In contrast, U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that the Islamic state probably ended weapons-related work in 2003.
zaterdag 26 september 2009
In contrast, U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that the Islamic state probably ended weapons-related work in 2003.
Het is duidelijk dat Iran absoluut niet meewerkt met de IAEA en deze continu misleidt en voor nieuwe voldongen feiten stelt. De westerse landen beginnen hun geduld met Iran te verliezen, maar aangezien ook hardere sancties geen onmiddelijk effect zullen hebben, is het zeer de vraag of Irans kernprogramma langs deze weg nog tegen te houden is.
Last update - 19:14 25/09/2009
'U.S. knew of secret Iranian nuclear plant for years'
By Yossi Melman, Haaretz Correspondent
The United States has known for years of the existence of a secret Iranian nuclear enrichment facility, a senior U.S. official stated Friday.
The official stated that the facility is well-hidden and well-defended and that Iranian officials admitted to building the facility after they discovered that its existence was known.
The U.S. source said that Iran discovered that U.S. intelligence had compiled a dossier on the facility and the Islamic Republic then sent a letter to the International Atomic Energy Association (IAEA) disclosing the existence of the facility.
A different U.S. official has stated that next week's meeting in Geneva will be a critical opportunity for Iran to demonstrate its willingness to cooperate with the West. The official added that in the coming weeks, the United States will lead the West in putting forth a policy of "pressure and involvement", which if it fails, will lead to more harsh measures against the Islamic Republic.
The IAEA earlier Friday demanded access to the second plant, which it was informed of by Tehran on Monday.
Two officials told the Associated Press on Friday that Iran revealed the existence of the second plant in a letter sent to International Atomic Energy Agency chief Mohamed ElBaradei.
IAEA spokesman Marc Vidricaire confirmed receipt of the letter, saying the agency was informed that a new pilot fuel enrichment plant is under construction. The letter said that the plant would not enrich uranium beyond the 5 percent level suitable for civilian energy production. That would be substantially below the threshold of 90 percent or more needed for a weapon.
Iran told the agency that no nuclear material has been introduced into the facility, he said. In response, the IAEA has requested Iran to provide specific information and access to the facility as soon as possible.
vrijdag 25 september 2009
Weblog Afshin Ellian
Bevolking Iran laat zich niet voor de gek houden
woensdag 23 september 2009 10:41
Hamasleider Khaled Meshaal en Ramadan Abdullah Shallah, leider van de Islamitische jihad van Palestina, waren in Teheran. Beide groepen behoren tot de meest gevreesde terreurorganisaties in het Midden-Oosten. Volgens Fars News namen beide heren deel aan de demonstratie van de Quds-dag.
Khaled Meshaal stond naast de Iraanse president Ahmadinejad tijdens het gebed. De baardman links van Ahmadinejad was de terroristenleider Ramadan Abudullah.
Voorafgaand aan dat gebed hield Ahmadinejad een neonazi-achtige toespraak. De Holocaust heeft nooit plaatsgehad, het is een zionistische leugen. En het antisemitisme gedurende de jaren dertig van de vorige eeuw werd op touw gezet door sommige Europese staten, politici en het zionistennetwerk.
Wat zegt hij eigenlijk? De joden hebben het antisemitisme en de Holocaustleugens bedacht om vervolgens Israël te stichten. De twee Palestijnse terreurleiders hadden geen enkele moeite met dit verhaal van Ahmadinejad. Het is tenslotte Hamas zelf die bezwaar maakte tegen de (VN)-boeken waarin de geschiedenis van de Holocaust uiteen wordt gezet. De VN mochten die boeken niet op scholen van de Gazastrook als lesmateriaal doceren. Maar de waarheid van Quds-dag was totaal anders.
Nu weten we zeker dat miljoenen Iraniërs aan anti-Quds demonstraties hebben deelgenomen. Op de foto bovenaan deze weblog zien we hoe de leuze 'dood aan Israël', werd doorkruist en vervangen door 'dood aan Rusland'.
Ja, ja, dit is in Teheran. Ook is Hezbollah uit Zuid-Libanon niet erg geliefd bij het Iraanse volk. Iran had tientallen spandoeken geplaatst ter ondersteuning van Hezbollah. Wat vond het volk ervan? In deze film (video) ziet u hoe de demonstranten één van deze doeken neerhalen terwijl zij 'verbrand het' roepen.
De centrale leuze (video) bij alle protesten in heel Iran luidde: niet voor de Gazastrook, niet voor Libanon, ik geef mijn leven (alleen) voor Iran.
Dit wekte de woede van de staatsomroep en vele extremisten. Er werd zelfs gezegd dat deze leuze door het Israëlische ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken was bedacht. Ten eerste is dit door vele anderen en mijzelf bedacht en verspreid met behulp van Allah, Zijn engelen, bluetooth, internet, fax, vrienden, ex-vijanden enzovoort. Ten tweede, als dit door het ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken van Israël is bedacht en uitgevoerd, dan heeft de Israëlische regering meer invloed op het Perzische volk dan de regering van Khamenei.
De hele waarheid en niets dan waarheid ziet u in deze film (video). Duizenden jongeren, niet ver van de plaats waar het vrijdaggebed werd uitgesproken, demonstreerden tegen de regering. Daar mochten de demonstranten niet zijn vanwege de veiligheid van de president en zijn bijzondere vrienden (de Palestijnse terroristen). Maar het lukte ze toch om daar te zijn.
Vervolgens zien we een groep van goed bewapende ordetroepen met daarachter Basij (militie) die er doorheen willen marcheren. Zeer intimiderend. Temeer wanneer we terugdenken aan andere beelden van de afgelopen drie maanden: onderdrukking, arrestatie, moord, marteling en verkrachtingen. Wat gaan ze doen? Gaan ze massaal vluchten? Nee, ze riepen: "marteling, verkrachting hebben geen effect meer op ons en zolang Ahmadinejad er is zullen wij er ook zijn". Je krijgt er werkelijk kippenvel van.
Men moet erg moedig, nee dronken, zijn om oog in oog te staan met dat tuig en dan nog dát te roepen. Er is ook een opname (video) van communicatie tussen het commandocentrum van de Revolutionaire Garde en hun vriendjes op straat. Het is ook ondertiteld door het groene verzet. In de onderlinge communicatie is er geen sprake van Israël. De demonstranten worden daarin 'de groene golf'genoemd. En inderdaad: ze zijn geen Israëliërs.
Op diezelfde dag was er een voetbalwedstrijd gaande in Teheran. Deze zou rechtstreeks worden uitgezonden. Voor deze wedstrijd werd de voorafgaande dag massaal reclame gemaakt in de hoop dat de jongeren niet aan demonstraties zouden deelnemen. Maar omdat de toeschouwers te veel groene spulletjes bij zich hadden en leuzen als 'dood aan de dictator' riepen, was de wedstrijd na een paar minuten niet meer live te volgen. Daarna werd deze in zwart-wit uitgezonden. Gelooft u mij niet? Kijkt u maar hier (video): alles is in kleur behalve het beeldscherm waarop de wedstrijd werd getoond.
Vandaag begint het academische jaar in Iran. Ruim 14 miljoen scholieren en drieënhalf miljoen studenten zijn vanaf vandaag in beweging. Deze Iraanse werkelijkheid is uitermate beangstigend voor het islamitische terrorisme in het Midden-Oosten. Een president met nazi-achtige verhalen en een volk met een onuitputtelijk verlangen naar vrijheid.
By KARL RITTER
The Associated Press
IDF forms settler rapid-response team
Yaakov Katz , THE JERUSALEM POST
Last week, right-wing activists threw a Molotov cocktail at security forces in the West Bank illegal outpost of Havat Gilad. On Tuesday night, IDF jeep tires were punctured by spikes left on the road leading to the settlement of Yitzhar and on Wednesday, Border Police jeep tires were punctured by spikes left on a road near Havat Gilad.
The IDF could not say for certain that the spikes were scattered on the road by the settlers.
"There is without a doubt a rising level of violence in recent weeks," an officer in the Central Command said. "The idea behind the unit is to provide a rapid response to prevent friction and violence between settlers, security forces and Palestinians."
Tension has been on the rise in West Bank settlements - particularly in northern Samaria - in recent months since Defense Minister Ehud Barak announced plans to evacuate some 23 illegal outposts throughout the territories.
"The settlers crossed red lines. They have uprooted Palestinian trees, kicked a Border Police officer and threw a Molotov cocktail at security forces," the officer said. "We fear that this trend could lead to more violence and possibly terror attacks."
The establishment of the new unit was ordered by OC Central Command Maj.-Gen. Gadi Shamni. It will be comprised of border policemen but will be subordinate to the IDF.
"The idea is to have a force that can deploy in certain areas within a matter of minutes," an IDF source said. "This way, we can hopefully prevent violent incidents from escalating out of control."
The IDF has difficulty collecting evidence in the West Bank for violent crimes against Palestinians and security forces, and therefore rarely arrests those responsible.
Last week, for example, a Palestinian claimed to have been shot by a settler, but the IDF and Police could not obtain sufficient evidence to corroborate the story and track down the shooter. No one has been arrested for the Molotov cocktail attack last week, either.
Due to this difficulty, the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) has also been increasing its operations within settlements and right-wing circles in an effort to collect intelligence on instigators, which could later be used in court to indict a suspect or issue an administrative detention order.
Yevtushenko, a Russian poet, novelist, essayist, dramatist and film director born July 18, 1933, was politically active during the Khrushchev Thaw. He wrote what would become perhaps his most famous poem, "Babi Yar," in 1961.
Bokova and Hosni tied on Monday night and if Tuesday's vote had also been a draw, officials were prepared to pick a name at random from a bag.
Bokova speaks fluent English, Russian, Spanish and French. Her father was a Communist Party official who was editor-in-chief of the party newspaper. She joined the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry's UN and disarmament department in 1976, and witnessed Bulgaria's transformation from an Eastern bloc nation to an EU member.
donderdag 24 september 2009
How to Help Palestinians Leave Their Camps
By Lenny Ben-David - 23 September 2009
Rawabi's slick website promises that the town's commercial activity will be launched from a hub of high-tech and research-related businesses in a variety of sectors. These local and international activities will provide rewarding jobs for Palestinians. Rawabi's commercial components will be seamlessly integrated with modern, comfortable and affordable housing as well as high-quality public services designed for Palestine's rapidly growing class of young professionals.
Meanwhile, in a pro-peace op-ed in the Washington Post this summer, Crown Prince Khalifa of Bahrain lamented that "far too many [Palestinians] live in refugee camps in deplorable conditions." Such camps exist in the West Bank, Gaza, Jordan, and Lebanon, but Khalifa's contention is particularly true for those living in areas under Hamas and Palestinian Authority control. Why are these Palestinians stuck in teeming refugee camps when new towns like Rawabi could be built for them?
With the help of Gulf countries, led by Qatar and Bahrain, any number of affordable and suitable communities and productive industrial zones could be built on land controlled by the PA and Hamas. Ten Rawabis should be built, including some on the scorched earth in Gaza where Jewish communities once existed. These towns could provide construction jobs and low-cost housing for both local Palestinians and refugee families, many of whom have been on the UNRWA dole for 60 years. In many cases their new homes would be just a few miles from homesteads where their grandparents claimed to have lived.
There are two problems with this plan. First, has any part of Rawabi been set aside for refugees? It's unlikely; reading between the lines of the marketing spiel, it is apparent that Rawabi was built to serve the housing and employment needs of the grown children of the Palestinian bourgeois and the yuppie offspring of Palestinian Authority officials on the West Bank.
Why is there so little concern among the elite of Palestine for the poorest of their fellow citizens? Because "Palestinian" is a relatively artificial category, and a weakly felt one. The track record dating back to 1947 provides little evidence that the Palestinians' new-found national identity trumps their clan, religious, political, or class differences. In Israel, we shuddered at the barbarism of the Fatah-Hamas fratricide in Gaza in 2006 -- the Palestinian "wakseh" or humiliation -- when Palestinian families were gunned down by other Palestinians and political opponents were thrown from tall buildings.
During the waves of immigration to Israel of Soviet and Ethiopian Jewry in the 1980s and 1990s, I recall dozens of my neighbors donating furniture to the new immigrants and assigning companions to help settle them in the neighborhood and maneuver through the absorption bureaucracy. Children were happy to tithe from their toys for the new kids on the block who arrived with nothing. If only such a spirit were evident among the Palestinians.
The Right of Return
Beyond the Palestinians' lack of community feeling lies the so-called "right of return." Palestinian leaders claim that each family has a right to reoccupy the land it held before Israel's war for independence. Settling refugees comfortably in other areas would weaken their claim to this "right," while keeping them in camps is a harsh but effective way to maintain pressure against Israel from the international community. What stands in the way of prosperity for Palestinian-controlled areas is the deep brainwashing of Palestinian children that there must be an actual physical return to their ancestral homes, along with an international and Israeli recognition of the "injustice" done to them.
The "right of return" frightens almost every Israeli. Not only would Jewish towns and communities in the West Bank's "settlement blocs" become targets for a flood of four generations' worth of refugees, but so would major Israeli cities and towns inside the 1949 armistice line (the "Green Line"). The city of Ashkelon (Majdal, to the Arabs) and the tony neighborhoods of north Tel Aviv (Sheikh Munis), for example, are built on the sites of Palestinian villages, according to both Palestinian and Israeli historians. Neighborhoods in Haifa and Ramla, to name but two, are coveted and claimed by the descendents of Palestinians who left in 1947 and 1948.
Sheikh Khalifa's column considered the "dilemma of justice for Palestine without injustice to Israel." How can this be resolved? Here's a proposal, one sure to ignite opposition on both sides: When new communities for the Palestinian refugees are established within the PA- and Hamas-controlled areas -- and not before -- "Palestinian Heritage Houses" will also be constructed inside a number of Israeli communities or regions.
The Heritage Houses would preserve documents, photos, and recorded memories of Palestinians from that area. Supervised and security-assured visits by Palestinian families and school classes could be arranged with Israeli security agencies. The Heritage Houses would also be centers for teaching Israelis and Palestinians about each other and for promoting coexistence between the two peoples. The cost for such Palestinian Heritage Houses could be borne by Arab, Palestinian, Israeli, or foreign sources, as well as U.S. and European NGOs and governments. The massive funds contributed to UNRWA, the UN agency that perpetuates the refugee camps and their anti-Israel culture, could be diverted to the new Palestinian communities and to the Heritage Houses.
The Qatari investors in Rawabi, and Bahrain's Shaikh Khalifa, deserve credit for kick-starting the imaginations of those who seek a realistic and pragmatic end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, not the perpetuation of a 62-year-old grudge.
-- Lenny Ben-David served as a senior diplomat in Israel's embassy in Washington. Today he is a public-affairs consultant and blogs at www.lennybendavid.com.
Nassur: "There won't be any Jews or Zionists, if Allah wills. They'll be erased."
Saraa: "They'll be slaughtered." (Manhurin naher)
Nassur: "And just like we will visit the Qaaba [in Mecca]... everyone will visit Jerusalem."
[Seven-year old Palestinian child on phone tells how his father, a member of the Hamas Al-Qassam Brigades, "died as a Shahid (Martyr)."]
Nassur to child on phone: "What do you want to do to the Jews who shot your father?"
Child on phone: "I want to kill them."
Saraa: "We don't want to do anything to them, just expel them from our land."
Nassur: "We want to slaughter (Nidbah-hom) them, so they will be expelled from our land, right?"
Saraa: "Yes. That's right. We will expel them from our land using all means."
Nassur: "And if they don't want [to go] peacefully, by words or talking, we'll have to [do it] by slaughter." (Shaht)
[Al-Aqsa (Hamas) TV, Sept. 22, 2009]
Deze 'Palestijnse strijd voor hun land' wordt gesteund door organisaties als Stop de Bezetting, waarvan Van Agt in het comité van aanbeveling zit, en het Palestina Komitee, dat deze week diverse acties houdt bij supermarkten tegen de verkoop van Israelische producten. Het gaat hen niet om de bezetting van de Westoever maar om heel Israel, dat volgens hen is gebouwd op gestolen land en dus moet verdwijnen. Als de Joden er niet mee instemmen zelf vrijwillig te vertrekken, dan moeten ze maar worden afgeslacht.
Bron: Palestinian Media Watch
Egypt minister says 'world's Jews' cost him top UNESCO post
By The Associated Press
A Bulgarian diplomat on Tuesday became the first woman to lead UNESCO, beating out Hosny in a close race.
woensdag 23 september 2009
Zie voor meer over Israel boycots ook: Waarom draagt een boycot van Israël niet bij aan vrede?
De meeste boycot acties zijn niet zozeer tegen de bezetting of een bepaald beleid van Israel gericht, maar tegen Israel zelf, haar bestaansrecht en recht op veiligheid. Organisaties als het Palestina Komitee zeggen openlijk dat zij tegen de staat Israel zijn en dat de Joden maar weer een minderheid moeten worden.
Jul 20, 2009 0:00 | Updated Jul 20, 2009 0:06
European court: Israel boycotts are unlawful discrimination
By HERB KEINON
The one dissenting opinion was written by the Czech judge.
'Post' report sparks congressional anger
By MICHAEL FREUND
Democrat Howard Berman of California, Chairman of the powerful House Foreign Affairs Committee, told the Post from Washington that he had read the report in Monday's paper.
"This is a very disturbing report," Berman said, "particularly in light of the fact that US officials assured us four years ago that Saudi Arabia would abandon the boycott as the condition for its entry into the World Trade Organization."
Berman declared that he would take action on the issue. "I intend to pursue this matter with the administration," he said.
Across the aisle, Congressman Mike Pence of Indiana, who chairs the House Republican Conference, also criticized Riyadh for its duplicity.
"Congress and the administration must hold Saudi Arabia accountable. The United States cannot stand by and continue to witness this mistreatment towards the peace-loving people of Israel," he said.
"Ending the Arab League boycott and establishing trade relationships with Israel would help foster much needed peace in the region," Pence added.
Earlier this week, the Post revealed that the Saudis have been steadily intensifying their enforcement of the anti-Israel trade embargo in recent years, despite a November 2005 pledge to Washington to desist in exchange for admittance into the World Trade Organization.
A review of Commerce Department figures conducted by the Post found that the number of boycott-related and restrictive trade-practice requests received by American companies from Saudi Arabia has increased in each of the past two years, rising by more than 76 percent between 2006 and 2008.
US law bars American companies from complying with such demands, and requires them to report any boycott-related requests to the federal government.
The Saudi boycott of Israeli-made goods is part of the decades-old Arab League effort to isolate and weaken the Jewish state economically.
Washington has been attempting to get Riyadh to improve relations with Israel, thus far without success.
"We are not exactly impotent little babies," Brzezinski told The Daily Beast in an interview published Sunday. "They have to fly over our airspace in Iraq. Are we just going to sit there and watch? ... We have to be serious about denying them that right. That means a denial where you aren't just saying it. If they fly over, you go up and confront them. They have the choice of turning back or not. No one wishes for this but it could be a 'Liberty' in reverse."
The USS Liberty was a US Navy technical research ship accidentally struck by the IAF on the fourth day of the Six Day War, after being misidentified as an Egyptian warship.
Brzezinski, who was former president Jimmy Carter's national security adviser, endorsed Barack Obama's presidential campaign. However, he has no role in the current administration.
So much for "unbreakable bonds" and "tough love." I wonder what J street will have to say about that. One hopes that nobody in the Israeli government is stupid enough to respond to this stupid statement in kind. Brzezinski will be remembered as the fellow responsible for losing Iran in 1979.
Sep. 20, 2009
JPost.com Staff , THE JERUSALEM POST
Israeli textbook under review for giving Palestinian version of 'nakba'
By Or Kashti, Haaretz Correspondent
The refugee problem, the chapter says, "became the focus of a number of political and historiographic [relating to the writing of history] controversies" on the causes for the flow of refugees, estimated at several hundred thousand people.