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  • 4 Islamic Jihad members killed in Gaza 'work accident' blast

    04/15/2018 5:04:11 PM PDT · by BBell · 16 replies
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The militant Islamic Jihad group said four of its members were killed Saturday in a "work accident" in the southern Gaza Strip along the border with Israel. The explosion struck a three-wheeled vehicle near one of the five protest camps Palestinians have set up along the volatile Gaza-Israel border in recent weeks. Islamic Jihad said all four were killed "during preparations" without elaborating, implying they were preparing an attack against Israel. The Israeli military said it was unaware of any activity in the area of the blast.
  • Trump pressure pushes Jordan to choose Israel or PLO

    04/15/2018 7:16:29 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 13 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/15/18 | David Singer
    Jordan's decision should be a no-brainer The Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO)—refusing to bow to pressure by President Trump to cease payments to terrorists and their families currently exceeding US$400 million annually—is looming as a potential threat to end 96 years of unbroken Hashemite rule in Jordan. PLO Chairman Mahmoud Abbas - addressing the ninth annual Islamic Beit al-Maqdes International Conference in Ramallah last week—has sent a veiled message of the PLO’s intention to challenge Jordan’s ruling Hashemite family if PLO demands for a State in the West Bank with Jerusalem as its capital are not met.
  • Syria Update: Russia Calls For UN Security Council Meeting, Israel Declares No Fly Zone In Golan

    04/14/2018 5:20:30 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 9 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 4/142018 | Nextrush/Self
    "Russia strongly condemns the attack on Syria where Russian servicemen are helping the legitimate government in the war on terrorism" Russian President Vladimir Putin 4/14/2018 Russia is calling for a UN Security Council meeting to discuss the attacks in Syria last night...... Israel, meanwhile, apparently fearing Iranian retaliation, has declared a No Fly Zone in the Golan region......
  • Warren Joins the Jackals, Slams Israel for Defending Itself Against Terror

    04/13/2018 7:10:17 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 34 replies
    freebeacon ^ | April 13, 2018 | Adam Kredo
    Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) has called on the Israeli government to show "restraint" amid what has now been weeks of protests by Hamas terrorists who have swarmed the Israeli border and stoked violence. "I am deeply concerned about the deaths and injuries in Gaza," Warren was quoted as saying. "As additional protests are planned for the coming days, the Israel Defense Forces should exercise restraint and respect the rights of Palestinians to peacefully protest." The quote is likely to rankle the pro-Israel community, which has become increasingly strained with the Democratic Party as lawmakers such as Warren adopt a...
  • The Cold War's Arab Spring: How the Soviets Created Today's Middle East

    04/10/2018 9:03:25 AM PDT · by GoldenState_Rose · 15 replies
    Tablet Magazine ^ | Claire Berlinsky
    The dominant narrative of modern Middle East history emphasizes European colonization and accepts as a truism that the former colonial powers prioritized the protection of their material interests—in oil, above all—above the dignity and self-determination of the region’s inhabitants. --Thus did botched decolonization result in endless instability...Thus did the region become a breeding ground for radicalism, intensified by Cold War rivalry between the superpowers, who replaced the European colonizers as the region’s meddling overlords...Then came Mikhail Gorbachev—a Westernizing reformer. At last, the Cold War was over. A new world order was at hand. What if this conventional wisdom is nonsense?...
  • Keeping Assad and Putin guessing, Trump would make Carl von Clausewitz proud........

    04/10/2018 10:39:51 PM PDT · by caww · 63 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | April 10, 2018 | Tom Rogan
    First off, by waiting to strike, the U.S. keeps Syrian air defense forces in a state of very high readiness and forces Assad to continue guessing whether the U.S. knows where his high-value assets have been relocated. At the tactical level (front line Syrian military units) and strategic level (Assad and his commanders), the U.S. approach here means significant stress and abundant fear. This matters because effective military force and strategy is largely determined by the ability of individuals to operate effectively. But if individuals are fearful and exhausted, their operability will suffer. Even if marginally, this mitigates the threat...
  • Why Putin probably won't retaliate against US strikes on Assad in Syria.........

    04/10/2018 10:26:01 PM PDT · by caww · 29 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | April 10, 2018 | Tom Rogan
    When the U.S. takes military action against Syrian President Bashar Assad for his chemical weapons attack last Saturday, Russia is unlikely to retaliate. Two factors underline why. First off, the Russians do not want to associate themselves with what Assad has done. Putin doesn't like the public relations aftermath he is now suffering. In turn, while Putin is employing his standard distraction-deception-threat strategy in an attempt to shield Assad from blame, his eye is on other agendas. Notably, avoiding new sanctions targeting Moscow and ensuring that the upcoming soccer World Cup — which Putin sees as critical to attract much-needed...
  • Israel says slain journalist was a Hamas spy. The U.S. had just approved a grant for his company.

    04/10/2018 9:31:36 PM PDT · by Innovative · 17 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 10, 2018 | Loveday Morris and Hazem Balousha
    Israel’s defense minister said Tuesday that a Palestinian journalist who was shot dead by Israeli troops on the Israel­-Gaza border was a Hamas operative, although the media production company he founded had recently been vetted for a U.S. government grant. Yaser Murtaja, the co-founder of Ain Media, was shot as he filmed protests at the border fence Friday. Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said that Murtaja, who used drones to film in the course of his work, was giving drone footage of Israeli positions to Hamas, was the equivalent of a captain in the group’s military wing and had been on...
  • ANALYSIS: Russia is aiding Iran Axis prepare for war with Israel

    04/10/2018 7:48:25 AM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 60 replies
    INN ^ | 4/8/18 | Yochanan Visser
    With all eyes on Israel’s southern front where Hamas is desperately trying to conceal the fact it has run out of military options in its never ending war against the Jewish State, Hezbollah and the pro-Assad axis seem to be gearing up for the long anticipated confrontation with the IDF. Iranian and Israeli media reported last week that the pro-Assad coalition is preparing for an offensive against Islamist rebel groups in the Kuneitra and Daraa provinces in southern Syria. The pro-Assad axis, which includes Hezbollah and other Shiite militias, has reportedly deployed tanks and heavy artillery on the Syrian Golan...
  • Haley: Russian hands 'covered in blood' from Syria attack

    04/09/2018 6:24:14 PM PDT · by McGruff · 81 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 9, 2018 | Julia Manchester
    U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley slammed Russia over a deadly chemical attack on Syrian civilians, saying the country's hands are "covered in blood." "The Russian regime, whose hands are all covered in the blood of Syrian children, cannot be ashamed by pictures of its victims," Haley said during a U.N. Security Council meeting on Monday. "We must not overlook Russia and Iran's roles in enabling the Assad regime's murderous destruction," she continued.
  • International court warns Israel may be charged over Gaza deaths

    04/09/2018 12:13:04 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 30 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8/4/18 | David Rosenberg
    The International Criminal Court at The Hague may prosecute Israel over the deaths of Arab rioters who clashed with IDF forces on the Gaza-Israel frontier over the past week and a half, a top ICC official warned Sunday. Chief Prosecutor for the ICC Fatou Bensouda issued a statement Sunday demanding an end to the use of violence on the border between Israel and Gaza, and suggested that both Israel and the Hamas terror organization could be held responsible for the deaths of some 30 Arab rioters and terrorists killed since activists launched six weeks of violent protests on the frontier...
  • Russia Blasts Israeli Use of Force Against Palestinians

    04/09/2018 11:17:06 AM PDT · by GoldenState_Rose · 16 replies
    Moscow Times ^ | April 9, 2018 | Reuters
    Russia's Foreign Ministry said on Monday that the Israeli army's use of force against Palestinians at protests inside the Gaza Strip was unacceptable. Palestinian demonstrations, which began on March 30, have been dubbed "The Great March of Return" of refugees and their descendants to ancestral homes now in Israel. In a statement, the Russian Foreign Ministry criticized what it described as Israel's "indiscriminate use of force against the civilian population." Earlier on Monday, Russia's Defense Ministry accused Israel of carrying out airstrikes against a Syrian air base on Sunday following an alleged chemical weapons attack against civilians.
  • Palestinian Chutzpah Magnificiently Encapsulated in One Story

    04/08/2018 9:21:11 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 13 replies
    Israellycool ^ | 4/8/18 | Aussie Dave
    You cannot make this stuff up. Groups of Palestinians in Gaza lit hundreds of tires on fire last Friday during the second weekend of a six-week-long planned protest in the border region between Israel and the coastal enclave. The protesters lit the tires in order to blur the vision of soldiers in the region and attempt to prevent them from opening fire, according to a Gaza-based source. “We have been informed by the Israeli side that imports of tires have been halted until further notice,” Muhammad Hamdan, a spokesman for the PA Transportation Ministry told The Jerusalem Post. In the...
  • Paris condemns Israeli army's 'indiscriminate fire' in Gaza

    04/08/2018 9:42:43 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    AFP via TheLocal.fr ^ | 8 April 2018 03:33 CEST+02:00
    France on Saturday condemned “indiscriminate fire” by the Israeli army in the latest border clashes that left nine Palestinians dead in the Gaza strip. “France reiterates its strong disapproval of the indiscriminate fire of the Israeli army. All possible light must be shed on these serious events,” Agnes von der Muhll, spokeswoman for the French foreign ministry, said in a statement. […] “France calls on the authorities concerned to exercise the utmost restraint and stresses that the use of force must be proportionate, in accordance with international humanitarian law to prevent further victims,” the statement added. …
  • Israel edges to NATO as Turkey pivots to Russia. (Should Turkey leave NATO?)

    04/06/2018 10:57:16 AM PDT · by GoldenState_Rose · 21 replies
    Breaking Defense ^ | Mar 2018 | Arie Egozi
    For a while, Turkey and Israel were the unexpected couple, the increasingly Muslim state buying the Jewish state’s weapons and Israel offering Turkey a potentially strategic gas and oil pipeline. That all changed when Israeli commandos raided the so-called Gaza Freedom Flotilla in May 2010 in international waters of the Mediterranean. Nine activists were killed, including eight Turkish nationals and one Turkish American, and many were wounded. That was a turning point in the relations between the two countries. But three years later, the two sides appeared to mend relations. But as the Syrian civil war spiraled out of control...
  • Three Die as Protests Kick Off Again at Gaza-Israel Fence

    04/06/2018 9:33:07 AM PDT · by Simon Green · 30 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 04/06/18 | Rory Jones
    Thousands of Palestinians protested Friday at the fence dividing the Gaza Strip and Israel in a repeat of major demonstrations last week that turned deadly, as some burned tires that sent up massive plumes of smoke amid Israeli military gunfire. Three Gazans died from live fire, including a 16-year-old, and dozens were injured by late afternoon, Palestinian health authorities and local media said. The Israel military said the army responded with gunfire and water cannons as Palestinians hurled firebombs at soldiers and attempted to infiltrate Israeli territory. The demonstrations, which organizers say will continue for weeks, have presented Israel with...
  • Israel Warns Hamas – Do Not Attack Our Border

    04/05/2018 9:10:50 PM PDT · by IsraelBeach · 5 replies
    Israel News Agency ^ | April 5, 2018 | Joel Leyden
    Israel Warns Hamas – Do Not Attack Our BorderBy Joel Leyden Israel News AgencyJerusalem, Israel — April 5, 2018 … The Israel Defense Forces is warning the international terror group Hamas, its supporters and all who cooperate with Hamas not to approach Israel’s border with Gaza. “We will protect our borders from being breached and protect our civilians in the face of terror,” said IDF Major Keren Hajioff. “The IDF will not allow any breach of the security fence, which protects Israeli civilians, and will continue to operate in order to prevent terrorists who are involved in these acts of...
  • Minister Calls for Israel to Recognize Armenian Genocide

    04/05/2018 5:40:20 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 14 replies
    BIN ^ | 4/5/18 | JNS
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to recognize the mass murders of 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman government in 1915 as genocide. In the past, the Foreign Ministry had assessed that such a move was likely to lead to the expulsion of Israeli Embassy staff in Ankara and the recalling of TurkeyÂ’s ambassador from Israel. While Turkey denies that the mass killings constitute genocide, some 29 countries and 48 of the 50 U.S. states have officially recognized them as such. ErdanÂ’s call to recognize the Armenian genocide follows a war of words between Netanyahu and Turkish President Recep Tayyip ErdoÄŸan, in...
  • Israel Warns UN: Gaza Plan to Burn Tires ‘Ecologic Catastrophe’

    04/05/2018 5:25:47 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 21 replies
    BIN ^ | 4/5/18 | Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz
    Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai, the IDF head of the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, wrote a letter to Tedros Adhanom, the head of the World Health Organization, an agency of the United Nations concerned with international public health, warning that Hamas’ plan to burn a massive amounts of tires on the border with Israel on Friday would be an “ecologic catastrophe.” “The Hamas terrorist organization, which controls the Gaza Strip, has issued an order to burn about 10,000 tires this Friday along the border with Israel,” Mordechai wrote. “The burning of tires in such a huge quantity will...
  • French Special Ops Deploy, Join President Trump’s Stop-Turkey Line in Syria

    04/04/2018 7:29:36 PM PDT · by ethom · 20 replies
    French special operations troops have moved into two US Syrian bases, Manbij and Remelin, as the US boosts its lines against Turkey. While US President Donald Trump was saying Tuesday, April 3, that he would “decide very quickly” to remove US troops from Syria, our exclusive military sources report that US Marines were heading toward the northern Syrian town of Manbij as reinforcements against Turkish inroads. They took up positions along the Sajur River, one of the three tributaries that feed the Euphrates River in Syria from sources in Turkey. This action blocked the Turkish army’s land access to Manbij,...