WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The director of the U.S. Jewish foreign policy umbrella called Mohammed ElBaradei, the opposition leader emerging from the Egyptian ferment, a "stooge of Iran."
Malcolm Hoenlein, the executive vice-president of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, accused ElBaradei of covering up Iran's true nuclear weaponization capacities while he directed the International Atomic Energy Agency, the U.N. nuclear watchdog.
WASHINGTON (JTA) -- In the wake of revelations that a computer virus may have set back Iran’s nuclear weapons program, the Western groups and analysts that track the Islamic Republic are saying “More of the same, please.”
The benefits of a nonviolent program that inhibits Iranian hegemony by keeping the country's nuclear weapons program at bay are obvious: Better to stop Iran with cyber warfare -- in this case, the Stuxnet computer virus, which reportedly caused Iran’s nuclear centrifuges to spin out of control -- than actual warfare.
JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israeli troops on the border with Lebanon went on high alert following the collapse of Lebanon's government.
No additional reservists have been called up, however, according to reports.
Military officials reportedly are concerned that Hezbollah, whose exit from the government caused its collapse, would initiate a disturbance on its border with Israel in order to deflect attention from the political crisis.
JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Iran has missiles that can reach Israel in 12 minutes, according to cables released by WikiLeaks.
Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi told a U.S. Congressional delegation in November 2009 that the Islamic Republic has over 300 missiles that can reach the Jewish state in up to 12 minutes, according to the cables released on Sunday.
A bunch of Jewish groups are indignant about last week's New York Times report that “over the past decade the United States government has allowed American companies to do billions of dollars in business with Iran and other countries blacklisted as state sponsors of terrorism.”
JERUSALEM (TJA) -- Iran executed a man convicted of spying for Israel.
Ali-Akbar Siadat was hanged at a prison in Tehran on Tuesday morning, according to the state Iranian news agency IRNA.
He had been found guilty of passing information about the country's military, including the Islamic Revolutionary Guard, to the Mossad, Israel's security service. He was arrested in 2008 while trying to leave the country with his wife and with 29 pages of classified information in his possession.
This week’s WikiLeaks dump of more than 200,000 secret U.S. diplomatic cables contained few bombshells but a lot of revealing information about complex diplomatic interactions, including diplomacy aimed at confronting the Iranian nuclear threat.
It also raised troubling questions about when government secrecy is appropriate. Effective diplomacy becomes all but impossible when leaders of nations and their ambassadors can’t express themselves freely to each other, without fear of producing international headlines.
(JTA) -- Iran has accused Israel of attacks on two of the country's nuclear scientists.
One Iranian senior nuclear scientist was killed and another injured Monday in two separate attacks in Tehran. The government of Iran immediately blamed the CIA and the Mossad for the bombing attacks, which reportedly were carried out by men on motorcycles.
Iranian state television blamed "Zionist agents," according to reports.
JERUSALEM (JTA) -- The secret documents released by WikiLeaks will not negatively affect Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.
Israeli leaders can feel comfortable with what has been revealed in the first batch of documents made public on Sunday because there is very little difference between what it said in private discussions with United States leaders and what it told its citizens.