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July 25, 2014 0

Iran’s Khamenei Calls Israel’s Destruction The “Only Remedy”

Update — July 26: Shortly fol­low­ing the con­clu­sion of Al Quds Day ral­lies in Iran, Aya­tol­lah Khamenei’s offi­cial Twit­ter han­dle posted a graphic, titled “9 key ques­tions about elim­i­na­tion of Israel,” which out­lines Khamenei’s vision of destroy­ing Israel and solv­ing the Israeli-Palestinian con­flict through a ref­er­en­dum, as men­tioned in his speech on Thurs­day, July 24.   

 
“The only rem­edy is the destruc­tion of Israel,” Iran’s Supreme Leader Aya­tol­lah Ali Khamenei said to a packed audi­to­rium at Tehran Uni­ver­sity on July 24.

Khamenei’s call for Israel’s destruc­tion is the lat­est in the steady esca­la­tion of anti-Israel rhetoric from the Iran­ian regime that remained mostly silent as Israel launched Oper­a­tion Pro­tec­tive Edge against Hamas mil­i­tants in Gaza.

In his speech to uni­ver­sity stu­dents, which was broad­cast live by Iran’s broad­cast­ing author­ity, Khamenei referred to Israel’s estab­lish­ment as “ille­git­i­mate” and based on the mur­der of the Pales­tin­ian peo­ple. Khamenei also repeated the Iran­ian regime’s call for a ref­er­en­dum to be held in Israel and the Pales­tin­ian Ter­ri­to­ries so that the “res­i­dents may choose what kind of gov­ern­ing regime” they want. This sug­ges­tion is pop­u­lar among pro­po­nents of a one-state solu­tion to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Domes­tic Iran­ian print media has also amped up its anti-Israel hos­til­ity in antic­i­pa­tion of Friday’s Al Quds Day protests, an annual day of protest against Israel ini­ti­ated in 1979 by Aya­tol­lah Khome­ini, by pub­lish­ing quotes from var­i­ous high-ranking offi­cials heap­ing praise on Hamas and Islamic Jihad rocket fire on Israeli cities. State-run pub­li­ca­tions, such as Fars News, have pub­lished anti-Semitic car­toons depict­ing Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Netanyahu bathing in a pool of Pales­tin­ian blood in the shape of the Gaza Strip, and images of stereo­typ­i­cal Jew­ish fig­ures killing Pales­tin­ian chil­dren. Iran­ian media pub­lished sim­i­lar anti-Semitic car­toons dur­ing Israel’s 2012 Oper­a­tion Pil­lar of Defense.

Al Quds Day, which refers to the Ara­bic term for Jerusalem is com­mem­o­rated annu­ally with mass ral­lies and speeches on the last Fri­day of Ramadan. It has tra­di­tion­ally been marked by hos­tile rhetoric towards the state of Israel, includ­ing bla­tant anti-Semitism, at protests held in the Mid­dle East and across cities in Europe and the United States.

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July 25, 2014 1

Iran Weekly: Selected News & Developments

The fol­low­ing is a selec­tion of news reports and com­men­tary from Iran­ian media and main­stream pub­li­ca­tions on devel­op­ments per­tain­ing to Iran. This weekly update includes a sam­pling of pub­lished reports from Iran’s Farsi-language media*as well as rel­e­vant arti­cles from the inter­na­tional press.

Iran­ian Media

The only rem­edy is the destruc­tion of the Zion­ist regime*
(Office of the Supreme Leader – July 24, 2014)khamenei-tehran-university-speech

In a meet­ing with stu­dent group at Tehran Uni­ver­sity on Thurs­day, Supreme Leader Aya­tol­lah Ali Khamenei said that “Israel must be wiped out.” Khamenei added that this “rem­edy” is not meant “to destroy the Jew­ish peo­ple from that region.” Khamenei also repeated that the government’s solu­tion to the ques­tion of Pales­tine is for all the inhab­i­tants of the Holy Land to hold a ref­er­en­dum, “and through this way the ille­git­i­mate usurp­ing regime will be removed.”

Iran urges Pales­tini­ans, Syr­ian, Lebanese resis­tance groups to ink defense pact
(Fars News Agency – July 22, 2014)

Moham­mad Reza Naqdi, the com­man­der of the Basij force, called on regional ter­ror­ist groups to sign a defense treaty. Naqdi added, “We ask the resis­tance forces in Pales­tine, Syria and Lebanon to endorse a defense pact so that an attack on any of them will be an attack on all of them and if the Zion­ist regime makes an aggres­sion against any of them, all of them will grow united to con­front it.”

Rouhani calls for peo­ples’ mas­sive turnout in Quds Day ral­lies
(Fars News Agency – July 22, 2014)

Pres­i­dent Has­san Rouhani appealed to the nation to come out in larger num­bers than before for Friday’s Quds Day ral­lies against Israel. “The more mag­nif­i­cent this year’s Quds Day ral­lies are held, the greater sup­port they will indi­cate for the oppressed Pales­tin­ian nation.”

Chants of ‘Death to Israel’ will be said in 770 cities in the coun­try*
(Fars News Agency – July 22, 2014)

Ramazan Sharif, the chief of staff of the Coun­cil of Islamic Pro­pa­ganda and Al Quds Intifada, said dur­ing a press con­fer­ence held for the upcom­ing Quds Day protests: “Calls for peace from all Mus­lims and free­dom lov­ing peo­ple will be sent to the peo­ple of Gaza who have been wag­ing jihad in the path of Allah dur­ing the month of Ramadan against the usurp­ing Zion­ist regime.”

Iran to launce new home-made destroyer soon

(Fars News Agency – July 22, 2014)

The Iran­ian Navy announced plans to reveal a new destroyer named “Dama­vand” and it will be deployed in inter­na­tional waters.

Iran’s Zarif, EU’s Ash­ton issue joint state­ment on exten­sion of talks
(Fars News Agency – July 19, 2014)

Fol­low­ing the last round of talks between nego­tia­tors from the P5+1 and Iran, For­eign Min­is­ter Zarif and EU rep­re­sen­ta­tive Cather­ine Ash­ton released a joint state­ment stat­ing that talks would con­tinue to Novem­ber 24, 2014.

Inter­na­tional Media

Iran’s leader appears unbend­ing on core nuclear issues, say experts
(The Los Ange­les Times – July 21, 2014)

An exten­sion on the nuclear talks sig­nals Aya­tol­lah Khamenei’s pos­si­ble will­ing­ness to com­pro­mise, but not on the core ques­tion of ura­nium enrich­ment capacity.

Iran’s rul­ing elite embrace Face­book, while ordi­nary cit­i­zens are arrested over it
(Slate.com – July 21, 2014)

Although Face­book is blocked to ordi­nary Ira­ni­ans, gov­ern­ment offi­cials includ­ing Pres­i­dent Rouhani and For­eign Min­is­ter Zarif enjoy unfet­tered access to the pop­u­lar social media site.

Iran elim­i­nates sen­si­tive stock­pile under interim nuclear deal: IAEA
(Reuters – July 20, 2014)

Accord­ing to a monthly update released by the Inter­na­tional Atomic Energy Agency, Iran has met the terms stip­u­lated in the ini­tial six-month agree­ment and has moved to elim­i­nate its most sen­si­tive stock­pile of enriched ura­nium gas.

Iran nuclear talks: Is a com­pre­hen­sive deal still on the table?
(The Chris­t­ian Sci­ence Mon­i­tor – July 20, 2014)

It remains unclear if nego­tia­tors from the P5+1 and Iran will be able to bridge sig­nif­i­cant gaps over what Iran’s nuclear future will look like.

Why Iran believes the mil­i­tant group ISIS is an Amer­i­can plot
(Time – July 19, 2014)

An arti­cle from the Iran­ian state-run Islamic Repub­lic News Agency claims that there was a joint U.S., British and Israeli plan to “cre­ate a ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tion capa­ble of cen­tral­iz­ing all extrem­ist actions across the world.” Unfor­tu­nately for IRNA, there is no men­tion of such a plan in the doc­u­ments leaked by Edward Snow­den which IRNA claims as its source.

Sanc­tions nearly halve Iran oil export rev­enue in two years, OPEC says
(The Wall Street Jour­nal – July 18, 2014)

Accord­ing to newly released data from OPEC, sanc­tions have caused Iran’s petro­leum export rev­enue to decrease by 42% in 2013.

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July 17, 2014 1

Iran Weekly: Selected News & Developments

The fol­low­ing is a selec­tion of news reports and com­men­tary from Iran­ian media and main­stream pub­li­ca­tions on devel­op­ments per­tain­ing to Iran. This weekly update includes a sam­pling of pub­lished reports from Iran’s Farsi-language media*as well as rel­e­vant arti­cles from the inter­na­tional press.

Iran­ian Media

Iran raps Israel for slaugh­ter of Pales­tini­ans
(Tas­nim News Agency – July 16, 2014)

Iran­ian Pres­i­dent Has­san Rouhani con­demned Israel dur­ing a cab­i­net meet­ing Wednes­day, say­ing, “Only a regime in sup­port of racial dis­crim­i­na­tion and apartheid can bring thou­sands of inno­cent women, men and chil­dren under the bar­rage of non­stop artillery and tank shells under the pre­text of [the] death of three people.”

The inter­na­tional community’s alliance with the Zion­ists is evi­dent by their silence in coun­ter­ing the Zion­ist regime’s crimes*
(Basij News Agency – July 16, 2014)

In an exclu­sive inter­view with the IRGC-linked Basij News Agency, mem­ber of the National Secu­rity and For­eign Pol­icy Com­mis­sion Syed Hus­sein Naqvi Hus­saini, said, “The progress of the crim­i­nal Zion­ist regime and their aggres­sion toward Pales­tine and Gaza is a con­tin­u­a­tion of their pol­icy to dom­i­nate the region.”

The Gaza dis­as­ter must bring Islamic nations and gov­ern­ments together*
(Office of the Supreme Leader Khamenei – July 14, 2014)khamenei-rouhani-cabinet-iran

In a meet­ing with mem­bers of the cab­i­net and Pres­i­dent Rouhani ear­lier this week, Supreme Leader Aya­tol­lah Ali Khamenei said: “The prob­lem of Gaza is really another tragedy, and the Zion­ist regime has been using the silence of the Islamic world to com­mit this dis­as­ter. The killing of the peo­ple of Gaza at the hands of the usurp­ing Zion­ists must bring the Islamic gov­ern­ments and nations together to get rid of their dif­fer­ence and to be united with one another.”

Iran­ian leg­is­la­ture asks world par­lia­ments to break silence on geno­cide in Gaza
(Fars News Agency – July 14, 2014)

Chair­man of the Iran­ian parliament’s National Secu­rity and For­eign Pol­icy Com­mis­sion Alaed­din Borou­jerdi sent let­ters to sev­eral allied par­lia­ments con­demn­ing Israel’s airstrikes against Hamas tar­gets in Gaza. “Given the exten­sive dimen­sions of the Zion­ist regime’s inhu­mane crimes against the Gaza peo­ple, it is expected from you and other hon­or­able mem­bers of your for­eign pol­icy com­mis­sion to adopt proper posi­tions in sup­port of the help­less Pales­tini­ans and con­demn the Zion­ist aggres­sors,” Boroujerdi’s let­ter stated in part.

IRGC offi­cial: All Zion­ists within range of Pales­tin­ian mis­siles
(Fars News Agency – July 14, 2014)

Gen­eral Ramezan Sharif, the head of the IRGC’s Pub­lic Rela­tions Depart­ment, boasted that “The defense capac­ity and capa­bil­i­ties of the Islamic resis­tance and Hamas forces has left no safe place for the Zion­ists in the occu­pied ter­ri­to­ries.” Sharif added, “[The] defen­sive and offen­sive power of Hamas, Ezzedin Al-Qassam and Quds brigades forces have increased so much that one can dare say that all Zion­ists are within the range of the resistance’s missiles.”

Iran’s pres­i­dent calls on Islamic states to help oppressed Pales­tini­ans
(Tas­nim News Agency – July 11, 2014)

In a mes­sage to the head of Islamic coun­tries, Pres­i­dent Rouhani called for the end of the Zion­ist regime’s aggres­sive mea­sures against Gazans. Rouhani also referred to Hamas and Islamic Jihad as “heroic and legit­i­mate” resis­tance, and expressed con­fi­dence that “the Pales­tin­ian nation will once again make the Zion­ist enemy taste the bit­ter taste of defeat.”

Iran urges inter­na­tional action to rein in Israel
(Press TV – July 10, 2014)

For­eign Min­is­ter Zarif appealed to the United Nations, Arab League, and the Orga­ni­za­tion of Islamic Coop­er­a­tion to bring an end to Israeli airstrikes against Hamas in Gaza. “Doubtlessly, an explicit con­dem­na­tion of the Zion­ist regime’s crimes against Pales­tin­ian regions and pre­vent­ing the con­tin­u­a­tion of strikes by this regime are respon­si­bil­i­ties assigned to all regional and inter­na­tional bod­ies and assem­blies,” Zarif stated.

Inter­na­tional Media

Iran’s iden­tity cri­sis stymies nuclear deal
(Boston Globe – July 16, 2014)

An edi­to­r­ial in the Boston Globe wel­comes a pos­si­ble exten­sion of the July 20 dead­line to nego­ti­a­tions, cit­ing Iran­ian com­pli­ance over the past six months that saw a reduc­tion of Iran’s stock­pile of enriched ura­nium by 80%.

Kerry cites ‘progress’ in Iran talks while gaps remain
(The New York Times – July 15, 2014)

Fol­low­ing rounds of intense talks between rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the P5+1 and Iran, Sec­re­tary of State John Kerry said that “tan­gi­ble progress” had been made, but expressed that “very real gaps” remained to be bridged.

Iran out­lines nuclear deal; Accepts limit
(The New York Times – July 14, 2014)

As the July 20deadline fast approaches, Iran­ian For­eign Min­is­ter Moham­mad Javad Zarif said in an inter­view with The New York Times that Iran may accept a deal that sees the freez­ing of nuclear fuel pro­duc­tion at cur­rent lead­ers for sev­eral years.

Thank Obama for Iran’s grow­ing econ­omy
(The Daily Beast – July 14, 2014)

A new study from the Roubini Global Eco­nomic and the Foun­da­tion for the Defense of Democ­ra­cies claims that U.S. and West­ern coun­tries’ grad­ual eas­ing of sanc­tions against Iran have allowed the Islamic Republic’s ail­ing econ­omy to recover.

Amer­i­cans and Ira­ni­ans see con­straints at home in nuclear nego­ti­a­tions
(The New York Times – July 13, 2014)

Iran­ian nego­tia­tors face recent state­ments by Supreme Leader Khamenei while the Amer­i­cans must deal with mem­bers of the Sen­ate seek assur­ances from Pres­i­dent Obama that a deal must address core weapons pro­lif­er­a­tion issues and not lead to the lift­ing of sanc­tions instead.

British par­lia­ment com­mit­tee endorses lim­ited ura­nium enrich­ment for Iran
(Al-Monitor – July 13, 2014)

The British House of Com­mons’ For­eign Affairs Com­mit­tee decided to endorse a deal that would allow Iran to con­tinue lim­ited ura­nium enrichment.

Iran’s chief nuclear nego­tia­tor Zarif employs a dis­arm­ing charm
(The Los Ange­les Times – July 13, 2014)

West­ern offi­cials regard For­eign Min­is­ter Zarif, the Western-trained leader of the Iran­ian nego­ti­a­tions team, as turn­ing up the charm to make Iran appear non-threatening.

Iran sticks to ‘unwork­able, inad­e­quate’ stances in nuclear talks: U.S.
(Reuters – July 12, 2014)

Before arriv­ing in Vienna for talks with Iran, Sec­re­tary of State Kerry told reporters, “We are still very far apart on some issues and obvi­ously on enrich­ment capacity.”

Iran Supreme Leader spills the nuke talk secrets
(The Daily Beast – July 12, 2014)

Supreme Leader Khamenei issued remarks ear­lier this week, after lead­ing Ramadan evening prayers, divulging highly tech­ni­cal details about remain­ing dis­agree­ments between the P5+1 and Iran.

Open a nuclear fuel bank
(The New York Times, Op-Ed – July 11, 2014)

Sam Nunn, the co-chairman of the Nuclear Threat Ini­tia­tive, sug­gests in this opin­ion piece that an inter­na­tional fuel bank, owned and man­aged by the IAEA, would allow coun­tries full assur­ance that they could access nuclear fuel in the event of an inter­rup­tion to their supply.

Iran’s aid to Hamas has bear­ing on nuclear talks, House panel chief says
(The Chris­t­ian Sci­ence Mon­i­tor – July 11, 2014)

The chair­man of the House For­eign Affairs Com­mit­tee points to Iran’s con­tin­u­ing sup­port for Hamas as another rea­son for the U.S. to pro­ceed cau­tiously in nego­ti­at­ing with Iran.

Iran’s cen­tral bank loses appeal in ter­ror suit pay­out
(Bloomberg – July 9, 2014)

A fed­eral appeals court rejected Iran’s Bank Markazi’s appeal to award $1.75 bil­lion to fam­i­lies of hun­dreds of Amer­i­cans killed in ter­ror­ist attacks spon­sored by the Islamic Republic.

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