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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Ignoring "ridiculous carrot and stick policies" Iran decides to build ten new enrichment plants

An accurate description of Western policy was given by the speaker of the Iranian parliament:
"If you do not stop these ridiculous carrot-and-stick policies, we will in return adopt new policies and seriously decrease cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency," Larijani, an influential conservative, told the assembly.
Thumbing its nose at the world, Iran thereupon decided to build 10 new enrichment plants. No doubt the plants had been planned for a long time and may have been in process of construction.. What was really decided was to make them public.
Carrots and sticks can work on cooperative beasts. When you are dealing with a mad dog that is out of control, there is only one remedy that works.
Reuters News Agency however, seems to be blissfully ignorant of the Iranian constitution, as they wrote:
Parliament has the power to oblige the government to change its cooperation with the IAEA, as it did in 2006 after the Vienna-based agency voted to report Iran to the UN Security Council.
Final say on all legislation is that of the "Council of Experts" - the Ayatollahs, who can veto any parliamentary legislation as "un-Islamic."
Ami Isseroff
Last update - 17:36 29/11/2009
Iran approves plan for 10 new nuclear plants
By Reuters

Iran warns it will cut cooperation with UN, two days after IAEA votes to rebuke Tehran over secret enrichment plant.
The Iranian government on Sunday approved a plan to construct 10 new uranium enrichment plants, just two days after the International Atomic Energy Agency voted to rebuke the Islamic Republic for building an enrichment plant in secret.
Iran's parliament speaker said Sunday that Tehran could move to reduce its cooperation level with the United Nations nuclear agency watchdog if the West continues to pressure the Islamic state over its nuclear program.
The Islamic Republic has already denounced Friday's IAEA resolution, which won rare backing from China and Russia, as "intimidation" which would poison its talks with world powers.
"If you do not stop these ridiculous carrot-and-stick policies, we will in return adopt new policies and seriously decrease cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency," Larijani, an influential conservative, told the assembly.
Parliament has the power to oblige the government to change its cooperation with the IAEA, as it did in 2006 after the Vienna-based agency voted to report Iran to the UN Security Council.
Friday's resolution by the 35-nation IAEA board was a sign of spreading alarm over Tehran's failure to dispel fears it has clandestine plans to build nuclear bombs, a charge Iran denies.
It urged Iran to clarify the original purpose of the recently-disclosed Fordow enrichment site, hidden inside a mountain bunker, stop construction and confirm there are no more hidden sites.
But it was far from clear whether the West could now coax Moscow and Beijing to join in tough sanctions against Iran, something they have long prevented at the U.N. Security Council.
Iranian Ambassador Ali Asghar Soltanieh on Friday called the resolution a "hasty" step devoid of legal basis, saying Iran would not halt its sensitive nuclear work.
He said Iran would continue to allow basic inspections at its nuclear sites but could stop making "voluntary gestures" of extra cooperation such as when it allowed widened surveillance at its rapidly expanding main enrichment complex at Natanz.
Iran says its atomic energy program is purely for peaceful purposes, aimed at generating electricity.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Scoop: Israeli preparations for Attack on Iran Almost Complete

Regard if you please, the below confidential communication, which I, and a select group of maybe 20,000 other people have received. This is definitely "inside dope." I am about to share this precious secret with you, and expose yet another conspiracy of internal Jew Zionism. Here is what it is about. The virtuous and truth telling democratic Ismalic Republic of Iran is fresh from having conducted impeccable democratic elections in the best traditions and with total transparency. The glorious Basij warriors triumphed over the Mossad inspired plots of evil people like Neda Soltan, who wanted to introduce foreign and corrupting concepts into Iran such as women's rights, as well as degenerate and evil culture such as the Zionist Mickey Mouse. But Iran is a victim of a plot and a libel by the international Jew Zionism conspiracy that is operated from that den of iniquity, Tel-Aviv.
The Iranians, who have the second largest gas reserves and the sixth largest petroleum reserves in the world, as well as a puny industrial capacity, explain that they have an urgent need of nuclear power to generate electricity, as well to satisfy the intellectual curiosity of the forward looking Mullahs, who were commanded by Allah in the Quran to seek out the secrets of the world, hidden from all men and Jinn except for the wisest and most virtuous. That is the only explanation for why they are refining uranium, and for why they built secret centrifuge factories and a secret heavy water reactor, and why they are investing a huge part of the budget of their poor country in nuclear gadgetry and solid fuel intercontinental ballistic missiles. Perhaps the missiles will be used to solve the traffic jam problem in Tehran.
The Zionists, for reasons all their own, decided arbitrarily that Iran, which never harmed a hair on anyone's head, is trying to create nuclear weapons. If the Iranians do not stop their peaceful and innocent nuclear program, not to mention their peaceful and innocent crash solid state ICBM development program, also needed for peaceful purposes, the greedy and evil Zionists propose to attack the centrifuges and other development sites. At least that is what the letter below claims. As the astute author and analyst Sam Vaknin notes:
Late last year, Israel embarked on a coordinated campaign of leaks to the press regarding its determination to take out Iran's nuclear facilities if Obama's then-new administration fails to sway the Iranians diplomatically.
And Vaknin goes on to tell in detail of the pernicious Zionist plot, designed to torpedo the Obama program of engagement with the nice Iranians. He tells us that preparations are almost complete. To his excellent and imaginative report, which is based on information that is available only to a select group of about two billion people who have the rare qualification of being literate, we can add that the Zionist government has passed both submarines and warships through the Suez Canal, which analysts of about the same caliber of Vaknin have claimed is a sure signal to Iran by Israel. All this, as noted is supposedly meant to torpedo the Obama policy and launch an attack on Iran in a few short months. Only Vaknin forgot that Obama has said repeatedly that Iran must not be allowed to acquire nuclear weapons, and that Obama has vowed to get tough with Iran if it doesn't respond to diplomacy in a few months.
Vaknin has joined the honorable ranks of the Iran attack prognosticators. The most prominent of them are Sy Hersh of the New Yorker and Uzi Mahnaimi of the Sunday Times. Every few months these two earned their keep by predicted an Israeli or American attack on Iran in just a few weeks or months. No attack ever materialized, but the two clowns went on predicting, based on "leaked" "information" from "reliable" sources. Like the medieval Jewish prognosticators of the Ketz - the end of days - based on the false "science" of numerology, they were never deterred by the fact that the cataclysmic event did not occur. There was always a good excuse: their leaks had exposed the vicious Zionist-neoconservative conspiracy of Dick Cheney, the Likud and other malefactors.
Vaknin himself is the best judge of his own character and motivations. After all, as he tells us that he is author of a book called, "Malignant Self Love - Narcissism Revisited."
What is wrong with Vaknin's prediction that an Israeli attack is imminent? A few things. Firstly, in the surprise attacks it has carried out in the past, Israel never ever leaked any details of the planned operation beforehand. This was true of the attack on the Iraqi reactor, Operation Focus that began the Six day war, the attack on the reactor that was being built by North Korea in Syria, the attack on Tunis, and the sinking of Arafat's "refugee boat" in Cyprus, among others. Leaked "plans" are almost surely disinformation. A great analyst like Vaknin must know that. (Surely he is a great analyst, as he says so himelf). Second, the timing is wrong. Meir Dagan, head of the Mossad said that Iran will not have a bomb before 2014, so what is the hurry? Third, the timing of the attack is wrong. Israel hasn't got its missile defenses in place, and will not have an operation anti-missile system for all the relevant ranges for a while. Fourth, Israel and the US agreed to go for sanctions in the autumn if Iran doesn't negotiate seriously. An Israeli attack would make some Americans pretty angry, unless it is really part of the plan. Fifth, Vaknin claims that Israel will attack only two targets. This seems to be worthless, since any attack must strike at least the nuclear research center at Isfahan, the Arak reactor that can produce plutonium, and the Natanz facilities for manufacturing centrifuges. Probably there are other vital targets. Israel would have to hit a number of them in order to really set back Iran's "electricity generation" program.
But who am I to question Vaknin? Vaknin seems to be no amateur. He is an "analyst" - he tells people in Macedonia all about Israeli policy. He has Web sites about Global research etc. Nobody in Macedonia or Micronesia or anywhere else asks fools like me to explain Israeli policy. So how could this astute sleuth have missed all this signs that only a child could miss? As he notes, Israel has planted many leaks, and one could be quick to conclude that Vaknin himself is a devious agent of the sly Zionist conspiracy, trying to confuse and panic the ever virtuous and stout hearted Iranian government.
The truth may be simpler. By his own accounts, Vaknin (see has a Phd from a third rate American university in philosophy and dabbled in computers and business administration. While he was in jail(!) (see for unspecified reasons, he wrote an amateur book about psychology, and then he evidently graduated to amateur geopolitical analysis. All this information is from his own CV and autobiographical summary. I could not find anywhere where he had studied or worked in anything related to international relations, security, military affairs etc.

Assuming that I didn't miss anything (you are invited to check) and that it is not a cover provided by a sinister intelligence agency (you know which one) the conclusion is that his ideas are no better and no worse than yours or mine. The difference is that we don't usually pretend to know with absolute certainty when or if Israel is going to attack anyone, or whom they will attack. If he can make a living from it, then good for him. We should not begrudge anyone a living, but it should not come at the expense of endangering the peace and spreading unfounded rumors about Israel.
The letter follows below.
Ami Isseroff.

Preparations for Attack on Iran Almost Complete
By: Sam Vaknin
July 10, 2009
Late last year, Israel embarked on a coordinated campaign of leaks to the press regarding its determination to take out Iran's nuclear facilities if Obama's then-new administration fails to sway the Iranians diplomatically. Israel is unwilling to accept a nuclear Iran: "It is not an option", say its senior intelligence and military leadership.
On January 20, 2009, I appeared as a guest in the most popular political affairs program in Macedonia ("Glasot na Narodot", or The Voice of the People). I warned that Israel is willing to wait 6 to 8 months for Obama's "diplomacy" with regards to Iran's nuclear capability to show some progress. If Iran remains recalcitrant, Israel plans to bomb two facilities in Iran as it did in Iraq in 1981, I said. Refueling won't be a problem, I assured the program's host, Slobodan Tomic: both Egypt and Saudi-Arabia offered to help.
Israel has decided to go ahead. Taking into account political, geopolitical, military preparedness, and climatic conditions, there are two windows: between July 21 and 24 and between August 6 and 8. Advance teams comprised of Mossad agents and military personnel are already on the ground in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Iraq (including in the Kurdish lands, adjacent to Turkey).
A mock has been erected not far from Eilat (near the Red Sea, opposite Aqaba). A defunct airbase in Biq'at Ha'Yareach (Moon Vale) has been resurrected to accommodate Air Wing 10. In a country as small and intimate as Israel, it is amazing that this has been kept a secret: hundreds of recruits and reservists - from mechanics and pilots to cooks and administrators - have been re-stationed there in the last few months.
A mysterious facility also sprouted up not far from Dimona's nuclear reactor, next to a university town called Sde Boker. It is not known what is its role, though speculation is that it is intended to shield the sensitive facility from an Iranian counter-attack. Several batteries of aged Patriot missiles have been recently replaced with brand new anti-missile rockets developed by Israel.
Citizens are reporting dry runs in the skies of the Negev, Israel's traditional air force training grounds and a desert with some resemblance to Iranian conditions. Piecing these scant testimonies together, it seems that the Israelis are concentrating their effort on midair refueling and surgical strikes on multiple targets.
Finally, HAGA (Hagana Ezrakhit), the Civilian Defense Force, a part of the Israeli Defense Force (IDF), has been instructed to begin preparations for a possible Iranian counter-strike with long-range conventional missiles. At this stage, Israel is not contemplating chemical or biological warfare (though the distribution of gas masks does seem to be part of the drill).
No one knows for sure where will Israel strike. Wiping off all the widely distributed and impregnable components of Iran's capability to enrich uranium is close to impossible. The after-effects of even a limited air attack may be devastating and not necessarily short-term, as the Israelis are convinced. The price of oil is likely to spike and radicals and extremists throughout the benighted region are bound to leverage the attack to smear and taunt Israel and its allies but, then, what else is new. The Arab countries are likely to breathe a sigh of relief that the Iranian bully has been humbled.
The big question mark is how will the Obama administration react to such a fait accompli that flies in the face of the new President's stated policies. Will Obama try to make an example out of Israel and harshly punish it - or will he merely verbally lash it and proceed with business as usual? Time will tell. Soon.
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. (E-mail :, Mobile/Cell: +38970-565488)
Associate Editor, Global Politician and Founding Analyst, International Analyst Network

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Sunday, May 17, 2009

Obama: No options off the table on Iran, not my place to determine Israeli security needs

US President Obama gave a carefully timed interview to Newsweek ahead of the visit of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. The interview ranged over a wide variety of subjects. President Obama had some very important messages on Iran and Israel and Middle East peace, that do not look or sound anything like what has appeared in the media or has been published about this interview. He said that no options are off the table, and repeated that he is not naive. He also said that he can understand why Israel considers Iran to be an existential threat and emphasized that the United States cannot determine Israeli security needs. He did not explain, and was not asked, why American officials have been going around warning Israel not to attack Iran, nor did he say that he himself believes Iran to be an existential threat to Israel. He did say, when asked, that "NO" the United states will not stop Israel from attacking Iran. In fact, he said:
They're right there in range and I don't think it's my place to determine for the Israelis what their security needs are.
His words were chosen skilfully, even if the delivery seemed off hand. They should not be distorted, as some have already begun to do.
Notably absent from this interview as published on the Web: Any mention of Palestinians, peace intitiatives, settlements and two-state solutions. Literally, those words are not there, and neither is the word "Arab."
Here is the part of the interview that relates to Israel and Iran:

Prime Minister Netanyahu is coming [to Washington this week]. How do you expect to talk to him about the possibility of Israeli military action against Iran? And some people have argued that we should not take [American military action] off the table.
I've been very clear that I don't take any options off the table with respect to Iran. I don't take options off the table when it comes to U.S. security, period. What I have said is that we want to offer Iran an opportunity to align itself with international norms and international rules. I think, ultimately, that will be better for the Iranian people. I think that there is the ability of an Islamic Republic of Iran to maintain its Islamic character while, at the same time, being a member in good standing of the international community and not a threat to its neighbors. And we are going to reach out to them and try to shift off of a pattern over the last 30 years that hasn't produced results in the region.

Now, will it work? We don't know. And I assure you, I'm not naive about the difficulties of a process like this. If it doesn't work, the fact that we have tried will strengthen our position in mobilizing the international community, and Iran will have isolated itself, as opposed to a perception that it seeks to advance that somehow it's being victimized by a U.S. government that doesn't respect Iran's sovereignty.

And you would expect the Israelis, as an ally, to follow along with that and not take unilateral [military] action?

No, look, I understand very clearly that Israel considers Iran an existential threat, and given some of the statements that have been made by President Ahmadinejad, you can understand why. So their calculation of costs and benefits are going to be more acute. They're right there in range and I don't think it's my place to determine for the Israelis what their security needs are.

I can make an argument to Israel as an ally that the approach we are taking is one that has to be given a chance and offers the prospect of security, not just for the United States but also for Israel, that is superior to some of the other alternatives.

Make of it what you will, in the context of all other buzz, spin and rumors.

Cross posted:

Ami Isseroff

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Saturday, April 26, 2008

White House statement on bombed Syrian reactor

Here is the text of a statement from the White House press office about the Syrian installation which Israeli aircraft destroyed last year. The White House states, "We have good reason to believe that reactor, which was damaged beyond repair on Sept. 6 of last year, was not intended for peaceful purposes."

The statement doesn't mention Israel.

The White House
For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
April 24, 2008

Statement by the Press Secretary

Today, administration officials have briefed select Congressional
committees on an issue of great international concern. Until Sept. 6,
2007, the Syrian regime was building a covert nuclear reactor in its
eastern desert capable of producing plutonium. We are convinced, based
on a variety of information, that North Korea assisted Syria's covert
nuclear activities. We have good reason to believe that reactor, which
was damaged beyond repair on Sept. 6 of last year, was not intended for
peaceful purposes. Carefully hidden from view, the reactor was not
configured for such purposes. In defiance of its international
obligations, Syria did not inform the International Atomic Energy Agency
(IAEA) of the construction of the reactor, and, after it was destroyed,
the regime moved quickly to bury evidence of its existence. This
cover-up only served to reinforce our confidence that this reactor was
not intended for peaceful activities.

We are briefing the IAEA on this intelligence. The Syrian regime must
come clean before the world regarding its illicit nuclear activities.
The Syrian regime supports terrorism, takes action that destabilizes
Lebanon, allows the transit of some foreign fighters into Iraq, and
represses its own people. If Syria wants better relations with the
international community, it should put an end to these activities.

We have long been seriously concerned about North Korea's nuclear
weapons program and its proliferation activities. North Korea's
clandestine nuclear cooperation with Syria is a dangerous manifestation
of those activities. One way we have chosen to deal with this problem is
through the Six Party Framework. Through this process we are working
with our partners to achieve the verifiable denuclearization of the
Korean Peninsula. The United States is also committed to ensuring that
North Korea does not further engage in proliferation activities. We will
work with our partners to establish in the Six Party Framework a
rigorous verification mechanism to ensure that such conduct and other
nuclear activities have ceased.

The construction of this reactor was a dangerous and potentially
destabilizing development for the region and the world. This is
particularly true because it was done covertly and in violation of the
very procedures designed to reassure the world of the peaceful intent of
nuclear activities. This development also serves as a reminder that
often the same regimes that sponsor proliferation also sponsor terrorism
and foster instability, and cooperate with one another in doing so. This
underscores that the international community is right to be very
concerned about the nuclear activities of Iran and the risks those
activities pose to the stability of the Middle East. To confront this
challenge, the international community must take further steps,
beginning with the full implementation of the United Nations Security
Council resolutions dealing with Iranian nuclear activities. The United
States calls upon the international community to redouble our common
efforts to ending these activities and preventing the spread of weapons
of mass destruction in this critical region.

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Thursday, April 17, 2008

Remember that Olmert said this: Iran will not have nuclear capabiliy

"I want to tell the citizens of Israel: Iran will not have nuclear capability," said Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in a pre-Passover interview.
Forgive me if I am a bit skeptical about that promise. I remember when Olmert promised to wipe out Hassan Nasrallah and the Hezbollah, and before that, when he promised that Israel would be a "fun place to live."
Ami Isseroff

Last update - 09:03 17/04/2008    
 PM: Iran will not be nuclear 
By David Landau and Yossi Verter, Haaretz Correspondents 
"I want to tell the citizens of Israel: Iran will not have nuclear capability," said Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in a pre-Passover interview. According to Olmert, the international community is making an enormous effort, in which Israel has a part, to prevent Iran from attaining nonconventional weapons capabilities. "And I believe, and also know, that the bottom line of these efforts is that Iran will not be nuclear," Olmert said.
In his holiday interview, his first to the print media in a year, Olmert declared that since the Annapolis summit in November, the possibility of reaching an understanding between Israel and the Palestinians during 2008 has grown. The prime minister said that the issue of Jerusalem has not yet been discussed at all, neither in his talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas nor as part of the talks headed by Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni with Ahmed Qureia.
As to Syria, Olmert said: "I know exactly what the Syrians want and I think the Syrians know what the State of Israel and I expect from the peace process."
Olmert said he intented to run again for the leadership of Kadima and to lead the party in the next elections. He did not rule out the possibility of a merger between Kadima and the Labor Party prior to elections.
Likud chairman Benjamin Netanyahu is not suitable for the post of prime minister, Olmert said, because of his positions. "We remember what happened here when he was prime minister."
Olmert also voiced unequivocal, public backing for Justice Minister Daniel Friedmann, calling him devoted to the rule of law. Olmert revealed that a few months ago he asked former Supreme Court president Aharon Barak to head up a committee that would be charged with drafting a law aimed at guaranteeing the independence of the Supreme Court, with Friedman's agreement. According to Olmert, Barak agreed, but later changed his mind.

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Saturday, February 23, 2008

Rice: IAEA report bosters case for Sanctions against Iran nuclear program

What is happening: Iran is defying the UN, and diplomats are finding ways of papering it over.
Last update - 02:22 23/02/2008       
Rice: UN nuclear watchdog report bolsters case for tighter Iran sanctions
By Yossi Melman, Haaretz Correspondent and News Agencies
The United States wants quick action to punish Iran for refusing to roll back its disputed nuclear program, and a new report by the United Nations nuclear watchdog strengthens the case for additional sanctions, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Friday.
The report, released Friday by the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency, confirmed that Iran has continued to enrich uranium in defiance of repeated UN Security Council resolutions demanding that it suspend the uranium centrifuge program, which could produce both civilian nuclear fuel and the material for a nuclear bomb.
Tehran insists it is interested only in civilian nuclear energy, but the U.S. and others contend it harbors ambitions for a bomb.
"The United Nations has a very strong case for passing a third Security Council resolution imposing sanctions on Iran after the new report from the IAEA found that Tehran failed to cooperate fully with its investigators and left unanswered crucial questions about its nuclear past," Rice said.
"There is very good reason after this report to proceed to the third Security Council resolution," Rice told reporters at the State Department.
"This report demonstrates that whatever the Iranians may be doing to try to clean up some elements of the past, it is inadequate, given their current activities, given questions about their past activities and given what we all have to worry about, which is a future in which Iran could start to perfect the technologies that could lead to nuclear weapons," she said.
Rice spoke ahead of a meeting between senior diplomats from the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and from Germany, scheduled for Monday in Washington to discuss the new resolution. The six powers have agreed on a draft.
Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns, the third-ranking U.S. diplomat, will represent the United States at the meeting. He said Friday there is all the more reason now for the Security Council to pass a third sanctions resolution.
The United States wants the Security Council to begin debate next week. Burns would not predict how long debate would last and would not rule out that the current package of proposed punishments might change. The proposed package slightly expands and strengthens previous penalties but is weaker than the United States had wanted.
Burns is the top U.S. negotiator on a carrot-and-stick package proposed by the UN Security Council's five permanent states, all of which are nuclear powers, plus Germany. Iran has rebuffed the offer and has brushed off the Security Council's penalties.
Iran's trade partners and sometime allies on the council, Russia and China, which hold Security Council veto power, oppose very harsh measures. Burns said the new round of sanctions would pinch Iran, but he argued more strongly that failing to act would make the Security Council look weak.
Earlier Friday, U.S. ambassador to the UN Zalmay Khalilzad expressed sentiments similar to those of Rice, saying that the IAEA report should pave the way for new tighter sanctions against Iran.

"They're increasing their capabilities," Khalilzad noted. "Not only have the number of centrifuges increased, but they're working on a second-generation, if you like, a more capable centrifuge. Things are getting worse in terms of the enrichment part."
He said he believed some were hoping the IAEA report would eliminate the need for the next resolution - by assessing Iranian cooperation with the UN nuclear watchdog more positively.
"The IAEA report does give us very important points to make," Khalilzad said. "They [Iran] did not come clean."
The report states that Iran has carried out a series of experiments associated with the production of nuclear weapons, high velocity explosives, and uranium enrichment. Teheran has also reportedly carried out simulations of warhead detonations and tests involving Polonium 210, a material used to develop nuclear weapons.
IAEA chief Mohammed ElBaradei writes in the report that some of the data they received on Iran's activities came from countries that were interested in increasing IAEA scrutiny of Iran's nuclear program.
Teheran has stated that the data in question, which includes documents, is fabricated.
The report did detail areas of greater Iranian cooperation, and said Teheran has produced documents detailing research and experiments carried in Iranian academic institutions, activities which were previously thought to be a front for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI).
ElBaradei on Friday said his agency had made "quite good progress" in clarifying Iran's nuclear program thanks to increased Iranian cooperation, but serious doubts persist.
"We are at it for the last five years. In the last four months, in particular, we have made quite good progress in clarifying the outstanding issues," he said in a statement accompanying a new report on Iran's behavior.
"On that score, Iran in the last few months has provided us with visits to many places that enable us to have a clearer picture of Iran's current program. However, that is not, in my view, sufficient," he said.
ElBaradei called on Iran to follow UN Security Council Resolution 1696, which said Iran must suspend uranium enrichment or face diplomatic sanctions. Nonetheless, the report states Iran has stocked its Natanz reactor with new, gas-powered centrifuges which are reportedly more advanced and able to enrich more uranium than their predecessors.
The report was welcomed by Iran's top nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili, who said it provides "more evidence proving Iran's truthfulness on the nuclear issue."
"This victory is the result of resistance by the Iranian nation in insisting on its rights," Jalili said.

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Saturday, January 12, 2008

Syria rebuilding site that Israel bombed

Syria Rebuilds on Site Destroyed by Israeli Bombs

Published: January 12, 2008

The puzzling site in Syria that Israeli jets bombed in September grew more curious on Friday with the release of a satellite photograph showing new construction there that resembles the site's former main building.


New construction at a disputed Syrian site that Israeli and American analysts judged to be a partially built nuclear reactor.

Israel's air attack was directed against what Israeli and American intelligence analysts had judged to be a partly constructed nuclear reactor. The Syrians vigorously denied the atomic claim.

Before the attack, satellite imagery showed a tall, square building there measuring about 150 feet long per side.

After the attack, the Syrians wiped the area clean, with some analysis calling the speed of the cleanup a tacit admission of guilt. The barren site is on the eastern bank of the Euphrates, 90 miles north of the Iraqi border.

The image released Friday came from a private company, DigitalGlobe, in Longmont, Colo. It shows a tall, square building under construction that appears to closely resemble the original structure, with the exception that the roof is vaulted instead of flat. The photo was taken from space on Wednesday.

Given the international uproar that unfolded after the bombing, "we can assume it's not a reactor," said David Albright, president of the Institute for Science and International Security, a private group in Washington that has analyzed the Syrian site.

If international inspectors eventually get to the site, he added, they will have a more difficult time looking for nuclear evidence. "The new building," he noted, "covers whatever remained of the destroyed one."

Skeptics have criticized the nuclear accusation, saying the public evidence that has so far come to light was ambiguous at best. They noted, for instance, that at the time of the attack the site had no obvious barbed wire or air defenses that would normally ring a sensitive military facility.

The International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna recently became aware of the new construction, a European diplomat said Friday.

"Obviously, they're keeping an eye on the site," he said, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the issue's diplomatic delicacy.

As a signer to an agreement with the atomic agency, Syria is obligated to report the construction of a nuclear reactor to international inspectors. Nuclear reactors can make plutonium for the core of atom bombs, and therefore secretive work on reactors is usually interpreted as military in nature.

Senior Syrian officials continue to deny that a nuclear reactor was under construction, insisting that what Israel destroyed was a largely empty military warehouse.

Mohamed ElBaradei, who directs the atomic agency, this week told Al-Hayat, an Arabic-language newspaper based in London, that his agency wanted to inspect the site.

"So far, we have not received any information about any nuclear programs in Syria," he said, according to a transcript posted on the newspaper's Web site. Dr. ElBaradei said he had asked for the Syrians' permission "to allow the agency to visit the facility and to verify that it was not nuclear."

He added: "The Syrian brothers did not allow us to visit and inspect the location."

While some analysts have suggested that the new building might slow down international inspectors, Dr. ElBaradei said in the interview that his agency had sensitive "technologies to assure that the location did not host a nuclear facility."

The satellite photographs, he added, led experts to doubt "that the targeted construction" was in fact a nuclear reactor.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Iran opposition group: Iran Resumed Weapon Program

Group Says Iran Resumed Weapon Program
By MARC CHAMPION in Brussels and JAY SOLOMON in Washington
December 11, 2007; Page A4
The Iranian opposition group that first exposed Iran's nuclear-fuel program said a U.S. intelligence analysis is correct that Tehran shut down its weaponization program in 2003, but claims that the program was relocated and restarted in 2004.
The claim, to be made public today by the National Council for Resistance in Iran, joins a broad pushback by conservative hawks who say the U.S. analysis has wrongly given the impression that Iran's nuclear-fuel program doesn't present an urgent threat.
In recent days, Republican lawmakers have called for a review of the process that created the U.S. National Intelligence Estimate, a nonclassified version of which was released last week. Senior U.S. officials have been consulting with allies in Israel and Europe to explain why the estimate differed so drastically from previous assessments.
A former U.S. intelligence official who works closely with the White House on Iran said that all the intelligence related to the NIE was being reassessed and that information coming from sources such as the NCRI would be included. "You have to take seriously what they say, but you also have to realize that they have gotten things wrong," the official said.
Representatives of the National Security Council and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence both said they wouldn't speculate on how any new intelligence on Iran may be utilized. "We stand by the NIE assessment, which is the consensus view of all our intelligence agencies," said Ross Feinstein, a DNI spokesman.
The NCRI is the political wing of the Mujahedin e-Khalq, a group that still has as many as 4,000 members in a disarmed military camp just inside Iraq's border with Iran. The MEK has its roots as a Marxist-Islamist body that fought to overthrow the Shah and has been seeking to overthrow the current government since the mid-1980s. The U.S. and the European Union list both the NCRI and Mujahedin e-Khalq as terrorist organizations. The NCRI has had a mixed record in the accuracy of its claims concerning Iran's nuclear program.
U.S. intelligence officials have declined to comment on what role the NCRI or other Iranian dissident groups may have played in developing the new intelligence estimate. The NCRI first identified Iran's covert nuclear-fuel facilities in 2002, and the White House and State Department have credited the group with helping to expose the program.
The intelligence estimate by 16 U.S. government agencies concluded with "high confidence" that Iran shut its weaponization program in 2003, and with "moderate confidence" that it has remained frozen since. Diplomats say that because the report makes the need for action seem less urgent, it is likely to be harder for the U.S. and European Union to secure international support for tougher sanctions against Iran, aimed at pressuring it to suspend its nuclear-fuel program, which can be used for civilian or military purposes.
According to the NCRI, Iran's Supreme National Security Council decided to shut down its most important center for nuclear-weapons research in eastern Tehran, called Lavisan-Shian, in August 2003.
The NCRI, which claims to have intelligence sources inside Iran, said Lavisan was broken into 11 fields of research, including development of a nuclear trigger and of the technology to shape weapons-grade uranium into a warhead. But at the same meeting, the council decided to disperse pieces of the research to a number of locations around Iran, according to the NCRI. By the time international nuclear inspectors were allowed to get access to the Lavisan site, the buildings allegedly devoted to nuclear research had been torn down and the ground bulldozed.
"What the first part of the NIE says is right, that they halted their weaponization research in 2003," said Mohammad Mohaddessin, foreign-affairs chief for the NCRI. "But the second part, that they stopped until at least the middle of 2007, is wrong. They scattered the weaponization program to other locations and restarted in 2004."
Equipment was relocated first from Lavisan-Shian to another military compound in Tehran's Lavisan district, the Center for Readiness and Advanced Technology, Mr. Mohaddessin said. Two devices designed to measure radiation levels were moved to Malek-Ashtar University in Isfahan and to a defense ministry hospital in Tehran, he said. Other equipment was sent to other locations the NCRI hasn't been able to identify, he said.
"Their strategy was that if the IAEA found any one piece of this research program, it would be possible to justify it as civilian. But so long as it was all together, they wouldn't be able to," Mr. Mohaddessin said.
The NCRI said in a report on Iran's nuclear program in September 2005 that the Lavisan facility had been closed, setting back the regime's weaponization program by approximately one year. Mr. Mohaddessin said his group was certain no other Iranian nuclear facilities were closed in 2003.
A representative of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the United Nations nuclear watchdog in Vienna, declined to comment on the claims, but said the agency would consider seriously any NCRI information. A spokesman for the Iranian government couldn't be reached for comment.
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Friday, July 27, 2007

Nukes for Arabs: The French are at it again

How nice that Libyan dicator Muammar Gaddafi (Qadaffi, Kaddafi etc.) agreed to release some Palestinian and Bulgarian doctors accused of giving people AIDS, instead of killing them. A great diplomatic achievement for which France is taking the credit. Vive La France. Vive Sarkozy and his much-touted Jewish ancestry.
Un moment s'il vou plait!  Before you start cheering, please look at the fine print. There are  a number of flies in this fine wine. According to AFP:
He [Sarkozy] and his wife, however, were accused in the European press of stealing the credit after EU negotiator Benita Ferrero-Waldner had done much of the hard bargaining.
Well OK, that's not too bad. AFP continues however:
Britain's Times newspaper pointed out that the release of the medics was likely to lead to "lucrative contracts for French companies with the oil-rich African state."
We can live with that. Who doesn't want to make some money, after all. But the real story is here:
France and Libya on Wednesday inked a deal on the building of a nuclear reactor for water desalination during talks between Libyan leader Muammer Qaddafi and French President Nicolas Sarkozy, a day after the release of six foreign medics.
Sarkozy had touted his visit of less than 24 hours as a "political trip" to help Libya's reintegration into the international community after decades of sanctions and isolation.
Soon after his late afternoon arrival in Tripoli, Sarkozy and his delegation including French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner were accorded an official welcome at Qaddafi's Bab Azizia palace.
It seems that the good will of Colonel/President Daffy Qaddafi was purchased at a price. After the US did all that good work to stop Libya's nuclear project, M. Sarkozy and M. Kouchner, those darling part Jews who were so widely touted as future friends of Israel, are going to build a "desalination" reactor for the Libyans, presumably not too different from the one the French built for Mr. Saddam Hussein in Iraq.
M. Qaddafi, to be sure, is known throughout the Middle East as an extremist psychopath. Consider please for a moment, what it must mean to earn such a reputation in the Middle East. Compared to Qaddafi, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is a sober and conservative international statesman, and Saddam Hussein was a realist and benefactor of humanity. Here is just a bit of what Wikipedia tells us about France's new ally:
Throughout the 1970s, his regime was implicated in subversion and terrorist activities in both Arab and non-Arab countries. By the mid-1980s, he was widely regarded in the West as the principal financier of international terrorism. Reportedly, Gaddafi was a major financier of the "Black September Movement" which perpetrated the Munich massacre at the 1972 Summer Olympics, and was accused by the United States of being responsible for direct control of the 1986 Berlin discotheque bombing that killed three people and wounded more than 200, of whom a substantial number were U.S. servicemen. He is also said to have paid "Carlos the Jackal" to kidnap and then release a number of the Saudi Arabian and Iranian oil ministers.
In 1984 British police constable Yvonne Fletcher was shot outside the Libyan Embassy in London while policing an anti-Gaddafi demonstration. A burst of machine-gun fire from within the building was suspected of killing her, but Libyan diplomats asserted their diplomatic immunity and were repatriated. The incident led to the breaking-off of diplomatic relations between the United Kingdom and Libya for over a decade.
They say however, that he has reformed in his old age.
The French of course, did this in style and with the greatest finesse and good humor, as might be expected of the French:
Asked if the deals had been linked to the release of the the five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian-born doctor, Gueant [aide to Sarkozy] replied, "No, not at all."
Remember when all the Zionists were praising M. Sarkozy? I wrote then: Sarkozy will disappoint Israel  and  Sarkozy is not a panacea for Israel . I would rather have been wrong. Quel dommage! mais c'est la vie.      
Cela n'importe rien. It doesn't matter. Israeli F-16s can easily reach Libya, especially if the reactor will be located near the sea. Perhaps M. Sarkozy intends to prepare target practice for the Israeli Air Force.
Ami Isseroff

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Monday, February 26, 2007

Ahmadinejad to foil Zionist tomato plot

Ahmadinejad blames enemies for tomato prices
Reuters Published: 02.26.07, 16:54 / Israel News

Iran’s president said on Sunday the country’s enemies had hatched a range of plots to push the Islamic Republic to give up its disputed nuclear programme, including driving up the price of tomatoes and other food.

But Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said such tactics would not work, Iran’s ISNA news agency quoted him as saying.

Rising prices, particularly the cost of tomatoes which form an important ingredient in Iranian food, have prompted growing public criticism of Ahmadinejad’s government. The president has often dismissed complaints as media exaggeration.

"In order to harm us, they (enemies) make plots, for instance they come and push tomato prices up in the market. They think we will give up our ideals with their plots," Ahmadinejad said in a speech in which he said Iran would not reverse its atomic plans.

The West accuses Iran of seeking atomic bombs and demands Teheran halt sensitive atomic work, a step Teheran has rejected.

The United Nations has slapped restrictions on aspects of Iran’s nuclear programme and Washington has imposed sanctions on two Iranian banks and three firms. Ahmadinejad’s opponents blame price hikes on government spending policies not sanctions.

'Enemies think they can stop this bulldozer'The latest official figures show inflation running at about 16 percent but economists say official figures underplay what Iranians pay for basic food in shops because they are based on a broader basket of goods that includes some subsidised items.

"Of course, God willing, the problem of meat, chicken and tomatoes will be solved. One should
be aware that our revolution is like a bulldozer ... the enemies think by throwing a few small stones and sand they can stop this bulldozer," Ahmadinejad said.

It is not the first time the president has sought to deflect criticism for the rising price of tomatoes.

In a speech in January presenting the new budget to parliament, he also dismissed comments that tomatoes had risen to 30,000 rials ($3.25) per kg from 12,000 rials, suggesting shoppers should be more discerning about where they bought.

"Come and buy them from the fresh fruit and vegetable market next door to us. Why are you buying them from expensive places?" the president, who won over many voters in the 2005 presidential race with his down-to-earth style, told lawmakers.

Some shopkeepers cite the early onset of cold weather for the particularly sharp rise in the price of tomatoes, a reason Ahmadinejad has also cited in the past.

Ahmadinejad swept to power promising to share out Iran’s oil wealth more fairly, but he has been blamed for fuelling inflation by what critics call his profligate spending policies of the country’s windfall earnings from high crude prices.

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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Report: "N Korea helping Iran with nuclear testing"

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By Con Coughlin
Last Updated: 3:23pm GMT 24/01/2007

  • North Korea is helping Iran to prepare an underground nuclear test similar to the one Pyongyang carried out last year.

    Under the terms of a new understanding between the two countries, the North Koreans have agreed to share all the data and information they received from their successful test last October with Teheran's nuclear scientists.

    Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Kim Jong il; Iran and N Korea are said to be collaborating over a nuclear test
    Nuclear partners? Iran's president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Kim Jong il of N Korea

    North Korea provoked an international outcry when it successfully fired a bomb at a secret underground location and Western intelligence officials are convinced that Iran is working on its own weapons programme.

    A senior European defence official told The Daily Telegraph that North Korea had invited a team of Iranian nuclear scientists to study the results of last October's underground test to assist Teheran's preparations to conduct its own — possibly by the end of this year.

    There were unconfirmed reports at the time of the Korean firing that an Iranian team was present. Iranian military advisers regularly visit North Korea to participate in missile tests.

    Now the long-standing military co-operation between the countries has been extended to nuclear issues.

    As a result, senior western military officials are deeply concerned that the North Koreans' technical superiority will allow the Iranians to accelerate development of their own nuclear weapon.

    "The Iranians are working closely with the North Koreans to study the results of last year's North Korean nuclear bomb test," said the European defence official.

    "We have identified increased activity at all of Iran's nuclear facilities since the turn of the year," he said.

    "All the indications are that the Iranians are working hard to prepare for their own underground nuclear test."

    The disclosure of the nuclear co-operation between North Korea and Iran comes as Teheran seems set on a collision course with the West over its nuclear programme, although it insists it is entirely peaceful.

    Both countries were named in President George W Bush's famous "axis of evil" State of the Union speech in 2002.

    The United Nations Security Council has unanimously authorised the imposition of "smart" sanctions against Iran.

    This is because of its refusal to suspend its uranium enrichment programme, which most Western intelligence agencies believe is part of a clandestine nuclear weapons programme.

    France expressed concern yesterday over an Iranian decision to bar 38 UN nuclear inspectors from Iran, claiming that Teheran appeared to be singling out westerners from the inspection team.

    Intelligence estimates vary about how long it could take Teheran to produce a nuclear warhead. But defence officials monitoring the growing co-operation between North Korea and Iran believe the Iranians could be in a position to test fire a low-grade device — less than half a kiloton — within 12 months.

    The precise location of the Iranian test site is unknown, but is likely to be located in a mountainous region where it is difficult for spy satellites to pick up any unusual activity.

    Teheran successfully concealed the existence of several key nuclear sites — including the controversial Natanz uranium enrichment complex — until their locations were disclosed by Iranian dissidents three years ago.

    Western intelligence agencies have reported an increase in the number of North Korean and Iranian scientists travelling between the two countries.

    The increased co-operation on nuclear issues began last November when a team of Iranian nuclear scientists met their North Korean counterparts to study the technical and political implications of Pyongyang's nuclear test.

    The Iranians are reported to have been encouraged by the fact that no punitive action was taken against North Korea, despite the international outcry that greeted the underground firing.

    This has persuaded the Iranian regime to press ahead with its own nuclear programme with the aim of testing a low-grade device, which would be difficult for international inspectors to detect.

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    Monday, January 8, 2007

    Israel attack on Iran sensation: Who is being manipulated by the misrepresentations of the Sunday Times?

    Who is being manipulated by the misrepresentations of the Sunday Times?
    By David Bronner for Guysen Israel News

    Sunday January 7, 2007 to 22:23
    (Translated by Ami Isseroff) MidEastWeb Middle East News Service

    On Saturday January 6, 2007, the "Sunday Times" published an explosive article: Israel is supposedly on the point of attacking Iran. Quoting military sources in Israel, the newspaper reveals that the Israeli army has supposedly developed a plan to destroy the Iranian uranium enrichment installations by air strikes.

    According to the "Sunday Times," two squadrons of the Israeli Air Force are supposedly engaged in preparing to destroy these installations.

    The British newspaper specified in addition that the Israeli plan envisages the use of laser gudied conventional missiles to open "tunnels" before the use of tactical atomic bombs, of a power equivalent to one fifteenth of the Hiroshima bomb. The Israeli plan of attack would target the enrichment facitility in Natanz, close to Isphahan, and an reactor at Arak.

    The authors of the article also claim that Israeli pilots have already accomplished training flights to Gibraltar to train themselves for the long outward journey and return of more than 3 200 kilometers needed to each in order to reaching the Iranian targets. The "Sunday Times" adds that information on this threat could have been leaked to pressure Iran to give up its projects. It all seems to make sense. The "Sunday Times" also quotes sources which specify however that the recourse to a nuclear strike would be decided upn only if a conventional attack were discarded, and if the United States refused to intervene. Indeed, everyone knows quite well that Washington does not exclude the military option, but presently prefers the diplomatic way.

    The revelation of the "Sunday Times" was covered by the entire press, by all our fellow members. "", "Le Fiagora", "Le Parisien," "Liberation, " "Washington Post" or "New York Times" do not hesitate to republish, on their own account, the news published by the British weekly magazine. Guysen also published on its site a "Top News" article that gives readers the content of the article published by the British tabloid. But we use the conditional on purpose. Indeed, it is not the first time that "revelations" without a future are made. The "Sunday Times" is known for its media scoops, and its "canards" too.

    Nonetheless, all the journalists must take the "Sunday Times" article seriously. The political context supports it. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad declared that he wishes to strip Israel of legitimacy, he organizes conferences on the Holocaust to try to show the whole world that Israel is the fruit of a historical forgergy, causing a world outcry, and each day for many weeks, he utters new threats.

    Moreover, in December, Israeli Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert seemed to acknowledge inoblique language that Israel has atomic weapon, before his entourage denied his remarks.

    Whereas the spokesman of the Israeli government, Miri Eisen, indicated that she does not wish to comment on the "Sunday Times" article, and other Israelis officials described the aforementioned "revelations" as absurd, the Iranian Ministry for Foreign Affairs Mohammad Ali Hosseini has stated that Iran will not remain quiet: "Any military action against the Islamic Republic will not remain unanswered and the attacker will regret his act very quickly."

    The tone escalates. At a press conference in Teheran, the spokesman of the Iranian ministry of the Foreign Affairs, declares that the article of the "Sunday Times" proved "to world public opinion that the Zionist regime (Israel) is the principal threat to world peace and to the area".

    Faced with the reactions of the Israeli and Iranian official authorities, we took care to check the sources of the two authors of the article, Uzi Mahnaimi and Sarah Baxter.


    Upon first reading of their article, the vocabulary employed indicates [seemingly] that the journalists carried out a survey, that they carried out an analysis, and that they diversified their sources of information to support their revelations. The authors speak indeed about "several Israeli military sources," evoke "military strategists" and make statements "crediting Israeli military commanders,", without not quoting any name or giving more details on the famous sources, according to which however: "As soon as the green light is given to us, there will be a mission, an attack, and the Iranian nuclear project will be destroyed".

    Then the authors affirm that the plans were revealed to the "Sunday Times" last week. They were supposedly assembled owing to the evaluations of the Israeli Mossad, according to which Iran would be about to produce enough uranium enriched to produce nuclear weapons within two years.

    And then the journalists must quote a reference, a good name to give some substance to their remarks: the General Eliezer Shkedi is mentioned, the preparation of the attack would be under his command... However all the air military sorties, whatever they are, cannot be done without the downstream approval of General Shkedi. That is normal, as he is commander-in-chief it of the Israeli air forces.

    According to another "source" quoted in the "Sunday Times" article, Israel would seek [U.S.} consent "after the event", as was the case in 1981, when the nuclear thermal power station of Osirak was destroyed by the Hebrew State, omitting however to recall that ten years later, the allied forces destroyed the site again, during the first war of Iraq.

    Another name is quoted by Uzi Mahnaimi and Sarah Baxter, who supposedly consolidates the revelations of the "Sunday Times", that of colonel Sam Gardiner, an "adviser of the Pentagon" who recalls that in consequence of the attack, Iran could close the straits of Hormuz, "the route which carries 20% of the world oil resources"...[ellipses in Guysen news - A.I.] Colonel Gardiner has not been advising the Pentagon for a long time, if indeed he ever did... Colonel Gardiner, a retired USAF colonel, is teaching in his retirement at the "National War College" in Washington; he is known to have criticized president Bush vehemently for his conductl of the second war in Iraq, showing in fact that he organized a large "misinformation" campaign to launch America in the war, a campaign which he claims $200 million dollars...

    A last source is finally quoted, but there, it likewise difficult to see anything new: this one supposedly comes directly from Washington, and doubts if Israel would have the guts to attack Iran... Lastly, to give a little weight to it all, and in conclusion, the journalists mention a sentence of Ephraim Sneh, the Israeli deputy minister of Defense, who said in December 2006 that "the moment when Israel and the international community will have to decide on a military action against Iran approaches".

    No source thus makes it possible to check the veracity of the remarks of Uzi Mahnaimi and Sarah Baxter. Are we talking about a scoop or a bluff? At least, is it a "thorough" analysis by specialists in the nuclear question, strategic or diplomatic...

    Before continuing our investigation into the specializations of the journalists whose article was quoted and referred to around the world in a few hours, we turned to the site of the "Sunday Times" to check the spelling of the names. And there, it is a surprise.

    The "Sunday Times" has just published online a second article on the same subject; click the hypertext link to read a second article on the threats uttered by Israel, an article written by the same authors: "Focus: Iran Mission ". The introductory lede confirms manipulation. The authors advance a strong assumption according to which Israel supposedly actually confirmed its quarrelsome inclinations: "Israel will not tolerate the nuclearization of Iran and military sources indicate that use will be made tactical attacks, unless Iran does not give up its program. Is Israel bluffing or is it on the point of pressing on the button?"


    The first rapid research shows that Uzi Mahnaimi and Sarah Baxter seem to be specialists in the questions of military strategy. They have written at least a dozen articles on similar subjects. Undoubtedly, they know their subject. That is certainly what the leading persons in charge of the "Sunday Times" believe, who did not publish their "revelations" yesterday for the first time. Thus, in its edition of December 11, 2005, the British tabloid claimed: "Israel prepares its forces to tackle Iranian nuclear power". Uzi Mahnaimi and Sarah Baxter employed the same method: [attributing] 'according to official sources', which are not quoted, Tsahal supposedly got an order from Sharon, then Prime Minister, to prepare an attack against Iran. Iranian officials reacts to the journalistic speculations. It is not information which causes the scoop, but the forged scoop which causes information. A few hours after the publication, everyone was still speaking about the Iranian danger and the manner of avoiding it...

    On December 17, 2000, Uzi Mahnaimi also announced in the "Sunday Times" that Israel was going to war against Syria. Supposedly, when Barak was Prime Minister, he was under pressure from his "generals" to prepare actively for war against Syria in the event of failure of the negotiations with the Palestinians. The negotiations did not succeed. The war did not take place.

    Journalistic speculations are rife. The possibility that an open conflict with Iran will burst out exists indeed and many are those who gamble; the [mode of] operation is known and has been long practised: "if war breaks out, I would have been the first to announce it".

    But there is worse yet. On November 15, 1998, the "Sunday Times" published an article signed by Uzi Mahnaimi and Marie Colvin according to which Israel supposedly launched a military research program of a new kind: "ethnic targeting". It would act according to authors of the article, using a derived technique of bacteriological warfare, suppoedly invented thanks to medical research, which makes it possible "to distinguish Arab genes, and to thus create a bacterium or a genetically modified virus. The goal is to use the viruses or the bacteria to modify the DNA of the living cells." The scientists supposedly were developing micro-organisms which would attack only people carrying the genes in question... According to the journalist, "the Israeli secret program is based at the Biological Research Institute of at Nes Tsiona, a small city in the south east of Tel Aviv"...

    In 1998, the Anti-Defamation League severely reproached the "Sunday Times" for publishing the article on "the ethno-bomb", calling it irresponsible and dangerous." Its director, Abraham Foxman wrote then: "This sensational story is reminiscent of the golden age of anti-Semitism when the Jews were accused of ritual crimes, that targeted non-Jews, with poison." At the time, the Israeli government had not seen fit to comment on the article of Uzi Mahnaimi and Marie Colvin, published in the "Sunday Times": "It is the sort of story which does not deserve denial"...
    The article on the "ethno-bomb" written by Mahnaimi and Colvin was included in a number of organs of the Arab press, including the Egyptian daily newspaper "Al Ahram", in its edition of November 18, 1998.

    Who are Uzi Mahnaimi, Sarah Baxter and Marie Colvin? Which Web sites publish them? Will the "Sunday Times" continue to generate front page news with its sensational articles whose effects could be as serious and dangerous as the nuclearisation of Iran?

    But let us examine [whether] the lie thus propagated, [was created] in the name of a media coup, or [perhaps] in service of the will to harm? Media coups are obviously desirable. The "Sunday Times" remains a popular sensational newspaper, it is famous, and it is read. The article is presented as top news, and it will be front page news in a number of newspapers, both in the West and in the East. The bigger the lie, the more it is believed... Sad proverb.

    The will to harm? Uzi Mahnaimi did not [publish] just one article that demonizes Israel, he wrote tens of them. The subjects are numerous, and they always have in common Israel and nuclear weapons: Mordechai Vanunu, Syria, Iraq, Iran, the "ethnic bomb", fallout shelters in Israel...

    Israeli journalist Uzi Mahnaimi reveals himself in a book with Bassam Abu-Sharif, "Enemies in the promised land". An Israeli and a Palestinian tell their respective participation in the Judeo-Arabic conflict and then their efforts for peace between Israel and the Arab countries , especially Palestine; their search for peace made them friends.

    Bassam Abou-Sharif lives the life of a terrorist, he is a member of the PFLP. He meets Carlos and organizes Hi-jacking of planes, he escapes from death after having received a letter bomb which "the organization that addressed it to him was the one for which Mahnaimi worked in Beirut in 1972... "

    Abou-Sharif lost some fingers and an eye, before joining Yasser Arafat as adviser and spokesman. "Time Magazine" had called him "the face of terror". As for Uzi Mahnaimi, "conditioned by a military education", he joined the Mossad which he finally left permanently. The two future friends, after "having given up violence" as the cover flap of "Enemies in the Promised Land" indicates, find themselves in a restaurant of London in 1988, to bind their friendship and to write a collaborative book that slanders Israel.

    Uzi Mahnaimi signs articles in collaboration with Marie Colvin and Sarah Baxter. Marie Colvin is an American journalist who works for the "Sunday Times". She is a war reporter. She was sent to Chechnia and to East Timor, Sarajevo and Sri Lanka, where she lost an eye. She is savage adverse to the policy of George Bush, whom she wants to impeach because of the US war in Iraq. Sarah Baxter also writes for the "Sunday Times", her quill is also well sharpened against George Bush. She publishes documents for the Centre d Recherche sur la Mondialization, the majority of which are on Iran.

    The Centre d Recherche sur la Mondialization, in English, "Global Research," is a Canadian site which offers astonishing articles in French and English . One calls in question the crimes attributed to Saddam Hussein while another supposedly exposes the assassination of Arafat by Sharon, and a third offers an analysis, by a specialist in comparative literature, of Israel and South Africa in the time of Apartheid: "many aspects of the Israeli occupation exceed those of the Apartheid regime. The destruction on a large scale by Israel of the Palestinian houses, the levelling of the arable lands, the military incursions and the targeted assassinations of the Palestinians exceed by far all the similar practices in the Apartheid of South Africa No wall was ever built to separate the Blacks and from the Whites"... The list is still quite long.

    Do the persons in charge of publication of the "Sunday Times" know the journalists who fill their columns really well ? Do they take the trouble to check their sources of information?

    In 1983, the "Sunday Times" published the "Diary" of Hitler. It was a forgery.

    From 1986, when it quoted exclusively the remarks of Mordechai Vanunu about nuclear weapons in Israel, until 2006, these are directed articles, almost even defamatory which are published on Israel; often, by the same journalist.

    In 2007, the "Sunday Times" has published a forgery. An unfounded article, invented remarks, by biased journalists, beneath all professionalism, which made it possible for the spokesman of the Iranian ministry of the Foreign Affairs to make use of it to denounce the "Zionist Danger. . Here is an article which did not have to be censored. One knows now, what was its object.

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