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Egypt's Mohamed ElBaradei A 'Stooge,' Says American Jewish Leader

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Even as the Egyptian opposition to beleaguered President Hosni Mubarak is rallying around Nobel laureate Mohamed ElBaradei, a top spokesman on foreign affairs for the American Jewish community has derided ElBaradei as a "stooge of Iran."

Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations and one of the most influential Jewish voices in the United States, said ElBaradei covered up evidence of Iran's nuclear weapons program while he was head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the U.N. nuclear watchdog.

"He is a stooge of Iran, and I don't use the term lightly," Hoenlein said in an online recorded interview with Yeshiva World News on the Egyptian crisis. "He fronted for them, he distorted the reports."

Hoenlein's comments were reported Monday by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.

The remarks come at a precarious moment in the Egyptian crisis, and could complicate the diplomatic balancing act not only by the United States but also by Israel.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made his first official comments on the situation on Monday and said that Israel's chief goal was to maintain "stability and security in our region."

"I remind you that the peace between Israel and Egypt has endured for over three decades, and our goal is to ensure that these relations continue," Netanyahu said.

ElBaradei, who directed the IAEA from 1997 to 2009, is popular in Europe and among many in the Middle East, but he was a thorn in the side of the Bush administration because he opposed the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, arguing there was insufficient evidence that Baghdad had weapons of mass destruction. Subsequent events vindicated ElBaradei's views.

ElBaradei pressured Iran on its nuclear program but also urged the West to engage the Islamic republic. U.S. agencies reportedly monitored his communications to see if he was colluding with Iran but came up with nothing.

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While head of the UN Atomic Energy Agency, Mohamed ElBaradei assured the world that Iran had no hostile nuclear intentions or capabilities. As late as this week he stated that the Muslim Brotherhood has nothing to do with extremism and they are a religiously conservative group.

Given these statements, I question that ElBaradei will maintain "stability and security" in Egypt and/or the Middle East.

February 01 2011 at 4:06 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Al Baradei is a stooge? What distorted repports? How does one arrive at that conclusion? Is it the figment of a fevered imagination or some divine revelation? Hoelein doesn't say.

While he was head of IATA Baradei reported on Iran's progress in purifying uranium fuel to reactor grade to power its installation at Bushehr. None of this was secret. Although the reactor had a protracted gestation period, it was due for completion. And IATA was given full access to Iran's facilities and works under the terms of the NPT signed by a previous government.

Baradei was scrupulous in checking western accusations of secret work underway to purify uranium to weapons grade. Much was made of massively increased centrifuge installations, all of which proved either to be pure 'bunk', or legitimate applications allowed under the NPT. Baradei refused to report on things he did not find.

Even his successors have never reported on developments that he might have missed. If their not being precise enough, leaving leeway for the 'paranoia chorus' to howl makes Baradei wrong somehow, it makes him as much a 'stooge' for the Iranians, who so far have been found to be telling the truth, as it does the current IATA body 'stooges' for an idiot fringe, who so far have been consistently, and demonstrably, erroneous.

There is absolutely no proof that Iran (a shiite state) is pulling any strings in one of the largest of the Sunni states. It makes as much sense to say that America or Israel is causing the disruption for they are, actually, in Egypt.

February 01 2011 at 3:05 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

We have all lost hope in humanity, how sad. Only hate is reported in the media to stir more emotions and trouble in the world. You will be held acountable one day.

February 01 2011 at 12:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Iran has it's fingerprints on just about all of the unrest in the Middle East. If ElBaradei is in fact a mouthpiece for Iran then the U.S. should deal with him in a hurry.

January 31 2011 at 6:38 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

Al Baradei assured the world that Iran had no hostile nuclear intentions or capabilities using his prize winning credentials. I am not feeling very well reassured.

January 31 2011 at 5:31 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

Why is it that Jews can name call, using especially the slur, anti-semitic, but they feel they can slander others without being held accountable? Perhaps it was just this one American Jewish Leader, but it seems, IMO, that many American Jews practice this double standard. I wonder if Israeli Jews aren't the more civil ones. Perhaps because being in Israel, and not in the U.S., where they confront Arab enemies daily, they realize civility is better than provocation. Many times, in posting, and a few times in real time, Jews have called me anti-semitic. Usually this comes when there is even the slightest difference of opinion, from what my Jewish friends think. To differ with "THEIR" opinion seems in their mind to be anti-semitic. Jews in the U.S., IMO, should not be so quick to use anti-semitic and the "R" OR "N" word is used. This American Jewish Leader instead of using the term "a stooge", perhaps could be a bit more tactful and cause less provocation. We can only hope, for a world, one day, where all people treat others with more love and respect and tolerance and understanding. Until that day, I suppose we will continue to see American Jewish Leaders slandering and slurring those who differ from their own tight attitudes.

January 31 2011 at 4:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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