Austrian chancellor stresses Israel’s security during joint appearance with Iranian president

(JTA) – Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz called it “absolutely unacceptable” to question Israel’s right to exist or call for its destruction in a joint appearance with Iran’s president.

Speaking Wednesday in front of reporters, Kurz also condemned Holocaust denial and anti-Semitism before he and President Hassan Rouhani went into a private meeting in Vienna. [Read more…]

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Iranian general says Israel is causing drought in his country; Top Iranian weatherman says he’s all wet

he effects of drought seen at Namak Lake, Iran, April 19, 2013. (Hansueli Krapf/Wikimedia Commons)
he effects of drought seen at Namak Lake, Iran, April 19, 2013. (Hansueli Krapf/Wikimedia Commons)

he effects of drought seen at Namak Lake, Iran, April 19, 2013. (Hansueli Krapf/Wikimedia Commons)

(JTA) – Israel has interfered in the weather over Iran and prevented rain from falling, the head of Iran’s civil defence organization said.

“The changing climate over Iran is suspect,” Brig.-Gen. Gholam Reza Jalali said at the end of a speech to a conference on civil defence tactics in agriculture held Monday in Tehran, the Iranian Students’ News Agency reported. [Read more…]

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Former Israeli lawmaker indicted as alleged spy for Iran said he was trying to help his country

Former Israeli Energy Minister Gonen Segev, center, at a Tel Aviv district tribunal, April 22, 2004. (Yariv Katz/AFP/Getty Images)

Former Israeli energy minister Gonen Segev, center, at a Tel Aviv district tribunal, April 22, 2004. (Yariv Katz/AFP/Getty Images)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – The former Israeli lawmaker charged with espionage for allegedly spying on Israel for Iran said during his interrogation that he was trying to help Israel.

Gonen Segev was arrested last month, the Israel Security Agency, or Shin Bet, said in a statement issued Monday. [Read more…]

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Argentine special prosecutor Alberto Nisman was murdered, appeals court confirms

The grave of late Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman at La Tablada Israelite cemetery in Buenos Aires, Jan. 10, 2018. (Eitan Abramovich/AFP/Getty Images)
The grave of late Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman at La Tablada Israelite cemetery in Buenos Aires, Jan. 10, 2018. (Eitan Abramovich/AFP/Getty Images)

The grave of late Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman at La Tablada Israelite cemetery in Buenos Aires, Jan. 10, 2018. (Eitan Abramovich/AFP/Getty Images)

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) – Argentine special prosecutor Alberto Nisman was murdered as a direct consequence of his accusation against former president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner of a cover-up of Iran’s role in the1994 AMIA Jewish centre bombing, a federal court ruled.

The Argentinean Federal Chamber of Appeals on Friday backed the federal judge who is leading the investigation, Julian Ercolini, who ruled last December, more than two years after Nisman death, that it was a murder and not a suicide. [Read more…]

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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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