kiss. A new book claims Israel tried to sell South Africa nuclear-tipped missiles – the price was too high. Israel denies the charge, but Tel Aviv has never told the truth about its atomic arsenal and activities, so why should anyone believe them...

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“Israel arranged to send Pretoria 30 grams of tritium, which South Africa later used to build a number of atomic bombs.”

Israel has been called an apartheid state. Now its links to the original apartheid state have been brought to light. In a new book, The Unspoken Alliance, Sasha Polakow-Suransky, a senior editor at Foreign Affairs, the principal journal of the US foreign policy establishment, cites declassified South African documents that reveal that Israel forged a secret military alliance with South Africa in the 1970s, and offered to sell the apartheid state nuclear weapons. (1)

From its founding in 1948 until the mid 1970s, Israel was critical of South Africa’s apartheid, and sought allies among the newly independent black African states. But for many African countries, Israel was the replication in Palestine of the same European colonial settler model they had struggled to break free from. They weren’t going to become allies of a colonial power.

Then Israeli defense minister (and now president) Shimon Peres, accompanied South African prime minister John Vorster, a Hitler-admirer who had been jailed during the war for supporting the Nazis and belonging to the fascist Ossewabrandwag, on a 1975 visit to the Holocaust memorial. Peres signed an agreement with Vorster’s government to establish a secret military alliance, and offered to sell Pretoria nuclear warheads.

South Africa, a white racist state, proved to be more amenable to Israel’s offers of alliance, seeing in the Zionist state a kindred country of European settlers “situated in a predominantly hostile world inhabited by dark people.”

The cementing of the alliance was helped along by an existing relationship: South Africa was already shipping yellow cake to Israel. Now, safeguards against nuclear proliferation were lifted, allowing the Israelis to divert the yellow cake to their nuclear weapons program.

The strength of the new relationship was signaled by the 1976 visit to Jerusalem of South Africa’s prime minister, John Vorster. Accompanied by Yitzhak Rabin and then defense minister (now president) Shimon Peres, Vorster visited the Holocaust memorial, a grotesque spectacle considering the South African prime minister was a Hitler-admirer who had been jailed during the war for supporting the Nazis and belonging to the fascist Ossewabrandwag.

“For many African countries, Israel was the replication in Palestine of the same European colonial settler model.”

In 1975, South Africa’s defense minister, P.W. Botha met with Peres to buy Israeli nuclear warheads. While the deal fell through – the South Africans thought the asking price too high – the two men signed an agreement to establish a secret military alliance. Israel also arranged to send Pretoria 30 grams of tritium, which South Africa later used to build a number of atomic bombs.

Alon Liel, a former Israeli ambassador to South Africa, told the British newspaper The Guardian that South Africa used its mineral wealth (based on the exploitation of oppressed black miners) to fund joint military projects while the Israelis provided the technical know-how. South Africa would soon become Israel’s largest arms customer. According to Liel, “After 1976, there was a love affair between the security establishments of the two countries and their armies. We were involved in Angola as consultants to the [South African] army. You had Israeli officers there cooperating with the army. The link was very intimate.”

Israel regarded the relationship as based on more than just convenience, but on a common position as colonial oppressor, under pressure from national liberation movements. The two countries shared “unshakeable foundations of…common hatred of injustice and…refusal to submit to it,” wrote Peres to South Africa’s information minister, Eschel Rhoodie. The “injustice” each refused to submit to was ending apartheid (South Africa) and reversing the Nakbah (Israel), in both cases the subordination of indigenous people to the interests of settlers from Europe. Rafael Eitan, Israel’s then military chief of staff and Ariel Sharon, a future prime minister, sympathized with the “plight” of the South Africa’s apartheid regime, presumably seeing in it a reflection of the difficulties faced by Israel in enforcing its own racist regime.

“The fact that Israel was willing to act as a nuclear proliferator 'undermines Israel’s attempts to suggest that, if it has nuclear weapons, it is a ‘responsible’ power that would not misuse them'.”

By the late 1980s, the apartheid regime in Pretoria was bleeding support, and it was no longer tenable to back South Africa. Israel decided that it would “have to switch from white to black.” The security estblishment balked, pointing out that South Africa, as Israel’s chief arms customer, had “saved Israel,” a conclusion Liel says is “probably true.”

Chris McGreal, a reporter at The Guardian who has written a series of articles on the revelations in Polakow-Suranky’s book, points out that the fact that Israel was willing to act as a nuclear proliferator “undermines Israel’s attempts to suggest that, if it has nuclear weapons, it is a ‘responsible’ power that would not misuse them, whereas countries such as Iran cannot be trusted.”

But how responsible was France? It probably played a role in Israel’s development of nuclear weapons, transferring technology to Israel in return for its role in the attempted 1956 British-French take-over of Egypt (the Suez Canal crisis.) (2) How responsible, for that matter, is the United States, which dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki during WWII, despite the reality that a Japanese surrender was imminent, and, even if it weren’t, could have been obtained easily without the use of atomic bombs? (3) What’s more, the United States continues to threaten to use nuclear weapons against non-nuclear states (4) – hardly the acts of a responsible nuclear power, and nothing less than nuclear terrorism.

Polakow-Suransky’s book, and McGreal’s reporting, reveal that Israel entered into a military alliance with an overtly racist regime – and aided South Africa in its attempt to smash Angola’s national liberation movement — the foundations of the alliance all the stronger for being based on shared problems related to the maintenance of oppressive rule over dispossessed indigenous majorities.

NOTES:

1. The bulk of this article is based on Chris McGreal’s articles for The Guardian: “Israel and apartheid: a marriage of convenience and military might” May 23, 2010; “Revealed: how Israel offered to sell South Africa nuclear weapons”, May 24, 2010.

2. See Richard Becker, “A turning point in the Middle East balance of forces”, PSLWeb.org, November 1, 2006.

3. See Jacques R. Pauwels, The Myth of the Good War: America in the Second World War, James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Toronto, 2002, p 172-173

4. Stephen Gowans, “Nuclear Posture Review 2010“, what’s left, April 10, 2010.

 

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22/08/2012

The Iran threat...

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