IRAN: “Obama’s Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action was an epic hoax. And a failure.”

“For many diaspora Jews and non-Jews alike, they have become too immersed in focussing on Trump’s decision to walk away from Obama’s Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and not on the primary issue at hand, namely of Israel’s survival from a country that has openly stated it ‘will’ not ‘wants to’ obliterate Israel and its population from the face of the earth.”


       by Alan Simons

Leon de Winter the acclaimed Dutch author and writer, this week in De Telegraaf, a leading  Dutch newspaper, put it as succinctly as it can get:

“With an overwhelmingly powerful speech, Donald Trump put an end to the Iran deal or the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. By the way, it was not a deal but a set of guidelines.

“In November 2015, the US Department of State, then still under Obama, described the plan as ‘no treaty or measure, and is not a signed document.’

“President Obama did not have the plan ratified by Congress because it lacked a majority. Iran has not signed either. It was a ‘non-binding executive agreement’, which could be withdrawn by Obama’s successor. That has now happened.”

A few days ago, Vivian Bercovici, the Canadian ambassador to Israel between 2014 and 2016, writing in The Jerusalem Post referred to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (Iran nuclear deal) as ‘an epic hoax. And a failure.’ She added in part, referring directly to the Obama followers as having ‘no plan.’

“This is the clarion call of Obama acolytes – including most of the mainstream media – who support the capitulation which they choose to call a ‘deal.’

“A deal, like a contract, in its simplest form, refers to an exchange between two or more parties; where mutual accommodations are made to achieve the desired outcome.

“Under the terms of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (Iran nuclear deal), the Islamic Republic, we are told, agreed to put the brakes on its nuclear ambitions for a brief period – at best delaying its ‘breakout’ potential by a few years. That’s it.

“The west gave up every shred of leverage it had. The deal terms dropped economic sanctions; provided billions in cash to support global terrorism; accepted absurdly lax inspection protocols of Iranian nuclear and military sites; did not address the issue of containing Iranian territorial ambition in the Middle East; and did not address Iran’s ongoing ballistic missile program.

“The JCPOA was an epic hoax. And a failure.

“Smug leadership utterly disconnected from the brutal reality of the Middle East pontificated to the mob, edifying us, in our simplicity, as to how complex it all is and how brilliant they all were to coax the so-called “moderate” faction of the Iranian leadership to the table and negotiate such a brilliant outcome.

“Until President Donald Trump began ‘talking turkey’ last October, no deal proponents spoke about modifying it, supplementing its deficiencies with a stronger addendum. There was no need for such nonsense because the deal was as good as it gets.”

Today, not to be left out, Melanie Phillips, the British journalist, broadcaster and author added some scathing words in her article, “The Elephant in the Room is Regime Change,” where in part she said:

“Amid the brouhaha over President Donald Trump’ decisions to pull the US out of the appalling Iran nuclear deal, the elephant in the room is standing quietly all but unobserved.

“Trump’s initiative is being either praised to the skies or deplored with dismay. The question being discussed is whether it will force the Iranian regime to abandon its nuclear program in a new deal or precipitate a terrible war.

“Following Trump’s announcement, an Iranian missile attack on Israeli military bases on the Golan Heights led to heavy Israeli air strikes against Iranian targets in Syria.”

Phillips added:

“Let’s go back to something approaching first principles. The Iranian regime is a menace to the world going far beyond its nuclear ambitions.

“It has waged a self-declared war against the West since it came to power in 1979. It has killed numerous American, British and other coalition troops in Iraq. It is the greatest single state sponsor of terrorism in the world, responsible for the murder of countless innocents.

“It has a burning genocidal ambition to wipe Israel off the map. Some of its members, especially the Supreme Leader, are fanatics of the Shia “Twelver” sect who believe that destroying Israel and the US in a global apocalypse will bring the Shia messiah to earth.

“It is developing long-range missiles outside the terms of the nuclear deal altogether and which in themselves threaten the region and the world. The nuclear archive extracted in the Mossad coup proves its leaders are congenital liars who can never be trusted under any circumstances.

“Accordingly, no accommodation can ever be reached with this regime to negate the threat it poses. The only reasonable strategic aim is, therefore, its removal.”

For many diaspora Jews and non-Jews alike, they have become too immersed in focussing on Trump’s decision to walk away from Obama’s Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and not on the primary issue at hand, namely of Israel’s survival from a country that has openly stated it “will” not “wants to” obliterate Israel and its population from the face of the earth.

Irrespective of the content of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, Iran’s thirst for obliterating Israel has not diminished over the years and as we saw this past week Israel responded to Iran’s actions in the only way a threatened nation must, not passively, but with strength and understanding of the psychological make-up of Iran’s leaders and population.

Iran is run by an apocalyptic bunch of religious despots who, as Bernard Lewis the renowned scholar remarked over ten years ago, “the threat of many Iranians perishing in a war did not deter the Iranian leadership, which believes ‘it would be doing them a favor, by giving them a free pass to heaven.’”

In an earlier article titled, “An Open Letter to the Ordinary People of Iran,” published on May 1, 2018, in the jewishinfoNews and The Times of Israel, I wrote:

“As Iranians, you will remember that during the Iran–Iraq war, beginning on September 22, 1980, an estimated 190,000 Iranian combat personnel were killed. How strange it must be now for you to admit that Israel supported you in your war.

“Sadly, 38 years later in Syria, your children are still being killed. The Iranian regime revealed last month that “2,100 Iranians have been killed fighting in Syria the past few years, more than double the previous death toll announced 16 months ago…

“As a proportion of the population, that is a greater loss than the United States has suffered in all its wars in the Middle East since the start of the century… “Given that the United States has four times the population of Iran, the Iranian losses in Syria are proportionately about a quarter greater than the US losses throughout the region this century.”

I added:

Hezbollah members perform during a rally

“Notwithstanding the frolics of your Ayatollah Khamenei, you are a proud and educated people. Keep it that way! Fighting Iraqis, fighting in Syria, and now using your so-called ‘axis of resistance’ (Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Yemen and Gaza), which forms the growing ‘Shiite Crescent’ to do all your dirty work, is one thing. However, you Iranian people should remember Israel has been fighting in this war zone for 70 years.

“You are the military newcomers, already with thousands of your children returning to Iran in body bags. So, I suggest you pick your primary battles very carefully.

“Too many of your own children have died. Let your mothers now have a long and quiet life ahead of them!

 “Go in peace!”

Unhappily, Khamenei’s concept of peace bears no rapport to that of a civilized society and unless the current Iranian regime is eradicated by its own people, the continuation of Khamenei’s iron-fisted rule of law will see many more Iranian families experience what it is like, as Israeli families have, to lose their children in war.

To all ordinary Iranians living in Iran, I say this. “Remember September 22, 1980.” In 2018, regrettably, you may experience something far worse!

Alan Simons is the publisher and editor of jewishinfoNews.

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Crisis. Diaspora at the Crossroads?

“Are we floundering in a sea of self-importance, self-centred and swaggering declarations, that are not only communicated to death, but offend and push non-Jews away from us?”

by Alan Simons

Frank Luntz, the US-based political and business pollster, once said: “Non-Jews do not want to hear our complaints. They want to know our solutions.” I agree with him whole heartedly. Unfortunately, as I see it, the vast majority of Diaspora Jews and Jewish institutions continue to go their merry way in making sure their messages do everything to conceivably extricate a dialogue with non-Jewish communities.

Most of our messages are floundering in a sea of self-importance, self-centred and swaggering declarations, that are not only communicated to death, but offend and push non-Jews away from us.

When on earth are we, in the Diaspora, going to cease telling all how important we are to the world and, as Luntz says, start to articulate what our solutions are?

As it was written some time ago, the Jews are a “famously accomplished group. They make up 0.2 percent of the world population, yet 54 percent of the world chess champions are Jews, 27 percent of the Nobel physics laureates and 31 percent of the medicine laureates are Jews. Jews make up 2 percent of the U.S. population, but 21 percent of the Ivy League student bodies, 26 percent of the Kennedy Center honorees, 37 percent of the Academy Award-winning directors, 38 percent of those on a recent Business Week list of leading philanthropists, 51 percent of the Pulitzer Prize winners for nonfiction.” How many times have we read that every computer in the world has a component that was invented in Israel? Or that our contribution in the field of medicine and science is second to none.

Yes, yes, yes, all of this is commendable and may make some of us personally feel – dare I say it – superior. But to the vast majority of virulent Judeophobic hate mongering bigots, who actually have a brain in their head, well, they couldn’t care a damn!

Yet, we in the Diaspora seem to insist in wanting to pander to them, to secure, as it were, our place in history. Well, in my mind, we have already accomplished that, and not just in the past two hundred or so years.

And what can positively be achieved by the never-ending outpouring of comments from Jews regarding Jewish vs Islamic Nobel Prize comparisons?

Some years ago Luntz stated: “Over the past 20 years, we have developed some very destructive communication habits that have seriously undermined our efforts and the causes we believe in. Our words lose their resonance and our style and tone offend… We push people away when we should pull them in.”

Our Diaspora doesn’t have the reputation for being circumspect about our achievements, but seems to be lost in a quagmire of guarded pessimism with regard to our future. And that simply means the Iranians, Hamas, Hezbollah, Hizb-ut Tahrir and all their lot, thrive on our wallowing.

I was once told of a group of Canadian and American Jews who had a meeting in Israel with the late Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. They proceeded to give him some advice as to how Israel should handle their enemy. Sharon was incensed. In essence, he told them to go back to where they came from and handle their own issues, not Israel’s.

Perhaps this is the crux of the matter for Jewish organisations in the Diaspora, especially in North America. Perhaps it’s easier to indulge in giving advice from afar, even though it’s not wanted, than to face and communicate to the vast majority of non-Jews at home on possible solutions to religious intolerance, antisemitism, hate and violence.

All of this of course means open public dialogue and cooperation among individuals. How many Jewish organisations do you know who are willing to venture out of their closet mind-set and chance that?

Well anyway, that’s how I see it.

Alan Simons, is an author, ghost writer and social activist and is the publisher of jewishinfoNews.

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The stench of hate, pure evil and foul disease continues unabated


Hamastan celebrates with a Satanic holiday

by Alan Simons

by Alan Simons

Over ninety years ago, in 1923, David Lloyd George, former Prime Minister of Britain, was quoted as saying:

“Of all the bigotries that savage the human temper there is none so stupid as the anti-Semitic. In the sight of these fanatics, Jews of today can do nothing right. If they are rich, they are birds of prey. If they are poor, they are vermin. If they are in favour of war, that is because they want to exploit the bloody feuds of Gentiles to their own profit. If they are anxious for peace, they are instinctive cowards or traitors. If he lives in a strange land, he must be persecuted and progrommed out of it. If he wants to go back to his own land, he must be prevented.”

Jump to 1937. In Lord Peel’s Palestine Royal Commission Report of July 1937, alluding to Arab nationalism it states in part:

“The ugliest element in the picture remains to be noted. Arab nationalism in Palestine has not escaped infection with the foul disease which has so defiled the cause of nationalism in other lands. Acts of  ‘terrorism’ in various parts of the country have long been only too familiar reading in the newspapers… intimidation at the point of a revolver has become a not infrequent feature of Arab politics. Attacks by Arabs on Jews, unhappily, are no new thing.” (Chapter V, item 45)

The Report adds that what the Jews, “most fear is a crystallization of the National Home as it is, leaving the Jews in a permanent minority in Palestine, exposed to the possibility of Arab domination or even, in certain not inconceivable circumstances, of suffering the fate that befell the Greeks at Smyma or the Assyrian’s in ‘Iraq.”

And now, here we are in 2014. During these past days in Jerusalem and beyond we have seen women and children murdered and today a terror attack on a synagogue, the result of which was lauded by Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri who said in a statement. “Hamas calls for more operations like it.” In a separate statement Islamic Jihad added, “Islamic Jihad salutes the operation in Jerusalem which is a natural response to the crimes of the occupier.” The two terrorists killed four rabbis and a policeman died of his injuries this evening. The terrorists used a gun and meat cleavers. At least eight other people were injured.

And right on cue, this noxious act, orchestrated by the devil, became a Satanic holiday in Hamastan.  

Obama responds, sort of!

President Obama in one statement today explained it this way. “This is a tragedy for both nations, Israel and the United States.” He added, “Too many Israelis have died. Too many Palestinians have died.” According to news sources, Obama made no acknowledgement to the identity of the terrorists, who have been identified as Palestinians from east Jerusalem. Thank you for nothing Mr.President!

And to round it off, what did Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas have to say. Well, The Times of Israel reported that Abbas condemned the “fatal terror attack against worshippers in a Jerusalem synagogue Tuesday morning, as a senior member of his Fatah party justified it as a reaction to Israeli actions in Jerusalem and the West Bank.” Oh yeah?

PA and Abbas support terror in Jerusalem

According to Palestinian Media Watch (PMW), “In an interview on November 5, 2014, during the current period of Palestinian terror attacks and riots in Jerusalem, Palestinian Authority Supreme Shari’ah Judge and Abbas’ advisor Mahmoud Al-Habbash assured Palestinians that PA Chairman Abbas and the PA leadership support the riots, unrest, and terror attacks that killed civilians.  Al-Habbash said on camera:

First of all, allow me to say that we kiss every forehead, every hand and even every foot that carries out Ribat (religious conflict/ war over land claimed to be Islamic) at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and in Jerusalem… We are behind them. The leadership is with them… We are with them in every movement, in every action and every deed, and we welcome what they are doing at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque.” [Official PA TV, Nov. 5, 2014]  

He stressed that the PA knows Abbas “may have angered the Israelis… that the President is inciting the Palestinians from Jerusalem.” He then confirmed this and said: “Yes, we are inciting the people in Jerusalem to [perform] Ribat.”  

Al-Habbash used the term Ribat to describe the recent actions by Palestinians in Jerusalem – a term that signifies religious conflict/war to defend or reconquer land defined as Islamic.”

In addition, PMW recorded on October 28,2014 that “Palestinian Authority TV produced a short video of Mahmoud Abbas calling for Palestinians to prevent ‘in any way’ Jews from going to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Significantly, PA TV then broadcast it 19 times in 3 days. For this video PA TV chose the part of Abbas’ speech of Oct. 17 in which he implicitly calls for Jerusalem’s Arabs to use violence against Israelis. Jews’ presence at the site which is holy to Jews and Muslims, Abbas said, ‘defiles’ the Islamic holy site and must prevented ‘in any way.’ Palestinian Media Watch has reported that expressions like ‘in any way’ and ‘using all means’ are common PA euphemisms for various degrees of violence and terror.”

Back to 1937. In concluding the 396-page Palestinian Royal Commission Report, Lord Peel wrote: “Numberless men and women all over the world would feel a sense of deep relief if somehow an end could be put to strife and bloodshed in a thrice hallowed land.”

Seventy-seven years later, he is not alone. 

One year earlier, in 1936, Canada’s national public radio and television broadcaster was re-branded as CBC/Radio-Canada. It has served Canada with distinction, respect and clarity for many years. Times have changed. Canada’s dear, old and I’ve-lost-my-direction CBC featured today the following disgraceful headline, “Jerusalem police fatally shoot 2 after apparent synagogue attack.” Honest Reporting Canada referred to it prominently by demanding “CBC Must Apologize for Disgraceful Headline in Jerusalem Terror Attack Coverage.” I agree! Here’s the link. >Click here<

Later this evening CBC Radio News, in a similar story, were referring to “Jewish rabbis.” As if there were any other kind! Who is writing this garbage? 

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