Archive for October 2, 2018

Israelis at Columbia University blast administration for ignoring anti-Semitism 

October 2, 2018

Source: Israelis at Columbia University blast administration for ignoring anti-Semitism – Israel Hayom

( I cut all ties with my Alma Mater years ago when they invited Ahmadinijad to speak.  It has become a leftist indoctrination institution much like Berkley in California. – JW )

Iranian FM: Holocaust does not excuse Israeli apartheid policy

October 2, 2018

Source: Iranian FM: Holocaust does not excuse Israeli apartheid policy – Israel Hayom

 

IAEA dismisses Israeli claim, says all Iran atom sites were checked 

October 2, 2018

Source: IAEA dismisses Israeli claim, says all Iran atom sites were checked – Israel Hayom

 

Dealing with Iran must come first

October 2, 2018

Source: Dealing with Iran must come first – Israel Hayom

Prof. Eyal Zisser

For a moment, it seemed that the Israeli-Palestinian ‎conflict would dominate the U.N. General Assembly as ‎well as the international agenda for the coming ‎year, but then came the addresses of U.S. President ‎Donald Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ‎to focused world leaders’ attention on the Iranian ‎issue. ‎

Trump made it clear that his administration plans to ‎focus on the Iranian issue, just like last year, he ‎made it clear that he planned to focus on North ‎Korea. ‎

Meeting with Netanyahu on the sidelines of the U.N. ‎General Assembly, Trump surprised many by officially ‎endorsing the two-state solution – then again ‎qualifying that he would support whichever solution ‎the parties agree to – and by saying his ‎administration plans to roll out the much-‎anticipated “deal of the century” within a few ‎months. ‎

The Americans may still strive to pitch the deal ‎meant to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as ‎a real estate transaction, as Trump himself has ‎said, but chances of that are slim, for several ‎reasons. ‎

First, in reality, we are no longer dealing with a ‎two-state solution but rather with a three-state ‎solution, namely Israel, a Palestinian state in the ‎West Bank and a Hamas state in the Gaza Strip. The ‎latter is not going anywhere and it is doubtful its ‎rulers would agree to reconcile with the Fatah-led ‎Palestinian Authority just to facilitate Trump’s ‎‎”deal of the century.”‎

Second, despite rhetoric to the contrary, Arab ‎leaders have no real intention of going over ‎Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ head ‎and accepting a deal on the Palestinians’ behalf. ‎This leads to the third reason – the Palestinian ‎leadership simply cannot make the necessary historic ‎decisions. ‎

Abbas can definitely protest that “Jerusalem is not ‎for sale” as much as he wants, but the bottom line ‎is that Trump is right – there is no reason why the ‎U.S. should give the Palestinian Authority hundreds ‎of millions of dollars in aid only to be ‎disrespected on the world stage – at least as much ‎as Abbas respects Russian President Vladimir Putin, ‎who has never given the Palestinians a dime. ‎

Moreover, one must remember that international ‎treaties rarely reflect “justice,” let alone the ‎Palestinian and their supporters’ version of ‎‎”absolute justice.” The Jewish community understood ‎that in 1948, which is why it ‎succeeded in forming a state. ‎

This is why Trump and Netanyahu both chose to focus ‎on Iran at the U.N. General Assembly. ‎

Netanyahu’s speech again showcased Israel’s ‎intelligence and operational prowess, which time and ‎again make Iran and Hezbollah, its regional proxy, ‎vulnerable. ‎

Trump’s speech reiterated the U.S. pledged to ‎prevent Iran from going nuclear and continue ‎disseminating terrorism and chaos in the Persian ‎Gulf and Middle East.‎

The American president’s words were binding and no ‎one knows better than him that his success and ‎international standing in the coming year will be ‎determined, to a large extent, by how he deals with ‎Tehran.‎

Failing to come up with a good answer to the ‎allegations made against them at the U.N. General ‎Assembly, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad ‎Zarif resorted to familiar rhetoric, saying that ‎the Holocaust did not justify the establishment of the ‎State of Israel on Palestinian land. ‎

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, for his part, ‎opted for a more “elegant” suggestion, saying, “We ‎do not wish to fight or destroy or throw anyone into ‎the ocean. We call on the Israelis, in the most ‎civilized way possible, to board planes or ships and ‎return to the countries from where they came. ‎

‎”Only the Jews who lived in Palestine before [the ‎Balfour Declaration] will be able to stay here. The ‎rest, those who came from all over the world, have ‎to leave.”‎

These statements are another good reason why Iran and ‎its allies must be stopped. European leaders would ‎be wise to pay attention before rushing to appease ‎Iran.‎

Eyal Zisser is a lecturer in the Middle East History Department at Tel Aviv University

Top German paper calls for end of Iran trade to protect Israel

October 2, 2018

Source: Top German paper calls for end of Iran trade to protect Israel – International news – Jerusalem Post

“It is high time to ask oneself where the money that Iran is earning by this trade is going,” Dr. Schuster said.

BY BENJAMIN WEINTHAL
 OCTOBER 2, 2018 02:10
Germany's best-selling paper calls for end of Iran trade to protect Israel

In an eye-popping commentary on Monday, Germany’s top-selling paper Bild urged businesses to stop trade with the Islamic Republic of Iran because of its terrorism and the mullah regime’s goal to obliterate the Jewish state.

“This Iran cannot at this time be an ally,” Bild‘s foreign policy editor Julian Röpcke wrote. “Neither in the fight against terrorism, nor as as oil supplier or trade partner.”  Röpcke, who reports on the Syrian war, termed Iran’s missile launches into Syria as a “message of terror. Because they carry the meter-long inscriptions ‘Death to Israel and ‘Death to the USA’ — and that is deadly serious for the mullahs.”

“Iran’s rockets were not fired against the Islamic State, rather against those who stand in the way of the corrupt regime in Tehran,” Röpcke wrote. “Against those who do not want to stand inactively by when Iran’s leader again and again propagates the ‘extermination’ of Israel.” Bild has a daily circulation of 1,580,977.

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps said on Monday that it launched six missiles at paramilitary groups located close to the Euphrates River in Syria.

Iran’s clerical regime claims the missile attack was in response to a terrorism attack on a military parade in the Iranian city of Ahvaz last month. The attack killed 25 people in Ahvaz and injured an additional 60 people. Bild‘s commentary is believed to be first instance in the best-selling paper of a call for the complete end of business deals with the Islamic Republic of Iran.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her foreign minister Heiko Maas are supportive of the European Union’s “special purpose vehicle (SPV)” to permit financial transactions with Iran. The SPV is designed to bust robust US sanctions on Iran’s energy and financial system. Germany’s federal government provides credit insurance guarantees to companies who wish to conduct business with Iran.

On Saturday, the US embassy to Berlin tweeted a quote from the head of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Dr. Josef Schuster, who said: “I endorse an immediate end to any economic relations with Iran. Any trade with Iran means a benefit for radical and terrorist forces, and a hazard and destabilization for the region.” Merkel and Maas, who said he entered politics “because of Auschwitz,” have ignored Schuster’s plea.

“Courageous honest leadership by Dr. Schuster,” Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, told The Jerusalem Post. “Chancellor Merkel continues business with a Jew-hating Ayatollah who bankrolls terrorism around the world and threatens 6 million plus Jews in Israel.”

Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives in Israel this week for a joint-cabinet consultation with Israel’s government. She has defended the Iran nuclear deal that Israel vehemently rejects because it allows Tehran a patient pathway to a nuclear weapon.

Schuster, who represents nearly 100,000 Jews in Germay, told the Post in August: “The Central Council of Jews in Germany has been criticizing German-Iranian trade relations for a long time. It seems paradoxical that Germany – as a country that is said to have learned from its horrendous past and which has a strong commitment to fight antisemitism –  is one of the strongest economic partners of a regime that is blatantly denying the Holocaust and abusing human rights on a daily basis. Besides, Germany has included Israel’s security as a part of its raison d’etre. As a matter of course this should exclude doing business with a fanatic dictatorship that is calling for Israel’s destruction, pursuing nuclear weapons and financing terror organizations around the world.

“It is high time to ask oneself where the money that Iran is earning by this trade is going,” Schuster said. “Furthermore, we witness demonstrations in Iran of people that are yearning for freedom and equality. We should stand up for these people who are risking their lives because they are asking for rights that we here can fortunately take for granted.”

 

Strategic breakthrough for Iran in unimpeded drone-missile attack on E. Syria – DEBKAfile

October 2, 2018

Source: Strategic breakthrough for Iran in unimpeded drone-missile attack on E. Syria – DEBKAfile

Neither Israel nor the US intervened when Iran broke new strategic ground on Monday, Oct. 1 by sending a squadron of 11 stealth UAVs to attack ISIS in E. Syria.
DEBKAfile: The attack drones were greater cause for concern than the six surface missiles the Revolutionary Guards launched from their base in Kermanshah in western Iran. Like the missiles, the assault drones cut through Iraqi air space to their targets in Syria, without asking Baghdad for permission; but, unlike the missiles, they also returned to home base by the same route unhindered. Not a single Israeli or American aircraft took to the air stop them.

Therefore, not only is Iran continuing to establish a military presence in Syria in defiance of Israel’s vow to pre-empt their effort – even in Iraq, its Revolutionary Guards have taken a step further and activated a stealth air force from their home base across two frontiers.

DEBKAfile’s military sources identified the UAVs as “Saeqehs” (Thunderbolts), a replica of the US RQ-170 Sentinel spy drone which the Iranians downed seven years ago and reconstructed with the help of Chinese engineers. Nine months ago, Israeli Air Force jets brought down an armed drone of this type over the Jordan Valley after it entered Jordanian airspace from Syria.

Monday saw Iran deploying a full squadron of these super drones for their first operation. By this action, Tehran has demonstrated its capacity to launch missiles and attack drones from bases in Iran for air strikes against US targets in Syria, as well as Israel’s homeland. They are therefore a major menace to US interests in Syria and Iraq.

 

Russia using world’s largest military planes to deliver S-300 system to Syria 

October 2, 2018

Source: Russia using world’s largest military planes to deliver S-300 system to Syria | The Times of Israel

Moscow began delivery of the advanced anti-aircraft system over the weekend, despite Israeli objections

An An-124 100 aircraft photographed in May 2010 at a Moscow Victory Day Parade. (Wikimedia, Sergey Kustov, CC BY-SA 3.0)

An An-124 100 aircraft photographed in May 2010 at a Moscow Victory Day Parade. (Wikimedia, Sergey Kustov, CC BY-SA 3.0)

Russia has over the past week been delivering its advanced anti-aircraft systems, S-300, to Syria and has been using the Russian-made Antonov An-124 Ruslan for the job.

The Antonov An-124 Ruslan, also known as the Condor, is considered the largest military transport aircraft in the world, and is the second-largest plane overall, behind the Antonov An-225 Mriya. The Russian-made Mriya is the heaviest aircraft ever built and has the largest wingspan of an aircraft in service, at 88.4 meters (290 feet). With an empty weight of 314 tons, only one such aircraft was ever built.

The Ruslan weighs 192 tons empty and has a wingspan of 73.3 meters (240 feet).

The planes, used by the Russian Air Force as well as several cargo operators, were spotted by hobbyists who track aircraft movements (also known as aircraft spotters), on the Russia-Syria route over the past several days, according to Israeli news site Ynet.

Russia said it began supplying the S-300 air-defense system to Syria on Friday, despite Israeli protests. The first Ruslan plane was spotted arriving at the Hmeimim Air Base near Latakia in Syria on Thursday evening, according to the Ynet report.

In this file photo taken on Monday, May 9, 2016, Russian S-300 air defense missile systems drive during the Victory Day military parade marking 71 years after the victory in WWII in Red Square in Moscow, Russia. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced the deliveries had started during a UN press conference. He said the anti-aircraft system “will be devoted to [ensuring] 100 percent safety and security of our men in Syria.”

Moscow’s decision to supply the systems to Syria has caused concern in Jerusalem. A senior Israeli official said Saturday that Syria’s possession of the S-300 posed a serious challenge for the Jewish state, but added that Israel was working on ways to prevent the development from becoming a major threat to the country’s security.

“The S-300 is a complex challenge for the State of Israel. We are dealing with the [decision] in different ways, not necessarily by preventing shipment [of the anti-aircraft system],” the official said.

The official added that he believes Russian President Vladimir Putin understands that while Moscow “made a move, the playing field is very large,” indicating that Israel reserved the right to protect itself and that it had the support of the United States.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday criticized Russia’s move as “irresponsible,” but said Israel was committed to continued deconfliction with Moscow in its military operations in the region.

Speaking to CNN in New York after the annual UN General Assembly, Netanyahu said that he spoke to Putin earlier this month after Syrian forces responding to an Israeli airstrike mistakenly shot down a Russian military reconnaissance plane, killing all 15 people on board.

Netanyahu said he told Putin, “Let’s continue this deconfliction, but at the same time, I told him very respectfully and very clearly that Israel will do, will continue to do what it has to do to defend itself.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during their meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow on July 11, 2018. (AFP/Pool/Yuri Kadobnov)

He said both sides wanted to avoid a military clash in Syria, noting that the many militaries and other groups operating in the region were making it “very crowded over there in this tiny space.

“Through this mess, we’ve been able for three years to avoid any clash between … between Russian and Israeli forces,” he said. “I think there’s a desire on both our part and Russia’s part to … avoid a clash.”

The Russian defense ministry also announced last week that it would begin jamming radars of military planes striking targets in Syria from off the coast of the Mediterranean.

Both Israel and the United States have protested the decision to supply Syria with the S-300, which could complicate ongoing Israeli efforts to prevent Iran deepening its military presence in Syria and to thwart the transfer of weapons in Syria to Hezbollah.

Israel has vowed to continue its operations.

Israel has carried out hundreds of strikes against Syrian and Iranian targets in Syria over the last several years, with fighter jets going nearly unchallenged by the country’s air defenses — though an F-16 was downed by a Syrian anti-aircraft missile in February in what the IDF later said was the result of a professional error by the pilots.

Jerusalem has vowed to prevent Lebanon-based Hezbollah or Iranian proxy militias in Syria from obtaining advanced weapons that could threaten the Jewish state and has worked to keep Iran from gaining a foothold in Syria that can be used to attack Israel.

Russia, which is a main backer of Syrian President Bashar Assad, has maintained a deconfliction hotline with Israel, allowing the Jewish state to carry out the attacks as long as it was informed beforehand.

The future of that program has been uncertain since the September 17 incident, which occurred as four Israeli fighter jets conducted an airstrike on the weapons warehouse near the coastal city of Latakia, which the IDF said was intended to provide weapons to the Hezbollah terror group and other Iranian proxies.

The remains of a Syrian ammunition warehouse which was destroyed in an Israeli airstrike on a base in Latakia, September 18, 2018. (ImageSat International (ISI/Ynet)

Moscow has accused Israel of using the IL-20 spy plane as a shield after the attack, rejecting Israel’s claims that poorly trained Syrian air defense operators are to blame for the deaths of 15 Russian servicemen aboard the aircraft.

Israel denies this charge, and insists it also notified the Russians 12 minutes before the attack — while Moscow has said it was given only a minute’s notice.

Earlier this year Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman downplayed Israeli concerns over Russia’s purported plans to install the system in Syria.

“One thing needs to be clear: If someone shoots at our planes, we will destroy them. It doesn’t matter if it’s an S-300 or an S-700,” he said.