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Secret Iran deal document allows accelerated Iran nuclearization

Posted by Tip Staff - July 19, 2016


 

The revelation of a secret addendum to the Iran nuclear deal, reported by the Associated Press Monday, has led to criticism of the deal’s sunset clause, by which the limits on Iran’s nuclear program fall to the wayside by year 10 or 15. According to the AP report, the confidential document – provided to the news agency by a diplomat who has worked closely on Iran’s nuclear program for a decade – indicates that between the 11th and 13th years of the deal, Iran will install advanced centrifuges up to five times as efficient as the ones currently in operation. While the number of advanced centrifuges would be fewer, because of their increased efficiency, their installation would halve the breakout time from one year to six months. After this time period, U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz told the AP, Iran would be able to install as many centrifuges as it so chose. David Albright, the founder and president of the Institute for Science and International Security, was quoted as saying that the provisions of this addendum “will create a great deal of instability and possibly even lead to war, if regional tensions have not subsided.” Referring to the document, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif crowed that once it was made public, “God willing…it will be clear where we will stand in 15 years.”
In an analysis in Foreign Policy, John Hannah wrote that the sunset provision is the “overriding danger” of the Iran deal, which “paves the way for an unreconstructed Iran to become a nuclear weapons threshold state in a mere 15 – wait, make that 14 – years. That’s not a calculated risk. That’s a formula for strategic disaster.” After that period of time, Hannah wrote, Iran “will be able to operate an unlimited number of advanced centrifuges and accumulate as large a stockpile of fissile material as it desires” which would reduce its breakout time to “weeks, maybe even days.”
President Barack Obama admitted in an interview with NPR in April 2015 that in “year 13, 14, 15, [Iran will] have advanced centrifuges that enrich uranium fairly rapidly, and at that point the breakout times would have shrunk almost down to zero.”

 

A Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist was killed on Monday after a tunnel collapsed under Khan Younis, the Gaza Strip’s second-most populous city. Two other Islamic Jihad operatives were wounded, with two more unaccounted for.
The terrorist organization identified the deceased operative as 28-year-old Salah Mohammed al-Astal. “One of our fighters in the Khan Younis Brigade rose to heaven as a martyr Monday night while carrying out preparatory work,” the group said in astatement. “We emphasize that the blood of the martyrs will remain an illuminating lamp for our fighters on the path of might and dignity.”
Another Islamic Jihad operative was killed in a tunnel collapse on July 10 in northern Gaza. Those are the 13th and 14th to have occurred since the beginning of the year, according to The Times of Israel’s tally.
While Hamas remains the main terrorist organization governing the strip, Islamic Jihad recently gained significant backing from Iran. In May, Iran pledged $70 million in financial aid to Islamic Jihad’s armed wing, the Quds Brigade. Iran also backs Gaza’s new Shiite militant group al-Sabirin, which Israel’s channel 2 described as being modeled after Hezbollah. Al-Sabirin is led by a former Islamic Jihad commander and reportedly receives $10 million annually from Iran.
A Hamas operative who was captured in June after illegally crossing into Israel revealed that the terrorist group’s fighters can travel underground throughout the entirety of Gaza. Two tunnels leading into Israel have been discovered by the IDF since April. The Shin Bet, Israel’s internal security service, says that it has received extensive on the tunnel system from arrested Hamas operatives.

 
Nechama Loebel of Ramat Gan, 30, is the first deaf person to complete an emergency medical technician (EMT) course in Israel. Deaf from birth, Loebel will work with Israel’s national volunteer emergency response organization, United Hatzalah. “This is a dream come true for me,” said Loebel. “I’ve always wanted to volunteer as an EMT first-responder who can save lives. I am so happy that United Hatzalah has given me the opportunity to become an EMT even with the challenges I face. This is not a responsibility that I take lightly. While I will be volunteering with United Hatzalah as an EMT, I will also be working to get members of the deaf community involved in first-aid and EMT courses throughout the country.” The organization’s LifeCompass technology will be installed on Loebel’s phone to notify her via vibration to medical emergencies in her area. She will be given detailed text instructions on her phone regarding the location as well as what type of emergency to expect. When Loebel responds to calls, other United Hatzalah volunteer EMTs, paramedics and doctors will provide her with alternative solutions to the audible stimuli necessary to treat injured and sick people at the scenes of medical emergencies. (via Israel21c)


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