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Iranian Aggression & Bad Actions Since the JCPOA

Iranian Aggression Since the JCPOA

Despite predictions that the JCPOA would moderate Iran, Tehran has increased its violations of international law, acts of military & terroristic aggression, destabilized (and here) and ignited an arms race in the Middle East. It plans to boost its weaponry. Things continue to get worse, with Iran not even in compliance with the deal.

Known or Possible Iranian Violations of the JCPOA

• Prior to the deal, Iran refused to cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) investigating its Possible Military Dimensions (PMD). Iran only enabled the IAEA to draw partial conclusions on 2 of the 12 elements. In 5 cases, the IAEA noted that PMD occurred despite Iran’s claims.

  • “Iran has demanded that the international community “close the file” on PMDs. Iran also has prevented the IAEA from interviewing key personnel in charge of PMD activities.”
  • There was little new information in the Dec. IAEA report. o The Obama administration concluded that uranium particles discovered at Parchin likely were tied to the country’s covert nuclear weapons program. This contradicts Iran’s claims.
  • Post-deal, Iran refused to cooperate with the IAEA. Each of the 8 quarterly IAEA
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Iran Fact Sheet

To read EMET’s fact sheet on Iran, Iran Fact Sheet

Background

Know as Persia until 1935, Iran became an Islamic republic in 1979 after the ruling monarchy was overthrown and Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi was forced into exile. Shia Muslim Islamist clerical forces led by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini established a theocratic system of government with ultimate political authority vested in a learned religious scholar referred to as the Supreme Leader who, according to the constitution, is accountable only to the Assembly of Experts – an elected 86-member body of clerics. Now the Supreme Leader is the Ayatollah Ali Khameini. Iran’s current President if Hassan Rouhani. The President is elected in an undemocratic process every four years.

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President Trump Hits the Reset Button on the Middle East

Monday had been a historic day. On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Jerusalem from the Jordanians, President Trump made a historic visit, the first of any American president in US history, to the Western Wall. The timing of this could not have been better.  Fifty years ago on this very eve, for the first time in over 2,000 years, we saw the return of my people, the Jewish people, to our one most sacred site, the Western Wall, or the Kotel, and the re-establishment of a united Jerusalem under Israeli sovereignty. And for the first time since the destruction of the Temple in 70 CE, all of the major Abrahamic faiths have had free and open access to their houses of worship within this sacred city.

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Fact Sheet on Iranian Aggression

Iranian Aggression Since the JCPOA

Despite predictions that the JCPOA nuclear deal would moderate Iran, since the “agreement” was reached on July 14, 2015, Tehran has increased its violations of international law, acts of military and terroristic aggression, and verbal insults towards the US and Israel (and other nations).

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The IRGC, a terrorist organization that should be designated so

The Trump administration is determining whether to designate Iran’s elite arms unit, the Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), as a foreign terrorist organization. Officials from both the US State and Defense departments had warned the President to hold off on the order. The State and Defense departments’ hesitation is largely due to the fear of losing Iraq, as Baghdad heavily relies on both the IRGC and the US for military aid. The fact remains that Iraq has already been lost to Shia dominance since former Prime Minister Nouri Maliki has favored his own majority, rather than serving beyond ethnic and sectarian lines.

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New York – “An Alternative to the United Nations: The Covenant of Democratic Nations”

“An Alternative to the United Nations: The Covenant of Democratic Nations”

1.31.17
New York, New York

Featuring:

Edwin Black, author IBM and the Holocaust
Lauri Regan, EMET’s NY Chapter President
Roz Rothstein, CEO, StandWithUS
Kenneth Abramowitz, SavetheWest, EMET Board Member
Mark Langfan, Chairman, Americans for a Safe Israel
Aaron Eitan Meyer, Legal Analyst
Jeffrey Wiesenfeld, Commentator

The League of Nations outlived its usefulness during the Hitler regime. After the War, the League was replaced by the United Nations. Now the United Nations has outlived its usefulness and must be replaced with a new international body, one comprised solely of those nations governed by democratic principles, devoted to genuine democracy, equality, and peaceful relations throughout the world. The United States should defund and withdraw form the United Nations and reconstitute the movement to achieve world peace for all in a new world body: The Covenant of Democratic Nations. The Covenant of Democratic Nations will review, re-ratify, amend, or nullify all acts and resolutions of the uNited nations and its agencies creating a new body of long-overdue, reformed, and updated international law.

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Kurdistan and Israel: A friendship that must come out in the open

In a region where stability is rarely seen, the two non-Arab inhabitants of the Middle East – the Jews and the Kurds – need each other more than ever. Israel and Kurdistan share a deep history dominated by comradeship. Kurds must openly embrace their Jewish allies, and Israelis must publically call for a Kurdish state. Israel is a miniscule state that requires more friends than enemies if they wish to succeed.

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