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30.11.2020 - 21:59 [ theHill.com ]

Kushner going to Saudi Arabia, Qatar in last-ditch diplomatic push: report

White House adviser Jared Kushner will travel to Qatar and Saudi Arabia this week, seeking to broker more diplomatic pacts in the Middle East in the Trump administration’s final days, The Wall Street Journal reported.

30.11.2020 - 11:22 [ Haaretz ]

Full Transparency for the Submarine Inquiry

The commission’s first meeting, scheduled for Monday, has been postponed at Mendelblit’s request until the scope of its activity has been defined. The commission is expected to submit a final report in about four months.

28.11.2020 - 13:07 [ Reuters / MSN.com ]

ANALYSIS-Covert Israeli-Saudi meeting sends Biden a strong message on Iran

„It’s Iran, Iran, Iran,“ Israeli cabinet minister Tzachi Hanegbi told Israel’s Army Radio when asked about the visit. „It is very, very important to create the axis which isolates Iran.“

27.11.2020 - 18:12 [ Javad Zarif, Foreign Minister of Islamic Republic of Iran / Twitter ]

Terrorists murdered an eminent Iranian scientist today. This cowardice—with serious indications of Israeli role—shows desperate warmongering of perpetrators Iran calls on int’l community—and especially EU—to end their shameful double standards & condemn this act of state terror.

27.11.2020 - 18:09 [ CNN ]

Iran’s top nuclear scientist killed in apparent assassination, state media reports

Iran’s top nuclear scientist was reportedly killed Friday in an apparent assassination that the country’s foreign minister linked to Israel.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office has not responded to CNN’s request for comment.

24.11.2020 - 20:38 [ Erik Sperling 🌍 #YemenCantWait / Twitter ]

Tony Blinken, in Riyadh, April 2015: “Saudi Arabia is sending a strong message […] we have expedited weapons deliveries, we have increased our intelligence sharing, and we have established a joint coordination planning cell in the Saudi operation centre”

23.11.2020 - 19:22 [ Fox News ]

Saudi UN ambassador: Nobody ‘naive enough’ to rejoin Iran nuclear deal – including Biden administration

He added: “If there is a new deal in which Saudi Arabia is involved in the discussion and which covers the shortcomings of the previous deal, such as Iran’s hydromantic behavior in the region and the issue of the missiles and the supply of weapons to rebel groups and so forth, then we will be all for it.”

23.11.2020 - 19:16 [ Mairav Zonszein מרב זונשיין / Twitter ]

It seems pretty clear Netanyahu would want this meeting leaked, just a couple of days after calling on Biden not to rejoin JCPOA. This will be a very long two months.

23.11.2020 - 19:04 [ i24NEWS English / Twitter ]

Saudi Foreign Minister’s tweet denying the meeting with Israeli officials was rather polite and shows that Saudi Arabia is in a stage where they are preparing their own public opinion, @i24NEWS_AR ’s Ali Waked tells @benitalevin

16.11.2020 - 11:14 [ NLTimes.nl ]

U.S spied on allies, including Netherlands, through Denmark

According to the Danish broadcaster, the NSA and Danish military service FE signed an agreement in 2008, which stated that the Americans would help Denmark tap internet cables in the European country. In return, the NSA gained access to internet cables to Eastern Europe. Together they processed the data in a data center near Copenhagen Airport, which was built for that purpose.

But the United States also used that internet access to spy on Denmark itself, and surrounding countries including the Netherlands, Germany and Sweden, the whistleblower, a former employee of the FE, said to DR.

16.11.2020 - 11:11 [ privateinternetaccess.com ]

The head of Denmark’s spy program has been fired for snooping on citizens and lying about it

(26.08.2020)

The government in Denmark has fired 3 top officials from the country’s foreign intelligence agency, the Forsvarets Efterretningstjeneste (FE), following revelations from a whistleblower. The officials, including the head of the agency, Lars Finden, have been “relieved of duty for the time being” following the release of a trove of documents. The documents detailed that the FE has been illegally spying on Danish citizens in the last six years and were released by an unnamed whistleblower to the independent regulator of Danish security services which is known as Tilsynet med Efterretningstjenesterne (TET).

12.11.2020 - 15:14 [ Haaretz ]

The Electoral Math Behind Netanyahu’s Sudden Affinity for Arab Lawmakers

Last Thursday, in an interview with Radio Anas, Abbas said he wouldn’t dismiss supporting legislation to freeze Netanyahu’s trial. The choice of Matanyahu Englman as state comptroller was attributed to the “defection” of Ra’am members from the opposition ranks, in addition to Abbas’ support for canceling the vote that approved the establishment of an inquiry committee on the submarine procurements.

24.10.2020 - 04:09 [ Xinhuanet ]

Peace in Afghanistan to enhance regional connectivity: Pakistani PM

An Afghan parliamentary delegation, headed by Rahmani, arrived in Pakistan on Friday to discuss relations between the two parliaments and Pakistan’s role in the Afghan peace process, and also to boost economic ties.

30.09.2020 - 23:20 [ Haaretz ]

A Body Blow to Democracy

It’s important to be precise: In practice, this legislation does not limit demonstrations, it bans them. The proposed restrictions are so draconian that they amount to a prohibition. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is attempting, in the most cynical fashion, to exploit the coronavirus and the restrictions needed to fight its spread in order to undermine fundamental democratic rights and to suppress the dissent against him and his incorrigible government.

30.09.2020 - 23:07 [ The Jerusalem Post / Twitter ]

The High Court of Justice has given little help to the #protest movement against Prime Minister Benjamin #Netanyahu, slow-walking their petition to strike down new corona-era limits on demonstrations. @jeremybob1 reports.

30.09.2020 - 23:05 [ Times of Israel ]

High Court says it won’t block a coronavirus law limiting protests, for now

Justice Neal Hendel has given the government a week — until October 7 — to respond to the Movement for Quality Government’s petition, according to an update by the plaintiffs on their Twitter account.

28.09.2020 - 15:10 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Israel revolutionized Azerbaijan’s drone arsenal. Are the weapons working?

(21.07.2020)

The Orbiter 1K is what is known as a “loitering munition,” or kamikaze drone. The drone behaves like a drone, hovering around, until it finds a target and then slams into it like a cruise missile. In February 2019, Aeronautics reportedly completed new sales to Azerbaijan. The country has a hunger for Israeli kamikaze-style drones. The Washington Post reported in 2016 that it used an IAI (Israel Aerospace Industries) Harop against Armenians as well. Armenia has complained about the 2016 incident.

28.09.2020 - 15:00 [ Haaretz.com ]

Israeli Kamikaze Drone Maker Carried Out Live Demo on Armenian Army Targets, Complaint Says

(15.08.2017)

Israeli Defense Ministry probes allegation that Azerbaijan asked Aeronautics Defense Systems to demonstrate drone on military target. When the drone operators refused, managers attempted to carry out the test. The company denies the allegation.

28.09.2020 - 14:39 [ SIPRI.org ]

USA and France dramatically increase major arms exports; Saudi Arabia is largest arms importer, says SIPRI

(09.03.2020)

Russia accounted for almost all of Armenia’s arms imports over the past five years. A total of 60 per cent of Azerbaijan’s arms imports came from Israel and 31 per cent from Russia.

28.09.2020 - 14:25 [ BusinessInsider.com ]

Russia says won’t halt arms sales to arch foes Armenia and Azerbaijan

(09.04.2016)

Russia will continue its arms sales to both Azerbaijan and Armenia despite the latest flare-up of the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said in an interview broadcast on Saturday.

28.09.2020 - 14:17 [ Jamestown.org ]

Russia’s Arms Sales: A Foreign Policy Tool in Relations With Azerbaijan and Armenia

(28.03.2018)

Russia has long been Azerbaijan’s main arms supplier. Between 2013 and 2017, its share was 65 percent of Azerbaijan’s total foreign weapons imports (Sipri.org, March 2018). Although Russia is the main arms seller to Azerbaijan, it also provides military equipment to Armenia.

28.09.2020 - 14:05 [ ForeignPolicy.com ]

Armenia and Azerbaijan Are at War Again – and Not in Nagorno-Karabakh

(24.08.2020)a

A 2018 report by the Moscow-based Centre for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies shows that annual defense spending rose from $700 million in 2007 to $3.7 billion in 2013. Included in this was roughly $5 billion in Russian arms purchases: Baku bought T-90C battle tanks, BTR-82A armored personnel carriers, Mi-35M helicopter gunships, and other equipment.

Baku’s Israeli purchases, however, have been most visible on the battlefield, in particular its drones. All eight drone types reportedly in Azerbaijan’s inventory hail from Israel, with which Azerbaijan has a long-running military relationship.

23.09.2020 - 04:38 [ International Telecommunication Union ]

The ITU 2020 Global CyberDrill, September-November 2020

The main objectives of this CyberDrill are as follows:

– Provide situational awareness to key public and private sector participants who lead their firms, organizations, or jurisdictions during a cyber disruption;- Bring the CERT/CIRT/CSIRT community together in a unified exercise to build global response and recovery capabilities;
– Test operational resiliency key concepts across CSIRT/CIRT/CERT community;
– Identify, exercise, and foster the improvement of processes, procedures, interactions and information sharing mechanisms that exist or should exist among CERTs/CSIRTs, SOCs, agencies, public bodies, and across regional organizations responsible for crisis management and regulatory bodies;
– Exercise coordination mechanisms, information sharing efforts, the development of shared situation awareness, and decision-making procedures of the cybersecurity community during cyber events; and,
– Raise awareness of other cyber exercise initiatives.​

23.09.2020 - 04:30 [ Nigerian Army Resource Centre / Twitter ]

Happening now at the Nigerian Army Resource Centre is CYBER drill by Organization Of Islamic Conference and Computer Emergency Response Team ( OIC CERT) . The Drill is aimed at intimating the ICT Department of the Center on the need to be Cyber security conscious.

23.09.2020 - 04:30 [ Oman News Center / Youtube ]

The Sultanate hosts the 8th Arab Regional & OIC-CERT Cyber Drill

The Sultanate hosts the 8th Arab Regional & OIC-CERT Cyber Drill
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23.09.2020 - 04:16 [ mcit.gov.eg ]

Egypt Partakes in ITU 2020 Global CyberDrill- Arab Regional Dialogue

Egypt, represented by the Egyptian Computer Emergency Response Team (EG-CERT), is participating in the “CyberDrill 2020 – Arab Region Regional Dialogue: CIRTs and lessons learned from COVID-19 crisis,” organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), online, on September 22.

The Global CyberDrill is a capacity building event which aims to enhance the communication and incident response capabilities of participating teams and promote collective efforts by national Computer Incident Response Teams (CIRTs) and Computer Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRTs).

16.09.2020 - 08:48 [ Haaretz ]

Annexation Plan Is Being Realized

In the meetings of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee from July 29 and August 18, MKs from Likud and Yamina and settlers whom they hosted, openly declared what the natural evolution of this process would be: The Palestinians must make do with Areas A and B; that is, no more than 39 percent of the West Bank, with non-contiguous strips of land. So said the man from the right-wing NGO Regavim, Meir Deutsch; so said Likud MK Nir Barkat, who also called for the settlement of two million Jews in the West Bank;

10.09.2020 - 23:34 [ Xinhuanet ]

Pakistani PM, Uzbek deputy PM discuss bilateral cooperation, regional connectivity

On the occasion, Pakistan and Uzbekistan signed a Memorandum of Understanding for establishment of Joint Working Group on Trade and Economic Affairs to work together for trade enhancement, promotion of inter-governmental projects in different sectors and improvement of connectivity, according to a statement released by the Ministry of Commerce of Pakistan.

05.09.2020 - 22:45 [ Armenpress ]

Police reform program with US assistance launches in Armenia

“For that purpose we have signed cooperation documents with US Ambassador to Armenia Lynne Tracy and Police Chief of Armenia Vahe Ghazaryan. All know how important the anti-corruption and police reforms are for our government. I want to thank our US partners led by Ambassador Lynne Tracy, as well as the US Embassy’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement for joining our goal to implement them and for the cooperation”, the minister said, expressing confidence that the initiatives of the government will be implemented successfully.

05.09.2020 - 11:39 [ theHill.com ]

Pentagon reaffirms decision to award multi-billion JEDI contract to Microsoft

The Pentagon on Friday reaffirmed its decision earlier this year to award a $10 billion cloud-computing contract to Microsoft over Amazon.

03.09.2020 - 09:09 [ Haaretz ]

Dozens Are Killed in Air Strikes Attributed to Israel in Syria. But Who’s Counting?

They are the most boring and low-priority reports of all. Most Israeli media outlets don’t even bother to post them. They are like a bus plunging into a river in Nepal, like victims in Chad’s civil war or trapped mine workers in Siberia.

The same applies to the victims of yet another Israeli air strike in Syria. Who’s heard about it? Who knows about it, who cares? Who has the energy to look into it?

02.09.2020 - 05:26 [ Haaretz ]

Can a Nuclear-armed Saudi Arabia Be Israel’s Partner for Peace?

Riyadh is systematically building a nuclear infrastructure that it could easily flip from civilian to military purposes. A Saudi Arabia whose strategic interests align with the U.S. and Israel today may be a very different country down the line

01.09.2020 - 09:06 [ Times of Israel ]

At least 6 reported killed in suspected Israeli strikes in southern Syria

“Israeli missiles bombed the vicinity of Izraa, the Namer Brigade, the Qarafa Brigade, and Tal Mahajah in the northeastern countryside of Daraa, where the Lebanese Hezbollah forces are present,” the organization said in a statement.

The report did not specifically identify the foreign fighters as members of Hezbollah.

29.08.2020 - 06:13 [ Xinhua ]

Merkel: EU, China want to set example for multilateralism

In addition, the German Chancellor said at the press conference that the EU will also strengthen its cooperation with China in third countries, for example, the cooperation between the two sides in African countries.

Merkel said that the EU and China should also hold conversations on topics where they have different views. „We want to continue the conversation and set an example for multilateralism with fair framework conditions,“ said Merkel.

27.08.2020 - 20:42 [ Haaretz ]

How the UAE and Saudi Arabia Now Hold Israel Hostage

The UAE and Saudi Arabia now have significant leverage over Israel’s policies towards the Palestinians. And Riyadh is Israel’s real prize

27.08.2020 - 20:35 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu’s ‘Normalization’ Policy Will Turn Israel Into an Arab State

The fruits of the prime minister’s labors will ultimately propel Israel toward a single-state solution, but not before a long spell as an apartheid regime

26.08.2020 - 17:46 [ The Jordan Times ]

King holds trilateral summit with Egypt president, Iraq PM, reaffirms centrality of Palestinian cause

His Majesty King Abdullah, Egypt President Abdel Fattah El Sisi, and Iraq Prime Minister Mustafa Al Kadhimi on Tuesday held the third trilateral summit between Jordan, Egypt and Iraq in Amman.

26.08.2020 - 08:36 [ Dominic Raab, Außenminister des Vereinigten Königreichs / Twitter ]

The UK-Israel relationship is as strong as ever. I expressed enduring friendship to Foreign Minister @Gabi_Ashkenazi this morning.

(25.08.2020)

We discussed the significance of normalisation of
(Flag of United Arab Emirates) – (Flag of Israel) relations, and efforts towards greater peace in the Middle East

26.08.2020 - 08:16 [ Algemeiner / Twitter ]

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met on Monday with UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab in Jerusalem. The two discussed the Trump administration’s Israeli-Palestinian peace proposal and Iran’s “destabilizing influence” in the Middle East.

26.08.2020 - 06:55 [ New York Times ]

Pompeo Delivers R.N.C. Speech From Israel, With Eye Toward 2024

No sitting secretary of state had previously addressed a national political convention in at least 75 years.

22.08.2020 - 05:44 [ Haaretz ]

Democratic Convention Proves That on Israel, This Is Still Joe Biden’s Party

Much of this was by design. Onstage and off, the convention organizers delicately and carefully walked a tightrope in order to create as unified a front as possible. They needed to show respect to Sanders, who came in second in the primary contest, and to win the trust of high-profile acolytes like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, so that the party’s activist progressive wing will remain engaged in the election.

22.08.2020 - 05:22 [ Haaretz ]

Bibi Awaits Biden? F-35 Ordeal Proves Again the Complex Relations With Trump

In light of all this and more, one may certainly imagine a scenario in which, very quietly, at night before he goes to sleep, Netanyahu is secretly waiting for Joe Biden. The Democratic presidential nominee and his vice-presidential candidate, Kamala Harris, are much easier for AIPAC to maneuver and have a proven record of support for Israel.

True, they won’t pull a gesture out of their sleeve like a new embassy, and it’s also true that there is a wing of the Democratic Party that is very critical of Israel, partially because Netanyahu’s backing of Trump spurred opposition. But they are much more conventional, predictable and easier to work with.

17.08.2020 - 11:54 [ Max Burns / Independent.co.uk ]

AOC is becoming part of Biden’s inner circle. It’s a risky move

(29.07.2020)

In May, Biden tapped Ocasio-Cortez to lead his campaign’s Climate Task Force, alongside climate crusader and former secretary of state John Kerry.

14.08.2020 - 03:28 [ Fox News ]

Biden praises Israel-UAE peace deal announced by Trump, credits Obama administration

The former vice president praised the move as “a historic step to bridge the deep divides of the Middle East,” calling the UAE’s offer to “publicly recognize the State of Israel is a welcome, brave, and badly-needed act of statesmanship.”

“It is a critical recognition that Israel is a vibrant, integral part of the Middle East that is here to stay,” Biden said. “Israel can and will be a valued strategic and economic partner to all who welcome it.”

14.08.2020 - 03:23 [ Washington Post ]

Israel-UAE deal condemned by Palestinians, cheered by Egypt and Bahrain

Other Arab governments mostly stayed silent, as signs of anger from some of the region’s citizens trickled out.

14.08.2020 - 03:15 [ White House ]

Remarks by President Trump Announcing the Normalization of Relations Between Israel and the United Arab Emirates

Just a few moments ago, I hosted a very special call with two friends — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed of the United Arab Emirates — where they agreed to finalize a historical peace agreement. Everybody said this would be impossible. And, as you know, Mohammed is one of the great leaders of the Middle East.

After 49 years, Israel and the United Arab Emirates will fully normalize their diplomatic relations. They will exchange embassies and ambassadors, and begin cooperation across the board and on a broad range of areas, including tourism, education, healthcare, trade, and security.

This is a truly historic moment. Not since the Israel-Jordan peace treaty was signed more than 25 years ago has so much progress been made towards peace in the Middle East.

11.08.2020 - 09:10 [ Reuters ]

U.S. nuclear arsenal to cost $1.2 trillion over next 30 years: CBO

(October 31, 2017)

The CBO study reviewed the Obama’s Administration’s plans for modernization of the nuclear arsenal.

25.07.2020 - 15:41 [ Consortium News ]

37 Senate Dems Join GOP to Approve $740 Billion War Budget

The House and Senate are now expected to reconcile their two versions of the NDAA; the House bill includes a 3 percent pay raise for troops and $3.6 billion to combat China.

17.07.2020 - 02:52 [ TASS ]

Lavrov to hold talks with Algerian foreign minister in Moscow on July 22

The spokeswoman noted that Algeria plays an important role in maintaining regional stability in North Africa. „We believe that the upcoming talks will strengthen multifaceted bilateral cooperation,“ the diplomat concluded.

14.07.2020 - 16:25 [ New York Times ]

Caught in ‘Ideological Spiral,’ U.S. and China Drift Toward Cold War

Relations are in free fall. Lines are being drawn. As the two superpowers clash over technology, territory and clout, a new geopolitical era is dawning.

12.07.2020 - 15:33 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Scientists from the Wuhan virus lab have ‚defected‘ to the West, reveals senior Trump ally Steve Bannon – as FBI gathers evidence that coronavirus pandemic was caused by an accidental leak

He said: ‘The thing was built with French help, so don’t think that there aren’t some monitoring devices in there. I think what you are going to find out is that these guys were doing experiments which they weren’t fully authorised [for] or knew what they were doing and that somehow, either through an inadvertent mistake, or on a lab technician, one of these things got out.

‘It’s not that hard for these viruses to get out. That is why these labs are so dangerous.

‘You essentially had a biological Chernobyl in Wuhan, but the centre of gravity, the Ground Zero, was round the Wuhan lab, in terms of the casualty rates. And like Chernobyl, you also had the cover-up – the state apparatus reports to itself and just protects itself.’

12.07.2020 - 08:43 [ Jordan News Agency (Petra) ]

King receives US CENTCOM commander

His Majesty King Abdullah on Saturday received Commander of the US Central Command Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie, Jr., and discussed the strategic partnership between the two countries, especially military and security cooperation.

12.07.2020 - 08:41 [ Jordan News Agency (Petra) ]

Army chief, US CENTCOM discuss cooperation, region

During the meeting, which was attended by the US military attaché and a number of senior officers, they discussed regional and international developments and aspects of joint military cooperation to serve the armed force of the two countries.

02.07.2020 - 12:05 [ Liz Cheney ]

Dick Cheney says WEAR A MASK. #realmenwearmasks

02.07.2020 - 11:55 [ New York Times ]

Amid Virus Surge, Republicans Abruptly Urge Masks Despite Trump’s Resistance

Masks became a political cause for some in the early months of the pandemic. A growing set of Republican leaders are suddenly pushing Americans to wear them.

30.06.2020 - 17:54 [ Benjamin Weinthal / Jerusalem Post ]

German intel says Iran ‚massively promotes antisemitism, Israel hatred‘

The domestic intelligence agency for the city-state of Berlin disclosed Thursday in a new report on antisemitism that Iran’s clerical regime is a leading sponsor of Jew-hatred.

30.06.2020 - 12:42 [ IMEU / Twitter ]

15 members of the Israeli Knesset’s Joint List sent a letter to Democrats, calling on them to oppose annexation: „Democrats have a decision to make. Will they keep wringing their hands and expressing ‘concern,’ or are they going to do something about it?“

30.06.2020 - 08:25 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Palestinians offer negotiations days before planned annexation – report

The Palestinian Authority dispatched a letter on Monday addressed to the Quartet on the Middle East stating that it’s prepared to renew negotiations with Israel and agree to „minor territorial exchanges,“ according to reports by Ynet News on Monday night.

The Quartet on the Middle East, a foursome consisting of the United Nations, the US, Russia and the European Union involved in mediating the Israeli–Palestinian peace process.

28.06.2020 - 16:55 [ Communist Party of Israel ]

Joint List MKs to Democrats in the US Congress: Stop the Annexation

Hadash MK Aida Touma-Sliman (Joint List), who initiated the letter, said about the appeal to Congress: “The annexation and the occupation are international issues. The US administration constantly intervenes in the region and gives backing to the oppression of Palestinians. The administration can give the green light or put the brakes on annexation. Therefore, we have asked members of the Democratic Party, who might assume power soon, to express their clear objection to Israel’s annexation plans, to denounce the entire Trump plan, and to clarify that, if such plans are implemented, future administrations will not recognize their legitimacy. Annexation is illegal according to international law and is a crime against the Palestinian people. The entire international community must stand against it.”

28.06.2020 - 16:48 [ CommonDreams.org ]

Palestinian Members of Israeli Parliament Call on Democrats to Oppose Annexation

House Democrats are currently circulating a letter opposing annexation, but its wording is based around concerns for Israel’s security and there’s no mention of holding the country accountable for any of its actions towards Palestinians. A letter developed by Senate Democrats earlier this year implied that the United States/Israel relationship could be threatened by annexation, but any mention of this possibility was quickly removed.

28.06.2020 - 16:41 [ Yousef Jabareen, Member of Knesset / Twitter ]

This letter was sent to democratic members of US congress. The Joint List calls on Democrats to state loudly and clearly that they oppose Israel’s illegitimate annexation plans and the occupation.

(26.06.2020)

28.06.2020 - 16:13 [ Haaretz ]

The Blatant Moral Bankruptcy of U.S. Jewish Groups Shilling for Israel’s Annexation

How is it that despite the warnings of three previous Israeli prime ministers, including two IDF Chiefs of Staff and a former justice and foreign minister, that these sorts of steps towards annexation would lead to „apartheid,“ that not a single leader of a dominant Jewish organization in America can bring themselves to use the same word publicly?

How is it that in just a generation, the muscular Jewish leadership that existed in the Diaspora has been replaced by an Israeli caricature of itself: weak galus yidn, unwilling to stand up for our own beliefs, whose only role is to support our strong brethren in the Holy Land?

26.06.2020 - 11:22 [ theGrayzone.com ]

How a US and Qatari regime change deception produced ‘Caesar’ sanctions driving Syria towards famine

Authorized by Congress with no opposition, the so-called Caesar Civilian Protection Act amounts to an act of all out war on the very people it claims to protect. Targeting the Syrian Central Bank and penalizing any foreign company that does business with Damascus, the bill was conceived with the explicit aim of preventing the country from rebuilding after it defeated a proxy war imposed on it by the West, Israel, Turkey, and Gulf monarchies.

Charles Lister, a Gulf-backed de facto lobbyist for the Syrian opposition in Washington, inadvertently revealed the Caesar Act as an instrument of financial terror. In an op-ed for Politico this June, he forecasted “even greater levels of destitution, famine, and worsening criminality and predatory behavior” as a result of the new sanctions.

Predicting that “bread shortages are only a matter of time,” and projecting a famine in the near future, Lister cheerfully framed the human suffering caused by the sanctions as “an opportunity” for the United States to achieve regime change.

26.06.2020 - 10:47 [ Max Blumenthal / Twitter ]

Labour leader Keir Starmer confirms his role as establishment Thought Crime Enforcer, purging Rebecca Long-Bailey after she innocently shared an interview with a celebrity who happens to support BDS. Only pro-apartheid thoughts allowed in Labour!

25.06.2020 - 22:11 [ Max Blumenthal / MondoWeiss.net ]

From Occupation to ‘Occupy’: The Israelification of American domestic security

(December 2, 2011)

Back in New York, the NYPD set up a secret “Demographics Unit” designed to spy on and monitor Muslim communities around the city. The unit was developed with input and intensive involvement by the CIA, which still refuses to name the former Middle East station chief it has posted in the senior ranks of the NYPD’s intelligence division. Since 2002, the NYPD has dispatched undercover agents known as “rakers” and “mosque crawlers” into Pakistani-American bookstores and restaurants to gauge community anger over US drone strikes inside Pakistan, and into Palestinian hookah bars and mosques to search out signs of terror recruitment and clandestine funding. “If a raker noticed a customer looking at radical literature, he might chat up the store owner and see what he could learn,” the Associated Press reported. “The bookstore, or even the customer, might get further scrutiny.”

The Israeli imprimatur on the NYPD’s Demographics Unit is unmistakable. As a former police official told the Associated Press, the Demographics Unit has attempted to “map the city’s human terrain” through a program “modeled in part on how Israeli authorities operate in the West Bank.”

25.06.2020 - 22:01 [ theIntercept.com ]

Israel Security Forces Are Training American Cops Despite History of Rights Abuses

(September 15 2017)

In the aftermath of 9/11, Israel seized on its decades-long experience as an occupying force to brand itself as a world leader in counterterrorism. U.S. law enforcement agencies took the Jewish state up on its expertise by participating in exchange programs sponsored by an array of pro-Israel groups, like the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs, and the Anti-Defamation League. Over the past decade and a half, scores of top federal, state, and local police officers from dozens of departments from across the U.S. have gone to Israel to learn about its terrorism-focused policing.

Yet Israel’s policing prowess is marred by its primary purpose: occupation.

25.06.2020 - 21:41 [ Amnesty International USA ]

With Whom are Many U.S. Police Departments Training? With a Chronic Human Rights Violator – Israel

(August 25, 2016)

Baltimore law enforcement officials, along with hundreds of others from Florida, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, California, Arizona, Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Georgia, Washington state as well as the DC Capitol police have all traveled to Israel for training. Thousands of others have received training from Israeli officials here in the U.S.

Many of these trips are taxpayer funded while others are privately funded. Since 2002, the Anti-Defamation League, the American Jewish Committee’s Project Interchange and the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs have paid for police chiefs, assistant chiefs and captains to train in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT).

25.06.2020 - 21:28 [ Peoplesworld.org ]

Israeli forces trained cops in ‘restraint techniques’ at Minneapolis conference

(03.06.2020)

Neta Golan, co-founder of International Solidarity Movement (ISM), said: “When I saw the picture of killer cop Derek Chauvin murdering George Floyd by leaning in on his neck with his knee as he cried for help and other cops watched, I remembered noticing when many Israeli soldiers began using this technique of leaning in on our chest and necks when we were protesting in the West Bank sometime in 2006.

“They started twisting and breaking fingers in a particular way around the same time. It was clear they had undergone training for this. They continue to use these tactics—two of my friends have had their necks broken but luckily survived—and it is clear that they [Israel] share these methods when they train police forces abroad in ‘crowd control’ in the U.S. and other countries including Sudan and Brazil.”

25.06.2020 - 21:03 [ MPRnews.org ]

Minn. police learn from Israeli counter-terrorism conference

(June 26, 2012)

About 100 Minnesota law enforcement officers attended a counter-terrorism training conference in Minneapolis Monday.

The conference was put on by the Israeli consulate in Chicago, the FBI and Minnetonka police.

Deputy Consul Shahar Arieli said Israeli law enforcement officers shared techniques to prevent terrorist acts, such as suicide bombings.

25.06.2020 - 14:01 [ Haaretz ]

Engel’s Defeat in N.Y. Should Spur Netanyahu to Rethink Annexation – but It Won’t

Engel is liberal on most domestic issues but fiercely hawkish on foreign affairs, particularly on policies that advance Israel’s national security interests. He is considered a classic AIPAC-type congressman, one of a dwindling group of old guard Democrats who have helped maintain a semblance of bipartisan support for Israel in an era of political polarization and Democratic radicalization.

25.06.2020 - 13:42 [ New York Magazine ]

Engel Teaches Dems That Backing War and Apartheid Has a Downside

Engel was one of blue America’s most enthusiastic supporters of the war in Iraq. He was an opponent of Barack Obama’s nuclear agreement with Iran. After the Obama administration allowed the passage of a United Nations resolution condemning Israeli settlement expansion in the occupied West Bank, Engel introduced a House resolution condemning the U.N. In 2016, as Saudi Arabia was starving and bombing Yemeni civilians, Engel joined Republicans in defeating a measure that would have restricted Riyadh’s access to cluster munitions, weapons that leave behind mine-like explosives that can kill civilians for decades after a conflict has ended.

23.06.2020 - 17:19 [ i24news.tv ]

Egypt, Jordan likely to opt for symbolic response if Israel annexes West Bank parts: report

Mossad (Israel’s foreign intelligence) chief Yossi Cohen and his Egyptian counterpart Abbas Kamal reportedly spearheaded the talks, which yielded an agreement on the scale of the response.

22.06.2020 - 08:36 [ Haaretz ]

Unstoppable, Indestructible, Endless Bibi

Since 1999 Netanyahu has managed to exhaust an entire political camp. His battles with the old elites was first and foremost a war of attrition. The noise that this compressor emits is only getting louder. It seems as if we haven’t been able to sleep properly for 20 years – it hasn’t given us a moment’s peace. This isn’t a compressor. This is a force of nature.

Another 10 years of Netanyahu in power is starting to look like a fairly realistic scenario.

19.06.2020 - 13:01 [ Times of Israel ]

Caught between annexation and his public’s apathy, Abbas hopes for symbolic wins

But that won’t stop the initiatives, a Palestinian official says.

“The current plan is to keep appealing to UN institutions in order to be recognized, even if the proposals are vetoed over and over. Many countries support this move, so the leadership supports it as well.”

He adds: “There are already 12 or 13 European states that are willing to recognize a Palestinian state under occupation in the event of an Israeli annexation, and that’s the price Israel will have to pay.”

19.06.2020 - 12:02 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Did Putin save Israel from Obama at UN, and why are we hearing this now?

Danon appealed to his Russian counterpart Vitaly Churkin, and the matter went up to the Netanyahu-Putin level. The Russians did not agree to veto Resolution 2334 condemning settlements, but they were opposed to the second one, and generally did not approve of the Obama administration making these last-minute moves right before Trump took office.
The Israeli source posited that the Obama administration did not want to be seen as less pro-Israel than Russia, so they backed down from the second initiative.

19.06.2020 - 12:00 [ i24news.tv ]

Report: Putin nixed Obama initiative to create Palestinian state within 1948 borders

In late 2016, Russian President Vladimir Putin prevented former US President Barack Obama’s attempt to pass a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution demanding Israel relinquish the West Bank territories captured in the 1967 Six-Day War and accept a two-state resolution based on 1948 borders, freshly declassified documents appear to show.

18.06.2020 - 11:45 [ Haaretz ]

Will Germany Be Bombing Afghanistan With Israeli Drones?

Israel’s drone deals with Germany began in 2009, when it first leased drones to the German army for use in Afghanistan. Seven years later there was a similar transaction, this time to operate the drones in Mali.

16.06.2020 - 13:27 [ Haaretz ]

It’s Only a Matter of Time Until a Journalist Is Jailed

Opponents of the lockdown were systematically silenced on establishment media, and silenced on social media by social censorship, as opposed to technological censorship: The lynch. The lynch isn’t an algorithm; it’s a common tool of social punishment the purpose of which is to shame, persecute, make miserable and blacken the names of those who express opinions that oppose what one’s homogenous newsfeed is willing to stand for.

13.06.2020 - 14:42 [ Jerusalem Post ]

ICC Prosecutor: Israel war crimes probe can go on despite Oslo Accords

(08.06.2020)

The ICC asked the Palestinian Authority to declare whether the Oslo Accords are still legally binding. The request came after PA President Mahmoud Abbas declared on May 19 that the PA no longer viewed itself as bound by the Oslo Accords due to Israel’s intention to annex parts of the West Bank.

Responding to this question, the PA said that Abbas’s May 19 declaration was not part of the legal record of the war crimes case regarding Israel.

13.06.2020 - 14:27 [ i24news.tv ]

Report: Palestinian leadership fails to rally crowds for protest against annexation

While the annexation plan met with harsh criticism from the Israeli left, as well as parts of the international community, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah party could secure a meager turnout of some 200 protesters at a rally in Ramallah, according to Haaretz.

12.06.2020 - 15:38 [ Glenn Greenwald / Twitter ]

In retrospect, is it fair to say this police state mindset was excessive?

08.06.2020 - 00:35 [ ktla.com ]

New York Times editorial page editor resigns amid backlash over senator’s op-ed advocating use of federal troops to quell protests

Times publisher A.G. Sulzberger said in a statement that he was grateful for changes Bennet had made to the paper’s opinion pages, including broadening the range of voices.

03.06.2020 - 20:46 [ Gothamist.com ]

The Mount Vernon Police Tapes: In Secretly Recorded Phone Calls, Officers Say Innocent People Were Framed

Bovell’s first batch of recordings landed in the lap of Thomas Drake, an investigator for the Westchester County District Attorney’s office, on February 19, 2019, according to a text message he sent Bovell. On March 4, 2019, Drake texted Bovell saying that he had listened to some of them. The whistleblower recalls being hopeful.

“I gave them that information, and I thought this is it. Something big, positive will happen,” Bovell said.

But nine months later, at a meeting with Bovell and his attorney, Joseph Murray, at the DA’s office, Drake told them that the probe had not moved forward because they had been expecting Bovell to send more recordings, according to both men.

Bovell gave them more recordings in February of this year, and they say they haven’t heard anything since.

25.05.2020 - 15:34 [ Malta Today ]

Suspected mercenaries were released from arrest after two days

A group of 20 men evacuated from Benghazi, Libya and suspected of having been contracted to lend support to General Khalifa Haftar’s forces, were held under arrest in Malta for two days before being released without charge. 

Multiple law enforcement sources speaking to this newspaper say the police are still investigating the incident, almost a year on since the arrival of the men on two RHIBs (rigid-hull inflatable boats) at the Valletta seaport in June 2019. 

25.05.2020 - 15:29 [ New York Times ]

By Air and Sea, Mercenaries Landed in Libya. But the Plan Went South.

The abortive mercenary expedition last summer was organized and financed by a network of secretive companies in the United Arab Emirates, according to a confidential report submitted to the United Nations Security Council in February. The companies are controlled or part-owned by Christiaan Durrant, an Australian businessman and former fighter pilot who is a close associate of Erik Prince, America’s most famous mercenary entrepreneur.

25.05.2020 - 15:12 [ Bloomberg ]

Western Team Went to Help Moscow’s Man in Libya, UN Finds

Opus and Lancaster 6 financed and directed an operation to provide Haftar’s forces with helicopters, drones and cyber capabilities through a complex web of shell companies, according to two diplomats who briefed Bloomberg on the contents of the UN Panel of Experts report shared with the Security Council’s sanctions committee in February. The diplomats also shared excerpts of the report with Bloomberg.

21.05.2020 - 08:00 [ Joe Biden ]

Joe Biden and the Jewish Community: A Record and a Plan of Friendship, Support and Action

– Urge Arab states to move beyond quiet talks and take bolder steps toward normalization with Israel.

– Firmly reject the BDS movement, which singles out Israel — home to millions of Jews — and too often veers into anti-Semitism, while letting Palestinians off the hook for their choices.

– Hold Iran accountable and rejoin a diplomatic agreement to prevent a nuclear armed Iran, if Iran returns to compliance with the JCPOA, using renewed commitment to diplomacy to work with our allies to strengthen and extend the Iran deal, and push back against Iran’s other destabilizing actions.

21.05.2020 - 07:55 [ CBS News ]

Transcript: Joe Biden foreign policy adviser Antony Blinken on COVID shortfalls, failures in Syria

Iran has now restarted some of the dangerous aspects of its nuclear program that the nuclear deal stopped dead in their tracks. And unfortunately, it’s taken a series of provocative actions endangering our own forces in the Middle East, in Iraq and Syria, as well as our citizens. And all of that has happened at the same time that we managed to alienate ourselves from our closest allies. We disagree fundamentally with the approach the administration took on Iran. So this is just not working on its own terms. If Iran comes back into compliance with the deal, then yes, Joe Biden said we would do the same thing, but we would use that as a platform to try to build a stronger and longer deal working with our partners.

And I think we’d have a decent chance of doing that because our partners would be with us, not alienated from us. And at the same time, much more likely to join us in trying to curb other actions by Iran that we find objectionable.

21.05.2020 - 07:52 [ Ben Spielberg / Twitter ]

Terrible stuff from @JoeBiden . As the grandson of a Jew who escaped Nazi Germany in 1939, I hope he and his campaign will stop undermining our ability to address anti-Semitism by using it as a euphemism for peaceful opposition to human rights abuses by the Israeli government.

21.05.2020 - 07:51 [ Independent.co.uk ]

‘Almost hard to believe’: Joe Biden attacks antisemitism on the left in US and UK

It comes as Mr Biden’s presidential campaign considers how he can appeal to progressives on the left of the Democratic party, and younger voters in particular, who criticise Israel’s treatment of Palestinians.

Mr Biden, who was asked about antisemitism among sections of the left in the US and UK, said that whilst antisemitism was “the mother of all conspiracy theories”, Americans had not heard enough about the dangers of the Holocaust happening again.

19.05.2020 - 19:16 [ Medium.com ]

Open Letter, May 18, 2020, London: Dear Matt Hancock, we are civil society organisations, privacy advocates and academic researchers writing to express concerns about the NHS’s plans to build a COVID-19 datastore.

We share the common goal of preserving public confidence in systems that can help make us all safer. Therefore, before the NHS continues its plans, we urge you to provide the public with more information and take appropriate measures to reduce risk of data sharing and keep the aggregated data under democratic control.

In March, the NHS announced a new plan to build a datastore that aggregates COVID-19 health data. Microsoft, Google, Palantir, Faculty and Amazon will assist in the development of the datastore and the processing of the data.

19.05.2020 - 19:10 [ Computerweekly.com ]

Privacy advocates demand clarity over Covid-19 datastore

(yesterday)

In an open letter directly addressed to the health secretary, civil society organisations, privacy advocates and academic researchers urged Hancock to give the public more information about the datastore and take appropriate measures to reduce data-sharing risks and keep it under democratic control.

19.05.2020 - 18:45 [ OpenDemocracy.net ]

DemocracyWatch: COVID-19 ushers in a new era of surveillance apps

Last week, Palantir got the US government contract to run a new system for tracking the spread of COVID-19.

It’s not just the US that is boosting surveillance in the pandemic. In tiny Liechtenstein, the government has launched biometric tracker bracelets that automatically collect key medical information. The statelet plans for all citizens to wear them by autumn, while Germany, Turkey and France are also among the 23 countries that have looked at high-tech surveillance measures in response to the crisis.

19.05.2020 - 18:39 [ theVerge.com ]

Peter Thiel’s controversial Palantir is helping build a coronavirus tracking tool for the Trump admin

(21.04.2020)

It is unclear what exactly this data is, where it comes from, or how it’s being used. It’s also unclear if Palantir is the sole technology provider of the tool, or if other partners are involved.

Reports earlier this month first surfaced Palantir’s involvement with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the UK’s National Health Service regarding coronavirus tracking software and other assistance in combating the global pandemic.

19.05.2020 - 18:15 [ Forbes ]

Facebook: Here’s Proof Israeli WhatsApp Hackers Ran Cyberweapons In America

(24.04.2020)

The tech giant’s counsel filed a response to NSO’s move for dismissal that included two IP addresses and a handful of websites it claims were used by NSO Group to attack WhatsApp users in spring 2019. One was hosted by Amazon Web Services in the U.S., the others by Californian company QuadraNet and a German provider.

19.05.2020 - 18:12 [ theGuardian.com ]

WhatsApp: Israeli firm ‚deeply involved‘ in hacking our users

(29.04.2020)

According to WhatsApp’s filing, NSO gained “unauthorised access” to its servers by reverse-engineering the messaging app and then evading the company’s security features that prevent manipulation of the company’s call features. One WhatsApp engineer who investigated the hacks said in a sworn statement submitted to the court that in 720 instances, the IP address of a remote server was included in the malicious code used in the attacks. The remote server, the engineer said, was based in Los Angeles and owned by a company whose data centre was used by NSO.

18.05.2020 - 19:26 [ Vox.com ]

The Senate voted to let the government keep surveilling your online life without a warrant

(14.05.2020)

Many senators wanted to forbid the government from secretly collecting information about your internet habits, but an amendment failed by just one vote.

15.05.2020 - 15:53 [ Vox.com ]

The Senate voted to let the government keep surveilling your online life without a warrant

The measure needed 60 votes to pass. It got 59.

The outcome is especially frustrating since four senators didn’t vote on the amendment at all, and at least one would have voted yes. Lamar Alexander couldn’t vote because he’s quarantined. Two others — Ben Sasse and Bernie Sanders — didn’t respond to request for comment on where they were during the vote. An aide told Politico that Patty Murray would have voted yes had she been there, but the senator was not in Washington, DC, when the vote occurred.

13.05.2020 - 19:21 [ Haaretz ]

Biden, Sanders Form ‘Unity Task Force’ – Without Foreign Policy for Now

The announcement is the latest indication that Biden’s campaign is trying to secure the support of Sanders’ fans.

13.05.2020 - 14:26 [ MediaMonitors.net ]

Sorting Through the Lies of the Racak Massacre and other Myths of Kosovo

(February 15, 2001)

There was the ethnic cleansing. The atrocities. The refugees chased out of Kosovo by the Serb army. The mass graves. The heaps of bodies tossed into vats of sulphuric acid at the Trepca mines.

NATO spokesman Jamie Shea said there were 100,000 Kosovars unaccounted for.

Remember?

If you’re like most people, you have at least a vague recollection of something that seemed to approach a modern-day Holocaust.

Problem is, none of it happened.

13.05.2020 - 14:20 [ WSWS.org ]

What really has happened in Kosovo

(14 May 1999)

In the US-NATO assault on Yugoslavia, accusations of genocide in Kosovo play the same role in the propaganda war as cruise missiles and cluster bombs in the air war. The claims that Serbian troops and paramilitary forces are slaughtering thousands, tens of thousands, even hundreds of thousands of Kosovar Albanians, the comparisons of Slobodan Milosevic to Adolf Hitler, the invocation of the Holocaust–all these serve as weapons, if not to convince, at least to intimidate public opinion.

The purpose of this propaganda, whose tone has been set by the White House, is to block any critical thought or even serious reflection on the part of the American people about the mushrooming conflict in the Balkans.

09.05.2020 - 06:48 [ Haaretz ]

The High Court Allowed Israel’s Most Demented Government Ever. Now It Will Get Uglier

The swearing-in will take longer than usual, both due to the emergency regulations and the surfeit of ministers, some of whom won’t have any idea what they’ll be doing in the cabinet. If the event could have a soundtrack it would probably be a requiem – a mass for the democratic rules of the game that somehow survived here for 72 years.

Eleven High Court justices unanimously legitimized the strangest, most warped governing coalition ever engineered in a political laboratory. We’ll never know if the gun pointed at their heads – the threat of a fourth election – affected their judgment.

08.05.2020 - 16:55 [ Slate.com ]

How Modern Tyrants Use Terror Management to Consolidate Power – Be ready for an American Reichstag fire when it comes.

(04.04.2017)

The sudden disaster that requires the end of checks and balances, the dissolution of opposition parties, the suspension of freedom of expression, the right to a fair trial, and so on—this is the oldest trick in the Hitlerian book. Do not fall for it. Modern tyrants are terror managers. Do not allow your shock to be turned against your freedom. When the terrorist attack comes, remember that aspiring tyrants exploit such events in order to change regimes and to consolidate power.

07.05.2020 - 14:45 [ i24News.tv ]

Israel Parliament votes to approve Netanyahu-Gantz unity government

The Knesset (Israel Parliament) also passed a raft of legislative changes to the country’s semi-constitutional Basic Laws, paving the way for a government to be established after more than a year of political deadlock.

06.05.2020 - 15:51 [ i24News.tv ]

Likud, Blue and White agree to revise unity deal after Supreme Court condemnation

The parties also decided that emergency orders instated to fight the coronavirus pandemic would not extend beyond six months.

The bill known as the „Norwegian law,“ which allows any Member of Knesset (Israel Parliament) appointed to a ministerial post to temporarily resign from the legislative chamber, will reportedly be dropped.

06.05.2020 - 15:15 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Is Above the Law

Every day that passes provides more proof of the twisted state of Israeli democracy, in which a defendant under criminal indictment leads the government and is a candidate to form the next one.

06.05.2020 - 14:31 [ Saagar Enjeti, Host of Rising w/ Krystal and Saagar / Twitter ]

You can’t make this stuff up. Chinese State media citing CATO institute reports on free trade

05.05.2020 - 14:03 [ Haaretz ]

Israel’s Gatekeepers Have Become Enablers of a Dangerous Coronavirus Policy

The moment Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced his plan to use “technological methods from the war on terror” to track coronavirus patients, it was clear that it would be impossible to take this candy away from the government’s eager hands. The term “dangerous precedent” was coined for just such situations, in which a tool created for extreme situations slowly makes its way into daily life.

02.05.2020 - 17:48 [ Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade - coat.ncf.ca ]

William S. Knudsen (1879-1948)

Knudsen became president of GM in 1937 and served in that position until 1940.

That year, President Roosevelt’s National Defense Advisory Commission was revived and Knudsen was put in charge. He probably felt at home with U.S. Steel’s Edward Stettinius, a Council on Foreign Relations member who later became Secretary of State (1944-1945), and Sears’ chairman, Donald Nelson, the anti-Semite who chaired the America First Committee, an influential outfit that strongly opposed fighting Nazism. By 1941, Knudsen was co-chairing the Office of Production Management to oversee the country’s armament program. He probably felt less at home though with Roosevelt’s choice of co-chair, Sidney Hillman, a Jewish labour leader. But, all-in-all, WWII was highly profitable for Knudsen and his company. GM received $14 billion in contracts from the U.S. War Production Board, which was conveniently chaired by Knudson. GM’s vehicle factories in Germany churned out most of Hitler’s army trucks and many bomber aircraft engines for the Nazi war effort. In 1942, Knudsen was recognized in a special way by the U.S. Army. No he wasn’t arrested for conflict of interest or conspiring to arm the enemy, he became the first civilian to be made a U.S. Army General.

01.05.2020 - 09:54 [ the Hill ]

The Memo: The surprising popularity of the Great Lockdown

Several recent polls bear out that view.

29.04.2020 - 13:25 [ Haaretz ]

Facebook Alleges Israeli Spyware Firm NSO Ran Attack Servers on U.S. Soil

(26.04.2020)

NSO also claimed that it and Q Cyber are entitled to immunity because they operate in the service of foreign countries. Facebook claims that the Israeli companies are not entitled to such immunity under U.S. law.

27.04.2020 - 11:23 [ Haaretz ]

Israeli Government Is Invading Our Privacy Under the Guise of Battling Coronavirus

Two weeks ago, the council had already discussed the possibility of a popular revolt and how the government could prevent an uprising against the authorities. Among other things, it considered how the state “could forestall dangers that could lead to widespread social unrest” that might spark protests against the government and state institutions.

It turns out that soldiers and officers from one of Military Intelligence’s classified intelligence gathering units gathered data and analyzed it for the task force that the National Security Council appointed for this purpose.

22.04.2020 - 16:47 [ Rolling Stone ]

The Question the CDC Won’t Answer About Coronavirus Testing

(10.03.2020)

We asked for a list of all contractors who had a financial interest in providing the agency with reagents and other components of the test. Despite multiple followups, the CDC has not responded.

Reached today, a CDC media staffer said that the agency was overwhelmed with press requests and was working through its backlog. Our questions, she said, were in the queue.

12.04.2020 - 14:52 [ The Hill / Youtube ]

Saagar Enjeti: Have Progressives Given Up On Dem Establishment, Biden?

Saagar Enjeti discusses how Josh Hawley, other GOP and Dem lawmakers, are working across party lines to push economically progressive policies amid the economic fallout.

04.04.2020 - 19:41 [ Haaretz ]

Gantz Wants a Six-month Coronavirus Government, Netanyahu Wants Annexation

With Joe Biden possibly the U.S. president come January 20, many Likudniks think it’s now or never for a West Bank land grab

27.03.2020 - 03:25 [ Haaretz ]

Gantz Abandoned the Camp

Gantz was a source of hope to millions of Israelis yearning to put an end to Netanyahu’s rule, which is crushing democracy while tearing the population to shreds. On Thursday their hope was shattered, to the laughter of the opposing camp, the one that led the country into moral corruption and that has now added another soldier to its ranks and bought about the disintegration of the alternative.

27.03.2020 - 02:43 [ 972 Magazine ]

Gantz chooses Netanyahu’s incitement over Arab-Jewish partnership

Benny Gantz could have made history by forming a minority government with the support of the Palestinian parties. Instead he dismantled his own political camp and joined his rival.

27.03.2020 - 02:09 [ Ynet ]

Lapid: Gantz stole votes, gave them to Netanyahu

Lapid lambasted Gantz’s actions as „a betrayal to voters and a theft of votes.“

26.03.2020 - 17:40 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Meretz leader Nitzan Horovitz: You elected Gantz? You got Netanyahu

Horovitz added that Gantz was “spitting in the face” of his voters with his latest decision.

The Meretz leader called on others in the left bloc to not support this move.

26.03.2020 - 17:27 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Blue and White splitting after Benny Gantz elected Knesset Speaker

In a dramatic turn of events, the Blue and White Party that served as the alternative to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the March 2 election, broke up on Thursday after party head Benny Gantz decided to enter Netanyahu’s government.

26.03.2020 - 17:26 [ Gil Hoffman / Twitter ]

After a vote according to new party lines of 74-18 with many boycotts, @gantzbe is now officially speaker of the Knesset. He will soon be foreign minister.

26.03.2020 - 17:21 [ Gil Hoffman, Jerusalem Post's chief political correspondent / Twitter ]

More drama: Yesh Atid formally requested to split out of Blue and White. @yairlapid : @gantzbe decided to crawl into a government with @netanyahu . @bogie_yaalon also breaking off.

26.03.2020 - 17:17 [ Gil Hoffman, Jerusalem Post's chief political correspondent / Twitter ]

In a dramatic turn of events, Blue and White is on the verge of breaking up after @gantzbe agreed to Likud’s demand for him to be the candidate to replace @YuliEdelstein in order to enable a unity government:

18.03.2020 - 08:16 [ Xinhua ]

Turkey, Germany, France, UK discuss Syria’s Idlib, coronavirus via teleconference

The leaders of Turkey, Germany, France, and Britain discussed issues, including the latest situation in Syria’s northern province of Idlib and the COVID-19 outbreak, at a televised meeting on Tuesday.

15.03.2020 - 22:31 [ CureVac.com ]

CureVac and CEPI extend their Cooperation to Develop a Vaccine against Coronavirus nCoV-2019

(31.01.2020)

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is one of the founding members of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations and has committed a total of 90 million euro to its work. CEPI brings together a range of diverse stakeholders to develop much-needed vaccines for the prevention of future pandemics. Anja Karliczek, Federal Minister of Education and Research, said:

“The Coronavirus is currently the source of concern for many people. The development of a vaccine is an extremely important element in the effort to combat this viral infection. It is encouraging to see that this process now has the support of the international CEPI alliance, which is also making use of German research and development expertise. I hope that good results can soon be achieved for which so many people are waiting at this time.”

12.03.2020 - 18:47 [ Haaretz ]

The Israeli Legislator Blocking a Center-left Government Must Resign

Levi-Abekasis decided on her own to opt for a political renewal and move from the right to the left. Naturally, her move triggered much suspicion, but she, Peretz and their partners dismissed these misgivings with disdain, even alleging anti-Mizrahi racism against anyone doubting that Levi-Abekasis had ideologically abandoned the right. After many efforts at convincing people, and based on the promises by the Labor-Gesher-Meretz alliance, people voted for the union she had joined.

Levi-Abekasis has the right to regret her transition.

12.03.2020 - 18:42 [ Haaretz ]

The ‚Leftist‘ Who’s Ruining Gantz’s Chance to Form a Government

But Orli Levi-Abekasis, a balloon inflated with self-importance, someone devoid of ideology, with no electoral clout, a deceiving scoundrel, robbed the center-left bloc’s voters of this rare opportunity, probably triggering a fourth election.

10.03.2020 - 05:12 [ Politico.com ]

House leaders near deal to renew federal surveillance powers

House leaders are closing in on a bipartisan deal to renew a set of federal surveillance powers expiring this weekend, but no final agreement has been reached, according to lawmakers and aides of both parties.

09.03.2020 - 07:24 [ Voice of America - voanews.com ]

EU Announces Syria Donors Conference for June

(06.03.2020)

Announcement of the June 29-30 donors conference came during an EU foreign ministers meeting in Zagreb that addressed two related refugee crises. The first involved the roughly 1 million Syrians hoping to cross Turkey’s now-closed borders to safety, following an uptick in fighting in Idlib.

07.03.2020 - 12:41 [ wbfo.org ]

In Syria, The U.S. Fight To Protect Oil Fields

BOWMAN: Right. The U.S. and Europe actually want Bashar al-Assad removed. He killed hundreds of thousands of his own people in a civil war. And they don’t want Assad to gain more strength by having access to millions of dollars from the oil. And Russia is Syria’s main ally. The U.S. ally in this ongoing ISIS fight, the Kurds, are using proceeds from the oil to continue their operations. And to make this even more politically convoluted, the Kurds are selling the oil to the Syrian government.

07.03.2020 - 12:27 [ H.K / Twitter ]

Former #ISIS commander Ahmad Hassoun is now a field commander in the #Turkish backed SNA in northern #Aleppo.

06.03.2020 - 20:36 [ theHill.com ]

Surveillance deal elusive as deadline looms

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said she is pushing for a reauthorization, not just an extension, of the three expiring provisions that deal with roving wiretaps, lone wolf surveillance and a controversial records program that allows the government to request phone metadata.

“We have to have a reauthorization,” Pelosi told reporters.

04.03.2020 - 04:52 [ ABC News / Twitter ]

Joe Biden praises Amy Klobuchar, Pete Buttigieg and Beto O’Rourke — the former 2020 candidates who endorsed him: “Our campaign reflects the diversity of this party and this nation and that’s how it should be.”

abcn.ws/3cuTJqs #SuperTuesday

02.03.2020 - 19:59 [ CNN ]

Amy Klobuchar will end 2020 presidential campaign and endorse Joe Biden

Sen. Amy Klobuchar will end her presidential bid on Monday and endorse Joe Biden, a campaign aide tells CNN.
The Klobuchar campaign confirmed that the senator is flying to Dallas to join the former vice president at his rally, where she will suspend her campaign and give her endorsement on the eve of Super Tuesday.

02.03.2020 - 10:59 [ theHill.com ]

AIPAC chief promises to defeat ‚those who try to harm the U.S.-Israel relationship‘ in veiled shot at Sanders

Howard Kohr, CEO of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), opened the organization’s annual conference in Washington D.C. by issuing a stark warning to push back against “political leaders and their supporters” who call for conditions on U.S. support for Israel.

Sanders is the only candidate in the Democratic presidential race to raise the issue of conditioning military aid to Israel.

29.02.2020 - 17:47 [ Haaretz ]

Mossad Chief Visited Doha, Urged Qatar to Continue Hamas Financial Aid

The visit came to light in an interview former Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman gave Israel’s Channel 12 News on Saturday, saying Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had sent Cohen and the Israeli military’s chief of Southern Command Herzl Halevi to „beg the Qataris to keep funneling money into Hamas.“

29.02.2020 - 10:57 [ New York Times ]

Turkey, Pressing E.U. for Help in Syria, Threatens to Open Borders to Refugees

Friday was much the same, as Turkey demanded help from NATO after a deadly clash in Syria. But this time, Mr. Erdogan not only threatened to let refugees enter Greece. Local officials bought several thousands of them tickets, helped them onto shiny Mercedes-Benz buses and drove them to the border.

The mini-exodus was accompanied step by step by state-run Turkish media, …

28.02.2020 - 12:53 [ Haaretz ]

Gantz Fires Campaign Strategist After He Was Caught Calling Him a ‘Danger to Israel’

In the recordings, published by Israel’s Channel 12 News on Thursday — less than a week before Israelis head to the polls — the strategist was heard telling an anonymous source that his boss might „endanger the people of Israel,“ and that he „doesn’t have the guts to strike in Iran.“

The adviser to the former army chief was also heard saying that a Kahol Lavan lawmaker had harshly criticized the leader of her party. „She [Knesset member Omer Yankelevich of Kahol Lavan] says that he’s stupid and a total loser and that he shouldn’t be prime minister.“

26.02.2020 - 16:03 [ Jacobin Magazine ]

Turkey’s War in Syria Is a War for Fascism

(16.10.2019)

Turkey’s military invasion isn’t just about wiping out the Kurds in Syria — it’s a bid to bolster the far right in Turkey. We must oppose this unconscionable act.

26.02.2020 - 15:45 [ The'Nimr'Tiger / Twitter ]

Foreign terrorist Ahmad Al Qa’qaa in Idlib, #SYRIA Watch him give a speech to children (most of them foreigners) He tells them: „You only die once, so might as well die in the path of jihad“ He’s recruiting fighters on behalf of Turkey’s Erdogan as FSA/HTS suffer huge losses

24.02.2020 - 18:58 [ Haaretz ]

Israel Election: Netanyahu Leads Gantz in Polls for First Time

Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party is projected to win a narrow lead over Benny Gantz’s Kahol Lavan in next week’s Israel election, according to two polls published Sunday by Channel 12 and Kan public broadcaster.

22.02.2020 - 18:53 [ theGrayzone.com ]

Turkey, US protect Al Qaeda in Idlib and worsen Syria’s suffering

Idlib is facing a humanitarian disaster as hundreds of thousands flee a Syrian and Russian military campaign to retake the province from militant rule. Overlooked in Western coverage of the crisis is that Idlib is mostly controlled by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, a rebranded affiliate of Al-Qaeda — and that Turkey, with U.S. backing, has intervened to keep the extremist group in place.

Guest: Scott Ritter, former UN Weapons Inspector and Marine Corps Intelligence Officer.

20.02.2020 - 17:05 [ JustSecurity.org ]

Germany Goes 19th Century with New Statement on Law of Occupation – On Status of US Forces in Syria

In Germany’s current view, the United States cannot be considered an occupying power in these areas, because although it exercises physical control over them, it does not “exercise jurisdiction” there. On this approach, for an occupation to materialize, two cumulative elements must be fulfilled: effective physical control and the actual establishment of an administration in the area.

Granted, this interpretation can be read into the text of Article 42 of the 1907 Hague Regulations,

20.02.2020 - 15:51 [ The'Nimr'Tiger / Twitter ]

As done previously; Erdogan artillery once again provides support to Al-Qaeda (HTS) and other internationally designated terrorist groups in Idlib It’s important the entire world knows the truth

18.02.2020 - 16:51 [ The Grayzone / Youtube ]

Max Blumenthal on the imperial NGOs that ignore Julian Assange – and the billionaires behind them

The Grayzone editor Max Blumenthal speaks about the witch hunt against WikiLeaks publisher and political prisoner Julian Assange, and how billionaire-funded „human rights“ and „press freedom“ non-profit organizations have refused to support him.

This talk was hosted by the Courage Foundation in New York City on February 15, 2020.

17.02.2020 - 10:12 [ The'Nimr'Tiger / Twitter ]

Al-Qaeda offensive on Kafr Aleppo today started with Turkush artillery on Syrian Army positions. Followed by HTS (AQ) sending suicide bomber Wtf! And some say Turkish Army and HTS are not working together Btw this is widely reported on both pro Erdogan and pro jihadi accounts

(16.02.2020)

16.02.2020 - 17:03 [ Haaretz ]

A Different Germany? Not With Its Israel Policy

Late in her impressive career, under the threat of anti-Semitism in her country, Angela Merkel is willing to forgive Israel everything in an utter knee-jerk reaction. Thus she’s abusing her office as chancellor of the different Germany and one of the last defenders of human rights in the world. We’re left with Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping.

A Germany that doesn’t allow an investigation into war crimes, no matter by what country, isn’t a different Germany but a Germany that provokes war crimes.

14.02.2020 - 16:52 [ Haaretz ]

Siding With Israel, Germany Says ICC Has No Jurisdiction in Palestinian Territories

Germany filed a petition Friday with the International Criminal Court in which it requested to be „a friend of the court“ (amicus curiae) in deliberations that will examine if the court has jurisdiction to rule whether Israel committed war crimes against Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem.

In its petition, Germany backed Israel’s argument that the court’s jurisdiction does not extend to occupied Palestinian territories, as Palestine is not a state that fulfills all the criteria under general international law, although it has joined the ICC’s Rome Statute.

11.02.2020 - 16:20 [ theGuardian.com ]

Palestinians shelve plan for UN vote on Trump’s Middle East plan

Palestinian-backed plans for a UN security council vote on Tuesday designed to show international opposition to Donald Trump’s Middle East peace plan are expected to be shelved after the US and the UK raised separate objections to the draft text.

In what was being seen as a key test of the diplomatic support for Trump’s “ultimate deal”, Tunisia, with Arab League and Palestinian support, …

11.02.2020 - 16:15 [ ForeignPolicy.com ]

Tunisia Sacks U.N. Ambassador for Opposing Trump’s Peace Plan

(07.02.2020)

Two of those diplomats said they understood Tunisia’s newly elected President Kais Saied had fired Baati—who has served for only five months—following complaints from the United States.

11.02.2020 - 15:19 [ Washington Post ]

‘The intelligence coup of the century’: For decades, the CIA read the encrypted communications of allies and adversaries.

For more than half a century, governments all over the world trusted a single company to keep the communications of their spies, soldiers and diplomats secret.

The company, Crypto AG, got its first break with a contract to build code-making machines for U.S. troops during World War II. Flush with cash, it became a dominant maker of encryption devices for decades, navigating waves of technology from mechanical gears to electronic circuits and, finally, silicon chips and software.

11.02.2020 - 12:11 [ The'Nimr'Tiger / Twitter ]

Turkey informed Russia of all its military deployment and movements within Syria and you have jihadi fanboys talking about a ground operation. Wow!

(10.02.2020)

11.02.2020 - 12:03 [ air plus news (english) / Twitter ]

Mi-17 utility helicopter of Syria Arab Air Force was shot-down over Al-Nayrab, Syria. ▫️ AlQaeda affiliated & Turkish backed militias are trying to take responsibility, but it is certainly known that Turkey targeted this helicopter.

29.01.2020 - 12:20 [ theHill.com ]

New campaign ad goes after Sanders by mentioning heart attack

A Democratic super PAC is expected to release a new ad campaign Wednesday that targets Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and the heart attack that he suffered late last year.

The ad from Democratic Majority for Israel features six Iowa voters and argues Sanders would be unable to beat President Trump in November, The New York Times reported.

29.01.2020 - 11:54 [ Al-Monitor.com ]

Intel: Pelosi seeks to reassure Israel as Democrats debate military aid

(23.01.2020)

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is leading a congressional delegation to Israel this week amid an intraparty debate over conditioning military aid to the close US ally and Democratic efforts to limit President Donald Trump’s ability to attack Iran.

“And no matter what our party — or wherever we are within our party — the fact that we have the shared values with Israel and that is one reason for our joy in the creation of Israel as a historical miracle, the greatest accomplishment of the [20th] century,” Pelosi said at a working lunch with Knesset members.

28.01.2020 - 19:12 [ Ben White / Twitter ]

Israeli human rights group @btselem describes the Trump administration plan as „apartheid“, rather than „peace“. „The Trump plan drains the principles of international law of any meaning and completely neuters the concept of accountability for breaching them.“

28.01.2020 - 19:06 [ Max Blumenthal / Twitter ]

I’ve never heard Netanyahu this ecstatic. He’s talking about humiliations imposed by Trump on the Palestinians like mouth watering items at an apartheid all you can eat buffet.

28.01.2020 - 18:51 [ Haaretz ]

Donaldus Trumpus Caesar Set to Reward Provincial Governor Netanyahu With ‚Deal of the Century‘

If one believes the leaks emanating from Netanyahu’s office and other top right-wing politicians in recent days, Trump’s “deal of the century” shouldn’t be classified as a proposal at all. Its main purpose is to serve as a crude cover for Israel to annex the Jordan River Valley and most Jewish settlements in the West Bank. Once the Palestinians reject the plan as expected, Israelis have been led to believe, the U.S. administration will give Israel a green light to unilaterally seize areas earmarked for annexation, which it has long desired.

Needless to say, this is not the way peace proposals are supposed to work.

28.01.2020 - 17:21 [ The Hill ]

Watch live: Trump delivers remarks with Netanyahu on Mideast peace plan

The press conference is slated for noon. Watch the live video above.

27.01.2020 - 09:15 [ New York Times ]

Trump’s Mideast Plan Is Seen Mainly as an Election Lift for Netanyahu

“I think we’re going to make a deal,” he said in 2017. “It might be a bigger and better deal than people in this room even understand.”

“As with any successful negotiation,” Mr. Trump continued, “both sides will have to make compromises. You know that, right?” he added, turning to his guest.

Mr. Netanyahu grinned. “Both sides,” he replied.

26.01.2020 - 15:09 [ Communist Party of Israel ]

CPI Rejects Any Imperialistic Steps by US Violating International Law

The CPI observed that “The true ‘Deal of the Century’ is a prime minister accused of corruption and a president under an impeachment trial attempting to save each other through a dangerous political maneuver that will set military rule over the Palestinian people in the occupied territories for generations.” The CPI reiterated its consistent and well-known position that “Only recognition of a Palestinian state, its people and its borders, and the end of the occupation is a long-overdue international obligation and a positive step towards peace. All states must now formally recognize a sustainable Palestinian state being established contiguous with the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital, demanding the end of the settlements policy and a just resolution of the Palestinian refugee question.”

26.01.2020 - 14:43 [ Ilana Hammerman / Haaretz ]

The Zionist Left Has Paved the Way to the Rise of the Extreme Right

“The disappearance of Labor and Meretz would mean the elimination of the only alternative on the left side of the political map,” writes my contemporary Uzi Baram (“Don’t be so quick to toss out the Zionist left,” Haaretz, January 20). And I ask him: Where were you and your friends during all those years when your camp held power in the country and paved the way for the extreme right that holds power today? They are only continuing the path you began, and doing so openly and also openly saying: “Truly the Lord has delivered all the land into our hands; and moreover all the inhabitants of the land are fainthearted because of us.” But you did and you lied, you did and you deceived.

26.01.2020 - 14:31 [ Haaretz ]

Gantz Niftily Averts White House Hazing but Trump Plan Still on Course to Rescue Netanyahu

Deal of the century offers Israelis annexation right now and Palestinians a Bantustan in the far future

26.01.2020 - 14:20 [ Haaretz ]

Annexation for Dummies: Making Sense of Netanyahu and Gantz’s Declarations

“The moment Israel carries out annexation it destroys this alibi and admits it does not think the final status needs to be determined by negotiations, and that Israeli control of the Palestinian population is not temporary,” says Sfard. “It destroys its only defense against the claim it is establishing an apartheid regime.”

It is no coincidence that the prosecutor at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Fatou Bensouda, mentioned Netanyahu’s intentions for the Jordan Valley when she determined that, as far as the objectives of international criminal law are concerned, the authority of the ICC should be recognized. These statements, she said, “reflect concerns of a potential de jure annexation.”

25.01.2020 - 07:48 [ Haaretz ]

Pence: Netanyahu, Gantz Accepted Invitation to White House to Discuss Mideast Peace Plan

Israeli officials say that the plan would promise the application of Israeli sovereignty to all existing Jewish settlements in the West Bank, in addition to annexing the Jordan Valley

25.01.2020 - 07:44 [ i24news.tv ]

Reports: Trump’s plan stipulates all West Bank territories to remain under Israel’s security control

Plan offers demilitarized Palestinian state; borders controlled by Israel under overall Israeli sovereignty

24.01.2020 - 22:18 [ Haaretz ]

Germany’s pro-Israel Left Has a New Target in the Crosshairs: Jews

That was my introduction to the political phenomenon known as Antideutsche – anti-Germans. It started in the late 1980s as an exotic offshoot of the Maoist left, whose members denied the very legitimacy of a German nation after Nazism, under the slogan, “Germany, never again.” But for the past two decades, Antideutsche has had one primary focus: an unrestrained attack on anyone who is critical, even a bit, of Israeli policy. According to their amazingly simplistic approach, anti-Semitism is the source of all evil, Israel is the answer to anti-Semitism, and thus constitutes absolute good. Hence, at demonstrations and in Facebook posts of this left-wing group, there have even been calls to drop a nuclear bomb on Gaza – that is, calls for genocide.

24.01.2020 - 21:52 [ Haaretz ]

With Trump’s Peace Plan, the Plot to Save Netanyahu Enters Next Phase

Let’s imagine the next scenario: A unity government has been set up in Israel along the lines of President Rivlin’s proposal – which specifies a rotation of the premiership between Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz. Donald Trump lays the “deal of the century” on the table. Netanyahu would say this is no time to change a prime minister. This is a historic, one-time opportunity Israel is getting a de facto green light for annexation from the United States.

22.01.2020 - 05:21 [ Politico.com ]

2020 Elections: Sanders campaign privately urges restraint after Clinton attack

Sanders’ campaign told staffers internally to not discuss Clinton’s comments, and Sanders released a statement saying he is focusing on impeachment and that “together, we” will defeat President Donald Trump. His aides are also urging his online fans to volunteer for him instead of tweeting about Clinton.

18.01.2020 - 16:19 [ Oilprice.com ]

Mnuchin: US Works With China To Cut Off All Iranian Oil Imports

The United States is working closely with China to have it cut off altogether imports of Iranian crude oil, as the U.S. steps up sanctions pressure on the Iranian regime, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, Steven Mnuchin, told Fox News’ ‘Sunday Morning Futures’.

18.01.2020 - 16:17 [ Oilprice.com ]

China Turns Its Back On Iran’s Crude Oil

(09.01.2020)

This year’s turbulent events in the Middle East—a major source of oil supply for the world’s largest oil importer, China—have had Beijing scrambling to salvage the Iran nuclear deal after the U.S. assassinated Tehran’s top military commander.

At the same time, China has significantly reduced its crude oil imports from Iran in recent months because of the U.S. sanctions on Iranian oil exports.

13.01.2020 - 06:09 [ theHill.com ]

Administration officials defend Trump claims, Soleimani intelligence as senators push back on briefing

Esper also said the so-called Gang of Eight, the top members of Congress’s intelligence committees, did not believe further intelligence on Iran should be shared with Congress.

Esper told CBS’s Margaret Brennan he spoke to one of the officials who briefed the Gang of Eight and that “his assessment was most if not all the members thought the intelligence was persuasive and that the Gang of Eight did not think it should be released to the broader members of Congress.”

08.01.2020 - 15:45 [ theGuardian.com ]

Boris Johnson strongly backs US decision to kill Qassem Suleimani

The Labour leader then asked whether the US operation to kill Suleimani was permitted under international law. He said: “The government has said that it is sympathetic to the assassination of General Suleimani. What evidence has the prime minister got to suggest that this attack on him and his death was not an illegal act by the United States?”

Johnson replied: “Clearly the strict issue of legality is not for the UK to determine, since it was not our operation. But I think most reasonable people would accept that the United States has a right to protect its bases and its personnel.”

07.01.2020 - 17:49 [ Guardian News / Youtube ]

Defence secretary Ben Wallace makes statement in the Commons on Iran – watch live

Defence secretary Ben Wallace updates MPs – returning to the House of Commons after their Christmas break – on the latest in the Middle East, following the assassination of Iran military leader Qassem Suleimani last week. He makes the statement in place of Boris Johnson, who is chairing a meeting of the UK national security council to discuss the crisis.

07.01.2020 - 17:46 [ Independent.co.uk ]

Jeremy Corbyn accuses Boris Johnson of providing ‚cover‘ to Trump over assassination of Iran general

Mr Corbyn branded the drone strike on the leader of Iran’s feared Quds Force an “assassination” and told the House of Commons that it was widely regarded as illegal.

And he accused the prime minister of hiding away from scrutiny after Mr Johnson sent defence secretary Ben Wallace to answer MPs’ questions on the 3 January killing in Baghdad.

07.01.2020 - 17:42 [ Express.co.uk ]

‘US entitled to defend itself’ Britain backs Trump over Iran strike that killed Soleimani

(05.12.2019)

In the absence of Mr Johnson, who is on a Caribbean holiday with his girlfriend Carrie Symonds, Defence minister Ben Wallace said Washington has a right to respond to earlier attacks from Iran that resulted in an assault on the US embassy in Baghdad.

06.01.2020 - 19:19 [ Haaretz ]

Israelis Hailing Trump for Killing Soleimani Forget the Destructive Consequences of Past Assassinations

The killing of Ayyash enraged Palestinians and pushed Hamas to carry out four suicide bombings within eight days, in which 59 Israelis were killed. The shock and fear that gripped Israeli public opinion turned Peres from valiant hero to impotent loser paved the way for Benjamin Netanyahu’s sensational victory in the May 1996 elections – and changed Israel forever.

05.01.2020 - 08:25 [ Washington Examiner ]

Majority of Senate Democrats enabled Trump’s unconstitutional airstrike

“Any member who voted for the NDAA — a blank check — can’t now express dismay that Trump may have launched another war in the Middle East,” thundered Khanna. “Our Congress let our nation down again by failing to stand up against a war in Iran.”

Khanna originally included legislation in the House version of the National Defense Authorization Act that specifically would have prevented the president from carrying out Thursday’s airstrike (co-sponsored with Rep. Matt Gaetz, Republican from Florida), as did Democratic Rep. Barbara Lee.

30.12.2019 - 18:46 [ Hurriyet ]

Turkey rushes to send troops to Libya amid Idlib tension

Despite pressure from Syria and Russia, Akar confirmed once again that Turkey will not abandon its military positions inside Idlib and will be sticking to its commitments underlined by the Sochi deal.

All these developments come before a scheduled meeting between Erdoğan and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Jan. 8 in Istanbul for the inauguration of the TurkStream pipeline. For many in Ankara, escalation in Idlib is not totally irrelevant to the developments in Libya where Turkey and Russia support the opposite camps.

29.12.2019 - 19:36 [ Haaretz ]

Sex for Judgeship: Evidence Against Israel’s Top Lawyer Obtained Through Hacked Phone

(18.01.2019)

Police suspect Nave had sexual relations with the judge in exchange for her promotion as well as with the wife of another judge in exchange for his advancement.

Nave has been a dominant and influential figure on Israel’s legal scene since 2015, when he ousted the president of the Bar Association and took leadership of the professional organization that represents the country’s 59,000 attorneys.

29.12.2019 - 19:32 [ Haaretz ]

A Probe That Exposes the Corruption Behind Israel’s Judicial Appointments

(today)

Nave, who had an alliance with former Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, who was friends with Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit, who would routinely meet with senior politicians and dreamed of becoming a cabinet minister himself someday exploited his position of power to the hilt. Like a vote contractor for a ruling party, he took advantage of his role to gain sexual favors, connections and power. And yet, if there weren’t any people willing to dance to his corrupt tune, the public may have been spared such degradation.

29.12.2019 - 18:51 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

PETER HITCHENS reveals fresh evidence that UN watchdog suppressed report casting doubt on Assad gas attack

he global chemical weapons watchdog is facing renewed questions after fresh details emerged about how it suppressed the findings of its own inspectors who raised serious doubts about an alleged poison gas attack in Syria.

The Mail on Sunday can reveal that a senior official at the Organisation for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) demanded the ‘removal of all traces’ of a document which undermined claims that gas cylinders had been dropped from the air – a key element of the ‘evidence’ that the Syrian regime was responsible.

29.12.2019 - 18:50 [ Tim Hayward ‏/ Twitter ]

Once again, Peter Hitchens is the one journalist to break ranks within mainstream media and report on further damning leaks revealing political capture of chemical weapons watchdog OPCW.

29.12.2019 - 18:08 [ Max Blumenthal / Twitter ]

This appears to be Twitter’s explanation. Make of it what you will.

29.12.2019 - 18:07 [ Tim Hayward / Twitter ‏ ]

Twitter is proactively censoring news about the OPCW scandal and central involvement in it of French diplomat.

29.12.2019 - 18:05 [ Ben Norton ‏/ Twitter ]

Twitter has also censored some of our tweets at @TheGrayzoneNews. These tweets are factual reporting; they don’t violate any rules. Here is an example of Twitter hiding a tweet with a link to our journalistic interview with Bolivia’s leftist leader:

29.12.2019 - 18:02 [ Max Blumenthal, Editor, the @GrayzoneProject ‏/ Twitter ]

This is bizarre, I have never seen anything like it before… Italian reporter @SMaurizi had a tweet on OPCW and Douma arbitrarily blocked by Twitter. It contained important info and did not violate any rules.

29.12.2019 - 13:08 [ Jerusalem Post ]

The triumvirate: Avigdor Liberman, Avichai Mandelblit & Aviv Kochavi

For a decade, Netanyahu dominated Israel like few others since founding prime minister David Ben-Gurion, leaving a huge imprint on every sphere: diplomatic, economic, military.

But in 2019 – Netanyahu’s own annus horribilis, as Queen Elizabeth II referred to her own “horrible year” in 1992 – his utter dominance began to fade.

28.12.2019 - 17:24 [ Haaretz ]

Israel’s Attorney General and Other Cowards in the Face of Netanyahu

We’re in this situation because of the cowards – people like Mendelblit, who had no problem accepting a role as a gatekeeper without growing the requisite backbone. We’re here because for months after the recommendations by the police and the prosecution, the attorney general continued to drag his feet.

And after deciding to file indictments, he didn’t intervene as Netanyahu dragged us into yet another election while using all the power of his status to vilify the legal system that the attorney general is supposed to defend.

28.12.2019 - 16:08 [ Wikileaks ]

OPCW-DOUMA – Release Part 4

27 December, 2019

Today WikiLeaks releases more internal documents from the OPCW regarding the investigation into the alleged chemical attack in Douma in April 2018.

One of the documents is an e-mail exchange dated 27 and 28 February between members of the fact finding mission (FFM) deployed to Douma and the senior officials of the OPCW. It includes an e-mail from Sebastien Braha, Chief of Cabinet at the OPCW, where he instructs that an engineering report from Ian Henderson should be removed from the secure registry of the organisation:

“Please get this document out of DRA [Documents Registry Archive]… And please remove all traces, if any, of its delivery/storage/whatever in DRA”.

The main finding of Henderson, who inspected the sites in Douma and two cylinders that were found on the site of the alleged attack, was that they were more likely manually placed there than dropped from a plane or helicopter from considerable heights. His findings were omitted from the official final OPCW report on the Douma incident.

28.12.2019 - 15:58 [ Caitlin Johnstone ]

Media’s Deafening Silence On Latest WikiLeaks Drops Is Its Own Scandal

This is getting really, really, really weird.

WikiLeaks has published yet another set of leaked internal documents from within the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) adding even more material to the mountain of evidence that we’ve been lied to about an alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma, Syria last year which resulted in airstrikes upon that nation from the US, UK and France.

This new WikiLeaks drop includes an email from the OPCW Chief of Cabinet Sebastien Braha (who is reportedly so detested by organisation inspectors that they code named him “Voldemort”) throwing a fit over the Ian Henderson Engineering Assessment which found that the Douma incident was likely a staged event. Braha is seen ordering OPCW staff to “remove all traces, if any, of its delivery/storage/whatever” from the organisation’s secure registry.

27.12.2019 - 17:22 [ New York Times ]

Russia and Turkey to Discuss Libya Military Support in January: Kremlin

(17.12.2019)

„Russia… supports any efforts and individual countries in terms of finding solutions to the (Libyan) crisis,“ said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

Later on Tuesday, Erdogan and Putin held a phone call where they discussed developments in Libya and Syria, as well as their bilateral ties and other regional issues, the Turkish presidency said in a statement. No further details were available.

27.12.2019 - 16:00 [ NewsFromUkraine / Youtube ]

Joint Soviet-Nazi military parade in Poland. The history of Russian aggression.

The Battle of Brest-Litovsk took place between 14 and 17 September 1939. After three days of heavy fights for the stronghold in the town of Brześć, the Germans captured the fortress and the Poles withdrew. According to the terms of the 1939 German-Soviet Nonaggression Pact the territory around Brest as well as 52% of the then Poland was assigned to the Soviet Union. The Soviet 29th tank brigade under Brigadier Semyon Krivoshein reached the area of Brześć on September 21st and took over the fortress from the Wehrmacht. During that event a joint German-Soviet parade was held in the town, after which the German forces left the area. The XIX motorized Corps of Wehrmacht and the 29th Tank Brigade of the Red Army participated in the parade.