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Nov 29 10:29

Assassination of Iranian Scientist brings US-Israel Closer to War with Iran

By Brian Berletic

Reports on the death of senior Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh signals another dangerous turn in Washington’s systematic attempts to undermine and overthrow the current government of Iran...

The New York Times assumes that Biden genuinely wanted to return to the 2015 nuclear agreement – officially known as the The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – and insists that it is up to Iran whether or not that possibility still remains...

It's worth returning to the 2009 document "Which Path to Persia?" to see how this is unfolding...

Nov 29 08:03

Syria condemns ‘Zionist terrorist attack on science’ as Israel says it has ‘no clue’ who was behind Iranian scientist’s murder

Syria has condemned the assassination of top Iranian nuclear physicist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, calling it a chilling “terrorist attack on science”, as Israel denies involvement.

Syria’s Foreign Minister Faysal Mikdad denounced what he called a “cowardly act” in a phone call with his Iranian counterpart, Javad Zarif. Offering his nation's condolences to Iran over the incident, Mikdad said that the murder was an attack against scientists and researchers the world over.

While Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was a senior Iranian nuclear physicist with alleged close connections to the defense industry, the Syrian minister praised his efforts in “advancing science and knowledge.” Earlier, Iran’s UN envoy said in a letter to the UN Secretary General that the scientist had played an “outstanding role in the development of the first indigenous Covid-19 test kit” in Iran.

Nov 29 07:42

Iran’s revenge for slain nuclear scientist could include missiles on Eilat

Analysis: Although the regime in Tehran is enraged by the brazen killing of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, it will most likely not react in a way that would destroy ties with the Biden administration before they even began, opting instead for more 'creative' alternatives

Nov 29 07:41

Iran newspaper: Strike Haifa if Israel killed scientist

According the hardline Kayhan newspaper an attack on Israel's northern city must be greater than Iran’s ballistic missile strike against American troops in Iraq following the killing of Soleimani by the U.S. in January

Nov 28 10:29

Trump Might Leave Scorched Earth on His Way Out. Netanyahu Is Happy to Lend Him a Lighter

The president's frantic tweets after the news broke of top Iranian nuclear scientist's assassination make it clear his administration gave its blessing to the Tehran attack attributed to Israel. Could this be Trump's final frenzy?

Nov 28 10:07

Israel Assassinates Iranian Nuclear Scientist Near Tehran

Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was assassinated in a Mossad hit on Friday while driving down the street in his own country in a suburb near their capital of Tehran.

[...] Trump retweeted Israeli journalist Yossi Melman saying Mossad wanted him dead and "his death is a major psychological and professional blow for Iran."

Nov 28 08:37

‘Criminal act’: Ex-CIA chief urges Iran to wait on ‘return of responsible US leaders’ before reacting to nuclear scientist killing

Former CIA Director John Brennan has commented on the killing of a top Iranian nuclear scientist by urging Tehran to wait for “return of responsible American leadership” before taking retaliation against suspected perpetrators.

Amid speculation about the involvement of both Israel and the US in the alleged assassination of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Brennan dubbed the death “a criminal act [and] highly reckless.”

“It risks lethal retaliation & a new round of regional conflict,” he said of the Friday attack, which reportedly included unknown assailants attacking Fakhrizadeh and his security forces.

Nov 28 08:35

Intelligence officials: Israel behind elimination of Iranian scientist

Three intelligence officials told The New York Times on Friday that Israel was behind the attack in which senior Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was eliminated.

It is unclear how much the United States may have known about the operation in advance, according to The New York Times, and the White House declined to comment.

Fakhrizadeh has been considered the driving force behind Iran’s nuclear weapons program for two decades, and continued to work after the main part of the effort was quietly disbanded in the early 2000s.

Earlier on Friday, Iran’s Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, said there were “serious indications” that Israel was involved in the elimination of a top nuclear scientist and called on the international community to condemn the elimination.

“Terrorists murdered an eminent Iranian scientist today. This cowardice—with serious indications of Israeli role—shows desperate warmongering of perpetrators,” tweeted Zarif.

Nov 28 08:22

Iran Blames Israel, US For Assassination Of Top Nuclear Scientist

Update 2: Iran accused Israel and the U.S. of organizing the assassination of one of its top nuclear scientists on Friday and vowed revenge, sharply escalating tensions in the Persian Gulf in the final weeks of Donald Trump’s presidency. Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was the head of research and innovation at Iran’s Ministry of Defense, and was also viewed internationall as the head of Iran's nuclear weapons program. He was killed close to the Damavand campus of Islamic Azad University, about 60 kilometers east of central Tehran, Iran's Tasnim news reported.

"Terrorists murdered an eminent Iranian scientist today. This cowardice—with serious indications of Israeli role—shows desperate warmongering of perpetrators," Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in a tweet. Iran’s army also accused the U.S. of bearing responsibility. Curiously, Trump retweeted a New York Times report on Fakhrizadeh’s killing without commenting.

Nov 28 08:19

Killing of Top Iranian Scientist Raises Risk of Regional War

The killing of a top Iranian scientist on Friday could risk a major war in the region, with all signs pointing to Israel being responsible. The assassination came after a report said President Trump reviewed options to strike an Iranian nuclear site at an Oval Office meeting earlier this month.

Although officials left the meeting assuming a military strike was off the table, other options were left open. Three intelligence officials told The New York Times that Israel was responsible for killing Mohsen Fakhrizadeh. If Israel carried out the assassination, it raises questions about how much the US knew about the operation.

The Times story on Fakhrizadeh’s killing reads: “It was unclear how much the United States may have known about the operation in advance, but the two nations are the closest of allies and have long shared intelligence regarding Iran.”

Nov 28 08:04

US Congress ties bows on gifts to Israel

A Senate bill will set the Obama administration’s pledge of $3.8 billion in weapons per year to Israel as a floor rather than a ceiling. Ahmad Al-BazzActiveStills
Before it recesses for the year, the US Congress is finalizing the text of a must-pass bill, the National Defense Authorization Act, which includes a slew of significant pro-Israel measures.

The NDAA establishes Pentagon funding levels and sets out many Department of Defense and foreign policy priorities.

Last week, the Senate passed its version of the mammoth bill, totaling nearly 1,800 pages. The House, having passed its own version in July, rejected the Senate language.

With the House and Senate unable to agree, the bill has gone to conference to reconcile differences between the two versions.

Nov 28 08:01

Five scientists in 10 years: Iran's nuclear physicists are top targets for assassins

To be a nuclear scientist in Iran is to be in danger. During the past decade, at least four had been killed in vehicle bombings and shootouts, and several others were targeted but survived.

On Friday, the alleged architect of Iran’s military nuclear programme joined their ranks. Armed assassins gunned down Mohsen Fakhrizadeh in his car in an ambush in Absard city, outside the capital Tehran.

Fakhrizadeh, an officer in Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), has been known as one of Iran's most celebrated physicists because of his work on the country's nuclear programme, Project 111.

Nov 28 07:59

Report: Netanyahu Planning for New Elections

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has held a series of meetings with members of his Likud party to hold internal elections in preparation for holding general elections, Israeli media reported.

Sources said Netanyahu confirmed during the meetings that he does not intend to pass the state budget for the next fiscal year and that the goal now is to preserve the current government as much as possible, the broadcaster revealed.

Nov 28 07:47

Israeli Embassies Reportedly 'On High Alert' as Iran's Ayatollah Vows Revenge for Scientist's Murder

On Friday, top-ranking Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was killed in the town of Absard near Tehran. Iran condemned Fakhrizadeh's assassination as an act of terrorism, which Foreign Minister Zarif blamed on Israel.

Israeli embassies around the world have increased their level of alert, Israel's N12 News reported. According to the media outlet, Jewish communities throughout the world were also advised to stay vigilant.

The report comes as Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei strongly condemned the killing of Iranian nuclear physicist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, calling for the perpetrators of the crime to be punished.

In a tweet, Khamenei added that the scientific work Fakhrizadeh was involved in will continue to be pursued.

Nov 28 07:46

Unrelated to Scientist's Murder? US Reportedly Sends Warships to Persian Gulf As 'Message to Iran'

The United States is moving its USS Nimitz aircraft carrier and other warships into the Persian Gulf to support the withdrawal of troops from Iraq and Afghanistan, CNN reported on Saturday, adding that the decision was made before the assassination of Iranian nuclear physicist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.

The broadcaster is citing an unnamed US defence official, who confirmed that the move was decided before the report about the killing of Fakhrizadeh but would still serve as a message to Tehran.

The Iranian Defense Ministry said on Friday that the head of its research and innovation centre, Fakhrizadeh, had been killed. Earlier on Saturday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani accused Israel of being behind the killing of the nuclear physicist, while Iran’s Ambassador to the United Nations Majid Takht Ravanchi has warned the US and Israel against "adventuristic" steps.

Nov 28 07:44

Iran warns US & Israel against any ‘adventurism’ during Trump’s ‘final’ days in office after murder of scientist — letter to UN

Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations has called on Washington and Tel Aviv to avoid “adventuristic measures” after the assassination of a top Iranian scientist, while also alleging “serious indications” of Israeli involvement.

The Islamic Republic's UN envoy Majid Takht Ravanchi penned a harshly worded letter to the international body on Friday, blasting the “terrorist assassination” of leading nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh by unknown assailants earlier on Friday morning, while also warning that Tehran would retaliate to any brash moves taken by Israel or the US.

Nov 27 13:48

Iran Blames Israel, US For Assassination Of Top Nuclear Scientist

Iran accused Israel and the U.S. of organizing the assassination of one of its top nuclear scientists on Friday and vowed revenge, sharply escalating tensions in the Persian Gulf in the final weeks of Donald Trump’s presidency. Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was the head of research and innovation at Iran’s Ministry of Defense, and was also viewed internationall as the head of Iran's nuclear weapons program. He was killed close to the Damavand campus of Islamic Azad University, about 60 kilometers east of central Tehran, Iran's Tasnim news reported.

"Terrorists murdered an eminent Iranian scientist today. This cowardice—with serious indications of Israeli role—shows desperate warmongering of perpetrators," Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in a tweet. Iran’s army also accused the U.S. of bearing responsibility. Curiously, Trump retweeted a New York Times report on Fakhrizadeh’s killing without commenting.

Nov 27 12:05

Iran Accuses Israel Of Seeking To Provoke "Full-Blown War" With Brazen Assassination

Since news broke hours ago of the assassination of Iran's top nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, on the streets in a city just east of Tehran, Iranian leaders have blamed an Israeli assassination plot.

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said there were "Serious indications of Israeli role" in killing of Fakhrizadeh, who subsequently died of his wounds in a hospital. What Iran has dubbed a terrorist attack reportedly involved a hail of machine gun fire and a suicide bomber explosion.

And a top military adviser to Iran's supreme leader and former IRGC general issued a similar allegation on Twitter. Hossein Dehghan wrote:

"In the last days of their gambling ally’s political life, the Zionists seek to intensify and increase pressure on Iran to wage a full-blown war," Dehghan wrote, appearing to refer to U.S. President Donald Trump. "We will descend like lightning on the killers of this oppressed martyr and we will make them regret their actions!"

Nov 27 12:04

Reports: Israeli Soldiers Shoot, Injure Palestinian at Checkpoint near Jerusalem

Israeli forces today opened fire and injured a Palestinian who was not immediately identified at a checkpoint east of Jerusalem, according to reports and witnesses.

Israeli soldiers reportedly opened fire at a vehicle near the checkpoint in yet unclear circumstances, critically injuring the driver.

The soldiers closed the checkpoint following the incident, said witnesses.

Nov 27 12:03

WATCH: Israeli Soldiers Stop Ambulance to Assault, Arrest Wounded Palestinian Man

Israeli soldiers attempted to forcibly pull out and arrest an injured Palestinian from an ambulance of the Palestinian Red Crescent in the occupied West Bank, footage of the incident shows.

Israeli soldiers open the vehicle’s door and try to take a wounded Palestinian man following protests on Tuesday against Israel’s policy of home demolitions in the Jordan Valley.

Footage shows the moment an Israeli soldier pushes an aid worker in an attempt to reach the wounded man. The aid worker manages to close the ambulance door just before it leaves the scene.

Nov 27 12:02

WATCH: Israeli Soldiers Shoot, Kill Palestinian Driver at Checkpoint

Israeli soldiers have shot and killed a Palestinian man at Al-Zaeem checkpoint, which separates an illegal Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank from a neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem.

According to Al Jazeera, Nour Shuqir, from the town of Silwan in occupied East Jerusalem, was accused of attempting to flee an inspection at the checkpoint, hitting and lightly injuring an Israeli border officer.

“The policeman and security personnel fired at the vehicle,” said the police statement, wounding the driver, who was rushed to the Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem.

Nov 27 06:19

What it really means to be a friend of Israel

Once again the AIPAC annual pantomime in Washington DC has played itself out while the world outside watches aghast at the gullibility of America’s political elite. And how they flocked to hear the Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s speech.

Whatever happened to the Un-American Activities Committee set up to investigate disloyalty and subversive activities on the part of private citizens and public employees, one wonders?

“The terrorists have no resolvable grievances. It’s not as if we could offer them Brussels or Istanbul, or California or even the West Bank,” said Netanyahu. “That won’t satisfy their grievances because what they seek is our utter destruction and their total domination. Their basic demand is that we should simply disappear.”

Funny, the Israelis have been working for nearly 70 years to make the Palestinians disappear. Domination is their specialty.

Nov 26 08:06

During 1957 Suez Crisis Eisenhower Lamented U.S. Middle East Policy Was Already ‘Controlled By Jewish Influence’

Like all U.S. presidents inevitably come to realize, during the ‘Suez Crisis’ of 1957 when Israel — aided and abetted by England and France –invaded Egypt, Dwight Eisenhower learned the hard way that it was Jewish power in the U.S. that dictated foreign policy in the Middle East, not “principles” or even his own State Department:

Former President Eisenhower has revealed in his new book, “The White House Years: Waging Peace 1956-1961,” that, in order to pressure Israel into withdrawal from the Sinai in 1957, he preferred “a resolution which would call on all United Nations members to suspend not just governmental but private assistance to Israel.”

Nov 26 02:18

Video: Iran swaps Israel’s spy for three nationals jailed abroad

"...Kylie Moore-Gilbert was freed from Tehran’s Evin prison on Wednesday morning after serving about two years of her 10-year jail term.

She was swapped for an Iranian businessman and two other nationals incarcerated abroad on delusional accusations, Iranian news agencies reported.

The three Iranians were detained for attempting to circumvent illegal sanctions against the Islamic Republic, the reports said.

Footage from the prisoner swap was aired on Iran’s state television on Wednesday.

IRNA news agency reported that Moore-Gilbert had passed a two-year special training course for her spying mission.

During the course, she became fluent in Persian and was prepared to perform espionage activities inside Iran..."

Nov 25 12:13

Israeli Military Prepares For Possible Trump Preemptive Attack On Iran: Axios

With just weeks to go to President-Elect Joe Biden's being inaugurated on January 20, Axios reports that Israel is preparing for the possibility that Trump will launch a preemptive attack on Iran.

Axios' Barak Ravid reports from Tel Aviv that "The Israel Defense Forces have in recent weeks been instructed to prepare for the possibility that the U.S. will conduct a military strike against Iran before President Trump leaves office, senior Israeli officials tell me."

While not citing specific intelligence, Ravid says Israeli military and intelligence leaders are anticipating "a very sensitive period" just ahead of the inauguration and Trump's exiting the White House.

Nov 25 07:41

Massive floods hit Israel after one of the rainiest days in the country's history

Dozens of people were rescued in several parts of Israel after exceptionally heavy rains triggered severe flooding from Friday, November 20 through Sunday, November 22, 2020. Up to 230 mm (9 inches) of rain fell in some parts of the country in just 24 hours, surpassing the average for the month of November of 70 mm (3 inches). Heavy rains came after a completely dry October.

In Tel Aviv, the Israel Fire and Rescue Services saved an elderly couple, three other people, and a family stranded by rising floodwaters in their houses and car, in three separate incidents.

Some 20 more people were also rescued from several buildings on Ha'atzma'ut Street in Ness Ziona on Saturday, November 21, after floods engulfed parking lots and houses.

In Haifa, rescue workers saved numerous people in Kiryat Eliezer, Bat Galim, and Ein Hayam, where flooding blocked many roads and streets.

Nov 25 07:25

Pompeo’s Attack on BDS Is an Assault on Free Speech

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo broke a long-standing taboo and became the first American secretary of state to visit an Israeli settlement. Then, Pompeo announced that the United States would recognize products made in West Bank settlements as “made in Israel,” thus erasing a key distinction between Israel within its internationally recognized borders and its settlements, which are illegal under international law.

But even that wasn’t enough for Pompeo. Unprompted, the Secretary declared that the movement for boycott, divestment, and sanctions against Israel, or BDS, is “antisemitic” and a “cancer.”

In a press statement, Pompeo stated that “anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism. The United States is, therefore, committed to countering the Global BDS Campaign as a manifestation of anti-Semitism.” He ordered a State Department funding review to ensure it doesn’t go to any groups that support BDS.

Nov 25 06:58

A Comic Display of Geopolitical Subservience: Mike Pompeo’s Visit to Israel

For me the entire event was a grotesque occasion of national embarrassment from start to finish. Even the most dimwitted imperialist would know better than to declare Pompeo’s subservience to Israel in these scary words: “Israel is everything we want the entire Middle East to look like going forward.”

Nov 25 06:48

State Department’s attack on the BDS Movement Violates Freedom of Expression and Endangers Human Rights Protection

Responding to the United States Department of State announcement designating the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement as antisemitic and planning to identify organizations supporting BDS with a view to reviewing and halting their funding, Bob Goodfellow, the Interim Executive Director of Amnesty International USA, issued the below statement:

“The Department of State’s targeting of groups advocating for using peaceful means, such as boycotts, to end human rights violations against Palestinians as antisemitic violates freedom of expression and is a gift to those who seek to silence, harass, intimidate and oppress those standing up for human rights around the world. This is simply the latest attack from a US government determined to undermine the universality of human rights and the global fight against racism and discrimination, including antisemitism.

Nov 25 06:46

Video: Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on Israel, Palestine

US President Donald Trump has arguably been the most staunch supporter of the state of Israel than any other US president since the launch of the so-called peace process in the early 1990s. Now that Trump is defeated, a new administration will soon be formed.

President-elect Joe Biden and his vice-president Kamala Harris are busy formulating their political vision at home and abroad.

One of the most contentious foreign policy issues that they are expected to quickly deal with is that of the Israeli occupation of Palestine.

The Palestine Chronicle composed a short video reflecting the views of both Biden and Harris on Israel, Palestine, Hamas, Iran, and other related issues in the Middle East.

Nov 25 06:20

Israeli Spy Jonathan Pollard Permitted to Flee to Israel After Parole Terminated By DOJ

Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard had his parole ended on Friday by the Justice Department, allowing the duplicitous traitor to leave America and make Aliyah in Israel.

Nov 25 06:07

Israel Hits Southern Damascus in Latest Syria Attack

An overnight Israeli strike hit southern Damascus against Wednesday, the second such strike this week. The attack targeted a military base where Iranian Revolutionary Guards are known to be present.

Israel is keen to attack Iran on any pretext, and Syria is no obstacle for that. This latest attack caused no casualties, however, according to officials, and only did some material damages to the base at Jabal Mane Heights.

Iran threatened retaliation over the first strike, and has not commented on the new strike, though they are clear on not wanting to start any war with US involvement until President Trump leaves office.

Nov 25 06:06

Pompeo’s Trip to Israel: That Says It All

In the most telling formulation of the of the Middle East peace deals uttered by an American spokesman since they were signed, Pompeo made it clear that the deals were really about two things: aggressively confronting Iran and setting the precedent that deals could be made in the middle east without considering the Palestinians while cementing the occupation.

Nov 25 06:04

Netanyahu phones Pollard: ‘When are we going to see you here? We’re waiting’

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday spoke by phone with Jonathan Pollard, telling the former US Navy analyst convicted of spying for Israel that the Jewish state is waiting for him to move here after his parole ended.

“When are we going to see you here? We’re waiting for you,” Netanyahu told Pollard, speaking in English.

Nov 24 12:42

In  threat to Iran, US sends heavy bombers to Middle East via Israel

The United States this week rapidly deployed several heavy bombers to the Middle East this week in an apparent threat to Iran, amid swirling speculation that US President Donald Trump plans to take military action against Tehran before President-elect Joe Biden enters office.

US Central Command said the planes were sent into the region “to deter aggression and reassure US partners and allies.”

In a highly irregular move, the B-52H Stratofortress planes were seen flying toward Israeli airspace on Saturday en route to the base where they will be stationed, likely in Qatar. The aircraft were spotted on civilian tracking software approaching Israel before they apparently turned off their transponders, rendering them invisible on those applications.

It was the third time in the past year and a half that B-52 bombers, which are capable of carrying nuclear weapons and other powerful munitions, have been deployed to the region in

Nov 24 11:05

Public Isn’t Buying ‘Antisemitism’ So Jewry Tries Re-branding It As ‘Anti-Jewish Racism’

As we’ve previously reported, organized Jewry’s efforts to “educate” the public about “antisemitism” have largely failed because, they contend, the very term “antisemitic” is problematic and confusing, which has caused them to attempt “rebranding” antisemitism under different monikers such as “Jew hate” and, most recently “anti-Jewish racism”:

In the maelstrom and vitriol that followed the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s damning report into the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn last month, few noticed the near total omission in the response from the Jewish community of the very word the EHRC had just reported on: “Anti-Semitism.”

In a joint statement, the Board of Deputies and the Jewish Leadership Council said the report “disgraces those who attacked us for speaking out against anti-Jewish racism,” calling Jeremy Corbyn “a figurehead for old and new anti-Jewish attitudes.”

Nov 24 11:05

Giraldi: Israel’s Power over America Is Unlimited

Even though there was virtually no debate on foreign policy during the recent presidential campaign, there has been considerable discussion of what President Joe Biden’s national security team might look like. The general consensus is that the top levels of the government will be largely drawn from officials who previously served in the Obama administration and who are likely to be hawkish.

There has also been, inevitably, some discussion of how the new administration, if it is confirmed, will deal with Israel and the Middle East in general.

Israelis would have preferred a victory by Donald Trump as they clearly understand that he was and still is willing to defer to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on nearly all issues. Indeed, that process is ongoing even though Trump might only have about nine more weeks remaining in office.

Nov 23 08:15

US curbs on Israel boycotts ‘an attack’ on dissent, advocates say

The Trump administration’s latest attempt to equate boycotts of Israel with anti-Semitism is part of a years-long push to criminalise criticism of Israel in the United States and abroad, legal and political experts say.

On Thursday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced US plans to label the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian rights as “anti-Semitic” and curtail funding for groups that support it.

Nov 23 08:13

Revealed: the Israel lobby’s Labour hit list

The UK’s Labour Party has been purging members using a hit list by a leading Israel lobby group, The Electronic Intifada has learned.

In a secret document in May, the Board of Deputies of British Jews said a Palestine solidarity activist and 10 other Labour members would “require permanent expulsion.”

A redacted section of the hit list was revealed last week after a data access request made by Becky Massey, one of the targeted activists.

You can read the disclosure in full at the end of this article.

Nov 23 08:12

US Allows Convicted Spy Pollard To Move To Israel

An American jailed in 1985 for spying for Israel was released from strict parole conditions Friday, allowing his move to Israel, the US Justice Department said.

Jonathan Pollard served 30 years for giving away classified US documents and had been confined by parole terms to the United States since his release in 2015, despite Israeli pressure to allow him to leave.

"After a review of Mr. Pollard's case, the US Parole Commission has found that there is no evidence to conclude that he is likely to violate the law," the Justice Department said.

Pollard, 66, was a US Navy intelligence analyst in the mid-1980s when he made contact with an Israeli colonel in New York and began sending US secrets to Israel in exchange for tens of thousands of dollars.

Nov 23 08:10

The case against Jonathan Pollard.

IN the last decade, Jonathan Pollard, the American Navy employee who spied for Israel in the mid-nineteen-eighties and is now serving a life sentence, has become a cause célèbre in Israel and among Jewish groups in the United States. The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, a consortium of fifty-five groups, has publicly called for Pollard's release, arguing, in essence, that his crimes did not amount to high treason against the United States, because Israel was then and remains a close ally. Many of the leading religious organizations have also called for an end to Pollard's imprisonment, among them the Reform Union of American Hebrew Congregations and the Orthodox Union.

Nov 23 07:45

America’s Limited Wars – Are They Good for Israel?

When is a war not a war? Apparently in the minds of some folks in Washington if it is a “single strike” or a “limited attack” it is really okay, with or without the consent of Congress as required by Article 1, Section 8, of the Constitution of the United States. The Founders had wanted to take away from the chief executive the ability to go to war, a power which the kings in Europe had abused, but the current rulers of America have chosen to ignore the wisdom of the framers of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. They have done so by wordsmithing what they are doing and somehow attacking another country has become generally regarded as not really war at all, just a reminder to bad guys of what Washington might be capable of if it really gets angry.

Nov 22 11:47

Gantz Announces Commission of Inquiry Into Submarine Affair That Has Plagued Netanyahu

Defense Minister Benny Gantz announced on Sunday that he has established a governmental commission of inquiry into Israel's procurement of submarines and other naval vessels in the so-called "submarine affair."

Nov 22 11:46

In Apparent Message to Biden, Netanyahu Warns World Powers Against Reentering 2015 Iran Nuclear Deal

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Sunday that world powers must not reenter the 2015 nuclear accord with Iran, in a message seemingly directed towards U.S. President-elect Joe Biden.

Speaking at the annual commemoration ceremony for Israel's first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, Netanyahu said, "we must uphold an uncompromised policy to guarantee that Iran doesn't develop nuclear weapons.

"Thanks to our firm stance to prevent the nuclearization of Iran and our objection to the nuclear accord, many Arab countries have fundamentally changed their approach towards Israel," Netanyahu added.

Nov 22 11:45

Beatings and forced medication: Asylum seekers in Israel report inhuman conditions

A new report by an Israeli human rights group paints a picture of humiliating treatment towards immigrants and asylum seekers, as well as unlawful arrests and actual physical violence.

The report by the Hotline for Refugees and Migrants for 2019 gathered dozens of testimonies, which also revealed shocking incidents at several migrant detention facilities, where those suspected of visa violations, illegal entry or unauthorized arrival are detained while the authorities work to find out if they are residing in Israel legally.

Nov 22 11:44

Iran vows to crush any Israeli attempt to hit its "advisory" role in Syria

Foreign Minister denies Islamic Republic have military forces in Syria and says it has sent commandos to the country as military advisers for as long as they are needed; denies Iranian deaths in latest Israeli strike on Damascus

Nov 22 11:11

Iran Vows Crushing Blow to Israel

Nov 22 09:24

Sderot, ‘Bomb Shelter Capital of the World’, Not As Heroic As Israel Claims

Sderot, which has become known as ‘the bomb shelter capital of the world’, is a compulsory stop on these propaganda tours. Being only a mile from the Gaza Strip residents have little time to take cover, though very few have been killed by Gaza’s erratic garden-shed missiles.

The story of brave Sderot is told ad nauseam to brainwash the media and their own people besides the coachloads of gullible foreign politicians and tourists. The Israeli authorities have studiously counted and broadcast the number of home-made Qassam projectiles, claiming that more than 15,000 “terrorist” rockets have “rained down” on Sderot since the Israeli occupier pulled its citizens and troops out of the Gaza Strip in 2005 saying they were making a concession of territory designed to bring peace. Of course, it didn’t. Why?

Nov 21 07:00

Pompeo in Israel: Three announcements that cement 'apartheid'

With just two months left before the Biden administration takes office, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a slew of announcements on Thursday that blur the line between the state of Israel and the Palestinian territories that it occupies.

After a visit to an illegal West Bank settlement, the top US diplomat issued a directive to identify organisations that boycott companies doing "business in Israel or in any territory controlled by Israel".

He said the State Department would ensure that no government funds went to such groups - a move that would disadvantage NGOs that do not operate in the settlements, in accordance with international law.

In a separate decree, Pompeo said exported products from parts of the occupied West Bank must be labelled as 'Made in Israel'.

Nov 21 06:59

UN panel votes 163-5 in support of Palestinian statehood, end of occupation

The United Nations voted overwhelmingly to approve a draft resolution in favor of Palestinian self-determination, with Israel and the United States voting against.

The proposal on Thursday in the UN General Assembly’s Third Committee — the committee that deals with human rights and humanitarian affairs — passed 163 to 5, with 10 abstentions. Canada, which typically votes alongside Israel in such resolutions, stood with the majority.

The resolution emphasized “the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination, including the right to their independent State of Palestine” and “stressed the urgency of achieving without delay an end to the Israeli occupation that began in 1967 and a just, lasting and comprehensive peace settlement between the Palestinian and Israeli sides,” based on a two-state solution.

Nov 20 10:57

Forbidden Weapons and Israeli War Crimes

Throughout its aggressive wars against Lebanon and the Gaza Strip, the Israeli army has deliberately and intentionally targeted civilians and civilian infrastructure. This policy has been a declared Zionist plan and it was applied in Lebanon during the 2006 war. According to the Israeli Chief of Staff, in 2008, Major General Gadi Eizenkot,

… trying to hit rocket launchers is “complete nonsense”, because “when there are thousands of launchers on the other side, it is impossible to hunt them down.” Israel, instead, should focus on deterrence: Every village from which they fire on Israel, we will deploy disproportional force, and cause massive damage and destruction. As far as we are concerned, these are military bases. Eizenkot emphasized that “this is not a recommendation; this is the plan and it has been approved.”[1]

Nov 20 07:56

Pompeo: State Department to Designate BDS Movement as ‘Anti-Semitic’

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Thursday during his visit to Israel that the State Department will designate the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement as “anti-Semitic.” BDS is an international campaign that calls on people to pressure Israel over its human rights violations through various boycotts.

“Today I want to make one announcement with respect to a decision by the State Department that we will regard the global anti-Israel BDS campaign as anti-Semitic,” Pompeo said while meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem. “Look, we want to stand with all other nations that recognize the BDS movement for the cancer that it is, and we’re committed to combating it.”

Nov 20 07:56

As Israel Destroys EU Projects in Palestine, European Foreign Policy Remains Impotent

Belgium is furious. On November 6, the Belgian government condemned Israel’s destruction of Belgian-funded homes in the Occupied Palestinian West Bank. Understandably, Brussels wants the Israeli government to pay compensation for the unwarranted destruction. The Israeli response was swift: a resounding "no."

The diplomatic row is likely to fizzle out soon; neither will Israel cease its illegal demolitions of Palestinian homes and structures in the West Bank nor will Belgium, or any other EU country, receive a dime from Tel Aviv.

Welcome to the bizarre world of European foreign policy in Palestine and Israel.

Nov 20 07:55

'We are not afraid of you, Mike': Activists react to Pompeo's move against pro-BDS groups

Pro-Palestine and human rights advocates condemned US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's policy announcement targeting groups affiliated with the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign.

Pompeo said on Thursday that the US officially regards the BDS movement as antisemitic and plans to cut any government funding to groups that have voiced support for the campaign - which urges individuals, companies and countries to hold Israel accountable for its human rights violations.

According to J Street's November National Jewish Survey, 22 percent of all Jewish Americans under 40 support the BDS movement, as do several members of Congress.

Nov 20 07:54

In major shift, Pompeo says US to label settlement products ‘Made in Israel’

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday announced new guidelines that will require goods made in Israeli controlled areas of the West Bank to be labeled as “Made in Israel,” following an unprecedented visit to a settlement winery on Thursday afternoon.

Until now, US policy has required products made in the West Bank to be labeled as such. But with Pompeo’s newly announced rules, which he said were “consistent with?our?reality-based foreign policy approach,” all producers within?areas where Israel exercises authority — most notably?Area C?under the Oslo Accords?–?will be required to?mark?goods as?’Israel,’?’Product of Israel,’ or ‘Made in Israel’?when exporting to the United States.

Nov 20 07:53

US Lawmakers Accuse Pompeo of Complicity in Israel’s ‘Violation of International Law’

US lawmakers have joined in the near-global condemnation of the “brutal and violent” Israeli home demolitions. Some 41 Democratic Congress members signed a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, over the Zionist state’s “serious violation of international law” as he took the unprecedented step of visiting an illegal settlement in the occupied West Bank.

The letter, led by the Wisconsin member of the House of Representative, Mark Pocan, expressed “grave concern about the Israeli government’s recent demolitions in the Palestinian Bedouin community of Homsa al-Baquia (Khierbet Humsah) in the Jordan Valley”.

“These acts,” said the letter, “are a serious violation of international law that destroyed homes and displaced 73 people, including 41 children.”

Nov 20 07:05

Israel may launch preemptive strike on Iran Post-Trump: Former US National Security Advisor

Ahead of the election, the Biden campaign hinted at the need to “renegotiate” the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action Iran nuclear deal, an idea which Tehran rejected out of hand. Israel lobbied Washington intensely to pull out of the JCPOA, and has threatened military action against Tehran if the latter were to obtain nuclear weapons.

Israel may launch preemptive military strikes against Iran after President Donald Trump is out of office, former Trump National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster has indicated.

“Israel follows the Begin Doctrine, which means that they will not accept a hostile state having the most destructive weapons on Earth,” McMaster said, speaking to Fox News.

Nov 20 07:05

Security officials worry Israel and Saudi Arabia may see the end of Trump as their last chance to go to war with Iran

European intelligence officials are alarmed about the possibility of military action towards Iran in the waning days of the Trump administration.? Concern that Trump — who has pushed for maximum pressure on Iran — or a combination of Israel or Saudi Arabia creating a military confrontation in the waning days of the administration has been a concern for over a week, according to three European intelligence officials who spoke with Insider.

The news that last week the president requested a list of military options from his military and diplomatic advisors has sent these concerns into overdrive.?

Nov 19 12:37

ISRAELI WINGS OVER SYRIA. TRUMP’S FAREWELL STRIKE ON IRAN

The Israeli Air Force is once again bombing targets in Syria amid growing turbulence in the Greater Middle East.

Early on November 18, the Israeli Air Force conducted a series of strikes on targets in Syria. The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) claimed that the strikes hit “warehouses, command posts and military complexes, and batteries of surface-to-air missiles” belonging to the Syrian Army and the Iranian Quds Force. In total, the strikes reportedly hit 8 targets including the following:

an alleged Iranian military complex near Damascus International Airport;

some mysterious secret military barracks which act as a housing complex for senior Iranian officials as well as visiting delegations;

a command post for Division 7 of the Syrian Army which allegedly cooperates with the Quds Force;

surface-to-air missile launchers which had fired in the direction of the Israeli jets during the strikes.

Nov 18 11:28

Georgia lawmaker says Israeli government ‘asked me’ for anti-boycott law she introduced

A Georgia state legislator who has pushed the state law opposing boycotts of Israel testified at a hearing that the Israeli consulate “asked me” to introduce an amendment to the law, and she did. The lawmaker appeared at the hearing in March with an Israeli consular officer seated at her side, and introduced him to the House committee.

State Rep. Deborah Silcox made her comments a month after Benjamin Netanyahu bragged that Israel was promoting these laws. Netanyahu tweeted on February 12:

Whoever boycotts us will be boycotted… In recent years, we have promoted laws in most US states, which determine that strong action is to be taken against whoever tries to boycott Israel.

Nov 18 11:24

Israeli Company Wants To Play Music Inside Your Head With Directed Sound Technology Without Headphones

By Aaron Kesel

A new technology called “sound beaming” developed by Noveto Systems allows listeners to hear music or sound without wearing headphones.

All that is needed is a simple device which tracks the ear and sends it audio using ultrasonic waves, creating personal listening experiences inside of a sound bubble, Times Of Israel reported.

The technology allows listeners to listen to music, play a game, or watch a movie without disturbing anyone else. That being said, unless you are within the distance of the device you won’t be able to hear sounds.

While this application is new, the concept has a much darker history...

Nov 17 12:39

Will America still be Israel’s bitch? Or will Biden-Harris resist shaming the West?

Stuart Littlewood says while Joe Biden's and Kamala Harris's victory in the US presidential elections may offer a glimmer of hope for Palestinians, despite the two being self-declared Zionists, the Palestinians remain divided and Britain and the EU remain in Israel’s stranglehold. >>

Nov 17 07:53

Israel Gave Them 10 Minutes to Pack Up Their Whole Lives: 74 Palestinians, Including 41 Children, Left Homeless

The Civil Administration gave the families living in the Palestinian hamlet of Khirbet Humsa in the northern Jordan Valley just 10 minutes to remove their possessions from the tents last Tuesday. Fatma Awawda, 23, held her 1-year-old daughter Larin. She was paralyzed by the sight of the military jeeps and administration workers in fluorescent vests who got out of them, by the bulldozers, by the soldiers, by all the shouting.

But she pulled herself together quickly so she could empty as much as possible from the tent that was her home. What to take first? The gas canister? The cradle? Clothing and blankets? The mattresses? The stove? The plastic toys that arrived in a “CARE” package? The onions and potatoes? The rice? She put Larin down in the back seat of the family’s beat-up Subaru. She’ll be warm and safe there, and I’ll have my hands free, she figured.

Nov 17 07:01

Israeli Ambulance Worker Fired For Spitting on Jesus Portraits

The incident took place on Sunday, when the medic was visiting a block whose residents are all Christian, local media reports say.

An Israeli ambulance worker was fired after he was caught on camera spitting on portraits of Jesus while visiting a Christian home in Tel Aviv to carry out a coronavirus test.

Security camera footage showed the medic removing his mask and spitting on three pictures in a hallway in the house.

As he was leaving the block of flats, he was stopped by a tenant who asked why he spat on the portraits. The medic replied that those images were a form of idolatry that is forbidden by the Hebrew Bible.

Nov 16 13:29

Obama: Politicians Who Criticize Israel Get Smeared As 'Anti-Semitic,' Confronted With 'Well-Funded Opponents'

Former President Barack Obama says in his new book "A Promised Land" that politicians who "criticize Israel policy too loudly" risk getting smeared as "anti-Israel" and "anti-Semitic" and get "confronted with a well-funded opponent in the next election."

Nov 16 07:00

In F-35 sale to UAE, Senate seeks State Dept. guarantee for US technology and Israel

Senate appropriators are calling on the State Department to certify that a pending sale of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters to the United Arab Emirates would not threaten Israel’s military edge or make U.S. military systems vulnerable to Russia and China.

The bipartisan legislation, introduced Nov. 10 by the GOP-led Senate Appropriations Committee, represents another potential hurdle for the U.S. sale of up to 50 F-35s worth $10.4 billion, 18 MQ-9Bs worth $2.97 billion, and $10 billion worth of air-to-air and air-to-ground munitions. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the package the same day the legislation was introduced.

Nov 16 05:23

UPDATE: Abby Martin's Lawsuit Over Israel Loyalty Oath Mandate in US

Nov 16 05:22

Trump made Netanyahu look bad, but that’s over now! — Sen. Chris Murphy

Republican and Democratic legislators made a “decision” long ago not to argue about Israel support, then the Trump administration caused the violation of that pact. But Joe Biden will restore it. So says Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut, who has been notioned as a possible secretary of state in the Biden administration.

Murphy said that Donald Trump’s “anti-Muslim” actions had the unfortunate effect of reflecting badly on Israel and Netanyahu, in the eyes of some Democrats. And Republicans seized the opportunity to make Democrats look anti-Israel.

Murphy spoke to the American Jewish Committee yesterday and explained how Trump ruined good feelings about Israel:

Nov 16 05:22

Senior Trump Official: Politicians Get ‘Very Rich’ by Supporting Israel

Senior U.S. Defense official Douglas Macgregor, who was recently installed at the Pentagon by partisan loyalists of President Donald Trump, has come under fire for saying that American politicians become “very, very rich” by supporting Israel, with pro-Israeli organizations calling his remarks “antisemitic.”

In 2019, Washington was rattled after Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN) virtually made the exact same remark, tweeting that support for Israel in the United States was “all about the Benjamins,” referring to Benjamin Franklin, whose image appears on $100 bills.

Omar was denounced by members of Congress from both parties, and was accused of spreading antisemitism by Jewish American organizations, as well as by Trump.

Nov 14 12:21

Filmmakers boycott Israel’s pinkwashing TLVFest

More than a dozen filmmakers have heeded the Palestinian call to boycott TLVFest, the government-backed Tel Aviv International LGBTQ Film Festival.

Six of the filmmakers also joined 170 other artists from around the globe who signed a pledge launched earlier this year to boycott the festival.

TLVFest, taking place this month, has tightened its embrace of the far-right Israeli government this year, specifically the ministry of strategic affairs.

The ministry is the lead agency in Israel’s global effort to smear and sabotage the Palestinian rights movement around the world.

Nov 14 08:22

Townhall Columnist Marina Medvin Falls for Dachau Gas Chamber Hoax

Last month, Townhall.com columnist Marina Medvin published a column about letters allegedly written by Leon Morin, a 29-year old soldier who helped liberate the Dachau concentration camp in 1945. In his letters, Morin made a number of eyebrow-raising claims about Dachau—claims that Medvin swallowed uncritically:

The camp contained a gas chamber disguised as a shower room.

The gas chamber exterminated inmates using chlorine gas.

There were at least 20 camps just like Dachau on German soil.

Nov 13 10:07

All that Juice

If you are upset by the undeniable fact that our greatest scientific minds are failing in their battle against Covid-19, you should be relieved to learn that the West’s greatest minds are momentarily occupied with a way more important battle: the war against antisemitism.

The Jewish News Syndicate (JNS) reported a few days ago that the Alfred Landecker Foundation (Berlin) launched a new international ‘Decoding Antisemitism’ project to stop hate online using ‘Artificial Intelligence. ’Apparently, the multi-national team comprised of ‘discourse analysts, computational linguists and historians,’ will develop a highly complex, AI-driven approach to identifying online antisemitism.

Nov 11 09:13

Netanyahu Recognized Biden as President-Elect. Now He Has a List of Favors He Wants From Trump

For nearly four years, U.S. President Donald Trump’s Middle East policy—from axing the Iran nuclear deal to marginalizing Palestinians to brokering normalization deals between Israel and Gulf Arab states—has been the gift that keeps on giving for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The policies have helped endear Trump to his evangelical base and allowed Netanyahu to advance his hard-line agenda.

Now, with Trump raging over baseless claims that the U.S. election was “stolen,” some officials and analysts are worried that he’ll use the last 10 weeks of his term to grant more favors to Netanyahu—on Iran and on Jewish settlements in the West Bank—that could complicate President-elect Joe Biden’s approach to the region or, worse, tip it further into chaos.

Nov 11 07:41

Flatten Beirut: US professor’s advice for Israel

A George Washington University professor has overtly suggested that Israel should “flatten Beirut” — Lebanon’s capital with around 1 million people — in order to allegedly destroy the missiles of Lebanon-based resistance group Hezbollah.

Professor Amitai Etzioni, the prominent American scholar who teaches international relations — and who has taught at a variety of prestigious US universities, including Columbia, Harvard and Berkeley, and who served as a senior advisor in President Jimmy Carter’s administration — made this proposal in an op-ed in Haaretz, the leading English-language Israeli newspaper.

The newspaper, also known as “The New York Times of Israel” represents the liberal wing of Israel’s increasingly far-right politics.

Nov 10 09:02

The Israel Lobby’s ‘QME’ Scam

The United Arab Emirates bid to purchase F-35 multirole stealth aircraft caused a firestorm among Israel lobby operatives, pundits and congressional fellow travelers. They say the US has an obligation to maintain Israel’s "Qualitative Military Edge" if not Israel’s "Qualitative AND Quantitative Military Edge." QME is a doctrine that US war planners originally conceived to assess and counter the Warsaw Pact’s numerical troop advantage over US and allied forces stationed in Europe. The US was thought to need a qualitative advantage in military systems in order to counter the imbalance. Israel began insisting on QME for itself during tumultuous debate surrounding the Reagan administration’s sale of advance airborne radar systems (AWACs) to Saudi Arabia.

Nov 09 16:23

Senator Kamala Harris Grovels To AIPAC

Nov 09 10:24

Joe Biden’s love affair with Israel will pick up where it left off

With Donald Trump still disputing his loss of the US presidential election, there has been a lot of attention to which foreign leaders congratulated the winners after the race was called on Saturday.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took his time, waiting until well after other world leaders had recognized Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as the victors.

But finally, on Sunday, Netanyahu joined the club.

Nov 08 07:11

Israeli PM Netanyahu Stabs 'The Most Pro-Israel President In History' In The Back

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stabbed President Donald Trump in the back on Saturday night by rushing to congratulate Joe Biden after he was prematurely declared president by the media amid a host of recount efforts and legal challenges.

Nov 06 13:59

Palestinian Held by Israel Ends Hunger Strike After 103 Days

Nov. 6, 2020
RAMALLAH, WEST BANK (Reuters) - A Palestinian on Friday ended a 103-day hunger strike against being held without charge by Israel after being assured his four-month detention would not be extended, the Palestinian Prisoners' Club advocacy group said.

Israel's Shin Bet internal security agency did not immediately comment on whether it had offered any assurances to Maher Al-Akhras, 49, who has been in an Israeli hospital suffering from heart pain and convulsions, according to his wife.

Akhras, a resident of the city of Jenin in the north of the Israeli-occupied West Bank, was taken into custody on July 27 under the four-month Israeli "administrative detention" order.

Nov 06 13:20

Israel Carries Out Largest West Bank Demolition Operation in a Decade

In the largest West Bank demolition operation in a decade, Israeli military authorities on Tuesday razed around 70 structures in the Jordan Valley’s Humsa al-Fuqa community in the occupied West Bank. Locals reported that six bulldozers, accompanied by around 100 Israeli soldiers, carried out the demolitions, leaving 11 Palestinian families homeless.

Among the demolished structures were those seemingly funded by the European Union and other European governmental and non-governmental institutions.

“They startled us with no prior notification,” says Abdul-Ghani Awawdeh, 52, who lost every residential structure on the land where he lives, including animal shelters, water tanks and solar system units. Israeli forces also confiscated his car.

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Notice that Israel did this on the day of the US election, hoping nobody was paying attention!

Nov 06 10:34

Israeli Official Warns of War With Iran if Biden Returns to Nuclear Deal

An Israeli official said that if Joe Biden wins the US presidential election and returns to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, it could lead to a war between Iran and Israel.

Israel’s Settlement Minister Tzachi Hanegbi, a member of the right-wing Likud party, made the comments on Wednesday night. “Biden has said openly for a long time that he will go back to the nuclear agreement,” he said. “I see that as something that will lead to a confrontation between Israel and Iran.”

Biden has said that he would work with Iran to return to the 2015 nuclear deal if he is elected president. “If Biden stays with that policy, there will, in the end, be a violent confrontation between Israel and Iran,” Hanegbi.

Hanegbi told Israeli media that he and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu saw the 2015 nuclear deal as “mistaken – and that’s an understatement.”

Nov 06 10:33

A Biden presidency would bring huge pressure on liberal Zionists from pro-BDS Jews

The big news from the Jewish world on election day was: 1, the Jewish community is overwhelmingly liberal/progressive and 2, that 22 percent of Jews under 40 support Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel.

What this means is, if the inevitable comes to pass and there is a Biden presidency, we are about to see a dramatic shift in the Israel lobby, which is a Jewish communal institution. The liberal Zionist group J Street, which fought Trump and Netanyahu at every turn, will take over as the centrist Israel lobby, with a lot of friends in the Democratic Congress. AIPAC, which supported Netanyahu blindly and Trump quietly, will become more marginalized on the right.

Nov 06 10:25

Israel razes village, leaves 41 children homeless

While all eyes were on the United States elections this week, Israel carried out the largest demolition in occupied territory in years.

Israeli forces arrived in the occupied West Bank community of Khirbet Humsa on Tuesday and demolished 76 structures.

This was “more than in any other single demolition in the past decade,” said the interim UN humanitarian coordinator Yvonne Helle.

Destroyed structures include homes, kitchens, bathrooms, animal shelters and solar panels.

Nov 06 06:07

STEVE PIECZENIKS TAKE ON ISRAEL AND THE HOLOCAUST

Steve Pieczenik gives his take on the Holocaust and the Origin of the modern state of Israel.

Nov 05 08:32

New pro-Israel policies being established before possible Trump defeat

As polls continue to show Biden leading over Trump, Israel partisans have been undertaking a slew of actions that benefit Israel. The recent flurry of activity likely has two motivations:

(1) To help Trump get elected by increasing his support among pro-Israel donors and voters.

(2) To procure pro-Israel objectives while it’s still possible, in case Trump is defeated by a candidate who some Israel partisans worry may be less influenced by the pro-Israel right, whose actions have sometimes displeased hardcore Israel advocates, and whose party members increasingly support Palestinian rights.

While both Trump and Biden have long pandered to Israel partisans and are largely beholden to pro-Israel campaign donors, Trump donors like Sheldon Adelson are often more extreme in their demands.

Nov 05 08:31

Congress cranks out legislation for Israel: The details

Since Israel’s founding in 1948, it has received (adjusting for inflation) more than $252.7 billion from the U.S. – an amount that the majority of Americans consider excessive. In spite of its consistent, long, documented history of frequent human rights violations (often not reported in US media) and discrimination, Congress seeks to reward Israel and chastise Israel’s victim (read more about aid to Israel here and here).

The sheer quantity – and expense – of the advocacy work that our Congress has done on behalf of this pariah state are staggering: consider the hours spent in meetings, negotiation, research, and floor debates, the trips and calls to Israel, to name a few.

Nov 04 10:51

Israeli army destroys entire Palestinian village in Jordan Valley

Israel's army has demolished the homes of nearly 80 Palestinian Bedouins in the occupied West Bank, officials and witnesses said Wednesday, in a rare operation targeting an entire community at once.

Late Tuesday, Israeli bulldozers razed the village — including tents, sheds, portable toilets and solar panels — near Tubas in the Jordan Valley, according to an AFP photographer at the scene, who found dozens of people left homeless.

Palestinian prime minister Mohammed Shtayyeh accused Israeli troops of having “completely demolished the village of Homsa al-Baqia, leaving around 80 people homeless”.

The branch of Israel's army responsible for civilian affairs in the West Bank, COGAT, said it had destroyed structures “built illegally in a firing zone (military training area) in the Jordan Valley”.

Nov 04 06:57

Campaign Official Says Biden Would Keep Golan Heights Recognition

A senior Biden campaign official told the Jewish News Syndicate that a Biden administration would not reverse President Trump’s 2019 decision to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria in 1967 and annexed the territory in 1981, a move that was not internationally recognized. President Trump’s decision broke with the international community.

“I don’t think a Biden administration would reverse that,” the unnamed campaign official said. “It was de facto recognized anyway. It was largely symbolic. It didn’t really change the calculus either by the United States or Israel or any of the neighboring nations.”

Nov 04 06:54

Israeli government believes Trump has set new normal for US acceptance of Israel expansion, even if Biden wins

Israeli leaders believe that Donald Trump has set the new normal for US-Israel relations: total acceptance of Israeli expansion. And if Joe Biden is elected president today, Israelis will expect compliance from him; and Biden will likely do little to take Netanyahu on. That’s the view of Israel lobbyists as the pageant of democracy unfolds in the U.S.

Here are some of those opinions.

David Halperin, executive director of the centrist Israel Policy Forum, says in a podcast that even though a Biden administration would look more “like what we are used to” in U.S. policy, Biden won’t be able to just hit reset. Israel will resist.

Nov 04 06:52

On US election eve, MKs say Netanyahu must act now to legalize outposts

Right-wing parliamentarians worry a change in US leadership may doom West Bank outposts • settlers living there are the "last line in our fighting against the Palestinian takeover of Area C"

Nov 04 06:44

100 days of hunger for freedom

“I don’t want to die at Kaplan hospital,” Maher al-Akhras said recently. “I want to die among my family and children.”

Al-Akhras has not eaten in 100 days.

The 49-year-old father of six is on hunger strike to demand that Israel release him from detention.

He has been held for more than three months without charge or trial – even in Israel’s military courts, where there is a nearly 100 percent conviction rate against Palestinians.

Nov 04 06:42

Israeli Soldiers Demolish Structures, Bulldoze Lands, In Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers demolished, on Tuesday morning, Palestinian structures in Beit Hanina town, north of Jerusalem, and bulldozed lands in Jabal al-Mokabber, south of the city.

Eyewitnesses said several army vehicles, including bulldozers, invaded the al-Ashqariyya neighborhood in Beit Hanina, before bulldozing and uprooting Palestinian lands.

The soldiers also demolished a shed, in addition to a bran, in Jabal al-Mokabber.

The army claimed the structures were installed without a permit from the City Council, in occupied Jerusalem.

Nov 03 07:20

Israeli Demolitions of Palestinian Homes Reach Four-Year High

A global pandemic did nothing to slow down Israeli demolitions in the West Bank and East Jerusalem this year, with the number of Palestinians being left homeless reaching a four-year high.

According to data from the Israeli rights group B’Tselem, at least 741 Palestinians have lost their home due to Israeli demolitions between January and September. These numbers are the highest figures since 2016 when Israeli bulldozers left 1,496 Palestinians homeless.

Since January, Israeli authorities ordered the demolition of 99 housing units in the West Bank and 100 in East Jerusalem. Palestinian homes and businesses are destroyed because they do not have building permits, which are virtually impossible for Palestinians to be granted.

Nov 03 07:17

The US quietly makes major shift on Israel-Palestine policy

When the United Arab Emirates announced its intention to normalize relations with Israel, they justified the decision — which was highly unpopular in the Arab world — in part by claiming that in exchange for normalization, Israel had agreed to shelve their plans to annex much of the territory of the West Bank. Critics argued that annexation was an ongoing process, and that settlement expansion and incorporation of that infrastructure into Israel was continuing, so it wasn’t much of a concession on Israel’s part.

This week, the United States and Israel proved those critics correct when they announced revisions to agreements governing scientific cooperation.

Nov 03 07:16

Israeli Police Assault A Palestinian Priest In The Galilee

Israeli Police officers assaulted, on Saturday evening, October 31st, a Palestinian priest from I’billin village in the Galilee.

Palestinian Archbishop of Sebastia from the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem, Theodosius Atallah Hanna, strongly denounced the Israeli attack on the Father Saba al-Hajja, while he was trying to resolve a conflict between two members of the Church.

He added that Father Saba was assaulted by the police who arrived at the scene, although he was just trying to resolve a conflict to contain it and prevent any further escalation.

Nov 03 07:12

Government asks High Court for more time to prepare razing of Bedouin village

The state told the High Court of Justice on Monday that it will not raze the Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar in the southern West Bank in the next several months and asked to be granted more time to iron out details of how the removal will be implemented.

The request in the name of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Benny Gantz was filed — a day after it was due — in response to a petition by the pro-settlement Regavim movement demanding that the government explain why it has not carried out the demolition order, first issued over a decade ago.

Nov 03 07:05

Armenian PM to Post: Israel joins forces with the devil

Israel has lined up with Turkey, terrorists and Syrian mercenaries in backing Azerbaijan in the current conflict with Armenia, and will eventually suffer the consequence of that unholy alliance, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan told The Jerusalem Post in an exclusive interview on Monday.

Pashinyan, speaking from Yerevan through an interpreter via Zoom, blasted Jerusalem for arming Azerbaijan, which he said is intent on “carrying out genocide against Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh.”

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