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06:44 [ CNN ]

Suitcases of $15M in cash from Qatar bring relief for Gaza

(11.11.2018) Negotiations for the financial package to Gaza began months earlier, following the Palestinian Authority’s decision to cut salaries of employees in Gaza last year, an Israeli government source with knowledge of the matter told CNN. The sanctions against Gaza were an attempt to put economic pressure on Hamas to relinquish control of the coastal enclave to the Palestinian Authority.

06:34 [ Haaretz ]

Why Netanyahu Will Do Almost Anything for a Gaza Cease-fire (And It Has Nothing to Do With Peace)

Netanyahu isn’t looking for a long-term solution now. He doesn’t believe one exists with the Palestinians, besides what he call “peace of deterrence” – another word for bullying the Palestinians until they give up. He’s perfectly aware that won’t happen in the foreseeable future and he’s prepared to wait even for another generation if that’s what it takes.

06:28 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Steinitz: Military action in Gaza would be the ‚Mahmoud Abbas War‘

(15.10.2018) If Israel is dragged into a military operation in the Gaza Strip amid ongoing clashes on the Israel-Gaza border, it should be called the “Mahmoud Abbas War,” Energy Minister and security cabinet member Yuval Steinitz said on Monday.

Speaking at the Maariv Leaders Conference in Jerusalem, Steinitz reiterated his warning last year that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has a “strategic program to embroil Israel in a conflict in Gaza, and he wants to manipulate us into a conflict Israel is not interested in at a time that isn’t desirable.”

00:25 [ Middle East Monitor ]

Chomsky echoes prominent Israeli, warns of the rise of ‘Judeo-Nazi tendencies’ in Israel

Prominent Jewish intellectual Noam Chomsky has raised concerns over what he believes is the rise of “Judeo-Nazi tendencies” in Israel. Speaking to i24NEWS last week, the renowned political dissident, linguist and scholar repeated warnings given by Yeshayahu Leibowitz, an Israeli public intellectual, biochemist and polymath, concerning the dehumanising effect of Israel’s brutal occupation of Palestine on the victims and the oppressors.

12.11.2018 - 20:12 [ Andrej Hunko, Mitglied des Bundestages / Twitter ]

Jetzt auf dem Weg nach #Israel, wo die #Bundeswehr an dort beschafften #Drohnen trainiert. Die fliegen in Afghanistan und Mali. Ab Januar dann Ausbildung an Drohnen, die bewaffnet werden. Das konnten wir bislang nicht verhindern, mal sehen was wir dazu vor Ort herausfinden.

12.11.2018 - 07:15 [ Haaretz ]

Israeli Army Confirms One Officer Killed, Another Wounded During Gaza Raid

Palestinian officials said the group of Hamas men were fired at from a passing car.

Palestinian sources told Haaretz that one of the casualties is Nur Barake, a deputy commander of an elite unit of Iz al-Din al-Qassam, the military wing of Hamas. According to a statement from Hamas‘ military wing, Israeli forces entered Gaza in a civilian vehicle three kilometers east of Khan Yunis. The exchange of fire began after Israeli soldiers kiled Barake.

12.11.2018 - 06:59 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Israelische Militäroperation: Tote bei Gefechten im Gazastreifen

Sollten die Berichte zutreffen, wäre es eine höchst ungewöhnliche Operation: Israelische Spezialkräfte sollen innerhalb des Gazastreifens das Feuer auf militante Palästinenser eröffnet haben. Normalerweise operiert die israelische Armee aus der Luft oder von Stellungen außerhalb des Gazastreifens.

10.11.2018 - 19:31 [ U.S. Department of State ]

Assistant Secretary Fannon Travel to Israel, Cyprus, and Egypt

Assistant Secretary of State for Energy Resources Francis R. Fannon will travel to Tel Aviv and Jerusalem; Nicosia, and Cairo from November 11 to 20, 2018. During his trip, Assistant Secretary Fannon will be meeting with government officials and private sector representatives to discuss energy security and regional cooperation on energy issues.

04.11.2018 - 15:26 [ Radio Utopie ]

Netanjahus Enkel zu Premierminister Israels: „Du schuldest uns Krieg“ – aus dem Zukunftsarchiv, 13.Oktober 2031

(13.10.2013) Wie wir alle wissen, wurde der rechtsradikale Premierminister Benjamin Netanjahu vor 18 Jahren wegen einem maßgeblich durch seine Person organisierten drohenden Atomkrieg gegen den Iran, nachfolgend gegen Libanon, gegen Syrien sowieso und natürlich auch gegen den Gazastreifen und überhaupt die gesamte Region von einem linksradikalen Israeli erschossen. Ganz Israel reagierte seinerzeit wie Netanjahus eigene Likud Partei. Es sagte: „Oh. Das ist aber schade.“ Und dann kam alles ganz anders. Während der Attentäter zu einer Art Volksheld wurde und in allen Ehren im Gefängnis saß, beschloss nun die Likud Partei ab sofort genau das Gegenteil von dem zu machen was sie bisher getan hatte und alle Pläne von exzessivem Krieg und Kapitalismus über den Haufen und sich selbst einer bis zu dem Attentat gesellschaftlich vollkommen isolierten winzigen Gruppe der Gesellschaft zu Füßen zu werfen. Ab sofort wurde lauter intellektuelles, menschenfreundliches, pazifistisches ja sozialistisches Zeug geredet und auch getan. Sogar die Arbeitspartei fing – äußerst widerstrebend – damit an, diesem lästigen Trend zu folgen. Es fingen überhaupt alle damit an, alle Parteien…

04.11.2018 - 15:12 [ jewishpress.com ]

Netanyahu Thanks Trump as US Sanctions on Iran Set to ‘Snap Back’ in Full at Midnight Sunday

(today)

The Trump administration announced Friday that its powerful sanctions would snap back against Iran, effective Sunday, on banking, oil, shipping and other economic sectors where the penalties were lifted by the Obama administration in 2015 as part of the JCPOA nuclear deal.

04.11.2018 - 15:08 [ Times of Israel ]

Shin Bet head said to have met Abbas in bid to renew leadership ties

(today)

The report does not specify when the meeting took place, but says it came amid a series of meetings Argaman held with senior PA officials in recent months in which he stressed they would benefit from renewed contact between Israeli and Palestinian leaders.

04.11.2018 - 14:51 [ Real Clear Politics ]

Dem Rep. Schakowsky on Netanyahu Speech: „An Effort To Stampede The U.S. Into War Again“

(3.März 2015) REP. JAN SCHAKOWSKY: [Netanyahu] made the same argument over the Iraq War, that it was time for the United States to not pay attention to any world opinion, but just to go it alone. What I heard today, felt to me like an effort to stampede the United States into war once again.

04.11.2018 - 14:47 [ Real Clear Politics ]

Chris Matthews: „This Was A Takeover Attempt By Netanyahu With His Compliant American Partners“

(3.März 2015) MSNBC’s Chris Matthews reacts to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Minister’s speech to a joint session of Congress. Matthews said Netanyahu was trying to „take power away from the president.“

„This was a takeover attempt by Netanyahu with his complying American partners to take American foreign policy out of the hands of the president,“ Matthews said.

04.11.2018 - 14:44 [ Real Clear Politics ]

Dem Rep. Yarmuth: Netanyahu „Speech Was Straight Out Of Cheney Playbook,“ „Fearmongering At Its Ultimate“

(3.März 2015) „And I also resent the fact that he was telling us how to negotiate when the administration and their representatives have been at this for two years now with the cooperation, participation of five other major nations in the world. This speech was straight out of the Dick Cheney playbook. It was fearmongerring at its ultimate. Phrases like essentially saying nuclear war is inevitable if this deal were to be accepted, phrases like this would pave the way to Iran having a nuclear bomb, these are things that I think are, again, part of what Dick Cheney would have done and did. This has been the Prime Minister’s pattern. He’s gone to the U.N. and done the same thing. „

04.11.2018 - 14:39 [ Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung ]

Netanjahus Rede im Kongress: „Atomare Bewaffnung Irans so gut wie garantiert“

(3.März 2015) Es sei abwegig, von einem Islamistenregime, dessen Führer sogar auf Twitter die Auslöschung Israels fordere, ein positiveres Verhalten zu erwarten. Vielmehr werde Iran seine destabilisierenden Aktivitäten in vielen Ländern der Region noch ausweiten, wenn der Sanktionsdruck nachlasse. Das Regime bekomme so „das Beste beider Welten: Aggression im Ausland, Wohlstand daheim“.

04.11.2018 - 14:01 [ Guardian ]

Israel planned for Lebanon war months in advance, PM says

(9. März 2007) After a final offensive in which Israel lost 33 soldiers, the government agreed a ceasefire without having achieved its objectives. In the fighting 1,200 Lebanese and 158 Israelis were killed. Of the dead almost 1,000 Lebanese and 41 Israelis were civilians.

Mr Olmert told the committee that he had ordered the final offensive to put pressure on the UN security council to improve the wording of the ceasefire in Israel’s favour.

04.11.2018 - 13:55 [ Reuters ]

Israeli PM says Lebanon war was pre-planned: report

(8. März 2007) Many Israelis view Olmert’s decision to go to war as a knee-jerk reaction by a leader with little security experience, unlike his predecessor, former general Ariel Sharon.

In testimony apparently aimed at dismissing any notion he acted recklessly, Olmert told the commission he asked army commanders in March 2006 if a contingency plan for military action existed in the event soldiers were abducted along the Lebanon frontier, Haaretz said.

04.11.2018 - 13:51 [ Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung ]

Bundeswehr im Libanon: Der Einsatz beginnt

(15.10.2006) Die Zeremonie vor Beirut fand auf dem italienischen Flugzeugträger „Giuseppe Garibaldi“ statt, von dem aus bislang eine interimistische Marinegruppe geführt wurde.

Sie hatte die Aufgabe wahrgenommen, das Seegebiet vor dem Libanon zu überwachen und möglichen Waffenschmuggel zu unterbinden. Israel hatte das zur Voraussetzung gemacht, seine Seeblockade aufzuheben, die es während des Krieges im Nachbarland im Sommer gebildet hatte. Der Kommandeur von Unifil, der französische General Alain Pellegrini, dankte Italien dafür, daß es kurzfristig eingesprungen war. Deutschland wäre das wegen des notwendigen parlamentarischen Verfahrens, aber auch wegen der zweiwöchigen Anmarschzeit unmöglich gewesen.

04.11.2018 - 13:31 [ Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung ]

Naher Osten : „Wir können uns einer Friedensmission nicht verweigern“

(25.Juli 2006) Sie gilt mittlerweile auch als Konsens unter den Staats- und Regierungschefs der Länder, mit denen Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel in den vergangenen Tagen sprach. Darunter waren der amerikanische Präsident Bush, der russische Präsident Putin, der französische Präsident Chirac und der britische Premierminister Blair. Selbst der israelische Ministerpräsident Olmert habe in einem Telefongespräch mit Merkel diese Einschätzung geteilt, hieß es jetzt in Berlin.

04.11.2018 - 13:25 [ Ynetnews.com ]

Olmert: Send us ‘real soldiers, not pensioners’

(3.August 2006) The ground battle inLebanon is widening, but on the eve of a new United Nations Security Council decision on the Israeli- Hizbullah conflict, its days may be numbered. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is already dealing with “the day after,” the diplomatic arrangement that will install an international force north of the Blue Line to replace the Israeli army.

04.11.2018 - 12:57 [ LA Times ]

Secret Plan Outlines the Unthinkable

(10.März 2002) WASHINGTON — The Bush administration, in a secret policy review completed early this year, has ordered the Pentagon to draft contingency plans for the use of nuclear weapons against at least seven countries, naming not only Russia and the „axis of evil“–Iraq, Iran, and North Korea–but also China, Libya and Syria.

In addition, the U.S. Defense Department has been told to prepare for the possibility that nuclear weapons may be required in some future Arab-Israeli crisis. And, it is to develop plans for using nuclear weapons to retaliate against chemical or biological attacks, as well as „surprising military developments“ of an unspecified nature.

04.11.2018 - 12:48 [ New York Times ]

A DAY OF TERROR: THE ISRAELIS; Spilled Blood Is Seen as Bond That Draws 2 Nations Closer

(12.September 2001) Asked tonight what the attack meant for relations between the United States and Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, the former prime minister, replied, “It’s very good.“ Then he edited himself: “Well, not very good, but it will generate immediate sympathy.“ He predicted that the attack would “strengthen the bond between our two peoples, because we’ve experienced terror over so many decades, but the United States has now experienced a massive hemorrhaging of terror.“

04.11.2018 - 12:41 [ Außenministerium von Israel ]

PM Netanyahu- Speech to US Congress- July 10- 1996

I have touched on the problem of the Middle East that is largely undemocratic, and part of it is strongly anti-democratic. Specifically, it is being radicalized and terrorized by a number of unreconstructed dictatorships whose governmental creed is based on tyranny and intimidation.

The most dangerous of these regimes is Iran, that has wed a cruel despotism to a fanatic militancy. If this regime, or its despotic neighbor Iraq, were to acquire nuclear weapons, this could presage catastrophic consequences, not only for my country, and not only for the Middle East, but for all mankind.

04.11.2018 - 12:07 [ Haaretz ]

23 Years After Yitzhak Rabin’s Assassination, Thousands Gather in Tel Aviv for Mass Memorial Rally

Meretz Chairwoman Tamar Zandberg, who was later added to the list of speakers, addressed the rally, saying Rabin’s assassination was „the best political assassination in history.“ If this evening doesn’t get us to act, then Yigal Amir will keep smiling for another year, she said in reference to Rabin’s murderer.

02.11.2018 - 05:51 [ ORF.at ]

Brasilien will Botschaft nach Jerusalem verlegen

Brasiliens künftiger Präsident Jair Bolsonaro will die Botschaft seines Landes in Israel nach Jerusalem verlegen. Wie bereits im Wahlkampf angekündigt, plane er den Umzug der Botschaft von Tel Aviv nach Jerusalem, erklärte der Rechtsaußen-Politiker gestern auf Twitter. „Israel ist ein souveräner Staat, und wir sollten dies respektieren“.

30.10.2018 - 19:53 [ Newsweek ]

Israel’s Chief Rabbi Under Fire for Refusing to Call Pittsburgh Terror Attack Site a Synagogue Because It’s Not Orthodox

The Tree of Life Synagogue has a conservative congregation, and the ultra-Orthodox community does not recognize non-Orthodox movements of Judaism.

The Times of Israel described the ultra-Orthodox Lau as an „avowed foe“ of more liberal streams of Judaism. He was reportedly key in pushing the government to renege on a deal for an egalitarian prayer section at the Western Wall.

27.10.2018 - 19:44 [ Sequoyah ‏/ Twitter ]

Despite arming genocidal groups in Syria, turning Libya into a sectarian hell with an active slave trade, facilitating fascists into power in Ukraine, arming the Saudi & Israeli regimes, & supporting a coup in Honduras, Obama & Clinton are apparently still „decent people“. Yikes

26.10.2018 - 18:46 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Merkel and Iran

(2.10.2018) But as Jerusalem Post correspondent Benjamin Weinthal reported, Merkel and her foreign minister, Heiko Maas, also back the European Union’s “special purpose vehicle (SPV)” mechanism to permit financial transactions with Iran. The SPV undercuts the US financial sanctions on Iran’s regime that are due to go into effect on November 5.

24.10.2018 - 07:29 [ Vanity Fair ]

“Jared Went from Running Point on the Mideast to Running”: With M.B.S. and the Khashoggi Murder, Trump Is in a Trap Kushner Helped Build

Insisting on thinking outside the box, Jared Kushner pushed Trump to build his Mideast strategy on M.B.S. and the Saudis. Now the West Wing is left with few good options. And some are joking that Kushner is probably going to take off soon for a well-timed vacation.

24.10.2018 - 07:19 [ Times of Israel ]

Khashoggi’s killing threatens Trump dreams for Israeli-Palestinian peace

Saudi Arabia’s powerful crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, was meant to be the linchpin of the plan, providing key diplomatic cover to both Israelis and Palestinians. But with the Saudi prince’s credibility facing serious questions following Khashoggi’s death, US President Donald Trump may soon have to rethink his Mideast strategy.

“It definitely complicates their plans to release their proposal, if indeed they have one,” said Dan Shapiro, who served as former US president Barack Obama’s ambassador to Israel.

21.10.2018 - 20:41 [ Zeit ]

Jordanien verlangt Gebiete von Israel zurück

In einem Nachtrag zu dem Friedensvertrag hatten die beiden Länder festgelegt, dass Israel die Gebiete pachten und nutzen kann. Die Vereinbarung galt für eine Dauer von 25 Jahren und sollte sich automatisch verlängern, wenn keine der beiden Parteien sie aufkündigt. Die Übereinkunft über die betreffenden Gebiete läuft am 25. Oktober aus.

21.10.2018 - 19:59 [ Stars and Stripes ]

Jordan cancels part of peace agreement with Israel

Abdullah said he informed Israel of his decision. „We are practicing our full sovereignty on our land,“ he said. „Our priority in these regional circumstances is to protect our interests and do whatever is required for Jordan and the Jordanians.“

Abdullah did not give a reason for his decision, but he has faced escalating domestic pressure to end the lease and return the territories to full Jordanian control. Last week, demonstrators demanding an end to Israeli ownership of the lands marched in Jordan’s capital of Amman last week.

20.10.2018 - 22:39 [ Middle East Monitor ]

ICC warns Israel: Destroying Khan Al-Ahmar could be ‘war crime’

The International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda yesterday warned Israel against demolishing the Palestinian Bedouin village of Khan Al-Ahmar and displacing its residents saying the action could constitute a “war crime”.

“Extensive destruction of property without military necessity and population transfers in an occupied territory constitute war crimes under the Rome Statute,” Bensouda said in a statement.

20.10.2018 - 22:19 [ Wikipedia ]

Rachel Corrie stands before Israeli IDF Caterpillar D9 bulldozers

Joe Carr’s image caption: „March 16, 03. Rachel nonviolently blocks Israeli bulldozers from destroying Palestinian homes along the Rafah/Egyptian border along with nine other International Solidarity Movement volunteers. Photos from earlier in the day, NOT OF THE ACTUAL INCIDENT of her death.“

18.10.2018 - 19:00 [ Haaretz ]

Israel’s Supreme Court Grants Lara Alqasem’s Appeal; She Will Be Allowed to Enter the Country

Court slams detention as an ‚extreme and dangerous step, which could lead to the crumbling of the pillars upon which democracy stands‘ ■ Alqasem, 22, was detained upon landing in Israel after she was flagged as a BDS activist

18.10.2018 - 02:28 [ Ynet ]

Israeli companies to secure UN forces in Africa

The organization has approached a number of companies from around the world that specialize in defense sensors that can detect precision-guided weapons such as missiles and mortars. Three out of the five companies contacted by the UN were Israeli. Ultimately, the Israeli company MER was chosen. The UN recently signed an $8 million deal for the next three years, with the option of another five years.

18.10.2018 - 02:06 [ Jason Ditz / antikrieg.com ]

Israelische Botschafterin in Frankreich wegen des Versuchs der Zensur von Nachrichten kritisiert

Die französische Tageszeitung Le Monde bemerkte, dass niemand in der israelischen Botschaft den Bericht überhaupt gesehen hatte, bevor man dagegen protestierte, dass er ausgestrahlt würde, und dass bin Noun sich beschwerte, dass Israel keine Gelegenheit hatte, eine Stellungnahme abzugeben, obwohl der israelische Militärsprecher in dem Bericht befragt wurde.

13.10.2018 - 15:12 [ Business Insider ]

Saudi Arabia doesn’t officially recognize Israel, but its hackers are reportedly using Israeli spyware to target dissidents in foreign countries

(8.10.2018) Developed by Israeli cyber company NSO Group, Pegasus sends „exploit links“ to operators‘ targets, who can then access virtually all the phone’s data and can even use the phone’s camera to spy on conversations.

13.10.2018 - 15:04 [ Jerusalem Post ]

How the missing Saudi writer could affect Israel

(12.10.2018) The missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was an outspoken opponent of rumors that Saudi Arabia was considering increased ties with Israel. His disappearance while visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul may now result in a reduction of Washington’s support for Riyadh and have repercussions that affect Jerusalem.

13.10.2018 - 14:52 [ Haaretz ]

Report: Saudi Arabia Used Israeli Cyberweapons to Target Dissident in Canada

(2.10.201) Agents apparently linked to the Saudi regime used spy technology from Israeli firm NSO Group Technologies to eavesdrop on a Saudi dissident in Canada, according to a report on Monday.

The Citizen Lab research group said it had “high confidence” that NSO’s Pegasus software had been used this summer to eavesdrop on a 27-year-old Saudi exile, Omar Abdulaziz.

13.10.2018 - 11:58 [ Washington Post ]

Lara Alqasem’s detention in Israel exposes campaign to police free speech and suppress critics

As I write, Lara Alqasem, a 22-year-old American student of Palestinian descent, is sitting in a “detention facility” at Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport. She has been there for a week. She arrived to begin a master’s degree in human rights at Hebrew University…

13.10.2018 - 11:52 [ Haaretz ]

Israeli Court Rejects Appeal by Lara Alqasem, the U.S. Student Detained at Tel Aviv Airport

The court said it could not justify intervening in the case and that the government’s decision to detain her was reasonable, echoing a previous decision by an administrative appeals court. Lara Alqasem, 22, still has the option of requesting that the Supreme Court hear her appeal.

13.10.2018 - 11:21 [ Haaretz ]

General’s Final Confession Links 1956 Massacre to Israel’s Secret Plan to Expel Arabs

‚Yiska‘ Shadmi, the highest IDF officer tried for the Kafr Qasem massacre, admitted before his death that his trial was staged to protect military and political elites. Historian Adam Raz believes that behind the horrific 1956 event was a secret plan to transfer Israel’s Arabs

10.10.2018 - 05:49 [ CNN ]

New York Times: Top Trump campaign official requested online manipulation plans from Israeli company

The campaign official, Rick Gates, was ultimately not interested in the company’s work, a person with knowledge of the discussions told the Times.
Special counsel Robert Mueller and his team, who are investigating Russian interference and possible coordination with the Trump campaign in the 2016 presidential election, have obtained copies of the proposals and questioned Psy-Group employees, according to people familiar with those interviews, the Times reports.

10.10.2018 - 05:44 [ Haaretz ]

Mueller Probe: Israeli Firm, Trump Campaign Discussed Smearing Rivals in 2016

According to the report, Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating foreign interference in the 2016 election, is closely examining these contacts. His office, the report said, has interviewed workers from Psy-Group and collected documents from the company’s headquarters in Israel.

10.10.2018 - 05:38 [ New York Times ]

Rick Gates Sought Online Manipulation Plans From Israeli Intelligence Firm for Trump Campaign

A third proposal by the company, Psy-Group, which is staffed by former Israeli intelligence operatives, sketched out a monthslong plan to help Mr. Trump by using social media to help expose or amplify division among rival campaigns and factions. The proposals, part of what Psy-Group called “Project Rome,” used code names to identify the players — Mr. Trump was “Lion” and Mrs. Clinton was “Forest.” Mr. Cruz, who Trump campaign officials feared might lead a revolt over the Republican presidential nomination, was “Bear.”

10.10.2018 - 05:34 [ Middle East Monitor ]

Trump team asked Israel firm to create election smear campaign

Psy-Group has also alleged to have been involved in Israel’s efforts against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. The Times of Israel reported that these revelations, which came to light in a separate investigation, showed that Psy-Group registered the website outlawbds.com. The site was believed to contain a “blacklist” with photos and email addresses of individuals believed to support BDS, but outlawbds.com has since disappeared from the internet.

08.10.2018 - 20:32 [ Haaretz ]

Free Lara Alqasem, the U.S. Student Detained at Ben-Gurion Airport

Lara Alqasem, a 22-year-old American student who arrived in Israel last week to start a master’s degree program at Hebrew University, is entering her sixth day of detention Monday at Ben-Gurion Airport. Her “crime,” according to the Strategic Affairs Ministry, is that while studying for her bachelor’s degree in Florida, she was president of the state’s chapter of a group that promotes boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israel as a way to battle the occupation.

07.10.2018 - 20:55 [ CNN ]

Sara Netanyahu fraud trial puts focus on Israel’s controversial first family

On Sunday morning, she appeared composed as she arrived at Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court for her trial on charges of fraud and breach of trust, focusing on the alleged misuse of taxpayer dollars at the couple’s official residence at Balfour Street.
From April 2009 until March 2013, Sara Netanyahu ordered approximately $100,000 in meals from some of Jerusalem’s top restaurants, according to an indictment filed in June, which painstakingly detailed each transaction by month.

07.10.2018 - 20:51 [ ORF.at ]

Betrugsprozess gegen Sara Netanjahu gestartet

Sie soll Hunderte Essen auf Staatskosten bestellt haben – seit heute muss sich die Ehefrau des israelischen Ministerpräsidenten Benjamin Netanjahu vor Gericht verantworten. Die 59-jährige Sara Netanjahu erschien zum Prozessauftakt selbst vor dem Gericht in Jerusalem. Ihre Anwälte wiesen alle Vorwürfe zurück.

06.10.2018 - 21:58 [ Press TV ]

Defying Israeli occupation, Golan Druze pledge loyalty to Syria’s Assad

The crowd marked the Saturday event by wearing their traditional black garbs and white hats while waving Syrian flags and pictures of Assad. The gathering Druze shouted support for the president into megaphones and were answered by Syrian soldiers who were standing behind a security fence on the opposite side of the border.

02.10.2018 - 16:18 [ WAFA ]

Israeli forces attack university students rally north of Ramallah, students injured

WAFA correspondent said Israeli soldiers fired rubber-coated steel bullets, tear gas canisters, and stun grenades toward the students who rallied in protest of Israel’s Nation-state Law and its planned demolition of Khan al-Ahmar Bedouin community, east of Jerusalem.

02.10.2018 - 04:08 [ Amnesty International ]

Demolition of Palestinian village of Khan al-Ahmar is cruel blow and war crime

“This act is not only heartless and discriminatory; it is illegal. The forcible transfer of the Khan al-Ahmar community amounts to a war crime. Israel must end its policy of destroying Palestinians’ homes and livelihoods to make way for settlements.”

29.09.2018 - 10:55 [ Contra Magazin ]

Iranische Atomanlagen: Netanyahu lügt die UN-Vollversammlung schamlos an

m Grunde genommen handelt es sich hierbei wohl um dieselben Lügen und beweislosen Anschuldigungen, die der israelische Premierminister seit vielen Jahren in Sachen iranischem Atomprogramm erhebt – und wie üblich mit irgendwelchen Bildern oder Zeichnungen, die Null Beweiskraft haben. Ziel ist es, die Welt auf einen Krieg gegen den Iran einzuschwören, weil dieser ja so böse sei und Atomwaffen entwickle, die Israel selbst schon seit langer Zeit illegal und entgegen der internationalen Atomwaffensperrverträge besitzt.

29.09.2018 - 10:35 [ Ben White ‏/ Twitter ]

„It seems that Shin Bet thinks participating in a protest of a tour of the West Bank are an existential threat to the state of Israel,“ [@acri_online’s Dan] Yakir said. „Instead of the Attorney General crying foul over these things, he embraces them.“

29.09.2018 - 09:54 [ Haaretz ]

Shin Bet Gets Backing From AG’s Office: Left-wing Activists Detained to ‚Prevent Illegal Activity‘

Deputy Attorney General Dina Zilber backed Shin Bet detentions and interrogations of left-wing activists entering Israel. In a letter issued Friday to the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, Zilber wrote…

26.09.2018 - 11:51 [ Newsweek ]

Trump’s Alliance Against Iran: Saudi Arabia and Partners Join Israel in Supporting U.S. as Others Turn Away

While President Donald Trump condemned Iran in his address Tuesday to the United Nations General Assembly, a small but influential group of countries gathered elsewhere in New York City in an attempt to rally support for an increasingly controversial cause among the international community.

The foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia and Yemen, the ambassadors of Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates to Washington and the director of Israel’s Mossad spy agency were among those who spoke alongside two of President Donald Trump’s most senior officials at the 2018 United Against Nuclear Iran summit.

24.09.2018 - 17:45 [ stripes.com ]

Israel, Russia to improve Syria hotline after plane downed

(21.09.2018) An Israeli military official says its „deconfliction line“ with Russia for their air forces in Syria will be improved after a Russian plane was hit by Syrian forces responding to an Israeli raid.

He spoke anonymously according to protocol Friday after an Israeli delegation returned from Moscow where they briefed officials on the incident that killed 15 Russians.

24.09.2018 - 00:46 [ Haaretz ]

Israel Gives Residents of West Bank Bedouin Village Week to Evacuate

Khan al-Ahmar, which is located near Route 1, is home to several dozen families from the Jahalin tribe. The tribe originated in the Negev and was expelled to the West Bank in the 1950s. Aerial photographs and testimony by villagers show that the residents wandered within the Jerusalem-Jericho region before gradually establishing permanent residence in Khan al-Ahmar, apparently in or around the 1970s.

21.09.2018 - 02:34 [ TASS ]

Israeli Air Force commander to arrive in Moscow on Thursday to hand data on Il-20 crash

Besides Norkin, the Israeli delegation will include Brigadier General Erez Maisel, the head of the Israel Defense Forces‘ Foreign Relations Division, and officers of the Intelligence Division, Air Force and Operations Command, the army said.

21.09.2018 - 02:22 [ teleSUR ]

Spain to Push EU to Recognize Independent Palestinian State

A delegation from the European Parliament tried to enter Gaza Strip to learn more about the humanitarian situation in the territory but were banned from entering by Israel Wednesday. Israel has repeatedly denied the delegation access to visit the Strip since 2011 and the Palestinian parliament has condemned the ban.

19.09.2018 - 08:01 [ Veterans Today ]

Real Translation: Putin, Israeli Air Force operations are undertaken in violation of Syria’s sovereignty

Editor’s note: Fake translations of this story are on the internet. This is a real one and Israel’s story about it’s pilots not seeing the Russian plane are cast aside as the total bullshit they are.

19.09.2018 - 07:42 [ WashingtonPost ]

Putin blames downing of Russian plane in Syria on ‘tragic chance events,’ plays down Israeli culpability

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday described the downing of a Russian plane in Syria as the result of “tragic chance events,” appearing to dial back a rare flare-up in tensions with Israel.

19.09.2018 - 07:39 [ Prof Ferrada de Noli ‏/ Twitter ]

Missiles „fired from the sea“ on #Lattakia, #Syria, were launched by #France’s frigate FS Auvergne. That, simultaneously with #Israel Jet-fighters attacking the port city, near Khmeimim #Russia Air Force base. (https://www.rt.com/news/438676-french-frigate-mediterranean-missiles/ …). FS „Auvergne“ in image below #svpol #Idlib

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19.09.2018 - 07:32 [ CommonDreams.org ]

After Russian Military Aircraft Shot Down Near Syria, Russian Claims Israel ‚Deliberately Staged This Provocation‘

According to Russian Defense Ministry spokesperson Igor Konashenkov, the Russian transport plane was shot down Monday night, local time, as Israel F-16’s attempted to use it as cover while carrying out a bombing mission against targets in the Latakia region of western Syria near the Meditarranean coast.

„By using the Russian plane as cover the Israeli air pilots made it vulnerable to Syrian air defense fire. As a result, the Ilyushin-20, its reflective surface being far greater than that of the F-16, was downed by a missile launched with the S-200 system,“ Konashenkov told reporters.