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January 22, 2017 / 24 Tevet, 5777

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Watch: Netanyahu Tells Iranian People, ‘We Are your Friend, Not your Enemy’ [video]

Saturday, January 21st, 2017

On the occasion of the inauguration of a new American president, Prime Minister Netanyahu on Saturday night decided to send a message of friendship to the Iranian people, because, as he put it, “it struck me recently that I’ve spoken a lot about the Iranian regime and not enough about the Iranian people, or for that matter, to the Iranian people.”

“I plan to speak soon with President Trump about how to counter the threat of the Iranian regime which calls for Israel’s destruction,” Netanyahu said, adding that he hopes his message “reaches every Iranian—young and old, religious and secular, man and woman.”

Netanyahu continued:

“I know you’d prefer to live without fear. I know you’d want to be able to speak freely, to love who you want without the fear of being tortured or hung from a crane. I know you’d like to surf the Web freely and not have to see videos like this one using a virtual private network to circumvent censorship.

“You have a proud history. You have a rich culture. Tragically, you are shackled by a theocratic tyranny. In a free Iran you will once again be able to flourish without limit. But today, a cruel regime is trying to keep you down.

“I’ll never forget the images of brave young students hungry for change gunned down in the streets of Tehran in 2009; and I’ll never forget beautiful Neda Sultan gasping for her last breath on that sidewalk.

“This ruthless regime continues to deny you your freedom. It prevents thousands of candidates from competing in elections. It steals money from your poor to fund a mass murderer like Assad.

“By calling daily for Israel’s destruction, the regime hopes to instill hostility between us. This is wrong. We are your friend, not your enemy. We’ve always distinguished between the Iranian people and the Iranian regime.

“The regime is cruel – the people are not; the regime is aggressive – the people are warm. I yearn for the day when Israelis and Iranians can once again visit each other freely in Tehran and Esfahan, in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

“The fanatics must not win. Their cruelty must not conquer our compassion.

Our two peoples can work together for a more peaceful and hopeful future for both of us. We must defeat terror and tyranny and we must ensure that freedom and friendship win the day.”


Iran Received ‘Billions’ From Obama Administration in Cash, Gold & Assets

Sunday, January 15th, 2017

The Islamic Republic of Iran has received more than $10 billion in cash, gold bullion and assets from the Obama administration since 2013, according to reports by the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Free Beacon.

The payments were made primarily to keep Iran at the negotiating table, to ensure that American hostages were freed and finally, to secure and keep the July 2015 nuclear deal in place. For most of the time U.S. lawmakers did not know the payments were to be made in cash, and the White House did not return calls from concerned members of Congress.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Bahram Ghasemi was quoted by the Wall Street Journal as saying the amount of $10 billion just “scratches the surface” of the total paid to Tehran over the past several years.

According to the Washington Free Beacon, Ghasemi was quoted in Persian language reports independently translated for the news outlet as saying that figure was actually a “stingy” estimate. Cash, gold and other assets were transferred by Washington DC to Iran’s Central Bank, where they were “spent,” he said.

“After the Geneva conference and the resulting agreement, it was decided that $700 million dollars were to be dispensed per month” by the U.S., according to Ghassemi. “In addition to the cash funds which we received, we [also] received our deliveries in gold, bullion, and other things,” he said, Free Beacon quoted.

What’s important to remember in reading these figures is where this money goes when it’s “spent.” Iran uses these and other resources to fund its regional terrorist operations in the Middle East, and to support the military operation in Syria.

That means the Obama administration was indirectly funding the support of Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Hezbollah – and their attacks on Israel.

Hana Levi Julian

Iran Offers to Arm Lebanese Military (Again)

Saturday, January 7th, 2017

Iran has made a serious offer to arm the Lebanese military, according to numerous reports in Lebanese media, all quoting Alaeddin Boroujerdi, chairman of the National Security and Foreign Policy Committee of the Iranian Parliament.

Boroujerdi publicly made the offer in a news conference after placing a wreath on the grave of former Hezbollah “Number 2″ terror chief Imad Mughniyeh, assassinated in Damascus in 2008, and that of his son, Jihad, also assassinated more recently.

Mustafa Mugniyeh was appointed by Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah to take command of Hezbollah’s forces on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights in place of his older brother, Jihad, in June 2015.

“Iran’s permanent and firm stance is to stand by the brotherly Lebanese Republic of Lebanon, government and people,” Boroujerdi said. “We therefore reiterate our firm will in the field of arming the Lebanese army.”

The Iranian official added that the issue “has been seriously discussed with [former] Defense Minister Samir Moqbel during his visit to Iran. The matter is at the disposal of the Lebanese government,” he said.

The offer comes on the eve of a visit to Saudi Arabia by Lebanese President Michel Aoun, who reportedly is hoping to convince Riyadh to resume its multi-billion dollar aid package to the Lebanese military.

Saudi Arabia cut its funding to Beirut last February in response to the country’s deepening ties with Iran, the torching of the Saudi Embassy in Tehran and a Saudi Consulate in Iran as well.

The destruction was part of a riot triggered by Saudi Arabia’s execution of an Iranian-backed Shi’ite cleric and activist. Riyadh cut its diplomatic ties with Tehran in January 2016 over the affair.

Aoun is a close ally of the Iranian-backed Hezbollah terrorist organization, which is involved in fighting Saudi-backed opposition forces against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria.

But although Iran has offered arms to Lebanon more than once since 2010, Beirut has been hesitant to accept, according to YaLibnan, due to suspicions about the intentions behind the offers.

Hana Levi Julian

Report: Iran Signs $16.6 Billion Deal With Boeing

Sunday, December 11th, 2016

Iran’s flagship airline, IranAir, announced Sunday that it has signed a $16.6 billion deal with Boeing, according to the IRNA state news agency.

The 10-year contract includes the purchase of 50 Boeing 737 aircraft and 30 777 aircraft, according to IranAir chairman Farhad Parvaresh, who was quoted by IRNA.

It’s the biggest U.S.-Iran transaction to be approved by the American government since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Boeing regional director Fletcher Barkdull was in Tehran for the signing ceremony, according to the IRNA report, quoted by Reuters.

However, last month the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that would block the sale of commercial aircraft to Iran, and which would bar the U.S. Treasury from issuing licenses needed by U.S. banks in order to finance the sales of commercial aircraft.

Hana Levi Julian

US Senate Considering 10-Year Extension of Iran Sanctions

Sunday, November 27th, 2016

The Republican-controlled U.S. Senate is considering a 10-year extension of the Iran Sanctions Act (ISAA). The bill, passed earlier this month by the GOP-controlled House of Representatives, must pass both houses before going to President Barack Obama.

Moreover, the bill expires at the end of this year, unless Obama signs a renewal into law.

Iranian leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei declared at a meeting of Iranian Navy commanders and officials in Tehran on Sunday, (Nov. 27), however, that Iran considers that renewal a violation of the JCPOA — the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world leaders.

“During the [nuclear] negotiations there was a lot of debate about the sanctions, but now they raise the issue of extending the sanctions in the U.S. Congress and claim these are not [new] sanctions but renewal [of old ones],” the Ayatollah said, Iran’s Press TV reported.

Speaking on National Navy Day, Khamenei said, “Launching sanctions is no different from ‘renewing them after their expiration,’ and the latter is also [an instance of imposing] sanctions and violation of the previous commitments by the opposite site.” He added that the powerful presence of the Iranian Navy in the high seas will boost Iran’s might and defense capabilities, and said that presence must be increased.

He also told members of the volunteer ‘Basij’ forces in Tehran last Wednesday that Iran would respond if the legislation was renewed.

“If these sanctions are extended, it will surely constitute a violation of the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) and [U.S. officials] must know that the Islamic Republic will definitely react to it,” the Ayatollah said.

Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said the Navy has safeguarded national interests through its “powerful and continuous” presence in the high seas, far beyond regional waters.

In recent years, Iran’s Navy has increased its presence in international waters to protect naval routes and provide security for merchant vessels and tankers, Press TV reported.

Iran is continuing to ship arms to its Middle Eastern proxy in Lebanon — the Hezbollah terrorist organization — and Iranian weapons have also been used against Israel by the Hamas terrorist rulers of Gaza as well. In addition to Hezbollah guerrillas, Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard Corps fighters are also bolstering the government troops defending Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Hana Levi Julian

IAEA Warns Iran Quietly Pushing Limit on Heavy Water

Friday, November 18th, 2016

As Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu predicted from the start, Iran has repeatedly violated the nuclear deal it signed with the P5+1 world powers in Vienna in July 2015.

Tehran has carefully overstepped the limit on how much heavy water it’s allowed to stockpile — 130 tonnes — for the second time since January, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency of the United Nations, which is tasked with enforcing the deal.

The IAEA said in a report released last week that Iran has “slightly” exceeded its 130-tonne soft limit on the stock of heavy water.

On Thursday, the agency warned that the violations have to stop. All six nations who signed the agreement have expressed frustration with the difficulty presented by Iran’s behavior, and the dilemma of what to do about it.

IAEA chief Yukiya Amano said in a speech to the agency’s Board of Governors, “It is important that such situations should be avoided in future in order to maintain international confidence in the implementation of the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.)”

Amano added, “Iran has … made preparations to transfer a quantity of heavy water out of the country… Once it has been transferred, Iran’s stock of heavy water will be below 130 metric tonnes.”

Under the JCPOA, Iran’s domestic nuclear energy needs were estimated to require 130 metric tonnes of heavy water. The remainder was to “be made available for export to the international market.”

Iran’s nuclear development activities are allegedly monitored under the JCPOA — at least, to a point — in exchange for the removal of international sanctions against the Islamic Republic. However, the IAEA has no access to Iran’s military sites, including those where nuclear activities take place.

Hana Levi Julian

EU Seeks Iranian Cooperation to ‘Resolve Problems’ in Middle East

Sunday, October 30th, 2016

European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini met Saturday in Tehran for talks with President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

Mogherini’s visit followed a trilateral meeting on Friday in Moscow between Iranian, Russian and Syrian foreign ministers to discuss developments in Syria, according to Iran’s official FARS news agency.

During his meeting with Mogherini, the Iranian president “underlined the necessity for cutting aid to the terrorist groups,” according to FARS. Rouhani reportedly “called on the EU to use military and political leverage to pressure those states that are supporting the terrorists in the region.”

Mogherini “stressed the necessity for a campaign against the ISIL (Islamic State terrorist group) and Fatah al-Sham (formerly known as al-Nusra) Front as threats to the world…” The EU foreign policy chief was quoted by FARS as saying, “The EU needs Iran’s cooperation as a key and important power to resolve problems in the region.”

(Yes, these are real quotes.)

Hana Levi Julian

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