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Israel wants “permanent standoff” with Iran, Britain’s foreign secretary says – CBS News

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LONDON — Britain’s foreign secretary said Wednesday that Israel wants a “permanent standoff” with Iran and suggests it wouldn’t have welcomed any kind of nuclear deal.

Philip Hammond told Parliament that Israel “doesn’t want any deal with Iran.” He was responding to opposition lawmaker Ian Austin, who criticized the deal struck between Iran and the West aimed at keeping Tehran from building a nuclear bomb. Austin said the agreement “utterly dismayed” Israel.
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Iran deal to help rid region of WMDs: Arab League – AFP

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Cairo – Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi said Wednesday a historic nuclear deal between Iran and world powers is a first step to ridding the Middle East of weapons of mass destruction.

The head of the Cairo-based pan-Arab bloc expressed hopes the accord reached on Tuesday would usher in “stability and security” in the volatile region.
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In Praise Of The Brave And The Visionary

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Qaboos bin Said Al Said, the Sultan of Oman started it all.  He was the original initiator and architect of the Iran rapprochement.  Almost three years ago, he ingeniously set up the initial peace meetings between the USA and Iran.  Secret meetings that went on for six whole months right under the radars of the Mossad and every other intelligence agency on the planet.  Without Qaboos’ peace-seeking visionary initiative to break the hostile ice between the two foes, America and Iran would not be here today celebrating a golden victory for peace and international diplomacy.  All praise and gratitude should first go to this man who worked of his own volition; worked quietly and humbly throughout to bring an alternative to war in a region already ripped by non-state and state terrorism alike.   Against virtually insurmountable obstacles, he calculated and worked on behalf of peace.  He is a brave leader in a region full of narcissistic and despotic leaders.  Even though I am an anti-monarchist, as I’m sure practically everyone who reads Plato’s is, I must here give credit where credit is due. Qaboos behaved honorably for the benefit of not just his country, but for the people of his region as a whole – for humanity.  He is a true universalist.  He is a Peace Hawk.

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Syrian army, Hezbollah advance in city near Lebanese border – Reuters

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BEIRUT – The Syrian army backed by Lebanese ally Hezbollah has advanced deeper into the besieged Syrian city of Zabadani two weeks into a campaign to capture it from insurgents, rebels and the army said.

The control of the city, about 45 km (30 miles) northwest of the capital Damascus, is seen as crucial to consolidate government-held areas linking Lebanon and Syria. Zabadani is a former popular resort on the main Beirut-Damascus highway.
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Israeli Special Forces Assassinated Senior Syrian Official – Mathew cole/The Intercept

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(Image:  Israeli Assassins Flag, by Thasiloron)

On Aug. 1, 2008, a small team of Israeli commandos entered the waters near Tartus, Syria, and shot and killed a Syrian general as he was holding a dinner party at his seaside weekend home. Muhammad Suleiman, a top aide to the Syrian president, was shot in the head and neck, and the Israeli military team escaped by sea.

While Israel has never spoken about its involvement, secret U.S. intelligence files confirm that Israeli special operations forces assassinated the general while he vacationed at his luxury villa on the Syrian coast.
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With Iran deal reached, what should Israel do now? – Dan Ephron/YahooNews

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Tel Aviv — The nuclear accord the U.S. and other world powers reached with Iran on Tuesday presents Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with an agonizing dilemma.

Throughout his political career, Netanyahu has fought any accommodation with terrorists and the states that sponsor them — chiefly Iran, in the view of most Israelis — even risking his relationship with the White House earlier this year in an effort to block a deal.
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Saudi media attack Iran deal as assault on Arab interests – Reuters

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CRAZED RIYADH – Saudi Arabian media attacked Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers on Wednesday, with cartoonists depicting it as an assault on Arab interests and columnists decrying the focus on Tehran’s atomic plans instead of its backing for regional militias.

Riyadh’s official reaction to the deal was a terse statement that welcomed any agreement that would ensure Iran could not develop a nuclear arsenal, but stressed the importance of tough inspections and the ability to reimpose sanctions quickly.
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The day Obama awarded Iran hegemony in the Middle East – (Uber zionist propagandist) Avi Issacharoff/The Times of Israel

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Iranian President Hasan Rouhani’s passionate speech Tuesday hailing the nuclear deal with world powers underlines the scale of Iran’s achievement facing the West and the Middle East, and his own victory against more conservative forces at home. As Rouhani put it, “Today we stand at a fateful, historic crossroads for our state and for the revolution. It is the start of a new chapter.”

The agreement Iran struck with the P5+1 powers ensures Rouhani’s political survival; more significantly, it ensures the survival of the ayatollah regime.
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Readout of President Obama’s call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – Gretawire

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From the office of the White House Press Secretary:

Readout of the President’s Call with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel:

The President spoke by phone today with Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel to discuss the agreement among the P5+1, the European Union, and Iran on a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) regarding Iran’s nuclear program.
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The Iran Agreement Document – Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action

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PREFACE
China, France, Germany, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States, with the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy) and the Islamic Republic of Iran welcome this historic Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which will ensure that Iran’s nuclear programme will be exclusively peaceful, and mark a fundamental shift in their approach to this issue.  They anticipate that full implementation of this JCPOA will positively contribute to regional and international peace and security. Iran reaffirms that under no circumstances will Iran ever seek, develop or acquire any nuclear weapons.

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Victory in Vienna – Justin Raimondo/Antiwar.com

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(Image: Zarif as Persian hero Arash Kamangir, archer who restored Iran’s glory)

The historic agreement signed by the P5+1 and the government of Iran marks a turning point in America’s relations with the world. It reverses the momentum of nearly fifteen years of constant warfare and puts us on a path to peace.

In terms of our relations in the Middle East, the agreement means the United States government has finally decided to pursue an independent foreign policy: Washington is no longer taking its marching orders from Tel Aviv. The Vienna accord is, in effect, our declaration of independence – and it came not a moment too soon.
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Mondoweiss, and Just About Everyone Else, Messed Up Reporting on Mengistu – Richard Siverstien/Tikun olam

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This is a follow-up on the piece I wrote when the media finally caught up to the Avera Mengistu story and began reporting it. I’ve already reported Haaretz’s deliberate refusal to credit my reporting. Much of the foreign press follows on Haaretz’s lead and so papers like the NY Times and even Al Jazeera English reported that the story appeared arose, like the birth of Athena from Zeus, fully-armed from the forehead of Haaretz, once their intrepid lawyers got the gag removed. The Times’ Kershner falsely noted a “ten-month blackout” on reporting the story, ignoring the fact that I reported major elements of the story twice during this alleged blackout.
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