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Israel and A Presidential Election

by Oui Thu Jan 14th, 2021 at 09:17:39 PM EST

Offering President Joe Biden another metro station in East-Jerusalem and a new settlement on occupied Palestinian land?

Extreme rightwing candidate Gideon Saar offered his credentials in recent interview with CNN's Amanpour. I was totally surprised she asked leftwing Socialist questions which clearly dumbfounded this person running for Israel's successor to plain rightwing PM Bibi Netanyahu.

Mr. Saar expects the Biden administration will keep the assurances Trump and especially Jared Kushner gave to Netanyahu, Mohammed Salman and Khalifa bin Zayed. Not International Law applies to Palestinian territory, but the corrupt White House policy of Quid pro Quo is new Israeli Law.

Another delusion leader awaiting to arrive on the stage of an ally in the Middle East, the "only" democracy. I beseech the Lord and wisdom to citizens to turn away from violence and travel a Path of Peace.

Saar Threatens, Elkin Bolts: Is it the Beginning of the End for Bibi?

Vowing to thwart US-style chaos, Sa'ar slams Netanyahu's attacks on institutions | Times of Israel |

Gideon Sa'ar, the leading challenger to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the run-up to the March elections, accused his rival on Saturday of overseeing "a focused attack on all of the institutions of the state" and vowed to prevent in Israel the kind of assault on democracy witnessed in the US this week.

Sa'ar, a former Likud minister who quit the party a month ago to set up his own "New Hope" party ahead of the March 23 vote, said the mob invasion of the US Capitol on Wednesday "teaches us about the dangers of extremism" and the dangers of "claiming elections are being stolen before and after the vote. "People "draw conclusions that destabilize democracy," Sa'ar told Channel 13 news. "It's very dangerous."

Meanwhile Yisrael Beytenu party chief Avigdor Liberman said the storming of the US Capitol by Trump supporters was "nothing" compared to what he claimed Netanyahu was planning if the premier feels he's losing the coming elections.

Sheldon Adelson: Crazy Jewish Billionaire - June 2008

Polls in Israel ...

Election 3.0: Meet the Generation That Holds the Key to Israel's Future | Haaretz |

`Post' poll finds Blue and White won't cross threshold | JPost |

PM Netanyahu's fortune has fallen with American politics and link with the Republucan party of Donald Trump. A seismic shift no one could have foreseen.

My previous post ...

Israel's Likudniks Weeping

A lot of deep cleansing needed in the White House ...

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Wilders failed to disclose €175,000 donation to pay for hate speech trial | NL Times |

... The donation came from the International Freedom Alliance Foundation (IFAF), an United States-based foundation founded by Wilders himself.

.... While the trial against Wilders, in which he was charged with hate speech for saying he wants "fewer Moroccans" in the Netherlands during a political campaign, is not specifically mentioned, FTM considers it obvious that the donation was for the Wilders trial.

... IFAF's sole director, American philanthropist Robert Shillman, declined to answer FTM's questions. As did Geert-Jan Knoops, the lawyer that represented Wilders in the hate speech trial.

In Dutch politics, large donations amount to €10k or above. Members of parliament must give full disclosure of every donation above €50.

Bloggers are aware Wilders operates close to populist rightwing parties both in support of Israel or just as easily the extremist anti-semites. A cross-section of Trump supporters.

How Geert Wilders Became America's Favorite Islamophobe | FP |

At a dinner at the Reagan Presidential Library in June 2009, a then-relatively obscure Dutch MP named Geert Wilders was being honored as a "hero of conscience" by an organization called the American Freedom Alliance, which purports to defend Western values.

After cocktails and a three-course meal, the lanky Dutch lawmaker with the shock of peroxide blond hair got up to give what by then was his standard speech. Its core message? That Islam is not a religion, but "first and foremost, an ideology; to be precise, like communism and fascism, a political, totalitarian ideology, with worldwide aspirations." There is no such thing as "moderate Islam," he continued, because "Islam's heart lies in the Quran and the Quran is an evil book." He then laid out his plan to combat this evil: a stay on immigration from Muslim countries; the expulsion of criminal foreigners and, following denaturalization, criminals with dual nationality; the closing of Islamic schools ("for they are fascist institutions"); and a ban on the construction of mosques.

Holland Heritage: Hoekstra - DeVos - Erik Prince

New Fascist Pariah States America and Israel Lashing Out

Further reading ...

Islamophobia In Europe: How governments are enabling the "counter-jihad" movement

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Israel must bear consequences of its Trump love affair | Ynet News |

After the mob stormed the Capitol last week, those in Jerusalem who identified so completely with the president and his values must now face the fallout of such adoration and their transformation of Israel into a wannabe GOP state.

As Donald Trump's popularity plummets, even his most skilled supporters have been unable to separate him and his conduct from the mob that attempted the takeover of the Capitol last week, intending to block the certification of the 2020 election results.

During Trump's term in office, Israel took on the form of a livid red Republican state with complete synergy between the White House and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who gladly welcomed the benevolence of the administration after eight years of Barak Obama.

Anyone questioning the wisdom of this close alliance was seen as unpatriotic and the Mideast peace deals embraced by Netanyahu were interpreted as a free pass to advance all of the prime minister's policies.

Israel was so filled with admiration for the American president that it even named a new community on the Golan Heights after him.

Trump's many supporters in Israel were not asked to cast a vote for him in any ballot. They, like tens of millions of conservative Americans accepted his control over the Republican party and its transformation into the epitome of Trumpism.

If the events that unfolded on Capitol Hill last week were shocking and heartbreaking, so should the love affair between Netanyahu and the outgoing president break all of our hearts.

Jerusalem to get Old City train station named after Trump | Ynet News - Feb. 18, 2020 |

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Biden nominates Iran nuclear deal negotiator to State Department | Al Jazeera |

United States President-elect Joe Biden has nominated a key negotiator of the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement to be the US's next deputy secretary of state, the second-highest position at the State Department.

In a statement on Saturday, Biden unveiled a string of State Department nominees, including longstanding diplomat Wendy Sherman to be deputy secretary of state.

Iran sanctions: It was the U.S. versus 28 EU nations. Guess who's winning?

by Oui on Sun Jan 17th, 2021 at 12:11:45 PM EST

E3: Iran making uranium metal, a nuke component, has 'grave military' potential | Times of Israel |

Iran responds to European alarm over uranium metal | Al Jazeera |

by Oui on Sun Jan 17th, 2021 at 12:45:08 PM EST
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"Vengeance is inevitable"

by Oui on Fri Jan 22nd, 2021 at 01:28:22 PM EST
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Biden offers former US Ambassador to UAE a new position: Barbara Leaf - WNEP - Aipac Israel.

Responsible during the Obama administration for the Arabian Peninsula .... created a human tragedy ... likely her visits will be limited to Jerusalem, Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Riyad ... American bombs and missiles will target the "terrorists".

House Foreign Affairs Committee Hearing on Yemen and Bahrain | WRMEA - Jan/Feb 2014 |

Leaf began her testimony by stating that U.S. engagement in Yemen is centered on four key areas: economic reform and development, humanitarian relief, security and counterterrorism cooperation, and the political transition process.

Part 2: The Gulf's Calculus on UAE-Israel Deal
By Ambassador Barbara A. Leaf Original: August 19, 2020

by Oui on Mon Jan 18th, 2021 at 01:55:18 PM EST
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CENTCOM mission expands to include Israel

STUTTGART, Germany -- U.S. Central Command is now responsible for coordinating military activities with Israel, taking over a job that for decades was the task of U.S. European Command, The Wall Street Journal reported.

President Donald Trump ordered the shift during the last days of his administration, the report said Thursday, citing unnamed U.S. officials.

It's not clear whether the incoming Biden administration will uphold the change in military responsibility.

Major security partners: US hails Bahrain, UAE after Israel deal | Al Jazeera |

The United States called Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates "major security partners" on Saturday, a previously unheard of designation for the two countries home to major American military operations.  

Drones and diplomacy: US Ramstein air base stirs controversy in Germany | DW |

On January 20th, both President-elect Biden and outgoing president Trump will have a nuclear football nearby. I don't trust Trump whatsoever until his nuclear device is inoperable at noon on Inauguration Day.

Trump will take nuclear football out of DC on his final day in office - and the codes will be deactivated at the stroke of noon | The Independent |

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Meet Rebekah Mercer, the deep-pocketed co-founder of Parler, a controversial conservative social network | CNN - Nov. 15, 2020 !

Rebekah Mercer, a prominent conservative donor, revealed Saturday that she is helping to bankroll Parler, the rapidly growing but controversial conservative social media platform that was at the top of App Store charts last week.

Mercer is the daughter of Robert Mercer, a hedge fund manager and the co-founder of the now-defunct political data-analysis firm Cambridge Analytica. The Mercers have been prominent supporters of President Donald Trump and conservative causes.

"John and I started Parler to provide a neutral platform for free speech, as our founders intended, and also to create a social media environment that would protect data privacy," Mercer said in a statement on the platform. "The ever increasing tyranny and hubris of our tech overlords demands that someone lead the fight against data mining, and for the protection of free speech online. That someone is Parler, a beacon to all who value their liberty, free speech, and personal privacy."  

The Mercer Family - Cambridge Analytica - Steve Bannon - Emirates Abu Dhabi - Israel ...

"High Court session in liquidation of Cambridge Analytica - secrets covered up by Emerdata - run by the Mercers."

Social media platform Parler gets backing from Mercer family | WSJ - Nov. 15, 2020 |

(Reuters) - Social media platform Parler, which styles itself as a "free speech-driven" space, gets funding from hedge-fund investor Robert Mercer and his daughter and conservative activist Rebekah, the Wall Street Journal reported.

U.S. right-wing social media users have flocked to Parler, messaging app Telegram and hands-off social site Gab, citing the more aggressive policing of political comments on mainstream platforms such as Twitter Inc and Facebook Inc.

Robert Mercer starts big money effort for Trump and RNC after cutting back support | CNBC - April 15, 2020 |

"Crickets. They're Gone": Why the Mercers, Trump's Biggest 2016 Backers, Have Bailed on Him | Vanity Fair - June 2019 |

Roger Stone, Steve Bannon, and retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn all participated in efforts to promote the Jan. 6 "Stop the Steal" event that ultimately devolved into a riotous and deadly melee at the United States Capitol, leaving five dead and causing Trump to become the only president to be impeached for a second time. Crooks all of them, a conspiracy of gangsters. In comparison, "Tricky" Dick Nixon was a saint.

Billionaire Trump backer Robert Mercer funded group that produced anti-Muslim ads for 2016 election, claims investigative group

Renaissance Partner David Magerman Airs Battle With Robert Mercer Over Trump White Supremacy

Cambridge Analytica-linked businessman helped start Black Cube, lawsuit claims.

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Parler CEO Matze married Russian Alina Mukhutdinova after travel  

Founder John Matze met his now wife, Alina Mukhutdinova, in May 15, 2016 in Las Vegas. Alina is from Kazan, Russia. She was on a two week road trip "vacation" across the USA with a friend.

John Matze and his family have gone into hiding after receiving multiple death and harassment threats, multiple US news agencies reported.

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Controversial Parler Network Gets Support From Russia, Reports Say | RFERL |

DDoS-Guard has worked with racist, right-wing, and conspiracy sites that have been used to share messages, and it has also supported Russian government sites, Reuters said.

DDoS-Guard's website lists an address in Scotland under the company name Cognitive Cloud LP, but Guilmette told Reuters that it is owned by two men in the Russian city of Rostov-on-Don.

Temkin's tweet included a screen shot of Parler's URL registration that also lists Rostov-on-Don as the address.

Parler website partially returns with support from Russian-owned technology firm | The Guardian |

DDoS-Guard was registered in 2017 under a limited partnership, a financial structure in Scotland that allows nonresidents to create companies with little scrutiny. Aleksei Likhachev and Evgeniy Marchenko, two Russian businessmen who registered it, remain owners of the company. The partnership under which DDoS-Guard is registered is called Cognitive Cloud.

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From the Obama/Biden administration ... Netanyahu hates Democrats, Republicans compliant "Israel First" and foremost.

Alan Dershowitz: Shunned!

Israel Crosses 'Red-Line' with Criticism of Obama and Kerry

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Israeli minerals magnate Beny Steinmetz convicted of corruption

A miracle someone like Steinmetz got his day in court ... 🇨🇭🇨🇭

Black Cube and Oligarchs in the Shadow

Ben Gurion Longed for a Zionist Thief, Now Israel is Run by Them

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Enhanced interrogation in the spirit of US rendition, Abu Ghraib, Shin Bet, impunity based on Judeo-Christian values ... we can do better!

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Named after American Traitor ...

Perhaps Bibi Netanyahu could white-wash this offense and re-name it after Jonathan Pollard.

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They make wine there.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun Jan 24th, 2021 at 03:56:33 PM EST
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Agressieve policy of colonizing Palestinian Land continues ... not a Peace proposal with Arab autocratic states, just a concept business contract with security of American military might! A recipe for error and outbreak of war.

by Oui on Sun Jan 24th, 2021 at 11:28:27 AM EST
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The U.N. exposes the limits of the Trump peace plan with the Taliban

Under the so-called peace agreement signed with the Taliban by the Trump administration (but not by the government in Kabul), the Taliban is supposed to guarantee that the territory it controls is not used for international terrorism against the U.S. and its allies. To do so, presumably the Taliban would shut down the al-Qaida infrastructure in their territory.

The United Nations issued a report this month on the state of the Taliban and their relationship with al-Qaida.

Political end game of Pompeo to undermine foreign policy of the Biden administration ...

Wave of killings targets Afghan female judges, journalists, intellectuals | NBC News |

US to review Afghan peace deal with Taliban | DW |

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Imperative second shot for Pfizer vaccine
Yuli Edelstein, Health Minister of Israel

94% turnout <25d
70% turnout <21d

Israel Shares Vaccine Data With Pfizer

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Throwing stones and objects this morning at police officers who raided a Satmar yeshiva in the area of the Mea Shearim neighborhood of Jerusalem after it was opened in violation of regulations. The police retreat in front of hundreds of demonstrators and stone showers

by Oui on Tue Jan 26th, 2021 at 03:29:57 PM EST
Kochavi we'll act if Biden doesn't ...

Should Kochavi be worried about a Biden administration? | JPost - Nov. 2020 |

IDF Kochavi says Iran only weeks away from nuclear bomb | JPost |

Kochavi said he had ordered operational plans to strike Iran's nuclear program to be ready if necessary, but whether to use those plans and under what circumstances was a decision for the political echelon.

INSS presentation Avi Kochavi on Iran

Article from Netanyahu's very own Israeli tabloid ...

The battle against the bomb | Hayom |

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Speaking to FM Ashkenazi, ministers from Gulf states say Jerusalem and its new allies can together 'exert greater influence on the US'

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Military affairs: Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi's punch at Qassem Soleimani | JPost - Jan. 25, 2019 |

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Biden administration suspends Abraham Business Accords with Riyadh and Emirates

Middle East Eye

I understand the threat out of Israel hasn't disturbed the Biden/Harris administration to set its own foreign policy beyond Trump's Israel First counter-productive agreements in the powder keg of Middle East. Peace Now and support for BT'selem. Honesty ... stop the hypocrisy.

by Oui on Wed Jan 27th, 2021 at 09:59:50 PM EST

Israel promotes over 2,000 settler units prior to Biden inauguration | JPost |

Biden envoy: US to reopen diplomatic missions for Palestinians

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Restoring Iran nuclear deal is good for Israel | JPost - opinion |

The Biden administration, to be sworn in on January 20, will have to deal with many urgent issues at home and abroad and to repair the rubble left behind by the Trump administration. For Israel, despite the existential importance of reaching a two-state solution with the Palestinians and preventing a binational catastrophe, there is no more urgent priority at the moment than a return to the 2015 nuclear agreement known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) between the world powers (P5 +1) and Iran. This will immediately stop the prospect of Iranian nuclear breakout, which has become a very real possibility since the Trump administration's abandonment of the agreement.

During the negotiations on the returning to negotiations, Iran will continue unmonitored to accumulate enriched uranium (it already has 12 times the amount of enriched uranium it had when Trump violated the agreement), and add sophisticated cascades of centrifuges. In addition, there is no chance that Iran, Russia and China will agree to return to negotiations before ending the JCPOA related sanctions which were unilaterally renewed by Trump.

There is great urgency to return to the agreement also due to the June elections in Iran in which the pragmatic camp, currently led by Iran's President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, is facing candidates backed by the Revolutionary Guards. The Revolutionary Guard candidates are extremists who prefer that the Iranian economy continue to falter rather than negotiate with the West and compromise.

The claim against immediate return to JCPOA (compliance for compliance) is that the Biden administration is relinquishing the leverage created as a result of the steps taken by Trump against the Iranian economy. In reality, there are many sanctions - unrelated to the JCPOA - that Biden can use as leverage.

The leadership in Iran will seek revenge for the two critical assassinations in 2020, military leader Qasem Soleimani and nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh ...

Iran's supreme leader calls for 'definitive punishment' of scientist's killers | The Guardian |

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In last 5 years PM Netanyahu has ousted dissident voices in the National Security Team.

Gantz warns Netanyahu not to try to sideline him again on Iran talks with US | Times of Israel |

Gantz warns Netanyahu not to try to sideline him again on Iran talks with US | Times of Israel |

Kochavi signals to Biden: Netanyahu, top security agree on Iran this time | JPost |

Kochavi wanted to make it clear for all to see - the new administration, the Europeans, the Iranians - that this time there is no daylight at all between the security establishment and Netanyahu on Iran.

Kochavi wanted it to be unequivocal that this time the top military echelon is completely in line with Netanyahu on the nuclear deal, and that 2021 is not 2015. And it was obviously important for him to get that message across before the US actually begins to engage with Iran.

In addition, there was importance in getting that message out before the upcoming Israeli elections, in order to stress that Israel's strong stand against reentering the JCPOA is not just the caprice of Netanyahu, but something supported by the country's top generals.


CENTCOM chief arriving in Israel for talks with Kochavi on Iran

From the diaries ...

Israel Is Not Our Partner for Middle East Peace | June 2014 |

by Oui on Thu Jan 28th, 2021 at 02:04:50 PM EST
Security Breach Inside Netanyahu's Bunker on Iran Strike | Sept. 5, 2012 |

(JPost) - In a rare and dramatic move, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Wednesday adjourned, because of leaks to the press, the second part of a security cabinet meeting that began Tuesday and dealt with Iran.

Netanyahu, according to a statement issued by his office, said at the outset of the meeting that "something grave happened shortly after the conclusion of the meeting yesterday: leaks from the security cabinet meeting."

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In Israel politics ahead of any election, harsh talk pays out a dividend, especially when it's directed at terror and Israel's enemies everywhere. This election cycle, there will be no large billboards of Bibi with the American president. The disappointment was great in the Knesset and by the PM that Joe Biden won by a landslide. The American insurrectionist traitor has been applauded as a savior and left his (land)marks. Yet Kochavi attacking the most powerful ally in the White House will not have gained voters for Likud in Israel or the diaspora.  

Why Kochavi picked a fight with Biden and why it's not good for Israel | JPost |

The problem is that what Kochavi did was make it seem like Israel has no reason to work with the Biden administration. Indeed, he even took a page out of Netanyahu's 2015 speech before Congress and went to battle, instead of first engaging in diplomacy and trying to influence the process from within. Even parts of the speech sounded similar.  

In his address, Netanyahu warned Congress: "The first major concession would leave Iran with a vast nuclear infrastructure, providing it with a short breakout time to the bomb. Breakout time is the time it takes to amass enough weapons-grade uranium or plutonium for a nuclear bomb."

On Tuesday Kochavi said: "As of today, Iran has increased its amount of enriched material over what is permitted, has developed and manufactured advanced centrifuges that will allow it to break out faster - in months and maybe even weeks."

In 2015 Netanyahu said: "We all have a responsibility to consider what will happen when Iran's nuclear capabilities are virtually unrestricted and all the sanctions will have been lifted. Iran would then be free to...produce many, many nuclear bombs."

On Tuesday Kochavi said: "The pressure on Iran, partially due to the American sanctions, has to continue. Anything that removes this pressure will give them oxygen, and they will continue to violate the deal. There have to be measures to ensure that Iran will not be able to race to a bomb."

Kochavi was clearly aligning himself with Netanyahu, who didn't waste time on taking credit for himself, explaining during a visit to a vaccination center in Sderot that the chief of staff was simply articulating the prime minister's own policy of doing everything possible to stop Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.

IDF chief's message to Biden: If necessary, Israel will act alone | Hayom |
by Oui on Sat Jan 30th, 2021 at 03:55:28 PM EST
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Foundation linked to Biden pick for cybersecurity gave $500,000 to pro-Israel lobby AIPAC | NBC News |

    EDITOR'S NOTE (Jan. 27, 2021, 9:30 p.m. ET): After a number of readers raised issues with this article, NBC News conducted a review and has determined that it fell short of our reporting standards. In order to warrant publication, it needed on-the-record quotes from critics, rather than anonymous ones. The article should have also included more views from those who believe that donations to AIPAC do not represent a conflict. And it did not give Neuberger adequate time to respond to our reporting. NBC News is leaving the article on our website in the interest of full transparency with our readers.

Anne Neuberger was named senior director for cyber policy on the National Security Council. She spent the last decade at the National Security Agency. In 2014, she was assigned the job of Chief Risk Officer. She subsequently served as Assistant Deputy Director of Operations, the lead of the NSA's Russia Small Group, and Director of Cybersecurity.  

AIPAC and Lobby US Congress ... eg

How the Iran Nuclear Deal Weakened AIPAC, Washington's Most Powerful Interest Group | Newsweek - Sept. 1, 2015 |

Timeline of Nuclear Diplomacy With Iran | Arms Control |

Personally I have no problem with her assignment at NSC. She seems a skilled manager on both Russian cyberattacks and ally Israel. NSC is quite heavy on the Middle East. She must already have the highest security screening and clearance. Most likely a loss for the NSA, already a men's bulwark.

by Oui on Fri Jan 29th, 2021 at 12:43:18 PM EST
From the diaries ...

In Search of the Wahhabi Nuclear Bomb | March 3, 2019 |

Written a nice tribute about Daniel Pearl ... killed by Saudi incited terrorists in Pakistan:

The "savior" was flown in to give support to new puppet (?) PM Khan in new hostilities with India over Kashmir. The Sunni terror group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) inflicted heavy casualties by a suicide attack a fortnight ago. Pakistan [and Saudi Arabia] deny any involvement with terrorism. FWIW

With Crown Prince's Visits, Saudi Arabia's Balancing Act in South Asia Continues

"JeM members gained international media attention by kidnapping and later beheading American noncombatant journalist Daniel Pearl four months after 9/11. The group attempted to assassinate Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf twice."

As long as there are people like Danny, there is HOPE!

British national Omar Saeed Sheikh was a member of JeM and fought in Kashmir.

Daniel Pearl Murderer Set Free [posted yesterday]

Was murdered at the hands of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the suspected mastermind of 9/11. Daniel Pearl's key murder suspect in US custody and yet to face trial.

by Oui on Fri Jan 29th, 2021 at 12:45:24 PM EST
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Dennis Ross sidelined at State over his foreign agent status with Israel - HRC administration in 2010

From diaries @ProgressPond

Dennis Ross back in town ... moves to NSC

by Oui on Fri Jan 29th, 2021 at 12:46:20 PM EST
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Will this avoidance of tough problems stretch out to the JCPOA nuclear deal with allies and Iran?

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Optimists speaking of viable diplomacy under the Biden administration.

Riyadh is convinced that Iran is trying to encircle the kingdom with its allied proxy supporters while Tehran views Saudi Arabia as in alliance with the US to undermine the Islamic Republic.

"Riyadh charges Iran with interfering in the internal affairs of sovereign states like Yemen, Syria, Lebanon, Bahrain, and Iraq; Tehran sees Saudi Arabia doing the same in these very countries."

They urge both sides to agree - perhaps with the help of the UN - a set of principles around non-interference, the inviolability of national boundaries, rejection of violence, respecting the Vienna convention on diplomatic relations, respect for religious minorities and abandonment of the use of proxy forces to advance national interests. The principles also support the free flow of oil and navigation, and rejection of the procurement of weapons of mass destruction.

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Perhaps You Have Noticed ... A turning Point In Syria | May 2013 |

The Obama administration policy of regime change was a fool's campaign causing mass human suffering. Played into the hands of rightwing Islamophobic parties in Europe. The advent of a secessionist president like Trump.

by Oui on Mon Feb 1st, 2021 at 08:44:46 AM EST
Why did Ayatollah Komeini choose exile in Paris? | RFI - Feb. 1, 2019 |

Although there was a popular distaste for the Shah's rule, democratic forces were active in Iran when he went into exile. And Khomeini's Revolutionary Council promised the establishment of a transitional government ahead of parliamentary elections.

When asked if France believed democratic groups would be integrated into the the revoultionary movement, Nicoullaud points out the base of the Ayatollah's support.
"Of course the poorest people were under the influence of the clergy. This is how the clergy came up. And in fact, as in every revolution - we had it in France with the Jacobins and the Girondins, the moderates and the extremists. We had it in Russia with the Mensheviks and the Bolsheviks.

"There is a short moment of unanimity at the beginning of the revolution, when everyone agrees to get rid of the tyrant. After that, all the groups enter into coflict, one with the other. And in the case of Iran, the religious won."

by Oui on Mon Feb 1st, 2021 at 12:29:56 PM EST
After that, all the groups enter into coflict, one with the other. And in the case of Iran, the religious won.

It is my understanding (but I may remember wrong), that until the students occupied the US embassy in Tehran, CIA was actually helping the mullahs to get rid of the socialists and communists they had a lot of information on (via Savak, which they had trained).
I also recall that the student's radical action was partly due to (perception of) CIA starting operations against the regime. Ironically enough, the students were from left-wing Daftar-e Tahkim-e Vahdat seeking democratic reforms in Iran...

Obviously history abhors absolutes.

by pelgus on Mon Feb 1st, 2021 at 01:00:09 PM EST
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To get to "herd immunity" ... or else the rabbi's and religious ceremonies have succeeded First!

by Oui on Mon Feb 1st, 2021 at 04:53:34 PM EST
by Oui on Tue Feb 2nd, 2021 at 06:16:47 PM EST
Choice between 'New Amsterdam' with Peter Stuyvesant or Liberal cities of Antwerp and Amsterdam. During the German occupation 75% of Jewish citizens died in death camps.

Known as Sephardim (Jews of Spanish-Portuguese extraction), theirs was a complex saga. In December 1496, King Manuel I of Portugal decreed that all Jews leave Portugal by October 1497, causing many to flee to Holland where a climate of acceptance prevailed.

After being driven ashore in Jamaica by Spanish ships, twenty-three members of the community, along with a group of Dutch Calvinists, made their way to New Nederland (New York)--another colony run by the Dutch West India Company. Peter Stuyvesant, governor of New Netherland, feared that the indigent newcomers would burden the colony but when he motioned to eject the Jewish newcomers the Company refused his petition (many of the company's shareholders were Jewish).

[Portuguese Synagogue Amsterdam]

by Oui on Tue Feb 2nd, 2021 at 06:19:07 PM EST
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Endemic capitalism where altruism is replaced by Quid pro Quo - feeding Trumpism and Egocentrism.

God's might of deciding who lives and who dies ... the SARS CoV-2 pandemic.

by Oui on Wed Feb 3rd, 2021 at 06:36:08 AM EST
by Oui on Wed Feb 3rd, 2021 at 06:39:01 AM EST
by Oui on Sun Feb 7th, 2021 at 03:18:32 AM EST
LBC Radio Host Maajid Nawaz Bankrolled by US Republican Dark Money

LBC radio host Maajid Nawaz, chairman of the counter-extremism think tank, the Quilliam Foundation, is increasingly steeping himself in pro-Donald Trump conspiracy theories circulated by far-right and white nationalist groups - including supporters of the baseless QAnon.

But, while many have expressed surprise at how a former counter-extremism advisor to David Cameron could end up falling for the increasingly deranged ramblings of the alt-right, Nawaz's embrace of its ethos was entirely predictable given that, for most of the past decade, the Quilliam Foundation has been supported by pro-Trump Republican donors through whom it has received some $3 million of 'dark money'.

From the diaries ...

Bilad al-Sham: Jihad's Newest Hot Spot

Maajid Nawaz Called "Anti-Muslim Extremist" and He's Suing!

by Oui on Mon Feb 8th, 2021 at 05:47:56 PM EST
by Oui on Tue Feb 9th, 2021 at 02:48:09 PM EST
by Oui on Tue Feb 9th, 2021 at 02:51:17 PM EST
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We broke International Law and worked so closely with the Former and our friend Jared Kushner ... the only democracy on this side of the Jordan River... a metro station and a settlement on the captured Golan Heights have been named after the insurrectionist president ... why won't you call me? I know Mitch McConnell so well ... he would have made the call Israel First!

Call me maybe? Disquiet in Israel that Biden has yet to phone Netanyahu

It has been three weeks since Joe Biden's inauguration and Benjamin Netanyahu has yet to receive a call from the White House. The Israeli prime minister has let it be known he is not happy but he is waiting by the phone.

Danny Danon, Likud boy wonder:
Israel Crosses 'Red-Line' with Criticism of Obama and Kerry | July 28, 2014 |

JCPOA Withdrawal:
Trump Does Have Friends Across Middle East | May 9, 2018 |

by Oui on Thu Feb 11th, 2021 at 06:29:35 AM EST

Not on the Shabbat ...

by Oui on Fri Feb 12th, 2021 at 09:46:52 AM EST
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by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Feb 12th, 2021 at 10:12:53 AM EST
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Israel boasting an assassination ... a PR article to express Jewish superiority and deny American support in the murder beyond giving the green light ... It's just to take the Jewish State of Israel and its leaders to court in The Hague. That too is part of universal democracy. Benyamin Netanyahu awaits a trial for corruption on three counts in Israel.

Murder of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, an Iranian nuclear  scientist an hero of a nation

by Oui on Thu Feb 11th, 2021 at 09:38:00 AM EST
Beitar Jerusalem confirm controversial investment from UAE Sheikh

In a statement, Israeli technology entrepreneur Moshe Hogeg, the club's current owner who assumed control in 2018, said: "Together, we all march the club to new days of coexistence, achievements and brotherhood for the sake of our club, community and Israeli sports."

Sheikh Hamad added: "I am thrilled to be a partner in such a glorious club that I have heard so much of and in such a great city, the capital of Israel and one of the holiest cities in the world."

Moshe Hogeg, Blockchain entrepreneur ...

THE END ... 🤣

Beitar Jerusalem FC withdraws sale to UAE Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa | JPost |

by Oui on Thu Feb 11th, 2021 at 08:02:21 PM EST

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