Posts Tagged ‘Iran’


Analysis: Latest Israeli airstrike in Syria likely stopped new Iranian threat

editor 13 April 2018

By J-Wire.. The recent missile strike on a military airbase deep in the central Syrian desert looks like the latest instalment in a long-standing Israeli campaign to police its red lines against highly dangerous developments to its north…writes Yaakov Lappin/JNS. Usually, such strikes are driven by incoming intelligence of threatening activity underway in Syria—activity that breaches Jerusalem’s ban on Iran from constructing military bases in Syria, from setting up weapons factories there and from using Syria as a transit zone for the trafficking of advanced arms to Hezbollah in Lebanon. [Photo top right: The Syrian Tiyas Military Airbase, also known as the T-4 Airbase located in Homs province | Credit: Screenshot via Wikimapia].  (more…)


Iran Builds Facilities in Syria Close to Russian Bases to Avoid Being Attacked

editor 29 March 2018

By Asharq Al-Awsat.. Iran is building military facilities and bases very close to Russian forces in Syria to keep them from being attacked by Israel, security sources in Tel Aviv said. Sources stressed that Israel has learned that Russians do not favor this activity, noting the increasing tension between Moscow and Tehran. According to Israeli security sources, Iranian facilities built close to Russian positions in Syria are publicly held as Iranian sites. [Photo top right: Iran’s Army Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Mohammad Bagheri | Photo: AP].  (more…)


Trump Attacks Iranian Government in Nowruz Holiday Message

editor 24 March 2018

By Toluse Olorunnipa.. President Donald Trump used the annual presidential statement marking the Persian holiday of Nowruz to criticize Iran’s government and military leaders with sharp-tongued language rarely before seen in a celebratory presidential message. “The history of Nowruz is rooted in Iran, where for millennia a proud nation has overcome great challenges by the strength of its culture and the resilience of its people,” Trump said in a statement released Monday (March 19, 2018). “Today, the Iranian people face another challenge: rulers who serve themselves instead of serving the people.” [Photo top right: Wheatgrass].  (more…)


The problem is Hezbollah

editor 23 March 2018

By Ziva Dahl..Current U.S. policy toward Lebanon confirms Voltaire’s observation that “the human brain is a complex organ with the wonderful power of enabling man to find reasons for continuing to believe whatever it is that he wants to believe.” Our Lebanese strategy of providing training and advanced military aid to the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) is based on the fallacy that it will promote stability and prevent Hezbollah from taking over the country. News flash: That takeover has occurred. [Photo top right: Hezbollah Soldiers | Credit: MEMO – Middle East Monitor]. (more…)


Former Argentine President Cristina Kirchner Facing Potential Trials Over Both Iranian AMIA Bombing Cover-Up and Murder of Investigator Alberto Nisman

editor 9 March 2018

By Ben Cohen.. Former Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner is facing a potential double trial, as the latest twist in the investigation of the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires left the legal immunity that she is now entitled to as a member of the Senate looking more vulnerable. Federal Judge Claudio Bonadio ruled on Monday (March 5, 2018) that Kirchner, ex-foreign minister Héctor Timerman, and ten other close aides will face trial over a 2013 pact with Iran that whitewashed Tehran’s responsibility for the AMIA bombing — one of the worst-ever terrorist atrocities in Latin America, in which 85 people died and hundreds more were wounded. [Photo top right: Former Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner (R) with ex-Foreign Minister Hector Timerman in 2015. Photo: Reuters / Rolex Dela Pena].  (more…)


EU Parliament Politicians Call For A Full Ban Of Hezbollah

editor 7 March 2018

By Benjamin Weinthall.. Some 60 MEPs demanded that the European Parliament designate the entire organization – and not just its military wing – as a terrorist organization. Members of the European Parliament sent a letter on Thursday (February 22, 2018) to EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, urging her to classify all of the Lebanese organization Hezbollah as a terrorist entity. [Photo top right: EU Parliament Brussels | Credit: Wikimedia Commons].  (more…)


Jewish grandmother sentenced to death in Iran; Holland won’t grant her asylum

editor 6 March 2018

By Cnaan Liphshiz.. Persian language teacher ‘Sipora’ was convicted in absentia for running underground organization that found housing for women with abusive husbands who could not get a divorce. UTRECHT, Netherlands (JTA) — To the dozens of revelers of this city’s main Purim party, a Jewish grandmother who cooks the event’s annual Persia-themed holiday feast is a rare communal asset. [Photo top right: Sipora, a Jewish refugee from Iran, looking out the window of her daughter’s Netherlands home, Feb. 15, 2018. (Cnaan Liphshiz)].  (more…)


Iran to Hold International “Israel Hourglass” Festival

editor 2 March 2018

By IFP Editorial Staff.. The first edition of International Hourglass Festival, dedicated to anti-Israel art and media productions, will be held in the Iranian capital Tehran in April (2018). The festival’s press conference was held on Tuesday (February 27, 2018) in Tehran, during which the main agenda and objectives of the festival were explained by the organizers. (more…)


Graham returns from Israel: We must ‘stop the Iran-Assad machine’

editor 1 March 2018

By Joe Gould.. WASHINGTON — War between Israel and Iranian proxy forces is imminent, a bipartisan group of U.S. senators warned Tuesday (February 27, 2018) after a trip to the Middle East last week. “Any time you leave a meeting where the request is ammunition, ammunition, ammunition, that’s probably not good,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said of a meeting with Israeli officials. Graham is the Senate’s lead appropriator for the U.S. State Department and a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. [Photo top right: Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., is the Senate’s lead appropriator for the U.S. State Department and a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)].  (more…)


The Iranian Threat and the Eternal Meaning of Purim

editor 1 March 2018

By Eliora Katz.. As Iran and Israel inch toward all-out war, the timing is suitable. On Thursday (March 1, 2018) Jews don costumes and feast to celebrate Purim, the “they tried to kill us, we survived, let’s eat” holiday par excellence. Purim commemorates the tale of the Jews’ narrow escape from extermination in Persia’s Achaemenid Empire. [Photo top right:Children dressed in costume and carrying mishloach manot follow a costumed clown on Purim day in Jerusalem, Israel | Credit Wikimedia Commons]. (more…)


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