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Oct 21, 2012

Israel swaps missile drills for earthquake rehearsal

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel dropped its annual simulation of a missile attack and held its first major earthquake drill on Sunday instead, but officials insisted the country remained as ready as ever for the possibility of a war with arch-foe Iran.

School children, civil servants and others participating in the “Turning Point 6″ exercise were urged to flee outdoors if possible as radio and TV channels broadcast tremor alerts. In previous years, people were told to go to household bomb shelters in order to flee an imaginary missile attack.

Oct 21, 2012

Quakes, not Iranian missiles, loom in new Israeli drill

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel held its first major earthquake drill on Sunday, stepping away from simulated Iranian missile salvoes though officials insisted the country remained ready for any war with its arch-foe.

Schoolchildren, civil servants and others participating in the annual “Turning Point 6″ exercise were urged to flee outdoors if possible when tremor alerts were announced on radio and television – a departure from previous years when they would congregate in bomb shelters.

Sep 28, 2012

Israelis see no Iran war this year after Netanyahu’s speech

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s U.N. speech about Iranian nuclear advances has dampened speculation in Israel that he could order a war this year.

Analyzing Thursday’s address in which Netanyahu literally drew a “red line” on a cartoon bomb to show how close Iran was to building nuclear weaponry, commentators saw his deadline for any military action falling in early or mid-2013, well after U.S. elections in November and a possible snap Israeli poll.

Sep 17, 2012

Iran on brink of nuclear bomb in 6-7 months: Netanyahu

WASHINGTON/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned on Sunday that Iran would reach the brink of being able to build a nuclear bomb in just six or seven months, adding urgency to his demand that President Barack Obama set a “red line” for Tehran amid the worst U.S.-Israeli rift in decades.

Taking to the airwaves to make his case directly to the American public, Netanyahu said that by mid-2013 Iran would have 90 percent of the material it needed for an atomic weapon. He again pressed the United States to spell out limits that Tehran must not cross if it is to avoid military action – something Obama has refused to do.

Sep 16, 2012

Iran on brink of nuclear bomb in six-seven months: Netanyahu

WASHINGTON/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned on Sunday that Iran was just six to seven months away from being able to build a nuclear bomb, adding urgency to his demand that President Barack Obama set a clear “red line” for Tehran in what could deepen the worst U.S.-Israeli rift in decades.

Taking to the television airwaves to make his case directly to the American public, Netanyahu said that by mid-2013, Iran would be 90 percent of the way toward enough enriched uranium for a bomb. He urged the United States to spell out limits that Tehran must not cross if it is to avoid military action – something Obama has refused to do.

Sep 16, 2012

Netanyahu: Iran on brink of nuclear bomb in 6-7 months

WASHINGTON/JERUSALEM, Sept 16 (Reuters) – Israeli Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned on Sunday that Iran was just
six to seven months away from being able to build a nuclear
bomb, adding urgency to his demand that President Barack Obama
set a clear “red line” for Tehran in what could deepen the worst
U.S.-Israeli rift in decades.

Taking to the television airwaves to make his case directly
to the American public, Netanyahu said that by mid-2013, Iran
would be 90 percent of the way toward enough enriched uranium
for a bomb. He urged the United States to spell out limits that
Tehran must not cross if it is to avoid military action -
something Obama has refused to do.

Sep 16, 2012

Israel says U.S. must be firm on stopping Iran nuclear threat

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A senior Israeli official said on Sunday the United States should not wait for Iran to decide on building a nuclear weapon before it considers military action against the Islamic Republic

“When is the point at which it should be stopped? Just when the bomb is assembled on the tip of the missile and is ready for launch?” Dan Meridor, deputy Israeli prime minister with responsibility for nuclear and intelligence affairs, said in a radio interview.

Sep 13, 2012

Netanyahu deputy disagrees on setting Iran “red line”

JERUSALEM, Sept 13 (Reuters) – Benjamin Netanyahu’s deputy
for intelligence and atomic affairs on Thursday broke with the
Israeli prime minister’s call for Iran to be confronted with a
“red line” beyond which its disputed nuclear programme would
face military attack.

In a broadcast interview, Deputy Prime Minister Dan Meridor
appeared to side with the United States in balking at
Netanyahu’s repeated demand that it set Iran an ultimatum or
risk seeing Israel launch region-rattling unilateral strikes.

Sep 11, 2012

“Secret” Syria strike helps Israel signal resolve on Iran

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – An Israeli cabinet minister on Tuesday invoked his country’s ostensibly secret 2007 air raid on an alleged Syrian nuclear reactor to suggest Israel could successfully strike Iran without U.S. support.

Israel has never formally acknowledged the bombing of the desert site at Deir al-Zor nor said what was destroyed – a precaution against drawing Syria into a retaliatory war, according to then-U.S. President George W. Bush, who in his memoir described the target as a nascent, North Korean-supplied reactor.

Sep 9, 2012

Can Israel surprise Iran? Maybe not, but could still strike

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s cancellation of a security cabinet session on Iran following a media leak last week laid bare a conundrum long troubling Israeli strategists: could they count on any element of surprise in a war on their arch-foe?

Possibly not. Years of public speculation, much of it stoked by official statements in Israel and abroad, about the likelihood and timing of such a conflict have afforded the Iranians plenty of notice to fortify their threatened nuclear facilities and prepare retaliation.