person:ali khamenei

  • #Iran's #Khamenei voices opposition to #US intervention in #Iraq
    http://english.al-akhbar.com/content/irans-khamenei-voices-opposition-us-intervention-iraq

    Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei expressed strong opposition on Sunday to U.S. intervention in Iraq, saying Iraqis themselves were able to bring an end to the violence there, the official IRNA news agency reported. Khamenei, who has the last word on all matters of state, added in remarks to judiciary officials that Washington aimed to keep Iraq under its control and place its own “Yes Men” in power. The conflict there was not sectarian, but was really between those who wanted Iraq in the U.S. camp and those who sought Iraq’s independence, IRNA reported. read more


  • Pour documentation : Hezbollah’s Ideological Crisis (WINEP, 6 janvier 2014)
    http://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/view/hezbollahs-ideological-crisis

    The implication is clear: Lebanon’s Party of God is no longer a pure “Islamic resistance” fighting Israel but a sectarian militia and Iranian proxy doing Bashar al-Assad and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei of Iran’s bidding at the expense of fellow Muslims. And it therefore does not surprise that the pokes come from extremist circles too. In June, the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, a Lebanon-based al-Qaeda-affiliated group, released a statement challenging Nasrallah and his Hezbollah fighters “to fire one bullet at occupied Palestine and claim responsibility” for it. They could fire at Israel from either Lebanon or Syria, the statement continued, seeing as Hezbollah “fired thousands of shells and bullets upon unarmed Sunnis and their women, elderly, and children, and destroyed their homes on top of them.”


  • Iran : Le guide suprême gracie 920 détenus selon l’agence officielle Irna

    http://www.journaldemontreal.com/2014/03/31/le-guide-supreme-gracie-920-detenus

    Le guide suprême iranien, l’ayatollah Ali Khamenei, a accepté lundi de gracier ou de réduire les peines de 920 prisonniers pour l’anniversaire de la création de la République islamique, rapporte l’agence officielle Irna.

    C’est la deuxième mesure de clémence de grande ampleur cette année, après les grâces ou remises de peines accordées à 878 détenus en janvier, à l’occasion de l’anniversaire de la naissance du prophète.


  • #Iran's #Khamenei says #nuclear_talks will ’lead nowhere’
    http://english.al-akhbar.com/node/18661

    Iran’s top decision-maker Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Monday that while he is not against a resumption of nuclear negotiations with the world’s major powers, the talks will “lead nowhere”. “Some of the officials of the previous government as well as the officials of this government think the problem will be resolved if they negotiate the nuclear issue,” Khamenei said in remarks published on his website Khamenei.ir. “I repeat it again that I am not optimistic about the negotiations and they will lead nowhere, but I am not against them,” he added. read more

    #Top_News


  • Iraqi newspaper bombed for Khamenei portrait
    http://english.al-akhbar.com/content/iraqi-newspaper-bombed-khamenei-portrait

    http://english.al-akhbar.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/4cols/leading_images/219523-01-08_0.jpg

    An Iraqi woman buys a Valentine’s day gift at Baghdad’s Karrada commercial district on February 14, 2014. (Photo: AFP - Ali al-Saadi) An Iraqi woman buys a Valentine’s day gift at Baghdad’s Karrada commercial district on February 14, 2014. (Photo: AFP - Ali al-Saadi)

    The staff at #Iraq’s al-Sabah al-Jadeed newspaper have either stayed home, fled to Kurdistan, or left Iraq altogether to escape threats that surfaced after they published a cartoon of #Iran’s supreme leader, #Ali_Khamenei. The newspaper’s offices in Baghdad were targeted and anonymous threats against the newspaper flooded social networking sites.

    Bassem al-Rubayi

    read (...)

    #Culture_&_Society #Articles


  • Iraqi newspaper bombed for Khamenei portrait
    http://english.al-akhbar.com/node/18650

    The staff at Iraq’s al-Sabah al-Jadeed newspaper have either stayed home, fled to Kurdistan, or left Iraq altogether to escape threats that surfaced after they published a cartoon of Iran’s supreme leader, Ali Khamenei. The newspaper’s offices in Baghdad were targeted and anonymous threats against the newspaper flooded social networking sites. read more


  • Je viens enfin d’écrire un article pour Orient XXI : Attentats contre l’ambassade d’Iran à Beyrouth : l’Arabie saoudite accusée.
    http://orientxxi.info/lu-vu-entendu/attentats-contre-l-ambassade-d,0429

    Le fait que le président français François Hollande s’autorise dès le lendemain [de l’attentat] à expliquer aux Iraniens, depuis Israël, ce qu’ils ont le droit de dire ou pas par l’intermédiaire de la porte-parole du gouvernement Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, est d’une élégance rare :

    « Donc, oui, les propos d’Ali Khamenei compliquent la négociation car ils sont inacceptables », a-t-elle martelé, ajoutant : « la balle est dans le camp de l’Iran d’une certaine façon aujourd’hui ».

    On ne peut imaginer de meilleur moment pour « marteler » l’expression « la balle est dans le camp de l’Iran »…


  • #Russia is “hopeful” Iranian nuclear talks will reach a deal soon
    http://english.al-akhbar.com/content/russia-hopeful-iranian-nuclear-talks-will-reach-deal-soon

    http://english.al-akhbar.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/4cols/leading_images/677025-01-08.jpg

    A handout picture released by the official website of #Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, shows him delivering a speech during a gathering of Basij in Tehran on November 20, 2013. (Photo: AFP / Khamenei.ir)

    World powers aim to reach a preliminary deal to curb Iran’s #nuclear_program in politically charged talks resuming in Geneva on Wednesday. Seeking to end a long standoff and head off the risk of a wider Middle East war, the United States, Russia, (...)

    #Israel #Top_News


  • Iran parliament endorses President Rouhani’s diplomatic outreach | Reuters

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/02/us-iran-rouhani-idUSBRE99106320131002

    (Reuters) - Iran’s parliament strongly endorsed President Hassan Rouhani’s diplomatic bid to dispel mistrust at the United Nations last week during a visit which ended with an historic phone call with President Barack Obama, Iranian media said.

    The backing from the assembly, controlled by political factions deeply loyal to Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, is a further sign that Rouhani has the support of the Iranian establishment, though there are some rumblings from hardliners.

    Khamenei, the most powerful figure in Iran, has yet to publicly comment on Rouhani’s trip.

    Rouhani briefed parliamentarians on his trip, including discussions on Iran’s nuclear dispute with the West and regional relations, the student news agency ISNA said late on Tuesday.

    A group of 230 parliamentarians, out of the total of 290, signed a statement expressing their support of Rouhani for presenting the image of a “powerful and peace-seeking Iran which seeks talks and interaction for the settlement of regional and international issues”, Fars news agency said.

    While Rouhani’s visit to New York has boosted hopes of a diplomatic breakthrough in talks to resolve the 10-year-old dispute over Iran’s nuclear program, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dismissed it on Tuesday as a ruse concocted by a “wolf in sheep’s clothing”.

    The United States, Israel and other countries accuse Iran of using its nuclear program as a veil for efforts to try to develop the capability to produce weapons. Iran says the program is for peaceful energy purposes only.

    Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Netanyahu and “the Zionist lobby” were trying to hinder negotiations.

    “We will not let Netanyahu determine the future of our talks,” Zarif wrote on his Facebook page.

    The next round of nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers is set to take place in Geneva in two weeks.

    Rouhani told the U.N. General Assembly last week that Iran was willing to engage immediately in “time-bound” talks on the nuclear issue.

    HARDLINE RUMBLINGS

    Inside Iran, even as conservatives fall in line behind Rouhani who secured a landslide election win in June with promises of moderation in foreign policy, there were signs that some feared the president was going too fast, too soon.

    Parliamentary speaker Ali Larijani praised Rouhani’s address to the U.N. General Assembly, ISNA said. But Larijani, a champion of the conservative establishment, made no specific mention of Rouhani’s phone call with Obama.

    The head of the powerful Revolutionary Guards said on Monday the call had been premature, a signal of unease and the possible beginning of resistance to the relative moderate Rouhani from Iranian hardliners.

    The Guards chief and other hardliners have argued the United States must now take concrete steps such as easing the stringent sanctions that have driven inflation above 40 percent and led to a sharp fall in the value of the Iranian rial.

    “Either America takes a big step by breaking up sanctions, and that is the result of the success of the heroic flexibility of the supreme leader, or it continues with its unreasonable and illogical claims which will make apparent American lies,” Fars quoted hardline member of parliament Alireza Zakani as saying.

    Others have presented Obama’s statement that the United States was not seeking ’regime change’ in Iran as a sign of the strength of the Islamic Republic.

    “They have understood this truth that the Islamic Republic is unbreakable and it is better to accept interaction based on appropriate and just rules, instead of confrontation,” Fars quoted deputy Revolutionary Guards commander Hossein Salami as saying.

    (Reporting by Marcus George; Writing by Jon Hemming; Editing by Giles Elgood)


  • Iran: Who Is Responsible for Rohani’s Diplomatic Offensive?
    http://english.al-akhbar.com/content/iran-who-responsible-rohanis-diplomatic-offensive

    Perhaps the most superficial analysis of the positive turn that US-Iranian relations have taken says that the “oppressed” Iranian people threw off the yolk of the conservatives and voted a moderate, reformist into office who is willing to deal with Washington.

    In fact, well before President Hassan Rouhani decided to run for elections, in a 21 March 2013 speech, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei began to draw the outlines of a more flexible stance on his country’s nuclear program. Khamenei called this new approach “revolutionary flexibility” or “heroic flexibility,” saying that “flexibility is useful – and sometimes necessary.”

    In the course of his speech, the supreme leader expressed the Islamic Republic’s willingness to place the country’s nuclear activities under the supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in return for recognizing Iran’s right to enrich uranium and carry on with its peaceful nuclear program.


  • Obama Reference to Fatwa Makes Iran Hardliners Take Note
    http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2013/09/obama-rouhani-unga-fatwa-iran.html

    After the speech, an informed Reformist source reminded Al-Monitor, “The fatwa isn’t new, and Ayatollah Khamenei has highlighted it several times, as did the former president [Mahmoud Ahmadinejad].” Indeed, Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, issued the fatwa against the pursuit and possession of nuclear weapons on Feb. 22, 2012. 

    Assessing what Obama had done, the source continued, “But those at the top in Tehran believe Obama wanted to send a clear message to them — that the US is ready for the confidence-building process.” The source further explained that a decision had been made in Tehran, with the blessings of Ayatollah Khamenei, to seize every opportunity to respond to the issue of the nuclear program. He added, “Given that Iran has nothing to hide, mutual trust will certainly lead to a place where both Iran and the West can manage their differences.”

    En regard, également, de la déclaration de Nasrallah sur les armes chimiques :
    http://seenthis.net/messages/178207

    Il faut savoir que, pour le Hezbollah, les armes chimiques sont prohibées dans notre religion.


  • Rohani’s correspondence with Obama signifies winds of change in Iran
    Haaretz, By Zvi Bar’el | Sep. 18, 2013

    détente américano-iranienne ?

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/.premium-1.547648

    Has the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei authorized Iranian President Hassan Rohani to conduct direct talks with United States President Barack Obama? Has Rohani agreed to close the uranium enrichment site at Fordo? Will Washington agree to remove some of the sanctions on Iran?

    If during the presidential term of Rohani’s predecessor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad the actual presentation of such questions would have been met with surprise and mostly of a lack of faith, now it seems the rumors and voices coming from Tehran are actually supporting a chance for significant change. For example, the direct correspondence between presidents Obama and Rohani, which was revealed by Obama, was accompanied by broad exposure in excessive detail in Iran. It was reported that Obama congratulated Rohani on his election as president; and that Rohani responded with warm thanks and also raised other issues for discussion.

    When Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was asked whether Rohani intends to meet with senior American officials during his visit to New York for the meeting of the United Nations General Assembly, Zarif responded that such meetings were not on Rohani’s schedule — but did not reject the possibility that such meetings could find their way on to his schedule. Furthermore, when Iranian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham was asked whether Khamenei had authorized Rohani to conduct negotiations with the U.S., she gave an evasive answer, saying they had heard of it but have not received any official information.



  • Khamenei dénonce les négociations de paix israélo-palestiniennes
    http://www.liberation.fr/monde/2013/08/09/khamenei-denonce-les-negociations-de-paix-israelo-palestiniennes_923821?x

    Monde
    Khamenei dénonce les négociations de paix israélo-palestiniennes
    9 août 2013 à 10:02

    Par AFP / Libération

    Le guide suprême iranien, l’ayatollah Ali Khamenei, a condamné les négociations de paix israélo-palestiniennes en estimant qu’elles se feront au détriment des Palestiniens, dans un discours télévisé diffusé vendredi.

    Après trois ans de blocage et plus de six décennies d’un conflit historique, Israéliens et Palestiniens ont réamorcé fin juillet à Washington un dialogue direct sous les auspices du secrétaire d’Etat américain John Kerry.

    « Ce qui a été préparé par l’oppression (Etats-Unis, ndlr) dans ces négociations est au désavantage des Palestiniens. Le monde islamique doit (...) condamner l’action usurpatrice des loups sauvages sionistes et de leurs protecteurs », a déclaré l’ayatollah Khamenei dans ce discours prononcé à l’occasion de la fête célébrant la fin du ramadan.

    « Il ne faut pas que ces négociations (...) aboutissent à une plus grande injustice à l’égard du peuple palestinien et à l’isolement des combattants musulmans palestiniens », a-t-il ajouté.


  • Indictment of Iran for ’94 Terror Bombing Relied on MEK – Gareth Porter
    http://original.antiwar.com/porter/2013/08/07/indictment-of-iran-for-94-terror-bombing-relied-on-mek

    Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman based his 2006 warrant for the arrest of top Iranian officials in the bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires in 1994 on the claims of representatives of the armed Iranian opposition Mujahedin E Khalq (MEK), the full text of the document reveals.

    The central piece of evidence cited in Nisman’s original 900-page arrest warrant against seven senior Iranian leaders is an alleged Aug. 14, 1993 meeting of top Iranian leaders, including both Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and then president Hashemi Rafsanjani, at which Nisman claims the official decision was made to go ahead with the planning of the bombing of the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association (AMIA).

    But the document, recently available in English for the first time, shows that his only sources for the claim were representatives of the MEK or People’s Mujahideen of Iran. The MEK has an unsavory history of terrorist bombings against civilian targets in Iran, as well as of serving as an Iraq-based mercenary army for Saddam Hussein’s forces during the Iran-Iraq War.


  • IPS – Indictment of Iran for ’94 Terror Bombing Relied on MEK | Inter Press Service
    http://www.ipsnews.net/2013/08/indictment-of-iran-for-94-terror-bombing-relied-on-mek

    Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman based his 2006 warrant for the arrest of top Iranian officials in the bombing of a Jewish community centre in Buenos Aires in 1994 on the claims of representatives of the armed Iranian opposition Mujahedin E Khalq (MEK), the full text of the document reveals.

    The central piece of evidence cited in Nisman’s original 900-page arrest warrant against seven senior Iranian leaders is an alleged Aug. 14, 1993 meeting of top Iranian leaders, including both Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and then president Hashemi Rafsanjani, at which Nisman claims the official decision was made to go ahead with the planning of the bombing of the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association (AMIA).

    But the document, recently available in English for the first time, shows that his only sources for the claim were representatives of the MEK or People’s Mujahideen of Iran. The MEK has an unsavoury history of terrorist bombings against civilian targets in Iran, as well as of serving as an Iraq-based mercenary army for Saddam Hussein’s forces during the Iran-Iraq War.

    #Gareth_porter #iran #MEK


  • Iran, un échec pour le Guide et... pour la presse occidentale - Les blogs du Diplo, par @alaingresh
    http://blog.mondediplo.net/2013-06-16-Iran-un-echec-pour-le-Guide-et-pour-la-presse

    Avec 18 613 329 voix, soit plus de 50 % des suffrages exprimés, Hassan Rohani a été élu président de la République islamique dès le premier tour. Selon les chiffres officiels, la participation a été de 72,7 % et le candidat arrivé en deuxième position, Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, le maire de Téhéran, n’a recueilli que 6 077 292 voix.

    #Iran #Armement_nucléaire #Démocratie #Élections #Nucléaire_civil #Parti_politique #Politique

    • En élisant le candidat qui avait pris le plus de distance avec le système, les électeurs ont infligé un camouflet au Guide Ali Khamenei — sinon au régime. Les éléments conservateurs en ont pris acte. Tabnak, une agence de presse proche de ceux-ci, titre, le 15 juin, sur « une nécessaire défaite pour les “principalistes” » — c’est ainsi qu’est désigné le camp conservateur. Et d’écrire : « Les “principalistes” doivent comprendre qu’ils ont des comptes à rendre. Ils doivent savoir que l’ère durant laquelle ils monopolisaient les médias est terminée. »

      Les électeurs ont aussi infligé un camouflet à la presse occidentale. Que n’avait-on entendu sur l’élection présidentielle ? Elle était jouée d’avance ; les électeurs ne se déplaceraient pas ; le régime avait bloqué toute possibilité de changement ; le Guide décidait de tout. Mais l’homme le plus proche de ce dernier, Said Jalili, n’a obtenu que 4 168 946 voix, arrivant en troisième position avec à peine plus de 11 % des suffrages. Depuis longtemps, ces médias occidentaux ont cessé de s’intéresser au pays réel, à sa vie politique et sociale, pour n’en retenir que des caricatures.

      Même le débat sur le nucléaire entre les différents candidats, pourtant vif, n’a pas retenu une vraie attention.

      (...)

      Un dialogue des Etats-Unis avec l’Iran pourra-t-il s’ouvrir, en dépit de la propagande israélienne ?

      Il est regrettable de penser que, encore une fois, la France laissera passer sa chance. Les obsessions anti-iraniennes du pouvoir et de ceux qui sont en charge du dossier (on observe une assez grande continuité entre la présidence Sarkozy et celle de Hollande de ce point de vue) se traduisent en effet dans tous les domaines, notamment dans le cas de la Syrie, par le refus de Paris de voir l’Iran participer aux négociations de Genève.


  • Pour le pouvoir israélien actuel, mieux vaut avoir des ennemis que des amis...

    Israel is sanctifying the status quo and ignoring the possibility of a new Iran - Diplomacy & Defense - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
    http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/for-the-israeli-government-iran-will-never-change.premium-1.530015

    A few hours before the unprecedented political drama unfolded on Friday in Iran, Israel’s Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon reported to the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and laid out his philosophy.

    The head of the Israeli defense establishment declared - without any reservations - that nothing will change as a result of the Iranian election and that, in any event, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei will decide on the country’s next president.

    It did not take long for the depth of Ya’alon’s embarrassment of himself, and of those on whose behalf he flew to Washington, became clear. At best, Ya’alon’s remarks reflected a serious error in judgment on the part of Israeli intelligence and provided additional proof of the limitations of Military Intelligence and the Mossad in predicting internal political shifts in Iran and in Arab states. At worst, his words reflected arrogance, prejudice and shooting from the hip of the very worst kind.

    But how can we complain about Ya’alon, when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced in Poland on Wednesdsay that Iran’s “so-called” election will not bring about any meaningful change. Netanyahu’s and Ya’alon’s Pavlovian responses, as well as the statement issued by the Foreign Ministry on Saturday night, reflect the overall approach of the Likud government which rejects all change, exaggerates the threats, plays down the opportunities and sanctifies the status quo.

    The only thing missing was for Netanyahu and Ya’alon to call for extending the term of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, as in the case of Egypt and former President Hosni Mubarak.

    One thing is clear: Khamenei did not want Hasan Rowhani to win the presidential election. Iran’s supreme leader backed his national security adviser and nuclear talks envoy, Saeed Jalili. Jalilee was trounced, coming in third place and a distant 15 million votes away from Rowhani.

    Another thing is clear, too: The election will change things in Iran. A hint of this could have been found a few days ago, when Reuters published the contents of a letter sent five months ago to Khamenei by Iran’s Foreign Minister, Ali Akbar Salehi, behind Ahmadinejad’s back. Salehi called on the country’s supreme leader to enter into direct talks with the United States as soon as possible. In his written response to Salehi, Khamenei said he was not optimistic about the prospects for success, but would not stop them from reaching out to Washington.

    Rowhani, as former head of Iran’s negotiations team on the nuclear issue, called back in 2005 for direct talks with the United States, made the elimination of the international sanctions against Iran the central plank of his election campaign. He even slammed Jalili for being too tough in the talks with the West.

    The post-election period could be an opportunity for a diplomatic breakthrough in Iran’s relations with the United States in general and on the nuclear issue in particular, especially in light of the results of the election.

    One more point should be mentioned, as for Ya’alon. In his remarks on Friday, the defense minister also dismissed the Arab peace initiative, including the positive change introduced recently as a result of the efforts of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, as nothing but “spin” by the media.

    Ya’alon’s remarks, coming at a time when Kerry is endeavoring to restart the peace process, were much harsher than Netanyahu’s relatively moderate message to the Knesset ten days ago. “We listen to every initiative and are willing to discuss any motion that is not a requisition,” Netanyahu said at the time.


  • C’est sûr, on peut trouver une meilleure source pour ce genre d’info, mais je la poste quand même.

    Iranians urged to join Shiite fighters in Syria - Israel News, Ynetnews
    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4377963,00.html

    A website affiliated with the supporters of Iran’s spiritual leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, posted a call to arms, inviting Iranians to volunteer and join the fighting currently underway in Syria.
     
    In another article published by the same website, names and telephone numbers for those interested in volunteering were made available, allowing them to text or call for further information.
     

    Attached to the article was Hezbollah’s logo and written underneath it was the name of one of the most famous of Shiite battalions currently fighting in Syria – Abu Fadl Al-Abbas.


  • Iranian letter to Egypt’s Morsi draws fire from Islamist critics

    In a letter to Morsi endorsed by 17 Iranian experts and academics, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei reportedly called on the Egyptian president to adopt Iran’s ’Guardianship of the Jurist’ political system.
    The ’Guardianship of the Jurist’ system is a Shia-Muslim political theory that holds that Islam gives an Islamic jurist custodianship over the people. Shia Iran adopted the system following its 1979 Islamic Revolution.
    The letter has triggered an angry reaction in Egypt, with several political figures deeming it “interference in the state’s internal affairs.”

    http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/65302.aspx


  • Tehran supports the Arab spring ... but not in Syria | Saeed Kamali Dehghan | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/apr/18/iran-arab-spring-syria-uprisings

    Similarities between Mubarak and #Iran's former dictator, the shah (such as long-term American support and the corruption of their families) allowed the regime in Tehran to liken the Arab uprisings to the Islamic revolution in 1979 rather than the green movement. Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, even labelled the Arab uprising as “an Islamic awakening” inspired by Iran’s 1979 revolution.

    (…)

    By highlighting US hypocrisy in dealing with the unrest in Bahrain and Yemen and the American failure to publicly condemn the violence used by both governments in suppressing their own people, Iran has won some recognition within the region. Yet Syria clearly exposes Iran’s own hypocrisy.

    Iran has portrayed the Syrian pro-democracy demonstrators – unlike others in the Arab world – as “agitators” and “terrorists” hired by Israel to create disturbance and insecurity.