The Tehran threat could yield political gains for Israel’s PM — or it could blow up his campaign.
Tel Aviv — For weeks the possibility of an Israeli strike on Iran threatened to upend the presidential race between President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney. But now, it looks more likely that Iran will figure prominently in Israel’s elections next year.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu removed the cloud of possible war with Iran from the U.S. election when he told the United Nations last week (with the help of his by now famous bomb chart) that it would be take at least until spring 2013 to reach the “red line” for a military attack.
El Al said it is discontinuing its weekly flights to Cairo.
In a letter published Sunday in the daily Maariv, El Al Airlines CEO Eliezer Shkedi said Israel’s official airline cannot afford the high security and operating costs for the nearly empty flights, according to news reports.
The airline declined comment. Irena Etinger, spokeswoman for Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, confirmed the letter.
The letter, addressed to Lieberman, did not say when the flights would end.
I write this editorial as I depart from Israel. I was here for four days to see the country, to better understand it and its people. I met with religious leaders and government officials, spoke to regular Israelis, and soaked in the sites that make Israel a cradle of civilization. I met with numerous leaders here, including Danny Danon, deputy speaker of the Knesset.
Three Egyptian celebrities reacted violently after they were told in a prank that Israelis were interviewing them on a show they thought was German, according to a translation posted by The Middle East Media Research Institute’s (MEMRI), a pro-Israel group.
One of the Egyptians, actor Ayman Kandeel, assaulted the female interviewer.
A dangerous virus has reportedly struck nearly hundreds of computers in the Middle East, with the highest number coming in Iran.
Called the “most sophisticated cyber-weapon yet unleashed,” the virus attacked more than 600 computer systems in Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Sudan, Saudi Arabia and the Palestinian Authority, Israel National News reported.
The Egyptian parliament voted unanimously on a statement calling for the deportation of Israel’s ambassador and stopping gas exports to Israel.
The People's Assembly passed the resolution Monday night stating that the halting of gas exports is in protest against attacks by Israel on Gaza.
The measure also called for the withdrawal of the Egyptian ambassador from Tel Aviv, according to Al Masry Al Youm (the Egypt Independent) daily newspaper and a renewal of the Arab boycott against Israel.
Just a day after Monday’s inconclusive U.S.-Israeli summit meeting aimed at forging a unified stance on Iran, the Islamic republic decided to open for inspection a secret military site believed key to its nuclear weapons program and the world powers agreed to restart talks with Iran aimed at ending that disputed program.
But the actions appeared to do little to salve those who fear Iran is determined to develop a nuclear bomb at all costs.
After threats of an attack, a change as the rhetoric softens this week.
After much saber rattling about possible military action to halt Iran’s development of nuclear weapons, Israeli officials have changed tactics following the release of a report on Iran’s nuclear ambitions.
“Now we’re not seeing talk of unilateral action but a call for a broader approach,” said Gerald Steinberg, a political science professor at Bar-Ilan University.
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