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U.K.: Iran Faces 'Serious Consequences' Over Embassy Attacks

By Reuters

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 days."

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 showed.

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 "classified documents".

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 Western countries.


Former Mossad chief: Israeli Strike on Iran will Lead to Regional War

By Ha'aretz


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 despicable."

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 manipulations."


Former MI Chief: Iran Has Enough Material for 4 or 5 Nuclear Bombs

By Ha'aretz

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 warheads.

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

By IsraelNationalNews.com

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

By IsraelNationalNews.com

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 personal contacts.

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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