Worried about Iran’s nuclear program? well, many of us have been, especially over the last 10 years. Now that a deal has been reached, its going to be more difficult for Iran to make a nuclear weapon, and there is even a lesser chance that if it somehow manages to make a weapon, that it would actually use it.
What about Russia’s nuclear arsenal? Of course Iran and Russia are not the same, but according to a senior US defense official:
“As you look at published Russian doctrine, I do believe people are thinking about use of tactical nuclear weapons in a way that hadn’t been thought about for many years,”
The same official went on to say:
“The doctrine clearly talks about it, so it would be irresponsible to not at least read that doctrine, understand what it means. Doctrine certainly doesn’t mean that they would do it, but it would be irresponsible to at least not be thinking through those issues. Any time there is nuclear saber rattling, it is always a concern, no matter where it comes from.”
I am not an alarmist, but the statement “I do believe people are thinking about use of tactical nuclear weapons in a way that hadn’t been thought about for many years” is one which is worth noting.
In terms of road traffic deaths, Iran is the third worst country in the world. By the age of 14 I was run over 3 times in the streets of Tehran, once I was almost killed. I still have the scar.
And the Iranian government knows this. They try to warn drivers, to no avail.
Here is a report about car accidents inside one of Tehran’s tunnels, called Towhid. Every day 70,000 cars go through it, and every day they register 400 cases of people breaking road regulations. And the result? see for yourself. Does it look like any of the drivers are driving at the 60 KM/hour speed limit?
در مصاحبه اخیرم با آقای بیژن فرهودی خبر نگار روزنامه کیهان لندن در مورد این مسائل گفتگو کردم:
– احتمال بروز جنگ بین نیروهای حامی رژیم سوریه و اسرائیل و چرا
– انگیزه نیروی سپاه قدس برای ایجاد تنش در مرز اسرائیل و سوریه و انطباق این سیاست با سیاست های دولت روحانی در منطقه.
– جنگ کنونی بین ایران و اسرائیل جنگی تحمیلی است. اسرائیل هیچ وقت این جنگ را نمیخواست. رژیم ایران این جنگ را به اسرائیل در اوائل انقلاب تحمیل کرد.
Ephraim Halevy, the former head of Israel intelligence agency the Mossad explains to PBS why he believes that the current Iran nuclear deal is acceptable. He also talks about the side deal between the IAEA and Iran.
The interview below with Yossi Alpher who was the Mossad’s former Iran desk officer reveals how the Mossad turned down a request by former Iranian Prime Minister Shapour Bakhtiyar to assassinate Ayatollah Khomeini.
He also talks about how if the current regime in Iran changes its stance towards Israel, there would be a very long line of Israelis willing to reestablish ties and to do business with the regime in Tehran, and the sense of betrayal which some Israelis feel towards president Obama.
Yossi Alpher has recently published a book on Israel’s relations with non-Arab countries in the region, including Iran in the 70s.
You can watch the interview here:
Yesterday Amir Oren published a piece in Haaretz about the Iran deal and the view of some of Iran analysts working for the Israeli military intelligence. Among other things, in the article he states:
“There are those in the Intelligence Corps, including those in the research division dealing with Iran, who have a very positive view of the nuclear agreement. “
Last night I was interviewed alongside Amir for the i24 news program, where Amir discussed his article in more details. He also mentioned an unprecedented intelligence sharing offer being made by the U.S which would give Israel access to raw intelligence material which no one else except the US would have. Netanyahu has not accepted this offer.
And how some in the military intelligence community are very concerned about the damage being caused to the Israel – US relations.
You can watch interview here:
Will the removal of sanctions make much difference to Iran’s economy? What are the other obstacles which Iran’s economy faces?
These questions are addressed in the panel discussion below.