Why Zarif Is No Moderate, and the Iran Nuclear Deal Is a Sham

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Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif announced on Monday that he was resigning, but later seemed to have resumed his diplomatic duties, after his request was denied by President Hassan Rouhani.

In the coverage of Iran’s diplomatic melodrama, it hasn’t been uncommon for news reports to characterize Zarif as a moderate, whose leadership made the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers possible. Zarif’s resignation was portrayed as collateral damage due to the deal not providing Iran with its promised benefits, and the withdrawal of the United States from the accord last year.

Trita Parsi, the former head of the National Iranian American Council and a major supporter of the nuclear deal, summed up this line of thinking to CNN, saying: “If Zarif ends up being replaced, at least one dimension of this is that the Trump administration’s war on the JCPOA inevitably led to political casualties in Iran.”

For this analysis to be true, Zarif would have to be a moderate who negotiated a deal to end Iran’s nuclear weapons ambitions in good faith. But it can empirically be shown that neither proposition is true. Zarif is no moderate, and the nuclear deal delayed — but did not end — Iran’s quest for nukes.

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IPT Exclusive: Virginia Democratic Candidate’s Anti-Semitic Diatribe Has a Radical Past

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A Virginia General Assembly candidate has apologized for past social media posts excoriating Jews and Israel. But Ibraheem Samirah continues to shade his involvement with groups which would like to see Israel eliminated, a sentiment that was prominent in his life.

In a Feb. 8 apology, Samirah, the Democratic nominee for Virginia’s 86th House of Delegates district, expressed remorse for his “ill-chosen words” that “added pain to the Jewish community.” A special election in Samirah’s race will be held Tuesday.

Samirah dismissed the widespread condemnation of his posts as a “slander campaign” that “is using 5-year-old Facebook posts from my impassioned college days, posts that upon reflection and with the of [sic] blessing of time, I sincerely regret and apologize for.”

He is 27 years old.

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The World is Suffering with a Feverish Hate

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We will make our disclaimer at the top of the article by admitting that the illness from which most of the world suffers has not taken over the world completely as of yet. The feverish hatred the world is suffering from has numerous differing but equally vicious strains which allows it to take on different forms, shapes and have differing symptoms. Sometimes the caustic form of this affliction simply jumps before you making some wonder from whence did such hate return. One form of this virulent affliction is often reported as being merely anti-Semitism. This also has become the catch-all-phrase by which some intending far more harm are simply represented as being merely anti-Semitic. This has even gotten to the deepest point with their condemnation of Israel, Judaism, Judeo-Christian ethics and all which has developed under the protective culture of the Western World insisting that they can structure a more…

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UN Human Rights Council Derided as ‘Dangerous Joke’ After Issuing Anti-Israel Report on Gaza Border Violence

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A number of prominent Jewish groups disputed on Thursday a UN panel’s finding that Israel may have committed war crimes in its handling of Hamas-orchestrated riots on its southern border with the Gaza Strip last year.

“We strongly reject the latest anti-Israel report released by the United Nations Human Rights Council investigating Israel’s response to the weeks long violent attacks on its border organized and led by the Hamas terrorist organization in Gaza,” Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations Chairman Arthur Stark and Executive Vice Chairman and CEO Malcolm Hoenlein said in a statement. “In its unceasing quest to vilify Israel, the so-called Human Rights Council’s politically motivated and inherently hostile agenda against Israel has once again driven it to new depths of hypocrisy and bias with marked indifference to the lethal exploitation of the people of Gaza by Hamas.”

“No nation in the world, including Israel, can or should stand by and allow an armed invasion of its territory,” Stark and Hoenlein added. “Every nation, including Israel, would and must act to defend its sovereign borders and its population against armed aggression, but not every nation would adhere to rules of engagement and processes of command and control to ensure that norms of international humanitarian law are followed, as Israel does. Today’s report brings shame on the Human Rights Council. In denying Israel’s right to defend its citizens, the UN Human Rights Council becomes a partner in Hamas’s terror.”

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Hamas’s Terror Recruiters Rely on Mix of Old and New Media

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Coded messages on a satellite television station and Facebook are some of the tools Hamas has been using to plot a series of terrorist atrocities against Israelis.

A recent Hamas terror attempt to launch suicide bombings, stabbings, and shooting attacks against Israelis illustrates how the organization combines new and old media to promote death and destruction.

Like hundreds of attacks Hamas plans ever year, Israeli security forces detected and prevented this one. But Hamas in Gaza remains determined to keep looking for new ways to evade Israeli intelligence. This determination led it to use the Gaza-based Al-Aqsa satellite television station and Facebook to attract new recruits in the West Bank, who then receive instructions on how to go out and kill Israelis.

The recruitment attempts are part of a wider, dangerous, strategy by Hamas’s military wing to evade Israeli detection, and send suicide bombers into Israeli cities from the West Bank. They illustrate just how deceptive the everyday quiet on Israeli streets is, and how hard Israel’s security forces must work to preserve it.

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The Same Tired Old Accusations Against Israel

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These overly-worn accusarial slurs still echo throughout much of the world’s leftist media and taints their politics just as deeply. One cannot be a Zionist, a supporter of Israel or one who is proud that Israel is the home of the Jewish People without also being labeled a fascist, racist and a supporter of Jewish supremacism. Such labels are reserved, as it seems, for any and all those who believe that the Jewish State, that Israel has every right to exist and the names become even more shrill if you believe that the world should live up to the promises made to the Zionist Congress and the Jewish People at the end of World War I when the map of the world, or at least of central and eastern Europe, the Middle East and northern Africa were being redrawn. Where these names go astray of the realities is a matter…

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Iran Collecting All the Best of Friends

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One of the questions Israelis with friends in Europe and North America hear much of the time asks if we worry about our enemies. By enemies, they most often mean those nations on our borders and, of late, they add in Iran. Our answer usually goes something near to we worry more about those professing to be our friends than our declared enemies. We tell them that we know exactly what to expect from each of our enemies but it is our friends who we cannot predict how they will act according to stimuli, react to the changing world, handle pressures we see coming at them and proactively act to avoid some of the worst problems they are soon to face. Our friends find our concern for their well-being and safety often misplaced and think we should be far more concerned about the threats being made against us and all…

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Republican Lawmakers Renew Push for US Recognition of Israeli Sovereignty Over Golan Heights

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Republican Congress members introduced companion bills in the Senate and House of Representatives this week calling for US recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

The legislation — filed by Senators Ted Cruz of Texas, Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Rep. Mike Gallagher of Wisconsin — described Israel’s continued control of the Golan as an American “national security interest.”

“The United States has been committed for over 40 years to ensuring Israel’s security from attacks emanating from across the Golan Heights,” the lawmakers stated. “The threat Iran poses to America and Israel requires acknowledging the reality of Israel’s control over the territory as a matter of national security.”

Similar legislation was proposed toward the end of the term of the last Congress.

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The World Where Israel is Just Another Nation

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Just walk with us here for a while and let us examine how different the world would be if Israel were just one nation amongst all the others, no separate treatment, no organized and oil financed hate programs (or should they be called what they are, economic pogroms), no organized programs blanketing the larger and more prestigious universities and colleges, no oil financed terrorism on her borders, no rockets fired into her lands from much of her border, no looming threats from Hezballah, Hamas and Islamic Jihad, no dictatorships set up on her borders for the sole reason of genocidal hatred driven murders, no intifada and no constant United Nations condemnations; just a little nation nestled along the eastern edge of the Mediterranean Sea, a nation about the size of New Jersey (see map if New Jersey replacing Israel with approximations of cities paired from each), a nation struggling from…

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Israel’s Netanyahu Takes Break From Campaign Trail for Moscow Meeting With Putin on Iran, Syria

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet in Moscow on Wednesday with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“The focus of our talks will be the Iranian entrenchment in Syria,” Netanyahu — the Likud leader who is seeking a fifth term as prime minister in April’s Knesset elections — said on Tuesday, ahead of his departure for Russia. “We are taking action against it; we are attacking their bases. We will continue to take action against it.”

“We will continue to act until we get the Iranians to leave Syria because Iran is threatening to destroy Israel and we will not allow it a base close to our border,” he added.

A Kremlin statement on Tuesday said Putin and Netanyahu would discuss “key issues of bilateral cooperation, first of all on the trade-economic and humanitarian trajectories,” and also “exchange opinions on the current situation in the Middle East, including Palestinian-Israeli settlement and the situation in Syria.”

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