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Jun 05 08:21

Tony Blair Says Corbyn An Anti-Semite Who Doesn’t Know It

Former UK prime minister Tony Blair on a visit to Israel said current Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn is an anti-Semite who isn’t aware he is one.
Blair described the anti-Semitism scandal plaguing the party he used to lead as “shameful” and said the party was no longer recognizable.

“To be frank, this anti-Semitism row, it’s a shameful thing,” said Blair, addressing an event at Bar Ilan University.

“If you told me, not merely back in May 1997, but at any point in the next 10 years, that the party I led for 13 years would have a problem with anti-Semitism, I would literally not have credited it, or believed it, and yet it is, and it’s there today,” Blair said.

Blair answered in the affirmative when asked if he thought Corbyn was an anti-Semite.

Jun 05 07:47

Putin's Choice: Risk Starting a War - or Give In to US's Greater Israel Plan

Secretary of State Pompeo was in Sochi on 14 May for talks with his counterpart, Sergey Lavrov. And in his opening address, Lavrov observed: “I believe it’s time to start building a new, more responsible and constructive matrix of how we see each other. We are ready to do so, of course, if our US partners are interested in doing so as well … The fact that we are meeting for the second time in the past two weeks inspires certain optimism. Let’s give it a try and see what happens”.

President Putin subsequently hosted Pompeo for a short discussion, noting: “I got the impression that the President [Trump] is in favour of restoring Russia-US ties and contacts – and of resolving issues of mutual interest. For our part, we have said many times, that we would also like to restore relations on a full scale”.

Jun 05 07:35

Unprecedented: US, Russians, Israelis to Meet in Jerusalem Later This Month. Is Iran Screwed?

The rocky partnership between Russia and Iran in the Syrian conflict is entering a turbulent period. The unprecedented US-Russia-Israel security summit due to take place in Jerusalem next month has no other explanation.

A tersely worded White House statement on May 29 said that the summit, which will be attended by the national security advisors of the US and Russia — John Bolton and Nikolai Patrushev — will discuss regional security issues. The Israeli media expect that the focus will be on Syria — Iran and “other destabilising actors”.

Jun 05 07:18

US approved transfer of nuclear expertise to Riyadh after Khashoggi murder - Approvals allow US companies to discuss and work on nuclear-related projects in the Gulf kingdom

The Donald Trump administration issued two authorisations for the transfer of technical "nuclear expertise" to Saudi Arabia after the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi late last year, US Senator Tim Kaine has revealed.

Kaine, a Democrat from Virginia, where Khashoggi resided, called the decision "shocking" - as it came amid global outrage over the Saudi journalist's gruesome murder on 2 October.

The two approvals were issued on 18 October - only 16 days after Khashoggi was killed - and on 18 February, respectively.

Known as "Part 810 authorisations", they allow US companies to discuss and work on nuclear-related projects in the Gulf kingdom.

"I have serious questions about whether any decisions on nuclear transfers were made based on the Trump family's financial ties rather than the interests of the American people," Kaine said in a statement on Tuesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder; since this permission came down just two weeks after the Kashoggi assassination, did President Trump know this was going down before it happened?!?

I am sorry to suggest, but have to state, that this... is the "opening of Pandora's Box", by the US government; and I suspect that it will rue the day when it happened, and Saudi Arabia has an impressive nuclear arsenal.

Against what country in the region Saudi Arabia will first attempt to use these weapons?!? Color Iran as the most likely recipient of the brutal damage from a nuclear bombing.

So what will Iran ultimately do, faced with this predicament?!? Develop nuclear bombs of their own, and I would likely suggest, this could happen very quickly, if they approached Pakistan for their nuclear technology.

Jun 05 07:14

13 Democratic Candidates Delivered Videos to This Jewish Conference. The Different Messages Hint at What’s to Come

Everyone started by praising the American Jewish Committee, naturally enough. But in their video greetings to the group’s annual policy forum here, 13 Democratic candidates proceeded to demonstrate a party grappling with what story they should tell to one of its most important demographics: Jewish voters.

Jun 05 07:13

Despite int'l sanctions, Myanmar officials attend Tel Aviv weapons expo

Representatives of Myanmar’s military attended Israel’s largest, government-supported security and weapons conference in Tel Aviv on Tuesday. The officials arrived at the Tel Aviv Expo Center for the International Defense, HLS & Cyber Expo, known as ISDEF, in full military gear. There they browsed through defense equipment and technologies produced by Israeli and international companies, alongside delegates of dozens more countries.

Top Myanmar army officials traveled to Israel in September 2015 for a “shopping spree” with Israeli weapons manufacturers. They also met with President Reuven Rivlin, the IDF chief of staff, as well as the head of the Defense Ministry’s International Defense Cooperation Directorate.

Jun 05 07:07

US strategic bomber & aircraft carrier drill ‘strike operations’ on Iran’s doorstep (PHOTOS)

Multiple US Air Force aircraft, including a B-52 strategic bomber, have joined the USS Abraham Lincoln in the Arabian Sea for a ‘simulated strike operations’ exercise to prepare to take on Iran “when called upon.”
The drills witnessed F/A-18 Super Hornets, MH-60 Sea Hawk helicopters, and E-2D Growlers from the USS Abraham Lincoln mastering joint maneuvers to improve their “operational tactics in several warfare areas,” US Naval Forces Central Command said on Sunday. Among other “joint training evolutions,” the US Air Force participated in “strike coordination and reconnaissance exercises.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder just what forces in the White House, or Pentagon, have ordered this "picador" maneuver, to get the Iranian military to engage?!?

One has to wonder if those planning such actions are DC's "Gruesome
Two-some", Bolton and Pompeo, who have never seen a military conflict, potentially causing thousands of Americans to die, or be maimed for life, that they didn't love.

Since President Trump's outsourcing his Middle Eastern foreign policy to Israel, things in the region have gone from bad to worse.

And we have a companion piece, which bears both notice, and scrutiny:

Trump says there is ‘always a chance’ of war with Iran

Mr. President, this intellectual whiplash is not playing out well, in the heartland.

And if you don't believe that the policy makers in Iran have this behaviour well and truly pegged, you are getting truly lousy advice from those around you.

So, Mr. President, a word, please: you cannot revoke your responsibility here as Commander in Chief; because if you let Pompeo, Bolton, and Netanyahu drive American foreign policy in this region, I would almost predict that the US will be embroiled in either a regional war, or a world war by the end of this year.

Jun 04 15:53

Netanyahu becomes Israel’s new Justice Minister while he still faces criminal charges

Israeli politics reached a new level of absurdity on Tuesday when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – who is facing three separate corruption charges – allocated the justice portfolio to himself, on top of his other ministries.

The move leaves Netanyahu, who has served as Israel’s premier continuously for the last decade, in control of four ministries –in addition to the prime minister’s office– including Defense, Health, Education and, now, Justice.

Netanyahu’s decision to retain the justice portfolio for himself, effectively immunizing himself from the law, has left him open to harsh criticism, as he has effectively put himself in charge of the very officials tasked with scrutinizing his own alleged improprieties.

Jun 04 12:37

Spy Museum Uses Torture to Entice

Mark Fallon, former investigator at Guantanamo, noticed an advertisement for the International Spy Museum in Washington.

The fact the ?@IntlSpyMuseum? would seek to profit from human suffering, with sidewalk ads about water #torture is shameful and irresponsible. ?@hrw? ?@P4HR? ?@HRFNatlSecurity? ?@hrfalerts? ?@cvt_staff? ?@amnestyusa? #HumanRights matter

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On a recent trip to the museum I picked up on many subtle–and not so subtle–messages to valorize the deeply problematic deeds of secret intelligence agencies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is unfortunate that with the Senate having backed Gina Haspel as director of the CIA, means that this agency will probably still torture, or outsource torture, as a way of allegedly "gathering intelligence".

The problem is, that torture does does not work; because the dynamic of this process is, that the tortured person will say ANYTHING, no matter how flatly wrong, to get the torture to stop.
Among countries which still continue this barbaric practice, are:
Israel;Israel police abuse detained Palestinian children

Cameroon: Cameroon Routine torture, and held incommunicado detention

Iraq: Iraq tortures children from suspected Islamic State Ties

It is too damned bad that the leadership of this country, doesn't remember the lessons of a brilliant German interrogator during World War 2, Hanns Sharff. Wikipedia:
Hanns Scharff

FBI gets an unexpected lesson from a former interrogator for the Nazis

Between the two wars, he learned English brilliantly, and was interrogating English, and American POWs, but not one bit of brutality was ever used. His technique has to get the prisoner to think that he already knew everything about the operations in which they were involved. He even, on occasion, took them out with a "day pass" for a cultural or artistic event. He knew how to get people he interrogated feel at ease, and somehow, something popped out of their mouths which gave him more insight into what they were really doing.

He was so respected, that after the war, the American military invited him to teach their people how to do what he had done; he later moved here, and became a pottery artist.

It is unfortunate that the American military has forgotten this very decent man and his techniques; this man had to have had a very high moral character, NOT to do what his fellow interrogators were doing, in terms of not beating, strangling, or tearing out fingernails.

There's a film/documentary somewhere in this man's life; actor/director John Noble, white courtesy telephone, please!!! :-)

Jun 04 11:55

SAUDIS USE ISRAELI SPYWARE TO TARGET DISSIDENTS

SOURCE: DEEP STATE BLOG

Eli Lake, the pro-Israel Bloomberg columnist, thinks selling Israeli-made Pegasus spyware to Saudi Arabia not a good idea. Lake recently met Palestinian blogger Ayad al-Baghdadi (no relation to the ISIS leader of the same name) who has reportedly been targeted by the Saudi regime.

Now living in exile in Norway, al Baghdadi still has to fear the long arm of Saudi intelligence as empowered by Israeli technology.

Pegasus and similar hacking programs are now able to break into a phone without requiring the user to even click a link. In some cases, a bogus WhatsApp call is enough to infect the phone and make it a powerful tracking device. That makes it particularly suited to monitor Arab dissidents like Al-Baghdadi, who rely on the encrypted messaging service to make contact with networks of activists across the Middle East.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Despots around the world are learning how to use computer capabilities; apps, and malware to identify where someone is; to whom they have communicated; or to where they are going; that makes assassinations all the more easy, if that is the government's wish to do so.

Jun 04 10:26

Severe Clashes As Jewish Settlers Enter Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound

It all started when Jews were controversially allowed entrance to the compound to celebrate Jerusalem Day which marks Israeli control over the Old City in the aftermath of the June 1967 Six-Day War. In response to reports that Jewish entrance was imminent, Palestinians began to riot, which included throwing stones, chairs, and objects at entering police.

Multiple reports noted the incident marked the first time in about three decades that Jews were allowed access to the compound during the final days of the month of Ramadan, which was likely the result of Israeli authorities feeling emboldened by the US formal recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital last year.

Jun 04 09:38

uss liberty veterans association

ON JUNE 8, 1967, while patrolling in international waters in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, USS Liberty (AGTR-5) was savagely attacked without warning or justification by air and naval forces of the state of Israel. Of a crew of 294 officers and men (including three civilians), the ship suffered thirty four (34) killed in action and one hundred seventy three (173) wounded in action. The ship itself, a Forty Million ($40,000,000) Dollar state of the art signals intelligence (SIGINT) platform, was so badly damaged that it never sailed on an operational mission again and was sold in 1970 for $101,666.66 as scrap.

Jun 04 09:32

Israel’s Mossad Behind Allegations Iran Sabotaged Oil Tankers

Claims of sabotage against a handful of oil tankers off the coast of the United Arab Emirates, and subsequent claims from US hawks that Iran was behind it, originated with the Israeli Mossad, and the US is planning to take Israeli allegations to the UN Security Council.

Mossad said that Israel had managed the attacks without injuring anyone on board any of the ships, calling it a “pretty impressive commando operation.” This does stand in contrast to some US officials claiming it was Iranian sea mines behind the attacks, claims for which no good evidence exists.

This isn’t the first Israeli involvement in the ever-escalating narrative that threatens to march the US into war with Iran. Indeed, the original claims Iran was going to attack US forces in the region, potentially in Iraq, were themselves originally created by Mossad.

Jun 04 09:32

Israel Continues Airstrikes Against Syria, Killing 15

After killing ten people in a flurry of attacks early Sunday, Israeli warplanes continued with a second round of strikes into the evening, killing at least five more, and bringing the death toll to 15.

Overall, four Syrian soldiers have been confirmed killed in the attacks, while seven others from the early attacks were described as foreign fighters. Four of the five killed in the later strikes have yet to be identified.

The attacks broadly targeted military facilities, as well as sites for Syrian air defense. The evening strikes reportedly destroyed a warehouse that was believed to be storing rockets. Israel has not commented on these later attacks.

Jun 04 09:22

Photo Essay: This is what Israel’s ‘relaxation of movement restrictions’ for Ramadan looks like

Every year during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, Israeli authorities approve a package to “relax” the restrictions on movement for West Bank Palestinians. This standard military practice aims, as authorities say, to facilitate Palestinian worshippers’ trips to Jerusalem for the weekly prayer that takes place every Friday.

This year, Israeli authorities announced that Palestinian men over 40 years old, boys under 16, and women of all ages could cross to Jerusalem from three West Bank checkpoints without military permits on the four Fridays of the month. However, married men between 30 and 40 became eligible to apply for military permits, which are valid every day during the month except for Friday and Saturday.

Jun 04 09:21

Warren, Biden and Buttigieg all hint at criticism of Israel — but don’t voice any

Senator Elizabeth Warren has released a message to the American Jewish Committee and sought to skirt the Israel issue inside the Democratic Party with a few careful words.

In a world of complicated threats and challenges, America is stronger when we work with our allies. Israel is a strong ally and an important friend to the United States. Good friends can disagree. And a candid expression of concerns does not diminish our friendship. We can and should have an open policy debate.

She devotes much of her message to anti-Semitism and confronting it around the world, from Paris to Jerusalem. “That’s why I’m glad to be in this fight with you.”

Warren’s message is very consistent with the careful messages AJC has posted from others.

Jun 04 09:17

Alleged strike shows Israel is chasing Iranians deep into Syrian desert

The attack on the T-4 airbase in northern Syria at around dawn on Monday, attributable to Israel, is the third on Syrian soil within a week. In the two previous cases, Israel was reacting to fire against it. This time, according to foreign media, the target was Iranian interests, reports Haaretz.

As Haaretz reported in February, this year Iran changed some of the characteristics of its activity in Syria.

On the backdrop of the persisting Israeli attacks, and the dissatisfaction with Russia and Bashar al-Assad’s regime, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps moved its main activity from the Damascus international airport to a base more distant from Syria’s centre – T4, which is next to Homs. The Iranians have operated from that base before, and Israel bombed it on a number of occasions in 2018.

Jun 04 09:16

Israeli settlers attack McDonald’s for ‘unofficial boycott’

Israeli settler leaders are campaigning to prevent McDonald’s from opening a branch in Ben-Gurion Airport, claiming that the global restaurant chain unofficially boycotts West Bank settlements.

According to the report in Ynet, settlers want to prevent McDonald’s from “participating in a government tender for the duty free hall” at the international airport.

In a letter to the finance and transportation ministers, Yossi Dagan, head of the so-called Samaria Regional Council, claimed that McDonald’s Israel has continuously refused to open any branches in settlements in the occupied West Bank.

Jun 04 09:15

For the US and Israel, Iran Works Best as a Perpetual Threat

According to a story in Haaretz, U.S. Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook said recently that “the United States will respond with military force if its interests are attacked by Iran.” However, there are several reasons why Israel and the U.S. will not attack Iran, at least not directly.

Al Jazeera reports that Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of the Lebanon-based Hezbollah, said that the idea of war is “far-fetched” because Washington and its allies know they would pay a heavy price. Nasrallah is most likely right.

Jun 04 09:13

A Second Israeli Election Proves Netanyahu’s Grip on Power Is Slipping

In a sign of how politically vulnerable he has rapidly become, prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu plunged Israel into new elections last week – less than two months after his far-right bloc appeared to win at the ballot box.

Netanyahu was forced to dissolve the 120-member parliament to block his chief rival, Benny Gantz, from getting a chance to assemble an alternative governing coalition.

Gantz, a former army general who heads the Blue and White party, won 35 seats, the same number as Netanyahu’s Likud party, in the April election, but had fewer potential allies to form a majority. So in September, Israelis will cast their votes afresh.

The ostensible reason for the parliament’s dissolution is a stand-off between Netanyahu and Avigdor Lieberman, his former defence minister. They clashed over Lieberman’s insistence that ultra-orthodox Jews be drafted into the army.

Jun 04 08:43

Nobel Prize winner calls for boycott of Israel physics contest

The 2018 winner of the Nobel Prize in chemistry is urging a boycott of a physics competition in Tel Aviv in July.

George P. Smith and 19 other scientists signed an open letter last week that calls on “all students and mentors from all over the world not to participate in the next International Physics Olympiad in Israel and to stand for human rights of the young Palestinian pupils and students, including their right to education.”

Smith, emeritus professor of biology at the University of Missouri, won last year’s Nobel Prize in chemistry for his invention of a process to evolve proteins that can be used to develop new medicines.

Jun 04 08:42

EU rewards Israel for selling classrooms donated to Palestinians

Israel’s brazenness generated consternation on social media. Even the EU’s foreign policy spokesperson Maja Kocijan?i? tweeted that the decision was “incredible.”

But when Kocijan?i? delivered the EU’s official response at a press briefing on Monday, she indicated that it would be business as usual: Israel can do as it likes and the EU will take it lying down.

Jun 04 08:36

To all of my Muslim readers, Family and Friends..Eid al-Fitr Mubarak!

The Glorious Holy Month of Ramadan will come to an end tonight at sundown … ushering in the wonderful feast days of Eid-al-Fitr. A time for joyous celebrations with families, a time to feel completely renewed and refreshed.
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That’s how it’s spelled out in the books…
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Unfortunately in Palestine the book is written differently… families are divided, family members are denied entry to join in the celebrations, families are mourning their loved ones killed by Israeli forces.

Jun 04 08:18

Kushner Questions Whether Palestinians Are Capable Of Governing Themselves Without Israelis

Jared Kushner's Israel-Palestine "deal of the century" is looking more like it will be closer to an "offer you can't refuse" rather than a grand compromise.

Jun 04 06:16

‘Nothing short of madness’: Netanyahu slammed for gender segregation offer to ultra-Orthodox parties

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has faced fresh accusations that he is pandering to Israel’s religious right, following reports he was prepared to back gender segregation in public spaces in return for their coalition support.

Yair Lapid, a lawmaker with the Blue and White political alliance, tweeted Tuesday that Netanyahu had “surrendered to the demands” of the United Torah Judaism (UTJ) party and blasted the proposed segregation law as “nothing short of madness.” Lapid added that by aligning with Israel’s ultra-Orthodox faction, the prime minister risked importing the same type of theocracy that he had spent 20 years speaking-out against in Iran.

Jun 03 11:28

Israeli forces strike Syria air base — report

Israel on Sunday fired missiles onto a Syrian military air base in the country's central Homs province, in the second such attack over the past 24 hours, Syria's state-run media said.

The strike on the T-4 air base "killed one soldier, wounded two others and damaged an arms warehouse," a military source told state news agency SANA. In addition to the Syrian army, Iranian fighters and Hezbollah paramilitary forces are also stationed at the air base, said the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).

There was no immediate comment from Israel.

Jun 03 11:27

Gov. Cuomo plans ‘solidarity trip’ to Israel

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Sunday he plans to make a “solidarity trip” to Israel following the end of the legislative session, which sunsets June 19.

“As a sign of solidarity, at this time of crisis for the Jewish people, I’m going to be doing another trip to Israel as a trip in solidarity right after the legislative session, and I invite my Jewish colleagues to join us as a sign of solidarity. New York stands with Israel,” said Cuomo at the Manhattan-based Celebrate Israel Parade — a pro-State of Israel gathering held since 1965.

Jun 03 10:58

Arab-Israeli Normalisation: A desperate attempt at isolating Iran

Bahrain is gearing up to host the economic version of the so-called Deal of the Century. A two-day conference, co-hosted by the United States, is scheduled to be held in the capital, Manama June 25-26.

The Palestinian leadership has rightly refused to take part in the latest US-Arab charade, which aims at normalizing Arab-Israeli ties at the expense of Palestinian rights.

Despite the fact that some have tried to present the Bahrain ‘workshop’ as a purely ‘economic effort,’ White House officials have been clear that this is the first stage in their supposed peace plan.

For the Trump administration, the Manama meeting serves as the first step in a larger strategy that aims to undermine international law regarding Palestine and the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people.

Jun 03 10:57

Hamas blames Israel for repercussions of attacks on Al-Aqsa Mosque

The Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, has blamed Israel for all possible repercussions of the attack by its soldiers and settlers on Al-Aqsa Mosque and the worshippers within.

“The Israeli occupation must bear the responsibility for the repercussions of its violations at Al-Aqsa Mosque that led to a wave of protests in which the Palestinian people voiced their anger over Israeli measures at the Noble Sanctuary,” said Hamas. “The ongoing assault and raids on Al-Aqsa by Israeli occupation forces and settlers will only make the Palestinian people more determined to defend the mosque and preserve its sanctity.”

Jun 03 10:43

Why the US ‘workshop’ for Palestinians in Bahrain will fail

Twenty-five years ago, I moderated the panel discussion on the Palestinian economy at the international economic summit in Casablanca, Morocco. I was there in my capacity as co-chair of Builders for Peace (BfP), a project created by Vice-President Al Gore to help grow the Palestinian economy in support of the still-fledgling Oslo peace process.

I learned a great deal both at the Casablanca Summit and in my more than three years with BfP and it is from that vantage point that I want to comment on the Trump Administration’s proposal to sponsor an economic “workshop” in Bahrain.

Jun 03 10:40

Soldiers fire on Palestinians trying to enter Jerusalem for prayers, and kill a boy

Israeli soldiers killed, Friday, a Palestinian child near the West Bank city of Bethlehem, and injured a young man from Hebron, while [they were] trying to enter Jerusalem for Friday prayers in the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Media sources said the soldiers shot and killed Abdullah Luay Gheith, 16, from the southern West Bank city of Hebron, after opening fire at him and several other Palestinians who were trying to enter Jerusalem from Wad Abu al-Hummus area, near the villages of al-Khas and an-No‘man, east of Bethlehem.[by climbing the border fence, acc. to Reuters]. The slain Palestinian child was shot with a live Israeli army round in his heart, and died instantly after the soldiers shot him.

Jun 03 10:22

Laws against Holocaust denial

Holocaust denial, the denial of the systematic genocidal killing of approximately six million Jews in Europe by Nazi Germany in the 1930s and 1940s, is illegal in 16 European countries and Israel. Many countries also have broader laws that criminalize genocide denial. Of the countries that ban Holocaust denial, some, such as Austria, Germany, Hungary, and Romania, were among the perpetrators of the Holocaust, and many of these also ban other elements associated with Nazism, such as the expression of Nazi symbols.

Jun 03 10:13

Netanyahu Promises Permanent Occupation

In a speech commemorating the Israeli occupation of Jerusalem, the West Bank, Gaza and the Golan Heights, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel will never leave those areas. Since the 1967 Six-Day War, the Arab residents of these territories have lived under a military occupation, with no representation in the Israeli government.

Netanyahu praised President Trump twice during his speech, once for recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and again for recognizing the Golan Heights as Israeli territory. He said recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights was a “good and important start.”

Some see Trump recognizing the Golan Heights as a part of Israel as a precursor to him recognizing the rest of the territories occupied by Israel since the Six-Day War. Netanyahu does know how to play to Trump’s ego, recently promising to name a settlement in the Golan Heights after him.

Jun 03 10:13

Israel relied heavily on NSA during 2006 Lebanon War, new Snowden documents show

US intelligence liaison report shows conflict with Hezbollah pushed Unit 8200 to its ‘technical and resource limits’; repeated Israeli requests led to new intel-sharing mechanism

Jun 03 10:12

Sheldon Adelson accosted in Tel Aviv, cursed and told ‘you live too long’

Self-described anti-corruption activist Barak Cohen films himself shouting at the US casino magnate, who is one of Netanyahu’s staunchest supporters

Jun 03 10:11

EU angered by Israeli theft, resell of aid for Palestinian schoolchildren

The European Union on Friday criticised Israel over plans to sell aid given to Bedouin villages in the occupied West Bank which was seized by Israeli authorities.

The tents and other humanitarian structures will be put up for auction within days by COGAT, the Israel defence ministry unit which oversees civilian activities in the Palestinian territories, according to the EU's spokesman in Jerusalem.

The supplies include "two school structures that had been consigned to Ibziq community; and two tents and three metal sheds to the al-Hadidiya community", Shadi Othman said in a statement.

Jun 03 09:48

Israeli military analysts admits: “Israel Can’t Win the Next War.”

Ynet’s headline yesterday acknowledged what has been obvious to many Middle East commentators: Israel can’t win the next war. The most respected Israeli military correspondent Ron Ben Yishai’s headline reads as follows: “Why won’t we win the next war?” Though most of Ben Yishai’s Hebrew articles are reprinted in Ynet’s English edition, this article is yet to be translated and for obvious reasons. It is probably too upsetting for Diaspora Jews.

Ben Yishai’s rationale is clear and sound: Israel can’t deal with military casualties. Israeli security matters have been politicised. Field commanders are regularly subject to legal proceedings that lead to heavy penalties including suspensions. Consequently, many of them have lost their motivation. Israeli society is too sensitive to kidnappings and hijackings and finally, parents are too involved in IDF matters.

Jun 03 09:29

NEW SNOWDEN LEAKED MEMOS SHOW NSA AIDED ISRAEL'S "TARGETED ASSASSINATIONS"

SOURCE: ZEROHEDGE

A couple of new bombshell leaked NSA documents from the Snowden archive published days ago by The Intercept confirms the extremely close level of cooperation between American and Israeli intelligence services, especially as part of the so-called "global war on terror" since 9/11. The documents reveal the NSA even assisted in an aggressive targeted assassination campaign waged by Israel inside Lebanon, especially during the 2006 Lebanon War.

According to The Intercept's report — aptly titled "Israel Hated American Ban on Sharing Intel for Assassinations, so US Made New Rules" —the newly unearthed NSA memos reveal attempts to find a legal loophole of sorts on the part of the US intelligence officials which would allow unprecedented information sharing related to a deeply controversial targeted assassination campaign by Israel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Color me completely unsurprised by this.

What Israel wants is what Israel gets, in terms of US intelligence; and the targeted killings continue; no judge, no jury, no rule of law whatsoever.

And would someone please like to enlighten me, as to why Israel has zero constitution, after 71 years of existence?!?

Is by chance, or by design, so it can continue killing innocent Palestinians particularly the children, with utterly no legal mechanism for stopping this?!?

One does have to wonder.....

Jun 03 08:32

‘Most valued partner’: NSA fed Israel intel for targeted assassinations, leaked docs show

Frustrated by a legal ban on sharing intelligence with Israeli operatives conducting targeted assassinations against Hezbollah, the NSA crafted a loophole giving them total access even to US citizens' data, leaked documents show.

The Israeli SIGINT National Unit (ISNU), the NSA's counterpart in Tel Aviv, convinced the Americans to circumvent the legal prohibition on providing surveillance data for targeted assassinations during Israel's 2006 war with Lebanon, according to the newest revelation from the archives obtained by whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Using the familiar rationale of "terrorism" to excuse cooperation they knew was illegal, the NSA and ISNU found a workaround using the Office of the Director of National Intelligence that provided the Israelis with all the intel they needed, according to an October 2006 article in the NSA's internal publication.

Jun 02 09:50

Israel depends on anti-Semitism

As I write, the latest episode of the “Labour anti-Semitism crisis” is playing out with depressing predictability on social and news media.

Pete Willsman, a left-wing member of Labour’s rule-making national executive, has reportedly had his party membership suspended after a secret audio recording – apparently of him – was released by LBC radio.

In the recording, Willsman apparently states a bland and obvious truth – that the Israeli embassy has been involved in whipping up the “Labour anti-Semitism” story as a weapon against leader Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party more generally.

It’s the latest testament to the sad state of the Labour Party’s “soft left” that some of its most-prominent young voices have repeatedly thrown veterans like Willsman under the bus in order to appease the Israel lobby and the Labour right.

Jun 02 09:48

Israel loses its equilibrium

The decision to dissolve Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, less than a month and a half after the General Election, and hold another election on 17 September, suggests strongly that the country has lost its equilibrium. There may be other reasons for this, but I suspect that it is all about the predominance of selfish motives among Israeli decision-makers, especially in Avigdor Lieberman’s case. He will go down in history as leading Israel to early elections twice in the same month. In the first instance, he claimed that the government had surrendered to Hamas, and in the second he claimed that it had surrendered to the Haredim (Ultra-Orthodox Jews).

Jun 02 09:48

EU condemns new Israeli settlements in East Jeruslaem as 'illegal'

The European Union has condemned Israeli plans to build illegal housing units in occupied East Jerusalem.

The plans, which were announced on Wednesday by Israel's housing ministry, include the construction of 805 housing units in Jewish neighbourhoods in the city's east, which was occupied by Israel in 1967.

In a statement released Saturday, the EU said it is "strongly opposed to Israel's settlement policy, including in East Jerusalem, which is illegal under international law and an obstacle to peace".

"The policy of settlement construction and expansion in East Jerusalem continues to undermine the possibility of a viable two-state solution with Jerusalem as the future capital of both states, which is the only realistic way to achieve a just and lasting peace.

Jun 02 09:47

FB Jail for truth tellers

Apparently reporting on a war crime committed by Israel and providing a first hand account of the destruction and the anguish inflicted on Palestinian refugees is considered ‘hate speech’ according to the authoritarian social network.

Jun 02 09:15

Israel to auction classrooms donated by EU to Palestinian children

Israel’s Defense Ministry is planning to auction off two remaining prefab classrooms that were donated to Palestinian schoolchildren by the European Union, only to be confiscated by the Israeli body that runs the West Bank.

Jun 02 09:03

How Israel’s ‘kingmaker’ could be the man to end Bibi’s reign

Avigdor Lieberman was Netanyahu’s loyal lieutenant – but now he has left the PM exposed to the electorate and the courts

Jun 02 08:47

Major Israeli Airstrikes Kill Up To 10 Pro-Assad Forces In Pre-dawn Raid

Israel has admitted responsibility in a significant overnight attack on Syria which reportedly killed up to ten pro-Assad forces, including possibly seven of what the Israeli media is claiming were Iranian and Hezbollah "foreign fighters".

The predawn raid took place south of Damascus in Quneitra province and unlike prior Israeli attacks appeared to included a multi-pronged sustained offensive of warplanes and helicopters on artillery and intelligence facilities. Syrian state media confirmed the attack, saying its anti-air defenses were active and successful over Quneitra and over the capital of Damascus, but put its early casualties as three killed and seven among the wounded.

Jun 02 08:44

MAJOR ISRAELI AIRSTRIKES KILL UP TO 10 PRO-ASSAD FORCES IN PRE-DAWN RAID

SOURCE: ZEROHEDGE

Israel has admitted responsibility in a significant overnight attack on Syria which reportedly killed up to ten pro-Assad forces, including possibly seven of what the Israeli media is claiming were Iranian and Hezbollah "foreign fighters".

The predawn raid took place south of Damascus in Quneitra province and unlike prior Israeli attacks appeared to included a multi-pronged sustained offensive of warplanes and helicopters on artillery and intelligence facilities. Syrian state media confirmed the attack, saying its anti-air defenses were active and successful over Quneitra and over the capital of Damascus, but put its early casualties as three killed and seven among the wounded.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is a point past which Russia cannot continue to tolerate these strikes in Syria; there will have to be a point where either they, or the Syrian military, will have to be much more aggressive to keep Israel from bombing more of Syria; and this country cannot tolerate much more of this bombing happening.

I would like to hope that Putin will phone Netanyahu, at some ungodly hour in the Middle East, and demand that this bombing stop.

Jun 02 08:43

Netanyahu visiting his Syrian terrorist in hospital

Jun 01 09:41

‘Most valued partner’: NSA fed Israel intel for targeted assassinations, leaked docs show

Frustrated by a legal ban on sharing intelligence with Israeli operatives conducting targeted assassinations against Hezbollah, the NSA crafted a loophole giving them total access even to US citizens' data, leaked documents show.

The Israeli SIGINT National Unit (ISNU), the NSA's counterpart in Tel Aviv, convinced the Americans to circumvent the legal prohibition on providing surveillance data for targeted assassinations during Israel's 2006 war with Lebanon, according to the newest revelation from the archives obtained by whistleblower Edward Snowden.

May 31 14:49

Palestinian Islamists Release Video Showing Alleged Drone Strikes On Israeli Tanks

A group called the Palestinian Islamic Jihad released video on Thursday purportedly showing makeshift air strikes on Israeli tanks using commercial drones.

May 31 13:16

Top US General Claims Intel Showed Iran Mounting a Campaign Against US

Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joe Dunford has revealed that it was he who was driving recent US military deployments into the Middle East, saying he recommended them based on intelligence with respect to Iran.

Dunford claimed that “malign activity and threats to our forces by the Iranians were not new,” but that what he saw was a synchronized series of efforts that looked more like a formal campaign against the US.

Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan confirmed that Dunford told him of an “anomaly” in Iranian behavior. At the same time, Shanahan says that President Trump has made clear he does not seek a war over the matter.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

General Dunford, a respectful word sir, here; if you have utterly no evidence through which you can prove your allegations to a war-weary and war-skeptical country, how do you think that you, and your compatriots, like Bolton and Pompeo, are going to convince the people of this country that yes, another war is necessary, when the American people understand that they were lied into wars against Afghanistan and Iraq?!?

Forgive me, General; but the optics on such a move, are nearly impossible, if you continue to make allegations for which you have utterly no proof. OF course, the Israelis are pushing you in this direction; but perhaps, it should be the IDF fighting these battles, as they are always complaining and criticizing Iran as an "existential threat."

May 31 13:04

Israeli military says it attacked Syrian anti-aircraft position after its warplane came under fire

The Israeli military said it attacked a Syrian anti-aircraft position after an Israeli warplane came under fire. Syrian TV earlier stated that Israel had carried out a missile strike in Syria’s Quneitra province.
According to SANA, one officer was killed and two others were injured in the attack on a military site east of Khan Arnabeh in the Quneitra countryside. It added that the Syrian Air Defense attacked an unmanned aerial vehicle that entered Syrian airspace near the southern suburb.

Israeli Defense Forces claimed that it was their jet making a routine flight in northern Israel that came under fire. The Syrian anti-aircraft missile missed the warplane and it was able to complete its mission successfully.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, the situation between Israel and Syria appears to be escalating.

And please remember; the US military still has "boots on the ground" in Syria.

May 31 11:33

ISRAELIS INVEST IN NEW ARTILLERY: ATMOS MOBILE HOWITZER

SOURCE: BREAKINGDEFENSE.COM

TEL AVIV: The Israeli government just awarded the initial, $125 million contract of a planned 12-year, $280 million program to replace its tank-like M109 howitzers with Elbit’s wheeled ATMOS. About half the work will be done by Elbit’s subsidiaries and partners in the United States, a sign of how Israeli defense spending has shifted since Washington restricted its ally’s ability to spend US aid on non-US products.

The investment also shows how good old-fashioned 155 mm shells still play a vital role in a Mideast roiled by Hezbollah rockets and Iranian missile tests. Even in an age of smart weapons, when you need to bombard a target, it turns out that quantity still has a quality of its own.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But I have to wonder; against which nation-state in the Middle East is Israel thinking about using this weapon?!?

And to my Israeli brothers and sisters, I have a thought; like the US government, I think that Israel needs to add another position, ranked at cabinet level, and right the heck now.

That would be an Israeli Department of Peace, tasked with keeping things peaceful between Israel and her neighbors. And please, don't laugh here; the Israeli government has kept its people in a constant state of fear about attacks by your neighbors for decades; I get that.

But do you think, for example, that Iran wouldn't love to sign a peace treaty with Israel, if Netanyahu had the courage and horse-sense, to do just that?!?
The Jewish community is thriving in Iran, and doing incredibly well.

There are two things, which I think, should unite both younger Israelis and Iranians; they both love their kids, and want the best for them.

So please tell me, at what point does a reasonable, win/win peace treaty, arrived at by moral, hard won negotiations,trump war?!?

In my world, the answer is, always.

We have three wonderful grand nephews, one wonderful nephew, and one wonderful grand niece.

I want these kids to grow up in a time of unprecedented peace, the intelligent sharing of information, and protection against life's quirks, and problems; and I think, were I to ask young Israeli and Iranian moms and dads, they would want the same for their kids.

Peace, on this planet, is not impossible; but it has to be valued by all people on this planet; but unfortunately, war is almost always more profitable, which makes it "justifiable" by the people who build the weaons, and reap the profits.

May 31 11:23

Benjamin Netanyahu: The fugitive Crime Minister

In a move considered surreal even two days ago, the Israeli Knesset – elected on April 9th – dissolved itself last night (Wednesday). Some new Members of Knesset didn’t even get to get to give their maiden speech.

The vote on dismissal came after a few political days which cannot be described as anything but lunatic.

May 31 11:21

Trump peace plan is now ‘dead and buried’

If there’s any consensus to emerge from the political chaos in Israel, it’s that the Trump peace plan will get kicked down the road again for months, right into the U.S. election season, so it may disappear entirely. Several Israel observers say the plan is over.

Michael Koplow of the Israel Policy Forum, on twitter:

[T]he Trump peace plan – which I’ve been arguing was not going to see the light of day anyway – is now dead and buried. Bibi doesn’t want it anywhere near his campaign, and by September it becomes an electoral liability for Trump too

Former negotiator Aaron David Miller agrees, also on twitter:

There are only two positive aspects to the absurd spectacle of Israel — 7 weeks after holding elections -going to new ones: first there will be no immunity law or effort to undermine Israel’s Supreme Court; and second, if he’s smart, Kushner will shelve his peace plan.

May 31 11:20

Israel PM meets top US officials amid political crisis

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday met with Jared Kushner, US President Donald Trump’s senior adviser (and son-in-law), and Jason Greenblatt, Trump’s Mideast envoy, Anadolu Agency reports.

Kushner and Greenblatt are visiting Israel as part of a wider Middle East tour in the run-up to a planned US-sponsored meeting in Bahrain meant to lure investment to the Palestinian territories.

The White House has described the upcoming meeting in Manama as the first phase of its so-called “Deal of the Century”, a backchannel Palestine-Israel peace plan the terms of which have yet to be made public.

In April, Kushner said that details of the plan would be unveiled after the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

Israeli media, however, reported on Thursday that this could be delayed after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to form a coalition government, prompting him to announce snap elections in September.

May 31 11:20

Netanyahu: Lieberman obsessed with toppling right-wing governments

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday criticised head of Yisrael Beiteinu party and former defence minister, Avigdor Lieberman, blaming him for the failure to meet a deadline to form a new coalition government.

Netanyahu said: “Lieberman is obsessed with toppling right-wing government. Whenever he can, that’s what he does and he if he will be able to he will try to do it again with this election.”

This came after the Israeli Knesset voted on Wednesday night to dissolve itself and hold new elections on 17 September.

May 31 11:18

4 things to watch ahead of Israel’s September election

For the second time in a year, Israel is heading to the polls. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – who only two months ago was celebrating a historic fifth term in office – now limps, battered and bruised, into his sixth election campaign, his Teflon image and “Bibi-can-fix-it” reputation severely tarnished.

The stakes are high. Fighting not only to preserve his political career but for immunity from prosecution and, ultimately, his freedom, if you thought April’s campaign season was ugly, you haven’t seen anything yet.

As the dust begins to settle on Wednesday’s shock vote to dissolve the Knesset and call fresh elections, here are four things to watch before 17 September.

May 31 11:17

The BDS campaign against Eurovision was a major success

One of the primary targets of the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement over the past year was the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest that took place in Tel Aviv earlier in May. Despite the protests, the contest went ahead and, on the day, none of the acts scheduled to appear in the final pulled out.

Why, then, am I claiming that the BDS campaign actually succeeded? The short answer is media coverage. Even though it did not achieve the goal of totally isolating Eurovision Tel Aviv, or convincing the headline acts to pull out, the BDS campaign succeeded in raising a massive amount of awareness of the plight of the Palestinian people.

For a more detailed answer, it is necessary to understand the true goals and methods of the BDS movement. BDS is not an abstract exercise in moral purity; it is about winning concrete victories against Israeli oppression.

May 31 10:32

PUTIN HAS REJECTED IRAN'S S-400 MISSILE REQUEST OVER SOARING GULF TENSIONS

Bloomberg reports that Russia's President Putin has rejected a controversial Iranian request to buy S-400 missile defense systems on the basis of current soaring tensions between Tehran and Washington following accusations of "sabotage" attacks on oil tankers and a pipeline in the gulf region.

The breaking report cites a senior Russian official and other unnamed sources with knowledge of the matter:

The request was rebuffed by President Vladimir Putin, the people said on condition of anonymity because they’re not authorized to discuss the matter. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif visited Moscow May 7.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Again, Putin has proven himself one of the few "adults in the room" in geopolitics.

This guy has the "horse sense" to know when to push (as he did with Syria's government, in terms of assisting it get rid of most of the US trained, funded, and armed jihadis), and when to back off (not giving Iran the requested S-400 missile defense system.)

I think world history, will treat this man very kindly, in years to come...

May 31 10:10

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Sued Over State Cabinet Meeting In Jerusalem

An open-government watchdog group and several news outlets filed a lawsuit against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and members of the Florida State Cabinet over a meeting being held in Jerusalem.

The Cabinet meeting at the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem was scheduled to be held on Wednesday afternoon.

The lawsuit said that the meeting violates the Florida state constitution and state open government laws which require Cabinet meetings be open and accessible to the public.

May 31 10:09

A historic Cabinet meeting for Gov. DeSantis and a warning to those who go against Israel

A long historic day took Gov. Ron DeSantis from the trade shows of Tel Aviv to an industrial park in the disputed Judean Hills of the West Bank to the cradle of Judaism and Christianity for a ceremonial meeting of the Florida Cabinet.

At every stop along the way he worked to further polish his bona fides as the most pro-Israel U.S. governor by pushing a conservative agenda that promotes open trade, condemns boycotts and criticism of Israel, and outlaws anti-Semitism in schools.

The day was a culmination of keeping campaign promises and seeing the work he started in Congress come to fruition, with Thursday’s denouement being a somber visit to Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center, and the City of David and the Western Wall.

The ultimate coup would be a hoped-for meeting Thursday with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is in a tough battle to stay in power following recent elections that forced him to create a coalition government.

May 31 10:08

Complete coverage of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' trip to Israel

DeSantis' Israel trip concludes after blitz of partnerships and politics

DeSantis to meet with embattled Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu

May 31 09:40

Political chaos in Israel deals blow to Jared Kushner's peace plan

Jared Kushner’s visit to Jerusalem to promote his troubled Middle East peace plan appeared to abruptly lose its remaining energy after an overnight crisis in Israeli politics plunged the country into a months-long election campaign.

With no guarantees that Benjamin Netanyahu’s Trump-friendly government will stay in power past the summer, any progress made with Kushner – Donald Trump’s son-in-law and adviser – is at risk of being revoked by the next Israeli administration.

One month after Israelis voted in a national poll, Netanyahu failed to form a government by the deadline of midnight on Wednesday and chose to push parliament to disband rather than risk political foe Benny Gantz snatching the premiership from his grasp.

New elections are set for 17 September, and the next government may not take power until October or even later.

May 31 09:15

Video: Activists in Germany disrupt Israeli intelligence officer

Israeli Major Arye Sharuz Shalicar was promoting his new book The New German Anti-Semite at a high school in Aurich in northwest Germany, on 17 May, when two activists, one German and one Israeli, interrupted his speech.

“As soon as we got word of the upcoming events we tried to intervene,” Christoph Glanz told The Electronic Intifada.

“Shalicar has written two more or less autobiographical books which contain a lot of slander, character assassination and at their core claim that anti-Semitism is everywhere and most prominent among leftists, Muslims and self-hating Jews.”

May 31 09:15

Israel twists law to dodge ICC probe

Israel is relying on US muscle to stop the International Criminal Court investigating alleged war crimes perpetrated in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip.

“The International Criminal Court in The Hague has no jurisdiction to discuss matters concerning the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” Sharon Afek, Israel’s military advocate general, stated at the annual Herzliya Conference, a high-profile gathering of Israel’s political and military elites, this week.

“Israel is a law-abiding country, with an independent and strong judicial system, and there is no reason for its actions to be scrutinized by the ICC,” Afek added.

The military advocate general’s office also recently published a report claiming that the military had conducted “lectures and workshops on the legal ramifications” of occupation forces’ actions, the Tel Aviv daily Haaretz stated.

May 30 13:35

Israel: Netanyahu’s wife reaches plea deal in corruption case

The wife of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reached a plea deal in a corruption case filed against her, agreeing to pay a fine in exchange for avoiding prison.

Sara Netanyahu today signed a plea deal with the Israeli State Prosecutor’s Office, after months of negotiations in what has become known as the “catering affair”. Sara was accused of receiving catered meals at the prime minister’s residence in Jerusalem, at a cost of around 360,000 shekels ($100,000). This was allegedly done using Israeli taxpayers’ money, despite the fact that the residence employs a full-time cook.

Under today’s plea deal, Sara will admit to and be convicted of a criminal offense which, according to Haaretz, is defined as “receiving an item by intentionally exploiting another individual’s mistake but not through fraud”. She will pay a fine of 55,000 shekels ($15,000) that will be passed on to the Israeli state.

May 30 11:50

Netanyahu Takes Israel to Election Unknown on Coalition Fail

Benjamin Netanyahu’s victory celebrations turned out to be premature.

The Israeli prime minister sailed past a tangle of corruption scandals to win a fifth term in a closely-fought election on April 9, with his usual band of nationalist and religious allies all saying they wanted him to form the next government.

But the man famous for outmaneuvering rivals was tripped up by onetime partners who couldn’t reach a compromise on who should serve in the army, and was forced to acknowledge he couldn’t cobble together a coalition government.

Determined to keep rivals from taking his job, Netanyahu resolved to disband the parliament sworn in a month ago and call a new vote. That blocked President Reuven Rivlin from tapping another person -- and quite possibly another party -- to form a coalition. Israelis will now go back to the polls on Sept. 17 with the prime minister betting his political future on a more favorable outcome.

May 30 10:30

Florida Cabinet meets in Israel despite illegality complaint

Gov. Ron DeSantis and the independently elected Florida Cabinet met in Israel on Wednesday, waving away complaints that the session violated open-government laws because it was held outside the state. They presented a proclamation of support for Israel and heard from Israelis on several issues important to Florida.

The Republican governor then signed a bill that prohibits anti-Semitism in Florida's public schools and universities. The new law defines anti-Semitism as including "drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis," ''blaming Israel for all interreligious or political tensions," or "requiring behavior of Israel that is not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation."

May 30 10:29

China, Russia to boycott 'deal of the century' summit in Bahrain

China and Russia will boycott an economics-focused conference next month in Bahrain that is part of the United States' Middle East peace plan.

Chinese Ambassador to Palestine Guo Wei made the announcement to Palestine's state-run WAFA news agency on Monday.

"Boycotting the Bahrain conference comes within the framework of a bilateral Russian-Chinese agreement not to participate in it," Wei said.

May 30 10:28

Jordan's king tells Trump adviser peace possible only with a Palestinian state

Jordan’s King Abdullah told U.S. President Donald Trump’s adviser Jared Kushner on Wednesday that a lasting Middle East peace can come only with the creation of a Palestinian state on land captured by Israel in a 1967 war and with East Jerusalem as its capital.

May 30 10:14

Report: Germany sought to broker Israel-Hamas prisoner exchange deal

German diplomats recently visited the Gaza Strip and an Arab capital where Hamas leaders were present in an effort to broker a prisoner ?exchange deal between ?Israel and the Palestinian faction, i24news quoted Palestinian sources as saying.

According to the sources, Hamas insisted that all Palestinian prisoners previously released under the Shalit prisoners deal but who were later rearrested by Israel be released before any new talks could begin.

The same sources said Marwan Issa, commander of the Izz Ad-Din Al-Qassam Brigades, and Hamas chief in Gaza, Yahya Sinwar, recently visited Cairo and discussed with Egyptian officials the ceasefire between Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip and Israel and the possibility of a prisoner exchange deal.

May 30 10:11

The True Cost of Israel: U.S. support goes far beyond the official numbers

…In 1992, the AIPAC President bragged how he “got almost a billion dollars in other goodies [for Israel] that people don’t even know about.” In 2012, Israel’s former commander-in-chief said that between 2009 and 2012 American taxpayers had paid for more of his country’s defense budget than had Israeli taxpayers….

May 30 09:45

The Hidden Side of the Mueller Report

The Mueller Report is done, and from the digest made public, its conclusion of no collusion to “fix” the last election by the Russian or “other” foreign governments does not surprise me. I agree with this conclusion. These foreign governments would, presumably, include Israel. However, in the case of Israel, I believe this may be a question of semantics.

There is, I believe, considerable evidence that non-governmental forces acting on behalf of Israel succeeded in placing an individual in charge of the U.S. who is currently redirecting the power and financial resources of the nation to almost entirely serve the interests of a foreign power. (And that entity is not Russia!)

May 29 12:58

Florida governor, Cabinet sued over plans to meet in Israel

An open-government watchdog group and several news outlets sued Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and members of the Cabinet on Tuesday in an effort to stop them from holding a Cabinet meeting while on a trade mission in Israel.

The lawsuit argues that the meeting, scheduled for Wednesday, violates the state's constitution and open-government laws, which require that Cabinet sessions be open to the public. Florida residents who don't happen to be in Israel won't be able to attend, and the meeting's planned location, at the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, has generated security concerns that will further restrict access.

May 29 12:08

Top IDF lawyer tells The Hague to back off, says Israel can probe own alleged war crimes

The Israeli military wants the International Criminal Court to butt out of its affairs, its top military prosecutor has declared in response to efforts to hold it to account for its use of live fire against Palestinian protesters.

“Israel is a law-abiding country, with an independent and strong judicial system, and there is no reason for its actions to be scrutinized by the ICC,” Brig. Gen. Sharon Afek, Israel’s military advocate, declared at an international conference on warfare laws in Herzliya. “The position of Israel is that the International Criminal Court does not have jurisdiction to discuss the issue of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”

May 29 10:48

THE OCCUPATION SHOULD BE THE CRIME, NOT THE HEADGEAR

After the European elections, which clearly demonstrate that citizens are no longer prepared to vote for the “people’s parties”, but are protesting against the disrespect of the “people”, it is overdue to deal with this phenomenon. Right-wing parties across Europe have been given a terrible boost, not because they spread anti-Semitism, but because they know how to score with xenophobia and Islam hatred. In fact, the main problem is the right-wing radicalism and populist phrases-and-culture that have managed to get into parliaments and governments.

May 29 10:47

Newly Released FBI Docs Shed Light on Apparent Mossad Foreknowledge of 9/11 Attacks

For nearly two decades, one of the most overlooked and little known arrests made in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks was that of the so-called “High Fivers,” or the “Dancing Israelis.” However, new information released by the FBI on May 7 has brought fresh scrutiny to the possibility that the “Dancing Israelis,” at least two of whom were known Mossad operatives, had prior knowledge of the attacks on the World Trade Center.

May 28 11:43

The EU should be calling out Israeli colonialism for its violence and incitement

Palestinian school textbooks are once again under public scrutiny, this time after a report published by Israel’s Institute for Monitoring Peace and Cultural Tolerance in School Education (IMPACT-se) claimed that material was “more radical than previously published”. The EU has since confirmed that it will be funding an assessment to be carried out “by an independent and internationally recognised research institute.”

According to IMPACT-se, “This new curriculum deliberately omits any discussion of peace education or reference to any Jewish presence in Palestine before 1948.” EU Foreign Affairs Representative Federica Mogherini said that the study will identify “possible incitement to hatred and violence and any possible lack of compliance with UNESCO standards of peace and tolerance in education.”

May 28 11:42

Far from solving the Palestine-Israel conflict, the US ‘deal’ will take it to an unimagined level

One thing caught my attention during the latest Israeli escalation in the Gaza Strip, which left dozens of Palestinians dead. It was a video message, in Arabic, by Israeli parliamentarian Avi Dichter, a former head of Israel’s internal security service, Shin Bet. Dichter spent a life time torturing Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails and assassinating many others, but used the video to offer “sincere” advice to the people of Gaza to rebel against Hamas rule and stop firing rockets at Israel.

In an attempt to blame the victims, he said that whatever misery the Palestinians are suffering from is the result of choosing war against Israel. According to him, in 1947, the UN offered them a partition plan, but they refused it and they chose to fight, and as a result they are now stifled in this tiny piece of land, the Gaza Strip. In his warped logic, they have only themselves to blame for their predicament; they gambled against the Zionist movement and lost.

May 28 11:42

Resurrecting the PLO is Palestine’s Best Response to the ‘Deal of the Century’

Palestinian groups, Fatah, Hamas and others should not confine themselves to merely rejecting the Trump Administration’s so-called ‘Deal of the Century’. Instead, they should use their resistance to the new American-Israeli plot as an opportunity to unify their ranks.

Leaked details of the ‘Deal of the Century’ confirm Palestinians’ worst fears: the ‘Deal’ is but a complete American acquiescence to the right-wing mentality that has ruled Israel for over a decade.

According to the Israeli daily newspaper, Israel Hayom, a demilitarised state, ‘New Palestine’ will be established on territorial fragments of the West Bank, as all illegal Jewish settlements would permanently become part of Israel. If Palestinians refuse to accept Washington’s diktats, according to the report, they will be punished through economic and political isolation.

May 28 11:41

‘Israel’s extreme right wing government has finished any hope for a Palestinian state’

Last year, Palestinian citizens of Israel suffered two major set-backs in their ongoing fight for equality. The first was the Nation-State Law, which basically turned non-Jews into second class citizens. The second, which is related to the first, was a slump in Palestinian and Arab representation within the Israeli Knesset (parliament).

For the 2 million Palestinians who make up almost 22 per cent of the population of Israel, discrimination and institutional racism has been a reality since the Nakba of 1948. Even though “the right to equality is not yet enshrined in law regarding most aspects of life,” no previous decree with constitutional status has relegated non-Jewish Israeli citizens to an inferior status resembling the apartheid laws in White-ruled South Africa rather than the equal rights and democracy celebrated in the West.

May 28 11:39

Israel and Syria exchange fire amid soaring regional tensions

Israel has carried out a rocket attack in Syria's Golan Heights region, according to Syrian state news and the Israeli military.

"An Israeli missile targeted Tel al-Shaar in Quneitra," the Syrian news agency SANA said, adding that a "military vehicle was targeted and there are wounded."

Israel's military confirmed the attack in a statement posted on social media on Monday, saying it had been in retaliation for anti-aircraft fire at an Israeli fighter jet earlier on Monday.

It said that the projectile missed a jet during a routine flight in Israel and that the plane completed its journey before the Israeli military "targeted the launcher that had fired" at the jet.

May 28 11:34

Israel's Role In 9/11

The tale of 9/11 will just not go away, largely because it is clear to anyone who reads the lengthy 9/11 Commission Report that many issues that should have been subject to inquiry were ignored for what would appear to be political reasons. The George W. Bush Administration quite obviously did not want to assume any blame for what had happened and that bias also extended to providing cover for U.S. “allies,” most particularly Saudi Arabia and Israel. Those who have sought the truth about 9/11 have been persistent in their attempts to find out information that was suppressed but they have been blocked repeatedly in spite of numerous FOIA requests.

May 28 11:33

It Is Israelis Indifference That Is Killing People

In the past, whenever I went to (or more precisely, ‘through’) Israel, it was for some antagonistic purpose: to write about the brutal suppression of the intifada in Gaza or Hebron, to comment on the insanity of the land grab around Bethlehem, or to report from the eerie and de-populated Golan Heights, which Israel occupies against all international rules and the UN resolutions. You name it and I worked there: Shifa Hospital or Rafah Camp in Gaza, ‘Golans’, border with Jordan, Bethlehem.

I used to arrive at Ben Gurion Airport, sleep one night in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem or Haifa, meet my contacts (my left-wing friends), hastily, and in the morning, dash towards the ‘front’, or towards one of the ‘fronts’ that the so-called ‘Jewish State’ sustains for decades at its ‘peripheries’.

But this time I decided to do exactly the opposite.

May 28 11:26

SHTAYYEH: PALESTINIANS MAY REVOKE RECOGNITION OF ISRAEL

PLO and Fatah institutions have called on the Palestinian leadership to “revise” relations with Israel in wake of Israel’s policies and the US Administration’s “bias” in favor of Israel.

May 28 11:25

Israel lurches toward unprecedented political crisis, Netanyahu faces possible 2nd election

Israel's parliament on Monday passed a preliminary motion to dissolve itself. The move further pushed the country toward an unprecedented political impasse, less than two months after elections seemed to promise Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a new mandate.

If the bill receives final passage in a vote scheduled Wednesday, Israel would be forced to hold new elections — sending the political system into disarray.

Netanyahu appeared to have a clear path to victory, and a fourth consecutive term, after the April 9 elections. His Likud party emerged tied as the largest party in the 120-seat parliament, and with his traditional allies, he appeared to control a solid 65-55 majority.

But he has struggled to form a government ahead of a looming deadline to do so. His prospective coalition has been thrown into crisis in recent days by former Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, an ally and sometimes rival of Netanyahu's.

May 28 11:25

Jonathan Pollard: Israel’s Betrayal Is Continuing

After serving three decades behind bars, and more than three-and-a-half years under severe parole restrictions, Jonathan Pollard is expressing his increasing frustration with the Israeli government failure to act on his behalf.

“I feel that the betrayal that started back when I was expelled from embassy in 1985 has basically continued,” Pollard told a friend, Rabbi Avraham Y. Heschel, in a conversation on Tuesday. “ You can either simply walk away from someone like myself, leaving him to fend for himself as best as he could, or you can feign activity on the person’s behalf. The latter is what I have seen ever since I was released from prison. When the government of Israel wants to accomplish something, they know very well what they have to do to accomplish that end. In my case, they haven’t even done the bare minimum of expressing to the American government their commitment to see me repatriated, and the Americans can read between the lines.”

May 28 10:41

Israeli military says it attacked Syrian anti-aircraft position after its warplane came under fire

The Israeli military said it attacked a Syrian anti-aircraft position after an Israeli warplane came under fire. Syrian TV earlier stated that Israel had carried out a missile strike in Syria’s Quneitra province.
According to SANA, one officer was killed and two others were injured in the attack on a military site east of Khan Arnabeh in the Quneitra countryside. It added that the Syrian Air Defense attacked an unmanned aerial vehicle that entered Syrian airspace near the southern suburb.

Israeli Defense Forces claimed that it was their jet making a routine flight in northern Israel that came under fire. The Syrian anti-aircraft missile missed the warplane and it was able to complete its mission successfully.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Everything Israel ever does, to any of its regional neighbors, is always defended, as "normal and routine."

May 28 10:20

US governor blames Palestinians for ongoing Israeli occupation

A US governor has blamed Palestinians for Israel's ongoing occupation of their land, just weeks before the United States plans to unveil the economic portion of its "deal of the century" peace plan.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a longtime supporter of Israel and a member of Donald Trump's Republican Party, made his comments during a trade delegation visit to Israel this week.

"If you look at this whole conflict, to me, the biggest problem has been that Palestinian Arabs have not recognised Israel's right to exist as a Jewish state," DeSantis said during a news briefing at the Hilton Tel Aviv on Monday morning.

May 28 10:13

Trump Claims US Not Seeking 'Regime Change' in Iran

Donald Trump is currently visiting Japan, whose prime minister is said to be considering serving as a mediator in possible peace talks between Iran and the United States.

The United States is not looking to overthrow Iran's government, President Donald Trump said on Monday, as tensions between the two countries flared with Washington deploying troops to the region.

"I know so many people from Iran, these are great people. It [Iran] has a chance to be a great country, with the same leadership. We are not looking for regime change, I just wanna make that clear," Trump said at a press conference in Tokyo, adding that he thinks "we'll make a deal" with Tehran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump, a word, please; and forgive me, but I am getting "Intellectual Whiplash", as your rhetoric seems to slam Iran's leadership one day, then holds it upright the next, as though it consisted of people with whom you can actually deal, geopolitcally.

Sir, I do not believe that I am alone in this feeling.

And President Trump, I feel morally obligated to share the following concern; Israel's Netanyahu, and Saudi Arabia's Prince bin Salman, want to see Iran obliterated, and carved up into little fiefdoms, so that it cannot threaten them economically.

I do sense that a "false flag", to be blamed upon Iran, may happen against either American or Saudi troops, or interests, or both, very soon; perhaps on, or around, 4 July, which is one of our national holidays when, normally, this event pulls people together and, lets them celebrate the opportunities available here, no matter their ideological differences.

Mr. President, should such a thing happen, your first reaction has to be one of extreme Presidential discretion, not an immediate striking back, because you will most likely will be given false information from those who wish to see Iran fall.

To avoid a potential war with Iran, I suggest that you start engaging with Tehran and their leadership, at high levels.

Like maybe, yesterday, please?!?!

You need to also put intense pressure on Netanyahu and Prince Bin Salman, (both your BFFs in the Middle East, right?!?) to start sending envoys to Tehran.

Netanyahu understands that he can achieve a peaceful relationship with Iran, but doesn't want to do it, because Tel Aviv always tries to keep its citizens scared excrementless, of neighboring countries, and is constantly reminding its citizens to "be afraid; be very afraid."

But ultimately, the only way for the Jewish State of Israel to continue to exist, will be to "cage the rage, ...and engage" with all of its regional neighbors.

Do you remember, as a Dad, looking at your kid's report card, and seeing that it's "works well with others" column was nicely checked off, positively?!?

President Trump, that is precisely what has to happen here, between all interested regional governments.

And lastly, Mr. President, in the Chinese language, the symbol for crisis... and opportunity are one in the same. Please, I urge you to remember this, when thinking about the US geopolitical approach to Tehran, and how to achieve a positive, constructive, and lasting outcome here.

May 28 10:08

German Ex-Spy Chief: Mossad Behind Video Leak That Led to Austria Gov't Collapse

Austrian politics has been rocked by "Ibiza-gate" allegations that the country's vice chancellor was discussing the possibility of a foreign citizen investing into a local newspaper in exchange for favourable media coverage.

Rudolf Adam, a former diplomat and deputy head of Germany's Federal Intelligence Service, claims that the scandal that turned Austria's politics upside down was orchestrated by Israeli secret services.

Writing for the political magazine Cicero, Adam argues that the plan to bring down Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache with an explosive video leak was unlikely to have been hatched by the United States, which is currently "fully occupied with Korea, Iran and China".

Nor could be Russia behind the "political assassination", as Adam puts it, given that the now-former vice chancellor had been advocating closer ties with Moscow.

May 27 13:10

Settler filmed starting fire in West Bank field is Israeli soldier

One of the two Jewish settlers recently caught on video starting a fire in the occupied West Bank is an Israeli soldier, it has been revealed.

According to reports in the Israeli media, “the army knows the identity of the settler”, and “two security sources confirmed the details, saying that the soldier was on leave when the arson took place”.

The military said that “the Israel Police are expected to handle the incident”, while “the police said that they have yet to arrest the soldier”.

May 27 13:10

Israeli police evacuated after settler attack in West Bank

Israeli police officers had to be extracted by soldiers after a sustained attack Saturday by Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank.

According to Haaretz, “dozens of extreme right-wing activists assaulted police” near the notorious Yitzhar settlement, with masked men throwing stones and other objects at police and their van, and puncturing the tires of two police vehicles. “No one was arrested”, Haaretz noted.

The police said that officers had been responding to reports of violence between settlers and Palestinians around an outpost called ‘Kippah Sruga’.

“While our force was leaving”, said the police statement, “dozens of masked men from the area arrived, throwing stones and objects at the policemen and their vehicles. Using knives, they slashed the tires of two vehicles, causing quite a lot of damage before fleeing the scene”.

May 27 13:05

Israel considering US-led talks with Lebanon on maritime border

The Israeli government on Monday expressed openness to discussions led by the U.S. about disagreements with Lebanon over the countries' shared maritime border.

Talks could be “for the good of both countries’ interests in developing natural gas reserves and oil” the office of Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz’s office said in a statement, according to Reuters.

The statement reportedly follows Steinitz's meeting with U.S. envoy David Satterfield.

May 27 12:36

WHINING AND DINING AT THE EXPENSE OF PALESTINE

Millions of Americans and Israelis have been raised on a steady diet of pro-Israeli propaganda know just one side of Middle East history: that of oppressed-but-feisty Jews fighting violent-and-treacherous Arabs. They think only Israelis bleed and only Palestinians make them.

May 27 12:28

PENCE TELLS SOLDIERS: SOME OF YOU WILL DIE FOR ISRAEL

SOURCE: KURTNIMMO.BLOG

This isn’t exactly what Mike Pence told the graduating class of West Point on Saturday. He said it’s “a virtual certainty that you will fight on a battlefield for America at some point in your life,” which means, of course, people will die, not simply soldiers but countless innocent others.

Pence tells West Point graduates it's "a virtual certainty" they will go to combat as Iran tensions escalate https://t.co/7V80F7KLZ9 pic.twitter.com/gWEtnuUcHS

— The Hill (@thehill) May 26, 2019

Pence’s “battlefield for America” is a brazen lie. America has but one reason to wage wars in the Middle East—and that reason is Israel.

The trillion dollar wars past, present, and future in the Middle East—in Syria, Libya, Iraq, Yemen, and Iran—do not in any way benefit the US, and instead have made America an international outlaw.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Kurt absolutely nails it here.

And President Trump, a word please; what this country needs, and desperately, as in, YESTERDAY, is a Department of Peace, with an ability to demonstrate to you how geopolitical tensions can be diffused through intelligent, hard-won, moral negotiations rather than wars.

Mike and I are volunteering to do this for you, and right now!!!

You are welcome, Mr. President!!!! :-)

May 27 11:55

KURT NIMMO - BREITBART, INFOWARS: DEFENDERS OF MASS MURDER AND ETHNIC? CLEANSING

SOURCE: KURT NIMMO

Over at Reddit, somebody posted an Infowars video where a host sitting in for Alex Jones claims the corporate media in the US is making up “fake news” about Israel.

This is neocon and Likudnik propaganda. It is well-known by neutral observers that The New York Times, The Washington Post, and their ilk have consistently defended, glossed over, or ignored the manifest crimes of the Israeli state. The apartheid state of Israel excels in murdering women and children—and medics, journalists, and activists (Rachel Corrie comes to mind)—and because it is Israel, it gets a free pass.

The Infowars host, the kid talking to the camera, is a know-nothing. He is trapped in a vicious circle of hatred for Democrats and “leftists,” in response to their hatred of Republicans and “conservatives.”

Meanwhile, the crimes continue, more brazen than ever. Donald Trump has served as an over-the-top booster for Zionism.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Welcome to our world, Kurt!

We had hoped, when President Trump got elected,that at least some of what he said on the campaign trail would be honored; we were dead-wrong, and have had to, publicly admit that.

It has become very telling to both of us, that President Trump's BFFs in the Middle East are two mass murderers: The Butcher of Gaza, Benyamin Netanyahu, and the Butcher of Yemen, Crown Prince bin Salman.

Unfortunately, President Trump seems to be entranced by, and attracted to, people with both a ton of money, and the power to kill, at the utterance of a word, or with a signature from pen on paper, and suffer absolutely no consequences for it.

I am now certain, at some level, the President envies these guys, for what they can get away with.

And let's all remember; upon becoming Commander in Chief, this President also became the USA's Merchant of Death in Chief, hawking American arms to all those who would listen, and buy, like Saudi Arabia, and the UAE.

The US government is aiding and abetting war crimes in both Gaza and Yemen, at a level of unprecedented bloodshed, plus that of all the wars, past or soon to be, the US government has incited, or will soon incite, in places like Afghanistan; Libya; Iraq; and Somalia, and perhaps soon, against Iran.

Kurt,I feel for you on this, I really do.

Our choices really stank in 2016; we had either a millionaire who although had his name attached to a book, "The Art of the Deal" (fully ghostwritten, I might add), but cannot appear to negotiate his way out of a paper bag, or a woman with more baggage than does Kim Kardashian on a photo shoot!!!

As you well know, Kurt, primaries do not decide who our presidential candidates will be, but the huge corporations and the military/industrial complex do.

This is why Tulsi Gabbard's presidential campaign will get stopped in its tracks, because she is the polar opposite of a war monger, and the military industrial complex does NOT want to grind their "swords into plowshares"right now.

Remember in the film "Iron Man", when the Tony Stark character "gets awakened" to all the evil his company has done with weapons previously, and calls for a complete overhaul, and what nearly happens to him after he makes the announcement that he is doing this?!? Hint: it's called, nearly getting assassinated?!?

No respectable weapons maker's CEO wants something like that to happen to them; that is why they have their conscience surgically removed, before any kind of "Come to Jesus" enlightenment can possibly happen to them.

May 27 11:20

JONATHAN POLLARD, US SPY FOR ISRAEL, COMPLAINS OF NEGLECT BY ISRAELI STATE

Jonathan Pollard, an American who spied on his country for Israel in the 1980s, and is now free after spending 30 years in prison, has spoken of his frustration with the Israeli government, which it claims has forgotten about him. Pollard, a former intelligence analyst for the United States Navy, was released from an American prison in 2015, after serving a lengthy sentence for selling US government secrets to Israel. Throughout Pollard’s time in prison, the government of Israel lobbied for his release, claiming that the convicted spy did not harm American interests, but was simply trying to help Israel. But the US Intelligence Community and successive American presidents consistently rejected Israel’s claims, arguing that Pollard’s activities were severely detrimental to US interests. Pollard was eventually released after serving the entirety of his sentence. Ever since his release, Pollard has been required to wear an ankle monitor at all times.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. Pollard, I think I can clear up the confusion here, just a little.

Every contact with every Israeli official would be well and truly monitored by US intelligence; Tel Aviv doesn't want to be reminded of what it didn't continue to get after you were arrested; and the American government doesn't want to be reminded of how naive they were when you were doing that US intel theft for Israel, right under their very noses. Neither the Israeli or Us government want their people to know how much your intel compromised American intelligence at many critical levels.

href="http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/fr/576453/posts">Why Johnathan Pollard should never be released The article goes on to state: "In the course of my own interviews for this account, the officials who knew the most about Jonathan Pollard made it clear that they were talking because they no longer had confidence that President Clinton would do what they believed was the right thing -- keep Pollard locked up. Pollard, these officials told me, had done far more damage to American national security than was ever made known to the public; for example, he betrayed elements of four major American intelligence systems. In their eyes, there is no distinction between betraying secrets to an enemy, such as the Soviet Union, and betraying secrets to an ally."

Hope that about clears it up for you, Mr. Pollard.

May 27 08:59

JONATHAN POLLARD, US SPY FOR ISRAEL, COMPLAINS OF NEGLECT BY ISRAELI STATE

Jonathan Pollard, an American who spied on his country for Israel in the 1980s, and is now free after spending 30 years in prison, has spoken of his frustration with the Israeli government, which it claims has forgotten about him

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