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Sunday, June 29, 2008

Barak Ravid, "Israel gives UN watchdog secret briefing on Iran," Ha'aretz, June 26, 2008.

[Arabs are not the only ones critical of Israel's nuclear secrecy--a policy it likes to describe as "ambiguous." And Israel is critical of the IAEA. More going on here than meets the eye. -jlt]

Foreign Ministry Director General Aaron Abramovich secretly visited the headquarters of the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna Wednesday and briefed a group of ambassadors from countries involved in the agency's efforts to stop Iran's nuclear project. Abramovich emphasized that the IAEA must act more quickly and efficiently to block Iranian nuclear ambitions.

The unusual visit was the first senior Israeli briefing of IAEA member ambassadors in several years. The IAEA is considered relatively hostile to Israel, a tool in Arab world attacks on Israel for rebuffing efforts to monitor the Dimona nuclear reactor.

About a week ago, the New York Times reported that over 100 IAF fighter planes and cargo craft as well as special forces drilled a simulated attack on an Iranian nuclear facility at a site near Greece, 1,500 kilometers from Israel. An Israeli source told The Times of London, "This was a general rehearsal for an Iran attack."

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