IAEA fends off Israel pressure over Iran

IAEA fends off Israel pressure over IranThe UN’s nuclear watchdog Tuesday refused to “take at face value” Israel’s claims that Iran is harbouring a secret atomic warehouse, fending off pressure to inspect the allegedly suspect site. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the claim in front of the UN General Assembly last week. Without explicitly referring to Netanyahu’s claim, IAEA chief Yukiya Amano insisted that the agency’s independence was “of paramount importance” for its work.


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Palestinians, Israeli Arabs strike against Israel's Jewish nation law

Palestinians, Israeli Arabs strike against Israel's Jewish nation lawPalestinians joined Israeli Arabs in a general strike Monday protesting Israel’s controversial Jewish nation-state law and commemorating the deaths of 13 people killed in clashes with police in October 2000. In the Arab Israeli community of Jatt in northern Israel, 1,500 participated in the central march in memory of the October 1 victims, killed in a series of clashes with police in 2000 during protests in support of the second Palestinian intifada. Twelve Israeli Arabs and a Palestinian were killed in the clashes in October 2000.


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Israel says ready for UN crossing with Syria to reopen

Israel says ready for UN crossing with Syria to reopenIsrael is prepared to open its side of the crossing point with Syria following the return of UN peacekeepers to the Golan Heights following a four-year absence, the army said. Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman “authorised the reopening of the Alpha gate of the Quneitra crossing between Israel and Syria, allowing the UN to resume activity via the crossing pending Syria’s reopening their side,” it said in a statement Saturday.


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Israel PM lashes Iran, claims secret atomic warehouse

Israel PM lashes Iran, claims secret atomic warehouseIsrael’s prime minister on Thursday accused arch-enemy Tehran of harboring a secret atomic warehouse, making deft use of ample props and vowing that his country would never let Iran develop nuclear weapons. Iran “hasn’t abandoned its goal to develop nuclear weapons,” Benjamin Netanyahu told the UN General Assembly, where his annual appearance has frequently focused on Israel’s chief enemy, the Islamic republic. “Israel will never let a regime that calls for our destruction to develop nuclear weapons.


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