compiled by Cem Ertür
27 February, 2009
1) Olmert warns Iran over nuclear plant
2) Barak: Time needed to deal with Iran slipping through our fingers
3) Livni: The weapon smuggling organized by Iran is one of the central problems
4) Israel launches campaign against UN nuke watchdog chief
5) Israeli Atomic Energy Commission: IAEA is ineffective
6) Israeli response to Amnesty International report
7) Jerusalem Post: The Iran-Israel nuclear endgame is now much closer
“We are a strong country, a very strong country, and we have at our disposal (military) capacities the intensity of which are difficult to imagine. We have deployed enormous efforts to reinforce our deterrence capacity. Israel will be able to defend itself in all situations, against all threats, against all enemies. I cannot say more but believe me, I know what I’m talking about.”
[Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, public radio, 26 February 2009] 
“Time is slipping through our fingers, and what is needed is a two-pronged course of action which includes ironclad, strenuous sanctions against the Iranian regime and a readiness to consider options in the event that these sanctions do not succeed.”
[Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak, Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, 25 February 2009] 
“The weapon smuggling organized by Iran is one of the central problems in the region. If the weapon smuggling to Gaza continues – Israel will have no other option than to initiate another defensive operation. That is why the international community must exhaust all the legal and operative means at its disposal to put an end to the arms smuggling”
[Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, meeting with the Cypriot Foreign Minister Kypriano, 25 February 2009] 
excerpts from: Israel launches campaign against UN nuke watchdog chief
by Yossi Melman, Haaretz, 26 February 2009
Israel’s Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) recently intensified its attacks on the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei. […] The AEC now hurries to respond to ElBaradei’s interviews, in which he often speaks of Israeli in critical tones. The latest expression of this new policy is a letter to be published this week in the latest issue of the American weekly magazine, Newsweek, written by the AEC spokeswoman Nili Lifshitz.
Israel on the IAEA’s Ineffectiveness
Newsweek, 23 February 2009
The director of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Mohamed ElBaradei (“On Nukes, Tread Softly,” Feb. 9), has failed to persuade Syria to allow a visit by the IAEA’s inspectors to three sites suspected to be part of Syria’s covert nuclear program. He has also failed in his feeble demand for a proper investigation of Syria’s bulldozing the wreckage and the cleanup operation at the Dair Alzour site, where Syria is suspected of constructing a North Korean nuclear reactor in clear violation of its Non-Proliferation Treaty Safeguards Agreement with the agency. Instead, ElBaradei lashes out at the state of Israel. Unfortunately, this has become a common practice by the director of the IAEA in his efforts to divert attention from his failure to conduct a vigorous and conclusive investigation amid mounting evidence of gross violations of international obligations under the NPT by some of its Middle Eastern members.
Nili Lifshitz, Spokeswoman
Israeli Atomic Energy Commission
Tel Aviv, Israel
excerpt from: Israeli response to Amnesty International report
Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs website, 23 February 2009
(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesperson)
In response to questions by the media, following is the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs response to Amnesty International’s report on use of weapons in Operation Cast Lead:
Initial study of the report indicates that it presents a biased version of the events, and does not adhere to professional criteria and objectivity.
excerpt from: The Iran-Israel nuclear endgame is now much closer
by Edwin Black, Jerusalem Post, 26 February 2009
In recent days, four key developments have clicked in to edge Iran and Israel much closer to a military denouement with profound consequences for American oil that the nation is not prepared to meet.
 AFP: Olmert warns Iran over nuclear plant
AFP, 26 February 2009
 Barak: Time needed to deal with Iran slipping through our fingers
by Ofri Ilani, Haaretz, 25 February 2009
 FM Livni meets with Cypriot FM Kypriano
Israeli Foreign Ministry website, 25 February 2009
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