Report says Iran gives Iraqi militias missiles capable of reaching Jerusalem

(JTA) – Iran has given missiles capable of hitting Jerusalem and Tel Aviv to proxies in Iraq, Reuters reported.

Iran has transferred short-range ballistic missiles to allies in Iraq over the last few months, three Iranian officials and two Iraqi intelligence sources told the news agency, according to the report Friday. The officials said Iran was helping the Shi’ite militias it is arming to start making their own missiles. [Read more…]

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Iranian forces in Syria withdraw more than 80 km from Israeli border, Russian official says

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(JTA) – Iranian forces and their weapons have withdrawn to no closer than 85 km from Israel’s border with Syria on the Golan Heights, a Russian official said.

Russian Presidential Special Envoy for Syria Alexander Lavrentyev told Sputnik news agency that Russia is working for Syrian reconciliation in an open manner and in coordination with the Syrian government, respecting the interests of neighbouring countries, including Israel. [Read more…]

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Israel, seeking total withdrawal, rejects Russian offer to keep Iranian forces in Syria 60 miles away

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israel rejected a Russian offer to keep Iranian forces in Syria some 60 miles from the border with Israel.

Instead, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insisted that Iran leave the country completely, an unnamed senior Israeli official told reporters on Monday following a meeting in Jerusalem between Netanyahu and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. [Read more…]

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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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