They call him names, cite bizarre statements, and harp about his ‘Russia Collusion.’
But why focus on sticks and stones…
[Clip: “Sudden firings, criminal investigations, and bizarre statements that have world leaders scratching their heads”…]
…when there’s some real scores to settle?
Why does the media ignore Trump’s criminal actions in Syria?
Well, that’s good for Israel, and the Jewish-owned Main Stream Media has no beef about that.
(There’s about as much conflict of interests in the media as there is in Congress these days.)
And what about the rider in Trump’s ‘Tax Plan’ that pushes through oil drilling in the Arctic?
Where’s the outrage?
Hastily wrecking vast expanses in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge should be a huge cause for alarm.
These are genuine gripes against Trump, not his hair, and certainly not his alleged ‘Russia collusion.’
How about Trump’s flip-flop on Gun Control?
[Clip: “Don’t worry about bump stocks. We’re getting rid of it, we’re, it’ll be, I mean you don’t have to complicate the bill by adding another two paragraphs. We’re getting rid of it. I’ll do that myself.”]
…With a little help from Diane Feinstein…whose mission creep will strip the goys of ALL their guns.
Trump once blasted opponents of gun rights…like Feinstein… who use “scary sounding words like assault rifles and military-style weapons.”
But lately Trump tweeted, quote: “We will BAN all devices that turn legal weapons into illegal machine guns,” unquote.
Looks like Trump’s now using ‘scary sounding words’ himself.
Yet, the only thing scarier is when Trump and Feinstein—who is the antithesis of Trump—actually agree…especially when it comes to disarming Americans.
[Clip: “So Senator Murphy and I, and forty-six Senate colleagues on a bipartisan basis, have what we think is a start. It’s not the end-all, be-all. There’s other things people want to add to it. You’ve talked about the bump stock issue that Senator Feinstein I know cares passionately about.” “And I’m going to write that out. We can do that with an executive order.”]
America First? Or Feinstein First?
Banning bump stocks is only a ‘first’ start too.
‘Bump fire’ can actually be achieved without even using a bump stock.
So,what would Trump be banning? ‘Too many bullets?’
Will he install a timer on every trigger limiting how quickly a gun can be fired?
Criminals would love that one!
Will Trump ban the physics of a gun?
We’ll have to ban all guns for that, and that’s exactly what Feinstein and tribe want.
The downshot is that banning bump stocks sets a broad and dangerous precedent that could be used to eradicate the 2nd Amendment completely.
Mission creep is the bullet in Trump’s and Feinstein’s anti-gun push.
The media only pretends to hate Trump.
Why else do they sweep real grievances under the rug?
Feinstein and tribe are very happy when Trump plugs a Jewish line.
“Our” government has been torturing and murdering people in foreign countries since 9/11, before that if we include all wars incited by the Jews such as WW1, WW2. “Our” government will do these evils on us too if we don’t stop them.
The 80 million Christians murdered by the Jews who also murdered Czar Nicholas II and his family are an example of what happens when Zionists are allowed to control government and do Satan’s work unimpeded.
The only believable reason for why the anti-Christ Jews are obsessed with taking guns from innocent citizens here is that they want a repeat in America of what they did in Russia.
Obama gave away free mobile phones in the run up to his election.
Trump should give away free guns in the run up the next election.
“A gun in everyone’s pocket” should be an election slogan.
Crime would be lessened. By how much remains to be seen but it would be significant, especially robberies and muggings. The downside is that suicides may increase but on balance everyone being a lawman and able to defend themselves would be a good thing.
There’s only one problem the Zionist Jews have with trying to destroy the 2nd Amendment, there are over 100 million legal gun owners nationwide who own over 500 million firearms and over 4 trillion rounds of ammunition, and, they’re not about to meekly surrender those firearms.
What Feinstein and her fellow tribe members will be doing instead, is inciting a civil war in this country, a civil war they’ll lose, and lose badly.
These 100+ million legal gun owners consist of mainly hunters and combat veterans, as well as many women and children over the age of 10, and according to the 2nd Amendment, they’re all quite proficient in the use of their firearms.
In 1918 Russia, the Bolsheviks seized power and started exterminating Orthodox Christians, beginning with Czar Nickolas II and his entire family. Some 80 million were exterminated by the Jews, these people had no firearms with which to defend themselves against the Bolshevik Jews, and pikes and pitchforks were no match for firearms.
Here in the US, under Barack Obama, the Democrats tried to pass laws banning gun ownership, but the outrage was so great they had to drop that bill, and, under Donald Trump, the outcome will be the same. Trump will have no choice but to flip back to defending the 2nd Amendment. The last thing he wants is a civil war in this country.
We’re finally getting the government that comes to a people who allow the devil’s children in among them.
This phenomenon has repeated itself over and over again throughout this age and the last.
The documentary “Goyim Guide to World History – Full Version” on Jewtube goes over this through this age, from the Crucifixion of Jesus to the campaigns of Trump and Killary.
These people appear to be driven by a disposition (spirit) that doesn’t die and is adverse to the disposition of God. A disposition that thrives on lies, theft and murder — the disposition to serve one’s every desire at any cost.
As long as Jews are controlling a country (= the media, the money, the military, the politicians) every citizen should have a gun-even the average Jew.
Because these people don’t give a damn about the citizens — just about their own will and to get what they want.
Just look at the Jewish coups that the Jews sell us nowadays as “Communistic revolutions” in Russia (most of the top communists being Jews) and China (85+% of non Chinese top Communists = Jews) and the tens of millions of people that had been killed; or the opium wars in China (Sassoons = Jews).
And I am 100% sure, but sadly I can not speak Chinese to prove it, that most of those job-outsourcing Americans who moved to China and/or are heavily involved in China’s boom are Jewish (by coincidence of course).
Yes, they are nowadays China’s best friends (after killing tens of millions of them) the same way as they are now Black men’s best friend after dominating slave trade for 1000+ years and bringing them to America.
Just as they were Russia’s best friends in the 90ies when the ‘magnificent 7 oligarchs’ robbed the country with help of drunk Jelzin and turned it into a shithole. This is something that is happening right now in the JewSA and in countries the US Army was sent to kill and get control of resources and for the sake of Greater Israel.
As long as such people rule, keep your guns.
Because once you start to give in they’ll move on until they took everything away from you.
The laws and borders that protect you.
The family unit that is being targeted since Karl Marx.
If it wasn’t so evil it would be impressive how slick the Jews Media is with manipulating the public perception of Trump.
Foxjews is assigned to make Trump look wonderful. CNN and the rest of big media are assigned to make Trump look horrible.
Foxjews pours out Red State kool-aid. The rest of big media serves up Blue State kool-aid. It’s a classic example of the Hegelian Dialectic at work.
Foxjews has co-opted the Red kool-aid crowd, the so-called Christians and conservatives. The Blue State left-wingers are under the spell of CNN and the rest of big media.
Trump may be a smart stooge who understands well how he is being manipulated by his Zionist handlers. Trump may be a stupid stooge who doesn’t understand how his advisers are pulling his strings.
Trump has been a Demonrat most of his adult life. Trump donated big money to Hillary when she ran for senator of Jew York and again when she ran for prez against Obama. So Trump is more likely a smart stooge than a stupid stooge.
Whatever type of stooge Trump is, the Red kool-aid crowd is still swallowing it. The Foxjews vs Big Media charade has the Red kool-aid crowd convinced that Trump is the real deal which seems to be the Zionists’ desired outcome.
As Communist Jew Vlad Lenin infamously stated: The best way to control the opposition is to lead it ourselves.
God bless you, dear +BN, and thank you for digging deep to make a dynamite Video about the seldom-mentioned symbiotic relationship between Trump and the Media.
No less than potty-mouth Michelle Wolf at the at the 2018 White House Correspondents’ Dinner actually keyed in on this very thing, roasting the Media on their own platters in a spectacular mass flambé on top of their own dining tables — right on national TV.
Very telling is the fact that the Corporate Media is skewering her for everything that she said in the way of triggering potshots at both liberals and conservatives, and for every word that came out of her mouth except for her little pearls of truth about Trump and Corporate Media playing off of each other.
“You guys are obsessed with Trump. Did you used to date him? Because you pretend like you hate him but I think you love him.
“I think what no one in this room wants to admit is that Trump has helped all of you. He couldn’t sell steaks or vodka or water or college or ties or Eric.
“But he has helped you. He’s helped you sell your papers and your books and your TV.
“You helped create this monster and now you’re profiting off of him.”
Trump makes billions and billions of dollars for Corporate Media, he’s said as much, so it doesn’t matter all that much whether they love or hate him because what does matter is the bottom line for the corporate shareholders.
He gets all the free publicity and advertising he could possibly use.
As for Second Amendment issues, the very best website debunking gun control myths I’ve come across is GunFacts.info.
Gunfacts.info is the best researched, fact-filled, and easy to digest non-partisan website run by a man named Guy Smith here in California — “We are neither pro-gun or anti-gun. We are pro-math and anti B.S.”
The homepage reads:
Returning honesty to the gun control debate.
Gun Facts™ debunks common myths about gun control. It is intended as a reference guide for journalists, politicians and anyone interested in learning about gun control facts and restoring honesty to the debate about guns, crime, and the Second Amendment.
The menu links above, and the free Gun Facts e-book (buttons on the right) provide over 100 pages of indexed information.
Divided into chapters based on gun control topics (assault weapons, ballistic finger printing, firearm availability, etc.) makes finding information about gun control facts is quick and easy.
Each chapter lists common gun control myths, then lists a number of documented and cited facts (with over 560 detailed footnotes) from high quality, independent sources including government databases, peer reviewed studies, and more.
Thus when a neighbor, pundit or politician repeats some sound bite about gun control policy, you can quickly find that myth then rebuke with accurate information.
ISIS put explosives in his helmet with an impact fuse, bound him to boards to keep him upright, then pitched him headfirst off the roof.
The martyred SAA officer’s name is Shadi Issa.
Rest in peace, brave hero-soldier of God.
Syrian Arab News Agency: Army discovers tunnels network, Israeli munitions in al-Hajar al-Aswad and al-Qadam (southern Damascus)
Speaking to SANA, a field commander said that the while army units advanced further towards hideouts for Daesh (ISIS) terrorist organizations, a network of tunnels and trenches, some of which are 25 meter-deep, an amount of Israeli –made munitions and homemade grenades, as well as materials which are believed to be chemical and protective masks were found in al-Hajar al-Aswad and al-Qadam areas.
SANA: Foreign Ministry: Objective of US-led Coalition’s massacres against Syrian people is to undermine Syria’s sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity
Damascus, SANA- Syria stressed that the continuation of the US-led international coalition’s massacres against the Syrian people is to undermine sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity of Syria and prolong crisis in it.
In a letter to the UN Secretary-General and UNSC President, Foreign and Expatriates Ministry said the warplanes of the US-led international coalition bombarded the residential neighborhoods in al-Fadel village in Hasaka southern countryside on May1st, 2018, claiming the lives of more than 25 civilians, including two elderly men, and injuring more than 100 civilians, as well as causing material damage to the civilians’ houses and properties, and the infrastructure in the villages.
The Ministry went on saying that the continued massacres committed by the US-led international Coalition against the Syrian people and its systematic support for the remnants of Daesh (ISIS) terrorist organization with the aim of re-employing Daesh within the framework of the separatist militias loyal to US in the provinces of Hasaka ,Raqaa and Deir Ezzor proves that the sole aim of this alliance is to undermine sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity of Syria and prolong crisis in it, which contradicts UNSC resolutions.
The letter said that the Ministry is demanding again that the security Council shoulder its responsibilities in preserving international peace and security, act immediately to stop and prevent the recurrence of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by the Coalition against the Syrian people and end the aggressive illegitimate presence of the US forces and others foreign forces on the Syrian territories.
Banking is for banks, converting enterprise and hard work into bank profits with little to no effort, depriving the masses of wealth that would naturally acrue to them with mechanisation but was unnecessarily converted into bank profits because of the treachery and underhand fraud and outright criminality of a few people that went national and then global.
We have the power to take this wealth back, every cent of it that was ever stolen.
Mike Rivero paints it as a religion. I do not, but it relies on the power of a religion to keep the fraud hidden in plain view — the religion of witchcraft.
The average wage worldwide would have had the purchasing power of $100,000 in today’s money, and that includes Africa, South America, and Asia all of which would have been allowed to develop up to the standard of Europe, North America, Australia and now China with this wealth.
This wealth was and is continuing to be siphoned off by the banks to enable them to become undisputed masters of a bankrupted world.
The problem isn’t teaching children how to shoot and handle firearms responsibly…
Electronic Intifada: Israeli police teach schoolchildren how to shoot Palestinians
Israeli police planned to teach children how to shoot at Palestinians as part of a training exercise in a school.
The incident in the Menashe Regional Council, near Haifa in northern present-day Israel, was brought to light in recent days when Palestinian citizens of Israel took photos of what was happening.
Jamal Zahalka, a member of the Israeli parliament from the Joint Arab List, is demanding an investigation into the training sponsored by the Israeli police and the education ministry, which he said “prepares students psychologically to kill Arabs.”
One photo shows a person – most of their body blurred with a black marker – using a paintball gun to fire at cutouts of men and women wearing checkered kuffiyeh headscarves that are associated with Palestinians.
Zahalka made his demand in a letter to public security minister Gilad Erdan, according to the publication Arab48.
The activity in Menashe Regional Council is part of widespread training of children by police in Israeli schools, according to Arab48.
In 2011, the newspaper Haaretz reported on how a group of Israeli high school students from Herzliya took part in a simulated shooting attack at a military base “in which the targets were figures decked out with the Arab kuffiyeh headdress.”
One source told Haaretz that the exercise, which was also supported by the education ministry, was tantamount to “educating toward hatred of Arabs.”
The training in the Menashe Regional Council school is also reminiscent of an incident last year in which Israeli police put on a demonstration for a group of fifth-graders for how to “confirm a kill” – in other words how to perpetrate an extrajudicial execution.
Early this year, American comedian Jerry Seinfeld visited a training center in an Israeli settlement in the occupied West Bank where tourists are given demonstrations on how to kill Arabs.
And in a disturbing parallel in 2015, police in North Miami Beach, Florida, were found to be using photos of African American men for target practice at a shooting range.
Separate and unequal
Zahalka noted that the incident occurred in Menashe Regional Council, which bills itself as a paragon of coexistence between Jewish and Palestinian citizens of Israel.
There are approximately 1.5 million Palestinian citizens of Israel. They are the survivors and their descendants of the 1948 ethnic cleansing of Palestine.
Unlike Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, they hold Israeli citizenship and a right to vote, but nonetheless live under dozens of laws that discriminate against them because they are not Jewish.
Israel operates a separate and unequal school system for Jewish and Arab students.
Anti-Arab incitement and indoctrination is endemic in schools for Jewish children from the earliest grades.
Proud to kill
The Israeli police said that the targets in the Menashe Regional Council school had been set up as part of an activity day to teach children “about good citizenship” and that to “engender interest among participants, a paint gun station was erected.”
“Before the activity began, the activity’s commanders and the school staff noticed the matter and hid the images, and no children saw them during the activity itself,” the police claimed.
The education ministry also called the use of the targets, according to the publication Ynet, a “serious mishap.”
Zahalka also wrote to Israeli education minister Naftali Bennett calling for those responsible for organizing the shooting training to be punished.
He stated that it was unacceptable for the ministry to merely cancel the activity without seeking accountability, and to try to shift the blame to the police alone.
Zahalka quipped that had a similar activity taken place in a school run by the Palestinian Authority, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “would have demanded a meeting of the UN Security Council.”
Nadav Perez-Vaisvidovsky, an Israeli college lecturer, expressed shock at the training, tweeting, “This is the type of thing you see in history books and wonder how it could be allowed to go on.”
Yet this is only a small part of what the so-called international community is allowing Israel to do with impunity.
The European Union, for instance, which never ceases to issue reminders of the importance of learning “lessons from the past,” is currently pretending not to see how Israel is deliberately massacring unarmed civilians besieged in the Gaza Strip.
And there is little chance of accountability, since the incitement comes from the top, with Israeli ministers regularly calling for or applauding extrajudicial executions.
Naftali Bennett, the education minister, himself notoriously declared in 2013, “I have killed lots of Arabs in my life – and there is no problem with that.”
Last December, Belgium’s KU Leuven university announced that it would end its role in an EU-funded “research” project carried out in partnership with Israeli police.
“The participation of the Israeli public security ministry indeed poses an ethical problem taking into account the role which the strong arm of the Israeli government plays in enforcing an unlawful occupation of the Palestinian territories and the associated repression of the Palestinian population,” university rector Luc Sels explained.
In light of Israel’s ongoing premeditated killing and maiming of unarmed protesters in Gaza, Palestinian activists recently renewed their calls for an international arms embargo on Israel, including a ban on cooperation and joint training with Israel’s police and military.
In a major victory for this campaign, Durham, North Carolina, recently became the first city in the US to pass such a ban.
“What the Israeli police did is not that unusual, especially in the current atmosphere of racism against Arabs,” Zahalka wrote.
“In any case, the Israeli police do not require such an atmosphere as their record is full of disregard for the lives of Arab citizens, whom they continue to treat as enemies and not as citizens.”
Zahalka concluded that firing on cutouts of Arab citizens “falls within the racist policies of Netanyahu and his government, and therefore everyone is called upon to confront this racism until it is defeated.”
And Jews whine and complain about Palestinian children being taught about their own history, political activism, and resistance poetry. Oh, and whinge endlessly about Palestinian kids learning how to throw mega-deadly, ultra-atomic rocks.
RT: 56% of US voters want Trump to keep Iran nuke deal as deadline looms
Over half of US voters support the Iran nuclear deal, according to a new poll, as the May 12 deadline for Donald Trump to decide to scramble or save it, approaches.
The survey, conducted by Morning Consult and Politico from April 26 to May 1, revealed a record-high endorsement of 56 percent with 1,991 respondents registered to vote wanting to preserve the 2015 nuclear accord.
The number opposing the deal, referred to by Trump as “the worst deal ever,” amounted to 26%. The number was said to be at its lowest since the media company began tracking the topic in August 2015.
Some 68 percent of Democrats thought the US should maintain its commitment to the Iran nuclear deal. Republican voters found themselves split: with 46 percent insisting on keeping the deal and 42 percent advocating the renewal of sanctions. The accord was also backed by the majority (51%) of independent voters.
Conducted at a pivotal time for the US, the survey demonstrates a strong inclination towards the non-renegotiation of the agreement that is hanging by a thread after Trump threatened to withdraw from it.
The 2015 Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), was negotiated under former president Barack Obama and aimed to curtail Tehran’s nuclear activities in exchange for an easing of economic sanctions.
European leaders have already cemented their disapproval of any possible renegotiation, insisting that the 2015 agreement “was the best way of neutralizing the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran.”
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French counterpart Emmanuel Macron pandered to Trump, during official visits to the US, in an attempt to persuade him to remain committed to the deal.
The deal, however, was denounced by Trump’s uber-hawk Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who, unlike his predecessor Rex Tillerson, is backing the President’s ‘hard line’ on Iran.
The ‘hard line’ didn’t go down too well with Tehran. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned that “severe consequences” might follow, if Trump decided to pull his country out of the deal.
Tehran promised that it would respond by withdrawing as well and accused the Trump administration of impeding investment in Iran, which was promised under the deal.
Despite the approaching deadline, the White House’s decision on the accord remains unknown. “I’m not telling you what I’m doing, but a lot of people think they know,” Trump said in a statement. “And on or before the 12th, we will make a decision.”
You can see whether a website or news source is worthwhile fairly quickly by it’s use or lack of use of words like Jew and Zionist. The J word and the Z word is like a litmus test.
If a site or source avoids the J word and avoids exposing the many evils of the Zionist Jews then that source knows nothing about Zionism or else it intentionally helps blind the gentiles.
This J-Word and Z-Word litmus test shows that Foxjews, CNN, and the rest of big media avoid exposing Zionist Jews. Instead of enlightening the world, mass media keeps the world in the dark about the Jew World Order.
Brother Nathanael has pointed out this fear of the J word many times. The great majority of the media completely avoid even a hint about the Jew World Order. Zionism is the 500 pound gorilla in the room that mass media won’t discuss.
The POZ litmus test is a quick easy way to see if a website is run by jew-wise people who don’t avoid the truth about anti-Christ Jews. Below is an example of the POZ litmus test of this site –
site:realjewnews.com Protocols Zion
If you run the site search above you get hundreds matches to statements from the RJN site affirming the truth of the Protocols of Zion.
By contrast, if you run the POZ test on Foxjews you get only about 20 or 30 matches and those matches try to discredit the POZ instead of expose the truth –
site:foxnews.com Protocols Zion
The number of matches above were from google site searches. Bing gives different numbers.
The Russian Armed Forces jointly with the Syrian authorities are working on stabilizing situation in the Syrian Arab Republic.
The Syrian government troops are completing operation to liberate territory of Yarmouk from terrorists – the former Palestinian refugee camp on the southern outskirts of Damascus.
Over the last six years the region has turned into a refuge for ISIS terrorists that arrive when armed formations defeated in various parts of Syria.
When the operation is completed, the Syrian capital will be totally liberated from illegal armed units.
At present, the ISIS units in west Yarmouk have been splitted, there are being eradicated separately. More than 65% of the suburb is under control of the government troops.
Illegal armed formations that control Yalda, Babila, Sidi-Migdat, Bayt-Saham regions have signed agreement on ceasefire, surrendering weapons and voluntary withdrawal of militants to the northern parts of Syria.
Militants surrendered 1,236 pieces of small arms to the government troops.
Operation on withdrawal militants with families from east Yarmouk has been underway since May 3 via the Beit-Saham humanitarian corridor.
Over the last 24 hours, 1,348 people left the area, including 506 militants, 842 members of their families.
Militants with families left for al-Bab by 36 buses escorted by the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC).
Those who decided to stay are going to use amnesty granted by government to return back to peaceful life.
Russian specialists are rendering assistance to the Syrian authorities in recovering civilian infrastructure in the Eastern Ghouta and Eastern Qalamoun that had been recently liberated from terrorists.
These regions are being cleared up; socially significant facilities are being recovered; power and water supply systems have been rehabilitated.
The Russian military police provide assistance to local authorities to maintain public order constantly patrolling the territories in order to ensure stability and prevent possible provocations.
The Russian Centre for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides continues its work on providing humanitarian assistance to civilians in regions that had been liberated from militants.
Over the last seven days, the Russian military have carried out ten humanitarian actions delivering 25 tons of food supplies and the bare necessities to civilians. More than a thousand of people have been provided with medical assistance.
Meanwhile, the scale of humanitarian relief provided by the UN and Russian is still less than people’s needs in liberated regions.
In this regard, the position of the USA and some European countries, announced at the latest donor conference in Brussels, is considered to be the most cynical prohibiting any humanitarian supplies to the territories controlled by the Syrian government.
It is to be stressed that almost 90% of the Syrian population lives in the territories controlled by the Syrian government. The so-called “international assistance” per one person in areas controlled by irreconcilable opposition and terrorists is 34 times higher than in regions controlled by legal authorities.
These figures clearly show that all statement that we hear from Washington, London and other European capitals on alleged aspiration to help war-affected Syrians is nothing more than an idle talk.
Most serious humanitarian situation remains in the US-controlled regions that had been early liberated from the ISIS terrorists.
I refer first and foremost to the Rukban refugee camp located in al-Tanf region, occupied by the American troops, and Raqqa – the ISIS former capital.
Despite some earlier encouraging statements, the US representatives do not allow to deliver any humanitarian supplies to the Rukban refugee camp with some 50,000 Syrians in need, the vast majority of whom are women, elderly people and children.
The U.S. Army regional command refuses to guarantee the UN and SARC humanitarian convoys safe access to al-Tanf, insisting that food, water and the bare necessities supplies should be handed over only to the US-controlled militants.
We saw the same situation back in Aleppo, the Eastern Ghouta and Deir ez-Zor, when people in struggle for living had to take arms and fight against legal government in order to survive and to be able to feed their families.
It is to be reminded that when the abovementioned cities had been liberated from terrorists, there were vast stocks of food, medical and other humanitarian supplies at the terrorists’ depots. And at that time Syrians were dying from hunger and diseases.
Hundreds of Syrians affirm it, and speak about it in interviews with foreign mass media.
Is not this a crime against humanity?
Another serious humanitarian situation remains in Raqqa that has turned into ghost city as a result of carpet bombardments carried out by the international coalition.
Since Raqqa was liberated from terrorists, civilians are deprived of humanitarian aid from international organizations as the USA does not allow their humanitarian convoys to enter the area.
At the same time, the USA and its allies render no assistance to civilians in Raqqa.
Amid this situation, the Syrian government jointly with the Russian Centre for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides is working on establishing environment so that people can get back to their former homes.
More than 63,800 people have returned back to the Eastern Ghouta. In total, 5,219 former members of illegal armed formations have laid down their arms and have been granted amnesty.
Besides, 9,508 people have returned to Aleppo province from the Idlib de-escalation zone via the Abu-Duhur and Tall-Sultan humanitarian corridor.
Since December 4, 2017, in Deir ez-Zor province, 46,747 people have returned back to the settlements on the eastern shore of the Euphrates.
Over the last week, more than 2,700 civilians have returned back to their homes.
The working team of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has completed its mission in the city of Douma. The OPCW group has been investigating the alleged chemical attacked on April 7.
The Russian Centre for Reconciliation and Russian military police ensure immunity and safety of all items and sites of alleged chemical attacks detected in Douma when the city had been liberated from terrorists.
Investigators were provided with total and unimpeded access to all areas, objects and facilities and worked as long as they need.
The Russian military police jointly with the Russian Centre for Reconciliation did its best to ensure safe operation by the OPCW mission in Douma.
It is to be stressed that the Russian military often worked at risk to their lives.
When operating in the Eastern Ghouta, the OPCW experts visited two flats where poisonous agents had been allegedly used, and took some samples. Besides they visited a terrorists’ laboratory and a chemical depot.
The investigators also visited the Douma Hospital in order to cross-examine locals and those who took part in a staged video made by the White Helmets organization, and also took required samples.
It is to be reminded that on April 26, the Russian side transported those saw and participated in the shooting of the staged video to the OPCW headquarters in The Hague. During the briefing, the state-members were able to personally question the eyewitnesses.
Within the framework of the event, the Russian Ministry of Defence showed inconvertible facts proving that all so-called evidence issued by the White Helmets were staged.
It is unclear, why representatives of the USA and some European countries which were the first to yell about alleged chemical attack in Douma on April 7 did not express their desire to speak in person in The Hague with eyewitnesses of the White Helments’ provocation.
However today, when we see so many fact and eyewitnesses of that monstrous provocation, all becomes clear to everyone.
Maybe that is the reason why there is information that the USA halted funding of the White Helmets.
It seems that results of the fraudsters’ activity do not justify the financial investments.
At present, we are waiting for report of the OPCW commission with results of their operation in Douma.
Syrian government forces have discovered considerable amounts of Israeli-made munitions, including chemical warfare, digital equipment and drugs, destined for foreign-sponsored Takfiri militants and Daesh terrorists in the country’s central province of Homs as well as the southwestern province of Rif Dimashq.
The OPCW apparently has come up empty regarding the chemical attack allegations with their soil and rubble samples for testing, and found no living victims as of yet.
One step mentioned was to exhume some 40 or 50 alleged victims which anonymous residents and the White Helmets claimed they secretly buried overnight after the chemical attack using just their bare hands just to preserve the bodies for the OPCW.
There are plenty of mass graves all over E Ghouta and Douma thanks to the terrorists and their massacres and executions over the years, but I doubt that OPCW will find recent corpses with chemical residues unless the terrorists, who had all of the chemical labs for weapons manufacturing in their tunnels murdered them.
Methinks the White Helmets’ last prank in Douma went off so badly and blew up in their face, and so much evidence has publicly come forward as to what a farce it really was, thanks to Russia, that the White House has no choice but to disassociate from the busted group, which was once called Islamic State Fire Brigade.
Or, simply change their organization name and arm patches again, move them to Idlib or eastern Syria, since the US-backed terrorist held Syrian territory is rapidly shrinking west of the Euphrates.
SOUTH FRONT: US DEPARTMENT OF STATE CUTS OFF FUNDING FOR SYRIA’S WHITE HELMETS
The US State Department freezed financing the White Helmets, which had been working in war-torn Syria, the US TV channel CBS reported on May 3.
According to CBS, the US government accounted for about a third of the overall funding of White Helmets. CBS stressed that “the US State Department said the support is ‘under active review,’” adding that the organization had not been receiving financial funds from Washington for several weeks already.
[Nauert, spokesperson for State, said a few days ago that the White Helmets’ “bills were still being paid.” She was, however, quite uncomfortable answering that press question that day, which I believe was a briefing held after Russia’s press briefing at the OPCW headquarters in the Hague.
There, the Russian Ambassador to the OPCW presented the 17 doctors, family members, alleged victims and witnesses of the Douma hoax debunking the accusation that the Syrian government carried out a chemical weapons attack.]
The leader of White Helmets Raed Saleh stated that there had been no signs of stopping the financing two months ago during the visit of the organization’s members to the US, CBS reported.
“Our meetings in March were very positive. There were even remarks from senior officials about long-term commitments even into 2020,” Saleh said.
“There were no suggestions whatsoever about stopping support.”
“Ultimately, this will negatively impact the humanitarian workers ability to save lives,” claimed the White Helmets official quoted by CBS.
CBS reported that the internal State Department document had said that its Near East Bureau had needed confirmation from the administration to green light funding for the White Helmets in Syria by April 15 or the department would initiate “shut-down procedures on a rolling basis.”
CBS stated that it had inquired, which programs had been still receiving funding and the date of its freezing, but the US State Department did not respond.
The fact over the freezing of the White Helmets seems to be interesting as this organization was one of the first to make allegations that there was a chemical weapon attack carried out by the Syrian government in Douma on April 7.
Russia dismissed that as fake news. On April 9, the Russian Center for the Reconciliation of the Warring Sides examined Douma to find no traces of chemical weapons.
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) visited two sites in Douma on April 21 and 25 collecting samples there. The results haven’t been provided yet.
SOUTH FRONT: U.S. INTELLIGENCE SERVICES PREPARE NEW “CHEMICAL WEAPONS” PROVOCATION IN SYRIA – RUSSIAN STATE MEDIA
U.S. intelligence services are preparing a new provocation with the chemical weapons usage in Syria, the Russian state-run news agency RIA Novosti reported citing an “informed source” in Syrian security services.
“The operation is led by a former militant of ISIS, Mishan Idris Hamash. The aim is to stage a chemical attack against civilians to be further spread in the media,” the source said.
According to the report, the preparations for the provocation started on April 23. Civilians are being shipped to a territory near Jafra oil field, on the eastern bank of the Euphrates [controlled by US-backed forces] to participate in a staged filming of the alleged attack scene. Recently, the US-led coalition has established a military garrison in this area.
The tensions over the conflict in Syria escalated following the April 7 incident in the town of Douma where an alleged chemical attack took place. The US-led bloc accused the Syrian government of conducting a chemical attack against civilians and used these allegations to justify its April 14 missile strike on the country. Syria rejects all the allegations and say that the alleged attack was a provocation.
Russian representatives later found the “victims” of the alleged attack, who revelaed that they were forced to participate in the filming.
It’s important to note that the main source of the chemical attack allegations used by the US and its allies was the so-called White Helmets. An infamous pro-militant propaganda organization funded by the US and its allies.
Anti-Semites on the ballot: GOP ‘condemns’ three contenders with racist views
Yahoo NewsMay 3, 2018
Three Republican candidates in this year’s midterms have been disavowed by the Republican National Committee for their racist and anti-Semitic views — including one who, according to a local television news poll, is leading among Republicans in the primary for California’s Senate election.
Mint Press News: As IDF Uses Gaza Protesters for Shoot-to-Maim Target Practice, Israel Argues Human Rights Don’t Apply to this “War”
The manner in which protesters, including children, have been injured – live ammunition fired at the groin, neck, limbs, and abdomen – suggests that Israeli troops intentionally aim to inflict maximum physical harm on the civilian participants in the marches.
GAZA CITY, PALESTINE — Israeli officials have deemed peaceful protests by Palestinian refugees in the Gaza Strip to be tantamount to a “state of war,” arguing that soldiers were well within their rights firing live ammunition at unarmed protesters participating in ongoing mass mobilizations at the eastern fence enclosing the besieged territory.
In response to a High Court petition by human rights advocates, authorities in Tel Aviv noted that “the state opposes the applying of human rights law during an armed conflict,” arguing that even the Red Cross deemed human rights law inapplicable during wartime.
According to the Gaza Health Ministry, 50 Palestinians have been killed in the protests while over 6,200 protesters have sustained injuries at the hands of Israeli forces deploying live ammunition or rubber-coated steel rounds and other less-lethal munitions.
The state attorneys’ argument attempts to give international and domestic legal status to the military suppression of peaceful protest and the suspension of international human rights law enforcement, allowing occupation forces the right to use lethal force against unarmed demonstrators.
Grim facts reveal intentional abuse
The manner in which protesters, including children, have been injured – live ammunition fired at the groin, neck, limbs, and abdomen – suggests that Israeli troops intentionally aim to inflict maximum harm that could result in life-altering disabilities, paralysis, amputation or the sterilization of civilian participants in the marches.
Many are struck by a new explosive type of ammunition known as the “butterfly” bullet, which causes massive deformities and creates exit wounds as large as a fist.
The bullet expands upon hitting targets, decimating human flesh and bone or “pulverizing” internal organs, according to local health officials.
Butterfly bullet is a type of bullets that launched faster than sound and causes severe damage in flesh layers and bone when hitting the human body. It is used by the Israeli army snipers against the armless demonstrators on the borders of gaza. #BDSOurWeapon @basemn63 #Israel70
According to Marie-Elisabeth Ingres, the head of the Doctors Without Borders mission in the Occupied Palestinian Territories:
Half of the more than 500 patients we have admitted in our clinics have injuries where the bullet has literally destroyed tissue after having pulverized the bone … These patients will need to have very complex surgical operations, and most of them will have disabilities for life.”
The Israelis, however, cite the law when justifying their use of deadly force. In a statement to Al Jazeera, an Israeli military official said:
The IDF only employs means that are lawful under international law. No new bullets or gas have been employed during the recent events in the Gaza Strip.”
Cold-blooded mass murder and repression
While Israeli authorities claim that the peaceful protests in Gaza constitute a state of war, videos captured of Israeli soldiers show them casually discussing how best to inflict harm on unarmed Palestinians while facing little to no danger from protesters.
In a video released in April, a sniper can be seen expressing elation after shooting a protester who was allegedly throwing rocks, exclaiming “Yes!”
According to a new survey by the Israel Democracy Institute and Tel Aviv University, 83 percent of Israeli respondents “strongly support” the open-fire policy while around 71 percent of Israelis reject the easing of a crippling blockade imposed on Gaza for the past 11 years.
Israeli authorities consistently claim that the protests are organized by Islamist Palestinian resistance group Hamas, which has ruled the Strip since winning elections in 2007, and that the protest aims to provide cover for alleged “terrorist attacks” using stones and Molotov cocktails.
Various factions and civil-society groups have endorsed the march, however, and deny that Hamas has a monopoly on leading the mass actions or that the protests have any ulterior motives beyond the stated demands for the right to return to their former homes in historic Palestine.
Palestinian academic Rashid Khalidi noted that the methods used by the Israeli army indicate a fear of peaceful protest as well as an inherently racist attitude toward the people of Palestine:
“So, heavily armored Israeli soldiers with sniper rifles at hundreds of meters are picking off, systematically, Palestinian protesters or people who try to approach the fence or whatever.
And that this is a policy that the government is proud of … I think it tells us a lot about Israel’s attitude towards Palestinians, that they are subhuman.
… [A]t the rate at which things are going, unfortunately, we’re probably likely to see even more savage, vicious, brutal, murderous repression.”
As for the April 29 attack on “Iranian targets” (Syrian military facilities) in northern Syria blamed by Damascus on Israel, since SAA unofficial Facebook indirectly identified the attack as coming from the east where little air defense has been set up, given the type of Small Diameter Bomb missile used (identified by fragments) which can either be launched from the ground from a few dozen miles away, or launched only from modified F15s, it is very likely that the IDF used US IFF (identify-friend-or-foe) transponder codes to camouflage their actual identity, spoofing Syrian and Russian radar as being US Air Force.
How Russia (and by extension Syria) and the US conduct their “deconfliction” air strike operations in busy airspace from the ground at the most basic level, is that military air traffic controllers simply keep track of each other’s transponder codes on respective radar.
Since the Israeli strikes did not follow their “normal” routine of firing from Lebanese air space, the Golan area, or attacking by way of the Mediterranean coast through The Homs Gap, a relatively flat passage in the Orontes River Valley of southern Syria, the striking F15s in order to attack from the east had to have flown through Jordan and Iraqi air space, turned north into east Syrian air space where US war planes are somewhat active merging into any general traffic, and then cut west to attack the Syrian military facilities in the provinces of Hama and Aleppo.
For Israel to pull off a strike using spoofed transponders, they would have to fool ground radars from Iraq and Jordan, as well as U.S. E-3C Sentry aircraft, who would likely have an established order of battle and tasking list to consult if several F-15s appeared from the direction of the Mediterranean.
Also the use of U.S. transponder codes, which are encrypted, would either mean that the Israeli air force has access to or was given U.S. IFF transponder codes.
This means it is very unlikely that the Israeli air force could have pulled off such an operation without U.S. support, unless they managed to hack the encrypted codes.
SAA unofficial Facebook was requested to put away their extensive article they had ready to go concerning the airstrikes. They may very well have written that the attacks were conducted by USAF itself (US air attacks on the SAA are not unusual), and then were told that it really was the IDF. The US also “outed” Israel as being the attackers, which somewhat suggests that the US was either setting up deniability or else was actually annoyed at Israel’s stunt.
There’s two possibilities here. Since the US’ IFF transponder codes are encrypted and top secret, either Israel received the codes from the US (there’s a joint IDF/USAF base in the Negev now) or the Jews stole the transponder codes. Either way is a rather stupid move, because now neither Russia nor Syria can be sure that an aircraft on their radar is American, both of which have bent over backwards to avoid conflict with.
So, Syria now has a choice to simply let the IDF masquerading as American war planes attack Syrian military bases at will, which have Syrian-allied Iranian or affiliated IRGC-trained military personnel, which is unacceptable; or else start shooting at every US identified war plane not certain whether its the IDF or American. Which means, if the Syrians strike an actual US aircraft, things will heat up very, very fast as Trump would certainly retaliate in force.
Putin was very, very short with Netanyahu after Bibsy initiated the phone call to the Kremlin. No doubt, the Russian MOD and the Pentagon, and the Russian MOD and Israel MOD are burning up the lines to come up with new “deconfliction” procedures.
Putin is no doubt beefing up electronic warfare capabilities, and seeing to it that there’s better defense missile coverage for threats approaching from the easterly direction, like Israel’s strike the other night. +bn
After the Israeli/JEWmerica April 29 attack on “Syrian Military Facilities” Bibzy went on a fishing trip via phone to Moscow. He came back with a Russia shoe in his face. Putin was VERY short with the Jew pig:
President of Russia.ru
Telephone conversation with Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu
Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu, *at the initiative of the Israeli side.*
The leaders discussed progress of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on Iran’s nuclear programme, including in the light of Mr Netanyahu’s statement on the issue made today.
Vladimir Putin confirmed Russia’s stance that the Plan of Action, which is of primary importance for ensuring international stability and security, must be meticulously observed by all parties.
President Putin and Prime Minister Netanyahu continued to exchange opinions on the overall situation in the Middle East, including the developments in Syria.
Former CIA Op, Wayne Madsen, Agrees w/+BN: TRUMP IS A LIAR
“Trump has found individuals who are as prone to lying and cheating as he is.”
May 2-3, 2018 — The Trump administration: full neocon on steroids
The Wayne Madsen Report
Donald Trump is a wolf in sheep’s clothing when it comes to adopting the very same neocon policies he eschewed during the presidential campaign. The Trump administration has fostered all the neocon hallmarks evidenced by the George W. Bush-Dick Cheney administration, including the proffering of bogus intelligence and documents, supporting “themed” or “color” revolutions that are intent on regime change abroad, and lying to the press and the American people.
The most egregious example of Trump and White House officials engaging in a talmudic effort to dissemble and deceive is the list of 49 questions that were to be posed to Trump by Justice Department Special Counsel Robert Mueller. The list was claimed by Trump to have been “leaked” by Mueller to The New York Times.
Legal observers who were clued into the obvious forgery of the list due to its several grammatical errors believe that it was not leaked by Mueller but crafted by Trump’s attorney, Jay Sekulow, who leaked it to the Times via a third party.
By blaming the leak of the list of questions on Mueller and his prosecutorial team, Trump has set up Mueller for a possible firing because he is accused of being a “leaker.” In firing FBI director James Comey and his deputy, Andrew McCabe, Trump accused them of being “leakers.”
Trump, in a tweet, wrote: “So disgraceful that the questions concerning the Russian Witch Hunt were “leaked” to the media. No questions on Collusion. Oh, I see . . . you have a made up, phony crime, Collusion, that never existed, and an investigation begun with illegally leaked classified information. Nice!” It is obvious that Trump is, once again, trying to use the “leaker” appellation against Mueller to justify his sacking of the Special Counsel.
The White House also relied on a discredited and arcane report from Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu that suggests Iran has a nuclear weapons program. Piggybacking on this ludicrous allegation by Netanyahu to convince Trump to withdraw from the six-power nuclear agreement with Iran, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Netanyahu’s “facts are consistent with what the United States has long known: Iran has a robust, clandestine nuclear weapons program that it has tried and failed to hide from the world and from its own people.”
The White House later changed “has” to “had.” The phoniness of Israel’s allegations about Iran are similar to George W. Bush’s allegation that Saddam Hussein acquired yellow cake uranium from Niger. The basis for that charge was a forged Niger government document provided by neocon agents-of-influence in Washington and Rome.
Just as the George W. Bush neocons fomented color revolutions in Georgia, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, and Belarus, the Trump neocons, chiefly, national security adviser John Bolton, have green-lighted color revolutions in Nicaragua and Armenia [pictured right]. Both countries are pro-Russia and their themed revolutions have grown in intensity after Bolton took over the National Security Council and began hiring his neocon cronies from past administrations.
Trump has also supported the attempt to blame Russia for a contrived “chemical attack” in Douma, Syria. The “attack,” which was staged by the Saudi- and Central Intelligence Agency-supported Syrian “White Helmets,” was blamed by Trump on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The bogus incident was used by Trump as a pretext to launch a cruise missile attack on Syrian military targets.
The alleged nerve agent attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, in Salisbury, England resulted in the Trump administration blaming Russia for the attack and tightening economic sanctions on Russia. The incident resulted in the closure of the Russian consulate in Seattle and the expulsion of scores of Russian diplomats from the United States.
In 2017, congressional-mandated sanctions against Russia resulted in the closure of the Russian consulate general in San Francisco and the declaring of several Russian diplomats as persona non grata.
In the neocons, Trump has found individuals who are as prone to lying and cheating as he is. It is a marriage made in hell.
Traitor Trump and his entire White House are putting Israhell’s Jewish national interests ahead of America’s own.
Oh wait, I forgot. We really are the United States of Israel. How silly of me.
Unz Review: Trump Talks Tough Against Iran, But His Political Options Are Limited
Patrick Cockburn • April 24, 2018
A crisis in relations between the US and Iran – which has the potential to produce a military confrontation in the Middle East – is building rapidly in the expectation that President Donald Trump will withdraw the US from the Iran nuclear deal in just over two weeks’ time.
Mr Trump is demanding that Iran effectively renegotiate the terms of the agreement which traded the suspension of US economic sanctions for a stop to Iran’s nuclear programme.
The White House sounds as if it has already decided to exit the agreement, which Mr Trump persistently denounced before and after his election as “the worst deal in the world”.
But he has put forward no alternative to what was successfully negotiated by President Barack Obama in 2015 other than a series of demands with which Iran is unlikely to comply, and appear designed to put the blame for the US action on Iran.
US officials admit that Iran has so far abided by the terms of the 2015 accord.
A more openly confrontational posture by the US towards Iran would achieve very little, unless Washington replaces the attempt to achieve its ends by diplomacy with sustained military action.
Iran is already on the winning side in the wars that have raged in Iraq since 2003 and in Syria since 2011.
It is closely allied to the Iraqi and Syrian governments and to reverse the balance of power in the region, the US would have revert to sustained military intervention on the scale of the Iraq War, something Mr Trump has always opposed.
Iran may have already decided that the deal cannot be saved. Iranian president Hassan Rouhani warned Mr Trump on Tuesday that the US must stay within its terms which Tehran signed with other great powers or face “severe consequences”.
Mr Rouhani said in a live broadcast on state television that: “I am telling those in the White House that if they do not live up to their commitments, the Iranian government will firmly react.”
The Iranian leader did not say what this reaction would be, but the Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said at the weekend that it was “highly unlikely” that Iran would remain in the agreement – to which Russia, China, France, Germany and Britain are also signatories – if the US pulled out.
He added that Iran might immediately begin enriching uranium, but it would not develop a nuclear device.
European leaders are trying to save the deal which Mr Trump has denounced as full of “terrible flaws”, but this will prove difficult without radical concessions which Iran has rejected.
These include stopping Iran’s ballistic missile programme, extending the terminal date of the agreement, and more intrusive inspections by nuclear inspectors.
No decision in Washington is final until it is announced by Mr Trump himself – and often not even then – but the promotion of officials with a record of hostility to the agreement suggests that it cannot be rescued. Mr Trump has said publicly that he sacked his secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, because he wanted to stay with the Iran agreement negotiated by President Obama.
His replacement, Mike Pompeo, is a long-term foe of the accord, once claiming that 2,000 bombing sorties would be enough to eliminate Iran’s nuclear capability. “This is not an insurmountable task for the coalition forces,” he said.
President Emanuel Macron is in Washington on a state visit, trying to save the agreement by making it more palatable to the White House.
He will be followed in the US at the end of the week by the German chancellor Angela Merkel, while Theresa May will probably express her views by telephone.
All three leaders will try to reconcile Mr Trump to not leaving the accord and their arguments will revolve around supplementary sanctions and other measures targeting the Iranian ballistic missile programme and Iran’s allies abroad such as Hezbollah in Lebanon.
The European leaders’ mission may not be entirely hopeless: in confrontations over Syria and North Korea, Mr Trump’s belligerent rhetoric has been followed by more carefully calculated action.
His opening stance is normally bombastic and uncompromising in order to intimidate the other side into making concessions. It does not necessarily have to be taken at face value.
But this periodic moderation may not come into play in the case of Iran, towards which he has been uncompromisingly hostile, claiming that it is the hidden power behind “terrorist” activity in the Middle East.
The White House is in a position to hurt Iran economically by re-imposing economic sanctions, not that these were ever really lifted after 2015, but US political options are more limited.
It may talk about regime change in Tehran, but is not in a position to do much about it.
There is a further US weakness: the US, often prompted by Israel, and Saudi Arabia, has a track record of underestimating the extent to which Iran, as the largest Shia Muslim power, plays a leading role in a coalition of states – Iraq, Syria and Lebanon – because of the predominant influence of the Shia in these countries.
It is very difficult to defeat Iran there – the northern tier of the Middle East – but it is in this region that the US has chosen over the years to try to roll back Iranian influence.
The balance of power between Iran and its enemies is going to be difficult to shift whatever Mr Trump decides about the fate of the Iran nuclear deal.
Unz Review: Hassan Nasrallah: Will the United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia attack Syria?
Speech by Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah in Baalbeck on May 1, 2018, in preparation for the May 6 legislative elections in Lebanon.
[…] Yes, the Resistance needs political protection, because there is an international conspiracy against it, which is currently growing, and a regional conspiracy against it.
And we now find people willing to pay not 1 or 2 billion dollars – I am speaking of the heir to the Saudi throne (Mohammad b. Salman) – but hundreds of billions of dollars in their hostility to the Resistance Axis (Iran-Syria-Hezbollah-Yemen-Iraq) to encourage the US to launch a war in the region, to encourage Israel to launch a war in the region, and it is the same inside (Lebanon).
Yes, the Resistance and the weapons of the Resistance need political protection.
And this protection, it is your voices (in the parliamentary elections of May 6) who will provide it. It’s your voices that will give them protection.
(We need) it more than ever, my brothers and sisters. In Syria, proxies were defeated and failed, and the instruments collapsed. We are facing a new stage.
The war can end with the (defeat of the) proxies, but it can also become (a direct war) with the sponsors (who created and armed ISIS, Al-Nosra…).
Today, it is unclear how Israel will behave in Syria, where it will lead Syria, Lebanon and the region. And it is the same for the United States.
The United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia will not stand still at the failure of their project in Syria or at the failure of their project in Iraq, or at the failure of their project in Lebanon.
That is why we are still today in the heart of the battle.
Lebanon, its people, its sovereignty, its oil, gas, safety, honor, dignity, freedom are still at the heart of the battle. And we still need the tripartite golden equation: Army – People – Resistance. And to protect it, your voices are needed.
The second list in Baalbek-Hermel is one of those who say every day that your weapons are illegal, who say every day they want to remove the weapons of the Resistance, and who say every day they belong to the opposite Axis (Washington-Riyadh).
It is true that we advocate living together, cooperation and overcoming conflicts but such is the political identity of certain opposing lists. […]
The Latest Act in Israel’s Iran Nuclear Disinformation Campaign
Benjamin Netanyahu’s stage performance about Iran seeking a nuclear weapon not only was based on old material, but evidence shows it was fabricated too, says Gareth Porter in this Consortium News exclusive report.
Gareth Porter: Special to Consortium News
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s claim in his theatrical 20-minute presentation of an Israeli physical seizure of Iran’s “atomic archive” in Tehran would certainly have been the “great intelligence achievement” he boasted if it had actually happened.
But the claim does not hold up under careful scrutiny, and his assertion that Israel now possesses a vast documentary record of a covert Iranian nuclear weapons program is certainly fraudulent.
Sputnik: Things to Know About Israel’s Alleged Top-Secret Nuclear Program
During an internationally-televised speech, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Iran of lying about its nuclear program after signing the 2015 deal – his remarks have prompted speculations over Tel Aviv’s alleged possession of weapons of mass destruction.
Israel is widely suspected of possessing weapons of mass destruction, supposedly developed in 1948-1949, with an estimated arsenal of up to 400 warheads.
Despite the fact that Mordechai Vanunu, a former worker at the Israeli Dimona nuclear reactor, blew the whistle on Tel Aviv’s nuclear program in 1986, Israel still maintains a policy of “nuclear ambiguity” – never denying or admitting to having nuclear arms.
Israel Lied Too?
In the 1950s and 1960s, the Israeli government under Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion reportedly lied to the United States and stonewalled Washington’s requests for information on weapons development and refused to accept visits from the International Atomic Energy Agency.
Tel Aviv reportedly referred to its Dimona reactor, provided by France, as a “textile plant” and a “metallurgic research installation,” allegedly in a bid to hide the truth from American nuclear inspectors.
“I do not know of any other nation, whose neighbors declare that they wish to terminate it, and not only declare, but prepare for it by all means available to them.
“We must have no illusions that what is declared every day in Cairo, Damascus, Iraq are just words. This is the thought that guides the Arab leaders,” Ben-Gurion said after his resignation as prime minister.
What’s the Number?
While there are many speculations about Israel having nuclear weapons, no one really knows how big its arsenal is.
Back in 2008, former US President Jimmy Carter estimated that Israel had at least 150 atomic weapons in its stockpile.
“The US has more than 12,000 nuclear weapons; the Soviet Union [sic] has about the same; Great Britain and France have several hundred, and Israel has 150 or more,” Carter told the press.
In 2014, Carter reconsidered his estimates, suggesting that “Israel has, what, 300 or more, nobody knows exactly how many.”
In a private email message, written several months before the 2015 Iran nuclear deal was inked, and leaked in September 2016, former US Secretary of State Colin Powell allegedly exposed the real number of Israeli warheads at the time.
“The boys in Tehran know Israel has 200, all targeted on Tehran, and we have thousands.”
During the P5+1 Iran nuclear program talks, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif told reporters at the UN that Israel was “sitting on 400 nuclear warheads.”
The country is believed to have anywhere between 80 and 400 nuclear warheads, and the ability to deliver them by aircraft, submarine-launched cruise missiles, and the Jericho “family” of intermediate to intercontinental range ballistic missiles.
Still Refuses to Sign NPT
While the signatories to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty have consistently pushed for a nuclear-free zone in the Middle East, with the UN attempting to make Israel sign the agreement, Tel Aviv has steadfastly refused to join the international community.
Israel, while neither confirming nor denying its nuclear program, has repeatedly stated that the issue of nuclear weapons could not be dissociated from security issues in the region, including the country’s historically hostile relations with its Arab neighbors.
The country is believed to have anywhere between 80 and 400 nuclear warheads, and the ability to deliver them by aircraft, submarine-launched cruise missiles, and the Jericho “family” of intermediate to intercontinental range ballistic missiles.
Still Refuses to Sign NPT
While the signatories to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty have consistently pushed for a nuclear-free zone in the Middle East, with the UN attempting to make Israel sign the agreement,
Tel Aviv has steadfastly refused to join the international community. Israel, while neither confirming nor denying its nuclear program, has repeatedly stated that the issue of nuclear weapons could not be dissociated from security issues in the region, including the country’s historically hostile relations with its Arab neighbors.
In 2010, all 189 parties to the treaty urged for a conference in 2012 to discuss de-nuclearization of the Middle East, calling on Israel to sign the pact and make its atomic facilities subject to UN inspections. Israel, however, rejected the “flawed and hypocritical” document.
“As a non-signatory state of the NPT, Israel is not obligated by the decisions of this conference, which has no authority over Israel,” the Israeli government said in a statement.
“Given the distorted nature of this resolution, Israel will not be able to take part in its implementation.”
In 2015, Egypt sought to convince the international community to discuss Israel’s alleged nuclear weapons via resolutions, but its attempt to push for a nuclear-free region without discussion of regional security issues at a United Nations conference was blocked by the United States, Canada and the UK.
Sputnik: US: Israeli Nukes Not Up For Debate Until State is Recognized by Arab Neighbors [This is now apparently new foreign policy from the Traitorous Trumpean White House. Even so, nothing would change. Maybe we’ll talk about it when all Arab countries recognize Israel, and maybe we won’t. — Kj]
Earlier this week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tackled the issue of nuclear weapons in the Middle East, having accused Iran of being “the one that’s changing the rules in the region,” thus encouraging other nations to seek nuclear weapons.
According to Haaretz, President Donald Trump’s administration has decided that Israel should not be forced to consider abandoning its alleged nuclear weapons without recognition by all Middle Eastern nations of the Jewish state’s right to exist.
READ MORE: Ex-CIA Officer Estimates Impact of Netanyahu’s Intel on Trump Iran Decision
While Israel is not a signatory to the Treaty of the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), it has repeatedly stated that the issue of nuclear weapons could not be dissociated from security issues in the Middle East, including Tel Aviv’s historically hostile relations with its Arab neighbors.
Israel has also claimed that some of the signatories – Iran, Syria and Libya – are not complying with the treaty and have attempted to develop nuclear programs.
In the 1950s and 1960s, the Israeli government under Ben-Gurion lied to the United States and stonewalled Washington DC’s requests for information on weapons development.
Israel refused to accept visits from the International Atomic Energy Agency. Tel Aviv referred to its Dimona reactor, clandestinely provided by France, as a “textile plant” and a “metallurgic research installation,” in an effort to hide the truth from American nuclear inspectors.
Historian Martin Sandler, Editor, “The Letters of John F. Kennedy” – CSPAN Book TV:
“There’s a very surprising series of letters between Kennedy and David Ben Gurion, not only the premier, the prime minister of Israel, but the founder of Israel, in which, they are very angry letters, in which Kennedy is saying to Ben Gurion:
‘I’m killing myself trying to get a nuclear test ban treaty. I’ve even got DeGaulle on board, and that’s impossible. And you keep testing in Dimona. You’ve got to stop!’
And then Ben Gurion, in so many words, said ‘It’s easy for you to say sitting in Hyannis Port. I’m sitting with the Arabs all around me, and you want me to give up nuclear testing?”
And Kennedy threatened him. And He threatened him in such a way that Ben Gurion resigned.
And I will tell you that I found articles, not in any crackpot publications, but in very sophisted [sophisticated] publications saying, ‘Forget Lyndon Johnson. Forget the CIA. Forget Fidel Castro. The Mossad killed Kennedy because they were so upset over what he did to Ben Gurion.'”
The Jews commenced construction of the Negev Nuclear Research Center (“Dimona reactor”) in 1958, with French assistance according to the Protocol of Sèvres agreements.
The complex was constructed in secret, and outside the International Atomic Energy Agency inspection regime. Norway, in another secret agreement, supplied heavy water for the project.
To maintain secrecy, French customs officials were told that the largest of the reactor components, such as the reactor tank, were part of a desalination plant bound for Latin America.
Estimates of the cost of construction vary; the only reliable figure is from Shimon Peres, who wrote in his 1995 memoir that he and David Ben-Gurion collected US $40 million, “half the price of a reactor … [from] Israel’s friends around the world.”
The Dimona reactor became critical sometime between 1962 and 1964, and with the plutonium produced there the Israel Defense Forces had their first nuclear weapons ready before the Six-Day War.
When the United States intelligence community discovered the purpose of the site in the early 1960s, the U.S. government demanded that Israel agree to international inspections.
Israel eventually agree, but on the condition that U.S., rather than International Atomic Energy Agency, inspectors be used, and that Israel would receive advance notice of all inspections. Israel is one of three nations not to have signed the NPT (others are India and Pakistan, both of which have acknowledged having nuclear weapons), and alongside North Korea which left the NPT.
Because Israel knew the schedule of the inspectors’ visits, it was able to hide the illegal manufacture of nuclear weapons, thereby deceiving the inspectors, by installing temporary false walls and other devices before each inspection.
The inspectors eventually informed the U.S. government that their inspections were useless, due to Israeli restrictions on what areas of the facility they could inspect.
Kennedy was very adamant and persistent about inspections of Dimona. Then Israel experienced no more roadblocks after the very convenient assassination of JFK.
Lyndon Baines Johnson, the same president who permitted and covered up for, if not conspired with, Israel’s attack on the USS Liberty in June of 1967 in the effort to create a false flag to blame on Egypt in Israel’s 1967 war.
LBJ was a dyed in the wool Judeophilic Israel-firster and corrupt Texas politician who worked hand in hand with both the Mossad and Texas organized crime, of which Jack Ruby was a petty underworld criminal running prostitution, money laundering, etc out of Dallas nightclubs he and his brothers managed and owned.
While US senator from Texas, LBJ helped hundreds, if not thousands of illegal undocumented Jews make entry into the US via Texas ports during the 1940s.
Jacob Leon Rubenstein, aka Jack Ruby, the assassin of Lee Harvey Oswald, was born on March 25, 1911, in Chicago as the son of Joseph Rubenstein (1871–1958) and Fannie Turek Rutkowski (or Rokowsky), both Russian Polish-born Orthodox Jews.
And Benjamin Netanyahu was a member of a nuclear weapons tech smuggling ring back in the 1970s.
Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy, INC
Published on May 3, 2018
The Roy Cohn connection is another piece of the puzzle portraying Trump as a queer. Lots of people spoke or wrote at length about Cohn & Trump before I heard of it. This also is consistent with what Duff wrote about Trump being gay.
Satan’s grip on the governments of this evil world is only getting stronger. Lord help us please.
Australian Broadcasting Company: Israel’s claims about Iran’s nuclear weapons program rejected as IAEA releases statement
The world’s nuclear watchdog has effectively rejected Israel’s claims Iran lied about its nuclear activities, by referencing a report showing there were, “no credible indications of activities in Iran relevant to the development of a nuclear explosive device after 2009”.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said documents released by Israel about Tehran’s nuclear weapons program do not reveal anything new.
It cited one of its own reports, from 2015, that identified some Iranian activities in 2003, “relevant to the development of a nuclear explosive device”.
“These activities did not advance beyond feasibility and scientific studies, and the acquisition of certain relevant technical competences and capabilities,” the IAEA said in a statement.
“These activities did not advance beyond feasibility and scientific studies, and the acquisition of certain relevant technical competences and capabilities,” the IAEA said in a statement.
“The same report stated that the Agency had no credible indications of activities in Iran relevant to the development of a nuclear explosive device after 2009.
“Based on the director-general’s report, the board of governors declared that its consideration of this issue was closed.”
Israel presented evidence it said showed Iran had continued gathering nuclear knowledge after it signed the 2015 agreement with the US and other world powers, to curb its nuclear program.
Watch! Netanyahu speaks candidly about his Agenda and view of Americans. “IT’S ABSURD!”
Here’s the transcript:
Bibi: Today everyone understands the slogan “The settlements are here”. It is everywhere.
What’s the difference? What do you think Arafat wants? He wants one big settlement that is called Tel Aviv. As far as they are concerned, I think, the territorial waters are also theirs.
That they want us to be pushed into the sea, is obvious, but only further away…
The main thing is, first of all, to strike them, not once but several times, so painfully that the price they pay will be unbearable. SO far, the price-tag is not unbearable.[I mean] a large-scale attack on the Palestinian Authority, causing them to fear that everything is about to collapse. Fear is what brings them to…
Woman: Hold on, but then again, “the world” will say that we’re aggressors.
Bibi: They can say whatever they want.
Woman: Aren’t you afraid of what they’ll say, Bibi?
Bibi: NO. Especially today, with the US. I know how they are. American is something that you can easily maneuver, and move in the right direction.
And even if they say something….So then they say something, so what? 80% of Americans support us! It’s absurd! We have such support there, and here we’re thinking what we should do “if”…Look I wasn’t afraid to maneuver [the Clinton administration] I wasn’t afraid to confront Clinton. I wasn’t afraid to go against the UN.
–What happened with the Oslo Accords?
Bibi: The Accords, which were ratified by Parliament – I was asked before the (1996) elections: “Will you fulfil them?” I said: “Yes, subject to reciprocity, and minimizing pull-outs”. But how can one minimize the [obliged] pull-outs?
I gave my own interpretation to the agreements, in such a way-that will allow me to stop the race back towards the 1967 borders. How did we manage to do this? Nobody defined what “military facilities” are.
So I also defined them as being security zones. The entire Jordan valley, for me, is a “military Facility”. Nobody has…
Woman: Yes. Like the Beit She’an valley
Bibi – You see, go figure. But then there was the question of who will define these “Military Facilities”? I received a letter from (Secretary of State, Warren] Christopher to me and to Arafat at the same time saying that Israel, and Israel alone, will define the “military Facilities”, their locations and size.
Now, they didn’t want to give this letter. So I refused to ratify the Hebron Accords (of 1997). I stopped the governmental meeting and I said: “I won’t sign”. And only when the letter has arrived, during that meeting, to me and to Arafat, I signed the Hebron Accords. Or ratified it, if to be exact, it was already signed.
Why is this important? Because at that very moment, in fact, I halted the fulfillment of the Oslo Agreements. It’s better to give 2% than 100%. And this is the choice we’re facing. You give 2%, but you stopped the withdrawals, rather than 100%. The wisdom is not to be there and break, but rather to be there and pay the minimum.
Video excerpt: Early June, 1967, the Six Day War in the Middle East between Israel, Egypt, Jordan and Syria is under way.
A spy ship, very lightly armed, but bristling with antennae, steams into the Mediterranean to eavesdrop on the conflict. It is patroling in international waters off the Egyptian coast.
At 2 in the afternoon, on June the 8th, with the war reaching its climax, Israeli jets and motor torpedo boats launch an unprovoked attack on the ship.
They drop napalm, and strafe its decks with rockets, canon fire and armor piercing rounds before trying to sink it with torpedoes.
“We had no way to defend ourselves, and we were just slaughtered.”
“And they shot up life rafts that were put into the water, and they shot the ones that were still on board the ship.”
“Bullet holes, shell holes, everywhere. Blood. The foc’sle, the front part of the ship, was just red with blood.”
Throughout the attack, the ship flies the Stars and Stripes, the flag of Israel’s closest ally, the United States of America.
It’s name, the USS Liberty, is freshly painted on its stern, and the bow carries the distinctive numbers of an American naval vessel.
“Out of a crew of just under 300, there were 34 killed and 172 injured in varying degrees to life-threatening, life-debilitating injuries. So that was more than two-thirds of the crew.”
This audio tape, which has never been broadcast before was recorded in real time by the Israeli military during the assault.
The woman’s voice in the background is counting down the seconds.
It proves that Israeli commanders knew all along that they were attacking an American ship.
Pilot: What state does the ship belong to?
Control Tower: American
“The Day Israel Attacked America”
“Extensive Interviews with USS Liberty Survivors’ – Audio tapes obtained by award winning British film maker Richard Belfield prove what every USS Liberty survivor, former Secretary of State Dean Rusk, and former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Thomas Moorer have said all along: that Israel deliberately attacked an American ship.
The plan was to sink it, blame Egypt, and draw the US into the Six Day War on the Israeli side, but the heroism of the Liberty crew in fighting ship damage, often while wounded, prevented it from sinking with all hands.
The tapes are featured in “The Day Israel Attacked America” by film-maker Richard Belfield, whose previous production credits include National Geographic TV and Discovery Channel.”
If Trumpstein was really pro-military, pro-veteran and truly dedicated to honor and justice, he’d order a full investigation of Israel’s aggressive attack on the USS Liberty, which is an aggressive act of war on America.
JFK, and his brother Robert, US Attorney General at the time, were very much involved in the push to force AIPAC, then called the American Zionist Council (for Public Affairs), founded by Isaiah L Kenan, to register as a foreign agent in continuation of nearly 25 years of efforts by 1960.
From the indefatigable FOIA researcher Grant Smith’s IRmep Israel Lobby Archive, a historical gold mine of declassified documents and should be considered a national treasure:
–Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) ignores seven (7) Foreign Agent Registration Act orders – 1938-1960
The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA), a U.S. subsidiary of the World Zionist Organization, was organized in Pittsburgh in 1918. The ZOA was invited by the U.S. Department of State to begin registering as the foreign agent of the World Zionist Organization immediately after passage of the 1938 Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).
The ZOA refused, citing it was an American organization working to establish a Jewish homeland in Palestine, an objective supported by congressional resolutions. The ZOA cited funding flows to its affiliate organizations, rather than receipt of international funding.
ZOA refused to register on the grounds that it did not receive any subsidies from the World Zionist Congress.
In July of 1941, the Near East Division of the State Department again pushed for ZOA registration arguing that the ZOA was a subsidiary corporation despite the flow of funding.
The State Department had sent an employee on an undercover visit to ZOA offices, determining it was an overtly political—as opposed to religious—organization and therefore not subject to the FARA exemptions available to religious entities such as the Vatican.
The State Department found that ZOA was “subject to the direction” of the WZO and ordered the ZOA to register. ZOA again refused, stating that as a New York corporation is was merely an “affiliate” of the WZO.
The US Department of Justice, upon taking over FARA enforcement, internally found that the ZOA was subject to registration, noting in June of 1943 that the “…threat of prosecution or actual prosecution by the Department of Justice for failure to register seems to be the only remaining effective action. But I doubt that such action would be warranted under the circumstances at this time…”
In October, the OSS (intelligence agency precursor to the CIA) provided input on Zionist activities overseas indicating registration, but by November some Justice Department employees began detecting political pressure. “..the pressure was on somewhere in the government… it would be unwise to do anything further…under the circumstances do not desire for the moment to write to the Zionist Organization of America…”
On February 25, 1948 the DOJ issued another FARA order to the ZOA citing undue delays in responding to a matter “under consideration for some time.” With US recognition of the state of Israel immanent, the Attorney General ordered that the registration question be delayed for 60 days.
By May, frontline DOJ employees were hearing rumors that a high DOJ official privately told ZOA representatives that registration would not be necessary, and that they need not “fear prosecution”. Despite ongoing FBI reports of PR and political activities by the ZOA, the Justice Department agrees to quash the registration order if the ZOA alters some of its corporate articles defining relationships with the WZO.
“Mr. Kenen stated that his first client would probably be the Government of Israel and consequently I told him that he should file a new registration statement on Form FA-1. I explained to Mr. Kenen the registration statement of the Israeli Office of Information and the necessity for the filing of a new statement.
“Mr. Kenen stated that he would file a new statement as soon as he commences his activities on behalf of the Government of Israel. Suitable forms were given to Mr. Kenen.”
In the late 1940’s, Isaiah L. “Si” Kenen was instrumental in lobbying the US Congress, administration, and United Nations for the creation of the state of Israel in Palestine.
In 1948 he moved from Israel’s UN delegation to start the “Israel Office of Information” on behalf of the Israeli Embassy and Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Kenen had to register under the 1938 Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) with the US Department of Justice.
In his biography “Israel’s Defense Line,” Kenen revealed that he began planning to break free of FARA oversight in coordination with the Israeli government in late 1950:
“Israelis began looking for a lobbyist to promote the necessary legislation…would I leave the Israeli delegation for six months to lobby on Capitol Hill?
“There were other questions. Should I continue my registration as an agent of the Israel government?
“Was it appropriate for an embassy to lobby? Embassies talked to the State Department, and American voters talked to their congressmen.”
Kenen left the Israel Office of Information to lobby for the American Zionist Council and later became chairman of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee known as AIPAC. http://www.israellobby.org/kenen/
— DOJ orders the AZC to Register as a Foreign Agent (Kennedy era)
“Attached hereto is the entire file relating to the American Zionist Council and our efforts to obtain its registration under the terms of the Foreign Agents Registration Act…”
In the early 1960’s Israel funneled $5 million (more than $35 million in today’s dollars) into US propaganda and lobbying operations.
The funds were channeled via the quasi governmental Jewish Agency’s New York office into an Israel lobby umbrella group, the American Zionist Council.
Senate Foreign Relations Committee investigations and hearings documented funding flows, propaganda, and public relations efforts and put them into the record. But the true fate of the American Zionist Council was never known, except that its major functions were visibly shut down and shifted over to a former AZC unit known as the “Kenen Committee,” called the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (or AIPAC) in the late 1960’s.
The following chronology provides links to images of original Department of Justice case files released on June 10, 2008 under a Freedom of Information Act filing.
Disclosure forms and subpoenaed documents filed by AIPAC and its predecessor organizations (the AZC and AZCPA) reveal organized crime figures such as “Jake the Barber,” “Meyer Lansky’s right-hand-man” Aaron Weisberg, arms smuggler associate Zimel Resnick, and Israeli nuclear bomb funding coordinator Abraham Feinberg all provided critical and timely start-up funding to AIPAC as it morphed through shell corporations.
( .israellobby.org/AZCPA )
This is how the Jerusalem Post described JFK’s actions within a larger context whinging about how poor relations between Obama and Netanyahu were in 2010, and complaining about how the US is throwing its weight around.
The piece urges Netanyah to do just like Ben Gurion — say no to Obama’s perceived bullying because “history shows that some issues are so critical that even the president of the United States cannot force Israel’s hand.”
Jerusalem Post (2010): WHEN BEN-GURION SAID NO TO JFK
The “don’t ask, don’t tell” compromise served both Israel and the US well.
BY GERALD STEINBERG MARCH 28, 2010 23:23
But history shows that some issues are so critical that even the president of the United States cannot force Israel’s hand.
Important examples include Menachem Begin’s rejection of Jimmy Carter’s demand for an indefinite settlement freeze in the 1978 Camp David summit, and Ariel Sharon’s refusal to accept George W. Bush’s demand to end anti-terror operations in March 2002, following the Passover attacks, including the Park Hotel.
The sharpest example took place almost 50 years ago, when John F. Kennedy demanded that David Ben-Gurion end Israel’s nuclear deterrent program, deemed necessary to ensure Jewish survival in a very hostile world.
The clash began in 1960, when the outgoing Eisenhower administration sought an explanation for the mysterious construction near Dimona. It was told that this top-secret activity in the middle of the desert was a harmless textile plant, and no, it could not come and visit.
Classified spy photos were then published on the front page of The New York Times (yes, the CIA spied on the Jewish state, with or without forged passports).
When president Kennedy took office in 1961, the disagreement became a full-blown crisis. Like Obama, Kennedy was not inherently hostile (unlike Jimmy Carter), but he did not have a special sympathy for the Jewish people.
His advisers urged continuous pressure, assuming that Israel would have no choice but to accept US demands. Every high-level meeting or communication repeated the demand for inspection of Dimona.
One form of pressure was to deny Ben-Gurion an invitation to the White House – his May 1961 meeting with Kennedy was a low-key affair at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York, and was dominated by this issue.
In some ways, Israel was far weaker than is the case today. Before 1967, the IDF was not seen as a formidable power, and the economy depended on massive aid from Diaspora Jewry.
If the US government were to impose tax restrictions, the costs would have been very high. Ben-Gurion avoided saying no by dancing around them for two years.
Finally, Kennedy had enough, and in a personal letter dated May 18, 1963, the president warned that unless American inspectors were allowed into Dimona (meaning the end of any military activities), Israel would find itself totally isolated.
Rather than answering, Ben-Gurion abruptly resigned. Kennedy’s repeated emphasis on America’s “deep commitment to the security of Israel” was all well and good, but, as seen after Egypt’s sudden expulsion of UN peacekeepers in 1967, Israel could not depend on anyone – even the US.
Ben-Gurion’s successor, Levi Eshkol received Kennedy’s next letter, which upped the pressure, warning that the American commitment and support of Israel “could be seriously jeopardized.”
Later, after Lyndon Johnson became president following Kennedy’s assassination, the issue resurfaced, with threats of an American conventional arms embargo. But Eshkol followed Ben-Gurion’s precedent.
Similarly, in 1969, Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger made one more effort to force Israel to relinquish the deterrent option, and when Golda Meir refused, the US and Israel agreed to the “don’t ask, don’t tell” compromise that has served both countries well for more than 40 years.
( .jpost.com/Opinion/Op-Ed-Contributors/When-Ben-Gurion-said-no-to-JFK )
I sure do miss JFK. He was strongly opposed to the neocon Pax Americana.
Five months after JFK wrote to Levi Eshkol he was assassinated.
Since then not one US president has dared to seriously question Israel’s nuclear weapons or demand that Israel sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
The judge presiding over Mueller’s case against a Russian company indicted for interference in the USA election, rather than throw the case out of court, has ordered the release by Mueller of all the discovery document which led to the indictment.
This led him to seek a delay not thinking the Russian company would even bother to show up.
The delay was not only rejected by the judge but she also demanded Mueller hand over all documents pertaining to USA interference in the elections of other nations since 1945!
Between the US strikes on Syria in April and the recent developments on the Korean Peninsula, we are in somewhat of a lull in the Empire’s search for a new war to start.
The always helpful Israelis, in the person of the ineffable Bibi Netanyahu, are now beating the drums for, well, if not a war, then at least some kind of false flag or pretext to make the US strike at Iran. And then there is the always bleeding Donbass (which I won’t address in today’s analysis).
So let’s see where we stand and try to guesstimate where we might be heading.
To be honest, trying to guess what ignorant warmongering psychopaths might do next is by definition a futile exercise, but since there are some not negligible signs that there are at least a few rational people still left in the US White House and/or Pentagon (as shown by the mostly “pretend strikes” on Syria last month), we can assume (hope) that some residual degree of sanity is still present.
At the very least Americans in uniform have to ask themselves a very basic and yet fundamental question:
Do I want to die for Israel? Do I want to lose my job for Israel? How about my pension? Maybe just my stock options? Is it worth risking a major regional war for such a “wonderful” state?
UPDATE: On the morning of September 21st Phil Giraldi was fired over the phone by The American Conservative, where he had been a regular contributor for fourteen years.
He was told that “America’s Jews Are Driving America’s Wars” was unacceptable.
The TAC management and board appear to have forgotten that the magazine was launched with an article by founder Pat Buchanan entitled “Whose War?” which largely made the same claims that Giraldi made about the Jewish push for another war, in that case with Iraq.
Buchanan was vilified and denounced as an anti-Semite by many of the same people who are now similarly attacking Giraldi.
“He will set a trap for Bibzy, watch and see. Putin is a very clever man. +bn”
We can all surely hope you are correct here Brother Nathanael. No doubt that Putin is clever though.
I just can not get over lingering doubts about the degree of influence the Chabad Lubavitchers have with Putin.
It’s entertaining to think about Putin turning the tables on György Schwartz aka George Soros by facilitating the organization of mass protests against Bibzy everywhere the Talmudic demon went in Russia.
Facebook was started with Cia seed money. JEW USA Government is in bed with Zuckerberg. To think anything else is a fallacy.
I am glad I never had Facebook account. I remember my friend telling me let’s open Facebook account I said NO. She asked Why not? I had told her I just don’t like Zuckerberg’s creepy eyes. She started laughing.
But Today she is saying that I was right the gay is creepy and the Facebook is not just social media website, but is more than that.
Haaretz: Israel Will ‘Eliminate’ Assad if He Continues to Let Iran Operate From Syria, Minister Warns
Assad needs to know it will be his end if he allows Iran to turn Syria into military base in order to attack us, Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz says
Israel will “eliminate” Syrian President Bashar Assad if he continues to let Iran operate from Syria, Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz said Monday.
Steinitz told Israeli news site ynet that Assad needs to know it will be his end if he allows Iran to turn Syria into military base in order to attack Israel.
“It’s unacceptable that Assad sits quietly in his palace and rebuild his regime while allowing Syria to be turned into a base for attacks on Israel,” he said. Steinitz later clarified his comments reflect his personal opinions.
Israeli defense officials are bracing for the possibility of an Iranian revenge attack from Syria in the near future, in the form of rocket and missile launches at northern Israel.
Officials believe Iran is determined to retaliate for the April 9 airstrike on Syria’s T4 airbase, which killed seven Iranian military advisers and members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards. Iran blames Israel for this attack.
Israel’s assessment is that Iran seeks to settle its open account with Israel, but wants to do so without sparking a war. One possible solution to this dilemma is trying to fire a limited barrage at military targets in northern Israel.
Israel is taking various protective measures against any possible missile fire. Defense sources said Israel’s anti-missile systems are prepared to deal with rocket fire.
I really don’t know what Iran will do in retaliation, unless its to do what Iran is already doing by using the uncertainty principle that Israel loves so much using for themselves, and make the neurotic Jews sail around in circles soiling their knickers trying to figure out “Will they or won’t they?”
The “most moral country in the world” — the rogue Criminal Jew Mobster State — threatens Iran and tries to create an international hostage situation by stating they will assassinate the President of Syria, Bashar al-Assad.
What a brilliant idea! Israel and Syria are still in a technical state of war under ceasefire conditions.
On the same hand, neither Syria, which has scrupulously upheld it’s end of the 1974 Israeli–Syrian disengagement agreement, while the Jews have violated it hundreds of times, nor Iran have launched any attack on the Paranoid State. Even if something were to happen to Dr. Assad, that won’t bring Syria to its knees. Quite the contrary, in fact, it would inflame the entire Middle East and Muslim parts further abroad.
In that case, the cunning but stupid Jews had better pray to their Father the Devil for help, because God certainly won’t.
Then the Zionist Judeo-christian United States of Israel will be happy to step in as God’s substitute just to Make Israel Greater Again!
Dear Elder of ZyklonB
I believe Taxi is an American who’s lived in Lebanon for a lot of years. His insights are really good, and he mentions things that I also run across as undercurrents in the Mid East.
Haaretz: Hezbollah’s Nasrallah Declares Victory in Lebanese Election: ‘Mission Accomplished’
Lebanon held its first parliamentary election in nearly a decade this week with 583 candidates competing for a place in the 128-seat parliament, which is equally divided between Muslims and Christians
The Iran-backed Hezbollah group and its political allies made significant gains in Sunday’s parliamentary elections in Lebanon while the main Western-backed faction lost a third of its seats, according to preliminary results released Monday.
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Meanwhile, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has said that his Future Movement bloc lost a third of its seats in parliament in Sunday’s elections.
The initial results, which were carried by Lebanese media and are more or less expected to match the official count, show that Hariri, a Sunni politician with close ties to Saudi Arabia, has lost at least five seats in Beirut, once considered his party’s stronghold.
The Iran-backed Shi’ite group and its political allies won more than half the seats in Lebanon’s first parliamentary election in nine years. Hezbollah’s powerful position in Lebanon reflects Iran’s regional ascendancy in territory stretching through Iraq and Syria to Beirut. It is an enemy of neighboring Israel and classified as a terrorist group by the United States.
Hariri told reporters that his Future Movement won 21 seats in Sunday’s vote, a drop of 11 from what they got in the 2009 elections. He blamed a new electoral law and a performance “that wasn’t up to the standard.”
Hariri would still have the largest Sunni bloc in parliament, facilitating his return as prime minister to form the next government.
“My hand is extended to every Lebanese who participated in the elections to preserve stability and create jobs,” Hariri said in a televised statement Monday. He said he would continue to work closely with President Michel Aoun, who is allied with the rival, Hezbollah-led bloc.
Hezbollah and its allies appear to have gained seats, giving another boost to Iran’s allies in Lebanon and neighboring Syria, where Tehran’s influence has grown in recent years as it has provided crucial support to President Bashar Assad.
Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said it was a “political and moral victory” for the resistance, as it refers to itself and its regional allies. In a televised address, Nasrallah said “the parliamentary presence” created by Hezbollah and its allies would guarantee the protection of the “resistance”.
Nasrallah said that the “mission is accomplished” after weeks of campaigning.
Nasrallah did not say how many seats his group and its allies won, but early results show that they have won at least 43 of the legislature’s 128 seats, giving them the power to veto laws. Early results show that Hezbollah’s bloc now has 13 members, one more than previously.
The elections were the first since war broke out in Syria in 2011, sending over 1 million refugees to Lebanon, a small country with a population estimated at around 4.5 million. The war has divided Lebanon, pitting parties supporting Hezbollah’s intervention in Syria against Saudi-aligned parties opposed to it. The divide reflects the region-wide rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran.
Iran welcomed the initial election results, with Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi saying that his country will “support and cooperate” with any government that is elected by a majority.
The unofficial results indicate Sunni voters are losing faith in Hariri’s party amid a declining Saudi role in Lebanon, a deteriorating economy and general exasperation over the civil war in neighboring Syria, which has brought more than a million refugees to Lebanon.
Official results are expected to be announced by Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk later on Monday, although no time has been set. Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah, is scheduled to speak later in the day.
The next Cabinet, like the outgoing one, will likely be a unity government that includes Hezbollah.
Hezbollah and its allies appear set to easily take more than 43 seats in the 128-seat parliament, which would enable them to veto any laws the Shiite militant group opposes.
Hezbollah itself appears to have added one seat, giving it a total of 13. Other pro-Syrian factions made their strongest showing since Damascus ended a nearly three-decade military presence in Lebanon in 2005.
Hezbollah is considered a terrorist organization by the United States, while the European Union differentiates between its political and armed wings. Hezbollah has sent thousands of fighters to Syria to shore up Assad’s forces, and its alleged military involvement in Iraq and Yemen has led many Sunni Gulf countries to brand it a terrorist group.
The election was marked by a lower turnout than before, reflecting voter frustration over endemic corruption. Machnouk put national turnout at 49 percent, compared to 54 percent in 2009. In Beirut precincts, the turnout was between 32 percent and 42 percent.
The drop came despite a reformulated electoral law designed to encourage voting through proportional representation. But many, including Machnouk, blamed the new, complex law for the tepid turnout, particularly in Beirut.
The preliminary results show at least one candidate from a civil society list — journalist Paula Yaacoubian — won a seat in the capital, an area traditionally monopolized by established political parties.
Some of Hariri’s Sunni supporters saw him as being too soft on Hezbollah, and the billionaire businessman also faced criticism after sacking dozens of employees from his companies in Lebanon and Saudi Arabia, largely due to Saudi spending cuts.
The new election law also allowed Sunni rivals to contest the elections.
“Clearly, the Future Movement no longer monopolizes the Sunni votes,” said political analyst Ibrahim Bayram. He said that while Hariri is still likely to form the next government, he is now weaker and new conditions are likely to be imposed on him.
The biggest winner so far is the right-wing Christian Lebanese Forces, which almost doubled its number of seats to 15. The group has vowed to combat the country’s rampant corruption.
“Came close to losing the American Republic in 2016 . . . . . I do think a lot of people are shocked to see just how in your face that a lot of the agencies are pushing to try to essentially overthrow the President “
US-Israeli backed Saudis and the Arab Zionist Clown Prince’s Hariri-Sunni front party lost major political influence in the Lebanese parliamentary election.
From Al Jazeera’s report, below, the “Shia duo” — Hezbollah and Amal and allied parties have at least won an “obstructionist third” in parliament. Since it takes a two-thirds quorum vote to pass crucial legislation, such as electing a president or amending the constitution, the Shia “obstructionist third” can block the most important acts of parliament.
Which sounds like major leverage in the Lebanese parliament to me. As one Lebanese pollster to Al Jazeera said, for regular legislation only a simple majority of 65 (51%) members is required to vote, something Hezbollah, Amal and allies can obtain by renewing their alliance with President Michel Aoun’s Free Patriotic Movement (FPM) which won 17 seats.
Hezbollah and FPM signed a memorandum of understanding in 2006, after Aoun returned from exile, and have been close allies since.
It is the first such alliance between a major Maronite Christian and Shia political parties in Lebanon’s history.
Now the Zionist porcine entity is furious, and threatens Lebanon over the results of their first democratic election since 2009.
SOUTH FRONT: HEZBOLLAH SCORES VICTORY IN LEBANON’S PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS
Hezbollah and its allies have made major gains in Lebanon’s parliament elections, which took place on May 6.
According to preliminary results, Hezbollah as well as affiliated groups and individuals to it have won at least 67 seats in Lebanon’s 128-member parliament.
The May 6 parliamentary elections were held in the country for the first time since 2009. According to authorities, the turnout was 49.2 percent.
Official results of the elections are expected to be announced by Lebanese Minister of Interior and Municipalities Nouhad Machnouk later on May 7 or on May 8.
Meanwhile, Israel’s Minister of Education Naftali Bennett wrote on Twitter “Hezbollah = Lebanon,” stressing that the outcome, which had yet to be confirmed could signal the risk of Israel hitting Lebanon’s government in a future war.
“The State of Israel will not differentiate between the sovereign State of Lebanon and Hezbollah, and will view Lebanon as responsible for any action from within its territory”, Bennett said.
Naftali Bennett בנט
תוצאות הבחירות בלבנון מבססות את תפיסתנו מזה זמן:
מדינת ישראל לא תבדל בין מדינת לבנון הריבונית לבין חיזבאללה ותראה בלבנון כנושאת באחריות לכל פעולה היוצאת משטחה.
00:39 – 7 May 2018
On the same day, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) announced that they will carry out a military exercise in the western Galilee, near southern Lebanon, late on May 7.
According to a photo appeared online, the IDF also deployed multiple-launch rocket systes in the Israeli-occupied part of Syria’s Golan Heights.
Michael A. Horowitz
IDF Multiple-Launch Rocket System (MLRS) deployed in the Golan #Israel #Syria (via @OrHeller)
Steve Hilton (born 25 August 1969), a British citizen, son of Hungarian immigrants whose original surname was Hircsák, is a former director of strategy for David Cameron, who was Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party in the United Kingdom from 2010 to 2016.
Hilton was the spin-doctor behind David Cameron’s push to remake British politics, converting the Conservative party into something green and progressive.
Hilton, a former advertising executive, pushed the “vote blue, go green” rebranding exercise and sent Mr Cameron to the Arctic to be photographed petting huskies.
Things didn’t work out so well there.
Now he’s trying to launch a new “political revolution” from Silicon Valley in sunny California, hand picked by Rupert Murdoch.
With the firing of Roger Ailes, Murdoch is now hands-on controlling Fox News and is a good pal of Donald Trump who supported his campaign, and for whom Trump makes a lot of money.
Hilton hosts a weekly show for the Fox News Channel called The Next Revolution, which debuted on 4 June 2017. He is a proponent of what he calls “positive populism”.
Populism is a political philosophy supporting the rights and power of the people in their struggle against a privileged elite.
Critics of populism have described it as a political approach that seeks to disrupt the existing social order by solidifying and mobilizing the animosity of the “commoner” or “the people” against “privileged elites” and the “establishment”.
In the UK, Hilton talked of the need to “replace” the traditionally minded grassroots membership of the Conservative Party, which he saw as preventing the party from embracing a more metropolitan attitude on social issues.
I don’t imagine his commitment to reshape traditionally minded grassroots conservatives, such as found in Middle America, into progressive, socially “metropolitan” attitudes has changed all that much.
So we have a resident alien Silicon Valley elitist, with his own Silicon Valley political crowd-funding start-up enterprise making him a well-connected small-fry among the Silicon Valley digital-political elites, mouthpiece for an extremely wealthy Jewmedia elitist who owns Fox News claiming to be a “positive populist”.
Having grown up and spent about two-thirds of my life in what was once a most beautiful agricultural Santa Clara Valley of farms, ranches, and orchards, now cemented over and pushing up silicon chips, I can safely say that the cost of living is so high there, that someone making $250,000 a year is living in genteel poverty.
The “working homeless” in California, anywhere else would be solid middle class white collar professionals, are living in their cars, RVs, and buying and renting shipping containers while making $60,000-$100,000 per year because the real estate sales and rental prices are astronomical.
So Hilton and his wife are well off. Hilton’s wife is Rachel Whetstone, a former aide (political secretary) to Michael Howard, former head of communications at Google, and former Senior Vice-President of Policy and Communications of Uber.
Hilton is co-founder, (along with Silicon Valley/Stanford geeks and algorithm magicians Adam Bonica, Gisel Kordestani, and Paul Hilder) and CEO of Crowdpac.com, a Silicon Valley technology political start-up based in San Francisco.
Crowdpac identifies itself as a nonpartisan, for-profit website whose purpose is to help political outsiders raise money and run for office, and to track political data from across the United States.
It also supposedly helps ordinary voters to find and donate to candidates who fit with their own views — sort of like a Match.com website for politicians.
Vive la faux revolution! The political elite have been overthrown by the billionaire elite!
The Arabs will never resolve their differences, but it cannot be for lack of outsiders trying, because they cannot see the forest for the trees of USA interference. “Silly Arab” is a truism, time and tested in this case.
Paradoxically they will converge on Israel to their detriment in the end times – as clearly stated in Malachias.
Israel will use the bomb – that is given also by describing the effects of nuclear explosion on those that come against Israel.
America, the cause of all the trouble will disappear.
It spends pages on that in Revelations, and the unmistakeable feel throughout the reading is one of a gasp of relief.
Many including myself have had countless visions and dreams of this happening.
We have always known the cures for cancer were around and suppressed, some even in deep vaults, but now the banks, namely Goldman Sachs is coming out and desperately trying to stop people investing in a new avenue of cancer cure, namely genome research, obviously because they are seriously threatened by it.
The incentive they offer is that investor return on their investment for cures is negligible compared to return on maintenance systems to keep the diseased person alive as long as possible but without a cure – their policy for over a century now.
Are they so desperate to keep these multi- billion dollar industries alive that they are prepared to risk discovery – or are they thinking that they are in the final stretch of their Satanic takeover and by simply appealing to the greed of investors presume to start an avalanche in society bringing it down to their level?
Far-right figure Tommy Robinson says he will take Twitter to court, accusing the social media giant of treating ‘facts as hate’ and of pushing the government’s agenda.
The former leader and co-founder of the English Defence League (EDL) made the statement during Sunday’s ‘Day For Freedom’ rally in London.
The event was organised under the banner of ‘free speech’ after Robinson was permanently banned from Twitter in March for ‘hateful conduct.’ Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, had over 400,000 followers at the time of his suspension.
“What I’m going to do, is I’m going to take Twitter to court,” he declared on Sunday. “I won’t get my Twitter account back, but what we’ll be able to prove –which needs proving– is that ‘facts’ are now seen as ‘hate’, and the government is pushing it’s agenda with private companies.”
Robinson also told the crowd that the right-wing movement had gone ‘mainstream,’ noting they couldn’t have pulled off such an event even three years ago. “The people of this country have been silenced for 20-30 years with the tag of racists…they now realise that that tag is dead: no one cares anymore with being labelled racist.”
Sunday’s march also attracted a wave of counter-protesters, many taking aim at Robinson specifically. Clashes broke out between the two groups but were quickly broken up by police.
Another me-too-Jew, NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, is now in the long list of Me-too Jews that includes Anthony Weiner, Harvey Weinstein, Al Franken, Charlie Rose, Matt Lauer, et al.
The me-too-Jews phenomenon became a big deal shortly after Trump was elected, which seems to mean that Zionists directing the left wing intend to ruin Trump with accusations of sexual misbehavior similar to how Roy Moore and Bill Cosby were ruined.
After Cosby spoke up for Christianity, spoke against riots by blacks, spoke out against Zionist backed evils, the Zionists went after Cosby with trivial, maybe false, accusations from long, long ago and destroyed him.
The Jews Media branded Roy Moore as a child molester. Even though that is a rotten lie, it was enough to put a Democrat in a US senate seat instead of a Republican.
Trump is almost certainly the main target of the Zionists’ me-too scam. But it seems odd that Jews like Schneiderman, Weinstein, Franken, Rose, Lauer, et al, are being used to publicize and advertise me-too madness.
Normally, fall goys are thrown under the bus, not Jews. Were Schneiderman, Weinstein, Franken & Co failing to follow Zionist orders ? Were they Jews who were not loyal to Zionism?
The Associated Press story linked above is on lots of jewspaper websites. It’s just a matter of time before everybody and his mother-in-law figure out the truth about Zionist Jews.
The “wicked one” will be revealed before the Lord returns, per 2 Thess 2. So far, only a tiny minority oe people know what the wicked one is all about. It still hasn’t been revealed to the great majority.
59% of Americans don’t want the US to pull out of the JCPOA.
What do Americans know?
Instead, because Trump loves Israel so much, and blindly hates Obama so much (goaded on by Netanyahu), and he is obsessed with reversing everything that Obama had done, that he will kill one of the few foreign policy successes that are actually in America’s own interests.
On another note, regime-changers Bolton and Giuliani, topping a long list of neo-liberal-con admirers and supporters, are long-time devotees of the bizarre and brutal communist Mujahidin e-Khalq (MeK) cult, an Iranian resistance terrorist group that helped launch the Islamic revolution and then fell out with the Tehran regime.
Politico: The MeK has paid Giuliani handsomely for years—$20,000 or more, and possibly a lot more—for brief appearances before the group and for lobbying to have it removed from the State Department’s list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTO), which occurred in 2012.
Giuliani is not the only one in MEK’s regime-change stable. Bolton is also an ardent supporter, and has been for over 10 years also receiving money for annual speaker appearances in Paris, along with an extensive list of other Republicans and Democrats.
Mossad also has very close ties to MEK as their paid agents. In 2012, they were training MEK to murder Iranian scientists, some of Mossad’s MEK agents provide Israel with intelligence, and also recruit and manage logistical support inside Iran for Mossad operations.
Mohammad Javad Larijani, top adviser to the Ayatollah Khamenei in foreign affairs, once claimed that the Mossad trained MEK operatives in motorcycle and small bomb techniques in Israel.
VIPS Call on Trump Not to Pull Out of Iran Nuclear Deal
As Donald Trump announces his decision at 2 pm Tuesday on staying in the Iran nuclear deal, the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity urge him in this memo exclusive to Consortium News not to base his decision on fabricated evidence.
MEMORANDUM FOR: The President
FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS)
SUBJECT: Being “Played” By Bogus Evidence on Iran
NOTE: The evidence presented by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on April 30 alleging a covert Iranian nuclear weapons program shows blatant signs of fabrication.
That evidence is linked to documents presented by the Bush Administration more a decade earlier as proof of a covert Iran nuclear weapons program. Those documents were clearly fabricated as well.
We sent President Bush a similar warning about bogus intelligence — much of it fabricated by Israel —six weeks before the U.S./UK attack on Iraq, but Bush paid us no heed.
This time, we hope you will take note before things spin even further out of control in the Middle East. In short, Israel’s “new” damaging documents on Iran were fabricated by the Israelis themselves.
The Bush administration account of how the documents on Iran got into the hands of the CIA is not true.
We can prove that the actual documents originally came not from Iran but from Israel. And the documents were never authenticated by the CIA or the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
Two former Directors-General of the IAEA, Hans Blix and Mohamed ElBaradei, have publicly expressed suspicion that the documents were fabricated.
And forensic examination of the documents yielded multiple signs that they are fraudulent.
We urge you to insist on an independent inquiry into the actual origins of these documents.
We believe that the renewed attention being given to claims that Iran is secretly working to develop nuclear weapons betokens a transparent attempt to stoke hostility toward Iran, with an eye toward helping “justify” pulling out of the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran.
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We write you in the hope that you will be informed of our views before you decide whether to continue to adhere to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) regarding Iran.
We fear that upcoming decisions may be based, in part, on unreliable documents alleging secret nuclear weapons activity in Iran.
On April 30, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu displayed some of those documents in his slide show on what he called the Iranian “atomic archive.” But those are precisely the same fraudulent documents that were acquired by the CIA in 2004.
The official accounts offered by the senior officials of the CIA about the provenance of these documents turned out be complete fabrication.
Journalists were told variously that the documents (1) were taken from the laptop computer of an Iranian working in a secret research program; (2) were provided by a German spy; or (3) simply came from a “longtime contact in Iran.”
However, Karsten Voigt, the former German Foreign Office official in charge of German-North American cooperation, revealed in an on the record interview with historian/journalist Gareth Porter in 2013 that senior officials of the German foreign intelligence service, the BND, told Voigt in November 2004 that the documents had been passed to the CIA by a BND source.
That source, the senior BND official said, was not considered trustworthy, because he belonged to the Mujahideen-E-Khalq (MEK), the armed Iranian opposition group that was known to have served as a conduit for information that Israeli intelligence (Mossad) wanted to provide to the IAEA without having it attributed to Israel.
(In 2012 Secretary of State Hillary Clinton removed MEK from the list of terrorist organizations.)
Voigt recalled that the senior BND officials told him of their worry that the Bush administration was going to repeat the error of using fraudulent intelligence, as was the case with the notorious “Curveball”, the Iraqi living in Germany, whom the BND had identified as unreliable.
Nonetheless, Curveball’s fictions about mobile biological weapons laboratories in Iraq —with “artists renderings” by the CIA of those phantom labs — had been used by Colin Powell in his error-ridden presentation to the UN on February 5, 2003, leading to war on Iraq.
As for the purported Iranian documents, the CIA never ruled out the possibility that they were fabricated, and the IAEA made no effort to verify their authenticity.
IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei recalled in his memoirs that he had believed the documents were not really from the Iranian government and that, as he put it, “it made more sense that this information originated in another country.”
ElBaradei stated publicly from 2005 through 2009 that the documents had not been authenticated, and he refused to use them as “evidence” of a covert Iranian weapons research program.
And ElBaradei’s predecessor as Director-General, Hans Blix, has said he is “somewhat more worried” about the intelligence on the alleged Iranian nuclear weapons program than about the dubious intelligence he saw on Iraq, because “there is as much disinformation as there is information.”
Each of the documents mentioned by both Netanyahu and the IAEA reports bears tell-tale signs of fraud.
Haaretz: Syria Says Israel Struck Near Damascus as IDF Opens Shelters Bracing for Iranian Attack
Syrian air defenses down two Israeli missiles, Syrian state TV reports ■ Israel believes Iran planning imminent attack, opens public shelters in north
Explosions were reported south of Damascus on Tuesday, shortly after the Israeli army announced it believes Iran is planning to carry out an imminent strike from Syria.
A pro-Assad commander said Israeli fighter jets struck a Syria army position south of Damascus, adding that there were no casualties.
Syrian state media reported that Syrian air defenses fired at two Israeli missiles, destroying both in the Kiswah area.
There was no immediate comment from Israel, which almost never confirms or denies airstrikes in Syria.
The reports come on the heels of U.S. President Donald Trump’s dramatic withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal.
Also Tuesday, the Israeli ordered communities in the northern Golan Heights, near the Israel-Syria border, to open shelters to the public after identifying “unusual movements” of Iranian forces in Syria, the military said in a statement.
The Israeli army believes Iran is making efforts to carry out an imminent retaliation against Israel. Intelligence officers and other specialized forces have been called up, though reserve combat units have not been drafted.
CNN reported that Pentagon officials are concerned about signs that Iran might be preparing a military strike against Israel from Syria.
Israeli military bases were preparing for a possible Iranian attack.
Israel believes Iran is determined to retaliate for the April 9 airstrike on Syria’s T4 airbase, which killed seven Iranian military advisers and members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards. Iran blames Israel for this attack.
The military said any Iranian strike against Israel will be met with a severe response, even as the working assumption is that Iran is has limited capabilities to engage in conflict with Israel.
Earlier, the U.S. Embassy in Israel issued an alert warning all U.S. government employees not travel to the Golan Heights unless they obtain an approval in advance.
“Due to the recent tensions in the region, until further notice, U.S. government employees are required to obtain advance approval if they wish to travel to the Golan Heights,” the warning on the website read.
The reimposition of the sanctions without just cause is really just the first step of the US leaving the JCPOA. Rouhani is playing it correctly.
Let Trump do the stupid stuff to further discredit Jewmerica and Israel.
There has been so much diplomatic back and forth between Iran and the others of the P5+1 — China, France, Russia, and less so the United Kingdom — plus Germany (P5 are the permanent members of the UNSC) as also the economic partners to the JCPOA supporting Iran…
…and because Russia and China have firmly insisted that the JCPOA remain intact, Rouhani has a fairly stable base to stand on.
The Europeans have been working on how to shore up the JCPOA for months, and I wouldn’t be surprised that they go the BRICS route somehow and conduct trades and financial transactions away from the petro-dollar using the euro-ruble-yuan through new financial mechanisms (probably Russian banking) bypassing the US Treasury and any secondary financial sanctions for trading with Iran.
China went largely off of the petrodollar not long ago, and now a large part of their trade is being conducted in the petro-yuan.
Stephen Walt: The Art of the Regime Change/Trump Nixes The Deal
As long expected, Donald Trump has bowed to his ego, his petulant envy of Barack Obama, his hard-line donors, his new set of hawkish advisors, and above all his own ignorance and walked away from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the international agreement that prevents Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. Together with his foolish decision to abandon the Trans-Pacific Partnership, this is likely to be his most consequential foreign-policy blunder yet.
It is important to understand what’s really going on here. Trump’s decision is not based on a desire to keep Iran from getting a nuclear bomb; if that were the case, it would make much more sense to stay firmly committed to the deal and eventually negotiate to make it permanent. After all, both the International Atomic Energy Agency (which monitors and inspects Iran’s facilities) and U.S. intelligence agree that Iran has been in full compliance with the JCPOA since it was signed. Indeed, as Peter Beinart points out, it is the United States that has arguably been failing to live up to its own commitments.
Nor was Trump’s decision motivated by a desire to counter Iran’s various regional activities, such as its support for Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria and Hezbollah in Lebanon. If that were his goal, the sensible course of action would have been to stay in the deal (which keeps Iran from going nuclear) and to line up other countries to join the United States and pressure Iran on these matters of concern. Not only will Trump find it impossible to assemble the same multinational coalition that produced the JCPOA, but Iran is going to be doubly reluctant to negotiate with the United States now that Trump has shown that America’s word simply cannot be trusted.
So what is going on? Simple: Abandoning the JCPOA is based on the desire to “keep Iran in the penalty box” and prevent it from establishing normal relations with the outside world. This goal unites Israel, the hard-line wing of the Israel lobby (e.g., the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, Foundation for Defense of Democracies, United Against Nuclear Iran), and hawks including National Security Advisor John Bolton, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and many others.
Their great fear was that the United States and its Middle East allies might eventually have to acknowledge Iran as a legitimate regional power and grant it some degree of regional influence. Not regional dominance, mind you, which Iran probably does not seek and is light-years from achieving, but rather the recognition that Iran has regional interests and that its preferences need to be considered when important regional questions are being resolved. This is anathema for U.S. hawks, whose primary goal is to ensure that Iran remains an isolated pariah forever.
At the core of this perspective is the siren song of regime change, which U.S. hawks and other anti-regime forces have been pursuing for decades. This is the ultimate goal of groups such as Mujahedeen-e-Khalq (MEK), an Iranian exile group that used to be on the U.S. terrorism watch list. The MEK is despised inside Iran but defended by both Republican and Democratic politicians (including Bolton), on whom it has lavished sizable payments in the past. Who says you can’t buy — or at least rent — a U.S. politician? (Actually, nobody says that anymore.)
Hawks see two possible routes to regime change. The first approach relies on ramping up economic pressure on Tehran in the hope that popular discontent will grow and that the clerical regime will simply collapse. The second option is to provoke Iran into restarting its nuclear program, which would give Washington the excuse to launch a preventive war.
Let’s look a bit more carefully at each of these options.
Regarding the first, the belief that ever-tighter sanctions will cause the regime to collapse is wishful thinking. The U.S. embargo on Cuba has lasted more than 50 years, and the Castro regime is still in place (even if Fidel is now dead and his brother Raúl just stepped down in favor of a chosen successor).
Sixty-plus years of ever-increasing sanctions haven’t brought the North Korean regime crashing down either and didn’t stop it from acquiring a usable nuclear arsenal. We’ve been told for years now that Iran was on the brink of collapse, and it never seems to happen. Sanctions didn’t topple Saddam Hussein in Iraq or Muammar al-Qaddafi in Libya either.
Hard-liners got excited a few months ago when anti-government demonstrations occurred in several Iranian cities, but, by this logic, the massive demonstrations that have occurred in numerous U.S. cities since Trump was elected are signs that regime change is imminent here. Not likely in either case. Economic pressure can sometimes help convince opponents to negotiate and maybe even alter their policies, and they can weaken an enemy’s economy during wartime, but leaving the JCPOA isn’t going to bring Iran to its knees.
What if I’m wrong and the clerical regime did collapse? As we have seen in other settings, the result is not likely to be a stable, well-functioning, and pro-American regime. U.S.-sponsored regime change in Iraq led to a civil war, a brutal insurgency, and the rise of the Islamic State. Ditto with foreign-imposed regime change in Libya.
The United States has also intervened repeatedly in places including Somalia, Yemen, Afghanistan, and Syria in recent years, and all it reaped was additional instability and fertile ground for terrorists.
And let’s not forget that the original U.S.-backed regime change in Iran — which ousted democratically elected Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadeq and reinstated Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi in 1953 — spawned the anti-Americanism the United States has had to deal with ever since the 1979 revolution. And don’t forget that many prominent opponents of the regime — including leaders of the so-called Green Movement — also support Iran’s nuclear program and aren’t about to become Washington’s lackeys even if they were somehow to come to power.
As for the second option — war — here the hawks’ hope is that if push comes to shove and an opportunity for war presents itself, the familiar combination of shock and awe will simultaneously eliminate Iran’s nuclear infrastructure and inspire its people to rise up and overturn the leaders who had (supposedly) led them into this sorry situation.
This scenario is risible: If America drops bombs on Iranians, you can bet their first reaction will not be one of gratitude. Instead, a U.S. and/or Israeli air campaign against Iran would trigger Iranian nationalism and cement the population’s loyalty to the regime even more tightly.
Moreover, a military strike by Israel or the United States would not prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon; it would just delay it by a year or two. Such an attack would convince just about everyone in Iran that the only way to be safe is to get a deterrent of their own, as North Korea has, and the safe bet is that Iran would simply redouble its efforts in hidden and better protected sites. And once the United States forces Iran to go down that road, it’s likely that other states in the region will follow. If you happen to think the world would be better with several nuclear-armed regimes in the Middle East, then by all means choose this option. Just don’t complain to me about it afterward.
And make no mistake: If war does come and the result is more lives lost and more dollars squandered, and it maybe even ignites a broader regional conflict, the fault will rest solely with the man who currently sits in the Oval Office. No amount of dust kicking, blame casting, and semiliterate tweeting will be able to disguise that fact.
In short, Trump’s latest blunder shows that he’s not giving the American people the more restrained foreign policy he promised back in 2016, or correcting the various mistakes made by his predecessors (of which there were many). Instead, Trump is taking us back to the naive, unsophisticated, unilateralist, and overly militarized foreign policy of George W. Bush’s first term. The appointment of Bolton at the National Security Council, Pompeo at State, and the nomination of former torture supervisor Gina Haspel to run the CIA — it is a return not to realism but to Cheneyism. Remember how well that worked?
Otto von Bismarck once quipped that it was good to learn from one’s mistakes but better to learn from someone else’s. This latest episode shows that the United States is not really capable of learning from either. And it suggests that Winston Churchill’s apocryphal comment about the United States always doing the right thing should now be revised. Under Trump, it appears, the United States will always do the wrong thing but only after first considering — and rejecting — all the obviously superior alternatives.
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Treasury Department clarified on Tuesday the process in which sanctions on Iran’s economy will be reinstated following U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal.
Most of the sanctions won’t be reinstated immediately, but over a period of several months so companies that have signed contracts in Iran after the deal’s implementation can “phase out” of their operations in the Islamic Republic, as one senior U.S. official explained.
A significant amount of American sanctions were lifted from Iran’s economy after the deal was signed. The lifting of those sanctions paved the way for American and international companies to sign business contracts in Iran and invest money into projects involving Iranian companies. All of those sanctions will be reestablished by the end of 2018 following Trump’s declaration.
The first batch of sanctions will be put back in place in August 2018. These will include, among others, sanctions on the acquisition of U.S. dollar banknotes by Iran’s government; sanctions on Iran’s trade in gold and other precious metals; sanctions on direct or indirect sale, supply or transfer of aluminum, steel, coal and graphite to Iran; and sanctions on Iran’s automotive sector.
There will also be a renewal of sanctions limiting the importation of rugs from Iran into the United States.
>>Trump tells world to drop dead as Netanyahu dictates his nixing of Iran nuclear deal | Analysis
The Treasury Department stated that “persons engaging in the activities listed above…should take the steps necessary to wind down those activities by August 6, 2018, to avoid exposure to sanctions or an enforcement action under U.S. law.”
Many companies will probably terminate their activities in Iran before that date, which is the last date to do so without facing heavy punishments.
The second batch of sanctions will be put back in place by November 2018. These include, among others, sanctions on Iran’s shipping sector; sanctions on Iran’s petroleum exports; sanctions on the Central Bank of Iran, and broader sanctions on Iran’s energy sector.
Sanctions on Iranian individuals that were lifted after the Iran deal will also be reinstated by November, and possibly earlier.
The Trump administration described the period until the sanctions will be reimposed as a “wind-down” period, created in order to allow the companies to minimize their damages and end their operations in Iran.
“The U.S. government has a past practice of working with U.S. or third-country companies to minimize the impact of sanctions on the legitimate activities of those parties undertaken prior to the imposition of sanctions,” the Treasury Department explained on its website.
“The deal lifted crippling economic sanctions on Iran, in exchange for very weak limits on the regime’s nuclear activities,” Trump said, adding that the deal “should have never been made. It didn’t bring peace, and it never will.”
Professor Tim Anderson, an Australian political economist and author and a senior lecturer at the University of Sydney, long-time pro-Palestinian, pro-Assad, Axis of Resistance advocate, agrees with you, +BN.
Trump’s own goal on Iran
— Allows Iran to build separate relations with China, Russia, EU, isolating the USA
— Proves no point in any agreement with USA
— If EU were to follow the US, provides incentive for independent Iranian nuclear program.
Trump reneges on #JCPOA agreement, isolating #Washington and giving #Iran new strategic freedom.
Don’t miss the nostalgic photo of President Tangerine Man taken on May 20, 2017 showing him bowing to receive the Order of Abdulaziz al-Saud medal on a golden choke chain from Saudi Arabia’s King Salman at the Saudi Royal Court in Riyadh.
Press TV: Riyadh ‘supports and welcomes’ Trump’s JCPOA move: Saudi Foreign Ministry
Saudi Arabia has said it “supports and welcomes” US President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA.)
“The kingdom supports and welcomes the steps announced by the US president towards withdrawing from the nuclear deal… and reinstating economic sanctions against Iran,” said a statement released by the Saudi Arabian Foreign Ministry on Tuesday.
The statement further claimed Iran was “taking advantage of the revenue generated by the lifting of the sanctions to destabilize the region.”
Riyadh’s allies in the Persian Gulf, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, also issued statements voicing support of Trump’s decision.
Israeli Prime Benjamin Netanyahu announced that the Tel Aviv regime “fully supports” Trump’s “bold” withdrawal from Iran deal.
“For months now, Iran has been transferring lethal weaponry to its forces in Syria, with the purpose of striking at Israel,” Netanyahu said. “We will respond mightily to any attack on our territory,” he further claimed.
Earlier in the day, Trump announced his decision to withdraw the United States from Iran’s nuclear deal with the world powers and re-impose sanctions against the Islamic Republic.
Trump said that after consulting with US “friends” across the Middle East, his country would “not be held hostage to nuclear blackmail.”
The announcement came despite massive efforts by the European allies of the US to convince Trump to stay in the 2015 deal, known JCPOA, reached between Iran and the P5+1, five permanent members of the UN Security Council – the US, France, Britain, Russia and China – plus Germany.
Several Zionist missiles were fired from Occupied-Golan’s airspace in an attempt to target a Syrian Military based in al-Kiswa. The attack was a combination of decoy and attack missiles.
All the missiles that were headed toward points of the Syrian 1st Armored Division and other Military points were successfully intercepted by Syrian Air Defenses.
Number of missiles decoy/attack warheads were at course toward the main highway Southern Damascus [M5 Highway in Al-Kiswa] and a local gas-station known as “al-Abed gas station” made it (the report indicate only 2 [missiles]) which caused the fire seen in the pictures and videos; all the propaganda about an Iranian base hit is false; we will upload pictures from the area when we get them to prove it.
Also, number of civilian buildings were hit by shrapnel due to the interception and explosion in air.
No military hardware nor casualties were reported to the second this post is written.
Currently [5 hours ago]; heavy enemy aerial activity over Northern Palestine, Occupied-Golan Heights, Lebanon, and Northern Jordanian airspace.
No Long-Range Syrian Air Defense missiles were fired although Zionist jets were locked on multiple times over Lebanese airspace forcing them to leave further West toward the Sea.
This is an initial report to keep you posted; we will update the page with any further development and we will point out and correct any inaccuracy in our report since it is only initial.
Israhell launched the decoy missiles over Damascus in a likely attempt to expose the Syrian Air Defense positions.
Hezbollah-tied Al Mayadeen News in Beirut reported explosions near al-Kiswah industrial zone (close to known Iranian base)
قناة الميادين Verified account
#سوريا: مراسل الميادين: دوي انفجار في المنطقة الصناعية في بلدة الكسوة جنوب دمشق واشتعال حريق في المنطقة
Translated from Arabic by Microsoft
#سوريا field Reporter: Bang explosion in the industrial zone in the town of Kiswa south of Damascus and a fire in the area
Riam Dalati (BBC) Verified account
Footage from Akhbar Sourya shows first responders on the scene at the Shurbaji Factory site, following suspected #Israel strike vs #Kisweh, south of #Damascus.
Unconfirmed chatter says “Friends are among casualties”. ‘Friends’ usually refers to #IRGC troops.
( twitter.com/Dalatrm/status/993955021090951168 )
Riam Dalati Verified account
CCTV footage from a nearby industrial site at #Kisweh, S. #Damascus shows moment of impact of suspected #Israel strike. Footage also shows what appears to be secondary explosions.
#Damascus contact says ambulances seen rushing towards the Military Hospital in #Mazzeh as well as a hospital just north of #Kisweh.
Rumours of #IRGC deaths may be substantiated.
“Strike may have targeted ‘friends’ riding in 2 vechiles. Civ casualties reported.” says contact
Damascus Countryside, SANA – The Syrian air defenses Tuesday night intercepted two Israeli missiles and destroyed them in al-Keswah area in Damascus Countryside, a military source told SANA.
The source added that the new Israeli aggression coincided with the progress made by the Syrian army in its operations against terrorist organizations in al-Hajar al-Aswad area as a step towards full cleanse of the surroundings of Damascus city from any terrorist presence.
( sana.sy/en/?p=136894 )
نقلا عن مصدر طبي بدرعا : استشهاد المواطن هشام حمدي مزعل الديري وزوجته (من أهالي درعا _الشيخ مسكين) إثر الانفجار الناجم عن اعتداء إسرائيلي والذي وقع قرب الكسوة على أوتوستراد دمشق –درعا
Translated from Arabic by Microsoft
#عاجل || #سانا quoting a medical source: The Martyrdom of the citizen Hisham Hamdi Mazali al-Deri and his wife (from Dar’a-Sheikh poor) following the explosion caused by an Israeli attack near Kiswa on the Damascus Highway-Dar’a
The photo has the watermark of the Syrian NDF, if in fact this was a truck carrying missiles from the “Iranian convoy” and not actually being used by the SAA and NDF. Or perhaps a civilian truck unrelated to any military activity.
Another tweet reported:
Update: the strikes targeted a gathering point and vehicles for #Iran/ian fighters. [Unconfirmed, although the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights in Britain stated there were “Nine fighters loyal to #Syria government killed in a missile attack on the countryside of #Damascus.” Which could be anyone in the NDF paramilitaries, local auxiliary militias and Arab tribal fighting brigades. – Kj ]
In Al Kesweh/industrial area 12 km south of #Damascus
( twitter.com/WaelAlRussi/status/993938453057466368 )
#Syria #Damascus #SouthernDamascus #SouthDamascus
This video appears to show an industrial area burning.
There’s no concrete confirmation yet that these were actually Iranian military personnel, and not Syrian, (although Israel calls anyone and everyone “an Iranian” when they aren’t calling them “Hezbollah” or “Hamas”), and not the allied IRGC- backed groups of mostly Shia Iraqi, Afghani, Syrian, and other ethnic paramilitaries and militias.
These groups are advised and trained by the IRGC’s Quds Force special operations umbrella, are loosely integrated into the Syrian NDF, and legally operating jointly under Syrian general command under terms of the Syria-Iran mutual defense treaty.
In Israel-speak, “Iranian (Syrian) convoy carrying missiles reportedly waiting at a staging point” for upcoming Syrian operations to be conducted elsewhere in the country is magically transformed into “Iranian missiles aimed at Israel”.
Here is a picture of the fires caused by the strikes taken from one side of the M5 Highway — the overhead highway sign is clearly visible. I can’t tell what side the the photo is taken from.
( twitter.com/AlMayadeenNews/status/993954157051695111 )
However, according to the SAA, the damage was done to the industrial area of southern al-Kiswa and the truck from the earlier photo, whatever it was carrying, was apparently on the M5 Highway.
This was a pre-planned, coordinated US-Israel attack. The US flew an Air Force Global Hawk off the coast of Lebanon and a USN P8 Poseidon in support functions for Israel’s air strikes, largely collecting electronic surveillance and whatever other measures they were up to. An Israel AF refueling tanker circled in southern Israhell west of the Dead Sea for hours.
After all these years, this vicious, deadly, sadistic game-playing crap from Israhell and the West is a fact of life for the Lebanese, Syrians, and Iranians, and so they just keep going.
They have things to do and places to be. The Idlib and south Syria problems are next up after southern Damascus is completely liberated and secured by the government:
Antiwar.com: Iran to Negotiate With Remaining Nuclear Deal Partners After US Pullout
FM: Need to see if remaining participants can ensure deal’s terms
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani reiterated Tuesday that his country remains committed to the P5+1 nuclear deal, despite the US having withdrawn earlier in the day. He did, however, say that this was conditioned on the deal still offering the same benefits.
Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said he is spearheading a diplomatic effort with all the remaining signatories to the deal, Britain, France, Germany, Russia, and China. Diplomats will attempt to see if those five can ensure that the terms of he nuclear deal are still in place without the US.
The European nations have all expressed “regret” at Trump withdrawing the US from the deal, and say they will remain in it. The US, however, is trying to stop European companies from doing business with Iran. Access to foreign markets is a key term of the deal from Iran’s perspective, even if the US never allowed direct access to most American companies.
What this boils down to for Iran is the question of whether the five remaining signatories will ensure Iran retains sanction relief from them, and the ability to do business with their companies. That’s still an open question, as the US is already trying to block some such commerce, and the overseas reaction is still uncertain.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is urging the remaining parties to all abide by the deal. He is urging all nations to keep issues unrelated to the deal from having an impact on implementation. This is clearly a knock on President Trump, whose argument for leaving the deal is wholly centered on objections unrelated to the nuclear deal.
Are we sure this is not a practice run to scare the American public to give the central government unwavering control over their lives. Reichstag laws?
There hadn’t been any forensic evidences that Mr. Paddock even shot the firearms in question. Did anybody do a test to see if there was any residue? And when the FBI had the golden opportunity to run some test to see even if the projectiles would make that far, why didn’t the FBI do it?
The amazing thing is that old wheezer, an out of shape, functional alcoholic could run back and forth from room to room, shooting at a very distance target. The only problems are one. In looking at the picture there is no perch to rest the bipods on.
With firing a thousand rounds or so there should be all sort of clips and spent shell casting scattered about.
That he took the time to move the guns away from where he was shooting. And with that many rounds being fired how come there are no picture of damage to the stage, cars and other object in the path of the projectile?
This untrained shooter was shooting freehand, would need to stop and reload, then required the target at one thousand and three hundred feet a quarter of a mile at night with no aim point.