Iran Adopts Bill Clinton´s ´New Middle East´ Phrase (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu 03/01/11)
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When Bill Clinton was president, he envisioned a ‘New Middle East”
based on the failed Oslo Accords, which blew up in 2000 with the
Second Intifada, also known as the Oslo War. Iran now says a new
Middle East indeed is on the way, but one with the Islamic Republic
as its axis.
"Iran´s pivotal role in the new Middle East is undeniable," Iranian
Revolutionary Guards´ Politburo Chief General Yadollah Javani said on
Monday, addressing a conference in the Western Iranian city of
Kermanshah and quoted by the semi-official Fars News Agency.
"Today the Islamic Revolution of the Iranian nation enjoys such a
power, honor and respect in the world that all nations and
governments wish to have such a ruling system," he added.
Javani said that recent Arab uprisings in Muslim countries herald the
spread of Iran’s Islamic Revolution. His comments came one day before
massive Iranian forces battled protesters in an effort to squash
In Madrid, visiting President Shimon Peres accused Iran not only of
fostering terror in the Middle East but also of duplicating its
efforts in Latin America.
He told the Spanish parliament, “Iran nourishes Hizbullah in Lebanon
and Hamas in Gaza with terrorism and weapons, and it is creating
visible and hidden terrorist cells in other countries, in the Middle
East and even Latin America.”
President Peres also said he was “delighted” at the changes in the
Arab world as a result of recent uprisings, predicting that they will
bring about more democracy. Last week, he told Spanish officials that
he expects Iranians to topple the regime in Tehran.
However, the regime of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has
brutally squelched the protest movement, which began two years ago
after his disputed re-election. The tight alliance between military
forces, Ahmadinejad and supreme Muslim clerics has given them the
upper hand against the opposition.
Having so far survived international sanctions, Iran continues to
deepen its ties with Syria with the aim of extending its influence in
the entire Muslim world.
It recently sent two warships through the Suez Canal for the first
time since the 1979 revolution against the American-backed Shah.
"The presence of the Iranian vessels in Syria is an indication of the
Islamic Republic of Iran´s strength and the enemies´ failure," Syrian
Defense Minister Lt. General Ali Habib said in a meeting with
visiting Iran´s Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari,
according to Fars.
The ships are currently docked in Syria for training, and one of them
is armed with torpedoes and anti-ship missiles, the news agency added.
Iran and Syria have signed an agreement enabling the two countries´
naval forces to boost their mutual cooperation.
"Definitely, the good ties between the two friendly and brotherly
countries of Iran and Syria and their use of each other´s experiences
would strengthen the two states, specially in naval fields," stated
Sayyari. (© IsraelNN Syndications 03/01/11)
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