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Iranian Leaders Incensed at US Plans to Designate IRGC

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8 Apr 2019 (All day)
Iranian Leaders Incensed at US Plans to Designate IRGC
Officials with Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps reacted with incandescent rage to reports over the weekend that the US is preparing to designate the IRGC as a foreign terrorist organization. IRGC commander Mohammad Ali Jafari declared that such a designation would be absurdly incorrect, adding "With this stupidity, the American army and security forces will no longer have today's calm in the West Asia region." Iranian foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif added a warning to Americans not to allow a “Zionist conspiracy” to allow them to “be conned into another US disaster." Additionally, a statement signed by 255 of the 290 members of Iran’s Majles (parliament) threatened to take “reciprocal actions” against the US military in the near future. "So the leaders of America, who themselves are the creators and supporters of terrorists in the [Middle East] region, will regret this inappropriate and idiotic action," the statement read.

In related news, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei issued a flurry of Tweets over the weekend advising Iraq to eject US forces from their territory. The Tweets came following meetings with visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi in Tehran, aimed at expanding commercial ties between the neighboring countries.

However, Iranian officials also had domestic problems to deal with over the weekend, including a growing protest movement which has been exacerbated by the government’s poor response to recent floods affecting 26 of the country’s 31 provinces. The death toll also rose to 70 people who have died as a direct result of the floods, with many more injured and missing and officials reported that over 2,000 roads and dozens of bridges have been washed away as over 141 rivers have burst their banks.

Turkish President in Moscow for Meetings With Putin
Fresh off a stinging electoral rebuke in local elections last week, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan flew to Moscow Monday for meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The meetings come a few days after Erdogan received a sharp warning from the US and other NATO allies over its intentions to purchase an S-400 air defense system from the Kremlin, despite fears that cooperation with the Russian military which would be necessary for the integration of the system into Turkey’s armed forces would expose sensitive Western military technology, particularly the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

Click HERE to read some in-depth analysis of the situation inside Turkey
 
Meanwhile, a group of entertainers from the cast of The Bride of Istanbul, a Turkish soap opera popular around the world, landed in Israel on Friday for a goodwill tour despite ongoing political tensions between the governments of the two countries.

Israel Blesses the World
Beijing Capital International Airport, the globe’s second busiest, announced last week that it has selected a foreign object debris (FOD) detection system called RunWize, produced by Xsight Systems’, a hi-tech company based in Israel, to protect its runways. Boston Logan International Airport, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Ben-Gurion Airport and Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport are all already equipped with the system and others are reportedly looking into options for acquiring it.

Here is a short video about other ways Israel is blessing the world



South Africa Downgrades Diplomatic Mission in Israel
South African Foreign Minister Lindiwe Sisulu issued a statement last week that her government is downgrading ties with Israel, including by downgrading its diplomatic mission in Tel Aviv from an Embassy to a Liaison Office which “will have no political mandate, no trade mandate and no development cooperation mandate. It will not be responsible for trade and commercial activities. “The focus of the Liaison Office would be on consular and the facilitation of people-to-people relations.”

Israel’s Water Situation Vastly Improved
Israel’s Water Authority reported on Sunday that the level of the Sea of Galilee rose 89 cm in March due to heavy rains which directly filled it as well as several streams and tributaries that flow into it. Additionally, the Dead Sea rose 3 cm amidst precipitation levels that were 131% of the multi-year national average. Israel’s longer and wetter than usual winter came even as several other countries in the Middle East and North Africa region are experiencing a severe and worsening long-term drought. FAO director-general Jose Graziano da Silva addressed a meeting of Water and Agriculture officials from 20 Arab states in Cairo last week, telling Reuters in an interview on the sidelines of the gathering that “This is really an emergency problem now. It’s unbelievable that this region does not have good governance on water management and land management.”

Christian Artists Release Video Filmed in Israel
The effort to Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) Israel suffered another defeat last Friday when Christian artists Nicole Mullen and Kathie Lee Gifford released a music video for their new song “The God Who Sees” which was filmed in Israel earlier this year. “I would love for people to have their appetites whet to visit Israel,” Mullen told the Jerusalem Post. “We, especially here in the West, it’s very foreign for us to remember that the Bible was not written in California...but it was written in the Middle East. And the culture and some of the messages that are taught sometimes can escape us. [But in Israel] we can see it and we can feel it and we can experience it.”

“I’m trying to achieve another tool with this,” Gifford said. “Come to the Holy Land. Visit it. Go to the places where these things actually happened. Learn what the words really mean.”

Here is the video

 

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