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Muslim governments say Iranian aggression has spiked since nuclear deal

Posted by Tip Staff - November 15, 2016


 

The ambassadors of eleven Arab countries to the United Nations on Monday harshly condemned Iran’s continued sponsorship of terrorist groups and destabilizing interference in the internal affairs of regional powers, the Associated Press reported.
In a letter sent to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, the representatives of Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Yemen, and the United Arab Emirates expressed support for last year’s nuclear agreement between Iran and world powers, but charged that “unfortunately,” since the deal was reached, “we have seen nothing but increased Iranian aggression in the region and the continuation of support for terrorist groups.”
Hillel Neuer, the executive director of UN Watch, which monitors the world body, welcomed the letter and explained its significance: “Iran likes to dismiss all criticism of its human rights violations and brutality at home and abroad as part of a western plot, but that’s hard to sustain when the accusers are all Muslim governments, including recent allies of Iran like Sudan.”
The letter came two months after an Iranian diplomat denied that the Islamic Republic was sponsoring the Houthis in Yemen, accused the UAE and others of supporting terrorists in Iraq and Syria, and dismissed claims that Iran had occupied three UAE-owned islands in the Persian Gulf.
Lana Nusseibeh, the UAE’s ambassador to the UN, charged that Iran was “fueling the violence in Yemen, and in other parts of the Middle East,” and explained that the letter sought “to warn [the UN] about Iran’s nefarious behavior, and to pressure Iran to stop funding and arming militias that destabilize our region.”

 

The Iran-backed terrorist group Hezbollah is “effectively controlling Lebanon” following the recent election of Michel Aoun to the Lebanese presidency, a Newsweek opinion analysis warned on Sunday. Michael Aoun is a widely-regarded Hezbollah ally.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif personally visited and congratulated Aoun on his victory. Few others outside the Islamic Republic are celebrating the outcome of the elections, however, as “odds are high that Aoun’s presidency will end up serving Hezbollah and Tehran’s interests at the expense of Lebanon.”
Aoun’s position on Iran often aligns with Hezbollah’s own, and led him to threaten Israel in his inaugural address. He favors Iranian influence in the Middle East and has justified Hezbollah’s participation in the Syrian civil war by calling for Lebanon to take “preemptive and deterrent” steps against Sunni jihadists. Aoun also alienated Lebanon from its Arab allies: He led Beirut to vote against an Arab League condemnation of Iran’s involvement in Arab affairs and Hezbollah’s terrorism.

 

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin praised his country’s growing ties with India while meeting with Indian leaders on a state visit Monday.
“I have no doubt that my visit here will help the ties and the cooperation between our two peoples grow stronger: in security and our ability to keep our people safe, in agriculture, in water, in technology, in culture and education,” Rivlin said at a joint press conference with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Modi centered his remarks on the two countries’ military cooperation, as well as the shared threat both countries face from terrorism. During their meeting, Modi recounted, “we noted the strength of our growing defense partnership and agreed on the need to make it more broad-based through production and manufacturing partnerships.”
“President Rivlin and I deeply value our strong and growing partnership to secure our societies,” Modi continued. “Our people are constantly threatened by forces of terrorism and extremism. We recognize that terrorism is a global challenge, knows no boundaries and has extensive links with other forms of organized crime.”
Modi called on the international community to act with “resolve and determination” to fight terrorists as well as the nations that sponsor them.  “Failure to act and silence of speech only encourages the terrorists. We agreed to intensify our cooperation to combat the forces of extremism and radicalization that threaten all peace-loving nations,” Modi added.
Rivlin is the second Israeli president to visit India. His visit coincides with the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two nations.

 
The Ministry of Defense’s International Defense Cooperation Directorate (SIBAT) has announced that 2017 will be Israel’s year of cybersecurity exports. “We identified specific opportunities and needs in more than 20 countries around the world, with which SIBAT has close ties. We are centralizing a special effort to connect the amazing abilities of Israel’s cyber industries to the needs of our friends around the world,” said SIBAT Director Mishel Ben Baruch. SIBAT is a key partner in the 2016 HLS and Cyber conference now underway in Tel Aviv. Delegations from around the world are in Israel to find new cyber developments. The conference is focusing on defending critical infrastructures, cyber crime and counter-terrorism, and on emergency readiness. The Israel Export Institute announced that there are over 300 Israeli companies working in cyber today. Some 85 startups exhibited at the Tel Aviv conference. (via Israel 21c)


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