Tehran, as well as its proxy terrorist groups are getting desperate for funding, with Hezbollah’s Hasan Nasrallah imploring members of his group to engage in “fundraising,” meaning: kidnapping & ransom, illegal drug trafficking, extortion & gun running.
By Jonathan S. Tobin
With weeks to go until the deadline to make a decision, the debate inside the Trump administration is heating up. The choice involves whether to continue to allow eight foreign nations to go on selling oil to Iran via waivers that allow them to legally evade the sanctions the United States reimposed when U.S. President Donald Trump pulled out of the nuclear deal with Tehran. Continue Reading »
Iran contends in the lawsuit filed with the ICJ, that the U.S. sanctions, which are damaging further the already weak Iranian economy, violate terms of the little-known, 1955 Treaty of Amity between the two countries.
– ICJ president urges the U.S. to adhere to court’s decision.
Iranian lawyers asked the International Court of Justice on Monday to order the United States to lift sanctions imposed by the Trump administration against Tehran.
The presiding judge of the UN body informally known as the World Court began the hearing by calling on Washington to respect its outcome. During their decades of animosity, both the United States and Iran have ignored some rulings at the court. Continue Reading »
PM Netanyahu thanked Air France and British Airways who cited “business reasons” for terminating their flights to Iran this September, joining the Dutch airlines, KLM.
• Germany’s Lufthansa: No plans to halt flying to Iran for now.
By Eldad Beck, Ariel Kahana, Ilan Gattegno, News Agencies & Israel Hayom Staff
Major British and French airlines announced Thursday that they plan to halt flights to Iran from September, citing business reasons. The decisions come in the wake of U.S. President Donald Trump’s reimposition of sanctions on Iran.
The Air France-KLM Skyteam Alliance ends flights to Iran, joining British Airways. – Photo: Wikimedia
British Airways said it was suspending its London to Tehran service “as the operation is currently not commercially viable.” Continue Reading »
The Dutch airline, which is part of the Delta-Air France-KLM ‘SkyTeam’ group, also suspended its Amsterdam-Tehran route back in 2013 based solely “as a result of the negative results and financial outlook,” but renewed its service in 2016, with Obama’s Iranian sanctions relief policy.
By News Agencies and Israel Hayom Staff
Dutch airline KLM announced Monday that it will halt flights to Tehran “as a result of the negative results and financial outlook” following the U.S. withdrawal from the Iranian nuclear accord.
The airline, part of the Delta-Air France-KLM group, made the announcement in a short statement on its website. Continue Reading »
Supreme Leader of Iran admits talks with ‘Big Satan’ U.S. are for expedience, to relieve economic pressure & deceive the West, using Islamic taqiyya tactic, as permitted in Qur’an.
Revelation goes unnoticed in Washington as US deal is basically what the White House wants too.
By Ari Yashar
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei publicly revealed on Thursday that negotiations with the US about Iran’s nuclear program are part of a tactic to stall international pressure and gain time.
Ali Khamenei, the current Supreme Leader of Iran – Photo courtesy Wikipedia Commons
“We had announced previously that on certain issues, if we feel it is expedient, we would negotiate with the Satan (the US) to deter its evil,” said Khamenei in Qom. Continue Reading »
A French gov’t spokeswoman reported that Hollande viewed Khamenei’s remarks as “unacceptable”.
Khamenei vows to ‘slap aggressors in the face,’ and promises that Israel is ‘doomed to extinction.
By Ryan Jones
France on Wednesday continued to demonstrate that it has Israel’s back in the ongoing Iran nuclear saga when French President Francois Hollande blasted Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei over his bitter remarks targeting the Jewish state.
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
Addressing an elite unit of his Revolutionary Guards, Khamenei called Israel the “rabid dog of the region” and promised that “the Zionist regime…is doomed to extinction.” Continue Reading »
The time for limited confidence-building measures is over.
WASHINGTON — A letter backed by AIPAC urging President Obama to keep up pressure on Iran even as he negotiates with the regime garnered signatures from 73 U.S. Senators.
“We strongly believe there should be absolutely no diminution of pressure on the Iranians until the totality of their nuclear program has been addressed,” reads the letter, initiated by Sens. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) and Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) and signed by another 70 senators. “The time for limited confidence-building measures is over.”
The letter, sent Thursday and backed by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, says the senators “remain very skeptical of any proposal that would allow the current Iranian government to possess an enrichment capability in any form, given its long track record of deceptive and illicit conduct.” Continue Reading »
EU’s Decision to shut down 19 Eutelsat TV channels draws Tehran’s ire.
Netanyahu commends new EU sanctions.
Iran is upset over the European Union’s decision to shut down all 19 Iranian satellite channels carried by Eutelsat, including Press TV and the Al-Alam channel in Arabic.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met with European Union member state ambassadors Tuesday and commended the EU for the sanctions package it approved Monday against Iran.
“I first want to congratulate the EU for receiving the Nobel Peace Prize,” he said. “Would that we could replicate in the Middle East what was achieved in Europe. Continue Reading »
In violation of U.S. laws, British bank Standard Charter failed to disclose $250 billion deal with Iran.
New York’s top bank regulator threatened to strip Standard Chartered Plc of its state banking license, saying the British bank was a “rogue institution” that hid $250 billion in transactions tied to Iran, in violation of U.S. law.
The New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) said Standard Chartered “schemed” with the Iranian government and hid from law enforcement officials some 60,000 secret transactions to generate hundreds of millions of dollars in fees over nearly 10 years, also exposing the U.S. Continue Reading »
Sanctions are meant to strip Tehran of revenue by shutting down financial deals with Iran’s powerful state oil and tanker enterprises.
The U.S. Senate unanimously approved on Monday a package of new economic sanctions on Iran’s oil sector just days ahead of a meeting in Baghdad between major world powers and Tehran.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad visits Iran's Fuel Manufacturing Plant, a new facility producing uranium fuel for a planned heavy-water nuclear reactor, outside Isfahan, Iran. - Photo by AP
The West suspects Iran is working to build a nuclear bomb and the sanctions are meant to strip Tehran of revenue by shutting down financial deals with Iran’s powerful state oil and tanker enterprises. Continue Reading »
While in Israel we are preoccupied with threats and preparations for a possible strike on Iran’s nuclear sites, residents of Tehran, Esfahan, Shiraz and other Iranian cities are already deep into another war – the war for their survival. Phone calls made in recent days by Yedioth Ahronoth to several Iranian citizens revealed a fascinating picture of the enemy state that hides behind the scary rhetoric of the leaders from Tehran.
While top Iranian leaders Ali Khamenei and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad boast that Western sanctions merely make Iran stronger and issue statements claiming Iran’s home front is resilient, the Iranians we spoke with have other news – the situation in the country is terrible. Continue Reading »