by JPOST.com Staff
Russia May Aid Iran to Spite the US
Sep 7, 2008 9:53
Updated Sep 7, 2008
Russia may use nuclear aid to Iran as a method of responding to increased
tensions between Moscow and Washington over the conflict in Georgia, the
Sunday Times reported.
According to the report, a source close to the Russian military told the
paper that Moscow is furious over the form of continued US overtures to
Georgia and the Ukraine.
Since hostilities in Georgia ended two weeks
ago, the United States has called for a NATO expansion which would include
the two nations, has sent warships to the region to deliver emergency
supplies, has promised huge sums of aid to help rebuild the country and has
sent US Vice President Dick Cheney to personally express Washington's
firm support for its allies.
"Everything has changed since the war in
Georgia," the source told the paper. "What seemed impossible before, is
more than possible now, when our friends become our enemies and our
enemies our friends. What are American ships doing off our coast? Do you
see Russian warships off the coast of America?
"Russia will respond. A number of possibilities are being considered,
including hitting America there where it hurts most - Iran," he warned.
Last Thursday, Cheney condemned Russia for what
he called an "illegitimate,
unilateral attempt" to change Georgia's borders by force.
Speaking during the closely watched trip to the US-allied South Caucasus
nation, Cheney also assured Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili
that the United States was "fully committed" to his country's efforts to
"Georgia will be in our alliance," Cheney
On the eve of Cheney's arrival, the White House
announced a $1 billion commitment to help the small but strategically
located nation recover from its war with Russia.
Sarkozy - Attack on Iran Could be
Sep 4, 2008 12:27 | Updated Sep 5,
The Iranian nuclear program is a dangerous gamble which may lead to a
"catastrophic" Israeli military strike, French President Nicholas Sarkozy
warned on Thursday.
"Iran is taking a very big chance when it
continues with the process of attaining nuclear weapons - and on that we
are certain," Sarkozy said during a press conference in Damascus. "We
may wake up to the day when Israel - regardless of who is in charge -
"The question here is not whether an attack of this sort is legitimate
or worthwhile," he continued. "The question is what will be done in that
"It would be a catastrophe and we must prevent it," Sarkozy concluded.
The French president spoke at a news conference
which marked the opening of a summit in Damascus with the leaders of Syria,
Turkey and Qatar to discuss Mideast stability and peace.
After arriving in Damascus on Wednesday, Sarkozy
encouraged Syrian President Bashar Assad to persuade its ally Iran to
cooperate with the international community and end its nuclear standoff.
"Iran must not have a nuclear weapon....
Nuclear weapons in Iran are a threat to peace in the region and the
world. Everybody, in their own way, should get the message through,"
Assad, who recently visited Teheran but
apparently failed to persuade Iranians on the nuclear question, said he
would continue that dialogue with the Iranian and French sides.
"We hope to reach a resolution to this
problem. No one in the world can bear the consequences of any
non-peaceful resolution because it will be a catastrophe," Assad said.
Dutch Intelligence - US to Strike Iran In Coming Weeks
Sep 1, 2008 19:32
The Dutch intelligence service, the AIVD, has called off an
operation aimed at infiltrating and sabotaging Iran's weapons industry due
to an assessment that a US attack on the Islamic Republic's nuclear program
is imminent, according to a report in the country's De Telegraaf
newspaper on Friday.
The report claimed that the Dutch operation had been "extremely successful,"
and had been stopped because the US military was planning to hit targets
that were "connected with the Dutch espionage action."
The impending air-strike on Iran was to be carried out by unmanned
aircraft "within weeks," the report claimed, quoting "well placed" sources.
The Jerusalem Post could not confirm the De Telegraaf report.
According to the report, information gleaned from the AIVD's operation in
Iran has provided several of the targets that are to be attacked in the
strike, including "parts for missiles and launching equipment."
"Information from the AIVD operation has
been shared in recent years with the CIA," the report said.
On Saturday, Iran's Deputy Chief of Staff
General Masoud Jazayeri warned that should the United States or
Israel attack Iran, it would be the start of another World War.
On Friday, Ma'ariv reported that Israel had made a strategic decision to
deny Iran military nuclear capability and would not hesitate "to take
whatever means necessary" to prevent Teheran from achieving its nuclear
According to the report, whether the United States and Western countries
succeed in thwarting the Islamic Republic's nuclear ambitions
diplomatically, through sanctions, or whether a US strike on Iran is
eventually decided upon, Jerusalem has begun preparing for a separate,
independent military strike.
Iranian General - Attack on Iran Would Cause WWIII
AP contributed to this report
Aug 31, 2008 22:48
Should Israel or the United States attack Iran, it would be the start of
another World War, Iranian Deputy Chief of Staff General Masoud Jazayeri
warned on Saturday.
"Any aggression against Iran will start a
world war," the Iranian state news agency IRNA quoted the top Iranian
official as saying. "The unrestrained greed of the US leadership and
global Zionism... is leading the world to the brink of a precipice."
"It is evident that if such a challenge occurs, the fake and artificial
regimes will be eliminated before anything," he said.
The news agency also quoted Jordan's King
Abdullah II as saying that if an attack was launched against Iran, it
would fail to achieve its objectives.
"Israel doesn't have the ability to
completely destroy the atomic reactor in Teheran," Abdullah claimed,
reiterating that the Islamic regime insists that its nuclear program is
not for military purposes but rather for civilian use alone.
"What Iran is trying to tell us, in my opinion, is that we must
recognize [the country] as a key international player," the Jordanian
king said, warning that "any military action against Teheran will have
serious consequences on all of the Middle East, and the states in the
region will be forced to deal with the situation."
On Friday, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister
Ali Reza Sheikh Attar said that the country had increased the number of
operating centrifuges at its uranium enrichment plant to 4,000. The number
was up from the 3,000 centrifuges that Iran announced in November that it
was operating at its plant in the central city of Natanz.
Still, it was well below the 6,000 it said last
year it would operate by Summer 2008, suggesting that the program may be
Report - Israel Won't Allow a Nuclear Iran
AP contributed to this report
Aug 30, 2008 16:50
Israel will not allow Iran to attain nuclear capability and if time begins
to run out, Jerusalem will not hesitate to take whatever means necessary to
prevent Iran from achieving its nuclear goals, the government has recently
decided in a special discussion.
According to the Israeli daily Ma'ariv, whether the United States and
Western countries succeed in thwarting the Islamic Republic's nuclear
ambitions diplomatically, through sanctions, or whether a US strike on Iran
is eventually decided upon, Jerusalem has begun preparing for a separate,
independent military strike.
So far, Israel has not received American authorization to use US-controlled
Iraqi airspace, nor has the defense establishment been successful in
securing the purchase of advanced US-made warplanes which could facilitate
an Israeli strike.
The Americans have offered Israel permission to use a global early warning
radar system, implying that the US is pushing Israel to settle for defensive
Because of Israel's lack of strategic depth, Jerusalem has consistently
warned in recent years that it will not settle for a 'wait and see'
approach, merely retaliating to an attack, but will rather use preemption to
prevent any risk of being hit in the first place. Ephraim Sneh a
veteran Labor MK who has recently left the party, has reportedly sent a
document to both US presidential candidates, John McCain and
The eight-point document states that,
"there is no government in Jerusalem that
would ever reconcile itself to a nuclear Iran. When it is clear Iran is
on the verge of acquiring nuclear weapons, an Israeli military strike to
prevent this will be seriously considered."
MK Ephraim Sneh
Photo: Ariel Jerozolimski
According to Ma'ariv, Sneh offered the two
candidates the "sane, cheap and the only option that does not necessitate
To prevent Iran's nuclear aspirations, Sneh
wrote, "real" sanctions applied by the US and Europe were necessary. A total
embargo in spare parts for the oil industry and a total boycott of Iranian
banks would promptly put an end to the regime, which is already pressured by
a sloping economy and would be toppled by the Iranian people if they have
outside assistance, he said.
The window of opportunity Sneh suggests is a year and a half to two years,
until 2010. Sneh also visited Switzerland and Austria last week in an
attempt to lobby them against the Iranian threat.
Both countries have announced massive long-term
investments in Iranian gas and oil fields for the next decade.
"Talk of the Jewish Holocaust and Israel's
security doesn't impress these guys," Sneh said wryly.
Hearing his hosts speak of their future
investments, Sneh replied quietly "it's a shame, because Ido will light all
this up." He was referring to Maj. Gen. Ido Nehushtan, the recently
appointed IAF commander and the man most likely to be the one to orchestrate
Israel's attack on Iran's nuclear facilities, should this become a
"Investing in Iran in 2008," Sneh told his
Austrian hosts, "is like investing in the Krupp steelworks in 1938, it's
a high risk investment."
The Austrians, according to Sneh, turned pale.
In related news, a top official said Friday that Iran had increased the
number of operating centrifuges at its uranium enrichment plant to 4,000.
Deputy Foreign Minister Ali Reza Sheikh Attar, who visited the Natanz
plant last week, said that Iran was preparing to install even more
centrifuges, though he did not offer a timeframe.
"Right now, nearly 4,000 centrifuges are
operating at Natanz," Attar told the state news agency IRNA. "Currently,
3,000 other centrifuges are being installed."
Meanwhile, the pan-Arabic Al Kuds al Arabi
reported Friday that Iran had equipped Hizbullah with longer range missiles
than those it possessed before the Second Lebanon War and had also improved
the guerrilla group's targeting capabilities.
According to the report, which The Jerusalem Post could not verify
independently, Hizbullah was planning a massive rocket onslaught on targets
reaching deep into Israel's civilian underbelly in case Israel launches an
attack on Iran.