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Jun 08 11:23

USS Liberty - Israeli Pilot Speaks Up

"We had been surveilled all morning and part of the afternoon by Israeli forces. They knew who we were. We heard them reporting over radio who we were and how we were sailing and where we were sailing. They saw the flag and everything else. We were in international waters."

Jun 08 11:23

New Evidence Proves Israel Attacked USS Liberty With Orders to Kill 294 Americans

Fresh evidence presented in an exclusive Al Jazeera investigation into the Israeli attack on the USS Liberty that killed 34 Americans proves the incident was not a mistake. Since 1967 the ‘official story‘ has been that Israel simply misidentified the American ship as Egyptian for several hours. Israel apologized to the United States and for several decades we’ve been led to believe that this could be the only explanation for why Israeli jets and torpedo boats would launch rockets, missiles and torpedoes at an American target for more than two hours.

Jun 08 11:22

Hidden History - USS Liberty: 'Operation Cyanide': Russians to the rescue

Few people in America or Russia are aware of the crucial and heroic role played by Destroyer 626/4 of the Soviet Navy during the Six-Day War in June, 1967. The commander and crew of this ship guarded the American intelligence vessel GTR-4, better known as the USS Liberty, after the attack on it by the combined air and naval branches of the Israeli Defense Force. The Zionist attack was coordinated with elements of the US Navy, US intelligence and the White House.

The top-secret plan was known as Operation Cyanide and was intended to result in the sinking of the Liberty with all hands, to be blamed on Egypt and exploited to permit the bombing of Cairo and the entry of the United States into the war on Israel’s side. The Soviet Union’s relationships with Arab countries would have been damaged and perhaps cut, with America and Israel seizing control of all Mid-East oil production. Israel’s borders would have expanded from the Nile to the Euphrates Rivers.

Jun 08 11:22

Israel's attack on the USS Liberty - The full story

On Thursday 8 June 1967, Israeli air and naval forces attacked America's most advanced spy ship, the U.S.S. Liberty, killing 34 of its crew and wounding 174. The lesson of this cold-blooded, murderous attack was that there is nothing the Zionist state might not do, to its friends as well as its enemies, in order to get its own way.

Forty five years on, thanks to the complicity of the mainstream media, the cover up ordered by President Johnson is still in place.

Jun 08 11:21

Cover-Up Alleged in Probe of USS Liberty

A former Navy attorney who helped lead the military investigation of the 1967 Israeli attack on the USS Liberty that killed 34 American servicemen says former President Lyndon Johnson and his defense secretary, Robert McNamara, ordered that the inquiry conclude the incident was an accident.

In a signed affidavit released at a Capitol Hill news conference, retired Capt. Ward Boston said Johnson and McNamara told those heading the Navy's inquiry to "conclude that the attack was a case of 'mistaken identity' despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary."

Jun 08 11:11

USS Liberty 1967: Israel Murdered U.S. Sailors and Tried to Sink Their Ship … A Failed False Flag Attack Against the U.S.

After checking the Liberty out for 8 hours – and making 9 overflights with Israeli jets, within 200 feet … close enough for the pilots and the sunbathing Liberty sailors on deck to waive at each other.

Yet the Israelis attacked it with Mirage fighter jets, torpedoes and napalm. The USS Liberty suffered 70% casualties, with 34 killed and 174 wounded.

The Israeli attack spanned two hours … as long as the attack on Pearl Harbor. The air attack alone lasted approximately 25 minutes: consisting of more than 30 sorties by approximately 12 separate planes using napalm, cannon, and rockets which left 821 holes in the ship. The Israelis fired 30mm cannons and rockets into the boat.

Jun 08 09:24

TRUMP OKS ADVANCED BOMB PARTS TO BE BUILT IN SAUDI: NYT

SOURCE: ALJAZEERA

When US President Donald Trump bypassed Congress last month to approve a multibillion-dollar arms deal to Saudi Arabia, he also allowed the kingdom to develop complex precision-bomb parts, according to the New York Times.

Trump's emergency declaration allows American arms firm Raytheon to share technology with Riyadh that could allow Saudi Arabia to develop its own laser-guided bombs, the newspaper reported on Friday.

Among the components which the Saudis are now allowed to work on with the firm are the control systems and vital electronics for Raytheon's Paveway series of smart bombs. That technology was previously closely guarded by Washington.

The technology sharing is just one part of a sweeping arms package Trump bypassed Congress to push through by declaring a national emergency, citing tensions with Iran.

Outrage on Capitol Hill

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. President, please tell me that this is a belated April Fool's joke; because if it isn't, you may just have created the elements which can potentially turn into World War III; the current detente between Saudi Arabia and Israel could turn nasty at any second, and any attack against Iran by Saudi Arabia, could well be met with China and Russia taking sides with Iran.

Giving dictatorial kingdoms, which are self-proclaimed theocracies, is probably not ever a great idea; and I am referring, sir, to both Israel and Saudi Arabia.

This move does not augur well for peace, either in the region, or in the world.

Jun 07 11:57

Video shows masked Israel settlers attacking Palestinian home

A video has been released showing a group of masked Israeli settlers attacking a Palestinian home in the West Bank village of Kufr Yasuf, prompting Israel Police and Israeli army to launch an investigation.

The video – which was released by Israeli human rights NGO Yesh Din – shows a group of 15 illegal Israeli settlers approaching a Palestinian home in Kufr Yasuf, off Route 60 in the occupied West Bank. All are wearing balaclavas and hooded jackets, disguising their faces from the CCTV camera which captured the event yesterday.

According to an investigation by Yesh Din: “the settlers entered the village from the direction of Tapuah outpost [Za’tara]. They threw rocks and cement blocks at the family’s home while they were inside, breaking its windows, as well as the family car’s windshield, which they tried to set on fire.”

Jun 07 11:56

Cyprus signs $9bn contract with Israel to extract gas

Cyprus will earn $ 9.3 billion over 18 years thanks to the exploitation of the Aphrodite gas field under a renegotiated contract with Dutch-British Shell, US-based Noble, and Israeli company Delek, the Energy Minister for Cyprus, announced.

George Lakkotrypis told reporters that the reworking of the production contract guaranteed Cyprus an average annual income of $ 520 million over the life of the gas field.

“We believe it is a good contract under the current circumstances as it will allow the Republic of Cyprus to earn significant commercial revenues estimated at more than $ 9 billion throughout 18 years of the well’s production.”

Jun 07 11:56

New UK human rights report accuses Israel of ‘continued violations’

The British government on Thursday accused both Israel and the Palestinians of ongoing human rights abuses, in its annual report on the state of democracy and human rights across the globe.

Jun 07 09:33

"USS Liberty: Dead In The Water" (BBC Documentary 2002)

Jun 07 09:31

The Day Israel Attacked America | Special Series

Jun 07 08:35

AG rejects fresh Netanyahu request to delay hearings in corruption probes

The AG has granted the premier an extension of three month to October 2-3 from the formerly agreed upon date of July 10. Netanyahu had initially asked for a year long delay claiming his lawyers needed more time to properly prepare their defense material

Jun 07 08:34

Israel's intelligence giant deployed to thwart Hezbollah

Two serious incidents on the on the Golan Heights put an end to any hope that the Israeli-Syrian border will be return to the calm of the pre-civil war days, now that Bashar Assad's army has cemented its control, with the help of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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Shooting down that Russian plane didn't help.

Jun 07 07:02

STATES MUST EXPLAIN WHEN A CYBER ATTACK MIGHT DRAW A VIOLENT REPRISAL

Without clear explanations that affirm rules of the road, countries make it easier for conflicts to spiral out of control.

When conducting a kinetic military response to a cyberattack, it’s better to explain why and how you are doing so.

A month ago, the Israeli Defense Forces, or IDF, responded to a Hamas cyberattack with an online counter-attack against the hackers followed by an airstrike that destroyed their building in Gaza. It remains unclear whether any Hamas cyberspace operators died in the operation.

This was the first time that a military has conducted a kinetic operation directly in response to a cyberattack in real time. It occurred in the context of decades-long hostilities between Israel and Hamas, and amid the worst fighting between the parties since 2014.

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"The operation may have been warranted."?!?!?

Oh, really?!? It has just been made manifest... that thiskind of retaliation, has become Israel's policy for countering cyberspace operations.

Jun 07 06:46

ISRAEL CUTS GAZA FISHING ZONE AGAIN AFTER NEW FIRE BALLOONS

SOURCE: RT

Israel has cut the fishing zone it allows off Gaza in the third such response in a fortnight to Palestinian incendiary balloons.

As of Wednesday, the fishing limit for Gaza fishermen had been reduced from a maximum of 15 nautical miles to 10, AFP reported, citing an Israeli official.

Incendiary balloons from Gaza caused three blazes on Tuesday, according to a spokesperson for the Israeli fire service. They reportedly followed Israel’s move to restore the limit to 15 miles after a previous reduction in response to fire balloons last week.

The limit of up to 15 nautical miles set ahead of Israel’s April general election is the largest allowed in years. Human rights activists say it falls short of the 20 nautical miles agreed under the Oslo accords of the 1990s.

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What is that old saying, "An Eye for an Eye, a Tooth for a tooth"!! (From the Code of Hammurabi. Hammurabi was King of Babylon, 1792-1750 BC), but there is a 20th century addition to that: "An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, and suddenly, all are blind and toothless!!"

There are only two ways to look at the situation in Gaza right now; either Israel will, soon, exterminate every Gazan still breathing (lousy optics, guys!) or they will have to come to the table, and together, actually hammer out a way of living with each other, without killing each other.
With all the horrendous violence meted out, I would hope (and pray) for a plan B.

Sergei Lavrov, white courtesy telephone, please!!! Because if anyone on this planet might be able to sow the seeds of negotiation and peace, sir, it is you.

Jun 06 17:49

Israel is ISIS

The time has come to treat them as such.

Jun 06 12:33

The Trade War Is About To Become An Economic World War III

The public enthusiasm for the trade war by elites within the Trump Administration cabinet, including Rothschild banking agent Wilber Ross, Council On Foreign Relations member Robert E. Lighthizer, Goldman Sachs member Steve Mnuchin, and Bilderberg attendee Mike Pompeo showcases a desire based on globalization to perpetuate an escalation in tensions.

Whether or not you agree with the rationalizations behind the trade war, the point is, the only people who will ultimately benefit from it are those striving for globalization.

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It is of grave concern to me, that this trade war could well devolve into a shooting war.

There's an archetypal dream, which Mike and I have, frequently; it's that one where you can see two trains, getting closer and closer together,ever more quickly, one on the wrong track, but you cannot communicate with either train's engineer to warn them, and there is a spectacular, horrific crash.

The US is headed for just such a confrontation, and very quickly; the possible "opponents" in this war, will most likely be China; Russia; Iran; North Korea, and Syria.

Look for rationing of food and materials at that point; and the possible suspension of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, followed by a declaration of Martial Law.

After that happens, look for a reinstitution of a draft, both for our young men, and our young women.

Some may laugh at my predictions; but in looking at the state of geopolitics around the world, I am seeing all the pieces starting to come into place, which is utterly terrifying, particularly if you are a pacifist, who knows that this country is absolutely going down the wrong path, with these horrific wars.

Jun 06 11:27

Gaza factions warn of escalation over Israel's reluctance to implement terms of ceasefire

Meanwhile, Israel's military intel chief said Hamas 'has no interest in going to war at this time'

The Gaza Strip's militant factions on Wednesday warned that Israel's "foot-dragging" in following through with certain ceasefire arrangement could lead to an escalation beginning with border protests later this week.

"We insist on holding our Eid in the locations of Jihad, the bond to the land and the marches of return, to communicate to the people of the world that the people of Palestine, and the people of Gaza, will not break and their determination will not break," Senior Hamas official in Gaza Khalil Al-Hayya said Wednesday, on the first day of the three-day Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr.

A top member of the committee organizing the weekly "Great March of Return" protests on Gaza's border with Israel told Haaretz daily that Palestinians are demanding more aid be transferred from Qatar, further loosening of import restrictions, and continuation of humanitarian initiatives.

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Any attempt to make these Palestinians give up their hopes for true nationhood for money, or other economic opportunities, is doomed to do have a "mammary glands up" outcome.

And to make matters worse, the Israeli government is creating settlements which prohibit, by the way they are engineered, any contiguous areas for a country of Palestine

Jun 06 11:24

‘Blind Spot’ on Palestine is consistent feature of US policy for past century

The Trump administration’s often delayed and much hyped “deal of the century” to broker Israeli-Palestinian peace may never see the light of day thanks to the chaos into which Israeli politics has been plunged following Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s inability to form a governing coalition and the subsequent decision by the Knesset to dissolve itself and hold new elections in the fall.

No serious analyst gave the plan a snowball’s chance even in the absence of concrete details about its content. As presidential adviser Jared Kushner made clear in remarks last month to the pro-Israel think tank Washington Institute for Near East Policy, the plan revolves around contenting Palestinians with economic betterment while denying them their political rights under perpetual Israeli domination.

Jun 06 11:23

What can you say at NYU?

Speaking at the commencement of the College of Arts & Sciences, graduation speaker Steven Thrasher’s bravely commended NYU students and departments who have stood up to the string of Israeli massacres and Israeli racism against Palestinians generally: “I am so proud, so proud of NYU’s chapters of Students for Justice in Palestine and Jewish Voices for Peace … and of the NYU student government and of my colleagues in the department of social and cultural analysis for supporting the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against the apartheid state government in Israel.”

Jun 06 11:22

Israel confiscates Eid toys in Jerusalem

The Israeli occupational forces takes away balloons and toys from Palestinians marking the end of Ramadan and the arrival of Eid

Jun 06 11:21

Israel reduces Gaza fishing zone to 10 miles

Israeli occupation authorities today reduced the Gaza Strip’s fishing area from 15 nautical miles to ten.

Zakaria Bakr, coordinator of the Union of Fishermen’s Committees in Gaza, confirmed that the occupation informed the Palestinian association of its decision.

Occupation authorities expanded the fishing zone to 15 nautical miles, from ten, on Monday.

Israeli authorities have long imposed unilateral restrictions on Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip, which are routinely enforced with violent attacks by naval vessels.

The Gaza Strip has been under an intense blockade since 2006-07, and under Israeli military occupation since 1967.

Jun 06 11:20

Jordan condemns new illegal Israel settlements

Jordan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Ayman Safadi has condemned Israeli plans to build new settlement units in occupied Jerusalem. In a series of tweets published on Tuesday, Safadi denounced the move as “a violation of international law” and called on the world to “act against Israeli illegal measures”.

Jun 06 11:19

Israel made girl with cancer suffer alone

On 17 May, a 5-year-old child died from cancer in a hospital in Gaza.

She died with her family around her. But she didn’t know that.

In fact, she had spent most of the past month alone in hospitals in Jerusalem, separated from her parents and other relatives by the Israeli permit system that controls the movement of Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza.

Only when treatment failed and she was no longer conscious was she sent back to her family in Gaza.

Aisha Lulu of the Bureij Refugee Camp in Gaza had been diagnosed with brain cancer in April. She had been having headaches and vomiting attacks since March and doctors found a brain tumor on 7 April.

With no specialist doctors in Gaza and in view of her age, Aisha was granted a permit by the Israeli military authorities to allow her to attend al-Makassed, a Palestinian hospital in East Jerusalem in the occupied West Bank.

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Wow, HOW BUTCH must that Israeli bureaucrat, who denied this kid the right to have a family member with her, must be feeling right now; they are probably, on top of the moon!!

Not letting kids have family around them, when they are ill or dying, or not getting Palestinian people care in time to get well, are all part and parcel, of Israel's "Final Solution" for the Palestinians.

Jun 06 11:19

Israel’s new Justice Minister thinks Muslims prone to ‘cultural murderousness’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has appointed Islamophobic right-winger Amir Ohana as Justice Minister, reported Haaretz.

Ohana was reportedly appointed on the basis that “unlike other Likud members, he supports changes that would grant immunity from indictment to acting prime ministers.”

Netanyahu will likely be indicted later this year in three cases of fraud, bribery and breach of trust.

Ohana is a litigator who interned at the State Prosecutor’s Office. In the Knesset, he was a primary driver behind the Jewish Nation-State Law.

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Pot. Kettle. Black.

Jun 06 11:19

New evidence confirms Israel Police shot MK Ayman Odeh in Umm Al-Hiran

Newly-published evidence confirms that Israeli police shot MK Ayman Odeh with a sponge-tipped bullet during a demolition raid in Umm Al-Hiran in 2017, reported +972 Magazine.

Carried out by the London-based Forensic Architecture research centre, the investigation concluded that Odeh was shot in the head, in contrast to repeated claims made by the police that the lawmaker had been hit by a stone thrown by one of the protesters.

According to a digital analysis based on footage provided by the police, journalists and activists, Odeh was hit just moments after police shot local resident Yacoub Abu Al-Qiyan on 18 January 2017.

Abu Al-Qiyan was shot as he drove in his own car, causing him to lose control and drive into police officers, killing one. While authorities claimed the incident was an Daesh-inspired “terror attack”, the latest investigation confirms previous reports that Al-Qiyan lost control of his vehicle after being shot.

Jun 06 11:18

Israel trying to prevent Senate resolution backing two-state solution

The Israeli government is working to “prevent the Senate from passing a bipartisan resolution endorsing a two-state solution”, according to a report in Axios.

Drafted by Republican Senator Lindsey Graham and Democratic Senator Chris Van Hollen, the resolution is expected to be tabled soon. “As a bipartisan measure backed by a close Trump ally like Graham,” Axios noted, it “would be expected to win a substantial majority.”

Citing unnamed Israeli officials and congressional staffers, the report claimed that Ron Dermer, Israel’s ambassador to Washington, and other Israeli embassy officials “have been lobbying Graham and Van Hollen to remove the words ‘two-state solution’ from the text”.

Jun 06 11:17

Abbas: Palestinian people will remain steadfast on their land

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas yesterday laid a wreath at the tomb of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat on the occasion of Eid Al-Fitr.

The Wafa news agency reported Abbas saying: “We ask God that Eid would return to us when we liberate our country, establish our independent Palestinian State with East Jerusalem as its capital, and overcome all conspiracies against our cause, including the deal of the century and others. All of the conspiracies will go to hell, and our people will remain steadfast on their land in the face of all these.”

Last month the US announced that it would be rolling out the first stage of it’s Middle East peace plan dubbed the ‘deal of the century’ in an economic forum in Bahrain. The “Peace to Prosperity” conference aims to encourage “investment in the Palestinian territories” ahead of the revelation of further details of the peace plan.

Jun 06 11:16

WHO sanitizes Israeli responsibility for Gaza killings

The data provided by WHO make for harrowing reading. But the report sanitizes the fact that this body-breaking and traumatizing violence is by Israeli policy and design.

Any effective treatment must correctly diagnose the cause and not just the symptoms.

In the year following the launch of the Great March of Return, more than 28,000 Palestinians in Gaza were injured and 277 killed, including 52 children, most of them slain during unarmed, mass protests along Gaza’s eastern and northern perimeter.

Despite the civilian nature of the protests, as was affirmed by a panel of UN investigators, WHO says the deaths and injuries happened “as a result of clashes with Israeli security forces.”

That is a gross mischaracterization of Israel’s use of force against peaceful and unarmed protesters, officially sanctioned by shoot-to-kill or maim orders against civilians who pose no plausible threat, even when they are children.

Jun 06 11:16

Video: Canada activists disrupt top supporter of Israeli war crimes

Former Canadian justice minister Irwin Cotler was on stage as one of several “inspiring thought leaders” talking about “pressing human rights issues” at Montreal’s Concordia University on Monday.

But one issue the chair of the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights was in no hurry to talk about is Israel’s massive and systematic violations of Palestinian rights.

Cotler was the focus of a disruption that sought to raise the question of Palestine in a place where members of Canada’s liberal elite preferred silence.

As the video above shows, lawyer and activist Dimitri Lascaris jumps up on the stage and challenges Cotler directly, pointing out how Israeli snipers have deliberately killed journalists, medics and unarmed protesters during Great March of Return protests in Gaza over the last year.

Jun 06 11:15

Netanyahu appoints justice minister who supports his immunity from prosecution

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appointed Likud lawmaker Amir Ohana as justice minister on Wednesday in a move that could shield him from indictment on corruption charges.

Ohana, 43, the country's first ever gay minister, has backed the Nation State law that gives Jews supremacy over all non-Jewish Israeli citizens and has previously blamed Muslims for being “responsible for the acts of murder and massacre in the world over the past 50 years”.

Political sources told Haaretz that Ohana was appointed because he supports moves which would exempt Netanyahu from prosecution in three cases involving graft and breach of trust.

Jun 06 11:12

Amassing War Powers, Bolton Rips a Page Out of Cheney’s Playbook

Shanahan is expected to be nominated for the top Pentagon slot, subject to Senate confirmation. And according to Stephen Wertheim, assistant professor of history at Columbia University, during the confirmation hearings, “when senators think Shanahan, they should think Bolton. Because a vacuum at the top of DoD means that the department becomes a rubber stamp for Bolton.”

Bolton is an unapologetic Bush-era war hawk with four decades of experience inside the Beltway. Throughout his long career, he’s advocated for regime change in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Cuba, Venezuela, North Korea, and Iran. As national security adviser, he appears determined to consolidate his power in the Cabinet, usurping powers that traditionally reside with the military.

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Looking at the trajectory of US Foreign policies,I am deeply concerned that John Bolton will attempt, when he has Trump's ear, getting wars going on in Syria; Venezuela; Cuba; and Iran.

One has to wonder; what kind of stock investments in the military/industrial complex industries, and related industries, does the guy actually hold?!? Is that what makes him so war-centric, for more personal wealth?!?

Because remember; people who do what he does, as Advisor to the President, do not have to sign over their personal revenues, and put them in a blind trust.

Or is it some kind of dark, demented blood lust, pushing him to create environments, where people are going to wind up dead?!?

Either way, that a person who can be simultaneously so consistently wrong, and yet so consistently have the ear of a sitting President so frequently, is utterly terrifying.

Jun 06 11:01

Swedish Gov't Intends to Ban Religious Schools, Except Jewish

In an interview with the Christian newspaper Dagen, Ekström suggested that religious charter schools were “bad for society” and that stopping them was a matter of integration.

However, there may be one notable exception. Jewish schools are to be exempted from the ban, fellow Social Democrat Civilian Minister Ardalan Shekarabi assured following the criticism from the Jewish Central Council.

“There are special rules for the minorities we have in Sweden. The Jewish minority is protected in that legislation and this means that they will be able to maintain their structure with special training,” Shekarabi was quoted as saying by Aftonbladet daily.

Jun 06 10:53

Former IAEA Deputy Falsely Claims Iran Could Make Nukes in 6-8 Months: Accuses IAEA of letting Iran 'weaponize' uranium

Former IAEA deputy director Olli Heinonen, long a critic of his former employer, accused the IAEA in an interview of letting Iran “weaponize” uranium. He further claimed that Iran, with “maximum effort,” could produce a nuclear weapon in “six to eight months.”

Neither of these allegations were accurate by any stretch of the imagination. Heinonen was focusing on Iran improving its centrifuges. Despite this, Iran is still only enriching uranium to 3.6%, the level needed for its power plant, and far below the 90%+ needed for weapons-grade uranium.

Though the centrifuges conceivably could further enrich uranium beyond the levels presently being done, Iran has never attempted to enrich to anywhere near the 90% level, and has never suggested that they would even try.

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Why would he lie like this, when he absolutely knows better?!?

One has to wonder; what kind of compensation, and from whom is he getting it to say something he knows, scientifically, not to be true?!?

Oh, I can think of a couple of countries here; perhaps the US, or Israeli?!?

Jun 06 10:46

Breaking: Israel claims anti-aircraft missiles fired into occupied Golan from Syria

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) claimed this evening that a number of anti-aircraft missiles were fired into the occupied Golan Heights region from Syria.

The IDF alleged that the anti-aircraft missiles were specifically fired towards Mount Hermon (Jabal Sheikh), which is the same site they previously claimed was attacked by projectiles from Syria.

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Anti aircraft missiles?

Jun 06 10:35

Trump: Iran ‘Probably’ Remains a Terrorist Nation: Says there is still 'always a chance' of war with Iran

In an interview Wednesday on Britain’s ITV, President Trump reiterated that he does not want a war with Iran, and would much rather talk, saying that there is “always a chance” of a war.

He gave the impression that’s getting less likely, however, calling them “extremely hostile when I first came into office,” adding “they were a terrorist nation, number one in the world at that time and probably maybe are today.”

That is a highly unusual thing for any US politician to say, as the broad official position is that no matter what Iran is doing at any given time, they are always the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism. Trump suggested that there some question to that.

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Mister President, from whom did you get the designation "terrorist", when it comes to Iran?!?

Were I a betting person, I would bet that it must have come from one of your two BFFs in the Middle East: Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu, the Butcher of Gaza.

Remember that tiny little enclave called Gaza?!? Did you know what goes on their with their kids?!? They are routinely arrested and tortured by the IDF, and forced to sign "confessions" in Hebrew, a language they do not speak, and barely can comprehend?!?

History, Past to Present: Palestinian Children in Israeli jails.

Israel Military DetentionThis article goes on to state: "Israel is the only country in the world that automatically prosecutes children in military courts that lack basic and fundamental fair trial guarantees. Since 2000, at least 8,000 Palestinian children have been arrested and prosecuted in an Israeli military detention system notorious for the systematic ill-treatment and torture of Palestinian children."

Around 500-700 Palestinian children are arrested, detained and prosecuted in the Israeli military court system each year."

Israeli torture of Palestinian children 'institutional'

Israel jails hundreds of Palestinian boys every year.

Did you also know that Israel has "indefinite confinement in prison, no trial, no law; no nothing, where they can keep people in jail permanently?!?

Israeli jails: facts and resources

Israel is holding a Palestinian lawmaker as political prisoner...indefinitely

Israel order solitary confinement for jailed Palestinian Leader

So, Mr. President, before you use that "T" word again, to describe Iran as a "terrorist country", you need to look again, and ask some unbiased NGO members, who have heard these testimonies of Palestinians routinely locked up, and kids tortured; I sincerely believe that you... would have an ear for the truth, when you hear it.

And sir, finally, something you really need to see (preferably, with the whole family), and it is the documentary, done by a very charming Jewish videographer, and it's name is: "Don't tell Mother I'm In Iran." The link can be found here: Don't tell my Mother I'm in Iran

This is a very different image of the country from that which Netanyahu wants you to believe, and it focuses on Iran's young people, and the fact that in it's 1979 Constitution (and sir, why to the Iranians HAVE a constitution, but Israel does not?), religious minorities are protected, and these groups are Christians, Bahais, and Jews.

Not only are they a protected minority, but each faith has a Representative in their Parliament, and the videographer goes into one of the very lovely synagogues, and his visit there is nothing short of amazing.

Here is a list of Christian churches in Iran:

Christian churches in Tehran

You are welcome, Mr. President!!

Jun 06 10:22

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to be indicted on corruption charges

Israel's attorney general announced Thursday that his office plans to indict Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on corruption charges after a two-year investigation.

The prime minister faces one count of bribery and three counts of breach of trust.

"The Attorney General, Avihai Mandelblit, has informed the Prime Minister, Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu, through his attorney, that he is considering indicting him on several criminal charges," according to a statement by Ministry of Justice spokesman Adi Livni.

Prosecutors would have to go forward with a pre-indictment hearing before Netanyahu is formally charged.

Jun 06 10:21

In Florida, It is Now HIGHLY ILLEGAL to Say 'Jews Control Hollywood'

Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida recently signed a bill which added ‘anti-Semitism’ to the list of outlawed forms of discrimination in Florida, equating it with other forms of racialdiscrimination, reported the Tallahassee Democrat.

The major problem many have with this bill is that the definition of Anti-semitism under this law includes everything from saying the “Jews control the media,” “Jews are more loyal to Israel than to America,” to many other questionable statements that are protected under the first amendment of the United States constitution. It is also now illegal to question the number of Jews who died in the Holocaust. No other genocide has this protection in the world.

Jun 06 10:06

Galloway fired by UK radio after posting tweet against Israel

Prominent British journalist and political activist George Galloway has been sacked as the host of a popular radio show after he published anti-Israeli comments online.

Galloway was fired by talkRadio station after he sent a tweet congratulating football club Liverpool FC on their victory in UEFA Champions League final against Tottenham on Sunday.

He said in his post on Twitter that he was pleased to see that Tottenham, a north London club with significant links to Jewish community in Britain, was not able to win the match because fans could use the success to draw attentions to the Israeli flags they normally fly during the games.

Jun 06 09:38

My Interview With A USS LIBERTY Survivor

Two days from today (June 8, 2019) is the 52nd anniversary of the unprovoked attack of the USS LIBERTY by the State of Israel that killed 34 American sailors and Marines and wounded 174. To this day, the State of Israel has never been held accountable for this despicable and dastardly attack against the people of the United States. In fact, the U.S. government and the news media have covered up this horrific attack for all of these decades.

I am using today’s column to print my recorded interview with a USS LIBERTY survivor. This man is a friend of mine. His name is Ron Kukal.

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Jun 06 07:25

WHY TRUMP NOW WANTS TALKS WITH IRAN

Authored by Pepe Escobar via The Saker blog.

The great Bilderberg secret of 2019 had to do with why, suddenly, the Trump administration has decided that it wants to talk to Iran “with no preconditions”.

It all has to do with the Strait of Hormuz. Blocking the Strait could cut off oil and gas from Iraq, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar and Iran – 20% of the world’s oil. There has been some debate on whether this could occur – whether the US Fifth Fleet, which is stationed nearby, could stop Tehran doing this and if Iran, which has anti-ship missiles on its territory along the northern border of the Persian Gulf, would go that far.

An American source said a series of studies hit President Trump’s desk and caused panic in Washington. These showed that in the case of the Strait of Hormuz being shut down, whatever the reason, Iran has the power to hammer the world financial system, by causing global trade in derivatives to be blown apart.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. President, a word, please; pulling the US from the P5+1 deal, telegraphed, painfully clearly, to the Iranian government, that the US government is pathologically incapable of keeping its promise, when an election cycle moves the person in power, as the President, to someone else.

The possibilities that you could negotiate a new agreement with Iran, have pretty much been torn asunder, by this ham-fistedly, bone-headedly , incredibly stupid decision on your part, made under immense pressure, of course, from two of your two BFFs, one in the Middle East, Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu, and the other, Sheldon Adelson, the American Zionist who has poured out contributions upon you, with just as much support as he was able, legally, to do.

So, President Trump, what you have, in terms of perception by the Iranian government, is an "optics problem".

And BTW, sir: the IAEA continues to report that Iran is abiding by this deal, and has not done anything to disturb Iranian cooperation with the P5+1.

Now, i don't know anything about the CVs of the people working with this organization; but I do understand that they have to be phenomenally smart people, and if something was amiss, they would honestly report it.

So, President Trump, is it humanly possible that you, and your brother and sister Foggy Bottomites who condemn Iran, can do something that might, please, possibly appear, as a sane and logical move here?!?

Sir, it is way past time, for the US government, with regard to Iran, to "cage the rage, and engage" ; please show the Iranian government that we can actually do this, with some "trust-building mechanisms".

You have a both war-weary, and war-skeptical nation to take care of; and if the advisors around you even MENTION the possibility of restarting the draft, with which to beef up US troop strength, before another endless war starts, with which to engulf the world, there are two words for which you are famous on television, and those two words are: "YOU'RE FIRED"!!!''

You need to use those words immediately, sir, to anyone in your inner circle, who is still pushing the agenda, that the attack against/invasion of Iran, is a "great idea."

Jun 05 11:24

A Nuclear War Has No Victor! U.S. Military Preparation is Underway

On the international level, the U.S. government plays an even more dreadful role. According to the current U.S. foreign policy; China, Russia, North Korea, Venezuela, Iran and the major European countries are considered as adversary regimes that needs to be dealt with in one way or another. Both Democrats and Republicans believe that a major war gives them a chance to rally their national and international forces. Both parties see a major military conflict as a catalyzing factor to tilt the power for a fundamental change in their benefit. President Trump plays a unique role in flaming the trade and military wars. Since 2016, Mr. Trump’s contradictory positions on many issues have discredited his Administration and the role of the U.S. in the world.

Jun 05 11:12

US-Iran: Inverted Reality, Real War. America’s Al Qaeda Mercenaries. Iran is Fighting the Largest State Sponsor of Terror

For one, the Middle East already has a regional hegemon – the United States. Even the wildest accusations against Iran regarding state sponsored terrorism pale in comparison to Al Qaeda and the self-proclaimed Islamic State (ISIS) whose terrorism spans the globe, including standing armies operating in Libya, Syria, Yemen, and Afghanistan – several of which Iran itself is specifically fighting.

The US also supports terrorist organizations within Iran including the Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK). MEK enjoys the support of National Security Adviser John Bolton – who lobbied for them for years while they were listed as a foreign terrorist organization by the US State Department itself.

Thus, Iran finds itself involved in Yemen, Syria, and Lebanon precisely to stave off openly declared intentions by the US to include Iran next under its already expansive hegemony over the Middle East.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, just because something is the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly idiotic thing the US government might do, is no guarantee that it will not do it.

The war against Iran, being advocated by by Israel, and their "Foreign Minister" in the US, John Bolton, (yes, you read that correctly) whose sympathies and interest, lie much closer with those of the Israel government, than they with those of the American people.

Should the US embark on such a war, which will most probably include proxy military presence by Saudi Arabia, and intel from Israel, what would be stopping China and Russia from stepping in on Iran's side, and exploding this conflict from a festooning regional war to a world war?!?

The short answer is, Russia and China would have much to gain, by showing the world that their weaponry, troop strength, and tactics, could possibly knock out the US military in such a conflict.

But the question is, once US civilian and military leadership are convinced that we cannot overpower Russia and China, when will such a war go nuclear?!?

I hope that someone in the Bowels of Power in DC, is losing sleep, over this scenario; because the potential for it happening, has never been more real.

Jun 05 10:26

Why is Palestine Denied Clean Water?

Ramzy Baroud, author of ‘The Last Earth’ and editor of the Palestine Chronicle, wrote a commentary posing the question “if access to clean water is a human right, why is Palestine the exception?”

Baroud cites the 2010 UN General Assembly resolution, 64/292 recognizing “the right to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation as a human right that is essential for the full enjoyment of life and all human rights.”

Baroud proclaims that “it all makes perfect sense. There can be no life without water. However, like every other human right, it seems, the Palestinians are denied this one too.”

He recognizes the water crisis affecting the whole world, but says the “situation is more complicated in Palestine, where the water crisis is directly related to the political context of Israel’s occupation: apartheid, illegal Jewish settlements, siege and war.”

Jun 05 10:25

Action Alert:  Oppose ADL for “anti-bias” training on California campuses

Following lobbying by the Anti Defamation League (ADL) and the Jewish Public Affairs Committee last year, the University of California and the California State University received a $1.2 million legislative grant for anti-bias training on campus.

ADL is a powerful zionist organization that has lobbied for years to shut down criticism of Israel; it has a history of spying on and smearing progressive organizations and minority communities; and has repeatedly pressured universities to punish students and faculty who advocate for Palestinian rights.

The bidding process for the training is set up so that almost certainly only ADL will qualify for the grant. The award is scheduled to be announced on June 7th.

Jun 05 10:21

Chicago-area school district withdraws ‘Teaching Palestine’ course and apologizes for ‘sense of exclusion’ it created

Just eight days after an administrator offered public high school teachers in Skokie, Illinois, the opportunity to take a summer professional development course called “Teaching Palestine,” the school district retracted the offer in a statement from top administrators apologizing for the hurtful, “one-sided nature of this course.”

Jun 05 10:20

Israeli report warns of ‘environmental implications’ of Gaza crisis

A report prepared by Israeli experts has warned that “the collapsing water, sewage and electricity infrastructure in the Gaza Strip pose material danger to Israel’s groundwater, seawater, beaches and desalination plants”, reported Haaretz.

The study was prepared by scholars from Ben-Gurion University and Tel Aviv University for the environmental organisation EcoPeace Middle East, and was presented Monday at the annual Conference of the Israeli Association of Public Health Physicians and Schools of Public Health.

One upshot of the reduced electricity supply to the blockaded territory “is that sewage plants aren’t operational and thus 70 percent of Gaza’s untreated sewage goes straight into the sea”.

Jun 05 10:20

New interactive map marks 52 years of Israeli military rule

A new online interactive map has been published to mark 52 years of Israeli military occupation, designed to illustrate “Israel’s encroachment upon Palestinian space over the decades”.

‘Conquer and Divide’ was launched Wednesday by Israeli human rights group B’Tselem, in the week that marks the beginning of Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza Strip.

Jun 05 10:12

Military-media: Hamas against Israel

In the latest round of Israeli aggression on Gaza in early May, the Palestinian resistance factions, specifically Hamas, relied more on its media and propaganda system. They took video footage of their armed operations and produced short films, using inflammatory language directed at the Palestinians to make them more supportive of the group and directed at the Israelis in Hebrew for intimidation and deterrence.

Jun 05 10:11

Facing the Facts: Israel Cannot Escape ICC Jurisdiction

The Chief Military Advocate General of the Israeli army, Sharon Afek, and the US Department of Defense General Counsel, Paul Ney, shared a platform at the ‘International Conference on the Law of Armed Conflict’, which took place in Herzliya, Israel between May 28-30.

Their panel witnessed some of the most misconstrued interpretations of international law ever recorded. It was as if Afek and Ney were making up their law on warfare and armed conflict, with no regard to what international law stipulates.

Unsurprisingly, both Afek and Ney agreed on many things, including that Israel and the US are blameless in all of their military conflicts, and that they will always be united against any attempt to hold them accountable for war crimes by the International Court of Justice (ICC).

Jun 05 09:50

Trump’s Bellicosity Sells Weapons but Also Boosts Iran and the Palestinian Cause

Trump’s gifts to the Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu of the Syrian Golan occupied by Israel and of the whole of Israeli-occupied Jerusalem gave an enormous boost of adrenaline to all non-state actors and resistance movements in the Middle East. These groups, who enjoy financial and military support from Iran, are united not only against US hegemony but have also effectively linked themselves and their struggle to form a united front against the US and Israel. This new unity is evident from Yemen, Iraq, Iran, Syria, and Lebanon to Palestine.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

While I abhor all violence, what we saw against the Saudi oil ships, done by houthi rebels, may well be what the West may start to experience, intensely, courtesy of its general duplicity on the issue of Palestinian statehood, and its "manufactured" arguments with Iran, where its only "crime" has been refusing to sell its oil only in US dollars.

And I think that President Kennedy said it first, and said it best: "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."

Something upon which the Foggy Bottomites; Tel Aviv; and Saudi Arabia, really need to be reflecting right now.

Jun 05 08:45

Iran's Khamenei: Tehran will not abandon its missile programme

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Tuesday that Tehran would not be “deceived” by U.S. President Donald Trump’s offer of negotiations and would not give up its missile programme.

Iran and the United States have been drawn into starker confrontation in the past month, a year after Washington pulled out of a deal between Iran and global powers to curb Tehran’s nuclear programme in return for lifting international sanctions.

Trump has condemned the nuclear deal, signed by his predecessor Barack Obama, as flawed for not being permanent and for not covering Iran’s ballistic missile programme and its role in conflicts around the Middle East. He has called on Iran to come to negotiating table to reach a new deal.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. President, a word please; by withdrawing the US from the P5+1 deal (the terms of which, according to the IAEA, Iran is in compliance), you have demonstrated one thing, both to Iran and to the world; The US government is pathologically incapable of keeping its promises.

There were many criticism I had for President Obama's regime; but the P5+1 deal, was absolutely not one of those criticisms.

And I will predict that the Iranians, with a proud and lengthy history, as a people, will not come back to re-negotiate what you pulled of in the first place.

The power of the presidency... should not be wielded in a "Sword of Damocles" manner; and too many times, since you have taken office, your attitude appears to have been one of "My way... or the highway!!" This has burnt a lot of bridges, geopolitically.

And if you catch my drift, bridges, upon which can be can be traveled, to reach and suggest room for negotiation, are generally bad things to burn, because there is no going back.

I am thinking, sir, of our current adversarial relationship with China; North Korea; Russia; Iran; and the Philippines.

So, Mr. President, just what is the US government's "plan" for Iran?!?

Are you going for a decap strike against Iran, which, fearful for its own survival, just may just invite China and Russia, militarily, "to the dance"?!?

We have seen Russia's weaponry on display in Syria, where it has made short work of American trained/funded jihadis.

Mr. President, I would strongly caution you to pick the US government's fights, which will involve our troops, and their very lives, extremely carefully.

The future existence of this country, depends upon it.

Jun 05 08:21

Tony Blair Says Corbyn An Anti-Semite Who Doesn’t Know It

Former UK prime minister Tony Blair on a visit to Israel said current Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn is an anti-Semite who isn’t aware he is one.
Blair described the anti-Semitism scandal plaguing the party he used to lead as “shameful” and said the party was no longer recognizable.

“To be frank, this anti-Semitism row, it’s a shameful thing,” said Blair, addressing an event at Bar Ilan University.

“If you told me, not merely back in May 1997, but at any point in the next 10 years, that the party I led for 13 years would have a problem with anti-Semitism, I would literally not have credited it, or believed it, and yet it is, and it’s there today,” Blair said.

Blair answered in the affirmative when asked if he thought Corbyn was an anti-Semite.

Jun 05 07:47

Putin's Choice: Risk Starting a War - or Give In to US's Greater Israel Plan

Secretary of State Pompeo was in Sochi on 14 May for talks with his counterpart, Sergey Lavrov. And in his opening address, Lavrov observed: “I believe it’s time to start building a new, more responsible and constructive matrix of how we see each other. We are ready to do so, of course, if our US partners are interested in doing so as well … The fact that we are meeting for the second time in the past two weeks inspires certain optimism. Let’s give it a try and see what happens”.

President Putin subsequently hosted Pompeo for a short discussion, noting: “I got the impression that the President [Trump] is in favour of restoring Russia-US ties and contacts – and of resolving issues of mutual interest. For our part, we have said many times, that we would also like to restore relations on a full scale”.

Jun 05 07:35

Unprecedented: US, Russians, Israelis to Meet in Jerusalem Later This Month. Is Iran Screwed?

The rocky partnership between Russia and Iran in the Syrian conflict is entering a turbulent period. The unprecedented US-Russia-Israel security summit due to take place in Jerusalem next month has no other explanation.

A tersely worded White House statement on May 29 said that the summit, which will be attended by the national security advisors of the US and Russia — John Bolton and Nikolai Patrushev — will discuss regional security issues. The Israeli media expect that the focus will be on Syria — Iran and “other destabilising actors”.

Jun 05 07:18

US approved transfer of nuclear expertise to Riyadh after Khashoggi murder - Approvals allow US companies to discuss and work on nuclear-related projects in the Gulf kingdom

The Donald Trump administration issued two authorisations for the transfer of technical "nuclear expertise" to Saudi Arabia after the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi late last year, US Senator Tim Kaine has revealed.

Kaine, a Democrat from Virginia, where Khashoggi resided, called the decision "shocking" - as it came amid global outrage over the Saudi journalist's gruesome murder on 2 October.

The two approvals were issued on 18 October - only 16 days after Khashoggi was killed - and on 18 February, respectively.

Known as "Part 810 authorisations", they allow US companies to discuss and work on nuclear-related projects in the Gulf kingdom.

"I have serious questions about whether any decisions on nuclear transfers were made based on the Trump family's financial ties rather than the interests of the American people," Kaine said in a statement on Tuesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder; since this permission came down just two weeks after the Kashoggi assassination, did President Trump know this was going down before it happened?!?

I am sorry to suggest, but have to state, that this... is the "opening of Pandora's Box", by the US government; and I suspect that it will rue the day when it happened, and Saudi Arabia has an impressive nuclear arsenal.

Against what country in the region Saudi Arabia will first attempt to use these weapons?!? Color Iran as the most likely recipient of the brutal damage from a nuclear bombing.

So what will Iran ultimately do, faced with this predicament?!? Develop nuclear bombs of their own, and I would likely suggest, this could happen very quickly, if they approached Pakistan for their nuclear technology.

Jun 05 07:14

13 Democratic Candidates Delivered Videos to This Jewish Conference. The Different Messages Hint at What’s to Come

Everyone started by praising the American Jewish Committee, naturally enough. But in their video greetings to the group’s annual policy forum here, 13 Democratic candidates proceeded to demonstrate a party grappling with what story they should tell to one of its most important demographics: Jewish voters.

Jun 05 07:13

Despite int'l sanctions, Myanmar officials attend Tel Aviv weapons expo

Representatives of Myanmar’s military attended Israel’s largest, government-supported security and weapons conference in Tel Aviv on Tuesday. The officials arrived at the Tel Aviv Expo Center for the International Defense, HLS & Cyber Expo, known as ISDEF, in full military gear. There they browsed through defense equipment and technologies produced by Israeli and international companies, alongside delegates of dozens more countries.

Top Myanmar army officials traveled to Israel in September 2015 for a “shopping spree” with Israeli weapons manufacturers. They also met with President Reuven Rivlin, the IDF chief of staff, as well as the head of the Defense Ministry’s International Defense Cooperation Directorate.

Jun 05 07:07

US strategic bomber & aircraft carrier drill ‘strike operations’ on Iran’s doorstep (PHOTOS)

Multiple US Air Force aircraft, including a B-52 strategic bomber, have joined the USS Abraham Lincoln in the Arabian Sea for a ‘simulated strike operations’ exercise to prepare to take on Iran “when called upon.”
The drills witnessed F/A-18 Super Hornets, MH-60 Sea Hawk helicopters, and E-2D Growlers from the USS Abraham Lincoln mastering joint maneuvers to improve their “operational tactics in several warfare areas,” US Naval Forces Central Command said on Sunday. Among other “joint training evolutions,” the US Air Force participated in “strike coordination and reconnaissance exercises.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder just what forces in the White House, or Pentagon, have ordered this "picador" maneuver, to get the Iranian military to engage?!?

One has to wonder if those planning such actions are DC's "Gruesome
Two-some", Bolton and Pompeo, who have never seen a military conflict, potentially causing thousands of Americans to die, or be maimed for life, that they didn't love.

Since President Trump's outsourcing his Middle Eastern foreign policy to Israel, things in the region have gone from bad to worse.

And we have a companion piece, which bears both notice, and scrutiny:

Trump says there is ‘always a chance’ of war with Iran

Mr. President, this intellectual whiplash is not playing out well, in the heartland.

And if you don't believe that the policy makers in Iran have this behaviour well and truly pegged, you are getting truly lousy advice from those around you.

So, Mr. President, a word, please: you cannot revoke your responsibility here as Commander in Chief; because if you let Pompeo, Bolton, and Netanyahu drive American foreign policy in this region, I would almost predict that the US will be embroiled in either a regional war, or a world war by the end of this year.

Jun 04 15:53

Netanyahu becomes Israel’s new Justice Minister while he still faces criminal charges

Israeli politics reached a new level of absurdity on Tuesday when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – who is facing three separate corruption charges – allocated the justice portfolio to himself, on top of his other ministries.

The move leaves Netanyahu, who has served as Israel’s premier continuously for the last decade, in control of four ministries –in addition to the prime minister’s office– including Defense, Health, Education and, now, Justice.

Netanyahu’s decision to retain the justice portfolio for himself, effectively immunizing himself from the law, has left him open to harsh criticism, as he has effectively put himself in charge of the very officials tasked with scrutinizing his own alleged improprieties.

Jun 04 12:37

Spy Museum Uses Torture to Entice

Mark Fallon, former investigator at Guantanamo, noticed an advertisement for the International Spy Museum in Washington.

The fact the ?@IntlSpyMuseum? would seek to profit from human suffering, with sidewalk ads about water #torture is shameful and irresponsible. ?@hrw? ?@P4HR? ?@HRFNatlSecurity? ?@hrfalerts? ?@cvt_staff? ?@amnestyusa? #HumanRights matter

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On a recent trip to the museum I picked up on many subtle–and not so subtle–messages to valorize the deeply problematic deeds of secret intelligence agencies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is unfortunate that with the Senate having backed Gina Haspel as director of the CIA, means that this agency will probably still torture, or outsource torture, as a way of allegedly "gathering intelligence".

The problem is, that torture does does not work; because the dynamic of this process is, that the tortured person will say ANYTHING, no matter how flatly wrong, to get the torture to stop.
Among countries which still continue this barbaric practice, are:
Israel;Israel police abuse detained Palestinian children

Cameroon: Cameroon Routine torture, and held incommunicado detention

Iraq: Iraq tortures children from suspected Islamic State Ties

It is too damned bad that the leadership of this country, doesn't remember the lessons of a brilliant German interrogator during World War 2, Hanns Sharff. Wikipedia:
Hanns Scharff

FBI gets an unexpected lesson from a former interrogator for the Nazis

Between the two wars, he learned English brilliantly, and was interrogating English, and American POWs, but not one bit of brutality was ever used. His technique has to get the prisoner to think that he already knew everything about the operations in which they were involved. He even, on occasion, took them out with a "day pass" for a cultural or artistic event. He knew how to get people he interrogated feel at ease, and somehow, something popped out of their mouths which gave him more insight into what they were really doing.

He was so respected, that after the war, the American military invited him to teach their people how to do what he had done; he later moved here, and became a pottery artist.

It is unfortunate that the American military has forgotten this very decent man and his techniques; this man had to have had a very high moral character, NOT to do what his fellow interrogators were doing, in terms of not beating, strangling, or tearing out fingernails.

There's a film/documentary somewhere in this man's life; actor/director John Noble, white courtesy telephone, please!!! :-)

Jun 04 11:55

SAUDIS USE ISRAELI SPYWARE TO TARGET DISSIDENTS

SOURCE: DEEP STATE BLOG

Eli Lake, the pro-Israel Bloomberg columnist, thinks selling Israeli-made Pegasus spyware to Saudi Arabia not a good idea. Lake recently met Palestinian blogger Ayad al-Baghdadi (no relation to the ISIS leader of the same name) who has reportedly been targeted by the Saudi regime.

Now living in exile in Norway, al Baghdadi still has to fear the long arm of Saudi intelligence as empowered by Israeli technology.

Pegasus and similar hacking programs are now able to break into a phone without requiring the user to even click a link. In some cases, a bogus WhatsApp call is enough to infect the phone and make it a powerful tracking device. That makes it particularly suited to monitor Arab dissidents like Al-Baghdadi, who rely on the encrypted messaging service to make contact with networks of activists across the Middle East.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Despots around the world are learning how to use computer capabilities; apps, and malware to identify where someone is; to whom they have communicated; or to where they are going; that makes assassinations all the more easy, if that is the government's wish to do so.

Jun 04 10:26

Severe Clashes As Jewish Settlers Enter Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound

It all started when Jews were controversially allowed entrance to the compound to celebrate Jerusalem Day which marks Israeli control over the Old City in the aftermath of the June 1967 Six-Day War. In response to reports that Jewish entrance was imminent, Palestinians began to riot, which included throwing stones, chairs, and objects at entering police.

Multiple reports noted the incident marked the first time in about three decades that Jews were allowed access to the compound during the final days of the month of Ramadan, which was likely the result of Israeli authorities feeling emboldened by the US formal recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital last year.

Jun 04 09:38

uss liberty veterans association

ON JUNE 8, 1967, while patrolling in international waters in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, USS Liberty (AGTR-5) was savagely attacked without warning or justification by air and naval forces of the state of Israel. Of a crew of 294 officers and men (including three civilians), the ship suffered thirty four (34) killed in action and one hundred seventy three (173) wounded in action. The ship itself, a Forty Million ($40,000,000) Dollar state of the art signals intelligence (SIGINT) platform, was so badly damaged that it never sailed on an operational mission again and was sold in 1970 for $101,666.66 as scrap.

Jun 04 09:32

Israel’s Mossad Behind Allegations Iran Sabotaged Oil Tankers

Claims of sabotage against a handful of oil tankers off the coast of the United Arab Emirates, and subsequent claims from US hawks that Iran was behind it, originated with the Israeli Mossad, and the US is planning to take Israeli allegations to the UN Security Council.

Mossad said that Israel had managed the attacks without injuring anyone on board any of the ships, calling it a “pretty impressive commando operation.” This does stand in contrast to some US officials claiming it was Iranian sea mines behind the attacks, claims for which no good evidence exists.

This isn’t the first Israeli involvement in the ever-escalating narrative that threatens to march the US into war with Iran. Indeed, the original claims Iran was going to attack US forces in the region, potentially in Iraq, were themselves originally created by Mossad.

Jun 04 09:32

Israel Continues Airstrikes Against Syria, Killing 15

After killing ten people in a flurry of attacks early Sunday, Israeli warplanes continued with a second round of strikes into the evening, killing at least five more, and bringing the death toll to 15.

Overall, four Syrian soldiers have been confirmed killed in the attacks, while seven others from the early attacks were described as foreign fighters. Four of the five killed in the later strikes have yet to be identified.

The attacks broadly targeted military facilities, as well as sites for Syrian air defense. The evening strikes reportedly destroyed a warehouse that was believed to be storing rockets. Israel has not commented on these later attacks.

Jun 04 09:22

Photo Essay: This is what Israel’s ‘relaxation of movement restrictions’ for Ramadan looks like

Every year during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, Israeli authorities approve a package to “relax” the restrictions on movement for West Bank Palestinians. This standard military practice aims, as authorities say, to facilitate Palestinian worshippers’ trips to Jerusalem for the weekly prayer that takes place every Friday.

This year, Israeli authorities announced that Palestinian men over 40 years old, boys under 16, and women of all ages could cross to Jerusalem from three West Bank checkpoints without military permits on the four Fridays of the month. However, married men between 30 and 40 became eligible to apply for military permits, which are valid every day during the month except for Friday and Saturday.

Jun 04 09:21

Warren, Biden and Buttigieg all hint at criticism of Israel — but don’t voice any

Senator Elizabeth Warren has released a message to the American Jewish Committee and sought to skirt the Israel issue inside the Democratic Party with a few careful words.

In a world of complicated threats and challenges, America is stronger when we work with our allies. Israel is a strong ally and an important friend to the United States. Good friends can disagree. And a candid expression of concerns does not diminish our friendship. We can and should have an open policy debate.

She devotes much of her message to anti-Semitism and confronting it around the world, from Paris to Jerusalem. “That’s why I’m glad to be in this fight with you.”

Warren’s message is very consistent with the careful messages AJC has posted from others.

Jun 04 09:17

Alleged strike shows Israel is chasing Iranians deep into Syrian desert

The attack on the T-4 airbase in northern Syria at around dawn on Monday, attributable to Israel, is the third on Syrian soil within a week. In the two previous cases, Israel was reacting to fire against it. This time, according to foreign media, the target was Iranian interests, reports Haaretz.

As Haaretz reported in February, this year Iran changed some of the characteristics of its activity in Syria.

On the backdrop of the persisting Israeli attacks, and the dissatisfaction with Russia and Bashar al-Assad’s regime, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps moved its main activity from the Damascus international airport to a base more distant from Syria’s centre – T4, which is next to Homs. The Iranians have operated from that base before, and Israel bombed it on a number of occasions in 2018.

Jun 04 09:16

Israeli settlers attack McDonald’s for ‘unofficial boycott’

Israeli settler leaders are campaigning to prevent McDonald’s from opening a branch in Ben-Gurion Airport, claiming that the global restaurant chain unofficially boycotts West Bank settlements.

According to the report in Ynet, settlers want to prevent McDonald’s from “participating in a government tender for the duty free hall” at the international airport.

In a letter to the finance and transportation ministers, Yossi Dagan, head of the so-called Samaria Regional Council, claimed that McDonald’s Israel has continuously refused to open any branches in settlements in the occupied West Bank.

Jun 04 09:15

For the US and Israel, Iran Works Best as a Perpetual Threat

According to a story in Haaretz, U.S. Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook said recently that “the United States will respond with military force if its interests are attacked by Iran.” However, there are several reasons why Israel and the U.S. will not attack Iran, at least not directly.

Al Jazeera reports that Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of the Lebanon-based Hezbollah, said that the idea of war is “far-fetched” because Washington and its allies know they would pay a heavy price. Nasrallah is most likely right.

Jun 04 09:13

A Second Israeli Election Proves Netanyahu’s Grip on Power Is Slipping

In a sign of how politically vulnerable he has rapidly become, prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu plunged Israel into new elections last week – less than two months after his far-right bloc appeared to win at the ballot box.

Netanyahu was forced to dissolve the 120-member parliament to block his chief rival, Benny Gantz, from getting a chance to assemble an alternative governing coalition.

Gantz, a former army general who heads the Blue and White party, won 35 seats, the same number as Netanyahu’s Likud party, in the April election, but had fewer potential allies to form a majority. So in September, Israelis will cast their votes afresh.

The ostensible reason for the parliament’s dissolution is a stand-off between Netanyahu and Avigdor Lieberman, his former defence minister. They clashed over Lieberman’s insistence that ultra-orthodox Jews be drafted into the army.

Jun 04 08:43

Nobel Prize winner calls for boycott of Israel physics contest

The 2018 winner of the Nobel Prize in chemistry is urging a boycott of a physics competition in Tel Aviv in July.

George P. Smith and 19 other scientists signed an open letter last week that calls on “all students and mentors from all over the world not to participate in the next International Physics Olympiad in Israel and to stand for human rights of the young Palestinian pupils and students, including their right to education.”

Smith, emeritus professor of biology at the University of Missouri, won last year’s Nobel Prize in chemistry for his invention of a process to evolve proteins that can be used to develop new medicines.

Jun 04 08:42

EU rewards Israel for selling classrooms donated to Palestinians

Israel’s brazenness generated consternation on social media. Even the EU’s foreign policy spokesperson Maja Kocijan?i? tweeted that the decision was “incredible.”

But when Kocijan?i? delivered the EU’s official response at a press briefing on Monday, she indicated that it would be business as usual: Israel can do as it likes and the EU will take it lying down.

Jun 04 08:36

To all of my Muslim readers, Family and Friends..Eid al-Fitr Mubarak!

The Glorious Holy Month of Ramadan will come to an end tonight at sundown … ushering in the wonderful feast days of Eid-al-Fitr. A time for joyous celebrations with families, a time to feel completely renewed and refreshed.
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That’s how it’s spelled out in the books…
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Unfortunately in Palestine the book is written differently… families are divided, family members are denied entry to join in the celebrations, families are mourning their loved ones killed by Israeli forces.

Jun 04 08:18

Kushner Questions Whether Palestinians Are Capable Of Governing Themselves Without Israelis

Jared Kushner's Israel-Palestine "deal of the century" is looking more like it will be closer to an "offer you can't refuse" rather than a grand compromise.

Jun 04 06:16

‘Nothing short of madness’: Netanyahu slammed for gender segregation offer to ultra-Orthodox parties

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has faced fresh accusations that he is pandering to Israel’s religious right, following reports he was prepared to back gender segregation in public spaces in return for their coalition support.

Yair Lapid, a lawmaker with the Blue and White political alliance, tweeted Tuesday that Netanyahu had “surrendered to the demands” of the United Torah Judaism (UTJ) party and blasted the proposed segregation law as “nothing short of madness.” Lapid added that by aligning with Israel’s ultra-Orthodox faction, the prime minister risked importing the same type of theocracy that he had spent 20 years speaking-out against in Iran.

Jun 03 11:28

Israeli forces strike Syria air base — report

Israel on Sunday fired missiles onto a Syrian military air base in the country's central Homs province, in the second such attack over the past 24 hours, Syria's state-run media said.

The strike on the T-4 air base "killed one soldier, wounded two others and damaged an arms warehouse," a military source told state news agency SANA. In addition to the Syrian army, Iranian fighters and Hezbollah paramilitary forces are also stationed at the air base, said the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).

There was no immediate comment from Israel.

Jun 03 11:27

Gov. Cuomo plans ‘solidarity trip’ to Israel

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Sunday he plans to make a “solidarity trip” to Israel following the end of the legislative session, which sunsets June 19.

“As a sign of solidarity, at this time of crisis for the Jewish people, I’m going to be doing another trip to Israel as a trip in solidarity right after the legislative session, and I invite my Jewish colleagues to join us as a sign of solidarity. New York stands with Israel,” said Cuomo at the Manhattan-based Celebrate Israel Parade — a pro-State of Israel gathering held since 1965.

Jun 03 10:58

Arab-Israeli Normalisation: A desperate attempt at isolating Iran

Bahrain is gearing up to host the economic version of the so-called Deal of the Century. A two-day conference, co-hosted by the United States, is scheduled to be held in the capital, Manama June 25-26.

The Palestinian leadership has rightly refused to take part in the latest US-Arab charade, which aims at normalizing Arab-Israeli ties at the expense of Palestinian rights.

Despite the fact that some have tried to present the Bahrain ‘workshop’ as a purely ‘economic effort,’ White House officials have been clear that this is the first stage in their supposed peace plan.

For the Trump administration, the Manama meeting serves as the first step in a larger strategy that aims to undermine international law regarding Palestine and the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people.

Jun 03 10:57

Hamas blames Israel for repercussions of attacks on Al-Aqsa Mosque

The Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, has blamed Israel for all possible repercussions of the attack by its soldiers and settlers on Al-Aqsa Mosque and the worshippers within.

“The Israeli occupation must bear the responsibility for the repercussions of its violations at Al-Aqsa Mosque that led to a wave of protests in which the Palestinian people voiced their anger over Israeli measures at the Noble Sanctuary,” said Hamas. “The ongoing assault and raids on Al-Aqsa by Israeli occupation forces and settlers will only make the Palestinian people more determined to defend the mosque and preserve its sanctity.”

Jun 03 10:43

Why the US ‘workshop’ for Palestinians in Bahrain will fail

Twenty-five years ago, I moderated the panel discussion on the Palestinian economy at the international economic summit in Casablanca, Morocco. I was there in my capacity as co-chair of Builders for Peace (BfP), a project created by Vice-President Al Gore to help grow the Palestinian economy in support of the still-fledgling Oslo peace process.

I learned a great deal both at the Casablanca Summit and in my more than three years with BfP and it is from that vantage point that I want to comment on the Trump Administration’s proposal to sponsor an economic “workshop” in Bahrain.

Jun 03 10:40

Soldiers fire on Palestinians trying to enter Jerusalem for prayers, and kill a boy

Israeli soldiers killed, Friday, a Palestinian child near the West Bank city of Bethlehem, and injured a young man from Hebron, while [they were] trying to enter Jerusalem for Friday prayers in the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Media sources said the soldiers shot and killed Abdullah Luay Gheith, 16, from the southern West Bank city of Hebron, after opening fire at him and several other Palestinians who were trying to enter Jerusalem from Wad Abu al-Hummus area, near the villages of al-Khas and an-No‘man, east of Bethlehem.[by climbing the border fence, acc. to Reuters]. The slain Palestinian child was shot with a live Israeli army round in his heart, and died instantly after the soldiers shot him.

Jun 03 10:22

Laws against Holocaust denial

Holocaust denial, the denial of the systematic genocidal killing of approximately six million Jews in Europe by Nazi Germany in the 1930s and 1940s, is illegal in 16 European countries and Israel. Many countries also have broader laws that criminalize genocide denial. Of the countries that ban Holocaust denial, some, such as Austria, Germany, Hungary, and Romania, were among the perpetrators of the Holocaust, and many of these also ban other elements associated with Nazism, such as the expression of Nazi symbols.

Jun 03 10:13

Netanyahu Promises Permanent Occupation

In a speech commemorating the Israeli occupation of Jerusalem, the West Bank, Gaza and the Golan Heights, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel will never leave those areas. Since the 1967 Six-Day War, the Arab residents of these territories have lived under a military occupation, with no representation in the Israeli government.

Netanyahu praised President Trump twice during his speech, once for recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and again for recognizing the Golan Heights as Israeli territory. He said recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights was a “good and important start.”

Some see Trump recognizing the Golan Heights as a part of Israel as a precursor to him recognizing the rest of the territories occupied by Israel since the Six-Day War. Netanyahu does know how to play to Trump’s ego, recently promising to name a settlement in the Golan Heights after him.

Jun 03 10:13

Israel relied heavily on NSA during 2006 Lebanon War, new Snowden documents show

US intelligence liaison report shows conflict with Hezbollah pushed Unit 8200 to its ‘technical and resource limits’; repeated Israeli requests led to new intel-sharing mechanism

Jun 03 10:12

Sheldon Adelson accosted in Tel Aviv, cursed and told ‘you live too long’

Self-described anti-corruption activist Barak Cohen films himself shouting at the US casino magnate, who is one of Netanyahu’s staunchest supporters

Jun 03 10:11

EU angered by Israeli theft, resell of aid for Palestinian schoolchildren

The European Union on Friday criticised Israel over plans to sell aid given to Bedouin villages in the occupied West Bank which was seized by Israeli authorities.

The tents and other humanitarian structures will be put up for auction within days by COGAT, the Israel defence ministry unit which oversees civilian activities in the Palestinian territories, according to the EU's spokesman in Jerusalem.

The supplies include "two school structures that had been consigned to Ibziq community; and two tents and three metal sheds to the al-Hadidiya community", Shadi Othman said in a statement.

Jun 03 09:48

Israeli military analysts admits: “Israel Can’t Win the Next War.”

Ynet’s headline yesterday acknowledged what has been obvious to many Middle East commentators: Israel can’t win the next war. The most respected Israeli military correspondent Ron Ben Yishai’s headline reads as follows: “Why won’t we win the next war?” Though most of Ben Yishai’s Hebrew articles are reprinted in Ynet’s English edition, this article is yet to be translated and for obvious reasons. It is probably too upsetting for Diaspora Jews.

Ben Yishai’s rationale is clear and sound: Israel can’t deal with military casualties. Israeli security matters have been politicised. Field commanders are regularly subject to legal proceedings that lead to heavy penalties including suspensions. Consequently, many of them have lost their motivation. Israeli society is too sensitive to kidnappings and hijackings and finally, parents are too involved in IDF matters.

Jun 03 09:29

NEW SNOWDEN LEAKED MEMOS SHOW NSA AIDED ISRAEL'S "TARGETED ASSASSINATIONS"

SOURCE: ZEROHEDGE

A couple of new bombshell leaked NSA documents from the Snowden archive published days ago by The Intercept confirms the extremely close level of cooperation between American and Israeli intelligence services, especially as part of the so-called "global war on terror" since 9/11. The documents reveal the NSA even assisted in an aggressive targeted assassination campaign waged by Israel inside Lebanon, especially during the 2006 Lebanon War.

According to The Intercept's report — aptly titled "Israel Hated American Ban on Sharing Intel for Assassinations, so US Made New Rules" —the newly unearthed NSA memos reveal attempts to find a legal loophole of sorts on the part of the US intelligence officials which would allow unprecedented information sharing related to a deeply controversial targeted assassination campaign by Israel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Color me completely unsurprised by this.

What Israel wants is what Israel gets, in terms of US intelligence; and the targeted killings continue; no judge, no jury, no rule of law whatsoever.

And would someone please like to enlighten me, as to why Israel has zero constitution, after 71 years of existence?!?

Is by chance, or by design, so it can continue killing innocent Palestinians particularly the children, with utterly no legal mechanism for stopping this?!?

One does have to wonder.....

Jun 03 08:32

‘Most valued partner’: NSA fed Israel intel for targeted assassinations, leaked docs show

Frustrated by a legal ban on sharing intelligence with Israeli operatives conducting targeted assassinations against Hezbollah, the NSA crafted a loophole giving them total access even to US citizens' data, leaked documents show.

The Israeli SIGINT National Unit (ISNU), the NSA's counterpart in Tel Aviv, convinced the Americans to circumvent the legal prohibition on providing surveillance data for targeted assassinations during Israel's 2006 war with Lebanon, according to the newest revelation from the archives obtained by whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Using the familiar rationale of "terrorism" to excuse cooperation they knew was illegal, the NSA and ISNU found a workaround using the Office of the Director of National Intelligence that provided the Israelis with all the intel they needed, according to an October 2006 article in the NSA's internal publication.

Jun 02 09:50

Israel depends on anti-Semitism

As I write, the latest episode of the “Labour anti-Semitism crisis” is playing out with depressing predictability on social and news media.

Pete Willsman, a left-wing member of Labour’s rule-making national executive, has reportedly had his party membership suspended after a secret audio recording – apparently of him – was released by LBC radio.

In the recording, Willsman apparently states a bland and obvious truth – that the Israeli embassy has been involved in whipping up the “Labour anti-Semitism” story as a weapon against leader Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party more generally.

It’s the latest testament to the sad state of the Labour Party’s “soft left” that some of its most-prominent young voices have repeatedly thrown veterans like Willsman under the bus in order to appease the Israel lobby and the Labour right.

Jun 02 09:48

Israel loses its equilibrium

The decision to dissolve Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, less than a month and a half after the General Election, and hold another election on 17 September, suggests strongly that the country has lost its equilibrium. There may be other reasons for this, but I suspect that it is all about the predominance of selfish motives among Israeli decision-makers, especially in Avigdor Lieberman’s case. He will go down in history as leading Israel to early elections twice in the same month. In the first instance, he claimed that the government had surrendered to Hamas, and in the second he claimed that it had surrendered to the Haredim (Ultra-Orthodox Jews).

Jun 02 09:48

EU condemns new Israeli settlements in East Jeruslaem as 'illegal'

The European Union has condemned Israeli plans to build illegal housing units in occupied East Jerusalem.

The plans, which were announced on Wednesday by Israel's housing ministry, include the construction of 805 housing units in Jewish neighbourhoods in the city's east, which was occupied by Israel in 1967.

In a statement released Saturday, the EU said it is "strongly opposed to Israel's settlement policy, including in East Jerusalem, which is illegal under international law and an obstacle to peace".

"The policy of settlement construction and expansion in East Jerusalem continues to undermine the possibility of a viable two-state solution with Jerusalem as the future capital of both states, which is the only realistic way to achieve a just and lasting peace.

Jun 02 09:47

FB Jail for truth tellers

Apparently reporting on a war crime committed by Israel and providing a first hand account of the destruction and the anguish inflicted on Palestinian refugees is considered ‘hate speech’ according to the authoritarian social network.

Jun 02 09:15

Israel to auction classrooms donated by EU to Palestinian children

Israel’s Defense Ministry is planning to auction off two remaining prefab classrooms that were donated to Palestinian schoolchildren by the European Union, only to be confiscated by the Israeli body that runs the West Bank.

Jun 02 09:03

How Israel’s ‘kingmaker’ could be the man to end Bibi’s reign

Avigdor Lieberman was Netanyahu’s loyal lieutenant – but now he has left the PM exposed to the electorate and the courts

Jun 02 08:47

Major Israeli Airstrikes Kill Up To 10 Pro-Assad Forces In Pre-dawn Raid

Israel has admitted responsibility in a significant overnight attack on Syria which reportedly killed up to ten pro-Assad forces, including possibly seven of what the Israeli media is claiming were Iranian and Hezbollah "foreign fighters".

The predawn raid took place south of Damascus in Quneitra province and unlike prior Israeli attacks appeared to included a multi-pronged sustained offensive of warplanes and helicopters on artillery and intelligence facilities. Syrian state media confirmed the attack, saying its anti-air defenses were active and successful over Quneitra and over the capital of Damascus, but put its early casualties as three killed and seven among the wounded.

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