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“Israel” opens virtual embassy to GCC countries on Twitter

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“Israel” has followed the path of United States foreign policy on the Middle East, by opening a “virtual embassy” called “Israel” in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) on twitter.

The “Israeli” foreign ministry has launched the Twitter account, describing itself as the official channel of the “virtual “Israeli” embassy to GCC countries” and encourages its followers to leave comments.

The account is dedicated to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Kuwait and Bahrain; and it’s aimed at promoting dialogue with the citizens of these countries.
The move is part of “Israel’s” strategies to get closer to Arab countries after an unsuccessful experience with diplomatic offices in Oman and Qatar.

It was obliged to close its offices in these two countries in 2000 and 2009 respectively after escalating tensions between the “Israel” entity and Palestine.
A proficient diplomat with a vast diplomatic experience with Gulf diplomatic relations, Gary Koren, brought “Israel’s” virtual approach forward.

The virtual embassy could also serve as a way of avoiding diplomatic tussles with Arab countries. “Israel” has lately opened a diplomatic office in one of the Arab countries in the Middle East about 18 months ago, but has never named country. Nevertheless, expenses regarding the office have been featured in the Finance Ministry’s 2013-14 economic plans.

The foreign ministry doesn’t entertain discussing the subject.
The US is one of the first countries to use virtual embassies, some years ago, for Iran and Syria. It used these embassies to rally information and policies to the citizens of these two countries in Farsi and Arab respectively.

“Israeli” exports to the GCC are now worth about $500m per year, although all are made through third party countries making them difficult to track, according to Yitzhak Gal, professor of political economy at Tel Aviv University. “We decided [the virtual embassy] would be a very good tool to engage in a dialogue with people from the GCC,” said Yigal Palmor, a spokesman for the foreign ministry and one of those running the Twitter account.

“Our hope is to reach out and open lines of dialogue #KSA #Oman #Bahrain #UAE #Qatar #Kuwait,” was one of the tweets made by the “Israeli” account. It has already made four tweets.

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Netanyahu’s brouhaha over Iran hollow: Gary Sick

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A veteran White House aide says Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s hue and cry about Iran seeking to build nuclear weapons is empty.

“Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is not a subtle man. When he has an objective in mind, he is not above resorting to hyperbole, exaggeration, or apocalyptic scenarios to make his point. He has been crying wolf nearly as long as he has been in politics. For a very good reason: It works. And it works. And it works,” wrote Gary Sick, who served on the US National Security Council under US Presidents Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan, on the CNN website.

“Unlike the boy in the story who lost credibility when he sounded the alarm one time too many, each new iteration by Mr. Netanyahu is greeted with nods of grave concern,” he added.

Sick then referred to the “latest edition of this long-running show” by Netanyahu on the CBS News Network last Sunday, when the Israeli prime minister said Iranian President-elect Hassan Rohani will seek to “build a bomb.”

“More than 20 years ago, Mr. Netanyahu solemnly informed us that, unless someone intervened, Iran would have a nuclear weapon within five years… Almost every year since the early 1990s, senior political figures, intelligence specialists and respected commentators have assured us that Iran would surely have a nuclear weapon in three to five years, sometimes less, unless Iran were forced to stop…,” Sick added.

The senior research scholar and adjunct professor of international affairs at Columbia University further said that, “It is not hard to understand the logic of this assertion,” pointing to the Israeli nuclear weapons program, which yielded nuclear bombs “in absolute secrecy in only a few years.”

The Israeli nuclear weapons program, Sick said, was followed by “South Africa, India, [and] even poor Pakistan with virtually no heavy industrial base.”

However, he noted, Iran, which is “endowed with a robust industrial base, exceptional engineering universities, [and] a well-educated population… has no nuclear weapon.”

“Why?” he asked, responding that just as “all US intelligence services” have confirmed, Iran does not intend to build nuclear weapons.

In 2007, a US National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) verified Iran was not after nuclear arms. The report, prepared by 16 US intelligence agencies, confirmed with “high confidence” the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program. A similar report was also published in 2011.

“Mr. Netanyahu did not mention that in his TV appearance,” Sick said, adding, “Instead, he was digging up his talking points from another crisis point in the past.”

He once again reminded the readers of Netanyahu’s calls over Iran as well as a “testimony” by the hawkish premier in front of the House Government Reform Committee, around 10 years ago, over Iraq in which he persistently claimed, “every indication we have is that (Saddam Hussein) is pursuing, pursuing with abandon, pursuing with every ounce of effort, the establishment of weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear weapons.”

In 2003, then US President George W. Bush ordered an invasion of Iraq under the same allegation, but to the embarrassment of the US and the other proponents of the war on Iraq, no WMDs were ever found in the Middle Eastern country.

“Mr. Netanyahu badly needs a new set of talking points,” Sick noted.

The former White House aide then pointed to the election of Rohani and his upcoming inauguration, and said, “We have a choice between the frayed talking points of the past,… or toward a newly energized diplomatic initiative that offers” a way out of the Western impasse over Iran’s nuclear energy program.

Obama’s nominated UN envoy: We’ll push for ’Israel’ seat on security council

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US President Barack Obama decided to appoint Samantha Power as the American ambassador to the UN.

In an attempt to secure the Zionist entity’s support, Power said during her Senate confirmation hearing on Wednesday: “The United States has no greater friend in the world than “Israel”.”

She further pledged to combat the so-called “unacceptable bias” against “Israel” at the global body.
“Just as I have done as President Obama’s UN adviser at the White House, I will stand up for “Israel” and work tirelessly to defend it,” she said.

Power also promised to fight to help “Israel” obtain a nonpermanent seat on the UN Security Council.
“The Security Council seat is one that has eluded “Israel”, despite its many contributions across the years, and I commit to you wholeheartedly to go on offense, as well as playing defense on the legitimation of “Israel”, and we’ll make every effort to secure greater integration of “Israeli” public servants in the UN system.”

Speaking before Foreign Relations Committee, Power also expressed support for increasing pressure on Iran and maintaining the option of military force to deter its development of a nuclear weapons program.
“”Israel”-not Iran, not Sudan, not North Korea-is the one “country” with a fixed place on the Human Rights Council’s agenda. “Israel’s” legitimacy should be beyond dispute, and its security must be beyond doubt,” Power said in her testimony.

“There is no shortcut” to a negotiated settlement of the “Israeli”-Palestinian conflict, she told the committee. “Unilateral Palestinian statehood measures just won’t work.” Power said the US needs to “deter” such unilateral efforts.

Palestine: Plan to displace Bedouins, attempts to recruit Pal. Christians & more dunums confiscated

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Israeli plan to displace Negev Bedouins passes first Knesset vote

NAZARETH, (PIC)– The Israeli Knesset approved on first reading the Prawer-Begin plan to displace the Palestinian Bedouins from their homes and destroy their villages in the Negev region.

43 Knesset members on Monday voted in favor of the plan, while 40 others including 11 Arab members opposed the verdict.

Consequently, the session saw heated arguments between the Arab and Jewish members of the Knesset.

Speaker Yuli-Yoel Edelstein also engaged himself in the wrangling and expelled the Arab members after they tore the Prawer-Begin proposal paper.

The bill has been referred to the Knesset interior affairs and environment committee to be prepared for the second and third readings, which could take place as early as next month.

The Prawer-Begin plan would lead to the destruction of dozens of unrecognized Palestinian villages in the Negev area, south of the 1948 occupied lands, and the displacement of tens of thousands of Palestinian Bedouins from their homes.

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Father Hanna slams Israeli attempts to recruit Palestinian Christians

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Father Atallah Hanna, the archbishop of the orthodox church of Jerusalem, reiterated his rejection of Israeli attempts to recruit Palestinian Christian youths to work for its military, civil and security institutions.

“We reject such calls to recruit our sons as it goes against our principles, both spiritual and national,” Hanna stated on Monday.

Hanna stressed the need for not only condemning such Israeli calls, but also for raising the national and religious awareness of the Christian young men, especially their sense of belonging.

“The Christians in this land have no identity crisis as some may think. They are Palestinian Arabs of authentic eastern descent and in need for proper awareness and guidance in order to safeguard their identity and their true national affiliation,” Hanna underscored.

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Report: “Israel” initiated multiple projects to Judaize the Aqsa Mosq’s vicinity

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– The Aqsa foundation for endowment and heritage said that the Israeli occupation authority (IOA) in cooperation with Jewish societies and companies started their excavations and construction projects concurrently in three areas around the Aqsa Mosque.

In a report released on Monday, the Aqsa foundation stated that the first construction site is on the southern side of Al-Maghariba Gate ramp, the second site is on the eastern side of the Umayyad Palaces to the south of the Aqsa Mosque and the third site is on the southern side of the entrance to Wadi Hilwa neighborhood.

The foundation underlined that these projects are part of an ongoing Judaization plan to change the Islamic identity and landscape of the whole area around the Aqsa Mosque.

It added that the IOA and its partners aim to Judaize the vicinity of the Aqsa Mosque where there is no place for non-Jewish landmarks and to connect the tunnels and corridors beneath and around the Aqsa Mosque with each other and with other Jewish structures built by the occupation or still under construction.

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Aqsa foundation: The occupation seized an ancient Islamic foundation in J’lem

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– The Aqsa foundation for endowment and heritage warned that the Israeli antiquities authority took over the historical public drinking fountain known as “Qattanin” in the old city of Jerusalem at the pretext of making repairs.

The Aqsa foundation expressed its fear that the Israeli antiquities authority might destroy or Judaize this ancient fountain, which dates back to the reign of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent.

The foundation appealed to the international Islamic institutions and the governments of Turkey and Jordan to urgently intervene to stop such Israeli violations against the historical Islamic sites in Jerusalem.

It affirmed that workmen had placed scaffolding at the site and fastened a sign bearing the name of the Israeli antiquities authority, claiming that they would initiate repairs to the Qattanin fountain, which is located on Al-Wad street.

The Qattanin fountain is one of six public drinking fountains built by the Ottoman ruler Suleiman the Magnificent.

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ILA to confiscate 70 dunums of Sur Baher lands

OCCUPIED JERSALEM,(PIC)– The Israel Lands Administration (ILA) declared its intention to confiscate 70 dunums of Sur Baher lands in Duhr area in occupied Jerusalem in favor of settlement projects.

One of the land owners stated that the Israeli authorities had confiscated in 1971 nearly 2240 dunums in the mentioned area in order to build Armon Hanatziv settlement.

70 dunums have remained from the confiscated lands where construction work has been postponed on it due to the local residents’ appeals, he added.

The Israeli authorities declared its intention to construct a new settlement neighborhood on the remaining 70 dunums including the establishment of a Jewish synagogue and public facilities.

Local sources stated that the ILA has issued confiscation orders for the mentioned lands five days ago, calling on the lands’ owners to submit their appeals against the confiscation decision before July 13.

The ILA confiscation orders also called on the land owners to remove the olive trees.

The lands threatened with confiscation are owned by 20 Palestinian families, where they decided to perform the next Friday prayers on their lands.

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900 new Israeli housing units in southern al-Khalil

AL-KHALIL,(PIC)– The Israeli authorities have approved the establishment of 900 new housing units in southern al-Khalil in the occupied West Bank, a Palestinian expert in settlement affairs said.

Abdul-Hadi Hantash, member of the Land Defense Committee in al-Khalil, told Quds Press that the Israeli authorities issued recently new tenders to construct 900 housing units in several settlements in West Bank, pointing out that the construction work will be focused in smaller settlements in an attempt to impart legitimacy.

325 housing units will be established between Ochklot and Sansana settlements built on Palestinian lands in al-Khalil in order to expand and link the two settlements, he added.

The Palestinian expert pointed out that the Israeli authorities used to declare the tenders after carrying out the settlement construction as part of the Israeli policy to impose a fait accompli on the region and to prevent any Palestinian appeal against the Israeli settlement projects.

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IOF soldiers beat up young Palestinian after arresting him

AL-KHALIL, (PIC)– Israeli occupation forces (IOF) arrested a young man in Beit Ummar village, north of Al-Khalil, at dawn Monday and beat up another one from the same village last night.

Palestinian sources said that IOF soldiers arrested Yousef Abu Hashem at the Container roadblock near Bethlehem on Sunday night.

Yousef’s father said that his son was taken to Etzion detention center where he was beaten up by the soldiers before throwing him at the entrance to Beit Ummar village. He said that his son was hospitalized with a broken nose.

Meanwhile, other IOF units detained a senior member of the students’ Islamic bloc at the Arab American University in Jenin at dawn Monday.

Local sources said that the soldiers ransacked the home of Taher Nawahda before taking him in, adding that another young man was arrested in Jenin refugee camp.

‘Raising money for killers’

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by Stephen Lendman, source

Imagine holding a fundraiser for murder, destruction, and occupation viciousness.

On December 6, Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces (FIDF) held their annual gala in Los Angeles. Guests annually include high-ranking Israeli military and government officials. Well-known Americans attend.

The event raises millions of dollars annually for Israeli militarism, belligerence, and cold-blooded murder. It’s shocking that anyone would contribute to what they should condemn.

FIDF says the “job” of IDF killers “is to look after Israel. Ours is to look after them.”

Doing so is complicity with decades of crimes of war, against humanity, and genocide.

“Marching Onward with the Soldier,” says FIDF. It was founded in 1981. It’s headquartered in New York. It operates 14 regional US offices. Panama hosts another.

Major General (Res.) Yitzhak Gershon is national director and CEO. He’s “always been proud of being Israel’s soldier,” he said, “whether (on active duty) or in” America as FIDF national director.

“The bond between the community in America and the soldiers in Israel is extraordinary and powerful. It has changed the lives and created opportunities for thousands of IDF soldiers.”

“Together, we continue to carry out the utmost important mission of providing for the soldiers who fight relentlessly to defend the Jewish homeland.”

Gershon served 32 years in Israel’s army. He remains unaccountable for enormous amounts of blood on his hands. He was involved in two premeditated wars on Lebanon.

He served as IDF West Bank forces head. He was also Israeli Home Front Commander.

He helped murder and injure hundreds of Palestinian men, women, children and infants during five weeks of Operation Defensive Shield slaughter. During the second Intifada, it raged relentlessly from March 29 – May 3, 2002.

Fifty-five children died. IDF soldiers randomly shot civilians trying to by food and other essentials. Mines were laid in civilian areas. They killed seven children. Four others were injured.

On April 23, Asad Orsan lost both arms and legs. Twelve-year old Saed al-Wahshi suffered severe burns and shrapnel wounds over his entire body.

Palestinian neighborhoods were bombed and shelled. Homes were bulldozed with residents inside them. They perished beneath the rubble.

Soldiers shot children going to and returning from school. Many schools closed because violence was so intense. Injured Palestinians were prevented from getting healthcare in time. Deaths resulted.

Dozens of children were arrested, detained, beaten, isolated and terrorized. They were denied contact with families and legal help. Thousands of Palestinian men and women were treated the same way.

Three mothers lost newborns. They were forced to give birth at checkpoints. Their babies perished. Many other war crimes were committed. Gershon was actively involved.

B’Tselem reported what happened, saying:

“The IDF tried to prevent information about Palestinian suffering from reaching the Israeli public and the outside world by barring the media from most of the areas where troops operated.”

“Israeli television, radio, and newspaper reporters talked about exchanges of gunfire and the movement of armored personnel carriers, but did not mention the hardships of the civilian population.”

“It was no accident that civilians, caught in the middle of the fighting around their homes, suffered grave harm. Those who decided to use massive military force inside cities, villages, and refugee camps surely knew what the consequences would be.”

B’Tselem’s report presented graphic evidence of horrendous crimes of war and against humanity. They occurred numerous times earlier. They repeated during Israel’s 2006 Lebanon war, Cast Lead, Pillar of Cloud, and many other Israeli attacks on civilians.

Gershon and others like him are proud to have served. They have much to answer for. So do FIDF supporters contributing funds to Israel’s war machine.

During Pillar of Cloud slaughter and mass destruction, FIDF said the following:

Its members “worked around the clock to ensure the IDF’s hardworking soldiers were taken care of.”

“Whether it was by sending packages of snacks and much-needed clothing or by sending a ‘Break from the Battlefield’ package including an LCD TV screen and board games, soldiers were able to uphold hygiene and were kept entertained in their few moments off from the battlefield and during the difficult task of keeping Israel safe under fire.”

It’s hard imagining such callous support for premeditated slaughter and mass destruction.

On December 8, 2011, Barbara Streisand performed at FIDF’s fundraiser. She shamed herself in the process.

The December 6, 2012 event was billed as “Making a Difference.” Cheryl and Haim Saban served as co-chairs. Haim is an Israeli/American billionaire media mogul. Cheryl helps donate his money to unworthy causes.

Stevie Wonder was scheduled to perform. Plans at times change. He cancelled after agreeing to be part of what he should have condemned straightaway.

His spokesperson said performing would violate his status as a UN “Messenger of Peace.” FIDF organizers had no comment. Nor did Wonder’s Creative Artists Agency.

He was pressured to pull out. A petition urging he cancel got over 4,000 signatures in short order. It said:

“You were arrested in 1985 protesting South African Apartheid. Now we ask you: please remember that apartheid is apartheid, whether it comes from White Afrikaner settlers of South Africa or from Jewish Israelis in Israel.”

“Desmond Tutu has recognized that Israel’s Apartheid is worse than South Africa’s. Will you stand with us against apartheid and cancel your performance at the IDF fundraiser.”

The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation launched a separate petition. It urged Wonder to “please continue your legacy of speaking out for the oppressed.”

“Please be a ‘full-time lover’ of justice by standing on the right side of history and canceling your performance for the Israeli army.”

“Today, the Israeli army is enforcing a system that South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu has deemed even worse than Apartheid in South Africa.”

“Fifteen years ago this week, Nelson Mandela said himself: ‘we know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians….’ ”

“Three years ago, you were designated a Messenger of Peace by the UN. November 29th, one week before your scheduled performance, is the United Nations International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.”

“Please be that messenger of peace by refusing to entertain or fundraise for a military that continues to systematically oppress an entire population.”

The US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott (USACBI) called for a social media campaign to pressure Wonder to do the right thing.

In May 1998, he performed at a gala commemorating Israel’s 50th anniversary. He sold his soul doing it. Pulling out Thursday at best redeemed him partially.

He has miles to go for full redemption. He’s a noted singer/songwriter. He’s been performing for four decades. He’s world famous.

Millions everywhere know him. He’s able to use his persona constructively. It’s time to give back for what success gave him.

Doing so is priceless. No amount of money, fame, or awards gotten matches it. Doing the right thing is its own reward.

During South Africa’s apartheid years, he turned down a lucrative offer to perform. One of his songs is titled “It’s Wrong (Apartheid).” Some of the lyrics say:

“You know apartheid’s wrong, wrong

Like slavery was wrong, wrong

Like the holocaust was wrong, wrong

Apartheid is wrong, wrong, wrong.”

Desmond Tutu and other noted figures call Israeli apartheid worse than anything South Africa experienced. It’s much worse and nearly longer lasting.

Wonder joined the ranks of other celebrities against Israeli occupation and apartheid. They include Dustin Hoffman, Carlos Santana, Elvis Costello, Jon Bon Jovi, Gil-Scott Heron, Annie Lenox, Meg Ryan, Lady Smith Black Mambazo, and Daniel Barenboim.

In May 2011, he breached Israel’s Gaza blockade. With him came 36 European musicians. They performed a brief solidarity concert. Barenboim spoke briefly, saying.

“I am an Israeli. I am also a Palestinian.” Israel’s blockade “is a very, very major mistake.” He also called the occupation wrong.

Ahead of Thursday’s fundraiser, Palestinian supporters gathered outside the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza venue. Events included a press conference, protests, a mock funeral for Pillar of Cloud victims, and a rally.

Speakers included:

Los Angeles National Lawyers Guild executive director, Jim Lafferty;

US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation steering committee member, Shakeel Syed;

Palestine Children’s Relief Fund representative, Huda Bayaa; and

Israeli General Matti Peled’s son, Miko. His book is titled, “The General’s Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine.” Ahead of the event, he said:

“I served in the (Israeli army). My father was a general in the during the 1967 war.”

The IDF “today is one of the best armed and best financed terror organizations in the world. (It’s) responsible for the death of countless innocent Palestinians.”

Global BDS activism and other supportive Palestinian initiatives are vital. They’re also effective. Fundraising should support them. Momentum is building.

Palestine one day will be free. Liberating struggles take time. Apartheid South Africa collapsed. So will Israel’s repressive occupation. What can’t go on forever, won’t.

UN urges “Israel” to open nuclear facilities

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The UN General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a resolution Monday calling on the Zionist entity to quickly open its nuclear program for inspection and backing a high-level conference to ban nuclear weapons from the Middle East which was just canceled.

All the Arab nations and Iran had planned to attend the conference in mid-December in Helsinki, Finland, but the United States announced on Nov. 23 that it wouldn’t take place. It was learned the US had cancelled the scheduled conference as “Israel” refused to attend.

The resolution, approved by a vote of 174-6 with 6 abstentions, calls on “Israel” to join the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT) without further delay and open its nuclear facilities to inspection by the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Those voting “no” were “Israel”, the US, Canada, Marshall Islands, Micronesia and Palau.

Just before Monday’s vote, Iranian diplomat Khodadad Seifi told the assembly “the truth is that the “Israel” is the only party which rejected to conditions for a conference.” He called for “strong pressure on that regime to participate in the conference without any preconditions.”

Resolutions adopted by the 193-member General Assembly are not legally binding, but they do reflect world opinion and carry moral and political weight.

“Israel” refuses to confirm or deny it has nuclear bombs though it is widely believed to have a nuclear arsenal. It has refused to join the NPT.

The Arab proposal to create a mass-destruction-weapons free zone in the Mideast, and to pressure “Israel” to give up its undeclared arsenal of perhaps 80 nuclear warheads, was endorsed at an NPT conference in 1995 but never acted on.

In 2010, the 189 parties to the 1970 treaty called for convening a conference in 2012 on the establishment of a WMD-free zone in the Middle East.

Fake AP graph exposes Israeli fraud and IAEA credulity

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by Gareth Porter, source

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That Associated Press story displaying a graph alleged to be part of an Iranian computer simulation of a nuclear explosion — likely leaked by Israel with the intention of reinforcing the media narrative of covert Iranian work on nuclear weapons – raises serious questions about the International Atomic Energy Association’s (IAEA) claim that it has credible evidence of such modeling work by Iran.

The graph of the relationship between energy and power shown in the AP story has now been revealed to contain absurdly large errors indicating its fraudulence.

Those revelations indicate, in turn, that the IAEA based its publication of detailed allegations of nuclear weapons-related Iranian computer modeling on evidence that should have been rejected as having no credibility.

Former senior IAEA inspector Robert Kelley, who has challenged the accuracy of IAEA reporting on Iran, told Lobe Log in an e-mail that “It’s clear the graph has nothing to do with a nuclear bomb.”

“The pretty, symmetrical bell shaped curve at the bottom is not typical of a nuclear explosion but of some more idealized natural phenomena or mathematical equation,” he said. “Clearly it is a student example of how to perform integrals to which someone has attached some meaningless numbers.”

Nuclear physicists Yousaf Butt and Ferenc Dalnoki-Veress also pointed outthat the graph depicted by AP is not only so rudimentary and crude that it could have been done by an undergraduate student, but is based on a fundamental error of mind-numbing proportions.

The graph shown in the AP story plots two curves, one of energy versus time, the other of power output versus time. But Butt and Dalnoki-Veress noted that the two curves are inconsistent. The peak level of power shown in the graph, they said, is nearly a million times too high.

After a quick look at the graph, the head of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Cal State Sacramento, Dr. Hossein Partovi, observed, “[T]he total energy is more than four orders of magnitude (forty thousand times) smaller than the total integrated power that it must equal!” Essentially, the mismatch between the level of total energy and total power on the graph is “more than four orders of magnitude”, which Partovi explained means that the level of energy is 40,000 times too small in relation to the level of power.

One alert reader of the account of the debunking of the graph at theMondoweiss blog cited further evidence supporting Kelley’s observation that the graph shown by AP was based on an another graph that had nothing to do with nuclear explosions.

The reader noted that the notation “kT” shown after “energy” on the right hand scale of the graph does not stand for “kilotons” as Jahn suggested, but “Boltzmann constant” (k) multiplied by temperature (T). The unit of tons, on the other hand, is always abbreviated with a lower case “t”, he pointed out, so kilotons would be denoted as “kt”.

The reader also stated that the “kT” product is used in physics as a scaling factor for energy values in molecular-scale systems, such as a microsecond laser pulse.

The evidence thus suggests that someone took a graph related to an entirely different problem and made changes to show a computer simulation of a 50 kiloton explosion. The dotted line on the graph leads the eye directly to the number 50 on the right-hand energy scale, which would lead most viewers to believe that it is the result of modeling a 50 kiloton nuclear explosion.

The graph was obviously not done by a real Iranian scientist — much less someone working in a top secret nuclear weapons research program — but by an amateur trying to simulate a graph that would be viewed, at least by non-specialists, as something a scientist might have drawn.

Although AP reporter George Jahn wrote that officials who provided the diagram did so “only on condition that they and their country not be named”, the country behind the graph is not much of a mystery.

Blogger Richard Silverstein has also provided a key piece of evidence indicating that the source of the graph was Israel’s intelligence agency, the Mossad. He reports that a “highly-placed Israeli source” told him the diagram “was stolen by the Mossad from an Iranian computer” using one of the various malware programs deployed against Iran.

That information links the graph in question to a longer stream of documents, supposedly obtained by Israeli intelligence from inside Iran’s nuclear program and then given to the IAEA over the past few years. Former IAEA Secretary General Mohammed ElBaradei refers in his memoirs to documents provided by Israel in 2009 “purportedly showing that Iran had continued with nuclear weapons studies until at least 2007.” ElBaradei adds that the Agency’s “technical experts” had “raised numerous questions about the documents’ authenticity”, and suggested that US intelligence “did not buy the “evidence” put forward by Israel” in its 2007 National Intelligence Estimate.

Jahn’s story indicates that this and similar graphs were the basis for the IAEA’s publishing charges by two unnamed states that Iran had done computer modeling that the agency said could only have been about nuclear weapons.

Jahn cites a “senior diplomat who is considered neutral on the issue” as confirming that the graph accompanying his story was one of “a series of Iranian computer-generated models provided to the IAEA by the intelligences services of member nations.”

Those “computer generated models” were discussed in the November 2011 report, which referred to “[i]nformation provided to the Agency by two Member States relating to modelling [sic] studies alleged to have been conducted in 2008 and 2009 by Iran….” The unnamed member states were alleging that the Iranian studies “involved the modelling [sic] of spherical geometries, consisting of components of the core of an HEU nuclear device subjected to shock compression, for their neutronic behaviour at high density, and a determination of the subsequent nuclear explosive yield.”

Nothing in that description of the alleged modeling is documented by the type of graph shown by the AP story.

The IAEA report concludes by saying, “The information also identifies models said to have been used in those studies and the results of these calculations, which the Agency has seen.”

In other words, the only evidence that the IAEA had actually seen was the graphs of the alleged computer modeling, of which the graph shown in the AP story is alleged to be an example. But the fact that data on that graph has been credibly shown to be off by four orders of magnitude suggests that the Israeli claim of Iranian computer modeling of “components of the core of an HEU nuclear device subjected to shock compression” was completely fabricated.

Former IAEA Inspector Kelley also told Lobe Log that “We can only hope that the claim that the IAEA has relied on this crude hoax is false. Otherwise their credibility has been shattered.”

US arms reserve storage bases inside “Israel”

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A congressional report has exposed that the United States has stockpiled $800 million worth of weaponry and arms in “Israel” ‘in case of emergency’. The report, revealed in April 2012, revealed that the amount may increase by 50%. That is to $1.12 billion, merely for emergency.

The deal also allows “Israel” to use these artilleries in case of a military emergency. “Israeli” news source ‘Haaretz’ emphasized this as reassurance of “America’s commitment to “Israel’s” security.”

The agreement was signed by head of the “”Israel” War Forces” technology and logistics branch Brig. Gen. Ofer Wolf, and Rear Admiral Andy Brown, the logistics director of US Army European Command.

Missiles, armored vehicles, aerial ammunition and artillery ordnance are of the many supplies stockpiled in the ‘emergency reserves on the occupied land. The need for this stockpiling was apparently good for “Israel”, whose “Stores of aerial and artillery ammunition were depleted during the Second Lebanon War in 2006, nearly reaching levels the IDF considers dangerously low.”

The report also articulates that the United States gave authorization during the Second Lebanon War in 2006 for the ‘IDF’ to utilize some of the ordinances.

The initial value of the equipment stored in “Israel” was apparently $100 million, but it cultivated to $800 million only two years ago. An amendment to a Congressional law now permits the value of the ‘emergency backup’ to be increased to $1.12 billion.

Leaks and espionage: Israeli style versus American

by Jim Dean, source

I read with a bit of excitement Wednesday morning the news on Netanyahu canceling the second part of the security cabinet meeting based on leaks to Ynet the day before.

This cabinet has not met since last October despite the impending doom of Iran supposedly working to drive Israel into the sea. I suspected this leaked material must be a blockbuster so off I went to find out what it was.

The great American circus man, P. T. Barnum, was famous for his saying that “There is a sucker born every minute.” I must admit I got suckered here. As I read through the Ynet article all I got was “the information was disturbing but not daunting…it’s not scary…they are holding their own on their international pressure….talk of more sanctions”. Yawn, yawn!!

I then switched back to the Haaretz report by Barak Ravid to find Netanyahu proclaiming, “Someone severely damaged the trust that Israel’s citizens have in this forum…hurt the good name of those who attended and did not leak.” Oh shame, oh shame!!

Netanyahu continued that [Israeli security] …”depends on the ability to hold classified and wide-ranging discussions in the political-security cabinet. That is where all of the facts, opinions and ramifications are presented.”…”I have nothing to say against the media, it’s doing its job. I do have something to say about whoever broke the very basic trust required for [discussing] Israel’s security matters, and who has damaged the capability of holding classified discussions. I have a responsibility to the citizens of Israel for the country’s security and therefore I am cutting this meeting short.”

Well, I had heard enough by now. I immediately wanted to contact Bibi to have him come to the US to lecture our Congress, White House and military into not leaking national security information…not just to the press, but to Israeli Intelligence operatives that are so thick here in Washington D.C. There should be a limit as to how many are allowed in a room at one time.

It is an open secret here in the land of the free that when any major government meeting is over that people are running outside with their ‘special’ cellphones to check in with their AIPAC handlers to get credit for turning the goods over the fastest. American counter intelligence has to keep track of all this so they know what the Israelis are getting, but unfortunately that is all they usually can do.

You see, the Israeli espionage game here is played at a level that our public is generally unaware of. In the trade it’s called ‘front door’ espionage. There are no longer underground parking garage meetings, ‘Deep Throat’ style from the Nixon Watergate days. That is so…Old School.

Now their spies just call their respective committee chairman or National Security Council sources and make an appointment to drop by and pick up what they want. It’s like ordering a pizza but they pass on the humiliation of having it delivered. They just send someone to pick it up.

How many get caught? None really, as all these upper level spy sources are called ‘protected personages’. They are too big to prosecute, à la…’too big to fail’ like the Wall Street and banking firm scandals.

This of course has had disastrous morale effects on our counter intelligence people. When tracking Israeli spies to all of these high government offices, where they get really excited about breaking a big case, they soon get introduced to the real world.

After they hand in their first report they often find their investigation being closed down by higher ups who don’t relish the aspect of having to indict key government legislators and executives who vote on their budgets or possibly the confirmation of their next position. Obstruction of justice by political operatives is an ongoing crime here in America.

Besides this shallow reason there is a more sinister one and that is the disclosure of decades of Israeli espionage in the highest halls of our government would cause such a shock to the public’s trust in our democratic institutions, that that in itself would constitute a national security threat. Isn’t that special?
I hope none of you think I am teasing you here. Just take a look at the track record. Other than the occasional ‘onsey’ prosecution, a traditional espionage case, when is the last time you saw an Israeli spy NETWORK taken down here? You have a long list of possibilities besides government and military.
How about in media? Major media is heaven on earth for spying with its wonderful cover, access to top people, and best of all…those ‘off the record’ conversations where you get the really juicy stuff. When did we bust up a spy ring in academia, or our nuclear labs, or the think tank networks where many have turned into literally safe houses…grooming and training grounds for all kinds of spies, young and old.

Our Intel people have to endure the humiliation of seeing spies on the major TV networks being introduced as experts in their fields, making their job of getting good information and recruiting that much easier.

Many of them leave, after retirement usually… just sick of what they have seen go on. Those that protest too loudly find their careers dead ended and bad reports put in their personnel files to taint them in any future testimony they may ponder giving during a moment of conscience.

What I have described is a national disgrace as no warning about this ongoing threat has ever been given to the American people, possibly the biggest betrayal of our government toward its people in our history.

So yes Mr. Uzi Landau, Minister of Water Resources, I support your call to have everyone on the Security Cabinet undergo polygraph tests to discover the leaker of the “It’s not scary” material. But if you have time for some weekend moonlighting, could you fly to the States and teach us how to pull off this having all the top people hooked up to the lie detectors. We would so love to ask them a few questions about all their interactions with your spy networks over here. And we of course could make a contribution to the charity of your choice, as long as it wasn’t one of those make believe ones.

If you help us out I promise you we will work as hard as we can to help stop this attack Iran craziness. And I will let you in on little secret. We know that their medium range missiles are very accurate now and if you attack their facilities they are going to rain them down on yours. And that Iron Dome thing…it does not work too well.

And take Dimona for example, the big stockpile of nuclear waste you have there. Once those barrels are hit and that stuff gets vaporized and spread around, the half life is two million years. It may be hard for you to understand this now, but if we can help stop that you will really be happy with us, and so will we.

But…shush…don’t tell anyone about this. It will be our little secret. And once you feel better about crossing over the river into the land of the light, we can begin chatting about how a country your size, similar to Metro Atlanta, would need all that WMD, nuclear, chemical and bio weapons, the nuclear subs and all.

Oh sure, we know you stole a lot of the technology from here, and Germany built your offensive nuclear subs for you at a discount, but you still had to pay for some of it. We just can’t figure out how you paid for it all. Heck, Atlanta would be broke with all of that stuff.

Let us know when you catch that dirty leaker. He needs a new job anyway. I would be embarrassed to leak something that was ‘not too scary’. And lastly Mr. Landau, you can trust me that all of our communications will be strictly confidential. I don’t even know where Ynet is!!

Evidence in Delhi embassy bombing suggests journalist was framed

by Gareth Porter

In “The Delhi Car Bombing: How the Police Built a False Case”, a three-part series beginning today, award-winning investigative journalist Gareth Porter dissects the Delhi police accusation against an Indian journalist and four Iranians of involvement in the Feb. 13 bombing of an Israeli embassy car.

WASHINGTON, Aug 27 2012 (IPS) – New Delhi police officials have released hundreds of pages of documents from their investigation into the Feb. 13 bombing of an Israeli Embassy car. The documents aimed to show that a well-known Indian Muslim journalist aided an Iranian conspiracy to plan and carry out the bombing.

But a review by IPS of the evidence filed in the case suggests that the Indian journalist accused in the case has been framed by the police, at least in part to implicate the Iranians in the terror plot.

The “charge sheet” on the embassy car bombing filed by the “Special Cell” (SC) of the Delhi police July 31 claims Indian journalist Syed Mohommed Ahmad Kazmi confessed to helping officials from Iran plan the bombing plot in return for payments totalling 5,500 U.S. dollars.

It also says that a moped used for reconnaissance by the Iranian said to have carried out the bombing was found in Kazmi’s residence and that forensic bomb-making evidence was discovered in the hotel room of that same Iranian.

But an analysis of the documentation included in the filing reveals that the evidence is highly questionable.
The SC has a long history of cases against alleged terrorists that were rejected by the court as involving framing people and planting false evidence.

Kazmi is an unlikely candidate for participation in an Iranian terrorist plot. A 50-year-old senior Indian journalist, he had his own web-based news service, a regular job as a columnist for the leading Urdu-language weekly and a retainer as Urdu newscaster for India’s state-owned television channel Doordarshan.

He did not need the 5,500 U.S. dollars police claim he received for helping the Iranians plan the bombing. Nor did he need the 2.26 million rupees (40,000 U.S. dollars) in foreign remittances that Delhi police chief B. K. Gupta asserted in a press conference in mid-March that the journalist and his wife had received in their bank accounts. Gupta declared that Kazmi and his wife had been “unable to explain” those remittances.

But Kazmi’s family has produced bank documents showing that the remittances had come from relatives in the UK and Singapore in 2009 and 2010. Furthermore, the “Economic Directorate” of the Indian Police assigned to investigate the remittances could find nothing incriminating in them, the Indian press has reported.

A more serious problem with the SC case is that it depends heavily on Kazmi’s alleged confession of guilt. That confession, consisting of five separate statements between Mar. 6 and 24, is inadmissible as evidence under Indian law on the assumption that police will inevitably coerce those in their custody to make confessions.

Kazmi has denounced all the “disclosure statements” attributed to him as false. He charged in a handwritten petition to the court Apr. 16 that the SC had coerced him into providing his signature on blank pages. He said the police threatened that his family with “dire consequences” if he did not do as they directed.

Except for the very first “disclosure statement” dated Mar. 6, all of them are followed by the handwritten notation “Accused refused to sign”.

Most of the five “disclosures” were clearly written by the Special Cell in order to implicate both Kazmi and three Iranians in the bombing plot. The disclosures make Kazmi appear eager to incriminate himself, even though the police account offers no reason for considering Kazmi a suspect, except that his mobile phone number was said to have been called by a Houshang Afshar Irani, who in turn was said to have been contacted by an Iranian involved in the Feb. 14 explosion in Bangkok.

The disclosure dated Mar. 6 and supposedly given to police before Kazmi was even under arrest confesses to having been informed of the plot for a bombing in Delhi by a Seyed Ali Mahdiansadr during a visit to Tehran in January 2011, and having agreed to help the plotters.

Kazmi is also portrayed in the statement as admitting to having been given a Kinetic brand moped by Irani for safekeeping at his home during the first week in May 2011. The police cite that statement as the justification for immediately arresting him and for allegedly seizing the moped from Kazmi’s residence.

There is good reason to believe that the police had already followed Irani’s trail during his two-week visit to Delhi in late April and early May 2011 and had learned before Kazmi’s arrest that he had purchased a used black Kinetic moped at a commercial showroom in Delhi on Apr. 26.

Kazmi’s family and lawyer Mehmood Pracha say the moped taken away from his residence Mar. 6 was not the one identified in the police “seizure memo”, which has the same identification number as found on the receipt for Irani’s purchase of the scooter, but one left by Kazmi’s brother two years ago and never used during that time.

The memo for the scooter is signed and dated by Deputy Chief of Police Sanjeev Yadav, the senior police official in the SC investigation, and one other officer. It is signed but not dated by a third officer. The fact that Kazmi’s signature is on the document without any date suggests that he signed a blank sheet of paper.

The Kinetic moped is crucial to the SC effort to link Kazmi to Irani’s alleged reconnaissance of the Israeli embassy to prepare for the bombing, because there is no other evidence except Kazmi’s own discredited “disclosures”. But the story about the moped raises serious questions about its plausibility.

It would have made no sense for a terrorist to purchase a moped for that purpose, since Kazmi owned a car that would have made the task far easier as well as more secure.

The alleged turnover of the moped to Kazmi by Irani at the end of his two-week visit makes even less sense, because it suggests that he was planning to use it again for the actual bombing operation. But someone contemplating an operation to affix a magnet bomb to a car would never have considered using a moped for the job. A Kinetic moped normally cannot go faster than 20 miles per hour and is notoriously poor in acceleration, making a getaway for the bomber highly problematic.

In the event, Irani rented a motorcycle when he returned, suggesting that had probably disposed of the moped by reselling it cheaply.

Another sign that the police had trouble linking Kazmi to Irani’s reconnaissance of the Israeli Embassy is the statement attributed to him in one of the “disclosures”. Whenever he met with Irani, his supposed disclosure says, “I used to leave my mobile phone at my residence.”

That sentence was evidently included to explain why a search of Kazmi’s mobile phone records would not reveal any activity in the area where the “disclosure” claims Kazmi and Irani were carrying out reconnaissance of the Israeli Embassy during Irani’s two-week stay.

The police used the same argument in a 2007 terrorism case in which they had alleged that the accused had taken a trip to Kashmir to collect explosives but had left his mobile phone at his guest house.

The Court did not find the assertion credible, however, and threw out the charges.

*This story is the first in a three-part series, “The Delhi Car Bombing: How the Police Built a False Case”, in which award-winning investigative journalist Gareth Porter dissects the Delhi police accusation against an Indian journalist and four Iranians of involvement in the Feb. 13 bombing of an Israeli embassy car.

Gareth Porter, an investigative historian and journalist specializing in U.S. national security policy, received the UK-based Gellhorn Prize for journalism for 2011 for articles on the U.S. war in Afghanistan.

“Israel” threatens Tehran to win US pledge to invade Iran: Report

Press TV

A US daily says recently heightened Israeli propaganda about launching an imminent attack on Iran actually aims to win an American pledge for attacking the Islamic Republic during the sensitive election season.

“Some say that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is bluffing in hope of forcing [US] President [Barack] Obama to issue an ultimatum to Iran that America would do the job itself later,” The Washington Post daily reported in a Saturday article.

“Analysts suggest that Netanyahu is looking for a (specific) deadline on abandoning talks and resorting to military action,” the article noted.

According to the report, other analysts argue that Netanyahu’s recently hyped-up rhetoric of threat reflects his distrust in the Obama administration as well as the seemingly friendlier Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney when it comes to launching a military strike against Iran.

“A new war in the Middle East would be deeply unpopular among American voters,” the paper underlined. “Even talk of an imminent conflict with Iran could spike gas prices and unsettle the financial markets, possibly worsening the already standstill economy weeks before the November election.”

Quoting analysts and former officials in both the US and the Israeli regime, the paper explained that Israelis are trying to manipulate the American presidential election “to seek an explicit statement from Obama that the United States would launch its own attack as early as next year if the talks (between Iran and the six world powers) collapse.”

The wealthy pro-Israeli lobby groups in Washington have persistently used their power to influence political campaigns and exert leverage over elected US officials to win favors for the Tel Aviv regime.

Meanwhile, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad lashed out at Obama during a Friday address on the International Quds Day for having failed to remain committed to his change slogan. He urged American authorities to avoid giving in to Israeli pressures and act independently to serve the interests of the American nation.

“Israel’s” Iran war talk aims at deal for tougher US policy

by Gareth Porter, source

IPS — Two recent interviews apparently given by Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak provide evidence that the new wave of reports in the Israeli press about a possible Israeli attack on Iran is a means by which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Barak hope to leverage a U.S. shift toward Israel’s red lines on Iran’s nuclear programme.

An interview given by a “senior official in Jerusalem” to Ynet News Wednesday Israeli time makes the first explicit linkage between the unilateral Israeli option and the objective of securing the agreement of President Barack Obama to the Israeli position that Iran must not be allowed to have a nuclear weapons “capability”.

In the Ynet News interview, the unnamed official is reported as explicitly offering a deal to the Obama administration: if Obama were to “toughten its stance” with regard to the Iranian nuclear programme, Israel “may rule out a unilateral attack”.

Ynet News reporter Ron Ben Yishai writes that Obama “must repeat publicly (at the U.N. General Assembly, for instance), that the U.S. will not allow Iran to obtain nuclear weapons and that Israel has a right to defend itself, independently.”

Obama made both statements, in effect, at the conference of the influential American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), but has not repeated them since then.

But the official added a more far-reaching condition for dropping the option of a unilateral Israeli attack on Iran, according to Ben Yishai: Obama must also make it clear that his “red line” is no longer evidence of an intention to enrich to weapons-grade levels but the Israeli red line that Iran must not be allowed to have the enrichment capability to do so if Iran were to make the decision.

In the context of that radical shift in the U.S. red line, the Netanyahu government would view the public statements demanded by the official as “a virtual commitment by the U.S. to act, militarily if needed,” according to Ben Yishai.

“The senior Israeli official estimated that should Washington accept the main demands, Israel would reconsider its unilateral measures and coordinate them with the U.S.,” Ben Yishai writes.

The interview indicates that what Netanyahu and Barak are seeking is a U.S. posture on Iran’s nuclear programme that Israel could use to maximise domestic pressure on Obama to attack Iran if he is reelected.

That Israeli interest in leveraging the threat of a unilateral military option to change the U.S. public posture toward Iran is also suggested in an Aug. 10 interview by Haaretz with an official whom interviewer Ari Shavit calls “the decisionmaker”. The unnamed senior official was described in a way that left little doubt that it was in fact Barak.

The unnamed official explicitly linked the Netanyahu effort to keep the unilateral option in play with the need to influence U.S. policy. “If Israel forgoes the chance to act and it becomes clear that it no longer has the power to act,” he said, “the likelihood of an American action will decrease.”

He also hinted at a debate within the Israeli government – presumably between Netanyahu and Barak themselves – over what could realistically be expected from the Obama administration on Iran. “So we cannot wait a year to find out who was right,” said the official, “the one who said that the likelihood of an American action is high or the one who said the likelihood of an American action is low.”

That allusion to different assessments of U.S. action by the Obama administration suggests that Barak may have been arguing that the threat of a unilateral Israeli attack could be used to leverage a shift in U.S. declaratory policy short of an outright U.S. threat to attack Iran. Barak has generally characterised the policy of the Obama administration as tougher toward Iran than has Netanyahu, who has described it in perjorative terms.

Invoking a “genuine built-in gap” between differing U.S. and Israeli “red lines”, the senior official said, “Ostensibly the Americans could easily bridge this gap. They could say clearly that if by next spring the Iranians still have a nuclear programme, they will destroy it.”

But he suggested that such a simple U.S. threat is not realistic. “Americans are not making this simple statement because countries don’t make these kinds of statements to each other,” said the official, adding, “The American president cannot commit now to a decision that he will or will not make six months from now.” The implication was that someone else had been insisting on such an Obama commitment.

The conditions for a deal outlined in the Ynet News interview may represent the more indirect stance Barak was hoping would be a more realistic possibility. But there is no reason to believe that Obama, who has resisted pressure from his own administration to shift his red line in the direction of Israel’s position, would accept such a deal.

The evidence from these two interviews that Israel is eager, if not desperate, for a deal with the Obama administration on Iran suggests that the new wave of reports in the Israeli press in the first two weeks of August about the unilateral Israeli option cannot be taken at face value.

The New York Times reported on Aug. 12 a “frenzy of newspaper articles and television reports over the weekend… suggesting Netanyahu has all but made the decision to attack Iran unilaterally this fall.” But Netanyahu and Barak have always been careful to distinguish between consideration of a unilateral military option and a commitment to carrying it out.

A central objective of the recent press reports – and of the larger Netanyahu-Barak campaign that began earlier this year – has been to make the idea of a unilateral Israeli attack on Iranian nuclear sites credible, despite all evidence to the contrary.

On Aug. 10, for exampIe, Israel’s television Channel 2 reported that Netanyahu and Barak had been saying in recent conversations that there is “relatively slight chance” that an attack on Iran would “result in a full-scale regional war in the circumstances that have emerged in the Middle East in last few weeks or months.” The report said the “working assumption” is that, although Hezbollah and Hamas would retaliate, “it is assessed that Syria will not react.”

It is neither Syria nor Hezbollah, however, but Iran itself that that worries Israeli military and intelligence officials the most. When challenged by Haaretz’s Shavit on the likely serious consequences of war with Iran, given the hundreds of Iranian missiles capable of hitting Israeli cities, “the decision-maker” argued, “(W)hat characterizes the Iranians all along is caution and patience.”

That argument, aimed at making the threatened attack seem reasonable, involves an obvious contradiction: on one hand, Iran is too cautious to retaliate against an Israeli attack, but on the other hand, it is too irrational to refrain from going nuclear, despite the obvious risks

Barak also argued in the Haaretz interview that Israel could delay the Iranian nuclear programme for eight to 10 years – enough time, he suggested, for regime change to take place. Top Israeli military and intelligence officials have been reported as believing, however, that an attack on Iran would ensure and accelerate Iran’s move toward a nuclear weapon rather than delay it.

In fact, Barak declared on Sep. 17, 2009, “I am not among those who believe Iran is an existential issue for Israel.” And in a Nov. 17, 2011 interview with Charlie Rose, he even denied that the Iranian nuclear programme was aimed at Israel.

The Barak argument on Iran contradicted Netanyahu’s assertion, most recently reported in an Aug. 5 Channel 2 report, that Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei is “an irrational leader”.

Obama trumps AIPAC, Romney, Republicans with yet more Iranian sanctions

by Franklin Lamb, Al Manar

Beirut

‪According to the Obama Presidential campaign issues staff, temporarily operating out of the Democratic National Committee HQ at 430 South Capitol Street, SE in Washington DC, Team Obama scored an electoral coup again rival Mitt Romney this week by moving fast to pull the rug from Romney’s hoped for advantage from his obsequious Israel trip. That visit, which ranks among the all-time most groveling led to even Zionist media outlets including the New York Times and Washington Post dissing Mitt’s trip as “un-presidential”.‬

‪Obama operative James Carville boasted this week that “Romney & Co. ain’t ready for no major league Presidential campaigning and we’re gonna keep whupping em real bad til November 6th. ”‬

“Slick Jimmy” as Mr. Carville is fondly known back home in Big Easy bars along Bourbon Street as well as some of his associates are explaining why:‬

‪The Republican National Committee, now essentially part of the Romney campaign even though it is supposed to stay neutral until the party chooses its nominees at the August 27-30 Tampa, Florida Republican Convention had worked for over a month with AIPAC and Florida Republican Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen to help deliver pro-Israel votes and cash to Romney.‬

‪The plan was to cap off Romney’s Israel trip with another round of sanctions against Iran which he would promote at a major photo op while bashing Syria in the process. This was to be acheived via yet another law, this time H. R. 1905 named by AIPAC as The Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act of 2012.‬

‪It was last December the Iran Threat Reduction Act draft law on the House side heaped more sanctions on Iran. The problem was that the White House was then tepid and US Senate Foreign Relation Committee Chair, John Kerry (D-Mass) did not cooperate as he continues to work to launch a diplomatic initiative with Tehran on behalf of Obama. ‬

The current AIPAC version has emerged from Israel lobby dominated House-Senate negotiations and it includes the most flagrant layers of sanctions ever enacted to undermine the economy of any country. Congressman Ron Paul rose to speak in strong opposition to H.R. 1905 on 8/1/12 labeling it a “declaration of war against Iran even though Iran has no nuclear weapons program”. And so it is.‬

H.R. 1905 sponsor and House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) was almost giddy as she promised to deliver Florida to Romney and gushed: “This bipartisan, bicameral Iran sanctions legislation strengthens current U.S. law by leaps and bounds and it updates and expands U.S. sanctions, and counters Iran’s efforts to evade them. The bill sends a clear message to the Iranian mullahs that the U.S. is committed, through the use of sanctions, to preventing Iran from crossing the nuclear threshold.” She reminded the media that Romney told Israeli officials in Jerusalem that the Obama administration was not doing enough to stop Iran’s nuclear program and that: “Essentially president Obama is doing nothing!”

H.R. 1905 is a catch all frenzied election year gimmick that lumps together legislative initiatives of all sorts in order to corral votes for Romney immediately after his Israel trip which left little doubt that Israeli leaders believe that Israel will have less leverage to squeeze the US to take on yet another big military action if Obama is re-elected than if Romney wins.

H.R. 1905:

· Puts virtually all of Iran’s energy, financial, and transportation sectors under U.S. sanction. Companies conducting business with Iran in these sectors face losing access to U.S. markets;

· Applies harsh sanctions designed to prevent Iran from repatriating any proceeds from its oil sales, thus depriving Iran of 80 percent of its hard currency earnings and half of the funds to support its national budget for education, health, food subsidies and other needed public purposes;

· Places more tough sanctions on the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC), the National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC) and Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC);

· Targets Iran’s use of barter transactions to bypass sanctions, the provision of insurance to Iran’s energy sector, and the provision of specialized financial messaging services to the Central Bank of Iran;

Click here to learn more about the legislation and how it is designed to increase pressure on Iran.

In its letter to Congressmen, designed to aid Mitt Romney, AIPAC writes:

“America and our allies must unite in a tough response to Iran’s belligerent approach. We must continue to send a strong message to Tehran that it will face unremitting pressure until it complies with its international obligations and end its nuclear weapons quest. We strongly support The Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act (H.R. 1905) and urge you to vote YES.”

The letter is signed by the following AIPAC supporters of Romney: Howard Kohr, Executive Director, Marvin Feuer, Director, Policy & Government Affairs, and Brad Gordon, Director of Special Campaigns.

Learning what the Israeli lobby was attempting from its contacts at AIPAC, Obama campaign strategists moved fast and decided to have their candidate use his constitutional powers and undercut the Romney strategists toute de suite. Obama did and angered AIPAC and Republican leaders in Congress before the lopsided House vote on 7/12/12 when the White House quickly invited supporters of Israel to a media event at which the President issued an Executive Order which he explained included “ Two major actions to further isolate and penalize Iran for its refusal to live up to its international obligations regarding its nuclear program and to hold accountable financial institutions that knowingly provide financial services to Iranian banks.”

As a result of pre-empting AIPAC’s H.R. 1905, and despite ‘feel good’ further action by Congress on H.R. 1905, the Obama campaign says they gutted the AIPAC/Republican/Romney scheme while once more assuring Israel and its lobby of Obama’s willingness to use all his Constitutional powers on Israel’s behalf and to target its “existential threat” Iran.

According to two congressional insiders, the quick witted maneuver by the Obama campaign is a key reason their candidate currently leads in the swing states of Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania while reminding the media that no presidential candidate since 1960 has won the White House without carrying two of these three states.

Meanwhile, Romney operatives are seeking alternative ways to convince Israel to maintain its support and cash for his campaign during the next nine weeks of what “Slick Jimmy” is calling, “American Democracy at work.”

Franklin Lamb, former Assistant Counsel, US House Judiciary Committee and Professor of International Law at Northwestern College of Law in Oregon, earned his Law Degree at Boston University and his LLM, M.Phil., and PhD degrees at the London School of Economics. Following three years at the International Court of Justice in The Hague, Lamb was visiting fellow at the Harvard Law School’s East Asian Legal Studies Center.

He is currently doing research in Lebanon and volunteers with the Palestine Civil Rights Campaign and the Sabra-Shatila Foundation. Lamb is the author of: Israel’s 1982 War in Lebanon: Eyewitness Chronicles of the Invasion and Occupation, South End Press, First Printing, 1983, International Legal Responsibility for the Sabra-Shatila Massacre, Imp. TIPE: 42, Rue Lebour 93100 Montreuil, Paris, France 1984, The Price We Pay: A Quarter Century of Israel’s Use of American Weapons in Lebanon (Lamont Press) 2007, His latest book, The Case for Palestinian Civil Rights in Lebanon, is due out shortly.

“Israeli” PM: US-led sanctions on Iran have failed

Moqawama

“Israeli” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the US-led sanctions against Iran have failed to stop Tehran’s nuclear energy program.

“Neither sanctions nor diplomacy have yet had any impact on Iran’s nuclear program,” Netanyahu said.
During a meeting with visiting US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Wednesday, Netanyahu addressed Panetta saying “America and “Israel” have … made clear that all options are on the table. You yourself said a few months ago that when all else fails, America will act.”

“But these declarations have also not yet convinced the Iranians to stop their program.”
He added that ‘forceful’ statements have failed to force Iran into believing that the West is serious about stopping its nuclear activities and added time to resolve the issue ‘peacefully’ was running out.
On Tuesday the US administration imposed new illegal economic sanctions against Iran’s energy sector.

One day after Obama announced new sanctions against Iran, the US Congress also approved more illegal embargoes against Tehran, which seek to punish banks, insurance companies and shippers that help Tehran sell its oil.

“Israel’s” race toward World War III

by Gordon Duff, source

Events are racing forward, events real reporting might stop. Instead, the world’s news media spews fiction, press releases and hate mongering. If history is repeating itself, as it so often has, we are watching a plan take shape, one devised in Tel Aviv, making use of “assets” around the world, meant to culminate in orchestrated “false flag” terror attacks which Israeli influence in the media, vast influence, can use to create an atmosphere enabling an attack on Iran by the United States.

Such an attack would be, not only a war crime, but, were there careful investigations, we already bask in thousands of “unprosecuted” war crimes already, “war though sanction based on wild conspiracy theory,” Obama’s part in this, and the endless plots by puppet regimes throughout the Middle East, some in need of an external war to prevent their own overthrow by freedom loving citizens who have “had enough” of dictatorship.

Iran has been a target for years, almost reminding me of British author H. G. Well’s book, War of the Worlds. One quote comes to mind from Chapter 1:

“The eve of the war

No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man’s and yet as mortal as his own; that as men busied themselves about their various concerns they were scrutinised and studied, perhaps almost as narrowly as a man with a microscope might scrutinise the transient creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water. With infinite complacency men went to and fro over this globe about their little affairs, serene in their assurance of their empire over matter…No one gave a thought to the older worlds of space as sources of human danger, or thought of them only to dismiss the idea of life upon them as impossible or improbable…Yet across the gulf of space, minds that are to our minds as ours are to those of the beasts that perish, intellects vast and cool and unsympathetic, regarded this earth with envious eyes, and slowly and surely drew their plans against us.”

Wells could well have been talking of today with Iran the target of those “intellects vast and cool and unsympathetic,” those who “regarded earth (Iran) with envious eyes, and slowly and surely drew their plans against us.”

However, Israel or even the US or NATO are not alone in their envy and malice. We are talking Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain but the list can be a longer one.

It begins:

Sunday night, US Secretary of State Clinton, America’s top diplomat, was attacked. Her convoy was approached by a white Citroen DS5 with multiple armed gunmen in body armor and using automatic weapons of heavy caliber.

Clinton was traveling from Tel Aviv to al Quds (Jerusalem). US diplomatic security is very high, an escort with at least one Apache Helicopter. Clinton was in particular danger. She had been under attack in the US by extremists for having a Muslim on her staff.

Huma Albedin, her chief of staff, was accused by Rep. Michelle Bachmann and a small group of Republicans of ties to terror organizations and that Clinton was, herself, an “anti-Israeli terrorist.” The claims, when examined in detail by CNN’s Andersen Cooper, were debunked as wild conspiracy theory.

Washington insiders believe the Clinton assassination try was partially caused by over-reaction to these tales of Clinton’s imaginary Muslim spy organization and the current “meltdown” in Israeli politics. Violence and assassination inside Israel is now and has always been “the norm.”

Back in the US, Bachmann, herself, is seen by most Americans as an icon of ignorance, fanaticism and outright lying. That same night, the HBO drama, Network, a popular TV series about lack of quality in news reporting, actually called Bachman and her political associates “liars” in front of a massive international audience. All are “friends of Israel” or, perhaps, a bit more than friends.

“Network” is a “sign” that Americans have “had enough” also. Many hope that this new, powerful medium of rationality takes on wider issues and eventually “debunks” the misreporting of Iran’s nuclear energy programs. We will wait and watch.

The attacks, Israel and Bulgaria

The Clinton attack, though on Israeli radio and in an initial report from Reuters was silence, intercepted by Al Alam in Iran but suppressed everywhere else. Had she been killed, Iran would have been immediately blamed, a “Hezbollah” attack, the same claim Israel is making about the attack in Bulgaria earlier in the week.

This, in itself is more than curious. Within moments of the Thursday attack, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu blamed Iran. He had no information whatsoever, he simply started speaking, making it up as he went along. He does that.

For intelligence experts, real questions come to mind. Those who travel in Bulgaria know how much surveillance there is. There is a video of the attack because, in Bulgaria, everything is on video, security is as tight as North Korea and nobody travels without “minders.”

Yet, low and behold, a “big name terrorist” who had been in “Gitmo,” Mehdi Ghadi, with passport, drivers license, just like the magic pristine terrorist passport, the only 9/11 “evidence,” was there when needed.

Those onsite in Bulgaria have a different story. They claim one bus caught fire after an explosion and then two others began burning, 3 out of the 5 buses. This means the cover story was wrong and because a 3 bus attack failed, a much bigger event that might have been enough to “justify” a military response against an unproven enemy, the basis of the American “Global War on Terror,” the story was scaled back with lies.

Thus, Netanyahu was left with 5 dead Israeli’s instead of 50 or 80, and forced to sell his side of the story, the mysterious evidence left at the scene, spending credibility Netanyahu no longer has.

Prediction and coincidence

When too many things happen during a critical but short period of time, the term “coincidence” is used less and the term “orchestrated,” at least by those who are trained to recognize “patterns” is the operable assumption.

As the Persian Gulf awaits a new American carrier battle group based around the massive USS Stennis and the region begins to fill with military buildup, some publicly announced, some less public, North Korean submarines sited off Diego Garcia, naval vessels of all flags appearing by magic, the probability of an “incident” leading to a major war increases exponentially.

Behind this, the London Olympics of 2012, secured by an Israeli company under broad criticism for poor performance, perhaps the understatement of all time, sits vulnerable to terrorist attack, an attack tied more to “orchestration” and, yes, “coincidence” meant to serve Israeli interests, not those of any terror group, real or more likely “imagined” or “invented.”

Certainly, there is no rationale for Iran to wish for any confrontation.

However, “confrontation” seems to be the direction things are heading toward, every sign is there. Accusations regarding Iran and the Bulgaria incident began before the fires had been fully “misreported” and the phony evidence planted.

Netanyahu began lying early, he has to work on that. His “timing” and skills are no longer capable of “charming” crowds. There are too many American families that look to Israel when counting their dead from wars we now know were unnecessary.

We now only wait for something else to be sacrificed, a club filled with Americans in Bahrain, an American ship hitting a mine or accidentally in the path of an Israeli torpedo, you decide, such an incident is more than probable.

What we do recognize is the frantic nature of the last week. Israel is in political meltdown. Egypt’s military is asked to step down, making that Israeli controlled faction a useless asset and exposing Israel to increased “accountability” for Gaza.

Inside Israel we smell panic and fear, not fear of war or terrorism, but fear that plots for manipulation of nearby states are failing, fear that their secret allies, the Saudis will fall and the new government may not be one of the factions controlled by Israel.

Israel believes an attack on Iran can provide “cover” for them to help put things “right,” regain control. Then again, no one ever admits that control existed, control of the US congress, the world press or more than a few Middle Eastern governments and much of the failed financial system that has brought about the worldwide currency meltdowns.

Long ago, I learned to establish litmus for Middle East and “terrorism” reporting. If Israel is not mentioned in the first paragraph, the writer is “Israel.”

After all, you can not discuss a circus without mentioning the elephant.