JNS.org - Coming off its deal with the P5+1 powers in which it secured $7 billion in sanctions relief, Iran will build a second nuclear reactor at Bushehr.Is that what they got the "$7 billion in sanctions relief" for?
“Based on our estimates, the second nuclear power plant will be built in the same province (Bushehr) and I hope that we can use the facilities of this province,” Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told Fars over the weekend.
Israel is the country most vociferous opponent of the "deal" and the United States President Barack Hussein Obama and Secretary of State Kerry have been working hard to make Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu an international pariah of sorts over his vocal opposition. I doubt if the following is part of Obama's plan, but the ostracism of Netanyahu has just made Netanyahu and his Likud Party stronger and more popular in the Israeli polls. (Hat tip IMRA)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's failure to prevent the Iranian nuclear agreement may have weakened his standing at the White House, but it has actually boosted his standing among the Israeli electorate. Likud-Beitenu has risen to its highest level since the January elections - 37 Knesset seats, were elections held today, according to the "Globes"-Smith Institute poll for November. The Likud-Beitenu gained three seats compared with the previous poll in late October, and six seats compared with its showing in the elections.When Israel faces a security or sensitive diplomatic crisis, the public rallies around Netanyahu, who is perceived as authoritative, and the only man who can deal with Iran, regardless of whether the public agrees with him or not. The public will also stand by the prime minister against rivals.Dr. Mordechai Keidar, in the Jewish Press, brought up other problems inherent in the "deal."
The common element among most of those who have been discussing the matter is that everyone sees only two sides, Iran and the West, and ponders which of these two sides has gained more from the agreement. Most of the commentators ignore the third party, large but silent, in pain but obedient, who experienced a major defeat as a result of the agreement. This party is the majority of eighty million Iranians. It is no secret that the great majority of Iranian citizens hate the regime of the Ayatollahs with all their hearts, and from time to time express this hatred with demonstrations and street disturbances, such as those that swept the streets of Iran after the “elections” for presidency in June of 2009 and which brought about the deaths of hundreds of demonstrators who were champions of liberty and hungry for freedom. They, the restless young men and women, secular up to their ears, aspiring to freedom but living under oppression, educated but unemployed, suffering from the terrible corruption that the regime of the ayatollahs is immersed in, hoped that the economic sanctions on the dark regime would suffocate it and bring it to its end. This was not a wild hope: in the past it was learned that at the height of the wave of protest demonstrations about the stealing of the elections in which Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was “reelected” in 2009, the rulers of Iran had two jets prepared in order to leave the country and escape from the raging masses.The "world leaders" either don't care or are profoundly ignorant about what really happens in Iran. There's no other reason for their policies.
Read more at: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/analysis/dr-mordechai-kedar/the-wests-great-betrayal/2013/12/01/
And I also agree with Yoram Ettinger that it's a terrible mistake to keep focusing on the fallacy that Israel is Iran's main target.
While negotiating with the US, Iran is the leading sponsor of anti-US Islamic terrorism; the chief axis of unprecedented terrorism in Iraq; the key perpetrator of subversion and terrorism in the pro-US Arab oil-producing Gulf States; the top supporter of Jihadist movements in Africa and the killing of US GIs in Iraq and Afghanistan; a collaborator with the anti-US regimes in Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador; and the anti-US hate-educator of Iranian youth.A nuclear Iran is a danger for the western world, and Israel is a very minor player, but the "world leaders" are pushing us into the forefront in hope that Iran will unleash its anger and bombs on us, rather than them. We in Israel must get more realistic and recognize the fact that we don't have reliable allies.
Read more at: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/opinions/the-iran-nuclear-agreement-and-the-common-sense-test/2013/12/01/