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Report: Netanyahu Orders Mossad To Find Proof Iran Violating Nuclear Accord

Source: Jerusalem Post

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has ordered both the Mossad and Military Intelligence to search for evidence that Iran is continuing nuclear activities forbidden under the Geneva accord signed with world powers last week, The Sunday Times quoted Israeli defense sources as saying.

Proof that Iran was violating the terms of the six-month interim deal would complicate US President Barack Obama's push to delay the passage of new congressional sanctions against Iran while a long-term deal with Iran is being negotiated.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has repeatedly said, both before and after the signing of the deal in Geneva, that the agreement does not sufficiently curb Iran's ability to obtain nuclear weapons and prematurely offers the Islamic Republic sanctions relief.

“Everyone has his own view regarding the Geneva agreement,” the Times quoted an Israeli intelligence source as saying. “But it is clear that if a smoking gun is produced, it will tumble like a house of cards.”

Read more: http://www.jpost.com/Iranian-Threat/News/Report-Netanyahu-orders-Mossad-to-find-proof-Iran-violating-nuclear-accord-333586

Israel and U.S. to Hold Military Exercises When Iran Deal Ends

Despite the interim deal between the U.S. and Iran, Israel will still beat the drum of protest until the six-month agreement expires, when a joint military exercise with the U.S. will help it ram a message home to the Iranians, says a high-ranking Israeli official

By Karl Vick and Aaron J. Klein / Tel Aviv @karl_vick

Over the next six months, while Washington and other world powers bend to the nitty-gritty of rolling back Iran’s nuclear program through talks, Israel will likely continue to dissent, while making conspicuous efforts to rehabilitate the military threat that did so much to bring Tehran’s project onto the agenda.

“The strategic decision is to continue to make noise,” a high-ranking Israeli officer tells TIME. The racket, the official says, will come to a head in six months, just as the interim agreement signed on Sunday is due to expire.

“In May there’s going to be a joint training exercise with the Americans,” says the officer, who asked not to be identified since he was discussing operations not yet officially announced. “It’s going to be big.”

Israel and the U.S. routinely hold joint exercises, and a spokesman for the U.S. European Command (EUCOM) said the exercise in the spring was planned independent of events unfolding in the region. “I think we’re still in the process of deciding the scale of the exercise,” says Captain John W. Ross, the EUCOM spokesman.

But if war is the continuation of politics by other means, as the military theorist Carl von Clausewitz famously put it, war games are an opportunity to make a statement without spilling blood — especially given the view (which increased sharply after U.S. President Barack Obama demurred on his vow to strike Syria) that Washington has cooled on the prospect of new military operations. “The wind from the Americans into the Israeli sails is, ‘We will maintain our capability to strike in Iran, and one of the ways we show it is to train,’” the senior Israeli officer tells TIME. “It will send signals both to Israel and to the Iranians that we are maintaining our capabilities in the military option. The atmosphere is we have to do it big time, we have to do a big show of capabilities and connections.”

Read more: After Iran Deal Ends, U.S. and Israel to Hold Military Exercises | TIME.com http://world.time.com/2013/11/27/israel-and-u-s-to-hold-military-exercises-when-iran-deal-ends/#ixzz2lufhVKnk

Microsoft Very Sore After Backdoor Access By NSA, Will Encrypt Networks

Microsoft is scrambling to encrypt its data centers' interlinks – after a fresh Snowden leak suggested the NSA and GCHQ tapped into the cables and intercepted sensitive network traffic.

Documents obtained by the Washington Post from the whistleblower show that Microsoft's Hotmail, Windows Live Messenger services and Passport communications were scanned by software called Monkey Puzzle, which was developed at the British snooping nerve-center GCHQ.

Reaching into the private unencrypted interlinks allows both intelligence agencies to effectively spy on Microsoft customers, and copy their messages and address books, it is claimed.

"These allegations are very disturbing. If they are true these actions amount to hacking and seizure of private data and in our view are a breach of the protection guaranteed by the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution." Brad Smith, Microsoft's general counsel, said in an email to The Register.

Smith, given his role as a legal eagle, also pointed out that the documents don't constitute proof per se that the NSA is tapping into its traffic surreptitiously. But he said the company's engineering teams will be beefing up security, "including strengthening security against snooping by governments."

Sources familiar with the matter say Microsoft will get to work on shielding its network traffic in the coming days, and senior executives are meeting to discuss the issue and plan a response. The Windows giant is already smarting from the commercial and reputation hit it has taken from the PRISM scandal and the latest situation just adds salt to the wound.



Obama Discusses Iran Deal With Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has briefed Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah (ab-DUHL'-uh) on the interim agreement regarding Iran's nuclear program.

The White House says the leaders agreed Wednesday to consult regularly on efforts by the U.S., Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany to negotiate a comprehensive solution that would satisfy international concerns about Iran's nuclear intentions.

A weekend agreement between the parties temporarily puts the brakes on parts of Iran's disputed nuclear program and allows for more intrusive international monitoring of its facilities.

In return, Iran gains relief from stiff economic sanctions and a pledge that no new penalties will be imposed during the six months the parties have to iron out a more comprehensive agreement.


Anger Over US Drone Program In Pakistan Prompts Activists To Reveal Secret Identity Of Spy


ISLAMABAD — Rising anger over deadly drone attacks spurred a Pakistani political party Wednesday to reveal the secret identity of what it said was the top U.S. spy in the country. It demanded he be tried for murder, another blow to already jagged relations between the two nations.

A pair of U.S. missile strikes in recent weeks — including one that killed the Pakistani Taliban's leader as the government prepared to invite him to hold peace talks — has increased simmering tensions between Washington and Islamabad after years of public fury over the covert attacks. The apparent disclosure of the top CIA officer's name will almost certainly strain the fragile diplomacy that the U.S. is relying upon to help negotiate an end to the war in neighboring Afghanistan.

It was the second time in recent years that Pakistanis opposed to drone strikes targeting Islamic militants have claimed to have revealed the identity of the top CIA spy in the country.

In a letter to Pakistani police, Shireen Mazari, the information secretary of political party Tehreek-e-Insaf, called for the CIA station chief in Islamabad and CIA Director John Brennan to be tried for murder and "waging war against Pakistan" in connection with a Nov. 21 drone strike on an Islamic seminary in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

Read more: http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/1a8d0c2b485e4ca28dbb90247e381bcb/US-Pakistan-US

Durable Goods Orders Drop as U.S. Shutdown Hurts Confidence

Source: Bloomberg

Nov. 27 (Bloomberg) -- Orders for U.S. durable goods dropped in October, reflecting a broad-based retreat and signaling the government shutdown hurt business confidence.

Bookings for goods meant to last at least three years decreased 2 percent, matching the median forecast of economists surveyed by Bloomberg, after a 4.1 percent gain in September that was larger than initially reported, the Commerce Department reported today in Washington. Orders for aircraft and capital goods, such as machinery and computers slumped.

The 16-day partial federal shutdown last month combined with continuing budget cuts have prompted companies such as Lockheed Martin Corp. to trim staff and close factories, which will weigh on growth. A lack of a rebound in bookings this month will mean businesses are unwilling to investment in expanding amid concern the economic expansion won’t accelerate in 2014.

“One would expect a bit more trepidation on the part of businesses” at the time of “heightened uncertainty” emanating from Washington, said Millan Mulraine, director of U.S. rates research at TD Securities USA LLC in New York. “Once we get more fiscal clarity, which is likely to come in the next few months, we’re likely to see a much more favorable backdrop for hiring and investment.”

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/business/bloomberg/article/Durable-Goods-Orders-Drop-as-U-S-Shutdown-Hurts-5016348.php

Iran Deal Ripples Felt From Syria War Zones to Saudi Palaces

By Donna Abu-Nasr and Glen Carey - Nov 27, 2013

After news of the Iranian nuclear deal emerged, Syria quickly welcomed it as a triumph for its ally Iran and a setback for opponents led by Saudi Arabia.

Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi, whose government is backed by Iran in a civil war with rebels funded by Saudi Arabia, said that the pact marked a victory for diplomacy over “threats, ultimatums, challenges and wars.” Hours after world powers and Iran shook hands on a pre-dawn agreement on Nov. 24, Syria’s Foreign Ministry hailed “Iran’s role in the stability and security of the region.”

President Bashar al-Assad spoke to his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani, today and told him that the accord will strengthen Iran’s regional and international position, according to Syria’s state news agency SANA.

The agreement follows the U.S. decision two months earlier to pull back from using force against Assad, angering its Gulf allies. With Saudi Arabia pledging to respond by broadening its support for rebels, and Iran now freed from some of the pressure of sanctions, there’s concern the rivals may step up their proxy war in Syria where fighting has already killed more than 100,000 people in 2 1/2 years.

“Up to now Iran was perceived as a spoiler,” said Sami Nader, a professor of international relations at Beirut’s St. Joseph University. “Now it will have to choose between acting as a partner, which means a less aggressive role in the Middle East, or it could decide it can have a free hand in Syria in exchange for compromising on its nuclear program.”



Netanyahu Blasts President Obama On Phone Over Iran Nuclear Deal: Israeli Lawmaker

WASHINGTON — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rebuked President Obama during a phone call Sunday about the controversial nuclear deal with Iran, an Israeli lawmaker claims.

The White House had described the phone call in bland terms, saying the two leaders “reaffirmed their shared goal of preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon” and that they agreed to “stay in close contact on this issue.”

But Tzachi Hanegbi, a member of Israel’s Knesset, gave a far different account to Israeli television. Netanyahu “made it clear to the most powerful man on Earth that if he intends to stay the most powerful man on Earth, it’s important to make a change in American policy because the practical result of his current policy is liable to lead him to the same failure that the Americans absorbed in North Korea and Pakistan,” the Jerusalem Post quoted Hanegbi as saying. Hanegbi, like Netanyahu, is a member of Israel’s conservative ruling Likud Party.

Touting the deal in a speech Monday in San Francisco, Obama acknowledged that “huge challenges remain.”

“But we cannot close the door on diplomacy, and we cannot rule out peaceful solutions to the world’s problems,” he said. Without naming anyone, Obama took a swipe at those who have questioned the wisdom of engaging with Iran. “Tough talk and bluster may be the easy thing to do politically, but it’s not the right thing for our security,” he said.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/netanyahu-blasts-obama-iran-israeli-leader-article-1.1529096#ixzz2ln5os8HT

Experts: Europe Will Benefit Economically From Iran Accord

BERLIN – The European Union stands to reap major economic benefits from the interim agreement with Iran over resolving Tehran’s nuclear program.

As part of the agreement between the major powers and Iran, key areas where sanctions relief is provided are the lucrative automobile trade and access to its foreign reserves.

Israeli and German foreign policy experts weighed in on the agreement for Europe.

The French-born Israeli Emmanuel Navon told The Jerusalem Post on Sunday, “This temporary relief will benefit European car manufacturers that currently export to Iran, such as BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Rover, Audi, Volkswagen, Renault and Peugeot.”

Navon, who is the director of the Political Science & Communication Department at Jerusalem Orthodox College, added “According to the deal signed in Geneva, Iran will enjoy a relief package worth about $7 billion over the six months of the interim agreement.



Palestinian Home Hit With Firebombs In Suspected Far-Right Attack

A Palestinian home in the village of Burin, near Nablus, was hit by firebombs overnight Monday in a suspected far-right attack that caused damage but no injuries.

Security forces have launched an investigation into the incident and carried out searches for attackers.

Judea and Samaria District Police retrieved forensic evidence from the scene later in the day.

Last week, a member of a Golani Brigade unit was arrested on suspicion of carrying out hate crimes together with his older brother. According to suspicions, the two punctured tires of Palestinian vehicles and spray painted messages that read “no entry to Arabs” and “death to Arabs” on a Palestinian bus in the northern West Bank.


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