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Hostage drama ends at Turkey's embassy in Israel
A man who broke into the Turkish embassy in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv has been arrested and taken to hospital with gunshot wounds.
The man had taken two hostages but they were later freed. Officials said he was shot by embassy security guards.
Israel's foreign ministry identified the man as a Palestinian who stormed the UK embassy in Tel Aviv in 2006.
There are reports that the man, named as Nadim Injaz from the West Bank, was demanding asylum in Turkey.
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said the situation at the embassy was under control and all staff were safe.
"A man who claimed he was Palestinian came to the embassy and wanted asylum. He was reportedly armed. He was overpowered," he said.
"He is also in good health at the moment. He said that he was seeking asylum but we are evaluating the whole incident. An investigation is under way but there is nothing to worry about."
Television images showed Mr Injaz limping as he was led out of the building by police. He was then put onto a stretcher and taken away in an ambulance.
Mr Injaz is from the West Bank town of Ramallah and is reported to have a history of mental illness. He has claimed he used to work for Israeli intelligence and is being persecuted by them.
As Bushehr nears completion, Iran ups defenses
Published 10 August, 2010, 01:29
Edited 10 August, 2010, 12:41
The Russian-built Bushehr power plant in Iran is almost ready to go live. Officials have announced it will receive its first shipment of nuclear material within weeks.
Despite supporting US-led sanctions against Tehran last month, Moscow is fulfilling its obligations regarding the building of the facility, which will give Iranians access to peaceful nuclear power.
But some countries fear Tehran may use byproducts from the plant to make atomic weapons.
And with the reactor nearly up and running, there's speculation the US or Israel may launch a military strike against the Islamic nation before any nuclear material is delivered.
Last week Iranian armed forces were called to the plant to evaluate the security of the airspace around it.
Report: Israeli claims asylum in Lebanon, offers 'evidence on Hariri murder' (Ch. 10)
Israel has three days to attack Iran – ex-US ambassador to UN
Published 18 August, 2010, 08:16
Edited 18 August, 2010, 14:02
Former US ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton has warned Israel that it only has three days left to attack Iran's Bushehr power plant.
Bolton made the statement in an interview with Fox News. He said the danger of releasing radiation into the atmosphere would be too great once the Bushehr plant is launched on August 21, ruling out military attacks by Israel or the US on the facility after then.
Russia's state nuclear energy company, Rosatom, recently announced it will transfer fuel rods to the facility on that date.
Moscow says the plant poses no threat as it will be operating for peaceful purposes under the control of the UN nuclear watchdog.
However, investigative journalist and RT contributor Wayne Madsen says this might not prevent Israel from launching a strike.
“If the Israelis decide to attack Iran it does not matter if there are civilian volunteers over there or if the New York Yankees happen to be in Tehran. None of that is going to matter. They are going to hit Iran and people like John Bolton, one of the neo-con types who lied about intelligence to get us into the Iraq war, will continue to provide crooked intelligence,” Madsen blamed.
“The Bushehr reactor is a peaceful one, it has nothing to do with weapons production,” he pointed out.
“We know that Israel is in range for some Iranian missiles. Depending on how good [the Israeli] air defenses are, they could be hit. But I think Hezbollah would also react in Lebanon and we would see a wave of rocket attacks.”
Dr. Alon Ben-Meir, a professor of international relations at the Center for Global Studies in New York, says an Israeli attack so soon is unlikely, but the idea remains on the table.
Israel and US allegedly preparing military strike on Iran
Published 28 June, 2010, 14:36
Edited 09 August, 2010, 22:45
Reports have surfaced in the Middle East claiming Israel and the US are making military preparations for a possible attack on Iran.
It comes after Washington called for tougher measures to be taken against the country over its nuclear ambitions.
The reports first appeared in Iranian media and were later picked up by more mainstream Israeli and Iranian media. According to them, Israeli helicopters have dropped large amounts of military equipment in northern Saudi Arabia, eight kilometers from Tabuk, the closest Saudi city to Israel.
Later, London Times magazine published a report claiming that Saudi Arabia agreed to give Israel a narrow corridor of air space in northern Saudi Arabia. The article went on to say that the Saudis had adjusted defense missile systems to allow Israeli jets to fly overhead.
According to Egyptian sources, an American fleet made its way through the Suez Canal. Eyewitnesses say the fleet had eleven frigates and an air carrier. They add there was also an Israeli frigate among the ships. All commercial traffic was suspended for some time as the fleet made its way from the Mediterranean to the Red Sea.
There has been no reaction from Washington, but Saudi Arabia has vehemently denied the claims.
I expect a serious Iranian-Israeli conflict to break out in the fall.
Originally posted by Vitchilo
They have ``3 nights`` left... 19-20-21.
But eh, like they care about radiation. In their war plans, they have the nuclear bunker buster option... so radiation isn't a concern.
Originally posted by Vitchilo
In other news, Bolton is a crackpot and I hope he dies a long and painful death.
Originally posted by Vitchilo
Former Pakistani Intel Chief Fears World War Three Is Imminent
Originally posted by Vitchilo
Israeli-Palestinian tensions – prelude to the war against Iran
Israel needs to mop up the sites where Iranian missiles are based. After all, the Gaza Strip is in effect a territory controlled by the Islamic Republic of Iran, ruled from Teheran.
Those mop-up operation plans were eventually thwarted by the Freedom Flotilla, a brilliantly orchestrated Iranian-Turkish operation the implementation of which Turkey took upon itself.
A war with Iran is still on the Israeli government’s agenda and it will stay there until the Iranian leadership recognizes the state of Israel’s right to exist.
Recently Iran has been waging a proxy war against Israel, using the Arabs as its intermediaries. The two most recent military campaigns attest to this: the second Lebanese war and the Cast Lead operation in Gaza. These were actually Iranian-Israeli wars. Iran always tries to wage its wars on foreign soil and with minimal losses for itself. It doesn’t care that Arab fighters were killed in these hostilities – the important thing is that no Iranian lives were lost. Today Iran is also at war with Egypt and Saudi Arabia. And in this case Israel is just a pretext for rallying behind Ayatollah Khamenei, who has proclaimed himself the main challenger to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad,
Just as I was about to ask my next question he resumed, "As long as Washington continues to talk of not putting American lives at risk, no one in Israel would dare act unilaterally. But the moment that the Obama administration stops using that rhetoric then you know that the time is at hand."
Just as I was about to ask what was new in that perpetually close US-Israeli relationship, my interlocutor pre-empted me with the question as to whether I had been following Ehud Barak's visits to Washington. After I told him that I had not, he said that never before in contemporary Israeli history had a minister of defence made so many visits to Washington -- one every three weeks or so -- with these visits interspersed by visits from other Israeli Ministry of Defence and Mossad officials and visits by their American counterparts to Tel Aviv. Such intensive exchanges indicate that some very important strategic matter is afoot and that this requires a lot of face-to-face talks, exchanges of opinion and points of view, and ironing out of differences over procedures and ways of working.
Turkey seeks better protection for embassy in Israel (DPA)
Report: Turkey to decrease security around Israeli embassy in Ankara (Israel Radio)
New study shows U.S. support for Israel decreasing (Haaretz)
Turkey cuts back on security at Israeli embassy after traffic complaints (Israel Radio)
Turkish diplomats blame Israel for embassy attack by Palestinian collaborator (Israel Radio)
UNIFIL commander: There is need to clearly mark boundary between Israel, Lebanon (AP)
Report: Hezbollah has dug tunnel network more impressive than Paris metro (Ch. 10)
Due to heat, Magen David Adom raises alert level throughout Israel (Ch. 10)
Palestinian media: Aid flotilla en route to Gaza from Algeria (Ch. 10)
Originally posted by freetree64
Sounds like POTUS thinks its an important issue too... tommorow it will be addressed, hopefully not for points on approval rating, but hey......ya know
Report: Direct talks to be announced to focus on returning to 1967 borders (Army Radio)
U,S, military puts troop figure in Iraq at 52,000 (DPA)
A survey published by Tel Aviv University Peace Index says 56 percent of Jewish Israelis believe the whole world is against Israel. No wonder they are so paranoid and warmongers. They are nutcases who think everybody is out to kill them thanks to the Israeli propaganda. As the documentary Defamation shows....