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PAGE 2A As nuclear talks end in stalemate, Iranian commander threatens to conquer P,00le.00tine By Ben Cohen Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) threatened to eliminate the State of Israel by "conquering Palestine." Fars news agency, an of- ficial mouthpiece of the Ira- nian regime, reported that Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari, the Commander of the IRGC, declared in Tehran that "Americans have very clearly surrendered to Iran's might and this is obvious in their behavior in the region As international negotia- tors departed Vienna with a final deal on Iran's nuclear program still elusive, the com- mander of the widely-feared U.S. ambassador visits scene of terrorist attack in Jerusalem Shown here are (l-r) congregants at Har Nof synagogue, United Hatzalah Founder Eft Beer, and U.S. Ambassador Dan Shapiro. (L-r), U.S. Ambassador Dan Shapiro, Yanki Ehrlich, United Hatzalah Founder Eli Beer, and United Hatzalah medics By Hila Peri Headline Media prayer for the departed and for peace. At the conclusion of the prayer service, the ambas- sador received a first-hand account of the terror attack from United Hatzalah emer- gency responders who were first on scene. Afterwitnessing first-hand the scene of the terror attack, the ambassador paid a visit to injured United Hatzalah paramedic Yanki Ehrlich. Eli Beer, president and founder of United Hatzalah, who coordinated the visit, said: "Americans and Israelis are bound together in the fight against terror and the fight for life. United Hatzalah salutes our friend U.S. Ambassador Dan Shapiro as a true ambas- sador for freedom from fear." JERUSALEM--U.S. Am- bassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro visited the Har Nof Synagogue in Jerusalem, the scene of the Nov. 18 ter- ror attack. The ambassador prayed in memory of all of the victims of the attack, including saying the Kaddish and in the negotiations, and the enemies' reservations vis-a-vis Iran are completely felt." Jafari warned"that if the US and its allies dare to launch a military attack on Iran, then our war will end by conquer- ing Palestine," Fars said. Jafari asserted that "the entire region is within the range of resistance groups' missiles," a clear reference to Lebanese Islamist terror- ist organization Hezbollah, which is, along with the Syrian regime of Bashar al Assad, a key Iranian ally and the beneficiary of extensive Iranian military aid. This last claim is consistent with reports that the Iranians have supplied Hezbollah with "a new missile of great de- structive capabilities.., that can reach the Dimona nuclear reactor in southern Israel." The missile in question is the Fateh, or "conqueror," "with a range between 250 HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, DECEMBER 5,  / 2014 Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari and 350 kilometers, that is fitted with 500 kg warhead, and that travels at a speed of 1.5 kilometers per second or 5400 kilometer per hour ( 3375 miles per hour.)" Last week, Brigadier Gen- eral Amir Ali Hajizadeh of the IRGC revealed that Iran had Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh provided missile-production plants and training for He- zbollah and Hamas, the Palestinian terrorist group that controls the Gaza Strip. Hajizadeh also said that mis- sile manufacturing plants in Syria were designed and built by Iran. With Iran talks ded, Congress rushir00g step in By Ron Kampeas gressional approval for any more cautious in his state- WASHINGTON (JTA)--Two factors make congressional intervention on Iran almost inevitable: The inability of nuclear negotiators to reach a deal by the deadline and the Republican sweep ofmidterm elections on Nov. 4. The talks, centered on the status of Iran's nuclear program, were extendedfrom Monday's deadline to June 30. Meanwhile, the pro-Is- rael community, led by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, is seeking sup- port for proposed legislation that would insert Congress into the process. "It is now essential that Congress take up new biparti- san sanctions legislation to let Tehran know that it will face much more severe pressure if it does not clearly abandon its nuclearweapons program," AIPAC said in a statement after it was announced that the major powers and Iran had extended the deadline. Without substantive Demo- cratic support, no bill is likely to reach a veto-busting majority of 67 in the Senate. Republicans, who have taken a harder line on Iran's nuclear program, will control no more than 54 seats in the next Congress. Lawmakers in Congress and mainstream pro-Israel groups blamed Iran for drag- ging out the process. "Seven months of more talks tells me that the nego- tiators aren't close to agree- ment," said Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.), the chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee. "Unfortunately, time is on Tehran's side as it continues its research and development of centrifuges." Republicans in the incom- ing Senate majority have already laid out two legisla- tive initiatives: One, backed by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Bob Corker (R- Tenn.), would require con- deal. Another would carry over this year's failed attempt by Sens. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) to enhance existing sanctions on Iran. U.S. sanctions currently in place target Iran's energy and banking sectors, as well as any trade that might benefit its nuclear enterprise. Some sanctions have been rolled back, allowing Iran to retrieve about $5 billion of the $100 bil- lion per year that the penalties cost its economy, according to U.S. estimates. The sanctions in a bill proposed earlier this year would have expanded targets to include anything in Iran's "strategic sector," a term that would have allowed much broader punishment and tightened congressional oversight. Graham, announcing his initiative earlier this month at a conference of the Israeli American Council, was unable to name a Democrat support- ing the proposed bill. The other bill is a likelier magnet for Democratic sup- port in part because Menen- dez, the top Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, was a lead sponsor of the ver- sion that failed to advance this session. The measure was held up at the behest of the Obama administration and through parliamentary maneuvers by the outgoing majority leader, Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.). The White House argued that any new sanctions bill would drive away the Iranians from the talks. Kirk said he plans to rein- troduce a sanctions bill. "Now more than ever, it's critical that Congress enacts sanctions that give Iran's mullahs no choice but to dismantle their illicit nuclear program and allow the In- ternational Atomic Energy Agency full and unfettered access to assure the interna- tional community's security," he said. Menendez, however, was ment, not directly mentioning sanctions as a weapon going forward. "I intend to work with my Senate colleagues in a bipar- tisan manner in the coming weeks to ensure that Iran comprehends that we will not ever permit it to become a threshold nuclear state," he said. Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y,), the senior Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, was even more restrained. "It's premature to comment on an extension of the negotia- tions with Iran, as the details have not yet been announced," Engel, one of the most ardent supporters of Iran sanctions in the past, said in a brief statement. Congressional insiders siid one key to garnering Demo- cratic support for a renewed and enhanced sanctions bill is whether it includes the trig- gers that the Menendez-Kirk bill had in its last iteration: Sanctions would not kick in until Iran erred, either by violating the terms of the agreement governing the talks with major powers or by walking away. Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) has already said triggers should be included, but Re- publicans may feel that they have the upper hand and press for immediate enhanced sanctions. Alireza Nader, an Iran ana- lyst at the Rand Corp., a think tank that consults frequently with the Pentagon, said that any new sanctions could kill talks, as they would give Iran a way out while blaming U.S. intransigence. "It undermines U.S. di- plomacy to have sanctions before the deadline," Nader said Tuesday in an interview. She said new sanctions could lose the United States the backing of the interna- tional community, which Talks on page 15A