Monday, July 13, 2015

Iran Nuclear Deal - Israel Divided

Important Update included on 25th July 2015

إسرائيليون يفتحون سفارة لإيران بتل أبيب ويبحثون عن سفير

Israeli [citizens] are opening some "unique style" Iranian embassy in Tel Aviv
and are [now] searching for an ambassador.
[Al-Arabiya on 13th July 2015]

Quotation from a Jerusalem Post publication on 13th July 2015:

Lapid: Netanyahu's campaign against Iran deal is a colossal failure.
Yesh Atid leader says Netanyahu caused the White House
to stop listening to Israel.

National Infrastructure, Energy and Water Minister Yuval Steinitz said Monday morning that the ongoing negotiations in Vienna over Iran's nuclear program will likely lead to a deal that will be completed in the next day.
"As things look now, it's final. The nuclear deal with Iran will be signed in the next day," Steinitz told Army Radio.
Steinitz defended the government's handling of the Iranian nuclear issue and said Israel's diplomatic efforts led to sanctions being imposed on Iran. The minister also said that Israeli intelligence mitigated the interim nuclear deal with Iran.

Yesh Atid chief Yair Lapid, on the other hand, said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's diplomatic campaign on the Iranian nuclear issue has been a "colossal failure."
Lapid said the diplomatic efforts must now shift to focus only on the international supervisory mechanisms on the Iranian nuclear program.
In a separate interview that Lapid gave on Monday morning he said that Israel was sidelined from the talks with Iran because the White House shut Netanyahu out.
"I also am not thrilled by [US President Barack] Obama's polices. But Netanyahu crossed a line that caused the White House to stop listening to Israel," Lapid told Army Radio.
"In the last year we weren't even in the arena, we had no representative in Vienna, our intelligence cooperation was harmed, and the door to the White House was closed to us," he added.

Netanyahu, alone among world leaders publicly railing against the apparently impending nuclear deal with Iran, said Sunday that Iran is not hiding its aggressive intentions against Israel and the US even as the negotiations in Vienna are continuing.
He said that the Iranian Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, was quoted over the weekend as saying that Iran “needs to plan to fight the US regardless of whether there is an agreement.”


U.S. President Obama hails Tuesday's nuclear deal with Iran
and asks for its backing by U.S. Congress.

The U.S. still retain the right to military action despite the deal, as Vice President Joe Biden reassured lawmakers on Wednesday, 15th July.

Nevertheless, Iranians have been celebrating Tuesday's landmark nuclear deal, because the deal lifts economic sanctions from the U.S., European Union and United Nations. In exchange, Iran has agreed to curbs on its nuclear programme.

The lift of sanctions could quadruple estimated Iranian exports in the next few years. Furthermore, Iran's energy minister hopes to attract $100B investment in oil.

[Source: Al-Jazeera الجزيرة, international service, on 15th July 2015]


Iran's Religious Leader Ayatollah Khamenei
and Revolutionary Guard Qasem Soleimani

واشنطن: قاسم سليماني سيبقى على لائحة الإرهاب الأميركية

Washington: Qasem Soleimani will remain on the U.S. list of terrorists.

[Source: Al-Arabiya العربية on 17th July 2015]

Major General Qasem Soleimani
Chief of the Al-Quds Brigades
Iranian Revolutionary Guards

وضحت ويندي شرمان، مساعدة الشؤون السياسية لوزارة الخارجية الأميركية، أن واشنطن ستبقي قائد فيلق القدس التابع للحرس الثوري الإيراني، اللواء قاسم سليماني، على لائحة الإرهاب الأميركية. و ذكرت شرمان، بحسب ما نقلت “العربية”، أن الاسم الذي ورد في المرحلة الأولى من العقوبات التي سيتم رفعها عن إيران هو قاسم سليماني آخر، ويشغل منصب مدير أحد مناجم ...ـ

Wendy Sherman, [under-secretary] for political affairs for the U.S. State Department, made clear that Washington will retain major general Qasem Soleimani, chief of the Al-Quds Brigade [and which is subordinate to] the Revolutionary Guards of Iran, on the U.S. list of terrorists. Sherman reminded that [, whatever "Al-Arabiya" reported, ] the name which had been provided in the first phase of sanctions to be lifted for Iran, [was that of] [Ghasem] Soleimani. He holds the position of a director of one of the mines ...

Editor's Note:
For clarification it should be mentioned that Ghasem Soleimani, the director of one of the Iranian uranium mines, and who has been included in the UN designation list at phase one of the sanctions, is not identical with major general Qasem Soleimani. The commander of the Al-Quds Brigades is mentioned on the UN designation list at phase two of the sanctions and remains on the U.S. terrorist list as indicated by under-secretary Wendy Sherman on a press conference of the U.S. State Department on 16th July 2015.

[Source: inews-arabiya iNews عربية on 17th July 2015]


The United Nations Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution that will clear a path for international sanctions crippling Iran's economy to be lifted. Representatives of all 15 countries on the Security Council voted on Monday, 20th July, by raising their hands.

[Source: International Media on 20th July 2015]


Most recent U.S. visitors interested in the Iranian subject.

Above: Reminder of an Israeli air raid in 2012
targeting Iran's armament facilities in Sudan.

In the news on 24th July 2015 - U.S. foreign secretary John Kerry warns:
Any Israeli attack on Iran would be 'a huge mistake with consequences'.
[Source: Al-Jazeera, RT (Russia Today) and other international media]

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