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Netanyahu at UN: Despite Iranian Threats, "The Light of Israel Will Never be Extinguished"
Illinois Democrats Take Stand against Anti-Israel Boycott Campaign
IDF Welcomes Establishment of New U.S. Military Facility on Israeli Soil
Spanish Firm Delivers Shell for Israel's Spacecraft in Google-Sponsored Race to the Moon

Netanyahu at UN: Despite Iranian Threats, "The Light of Israel Will Never be Extinguished"

In his speech before the United Nations General Assembly, on Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, hailed what he called a "revolution" in Israel's acceptance around the world and warned that despite Iranian threats "the light of Israel will never be extinguished."

After noting that hundreds of foreign dignitaries had visited Israel in the past year, and observing Israeli technology making the differences in people's lives around the world, Netanyahu said, "After 70 years, the world is embracing Israel, and Israel is embracing the world."

However, Netanyahu credited Secretary General António Guterres, for stating explicitly "denying Israel’s right to exist is anti-Semitism, pure and simple." He also expressed his hope that Israel's better relations with individual nations would lead to better relations "in this hall of nations."

Netanyahu also thanked the United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley and President Donald Trump for their support at the UN.

He warned that North Korea had developed nuclear weapons despite assurances that negotiations would prevent them from doing so, meaning that in the case of Iran "unfortunately, if nothing changes, this deal will turn out exactly the same way."

"I warned that when the sanctions on Iran would be removed, Iran would behave like a hungry tiger unleashed," Netanyahu recalled, "not joining the community of nations, but devouring nations, one after the other."

But despite the threats posed by Iran's increased aggressiveness and improved armaments, Netanyahu said, addressing Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, "the light of Israel will never be extinguished."

Illinois Democrats Take Stand against Anti-Israel Boycott Campaign

The Democrats scored an important victory against hatred and intolerance earlier this month when State Senator Daniel Biss announced that he had dropped his running mate, Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa, in his bid for the Democratic nomination for Illinois governor.

A week earlier the Evanston Democrat had selected Ramirez-Rosa to run alongside him in the Democratic primary. But the relationship quickly soured over Ramirez-Rosa’s support of the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign, a fringe anti-Semitic group that calls for the ostracization of companies and institutions that do business with Israel.

Within hours of Ramirez-Rosa’s nomination, Illinois Democrats launched a campaign of protest, expressing a zero-tolerance stance against BDS and anti-Semitism in Democratic Party ranks. A few days later, influential Congressman Brad Schneider had withdrawn his support for Biss’ campaign, citing reservations over Ramirez-Rosa’s “past comments about the United States support of our ally Israel.”

The Democratic Congressman also voiced concern over the alderman’s affiliation with the Democratic Socialists of America, an activist organization which, at its convention in Chicago in August, passed a resolution in support of BDS.

For the Democrats to respond to events quickly and decisively was crucial. It set a standard for the rest of the country that, when you need to move left to win a primary, there is a red line on Israel that makes supporting BDS — on its own — disqualifying for candidates for state-wide office.

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IDF Welcomes Establishment of New U.S. Military Facility on Israeli Soil

Israel and the United States inaugurated a American military facility on Israeli soil on Monday, which will serve dozens of soldiers operating a missile defense system, located inside the Israeli Air Force’s Mashabim Air Base.

Brig. Gen. Tzvika Haimovitch, the commander of Israel’s aerial defense, said the installment was “nothing short of historic,” when he announced the opening of the facility on Monday evening. He said the presence of a U.S. facility on Israeli soil sends a “message to the region and our surroundings that our partnership with our friend the United States is important,” The Times of Israel reported.

A U.S. facility in Israel “allows us to improve our defense, in discovery and in interception and in preparedness,” Haimovitch explained. He also told reporters that the new facility, together with other recent upgrades to Israel’s air defense system “will improve our abilities significantly,” adding that “It won’t get us to 100 percent, but it will get us much closer to achieving important things during war.”

In his speech, Maj. Gen. John Gronski, deputy commander of US Army National Guard in Europe, said the facility “symbolizes the strong bond that exists between the United States and Israel.” He further noted that “The United States and Israel have long planned together, exercised together and trained together,” adding that “with the opening of this site, these crucial interactions will happen every day.”

Spanish Firm Delivers Shell for Israel's Spacecraft in Google-Sponsored Race to the Moon

The Spanish space and satellite engineering firm IberEspacio announced this week that it delivered the skeleton of the spacecraft the Israeli SpaceIL team is producing in its race to win Google’s Lunar $20 million XPRIZE for the first group to land an unmanned spacecraft on the moon without governmental funding.

Israel’s SpaceIL was founded by three young engineers, Yariv Bash, Kfir Damari and Yonatan Winetraub. The chairman of the organization is entrepreneur and philanthropist, Morris Kahn, who is also a major donor.

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is building the actual spacecraft. Proceeds from the award – if SpaceIL wins it – will be used to advance science and technology education in Israel.

The other XPRIZE finalists are Moon Express (United States), TeamIndus (India), Hakuto (Japan) and Synergy Moon (an international consortium).

IberEspacio worked for a year to produce the upper and lower panels, which will contain the propulsion system and all the electronic equipment, as well as the docking ring with the rocket launcher. The carbon fiber struts to be used in the spacecraft are being supplied by a Danish company.

IberEspacio general manager Alejandro Torres said that “participating in a pioneering and ambitious mission like SpaceIL … is a source of pride for our company. … We are very grateful to SpaceIL and IAI for the trust they have placed in us.”

The SpaceIL craft weighs less than 25 kilograms yet must be sturdy enough to withstand the strong vibrations from the launch and the impact on the moon.

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After Deadly Quake, Israel Sends Rescue Teams to Mexico

U.S. Admiral: Iran Keeping Yemeni Rebels Armed with Increasingly Powerful Weapons
Hamas Prosecutes Journalist for Exposing Corruption in Gaza
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After Deadly Quake, Israel Sends Rescue Teams to Mexico

An IDF delegation of 50 soldiers from the Home Front Command is departing for Mexico on Wednesday to aid in the earthquake relief efforts, an army spokesperson said.

The Times of Israel reported that the IDF personnel will help evaluate the damage in the disaster zone, after a large earthquake devastated portions of the country. The delegation includes search and rescue and other military personnel. No field hospital is currently being set up, but an IDF spokesperson said such step might be taken in the future.

At least 248 people were killed when a powerful earthquake of magnitude 7.1 on Richter scale struck Mexico on Tuesday, causing serious damage to property. The casualties included at least 21 children, who were crushed beneath an elementary school that was reduced to rubble.

On Tuesday night, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office offered condolences and confirmed Israel had responded to a request for aid from the Mexican government. “Netanyahu ordered that aid and a search and rescue operation be organized to leave to Mexico as soon as possible,” his office said.

The Israeli delegation is led by Dudi Mizrahi, the head of the IDF’s search and rescue unit, who will also supervise the engineers on the team. “They will help surveying buildings. Which structure can people go into, which structures need to be torn down,” an army spokesperson said.

Israel is often among the first countries to send aid and trained personnel to disaster zones hit by natural catastrophes.

U.S. Admiral: Iran Keeping Yemeni Rebels Armed with Increasingly Powerful Weapons

A United States admiral said that Iran is smuggling increasingly sophisticated weapons to Yemen's Houthi rebels threatening Saudi Arabia, The New York Times reported Tuesday.

According to Vice Adm. Kevin Donegan, who headed the U.S. Navy's Fifth Fleet which operates in the Middle East, Iran is arming the Houthis with what the Times described as "an increasingly potent arsenal of anti-ship and ballistic missiles, deadly sea mines and even explosive boats that have attacked allied ships in the Red Sea or Saudi territory across Yemen’s northern border."

“These types of weapons did not exist in Yemen before the conflict,” Donegan observed. “It’s not rocket science to conclude that the Houthis are getting not only these systems but likely training and advice and assistance in how to use them.”

Donegan's accusation is consistent with the findings of Conflict Armament Research (CAR), a British organization that studies the transfer of weapons around the world, published in December of last year that explained that weapons seized from smugglers indicate "the existence of a weapon pipeline extending from Iran to Somalia and Yemen, which involves the transfer, by dhow, of significant quantities of Iranian-manufactured weapons and weapons that plausibly derive from Iranian stockpiles."

In October 2016, an Iranian diplomat admitted to Reuters that there had been a “sharp surge in Iran’s help to the Houthis in Yemen” during the previous five months. “The nuclear deal gave Iran an upper hand in its rivalry with Saudi Arabia, but it needs to be preserved,” he added.

Hamas Prosecutes Journalist for Exposing Corruption in Gaza

A Palestinian journalist who exposed corruption in the Gaza Strip was prosecuted by Hamas, the terrorist group that governs the enclave, veteran Palestinian affairs correspondent Khaled Abu Toameh reported Monday.

In June 2016, Hajer Harb reported that Hamas and the Palestinian Authority extorted Palestinians seeking medical care in Israel, Europe and elsewhere in the Arab world. Both Hamas and the PA, along with doctors who collaborated with them, demanded bribes from Palestinian patients seeking permits for better medical treatment. The report charged that those who didn't pay the bribes were "left to die in understaffed and under-equipped Palestinian hospitals."

The leader of the PA and Hamas were furious with the investigative report that exposed what some Palestinians referred to as the "mafia of destruction."

After Harb's report was published, Hamas official called her for an interrogation but she refused to reveal her sources without a court order.

Ironcially, Abu Toameh reported that Harb herself required a permit to seek medical treatment for cancer in Jordan.

While she was abroad, she was sentenced by a Hamas court to six months in prison and fined 1000 shekels ($250). If and when Harb returns to Gaza she will be arrested and jailed.

"The court verdict passed on Hajer Harb, and the ongoing punitive measures against Palestinian journalists in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, serve as yet another reminder that Hamas and the Palestinian Authority have no respect for freedom of expression and media freedoms," Abu Toameh wrote.

Israeli Company Develops Germ-Killing Cotton for Use in Hospitals

The constant intensifying battle against viruses and antibiotic-resistant “superbugs” isn’t only about finding stronger drugs against infection, but about preventing infections in the first place.

That’s why large companies such as Carrefour and a Far East luxury hotel chain are looking at unique germ-vanquishing textiles invented by Jerusalem’s Argaman Technologies and manufactured inside its custom-built factory.

Carrefour Group, a French-based superstore chain with 12,000 retail stores in 30 countries, is testing Argaman’s CottonX---billed as the world’s first bio-inhibitive 100 percent cotton---in a line of uniforms dubbed “The Uniform that Cares.”

On a tour of the Argaman factory, textile engineer Jeff Gabbay, founder and CEO of Argaman and inventor of CottonX, showed where enhanced copper-oxide particles are ultrasonically and permanently blasted into cotton fibers using an environmentally friendly technique.

Ninety-nine percent of bacteria and viruses are killed within seconds of coming into contact with copper oxide, and bacteria cannot become resistant to copper oxide as they do to antibiotics, Gabbay explained.

Hospital-acquired infections cost US hospitals about $25 billion annually. A trial by the US Centers for Disease Control has recently been completed, checking the effectiveness CottonX sheets, pillowcases, and pajamas to reduce hospital-acquired infections. Results will be published soon. (via Israel21c)
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 23, 2017 12:06 pm

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Iran tests new ballistic missile hours after showing it off
CNN - By Hilary Clarke and Shirzad Bozorgmehr – September 23 2017

Iran tested a new ballistic missile that is reportedly capable of carrying multiple warheads, the nation's state-run broadcaster announced Saturday.

"Iran has released footage of the successful test-launch of its new ballistic missile, Khorramshahr, a few hours after it was unveiled during a military parade in the capital city of Tehran," Press TV said.

"The Khorramshahr missile has become smaller in size and more tactical and it will be operational in the near future."

The missile was launched from an unknown location.

Iran unveiled the ballistic missile Friday as its president stepped up pressure on the

United States by defending its right to strengthen military defenses.
Called the Khorramshahr missile, the weapon has a range of 1,250 miles (2,000 kilometers) and can carry multiple warheads, according to Press TV.

With such a range, the missile would be easily capable of reaching Israel and Saudi Arabia.

Speaking during Friday's parade, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Tehran would press ahead with strengthening its missile capabilities and military defenses, Press TV reported.

"We will promote our defensive and military power as much as we deem necessary," Rouhani said. "We seek no one's permission to defend our land."

Rouhani said the United States and Israel have isolated themselves by opposing the 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran and the other major powers. He added that Iran remains fully committed to the pact, Press TV reported.

The United States extended sanctions relief for Iran last week as part of the agreement, which President Donald Trump has described as "the worst deal ever."

It was mainly a procedural move, but it was significant since reimposing nuclear-related sanctions could lead Iran to end its compliance with the deal and revert back to rapid uranium enrichment -- something it's threatened to do if the United States reneges.

The next major deadline comes in October when Trump will decide whether to certify that Iran is complying with the agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. If he does not, Congress has 60 days to decide whether to reimpose sanctions waived under the deal.

French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday said that although the 2015 Iran deal was not perfect, the international community should stick with it or risk facing another situation like North Korea.


In an interview with CNN, he called for a new agreement to monitor Iran's missile development.

"We have to work in order to have a monitoring process on the ballistic activity of Iran." he told CNN. "That is a concern for the whole region."

It's been known that Iran has had a missile with a range capable of reaching Israel, said Mark Fitzpatrick, executive director of the Institute for Internal Strategic Studies-Americas, a think tank.

What's new, he said, is that Iran says its ballistic missiles can carry multiple warheads and maybe several cluster bombs.

"It has the potential to carry nuclear warheads, but I am skeptical as to whether it can carry multiple ones because nuclear warheads are so large," said Fitzpatrick, who also heads the think tank's Non-Proliferation and Nuclear Policy Programme.
Fitzpatrick agrees it would be a good idea to extend the Iran nuclear deal to include ballistic missiles.

"But it is no good talking about this if the US is not honoring the nuclear agreement," he said.


Iran expert Sanam Vakil, an associate fellow with the UK's Chatham House, said that Rouhani was playing to both the international and domestic audience.

"On the one hand Iran is trying to demonstrate they are the pragmatic rational actor here and maintain unity among the other signatories of the nuclear agreement, even if from the US side it starts to unravel," Vakil told CNN.

"On the other (hand), domestic politics very much drives Iran's relationship with the US, and Rouhani has a big hard-line contingency among the country's elite who fear the US wants a regime change that he has to consider."



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Russia Releases Photos Showing US Special Ops At ISIS Positions In Syria

The Russian Defense Ministry has released aerial images allegedly showing ISIS, the SDF, and US special forces working side-by-side on the battlefield against Syrian and Russian forces in Dier ez-Zor, Syria.

The aerial photos of ISIS' territory north of #Deir_ez_Zor where #USA special operation troops are seen https://t.co/lH6u8H9bvZ pic.twitter.com/gjqlQubi9o

— ?????????? ?????? (@mod_russia) September 24, 2017

As Adam Garrie reports, via The Duran,it has long been thought that the US proxy militia SDF is operating in collusion with ISIS in various parts of Syria. This has especially been the case in respect of Deir ez-Zor. In Deir ez-Zor, the Russian Defense Ministry has previously stated that the Syrian Arab Army and their allies are fired on most intensely from positions known to be held by the SDF.

Furthermore, Russian Defense Ministry Spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov recently stated,

“SDF militants work to the same objectives as Daesh terrorists. Russian drones and intelligence have not recorded any confrontations between Daesh and the ‘third force’, SDF”.

He added that Russia will not hesitate to target SDF forces that threaten the battle field progress and personal safety of Russia’s allies, namely the Syrian Arab Army.


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Iran may drop nuclear deal if U.S. withdraws, foreign minister tells al Jazeera
Reuters – September 28, 2017

ANKARA — Iran may abandon the nuclear deal it reached with six major powers if the United States decides to withdraw from it, the Iranian foreign minister told Qatar's al Jazeera TV in New York.

U.S. President Donald Trump has called the 2015 deal an "embarrassment." The deal is supported by the other major powers that negotiated it with Iran and its collapse could trigger a regional arms race and worsen tensions in the Middle East.

"If Washington decides to pull out of the deal, Iran has the option of withdrawal and other options," al Jazeera TV wrote on its Twitter feed, quoting Mohammad Javad Zarif.

"Washington will be in a better position if it remains committed to the deal," the network quoted Zarif as saying.

Al Jazeera deleted an earlier tweet citing Zarif as saying that if Washington withdrew from the deal Iran would do so, too, rather than just having the option to do so, after an Iranian official said Zarif had been misquoted.

Trump is considering whether the accord serves U.S. security interests. He faces a mid-October deadline for certifying that Iran is complying with the pact. A State Department official said Washington would not comment on every statement by an Iranian official.

"We are fully committed to addressing the totality of Iranian threats and malign activities," the official said.

Iranian authorities had repeatedly said Tehran would not be the first to violate the agreement, under which Tehran agreed to restrict its nuclear program in return for lifting most international sanctions that had crippled its economy.

The prospect that Washington could renege on the deal has worried some of the U.S. allies that helped negotiate it. French President Emmanuel Macron said last week that there was no alternative to the nuclear accord.

If Trump, who has called the accord "the worst deal ever negotiated," does not recertify it by Oct. 16, Congress has 60 days to decide whether to reimpose sanctions suspended under the accord.



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Russia Accuses U.S. Of "Pretending To Fight ISIS"

Russia has once again accused the US-led coalition in Iraq and Syria of facilitating the entry of Islamic State terrorists into Syria in order to hinder the advance of the Syrian Army and its allies. On Tuesday Russia's defense ministry accused the US of merely "pretending" to fight ISIS in a way designed to put maximum pressure on Syrian and Russian front line defenses in Syria's east. Russian military spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov said, “Everyone sees that the U.S.-led coalition is pretending to fight Islamic State, above all in Iraq, but continuing to allegedly fight Islamic State in Syria actively for some reason."

The accusation comes a little over two weeks after Russia released aerial images allegedly showing ISIS, the SDF (US-backed "Syrian Democratic Forces"), and US special forces working side-by-side on the battlefield against Syrian and Russian forces in Deir Ezzor, Syria. While the previous charges implied some level of close coordination between US-backed forces and ISIS in the region, the new claims point to coalition air power intentionally facilitating and utilizing ISIS movements to its advantage: “The actions of the Pentagon and the coalition demand an explanation. Is their change of tack a desire to complicate as much as they can the Syrian army’s operation, backed by the Russian air force, to take back Syrian territory to the east of the Euphrates?” asked Konashenkov. He continued with, “Or is it an artful move to drive Islamic State terrorists out of Iraq by forcing them into Syria and into the path of the Russian air force’s pinpoint bombing?”


http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-10-10/russia-accuses-us-pretending-fight-isis -effect-policies-syria

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ISIS fighters, once bent on martyrdom, surrender en masse from last Iraqi stronghold

When US-backed Iraqi security forces and Iranian Shia militias cleared ISIS' final Iraqi stronghold in Hawijah, they met weak resistance and a massive surrender from a once fearsome army.

...

A US Department of Defense release on the battle for Hawijah cites "many sources reporting more than 1,000 terrorists surrendered."

Unlike the battle for Mosul, once ISIS' largest Iraqi stronghold, the terrorist group "put up no fight at all, other than planting bombs and booby traps," Kurdish officials told The New York Times.

Strikingly, the same officials reported that ISIS commanders had ordered their fighters to turn themselves in, on the grounds that the Kurds would take prisoners while other opponents would be harsher.


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Hmmm...I'm wondering if the Trump administration hasn't secretly/quietly pulled support for these guys? Confused
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Russia Accuses U.S. Of "Pretending To Fight ISIS"

I remember debating that ISIS was created by Israel and backed by the U.S., the very reason in my view Obama allowed ISIS to cross the Syria desert into Iraq in order that Iraq didn't become controlled by Iran, but it back fired.

Fighting them in Iraq and backing them in Syria, a strategy SOT and I saw has ineffective and deceitful.

I was hoping our present CIC would change this policy.

I was also hooping our CIC would work with Russia to help the millions of refugees, but congressional sanctions for melding and hacking 16 elections didn't help much.

We are in difficult times ahead. Some believe as I do, the end of days.

Science has finally caught up with biblical assertions claiming melting ice will release plague type viruses.

50 years the sea will have in gulfed the cost lines of the U. S. and other countries world wide.
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Associated Press - By AMIR VAHDAT, Associated Press – 10/11/2017

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran on Wednesday warned of a tough response if President Donald Trump presses ahead with his threats to scuttle the landmark 2015 nuclear deal.
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told lawmakers during a closed session of parliament that Iran "will never renegotiate" the deal brokered with the U.S. and five other world powers, the semi-official Fars news agency reported. The nuclear agreement required Iran to curb its nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of international sanctions.

The state-run IRNA news agency quoted Zarif as saying Iran will offer a "tougher response" if the U.S. breaks the agreement. Trump is expected to decline this week to certify Iran's compliance and refer the matter to Congress. He also is expected to target Iran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard with new sanctions.

On Tuesday, the State Department offered $12 million for information leading to the location, arrest or conviction of two senior leaders of Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed Lebanese militant group. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told a Cabinet meeting that Trump's speech will make clear "which is the rebellious government, and which is the side that violates international rules."

If the U.S. backs out of the nuclear deal, "it won't be our failure at all, but a failure for the other side," Rouhani said, according to state TV.

He added that any effort to target the Revolutionary Guard would be a "double mistake." Trump, who has called the nuclear agreement the "worst deal ever," must recertify the measure by Oct. 15 because of unilateral conditions set by Congress. British Prime Minister Theresa May, meanwhile, urged the United States to extend the nuclear deal, saying it is "vitally important for regional security."

May's office said she and Trump spoke late Tuesday and both sides agreed their teams would remain in contact ahead of Trump's decision on the pact. The British government said Wednesday that Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson had called Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to underscore British support for the deal. Johnson said the agreement "was the culmination of 13 years of painstaking diplomacy and has increased security, both in the region and in the UK. It is these security implications that we continue to encourage the U.S. to consider."

The Foreign Office said Johnson also spoke to Zarif and will meet Ali Akhbar Salehi, Iran's vice president and head of its nuclear agency, in London on Wednesday. China, France, Russia, Germany, Britain and the European Union all ratified the deal.

On Tuesday, Salehi warned Washington against undermining the 2015 deal, saying international nonproliferation efforts as well as Washington's international standing would suffer as a result. Speaking at an international conference on enhancing nuclear safety in Rome, Salehi said that Washington's recent "delusionary negative postures do not augur well" for keeping the deal intact.

He said Iran didn't want to see the deal unravel but that "much more is at stake for the entire international community than the national interests of Iran." The U.S. administration has faced two 90-day certification deadlines to state whether Iran is meeting the conditions needed to continue enjoying sanctions relief under the deal and has both times backed away from a showdown.

But Trump more recently has said he does not expect to certify Iran's compliance with the October deadline looming.

Associated Press writers Danica Kirka and Jill Lawless in London contributed to this report.



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Trump: “We Got Nothing” Out of Iran Nuclear Deal
by TheTower.org Staff | 10.12.17 3:33 pm

United States President Donald Trump again dismissed the nuclear accord with Iran as “the worst deal” for America, as he prepares to announce a key decision on whether to certify Iran’s compliance with it.

In an interview with Fox News on Wednesday, Trump said that “This is the worst deal. We got nothing.” The President said he believes “We did it out of weakness when actually, we have great strength” and vowed that “We will see what happens pretty soon.”

Every 90 days, the president must certify to Congress that Iran is keeping up its end of the agreement. If the president does not certify the accord, Congress has a statutory 60-day period to decide whether to reimpose sanctions.

Trump has twice previously—and grudgingly—been forced to certify that Iran is complying with its terms, but has said that the Islamic Republic is violating “the spirit” of the agreement.

One of the standards that the Corker-Cardin legislation sets out for the president to certify Iran’s compliance that “Iran is transparently, verifiably, and fully implementing the agreement.”

However, the Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said last month that he was unable to confirm that the Islamic Republic is abiding by the terms set out in Section T of the nuclear accord.

The IAEA was unable to verify that Iran is implementing the nuclear deal because it does not have the means to ensure that Tehran has not engaged in activities that “could contribute to the development of a nuclear explosive device.”

The next deadline is on Sunday and several U.S. officials have indicated that Trump might this time choose not certify the nuclear deal. The president’s decision on the agreement reflects a shift in strategy with a broader focus on Iran’s non-nuclear activities, including the country’s missile program and its support for terrorism.


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The White House backstory: President Trump's decision on Iran
CNN - By Kevin Liptak, CNN White House Producer - 10/13/2017

In the middle of July, President Donald Trump was facing, in his mind, an unsavory decision.



The deadline to certify Iran's compliance to Barack Obama's landmark nuclear deal was nearing. Trump had campaigned as an ardent opponent of the accord, proclaiming to raucous rallies of supporters that he'd tear the deal to shreds.

By that point in his term, Trump had already been convinced to certify the agreement once. But with his legislative agenda stalled and a scant few of his campaign promises fulfilled, he was loath to delay yet another core promise.

In Washington for only a few days in between back-to-back visits to Europe, Trump huddled with his top national security aides -- including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Defense Secretary James Mattis, and National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster -- to hear their recommendations. To a person, all recommended Trump keep the deal intact to preserve leverage over Tehran and avoid isolating the United States among its allies.

It was an answer he didn't like. Trump made known in "forceful, not uncertain" terms that he was disappointed by the options his team had been presenting him, according to a person familiar with the discussions, who described Trump's reaction as an "extended outburst." The session lasted close to an hour.

The advisers regrouped, developed a plan they believed would satisfy Trump's demands, and presented it to him a week later after he'd returned from a quick visit to Paris and a weekend at his golf resort in New Jersey.

But that plan was insufficient in his mind, too. And so on July 17, Trump again went forward with certifying the agreement, notifying his team it would be the last time he did so. In an interview a few days later, Trump aired his resentments publicly, saying he was reluctantly taking his team's advice -- this time.

In the months since then, his aides -- under angry orders from the President -- devised a solution that would allow Trump to publicly reject the deal while stopping short of withdrawing from a global agreement that even his top advisers believe is working to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

"As I have said many times, the Iran deal was one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into," Trump said in remarks from the White House diplomatic reception room on Friday, conceding later: "But what's done is done, and that's why we are where we are."

What Trump announced on Friday amounts to a middle road, crafted by a team of advisers who have warned the President that a full withdrawal from the deal -- which he would prefer -- could destabilize the region further and isolate the United States from its allies.

Spearheading the plan was Tillerson, who has suffered a testy relationship with Trump over the past several months. Part of the President's irritation centered on the Iran deal, which he felt had been insufficiently confronted by his top diplomat. Tillerson, meanwhile, felt Trump had only a loose grasp on global affairs, the Iran deal included.

Over the late summer and early fall, Tillerson discussed a path forward with lawmakers. He offered the broad outlines of a strategy to foreign ministers on the sidelines of last month's United Nations meetings in New York.

The plan he formulated does "as much to contain Trump as it does Iran," according to a senior official involved in the planning, meaning it forestalls Trump immediately throwing out the nuclear agreement.

"Trump has essentially forced his own national security team to fall into line with the decision that they don't agree with, and to find some rationale for that decision," said Ben Rhodes, a deputy national security adviser to Obama who helped shepherd to nuclear agreement. "And so you're looking at an administration that is contorting itself in order to justify the irrational decision of the President of the United States."

Trump's anger at his team over the matter lays bare some of the divisions within the administration, which has been pulled in opposing directions on a range of topics since Trump took office in January.

While Trump and his close circle of aides are intent on achieving the goals he laid out on last year's campaign, other members of his team -- including those who didn't play a role on his successful bid for president -- have taken sometimes differing views.

On the Iran deal, Trump faced the inconvenient reality that Iran is technically complying with the provisions laid out in the 2015 deal, which was signed by six countries and which still enjoys ardent support from American allies in Europe.

Trump decertified Iran's compliance with the deal, but passed the buck to Congress, which now has 60 days to either impose new economic sanctions -- and scuttling the deal as a result -- or do nothing, which would keep the deal in place. The administration is pressuring lawmakers to pass new "triggers" that would prompt mandatory sanctions on Iran, as well as address the "sunset" provision, considered by Trump a major weakness of the deal.

But the prospects of Congress agreeing on parameters to improve the deal aren't considered high. For starters, the man responsible for shepherding a plan through -- Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker -- is embroiled in a bitter feud with the President, who has impugned his height. And Democrats will likely be required for passage of any measure, and have shown little appetite for helping Trump undermine Obama's legacy.

If they don't pass something, Trump has been clear that he'll scrap the deal for good.

"I may do that. I may do that. The deal is terrible," Trump told reporters on the White House south lawn on Friday before boarding his idling helicopter. "We'll have Congress take a look at it, and I may very well do that. But I like a two-step process much better."

CNN's Elise Labott contributed to this report.



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Reuters - By Steve Holland and Jeff Mason5 mins ago – 10/13/2017

WASHINGTON, Oct 13 (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump struck a blow against the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement on Friday in defiance of other world powers, choosing not to certify that Tehran is complying with the deal in a major reversal of U.S. policy.

Trump made the announcement in a speech that detailed a more confrontational approach to Iran over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs and its support for extremist groups in the Middle East.

"Today I am announcing our strategy along with several major steps we're taking to confront the Iranian regime's hostile actions and to ensure that Iran never -- and I mean never -- acquires a nuclear weapon," Trump said.

While Trump did not pull the United States out of the agreement, aimed at preventing Iran from developing a nuclear bomb, he gave the U.S. Congress 60 days to decide whether to reimpose economic sanctions on Tehran that were lifted under the pact.
That would increase tension with Iran as well as put Washington at odds with other signatories of the accord such as Britain, France, Germany, Russia, China and the European Union.

(Reporting by Steve Holland; Additional reporting by Makini Brice, Patricia Zengerle, Jonathan Landay, Warren Strobel and Arshad Mohammed in Washington, Andrea Shalal in Berlin, Dmitry Solovyov in Moscow, Parisa Hafezi in Ankara and Dan Williams in Jerusalem; Editing by Yara Bayoumy and Alistair Bell)



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Reuters - By Steve Holland and Jeff Mason

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump struck a blow against the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement on Friday in defiance of other world powers, choosing not to certify that Tehran is complying with the deal and warning he might ultimately terminate it.

Trump announced the major shift in U.S. policy in a speech in which he detailed a more aggressive approach to Iran over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs and its support for extremist groups in the Middle East.

He accused Iran of "not living up to the spirit" of the nuclear agreement and said his goal is to ensure Tehran never obtains a nuclear weapon, in effect throwing the fate of the deal to Congress.

He singled out Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps for sanctions and delivered a blistering critique of Tehran, which he accused of destabilizing actions in Syria, Yemen and Iraq.

"We will not continue down a path whose predictable conclusion is more violence, more terror and the very real threat of Iran’s nuclear breakout," Trump said.

Trump's hardline remarks drew praise from Israel, Iran's arch-foe, but was criticized by European allies.

The move by Trump was part of his "America First" approach to international agreements which has led him to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord and the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade talks and renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico.

His Iran strategy angered Tehran and put Washington at odds with other signatories of the accord - Britain, France, Germany, Russia, China and the European Union - some of which have benefited economically from renewed trade with Iran.

Responding to Trump, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Friday on television that Tehran was committed to the deal and accused Trump of making baseless accusations.

"The Iranian nation has not and will never bow to any foreign pressure," he said. "Iran and the deal are stronger than ever."

European allies have warned of a split with the United States over the nuclear agreement and say that putting it in limbo as Trump has done undermines U.S. credibility abroad, especially as international inspectors say Iran is in compliance with the accord.

The chief of the U.N. atomic watchdog reiterated that Iran was under the world's "most robust nuclear verification regime."

"The nuclear-related commitments undertaken by Iran under the JCPOA are being implemented," Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency said, referring to the deal by its formal name.

U.S. Democrats expressed skepticism at Trump's decision. Senator Ben Cardin said: “At a moment when the United States and its allies face a nuclear crisis with North Korea, the president has manufactured a new crisis that will isolate us from our allies and partners.”

CONGRESS DECIDES

While Trump did not pull the United States out of the agreement, he gave the U.S. Congress 60 days to decide whether to reimpose economic sanctions on Tehran that were lifted under the pact.

If Congress reimposes the sanctions, the United States would in effect be in violation of the terms of the nuclear deal and it would likely fall apart. If lawmakers do nothing, the deal remains in place.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker was working on amending the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act law to include "trigger points" that if crossed by Iran would automatically reimpose U.S. sanctions.

The trigger points would address strengthening nuclear inspections, Iran's ballistic missile program and eliminate the deal's "sunset clauses" under which some of the restrictions on Iran's nuclear program expire over time.

Trump directed U.S. intelligence agencies to probe whether Iran might be working with North Korea on its weapons programs.

The president, who took office in January, had reluctantly certified the agreement twice before but has repeatedly blasted it as "the worst deal ever." It was negotiated under his predecessor, former President Barack Obama.

Trump warned that if "we are not able to reach a solution working with Congress and our allies, then the agreement will be terminated."

"We'll see what happens over the next short period of time and I can do that instantaneously," he told reporters when asked why he did not choose to scrap the deal now.

The Trump administration designated the entire Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps under an executive order targeting terrorists. The administration stopped short of labeling the group a Foreign Terrorist Organization, a list maintained by the State Department.

The Revolutionary Guard is the single most dominant player in Iran’s security, political, and economic systems and wields enormous influence in Iran’s domestic and foreign policies.

It had already previously been sanctioned by the United States under other authorities, and the immediate impact of Friday’s measure is likely to be symbolic.

The U.S. military said on Friday it was identifying new areas where it could work with allies to put pressure on Iran in support of Trump's new strategy and was reviewing the positioning of U.S. forces.

But U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said no changes in force posture had been made yet, and Iran had not responded to Trump's announcement with any provocative acts so far.



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OMG! Shocked Just think of the great threat to Israel!

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Last November Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his country “won’t allow Islamic State figures or other enemy actors, under the cover of the war in Syria, to set up next to our borders,” but it appears this has already happened, to the point that a sizable ISIS training camp has been set up just across the Golan Heights border with Israel. Though Syrian al-Qaeda has long been a mainstay in southern Syria along Israel's border, this constitutes the first widespread public acknowledgement and confirmation of a significant ISIS base of operations in the Golan region.

Israeli media this week is reporting news of the base camp after Israel's Channel 2 aired an extensive report with video and photographic evidence of what's being described as a training and recruitment center which has already attracted hundreds of new terror recruits. Channel 2 is one of Israel's most visible and established news broadcast channels and operates under "The Second Authority for Television and Radio" licensed by the Knesset and the Ministry of Communications.


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As even former Acting Director of the CIA Michael Morell once directly told the Israeli public, Israel's "dangerous game" in Syria consists in getting in bed with al-Qaeda in order to fight Shia Iran.


So will Israel be sued by the family members of those ISIS murdered in Iraq?

I was thinking the truth would eventually come out and in the last several weeks, it has.

You would think they would at least admit publicly their support for ISIS is real.
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