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Iran is playing with fire

Posted by Zamir Ben Etzioni on December 7, 2014

Iran is playing with fire Analysis: Did the IAF strike in Syria in response to public declaration by Iranian Revolutionary Guard on transfer of advanced missiles to Hezbollah?

Published: 12.08.14, 00:06 /

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The strikes in Syria on Sunday afternoon, which have been attributed to the Israeli Air Force, were likely intended to prevent the transfer of advanced weaponry from Iran to Hezbollah. The Iranian Revolutionary Guard continues to play with fire by equipping Hezbollah with arms that have the capability to cause widespread losses and destruction in Israel. Follow Ynetnews on Facebook and Twitter The appraisal is based on the fact that the targets were in two distant areas – one near the international airport in Damascus and the other in Dimas, west of the capital, mere miles from the border with Lebanon. It is widely believed that shipments of missiles and other arms destined for Hezbollah land in Iranian cargo jets at the airport in Damascus, then transferred to a Syrian military storage site, until they are sent to over the border to Lebanon. It is reasonable to assume that today’s strike, if it actually was undertaken by the IAF through Lebanese airspace, was launched based on precise intelligence and after all operational and strategic aspects were considered. Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon has previously announced the three red lines according to which Israel takes action on the northern front. The transfer of “game-changing” weaponry to Hezbollah Chemical weapons Any harm to Israeli sovereignty Since there had been no recent case of breaking Israeli sovereignty, the likely assumption is that the attack was undertaken because of high-end weaponry transferred to Hezbollah or the transfer of chemical weapons – or both. Regardless, it is reasonable to assume that Defense Minister Ya’alon approved and ordered the attack. Today’s strike was reminiscent of the May 2013 attack which was attributed to the IAF, when advanced, precise missiles, of the Fateh-110 variety, arrived on planes from Iran. The following night a large Syrian military missile storage site near the Lebanon border was attacked. It is increasingly likely that today’s attack – which has been attributed to the IAF but has not been confirmed by Israeli officials – was executed for similar reasons under similar circumstances. In recent weeks, many Hezbollah officials and senior members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard have publicly boasted about the advanced ground-to-ground missiles which Iran supplied Hezbollah and which allow the terror group to threaten almost any target within Israel. Analysts believe the officials were boasting of the Iranian-made Fateh-110 missiles. It is in the realm of possibility that several shipments of these missiles occurred, significantly upgrading Hezbollah’s capability to unleash destruction on Israel territory as far south as the Tel Aviv metropolitan area. It is also likely that today’s attack was intended to stop another shipment scheduled to arrive at Damascus international airport, from where it was to be transferred to the Lebanese border. Syrian President Bashar Assad, it must be noted, owes Hezbollah a great deal, as the Lebanese terror group defends his regime – which is likely why he carries the risk of Israeli attacks on his territory. It may be assumed that today’s attack will not heat up tensions between Israel and Syria. Assad does not make a habit of responding to attacks on Hezbollah weapons transfers in his territory in order to avoid a destructive clash with Israel at a time when he is fighting for his survival against local rebels. It is also assumed that Hezbollah will not respond, either. In the past the terror group launched reprisal attacks over Israeli strikes which destroyed its weapon shipments, but only when these strikes took place within Lebanese territory. The Lebanese terror group has not responded to attacks on its organization in Syrian territory – since Hezbollah chief Nasrallah believes in defending only Lebanese land, while retaliating to an attack in Syria will serve as confirmation which he is receiving illegal weapon shipments from Iran. That’s how it worked in the past. Nevertheless, there is no guarantee that Hezbollah and Syria will maintain this policy and thus the IDF must maintain alert on the northern front – both on the ground and in the sky. It is reasonable to assume the IDF will change its missile defense deployment, reinforcing positions in the country’s north. Meanwhile, it’s likely that Iran will respond using armed Palestinian militias in the Golan Heights. Israeli officials did not address the reports in the past – and are not confirming them – in a bid not to corner the Syrian regime or Hezbollah. The Syrian military rushed to condemn the attacks, only because it serves its propaganda line – which claims cooperation between Syrian rebels and Israel. http://www.ynetnews.com/headlines

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Cornel West Arrested In Ferguson

Posted by Zamir Ben Etzioni on October 13, 2014

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/13/cornel-west-arrested_n_5977870.html

Why are the protesters in Ferguson trying to make a hero out of the criminal Michael Brown Jr. ?
The whole world  saw Michael Brown Jr. using force to steal from a store owner.
He grabbed the much smaller man by his shirt and shoved him across the room.
He was a bully, that much we know.
Another young man fired at a police officer in Ferguson, the officer returned fired resulting in the perpetrator’s death.
In our view, using these two criminals as a basis for violence is a huge strategic error and is setting civil rights back.

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Abbas Slanders Israel at UN

Posted by Zamir Ben Etzioni on September 27, 2014

By LAHAV HARKOV

Meretz chief accuses Netanyahu of “continuing to manage the conflict instead of solve the conflict.”
Meretz leader Zehava Gal-On threw her party’s support behind Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s speech on Friday to the UN General Assembly, blaming Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for the lack of a peace treaty.

“Meretz supports Abbas’s international efforts to bring the end of the occupation and to get international recognition as a [Palestinian] state and member of the UN before and as a corridor to reaching peace in bilateral negotiations between equals,” the party leader said.

The speech reflected Abbas’s total distrust of Netanyahu as a partner for peace, Gal-On said.

According to Gal-On, “Netanyahu refused to negotiate for five years and the talks under American sponsorship led nowhere and wild construction continued in the settlements. Now Netanyahu wants to continue ‘managing the conflict’ instead of solving it,” she lamented.

Conversely, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon called Abbas a “lie monger” who has yet to accept Israel’s existence, and as such, any Israeli concessions would be “disconnected from reality.”

According to Ya’alon, Abbas is not interested in peace or an agreement with Israel, because that would mean recognizing the Jewish state, which he has yet to do publicly.

“Abbas’s speech in the UNGA proves for the umpteenth time: This is not a leader who wants peace and progress for his people; rather, he is a person who spreads lies and is busy inciting and making hateful speeches against Israel… This is not how someone who claims to want an end to the conflict speaks,” Ya’alon said.

The defense minister added: “Time after time Abbas continues to deceive the international community, to falsely accuse Israel and make racist statements and hope that pressure, threats, and lies will scare us and make us surrender.”

“We have no partner for an agreement that will bring the end of the conflict and [Palestinian] demands, and therefore, we will not compromise on the security of Israel’s citizens,” he said.

Economy Minister Naftali Bennett said that Abbas belongs with “murderers, missile-launchers, and our enemies in general.”

Bennett posited that the idea of Palestinian statehood “flew away together with the missiles that were launched at Ben-Gurion Airport two months ago. Now, Israel must lead to new, creative directions that will allow us to just live here. A Palestinian state to the west of the Jordan River is not one of them,” he said.

Deputy Minister for Liaison with the Knesset Ophir Akunis said Abbas’s speech to the UNGA revealed his true face.

“It’s clear that this is not a partner for peace, rather someone who does not miss an opportunity to spread lies and hatred of Israel,” he said. “The Palestinians are not mature enough for peace with the Jewish people. Their real desire is a country instead of Israel, not next to it.”

Akunis looked forward to Netanyahu’s upcoming speech, saying that “after Abbas’s speech of lies, Netanyahu will give a speech of truth.”

On the Left, opposition leader Isaac Herzog (Labor) took a more critical tack, saying that Abbas’s speech was disappointing and full of lies, but not surprising, because the PA president is not a friend of Israel.

“I totally reject what he is saying, but I do not forget the Israeli interest, so it is important to remember that it is better for Israel to deal with the PA in Gaza and not Hamas and continue our security cooperation in Judea and Samaria,” he said.

MK Nachman Shai (Labor) said Abbas’s speech marked a sad day for anyone who wants two states for two nations.

“The accusations that the PA president made are baseless lies, starting from genocide to the claims of a new ‘Nakba.’ These things never happened,” Shai said.

The Labor MK said: “The war in Gaza was just and legitimate in light of Hamas terrorist attacks on Israel and its residents.”

Still, Shai said, most Israelis support a long-term peace treaty with the Palestinians, giving them independence and sovereignty while Israel will maintain defensible borders.

“There is not and will not be another agreement,” he added.

First published at Jerusalem Post

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ISIS: Stupid or Crazy

Posted by Zamir Ben Etzioni on September 2, 2014

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Today ISIS murdered another innocent man, in the most cowardly way, his hands tied behind his back.
What they probably don’t realize is they signed their own death warrant.
How stupid can they be?
Americans aren’t scared they are angry..so before the leader of ISIS begs for his life like bin laden did..hasta LA vista dirt bags.

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Four Year Old Israeli Boy Killed in Hamas Mortar Attack | HonestReporting

Posted by Zamir Ben Etzioni on August 24, 2014

Four year old Daniel Tragerman was killed on Friday afternoon when a mortar fired from Hamas struck a car in Nahal Oz, near the Gaza border, sending shrapnel flying into the Tragerman family home. His mother, Gila, said they had only three seconds to get their son to shelter. The family were packed and ready to evacuate the kibbutz due to the security situation, having only returned days before from spending much of the war with friends and family further north. The IDF said the mortar was fired near a school that Hamas was using to shelter displaced Palestinians. Daniel’s funeral was held on Sunday morning.

http://honestreporting.com/idns-08242014-four-year-old-israeli-killed-in-hamas-mortar-attack/

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Heroism In the Battle Protective Edge

Posted by Zamir Ben Etzioni on August 9, 2014

The Blackburn Report

By AVIRAM ZINO
Thanks to Jerusalem Post

During Operation Protective Edge, soldiers of the 7th Armored Brigade exposed Hamas’ attack tunnels; ‘I could not help but think how a place that should be innocent was turned into a killing factory’
“On Friday night I told the soldiers that we were going to have a relatively quiet Shabbat, and we could use the time to get to know each other,” said Lt. Shaul, from the brigade’s reconnaissance unit.

“We sat around, drank coffee, and just talked. The atmosphere was great.

“Suddenly the pastoral image changed into one of horror: Minutes after Cpl. Adar began patrolling around the area where his friends were sitting, a boom was heard, followed by a cloud of dust that spiraled upward. A brushfire started spreading in the field surrounding the unit, and the quiet was replaced by cries for help by a wounded soldier.

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Watch “Helsingin Sanomat correspondant admits hamas launched rockets from shifa hospital” on YouTube

Posted by Zamir Ben Etzioni on August 3, 2014

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Obama calls for truce in Israel’s fight with Hamas

Posted by Zamir Ben Etzioni on July 27, 2014

Obama calls for immediate truce as Gaza toll soars
US President Barack Obama called for an “immediate ceasefire” between Israel and Hamas on Sunday, after the bloodiest day of fighting in Gaza raised the number of Palestinians killed to 476.

The UN Security Council expressed concern for the growing number of casualties in Gaza and issued a fresh appeal for an immediate ceasefire as Israel ramped up a major military offensive with fresh strikes Monday in the Palestinian territory.

“The members of the Security Council express serious concern about the growing numbers of casualties,” said Rwandan Ambassador Eugene Richard Gasana, whose country chairs the 15-member council.

The Palestinian death toll soared to 476 after the bloodiest single day in Gaza in five years, with a spokesman for the enclave’s emergency services saying more than a third of Sunday’s 120 victims were women and children.

The Israeli army said 13 soldiers had been killed inside Gaza on Sunday, raising to 18 the number of soldiers killed since the ground operation began late on Thursday.

Late Sunday, the armed wing of Hamas claimed it had kidnapped an Israeli soldier, prompting celebrations in the streets of Gaza City and West Bank cities.

“The Israeli soldier Shaul Aaron is in the hands of the Qassam Brigades,” a spokesman using the nom-de-guerre Abu Obeida said in a televised address.

Israel’s UN ambassador Ron Prosor denied a soldier had been kidnapped, saying: “Those rumors are untrue.”

A spokeswoman for the Israeli military said they were investigating the claim.

– Diplomatic push –

During the urgent Security Council talks Palestinian envoy Ryad Mansour called for decisive steps to end the violence, and voiced frustration with what he termed the top world body’s failure to take a strong stand.

“The Council failed again and again to shoulder its responsibility,” Mansour told reporters.

Prosor noted Israel had agreed to earlier ceasefire offers from Egypt and was acting in self-defense.

Diplomats said no formal statement was expected to emerge from the session.

Speaking with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by telephone early Monday, Obama expressed his concern over the deaths on both sides, the White House said in a statement.

In their second call in three days, Obama “reaffirmed Israel’s right to defend itself” and called for an “immediate ceasefire” in Gaza.

US Secretary of State John Kerry was flying to Cairo on Monday for meetings with senior officials from Egypt and other countries.

British Prime Minister David Cameron also spoke with Netanyahu, reiterating “the UK’s strong support for Israel’s right to take proportionate action to defend itself from” Gaza rockets, while expressing condolences over the Israeli deaths and concern over the “mounting civilian casualties in Gaza.”

Cameron agreed with Netanyahu that the way out of the “spiral of violence” was through the Egyptian ceasefire initiative, a spokesman for Cameron said.

Ceasefire discussions between Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal and Palestinian president in Qatar were due to take place on Monday after being delayed by a day.

UN chief Ban Ki-moon was also in Doha where he urged Israel to “exercise maximum restraint”.

“Too many innocent people are dying…(and) living in constant fear,” he told a news conference in Doha.

So far, truce efforts have been rejected by Hamas which has pressed on with its own attacks, undaunted by the Israeli bombardment by land, sea and air.

In the early hours of Monday Israeli jets carried out strikes throughout Gaza, including in southern Rafah and Khan Yunis and northern Beit Lahiya.

Witnesses said warplanes had bombed the home of Hamas politburo member Imad al-Alami in Gaza City, as well as the Khan Yunis home of head of security and police in Gaza, General Saleh Abu Sharekh. No injuries were reported in either attack.

On Sunday thousands of Palestinians fled from Shejaiya, near Gaza City, Shejaiya, after a night of heavy shelling which killed 72, an AFP correspondent reported.

The UN agency for Palestinian refugees UNRWA has opened 61 of its schools to shelter more than 81,000 people who have fled their homes.

The Doctors Without Borders charity urged Israel to “stop bombing civilians trapped in the Gaza Strip”, noting the majority of the injured arriving in the Al-Shifa hospital were women and children.

“While the official line is that the ground offensive is aimed at destroying tunnels, what we see on the ground is that bombing is indiscriminate and that those who are dying are civilians,” the French NGO said in a statement.

– Netanyahu blames Hamas –

Netanyahu has blamed the civilian casualties on Hamas using innocents “as human shields.”

He insisted on Sunday that the military campaign had strong international backing.

“We are carrying out a complex, deep, intensive activity inside the Gaza Strip and there is world support for this… very strong support,” he said before a security cabinet meeting.

Although Israel said earlier Sunday it was expanding its ground operation to destroy the network of tunnels used by militants to stage cross-border attacks and fire rockets, Netanyahu said troops could end their mission “fairly quickly”.

His Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon also suggested it could end within days, demanding international action to “demilitarise Gaza”.

Palestinian militants have over the past 12 days fired 1,414 mortars and rockets that hit Israel, with the Iron Dome air defence system intercepting another 377, the army said.

Thousands participated in rallies in France, Vienna, Stockholm and Amsterdam to oppose Israel’s offensive, with a demonstration in the northern Paris suburb of Sarcelles descending into chaos as protesters set fire to bins and looted shops.

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The State of Israel today

Posted by Zamir Ben Etzioni on November 23, 2013

Israel is still under the gun around the world, the only democracy in the Middle East that respects human rights and strives for equality for all people is treated like a pariah because of her desire to survive.
Bibi Netanyahu has been making a world tour, recently he was in Russia, he issued a joint statement with the President of Russia calling on the world to keep the sanctions against Iran in place.
How does that old saying go?
The enemy of my enemy is my friend.

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Terrorists on the Run in Egypt

Posted by Zamir Ben Etzioni on September 19, 2013

The authorities say they are in a new war on terror against Islamist militants. State media have labeled the Muslim Brotherhood, the group that propelled Mursi to power last year, as an enemy of the state.

TV footage showed members of the security forces in body armour and armed with automatic rifles fanning out in Kerdasa,

In a shoot-out in a nearby village, heavy gunfire was heard as police chased a group of men into side streets, the footage showed. Gunfire appeared to hit near a police position.

In a similar operation earlier this week, the security forces moved into the town of Delga in the southern province of Minya – another area known for Islamist sympathies and a major theatre
for terrorists since the 1990s.

The August 14 attack on Kerdasa’s police station was triggered by the security forces’ operation against two pro-Mursi protest camps in Cairo. That led to the worst spasm of violence in Egypt’s modern history, with more than 100 members of the security forces killed as well as the hundreds of Mursi supporters.

Mass arrests have netted at least 2,000 people, mostly Mursi supporters, since his downfall. The former president and many Brotherhood leaders have been thrown in prison.

Egypt has been in a state of emergency since August 14 and large parts of the country remain under a nighttime curfew. The government decided on Thursday to shorten the hours of the curfew to start at midnight instead of 11 p.m. from Saturday.

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