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An Israeli debate about Iran’s nuclear program

How do Israelis see the latest deal between Iran and the P5+1? Can Iran be trusted? As far as Israel is concerned, what should a final deal with Iran look like?

These are some of the questions which Emily Landau and I discuss in Tel Aviv. Dr Landau is an expert on Iran’s nuclear program at the INSS institute in Tel Aviv.


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Posted on : Dec 15 2013
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Nuclear deal with Iran: Implications for Iran and Israel

My two recent articles describe the implications of the latest Iran nuclear deal for:



Iran’s supreme leader


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Posted on : Nov 26 2013
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On Arak, France made the right decision

On why I agree with the French position in the latest round of nuclear negotiations with Iran.


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Water and possible ethnic tensions in Iran

Could water scarcity and mismanaged government water diversion programs inflame ethnic tensions in Iran?

This is a scenario which is becoming more realistic.

My latest article explains:


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Posted on : Nov 06 2013
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Saudi-Backed Salafists Returning To Iran’s Border?

The Iranian government and the Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps in particular are paying a price with the lives of Iranian soldiers inside Iranian territory for their support of Bashar al-Assad in Syria.

This seems to be the gist of the statement from Jaish al-Adl, which killed 14 Iranian border guards on the 26th of October inside Iran.

My latest article explains:

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Posted on : Oct 31 2013
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Upcoming lectures in Boston College and Yale University on Iran and Israel

Boston College, Tuesday 15th of October

The title of the lecture will be: “Iran and Israel: moving towards a cold peace?

With Iran and Hezbollah busy in Lebanon, they pose a lesser threat towards the state of Israel. And Hamas is no longer in Iran’s camp the same way as it was before the Syrian uprising.

With the nuclear negotiations with Iran approaching, chances of a military attack by Israel against Iran are decreasing to new lows. We also see Rouhani taking steps to reduce tensions with the state of Israel.

Meanwhile the biggest source of animosity in the region is the Sunni / Shiite conflict, currently being played out in full in Syria.

So the question is: despite the tough talk in both countries, are Israel and Iran finding themselves inadvertently moving towards a cold peace?

I will be addressing this scenario in my lecture. If you are in Boston, the details can be found below. It would be great to see you.

Date: October 15th, 2013
Time: 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Address: Fulton Hall 230, Boston College (Directions)
RSVP to : matt.sienkiewicz@bc.edu

Yale University, Monday 14th of October:

Yale Friends of Israel and the Yale International Relations Association are excited to invite you to a special talk this Monday

Meir Javedanfar: “Can a Nuclear Iran be allowed? Or trusted?” Perspectives from the U.S., Israel, and the rest of the world.

Monday, October 14th, 6:00pm. Calhoun Fellows Lounge.

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Posted on : Oct 13 2013
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Rouhani: Between the question of Holocaust and Khamenei

Iran’s president has reportedly decided to take Iran’s Jewish MP with him to the upcoming UN General Assembly session in New York.

My latest article describes the internal dynamics behind this decision.



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Posted on : Sep 23 2013
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Happy Rosh Hashana to the Dayana 7 group from Bladiè, Mali

Rosh Hashana, the Jewish new year will be arriving this evening. Much like many Jews around the world, my family will be welcoming the year 5774.

May this be a peaceful year for all humankind.

As a Jew, I try to practice my Judaism through several ways, an important one being helping the poor. Tzdaka (charity) is an important pillar of Judaism.

And for me, one of the most morally satisfying ways of doing this has been through the U.S based organization KIVA.

With KIVA I have been able to provide micro-finance loans to people like Yelina in Cusco, Peru to buy chickens so that she can raise them and sell them on to provide for her family. Yelina successfully paid back her loan.

I was then able to re-lend the money to the “Dayana 7 group” from Bladiè, in Mali, Africa. These group of hardworking ladies raise crops such as peanuts, millet, and rice which they sell on for a profit. On average, they have four children each.

And once they pay the money back I look forward to re-lending to another individual, or group, this time in Tanzania.

I hope you will be able to join me in helping thousands of hardworking men and women in the developing world to help themselves and their families. Lets make their year a sweet year by giving them to opportunity to fight poverty. I have included an invitation link below


Shana Tova,

Meir Javedanfar

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Posted on : Sep 04 2013
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