K.S. Rajan (13 Jan 2012)
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Iranian paper calls for retaliation against Israel - A hard-line Iranian newspaper called Thursday for retaliation against Israel, a day after the mysterious killing of a nuclear scientist in Tehran with a magnetic bomb attached to his car.
Putin ally fears Israel is pushing U.S. toward Iran war - Russia fears Israel will push the United States into a military conflict with Iran which could retaliate by blocking oil shipments from the Gulf, a confidant of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said. "There is a likelihood of military escalation of the conflict, towards which Israel is pushing the Americans," Nikolai Patrushev, who heads the Kremlin's Security Council, told Interfax news agency.
Iran: We'll Bring the War to Israel, and 'Beyond' - Iran is preparing its own answers to the string of assassinations of Iranian scientists, a web site identified with President Mahmud Ahmadinejad said Thursday – and those responsible had better start staying awake nights, a senior Iranian official was quoted as saying. Naming Israel specifically, the Rajah News website said that Israel wasn't the only country that could undertake long-distance proxy wars. “We too can send our agents to kill people in their sleep,” the site quoted the unnamed official as saying.
Hamas leader to visit Iran, Qatar in new trip - An adviser to Hamas' prime minister says the leader will visit Iran, Qatar and other Muslim countries at the end of the month. Yusef Rizka said Thursday the militant group's Ismail Haniyeh will embark on his second official international trip outside the Gaza Strip. He returned this week from a tour of Egypt, Sudan, Turkey and Tunisia.
'EU report says Israel undermining two-states' - An internal European Union report says that a range of Israeli actions in Area C of the West Bank undermines the area's Palestinian population, thereby contributing to the "closing [of] the window" for reaching a two-state solution, according to a report in the London-based The Independent Thursday.
Israeli Defense Force soldiers enter the Temple Mount - For the first time in over 10 years Israeli Defense Force soldiers, in uniform, entered the Temple Mount in Jerusalem and toured the Al Aqsa Mosque, an activity that Israeli police had not permitted to happen because they said it would be dangerous if uniformed soldiers were allowed to enter the compound. The chairman of the Temple Mount heritage foundation, Yehuda Glick, met with Israeli officials to work out the details for this Temple Mount visit by the Israeli Defense Force soldiers and he praised the police and the soldiers and he said that he hopes this is only the beginning of a time when all IDF soldiers will tour the Temple Mount as a part of their military duties.
'Hezbollah, Iran providing weaponry to Assad' - Military Intelligence chief Maj.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi says "radical axis" becoming more actively involved in Assad's violent crackdown. Iran and Hezbollah are actively assisting Syrian President Bashar Assad and providing him with weaponry as part of an effort to ensure that he survives in the face of growing resistance and protests, head of Military Intelligence Maj.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi said on Wednesday.
Turkey halts Iranian arms corridor to Syria, balks at nuclear Iran - When IDF Military Intelligence chief Maj.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi accused Iran and Hizballah Wednesday, Jan. 11of directly helping Bashar Assad repress the uprising against him with arms, Turkey had just taken a stand against the Iranian corridor running weapons to Syria via its territory, debkafile's military sources report