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  • The so-called "Match of Return" protests are underway in the Gaza Strip.

    03/22/2019 7:38:49 AM PDT · by robowombat · 16 replies
    Sputnik ^ | March 22, 2019
    The so-called "Match of Return" protests are underway in the Gaza Strip. Tensions between the Israelis and the Palestinians near the Gaza border have been mounting since last March, which marked the beginning of the Great March of Return. Thousands of Palestinians have been rallying every week since then to demand access to what they consider to be their ancestral land in Israel, prompting clashes with Israeli border guards. In fall, the situation on the Gaza border escalated due to continued shelling and launches of arson balloons from Gaza into the Israeli territory.
  • Trump says US will recognize Israeli control of disputed Golan Heights

    03/21/2019 10:38:37 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 56 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 21, 2019 | Jordan Fabian
    President Trump on Thursday said the U.S. will recognize Israeli control of the disputed Golan Heights territory, delivering a diplomatic win for prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu ahead of a tough reelection race. “After 52 years it is time for the United States to fully recognize Israel’s Sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which is of critical strategic and security importance to the State of Israel and Regional Stability!” Trump tweeted. The announcement came days before Trump was scheduled to meet at the White House with Netanyahu, who has urged top U.S. officials to make the move. --This breaking news report will...
  • Nine Years After Obama Snub, Trump Rolls Out Red Carpet for Netanyahu

    03/20/2019 6:17:16 PM PDT · by markomalley · 29 replies
    Sara A Carter ^ | 3/20/19 | Lori Lowenthal Marcus
    President Donald J. Trump will host Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House next week, displaying a significant shift in policy from President Obama.Netanyahu will join Trump for a working meeting on March 25 during which they will “discuss their countries’ shared interests and actions in the Middle East,” according to the White House press release Wednesday. The U.S. President will then host Netanyahu at a dinner on March 26. This will be Netanyahu’s third visit to the Trump White House.What a difference nine years makes.OBAMA HAD A DISTINCTLY DIFFERENT APPROACH TO ISRAEL AND NETANYAHU It was on March 23,...
  • Trump displays Syria map detailing ISIS territory loss, vows ISIS ‘will be gone by tonight’

    03/20/2019 12:35:10 PM PDT · by Innovative · 38 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 20, 2019 | Adam Shaw
    President Trump on Wednesday brandished a striking map showing how the Islamic State’s presence in Syria has diminished since he took office, while vowing the deadly terrorist network will be gone “by tonight” as he showed reporters the tiny spot representing their last stand.
  • Egypt threatens Hamas: Israel will defeat you

    03/17/2019 12:46:38 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 18 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 17/3/19
    Egyptian intelligence officials seethed with anger on Thursday night after missiles were fired from Gaza at Tel Aviv, Israel Hayom reported. One official, who was one of the Egyptian delegates present in Gaza during those dramatic moments, told Israel Hayom's Daniel Sirioti about the delegation's conversation with Hamas Thursday night. "At the beginning of the meeting, the atmosphere was very relaxed," the Egyptian official told Sirioti. "We had just returned from Israel with answers, we estimated that Hamas would accept them and allow us to begin a stable, long-term peace. A few minutes later, one of the Egyptian delegation's aides...
  • Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh sentenced to 38 years, 148 lashes, husband says

    03/12/2019 8:22:40 AM PDT · by george76 · 24 replies
    Thomson Reuters ^ | Mar 11, 2019
    Sotoudeh has represented opposition activists and women who removed mandatory headscarf. Nasrin Sotoudeh, an internationally renowned human rights lawyer jailed in Iran, was handed a new sentence on Monday which her husband said was 38 years in prison and 148 lashes. Sotoudeh, who has represented opposition activists including women prosecuted for removing their mandatory headscarf, was arrested in June and charged with spying, spreading propaganda and insulting Iran's supreme leader, her lawyer said. She also was jailed in 2010 for spreading propaganda and conspiring to harm state security — charges she denied ... The news comes days after Iran appointed...
  • Germany will not list Iran-allied Hezbollah as terrorist: minister

    03/08/2019 10:03:22 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 03.08.2019 | Chase Winter
    Germany will not declare Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement a terrorist organization, a top official said Friday. Deputy Minister in the Foreign Ministry Niels Annen told news magazine Der Spiegel that the Iran-backed Shiite Islamist movement is a relevant factor in Lebanese society and part of the complex political landscape in the country. The comments come after Britain last month banned Hezbollah’s political wing, accusing the movement of destabilizing the Middle East. “The British move is a national decision that has no direct impact on the position of the German government or the EU,’ said Annen. The European Union had already added...
  • Rumours grow of rift between Saudi king and crown prince

    03/08/2019 11:13:00 PM PST · by blueplum · 13 replies
    The Guardian UK ^ | 05 Mar 2019 | Stephanie Kirchgaessner in Washington and Nick Hopkins in London
    There are growing signs of a potentially destabilising rift between the king of Saudi Arabia and his heir, the Guardian has been told. King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman are understood to have disagreed over a number of important policy issues in recent weeks, including the war in Yemen. The unease is said to have been building since the murder in Turkey of the dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, which the CIA has reportedly concluded was ordered by Prince Mohammed. However, these tensions increased dramatically in late February when the king, 83, visited Egypt...
  • Russia-Israel team to eye foreign forces' pullout from Syria

    03/03/2019 6:30:31 AM PST · by NorseViking · 11 replies
    AFP ^ | March 3, 2019
    Jerusalem (AFP) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that Israel and Russia are to form a joint team to examine the withdrawal of foreign forces from Syria. Israel is seeking the removal of Iranian forces and has vowed to keep its main enemy from entrenching itself militarily in the neighbouring country. Netanyahu met Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday in Moscow to discuss Iran's presence in Syria. "I made it unequivocally clear that Israel will not allow the military entrenchment of Iran in Syria, and I also made it unequivocally clear that we would continue to take military action...
  • Ilhan Omar Accuses Pro-Israel Americans of ‘Allegiance to a Foreign Country’

    03/01/2019 5:31:05 AM PST · by KC_Lion · 58 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 28 Feb 2019 | Joel B. Pollack
    Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) is being accused of antisemitism again after accusing pro-Israel Americans of “allegiance to a foreign country” at an event on Wednesday evening in Washington, DC. Laura Kelly, reported at the Jewish Insider that Omar told an audience of supporters at the Busboys and Poets café: “I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is okay to push for allegiance to a foreign country,” meaning Israel.....The idea that Americans who support Israel owe “allegiance” to Israel, or are guilty of dual loyalty, is a familiar antisemitic theme — and has been...
  • Kushner meets Erdogan on Israel-Palestinian peace plan

    02/28/2019 2:10:18 PM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 27 replies
    ynetnews ^ | 2/28/19 | reuters
    ANKARA - White House adviser Jared Kushner discussed his Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday, and the two also discussed increasing US-Turkish cooperation and ways to boost economic conditions in the region. Kushner, who has responsibility for Washington's Israel-Palestinian policy, has said the peace plan will address final-status issues of the Israel-Palestinian conflict, including establishing borders. Photo: AFP Kushner and Erdogan Photo: AFP facebook print send to friend comment Kushner meets Erdogan on Israel-Palestinian peace plan After saying the US had forfeited its role as mediator in the Middle East by moving its embassy to Jerusalem,...
  • Iran president rejects Foreign Minister Zarif's resignation

    02/27/2019 10:45:21 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 1 replies
    BBC ^ | Wednesday, February 27, 2019
    "I would like to sincerely apologise for not being able to continue my service and for all my shortcomings during my service," he wrote on Instagram on Monday night. On Tuesday morning, he urged fellow diplomats not to follow his lead and suggested that he had resigned because he felt he had been sidelined. "I hope my resignation will act as a spur for the foreign ministry to regain its proper statutory role in the conduct of foreign affairs," he said. He was also quoted by the centrist newspaper Jomhuri Eslami as saying in an interview that political infighting was...
  • Palestinians uproot trees planted in memory of Jewish girl brutally murdered by jihadist

    02/26/2019 2:27:37 PM PST · by robowombat · 40 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | FEB 26, 2019 9:00 AM | CHRISTINE DOUGLASS-WILLIAMS
    Palestinians uproot trees planted in memory of Jewish girl brutally murdered by jihadist The attack on 19-year-old Ori Ansbacher was so brutal that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the murder “shocking brutality,” and it has been described by many as one of “the most horrific murders Israel has ever seen.” After being raped, she was murdered because she was Jewish, and the jihadist who did it, 29-year-old Hebron resident Arafat Irfayia, was captured in a mosque after DNA evidence led Israeli authorities there. Palestinian Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida’is was so incensed that Israeli authorities dared to enter a...
  • 'This isn't over': Islamic State loyalties linger despite defeat

    02/26/2019 8:49:03 PM PST · by blueplum · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | 26 Feb 2019 | Ellen Francis
    DEIR AL-ZOR PROVINCE, Syria (Reuters) - Having joined Islamic State in Syria four years ago, the Algerian woman only abandoned the jihadists’ last scrap of besieged territory when her daughter was shot in the leg... (snip) Adnan Afrin, an SDF official, said the civilian convoys from Baghouz have included a growing number of surrendering militants. They are searched for bombs and mines before being allowed to go any further, he said. The SDF estimates about 30,000 people have left Baghouz. It aims to eliminate or force the surrender of remaining fighters, who, according to the SDF, have dug defensive tunnels....
  • Iraqi official: No ties with Israel without Palestinian state

    02/25/2019 1:26:15 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 36 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/2/19
    A senior Iraqi official has told the Israel Public Broadcasting Corporation, "Iraq will not join the Arab states that are promoting the establishment of relations with Israel, as long as the establishment of a true and full Palestinian state with Jerusalem as a capital, an airport, a flag and an anthem is not ...
  • NewsGuard Rates Lara Logan Podcast Transcript ‘Real News’ on Some Sites, ‘Fake News’ on Others

    02/21/2019 8:52:59 PM PST · by KC_Lion · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 21 Feb 2019 | Charlie Nash
    NewsGuard, the browser plug-in that purports to separate real news from fake news and which, unlike most plug-ins, is included in Microsoft’s mobile Edge browser by default only requiring user activation, rated the exact same story about mainstream media journalist Lara Logan encouraging people to read news outlets from across the spectrum as fake on Breitbart News, but reliable on other websites. During a podcast interview, Logan claimed the media was “mostly liberal.” “The media everywhere is mostly liberal, not just the U.S.,” she proclaimed, adding, “Although the media has historically always been left-leaning, we’ve abandoned our pretense —...
  • Hayward: Rape Survivor Lara Logan Gets Cold Shoulder from Media

    02/19/2019 9:21:13 PM PST · by KC_Lion · 43 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 19 Feb 2019 | John Hayward
    Television journalist Lara Logan poked the mainstream media beehive last week in a no-holds-barred interview where she bluntly accused many reporters of becoming “political activists” and even “propagandists” for the Left and said journalism has descended into “absolute horses**t.” The response has been furious, personal, and devoid of the respect normally demanded for rape survivors.Lara Logan is a rape survivor in the most literal no-horsesh**t sense of the term. She was assaulted by a mob in Cairo while covering the Arab Spring uprising in February 2011 for CBS News and could easily have been killed. She has made it clear...
  • Arab leaders play down Palestinian issue in leaked video

    02/17/2019 7:04:27 AM PST · by SJackson · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2-15-19 | ARON HELLER
    WARSAW, Poland – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office on Thursday released a video of a closed meeting in which senior Gulf Arab officials play down the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, defend Israel's right to defend itself, and describe Iran as the greatest threat to regional peace. The video, bearing the insignia of Netanyahu's office, gave a rare glimpse into the behind-the-scenes contacts the Israeli leader frequently boasts of, but which are rarely seen in public. The video was recorded on a mobile device and it was not clear who took it. Netanyahu's office briefly made the YouTube video available to a...
  • Shah's Son Asserts Iranian Regime 'Close' To Collapse

    02/13/2019 7:08:42 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 17 replies
    Radio Liberty ^ | Feb 12, 2019
    Reza Pahlavi, the exiled former crown prince of Iran, said in an interview with RFE/RL's Radio Farda that he thinks "we are really close to the fall of the [Iranian] regime." He added that the current situation in Iran is similar to how it was in 1979 when his father left Iran amid violent turmoil and went into exile. That upheaval ended centuries of monarchy in Iran and led to the formation of the Islamic Republic of Iran with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khomeini at its head. "The atmosphere [in Iran] seems to be close to a flash point," he said...
  • Egypt Pumps Toxic Gas into Smuggling Tunnel, Killing Two Palestinians

    02/11/2019 4:16:51 AM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 51 replies
    Jpost ^ | 2/11/19 | Anna Ahronheim
    Two Palestinians died Monday and several others injured after Egyptian troops pumped toxic fumes into a smuggling tunnel stretching into the Sinai Peninsula from the Gaza Strip. The Hamas-run Gaza Interior Ministry was quoted by Wafa news as identifying the two as 39-year-old Hamas officer Abdul Hamid al-Aker, who was killed during a “security mission to inspect the tunnel,” and 28-year-old Sobhi Abu Qarshin. Abu Qarshin was said to have died during a rescue attempt. Several other security personnel were rescued by civil defense teams from inside the tunnel and were rushed to hospital, where they were described as being...