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A Compendium of Recent Iranian Foreign Policy Proposals

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Yigal Palmor of the Israeli Foreign Ministry sent me a compilation of recent Iranian ‘foreign policy proposals’. Useful to have them all in one place. I don’t know about you, but to me, they just don’t sound reasonable.

–”President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told them there was no place for the Jewish state in a future Middle East…. ‘You want a new Middle East? We do too, but in the new Middle East … there will be no trace of the American presence and the Zionists’ … President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad – Quds Day Address, 17 August 2012; Reuters

–”The Israeli regime is a tool in the hands of Zionists to control the Middle-East and the entire world, Ahmadinejad stated. The Iranian president further stated that the International Quds Day is the day of unity among all human beings to remove the Zionist black stain from the human society.” President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad – Quds Day Address, 17 August 2012; Fars News Agency, Iran

–”President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad … said the very existence of the Zionist regime is an insult to the humankind and an affront to all world nations … The Iranian President further described the World Quds Day as an occasion for the unity of all human communities to wipe out this scarlet letter, meaning the Zionist regime, from the forehead of humanity.” President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad – Quds Day Address, 17 August 2012; IRNA – Islamic Republic News Agency

–”Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei…. noted that liberating Palestine from the grip of Israel and its allies is a religious duty for all Muslims across the world.” Ayatollah Sayyid Khamenei – Statement made during a meeting with hundreds of veterans from the Iraq-Iran war, 15 August; Fars News Agency, Iran

–”General Amir Ali Hajizadeh … said if the Zionist hooligans embark on practicing their verbal threats, they will provide the best opportunity for the destruction of Israel because then the forged regime will be wiped out of the map and thrown into the trash bin of history for ever.” Commander of the Aero-Space Forces of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Bridadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh – Interview with IRNA; IRNA – Islamic Republic News Agency

–”He [Ahmadinejad] added: ‘Anyone who loves freedom and justice must strive for the annihilation of the Zionist regime in order to pave the way for world justice and freedom.’” President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad – Speech to ambassadors from Islamic countries ahead of Quds Day, published on Ahmadinejad’s website on 2 August 2012

–”Zionists understand only the language of force, Ayatollah Khatami reiterated. He further noted that the Zionist regime will meet destruction through unity in the Islamic world.” Tehran’s Provisional Friday Prayers Leader Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami – Address to a large congregation of worshippers on Tehran University campus, 17 August 2012; Fars News Agency, Iran

–”Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami underlined the importance of this year’s International Quds Day (August 17, last Friday of the Ramadan) rallies, and said that ‘The nations of the region, which have toppled dictators, also have the power to annihilate the Zionist regime (Israel).’” Tehran’s Provisional Friday Prayers Leader Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami; Iran Daily Brief; Published: 14 August 2012

–”Khomeini’s successor, Ayatollah Khamenei, said on Wednesday that the liberation of Palestine was top on the Islamic world agenda and predicted that ‘the fake Zionist regime would soon fade away from geography and every inch of the occupied territories be returned to Palestinians.’ Ayatollah Sayyid Khamenei -15 August; DPA and the Associated Press

–”Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told an annual anti-Israel protest in Tehran on Friday that the Jewish state was a “cancerous tumour” that will soon be excised….’The Zionist regime and the Zionists are a cancerous tumour,’ he said. ‘The nations of the region will soon finish off the usurper Zionists in the Palestinian land…. A new Middle East will definitely be formed. With the grace of God and help of the nations, in the new Middle East there will be no trace of the Americans and Zionists,’ he said.” President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad – Quds Day Address, 17 August 2012;

–”Supreme Leader of Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, said on Sunday that noble Quds and Palestine are the main issues of the world of Islam … Elsewhere in his address, the Ayatollah referred to ignorance of Muslim nations and governments for years and rule of the hegemonic powers over their fate as well as creation of the cancerous tumor of Zionism in heart of Muslim world … Zionism is a danger for entire humanity … ”  Ayatollah Sayyid Khamenei – Address to officials and others, including ambassadors of Muslim states in Tehran, 19 August 2012;  IRNA – Islamic Republic News Agency

Iran’s ‘Great Prophet’ Military Drill: A Display of the Obsolete?

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

Iran’s current three-day military drill, understood as a thinly-veiled and defiant response to the newest round of EU sanctions on its petroleum industry, may be having the opposite effect, as more experts are coming to the conclusion that Iran’s incessant sabre-rattling and bellicosity seek to mask the obsolete and impotent state of its armed forces.

The military maneuvers, dubbed ‘Great Prophet 7,’ tested “dozens of short, medium, and long-range missiles,” according to Iran’s semi-official Fars News Agency, including its Shahab-3 medium range missile, which – with a range of 2000 km – is purported to be able to hit Israel. The exercise is intended to demonstrate Iran’s ability to retaliate to a US or Israeli attack. But how much of a threat to Israel does an Iranian retaliation really pose?

Tal Inbar, head of the Fisher Institute for Space Studies, interviewed by Israel’s Channel 2, said that the drill revealed no upgrade in the Islamic Republic’s military capability, and instead, was a display of “obsolete” Shahab-3 missiles “that we first saw in the late-’90s, with a shorter range of around 1,300-1,400 km.” The other missiles fired, said Inbar, were of an even shorter range, and cannot reach Israel.

Inbar suggested that these weapons have been outpaced by Israel’s continuously developing defense capabilities, such as the Arrow anti-missile defense system. And he says that comments by Iranian officials that they possess the means to penetrate US and Israeli missile defense systems are false, and are said more for domestic propaganda purposes.

Inbar’s assessments echo those of Anthony Cordesman and Alexander Wilner in their December 2011 in-depth analysis for the Center for Strategic and International Studies titled “Iran and the Gulf Military Balance.”

Cordesman and Wilner assert that not only is Iran’s military power neutralized by US and Israeli capabilities, but it is also eclipsed by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) – which is comprised of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates UAE. “Iran’s air assets have aged considerably in comparison with those of its Gulf neighbors…while the air forces of the member states of the [GCC] are more advanced than Iran’s,” they write. “Iran lags badly behind the Gulf states in modernizing its air forces.”

As for the threat posed by Iran’s inventory of Surface-to-Air Missiles, Cordesman and Wilner state that “Iran has extensive surface-to-air missile assets, but most are obsolete or obsolescent. All of these systems are poorly netted, have significant gaps and problems in their radars and sensors, and are vulnerable to electronic warfare.” Russia, which is Iran’s only potential source for such weaponry, has consistently failed to follow through on a variety of proposed transactions to modernize Iran’s forces.

Arriving at much the same conclusion as Inbar, Cordesman and Wilner state that “in spite of constant propaganda claims to the contrary, Iran has as yet been unable to create national defense industries that can produce the range of systems required.”

Nevertheless, both sources caution against underestimating Iran’s resolve and determination in retaliating against a military attack with any and all means at its disposal.

Mordechai Kedar: Engulfed by Fear

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

The Persian Gulf suffers from severe geo-political disproportionality: on its eastern shore lies one large state, Iran, which operates methodically and consistently to implement its agenda, the goal of which is regional – if not wider – hegemony; while on its western shore lie no less than twelve Arab states: Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, and the seven states of the United Emirates: Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharqah, and Umm al-Quwain. Each state has its own story: a family that dominates the leadership, a unique character, its own internal problems, and its own individual agenda, which differs from state to state. As long as Iraq was under the control of Saddam, it was a counterweight to Iran, and the states of the Gulf took shelter in the shadow of Iraq. They also paid protection money to Iraq in the form of partial funding of the Iraqi military efforts during the years of the war against Iran between 1980 and 1988. Since their establishment, the ultimate goal of the Gulf states was to survive among the giants, Iraq and Iran, and the Emirates kept their distance from Saudi Arabia. Recently the Iranian titan took control of the Iraqi titan.

The states of the Arabian Peninsula have been trying for years to create a mechanism that would result in a united agenda, mainly from a security point of view, and in light of the war between Iran and Iraq, they created the “Gulf Cooperation Council” (GCC) in May 1981. The main achievement of this Council was the establishment of a military force by the name of the “Peninsula Shield Force”, whose role is to defend its members from external attack. However, the Force was too weak and therefore unable to rescue Kuwait in 1990 from the Iraqi invasion. The most successful action of the Force was in March of 2011, when they became involved in the internal struggle in Bahrain to stabilize the minority Arab-Sunni rule over the majority Persian-Shi’ite population, which was rebelling against the regime under the influence of the “Arab Spring” and with the encouragement of Iran.

Since the regime of Saddam was overthrown in the year 2003, and since Iran has succeeded during the last year to bring Iraq into its sphere of influence, the Gulf states feel that the Iranian steamroller is approaching nearer and nearer to them, and the guillotine of the Ayatollahs is threatening the connection between the heads and shoulders of the sheikhs, princes and kings who live in the Arabian Peninsula. The states of the Peninsula feel that they are increasingly dependent on the United States and the West to guard their independence and their political and economic maneuverability, but the West seems tired and exhausted now, as a result of their failure in Iraq and Afghanistan, and its leadership – especially the current resident in the White House, who is heavily influenced by the approaching elections – lacks backbone and has no ability to stop the Iranians from galloping towards regional hegemony. The Gulf states know that if Iran invades Kuwait and conquers it, as Saddam did in August of 1990, the world will not send its armies to rescue Kuwait again, but will sacrifice it on the Iranian altar in hopes that the Ayatollahs will be satisfied with that. And any other country can expect the same treatment.

The inherent split among the states of the Arabian Peninsula has been exacerbated recently by the internal problems that are tearing Yemen from within: the conflict between the North and the South awakens the desire among the tribes of South Yemen to renew the independence that they lost 22 years ago, in the never-ending war between the Sana’a regime and the Hawthi’s in the district of Sa’da in the North and the activities of Al-Qaeda (and especially egregious was the terror attack that caused about a hundred fatalities among the soldiers of the army) against the central regime, weakening the domestic front of this state and threatening its integrity.

As a result, the geo-political situation in the Gulf in the recent period is that of total inequality: On one side is one unified state with a clear goal, possessing great power, and a willingness to use it without regard for the international community; and on the other side are 13 states – including Yemen – with various competing concerns, and with complex internal conflicts. In some of these states, large Shi’ite minorities exist which serve as effective Iranian-Shiite “Trojan Horse” within Arab-Sunni states. Adding to this already problematic situation is the complex history in the region: The Iranian takeover of three islands that belong to the Emirates back in the days of the Shah, but continues to be a focus of tension; the visit of Ahmadinejad to one of these islands about two months ago as a sign of Iranian sovereignty over them; Iranian naval maneuvers to close off the Strait of Hormuz; Iranian talk about the historical connection between Iran and Bahrain, which has a Persian-Shi’ite majority, and Iranian talk about the obligation of Bahrain to return to the Iranian bosom; Iranian complaints to Saudi Arabia about how it relates to its Shi’ite minority that resides in the area of the oil fields; and the provocative behavior of Iranians who make the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, arousing sectarian tension among the Sunnis.

Russia Indemnfies Iran After Reneging on Deal for S-300 Air-Defense Systems

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

According to a report by Fars News Agency, Russia has returned Iran’s advancement payment and the accrued interest after reneging on the delivery of S-300 air-defense systems to Iran.

“The main payment and its interest was returned to Iran by the Russian side,” Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehman-Parast said in a press conference in Tehran on Tuesday.

Iran brought the issue before the International Court of Arbitration, filing a complaint against the non-governmental Russian defense contractor company with which it entered into the contract.

According to the contract signed in 2007, Russia committed to supplying Iran with at least five S-300 air-defense systems. But Russian President Dmitry Medvedev declared in September 2010 that selling the missile systems to Iran would contravene UN Security Council Resolution 1929; it is understood that this stance resulted from the intense pressure brought to bear by the US government.

IMRA contributed to this report.

 

 

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