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Menashe Amir

Menashe Amir is an Israeli expert on Iran and Arab Affairs, formerly head of the Israel Broadcasting Authority's Persian language division and the chief editor of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Persian language website.

Isracast Articles

January 22, 2010

Severe Sanctions Will Serve Iranian Democrats

Iran continues to defy U.S. President Barack Obama's January deadline and continues to produce enriched uranium as part of its nuclear weapons project. This week, IDF Maj. Gen. Amos Yadlin disclosed the Iranian nuclear clock is still ticking and every day Tehran is enriching a 'number of kilograms of low grade uranium'. At the latest meeting of the 'five plus one', China and Russia again blocked any serious attempt to impose new and harsher sanctions on the Iranian regime. Israeli analyst Menashe Amir, who was born and bred in Iran, assessed the current situation in an address to the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs in Jerusalem. IsraCast's David Essing recommends Amir's analysis as an inside look into what is happening in the Iran file which is far from closed.

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October 23, 2009

Israel Dismayed Over Iranian Nuclear Deal

 Defense Minister Ehud Barak has warned that the nuclear arrangement brokered by the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, designed to halt Iran's nuclear weapons development, will in fact lend legitimacy to Iran's continued enrichment of uranium for its development of nuclear weapons. Israel favored all options being kept on the table and the imposing of stiffer sanctions immediately. Barak has left no doubt that Israel views the Iranian deal as doomed to failure. Iran originally raised the idea of sending most of its declared 1,500 kilograms of low-grade uranium to Russia and France for further enrichment that would be returned for Iran's 'civilian' use. Menashe Amir, an Israeli analyst on Iran told IsraCast that on the basis of Iran's track record, Tehran will exploit the deal to continue its nuclear weapons plan.

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September 30, 2009

Iran To Stonewall Geneva Nuclear Talks

 What are the prospects for the Geneva nuclear talks aimed at halting Iran's nuclear weapons program? The revelation of the secret uranium enrichment being built in a military base near the holy city of Qom have added greater a greater sense of urgency for an intensified steps to deter Iran from continuing its nuclear weapons project. In an in depth interview, Menashe Amir, a leading Israeli expert on Iran, presented his scenario of how the Iranians, 'the masters of diplomatic deception' will again attempt to stonewall the five permanent members. Amir said the five members of the UN Security Council plus Germany must now 'get serious' if they really intend to halt the fanatical, religious regime in Tehran that aspires not only to 'wipe Israel off the map' but also to dominate the Arab states the entire world.

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June 22, 2009

Iran At The Brink

Where is the Iranian people's uprising now headed? Iran's supreme dictator Ayatollah Khamenei has vowed to suppress the rebellion while accusing the BBC, the VOA and the Voice of Israel's Farsi broadcasts of fomenting the protests. In Israel, analyst Menashe Amir broadcasts almost daily to Iran with an estimated audience in the millions. A frequent guest on IsraCast, Menashe Amir was interviewed by David Essing.

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February 22, 2009

Iran & Israel Trade Warnings

Terrorists in south Lebanon have again fired Katyusha rockets at Israel, apparently as a warning to Prime Minister designate Binyamin Netanyahu who has declared: "Iran will not be permitted to acquire nuclear weapons!" In another development, more key Iranian military advisers have reportedly been stationed in south Lebanon. These events come against the backdrop of the latest IAEA report that Iran is continuing its nuclear program. Menashe Amir, a leading Israeli expert on Iran, assesses the current situation.

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January 05, 2009

Iran 'Calls Hamas Shots'

Iran has been 'calling the shots' for Hamas in the current war with Israel - that's the assessment of Menashe Amir, a leading Israeli expert on Iranian affairs. Iran, which supports Hamas and the Islamic Jihad in Gaza with hundreds of millions of dollars, as well as with military aid including instructors, apparently gave the order to Hamas leader Haled Mashal in Damascus who related to the Gaza Strip. In Amir's view, there is no doubt that Iran is manipulating Hamas, as it does Hezbollah in Lebanon, not only against Israel but as part of its ongoing confrontation with Sunni Arab state in the Middle East. Egypt, Saudi-Arabia, Jordan and other Arab countries are furious over Iran's interference, something which most European countries fail to understand. In this wide-ranging interview with IsraCast, Menashe Amir analyzes various aspects of the current hostilities between Israel and Hamas.

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July 09, 2008

Iranian Pre-Nuclear Threat

Iranian military forces are conducting fresh maneuvers amid threats that Iran will attack Israel's biggest metropolitan area of Tel Aviv and the U.S fleet in the Gulf, if Israel or the U.S. launch a preemptive strike against Iran's nuclear sites. Just how strong militarily is Iran today? In the second of a two-part interview with IsraCast, analyst Menashe Amir assesses the Iranian conventional weapons threat.

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July 07, 2008

Iran - Masters of Diplomatic Deception

What has been Teheran's response to the latest international offer to halt its uranium enrichment, the basis for its nuclear weapons development? What reaction has there been in Iran to the recent Israel Air Force exercise over the Mediterranean that might have been a simulated attack on Iran's nuclear installations? Menashe Amir, an Israeli expert on Iran, assesses both the diplomatic and military aspects of the current confrontation in a two part interview with IsraCast's David Essing. The first segment deals with the current diplomatic campaign and its ramifications.

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May 20, 2008

Iran Prefers Obama

How does Iran view the possibility that Barack Hussein Obama, a former Muslim, might win the U.S. presidential election? Menashe Amir, an Israeli expert on Iran, says not only Iran but also the rest of the Muslim world, will view it as victory for Islam. In an interview with IsraCast, Menashe Amir quoted an important Iranian personality who declared: 'If Obama enters the White House, Islam will have conquered the heart of American society!' However, President Ahmadinejad has said that he did not believe the U.S. establishment would let Obama win.

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October 30, 2007

IRANIAN PEOPLE VS. THE BOMB

More and more Iranians now fear that President Ahmadinejad's nuclear weapons is steering their country toward a global confrontation fraught with danger. This is the assessment of Menashe Amir, a leading Israeli expert on Iran, who monitors Iranian affairs on a daily basis. IsraCast presents analyst Amir's five point plan for stopping Ahmadinejad which he outlined in a public lecture:

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September 27, 2007

'METHOD IN AHMADINEJAD'S MADNESS'

'Iranian President's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's speeches in New York were a pack of lies designed to deceive the West' - that's the assessment of Arab Affairs expert Menashe Amir. In an interview with IsraCast, Amir said Ahmadinejad exploited the Shiite Islamic tradition of telling lies in order to mislead the enemy and cover your true intentions. It is known as 'taukia' and Ahmadinejad exploits it to create the false impression that Iran already has acquired the technology for enriching uranium for producing nuclear weapons.

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August 31, 2007

NUCLEAR MESSAGE OR SNAFU

Israel is now building an underground nuclear bunker that could survive a nuclear attack, presumably from Iran. The story, complete with verifying photos, was carried by the Israeli newspaper Yediot Ahronot and sparked sharp criticism from Likud Knesset Member Yuval Steinitz who called it a grave violation of national security. IsraCast examines various aspects of the disclosure of Israel's nuclear bunker and Iranian expert Menashe Amir analyzes the latest statement by U.S. President George Bush that Iran will not be permitted to acquire nuclear weapons.

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February 16, 2007

IRAN & NORTH KOREA

What's the impact on Iran of the international agreement with North Korea on halting its nuclear weapons program? Israeli expert Menashe Amir says that the international sanctions on Tehran are already having an effect. Amir, who follows Iranian developments on a daily basis, says there are fears in Tehran that harsher sanctions could lead to the fall of the regime. Mounting voices are also calling for a halt to the nuclear enrichment program necessary for developing nuclear weapons in return for economic concessions from the international community. Interviewed by David Essing at IsraCast, Menashe Amir analyzes various aspects of Iran's nuclear weapons drive in light of the agreement with North Korea.

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March 17, 2006

IRAN FEELING THE PRESSURE

Menashe Amir, an Israeli analyst on Iran, sees signs of mounting concern in Iran over President Ahmadinejad's defiance of the international community over the nuclear weapons issue. However, although some Iranians officials are worried over international sanctions and a possible U.S. military strike, so far this has not caused a shift in Tehran's plans to enrich uranium for nuclear weapons. However, if the Iranian regime faces sustained pressure thats its survival is in danger there was a good chance it will back down.

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June 27, 2005

PRESIDENT-ELECT AHMADINEJAD DEEPENS IRANIAN NUCLEAR THREAT

The election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, acting on the orders from Islamic leaders who call for Israel’s extermination, presents an even greater threat to the Jewish state. However, Menashe Amir, a leading Israeli expert on Iran, also says Tehran is threatening Europe & The U.S. as well as targets in the Middle East. The Iranians are determined to continue their drive to acquire nuclear weapons and will start resuming the enrichment of uranium for nuclear weapons, unless deterred by the European Union and the U.S. Moreover, although Iran already has developed a missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead to many parts of the region, it is also working on an intercontinental ballistic missile with a range of 10,000 kilometers (over 6,000 miles). Interviewed by David Essing, analyst Amir also foresees the new Iranian President stepping up aid to Hezbollah in south Lebanon and Hamas and particularly the Islamic Jihad in the Palestinian areas.

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