Report; ‘Iran tried to assassinate Barak in Singapore’

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16 Feb 2012 (All day)
Report; ‘Iran tried to assassinate Barak in Singapore’

The Kuwaiti newspaper Al Jarida reported on Thursday that police in Singapore cooperated with Israel’s Mossad to break up an Iranian plot to assassinate Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak during his recent visit to the Asian city-state. The report added that three alleged assassins were in custody including operatives from Iran and its Lebanese Shi’ite terror militia Hezbollah. The report comes amid a series of attacks and attempted attacks against Israeli diplomats in Georgia, India and Thailand, believed to be linked to the four year anniversary of the assassination of Hezbollah military chief Imad Mughniyeh. Elsewhere, US Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told reporters on Wednesday that there is a threat of Hezbollah attacks in North America, especially Jewish sites such as synagogues, schools and community centers.

Israel sends humanitarian aid to Moslem neighbors
Israel facilitated the transfer of three prematurely born Palestinian infants from Gaza into Israel for medical treatment this week. The triplets were born to parents who had resorted to in vitro fertilization at a Gaza hospital after years of unsuccessful attempts to conceive. At the same time, Israel dispatched an aid and recovery team to the Turkish city of Van this week to continue in efforts to assist the area recover from the severe earthquake it suffered three months ago. "After the severe earthquake that struck here, you the Israeli arrived with a lot of equipment and willingness to help, and for that I am deeply thankful from the bottom of my heart," said vice governor of the Van province, Mr. Ahmet Kazankiya. "You are true allies and this here is evidence of that. Only true allies assist so quickly and considerately."

France looks to increase trade with Israel
French Trade Minister Pierre Lellouche told reporters during a visit to Tel Aviv on Wednesday that there is much room for growth in trade links between his country and the Jewish State. Trade volumes increased 11% to 2.29 billion Euros in 2012, Lellouche said, “but this is still not enough for us.” He added that with a large community of French speaking Israelis there was already a strong basis for growing ties, and that he would push the idea with French companies that they can do business with Israel without alienating Arab clients.

Egypt to hold presidential vote sooner
The state-owned Egyptian newspaper Al Ahram reported on Wednesday that a decision had been made to hold Egypt’s first presidential elections since a the ousting of former president Hosni Mubarak at the end of May, moving the schedule up slightly amid growing anger at the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) and demands that it surrender power to a civilian government. But the SCAF got a boost on Wednesday when the powerful Muslim Brotherhood gave it support in its standoff with the US over funding for pro-democracy NGOs. 16 Americans and 27 others have been arrested in the crisis and 6 of the Americans have been barred from leaving the country. The Brotherhood said it “rejects all forms of pressure the US is exerting (and) will not tolerate any officials if they decide to succumb to the pressure or cover up the accusations or interfere in the business of the judiciary.”fearing a loss of trade with Arab countries.

Report; ‘Iran increasing Latin American outreach
A former US State department official issued a warning on Wednesday that Iran’s ambitious plans to make inroads into Latin America are growing, as Teheran’s main ally in the region, Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, battles cancer. “Certainly the Iranians are happy with the platform they have so close to US borders. They’d love to hang on to Venezuela, but if that isn’t convenient for whatever government that succeeds Chavez, they’ll have look elsewhere,” said Roger Noriega on a conference call sponsored by The Israel Project ahead of his testimony before the US Senate on Thursday.

IDF launched air strikes in response to rockets
IDF aircraft struck terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip overnight Wednesday, in response to a barrage of five rockets that were fired into Israel earlier in the day. "The IDF will not tolerate any attempt to harm Israeli citizens or IDF soldiers, and will continue to act against any terrorist activity against the State of Israel," the IDF said. "Hamas is a terrorist organization, and bears all responsibility." Yair Farjun, head of the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council, told the Jerusalem Post "we can't accept this drizzle of rockets. We live in a bizarre reality. We switch from emergency and then back to routine. We've lived like this for many years." The violence on the Gaza border followed clashes between Israeli border police and Palestinian rioters near Ofer Prison just outside Ramallah on Wednesday. The Palestinians had gathered to demand the release of a prisoner named Khader Adnan.

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