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Pots & Kettles: Iran Calling for ‘United Front’ against ‘Extremists’

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

(JNi.media) Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Monday called to forge a united front to fight extremists in the Middle East, assuring the world’s nations that Iran is ready to help “bring about democracy” in Syria and Yemen, AFP reported. But he didn’t stop there, with promises of democracy in the most tortured part of the Middle East today, where Iranian forces, along with Hezbollah, the remnants of the Syrian army and now Russian forces. Making his first address to the UN General Assembly since the nuclear deal, Rouhani extended an invitation “to the whole world and especially the countries in my region to form a joint comprehensive plan of action to create a united front against extremism and violence.”

As many recall, in early September, Rouhani’s own “supreme leader,” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, announced that at least one country in his region, Israel, would not exist in another quarter century. “I’d say (to Israel) that they will not see (the end) of these 25 years,” Khamenei announced. “God willing, there will be no such thing as a Zionist regime in 25 years,” he continued. “Until then, struggling, heroic and jihadi morale will leave no moment of serenity for Zionists.”

While bringing democracy to the area just north of Israel, presumably. Rouhani said the peace-loving nations of the region should approach regional problems through dialogue, to put a stop to the slaughter of innocent civilians, and build democracies in the region.

But Khamenei has said that Iran “needs enmity with the United States” in order to prevent its corrupting influence from weakening the Islamic Revolution. According to analyst DC-based David Daoud, Khamenei is rigidly opposed to any rapprochement with the United States, based on the Ayatollah Khamenei’s belief that combating America’s influence is a primary goal of the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Rouhani spoke after Russian President Vladimir Putin called for a “broad coalition” to stamp out the Islamic State, stressing the need to involve the Damascus regime in the war. “The gravest and most important threat to the world today is for terrorist organizations to become terrorist states,” said Rouhani.

According to Daoud, Tehran coordinates and supports its proxies, mainly through the elite Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps – Quds Force (IRGC-QF), led by Qassem Suleimani. The US Treasury Department has designated the IRGC-QF and its commander for activities related to the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and support for terrorism, including providing material support to the Taliban and other terrorist groups. The Justice Department cited the group as responsible for “sensitive covert operations abroad, including terrorist attacks, assassinations and kidnappings, and is believed to sponsor attacks against Coalition Forces in Iraq.”

Rouhani spoke after President Barack Obama attacked the Russian and Iranian support for Assad. Obama described Assad as a “tyrant … who drops barrel bombs to massacre innocent children.”

Emirati Business Leader Slams Obama, Euro Leaders on IranDeal

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

An Emirati business leader and writer has stepped out on a limb to harshly criticize the nuclear deal with Iran reached by U.S.-led world powers.

Khalaf Ahmad Al-Habtoor slammed the side deal reached between Iran and the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency in a series of articles written last month in the UAE English-language daily The National, all of which were gathered by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).

The Emirati businessman wrote that this deal proves that an organization “known for its professionalism and stringent monitoring” has been politicized by the agreement’s signers. Bluntly, he wrote, the signers are either seeking to cut lucrative trade deals with Iran or, in the case of U.S. President Barack Obama, are aiming to cement their legacy.

Al-Habtoor wrote that the self-monitoring arrangement agreed to by the IAEA belies Obama’s assertion that the deal between Iran and the P5+1 would enjoy “unprecedented verification.”

He added that he cannot understand why Iran, with its unbroken record of hostility to the West, is being treated so deferentially in comparison with Saddam Hussein’s Iraq.

“When I first learned from the news that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) had signed a secret agreement permitting Iran to self-monitor at least one of its major nuclear sites, I shrugged off the news as a figment of someone’s heated imagination,” he wrote.

“It is inconceivable that the world’s nuclear watchdog, known for its professionalism and stringent monitoring, would sign off on something so bizarre – or so I initially believed.

“Iraq, whose nuclear activities, both civilian and military, were dismantled following the Gulf War, certainly did not get off that lightly. Even after years of intrusive inspections, the IAEA under the directorship of Mohammed ElBaradei declined to present Iraq’s deserved clean bill of health to the UN Security Council prior to the US-led invasion.

“Yet the Islamic Republic of Iran, that has been spinning thousands of centrifuges to enrich uranium beyond accepted civilian levels and has refused to come clean on its past activities in this sphere, is trusted to inspect itself.”

This disparity, he pointed out, fuels suspicions that the agreement, and its “farcical verification procedures,” are part of a broader strategy of deliberately empowering Iran to fit a geopolitical end-game.

“My view broadly reflects the opinions of many of Iran’s neighbors, who are rightly fearful that the lifting of sanctions will see Iran’s coffers overflowing into the hands of its armed proxies.

“President Obama has repeatedly countered our concerns on the grounds that curbing Iran’s nuclear ambitions for 10 years is better than no deal. I did not find his arguments credible then, but now that the existence of secret side agreements have come to the fore, my suspicions that Iran is being deliberately empowered to fit a geopolitical end-game are heightened.

“I would love to know why a country that has been hostile to Western powers and their allies since its inception in 1979 is being so rewarded. Or is this animosity with the West just a farce to fool us?” In a second article also in August, Al-Habtoor slammed European countries, as well as the U.S., for the sudden change in their attitude towards Iran.

He noted that European countries, which until very recently was treated Tehran as a bitter enemy, are now rushing headlong to reopen their embassies there and to invite Iranian leaders to visit their capitals. This, despite the fact that Iran has given no indication that it means to change its ways, such as the suppression of minorities and its support of terrorism.

“European capitals are eyeing up lucrative trade deals and planning to reopen their embassies in Tehran. Iranian-Russian trade is set to expand exponentially… Iran’s oil industry is gearing up to expand production of crude to pre-sanctions levels, which could see already depressed oil prices spiraling to new lows.

Exclusive: Abbas’s UN Bombshell Revealed, and Why it Doesn’t Matter

Sunday, September 20th, 2015

For those of you who have not been following this story, let me bring you up to date. Abu Mazen (Abbas), who is the current Chairman of the Palestinian Authority, threatened two weeks ago to step down from his position.

I guess Abbas expected his threat to make waves in the press, but considering this his 5th time threatening to step down, he is now known as the little boy who cried wolf and no one took his announcement seriously.

What Will Abbas Do For Attention? Abbas is expected to speak at the UN General Assembly on September 29th. The last time the PA Chairman visited the UN, he failed terribly as he tried to get the UN to accept Palestine as a State and let’s just say; close but no cigar.

With the Palestine State declaration a failure, every political analyst is playing the guessing game as to the new “bomb” Abbas has threatened to drop on the U.N. (Sorry, the pun was just too funny not to use)

Some contemplate he will announce the cancellation of the Oslo Accords. If he does, I for one will celebrate! The Oslo accords are the biggest farce of a peace deal and has caused thousands of deaths. The only thing the Oslo accords did was give radical Muslims a fake national claim to parts of Israel.

Go ahead Abu, cancel away!

Others believe he will be announcing his resignation from the Palestine Authority….*Yawn.

Grandma Settler Fortells The Future A good friend of mine stopped over at my house on Shabbat afternoon with his family and his mother.

We were discussing the recent Arab attacks in Jerusalem when his mom interrupted us with statement that silenced the entire house, “You know what Abbas is planning on announcing at the UN, right?”

It took her a couple of seconds to realize we were all staring, waiting for her answer and then it came…

“Abbas is going to say he accepts Israel as the Jewish State and proclaim he is willing to negotiate a full and extensive deal based on the 1967 borders.” There was another pause of silence till I yelled, “Holy cow! you’re right!”

I have absolutely no inside information about what Abu Mazen’s plans are for the UN speech and from what I hear, neither do his closest aids, BUT, what Grandma Settler said makes perfect sense!

Abas’s is walking the same path as his predecessor, arch-terrorist, Yasser Arafat.

Arafat proclaimed time and time again that he recognized Israel’s right to exist while he continued to preach terrorism against Israel and continued to support radical jihadist’s war against Israel and in response, he was given the Nobel Peace prize. Abu Mazen is about to do the same thing!

After writing his doctorate on Holocaust denial and constantly stating he will NEVER recognize a Jewish State (and talks about filthy Jews), Abbas will now drop a “bombshell” that he himself designed.

See, Abu Mazen has been such a rabid racist, terrorist and anti-semite for most of his life that when he makes a statement that he recognizes the Jewish right to LIVE, the world will applaud and raise the man who was the brains, backbone and financial sponsor for the 1972 Munich Olympic massacre of 11 Israeli athletes onto a pedestal.

Just in case this is the “bombshell” Abbas is planning, let’s get some things straight…

Israel does not need the permission of an Islamic terrorist to exist. Abbas coming to terms with the reality that Israel exists and is a Jewish State is not a bombshell, it’s a fact.

Now let’s take a look at the second part of the “bombshell”.

IAEA Nixes Resolution to Control Israel’s Nukes

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

Israel has once again escaped an attempt by the Arab bloc to force Israel to submit its nuclear facilities to international scrutiny.

The United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) voted overwhelmingly against the resolution sponsored by Egypt calling for international monitoring of Israel’s nuclear facilities.

This year’s proposal – which is presented annually – was voted down by 61 member nations, including the entire European Union.

Forty-three nations supported the resolution and 33 countries abstained from casting a vote.

The office of Israel’s prime minister hailed what it called a “great victory for Israel in the international arena” following the vote, held Thursday at the International Atomic Energy Agency’s 59th General Conference in Vienna.

“In recent weeks, there has been a combined national effort, led by the Prime Minister and the National Security Council, the Foreign Ministry, and the Atomic Energy Commission,” the office observed in a statement.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday night that he personally had spoken directly with more than 30 presidents, prime ministers and foreign ministers about the importance of the issue.

“I explained that there was no place to hold a discussion of this kind as long as the main problem in the Middle East is Iran’s efforts to arm itself with nuclear weapons and its clear declarations regarding its intention to destroy the State of Israel.

I welcome the fact that the gap in Israel’s favor was significantly larger than the votes in previous years,” he said, adding that he thanked all the countries that supported Israel, and “especially the U.S., Australia and Canada.

“I thank the EU for voting as a single bloc in favor of Israel against the decision,” he added.

The resolution included a clause referring to Israel’s nuclear arsenal as a “permanent threat to peace and security in the region,” and would have forced the Jewish State to become a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, thus placing Israeli nuclear facilities directly under IAEA supervision. Israel has never formally acknowledged any possession of nuclear arms, and maintains an official position of “atomic ambiguity.”

Egypt itself is presently in the process of negotiating construction of its own nuclear facilities with Russia, which has been involved in producing nuclear plants for Iran for more than a decade.

Decrying ‘Dirty Jews‘, Mahmoud Abbas Promises ‘Bombshell’ at UN Speech

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

(JNi.media) PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has promised to “drop a bombshell at the end of my UN speech,” adding, “But I’m not going to reveal the nature of this bombshell,” according to a Wednesday night tweet by journalist Khaled Abu Toameh.

Senior Palestinian Authority official Nabil Shaath told Ma’an on Monday Abbas would use his speech before the UN General Assembly to cancel of some fundamental clauses of the Oslo agreement.

“Israel implements only that which serves her and her interests [in the Oslo Accords], So we, too, will act similarly,” Shaath said, promising that “Abbas will state things clearly — After 22 years, we have not achieved anything out of the Oslo Accords.”

Meanwhile, in a speech at the Muqataa compound in Ramallah, during a welcoming ceremony for a delegation from east Jerusalem, Abbas praised the protesters against the Israeli presence at Temple Mount, and declared that “no Palestinian state will be established without Jerusalem” as its capital.

Abbas stressed that he would not allow Israel to continue in its steps, which are intended, he said, to divide the Al-Aqsa Mosque. He said that

“Al-Aqsa is ours, the Holy Sepulcher is also ours. They have no right to dirty the mosque with their filthy feet, we won’t let them do it.”

The past three days have seen violent clashes on the Temple Mount between Israeli security forces and stone throwing Arabs, enraged over Israeli plans to examine the possibility of sharing the area with Jewish visitors. On Wednesday morning, security forces broke into the Al-Aqsa mosque following intelligence information on masked young Arabs who had barricaded themselves there overnight in order to throw stones at Jewish visitors in the morning.

Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at dozens of barricaded youths, injuring 16, according to Al Jazeera. The Temple Mount riots led to a wave of violent acts by Arabs in Jerusalem, with masked Arabs throwing stones and Molotov cocktails at police and attacking Jewish passersby.

In Defense of Ambassador Danny Danon

Monday, August 17th, 2015

The left are frothing at the mouth at the appointment of Minister Danny Danon as Israel’s Ambassador to the UN. Primarily, because he’s a rightwing ideologue, and will unapologetically represent the views of the majority of Israel’s citizens and of the current government of Israel.

The left not only hates those views, they simply can’t understand how any positions other than capitulation can be defensible to the world.

Some on the right are complaining too, considering Danon to be a thorn in Netanyahu’s side, and this is Netanyahu’s way of getting rid of his political problem, at the expense of making a nondiplomatic appointment to an critical position.

But they’re both wrong.

The Left, brought us the Oslo disaster and its subsequent terror attacks, the recent Lebanon wars, the Disengagement and the Gaza wars. There’s no need to rebut their worldview. They’ve done it for themselves.

And besides, they froth at the mouth at every rightwing appointment.

For the Right, they need to consider something important. Only two people have truly and successfully challenged Prime Minister Netanyahu over the years for leadership of the Likud, Moshe Feiglin and Danny Danon.

While Feiglin successfully challenged Netanyahu by bringing his followers into the Likud from the outside, Danon managed to work inside the existing institutions, convincing Netanyahu’s own Likud people to join his team instead.

Repeatedly Netanyahu found Danon ruling the very same internal Likud institutions where Netanyahu should have been the unchallenged leader.

It’s precisely the fact that Danon managed to be a thorn in Netanyahu’s side, building up a strong coalition of followers, right under Netanyahu’s watchful gaze, indicates Danon’s ability to quietly organize and convince people to follow him.

Our former Foreign Minister, Avigdor Liberman proved that Right-leaning diplomats, working behind the scenes, confident in our country’s political positions were able to convince other countries to vote and stand with us in the international arena.

Danon sees himself as a contender for the position of Prime Minister. I suspect Netanyahu sees that potential in Danon too. There are many similarities between the two of them.

It’s no coincidence that Danny Danon reminds people of the young Bibi Netanyahu.

The fact that Danon was able to outplay Netanyahu in his own playground, proves Danon has the skills and capabilities that will be useful in the backrooms of the UN, quietly building up coalitions that will support Israel, while forcefully defending Israel at the podium, from a position of strength.

Netanyahu appointing Danon isn’t about getting rid of a thorn, it’s about preparing another qualified candidate. A potential leader who Netanyahu may dislike now because of the challenges he creates, but one who Netanyahu also trusts over the long term because of his unwavering ideology and skills — for the inevitable day when Netanyahu decides to step down.

Minister Danny Danon Appointed Israeli Ambassador to the UN

Friday, August 14th, 2015

Prime Minister Netanyahu decided to appoint Minister of Science, Technology and Space Danny Danon (Likud), to be the new Israeli Ambassador to the UN, according to a Maariv report.

He’ll be replacing Ambassador Ron Prosor.

Danon and Netanyahu haven’t always had the smoothest of relationships.

Danon began in the Knesset in 2009 and was a deputy defense minister in the previous government, until Netanyahu fired him following their open dispute during Operation Protective Edge.

Over the years, Danon challenged Netanyahu a number of times for key positions in the Likud party, including the premiership.

This position gets Danon out of Netanyahu’s hair (and government) for a while, while putting Danon’s experience and ideology to work for Israel at the UN.

Danon thanked the Prime Minister for the position and for trusting him to represent Israel at the UN during such a challenging time.

Replacing Danon on the Likud list, will most likely be Canadian-born Sharon Haskel.

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