Netanyahu enters never-never land

Fareed Zakaria

By Fareed Zakaria
Thursday, March 5, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress was eloquent, moving and intelligent in identifying the problems with the potential nuclear deal with Iran. But when describing the alternative to it, Netanyahu entered never-never land, painting a scenario utterly divorced from reality. Congress joined him on his fantasy ride, rapturously applauding as he spun out one unattainable demand after another.

Netanyahu declared that Washington should reject the current deal, demand that Tehran dismantle almost its entire nuclear program and commit never to restart it. In the world according to Bibi, the Chinese, Russians and Europeans will cheer, tighten sanctions, and increase pressure — which would then lead Iran to capitulate. “Dreams do come true, if only we wish hard enough,” said Peter Pan.

We have some history that can inform us on the more likely course. Between 2003 and 2005, under another practical…

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Israeli General Benny Gantz: ‘Rational’ Iranian leaders not pushing nuclear bomb

The Iranian leadership is intelligent enough to not start a war, they are far away from the crazy maniacs, as they are represented by the warmongering fraction:
http://theotheriran.com/2014/10/19/irans-president-has-more-cabinet-members-with-ph-d-degrees-from-u-s-universities-than-barack-obama-does/

Even Israeli General Benny Gantz sees it like that:
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/04/25/world/meast/israel-iran/

here also some must read articles about Iranians and the US:
http://theotheriran.com/tag/usa/

Meanwhile Benjamin Netanyahu ( Bibi ) continues with the fear strategy:

https://100wordz.wordpress.com/2015/03/03/christian-science-monitor-israeli-sources-on-netanyahus-track-record-of-lies-and-war-mongering/

Christian Science Monitor + Israeli sources on Netanyahu’s track record of lies and war mongering

Christian Science Monitor + lots of Israeli sources:

Netanyahu is telling the lie about nuclear weapons in Iran since 1992. He said in 92 that Iran is 3-5 years away from having the bomb:
http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2011/1108/Imminent-Iran-nuclear-threat-A-timeline-of-warnings-since-1979/Israel-paints-Iran-as-Enemy-No.-1-1992

2012 He made a big show in front of the UN that Iran will soon have nuclear weapons, already knowing the Mossad reports that were saying that Iran is not even trying to build nuclear weapons:
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/report-netanyahu-iran-bomb-claim-contradicted-mossad/

Also at home he is lying:
http://www.timesofisrael.com/netanyahus-said-to-keep-real-kitchen-off-camera/

Here a report on YNet (right wing Israeli news) about Nuclear Iran:
https://100wordz.wordpress.com/2014/05/09/another-expert-contradicts-netanyahu-israeli-ex-atomic-chief-iran-10-years-away-from-nuclear-weapons-and-doubts-that-iran-is-after-them-at-all/

US intelligence agencies see it the same way:
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/25/world/middleeast/us-agencies-see-no-move-by-iran-to-build-a-bomb.html?_r=0

Here you’ll see a video of a presentation Netanyahu made before a congressional committee in 2002 in which he encouraged a US attack upon Iraq. “A nuclear-armed Saddam will place the security of our entire world at risk,” he says at one point. Almost the same words he used now about Iran. It seems very much as if this man has been advocating war throughout much of his adult life.

http://www.c-span.org/video/?172612-1/israeli-perspective-conflict-iraq

A war that cost the US tax payer 2 trillion dollars, thousands of dead marines, and tens of thousands with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder(PTSD) and or handicapped.

Why do people want an escalation with Iran? Do they want get their hands bloody on more Iranian lives?

Source is again YNet (right wing Israeli news):
https://100wordz.wordpress.com/2013/06/02/netanjahu-aid-irans-citizens-should-be-starved-in-order-to-curb-tehrans-nuclear-program/

Iranians have nothing against the people of Israel or Jews at all. Please take a careful look at these posts:
http://theotheriran.com/tag/jews/

37 Organizations to Congress: Quit Playing Politics with Deal to Prevent Iran War

Washington, DC – The National Iranian American Council (NIAC) was one of 37 organizations to send a letter to Congress today regarding the roles of Congress and the President in sealing a nuclear deal with Iran. The letter was prompted when certain lawmakers reacted harshly to a New York Times report that, if there is a nuclear deal with Iran, the White House plans to initially use executive action to temporarily suspend certain sanctions.

“The lawmakers pretending to be shocked are the ones who never had any intention of trading in sanctions to get a peaceful nuclear deal,” said NIAC Policy Director Jamal Abdi. “They wanted to use sanctions to either make the standoff with Iran permanent, as with Cuba, or start a catastrophic war, as with Iraq.”

Congress has consistently provided the necessary authority for the President to temporarily suspend sanctions on Iran as necessary. Yet some of the Republican authors of the sanctions bills, including Mark Kirk and Ileana Ros Lehtinen, have been the most vocal critics of the President’s plan to use those authorities.

“If Iran upholds its commitments and the deal is working, Congress would need to authorize permanent sanctions relief,” said Abdi. “But some lawmakers simply do not want any peaceful deal and are grasping at straws to try to prevent it.”

You can view the letter below or as a PDF.

http://www.payvand.com/news/14/oct/1139.html

 

Six Iranian Filmmakers Launch Campaign Urging Deal Over Nuclear Crisis

No nuclear deal is worse for the west and for the regular Iranian people

No nuclear deal is worse for the west and for the regular Iranian people

Six prominent Iranian movie directors have launched an Internet campaign saying “there is no deal that is worse than no deal” in an effort to end the crisis over Iran’s nuclear program.

Among those leading the campaign at no2nodeal.com are Rakhshan Bani-Etemad, who won the award for best screenplay for her film “Tales” at this year’s Venice Film Festival, and Asghar Farhadi, who won an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2012 for “A Separation.”

The other four well-known film directors supporting the No2NoDeal campaign are Mohammad Mehdi Asgarpour, Abbas Kiarostami, Majid Majidi, and Reza Mirkarimi.

There is a lot of support among Iran’s artistic community for President Hassan Rohani, who scored an overwhelming election victory in June last year partly on promises to engage with the West diplomatically in order to resolve the nuclear dispute.

http://www.payvand.com/news/14/oct/1005.html

It is the first time Iranian artists have set a Twitter campaign in motion. #No2nodeal has been welcome by foreign media and renowned journalists.

At the Venice Film Festival [August 27- September 6], after her film “Tales” was screened for the competition section, Rakhshan Bani-Etemad at a news conference pleaded for sanctions to be lifted, saying, “The economic situation in Iran is critical thanks to economic sanctions. In fact, the Iranians are paying the price for the sanctions. Having made this film, I want to show the destructive effects that Western sanctions have had on the lives of ordinary people. Our children who are suffering from diseases like cancer and multiple sclerosis are actually taking the brunt of the sanctions. I would like these sanctions to be lifted and someone should answer to people.”

Source: Iran Front Page
http://iranfrontpage.com/news/politics/nuclear/2014/10/iranian-artists-set-twitter-campaign-motion-appealing-nuclear-deal/

 

Iranian Human Rights Defenders Voice Support for Nuclear Talks

While the prospects of reaching a comprehensive deal any time soon are far from certain, one thing is for sure: important actors, from all sides of the political spectrum inside Iran, support the diplomatic process. Indeed, just this week the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran (ICHRI) released a study showing leading Iranian activists’ support for the negotiations.

“Opponents of the nuclear talks cannot use human rights concerns as a tool to undermine the negotiations,” said Hadi Ghaemi, Executive Director of the Campaign. “The very individuals who have suffered the most from the human rights crisis in Iran remain fully committed to the negotiations.”

 

More than two-thirds of the 22 key human and civil rights defenders interviewed said they felt an agreement resulting in the lifting of sanctions would improve the economic conditions of ordinary people, who would then be enabled to focus on improving civil liberties.

 

“Every single human rights advocate – along with journalists, editors, private business owners and so on – I have met in Iran hopes for the resolution of the nuclear conflict and eventual ending of sanctions for two basic reasons: one is economic and one is political,” said independent scholar and LobeLog contributor Farideh Farhi.

 

“As one prominent human rights advocate told me, the right to economic livelihood is also a human rights issue. Given the comprehensive nature of US-led sanctions, these folk see them as major violations of the Iranian peoples’ rights and want them removed,” said Farhi, who is currently in Tehran.

 

“Politically, while the lifting of sanctions is not presumed to automatically lead to better treatment of dissidents and critics by the state, there is hope that the reduced threat perception and reduced fear of regime change will eventually lead to the further loosening of the political environment,” she added.

“The study makes clear that anyone concerned about human rights in Iran should not use human rights to undermine a nuclear deal,” Mike Amitay, a senior policy analyst at the Open Society Policy Center, told LobeLog. “Human rights issues should be addressed in tandem with support for the negotiations and in a way that does not undermine the success of the negotiations.”

http://www.payvand.com/news/14/jul/1111.html

Britain must trust Rouhani and build Iran ties with nuclear deal, say MPs

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iran/10962462/Britain-must-trust-Rouhani-and-build-Iran-ties-with-nuclear-deal-say-MPs.html

Britain must establish a diplomatic presence in Iran to capitalise on a potential deal on the the country’s nuclear programme or lose out on global race to trade with Tehran, an influential Commons committee has said.

In a wide-ranging report on British policy towards the oil rich state, MPs said the Foreign Office must trust that President Hassan Rouhani, who took office last year, is a genuine reformist determined to transform the country’s relationship with the West.

Policymakers must now anticipate that a deal to remove sanctions on Iran would be based on a compromise that allowed limited enrichment of uranium despite UN resolutions that banned Iran’s nuclear programme.

The MPs warned that Britain was in danger of being left behind in efforts to rebuild the trade relationship as businessmen from other nations rushed to Tehran.

It said diplomats should accept a pact to allow “mutually defined enrichment of uranium if the breakout period for a bomb is pushed to six months or more.

The MPs said a range of options should be set out for Britain to win friends and allies in Tehran. It said the Foreign Office must be ready to acknowledge the role played by the predecessors in deposing the elected Iranian prime minister in 1953.

Poll conducted by University of Maryland: Large Majority of Americans Favor Making a Deal with Iran on its Nuclear Program

http://www.public-consultation.org/studies/Iran_july14.html

As the clock runs out on negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program, a new study of the American public finds that 61 percent favor making a deal with Iran that would limit Iran’s enrichment capacity and impose additional intrusive inspections in exchange for the lifting of some sanctions. This includes 62 percent of Republicans, 65 percent of Democrats and 51 percent of independents.

The deal that was backed by a majority specified that Iran could enrich uranium to the level necessary for nuclear energy, provided that it accepts intrusive inspections to ensure that Iran is not building nuclear weapons. Some sanctions would then be gradually removed, provided that Iran upholds the agreement.

The study also finds that 61 percent favor working together with Iran to deal with the situation in Iraq. More than seven in ten also favor various confidence-building measures, such as more cultural exchanges and sporting events, as well as more extensive government-to-government talks on issues of mutual concern.

“While there are no easy or definitive answers to the dispute about Iran’s nuclear program, most Americans clearly favor diplomatic engagement and cooperation over the alternatives,” said Nancy Gallagher, research director at CISSM. “Majorities of Republicans, Democrats, and independents all think that compromise makes more sense than yet another round of sanctions.”

The TIME: Iran Sanctions Have Cost U.S. Economy Up to $175 Billion, Study Says

http://time.com/2981444/iran-sanctions-us-economy/

U.S. sanctions against Iran don’t just hurt the Islamic Republic, they also have an impact on the U.S. economy—to the tune of as much as $175.3 billion since 1995, according to a new study.

The report found the U.S. had lost between $134.7 and 175 billion in potential export revenue since 1995, after examining decades of bilateral trade patterns between Iran and its 25 largest trading partners, plus Mexico, due to its high level of trade with the U.S.

The report also finds an average of between 51,000 and 66,000 lost job opportunities in the U.S. every year since 1995.

Among European nations, Germany was the biggest potential loser, with between $23.1 and $73 billion in missed economic opportunities.