Israel Daily News Stream 04/23/2012

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Iranian Atomic Urgency

Washington Post: A UN document prepared by the Institute for Science and International Security (pdf format) lays waste to the idea that a religious fatwa prevents Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.

“According to Ayatollah Khamenei, this was the only way to secure the very essence of the Islamic Revolution from the schemes of its enemies . . . and to prepare it for the emergence of Imam Mahdi,” states the IAEA document, which was obtained by the Institute for Science and International Security, a Washington-based nonprofit group that analyzes nuclear weapons programs. In Shiite Islam, “Imam Mahdi” is the prophesied 12th Imam who will purge the world of evil in humanity’s last days.

Khamenei allegedly embraced the idea of an Iranian nuclear arsenal that would “serve Iran as a deterrent in the hands of God’s soldiers,” the IAEA memo states.

The words attributed to Khamenei in the memo stand in contrast with the Iranian leader’s speech in which he declared the use of nuclear weapons to be “haraam,” or a great sin, and prohibited.

See also Tehran Seeks to Deceive US With Non-Existent Anti-Nuclear Weapons Fatwa.

The Times of Israel picks up on a series of videos (watch 1 and 2) about Israel’s moral and legal right to attack Iran that has gone viral.

AP: Iran disconnected the internet from the nation’s main oil export terminal after the Kharg Island facility was attacked by hackers.

Arab Spring Winter

Egypt cancels natural gas deal with Israel, Jerusalem shrugs. AFP writes:

The unilateral cancellation of the deal is not a good sign, and we hope that this dispute will be resolved like any other commercial dispute, without taking it to the political realm,” he said.

• The IDF’s gearing up for next month’s Naqba Day. The Jerusalem Post says the army’s putting special emphasis on securing the border with Syria. And for good reason. Last year’s Naqba Day was a low-budget propaganda coup for Assad.

For more, see yesterday’s Israel Daily News Stream.

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