Tag Archives: Israel

On #Iran: why I don’t agree with Netanyahu

26 Feb

I don’t want the current rulers of Iran to have a nuclear weapon. Not for a second. Not even for a Benjamin_Netanyahu_portraitnanosecond. Never. No, no, no, no, a thousand times NO to a nuclear armed Islamic Republic of Iran.

But at the same time, I don’t agree with the way Netanyahu has been managing the Iran question on behalf of Israel and Israelis. I know he is doing his job, but his method is causing damage to the credibility of Israel’s legitimate concerns regarding why it does not want the current rulers of Iran to have a nuclear weapon.

In my recent interview with SKY news, I have explained why.

The US has NOT stopped updating #Israel on #Iran talks

15 Feb

Today, the Times of Israel quoting Israel’s Channel 2 broke the news that:

The US has stopped updating Israel on progress in talks with Iran over Tehran’s nuclear program.

According to the same report, Channel 2 characterized the move as:
revenge for Netanyahu’s planned speech to Congress next month, which has raised the ire of the Obama administration.
However, this report has been denied by Israel officials and now by US officials as well.

So nothing to see here. Move along.

The World Economic Forum: Top risks for 2015

27 Jan

200 million people without work around the world. Would you consider that a global risk?

Do you think it could affect your life?

We live in a globalized world. What happens in one country now affects many others. Iran and Israel may be physically disconnected, but they are not immune from global risks.

See below, the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) top five risks for 2015. Short, sharp and to the point.

See which ones could affect your country. I know which ones are likely to affect Iran and Israel.

What does Putin think about #Iran and #Israel security concerns?

21 Jan

Vladimir Putin. Source: Wikipedia

Yesterday, Iran and Russia signed a military cooperation deal.

According to AFP:

The deal provides for joint exercises and military training, as well as “cooperation in peacekeeping, maintaining regional and international security and stability, and fighting against separatism and extremism,” the Iranian defence ministry website said.

It’s not clear whether Russia will finally supply the S-300 missiles as part of this latest deal. Some say a solution has been found but many in Iran will be forgiven for not trusting Russia. Time will tell.

It must be remembered that in 2007 Iran and Russia signed a $800 million agreement according to which Russia was supposed to have been delivered the S-300 missiles.

Since 2007, not only Russia has not delivered the missiles (which it had built), it even went as far as dismantling and recycling them. Iran decided to launch a lawsuit against Russia, demanding $4 billion in compensation.

There are people both in Israel and Iran who mistrust Putin. They see him as someone who can not be trusted.

The question is: what does Putin think about Iran and Israel’s security concerns? Does he dismiss them? Does he think Israel is exaggerating? Does he believe that Iran is the victim or the aggressor?

This segment of his interview which he gave to the Kremlin controlled RT shows his opinion. It was filmed in June 2013, before the Ukraine crisis. Nevertheless, I think it says a lot about his level of understanding regarding both countries, and their security concerns.

I was wrong, #Israel does need to occupy more land

25 Dec

Build baby, build. We meed more prisons.

To build more prisons, not settlement homes!

Just look at today’s news, more politicians suspected of stealing from the public:

Rishon Lezion court ordered former tourism minister Staz Mizhenikov to remain in police custody for eight days Wednesday, hours after he was arrested amid a sweep of some 30 suspects, including senior government officials, suspected of a raft of corruption charges

With increasing number of Israeli politicians under investigation or in prison, we could soon run of space in our jails. So forget more settlements, we have enough of them. But more prisons for our politicians? At this rate we’ll definitely need more :-)

The way things are going Israel could become the first country with an entire shadow government behind bars.

Video: The #Israel Hospital Admitting #Syria Fighters

24 Dec

The war in Syria has caused lots of deaths and casualties.

Some of the injured opposition fighters have been brought to Israel.

Is it possible that some of them belong to the Al Qaeda affiliated Al Nusra front?

Why is Israel treating injured Syrian fighters? Are we trying to build goodwill towards Israel among the opposition, in case Assad falls? I hope so.

Simon Ostrovsky of VICE news has filmed a 4 part report from his recent trip to the Israel – Syria border.

Below you will find part 2, which includes an interview with an injured Syrian Free Army (SFA) fighter.

The future of #Israel: A Conversation With Naftali Bennett, Minister of Economy

11 Dec

Naftali Bennet is the head of the right-wing Bayit Hayehudi (Jewish Home) party. He was also a member of the security cabinet and the recent coalition as the minister of Economy. His party is so against the peace process that in the past he has advocated annexing 60% of the West Bank. I have written about him before.

At the same time, he is someone who is a real competitor to Benjamin Netanyahu. He is someone who could one day lead Israel’s right. Why do I think that? because I sincerely believe that he truly represents the aspirations and world view of a major part of Israel’s pro-settlement movement.

Do I agree with their world view? no.  But this is a part of Israeli society which can not and must not be ignored. We are all part of the same country, and we must listen to each other.

I strongly recommend watching and listening to Naftali Bennet’s conversation with former US ambassador to Israel Martyn Indyk at the recent Saban Forum.

With thanks to my student Joshua Rodin for alerting me about this interview.

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