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Sep 28, 2012

Netanyahu’s Iran cartoon bomb timed to make big impact

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The “Bibi bomb” was born of days of discussions between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and a brains trust of close advisers on how to make a powerful impact in yet another speech on Iran’s nuclear program.

“The diagram made his address special,” a senior official in Netanyahu’s entourage said on Friday about the cartoonish drawing of a bomb the Israeli leader, who is nicknamed “Bibi,” used at the U.N. General Assembly as a prop to illustrate what he sees as Iran’s drive for an atomic weapon.

Sep 28, 2012

Netanyahu draws ‘red line’ on Iran’s nuclear program

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu drew a “red line” for Iran’s nuclear program on Thursday despite a U.S. refusal to set an ultimatum, saying Tehran will be on the brink of developing a nuclear weapon in less than a year.

By citing a time frame in an address to the U.N. General Assembly, Netanyahu – who has clashed with President Barack Obama over the urgency of military action against Iran – appeared to suggest no Israeli attack was imminent before the November 6 U.S. presidential election.

Sep 19, 2012

Israel army in snap exercise to simulate war scenario

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s military launched a surprise large-scale exercise on Wednesday on the occupied Golan Heights, testing its battle readiness amid tensions over Iran’s nuclear drive and civil war in Syria.

A military spokeswoman, appearing to play down any speculation the drill heralded imminent hostilities with Iran or Syria, said it was part of a routine training schedule. A similar snap exercise was held around this time a year ago.

Sep 11, 2012

U.S. rejects Netanyahu meeting request: Israel official

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – The White House has rejected a request by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to meet President Barak Obama in the United States this month, an Israeli official said on Tuesday, after a row erupted between the allies over Iran’s nuclear programme.

An Israeli official told Reuters on condition of anonymity that Netanyahu’s aides had asked for a meeting when he visits the United Nations this month and “the White House has got back to us and said it appears a meeting is not possible. It said that the president’s schedule will not permit that.”

Sep 11, 2012

U.S. has no right to block Israel on Iran – Netanyahu

JERUSALEM, Sept 11 (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday said the United States had
forfeited its moral right to stop Israel taking action against
Iran’s nuclear programme because it had refused to be firm with
Tehran itself.

In comments which appeared to bring the possibility of an
Israeli attack on Iran closer, Netanyahu took the Obama
administration to task after Washington rebuffed his own call to
set a red line for Tehran’s nuclear drive.

Sep 9, 2012

Germany urges Iran to make “substantial” nuclear offers

JERUSALEM, Sept 9 (Reuters) – Germany’s foreign minister on
Sunday urged Iran to make “substantial offers” to restart
nuclear talks with world powers and told Israel allowing the
Islamic Republic to get the bomb was “not an option”.

Guido Westerwelle’s comments, made during a visit to
Jerusalem, followed weeks of rhetoric in Israel over a possible
go-it-alone strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities and calls
by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for world powers to
set a “red line” for Tehran.

Sep 9, 2012

Germany calls on Iran to make “substantial offers”

JERUSALEM, Sept 9 (Reuters) – Germany’s foreign minister
urged Iran on Sunday to bring “substantial offers” to restart
nuclear negotiations with world powers and assured Israel that
allowing the Islamic Republic to get the bomb was “not an

“We share the concern in Israel about the nuclear programme
in Iran,” Guido Westerwelle told reporters before talks with
Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak.

Jul 24, 2012

Netanyahu’s ex-deputy warns against attacking Iran

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ex-deputy said on Tuesday the Israeli leader’s attempt to recruit hawkish rebels from former coalition partner Kadima was aimed at boosting cabinet support for striking Iran.

Asked on Army Radio whether he believed such a political deal related to Iran had been in the works, Kadima chief Shaul Mofaz said: “I am saying this with a very heavy heart and with deep foreboding that this is happening in Israel.”

Jul 17, 2012

Israel’s Kadima party quits Netanyahu government

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s main political partner pulled out of his grand coalition on Tuesday, accusing him of surrendering to ultra-Orthodox Jews in a battle over military conscription.

Netanyahu will remain in office for the foreseeable future, still in control of a majority in parliament despite the decision by the centrist Kadima party to bolt the government it joined only two months ago.

Jul 10, 2012

Israel’s Olmert acquitted on major corruption charges

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s Ehud Olmert was acquitted of major corruption charges on Tuesday but convicted of breach of trust, a lesser offence, in what was widely seen as a stunning victory for the former prime minister.

Olmert resigned as the country’s leader in 2008 after the allegations surfaced, cutting short his pursuit of a peace deal with the Palestinians.

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      "Heller joined Reuters from United Press International in Tel Aviv in 1984 and transferred to London in 1987. He returned to the Middle East in 1992 as a senior sub-editor on the Middle East and Africa desk before taking up a post as correspondent, Jerusalem a year later. He is currently editor-in-charge in the Jerusalem bureau."
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