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Excerpts: Iran re Trump and nuclear deal. Israel Education Minister re

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 8:25
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Excerpts: Iran re Trump and nuclear deal. Israel Education Minister re
Trump. Interpol re Palestinian membership November 09, 2016

+++SOURCE:Al Arabiya News 9 Nov.’16:”Iran FM:Trump must commit to nuclear
deal”,by Agence France Presse
SUBJECT:Iran re Tromp and nuclear deal
QUOTE:”Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called Wednesday[9 Nov]
on US president-elect Donald Trump to stick to international agreements “

FULL TEXT:Iran’s foreign minister called Wednesday[9 Nov] on US
president-elect Donald Trump to stick to international agreements following
his threats during the election campaign to tear up a nuclear deal with
Tehran.“Every US president has to understand the realities of today’s world.
The most important thing is that the future US president stick to
agreements, to engagements undertaken,” Mohammad Javad Zarif said in
Romania.Trump has vowed to rip up last year’s deal with world powers which
lifted international sanctions in return for curbs on Iran’s nuclear
program.

Tehran insists its nuclear program is peaceful and has so far met its
obligations under the deal, but supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has
said he would happily “burn” the agreement if Trump decides to tear it
up.Some Iranians believe the US president-elect will not make good on his
threat.“The Trump of the campaign is different to Trump the president,” said
Allaeddine Borujerdi, chairman of parliament’s foreign affairs committee.“It
is natural that the American president is constrained by international rules
and must apply them, notably on the nuclear deal,” the ISNA news agency
quoted him as saying.

Iran’s Atomic Energy Organisation said it was prepared for any eventuality.

“We have defined our nuclear programin such a way that we can continue in
any situation,” spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi told the state broadcaster.

The deputy commander of the elite Revolutionary Guards, Hossein Salami, said
it made no difference to Iran who was in the White House.

“When the Republicans were in power, they threatened us and showed their
hostility… and when the Democrats were in power, the policies of the
United States were the same,” Salami told the Fars news agency.

Iran says the United States has not stuck to the spirit of the nuclear deal
since it came into force in January, because a raft of unilateral US
sanctions remain in place that have left it frozen out of the international
banking system.

The US Congress is due to vote next month on whether to renew those
sanctions, which are linked to Iran’s human rights record and ballistic
missile tests.

+++SOURCE:Naharnet(Lebanon) 9 Nov.’16:”Israel Minister Says Palestinian
State over after Trump Win”,by Agence France Presse
SUBJECT:Israel Education Minister re Trump win

FULL TEXT:Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett said Wednesday[9 Nov]
the idea of a Palestinian state was over after Donald Trump’s election as US
president, calling for an end to what has been the basis of years of
negotiations.

“Trump’s victory is an opportunity for Israel to immediately retract the
notion of a Palestinian state in the center of the country, which would hurt
our security and just cause,” Bennett, who heads the hardline Jewish Home
party, said in an apparent reference to the occupied West Bank.

“This is the position of the president-elect … The era of a Palestinian
state is over.”

+++SOURCE:Jordan Times 9 Nov.’16:”Israel blocks Palestinian bid to join
Interpol “,by Reuters

SUBJECT: Interpol re Palestinian membership

QUOTE:”Interpol members vote against discussing Palestinian membership”

FULL TEXT:OCCUPIED JERUSALEM — An attempt by the Palestinians to push for
membership of global police organization Interpol was rejected in a vote at
the body’s congress in Bali, Indonesia on Tuesday[8 Nov.], the Israeli
police and foreign ministry said.

Israel said its diplomacy had convinced a majority of Interpol members to
vote against putting the Palestinian request to join on the meeting’s
agenda. The Palestinians said the rejection was only a procedural issue.

Sixty-two delegates at the meeting voted against the Palestinian request, 56
in favour and 37 abstained.

“Once again the Palestinians have tried to politisise an international
professional organisation,” a statement from the Israeli foreign ministry
said.

But Ammar Hejazi, a Palestinian delegate at the congress, said the body
would discuss its membership bid next year.

“[Our request] was not achieved in this session because the Interpol
Executive Committee said it would study new membership requests next year,”
he told Palestine Radio.

Interpol’s Executive Committee said it had appointed an adviser to recommend
“a clear and transparent process with a defined set of criteria for
membership” and no new applicants would be considered until a meeting in
Beijing in 2017.

“While the study is being carried out, all current and future applications
for membership including those from the Republic of Kosovo, the State of
Palestine and the Solomon Islands have been suspended,” Interpol said.

Israel has been wary of Palestinian efforts to join international bodies and
gain the attributes of statehood “through the back door”, an Israeli
official said. It is already a member of the International Criminal Court in
The Hague and various other international bodies and associations.

Israel insists direct negotiations with the Palestinians are the only path
towards Palestinian statehood. The last round of peace talks collapsed in
2014.

“This attempt forms part of the ongoing Palestinian campaign to evade direct
negotiations with Israel and to continue the conflict with Israel inside
professional international bodies,” the foreign ministry said.

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has become a prominent issue at world
football’s governing body, FIFA, where the Palestinians have pushed for
sanctions against Israel.

Hejazi said Israel could not stop the Palestinians from joining any
international bodies.

“They [Israel] are trying to score fake and unreal victories, they are
selling their people illusions,” he said
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Sue Lerner – Associate, IMRA

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