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Report reveals history of Israeli anti-Iran plots
A new report published by Politico says the heavy international diplomatic pressure, economic sanctions, and assassinations of Iranian nuclear scientists over the past years were all Mossad’s work. The report shows many aspects of Mossad’s plan including the economic sanctions were implemented in coordination with Israel’s allies like the United States. It says, however, that Mossad itself was directly in charge of several targeted killings in Iran. Israel is still keeping up its anti-Iran rhetoric. Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been pushing to derail the Iran nuclear deal. And in trying to do so, he has found a willing partner in the White House. US President Donald Trump has threatened to withdraw from the JCPOA in coming months unless what he describes as flaws in the deal are fixed.
Populism takes center stage in Italy
This past Sunday, Italian voters turned to anti-establishment, Eurosceptic parties while rejecting mainstream, traditional ones. The main winners at Italy's recent election turned out to be the anti-establishment 5 Star Movement (M5S) and the right-wing Lega party, as both parties saw their share of the vote grow dramatically. The two populist parties have close ideological ties to the Kremlin and could shift foreign policy in Italy in favor of Russia. Both the M5S and the Lega party have raised the possibility of abandoning NATO, and called for ending sanctions on Russia they say have hurt the Italian economy. However, some political observers argue the growing influence of these two parties will not necessarily spell a sea change for Italy-Russia relations.
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