by Tom O'Connor
While President Donald Trump condemned Iran in his address to the United Nations General Assembly, the foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia and Yemen, the ambassadors of Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates to Washington and the director of Israel's Mossad spy agency were among those who spoke alongside two of President Donald Trump's most senior officials at the 2018 United Against Nuclear Iran summit. These five U.S.-backed countries have accused Iran of interfering in their respective internal affairs and were among the few world powers to welcome Trump's decision to unilaterally abandon a 2015 multinational deal by which Iran agreed to denuclearize in exchange for a lifting of sanctions.
At a time when traditional U.S. allies France, Germany and the UK – all of which also signed the nuclear deal – were working alongside China and Russia to counter US sanctions against Iran, this Middle Eastern quintet has formed the core of foreign support for Trump's hardline stance against the revolutionary Shiite Muslim power. UAE ambassador to the US Yousef al-Otaiba said Tuesday that the Iranian threat was existential.
"We have paid the price more than anyone else in our part of the world," Otaiba said, sitting on a panel beside State Department director of policy planning Brian Hook and Saudi Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed al-Jubeir. "The Gulf countries, Israel and the countries in the immediate vicinity are the ones at immediate risk."
FOOD for THOUGHT. by Steven Shamrak
The truth is the Brits have never had high moral standard where Jews are concerned! Britian is the one of the first Christian states that expelled Jews. The UK did everything possible to negate and sabotage its promise to help restore the Jewish state - Israel still has a lot to do to fix this mess (these are just two of the typical cases)! The major worry is how easy and fast the UK reverted to its pre-WW2 anti-Semitic self!
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IDF released satellite images showing Hezbollah’s precise missile-conversion infrastructure in the heart of Beirut. The missile sites were placed in three locations: the Hezbollah soccer team’s stadium; near the Hariri International Airport; and in a marina in the heart of a residential neighborhood and close to civilian buildings. (It must be in violation of some international laws and a war crime - but anti-Semites do not care!)
The UN agency for “Palestinian refugees”, received pledges of $118 million from donor countries to help it overcome a crisis triggered by US funding cuts. Kuwait and the European Union were among the biggest contributors along with Germany, Ireland and Norway.
Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) announced plans for a luxury tourism destination on its northwestern coast on the Red Sea, the latest in a series of mega projects as the oil-reliant kingdom seeks to diversify. The project called “Amaala” would be “a natural extension of the Mediterranean Sea, and dubbed the Riviera of the Middle East”. (They will need many builders and hospitality personnel - a perfect job opportunity for a million or two of 'Palestinians’ to move in!)
PM refuses to participate in anti-Semitism conference run by UNESCO after the organization denies Jewish heritage. Since 2009, UNESCO has adopted 71 resolutions against Israel and only two resolutions that protect all other countries together. Anti-Semitism once discriminated against and defamed the Jewish people. Today it distinguishes against and defames the Jewish state.
Vehicle of Jewish family attacked with rocks and clubs while stuck in a traffic jam in Arab village in Galilee. The villagers identified Jews were sitting in a vehicle then the Arabs attacked the car with rocks and clubs. After Arabs broke the windows family members were hit. (This was not reported by international 'Israel-loving' media! There is no difference in the amount of hate and deadly intention between Israeli Arabs and so-called Palestinians. All enemies must be removed from Jewish land!)
UK Labour Party backs freeze on arms sales to Israel. British Labour Party criticizes Israel’s use of force against protesters on Gaza border and calls for more government funding for UNRWA. (UK has more to lose from conducting an anti-Semitic policy. As the UK readies to depart the EU, figures show its exports to Israel soared by 75 percent in the first six months of 2018.)
World Bank report warns Gaza Strip economy is in ‘free fall’. Gaza’s economy has contracted by 6 percent in the first quarter of 2018. It said unemployment is now over 50% - and over 70% among Gaza’s youth. Israel says the blockade, also imposed by Egypt, is in place in order to prevent weapons and other military equipment from entering the Strip. (Terrorism, sponsored by the UN and other willing international anti-Semites, is the only viable employment!)
Israel currently has around 425 research and development outposts set up by multinationals. Israel has long been hailed as one of the world's heavyweight tech hubs, with multinationals shopping for acquisitions big and small and opening local research and development outposts. Intel employs around 7,000 research and development employees in the country, Microsoft employs 1,200, and Apple around 1,000. Google and IBM employ 800 and 600, respectively, and even Amazon has recently started leveraging Israeli talent.
South Africa’s ambassador to Israel has not permanently returned to Israel and will leave for his country again shortly, the Foreign Ministry in Pretoria said. This despite a letter, purportedly by South Africa’s embassy, that had festively announced Ambassador Sisa Ngombane’s return some days ago. (Israel must make international bigots pay - enough with the game at Israel's expense!)
Local authorities in Gaza border communities have issued new and updated safety guidelines in recent days, in light of an increase in terrorist attacks involving balloons attached to explosives being launched from Gaza. Recently, an average of 12 fires a day were caused by incendiary balloons, most of them in the Be'eri and Kissufim forests or in open fields in the Eshkol and Sha'ar HaNegev Regional Councils. And 7 Gazans reportedly killed in Friday's border riots. (After 12 incendiary balloon fires a day for several months - still there is no firm response! Any organization or government giving aid to Gaza must be sued for damages in Israel. Let them spend their money to those who deserve it – the victims of terrorism.)
Ireland became the second European country in a week to say it will recognize Palestinian statehood if peace talks with Israel do not advance. At a press conference with PA foreign minister, Simon Coveney warns that ‘a lot of other countries in Europe’ are likely to do the same. (The PA did not negotiate any way, but they are now given additional reasons not to negotiate!)
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that he will defend Jerusalem from Israeli “invaders” and against those who carry out “state terror” against the Palestinians. The Turkish leader also said he would continue his diplomatic battle with Israel and the US over the future of the Israeli capital. (Erdogan has been using hostility toward Israel as a tool to raise his popularity. It is time to start dealing with Turkey as with any other enemy-state! And why does Turkey still remain a member of NATO?)
QUOTE of the WEEK:
“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.” - Albert Einstein
Russia is Changing Rules of the Game!
Russia will supply an S-300 surface-to-air missile system to Syria despite strong Israeli objections, a week after Moscow accused Israel of indirectly causing the downing of a Russian military jet in Syria. Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said Moscow had in the past obliged Israel by refraining from providing Syria with the S-300. "A modern S-300 air defense missile system will be transferred to the Syrian armed forces within two weeks," he said. The system will "significantly increase the Syrian army's combat capabilities." (For quite a while Russia was looking for an excuse to make money for S-300 sale to Syria. It will make sure that it is paid up front!)
Russia will arm Syria with S-300 air defense systems and start jamming navigation in the E. Mediterranean. This the first time a major world power has declared electronic war against any country. Moscow rejected Israel’s version of the Ilyushin crash with 15 Russian servicemen aboard as untruthful. (How many more Russian soldiers must die due to stupidity and incompetence of Russian and Syrian military commands?)
Analysis: Russia really had no interest in hearing the Israeli version of the Latakia offensive. Moscow’s reception of the IAF commander to explain Israel’s version was merely a facade. For Russia, Israel’s culpability was a foregone conclusion, but what it really wanted was more information on how Israel’s intel works and to alter agreements regarding Israel’s freedom to act in Syrian skies.
The Bottom Line: Putin wants to sell S-300 system for quite a while. Now he has an excuse to do so and make hundreds of millions of dollars. I would not be surprised if the crew of 15 men of IL-20 was deliberately sacrificed by corrupt Russian leadership to benefit from the deal! What an evil and ridiculous idea, but is it?
by Maria Tsvetkova
More than 300 men working for a Kremlin-linked Russian private military firm, the Wagner organization, were either killed or injured in Syria during the US strike.
A Russian military doctor said around 100 had been killed, and a source who knows several of the fighters said the death toll was in excess of 80 men.
Russian officials said that only five citizens may have been killed, but they had no relation to Russia’s armed forces.
The timing of the casualties coincided with a battle on Feb. 7, 2018 near the Syrian city of Deir al-Zor where, according to US officials and associates of the fighters involved, US-led coalition forces attacked forces aligned with Moscow’s ally, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
The source with ties to Wagner said they told him the force struck by the US-led coalition was made up mainly of Russian contractors, with a few Syrians and Iranians in support roles.