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Sep 05 07:55

ISRAEL PREPARES FOR ANOTHER WAR WITH HEZBOLLAH AS IDF PRACTICES LEBANON INVASION

Israel is carrying out its largest military drills in 20 years along its northern border including practicing an attack on Hezbollah inside Lebanon.

Over ten days, Israel's land, air, sea and intelligence forces will prepare to invade Lebanon in the event of a another war with the Shiite paramilitary organization, with which it fought a bloody conflict in 2006.

Sep 05 07:44

Six Arrested as Submarine Scandal Sends More Shock Waves in Israel

Like the submarines and ships involved, it is a scandal that continues to send shock waves through Israel's political and security establishment. The probe into Tel Aviv's multi-million-dollar purchases of naval vessels from Germany - also known as Case 3000 - has now taken another dramatic twist.

A former Israel minister and the former deputy head national security adviser, Avriel Bar-Yosef, have been questioned on September 4, 2017, in connection with alleged financial illegalities. It later emerged that a political media adviser of a sitting minister has also been quizzed.

Sep 05 07:42

Hariri rejects Israeli claims about ‘missile factories’ in Lebanon

Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri has rejected Israel’s claims that Iran is building factories to produce missiles in Lebanese territory, accusing the Israeli regime of carrying out “deception campaigns.”

Sep 05 07:28

Netanyahu wants Russia to break with Iran. No chance

Israel faces an uncomfortable truth: it will have to adapt to a shrinking role in the Middle East

Sep 05 07:16

Lebanese Border: The Israeli Army is Simulating a Massive Operation Against Hezbollah

The drill will last 10 days and simulate “scenarios we’ll be facing in the next confrontation with Hezbollah,” an Israeli military source told AFP Monday. Israeli military sources said tens of thousands of soldiers, including thousands of reserves, would take part. Aircraft, boats and submarines would be deployed and the army’s canine unit would also participate, they said.

Sep 05 07:10

Israel army to hold drill simulating war with Hezbollah

Israel's army will begin Tuesday a massive exercise simulating conflict with Lebanese movement Hezbollah in the country's north, military sources said, in what would be the largest drill in nearly two decades.

The drill will last 10 days and simulate "scenarios we'll be facing in the next confrontation with Hezbollah", a defence source said Monday, referring to the Iran-backed Shiite movement.

Military sources said tens of thousands of soldiers, including thousands of reserves, would take part.

Sep 05 07:03

Stop working with Israeli torturers, Palestinians urge EU academics

Palestinian academics are urging their European counterparts to end their cooperation with a European Union project that funds Israeli torturers.

The Palestinian Federation of Unions of University Professors and Employees and PACBI, the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, are calling on Belgium’s KU Leuven university and Portugal’s INESC-ID research institute to pull out of the EU-funded LAW-TRAIN program.

They also urge three British academics listed as advisors – Portsmouth University’s Claire Nee and Jo Taylor and William Finn, both of the College of Policing – to end their roles in the project.

Sep 05 06:27

Saudi Arabia & Israel Need to Airlift 300 Stranded ISIS Terrorists from Syria

After approving the sendoff of hundreds of Toyota pickups into Syria for the exclusive use of its trained and funded “moderate rebels” to oust the Assad government back in 2013, the US chickenhawks are now ignoring the plea of the defeated terrorists, who are stranded in 17 buses, because Iraq refuses to accept them on its borders.

The leaderless band of terrorists and their families have nowhere else to go since Abu Bkr Al Baghdadi supposedly died in one of the Russian air raids on the terrorist headquarter South of Raqqa City , more than 2 months ago.

Sep 05 06:25

US & Israel threaten to cut UN Funding over ‘Settlement Blacklist’

Both Israel and the United States have threatened to cut their funding to the United Nations Human Rights Council if the Council moves ahead with its promise to publish a list of companies that do business in Israeli settlements built on Palestinian land.

The threats come in the midst of a wider crackdown on the Boycott-Divestment-Sanctions movement that was created to pressure Israel economically, in order to push the Israeli government to comply with its obligations under international law.

Sep 04 08:02

ZIONISM HAS BECOME ISRAEL’S FUNDAMENTAL, RACIST RELIGION

Israel Justice Minister Shaked said the truth loud and clear: Zionism contradicts human rights, and thus is indeed an ultranationalist, colonialist and perhaps racist movement

Sep 04 07:54

The Holocaust as an Excuse

The Holocaust as a symbol doesn’t date from
World War II. The word was never used in those
days. It dates from the late 1960s, when Jewish
power reached its present height in Western poli-
tics, the universities, and the media. I see nothing
sinister about Jews achieving power on the same
terms as other people; what is sinister, though, is
the attempt by a large number of Jews to use
stealth, suppression, and slander to advance a fur-
tive nationalism. The charge of anti-Semitism
serves to obscure the difference between keeping
your guard up against Jewish chauvinism and
desiring to persecute people just for being Jewish.

Beyond that, the legitimacy of the entire post-
constitutional US regime rests on the myth that
World War II was a holy war against Evil, and war-
time propaganda has hardly been qualified by sober
second thoughts. And we should be suspicious of
anyone who tries to bully us into agreement on any
subject as we have been bullied on this one.

Sep 04 07:13

Zim Shipping: New Evidence suggestsSix Months Foreknowledge of the September 11th Attack Dateand Potential Involvement in the Israeli Deep Cover Operation

At the time of the 9/11 attacks Zim was one of two Israeli companies with lease contracts at the WTC. The other Israeli tenant, Clear Forest, had a small office of 18 employees on the 47th floor of WTC 1 (the North Tower). According to the Jerusalem Post, Clear Forest had only four or five employees at the WTC on 9/11 and all escaped uninjured.[3] Although there were some variances in the WTC 1 tenant rosters between various media organizations, the majority showed that Zim occupied all of the 16th floor (WTC floor space approximated 50,000 square feet), 10,000 square feet of the 17th floor, and some space of the 29th floor of WTC 1.[4] Zim had about 250 employees at the WTC before its move-out, which would require somewhere in the vicinity of 50,000 to 60,000 square feet of office space.[5]

Sep 03 08:55

The Reason For Netanyahu's Panicked Flight to Russia

“ ... according to eyewitnesses of the open part of the talks, the Israeli prime minister was too emotional and at times even close to panic."

" ... (and) threatened to bomb the Presidential Palace in Damascus, ... should Iran continue to “extend its reach in Syria.”

"Israel has understood that it backed the wrong side in Syria – and it has lost."

Sep 01 15:43

Israel seeks “Jewish” non-Jews in numbers battle with Palestinians

Jonathan Cook argues that to make up for its demographic shortfalls and ensure that Israel remains Jewish, Israel is considering broadening the definition of “Jew” to include “crypto-Jews”, “emerging Jewish” communities and descended from Jewish “lost tribes”.>>

Sep 01 15:43

Surprise! Congressional Candidate Michael Snyder (of EconomicCollapseBlog) on Israel

Israel: The Bible says that those that bless Israel will be blessed and those that curse Israel will be cursed. I will always stand with Israel, and if I am elected the Jewish people will have no greater ally in the United States Congress than me. I am 100% against a "two state solution", and I would use the full power of my office to fight against the establishment of a Palestinian state.

Sep 01 12:46

THE REASONS FOR NETANYAHU’S PANIC

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is pushing the panic button over the collapse of the Saudi-Israeli jihadist proxies in Syria and now threatening to launch a major air war, as ex-British diplomat Alastair Crooke describes.

Sep 01 09:51

HALEY TARGETS UN 'BLACKLIST,' REPORTEDLY THREATENING AID

– The Trump administration is strictly opposing a UN “blacklist” of entities conducting business in Israeli settlements, with Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley reportedly threatening US aid to the body should it publish such a list.

A report on Channel 2 claimed that Haley, in recent conversation, warned the UN Human Rights Council that publication of a blacklist would “harm” its funding.

Sep 01 09:48

Case against Auschwitz medic to be thrown out due to ill health

German prosecutors called Thursday for the case of a 96-year-old former Nazi medical orderly at the Auschwitz death camp to be thrown out because he is deemed unfit for trial.

Hubert Zafke had faced 3,681 counts of being an accessory to murder at the concentration camp in Nazi-occupied Poland.

But concerns over his mental and physical health led to repeated postponements of the trial, which began in February 2016 in the northeastern lakeside town of Neubrandenburg.

Sep 01 09:39

Israel’s High Court Rules Against Same-Sex Marriage

Israel’s Supreme Court has ruled that same sex marriage is not a right, rejecting the Israeli Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Association’s argument that same sex marriage should be allowed under the country’s Basic Law of Human Dignity and Liberty.

Sep 01 09:09

FRIDAY’S TOON ~~ THE OCCUPATION IS FOREVER!

Aug 31 15:31

American Legion calls for full investigation into Israel’s attack on the USS Liberty

In a historic move, the American Legion, at its national convention in Reno on Thursday, August 24, 2017, approved Resolution 40 (text provided below) calling for the first full U.S. government investigation of Israel’s 1967 attack on the USS Liberty.

Gunnery Sergeant Bryce F. Lockwood (USMC, ret.) was on hand during the entire convention working for passage of the resolution, which originated earlier this year from Post 40 in Seattle in the American Legion Department of Washington (state).

Lockwood was awarded the Silver Star for “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action in connection with the unprovoked and unexpected armed attack on U.S.S. LIBERTY (AGTR-5), in the Eastern Mediterranean, on 8 June 1967.”

Lockwood said there were a lot of “hand shakes, hugs, and some tears” after the vote.

Aug 31 11:42

Lavrov to Israel: No One Is Going to Attack You. Relax

Probably nobody was surprised when a senior Israeli official on Monday "warned the Russian government that if Iran continues to extend its reach in Syria, Israel will bomb Syrian President Bashar Assad's palace in Damascus".

Strong words. But Moscow doesn't seem particularly impressed.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stressed that his government has "no information" about anyone planning an attack on Israel—and reminded all relevant parties that bombing sovereign nations for no reason whatsoever is a violation of international law.

Aug 31 10:59

Bolton: Israeli Strike Against Iran May Be Only Option to Stop Nuclear Program

Decades of U.S. diplomacy with Iran, including the Obama administration's landmark nuclear accord, may leave Israeli military action as the only option to prevent Tehran from obtaining nuclear weapons, according to former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton.

"I don't make any disguise of the idea that ultimately it may take an Israeli strike against Iran's nuclear program to stop it," Bolton told the Washington Free Beacon. "I wish we weren't at that point, but this is what 25 years of negotiations with Iran gets you."

Aug 31 10:57

Israel to sell F-16As with upgrade package

Normally fierce rivals, Elbit Systems and Israel Aerospace Industries are co-operating on an upgrade package for elderly Lockheed Martin F-16As.

Israel retired its "Netz" fighters earlier this year and is now looking to sell the 40-strong inventory, which would be extensively modernised by the partners.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So Israel upgrades F-16 fighter Jets that they received free from USA years earlier and have them ready to sell.. That does not sound like a country which needs help.

Aug 31 10:50

Mossad agent who infiltrated Daesh arrested in Libya: Israeli website

Masr Alarabia website described him as one of Mossad’s “Arabists” who are characterised by Arab features and who speak Arabic fluently in local dialects.

Israeli Arabists are known for infiltrating Palestinian protests and arresting demonstrators, as well as assassinating anti-occupation Palestinian activists, according to Masr Alarabia.

Benjamin had reportedly become a prominent imam of a large mosque in Benghazi, Libya’s second largest city, then he became a Daesh leader who commanded 200 fighters from the militant group.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This guy posed as an Imam and recruited fighters for ISIS!

Aug 31 10:47

Netanyahu declares West Bank is Israel ‘forever,’ as liberal Zionists cry out for ‘make-believe peace process’

The never-ending deathbed vigil for the two-state solution has reached a new stage. Government officials in Washington and Jerusalem are now openly abandoning the idea of partition, while U.S. establishment figures, including many liberal Zionists, are bewailing the pronouncements.

Last night Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu attended an event celebrating the settlements deep in the West Bank. And he assured Israelis that Jews are never leaving the colonies in what was supposed to be a Palestinian state.

Aug 31 10:04

Lavrov Responds to Netanyahu's Claim of Iran Allegedly Aiming to Attack Israel

Russia does not have any information that anyone is preparing an attack on Israel, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday.

Aug 31 08:06

Tillerson Caves, Will Appoint Special Anti-Semitism Envoy Who Monitors Criticism of Israel

After continuing pressure, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has announced that he will name a special envoy and maintain an office to monitor alleged anti-Semitism.

All three previous anti-semitism envoys have been fervent Israel partisans, two of them working for AIPAC. The first envoy endorsed a new definition of the word “anti-Semitism” to include criticism of Israel; the second adopted the new, Israel-centric definition; and the third helped to disseminate the definition world-wide.

This was part of an international campaign to expand the definition of anti-Semitism and embed this in governments and law enforcement agencies, potentially criminalizing support for Palestinian rights.

When it appeared in June that Trump might eliminate the office in a cost-cutting measure, he and Tillerson came under immediate attack by Jewish organizations and some others, including the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Aug 31 07:22

Benjamin Netanyahu’s nightmare comes true as Putin crushes his plans

Benjamin Netanyahu's nightmare is coming true. The guards of the Islamic Revolution of Iran and Hezbollah fighters prepare to attack Israel by using Syria as a springboard. The Israeli Prime Minister shared the "terrible news" on August 23, 2017 during a meeting with Vladimir Putin in Sochi (the meeting lasted for almost 2.5 hours). Despite Netanyahu's emotional state, the Russian leader remained calm.

"Iran is Russia's strategic ally in the Middle East," Putin said. "But Israel is also an important partner for Russia in the region," he added.

Moscow takes into account security interests of the Jewish state. Thus, as experts say, the Kremlin conducts a complex geopolitical game, balancing between Tehran and Tel Aviv.

Aug 30 11:33

Iran, Again

Israel has been pushing hard on Washington, recently having sent a high-level combined intelligence and military delegation to confer with National Security Adviser H. R. McMaster and Special Mideast Envoy Jason Greenblatt to explain the alleged Iranian threat. And the neocon chorus is also signaling that it expects the Trump Administration to do something. Frederick Hof of the hardline Atlantic Council recently wrote that the fundamental mistake made by Washington consisted of not invading Syria and installing an acceptable government years ago, which would have kept Iran out.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When there are huge differences in how the US and Israel perceive "alleged world threats", the US government should follow its own path, rather than any path dictated by Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu.

Right now, he is the subject of a corruption trial coming up, which makes him geopolitically wounded; and nothing is more dangerous that a geopolitically wounded politician. So he feels as though a war against Iran will give him some desperately needed "distraction".

It is widely understood that Tel Aviv has been cheerleading for regime change in Tehran for some time; but of course, with the cost being borne only in American blood, and with American money.

But there is one factor Giraldi didn't mention in his article (and I consider him an excellent, fact-based blogger) and that is the following: the 6,000 lb gorilla, napping on the Bosendorfer grand, by the name of Russia.

Russian officials and military personnel have long stated that any attack against Iran would be met by a Russian attack against the perpetrator.

Should anything happen to Iran, this will be a threat to our national security

Russian Air Defense will Protect Iran

I would politely suggest to President Trump that any attack against Iran by the US/and or Israel will result in Russia coming to Iran's aid militarily, and their military capabilities, as evidenced by their tour de force performance in Syria, are formidable.

I would also like to politely suggest to President Trump, and Sec Def Mattis, that right now, the US military does not have the troop strength, the weaponry, the manufacturing, or the money to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war with Russia over Iran.

And to both President Trump and Sec Def Mattis, please understand: the purpose of this trip by Israel's Special Mideast Envoy Jason Greenblatt, is to get the US government to sign off on waging an unprovoked war against Iran, for absolutely no good reason, which could have devastating implications both domestically, and internationally.

I respectfully counsel calmness, and restraint.

Aug 30 08:55

Check out how many Gazans died after Israel denied them treatment

At least 15 of Gaza residents have died since the start of 2017 after Israel denied terminally ill patients the necessary permits to travel outside the besieged Strip for medical treatment.

Al-Mezan Centre for Human Rights revealed the figures in a statement yesterday, condemning the Israeli blockade on the coastal enclave that has resulted in its healthcare service being brought “to its knees”, in the words of the World Health Organisation...

Aug 30 08:28

Netanyahu uses fake “ancient” coin to justify settlements in West Bank

Numerous media outlets reported last week on the find of a rare 2,000-year-old half-shekel coin by an eight-year-old girl, Hallel Halevy, in the Israeli illegal settlement of Halamish in the West Bank.

The find excited many Israelis who argued it provided evidence of the historical Jewish connection to the West Bank, usually referred to as Judea and Samaria by Israelis.

Among those lauding the find, Netanyahu claimed in a Facebook post that “the "2,000-year-old silver coin" was used during the Second Temple period in Jewish history which lasted between 530 BCE and 70 CE.

“This exciting discovery is additional evidence of the deep connection between the people of Israel and its land – to Jerusalem, to our temple, and to the communities in Judea and Samaria,” Netanyahu wrote in his post.

Aug 30 08:08

Nasrallah: Netanyahu's crying over ISIS's surrender

Following what he calls 'the surrender of ISIS' in Lebanon, Hezbollah Sec. Gen. Nasrallah claims 'ISIS was supposed to destroy our region and hand it over completely to US and Israel.'

Aug 30 08:01

The ADL and the Great Sedition Trial

Although the trial came to a halt in 1944, there were repeated attempts by the Justice Department to enter new indictments but the charges were ultimately thrown out. There were originally three indictments involving some 40 people but 30 people actually went to trial.

The case was brought under the guise of accusing these people of supposedly attempting to disrupt the military and undermine the war effort. In fact, the bottom line was that the one thing that all of these people had done was to criticize the role of the Jewish lobby in pushing for U.S. involvement in the war. They also attacked the numerous communists in the Roosevelt administration (many of whom, in fact, were Jewish.)

That's really why they were indicted. That's what the Great Sedition Trial was really all about. Sedition had nothing to do with it. What they were indicted for is what Pat Buchanan is being attacked for doing—criticizing the power of the Jewish lobby.

Aug 30 07:42

THE STRANGE HISTORY OF THE ANTI-DEFAMATION LEAGUE

In January, 1993, San Francisco newspapers reported that the city’s police department had raided the ADL’s Northern California office and discovered it was keeping files on more than 600 largely liberal civic organizations and over 10,000 individuals whose interests and activities included but also went far beyond those of the Arab-American community.

After examining the sequestered files, San Francisco police inspector Ron Roth, estimated that 75% of the information had been illegally obtained and by November, District Attorney Arlo Smith appeared to be on the verge of indicting the ADL for numerous violations of state and city codes.

Aug 30 07:26

Putin to Netanyahu: Russia’s Strategic Ally in Syria is Iran

(*I sure hope Putin Cc'd The Whitehouse , He needs to get that memo !)

Aug 30 02:10

ISRAEL CONTINUES ASSISTING TERRORIST GROUPS IN SYRIA

Israeli hospitals continue to admit injured militants of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) after Jordan refused to treat them in its medical centers, Arab media outlets reported on Wednesday. The Arabic-language al-Hadath news reported that Israeli hospitals near the border with Syria admitted over seven injured militants of the FSA that had been wounded in clashes with ISIL-affiliated Jeish Khalid Bin Walid. Al-Hadath further said that Jordan had not allowed the FSA’s wounded members to be treated in its hospitals. Local sources disclosed in June that several terrorists, who had been wounded in the battle with the Syrian government forces in Quneitra province, were taken to an Israeli hospital. The sources reported that a number of injured members of Al-Nusra Front (also known as Fatah al-Sham Front or the Levant Liberation Board) have been transferred to the Israeli hospitals via al-Hamidiyeh region in Quneitra countryside.

Aug 29 14:02

Israeli Army Detains 15 Palestinians in West Bank Raids

Israeli forces Tuesday detained 15 Palestinians in multiple overnight raids across the West Bank, said Palestine Prisoner’s Society (PPS) and security sources. PPS said Israeli forces detained six Palestinians in Izzariyeh, East of Jerusalem, WAFA reported. Forces also detained three Palestinian minors after storming their family homes in Nahalin village, West of Bethlehem in the Southern West Bank. In the northern West Bank, Israeli forces detained two Palestinians during a similar raid in Kufr Rai, Southwest of Jenin. One of the detainees was identified as an undergraduate student in the Arab American University. Another Palestinian was detained during a subsequent raid into the neighboring town of Arraba. Two other Palestinians were detained during separate predawn raids into Qalqiliya and Nablus districts. Israeli troops also detained a Palestinian from his workplace in Hebron’s Jabal al-Rahma neighborhood.

Aug 29 12:19

EU lets Israel destroy West Bank schools it funded

“The demolition of a school building the night before the start of the year epitomizes the administrative cruelty and systematic harassment by authorities designed to drive Palestinians from their land,”

Aug 29 11:14

Netanyahu Faces Arrest Charges If He Sets Foot in Spain

Israeli Prime minister Benyamin Netanyahu and other government officials are to be arrested if they ever show up in Spain.

Former PM and minister of Army, Ehud Barak, current minister of army Avigdor Lieberman, former minister of strategic affairs Moshe Yaalon, former interior minister Eli Yishai, israel geologist and politician Benny Begin and vice admiral Maron Eliezer, were also named in the list of arrest.

Reportedly, Spanish national court judge Jose de la Mata ordered the Spanish police to alert him if Netanyahu or any of the other government officials come to Spain.

This is after Israeli forces attacked Gaza Freedom Flotilla in 2010 which is affiliated to a humanitarian solidarity movement that stands in solidarity with Gaza against human rights violations.

Aug 29 11:13

Israeli Defense Minister: Tel Aviv Will Not Allow Iran to Build Military Bases in Syria

Although Iranian presence in Syria is indeed growing Iran isn’t building any naval or air bases in Syria. Moreover, many experts doubt that the Iranian Air Force can handle a real deployment in Syria. However, Iran has mutliple facilities used as logistic bases across the country.

In turn, Israel is likely trying to create a pretexts that it may use later if it decides to intervene in the Syrian south or to conduct more air operations against the Syrian Arab Army.

Aug 29 11:12

Israel treated unfairly, Netanyahu complains to visiting UN chief

The UN is treating Israel unfairly by diminishing its ties to Jerusalem and not doing enough to curb arms deliveries to Hezbollah, Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, complained to visiting UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres Monday.

Benjamin Netanyahu lashed out at the UN in the presence of Guterres, who is in the Middle East to try and facilitate the resumption of peace talks between Israel and Palestine.

Netanyahu said the United Nations treats Israel unfairly and “absurdly denies” Jewish connections to Jerusalem which Israel claims as its capital, while the UN views East Jerusalem as Palestinian territory which Israel occupied illegally under international law.

Aug 29 10:14

US Intel Officials Resist Trump’s Push to Claim Iran ‘Violates’ Nuclear Deal

Reports out of the US intelligence community suggest that President Trump’s cabinet push to declare Iran in violation of the P5+1 nuclear deal has expanded into pressure against intelligence analysts themselves to try to invent some sort of justification for the claim Trump desperately wants to make.

At the same time, officials say that the beating the intelligence community took for its role in lying the US into war in 2003 is informing its decision on the matter,and that many are very resistant to letting their assessments become politicized.

Former CIA analyst Ned Price was very frank about the matter, saying “they told me there was a sense of revulsion. There was a sense of deja vu. There was a sense of ‘we’ve seen this movie before’.” Other officials suggested Trump made his conclusion first and is now trying to get the intelligence community to find evidence to back it up.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good on the intel people, standing their ground in this instance.

But the deeper problem, here, is this; every bit of info and intel President Trump has on Iran is coloured by the deep and unrelenting prejudices of AIPAC; the Saudis, Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu; and the Neocons, who are itching to invade Iran in order to control its oil pipelines.

But Mr. President, if I may please have word here?!?

Invading Iran, most probably on another false flag/lie, is going to greatly alienate your base, because during your campaign, you swore to the American people that you would disengage from using war as your only plausible weapon with which to resolve this country's geopolitical challenges.

Such a move would completely void that promise; and you are dealing with a VERY war-weary, war-skeptical country.

And sir, there's that added bit of Russia having promised Iran that should it be invaded, Russia will come to its aid militarily.
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Do the risk/benefit assessments on such a war, coming from the Pentagon, even mention this well-known fact?!?

And sir, war against Russia over Iran is a really, really bad decision to be making right now; and I say that both as a person who does care greatly for this country, and someone who has to blurt out what I strongly believe to be the truth: at this moment in its history, the US military does not have the troop strength; the weaponry; the money, or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war with Russia.

I hope and pray that your trinity of "President Whisperers", consisting of Mattis, Mc Masters, and Kelly, are giving you straight answers on these issues.

Also, to accuse Iran of violating the P5+1 agreement, when the IAEA demonstrably concludes that they have not, will make this country look like the nether end of a jaysap in the eyes of the world, just to get a war going to control their pipelines, and make your BFF, Israel's Netanyahu, happy.

Of course, Tel Aviv has always been shilling for regime change in Tehran; but only if the costs are borne in American blood, and with American money.

Aug 29 09:55

Iran, Again

When politicians are feeling the heat, they start a war and their popularity goes up even if the war is unnecessary or completely ridiculous. Donald Trump, the presidential candidate who promised that he would not take the nation into another Middle Eastern war, did so when he launched a fifty-nine cruise missile barrage against a Syrian Air Base even before he knew for sure what had happened on the ground. It was totally stupid but proved to be popular, even among talking heads and Congressmen, some of whom described his action as “presidential” in the best sense of the word.

Aug 28 15:15

Israelis defy authorities and fight against corruption and for right to protest

"For 40 weeks now, Israelis have been demonstrating in the city of Petach Tikvah to demand a thorough investigation into corruption, especially concerning the prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu.

"The protests started in earnest in July 2016 outside the home of the attorney-general, Avichai Mandelblit. At that time, they consisted of a handful of protesters demanding that he does a better job than his predecessor, Yehuda Weinstein, especially in regard to attorney Ruth David, who has been accused of a number of crimes...">>

Aug 28 09:27

Netanyahu accuses Iran of building missile production sites in Syria and Lebanon

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Tehran of building missile production sites in Syria and Lebanon.

His statement came ahead of the talks with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres in Jerusalem.

Netanyahu said Iran is planning to use Syria as a base for military entrenchment for its goal to eradicate Israel, Reuters reported.

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Aug 28 09:09

ISRAELI OFFICIAL: IF IRAN EXPANDS IN SYRIA, WE'LL BOMB ASSAD'S PALACE

Israel warned Russia of dire consequences if Iran is allowed to continue on its current path in Syria.

Aug 28 08:58

Putin and Netanyahu: The World’s Most Powerful President Meets the World’s Most Powerful Liar

There is no doubt that Vladimir Putin is the world’s most powerful President. By comparison, while China’s Xi Jinping is highly powerful and intelligent, China’s leadership retains a collective element while in Russia, Vladimir Putin maintains an unwritten but obvious veto power over all major decisions.

By the same extrapolation it is abundantly clear that Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli leader is the world’s most powerful liar. His power comes from the fact that he is in charge of the highest portion of weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East, including nuclear weapons.

His dishonesty is immediately revealed by his statements about Iran. When speaking in front of the Russian President, Netanyahu said,

“…where the defeated Islamic State (Daesh) group vanishes, Iran is stepping in”.

This statement is disingenuous on many levels. First of all, Netanyahu stated to Putin that he felt that Iran is a danger and secondly, that this danger is tantamount to that of Daesh.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These are dangerous times for Israel's Prime Minister; caught in a corruption probe at home, Corruption and bribery: Netanyahu Chief of Staff Revelations and disdained by heads of state abroad, he has become geopolitically cornered, and wounded; and no one can be more vicious than a cornered, wounded politician.

Several days ago, Prime Minister Netanyahu made the following statement:

IDF will stop Iranian threat in Syria, declares Israeli defense minister

The article then goes on to say:

"Source: IDF will stop Iranian threat in Syria, declares Israeli defense minister

Israel will do what it takes to prevent an Iranian threat on its northern border, Liberman declared."

"Israel will not stand by while Iran advances in Syria and establishes itself militarily on Israel’s northern border, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman stated."

So is the Israeli government seriously looking at attacking Syria, using the excuse/justification that the presence of Iranian forces is just too large to tolerate?!?

Were I a betting woman, I would not bet against Netanyahu doing something like this, in order to deflect attention from his upcoming corruption trial.

And if that happens, what wil Russia do at that point?!?

I seriously hope that when Putin and Netanyahu met last week to discuss this, Russia issued some red lines here regarding Syria, in terms of what absolutely cannot be tolerated, in terms of an Israeli military response.

Also, if there is an American military component to Israel's plans for Syria, that could well mean war against Russia and Iran over this country.

Aug 28 08:08

Israel Plans to Change Jerusalem Demographic Make-up

A report said Israel plans to establish a new Jewish neighborhood in the city of Jerusalem and to increase police presence in the city. Israel's Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, accompanied by the Israeli police chief, took a tour of the city during which he visited Jewish districts in the occupied city, Palestine Today reported. The visit also included a provocative storming of the yards of al-Aqsa Mosque, according to Israel’s channel 7, which revealed that Erdan has a plan for the city, composed of two parts. According to the report, the first part of the plan involves the deployment of 1,250 new policemen to Jerusalem and the installation of thousands of cameras there, including in the Old City. The new measures also include granting pay hikes to policemen working in the occupied Jerusalem. The other part of the plan would be the establishment of a Jewish neighborhood in the city, it added.

Aug 28 05:57

The Israelis Tried to Cut Their Losses in Syria. They Failed

They hoped Assad would fall. Then they wished Syria would fall apart, taking Hezbollah with it. Despite recent efforts, the Israelis may now find themselves staring down the group on two fronts... As Iran consolidates its presence and influence in Syria, Israel fears that its "Syrian policy" is collapsing. To cut its losses, the Jewish state has embarked on a new and urgent diplomatic-intelligence initiative spearheaded by Mossad chief Yossi Cohen. On Wednesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu disrupted Russian President Vladimir Putin's summer holiday and flew to Sochi. He was accompanied by Cohen. Last week, Cohen led a senior intelligence delegation, which included the chief of Israeli military intelligence Major-General Hertzi Halevi, to Washington for meetings with their counterparts.

Aug 27 09:04

Saudi Arabia and Israel Might 'Directly Intervene' in Syrian Conflict

The civil war in Syria is 'de-facto over'. This is what Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said during a meeting with his Lebanese counterpart at the ongoing ARMY-2017 forum in Kubinka on Wednesday. Israel Shamir, a Russian-Israeli journalist and Middle East expert however told Sputnik Radio that some powers might not agree with this statement.

Aug 27 08:43

Russia Downs Several Israeli Drones in Syria's Airspace

A Russian media outlet reported on Saturday that the Russian air defense units in Syria have shot down three Israeli unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in the war-hit country's airspace in April, May and July.

Aug 26 10:37

Saudi Arabia and Israel Might 'Directly Intervene' in Syrian Conflict

Sputnik Radio discussed this statement with Israel Shamir, a Russian-Israeli journalist and Middle East expert, who said that the Russian Defense Minister could be a "little bit overoptimistic."

"There is a danger that some external forces would not agree with the settlement of the Syrian war. Those forces are Saudi Arabia and Israel," Shamir told Sputnik.

Once upon a time, Syria was a powerful state, he went on. However now it is in disarray, therefore Saudi Arabia and Israel are worried that this change on the ground could be to the advantage of Iran.

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So, that is how this is going to come down; the US and Israel taking chunks out of Syria,to be "awarded" to the Kurds for an independent Kurdistan, with certain provisions as to who actually controls Kurdish oil,and in what currencies for which it is sold.

Aug 26 10:34

Israeli Media: Israel is Defeated in Syria

“As far as Syria is concerned, I think Israel has been defeated”, said the Arab affairs analyst on Israel's TV station Channel Two.

“In the Syrian civil war, many people and different parties lost, but the most prominent one among them is Israel...I know I say very harsh words, but I had them on my mind for months, maybe more”, said the Israeli analyst.

The Israeli analyst pointed out that Israel and its intelligence services failed to understand what was exactly going on in Syria, adding that they underestimated the role of Iran in the conflict.

Aug 26 07:23

Israel’s Alarm over Syrian Debacle

But rather than making a wider war less likely, the upshot is to make it even more. Having bet on the wrong horse, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu now finds himself facing a nightmare scenario in which Iran takes advantage of Assad’s winning streak to extend its reach from Iraq and Syria into Lebanon beyond. It’s not just a question of political influence, but of the emergence of a powerful Iranian-led military bloc.

Eleven years after fighting a vicious 34-day war in southern Lebanon, Israel thus finds itself facing not only Hezbollah but the Syrian Arab Army, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards, and Iraqi Shi‘ite militias – all backed by Russian military might – in a front extending across its entire northern border. All are battle-hardened after years of combat, better armed, better led, and more self-confident to boot. Israel finds itself confronting a new threat that is many times more powerful than Hezbollah (or Syria) alone.

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This is the "justification" Israeli politicians will make to the world for a pre-emptive strike against Syria.

And the proof to Israel's claim that Iran is building a missile factory in Syria's Baniyas? Most probably non-existent, unless someone from Tel Aviv can show the world incontrovertible, non-photo-shopped 2017 images of this alleged bomb manufacturing site.

Prime Minister Netanyahu, a word, please: you have used the "scaremonger/victim" card, as a characterisation of Israel, one too many times, so it has lost its luster for thinking people around the world.

And I would very politely remind those in the Bowels of Power in Tel Aviv that Iran hasn't started a war in over two hundred years.

IF, in fact, Iranian missiles are being manufactured at Baniyas, they will only be defensive in nature, to prevent a US/Israeli attack against it.

Please, what logical reason would Iran have to attack Israel?!? The short answer is, none!!

Iran's Majlis and senior government officials are many things; but they are not fools. They understand that any attack against Israel would bring the US into the fray immediately, and turn Iran into molten glass, should they dare to try it.

One of the things Netanyahu HATED about the P5+1 accord, was that it stopped its nuclear weapons program (and is still declared in compliance with that treaty by the IAEA very recently), which meant that the Americans had no reason to invade Iran, and regime change it.

Oh, yes: the Israeli government is very keen on regime change in Tehran; but explicitly wants all the costs in blood and money be borne by the Unhinged Surveilled States of Amerika.

IF Israel goes ahead with any bombing of Syria, it will entail a mighty military effort from the US as well, and most probably a nasty military response from Russia, which is protecting the Al-Asad government in Damascus.

One of the things the Israeli government loves to do to its own people, is to terrify them into believing, every second, that Israel is under near-immediate threat of attack from its Arab neighbors, when logic indicates that Israel, through generous financial and military assistance, is bristling with weapons and personnel who understand how to fight back, or initiate a strike, when commanded.

So I would suggest that the Arab nations surrounding Israel have every reason to be concerned about pre-emptive strikes against them, rather than the other way round. This threat of a strike against Syria is a perfect example of that.

Aug 25 11:49

Iran Ready to Support Saudi Arabia in Improving Bilateral Ties

Iranian Foreign Minister claimed that his country is willing to support Saudi Arabia's move to improve bilateral relations.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Iran is ready to improve bilateral relation with Saudi Arabia whenever the latter expresses a similar interest, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said Thursday.

“If the Saudi authorities take steps to improve their relations with us, Iran will certainly respond in a positive manner,” Zarif was quoted as saying by the Anadolu news agency.

Iranian security protect Saudi Arabia's embassy in Tehran, Iran, while a group of demonstrators gathered to protest execution of a Shiite cleric in Saudi
Can’t We Get Along? Saudis Ask Iraq to Help Resolve Rivalry with Iran
The two states are expected to begin a series of diplomatic contacts next month, the news outlet reported. T

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Translation: IF these reports are true, and I am reading the tea-leaves correctly, should Saudi Arabia deepen its relations with Tehran, the US will not have its proxy army in Saudi Arabia to fight a war against Iran.

The only country in the region with a leadership which will be collectively excreting bricks with be that of Israel; I am almost willing to bet Netenyahu is at this moment in time, developing several false flag scenarios to blame on Iran and/or Saudi Arabia, with the intentionally of destroying the fledgling trust and rapprochment between these countries.

Aug 25 09:48

Ben & Jerry’s is Selling Ice Cream in Illegal Israeli Settlements

In August, 2011, an Israeli Jewish activist working with us contacted Ben & Jerry’s factory in Israel, by e-mail and telephone, and confirmed that the company delivers ice cream to Israeli settlements in the occupied territory. Here is an e-mail communication, translated into English, between an employee at the factory and the Israeli activist, discussing arrangements for an ice cream cart to travel to the Israeli settlement of Ma’ale Adumim:

Aug 24 12:22

NETANYAHU TO PUTIN: IRAN MUST LEAVE SYRIA OR "WE WILL ACT"

For Netanyahu and other Israeli officials the chief concern was never the black clad death cult which filmed itself beheading Americans and burning people alive. "Let the Sunni evil prevail," they say.

Israel is threatening to escalate military action in Syria against perceived Iranian interests. This week Netanyahu declared, "we will act when necessary according to our red lines" while hinting he prefers ISIS presence in Syria as opposed to Iran aligned fighters at his border. This comes as ISIS is now crumbling, and at a time when most world leaders of nations driving the external proxy war in Syria have toned down their rhetoric regarding the future fate of the Assad government.

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Prime Minister Netanyahu, where are you hearing the following?!? ""We cannot forget for a single minute that Iran threatens every day to annihilate Israel."

Are the voices in your head getting louder, perhaps, sir?!?

Because in semi-official Iranian blogs such as presstv.com, and farsnews.com, which I read and to which I link pretty much daily, there is not a word about destroying Israel, but some deep, and intelligent, criticisms of how Israel treats the Palestinians, and particularly Palestinian children.

Where, please, do indefinite detentions, and the routine torture of children, to get them to accuse others in their communities of crimes they did not commit,"fit" in the only alleged democracy in the Middle East, which, by the way, still has no constitution, 69 years after it was founded?!?

Just curious, sir.

You could immediately make peace in a win/win situation by flying to Tehran, and developing a relationship with President Rouhani. And the reality here, sir, is that unlike what one sees in anti-Iranian Israeli propaganda, Jews in Iran are thriving.

Don't Tell Mother I'm In Iran

But of course, you won't, because part of the power Israeli politicians hold over their people is the power of fear; that the others in the region are ready to tear the hearts out of Israeli children, when it is generally Israeli settlers who are illegally claiming Palestinian land; encroaching more deeply in East Jerusalem, and the West Bank, and briskly evicting Palestinians whose families have lived on certain spots for multiple generations.

And we all know that you most likely won't be fighting directly against Iranians in Syria; you have the American troops to do do that for you.

American troops will be in Syria for decades

An independent Kurdistan is being established in sections of Iraq and Kurdistan, in order to balkanize those countries, and control their oil, something Israel is encouraging.

And we all know that you would love to regime change Tehran, but only at the costs of American blood and American money.

So please, don't give us this codswallop about "Iranian aggression", when Israeli aggression against its neighbors and the Palestinians have made it the absolute pariah of the entire Middle East.

Aug 24 08:50

Netanyahu Meets Putin, Rants About Iran, Putin Ignores Him

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has launched a scathing attack on Iran, saying it threatens existence of Israel in the region, after meeting with the Russian President Vladimir Putin in the city of Sochi.

Netanyahu, who arrived in the company of Mossad chiefs and members of the National Security Council, launched multiple verbal attacks on Iran, accusing it of continuing to threaten the existence of the State of Israel, namely by supporting “terrorist organizations” and developing a nuclear program.

“The situation in the Middle East is now very dynamic and Iran is making tremendous efforts to strengthen its presence in Syria, which is a threat to Israel, the Middle East, and I believe the whole world too”, Netanyahu said.

Putin, however, did not respond to Netanyahu's comments about Iran's role in Syria. He did not respond about his threats of a possible unilateral military action to prevent the Iranian presence in Syria, either.

Aug 24 07:42

Israel demolishes new school for Palestinian children

On the evening of Tuesday, 22 August 2017, at around 7:00 P.M. Israeli Civil Administration officials and security forces arrived at the village of Jub a-Dib, southeast of Bethlehem. The forces demolished the community's recently constructed school building. The demolition, which ended around midnight, took place the night before the start of the Palestinian school year, and left eighty pupils without an educational facility. In previous years, the children of Jub a-Dib had to walk to school in the Dar Salah and Beit Ta'mir areas, outside the village.

Aug 23 11:01

Israel to High Court: Law seizing Palestinian land is humane response to 'distress' of thousands of settlers

The state on Monday asked the High Court of Justice to reject legal challenges to a controversial law that would allow for the retroactive expropriation of land owned by Palestinians in West Bank settlements. It called the law “a humane, proportional and reasonable response to the genuine distress of Israeli residents.”

In seeking to persuade the court to reject the legal challenges – filed by Palestinian and Israeli human rights organizations – the state argued that the “practical alternative” to the law is the maintenance of the existing situation, which the state said is disruptive to the lives of “hundreds of families” in settlements, including families who built homes based on representations by government authorities that it was permissible.

The state added that the law is constitutional under Israeli law and also meets the requirements of international law.

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Absoflippinglutely unbelievable!!

And THIS, from the country which characterizes itself as "The only democracy in the Middle East"?!?

GIVE ME A BREAK!!

Aug 23 10:12

Haley Demands IAEA Launch New Inspections of Iran Military Sites

Heading to Vienna to meet with officials at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley intends to demand that the agency begin conducting thorough inspections of Iranian military sites, claiming the P5+1 deal gives them authority “to look at any suspicious sites.”

This is likely to be a matter of serious dispute, as before the P5+1 deal was signed, the IAEA had already confirmed all issues surrounding Iran’s military sites were resolved, and the public version of the P5+1 text does not give them any access to random military sites for inspections.

Despite Haley’s claim that the IAEA has such authority, she goes on to accuse Iran of having something to hide, likely because she knows full well Iran isn’t going to comply with these demands, even if the IAEA capitulates and asks for access to the sites.

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Ambassador Haley has obviously been given her "marching orders" from Tel Aviv, through President Trump, that she has to find some way to destroy that fragile element of trust between Iran and the rest of the signatories of the P5+1, by forcing Iran to walk away from the deal, as a prelude to a US-generated war against it.

Israel demonizes Iran as its "existential enemy" in the Middle East, and wants to see it regime-changed, ASAP (but only, of course, at the costs of American blood and American money).

Should the US wage war against Iran, however, it will most probably be meeting a formidable foe here, and that will be Russia, whose politicians and military have stated, consistently, that should Iran be attacked, Russia will come to its aid militarily.

Right now, the US military does not have the troop strength; the money; the weaponry; or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia.

I hope to heaven that there are some realists in the Pentagon who understand this, and will warn President Trump against such a potential colossal military misadventure.

Aug 23 08:45

BILLY JOEL BRINGS THE HOLOCAUST BACK TO LIFE

Billy Joel wears yellow Star of David during New York concert

As singer plays encore of ‘Goodbye to You,’ screen behind him flashes pictures of fired White House staffers Bannon, Spicer and Scaramucci

Aug 22 15:21

Education and ideology: The case of Israel and Zionism

Lawrence Davidson argues that, in the case of Israel, “education has been subordinated to ideology to such an extent that it cannot promote diversity, shared values and a common identity with non-Jews”.>>

Aug 22 11:24

NY TIMES ASSERTS THAT JEWS ARE SAFER IN ISRAEL THAN IN AMERICA … CAUSE THEY CAN KILL PALESTINIANS THERE

The subject is Charlottesville, and the rise of neo-Nazis. Israel-promoter Daniel Gordis is granted an op-ed to say that Jews are safer in Israel than America, because in America, Jewish kids don’t know how to play with guns. Here’s the heart of the piece:

Israel has a military draft, and all of our kids served. Those years of service, of coming home on weekends with M-16s that we had to remind them not to leave on the sofas, inculcated in them a confidence about the world that I never had at their age.

Of course Gordis doesn’t tell us where those kids served. The occupied territories, surely, making certain that Palestinians who are resisting their lack of rights for 50 years stay fairly quiet.

Aug 22 11:13

Iran warns it can make weapons-grade material in days if nuke deal scotched

Iran’s atomic chief warned Tuesday the Islamic Republic needs only five days to ramp up its uranium enrichment to 20 percent, a level at which the material could be used for a nuclear weapon.

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No, 20 percent enrichment will not make a nuclear weapon. You need 95% or higher before you will get a nuclear detonation.

Aug 22 11:03

Israel set to become major exporter of medical cannabis

Inter-ministerial committee recently recommended the export of cannabis abroad; Public Security Minister Erdan opposes the committee's recommendations, warning that the country is unprepared to handle the ramifications of the export of this 'dangerous drug.'

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Anyone care to bet that all of a sudden AG Sessions backs off his anti-marijuana crusade?

Aug 22 08:45

21st Century: ID Politics Vs. The People

This week we deliver another LIVE broadcast from the UK, as SUNDAY WIRE host Patrick Henningsen is joined by two incredible guests to discuss the disturbing political situation in America. In the first hour we’ll be joined by artist and the brilliant and controversial best-selling author and internationally acclaimed jazz artist, Gilad Atzmon, to discuss Charlottesville and the problem of Left vs Right identity politics in the West, as well its roots in Jewish ID politics, and how society might be able overcome the downward spiral it currently finds itself in. In the second hour we’re joined by author and analyst, Jay Dyer, from JaysAnalysis.com to talk about America’s new culture wars and why Leftist activists are now pulling down statues across the country and how this might accelerate to more censorship and ceremonial ‘book burning’ activities.

Aug 21 10:17

Police: Israeli Hacker Gang Responsible for 2 Million Attacks

The two “specialized” in distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, in which hackers use networks to overload and overwhelm online sites, basically inundating them with requests for connections, as a result overloading and freezing them. Investigators said that the two were responsible for no fewer than 2 million such attacks, costing their victims — corporations and government sites around the world — millions of dollars.

Aug 21 08:36

NYT JUSTIFIES APARTHEID IN ISRAEL ~~ ‘WALLS ARE US!’

Omitted is a racist quote early last year from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu regarding his determination to build walls all around Israel, though some of this construction would clearly be on occupied Palestinian territory.

Likening Palestinians to animals, Netanyahu stated, “In our neighborhood, we need to protect ourselves from wild beasts.”

Aug 20 07:50

PALESTINIAN CHILDREN CAUGHT IN ISRAEL’S ‘CAT AND MOUSE’ GAME

It is commonly said that the all worst nightmares move silently in the dark and wear military uniforms and escaping with light steps along the asphalt street. This night in the village not even the engine sound of the armoured vehicle distracts. The vehicle remains there, without moving, in the night, and next to it there is a street light with a faint light. The man is watching, and with each movement he seems to be counting steps, three forward, one to the side, and again three paces backwards, without taking his eyes off the houses, with his rifle under his arm, and the barrel kept at eye level, ready to interrupt the silence. It is totally silent, and the silence seems almost begging to be interrupted by a roar, a scream, or a lament, while from behind a curtain a child, one of the numerous children, records the scene with his cell phone.

Aug 19 11:05

Iran Says Nikki Haley's Statement On Sanctions Is "Devoid Of Any Shred Of Truth"

The US last month approved a set of sanctions against Tehran, aimed at its missile program and support for terrorism, a move that officials and members of Congress have said is separate from the nuclear deal. But on Tuesday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned that the sanctions violate the spirit of the deal.

Rouhani's speech has been taken as a warning that Iran will withdraw unilaterally from the deal, known by the acronym JPCOA, should US sanctions move forward. US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley swiftly fired off a statement condemning Rouhani's words.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Iranian Ambassador Gholamali Khoshroo is completely correct in his assessment; these additional sanctions, which have utterly nothing to do with the P5+1 deal, were engineered by the Congress of the Unhinged, Surveilled States of Amerika, to cause Iran to walk away from the P5 +1 deal, as the prelude to a war against it.

Israel would love to see regime change in Tehran, and alleges that Iran is its "existential threat" in the region, but with the costs in blood and money of that regime change only be paid in American blood and money.

There is, however, one little problem with this scenario; and that is the 14,000 lb gorilla in the living room, draped snoozing over the Bosendorfer Grand: that is Russia, and its formidable military capabilities.

Russian officials and military personnel have publicly gone on record, saying that if Iran is attacked, they will defend it militarily.

And so, I am hoping that those in the bowels of power in DC, at every level, are really evaluating what a war against Iran would look like, with Russia firmly on its side.

And I would like to hope that they realise that at this time in the US military's existence, it doesn't have the troop strength; the weaponry; the money; or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome against Russia in a conflict in Iran.

Aug 19 10:30

Air Force Chief: Israel Has Attacked Syrian Arms Convoys Nearly 100 Times in 5 Years: Brags That Many of Israel's Attacks Go 'Under the Radar'

Providing the most specific details yet on Israel’s ongoing series of military strikes inside war-torn Syria, Air Force Chief Maj. Gen. Amir Eshel revealed today that Israel has carried out nearly 100 distinct military actions over the last five years specifically related to what they believed were Hezbollah-bound arms convoys.

This comes less than a month after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was caught on an open microphone admitting to “dozens” of strikes in Syria, though obviously this is far greater, because many Israel strikes on Syria clearly were not Hezbollah related.

Indeed, recently reported Israeli strikes in Syria have almost always been the result of stray artillery shells landing in empty territory inside the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, and Israel responding by attacking Syrian military bases in the area.

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Israeli Air Force Chief Maj. Gen. Amir Eshel's testosterone-fueled hubris cannot hide the reality that these have been illegal attacks against a sovereign foreign government, which Israel was hoping to get regime-changed through their, and the US military's, efforts; they did not work.

So now, with the distinct possibility that an independent Kurdistan may well be carved out of areas of Syria, one has to wonder; just what is Israel prepared to do militarily now, to attempt to force out the existing, and duly elected, government out in Damascus?!?

Aug 18 15:19

NDP Leadership Candidate Jagmeet Singh’s Trip To Israel

Like bears attracted to spawning salmon, politicians seek out power. The former needs to build stores of fat to survive the winter, while the latter must attract the resources and support necessary for successful electoral campaigns. Given the survival imperative, neither bear nor politician should be criticized too harshly for what comes naturally. But, the two best ways to judge politicians are by taking a look at whom they choose to gather resources from and what they are prepared to do to get them.

Aug 18 15:08

Israeli police beat up disabled protesters

Despite persistent hopes that the Israeli police would not cross yet more red lines in their brutal treatment of lawful, peaceful protesters, yet another red line has been crossed.

This week Israeli disabled people launched a protest in their quest to attract government attention to their pitiful living standards but were met with police violence...>>

Aug 18 11:58

Balfour’s shameful legacy: UK government must say sorry and protect Christian churches in Palestine

Stuart Littlewood asks UK minister David Mundell why the British government plans to celebrate the injustice it facilitated in Palestine through the Balfour Declaration and why it continues to support Israeli crimes.

Aug 17 15:57

Video: Weapon Corruption Scandal Threatens Netanyahu’s Administration

Israeli police investigate three corruption cases involving the prime minister.

Aug 17 11:07

Video: Kicked Out: Israeli Authorities Evict Palestinian Couple From Home They Lived In For 53yrs

An elderly Palestinian couple who have lived in the same house in East Jerusalem for more than 50 years are about to be evicted by Israeli authorities.

Aug 17 09:20

IMAGES OF THE DAY ~~ THE FACES OF TERRORISM

Need a reminder about fascist politicians in Israel?

Aug 17 07:30

As Leak Probes Abound, Tillerson Promotes Diplomat Who Passed Classified Info To AIPAC: The promotion of David Satterfield comes as the Trump administration cracks down on leakers elsewhere in the government.

As the Trump administration widens its crackdown on unauthorized leaks to the press, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has promoted a diplomat who provided classified information to an influential pro-Israel lobbying organization that resulted in espionage charges.

David Satterfield, a long time Middle East hand with extensive experience in the region, has been named acting assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern Affairs, a State Department official told BuzzFeed News.

In 2005, federal prosecutors said Satterfield provided classified national security secrets to a top lobbyist for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, a powerful special interest group known simply as AIPAC. The accusation was included in an indictment that charged two former AIPAC employees, Steven Rosen and Keith Weissman, and a former Pentagon official, Lawrence Franklin, under the Espionage Act with illegally trafficking in classified information.

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"Hey, as long as classified information goes to Israel, it's perfectly OK!!" - Official State Department Souse.

Aug 17 04:51

Iran building missile plant in Syria, protected by Russian air defense - Israeli media

Israeli Television has reported that in the north-west of Syria, Iranians are building a plant to produce short-range ballistic missiles. Satellite photos were shown to confirm this information. According to the source, the plant is being built in the seaside town of Banias, a few dozen kilometers north of the port of Tartus, where the Russian naval base is located, and slightly south of the Khmeimim air base, where Russian military aircraft are deployed to ensure the safety of which air defense systems are deployed S-300 and S-400. Thus, the plant under construction is potentially protected from Israeli air strikes by Russian air defense means. The conclusion that it is the construction of a missile plant is based on an expert assessment of images from Syria and Iran. According to them, a plant is being built for the production of Fateh 110 rockets, the range of which is about 300 km. Obviously, these missiles can be designed for both the army of Bashar Assad and his allies in Syria.

Aug 17 04:40

Air Force Chief: Israel Has Attacked Syrian Arms Convoys Nearly 100 Times in 5 Years

And that's just attacks on convoys, ostensibly of Hezbollah, not counting the attacks on Syrian army fixed positions near the occupied Golan. Providing the most specific details yet on Israel’s ongoing series of military strikes inside war-torn Syria, Air Force Chief Maj. Gen. Amir Eshel revealed today that Israel has carried out nearly 100 distinct military actions over the last five years specifically related to what they believed were Hezbollah-bound arms convoys. This comes less than a month after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was caught on an open microphone admitting to “dozens” of strikes in Syria, though obviously this is far greater, because many Israel strikes on Syria clearly were not Hezbollah related. Indeed, recently reported Israeli strikes in Syria have almost always been the result of stray artillery shells landing in empty territory inside the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, and Israel responding by attacking Syrian military bases in the area. Maj. Gen.

Aug 16 16:10

Tillerson Promotes Diplomat Who Passed Classified Info to Pro-Israel Lobby

As the Trump administration widens its crackdown on unauthorized leaks to the press, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has promoted a diplomat who provided classified information to an influential pro-Israel lobbying organization that resulted in espionage charges.

Aug 16 14:17

Video: ‘Israeli Forces Attack Hospitals, Don’t Respect Humanitarian Law’ – Human Rights Activist

Video has been released of Israeli police raiding a hospital in East Jerusalem. They were trying to arrest a Palestinian man who had been critically wounded.

Aug 16 09:05

Iran Threatens to Quit Nuclear Deal If US Keeps Adding Sanctions

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, replaying to the latest round of US sanctions and threats, insisted his country remains committed to the P5+1 nuclear deal for the time being, despite repeated US violations. He warned this could change, however.

Iran has repeatedly sought redress for violations to mediators of the deal, but the US has continued to reimpose sanctions they removed under the deal, coming up with new pretexts, usually pretexts very light on details. Rouhani warned that if this continues, Iran might be forced to quit the nuclear deal.

Rouhani said US actions prove they can’t be trusted to deal fairly over the pact. Iran’s parliament, particularly the hardliners, are pressuring him to make some sort of reaction, and this is likely Rouhani’s attempt to warn the other five signatories that the deal could be at risk.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I kind of hate it when a guy I don't particularly care for, is absolutely correct, as Rouhani is on his assessment of the US's behaviour regarding the P5+1 Agreement.

This laying on of more sanctions against Iran, on issues which have nothing to do with the actual agreement, are simply fabricated out of thin air.

And then we have this very worrying story, out of antiwar.com from yesterday:

Nikki Haley Accuses Iran of ‘Holding the World Hostage’ With Nuclear Deal: State Dept Vows to Keep Sanctioning Iran for Non-Nuclear Reasons
The story goes on to say:

"Many in the Trump Administration are openly hostile toward the nuclear deal, and Haley suggested Iran was using the existence of the deal as a pretext for “support for terrorism, disregard for human rights, and violations of UN Security Council resolutions.”

These allegations are built largely not on anything Iran’s done, but on consistent US efforts to undermine the pact with new sanctions to replace those they were required by the deal to lift, with Haley suggesting Iran thinks it’s immune to getting those sanctions back so long as they comply with the nuclear deal."

It's very clear what the White House is doing here; pressuring Iran to leave the P5+1 deal through these sanctions, as a prelude to a military action against it.

And of course, Israel's Netanyahu would love to see Israel's alleged "existential threat" in the region "neutralized" (but only, mind you, at the costs of American blood and American money).

This administration has gone down a very dark path of accusing countries it doesn't like, or wants to regime change, of doing what they haven't, then punishing them for it.

I can think of no more painfully clear examples of that than of the US sanctioning Russia for allegedly "annexing" Crimea, which it did not, in 2014.

The same thing holds true here with Iran.

But I would like to very carefully caution President Trump that such a military action against Iran, may come at an horrific cost to the US military.

Russian officials and military have pledged, should Iran be attacked, to come to its defense militarily. This means that there will be a war with Russia, as well as with Iran.

And right now, the US military doesn't have the money, the manufacturing, the troop strength, or the weaponry to compete effectively against Russia in a military showdown over Iran. The Russian weaponry in Syria shows that it has had some major technological breakthroughs, and that weaponry is now in high demand around the world:

How Russia's military campaign in Syria is helping Moscow market its weapons

And what can the US offer in terms of weaponry?!? I give you... the Lockheed Martin F-35, the Edsel in the living room of military hardware

The F-35 is still an expensive mess

2017: F-35 failures still legion

What went wrong with the F-35,
Lockheed Martin's Joint Strike Fighter?!?

Head of US military kit-testing slams F-35, says it's scarcely fit to fly

10 Things you should Know about the Air Force's F-35 Propaganda Effort

Aug 16 09:01

SOME QUESTIONS FOR U.S. CITIZENS

Many readers asked me (also as a US citizen) to comment in this blog on what is going on in race relations in the USA. I will briefly say that the politicians who criticize Trump (both republicans and democrats) are hypocritical. These same politicians who criticize Trump and his racist minions never challenged hate directed at Muslims and Arabs in general. The white nationalists and supremacists who are calling for ethnic cleansing and for hate are no different than the Zionists that they adore and fund and who do far more violence and atrocities. The hypocrisy in the US is more blatant and sickening than the thugs that caused the mayhem in Charlottesville. But what worries us more is that the distractions can allow us to slide more into a nuclear world war (please watch news related to Iran and North Korea).

Aug 16 08:50

Israeli rabbis smuggling, selling Jewish babies in US: Report

A recent report has revealed that a network of Israeli rabbis has been actively involved in the underground baby trafficking trade and smuggling pregnant women from the occupied territories to the United States to sell their newborn babies there.

According to a report published by Hebrew-language Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper on Monday, the network was run by Haim Aharon Yosefi, who is a well-known businessman and figure in the world of ultra-Orthodox Haredi Judaism.

During his meetings with Devorah Leah, the undercover investigator who presented herself as a young pregnant Haredi woman, Yosefi revealed that he takes young, pregnant Haredi women from Israel to the United States to give birth before giving the child away in an "adoption" arrangement for a fee.

Yosefi, who is also a member of Degel HaTorah – the Lithuanian faction of the United Torah Judaism party – told the woman that she would get $50,000 in exchange for her fetus.

Aug 16 08:27

Potential Kurdish State Allegedly Backed by Israel May Upset Region - Politician

Tarek Ahmad, a member of the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP), stated that an attempt to establish an independent Kurdish state anywhere in the Middle East will really encourage multiple wars.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The creation of an independent Kurdish state in Iraq, allegedly welcomed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, may lead to instability in the region, with Israel benefiting from the upset, Tarek Ahmad, a member of the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP), told Sputnik.

"An attempt to establish an independent Kurdish state anywhere in the Middle East will really encourage multiple wars because the question with the Kurds is how to draw the borders of the state. It is very dangerous for the region’s and the world’s stability," Ahmad said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ah, but that is precisely the outcome Prime Minister Netanyahu wants to see happen; more bloody wars in the middle east, coupled with destabilisation, which insures that a balkanized Iraq never, ever has the standard of living it did under Saddam Hussein.

Aug 16 08:08

Video: Israeli forces bring terror to Jerusalem hospital

This video shows Israeli occupation forces bringing terror and violence inside East Jerusalem’s Al-Makassed hospital.

At one point, Israeli occupation forces tried to seize a critically wounded man who was being taken to surgery.

The video shows medics and civilians attempting to protect the man, Muhammad Abu Ghanam, from being seized. But the 20-year-old died about 20 minutes after the commotion.

Aug 16 08:07

DSA backs boycott as campuses fight Israel’s censorship

A recent vote by the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) overwhelmingly endorsed the 2005 Palestinian call for boycott, divestment and sanctions on Israel.

At the DSA’s annual convention in Chicago on 5 August, the organization resolved to respond to Palestinian civil society’s call by “fully supporting BDS,” as well as affirming that “any political solution to the ongoing crisis must be premised on the realization of basic human rights, including all rights outlined in the BDS call.”

“It was important to me to see that [the resolution] was very unwavering in saying that it is apartheid; this is our support against an anti-colonial struggle,” Rawan Tayoon, a Palestinian activist with Young Democratic Socialists, told The Electronic Intifada Podcast.

Aug 15 11:38

Official says Israeli delegation will try to persuade White House that cease-fire deal should be amended to make sure Iranian forces, Hezbollah and Shi’ite militias are kept out of Syria

A delegation of Israeli defense officials will visit Washington later this week for talks with senior White House and American defense officials. Haaretz has learned that the delegation will be headed by Mossad chief Yossi Cohen, and he will be joined by the head of the Israel Defense Forces Military Intelligence, Maj. Gen. Herzl Halevi, as well as the head of the Defense Ministry's political-security department, Zohar Palti.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mossad Chief Cohen, Maj. Gen. Herzl Halevi; and Zohar Palti, a word, please: your "defense interests" for Israel have been assured by the United States of America for generations, culminating in the defense aid package given to you by President Obama, to the tune of 38 billion dollars, over the course of a decade.

Obama hands Israel the largest military aid deal in history.

This was again topped by President Trump's aid over concerns of his Saudi weapons deal in May:

Both Presidents Obama and Trump have done this, knowing it is a violation of the Symington Amendment and the Glenn Act, which prohibits any financial aid to any country which refuses to sign the NNPT, and does not allow its nuclear weapons to be inspected: Israel fails, miserably, on both counts, but still, always gets the money it wants, while homeless American Vets sleep in our streets, and kids living in extreme poverty are horrifically food-insecure.

Israel has not been invited to the discussion between the US and Russia about the issue of peace in Syria; Russia was invited by the Syrian government to rid it of all jihadists; Israel and the United States were not.

Israel's greatest problem, is its pathological inability to get along with its regional neighbors in an intelligent, and cohesive manner; therefore, it is always demanding that "Daddy Warbucks" (read: the Unhinged, Surveilled States of America") get it out of its current self-imposed dilemma, whether it is punching up a cease fire agreement, in this case, or anything else, like "regime changing Tehran, but only with American blood and American money.

I frankly hope that the meeting goes absolutely nowhere; it may cause Israel to "play better with others" in the region. And please note: this delegation is not going to Moscow to attempt to get what it wants, from the Syrian cease fire.

Aug 15 11:05

Israel issues restraining order against striking workers of Dimona reactor

Israel has approved measures launching emergency regulations against striking employees at the Negev Nuclear facility in Dimona.

For the past few months, scientists and researchers at the facility have been on a slowdown strike over the denial of a wage increase request.

On Sunday, the Tel Aviv regime approved a request by the head of the Israeli Atomic Energy Commission, Ze'ev Snir, enabling the issuing of restraining orders against striking employees.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Those workers should start leaking photos of the bomb factory hidden underneath Dimona!

Aug 15 11:01

Israel delays half of Gazans seeking to leave Strip for medical care, WHO says: All those who seek permission are patients whom the Palestinians have allowed to leave Gaza and for whom they’ve committed to pay

The World Health Organization has revealed that Israel delayed about half of those seeking to exit the Gaza Strip to be treated in Israeli hospitals in May, with similar statistics for the preceding months.

According to the WHO examination, of the 2,282 requests submitted to the Coordination and Liaison Administration to the Gaza Strip in May, 47.2 percent were approved, 2.1 percent were refused, while 50.7 percent were held up with no explanation, causing the patients to miss their appointments for examinations or treatments. Often these are people who had previously received exit permits for treatment.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This refusal to allow sick Gazans to access care is one of the multi-pronged Israeli "final solutions" to the "Palestinian question: assassination by denial of medical care.

Aug 15 09:58

WIKILEAKS: RIYADH FLIRTS WITH TEL AVIV THROUGH NORMALIZATION

A “highly classified” press release by the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which was published by WikiLeaks, reveals the level of rapprochement between Riyadh and Tel Aviv. Saudi Arabia initiated discussions on the issue of normalization with Israel and the 2002 Saudi peace initiative that was adopted by the Arab League at the Beirut Summit in the same year.

This was followed by a media propaganda in 2006, the year in which influential people in Saudi Arabia started speaking out that Israel was no longer among the enemies of the United States, but was the closest to an unofficial ally.

This discourse has developed and turned into Saudi initiatives to establish ties between the two countries in 2008. Since that date, the effectiveness of the ties between Tel Aviv and Riyadh and the support of the rapprochement between the two are clearly noticed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No where, in bilateral relations in the Middle East, can one see a better personification of the Arabic phrase: "The enemy of my enemy (in this case, Iran) is my friend!"

Aug 15 08:54

ARMED TO KILL WITH ‘NON-LETHAL’ WEAPONS

While Palestinian protesters are generally armed with rocks and a few sporadic Molotov cocktails, Israeli forces are armed with some of the world’s leading crowd control weapons.

Live bullets larger than .22 caliber are the only ammunitions used during clashes that are considered lethal by Israeli standards, but the classifications of tear gas, rubber-coated steel bullets, sponge rounds and .22 caliber live bullets as non-lethal, is, according to medical professionals, misleading.

Aug 15 08:53

CHALLENGING THE BLACKLIST ~~ BDS FIGHTBACK

Human rights activists are challenging Israeli blacklists of supporters of the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement for Palestinian rights, or BDS.

Aug 14 11:22

FOR NETANYAHU AND THE SAUDIS, OPPOSING DIPLOMACY WITH IRAN WAS NEVER ABOUT ENRICHMENT

“THIS WAS NEVER about enrichment.” The academics and officials in the room were taken aback. For a former senior Israeli official to deny the importance of the nuclear issue was unusual, to say the least. The conversations, attended by American civilian and military officials and other Western representatives, as well as Iranian diplomats and Tehran’s then-nuclear negotiators, were shockingly honest.

It was April 2012. Tensions between Israel and the Obama administration were rising.

The closed meeting, organized by a prominent U.S. university and held in a small Western European country, revealed dynamics driving the conflict that are rarely discussed in public: The Israeli fear that Iran’s rise in the region would be accepted by the U.S., and that it would regard Tehran as a legitimate player in the new regional order without Tehran accepting Israel’s existence.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As those who read this blog regularly appreciate, I have been a very vocal critic of many of President Obama's policies; the P5+1, regarding Iran, was not one of them, and I consider it one of the prudent, and effective, international deals of his entire presidency.

Unfortunately, President Trump wants to tear up the agreement, and right now, the US Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, is in Vienna, attempting to find a way to claim that Iran is not complying with the agreement, even as the IAEA states, emphatically, that they are.

As Israeli Prime Minister goes down to abject defeat in his coming trial for corruption, it will be interesting to see if Israel's next Prime Minister will still call for "regime change" in Iran, (only at the costs of American blood and American money), or find some other way to recharacterize Iran as essentially non-threatening, and find ways to engage, both economically and politically.

Aug 14 09:27

IRAN PARLIAMENT CHANTS ‘DEATH TO AMERICA’ AFTER VOTING TO BOOST MISSILE PRODUCTION

Iran’s parliament chanted ‘death to America’ on Sunday following a vote to increase ballistic missile production and boost the number of Revolutionary Guards in response to U.S. sanctions, less than a year after president Obama sent $1.7 billion in Euros, Swiss francs, and other foreign currencies strapped to pallets in exchange for U.S. hostages.

The vote to boost defense spending by US $520 million – less than one 10th of 1 percent of the $600 billion U.S. defense budget, was cast to counter “terrorist and adventurous actions” by the United States in the region, and will also be used to boost the ranks of Revolutionary Guards.

Per Iran’s state-run news agency PressTV:

The measure came after President Donald Trump signed into law a bill passed by US Congress to impose new sanctions on Iran over its missile program in early August.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

An open letter to the Iranian Majlis: yes, I know that you are in both Israel's and the Unhinged, Surveilled States of America's crosshairs.

Yes, I understand that Israel wants to create regime change in Iran, but only wants the costs of such an action to be solely in American blood and American money.

But please, you need to understand that most thinking Americans do not want war at all against Iran, but are utterly powerless when it comes to actually being in any kind of control of the American deep state, which has its own agendas, and those agendas have utterly nothing to do with the real needs and concerns of American citizens.

Since the 1979 Revolution, Iran has been on an incredible journey, and has garnered a great deal of respect for that journey from all around the world. You have developed a Constitution (something that Israel does not have); minority religions, like Christianity, Baha'i, and Judaism, are protected; you have developed incredible schools of learning for your kids and young adults; and the growth of your scientific research in many areas has been formidable.

So the bottom line here, is that, understanding all of this, as a thinking, rational human being, I could never say, "Death to Iran", and neither could a lot of my friends and colleagues.

The American Deep State's "war" against you, is all about controlling your oil, and insuring that your oil is sold only in US dollars.

Aug 14 09:19

Netanyahu’s Pro-Nazi Lie: ‘Hitler Wanted To Expel The Jews’

Netanyahu (0:25-): “Hitler didn’t want to exterminate the Jews at the time [28 November 1941]; he wanted to expel the Jews.”

This statement by Israel’s Prime Minister is profoundly false; the record is clear on this matter: Hitler merely played along with Hjalmar Schacht and others who favored expulsion of Jews in preference to annihilating them; Nazis who expected all Jews ultimately to leave Germany were a significant part of Hitler’s constituency, and Hitler wanted their full cooperation at least until the “final solution” was beyond being any longer denied; he needed the services of all Nazis and of all Nazi-supporters, until he was ready to spring his trap (the extermination-program for Jews).

Aug 14 08:45

300 Israelis desert military service in occupied lands: Report

A report has revealed that hundreds of Israeli soldiers have abandoned their duties without permission, and are intent not to return in a show of disapproval of the military conscription policies of the Israeli regime.

Aug 14 08:43

Jordan: Israeli delegation is not coming back

The Jordanian newspaper Al-Dustour quoted official sources in the Jordanian government as saying that Jordan would not allow the return of the Israeli embassy delegation, headed by Ambassador Schlein, to Amman.

According to Kan, the newspaper reported this morning that the Jordanian government had sent a notice to the Israeli government, demanding that it delay the return of a delegation.

The Jordanian newspaper said that Jordan strongly criticized the behavior of Prime Minister Netanyahu when he chose to hug the security guard who shot two Jordanians after being attacked. In light of this tension, the Israeli delegation would not be able to return to Amman unless guarantees were given that the security guard would be fully investigated and brought to trial.

Aug 14 08:42

ECHOS OF McCARTHYISM IN THE ANTI BDS CAMP

“All human beings deserve human and civil rights, including the Palestinians,” Waters said. “And we’re winning it. This is why they want to silence me, this is why they call me an anti-Semite and this why they don’t want me on Charlie Rose or Stephen Colbert, speaking.”

Aug 13 08:43

SPOTLIGHT ON SAM BAHOUR IN THE JERUSALEM POST

Sam Bahour is eager to open up the discussion concerning the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But is there anyone to engage in the conversation? And why do some members of the younger Palestinian generation prefer talking of civil rights rather than statehood?

Aug 12 13:25

Report: Two Israeli Teens Arrested For Operating World's Largest DDoS-For-Hire Operation

Two Israeli teenagers, Yarden “applej4ck” Bidani and Itay “p1st” Huri, have been arrested in Israel for allegedly running the world's largest DDoS-for-Hire operation through the darkweb.

Aug 11 14:31

FLASHBACK - Man who claimed to have escaped Auschwitz admits he lied for years

A Pennsylvania man who claimed for years to have escaped from Auschwitz, met track and field star Jesse Owens and Nazi doctor Josef Mengele, confessed on Friday that he had fabricated the entire story.

“I am writing today to apologize publicly for harm caused to anyone because of my inserting myself into the descriptions of life in Auschwitz,” Joseph Hirt, 86, wrote in a letter sent to his local paper, LNP, this week. “I was not a prisoner there. I did not intend to lessen or overshadow the events which truly happened there by falsely claiming to have been personally involved.”

“I was wrong. I ask forgiveness,” he added. “I determined at that moment to do everything in my power to prevent the loss of the truth about wartime life (and death) at Auschwitz.”

Aug 11 10:43

Netanyahu ADMITS ISIS are Israel soldiers

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has pledged to punish a group of Syrian Druze individuals in the occupied Golan Heights who attacked injured ISIL Takfiri militants en route to a hospital in Israel.

Aug 11 10:10

ROGER WATERS EXPLAINS WHY BDS MOVEMENT IS VITAL

Roger Waters calls on fellow musicians to boycott Israel & explains why the BDS movement is vital

Aug 11 10:09

Always the One You Least Suspect: Iranian Journalists Charged With Mossad Spying

Several Editors at Iranian news portal Ammariyon have been charged with spying for Mossad. The allegations are shocking, given the organization has consistently been a harsh critic of government policy in respect of Israel - although the spy agency has a long and at times dubious history of recruiting journalists to its covert ranks.

Aug 11 08:55

Trump: Iran ‘Not in Compliance’ With Nuclear Deal

Less than a month ago, President Trump admitted that Iran was in compliance with the P5+1 nuclear deal. It was clear he wasn’t happy with it, and reports were that the admission came after a bitter fight with his cabinet, who warned him against falsely claiming Iran wasn’t complying.

Even though literally nothing has happened between then and now with respect to the deal itself, President Trump today declared Iran “not in compliance” in the course of his vacation at a golf course in New Jersey.

Again, he offered no details on what he’s threatening or what he’s demanding, though he did condemn President Obama for making the deal in the first place, reiterating how opposed he is to the nuclear deal in general.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. President, a word, please: you seem to have learned everything you know about Iran from those who want to see it "neutralized" as an existential threat to Israel; but only with American blood, and American money.

Therefore, your hatred and suspicion of the current government appears to be very ill-founded. Yes, it is a limited, Islamic democracy; but you have to give the post 1979 Iranians some credit here; there is a Constitution, which respects the rights of minority religions, such as Christianity, Judaism, and the Baha'i faith.

To date, Israel has utterly no Constitution whatsoever.

And if you might possibly want just a little, tiny bit of reality to creep into your views of Iran, I strongly suggest that you watch the following video, shot by a charming, Jewish videographer, about the state of Iranian Jews. And I have three words for you here: they are
thriving
!!

Don't Tell Mother I'm In Iran

Aug 11 08:20

 ISRAEL’S MOSSAD REPLACES CIA AS HANDLER OF LIBYAN STRONGMAN KHALIFA HAFTAR

A recent revelation, albeit quietly by choice, has been trickling under the popular western-dominated news radar. This under-reported, to the point of outright censored, exposé, has to do with Israel secretly providing weapons and military assistance to Khalifa Haftar, commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA), one of the factions in the so-called Libyan Civil War.

Yet, despite recent reports establishing Israel as a supplier of war materiel and air power support to LNA-Haftar, there has not been a peep from either the United Nations or the Western media outlets. Here are a few excerpts from this highly significant revelation:

Khalifa Haftar, the military commander who controls the east of the Libya, has reportedly been receiving Israeli military aid following meetings with Israeli intelligence that were allegedly mediated by the United Arab Emirates.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel definitely has its "eyes on the prize" of access to Libya's oil, which almost has to be the quid pro quo for these Israeli weapons to be flowing to Haftar's people.

Aug 11 07:44

EU funds firm supplying Israel with banned cluster weapons

The European Union is giving millions of dollars of “research” funding to a company that is helping Israel evade an international ban on cluster weapons.

Israel has specifically chosen the company, Elbit Systems, to supply new artillery cannons because a European manufacturer would restrict Israel from using cluster munitions.

Yet the European Commission, the EU’s executive bureaucracy, is shrugging its shoulders, insisting to The Electronic Intifada that the funding follows ethical guidelines.

Aug 11 07:30

FIRE MCMASTER, URGES PRO-ISRAEL GROUP BACKED BY SHELDON ADELSON

President Donald Trump’s White House is being put in the awkward position of having to choose sides between major donors and its own senior staffers. On Wednesday night, a right-wing, pro-Israel lobby group funded largely by the Adelson family — which also gave millions to Trump’s presidential campaign and inauguration — launched a broadside attack against National Security Adviser Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster.

The Zionist Organization of America announced Monday that it was undertaking a review of McMaster’s record on Israel, according to an “exclusive” story in the right-wing website, Breitbart. On Wednesday, the group released a statement calling for McMaster to be reassigned from the National Security Council because, according to the ZOA, he “purged from the NSC those officials who were carrying out President Trump’s policies of combating Iranian and radical Islamist transnational threats.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: American Zionists are very angry that Mc Masters hasn't moved anywhere quickly enough to their liking in declaring Iran in violation of the P5+1, as a prelude to a US-led war against it.

Remember; Israel wants its alleged "existential enemy" in the Middle East "neutralized", but only with American blood and American money.

Aug 11 07:24

FIRE MCMASTER, URGES PRO-ISRAEL GROUP BACKED BY SHELDON ADELSON

President Donald Trump’s White House is being put in the awkward position of having to choose sides between major donors and its own senior staffers. On Wednesday night, a right-wing, pro-Israel lobby group funded largely by the Adelson family — which also gave millions to Trump’s presidential campaign and inauguration — launched a broadside attack against National Security Adviser Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster.

The Zionist Organization of America announced Monday that it was undertaking a review of McMaster’s record on Israel, according to an “exclusive” story in the right-wing website, Breitbart. On Wednesday, the group released a statement calling for McMaster to be reassigned from the National Security Council because, according to the ZOA, he “purged from the NSC those officials who were carrying out President Trump’s policies of combating Iranian and radical Islamist transnational threats.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation:for American Zionists, Mc Masters is not moving anywhere near quickly enough to declare Iran in violation of the P5+1 agreement, as the prelude for the US declaring war against it.

Remember; Israel wants its alleged "existential threat" in the Middle East "neutralized"; but only with American blood and American money.

Aug 10 13:38

Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters Hits Out At Musicians For Crossing Israel ‘Picket Line’

Rock legend Roger Waters has spoken to RT America’s Anya Parampil in a wide-ranging interview that airs on Thursday. Ahead of that, we have a clip of Waters criticizing fellow musicians Radiohead for not boycotting Israel.

Aug 10 12:42

Israel’s designs on Gaza may indicate plans to invade Egypt

This comes as intelligence from within Israel as reported by al-Masdar say that high level officials in Tel Aviv are planning a full land invasion of Gaza. This would be the fourth such invasion of Gaza by Israeli forces since 2008. Israel fought protracted wars in Gaza in both 2012 and 2014. As I reported in The Duran last week, “Israel has declared plans to build an underground wall separating the Palestinian territory of Gaza from Egypt’s Sinai peninsula, an area of Egyptian territory which was previously illegally occupied by Israel between 1967 and 1982. Israel’s current relationship with Sinai has become increasingly worrying due to the presence of ISIS renegade fighters in Sinai whom the Egyptian military and police frequently engage in combat. There is a grave worry that Israel might use the excuse of ISIS’ presence in Sinai to once again invade and occupy part of Egypt.

Aug 10 11:39

Video: Israeli Soldier Elor Azaria, Convicted Of Killing A Palestinian, Arrives At Military Prison

Israeli soldier Elor Azaria, convicted of killing a Palestinian, arrives at military prison to serve his 18-month sentence.

Aug 10 09:57

RABBIS IN SUPPORT OF LIFTING BDS TRAVEL BAN

“Boycotts are a legitimate nonviolent tactic that have been used both in our own country and around the world in order to create justice for marginalized and oppressed communities. Whether we support boycott is a controversy for the sake of heaven. It endures because we struggle together and debate how we can create peace, justice, and equality for Israelis and Palestinians alike.”

Aug 10 08:56

ISRAEL’S MOSSAD REPLACES CIA AS HANDLER OF LIBYAN STRONGMAN KHALIFA HAFTAR

A recent revelation, albeit quietly by choice, has been trickling under the popular western-dominated news radar. This under-reported, to the point of outright censored, exposé, has to do with Israel secretly providing weapons and military assistance to Khalifa Haftar, commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA), one of the factions in the so-called Libyan Civil War.

Aug 10 08:44

Israeli settlers torch cars, vandalize property during attack on Ramallah-area village

Israeli settlers set fire to two Palestinian-owned vehicles on Wednesday in the village of Umm Safa in the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah in an alleged revenge attack for three Israeli settlers who were killed by a Palestinian in the nearby Halamish settlement last month.

Palestinian news agency Wafa received testimony from Marwan Sabah, the village council head, who said that Israeli settlers had set fire to the vehicles around 2:30 a.m.

While Israeli soldiers were reportedly stationed at the entrance of the village at night, the settlers attacked homes on the outskirts of the village after the soldiers had left, Sabah said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Aug 10 08:41

Report: Israeli forces detain 880 Palestinians, including 144 children, in July

Israeli forces detained 880 Palestinians from the occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the besieged Gaza Strip in the month of July alone, according to joint report from the Palestinian Prisoner's Society (PPS), al-Mezan Center for Human Rights, Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, and the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs.

Among the detainees were 144 children and 18 women, the report pointed out, adding that the majority of the detentions took place in East Jerusalem and the Jerusalem district of the West Bank, with a total of 425 detentions.

The Jerusalem area was followed by by Hebron with 120 detentions, Nablus with 85, Jenin with 49, Qalqiliya with 47, Bethlehem with 45, Ramallah with 37, Tulkarem with 36, Tubas with 14, Salfit with 10, and Jericho with 10, while two people from the Gaza Strip were detained.

Aug 10 07:56

Mahmoud Abbas decrees sweeping internet speech restrictions

Palestinian media and human rights groups are calling on the Palestinian Authority to suspend the new “Electronic Crimes” law that critics say is a sweeping attack on the right to free expression and privacy.

Meanwhile, an Israeli minister is facing difficulties in his effort to shut down Al Jazeera.

Aug 10 07:20

UN Envoy Haley Heads to Vienna to Challenge Iran’s Nuclear Deal Compliance

While most of the Trump Administration opposes the president’s efforts to come up with some pretext for withdrawing from the P5+1 nuclear deal with Iran, Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has appeared to be on board with the idea, even declaring Iran in violation of the deal in June, shortly before President Trump grudgingly admitted they were in compliance.

IAEA inspectors continue to confirm Iran’s compliance with the P5+1 deal
President Trump has suggested he’s going to claim a violation next time, and Haley is reportedly planning to visit the IAEA in Vienna later this month, with the visit expected to focus on Iranian compliance. The IAEA has affirmed Iran remains in compliance monthly since the deal went into effect.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a brilliant demonstration of Ms. Haley serving her Israeli masters by attempting to destroy the P5+1 accord with Iran, as a prelude to a US war against it.

If one takes a look at her bio Biography of Ambassador Nikki Haley, you will notice that she does have a BS degree...in accounting, not nuclear energy or nuclear weapons.

She is probably the most completely scientifically unqualified American President Trump could have possibly chosen to attempt to pick holes in what the IAEA has continued, in its scientific capabilities, to claim about Iran completely complying with the P5+1 agreement.

Please remember; Israel would like nothing better than the extermination of its alleged existential enemy in the Middle East, Iran; but only with American blood and American money.

Aug 10 06:32

FAKE COMPANIES IN JORDAN BUY LAND IN OCCUPIED WEST BANK FOR JEWISH SETTLERS

A local official revealed on Tuesday that a network of fake companies based in Jordan has been established in order to buy Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank for Jewish settlers, Al-Araby Al-Jadeed has reported. The settlers, it is claimed, are from the settlement of Amona, which Israel also regarded as illegal; and evacuated earlier this year.

According to the neighbourhood head in Silwad, located to the east of Ramallah, a Jordanian MP is involved. Abdul-Rahman Saleh added that these companies pay high prices for the land, up to 60,000 Jordanian Dinars for each dunam (quarter of an acre), whereas the market rate would be around 2,000 Dinars. Saleh said that some of the Palestinians travelled to Jordan to be paid the money.

After a review of the companies in question, he explained, they denied that they are buying land for Israeli settlers. However, he stressed that they have a history of buying real estate in Jerusalem on behalf of Israelis.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please remember; Zionists do not want peace with the Palestinians, but they want territory, and by any means necessary.

In order to understand the impact of this desire, take a look at what Zionist Israelis look to establish: Eretz Israel, or Greater Israel, from the Nile to the Euphrates. Look at how much of other countries will have to have portions of them gobbled up by Israel to accomplish that.

Map: Eretz Israel

Aug 10 05:42

FAKE COMPANIES IN JORDAN BUY LAND IN OCCUPIED WEST BANK FOR JEWISH SETTLERS

A local official revealed on Tuesday that a network of fake companies based in Jordan has been established in order to buy Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank for Jewish settlers, Al-Araby Al-Jadeed has reported. The settlers, it is claimed, are from the settlement of Amona, which Israel also regarded as illegal; and evacuated earlier this year.

Aug 09 14:23

Graphic pictures (18+): Israeli warplanes bomb Palestinians

Israeli combat drones and F-16 fighters took to the dark skies over northern Gaza last night, bombing several targets.

The IDF released a statement after the raids claiming that they had struck two Hamas targets in response to a rocket which landed in the Hof Ashkelon region of Israel although no damage was done and no one was injured.

Hamas have not claimed this rocket attack, but Israel insists that every rocket from Gaza is a government (Hamas) action. A Hamas-controlled news agency, Al-Aqsa TV, was the first to report on the Israeli areal bombardments in northern Gaza.

Aug 09 12:56

FLASHBACK: The UK’s pro-Israel lobby in context

Tom Mills, Hilary Aked, Tom Griffin, and David Miller
2 December 2013

The pro-Israel lobby is not only important in the US, but is a transnational phenomenon, fostered by transnational organisations – many headquartered in Israel – and funded in large part by transnational corporate actors.

Aug 09 12:29

Gazan travelers face new security restrictions from Israel

Restrictions include a ban on laptop computers, hard-shell suitcases and toiletries; restrictions imposed due to security concerns, but exceptions to be handled 'case by case.'

New Israeli restrictions on Palestinians exiting the Gaza Strip, including a ban on laptop computers, hard-shell suitcases and even shampoo and toothpaste, have further disrupted travel for the few who are allowed to cross the border into Israel.

Israel is citing unspecified security concerns as the reason for forcing engineers, journalists, business people and human rights workers to leave their electronic work tools behind.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These new restrictions have absolutely nothing to do with security, and everything to do with Tel Aviv's making travel from Gaza even more miserable than it already is.

Aug 09 12:20

Israeli army buying local cannons to sidestep international ban on cluster bombs

The Israeli army will soon put into use new artillery cannons purchased from local defense company Elbit rather than a German firm over concerns that the latter would restrict the cannons from firing cluster bombs.

The use of cluster bombs is banned by an international treaty signed by more than 100 countries, including Germany, because of the high rate of civilian casualties and injuries associated with them. According to a now-retired Israel Defense Forces officer familiar with the matter, Israel was concerned that the Germans would not give the army the “complete independence” it sought in the use of the cannons. In light of this, the Defense Ministry recommended purchasing Israeli cannons, without inviting bids.

The South Korean firm Hanwha Techwin was also approached but ultimately rejected because the cannons it manufactures are semi-automatic, while the Artillery Corps wants an automatic weapon that has a faster firing rate and requires a smaller team to operate.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When left unexploded, and infants or toddlers try to play with them, these cluster munitions will tear tiny children into shreds; but for the IDF, when it comes to Palestinian infants and toddlers, of course, that doesn't matter.

Aug 09 12:15

The Sly Effort to Criminalize the BDS Movement in the U.S.

What would you do if you were Palestinian? In 1998, Ehud Barak, then in the running to become Israel’s next prime minister, said that if he were a young Palestinian he “would have entered one of the terrorist organizations and fought from there”—a statement that became a flashpoint in the campaign (which Barak went on to to win). Of course the moral problems with killing innocents are obvious, which is one reason terrorism is seldom effective as a political tactic. Yet the fact that Barak’s candor didn’t sink his political career suggests an underlying Israeli understanding of why Palestinians fight to retain their land.

But if you don’t want to kill random Israelis, what avenues of struggle for Palestinian independence are available? In the occupied West Bank, peaceful protests against Israeli land seizures typically are met with tear gas, skunk spray, rubber bullets, and arrests. The United States generally shields Israel from UN criticism.

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The BDS movement must be allowed to continue, because economic pressure is the only peaceful language Israelis understand.

Aug 09 12:00

"Ernst Zundel deserved agony, not a quiet exit”

In our August 7 eulogy for the late Ernst Zündel, we alluded to the "Talmudic mentality" and the penchant of people afflicted with it for revenge and hatred, which they psychologically project on to Zündel in paroxysms of rage and libel.

On the day we published our tribute, Mark Bonokoski stepped forth to seemingly confirm our observation. Mr. Bonokoski writes for one of Canada’s largest newspapers, The Toronto Sun. It’s difficult to account for the fact that the Sun, which wears its human rights’ heart on its self-righteous sleeve, would print Bonokoski’s disgusting column, with its sadistic craving to see a pound of flesh extracted from Zündel, but that’s what has occurred.

Aug 09 11:54

HISTORY OF WESTERN TERROR IN TOONS

REMEMBERING HIROSHIMA, NAGASAKI AND PALESTINE

Aug 09 11:31

Kevin MacDonald on record saying whether the Holocaust actually happened is “not important”

Not possible to go there anymore? But then he adds … “third rail.” He should have added the word “comfortably” – it's not possible to go there comfortably, without putting oneself at risk. By that he signals premature defeat: The Jews have won on this and we have to allow them their victory. It's too late to do anything about it. The price exacted is too high. By calling it “third rail” he's dubbing it too dangerous, too highly charged for any sensible man to approach.

Why is it so many do then? Are these brave men or foolish men? Kevin clearly considers them foolish, and maybe not too bright. He's saying that what he's doing is important but what they're doing is not important.

Aug 09 09:03

Elizabeth Warren opposes Israel Anti-Boycott Act

Senator Elizabeth Warren has announced she opposes the Israel Anti-Boycott Act.

“I think the boycott is wrong, but I think outlawing protected free speech activity violates our basic constitutional rights,” Warren told constituents in Massachusetts on Friday.

Aug 09 08:49

Stripping Palestinians of residency is a war crime: HRW

Human Rights Watch has warned that stripping some 15,000 Palestinians of their right to live in Jerusalem al-Quds since 1967 could amount to a “war crime.”

“Israel claims to treat [occupied] Jerusalem as a unified city, but the reality is effectively one set of rules for Jews and another for Palestinians,” said the international right group’s Middle East director, Sarah Leah Whitson, in a report published on Tuesday.

Aug 09 08:48

YouTube Moves To Censor “Controversial” Content – Brings ADL On Board As Flagger

With the war between mainstream and independent media heating up, YouTube has weaponized a new content censorship program, calling it an effort to “fight terror content online.” With standards set by groups like the Anti-Defamation League, political agendas are sure to intrude.

Aug 09 08:36

Gilad Atzmon sings Hava Nagilah (video)

In this video Gilad Atzmon sings Hava Nagilah but also addresses some ludicrous Zionist accusations. This video was taken 10 minutes before Will McClure was subject to an anti Atzmon attack in proximity to the Albion Beatnik Bookstore in Oxford (during the break)

Aug 08 17:24

BREAKING: Israeli air force fires back at Gaza after rocket launched into southern Israel

THE Israeli air force has carried out several air strikes on sites used by the terror group Hamas after a rocket was fired into the south of the country.

The rocket which was fired from the Gaza strip eater today is believed to have caused no injuries after landing in the open area of Chof Askelon, south Israel.

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