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Israeli embassy reopens in Paraguay after 13 years

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Jerusalem: Israel reopened its embassy in Asuncion, Paraguay after 13 years of closure due to budgetary reasons, Israeli diplomatic officials said on Thursday.

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“The decision was taken by the Israeli government in May 2014 in order to strengthen the relations with Paraguay within the framework of earnest efforts to bolster mutual relations with Latin America in general,” according to Modi Ephraim, deputy director general of the South America division at the Israeli foreign ministry.

The opening ceremony took place on Wednesday in Asuncion and was attended by Nissim Ben-Shitrit, outgoing director general of the Israeli foreign ministry, and the newly-named Israeli Ambassador Peleg Lewi, who presented his credentials to Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes a few days ago.

The Paraguayan side was represented by Agriculture Minister Jorge Gattini.

In recent years, bilateral relations between Israeli and Paraguay have strengthened both politically and economically.

(IANS/EFE)

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Israel Warns Iran, Hints Towards a War in Middle East

In an Israel Radio interview, former general Yisrael Zeev said Netanyahu appears to be preparing the nation for war.

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He said Israel may have to launch a preemptive strike against Iranian assets in Syria, prompting Iran and its ally Hezbollah in Lebanon to fire missiles into Israel.
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A tough new warning from Israel to Iran is raising fears of war in the Middle East.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel is prepared to confront Iranian “aggression” sooner rather than later.

Speaking at the weekly Cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, Netanyahu accused Iran of transferring advanced weapons to neighboring Syria, including missiles and anti-aircraft batteries it intends to use against Israel.

“We do not want an escalation,” Netanyahu said, “but we are prepared for any scenario.”

The tough rhetoric follows a presentation on national TV a week ago, in which Netanyahu exposed what he said were tens thousands of documents proving that Iran had a secret nuclear weapons program which could be quickly revived at any time.

A tough new warning from Israel to Iran is raising fears of war in the Middle East.
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The files, which were seized in Tehran by Israeli intelligence, could reinforce threats by U.S. President Donald Trump to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal by May 12. The three European countries that signed the agreement, Britain, France and Germany, have tried to persuade Trump not to withdraw.

In an Israel Radio interview, former general Yisrael Zeev said Netanyahu appears to be preparing the nation for war.

He said Israel may have to launch a preemptive strike against Iranian assets in Syria, prompting Iran and its ally Hezbollah in Lebanon to fire missiles into Israel.

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Netanyahu will visit Moscow on Wednesday to discuss the situation with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the main power broker in Syria. Putin will no doubt urge Netanyahu to act with restraint.

But Netanyahu told the Cabinet that Israel must learn from history. He said nations that were not prepared to take timely action against aggression paid a much higher price later on. (VOA)