MESOP : Does Iran benefit from Gaza crisis? / AL MONITOR

AL MONITOR 4.8.2014 – Suleimani​ praises Hamas – On July 30, the head of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Quds Force, Commander Qassem Suleimani, praised the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, Al-Nasser Salah al-Deen Brigades, Abu Ali Mustapha Brigades, “the political leaders of Hamas, the Islamic Jihad and all the resistance groups.”Suleimani’s praise for Hamas is noteworthy.

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What the Gaza war means for Iran / THE LONG WAR JOURNAL

MESOP Analysis:  Not an ‘antiimperialist or liberation fight’ of Hamas – but a bloodshed against civilians in Gaza ordered by Tehran

02 Aug 2014  – “Peace [be] upon my dear brothers, the political leaders of Hamas and Islamic Jihad and all resistance groups,” said Brigadier General Qassem Suleimani, the Commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Qods Force (IRGC-QF,) in a recent letter about the Gaza conflict. As expected, the war between Hamas and Israel has provided great ideological fodder for Iran. And it is no surprise that Iran’s revolutionary leadership, best characterized by Ayatollah Khamenei, has been vocal on the issue.

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Iran’s New Strategy Of Diversion: Persuading The Sunni Camp To Fight Israel, Not Iran By: A. Savyon & Y. Carmon*

MESOP’S HEADLINE TODAY :  The HAMAS offensive was born in Tehran – not by the people of Gaza

Introduction – Recently, the Iranian regime has launched a campaign for arming the Palestinians in West Bank and Israel’s Arab citizens; the campaign is being led by Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.

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PREPARATION OF IRANIAN FORCES ON THE BORDER OF SOUTHERN KURDISTAN FOR WAR

MESOP : SOUTH KURDISTAN & SYRIA & GAZA = IRANIAN TARGETS (Click for pictures)

Rojhelat 31-7-2014 – Iranian regime unprecedentedly has moved its revolutionary guards and army with full military equipment to all over Eastern and Southern Kurdistan border.

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MESOP : AN OLD ARYAN LOVE AFFAIR = GERMANY & IRAN

EAST KURDISTAN (IRAN)

Iran & Germany: A 100-Year Old Love Affair – NEW BOOK : Die Deutschen und der Iran. Geschichte und Gegenwart einer verhängnisvollen Freundschaft – (The Germans and Iran: The History and Present of a Fateful Friendship) – By Matthias Küntzel – WJS Verlag. 352 pages, Hardcover.

by Amir Taheri – July 31, 2014 -  According to Küntzel, German leaders have at least two other reasons for helping Iran defy the United States. The first is German resentment of defeat in the Second World War followed by foreign occupation, led by the US. The second reason is that Iran is one of the few, if not the only country, where Germans have never been looked at as “war criminals” because of Hitler.

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TODAY’S MESOP OPINION (II) : OBAMA & IRAN AS A NEW JOINT VENTURE

HARD NATIONAL SECURITY CHOICES

The Foreign Policy Essay: Iran—Maliki’s BFFAfshon Ostovar is a Middle East analyst at the Center for Strategic Studies at CAN – By Afshon Ostovar  Sunday, July 27, 2014  - Editor’s Note: The Middle East makes strange bedfellows, and one of the oddest pairings is the de facto alliance between Iran and the United States in Iraq. Across the border in Syria, Iran and the United States support opposing armies, but both countries are helping the Iraqi government confront the jihadist fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Iran’s help, however, is likely to be far more substantial, and thus far more important. Afshon Ostovar, a Middle East analyst at CNA Strategic Studies, assesses the purposes and types of Iranian military support and its implications for Iraq and the United States.

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MESOP : SABAN / BROOKINGS ON IRAN – Do Four More Months for Iran Talks Enhance American Leverage or Cede Ground to Tehran?

Natan Sachs  Fellow, Center for Middle East Policy, Foreign Policy Program

This is precisely what the Israelis — and our own Michael Doran — warned: that the temporary nature of the Joint Plan of Action will become permanent, and in the meantime, Iran will not only experience some economic recovery but actually get more a bit more sanctions relief for the extension. Though the biting pressure on Iran remains largely intact, this hardly bodes well for Iranian intentions.

One key question in my mind is what happens in four months? Do the P5+1 have a coordinated view on this? Would the administration accept congressional efforts to ratchet up sanctions — or possibly even work with the legislative branch to prepare new measures in the event that a comprehensive agreement cannot be achieved in November? I thought the congressional proposals early on were premature, but this may be the appropriate time to signal very clearly to Iran what the cost of another failure would be.

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MESOP Testimony: Iran’s Destabilizing Role in the Middle East

As the July 20 deadline for the nuclear negotiations between the P5+1 and Iran approaches, the issue of Iran’s nuclear program, and the regime’s destabilizing role in the Middle East, will continue to be a concern for U.S. and Israeli policymakers. Natan Sachs, fellow at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy argues that both Israel and the United States must maintain a vigilant and pragmatic watch over Iran’s policies in the future. Editor’s note: On July 16, Natan Sachs delivered testimony on Israel and Iran’s role in the Middle East before a hearing of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. Read his prepared testimony here. http://www.brookings.edu/research/testimony/2014/07/16-iran-nuclear-deal-israel-sachs

MESOP IN DEPTH : The Rafsanjani-Khamenei Struggle Escalates Into Open, Direct Confrontation

The struggle in Iran between the pragmatic camp, led by Hashemi Rafsanjani and Iranian President Hassan Rohani, and the ideological camp, led by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) – which has been escalating in intensity over the past year, particularly in recent months – has in the past few weeks ratcheted sharply upwards (see MEMRI Inquiry and Analysis No. 1094, The Power Struggle Between Khamenei And His Camp And Rafsanjani And His Camp – Part X: The Political And Media Confrontation Escalates Into Reciprocal Threats, May 27, 2014

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Ghassemlou the Feminist?

MESOP : ALSO APO CLAIMS TO BE THE GREATEST FEMINIST OF ALL

By Zakarya Khezeryan: Kurdistan Tribune – 12-7-2014 – Heralded as the ‘prophet of peace and freedom,’ Adbul Rahman Ghassemlou (A.R.G) was a man of words, action and wisdom far beyond his years. His message, persona and name resonate with every peace and freedom-loving individual that has come to know him.

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