Answer: Israel .
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“Has there been a shift in Israel’s ties with its allies since the Gaza war and how will that affect the peace process with the Palestinians? Is international support for Israel dwindling since the Gaza war and is it losing the battle for global public opinion?”
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The last breath of an Arab
The USA has once spent a decade of war
and 60.000 US-dead to prevent
” the threat of Communism “ in Vietnam.
Apparently and obviously the USA has lost ,
and Communism has spread into both Vietnam´s.
In the meantime (both) Vietnam´s are OK
and we, the rest of world, did not suffer, at all.
In the last decade the USA has started a new war
on Islam and on the Arabs , calling it a ” War on Terrorism”.
Vietnam paid with one Million dead
Iraq and Afghanistan have paid the same number of martyrs
the last day of March 2010
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March 31, 2010 at 11:25
Israel’s ‘War on Terror Children’ continues. Hardly a day goes by without the murder of a Palestinian child in Gaza or the Occupied West Bank, either by terrorist gunfire by Israeli soldiers or by the denial of medical services due to the inhumane siege on the entire Gaza Strip. Either way, it’s MURDER.
Palestinian medical sources in the Gaza Strip reported Tuesday morning that a child was shot and killed by Israeli military fire in Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.
File – Reuters
The child was identified as Mohammad Zeid Al Farmawi, 15, from Qishtat neighborhood in Rafah.
Local sources reported that the child was shot by Israeli soldiers after he crossed through the border fence, east of the Gaza International Airport.
Medics rushed to the scene but the child was already dead when they arrived; his body was moved to Abu Yousef Al Najjar in Rafah.
On Saturday, a 5-year-old child died at a local hospital due to the ongoing illegal Israeli siege on the coastal region.
The child, Fuad Swerih, 5, suffered respiratory issues, and Israeli prevented his transfer to hospitals outside the besieged and war- torn Gaza Strip.
Swerih is from Al Nusseirat refugee camp, in central Gaza.
The doctors were trying to have him transferred to an Israeli hospital but Israel rejected all applications.
Look into my eyes and tell me I have no right to live a life in peace and dignity……
Shadi Salman AlQarra
Naseem Jawad Abu Dakka, 14, was playing in front of his grandfather’s house, under the lemon tree in the front of the house, 800 metres from the area where Israeli army the made an incursion, firing tanks shells and bullets. One medium calibre bullet entered his back and exited from his chest, leading to a fracture in the spine in the ninth and tenth vertebrae. The second bullet pierced his chest and has harmed him so much that his spleen had to be removed.
He is now in the intensive care unit in the hospital
His injury has also lead to blood poisoning
His spleen has been removed
His lung is damaged
He is breathing through a respirator
He is in a pharmacological state of coma
He is in critical condition.
Look into my eyes and tell me I have no right to live a life in peace and dignity……
Now tell me how you allow your government to support the murderous state of Israel? Your tax dollars are what allows this genocide to continue.
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1 Kheir Mohammad Salim Yasin (23 yrs old) from Arraba, shot dead by the IOF
2 Khadija Qasem Shawahneh (23 yrs old) from Sakhneen, shot dead by the IOF
3 Raja Hussein Abu Rayya (30 yrs old) from Sakhneen, shot dead by the IOF
4 Khader Eid Mahmoud Khalaila (24 yrs old) from Sakhneen, shot dead by the IOF
5 Muhsin Hasan Said Taha (15 yrs old) from Kufr Kanna, shot dead by the IOF
6 Ra’fat Ali Az-Zheiri (21 yrs old) from Nur Shams refugee camp and was shot dead by the IOF in Al-Taybeh
1 Sliman Ahmad Al-Jundi (17 yrs old), from Yatta, Hebron, shot dead by the IOF
2 Mohammad Faris Az-Zein (17 yrs old), from Al-Yamoun, Jenin, shot dead by the IOF
3 Husni Mohammad Shahin (22 yrs old), from Al-Yamoun, Jenin, shot dead by the IOF
4 Mohammad ‘Arif Qasim Salah (22 yrs old), from Burqa, Nablus, shot dead by the IOF
5 Khalid Mohammad Salah (23 yrs old), from Burqa, Nablus, shot dead by the IOF
6 Wajiha Yousif Rabi’ (50 yrs old), from Deir Abu Mish’al, Ramallah, shot dead by the IOF
7 Abdil-Karim Mohammad Musa Al-Halayqah (25 yrs old), from Ash-Shayyukh, Hebron, shot dead by the IOF
8 Shakir Mohammad Ali Malsiyeh (20 yrs old), from Deir Bzeigh, Ramallah, shot dead by the IOF
9 Mousa ‘Azmi (30 yrs old), from Zita, Tulkarim, shot dead by the IOF
10 Iyad ‘Azmi (21 yrs old), from Zita, Tulkarim, shot dead by the IOF
11 Ma’rouf Mahmoud Nu’man (27 yrs old), from Zita, Tulkarim, shot dead by the IOF
1 Sheikha Yousif Abu Salih (72 yrs old), from Sakhneen, suffocated by gas fired by the IOF
1 Ayish Ghazi ‘Mustafa Zamil (19 yrs old), from Deir Al-Hatab, Nablus, shot dead by the IOF
2 Ahmad Mahmoud Abu Maraheel (16 yrs old), from Balata RC, Nablus, shot dead by the IOF
3 Sufian Sa’eed Abdel Rahman Saloum (31 yrs old), from Balata RC, Nablus, shot dead by the IOF
4 Murad Salih Ahmad Sharay’ah (21 yrs old), from Balata RC, Nablus, shot dead by the IOF
5 Khalid Shihadeh Deeb Al-Nahleh (27 yrs old), from Nablus, shot dead by the IOF
6 Mohammad Abdel Muhsin Khalid Al-Wawi (20 yrs old), from Ramallah, shot dead by the IOF
1 Ahmad Fathi Mahmoud ‘Ajaj (23 yrs old), from Seda, Tulkarim, killed by IOF missile
2 Azmi ‘Adel Mahmoud ‘Ajaj (21 yrs old), from Seda, Tulkarim, killed by IOF missile
3 Ahmad Abdel Jawad (22 yrs old), from Nablus, killed by an explosion
4 Isma’il Ibrahim Deeb Isa (56 yrs old), from Ramallah, shot dead by the IOF
5 Hussein Husni Hussein Al-Ashqar (27 yrs old), from Qalqilia, shot dead by the IOF
6 Fathi Jihad Fathi ‘Amerah (18 yrs old), from Nablus, shot dead by the IOF
7 Majdi Abdel Jawad Abdel Jabbar Khanfar (21 yrs old), from Silet Ath-Thahir, Jenin, shot dead by the IOF
8 Muhannad Ibrahim Fayyad Salahat (16 yrs old), from Bethlehem, shot dead by the IOF
9 Nuha Ziyad Ahmad Ikte’ (8 yrs old), from Gaza, shot dead by the IOF
10 Khalid Fathi Mohammad ‘Awad Allah (32 yrs old), from Gaza, shot dead by the IOF
11 Sa’id Abdel Rahman Mohammad Mahdi (60 yrs old), from Gaza, shot dead by the IOF
12 Omar Musa Mohammad Diab (54 yrs old), from Jericho, killed by IOF missile
13 Ahmad Kallab (61 yrs old), from Gaza, shot dead by the IOF
14 Shahir Abu Sharar (33 yrs old), from Ramallah, shot dead by the IOF
15 Abdel Rahman Tawfiq Abdallah Is’id (58 yrs old), from Gaza, shot dead by the IOF
1 Mahmoud Ali An-Najjar (18 yrs old), from Jabalia, Gaza, shot dead by the IOF
2 Rami Jamil Mutlaq Ghanim (20 yrs old), from Deir Al-Ghusoun, Tulkarim, shot dead by the IOF
3 Mahmoud Mohammad Rashid Al-Mashharawi (22 yrs old), from Ash-Shaja’iyyah, Gaza, shot dead by the IOF
4 Mohammad Farouq Tafish (16 yrs old), from Jabalia, Gaza, shot dead by the IOF
1 Fatima Mohammad Shreiqi Al-Jallad (7 yrs old), from Khan Younis, Gaza, shot dead by the IOF
1 Mu’tasim Al-Aqea’ from Qablan, Nablus, shot dead by the IOF
1Ahmad Mahmoud Ahmad Masharqa (23 years old), from Hebron, shot dead by the IOF
1 Kamil Kamal Kamil Mousa (21 years old), from Al-Maghazi, Gaza, shot dead by the IOF
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Jonathan Cook, The Electronic Intifada, 30 March 2010
Under cover of a sudden interest in developing new green technologies, the Israeli government hopes to weaken the Gulf states by making their oil redundant and thereby defeating “Islamic terror.”
Uzi Landau, the national infrastructures minister, outlined a vision of a world without oil this week to Israel’s most loyal supporters in Washington as he searched for wealthy American-Jewish investors and White House support for the strategy.
His message was that: “The West is addicted to oil, and so is bound by states that support terrorism … Whoever wants to fight radical Islam and terrorist organizations should know that by purchasing gasoline, he’s giving terrorists increased motivation.”
Analysts say the plan’s chief goals are to cripple the large oil-producing Gulf states, particularly Iran, which is seen as Israel’s main rival in the region, and resistance groups that oppose Israel’s long-term occupation of Palestinian land.
“Israel hopes that by repackaging the ‘war on terror’ in this way it can gain sympathy in the West and deflect increasing expectations that it make concessions to solve the conflict with the Palestinians,” said Avner de Shalit, a politics professor at Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
Thousands of delegates at last week’s annual conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the most powerful pro-Israel lobby group in the US, heard Landau describe the Israeli strategy as the best way to win the “war on terror.”
The conference was also attended by many senior US politicians, including administration officials such as Hillary Clinton, the secretary of state.
Without Arab money from oil, Landau argued, Iran would fade as a regional power and “terror groups” like Hamas in Gaza and Hizballah in Lebanon would cease to exist. Instead Israel could serve as an alternative “powerhouse” in the Middle East for environmentally friendly energy sources.
Both Israel and the US are determined to isolate Iran, which they claim is trying to develop a nuclear warhead to rival Israel’s own large nuclear arsenal. The White House is seeking to impose stiff sanctions, whereas Israel is believed to favor a military strike.
Israel failed to crush Hamas and Hizballah, two resistance groups that are backed by Iran, during attacks on Gaza last year and on Lebanon in 2006.
In a session entitled “Breaking the habit: Can US-Israel cooperation reduce our oil dependence?” Landau appealed to the US to join Israel in eradicating oil dependency as a way to defeat terror.
As he left Israel for the conference, he told local reporters he would try to persuade his audience that “by taking away its primary source of funding, we can defeat terrorism without firing a single bullet.”
Landau is known to be acting on the direct instructions of Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, who announced back in October a “national project” to end the world’s reliance on oil within a decade.
At the same time Netanyahu gave responsibility to the National Economic Council, a think-tank inside his office, to develop “breakthrough” inventions that would eradicate the world’s need for oil and coal-based electricity.
“Dependence on fossil fuels strengthens the dark regimes that encourage instability and fund terror with their petrodollars,” Netanyahu told the cabinet as he unveiled the plan.
Gideon Bromberg, head of the Israeli green group Friends of the Earth, said Israel had a very poor record on environmental issues, but that he welcomed Netanyahu’s belated interest “even if it is for the wrong reasons.”
“He is an opportunist and recognizes that oil brings power,” said Bromberg. “If you can find an alternative to it, you make yourself more powerful and make your enemies weaker.”
Haaretz has reported that Netanyahu also hopes that new green technologies will allow Israel to strengthen its ties with China, which the government believes is the rising global power and less interested in the Palestinians and Israel’s occupation than the US and Europe.
Although Israel has developed new solar energy and water technologies, Netanyahu is reported to want a revolution in fuels used in transport, which accounts for a large proportion of oil use. Israeli companies are already involved in researching battery technologies for cars.
There are strong indications that Israel’s green technologies drive is related to plans developed by US neoconservative groups in the build-up to the attack on Iraq. Netanyahu is known to have maintained close ties to neoconservatives in the US.
Some of these groups lobbied the previous administration of George W. Bush to invade Iraq so that its oil fields could be privatized and the international markets flooded with oil.
According to the reasoning of officials at one influential think-tank, the Heritage Foundation in Washington, privatization would drive down oil prices, break up the Saudi-backed Opec oil cartel, and drain money away from “terror groups” and radical Islamic education.
Some neocons regarded this policy as particularly beneficial to Israel, because it would starve Hamas and Hizballah of funds and take the pressure off Tel Aviv to end the occupation.
In practice, however, the occupation of Iraq did not help Israel. Funding to Hizballah and Hamas instead appears to be provided by Iran.
The influence of neoconservative think-tanks on Landau has been indicated in recent weeks by the decision to share the stage with leading neoconservatives such as James Woolsey, a former head of the Central Intelligence Agency.
At a debate on ending global oil dependency at Israel’s annual “national security” convention in Herzliya in February, attended by most of the Israeli cabinet, Woolsey urged the destruction of Opec, claiming that Saudi Arabia controlled 90 percent of Islamic education.
He said that when people filled up their cars “you are helping to finance the people who finance hatred, incitement and terror.”
That view was echoed by other participants.
In December the United Nations criticized Israel for its poor record on using renewable energy sources. It ranked bottom for using solar sources to generate electricity, behind countries such as Senegal, Eritrea and Mexico, as well as Western countries with only a few hours of sunlight.
A government watchdog, Israel’s state comptroller, issued a report the same month arguing that Israel had not taken even basic measures to address climate change.
Jonathan Cook is a writer and journalist based in Nazareth, Israel. His latest books are Israel and the Clash of Civilisations: Iraq, Iran and the Plan to Remake the Middle East (Pluto Press) and Disappearing Palestine: Israel’s Experiments in Human Despair (Zed Books). His website is http://www.jkcook.net.
A version of this article originally appeared in The National, published in Abu Dhabi.
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This is, simply, the “original similarity” discovered by Patriarch Nasrallah Sfeir when asked what’s common between him and Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah.
Sfeir, who was speaking to pan-Arab daily As-Sharq al-Awsat, summarized the “common things” between him and the Resistance leader to the “name” of Nasrallah, which is his first name and Hezbollah Secretary General’s last name.
“We are both Lebanese, and this is enough,” the Maronite Patriarch went on to say. “He’s of course a leader and a politician. He has his own points of view,” he added.
Sfeir, meanwhile, accused “some” of wanting to bring down President Michel Sleiman and warned that abolishing sectarianism means that one group will take control of the country.
“There are those who want to overthrow the President to take his place,” Sfeir said in an interview published Tuesday by pan-Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat.
Commenting on the so-called political campaign against Sleiman, Sfeir noted that the campaign did not come from nowhere because there are people who are planning it. “There are some who have political and personal interests and others who want to topple the President to take his place, and perhaps there are some who have other plots,” he added.
Sfeir hailed President Sleiman, saying he is seeking to unify Lebanese as much as possible. “Unification, however, cannot be done with a magic wand,” he believed, adding that Lebanese will have to meet Sleiman’s urge to unite. “It seems, however, that so far there are those who do not want to respond to his call,” Sfeir said.
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