04/12/2013

War on Syria: Israel

Military document:

... 'Syria does have long-range chemical weapons and shows a continuing interest in biological ans nuclear weapons. Its biological capabilities - if any - are unknown, but are most likely to be limited. Syria does, however, have a long history of interest in nuclear technnology, some of which seems to have been driven by the desire to at least lay the groundwork  for creating a nuclear weapons option. It also seems to have obtained North Korean aid in building a reactor facility similar to the one that North Korea used to obtain weapons-grade plutonium. Syria did not, however, co-locate facilities that could be tied to either creating reactor fuel or processing the rods from a reactor into weapons-grade material. Israel destroyed this reactor facility during an aid raid in 2007, and this means the Syrian threat now seems to consist only of chemical weapons...'

US & Israel masterminds behind Syria proxy war:
http://youtu.be/Sn1so6EusP8

07/11/2013

The metamorphosis of tiny Israel to a giant

The metamorphosis of tiny Israel from a midget to a giant is in the making:
http://www.mediamonitors.net/johnhenshaw1.html

15:54 Écrit par Jacques dans arab spring, Israel, Latest News | Lien permanent | Commentaires (0) |  Facebook |

29/06/2013

Silence about Israeli use of chemical weapons

 

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Silence breeds impunity - investigations are needed

23 August 2006

First there were allegations of illegal tactics. Now it is the illegal use of certain weapons. Such allegations are hardly new. Israel has for years been accused of both in its systematic dispossession, oppression and killing of Palestinians. However, the continued silence on the part of the international community has sent a dangerous message to Israel that it need not feel restrained in either the methods or weapons it uses in its military operations, and so it has set the bar of violence ever higher.

Following repeated allegations of Israel’s disproportionate and indiscriminate use of force, reprisals and collective punishment against civilians in Lebanon and Gaza, all of which are grave violations of international law, one could only have expected outrage from the international community.

And the outrage came, though slowly.

It first came from citizens all over Europe, Canada, United States and South Africa, who took to the streets to express their anger at Israel’s attacks against Lebanese and Palestinian civilians. Demonstrations are still taking place, including at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport and Scotland’s Prestwick airport in protest at the transit through these airports of weapons from the United States, destined for Israel’s military.

Top UN officials Louise Arbour and Jan Egeland also came out early with strong statements criticising the behaviour of both sides. However, given Israel’s complete disregard for international law and apparently deliberate attacks on UN installations, it was unavoidable that their criticisms mostly focussed on Israel’s violations. The latest Resolution of the United Nations Human Rights Council confirms this.

Meanwhile, the US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice simply dismissed Hezbollah as a “terrorist organisation”, while Israel was politely urged to “exercise restraint in exercising its right to self-defence”. Such arguments came across as hollow as the US continued to pound Iraq, ignoring the UN Security Council if it didn’t “co-operate”, exercising little restraint itself either in its choice of weapons or tactics and dismissing the Geneva Conventions as “inapplicable”.

Supported by its benefactor, a confident Olmert smiled before the cameras, not being asked to justify Israel’s justifications for its continued military aggression in Lebanon and Gaza. The final reckoning, however, may yet come, including from Israel’s increasingly mutinous military.

The new level of disregard for international law displayed by the Israeli leadership not only prompted a massive escalation in its hostilities against Lebanon and Occupied Gaza, it also granted tacit permission to Israel’s war commanders to experiment with a vast and sophisticated arsenal of deadly weaponry. An arsenal, it must be noted, that is supplied through United States and European arms companies, paid for with billions of dollars provided each year by the American taxpayer.

The New York-based organisation Human Rights Watch has come out strongly against Israel’s use of cluster bombs, which it argued were indiscriminate weapons. The bombs released multiple “bomblets”, which did not distinguish between soldiers or resistance fighters (or “combatants”) and civilians.

Although cluster bombs are not (yet) banned under international law, it is illegal for any military to use weapons or tactics that do not make such a distinction. It is therefore not the weapon itself, but Israel’s use of these weapons in such an indiscriminate way, in civilian areas, which have amounted to potential war crimes.

Towards the end of July, Human Rights Watch also began investigating gruesome reports by medical doctors of bodies that had been blackened, but had not been burnt. According to a medical doctor in Beirut, such injuries were consistent with the use of unconventional weapons, such as white phosphorous.

These were confirmed by Italian scientists of the International Peace Bureau, who on the 9th of August issued an urgent appeal. Referring to these and other “countless” reports from hospitals and journalists, the appeal claimed that “new and strange symptoms are reported” that are consistent with the use of banned weapons, including “chemical and/or biological agents”. Similar allegations were reported by doctors in Gaza.

Allegations of the use of white phosphorous by Israel came in the wake of earlier allegations of its use by US armed forces in Iraq. The US military had also notoriously used this substance as a weapon in Vietnam, referring to it as “WP” or “Willy Pete”.

Similar to cluster bombs, while white phosphorous as a substance is itself not (yet) banned in international law, the way in which it is used is heavily restricted. Like other incendiary devices, such as napalm, the use of any offensive weapon against civilians, or in circumstances where civilians are likely to be the victims of an attack is banned in international law.

As reported by the American Society of International Law, its renewed use in Iraq has generated a worldwide debate, not only because of the indiscriminate (i.e. illegal) way in which it is used, but because of the particularly nasty nature of the injuries that it causes. As such, there is currently a debate as to whether white phosphorous ought specifically to be banned as a chemical weapon in international law.

Read more at: http://electronicintifada.net/content/silence-breeds-impunity-investigations-are-needed/6380

19/06/2013

Latest News Syria: Israel is an obstacle to Peace

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November 2, 2010

‘IDF intelligence chief: Israel’s next war will see heavy casualties’

‘Syria is a military obstacle’…

In farewell meeting at the Knesset, Gen. Amos Yadlin says next conflict will hit Israel far harder than recent wars in Lebanon and Gaza – and hints for first the time at Israeli involvement in a 2007 strike on a nuclear plant in Syria…

In a final meeting at the Knesset, outgoing Military Intelligence chief Amos Yadlin warned on Tuesday that Israel’s next war would be fought on several fronts – causing far heavier damage and casualties than other recent conflicts. A new war would be far deadlier than Israel’s last two, relatively short, conflicts in Lebanon in 2006 and Gaza in 2008-9. Syria, particularly, posed a greated military obstacle to Israel than at any time in the past three decades, Yadlin said, having amassed advanced Russian-built antiaircraft missiles that seriously limited the operational freedom of the Israel Air Force. Yadlin also hinted at Israel’s involvement in attacking a Syrian nuclear facility in September 2007. That strike has been widely attributed to Israel, but the government has never officially taken responsibility for the operation. The veteran soldier, who turns 60 next year, told the committee that during his position as MI chief he had contended with two enemy nuclear programs – apparently a reference to Iran and Syria. Yadlin also warned of a growing threat from the Iranian nuclear program, saying Iran now had enough highly enriched uranium to build a bomb.

Source: 

http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/idf-intelligence-chief-israel-s-next-war-will-see-heavy-casualties-1.322484

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May 6, 2013 – May 21, 2013

Israel’s bombings

May 6, 2013 – ‘Israel used depleted uranium in airstrike on Syria: Report’:
http://www.presstv.com/detail/2013/05/06/302129/israel-hit-syria-using-depleted-uranium/
May 21, 2013  – ‘Israel forces fired at target in Syria’:
http://www.presstv.com/detail/2013/05/21/304611/israel-forces-fired-at-target-in-syria/

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June 17, 2013

Israel’s chemical weapons campaign – Google

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Israel a Major Obstacle to Peace

May 23, 2009 - Syria: Israel A "Major Obstacle" To Peace
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503543_162-5035594-503543.html

May 23, 2009 - Associated Press - Syria's Assad: Israel Is 'Obstacle' to Peace
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,521417,00.html

7.13.09 Syria to EU: Israel obstacle to peace - Israel News, Ynetnews
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3745949,00.html

May.23, 2009 - Assad: Israel is the major obstacle to peace
http://www.haaretz.com/news/assad-israel-is-the-major-obstacle-to-peace-1.276558

4 June 2008 - Normalizing occupation: Syria, Israel and "peace talks"
http://electronicintifada.net/content/normalizing-occupation-syria-israel-and-peace-talks/7543

MARCH 2005 - CAN ISRAEL AND SYRIA REACH PEACE?
OBSTACLES, LESSONS AND PROSPECTS
http://www.bakerinstitute.org/publications/wp_israelsyria.pdf

06/06/2013

Latest News Syria: Israel reengaging with UN Human Rights Council

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May 29, 2013

Israel ready to reengage with UN Human Rights Council

Israel ready to reengage with UN Human Rights CouncilJerusalem is prepared to thaw ties frozen in 2012 — but only if ‘fair play and international standards’ are applied, deputy FM says.

Israel is working toward reengaging with the United Nations Human Rights Council, Deputy Foreign Minister Ze’ev Elkin has confirmed, adding, however, that such a move would occur only if the body could guarantee that the Jewish state would receive fair treatment in the future.

Jerusalem unilaterally cut all ties with the Geneva-based body last year over its alleged anti-Israel bias.

“Since then many countries have asked us to change our policy,” Elkin said Tuesday at the opening ceremony of the 4th Conference of the Global Forum for Combating Antisemitism in Jerusalem. “And I ask myself: Is Israel expected to agree to being discriminated against, or should a change in our policy come about only through the ending of discrimination? The answer is clear and after much deliberation I have recently agreed to diplomatic engagement with the council and major actors in the international community to see if we can arrive at understandings and guarantees that will enable our return to the council, while ensuring that fair play and international standards are applied towards Israel.”

Deputy Foreign Minister Ze’ev Elkin during an interview in Jerusalem Sunday (photo credit: AP/Dan Balilty)

In his speech, delivered in English, Elkin slammed the UNHRC for unduly singling out Israel for harsh criticism. Forty-six of 103 country-related resolutions and six of the 19 special sessions held since the council’s establishment “were against Israel,” he said. The Jewish state is not a member of any regional grouping and is the only country that has an agenda item “specifically to condemn its so-called violations of human rights,” Elkin noted.

“Can such a miserable record be defined as anything other than anti-Semitism in the guise of anti-Israelism?” he asked rhetorically.

After the UNHRC’s March 2012 decision to establish a fact-finding mission into Israel’s settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, then-foreign minister Avigdor Liberman announced that Israel would cut all ties to the council and cease cooperating with its officials. “From now on, we will no longer work together in any way, shape or form with any officials from the council, including the High Commissioner,” Navi Pillay, Liberman said at the time. “If anyone from the council calls us, we just won’t answer the phone.”

Earlier this year, Israel became the first of 193 UN member states to boycott a routine evaluation of its human rights situation scheduled to be conducted by council. The international community reacted angrily, saying Jerusalem risked undermining the council’s entire periodic review process, considered one of its most potent mechanisms.

At the same time, Israel took steps aimed at restoring its relationship with the council when Jerusalem’s permanent representative to the body, Ambassador Eviatar Manor, phoned the council’s president, Remigiusz Henczel, in the first senior-level official dealing between the two parties since March 2012.

Last month, Swiss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter visited Israel, urged leaders to work on finding ways to restore ties with the UNHRC and offered his help in brokering a deal. Jerusalem seemed willing to restore ties, but Foreign Ministry officials indicated that full cooperation still appeared far away.

“We are now going to work on finding diplomatic solutions to this inherently unfair situation, solutions that will enable us to return to the council, to work with council not on the basis of ‘anyone who wants to bash Israel can do so free of charge,’ but serious work on equal footing,” said ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor.

It is currently unclear what exactly such a mechanism, in which Israel will no longer be automatically at the receiving end of endless criticism, could look like.

“We’re going to start working with a number of countries in the council… and the commissioners,” Palmor said. “We will need to see whether it is possible for Israel to get equal treatment.”

A diplomatic official told The Times of Israel that Jerusalem is well aware of the UN realities — in which Arab and Muslim states have an automatic majority when it comes to resolutions hostile to Israel — “but we will see whether there is any possibility to get the council to work fairly with Israel, in which case when there is criticism we will accept it,” the official said. “But we will not be the council’s punching bag.”

May 29, 2013: 'Israel ready to reengage with UN Human Rights Council':
http://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-to-reengage-with-un-human-rights-council/

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The U.N. World Watch campaign against Syria:

04/06/2013

Latest News: ‘Syria, a military obstacle to Israel’

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As a reminder:

November 2, 2010

‘IDF intelligence chief: Israel’s next war will see heavy casualties’

In farewell meeting at the Knesset, Gen. Amos Yadlin says next conflict will hit Israel far harder than recent wars in Lebanon and Gaza – and hints for first the time at Israeli involvement in a 2007 strike on a nuclear plant in Syria…

In a final meeting at the Knesset, outgoing Military Intelligence chief Amos Yadlin warned on Tuesday that Israel’s next war would be fought on several fronts – causing far heavier damage and casualties than other recent conflicts. A new war would be far deadlier than Israel’s last two, relatively short, conficts in Lebanon in 2006 and Gaza in 2008-9. Syria, particularly, posed a greated military obstacle to Israel than at any time in the past three decades, Yadlin said, having amassed advanced Russian-built antiaircraft missiles that seriously limited the operational freedom of the Israel Air Force. Yadlin also hinted at Israel’s involvement in attacking a Syrian nuclear facility in September 2007. That strike has been widely attributed to Israel, but the government has never officially taken responsibility for the operation. The veteran soldier, who turns 60 next year, told the committee that during his position as MI chief he had contended with two enemy nuclear programs – apparently a reference to Iran and Syria. Yadlin also warned of a growing threat from the Iranian nuclear program, saying Iran now had enough highly enriched uranium to build a bomb.

Source: http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/idf-intelligence-chief-israel-s-next-war-will-see-heavy-casualties-1.322484

Latest News Syria: Occupied Golan

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Cabinet: Golan is Basic Part of Syria

June 4, 2013

Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi reiterated that Syria, as government and people, will not abandon any tiny of the Syrian national soil, including the occupied Golan, appreciating the struggle and courage of the citizens in it against the flagrant practices of the Israeli occupation.

"Nowadays, we remember a painful anniversary; the aggression of June 5th when the Israeli entity occupied parts of Arab territories, among them the Syrian Golan which is considered a basic part of Syria," Al-Halqi said during a weekly Cabinet meeting.

He called on the Ministers to offer the best services to the citizens and providing them with the basic needs of water, electricity, communications and health. The Premier referred to the procedures taken by the government to support the Syrian pound in addition to improving the citizens' livelihood.

For his part, Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid al-Moallem briefed the Cabinet on the latest developments on the international arena and its repercussions on the internal situation.

He affirmed the Syrian people's confidence that the solution to the crisis in Syria is by implementing the political program.

Mazen

http://sana.sy/eng/21/2013/06/04/485794.htm

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'Syria, a military obstacle to Israel' 

As a reminder:

November 2, 2010

‘IDF intelligence chief: Israel’s next war will see heavy casualties’

In farewell meeting at the Knesset, Gen. Amos Yadlin says next conflict will hit Israel far harder than recent wars in Lebanon and Gaza – and hints for first the time at Israeli involvement in a 2007 strike on a nuclear plant in Syria…

In a final meeting at the Knesset, outgoing Military Intelligence chief Amos Yadlin warned on Tuesday that Israel’s next war would be fought on several fronts – causing far heavier damage and casualties than other recent conflicts. A new war would be far deadlier than Israel’s last two, relatively short, conficts in Lebanon in 2006 and Gaza in 2008-9. Syria, particularly, posed a greated military obstacle to Israel than at any time in the past three decades, Yadlin said, having amassed advanced Russian-built antiaircraft missiles that seriously limited the operational freedom of the Israel Air Force. Yadlin also hinted at Israel’s involvement in attacking a Syrian nuclear facility in September 2007. That strike has been widely attributed to Israel, but the government has never officially taken responsibility for the operation. The veteran soldier, who turns 60 next year, told the committee that during his position as MI chief he had contended with two enemy nuclear programs – apparently a reference to Iran and Syria. Yadlin also warned of a growing threat from the Iranian nuclear program, saying Iran now had enough highly enriched uranium to build a bomb.

Source: http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/idf-intelligence-chief-israel-s-next-war-will-see-heavy-casualties-1.322484

03/06/2013

Latest News Syria: Iraq

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Iraq will not Allow Using its Airspace to Attack Syria

Jun 3, 2013

Iraq stressed that it will not allow using its airspace to launch any aggression on Syria, warning that it will respond any Israeli violation of its airspace in case Israel has directed a strike against Iran.

Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister, Hussein Al-Shahristani, said Monday in an interview with Agence France Presse that Iraq will not allow using its airspace to strike Syria as also will not allow using its airspace or territories to transfer weapons into Syria from any side.

He pointed out that the Americans were also informed not to use the Iraqi airspace and territories for this propose.

Regarding the possibility of launching an Israeli aggression on Iran across the Iraqi airspace, al-Shahristani said that "We warned Israel that if it violated our airspace it will bear the repercussions."

H. Zain / Ghossoun

http://sana.sy/eng/22/2013/06/03/485483.htm

20:07 Écrit par Jacques dans Iran, Iraq, Israel, Latest News, Syria | Lien permanent | Commentaires (0) |  Facebook |

29/05/2013

Latest News Syria: Israeli Weapons and Military Aid to Al Qaeda

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Interview with Michel Chossudovsky
Global Research, May 29, 2013

‘If they (the Western Leaders) were concerned and sincerely committed to the peace process, they would immediately cease supporting a terrorist organization which is linked to al-Qaeda and which is involved in atrocities and killings in Syria.”

Press TV has talked with Michel Chossudovsky, Director of the Centre for Research on Globalization in Montreal, to get his opinions on the role of the Israeli regime in the ongoing foreign-backed unrest in Syria.
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Press TV: Mr. Chossudovsky, today we have Israel threatening Moscow possibly with force. How does Israel play into this equation and how much physical involvement can we expect from Israel?

Chossudovsky: Well, first I should say that Israel is supporting the insurgency. In other words, it is supporting al-Qaeda in Syria.This is not known to public opinion. Through the Golan Heights, it is supporting terrorist units of al-Nusrah, which are fighting the Syrian government.It has logistics, weapons supplies, Israeli vehicles going into Syrian territory; it also has a hospital facility for the rebels located in the Golan Heights.

So, in effect, right from the outset Israel has been involved in supporting the various factions, the so-called Islamist factions, which are, as we know, mercenaries trained in Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

So, in effect, we have to ask ourselves who are the main military actors in the Syrian war theater. The al-Nusrah rebels, which allegedly represent the opposition, are supported by the Western military alliance and Israel.

These are the foot soldiers of the Western military alliance and they are waging a war against the Syrian people.

Now when the European Union decides to lift the arms embargo, what they really have in mind is to channel military aid to this mercenary force, which is supported by foreign powers.

That is a very different position to that of Russia or Iran for that matter, which provide military assistance to a sovereign country to a government through bilateral agreements.

In effect what we are also dealing with is Western and Israeli military aid channeled to a terrorist entity, which is illegal under the international law but it is also in violation of the US’ anti-terror legislation.

Press TV: Mr. Chossudovsky, recently US senator John Kerry went to Syria via Turkey. How do you interpret this visit?

Chossudovsky: Well, John Kerry who is secretary of the state, is actually in blatant violation of the US’ guidelines on anti-terrorism.

There is an anti-terrorist list, there is a list of terrorist organizations, which is made up by the State Department and John Kerry is negotiating, interfacing, with representatives of that terrorist organization and the same thing is true for John McCain when he crosses into Syria or the same thing is true with the former ambassador to Syria Robert Steven Ford, who is also supporting these terrorists.

So we have to distinguish between military aid through official channels, from government to government, which is what the Russians are providing to Syria on the one hand, and the type of assistance which Israel, Britain, France, the United States, are channeling to an illegal organization (according to their own criteria).

So in other words these Western officials should be arrested on anti-terrorist charges because they are in violation of international law.

Press TV: Despite the fact that the European Union has lifted the arms embargo on Syria, how optimistic are you that the Geneva II talks would bear fruit and resolve the Syrian crisis politically?

Chossudovsky: Well, I think that the Western leaders are, in effect, attempting to build peace and democracy by threatening war. Essentially that is what they are doing, heightening the threats, channeling weapons to the terrorists,

Incidentally those terrorist have been decimated by the Syrian Armed forced, so in effect the Western military alliance is in a dead end.

So, they are now considering all the options

But essentially if they were concerned and sincerely committed to the peace process, they would immediately cease supporting a terrorist organization which is linked to al-Qaeda and which is involved in atrocities and killings in Syria.

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/05/29/306026/west-insincere-in-its-syria-policy/
http://www.globalresearch.ca/israel-channels-weapons-and-military-aid-to-al-qaeda-in-syria/5336767

http://electronicintifada.net/content/despite-opposition-finland-proceeds-israel-arms-deal/10196

28/05/2013

War on Syria: Israel and the U.S.

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Talking about 'Peace', Israel and the U.S. are preparing an open war with Syria...

November. 2, 2010

‘IDF intelligence chief: Israel’s next war will see heavy casualties’

In farewell meeting at the Knesset, Gen. Amos Yadlin says next conflict will hit Israel far harder than recent wars in Lebanon and Gaza – and hints for first the time at Israeli involvement in a 2007 strike on a nuclear plant in Syria…

In a final meeting at the Knesset, outgoing Military Intelligence chief Amos Yadlin warned on Tuesday that Israel’s next war would be fought on several fronts – causing far heavier damage and casualties than other recent conflicts. A new war would be far deadlier than Israel’s last two, relatively short, conficts in Lebanon in 2006 and Gaza in 2008-9. Syria, particularly, posed a greated military obstacle to Israel than at any time in the past three decades, Yadlin said, having amassed advanced Russian-built antiaircraft missiles that seriously limited the operational freedom of the Israel Air Force. Yadlin also hinted at Israel’s involvement in attacking a Syrian nuclear facility in September 2007. That strike has been widely attributed to Israel, but the government has never officially taken responsibility for the operation. The veteran soldier, who turns 60 next year, told the committee that during his position as MI chief he had contended with two enemy nuclear programs – apparently a reference to Iran and Syria. Yadlin also warned of a growing threat from the Iranian nuclear program, saying Iran now had enough highly enriched uranium to build a bomb.

Source: http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/idf-intelligence-chief-israel-s-next-war-will-see-heavy-casualties-1.322484

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Israel, Syria and the United States
http://truth-out.org/news/item/16341-israel-syria-and-the-united-states

25/05/2013

Israel working on a plot to assassinate President al-Assad ?

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The Israeli regime’s security bodies are working on a plot to assassinate Syrian President Bashar al-Assad by the help of terrorist groups and armed rebels in the country after Damascus showed strength and months of resistance against the terrorist attacks orchestrated by US, Israel and their Arab partners, the Israeli media reported on Tuesday.

The Israeli Vala news website reported that the Israeli security and spy agencies were shocked at Assad’s resistance against two years of terrorist and sabotage operations against the country and are mulling other ways to topple him.

http://www.globalresearch.ca/israel-mulling-plot-to-assassinate-syrian-president-bashar-al-assad/5335662

21/05/2013

Israel’s Right to Self-Defense – Syria’s Right to Self-Defense

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Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spent three hours with Russian President Vladimir Putin at his residence in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Tuesday, May, 14. He came for a last-ditch attempt to head off the supply of advanced Russian anti-air S-300 missile systems to Syria. Instead, the Russian leader turned the conversation around to focus implicitly on Israel’s air strikes against Damascus on May 3 and May 5. After their conversation he issued a warning: "In this crucial period it is especially important to avoid any moves that can shake the situation."
This was clearly a hands-off caution to Israel not to repeat its attacks on Damascus. And, furthermore, after “shaking the situation” in Syria by its air attacks, Israel was in no position to demand that Russia avoid selling Syria advanced weapons.

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The Israel Defense Forces is a 'moral fighting force'

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'The IDF is a moral fighting force that has strict guidelines and policies, and goes above and beyond any other fighting force in the world to avoid civilian casualties. The IDF also has a track record of thoroughly investigating any breaches of their ethical code.  The United States strongly backs Israel's right to self-defense.'

http://www.aipac.org/en/issues/issue-display?issueid={40D3B947-3130-41F9-B6BB-ADD1049E22D7}    

Photo: Victims in Gaza, Vietnam

18/05/2013

Latest News Syria: IDF intelligence chief

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As a reminder:

IDF intelligence chief: Israel's next war will see heavy casualties
In farewell meeting at the Knesset, Gen. Amos Yadlin says next conflict will hit Israel far harder than recent wars in Lebanon and Gaza - and hints for first the time at Israeli involvement in a 2007 strike on a nuclear plant in Syria.

Nov. 2, 2010

In a final meeting at the Knesset, outgoing Military Intelligence chief Amos Yadlin warned on Tuesday that Israel's next war would be fought on several fronts - causing far heavier damage and casualties than other recent conflicts.

Israel was currently enjoying a period of relative quiet, Yadlin said. But its enemies were rearming and now posed the greatest threat to the country since the 1970s. A new war would be far deadlier than Israel's last two, relatively short, conficts in Lebanon in 2006 and Gaza in 2008-9.

Speaking at the final meeting of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee meeting,a head of his imminent departure after for years as commander of army intelligence.

Syria, particularly, posed a greated military obstacle to Israel than at any time in the past three decades, Yadlin said, having amassed advanced Russian-built antiaircraft missiles that seriously limited the operational freedom of the Israel Air Force.

While Syria had failed to acquire Russian S-300 missiles, seen by Israel as the greatest potential threat to its aircraft, Damascus had improved its defense systems enough to push the military balance with Israel "back to the 1970s", Yadlin said.

In 1973, Israel came close to defeat by a suprise Syrian attack before eventually emerging victorious in the Yom Kippur War.

Yadlin also hinted at Israel's involvement in attacking a Syrian nuclear facility in September 2007. That strike has been widely attributed to Israel, but the government has never officially taken responsibility for the operation.

The veteran soldier, who turns 60 next year, told the committee that during his position as MI chief he had contended with two enemy nuclear programs - apparently a reference to Iran and Syria.

"I've seen three defense ministers, two chiefs of staff and two prime ministers come and go, I've been through two wars and I've contended with two nuclear programs of enemy states," Yadlin said, summing up the last years of his career.

"I headed a group of thousands of people working 24 hours a day to collect information that the enemy was not volunteering, information that had to be extracted from difficult places," he added.

Yadlin also warned of a growing threat from the Iranian nuclear program, saying Iran now had enough highly enriched uranium to build a bomb.

By Jonathan Lis 

http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/idf-intelligence-chief-israel-s-next-war-will-see-heavy-casualties-1.322484

Israel is 'deeply grateful to the United States'...

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1) On November 15, 2010, U.S. President Barack Obama praised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for urging his cabinet to accept a U.S. proposal to extend a freeze on West Bank settlement building for 90 days. Under the plan, Washington would block UN resolutions critical of Israel, and supply Israel with fighter jets worth $3 billion. The US government also promised Israel that after the 90-day moratorium, they would not seek an extension, and settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem (all of which is illegal under international law) could continue unabated.

2) In February 2011, more than 100 nations voted for a U.N. resolution that would have condemned illegal Israeli settlements and halted any new construction. The United States vetoed it.

3) On February 19, 2011, Israel said it was 'deeply grateful to the United States' after it vetoed a United Nations resolution put forward by the Palestinian leadership condemning Israeli settlement activity.

4) On Oct 27, 2011, Israeli jetfighters engaged in aerial bombing of the Palestinian city of Khan Yunes in the Gaza Strip.

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09/05/2013

Middle East ‘Peace Process’

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As a reminder:

Nov 16, 2012

'Three More Palestinians Martyred on the Third Day of Israeli Aggression on Gaza'

GAZA, (SANA) – The death toll of the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip raised to more than 23 martyrs, more than 248, including 148 children and women, were injured as Israel carried out hundreds of raids on several areas in the Strip in the third day of its aggression.

The Israeli raids targeted the areas of al-Zaytoon, al-Shate', al-Nassr, al-Sheikh Zayed, Rafah, Khan Younes and Jabalia.

The Israeli media said that 2 Israeli settlers were killed and more than 40 others were injured by the missiles of the Palestinian resistance, adding that explosions were heard in Jerusalem.

The Palestinian Resistance also downed an Israeli war plane after targeting it with an anti-air missile and shelled the occupied al-Quds city with the advanced missile M 75.

In an indicator of escalating its aggression on the Strip, the Israeli occupation army announced the call-up of 16,000 reservists.

The Israeli aggression has so far focused on air strikes, but Israeli officials threatened to launch a land aggression.

In response to teh Israeli raids, the Palestinian Resistance fired tens of missiles on several Israeli sites south of the occupied Palestine.

The Palestinian Press Agency reported that a number of missiles hit al-Naqab, Asdoud, Asqalan, causing material damage and spreading panic.

Al-Manar TV correspondent in Gaza said that the Resistance targeted an Israeli military vehicle in al-Breij Camp in the Strip, adding that the Resistance's missiles hit a ten-story building and a parking in Asdoud settlement.

Izz-Eddin al-Qassam and al-Nasser Salaheddin Brigades announced shelling a number of Israeli sites and settlements with missiles.

In the same context, an explosion was heard this afternoon in Tel Aviv following sirens and five injuries in the ranks of Israeli settlers were reported due to shelling by the Resistance's rockets.

The Israeli media admitted, according to al-Manar correspondent, that the Israeli War Minister Ehud Barak and member of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee at the Israeli Knesset rushed down to shelters after rockets were fired towards the Knesset in occupied Jerusalem.

Israeli media also admitted that three Israeli settlers were injured, one with a serious injury, due to the fall of the Palestinian Resistance's rockets on Asqalan in the south of occupied Palestine.

It also announced the cut-off of internet and mobile phone network and the collapse of the Zionist stock market, indicating a state of panic and shock among the Israeli settlers over the Resistance's shelling of Israeli sites.

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http://sana.sy/eng/22/2012/11/16/452770.htm


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World Peace Council Condemns Israel’s Attacks

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As a reminder:

16th November 2012

World Peace Council Condemns Israel’s Attacks on Gaza!

The World Peace Council denounces to the peace loving people of the world the recent and ongoing aggression of the Israeli regime and its military against the Palestinian Gaza strip and its population.

Within a short time hundreds of targets, mainly civilians, have been hit by the Israeli military, causing death and destruction to the Palestinian people. The records of Israel regarding crimes against humanity are full of similar deadly attacks.

Nobody really believed that Israel has withdrawn from this part of Palestine, especially now when the heavy military machine of Israel is preparing for a ground invasion again. We remind that the Israeli regime is continuing the occupation of big parts of the West Bank and East Jerusalem, installing settlements and constructing the separation Wall.

The WPC expresses its deep concern and anger since this escalation of Israeli aggressiveness takes place during a period of growing aggressiveness of the NATO and the USA in the region, which are key allies and protectors of the Israeli occupation forces. We condemn also the criminal silence of the European Union in its role of accomplice to the Israeli crimes.

We demand the immediate end of the Israeli attacks on the Palestinian Gaza!

We reject the political and military interference in the domestic affairs of Syria!

We fully support the establishment and recognition of an independent State of Palestine, within the borders of 1967 and with East Jerusalem as its capital!

The Secretariat of WPC
Athens, 16th November 2012

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08/05/2013

Boycott Israel: Professor Stephen Hawking

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May 8, 2013

British cosmologist Professor Stephen Hawking has announced his withdrawal from an Israeli conference in Jerusalem, prompting reports that he is supporting an academic boycott on the country.

Hawking was due to appear at the conference, hosted by Shimon Peres, the Israeli president, but his name was recently dropped from the list of speakers.

A statement on the website of the British Committee for the Universities of Palestine said: "We understand that Professor Stephen Hawking has declined his invitation to attend the Israeli Presidential Conference, Facing Tomorrow 2013, due to take place in Jerusalem on 18-20 June.

"This is his independent decision to respect the boycott, based upon his knowledge of Palestine, and on the unanimous advice of his own academic contacts there."

Agencies reported that the University of Cambridge, where Hawking works, confirmed the statement had been approved by the professor.

Israel Maimon, chairman of the Israeli Presidential Conference, said on Wednesday that Hawking's decision was "outrageous and wrong".

"The use of an academic boycott against Israel is outrageous and improper, particularly for those to whom the spirit of liberty is the basis of the human and academic mission," he said.

"Israel is a democracy in which everyone can express their opinion, whatever it may be. A boycott decision is incompatible with open democratic discourse."

Numerous figures from the world of art and entertainment have also refused to perform in Israel in recent years as part of an effort to promote the Palestinian cause, including musicians Elvis Costello and Stevie Wonder, and actors Dustin Hoffman and Meg Ryan.

Israel has also been boycotted by athletes, with basketball star Karem Abdul-Jabbar cancelling a trip in 2012 and Tunisian fencing champion Sara Besbes refusing to take part in a competition in Italy rather than face an Israeli fencer.

07/05/2013

Israel declares war on Syria: Moscow

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May 7, 2013

Kerry in Moscow to press US agenda against Syria

US Secretary of State John Kerry has arrived in Moscow in a high profile bid to press top Russian officials against backing the Syrian government amid the recent US-backed Israeli aggression against the nation.

Issues surrounding Israeli aerial and missile strikes against Syrian installations are widely expected to be the top agenda in the talks as the US has announced a major effort to begin providing military aid for foreign-backed militant gangs, trying to remove President Bashar al-Assad from power, press reports said Tuesday.

Russia has already expressed major concerns over the Israeli attacks and warned that such acts of aggression threaten to expand tensions to neighboring countries.

Despite growing US-led pressures on Moscow to halt its support for the Syrian government, Russia has so far resisted efforts by the US and its allies to wage a direct military intervention against Syria, insisting that the crisis will have to be resolved diplomatically.

Kerry will meet with President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, although the two greatly disagree on the events in Syria and the future of President Bashar al-Assad.

This while the Obama administration has recently said it does not rule out providing arms for the militant gangs in Syria which include al-Qaeda-linked terrorist elements.

Ahead of Kerry's visit to Moscow, Russia's foreign ministry called on the West to stop politicizing the issue of chemical weapons in Syria,.

This is while Carla Del Ponte, a member of the UN commission probing the alleged use of the nerve gas sarin in Syria, announced on Sunday that the country’s opposition forces, and not the Assad regime, were behind the use of chemical weapons.

There are "strong, concrete suspicions but not yet incontrovertible proof" of sarin gas being used "on the part of the opposition, the rebels, not by the government authorities," she reportedly told a Swiss-Italian television outlet.

Following his visit to Russia, Kerry is to travel to Rome to meet with Italian, Israeli and Jordanian officials to discuss Middle East issues, including the Syrian situation.

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06/05/2013

Israel declares war on Syria: Russia

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Al-Moallem to Lavrov: 'Syria Has the Right as Per International Law and UN Charter to Respond to Israeli Aggression'

May 6, 2013

Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid al-Moalled discussed in a phone call with Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov on Monday the volatile situation in the region following the Israeli aggression on Syria which took place on Sunday.

Minister al-Moallem pointed out that the criminal Israeli aggression on Syrian sites shows the nature of the goals that link Israel with the armed terrorist groups in Syria.

He also said that the aggression confirms Israel's involvement along with its supporters in the US and western Europe in shedding Syrian blood and preventing a cessation of violence and terrorism, all of which aims to weaken Syria and undermine its regional and international standing.

Al-Moallem stressed that Syria has the right to respond to such aggressions as per international law and the UN Charter.

For his part, Lavrov affirmed Russia's commitment to Syria's stability, voicing concern over the violation of its sovereignty and territories and warning over the increasing chances of developments that cannot be controlled in the region.

Lavrov also briefed al-Moallem on the communiqués made by Russia to halt the deterioration in the region caused by the Israeli raid on Syria, affirming that international and regional efforts are joined in preventing escalation of tension.

The two Ministers concluded their talks by agreeing to continue communiqués to deal with any potential developments.

Bogdanov Discusses with Ambassador Haddad Latest Developments in Syria

MOSCOW, (SANA) - Russian President's Special Representative to the Middle East, Deputy Foreign Minister, Mikhail Bogdanov discussed with Syrian Ambassador in Russia Riyad Haddad the latest development in Syria and region.

In a statement issued on Monday, the  Russian Foreign Ministry said that the two sides discussed the latest developments in Syria, adding that the Russian side stressed the necessity of respecting Syria's sovereignty and territorial  integrity.

The statement also stressed on finding immediate solution to the crisis in Syria on base of the national dialogue among the Syrian themselves.

B. Mousa / F. L./ H. Sabbagh

http://sana.sy/eng/21/2013/05/06/480833.htm

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05/05/2013

Syrian army eliminates terrorists: Israel declares war on Syria

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The Army Tightens Grip over Jabhat al-Nusra Strongholds in Ghouta

May 4, 2013

A military source announced that the armed forces on Saturday tightened grip over the towns of al-Abbadeh and Tall Ghreqeh in the Eastern Ghouta in Damascus Countryside.

The source noted that two towns are considered strongholds for the takfiri terrorists affiliated to Jabhat al-Nusra in the Eastern Ghouta.

The source added that the army gained control over al-Abbadeh and Tall Ghreiqeh as a result of a special operation the army unit carried out in the area, in which large numbers of terrorists were killed and their equipment and weapons were seized.

The Army Gains Control over al-Mashtal Area in al-Qseir

Meanwhile, the army restored security and stability to al-Mashtal area on the outskirts of the city of al-Qseir after having destroyed the terrorists' dens in the area.

A military source told SANA that units of the armed forces gained control over al-Mashtal area after destroying the last gatherings and dens of the terrorists.

The source added that the army units dismantled scores of explosive devices planted by terrorists on the main roads, with all the terrorists were killed.

H. Said

http://sana.sy/eng/337/2013/05/04/480534.htm

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Latest news: Israel declares war against Syria

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Explosions Hit Scientific Research Center in Jamraya Caused by an Israeli Rocket Attack

May 5, 2013

Several explosions hit al-Hameh area in Damascus countryside on Sunday.

Initial information indicated that the explosions took place in Jamraya and targeted the Scientific Research Center there causing casualties.

The information also indicated that these explosions have been caused by Israeli rocket attacks.

The new Israeli aggression is a clear attempt to raise the gunmen morale after the painful blows they received at the hands of our valiant army in several places and after the achievements which were realized on the ground by our armed forces to restore security and stability to Syria.

The new Israeli aggression shows the direct involvement of the Zionist entity in the conspiracy against Syria and the relationship that links the armed terrorist groups with the Israeli hostile schemes backed by the Western, regional and some Gulf states.

Senior Israeli Official Admits Aggression on Jamraya Center

Meanwhile, a high ranking Israeli official admitted that Israel launched an aggression on Syria early Sunday.

AFP quoted the Israeli official, who asked not to be named, as saying that Israel launched an air attack early Sunday morning on sites in Damascus Countryside using "Iranian weapons" as a pretext.

The Israeli official added that Israel's air force is at a very high level of readiness to face any possibility.

US President Barack Obama reiterated in a statement on Saturday thatIsrael has the right to work to defend itself.

Earlier, the Jamraya site was the target of an Israeli strike on January 30.

Ghossoun /H. Said

http://sana.sy/eng/337/2013/05/05/480617.htm

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04/05/2013

Israel bombs Syria: intelligence chief of Israel was in Washington

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‘Just what the Middle East needed — an attack on Syria by Israel’

January 31, 2013

It was surely no accident that the intelligence chief of Israel was in Washington, for talks at the Pentagon, on the same day that the Israel’s attacks on Syria happened.


Israel launched an air attack on its neighbour Syria on the night of Tuesday and Wednesday this week. When Israel bombs another country then it’s big news. And it’s rarely coincidental.
So it was surely as they say no accident that the intelligence chief of the Israeli army, the IDF, Major-General Aiv Kochavi, landed in Washington on the same day that the attacks happened, for talks at the Pentagon with the US chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, Martin Dempsey.
The US was told of the attack in advance but has so far made no condemnation or criticism of the action. This has been left to the Russians, allies of the Syrian government, who have said that the attack violates the UN charter.
Its foreign ministry said “If this information is confirmed, then we are dealing with unprovoked attacks on targets on the territory of a sovereign country, which blatantly violates the UN charter and is unacceptable, no matter the motives to justify it.”
The target of the attack was a plant near Damascus and convoys of weapons heading to the Lebanese border. The narrative put by the Israelis was that these were quantities of anti aircraft weapons being transported to safety from Syria’s civil war into the hands of Hezbollah in Lebanon. There is once again talk of the need to defend against Syria’s alleged possession of chemical weapons.
Iran, a close ally of Syria and Hezbollah and itself under constant threat of an Israeli attack, has already said that it considers an attack on Syria as on itself. Both countries are saying there will be retaliation for the air raid, possibly on Tel Aviv.
This latest escalation of war in a Middle East country can worsen an already extremely dangerous situation. Israel has long threatened an attack on Iran’s nuclear installations, and has talked about this summer as the optimum time to do so. And although Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu did much worse in the recent elections than he thought, he must gamble on gaining support through such a move and facing little opposition politically.
The special relationship with the US may be put under some strain by Israel’s tactics, but there will be grudging acceptance at least of Israel’s actions.
The calculation is that in such an event, Israel will need to deal with Iran’s allies in the region. Hence the attacks on Syria. Israel has become increasingly worried at the civil war in Syria and at weapons ‘falling into the wrong hands’. Yet the paradox here is that groups have been armed and funded by Middle East and western regimes that want to overthrow Assad in Syria.
Meanwhile in another part of the war zone, David Cameron is doing a tour of North African capitals to drum up support for the latest military adventure in the ‘war on terror’. Following his visit to Algeria (to talk about war and terrorism) he then landed in Libya, where we were told “the security situation has deteriorated” since his last intervention there in 2011.
Then the air strikes there killed an estimated 30,000 but solved none of the basic problems and divisions. The country is still war torn and split, and British citizens were told to leave Benghazi last week because of threats to their security.
It takes a millionaire Old Etonian whose previous job was in PR to have the brass neck to sell another intervention — this time in Mali — following so fast from the failed one in Libya. David Cameron is determined to join with France, the other major former colonial power in this part of Africa, in a war supposedly to eradicate Islamic terrorism but which takes its urgency from the need to protect and control the wealth and resources so central to European energy supplies.
The troops now being sent may be symbolic. But that was what the US thought when it intervened in Vietnam over 50 years ago. The geographical reach of the war is widening. And both sides are beginning to join up the dots.

http://stopwar.org.uk/index.php/middle-east-and-north-afr...

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Washington and Tel Aviv want the full control over the Middle East

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April 20, 2013

The so called ‘Syria’s opposition forces’ and their main international allies met in Istanbul where the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, announced that the US will double its non-lethal military aid (US$123 million). Meanwhile the ‘Syrian opposition’ called on it’s international supporters to deploy drones in Syria and carry out “surgical strikes” on launch sites used by government forces.

April 23, 2013
Israeli general: Syrian ‘regime has used and is using chemical weapons’
Military intelligence chief’s assertion puts pressure on US over its pledge to intervene…
Israel’s top intelligence analyst on Tuesday accused the Syrian regime of using lethal chemical weapons in an assertion that puts pressure on the US over its pledge to intervene should Damascus cross what it has described as a “red line”.
Brigadier-General Itai Brun, head of military intelligence research at the Israeli Defence Forces, told a security conference in Tel Aviv that the lack of international response to the use of a chemical suspected to be the nerve gas sarin was a “very worrying development”.
He said: “There’s a huge arsenal of chemical weapons in Syria. Our assessment is that the [Assad] regime has used and is using chemical weapons.”
Although the Pentagon and state department insisted on Tuesday there was no appetite for intervention in Syria, the US secretary of state, John Kerry, speaking at a Nato meeting in Brussels, called on the alliance to make preparations to respond in the event of chemical weapons endangering one of its members, Turkey.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/apr/23/syrian-regime...

April 29, 2013
‘World’s intelligence agencies know full well that Assad used chemical weapons’Top Israeli official says the evidence is indisputable; former Israeli defense minister claims weapons of mass destruction are already leaking to Hezbollah…
Israeli and foreign intelligence agencies have hard and definitive evidence that Syrian President Bashar Assad has used chemical weapons against rebel forces, a senior Israeli official said Monday amid rampant speculation about the West’s next move.
The senior official, speaking on condition of anonymity, added that international intelligence agencies possessed hard evidence of the charges against Assad and that Israel’s information to this effect was shared with “all the intelligence agencies.”
http://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-has-proof-assad-used-...

May 1, 2013
Former Israeli IDF Chief Gabi Ashkenazi said that ‘Syria chemical weapons must be met with response’. Ashkenazi said ‘it would be’It would be wrong message not to respond if Assad regime is indeed using chemical weapons, suggests aiding opposition in more ‘concrete’ ways such as weapons provision.
http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/former-idf-...

May 3, 2013
US officials: Israelis launch airstrikes into Syria…
Israeli warplanes launched airstrikes against targets inside Syria on Friday, U.S. officials told NBC News.
It’s believed the primary target was a shipment of weapons headed for Hezbollah in Lebanon, they said. A senior U.S. official said the airstrikes were believed to be related to delivery systems for chemical weapons.
An Israeli spokesman in Washington said that Israel would not comment specifically on the reports but said that “Israel is determined to prevent the transfer of chemical weapons or other game-changing weaponry by the Syrian regime to terrorists, especially to Hezbollah in Lebanon.”
It wasn’t clear whether the Israelis alerted the U.S. before the attack. White House officials referred all questions to the Israelis.
http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/05/03/18043900-us...

May 4, 2013
Israel launches air strike on Syria…
The early morning strike on Friday targeted “game-changing” weapons believed to be long-range missiles, an Israeli official told the Associated Press.
This is the second Israeli strike on a Syrian arms target this year. After the bombing of weapons convoy carrying long-range missiles to the Lebanese border in January, Israel warned it would not hesitate to act again to prevent the transfer of chemical or any other advanced weaponry from Bashar al-Assad’s massive arsenal to terror groups in Lebanon.
The Israeli government has called on the United States to take steps to safe guard the Assad regime’s chemical weapons store, which is believed to be among the largest in the world.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/isra...

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02/05/2013

US, Israel and Saudi Arabia propping up al-Qaeda in Syria

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May 2, 2013

From the beginning, it was clear to geopolitical analysts that the conflict in Syria was not "pro-democracy" protesters rising up, but rather the fruition of a well-documented conspiracy between the US, Israel, and Saudi Arabia to arm and direct sectarian extremists affiliated with Al Qaeda against the Syrian government. 

This was documented as early as 2007 - a full 4 years before the 2011 "Arab Spring" would begin - by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh in his New Yorker article titled, ""The Redirection: Is the Administration’s new policy benefiting our enemies in the war on terrorism?" which stated specifically (emphasis added): 

To undermine Iran, which is predominantly Shiite, the Bush Administration has decided, in effect, to reconfigure its priorities in the Middle East. In Lebanon, the Administration has cooperated with Saudi Arabia’s government, which is Sunni, in clandestine operations that are intended to weaken Hezbollah, the Shiite organization that is backed by Iran. The U.S. has also taken part in clandestine operations aimed at Iran and its ally Syria. A by-product of these activities has been the bolstering of Sunni extremist groups that espouse a militant vision of Islam and are hostile to America and sympathetic to Al Qaeda. 

For the past two years the US, UK, France, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan, and Turkey have sent billions of dollars and thousands of tons of weapons into Syria along side known-terrorists from Libya, Chechnya, neighboring Lebanon, Jordan, and Iraq... 

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/04/28/300707/us-israel-...

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Buying oil from al-Qaeda, deep scar on EU, US:

America’s unspoken civil war:

Lest we forget, Muslims had no role in 9/11:

West WMD lies fray as Syrian Army overruns terrorist proxies:

Stupidities of US government about Iran:

Pappe's discomfort with history of Zionism:

01/05/2013

Syria, Iran, Lebanon: Israel puts U.S. under constant pressure

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The rumours about the 'use of chemical arms' by the Syrian army came from the Israel’s top military intelligence last week. The service claimed that ‘elements of the Syrian Army loyal to President Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons against rebels and to murder civilians in Aleppo’...
 
April 23, 2013  - 'Israeli intel: Damascus used chemical weapons against rebels'
 
April 26, 2013  - U.S.-Israel sign new arms deal, but Obama team refuses to sell bunker buster bombs.
 
April 26, 2013 - 'Close confidante of Netanyahu warns “it’s now or never” for military strike on Iran'
 
April 26, 2013  - 'U.S. says Syria used chemical weapons: Countdown to military action against Damascus?'
http://flashtrafficblog.wordpress.com/2013/04/26/u-s-says-syria-used-chemical-weapons-countdown-to-military-action-against-damascus/

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09/03/2013

US effort to pull Syria out of Iran’s orbit…

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January 20th, 2012

Spain’s Syrian efforts received US backing

Wikileaks cables show that Spain’s Socialist government made substantial diplomatic attempts to calm tensions in the Middle East. Spain's foreign minister said Syria had promised to exert its influence on Hizballah to help resolve the Lebanon crisis.

In 2006, the United States was optimistic about the Spanish government’s initiative to act as a mediator between the Syrian government of Bashar Assad and Hizballah over the latter’s disarmament. Then-Foreign Minister Miguel Ángel Moratinos made a series of trips to Damascus, which the United States saw as a positive sign to try to defuse the volatile situation in the Middle East. In a series of cables sent by the US Embassy in Madrid and released by the Wikileaks website, American diplomats advised Washington that Spain could play a constructive role in the region.

On August 3, 2006, the US Ambassador in Madrid at the time, Eduardo Aguirre, reported Moratinos as saying that Syria had promised to exert its influence with Hizballah to help resolve the conflict in Lebanon.

“Asked whether his visit was an effort to ease Syria’s diplomatic isolation, Moratinos responded that ‘it would be good to reestablish dialogue with Syria,’” Aguirre wrote.

Earlier that year, Moratinos, telling the ambassador about his trip to Syria, said it was worth “making one last effort to pull Syria out of Iran’s orbit.”

Describing the situation in Syria as “very complex,” Moratinos said that a high-ranking member of the Syrian leadership, whom he did not name, “had raised with him the possibility of Damascus recognizing Israel as a sign of responsible intentions.”

Spain had sent about 1,200 troops as part of an international brigade to patrol Lebanon following the tensions in the region ignited by the attacks by Hizballah and Syrian-backed forces.

In October 2006, Moratinos gave the US Embassy a written briefing about his renewed meetings with Assad. The foreign minister said that he got the impression that Assad was open to dialogue.

“My perception is that Assad has changed, not only in his general attitude or even body language, but also in the way he reacted to my questions and proposals,” Moratinos told the ambassador. “He confirmed his willingness to work efficiently and constructively towards regaining the trust of the international community. Without using the traditional Syrian rhetoric, he was clear and to-the-point. I saw him focused and aware of the need to seize the opportunity. He believes that it would be possible to reopen the Syria track where it was left before his father passed away.”

The Spanish minister said he also requested Assad’s help in helping win the release of the Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who had been captured during a cross-border raid by Gaza militants in June 2006.

“I insisted that a positive Syrian role in the Palestinian issues (kidnapped Israeli soldier and negotiations for a new Government) would be the best way to prove that Syria is part of the solution and no longer part of the problem. I think my point was well taken.”

Shalit wasn’t released until October 2011 in a prisoner swap.

The United States viewed Moratinos’ efforts in a positive light. “Moratinos has long sought to make Spain a more relevant player in the Middle East Peace Process, due in large part to his long-standing engagement in the region – as well as his desire to normalize relations with Syria,” the ambassador said in an October 18, 2006 cable.

“Moratinos’ visit is likely intended to send a signal to other EU governments that they should not shy away from direct contact with Syrian leaders, nor from travel to Damascus. At the same time, Moratinos’ approach on the Israeli prisoner may be a way for him to demonstrate his value to both sides.”

http://iberosphere.com/2012/01/spain-news-5240/5240

Photo: White House - President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama pose for a photo with Spanish Prime Minister Jose Zapatero (c.), his wife Sonsoles Espinosa and daughters Laura and Alba.

01/03/2013

Erdogan's remarks on Zionism / 'No Prizes for Erdogan'

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'Netanyahu blasts Erdogan for ‘dark and slanderous’ remarks on Zionism'

The Turkish prime minister on Wednesday described Zionism as a ‘crime against humanity’ on par with anti-Semitism and fascism...

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February 28, 2013

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s comparison of Zionism to Nazism, calling it a “dark and slanderous remark, the likes of which we thought had passed from the world.”

The Foreign Ministry issued a statement regarding Erdogan’s “hollow” remarks as well, charging that they “stem from ignorance.”

Erdogan on Wednesday described Zionism as a “crime against humanity” on par with anti-Semitism and fascism.

Speaking in Vienna at a United Nations event devoted to dialogue between the West and Islam, Erdogan decried rising racism in Europe and the fact that many Muslims “who live in countries other than their own” often face harsh discrimination.

“We should be striving to better understand the culture and beliefs of others, but instead we see that people act based on prejudice and exclude others and despise them,” Erdogan said, according to a simultaneous translation provided by the UN. “And that is why it is necessary that we must consider — just like Zionism or anti-Semitism or fascism — Islamophobia as a crime against humanity.”

The Turkish leader’s comments, made at the official opening of the fifth UN Alliance of Civilizations Global Forum, drew harsh criticism from UN Watch, a Geneva-based watchdog group monitoring anti-Israel bias and human rights abuses at the organization.

“Erdogan’s misuse of this global podium to incite hatred, and his resort to Ahmadinejad-style pronouncements appealing to the lowest common denominator in the Muslim world, will only strengthen the belief that his government is hewing to a confrontational stance, and fundamentally unwilling to end its four-year-old feud with Israel,” UN Watch said in a statement.

Erdogan was also criticized by the Anti-Defamation League and B’nai B’rith International.

“We are appalled and horrified by Mr. Erdogan’s linkage of Zionism and anti-Semitism at a conference devoted, ironically enough, to improving understanding of other cultures,” said the ADL’s national director Abraham Foxman. B’nai B’rith strongly condemned “Erdogan’s effort to revive inflammatory language, by equating Zionism with racism.”

http://www.timesofisrael.com/netanyahu-slams-erdogans-dark-and-slanderous-remarks/

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'No Prizes for Erdogan'

July 27, 2011,

Erdogan reacted to the Mavi Marmara incident with enraged indignation. He demanded that Israel apologize for its commandos' actions and pay compensation to the families of the dead. He also demanded an international inquiry into Israel's actions.

Honor is probably not Erdogan's main rationale for pursing his demand for an Israeli apology. Since he was reelected to serve a third term as prime minister last month Erdogan has been openly seeking to establish a neo-Ottoman Turkish hegemonic position in the Arab world.

To this end he has been actively interfering in the popular revolt against Syrian dictator Bashar Assad. The IHH has been hosting Syrian opposition leaders in Turkey. Erdogan's clear aim is to replace Iran as Syria's overlord in a post-Assad Syria.

An Israeli apology would serve as proof that his double game of remaining a NATO member and carrying out aggression against Israel is the winning formula. If Israel apologizes for defending itself against Turkish aggression, Erdogan will have succeeded where the Arabs have failed.

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak and senior IDF officers reportedly argue in favor of an apology, claiming the strategic alliance with Turkey is so important that Israel must be willing to swallow its pride in order to rebuild it. This argument has apparently won over Intelligence Minister Dan Meridor. It has also caused Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman to temper his honor-based rejection of the Turkish demand.

The problem with this argument is that it fails to take address Erdogan's second, and more strategically significant motivation of using Israeli humiliation to strengthen his image as a pan-Islamic leader.

Given the true stakes involved, Israel must stick to its guns and say no apology, no compensation, and no political prize for Erdogan. 

Source: 

http://www.carolineglick.com/e/2011/07/no-prizes-for-erdo...

Originally published in The Jewish Press.

26/02/2013

War on Syria: arms industry

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From 1959 to 1967 West-Germany was a significant supplier of military equipment and arms to Israel.

In 2003 already, Germany was considered one of Israel’s closest defense allies and it sold  - for a symbolic fee – three advanced “Dolphin” nuclear-capable submarines to Israel. Germany utilized the Israeli-designed Spike Anti-Tank Missile. In the same year, Israel’s air force has held exercises with the United States and Turkey.

On November 8th, 2005, Germany confirmed that it had agreed to sell nearly 300 Leopard 2 tanks battle tanks to Turkey.

In 2008, it was revealed that Germany and Israel had been jointly developing a nuclear warning system, dubbed Operation Bluebird, in secret.

In early July 2011, Der Spiegel revealed that German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her cabinet approved the delivery of more than 200 of Leopard 2A7+ model tanks to Saudi Arabia.

On November 25, 2012, Turkey’s tank fleet was made up of American M-48s and M-60s, some of which have been modernized with Israeli cooperation into M-60 Sabra tanks, plus a large contingent of  German Leopard 1s and Leopard 2s. That was hardy surprising. America and Germany are Turkey’s 2 most important geopolitical relationships.

On December 4th 2012, NATO agreed to send Patriot missiles to Turkey.

On December 14th, 2012, German MPs of the lower house of parliament voted to approve the deployment of two Patriot missile batteries and 400 troops in Turkey along the Syrian border, Reuters reported.

Israeli drones (“Herons”) are repainted for several years in the colors of Germany and used by NATO for its war in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Some German pilots that are part of NATO operations in Afghanistan are in Israel for training on special reconnaissance drones. The drones are so ‘accurately’ adjusted that numerous citizens in Afghanistan and Pakistan are killed or  seriously injured.

Germany is Israel’s largest trading partner in Europe and Israel’s second most important trading partner after the United States. Israeli imports from Germany amount to some USD 2.3 billion annually, while Israel is Germany’s fourth largest trading partner in the North Africa/Middle East region.

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Germany is once again a leader in the world arms industry
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2010/03/germ-m31.html

Israel’s arms industry is completely dependent on the co-operation of the EU and NATO
http://disarmtheconflict.wordpress.com/israeli-arms/israe...

By buying Israeli weapons, Europe supports the Israeli military industry
http://disarmtheconflict.wordpress.com/israeli-arms/israe...

Israel’s now one of top arms exporters
http://www.upi.com/Business_News/Security-Industry/2012/0...

Israel Weapon Industries
http://www.israel-weapon.com/

Arms industry
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arms_industry

Photo Gallery: Germany’s Booming Arms Industry
http://www.spiegel.de/fotostrecke/photo-gallery-germany-s...

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23/02/2013

Syria: Common offensive of NATO, US, Israel and ‘Free Syrian Army’

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NATO, US, Israel and the self-proclaimed Free Syrian Army called as the “sole legitimate representative of the Syrian people” by the French neo-colonial leaders:

29.1.2013 – NATO crisis management center opens in Bulgaria
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/xinhua/2013-01-29/content_81...
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30.1.2013 – Israeli Airstrike in Syria Targets Arms Convoy, U.S. Says
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/31/world/middleeast/syria-...
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18.2.13 – Thomas E. Donilon, U.S. National Security Adviser: ‘EU must include Hezbollah in terrorist list. Europe can no longer ignore the threat that this group poses to the Continent and to the world.’
http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/u-s-nationa...
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19.2.2013 – Bulgaria Presses Europeans to Toughen Stance on Hezbollah
http://www.newsmaxworld.com/Europe/bulgaria-hezbollah-eu-...
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21.2.2013 – Peres urges EU to put Hezbollah on terror list
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/israel-lebanon-iran.mic/
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21.2.2013 – William Hague discusses Hezbollah with Lebanese president
http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/video/2013/feb/21/will...
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21.2.2013 – Syrian rebels to Hezbollah: ‘Stop fighting for Assad or be eliminated from Lebanon’
The Free Syrian Army gives Hezbollah 48-hour deadline to stop shelling ‘Syrian lands, villages and civilians from inside the Lebanese territories’, according to statement posted on Facebook and carried by various media outlets.
Hezbollah was on high alert Thursday after Syrian rebels warned that they would “eliminate it from inside the Lebanese lands” unless it stops fighting for President Bashar Assad’s forces, giving the militant group a 48-hour deadline to accede to this demand.
By Haaretz and Reuters
http://www.haaretz.com/news/middle-east/syrian-rebels-to-...
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21.2.2013 – Fifty-Three Civilians Martyred, 235 Others Injured so far in Terrorist Bombing in al-Thawra Street in Damascus
http://www.sana-syria.com/eng/337/2013/02/21/468516.htm
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22.2.2013 – Syria militants attack Hezbollah positions in Lebanon: FSA
The armed militant groups in Syria say they have started to attack the positions of Hezbollah resistance movement in neighboring Lebanon since February 21…
The self-proclaimed Free Syrian Army said its militants launched the attack less than a day after they accused Hezbollah of shelling militant bases in Syria’s Homs province on February 20.
“We have bombed the territories of Hezbollah in Lebanon and Syria. The Free Syrian Army will continue bombing these positions,” Hisam al-Avvak, a commander of the armed group, told Turkey’s Anatolia News Agency on Thursday.
The assaults took place while the militants had given Hezbollah 48 hours to halt the alleged shelling, threatening to attack after two days.
However, the Lebanese movement has rejected the accusations.
He also reiterated threats that the militants would target Hezbollah strongholds located south of the Lebanese capital, Beirut.
On February 18, Syria’s Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Abdul Karim Ali said Hezbollah was not assisting the Syrian army in the fight against foreign-backed militants.
A recent UN report revealed that militants from nearly 30 countries have infiltrated into Syria to fight against the Syrian government.
http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/02/22/290214/syria-mili...