Qods Force Leader Calls Gaza Outcome ‘Predictable’

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The elusive head of the Revolutionary Guards’ Qods Force, Brig. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, in the course of a memorial ceremony for soldiers of the Iran-Iraq war yesterday held in Qom, claimed that “the result of the Gaza war will be like the 33 day-war [in Lebanon 2006]”.

“In any war it is possible that extraordinary events occur, the example of which we saw in the 33 day and 22 day war and today the result of a war initiated by the occupying regime against Gaza is predictable.”

Referring to the religious aspect of wars, he said: “The Americans came to Iraq and Afghanistan when none of them can accept the religions of Christianity and Judaism or other religions, for these wars to be the sponsor of these religions.” This is in contrast to the Iran-Iraq war where “the Sacred Defense [one of the official terms used to the Iran-Iraq war] was the sponsor of our religion …The Sacred Defense was the only war where the most outstanding scholar and jurist and human being gave the seal of approval; according to the Supreme Leader the personality of Imam Khomeini was incomparable after the Infallibles [the Prophet Mohammad, his daughter Fatemeh and the 12 Imams].”

Foreign Affairs

Mohammad Assafari, a member of the Majles National Security and Foreign Policy commission, has contended that the “belligerent politics of the Zionists has thrown the calm of the Middle East into disarray,” adding that “as Egypt is not Israel’s outpost any longer, a change in the Camp David Peace [Accord] is necessary.”

He added: “Egypt must put the Camp David Peace Accord to a public vote so the position of this country after the revolution becomes clear, do they want this dishonourable treat to remain in place or not?”

Entekhab quotes a report in the Russian newspaper Sovetskaya Rossiya, claiming that during the meeting of the Syrian opposition in Qatar, the leaders of the United Arab Emirates wanted the the Syrian opposition to fire rockets at Israel in order to drag them into the Syrian conflict.

The article also claims that the emir of Qatar met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and called for the formation of a new front for the overthrow of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The article also alleges that the Emir promised Netanyahu 2 years of guaranteed free oil and gas in exchange for military cooperation against the Syrian regime.

Entekhab also reports an article in the Egyptian daily Al Mesryoon claiming that Egyptian President Mohammad Morsi had denied the request of Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi to visit the Gaza Strip via the Rafah crossing. The cited article is also alleged to claim that the Egyptians stated Salehi’s visit would be “against the interests of the Palestinians.”

Entekhab then goes on to add that Salehi’s request coincided with that of the Tunisian Foreign Minister, Rafik Abdessalem, who was permitted to cross into Gaza from the Rafah crossing.

Domestic Affairs

Kaleme, the website affiliated with opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi, has claimed that Mousavi who remains under house arrest has been transferred to hospital for a couple hours after suffering heart discomfiture and fluctuating heart pressure last week.

Rah-e Sabz, affiliated to the opposition Green Movement has reported  the arrest of Behruz Qobadi, the brother of famous Iranian film director, Bahman Qobadi, whose films include No One Knows about Persian Cats, A Time for Drunken Horses and Turtles Can Fly.

A prominent member of the Society of Combatant Clerics, Jafar Shojuni, has called former Presidents Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and Mohammad Khatami a “money lover” and “traitor,” respectively.  Shojuni made the comments in an interview with the Reformist daily Etemaad and quoted on the foreign based site, Digarban. Shojuni added: “Now we don’t want to argue with Ahmadinejad until the time remaining of his presidency comes to an end.”

Shojuni also stated that he is against the Majles’ questioning of President Ahmadinejad, claiming that it against the wishes of the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Iranian artist Aliyar Rasti has made a short film titled The City as Art, the city in question being Tehran: