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Month: June, 2015

What Netanyahu Really Thinks About Military Action Against Iran – Alan Elsner/HuffPo

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Israel’s former ambassador to Washington, Michael Oren, is on a crusade to discredit President Obama and derail a possible nuclear deal with Iran — and his new memoir contains interesting information about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s real thoughts on how to stop the Iranians getting a nuclear weapon.
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The Morning After: Israel’s Hangover and The Signed Iran Deal

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I’ve long considered the Iran Nuke Deal a done deal, that it was merely a question of time before names were signed on dotted lines and the deal is concluded.  This is one of the reasons why Plato’s has not been posting zio fear-based propaganda articles on the nuke deal – and there’s been a steady stream of them daily and for endless months now.  So here today, at the eleventh hour before the signing, I’d like to look at Israel’s options on the morning after.

But first, let’s look at Saudi Arabia’s options.  Okay.   Erm… well… I’m looking… erm…. still looking… erm… nope – nothing – none.  No options.  Rehashed reports that claim that Saudi Arabia has contracted Russia to build 16 nuclear reactors in Saudi Arabia are as delusional as the Saudi claims of victories in Syria or Yemen.  Yes, it’s true that Russia is set to visit Saudi Arabia to discuss bilateral cooperation in the field of nuclear energy between Russia and Saudi Arabia, but that is a far cry from actually building and firing off 16 nuclear reactors.  World powers, including Russia itself, all know that terroristic Wahabi ideology is the very actual heart and pulse of Saudi Arabia, and considering the endemic problems that the globe as a whole is having with Wahabi terrorism right now, there’s not a single world power that would agree to, or even consider such a foolish and destructive proposition.

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A Call for International Action – Paul Scham, Irwin Wall/HuffPo

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A crucial dilemma will shortly face the United States in the United Nations, where a resolution is expected to be introduced in the Security Council by France that will seek to set the parameters for a permanent settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This would be a new departure in the long-running ‘peace process’. The United States has for years, through its use of the veto power, consistently provided diplomatic cover for Israel in the United Nations. On many occasions, this has served the interests of both Israel and the United States. On other occasions, however, the United States has employed its veto against resolutions that directly reflect long-standing American policy. This pattern of virtually automatic use of the Security Council veto has, over time, empowered the government of Israel to pursue actions directly contrary to U.S. policy and against Israel’s own long-term interests.
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The World’s Jewish Population Is Nearing Pre-Holocaust Levels – AP

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OCCUPIED JERUSALEM  — The world’s Jewish population has grown to be nearly as large as it was before the Holocaust, an Israeli think tank said in its annual report Sunday.

The Jewish People Policy Institute said there are currently 14.2 million Jews in the world. When factoring in individuals with one Jewish parent and others who identify as partially Jewish, the figure approaches 16.5 million — the Jewish population on the eve of World War II. The Nazis and their collaborators killed about 6 million Jews in the Holocaust.
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What Americans Could Learn From Israel’s Gun Culture – Daniel Gordis/Bloomberg

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Early in 2002, as the Second Intifada was raging, guns — normally ubiquitous in Israeli society — were even more in evidence. In restaurants, at synagogue and especially on the street, you could see pistols stuck into men’s belts or pants. One of my wife’s closest friends kept a gun in her purse.

Those were dangerous times in Israel. More than once, legally armed civilians killed or wounded terrorists in places as seemingly benign as the grocery store. I decided that, I, too, should probably get a gun license, and promptly went to the appropriate government office to apply.
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Iranian-Americans set up lobbying arm to counter pro-Israel groups – Nahal Toosi/POLITICO

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An Iranian-American group that has actively backed the U.S.-Iran nuclear talks — and battled allegations it works for the Iranian government — will launch a lobbying arm next week, a move it casts as part of a growing push against neoconservative and right-leaning pro-Israel advocacy groups.

The National Iranian American Council’s new 501(c)4 will be called NIAC Action, organizers said ahead of the official unveiling Monday. NIAC Action aims to direct money from the Iranian-American community, which is relatively well-off compared to other immigrant groups, toward more concerted political activism.
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The remarkable bravery shown by Tunisians during the Sousse beach attack – Adam Taylor/The Washington Post

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In the aftermath of last week’s attack on a tourist resort in Sousse, Tunisia — a mass shooting that left at least 38 people, mainly tourists, dead — there has been one recurring glimmer of positivity: the bravery shown by hotel staff and others during the attack.

The video above, obtained by Sky News, is proof of just how remarkable that bravery was. As attacker Seifeddine Rezgui runs through the Hotel Riu Imperial Marhaba shooting, a local man employed by the hotel films himself running toward him.
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Obama signs anti-BDS bill into law – The Times of Israel

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WASHINGTON — After a grueling legislative battle, US President Barack Obama signed into law a controversial trade measure that also contains landmark legislation combating the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement in Europe.

The broader legislation faced an uphill battle after Obama’s usual allies — Democrats in the House of Representative — bucked his authority and voted against key provisions out of concern that liberalization of trade could impact American jobs.
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(*The Eternal Victim) Israel snubs UN rights body over Gaza war report – AFP

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Geneva  – Israel snubbed a United Nations Human Rights Council session Monday debating a scathing report detailing likely war crimes committed during last year’s Gaza war, with Israel’s ambassador slamming the body as “morally flawed”.

“I am out here and not in there because the Human Rights Council has abandoned fairness, has become morally flawed and has entirely politicised its concern for universal human rights,” Israel’s representative to the council Eviatar Manor told reporters outside the council chambers at the UN in Geneva.
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France: Israeli-Palestinian conflict can explode at any time – AP

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UNITED NATIONS  — France’s foreign minister warned Monday that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict can explode “at any moment” and the Islamic State extremist group can interfere at any time.

Laurent Fabius told a group of reporters that “if and when it explodes, it’s very, very, very problematic for the whole region and for the world.”
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Palestinian woman stabs Israel female soldier at Jerusalem checkpoint – AFP

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OCCUPIED Jerusalem– A Palestinian woman stabbed a female Israeli soldier in the neck at a checkpoint between Jerusalem and West Bank city Bethlehem on Monday, police said, in the latest such attack in recent days.

The Palestinian had arrived at the checkpoint, which has separate lines for men and women, and “pulled out a knife and stabbed a military policewoman,” a police statement said.
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Bill Maher Is Anti-War, Except When It Comes To Israel – MintPress

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Remember this little ditty below, folks?

MINNEAPOLIS — Bill Maher, the host of HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher,” is one of today’s best-known advocates for atheism and the separation of church and state. And while he’s also been a strong opponent of war, that sentiment doesn’t extend to all conflict.

Maher has opposed the wars in Iraq waged by Republican presidents including George W. Bush, and urged President Barack Obama to stay out of what Maher sees as an ongoing religious conflict in the region. Yet when it comes to Israel, time and again, Maher supports the country’s Zionist regime and its war crimes against the people of Palestine.
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Kuwait attack shows Gulf vulnerability to Islamic State – Angus McDowall/Reuters

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By sending a Saudi Arabian suicide bomber to Kuwait and recruiting local members of a stateless underclass to help him attack a Shi’ite Muslim mosque, an Islamic State cell struck at the Gulf Arab monarchy’s most potent internal divisions.

Relations have traditionally been good between the 70 percent of Kuwait’s 1.4 million citizens who are Sunni and the Shi’ites who make up 30 percent, but regional rivalry between Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shi’ite Iran has opened some fissures.
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Netanyahu twice ‘smuggled’ to hospital for routine (*a-hole) tests, amid elaborate deceptions – The Times of Israel

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was twice “smuggled” into the hospital late at night for medical checkups in recent months — once in a vehicle disguised as a pita-delivery van; and once in a vehicle disguised as a pest-control van with his security guards dressed up as pest-controllers as they surrounded him, Israeli television reported Monday night.
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Ottoman archives to help Palestinians reclaim lands – Daily Sabah

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Palestinians entangled in lawsuits to claim ownership of properties grabbed by the state of Israel have found a new sidekick in their legal battle: The Ottomans or rather, the archives of the now-defunct empire, which once ruled present-day Israel, Palestine and much of the Middle East for centuries.

Turkey opened the Ottoman land registry archives to Palestinian litigants so that Israel “can’t tell Palestinians this land is not yours,” said Kudret Bülbül, the head of a Turkish agency overseeing the process.
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Presidential candidate Martin O’Malley: ISIS Is A Result Of America’s ‘Mindless Rush To War’

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OCCUPIED WASHINGTON — Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley said Friday the rise of the Islamic State group was an unintended consequence of a “mindless rush to war” in Iraq and the U.S. must avoid “mission creep” there now.

In a speech, the former Maryland governor said the invasion of Iraq was one of the most tragic and costly blunders in U.S. history. He made no mention of his Democratic rival, Hillary Rodham Clinton, who faced criticism during her 2008 presidential campaign for her Senate vote in favor of the 2003 invasion, which she has since called a mistake.
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Ehab Lotayef, from Rachel boat, after ‘Marianne’ was hijacked

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Five Myths About the Iran Deal – Reza Marashi/HuffPo

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As the final round of nuclear negotiations begins here in Vienna, opponents of a deal have become schizophrenic in their efforts to torpedo it. Unable to base their objections on science or the technical facts currently being drafted, they have instead resorted to a loose mélange of poorly constructed straw men. Here are five such myths about the Iran deal that are frequently mentioned and easily disproven:
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The Flotilla Question – Dr. Basel Ghattas/HuffPo

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Many questions concerning the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are being asked in Israel these days. One of the most popular of the questions is related to a decision made by me, an elected Arab member of the Israeli Knesset, to participate in a “controversial” flotilla to Gaza. The question why I am going is not a real question, but rather a new excuse for many Israelis, and especially their politicians, to criticize the Arab citizens of the country. Too often we are deemed “a fifth column” as was clear when Prime Minister Netanyahu recently warned the bigots among his constituents that we were voting in “droves.” These dead-enders, equally at home in a discriminatory Jewish state as a white Southern extremist in a Confederate state, seek to diminish the rights of Palestinian citizens of Israel and their representatives in the parliament.
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Israeli navy peacefully intercepts Gaza-bound vessel – AP

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OCCUPIED JERUSALEM  — Israel’s navy intercepted a vessel attempting to breach a naval blockade of Gaza early Monday and was redirecting it to an Israeli port, the military and the activists said.

The military said that after exhausting all diplomatic efforts the government ordered it to block the Swedish vessel. Israeli naval forces visited the Marianne ship and searched it in international waters without needing to use any force, the military said. The ship was carrying about 20 activists, including Israeli Arab lawmaker Basel Ghattas and former Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki.
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France prepares sanctions against settlement policy – Uri Savir/Al-Monitor

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The boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, aiming to boycott Israel diplomatically, economically and culturally, engages for the most part left-wing pro-Palestinian groups around the world. They tend to adhere to it with the hope of weakening Israel internationally. But there is a substantial difference between the somewhat spontaneous activities of the BDS movement and the more structured policy attitudes and decisions by governments of possible sanctions against Israel. These include measures that could serve to pressure the Israeli government to agree to a political process leading to a two-state solution.

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R.I.P. Chris Squire, Bassist and Co-Founder of the band YES

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Interview with Max Blumenthal on Gaza war – Elias Isquith/Salon.com

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If for whatever reason you are one of the very few people on this Earth who wants to go into, rather than get out of, the Gaza Strip, you may want to know what to expect.

Because although it’s been just a bit less than a year since the Israeli-Gaza conflict of 2014 — or “Operation Protective Edge,” as the Israeli Defense Force called it — came to a halt, you shouldn’t expect to find a society rebuilding. No, according to “The 51 Day War: Ruin and Resistance in Gaza,” the new book from Max Blumenthal, the journalist behind 2013′s incendiary “Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel,” what you’ll see instead is mountains of rubble, barely any less than there was at the conclusion of the war.

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How the Hollywood Jewish mafia operates: Adam Sandler versus Rose McGowan – Cheatbeet.com

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Yet another controversy is dragging Adam Sandler’s name through the mud, though at this point it’s really uncertain whether that name could get any dirtier. The actor has been continuously offensive for the better part of his career, becoming more and more tasteless the further he gets from his SNL heyday, as if age is sapping out what little potential for humor Sandler ever had. His movies continuously tank at the box office, get lambasted by critics, and make no one with an IQ in the double digits laugh. So why does Hollywood keep giving him work? Why did Netflix, a company that has built itself a reputation for quality, give him a massive movie deal?
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In parallel with the USA-Iran negotiations: The secret projects of Israël and Saudi Arabia – Thierry Meyssan/Voltairenet.org

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No-one in the Middle East seems to be aware that the secret agreements which should be signed on the 30th June 2015 by Washington and Teheran – on the fringe of the multilateral agreements concerning nuclear power – will probably set the rules of the game for the next ten years.

These agreements arrive at a moment when the United States have become the world’s first producers of petrol, ahead of Saudi Arabia and Russia. Consequently they do not need Middle-Eastern petrol for themselves, and are only interested in it as a means of maintaining the world market in dollars.
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ISIS and the Lonely Young American – Rukmini Callimachi/The New York Times

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Alex, a 23-year-old Sunday school teacher and babysitter, was trembling with excitement the day she told her Twitter followers that she had converted to Islam.

For months, she had been growing closer to a new group of friends online — the most attentive she had ever had — who were teaching her what it meant to be a Muslim. Increasingly, they were telling her about the Islamic State and how the group was building a homeland in Syria and Iraq where the holy could live according to God’s law.

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Who Guards The Dog?

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The American pro Palestine community is divided. Clearly, there is an aggressive attempt by a certain Jewish camp to dominate the narrative and set the boundaries of freedom of speech within the community. On the other hand, there are the resistors to this attempted domination.  I will not go into parsing the details of the JVP-Weir wars here, as they’re already known.  But I will say this:  to question authority using the sword of reason is healthy and in fact it is a necessary activity.

The pro Palestine community has two kinds of infiltrators:  the despicable antisemite and the despicable anti-gentile.  A Jewish contingency within the community, more specifically JVP, has taken it upon themselves to weed out the antisemite amongst us using McCarthy-like tactics and their fault-susceptible broad definition of an antisemite.   I understand the absolute necessity of weeding out undesirables – but it has to be done for non-personal and legitimate reasons – and the ousting must be agreed upon by both Jew and Gentile groups, and not just solely by one side.

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Interview with Trita Parsi: What Iranians Really Think About The Nuclear Negotiations – Charlotte Alfred/HuffPo

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(image: calligraphy of the name ‘Iran’)

Every week, The WorldPost asks an expert to shed light on a topic driving world headlines. This time, we speak with Trita Parsi, the founder and president of the National Iranian American Council, about the Iran nuclear talks.

After years of painstaking negotiations, Iran and six world powers are nearing a self-imposed deadline to conclude a deal that would restrict Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for international sanctions relief.
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Wikiweasel Coverup As Saudi Contact With Israel Censored – Gordon Duff/Veterans Today

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500,000 documents without one mention of Israel…again

Everyone knows Saudi Arabia and Israel are coordinating the war in Iraq, Syria and Yemen. Saudi operations inside Turkey are well know, documented and Saudi officers have been killed and captured inside Syria.

Similarly, Israeli pilots are flying operations in Royal Saudi Air Force marked planes. Two have been shot down, F16 A-B models,, painted Saudi but belonging to Israel or Portugal, and we are betting they are Israeli.
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US and EU Training Al Qaeda in Jordan – Reem H. Said/Veterans Today

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Col. al-Fares: Syrian military defectors receive Jordanian-Saudi training in Jordan, directed by foreign-backed operations room.

Damascus, SANA – Colonel Iyad Abdul-Rahim al-Fares, who was abducted by terrorists outside his house in Daraa city in 2012 and transferred to Jordan before he managed to return to Syria, said Syrian terrorists were subjected to training courses conducted in coordination between Jordan and Saudi Arabia in Azraq military region and King Abdulaziz Air Base in Jordan.
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