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the only question that matters: is it true?

Iran has signed the NPT. As a signatory to the NPT, Iran may rightfully, legally, use nuclear technology for peaceful energy purposes. Iran has submitted to and passed repeated IAEA inspections. The US intelligence community (NIE) does not consider Iran a nuclear threat. Israel refuses to sign the NPT. Israel has an estimated several hundred undeclared nuclear weapons. Russia and China have warned that an attack on Iran will have global consequences. That's the situation in a nutshell. Where to next, people? Where to?

Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth? - Galatians 4:16


resistance to Israel grows stronger

1. Turkey to Israel: cross our airspace and we will respond

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan stated that if Israel crossed over into Turkey’s airspace in order to bomb Iran then their answer to Israel shall be like that of an “earthquake“.

Erdogan’s response was due to a question, in an interview with Lebanese newspaper “Al Safir”, over information indicating that Israel had violated Turkish airspace in the process of spying against Iran.

Erdogan continued,saying that certainly “the information [stating that Israel was using their airspace to spy on Iran] is incorrect,” but he stated that, “if Israel did so, they will receive a response equal to that of an earthquake.”

read more @ political theatrics

2. analysis: tension between Israel & Turkey: temporary or permanent?


The question raised here is what would be the result of the Turkish positions on Israel? Will it amount to a strategic shift or would it just be a temporary tactical position? In reality, Erdogan has succeeded in reclaiming a vital role for Turkish diplomacy at the Arab and regional levels with these initial positions. It is noticed that despite internal (especially on the side of Turkish military forces) and external pressures (related to the necessity of preserving the vital interests of the US and Israel), the positions of the Turkish government have confirmed in the past its ability to keep the independence of its decisions. This was apparent from its refusal to allow the passage of the US forces through its territories during the Iraq war in 2003. It can be said that the current Turkish movements are still in its exploratory phases to identify the level of Arab responsiveness and assess the cost and returns. In order for the principled Turkish position over Israel to be successful there must be a corresponding Arab dimension to push this Turkish change into an Arab–Turkish strategic regional alliance. This alliance would restructure the regional formulas and balance of power in the region at a level that would penetrate and break the strategic Turkish–Israeli alliance. There is always the fear that Arabs would not avail this new opportunity, as unfortunately the Arab region still remains a region of lost opportunities. If the adverse Arab position persists, it is likely that a gradual Turkish retreat will happen with respect to the current position on Israel.

read more @ middle east online

3. Dalit Voice: Turkey becomes powerful Muslim country


Bangalore: After years and years of our campaign, Turkey has finally heeded our Voice and turned to Islam — bidding goodbye to the White “Christian Club” (European Union) to which it will never get admission.

After embracing its Muslim neighbours Turkey has gained its stature not only among its co-religionists but even among the anti-Muslim Whites.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has raised the stature of Turkey which has started playing key role in the Islamic world.

His support to Iran and its right to nuclear power and giving full backing to the re-election of President Ahmedinejad will be a shock to the zionist Israel. Yet another big achievement is Turkey’s move to embrace the Kurds with whom it had years of fierce battle.

The most important is Turkey turning against the zionist Israel with which it had a long association because of Kemal Pasha, the founder of the modern Turkey who turned it against Islam and did a lot to destroy its Muslim identity.

read more @ dalit voice

4. Syria: accusations against us have backfired

Syrian Vice President Farouq al-Sharaa said accusations by many against Syria saying it stands behind ex-Premier Rafik Hariri's Assassination have "backfired on them." He told a Progressive National Front meeting in Damascus on Wednesday that Syria has succeeded in overcoming "all the crises that hit it since 2003."

He expressed hope that formation of a Lebanese national unity government would "open the way to build a positive Syrian-Lebanese relationship." Sharaa pointed out that Syria has worked to fill the "strategic vacuum" after the war on Iraq by strengthening ties with Iran and establishing a strategic relationship with Turkey.

5. Iran: Lebanese, Palestinian resistance seriously damages Zionism

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi said the Zionist regime suffered a very big blow to its very existence by the resistance of Lebanese and Palestinian nations.

He made the remark in separate meetings with Ahmed Jibril, leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and Ramadan Abdullah Mohammad Shallah, Secretary General of Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

During the meetings, the Iranian minister stressed the need for all-out support for resistance of Palestinian and Lebanese groups against the Zionist threats, the Islamic republic news agency reported.

He believed developments in the past decades proved that the spirit of resistance has not only failed to fade in the Palestinian nation but also reached a point where it has already weakened the Zionist regime, thanks to the strength, vigilance and bravery of both the Palestinian people and its leaders.

Vahidi further said victory of people over Zionists in southern Lebanon and also in Gaza were clear examples of the divine aids.

The Iranian defense minister also underscored Tehran's support for the resistance in Palestine and Lebanon and said Iranians will stand by the Palestinian nation till the victory of oppressed Palestinians and liberation of the holy Qods.

6. Syrian VP: Israel won't attack Iran without US support

Syrian Vice President Farouk al-Sharaa estimated that Israel would not be able to attack Iran without the support of the United States.

Speaking to heads of the ruling Ba'ath Party, al-Sharaa said Thursday that US President Barack Obama has tried to "restrain" Israel in order to prevent a strike on Iran's nuclear facilities. "The Israelis, despite their (vast arsenal), were unable to force the Palestinian people in Gaza to surrender and wave the white flag," he said.

The Syrian vice president said that in 2003, when the US invaded Iraq, Damascus stressed its support for the "national resistance" and said that the "American-Israeli plan in Middle East could not succeed."

Addressing the possibility of renewed indirect peace negotiations between Israel and Syria, al-Sharaa said such a process would require the support of the US and Europe.

read more @ al manar tv

7. Iran views defense ties to Syria as deterrent to Israel

TEHRAN (FNA)- The defense ties between Iran and Syria serve as a deterrent to Israeli threats, Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi stressed on Wednesday.

...Referring to the developing trend of defense relations between the two countries, Vahidi pointed out, "Today a new power pole is being formed in the world which secures the independence, freedom and interests of the nations and Iran and Syria play a unique and very good role in this process."

Vahidi also viewed Iran and Syria as strategic allies in establishing tranquility and stability in the region, and stressed that the two countries' responsibility for consolidating and strengthening security in the region indicates the importance of the cooperation between them.

read more @ fars news agency

8. Sweden warns Israel not to divide EU over Jerusalem

Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt warned Thursday that Israel must not play "divide and rule" with the 27-member European Union over a recent resolution calling for Jerusalem to become the shared capital of Israel and a future Palestinian state.

Bildt, whose country holds the EU's rotating presidency, said Thursday the bloc was united and would not "remain shy" on so crucial an issue.

The EU's adoption Tuesday of the new resolution on Jerusalem sparked an angry reaction from Israel, which captured the eastern half of the city in the 1967 Six-Day War.

read more @ haaretz

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