On Sunday, August 30, the Iranian news agency Fars News confirmed the official Iranian position on the prospect of Daniel Barenboim conducting a concert in Tehran.
“The conductor of Germany’s symphonic orchestra is affiliated to Israel considering his nationality and identity,” spokesman of the Iranian Ministry of Culture, Hossein Noushabadi, told reporters in Tehran on Sunday.
Barenboim, an Israeli citizen and one of the world’s most renowned conductors, had planned to conduct a concert with his Berlin-based orchestra in Tehran. ∞∞∞∞∞ MORE »»»»
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani accused Israel on Monday of being founded on the basis of terror and continuing that legacy to the present day.
“This regime began its work on the basis of intimidation, terror and occupation, and is continuing [on] the same anti-human path today,” Iran’s Press TV quoted Rouhani as saying on Monday at an international conference commemorating the Iranian victims of terrorism. ∞∞∞∞∞ MORE »»»»
Iranian nuclear chief Ali Akhbar Salehi announced Monday that the Islamic Republic is putting together a 15-year plan to enhance its nuclear capabilities following the signing of a landmark agreement with world powers last month.
“A 15-year-long plan is being compiled and the plan will be reviewed every 5 years,” Salehi said during a ceremony at the Fordo nuclear site near the Central city of Qom, the semi-official Fars news agency reported. ∞∞∞∞∞ MORE »»»»
In an op-ed written for The Wall Street Journal entitled, “Restoring American Exceptionalism,” former US vice president Dick Cheney together with his daughter Liz, accused President Barak Obama of agreeing to a deal with Iran that will likely lead to “the first use of a nuclear weapon since Hiroshima and Nagasaki.”
Stating that America has “guaranteed freedom, security and peace for a larger share of humanity than any other nation in all of history,” they accused Obama of weakening the fundamental pillars that make the United States great. ∞∞∞∞∞ MORE »»»»
Carly Fiorina’s illegal dealings with Iran, during her tenure as CEO of HP, were exposed in the Boston Globe which broke the story that Hewlett Packard had been selling its printers in Iran through a subsidiary company in Dubai, despite the fact that a trade embargo had been in place against the Iranian regime since 1997. The sales were halted shortly after the business dealings were published by the Globe. ∞∞∞∞∞ MORE »»»»
Over 1,000 American rabbis have signed a letter to Congress, urging US lawmakers not to accept the nuclear accord reached between the P5+1 powers and Iran earlier this summer. The petition, organized by the Zionist Organization of America, calls “upon our Senators and Representatives to consider the dangers that this agreement poses to the United States and our allies, and to vote in opposition to this deal.”
The deal reached in mid-July offers sanctions relief to Iran in exchange for limiting its nuclear activity over the next 10-15 years and allowing international inspectors to examine the Islamic Republic’s facilities. Critics, however, including most Israeli leaders and security experts, believe the deal will not prevent Iran, whose continued rhetoric calls for the destruction of both America and Israel, from developing a covert nuclear program or funding terror around the world. ∞∞∞∞∞ MORE »»»»
A top aide to Iran’s supreme leader scoffed at the notion over the weekend that his government has changed its stance toward Israel.
Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior adviser to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, told Iranian news media on Saturday that Iran will never recognize Israel, refuting suggestions from British Foreign Minister Philip Hammond that Tehran may one day be open to doing so. ∞∞∞∞∞ MORE »»»»
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is a key partner in the struggle between “freedom and oppression, between day and night,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in Florence on Friday.
Netanyahu’s comments came during a meeting in the city with the leaders of the Italian-Jewish community, which numbers some 24,000 people. He met Renzi in Florence – the Italian premier’s hometown – late Saturday night. ∞∞∞∞∞ MORE »»»»
Iran’s military capability has not been affected by its nuclear deal last month with six world powers, President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday.
“With regards to our defensive capability, we did not and will not accept any limitations,” Rouhani said at a press conference carried on live television.
The powers secured agreement from Iran to limit its nuclear energy program under enhanced UN inspections to ensure it cannot be turned to developing atomic bombs, in exchange for a removal of international sanctions imposed on Tehran. Iran denies ever seeking bomb capability from its nuclear program. ∞∞∞∞∞ MORE »»»»
US lawmakers have only a few weeks left to decide the fate of the Iran nuclear deal. While it remains unclear whether Iran will be officially allowed to keep its nuclear program, the Bible offers some prophetic perspectives on the ultimate outcome of the accord and its implications for Israel and the Jewish nation.
Everything began when US President Barack Obama announced the “framework” of a nuclear agreement with Iran. Few people commented on the date of his announcement, though the significance was undeniable. Whether by chance or design, the president made the announcement on April 1, which on the Hebrew calendar was the 13th of Nisan. ∞∞∞∞∞ MORE »»»»