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  1. I make a habit of always passing on your incisive, factually-based views on Israel & the greater Middle East to those Australian Jews whom I would describe as the ‘Israel can do no wrong’ group. After the Gaza massacre not a single comment was made by this group of mainly over 60’s mainly wealthy to very rich Aussie Jews, nor most disappointingly, the multitude of their overfed offspring. Indeed one of their key boosters, Albert Dadon, is a regular guest of Netanyahu’s in Tel Aviv.

    Such is their political influence, and deep pocketed support for Australia’s 2 major parties, that the recently elected Aussie PM phoned the odious Netanyahu immediately after the 7 September last Federal election election, to assure him of Australia’s continuing support…and no doubt to pay off the generous donations to the Liberal’s election campaign by these Aussie far right Zionists.

    However, there are a growing number of younger Aussie Jews who are speaking out against the apartheid ethnic cleansing Israeli Government including Antony Loewenstein, Dr Peter Slezak & Independent Australian Jewish Voices. I estimate that around 70% of Aussie Jews under 40 years old, now oppose the the current Israeli Government and its policies….following a similar trend in the US as documented in Dr Norman Finkelstein’s recent scholarly work ‘Knowing Too Much’

    Thanks for your excellent scholarship & commentary.

  2. Israel was informed of Obama-Rohani call in advance, briefed after

    Netanyahu flies to US in role as spoil-sport to Iranian Rouhani’s ‘charm offensive’

    (JPost) – Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu left late Saturday night for a three-day visit to the US, where he will try to offset Iranian Prime Minister Hassan Rouhani’s “charm offensive” by stressing that Iran must be judged by its actions, not words.

    Government officials acknowledged that Netanyahu had his work cut out for him, as US President Barack Obama’s telephone conversation with the Iranian president on Friday indicated there was a new, more open attitude toward Tehran.

    … Before heading to the US, Netanyahu directed his ministers not to comment on the Obama-Rouhani phone call or US-Iranian relations, in an apparent effort not to embarrass him before his scheduled meeting with Obama in Washington on Monday. Netanyahu’s office did not issue any reaction to the phone call.

  3. I too understand talks on the nuclear issue have advanced at the P5+1 meeting in New York last week, on the sidelines of the UNGA. Most likely Rouhani has offered to close down Fordo facility and diminish the number of centrifuges for enrichment. Just recently, the Iranians have taken over the leadership and control of 1,000-megawatt Bushehr nuclear power plant.

    In earlier proposals, the Russians were willing to accept the Iranian uranium stockpile and enrich it to fuel grade. See article from 2006 – Enrichment announcement in retaliation to IAEA decision.

    ISIS Analysis of Russian Proposal: Ask Iran to Come Clean on Nuclear Weaponization Before Removing Sanctions – August 2011

  4. What a pity that — if the sanctions are lifted against Iran (which was deemed upon uncertain evidence to be breaking treaties in regard to Nukes) — a set of sanctions could not be imposed on Israel (which is known with perfec certainty to be in violation of Fourth Geneva Convention and other treaties mentioned in ICJ-7-2004 qadvisory opinion regarding the illegality of the wall).

    I mean, gosh, geez, the3 US loves sanctions (aren’t there still sanctions w.r.t. Cuba?) and Iran and (formerly) Iraq? The USA thinks them a good enforcement mechanism for pushing other folks around. Isn’t it time we pushed Israel around a bit, just a teensy bi8t? (And if not us, maybe EU). (And if not now, then in 2100?).

    1. And lets sanction Turkey and Morocco for their illegal occupations.
      And for good meaure, how about a UN General Assembly resolution acknowledging the rights of self determination for Tibetans, Uigurs and Kurds?

  5. Richard

    I subscribe to an international Virtual Private Network (VPN) that allows me to change my IP address in about 60 seconds. My name and email address are no less replaceable.
    You can moderate or ban J.J. but you cannot stop me from posting. Why waste each other’s time?

    1. @ J.J.: I only published your last comment so that you & others would understand why you will not publish further comments here. I view anyone visiting here using proxy servers or other methods to conceal their identity as suspect. That means you.

      Anyone who taunts me as you have earns an automatic ban. Congratulations!

  6. Netanyahu Already Welcomed by Bipartisan Support

    Op-Ed in the Washington Post by Robert Menendez and Lindsey O. Graham. This follows the letter written in August to President Obama by Menendez and Graham, and signed by a total of 76 U.S. Senators, calling for tougher sanctions against Iran.

    Iran’s messenger has changed. Its message has not

    The new face of Iran we anticipated seeing at the United Nations last week sounded and looked quite similar to the old face of Iran we have come to know. We expected a charm offensive. We readied ourselves for a possible diplomatic breakthrough. But we were left underwhelmed.

    We remain skeptical about Tehran’s intentions. Iranian leaders are skilled negotiators with expertise in delay tactics and obfuscation. Yet to ignore the overtures coming from Iran during this period of furious public diplomacy would have been imprudent, especially when a peaceful resolution preventing Iran from achieving nuclear capability is the outcome we all aspire to achieve.

    But what happens in Tehran seems to stay in Tehran, and President Rouhani’s charm offensive didn’t quite follow him to New York. Rouhani was betwixt and between, reaching out to our world, but still shackled by his world. He spoke of tolerance and responsibility during his General Assembly speech, while listing grievances against the West and launching into a diatribe against Israel — a familiar refrain we’ve heard before. Rouhani’s inability to reciprocate to President Obama’s offer of a handshake at the United Nations was weak, yet Rouhani accepted Obama’s phone call on Friday.

    In the coming days, we will be outspoken in our support for furthering sanctions against Iran, requiring countries to again reduce their purchases of Iranian petroleum and imposing further prohibitions on strategic sectors of the Iranian economy.

    We proceed with an open hand, but there can be a deal only when Iran’s actions align with its rhetoric.

  7. RE: “This could be the break that many of us had hoped for, but never dared believe was possible. If this is the case, then the howling and screaming from the Israel lobby will be even more harsh than I predicted in my recent posts. Be prepared for a campaign like none you’ve ever seen before from Aipac and its minions. In fact, I’m certain the meeting with Congressional sources have already begun.” ~ R.S.


    Tell your Senators TODAY: Sign the Feinstein letter on diplomacy with Iran
    Last time it was the House; now it’s the Senate.
    Last time thousands of APN activists responded to our call to contact their elected members of the House of Representatives and urge them to sign onto a letter supporting reinvigorated U.S. diplomacy with Iran. The result was an historic letter to President Obama, signed by a bipartisan group of 131 members of Congress. Now we are reaching out to you, APN’s activists, once again. This time, we need you to contact your senators and urge them to sign the letter being circulated by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA).
    Like its House counterpart, Senator Feinstein’s letter boils down to a simple message to President Obama, summarized in the letter’s opening paragraph: “We urge you to seize the opportunity presented by the inauguration of Iran’s new president, Dr. Hassan Rouhani, by reinvigorating diplomatic efforts to secure a verifiable agreement that ensures that Iran does not develop nuclear weapons.” We couldn’t agree more.
    Tell your Senators to support diplomacy.
    TO EMAIL YOUR SENATORS – http://wfc2.wiredforchange.com/o/8682/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=9354

    Your Senators Can Seize New Iran Diplomacy
    Senator Dianne Feinstein (CA) is urging Obama to seize the opportunity presented by Iran’s election of Hassan Rouhani 
    to renew diplomatic efforts with Iran. Will you urge your senators to seize the opportunity to advance a crisis-ending deal with Iran?
    TO EMAIL YOUR SENATORS – http://www.capwiz.com/fconl/issues/alert/?alertid=62790056&type=TA

    Urge Obama: In Iran Diplomacy, Go for a Feasible Deal Now
    President Obama committed numerous times to pursuing diplomacy with Iran during the presidential campaign.
    While the U.S. and Iran are currently on a path of confrontation, the Obama Administration has reportedly drafted a confidence-building measure in which Iran would halt its 20% uranium enrichment and the West would provide fuel for Iran’s medical research reactor, which is used to treat Iranian cancer patients.
    Urge President Obama to vigorously pursue this proposal, using this form.http://org.salsalabs.com/o/1439/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=9321

    ● FROM Avaaz.org
    To US President Obama and President Rouhani of Iran:
    As citizens around the world horrified by the slaughter of innocents in Syria, we call on you to put aside your differences and meet to find a diplomatic path forward that brings all parties to the table to negotiate a ceasefire and peace. You are in a unique position to help broker such a solution. There must be a bold diplomatic breakthrough.
    We are calling on you to create one and start saving lives.
    TO SIGN THE PETITION – http://www.avaaz.org/en/solution_for_syria_loc/?slideshow

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