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Aug 11 14:59

Israeli submarine on heavily discouraged op potentially targeting Iran

An Israeli submarine has reportedly entered the Red Sea, where it could pass through the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait and head towards the Persian Gulf, in a heavily discouraged mission potentially meant against Iran.

Reports published on Tuesday said the Dolphin-class submarine had “secretly” entered the Red Sea via the Suez Canal on the previous Wednesday (August 4).

Two Israeli destroyers crossed the canal on the same day, apparently escorting the submarine.

The move came after an attack on an Israeli tanker off the coast of Oman earlier in the month and attempts by the regime and its allies, the United States and the UK, to accuse the Islamic Republic of involvement in the incident. Tehran has vehemently rejected the claims.

Aug 11 13:36

‘Like doping or bribery’: Judges must’ve picked Israeli gymnast as winner BEFORE final, legendary Russian coach tells RT

Israel's gymnast taking gold at the Tokyo Olympics despite dropping her ribbon during her routine was a "blatant mistake" of the judges, who may have schemed "to replace Russian athletes on the top," Irina Viner-Usmanova told RT.

The strong accusations from the legendary Russian rhythmic gymnastics coach, whose star pupils have claimed a long list of Olympic titles over the years, come in the wake of Saturday's scandal at the Tokyo Olympics. Israeli gymnast Linoy Ashram took gold, despite having dropped the ribbon during her routine – an obvious mistake that still saw Russia's Dina Averina placed overall second, regardless of her seemingly perfect performance.

Aug 11 09:41

No, the Bible doesn’t command Christians to “stand with Israel”

As your Bible Explainer in Chief, let me quickly break it down for you– because no, the Bible doesn’t command we stand with Israel.

1. The entire “stand with Israel” theology is based on one verse.
…and the verse had nothing to do with any modern nation state born a few thousand years later.

Preachers will claim God commands we stand with Israel in order to be blessed, but that’s not what the Bible says. In Genesis 12:3 God is reported to have told Abraham, “I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you.” This was a promise to Abraham- neither biblical Israel nor modern Israel existed when this was written. It was a promise to Abraham as part of God’s covenant with him.

2. The Bible teaches that the true descendants of Abraham are spiritual, not ethnic.

Aug 11 09:27

Secretary of State Antony Blinken and New Israeli Government Coordinate to Blame Iran for Mercer Street False Flag

An Israeli-led coalition of the United States, Romania and the United Kingdom are pushing the world to mobilize against Iran.

Yesterday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken took to the United Nations Security Council to demand global action to hold Iran “accountable” for the July 29th sinking of an Israeli-owned vessel captained by a Romanian citizen in the North Arabian Sea. Two people died in the supposed drone attack.

Blinken, who presents as a moderate but holds Jewish extremist views on Iran, did not provide any evidence for the claim. While many hoped the Biden administration would restore the nuclear deal, US policy towards Iran is in practice just as hostile as the campaign run by Zionists in Trump’s cabinet.

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"Saddam had nuclear weapons. Honest!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Aug 11 09:10

Israel uses fake photo to justify shooting woman

The Israeli army lied about a weapon it claimed a Palestinian woman tried to use before soldiers shot her on Tuesday.

A picture posted on Twitter by the army spokesperson shows a hand holding a chef’s knife with a brown handle.

But the photo is more than three years old.

Aug 11 09:04

US pressures Israel not to change rules of engagement with Hezbollah

The United States has put pressure on Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett not to change the rules of confrontation with the Iran-allied Lebanese Hezbollah movement as a new round of nuclear talks between Tehran and the world powers are set to begin in September, Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper reported.

The paper quoted a diplomatic source as saying that Israel and Hezbollah have sent messages to UNIFIL that they are not interested in changing the rules of engagement, after pressure from the United States and France on both sides.

The confrontation in the south also threatens the Lebanese government and increases the chances of the country's collapse, a development that both Washington and Paris are trying to prevent.

Meanwhile, a number of Israeli army generals said they expect an imminent military confrontation with Lebanon.

Aug 11 09:04

Jerusalem Mufti calls for rejecting Judaisation projects at Ibrahimi Mosque

Palestinian Mufti of Jerusalem Sheikh Mohammed Hussein yesterday called for rejecting the Judaisation projects at the Ibrahimi Mosque in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron.

In a statement, the Mufti said that the Israeli occupation is planning to build passages, corridors and install an elevator in order to facilitate settler access to the mosque.

Aug 11 09:03

The PA only cares about Israel

Arabic news website Arabi21 recently revealed details of a trilateral deal signed between the US, Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA), which lays down strict terms for monitoring the Palestinian mass media, education curriculum and reactivating the trilateral incitement committee which consists of the three governments.

The document signed on 14 July 2012, during the visit of Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Israel and Palestinian Affairs Hady Amr to the region. The deal also stipulated the formation of an Israeli-American committee to reevaluate the legal positions of Palestinian prisoners, and to press the PA to carry out its recommendations.

Aug 11 07:36

CIA Chief's First Trip To Israel Will Focus On Iran Standoff

CIA director Bill Burns is arriving in Israel Tuesday in his first trip to the region since taking office to discuss with Israeli counterparts the growing standoff with Iran, especially after in the past two weeks Tehran is believed behind two attacks on foreign tankers in the Gulf region.

Burns is further expected to engage the Israelis on the Iran nuclear issue. Tel Aviv has consistently argued for halting Vienna JCPOA talks, which are currently stalled prior to the seventh round of negotiations which may not pick up again until September, arguing that it's simply buying more time for the Iranians to pursue a bomb.

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Aug 11 07:25

Israeli Officials Call for International Action Against Iran

Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz and Israeli President Isaac Herzog both issued threats against Iran on Tuesday over the July 30th attack on the tanker Mercer Street, which Tehran denies responsibility for.

“Just as we saw in the maritime attack, which claimed the lives of two foreign nationals, Iran is the greatest threat to global and regional peace,” Gantz said while visiting the Israeli military’s Northern Command. “We call on the international community to take action and stop Iranian aggression. This is the time for joint action.”

During a naval ceremony in the Israeli city of Haifa, Herzog also railed against Iran. “In recent weeks, we have witnessed Iran’s attempt to harm Israeli targets including on the maritime front. This is not just an Israeli matter. The whole world has seen the results of Iran’s aggression against innocent civilians,” he said. “Whoever tries to harm us — anywhere, in theaters near and far, directly or indirectly — will feel our power and might.”

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Here's your rifle...

Aug 11 06:59

Israel, US air force hold first-of-kind aerial drill

Israeli Air Force pilots flew alongside their counterparts from the United States Air Force Central Command (AFCENT) in the first-of-a-kind aerial drill Tuesday.

Dubbed “Desert Eagle,” the drill was led by the IAF’s 133rd Knights of the Twin Tail Squadron flying F-15s along with the USAF’s 494th Squadron. Jets from the 115th Flying Dragon Squadron simulated enemy jets.

According to a statement released by the IAF, the “aircrews practiced various operational scenarios in the air, including joint exercises against ground, aerial and combined threats while striking designated targets.”

Aug 11 06:49

Mossad Dossier on Iran's President Reportedly Portrayed Raisi as ‘Someone With Mental Disturbances’

US Central Intelligence Agency chief William Burns was expected in Israel on Tuesday, with Walla News website saying he would be focusing on Iran's nuclear programme and its activities in the region with Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and his Israeli counterpart David Barnea.

Visiting US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) chief William Burns was given a dossier describing Iran’s new president, Ebrahim Raisi, as an untrustworthy extremist who can’t be negotiated with, Channel 12 news reported.

The American diplomat serving as CIA director held talks in Israel on Wednesday with Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, with Iran's nuclear programme and its activities in the region high on their agenda, an Israeli statement said.

Aug 11 06:38

Recent Israel-Lebanon escalation shows Iran & Hezbollah are interlinked...an attack against one is seen as an attack against both

Israel has started talking tough about going to war with Iran. Then Hezbollah sent a reality check. 2006 will forever haunt Israel as it confronts the fact that, when push comes to shove, it's not as capable as it claims to be.

Israel has been waging a covert war against Iranian shipping for months now, conducting more than a dozen attacks on Iranian vessels over the course of the past few years. The attacks appear to be targeted against vessels delivering oil to Syria in violation of US and international sanctions. During this time, there have been similarly mysterious attacks against Israeli-owned shipping. While Iran has officially denied any role in such attacks, it is believed that they are part of a program of retaliation against Israel for its attacks on Iranian shipping.

Aug 11 06:18

‘I recorded my first song in that studio’: reflecting on the destruction of Gaza’s high-rises

In the mid-1990s a cash infusion hit the Gaza Strip’s private sector around the time of the Oslo Accords and with it came the first luxury residential towers, high-rises with glass-walled office buildings, and modern indoor shopping malls. Locally, everyone knows the name of these towers and their developers. I even follow a few of the proprietors on social media.

Like me, Gaza’s commercial and residential towers withstood three wars between Israel and Hamas in six short years from 2008 to 2014. But in this last escalation, Israeli forces targeted a number of these buildings and I am still struggling with the mammoth loss. Gone is where I would buy my clothes, offices where friends worked, and the location of all of my aspirational activities.

Aug 10 09:52

Was the Tanker Attack an Israeli False Flag?

In the United States we now live under a government that largely operates in secret, headed by an executive that ignores the constitutional separation of powers and backed by a legislature that is more interested in social engineering than in benefitting the American people. The US, together with its best friend and faux ally Israel, has become the ultimate rogue nation, asserting its right to attack anyone at any time who refuses to recognize Washington’s leadership. America is a country in decline, its influence having been eroded by a string of foreign policy and military disasters starting with Vietnam and more recently including Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Yemen and the Ukraine. As a result, respect for the United States has plummeted most particularly over the past twenty years since the War on Terror was declared and the country has become a debtor nation as it prints money to sustain a pointless policy of global hegemony which no one else either desires or respects.

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Aug 10 06:13

CIA Chief Visits Israel as US Reportedly Mulling Interim 'Alternatives' to Iran Nuclear Deal

Top Israeli officials, including Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, Foreign Minister Yair Lapid and Benny Gantz have voiced alarm that as Vienna talks to reinvigorate the JCPOA stall, Iran may have already breached its obligations under the 2015 deal to dramatically advance its nuclear programme.

Iran is reportedly at the top of the agenda for the visit to Israel by Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) director Bill Burns, starting on Tuesday.

Burns is expected to meet with Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Wednesday, Axios cited his spokesman as confirming. Also lined up for the visit, says the outlet, are the CIA director’s meetings with new Mossad Director David Barnea, Palestinian Authority (PA) intelligence chief Majed Faraj in Ramallah, and PA President Mahmoud Abbas.

There have been no official statements made by the US Embassy in Israel regarding the visit.

Aug 10 05:57

CIA chief set to arrive Tuesday in Israel for talks focused on Iran

The director of the US Central Intelligence Agency, William Burns, will arrive in Israel on Tuesday for talks expected to focus on Iran, according to Hebrew-language media reports.

Unnamed Israeli officials told the Walla news site that Burns is set to meet with Mossad chief David Barnea, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, and other security and intelligence officials.

The Ynet news site reported that Burns will also meet with President Isaac Herzog and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid.

Aug 10 05:56

Pegasus: Spyware scandal lays bare cracks in Israel's cyber security 'success' story

Revelations about the extent of the penetration of the NSO Group's Pegasus spyware software have sparked off a fierce debate in Israel and abroad about the workings of the country's much-vaunted cyber security sector.

Israeli cyber companies have long been able to maintain a strong brand because of the notoriety of the Israeli intelligence services, especially Mossad and the military SIGINT unit 8200, and the perceived ability of such companies to recruit graduates of these services to their ranks.

A less discussed aspect of this sector is whether it is financially successful. Former Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke frequently about cyber as a cornerstone of the Israeli high-tech sector and the economy in general, but the Haaretz newspaper found extensive evidence that Israeli offensive cyber technology, and specifically NSO, played a major role in Netanyahu's foreign policy.

Aug 09 05:50

After Ohio Primary, Democrats Prepare for More Israel-related Battles

Following pro-Israel Shontel Brown’s surprise victory over progressive Nina Turner in Ohio’s 11th congressional district primary last week, Democrats are trying to determine what the results portend for the 2022 midterms and what role Israel plays in the future of the party.

Establishment Democrats are heralding the come-from-behind victory as a validation of the mainstream and an indication that voters hew to the Biden agenda. For progressives, it is further evidence of an asymmetrical power dynamic where they face a near-impossible task of matching the deep pockets of megadonors and super PACs.

In several ways, the hotly contested Brown-Turner battle was unique and not necessarily a neat case study for electoral battles to come. First, the primary was for a rare open seat (by all accounts, it is more difficult to unseat an incumbent).

Aug 09 05:39

You met Pegasus, on phones, now meet Toka, on any net connected device

The abuse of the Pegasus software by autocratic regimes has been known for several years, though, through recent revelations, it appeared to gain much traction in the mainstream media, owing to the high number of civilians who have reportedly been under surveillance through its use.

The continuation of the long standing scandal surrounding the abuse of Pegasus has also brought considerable controversy and notoriety to the Israeli company that developed it, the NSO group.

While the NSO group has become infamous, other Israeli companies, with even deeper ties to Israel's intelligence apparatus have been selling software that not only provides the exact same services to governments, to intelligence agencies, but purports to go even farther than that.

Aug 09 05:01

Israel's Ambassador Issues Explicit Call For 'Regime Change' In Iran

Israel's Ambassador to the US and UN Gilad Erdan said Friday that Israel would ultimately like to see regime change in Iran.

"In the end, we would ultimately like to see [the government] overthrown and [for there to be] regime change," Erdan told Israel’s Army Radio when asked about his government’s Iran policy.

It’s no secret Israel is hostile to the Iranian government, but Israeli officials have previously avoided such explicit calls for regime change. What Erdan said was interpreted by The Times of Israel as "one of the most far-reaching comments by an Israeli official in favor of regime change in Tehran."

Aug 08 06:20

The Media Yawns at the Israeli Army's Death Squads

Israeli terror is at it again. The Israel Defense Forces’ death squads chalked up another successful week: four bodies of innocent Palestinians piled up between the two Fridays. There doesn’t seem to be a connection between the four incidents in which four sons were killed, but the link cannot be broken.

In all these cases, soldiers chose shooting to kill as the preferred option. In all four cases another way could have been chosen: Arrest them, aim for the legs, don’t do anything or simply don’t be there at all. But the soldiers chose to kill. It’s probably easier for them that way.

They come from different branches of the army with different backgrounds, but they share the incredible ease with which they kill, whether they have to or not.

Aug 08 06:19

‘Like doping or bribery’: Judges must’ve picked Israeli gymnast as winner BEFORE final, legendary Russian coach tells RT

Israel's gymnast taking gold at the Tokyo Olympics despite dropping her ribbon during her routine was a "blatant mistake" of the judges, who may have schemed "to replace Russian athletes on the top," Irina Viner-Usmanova told RT.

The strong accusations from the legendary Russian rhythmic gymnastics coach, whose star pupils have claimed a long list of Olympic titles over the years, come in the wake of Saturday's scandal at the Tokyo Olympics. Israeli gymnast Linoy Ashram took gold, despite having dropped the ribbon during her routine – an obvious mistake that still saw Russia's Dina Averina placed overall second, regardless of her seemingly perfect performance.

Aug 07 06:17

Israeli Ambassador Says Israel Wants to See ‘Regime Change’ in Iran

Israel’s Ambassador to the US and UN Gilad Erdan said Friday that Israel would ultimately like to see regime change in Iran.

“In the end, we would ultimately like to see [the government] overthrown and [for there to be] regime change,” Erdan told Israel’s Army Radio when asked about his government’s Iran policy.

It’s no secret Israel is hostile to the Iranian government, but Israeli officials have previously avoided such explicit calls for regime change. What Erdan said was interpreted by The Times of Israel as “one of the most far-reaching comments by an Israeli official in favor of regime change in Tehran.”

Erdan said he was working to rally the world against Iran. “We would like to see actions that are much more determined from the international community against Iran,’ he said. “We hope the international community will draw this conclusion as soon as possible because we need to put an end to this murderousness.”

Aug 07 05:52

In Gaza, Childhoods Lost to the Trauma of War

“I want to make them feel safe because I have never felt safe.”

Like many kids, Maram Faraj grew up wanting to be a superhero. She loved their brightly colored costumes, their grandiose capes and the way they always managed to swoop in at just the right time. Her dream didn’t fade when she shelved the bedtime stories – it just had an outfit change.

Now, at 23, Maram still envisions herself flying over her hometown and protecting civilians from harm. Trading the unitard for a tailored blazer and the superhuman flying powers for a jet plane, Maram has set her sights on becoming a flight attendant. After a particularly warm encounter with a flight attendant on a plane ride to visit family in Saudi Arabia, Maram realized the innate power the job holds: making others feel safe and protected.

Maram is a Palestinian woman living in Gaza: a 140-square mile strip of land densely populated by upwards of 2 million people. For her, safety has never been a given.

Aug 07 05:52

Video footage contradicts Israeli army account of firing on Palestinian family’s car, killing 11-year-old boy

New video footage of the moment that Israeli soldiers opened fire on a Palestinian family’s car, killing their 11-year-old son, shows soldiers firing on the car as it was reversing, contradicting the army’s previous accounts of the events.

Last week Israeli forces shot and killed 11-year-old Mohammed al-Alami while he was in his father’s car with his two younger siblings, as the family were on their way home from grocery shopping in their town of Beit Ummar in the southern occupied West Bank.

At the time Israeli forces claimed that they attempted to stop the vehicle by firing warning shots in the air, and firing at the vehicle’s tires. The accounts of Mohammed’s father, and several eyewitnesses at the time contradicted the army’s statement, and said that the soldiers sprayed the car with bullets “out of nowhere,” and with no prior warning.

Aug 07 05:51

Israel Demolishes Al-Arakib Village for the 191st Time

Israeli forces, on Thursday, demolished the Bedouin village of Al-Arakib for the 191st time, Quds News Network reported.

The army destroyed the tents and makeshift tin shelters built by residents, rendering those families without shelter, in an attempt to force them to abandon their land.

Located in the Negev desert, in southern Israel, the village, unrecognized by the state, has been demolished eight times in 2021 alone, the residents continually rebuild their shelters on the same land.

The Bedouin residents, have lived on the land since the Ottoman period, decades prior to the creation of the state of Israel.

Aug 07 05:50

Pegasus: Tunisia's Ghannouchi targeted by Saudi Arabia

Rached Ghannouchi, the speaker of Tunisia's parliament and head of the Ennahda party, was targeted by Saudi Arabia for surveillance using the NSO Group's Pegasus spyware, Middle East Eye can reveal.

Ghannouchi is one of 50,000 numbers found on a list acquired by investigative NGO Forbidden Stories and Amnesty International that is believed to be made up of phones that the Israeli tech company’s clients have targeted since 2016.

Forbidden Stories told Ghannouchi his phone was on the list two weeks ago. It is his primary number, one of two he uses, and one he has used for 10 years. The number is not in the public domain.

Aug 06 14:18

A Tonkin Gulf Incident in the Gulf of Oman?

Lest we forget. It was in an August, 57 years ago, that the Tonkin Gulf incident occurred, which led America to plunge into an eight-year war in Vietnam. -- Whoever launched the drone strike sought to ensure that no new U.S.-Iran deal is consummated, that U.S. sanctions remain in place, and that a U.S. war with Iran remain a possibility. -- But, again, why would Tehran carry out such a drone attack and kill crewmen on an Israeli-owned vessel — then loudly deny it?

Aug 06 13:21

The Stage Is Being Set For A War Between Israel And Iran To Potentially Begin Before The End Of 2021

The clock has been ticking for a long time, and now Israel is telling us that Iran is “only around 10 weeks away from acquiring weapons-grade materials necessary for a nuclear weapon”.  The Israelis have always been very clear about the fact that they will never, ever allow the Iranians to get to that point, and so that would appear to leave only 10 weeks remaining to avert a major war in the Middle East.  And let us certainly hope that war can be averted, because a major war in the Middle East could easily spark a full-blown global war.  U.S. relations with both Russia and China continue to deteriorate very rapidly, and the Biden administration is being very aggressive with both of them.

Aug 06 06:03

More than 1,500 Rabbis Say ADL Not ‘Competent to Identify’ or ‘Combat’ Antisemitism

The Coalition for Jewish Values (CJV) stated Tuesday more than 1,500 rabbis agree the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is “no longer competent to identify, let alone combat, antisemitism.”

The rabbis’ statement is in response to the ADL announcing a partnership with Hillel International to document antisemitism on college campuses. Hillel has a presence in more than 550 colleges globally.

The ADL and Hillel “will not always treat anti-Israel activity as antisemitism,” the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reports.

An ADL spokesperson told the JTA, “Anti-Israel activism in and of itself is not antisemitism.” This means not all Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) actions on college campuses will be documented as antisemitism.

Aug 06 05:34

Israel Conducts Biggest Airstrikes On Lebanon Since 2006

A rare, major cross-border exchange of fire between Israel and militants in Lebanon has flared-up on Wednesday into Thursday after three rockets were initially launched from southern Lebanon, which Israeli officials say struck inside Israeli territory, causing brush fires with some reports saying up to four injuries.

The Israeli Defense Force (IDF) then hit back with artillery fire on the launch positions, followed by airstrikes, reportedly on Marjayoun district in the south. "Israel responded with several rounds of artillery fire on Wednesday before launching air strikes early on Thursday," the military announced. The IDF later indicated it blanketed the target zone with over 100 artillery strikes.

Aug 06 05:32

Hezbollah launches rocket fire in response to Israeli air raids

The Lebanese group, Hezbollah, has said it fired rockets at open ground near Israeli positions in response to Israeli air raids on southern Lebanon, drawing retaliatory Israeli strikes.

In a statement on Friday, Hezbollah said it had fired “dozens” of rockets in the disputed Shebaa Farms area after Israeli fighters early on Thursday launched rare air raids on neighbouring Lebanon following a second day of rocket fire across the border.

Aug 06 05:23

A Tonkin Gulf Incident in the Gulf of Oman?

A week ago, the MT Mercer Street, a Japanese-owned tanker managed by a U.K.-based company owned by Israeli billionaire Eyal Ofer, sailing in the Arabian Sea off the coast of Oman, was struck by drones.

A British security guard and Romanian crew member were killed.

Britain and the U.S. immediately blamed Iran, and the Israelis began to beat the war drums.

Monday, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz said action against Iran should be taken "right now."

Tuesday, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett warned Israel could "act alone." "They can’t sit calmly in Tehran while igniting the entire Middle East – that’s over," said Bennett. "We are working to enlist the whole world, but when the time comes, we know how to act alone."

Wednesday, Gantz ratcheted it up, "Now is the time for deeds – words are not enough. … It is time for diplomatic, economic and even military deeds. Otherwise the attacks will continue."

Aug 06 05:12

Hezbollah fires rockets into Israel from Lebanon

A heavy barrage of close to 20 rockets was fired from Lebanon into northern Israel on Friday, activating the Iron Dome and setting off sirens throughout the area.

Hezbollah claimed responsibility for the rocket attacks.

Aug 05 10:54

Israeli defense minister threatens Iran with military action

Israel's defense minister warned Thursday that his country is prepared to strike Iran, issuing the threat against the Islamic Republic after a fatal drone strike on a oil tanker at sea that his nation blamed on Tehran.

The comments by Benny Gantz come as Israel lobbies countries for action at the United Nations over last week's attack on the oil tanker Mercer Street that killed two people. The tanker, struck off Oman in the Arabian Sea, is managed by a firm owned by an Israeli billionaire.

The U.S. and the United Kingdom also blamed Iran for the attack, but no country has offered evidence or intelligence to support the claim. Iran, which along with its regional militia allies has launched similar drone attacks, has denied being involved.

Speaking to the news website Ynet, Gantz responded to whether Israel was prepared to attack Iran with a blunt “yes.”

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Here's your rifle, Benny.

Aug 05 09:57

Israel’s Gantz Calls for International Military Action Against Iran

Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz on Wednesday urged representatives of UN Security Council members that the international community should take military action against Iran over last week’s drone attack on an Israeli-linked ship.

“Now is the time for deeds — words are not enough. It is time for diplomatic, economic, and even military deeds — otherwise the attacks will continue,” Gantz said during the meeting, which was held in Jerusalem.

Israeli officials have been threatening Iran all week over the deadly drone attack on the Japanese-owned tanker Mercer Street, which is operated by a company owned by an Israeli billionaire. Iran has dismissed the allegations that it was responsible as “baseless,” but the US has accepted the Israeli narrative and is also threatening action against the Islamic Republic.

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Israel wants war on Iran ... as long as someone else fights it!

Aug 05 09:56

Israeli DM Falsely Accuses Iran of Being 10 Weeks Away From Nuke Material Goal

Israeli accusations against Iran continue with the new government there, as Israel’s Defense Minister Benny Gantz informed the UN Security Council that he believes it is time for UN action, including military action, against Iran.

Israel wanting a war against Iran is hardly new, and is virtually the defining characteristic of recent Israeli governments. The excuse is routine too, as Gantz is claiming Iran is “10 weeks away” from having enough weapons-grade material to make a nuclear weapon.

This is a commonly recycled accusation, and as is usually the case, Israel is wrong. The supposition is based around the idea that Iran’s civilian enrichment of uranium continues, and they have such-and-such amount, which further enriched to a certain level could be weaponized.

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Aug 05 09:55

‘We Are the Owners’: Palestinians Refuse To Concede Land Rights to Israelis in Sheikh Jarrah

Palestinian families facing ethnic cleansing from their Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem on Monday rejected a so-called “compromise” offer from Israel’s Supreme Court, which would allow them to remain in their homes if they recognize as rightful owners the Israeli settler group trying to steal the properties.

Under the Israeli high court proposal, four Palestinian families and dozens of others threatened with forced expulsion from the Sheikh Jarrah area would remain in the neighborhood as “protected tenants” who could not be evicted, as long as they acknowledged that Nahalat Shimon Company – a right-wing settler organization dating back to the early years of Zionist colonization of Palestine – as the lawful owner, and paid it NIS 1,500 ($465) in annual rent.

Aug 05 09:54

Fired for a Facebook post, doctor seeks justice

Wishah’s Facebook account is private, but she had made all her Palestine-related posts public in order to “make my voice heard,” she told The Electronic Intifada.

At the time of posting, Wishah was a physician with Phoenix Children’s Hospital, a position she had held for two years. During her time there, Wishah enjoyed a wide degree of community respect.

A family member of a patient at Phoenix Children’s who asked to remain anonymous said, “To see everything [Wishah] has done in life, everything she’s done for the community beyond her cause alone … that’s exactly what we need in a physician.”

Yet unlike many others who were able to post and then go on with their lives, Wishah found herself swiftly targeted by a Twitter account devoted to smearing and harassing outspoken Palestinians and their allies.

Aug 05 07:37

Mainstream media ignores how Israel continues sabotaging the Iran nuclear deal

Once again, the danger of conflict between Israel and Iran is rising. Once again, the mainstream U.S. media is either ignoring or distorting the news.

A drone attacked an Israeli-linked oil tanker in the Arabian Sea last week, and after a few days the U.S., Britain and Israel all accused Iran. The Washington Post report briefly noted that the drone strike is the latest in “tit-for-tat attacks” by both Israel and Iran, but stopped there. The Post nowhere mentioned that Israel is credibly charged with sponsoring attacks inside Iran, including assassinating Iranian scientists. At least the Post carried a report: the New York Times so far has ignored the latest escalation.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken promised a “collective response” to the allegedly Iranian drone attack, but the new Israeli prime minister Naftali Bennett warned that Israel could act against Iran on its own.

Aug 05 07:15

Israel conducts airstrikes against southern Lebanon

The Israeli regime takes an area in southern Lebanon under airstrikes after launching heavy artillery attack aimed again at the country’s south in response to alleged rocket attack.

Palestinian media outlets reported the aerial assaults in the early hours of Thursday, describing the target as an area lying along Lebanon’s southern border with the occupied territories.

The Israeli military confirmed the attack, claiming that the targeted area had been used earlier as a launchpad for rocket strikes towards the occupied territories.

On Wednesday, explosions reportedly rang out across locations in southern Lebanon as a result of “extensive artillery attacks” launched by the occupying regime under the same pretext.

The Israeli Kan News channel said the attacks—that came after “three rockets” were reportedly fired from southern Lebanon towards the occupied territories—saw the regime releasing “more than 100 artillery rounds” towards the country.

Aug 05 07:05

Fired for a Facebook post, doctor seeks justice

As bombs rained down on the besieged Gaza Strip in May, countless individuals took to social media to express their outrage over the latest slew of atrocities perpetrated by the Israeli military, “the most moral army in the world.”

The cruelty of these strikes seemed to be surpassed only by the indiscriminate nature of infrastructure targeted: residential buildings, the only COVID-19 testing center, an Associated Press office.

Online outrage at what was happening was widespread. But in some cases, that outrage had material repercussions.

On 26 May, Dr. Fidaa Wishah, an accomplished Palestinian-American pediatrician from Gaza, now living in Phoenix, Arizona, took to her personal Facebook page to express her outrage at the injustice playing out in real time.

Aug 05 07:04

West Bank: Israel demolishes eight business premises owned by one Palestinian family

Israeli authorities demolished several Palestinian commercial and agricultural facilities on Wednesday in occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

In Hizma, a Palestinian town in East Jerusalem, Israel razed buildings in eight locations belonging to the al-Khatib family, according to Wafa, an official news agency of the Palestinian Authority.

Hizma, a small town on the way to Jericho and the Jordan valley, is located between an Israeli military checkpoint, the separation wall, and the four illegal Israeli settlements of Neve Yaakov, Pisgat Zeev, Anatot, and Geva Binyamin.

Aug 05 07:03

Israel Refuses To Allow Lawyers To Visit Hunger-Striking Detainees

The Palestinian Detainees’ Committee has reported, Wednesday, that the Israeli authorities are still refusing to allow its lawyers to visit with seventeen hunger-striking political prisoners.

The Committee stated that sixteen of the detainees are holding hunger strikes protesting their continued arbitrary Administrative Detention, without charges or trial.

It added that another detainee is ongoing with the hunger strike protesting his continued solitary confinement.

The Committee also said that the Israeli Prison Administration is carrying out a series of punitive measures against the striking detainees, including their repeated transfers between various prisons, to keep them unable to rest, in addition to forcing them in solitary confinement.

Most of the hunger-striking detainees are already facing serious health complications but are determined to continue the hunger strike.

Aug 05 07:03

Palestinian nutrition student transferred to Israeli military court over campus activism

A Palestinian human rights group urged Israel to stop its repression at universities in the occupied West Bank, as a nutrition student appeared in front of a military court due to her campus activism.

Students at Birzeit University, near Ramallah, have been subject to Israeli army raids, torture, interrogation, and arbitrary detention as part of a systematic and prolonged campaign to silence student activism, a statement released on Tuesday by the Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association read.

The statement came on the same day that Israel's military prosecutor submitted charges against Layan Nasir, a 21-year-old Palestinian student at Birzeit University who was detained and interrogated for nearly a month.

Aug 05 07:01

Israeli DM Falsely Accuses Iran of Being 10 Weeks Away From Nuke Material Goal

Israeli accusations against Iran continue with the new government there, as Israel’s Defense Minister Benny Gantz informed the UN Security Council that he believes it is time for UN action, including military action, against Iran.

Israel wanting a war against Iran is hardly new, and is virtually the defining characteristic of recent Israeli governments. The excuse is routine too, as Gantz is claiming Iran is “10 weeks away” from having enough weapons-grade material to make a nuclear weapon.

This is a commonly recycled accusation, and as is usually the case, Israel is wrong. The supposition is based around the idea that Iran’s civilian enrichment of uranium continues, and they have such-and-such amount, which further enriched to a certain level could be weaponized.

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Aug 05 06:58

Israeli jets carry out strikes in Lebanon in response to rockets launched from area held by Iranian-backed fighters

Israeli jets have bombed two sites inside Lebanon which the military said were used to launch rockets at its territory.

The IDF struck the sites overnight Wednesday after three rockets were fired earlier in the day, two which landed in Israel and one which fell short in Lebanon.

Israel had also fired artillery earlier on Wednesday, marking a sharp increase in border fighting amid rising tensions with Iran - whose proxy groups control Lebanon.

Aug 05 06:25

Israel 'Ready to Attack Iran' as Defense Minister Says 'We Need to Take Military Action'

Israel's defense minister Benny Gantz has said that his country is ready to attack Iran and that there must be a global response to the threat that the Islamic republic poses.

Benny Gantz at the prime minister's office in Jerusalem on August 1, 2021. On August 5 2021, he said that Israel was at the point where it needed to act militarily against Iran.© ABIR SULTAN/Getty Israel's Defence Minister Benny Gantz at the prime minister's office in Jerusalem on August 1, 2021. On August 5 2021, he said that Israel was at the point where it needed to act militarily against Iran.

His comments come amid growing tensions following a deadly drone strike on an Israeli-operated tanker off the coast of Oman.

Israel, along with the U.S. and the U.K. have blamed Tehran for the attack on the Mercer Street last week that killed two people. Iran has denied involvement.

"Israel is ready to attack Iran, yes," Gantz told Ynet on Thursday.

Aug 05 06:23

What Message do Repeatedly Downed Israeli Missiles in Syria Send to Tel-Aviv and Washington?

Three consequent announcements made on 20, 22, and 25 July by the Russian Ministry of Defence about the successful interception of Israeli missiles in Syrian air space have prompted a heated debate among Mideast and Western observers. Why have the briefings of the Russian Centre for Reconciliation produced so much fuss?

On 29 July, The Times of Israel commented on the downing of Israeli missiles in Syria, suggesting that "Russia might be testing" Naftali Bennett's new Israeli government which came to power on 13 June, and adding that there's "no reason for panic."

However, Israel Hayom warned that Moscow may very soon "clip Israel's wings" in the Arab Republic. The media outlet pinned the blame for the supposed shift on the new Bennett government, arguing that it "is seen as weak, inexperienced, and lacking in intellectual depth" in contrast to the preceding administration of Benjamin Netanyahu.

Aug 05 06:19

Israel’s overnight airstrikes highlight ‘aggressive intentions,’ says Lebanese president

Lebanon’s president has hit out at Israel and its “aggressive intentions” after the Israel Defense Forces launched overnight airstrikes on Lebanese villages in response to militant activity on Wednesday.

In a series of tweets on Thursday, Lebanese President Michel Aoun blasted Israel’s use of force in attacking targets in Lebanon on Wednesday night. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) airstrikes on Lebanese villages underline “escalating aggressive intentions that coincide with the continuous threats against Lebanon and its sovereignty,” he stated.

Aoun contended that the assault was a “flagrant and dangerous” violation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1701 and claimed the move was “a direct threat to security and stability” in the country’s south.

Aug 04 11:33

Ilhan Omar votes for bill to continue unconditional US aid to Israel

The vote to approve the annual US Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Funding Bill, which amongst other things green-lights Washington's yearly $3.3 billion unconditional aid to Israel, threw a major surprise this year.

Democrat representatives Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Presley, Lee Bowman and Pramila Jayapal split with fellow Democrats, Rashida Tlaib, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Cori Bush in securing a narrow victory for the ruling party. All are members of a progressive group of lawmakers known as "The Squad", famed for their highly critical stance on Israel. They have previously called to end the many decades of America's unconditional aid to the occupation state.

Aug 04 11:20

Bennett Warns Israel Can ‘Act Alone’ Against Iran Over Ship Attack

On Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett warned that Israel could “act alone” against Iran in response to the recent drone attack on a ship linked to an Israeli billionaire. Iran strongly rejects the claim that it was behind the attack, while the US and UK have joined Israel in blaming the Islamic Republic.

“They can’t sit calmly in Tehran while igniting the entire Middle East — that’s over,” Bennet said. “We are working to enlist the whole world, but when the time comes, we know how to act alone.”

On Monday, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz made similar comments and said action should be taken against Iran “right now.” US Secretary of State Antony Blinken also threatened Iran this week, warning that Washington is working with partners on an “appropriate response, which will be forthcoming.”

Aug 04 09:53

Israel Says Military Action May Be Needed to Stop Iran Attacks

Military action may be needed to stop further attacks by Iran, Israel Defense Minister Benny Gantz said, days after a deadly drone strike on an Israeli-managed tanker off the coast of Oman.

“Now is the time for deeds -- words are not enough,” Gantz said on Wednesday. “It is time for diplomatic, economic and even military deeds. Otherwise the attacks will continue.”

Iran denies involvement in the assault.

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Aug 04 09:51

Israel Warns America: Don’t ‘Scapegoat’ The Unvaccinated For Rise In New COVID Cases

A recent article in the Jerusalem Post outlined the “lessons” that the Israelis have allegedly learned from the “pandemic” which they want to share with Americans — the most important being that the majority of new COVID cases in Israel are occurring in people who are fully vaccinated — and the unvaccinated are not to blame:

Israel has been one of the world leaders in vaccination efforts, a success that should show the way forward for many countries being assured that vaccines may help them return to “normal” during the pandemic. This is particularly true in the US, where the CDC has warned of a “pandemic of the unvaccinated” and experts are quoted saying that the “unvaccinated are the greatest threat to pandemic recovery.”

Aug 04 08:33

Tehran Scores Points against the Mossad

Confronting intelligence and special operations have never been a one-way game. Sooner or later, the opponents begin to play on an equal footing because no one likes a “weakling” anywhere, especially in the Middle East.

It should be noted that, according to many experts, three intelligence agencies that may have been involved in several events in Iran have been particularly active in the region in the recent period. These are the Israeli Mossad and the Saudi General Intelligence Presidency (GIP). Their main partner in everything to do with containing and weakening Iran is undoubtedly the American CIA. By the current stage, the cumulative “subversive potential” of these intelligence services in the Iranian direction has reached an all-time high. US, Israeli, and Saudi intelligence agencies are at the forefront of the tasks their political leaders have set for them. First of all, it is a public propaganda demonstration of Iran’s weaknesses, its insecurity against terrorist threats.

Aug 04 07:06

Bennett White House visit likely postponed to September

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s first meeting with US President Joe Biden in Washington is unlikely to take place this month as planned, a source close to the prime minister said on Tuesday.

Though Bennett had aimed to visit the White House before German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s trip to Israel on August 28-30, Jerusalem and Washington are now working to find a date after that.

US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan met with incoming Israeli National Security Adviser Eyal Hulata in Washington on Monday. Bennett’s diplomatic adviser Shimrit Meir was in Washington as well.

Aug 04 06:44

Israel is losing the ice cream war, but it’s in too deep to get out

In fairy tales, as everyone knows, spells often are broken by unlikely characters who scarcely know what they are doing. Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, with their friendly, soft-hearted former company, Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, are unlikely game-changers in Israel-Palestine. They don’t seem to know a lot about the situation and they don’t really want to fight about it. Yet it’s looking like B&J’s action to end sales of its ice cream in Jewish-only settlements on the West Bank has set in motion a powerful counter to the amazing cloak of impunity that protects Israel’s persecution of the Palestinians.

Aug 04 06:37

In Between Taliban and COVID

Does it take a genius to gather that the colossal failure of the USA’s war in Afghanistan is identical to the disastrous ‘war against COVID’? It’s certainly clear that it is pretty much the same people who devised the fatal strategies that led to a grandiose defeat in these two unnecessary conflicts. We deal with people who adhere to the concept of war of destruction. These are people who do not seek peace, harmony or reconciliation neither with nature nor with other segments of humanity.

Our pandemic ‘strategists’ believed that it was within their powers to wipe SARS CoV 2 from the face of the earth. They were similarly convinced that the Taliban could be eradicated. They were, obviously, catastrophically wrong.

Aug 04 05:59

Israel Revives COVID Restrictions As Cases Soar, Warns Of Possible Lockdown In September

Despite being the most heavily vaccinated country in the world, Israel has just imposed new restrictions on its population, and the body responsible for generating its COVID policies just admitted that a lockdown in September is no longer a remote possibility.

Israel's coronavirus cabinet announced Tuesday night that starting Aug. 20, the country will revive its full green pass system. Starting Sunday, masks will be mandatory in all indoor and outdoor gatherings and even fully vaccinated parents responsible for caring for a child in quarantine will be demanded to isolate as well (for children 12 and under).

Aug 04 05:51

ISRAEL’S DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC HEALTH STUNS TV VIEWERS WITH STATEMENT THAT 50 PERCENT OF NEW COVID CASES ARE AMONG FULLY VACCINATED

As of its most recent July 27 update on COVID vaccines, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States carries this statement:

“Infections happen in only a small proportion of people who are fully vaccinated, even with the Delta variant.”

That statement stands in stark contrast to what the Director of Public Health Services in Israel told television viewers of the CBS program, Face the Nation, on Sunday, reporting that 50 percent of new infections in Israel are from fully vaccinated people.

Aug 04 05:49

Israeli Soldiers killing 11- year old Muhammad Abu Sarah al Alami, 28 July 2021

Aug 04 05:24

UK: Hijackers leave vessel off UAE coast, incident ended

Iran's Foreign Ministry dismissed the reports of security incidents involving several ships near the UAE coast as "suspicious", and warned of any effort to create a "false atmosphere" against the Islamic Republic.

Tensions have simmered in the region after a drone attack last week on an Israeli-managed tanker off the Omani coast killed two crew members. The United States, Israel and Britain have all blamed Iran for the attack. Iran has denied responsibility.

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Aug 04 05:21

IDF Responds With Artillery Fire After Three Rockets Launched From Lebanon Into Israel

According to Israel's army, the sirens sounded in at least three communities.

Rocket warning sirens sounded in northern Israel close to the Lebanese border on Wednesday, the Israeli military said.

No injuries or damage have been reported so far.

Aug 04 05:20

The US has no right to lecture Russia over Crimea while it wholeheartedly backs Israel’s illegal occupation of Syria’s territory

If all are equal before international law, it’s clear some are more equal than others. That much is plain from the fact Washington is driving condemnation of Russia’s reabsorption of Crimea, while defending Israel’s occupations.

The US and its allies have led the charge in the UN to condemn Moscow for the 2014 move that saw it reassert its historic control over the disputed peninsula. A measure that clearly had the support of an overwhelming majority of locals, which has been proven by subsequent American and German polling.

At the same time, though, it has turned a deaf ear towards that same body’s criticism of Israel’s annexation of the Golan Heights, internationally recognized as Syrian territory. One gets sanctions, the other gets support.

Aug 04 05:19

DeSantis gives Ben & Jerry's parent company Unilever 90 days to FORCE the ice cream maker to end its Israel boycott or face economic consequences in the Sunshine State

Florida has placed Ben & Jerry's parent company Unilever on its list of 'scrutinized companies' after the ice cream maker's decision to end sales in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis made the announcement Tuesday after he directed the state's board of administrators to place the company on the list, which is made up of companies that participate in boycotts of Israel or limit commercial activities with the Jewish state.

The designation means Unilever has 90 days to force Ben & Jerry's to reverse its boycott or become subject to a prohibition on state investments in the company and against contracting with it or its subsidiaries.

Aug 04 05:18

Rockets fired from Lebanon toward Israel, IDF responds with artillery fire

Three rockets were fired from Lebanon towards Kiryat Shmona in northern Israel on Wednesday afternoon, setting off rocket sirens in Kiryat Shmona, Kfar Giladi and Tel Hai, according to the IDF Spokesperson's Unit. Two rockets fell near Kiryat Shmona and one fell within Lebanese territory.

The IDF responded shortly afterwards with tank fire towards the site where the rockets were fired from. No special instructions have been issued to residents of northern Israel. The mayor of Kiryat Shmona ordered shelters to be opened.

Lebanon's National New Agency reported that three rockets fired from Lebanon fell within Lebanese territory and two rockets fell within Israeli territory.

Aug 04 05:17

Lapid, Gantz join push for UNSC to sanction Iran

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid and Defense Minister Benny Gantz plan to present intelligence on Iran’s attack on an Israel-linked ship to ambassadors of UN Security Council member states on Wednesday.

The meetings come as part of a push by Israel for the UNSC to sanction Iran for its maritime attacks, after its attacks on the vessels Mercer Street, which is managed by an Israeli-owned company, and Asphalt Princess in the Gulf in the past week.

Israel has already presented the information to the US, as well as the UK and Romania, a citizen of each having been killed in the drone attack on Friday. The three countries expressed confidence that Iran was behind the bombing of Mercer Street and said they would coordinate a response.

Aug 04 05:17

Israeli officials meet with US deputy Sec. of State, discuss Iran

Israeli National Security Advisor-designate Dr. Eyal Hulata and Foreign Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister Shimrit Meir met on Tuesday with Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, as part of a series of meetings that the two are holding in Washington, DC.

According to a State Department press release, the three discussed regional issues, including Iran. “They also discussed concerns regarding the attack on the Mercer Street vessel,” the statement read.

According to the State Department, Sherman “emphasized the strong partnership between the United States and Israel, US support for the normalization agreements between Israel and countries in the Arab and Muslim world, as well as the US government’s unwavering support for Israel’s security.” They also discussed “the need to take steps related to the Palestinian people that are critical to advancing freedom, security and prosperity for all.”

Aug 03 11:39

No indication of Iran’s involvement in Israeli tanker attack: Russia

A senior Russian foreign ministry official strictly rejects existence of any indications pointing to Iran’s likely involvement in a recent attack on an Israeli oil tanker off the Omani coast.

"We have not the slightest reason to believe [that Iran was involved in the attack],” the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Second Asian Department Director, Zamir Kabulov told Russia’s Sputnik news agency on Monday.

In a statement on Friday, Zodiac Maritime, the Israeli-owned firm managing the tanker, said that two crewmen, a Briton and a Romanian, had been killed in the assault.

The Israeli regime and its sworn allies, the United States and the UK, rushed to accuse Iran of having a role in the incident, without providing any evidence. The Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has also alleged that the attack was deliberate and coordinated by Tehran.

Kabulov, however, reiterated Russia’s stance, saying Moscow’s refusal to corroborate such accusations was because “we have no facts.”

Aug 03 10:24

Israel’s Gantz Urges Action Against Iran ‘Right Now’ Over Tanker Attack

On Monday, Israel’s Defense Minister Benny Gantz threatened Iran and said Israel must take action against the Islamic Republic “right now” over last week’s drone attack on an Israeli-operated ship near Oman. Israel, the US, and the UK have blamed Tehran, but Iran denies the accusation, calling the allegations “baseless.”

“Iran’s aggression in the region generally and on the maritime front, in particular, is intensifying,” Gantz during a plenary session of Israel’s Knesset. “This is the exact reason that we must act right now against Iran.”

He said that when Iranian President-elect Ebrahim Raisi comes into office Iran, will be “more dangerous to the world than it has been so far.” Raisi will replace Hassan Rouhani as president this week. “We will act to remove any such threat,” Gantz said.

Aug 03 10:12

Sheikh Jarrah: Israeli settler shoots Palestinian in East Jerusalem neighbourhood

An Israeli settler shot a Palestinian activist on Monday near the occupied Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood of East Jerusalem, with the Israeli Supreme Court poised to give a verdict on the forcible evictions of Palestinian families from the area.

The official Palestinian news agency, Wafa, reported that a Palestinian solidarity activist was shot in the leg by an Israeli settler, leaving them with minor wounds.

Palestinians have been protesting over the weekend in solidarity with the al-Kurd, Iskafi, al-Jaouni, and al-Qasem families in Sheikh Jarrah, who have been ordered to leave their houses to make a way for settlers.

Aug 03 10:11

Testing troops’ readiness, IDF launches drill along Lebanon border

The Israel Defense Forces will hold an exercise along the northern border starting Monday night, simulating fighting with the Hezbollah in Lebanon.

The drill, dubbed “Sunbeam,” aims to test the readiness of soldiers during a potential escalation with the Iran-backed terror group that could last a number of days, the military said.

The IDF added that during the exercise, forces will examine ways of applying lessons learned from the recent military conflict in Gaza with Palestinian terrorists.

Aug 03 10:11

Israeli Soldiers Open Fire At Farmers And Fishermen In Gaza

Israeli soldiers and the navy attacked, Monday, many Palestinian farmers, and fishermen, in the Gaza strip, causing damage, and forcing the Palestinians to leave.

Media sources said Israeli navy ships opened fire at several Palestinian fishing boats only three nautical miles from the shore, in the Sudaniyya Sea area, northwest of Gaza city.

They added that the navy attacked the boats with water cannons and several rounds of live ammunition, causing severe damage to at least one boat.

The attack did not lead to casualties but forced the fishermen back to the shore in fear of further Israeli escalation, without being able to fish to provide for their families.

In addition, Israeli soldiers stationed in military towers cross the perimeter fence near the Malaka area, east of Gaza city, fired many live rounds at Palestinian farmers, especially in the Zeitoun neighborhood, southeast of Gaza city, forcing them to leave.

Aug 03 09:13

Religious affairs minister dismisses women in army combat roles as ‘a mistake’

Religious Affairs Minister Matan Kahana said Sunday that he opposes the integration of women into combat roles, and in particular elite units, because there are so few who have the physical ability to serve alongside their male counterparts, and because of the religious hurdles involved.

Kahana, a former soldier in the elite Sayeret Matkal commando unit who went on to become a fighter pilot in the air force, made the remarks at a conference organized by the B’Sheva weekly, which has a largely religious readership.

He said it was “a mistake” to include women in combat “maneuvering units,” meaning those that are tasked with entering deep into enemy territory.

Aug 03 08:56

ISRAEL’S DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC HEALTH STUNS TV VIEWERS WITH STATEMENT THAT 50 PERCENT OF NEW COVID CASES ARE AMONG FULLY VACCINATED

As of its most recent July 27 update on COVID vaccines, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States carries this statement:

Aug 03 08:47

Bibi Says Biden Could Ruin Israeli Operations Against Iran by Leaking Info to US Media - Report

According to the former prime minister, his anti-Iran policies were successful because he kept the American presidents in the dark as to Israel's plans in the region.

Leader of Israel's opposition, Benjamin Netanyahu, slammed the incumbent government for the so-called "no surprises policy" with the United States, lamenting it would potentially thwart Israel's attacks against its rival Iran, Israeli media reported on Monday.

"The information that is sent to America could be leaked to major media outlets and in this way our operations will be thwarted," Netanyahu said as quoted by The Times of Israel. "That is why for the last decade I have refused the requests of American presidents to always inform them of our actions."
He reportedly added that "this is an existential issue for Israel, in which there may be surprises and sometimes surprises are needed."

Aug 03 07:58

Blinken vows ‘collective response’ to tanker attack pinned on Iran, as Tehran warns Washington against any ‘adventures’

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has promised there will be a “collective response” to the attack on the Israeli-operated tanker off Oman, which Washington blames on Tehran, as Iran vowed a response of its own to any threat.

Blinken once again blamed Iran for the incident, arguing that it “follows a pattern of similar attacks by Iran, including past incidents with explosive drones.”

Speaking at a briefing on Monday, he also said that, following a “thorough review,” Washington was “confident” Tehran is to blame in this case. However, he did not present any new evidence pointing to Iran.

Aug 03 07:49

'This is crazy': Mike Pompeo slams Biden for not ending nuclear deal negotiations with Iran after Tehran killed a British and a Romanian sailor in drone attack on ship and launched rockets into Israel through Hamas

Donald Trump's Secretary of State has accused Joe Biden of being weak on Iran, calling the administration 'crazy' for continuing with discussions over the nuclear deal while Tehran attacked Western assets and allies.

Mike Pompeo appeared on Sean Hannity's Fox News show on Monday night, and said that he was dismayed at the failure to take a tougher line on countries such as Russia, China, North Korea and Iran.

Iran, Pompeo said, was taking advantage of U.S. 'weakness' - referencing an attack on the MV Mercer Street, operated by an Israeli-owned firm, off Oman on Thursday.

Aug 03 07:46

ZOA Slams ‘Divisive, Partisan’ Biden Antisemitism Envoy Nominee Who Compared Trump to Nazis

After President Joe Biden nominated Holocaust historian Deborah Lipstadt as his administration’s new special envoy tasked with monitoring and combating antisemitism, Zionist Organization of America head Morton Klein blasted the decision, calling for her disqualification due to her past “abuse of false Nazi and antisemitism charges against those with whom she disagrees politically.”

Lipstadt, a professor of modern Jewish history and Holocaust studies at Emory University, made headlines last year after defending comparing then-President Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler and those questioning election results to Holocaust deniers.

In response to the appointment, the nation’s oldest pro-Israel organization released the following statement Friday:

“The ZOA opposes [the nomination of] Emory University lecturer Deborah Lipstadt to be the U.S. Combating Antisemitism Envoy, because of her statements displaying partisan left wing bias,” the statement begins.

Aug 03 07:31

Why did Scientific American censor Gaza solidarity call?

On 2 June, not long after the cessation of Israel’s May assault on Gaza, Scientific American published an opinion article titled, “As Health Care Workers, We Stand in Solidarity with Palestine.”

The article was an argument that as part of their responsibility for the “well-being and sustenance of all human life,” US healthcare workers should feel free to speak out about Palestine.

It further argued that those in the field should endorse the “standards set forth” by the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement.

“We must honor the fundamental responsibilities conferred through our oath and our core bioethical principles by individually and collectively demanding accountability and an end to all forms of oppression from the Israeli state, as well as from our own countries and institutions, upon all Palestinian people.”

Aug 03 07:06

Sheikh Jarrah: Palestinians reject offer to end evictions threat

Palestinians threatened with eviction in East Jerusalem have rejected an offer that they rent their homes from a Jewish settlement organisation.

In a closely-watched and divisive case, Israel's top court proposed a compromise to end a long legal fight.

It suggested the four families could stay in their homes in Sheikh Jarrah if they recognised the land was owned by the settler company, but they refused.

The issue has fuelled Israel-Palestinian tensions in recent months.

The threat of evictions stoked some of the worst violence between Israeli police and Palestinians in Jerusalem in years, culminating in an 11-day conflict with Gaza after its militant Hamas rulers fired rockets at the city in what it said was partly a response to Israeli "harassment" in Sheikh Jarrah.

Aug 03 06:58

Bill to give Israel billions of dollars passes House, now on to Senate

A bill that would expend over $6.4 billion on behalf of Israel, which was advanced earlier by a House committee, has now been passed by the whole House of Representatives. The bill will next be taken up by the Senate.

The bill was passed on July 28th, in the midst of an Israeli killing spree in which Israeli soldiers shot dead four unarmed Palestinian civilians, including an 11-year-old, a teen, and a 20-year-old attending the funeral.

The day before the House vote, Human Rights Watch had issued a report documenting “apparent war crimes” by Israel in its May attack on Gazans.

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We have legions of Americans homeless in the streets, sleeping on concrete and eating out of dumpsters, and Congress sends your money to Israel?

Aug 03 06:47

Israel’s Director of Public Health Stuns TV Viewers with Statement that 50 Percent of New COVID Cases Are Among Fully Vaccinated

As of its most recent July 27 update on COVID vaccines, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States carries this statement:

“Infections happen in only a small proportion of people who are fully vaccinated, even with the Delta variant.”

That statement stands in stark contrast to what the Director of Public Health Services in Israel told television viewers of the CBS program, Face the Nation, on Sunday, reporting that 50 percent of new infections in Israel are from fully vaccinated people.

Aug 03 06:47

Israel’s Gantz Urges Action Against Iran ‘Right Now’ Over Tanker Attack

On Monday, Israel’s Defense Minister Benny Gantz threatened Iran and said Israel must take action against the Islamic Republic “right now” over last week’s drone attack on an Israeli-operated ship near Oman. Israel, the US, and the UK have blamed Tehran, but Iran denies the accusation, calling the allegations “baseless.”

“Iran’s aggression in the region generally and on the maritime front, in particular, is intensifying,” Gantz during a plenary session of Israel’s Knesset. “This is the exact reason that we must act right now against Iran.”

He said that when Iranian President-elect Ebrahim Raisi comes into office Iran, will be “more dangerous to the world than it has been so far.” Raisi will replace Hassan Rouhani as president this week. “We will act to remove any such threat,” Gantz said.

Aug 03 06:40

Conflicts of Interest: Corporate Press Covers for Israel as It Murders Palestinians By Choice

On COI #143, Kyle and Will break down the latest quarterly report from the Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction (SIGAR), which paints a bleak picture for the country as the US’ 20-year war and occupation finally appear to be winding down. A major Taliban offensive over the spring and summer has put around half of Afghanistan’s districts under the militant group’s control, sending civilian casualties to record levels for the period between May and June. Despite being propped up by American largesse for nearly two decades straight, the Afghan military has been woefully unprepared to meet the ongoing assault.

Aug 03 06:31

Israeli Supreme Court tells Sheikh Jarrah residents to ‘reach agreement’ with settlers trying to displace them

The Israeli Supreme Court deferred its decision on the forcible removal of the four Palestinian families in Sheikh Jarrah on Monday, following months of protests and international pressure to stop the displacement of Palestinians from the East Jerusalem neighborhood.

In the long-awaited court hearing on Monday, the court refused to rule on the status of ownership over the land, instead proposing that the Palestinians remain in their homes under the status of “protected residents.”

As protected residents, the Palestinian families would be forced to pay yearly rent to the Israeli settler organization Nahalat Shimon, which claims ownership over Sheikh Jarrah and is seeking to replace its Palestinian residents with Israeli settlers.

As per the court’s proposal, such an agreement between the families and the settlers would stave off their eviction for the “coming years,” but would not prevent Nahalat Shimon from seeking to forcibly evict the residents in the future.

Aug 03 06:31

How Ben & Jerry’s got on Israel’s ‘terrorism’ radar, and McDonald’s didn’t

The constantly rolling news item is Ben & Jerry’s decision not to sell its ice cream in Occupied Palestinian Territory in the West Bank – not least because of the vociferous Israeli response, with its whopping support of the illegal settlements. This response includes a concerted long-term campaign from the top of the government to coerce Ben & Jerry’s into backtracking on its decision.

Yet the wide international focus on this case is also beginning to bring to the fore other cases. One of these is the case of international restaurant giant McDonald’s. This Wednesday, Times of Israel came out with an article titled “How McDonald’s took the same stance as Ben & Jerry’s but avoided public backlash”. The title is somewhat misleading, because it brushes upon a critical difference between the two corporates: The Israeli McDonald’s franchise never actually entered the settlements, while Ben & Jerry’s did and is now trying to extract itself from them.

Aug 02 11:10

Iran Ready To Deliver "Crushing" Military Response After US, Israel Vow Imminent 'Action' For Tanker Attack

Iran on Sunday issued a formal denial that it was behind the major Thursday night drone attack on the Mercer Street oil tanker off Oman that was managed by an Israeli firm which left two crew members dead. But both the United States and Israel on the same day charged that Tehran was without doubt behind the attack, which the US Navy previously said involved multiple explosive drones targeting the vessel in the Arabian Sea. Iran's PressTV subsequently responded on Monday by vowing a "strong and crushing" military response to any hostile moves against the country.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken had warned that an "appropriate response" is coming: "There is no justification for this attack, which follows a pattern of attacks and other belligerent behavior," he said. "We are working with our partners to consider our next steps and consulting with governments inside the region and beyond on an appropriate response, which will be forthcoming."

Aug 02 07:06

Russia Closes Syrian Skies for Israel

For a long time, Russia and Israel avoided clashes in Syria, where their interests overlap. After Moscow introduced its forces into Syrian territory in 2015, it took into account Israeli interests related to the security of the Jewish state. Israel appreciated Russia’s position and tried to make the best of the situation by avoiding clashes of Russian-Israeli interests in Syria. Moreover, Israel used Russia’s military intervention in Syria to reach military and political understanding with Moscow, knowing full well that Russia will play an influential role in the region only if it can find a balance between the interests of its allies on the one hand and Israel as a regional power on the other.

Aug 02 06:11

In Israel, the most vaccinated country in the world, HALF of all new “delta” infections are occurring in “fully vaccinated” people

According to reports, out of any country in the world, Israel is seeing the most compliance with the Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccine push. As a result, Israel is also seeing a “spike” in new cases of the “delta variant” among the fully vaccinated.

The situation is so bad there, according to government and media talking-heads, that officials are, like dogs to their own vomit, reinstating mask mandates and other authoritarian provisions that they claim will help to “save lives.”

As many as 90 percent of all new infections with the Chinese Flu are occurring in people who got jabbed in obedience to the medical fascists. Only a minute few of all new “positive cases” are occurring in the unvaccinated.

Even so, the Israeli government, like many other governments, continues to push its non-jabbed citizens to roll up their sleeves and comply already, or else even worse restrictions could soon be on the way.

Aug 02 05:54

Israel settler uses soldier's gun to shoot at Palestinians in West Bank

An Israeli settler shot at Palestinians in the occupied West Bank using an Israeli soldier's weapon, footage released by rights group B'Tselem shows.

Palestinian who witnessed the incident, which took place on 26 June, said the soldier gave the settler the weapon, while the Israeli military claims the settler "took the weapon from the soldier and shot in the air", Haaretz reported.

"With me there were 10 children on the roof and all of us shook, he didn't fire in the air, he shot toward us," one Palestinian resident said. Another eyewitness, who was on the same roof, also said he saw the soldier give his gun to the settler, Haaretz added.

The video, taken in Al-Tuwani village, also shows the settlers attacking Palestinian property, ripping branches off olive trees, throwing stones as Palestinians and setting Palestinian property on fire, all in the presence of occupation forces.

Aug 02 05:48

Opinion | The Media Yawns at the Israeli Army's Death Squads

Israeli terror is at it again. The Israel Defense Forces’ death squads chalked up another successful week: four bodies of innocent Palestinians piled up between the two Fridays. There doesn’t seem to be a connection between the four incidents in which four sons were killed, but the link cannot be broken.

In all these cases, soldiers chose shooting to kill as the preferred option. In all four cases another way could have been chosen: Arrest them, aim for the legs, don’t do anything or simply don’t be there at all. But the soldiers chose to kill. It’s probably easier for them that way.

Aug 02 05:48

Hundreds of Palestinians Wounded by Israeli Army During Anti-Settlement Protests (VIDEO)

Some 270 Palestinians were injured in the occupied West Bank as they clashed with Israel Defense Forces troops, who fired tear gas and rubber bullets into crowds protesting illegal Israeli settlements.

Hundreds of Palestinians gathered on Friday in the town of Beit Ummar, northwest of Hebron, to mourn the death of a protester who had been killed by the Israeli occupation forces a day before.

Aug 02 05:17

US, UK Reportedly Greenlight Israeli 'Response' to Iran Over Mercer Street Tanker Attack

Tehran has denied involvement in an offensive against the oil tanker Mercer Street in the Arabian Sea on Thursday, condemning accusations rolled out by the Israeli government following the attack.

Tel Aviv has reportedly received a "green light" from Washington and London to carry out a "response" to Iran for a Thursday attack against the Mercer Street, an oil tanker, in an incident attributed by all three countries to the Islamic republic, Israel's Kan reported Sunday.

According to the report, Israeli officials are currently discussing how and when to respond, with possibilities arising that an Iranian port or a military ship could be targeted.
Israel also plans to share additional intelligence with other countries in the region to "bring condemnation" on Iran. It is noted, however, that Tel Aviv believes the deaths of the two sailors in the attack were not intentional.

Aug 01 05:56

Russian-made air defense systems shot down ALL Israeli missiles targeting Syria’s Homs – military

All four missiles fired by Israeli warplanes at Syria’s Homs province early on Thursday were shot down by the Syrian Army using Russian-made ‘Buk’ air defense systems, the Russian military has revealed.

Two Israeli F-16 jets fired the guided missiles from Lebanese airspace, around 01:11 local time on Thursday.

“All four missiles were destroyed by on-duty Syrian air defense units, using Russian-made Buk-M2E systems,” the Russian Reconciliation Center for Syria said in a statement.

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