US Sanctions Against Iran Spreading… and Working!
View the recent press conference in which President Trump addresses the vast changes taking place in Iran since sanctions have been enforced.
He holds forth great hope for the people of Iran to resolve the Iranian leadership problem.
- Killing the Lavi – tabletmag.com, John W. Golan
- Another reason why Trump was right about the Iran deal – JNS.org, Jonathan S. Tobin
- White House national security adviser John Bolton says Palestine is ‘not a state’ – YahooNews.com, Hunter Walker
- Desperate Gazans protest against Hamas – al-monitor.com, Shlomi Eldar
- Palestinian Authority Plans to ‘Punish’ the United States – MEMRI.org, MEMRI and Avi Abelow
by John W. Golan for tabletmag.com, October 04, 2018
Tracing the unintended consequences of the fateful 1987 cancellation of Israel’s largest single weapons development program.
Thirty-one years ago, on Aug. 30, 1987, an Israeli cabinet voted to terminate Israel’s Lavi fighter program, ending the largest single weapons development effort in the history of the Jewish state. It was a narrow, party-line vote in a divided “national unity” Cabinet. As the story behind this airplane has receded into history and its memory has faded among the succeeding generations, its broader meaning and significance to Israel’s national security has likewise been largely lost. The consequences of decisions not fully understood at the time that they were made will so often be visited upon the generations that follow. For the Lavi, the implications behind this program, and the ripple effects of its cancellation, continue to cast waves across Israel’s strategic standing even to this day.
The genesis of the Lavi has its origins in the aftermath of the 1967 Six-Day War. In the weeks and months leading up to and following that war, Israel’s traditional arms suppliers in Europe would halt the flow of weapons to the Jewish state. This is a reality that the current generation, in both Israel and the United States, may find difficult to fathom: a time when there was no “special relationship” between the United States and Israel.
Another reason why Trump was right about the Iran deal
by Jonathan S. Tobin for JNS.org, October 04, 2018
The IAEA’s failure to inspect all Iranian nuclear sites, including the one just unveiled by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, illustrates the limitations of international institutions.
(October 3, 2018 / JNS) Though his fans thrill to his speeches, there’s little doubt that when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the U.N. General Assembly, few there listen. So when Netanyahu issued what seemed like a blockbuster revelation about a new Iranian nuclear site that was not being monitored by international inspectors, the reaction from the world body and the mainstream media was one of indifference.
The reasons for this are no mystery.
While Israel is often treated as a pariah nation at the United Nations, the disdain for Netanyahu there and in other international forums is perhaps even greater than for the Jewish state itself.
The United Nations has been a particularly tough crowd for the prime minister. Everyone remembers the bomb illustration he used in his 2012 speech to the UNGA. Rather than heed the alarm he was sounding about Iran’s progress towards a nuclear weapon, Netanyahu was mocked for using what looked like something out of a “Road Runner” cartoon. That particular illustration wasn’t a great idea, but it’s likely that any prop or rhetorical device he would have used would have been equally scorned.
So when he trotted out another prop last week—a photo of a heretofore unknown or at least unpublicized Iranian nuclear site—the reaction from those who claim to care about nonproliferation was apathetic silence. As far as the international community is concerned, there’s nothing Netanyahu could say that would interest them, no matter what the topic.
Some of even those who take his announcement seriously might be inclined to blame him for this state of affairs. Had he been more willing to play the diplomatic game with America’s European allies—or paid lip service to the glory of multilateral institutions and the wisdom of their officials—maybe the world would pay more attention to Israel’s warnings.
White House national security adviser John Bolton says Palestine is ‘not a state’
by Hunter Walker for YahooNews.com, October 04, 2018
WASHINGTON — President Trump’s top national security adviser, John Bolton, dismissed the Palestinian territories as a “so-called state” during an appearance in the White House press briefing on Wednesday. Though he emphatically declared that Palestine is “not a state,” Bolton said it “could become” one and reiterated Trump’s support for a two-state solution to the ongoing dispute between Israel and Palestine.
Bolton brought up the situation when he discussed a pair of steps the Trump administration is taking to shield itself from binding decisions made by the International Court of Justice, which is the U.N. body that resolves international disputes. Bolton said “politicized” use of the court led the U.S. to exit the 1955 treaty of amity with Iran. Bolton also announced that the U.S. would withdraw from what he called the “optional protocol” in the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations. The moves come after a ruling from the court that American sanctions against Iran were a violation of the 1955 treaty and after a complaint made by the Palestinians about the Trump administration’s decision to move the U.S. embassy in Israel last December.
“The president has decided that the United States will withdraw from the optional protocol and dispute resolution to the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations. This is in connection with a case brought by the so-called state of Palestine naming the United States as a defendant challenging our move of our embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem,” Bolton said.
Desperate Gazans protest against Hamas
by Shlomi Eldar for al-monitor.com, October 04, 2018
Israeli and international media reporting on such incidents generally focus on the number of Palestinian casualties, on assessments by senior defense officials regarding Hamas motives in increasing the frequency of the anti-Israel demonstrations, and — according to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) spokesperson — on the number of protesters who heeded Hamas’ calls to clash with Israeli troops at the border fence.
Those following the weekly events in Gaza since the US Embassy moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in mid-May might think that all 2 million Gaza Strip residents had mobilized for the campaign against Israel. Hamas’ leadership has reinforced this impression by pitching the demonstrations as “popular protests” and appearing to focus international public opinion with great success on events in Gaza and on Israel’s 11-year siege of the enclave.
However, virtually all Israeli and international media outlets were unaware of other protests in recent weeks that were generated by opponents of Gaza’s Hamas rulers. One of the main reasons for this lack of publication is that Palestinian media in the Strip does not dare publish “the banned things” to which almost every Gaza resident has been exposed in recent weeks.
Palestinian Authority Plans to ‘Punish’ the United States
by MEMRI.org and Avi Abelow for IsraelUnwired.com, October 04, 2018
The Palestinian Authority just exposed – in Arabic – its plan to “punish” the United States. Yes, the PA decided that it would isolate the USA in international diplomacy. This is ridiculous. Of course, they said this in Arabic since they lie when they speak English to the Western media.
First of all, what other sign do we need in order for the United States to wake up? When will they realize that the Palestinian Authority is not a partner for “peace?” It is not even an entity for the USA to even engage with.
Second of all, this step shows just how stupid the leaders of the Palestinian Authority truly are. Do they really think they can punish the biggest superpower in the world? Do they think that they can isolate the USA in international diplomacy. Where do they come up with the idea that they can pressure the USA to get their way? You have to hear this for yourself from the mouth of the Foreign Minister of the Palestinian Authority, Riyad Al-Maliki.
PA “Slapping” the United States