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- September 23, 2007
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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is to speak and answer questions at a Columbia University forum Monday, followed by an address to the UN General Assembly on Tuesday. (AP)
See also U.S. Says Iran Smuggling Missiles to Iraq - Sameer N. Yacoub
The U.S. military accused Iran on Sunday of smuggling surface-to-air missiles and other advanced weapons into Iraq for use against American troops. Military spokesman Rear Adm. Mark Fox said U.S. troops were continuing to find Iranian-supplied weaponry including the Misagh 1, a portable surface-to-air missile that uses an infrared guidance system. Other advanced Iranian weaponry found in Iraq includes the RPG-29 rocket-propelled grenade, 240 mm rockets and armor-piercing roadside bombs known as explosively formed penetrators. (AP/Washington Post)
The U.S. and its European allies are preparing to impose their own broad military and economic sanctions against Iran if Russia and China balk at voting for a tough new resolution at the UN, according to U.S. and European officials. The Bush administration is pushing for punitive measures that could include sanctioning branches of Iran's military - such as parts of the Revolutionary Guards' al-Quds Force - rather than individual military leaders of those units, as in past resolutions.
Washington is also looking to curtail Iran's ability to import military equipment, such as Russian air defense systems. It also wants to tighten the noose on banks and companies connected to the acquisition of suspicious military materiel. And it wants to strengthen the travel ban that prevents Iranian officials from traveling abroad. "We want to close all loopholes and suck the oxygen out of the room," said a U.S. official involved in the diplomacy. Washington and its allies are developing a parallel track to the UN. "We're not talking about either/or tracks. We'll continue on the UN track, but we also have the track of the U.S.-EU," a State Department official said. (Washington Post)
Iran showed off its armaments Saturday at annual army celebrations meant to highlight the nation's military self-sufficiency and prowess. Iranian-made Saegheh fighter jets screeched across the sky over Iranian-made armored personnel carriers and Ghadr missiles, which have a range of more than 1,000 miles. (Los Angeles Times)
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Sunday that key Arab nations, including Syria, would be invited to President Bush's planned Mideast peace conference this fall and expressed hope they would attend. Formal invitations haven't been issued yet but Rice said it "would be natural" for Syria, Saudi Arabia and 10 other Arab League members looking at a broad peace deal with Israel to participate. "We would hope that the invitations would include the members of the Arab follow-up committee," Rice said. Committee members include Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia and Yemen. (AP/Washington Post)
News Resources - Israel and the Mideast:
Israeli security forces foiled a Palestinian suicide attack that would have targeted a packed synagogue during the Yom Kippur holiday, confiscating an explosives belt from a South Tel Aviv apartment Saturday and arresting the head of the cell planning the attack on Friday. (Ha'aretz)
See also "Hamas Planned Attack to Sabotage Peace Meeting" - Yaakov Katz
Hamas is under orders to perpetrate a large terrorist attack in an Israeli city to undermine the peace meeting scheduled for November, senior defense officials said Saturday, hours after a Yom Kippur suicide attack was thwarted by an arrest and the capture of an explosives belt in Tel Aviv. Military sources said Israeli security forces prevented a major attack at the last minute, given that the explosives were already in Tel Aviv. (Jerusalem Post)
Starting this week, 500 Palestinian policemen will be deployed throughout the West Bank city of Nablus. According to Yediot Ahronot, the decision was finalized in a meeting between Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad and Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak. (IMEMC-PA)
Palestinians in Gaza fired two Kassam rockets that landed in the Israeli town of Sderot Sunday evening. (Jerusalem Post)
Global Commentary and Think-Tank Analysis (Best of U.S., UK, and Israel):
Even though Ahmadinejad has questioned whether the Holocaust happened, has threatened to wipe out Israel and attack the U.S., provides the munitions that kill U.S. troops in Iraq, is furiously trying to build nuclear weapons and is president of a country that Washington has declared the world's chief state sponsor of terrorism, some argued that he should be allowed to visit Ground Zero and see for himself the consequences of terrorism. Why not give Iran's president a chance to be educated and transformed?
That misguided thinking is strikingly familiar to me. In 1998, the Clinton White House and State Department invited Arafat to Washington to lay a wreath in memory of the dead at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. White House officials hoped that photos of him looking mournfully at images of dead Jews would convince living Jews that he genuinely felt their pain, truly understood their anxieties about Israel's security and could be trusted to protect the Jewish state in a final peace deal.
When, as the museum's director, I learned of the invitation, I immediately objected to it. I said that the visit had been set up as a photo-op, and that neither the museum nor the dead should ever be used to advance political or diplomatic ends. The writer is a professor of international affairs at George Washington University and a senior scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center. (Washington Post)
See also Columbia Would Welcome Hitler, a Dean Insists
"If Hitler were in the United States and wanted a platform from which to speak, he would have plenty of platforms to speak in the United States," said John Coatsworth, dean of Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, in an interview with Fox News. "If he were willing to engage in debate and a discussion to be challenged by Columbia students and faculty, we would certainly invite him." (New York Sun)
See also Yom Kippur at Columbia - Editorial
Columbia, it seems, is bound and determined to honor the president of Iran and provide him with a platform to agitate against our country, and Israel, in midst of a war in which our GIs are facing Iranian-backed forces on the field of battle. (New York Sun)
The West should not be talking to Hamas at present, French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner told the Jerusalem Post in Washington. In the run-up to the international meeting the U.S. is convening on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Kouchner said efforts to reconcile Hamas and Fatah would be a months-long undertaking that would set back the conference plans.
At the Center for Strategic and International Studies Kouchner defended Israel's alleged nuclear program after a protester in the audience called for a nuclear-free Middle East and suggested that Israel's nuclear capabilities should be neutralized as a way to create stability in the region. "Israel is threatened by Ahmadinejad," Kouchner said. "There is a real danger." When a threat is made, "we have to react, we have to defend our views," he said. "We have to defend democracy." "To those who say that we should handle Iran with kid gloves, since it could destabilize the region, I say this: look at its adventurism today and imagine what it would be like if Teheran thought itself one day protected by a nuclear umbrella." (Jerusalem Post)
Statecraft: What Israel Really Gained by Bombing Syria - Dennis Ross (New Republic)
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