Leading Iranian Nuclear Scientist Killed in Blast The Institute for Intelligence and Special Operations, Israel’s international intelligence agency better known simply by the first part of its Hebrew name as “the Mossad,” was behind Saturday’s explosion at a missile base next to Tehran, in the estimation of an official Western intelligence source cited by TIME magazine on Monday. The official said, “Don’t believe the Iranians that it was an accident.” By Gil Ronen A leading figure in Iran’s nuclear development program was among at least 17 people killed in the blast. The incident followed the release of a report by the International Atomic Energy Agency last week, documenting Iranian work on atomic weapons. A senior Iranian Revolutionary Guards
A Syrian rights group says government security forces in Syria have killed more than 80 people between Monday and Tuesday, making it one of the deadliest spans of an eight-month-old uprising against President Bashar al-Assad. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Tuesday it documented the killings of 38 civilians and 18 suspected army defectors in Daraa province on Monday. The group also reports several deaths in Hama Monday and says many other people were killed in Homs
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has announced that “Occupy Wall Street” protesters will be allowed to return to a downtown park where they have camped out for the past two months, but they will not be allowed to bring tents or sleeping bags back in. Bloomberg spoke Tuesday, after police cleared Zuccotti Park of “Occupy Wall Street” protesters in the pre-dawn hours. Bloomberg said the park was cleared for cleaning and because the proliferation of tents and sleeping bags created a fire hazard.
France has ruled out the military option in dealing with the Iranian nuclear threat. French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe warned Monday that such a move send events into “an uncontrollable spiral,” Reuters reported. France has expressed deep concern over the Iranian nuclear program and its clear progress towards development of a nuclear warhead. The latest report by the United Nations’ International Atomic Energy Agency made it clear that Iran is intent on creating such a weapon. Nevertheless, the
The Jewish Federations’ General Assembly (GA) in the Mile-High city was a refreshing glimpse at the future of Jewish leadership. Young participation has made the event intensely relevant again, with the Jewish Twitterati sending live updates from both serious sessions and social hot spots. The Jewish Agency has undergone a renewal as well, bringing Israel to Jews at a whole new level of resolution. A striking photographic retrospective of Ethiopian Aliyah reminded us what we can do when we