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One of the most troubling areas in Iran is its top-secret Parchin military facility – the very same location that the United Nations’ International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has agreed to allow the Islamic Republic inspect on its own. Now, Arutz Sheva’s Ben Ariel reports that the IAEA says Iran has built an extension to this very site:
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Iran appears to have built an extension to part of its Parchin military site since May, the UN nuclear watchdog said in a report obtained by the Reuters news agency on Thursday.
A resolution of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) Parchin file, which includes a demand for fresh IAEA access to the site, is a symbolically important issue that could help make or break Tehran’s July 14 nuclear deal with six world powers.
The confidential IAEA report obtained by the news agency says, “Since (our) previous report (in May), at a particular location at the Parchin site, the agency has continued to observe, through satellite imagery, the presence of vehicles, equipment, and probable construction materials. In addition, a small extension to an existing building” appeared to have been built.
Friday, August 28th, 2015 at 7:18 AM | Stand for Israel
Countless voices of those who stand for Israel – including many thousands who have signed our petition – have let their objections to the Iran nuclear deal be known. Now, Israel Hayom reports that nearly 200 retired U.S. generals and admirals have urged Congress to reject the deal:
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Nearly 200 retired U.S. generals and admirals have sent a letter to Congress calling on lawmakers to reject the nuclear deal with Iran, saying it poses a threat to America’s national security, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday.
“The agreement will enable Iran to become far more dangerous, render the Mideast still more unstable and introduce new threats to American interests as well as our allies,” the letter said.
In the letter, which was addressed to Republican and Democratic leaders in the Senate and the House of Representatives, the former military officers said the deal would not prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons…
Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney, one of the letter’s signatories, told the Washington Post that he considers the Iran deal to be the most dangerous nuclear accord in American history.
Thursday, August 27th, 2015 at 7:39 AM | Stand for Israel
In this video, Rabbi Eckstein urges Christians and Jews to stand together against the Iran Nuclear Deal. Watch now and learn how you can help block this treaty from passing.Comments (19) »
Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 at 12:32 PM | Stand For Israel
Even as the rest of the world hopes that the nuclear deal with Iran will result in peace, the Islamic Republic continues to spout its violent and hateful threats and rhetoric. Israel Hayom reports that a top Iranian official has not backed down on his country’s position calling for the destruction of the Jewish state:
Iran’s anti-Israel policies remain strongly in place, Hossein Sheikholeslam, the international affairs adviser to the speaker of the Iranian parliament, said on Tuesday.
“Our positions against the usurper Zionist regime have not changed at all,” Sheikholeslam said. “Israel should be annihilated and this is our ultimate slogan.”
Sheikholeslam’s comments came following British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond’s visit to Tehran, during which Hammond claimed that the current Iranian government, led by President Hassan Rouhani, has displayed a more nuanced approach toward Israel than previous Iranian governments.
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Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 at 9:00 AM | Stand For Israel
While the United Nations’ International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has proposed allowing Iran to inspect its own nuclear sites, the agency will not be doing the inspecting itself, Arutz Sheva’s Ari Yashar reports, as it has announced it will run out of money to do so next month:
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Yukiya Amano, head of the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), announced on Tuesday that his organization’s funds to monitor Iran’s nuclear program will run out next month, indicating a potential road block for last month’s Iran nuclear deal.
Up to this point the IAEA has been receiving funding for its monitoring of Iran thanks to member state contributions that were outside the scope of the body’s regular budget, reports Reuters…
Aside from the Iran nuclear deal signed between the Islamic regime and world powers, Iran sealed a classified deal with the IAEA on the same day that the US Congress is not being allowed to review.
At least one caveat from those side deals has come out, and according to it Iran will inspect its own covert nuclear facility Parchin…
Tuesday, August 25th, 2015 at 7:56 AM | Stand For Israel
While those who advocate for the nuclear deal with Iran claim it will deter the Islamic Republic from making war throughout the Middle East and the world, that is not the case. Writing at the Gatestone Institute, Nima Gholam Ali Pour asks why this “peaceful” deal will allow Iran more weapons, and says that by walking away we can still deter Iran before it becomes a nuclear power:
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The content of the Iran nuclear agreement creates the perfect conditions for a major war in the Middle East — one that could spread and start a major regional conflict.
Despite what President Obama likes to say, it is not true that the agreement “permanently prohibits Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon” or “cuts off all of Iran’s pathways to a bomb”. The agreement means that the U.S. has accepted that after 15 years, or sooner, Iran may build as many bombs as it likes.
The Islamic Republic of Iran, since its founding in 1979, has had an ideology that seeks to “export the Islamic revolution.” The phrase is not just a catchword for the mullahs. They have done it in practice, if necessary by force. After coming to power in 1979, the leader of the revolution, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, called on the Shi’ite Muslims in Iraq to revolt and establish an Islamic republic. The mullahs’ effort to export the Islamic revolution to Iraq was one of the causes of the Iran-Iraq War, which lasted eight years and resulted in possibly a million deaths. Despite intense resistance from Arab countries, Khomeini’s Islamic revolution has been successfully exported to Lebanon, Gaza, Yemen, Syria and Iraq.
Iran is not a country busy trying to preserve its own sovereignty. Iran, instead, undermines other countries’ sovereignty. In the case of Israel’s, the regime in Iran is threatening the nation’s entire existence…
Tuesday, August 25th, 2015 at 7:32 AM | Stand For Israel
This week, we reported that Iran has threatened the U.N.’s nuclear chief with harm if the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) shared its secret details of the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program with the United States. Now, one particularly alarming “secret” has been discovered, writes The Times of Israel’s George Jahn – the U.N. has agreed to allow Iran to inspect its own nuclear weapons site:
Iran, in an unusual arrangement, will be allowed to use its own experts to inspect a site it allegedly used to develop nuclear arms under a secret agreement with the UN agency that normally carries out such work, according to a document seen by The Associated Press.
The revelation is sure to roil American and Israeli critics of the main Iran deal signed by the US, Iran and five world powers in July. Those critics have complained that the deal is built on trust of the Iranians, a claim the US has denied.
The investigation of the Parchin nuclear site by the International Atomic Energy Agency is linked to a broader probe of allegations that Iran has worked on atomic weapons. That investigation is part of the overarching nuclear deal.
Thursday, August 20th, 2015 at 7:32 AM | Stand for Israel
Aside from the obvious threat of a nuclear Iran, the deal made with the Islamic Republic poses other dangers to Israel and the world. One of these is the hundreds of billions of dollars in sanctions relief the deal will grant Iran. Commentary’s Jonathan Tobin writes that this money will allow Iran to better sponsor terrorism, greatly helping Hamas in its goal of destroying the Jewish state:
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We already knew that Iran is funding Hamas’s re-armament plans and the construction of new terror tunnels along the border with Israel. But it is now apparently also hoping to using its influence in the region — which has been enhanced immeasurably by the nuclear deal — to ensure that the Palestinians are focused on fighting Israel rather than making peace with it.
Iran was Hamas’ principal patron through much of the last decade funneling arms and money to the Islamists in Gaza so as to create a southern front against Israel. With Iran’s Hezbollah auxiliaries facing Israel in the north with tens of thousands of terrorist missiles, that gave Tehran a formidable strategic threat against the Jewish state that made its nuclear program even more ominous…
The nuclear deal with the West won’t just give Iran a path to a nuclear weapon once the pact expires in a decade. In the meantime, their new status as a threshold nuclear power and the wealth that will pour into Tehran gives the Islamist regime the ability to advance their goals of regional hegemony and war on Israel.
Thursday, August 20th, 2015 at 7:20 AM | Stand for Israel
As Congress prepares to either approve or disapprove the Iranian nuclear deal, it is doubtful that they have received all of the necessary information regarding Iran’s nuclear program and intentions. The Islamic Republic’s duplicity is becoming clearer, however, as The Times of Israel’s Tamar Pileggi reports that Iran threatened the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) if he shared details of the Iranian nuclear program with the U.S.:
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According to the report, Tehran officials warned IAEA Director-General Yukiya Amano of retaliation if he revealed specific information outlined in confidential documents handed over by Tehran for the IAEA probe of its nuclear weapons development.
“In a letter to Yukiya Amano, we underlined that if the secrets of the agreement [roadmap between Iran and the IAEA] are revealed, we will lose our trust in the Agency; and despite the US Congress’s pressures, he didn’t give any information to them,” Atomic Energy Organization of Iran spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi told Iranian lawmakers Monday, Fars said.
“Had he done so, he himself would have been harmed,” he added…
During Amano’s recent official US visit to brief lawmakers on the accord, the IAEA chief declined to give Congress a copy of the confidential inspection documents handed over by Tehran.
Republican lawmakers criticized Amano for withholding the information, claiming they needed access to the confidential documents to decide whether to vote to approve or disapprove the deal in September.
Tuesday, August 18th, 2015 at 2:20 PM | Stand for Israel
Even after the nuclear deal was made with Iran, the Islamic Republic’s leadership has continued to spout hatred and threats against Israel and the West. In response to the latest from Iran, Israel Hayom’s Ruthie Blum writes of the delusions many in the West still have even in the face of such rhetoric:
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The Fars article covers Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s address to the so-called 8th International General Assembly of Islamic Radios and Televisions Union about the nuclear deal.
“Washington imagined that it could use this agreement whose fate is not clear yet … to find a way to wield influence in Iran, and this was their intention,” Khamenei said. “But we closed this path, and we will definitely keep it closed. We will not allow the U.S. to influence our economy, or politics or culture. We will stand against such penetration with all our power — that is, thank God, at a high level today.”
He went on to say, “[The Americans] seek to disintegrate the regional states and create small and subordinate countries … but the territorial integrity of the regional states, Iraq and Syria, is highly important to us.”
Elaborating on his own policies, which include “never yielding to excessive demands of the enemies, while safeguarding Iran’s defensive and security capabilities,” and not changing its stance toward the U.S., Khamenei stressed, “Iran fully supports resistance in the region, especially the resistance in Palestine, and supports anyone who fights against Israel and strikes at the Zionist regime…”
In other words, whatever the outcome of its bogus contract with the P5+1, the Iranian regime will proudly remain the greatest state sponsor of terrorism. And it will have lots more money at its disposal for this purpose than it had before its American, European, Russian and Chinese appeasers begged it to accept cash for signing the contract they so desired.
Tuesday, August 18th, 2015 at 8:00 AM | Stand for Israel