Rouhani meets with Medvedev and Putin in Moscow, over a dozen agreements signed

Iranian President on two-day tour in Russia, meets with PM and Putin; Medvedev: Moscow is determined to deepen ties with Tehran in all fields.



Iranian President Hassan Rouhani arrived in Moscow on Monday for a two-day visit with Russian officials, the visit centered on boosting economic ties and bilateral relations.

Rouhani is accompanied by Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran’s Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh and a delegation of Iranian officials, both government and private sector.

On Monday, Rouhani met with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev ahead of a meeting with President Putin on Tuesday. He stated upon arrival that “I hope that a new turning-point in the development of our relations will be reached,” the Russian Prime Minister stating in response “Moscow is determined to deepen ties with Tehran in all fields. Currently, there are good relations between the two countries and there is no doubt that this visit will contribute a lot to deepening Tehran-Moscow relations.”

Rouhani’s meeting with Putin was centered on Syria, “resolutions to terrorism” and various agreements in cooperation trade, according to the Russian Foreign Ministry. The leaders reportedly signed 14 memorandums of understanding in the areas of economy, tourism, energy and more.

Putin stated ahead of their meeting, “Tehran and Moscow have hold partnership in all areas which entails international affairs as well as resolving extremely complicated issues in political and economic sectors.”

Russia and Iran continue to develop strong economic ties, specifically in the areas of arms sales and energy. Trade between the two counties has doubled in the past year, Russia the first country to resume trade with Iran, even before sanctions under the nuclear deal were relieved.

Netanyahu addresses AIPAC Policy Conference from Jerusalem

PM addresses US-Israel relations, ISIS, Iran, radical Islam, Israel as a light to the nations; Netanyahu: I am confident that the United States and Israel will stand together, shoulder to shoulder, to ensure that light triumphs over darkness and hope triumphs over despair.

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Prime Minister Netanyahu addressed the AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington live from Jerusalem on Monday, addressing US-Israel relations, Iran, radical Islam and Israel’s achievements in technology, security and growing international relations worldwide.

The Prime Minister began by emphasizing the strong bond between Israel and the United States, then addressing Iran and radical Islam as a mutual threat. He stated, “Israel has no greater friend than America and America has no greater friend than Israel. For the security of both Israel and the United States, we must ensure that the forces of militant Islam are defeated. We won’t let them drag humanity away from the promise of a bright future to the misery of a dark past. I am confident that the United States and Israel will stand together, shoulder to shoulder, to ensure that light triumphs over darkness and hope triumphs over despair.”

Specifically addressing Iran and the Islamic State, he stated “That means preventing Iran from ever developing nuclear weapons. That is our policy; it will always be our policy. And our partnership means also confronting Iran’s aggression in the region and its terrorism around the world. It means utterly vanquishing ISIS – not partly – utterly vanquishing ISIS. It means building alliances with moderates in the region, those moderates who seek to build a better future and embrace modernity and peace. In this battle between modernity and medievalism, more and more countries in the region and outside the region, around the world, realize that Israel is on their side.”

Netanyahu spoke of the assistance the State of Israel has provided to foreign states in combatting terror, as well as its assistance globally in humanitarian efforts and disaster relief, stating, “Where terrorism threatens innocent people, Israel is there, with unmatched intelligence and counterterrorism capabilities. Where people are suffering from hunger and thirst, as in Africa, Israel is there with technologies that help feed the world’s hungry and literally create water out of thin air. Where hackers threaten the critical networks of our lives – our banks, our transportation and power plants – Israel is there, with incredible cyber capabilities to help protect all of us. Where natural disasters strike around the world, Israel is there too, with rescue and medical services second to none.”

He went on to state, “All of this is possible because of Israeli ingenuity and Israeli determination. It’s the same ingenuity and determination that has built our strong army, our robust economy, our resilient society. But we haven’t done it alone. Israel wouldn’t be the country it is today without the steadfast support of the United States of America. All of you should be proud of the work you’ve done to strengthen that friendship year after year, decade after decade.”

On US-Israel relations, specifically under the Trump Administration, Netanyahu spoke of the progress and action under the Administration stating “I am confident our alliance will grow even stronger in the years ahead. As you know, I had an exceptionally warm meeting with President Trump last month. I want to thank the President for his strong support for Israel. I want to thank Vice President Pence for his warm words for Israel last night. The administration is showing its commitment to Israel by turning those words into policies. You see that reflected, you see that expressed in Ambassador Haley’s standing up for what’s right for Israel and the truth at the United Nations. You see it in the budget request submitted by President Trump. It leaves military aid to Israel fully funded, even as the fiscal belt is pulled tighter. And we appreciate that.”

He thanked the United States for its continued support, stating that the “In Israel we are deeply grateful for the generous support of the President, the Congress and the American people. We know, as you do, that this support is an investment in our common security and in our common future. Because we confront the same enemies and we defend the same values. Our open societies, our respect for the rule of law and the many freedoms we rightly cherish – these are the things that bring Americans and Israelis together.”

He spoke of the Palestinian Authority and the dire need to end its corrupt education of Palestinian youth, specifically anti-Semitism and hate, emphasizing “It must stop teaching hatred to its children. It must stop paying terrorists. It must stop denying our legitimacy and our history. It must above all, once and for all, recognize the Jewish state.”

On the peace process, he stated that “Israel is committed to working with President Trump to advance peace with the Palestinians and with all our neighbors,” speaking about Israel’s growing relations with Arab states in its common fight against radical Islam and the Islamic State. He stated “I believe that the common dangers faced by Israel and many of our Arab neighbors now offer a rare opportunity to build bridges towards a better future – a future more prosperous, more secure, more peaceful. And to achieve that future, Israel will stand ever vigilant, never compromising our security, always ready to defend ourselves.”

He addressed Israel’s strength amidst the BDS movement, regional conflict and growing anti-Semitism, stating, “We will defend ourselves not only on the physical battlefield, but also on the moral battlefield. We will defend ourselves against slander and boycotts. We will speak clearly against anti-Semitism from any quarter.”

He also spoke of the need for the international community to do more to return the bodies of Oron Shaul and Hadar Goldin, two soldiers killed during Operation Protective Edge in 2014, their remains held by Hamas. Netanyahu called on “our friends in America and around the world to demand that Hamas free Israeli hostages and enable the Goldin and Shaul families to bury their fallen sons.”

He thanked AIPAC for being a “critical partner in strengthening the alliance between our countries” as well as “building broad bipartisan support for Israel” to ensure that our alliance will stand the test of time. Your commitment to Israel makes you a part of the rebirth of the Jewish people, the renewal of Jewish sovereignty in our ancestral homeland.”

Pence: President Trump will never compromise the safety and security of the Jewish state of Israel.

At AIPAC, VP speaks at length of strong US-Israel relations; Addresses Iran, ISIS, peace process; Pence: The United States of America will not allow Iran to develop a nuclear weapon.

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United States Vice President Mike Pence delivered an address on US-Israel relations under the Trump Administration during the 2017 AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington, highlighting Israel-US relations under the Trump Administration.

Speaking at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), Pence spoke of his upbringing and constant support of Israel, stating, “My Christian upbringing compels me to cherish Israel- the songs of the land and the people of Israel were the anthems of my youth,” adding “Let me say from my heart, as for me and my house, We pray for the peace of Jerusalem and all who call her home. And I say with confidence: President Trump and I stand without apology for Israel and we always will!”

He spoke of the strong relations Israel has forged under the Trump Administration, addressing the actions already taken by the Trump Administration to improve relations with Israel following the Obama Administration. He spoke of President Trump’s appointment of Nikki Haley as Ambassador to the United Nations, stating that her appointment and the Trump Administration will make sure that “the United Nations will no longer be used as a forum for invective against Israel of the West.”

He also highlighted recently approved appointment of David Friedman as Ambassador to Israel, as well as Jason Greenblatt and his delegation which were in Israel and the Palestinian territories, working on what Pence referred to as the Trump Administration’s commitment to a “equitable and just solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict… President Trump is committed to forging a lasting peace in the Middle East.” He emphasized and stated boldly that in negotiations for the peace process that “President Trump will never compromise the safety and security of the Jewish state of Israel.”

Addressing the United States Embassy in Tel Aviv, Pence reiterated “After decades of talking about it, the President is giving serious consideration to moving the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.”

Speaking on the growing threat of radical Islam, he spoke of the United States commitment to Israel’s security and combatting ISIS, stating “Today, America’s support for Israel’s security is at a record level and President Trump has made it absolutely clear: Our commitment to Israel’s defense is not negotiable- not now, not ever…We will hunt down and destroy ISIS from its source, so it can no longer threaten our people, our allies or our most cherished ally- Israel.

Pence spoke at length on Iran and the threat of the Islamic Republic on Israel and the West, more so following the nuclear deal. He stated “This Administration has put Iran on notice. America will no longer tolerate Iran’s efforts to destabilize the region and jeopardize Israel’s security.”

He went on to speak about Iran’s ongoing efforts in supporting terror in the region, as well as its threat to destroy the State of Israel. He stated “The Ayatollahs in Tehran openly admit their desire to wipe Israel off the map and drive its people into the sea. For decades, Iran has funneled weapons into Syria, Lebanon and the Gaza Strip. They have gone to great lengths to develop nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles. And due to the disastrous end of nuclear related sanctions under the Iran deal, they now have additional resources to devote to sowing chaos and imperiling Israel.”

The Vice President emphasized “Let me be clear-under President Donald Trump, the United States of America will not allow Iran to develop a nuclear weapon. This is a solemn promise to you, to Israel and to the world.”

Iran sanctions 15 US companies for Israel ties

Companies sanctioned for Israel ties, Iran accusing companies of support of terror and human rights abuses; Iran: The sanctioned companies have, directly and/or indirectly, been involved in the brutal atrocities committed by the Zionist regime in the occupied Palestinian territories…



Iran has placed sanctions on 15 American companies that support Israel, claiming they support terror and commit human rights abuses.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry made the announcement on Sunday, claiming that the sanctioned companies are involved in “the brutal atrocities committed by the Zionist regime in the occupied Palestinian territories.”

The Ministry released the statement: The sanctioned companies have, directly and/or indirectly, been involved in the brutal atrocities committed by the Zionist regime in the occupied Palestinian territories, or they have supported the regime’s terrorist activities and Israel’s development of Zionist settlements on the Palestinian soil.

It claimed that the sanctions are not on the American people, but rather the US government, the Ministry stating “While respecting the American people and distinguishing between them and the hostile policies of the U.S. government, Iran will implement the principle of reciprocity until the offensive U.S. limitations against Iranian nationals are lifted.”

Iran also blacklisted the companies and made it illegal to contact the companies, Iran’s Foreign Ministry announcing that “any contact with these companies and entities is illegal, their properties and possession within the reach of Iranian government’s jurisdiction will be confiscated, and no Iranian visa will be issued for the people who hold positions in these companies are in relation with them.”

The companies sanctioned are Beni Tal, Bushmaster Firearms International, H-S Precision Inc., ITT Corporation, Kahr Arms, Lewis Machine and Tool Company, Magnum Research Inc., Military Armament Corporation, M7 Aerospace/Elbit Systems, O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Oshkosh Corporation, Raytheon, Re/Max Real Estate and United Technologies.

According to most reports, none of the companies sanctioned are believed to have any business in Iran.

The sanctions come just two days after the US State Department placed sanctions on 30 foreign companies, 11 of which were sanctioned for providing technology to Iran’s ballistic missile program.

The United States Senate also introduced a bill on Thursday that would place sanctions on Iran over its ballistic missile activity. The bill specifically targets Iranian entities that were relieved from sanctions under the nuclear deal, as well as the Islamic Revolutionary Guard.


Prophecy & Middle East Update, March 25, 2017

Amir gives a Prophecy and Middle East Update on the recent terror attack in London, Syria, Russia, Iran and much more!


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United Nations Human Rights Council passes five anti-Israel resolutions Friday

Ongoing anti-Israel efforts at the UNHRC as Council adopts 5 resolutions against Israel; Britain: We are putting the Human Rights Council on notice.



The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) adopted five anti-Israel resolutions on Friday during its 34th session.

The resolutions were passed despite the United States vocally calling on the Council to end its anti-Israel efforts and threatening to leave the Council over the past two months, as well as votes against all resolutions from the United States on Friday.

Britain issued a warning to the Council Friday, stating “Our enduring commitment to the universality of rights is also our source of enduring disappointment with the Council’s bias against Israel… We are putting the Human Rights Council on notice. If things do not change, in the future we will adopt a policy of voting against all resolutions concerning Israel’s conduct in the Occupied Syrian and Palestinian Territories.”

It addressed one of the resolutions passed entitled “Human rights in the occupied Syrian Golan”, Britain responded harshly stating following the meeting of the Council “Syria’s regime butchers and murders its people on a daily basis. But it is not Syria that is a permanent standing item on the Council’s agenda- it is Israel. We cannot accept the perverse message sent out by a Syria Golan resolution that singles out Israel, as Assad continues to slaughter the Syrian people.”

One of the resolutions passed condemned Israeli settlement construction with three of the resolutions passed concerning Palestinians in the West Bank, east Jerusalem and Gaza Strip.

Earlier this month, US State Department Deputy Assistant Secretary Erin Barclay reported that the United States “remains deeply troubled by the Council’s [UNHRC] consistent unfair and unbalanced focus on one democratic country, Israel,” and that “In order for this Council to have any credibility, let alone success, it must move away from its unbalanced and unproductive positions.” She stated that the Trump Administration is considering “our future engagements, my government will be considering the Council’s actions with an eye toward reform to more fully achieve the Council’s mission to protect and promote human rights.”



Iranian President to meet with Putin next week in Moscow

Rouhani and Zarif to travel to Moscow to meet with Putin; Private sector delegation to sign varied agreements as Iran and Russia increase economic cooperation



Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will travel to Moscow next week to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

According to Iranian media, Rouhani will meet with Putin early in the week, their meeting to center on increasing trade agreements and economic cooperation. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will also travel to Moscow and will meet with Russian officials.

The meeting will also center on “improving stability and security in the region” as well as “combatting terrorism and other regional threats”.

The president will be accompanied by a delegation from Iran’s private sector, with a reported 13 memorandums of understanding to reportedly be signed during the visit.

According to Rouhani’s deputy chief of staff, the visit is “Regarding Iran’s global standing, strategic capabilities and regional power, the need to examine international developments, and interaction between major regional powers to promote regional stability, fighting terrorism…”

On economic and trade agreements to be signed he stated “Given the fact that a delegation from Iran’s private sector is also accompanying the president during this visit, businessmen and economic agents will hold joint session and various negotiations on many fields of mutual interest and sign a number of Memorandum of Understandings for expansion of bilateral cooperation between the two countries’ private sectors… it appears that talks will mostly focus on continuation and expansion of Tehran-Moscow’s cooperation on improving stability and security in the region, multilateral and international cooperation, combatting terrorism and other regional threats.”