Tag: Iran

Here’s What the Trump-Kim Summit Could Mean for Israel and Iran

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Amos Yadlin likes talking about the Begin doctrine, which calls for removing existential threats to Israel before they are manifest — maybe because he lived it twice.

As an Israeli Air Force pilot, Yadlin flew one of the planes that took out Iraq’s nuclear reactor in 1981, when Menachem Begin was prime minister. As director of military intelligence in 2007, Yadlin oversaw the operation that eliminated another nuclear reactor, this one in Syria.

Watching President Donald Trump sign a statement on Tuesday with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un pledging to achieve “complete denuclearization,” Yadlin again found…

Iran To Step Up Production of Centrifuges

(JTA) — Iran has notified the international nuclear watchdog that it will expand its capacity for uranium enrichment.

The country’s nuclear chief, Ali Akbar Salehi, told the International Atomic Energy Agency, or IAEA, on Tuesday that the Iran Atomic Energy Organization is opening a center for the production of new centrifuges for uranium enrichment at the Natanz nuclear site.

Salehi added that the expansion does not violate the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or the Iran nuclear deal, signed in 2015 with the world powers that President Donald Trump pulled out of last month.

Under the agreement, Iran can build…

Jewish Republican donor reportedly took $2.7 million from UAE lobbyist to influence Trump administration

WASHINGTON (JTA) — A major Jewish Republican donor accepted $2.7 million from an adviser to the United Arab Emirates to influence Trump administration policy at a time of tension between the UAE and its neighbor, Qatar, The New York Times reported.

Elliott Broidy, the deputy finance chairman of the Republican National Committee and a member of the board of directors of the Republican Jewish Coalition, was paid the money by George Nader, an adviser to the Emirates, in a bid to influence President Donald Trump. Broidy was an early Jewish backer of Trump in the…

An Israel-Hezbollah war could easily draw in Iran, US intelligence official warns

WASHINGTON (JTA) — A top Trump administration intelligence official warned of the “real potential” of war between Israel and Hezbollah that could bring in Iran and embroil the region in conflict.

“I worry about the prospect of real major state war in the Near East region,” David Cattler, the national intelligence manager for the Near East in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, told a Washington think tank on Tuesday.

“What if a war between Israel and Lebanese Hezbollah that emerges is not solely between them but becomes a northern war that embroils more of…

Hezbollah said to be on alert in fear of Israeli strike

(JTA) — Hezbollah reportedly has declared a state of emergency, fearing an Israeli attack.

The report Thursday in A-Rai al-Yum, an Arabic-language daily based in London, said that the Shiite militia has been on alert since Tuesday, at least in southern Lebanon, in anticipation of an Israeli strike on its forces or facilities. Citing sources within Hezbollah, the newspaper said the alert was over “secret maneuvers” that Hezbollah believes that the Israel Defense Forces has been carrying out recently.

Last month, Israel struck in Syria over what Israel said was a violation of its airspace by an unnamed aircraft…