Israel, Not Corbyn, Is the Real Threat to the Jewish Left

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11-12-18 10:12:00,

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A Corbyn supporter responds to Paul Berman’s critique of the Left

December 11, 2018 • 9:54 AM

The full Tablet series featuring Paul Berman’s original three-part essay on the state of the contemporary Left, along with responses to Berman from writers across the political spectrum, is collected here.

Paul Berman warns of a Western Left characterized by an irrational hatred of Israel, a reflexive blame-America posture, and a blind eye to Islamist fanaticism. In response to this perceived plague, he calls for a “preliminary charge” by progressives of conscience against “anti-Zionists and the Farrakhanites and any lingering Chavistas”, along with movements like BDS and individual leaders like Jeremy Corbyn.

I don’t accept Berman’s underlying presumptions, and hence see his warnings as misplaced. Let’s start with his most influential contemporary target. Berman approvingly cites the consensus of UK Jewish organizations that “a culture of classic anti-Semitism [has] taken root” inside Corbyn’s Labour Party. But is that factual? No one has been able to disprove the conclusion of Labour’s internal review, which found that cases of anti-Semitism within the party’s ranks represent “less than 0.1 percent” of Labour’s members.

But I am admittedly biased. I happen to admire Corbyn’s unapologetic opposition to neoliberal economics and advocacy for a more just, humane society. I also admire Corbyn for being, in the words of the Israeli writer Gideon Levy, “a staunch, consistent opponent of Israel’s occupation policy.” To Levy, opposing that occupation is not only Corbyn’s “right; as a true leftist it’s his duty.”

It is Corbyn’s consistent and principled fulfillment of that duty that I believe explains why he has been labeled an anti-Semite. His foes are following an old playbook: Defenders of the Israeli government have long cheapened the meaning of the term “anti-Semitism” and the memory of the Holocaust by deploying both as weapons to silence defenders of Palestinian rights. It is striking that Corbyn’s detractors, like Berman, see no irony in attacking him for appearing at an event with Hajo Meyer, an Auschwitz survivor. At the event, not Corbyn but Meyer himself criticized the exploitation of Nazi crimes to launder Israeli crimes,

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When George Bush, Sr. took on the Israel lobby, and paid for it

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09-12-18 04:48:00,

George Bush at White House press conference September 12, 1991, defending his move to hold up loan guarantees to Israel. He said he was “one lonely little guy” against “powerful political forces.”

In 1991 President George H.W. Bush held up a $10 billion loan guarantee to Israel over Israel’s continued settlement building. Bush won the battle, but eventually lost the war, a lesson that politicians have remembered ever since…

By Alison Weir

In its article, “How ‘lonely little’ George H.W. Bush changed the US-Israel relationship,” the Times of Israel reports: “The 41st president beat AIPAC, but lost 24% of his Jewish backing after confronting Israel over the settlements; it’s a lesson US leaders since have taken to heart.”

The Israeli newspaper states that Bush “made clear the cost of an American president waging a political fight against the vast coalition of pro-Israel lobbying groups. In doing so, he exposed the limits of what the world’s most powerful man can do” when opposed by Israel partisans.

In 1991 Bush told Israel that the U.S. would not give Israel $10 million in loan guarantees until Israel stopped building settlements in the West Bank and Gaza. (Settlements are illegal under international law.*)

Bush stated: “I think the American people will strongly support me in this. I’m going to fight for it because I think this is what the American people want, and I’m going to do absolutely everything I can to back those members of the United States Congress who are forward-looking in their desire to see peace.”

The Israel lobby, especially the powerful American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), was outraged.

AIPAC head Thomas Dine, 1991. Dine said Bush’s action would be “a day that lives in infamy for the American pro-Israeli community.”

Israel’s Ha’aretz newspaper reports: “Thomas Dine, the then-executive director of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, declared that September 12 – when Bush announced he would tell Congress that the request for the guarantees must be deferred for 120 days – would be ‘a day that lives in infamy for the American pro-Israeli community.’

“Dine lamented that ‘this president did what no other president has done: He held a special press conference on this issue and challenged not just congressional efforts to proceed with the guarantees legislation,

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Israel kann der UNIFIL keine Beweise für die Existenz der Hisbollah-Tunnel liefern

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07-12-18 08:33:00,

Seit drei aufeinanderfolgenden Tagen setzen die israelischen Verteidigungskräfte die „Nord- Schild“- Operation unter dem Kommando des Chefs der Nordregion, General Yoël Strick und unter der Überwachung des Generalstabschefs, General Gadi Eizenkot, fort.

Tsahal sagte, dass es zwei Tunnel der Hisbollah tief auf israelischem Gebiet entdeckt habe. Der Ständige Vertreter Israels bei den Vereinten Nationen, Botschafter Danny Danon, denunzierte einen Verstoß gegen die Resolution 1701 durch die Hisbollah und verlangte ihn zu verurteilen. Ihm zufolge würde der Bau dieser Tunnel vom Iran finanziert werden.

Die UN-Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) hielt eine Sitzung in Anwesenheit von libanesischen und israelischen Militärs ab. Israel hat Videos von den Tunneln präsentiert, aber keinen Beweis für ihren Standort oder deren Finanzierung durch den Iran, und daher auch nicht der Verletzung der Resolution 1701. Der Libanon hat abgestritten, dass diese Tunnel existieren und erinnerte daran, dass Israel den libanesischen Luft- und Meeresraum etwa 150 Mal pro Monat seit zwölf Jahren verletze.

Der libanesische Außenminister Gebran Bassil hat angekündigt, dass er, angesichts der unaufhörlichen Verstöße gegen die Resolution durch Israel und dessen permanenten verleumderischen Anschuldigungen, eine Verweisung an die Vereinten Nationen vorbereite.

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Die höchsten israelischen Behörden sind vertraut mit den krassesten Lügen. Im September 2018, auf dem Podium der Vereinten Nationen, hatte Premierminister Benjamin Netanyahu der Hisbollah den Bau einiger Waffen-Fabriken mitten in Beirut vorgeworfen, und somit auch die Verwendung der Bevölkerung als zivilen Schild. Minister Gebran Bassil hatte damals die im Libanon tätigen Botschafter eingeladen, zu kommen und selbst an Ort und Stelle die israelischen Lügen festzustellen. Ein weiteres Beispiel: am 20. September war der Stabschef der Armee der israelischen Luftwaffe, General Amikam Norkin nach Moskau geflogen, um die Zerstörung eines russischen Flugzeuges zu rechtfertigen, wo aber seine Stellungnahmen in völligem Widerspruch zu den Radar- und Satelliten-Aufzeichnungen standen.

In Israel erwähnt die Presse die Möglichkeit, dass diese Propaganda-Operation durch den Ministerpräsidenten ausgedacht worden wäre, um seinen zurückgetretenen Minister der Verteidigung, Avigdor Lieberman, anzugreifen, oder um die Aufmerksamkeit der Öffentlichkeit abzulenken, während die Polizei seine Anklage in dem 4000-Fall verlangt.

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Israel’s New War of Attrition on Jerusalem’s Palestinians – Global Research

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04-12-18 09:10:00,

Czech president Milos Zeman offered Benjamin Netanyahu’s ultra-nationalist government a fillip during his visit to Israel last week. He inaugurated a cultural and trade centre, Czech House, just outside Jerusalem’s Old City walls.

At the opening, he expressed hope it would serve as a precursor to his country relocating its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. If so, the Czech Republic would become the first European state to follow US President Donald Trump’s lead in moving the US embassy in May.

It is this kind of endorsement that, of late, has emboldened Mr Netanyahu’s government, the Israeli courts, Jerusalem officials and settler organisations to step up their combined assault on Palestinians in the Old City and its surrounding neighbourhoods.

Israel has never hidden its ambition to seize control of East Jerusalem, Palestinian territory it occupied in 1967 and then annexed, as a way of preventing a viable Palestinian state from emerging.

Israel immediately began building an arc of Jewish settlements on Jerusalem’s eastern flank to seal off its Palestinian residents from their political hinterland, the West Bank.

More than a decade ago, it consolidated its domination with a mammoth concrete wall that cut through East Jerusalem. The aim was to seal off densely populated Palestinian neighbourhoods on the far side, ensuring the most prized and vulnerable areas – the Old City and its environs – could be more easily colonised, or “Judaised”, as Israel terms it.

This area, the heart of Jerusalem, is where magnificent holy places such as the Al Aqsa mosque and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre are to be found.

Under cover of the 1967 war, Israel ethnically cleansed many hundreds of Palestinians living near the Western Wall, a retaining wall of the elevated Al Aqsa compound that is venerated in Judaism. Since then, Israeli leaders have grown ever hungrier for control of the compound itself, which they believe is built over two long-lost Jewish temples.

Israel has forced the compound’s Muslim authorities to allow Jews to visit in record numbers, even though most wish to see the mosque replaced with a third Jewish temple. Meanwhile, Israel has severely limited the numbers of Palestinians who can reach the holy site.

Until now,

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Why Can Israel Interfere In US Elections But Not Russia? – PaulCraigRoberts.org

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03-12-18 01:22:00,

Why Can Israel Interfere In US Elections But Not Russia?

PHILIP M. GIRALDI | 29.11.2018 | FEATURED STORY

Pushback Against Israel Is Beginning

The Anglophone Israel Lobby benefits from its ability to mold the media narrative while at the same time using financial incentives to corrupt the political class. For those who do not succumb to the corruption, there is always the option of direct pressure, which in the United States and Britain consists of targeted interference in the political system to remove critics either through promotion of scandal or by supporting well-funded alternative candidates in the following election. In the United States, this has led to the removal of a number of congressmen who had dared to criticize the Jewish state, terrifying the remainder into silence. All of this goes on with little or no debate in the media or in congress itself.

There are signs, however, that the general tolerance of Israeli misbehavior might be ending. The election of at least three Democratic Congresswomen Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez who might be willing to discuss Israel in something less than worshipful ways is a miniscule shift in the alignment of the Democratic party, where Jewish money dominates, but it reflects the views of the party’s grass roots where a recent poll demonstrates that surveyed Democrats favor Israel over Palestine by a margin of only 2%, twenty-seven per cent versus twenty-five per cent with the remainder of responders favoring neither side.

Much more significant is last week’s announcement by Senator Rand Paul that he intends to place a “hold” on the current package of $38 billion in military aid to Israel, which means he can filibuster the issue in the Senate to delay its passage. Paul, who, like his father, is a skeptic regarding foreign aid in general, did not cite any specific issues connected to the aid package, but critics have long noted that Israel is in fact ineligible for any foreign aid from the United States because it has an undeclared nuclear arsenal consisting of at least 200 weapons. For that reason, providing aid to Israel is illegal under the Symington Amendment of 1961 as well as due to the fact that Tel Aviv has rejected signing the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT.

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The Film the Israel Lobby Does Not Want You to See

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03-12-18 11:15:00,

The Lobby,” the four-part Al-Jazeera documentary that was blocked under heavy Israeli pressure shortly before its release, has been leaked online by the Chicago-based website Electronic Intifada, the French website Orient XXI and the Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar.

The series is an inside look over five months by an undercover reporter, armed with a hidden camera, at how the government and intelligence agencies of Israel work with U.S. domestic Jewish groups such as the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), The Israel Project and StandWithUs to spy on, smear and attack critics, especially American university students who support the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement. It shows how the Israel lobby uses huge cash donations, often far above the U.S. legal limit, and flies hundreds of members of Congress to Israel for lavish and unpaid vacations at Israeli seaside resorts, bribing the American lawmakers to do Israel’s bidding, including providing military aid such as the $38 billion (over 10 years) that was approved by Congress in 2016. It uncovers Israel’s sleazy character assassination of academics, activists and journalists, its well-funded fake grassroots activism, its manipulation of press coverage, and its ham-fisted attempts to destroy marriages, personal relationships and careers. The film highlights the efforts to discredit liberal Jews and Jewish organizations as tools of radical jihadists, referring, for example, to Jewish Voice for Peace as “Jewish Voice for Hamas” and claiming that many members of the organization are not actually Jewish. Israel recruits black South Africans into an Israeli front group called Stop Stealing My Apartheid, in a desperate effort to counter the reality of the apartheid state that Israel has constructed. The series documents Israel’s repeated and multifaceted interference in the internal affairs of the United States, including elections; efforts to discredit progressive groups such as Black Lives Matter that express sympathy for the Palestinians; and routine employment of Americans to spy on other Americans. Israel’s behavior is unethical and perhaps illegal. But don’t expect anyone in the establishment or either of the two ruling political parties to do anything about it. It is abundantly clear by the end of the series that they have been intimidated, discredited or bought off.

“Imagine if China was doing this, if Iran was doing this,

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What ‘New Phase’ of Israel’s Relations with the Arab World? | New Eastern Outlook

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29-11-18 10:15:00,

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On November 7, 2018, Israel’s Intelligence and Transportation minister made a speech in Oman, pushing for greater cooperation between Israel and the Arab world, presenting it as something extremely beneficial for the people and the region on the whole. The speech had been preceded by Netanyahu’s visit to Oman in October 2018 and culture and sports minister’s visit to UAE in the same month, signalling Israel’s not only highly increased diplomatic activity in the Arab world, but also a clear emphasis on people-to-people contact, such as through sports, to push for greater acceptability of the notion of ‘friendship with Israel.’ In the last week of November, Israel hosted Chad’s president in a first ever such visit to Israel after Chad had ended its diplomatic relations with Israel in 1972, indicating how Israel wasn’t going to confine its diplomatic out-reach to Gulf only. Indeed, the intention is to expand in the Aran world, in and beyond the Middle East as Netanyahu told Chad president about his intention to visit “more Arab states” soon.

The probable expansion of Israeli ties with Arab states is likely to impact the Palestinian question very powerfully. While Chad’s president did try to make it clear that “the renewal of diplomatic ties between us, which I very much want, is not something that can make the Palestinian issue disappear,” the very reason why Israel is expanding its ties is to win greater acceptability of its peace-deal with the Palestinians, which means, in one way or the other, pressure from Israeli friends in the Arab world on the Palestinians to accept the made-in-USA “deal of the century.”

How Israeli relations with the Arab world are likely to lead to marginalisation of the Palestinian issue is evident from how many Arab leaders, including Saudi Arabia’s Mohammad Bin Salman, have already begun trying to ‘convince’ the Palestinians of the potential benefits of the deal. The growing relations are, therefore, going to impact Palestine in a powerful way. “All countries and institutions must boycott the extremist government of Israel and impose a siege on it because of its settlement activities, its occupation of Palestinian land,” said Wasel Abu Youssef, a senior Palestinian official.

One important reason for this pressure being felt in the Palestine is that the Arab discourse on Palestinian struggle against Israel will change due to greater security cooperation between Israel and the Arab states.

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Israel to Demolish Dozens of Palestinian Shops in East Jerusalem – Global Research

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23-11-18 02:07:00,

Israeli forces along with the Israeli Civil Administration staff stormed the Shufat refugee camp, in occupied East Jerusalem, and delivered demolition notices to dozens of Palestinian shops, on late Tuesday.

Thaer Fasfous, spokesperson of the Fatah movement in Jerusalem, told Ma’an that the Israeli Civil Administration staff delivered demolition notices to more than 20 Palestinian-owned shops in the Shufat refugee camp.

Fasfous pointed out that the delivered notices mentioned that shop owners have 12 hours to evacuate the premises before the demolitions take place.

The notices also mentioned that the shops would be demolished under the pretext that they were built without the difficult-to-obtain Israeli permit.

Fasfous added that the shops have been built since 2007 and include clothing, groceries, bakeries, and restaurants.

Fasfous said that Israeli authorities started a demolition campaign in the Shufat refugee camp, which affects dozens of Palestinian families, who rely on economic support from these shops.

Additionally, clashes broke out among Israeli forces and Palestinians after the delivery of the demolition notices, during which Israeli forces repeatedly fired tear-gas bombs and sound bombs throughout Shufat.

Israel uses the pretext of building without a permit to carry out demolitions of Palestinian-owned homes on a regular basis.

Israel rarely grants Palestinians permits to build in East Jerusalem, though the Jerusalem municipality has claimed that compared to the Jewish population, they receive a disproportionately low number of permit applications from Palestinian communities, which also see high approval ratings.

For Jewish Israelis in occupied East Jerusalem’s illegal settlements, the planning, marketing, development, and infrastructure are funded and executed by the Israeli government. By contrast, in Palestinian neighborhoods, all the burden falls on individual families to contend with a lengthy permit application that can last several years and cost tens of thousands of dollars.

The video below shows shop owners evacuating the premises:

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Israel’s Strategy for War on Iran. The “Greater Israel” Project. The Dangers of an All Out Middle East War? – Global Research

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13-11-18 06:51:00,

Iran is Israel’s main regional rival – yet poses no threat to the Jewish state or any others.

For decades, Israeli regimes urged Washington to wage war on Iran, wanting its main regional rival and all others eliminated.

The infamous 1982 Oded Yinon document titled “A Strategy for Israel in the Nineteen Eighties” explained Israel’s agenda in clear, unambiguous detail – a regional divide and conquer strategy, needing US involvement to work.

The scheme was likely updated several times, the objective unchanged, including a greater Israel through a redrawn Middle East map.

To survive, the Jewish state believes it must dominate the region and become a world power.

Achieving its objective requires partitioning Arab nations into smaller ones along ethnic and sectarian lines as Israeli satellite client states.

Israel’s 1967 Six Day War, seizing the West Bank, East Jerusalem, Syria’s Golan, and Lebanese territory followed the plan.

So did its aggression on Lebanon in 1978, 1982, 1993, 1996, and 2006, along with occupying the country’s south up to the Litani River, remaining for 18 years until withdrawing in May 2000.

It still illegally holds the Ghajar Lebanese village bordering Golan, along with Sheba Farms, a 14-square mile water-rich area near Syria’s Golan.

The late Israel Shahak said longstanding Israeli plans for regional control follow German “geopolitical ideas (from) 1890 – 1933, which were swallowed whole by Hitler and the Nazi movement, and determined their aims for East Europe.”

Yinon called all Arab states east of Israel “riddled with inner conflicts.” The Saudi and other Gulf states are “built upon a delicate house of sand in which there is only oil.”

Jordan is in reality Palestine, Amman the same as Nablus, other regional Arab states similar, he said.

Since its 1979 revolution, Iran above all other regional states is Israel’s main target for elimination.

A dubious Israeli/Saudi alliance wants the Islamic Republic destroyed, falsely portraying the country as a regional threat.

Netanyahu repeatedly lies about an Iranian nuclear weapons program. None exists. The Jewish state is the only regional armed and dangerous nuclear power, along with maintaining banned chemical,

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Israel Wins 2018 Election

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13-11-18 12:02:00,

Judging from the mainstream media, Israel was not a major issue in the midterm election but it sure did come up a lot when candidates for office were wooing Jewish or Evangelical voters. To cite only one example, Florida Congressman Ron DeSantis criticized his opponent Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum during their gubernatorial race for receiving support from the Dream Defenders, a group favoring Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel, and giving a speech welcoming members of the Council on American-Islamic Relations to his city. DeSantis claimed in a video clip that “I can find anti-Semites around him, but it’s almost like ‘we don’t want to discuss that.’”

DeSantis, who sponsored the 2013 Palestinian Accountability Act which called for the withholding of U.S. aid to the Palestinian Authority until it recognizes Israel as a Jewish state, charged that Gillum would not be a “friend” of Israel. In 2017, he co-founded the Congressional Israel Victory Caucus, saying “Israel is our strongest ally in the Middle East, as we share common national interests and possess similar national values. Israel is not the problem in the Middle East; it is the solution to many of the problems that bedevil the region. American policy must ensure that Israel emerges victorious against those who deny or threaten her existence.” Earlier this year, DeSantis drafted a proposal calling on the U.S. to recognize Syria’s Golan Heights as an ‘integral part’ of the State of Israel.

DeSantis boasted about his presence in Jerusalem when the U.S. Embassy was moved to that city in May and has promised as governor to visit Israel’s illegal settlements on the West Bank, which he refers to by the preferred Israeli usage as “Judea and Samaria.” He threatens critics that “If you boycott Israel, the state of Florida will boycott you.”

One might note at a minimum that for Ron DeSantis and ambitious slimeballs like him it is all about Israel due to their own political self-interest, with nothing actually in the mix for either Florida or the United States. The uninformed public buys into the narrative because it doesn’t know any better thanks to the media’s heavy slant in favor of Israel, allowing uncritical support for the Jewish state to continue under the radar unchallenged.

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Israel and China are Getting Closer. Should America Be Worried?

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12-11-18 11:07:00,

During a visit by Chinese vice president Wang Qishan to Israel last month, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed the “ growing ties ” between the two countries. Since they established official relations twenty-six years ago, Israel and China have strengthened the bilateral relationship across a number of areas. Israel’s warming to America’s chief competitor sends a clear message to Washington that it can no longer count on unconditional Israeli support.

The United States should be concerned about its closest Middle Eastern ally seeking warmer ties with China. Since Israel’s founding in 1948, Jerusalem has depended heavily on Washington for military sales, economic cooperation, and diplomatic pressure. The United States in return has made Israel an obsequious bedrock of its postwar Middle East strategy, first as a bulwark against Soviet influence and more recently against religious extremism. China’s economic and military rise may over the next few decades push Israel away from Washington and toward Beijing.

Vice President Wang’s visit touted economic cooperation as especially close. Bilateral trade skyrocketed from $50 million in 1992 to $10 billion in 2013, while Chinese investment in Israel totaled $16 billion in 2016. Israel’s vibrant start-up culture is particularly attractive to Beijing, which through its “Made in China 2025” initiative seeks global dominance in its high-tech and advanced manufacturing sectors. Chinese interest in Israel.

Israel’s geopolitical position is of further interest to Beijing. China could soon make Israel a larger part of its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), the country’s multitrillion-dollar infrastructure grand-strategy plan. Israel has great potential as an energy supplier and a bridge to markets in Africa, Europe, and the rest of the Middle East. Although the United States is still far and away Israel’s largest trading partner, China will certainly close the gap in the years to come. If Jerusalem moves further into Beijing’s sphere of influence, Washington will lose one of most reliable allies at a time when it needs all the help it can get to contain China.

Although Israeli-Chinese ties have not yet entered the security realm, there is evidence to suggest that they soon may. The U.S. government has expressed concern that Chinese investment in Israel, which so far has touched only non-military sectors, will allow China to eventually develop the high-tech capabilities needed to challenge American military hegemony.

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Die Seidenstraße und Israel, von Thierry Meyssan

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30-10-18 07:24:00,

Peking treibt sein Projekt der “Seidenstraße“ ohne Unterlass voran. Der chinesische Vizepräsident, Wang Qishan, begab sich auf eine Tour in den Nahen Osten, die ihn unter anderem vier Tage nach Israel führte. Den bereits unterzeichneten Abkommen zufolge wird China in zwei Jahren den wesentlichen Teil des israelischen Ernährungssektors, seine Hoch-Technologie und seinen internationalen Handel kontrollieren. Ein Freihandelsabkommen sollte folgen. Die ganze regionale Geopolitik wird dadurch umgewälzt werden.

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Der Besuch des chinesischen Vizepräsidenten (s.o.), Wang Qishan, in Israel, in Palästina, in Ägypten und in den Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten zielt auf die Entwicklung der „Neuen Seidenstraße“ ab.

Im Herbst 2013 hat China sein Projekt der Schaffung von maritimen und vor allem von kontinentalen Kommunikationswegen über die ganze Welt bekannt gemacht. China hat Unsummen von Geld bereitgestellt und begonnen, das Projekt sehr zügig umzusetzen. Die wichtigsten Routen gehen entweder über Asien oder über Russland, bis nach Westeuropa. Aber China plant auch Routen in Afrika und Lateinamerika.

Die Hindernisse für die neue Seidenstraße

Diesem Projekt begegnen zwei Hindernisse, ein wirtschaftliches und ein strategisches.

Das Projekt zielt aus chinesischer Sicht auf den Export seiner Produkte nach dem Vorbild der alten “Seidenstraße”, die es zwischen dem 2. bis zum 15. Jahrhundert mit Europa über das Fergana-Tal, den Iran und Syrien verband. Zu dieser Zeit ging es darum, die Produkte von Stadt zu Stadt zu transportieren, um sie dann, je nach den Bedürfnissen der lokalen Händler, in jeder Etappe gegen andere Produkte zu tauschen. Im Gegensatz dazu hat China heute den Ehrgeiz, seine Produkte direkt in Europa und in der ganzen Welt zu verkaufen. Nun sind sie aber nicht mehr exotisch (Seide, Gewürze etc.), sondern identisch mit jenen der Europäer und ihnen sogar oft überlegen. Die Handelsroute verwandelt sich in eine Autobahn. Wenn Marco Polo von der Seide aus dem Fernen Osten, in Italien ohne ihresgleichen, begeistert war, ist Angela Merkel nun entsetzt zu sehen, wie ihre Automobil-Industrie den chinesischen Konkurrenten ausgeliefert sein wird. Die Industrieländer müssen daher mit Peking sowohl Handel treiben, als auch gleichzeitig ihre Industrien vor dem ökonomischen Schock bewahren.

Durch massive Ausfuhr seiner Produktion wird China den kommerziellen Platz einnehmen, den das Vereinigte Königreich seit der industriellen Revolution zuerst allein, später mit den Vereinigten Staaten innehatte. Die Beibehaltung dieser Überlegenheit war genau der Grund, dass Churchill und Roosevelt die Atlantik-Charta unterzeichnet haben und dass die Vereinigten Staaten in den Zweiten Weltkrieg eingetreten sind.

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Die Seidenstraße und Israel, von Thierry Meyssan

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30-10-18 07:24:00,

Peking treibt sein Projekt der “Seidenstraße“ ohne Unterlass voran. Der chinesische Vizepräsident, Wang Qishan, begab sich auf eine Tour in den Nahen Osten, die ihn unter anderem vier Tage nach Israel führte. Den bereits unterzeichneten Abkommen zufolge wird China in zwei Jahren den wesentlichen Teil des israelischen Ernährungssektors, seine Hoch-Technologie und seinen internationalen Handel kontrollieren. Ein Freihandelsabkommen sollte folgen. Die ganze regionale Geopolitik wird dadurch umgewälzt werden.

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Der Besuch des chinesischen Vizepräsidenten (s.o.), Wang Qishan, in Israel, in Palästina, in Ägypten und in den Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten zielt auf die Entwicklung der „Neuen Seidenstraße“ ab.

Im Herbst 2013 hat China sein Projekt der Schaffung von maritimen und vor allem von kontinentalen Kommunikationswegen über die ganze Welt bekannt gemacht. China hat Unsummen von Geld bereitgestellt und begonnen, das Projekt sehr zügig umzusetzen. Die wichtigsten Routen gehen entweder über Asien oder über Russland, bis nach Westeuropa. Aber China plant auch Routen in Afrika und Lateinamerika.

Die Hindernisse für die neue Seidenstraße

Diesem Projekt begegnen zwei Hindernisse, ein wirtschaftliches und ein strategisches.

Das Projekt zielt aus chinesischer Sicht auf den Export seiner Produkte nach dem Vorbild der alten “Seidenstraße”, die es zwischen dem 2. bis zum 15. Jahrhundert mit Europa über das Fergana-Tal, den Iran und Syrien verband. Zu dieser Zeit ging es darum, die Produkte von Stadt zu Stadt zu transportieren, um sie dann, je nach den Bedürfnissen der lokalen Händler, in jeder Etappe gegen andere Produkte zu tauschen. Im Gegensatz dazu hat China heute den Ehrgeiz, seine Produkte direkt in Europa und in der ganzen Welt zu verkaufen. Nun sind sie aber nicht mehr exotisch (Seide, Gewürze etc.), sondern identisch mit jenen der Europäer und ihnen sogar oft überlegen. Die Handelsroute verwandelt sich in eine Autobahn. Wenn Marco Polo von der Seide aus dem Fernen Osten, in Italien ohne ihresgleichen, begeistert war, ist Angela Merkel nun entsetzt zu sehen, wie ihre Automobil-Industrie den chinesischen Konkurrenten ausgeliefert sein wird. Die Industrieländer müssen daher mit Peking sowohl Handel treiben, als auch gleichzeitig ihre Industrien vor dem ökonomischen Schock bewahren.

Durch massive Ausfuhr seiner Produktion wird China den kommerziellen Platz einnehmen, den das Vereinigte Königreich seit der industriellen Revolution zuerst allein, später mit den Vereinigten Staaten innehatte. Die Beibehaltung dieser Überlegenheit war genau der Grund, dass Churchill und Roosevelt die Atlantik-Charta unterzeichnet haben und dass die Vereinigten Staaten in den Zweiten Weltkrieg eingetreten sind.

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Pandering to Israel

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30-10-18 06:27:00,

The ability of Israel and its powerful Lobby to control many aspects of American government while also sustaining an essentially false narrative about the alleged virtues of the Jewish State is remarkable. Politicians and journalists learned long ago that it was better to cultivate Israel’s friends than it was to support actual American interests. They also discovered to speak the truth about the Jewish State often would prove to be a death sentence career-wise, witness the experiences of Cynthia McKinney, Paul Findlay, William Fulbright, Chuck Percy, James Traficant, Pete McCloskey and Rick Sanchez.

More recently, we have seen the ascent to real political power on the part of a number of politicians whose pandering to Israel has been notorious, indicating that the path to the White House goes through Tel Aviv and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) offices on H Street in the District of Columbia.

Nikki Haley, who recently resigned as United Nations Ambassador, gained national attention when she became the first state governor to sign off on laws that would punish supporters of the non-violent BDS movement. Subsequently, as ambassador, she became noted for her impassioned defense of Israel, to include complaining that “nowhere has the U.N.’s failure been more consistent and more outrageous than in its bias against our close ally Israel.”

She vowed that the “days of Israel bashing are over” and is now being groomed by the neocons as a possible presidential candidate for 2020. Whichever way it goes, she will be showered with money by Israel supporters as she finds her perch in the private sector, like others before her doing “work” that she does not understand while also making speeches about the importance of the Israeli relationship.

All of that said, one of the truly odd aspects of the Israeli/Jewish dominance is its ability to change the United States. Normally, a tiny client state attached to a great power would conform to its patron, but in the U.S.-Israel relationship the reverse has happened. When 9/11 occurred Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was pleased, commenting that the attack would tie the United States more closely to Israel in its war against “terrorism,” which to him meant his Islamic neighbors in the Middle East.

Since that time, the bilateral “special” relationship has conformed to what Professors Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer observed in their groundbreaking book “The Israel Lobby and U.S.

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Israel Quietly Transferred $250m Of Sophisticated Spy Systems To Saudi Arabia: Report

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29-10-18 09:20:00,

A new bombshell report in the Jerusalem Post confirms that Israel and Saudi Arabia’s somewhat “quiet” but growing security relationship is far more extensive than previously thought, as it now includes a $250 million weapons deal.

This is unprecedented as the two nations still don’t even have official diplomatic relations, as the kingdom has yet to officially recognize the state of Israel, but continue a close behind the scenes alliance based on intelligence sharing especially in places like Syria or even Yemen in order to “counter Iran”. 

According to the Jerusalem Post report

Saudi Arabia and Israel held secret meetings which led to an estimated $250-million deal, including the transfer of Israeli espionage technologies to the kingdom, Israeli media reported on Sunday, citing an exclusive report by the United Arab Emirate news website Al-Khaleej.

The report goes on to describe the spy systems as “the most sophisticated systems Israel has ever sold to any Arab country” and notes they’ve already been transferred to Saudi Arabia, where a Saudi technical team will undergo training to operate them. 

It is extremely unlikely if not impossible that Israel’s own technicians and operators would actually conduct the training of Saudi personnel — likely it is to be done through contractors from Western countries who are usually in abundance in the kingdom. 

Interestingly, it appears the United States and Britain may also have had a role to play in cementing the deal, which was first exposed by a Gulf-based news outlet

The exclusive report also revealed that the two countries exchanged strategic military information in the meetings, which were conducted in Washington and London through a European mediator.

Lending credibility to the report are prior recent revelations in September that Saudi Arabia had purchased Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system amidst its ongoing war with Houthi rebels in Yemen, which have resulted in several short to medium range ballistic missile attacks on the kingdom over the past year.

The controversial report detailing that Saudi Arabia has purchased Israeli’s Iron Dome defense system went viral at the time after a prominent Arabic news site, Al-Khaleej Online,

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Israel darf und muss kritisiert werden – sagt Moshe Zuckermann

Israel darf und muss kritisiert werden – sagt Moshe Zuckermann

19-10-18 08:47:00,


Moshe Zuckermann: Der allgegenwärtige Antisemit © Westend

Christian Müller / 19. Okt 2018 –

Ein neues Buch zum Thema Antisemitismus klärt die Frage, ob Kritik an Israel, wie behauptet, die neue Form von Antisemitismus ist.

Das fach- und sachkundige Buch zur Frage, ob Kritik an Israel in jedem Fall eine neue – zu verurteilende – Form von Antisemitismus ist, oder eben nicht, und warum, war überfällig. Jetzt ist es erschienen. Der Autor, Moshe Zuckermann, ist für das Thema prädestiniert wie kaum ein anderer: Er ist der Sohn polnisch-jüdischer Holocaust-Überlebender, ist in Israel geboren, hat in Deutschland studiert (schreibt also selber in deutscher Sprache), war jahrelang Professor für deutsche Geschichte an der Universität Tel Aviv und kennt so Israel und Deutschland nicht nur als promovierter Wissenschaftler, sondern ebenso aus eigener langjähriger Lebenserfahrung.

Moshe Zuckermann spricht Klartext. Er kritisiert nicht nur, er verurteilt in harten Worten, was zumal in Deutschland zwischenzeitlich die Norm ist: dass «Israel» und «Zionismus» in höchst fahrlässiger Weise mit «den Juden» vermischt und – im Interesse Israels – de facto gleichgesetzt werden. Er kritisiert und verurteilt in harten Worten die neue Taktik der (vor allem deutschen) Antisemitismus-Jäger, Veranstaltungen, an denen es zu Kritik an Israel kommen kann, durch Kündigung der Veranstaltungsräume oder gar Auftrittsverbote zu verhindern – und er zählt konkret mehrere solche Machenschaften etwa im Jahr 2017 auf. Er kritisiert und verurteilt aufs schärfste die neue Methode, Israel-kritische Juden als Selbsthasser und sogar selber als Antisemiten hinzustellen. Viele Deutsche, sagt Zuckermann, glauben sich von der Schuld am Holocaust befreien zu können, indem sie sich jetzt mit Israel solidarisieren. Aber, so fragt Zuckermann:

    «Meint er (der sich mit Israel Solidarisierende, Red.) das säkulare (liberale oder sozialistische) Israel oder das religiöse (halachisch-orthodoxe beziehungsweise nationalreligiöse)? Das Israel einer aschkenasischen Hegemonie oder das eines in den letzten Jahrzehnten von orientalischen Juden in ganz andere Bahnen des Selbstverständnisses getriebene? Das ‹jüdische› Israel einer seit über siebzig Jahren systematisch betriebenen Diskriminierung und perpetuierten Unterprivilegierung eines Fünftels seiner Bevölkerung, der in Israel noch vor der Staatsgründung lebenden arabisch-palästinensischen Minderheit? Das Israel einer von Privatisierung und beschleunigt forciertem Sozialabbau gebeutelten Gesellschaft, die sich inzwischen durch eine sich immer bedrohlicher vertiefende sozial-ökonomische Kluft kennzeichnet?

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Israel’s Gabriella Blum Helped Write the Laws of Drone Warfare. Nearly Two Decades Later, She Has Regrets.

Israel’s Gabriella Blum Helped Write the Laws of Drone Warfare. Nearly Two Decades Later, She Has Regrets.

07-10-18 11:55:00,

In 1991, when Gabriella Blum was 16 years old, the Israel Defense Forces suggested she go see the world. She’d skipped first grade and subsequently graduated high school in Tel Aviv early — too early to start the mandatory military service all Israelis begin at 18. So the IDF told her to check out Chiang Mai and Mumbai, and to call them in two years. Instead, she joined the IDF’s Academic Reserves, which allows young Israelis to study toward law degrees and eventually work as IDF lawyers. “It was kind of my version of, ‘I was young, I needed the money, who are you to judge me,’” she said, smiling. “That’s how I ended up in law school.”

Blum was a city kid from a left-leaning household. Her father was a physicist, her mother a literature professor. In 1995, when she completed her degree at Tel Aviv University and joined the IDF’s International Law Department, she became the highest-ranking soldier in her family’s history. At the time, the ILD was located in a small office just outside the Kirya, the IDF’s imposing central Tel Aviv headquarters. Blum had gone through basic training, and although she wasn’t obligated to carry her M16 rifle regularly — “It was much safer for everyone that I didn’t” — she interrogated the legality of the army’s actions while clad in her cream-and-olive-green officer’s uniform.

“The tzahal” — the Hebrew acronym for the Israeli army — “lets very young people do things that are outrageous to let a young person do,” Blum says now. “It’s much more apparent when you let a 19-year-old lead other people in battle. But it’s also true for young lawyers. In my unit, we were exposed to some of the most pathbreaking issues. On targeted killings, we were basically pioneers.”

In 2000, when Blum was 25, the Second Intifada, or Palestinian uprising, erupted. That summer, President Bill Clinton’s Camp David peace accords collapsed. Within a few months, Ariel Sharon, then an inflammatory candidate for prime minister, visited Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, the Muslim holy site that historically had been off-limits to Jews. The incitement set off a half-decade of Israeli-Palestinian clashes; hundreds of casualties, primarily Palestinian, were to come. By the end of 2001, Hamas and Islamic Jihad suicide bombers were regularly targeting Israeli malls,

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Israel: The Nuclear Hegemon That Poses a Potential Threat to Europe – Global Research

Israel: The Nuclear Hegemon That Poses a Potential Threat to Europe – Global Research

30-09-18 07:11:00,

It is calculated that in addition to the secret arsenal of up to 400 nuclear warheads, according to American Scientists, the Israeli state also reportedly possesses chemical and/or biological WMD, making it a dangerous nuclear hegemon that poses a potential threat not only to the Middle East but also to Europe.  Neither France nor Britain nor Germany can equal Israeli state nuclear weaponisation on both land and sea.

This calculation is based on the fact that the state of Israel is the only WMD state to refuse to be a party to either the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) or the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) which are international arms control treaties that outlaw the production, stockpiling, and use or transfer of chemical or biological weapons and their precursors.

These conventions are administered by the OPCW international, intergovernmental Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons  based in The Hague, Netherlands to which virtually every U.N. member state is a party, with the exception of Israel.

Furthermore, the state of Israel is the only nuclear weapons state in the world that is undeclared and which is also outside of the inspection of the U.N. and the authority of the Security Council.

It is armed and funded by the joint efforts of the Christian and Jewish Zionist Lobby of the US Congress together with the Trump White House but Israel also receives military equipment and assistance from the UK and some other European states such as Germany.

Chancellor Angela Merkel has unilaterally altered the balance of power in the region by supplying Netanyahu with a fleet of German-built and subsidised, state-of-the-art submarines reported to have been retro-fitted with cruise-missile nuclear weapons.  These undersea war vessels of the Israeli navy are uninspected by the UN or the IAEA and are now assumed to be covertly patrolling the Mediterranean Sea and the Iranian Gulf with their dangerous armaments.

We now have the ludicrous position whereby heavily nuclear-armed Israel is accusing non-nuclear Iran of being armed and dangerous in a transparent effort to destroy the Iranian economy. The U.N. Security Council needs to take urgent action before we are all in danger from a nuclear war provoked by Netanyahu with co-operation from the dysfunctional Trump White House.

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Volksbefragung in Israel: «Wir sind ein auserwähltes Volk»

Volksbefragung in Israel: «Wir sind ein auserwähltes Volk»

26-09-18 08:08:00,

Christian Müller / 26. Sep 2018 –

Die schärfste Kritik kommt aus dem eigenen Land: Haaretz-Kolumnist Gideon Levy liest seinen Landsleuten die Leviten.

56 Prozent der Israeli glauben, dass die Juden ein von Gott auserwähltes Volk sind. Das ergab eine Umfrage der israelischen Tageszeitung Haaretz. Von jenen Israelis, die sich selber zu den politisch Rechten zählen, sind es sogar 79 Prozent.

Das Resultat dieser Umfrage müsste, so würde man erwarten, auch international ein Echo auslösen. Hat es aber nicht. Zumindest nicht im deutschsprachigen Raum. Ein Kommentar dazu von Ulrich Schmid, dem Israel-Korrespondenten der NZZ, erschien in der NZZ nur auf der Seite «Meinung & Debatte». Er passte wohl zu wenig in die politische Linie der Chefredaktion. Schmid kommt – stark verkürzt zusammengefasst – zum Schluss, dass Israels Ministerpräsident Benjamin Netanyahu gar nicht die treibende Kraft der Palästina-Besetzungspolitik Israels ist, sondern jener, der, als an der Macht interessierter Populist, verhindert, dass die politische Rechte, die Bevölkerungsmehrheit also in Israel, nicht noch Schlimmeres anzettelt. Man dürfe nicht vergessen, dass die Politik in Israel mehr und mehr von den aus Russland eingewanderten Juden bestimmt werde – wie etwa auch der gegenwärtige Verteidigungsminister Avigdor Lieberman, der 1978 aus der damaligen UdSSR eingewandert war.

In Deutschland war die Selbsteinschätzung als ‘auserwähltes Volk’ (chosen people) eh kein Thema. Seit die Israel-Lobby es erfolgreich durchgesetzt hat, dass Kritik an der Politik Israels offiziell als neue Form des Antisemitismus eingestuft wird, ist Kritik an Israel noch rarer geworden. Wer in Deutschland kann es sich schon leisten, ein Antisemit zu sein – auch wenn er unmissverständlich nur den Staat Israel kritisiert? Es blieb Evelyn Hecht Galinski, der Tochter eines früheren Vorsitzenden des Zentralrats der Juden in Deutschland, vorbehalten, auf das Resultat dieser Haaretz-Umfrage hinzuweisen.

Man schaue also nach Israel selber, wie die linksliberale Tageszeitung Haaretz, die die Umfrage durchgeführt hat, das Resultat interpretiert und kommentiert. Gideon Levy, prominenter Kolumnist dieser Zeitung und scharfer Kritiker der jetzigen Besetzungspolitik Israels, hebt dabei vor allem einen Punkt hervor: Ob der Einzelne an einen Gott glaubt oder nicht, ist Privatsache und einigermassen unerheblich. Wenn aber eine Mehrheit eines Volkes von sich selber denkt, ein auserwähltes Volk zu sein, also besser zu sein als andere Völker, anderen Völkern überlegen zu sein,

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For Israel Jews Stand Above the Law

For Israel Jews Stand Above the Law

21-09-18 03:52:00,

Israel declares it is above 
the law

September 21, 2018 at 3:10 pm | Published in: IsraelMiddle EastNewsPalestine

Israeli Prime Minster, Benjamin Netanyahu gives a speech during a Knesset session [Prime Minister of Israel/Flickr]
Israeli Prime Minster, Benjamin Netanyahu gives a speech during a Knesset session [Prime Minister of Israel/Flickr]

September 21, 2018 at 3:10 pm

Israel’s critics often describe the country as being above the law, but until now this has never been brazenly declared by its government. Documents published this week shows a legal representative of the Israeli government audaciously claiming that Israel can “legislate anywhere in the world,” that it is “entitled to violate the sovereignty of foreign countries,” and that it “is allowed to ignore the directives of international law in any field it desires”.
The bold declaration was made in legal materials recently submitted to the Israeli Supreme Court in which the government representative said that the Knesset is allowed to ignore international law anywhere it desires.
These remarks were made last month in a written response the government filed to the Israeli Supreme Court relating to the petition against the Settlement Regularisation Law filed by Palestinian legal groups, Adalah, The Legal Centre for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, Jerusalem Legal Aid and Human Rights Centre (JLAC), and Al Mezan Center for Human Rights (Gaza). Their petition was made on behalf of 17 local Palestinian authorities in the West Bank.
Read: Israel’s demolition of Khan al-Ahmar violation of international law
The Palestinian plaintiffs challenged an Israeli law passed last year which aimed to retroactively legalise thousands of settler homes and structures built on Palestinian private land, to avert the possibility that the Israeli Supreme Court might one day sanction their removal. Before the law was passed, even Israeli law considered such structures illegal, not to mention that all settlements are a flagrant violation of international law.
In a statement by Adalah, the legal centre said that “fellow petitioners argued that the Knesset is not permitted to enact and impose laws on territory occupied by the State of Israel. Thus, the Knesset cannot enact laws that annex the West Bank or that violate the rights of Palestinian residents of the West Bank”.
In its defence government lawyer, Attorney Arnon Harel said in a statement in which he referred to the West Bank as “Judea and Samaria” that “the Knesset has no limitation which prevents it from legislating extra-territorially anywhere in the world,  » Lees verder

Ist Israel wirklich an Il-20-Abschuss schuld?

Ist Israel wirklich an Il-20-Abschuss schuld?

19-09-18 11:40:00,

Manche meinen, israelische Piloten hätten die russische Il-20 wissentlich und heimtückisch als Schutzschild missbraucht. Die Israelis behaupten jedoch, ihre Kampfjets seien längst wieder weg gewesen, als die syrische Flugabwehr das Feuer eröffnet habe. Wer sagt nun die Wahrheit? Prüfen wir die Positionen.

Eine „Verkettung tragischer Zufälle“ – so erklärt Wladimir Putin die Ursache für den Abschuss des russischen Seefernaufklärers vor der syrischen Küste. Der israelische Ministerpräsident Benjamin Netanjahu hat dem russischen Präsidenten sein Beileid wegen des Todes der russischen Flugzeugcrew ausgesprochen und versichert, Israel werde alle Informationen hinsichtlich des Vorfalls bereitstellen.

Netanjahu schickt sogar den Oberkommandeur der israelischen Luftwaffe nach Moskau. Er soll persönlich dem russischen Verteidigungsminister Sergej Schoigu Bericht erstatten. Dieser hat bereits frank und frei erklärt, die israelischen Piloten hätten sich absichtlich und zielgerichtet hinter dem russischen Flugzeug vor der Flugabwehr versteckt.

Heißt das nun, die israelische Luftwaffe ist dafür verantwortlich, dass ihr fliegender Schutzschild getroffen wurde? Mitnichten, sagen die Israelis. Schuld hätten die syrische Flugabwehr, der Iran und die proiranische Hisbollah.

Das Ziel der israelischen F-16, wird behauptet, seien Einrichtungen in Latakia gewesen, wo im iranischen Auftrag Massenvernichtungswaffen für die proiranische Miliz hergestellt würden. Dass in dem Gebiet eine russische Il-20 patrouilliere, habe man gar nicht gewusst.

Eine Erklärung, die nur schwer zu glauben ist. Denn die russische Il-20 ist, wie gesagt, ein Seefernaufklärer. Ihre Aufgabe ist es, stundenlang in der Luft zu patrouillieren und ein großes Gebiet zu überwachen. Dass die russische Maschine immer planmäßig startet und nach mehreren Stunden wieder auf den Stützpunkt zurückkehrt, hätten die Israelis wissen können und müssen.

Die Il-20 hebt stets zur gleichen Zeit in Richtung des Mittelmeers ab und setzt bei der Rückkehr noch über dem Meer zur Landung an – so ist die Maschine am stärksten vor möglichem Raketenbeschuss geschützt.

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Sputnik / Verteidigungsministerium Russlands

Iljuschin Il-20 (Archiv)

Und ausgerechnet die Zeit, zu der das russische Patrouillenflugzeug normalerweise landet, haben die israelischen F-16 ausgesucht, um die Einrichtungen in Latakia anzugreifen.

Womöglich hätte das Unglück verhindert werden können, wäre die Il-20 von russischen Jagdflugzeugen begleitet worden. Dass Seefernaufklärer einen Begleitschutz bekommen, sei aber unüblich, erklärt der Militärexperte Wassili Kaschin vom Zentrum für Strategie- und Technologieanalyse.

Überhaupt: „Um Jagdflugzeuge im besagten Gebiet ständig patrouillieren zu lassen,

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Russian Il-20 downed by Syrian missile. Russia blames Israel. Israel blames Syria (Video)

Russian Il-20 downed by Syrian missile. Russia blames Israel. Israel blames Syria (Video)

19-09-18 09:13:00,

Via Zerohedge

President Trump has ordered the Department of Justice to release all text messages related to the Russia investigation with no redactions, of former FBI Director James Comey, his deputy Andrew McCabe, now-fired special agent Peter Strzok, former FBI attorney Lisa Page and twice-demoted DOJ official Bruce Ohr.

Also released will be specific pages from the FBI’s FISA surveillance warrant application on former Trump campaign aide Carter Page, as well as interviews with Ohr.

WH: Trump has “directed the Department of Justice (including the FBI) to publicly release all text messages relating to the Russia investigation, without redaction, of James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, and Bruce Ohr.” pic.twitter.com/IdVYLvceYK

— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) September 17, 2018

The statement reads in full:

“At the request of a number of committees of Congress, and for reasons of transparency, the President has directed the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Department of Justice (including the FBI) to provide for the immediate declassification of the following materials: (1) pages 10-12 and 17-34 of the June 2017 application to the FISA court in the matter of Carter W. Page; (2) all FBI reports of interviews with Bruce G. Ohr prepared in connection with the Russia investigation; and (3) all FBI reports of interviews prepared in connection with all Carter Page FISA applications.

In addition, President Donald J. Trump has directed the Department of Justice (including the FBI) to publicly release all text messages relating to the Russia investigation, without redaction, of James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, and Bruce Ohr“

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As we reported last Monday, Trump had been expected to release the documents any time – with specific attention to the Page documents and the “investigative activities of Justice Department lawyer Bruce Ohr” – who was demoted twice for lying about his extensive relationship  with Christopher Steele – the former MI6 spy who assembled the sham “Steele Dossier” used by the FBI in a FISA surveillance application to spy on Page.

Republicans on the House Intelligence and Judiciary committees believe the declassification will permanently taint the Trump-Russia investigation by showing the investigation was illegitimate to begin with.

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“Greater Israel”: The Zionist Plan for the Middle East – Global Research

“Greater Israel”: The Zionist Plan for the Middle East – Global Research

18-09-18 08:17:00,

Introduction

The following document pertaining to the formation of “Greater Israel” constitutes the cornerstone of powerful Zionist factions within the current Netanyahu government,  the Likud party, as well as within the Israeli military and intelligence establishment. (article first published by Global Research on April 29, 2013).

President Donald Trump has confirmed in no uncertain terms, his support of Israel’s illegal settlements (including his opposition to UN Security Council Resolution 2334, pertaining to the illegality of the Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank).  

Moreover, by moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem and allowing for the expansion of Israeli settlements in the occupied territories and beyond, the US president has provided a de facto endorsement of the “Greater Israel” project as formulated under the Yinon Plan.

Bear in mind: this design is not strictly a Zionist Project for the Middle East, it is an integral part of US foreign policy, namely Washington’s intent to fracture and balkanize the Middle East. Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is intended to trigger political instability throughout the region.  

According to the founding father of Zionism Theodore Herzl, “the area of the Jewish State stretches: “From the Brook of Egypt to the Euphrates.”  According to Rabbi Fischmann,  “The Promised Land extends from the River of Egypt up to the Euphrates, it includes parts of Syria and Lebanon.”

When viewed in the current context, including the siege on Gaza, the Zionist Plan for the Middle East bears an intimate relationship to the 2003 invasion of  Iraq, the 2006 war on Lebanon, the 2011 war on Libya, the ongoing wars on Syria, Iraq and Yemen, not to mention the political crisis in Saudi Arabia.  

The “Greater Israel” project consists in weakening and eventually fracturing neighboring Arab states as part of a US-Israeli expansionist project, with the support of NATO and Saudi Arabia. In this regard, the Saudi-Israeli rapprochement is from Netanyahu’s viewpoint a means to expanding Israel’s spheres of influence in the Middle East as well as confronting Iran. Needless to day, the “Greater Israel” project is consistent with America’s imperial design. 

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Israel hat seit Jahren syrische “Rebellen” mit Waffen und Geld unterstützt

Israel hat seit Jahren syrische “Rebellen” mit Waffen und Geld unterstützt

14-09-18 10:01:00,

Bild: IDF

Während Israel eine Meldung zurückweist, das Luftabwehrsystem Iron Dome an Saudi-Arabien zu verkaufen, wird neben der geheimen Hilfe auch das humanitäre Programm für Syrer eingestellt

Im Nahen Osten verändern sich schnell Bündnisse und Gegnerschaften, alle versuchen, ihre Interessen durchzusetzen, indem die der anderen Länder und Mächte ausgespielt werden. Daher verwunderte es nicht, wenn Al-Khaleej Online berichtete, was israelische Medien schnell aufgriffen, dass Israel nun das Luftabwehrsystem Iron Dome an Saidi-Arabien verkaufen will. Huthi-Rebellen schießen seit dem Luftkrieg der saudischen Allianz immer wieder Raketen nach Saudi-Arabien, die bislang mit dem amerikanischen Patriot-System mehr oder weniger gut abgewehrt werden.

Vermutlich aus dem Grund wollte Saudi-Arabien das russische Luftabwehrsystem S-400 mit einer Reichweite von 400 km kaufen, wie 2017 berichtet wurde. Das hat einen guten Ruf, soll gegen viele Ziele einsetzbar sein, wird von Russland als den amerikanischen Luftabwehrsystemen überlegen angepriesen, hat aber den Nachteil, dass es noch nicht im Ernstfall getestet wurde. Russland hat sich bislang wohlweislich auch bei amerikanischen Angriffen auf syrische Ziele zurückgehalten, damit keine geschäftsmindernden Mängel auftreten, schließlich wollen viele Länder wie Indien, die Türkei, Katar oder China für viele Milliarden das System kaufen.

Allerdings übten die USA ebenso wie gegen die Türkei schweren Druck auf Saudi-Arabien aus, das viele Waffen aus den USA kauft und von den USA im brutalen Krieg gegen die Huthis im Jemen unterstützt wird, während Saudi-Arabien mit seiner Golf-Koalition gemeinsame Sache mit den USA und Israel macht, den Iran zu isolieren, zu schwächen und einen Regime Change zu erzwingen. Es kam so weit, dass Saudi-Arabien aus der bisherigen Politik ausscherte und der Kronprinz Mohhamed bin Salman im April erstmals, wenn auch sehr vorsichtig, im April 2018 anerkannte, dass Israelis ebenso wie Palästinenser das Recht auf eigenes Land hätten. Die Anerkennung des Existenzrechts von Israel würde allerdings anders aussehen.

Seit letztem Jahr gibt es Iron Dome auch auf Kriegsschiffen. Bild: IDF

Im Juni hat Saudi-Arabien, das auch wegen der vielen toten Zivilisten, darunter vielen Kindern, ins Visier kam, dem Druck aus den USA, die sich dafür weiter hinter die Monarchie stellten, offenbar nachgegeben und die Kaufverhandlungen mit Russland beendet. Gut möglich, dass Washington versuchte, als Kompensation das im Einsatz bewährte,

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Israel to Sell Freedom Flotilla Boats to Support Settlers | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

Israel to Sell Freedom Flotilla Boats to Support Settlers | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

06-09-18 10:00:00,

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Israel Forces Palestinian to Demolish His Home on His Wedding Day | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

Israel Forces Palestinian to Demolish His Home on His Wedding Day | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

25-08-18 03:22:00,

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Featured image: A Palestinian man can be seen demolishing his home on his wedding day after he was forced to do so by Israeli forces [Quds TV/Twitter]

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Israel Again Tests Chemical Weapons on Gaza Protesters | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

Israel Again Tests Chemical Weapons on Gaza Protesters | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

16-08-18 08:22:00,

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The Israeli Occupation is once again testing a strange new and unknown weapons on civilians protesting the illegal siege on Gaza, at the separation barrier fence last Friday.

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Below is video footage of this new weapon technology. Have you seen anything like this before?

Also on Friday, a 14-year-old child inhaled an unknown neurotoxin that has left him in a coma.

The child’s father released this statement August 14th:

“I received a shocking call by the youth on Gaza borders, that my son was injured last Friday and it’s the third time that my son got injured during the Great Return March demonstrations on Gaza borders, but this time he has a very critical injury. My son inhaled a killer gas emitted from gas bombs, on the demonstrators and this gas was filled with a severe chemical which affected all my sons nervous system, leading him to convulse horrifically every 5 minutes. As you see my son is on the bed of the hospital and he has been convulsing violently with shock, since 4 days ago. All the Physician’s and Doctors tried their best to do analysis and diagnosis. But they can’t treat him because the Israel Occupation cut the supply of medications for my sons case (neurotoxin) and it’s going terribly uncontrolled. Doctors told me that my sons treatment as well as medications are available only in Israel or out of Gaza and I am wondering why Israel kills our kids and prevents us to treat them? Therefore, I ask all the humanitarian foundations around the world, all World governments, the PA president as well as Ismail Haniyeh and everyone with s soft heart to help my son get treatment out of Gaza urgently and to recover soon!”

Today, I received word from the child’s father that his son is still in a semi-coma, going in and out of consciousness, but mostly remaining comatose. He still convulses every 5 minutes.

The Great Return March demonstrations began on March 30th. There is documented footage of the Occupation’s used Chemical Weapons on protesters since April, yet no world government or international body has taken any action or sent a delegation to Gaza to investigate.

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Israel Is Arming Neo-Nazis in Ukraine | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

Israel Is Arming Neo-Nazis in Ukraine | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

14-08-18 07:00:00,

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Israeli arms are being sent to a heavily armed neo-Nazi militia in Ukraine, The Electronic Intifada has learned.

Azov Battalion online propaganda shows Israeli-licensed Tavor rifles in the fascist group’s hands, while Israeli human rights activists have protested arms sales to Ukraine on the basis that weapons might end up with anti-Semitic militias.

In a letter “about licenses for Ukraine” obtained by The Electronic Intifada, the Israeli defense ministry’s arms export agency says they are “careful to grant licenses” to arms exporters “in full coordination with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other government entities.”

The 26 June letter was sent in reply to Israeli lawyer Eitay Mack who had written a detailed request demanding Israel end all military aid to the country.

Azov’s official status in the Ukrainian armed forces means it cannot be verified that “Israeli weapons and training” are not being used “by anti-Semitic or neo-Nazi soldiers,” Mack and 35 other human rights activists wrote.

They had written that Ukrainian armed forces use rifles made in Israel “and are trained by Israelis,” according to reports in the country.

The head of the Israeli arms export agency declined to deny the reports, or to even discuss cancellation of the weapons licenses, citing “security” concerns.

But Racheli Chen, the head of the agency, confirmed to Mack she had “carefully read your letter,” which detailed the fascist nature of Azov and the reports of Israeli arms and training.

Both the defense ministry letter and Mack’s original request can be read in the original Hebrew below.

Israeli rifles in Ukraine

The fact that Israeli arms are going to Ukrainian neo-Nazis is supported by Azov’s own online propaganda.

On its YouTube channel, Azov posted a video “review” of locally produced copies of two Israeli Tavor rifles – seen in this video:

A photo on Azov’s website also shows a Tavor in the hands of one of the militia’s officers.

The rifles are produced under licence from Israel Weapon Industries, and as such would have been authorized by the Israeli government.

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Israel Detaining Jewish Activists for Supporting Palestinian Rights

Israel Detaining Jewish Activists for Supporting Palestinian Rights

14-08-18 06:55:00,

Facing backlash against its controversial “nation-state bill,” passed last month, Israel has detained Jewish writers and activists who oppose the law’s definition of Israel as an entirely Jewish state, with no mention of the value of democracy or equal rights for Palestinians.

On Sunday, writer, professor and political commentator Peter Beinart was on vacation, traveling from Greece to attend a family bat mitzvah in Israel when he was detained by the Shin Bet, Israel’s security agency, at Ben Gurion Airport in Jerusalem, he reported Monday in an article for The Forward.

Beinart’s was one of three such detentions at airports and border crossings in recent weeks.

Israel-born poet Moriel Rothman-Zecher arrived at Ben Gurion with his wife and infant daughter on July 29. Agents allowed his family through customs but detained him for approximately three hours, claiming his involvement in nonviolent protests was a “slippery slope” to violence against the state, and asking him for the names of pro-Palestinian and peace organizations and of fellow activists and friends.

Rothman-Zechner called the experience “jarring and unpleasant” but acknowledged how common and more abusive the situation is for countless Palestinians, and anyone else without his Israeli citizenship and white privilege.

He wondered how he would explain the incident to his daughter when she is older. “It’s painful to think about telling her one day, ‘Hey kid, on our first visit to Israel, your aba [father] was detained at the border because he thinks Palestinians are human beings deserving of equality,’ ” he said.

A week after Rothman-Zecher’s detention, Simone Zimmerman, a founder of IfNotNow, an organization of young American Jews fighting Israel’s occupation of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, was detained with a friend, Abigail Kirschenbaum, at the Taba Border Crossing between Israel and Egypt.

According to New York magazine, the two “were held for roughly three and a half hours, had their phones inspected, and were asked a litany of queries about their opinions of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, their involvement with human-rights groups, and their interactions with Palestinians, among other topics.”

The incident involving Beinart occurred a week after the detention of Zimmerman and Kirschenbaum.

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Israel: Prominenter Protest

Israel: Prominenter Protest

12-08-18 10:36:00,

Christian Müller

Christian Müller / 12. Aug 2018 –

40 ehemalige israelische Diplomaten kritisieren das neue israelische Nationalstaatsgesetz scharf.

Das Nationalstaatsgesetz, das vor zwei Wochen in der Knesset in Israel gutgeheissen worden ist – Infosperber hat darüber berichtet – hat nicht nur international, sondern auch in Israel zu massiven Protesten geführt. Jetzt haben sich auch 40 ehemalige Diplomaten Israels zu Wort gemeldet. In «tachles», der in Zürich erscheinenden «Jüdischen Wochenzeitung», schreibt – hier auszugsweise wiedergegeben – Jacques Ungar am 10. August unter dem Titel «Depesche mit Brisanz»:

«Noch während am Samstagabend auf dem Tel Aviver Rabin-Platz fast 90 000 Menschen gegen das umstrittene Nationalstaatsgesetz demonstrierten, sprachen sich 40 ehemalige israelische Botschafter und hochrangige Diplomaten unumwunden und kompromisslos gegen das Gesetz aus. Einige Auszüge aus der publizierten Verlautbarung zeigen die Brisanz der Initiative der ehemaligen Diplomaten:

‹Während unserer Dienstjahre für den Staat Israel konnten wir den Nationen der Welt stets in die Augen blicken und ihnen mit ehrlichem Herzen erklären, dass Israel als die einzige Demokratie im Nahen Osten effektiv ein stolzer jüdischer Staat ist, aber einer, der gemäss dem Geist der Propheten Israels geführt wird und die Gleichberechtigung zwischen seinen verschiedenen Komponenten aufrechterhält. Dazu gehört auch das Beibehalten der arabischen Sprache als eine offizielle Sprache neben dem Hebräischen.›

Bei den Verfassern des Textes handelt es sich nicht etwa um subalterne Aktivisten, die sich im Augenblick profilieren wollen. Vielmehr finden sich unter den Mitautoren Persönlichkeiten, die während vieler Jahre an zentraler Stelle die Geschicke des Staates geleitet haben. So gehören zu den Diplomaten vier ehemalige Generaldirektoren des Aussenministeriums – Nissim Ben Shitrit, Alon Liel, Rafik Barak und der nicht zuletzt auch im Geheimdienstbereich effizient und erfolgreich aktiv gewesene Reuven Merhav sowie zwei stellvertretende Direktoren im Aussenministerium, Pinchas Avivi und Ran Curiel.

Die Diplomaten schreiben weiter: ‹Wir waren stolz auf das uns verliehene Recht, den Staat Israel zu repräsentieren, öffentlich zu verteidigen, seine Interessen zu fördern, seine Sicherheit und die Politik unserer Regierung, sowie im Dienste der Förderung von Wissenschaft, Wirtschaft und Kultur in Israel tätig zu sein. Heute bringen wir unseren Protest gegen die Gesetzgebung zum Ausdruck, die die Minderheiten unter uns ausschliesst – Araber, Muslime, Drusen, Christen, Tscherkessen und andere.›

Weiter heisst es: ‹Wir sind stolz darauf,

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Israel nimmt Al-Kaida-nahe “Weißhelme” auf – Sie sollen nach Deutschland kommen

Israel nimmt Al-Kaida-nahe “Weißhelme” auf – Sie sollen nach Deutschland kommen

22-07-18 01:02:00,

Israel rettet “Weißhelme” aus Kampfgebiet in Syrien (Archivbild)

Israel hat Mitglieder der umstrittenen syrischen Organisation “Weißhelme” und deren Familien aus einem Kampfgebiet im Süden Syriens aufgenommen. Die israelische Armee teilte am Sonntag mit, die Menschen seien in unmittelbarer Lebensgefahr gewesen. Ihre Rettung sei auf Anweisung der israelischen Regierung und auf Bitten der USA und mehrerer europäischer Länder erfolgt.

“Der Transfer der syrischen Flüchtlinge durch Israel ist eine außergewöhnliche humanitäre Geste”, hieß es in der Mitteilung der Armee. “Die Zivilisten sind in ein Nachbarland Israels gebracht worden.”

Syrische und libanesische Demonstranten stellen Mitglieder des syrischen Zivilschutzes

Die jordanische Nachrichtenagentur Petra berichtete, es handele sich um 800 syrische Mitglieder und Angehörige der “Weißhelme”. Jordanien habe ihre Durchreise genehmigt. Sie sollten binnen drei Monaten von Deutschland, Großbritannien und Kanada aufgenommen werden. Die Betroffenen hätten in der Organisation “Weißhelme” gearbeitet. Bei den “Weißhelmen” handelt es sich um eine umstrittene Aktivistengruppe, die in der Vergangenheit wiederholt mit Falschmeldungen und der mangelnden Distanz zu islamistischen Terrororganisationen in Syrien aufgefallen ist.

Syrische Regierungstruppen hatten im Juni im Süden des Landes eine Offensive begonnen und in den vergangenen Wochen bereits zahlreiche Orte befreit. Viele Rebellen und ihre Sympathisanten flohen in das Gebiet nahe der israelischen Grenzlinie auf den besetzten Golanhöhen. (dpa/rt deutsch)

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