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The Europeans must submit a resolution against the US at the UN Security Council to protest [Trump's withdrawal from JCPOA]—Seyed Ali Khamenei
The reality is that the punitive measures to come could hurt Iranian officials more than previous ones, but the real victims again will be average Iranians. And let’s be honest, that’s the whole point.—Jason Rezaian
Utterly confused by people who admit that the IRI is a repressive theocracy that commits atrocities, while condemning Iranians who are calling for an end to said theocracy.—Nazanin Boniadi, Hollywood Actress
The United States should not implore its allies to share the Middle East with Iran, as former President Barack Obama did, but partner with them in defeating the clerical imperialists.—Mariam Memarsadeghi
Fundamentalism has given an aim and a form to the otherwise aimless and formless resentment and anger of the Muslim masses at the forces that have devalued their traditional values and loyalties and, in the final analysis, robbed them of their beliefs, their aspirations, their dignity, and to an increasing extent even their livelihood.—Bernard Lewis, 1916-2018
Do we want to be vassals who obey decisions taken by the United States while clinging to the hem of their trousers?—French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire
For Jews and non-Jews who love peace and abhor war, standing in solidarity with the people of Iran protesting today is moral and just. We as American Jews must today recall the gift of freedom the ancient Persian king, Cyrus the Great, granted us from the bondage of Babylonian captivity, and in turn stand with his descendants in Iran who today are seeking the world’s support to free themselves from their own yoke of radical Islamic bondage and oppression.—Karmel Melamed, Iranian Jewish journalist, activist and attorney
Having served the Islamic Republic dutifully for 17 years, Trita Parsi is finally stepping down as head of NIA Council. As of August 1, Jamal Abdi will serve as the IRI's chief lobbyist in the US. Congrats to all (except the Iranian people.)—Kaveh Shahrooz, Canada based lawyer
At one time I thought there is a moderate faction of Islamic Republic which is a shade better than the despicable hardliners. But either such a thing does not exist or they are powerless. IRI is the hardliners. The whole Regime must go.—Firouz Naderi, Former NASA Mars Exploration Program Manager.
Hmmm. Let’s see how many front page newspaper stories this hugely important story gets in the West. But with coverage or not, Tick Tock. Countdown to more upheaval by brave Iranian people sick of their corrupt regime.—Seth M. Siegel
Israel has every right to defend its borders, including the boundary with Gaza. But officials are unconvincing when they argue that only live ammunition — rather than tear gas, water cannons and other nonlethal measures — can protect Israel from being overrun.—NY Times Editorial
The US Middle East team is reportedly eyeing four Arab neighborhoods of East Jerusalem as the basis of a Palestinian capital there. The conflict is not anywhere close to a resolution, for myriad reasons. But I am optimistic that the overdue step of locating the US Embassy in Jerusalem can actually bring closer the day when the issue long deemed the hardest in the conflict to solve may in fact become the most obvious. And that would only advance the cause of achieving a conflict-ending deal.—Daniel B. Shapiro, Obama's ambassador to Israel
US now accounts for 34% of all global arms sales, up from 30% five years ago, and are now at their highest level since the late 1990s. The United States that is extending its lead as the globe's number one arms exporter,—Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)
"You know what I want to do? I want to get it finished. The prize I want is victory for the world. Not for even here, I want victory for the world ’cause that’s what we’re talking about. So, that’s the only prize I want.” —Donald Trump on his chances of getting the Nobel Peace Prize
The full consequences of Trump's decision cannot be known, but they almost certainly will include a further erosion of America's credibility with its allies and others, and tacit encouragement for Iran to revive its nuclear program. That will be bad for the country and for the world.—Los Angeles Times editorial
FBI investigating chemical attack on Iran leading dissident trade unionist Osanlou after an attacker sprayed him in NYC. Silencing dissidents through assassination and terror?—Kambiz Foroohar, Bloomberg News'
Many regime foundations are closely tied to security forces and clerics directing systematic human rights abuses in Iran. If US want to use sanctions smartly, it should focus on wealth of elite both in Iran & abroad.—Alireza Nader
How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.—A.A. Milne
That the Trump administration has evidently colluded with Israel to influence Americans’ understanding of a major strategic issue fits an established, dispiriting pattern. If the president can convince us that the Iran nuclear deal damages our national interest, which encompasses the security of our allies, very well. But if he can’t, then I’d prefer not to hear it from a foreign leader.—Steven Simon
George Clooney, praises Iranian cinema as “the only original one” in the world. But he ignores the fact that the films he admires, seen in festivals in the West, are never shown inside Iran itself and that many Iranian cineastes are in jail or in exile. The pop star Madonna sings the ghazals of Persian Sufi poet Rumi and admires Iran. She ignores the fact that under the Khomeinist regime, Sufis are assassinated or in jail or forced into silence. —Amir Taheri

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