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Tehran Cancels Annual Anti Israel Conference

Sunday, October 13th, 2013

Iranian officials reportedly have cancelled an anti-Zionist event held annually in Tehran.

The New Horizon Conference, which was scheduled to take place in November, was cancelled by the Foreign Ministry, according to a report Friday by the Associated Press.

The conference’s lead organizer, Nader Talebzadeh, was quoted as telling the website mashreghnews.ir that the cancellation is “a major mistake on the part of our government.”

The New Horizon Conference, which was first held in 2005, has drawn well-known Holocaust deniers including David Duke. Mark Weber, the U.S.-born director of the California-based Institute for Historical Review attended the conference last year, where he delivered a lecture on “the Zionist Lobby in America” to several hundred Iranian students.

Iran’s former president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, caused international outrage by describing the Holocaust as a myth and calling for Israel to be “wiped off the map” at a previous conference.

Netanyahu at UN: If Israel Must Act Alone against Iran, We Will Do So

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told the United Nations Tuesday afternoon that Israel will never allow Iran to possess nuclear weapons and that it will act alone to prevent a nuclear Iran if sanctions do not work.

He did not mince words in attacking the Iranian regime for being deceitful and anti-democratic, and he provided fact after fact to prove that the regime has been hiding behind “smooth rhetoric” in order to “have its yellow cake and eat it, too.”

The Prime Minister verbally knocked out Iranian President Hassan Rohani, comparing him with his predecessor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with one external difference.

“Ahmadinejad was a wolf in wolf’s clothing; Rohani is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. A wolf who thinks he can pull the wool over the eyes of the international community, but like everyone else, I wish we could believe Rohani’s words, but we must focus on Iran’s action,” Netanyahu said.

Prime Minister Netanyahu told the United Nations that Rohani is a servant to a “rogue” regime that wants to annihilate Israel and that Rohani simply cannot be believed when he says he wants negotiations over its nuclear program.

He pleaded with the international community not to let up on sanctions in return for “cosmetic concessions” that would allow Iran to race ahead to develop nuclear weapons when it wants.

Iran was quick to respond to what one delegate said was an “extremely inflammatory statement.” The delegate told the General Assembly that the “Prime Minister must not dare think about attacking Iran.”

He countered Netanyahu’s warning that Israel will defend itself by stating, “He should seriously avoid miscalculation against Iran. Iran’s century-long policy of nonaggression should not be interpreted as an unwillingness to defend itself.”

The delegate then tried to turn the tables on Israel, mocking it for demanding that Iran disclose its nuclear program while Israel needs to be “educated” for being the “only non-party” to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Without refuting the Prime Minister’s carefully outlined evidence that Iran is trying to gain capability to manufacture a nuclear warhead, the delegate said with a straight face, “We reject equating the peaceful pursuit of nuclear energy with nuclear weapons.”

The only kind words Netanyahu had for Iran was for the ancient Persian empire.

“Our hope for the future is challenged by a nuclear-armed Iran…but I want you to know that this was not always the case,” he said. “Some 2,500 year ago, the great Persian King Cyrus ended the Babylonian exile of the Jewish people…[and] proclaimed the right of Jews to return to the Land of Israel and to rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem.”

He said this historic tie lasted for centuries but that in 1979, “a radical regime took over Iran” and “was busy thrashing the Iranian people’s hopes for democracy” while encouraging chants of “death to the Jews.”

The central theme of Netanyahu’s speech was that Rohani is a con artist who has been up to his neck in encouraging the secret development of nuclear weapons and is also an integral part of the Iranian regime’s policies of brutal suppression of domestic opposition and support of terrorist attacks against the West.

“He was on the Supreme Council from 1989 to 2003, during which time Iran gunned down opposition leaders and murdered 85 people in the Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires,” Prime Minister Netanyahu asserted. He also fingered Iran for attack that cost the lives of 241 U.S. Marines in Beirut.

As for Rohani’s speech in the United Nations last week when he patted the Islamic Republic on the back for being “democratic,” Prime Minister Netanyahu retaliated,  ”The regime he represents executes dissidents by the hundreds, kills them by the thousands,” and participates in Assad’s “massacre of tens of thousands of men, women and children” while propping up the regime that uses chemical weapons against its own citizens.

“I wish I could believe Rohani but I don’t because facts are …that Iran’s savage record contradicts soothing rhetoric,” the Prime Minister added.

He reminded the United Nations that Rohani, as the negotiator for Iran from 2003 to 2005, “masterminded the strategy that allowed Iran to seek nuclear weapons behind very soothing rhetoric.”

USA Today on Tuesday published evidence to back up Netanyahu’s accusations that Rohani and his Muslim superiors are trying to pull the wool over the world’s eyes.

Last Friday, President Barack Obama gushed over Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei who the president said “has issued a fatwa against the development of nuclear weapons.”

However, the newspaper cited research from MEMRI (Middle East Media Research Institute) that no such fatwa exists.

“An exhaustive search of the various official websites of Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei turned up no such fatwa, either on his fatwa website or on his personal website,” according to MEMRI.

The research group “says the fatwa was first mentioned by Sirius Naseri, an Iranian representative to a meeting of the U.N.’s nuclear agency in 2005, but is not listed among the hundreds of fatwas that Khamenei has issued on his official or personal website,” USA Today wrote.

Netanyahu clearly spelled out Iran’s history of being caught “red-handed” at least twice building underground nuclear facilities and pointed out that it is developing Inter-Continental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs), which he said are for the “sole purpose of carrying nuclear warheads.”

He reiterated his demands in last year’s speech at the United Nations that Iran must dismantle its nuclear infrastructure, turn over is stockpile of enriched uranium and stop all enrichment before sanctions can be lifted.

He said sanctions are working and that Rohani was elected to remove  the sanctions while continuing to develop nuclear weapons and declared, “Rohani thinks he can get away with it because he has gotten away with it before.”

Rohani Demands ‘Right to Enrich Uranium’

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

Iranian President Hassan Rohani Sunday unknowingly backed up a U.S. Congresswoman’s claim that he is full of deceit when he stated that the West must recognize Iran’s “right” to enrich uranium.

In a speech during Iran’s annual military parade on Sunday, Rohani declared that the West must accept “all the rights of the Iranian nation, especially the nuclear rights and uranium enrichment on Iranian territory in the framework of international rules.”

Der Spiegel, quoting anonymous intelligence officials, reported that Rohani is prepared to close down the Fordow uranium enrichment plant” with the probably demand that the United States and European Union return the favor by removing sanctions.

Last week, after the White House hinted that President Barack Obama might meet with Rohani at the United Nations next week, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the Florida Republican who chairs the House Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, warned that “Rohani is a master of deceit who has been putting on an all-out charm offensive since he took office… and in many ways Rohani is much more dangerous than Ahmadinejad.”

She explained,” At least with Ahmadinejad you get what you see – his hatred for Israel and the United States is not disguised with rhetoric or spurious gestures of goodwill.

Pretenses the West Goes On Pretending

Monday, August 12th, 2013

Originally published at Gatestone Institute.

Here we go again! Many will recall the former President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, referred to by the Western media as “controversial.” Recently – with the sort of Foreign Office understatement which is both admirable and infuriating – the UK’s paper of record described his eight year hold on the presidency as “turbulent.” One has to wonders what it would take for them to describe a regime as “murderous,” “terrorist” or “crazed.”

Anyhow – with the “controversial” and “turbulent” presidency of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad behind us, we now have the “moderate” and “reforming” presidency of Hassan Rouhani to look forward to. We know that it will be “moderate” and “reforming” because that is what, again, all the Western media has told everyone.

A few weeks ago, when this new “moderate” and “reforming” leader had just been elected, the British columnist and publisher Melanie Phillips found herself on the BBC’s main political discussion show, “Question Time.” During the program, the question of Syria and thus Iran came up. Phillips outlined the terrible ideology of the Iranian revolutionary regime. She pointed out, among other things, the intense and genocidal hatred which is at the root of its actions as well as its rhetoric. She even attempted to explain the peculiar end-time Shiite fantasies of the Iranian leadership. But the rest of the hall in London were having none of it. For her explanation, she was rewarded with boos and cat-calls from the audience and of course an unhealthy dose of incomprehension and disdain from her fellow panelists.

One of these fellow-panelists – a man so unremarkable that he is unremarkable even in his own Liberal Democrat party – Ed Davey, poured especial scorn on her. Without answering her charges, he explained that Melanie Phillips’ comments were not merely wrong but “couldn’t be more poorly timed.” After all, he explained, the Iranian people had just gone to the polls and voted in a new president. And everybody knows that this is the time for the obligatory outpouring of optimism and mass idiocy.

And this, unfortunately, is the way in which the Western elites behave in relation to Iran. If there is a problem, it is pinned onto an individual rather than the regime. If there is a problem with the regime it is seen as something that can correct itself through – among other things – the miraculous and healing process of “an election.”

It is hard to know where to start with this narrative. Of course it presumes that Iranian elections more closely resemble the British or American elections than they do, say, those in Zimbabwe. True the mullahs are more clever than Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF. Last week’s Zimbabwean “election” saw the ruling party declare overwhelming victory over their opponents, not merely before the votes had been counted but before they had been cast. It is true that Tehran has a subtler approach. There is a process which looks like candidate selection. There is a slate of candidates (all approved by the mullahs) who are presented as representative of a varied slate of opinions. And there is the sweet pretense that once the people have gone to the polls, the results can be forever “unexpected” and “surprising” – as though an election like that of President Rouhani can have come out of nowhere and leave the Supreme Leader smacking his forehead and saying, “Wow! How did that happen?!”

So yes – as electoral charades go the Iranian process is an intelligent and subtle one, but it is a charade nonetheless. Yet in this perpetual tyrant “reboot” phase of American and Western foreign policy, perhaps even charades like these need to be welcomed, even though the illusion of a democratic process is not the same as actually having one, and merely serves to legitimize the deceit.

The White House even went so far as to congratulate President Rouhani on his swearing-in. They said he would find “a willing partner” in the United States. How unfortunate then, yet how unsurprising, that poor Mr. Rouhani had to go through another new tradition of West-Iran relations even before the tradition of his swearing-in. That tradition is the new saga of the perpetual “mis-quote.”

Sanctions Are Crushing Iranian Economy

Monday, August 5th, 2013

Iran’s lack of hard currency because of economic sanctions may force food and medicine shortages as the local Rial currency continues to tumble and inflation soars to more than 40 percent .

“Iran is an economical wreck,” Yahya Ale Eshaq, a former trade minister, told an Iranian business newspaper last week.

President Hassan Rohani said this week he will address the economic problems, but has showed no intentions of slowing Iran’s race for a nuclear weapon. In his swear-including-ion ceremony Sunday, he urged the West to stop using the “language of sanctions” and seek “bilateral trust building, mutual respect and the lessening of hostilities.”

White House spokesman Jay Carney said, “Should this new government choose to engage substantively and seriously to meet its international obligations and find a peaceful solution to this issue, it will find a willing partner in the United States.”

Egypt Decides Erdogan Cannot Visit Gaza

Monday, August 5th, 2013

Egypt has ditched Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s latest attempt to show his love for Hamas by visiting Gaza, the Egyptian Youm7 website reported.

The military that threw out and then arrested Muslim Brotherhood president Mohammed Morsi is staging an open war against the Brotherhood and its offspring Hamas, which it created decades ago.

Erdogan’s insistence on visiting Gaza – he has announced he would so at least half a dozen times the past two years – is another foreign policy blunder that has become his trademark since he ditched Israel as a friend.

He turned against Israel after the Operation Cast Lead counter-rocket attack maneuver more than four years ago and then ran into the waiting arms of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Bassar al-Assad. Erdogan made a U-turn after he belatedly realized the international community began isolating both countries.

‘Rohani the Moderate’ Helped Plan 1994 Bombing of Buenos Aires

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Iranian President-elect Hassan Rohani, described as a “moderate” by media after he narrowly won this week’s election to success Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, was on the committee that planned the mega-terrorist bombing of a Jewish center in Buenos Aires in 1994. He also has backed hiding Iran’s nuclear program.

Western diplomats’ knee-jerk reaction to any change on leadership in the Middle East, except in Israel, was full of praise for Rohani.

The United States “respected” the election results and is ready for “direct” engagement and intends “to aggressively push to resume negotiations with Tehran on its nuclear program by August to test his new government’s positions.”

European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said she was “fully committed” to working with Rohani’s government.

The Financial Times reported that Rohani “was the only moderate candidate in a race with five fundamentalists.”

How is he moderate? First of all, he is well-mannered. When someone tries to kill you, doesn’t it feel so much better when he smiles?

Secondly, Rohani is “pragmatic.”

He is very pragmatic. He was on the special Iranian committee that plotted the 1994 bombing in Argentina, killing 85 people and wounding hundreds of others.

Former Iranian intelligence official Abolghasem Mesbahi, who defected from Iran in the late 1990s, has previously testified that Rohani was then serving as secretary of the Supreme National Security Council in 1993 and was a member of the committee that approved the bombing, according to the Washington Free Beacon.

“Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei led the special committee, according to the indictment, and Khamenei and Rafsanjani made the ultimate decision to go ahead with the attack,” the Free Beacon explained.”

Reuel Gerecht, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracy, told the Beacon, “Rohani’s power at that time comes directly from one individual, and that’s Rafsanjani. As far as that bombing was concerned, because Rafsanjani had to give his approval for that, there was no doubt Rohani was aware of it, and obviously his approval’s not necessary. He’s a subordinate. But he certainly would have been aware of all the discussions that led to the attack.”

How else is Rohanai a moderate? He supported the deadly suppression of crackdown on students protests in 1999.

Okay, so he hates Jews and is against protests? But maybe he is prepared to save the Iranian economy and ditch the nuclear program?

If his story is a clue, the answer is,“No chance.”

Rohani has supported concealing the Iranian nuclear program, saying that the West will accept it in the end just like it did hen Pakistan achieved nuclear capability. “The world started to work with them,” Rohani has stated.

Rohani was Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator from 2003 to 2005. He said in a speech in Iran in 2004, “As for building the atomic bomb, we never wanted to move in that direction …”

But: “If one day we are able to complete the (nuclear) fuel cycle and the world sees that it has no choice, that we do possess the technology, then the situation will be different.”

In other words, “If we don’t have an atomic bomb, I don’t want it. Once we have it, that’ a different story.”

When Iran was caught try to hide its nuclear development towards the end of the 20th century, Rohani stated.  ”This (concealment) was the intention. This never was supposed to be in the open. But in any case, the spies exposed it. We did not want to declare all this.”

Rohanai is practical like a fox. He can be compared to Mahmoud Abbas, who wears a suit and a tie instead of Yasser Arafat’s kefiah and pistol. The difference between Abbas’ Fatah party platform and Hamas is style. Both have the same objective of destroying Israel.

Rohani is much more polite than Ahmadinejad, but his tacit approval of the murder of Jews in Buenos Aires show that his intentions are no better, if not worse.

Like Abbas, he will use is mild manner to try to convince the West how much he really wants to cooperate with the U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency.

Rohani, in 2004, spoke in favor of cooperating with the West, according to Reuters.  He actually supported a freeze on enriching uranium, but only temporarily.

Iranian Election Results Good for Israel?

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

Although Iran has elected Hassan Rouhani to be the next Iranian President, Iran still remains a threat to Israel via its nuclear program and support for terror.

The controversial Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who has repeatedly denied the Holocaust and called for Israel to be wiped off the map as of next August will no longer be the Iranian President. Hassan Rouhani has recently won the 2013 Iranian elections presidential elections. The question arises, how does this change of power effect the State of Israel?

Although Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei still has ultimate authority when it comes to Iran’s foreign relations, the Iranian President nevertheless does hold significant power influencing decision-making and running the executive branch of the Iranian government. The change of leadership in Iran could provide momentum for less confrontational relations between Iran and the west, in addition to permitting more freedom within Iran itself.

Iranians voted for Hassan Rouhani because they believe that the internal human rights situation will improve under a non-hardliner and also think that a less confrontational leader will ease the horrible economic situation within Iran. Nevertheless, in a political system where non-Islamists are barred from running for office, Rouhani does support the present rule of the mullahs in Iran. Even though his domestic policies are more liberal, his foreign policy ideas parallel those of Ahmadinejad. Rouhani told the Arabic daily Al Sharq Al Aswat that the campaign against Iran “is being fueled and directed first and foremost by Israel, in order to divert international attention not only from its own clandestine and dangerous nuclear weapons program but also from its destabilizing and inhuman policies and practices in Palestine and the Middle East.” He has praised Assad’s regime as the “only country in the region to resist Israeli expansionist policies and practices,” reaffirmed Iranian support for the Palestinian cause, and he believes that Iran has the right to have a nuclear program.

THE IMPLICATIONS FOR ISRAEL

Iranian and Israeli flag

According an Iranian UWI source who is a supporter of the Iranian opposition named Pedram, even though Rouhani believes Iran has the right to nuclear weapons, he is more likely than Ahmadinejad was to reach an accommodation with the west, provided Ayatollah Khameini will permit him. Pedram emphasized that Ayatollah Khameini gives Islamist reformers limited wiggle-room. Under Rouhani’s leadership, denying the Holocaust is likely to cease being a prominent aspect of Iranian presidential speeches. Regardless, Israel can expect that Rouhani will make anti-Israel statements, just like his predecessor did and the initiation of Iranian-Israeli diplomatic relations is not on the table. Also, neither the Iranian governmental support for Assad’s regime nor Palestinian terror groups nor Iran’s nuclear program is likely to wane under Rouhani, unless the Iranian government continues to be under pressure and gives in for pragmatic reasons.

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