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Iran nuclear scientist killed in car bomb blast

An Iranian nuclear scientist was killed on Wednesday in a Tehran car bomb assassination blamed onIsrael that threatens to ignite a dangerously tense international standoff over Iran’s atomic programme. An Iranian official immediately blamed “the Zionist regime” for the explosion, saying the method — two men on a motorbike attaching a magnetic…

Israel vows to treat hackers like other ‘terrorists’

Israel said on Saturday that it will respond to cyber-attacks in the same way it responds to violent “terrorist” acts, by striking back with force against hackers who threaten the Jewish state. The message from Deputy Foreign Minister Dany Ayalon came after a self-defined “Saudi hacker” from a cabal known…

‘Saudi hacker’ publishes Israeli credit card details

A self-defined Saudi hacker claimed he had published details of 400,000 Israeli-owned credit cards online, but the card firms on Tuesday insisted that only 14,000 cards had been affected. Details of the hack were exposed late on Monday in a statement posted on an Israeli sports website. “Hi, It’s 0xOmar…

Israel plans Jordan border fence to stop migrants

JERUSALEM, Israel — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told ministerial colleagues on Sunday that he planned to strengthen barriers along his country’s border with Jordan, the Jerusalem Post reported. The English-language daily’s website said Netanyahu told ministers from his Likud party that he feared illegal migrants who currently enter Israel…

Israeli officials slam Holocaust symbols at protest

Israeli officials on Sunday slammed ultra-Orthodox protesters who donned symbols of the Holocaust, including yellow stars, at a demonstration against “media attacks” on their religious community. “It’s shocking and terrifying,” Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak told public radio on Sunday, a day after hundreds gathered to protest “incitement against the…

Israel plans more than 1,000 new settlement homes

JERUSALEM — Israel’s housing and construction ministry said on Sunday it was to publish tenders for the construction of more than 1,000 housing units in east Jerusalem and the West Bank. According to the ministry’s website, the tenders are for 500 new units in the east Jerusalem neighbourhood of Har…

Obama, pushing back at Republicans, defends Israel

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama assured Jewish voters on Friday he remains committed to Israel’s security and a two-state solution with the Palestinians as he defended himself against attacks on his policy from Republican presidential challengers. Obama, who has been criticized by Republicans and some in the American Jewish…

Jewish settlers set fire to mosque, defy Netanyahu

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – People thought to be Jewish settlers set fire to a mosque, damaging its interior, in the West Bank on Thursday after Israeli forces tore down structures in a settler-outpost built without government approval. The vandalism appeared to be the latest act of defiance by militant settlers whom…

Republicans slam Obama on Israel, Iran

WASHINGTON — Republican White House hopefuls slammed US President Barack Obama’s policy towards Israel on Wednesday, charging he has undermined its security, set back Middle East peace efforts, and coddled Iran. Speaking to hundreds of their party’s Jewish activists, the candidates called for “regime change” in Iran and Syria and…

Saudi Arabia may join nuclear arms race: ex-spy chief

Saudi Arabia may consider acquiring nuclear weapons to match regional rivals Israel and Iran, its former intelligence chief Prince Turki al-Faisal said on Monday. “Our efforts and those of the world have failed to convince Israel to abandon its weapons of mass destruction, as well as Iran… therefore it is…

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