web analytics
November 24, 2014 / 2 Kislev, 5775
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post
IDC Herzliya Campus A Day on Campus

To mark IDC Herzliya’s 20th anniversary, we spent a day following Prof. Uriel Reichman, IDC’s founder and president, and Jonathan Davis, VP for External Relations, around its delightful campus.



Home » News & Views

Weekend Roundup: Showdown Iran


Mahmoud_Ahmadinejad

Iran’s Oil Ministry announced on Sunday that Iran has halted oil shipments to Britain and France, in apparent retaliation against the European Union’s imposition of sanctions on Iran’s crude oil exports.

The move is considered to be largely symbolic, as Iranian oil accounted for only 3% of France’s crude imports and Britain was not even importing Iranian oil anymore. Other EU nations, like Italy, Greece, and Spain are more dependent on Iranian oil, and thus more vulnerable.

According to recent statistics, the 27-nation EU bloc accounts for approximately 18% of Iran’s crude exports.

In related news, Iran continues its defiant march to nuclear power, as International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) officials said Iran is poised to augment its uranium enrichment program at the Fordo underground enrichment facility near the city of Qom.

IAEA inspectors explained that the move is significant because it will allow Iran to install thousands of new centrifuges, speeding up the production of enriched uranium, a main component in weaponizing nuclear power. IAEA are scheduled to arrive in Iran for another inspection on Monday.

Meanwhile, US and British officials on Sunday again warned Israel against striking Iran’s nuclear program. Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, said in an interview on CNN that a preemptive attack “is not prudent,” and would only set back Iran’s nuclear program a few years.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague echoed Dempsey’s assessment, saying that a military strike would not be “a wise thing,” adding that economic sanctions had to be given “a real chance.”

US National Security Advisor Tom Donilon was also in Jerusalem on Sunday meeting with key Israeli officials.

The increased diplomatic chatter reflects growing international concern that an Israeli strike is imminent, especially after last week’s terror campaign that Israel has accused Iran of masterminding. And as time drags on and the sanctions regime enters its sixth year, calls for patience become less and less credible.

Finally, Ynet has reported that the IDF is planning to deploy an Iron Dome battery in the Tel Aviv area. This would mark the first time the Iron Dome is deployed in Central Israel, and is intended for a drill simulating a missile attack.

Tel Aviv is under greater scrutiny, as Hizbollah and Iran continually taunt the Jewish state with threats that they will rain missiles on Tel Aviv.

The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said: “The Iron Dome is in the process of being made operational as part of which the battery is being placed in various locations from time to time.”

About the Author:


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

No Responses to “Weekend Roundup: Showdown Iran”

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
Is that a chicken or Tzipi Livni ready to be sacrificed?
Coalition Plays ‘Chicken’ and Runs Away from New Elections
Latest News Stories
Yehuda Glick at Shaarei Tzedek hospital, surrounded by his family, doctors and emergency personnel who saved him.

Glick said, the Arabs who are sanctifying Al Aqsa and Islam are those Arabs who are saving lives, like those on the hospital staff who treated him.

Is that a chicken or Tzipi Livni ready to be sacrificed?

Lapid has everything to lose and Livni has nothing to lose.

Talks, talks and talks a between p5+1 and Iran.

Iran wants to buy more time and Israel, not Kerry, may have to pay the price.

Rain in Jerusalem.

Sometimes we get what we pray for.

Bnei Sakhnin vs. Beitar Jerusalem last night at the Doha Stadium in Sakhnin. Sakhnin won 1-0.

Iran says it won’t make a deal with world powers over its nuclear development program by the Nov. 24 deadline.

Security leaders re-activate a special unit in Israel as Arab rioters injure four police officers in Jerusalem.

The doctors completed their surgery and accomplished what they set out to repair.

Israel’s cabinet decides to clear obstacles for employment of immigrating professionals.

Sheikh Samir Aasi says “I Was Attacked Because Of What I Stand For. These Extremists Don’t Want Relations Between Religions”

Former Washington DC Mayor Marion Barry died early Sunday at age 78.

A Tennessee watchdog group says textbooks in the state’s schools are teaching children to hate Israel and Jews.

In New Zealand a Jewish toddler wearing a yarmulka is attacked; the adults consider teaching their young to hide their identity.

If there were such a thing as “diplomatic police,” Abbas would have been arrested long ago for crossing red lines.

Both the town and the tower were destroyed in a violent fashion. A layer of ash shows they were burnt.

More Articles from Jewish Press Staff Writer
Hizb ut-Tahrir (Islamic Liberation Party) supporters at a rally in the PA capital of Ramallah, 2012.

Last week an Islamist group rallied at Al Aqsa mosque, calling to erase ‘Jewish filth’ at the Temple Mount.

Bat-El Aminov, 19, a resident of Tapuach, did not return home on Tuesday.

Israel Police asks the public to help find 19-year-old Bat-El Aminov, missing since Tuesday.

Palestinians are the only refugee group in the world with a relief organization dedicated to their issue. Other refugee populations have been resettled; why are Palestinians different?

Having a baby is hard work. But Israel really makes it worth all the effort – starting with one particular hospital in Jerusalem.

Israeli MKs from Likud and Labor plan to submit a bill allowing Jews to pray on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City.

Israel Police received more than 9 million ‘100′ calls (Israel’s ‘911′) in 2013; 18 percent came from Tel Aviv.

A Jewish carpenter is suing New York City’s Housing Authority after allegedly being threatened and insulted with anti-Semitic epithets.

This Rosh Hashana you can commit to be a hero, just like Fariba and Alexa Khorshad, Ariel and Adir Settenbrino and more! Read about the amazing volunteers of the Aleh Foundation.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/weekend-roundup-showdown-iran/2012/02/19/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: