Israel Fuming At UN’s Moment Of Silence For Iran Leader

Israel Fuming At UN’s Moment Of Silence For Iran Leader

It was tantamount to honoring a terrorist, or “Hitler” ~Gilad Erdan, Israeli Ambassador to UN

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Amid the international messages of condolence and support for Iran after the death of President Ebrahim Raisi, the United Nations Security Council on Monday held a solemn moment of silence to observe his passing. Israel is outraged by the gesture, saying that it was tantamount to honoring a terrorist, or “Hitler” – as stated by Israeli Ambassador to UN Gilad Erdan.

“You read correctly, the UN Security Council today held a moment’s silence to remember a mass murderer, Iranian President Raisi,” Erdan said in a video published to social media.

“This body, which makes no effort to free our hostages, tipped their heads today to a man who was responsible for the deaths of thousands in Iran, in Israel, and around the world.”

The Israeli representative added: “What’s next? A minute of silence on the anniversary of Hitler’s death?”  and charged that the UNSC has become “a danger to world peace.”

Scene from Monday’s moment of silence at the UN in New York City:

Meanwhile…

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More details have emerge of the helicopter crash in remote far northern Iran on Sunday which killed President Ebrahim Raisi and some top officials. Iranian state media is citing a “technical failure” which caused the helicopter to crash in the site of a mountain not far from the border of Azerbaijan. Iran state media has also blamed US-led sanctions which have heavily targeted its aviation sector for years. The Bell helicopter transporting the Iranian head of state was reportedly at least 40 years old, but there was also inclement weather and heavy fog in the region over the weekend.

State funerals are being planned, reportedly which will take place over three cities in as many days, which will include public processions. Heads of state allied with Iran are expected to attend, and it will be interesting to see whether Russia’s Putin and China’s Xi will be attending in Tehran. As for the White House, it has released the following message via John Kirby: he offered the government’s  “condolences” for the death of President Raisi, but he said “we’re going to continue to stand with the Iranian people as they fight for their own civil rights and, as they should, and we’re going to continue to hold Iran accountable for all their destabilizing behavior in the region, which continues to this day.”

Kirby also emphasized that the Iranian leader had “a lot of blood on his hands” as he was responsible for “atrocious human rights in his own country.” The White House further said he had long supported “terrorist networks throughout the region.” Meanwhile, an interesting scene in Tehran:

The New York Times has published the following graphic:

As for the claim that US-led sanctions had something to do with this, Al Jazeera explains that things dramatically worsened for aviation repair in the Islamic Republic since then President Trump pulled out of the JCPOA nuclear deal in 2018:

The frequent need for repairs has raised plane ticket prices in Iran, and has also placed economic strain on smaller aircraft companies. Aircraft also can not be sent abroad for repair and have to be repaired locally, with limited expert manpower, Mohammad Mohammadi-Bakhsh, the head of Iran’s aviation agency, the Civil Aviation Organization of Iran (CAO), told Fars news agency in 2022.

In 2015, the Iran nuclear deal called the Joint Comprehensive Plan Of Action (JCPOA) was signed. In it, Iran agreed to halt the production of materials that could be used in manufacturing nuclear weapons. In return, sanctions on its aviation sector were relaxed, enabling it to buy aircraft from foreign manufacturers such as Airbus and Boeing.

The New York Times also writes:

On Monday, Iran’s former foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, said that by imposing sanctions on the country’s aviation industry, the United States was responsible for the crash. His comments were carried by the official Iranian news agency, IRNA.

Sanam Vakil, a Middle East expert at Chatham House, a research group based in London, said that Iran’s aviation sector has long suffered under sanctions.

“Iran has seen a lot of airline incidents, not just helicopter but airplane crashes, and I think this is definitely tied to sanctions,” she said.

US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin has stated firmly on Monday that the United States had nothing to do with it.

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(TLB) published this article by ZeroHedge as posted by Tyler Durden

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