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Dec. 6, 2013
Zarif Accuses Iranian Media of Quoting US Fact Sheet and DEBKAfile Instead of Himself
In a bitter outburst in Tehran Wednesday Iranian
Foreign Minister Javad Zarif complained that his country�s media preferred to
quote DEBKAfile instead of himself. Who tells the truth? He asked. I, the
foreign minister of
It was the second time in this week that Zarif vented his frustration with
DEBKA�s popularity in
He asked rhetorically: �Why do our news sites, which claim to represent Hizbullah so frequently quote the Israeli site DEBKA, which disseminates inaccurate information, instead of trusting the words of their own foreign minister?� The students responded to Zarif�s grievance with half-jeering cries of �Mashallah! Mashallah! (an Arabic phrase used to show appreciation for a person or happening).�
Our own Iranian sources confirm Zarif�s charge and understand his irritation. In recent weeks, DEBKAfile was cited more prominently than ever before in most mainstream Iranian publications - newspapers, websites, blogs and also Facebook and Twitter � none of which minded using materials directly contradicting official regime statements.
References to DEBKA�s disclosures about
A search on Google under Debka in Farsi reveals hundreds of articles based on our Iranian coverage in a large number of Iranian Internet publications. Many others simply copy, paste our stories without attribution.
Three of the most influential Iranian publications are also those which quote
DEBKAfile most frequently, often carrying complete items. They are the
semi-official Fars news agency, which is owned by the Revolutionary Guards
Corps; Tasnim, another Guards mouthpiece and one of the most important sources
of information on
Mandela Had Jewish Friends But Was Resolutely Loyal to Palestinians
By The Times of
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela had close friendships and alliances with many Jews,
but his relationship with the Jewish state was complicated. While always
courteous and never hateful, the South African icon�s dealings with
In the name of reconciliation, he made no big deal about
�Mandela always strove to be scrupulously fair to both sides, even though his
inclination was very much towards the Palestinian side,� said David Saks, the
associate director of the South African Jewish Board of Deputies. �He was deeply
supportive of the Palestinian struggle for independence, but never deviated from
his view that this could only be attained through all parties recognizing
Jews played a crucial role in various stages of Mandela�s life, especially in
his early decades. Indeed, the only white person he ever called �my boss� was
Lazer Sidelsky, a Jewish lawyer from
�It was a Jewish firm, and in my experience I have found Jews to be more broadminded than most whites on issues of race and politics, perhaps because they themselves have historically been victims of prejudice,� Mandela wrote in his 1994 autobiography, �Long Walk to Freedom.� �The fact that Lazer Sidelsky, one of the firm�s partners, would take on a young African as an articled clerk � something almost unheard-of in those days � was evidence of that liberalism.�
In 1995, a year after Mandela became president, he gave a signed copy of his
book to �my former boss Laz,� calling him �a man who trained me to serve our
country.� Mandela reportedly attended the bar mitzvah of Sidelsky�s son Barry (Dov)
Sidelsky, who now lives in
But in his fight against apartheid, Mandela also had Jewish adversaries. Percy
Yutar, for example, was the chief prosecutor in the 1960s Rivonia trial in which
the future president was sentenced to a lifelong prison sentence. Yutar served
for many years as the head of a group of Orthodox synagogues in
Today�s Jewish community in
Yet the South African Jewish community�s relationship with the apartheid regime
is a �very mixed picture,� according to Gideon Shimoni, the former head of the
�Even Mandela kind of bought the line that those individuals who were active in
the opposition kind of saved the record of the Jewish community. But it�s a much
more complicated situation than that,� said Shimoni, who examined the issue in
depth in his 2003 book �Community and Conscience: The Jews in Apartheid South
The Jews fighting the racist regime were in most cases very critical of the organized Jewish community, he said. �They believed that the Jewish community has to throw its lot in with the struggle against apartheid, irrespective of what happens to Jewish community.� They also rejected the Jewish community�s allegiance to the Zionist cause, according to Shimoni.
�His whole attitude � to everything � was not to look for vengeance but rather
to work for a reconciliation and to look forward. The last thing he would do is
Madiba himself was no declared enemy of Zionism. Although he was a staunch supporter of the Palestinian cause � and of Palestinian and other Islamist leaders � he believed that both Jews and Palestinians had legitimate national ambitions.
�As a movement we recognize the legitimacy of Palestinian nationalism just as we recognize the legitimacy of Zionism as a Jewish nationalism,� he said in 1993. �We insist on the right of the State of Israel to exist within secure borders but with equal vigor support the Palestinian right to national self-determination.�
As a statesman, Mandela�s relationship with
�The ANC, in common with the international community, was extremely unhappy
about the military cooperation between the State of Israel and the apartheid
�He certainly was very sympathetic to Zionism in the sense of being a movement
for freedom and self-determination of the Jewish people,�
Indeed, one of Mandela�s first acts as a free man was to visit Yasir Arafat. The photos of the two men embracing � taken at a time before the Oslo Accords, when the PLO was officially still devoted to Israel�s destruction � raised concerns in Jewish communities around the globe.
�Mandela�s initially dismissive response to Jewish concerns exacerbated the
situation,� Saks wrote. However, the future president acted quickly and in a
meeting with Jewish leaders alleviated fears by stating that his movement
While Mandela was very critical of
Saks, who remembers Mandela as an �extremely warm� person, said Mandela�s
attitude �was never to brood over past wrongs, but to acknowledge what had been
done wrong and go forward.� While
On April 27, 1994, Mandela won
In May that year, both Arafat and Israeli president Ezer Weizman were invited to Mandela�s inauguration ceremony. Since the two leaders had never met, Mandela decided soon afterward to invite them to participate in his first official working meeting as president. After a short discussion, he took them to a separate room and asked them to �sit here and talk until you finalize everything,� according to Liel, who accompanied Weizman to the meeting (Arafat came with his adviser Ahmed Tibi, now a member of Knesset).
Mandela didn�t visit
In October 1999, a few months after he concluded his presidency, Madiba finally
Mossad's Supermen, Wonder Women Receive Honors
A ceremony honoring the Mossad intelligence agency's best officers took place
Thursday evening at the President's Residence in
Peres noted with satisfaction that four of the 12 employees receiving the honor are women. �I am filled with pride to see you, warriors who are also mothers to children, who defend not only their children but their countrymen. You are a wonderful organization whose people are courageous and full of wisdom, who have no motive within them except to risk their own lives for the sake of their country. I salute the Mossad, its fighters and especially the 12 excellent ones.�
Netanyahu told the Mossad audience: �The citizens of
Pardo told his employees: �The strength of the Mossad is in its people, who serve in it with resourcefulness, persistence, creative thought outside the box, alongside modesty and honesty, with which campaigns can be won � even those that appear impossible and unreasonable.�
Not much can be told about the 12 recipients of the citations, except to say
that they include young agents and seasoned ones, who spearhead the
organization's operations, intelligence gathering and analysis. They include an
intelligence gathering officer who has already received an award from the
president for his groundbreaking thinking, his outstanding performance and
special abilities, thanks to which the Mossad was able to realize its goals in
Another agent who received the citation comes from the technological field. He became a central figure in the organization after recognizing a certain technology's potential and turning it into an operational system that yields intelligence. His friends say that although many hi-tech firms are interested in hiring him, he has chosen to remain in the Mossad, where he can serve the country and make the most of his unique abilities.
Two daring female operational agents were also honored for their work in
threatening arenas, where they risked their lives while displaying daring and
level-headedness. One of the two left a promising career to work against
Up until now, one could only read about what the
The United States Library of Congress has published this fascinating collection
of photos documenting the country between the First Zionist Aliyah and the
Second Aliyah. The pictures were refurbished in the photochrome technique � in
other words, black and white photos were colored. It's unclear who the
photographer was and what he was doing in the
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YOU SAY YOU WANT CHANGE?
By Frances Bernay-Cohen
I can't speak for you, but my grandparents came to the United States to find a refuge from "change." They came to The United States where their basic freedoms were guaranteed by the Constitution; where they could build a future on this solid ground.
Whether our forefathers and forI'm sure you will find some truth in this song.
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Paradise Regained, Paradise Lost
By Don Canaan (Commentary)
This year marked the 29th anniversary of the return of the Sinai by Israel to Egypt--a day of mourning by many of the 2,000 settlers who settled and later were forcibly evacuated by Israeli authorities under the command of Ariel Sharon, from the seaside city of Yamit on the Mediterranean.
Yamit was former Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Dayan's dream--a projected seaport and city of 250,000 founded on the Sinai sand dunes overlooking date palm trees and the blue Mediterranean--a populated buffer between the Gaza Strip and Egypt on the other side of the Suez Canal.
Some alternate historians say Moses and the children of Israel passed near the site of Yamit 3,500 years ago as they wandered for 40 years through the Sinai Desert on their way to the proverbial land of milk and honey.
Since April 25, 1982 only the whine of the desert wind weaves its currents through the crevices of destroyed homes, businesses and monument--a memorial to the young men who died during the 1967 Six Day war.
Christians, Jews and Muslims died during three Arab-Israeli wars and battles that took place in the Sinai in 1956, 1967 and 1973--Egyptian and Israeli--young people who fought and died in that desolate, forsaken desert wasteland.
The modern-day chariot carrying Egyptian President Mohammed Anwar al-Sadat hugged the intermittently green coastline of Sinai on its historic mission to Jerusalem. Israelis glancing upward into the clear night sky saw merely a jet banking gently to the northwest.
Official Israeli government policy was that the settlers had to be removed and the army came and forcibly removed the remaining diehard residents. The Jerusalem Post described the scene: Apocalypse had arrived in Yamit and in the dust and noise and destruction one could wander freely. Dozens of bulldozers and giant mobile air hammers were loose in the city like a pack of predatory beasts."
April 25, 20011 marked the 29th anniversary of Israel's withdrawal from Yamit and Sinai and a cold peace between long-term enemies.
That gift of peace silently glided overhead as the Sabbath disappeared and the stars appeared. At 8:01 p.m. Sadat's jetliner landed at Ben-Gurion Airport and the first minutes of a then potential peace came to the Middle East.
Old enemies became new friends. The crowds roared its approval when Sadat shook hands with Moshe Dayan. A person standing nearby, according to the Jerusalem Post, said Sadat told Dayan, "Don't worry Moshe, it will be all right."
The peace treaty between the two nations was signed on March 26, 1979 and on April 25, 1982; the events that had started on a November day at Camp David came to fruition. Sinai was returned to Egypt. Yamit was bulldozed to the ground. But Anwar Sadat did not live to see that day. He had been assassinated seven months before.
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