International Fellowship of Christians and Jews

Technology and the Iranian Threat

(Photo: screenshot)

(Photo: screenshot)

New technology allows everyday people to learn more about the missile capabilities of Iran. The Jerusalem Post reports on the new app, called “Israel’s Nightmare”:

The new software educates users about Iran’s long range and short range missile capabilities with specific details and photographs listed for specific weapons.

“This android application can be accessed free of charge and I do not seek any financial gains by designing this software,” the app’s creator, Arshia Badi, said.

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard revealed in October an underground bunker in which it stores long-range ballistic missiles, Fars News Agency reported.

Footage of the underground missile bunker was aired on Iranian state television. According to Fars, a number of ballistic missiles were shown in the underground tunnel including a model with a range of 2,000 kilometers.

And, even after the supposedly beneficial nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic, The New York Times reports that Iran has attacked the United States through technology, hacking the State Department via social media:

American officials and private security groups say they see a surge in sophisticated computer espionage by Iran, culminating in a series of cyberattacks against State Department officials over the past month.

The surge has led American officials to a stark conclusion: For Iran, cyberespionage — with the power it gives the Iranians to jab at the United States and its neighbors without provoking a military response — is becoming a tool to seek the kind of influence that some hard-liners in Iran may have hoped its nuclear program would eventually provide.

Comments (1) »

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015 at 8:11 AM  | Stand for Israel

Argentine President Vows to Scrap Iran Deal for Bomb Probe

(Photo: wikicommons/Inés Tanoira)

(Photo: wikicommons/Inés Tanoira)

The 1994 bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish center has long been suspected to be the work of Iran. Now, Forward reports, Argentina’s new president will cancel an agreement to jointly probe the bombing with Iran:

The newly elected president of Argentina said he will cancel the agreement signed with Iran to jointly investigate the 1994 attack on the AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires, as he vowed during the campaign…

The agreement has been criticized by Israel and Argentina’s Jews, among others. Iran has been accused of being behind the AMIA bombing, which killed 85 and injured hundreds.

Macri has a recent history of close relations with Argentine Jewry and Israel.

Comments (0) »

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015 at 8:01 AM  | Stand for Israel

Iran Claims Israel, Not ISIS Behind Paris Attacks

(Photo: wikicommons/sayyed shahab-o- din vajedi)

(Photo: wikicommons/sayyed shahab-o- din vajedi)

Iran just won’t quit. Even after world powers agreed to a nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic, it still insists on its hateful and wrongheaded rhetoric, the latest of which comes in the wake of the Paris terror attacks carried out by the Islamic State (ISIS). Arutz Sheva’s Ari Yashar reports that one of Iran’s top military leaders says Israel, not ISIS, was behind the horrific attacks:

“If we write the word Israel instead of ISIS, the behind the scene of the recent events in France will come into light,” he claimed as quoted by the Iranian paper.

“ISIS is the infantry unit of the US and the usurper Zionist regime…”

Naqdi wasn’t done, however, going on to accuse the West of trying to spread “Islamophobia,” apparently accusing the US of staging the attacks by Muslim terrorists to raise anger against Islam.

Ironically, the statements by the general of the leading state sponsor of terrorism do not fall far from recent remarks by European officials who also blamed Israel – more specifically “frustration” at Israel – for the ISIS attacks on French civilians.

Comments (4) »

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015 at 10:17 AM  | Stand for Israel

What Does Israel Need in a Post Iran-Deal World?



Prime Minister Netanyahu will be in Washington next week for a series of meetings, chief among them with President Obama. We expect two key issues will top the Prime Minister’s agenda: 1) U.S.-Israel relations and cooperation, and 2) Israel’s national security in a post-Iran deal world.

Despite the media circus that surrounded U.S.-Israel relations this summer, our two great nations remain faithful and abiding friends. Congress’ unanimous passing of an anti-Palestinian incitement resolution and its insistence that European governments enhance security for Jewish communities in the wake of a surge in anti-Semitism both demonstrate that truth. Like many of you, we are committed to ensuring that those bonds strengthen and expand. But we are also concerned about the state of Israel’s security with the rise of the Islamic State throughout the Middle East, the civil war in Syria, Palestinian terrorism in the Holy Land, and the fact that the world’s leading state-sponsor of terrorism, Iran, has achieved a victory in the nuclear deal. How will Israel defend herself in this “day after?”

Reports indicate that PM Netanyahu believes he has an answer. He is expected to come to President Obama with a plea to help secure the Jewish state against a potentially nuclear-capable Iran. Countless American Politicians pledged increased security assistance to Israel following the Iran deal’s passage.  Will they be held to their word?

Comments (14) »

Thursday, November 5th, 2015 at 7:52 AM  | Stand For Israel

Thousands of Flag-Burning Iranians Take to Streets Against America

(Photo: wikicommons/David Holt London)

(Photo: wikicommons/David Holt London)

Earlier this week we reported that Iran’s parliament has upheld the Islamic Republic’s “Death to America” slogan. Now, The Times of Israel reports that thousands of Iranian citizens have taken to the streets of Tehran – burning flags and shouting the same anti-America chant – to commemorate the 36th anniversary of the seizure of the U.S. embassy in Iran:

Demonstrators gathered outside the former US embassy in Tehran and across Iran for what was declared “national day of the fight against global arrogance” — a term often used by supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Protesters held placards with slogans including “Down with USA” and “Down with Israel.”

Comments (0) »

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015 at 2:27 PM  | Stand For Israel

“Death to America” Stands Despite Nuke Deal

(Photo: flickr/hnefill)

(Photo: flickr/hnefill)

Last week, we told you about troubling developments from Iran – the new Palestinian terror group being backed by the Islamic Republic, as well as the continuing issue of Iran’s deplorable human rights record. And now, despite the nuclear agreement that the international media hoped would magically usher in a new, gentle Iran, Yahoo! News reports that the Iranian parliament has voted to keep its “Death to America” slogan:

“The martyr-nurturing nation of Iran is not at all prepared to abandon the slogan of ‘Death to America’ under the pretext of a nuclear agreement,” 192 members of Iran’s 290-seat parliament said in a statement carried by state news agency IRNA.

They said the slogan, chanted at the weekly Friday prayers in mosques and at protests, had “turned into the symbol of the Islamic republic and all struggling nations…”

Comments (4) »

Monday, November 2nd, 2015 at 1:21 PM  | Stand For Israel

Iran’s New Palestinian Terror Group

(Photo: Gatestone Institute)

(Photo: Gatestone Institute)

While Iran continues its human rights abuses and its quest for nuclear weapons, its long arm of terror is also being extended – and it is of course terror that is threatening Israel. Gatestone Institute’s Khaled Abu Toameh reports on Al-Sabireen, a new Iran-backed terror organization that looks to further destabilize the Holy Land:

The new Iranian-backed Al-Sabireen was established in wake of tensions between Iran and its two former allies in the Gaza Strip: Hamas and Islamic Jihad. Since the beginning of the Syrian crisis four years ago, relations between Tehran and Hamas and Islamic Jihad have been strained. The refusal of Hamas and Islamic Jihad publicly to support Iran’s ally, President Bashar Assad, in his fight against the Syrian opposition, has resulted in the expulsion of Hamas and Islamic Jihad leaders from Syria. It has also prompted the Iranians to cut off financial aid to the two groups, an abandonment that has left them facing a severe and unprecedented crisis — the worst in more than two decades…

Palestinian sources said that most of the Al-Sabireen terrorists are former disgruntled members of Palestinian Islamic Jihad. The sources said that Iran has been supplying Al-Sabireen with various and new types of weapons that are being used to attack Israel. According to the sources, Al-Sarhi was killed by the IDF while he was trying to fire from a new Steyr HS .50 long-range sniper rifle he had recently received from the Iranians.

The Iranians are also believed to have supplied their new terrorist group in the Gaza Strip with Grad and Fajr missiles that are capable of reaching Tel Aviv…

Comments (9) »

Thursday, October 29th, 2015 at 7:39 AM  | Stand For Israel

Iran’s Human Rights Remain Dismal After Nuclear Deal

(Photo: wikicommons/ Nick Taylor)

(Photo: wikicommons/ Nick Taylor)

Even as Iran advocated to the world for a nuclear deal – one that the world agreed to – the Islamic Republic still continued its hateful anti-Israel and anti-Western rhetoric. And, Newsweek’s Lucy Westcott reports, now that the agreement is done, the U.N. is somehow surprised that Iran’s human rights violations continue:

Iran’s human rights situation remains alarming and the country could execute more than 1,000 people this year despite the landmark nuclear deal that has opened up the country to international trade and investment, according to a new United Nations report.

In his annual report, published on Tuesday, the special rapporteur for human rights in Iran, Ahmed Shaheed, said the nuclear deal and lifting of economic sanctions on Iran “can potentially have a beneficial multiplier effect on the human rights situation in the country,” while noting that hundreds of executions still happen every year and women are treated as second-class citizens. Iran executes more people per capita than any other country in the world and last year executed 753 people, according to the report, which Shaheed will present to the U.N. later this week…

Comments (3) »

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015 at 2:35 PM  | Stand For Israel

Iranian President Expects Sanctions to Be Lifted by End of Year

(Photo: wikicommons/Presidential Press and Information Office)

(Photo: wikicommons/Presidential Press and Information Office)

As part of the nuclear deal that six world powers made with Iran, sanctions on the Islamic Republic were to be lifted. Reuters reports that even though Iranian President Rouhani has said that his country’s restrictions may delay the deal, he still expects the sanctions against it to be lifted by the end of 2015:

President Hassan Rouhani reaffirmed on Tuesday he expected sanctions on Iran to be lifted by year-end, a week after its clerical supreme leader ordered restrictions that could delay the implementation of Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers.

“According to our plans, the oppressive sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran will be lifted by the end of 2015,” state news agency IRNA quoted Rouhani as saying during a ceremony to welcome the new Spanish ambassador to Tehran…

The process was further complicated last week when Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s top authority, said Iran would not begin work on two key issues until United Nations inspectors issued a report on their investigation into possible military dimensions (PMD) to Iran’s nuclear program…


Comments (1) »

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015 at 10:48 AM  | Stand For Israel

Netanyahu Attacks Iran in UN “Speech of Silence”



In today’s speech at the U.N., Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered what is already being called his “Speech of Silence.” Yediot Achronot reports on what the PM said as he addressed the recent Iranian nuclear deal and the terror and hatred with which the Jewish state is confronted:

Netanyahu devoted the majority of his speech to addressing his concerns regarding the recent nuclear deal with Iran, mentioning the many security problems posed by Iran…

The prime minister said that Iran has only increased its aggression since the deal was signed, increasing support for Assad, Hezbollah and Hamas, as well as setting up terror cells around the world, including in the Western Hemisphere.

Netanyahu argued that the world has long been watching outrageous Iranian behavior in silence — “Utter silence. Deafening silence.” In order to bring this point home, he then spent roughly 40 seconds staring at his audience in complete silence.


Comments (2) »

Thursday, October 1st, 2015 at 12:44 PM  | Stand For Israel