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An Iranian November Surprise?

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

In the course of his lamentable stopover in New York last week, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad gave an interview to Washington Post columnist David Ignatius just prior to President Obama’s speech to the UN General Assembly. One of Mr. Ahmadinejad’s comments made us think that maybe there is something to his apparent madness.

Ignatius:….When President Obama speaks to the UN General Assembly this week, I think it’s likely that he will repeat a policy he stated last March, which is that if…. talks are not successful, the U.S. is prepared to prevent Iran from gaining a nuclear weapon – that’s Obama’s “red line.” And I want to ask you how you as president of Iran react to this statement of a red line by President Obama.

Ahmadinejad: Do you believe that he [Obama] will repeat such a policy?

Ignatius: I haven’t seen his speech, but let’s just take the statement he made before and not guess, and take that as a statement of policy.

Ahmadinejad: I think we should just leave that. If he does repeat it, then our answer will be amply clear. But do you really believe the people of the United States support conflict? Will the people of the U.S. accept meddling and intervention in the affairs of others? I don’t believe so…. I believe the people of the U.S. are [a] peace-loving people. Throughout the history of the relationship no threat has existed to Iran from the people of the United States [and vice versa]. The people of Iran and the United States are friendly. I do believe that some conversations and key issues must be talked about again once we come out of the other end of the political election atmosphere in the United States.

Ignatius: So you wouldn’t expect significant progress until our election is over?

Ahmadinejad: About the nuclear issue, you mean?

Ignatius: Yes, dialogue between our two countries, significant progress in any of these negotiations.

Ahmadinejad: I firmly believe that the best type of government is the government that firmly pursues the wishes of her people. We have always been ready and we are ready. But experience has shown that important and key decisions are not made in the U.S. leading up to national elections. Am I right?

Ignatius: You are correct…..

President Obama is on record as being committed to denying Iran a nuclear weapons capacity, and while preferring economic sanctions against Iran as the means to realize that goal, he says he will not rule out military means as a last resort. How, then, can we understand Mr. Ahmadinejad’s observation about being able to better negotiate with Mr. Obama after the election?

In the context of his remarks, Mr. Ahmadinejad plainly thinks Americans and doubtless Mr. Obama himself have no stomach for military action, and in any event the Iranian leader would hardly anticipate with any relish negotiating with a reelected Barack Obama if he had the slightest fear of an American military attack. Besides, if Mr. Ahmadinejad were amenable to a non-military solution, surely such a solution could be arrived at now. How would President Obama be in a better position to accomplish that post-reelection?

So it seems Mr. Ahmadinejad has to be talking about a non-military solution on Iran’s terms that President Obama cannot now deliver because of the dynamics of the election campaign. Recall that the Iranians released the American hostages, who had been held for some fourteen months, just minutes into Ronald Reagan’s inauguration address on January 20, 1981. Regan had defeated Jimmy Carter in November 1980 with many believing that the inability of Mr. Carter to obtain the release of the hostages played a key role in his loss.

Perhaps Mr. Ahmadinejad is planning a reprise of sorts of Iran’s role in determining the outcome of the 1980 election. Mr. Ahmadinejad believes President Obama will not go to war with Iran. So within the next two weeks Mr. Ahmadinejad announces that he is at long last bowing to economic sanctions, handing Mr. Obama an enormous – quite possibly critical – boost on Election Day.

Under this scenario, Barack Obama is reelected and, according to Mr. Ahmadinejad’s calculations, proceeds to let the Iranians get away with less than complete abstinence in terms of nuclear weapons. Mr. Obama, the Iranian leader is betting, has always believed that any Iranian nuclear weapons capacity can be contained, with no need for total elimination; all along the American president was being pushed by the Israelis in the middle of a presidential election campaign.

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Ahmadinejad’s Cameraman Requests Asylum

Monday, October 1st, 2012

Hassan Gol Khanban, Iranian president Ahmadinejad’s camera, has requested asylum in the US, following the UN General Assembly meeting at the UN last week.

Gol Khanban has been Ahmadinejad’s cameraman for a while and his family went into hiding and purportedly left Iran in preparation of Gol Khanban’s defection.

The request for asylum can take up to 180 days. According to his lawyer, Paul O’Dwyer, Gol Khanban is currently hiding in an undisclosed location.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Ahmadinejad Meets With Fringe Neturei Karta (Video)

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

Members of Neturei Karta, a radical, fringe sect of Jews met with Ahmadinejad in New York to express their common hatred for Jews and their desire to see the “peaceful dismantling of the [Zionist] state”.

Ahmadinejad concluded the meeting with the hope that he will be successful, while the Neturei Karta members wished Ahmadinejad much success.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Campus Activists Give Ahmadinejad an #UNwelcome Reception

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Israel advocates have made it clear that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s visit to the United Nations will not go unnoticed.

In response to Ahmadinejad’s presence at this week’s General Assembly meeting in New York, more than 15 campuses across the country have joined an awareness campaign sponsored by Hasbara Fellowships. The most prominent events are being planned by students at New York University, SUNY Albany, SUNY Binghamton, Emory University, the University of Texas and UC Berkeley and will be held through Monday, September 24.

The effort comprises three key features: tabling, social media and petitioning. Campus displays include #UNwelcome t-shirts and information about past Iranian actions as well as the current status of the country’s nuclear program. Pro-Israel representatives will be available to answer questions and engage with students. Hasbara Fellowships has provided talking points to student organizers addressing Ahmadinejad as a threat to America, Israel and world peace, and as a detriment to his own people.

According to Daniel Cohen, Midwest regional coordinator for Hasbara Fellowships, the target audience is comprised of “college students who don’t wake up and read the news every day. We want everyone to be informed about the threat that Iran poses to the world, and to care enough to do something about it.”

Caroline Mendelsohn, a junior at the University of Texas at Austin, who serves as both a Hasbara Fellow and co-president of Texans for Israel, stressed that opposition to Iran’s policies is not strictly a Jewish issue or Israel issue, and noted that all organizations are invited to support the awareness campaign. “This includes Jewish organizations like Hillel, Chabad, AEPI and AEPhi, but also included many non-Jewish student organizations because, at the end of the day, this is not simply a Jewish issue or Israeli issue; it’s an American issue.

“In an election year, Iran is one bipartisan issue where both sides can come together and agree: A nuclear Iran is simply not an option,” Mendelsohn added.

Using a variety of social media platforms, the campaign expresses disapproval of Ahmadinejad’s visit to New York. Ahmadinejad Memes takes the meme phenomenon to a new level and uses it as an interactive portrayal of the Iranian president. Op-eds are being written for newspapers at more than 10 campuses to educate students about Ahmadinejad’s presence at the United Nations.

“Ahmadinejad is trending on social media right now,” said Hasbara Fellowships managing director Alan Levine. “We’re not trying to shut down his message; we are trying to expose his message.”

petition launched by Iran 180, with support from Hasbara Fellowships, will circulate online and on campus through Wednesday’s speech.

The organization launched its #UNwelcome initiative to coincide with the Iranian president’s arrival in New York on Monday using blunt messages such as, “New York to Ahmadinejad: You’re UNwelcome.”

Levine stressed the importance of petitions in engaging students and creating a positive dialogue about the issues. “The important thing about the campaign and this petition is that it allows students to engage their peers on campus,” he concluded.

Maya Kraidman, Israel Campus Beat

Israel’s UN Envoy Leaves Session in Protest When A-Jad Takes Podium

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Israel’s UN envoy Ron Prosor left a UN session on Monday in protest when Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad took the podium.  Ahmadinejad was present to speak about the rule of law in a session on the subject.

Prosor said inviting the Iranian leader to speak on the subject is like “appointing a pyromaniac as fire chief,” saying he is “a serial violator of the fundamental principles of the rule of law”.

“It is a shame and disgrace to give someone like him the opportunity to speak on such an important topic,” Prosor said.  “There is no justice and no judge.”

Malkah Fleisher

A Hitler Wannabe Visits New York

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Autumn is here and with it the annual trip that makes Mahmoud Ahmadinejad positively giddy. The Iranian President gets to leave the country whose citizens he mowed down in the streets to seize power and travel to New York to show the Jews they have no power. Lecturing each year from the rostrum of the United Nations is Ahmadinejad’s equivalent of popping Viagra, a yearly demonstration of his own virility amid utter Jewish impotence.

For all Ahmadinejad’s protestations of a Zionist world conspiracy and how we Jews control everything, he is well aware of just how weak we Jews are and he loves to rub it in our faces. Like clockwork he is here in late September each year to call for the destruction of the Jewish State right smack in the heart of Jew York, a city that has more Jews in it than any other on earth. He accomplishes the unique feat of calling for a new holocaust while simultaneously denying the original ever took place. And do you know what the Jews do about it? Nothing.

OK, not quite. There is a protest or two featuring a few hundred brave souls with a megaphone and I plan to join them. But Jewish economic power cannot stop the perfidious Warwick hotel from hosting Ahmadinejad and his retinue. The billionaire Jewish mayor of New York cannot stop him from landing in his city and touring its landmarks. And the 2.5 million Jews of New York cannot stop his motorcade from moving about the city like he owns the place. How helpless must a people be to watch someone calling for their extermination in a city where they are so entrenched and numerous.

I often wish that we Jews could produce a leader with the courage of Martin Luther King. When King’s people – our fellow Americans whose only crime was to be born with a darker shade of skin – were treated like garbage in the South, King shut the place down. He boycotted their buses, staged sit-ins at their cafes, sent freedom riders to coopt their transportation routes, took over their highways with long marches, and even sent fearless children into the fangs of dangerous canines, all while being pushed back by fire hoses operating at maximum strength. He ended up forfeiting his life so that his people could be treated with dignity and equality.

Contrast that with near inaction of 2.5 million Jews in the greater New York metropolitan area who this year, on the holy day of Yom Kippur itself, will bear witness to the spectacle of a man calling for the genocide of all our Jewish brothers in Israel. Amid his call for the annihilation of the Jewish state, we Jews don’t shut down the streets where he travels, don’t impede the buses that pass in front of his hotel, and don’t call for an economic boycott of the hotels with the chutzpa to host a mass murderer. No, we go about our business, content to allow an aspiring Hitler invade this town while he separately desecrates the memory of six million martyrs who have already paid with their lives for the earlier Hitler that the world similarly did not take seriously.

And still some people believe that the Jews control the banks, the media, and Hollywood. It turns out they control nothing at all.

Even as we witness an Israeli Prime Minister having to humiliate himself by pleading for a meeting with the American president, Obama has no fear snubbing Netanyahu, so confident is he of there being no price to pay from Jewish voters. I have even heard more than a few pro-Israel activists say that Bibi needlessly pokes his finger in Obama’s eye, which is a strange allegation to make against the leader of a nation who had one third its number gassed just 70 years ago. Surely one can forgive that leader for pushing hard to insist on American red lines for the Iranian nuclear program.

Lest we forget, it was not the Israeli Embassy that was taken over by Khomeini’s hoodlums in 1979 and it was not Israeli diplomats who were held hostage for 444 days. No, it was the United States of America, the country that Iran hates above all others that experienced the wrath of Iran’s mullahs. And it is the United States which is the foremost target of an Iranian nuclear program that speeds to the production of a bomb that is squarely aimed at a nation that stands for the freedom and liberty that Iran so fanatically hates.

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

A-Jad to Post – Palestinians Should Vote Away “Zionist Regime”

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told the Washington Post on Sunday that Palestinians should be able to vote the “Zionist regime” out of existence as a way of solving the Arab-Israeli conflict.

“I think they should allow the people of Palestine in all the territories of Palestine to decide, and whatever they decide, that is what should be done,” Ahmadinejad told interviewer David Ignatius.  “This doesn’t need nuclear weapons, missiles rockets or destroying people’s homes.”

Ahmadinejad replied to a request from Ignatius to clarify whether he believed in the eradication of the state of Israel, by saying “I asked you if the occupation in the Palestinian territories comes to an end what would there remain? Is there a Zionist regime in existence without occupation?”

He also said he does “not take very seriously” a threat of a strike on Iranian nuclear facilities by Israel.  “Of course they would love to find a way for their own salvation by making a lot of noise and to raise stakes in order to save themselves,” he said.

Malkah Fleisher

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