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Heftiger Kritik: Die 3 bitteren Lehren aus Sigmar Gabriels Iran-Reise

Musste das sein? Als erster hochrangiger westlicher Politiker reiste Sigmar Gabriel nach dem Atom-Abkommen zu Irans Präsident Rouhani

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Berlin – Die umstrittene Iran-Reise von Wirtschaftsminister Sigmar Gabriel (55, SPD): Trotz Warnungen und heftiger Kritik („hastig“, „peinlich“) warb Gabriel in Teheran für Millionen-Deals mit dem Mullah-Regime – obwohl Irans Führer weiter von der Atombombe träumen, Menschenrechte verletzen, Israel auslöschen wollen.

Die drei Lehren aus Gabriels Iran-Reise

1. Israels Sicherheit muss oberste Priorität haben!

Gabriel erklärte, er wolle eine Vermittlerrolle zwischen Israel und Iran einnehmen. Großer Fehler, sagt Außenpolitiker Karl-Georg Wellmann (62, CDU): „Wir stehen auf der Seite Israels und nicht dazwischen!“

Und Fraktionskollege Jürgen Klimke (67) mahnt, die Freundschaft zu Israel müsse „erste Priorität“ haben.

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Iran strahlt Propagandafilm „7 Minuten bis Tel Aviv“ aus

Israel in Reichweite iranischer Raketen

Teheran – Das iranische Staatsfernsehen will einen gegen Israel gerichteten Propagandafilm ausstrahlen. In dem Dokumentarfilm „7 Minuten bis Tel Aviv“ gehe es um die iranische Raketenindustrie, berichtete die Nachrichtenagentur MEHR am Mittwoch.

Der Titel deutet darauf hin, dass iranische Mittelstreckenraketen mit einer Reichweite von rund 2000 Kilometern binnen sieben Minuten Tel Aviv treffen könnten.

Seit Präsident Hassan Rohani im August 2013 sein Amt antrat, war gehofft worden, dass die anti-israelische Hetzrhetorik im Iran zurück. Sein Vorgänger, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, hatte die Ausradierung Israels gefordert und den Holocaust infrage gestellt. Der Iran erkennt den Staat Israel nicht an und unterstützt Gruppen wie die Hamas und die Hisbollah, die Israel als Terrororganisationen eingestuft hat.

Vor Kurzem hat der Oberste Führer des Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, auf seinem offiziellen Twitter-Account einen Neun-Punkte-Plan zur Beseitigung des „künstlichen zionistischen Regimes“ vorgelegt. (APA)

Spiegel| Irans Oberster Führer: Khameneis Twitter-Tirade gegen Israel

Ajatollah Khamenei (Archivbild): "Wir können nicht erwarten, dass die Zionisten sich diesem Vorschlag einfach unterwerfen"Zur Großansicht

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Ajatollah Khamenei (Archivbild): „Wir können nicht erwarten, dass die Zionisten sich diesem Vorschlag einfach unterwerfen“

„Wir wollen die Juden nicht ins Meer werfen“, stellt Irans Staatschef Khamenei klar. Aber sonst sind im Kampf für die Vernichtung Israels offenbar alle Mittel erlaubt. Das hat der Ajatollah in einer Hetztirade auf Twitter bekräftigt.

Teheran – Der Hass auf Israel gehört zur Staatsdoktrin der Islamischen Republik Iran. Als oberster Führer des Landes hat Ajatollah Ali Khameneinie ein Hehl daraus gemacht, dass er den jüdischen Staat verachtet und vernichten will. Doch nun hat das Staatsoberhaupt mit einer Hetztirade auf Twitter eine neue Eskalationsstufe erreicht.

Am Wochenende veröffentlichte der englischsprachige Account @khamenei_ir zahlreiche Tweets, in denen er Israel unter anderem als „barbarisches, wölfisches und Kinder mordendes Regime“ brandmarkte. Zum Abschluss und Höhepunkt der Kampagne veröffentlichte der offizielle Account Khameneis einen Neun-Punkte-Plan für die Auslöschung Israels.

Der Plan sei ein „praktischer und logischer Mechanismus“ für die Eliminierung des israelischen Regimes, lobte sich der Ajatollah ganz unbescheiden. Es müsse ein Referendum geben, bei dem alle Muslime, Christen und Juden abstimmen dürften, die einst in Palästina lebten. Khamenei bleibt hier ungenau, aber offenbar geht es ihm hier um die Menschen und ihre Nachfahren, die vor der israelischen Staatsgründung 1948 in Palästina ansässig waren.

Die jüdischen Einwanderer, die seither nach Israel kamen, dürften natürlich nicht abstimmen, so Khamenei. Nach dem Referendum müsse dann die neue Regierung entscheiden, was mit den Juden passieren solle, ob sie also in Palästina bleiben dürfen, oder in ihre „Heimatländer“ zurückkehren müssen.

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Going against Netanyahu, 84 percent of US Jews favor Iran nuclear deal

Strong Jewish support for an Iran nuclear deal was a surprise finding of a poll of American Jews who voted Tuesday. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned against any deal that leaves Iran with an enrichment program.

By Howard LaFranchi

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As President Obama presses to reach an accord with Iranon its nuclear program by the end of the month, he can count on strong support from what might seem like an unlikely segment of the population: American Jews.

Jewish backing of the administration’s efforts to strike a deal suggests that American Jews aren’t heeding the alarms being sounded in Israel by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He warns that any deal that leaves Iran with an enrichment program constitutes a mortal danger to Israel.

Strong Jewish support for a nuclear deal that limits, but doesn’t completely stop, Iran’s uranium enrichment abilities was a surprise finding of a telephone poll of Jewish voters who took part in Tuesday’s midterm elections. The poll, commissioned by J Street – the self-described “pro-Israel, pro-peace” Washington lobbying organization – also found strong support for an active US role in efforts to forge Arab-Israeli peace. At the same time, the survey found strong support for Israel’s handling of Operation Protective Edge, this summer’s military operation against Hamas in Gaza that resulted in strong international criticism of Israel over the heavy civilian toll.

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But it was the findings on Iran and the implication that American Jews would be comfortable with Iran retaining a nuclear program that stood out.

The survey found that 84 percent of American Jews would favor either strongly or somewhat a deal with Iran that would alleviate tough sanctions on the Iranian economy in exchange for Iran’s agreement to limit its nuclear program to civilian purposes and accept inspectors at its nuclear facilities.

The United States and five other world powers face a Nov. 24 deadline for reaching a deal with Iran. Mr. Obama said Wednesday that the nations in talks with Iran have presented Tehran with a “framework” that would “allow them to meet their peaceful energy needs,” but he said he wasn’t sure if a deal could be reached by the approaching deadline.

The strong Jewish backing for a deal actually mirrors the level of support for a diplomatic solution with Iran among Americans in general, say political analysts at J Street.

“The American public generally is supportive of giving diplomacy time to work,” says Dylan Williams, J Street director of government affairs. “I don’t think Jewish Americans are different from where the general American population is on this.”

American Jews “have accepted that some level of uranium enrichment will be part of a viable deal,” Mr. Williams says. Now, he adds, the key to acceptance of a deal – by Jews and the general public alike – will be “a robust verification and monitoring regime” that blocks Iran’s path to a nuclear weapon.

The survey registered a strong sense of connection to Mr. Netanyahu among American Jews, even though its results suggest they don’t support his policies. Asked to gauge on a scale of 1 to 100 their feelings of warmth toward various leaders and personalities, respondents gave Netanyahu a 61 – higher than Obama (49) and Hillary Rodham Clinton (57).

“The prime minister is personally popular with American Jews,” says Jessica Rosenblum, J Street communications director. “The difference here is that they have deep concerns about the policies he’s pursuing.”

The survey also found that American Jews continue to support by a wide margin Democrats over Republicans. This is despite repeated predictions over recent years from conservative Jewish pundits that US Jews – because of Obama’s push for an Israeli-Palestinian two-state settlement, his overtures to Iran, and his frosty relations with Netanyahu – are on the verge of a wholesale shift to the Republican column.

“It’s comical how every two years the small segment of our community that leans conservative says, ‘This is the year that Jewish-Americans will vote for more hawkish politicians and policies,’ and it never happens,” Williams says.

In Tuesday’s elections, American Jews voted for Democrats over Republicans by a decisive margin of 69 to 28 percent.

And on that “feelings of warmth” gauge, they gave the Democratic Party a 51. The Republican Party got a 28.

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Source: The Christian Science Monitor

Iranians, Israelis could live with ‚bad‘ nuclear deal

European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton (3rd L) delivers a statement during a ceremony next to British Foreign Secretary William Hague, Germany’s Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, US Secretary of State John Kerry, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius (L-R) at the United Nations in Geneva, Nov. 24, 2013. (photo by REUTERS/Denis Balibouse)

The Israeli and Iranian publics can live with what their leaders each consider a “bad” nuclear deal.

Let’s start with Israel. There, the consensus is that the offer from the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany (P5+1) to Iran is similar to a deal recommended by Robert Einhornof the Brookings Institution in Washington.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu believed that the current P5+1 offer, which if Tehran accepted would leave it with a limited enrichment capacity on its soil, would be a “bad” deal. He has in fact stated that such a deal would be “catastrophic,” despite the deal’s requirement that Iran’s nuclear facilities be placed under some of the most stringent inspections possible by the International Atomic Energy Agency.

This attitude ignores numerous estimates that if Iran accepted the P5+1 offer, it would take a minimum of six months to a year to make a weapon with the limited number of centrifuges left on its soil, if and when Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei decides to give the order.

Leaving Iran with limited enrichment capacity is not an ideal situation for many Israelis. Ideally, the majority of Israelis would most probably prefer that the current Iranian regime, which has repeatedly called for the elimination of Israel, be left without a nuclear program. Most would probably prefer that the current regime in Iran be toppled and replaced with a democratic government.

However, none of this is likely to happen anytime soon. It’s extremely unlikely that Iran would agree to dismantle its entire nuclear program. There is also no sign of an imminent democratic revolution in Iran.

Therefore, if the deal being proposed by the P5+1 is accepted by Iran, would the Israeli public demand war? Would it turn against its own politicians for not stopping such a deal?

Highly unlikely. One major reason is that such a deal would address major concerns of the Israeli public regarding Iran’s nuclear program. These concerns include halting the advancement of Iran’s nuclear program while making it difficult and costly for Iran’s leadership to decide to make a nuclear weapon.

The Israeli public also has other priorities. When Israelis went to the polls last time in January 2013, according to a poll conducted and published by The Times of Israel, only 12% saw Iran as the most urgent issue. The biggest group, 43%, cited economic concerns as its top priority. There is no evidence to suggest that these priorities have changed since then.

The same applies to Iran. Its most powerful figure, and the person with the last word regarding the nuclear program, has publicly set out his 11 red lines regarding the nuclear negotiations.

One of the most notable of these holds that an agreement must enable Iran to ultimately expand its enrichment capacity to 190,000 separative work units. This means that instead of its 9,000 currentfunctioning centrifuges, Iran should be allowed to add approximately 180,000 next-generation centrifuges.

Therefore, anything less would be considered a “bad deal” for him.

So what would happen if Iran accepted the P5+1’s offer to recognize Iran’s right to enrich uranium on its soil in return for Iran halving the number of its operating centrifuges and agreeing to tougher inspections? Would the people of Iran revolt against their government? Would they insist their government reject such an offer at the cost of living under continued sanctions and isolation?

Highly unlikely. We have to remember that when it comes to the nuclear program, the voice and opinion of the people of Iran have a minuscule if any impact on the regime’s elite that designs the country’s nuclear strategy.

It’s not that the people of Iran don’t want to have an impact; they do. In most cases, they are prevented from doing so by the ruling elite.

There are several cases that prove this point.

First and foremost, calls for a referendum over the nuclear program have been rejected. Then there is the fact that the regime does not even allow any debate in the press, especially any that presents ideas that run counter to the establishment’s narrative regarding the nuclear program. When Tehran University professor Sadegh Zibakalam did counter the narrative by publicly stating that he does not see any benefit in Iran’s current nuclear program, he received a suspended sentence of 18 months in prison.

If the Iranian nuclear program belonged to the people of Iran, it would be they who would set the negotiations’ red lines, and not an unelected official such as Ayatollah Khamenei. But this is not the case.

If the leaders of the Islamic Republic are confident of the public’s backing when it comes to their current nuclear strategy, why do they prevent public debate? Why do they sentence to jail those who dispute their narrative? Why not allow a referendum? Iran would not be the first country to hold a referendum regarding its civilian nuclear program. The answer seems clear: Iran’s leadership does not believe that it has the public’s backing for its current nuclear strategy.

Although there have been a number of polls inside Iran, including a July survey by the University of Tehran and University of Maryland that showed public support for the current nuclear strategy of the Iranian government, there is reason to be skeptical of such polls.

In Iran, people can be sentenced to jail for countering the government narrative regarding the nuclear program, especially to an unknown stranger over the phone who has their contact details. In such an atmosphere, the fear factor could affect poll results.

Hassan Rouhani was elected on the platform of improving Iran’s economy and the welfare of Iranian citizens. One of his main campaign slogans regarding the nuclear program was that not only the nuclear program but the economy should also function and thrive.

Although Iran’s economy has improved somewhat since Rouhani entered office, numerous major problems still remain. Inflation is at 20%. Subsidies have been cut. Iran’s economy is still very much suffering because of sanctions, and a historic drought is on the way that will need many billions of dollars to manage.

Much as in the Israeli public, there are no indications that the priorities of the people of Iran have changed since the last legislative elections in the country. Again, like the people of Israel, economic issues seem as if not more important than the nuclear program to the Iranian public. Both populations want the situation to de-escalate, and for their leaders to address other important domestic issues.

The people of both Iran and Israel could live with the P5+1’s current offer to Iran. It’s now up to their leaders, especially the supreme leader of Iran, who has the last word on Iran’s nuclear program.

Source: AL-Monitor

Iran Brief—Nuclear investigation “not an endless process” and other news

The IAEA director general urged Iran to fulfill its transparency obligations, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei criticized U.S.’s strategy against ISIS, and more in this week’s edition of the Belfer Iran Brief, covering September 9—September 15.

By Henry Rome

Highlights:

  • IAEA said its investigation is “not an endless process,” as Iran pledged to complete transparency measures.
  • Two-thirds of Iranian youth use the internet and 70% said they use software to evade government’s censorship of sites, according to a new poll.
  • Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei said he rejected U.S. appeals for assistance against ISIS, telling reporters: “I opposed it and said we will not cooperate with the Americans in this regard since they have a corrupt intention and stained hands.”

Diplomacy and nuclear issue

  • IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano addressed Iran’s failure to meet several transparency milestones, saying “this is not an endless process.” He predicted that if Iran cooperated with the IAEA investigation, conclusions could be made in 15 months or less. But Amano added that IAEA would publish findings regardless, allowing member nations to draw their own conclusions. (Reuters, 9/15;AP, 9/15)
    • Reza Najafi, Iran’s ambassador to IAEA, rejected assertions that “deadlock” exists between Iran and IAEA over nuclear program and said “we are ready to complete” additional measures. (Reuters, 9/9)
    • Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi, one of Iran’s nuclear negotiators, said a “difficult road” lies ahead during negotiations. (AFP, 9/11)
    • Iranian negotiators are slated to meet with E.U. representatives on Wednesday in New York. (Press TV, 9/14)
  • A recent Iranian exhibition of nuclear components said to be sabotaged “reveals the importance of non-Western countries, such as China, as key locations for Iran’s dual-use procurement.” (King’s College London, 9/4; also see related report by Institute for Science and International Security, 9/10).
    • Additionally, “exhibition of allegedly sabotaged equipment has highlighted Iran’s long-known preference for European and US-origin dual-use controlled goods, such as vacuum pumps and pressure transducers.”
  • Iran’s atomic energy organization announced plans to construct two additional nuclear power plants in Bushehr. Iran said it was in final negotiations with the Russians on construction, which could begin in the next six months. (Press TV, 9/15; Fars News, 9/15)

Sanctions and Iran’s economy

  • Iran is expanding its capability to store crude oil on land, which could free up oil tankers to broaden oil trade. (Reuters, 9/11)
  • Russian officials visited Iran to pledge increased economic ties between the two countries. Iran’s Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said: “God willing, we will quickly increase the level of relations up to more than 10 times.” (AP, 9/9)

Iranian domestic politics

Two girls use Facebook in a Tehran coffee shop
October 13, 2013 – Two girls use Facebook in a north Tehran coffee shop. A recent survey found that two thirds of Iranian youth use the internet. (Kaveh Kazemi/Getty Images)
  • Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei was discharged from a Tehran hospital after prostate surgery. (Press TV, 9/15)
  • A new United Nations report criticized President Hassan Rouhani for failing to live up to promises to improve human rights, including religious freedom and freedom of expression. Iran rejected the accuracy of the report. (Reuters, 9/12)
  • Two-thirds of Iranian youth use internet and 70% said they use software to evade government’s censorship of sites. (Tehran Times, 9/9)
    • When asked for their biggest worries, 30% indicated financial concerns and another 30% selected unemployment.
  • Iran is fielding Khalij Fars (Persian Gulf) anti-ship ballistic missile system to “operational units.” With reported range of 300 km, “it is capable of threatening maritime activity throughout the Persian Gulf and Strait of Hormuz,” according to a Pentagon report. (Jane’s 360, 9/8)
  • Iran’s Culture Ministry reportedly has shut down several conservative news sites critical of Rouhani. (Al-Monitor, 9/10)

US-Iran relations

  • Henry Kissinger, on heels of the release of his new book, told NPR “I consider Iran a bigger problem than ISIS. ISIS is a group of adventurers with a very aggressive ideology. But they have to conquer more and more territory before they can became a geo-strategic, permanent reality. I think a conflict with ISIS — important as it is — is more manageable than a confrontation with Iran.” (NPR, 9/6)
  • See “Geopolitics and Iran.”

Geopolitics and Iran

  • Khamenei said Iran rejected U.S. requests to coordinate actions against ISIS. He said that Secretary of State John Kerry and Undersecretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman both requested Iranian assistance.
    • Khamenei, quoted in state media: “I opposed it and said we will not cooperate with the Americans in this regard since they have a corrupt intention and stained hands. And how could we have cooperation with the Americans under such conditions?” (Fars News, 9/15)
    • Neither Iran nor Syria were invited to Paris conference regarding ISIS.
    • Kerry said he would not rule out non-military cooperation with Iran, but later added, “We are not coordinating with Iran. Period….I’m not going to get into a back and forth.” (AP, 9/15; Reuters 9/15)
    • Iranian border guards arrested three people from Afghanistan and Pakistan suspected of attempting to transit Iran to join ISIS. (AP, 9/9)
    • ISIS’ advance has derailed planned completion of natural gas pipeline between Iran and Iraq. (AP, 9/10)
  • Revolutionary Guard forces repelled attack from militants based in Pakistan, who sought to seize base near Saravan, Iran. (Press TV, 9/9)
  • Rouhani congratulated Iraq on selection of new Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi. (Tehran Times, 9/10)

Israel

  • Israeli defense minister Moshe Ya’alon visited Azerbaijan to meet with senior officials and support Israeli defense companies participating in Azeri exhibition. (Globes, 9/10; Times of Israel, 9/10) Note: It was the first visit by an Israeli defense minister to Azerbaijan, an Israeli ally.
    • Israeli drone shot down by Revolutionary Guard in August may have originated in Azerbaijan, Iran said. Meanwhile, Iran requested that IAEA condemn Israel’s alleged drone surveillance. (Press TV, 9/10)

Source: Henry Rome is a research assistant at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.

Warning on Iranian Policy on Gaza/West Bank

Senior Iranian leaders are messaging a concerted effort to provide weapons and other support to Palestinians fighting against Israel in Gaza and the West Bank.  The messaging comes from the Supreme Leader himself and subordinates who are usually reliable in representing his views.  It includes statements that the Supreme Leader and President Hassan Rouhani have issued instructions regarding this support that are being executed.  It is possible that Iranian leaders mean to intervene in the current conflict in Gaza in ways that might provoke an escalation or expansion of the fighting.

The occasion for these statements was Qods Day (Jerusalem Day), an annual opportunity for Iranian fulminating about Israel and support for the Palestinian cause.  The concreteness of the statements and the centrality of their authors to regime decision-makers, however, merit elevated concern.

The following statements were reported on July 24:

  • Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei: „We believe that the West Bank must be armed like Gaza.“
  • The Basij Organization expressed its „expectation“ that the Rouhani government will send legislation to the Iranian Parliament „urgently“ for „arming the West Bank like Gaza.“
  • Mohsen Rezaei, Expediency Discernment Council Secretary and former commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC): „Your fight continues and yourneeded arms and ammunition will reach you even if they come from underneath a rock. Israel’s attack on Gaza will certainly transform into a new intifada…“
  • Mohammad Esmail Kowsari, Member of Parliament and former IRGC general: „The Parliament will use all of its capacities to fulfill the Supreme Leader’s orders in this regard.“
  • 500 university students in fields related to the missile industry reportedly issued a statement to the IRGC HQ, Artesh HQ, Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics (MODAFL) HQ, and the Palestinian embassy in Tehran, reaffirming the Supreme Leader’s call to arm the West Bank and pledging to „strengthen the missile capability of the global oppressed front against global blasphemy.“
  • Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham announced that the first shipment of Iranian medical and food aid to Gaza, an order issued by President Rouhani, is in Cairo awaiting the Egyptian government’s permission to use the Rafah crossing by Gaza.

The following statements were reported on July 22:

  • Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Naghdi, head of the Basij Organization: „It is necessary for popular resistance groups in Palestine, Lebanon, and Syria to sign a defense and security agreement to confront external threats, particularly the present danger of the Zionist regime. Any assault against these countries will be considered an assault on all and they can enter action within the framework of a single unit.“
  • The Supreme Leader’s Representative to the IRGC, Hojjat-ol Eslam Ali Saidi: „The support of the Iranian nation and the Supreme Leader of the Resistance have been and will continue to be a turning point in the power and movement of the Resistance. It will be followed by the strengthening of Resistance forces at the regional and the international levels…“

Source: American Enterprise Institute

Did Iran train Gaza rocket makers?

Smoke trails are seen as rockets are launched toward Israel from the northern Gaza Strip, July 12, 2014. (photo by REUTERS/Amir Cohen)

Nothing in Tehran suggests that three wars are taking place within what it calls its national security borders. “The bloc is under fire,” said an Iranian official who spoke with Al-Monitor on condition of anonymity. “It is one battle from Baghdad to Gaza. We believe that all that’s happening is linked to each other. Our enemies want us to be weak so that they can impose their conditions on us, but this won’t happen.”

The war in Gaza seems to be very high on the Iranian agenda. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei spoke twice within three days calling on Muslims to unite. “The Gaza incidents are utterly disastrous, and the Zionist regime is carrying out the current atrocities by taking advantage of the negligence of the Islamic world,” he said, adding, “The killing of the people of Gaza by the usurping Zionists should spur Islamic governments and nations to resolve their differences and become united.”

For years, Israel and the United States accused Iran of arming Palestinian militant groups in Gaza, mainly Hamas and Islamic Jihad. Iran never denied doing so, but since President Hassan Rouhani assumed office in June 2013, Iranian officials became more cautious when addressing the issue. On March 5, Israel announced the capture of an Iranian ship carrying advanced rockets to Gaza. Tehran denied the claim while Israel said the ship, en route to Gaza, was loaded with rockets and military equipment.

According to the official in Tehran, Iran is committed to the Palestinian cause. He said, “We will always stand side by side with the resistance in Palestine and Lebanon. Even in Syria, if there’s any group whose objective is liberating the occupied land, we will back them and support them.” He added, however, that sending arms isn’t always the best way. “We know how much our brothers need support. Israel always claims Iran is sending arms to them. What I can say is that Iran wants to see a strong and self-sufficient resistance. Yes, we are sending rockets and military aid, but not the traditional way.”

What was the Iranian official hinting at?

According to information acquired by Al-Monitor from sources in Tehran, Gaza and Beirut, a new strategy was adopted after the July-August 2006 war in Lebanon with respect to military support. The main goal was protecting the fighting groups from the danger of a military siege by making them capable of producing as many rockets as they need on the spot.

“The main goal was letting our men gain the knowledge, and then everything is easy,” said Amin, a Palestinian official Al-Monitor interviewed via telephone. “This was the idea of Imad Mughniyeh, the Hezbollah military commander. He thought that having (rocket-making) knowledge in the brains of experts would mean that Israel would not be able to achieve anything even if it destroyed the entire rocket stockpile; that doesn’t mean halting the rocket support.”

During the reign of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, smuggling arms into Gaza was very complicated. The tunnels were very useful, yet very dangerous, so more knowledge needed to be transferred to Gaza. In 2007, the main two rockets used by the Palestinian groups were the Qassam and al-Quds, homemade rockets with much more psychological than destructive power, according to Israel officials.

“Several brothers were brought to Tehran, where they met military commanders and experts,” said Amin, adding, “The training courses took time. At the beginning, the Iranians were surprised by our achievements. It’s true our activists needed guidance, but they were smart enough to grasp quickly.”

After the fall of Mubarak during the January 25 Revolution, the borders between Egypt and Gaza were loosened by a lack of security and the chaos that dominated the country. The revolution in Libya was taking place and loads of rockets were available for whoever could pay for them.

“From 2011 until 2012, Grad rockets were smuggled into Gaza, while larger rockets, mainly the ones designed in Iran and Syria, were brought in parts and built inside Gaza,” said Amin. “Palestinian resistance experts, from [Islamic] Jihad and Hamas, each worked alone on building these rockets and some even added new specifications, equipping them with the needs of the field.”

The Iranians essentially smuggled in rockets via the brains of Palestinians, keeping rocket-making knowledge intact despite wars and attacks. It’s the same strategy the Iranians adopted in their nuclear program, under the philosophy that knowledge can’t be bombed.

Source: ai-monitor

Queen Rania at a press conference on Gaza – Stop the war against humans!

Queen Rania makes an urgent plea on behalf of all the civilians living in Gaza for a „humanitarian ceasefire“ and for the international community to do all it can to help alleviate the suffering.

This video ist from 2009, but it is the true about the situation today in Gaza. Stop the war against humans!

“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights”… Article 1, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

“Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person”… Article 3, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Over the past 41 years, the people of Gaza have been living under occupation. Over the past 18 months, they have been living under siege. And for the past 10 days, the people of Gaza have been subject to a cruel and continuous military attack.

Either the declaration is not so universal, or the people of Gaza are not human beings, worthy of the same “universal” rights. This is the message the world is sending out today.

Extent of the crisis
Today, I am here with representative members of the UN family, to share with you the extent of the humanitarian crisis that is Gaza.

But not only is there a humanitarian crisis in Gaza – there is a crisis in our global humanity. Nelson Mandela once said that “our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians.” Today, I tell you, our humanity is incomplete without theirs. It is incomplete. It is not universal.

This is the message I am sending world leaders: Our humanity is incomplete when children, irrespective of nationality, are victims of military operations.

More than 70 dead children. Close to 600 injured. What does the world tell to their mothers? To the Palestinian mother who lost five daughters in one day? To the mothers watching their children cry in pain, huddle in fear, and deal with more trauma than any of us will experience in an entire lifetime?

That they are collateral damage?
That their lives don’t matter?
That their deaths don’t count?
That the children of Gaza do not have “the right to life, liberty and security”?

What do we tell them?!

Push for a ceasefire
It is imperative that every nation acts to end the fighting and open all crossings, especially Karni, to permit the uninterrupted passage of wheat, fuel, medicine and other vital supplies.

At the very least, we must push for a ceasefire, a humanitarian ceasefire, a ceasefire for children, to help the wounded, to look for those buried under the rubble, to tend to the sick and elderly trapped in their homes, and to bring in vital medical supplies, equipment and staff.

At the very least, governments should, governments must, contribute to UNRWA’s emergency appeal for $34 million to meet the immediate needs of Gaza’s innocent civilians.

The children of Gaza, the dead and the barely living … their mothers … their fathers … are not acceptable collateral damage; their lives do matter, their loss does count. They are not divisible from our universal humanity. No child is, no civilian is.

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Israel Loves Palestine – Palestine Loves Israel – Freedom for ALL

To you, my brother in gaza. we dont share the same blood but you are my brother. almost 2 years of common activism and with the time i learned to see what a beautiful soul you have. one of the most beautiful i have ever seen. you were there for me always, although your reality was always much harder, you became my wall of tears and I, I can do nothing for you now. I am afraid brother, I am so afraid. I am afraid something will happen to you. I feel so helpless my brother. I feel so wrong. not because we were wrong, we are peace itself but the wrongness is taking control over my body, brother, cause i fear for you. for you, for the people you love.I am always so active, and I always have something to say or to do and many ideas cause i dont like to sit and pray for something to come …but allow me this time:
dear world, dear god, dear energy, dear sky, dear earth, dear water please keep my brother in gaza safe for he is an angel that bloomed in the land of hell, he is the special angel from the kind that changes the world, his heart, soul, mind and eyes are pure and full of love. please i beg you earth, i beg you more than the stars can ever shine or the sun can ever light closed hearts, please keep my brother safe from harm.
inshallah,
Amen.
sometimes all we have is praying.
yours,
Noa

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