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August 30, 2016
Iran Deploys Missile System to Protect Site Banned From Nuclear Activity
By TheTower.org, VOA News, Israel Hayom & DEBKAfile
On Monday Iran inaugurated a new radar system it says is capable of detecting radar-evading aircraft like the U.S.-made U-2, RQ-4 and MQ-1, state TV reported. It said the Nazir system is located in "the heart of desert'' of Iran and is capable of detecting ballistic and cruise missiles, as well as drones flying at an altitude of over 3,000 meters (9,800 feet).
State news agencies report that Russian-made S300 PMU2 missile defense systems have been deployed at the underground Fordo uranium enrichment plant against any possible US or Israeli attack by plane, missile or UAV. The US and Israel were long able to persuade Moscow from sending these advanced weapons to Iran.
A video indicates that they were finally delivered and upgraded to meet the Islamic Republic’s specific requirements for strengthening the defenses at its nuclear sites. Iran received a shipment of the weapons in April. Their delivery had been held up for several years by Russian President Vladimir Putin until Iran signed the nuclear deal with global powers last year.
General Farzad Esmaili, the commander of Iran’s air defenses, boasted to the IRIB channel that “Today, Iran’s sky is one of the most secure in the region.” He also stressed that Iran would protect its nuclear facilities in “all circumstances.” Esmaili’s promise to defend nuclear facilities is curious in this context, as the nuclear deal bans Iran from conducting uranium enrichment there for 15 years.
Protecting nuclear facilities "is paramount under all circumstances. Today, Iran's sky is one of the most secure in the region," Agence France-Presse quoted Esmaili as telling the country's IRIB TV channel on Monday.
When the formerly-secret Fordo facility was discovered by satellite imagery in 2009, President Barack Obama said that it “underscores Iran’s continuing unwillingness to meet its obligations under U.N. Security Council resolutions and IAEA requirements.” At the beginning of the public negotiations with Iran four years later, Obama said, “we know that they don’t need to have an underground, fortified facility like Fordo in order to have a peaceful nuclear program.” Under the terms of the deal, Fordo is supposed to be converted into a research and technology facility, with around 1,000 functioning centrifuges that cannot be used on nuclear material.
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has claimed that the S-300 will be used for defensive purposes only. However, an analysis last year in The Daily Beast argued that the S-300 could also be used offensively to control the airspace of neighboring countries.
The delivery and deployment of the S-300 systems appear to be a violation of the 1992 Iran-Iraq Arms Non-Proliferation Act, which imposes sanctions on nations and individuals that, as law sponsor Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) explained at the time, “knowingly and materially contribute to the efforts of Iran or Iraq to acquire destabilizing advanced conventional weapons.”
The video footage posted late Sunday on state TV's website showed trucks arriving at the site and missile launchers being aimed skyward. It did not say whether the system was fully operational. The large, underground facility is located in some 100 kilometers (60 miles) south of the capital, Tehran. The Fordo site, built at a depth of 90 meters (300 feet) below a mountain, was revealed by Western nations in 2009.
Critics of Iran's nuclear program pointed to Fordo as further proof of Tehran's intention to secretly develop nuclear weapons. Iran insists it has never sought nuclear arms, and says the security around the site is intended to protect it from U.S. or Israeli air strikes. Neither country has ruled out a military strike on Iran's nuclear facilities.
Iran halted nuclear enrichment at Fordo under the landmark nuclear agreement and says the facility is now being used for research and the production of medical isotopes.
Protecting nuclear facilities "is paramount under all circumstances. Today, Iran's sky is one of the most secure in the region," Agence France-Presse quoted Iranian Air Defenses Commander Gen. Farzad Esmaili as telling the country's IRIB TV channel on Monday.
Under the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and the West, uranium enriching operations in Fordo, built into a mountain near the city of Qom, southwest of Tehran, stopped in January 2016. The deal required Iran to dismantle most of the estimated 19,000 centrifuges installed in the facility, keeping only 5,000 active for research purposes.
Number of Arab Teachers in Jewish Schools Increases by 40%
By Israel Hayom
The number of Israeli Arab teachers working in Jewish state schools has increased by 40% in recent years to reach 588 in the last school year, up from 420 just three years ago, the Walla news website reported Monday.
The jump is the result of an Education Ministry program to integrate Arab teachers of English, mathematics and science, among other subjects, into Jewish schools, reducing the surplus of teachers in the Arab sector and promoting coexistence.
The program, launched in 2013, is run jointly by the Education Ministry's Teaching Personnel Department and the Merchavim Institute for the Advancement of Shared Citizenship in Israel. According to Education Ministry figures, the school subjects with the biggest jump -- 76% -- in the number of Arab teachers are English, math and science. The number of Arab teachers instructing Arabic language classes at state schools also increased by 40% from 2013 to 2016.
However, despite the encouraging numbers, a poll published in Walla three months ago revealed that 21% of Jewish parents would oppose having an Arab teacher for their children. The survey found that 30% of parents would prefer a Christian Arab over a Muslim Arab teacher, 40% said they would accept an Arab teacher from either religion, and only 1% would prefer a Muslim teacher.
Eyal Ram, the head of the Education Ministry's Teaching Personnel Department, said the integration program seeks to provide "an opportunity for a shared life and coexistence among the two sectors, and to offer a viable solution for the surplus of teachers among the Arab sector and for the shortage of English, math and science teachers among the Jewish sector."
Barbra Streisand Sings Duet with Jimmy Fallon as Donald Trump
Barbra Streisand isn’t a fan of Donald Trump — so why did she sing a duet with him? Ok, the iconic 74-year-old Jewish singer didn’t perform with the real Donald — she actually sang with Jimmy Fallon, who pulls off a mean Trump impersonation, on “The Tonight Show” last Thursday night. See https://youtu.be/xv1np1f8xlc
“It’s sort of nice to see you in person,” Streisand, an outspoken Hillary Clinton supporter,
said. `“Together we’re going to make duets great again!” Fallon’s Trump declares.
The pair went on to sing a comedic rendition of “Anything You Can Do” that skewered many of Trump’s statements from the campaign trail, including his intention of building a wall along the Mexican border.
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YOU SAY YOU WANT CHANGE?
By Frances Bernay-Cohen
I can't speak for you, but my grandparents came to the United States to find a refuge from "change." They came to The United States where their basic freedoms were guaranteed by the Constitution; where they could build a future on this solid ground.
Whether our forefathers and forI'm sure you will find some truth in this song.
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Paradise Regained, Paradise Lost
By Don Canaan (Commentary)
This year marked the 34th anniversary of the return of the Sinai by Israel to Egypt--a day of mourning by many of the 2,000 settlers who settled and later were forcibly evacuated by Israeli authorities under the command of Ariel Sharon, from the seaside city of Yamit on the Mediterranean.
Yamit was former Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Dayan's dream--a projected seaport and city of 250,000 founded on the Sinai sand dunes overlooking date palm trees and the blue Mediterranean--a populated buffer between the Gaza Strip and Egypt on the other side of the Suez Canal.
Some alternate historians say Moses and the children of Israel passed near the site of Yamit 3,500 years ago as they wandered for 40 years through the Sinai Desert on their way to the proverbial land of milk and honey.
Since April 25, 1982 only the whine of the desert wind weaves its currents through the crevices of destroyed homes, businesses and monument--a memorial to the young men who died during the 1967 Six Day war.
Christians, Jews and Muslims died during three Arab-Israeli wars and battles that took place in the Sinai in 1956, 1967 and 1973--Egyptian and Israeli--young people who fought and died in that desolate, forsaken desert wasteland.
The modern-day chariot carrying Egyptian President Mohammed Anwar al-Sadat hugged the intermittently green coastline of Sinai on its historic mission to Jerusalem. Israelis glancing upward into the clear night sky saw merely a jet banking gently to the northwest.
Official Israeli government policy was that the settlers had to be removed and the army came and forcibly removed the remaining diehard residents. The Jerusalem Post described the scene: Apocalypse had arrived in Yamit and in the dust and noise and destruction one could wander freely. Dozens of bulldozers and giant mobile air hammers were loose in the city like a pack of predatory beasts."
April 25, 20011 marked the 29th anniversary of Israel's withdrawal from Yamit and Sinai and a cold peace between long-term enemies.
That gift of peace silently glided overhead as the Sabbath disappeared and the stars appeared. At 8:01 p.m. Sadat's jetliner landed at Ben-Gurion Airport and the first minutes of a then potential peace came to the Middle East.
Old enemies became new friends. The crowds roared its approval when Sadat shook hands with Moshe Dayan. A person standing nearby, according to the Jerusalem Post, said Sadat told Dayan, "Don't worry Moshe, it will be all right."
The peace treaty between the two nations was signed on March 26, 1979 and on April 25, 1982; the events that had started on a November day at Camp David came to fruition. Sinai was returned to Egypt. Yamit was bulldozed to the ground. But Anwar Sadat did not live to see that day. He had been assassinated seven months before.
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