Iran menaced as zionists bluster
zionists are rejecting america's peace deal. Then again people must
realize that the one thing the zionists have in common with the green
movement and those rioting in Libya and Syria is that they are american
subsidized. The real peace solution is for america and their pawns to
butt out permanently. then real solutions can be implemented.
Peter Khan Zendran
Iran claims to break up CIA spy network
Network of "spies" controlled through US embassies in the United Arab
Emirates, Turkey and Malaysia, ministry says.
Last Modified: 21 May 2011 12:14
Iran's mistrust of America is deep; in 2009, Shane Bauer, Josh Fattal
and Sarah Shourd were charged with spying after they said they
accidentally hiked across the border [AFP]
Iran has arrested 30 people it says were engaged in a "complex espionage
and sabotage network" run by the United States, state media reported.
The network of alleged spies was controlled by the Central Intelligence
Agency through US embassies in the United Arab Emirates, Turkey and
Malaysia, according to an intelligence ministry statement posted on the
Mehr news agency's website on Saturday.
"Due to the massive intelligence and counterintelligence work by Iranian
intelligence agents, a complex espionage and sabotage network linked to
America's spy organisation was uncovered and dismantled," the statement
"Elite agents of the intelligence ministry in their confrontation with
the CIA elements were able to arrest 30 America-linked spies through
numerous intelligence and counterintelligence operations."
The statement also said Iran had identified 42 US intelligence officers
in the three named countries.
"They engage in collection of information regarding Iran's nuclear,
aerospace defence and bio-technology fields," among other areas, the
The spy network worked under the cover of labour recruitment agencies,
the statement posted on Mehr's website said.
"The elites, educated and naive people were recruited to get visas,
residency permits, education abroad and employment," it said.
Spying in Iran can carry the death penalty. Washington has had no
diplomatic presence in Iran since the 1979 revolution which deposed the
US-backed shah and was followed by the lengthy occupation of the US
Diplomatic cables published by the WikiLeaks website showed the US
operated information-gathering desks on Iran in neighbouring countries
where diplomats would seek to glean intelligence from travelling
The announcement of the arrests comes two days after Barack Obama, the
US president, made a speech on the Middle East, reiterating Washington's
view that Tehran sponsors terrorism and is seeking nuclear weapons,
charges Iran denies.
Netanyahu: No return to 1967 borders
Israeli leader says Obama's call for future Palestinian state based on
1967 borders would leave country "indefensible".
Last Modified: 21 May 2011 07:58
Barack Obama and Binyamin Netanyahu affirmed their countries' "enduring
friendship" at the White House [Al Jazeera]
Israel is prepared to make "generous" concessions for peace in the
Middle East, but cannot go back to the country's "indefensible" 1967
borders, Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu said after White
House talks with Barack Obama.
Netanyahu's comments came after Obama, the US president, had said the
1967 borders, with mutually agreed land swaps, should form the basis for
a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians, in a major speech on
the Middle East on Thursday.
"A peace based on illusions will crash upon the rocks of Middle Eastern
reality... I think for peace the Palestinians will have to accept some
basic realities," Netanyahu said.
He said that a return to those borders was impossible because the region
had seen "demographic changes".
"While Israel is prepared to make generous compromises for peace, it
cannot go back to the 1967 borders because these borders are
A spokesman for the Palestinian Authority president, Mahmud Abbas,
responded to the statements, calling on Obama to further press Israel to
accept a Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders.
"Netanyahu's position is an official rejection of Mr Obama's initiative,
of international legitimacy and of international law," said Nabil Abu
In statements made after their talks, both Obama and Netanyahu rejected
the involvement of Hamas in peace negotiations, following the recent
Palestinian unity deal involving the group and Abbas' Fatah faction.
Netanyahu said that Abbas would have to choose between "peace with
Israel and his pact with Hamas".
He also called Hamas the "Palestinian version of al-Qaeda".
Obama said, "It is very difficult for Israel to negotiate in a serious
way with a party that refuses to acknowledge its right to exist...
[Hamas] is not a partner for a significant, realistic peace process."
But Ghazi Hamad, a Hamas spokesperson, responded telling Al Jazeera:
"Hamas is not a terrorist organisation."
"We've spent 20 years in negotiations. It is enough. It is enough for
the Palestinians... Hamas is fighting for our people, for our homeland,
for our liberation, for our dignity, for our independence."
He also said that while a successful peace process remained to be seen:
"We cannot give Israel the carte blanch that they have to enjoy the
occupation... and to say we have to stop the resistance against the
Right of return
Both Obama and Netanyahu spoke about refugees from the region, with
Obama calling for a right of return for Palestinians, and Netanyahu
largely focusing on Arab countries refusing support for Palestinians.
"Palestinian refugees cannot come to Israel... It's not going to
happen," he said.
Reporting from Shatti Beach refugee camp in Gaza, Al Jazeera's Nicole
Johnston said, "The statement is not surprising or unexpected for
Gazans... A lot of people here have lost hope of returning to what is
now Israel, returning to their homes."
She added, "People are very frustrated by the situation, but they're
also concerned with their more immediate needs", citing unemployment and
difficulty of access of resources.
On Thursday, Obama laid down his clearest markers yet on compromises
Israel should make towards peace in his speech on the 'Arab spring'.
Among his statements were support of a two-state solution, that
Palestinian territories should be demilitarised, and that borders should
be re-drawn as they were before Israel captured the West Bank and other
Palestinian land in 1967.
That position was seen as a message that Obama expected Israel to
eventually make concessions which they have resisted to date.
A senior Palestine Liberation Organisation official, Yasser Abed Rabbo,
said the PLO "favourably welcomes the Obama principles on the 1967
Quartet supports Obama
Before Obama and Netanyahu made statements, the Quartet of Middle East
negotiators - the United States, Russia, the European Union and the
United Nations voiced strong support for Obama's criteria for Middle
"The Quartet agrees that moving forward on the basis of territory and
security provides a foundation for Israelis and Palestinians to reach a
final resolution of the conflict through serious and substantive
negotiations and mutual agreement on all core issues," the group said in
"The Quartet reiterates its strong appeal to the parties to overcome the
current obstacles and resume direct bilateral negotiations without delay
or preconditions," the Quartet said.
Al Jazeera and agencies