مصاحبه اخیرم با بخش فارسی رادیو فرانسه در مورد: روابط اسرائیل و امریکا و دیدگاه های مختلف در اسرائیل در مورد تهدید برنامه هسته ای ایران و تاثیر احتمالی ان بر امنیت اسرائیل .
RT CrossTalk recently hosted a lively debate on the Iranian nuclear program.
Iran based Professor Mohammad Marandi was in his full propagandist mode. He is however worth listening to. He is one of the most famous thinkers which the regime has.
The other two guests gave their two cents. The former CIA guest was unreasonable in many of the things he said. The lady in London had the most salient points.
A lively debate worth watching.
In 2010, Prime Minister Netanyahu and former Defense Minister Ehud Barak ordered the Israel Defense Forces to increase their level of preparedness, in order to entice Iran to attack Israel. They were hoping to destroy Iran’s nuclear infrastructure in retaliation.
The former head of the Mossad Meir Dagan and the former IDF chief Gabi Ashkenazi refused this order. Why were they not imprisoned? because Netanyahu and Barak were acting illegally. They had issued the order, without consulting the security cabinet. This is a decision to be made by the security cabinet and not just the Prime Minister and Defence Minister. Thats why. Otherwise the head of Israel armed forces have no right to refuse the order of the Israeli public’s democratically elected representatives. If they do so, they would be breaking the law.
At this year’s Jerusalem Post conference, Caroline Glick, the hard-line conservative editor of the Jerusalem Post attacked Dagan and Ashkenazi for not attacking Iran, and for not listening to Netanyahu’s illegal orders. And she was applauded by the participants!
Watch her remarks and Meir Dagan’s reaction. #Classic. This is the same conference in which Obama’s Secretary of Treasury was booed.
And now Yinon Magal, a member of the extremist Bayit Yehudi party wants Dagan and Ashkenazi to be subpoenad for having refused Netanyahu’s (illegal) order. Good luck with that! The law in Israel is on their side.
A few nights ago, the popular Israel Channel 2 program Uvda aired an important interview with president Obama.
In it, he talked about the potential deal with Iran as well as the peace process (the lack of) and prime minister Netanyahu.
The interview is in English. Here are some important extracts. This is what president Obama had to say to the people of Israel:
According to FT Tehran correspondent Najmeh Bozorgmehr:
“If Iran and the world powers reach a nuclear deal and international sanctions are lifted, Iran’s tech sector, one of the world’s biggest untapped markets, will be one of the main sectors to watch, says.”
In the podcast below she talks to Iranian tech entrepreneurs about their hopes and concerns.
In my opinion, given the level of corruption within the regime, crackdowns against the internet and its users, and fear of Iranian expatriates from returning to Iran (just look at what happened to Jason Rezaian), even after the a deal, Iran’s tech sector is likely to face significant challenges. Only a small part of this sector’s untapped potential is likely to be exploited.
I highly recommend listening to the podcast here
A few days ago, the US Secretary of State John Kerry broke his leg in France.
This morning, Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif missed a conference in Tehran because of back and leg problems. According to the same report, last night Zarif attended a check-up session at a hospital in Tehran because of pain in his leg and back.
Zarif’s back problems are a recurring problem. This is why he turned up at one of the negotiation sessions last year in a wheelchair.
Perhaps the next round of negotiations between Iran and the US will be held in a hospital? If yes, there is an excellent one in Tehran, called “Dar Hashiye” :-)