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  • Iran Lied – What it Means and What Must Be Done

    On Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu revealed new dramatic intelligence about Iran’s covert nuclear weapons program, which shows the country is not complying with the JCPOA. Netanyahu displayed excerpts of some 100,000 files Israel recently obtained from a highly-secret compound in Tehran detailing Iran’s long-held nuclear ambitions.

    Iran lied about its nuclear program, continued work after deal

    Iran lied about never having a nuclear weapons program. Project Amad, which beginning in the early 1990s put Iran on a path to “design, produce and test… five warheads, each with a 10 kiloton TNT yield, for integration on a missile.”

    Iran lied again in 2015, when the IAEA sought to resolve outstanding concerns about the possible military dimensions of Iran’s nuclear program. The Obama administration and the European Union agreed to lift sanctions over eight years on a network of Iranian scientists, military officers and companies involved in Iran’s secret nuclear program.

    Even after the deal, Iran continued to lie. The Islamic Republic preserved and expanded its nuclear know how for future use, under a different name using the same personnel. Annex I, Section T of the nuclear deal bars Iran from the “development of a nuclear explosive device.” IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano confirmed that he can’t verify Section T of Annex I, in part due to the IAEA’s inability to inspect Iranian military sites.

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    Iran has the capabilities to become a nuclear threshold state

    There are three capabilities Iran must possess to become a threshold nuclear weapons state: enriched uranium, delivery systems, and weaponization. The files obtained by Israel reveal that Iran fulfills these requirements.

    Enriched uranium: Under the terms of this agreement, Iran keeps the right to continue research and development on advanced centrifuges and to begin deploying them in less than a decade. The JCPOA states that Iran’s breakout time is one year, however, were Iran to replace its less-efficient, first generation IR-1 centrifuges with more powerful IR-8s, Tehran could enrich uranium for a weapon much faster.

    Delivery systems: The nuclear agreement did not address Iran’s vast arsenal of ballistic missiles, which U.S. officials believe Iran would use to deliver a nuclear device. Iran already has ballistic missiles that could carry nuclear, chemical or biological warheads 1,500 miles—threatening Israel, America’s Arab allies, parts of Europe as well as U.S. military installments and soldiers in the Middle East.

    Weaponization: Netanyahu’s specific concerns related to Iranian research of nuclear weaponization via warhead research. Under Section T of Annex I, Iran is prohibited from various activities, including “Designing, developing, acquiring, or using computer models to simulate nuclear explosive devices.” The material obtained by Israel prove Iran is in violation.

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    The fatal flaws of the deal must be fixed

    The United States and its European partners must fix the full range of fatal deficiencies in the deal and demand the complete rejection of sunset clauses, robust restrictions on Iran’s ballistic missiles program, wide-ranging limitations on Tehran’s research and development on advanced centrifuges and reliable verification mechanisms.

    •The deadline for the President to “nix or fix” the JCPOA is fast approaching on May 12. Cosmetic amendments to airbrush the flaws of the deal will only exacerbate the problem and benefit Iran and Russia.

    •The President should reject the fake “new” deal offered by Europe and continue moving forward with imposing sanctions and demanding substantial improvements to the deal, using all available diplomatic and economic tools.

    •The administration should continue to work hand in and with Israel and Arab partners to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons capabilities. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo over the weekend offered strong support to Israel in the standoff with Iran. “The United States is with Israel in this fight and we strongly support Israel’s sovereign right to defend itself,” Pompeo said.


  • The Daily TIP: Iran to Host “Hourglass Festival” in Anticipation of Israel’s Destruction within 25 Years

    Iran to Host “Hourglass Festival” in Anticipation of Israel’s Destruction within 25 Years
    Amb. Haley Thanks Honduras for Supporting Move of U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem
    Netanyahu Expected to Visit Brazil in June, as Ties Continue to Warm
    Five Former Italian Cycling Champions Arrive in Israel to Promote May Race


    Iran to Host “Hourglass Festival” in Anticipation of Israel’s Destruction within 25 Years

    Iran announced that it would be hosting what it calls an international “Hourglass Festival” in April to celebrate the destruction of Israel within 25 years, Iran’s semi-official Mehr News reported Tuesday.

    Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, a foreign policy adviser to Iran’s parliamentary speaker, Ali Larijani, announced the conference saying that is a symbol of the “imminent collapse” of Israel, as predicted by the Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

    "The Islamic Republic won’t allow the Zionists to play with the security of the sensitive region of Middle East. Iran and its allies in the region, who defeated terrorists, will never allow the Zionists to endanger the region’s security,” Amir-Abdollahian said.

    He also said that Iran’s national security was at stake and that if the Islamic Republic didn’t fight Israel in its borders, “it will have to fight against them in Tehran.”



    Amb. Haley Thanks Honduras for Supporting Move of U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem

    The United States ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, praised Honduras for backing the U.S. decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem, The Times of Israel reported Wednesday.

    “As the US ambassador to the UN, I want to thank the president and the people of Honduras for supporting our decision to move the embassy to Jerusalem,” Haley said at a press conference in Honduras with Hernández.

    She thanked the Central American country for voting against a resolution in the UN General Assembly, backed by 128 other nations, that condemned the decision to move the American embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Honduras was one of eight countries to have voted with the U.S., the others being Guatemala, Israel, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau and Togo.

    “That was one that was not an easy decision for any country to have to vote on,” Haley observed. “But the people of Honduras stood with us in being able to make that decision for ourselves and decide where we want our embassy, and to know that that’s our right,” she added.



    Netanyahu Expected to Visit Brazil in June, as Ties Continue to Warm

    Following an invitation from Brazilian Foreign Minister Aloysio Nunes, who arrived in Israel this week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has conditionally accepted an invitation to visit Brazil in June, The Jerusalem Post reported Wednesday.

    According to Israel’s Ambassador to Brasilia Yossi Shelley, Netanyahu accepted the invitation on condition that the two nations successfully upgraded their trade agreement currently being negotiated. The negotiations are expected to be completed by June.

    Netanyahu’s trip to Latin America this past September was the first by a sitting Israeli prime minister and, according to the Post, he has been talking about visiting the South American nation for months.

    Israel’s ties with Brazil have improved since President Michel Temer took office in August 2016, replacing his predecessor Dilma Rousseff, who was impeached and removed from office.



    Five Former Italian Cycling Champions Arrive in Israel to Promote May Race

    This week, five former cycling champions from Italy, including two Giro d’Italia two-time winners, are riding in Israel’s north, south and center. The cyclists — Maurizio Frondiest, Paolo Savoldelli, Andrea Tafi, Alessandro Ballan and Gilberto Simoni — are guests of Israel’s Tourism Ministry and are accompanied by a delegation of sports journalists.

    Their cycling experiences are being documented to promote cycling tourism in Israel and the Giro d’Italia Big Start race set to take place May 4-6.

    On Wednesday, the cycling stars hit the streets and bike paths of Tel Aviv accompanied by Tourism Ministry Director-General Amir Halevi and the Honorary President of 'Big Start Israel' Sylvan Adams, a philanthropist who holds the world cycling record for the over 50s.

    In May, 176 of the top cyclists will head to Israel to kick off the 2018 Giro d’Italia race in Jerusalem, marking the first time in 101 years that a Grand Tour will take place outside of Europe.


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