Feb 17 09:39

Israeli lawmaker’s call for genocide of Palestinians gets thousands of Facebook likes

A day before Palestinian teenager Muhammad Abu Khudair was kidnapped and burned alive allegedly by six Israeli Jewish youths, Israeli lawmaker Ayelet Shaked published on Facebook a call for genocide of the Palestinians.

It is a call for genocide because it declares that “the entire Palestinian people is the enemy” and justifies its destruction, “including its elderly and its women, its cities and its villages, its property and its infrastructure.”

It is a call for genocide because it calls for the slaughter of Palestinian mothers who give birth to “little snakes.”

If Shaked’s post does not meet the legal definition of a call for genocide then nothing does.

Feb 17 09:35

Netanyahu Tells UN Chief That Golan Is Forever Israel’s

Speaking to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared the Golan Heights “forever” part of Israel, irrespective of international law not recognizing it as Israeli territory.

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Feb 17 09:15


An Israeli tank fired at an observation post located in the southern Gaza Strip, the country’s Defense Forces (IDF) said. The shelling followed an explosive device being detonated near the Israeli patrol in the area.

IDF troops were patrolling an area near the security fence in the Gaza Strip, the military tweeted. It is still unclear if the explosion resulted in any casualties. In response, the IDF used a tank to target an observation post in the area.

On February 10, more than 50 Palestinian protesters were injured by Israeli forces, which used live ammunition to suppress the 10th ‘Friday of Rage’ rally. The latest major clash between the Israeli military and the Palestinian armed groups occurred in November when the IDF used tanks and jets to attack Hamas positions following the mortar shelling of an Israeli outpost by another militant group.

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"An eye-for-eye and tooth-for-tooth would lead to a world of the blind and toothless."

- Attributed to Mahatma Gandhi

Feb 17 08:13

Mankind Rise Up - thecrowhouse

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Feb 17 04:26

Call for Papers

Following the nomination of Quds as the capital city of Israel by the US president, Turkey which is known for its political and international exploitation of affairs immediately held the leaders’ summit.

To pursue the goal of political exploitation and as requested by KSA, Foreign Ministers of Arabian countries also had the Arab League Summit...

Feb 17 02:09

Israel A Leading Tax Haven

It makes new immigrants and returning ex-pats living abroad at least 10 years exempt from taxes on foreign assets for 10 years - whatever their source. Other Israeli citizens are taxed on all their income - whether earned domestically or abroad.

The law turned Israel into a money/laundering tax haven for super-rich Jews living abroad, encouraging aliyah, emigration to Israel, making it worth their while financially.

The capital gains exemption is the most attractive part of the law, a major incentive to emigrate, foreign assets of super-wealthy immigrants shielded from taxes


Feb 16 15:55

Hizbullah Today: Of Power, Money, and… the People.

By Brett Redmayne-Titley

[Note: This is Part Four of a multi-part expose direct from Istanbul and Lebanon. Please see Part One, Part Two and Part 3 for information not repeated here.]

With the last shot of the 2006 war fired and the IDF moving back into Israel, Lebanon began to heal its wounds. At the same time, Hizbullah, that had so successfully turned back the tides of war, began to rebuild – this time in new ways.

Using the respect it had gained by fighting for all of Lebanon, while the Lebanese army looked on from safe havens to the north, Hizbullah began the decade-long process of moving from purely a defensive military to a full-faceted political organization. Leader Nasrallah has been consistent, methodical and unwavering in these nationalist goals and by doing so has dragged the previously Western-aligned Lebanese political parties into having to similarly support their country first or die at the ballot box. All signs point to resounding success...

Feb 16 10:16

False Flag Potential in the Middle East: Iran, Syria, and Israel

History does repeat itself; if not identically, then in identical circumstances and events in different nations. History also does not just “happen,” as there are powerful forces at work in every nation. False flags have been used throughout human history: politicians and oligarchs initiate them to follow a hidden agenda. Too often the masses become the “True Believer” of Eric Hoffer. Worked up into a patriotic frenzy, they charge into the fray…little understanding that the great war or the great crusade is orchestrated by smiling bankers and nabobs, securely “in the rear with the gear,” sending men out to die to attain their secret objectives.

Feb 16 10:14

Washington no more: Palestine turns to Moscow for future Israel talks

It is no secret that Palestinian trust in Washington as an impartial broker and mediator in future peace talks with Israel has been shredded.

And given the Trump administration’s reckless, not to mention illegal, decision to declare Washington’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in December 2017, who can blame them?

This historic rupture with Washington on the part of the Palestinian Authority was articulated by President Mahmoud Abbas, at the start of talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow.

Feb 16 09:58

Guardians of Judea

In The Wandering Who I argue that Jews appear to disagree on many things but rather often they agree on the most ‘important things’. I contend that that which appears as harsh political polarity within the Jewish world is more than often a mere camouflage.

To learn more read this.

Feb 16 09:57

Story of Israel’s influence shadows the Russian influence story

Whatever you think of Russia’s actual influence over the 2016 election (I’m dubious), the running sideshow to the story has been Israel’s presence in our politics. As the Russia caper unfolds breathlessly, there have also been revelations about Israel’s interference in policymaking. But of course that interference is not a scandal worthy of investigation; that interference never draws the wrath of the liberal press.

Here are three recent incidents that no one is investigating.

Feb 16 09:56

The Boomerang Effect: How Netanyahu Made Israel an American Issue, and Lost

Despite massive sums of money spent to channel public opinion in the United States in favor of Israel, unmistakable trends in opinion polls are attesting to the changing dynamics of Israel’s support among ordinary Americans.

Not only is Israel losing its support and overall appeal among large sections of American society, but among young American Jews, as well – a particularity worrying phenomena for the Israeli government.

The trend promises to be a lasting one, since it has been in the making for years, starting some time after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

Feb 16 09:51


Irish artist Jim Fitzpatrick Gallery, famous for creating the iconic image of Che Guevara, has released an image of Ahed Tamimi cast as the real Wonder Woman.

Feb 16 09:51


We can keep talking about Palestinian rejectionism, anti-Semitic propaganda and support for terror, but the images produced by 16-year-old Ahed Tamimi and 11-year-old Janna Jihad—and the images dispatched to the world from Hebron’s Shuhada Street—are much stronger.

Feb 16 09:51

Israel Preps for Syrian War with Golan’s Oil and Water in its Sights

Soon after Saturday’s dangerous escalation involving Syria’s downing of an Israeli fighter jet in its airspace seemed to fizzle out, the Jerusalem Post reported that Israel was approaching the de-escalation period as a time to prepare for large-scale war with its northern neighbor by boosting its air defenses. According to those cited by the Post, convoys of missile-defense batteries have been relocated to the Israeli-Arab city of Baka al-Gharbiya and numerous other batteries have been sighted on highways throughout northern Israel.

Feb 16 09:37

Emboldened by Trump, Israel tightens grip on Jerusalem

Israel has started work on a major new settlement project in occupied East Jerusalem.

The construction of a center for Jewish religious studies began in Jerusalem’s Old City late Tuesday evening, according to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR).

The center is a short distance from the al-Aqsa mosque, one of Islam’s holiest sites.

PCHR stated that the project is in direct violation of Palestinians’ rights to Jerusalem, and that it “would seriously distort and change the city’s historical characteristics.”

It is part of plans to erase Palestinian culture, reinvent Jerusalem’s history according to a Zionist narrative and push Palestinians out of the city.

The project is taking place at the same time that Israeli authorities are installing a military checkpoint at Damascus Gate, an entrance to the Old City widely used by Palestinians.

Feb 16 05:14

The Trump Peace Plan: As Gaza Dries Out, Israel Turns Off Fresh Water Spigot

Near the end of last month, Haaretz reported that, according to an expert hydrologist, 97 percent of Gaza’s drinking water has been contaminated by sewage and salt. The UN also confirmed that this was the case early last year, and clearly, the situation has remained unchanged even up until 2018. Robert Piper, the UN’s local coordinator for humanitarian and development activities, has called the situation “really very serious” and stated that “[w]e are falling far behind the demand for clean drinking water for Gazans.”

This kind of mistreatment is part and parcel of an overall package of deprivation that continues to plague the Palestinian people. There are some 2 million residents in Gaza affected by this egregious policy, famously one of the most densely populated areas on the planet. Gaza’s water resources are fully controlled by Israel and the division of groundwater is something that was provided for in the Oslo II Accord. However, despite the fact that under the Accord Israel is allocated four times the Palestinian portion of water resources


Feb 16 01:04

Iran tells US to get out of Syria as world powers turn against each other

Iran told the U.S. to withdraw its forces from Syria and cease operations there Wednesday because Washington’s presence was deemed illegal by the local government.

Feb 16 01:02

Israel & ISIS: More Israeli weapons discovered at captured ISIS positions in Syria

The Syrian Army discovered a large cache of Israeli-made arms and ammunition in mop-up operation in liberated regions in Deir Ezzor province.

Feb 15 17:23

Hizbullah: “You Don’t See Them…They See You!”

By Brett Redmayne-Titley

[Note: This is Part Three of a multi-part expose direct from Istanbul and Lebanon. Please see Part One or Part Two for information not repeated here.]

“This is not good!” cautions a new Lebanese friend in a stern tone of warning, clutching this reporters arm for emphasis. “This, where you are going.. it is their neighbourhood… Hizbullah’s neighbourhood. They control this completely!”

Protesting that this quest is well-intentioned, no secret and no threat, this friend provides probably the most important council, and most accurate statement, in properly understanding today’s modern Hizbullah.

“You do not understand well about Hizbullah,” he says, the seriousness of his face indicating his sincerity. “You do not see Hizbullah… they see you!”

His caution and commentary prove to be a very accurate description of today’s Hizbullah...

Feb 15 14:10

The Jewish timeline – from Moses to Netanyahu

"If Zionism was born to teach the Jews how to self-reflect so they could become a “people like all other people”, Netanyahu, Israel and contemporary Zionists are the proof that the Zionist project was futile. As the Jewish state surrounds itself with ever more walls of separation, as the Zionist lobbies and Zio-cons push for more global conflicts for Israel, it becomes clear that Zionists are actually a people like no other – people who can’t self-reflect or bear responsibility for their own actions." >>

Feb 15 14:08

The coward’s way: Israel’s war on the young

Stuart Littlewood describes the context under which the Israelis arrested a 14-year-old epileptic Palestinian girl for begging and, as punishment, dumped her in the Gaza Strip where she knew no-one and was cut off from her parents. >>

Feb 15 11:45

Syrian air defenses confront Israeli spy drones

Syrian anti-aircraft guns have confronted Israeli reconnaissance aircraft over the southwestern Quneitra province, forcing them to retreat.

"Syrian air defenses have repelled Israeli surveillance planes over Quneitra, forcing them to leave Syrian airspace," the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported on Wednesday night.

The incident comes just a few days after the Syrian military downed an Israeli F-16 warplane over Syrian territory.

Feb 15 10:59

Putting annexation row behind them, Netanyahu, Trump set March meet

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet with US President Donald Trump next month when he visits Washington for the annual AIPAC confab, a White House official said Wednesday.

The meeting will come after the White House shot down Netanyahu’s assertion Monday that the US and Israel were discussing proposals for Israel to annex West Bank settlements, marking an unprecedented rebuke of the prime minister by the Trump administration.

The AIPAC conference, an annual gathering of pro-Israel figures, is scheduled from March 4-6 in Washington.

An official told Israel’s Hadashot news that the annexation kerfuffle “is already water under the bridge and has no consequence to our relationship with Netanyahu.”

Netanyahu’s comment Monday was made at a faction meeting of his right-wing Likud party, whose top body unanimously passed a resolution in December urging its leaders to formally annex parts of the West Bank and allow unlimited construction in the settlements.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Every time an Israeli Prime Minister makes the pilgrimage to DC, I get somewhat nervous; but this particular meeting between President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu, has me literally close to an industrial-strength panic attack.

And why?!?

First, because Netanyahu may be charged with corruption charges, which makes him a politically wounded animal; and the "human animal" is at their most dangerous when they are politically wounded.

The same holds true for Netanyahu; and that will probably escalate the timetable for more attacks on Syria; Lebanon, and perhaps Iran.

Secondly, it is at these kinds of meetings where the President "signs off" on just how much mayhem he or she would "greenlight" for Israel in their next phase of grabbing more territory to itself.

This meeting comes in about 3 weeks; and these two have a very tight friendship.

But I very strongly caution the President about making any moves to greenlight any actions against Iran, or commiting to US troops to fighting in order to accomplish regime change in Tehran.

Tel Aviv wants to see this happen; however, primarily at the costs of American blood, and American money.

We'll know what transpired between the two probably the middle of next month, courtesy of movements both in the air, and on the ground in the Middle East, in terms of military activity we see by either Israel and/or the US.

Feb 15 10:14

Animosity Toward US Brings Turkey, Russia, and Iran Together for Summit on Syria

The leadership of Turkey, Iran, and Russia have all agreed to attend an upcoming summit in Istanbul on the topic of Syria, with the date for the meeting to be decided soon. Looming large over this is US relations.

Those three nations have met in the past on trying to get a peace process going in Syria, but right now the big issue on all their minds is increasing hostility from the US.

Turkey’s invasion of northern Syrian Kurdish territory has them facing potential conflict with US troops embedded in Manbij. The Pentagon has made clear their presence in Syria is at least in part intended now to fight Iran, and over the past week, US forces killed scores of Russians in the east.

These three nations weren’t seemingly all seeing eye-to-eye on Syria, but the acrimony with the US risks being a major unifier for them, with countering the US agenda in Syria likely a top priority for all.

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The invasion of Syria by the US military demonstrates just how lousy US foreign policy, seemingly driven by wanting a "revenge death match" against both Al Assad and Putin, for kicking out US-backed jihadists in Syria, is now going from bad to unimaginably worse.

My sense is that the refusal of the US military to get its troops out of Manbij, where they are embedded with Kurdish fighting forces, is going to translate into a situation where these troops will become the US government's "sacrificial lambs" with which to justify further incursions into Syria, and direct military conflict with Russia, and potentially against Turkish troops in Syria as well.

NATO members met yesterday and today, in a series of meetings chaired by NATO Secretary-General, Jens Stoltenberg.

NATO meeting held 14-15 February, in Brussels.

I am sure that Turkey - and its invasion of Syria - is very much on their minds.

Will NATO ultimately vote to intervene in Syria militarily, should the US ask it to?!?

Stranger things have happened.

Feb 15 09:30

The Mystery Russian Casualties In Syria

What exactly happened a week ago in the village of Khusham in eastern Syria? Have hundreds of Russian mercenaries been killed in an operation by the US military, as has been speculated for days in Russia? Or are such reports just a fake news campaign, which is how it has been represented by Moscow? The answer to this question will determine whether the already strained relationship between the US and Russia will be put to the test again, with unpredictable consequences. The search for the truth is particularly difficult, because there are no reliable findings.

Russia informed about US deployment

According to the US military, the picture is as follows:>>>

Feb 15 09:21


Israel hates the word ‘BOYCOTT’ unless they are the ones doing it

Why is Israel boycotting an Israeli film? Because it shows Palestinian deaths being covered up by Israeli soldiers.

Feb 15 09:19


Israel Police recommended indicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for bribery and breach of trust in two cases Tuesday night, Israel's Channel 2 and Channel 10 reported.

After a 14-month-long investigation, police announced on Tuesday that it found enough evidence to recommend the state’s prosecution to indict Netanyahu for bribery and breach of trust in Case 1000, the “gifts affair" and Case 2000, the "Yediot Aharanot Affair."

The prime minister, in the past, rejected both allegations claiming that "it is not illegal to accept gifts from friends" and that "Nothing will happen because nothing happened."

At this stage, the prosecution and Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit will examine the evidence that police collected throughout the investigations, and will later decide whether to actually indict the prime minister or not.

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With these corruption charges against him, Prime Minister Netanyahu is about to become as geopolitcally dangerous as is a wounded animal.

Watch for these charges accelerate everything Netanyahu may be thinking about doing militarily in Syria; Iran; and Lebanon.

President Trump, just please be aware that this might be happening, and soon.

Feb 15 08:53


Irish artist Jim Fitzpatrick Gallery, famous for creating the iconic image of Che Guevara, has released an image of Ahed Tamimi cast as the real Wonder Woman.

Feb 15 08:32

Israel’s Justice Minister endorses apartheid — the Jewish state ‘at the expense of equality’

Ayelet Shaked, the Israeli justice minister has done it again: She has spelled out Israeli Apartheid in unequivocal terms, and tied it directly to Zionism:

“There is place to maintain a Jewish majority even at the price of violation of rights.”

she said yesterday (Monday) at the Congress on Judaism and Democracy, as reported by Haaretz.

Shaked was speaking about Israel’s “Nation State of the Jewish People” bill, and made it clear that equality was essentially anathema to the “Jewish State”:

On the coalition’s intent to keep the word “equality” out of the nation-state bill, Shaked said that

“Israel is a Jewish state. It isn’t a state of all its nations. That is, equal rights to all citizens but not equal national rights.”

Feb 15 08:30

In propaganda coup for Israel, NYT frontpager ascribes Gaza’s misery to Palestinian infighting

The New York Times has published a long article about Gaza’s misery that begins on the front page today, and then takes up an entire inside page, under the headline, “With Gaza in Financial Crisis, Fears That ‘an Explosion’s Coming.’” The article is a manifesto from Hasbara Central — the Israeli propaganda arm — explaining the worsening Gaza tragedy as the product of Palestinian infighting. An Israeli general is quoted at length by reporter David Halbfinger; United Nations and human rights officials are not quoted at all.

Feb 15 08:29

Bibi and Jewish Dialectic

We learned this week that the Israeli police have recommended indicting PM Netanyahu for bribery. Some Israeli commentators opine that this move by the Israeli police is the end of Netanyahu or at least the beginning of his end. I am not convinced that this is the case, Bibi has proved to be both resilient and resistant. In any case, Netanyahu won’t be the first Israeli politician to face trial and possible imprisonment. His predecessor Ehud Olmert was sentenced after being convicted of fraud, breach of trust, bribery and tax evasion.

Disdain for the law and a lack of ethics are deeply entrenched within the Israeli elite and in its political leadership in particular.

Feb 15 08:29


The Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) captured the village of Qude from YPG/YPJ forces in the Afrin area. Separately, reports appeared that the TAF and the FSA had deployed additional troops and equipment west of the Jandaris district indicating the upcoming offensive there.

Pro-YPG sources said that Kurdish forces had repelled Turkish attacks in the districts of Rajo and Bulbul. Over 20 Turkish-backed fighters were reportedly killed there.

Both the Syrian Army and US-backed forces are reportedly massing troops and fortifying their positions in the Euphrates Valley. According to pro-opposition and pro-government sources, the sides are preparing for possible skirmishes in the area.

Feb 15 08:26

Members in US politics who hold dual US/Israeli citizenship:

Feb 15 08:09

The Israel Lobby - an 'Epidemic' of Wholesale Corruption

"It is political corruption on an epidemic scale, perpetrated by powerful figures from the worlds of gambling, share dealing and international banking: all conducted without any official or public scrutiny or inquiry."
Speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have’.

And the truth for America today is that our legislative assembly, the Congress of the United States of America and the US Presidency, have both been corrupted by the pro-Israel lobby to an extent that it impacts not only the life of every ordinary American citizen but also that of hundreds of thousands in states around the world.


Feb 15 08:06

From Cigars to Submarines: Top 5 Corruption Cases Surrounding Israel's Netanyahu

Recently, the Israeli police have recommended the indictment of the country’s Prime Minister on grounds of bribery, fraud and breach of trust in two corruption cases. Here’s a review of the most resonant corruption scandals surrounding Benjamin Netanyahu throughout his career.

Feb 14 14:30

“US Foreign Policy Is the Greatest Crime Since WWII,” Former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark

The US Secretary of State’s criminally insane back handed remarks favoring a civil war, with all the probable loss of lives a civil war would bring, seems to fit as appropriate within a US foreign policy of world domination. Human suffering has never been of any consequence to the financial interests of that 1/10 of 1 per cent of Americans who, to one degree or another, rule us all.

That is the way it has been since the end of the Second World War, a war made possible by US investments and joint ventures in the rearming of Nazi Germany,[ 2] a war that made the USA rich and the first all powerful single superpower.

Feb 14 11:16

Why Russian Chief Rabbi Stands by Vladimir Putin

Lazar’s work, his Russia boosterism and his ties to the Kremlin — he is sometimes called “Putin’s rabbi” — has helped Chabad’s Russian branch eclipse all the Jewish groups vying to reshape the country’s community of 250,000 Jews. Now Lazar heads a vast network that comprises dozens of employees and plentiful volunteers working in hundreds of Jewish institutions: schools, synagogues, community centers and kosher shops.

But Lazar and Putin’s relationship seems to go deeper than political expediency. In 2012, Lazar led the Russian leader on a tour of Jerusalem’s Western Wall. And last year Putin made Lazar a member of Russia’s prestigious Merit to the Fatherland order, the country’s highest civilian decoration and one that is rarely conferred on people who were not born in Russia. (Lazar became a Russian citizen in 2000.)

Feb 14 10:56

US: Calls for Lorde’s show to be cancelled over support for BDS

Lawmakers in Florida have called for New Zealand singer Lorde’s upcoming concert to be cancelled in protest of her support of the boycott against Israel, according to the New Zealand Herald.

On Thursday, State Representative Randy Fine cited a Florida law that says no state or local government can conduct business exceeding $1 million with any organisation engaged in a boycott of Israel.

Lorde cancelled her Tel Aviv show last year after an open letter called on her to support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement and show solidarity with the Palestinian people. The New Zealand singer-songwriter replied to the letter in a tweet: “Noted! Been speaking [with] many people about this and considering all options. Thank u for educating me I am learning all the time too.” She cancelled her show two days later.

In a statement on Thursday, Fine said that Lorde’s decision meant she could be refused under the state’s anti-BDS legislation.

Feb 14 10:40

Israeli Police: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Should Face Corruption Charges, Was Involved In Bribery Scheme To Influence Media

In a stunning turn of events that has thrown Israel into a state of chaos, Israeli police revealed Tuesday that they believe that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should be charged in multiple corruption cases that involved alleged bribery of media outlets and others the powerful politician sought to control.

The police recommendation came in a statement that claimed that Netanyahu should be charged with bribery, fraud, and breach of trust after a yearlong graft investigation that concluded Tuesday with clear evidence of gifts-for-favors.

All together, Netanyahu is accused of accepting $300,000 in gifts over 10 years, including back-room dealings with an influential newspaper publisher that the prime minister sought to ensure more favorable coverage from.

Feb 14 10:37


Having announced that Caitlyn Jenner is one of the main honorees at our March 8 Gala at the Plaza Hotel in New York City celebrating Israel’s 70th birthday, I was inundated with criticism for giving a “Champion of Israel and Human Rights Award” to the world’s most famous transgender woman. As fortune would have it, at the very same time, Caitlyn was herself in Ireland, a country increasingly hostile to Israel, speaking publicly and proudly of the Jewish state.

“I really judge a people and a country by the way they treat the LGBT community, I just have to say Ireland has done such a good job when it comes to these issues... There’s other countries around the world, in fact I’ll be in Israel, who have done a wonderful job in the face of civil rights.” Caitlyn went on to say that if you’re LGBT in countries that are not like Israel, “they’ll hang you; it’s an amazing thing.”

Feb 14 10:19

Ahed Tamimi remains in Israeli prison as “trial” adjourned

More than two dozen prominent US Black artists and public figures are speaking out in support of Ahed Tamimi, as the teenager’s trial began in an Israeli military court.

On Tuesday, Ahed was brought before the Ofer military court in the occupied West Bank.

Amid the presence of many journalists and diplomats, the military judge ordered the session to be held behind closed doors, claiming this was for Ahed’s own good.

Feb 14 10:18

New York bookseller bowed to Israel supporters after violent threats

A New York City bookseller faced threats of violence from Israel supporters before it caved in to demands to sign a statement repudiating the nonviolent BDS – boycott, divestment and sanctions – movement for Palestinian rights.

The statement, written by a local rabbi, also declares that Israel has a “right to exist.”

Columbia University Students for Justice in Palestine and Columbia/Barnard Jewish Voice for Peace are reaffirming a call to boycott the bookseller, Book Culture, unless it rescinds the statement.

Book Culture issued the statement in the wake of threats and intimidation because it was promoting a children’s book called P is for Palestine.

Feb 14 08:39


When news outlets began reporting on Tuesday that the police will recommend to indict Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for bribery, the Knesset was busy debating the 2019 state budget.

One opposition MK after the other wondered – in light of the impending recommendations – why they were still going through the motions of talking about 2019 when 2018 had just started and it seemed uncertain that the current Knesset would make it through the year.

Feb 14 08:38

Israel's Netanyahu vows to remain in office after police recommend he is charged with corruption 'for accepting bribes from a Hollywood mogul and Australian billionaire James Packer'

Israel's prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to remain in office and today insisted his government is 'stable' after police recommended he should be indicted on bribery and breach of trust charges.

The recommendations came after Netanyahu allegedly accepted gifts from Hollywood mogul Arnon Milchan and Australian billionaire James Packer.

There were also suspicions that he offered to give preferential treatment to a newspaper publisher in exchange for favourable coverage.

And the fresh development will deal an embarrassing blow to the embattled prime minister and is likely to fuel calls for him to resign.

Following the announcement late on Tuesday, Netanyahu angrily rejected the accusations, which included accepting nearly $300,000 dollars in gifts from the two billionaires.

Feb 14 08:35

Patriarch calls for upholding Jerusalem’s ‘special status’ at meeting with Abbas

The preservation of the special status of Jerusalem and guarantees for different religions is the principal condition for preserving peace on this land, the Patriarch stresses

Feb 14 08:34


Feb 14 08:33


Police are reported to be confident, after questioning Netanyahu three times, that they have enough evidence to indict him. If they do, Netanyahu will be under heavy pressure to resign.

Ahed Tamimi would be more than willing to give up her cold prison cell to make room for this REAL criminal

Feb 14 08:23

Introducing the IDF’s new ‘missile corps’

After a long-standing debate and objections from senior General Staff members, Defense Minister Lieberman has decided—in full agreement with Chief of Staff Eisenkot—to build a surface-to-surface missile arsenal in the Ground Forces; within two years, Israel Military Industries will supply missiles with a range of 150 kilometers and the ability to destroy any target within five minutes, which will later be joined by missiles covering all of Lebanon and reaching deep into Syria as well.

Feb 14 08:16

Police Recommend Israeli PM Netanyahu Indictment For Corruption, Bribery

Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu is facing a potential indictment after a police investigation reportedly urged the official be charged formally for alleged misconduct that includes accepting bribes and corruption.

Feb 14 07:57

The Trump Peace Plan: Record-Low in Gaza Medical Permits

(*but still; For the P.O.T.U.S. , it's hard telling , not knowing , if Israel is interested in peace , or not .)

Feb 14 05:42

Jerusalem Political Conference

It is our pleasure to invite you to attend the 6th International Conference of Independent Thinkers and Artists (New Horizon). The conference will host academics, politicians, authors, journalists, activists, filmmakers, and media commentators from around the world to discuss different viewpoints and show worldwide solidarity with PALESTINIAN oppressed people.....

Feb 14 04:34

Flashback: Imagine a World without Israel…

Thanks mostly to U.S. President Harry S. Truman and his “susceptibility to Zionist influence,” Israel came into existence in 1948. (1) Humanity, and in particular, the Palestinians, have paid dearly for his decision. The land on which the Palestinians had been living for centuries, in peace, with a minority Jewish population, has been gradually transformed into an Apartheid state by the machinations of the Zionist Movement. That Apartheid state, in turn, is today dominated by Israel’s Death-Mayhem-and- Occupation Machine.

Feb 14 04:17

Israeli foreign ministry to boycott Paris Film Festival over choice of ‘Foxtrot’ for opening

The Israeli foreign ministry said Sunday that Israeli diplomats in France would boycott the ceremonial opening of the Israeli Film Festival in Paris in May, after festival organizers rejected a ministry "suggestion" not to feature the film Foxtrot to open the festival. The film, directed by Samuel Maoz and starring Israeli actors Lior Ashkenazi and Sarah Adler, is the story of a Tel Aviv couple who receive news that their son, an IDF soldier, has been killed in the line of duty. Israeli Culture Minister Miri Regev has been a strident critic of the film due to its portrayal of Israeli soldiers who conspire to cover up the murder of four Arab youths. The film won the Silver Lion award at the Venice Film Festival last September, prompting a furious condemnation from Regev, who has said the story "slanders" IDF soldiers.

Feb 13 18:13

Israeli police 'recommend Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu be charged with corruption and accepting bribes for US visas from Hollywood producer and media magnate'

Israeli police have recommended the country's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been charge with corruption.

For months, police have been investigating two cases against him. In one probe, Netanyahu reportedly received over $100,000 in gifts from Hollywood mogul Arnon Milchan and other wealthy supporters in return for 10-year US visas.

The other is over secret talks with the publisher of a major Israeli newspaper in which Netanyahu allegedly requested positive coverage in exchange for reining in a free pro-Netanyahu daily.

Authorities believe he should be charged with corruption in both cases, including bribery, according to local media reports.

Feb 13 13:06

Another Unnecessary War: Israel is Planning to Launch a Military Operation against Lebanon

The writing is already on the wall: Israel will soon launch a military operation in Lebanon. Not a targeted attack on a weapons convoy or factory, but a simultaneous attack on Hezbollah’s missile production and launch sites. The operation will take place at the same time as, or immediately after, a series of assassinations of known Hezbollah operatives. That organization will, of course, react by launching a massive missile barrage at population centers in Israel, and Hamas may contribute its share in the south. Last week we were informed that missile interceptor systems have already been deployed throughout the country as part of a joint “drill” between the IDF and the U.S. military. Washington has already given a green light, or so we learn from Thomas Friedman’s most recent column — a faithful mouthpiece of American foreign policy.

Feb 13 13:05

Israel squares off for showdown with Iran in Syria

A surge in Israeli-Syrian cross-border incidents has turned into the "biggest" confrontation between the two countries in decades and confronted Russia with a new dilemma: how to preserve its ties with both sides.

The tit-for-tat attacks, which started on Saturday and continued until the following day, have been accompanied by a war of words, with Benjamin Netanyahu warning that Israel would continue to strike against any aggression.

"We dealt severe blows to the Iranian and Syrian forces," Netanyahu said, referring to Iranian bases present inside Syria.

Feb 13 13:04

As New Rivals Square Off, Syria War Is Getting Worse

A year ago, the Syrian War could fairly have been seen as primarily an ISIS war, with several different groups scrambling to attack ISIS from different angles, looking to get the juiciest bits of the carved up “caliphate.”

ISIS is now mostly gone, but the Syria War is actually getting substantially worse, with a series of new conflicts starting to erupt on several different fronts, and threatening a new round of chaos.

The Syrian government tried to shift from fighting ISIS to fighting al-Qaeda and the other Islamist factions in Idlib. In the meantime, they got over 100 of their fighters killed in a US attack last week, and the biggest Israeli attack on Syria in decades over the weekend.

Feb 13 13:03


Israel Police recommended indicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for bribery and breach of trust in two cases Tuesday night, Israel's Channel 2 and Channel 10 reported.

After a 14-month-long investigation, police announced on Tuesday that it found enough evidence to recommend the state’s prosecution to indict Netanyahu for bribery and breach of trust in Case 1000, the “gifts affair" and Case 2000, the "Yediot Aharanot Affair."

Feb 13 10:42

Justice Minister: Israel Must Keep Jewish Majority Even at the Expense of Human Rights

Minister Ayelet Shaked addressed the proposed nation-state law, contending that Israel as a Jewish state must administer equal civil but not national rights

Feb 13 10:16

'IDF performed 1000s of operations in Syria over past year'

Head of IAF Air Division says strike in Syria on Saturday 'was very broad and it will have an effect on their decision-making process,' noting Iranian and Syrian forces 'were hit very seriously'; IAF helicopter pilot who downed Iranian drone: 'The squadron was scrambled to defend the nation’s skies.'

Feb 13 10:15

Al Qaeda leader praises Israeli strike on Syria

A former leader of Syria's Al Qaeda branch commended Israel for striking Syria on Saturday, after the Assad regime shot down an Israeli F-16I fighter jet.

On Saturday, the IAF identified an unmanned Iranian aircraft entering Israeli airspace. The aircraft remained in Israeli airspace for a minute and a half before being shot down. In response, four IAF F-16I attacked the drone's control center deep in Syria. While they were operating, Syria fired dozens of surface-to-air missiles, hitting one of the F-16I fighters, forcing the pilot and navigator to eject once they reached Israeli territory.

Meanwhile, the IAF responded to the attack on the F-16 by beginning a large-scale operation against Iranian targets in Syria, destroying at least four sites and additional facilities as Syria fired surface-to-air missiles towards the planes, activating Israel's air raid sirens on the northern border.

Feb 13 10:15

60% of Palestine children arrested by Israel tortured

Sixty per cent of Palestinian children who were arrested by Israeli occupation forces were verbally, physically or psychologically tortured, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club (PPC) revealed yesterday.

In a statement, the PPC said that the Palestinian minors detained by the Israeli occupation were prevented from sleeping, beaten and threatened by interrogators in order to confess.

The statement also said that the Palestinian children were prevented from eating and drinking for long periods and were insulted. They were also subjected to hours of interrogations.

Accounts of three Palestinian minor prisoners, who are currently inside Israeli prisons, were included in the PPC’s report.

Feb 13 10:12

Damascus warns Israel it faces 'more surprises' if it tries to attack Syria again after Assad's air defences shot down an Israeli F16 jet

Damascus has warned that Israel can expect 'further surprises' if it launches more attacks Syrian soil after one of its jets was shot down on Saturday.

Assistant foreign minister Ayman Sussan warned that his country is more than capable of 'confronting attacks' despite being wracked by civil war.

Sussan spoke after Syrian anti-aircraft fire downed an Israeli F16 as it returned from a bombing raid on Iran-backed positions in Syria early on Saturday.

Feb 13 09:59

Putin’s Phone Call With Netanyahu Put End to Israeli Strikes in Syria

all can rest assured that the recent tragedy surrounding the crash of the Russian passenger flight that killed all onboard has links all the way back to Tel Aviv, that Putin knows it and that this featured prominently in the discussion that took place between the two leaders that resulted in an abrupt de-escalation of military activity on the part of the Jewish state.

Feb 13 09:58


The Israeli press reported recently that Knesset member Michael Oren had conducted a “secret parliamentary investigation” into the Tamimi family, suspecting that their “blond hair, freckles and Western clothes” proved that they were not “real”’ Palestinians but part of the “Pallywood’ industry”

Feb 13 09:55

Israel strikes Syria but Iran is the target

As the dust begins to settle after a weekend in which Israel “defended” itself over another country’s sovereign territory, a region in dangerous flux is just that little bit more unstable.

Predictably, everyone claimed victory as yet another wave of airstrikes hit Syria. In reality, Israel – yet again – demonstrated its superior firepower, but has been given food for thought by the downing of one of its fighter planes, by Syrian government or Syrian government-allied forces. The Israeli air force will understand that the unchallenged impunity with which it has struck targets in Syria – acknowledged or not – for many years no longer quite holds.

The weekend also suggests Russia is now an essential arbiter in the region where nobody considers Syria’s borders anything other than lines on a map, and preparations for a war on Iran progress.

Feb 13 09:55

Massachusetts activists defeat “deceptive” anti-BDS measure

Activists in Massachusetts successfully pressured state lawmakers to stop a bill on 8 February that would have classified the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign for Palestinian rights as “discrimination.”

The bill requires anyone who enters into a contract with the state worth more than $10,000 to pledge that they will not refuse to do business with any person based on the person’s “race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, gender identity or sexual orientation.”

It has no chance of being passed this session as a key committee declined to advance it.

The campaign to defeat it was successful, Elsa Auerbach of Jewish Voice for Peace - Boston told The Electronic Intifada, “after the legislators understood that the framing of the bill was deceptive and posed a threat to the constitutionally protected right to free speech.”

Feb 13 08:56

Russia In the Crosshairs

How many times did Putin announce victory in Syria, pull out, and then have to go back after Washington’s forces had recuperated? Why does Putin refuse the reincorporation of the breakaway Russian provinces in Ukraine? He allowed Crimea back in because of the Russian naval base, but he has refused the Russian provinces of Donetsk and Luhansk. Consequently, the Russian people in these provinces continue to be subject to attack, and Washington has now armed its Ukrainian nazi state with weapons to reconquer the breakaway republics.

Whether or not Russia wants to acknowledge it, Russia is in a fight for her life. There is evidence that top Russian leaders are unaware of this.

Feb 13 08:48

Kushner Foundation Gives $342K to Chabad — Still Surprised About Jared and Ivanka’s Synagogue?

A Haaretz examination has revealed that Charles and Seryl Kushner have been major benefactors of Chabad over the years. Between 2003 and 2013, their family foundation donated a total of $342,500 to various institutions and projects associated with the movement, their tax records show.

Chabad has benefited not only from Kushner’s side of the family. It turns out that President-elect Donald Trump has also contributed to the movement – even before his daughter, who converted to Judaism, was married. Altogether, the Donald J. Trump Foundation has donated $11,550 to three Chabad institutions.

Feb 13 08:44

Putin’s Chosen People

Putin’s has also generally been supportive of Jewish institutions—one Jewish institution in particular. One of the more intriguing aspects of contemporary Russian Jewish life is the close relationship between the Kremlin and Chabad, also known as Lubavitch, the Hasidic sect known in the United States for its street-corner proselytizing to fellow Jews and reverence for the late Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson. Founded in Western Russia in the 18th century, the Lubavitchers decamped to the United States in 1940, setting up their new headquarters in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights neighborhood. The Orthodox Jewish movement has dispatched hundreds of emissaries throughout the world to promote the faith. Just after the fall of Communism and just prior to his own death, Schneerson sent Rabbi Berel Lazar to represent Chabad in Russia.

Feb 13 08:19

Netanyahu in First Real Crisis With Trump

Netanyahu’s Annexation Claim Sparks First Real Crisis With Trump

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in trying to placate his far-right coalition on delaying an effort to annex the West Bank, made what analysts are calling a “gaffe,” saying the process needs to be coordinated with President Trump, and that he’s been talking to Trump and other US officials about it for some time.

The problem is, he wasn’t. The White House quickly called out Netanyahu for falsely claiming this, and Israeli officials too said the discussions never took place. Such talks would obviously be a huge deal, and would also do massive harm to the peace process.

This has all proved a massive public embarrassment for Netanyahu>>>

Feb 12 13:40

Israel "Preparing For War In North", Boosts Air Defenses; Warns Iran

One day after the most "significant escalation" in tensions between Israel and Syria/Iran, when an Israeli F-16 was shot down over the Golan Heights after it attacked a Syrian base which allegedly launched a drone into Israeli airspace, Israel appears to be "preparing for war in the North" according to the Jerusalem Post, which reports that the Jewish state has boosted its air defense in the region along the Syrian border following the "significant confrontation between the Jewish State, Syria and Iran."

Witnesses cited by JPost reported seeing a convoy of missile-defense batteries heading north near the Israeli-Arab city of Baka al-Gharbiya. Other witnesses posted photos of several trucks carrying the batteries on central highways in northern Israel.

Israel’s air defenses currently include the Iron Dome, designed to shoot down short-range rockets.

Feb 12 13:19

Netanyahu says Israel undeterred after Syria shoots down F-16

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that Israeli forces would press ahead with Syria operations despite their loss of an advanced warplane to enemy fire for the first time in 36 years.

Syrian anti-aircraft fire downed the F-16 as it returned from a bombing raid on Iran-backed positions in Syria early on Saturday. The Iran-backed forces are supporting President Bashar al-Assad in Syria's near seven-year civil war.

Israel then launched a second and more intensive air raid, hitting what it said were 12 Iranian and Syrian targets in Syria, including Syrian air defense systems.

Feb 12 13:17

Israel warns over Iran's presence in Syria after air strikes

Israel issued stark warnings on Sunday over Iran's presence in neighbouring Syria after a confrontation threatened to open a new and unpredictable period in the country's seven-year civil war.

Israel carried out major air raids in Syria on Saturday, including against what it described as Iranian targets -- the first time it had publicly acknowledged doing so since the war began.

The raids came after an Israeli F16 fighter was shot down by Syrian air defences. The pilots survived, but it was Israel's first loss of a warplane in battle since 1982.

"We inflicted on Saturday a heavy blow to Iranian and Syrian forces," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the start of Sunday's cabinet meeting.

Feb 12 13:17

The Iranian game of chess: More moves are on the way

Op-ed: Iran and Israel have been fighting each other for years. It’s a cruel war, but one rule has been strictly observed: Avoiding an open, direct conflict. Iran has been attacking through proxies, while Israel has preferred covert activity. On Saturday, for the first time, this barrier was broken on both sides.

Feb 12 13:11

AG asks police to delay recommendations on PM

Mandelblit wants police to hold off until state can respond to petition demanding police not to release recommendations against Netanyahu; inside sources say police not ready to release recommendations regardless.

Feb 12 13:09

'Israel deploys anti-missile system on Syria border'

An agitated Israeli military has reportedly deployed anti-missile systems to the Syrian border, a day after it lost an advanced F-16 warplane in Syria's first serious air defense operation to confront Israeli violations of its airspace.

The Jerusalem Post on Sunday cited witnesses as saying that they had seen convoys of "missile defense batteries" north-bound near the city of Baka al-Gharbiya. It said others had posted photos of "trucks carrying the batteries on central highways in northern Israel."

The report said the Israeli army had "refused to comment."

Early on Saturday morning, reportedly eight Israeli warplanes were deployed to target positions inside Syria. The Syrian military, which has previously absorbed occasional Israeli strikes, activated its air defense systems and shot down at least one Israeli F-16.

Feb 12 13:09

Meet the Israeli Spies Injecting Fake News Into Facebook's Newsfeed

This means that for the last two years a former intelligence officer has been running Israel’s global war against BDS, the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement.

Feb 12 13:07

The Jewish Timeline – From Moses to Bibi

The Jewish timeline is a peculiar one-sided anti-historical narrative that inevitably begins at the point when Jewish suffering is detected and ignores the prior circumstances that may have led to that suffering. In Jewish history, the members of the chosen tribe are never the aggressors nor do they bear any responsibility for their own plight. Quite the opposite, they are always the victims of Goyim’s ‘irrational’ and ‘merciless hatred of Jews.’

Yesterday, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu provided a remarkable window into the deceptive nature of the Jewish timeline.

Feb 12 12:53

Israel demands payment for jeep that killed Palestinian

Less than three years ago, an Israeli military jeep flipped over and killed 21-year-old Abdulla, the family's eldest son.

On January 3, 2018, the Ghneimat family got a bill from Israel, demanding $28,000 in compensation for the jeep damage.

Abdulla was crushed to death by the Israeli army jeep during a raid in his village of Kufr Malek, northeast of Ramallah before dawn on June 14, 2015.

According to a lawsuit filed by the family against Israel in June 2017, Abdulla was trapped under the jeep and bled to death after Israeli forces denied him medical aid.

Feb 12 11:56

Russia in the Crosshairs

Eric Zuesse notes that only Syria and Russia complain about Washington’s illegal occupation of Syrian territory, an occupation that has no UN authorization and is a complete and total violation of international law, and Israel’s continual attacks on Syria.

Washington’s continuing support for war against the legitimate government of Syria and support for Israeli and terrorist attacks on Syrian and Russian forces are undermining Russia’s efforts to bring peace to the region. Zuesse also notes that Washington and its UK puppet block all UN action against Washington’s illegality.

Zuesse is correct. But is the continuation of Washington’s campaign against Syria and Russia largely the fault of Russia? Stephen Lendman makes a case that it is Russia’s fault.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would argue that Russia doesn't wish to get into direct military conflict with the US in Syria, because it understands that this could well generate more wars with the US, which for reasons I will articulate later, which the US and NATO appear to be gung-ho to fight, putting Russia in the position of being forced to fight both in Syria, and in Ukraine.

Putin is moving heaven and earth to avoid that happening, understanding full well that the current anti-Russian hysteria in Congress and beyond, may well be a prelude to the larger war he is trying to prevent.

Putin has a very real world understanding of just what a world war does to the people who fight it; the civilian populations enduring it and the bitter physical results to places which have been utterly destroyed by wars; and because he has a very clear understanding of what World War II did to his country, he does not want to see it repeated, not in Ukraine, Syria, or Iran.

Steve Lendman, whose work I greatly respect, and frequently link to, needs to understand the following; like a giant ant, the US government is "trapped in the amber" of an absolutely unrepayable debt load, toward which the current spending legislation is adding, big-time.

The US government desperately needs a war with which to attempt to "misdirect" the American people about the reasons why their standards of living have slipped horrendously, as US government debt grows, unchecked,and there are many in the "bowels of power" in DC, who believe that a good war will be just the ticket to get the US government out of its debtload, and back on its feet.

Israel, with its recent attacks on Syria, against Syrian and the (alleged) Iranian presence will hardly stop now. They will continue these attacks until someone strikes back, or, allegedly has struck back, courtesy of an Israeli/US generated false flag.

Sooner or later, the US military will be called upon by Israel for a general invasion of Syria, "to defend Israel's right to exist", and to affect regime change in Damascus; The optics here mean that Iran most probably will not let this stand, so we will see Iran join the fray as well, on Syria's side.

For Russia, it painfully clear that the breakaway former areas of Ukraine, and Ukraine itself, are preparing for another round of military conflict.
Monitors warn of Preparations for a Fresh Surge in Fighting in Ukraine

This is where NATO will most likely be assisting the Ukrainians militarily, to attempt to gain back some of their purpose and credibility, and the US has already sided with Ukraine should the conflict escalate. After all, President Trump has signed off on supplying Ukraine with anti-tank weapons.
US to send anti-tank missiles to Ukraine By now, those weapons should have been delivered to the Ukrainian military.

So we will, I believe, have Russia - and the US - fighting on several different fronts, with NATO fighting against Russia in Ukraine, assisted by the US; Syrian, Iran, and Russia, fighting the US and Israel in Syria (and possibly against Iran) in a major war there.

I would like to hope to hell that I am absolutely wrong on this assessment; however, current events, particularly the major strike by the Israel's IDF against Syria last week, compels me to conclude, at the moment, that this is how the geopolitics of the next great war are going to play out.

Feb 12 11:04

Trump Unsure If Israel Genuinely Wants Peace With Palestinians

Speaking to the Israel Hayom newspaper, President Trump has made comments all but unheard of among top US officials, openly questioning whether Israel “is genuinely seeking to reach a peace agreement with the Palestinians.”

While Trump took his usual “we’ll have to see what happens” attitude of offering few details, he did caution that Israel’s continued expansion of settlements in the occupied territories are seriously complicating peace efforts.

Criticizing settlements is a pretty normal position for US officials to take, but question Israel’s willingness to make peace, despite many in Israel’s government openly opposed to making peace, is nearly unheard of, and likely to provoke a backlash, even though Trump did qualify it by saying he’s sure the Palestinians don’t want peace either.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. President, forgive my surprise at this but, can it be humanly possible you have just stumbled upon the realization that the Israelis don't really want peace with the Palestinians?!?

Well, sir, better late than never.

So now that you have come to this "Buddha on the Road moment", how are you going to approach your BFF in the Middle East, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, and change his mind about how to make this happen; or are you even going to mention it to him at all?!?

Feb 12 10:58

Israel ‘dealt heavy blow’ to Iran & Syria – Netanyahu

Israeli airstrikes against Iranian and Syrian targets have dealt a “serious blow” to Tehran and Damascus, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. Israel will continue to “strike back,” he added.

“Yesterday we dealt a serious blow to the armies of Iran and Syria,” the prime minister said, referring to the airstrikes conducted by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) against targets on Syrian territory on Saturday. “We will continue to strike back at any attempt to harm us,” he told ministers at his weekly cabinet meeting, as cited by Israeli media.

“We made it unequivocally clear to everyone that our rules of engagement have not changed in any way,” Netanyahu said. “This has been our policy and will remain our policy,” he added, apparently indicating that Tel Aviv does not intend to change its stance on Syria.

Feb 12 10:48


In a rare public expression of support for Israel by a radical Islamist figure in Syria, a former leader in al-Qaeda’s Syrian militia on Saturday welcomed Israeli airstrikes against Syrian and Iranian targets in the country after an Iranian drone infiltrated Israeli airspace, and called on the Jewish state to quickly “uproot” Iran from its northern neighbor.

Feb 12 10:17

A Slight Bump to Israeli Arrogance

Israeli arrogance might not have ended Saturday, but it surely cracked. Suddenly it became clear that Israel is not alone in the Middle Eastern, that even its immense military power has its limits. There could be a silver lining, if Israel accepts that it cannot forever live by the sword, nor even by advanced airplanes. Perhaps the F-16 that was downed took down with it the doctrine according to which everything can and should be resolved by force; first of all force, always force, only force.


(*who knows ? It could be peace , albeit through deception , Israel is interested in ?
Still; Better The Devil You Know
whitehorse souce )

Feb 12 10:17


Lawmakers in Florida have called for New Zealand singer Lorde’s upcoming concert to be cancelled in protest of her support of the boycott against Israel, according to the New Zealand Herald.

On Thursday, State Representative Randy Fine cited a Florida law that says no state or local government can conduct business exceeding $1 million with any organisation engaged in a boycott of Israel.

Lorde cancelled her Tel Aviv show last year after an open letter called on her to support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement and show solidarity with the Palestinian people. The New Zealand singer-songwriter replied to the letter in a tweet: “Noted! Been speaking [with] many people about this and considering all options. Thank u for educating me I am learning all the time too.” She cancelled her show two days later.

In a statement on Thursday, Fine said that Lorde’s decision meant she could be refused under the state’s anti-BDS legislation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That a state in the Unhinged, Surveilled States of Amerika, can refuse an artist a venue because of her support of BDS is an absolute travesty.

Are we not supposed to be the "Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave", where expressing a minority opinion about human rights for Palestinians should at least be tolerated?!?!?

Apparently, in the state of Florida, not so much.

That Israel has so much control over state and Federal regulations, to regulate public opinion to the degree where expressing one's opinion about Palestinian human rights is a crime, is an intolerable legislative imposition, and the law needs to be struck down by the Florida Supreme Court, as absolutely antithetical to the First Amendment; if not the Federal Supreme Court ultimately coming to that conclusion.

Criticizing the government of Israel's policies is NOT anti-Semitism, although Tel Aviv has, in its own Orwellian way, has managed to twist the English language in order to conflate the two.

And Representative Fine, a word, please: the BDS cannot destroy Israel; it might, however, "pinch" financially enough, that the Israeli government might come to the table honestly, and begin negotiations which will enable a Palestinian state to exist.

It is a form of peaceful protest; nobody gets hurt, but it does draw attention to the constant trampling over Palestinians' rights, both legislatively in the Knesset, and courtesy of the IDF.

And sir, I am talking about incidents like those documented in the following articles:

The Israeli military detention of Palestinian Children

IDF Security forces abuse Palestinian Children

Palestinian minors arrested, suffer abuse

400 Palestinian Children held in Israeli Prisons prisons

Representative Fine, I am asking you, honestly, for one moment, to imagine how you would feel if such horrific treatment was meted out to your kids, and had done nothing wrong.

But you won't, or you can't, because you will always see Palestinians as "the other", not even worthy of breath.

Odd and, historically ironic, that response; there was a guy in Germany, back in the 20th century, who hated all he defined as "The Others" with such a passion, that he had them carted off to slave labor camps, where many of them died under horrific conditions.

Feb 12 09:56

Israeli Airstrikes Were Complete Failure, Retaliation Against Russia Expected

Yesterday, Gordon and I reported what the world’s media knows but will not say – that the Israeli airstrikes on Syria were a complete failure where no targets were hit and the Israeli planes failed to breach the Syrian air defences, rather, they flew straight into a hail of fire, shit themselves and dropped their bombs so they could make a run for the safety of Israeli airspace – they could run much faster without the encumbrance of heavy weapons loads.

The official line has the Israelis hitting a dozen targets and destroying Iranian and Syrian assets, all a lie; a desperate and pathetic attempt to prop up the ailing Netanyahu regime as it teeters on the brink of collapse due to the criminal investigations into Netanyahu and his wife which are drawing ever closer to the point of arresting and impeaching the Israeli leader.

Netanyahu launched these airstrikes in a pitiful attempt to draw attention away from the investigations that look set to destroy him.

Bibi tried to please his hardcore supporters who are those who believe Israeli foreign policy, especially towards the Arabs, is best carried out by high explosives>>>

(*hard telling/not knowing Israel may , or may not be interested in peace !)

Feb 12 09:45

Why Does A Russian Airliner Go Down One Day After Israel F-16 Goes Down ?

(*article proposes a legitimate question , but not an accompanying legitimate answer)

Feb 12 07:56

The Trump Peace Plan: A Cauldron Of Deficit, Despair And Desperation

Life in the Gaza Strip — a cauldron of deficit, despair and desperation

Deficit and desperation define life these days in the Gaza Strip. Residents make do with four hours of electricity a day. Most people don't have access to clean water because the supply system is contaminated with sewage. Breakfast for some schoolchildren is a cup of hot water flavored with a dash of salt.

"Despair isn't even the right word to describe what's going on here because things are getting worse and worse">>>

(*But The American President knows for sure that they prefer it that way , and would rather not entertain the idea of having peace , one day . As for their oppressors , whom The President incorporated into The State of The Union , he's really not sure if they're motivated towards peace in the region .)

Feb 12 07:21

US 'Strongly Supports' Israel's Right to Defend Itself

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States "strongly supports" Israel's right to defend itself, the State Department spokeswoman said on Saturday, after Israel said it struck 12 Iranian and Syrian targets in Syria, including Syrian air defense systems.

"The United States is deeply concerned about today's escalation of violence over Israel's border and strongly supports Israel's sovereign right to defend itself">>>

(*RELATED:)Trump Unsure if Israel Wants Peace With Palestinians

(*A pyromaniac's attorney could argue "my cliant wasn't sure about storing a dozen 5 gallon cans of gasoline right next to the woodstove , your honor" .)

Feb 11 15:32

Trump: Israeli settlements complicate the task of making peace

Trump said this in an interview with the Israeli daily, Israel Hayom, where he said “Palestinians are not committed to making peace, but Im not sure about the Israelis."


Feb 11 15:13

Calls To Ban Israeli Poet After Poem Compares Ahed Tamimi To Anne Frank

“A pretty girl 17 years old did a terrible thing,” Geffen’s poem reads. “…on the day that the story of the struggle will be told – you, Ahed Tamimi… You will be in the same ranks as Joan of Arc, Chana Senesh and Anne Frank.”

In a fiery Facebook post, Liebermann condemned the poem and called on the Israeli media to boycott the 70 year old poet.

“The State of Israel will not give a stage to a drunk comparing a girl who perished in the Holocaust and a heroine fighter who fought against the Nazi regime to Ahad Tamimi”>>>>

(*and yada-yada-yada !)

Feb 11 14:56

Resistance Shoots Down Israeli Plane Over Gaza

Local sources confirmed on Sunday that the Palestinian resistance movement shot down an Israeli plane flying over Northern Gaza Strip. >>>

Feb 11 10:40

Vladimir Putin PLEAS with Israel's Netanyahu not go to WAR with Iran as conflict escalates

VLADIMIR Putin has begged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to avoid actions that could fuel further conflict following Israeli air raids in Syria, it has been reported.

The news has come after Israel yesterday shot down an Iranian drone which was launched from Syria and has also struck Iranian targets in the region as tensions between the two countries rise.

The alleged drone infiltration into Israel’s airspace led to the Israeli Air Force launching it’s biggest retaliatory strikes in Syria in more than 30 years.

As the cross-border escalation ensued, one of Israel’s F-16 jets was downed by Syrian air-defence systems.

Putin urged the Israeli Prime Minister to “avoid any steps that could lead to a new round of confrontation dangerous to everyone in the region,” according to the Kremlin.

Feb 11 10:24

Israel warns Iran after launching major raids in Syria

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu says his country will defend itself "against any attack" after carrying out what appear to be its largest strikes on sites in Syria in decades.

Israel launched raids against Iranian targets after saying it had intercepted an Iranian drone crossing the Syria-Israel border.

Iran denies the allegation.

During the offensive an Israeli F-16 fighter jet was shot down by Syria air defences, crashing in northern Israel.

Its pilots ejected from the plane and were taken to hospital.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks like Netanyahu is going to start a major war to distract from his coming indictment for corruption.