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I still support the #Iran nuclear deal. I want to see if Donald Trump can do better

2 Sep

Fighting talk in support of the #Irandeal at the American Jewish Congress (AJC) annual conference in Jerusalem this June.

Kudos to the AJC for hosting panels which included a wide range of opinions.

 

عملیات اخیر موساد در ایران: نشان دهنده بیفایده بودن برجام؟

17 Jul
دیروز با آقای نوید توبیان, رئیس  بخش فارسی بنگاه رادیو تلویزیون اسرائیل گفتگو داشتم در مورد برجام , و آیا اینکه عملیات اخیر موساد در ایران و اسنادی که فاش کرد ثابت کردند که برجام توافقی بی فایده بود.
امیدوارم که براتون جالب باشه.

#Iran world cup fans are Iran’s best ambassadors

19 Jun

This clip below, from an interview by an Israeli channel with an Iranian woman attending the world cup in Russia is fantastic. Why? because its an antithesis to all the hate and venom which Israelis are subjected to weekly by Iran’s leaders.  It shows the side which many Israelis rarely see: the ordinary people of Iran.

Of course one person does not represent the views of a country of 80 million, but, I am still happy that for once there was direct connection between the two peoples. And more importantly, positive things were said.

I wish the national team of Iran the very best of luck in their game against Spain tomorrow night.

 

Netanyahu offer to share water technology with Iranians has proven to be VERY popular

11 Jun

Last night Netanyahu appeared in a video in which he offered to share water technology with the people of Iran. The video has been produced with English and Farsi subtitles.

To further facilitate this process, a special channel has also been created on the popular messaging application Telegram. The channel is in Farsi and you can see it here.

This morning, at about 11 am Israel time, I looked at the number of people who had subscribed to the channel and saw 33,000 people had joined. I though “wow”. At the time of writing this note, its almost 11 pm here in Tel Aviv and the number of subscribers has jumped to more than 82,000 people!!! More than 50,000 in a single day (at least). Thats just phenomenal!!!

So what has happened? Why is Netanyhau these days addressing the people of Iran instead of attacking the regime constantly as was the case before?

It may be that he has new Iran advisors.

It may also be because Obama is no longer in office. When it came to Iran, Obama used to drive Netanyahu and his supporters absolutely crazy. They were convinced that Obama was gonna “give away” to anything and everything that the Iranians demanded in the nuclear negotiations, because Obama was “desperate” and “naive” and because Rouhani was able to buy him with his “smile”.

Now that Trump is in charge, it seems to me Netanyahu is more relaxed because when it comes to Iran, he trusts him more. And this has allowed Netanyahu to focus on other issues relating to Iran, such as its 80 million people.

Personally, I am opposed to Trump’s decision to walk away from the Iran deal. But lets hope that he succeeds in getting a better deal, whatever that may be. I wish Trump the best because if he fails, what Robert Deniro desired for Trump at last night’s Tony Awards may end up being our fate in the Middle East.

How else did you expect the #Iran regime to react?

6 Jun

My comments to I24 News last night regarding Iran’s decision to increase uranium enrichment capacity.

 

از این دو نوع  “هموطن” ایرانی بیزارم

2 Jun
تل آویو – ساعت ۱۰ شب:
از این دو نوع  “هموطن” ایرانی بیزارم:

 

۱- در لوس آنجلس یا نیویورک زندگی میکنه, صد سال هم به اسرائیل مهاجرت نخواهد کرد چون “اسرائیل گرونه” و “کی میخواد بچه اش را سه سال به سربازی بفرسته” ولی از ویلای مبارکش در امریکا به ما در اسرائیل دستور میده “که این عربها را بیرون کنید”, “چرا به عرب ها انقدر آزادی بیان میدید”, “این اعراب مثل حیواننند: فقط زور میفهمند” و “این چپی های اسرائیل خائنند, برند گمشند در غزه زنده کنند”.

 

۲-   خودش رو پاره میکنه برای هر فلسطینی و کشور فلسطین و مشکلات آنها, اسرائیل را مسئول ​تمام بدبختی های خاور میانه و امریکا میدونه, ولی ککش برای تبعیض وحشتناک بهائیان در ایران یا کشتار و آواره کردن دست جمعی فلسطینی ها در سوریه یا تبعیض علیه انان در کشور عربی نمیگزه چون اسرائیل رو نمیتونه مقصر بدونه. هیچ مشکلی برای محکوم کردن اسرائیل و مشکلاتی که در این کشور داریم نداره, ولی تا مسائل حقوق بشر در ایران را مطرح میکنیم میگه به شما ربطی نداره. به تو چه خارجی!

#Iran nuclear deal likely to disintegrate, Iran to expand its nuclear program

21 May

at least in the short term…my comments this afternoon to I24 news in Israel (in English).