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Iran Leads at Halftime; Game Over?

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Iran Leads at Halftime; Game Over?

by Shoshana Bryen  •  October 31, 2014 at 5:00 am
The relevant UN Resolution, as well as the Congressional sanctions bill, says the acceptable level of enrichment is none at all. The administration is, in fact, negotiating a level. This track means the total erasure of all international sanctions.
All of the steps Iran took are reversible. Iran's "expressed desires" should not be the driver of U.S. policy.
The Coach-in Chief, President Obama, appears to believe the West and Iran are on the same team looking for a negotiated tie. The Iranians, however, are looking for nuclear weapons.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry shakes hands with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif during talks in Vienna, Austria, July 14, 2014. (Image source: U.S. State Department)
In the run up to November's P5+1 talks, Iran has already won the battles that count; remember, this is the bazaar. After last year's unsatisfactory interim agreement, this author wrote:
A deal that is not a capitulation requires two conditions: the parties must equally value the process; and there has to be a compatible endgame. The West invested the process with much more value than did Iran, providing the mullahs with instant leverage, but most important, there was no agreed-upon end game.
The P5+1 wanted to negotiate the terms of Iran's nuclear surrender; Iran was negotiating the conditions under which it will operate its nuclear program.

Erdogan's Book of Defeat

by Burak Bekdil  •  October 31, 2014 at 4:00 am
In the entire Middle East, Turkey now has only two allies: Qatar, which looks more like a rich, family-owned gas station than a state; and Hamas, a terrorist organization.
Tunisia was the final chapter in Erdogan's book of defeat. Neo-Ottomanism was a childish dream. It is, now, a "sealed" childish dream.
'Join me, and together we can rule the galaxy...' Pictured above: Egypt's then President Mohamed Morsi (left) poses with Turkey's then Prime Minister (now President) Recep Tayyip Erdogan, before Morsi was overthrown and jailed.
Shortly after the Arab Spring rocked several capitals in the Middle East, the Turks devised a plan that would enable their country to emerge as the new Ottoman Empire. While deliberately and systematically antagonizing Israel, Ankara would: replace the Shia-controlled Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad with a Turkey-friendly Sunni ruler; support the Sunni in Iraq and Lebanon and boost their political influence; support Hamas in the Palestinian territories and provoke it to violence against Israel; and make sure that the Muslim Brotherhood or their various brethren rule Egypt, Tunisia and Libya. Saudis were already "our Muslim brothers." Eventually, all former Ottoman lands would produce governments subservient to the emerging Turkish Empire.

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Daniel Greenfield's article: The Islamization of Jerusalem

Daniel Greenfield's article: The Islamization of Jerusalem

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Posted: 30 Oct 2014 07:57 AM PDT
Chaya Zissel Braun was murdered on her first trip back from the Western Wall where the indigenous Jewish population of Israel continues to pray in the shadow of the shrine established there by the Muslim conquerors from which the racist Muslim settlers rain down rocks on the Jewish worshipers.

The three-month old baby girl died when a Muslim terrorist rammed a car into a crowd hurtling her into the air and headfirst into the pavement. Her death did not take place in isolation. It was not caused by a tiny minority of extremists. Her blood was spilled on the street for the Islamization of Jerusalem.

The Islamization of Jerusalem is an international cause. It does not just come out of Gaza City or even Ramallah. Nor Doha or Istanbul. The politicians and diplomats of every major country demand the Islamization of Jerusalem. When they talk about a Palestinian State with its capital in Jerusalem, what they are really demanding is the restoration of the Muslim ethnic cleansing of Jerusalem in 1948.

They are demanding it with words and boycotts. But the Muslim settlers, on whose behalf they cry for the Apartheidization of Jerusalem, are writing their own demands with the blood of little girls.

The baby girl was murdered to Islamize a city. She died as the Israeli soldiers had died reunifying Jerusalem after the Arab Legion had ethnically cleansed the Jewish population and as ordinary Jerusalemites had died at the hands of Jordanian snipers searching the city for Jewish and Christian targets.  The victims of those years of Muslim occupation included Yaffa Binyamin, a 14-year-old girl sitting on the balcony of her own house and a Christian carpenter working on the Notre Dame Convent.

Like Chaya, I was born in Jerusalem. Like Yaffa, I lived in a building targeted by Muslim snipers. But the Six Day War had ended the reign of Muslim snipers over the city. The building where my parents made their home had been cheap once because living there could mean instant death for anyone looking out of a window at the wrong time. The liberation and reunification of Jerusalem had made it a place where Jewish children could play on balconies and Christians could repair churches without being murdered.

Under Muslim occupation, while Jordanian snipers were cold-bloodedly murdering their children, the Jewish residents living under fire couldn’t so much as put in an outhouse without being reported to the UN for illegal construction. That is no exaggeration. In one case a UN observer organization held four meetings to discuss an outhouse for local residents before condemning Israel for illegal construction.

It did not however condemn Jordan when one of its soldiers opened fire on a train wounding a Jewish teenage girl.

Muslim outrage over Jewish outhouses mattered more than the Muslim murder of Jewish children. It still does. Today the State Department calls the murder of that little girl a traffic incident while warning Israel that Jews living in Jerusalem will end any possibility of peace.

The hysterical condemnations of “illegal construction” did not end when the Muslim occupation did. The great outhouse of the United Nations and the smaller outhouses of the foreign ministries of countries whose leaders tremble whenever Muslims grow agitated over a cartoon or a YouTube video fill the air with the vilest of substances whenever a Jewish family moves into a home in Jerusalem.
Hillary Clinton spent 45 minutes shrieking at Netanyahu over the phone after a planning committee allowed new housing in Jerusalem to advance to the public comment stage,  and told the media that the proposal that Jews live in a part of Jerusalem that she believes should belong to Muslims is “insulting” to the United States.

The latest firestorm exploded over seven Jewish families moving into homes that they had bought legally in an area from which Jews had been ethnically cleansed by racist Muslim violence in the twenties and thirties. Before that the State Department and White House warned that Israel was alienating “even its closest allies” by proposing to build houses on Airplane Hill, a place mainly known for having an Israeli plane crash there during the Six Day War and had formerly hosted temporary housing for Russian and Ethiopian immigrants.

Meanwhile when Chaya was murdered, the State Department urged “all sides to maintain calm and avoid escalating tensions in the wake of this incident.” It wasn’t as if anything important had happened. Just an Israeli-American baby murdered in pursuit of the same State Department goal of Islamizing Jerusalem.

Secretary of State John Kerry did not call President Abbas, the unelected president of the PLO’s Palestinian Authority, to berate him when one of his advisers called the murderer of that child a “heroic martyr”. Hillary Clinton did not come out of retirement to shriek at him over the phone when his party suggested that the killer would be receiving his 72 virgins in paradise.

Joe Biden, who had taken the time four years ago to specifically “condemn the decision by the government of Israel to advance planning for new housing units in East Jerusalem”, had nothing to say. If only something more important had happened than a presidential advisor to an Obama-backed terror state calling the murderer of an American child a hero, like planning for new housing “advancing”.

No one objects when Muslim settlers build houses in Jerusalem or anywhere else. But the objections pour in when the indigenous Jewish population builds so much as a house or an outhouse.

What we are talking about here is not peace, but ethnic cleansing. In 1948, the Jews were ethnically cleansed from Jerusalem to Islamize the city. Their synagogues were blown up by the Muslim occupiers. Their tombstones were used to line the roads traveled by the racist Muslim settlers. In 1948, the Jews were ethnically cleansed from Jerusalem to Islamize the city. Whether they were Zionists or anti-Zionists did not matter. They were not Muslims. That was all that counted.

Their synagogues were blown up by the Muslim occupiers. Their tombstones were used to line the roads traveled by the racist Muslim settlers.

“For the first time in 1,000 years not a single Jew remains in the Jewish Quarter,” Abdullah el-Talal, a commander of the Muslim invaders, had boasted. “Not a single building remains intact. This makes the Jews' return here impossible.” In his memoirs he wrote, “I knew that the Jewish Quarter was densely populated with Jews who caused their fighters a good deal of interference and difficulty…. Only four days after our entry into Jerusalem the Jewish Quarter had become their graveyard. Death and destruction reigned over it.”

Life magazine published photos of the atrocity writing that, “Muslim censors, not only in Palestine but in neighboring Arab countries which have major communication outlets, tried for a fortnight to keep the news from leaking out.” The photographer who took the photos was sentenced to death by the Arab High Committee.

This ethnic cleansing is what Hillary Clinton, what Joe Biden and John Kerry have been defending. The Islamization of Jerusalem is the thrust of all the peace plans put forward. Jews living in Jerusalem outrages them as much as it outraged Abdullah.

The entire phony “Palestinian” narrative in which the regional Sunni Arab Muslim majority, that is busy slaughtering Christians, Kurds, Shiites and anyone else it can get its hands on, acts as if it’s the victim because its racist ethnic cleansing plans were frustrated when its Jewish victims fought back and won.

The Muslim occupiers have added insult to injury by pretending to be the indigenous population to aid in their attempts at displacing the indigenous Jewish population through terror and lies.

Abdullah el-Talal, who became the military governor of occupied Jerusalem, said, “I have seen in this defeat of the Jews the heaviest blow rendered upon them, especially in terms of morale, since they were evicted from the Western Wall and from the Jewish Quarter, for the first time in fifteen generations.”

Every politician who denounces Jews building houses in Jerusalem, but not Muslims doing the same thing is endorsing Abdullah’s genocidal vision and all the terrorism that goes with it. Abdullah had done his dirty work under the command of a British general. The British parliament’s endorsement of an Arab-Muslim occupying ethnostate under the Palestinian flag is the continuation of an old and ugly history.

The murder of little girls like Chaya Zissel Braun does not take place in a vacuum. The Islamizers of Jerusalem gain confidence when they see that the international community stands behind their demands. In 1920, racist Muslim settler mobs in Jerusalem had chanted "Mohammed's religion was born with the sword", “Death to the Jews” and “the government is with us” as Muslim policemen under British colonial rule had joined with them in the rape and murder of the indigenous Jewish population.

Too many governments are still with those who wave the sword of Mohammed and cry death to the Jews. They encourage them, defend their agenda and issue weak rebukes when blood is spilled in the name of Islamization in Jerusalem, as it is in Kobani by ISIS and a thousand other places. Those who endorse the Islamization of Jerusalem cannot escape responsibilities for the crimes of the Islamizers.
Daniel Greenfield is a New York City based writer and blogger and a Shillman Journalism Fellow of the David Horowitz Freedom Center.

Eye on Iran: Family of Jailed Journalist Jason Rezaian Calls Incarceration A Farce

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NYT: "The family of The Washington Post's Iran correspondent, who has been jailed without explanation or charges since July, called on Thursday for the Iranian authorities to release him and said his incarceration was a farce. In a statement posted online, the mother and brother of Jason Rezaian, 38, a dual Iranian-American citizen from California, said it was clear officials had failed to find anything incriminating. Otherwise, they wrote, he would have been charged by now. The statement came on Mr. Rezaian's 100th day of confinement in Iran. He has not been allowed to make or receive phone calls from Tehran's Evin Prison, and he cannot hire a lawyer because he has not been formally accused".

LAT: "The media office of Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, this month sent an unusual text message: For the first time since having prostate surgery in September, Khamenei had resumed his weekly hikes in the hills of Tehran. Attached was a photo of him dressed in a robe and making his way up a rocky slope. The message from the media office, which normally sends information about Khamenei's speeches or books he has read, followed frequent photos posted on his official Twitter account showing him receiving visitors in a hospital. The news alerts that deal with Khamenei's health and show a more informal side of him come amid rampant - though secretive - speculation that Khamenei, 75, who survived an assassination attempt in the early days of the Islamic Revolution, is terminally ill."

Reuters: "Iran defended its human rights record on Friday, after a wave of Western criticism of its execution of a woman for murdering a man she said had tried to rape her. Mohammad Javad Larijani, secretary general of Iran's High Council for Human Rights, was speaking at a more than three hour-long debate in the U.N. Human Rights Council to review Tehran's record. Reyhaneh Jabbari was hanged on Saturday in Tehran's Evin prison for the killing. The dead man's relatives had refused to grant her a reprieve within a 10-day deadline set by sharia law, in force since the 1979 Islamic Revolution".

Nuclear Program & Negotiations

: "The world will know in the coming weeks if Iran can make the 'tough decisions' needed for a nuclear deal, US Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday. As the clock ticks down to a November 24 deadline for an agreement on reining in Iran's nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief, Kerry vowed that global powers were going to be 'very careful', everything will be based on expert advice."

Trend: "Iran has carried out what was needed based on its commitments in the interim nuclear deal and now, the ball is in West's court, Iranian parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Committee spokesman Kazem Jalali said. Jalali told Trend on Oct.30 that reaching the final nuclear accord depends on the level of western countries' loyalty towards their commitments in the nuclear talks, as Iran has done everything regarding its commitments so far. The P5+1 (five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany) is preparing to hold the next round of negotiations with Iran to reach a comprehensive nuclear deal until Nov.24. The time for next talks hasn't been scheduled yet. Iran and the P5+1 held their latest round of talks in Vienna in mid-October to work out a final agreement aimed at ending the long-standing dispute over Tehran's nuclear program. Last November, the two sides clinched an interim nuclear accord, which took effect on Jan. 20 and expired six months later. However, the parties agreed to extend their talks until Nov. 24 as they remained divided on a number of key issues".

Washington Free Beacon: "Deputy National Security Adviser and MFA in creative writing Ben Rhodes likened an Iranian nuclear deal to Obamacare in a talk to progressive activists last January, according to audio obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. The remarks, made at a since-discontinued regular meeting of White House personnel and representatives of liberal interest groups, reveal the importance of a rapprochement with Iran to President Obama, who is looking to establish his legacy as his presidency enters its lame-duck phase".

The Algemeiner: "A leading advocacy group working to counter Iran's nuclear program has urged the Obama Administration to press for "full transparency" on the Tehran regime's nuclear installations ahead of any discussions about the lifting of sanctions. United Against Nuclear Iran, a New York-based lobby group whose leadership includes Mark Wallace, a former American Ambassador to the United Nations, and Dr. Gary Samore, the former White House Coordinator for Arms Control, was reacting to a statement from the chairman of the Iranian parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, Alaeddin Boroujerdi , who said that a US proposal for the gradual lifting of sanctions was 'unacceptable.'"

Sanctions Relief

: "Asian buyers of Iranian crude imported 6.6 percent less in September than a year ago, the first on-year decline since December, but shipments rose back above the 1 million barrels-per-day mark allowed under a deal that eased Western sanctions. World powers are negotiating to strike a permanent settlement with Iran on its disputed nuclear program by a Nov. 24 deadline. Tehran would have to curb its nuclear work to ensure it cannot be applied to weapons in exchange for removal of the sanctions that have hobbled its oil-based economy. Iran and the United States said earlier they made some progress toward a final deal this month but that much work remains to be done. Some industry sources expect Iran to strike an agreement to escape the tough sanctions that have cut its crude exports by more than half since early 2012. Tehran's crude sales would likely surge if Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States reach any agreement with Iran that would scuttle the sanctions."

Human Rights

Al- Monitor: "A number of Iranian officials have claimed that there is a conspiracy behind the serial acid attacks on women that shocked the city of Esfahan and horrified citizens, leading to mass protests and eventually the detention of several journalists. "The acid attacks in Esfahan are a game and a conspiracy," said Ayatollah Naser Makaram Shirazi. He said that Iran's enemies wanted to "deviate [public] thought into another direction" after parliament presented a bill to offer legal protection to 'vice' groups' that take it upon themselves to enact the Islamic teaching of 'enjoining good and forbidding wrong.'"

Foreign Affairs

Trend: "The Head of Iran's Strategic Council on Foreign Relations Kamal Kharrazi met with the UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson, the Iranian news agency IRNA reported Oct. 30.A joint press conference was held following the meeting. Kharrazi said at the press conference that the discussed issues included the great powers' mistakes that led to instability in the region, as well as the methods for solving problems from the point of view of Iran. Kharrazi praised his meeting with the UN deputy secretary-general, and said the discussions focused on the developments in the region, the situation in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and the issues regarding as to whether the UN meets global community's requirements. Jan Eliasson, for his part, said at the press conference that it is necessary to settle the region's problems through political negotiations, rather than military means. The UN deputy secretary-general is visiting Iran starting from Oct. 28."

Opinion & Analysis

Lee Smith in The Weekly Standard: "Last week, the Obama White House finally clarified its Middle East policy. It's d├ętente with Iran and a cold war with Israel. To the administration, Israel isn't worth the trouble its prime minister causes. As one anonymous Obama official put it to journalist Jeffrey Goldberg, what good is Benjamin Netanyahu if he won't make peace with the Palestinians? Bibi doesn't have the nerve of Begin, Rabin, or Sharon, said the unnamed source. The current leader of this longstanding U.S. ally, he added, is "a chickens-t." It's hardly surprising that the Obama White House is crudely badmouthing Netanyahu; it has tried to undercut him from the beginning. But this isn't just about the administration's petulance and pettiness. There seems to be a strategic purpose to heckling Israel's prime minister. With a possible deal over Iran's nuclear weapons program in sight, the White House wants to weaken Netanyahu's ability to challenge an Iran agreement".

David Ignatius in The Washington Post: "An intriguing figure is gaining prominence in the Iranian government just as regional conflicts in Iraq and Syria intensify and nuclear talks with the West move toward a Nov. 24 deadline.The newly prominent official is Ali Shamkhani, the head of Iran's national security council. He played a key role last summer in the ouster of Nouri al-Maliki as Iraq's prime minister. In interviews over the past few weeks, Iraqi, Iranian, Lebanese, European and U.S. officials have all described Shamkhani as a rising political player. 'He is a person in the middle,' with close links to both President Hassan Rouhani and Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, says Hossein Mousavian, a former Iranian official who teaches at Princeton University and knows the leadership well. 'Shamkhani can play an influential role in managing the crisis in the Arab world,' he argues, in part because he is from an Arabic-speaking region of southern Iran".

Jennifer Rubin in The Washington Post: "In an interview on Thursday, Secretary of State John F. Kerry said, for the first time, something reassuring about the Iran 'P5+1' talks: 'I will say this to everybody: We've set a very clear standard. There are four present pathways to a bomb for Iran - the hidden so-called secret facility in a mountain called Fordow, the open Natanz enrichment facility, the plutonium heavy-water reactor called Arak, and then, of course, covert activities. We've pledged that our goal is to shut off each pathway sufficient that we know we have a breakout time of a minimum of a year that gives us the opportunity to respond if they were to try to do that'.

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