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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.

Sep 9, 2012

Analysis: 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.

Aug 1, 2012

Israel to US: Time running out in Iran nuclear dispute

JERUSALEM, Aug 1 (Reuters) – Israel warned visiting U.S.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Wednesday that time was
running out for a peaceful settlement to the nuclear dispute
with Iran, saying sanctions and tough talk over possible
military action were failing to sway Tehran.

Speculation is rampant over whether Israel will make a
military strike against Iran to halt a nuclear programme that
the West suspects is aimed at building an atomic bomb but which
Tehran says is entirely peaceful.

Aug 1, 2012

Israel tells U.S. time is running out in Iran nuclear dispute

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel told visiting U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Wednesday that time was running out for a peaceful settlement to the nuclear dispute with Iran because sanctions and tough talk over possible military action were failing to sway Tehran.

Speculation is rampant over whether Israel will make a military strike against Iran to halt a nuclear program that the West suspects is aimed at building an atomic bomb but which Tehran says is entirely peaceful.

Jul 30, 2012

Israel’s Barak plays down Syrian chemical arms risk

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel played down on Monday the risk from Syria’s chemical weapons, in what appeared to be a new tack after threats to take military action to prevent the arsenal falling into Islamist hands.

Israel has been particularly worried that Hezbollah, the Iranian-inspired Shiite militia in neighboring Lebanon, may gain access to the weapons should Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s grip slip amid a 16-month-old insurgency.

Jul 24, 2012

Gasmasks in demand as Israel tracks Syria chemical arms

JERUSALEM, July 24 (Reuters) – The Syrian government is
still in full control of its chemical weapons stockpiles,
Israeli defence officials said on Tuesday, in an apparent bid to
calm fears that a non-conventional war could be looming.

Syria’s 16-month-old conflict has spread concern that the
chemical arsenal, acknowledged by Damascus for the first time on
Monday, could fall into the hands of Hezbollah, the Lebanese
Islamist group allied to Iran and Syrian President Bashar
al-Assad, or that Assad could use then in a desperate last
stand.

Jul 20, 2012

Low support in Israel for unilateral attack on Iran

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israelis remain mostly opposed to any unilateral attack by their country on Iran even if international diplomatic pressure fails to curb its nuclear programme, an opinion poll suggested on Friday.

The survey commissioned by Maariv newspaper found only 19 percent of Israelis would support the go-it-alone strikes threatened by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s conservative government, while 26 percent thought military action should be taken – but only with U.S. backing.

Jul 19, 2012

No rush to war in Israel over Bulgaria bombing

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel signaled on Thursday it would not hasten into any open conflict with Iran or its Lebanese guerrilla ally Hezbollah despite blaming them for a deadly attack on its citizens in Bulgaria.

A suicide bomber killed eight people on a bus carrying Israeli tourists in Burgas airport, drawing a pledge by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to “react powerfully” to what he called “Iranian terror”.

Jul 15, 2012

Israel PM accuses Hezbollah of Cyprus attack plot

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel accused Lebanon’s Hezbollah guerrillas and Iran on Sunday of plotting to attack its citizens in Cyprus after police on the Mediterranean island arrested a foreigner on suspicion of security offences.

The suspect, who was arrested in Limassol port on July 7, was described by Cypriot media as a Swedish passport-holder of Lebanese descent.

Jul 12, 2012

Israel ex-PM Olmert says no plan to rejoin politics

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said on Thursday he had no plan to return to Israeli politics after a court cleared him of major corruption charges that prompted his resignation in 2008.

Israeli media had speculated that Olmert might ally himself with the opposition, now that his centrist Kadima party has a new leader and forms part of the conservative coalition government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.