Iran är livrädd för att Saudiarabien, USA och Israel hittat varandra

Mon Feb 20, 2017 5:37PM

Iran has condemned the recent anti-Tehran remarks by Saudi and Israeli officials as a sign of coordination between the two regimes regarding regional cases.

Addressing the 53rd Munich Security Conference, the Saudi and Israeli ministers, Adel al-Jubeir and Avigdor Lieberman, claimed Iran is a supporter of “terrorism” and constitutes the “main threat” to the region. They also attacked Iran’s 2015 nuclear agreement with the P5+1 group of states, calling for an international push against the Islamic Republic.

A commentator and former US army psychological warfare officer believes these anti-Iran comments prove that Saudi Arabia and Israel are conducting a “large-scale psychological war” against Iran.

“They are trying to divide and conquer, they are trying to carry forth the Greater Israel project of expanding footprint of Israel in the surrounding area,” Scott Bennett told Press TV in an interview on Monday.

He also noted the Saudis and the Israelis are desperate to shift the public attention away from all the “bloody footprints” leading back to them with regard to their support for the Takfiri terrorists in Syria and Libya.

Bennett also emphasized that people are waking up to the fact that the “Salafist Wahhabist ideology” is the enemy of all Western civilized values.

Elsewhere in his remarks, the commentator stated the Israelis are trying to make the American people see Iran as a threat to the world by conducting false flag operations, whereas Saudi Arabia is the state sponsor of terrorism.

He also opined that the Saudi royal family is going to be persecuted for all the bloodshed they have caused, asserting that Israel is also on the same path.

According to Bennett, when the American people begin to see the evidence and the fingerprints, they will no longer support Saudi Arabia and Israel.

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En arabisk utvärdering av hur Iran gjort sin hemläxa från USA

How did Iran read the rapid developments in the region?

Has Iran read the Gulf message which the Kuwaiti foreign minister carried well? What did Iran read into the American stance following Michael Flynn’s resignation? How did it read the Russian stance from the Astana conference? And most importantly how did it read the Israeli stance? Did it read it based on Benjamin Netanyahu’s desire to maintain some of the points of the nuclear agreement which delays the rise of a nuclear Iranian state? Or did it read it through Israel’s oint of view of restraining Iran in terms of its support of Hamas and Hezbollah?

Let’s remember that the Iranian public rhetoric is only a part of Iranian policy and it does not reflect its real stance. Iran escalates this rhetoric, which is a negotiating tool, to satisfy the revolutionary audience, as it calls it. It uses it to negotiate but it does not signify the magnitude of concessions which Iran may make to maintain its regime and interests if it’s prepared to sit in negotiations, and it’s now in a situation where it’s forced to negotiate with Russia, America and Gulf countries.

But Iran read the Gulf message as weakness and responded by saying Gulf countries, and not Iran, “must seize this opportunity which may not be repeated”. Iran did not understand that the message was delivered according to the insistence of Gulf countries, which believe it’s necessary to give Iran a new chance to come to its senses and thus prevent an Iranian-American clash – the possibilities of which increase by the day – and this is not in the interest of the region as a whole.

Misreading the situation

Iran only sees developments from its own viewpoint and thinks that because it has the upper hand in the affairs Gulf countries wish to resolve, it has a strong negotiating position that weakens the Gulf stance. All Iran needs is to gain more time by neutralizing the Gulf stance via a series of long negotiating sessions, which it can use to alter reality as much as it can. Iran also views the different Gulf positions as a chance to divide its unity and shake its coherence. “Gulf countries and not Iran must seize the opportunity which may be their last” was the summary of the response Iranian President Hassan Rowhani carried to Muscat and Kuwait. This is the height of political blindness.

Iranian dailies considered Flynn’s resignation as a godly vendetta in their favor. This is a short-sighted analysis as the circumstances of Flynn’s resignation have nothing to do with the new American stance towards Iran but it’s related to American-Russian ties which none of the American parties dare be negligent about

Sawsan Al Shaer

And just like Iran misread the Gulf stance, it also failed to understand the American stance. Because when it heard the news that Michael Flynn, American President Donald Trump’s national security advisor, resigned, it cheered. It cheered especially at the fact that Flynn had officially warned Iran not to play with fire and not to test the new American president’s decisiveness. Iranian dailies considered Flynn’s resignation as a godly vendetta in their favor. This is a short-sighted analysis as the circumstances of Flynn’s resignation have nothing to do with the new American stance towards Iran but it’s related to American-Russian ties which none of the American parties dare be negligent about.

Iran, which was happy when Flynn was sacked, did not notice an entire team heading like a bulldozer towards it. This team will be strict towards Iran not out of love or hatred of Arab countries. It will adopt this approach based on its strategic and important interests as a majority of Republicans and the American military think they were threatened due to Barack Obama’s disastrous policy in the region. They believe the latter policy escalated terrorism and jeopardized international security and they agree that Iran has a major role in this escalation. And it’s now this category’s turn to put things back to normal.

Faces change but what about the stance?

When learning David Petraeus was one of the strongest candidates to replace Flynn, we must recall that Petraeus said the funds of the Iranian nuclear agreement were being used to fund the Iranian Revolutionary Guards. If we take into consideration that the American administration is looking into submitting a draft to categorize this Iranian official military institution as a terrorist organization, then we are before an unprecedented development in this American-Iranian confrontation.

Even with Flynn’s departure, US Secretary of Justice James Mattis is still there and he’s a staunch critic of the nuclear agreement and of Obama’s policy towards Iran. Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo is known for his hostile stance against Iran and the nuclear deal and he once said on Twitter that he looked “forward to rolling back this disastrous deal with the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism.”

Pompeo won 66 votes in the Senate when Trump nominated him for his post. The nominee for this post only needs 50 percent + 1 of the votes to be confirmed.
Therefore, Iran is before a majority of American legislators and cabinet members who almost completely agree on being strict in its approach to Iran’s behavior in the region. This is the correct reading of the American stance which Iran must see.

What’s more important than that is to understand that if Israel favors keeping the nuclear agreement, it supports tightening sanctions on Iran to limit its support of organizations which it believes threaten its security.

If we put into consideration the Russians’ nervousness of Iran’s obstruction of the Astana meeting, and its insistence that Hezbollah does not exit Syria, then Iran is before an international consensus that agrees on the necessity to confront it. Therefore, this is a conviction that’s no longer limited to Gulf countries. Mechanisms may differ but they agree on the goal. This was the Gulf message which Iran did not read well.

This article first appeared in Asharq Al-Awsat on Feb. 21, 2017.
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Sawsan Al Shaer is a Bahraini writer and journalist.

Last Update: Tuesday, 21 February 2017 KSA 12:41 – GMT 09:41
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”Mad Dog” tar igen förlorad tid

It was Secretary of Defense Mattis’ first day at the Pentagon and he has already hit the ground running. Mattis spent the day overseeing strikes against the Islamic State in both Syria and Iraq.

Mattis, who was critical of the Obama administration’s ISIS strategy, calling it ‘full of half measures,’ set the tone immediately that he wasn’t messing around. The Secretary of Defense utilized bombers, fighters and remotely piloted aircraft to carry out the bombings.

Syria took the bulk of the strikes with 25 total, while Iraq was hit six times. Two of the strikes in Syria successfully neutralized ISIS units, as well as artillery near the city of Bab. ISIS units in the city of Raqqa also suffered losses, with 22 strikes pulverizing 12 tactical units, two underground explosive bomb factories, and an ISIS base. Mattis also oversaw strikes that hit two ISIS oil wells in Syria.

In Iraq, Mattis continued to crush ISIS forces. One of the strikes, taking place in the city of Rutbah, eliminated a tactical unit, two weapons caches, a mortar and a vehicle. Strikes in the city of Beiji also demolished a unit and a vehicle, while another strike in Kisik blew up a building and a tactical unit.

To cap it all off, Mattis oversaw two strikes against Mosul, the ISIS region capital in Iraq, which annihilated two units, a tank, a factory that manufactures car bombs, and three fighting positions.

It’s becoming clear why President Trump wasted no time making sure Mattis was sworn into his cabinet immediately.

President Trump has mentioned in the past that he would like to see ISIS completely wiped out within 30 days of taking office. If Mattis’ first day on the job was any indication, the president may just get his wish.

Below is a video of Mattis showing up for his first day at work.

Source:

The Daily Caller

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Terrorchefen Nasrallah varnar Israel inför nästa konflikt

Source: Hezbollah warns ‘no red lines’ in next war with Israel | The Times of Israel

Terror group chief Hassan Nasrallah advises Jewish state to ‘count to a million’ before starting conflict with Lebanon

February 21, 2017, 10:00 am
Hezbollah head Hassan Nasrallah speaking to Iranian state television, in a clip broadcast on February 20, 2017. (screen capture: Twitter)

Hezbollah head Hassan Nasrallah speaking to Iranian state television, in a clip broadcast on February 20, 2017. (screen capture: Twitter)

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah on Monday doubled down on his recent saber-rattling against Israel and warned that his terror group would not hold back from attacking sensitive Israeli targets if the Jewish state goes to war with Lebanon.

During a television interview with the Iran’s state-run Islamic Republic News Agency, the terror chief repeated a previous threat of firing rockets at Israel’s nuclear reactor in Dimona and at a huge ammonia storage tank in Haifa.

Hezbollah will not keep to any “red lines” in a future war with Israel, Nasrallah cautioned.

“In the face of Israel’s threats to destroy Lebanon’s infrastructure, we will not abide by red lines, especially regarding Haifa’s ammonia and the nuclear reactor in Dimona. Hezbollah possesses the full courage for this,” he said, according to an English translation of his comments reported by the Naharnet website.

He also warned Israel to “count to a million” before going to war in Lebanon.

“We are not advocates of war. We are in the defense position,” Nasrallah said.

This photo taken on September 8, 2002, shows a partial view of the Dimona nuclear power plant in the southern Israeli Negev desert. (AFP/Thomas Coex)

This photo taken on September 8, 2002, shows a partial view of the Dimona nuclear power plant in the southern Israeli Negev desert. (AFP/Thomas Coex)

Israel and Hezbollah fought a punishing war in 2006, but have maintained a tense calm watched over by UN peacekeepers on the border since then, punctuated by several deadly cross-border incidents.

Israeli officials have raised alarms in recent years that Hezbollah may be bolstering its positions in southern Lebanon and in the Syrian Golan Heights, and a court recently ordered an ammonia tank in the city of Haifa to be shut amid fears a missile strike on the facility could sow mass casualties.

Lebanese President Michel Aoun, who draws support from Hezbollah, recently called for the terror group to remain armed to “resist Israel,” despite a UN resolution forbidding militias in Lebanon.

In other statements reported by IRNA affiliated Press TV Monday night, Nasrallah offered reassurance to the Palestinians that they have not been forgotten. On Tuesday, a two-day international conference on the Palestinians was set to kick off in Iran with the participation of some 80 delegations.

“The most important result and message of this action for the Palestinian nation is that you have not been left alone and that an important and powerful country in the region supports you,” Nasrallah said.

The Hezbollah leader commented on US President Donald Trump’s statements last week during a press conference in Washington with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in which he said that Washington would no longer pursue only a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and would look at any plan the sides agreed on.

Nasrallah said that Trump’s apparent bucking of decades of previous US policy supporting the two-state scheme was a positive development in that it showed Israel’s true intentions regarding the Palestinians.

Last Thursday Nasrallah boasted that his rockets could reach Israel’s nuclear reactor in the southern city of Dimona, and said he would turn Israel’s reported nuclear arsenal against it.

Nasrallah, who had previously threatened to target an ammonia tank in Haifa, claimed credit for an Israeli court decision to shut down that facility last week and said he would do the same with the nuclear reactor.

An assessment commissioned by the Haifa facility found that a strike on the tank, which holds some 12,000 tons of ammonia, could cause tens of thousands of injuries or deaths in the area.

Haifa's industrial zone. The ammonia tank is visible on the jetty jutting into the sea at the right. (Shay Levy/Flash90)

Haifa’s industrial zone. The ammonia tank is visible on the jetty jutting into the sea at the right. (Shay Levy/Flash90)

In response to Nasrallah’s statement, Minister of Intelligence Yisrael Katz threatened in a statement to target “all of Lebanon,” including infrastructures there, in retaliation for any attack on Israeli population centers or infrastructures. He also called for “debilitating sanctions” on Iran over its support for its “proxy and stooge” Nasrallah.

On Sunday an Arab media reported that Nasrallah’s threats last week came after Israel passed a message to Hezbollah warning it of a forceful response to any attack from Lebanon or Syria, where Hezbollah has been helping prop up Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime by fighting against rebel groups seeking to oust him.

The message was passed along to the Lebanon terror group via an unnamed Arab emissary, according to a report in the Arabic-language London-based Al-Hayat newspaper. It was not clear exactly when Israel sent the message or what prompted it.

International agencies believe Israel has over 100 nuclear weapons. Israel has neither confirmed or denied the existence of its nuclear arsenal, maintaining a policy of “nuclear ambiguity.”

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Sticker Trump hål på mediabubblan i Sverige?

Det finns ett klipp med komikern Johan Glans där han beskriver skillnaden mellan en lättkränkt omvärld och ett betydligt mer avslappnat Sverige. Exemplet han ger är extremister som bränner den svenska flaggan och förväntar sig svenska fördömanden men i stället får det avmätta svaret: ”Vi har fler.”

Den senaste tiden har det dock blivit uppenbart att vi nog inte är fullt så avslappnade, trots allt. Såväl utländska mediers beskrivning av och Donald Trumps utspel om Sverige har fått svenska medier att gå fullständigt i taket. Men även politiker reagerar. Carl Bildt frågar sig om Trump har ”rökt på”. EU-parlamentarikern Marita Ulvskog (S), som själv kallat moderaten Gunnar Hökmark för ”jävla skithög” under en debatt, ifrågasätter om Trump ”är i psykisk balans”.

SVT, Aftonbladet och andra större riksmedier listar felaktigheter i ett TV-inslag som Trump ska ha sett. Ett av faktafelen är påståendet att bara 500 av de asylsökande som kom 2016 har kommit i sysselsättning. Enligt Migrationsverket ska siffran vara 494, avslöjar Aftonbladet triumfatoriskt. En överskattning på sex personer var förstås skillnaden mellan fake news och ansvarstagande journalistik.

Jag tror i och för sig att Trump har genuint dålig koll och att han låter sin impulsivitet styra vad han påstår, i synnerhet i sociala medier. Det mesta tala för det. Men av de hysteriska reaktionerna på hans uttalanden att döma kunde man nästan ana att det var hit han ville nå hela tiden.

Att kolla fakta är förstås bra. Men det är tydligt att det bara är intressant att ägna sig åt ibland. I går stod Stefan Löfven på en presskonferens tillsammans med Kanadas generalguvernör och hävdade att Sverige har en ”mycket stark ekonomisk utveckling sett till BNP per capita” (notera per capita). Statsministerns påstående är inte sant, Sveriges BNP-tillväxt justerad för befolkningsökningen har närmast stått still på senare år (tillväxten har varit hög om det inte tas hänsyn till befolkningsökningen, men detta mått är tämligen värdelöst). Just de medier som säger sig värna om riktiga fakta visade inget som helst intresse för att landets statsminister kom med direkta osanningar på en direktsänd presskonferens. Småsaker? Kanske, men knappast mindre än exemplet ovan.

Som jag har nämnt vid något tidigare tillfälle har politiken så sakteliga börjat anpassa sig efter nya omständigheter. Politikerna kan inte vända väljarna ryggen längre, de är beroende av dem för sin överlevnad. Samma tillnyktringsprocess ser vi emellertid inte hos medierna. De går i stället till motangrepp, uppenbarligen omedvetna om hur oerhört kontraproduktivt detta är.

En ögonblicksillustration av hur mainstreammedierna panikhanterar en ny verklighet fick vi i måndagens Rapportsändning. SVT:s USA-korrespondent Carina Bergfeldt fick frågan hur Trumps uttalanden påverkar hans trovärdighet och svarade: ”[D]e som har valt honom, där påverkar det ju inte hans trovärdighet så mycket alls, men hos vanligt folk… ja, vi gick ut och ställde den frågan vad vanliga Washingtonbor tycker…”. (Notera att Trumps väljare inte tillhör ”vanligt folk”, enligt SVT:s utsände, och att det var viktigt att fråga folk som inte röstat på honom.) Därefter följer kommentarer från fem personer som alla var kritiska mot Trump och där en höll ett litet tacktal till svensk migrationspolitik. Åter till studion.

Om syftet är att framstå som seriös i ett försök att bemöta fejknyheter och överdrifter, om man vill utmåla sig som det sakliga och neutrala alternativet i svensk och internationell nyhetsbevakning, går det inte att göra så här slappa inslag helt utan analytisk stringens och journalistisk hederlighet. Det slår oundvikligen tillbaka.

Svenska medier håller på att göra bort sig fullständigt. Trump kastade ut en krok och de nappade. Alla på samma gång. Inget kommer bli sig likt igen. För de stora mediehusen, alltså.

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Donald Trump is right about Sweden! 2017-02-20

 

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Upplopp i Rinkeby – Men Fox och Donald Trump har fel, enligt media

 

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