16 mars 2014

US official: Iran pursuing banned items for nuclear, missile work

Iran has pursued a longstanding effort to buy banned components for its nuclear and missile programs in recent months, a US official said on Sunday, a period when it struck an interim deal with major powers to limit its disputed atomic activity. Vann Van Diepen, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Non-Proliferation, said Iran was still "very actively" creating front companies and engaging in other activity to conceal procurements. The reported supplies do not contravene last year's breakthrough... [Lire la suite]
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16 mars 2014

Senior minister: Kerry pressuring the wrong side

An Israeli minister on Sunday said Washington's top diplomat was "wrong" for pressuring Israel in peace talks, a day before Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas was set to visit the White House.His remarks came two days after US Secretary of State John Kerry criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's repeated demand that the Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish state. "John Kerry is wrong because he is putting pressure on the wrong side," said Environment Minister Gilad Erdan, who is considered close to Netanyahu."Kerry... [Lire la suite]
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15 mars 2014

Lebanon's new government agreed to a compromise policy statement for Hezbollah

Lebanon's new government agreed to a compromise policy statement on Friday that fell short of explicitly enshrining the militant group Hezbollah's role in confronting Israel but which would give all citizens the right to resist Israeli occupation or attacks. The agreement on the compromise language came after weeks of dispute brought the government to the verge of collapse, and now paves the way for Prime Minister Tammam Salam to put his government to a vote of confidence. Information Minister Ramzi Jreij told reporters that most... [Lire la suite]
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14 mars 2014

Explosive device targets IDF force on Lebanon border

An improvised explosive device was detonated Friday night targeted an IDF force near the border with Lebanon, as it was patrolling in the Shebaa Farms area. The patrol, which included several reconnaissance vehicles, was hit by the IED, but no casualties were reported.The military jeep was damaged, and three soldiers were evacuated to the Ziv Medical Center in Safed to rule out any blast injuries. The IDF explored the possibility that the incident was a kidnapping attempt but has since rejected the scenario. The IDF responded with an... [Lire la suite]
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14 mars 2014

IAF strikes 7 Gaza terror targets in response to evening rocket fire

The Israel Air Force attacked seven Gaza terror targets on Thursday night - three targets in the north of the Strip and four in its south - after 17 rockets were fired by Gaza terror groups towards southern Israel following Islamic Jihad's announcement on a truce with Israel.The Iron Dome missiles-defense system was deployed in Beersheba and near Ashdod on Thursday evening to stop grad rockets from reaching the populated cities.'Code Red' sirens were heard shortly before 7:50 pm Thursday in the Shaar HaNegev and Sdot Negev Regional... [Lire la suite]
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13 mars 2014

Abbas lashes out at rival Dahlan, as political tensions flare

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has accused one of his main rivals, Mohammed Dahlan, of involvement in six murders, hinting that he might also be behind the death of former leader Yasser Arafat. Dahlan, who lives in exile in the Gulf, denied the allegations of his arch foe Abbas, their bitter row now playing out publicly across the Palestinian media and on social media.Once a prominent official in Abbas's Western-backed Fatah movement, Dahlan was ousted from the group in 2011 following accusations of corruption. He denied the... [Lire la suite]
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13 mars 2014

Israel: No Gaza truce deal, calm will be met with calm

Israel has not reached a ceasefire agreement with the Islamic Jihad and will continue with the policy that "calm will be answered with calm," as it has been doing since the end of the 2012 Operation Pillar of Defense, a senior Israeli security official said Thursday. Furthermore, Islamic Jihad did sustain casualties in the emphatic Israeli military response to its rocket fire from Gaza, despite the group's claims to the contrary. During the day, the Egyptians launched an attempt to end hostilities between the two sides, and it appears... [Lire la suite]
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12 mars 2014

IDF attacks numerous terror targets in Gaza in response to rocket fire

The IDF responded with force to a barrage of at least 60 rockets fired from the Gaza Strip at the Israeli south on Wednesday, striking dozens of terror targets from the air and with artillery fire. Thirty-one Islamic Jihad and Hamas targets have been hit all across the Gaza Strip - two in an IDF artillery strike and 29 more in an Israel Air Force strike later on in the evening. Palestinian sources said IAF planes hit two Islamic Jihad bases, one of them in Rafah. Residents in the Beit Hanoun area of Gaza said they saw an Israeli... [Lire la suite]
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12 mars 2014

Egypt says it destroyed 1,370 Gaza smuggling tunnels

Egypt's military said Wednesday it has destroyed 1,370 smuggling tunnels under its border with the Gaza Strip, as Cairo's ties remain sour with the Hamas movement that rules the Palestinian enclave.Ties took a turn for the worse after the military's July ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, who belongs to the Muslim Brotherhood, with which Hamas is affiliated. The statement did not say when the tunnels were destroyed, but the military has poured troops into the adjacent Sinai Peninsula to counter militancy that has grown since... [Lire la suite]
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11 mars 2014

Iran weapons ship causes greater stir in Arab world than West

While the media in the Western world showed no interest in Israel's grand display of the weaponry sezied from the Iranian ship Klos C, and the first official American condemnation only arrived six days after the ship's capture, it was the Arab world's press that showed the most interest in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's bid to show Iran's real face.In the respected New York Times, there was no mention of the event Monday, in which Netanyahu, Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon and Navy commander Ram Rotberg showcased the haul of... [Lire la suite]
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