Tuesday, January 23, 2018

23-Jan-18: The Iranians publicize some plans for Israel

Here's the entire text of an article that appears today on the website of Tehran Times
Everything ready for liberation of Palestine: general | January 23, 2018
TEHRAN – Everything is ready for the liberation of Palestine, an Iranian general said on Monday, calling the Palestinian people to unite to defeat Israel, Mehr reported. “As the Supreme Leader has said, efforts should be made to arm the West Bank, because efforts in this regard would lead to the collapse of Israel,” said Ahmad Vahidi, president of the Supreme National Defense University of Iran. He added should the Palestinian nation be armed, they can form a liberation army and decide their own fate by their strong will.
A month ago, an Iranian source quoted Vahidi saying in a speech at a public ceremony:
“Today, Iran is one of the most powerful countries in the military sector and its main reason is the (country’s) pursuit of valuable concepts of martyr and martyrdom.”
We wonder why, given who said it, that doesn't get more media attention.

Vahidi (real name: Ahmad Shah Cheraghi) was Iran's minister of defence between 2009 and 2013 and remains a senior figure in Iran's military establishment, currently serving as the head of the Supreme National Defense University of Iran.

He has been wanted by Interpol since 2007 (along with five other Iranians suspects named in this Interpol notice) for his alleged participation in the Iranian bombing of the Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on July 18, 1994, in which 85 people died, according to his Wikipedia entry. Iran denies it was involved. (This recent report says Vahidi was commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Qods Force at the time of the 1994 bombing.)

The unexplained reference to Mehr in the Tehran Times piece evidently means Mehr News Agency (MNA). About this, Wikipedia says
"Tehran Times and the MNA are run by a single management system with MNA staff triple that of Tehran Times. MNA is one of the outlets for the Ministry of Intelligence..."

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