Tuesday, September 07, 2004

IHT: Israeli satellite, set to spy on Iran, falls into sea

IHT: Israeli satellite, set to spy on Iran, falls into sea: "TEL AVIV An Israeli spy satellite intended to increase surveillance over Iran landed in the sea on Monday after a rocket malfunctioned shortly after takeoff, Israeli officials said.
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The satellite, Ofek-6, was meant to give Israel more early warning in case of a missile attack and to provide more information on Iran's extensive missile program. Ofek means "horizon" in Hebrew.
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Iran has already tested the Shahab-3 missile, which can reach Israel and beyond, and it is working to build nuclear weapons to mount on it, according to senior Israeli military and intelligence officials.
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"Iran wants to become a regional superpower and then a global superpower," an official said in an interview on Monday. "They intend to be the latter, and this is what worries us the most."
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Iran is a beneficiary of the American "war on terrorism," against the Taliban in Afghanistan, an Iranian rival, and especially after the overthrow of the forces of Saddam Hussein in Iraq, traditionally its main regional adversary.
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The Israelis believe that Iran wants nuclear weapons to further and bolster its flagging revolution, to provide an alternative to Egyptian secular moderation, and to challenge the military supremacy of Israel and the United States in the Middle East.
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"When the Iranians have enough fuel for enrichment and the technology for it, it's over," the Israeli official said. "We hope somebody will do something about it pretty soon."
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Israel, whose northern border is lined with Iranian-financed Hezbollah, is reluctant to act alone as it did in the 1980s, when it bombed the French-built Iraqi nuclear facility at Osirak.
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Iran is much larger and has many more nuclear sites, and it is questionable whether Israel has enough fighter-bombers and refueling tankers to accomplish such a mission, let alone deal with the repercussions. "It's a big, sensitive debate," the official said.
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The Israeli concerns about Iran, which date back at least 10 years, are at the center of a so-called spying scandal in Washington involving a Defense Department official, Lawrence Franklin, and his alleged contacts with the pro-Israel lobby, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.
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Sergei Lavrov, the foreign minister of Russia, on Monday signed a deal with Israel to increase intelligence coordination. Israel and the United States charge that Russia continues to aid Iran with nuclear technology.
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Russia's deal with Israel comes after the terrorist attack on a school in Russia. Israel is always looking for friends, and officials were pleased to hear the Russian official, Lavrov, call for "a united front in the battle against terrorism."
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The Israeli foreign minister, Silvan Shalom, said, "Israel and Russia share interests to cooperate against terrorism. Today we discussed ways to do so."
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Russia, traditionally a supporter of the Palestinian cause, is also a key member of the so-called quartet. The European Union, along with the United Nations, the United States and Russia, make up the quartet, whose plan calls for separate sovereign states for the Palestinians and Israelis.
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Shalom told Israel radio: "On the nuclear issue, I think there is a certain change, in Russia and Europe, too, regarding the possibility that Iran will have nuclear weapons. This is a nightmare for most countries of the world, particularly after they discovered that Iran is trying to develop a missile with a range that will also cover southern Russia, as well as European capitals like Paris, London and Berlin."
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On Monday, in the West Bank city Ramallah, the head of Egyptian intelligence, Omar Suleiman, and Egypt's foreign minister, Ahmed Abdul Gheit, met with the Palestinian leader, Yasser Arafat, and his security chiefs to discuss plans for a possible Israeli disengagement from Gaza.
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The Egyptians said that they would take responsibility for continuing talks with militant factions like Hamas and Islamic Jihad "to guarantee the unity of the Palestinian national movement" on the Gaza issue. Arafat, meanwhile, would work to control the disputes within Fatah, the largest and most secular of the Palestinian political factions.
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The New York Times TEL AVIV An Israeli spy satellite intended to increase surveillance over Iran landed in the sea on Monday after a rocket malfunctioned shortly after takeoff, Israeli officials said.
.
The satellite, Ofek-6, was meant to give Israel more early warning in case of a missile attack and to provide more information on Iran's extensive missile program. Ofek means "horizon" in Hebrew.
.
Iran has already tested the Shahab-3 missile, which can reach Israel and beyond, and it is working to build nuclear weapons to mount on it, according to senior Israeli military and intelligence officials.
.
"Iran wants to become a regional superpower and then a global superpower," an official said in an interview on Monday. "They intend to be the latter, and this is what worries us the most."
.
Iran is a beneficiary of the American "war on terrorism," against the Taliban in Afghanistan, an Iranian rival, and especially after the overthrow of the forces of Saddam Hussein in Iraq, traditionally its main regional adversary.
.
The Israelis believe that Iran wants nuclear weapons to further and bolster its flagging revolution, to provide an alternative to Egyptian secular moderation, and to challenge the military supremacy of Israel and the United States in the Middle East.
.
"When the Iranians have enough fuel for enrichment and the technology for it, it's over," the Israeli official said. "We hope somebody will do something about it pretty soon."
.
Israel, whose northern border is lined with Iranian-financed Hezbollah, is reluctant to act alone as it did in the 1980s, when it bombed the French-built Iraqi nuclear facility at Osirak.
.
Iran is much larger and has many more nuclear sites, and it is questionable whether Israel has enough fighter-bombers and refueling tankers to accomplish such a mission, let alone deal with the repercussions. "It's a big, sensitive debate," the official said.
.
The Israeli concerns about Iran, which date back at least 10 years, are at the center of a so-called spying scandal in Washington involving a Defense Department official, Lawrence Franklin, and his alleged contacts with the pro-Israel lobby, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.
.
Sergei Lavrov, the foreign minister of Russia, on Monday signed a deal with Israel to increase intelligence coordination. Israel and the United States charge that Russia continues to aid Iran with nuclear technology.
.
Russia's deal with Israel comes after the terrorist attack on a school in Russia. Israel is always looking for friends, and officials were pleased to hear the Russian official, Lavrov, call for "a united front in the battle against terrorism."
.
The Israeli foreign minister, Silvan Shalom, said, "Israel and Russia share interests to cooperate against terrorism. Today we discussed ways to do so."
.
Russia, traditionally a supporter of the Palestinian cause, is also a key member of the so-called quartet. The European Union, along with the United Nations, the United States and Russia, make up the quartet, whose plan calls for separate sovereign states for the Palestinians and Israelis.
.
Shalom told Israel radio: "On the nuclear issue, I think there is a certain change, in Russia and Europe, too, regarding the possibility that Iran will have nuclear weapons. This is a nightmare for most countries of the world, particularly after they discovered that Iran is trying to develop a missile with a range that will also cover southern Russia, as well as European capitals like Paris, London and Berlin."
.
On Monday, in the West Bank city Ramallah, the head of Egyptian intelligence, Omar Suleiman, and Egypt's foreign minister, Ahmed Abdul Gheit, met with the Palestinian leader, Yasser Arafat, and his security chiefs to discuss plans for a possible Israeli disengagement from Gaza.
.
The Egyptians said that they would take responsibility for continuing talks with militant factions like Hamas and Islamic Jihad "to guarantee the unity of the Palestinian national movement" on the Gaza issue. Arafat, meanwhile, would work to control the disputes within Fatah, the largest and most secular of the Palestinian political factions.
.
The New York Times TEL AVIV An Israeli spy satellite intended to increase surveillance over Iran landed in the sea on Monday after a rocket malfunctioned shortly after takeoff, Israeli officials said.
.
The satellite, Ofek-6, was meant to give Israel more early warning in case of a missile attack and to provide more information on Iran's extensive missile program. Ofek means "horizon" in Hebrew.
.
Iran has already tested the Shahab-3 missile, which can reach Israel and beyond, and it is working to build nuclear weapons to mount on it, according to senior Israeli military and intelligence officials.
.
"Iran wants to become a regional superpower and then a global superpower," an official said in an interview on Monday. "They intend to be the latter, and this is what worries us the most."
.
Iran is a beneficiary of the American "war on terrorism," against the Taliban in Afghanistan, an Iranian rival, and especially after the overthrow of the forces of Saddam Hussein in Iraq, traditionally its main regional adversary.
.
The Israelis believe that Iran wants nuclear weapons to further and bolster its flagging revolution, to provide an alternative to Egyptian secular moderation, and to challenge the military supremacy of Israel and the United States in the Middle East.
.
"When the Iranians have enough fuel for enrichment and the technology for it, it's over," the Israeli official said. "We hope somebody will do something about it pretty soon."
.
Israel, whose northern border is lined with Iranian-financed Hezbollah, is reluctant to act alone as it did in the 1980s, when it..."

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