Iran reportedly fires missiles at Israel, and Israel strikes back in Syria

Israeli tanks seen near the Israeli-Syrian border, May 10, 2018. (Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)
Israeli tanks seen near the Israeli-Syrian border, May 10, 2018. (Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)

Israeli tanks seen near the Israeli-Syrian border, May 10, 2018. (Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)

(JTA) – Iranian troops reportedly fired a barrage of 20 missiles at Israel, and Israel responded by bombing Iranian military targets in Syria.

The missiles were launched from Syria early Thursday morning. None of them hit Israel. Israel’s missile defence system intercepted four of them, and the rest landed in Syrian territory, according to Israeli news reports. No Israelis were hurt in the attack. [Read more…]

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Israel’s Mossad broke into Iranian nuclear files and smuggled out half a ton of documents the same night

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel speaking at the Kirya government headquarters in Tel Aviv, April 30, 2018. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel speaking at the Kirya government headquarters in Tel Aviv, April 30, 2018. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel speaking at the Kirya government headquarters in Tel Aviv, April 30, 2018. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

(JTA) – Israel’s Mossad intelligence service broke into the anonymous Tehran building that housed Iran’s secret nuclear files and smuggled half a ton of documents and compact discs back to Israel the same night.

The New York Times in an article posted on its website Monday night quoted a senior Israeli official who spoke on condition of anonymity as saying that the Mossad discovered the warehouse in February 2016 and since then kept the building under surveillance. [Read more…]

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‘Iran lied big time’ about nuclear program, Netanyahu says in describing secret files

JERUSALEM (JTA) – “Iran lied big time” about the nature of its nuclear program, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced.

Netanyahu on Monday evening unveiled copies of half a ton of material that make up part of what he identified as Iran’s secret nuclear files. He first delivered his presentation in English, in an effort to reach the widest possible audience. [Read more…]

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Ex-London mayor Ken Livingstone on Iran TV repeats claim that Hitler backed Zionism

(JTA) – Former London mayor Ken Livingstone, appearing on Iranian state television to discuss the topic “Has the Holocaust been exploited to oppress others?,” repeated his claim that Hitler worked with the Zionist movement to convince Jews to move to Israel.

Livingstone appeared on the Press TV show on Saturday, which was observed as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. [Read more…]

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Netanyahu, Putin to discuss Iran after Moscow Holocaust commemoration event

MOSCOW (JTA) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made firm statements about Iran before leaving for Russia to discuss the Islamic Republic with one of its key allies, Russian President Vladimir Putin.

In Russia, Netanyahu said in a statement published Monday morning that he will discuss with Putin “Iran’s effort to turn Lebanon into one giant missile site, a site for precision missiles against the State of Israel, which we will not tolerate.” [Read more…]

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European Parliament questions Iranian lawmakers about Holocaust denial, terrorism

(JTA) – European Parliament members questioned a visiting group of Iranian parliamentarians about Iranian leaders’ Holocaust denial statements and threats.

Jewish groups and Israeli politicians had criticized the European Union’s parliament for hosting Alaeddin Boroujerdi, who chairs the Committee for Foreign Policy and National Security of Iran’s parliament, and his delegation for a two-day visit to the parliament in Brussels. [Read more…]

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Mike Pence says U.S. Embassy will move to Jerusalem by end of next year

U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence speaking to the Knesset in Jerusalem, Jan. 22, 2018. (Ariel Schalit/AFP/Getty Images)
U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence speaking to the Knesset in Jerusalem, Jan. 22, 2018. (Ariel Schalit/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence speaking to the Knesset in Jerusalem, Jan. 22, 2018. (Ariel Schalit/AFP/Getty Images)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence said the U.S. Embassy would move to Jerusalem by no later than the end of next year during an address to the Knesset, Israel’s parliament.

In his address Monday, the first by a U.S. vice-president to the Knesset, Pence also called the Iran nuclear deal a “disaster” and said “the United States of America will no longer certify this ill-conceived agreement.” [Read more…]

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