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We'll revenge over death of our top scientist - Iran threatens Israel

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Iran said one of its most prominent nuclear scientists was assassinated Friday in an attack outside Tehran, blaming arch foe Israel and warning of “severe revenge”. The assassination threatens to escalate tensions between Iran and the US and its close ally Israel, with some warning of the risk of a major conflict in the Middle East. Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, 59, was “seriously wounded” when assailants targeted his car before being engaged in a gunfight with his bodyguards, the defence ministry said. It added that Fakhrizadeh, who headed the ministry’s reasearch and innovation organisation, was later “martyred” after medics failed to revive him. The United States slapped sanctions on Fakhrizadeh in 2008 for “activities and transactions that contributed to the development of Iran’s nuclear programme”, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu once described him as the father of Iran’s nuclear weapons programme. Fakhrizadeh was targeted while travelling near Absard city in Tehran province’s

Netanyahu wins majority of votes to head new Israeli gov’t – Reports

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Fifty-five members of the Knesset parliament on Monday called on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the head of Likud party, to form the next government, compared to fifty-four votes for the opposition Blue and White political alliance, according to media reports. On Sunday, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin began two-day consultations with elected parties to pick a politician with the best chance of forming a coalition government. According to the Israeli Channel 13, the round of consultations at the president’s headquarters ended with Benjamin Netanyahu’s mandate to form the government. Netanyahu’s party Likud and allies have secured 55 seats, while Gantz’s Blue and White-led alliance won 54, the channel reported. The broadcaster added that Netanyahu got the mandate after the National Democratic Alliance (Balad party), an ally of the Arab Joint List, said it did not support the List’s position to vote for Benny Gantz. “The only government which can be formed i

Breaking: Rights advocates question UN's partnership with MBS-led foundation

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Forum co-hosted by Mohammed bin Salman's foundation and UN is set for 10 days before anniversary of Khashoggi's murder   Rights groups are accusing the United Nations of helping rehabilitate Mohammed bin Salman by co-hosting an event next month with a foundation led by the Saudi crown prince, almost a year after the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. The UN's youth envoy, Jayathma Wickramanayake, has set up a workshop for 300 young people on 23 September on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly with the Misk Foundation, the Saudi prince's private cultural organisation. The event is to take place only 10 days before the one-year anniversary of Khashoggi's murder on 2 October 2018, when Saudi government agents killed and dismembered the Washington Post journalist inside the country's consulate in Istanbul. Late last year, the  CIA determined  that bin Salman, known as MBS, had personally ordered the assassination. "The UN shouldn't

Middle belt no longer part of North – Dogo Isuwa,MBF leader

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Northern leaders have been urged to stop referring to Middle Belt people as Northerners. National Publicity Secretary, Middle Belt Leaders Forum, Dr. Dogo Isuwa who gave the warning also asked former President Obasanjo not to relent in writing letters to President Muhammadu Buhari on key national  issues and other matters that affect Nigeria. He described Obasanjo as a patriot who deserves commendation from Nigerians for having the courage to say the truth to those in authority. Isuwa also spoke on other national issues in this interview with TUNDE THOMAS. Sun-: What is  the Middle Belt Forum’s reaction to  reservations expressed  by the Northern Elders Forum, NEF, to the regular meetings and the recent joint reactions to national issues by Southern leaders? Yahaya Kwande and his leader, Prof. Ango Abdullahi who is the Northern Elders Forum President, are daydreaming. They are not only dreaming, they are suffering from illusion. Both men are still living in the past, and the earlier th

We will not uproot any settlement in any peace plan - Netanyahu

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PM addresses his stance and reiterates commitment to never again allow the uprooting of Jews from their homes; Abbas denies reports of secret meetings with Trump Administration officials; Netanyahu: I make no distinction between the settlement blocs and isolated settlement sites. Each spot is Israeli from my point of view. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated his commitment to never uproot Israeli settlements in Judea and Samaria during an event in the town of Revava in the West Bank on Wednesday. Netanyahu addressed his policy and promise to not remove Jews from their homes as well as his stance on settlements and settlement blocs, which he considers both Israeli territory. Netanyahu stated on Wednesday night, “Here’s a commitment… We won’t let any community in the land of Israel be uprooted in the name of a diplomatic plan. We don’t uproot people – we are done with that nonsense. Israel under my leadership hasn’t and won’t repeat the mistakes of the past,” in

There are millions of Christians who stand with Israel – PM Netanyahu

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 Prime Minister Netanyahu expressed appreciation to CUFI and the “millions of devout Christians” who stand with Israel. The Israeli PM made the remarks during a live video address during the CUFI Washington Summit on Monday. Paying tribute to CUFI Founder and Chairman, Pastor John Hagee, Netanyahu said, “Pastor Hagee, I want to thank you for your enduring, tremendous support. For decades, you’ve been leading the effort to strengthen support for Israel within the Christian community. I remember when you began. Once you were one of a handful of brave voices in the wilderness. Thanks to your leadership, now there are millions and millions of devout Christians who stand with Israel.” CLICK TO WATCH VIDEO

Tension Arises Again Across the World As Netanyahu warns Iran that Israel`s F-35s can reach `anywhere in the Middle East'

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In visit to air force base, PM says new stealth squadrons can reach Tehran, ‘and of course also Syria’ Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Tehran on Tuesday that Israel’s F-35 fighter jets can reach “anywhere in the Middle East,” following threats against Israel in recent weeks by senior Iranian officials. “Lately, Iran has been threatening Israel with destruction,” Netanyahu said, standing in front of an F-35 Adir jet during a visit to the Nevatim Air Force Base in the south. “It should remember that these planes can reach every place in the Middle East, including Iran, and of course also Syria.” The F-35 stealth jet is not believed to have an effective range to reach Iran unassisted, but it could conduct operations there with in-air refueling, a capability possessed by Israel’s air force. Get The Times of Israel's Daily Edition by email and never miss our top storiesFREE SIGN UP Netanyahu visit to Nevatim included meetings with IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Avi

We will destroy Israel in half an hour, If the US attack us — Iran

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A senior Iranian lawmaker on Monday threatened that Israel would be destroyed in “half an hour” if the United States attacks the Islamic Republic. “If the US attacks us, only half an hour will remain of Israel’s lifespan,” said Mojtaba Zolnour, chairman of Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, in comments carried by the Mehr news agency. Iran acknowledged Monday it had broken the limit set on its stockpile of low-enriched uranium by the 2015 nuclear deal, marking its first major departure from the unraveling agreement a year after the US unilaterally withdrew from the accord. The announcement came as tensions remain high between Iran and the US. In recent weeks, the wider Persian Gulf has seen Iran shoot down a US military surveillance drone, mysterious attacks on oil tankers and Iranian-backed rebels in Yemen launching bomb-laden drones into Saudi Arabia. The state-run IRNA news agency quoted Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif as

Breaking: Just After Israeli Govt threatened to lash Iran, President Rouhani made a U-turn Says, Iran never seeks war with US

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Iran “never seeks war” with the United States, President Hassan Rouhani said as he sought to rein in soaring tensions between the two archfoes. “Iran has no interest to increase tension in the region and it never seeks war with any country, including (the) US,” the president said, quoted by state news agency IRNA on Wednesday. Rouhani was speaking by phone to his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, as Tehran and Washington engaged in an escalating war of words following Iran’s shooting down of a US drone last week. “We have always been committed to regional peace and stability and will make efforts in this respect,” the Iranian president told Macron. US President Donald Trump said he pulled back from retaliatory strikes on Iran at the last minute, rejecting Tehran’s claim that the aircraft was in its airspace. But pressure mounted this week with Trump announcing sanctions on Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and top officials. General Hossein Sala

"We'll not seat down and watch You destroy US" — Israel Prepares for War With Iran

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Israel on heightened alert as tension between Iran and US makes war more likely The Israeli army (IDF) is preparing for attacks from Iran. According to Israel Channel 12 News, the IDF has implemented a heightened state alert in the wake of recent tensions between Iran and the US.  The IDF is beefing up its military presence along Israel’s northern and southern fronts, and taking other steps in preparation for any number of scenarios, according to IDF officers who spoke to Channel 12. In addition to the threat of direct missile attacks (nuclear?) from Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, Israel must prepare for battles with Hezbollah along the northern front, Iran’s proxy militant forces in Lebanon. In the south, Iranian-backed Hamas combatants are known to be arming themselves with advanced weaponry. While many of Iran’s attempts to smuggle anti-aircraft and long-range missiles to Hamas have been foiled by the Israeli navy, the Egyptian border with Gaza is much less secured.  President Donald T

"We could join US military action against Iran; Jeremy Hunt Warns

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 Jeremy Hunt has said Britain would consider joining the US in military action against Iran. Tensions between the US and Iran have increased in recent weeks after the downing of an American droneand claims by Washington that Tehran was behind attacks on oil tankers in the Persian Gulf. The Foreign Secretary’s comments came as his department ministerAndrew Murrison held talks with the Tehran government at the weekend where he said he was “clear” about the UK’s concerns over Iran’s activities. While campaigning in Scotland for the Tory leadership Mr Hunt said Britain would weigh up military intervention in Iran on a “case-by-case basis”. Etihad Airways latest of world's airlines to re-route flights after Iran downs US droneIran-US tensions: What is happening between the two world powers?Foreign Office minister to call for ‘urgent de-escalation’ in US-Iran tensions “We will stand by the United States as our strongest ally but of course we have to consider any requ