Luxembourg Forum Takes on Nuclear Proliferation

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(photo via moshekantor.com)

I think everyone can agree that P5 +1 Iran nuclear negotiations seem to have gotten…nowhere. As U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said, there’s a “less than even shot” of a nuclear deal with Iran. The dispute (and sanctions) has lasted 12 years without Iran’s willingness to make the necessary concessions. Every half a year we see the nuclear negotiations deadline fly past without achieving any agreement, only to be renewed time and time again.

It has almost become farcical to see the way negotiations play out.

Even the major Jewish lobby groups, which have been so vocal up till now, have been strangely silent of late. This comes as a surprise; the issue uniquely affects the Jewish community, as Iran’s principal target is Israel.

It does seem that some philanthropic Jewish individuals have been, at the very least, generating some discussion around the issue. Such as Viatcheslav Moshe Kantor, who organized the International Luxembourg Forum on the Prospects of Nuclear Disarmament and Non-proliferation that was held on December 2nd.

According to their website, “The Forum was established pursuant to a decision of the International Conference on Preventing Nuclear Catastrophe held in Luxembourg on May 24-25, 2007.” They have been held 18 times since then. The last of these forums was held in Geneva on June 10-11, 2014.

Since its start, the forum has been headed by Viatcheslav Moshe Kantor, who also heads the European Jewish Congress.

The forum does not appear to provide any direct political action, but is indeed a step in the right direction. It stands as an “independent” discussion predominantly among scientists. The aim of these scientists is to mitigate nuclear threat through promoting peace among nations, and facilitating “the process of arms limitation and reduction.” The scientists come from nations worldwide, predominantly Russia and the U.S.

Their aim is noble, though with limited implication. I wish them the best and hope to see other Jewish leaders and organizations get involved in similar projects.

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European Jewish Congress head Moshe Kantor revealed: Involvement in sale of X-55 missiles to Iran and China

Some of the information I’ve come across while researching Moshe Kantor, President of the European Jewish Congress (EJC), has set off blaring alarm bells in my consciousness. I began this research out of fear that Kantor, a billionaire Russian oligarch, was a risk to European Jews and Israel’s Iran threat- due to his close relationship with Vladimir Putin. Well that theory has been exacerbated with my findings of Kantor’s involvement in the sale of X-55 (Kh-55) missiles to Iran and China in 2005.

X-55 Missiles are Russian-made, air-launched cruise missiles that can carry nuclear warheads. The X-55 has a range of 3,000 km- enough to put Japan within range of the Asian continent or to reach Israel from Iran.

Kantor’s involvement in the affair is highly guarded, with little information available to the public. Rumafia was able to find reports from IA “AKS-News” from 2007 that revealed that during the investigation of this case the names of two offshore companies came up: “Isofert Trading INC” and “Transchem International INC,” which belonged to Kantor. “The Ukrainian media reported that these companies were related to financial operations of the company “Far West Ltd”, where Kantor was playing a mediating role between them.”

(Source: Rumafia) 

This information came to light after Ukraine admitted to exporting 12 missiles to Iran and 6 to China. Ukraine was under immense pressure from the international community to explain the sales. The Financial Times reported that “Svyatoslav Piskun, Ukraine’s prosecutor-general, told the FT that 18 X-55 cruise missiles, also known as Kh-55s or AS-15s, were exported in 2001.” (Source: Financial Times)

Furthermore “Two Russian businessmen were suspected of masterminding the sale… one of whom, Oleg Orlov, was arrested last July in Prague in response to a Ukrainian warrant.” (Source: FT) The other has never been mentioned by name. What are the chances that name was Kantor?

After all, Kantor was a non-governmental advisor to Viktor Yushchenko from April 2005 to 2007, while Yushchenko was president of Ukraine.

Here’s the final piece for the puzzle. In February 2006, a year after information was release regarding the missile sale, Kantor was detained for questioning at Ben Gurion airport in Israel. Money-laundering was the suspected reason at the time, but subsequent information leads me to assume otherwise. (Source:JTA)

This man is the President of the European Jewish Congress.  It is his sworn duty to protect the Jewish people and work for their collective good. His involvement in the sale of missiles to Iran (which directly threatens Israel) greatly conflicts with his role as a supporter of Israel and the Jewish people. Is this the kind of man we can trust as our leader?