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Daybreak: Iranian FM’s Nuclear Past

Plus Syrian unrest unrests Lebanon, and more in the news

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Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi last month.(Atta Kenare/AFP/GettyImages)

• Based on uncovered communiqués, Iran’s current foreign minister was involved in Iran’s nuclear program in the 1990s, reports David Albright. [Reuters/Haaretz]

• Salafists in Lebanon are getting energized by the civil war against the Shiite regime next door in Syria. [WP]

• What was between the lines has been made explicit: Israel’s 11th-hour deal with the hunger strikers created conditions for a relatively mild Nakba Day. [Haaretz]

• The RAND Corporation sides with Meir Dagan et al against attacking Iran right now. [Haaretz]

• Speaking of, Dagan is definitely politicking—now he’s opining on the Tal Law. [JPost]

Right now, for the first time, Argentina has a Jewish president (he won’t be president tomorrow). [JTA]

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ginzy1 says:

“…the Shiite regime next-door in Syria”

Ummm hate to break this to you  but regime in Syrian is Alawite not Shi’ite.  Although the Alawites are a spin off from the Shia, there is a world of difference between them.  Up until recently the Shi’ite leadership, especially in Iran, considered the Alawites heretics worthy of the sword (not to give them but to use on them).  The change in policy was not for theological reasons but for political ones.

That the Salafis would like to go after the Alawites is not surprising.  They view the Shi’ites as swordable heretics and so the Alawites even more so.  The Salafis want to return Islam to the “pure” era of the first three generations after Mohammed.  In other words, they make the Muslim Brotherhood, and to a degree even al Qaeda, seem moderate.

BTW, there is a large & growing presence of Salafis in Jordan who are increasingly restive.  Worth keeping an eye on them for a future edition of the “Arab Spring”.


J’lem / Efrata


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