By George Jahn (photo credit: Yaakov Naumi/Flash90)
Jerusalem says attempt to seek censure over nuclear program designed to distract from Iran’s quest for nuclear weapons
Muslim nations and Israel are heading for a confrontation at a 154-nation nuclear meeting next month over an Arab initiative to criticize Israel’s secretive atomic program.
Documents submitted for that gathering show that Arab nations are seeking Israel’s censure — a move the Jewish state says is a sideshow that deflects attention from the real danger to Mideast peace — Iran.
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Clinton: Iran wants to be attacked
Secretary of State discusses potential of nuclear Tehran with seasoned diplomat James Baker; says attack would unify Iranian public, legitimize regime. ‘US is only country in world that can stop Iran,’ says Baker
By Yitzhak Benhorin
WASHINGTON – US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton discussed on Wednesday the top priorities of US diplomacy around the world, saying that Iran wants to be attacked by somebody because it would unify the Iranian public and legitimize the Islamic regime.
However, Clinton clarified in an interview with Charlie Rose and Former Secretary of State James Baker, that the US is “serious that they (Iran) cannot be allowed to have a nuclear weapon.”
In an installment of “Conversations on Diplomacy,” which was moderated by Rose, Clinton made a series of harsh analytical remarks regarding the possibility of nuclear arms development in Tehran.
Baker and Clinton spoke about the necessity of preventing Iran from developing a nuclear weapon, noting that containment is not an option, and in the opinion of Baker, any military strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities should come from the United States because it is the only country with the ability to stop Iran’s program with force.
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Largest joint exercise in Mideast history, reportedly involving troops, tanks, planes and even Russian nuclear subs, set to take place within a month along Syrian coast By Gabe Fisher
An Iranian ship crossing the Suez Canal in March 2012 IranSyriaIran, Syria, Russia and China are planning the “biggest-ever wargames in the Middle East,” according to an unconfirmed report on the semi-official Iranian news site Fars News.
According to the article, the four countries are preparing 90,000 troops, 400 aircraft and 1,000 tanks for the massive joint maneuvers, which are to take place along the Syrian coast within a month.
The report states that Russian “atomic submarines and warships, aircraft carriers and mine-clearing destroyers as well as Iranian battleships and submarines will also arrive in Syria” and that Egypt has agreed to let 12 Chinese warships cross the Suez Canal for the exercises.
The IDF spokesman’s office called the report a “political matter” and declined to comment.
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U.S. computer security researchers say the Flame computer virus has gotten orders to vanish, leaving no trace. By Elad Benari
U.S. computer security researchers said on Sunday that the Flame computer virus, which struck at least 600 specific computer systems in Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Sudan, Saudi Arabia and the Palestinian Authority, has gotten orders to vanish, leaving no trace.
AFP reported that anti-virus company Symantec said in a blog post that late last week that some Flame “command-and-control servers sent an updated command to several compromised computers.”
“This command was designed to completely remove (Flame) from the compromised computers,” said the statement. Flame virus ‘Told to Vanish’, say experts
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An unidentified source says the Flame virus moved dozens of encoded Iranian documents to public cloud servers • Guardian reports U.S. is “principal player” in what has been called the most sophisticated cyberattack.
As intelligence agencies and software security experts continue to examine the Flame virus that infected computers in Iran and other countries in the Middle East, one source familiar with the matter said the virus had transferred dozens of encoded documents from Iran to public cloud servers in the Netherlands, Switzerland and the U.S. Analysts are now trying to figure out where the information continued on to, and how the virus transferred the information to its handlers.
Meanwhile, according to a weekend report in British newspaper The Guardian, the U.S. was the “principal player” in what has been widely recognized as the most sophisticated cyberattack ever.
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By News Max Security experts have discovered a highly sophisticated computer virus in Iran and other Middle East countries that they believe was deployed at least five years ago to engage in state-sponsored cyber espionage. Evidence suggest that the virus, dubbed Flame, may have been built on behalf of the same nation or nations that commissioned the Stuxnet worm that attacked Iran’s nuclear program in 2010, according to Kaspersky Lab, the Russian cyber security software maker that claimed responsibility for discovering the virus.
Kaspersky researchers said on Monday they have yet to determine whether Flame had a specific mission like Stuxnet, and declined to say who they think built it.
Iran has accused the United States and Israel of deploying Stuxnet.
Cyber security experts said the discovery publicly demonstrates what experts privy to classified information have long known: that nations have been using pieces of malicious computer code as weapons to promote their security interests for several years.
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Defense Minister condemns former PM, as well as Dagan and Diskin for travelling the world and playing down the Iranian threat; Olmert fires back at Barak: He will surely disappear from politics soon. By Barak Ravid Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Thursday harshly condemned former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, former Mossad chief Meir Dagan, and former Shin Bet chief Yuval Diskin for downplaying the threat from Iran, saying the three are serving Tehran.
In an interview with Yisrael Hayom newspaper, Barak denounced Olmert, Dagan, and Diskin’s continued criticisms of him and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the Iranian issue.
Barak said that the “Olmert gang is traveling around the world and speaking in a way that is serving Iran.”
Olmert responded to Barak’s criticism later on Thursday, saying that the defense minister will surely disappear from politics soon.
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Hard hitting video on Iranian threat to U.S. goes viral, is featured on Fox News. By Gil Ronen
A hard hitting video that focuses on the Iranian threat to the U.S. is a hit on the Internet, garnering over 2.3 million views in less than a week. Created and narrated by Ari Abramowitz and Jeremy Gimpel of TheLandofIsrael.com, the video’s message is that while Iran poses a mortal threat to the U.S. and the West, fear is paralyzing Westerners and preventing them from dealing rationally with the problem.
The video makes a clear case for an Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities. It features segments from interviews with experts who detail evidence that Iran may be planning to place a missile on a cargo ship and launch it at the U.S.. Such a missile could carry an Electro-Magnetic Pulse (EMP) weapon that would “take down the entire power grid” of the U.S..
Abramowitz and Gimpel were interviewed Tuesday by Megyn Kelly on Fox News, following the video’s success. Abramowitz “We simply don’t have the luxury of fear,” explained Abramowitz. “It clouds your judgment but most of all it’s a lack of faith. And the very fact that the state of Israel exists as a Jewish state is a miracle of G-d…. If we act with the highest level of morality, courage, clarity and integrity, and that leads us to the understanding that we need to preemptively strike Iran, then that’s what we need to do… Let the cards fall where they may.”
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IAF expects losses, and knows it can’t destroy entire Iranian program ’By Greg Tepper Five weeks not the end of the world on Iran, Israeli analysts say Netanyahu: West has given Iran ‘a freebie’ to keep pushing for nukesA major Israel TV station on Sunday night broadcast a detailed report on how Israel will go about attacking Iran’s nuclear facilities in the event that diplomacy and sanctions fail and Israel decides to carry out a military strike.
The report, screened on the main evening news of Channel 10, was remarkable both in terms of the access granted to the reporter, who said he had spent weeks with the pilots and other personnel he interviewed, and in the fact that his assessments on a strike were cleared by the military censor.
No order to strike is likely to be given before the P5+1 talks with Iran resume in May, the reporter, Alon Ben-David, said. “But the coming summer will not only be hot but tense.”
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The Spymaster: Meir Dagan on Iran’s threatThe assassination of Imad MughniyahCould Israel successfully attack Iran?More »(CBS News) Meir Dagan has been described as “hard-charging” and “stops at nothing.” For more than eight years, Dagan made full use of those qualities as chief of Mossad, Israel’s intelligence agency, where he focused on keeping Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. When that job ended, Dagan did something unheard of for an ex-Mossad chief: he spoke out publicly, voicing opposition to Israel launching preemptive airstrikes against Iran’s nuclear facilities anytime soon. Dagan believes the Iranian regime is a rational one and even its president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad – who has called for Israel to be annihilated – acts in a somewhat rational way when it comes to Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Lesley Stahl reports.
The following script is from “The Spymaster Speaks” which aired on March 11, 2012. Lesley Stahl is the correspondent. Shachar Bar-On, producer.
When President Obama met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this past week, the subject was how, when and if to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities, Netanyahu saying Israel can’t afford to wait much longer; Mr. Obama arguing there’s still time to let sanctions and diplomacy do the job. And he said some top intelligence officials in Israel side with him.
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