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The good news from Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech on Iran’s “secret atomic archive” yesterday is that it was so cheaply theatrical that it is being widely dismissed as vaudeville. He used the word secret 15 times, and in the encore pulled back a black curtain on his evidence, proclaiming, “I just revealed something the world has never seen before.”

The bad news is that the world doesn’t matter; Netanyahu obviously pitched his message to one person, Donald Trump, who is moved by cheap theatrics; and lobbying Trump to go to war against Iran looks to be a far better bet than lobbying his predecessor, Barack Obama. Under similar pressure three years ago, Obama said that only one country in the world was against the deal, Israel, and that it would be an “abrogation of my constitutional duty” to defer to Israel rather than the American people.

Alas, Trump isn’t so fussy.

The overnights on the speech were almost all negative. Reuters:

Intelligence experts and diplomats said he did not seem to have presented a “smoking gun” showing that Iran had violated the agreement, although he may have helped make a case on behalf of hawks in the U.S. administration who want to scrap it.

Most of the purported evidence Netanyahu unveiled dated to the period before the 2015 accord was signed, although he said Iran had also kept important files on nuclear technology since then, and continued adding to its “nuclear weapons knowledge”.

Former Obama security aide Rob Malley:

For those who have followed the Iranian nuclear file, there is nothing new in Bibi’s presentation. All it does is vindicate need for the nuclear deal But the Israeli prime minister has an audience of one: Trump And he’s unfortunately unlikely to reach the same conclusion.

Noga Tarnopolsky:

Can anyone remember the last time a Head of Government announced a major emergency address to his nation, then spoke in a foreign language using graphics incomprehensible to his own citizens?

J Street:

Prime Minister Netanyahu is doing an amazing job making the case for an international agreement to provide unprecedented monitoring and inspections of Iran’s nuclear program to ensure it cannot produce nuclear weapons.

Carlos Latuff on Netanyahu’s audience of one.

The concern is that Netanyahu is whispering in Trump’s ear for a war on Iran in Syria– even as Israel has struck Syria again, killing 26 people, and is preparing to carry out another massacre on Israel’s border with Gaza. “The bogus pretext for war: Iran lied about their nuclear program before the nuclear deal, therefore the nuclear deal should be scrapped, even though inspections are ultra-invasive and foolproof,” writes one anonymous foreign policy observer.

J Street tweeted out Netanyahu’s last successful push for an American war, the invasion of Iraq. Netanyahu told Congress in 2002:

If you take out Saddam’s regime, I guarantee you that it will have enormous positive reverberations on the region…. I think people sitting right next door in Iran will say the time of such regimes, such despots is over…

There is no question whatsoever that Saddam is seeking and is working and is advancing toward the development nuclear weapons.. No question whatsoever.. Once he acquires them, history shifts immediately.

This time Netanyahu is missing some of his neoconservative consort.  One soldier who’s absent this time, Jeffrey Goldberg; the Atlantic calls the Netanyahu presentation “strange” and says it’s all based on old conduct. Another unimpressed warhorse, Richard Haass of CFR, is retweeted by Obama’s former ambassador Daniel Shapiro:

Nothing stated by Israel PM or WH contradicts that Iran in compliance w JCPOA and best US policy is to live with it, counter Iranian push for regional primacy

Unfortunately the New York Times is parroting Netanyahu. It publishes a wheedling page 1 article by David Halbfinger, David Sanger, and Israeli hawk Ronen Bergman in which you have to wait until paragraph 17 to discover it’s all about the past, nothing new at all, on a par with Netanyahu’s cartoon bomb diagram at the UN. Lest you forget:

Netanyahu addressing the United Nations General Assembly on September 27, 2012.

The foreign minister of Iran reminds us of that stunt:

BREAKING: The boy who can’t stop crying wolf is at it again. Undeterred by cartoon fiasco at UNGA. You can only fool some of the people so many times.

Today Netanyahu has released more of the magic act, this one where he pulls black curtains on loose leaf binders and CDs.

“Iran lied through its teeth,” he says in that performance, two days after telling Mike Pompeo,  “Iran is trying to gobble up one country after the other.”

Netanyahu now promises to lobby Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron, just days after they met with Donald Trump.

Few are pointing out what should be noted: Netanyahu is under investigation at home for corruption, with many expecting indictments. “Any report on Netanyahu’s speech about Iran must explain that many, in Israel and elsewhere, believe he is distracting from the multiple corruption probes that are targeting him and his wife, Sara,” writes James North. The NY Times article doesn’t mention Netanyahu’s fears of investigation(s) until the 33rd paragraph, right near the end. The Washington Post never mentions it.

It’s springtime for neocons. The Foundation for the Defense of Democracies is pushing the Netanyahu line.

Simple takeaway from Netanyahu presentation: Iran regime conducted nuclear weaponization activities, lied to the IAEA and to the world & hid 100,000+ documents, videos, photos with the instructions to restart a nuke weapons program at a time of its choosing.

FDD cites Netanyahu’s former national security adviser, who is a visiting fellow at the Foundation, Jacob Nagel. Sort of like Ronen Bergman the promoter of the Mossad working for the New York Times. This pinball machine never Tilts.

Thanks to Scott Roth.

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  1. Xpat on May 1, 2018, 10:43 am

    Netanyahu revealed his true agenda with his little show. The Iranian binders display were in the colors of the Palestinian flag (black, red, green and white), not the colors of the Iranian flag (red, white and green). The distinguishing color, black, is predominant. Palestine is on his mind.

    • Emory Riddle on May 1, 2018, 6:46 pm

      I think Israel is gearing up for a mass slaughter of the Gazans. Forty plus dead and 2,000 injured is not enough.

    • US Citizen on May 1, 2018, 8:32 pm

      I wish US and MSM ‘journalists’ would stop being cowed by AIPAC and talk about Israeli nukes. Whatever Israel accuses Iran of doing, Israel has surely done it already. I’m so sick of the US protecting Israel.

      Israel is the only country in the Middle East that has nuclear weapons and has refused to sign the NNPT and consistently lies about their nuclear arsenal. Everyone knows it.

      When is Israel going to sign the NNPT which Iran has already done?
      When is Israel going to allow IAEA inspections which Iran has already done?

      If the US and Israel want Iranian nuclear transparency, then Israel better be just as transparent.

      Israel’s refusal to sign the NPT and be open about it’s nuclear weaponry makes the US and Israel an open hypocrite when it and Israel rail against Irans nuclear development.

  2. Maghlawatan on May 1, 2018, 11:38 am

    Following his first term as Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu testified to Congress on Sept. 12, 2002 as a private citizen, and advised Congress that a U.S. invasion of Iraq would be “a good choice.”

    The biggest consequences of that good choice was Iranian rule over Iraq.

    The big difference between then and now is that blue collar Americans are sick of dying in pointless wars.

    • JWalters on May 4, 2018, 1:13 am

      Those blue collar Americans need to get clear on the connection.

  3. Maghlawatan on May 1, 2018, 12:11 pm

    Netanyahu talks an awful lot of crap about Iran, the great enemy of Israel. But the real Amalek isn’t Shia. Iran can’t destroy Israel. The settlers will.

  4. JLewisDickerson on May 1, 2018, 12:15 pm

    “A sucker is born every minute.” ~ attributed to P.T. Barnum, apropos for Bibi Netanyahu

    • Jackdaw on May 1, 2018, 12:56 pm


      • amigo on May 1, 2018, 1:19 pm

        gee jackduh , Isroyail lies all the time .it lies about it,s 200 plus nukes and it,s sincerity about the so called 2SS, just two examples.

        Iran hasn,t lied (if they did) since 2006 . So you say.

      • annie on May 1, 2018, 1:47 pm

        jack, i dare you to find even one mention of iran in our 2006 archives.

      • Tuyzentfloot on May 1, 2018, 2:05 pm

        I’m one of the few idiots who believes Iran should be presented as an example for the world in their aversion for nuclear weapons. They applied an unusual amount of wisdom there and never tried to make them while they are surrounded by a lot of unfriendly states.

        China has nuclear weapons but has managed them fairly responsibly.

        The other nuclear powers are hardly examples of responsible behaviour. The worst culprit by far is the US because they drove the arms race, and feel the least restrained but I’m not sure who would come second. Not Israel I think but it can change any moment if they start using low yield nukes.

      • Steve Grover on May 1, 2018, 2:56 pm

        Annie is probably correct because Mondoweiss probably supports Iran having Nuclear weapons pointed at Israel. That is most likely why she is challenging you.
        However Jackdaw, you are correct about Iran lying and here is the PBS News Hour backing you up.

      • annie on May 3, 2018, 12:24 pm

        you are correct about Iran lying and here is the PBS News Hour backing you up.

        that pbs chooses to interview another hawkish neocon, who peddles himself as a so called “Dr” of “physics” (which he is not) is unsurprising. david albright is (notoriously) highly compromised.

        A notable example of Albright’s controversial work is a May 2017 report he coauthored with Olli Heinonen of the neoconservative Foundation for Defense of Democracies that questioned whether Iran was “mass producing advanced gas centrifuges” in violation of international agreements, a claim that would buttress President Donald Trump‘s antagonism to Iran and opposition to the 2015 nuclear agreement. The basis for the article was a mistranslation from Persian of a statement by the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization. According to Albright and Heinonen, this official said that Iran had “initiated” mass production of centrifuges; in fact, he only stated that Tehran had the “capacity” to do so. When confronted with the error, ISIS said they would “re-issue” the report yet stick to its original conclusions. Noted one observer: “In other words, the Good ISIS published a report based entirely on the mistaken belief that Iran had initiated the mass production of advanced uranium centrifuges, but after learning that Iran has not initiated the mass production of advanced uranium centrifuges, that report’s findings haven’t changed.”

        and there’s a LOT more where that came from. check the link.

      • Jackdaw on May 2, 2018, 12:21 am


        I dare you to so obsessing about Israel for 24 hours.

        *you can’t*

      • annie on May 2, 2018, 12:51 am

        just for you jack

      • Jackdaw on May 2, 2018, 4:18 am

        That righteous Jew had more balls than you, Phil or Adam together. He talking Truth to Power.

        You ‘keyboard tough guys’ are physical cowards. You’re even too weak to even confront your obsessive/compulsive demons and ‘daddy issues’, much less vanquish them.

      • Mooser on May 2, 2018, 12:14 pm

        “You’re even too weak to even confront your obsessive/compulsive demons and ‘daddy issues’, much less vanquish them.”

        “Jackdaw”, you are the one who will have to convince yourself that making aliyah-oops was the right thing to do. Don’t expect Mondo to do it for you.

      • Jackdaw on May 3, 2018, 10:26 am

        Moosie! My schpichalla!

      • annie on May 3, 2018, 12:53 pm

        i’m so glad you liked the video jack. when i encountered it i was reminded of you, the crow-like cawing, like a jackdaw.

      • Jackdaw on May 3, 2018, 2:18 pm


        I loved the video.
        Trayon is eating a bagel and cream cheese while being berated by a rabbi. Priceless.

      • annie on May 3, 2018, 5:14 pm

        when the guy near him tries to tell him he’s disrupting the meeting (city council i think) and the rabbi puts his hands up and says “you’re disrupting my LIFE” he sounds just like woody allen.

  5. Jackdaw on May 1, 2018, 12:21 pm

    You can mock Bibi, but at the end of the day, Israel succeeded.

    • amigo on May 1, 2018, 12:36 pm

      Jackduh makes a bid to out do nietanyahoo as the funniest man alive.

      Given some of the comments you make here , you just might be in with a shot.

      Btw , what did Isroyail succeed in doing.

      • Mooser on May 1, 2018, 1:07 pm

        “Jackdaw”, ask Trump how those steel tariffs are going for him. Iran will go about the same.

      • zaid on May 1, 2018, 1:15 pm

        they succeed in bringing 80,000 of Iran loyal fighters to Israel border.

        Good luck

      • eljay on May 1, 2018, 2:01 pm

        || Jackdaw: … at the end of the day, Israel succeeded. ||

        || amigo: … Btw , what did Isroyail succeed in doing. ||

        It succeeded in singling out the world’s only Iranian state.

      • amigo on May 1, 2018, 3:05 pm

        “It succeeded in singling out the world’s only Iranian state.” eljay

        Indeed , but I was not expecting a reply.

      • eljay on May 1, 2018, 7:22 pm

        || amigo: “It succeeded in singling out the world’s only Iranian state.” eljay

        Indeed , but I was not expecting a reply. ||

        Yeah, I was kind of just throwing that out there.  :-)

      • Jackdaw on May 2, 2018, 10:42 am

        “they succeed in bringing 80,000 of Iran loyal fighters to Israel border. ”

        Yeah. Poor Hazara tribesmen fleeing their homeland in Afghanistan only to be sent by Iran as cannon fodder against Syrian rebels and ISIS.

        Don’t you just love Iran?

      • DaBakr on May 2, 2018, 7:44 pm

        It succeeded in humiliating the tyrannical unelected mullah regime beyond what seemed possible. In fact, most journalists are ignoring Netanyahu’s theatrics about nukes and focusing on the big story about the audacity of hauling over a ton of intelligence out of central Tehran without incident.

      • oldgeezer on May 2, 2018, 9:19 pm


        Lol you must be reading a single news article over and over. Most of the press is covering the fact that there is nothing new disclosed and speculating that trump will be fooled anyway.

        Really do baker? You believe that they actually managed to steal decade old material from Iran?? Gullible must be your middle name.

      • annie on May 2, 2018, 10:54 pm

        hauling over a ton of intelligence out of central Tehran without incident.

        you’ve got to be the most gullible person! have you even looked at what people are saying all over the internet? there’s nothing new. speculation is they probably hacked into the IAEA and got their hands on stuff iran turned over in the run up to negotiations. the idea mossad went to some warehouse in tehran has been thoroughly debunked

        everyone says there’s nothing new.

      • Jackdaw on May 3, 2018, 10:23 am

        @doubting Annie

        You will have a hard time explaining the photographs of the inside of the warehouse full of floor safes, not to mention that the 50,000 documents are all written in Farsi.

      • zaid on May 3, 2018, 6:50 pm

        Well they defeated Isis and are still present in syria and growing in numbers .

        Good luck

      • oldgeezer on May 3, 2018, 8:09 pm


        You must still be reading that same article over and over.

        Not that hard to explain. This is all info that the IAEA had in Vienna. They would have had pictures of all facilities as well.

    • Kay24 on May 2, 2018, 6:16 am

      More like succeeded in making a jackass of himself. The entire world is laughing at him, and does not believe him….with a history of lying, we cannot blame them.

      • DaBakr on May 2, 2018, 8:18 pm

        Your fooling yourself if you think the only Intel in the 1.5 tonnes was all old Intel about nukes. As has been repeated, this info is not new. New standard of proof, possibly but no agency would risk that much if it was only to gain old info and try and convince trump to void the ‘best bad deal’ Obama could make. I don’t like Jeffery Goldberg all that much but I agree with him that Netanyahu is weird. The whole presentation was weird and a lot of israelis think so too.

        You can believe the totalitarian mullah regime is the only “iranian” state but they believe with all their power that they are an Islamic Republic. not unlike a Jewish democracy except the Islamic Republic citizens can’t vote the regime out of power. But I can see, on MW where there is a zero tolerance of anything but anti-israeli zionist hatred nothing mossad did could ever be conceded without risk of excommunication from the cult. y’all have to remain amazed in utter silence or better yet, remind yourselves of every mossad fail you can think of to soothe the pain

      • annie on May 2, 2018, 10:44 pm

        no agency would risk that much if it was only to gain old info and try and convince trump to void the ‘best bad deal’ Obama could make.

        what do you mean “risk that much”? do you mean their reputation. i think they want to convince trump so they’d do literally anything they thought they could get away with, it only has to look somewhat plausible. they don’t have a lot of options. either a false flag trying to get iran to react, more bombings, more fake news. anything they do will be suspect because they have nothing new to work with. so, i think you’re wrong. sometimes gov agencies just do what they’re told.

        either way the jig is up. this is from i24news

      • eljay on May 3, 2018, 7:32 am

        || @Daar: … @ej
        You can believe the totalitarian mullah regime is the only “iranian” state … ||

        There’s more than one Iranian state in the world? Where are the other ones located?

        || … but they believe with all their power that they are an Islamic Republic. not unlike a Jewish [State] … ||

        I agree: Both “Islamic State” and “Jewish State” are unjust and immoral constructs. Neither Iran nor Israel should exist as a supremacist state of any kind.

        || … But I can see, on MW where there is a zero tolerance of anything but anti-israeli zionist hatred nothing mossad did could ever be conceded without risk of excommunication from the cult. … ||

        Nonsense: I’m willing to concede that mossad is responsible for making Iran an “Islamic State”.

      • DaBakr on May 5, 2018, 1:27 am

        @[email protected]@m

        Your standard argument is to immediately claim anything mossad does is a lie, false flag, or some other failure. Unless of course the story is one that is supportive of your anti-israel agenda.
        Meanwhile The only people not saying much at all, have denied irg were killed in Syria, and generally is not commenting are the mullahs. Iran already tried to retaliate with an armed drone that was forced down. And they weren’t prepared for IDF/US ability to penetrate air defence around t4 arms depot. I’m sure you think this is some fantasy as well. Suit yourself.

      • eljay on May 5, 2018, 8:58 am

        || @Daak: @[email protected]@m

        Your standard argument is to immediately claim anything mossad does is a lie, false flag, or some other failure. … ||

        Where did I claim that what mossad did was “a lie, false flag, or some other failure”?

        Jeezus, man, you’re so desperate to hate me with your anti-eljay hatred that you can’t even accept the fact that I agree with you that mossad is responsible for making Iran an “Islamic State”.

    • Misterioso on May 2, 2018, 10:58 am

      The Guardian, April 30/18
      “Nuclear deal: Netanyahu accuses Iran of cheating on agreement”

      “Israeli PM claims ‘new and conclusive proof’ shows Iran hid nuclear weapons, though evidence had been seen by UN watchdog”

      “…key documents highlighted by Netanyahu had previously been seen by the UN nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), as early as 2005 and made public by the agency in 2011.”

      “The IAEA judged that substantial work on nuclear weapons development ceased in 2003, and that there was no evidence of weapons research after 2009. Under the 2015 nuclear deal, the task of investigating Iran’s nuclear past was handed to the IAEA.”

      “Olli Heinonen, the former chief inspector of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said his department first saw the documentation that Netanyahu presented in 2005. The safeguards department that Heinonen ran came to the conclusion that the evidence of weapon design work known as the Amad project was credible, but that substantial work on the project ceased in 2003. Heinonen gave a classified briefing on Amad to the IAEA board in 2008.

      “After watching Netanyahu’s presentation, Heinonen said: ‘I just saw a lot of pictures I had seen before.’

      “’Some of the images that we saw I briefed to the board in closed session in February 2008,’ Heinonen said. He added that the IAEA did not see the full archive of Amad documentation, but was given the most important evidence. The IAEA made public some of its evidence on Iran’s past nuclear weapons work in 2011. It found that some research work had continued after 2003, but found no evidence of such research activities after 2009.”
      “Is Iran really a nuclear threat?”
      “Investigative journalist Gareth Porter dispels some of the myths surrounding Iran’s nuclear programme.” By Mersiha Gadzo. 23 Apr 2018 – Al Jazeera.

      “Most recently, the press reported earlier this month that Yossi Cohen, head of Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency, stated he is ‘100 percent certain’ that Iran is seeking to build a nuclear weapon.

      “And yet, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has released eight statements over the years confirming that Tehran has been meeting its nuclear commitments fully.”

      “Al Jazeera: “We heard yet another claim earlier this month, this time from the chief of Mossad, that Iran is planning to build a nuclear bomb. You’ve uncovered a wealth of evidence that proves Iran is not a threat. What are some of the most important pieces of evidence?

      “Gareth Porter [historian, investigative journalist]: I think the most important set of documentary evidence is the so-called ‘laptop’ documents. Those were documents that were supposedly [smuggled out] from a covert Iranian nuclear weapons research programme in the early 2000s, but I was able to show in my book that these documents were in fact passed on to Western intelligence by the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq (MEK), who of course were sworn enemies of the regime.”

      “The Israelis had both the motive and the opportunity to manufacture these documents that Mossad had created, a special programme to circulate ‘information’ about the Iranian nuclear programme to other governments and the news media of the world in 2003. That was just when these documents would have been produced.

      “There are multiple indications that these documents are forgeries – the most important of which are the drawings of what is alleged to be in the documents, a series of efforts to make a nuclear weapon with the Iranian Shahab 3 missile.

      “These drawings actually show the wrong missile warhead. It’s a missile warhead that the Iranians are known now to have abandoned by the time these drawings were supposedly brought into existence. It is the most important giveaway that these documents were not genuine; they were fake.”

      “This time the US and allies are concerned with Iran’s ballistic missile programme. Why are they focused on Iran’s programme when other countries have ballistic missile programmes as well? Have we seen any credible evidence that proves that Iran is a threat that should be carefully watched?

      “Porter: It’s absolutely clear that Iran has simply used ballistic missiles as a deterrent far more than any other state in the Middle East because they do not have an air force. They do not have fighter jets or fighter-bombers that could deliver any conventional weapons as a retaliation for an attack on Iran. And that has been the case since the Islamic Republic of Iran was established in 1979.

      “The other major players in the Middle East, including Israel and Saudi Arabia, both have ballistic missiles that are capable of hitting Iran. This is very clearly a matter of self-defence in terms of deterrence for Iran. And I think the reason for the United States taking a position that it has, has nothing to do with the reality of the situation; this is pure politics – both international and domestic that have governed the position of US government – not just under Trump but under George W Bush and Obama as well.”

    • JLewisDickerson on May 3, 2018, 10:40 am

      RE: “[A]t the end of the day, Israel succeeded.” ~ Jackdaw


      Turning on Russia
      April 29, 2018
      In this first of a two-part series, Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould trace the origins of the neoconservative targeting of Russia.
      By Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould
      LINK ➤

      Turning on Russia, Part Two
      April 30, 2018
      In the second part of this two-part series, Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould explore how neo-conservatives, behind the scenes, took control of U.S. foreign policy.
      By Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould
      LINK ➤

      • JWalters on May 4, 2018, 1:18 am

        I second your recommendation of those two articles.

  6. amigo on May 1, 2018, 12:22 pm

    I thought I was viewing an SNL skit but couldn,t figure out who was playing the part of the little Boy crying wolf.

    Anyone believe SNL will do a skit on nuttyahoo,s “Much ado about nothing ” . It has the potential to create ground breaking viewer numbers or should that be , ground breaking viewer numbness.

    • Kathleen on May 1, 2018, 11:13 pm

      SNL never steps out of line with anything having to do with Israel. No matter what Israel does. Silence on SNL. No problem ripping up other world leaders

      • on May 2, 2018, 11:10 am

        Why is that?

  7. eljay on May 1, 2018, 12:39 pm

    … Netanyahu obviously pitched his message to one person, Donald Trump, who is moved by cheap theatrics …

    Prez Trump: No war on Iran unless I get to be Grand Marshal of the Israeli Day Parade again, Bibi. I don’t just make deals – I make the most fabulous deals you’ll ever see, trust me!
    King Bibi: You drive a hard bargain, Donald! But…well, okay.
    Prez Trump: Sweet! Now let’s go to war…

  8. Ossinev on May 1, 2018, 12:54 pm


    You just can`t muzzle a stellar bullshiter who loves the sound of his own bullshit.
    Loved his response to the 12 year old boy asking for a “one word sentence”.
    As in a sentence is a SET of words or in the Yahoo`s case invariably a verbal puke.

  9. Brewer on May 1, 2018, 1:48 pm

    Mossad Chief: “Bibi, all those files we confiscated off Vanunu are taking up space in the basement. Can we dump ’em?”
    Netanyahu: “Deliver them to my office. You’ve given me an idea.”

    • JosephA on May 1, 2018, 11:45 pm

      I vote that this is the best comment yet. Thank you.

      • Brewer on May 2, 2018, 7:33 pm

        Thanks JA. It sprang, fully formed, into my head whilst watching Netanyahu’s exhibition of hypocritical obfuscation. Was there ever such a display of exceptionalism? It truly is a national psychosis.

    • Jackdaw on May 2, 2018, 4:22 am

      Very funny, except that Vanunu never stole any files. He smuggled a camera into Dimona and snapped photos.

      • shaun patrick on May 2, 2018, 9:02 am

        In 2002 in front of Congress Netanyahu lies that Iraq’s non existent nuclear weapons program was so advanced they had centrifuges the size of washing machines, also in 1996 addressing a joint session of Congress Netanyahu said Iran was extremely close to having a nuclear weapon and we mustn’t forget his UN cartoon show because then Iran was months away from the bomb so no wonder on 11 November 2011 on an open microphone Nicolas Sarkosy then French President said to Obama, Netanyahu lies and Obama replied tell me l have to deal with him every day. He’s a disgrace to Israel.

      • Brewer on May 2, 2018, 7:39 pm

        Thanks JD. I’m doing a study of sense of humour among sociopaths.
        Your comment is useful.

      • zaid on May 3, 2018, 6:52 pm

        Vannunu actuallt took a picture of the assembly of the nuclear device itself.

  10. Brewer on May 1, 2018, 2:26 pm

    May 1 Statement on Iran by the IAEA Spokesperson:

    In December 2015, IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano presented the Final Assessment on past and present outstanding issues regarding Iran’s nuclear programme to the IAEA Board of Governors.

    In the report, the Agency assessed that, before the end of 2003, an organizational structure was in place in Iran suitable for the coordination of a range of activities relevant to the development of a nuclear explosive device. Although some activities took place after 2003, they were not part of a coordinated effort. The Agency’s overall assessment was that a range of activities relevant to the development of a nuclear explosive device were conducted in Iran prior to the end of 2003 as a coordinated effort, and some activities took place after 2003. The Agency also assessed that these activities did not advance beyond feasibility and scientific studies, and the acquisition of certain relevant technical competences and capabilities. The same report stated that the Agency had no credible indications of activities in Iran relevant to the development of a nuclear explosive device after 2009. Based on the Director General’s report, the Board of Governors declared that its consideration of this issue was closed.

    In line with standard IAEA practice, the IAEA evaluates all safeguards-relevant information available to it. However, it is not the practice of the IAEA to publicly discuss issues related to any such information.

  11. Amar on May 1, 2018, 2:38 pm

    “Iran is trying to gobble up one country after the other.”

    The audacity of that statement. Israel has gobbled up most of the Palestinian territories, parts of Jordan, Syria, Egypt (given back), while Iran has not taken anyones territory .

    • Sibiriak on May 1, 2018, 3:23 pm

      Amar: “Israel has gobbled up most of the Palestinian territories, parts of Jordan, Syria, Egypt (given back), while Iran has not taken anyones territory .

      Not to mention this:

    • echinococcus on May 1, 2018, 5:52 pm

      Not to mention that “Israel” is an illegal invader with each inch of its territory stolen by bloody conquest and banditry. It has no land at all that it can call its own.
      And this must be underlined every single time we discuss it.

    • Antidote on May 1, 2018, 10:54 pm

      I also thought this was a rather bizarre example of denial and projection. But then I read this, also from today:

      I guess the Saudis need their shrinking wealth to buy more weapons made in the USA (jobs! profits!), build Trump towers and gulf courses, devastate Yemen, and send more terrorists to Syria and Iran – all for the good of humanity. I have no idea what alleged evidence their is for Iran supporting AQ – past or present. Someone enlighten me .

      As we are told everyday, the US is still the greatest country, its constitution and justice system is still working,, despite the whole Trump mess. Is it? And for whom? How many family members of 9/11 victims will refuse cash taken from the wrongly convicted?

  12. Kay24 on May 1, 2018, 3:05 pm

    If Crooked Bibi had not lied about WMDs in Iraq, not lied about Iran going to nuke the world in months, holding up his cartoon bomb, had not disrespected Obama and tried to sabotage the Iran nuclear deal, is not under serious investigation for corruption and lies, along with his wife and son, and if other leaders did not call him a liar, he MIGHT have been believable. To think he accused IRAN of blatantly lying. What a joke.

    This has backfired badly on him, made him the laughing stock in the world (yet again), and has made the world, especially the other signatories of this deal, support Iran. This was a coordinated effort by the two pinocchio’s, Trump and Bibi, to give Crooked Trump the excuse to tear up that deal, that the man he hates, Obama, was successful in achieving.

    That was quite the dramatic presentation, with Bibi flipping those black covers to reveal files and discs. Unfortunately not worthy of an Oscar.

  13. Kathleen on May 1, 2018, 10:26 pm

    Not a peep out of Maddow, Hayes, O’Donnell, Matthews about just how insanely absurd it is to have Bb lecturing Iran, the world about WMD’s. Israel who has nuclear weapons and continues to refuse to sign the NPT

    • Tuyzentfloot on May 2, 2018, 4:10 am

      Not a peep out of the whole mainstream press that we have a critical problem with an evil triangle of Saudi Arabia, Israel and the US which is bent on war and escalation. At the moment the simpleminded word ‘evil’ is appropriate.

  14. Kathleen on May 1, 2018, 11:42 pm

    This past Saturday there was a reunion of the Rocky Flats Truth Force here in Boulder. Was an incredible gathering of young and old activist who had been involved with the collecting of data about the now defunct nuclear trigger facility. Many of the activist first involved in the 70’s many until this day. They are now trying to turn the land that Rocky Flats contaminated into a reserve where people could hike and bike. The FBI agent Linsky who led the raid that finally closed the plant down…was there too. Incredible speakers, films etc.

    Anyway we had an opportunity to Skype with Dr. Daniel Ellsberg. He had been involved with shutting down the “Tracks” in 78. We were able to ask Dr. Ellsberg questions via the host. My question was the first to be asked. It was lengthy and had to do with the main stream media’s and the U.S. government’s willingness to go along with Israel’s charade hiding their nuclear weapons in the shadows, not signing the NPT. Here is where you can access the Skype conversation with Dr. Ellsberg. Not opening up to international inspections etc. How absurd it is that Israel calls Iran out on nuclear weapons programs. I used the most recent example of WBUR’s radio program focused on where nuclear weapons are at now. How WBUR’s host Lisa Mulllins and the guest Seifriend Helker had not mentioned Israel as having a stockpile of nuclear weapons while they mentioned China, U.K., U.S., Russia, France, Pakistan, India…but not Israel.

    I called into Washington Journal bringing up how Israel had slipped through the hoops again by not being identified as having nuclear weapons and asking the host to have Lisa Mullins and Hecker on Cspan to ask them why they omit Israel from the “they have nuclear weapons” list Washington Journal… 9:38 is my phone call est. Open Phones part 2

    Look I so respect Dr. Ellsberg’s amazing commitment to helping stop the horrific Vietnam war. His commitment to informing the American public about the serious dangers of nuclear weapons production and programs around the world. However when I provided him with a perfect opportunity to say that Israel should be playing by the same rules that other nations who have nuclear weapons play by he missed the boat. He had the perfect opportunity to address how Israel is trying to destroy the Iran deal and how dangerous that is. Instead I felt he coddled Israel’s nuclear weapons program as far too many do.

  15. gamal on May 2, 2018, 1:15 am

    and to complete our pleasure Noam Chomsky, Judith Butler, Gloria Steinem and Michael Walzer among others call on President Trump to continue “military support”for the SDF, no Rojavan Gandhis needed, and sanction Turkey, a bigger war on the horizon well they’ve been so disappointing so far but a Chomsky Trump axis this could be the good one, Turkey is mentioned but no mention of Iran but after this stellar paragraph i am not sure of anything anymore

    “While the attack on Afrin is a violation of international law comparable to those of the Assad government, the Trump administration has made only feeble protests against President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s depredations. By accepting Turkey’s attack, the US has become complicit in Erdoğan’s ethnic cleansing plan to expel the Kurds once and for all from a part of Syria where they have lived for centuries, and to eradicate the democratic experiment developing in Rojava.”

    Chomskys war…

    “The Emergency Committee for Rojava is calling on the US government to:

    • impose economic and political sanctions on Turkey’s leadership;
    • embargo sales and delivery of weapons from NATO countries to Turkey;
    • insist upon Rojava’s representation in Syrian peace negotiations;
    • continue military support for the SDF.”

  16. hellsbells on May 2, 2018, 3:45 am

    Kathleen “This past Saturday there was a reunion of the Rocky Flats Truth Force here in Boulder.”

    By coincidence I just happen to be watching a video on Rocky Flats. I’ve been having a little binge on youTube videos on nuclear power over the last few days do a bit of a review on what my opinion is.

    No matter what Iran is up to, our concern should be what Israel has been doing and forcing Israel into international compliance. We pretty much know everything Iran is doing. We don’t have a clue what Israel has been doing. That’s not good for safety for anyone in the region. Not that we know nothing about what Israel has done but knowing via rumors and assumptions isn’t the same as having facts.

    • Kathleen on May 2, 2018, 3:37 pm Watched this one and several others at the four day event.. I think you can access “Dark Circle” via Vimeo

      As I mentioned I was involved around 73,74 with some American Friends Committee folks. Went up into mountains for some years and not as involved although did get involved in Crested Butte with the Red Lady mining issue. Then moved back east. Anyway lots of very dedicated activist kept the peddle to the metal, along with the FBI. Yes the F.B.I raided the facility in 87. Was so exciting to talk with retired FBI agent Jon LInsky who led the raid. He has written a book I will find the name of it for you. He and other experts have opened up an archive about the Flats on the campus of Univ of Colorado/Boulder. Will get the name of book and list of films that were shown at the events.

      One very strong example of committed activist and honest and dedicated intelligence agencies.

  17. dx on May 2, 2018, 4:59 am

    Chris Cuomo (CNN?) hammered netanyahu about Israeli nukes and his warmongering speech. It’s about time someone pointed out Israel’s hypocrisy about their own nukes.

  18. JimMichie on May 2, 2018, 9:01 am

    And here we have this evil excuse for humanity who can’t help himself as a galactic liar apparently shoving aside the fact that the world knows about his “SECRET” NUCLEAR STOCKPILE–upwards of 200 hydrogen, neutron, and atomic warheads amassed over the last 30 years and in violation of international law! Moreover, the whole world knows full well that Israel has continued to refuse to sign on to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, along with other responsible nuclear powers, for the past 30 years. Nonetheless, this madman is perpetuating this quintessential HYPOCRISY, while Iran continues to abide by its non-nuke agreement verifiable by international inspection and is a signatory of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, making absolute fools of Zionist Israelis and proving that they are galactic liars. And you wonder why the rest of the world sees Israel for what it really is: a brutal, racist, genocidal, ethnic cleansing, land stealing, fascist, terrorist Zionist regime headed by pathological liar Benjamin Netanyahu! The world is on to your “game”, Zionist Israel–and the clock is ticking!

    • gamal on May 2, 2018, 11:12 am

      “The world is on to your” … not so sure what with the burgeoning support for Kurdish Kibbutz of Rojava we just seem to have moved to the next level, snake or ladder depending on your view.

      • Mooser on May 2, 2018, 12:18 pm

        “gamal”, some days I think it’s all snakes and ladders til you get down to the turtles.

  19. DavidDaoud on May 2, 2018, 10:17 am

    Netanyahu “Iran Lied About Nuclear Weapons” Best Moments

    Be sure to read some of the comments!

  20. hophmi on May 2, 2018, 11:35 am

    I see you’re trying really hard to divert from the fact that for years you’ve repeated Iranian propaganda about how their nuclear program was for peaceful purposes. That’s over with.

    • Shingo on May 2, 2018, 12:01 pm

      Over with how? Iran’s nuclear program is producing electricity and isotopes for nuclear medicine.

  21. Mooser on May 2, 2018, 11:49 am

    ” That’s over with.”

    It lasted all of 48 hours? And the White House is backing down on the claims.

  22. James Canning on May 2, 2018, 1:14 pm

    Bibi Netanyahu helped the liars set up the idiotic and catastrophic US invasion of Iraq in 2003 and he clearly is up to the same dirty tricks to set up yet another disaster. Screwing the Palestinians is a key element of the situation.

  23. Ossinev on May 2, 2018, 1:52 pm

    “I see you’re trying really hard to divert from the fact that for years you’ve repeated Iranian propaganda about how their nuclear program was for peaceful purposes. That’s over with”

    Now that did ring a few bells as in:

    Still the way forward is for Zioland to practice what it preaches as in join the NPT (as in Iran ) , destroy its arsenal of nuclear warheads (Iran doesn`t have any ) and invite in the IAEA to verify that its nuclear programme is for peaceful purposes (as Iran has done ). Or would any or all of those requests be classified “Anti – Semitic” or further victimising the eternally victimised ?

  24. JLewisDickerson on May 2, 2018, 1:59 pm

    RE: “Netanyahu’s cheap theatrics fall flat, but alas, he has an audience of one — Trump”

    MY SNARKISM: Perhaps Bibi’s “cheap theatrics” fall flat, but what about those awesome props?!?!

  25. Ossinev on May 3, 2018, 9:01 am

    Leaving aside the Yahoo`s threatrics (intended) and the crap about Zioland magically spiriting a ton yes a ton of highly classified files/documents out of Iran you have to really sit back and take in the breathtaking arrogance in his response to Cuomo`s entirely reasonable request for a yes or no on whether Zioland has it own nuclear weapons stockpile:
    CUOMO: That is not an answer to the question. Do you have them or not?

    NETANYAHU: it is as good an answer as you’re going to get.

    Roughly translated = f… off you goy untermenschen and stop bothering me with these silly journalist questions. Don`t you know who I am ?

    • John O on May 3, 2018, 1:22 pm

      “… spiriting a ton yes a ton of highly classified files/documents out of Iran …”

      I guess Israeli technology isn’t as advanced as they make out. I could get all that stuff onto one memory stick. Let’s not think about where I might conceal it.

  26. Kathleen on May 3, 2018, 12:48 pm

    Phil and Mondo team. Andrea Mitchell has a segment today where she interviewed Condi “mushroom cloud” Rice. How you watch, listen, dissect and turn your sharp analysis of this interview.

    This is what I put up at the MSNBC fb page. “What is up with MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell recycling war hawks. She just had Condi “mushroom cloud” Rice on to discuss current foreign policy issues. Rice said “our institutions are working” BS. If they were working she would have been put on trial for being complicit with war crimes. She is a cold, calculated killer along with Cheney, Bush, Wolfowitz etc. She played a huge role in pushing that bloody and unnecessary invasion of Iraq. She then said something about our founders “not playing games” However she did play games with people’s lives both in Iraq and American soldiers. Andrea you have to find some more reputable guest rather than all of the Iraq war hawks…Condi, Bill “bloody” Kristol. Come on Andrea I would think you would have more integrity than promoting these deadly characters. Shameful”

    • annie on May 3, 2018, 1:39 pm

      you’re such a go-getter kathleen! kudos to you for giving them hell about rice. andrea mitchel is a strange one. her response to the WH changing their announcement the other day from iran “has” nuke weapons program to “had” program she makes the effort to go full throttle on the WH for basically completely contradicting our own NIE intel and says absolutely nothing about the WH parroting netanyahu’s claims (also claim changed) and not a word about israeli intel. not sure how you can report one without the other.

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