I can’t help but admire your courage in the face of evil, you’re admired and loved by millions, as you represent the Lord Jesus Christ.
Florida’s known as Little Israel, as it has just as many, if not more, Jews in the U.S. Most of the New York Jews spend their winters in Florida, and once retired, moved into Florida’s retirement communities in both the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts.
Enjoy your stay in Florida, Brother, but, also stay safe. I hope you find a sponsor very soon, and I pray for you daily.
Haaretz: 40 Dead, 5,511 Wounded: UN Releases Figures on Palestinian Casualties in Gaza’s Mass Protests on Israel Border
Hamas says the protests will continue even after Nakba Day on May 15
Forty Palestinians have been killed and 5,511 were wounded in the mass protests along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel since March 30, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reported on Tuesday.
The protests have been held every Friday since then.
The information on the casualties is broken down by date, nature of the injury, gender and age, as well as where the person was treated.
Of the injured, 2,596 people were hospitalized in government hospitals, 773 in nongovernment hospitals and the rest were treated in the field.
Of those in government hospitals, 1,499 were hit by live ammunition, 107 by sponge-tipped bullets, 408 suffered gas inhalation and 582 suffered other injuries; 2,142 were adults and 454 were minors.
“Gaza’s health sector is struggling to cope with the mass influx of casualties, due to years of blockade, internal divide and a chronic energy crisis, which have left essential services in Gaza barely able to function,” stated the report.
The information is based on figures from the Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza and OCHA says the data is a preliminary snapshot only and further information is pending.
On Wednesday, the Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza reported the death of Ahmed Abu Hassin, a press photographer who was shot two weeks ago during the protests.
The protests will continue even after May 15, the day the Palestinians mark the Nakba (Catastrophe) – the founding of Israel – said Ismail Haniyeh, the head of the Hamas political bureau, on Wednesday.
“The Palestinian people will demonstrate throughout Ramadan to deal with the many challenges facing us, and first of all the peace plan promoted by U.S. President Donald Trump, called the ‘Deal of the Century,’” said Haniyeh.
I had NO problem with the police, they totally left me alone.
The officer parked his van on the side to deal with another matter, and in fact, it helped set a good scene of an empty cop car providing “police protection” and acting as an “attention getter.”
It certainly didn’t stop the young man from coming to the median strip to hug me.
And besides, I am perfectly LEGAL in median strips, I have legal support for it, especially at median strips where there is a crosswalk right in front of the median.
That, in and of itself, should be obvious to you that I was perfectly legal. “Distractions” are NOT “legal” prohibitions. Cops must enforce “legalities,” NOT opinions or complaints with no legal basis.
And no, “standing on the sidewalk” is NOT “more appropriate.” The Holy Cross of Christ must be CENTER STAGE, NOT on the sidelines as you would have it. +BN
Syriana Analysis: Aleppis celebrating independence from France
Despite the U.S., UK and France aggression against Syria, on Tuesday 17th of April, Syrians celebrated their historic independence from the French occupation (called mandate by the late League of Nations) which lasted between 1920 to 1946.
Ruptly: Netherlands: ‘Caught them red-handed’ - Russian OPCW Rep. on US, UK and France *EXCLUSIVE*
Russia’s Permanent Representative to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Alexander Shulgin said that provocations by US, UK and France is like playing with fire, speaking from The Hague on Thursday.
According to Shulgin “those who are staging this kind of provocation, they are playing with fire, it’s very dangerous,” and “we need to avoid this kind of confrontation.”
Shulgin said that the alleged staging of the chemical attack is similar to the Nazis staging an attack in Gleiwitz radio station before starting WW II.
“Our president Vladimir Putin warned about some kind of provocation during his press conference after the meeting in Ankara and three days just three days after there was this attack,” Shulgin said.
He went on to say that Russia has proven that the Syrian government hasn’t committed any of the alleged crimes, and that Russia is doing its best to help settle the Syrian conflict and bring peace in Syria.
“We caught them red-handed, our western colleagues, because it’s absolutely proven now they have been lying to themselves, to the world community,” he said, adding that “there is absolutely no reason to be jubilant to rub our hands with satisfaction, no, the situation is very serious.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4VjL2KdCjo
Dear The Englishman,
It’s a goner. I found it’s archived page at archive.org, but the video was not retained.
The original uploader, TBaker1964, still has a YT account, but the last upload activity was three or four years ago.
Trump, a Christian? Depends on your definition of Christian, I suppose, if it includes the Trumpian self-worshipping “Church of Self-Esteem”.
Trump, who vaguely identifies himself as “Presbyterian” himself believes himself to be sinless.
Since he never makes mistakes, then there’s nothing to ask God or anyone else for forgiveness. Morality doesn’t ever enter into his thinking.
Trump grew up in a “Power of Positive Thinking” household, and attended Marble Collegiate Church while Norman Vincent Peale, known as “God’s salesman,” was senior minister from 1932 to 1984.
Peale married Trump and Ivana in Trump’s first marriage.
“When I drink my little wine — which is about the only wine I drink — and have my little cracker, I guess that is a form of asking for forgiveness, and I do that as often as possible because I feel cleansed….I think in terms of ‘let’s go on and let’s make it right.’”
As in making it right for Donald Trump according to Donald Trump’s “Positive Thinking” values.
In the Presbyterian tradition, communion is a symbol and a remembrance, quite unlike what the Holy Eucharist is for Orthodox and Catholics.
However, even as symbol-and-remembrance, it contains power for the observant Presbyterian, because it recalls the immensity of a redeeming gift, freely given by the Christ.
There is power with the very name of Christ, but Trump doesn’t even give a nod of gratitude towards this, because that would mean acknowledging that Christ died for our sins, which Trump is not capable of admitting he has, much less that he is frail human flesh.
He only makes “mistakes”.
The only upside for electing Trump over Hillary is that she was ready to be the first war-feminist commander-in-chief from day one, while electing Trump bought the world some time to get more prepared.
He’s absolutely brutal replying to Trump’s new “French Poodle Macron” on twitter.
But, Shehabi’s best smack down so far has to be the throw and hammerlock on the congenitally obnoxious Hard Talk anchor, Stephen Sackur.
He tells the Anglo-American-Saudi-Qatari-Israeli-Franco axis of weasels, and their UN White Helmets & jihadi pals to get the hell out of his country in the next video.
Uploader’s notes for Syrian MP Fares Shehabi just demolished all western propaganda on BBC Hardtalk
“Insulted from start to finish by the BBC’s Steven Sackur and called an apologist for the “Assad regime”, Fares Shahabi forces Sackur to acknowledge grudgingly that he is an independent Member of Parliament for Aleppo and that it is the 200,000 people who voted for him, not the BBC in London, who have a better understanding of who is responsible for the recent bloodbaths in that city.
Shehabi announces that Syria has found hundreds of British passport-holders among the jihadis who were recently holding Eastern Ghouta, and that the British Foreign Office has been funding them through its so-called conflict and stability fund.
“We have the documents that will lock up the British Government, my friend,” Shehabi tells a crestfallen Sackur.
Dr. Assad and the Syrian Arab Army remained steadfast and true to their commitment to protecting Christians.
Many Christians serve in the SAA alongside their Sunni, Shia, Alawite and Druze compatriots, and pray together with them.
Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun is the Grand Mufti of the Syrian Republic, and his closest personal advisor is a Christian.
Five years ago, rebels killed one of his sons. “I had five sons, now I have four,” then Hassoun publicly went on to pardoned the rebels who killed his son.
Since then, the Grand Mufti of Syria preaches a message of forgiveness, for as he says, “I am the Grand Mufti of all Syrians — Muslims, Christians, Druze, seculars.”
In ancient Antioch, Roman Syria, we were first called Christians. If Jerusalem was the cradle of Christianity, Syria was its nursery school.
The Grand Mosque of Damascus, known more commonly as the Umayyad Mosque, is one of the largest, oldest and holiest mosques in the world. It is located in the old city of Damascus, and it is considered by some Muslims to be the fourth-holiest place in Islam.
After the Arab conquest of Damascus in 634, the mosque was built on the site of a Christian basilica dedicated to John the Baptist (Yahya), honored as a prophet by Christians and Muslims alike. The ancient basilica is still visible.
Inside the mosque, a shrine contains the head of John the Baptist which Christians are allowed to come and venerate and pray at.
The Minaret of Jesus (Madhanat Isa), one of three, is located on the southeast corner of the mosque complex. It is around 77 meters (253 feet) in height and the tallest of the three minarets.
The minaret in the southeast corner is called the Minaret of Jesus (Issa) because it is believed that Jesus Christ, who is considered a prophet in Islam, will reappear at this place shortly before the day of judgment.
There’s no doubt in my mind that given everything which has happened over the past seven years, that even though it may not be yet close to the Day of Judgment, that the hem of our Lord and Savior’s robe has touched this minaret in Damascus.
Something is happening for Syria that’s a little like the New Testament story of the Woman with the Issue of Blood who merely touched the hem of Christ’s robe.
By doing so out of a great and simple faith in Christ, she was healed of her malady which had kept her in a complete state of uncleanness and social isolation for many years.
The “moderate headchoppers” began slaying Christians, men, women, and children, and the Alawites along with them in orgies of massacres. These innocent Syrian martyrs revealed the manifest evil spawned by the soulless and retrobate West in the midst of the Syrian country, and it rallied the entire nation to prayer, repentance, and armed resistance starting in the mosques and churches, and higher levels of cooperation than ever before.
Now in Syria, we see suffering, strife, reconciliation and amnesty among Syrian citizens, their determination to rebuild a better Syria. The life of the people and the glory of Christ is rising again, symbolized by the providential discovery of these exquisite 5th century church floor mosaics by the multi-ethnic, and multi-religious secular Syrian Arab Army and allied peoples’ forces.
Church flooring dating to the 5th Century were discovered East of #Hama #Syria.
This is the second such discovery in the general area.
The images from the 450 Sq meter Church also contained 14 passages written in Greek. One on top left depicts the Tree of Life
Top left image is now considered to be the Second Largest Mosaic piece ever discovered in #Syria. The more accurate dating of this Church Flooring discovered East of #Hama Syria now goes back to years 414 to 437.
Syrian Army Unearths Ancient Byzantine Mosaics in Hama
Divisions of the Syrian army have come across ancient mosaics dating back to the Byzantineera, while clearing mines in a rural area around Hama.
Speaking to Sputnik Arabic, Abdel Qader Farzat, the head of Hama Museums and Antiquities Department in Hama said that “valuable artefacts have been found outside Akerbat, which lies 85 kilometers east of Hama. When the first reports from the military arrived, a group of our experts traveled to the scene and determined that the mosaic dates back to the Byzantine epoch.
“It was created in the first half of the fifth century. The large-sized mosaic features birds and is covered with a 1.5-meter layer of earth.”
“As we were digging the newly found mosaic out, we spotted yet another one, just 80 centimeters away. The second one lies not that deep, it’s 7×8 meters in size.
“The image shows peacocks, ducks, pigeons, plants and animals, geometrical figures as well as six Greek lines. One of its sides is semi-circular, which might have housed an apsidal altar in a church,” he added.
According to the speaker, the excavation works have now entered the third week. The best specialists with the Antiquities Department are engaged in cleaning up the artefacts so that they could be transported to laboratories for renovation later on.
Once all the work is done, the objects will be put on public display, Farzat noted.
The Syrian army seized control of Akerbat in September 3, 2017. Combat engineers have been demining the territory, including rural and deserted parts of the country ever since.
Only because the search for mines was so thorough was it possible to find the archeological discovery.
As far as +BN positioning himself on the sidewalk, that would actually be more of a hazard to drivers than for him standing in the median strip for his Street Evangelism.
In the median strip, drivers can see him as they approach some distance away without turning their heads and taking eyes off of the roadway.
Since +BN doesn’t indirectly impede or interrupt the flow of traffic in any way, such as by panhandling or dashing out to wash windows or something, he poses little to no hazard.
Just in this short video, dozens of cars go by him in all directions, and nowhere have I seen any brake lights come on because of him. Some drivers are so intent on watching the road or thinking about their destination that they don’t even see him in the median.
People who realize who he is will usually pull off and then walk over to greet or hug him on the median, or call him over.
If he were on the sidewalk, people would have to turn their heads to get a look at him, sometimes suddenly as they realize who he is.
Because +BN is a public figure, there’d be more of a tendency for drivers to also suddenly brake to get a better look at him, since he wasn’t in their line of sight to begin with.
My prayer for +BN’s Street Evangelism is “Dear Lord, don’t let him get run over by someone who is on the cell phone or texting while driving.”
WHEN YOU DECIDE TO EMBARK ON A GOOD DEED, PREPARE YOURSELF TO CONFRONT TRIALS…
By Abba Isaac the Syrian
When you decide to embark on a good deed, you must first prepare yourself for the trials that you will encounter.
Because, when the enemy sees you beginning to fervently live a God-pleasing life, he usually attacks with various and terrible trials that will render you cowardly and make you abandon your good intention.
And it is by God’s concession that you will be confronted by trials, so that you will persistently knock on the door (of His mercy) - for fear of the sufferings, but also that the remembrance of Him may be rooted inside you so that you may approach Him with your prayers, thus sanctifying your heart through the incessant remembrance of Him.
And when you do invoke Him, He will hearken to you, so that you will thus learn that God is the One Who redeems you, and will then feel the presence of Him Who had fashioned you, strengthening and protecting you, because the shelter and the providence of God embrace all men.
However, these things do not become visible, except only to those who have cleansed themselves of sin and who continuously concentrate on God.
God’s help and providence are in fact exceptionally revealed, when those cases suffer extreme trials for the sake of the truth, because then they are able to feel it very clearly, by the sense of the Nous.
There are some, who had seen it (the help) with their physical eyes – depending on the trials they had undergone – and had thus ascertained God’s solidarity and were motivated by it into acts of bravery – as we have learnt of Jacob and Jesse and the Three Youths and the Apostle Peter and the other saints who had struggled for Christ.
To them, it (divine help) was more than obvious, as it came in human form, giving them thus courage and preparing them for the struggle for piety.
But the Fathers also, who had lived in the desert and had driven demons away from there - and themselves had become the domiciles of angels - holy angels constantly appeared to them, and in every way helped them and stood by them in everything, supporting them and ridding them of the trials that the savage demons caused them to undergo.
But even today, God’s help does not distance itself from those who had wholly dedicated themselves to the works that please Him; He is also close to all those who invoke Him. (Abba Isaac) https://www.impantokratoros.gr/FA1F5413.en.aspx
Wow! A great blessing and a sight to behold, Brother Nathanael!
The Florida breeze, the palm trees — the Lord is with you, He is with you, indeed!
John 3:5-8 - And Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. 6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. 7 You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”
When Israel aggressively went to war with Hezbollah in 2006 and tore up Lebanon, President Assad ordered all border crossings opened without hindrance for refugees fleeing the bombings and carnage by the tens of thousands across northern, eastern and southern borders with Syria.
In 2006, Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora said that up to 500,000 people had been forced from their homes by Israeli airstrikes that began after a “normal” and almost routine Hezbollah border raid which Israel then used as a pretext for their aggression against Lebanon, despite a cease-fire agreement implemented in 2000.
Syrian authorities reported then that more than 140,000 people entered their country from Lebanon after the crisis started, including some Americans (without Syrian visas) of the 100,000 or more trapped inside Lebanon after Israhell opened up their aggression.
City neighborhoods and ports came under daily attack in Lebanon, and infrastructure such as power plants and roads were destroyed in the offensive that Israel says is designed to break Lebanon-based Hezbollah and halt its attacks on Israeli civilians.
Israhell destroyed entire cities, hundreds of civilians, and attacked rescuers and others trying to pull victims out from the rubble.
All that the “Evil Assad regime” asked in return of the war refugees was that they fill out registration cards so that the government could help them.
Many Syrians simply opened up their homes to the refugees in solidarity with the Lebanese people.
World Affairs Blog: WHAT WAS SYRIA LIKE UNDER ASSAD FROM 2000 TO 2010?
Bashar al-Assad came to power in July 2000. The first faux Arab Spring protests started in Feb 2011. So what was Syria like for those 11 years?
First, during that period, there were no big protests, rebellions, revolutions or civil wars in Syria.
Syria was peaceful, secular and quite prosperous under Assad. Sunnis, Shiites, Jews, Christians and other sects co-existed harmoniously. People had free healthcare and free education, including college.
Under Assad, Syria’s GDP tripled from 2000 to 2010. At the same time, Assad reduced the debt-to-GDP ratio from 150% to 30%. Incredible achievements.
In fact, Syria was so stable under Assad that it was the #1 destination for Iraqi refugees (who fled after US invasion).
By 2010, there were one million Iraqi refugees living in Syria. This is a testimony to Assad’s kindness.
In 2010 – one year before the proxy war started, 8.5 million tourists visited Syria! Why? Because it was beautiful, historic, peaceful and safe.
The New York Times listed 31 best places in the world to visit in 2010, and #7 was Syria!
BTW, considering that Syria’s population is only ~20 million, the number of tourists is impressive.
And the fact that so many tourists were able to visit and travel also shows that it was a free country and that Syrians were quite happy with Assad. (A truly unpopular dictator would never allow foreigners to freely travel in the country).
Assad got along with Western leaders.
Syrians were happy.
There is a wonderful series of videos on YouTube called “Peter Marshall’s Syria,” that documents Syria through the eyes of a tourist — who also happens to be a famous British historian and writer — in 2009 and early 2011 (just when the protests were beginning). One can see how peaceful and happy the country was.
In a 2009 CNN Arabic poll that included many Middle Eastern countries, Assad won the “Person of the year” title by a large margin — he won 66% of the votes.
In a Zogby Arabic poll in 2009, people were asked which leader they admired the most outside their own country (thus, Syrians cannot choose Assad). In that poll also, Assad came first.
So, that’s the truth. If you want to know the truth about the Syrian war, Please check out my book “Deconstructing the Syrian War”
Al Masdar News: Gaza death toll now 46: Israeli Snipers execute 14 yr old
(Also brace yourselves for photos of what a gruesome tear gas cannister projectile to the face looks like)
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (2:00 P.M)- A fourteen year old Palestinian has this morning been confirmed dead, bringing the Gaza death toll since the beginning of the ‘Great Return March’ to 46.
Forteen year old Azzam Awaed was declared death this morning by the Palestinian Health Ministry.
The 14 year old child was shot yesterday by an Israeli sniper, whilst participating one of several ongoing border demonstrations.
Over 800 Palestinians were injured by Israeli forces yesterday, 174 reportedly shot with live ammunition. Six journalists and four paramedics were also reportedly injured.
The total number of injured protestors, during the course of this – 5 week -ongoing peaceful demonstration, has superseded 6,400. More than 500 children have confirmed to have been injured during the demonstrations.
Yesterday Israel executed the following Palestinian demonstrators:
The following is a list of all the demonstrators who have been killed by Israeli sniper and artillery fire, since the beginning of the ‘Great Return March’ on the 30th of March…
Israel also launched strikes on Gaza, from the Sea, Air and Land.
Six sites were struck, following an initial airstrike carried out against a boat docked in the Gaza port (Gaza City).
Hamas have claimed that the boat was preparing to send the injured to break the siege and receive their essential medical help that has been denied to them by Israel.
Israel claim that the airstrikes “targeted Hamas militant positions”, although there are no reports to indicate that Hamas members inured or the any military equipment or sites were actually struck. It is alleged that Israel were tested their weapons technology on Gazan infrastructure.
Hamas did not respond to Israel’s provocations with violence, yet they did respond with verbal comdemnation.
In early 2015, a small Egyptian village was dealt a cruel blow. ISIS killed 20 men from Al-Ur because they were Christian.
Now their families take comfort from their faith as they to come to terms with the loss.
The whole community honours the dead as martyrs, Christian and Muslim neighbours alike mourn their deaths and condemn the killers. A few survived and are torn between survivor’s guilt and admiration for the courage shown by their fallen friends.
However hard times may be for this village, the community finds solace and pride in how the martyrs’ faith remained strong to the very end.
Despicable beyond words! Shame on the UNDOF Austrian Battalion!
Austria fully pulled out in 2013, I believe, citing the Syrian “civil war” wasn’t part of their mandate.
Not mentioned, of course, is that the murderous “Syrian smugglers” shown in the video filmed by the Austrian UN peacekeepers in the ceasefire zone of the Golan Heights were most likely “Syrian opposition” moderate headchopping terrorist pals of Israel.
Very nice dramatic presence Brother Nathanael while you hold the Holy Cross of Jesus high for all to see.
Conversely, I’m embarrassed by all of these “Christian conservatives” who simply can’t bring themselves to use the words “Jews,” “Zionists,” “Israel” and “Greater Israel” to explain the carnage in the Middle East and in Syria in the past 30 years.
Tonight, I listened to a young man, Paul Joseph Watson, on Youtube who is normally a very strong voice for conservatism and anti-war who lost it and used over 40 expletives to describe his frustration with what is happening in Syria. He would have been much more effective if had used the words “Zionists,” “Israel” etc.
If a conservative or Christian evangelist is scared to death to use the words “Jews,” “Zionism,” “Greater Israel” to explain what is happening in the Middle East, than they should use the cryptic language of John the Revelator in the last book of the New Testament when he mentions the “Whore of Babylon” (Israel) riding the “Beast” (U.S. military) into battle against all of the righteous in the future or in John’s time more like the Pharisees and Saducees riding the Beast of the Roman Empire.
Government has become more and more of an enemy to We the People, an enemy of the right to bear arms, free speech, freedom of association, the pursuit of happiness, simple decency, and so on.
As the children of the devil, the Zionist Jews, infiltrate government more, Christian government fades more, and government becomes more of an enemy with more devilish tyrants.
True Christian leaders govern from obedience to Jesus, love, truth, peace, the ways Jesus taught. Satan’s children govern by deceit, greed, selfishness, hate, war, opposite the ways of the Lord.
As nations, communities, families, individuals, we either follow Jesus for Christian government and existence or else we get stuck with Satan’s system, which is what government is unless real Christians run government.
Satan and his children are leading the world’s rulers into Armageddon, but after that things get better.
Haaretz: Most Killings of Palestinians During Gaza Protests Unintentional, Senior Israeli Officer Says
■ He says legs are being targeted, but in some cases the protester bent over, a sniper missed or a bullet ricocheted
■ Friday’s attempt to breach fence was most violent yet, the officer adds
Most of the Israeli army’s killings of Palestinians during the Gaza-border protests have resulted from snipers aiming at demonstrators’ legs, with the killings an unintentional outcome after a protester bent down, a sniper missed, a bullet ricocheted or a similar phenomenon, a senior officer in the Southern Command said.
The Israeli army has killed 44 protesters since March 30; it cites its efforts to prevent a breach of the border fence as Gazans demonstrate in their “March of Return” each Friday.
The officer told Haaretz that open-fire directives on the border only let snipers shoot at the legs of people approaching the border, and that a person’s chest may be targeted only amid the other side’s apparent intent to use weapons and threaten Israelis’ lives.
The officer, who was with Israeli forces at the fence Friday, said the demonstrators’ attempt to breach the barrier marked the most violent action by the Gaza Palestinians since their fence protests began.
Four Palestinians were killed by crowd-control methods and sniper fire, including a 15-year-old boy, and hundreds were wounded. Most of the casualties occurred in one incident near the Karni crossing toward the end of the day, when hundreds of Palestinians breached the barbed-wire fence that the army had installed inside the Gaza Strip. Dozens of protesters reached the border itself.
The officer said it seemed the protesters were acting according to a decently organized plan.
The crowd bypassed the Karni crossing from the south and moved toward the border, led by young men using pieces of barbed wire and makeshift winches to try to dismantle the barbed-wire fence blocking their way to the border.
Those who managed to cross the barbed-wire fence attacked the border fence itself with firebombs and explosives.
The army says that its crowd-control methods don’t do well in large open areas, and that the commanders had no alternative but live sniper fire to stop the incursions.
According to the officer, the latest protest shows that Hamas’ leaders completely control the scene and that the clashes are planned and managed from above. He said the Palestinians were intentionally sending children, women, disabled people and the mentally ill toward the fence.
Most of the commenters call bullpucky on the IDF brass and its propaganda and a hasbara troll:
1 — Peter Cohen 14:43 Excellent thinking
When Hamas ‘intentionally sends children to the fence’ of course snipers can shoot them!
Even I can easily observe that children near the fence ‘are sent by Hamas’ let alone skilled murderers.
2 — MR 14:47 So the snipers aren’t from “ultra-elite” units, then
3 — StJohn 15:15 Accidents
This is utter nonsense and is contradicted by initial IDF press statements. Israel is clearly the perpetrator here and not the victim.
Time to change the line and get back to the days when Golda Meir told the world that what she really hated about the Palestinians was that they made the Israeli army ‘victims’ for forcing them to kill them.
We’ve had enough. We can’t tolerate this anymore. Have a civil war against the settler thugs that are making you do this. Reach a deal.
– Peter Cohen 15:53 @StJohn
Zionism does not need nor want a deal. Talking to zionist dogma is useless. The only useful opposition is struggling for the liberation of Palestine.
4 — Stuart Wilder 16:41 The shallowness of Israel’s strategic planning
At some point the Palestinians were bound to use non-violent techniques, but Israel never planned for this.
The movie will be out this summer, juxtaposing children protesting at a fence with soldiers, prepared for all out war, shooting at them.
No matter that many of the images will be doctored— Israel is playing right into their hands with its response.
You don’t meet civil disobedience with an army prepared for war, that only knows how to shoot.
The blame for this falls on Israel’s mendacious politicians, left and right and middle, and Israelis who tolerate them.
– Victor 17:46 @Stuart Wilder “No matter that many of the images will be doctored”
What a crock! So you already know. More than a thousand killed and many wounded is not enough for you.
The number of wounded Palestinians is more than Israelis wounded in several wars. Keep playing the victim card, except, these days, no one believes you.
5 — Kal 16:47 Live bullets against unarmed trouble makers wanting freedom from Israel in the first place?
I divorce you Israel.
Darth Zaider 17:57 @Kal They do not want freedom from Israel.
They want freedom to move into Israel according to their own declarations.
Jan Elshout 20:07 @Darth Zaider
Even so, they are right to demand. Return of refugees was the condition under which Israel was recognized and admitted as UN member.
If you want to change that, you cannot blame Pals, but you will have to propose a change in international law.
Darth Zaider 20:14 @Jan Elshout
What bull, majority of Gazans are descendants from Egypt, let them demand to return there.
6– John 17:27
I’m pretty sure in training they tell you shooting live ammo at unarmed civilians will kill them. I think it’s pretty standard stuff.
And these were “sharp” shooters? We’ve seen plenty of video examples of these “accidental” shootings.
Israel doesn’t need to make stuff up, they still have the holocaust pass.
7– Sam Spade 17:46 It’s Friday
And the most powerful military in the middle east will once again commit murder.
After all nothing is cheaper than Palestinian blood in Israel and they are swatted like flies and killed with gusto. Why make any pretense?
8–Alex 17:48 More pretend shooting and crying?
Either those “sharp shooters” are lousy shots or criminals who are doing it deliberately. And did those sharp eyes not see the “PRESS” on the jackets of the two Palestinian journalists they murdered?
Filthy bastard Jews in the Israeli Occupation Forces
Haaretz: Israeli Troops First Shot a Gaza Journalist’s Left Leg, Then His Right. And They Didn’t Stop There
The amputation of 19-year-old Gaza photographer Yousef Kronz’s left leg could have been prevented had Israel let him receive timely medical treatment in the West Bank
His left leg was amputated in Shifa Hospital in the Gaza Strip, and now efforts are underway, in Istishari Arab Hospital in the West Bank, to ensure that his right leg doesn’t suffer the same fate.
More than two weeks passed between the amputation of the first leg – which itself could have been prevented – and the action undertaken to save the other one.
Precious time in which Israel refused to allow Yousef Kronz, the first Palestinian seriously wounded during the recent weekly protests in the Gaza Strip, to be moved to the hospital outside Ramallah.
The High Court of Justice finally forced the Defense Ministry to bring this disgraceful conduct to an end and allow the transfer of the 19-year-old student and journalist from Bureij refugee camp, to that more sophisticated facility.
On Friday, March 30, Kronz was shot, first in the left leg, by an Israel Defense Forces sniper, and then, seconds later, when he tried to get up, in the right leg, by a second sniper.
According to Kronz, the rounds that slammed into his legs and shattered his life came from two different directions.
In other words, he was shot by two different marksmen, as he stood 750 meters [1/2 mile] away from the Gaza border fence, armed with no more than his camera, wearing a vest with “Press” emblazoned on it, trying to document the incessant firing by IDF snipers at unarmed Palestinian demonstrators.
After he was hit, he tells us now, he saw more and more people falling to the sand, bleeding, “like birds.”
The incident occurred on Land Day, the first day of the Marches of Return opposite the Gaza fence.
Istishari Hospital is situated high in the village of Surda, north of Ramallah. It’s a large, new, sophisticated private facility, luxurious and glistening. Kronz has a private room, spacious and well-lit with an adjustable bed, a television, wood-paneled walls and a breathtaking view.
Israel did not allow anyone from his family to accompany Kronz to the West Bank or tend to him, other than his grandfather, Mohammed Kronz, who’s 85, and who, after a few days, was compelled to go to the home of relatives in the distant Aroub refugee camp, near Bethlehem, to rest.
Now Yousef, who is suffering from serious pain in his stump and in his remaining leg, is being looked after with infinite devotion by a cousin, Ghassan Karnaz, who is also from Aroub.
The two cousins had never met before. Like all the young people in Gaza, Kronz had never been outside the Strip. Now he’s breached the siege on it – without his leg.
A first-year communications student at Al-Azhar University in Gaza, he is from a family that hails from Faluja, in the Negev.
His father receives his salary as a Gaza-based police officer from the Palestinian Authority. Kronz was active in the social networks, reporting on the situation in the Strip.
A few months ago, he purchased a Canon 5D stills camera for $5,000, half of it from savings, the rest from his father, and started to work for the local Bureij news agency.
Kronz was the first journalist shot during the month of demonstrations, though not the last. He was well acquainted with Yaser Murtaja, a journalist killed in cold blood by IDF snipers on April 6. Like Kronz, Murtaja too was from a Gaza refugee camp – Jabalya.
On March 30, Kronz walked about 1.5 kilometers from his home to the site of the demonstrations to photograph them for his news agency. He recited the midday prayers in the journalists’ tent set up there. The 25 local reporters then discussed how they would divide up the arena of the protests they were documenting. The atmosphere was tense, he recalls now; everyone expected large numbers of casualties.
Did he think the IDF would use live ammunition? “The IDF always fires live ammunition.” His face is contorted with pain, but Kronz is well groomed, despite his condition.
He constantly glances at the mirror or at the camera in his cellphone, to be sure his designer haircut looks okay.
After the prayers, he continues, the young people started to set fire to tires. Signs set up by the organizers showed the way to the toilets and various tents, and also the distance from the border fence at each point.
Thus Kronz knew he was 750 meters away from the barrier. The day before, the IDF had dropped leaflets in nearby Jabalya warning that anyone who came closer than 300 meters from the fence would be risking his life.
With plenty of experience under their belts, Gazans take those warnings seriously. The organizers marked a permitted green zone and a forbidden, and dangerous, red zone. Karnaz says he was hundreds of meters outside the boundary of the red zone.
At 2 P.M., the situation reached a boiling point. IDF troops started to hurl tear-gas grenades as young people approached to within 100 meters of the fence. They used slingshots to hurl stones at the soldiers but were too far away to hit them. Karnaz says he saw a few dozen soldiers opposite him on the other side of the barrier; three jeeps and the barrel of a tank were peeking out from behind an embankment.
He too found a small dirt mound and perched behind it, placing the tripod with his camera on it to one side and his backpack on the other. He knelt on the sand, his legs crossed before him. The barrage of tear gas grew more intense, the soldiers fired the grenades in volleys, and the skies became covered with thick, burning gas. The wind carried the gas in his direction; demonstrators used onions to protect themselves from it.
Kronz took about 950 photos.
He remembers looking at his watch at 3 P.M. Later that afternoon, a friend, Bilal Azara, was getting married in Bureij, so he thought he should head home, shower and change.
Kronz picked up his camera and backpack, and stood up. At that precise moment, the first bullet struck him. He didn’t hear anything but felt a searing pain. The camera was thrown from his hands and he collapsed, then immediately tried to get up. That’s when the second bullet ripped into his other leg.
The first entered five centimeters below the knee, the second seven centimeters above the other knee. Paralyzed, he tried to shout for help but his voice betrayed him. He says he felt as if he’d been electrocuted. His camera was left behind in the sands of Gaza.
A few meters away was a young man of the same age, Ahmed al-Bahar, an assistant to one of the other photographers. Bahar ran to Kronz and tried to lift him up – but just then he too was shot in the leg and fell to the ground, bleeding.
At this point in our conversation, distant relatives of 11-year-old Abed al-Rahman Nufal, who also lost a leg in Gaza and is hospitalized here at Istishari, enter the room to say hello.
Nufal is one of only three other wounded Gazans out of 1,500 wounded in the demonstrations to date, whom Israel has allowed to be moved here. The family, former Gazans now living in the West Bank, have come to see how the boy is doing.
Young people carried Kronz and Bahar to the only ambulance in the area. In short order the vehicle was crammed with six wounded people lying next to each other; Kronz was the most badly injured.
The soldiers went on hurling tear gas; Kronz felt as if he was suffocating in the ambulance. A paramedic placed an oxygen mask on his face, but the crowding inside prevented him from staunching the bleeding from Kronz’s legs.
Drifting in and out of consciousness, Kronz was taken to Al-Aqsa Hospital in Dir al-Balah.
At the hospital he saw his left leg for the first time; it was shattered, the bone protruding, the flesh lacerated.
At the sight of it, he passed out. He was anesthetized and taken immediately to the larger Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, because of the severity of the wounds. At Shifa he underwent six hours of surgery to stanch the bleeding.
After four days in Shifa the condition of Kronz’s left leg deteriorated and the physicians were compelled to amputate it above the knee. He received 24 transfusions of blood.
The request to transfer him to Ramallah for treatment was submitted to Israel just hours after he was wounded, but was rejected by the authorities. The situation of the right leg looked dire, as well.
Nine days after Kronz was wounded, on April 8, two rights groups – Adalah, the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, and the Gaza-based Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights – petitioned the Israeli High Court to allow Kronz and another wounded Gazan, Mohammed Alajuri, to be transferred urgently to Ramallah for treatment.
The court apparently saw no real urgency in dealing with the case and waited four days before deliberating on the petition, whereupon the justices demanded a response from the state within four days.
“The amputations of the limbs of both young men could have been prevented if the state had fulfilled its obligation under humanitarian international law,” Sawsan Zahar, an attorney for Adalah, told the justices.
The state’s attorneys, for their part, told the court that, “On the surface, the petitioners’ condition appears to fulfill the medical criterion for receiving a permit [for transfer to Ramallah], but the authorized officials decided not to grant their requests.
“The main consideration for the refusal stems from the fact that their medical condition is a function of their participation in the disturbances.”
On April 16, Justices Uri Shoham, George Karra and Yael Willner said they were not persuaded that the government had fully considered whether the circumstances in Kronz’s case justified its deviation from normal procedure.
“There’s no dispute over the fact that the medical treatment the petitioner needs to prevent the amputation of his leg is unavailable in the Gaza Strip,” they wrote.
“Therefore, the petitioner is included among the cases in which entry to Israel is to be permitted for the purpose of passage to Ramallah.”
The justices also deigned to declare that Kronz does not represent a security risk to Israel.
That same day, he was moved to Istishari Hospital. (As for Alajuri, before the court got around to issuing a ruling on his case, the doctors in Gaza had had no choice but to amputate his leg. He remains in Gaza.)
Yousef Kronz is now undergoing a rough patch, finding it difficult to adjust to being an amputee. Four days after being brought to the Ramallah hospital he underwent surgery on his right leg, whose condition appears to have been stabilized.
Now, however, he faces lengthy rehabilitation, which will last at least four months, in a hospital in Beit Jala, adjacent to Bethlehem.
Before we take our leave, he asks us whether we think he’ll ever be able to walk on one leg.
Jews welcome caravan of illegals breeching border wall with Mexico while they shoot Palestinian children and women in the back if they get “too near” Netanyahu’s 700km walls imprisoning Palestinians in gulag extermination camps in their own country.
Where is the jew-owned mass media’s shock over these continual atrocities?
BREAKING: ISRAEL HITS THREE POSITIONS OF THE SYRIAN ARMY IN HAMA AND ALEPPO (VIDEO)
On April 29, an unnamed source of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) told the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) that several military positions of the SAA in Hama and Aleppo governorates were targeted.
However, the source didn’t identify the side responsible for attacks.
Syrian pro-government sources said that the military positions that were targeted are the 47th Brigade ammo depot east of Hama city, the Fire Fighters Center in the western Hama countryside and a military position around Aleppo airport.
All three positions are known to be bases of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and different Iranian-backed armed groups.
According to Syrian opposition sources, several Iranian personals were killed in the strikes.
All of the available facts suggest that Israel was behind these strikes. The Israeli Air Force used a similar tactic to target a position of the IRGC in Syria’s T4 airbase on April 9.
Huge amount of medium and heavy weapons turned over to the SAA by the militants in Qalamoun, much of it made in the West, as well as operable pickups, tanks, and armored vehicles within the past 5 days or so.
There’s enough to fully equip another armored division or two and be ready to go. Quite a bit of stuff was manufactured in the West.
Syrian AF did a flyover and a victory roll.
Second part of the video reports on the Russian Military Police taking control of the city of Dumayr, east of Douma, and how they’ve become a very valuable component in the ceasefire efforts under the Russian Centre for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides in Syria. Many of the MP’s are Chechens and Caucasians.
They are very popular among Syrians having earned a high reputation as the guarantors of carrying out the agreements, such as acting as security for both the people and towns as well as for humanitarian aid, and security for the militants exiting cities and towns under truce conditions.
ANNA News: Forces of the Tiger. Victory in East Kalamun (Qalamoun)
On April 18, an operation began in Eastern Kalamun. For 4 days of fighting, the “Tiger Force”, with the support of the Russian Air Force, managed to cut the main road for the supply of jihadists. The result of the operation was the surrender of all the heavy and medium weapons to the government troops by terrorists and the withdrawal of militants from the held settlements.
The most beautiful harmonic music was written by Europeans who believed in Christ, mostly several centuries ago.
A man on foot often seems out of place in the USA and has been for decades. The god of the modern USA is the private motor car. The cathedrals to this materialist god are the freeways with their vaulted flyovers, and the endless car parks.
Everybody is going somewhere else — the journey is more important than the destination. Have to keep moving, lest thinking might start.
USA cities are built for cars – not people. This is also the case in many cities around the Western world. Non stop Third World immigration means more roads and more cars in every Western nation. Most of the Immigrants are not Christians.
I walked years ago from my Anaheim hotel to Disneyland. I was the only pedestrian amongst thousands of cars.
Tom Dispatch: Can Bean Counters Save the World from Trump? (excerpt)
Follow the Money
But how, to return to the present, are the bean counters supposed to bring down Donald Trump?
By following the money to reveal the international morass of gangsterism and corruption that is the Trump Organization.
First, they’ll have to pick off his venal appointees like EPA director Scott Pruitt, with his penchant for first-class flights, $100,000 SUVs with bullet-resistant seats, and frequent flights home to Oklahoma at taxpayer expense.
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has taken airborne luxury a step farther, preferring to charter private planes for his travel — like the $12,375 taxpayers spent to fly him the thousand miles from Las Vegas to his hometown of Whitefish, Montana.
Then there are the people who worked on Trump’s campaign. Special counsel Robert Mueller has already indicted former Trump campaign director Paul Manafort and his deputy Rick Gates for laundering $18.5 million earned for lobbying work they did in Ukraine and this country.
Following the bean trail also led prosecutors to uncover Manafort’s and Gates’s $2 million payments to a Washington lobbying firm working for Ukraine’s former president, Viktor Yanukovych, and his pro-Russia party — although the two Trump campaign workers had never registered as agents for this foreign client.
You may recall that Michael Flynn, briefly Trump’s national security adviser, found himself in similar trouble for failing to register as an agent of the Turkish government.
Closer to home, there’s Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and security-clearance-less adviser on all things Mexican and on bringing peace to the Middle East.
Following the money trail allowed New York Times journalists to report that Kushner’s real estate business got startlingly large loans from Apollo Global Management, one of the world’s biggest private equity firms.
That was after he had several meetings at the White House with one of the company’s founders, Joshua Harris, who was reportedly under consideration for a White House job, although, as the Times indicates, “the job never materialized.”
The Apollo loan refinanced an already-mortgaged Kushner family “Chicago skyscraper” and “was triple the size of the average property loan made by Apollo’s real estate lending arm.”
Then there was the under-reported Deutsche Bank-Trump-Kushner connection, which Congresswoman Maxine Waters has doggedly pursued and Mueller is now investigating.
The bank, suspected of using so-called mirror trading to launder money for Russian oligarchs, has loans with Trump’s real estate business totaling as much as $364 million;
Deutsche has also extended lines of credit in the millions of dollars to the Kushners.
Some might consider that a possible significant conflict of interest for a U.S. president.
CNN has also reported that Mueller interviewed “at least two Russian oligarchs” about possible contributions to the 2016 Trump campaign.
It’s not just Deutsche Bank that has occasionally bailed out the Trump and Kushner operations with mega-loans. As the Nation magazine reported, both operations have long relied on the kindness of Russian bankers:
“The Trump and Kushner families, a marriage (via Ivanka) between two of New York’s leading real-estate dynasties, are multiply connected to Russian real-estate deals. ‘We don’t rely on American banks,’ said Eric Trump back in 2014. ‘We have all the funding we need out of Russia.’”
None of this should be too surprising, given what is apparently a long association with Russian gangsters and their oligarch bosses.
As former Wall Street Journal reporter Glenn Simpson told a congressional committee, Trump “built relationships with Russian gangsters who were themselves tied to the Russian government.”
Those ties were related to money-losing golf courses in Ireland and Scotland.
Simpson testified that Trump’s gangster ties go back decades to his association with the Italian mafia, whose loans may well have kept some of his businesses afloat.
But wait, there’s more! In Panama, the Trump Organization lent its name to the Trump Ocean Club Panama, a high-rise condo where Russian and other organized-crime figures evidently used the purchase and sale of units to launder millions.
And then there’s that potential firestorm of a subject: Did the Trump Organization use real estate deals to launder money from global criminal activities of various sorts?
The New York Times describes a number of possible deals involving shady characters in countries from Azerbaijan to Panama, not to mention the U.S. Such deals may well have allowed government officials and other thieves to turn ill-gotten gains into clean money by parking it in shell corporations, which then invested in real estate.
When condos or shares in a building are sold to another party, hey presto, the dirty money is now clean.
Suspicions have long been rife that Trump & Co. were neck deep in the dismal swamp of pay-to-play money laundering and other I’ll-scratch-your-back-you-scratch-mine corruption schemes.
But no one will be sure until the bean counters get their hands on the appropriate documents and lay out that money trail, dollar by ruble by hryvnia by peso, for Robert Mueller and others to follow.
Syrian Arab News Agency: Ala: Syria calls for making Middle East Nuclear weapon free zone — April 30
Geneva, SANA- Syria’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva, Ambassador Hussam Eddin Ala called for taking all actual steps and immediate measures to make the Middle East a zone free from nuclear weapon and other weapons of mass destruction.
“We call for the full implementation of the 1995 Middle East Resolution, as it is an integral part of the deal which provided extension of Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) in 1995,” Ala said in a statement delivered at the second session of the Preparatory Committee for the 2020 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT)
He added that Syria reiterates its commitment to the outcomes of 1995, 2000 and 2010 NPT Review Conferences on the Middle East Nuclear Disarmament and other weapons of mass destruction, and Syria calls on all the state parties to respect their commitment to make the Middle East free from nuclear weapons.
“Syria considers that the basic criteria to make the 2020 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) a success depends on the serious implementation of the content of the Middle East Resolution issued by the 1995 Review and Extension Conference, and the full commitment of the parties concerned in making the Middle East an area free from WMD and Nuclear weapons.
He stressed that Israel’s continued refusal to join the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and other agreements calling for the elimination of weapons of mass destruction seriously poses a threat to the security of the region and its people.
“Israel’s refusal to subject its nuclear facilities to the comprehensive safeguards system of the International Atomic Energy Agency is also a real threat to the internationally-adopted non-proliferation system,” Ala added.
Ala concluded by saying that Syria rejects the US and its allies’ continued efforts to involve the allegations of using chemical weapons in Syria in a bid to escape from their contracting obligations under the NPT to protect Israel.
I’ll venture to guess at this very moment the Jewish spawn from hell in Tel Aviv are planning another air strike on sovereign Syrian territory just to punish Damascus for getting uppity about their rogue sacred nuclear weapons program.
The Rothschilds, Warburgs, Soros, banksters, and their top level puppet politicians must already have their underground bunkers built and stocked with supplies, because the Jews Media push for all out war on Iran, Russia, and Co has become desperate.
The Zionists probably wouldn’t push this hard for war unless they had already made their preparations for it. Zionist leaders may view war as “culling the herd” or “population control,” but ruling the world is their main goal.
■ Strikes likely targeted surface-to-surface missiles Iran seeks to deploy in Syria
■ Targets included 47th Brigade base, military facility in Hama and facility north of Aleppo
■ Israel’s security cabinet convenes
The Syrian army said “enemy” rockets struck military bases belonging to Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime, Syrian state TV reported.
An official from a regional alliance including Iran, Hezbollah and Syria, said Monday that the strikes killed 16 people, among them 11 Iranians, according to the New York Times.
The report said the bombardment also destroyed 200 missiles. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity, as he was permitted to speak to the press.
A report on a Syrian newspaper’s facebook page attributed the attack to the U.S. and Britain.
Media outlets affiliated with the Syrian opposition claim 38 government soldiers were killed in the strike in Hama, with an additional 57 wounded.
According to several Syrian media outlets, the strikes targeted the 47th Brigade base in the southern Hama district, a military facility in northwestern Hama and a facility north of the Aleppo International Airport.
A war monitor, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, also said Sunday’s attack targeted a warehouse for missiles and killed 26 people, mostly Iranians and Iraqis. Iran’s Tasnim News agency, quoting unnamed source, denied reports of rockets hitting an Iranian military base in Syria, killing Iranian advisers.
Sources in Syria reported explosions in military bases near the districts of Hama and Aleppo on Sunday night. Some Syrian media outlets associated with the Assad regime claim Israel is responsible for the attack.
Israel’s security cabinet is convening on Monday following the airstrike. The session was unscheduled, and Ministers were told it would pertain to the Iran nuclear deal. Developments on the topic are reportedly being presented.
Over the last several weeks, a row of diplomats and intelligence community members from countries involved in the deal have visited Israel, as U.S. President Donald Trump’s May 12 deadline to reimpose sanctions on Iran - effectively killing the nuclear deal- draws near.
Bashar Assad said Monday that the whole regional map is being redrawn, and that powers opposing Syria went from a phase of indirect aggression through supporting the rebels, to a direct attack after the failure and defeat they suffered on Syrian soil.
Speaking during a meeting in Damascus with Alaeddin Boroujerdi, head of Iran’s parliamentary committee on national security and foreign policy, Assad added that this move only empowered the Syrian’s people dedication to continue combating terrorist organizations.
The targeted bases were manned by the Syrian army, as well as Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, and housed several missile warehouses, according to the Lebanese newspaper Al Akhbar. The report adds that several dozen were wounded and evacuated to nearby hospitals. According to the report, Bunker Buster bombs were used, which makes it likely the launch was airborne.
In the past, several critics have associated Al Akhbar with the Iranian-backed Shi’ite movement Hezbollah, as well as the Assad regime.
The Syrian newspaper Tishreen reported on its facebook page that the attack was carried out by nine ballistic missiles fired from U.S. and British military bases in northern Jordan. This has yet to be verified or confirmed by any other source at this time.
Reports say that dozens loyal to the Syrian regime were killed in the explosion. Contrary to recent attacks on the Assad regime, after which the Syrian army reported its defense systems shot down some of the missiles, no such claims were made after the strike.
The Iranian news agency Tasnim quoted the commander of the Iranian-backed Afghan militia Fatemiyoun as saying the the military base near the northwestern city of Aleppo is unharmed, as are his forces.
Syrian state TV says successive blasts were heard in the Hama province and authorities are investigating the response. Shortly after the explosions, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre said the blasts caused a 2.6 magnitude earthquake in the area.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said shelling targeted a Syrian army base, home to the 47th Brigade, near the city of Salhab, west of Hama, where Iranian forces are also stationed.
The monitor said rockets also hit Syrian government bases in the region surrounding Nairab military airport, which is close to Aleppo International Airport.
It was not immediately clear who was responsible for the rocket fire, the Observatory said.
President Trump spoke on Sunday with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, according to a White House readout.
It said they “discussed the continuing threats and challenges facing the Middle East region, especially the problems posed by the Iranian regime’s destabilizing activities.”
The call took place just hours before Netanyahu met for the first time with Trump’s new Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, who is visiting the Middle East.
Earlier Sunday, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Israel will maintain freedom of operation in Syria.
“We have no intention to attack Russia or to interfere in domestic Syrian issues,” Lieberman said at the annual Jerusalem Post conference. “But if somebody thinks that it is possible to launch missiles or to attack Israel or even our aircraft, no doubt we will respond and we will respond very forcefully.”
The remarks came less than a month after a strike on an air force compound in Syria that is under exclusive Iranian control – a strike attributed by Syria, Iran, and Russia to Israel. Several members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps were killed in the strike.
This past Tuesday, Lieberman said Israel might strike the Russian-made S-300 anti-aircraft defense systems in Syria if they are used against Israel.
SOUTH FRONT: NEW ISRAELI MISSILE STRIKES ON SYRIA (LOCATIONS, DETAILS, CASUALTIES)
Last night, a new round of missile strikes hit positions of pro-government forces in Syria.
According to pro-government sources, the strikes were carried out by the Israeli military and hit three targets:
– the 47th Brigade ammo depot east of the city of Hama;
– the Fire Fighters Center in the western Hama countryside;
– a military position around Aleppo Airport.
According to local sources, all these positions were belonging to Iranian-backed armed groups and the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).
Different sources say that 26-46 members of Iranian-backed forces and even Iranian service members were killed in the attacks.
The Iranian media rejects reports about casualties about Iranian personnel deployed in the country.
A major part of the casualties was reportedly caused by an explosions of the ammo depot in Hama: (videos on website)
On April 30 morning, the pro-Hezbollah Lebanese TV channel Al Mayadeen reported citing a commander in Liwa Fatemiyoun (an Iranian-backed group operating in Syria) that no missiles had hit Liwa Fatemiyoun positions near Aleppo Airport.
According to the Liwa Fatemiyoun commander, “the military facility is not damaged, there are no casualties among the personnel.”
The number of the fired missiles, according to Syrian sources:
7-8 missiles were used in the area of Hama;
5 missiles were used in the area of Aleppo.
There are also reports about some surface-to-surface missiles fired from Jordan. However, these are unconfirmed rumors.
The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) rejected to confirm that the Israeli military had been behind the last night missile strikes. This is a common media approach by the Israeli military.
Earlier in April, the IDF also rejected to confirm that its forces had carried out the April 9 missile strike on Syria’s T4 airbase.
However, all the following activity of the IDF and Israeli leadership clearly showed that the strikes were carried out by Israel.
It’s important to note that the recent missile strikes took place amid important developments in eastern Idlib and southern Damascus:
Liwa Fatemiyoun — Fatimid Banner — is, in fact, an Afghan Shia paramilitary formed in 2014 and long time ally of Damascus which usually fights under the command of IRGC officers.
Afghan Shi’ites are a significant minority in Afghanistan subject to persecution and attacks by the Sunni majority. Some 3 million Afghanis live in Iran.
The brigade was officially formed as a defensive force of the shrine of Zaynab bint Ali, the granddaughter of Prophet Muhammad, but has bravely co-participated in a number of battles alongside the SAA and the National Defense Forces.
The core of Liwaa Fatemiyoun is constituted of the fighters of the Shia militia group Muhammad Army which was active during the Soviet war in Afghanistan and against the Taliban, until its collapse after the Invasion of Afghanistan, as well as the Abuzar Brigade, an all-Afghan Shia militia group who voluntarily fought in the Iraq-Iran war.
During the Iraq-Iran war, these fighters were stationed in the mountainous areas of Loolan and Navcheh in the northwestern Iran, as they had experience in mountain warfare and irregular warfare during the war against the Soviets.
The Fatemiyoun Division recruits from the approximately 3 million Afghan refugees in Iran, the 6 million Hazara of Afghanistan, as well as the approximately 2 thousand Afghan refugees already residing in Sayyidah Zaynab, Syria.
The recruits are typically Hazara, a Persian-speaking Shia ethnic group from central Afghanistan, often refugees living in Iran.
They are promised Iranian citizenship and salaries of $500-$800 per month in return for fighting (usually a 3-month-long deployment to Syria).
Many are illegal immigrants/refugees and/or criminals who choose recruitment over imprisonment or deportation.
The recruits are given a few weeks of training, armed, and flown to Syria via the Iraq-Syria-Iran air bridge.
These soldiers are used as shock troopers, spearheading numerous important pro-government offensives alongside Iranian, Iraqi, and Hezbollah troops.
Most of them operate as light infantry, although some receive more thorough training and can work as tank crews.
Reports of pro-government Afghan fighters date back to October 2012. They originally fought in the Iraqi Abu Fadl al-Abbas Brigade before eventually becoming a distinct brigade of their own in 2014.
The Fatemiyoun Brigade of Afghan volunteer recruits has been fighting in Syria for five years, said Zohair Mojahed, a cultural official in the brigade.
“This brigade has given more than 2,000 martyrs and 8,000 wounded for Islam” in Syria.
Also, reports are coming out now of social media eulogies for regular Syrian Arab Army soldiers killed in the airstrikes on the Syrian military bases, and that “bunker buster” missiles, heavy enough to cause a minor 2.4 earthquake to register, were used to destroy Syrian ammo storage facilities in northern Syria located on the south, east and northeast sides some 10 or so miles away from Western-backed multi-terrorist gang-held Idlib province.
There are ongoing tactical operations in northern Syria, and the SAA and its allies rely on these depots for ammunition and missile storage to push against Western/NATO/Turkish/Israeli funded moderate headchopper mercenaries.
This was clearly an aggressive Israeli operation in league with Jewmerica, conducted to impress the new Secretary of State of Israel, Mr. Mikey Pompeo, while he was on his first excursion to NATO, Israel, Riyadh, and Jordan.
Mikey had promised that he’d put “swagger” back into the State Department, but so far, all I’ve seen is a porcine waddle, and a girth that makes Bibsy look svelte.
The official itinerary of the new Secretary of State of Israel, Mike Pompeo, for April 26-30 was described as follows in a press release:
The Secretary will travel to Brussels April 26-27, where he will meet with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and participate in the NATO Foreign Ministerial, during which Allies will discuss preparations for July’s NATO Summit of Heads of State and Government meeting.
The Secretary will then travel to the Middle East, where he will meet with Saudi, Israeli, and Jordanian leaders to discuss critical regional and bilateral issues.
Palestinian leadership wasn’t on the list.
A month or so ago, the Clown Prince Moishe ben Shlomo while in the US, met with and told Jewish leaders that Palestinians Should ‘Shut Up’ or Make Peace, and that Palestine is not a priority of the Kingdom of Moishe ben Shlomo.
Anshel Peffer of Haaretz skewers the Bibsy and Donnie Three Ring Circus:
Great Show, Glaring Flaw: 3 Takeaways From Netanyahu’s ‘Iran Lied’ Speech
What the Israeli prime minister presented on Monday wasn’t a smoking gun but a photograph of a smoking gun taken years ago
1 Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu began his press conference in Tel Aviv on Monday evening at a distinct disadvantage.
In his desire to discredit the Iran nuclear deal – from which President Donald Trump is expected to withdraw on May 12 – he had to clear a bar set by Israel’s security establishment over the last three years:
That despite all he has said, the deal is not such a bad thing and actually serves to curb Iran’s nuclear ambitions for the time being.
Only five weeks ago, Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot told Haaretz that “right now, the agreement, with all its faults, is working and is putting off realization of the Iranian nuclear vision by 10 to 15 years.”
Instead of dealing with the discrepancy between his stated views on the Iran deal and what most of the chiefs of the security establishment have been saying (in private and occasionally in public), Netanyahu put on a great show.
This included the kind of props and visual aids that have become the hallmarks of his rhetoric since his days as Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations three decades ago.
He missed only one thing: Crucial dates that could prove Iran has actually done anything in contravention of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) since it was signed in 2015.
Extrapolating from the fact that Iran has continued to maintain and hide this nuclear archive, and that the same people mentioned in the files are still around, doesn’t necessarily mean there’s a “shadow” weapons program still going on.
Of course, there very likely is, but Netanyahu offered no proof of that. What he had wasn’t a smoking gun but a photograph of a smoking gun taken years ago.
That flaw was so glaring as to render an incredible intelligence coup – obtaining Iran’s nuclear archive – almost irrelevant and obsolete to Netanyahu’s current purpose.
2 The information Netanyahu revealed Monday will not have been new to the leaders of the United States, Great Britain, France, Germany and Russia, who are signatories to the JCPOA.
Netanyahu’s plenipotentiaries – the heads of Mossad and the National Security Council, and the Foreign Ministry’s director general – have all been shuttling between the capitals in recent days, briefing their counterparts.
And Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman just got back from meetings at the Pentagon. But none of it seems to have convinced those who are in favor of sticking to the JCPOA or even those sitting on the fence.
Last Thursday, U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis said that after reading the JCPOA three times, “I will say that it is written almost with an assumption that Iran would try to cheat.”
It sounded like he was already responding to the Netanyahu dossier: Yes, Iran lied, which is why a robust deal that assumes it will continue to lie is necessary.
Netanyahu knows as much. He’s received all the reports from his emissaries.
But he still went ahead with his overblown and overhyped press conference because he knows that the man about to make the decision on the Iran deal will never in a million years be capable of explaining it.
The prime minister is now both Trump’s coach and cheerleader, trying to prepare him with handy quotes and easy-to-remember talking points – and already setting the mood music to try and cover up for the president’s inevitable fumbles.
3 There was some substance to the press conference, not just smoke and mirrors.
We didn’t learn anything new about the Iranian nuclear program we didn’t already know or that hadn’t already been verified by International Atomic Energy Agency reports.
But it was still fascinating to see the details highlighted in what Netanyahu claims are the files from Iran’s secret archives – assuming, of course, they are authentic (and there’s no reason to think Netanyahu would discredit Israel’s intelligence community by presenting blatantly false evidence).
But while he is not discrediting the Mossad, Military Intelligence and whatever other agencies may have been involved in obtaining the Iranian nuclear archive, he has diminished their considerable achievement.
This prime-time exposition, mainly in English but timed for Israeli television’s main news shows, was also a blatant play to domestic public opinion.
It occurred the week after polls showed the start of a gradual erosion in Netanyahu and his Likud party’s support among the electorate.
This cynical manipulation of an intelligence coup to help Trump make his case on May 12, and to boost Netanyahu’s flagging ratings at home, will not have been to the liking of many of Israel’s intelligence professionals.
Sooner or later they will let their displeasure be known, and it may come back to rebound on Netanyahu.
Haaretz: Netanyahu Is ‘Famous for Ridiculous Shows,’ Iran Says, Mocking ‘Propaganda’ Speech
Iran’s state-run media is mocking Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s latest allegations that Tehran once pursued nuclear weapons.
In a presentation Monday that made use of large visual aids, Netanyahu said Israeli intelligence had uncovered a trove of documents from Iran’s “nuclear archives.”
Iran’s state-run IRNA news agency says Netanyahu is “famous for ridiculous shows.”
The semi-official Fars news agency, believed to be close to the Revolutionary Guard, dismissed Netanyahu’s speech as a “propaganda show.”
Iran’s foreign minister Javad Zarif tweeted that Netanyahu was just exploiting the timing of the upcoming May 12 Iran deal deadline to “rehash old allegations.”
“Pres. Trump is jumping on a rehash of old allegations already dealt with by the IAEA to “nix” the deal. How convenient. Coordinated timing of alleged intelligence revelations by the boy who cries wolf just days before May 12. But Trump’s impetuousness to celebrate blew the cover,” he tweeted.
Iran has denied ever seeking nuclear weapons.
U.S. President Donald Trump has praised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s presentation of documents that Netanyahu says show Iran lied about pursuing nuclear weapons.
Trump said Monday the presentation and other recent events show that Trump has been “100 percent right” about Iran.
He says he watched part of Netanyahu’s presentation and that it was “good.” Trump says Iran’s behavior is “just not an acceptable situation.” He pointed to missile tests, saying Iran is “not sitting back idly.”
Trump has declined to say whether he will withdraw the U.S. from the 2015 nuclear deal. But he says if the U.S. does pull out, he still may negotiate a “real agreement.”
Trump says the U.S. “got nothing” for the sanctions relief granted Iran under the accord.
Israel’s prime minister says his government has obtained “half a ton” of secret Iranian documents proving the Tehran government once had a nuclear weapons program.
Calling it a “great intelligence achievement,” Netanyahu said Monday that the documents show that Iran lied about its nuclear ambitions before signing a 2015 deal with world powers.
Iran has denied ever seeking nuclear weapons.
In a nationally televised address, Netanyahu said Israel recently uncovered 55,000 documents and 183 CDs of information from Iran’s “nuclear archives.”
Speaking in English, perhaps with an international audience in mind, he says the material is filled with incriminating evidence showing the Iranian program, called “Project Amad,” was to develop a weapon.
Given the Jewish outlook to begin with, that of a criminal, they don’t see the economic and oil embargo by Arab countries or the refusal to allow any Jewish civil aviation over Arab territories as a protest against their treatment of Palestinians and their land grabs there and elsewhere, namely the potentially highly lucrative Golan Heights.
They see it merely as Arab racial hatred and affront to their Jewishness - but it is neither of these things.
Jews and Arabs have been living harmoniously together in the Middle East forever and a day and still do.
They are more closely aligned genetically, historically and culturally than any other two cultures on earth.
Benjamin Netanyahu on Iraq War 2002 — Testifying before US Congress
Lie after lie about Saddam “hellbent” on pursuing a nuclear weapons, and if the US attacked Iraq, Netanyahu “guaranteed” US lawmakers that Saddam’s removal would have “positive reverberations” throughout the Middle East.
On April 17, 2018, the Secretary of State certified to Congress in its 2018 Report on Adherence to and Compliance With Arms Control, Nonproliferation, and Disarmament Agreements and Commitments Report, that Iran is “transparently, verifiably & fully implementing the nuclear deal, has not committed a material breach & has not taken any action including covert activities that could significantly advance an Iranian nuclear weapons program…”.
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Off hand, I can’t think of any other reason why the Jews would steal bomb-grade uranium from the US than for their nuclear program, can you?
American Free Press: Recently declassified documents analyzed by the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy (Grant Smith’s IRmep) reveal a surprising fact.
The Israeli government used American Jews and its own intelligence agents to infiltrate American uranium stockpiles in the 1950s and 1960s and steal 269 kilograms of weapons-grade material.
That led to the creation of the Zionist state’s first nuclear bomb.
According to hundreds of documents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and other agencies recently declassified under the Freedom of Information Act, the United States contracted oversight of its nuclear materials stockpile to Zalman Shapiro, president of Numec Inc., an Apollo, Pennsylvania-based company that U.S. intelligence suspected had ties to the newly formed Zionist government in Palestine.
Over the next 11 years, 269 kilograms of enriched uranium were stolen from the plant in an operation guided by four known Mossad Israeli intelligence agents: Rafael Eitan, Avraham Ben-Dor, Ephraim Biegun and Avraham Hermoni.
( americanfreepress.net/documents-reveal-israel-stole-uranium-from-u-s-stockpiles-in-1950s-and-1960s/ )
See: IRmep: The Israel Lobby main page for links to various declassified documents obtained FOIA concerning the Lobby in general and Israhell’s purloined nuclear program in particular:
Foreign Policy: Bolton’s Ascent Gives Iranian [Terrorist Cult] a New Lease on Life
With a supporter in the White House, the MEK might finally have a voice in U.S. policy.
With John Bolton installed as President Donald Trump’s new national security advisor, an Iranian dissident group dedicated to regime change will now have someone sympathetic to its cause whom it can turn to in the White House.
Bolton has long been an advocate for the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran — known in Persian as the Mujahideen-e-Khalq, or MEK — and has been a speaker at several of its events.
The organization was founded in opposition to Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi in the 1960s and was eventually forced into exile after the 1979 revolution, first in Iraq with help from Saddam Hussein and then scattered throughout Europe and the United States in the 2000s.
Known for its insular and secretive leadership structure, as well as its hard-line stance on ousting the Iranian regime, the group has a history of cultivating relationships with Western lawmakers — and Americans in particular.
Until recently though, the MEK had been broadly shunned by career officials at the State and Defense departments, as well as the White House.
Now however, with a cabinet stacked with Iran hawks and Bolton leading the National Security Council, the MEK has a rare chance to assert itself as a serious player in U.S. policymaking.
“Bolton is positively predisposed to the MEK,” says a congressional foreign-policy aide with knowledge of the group. “They will have some access to this White House at the least.”
The MEK has a long history of lobbying for its distinctive brand of political activism, especially in Washington. Given the fractious nature of other Iranian opposition activists in exile, the group’s organization — and significant funding — has made it a visible feature of D.C. debates on regime change.
“The MEK has always had the one advantage of being consistent and well organized,” says a Washington-based analyst who focuses on Iranian opposition figures. The analyst requested anonymity to discuss the group, which is known for taking aggressive action against its public critics and critical press coverage.
“Especially in D.C., there’s no pro-Iran lobby, so you already have a fairly good pitch when you come and say you want to fight against the Islamic Republic. It gets you a good audience,” the analyst says.
Most of the MEK’s outreach, much of which is financial, has been directed at House and Senate leaders — both Democrats and Republicans. The congressional aide, for instance, describes attending a lavish luncheon for Nowruz, the Iranian New Year, hosted by an MEK-affiliated group in the Russell Senate Office Building. Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin, the ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, addressed the gathering, and MEK leader Maryam Rajavi delivered a video address from her home in France.
“It was straight-up ‘regime change in Iran,’” the aide says. “I almost respect how up front they were. We were all suddenly at an MEK rally.”
On the House side, a spokesperson for the House Foreign Affairs Committee plays down the importance of the group.
The “MEK is one of many Iranian-American organizations that closely tracks U.S. policy toward Iran and the activities of Congress,” the spokesperson says.
The State Department and NSC declined to comment directly on whether the administration views the MEK as a viable opposition group. “As President Trump has clearly stated, he wants to see a free and prosperous future for the people of Iran,” says Robert Palladino, a spokesman for the NSC. “We believe that future should be of their choosing.”
But the MEK’s energetic outreach has produced some notable public relations successes.
A 2016 gala in Paris was attended by Bolton, former U.N. Ambassador Bill Richardson, former U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey, former Homeland Security Advisor Frances Townsend, and former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, among others.
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is also a regular attendee of the group’s events.
Bolton also attended a July 2017 gathering in Paris, where he praised the MEK’s potential role in regime change.
“There is a viable opposition to the rule of the ayatollahs, and that opposition is centered in this room today,” he said. “The declared policy of the United States of America should be the overthrow of the mullahs’ regime in Tehran.”
American advocates for the group are paid well for their appearances — reportedly up to $50,000 per speech.
A former senior State Department official says the MEK would offer prospective speakers between $20,000 and $30,000 for speeches at the group’s headquarters in Paris.
Bolton was also allegedly paid for his time, though in the past he has refused to divulge the amount.
With Bolton’s ascension to the NSC however, the group may have scored its greatest prize yet. While the MEK previously has had supporters on both sides of the aisle in Congress, this is the first time it has had an avowed ally this close to the president.
“The MEK now has a direct channel to the highest levels of decision-making in the United States, which is not something they had previously,” says Ariane Tabatabai, an assistant professor at Georgetown University.
For its part, the MEK’s political wing, the National Council of Resistance of Iran, praises Bolton’s appointment.
“The National Council of Resistance of Iran has always welcomed a firm policy on the theocracy ruling Iran,” Ali Safavi, a member of the council’s foreign affairs committee, says via email.
“In our view, the clerical regime is the primary enemy of regional and indeed world peace, and is the main source of instability, crisis, and warmongering in the region.”
How officials such as Bolton might use the MEK, and vice versa, is still an open question though. Former U.S. officials, Western diplomats, and Iranian experts have long dismissed the group as lacking popular standing inside the country.
“I suspect Bolton’s interactions with the MEK were above all motivated by financial interests,” says Karim Sadjadpour, a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
“The MEK may be a backward cult with little to offer, but they are the enemy of his enemy. And they pay handsomely.”
The MEK’s unusual ideology has no widespread following in Iran, and several former U.S. government officials, as well as analysts with firsthand experience of the group, describe it as “cultish.”
After the 1979 revolution, the group fled Iran and settled in Iraq, where they allied with Baghdad during the Iran-Iraq War in an attempt to topple the Iranian government — a move that Iranians of every political stripe have never forgotten.
“This is a group that sided with the adversary during the most traumatic event in recent Iranian history,” Tabatabai says.
Since then, the MEK has maintained only a tenuous connection to Iran itself. After the war, unable to return home, the group was confined to a camp in Iraq’s Diyala province.
It stayed there until 2012, when it was forced to move to another outpost, Camp Liberty, near Baghdad.
Throughout the U.S. occupation of Iraq, Shiite groups carried out attacks targeting both camps.
“When the Shiite-dominated government took shape after the U.S. invaded, they hated the MEK,” says Daniel Fried, who was at the time the U.S. government coordinator charged with relocating the group.
“They alleged that it was used by Saddam Hussein in the early 1990s to repress Shiites in the south.”
“The Iraqi government was ready to kill all these people,” says Fried, now a distinguished fellow at the Atlantic Council.
As of 2016 though, all MEK members from Camp Liberty were moved out of Iraq with U.S. assistance — many to European countries.
“We resettled a lot of the MEK people from Iraq in Albania,” says Daniel Benjamin, the State Department counterterrorism coordinator during that period, now at Dartmouth University. “They were the only ones who would take them.”
But for the repatriation to take place, Washington first had to remove the group from a U.S. list of terrorist organizations.
It had been placed on the blacklist for killing Americans in Iran in the 1970s during the shah’s rule.
“It became the goal of the U.S. government to get them out of there. That is the reason they were delisted,” Benjamin says. “It happened under the secretary’s authority, not because they had met the requirements for not being a terrorist group.”
Fried, the diplomat charged with shuttling back and forth between the MEK leadership, Iraqi government, and the European countries that might accept them, also notes the strange politics involved in the negotiations. “They had a huge stable of American supporters, senior political people,” he says.
With the group now completely exiled from the region and removed from Iranian domestic politics, some have questioned its utility to hawkish policymakers should the United States pursue a more explicit policy of regime change.
“They’re not the leading edge of any kind of regime change movement,” says Barbara Slavin, the head of the Future of Iran initiative at the Atlantic Council. “Many Iranians are eager for change, but they don’t want to go from the frying pan of an Islamic government to the fire of the MEK.”
One well-connected conservative activist in Washington, seen as a hawk on Iran, also expresses a deep wariness about the group.
The MEK are occasionally useful as a de facto intelligence network, but it should never be seen as an organization that could assume power in Tehran, he says.
“If you wanted to roll out any political strategy that has any political legitimacy in Iran, you would not roll it out with the MEK,” the activist says.
Nevertheless, Bolton and others on the NSC could still use the group as one tool among many to harass the Iranian government.
“They’re useful as provocation,” says the congressional aide with knowledge of the group. “They’re useful as a signal to the Iranian government that we’re coming to get you.”
Given the MEK’s broad base of support on Capitol Hill, the group could also be useful in drumming up congressional support for the administration’s increasingly aggressive stance toward the Iranian government.
“This is a group that has shown itself to be very adept at garnering political support,” Benjamin says. “If you’re sitting in the West Wing, you’re looking at this group and saying, ‘These guys can actually get me some real support for this policy.’”
In the past, such efforts were typically checked by officials with deep expertise in the region.
The State Department and Defense Department, for instance, have historically been reluctant to give the MEK much credence.
“The State Department is under no illusion about the MEK as a serious political actor or intel source,” the Washington-based analyst says.
Sadjadpour of the Carnegie Endowment says the intelligence community holds similar views.
“In the aftermath of the Iraq [weapons of mass destruction] fiasco, U.S. intelligence professionals are doubly skeptical of information provided to them by opposition groups with dubious sources and methods,” he says.
Now though, with an experienced political operator like Bolton at the helm and a marginalized foreign-policy bureaucracy, the MEK could gain some traction at the White House.
“A lot of these folks who really understand these dynamics are being pushed out because they aren’t being listened to,” Tabatabai says. “Perhaps under a different administration someone like Bolton would be isolated, but I don’t know if that’s the case anymore.”
Israeli infiltration into all governments extends to Arab governments as well including Hamas and the Palestinian authority.
It is relentless. The tentacles of the octupus entend everywhere and inject the society and culture everywhere with poison and breaking down of bonds which held society together enabling it to function and grow in the past.
We are at a crossroads? Or will as the Bible suggests we see a complete capitulation?
Putin, Xi, Modi - just how far will they go to contain the beast. Iran, Turkey, Hezbullah? Will Kim capitulate to the beast?
Promises, promises, promises, promises. President Donald Trump is Drowning in the Jew Criminal Mafia Swamp.
Jew Puppet President Donald Trump is now working full time for the JEW World Order Criminal Mafia.
I have now LOST all respect for President Donald Trump because of his totally Illegal Bombing of Syria.
US Troops in Middle East?
At this point, this is only a promise. I suspect, like all other things Trump, this goal will be stated, forgotten, and our troops will still be standing in Iraq and Syria years from now.
I am hoping i am wrong, but this is all we are seeing from this president on any of the really important things:
Big swamp creature arrests: 0
Big swamp creature prosecutions: 0
Big swamp creatures imprisoned: 0
Big swamp creatures executed: 0
Stop financing Israeli Criminals: 0
Swamp level: critical
State of the swamp: rising
Wall on southern border: no
Mass deportations of criminal invaders: no
Unconstitutional wars ended: 0
Unconstitutional decades long occupations ended: 0
War crimes prosecuted: 0
LKock her up: no
Waco arrests of the murderers: no
Lavoy Finicums’ murderers brought to justice: no
Randy Weaver’s wife’s’ murderers brought to justice: no
9/11 domestic criminals brought to justice: no
Edward Snowden patriotism recognized: no
Government spending cut: no
Government costs cut: no
Affordable medical and drugs: no
Real cost of living increase for ssa/ssi: no
Missing $21-$50 trillion recovered: no (see solari.com missing $21 trillion)
Revocation of patriot act: no
End of spying on citizens: no
Increasing war efforts: yes
Hidden tax on Americans with tariffs: yes
Big tax breaks for billionaires: yes
Big a$$ tax break for trump: yes
Gun control: yes
Loss of rights: yes
False hope, faith, and trust: 100% all-time-high moron rating!
No more Wars for the JEW World Order Criminal Mafia.
“The Enemy” of “We The People”
It’s just the eensyest, teensyest, meensyist little typo…
White House claims ‘clerical error’ led to drastic change in Iran statement
Washington (CNN) — A one-letter mistake on an official White House statement led to consternation and questions about official US policy toward Iran on Monday, and a quiet correction did little to quell the matter.
In the written statement sent to reporters around 7:30 p.m. ET, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders declared that newly unveiled Israeli intelligence proved “Iran has a robust, clandestine nuclear weapons program.”
The declaration flew in the face of American intelligence determinations, which found Tehran froze its program following the Obama-era agreement to lift sanctions in exchange for curtailing its nuclear ambitions.
By 9:30 p.m. ET, the statement appeared differently online.
“Iran had a robust, clandestine nuclear weapons program,” the online version read, reiterating a long-established US position.
The White House did not issue a formal correction, but did offer an explanation.
“The original White House statement included a clerical error, which we quickly detected and fixed,” a National Security Council spokesman told CNN Tuesday. “To be clear, the United States has long known that Iran had a robust, clandestine nuclear weapons program.”
The snafu came after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dramatically presented on Monday a hoard of Iranian documents that he said proved the regime lied about its pursuit of nuclear weapons.
But analysts shrugged, saying Netanyahu’s hour-long presentation in English offered little new information about Iran’s program.
First off, no official public correction of the ‘clerical error’ originating inside the White House Press Office which, out of several hundred words in a document of very important foreign policy implications concerning Iran, happened to be the one word which indicated present tense or past tense, “Iran has/Iran had” and was read outloud publicly by Sanders. What are the odds of that?
It was just passed off with an innocent wave of the hand — “We fixed it. What’s the problem” Ordinarily, this might pass the smell test with a faint whiff, however, Bolton is in the house now and it stinks to high heaven.
Given fact-challenged Bolton’s history spewing White House lies about clandestine weapons programs, and his all too cozy place in the Adelson-Trump-Netanyahu nest of vipers, alarm bells sounded everywhere.
To the untrained eye, Bibsy, by extension the White House, certainly tried his sleight of hand best to create the illusion that Iran currently has a secret nuclear weapons program without actually coming out and saying so.
It’s an all to glaring effort to confirm Bibsy’s dog and pony stunt yesterday to convince Trump to kill the Iran nuclear deal.
At 7:30 pm the White House issued a clear public statement in a two-step effort to bolster Bibsy, about the ongoing nature of Iran’s nuclear weapons program, and published it on the White House press briefing statements.
The White House got called on it. The reason, of course, is that Iran halted its nuclear weapons program in 2003, a fact well known and publicly reported by the U.S. intelligence community and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for the past 15 years.
The White House didn’t even bother to try and blame some handy, anonymous, over-zealous Israel-first White House staffer in the WH Press Office who, exposed to years of false and alarmist neocon Iran-hating talking points hammered by Tel Aviv topped off by Bibsy’s propaganda show yesterday, who may have, oh, we’re so sorry, may have believed that Iran has an active nuclear weapons program to this day.
At 9:30 pm or so, it was discovered that on the official White House website, the press statement had been corrected without any official public notice and retraction, or notation on the document itself. This is inexcusable given the grave foreign policy dimensions of such a statement.
I’ve recovered a screenshot of the original WH press briefing statement before it was “corrected” from “has” to “had”.
And, now that it’s “corrected” its the lamest reading White House press statement ever.
There’d be no reason to publish it at all if the original intended meaning as it now reads was simply to point out that Iran may have once had a working nuclear weapons program that terminated 15 years ago. It is no longer in synch with Bibsy’s usual lying mantra that Iran still has a secret nuclear weapons program, which he fell short of actually stating during his bad magic show.
And, although titled “Statement by the Press Secretary on Israel’s Announcement Related to Iranian Nuclear Weapons Development,” this is not the original statement that Sarah Sanders, the WH Press Secretary originally made and issued in written form at the press briefing.
Therefore it is inaccurate to say that this is the original and actual press statement of record, nor is there any notification that it is an amended original statement.
Statement by the Press Secretary on Israel’s Announcement Related to Iranian Nuclear Weapons Development
Issued on: April 30, 2018
The United States is aware of the information just released by Israel and continues to examine it carefully. This information provides new and compelling details about Iran’s efforts to develop missile-deliverable nuclear weapons.
These facts are consistent with what the United States has long known: Iran **had** [originally “has”] a robust, clandestine nuclear weapons program that it has tried and failed to hide from the world and from its own people. The Iranian regime has shown it will use destructive weapons against its neighbors and others. Iran must never have nuclear weapons.
The real unmentioned issue, of course, is why neither Israhell nor the US referred Israel’s so-called “intelligence discovery” of Iran’s “Atomic Archive” to the IAEA, the proper authority under the JCPOA for further investigation.
Probably because these are old archived research files which the IAEA has already studied over the past 10 and 15 years after Iran folded whatever alleged nuclear weapons research they were doing prior to 2003.
But even more importantly, if there’d been a referral to the IAEA especially by Israhell, for every finger Bibsy points at someone else, there are three more pointing back.
For Israhell and it’s junkyard dog, Jewmerica, the ever-embarrassing question comes up: “What about Israel’s own clandestine nuclear weapons research and program as a non-signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty?”
Clearest reasons why North Korea should not trust the US. Under the “Libya model” the country is in a constant state of civil war since the murder of Gaddafi in 2011, and it can boast of real live slave markets.
Information Liberation: Bolton: U.S. Has ‘The Libya Model’ In Mind For North Korea Denuclearization
Libya’s leader Muammar Gaddafi gave up his nuclear weapons program around 2004 in an attempt to normalize relations with the US only to be sodomized to death by Western-backed rebels a few years later.
From The Daily Caller:
The U.S. apparently has the Libya model in mind for North Korean denuclearization, according to White House national security adviser John Bolton.
“Will President Trump insist that Kim give up, ship out, all of his nuclear weapons, all of his nuclear fuel, all of his ballistic missiles, before the U.S. makes any concessions?” Fox News host Chris Wallace asked Bolton Sunday morning.
“Yes, I think that’s what denuclearization means. We have very much in mind the Libya model from 2003, 2004,” Bolton replied.
After Libya forfeited its nuclear arsenal, the country’s leader, Muammar Gaddafi, was violently overthrown by Western-backed rebels and brutally executed. North Korea has long cited the fate of Gaddafi as justification for its nuclear program.
“The Saddam Hussein regime in Iraq and the Gaddafi regime in Libya could not escape the fate of destruction after being deprived of their foundations for nuclear development and giving up nuclear programs of their own accord,” the state-run Korean Central News Agency wrote just two years ago. It is unlikely that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is a fan of the Libya model for denuclearization. http://dailycaller.com/2018/04/29/north-korea-denuclearization/
In my opinion Trump, one team member of the judeo-neocon Adelson-Netanyahu-Trump troika, is trying to sabotage Trump’s peace talks, or else he’d never have picked fellow Adelson stooge neocon war hawk Bolton (who loves the smell of blood in the morning because it smells like US of Israel’s divine exceptionalism) as his national security adviser to begin with.
John Bolton’s desire to get North Korea to follow Libya’s example seems designed to derail diplomacy with Pyongyang:
On March 19, Bolton told Radio Free Asia that he hopes Trump will follow the Libya model in demanding that North Korea give up its nuclear weapons, and that it could be a “very short meeting” if Kim refuses.
But the North Korean leader has regularly cited Libya as an example of why he needs nuclear weapons — to deter a U.S. invasion.
“It is such an implausible demand of North Korea that you set yourself up for failure,” Lindsey Ford, director of political-security affairs for the Asia Society Policy Institute in Washington, said of Bolton’s proposal.
“If that is your negotiating strategy, I don’t see any path to success.”
There is every reason to assume that Bolton wants to set the U.S. up to fail at the proposed summit, because he sees no value in any diplomatic exchange that doesn’t result in the other side’s surrender.
He isn’t interested in a “path to success” because that would involve making concessions to North Korea that he is ideologically incapable of supporting.
It is absurd to think that North Korea would agree to the same terms that Libya accepted 15 years ago when the former has a much more advanced program and already possesses nuclear weapons.
Expecting that they would agree to disarm after seeing what happened to Gaddafi is just stupid.
More to the point, Gaddafi was not treated as a pariah by Western governments between the time he made the deal and the 2011 intervention.
Western governments and companies started doing business with Libya again in exchange for the Libyan government’s agreement to abandon its programs and its support for terrorism.
The Trump administration has shown no interest in working out a similar deal with Kim, and Bolton has publicly stated his opposition to giving North Korea anything.
Libya received much more than Bolton is willing to offer North Korea, and that was offered to get Gaddafi to give up a much less advanced nuclear program.
What are the chances that North Korea would make much larger concessions in return for no benefits? If they aren’t zero, they are so close as to be practically the same.
Excerpt from New York Times: How Trump’s Mixed Signals Complicate America’s Role in the World
Writes the NYT’s Max Fisher: “But if Libya offers one lesson in American inconstancy, Trump’s hostility to the Iran deal suggests another:
By pledging to break one nuclear deal just as he enters negotiations for another, Mr. Trump risks sending the message that American promises are empty, giving adversaries little reason to make concessions.
By punishing Iran even after it has frozen its nuclear program but agreeing to meet with the leader of North Korea just months after it achieved many of its nuclear ambitions, Mr. Trump could inadvertently convey the message that rogue states are best served by defying and threatening the United States.”
Ron Paul Liberty Report: Netanyahu’s Iran Nuke Show: Should We Believe Him?
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave a dramatic presentation yesterday where he claimed to produce new and shocking evidence that Iran was violating the nuclear treaty and continuing its pursuit of nuclear weapons.
But much of his “evidence” is actually old evidence from before the 2007 CIA’s National Intelligence Estimate that Iran was no longer pursuing a nuclear weapon.
Now for the latest about the government-supported, feral, land-thieving, murdering, arsonist Jewish Settler Terrorists…
IMEMC News: Steady Rise in Settler Attacks against Palestinians
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has recorded a steady increase in Israeli violence against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, in comparison to previous years.
OCHA documented, in a report, that Israeli violence has increased since the begging of 2018, the weekly average of settler attacks that resulted in injuries among Palestinians or damage to Palestinian property is five, compared with an average of three attacks in 2017 and two attacks in 2016.
The report noted that, during the last two weeks, three Palestinians were injured in settler attacks, and recorded 11 attacks against Palestinian properties in West Bank.
The report recorded that, on 10 April, a Palestinian man sustained injuries as Israeli settlers beat him, in Nablus. Israeli settlers also uprooted about 140 olive trees owned by Palestinians in the villages of Rajib, Burin and Auref, in Nablus, in three separate incidents.
In five other separate incidents, Israeli settlers damaged the tires of 113 Palestinian vehicles, spray-painted “Pay the Price” slogans on the walls of ten houses, and set fire to a mosque in the villages of Al-Lubban al-Sharqiya in Nablus, Ramon and Burqa, in Ramallah, and Beit Aksa, in Jerusalem.
According to the report, two Palestinians aged 11 and 12 were injured as Israeli settlers threw stones and Molotov cocktails towards a Palestinian school bus and house in Dura town, and in the Israeli-controlled area of Hebron.
Israeli settlers regularly carry out attacks against Palestinian properties and Muslim and Christian holy places. Palestinians complain that the Israeli government does not pursue settlers responsible for the attacks.
Report: Settler Gangs Escalating Aggression against Palestinians under Full US Bias
By Madeeha Araj/ National Bureau for the Defense of Land and Resisting Settlements (NBPRS)/PNN
In the West Bank, settlement and terrorist activities continue against Palestinians and their property by “Pay the Price” groups, the most recent of which are the attacks on the towns of Ramon, Burin, Barqa and Beit Iksa, as well as the destruction of hundreds of olive trees and the writing of racist slogans, including: “Either Killing or Expulsion, Death to the Arabs,” whereas occupation authorities provide settlers with full political, legal and security protection.
For their part, Hebrew sources wrote about this escalation of terrorism against Palestinian civilians, including reports disclosed during a hearing held in the Israeli occupation court, in Jerusalem, to discuss crimes committed by the gang in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, in December of 2007, where the perpetrator was a security dealer, and Israeli authorities did nothing to prevent the crime.
In Beit Iksa village, the “Pay the Price” gang also wrote anti-Arab slogans on a number of walls of houses, calling for expulsion and killing.
They damaged the tires of 20 vehicles, and called for extensive invasion of the Al-Aqsa Mosque courtyards, on the occasion of the so-called “Independence of the Jewish State”, which falls on May 13 next.
Within the context of these so-called “Independence Day” celebrations, Israeli police organized an open day for visitors and settlers, during which they displayed some of the weapons they were using.
Moreover, the police academy yard near Beit Shemesh was full of settlers and their children, who were being trained to use the weapons.
On the level of settlement activity, the Israeli occupation government approved a decision to establish residential housing units on the lands of Al-Khader town, southern Bethlehem governorate, in basin no. 91, of the Al-Fahm area.
The decision was announced, via Hebrew press and news sites, to establish temporary settlement units for the settlers, who were evacuated from the settlement outpost of Hatavot, located on Palestinian land.
Israeli occupation authorities also began preparations for the establishment of a new settlement outpost on the lands of Sur Baher, east of Jerusalem, where it will be dedicated to retired officers of the occupation army.
The land is located next to the “Palace of the Higher Commissioner.” Over the weekend, Israeli occupation forces uprooted dozens of olive trees planted by Palestinians, there, where 180 settlement units are being planned as a first step.
At the same time, the Israeli government decided to provide financial aid to encourage settlers to carry out commercial activities in occupied East Jerusalem, especially in the Old City, through the so-called “Jerusalem Development Authority,” which acts in carrying out Israeli settlement plans involving the historic Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the “Aftimos” market, Al-Sharaf neighborhood (which is called the Jewish Quarter), the New Gate in the Old City and the Rabe’a Adaweiah area, at the Mount of Olives.
It was said that settlers will receive grants ranging from NIS 80,000 to NIS 350,000, under the pretext of development and establishment of shops and markets in the Old City.
Furthemore, the occupation municipality in Jerusalem has allocated about NIS 6,000,000,000 to link the US embassy building with a secondary street of emergency, as it is expected to be shifted to Jerusalem mid-next month.
The Municipal Finance Committee has transferred NIS 5.8 million, to start paving the embassy’s street, which will extend from the Arnona neighborhood towards the Diplomatic Hotel.
In a dangerous development, the US administration has confirmed its continued bias towards the occupation when it stopped using the term “occupied territories,” with regard to the West Bank and Gaza, and annulled the differences between East and West Jerusalem in its annual report on human rights violations.
On the level of the stances taken on settlements by Zionist parties, and its status in any political settlement, the Labor Party conference approved the statement of the party leader and the head of the “Zionist Camp”, Avi Gabai, regarding the two-state solution.
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