Israeli Prime Minister (PM) Benjamin Netanyahu (Bibi) has been doing the rounds and forming new (or perhaps not so new) alliances in the hope of destroying the credibility of the new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.
Israel’s Channel 2 TV has revealed that a senior Gulf figure has visited Israel in secret. High-ranking Israeli figures have held a series of secret meetings over the past few weeks with representatives of Arab Gulf states to discuss the Iranian issue. The meetings included representatives of Gulf States with which Israel does not have diplomatic relations, claimed the channel.
The Gulf State- Zionist coalition appears to have discussed their mutual fear of any American – Iranian relationship alongside the ongoing negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program.
The propaganda machine
The Israeli propaganda machine has been in overdrive in the past couple of weeks, or certainly since the Iranian President made gestures of friendship to the United States. In fact PM. Netanyahu has taken the lead, starting with the Israeli decision to remove its delegation from the UNGA during the speech by the Iranian president.
In his speech to the UNGA which was totally devoted to Iran’s nuclear programme. Netanyahu described Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani as “a wolf in sheep’s clothing”. The Israeli PM. demanded that the international community should not ease the economic sanctions imposed on Iran while talks about its nuclear programme are in progress.
Re: The sanctions on Iran
Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, the lead U.S. negotiator with Iran, urged U.S. lawmakers to hold off on imposing additional sanctions against Iran ahead of the talks.
In testimony for Congress, Sherman held out the possibility of sanctions relief for Iran, but she made it clear the United States expected concrete actions from Tehran before this could happen and said all U.S. concerns about Iran’s nuclear program must be addressed before the core sanctions could be removed.
“We will be looking for specific steps by Iran that address core issues, including but not limited to, the pace and scope of its enrichment program, the transparency of its overall nuclear program and (stockpiles) of enriched uranium,” Sherman told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
“The Iranians in return will doubtless be seeking some relief from comprehensive international sanctions that are now in place,” she added. “We have been clear that only concrete viable steps, and verifiable steps, can offer a path to sanctions relief.”
The Israeli conclusion
Netanyahu then concluded, stating that Israel would not allow Iran to possess a nuclear weapon, “even if Israel is forced to act alone” against the Tehran government.
In an interview with the BBC Persian service, reported on by Haaretz, Netanyahu stated that if Tehran develops nukes it will spell slavery for the Iranian people. The interview was one of several given in the wake of his United Nations General Assembly address.
“If the Iranian regime gets nukes, the Iranian people will never be freed from tyranny and will live in slavery forever,”he said in his first interview to a Persian-language television channel, which broadcasts to around 12 million people every week, according to network figures.
The Israeli PM. also addressed his audience briefly in Farsi. “We are not patsies,” Netanyahu said in Farsi. Netanyahu also held up a book authored by Iranian President Rohani which, he said, includes passages in which Rohani explains his policy of using deception against the West in order to further Iran’s nuclear program. (Complete article here )
Netanyahu in the US.
Netanyahu took the opportunity to include the United States in his propaganda tour, whilst being interviewed by CBS he claimed that Iran was working on intercontinental ballistic missiles that could one day hit the United States. “They’re not developing those ICBMs for us. They can reach us with what they have. It’s for you,” he told CBS News.
The ICBM issue first emerged after a 2011 blast at an Iranian military base that Israeli officials claimed was linked to efforts to build a missile that could travel 10,000 km – far enough to reach the United States.
Netanyahu told CBS that he was not worried that his warnings may sound too strident given the ongoing efforts by the United States and others to negotiate with Iran. “The policy should be … not to let Iran wiggle away with a partial deal in which they make cosmetic concessions,” he said.
In another interview, Netanyahu also warned Iran’s work on ICBMs was clearly aimed at delivering nuclear weapons. “Those … long-range ballistic missiles have only one purpose in the world. Their sole purpose is to arm them with a nuclear payload,” he told NBC’s Andrea Mitchell in an interview. (Complete article /Video Here and Here )
The Truth about sanctions on Iran
From a personal point of view I have always detested the sanctions placed upon Iran, which many (myself included) believe to be in direct violation of International human rights.
Let us not forget that sanctions on Iran have a history stretching across almost four decades. The first sanctions imposed were back in 1979 starting as a ban on the import of Iranian crude oil into the United States (US), the initial sanctions then developed into the banning of all imports of Iranian refined and non-oil products, followed by an embargo of US exports in the 1980s.
Since the 1980’s the United States (US) and her partners have over the decades imposed even harsher sanctions on the Islamic Republic of Iran, citing reasons ranging from dissatisfaction with the Iranian choice of leadership (in the early days) to concerns about the Iranian construction and later development of its nuclear power facility. The US, her allies and especially Israel have repeatedly for almost a decade made the allegation that Iran was in fact constructing a nuclear facility with a view to obtaining nuclear arms (nuclear bomb, nuclear warheads), despite reassurance from the President of Iran and indeed the Russian government who assisted in the construction of the nuclear facility.
Regardless of the reasoning behind the sanctions the fact remains that these sanctions directly affect the people of the country. There are countless examples of how sanctions add to the sufferance of the people and here are some that won’t be easily found in western media.
Sanctions have restricted Iran from purchasing new airplanes, or even in some cases, from buying essential parts to ensure the safe operation of aircraft. President Clinton first put these sanctions, in place in 1995.
Ever since then, grave damage has been done to Iran’s fleet of aircraft. Captain Shahbazi of Iran Air was operating a flight last October when his landing gear failed to dislodge, causing him to crash-land his plane. After Shahbazi landed the airplane safely, he began a campaign to reverse these sanctions which he says have resulted in many plane crashes and more than 1,700 deaths. (Complete Article Here )
Medicines and medical supplies
Another area that the economic sanctions threaten the lives of Iranians is through a scarcity of medicine. Although the sanctions enacted by the US and the European Union claim to not impose a shortage on humanitarian trade, in reality, they have immensely affected the delivery and availability of medical supplies.
The sanctions against Iran’s banking infrastructure and the exclusion of Iran from the global financial system and SWIFT have forced Iranian medical companies to use the old system of hawala (money transfer) for its transactions, causing the process to become significantly longer and more expensive. The depreciation of Iran’s currency has also contributed to shortages and skyrocketing prices of medicine, and advanced medical technologies such as Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machines and other nuclear medical devices are banned from entering Iran.
The overall outcome of these conditions has been the, “inability of pharmaceutical companies to purchase and import basic life saving medicines, ranging from Tylenol to cancer medicine and even prenatal vitamins.”
The import of medicines containing antibiotics (of types that are not produced inside Iran) have been decreased by 20.7 percent and the price have been increased by 308 percent. The estimated twenty thousand patients of Thalassemia throughout the country receive only a few days of their monthly medicinal needs, and several patients with Thalassemia have died.
Chemical weapon survivors, a side-effect of the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s, in need of medicine and equipment, including cornea transplants and inhalers, similarly suffer from a shortage or lack of medicine. In essence, the medicines used to treat Hemophilia, cancer, Thalassemia, Multiple Sclerosis and transplant and kidney dialysis are either not produced domestically, or are produced, but are not as effective as those imported from Europe and North America.
The shortage of medicine for such chronic diseases often leads to death. Hence, a wave of deterioration of living conditions and destruction has been imposed on Iran by the economic sanctions, and when this wave reaches the country, it is unequally distributed among citizens, i.e. those living in poverty and the marginalized areas, and outside of the popular base of the government suffer the effects of sanctions more. (Link to complete article Here )
Food, clothing and other basics
Basic food stuffs, clothing and other necessities have now become so expensive due to the sanctions in the first place, but also due to the dreadful decline in the Iranian currency value which is a result of the latest round of sanctions against Iran’s banking system. The cost of electricity has doubled in the past three years and the inflation rate is estimated at or around 52% as the economy continues to decline. Meanwhile Iran’s foreign currency holdings are estimated to be declining by about $15 billion USD annually.
Seyed Hossein Mousavian wrote on the subject in Al-Monitor in an article titled: Twelve Major Consequences of Sanctions on Iran. Below is part of the article with a link to the complete work.
Mahmoud Bahmani, governor of the Central Bank of Iran, described the seriousness of the effects of sanctions as “no less than a military war.” Even former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who once asserted that the sanctions were viewed as “the most ridiculous behavior,” now admits that sanctions have taken their toll on Iran’s economy.
Simply put, if the real objective of the sanctions was to hurt ordinary Iranians, they have been successful. If they were intended to compel Iran to cease its current nuclear program, they have not only failed, but have actually resulted in acceleration of the program. This is the outcome I predicted and have reiterated from the onset of imposing harsh sanctions. Due to their mentality, culture and religious beliefs, the Iranians have resisted coercion and have further expanded their nuclear program. (Complete article Here )
In other words what Seyed Hossein Mousavian is pointing out is the total and complete failure of the sanctions as a means to halting the nuclear program. Whilst at the same time the sanctions have been an outstanding success in depriving the common every day folk of Iran.
The Iranian people blame the U.S. for sanctions
Gallup World did an article back in January 2013 which shows that the Iranian people blame the US and not the Iranian leadership for their dire financial situation and living conditions. It also pointed to the fact that a huge majority of Iranians are totally in favour of the nuclear program despite the sanctions.
The article stated:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A majority of Iranians (56%) say sanctions the United Nations, the U.S., and Western Europe imposed have hurt Iranians’ livelihoods a great deal, and an additional 29% say sanctions have hurt somewhat, according to a Gallup survey conducted in Iran in December 2012. Separately, 48% say sanctions have affected their own personal livelihoods a great deal and another 35% say somewhat.
Since the U.S. first acted to freeze Iranian assets in 1979 under President Jimmy Carter, then again under President Ronald Reagan in 1987, the U.S. has been leading efforts to use military and economic sanctions in an attempt to influence the country’s policies.
The effect of sanctions on Iran appears to go beyond macroeconomic factors: Iranians’ wellbeing is low. Thirty-one percent of Iranians rated their lives poorly enough to be considered “suffering” in 2012 — one of the highest rates in the greater Middle East North Africa region. In fact, countries with comparable suffering rates either are at war such as Afghanistan or are experiencing a period of severe instability such as Egypt and Tunisia.
The Gallup poll further pointed to the fact that 73% of Iranians surveyed place the blame for their current situation regarding sanctions on the US. @ 47%, Israel @ 9%, Western European countries @ 7%, The UN @ 7% and others @ 3%. In the same poll 17% either refused to answer or stated that they didn’t know.
The most interesting fact to come out of the Gallup polls was the fact that only 10% of those polled actually blamed the Iranian leadership for their ongoing suffering.
(Link to the complete article Here )
On Israeli propaganda, one thing is certain Netanyahu is indeed making the rounds and doing his level best to hit the headlines especially in the United States, where let’s face it his most observant and in a matter of speaking, most obedient audience reside.
However, one has to wonder how the US-Zionist faithful will view the new alliance between Israel and their Gulf State neighbours. Let’s not pretend for one moment that Bibi and Saudi’ Bandar have not been having ongoing secret meetings and conversations for years. Common enemies and all that!. But that was all done under the table (so to speak) and in secret.
The latest information from Israel’ Channel 2 TV goes to confirm the long held opinion of many that Israel and Saudi Arabia are and have been working together with a view to the destruction of Syria and eventual war against Iran.
It is totally unimaginable that man should/would impose such dreadful and equally unlawful sanctions on his fellow man. Despite the claims from the US government and members of its two main political parties that sanctions have the purpose of restricting the ability of the Iranian leadership, the facts are that for over a decade now human rights groups have been pointing to the fact that these sanctions are directly and almost in all cases ONLY affecting the everyday average folk in Iran, who are as irreproachable as their equivalent anywhere in the U.S. or Europe.
Then again, many would argue that this is indeed the purpose of the sanctions, to target the ill, the working class and the poor with a view to (or the hope of) revolt against the Iranian leadership. Any violence resulting from such economic sanctions against targeted people is often fallaciously framed as a force that revolutionizes said people against their own state or leadership. This being the case (the intention), the act of sanctions are in direct contravention of the International Human Rights convention.
Arguably the fact that these immoral sanctions affect mainly, or only the ordinary people of Iran, as opposed to the leadership or mechanism of government, such sanctions are illegitimate and therefore should be removed immediately.
However, there is ongoing evidence that there is satisfaction with the route that the sanctions have taken. For example: In an interview with US Senator Mark Kirk on a local Chicago radio station, the Senator was asked about the affects of economic sanctions on the citizens of Iran. His response was as follows: “It’s okay to take the food out of the mouths of the citizens (Iranian citizens) from a government that’s plotting an attack directly on American soil.” (Link to YouTube video Here )
Alongside such an appalling statement Senator Kirk has also claimed time and again that Iran was almost at full nuclear capability. See below:
More comments from Sen Kirk back in June 2011, note his claim that Iran is only 2 months away from full nuclear capability.. (YouTube video Here )
Kirk Calls for Collapse of Iran’s Central Bank and further more severe sanctions on Iran in October 2011 (YouTube Video Here )
Despite the fact that the US & Israeli governments know that the sanctions are directly affecting the civilian population of Iran and are in total contravention of the International Human Rights charter, both continue to justify and call for the continuance of the sanctions
Israel’ Netanyahu Warns world must keep sanctions on Iran at the UNGA in the past days (YouTube video Here )
The justification for the sanctions which is constantly echoed by the US, Israel, the UN and the EU is in itself nonsensical. They claim the sanctions are justified because of the nuclear issue coupled with the (alleged) human rights abuses committed by the Iranian government.
Yep, you read it right! In other words the claim is that the violation of Iranians’ human rights via western imposed sanctions and threats of war, are justified with the view to the eventual improvement of citizen rights in Iran.
T.J. Total World View
6th of October 2013.