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  • Masoud Dalvand 6:48 pm on 31 Oct 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    EU Parliament Passes Resolution Condemning Tehran’s Support for Terrorism, Holocaust Denial 


    The European Parliament was criticized for failing to call out Iran’s human rights violations, its abetting of the regime of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, and its support for terrorism

    The European Parliament on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a report on Iran that condemned the Islamic Republic’s Holocaust denial, violent rhetoric towards Israel, and support for terrorism.
    One amendment to the report, which stated that the legislative body “strongly condemns the Iranian regime’s repeated calls for the destruction of Israel and the regime’s policy of denying the Holocaust,” passed by a vote of 590-67 with 36 abstentions.
    An earlier version of the report, entitled “EU Strategy towards Iran after the nuclear agreement,” was criticized for failing to call out Iran’s human rights violations, its abetting of the regime of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, and its support for terrorism. After negotiations between different parties, new amendments to the report were passed that addressed those issues.
    Jonathan Arkush, the president of the British Board of Deputies, noted in a statement that“Iran is a serial human rights abuser on a scale that is glaring and brazen. The strengthening of the European Parliament’s resolution was both necessary and welcome. What is also needed is a strengthening of sanctions to bring home to the pariah state of Iran that its abhorrent behavior will come at a heavy price.”

    Source: The Tower, 27 Oct. 2016

    Source: EU Parliament Passes Resolution Condemning Tehran’s Support for Terrorism, Holocaust Denial

  • Masoud Dalvand 4:48 pm on 29 Oct 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Thousands of Iranians gather in Pasargade for demonstration against the regime 

    Shiraz, Iran Thousands gathers to commemorate the Cyrus the Great.jpg

    There were rumors the area had been closed off to the public ahead of the rally.

    Harriet Sinclair CMS


    Thousands of protesters took part in a demonstration against the Iranian regime in Pasargade, the site of the tomb of Cyrus the Great.

    Prior to the 28 October protest, authorities reportedly took measures to limit the impact of the demonstrations, sealing off roads to Pasargade and stationing plain clothes security agents by the site of the tomb.

    Residents of Pasargade had also allegedly been told they were not permitted to have guests to stay around the time of the anniversary of the birthday of Cyrus the Great, when the protest took place, while Internet in the area was also reportedly shut down.

    But despite rumours the whole area was closed – with tours to the tomb also cancelled – demonstrations went ahead as planned, with thousands of people making their way to Pasargade from cities around the country, the National Council of Resistence of Iran (NCRI) reported.

    Shahin Gobadi, of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the NCRI, said: “None of these schemes could prevent the gathering from taking place.

    “The long line of vehicles and the large scope of the participants were clear indications of the Iranian people’s hatred towards the unpatriotic regime.

    Iranian protest
    A picture taken at the protest in Pasargade.NCRI

    “This regime is incapable of standing up against the Iranian people’s desire and will to achieve democracy and popular sovereignty.”

    The protesters chanted: “Iran is our country, Cyrus is our father,” and clerical rule is synonymous with only tyranny, only war.”

    It is not yet clear if there were any repercussions from the authorities for those who took part in the demonstrations.

    Source: Thousands of Iranians gather in Pasargade for demonstration against the regime

  • Masoud Dalvand 8:44 am on 29 Oct 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Shiraz, Iran Thousands gathers to commemorate the Cyrus the Great+VIDEO 

    Shiraz, Pasargard, Cyrus the Great tomb, 28/10/2016 – Thousands of Iranian commemorate the Cyrus the Great day by demonstrating and chanting “the Cyrus is our father and Iran is our homeland”.

    Thousands of people on Friday 28 Oct. 2018 gather from the morning in Pasargadae to commemorate the birth date of Cyrus the Great, the ruler of Iran in 591 BC.

    Shiraz, Iran Thousands gathers to commemorate the Cyrus the Great

    The people are chanting ‘ Freedom of thought impossible with the mullahs

    via Shiraz, Iran Thousands gathers to commemorate the Cyrus the Great+VIDEO — The Media Express

  • Masoud Dalvand 8:26 am on 29 Oct 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Rally against human rights violations in Iran 

    At the request of the Committee for Human Rights in Iran, a meeting was organized near the Quai d’Orsay and the National Assembly at Places des Invalides against the continued use of executions by Iran and to seek justice for victims of prisons massacres in Iran.

    This meeting, which includes the families of victims of execution and ex-political prisoners from Iran, will take place Wednesday afternoon.img_3357

    Both public personalities and government deputies encouraged the demonstrators, who commemorate both the victimes of the latest deadly attack against Camp Liberty in October 2015, which killed 24 PMOI members including Hossein Abrichamtchi, brother of the president of the Peace Commission of the NCRI, Mehdi Abrichamtchi

    Socialist Party deputy Pascal Terrasse underlined that “open and international investigations of the situation of political prisoners in Iran must be taken, both before and after the events of 1988”.

    Speaking to the demonstrators, he added: “We need people like you who fight, not just for a simple cause in your own country but for the justice which gives each citizen his dignity.”

    Sid Ahmed Ghozali, ex-Prime Minister of Algeria and president of the Arab-Muslim Committee in Defense of Ashraf said that “from a simple fatwa issued by Khomeini, 33,000 political prisoners of the Iranian Resistance, the PMOI, were executed.

    We cannot let a crime against humanity be forgotten.” He said that Iranian regime is the “cruelest regime to exist in the contemporary era” and that it continues to execute its citizens. He also expressed his assurances that those responsible for massacres of political prisoners in Iran will be brought to justice.

    Pierre Bercis, president of Nouveaux Droits de l’Homme (NDH), offered his condolences to the martyrs of the Iranian resistance at Camp Liberty, Iraq, as well as the victimes of the 1988 massacre of Iranian political prisoners. He said that justice has been too slow and that hope and courage would be needed to bring those responsible to justice.img_3328

    In its last report to the U.N., which it presented Thursday as part of the third commission of the U.N. General Assembly, the U.N. special rapporteur for Iran, Dr. Ahem Shaheed, estimated that between “966 and 1054 executions took place in 2015, a number that has not been reached for 20 years”. The report specified: “At least 73 juvenile delinquents were executed between 2005 and 2015, and we estimate that 160 executions took place in January, 2016.” Shaheed expressed his great concern that “the Islamic Republic of Iran maintains the death penalty for boys of at least 15 years of age and girls as young as 9.”


    via Rally against human rights violations in Iran — The Media Express

  • Masoud Dalvand 6:15 am on 28 Oct 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    What’s The Price Of Saving The Iran Deal? 

    By :Amir Basiri

    After a months-long debate and meticulous preparations, the Obama administration finally proceeded earlier this month with further easing financial sanctions on the Iranian regime under the nuclear deal that came into effect early this year. The latest move, which facilitates for non-U.S. persons to deal with Iranian entities that are minority owned or controlled by sanctioned individuals or bodies.

    While, like its predecessors, this latest round of concessions is meant to enable the Iranian regime to restore its ailing economy, the most likely outcome will be more money being funneled to the coffers of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), an entity that is already sanctioned by the U.S. government for its non-nuclear-related activities.

    The IRGC has already achieved notoriety for its role in exporting terrorism at a global scale and is tied—among many others—to the plot to assassinate the Saudi Ambassador to U.S. in 2011 and attacks against U.S. forces in Iraq. It plays a decisive role in continued strife and carnage in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and other countries in the region. And it has a history of making the waters of the Persian Gulf insecure for U.S. vessels.

    Of no less concern is the IRGC’s function as the Iranian regime’s main conduit for the violation of human rights at home. Since its inception shortly after the 1979 revolution, which led to the rise of the mullahs in power, the IRGC has been involved in cracking down on opposition and dissent, persecuting ethnic and religious minorities, arresting and incarcerating U.S. citizens, and suppressing women and youth.

    Mr. Basiri is an Iranian human rights activist.
    Source: What’s The Price Of Saving The Iran Deal?

  • Masoud Dalvand 9:28 pm on 27 Oct 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    ‘I Am Very Afraid I Will Die Tonight’ 

    Bana al-Abed, a 7-year-old Syrian girl in Aleppo, tweeted that she’s “reading to forget the war.”


    Our excuse for failing to respond to mass atrocities used to be that we didn’t fully appreciate the horrors until it was too late. “If only we had known,” became one refrain, along with, “Never again!”

    In Syria, we are deprived of that excuse: We have a daily window into war crimes. If you’re on Twitter, follow a 7-year-old girl in Aleppo, Bana al-Abed, @alabedbana, who with her mom’s help is tweeting the carnage around her.

    One tweet shows a video clip of Bana looking out the window and plugging her ears as bombs drop. “I am very afraid I will die tonight,” she worried in imperfect English. “This bombs will kill me now.”

    I interviewed Fatemah and Bana by email, which they access on a cellphone that they recharge with a solar panel. Bana’s school was destroyed by a bomb last year, and Fatemah said that they were surviving on pasta and rice that were now running out.

     This is my friend house bombed,” Bana tweeted with a photo. “She’s killed. I miss her so much.”

    “Why are you killing us. Are you mad? No bombing please,” Bana tweeted from Aleppo.
    “Bana is very weak,” her mom told me.
    Russia and Syria appear to be deliberately targeting civilians like Bana. The aim seems to be to bomb and starve civilians into exhaustion and submission, so that they flee or no longer support the opposition, or else support extremists regarded as better fighters. That would bolster the Syrian government narrative that the opposition consists of terrorists who must be fought.

    For those of us who generally admire President Obama as a man of principle, it is wrenching to watch his paralysis. As I see it, Syria has been his worst mistake, a huge blot on his legacy.

    We can’t be sure that more robust strategies advocated by Hillary Clinton, David Petraeus, John Kerry and others would have succeeded, but Obama’s approach has manifestly failed — and after five years, it should be time to reconsider strategy.

    Some of you are thinking: This is horrific, but what can the West possibly do? In a previous column, I quoted a former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, James Cartwright, about the “many things we can be doing now” in Syria. Charles Lister, author of a recent book on Syria, has written a detailed nine-page plan of action for the U.S. I’ve suggested cratering Syrian military runways with missiles fired from Turkey so that Syrian military aircraft can’t take off (Turkish officials have told me that they would go along with this).

    Of course, we shouldn’t dispatch ground troops. But if we had cratered Syrian runways several years ago, as many suggested, the horrors of barrel bombing would have been reduced.

    One sign that curbing Syrian bombing is feasible is that we’re already doing it. In August, the U.S. quietly imposed a de facto no-fly zone over parts of northern Syria where American advisers are located. I’m wary of military adventurism and opposed the Iraq war and the surge in Afghanistan, but I also note that in places from Kosovo to Kurdistan the military toolbox has saved lives. Obama himself conducted a military intervention on Mount Sinjar on the Iraq-Syria border that saved the lives of thousands of Yazidi.

    The Syrian government has shown that it doesn’t respond to moral appeals but to credible threats of military force. In 2013, when Obama looked as if he might order airstrikes, Syria hurriedly agreed to give up chemical weapons. Secretary of State John Kerry has pleaded with the White House for more aggressive military measures precisely to make a cease-fire more achievable; instead, Obama undercut his secretary of state and denied him leverage.

    As a senator, Obama used to complain to me and others that President George W. Bush was too passive about atrocities in Darfur. “I am strongly supportive of us doing what it takes to stop the slaughter that is taking place, and I think that no-fly zones have to be part of that formula,” Obama told me in 2006. He should listen to himself.

    Look, cratering runways may not work. It’s easy for those of us on the sidelines to agitate; everything is always more complex than it seems. Except when it’s simpler: Bill Clinton says that his biggest foreign policy mistake was not stopping the Rwanda genocide.

    Let’s have this discussion, and also acknowledge the risks of remaining passive. So far, Obama’s paralysis has been linked to the loss of perhaps half a million lives in Syria, the rise of extremist groups like the Islamic State, genocide against the Yazidi and Christians, the worst refugee crisis in more than 60 years and the rise of ultranationalist groups in Europe. Aleppo may fall, and lives like Bana’s hang in the balance.

    If we don’t act after half a million deaths, will we after one million? After two million? When?

    Source : ‘I Am Very Afraid I Will Die Tonight’

  • Masoud Dalvand 8:48 pm on 27 Oct 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Republican leadership set to renew Iran sanctions bill in House of Representatives — The Media Express 

    According to an exclusive report by Reuters, the Republican leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives is planning a vote to renew the Iran Sanctions Act (ISA) during a 10-year period which it could enact as early as mid-November, according to congressional aides. The Iran Sanctions Act, which is set to expire on Dec. 31., permits sanctions […]

    via Republican leadership set to renew Iran sanctions bill in House of Representatives — The Media Express

  • Masoud Dalvand 8:13 pm on 27 Oct 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Arrests, conflict at memorial service for Iranian woman executed after defending self against rape 

    Reyhaneh Jabbari was executed on October 24, 2014, age 26, after nearly 8 years of imprisonment, after having been accused of killing a member of Iran’s Intelligence Ministry who tried to rape her. She was 19 at the time of the incident.

    On October 20th, near the second anniversary of her execution, the memorial ceremony to commemorate her death was raided and her mother, Sholeh Pakravan, arrested.

    Pakravan, a well-known advocate for women’s rights in Iran, had recently written an open letter to the mothers who lost their children in a recent mass execution in Iran.

    “I know you still feel a great pang in your heart,” Pakravan said in the letter. “You do not understand the meaning of sleep and food, fatigue and pain… I know all anxieties suddenly disappear and instead a sea of sorrow emerges in your heart. You feel that the bitterness of moments cast all over your world and all of your dreams cannot come true. You cannot hear your children’s voice or you cannot embrace or smell them. I know you go to sleep enthusiastically so that you see your children in the dream”.

    Member of European Parliament Julie Ward released a statement in support of Pakravan’s efforts and in commemoration of Jabbari’s life.

    “This week is the 2nd anniversary of the criminal execution of Reyhaneh Jabbari, a young Iranian interior decorator who was hanged on 25 October 2014 for the simple reason of having defended her dignity at the age of only 19 when an agent of the regime had tried to sexually assault her,” the letter said.

    “She was kept in jail for 7 years and was under constant pressure to give in and make false confessions. Reyhaneh was a true hero! She was offered her life in exchange for the price of humiliation. She knew the consequences of her choice, but she couldn’t accept dishonour, and so she went to her death.”

    “Reyhane’s Mother Sholeh has now taken up the call for justice for her brave daughter. She has spoken out and launched a campaign against death penalty in Iran…I want to salute Sholeh and her brave campaigns.”


    Jabbari’s execution became a symbol for both the unfair treatment of women in Iran and the fact that members of Iranian intelligence services are effectively above the law.

    “They kept her in a solitary cell where she was chained,” Jabbari’s first lawyer, Mohammad Mostafaei, said in an interview with The Daily Beast. “They would blindfold her sometimes for days and they beat her face and her head.”

    According to Mostafaei, Jabbari was lured to the apartment of the intelligence service member, Sarabandi, where he attempted to rape her. Jabbari then stabbed the man with a pen knife, which was revealed in an autopsy not to have been a fatal injury. A second man, also a member of Iran’s Intelligence Ministry, then showed up at the apartment and murdered Sarabandi, said Mostafaei to the Daily Beast.

    Although Jabbari confessed to the crime while in policy custody, Mostafaei said her confession was obtained under duress.

    “[The second Intelligence Ministry member] and Sarbandi were members of the intelligence service,” he said. “They used their influence with the judge. The court was not fair. If Mr. Sarbandi was an ordinary person, I am sure the judges would not convict Reyhanneh to death.” Mostafaei had to drop the case in 2010 after he was exiled from Iran for defending another female victim of violence.

    via Arrests, conflict at memorial service for Iranian woman executed after defending self against rape — The Media Express

  • Masoud Dalvand 7:55 am on 27 Oct 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    45 Weird Bans on Women in Iran 

    Gender apartheid in the Islamic Republic.

    Under Iran’s Islamic laws, women are prohibited from performing basic day-to-day activities. I had firsthand experience of witnessing many of these strange and bizarre bans while living in Iran and other Muslim countries. Millions of women, including my relatives in Iran and Syria, continue to face these injustices. Some of the following rules, which are derived from Iran’s Islamic constitution and moral police codes, were recently reported on by Deutsche Welle Farsi. They exist in may other Islamic countries as well:

    1. Women are prohibited from taking selfies with soccer players. Specifically, Iran’s “moral committee” has banned women from taking selfies with famous soccer players.

    2. Iranian women are prohibited from riding bicycles. Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, recently issued an Islamic fatwa regarding officially banning women from riding bicycles. He argued that “riding bicycles often attracts the attention of men and exposes the society to corruption, and thus contravenes women’s chastity, and it must be abandoned,” according to Iran’s state-run media.

    3. Coffee shops are prohibited from hiring women. According to Iran’s police, women are banned from working in any cafés.

    4. Iranian Muslim women cannot marry non-Muslim men. But Iranian Muslim men can marry non-Muslim women.

    5. It is forbidden for women to wear boots over their pants. (Why? I am not sure what is Iran’s Islamic logic behind this.)

    6. Women are not allowed to wear hats instead of veils to cover their hair.

    7. Women are not allowed to wear tight clothes that show their body curves.

    8. Women are prohibited from wearing tight clothes for swimming.

    9. Women are forbidden from changing their religion or criticizing Muhammad, Allah, the Supreme Leader and other Muslim leaders.

    10. Women are prohibited from entering sport stadiums and watching men’s sports.

    11. In Iran, buses and subways are divided in two sections. The larger front section is for men, the smaller back section is for women. Women are prohibited from entering the men’s section even if there are no seats left in the back and there are plenty of empty seats in front of the bus.

    12. According to Iran’s moral police, women are banned from wearing leggings.

    13. Women are prohibited from showing strands of their hair on any side. Article 683 states: “Those women that appear in the streets and public places without the Islamic hijab, shall be sentenced from ten days to two months’ imprisonment or fined from fifty thousand to five hundred thousand Rials.”

    14. Women are banned from going camping with men.

    15. Any kind of contraceptive surgery is not allowed for women.

    16. Women are banned from entering coffeehouses or smoking hookah.

    17. Women are not allowed to initiate divorce. Men have the right to do so.

    18. According to Iran’s family code, women cannot travel abroad except with the permission of their custodian or natural guardian (husband, father, etc.). They also cannot obtain a passport without the consent of their husbands.

    19. Women are banned from wearing clothes with writing on them.

    20. Women are banned from taking their hijab off in any sport event, including in the Olympics.

    21. Iranian women are prohibited from pursuing education in some academic fields. Iranian regime’s oil minister argued that “education of women in the field of operations such as drilling and processing and so on that require (physical) activities in operational areas and sites is useless and these are masculine (men’s) jobs.”

    22. Women are not allowed to work in any occupation if their husband disagrees with it. Article 1105 of the Civil Code states, “In relations between husband and wife, the position of the head of the family exclusively belongs to the husband.” In addition, when it comes to employment laws, Article 1117 of the Civil Code indicates, “The husband can prevent his wife from an occupation or technical profession which is incompatible with the family’s interests or the dignity of him or his wife.”

    23. Women are banned from receiving the same amount of inheritance as their male relatives. Even if a husband dies, the wife will receive only one-eighth of the inheritance if she has a child.

    24. Women are forbidden from having any physical contact with men, including shaking hands.

    25. Women are banned from becoming a Supreme Leader.

    26. Girls, as young as 9 years old, are not allowed to object to their parents decision to marry them off.

    27. Women are not allowed to object to their husband’s requests for sex. The law of Tamkin means women’s submission, obedience, full accessibility and unhampered sexual availability to her husband. Sexual availability is considered a woman’s duty and a man’s right.

    28. Women are not allowed to bring lawsuits if they are raped, unless they have four witnesses.

    29. Women are banned from socializing or dating men.

    30. Women are banned from attracting attention in public through “flamboyant behavior” such as laughing loudly.

    31. Women are not allowed to show any part of their skin except the face. It is encouraged to cover the face as well.

    32. Women are not allowed to have any kind of alcoholic drinks.

    33. Women are not allowed to dance.

    34. Women are forbidden from being lesbian. Sex between two women is adultery and the punishments range from stoning to execution.

    35. Women are banned from listening to “forbidden” music.

    36. Women are not allowed to have pets, such as a dog.

    37. Women are banned from adopting except if they have a husband and he agrees to do so.

    38. Women are prohibited from gambling in any kind of event.

    39. Women are banned from having sex or marrying a man up to five or six months after their divorce.

    40. Women are prohibited from having tattoos.

    41. Women are not allowed to have premarital relationships with men.

    42. In many of Iran’s provinces, women are banned from performing music on stage.

    43. Women are banned from being judges.

    44. Women are banned from striking their husband, but men are allowed to do so in some circumstances.

    45. Women are not allowed to show their jewelry in public.

    Some women continue to defy these rules, but many face severe punishment and discrimination for performing some of these normal day-to-day activities. We need to raise our voice in helping Muslim women in Iran and other Muslim countries who desire to experience freedom, social justice, equality, and do not want to be subjugated, dehumanized, treated as second class citizens, or solely as sexual toys for men.

    Source: 45 Weird Bans on Women in Iran

  • Masoud Dalvand 5:30 am on 27 Oct 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    By INU Staff

    INU – In an opinion piece for Asharq Al-Awsat, Eli Lake, an American journalist and the former senior national security correspondent for The Daily Beast and Newsweek, who is currently a columnist for the Bloomberg View, writes about Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama.

    Lake writes, “A month after President Barack Obama’s historic 2013 phone call to Iran’s new president, Hassan Rouhani, his former secretary of state privately warned that the so-called moderate only won the election because Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and Revolutionary Guard Corps allowed it.”

    Wikileaks made public a speech transcript of Hillary Clinton, on October 28, 2013, allegedly telling the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago: “I believe that Rouhani was allowed to be elected by the two major power sources in Iran, the supreme leader and the clerics and the Revolutionary Guard … in part because the sanctions were having a quite damaging effect on the economy.”

    According to Wikileaks, she continued: “I don’t think anyone should have any illusions as to the motives of the Iranian leadership. What they really want to do is get sanction relief and give as little as possible for that sanction relief.”Lake believes that Clinton is skeptical about Rouhani, and that this is a split from the Obama administration’s portrayal of the Iranian president as a moderate, as opposed to the regime’s hardline elements. The Obama administration went so far as to, in 2015, oppose a congressional proposal to increase visa scrutiny of those visiting the U.S., who had also visited Iran, saying that the measure would weaken moderate forces there.

    Obama believes in the promise of Iranian reform under Rouhani. In an interview with NPR in April 2015, he said, “I think that, if in fact the Rouhani administration — the forces that are more moderating, even if, let’s acknowledge, that they don’t share our values and they still consider us an enemy — if they are shown to have delivered for their people, presumably it strengthens their hand vis-a-vis some of the hardliners inside of Iran.”

    Clinton, according to Wikileaks, at least, has taken a more realistic view since leaving the administration. In the transcript of her Chicago speech, she allegedly called Rouhani’s outreach to the West a “charm offensive,” and argued that “U.S. negotiations were important as a sign of good faith to the international community, but not as a way to influence Iranian internal politics.”

    This election year, the Republicans seized on Clinton’s support for Obama’s nuclear deal. It’s true that Clinton defends the deal.

    But, according to newly leaked e-mails, her campaign has been attentive to concerns over the deal. Lake says, “… starting with Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. For example, e-mail exchanges between Stuart Eizenstat, a senior State Department official under President Bill Clinton, and Hillary Clinton’s top national security aide, Jake Sullivan, show how the campaign sought and incorporated suggestions on her Iran deal statement from the pro-Israel and Jewish community.”

    Lake quotes a leaked December 2015 e-mail from Eizenstat to Sullivan concerns a message from a senior aide to Netanyahu: “Eizenstat says the Israeli official told him: The prime minister always had a ‘surprising good relationship’ with Hillary; she is ‘easy to work with,’ and that she is more instinctively sympathetic to Israel than the White House.” President Obama fought with Netanyahu and pro-Israel organizations in the summer of 2015 over the Iran deal.

    Lake continues, “Clinton’s skepticism of Rouhani is in line with other criticisms of Obama’s foreign policy she shared in her behind-closed-doors speeches. For example, at an October 2013 speech at the Goldman Sachs Builders and Innovators Summit, she was critical of Obama’s decision to walk away from his ‘red line’ on the Syrian regime’s use of chemical weapons.” She allegedly said, “You can’t squander your reputation and your leadership capital. You have to do what you say you’re going to do. You have to be smart about executing on your strategies. And you’ve got to be careful not to send the wrong message to others, such as Iran.”

    “All of this would have been trouble for Clinton had these speeches been released during the Democratic Party’s primaries when her dovish opponent, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, asked her to release the transcripts. Sanders supporters could also have made hay of transcripts of talks to major banks showing Clinton supported trade deals she criticized during the primary. But WikiLeaks held onto these transcripts until just weeks before Americans will vote for their president. Candidates usually try to tack to the center for the general election. In this strange political season, WikiLeaks has performed this pivot for her,” Lake concludes.


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