German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle says he hopes progress will be made in the talks on Iran’s nuclear energy program following the inauguration of president-elect Hassan Rohani.
Speaking to German news agency DPA on Friday, Westerwelle described Rohani’s inauguration as an ‘opportunity’ to clear western impasse over the Iranian nuclear activities.
The Iranian president-elect’s inauguration is scheduled for August 4, one day after his endorsement by Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei.
Rohani secured an outright win in Iran’s June 14 presidential election. The voter turnout was 72.7 percent.
“We will seek dialog with the new government, first on the level of civil servants then perhaps on the minister level,” Westerwelle said.
He added that the West would then decide whether Rohani’s administration is showing ‘new flexibility’ in relations.
The German minister, whose country is a member of the P5+1 group of world powers, called on Iran to take ‘confidence-building measures’, saying his country would like to see ‘substantial progress’ in the P5+1 talks with Iran.
On July 19, a ‘senior western diplomat’ reportedly said that the election of Rohani as Iran’s next president can be ‘an opportunity’ in future talks between the P5+1 and Iran.
The diplomat added that the five permanent members of the UN Security Council--Russia, China, France, Britain, and the United States plus Germany--expect that Iran would ‘soon’ appoint a new negotiating team, so the talks can resume ‘as soon as possible’.
The US, Israel and some of their allies falsely claim that Iran is pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program, with Washington and the European Union using the unfounded allegation as a pretext to impose illegal sanctions on Iran.
Tehran strongly rejects the groundless claim over its nuclear activities, maintaining that as a committed signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it has the right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.
Israel-Palestinian Talks Doomed to Failure
Iran’s ambassador to Damascus says the US-backed talks between the Palestinian Authority and Israel are doomed to failure as Tel Aviv refuses to accept Palestinians’ demands.
“This is not the first time these negotiations are taking place, and each time such discussion was held, it was practically ineffective,” Mohammad Reza Raouf Sheibani said on Friday, Press TV reported.
“The existential foundations of the Zionist regime (Israel) are based on occupation, aggression and attacking neighboring countries and other nations, and that’s why this round of negotiations is assessed as a failure before it starts,” the envoy pointed out.
On July 29, the Israelis returned to the negotiating table in Washington with the Palestinian Authority officials for direct talks for the first time in three years.
Following the end of the two-day US-brokered talks on Tuesday, US Secretary of State John Kerry said the Palestinian Authority and Israelis will reopen negotiations ‘within the next two weeks’.
The last Palestinian-Israeli talks broke down in September 2010 after Tel Aviv refused to freeze its settlement activities in the occupied West Bank.
The United Nations and most countries regard the Israeli settlements as illegal because the territories where the settlements are being constructed were captured by Israel in a war in 1967 and are therefore subject to the Geneva Conventions, which forbids construction on occupied lands.
Envoy: Quds Day Beginning Of Nations’ Awakening
Iranian Ambassador to Beirut Ghazanfar Roknabadi appreciated worldwide public participation in the International Quds Day rallies on Friday, and said the proposition of Quds Day was the start of the nations’ vigilance in fighting the US and Israel.
“By naming the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan as International Quds Day, the Late Imam Khomeini made this day the beginning of the nations’ awakening and vigilance in fighting the cancerous tumor in the region, the Zionist regime, and the great Satan, the US,” Roknabadi said in a ceremony in Beirut on Saturday.
He reiterated Iran’s support for the Palestinian nation, and said the country believes that liberation of the Palestinian territories needs unity and solidarity among the Palestinians, all resistance groups and the entire Islamic Ummah, IRNA reported.
On Friday, millions of Iranians from all walks of life took to the streets nationwide to voice solidarity with the oppressed Palestinian nation and express anger at the policies of the Tel Aviv regime and its allies.
People in more than 80 other countries also observed the event.
In August 1979, the late founder of the Islamic Republic Ayatollah Khomeini declared the last Friday of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan as International Quds Day, calling on Muslims across the world to mark the annual occasion by holding street rallies.
People around the world take to the streets on this day in a show of support for the people of Palestine, demanding an end to Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands.Palestinians are seeking to create an independent state on the territories of the West Bank, East Beit-ul Moqaddas and the Gaza Strip, and are demanding that Israel withdraw from the Palestinian territories occupied in the 1967 Six-Day War.
Israel’s Own Mistakes Will Lead to Its Downfall
By Rodney Shakespeare
Nothing seems to change. The latest is that President Rohani only has to open his mouth for the Zionist Israelis to put words into it. The Israelis did it to President Ahmadinejad: They will do it to any President of Iran for evermore.
Or will they? The ancient Greeks were a bright lot. Apart from geometry and things they understood human psychology. Indeed, they invented the concept of hubris which could be translated as the pride which goes before the downfall.
Except that, it’s worse than that. Hubris is extreme pride or arrogance. It starts with a lack of humility. Then there is an overestimation of one’s own power and capabilities which is followed by a loss for contact with reality. Finally comes the shrieking dementia which can undoubtedly be dangerous to others but, at the same time, it leads to a fatal mistake which brings about the downfall.
Sounds familiar? It ought to. Israel is at the beginning of the dementia and endeavoring to find some new way of making a fatal mistake.
For example, it is carrying out attacks on Syria. No doubt this puts Netanyahu’s cronies into fits of joyous delirium. Yet, Russia is committed to the defense of Syria and there are hundreds of Russian S-300 defensive missiles in place.
Moreover, many powerful Russian anti-ship missiles are secreted on the Syrian coast; and the Russian navy, no doubt including considerable anti-submarine capacity, is in the Mediterranean.
The latter point is particularly important because the Israeli Dolphin submarines have nuclear-tipped missiles. It is believed that, early in May, Israel lost one of its Dolphin submarines and, if it challenges Russia, it may well lose more of them.
As for challenging Russia to a nuclear stand-off, this is not a sensible thing to do. If a hubristic Netanyahu hots up things with Russia, we can expect to see not only some Dolphin submarines being sunk, but the very existence of the Israeli state will come into question.
Now consider exactly what might happen if Netanyahu (how the ancient Greeks would have loved him!) should implement his dream of a sudden attack on Iran. After all, Iran only has to have a new president for the USA to implement more sanctions and Netanyahu thinks he can carry exactly as he did before.
However, Iran is not a powerless Gaza and, apart from military matters, an attack on Iran is only too likely to precipitate military action much more widely as well as political change, including the downfall of the USA’s, and Israel’s, regional allies.
Taking a wider view of the situation, President Ahmadinejad has pointed out that the West created Israel in order to dominate the Middle East. Yes, but the West’s economic power is declining and, as for the USA’s political authority, Israel had better wake up to the fact that the USA is now universally hated throughout the Middle East (just as Israel is) and, in due course, that hatred will be in the open and taking effective action.
Moreover, it will be the same with the Islamic Awakening. At the moment, it is having problems in finding an independent way forward e.g., in Egypt, but, at some point in the future, Egypt will be among those determined to end the occupation of Palestine and Beit-ul Moqaddas.
Then there are the profound contradictions in Zionist policy. Netanyahu, of course, is entering so-called ‘talks’ aimed at finally crushing the Palestinians. If he cannot do that, of course, then any minor concession he makes will be quickly nullified by a referendum (in which the Israeli ‘settlers’, screaming that they are being sent to the gas chambers, will panic the Israeli electorate).
Which is all very well, but the world is waking up to the inescapable fact that Israel is a racist state embarked upon a creeping genocide of the Palestinians and that the most it has to offer is a Bantustanization i.e., neighborhoods whose income, economy, social, foreign and military affairs are so controlled by Israel that they will be best described as ghettos.
But the world turned on white-controlled South Africa and there are splendid signs that this may soon become the situation with Zionist Israel. To date, the USA and Europe have given Israel a blank check to commit atrocities, war crimes and creeping genocide.
Yet, that is unlikely to go on because we can remember that nearly every country in the world voted to admit Palestine to the United Nations (and the vote gave the USA and Israel the hypo-screaming-jeebers….).
There’s a thing called over-playing your hand and Israel, as well as the USA, is showing signs of making a habit of it. It is even alleged that Henry Kissinger has said Israel will not exist in ten years.
Be sure--one day, not too far off, the Zionists will make that fatal mistake and, after that, Beit-ul Moqaddas will be liberated.
Source: Press TV
Pro-Israelis Furious Over Iran-Argentina Deal
Pro-Israel organizations in Argentina were angered by and opposed the memorandum of understanding signed by the South American country and Iran to jointly investigate the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires.
Tehran and Buenos Aires signed a memorandum of understanding in January to jointly probe the bombing of the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association (AMIA), which killed 85 people and wounded 300 others.
Argentina has defended its decision to sign the MoU with Iran, saying that a firm commitment to the victims and their families as well as a position of opposing certain foreign interests are the main reasons for the agreement, Press TV reported on Saturday.
“Current actions on the AMIA case followed the search of international support as well as the need to tell Iran and the whole world that we will not allow the AMIA case to be used as a justification for geopolitical interests that have no relation either with the law or interests of the Republic of Argentina,” Argentina’s Foreign Minister Hector Timerman earlier said.
However, pro-Israel organizations in Argentina, such as the Delegation of Israeli-Argentine Associations (DAIA), continue to resist the bilateral move, claiming the deal is ‘unconstitutional’.
This is while the Supreme Court of Argentina, the country’s highest tribunal, is set to give its final word on the constitutionality of the accord already signed into law by the National Congress.
“The truth has not been reached because the case is full of nullities and because the only thing that has been done is to accuse a country defied by Israel and that has no diplomatic relations with the US.
They first look for someone to blame and then the evidence to go in that way,” said head of the House for the Diffusion of Islam, Sheikh Mohsen Ali.
Despite pressure by local Zionist lobbies, organizations such as the Interpol and Amnesty International have considered the MoU as a significant step toward shedding light on the AMIA case.
Officials, experts and Muslim leaders also say the accord is the first solid step towards finding the truth about the attack.
Furthermore, Argentina’s National Prosecutor General Alejandra Gils Carbo recently refused to finance a trip by AMIA special prosecutor to the US Congress.
Prosecutor Alberto Nisman was expected to present an indictment to the US Congress accusing Iran of allegedly ‘infiltrating’ Latin America to establish ‘intelligence networks’.
Under intense political pressure from the US and Israel, Argentina had previously accused Iran of having carried out the bomb attack. The Islamic Republic has categorically denied any involvement in the terrorist bombing.
Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov stressed his country’s intention to further develop strategic and long-term cooperation with Iran.