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Sanctions No More: Tehran to Purchase Sukhoi Superjet, Satellite Equipment in $21 Billion Deal with Russia

Sunday, September 27th, 2015

(JNi.media) Iran has signed contracts to the tune of $21 billion with Russia, to buy satellite-related equipment and the Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ-100) aircraft, Sputnik reported on Saturday.

Manouchehr Manteghi, managing director of Iran Aviation Industries Organization, said “there is a large share of contracts for the purchase of this type of aircraft.”

The Sukhoi Superjet 100 is a modern fly-by-wire twin-engine regional jet with 108 passenger seats. It claims substantially lower operating costs than its comparable Antonov An-148, the Brazilian Embraer S.A., and the Canadian Bombardier. It also offers a lower purchase price of $35 million.

The exact number of Superjets Iran plans to purchase has not been revealed.

Iranian Vice President Sorena Sattari told the Russian Kommersant daily in late August that his country was in talks with Russia for the purchase of at least two types of military aircraft. According to Sattari, Tehran is also interested in using Russian rocket carriers to launch its own satellites into orbit.

On May 9, 2012, a Russian Sukhoi Superjet 100 with 37 passengers and eight crew members on board crashed after taking off from Jakarta, Indonesia, killing everyone on board.

In related news, on Saturday, in New York, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told President of the European Council Donald Tusk that Iran is ready to boost its cooperation with the European Union “considerably.”

“The EU member-states suffered the most during the sanctions era and in the new era we should renovate and expand Iran-EU relations to compensate for the past,” the Iranian president said.

GOP Pres. Candidate Mike Huckabee Set to Arrive in Israel

Sunday, August 16th, 2015

GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is expected to arrive in Israel on Tuesday, according to a report broadcast on CNN.

Huckabee, who is running in the 2016 presidential race, will spend only 48 hours in the Jewish State this time around, he said.

The purpose of this visit is to “raise funds, but more importantly,” he said, he will “meet some officials and discuss the Iranian nuclear program.”

Huckabee is a well-known face in the State of Israel, having been a frequent visitor to Jerusalem over the past several years. He is deeply familiar with the politics of the region and with the security issues facing Israel.

Alan Dershowitz Says Obama Checkmated by Iran Deal

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

(JNi.media) Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz in a recent book claims that President Obama changed the focus of the Iran nuclear deal after he was re-elected and allowed himself to be “checkmated,” because he gave Iran hope of developing a nuclear weapon and took the US military option off the table.

In an exclusive interview with the Observer, Dershowitz, a lifelong Democrat, staunch supporter of Israel and author of “The Case for Israel” and “Chutzpah,” spent a sleepless night after the Iran deal was announced. He emailed his eBook publisher and asked if it was possible to have a book written about the Iran deal in time for the Congressional debate. His publisher gave Dershowitz two weeks, but it was finished in eleven days. A day after it was released, “The Case Against the Iran Deal: How Can We Now Stop Iran From Getting Nukes” was rated the number one Kindle international best seller just a day after it was released.

If President Obama seems to be saying something different about Iran as a potential nuclear power than what he said in previous years, it isn’t just memory playing its tricks. Dershowitz points out that the President’s statements about the Iran deal changed dramatically after his re-election. Previously, Obama was emphatic that Iran would not be allowed to develop nuclear weapons, calling the move a “game changer” and promised to do “whatever it takes” to prevent Iran, which has stated its desire to destroy Israel, from becoming a nuclear power.

There is a cynical explanation, and a more straightforward one, as to why the President changed his mind, Dershowitz suggests. He could have sincerely reconsidered his position in the process of negotiating with Iran. The other explanation that includes certain suspicions, but which “seems to be supported by the data,” is that once Obama was re-elected for a second term and the Republicans dominated the Senate “he was going to do what he always wanted to do and was less completely candid with those of us whom he told that the military option was on the table and Iran would never be able to develop nuclear weapons.”

Obama’s main mistake, explains Dershowitz, was dealing with Iran as an equal, which was the result of his taking the military option off the table.

“That was an extraordinarily naive and wrong thing to do,” said Dershowitz, who insists that position is supported not just by Obama’s political opponents, but other liberal Democrats.

Supporters of the deal say it prevents war and they challenge opponents to come up with a better version of a deal. Dershowitz thinks war is a greater possibility now that Iran has been strengthened financially, given credibility and the military avenue has been dispensed with.

He thinks sanctions could have been removed if the US negotiated with Iran from a position of strength, demanded 24/7 inspections capability, the complete scrapping of Iran’s nuclear program, and military consequences if the deal was violated. “Now the problem is we negotiated as equals and are playing checkers against the people who invented chess, and they checkmated our President and our Secretary of State,” he says.

A way out for the next administration is not to acknowledge the Iran deal, which Dershowitz, a constitutional scholar, thinks may not have authority. Dershowitz explains that the Iran deal likely falls under the definition of a treaty the Framers said would need 2/3rds approval in Congress. “It is unlikely that they would have allowed the President alone to make an enduring and international agreement.”

It is possible that, with the next Administration, “the Iran agreement won’t have the force of law,” Dershowitz says.

Huckabee Takes Holocaust Metaphors to New Height

Monday, July 27th, 2015

(JNi.media) Whether or not the Iran nuclear deal is good or bad (most Jews appear to believe the latter) or even enforceable (most US lawmakers appear to believe it isn’t), until last Saturday it was discussed as a serious danger to Israel and other Middle Eastern countries, but a danger that should and could be handled. Then came presidential candidate, former governor Mike Huckabee, and turned on the WW2 imageries.

“This president’s foreign policy is the most feckless in American history” Huckabee told Breitbart News Saturday. “It is so naive that he would trust the Iranians. By doing so, he will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven.”

He then said, “This is the most idiotic thing, this Iran deal. It should be rejected by both Democrats and Republicans in Congress and by the American people. I read the whole deal. We gave away the whole store. It’s got to be stopped.”

None of the rest of his interview matched the force of his oven metaphor. In fact, much of what he said following the ovens statement was quite logical and benign, but the reverberating Auschwitz reference made it difficult to consider in unemotional terms.

The Democrats pounced on the former governor’s statement, obviously. Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fl), chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, said Huckabee’s imagery “has no place in American politics.”

“Cavalier analogies to the Holocaust are unacceptable. Mike Huckabee must apologize to the Jewish community and to the American people for this grossly irresponsible statement,” Wasserman Schultz said in a statement.

The National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC) denounced Huckabee’s comments, saying in a statement:

“Far, far too often, this organization has found itself forced to denounce politicians for invoking the Holocaust in inappropriate and offensive ways. These comments by Governor Mike Huckabee, however, may be the most inexcusable we’ve encountered in recent memory.

“To state that President Obama is leading Israelis ‘to the door of the oven’ is not only disgustingly offensive to the president and the White House, but shows utter, callous disregard for the millions of lives lost in the Shoah and to the pain still felt by their descendants today.”

The NJDC added: “Republicans have fallen over themselves to speak out against Donald Trump’s outrageous rhetoric on immigration and veterans. Will they now do the same and speak out against this unacceptable attack against President Obama that smears the memory of Holocaust victims … or will they stand by in silence and implicit approval?”

In response, Huckabee tweeted a big meme with his ovens statement against the background of the Israeli and Iranian flags.

Finally, Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz told Breitbart News, “There will be no ovens this time, as long as Israel has the right and might to defend its citizens from those who deny the Holocaust while calling for another one.”

Mike Huckabee with his campaign slogan: 'Hope to Higher Ground'

Mike Huckabee with his campaign slogan: ‘Hope to Higher Ground’

Assemblyman Dov Hikind Arrested Outside Senator Schumer’s Office [video]

Friday, July 24th, 2015

(JNi.media) Borough Park, Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind, an Orthodox Jew and a Democrat, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct for obstructing the entrance to Sen. Chuck Schumer’s Midtown office on Third Ave. near E. 49th St. at 11:38 AM, during a rally that demanded Schumer declare that he would help kill the Iran deal.

An hour before the rally, Hikind tweeted: “On my way to tell Sen. Schumer to stop this disastrous Iran deal.”

Hikind repeated the theme of the “Stop Iran” rally earlier in the week, that called on the Senator to live up to the promise of his name and be a “shomer” (guard) for the state of Israel.

According to ancestry.com, the name Schumer is a nickname from Middle-Low German, meaning “good-for-nothing” and “vagabond.”

“The situation with Iran, this agreement, is a threat not only to our allies in the Middle East but to this country as well,” Hikind told the Observer. “Anyone who trusts Iran is out of their mind. This deal is Swiss cheese, it’s Swiss cheese. The only question is whether they will have a nuclear bomb soon or a little later.”

As to Senator Schumer’s ultimate decision, Hikind, who used to be Mayor Rudolf Giuliani’s liaison to the Jewish community, said: “We know he’s going to do the right thing, we know he’s not going to let, you know, this being minority leader or majority leader interfere with making the right decision.”

“I feel it in my heart,” Hikind added. “He is the shomer. The shomer, he’s the protector. We’re just here to give a little extra encouragement to really make sure.”

He then reiterated: “Schumer is the key player, everyone is waiting for Schumer.”

Then, on a darker note, Hikind told the Observer: “It will not be good for him. All I can tell you is it would not be good for him.”

Senator Schumer’s spokesman said: “We spoke yesterday with Assemblyman Hikind and let him know our door is always open for when he wants to have a conversation about this or any other issue. Senator Schumer has read the agreement and is meeting with experts on both sides to get answers to the many questions he has.”

Caroline Glick Speaks at the Stop Iran Rally

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

Congress to Prevail: Iran Nuke Deal Oversight Veto-Proof Following Compromises

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Are there teeth left in the legislation guaranteeing Congressional oversight of the Iran Deal, after compromises were struck to attain overwhelming bipartisan support? That’s the question as news begins to leak out regarding back room deals to make the legislation more palatable to Democrats and thereby ensure sufficient supporters to override President Barack Obama’s veto.

There will be a final vote on the measure this afternoon, U.S. east coast time. But early morning on Tuesday the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman and a lead co-sponsor of the Iranian Nuclear Agreement Review Act, Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), sounded confident that the marked-up measure would be voted out of committee by a wide margin and that it would have the necessary number of votes for the override.

Dozens of amendments were offered by Senators on both sides of the aisle, including ones intended to address the issue of Iranian funding of global terrorism and Iran’s threats to annihilate the Jewish State.

Going into the day the careful nose counters were predicting that Corker’s bill remained at least one solid vote short of the 67 necessary to override President Obama’s veto. But by early morning, Corker was jubilant.

“We have reached a bipartisan agreement that keeps the congressional review process absolutely intact, full of integrity,” Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said in an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

The final language will not be made available until the vote is taken at the conclusion of the SFR Committee meeting, but leaked information suggested that language which would require the President to guarantee that Iran was not supporting or carrying out acts of terrorism against Americans or the United States was amended, and that the time period allotted to Congress for review may have been shortened from the 60 days in the original bill.

“We believe the American people want Congress to understand the details on their behalf,” Corker said during a CNN interview. When asked why Congress was not giving the President’s negotiating team the time that, for example, Secretary of State John Kerry asked for to allow the team to conclude their negotiations, Corker responded that perhaps there was a misunderstanding.

“We aren’t going to be involved while they are negotiating, but when they’re finished, we want this deal presented to Congress.” Corker said it should be put before Congress prior to any lifting of Congressional sanctions being lifted. While the CNN host attempted to pushback on Congress, suggesting it was overstepping its jurisdiction, but Corker insisted that Congress’s role was essential before anything happened which affected a Congressionally-mandated sate of sanctions.

“Iran is the biggest exporter of terrorism in the world,” Corker said, “and

Corker also mentioned that he believes there is language in the latest version of the bill that “addresses concerns over whether Iran should recognize the state of Israel as part of the agreement,” according to the Politico news site. The specific language Corker claimed addressed this issue was not specified.

The other language people will be inspecting with a magnifying glass deals with with when international sanctions against Iran because of its nuclear activity will be lifted. Initial reports about the framework agreed to by the U.S. and its other P5+1 partners and Iran were flatly inconsistent on when sanctions would be lifted, with Iran claiming (and demanding) that as soon as a deal was reached sanctions had to be lifted. The Americans, in contrast, said that the parties had agreed that sanctions would only be lifted once Iran was shown to have fulfilled its obligations under the terms of the deal.

In anticipation of the committee session, Corker was working closely with the ranking Democrat on the committee, Maryland’s junior senator, Ben Cardin (D-MD).

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