Asia

  • Report: Iran Power Plant to Open Next Year

    Iran plans to open its first nuclear power plant in 2009, according to state news reports. The official IRNA news agency reported Tuesday that Russia delivered nuclear fuel as part of a $1 billion contract to build the Bushehr nuclear power plant in southwest Iran, Reuters reported. “The commissioning stage of Bushehr nuclear power station… More ▸

  • Israeli Tanks Enter Gaza

    Israeli tanks rolled into southern Gaza. Palestinian gunmen fired rockets and mortars at the tanks when they entered the strip Tuesday. The tanks did not return fire, the Israeli daily Ha’aretz reported. Israel Defense Forces officials told Ha’aretz that the tanks were conducting a routine operation to discover explosives near the border fence. Palestinians said… More ▸

  • Lebanese Citizen Allegedly Spied for Israel

    A Lebanese citizen arrested for spying for Israel was trained by the Mossad, according to a Lebanese newspaper. Ali Jarrah traveled to Israel for one or two days at a time for espionage training and would provide the Mossad with information, the Al-Akhbar daily reported in its Tuesday edition. Lebanese security sources believe Jarrah, who… More ▸

  • Israeli Diamond Dealer Murdered in Johannesburg

    An Israeli diamond trader was found murdered in South Africa. The murder occurred Monday night in Johannesburg, where the victim had lived for many years. The incident is being treated as a robbery gone awry, the Israeli daily Ha’artez reported Tuesday. More ▸

  • Ex-israeli Army Chief Joins Likud

    Moshe Ya’alon, a former Israeli army chief of general staff, is joining the Likud Party. Ya’alon, who will make the announcement Tuesday, has denied that he demanded the position of defense minister in a potential Likud-led government following the Feb. 10 national elections. The retired general is currently a senior distinguished fellow at the Shalem… More ▸

  • Peres Receives Honorary Degree

    Israeli President Shimon Peres received an honorary degree from Kings College, part of the University of London. The president gave a keynote speech in a ceremony at Mansion House, the official residence of the Lord Mayor of the City of London, in which he called on the business community to invest in Israel. A British… More ▸

  • Ukrainian Jews Rally Against Iran

    The Ukrainian Jewish Committee held a rally to protest Iran’s nuclear program and its threats to Israel and the United States. More than 20 committee members demonstrated Tuesday across from the Iranian Embassy in Kiev. The protesters held posters reading “The president of Iran is a threat to world safety” and “No to the trade… More ▸

  • Before Leaving Office, Olmert Addresses U.S. Jews

    In a normal year, an address by the Israeli prime minster would be treated as the centerpiece of a gathering of American Jews, especially one being held in Jerusalem. But the context of Ehud Olmert’s appearance at the opening plenary of the United Jewish Communities General Assembly on Sunday was anything but normal. Olmert, who… More ▸

  • Barak Stresses Israeli Strength in Peace Bid

    Ehud Barak said Israel must be strong yet open to peace with its neighbors. The Labor Party leader, appearing Monday at a plenary session of the United Jewish Communities General Assembly in Jerusalem, was the first of three prime minister candidates to speak at the Jewish federation system’s annual conference. Barak, the defense minister and… More ▸

  • Peres: No Doubts About Obama

    Israeli President Shimon Peres told the annual gathering of the North American Jewish federation system that he has no fears about the new U.S. president. Peres, speaking Monday to a plenary at the United Jewish Communities General Assembly, which is taking place in Jerusalem this week, said he is sure that Barack Obama will be… More ▸