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Category Archives: Iran
Richard Potter interviews Masoud Banisadr a former member of the controversial Iranian opposition group Mojahedin-e-Khalq (MEK, PMOI) and author of the book “Memoirs of an Iranian Rebel.”
(Updated) Senator Chuck Schumer promises more Iran sanctions, vows to ‘defeat’ Arab world and Palestinians
New York Senator Chuck Schumer railed against the deal the Obama administration struck with Iran in a Sunday evening speech to an Orthodox Jewish organization. Schumer said, “Democrats and Republicans are going to work together to see that we don’t let up on these sanctions…until Iran gives up not only its nuclear weapons, but all nuclear weapon capability, all enriched uranium.” The remarks were an indication of the potential difficulties the Obama administration will have in convincing hawks to hold off on new sanctions.
The story behind the deal: Israel kept out of the loop as secret US/Iran meetings took place in Oman
Details have emerged the U.S. had been holding secret meetings with Iranian officials in the Omani capital of Muscat since last March, facilitated by Sultan Qaboos of Oman.
A twitter debate about Iran with Michael Doran, a senior fellow at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy, reveals Doran’s bias.
Naftali Bennett’s talk at the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan veered from Israel’s status as a “lighthouse nation” to why the peace process was doomed to fail. But the main event of his discussion with neoconservative Dan Senor was the right-wing star’s warnings about why the U.S. should not strike a deal with Iran. “If a decade from now, God forbid, a nuclear suitcase blows up in an American city, we will be able to trace it back to these days,” Bennett told the crowd. The HaBayit HaYehudi leader urged for Western sanctions to be ramped up on Iran three days before talks over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear energy program will kick off again in Geneva, with many signs pointing to a deal.
The Emergency Committee for Israel is warning that President Barack Obama can’t keep promises–whether it’s on health care or Iran. The neoconservative group’s latest video warns that the American people can’t trust the president, and that he’s the one marching towards a war with Iran. It’s the latest salvo from right-wingers seeking to scuttle a diplomatic deal with Iran over its nuclear energy program.
The conventional narrative about sanctions on Iran is that they are meant for leverage for an eventual deal over the country’s nuclear energy program. But some analysts, like the National Iranian American Council’s Jamal Abdi, fear that the economic pressure could end up scuttling a deal. “The danger now is…the sanctions are never going to be lifted. That just like with Iraq, these are sanctions not put in place as leverage, but to prevent rapprochement and prevent diplomacy and build a well between the two countries to eventually get to a war,” Abdi said in an interview on Sunday.
Iran’s inalienable right to a peaceful, domestic nuclear energy program is affirmed by international law via the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), yet the United States believes it can dictate which rights countries are entitled to on a case by case basis. In fact, Undersecretary Wendy Sherman said as much at her recent Senate appearance.
Is this the end of the special relationship? A deal for Iran to limit its nuclear enrichment is said to have been reached in Geneva, and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu slammed John Kerry for agreeing to any such terms, calling it “the deal of the century” for Iran. Netanyahu hinted at military action. “This is a very bad deal and Israel utterly rejects it…. Israel is not obliged by this agreement and Israel will do everything it needs to do to defend itself.”
Chuck Hagel tells Jeffrey Goldberg “I think that Iran is responding to the constant pressure from Israel, knowing that Israel believes them to be an existential threat,” which may be considered a surprising compliment for Netanyahu, who seems intent on subverting any détente between Washington and Teheran.
Leaders of four rightwing Jewish organizations met with the president last Tuesday and reportedly agreed to suspend lobbying for more sanctions on Iran in exchange for Obama agreeing not to lift any existing sanctions on Iran in forthcoming talks
What Comes Next: The one state/two state debate is irrelevant as Israel and the US consolidate Greater Israel
We are excited to share Noam Chomsky’s addition to our series “What Comes Next?: A forum on the end of the two-state paradigm.” Chomsky argues the one state/two state debate is crucially flawed because it ignores a third option that Israel is pursuing with constant US support – the consolidation of Greater Israel. This reality not only means Palestinians will continue to live under an ongoing occupation, but also that any hopes for a regional peace settlement with Iran is highly unlikely.
Israel’s handwringing about Iran’s nuclear program is ironic in light of Israel’s own nuclear-weapons program — often called the world’s “worst-kept secret” because of the taboo surrounding any public discussion of its existence.
Reuters reports on Netanyahu’s failure to churn up momentum towards war with Iran. If anything he is losing ground as hopes for a diplomatic detente has taken over.
British diplomat Peter Jenkins casts doubt on one of Benjamin Netanyahu’s central claims made at the UN: that the Iranian president wrote that he duped the West while negotiating with them over Iran’s nuclear energy program.
Israel’s painful concessions are like Iran’s one nuclear weapon, a fantasy concocted for an audience that doesn’t believe a word Netanyahu says. Netanyahu’s so-called concessions are without specifics – as in where are Israel’s borders, what will happen with Israel’s settlements and how a Palestinian state can be achieved where there is so little land, no continuity, no military and no foreign policy allowed. Israel’s concessions are unilateral power grabs.
The Israeli Prime Minister is a lot more comfortable describing the new Iranian president as a “wolf in sheep’s clothing” than he is addressing the Palestinian issue. Today he delivered an an utterly predictable speech at the United Nations General Assembly aimed at spoiling the positive atmosphere left over from Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s visit.
‘Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your fears’: More predictions before Netanyahu’s big day at the UN
Here are the latest predictions on Netanyahu’s speech tomorrow to the U.N. General Assembly from intrepid Mondoweiss readers.
Today, Netanyahu is in Washington for a meeting with President Obama. It’s a bit ridiculous, though, that these two nuclear powers will butt heads over how to keep Iran from developing one nuclear weapon. I doubt either Netanyahu or Obama see the evident irony. This is the colonial question of questions. Why we can have weapons of mass destruction. Why they cannot have the same weapons.
Daniel Levy’s current article at Foreign Policy, Maximum Bibi, breaks down Netanyahu’s urgent dilemma given the “diplomatic opening” created by the election of Rouhani as Iran’s president.
On Friday we put out the call for predictions on what Benjamin Netanyahu might bring to the U.N. this week and our readers delivered.
Danielle Pletka of American Enterprise Institute said biggest danger of Iran getting nukes is Iran being a normal country
When you hear all this hoopla about how an Iranian official FINALLY admitted the historical reality of the Holocaust, remember these statements from previous Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
However awkwardly spoken or translated, Hourani’s statements represent a huge opportunity for Jews and the international community’s discussion on Israel. What Jewish leader in America or Israel is willing to take up Rouhani’s offer, to take their own political risk and to meet him halfway?
Rudy Giuliani, John Bolton and Michael Steele all spoke at a rally Tuesday outside the UN organized by an Iranian expatriate group hell-bent on overthrowing the Iranian government. The MEK-organized event had one uniform message: stop Iraq from cracking down on MEK members and halt the Obama administration from carrying out talks with the new Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani. One speaker, former Rep. Patrick Kennedy, said that Rouhani ought to be thrown out of the UN.