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Iran Threatens to Withdraw From Parts of JCPOA

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8 May 2019
Iran Threatens to Withdraw From Parts of JCPOA
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani announced on Wednesday that his country is preparing to resume high level enrichment of uranium if the expectations the clerical regime in Teheran had following the 2015 JCPOA nuclear deal don’t begin to be realized. He added an ultimatum that the UK, France, Russia, China and Germany, the signatories to the JCPOA other than the US, which withdrew from the deal last year, have 60 days to find a way for Iran to continue exporting oil and resume normal banking transactions despite US sanctions before the Islamic Republic would also withdraw from some parts of the JCPOA.

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is expected to explain the "technical and legal details of a reduction of Iran's commitments" to EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini in the near future, although he was at pains to explain during remarks to the press on Wednesday that Iran will not fully withdraw from the JCPOA at this juncture. "The European Union and others...did not have the power to resist U.S. pressure. Therefore, Iran...will not carry out some voluntary commitments," Zarif said, according to state media. Iran's future actions “will be fully within the [nuclear deal], from which the Islamic republic will not withdraw."

"We don't want to go as far as sanctions and want Iran to respect its commitments and that's the message we passed to Tehran and Washington," said one French official on Tuesday, according to Reuters.

Danon Leads UN Ambassadors on Tour of Ashkelon
Israel’s UN Ambassador Dani Danon led a delegation of his colleagues to the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon Tuesday so they could see first-hand the damage done to civilian homes,schools and other infrastructure by the recent barrage of rockets fired at the city by the Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror militia’s in the Gaza Strip. Ashkelon Mayor Tomer Glam told the visiting ambassadors that, “the city has suffered a severe blow from this latest escalation. This is a reality that is unacceptable and unlivable.”

Danon said “We arrived in Ashkelon to offer strength to the residents of the South and to show the world what Hamas aggression looks like. The time has come for the Security Council to designate Hamas as a terrorist organization, one that commits double war crimes and exploits the people of Gaza as human shields. This will be the next measure we bring to the UN.”

In related news, the Persian Gulf emirate of Qatar announced on Tuesday that it will be transferring $480 million to Palestinian agencies in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, mostly for educational and humanitarian programs and much of it under the auspices of the UN.

Trump Square Coming to Petah Tikvah
Rami Greenberg, mayor of the central Israeli city of Petah Tikvah, announced this week that the municipality will be naming a square after US President Donald Trump. The ceremony will take place on 4 July, to coincide with America’s Independence Day celebrations.

Saudi Journalists Take Israel’s Side Against Hamas
Well-known journalists in Saudi Arabia issued statements in recent days expressing support for Israel against the Islamist terror militias Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad amidst the recent barrage of rocket attacks on Israel. "It's time to say this out loud: confronting the terror of Hamas is the responsibility of all the countries in the region and of the international community [as a whole], not only of Israel,” wrote Abd Al-Hamid Al-Hakim, former director of the Middle East Center for Strategic and Legal Studies in Jeddah. “I say to the Arabs...: Do you want these murderers and agents of Iran to rule Jerusalem?!"

Israeli-Owned Restaurant in the US Wins Prestigious Award
Zahav (“Gold” in Hebrew), an Israeli resteraunt in the US city of Philadelphia, won the James Beard Foundation award for outstanding restaurant for 2019 during a ceremony on Monday in Chicago. Jewish chefs Michael Solomonov and Steve Cook, who founded the resteraunt, have previously been recipients of the Best Book Award by the Foundation for their 2016 best-seller “Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking.”

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