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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.

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.

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

(17.9.2018)

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.

15.09.2018 - 09:20 [ Bernie Sanders / theGuardian.com ]

Future of the international left: A new authoritarian axis demands an international progressive front

There is a global struggle taking place of enormous consequence. Nothing less than the future of the planet – economically, socially and environmentally – is at stake.

At a time of massive wealth and income inequality, when the world’s top 1% now owns more wealth than the bottom 99%, we are seeing the rise of a new authoritarian axis.

While these regimes may differ in some respects, they share key attributes: hostility toward democratic norms, antagonism toward a free press, intolerance toward ethnic and religious minorities, and a belief that government should benefit their own selfish financial interests. These leaders are also deeply connected to a network of multi-billionaire oligarchs who see the world as their economic plaything.

04.09.2018 - 07:20 [ Times of Israel ]

AG decries attacks on media, in veiled criticism of Netanyahu

Speaking at a conference organized by Hadashot TV news, Mandelblit said, “A free press is an essential component of a democratic society and it is of utmost importance to protect and guard it.”

He added that the role of the media was similar to that of the police and law enforcement.

02.09.2018 - 09:33 [ Newsweek.com ]

The Weak are Slaughtered, the Strong Prevail: Netanyahu Says Israel Will Not Shy Away From Conflict

(31.8.2018) It is significant that Netanyahu made the fiery remarks at the country’s top-secret nuclear research facility. Israel is the only state in the Middle East to possess nuclear weapons, though its policy of “strategic ambiguity” makes it difficult to say how large its atomic armory is. Estimates reach as high as 400 nuclear warheads.

27.08.2018 - 05:59 [ Al Jazeera ]

Bolton: US to act ‚very strongly‘ if Syria uses chemical arms

(23.8.2018) Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday during a visit to Jerusalem, John Bolton said: „We now see plans for the Syrian regime to resume offensive military activities in Idlib province.

„We are obviously concerned about the possibility that Assad may use chemical weapons again.

„Just so there’s no confusion here, if the Syrian regime uses chemical weapons we will respond very strongly and they really ought to think about this a long time,“ he added.

25.08.2018 - 12:49 [ Haaretz / googleusercontent.com ]

More Ops, More Secrets, More Money: Mossad’s Supercharged Transformation

Technological developments are obliging espionage agencies to adopt diverse methods of operation: not only to dispatch agents to enemy countries and to recruit local sources for intelligence, but also to dupe people into serving as agents without their knowledge, to use mercenaries and to rely on new capabilities, such as cyberattacks. To avoid biometric identification, as well as to evade security cameras, espionage organizations are being compelled to make increasing use of unwitting local agents.

25.08.2018 - 12:37 [ israelnationalnews.com ]

Netanyahu: media corruption case is dead in the water

(17.8.2018) Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was questioned in his home today (Friday) by police investigators, regarding an alleged tit-for-tat between himself and media mogul Shaul Alovich, who served as Communications Ministry Director under Netanyahu.

Netanyahu is now convinced that the case – known as Case 4000 – „has collapsed for good,“ according to sources close to him.

25.08.2018 - 12:33 [ Haaretz ]

$162K in Confiscated Jewelry Returned to Telecom Tycoon Embroiled in Netanyahu Corruption Scandal

(5.8.2018) Supreme Court Justice Isaac Amit on Sunday ordered police to return jewelry worth 600,000 shekels ($162,200) to Shaul and Iris Elovitch because it was seized without a court order.

The jewels were confiscated during the investigation of Case 4000 (the Bezeq bribery case). Amit said that taking the jewelry without a court order was illegal, thereby overturning rulings by the Tel Aviv Magistrate’s and District courts, and contrary to the state’s position.

22.08.2018 - 08:56 [ Al Jazeera ]

Hamas: End to Israel’s Gaza blockade ‚around the corner‘

Hamas leader Ismail Haniya said an end to Israel’s decade-long blockade of Gaza was „around the corner“ as talk of a possible truce deal intensifies.

Indirect negotiations between Gaza’s Hamas rulers and Israel brokered by Egyptian and UN officials have reportedly included discussion on easing the blockade, but by no means a complete lifting of it.

20.08.2018 - 07:37 [ ORF.at ]

US-Sicherheitsberater spricht mit Netanjahu über Iran

Der Nationale Sicherheitsberater der USA, John Bolton, ist gestern in Tel Aviv zu Gesprächen über die Iran-Politik mit Israels Premierminister Benjamin Netanjahu zusammengetroffen. Es gehe bei den Unterredungen in Jerusalem vorrangig um das Raketenprogramm des Iran sowie um dessen nukleare Ambitionen. Bolton sprach von einem „Atomwaffenprogramm“ des Landes.

15.08.2018 - 07:35 [ Haaretz ]

He Only Knows How to Incite

There is no limit to his demagoguery. As if this were the story; as if civil rights were conditioned on loyalty tests.

The opposition leaders in general, and Labor chairman Avi Gabbay in particular, repeatedly fall into the traps Netanyahu sets for them, allowing him to dictate the public agenda while they participate in the discourse of incitement. Instead of attacking Netanyahu for the nation-state law, the leader of the opposition finds himself babbling about the right of return, as if this is the most burning issue now.

12.08.2018 - 15:02 [ telesur ]

Common Enemy: Why Israel Is Embracing Fascism in Europe

(1.8.2018) Indeed, the ‘special relationship’ between Netanyahu and Orban is only the tip of the iceberg. For years, Netanyahu’s Israel has been ‘flirting’ with radical right movements in Europe.

The unmistakable Israeli strategy, of course, has its own logic. Israeli leaders feel that Europe’s move to the far-right is irrevocable and are keen to benefit from the anti-Muslim sentiment that accompanies this shift as much as possible.

Moreover, the EU’s resolve to label illegal settlement products and refusal to heed calls for moving their embassies from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is pushing Netanyahu to explore these new routes.

09.08.2018 - 12:35 [ Radio Utopie ]

Sabotiert Herzl Halevi den Waffenstillstand zwischen der Hamas und Netanyahu?

Kurz vor einem Waffenstillstand zwischen der im aufständischen Teil der israelischen Kolonie Palästina herrschenden Hamas im Gazastreifen und der israelischen Regierung Netanyahu in Jerusalem eskaliert plötzlich die Situation.

08.08.2018 - 21:29 [ Times of Israel ]

Activists wave Declaration of Independence in stormy Knesset nation-state debate

In her speech, Livni railed against the right-wing government, called for early elections and said the opposition would pass the Declaration of Independence as a basic law in lieu of the nation-state law passed by the right-wing coalition on July 19.

08.08.2018 - 21:10 [ Haaretz ]

The Shin Bet State Is Here

As part of the war that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is waging against the “enemy within” – that is, anyone who thinks differently than he does – the state has adopted the despicable practices of a thought police in its attempt to intimidate and silence opponents of the occupation from Israel and abroad.

05.08.2018 - 15:00 [ Haaretz ]

The Left Stops Apologizing

Livni is right. The left has been the victim of incitement for a generation now, which Netanyahu began as opposition leader when he led opposition to the Oslo Accords. And the unbridled incitement against the left didn’t die down following Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin’s assassination. On the contrary, it spread and become fashionable political discourse and the main agenda of the right, especially Netanyahu.

27.07.2018 - 03:09 [ Haaretz ]

Jerusalem Post Fires Cartoonist Over Caricature Mocking Netanyahu, Likud Lawmakers

The Union of Journalists in Israel said that it „takes seriously the decision to fire cartoonist Katz from The Jerusalem Post because of his critical cartoon. Causing harm to a journalist because he expressed an opinion, lte alone when it was approved by his editors, is a dangerous step that must not be accepted. We call on Katz’s editors to retract this unacceptable step.“

As a result of the firing, Tel Aviv’s upcoming Animix Festival, which celebrates animation, comic books, and cartoons, will feature an exhibit on freedom of speech.

25.07.2018 - 12:40 [ Ynetnews.com ]

Russia: Israel has not rejected our proposal to distance the Iranians 100 km from border

According to a statement made by the Russian embassy, „The talks between Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Chief of Staff Valery Gerasimov and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were very constructive.“

25.07.2018 - 12:35 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Helsinki summit proved Russia to be ally of Israel

(23.7.2018) While American politicians and pundits fumed at President Donald Trump’s performance at his much-anticipated meeting this week with Russian President Vladimir Putin, lost in the clamor was one small but crucial moment: Israel emerged from Helsinki a winner.

Trump said that he and Putin had reached a “really good conclusion” for Israel in regard to the situation in Syria.

23.07.2018 - 11:27 [ Uri Avnery / Antikrieg.com ]

Die Israelis töten einfach weiter Menschen, stehlen Land

Dahinter verbirgt sich eine bestimmte Logik. Die israelische Regierung will das Westjordanland annektieren. Sie will die arabische Bevölkerung herausholen und durch jüdische Siedler ersetzen. Sie betreibt diese Politik langsam, vorsichtig, aber konsequent.

Es ist eine grausame Politik, eine verabscheuungswürdige Politik, und doch hat sie eine gewisse Logik. Wenn Sie dieses abscheuliche Ziel wirklich erreichen wollen, sind die Methoden vielleicht ausreichend. Aber das gilt nicht für den Gazastreifen, den niemand annektieren will. Dort sind diese Methoden pure Torheit.

Das bedeutet nicht, dass die gesamte israelische Politik gegenüber den Palästinensern insgesamt weiser ist. Das ist sie nicht.

Binyamin Netanyahu und seine handverlesenen dummen Minister haben keine Politik. So sieht es aus. Tatsächlich haben sie eine nicht deklarierte Agenda: die schleichende Annexion des Westjordanlandes.

20.07.2018 - 18:21 [ Times of Israel ]

A nationalist streak runs through Putin’s love for Jews and Israel

Trump’s unflinching support for Israel — perhaps a result of evangelical enthusiasm for the country, ideological nudging from his Jewish daughter and son-in-law or the continued need to rebuke all things Obama — is well documented.
But Putin’s continuing support for the Jewish state is unexpected, especially since he backs Syria’s Bashar Assad, a war criminal whose prosaic regional interests often defy Israel’s.

20.07.2018 - 18:09 [ Haaretz ]

Europe’s Most Extreme Nationalist Leader Visits the Jewish People’s Nation-state

Netanyahu also referred to the ideological tie linking the two governments: „Both of us understand that radical Islam presents a true threat“ to Europe, Israel and Arab countries.

„Iran is the greatest threat and we are the front-line protecting Europe as well,“ Netanyahu said.

President Reuven Rivlin, who represents the liberal part of the Israeli right wing and has publicly criticized parts of the nation-state law, also understands this link.

14.07.2018 - 15:44 [ Gush Shalom ]

„Not Enough!“

The State of Israel has no oil wells. It has no gold mines. What has it got? It has the ownership of the remembrance of the Holocaust.

That is worth a lot. Everyone who wants to clean himself from the stain needs a certificate from the State of Israel. Such a document is worth very much. And the larger the guilt of the applicant, the higher the price of the dispensation.

14.07.2018 - 14:07 [ Haaretz / googleusercontent.com ]

Gaza Flare-up: Netanyahu Resists Pressure for War, but Flames Getting Higher

However, the prime minister had to make it look like something was being done, in light of the fires that keep raging in Israeli border communities. The media and right-wing critics have already pushed Netanyahu into a military operation he didn’t want in the Gaza Strip, twice: Operation Pillar of Defense (2012) and Operation Protective Edge (2014). This time, he looked better prepared to stand firm in the breach, but not to take responsibility.

13.07.2018 - 17:28 [ Newsweek.com ]

Russia, Caught Between Iran and Israel’s War in Syria, Looks for Allies on Both Sides

Velayati took the opportunity to censure a „rebellious“ President Donald Trump, who abandoned a historic nuclear deal with Iran and five major world powers in May. He also criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who met with Putin on Wednesday, just as Velayati arrived in Moscow. Velayati said on Wednesday that Netanyahu’s visit to Putin would not affect his own discussion with the Russian leader.

13.07.2018 - 17:24 [ Al-Monitor.com ]

Netanyahu, Putin talk Iran before Helsinki summit

Moscow had earlier invited the Israeli prime minister to attend the final game of the FIFA World Cup on July 15, where Netanyahu could have found himself in the stadium together with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Yet Netanyahu, who is reluctant to meet with Abbas, opted for an earlier visit, while the Palestinian leader will come for the final as originally planned.

12.07.2018 - 19:16 [ Radio China ]

Putin trifft Israels Ministerpräsident

Wie der Kreml auf seiner Webseite mitteilte, bezeichnete Putin beim Treffen die Beziehungen zu Israel als positiv. Beide Seiten hätten in den Bereichen Wirtschaft und Politik zusammengearbeitet sowie beim militärischen und kulturellen Austausch gute Kontakte aufrechterhalten.

05.07.2018 - 19:46 [ Times of Israel ]

PM derides Europe for holding Iran nuke talks after alleged Paris attack plot

In mocking speech at US Embassy party, Netanyahu urges Europeans to ’stop appeasing‘ Tehran as foiled plan to bomb opposition rally casts shadow over Vienna talks by Rouhani, Zarif

05.07.2018 - 19:35 [ Radio Utopie ]

Analyse: Vorbereitung eines Angriffskrieges in Deutschland

(vor drei Tagen) Ich wette alles was ich habe darauf, dass die israelischen „Kollegen“ (und natürlich auch die „Kolleginnen“) derzeit massiv ihre lieben Kameraden in Deutschland bespringen und ihnen wieder einmal jeden Sch**ss erzählen denen die gerne hören. Irgendwas mit Terror, links und Islam, zum Beispiel. Die Unverschämtheit, die sich der rechtsradikale Benjamin Weinthal in der „Jerusalem Post“ wieder einmal erlaubt, ist da ein ganz nützliches Indiz. Entsprechend Israels post-Rabinscher Definition als Paradies für Zyniker spricht Weinthal von Aktivitäten der „Revolutionsgarden“ Irans in Deutschland, um Raketentechnologie zu erwerben. Dies wird nun mutmaßlich, entsprechend der unauffällig durch die „Sicherheitsbehörden“ in internationaler Hierarchie und Befehlskette innerhalb der Republik aufgebauten Selbstermächtigungs-Struktur, als Legitimation benutzt werden mutmaßlich genau die Kräfte verstärkt zu bespitzeln und zu verleumden, die der Vorbereitung eines Angriffskrieges auf deutschem Boden überhaupt noch etwas entgegensetzen.

04.07.2018 - 06:14 [ Trend.az ]

Netanyahu to visit Moscow on July 11 to have talks with Putin

Putin and Netanyahu have met twice this year. The Israeli prime minister visited Moscow at the Kremlin invitation on May 9 to attend the Victory Parade on the 73rd anniversary of the victory in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945. After the parade, Netanyahu and Putin took part in the Immortal Regiment march in Moscow in memory of those killed in World War II.

Their previous meeting took place on January 29, when they took part in the events in memory of Holocaust victims at Moscow’s Jewish Museum.

02.07.2018 - 11:56 [ Radio Utopie ]

Analyse: Vorbereitung eines Angriffskrieges in Deutschland

Die Anklage wegen Korruption als Damokles-Schwert über sich hängend, versucht Benjamin Netanjahu und seine rechtsradikale Gang an der Regierung des von ihnen seit der Ermordung von Yitzhak Rabin faktisch gekaperten Israels sich in einen weiteren Angriffskrieg in Asien zu retten. Und der Sturz der einem Krieg gegen den Iran entgegenstehenden Kanzlerin von Deutschland mittels einem „Putsch von rechts“ ist Teil dieses Bemühens.

Eine Analyse.

30.06.2018 - 12:10 [ Hurriyet ]

Netanyahu warns Merkel of new refugee crisis sparked by Iran

(5.6.2018) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned German Chancellor Angela Merkel Monday that Iranian meddling in the Middle East could touch off massive new refugee flows to Europe, as they clashed about the future of the nuclear deal with Tehran.

28.06.2018 - 10:05 [ Haaretz ]

Israel’s AG Says He Won’t Delay Netanyahu Probe Even if Elections Called

The attorney general also said there’s a feeling that the Knesset is trying to undermine the law enforcement system. “At times it seems the law enforcement system is standing alone,” he said, pledging to continue with the struggle against corruption.

21.06.2018 - 19:29 [ Eric H. Yoffie / Haaretz ]

Counting Down to Donald Trump’s Complete Betrayal of Israel on Iran

But another alternative, more likely in many ways, is that rigorously enforced sanctions will push the Iranians to renounce the agreement themselves and resume nuclear enrichment activity. As Amos Yadlin and Ari Heistein point out in The Atlantic, Iran will choose negotiations over bomb building only if there is „the credible threat of a military strike.“

And while many in Israel and the Jewish community do not want to admit it, such a threat simply does not exist.

21.06.2018 - 19:22 [ theMedialine.org ]

PM Netanyahu: We Are Prepared For War With Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip

The comments come amid reports of discord within the Israeli security cabinet over how to deal with the growing incidence of so-called “Terror Kites” being launched from the Palestinian enclave into Israel. Along with the child’s toy, incendiary objects ranging from helium balloons—some containing explosive devices—to rigged condoms have wreaked havoc (…)

07.06.2018 - 08:59 [ Haaretz ]

Ex-spy Chief Said ‚Fun Part‘ About Mossad Is That It’s a Crime Organization. Netanyahu Is Not Amused

(3.6.2018) Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed a report published last week that accused him of asking the former head of the Shin Bet security service to listen to the telephone conversations of then-IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz and then-Mossad chief Tamir Pardo.

„The Mossad is not a criminal organization. It is a splendid organization that does holy work in the fight against terrorism and other threats to the State of Israel, and we all salute it,“

06.06.2018 - 15:49 [ Bloomberg ]

Wooing Trump Pays Off for Netanyahu as His Popularity Soars

(31.5.2018) Netanyahu’s grip on power is still potentially in jeopardy, and his political successes shouldn’t have a bearing on Attorney General Avihai Mandelblit’s decision whether to indict him in the corruption cases — in theory at least. But it would take an especially aggressive attorney general to indict a popular, sitting prime minister for the first time in Israel’s history, said Eran Vigoda-Gadot, a political science professor at Haifa University.

06.06.2018 - 15:41 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Netanyahu: Only the A-G will decide whether to indict me

(7.2.2018) “So don’t worry,” Netanyahu said sarcastically. “There will be recommendations [to indict], and also signs reading ‘Bibi is guilty until proven otherwise,’” he said, criticizing signs that were spotted at the ongoing Saturday night anti-corruption protests in Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit’s neighborhood in Petah Tikva and at Rothschild Boulevard in Tel Aviv.

05.06.2018 - 13:50 [ Haaretz / googleusercontent,com ]

Netanyahu’s Weapons Against the Former Head of Mossad: Lies, Distortions and Incitement

Ostensibly citing Pardo’s words to Dayan that the “fun part” about the Mossad was that it was a “licensed crime organization” Netanyahu said that the Mossad “was not a crime organization but a glorious organization that does holy work in the war on terror, and which we all salute.” Netanyahu conveniently neglected to cite the end of Pardo’s statement: “For King and country,“ the oath used since Roman times, and especially in English history, by soldiers willing to sacrifice their lives for their nations. The Mossad is a “licensed crime organization,“ Pardo meant, but only in the service of Israel’s greater interests.

05.06.2018 - 03:10 [ Fefes Blog ]

Benjamin Netanjahu tourt ja gerade rum und macht Werbung für einen Irankrieg. Dabei kam er auch bei uns in Deutschland vorbei und macht eine gemeinsame Presse-Fragestunde.

Und das Pressecorps hat den monumentalen Fehler begangen, Tilo Jung reinzulassen, der sich nicht lange bitten lässt und u.a. Bibi fragt, wie das denn mit der West Bank ist gerade (Israel annektiert das Land gerade), ob Israel die besetzten Gebiete jemals freigeben wird, vielleicht gar in Netanjahus Amtszeit, und dann noch ein paar Stichelfragen an Mutti Merkel, wieso wir eigentlich mit einem Land Waffenhandel betreiben, das Menschenrechte verletzt und illegal Atomwaffen beschafft hat.

04.06.2018 - 12:06 [ RT ]

Netanjahu in Berlin: Kampf dem Nuklearabkommen

Der israelische Regierungschef ist auf Europareise. Den Anfang macht er in Berlin. Die Reise widmet sich seinem Kampf gegen das Nuklearabkommen und der iranischen Präsenz in Syrien. Für Netanjahu ist das JCPOA wie das Münchner Abkommen von 1938 – eine „Appeasement-Politik“.

04.06.2018 - 11:16 [ israelnationalnews.com ]

Report: Putin gives OK to Israeli strikes on Syria

(1.6.2018) The two sides agreed to “limit” Iran, keep its forces away from the south, and to allow the IDF to target „menacing bases in the deep Syrian territories,“ according to the influential London-based website.

The Kremlin confirmed that the conversation between Putin and Netanyahu focused on “some aspects of the Syrian settlement.”

04.06.2018 - 10:58 [ SRF.ch ]

Netanjahu auf Europatour – Werbung für den Ausstieg aus dem Atomabkommen

Darum geht es: Israels Premier Benjamin Netanjahu besucht diese Woche Deutschland, Frankreich und Grossbritannien. Als erstes trifft er in Berlin die deutsche Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel, am Tag darauf den französischen Präsidenten Emmanuel Macron in Paris. Im Anschluss wird er in London erwartet.