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U.K.: Iran Faces 'Serious Consequences' Over Embassy Attacks
British Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday labeled an attack by Iranian protesters
on the British embassy in Tehran "outrageous and indefensible" and called on the Islamic
republic to prosecute those responsible.
Echoing earlier comments from Foreign Secretary William Hague, Cameron also warned of
"serious consequences" for Iran, adding that Britain would consider what measures it would
take in the coming days. "The attack on the British embassy in Tehran today was outrageous
and indefensible. The failure of the Iranian government to defend British staff and
property was a disgrace," Cameron said in a statement.
"The Iranian government must recognize that there will be serious consequences for
failing to protect our staff. We will consider what these measures should be in the coming
Foreign Hague said earlier on Tuesday that the U.K. "holds the Iranian government
responsible for its failure to take adequate measures to protect our embassy, as it is
required to do. Clearly there will be other, further, and serious consequences." He said
all embassy staff and their dependants had been accounted for. Earlier reports said six
British embassy staff were briefly held hostage during the incident.
Iranian protesters smashed windows, hurled petrol bombs and burned the British flag
during a rally to protest against sanctions imposed by Britain, live Iranian television
The attacks followed the rapid approval by Iran's Guardian Council of a parliamentary
bill compelling the government to expel the British ambassador in retaliation for the
sanctions, and warnings from a lawmaker that angry Iranians could storm the British
embassy as they did to the U.S. mission in 1979.
Demonstrators waved flags symbolizing martyrdom and held up portraits of Iran's Supreme
Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. A separate group of protesters broke into a second British
embassy compound in the north of the city, the IRNA state news agency said, and seized
Riot police later moved in and mounted the embassy gates, helping protesters climb back
on the street outside, television pictures showed, and began to slowly clear
demonstrators. The incident followed Britain's imposition of new sanctions on the Islamic
state last week over its nuclear program.
London banned all British financial institutions from doing business with their Iranian
counterparts, including the Central Bank of Iran, as part of a new wave of sanctions by
Former Mossad chief: Israeli Strike on Iran will Lead to Regional War
Former Mossad chief Meir Dagan said in a television interview on Tuesday that if Israel
attacks Iran, it will be dragged into a regional war. According to Dagan, Iran, Hizbullah
and Hamas will respond with massive rocket attacks on Israel. In that scenario, Syria may
join in the fray, Dagan said on the television program "Uvda."
Dagan also followed up on recent public comments that he made on the topic, after which
he was criticized for speaking out on, saying that the Prime Minister, Defense Minister
and Finance Minister cannot prevent him from speaking his mind. "We are not living in an
undemocratic country; in democratic countries, even people like me have the right to
express their opinions," Dagan said.
Dagan added that such a war would take a heavy toll in terms of loss of life and would
paralyze life in Israel. These comments were in response to a recent remark by Defense
Minister Ehud Barak, in which he claimed that if a war breaks out between Israel and Iran,
it would result in no more than 500 dead Israelis.
"A war is no picnic, but in any scenario there won't be 50 thousand or 5,000 or even
500 dead," Barak told Israel Radio in an interview three weeks ago, on November 8. Barak
also attacked Dagan's outspokenness on the Iran issue. "The way in which this discussion
has taken place, by including those who previously held high positions, was sometimes
Barak added, "When the head of the Mossad unprecedentedly brings journalists to Mossad
headquarters and instructs them to oppose the prime minister
I think that is very
serious behavior. I would have expected him to act intelligently, without
Former MI Chief: Iran Has Enough Material for 4 or 5 Nuclear Bombs
Former Military Intelligence chief Maj.Gen. (res.) Amos Yadlin said Tuesday that Iran
had enough material to develop "four or five" nuclear bombs, adding that it was imperative
for Israel to maintain good relations with members of the international community capable
of dealing with that threat.
"Once Iran decides finally to move forward in developing a nuclear weapon, a whole new
range of opportunities will open up for a fight which the international community will
fight," Yadlin said in an address at the Institute for National Security Studies, where he
is beginning a term as director.
"Israel is not alone in the game," Yadlin said. "When the Iranians publicly reveal that
they are pushing toward a nuclear weapon, Israel will no longer be the central player in
the game. This situation requires us to maintain good channels of dialogue and
understanding with those who have better operational abilities than us."
The former MI chief said there was a good chance that sources within Western
intelligence bodies would know in advance should the Iranian spiritual leader, Ayatollah
Khamenei, order the country to advance toward a nuclear weapon. A general in Iran's
Revolutionary Guard, Yadollah Javani, over the weekend threatened retaliation against
Israel if any of its nuclear or security sites are attacked.
"If Israeli missiles hit one of our nuclear facilities or other vital centers, then
they should know that any part of Israeli territory would be target of our missiles,
including their nuclear sites," told ISNA news agency. "They [Israel] know that we have
the capability to do so."
Javani, the former head of the military's political department, was referring to
mounting speculation that Israel would strike Iran's nuclear facilities after the
International Atomic Energy Agency said Iran had tested designs used to make nuclear
Iranian political and military officials have warned Israel that it would face
retaliation from Shahab-3 missiles that can reach any part of Israel. Iranian volunteers
affiliated with the Revolutionary Guards have held several gatherings in recent days and
vowed a harsh reply to any military attacks on nuclear sites.
Shalit Deal Terrorist Still in Hadassah Hospital
The terrorist that was released in the Shalit deal and was recently hospitalized at the
Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem is still in the hospital, Arutz Sheva has learned.
The story first came to light a few weeks ago, when the family of a Jewish man
hospitalized at Hadassah told Arutz Sheva he had to share his room with a terrorist who
was apparently shot in the course of IDF counter-terror activity. The terrorist is under
constant police and IDF guard.
The relatives said they had been told that the terrorist was freed in the recent Shalit
deal, and was recaptured after engaging in terror activity against Israel.
On Tuesday, Arutz Sheva received a complaint from a second family who said that the
terrorist is constantly shouting in the room and disturbing the other patients. According
to the family, the terrorist is constantly allowed visitors.
The family members said they demand that the hospital get the terrorist out of the room
and be more sensitive towards the other patients. "No way should the hospital become a
fortified terrorist prison," said one family member. "This is total insensitivity. It's
uncomfortable to be inside such a room. A disgrace."
IDF Pursues Loose Internet Lips
Following the old dictum that "loose lips sink ships," IDF Information Security
officers are seeking to keep soldiers from divulging sensitive operational information on
the Internet. The most recent example involved soldiers posted in Israel's north uploading
autobiographical videos documenting their experiences to YouTube.
According to IDF officials the videos, which were described as having a "sporting
spirit" and depicted the soldier's "clowning around" also inadvertently contained
information that could aid the enemy when closely examined pixel by pixel.
Installation locations, technological information, and the position and type of some
logistical stores could be derived by astute viewers, officials added.
In recent months the IDF Operations Division issued strict instructions to all
personnel regarding the conduct of IDF officers and soldiers on social networks.
Publication of these images not only harms national security, commanders warned, but also
helps NGO's pursue law fare suits against the IDF.
Previously, a 2010 letter to soldiers made it clear that they cannot publicize
operations in Judea and Samaria on social networks and forbid the uploading of photos
related to IDF service - especially photos that would reveal the identity of a soldier
conducting operations. Further, soldiers were instructed to refrain from accepting online
connections who do not reveal their real names and not to convey military information to
An IDF spokesman said the video that prompted Tuesday's action was probably taken a few
years ago, but was still viewed as a serious breach of operational security. "IDF hardware
and its location were depicted in the video," the spokesman said. "This harms our
operational readiness and could com will promise information security and lives should
more recent videos appear online.
"The IDF Information Security department is constantly working to prevent these kinds
of security violations and we will pursue disciplinary action. We emphasize that these
regulations are routinely publicized in every unit in the IDF."
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