The Debate – Saudi-Israeli Courtship

Published on Jul 30, 2016

Date: 30.7.2016

“The Saudis want to open up to Israel.” Those were the words of an Israeli legislator who organized a Knesset meeting, in Israeli-occupied territories, with a retired Saudi general & his delegation of Saudi academics & businessmen. General Eshki’s visit hasn’t been applauded, even by traditional supporters of the kingdom, yet it marks one more step towards the limelight of what stage Israeli-Saudi relations are at. In this edition of the debate, we seek to understand the relationship between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia & the Israeli regime.

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Termites and Israeli Settlers: A US Congressman’s Analogy

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US Rep. Hank Johnson

By Richard Edmondson

Recently US Rep. Hank Johnson of Georgia  drew a somewhat controversial analogy. Johnson compared the destructive nature of Israel’s ongoing illegal settlement enterprise to the foundational destruction caused by termite infestation of a house.

As you may expect, the comments drew the inevitable “anti-Semite” accusations, and not surprisingly the congressman hastily backed down and issued an apology.

Johnson’s remarks were given at an event sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee and held in Philadelphia on July 25 on the opening day of the Democratic Convention. In addition to Johnson, other speakers included Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota and Josh Ruebner of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation. The event was entitled “Progressive for Palestine: Is the US Ready to Rethink Policy on Israel?”, and you can go here to see a full video (the portion featuring Johnson starts at about 30:50).

The Georgia congressman prefaced his remarks by stating a few simple, straightforward truths.

“You see today the world faces a very desperate situation, and we all know how high the stakes are,” he said. “We all know how dangerous it is, and we all know that we, Americans, are in large part responsible for the state of the world today.”

He added that this burden of responsibility means also that Americans “are going to have to be a part of the solution,” and he went on to point out, rightfully so, that much of the turmoil in the world today, or in the Middle East anyway, is at least peripherally related to the Israel-Palestine conflict. And a major part of the problem here is the construction of Israeli settlements:

“In addition to war and seizure of land, there has been a steady–almost like termites can get into a residence and eat it up before you know that you’ve been eaten up and you fall in on yourself–there has been settlement activity that has been, that has marched forward with impunity and at an ever increasing rate, to the point where it has become alarming.

And it has become to the point with occupation, with highways that cut through Palestinian land, with walls that go up, with the inability or the restriction or the illegality of Palestinians being able to travel on those roads, and those roads cutting off Palestinian neighborhoods from each other, and then with the building of walls and the building of checkpoints that restrict movement of Palestinians, we’ve gotten to the point where the thought of a Palestinian homeland gets further and further removed from reality.”

Responses to Johnson’s comments, including from Jews, have been divided. The congressman was defended by Mondoweiss but attacked in an article published by The Algemeiner. The Mondoweiss article, posted July 26, appears under a joint byline attributed to the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation and Jewish Voice for Peace. The writers thank Johnson for participating in the event, going on to compliment him for his “insightful comments on the diminishing prospects for a two-state resolution,” and they also assert that the termite analogy “was taken out of context in an article with a misleading headline written by a journalist with a longstanding record of anti-Palestinian reporting.”

The anti-Palestinian journalist referred to is presumably Adam Kredo, whose article, “Congressman: Jewish Settlers Are Like Termites,” appeared in theWashington Free Beacon on July 25. But in their defense of Johnson, the Mondoweiss folks contended the Georgia representative was not comparing Jews to termites, but only drawing a correlation between one “corrosive process” and another. Or as they put it:

Representative Johnson analogized this settlement activity to that of termites hollowing out and undermining a structure, noting that settlement expansion has made the creation of a viable Palestinian state in the occupied territories all but impossible. From a plain reading of his remarks, it was clear that Representative Johnson was referring, as he clarified afterward, to a “corrosive process, not the people.”

Not so! says Morton Klein, president of the Zionist Organization of America, whose article on the controversy was posted July 28 at The Algemeiner.

“It’s wrong for the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) to have failed to condemn as blatant antisemitism Congressman Hank Johnson (D-GA)’s  ‘termites’ label for Jews living in Judea/Samaria,” Klein writes in his excessively parenthetical lead paragraph.

As I mentioned above, Johnson apologized for his remarks–whether before or after the ADL piped in on the matter I’m not sure, but it does appear as if the ADLappreciated his atonement. A lot of other Jews were not so gracious and accepting, however, and Klein quotes a couple of them in his article. One is John Podhoretz, editor of Commentary, who in response to the ADL’s seeming absolution tweeted, “How about using the term ‘anti-Semitic,’ you cowards? He compared Jews to TERMITES, for f—’s sake.”

A Los Angeles rabbi also complained, “This is not an apology. ‘I am sorry I said something stupid and anti-Semitic’–that would have been a fitting apology. These are not trivial issues…To call Jews ‘termites’ is base and vile.”

As for Klein’s own sentiments on the matter, they include the following:

The ADL also disgracefully failed to condemn Congressman Johnson’s involvement in the antisemitic forum where the Congressman referred to Jews as “termites.” The Congressman was speaking at a side event to the Democratic National Convention sponsored by the “U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation.” This notorious antisemitic organization calls Israel’s rebirth in 1948 a “catastrophe” and promotes the antisemitic, anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which is aimed at destroying the state of Israel.

Determining who’s right–the left wing Jews at Mondoweiss or the right wing Jews at The Algemeiner–is not my purpose here. Whether someone in Congress is or isn’t an anti-Semite is a trifling matter (everyone is entitled to their own views and opinions), and in point of fact, it we had more anti-Semites in the House and the Senate it would almost surely restore some semblance of balance to our nation’s lopsided foreign policy and likely even save us $40 billion over the next ten years. (So all you anti-Semites out there–do your patriotic duty and start running for Congress!)

What I’d like to do instead is consider the question of whether Johnson’s analogy is a valid one. In other words, is it reasonable to draw a comparison between the two “corrosive processes,” i.e. that carried out by Israeli settlers (not Jews in general, but settlers only) on the one hand, and termites on the other? This is the question I would hope to answer.

Last year, exactly one year ago today, settlers set fire to the home of the Dawabsha’s, a Palestinian family living in the West Bank village of Duma. Three members of the family were burned to death: 18-month-old Ali Dawabsha, along with his mother and father, Riham and Sa’ad Dawabsha. The only survivor was 5-year-old Ahmed Dawabsha, who suffered severe burns and who has been hospitalized off-and-on over the past twelve months. The photo below, taken earlier this year, shows Ahmed staring at a photo of his deceased family members:


Ahmed has recently been released from the hospital and is now living with his grandfather. It is expected, however, that he’ll have to return to the hospital for weekly checkups as well as additional surgeries. Earlier this year, the young boy got to make a trip to Spain, where he met his hero, football/soccer player Christiano Ronaldo, and you can go here to see a photo of him and Ronaldo together as well as one of Ahmed being greeted by a young friend upon his return to Duma. The firebombing of the Dawabsha home was a despicable act, resulting in the tragic deaths of three people, but at least one young boy made it out alive and now has the opportunity to return to a normal life.

In the following photo, we see Meir Ettinger, the reputed leader of a group of settler youth who was arrested last year shortly after the arson attack upon the Dawabsha home:


And in the next photo we have a close up shot of a termite:


In the following photo we see termite damage to a house:


And in this next photo, we see settler damage to the Dawahsha home:


You’ll note that as bad as the termite damage looks, the settler damage appears worse.

By the way, Ettinger was not charged in the Dawabsha arson attack and has since been released from custody. However, two other youths said to be members of his group have been charged and are awaiting trial. One of them is Amiram  Ben-Uliel, 21, who is facing three counts of murder, the other a minor who has not been named.

So as we can see, there are indeed certain similarities between the two “corrosive processes.” At the same time, we should also be honest and note some distinguishing differences as well. For instance, while termite infestations can cause house fires, there is no known instance of termites throwing petrol bombs through the window of a house and deliberately burning three of the occupants alive.

Nor is there any recorded instance of termites flashing three fingers to celebrate the incineration of the three people killed:

But wait! Is the video maker not reading too much into the hand gesture? After all, the young man could have been simply wagging his fingers in a bored, more-or-less abstract, absent-minded manner while awaiting the court hearing–isn’t that possible? It’s possible, but not terribly likely:

Nor do we know of any cases of termites dancing wildly and joyously up and down while stabbing a photo of an 18-month-old toddler–the same toddler who, along with his parents, perished in the fire they started.

I guess what we can conclude from our analysis of the two “corrosive processes” is that while certain similarities can be detected, there are also unmistakable differences.

The “anti-Semite” label is often used as a cudgel to silence criticism of Israel. If we go back and look again at the video of Johnson speaking at the event in Philadelphia it is clear that he was talking about Israeli settlements. An overactive imagination is required to construe his remarks as a “slur” against an entire people, and a certain amount of skill and artistry are necessary as well in order tothen go on and characterize them as such in public comments.

Those who have voiced harsh condemnations of Rep. Johnson–do they do so out of, a) a desire to curb “anti-Semitism” (whatever their definition of the word may be);  b) to undermine him publicly and thereby inflict punishment upon a member of Congress for daring to criticize Israel; or, c) perhaps a little of both?

Johnson’s maligners apparently have little to say about Israeli Chief Rabbi Shmuel Eliyihu, who earlier this year posted on Facebook, ““Israeli army has to stop arresting Palestinians, but it must execute them and leave no one alive.”

Chief Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu

Chief Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu

They apparently also have little to say about Rabbi Yisrael Rosen, director of Israel’s Tsomet Institute and an official  in the country’s Chief Rabbinate, who once wrote, “All of the Palestinians must be killed; men, women, infants, and even their beasts.”


Rabbi Yisrael Rosen

Other rabbis as well have also issued inflammatory statements about Palestinians or non-Jews in general, including Yitzhak Shapira, Dov Lior, and Yitzhak Ginsburgh–none of this, however, is mentioned by ADL chief Jonathan Greenblatt in an article written and posted July 28 on the organization’s website. The piece is apparently written in response to those who criticized the ADL for failing to castigate Johnson in a stronger manner.

“First, to the remarks them­selves: As I myself tweeted, there’s absolutely no doubt that Rep. Johnson’s com­ments were both irre­spon­si­ble and rep­re­hen­si­ble, par­tic­u­larly because they played into tra­di­tional anti-Semitic canards,” Greenblatt writes. “In the annals of anti-Semitism, from the medieval period to Czarist Rus­sia, and most pro­nouncedly in Nazi Ger­many, there is a com­mon leit­mo­tif of Jews being por­trayed as sub­hu­man – rats, cock­roaches and other unde­sir­able crea­tures. Even today, depictions of Jews in anti-Semitic cartoons that pervade the Arab press often conform to this legacy.

“Surely Rep. John­son can under­stand a people’s legit­i­mate sen­si­tiv­i­ties that emerge from a long his­tory of oppres­sion. And surely there is room for legit­i­mate and bal­anced crit­i­cisms of pol­icy which do not resort to these prej­u­diced tropes,” he adds.

Nowhere in the article does Greenblatt make mention of the “prejudiced tropes” of Israeli rabbis who have portrayed Palestinians as subhuman, nor does he mention the firebombing of the Dawabsha home and the deaths of three members of the family.

Compared to the statements of Eliyahu and Rosen, Johnson’s words, “there has been a steady–almost like termites can get into a residence and eat it up”–seem exceptionally innocuous. Yet Johnson is the only offender Greenblatt mentions in his article.

Moreover, Johnson, as Greenblatt notes, has apologized. But the rabbis have not. It looks very much as if there is one standard for Jews, and another standard for everybody else.

Rather than accusations of anti-Semitism, what is urgently needed now is for Israel to abide by international law. All settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem are illegal under international law, and Israel needs to be held accountable. The settlements should be dismantled immediately with no exceptions. Failure to do so simply perpetuates the “corrosive process.” Yet this likely would lead to massive public unrest, and some have even suggested the possibility of a Jewish civil war breaking out.

A resolution to the Palestine-Israel conflict, it also needs to be said, would require a recognition by the settlers and their religious authorities that they share a common humanity with the Palestinians–but of course for those whose mental antennae are attuned more to the boring of floor joists, grasping the concept of “shared humanity” might be an insurmountable challenge.

Kerry Lavrov : Normandy’s campaign and the entry to Berlin كيري لافروف : حملة النورماندي والدخول إلى برلين

Kerry Lavrov : Normandy’s campaign and the entry to Berlin

Written by Nasser Kandil,

The historical moment of the Russian American meeting is similar to the moment which the French people who resisted the Nazism lived, those who most of them belonged to the Socialist and the Communist parties, on the eve of the Normandy’s landings on the beaches of France before the Soviet success of entering to Berlin. Some of them said that the Americans who formed the most advanced version of the capitalism’s development were  not serious about getting rid of the Nazism as a distorted version of the Capitalism, because they would make use of it as a tool to exhaust the Left, to prevent the growing of its global power, and to crush the liberation movements by dual administration that tried to make use of the Soviet force, in addition to the capacities of the resistance movement and the national armies to prevent the expansion of the Nazism, and the turning into an active pole in the international politics, in return they would try to make use of the Nazism through well considered administration to fight it but at the same time to prevent  its fall or its expansion in order to be the alternative balance element which would relieve America from standing against the Soviet Union, the resistance and the liberation movements.

The former French Presidents the late Charles de Gaulle and Francois Mitterrand were sharing the leadership of the French resistance, the first was leading units of the French army that refused to cooperate with the Nazi occupation, and the second was a leader of the popular resistance which was formed from the Socialists and the Communists. The harmony between the two men was a guarantee of the unity of the resistance on the approach to benefit from the American and the Soviet positions in fighting the Nazism, and keeping the liberation of France on one hand, and its independence on the other hand. These two priorities determined the position of the resistance. Therefore De Gaulle was confident of the ability of the resistance which led by Mitterrand and of the credibility of its cooperation with the Soviet support, he accepted to be the connection bridge between the two wings of the resistance and the US forces which started to prepare for the Normandy landings. The idea which the two men formulated for the resistance fighters said that the Americans were serious that time to land on the Normandy because of two reasons; the confidence that the Nazism is able to expand and to stretch unless it is crushed, and the second reason is that the rolling Soviet victory with the cooperation of the national resistance movements in Europe will make the chance of the fall of the Nazism a complete victory for the Soviets, and thus a preparation for their uniqueness in leading the post- war world.

De Gaulle who was in London was providing Mitterrand who was leading the groups of the resistance with whatever data he got, Mitterrand was the philosopher of the resistance and its writer, he formulated in a mediation language between the Left and the sincere nationalism. So that was common thought between him and De Gaulle. the  Normandy’s landings has allowed him to come as a liberation fighter to France without neglecting  his independent national thinking, and what the historical novels showed of the continuous collision between him and the Americans and the British. That has been shown repeatedly in the sixtieth by announcing the determination to get out of the NATO, and after the reach of the Soviet and the American troops to the gates of Berlin, and the liberation of France from the Nazism, De Gaulle and Mitterrand have shared ten years of the common rule of France then they alternated on the rule after that nearly thirty years.

After years that are similar to the years of the Second World War in the American temper in Al-Qaeda organization and making use of it from far as a means for attrition, creating chaos, blackmailing and imposing conditions, and threatening of changing the regional maps., and after years of the bet that Turkey has to play a similar role to the role played by Britain in the Second World War, the steadfastness of Syria accompanied with Russia and Iran succeeded in creating facts that are similar to what has happened after the steadfastness of Moscow and the victories of its army and people in Stalingrad’s battles against the Nazism, and its outburst in the big rolling attack towards Berlin. While the Nazism is revenging by igniting fire in London, as the terrorism ignites the capitals of the West today. But the Turkish President Recep Erdogan is not Winston Churchill; therefore Turkey becomes a burden not a supporter. On the other bank the Syrian President is succeeding in embodying the historic combination of the figures of De Gaulle and Mitterrand, he leads the resistance of his people and army against the new Nazism which is represented by the terrorism that is coming from the confine of the extremism of the atoning thought, and Berlin which is represented today by the Northern and the Eastern of Syria has become under fire, where the Syrian, the Russian and the Iranian allies agree that August is the month of the final word in the war whether the American came or not.

Many think that the Americans are still manipulating with the options and they bet on managing the balances, the matter here is not related to the intentions but to the capacities. Those who think that, are not distinguished that they are the most skeptical of the US intentions which are not indisputable of their badness, but the matter is that the suspicion of the intentions leads many times to understand completely the exaggerated confidence of the capacities, so the weak who is doomed with options is granted the ability of the maneuver which he does not have, as the situation of the Americans on the eve of the invasion of the Normandy. So it can be said that the Americans who are represented today by John Kerry in his negotiations with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov have shared with the Russians secrets for understandings that their allies do not know and they do not want them to know. There is no secret that the Americas are afraid because they admitted finally of the inevitability of the cooperation within an equation in which the Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad forms a touchstone. The ideal landing was in the French Normandy. So it must cooperate with Charles de Gaulle despite the enmity and the hatred which Winston Churchill and Franklin D Roosevelt boasted of against him, as the British Foreign documents about an understanding between Roosevelt and Churchill that reported the lack of confidence of De Gaulle but the inevitability to cooperate with him.

The coming days and weeks are critical as were the days of the Normandy landings and the entry to Berlin. The Third World War approaches of its end, it draws its balances and equations, and it writes the names of its leaders. As the war has shown the name of De Gaulle as a symbol of victory despite the roles of the Soviet and the American armies, and the roles of the leaders as Franklin Roosevelt, Joseph Stalin, and Winston Churchill, the French resistance accompanied with Charles De Gaulle and despite the hatred of Roosevelt and Churchill towards him has entered the pages of the war history as a distinction for achieving the victory on the Nazism, therefore the modern history will record in the war on the new Nazism the name of the Syrian President who is similar to what the US President Barack Obama has said about him what Franklin Roosevelt has said about Charles De Gaulle; I do not like this man and I cannot imagine France under his rule.

Translated by Lina Shehadeh,

كيري لافروف : حملة النورماندي والدخول إلى برلين

ناصر قنديل
– تشبه اللحظة التاريخية للقاء الروسي الأميركي تلك اللحظة التي عاشها المقاومون الفرنسيون للنازية الذين كان أغلبهم ينتمون إلى الحزبين الاشتراكي والشيوعي، عشية إنزال النورماندي على شواطئ فرنسا قبيل النجاح السوفياتي بالدخول إلى برلين، حيث كان بينهم من يقول إنّ الأميركيين الذين يشكلون النسخة الأكثر تطوّراً للرأسمالية، ليسوا جادّين بالتخلص من النازية كنسخة مشوّهة من الرأسمالية، وسيسعون لاستخدامها كأداة لاستنزاف اليسار ومنع تنامي قوته العالمية وسحق حركات التحرّر، بإدارة مزدوجة تسعى لاستخدام القوة السوفياتية ومعها قدرات حركات المقاومة والجيوش الوطنية لمنع تمدّد النازية، والتحوّل إلى قطب فاعل في السياسة الدولية. وفي المقابل سيسعون لاستخدام النازية، عبر إدارة محسوبة للحرب عليها لا تسمح بسقوطها، ولا بتمدّدها، لتكون عنصر التوازن البديل الذي يريح أميركا من الوقوف بوجه الاتحاد السوفياتي وحركات المقاومة والتحرّر.

– كان الرئيسان الفرنسيان السابقان، الراحلان شارل ديغول وفرنسوا ميتران، يتقاسمان قيادة المقاومة الفرنسية، الأول على رأس وحدات من الجيش الفرنسي رفضت التعاون مع الاحتلال النازي، والثاني كقائد للمقاومة الشعبية التي تشكلت من الاشتراكيين والشيوعيين، وكان توافق الرجلين ضمانة لوحدة المقاومة، على منهج الإفادة من الموقفين الأميركي والسوفياتي في قتال النازية، وإبقاء تحرّر فرنسا من جهة واستقلالها من جهة أخرى، الأولويتين اللتين تحدّدان موقف المقاومة، ولذلك وثق ديغول بقدرة المقاومة التي يقودها ميتران وبمصداقية تعاونها مع الدعم السوفياتي، وارتضى أن يكون جسر التواصل بين جناحَي المقاومة والقوات الأميركية التي بدأت تستعدّ لإنزال النورماندي، وكان التشخيص الذي صاغه الرجلان المقاومان يقول إنّ الأميركيين جادّون هذه المرة بالنزول على النورماندي، لسببين وهما الثقة بأنّ النازية قادرة على التمدّد والتوسع ما لم تُسحق، والثاني أنّ الانتصار السوفياتي المتدحرج بالتعاون مع حركات المقاومة الوطنية في أوروبا سيجعل فرصة سقوط النازية، نصراً كاملاً للسوفيات، وبالتالي تمهيداً لتفرّدهم بزعامة عالم ما بعد الحرب.

– كان ديغول المقيم في لندن يزوّد ميتران الموجود على رأس جماعات المقاومة بكلّ ما يرده من معطيات، وكان ميتران فيلسوف المقاومة وكاتبها يصوغ بلغة متوسطة بين اليسار والوطنية الصادقة، ما يجمع تفكيره مع ديغول، الذي أتاح له إنزال النورماندي القدوم كمقاتل محرّر إلى فرنسا، من دون أن يلغي فكره الوطني الاستقلالي، وما تحمله الروايات التاريخية عن تصادم مستمرّ بينه وبين الأميركيين والبريطانيين. وهذا ما ظهر مراراً في الستينيات بإعلانه العزم على الخروج من حلف الأطلسي، وبعد بلوغ القوات السوفياتية والأميركية أبواب برلين، وتحرّر فرنسا من النازية، تشارك ديغول وميتران عشر سنوات من الحكم المشترك لفرنسا، ليتناوبا على حكمها بعد ذلك قرابة الثلاثين عاماً.

– بعد سنوات شبيهة بسنوات الحرب العالمية الثانية في اللعب الأميركي مع تنظيم «القاعدة»، واستخدامه عن بعد كآلة للاستنزاف وخلق الفوضى، والابتزاز وفرض الشروط، والتهديد بتغيير الخرائط الإقليمية، وبعد سنوات من الرهان على أن تلعب تركيا دوراً شبيهاً بالذي لعبته بريطانيا في الحرب العالمية الثانية، ينجح صمود سورية ومن ورائها روسيا وإيران، بخلق وقائع تشبه ما جرى بعد صمود موسكو وانتصارات جيشها وشعبها في معارك ستالينغراد على النازية، واندفاعها في الهجوم الكبير المتدحرج نحو برلين، بينما النازية تنتقم بإشعال النيران في لندن، كما يشعل الإرهاب عواصم الغرب اليوم، ولكن الرئيس التركي رجب أردوغان ليس ونستون تشرشل، فتصير تركيا عبئاً لا سنداً، وعلى الضفة المقابلة ينجح الرئيس السوري بتجسيد جمع تاريخي بين شخصيتَيْ ديغول وميتران، فيقود مقاومة شعبه وجيشه للنازية الجديدة، التي يمثلها الإرهاب الآتي من حضن تطرف فكر التكفير، وتصير برلين، التي يمثلها اليوم شمال وشرق سورية تحت النار، ويتوافق الحلفاء السوري والروسي والإيراني على أنّ شهر آب هو شهر الكلمة الفصل في الحرب، سواء جاء الأميركي أم لم يأتِ.

– يعتقد الكثيرون أنّ الأميركيين لا زالوا يتلاعبون بالخيارات، ويراهنون على القفز فوق الحبال وإدارة التوازنات فيها. والأمر هنا ليس بالنيات بل بالقدرات، فالذين يظنّون ذلك لا يتميّزون بأنهم الأشدّ شكوكاً بالنيات الأميركية التي لا يختلف إثنان على سوئها، بل الأمر أنّ الشك في النيات يتسبطن أحياناً كثيرة ثقة مبالغاً بها في القدرات، فيمنح الضعيف والمحكوم بالخيارات قدرة المناورة التي لا يملكها، كما كان عليه حال الأميركيين عشية غزو النورماندي. ولذلك يمكن القول إنّ الأميركيين الذين يمثلهم اليوم جون كيري في مفاوضاته مع نظيره الروسي سيرغي لافروف، صاروا يملكون مع الروس أسراراً لتفاهمات، لا يعرفها حلفاؤهم، ولا يريدون لهم أن يعرفوها، وليس من سرّ يخشاه الأميركيون مثل أنهم سلّموا أخيراً بحتمية التعاون ضمن معادلة يشكل الرئيس السوري بشار الأسد بيضة القبان فيها، فالإنزال الأمثل هو في النورماندي الفرنسية، ويجب التعاون مع شارل ديغول، رغم الحقد والكراهية التي يجاهر بها نحوه ونستون تشرشل وفرانكلين روزفلت، بمثل ما تنقل وثائق الخارجية البريطانية عن تفاهم روزفلت وتشرشل على عدم الثقة بديغول، رغم حتمية التعاون معه.

الأيام والأسابيع المقبلة حاسمة مثلما كانت أيام النزول على النورماندي والدخول إلى برلين، فحرب عالمية ثالثة تقترب من نهاياتها، وترسم توازناتها ومعادلاتها، وتُكتب أسماء قادتها، ومثلما حملت الحرب اسم ديغول رمزاً للنصر، رغم أدوار الجيوش السوفياتية والأميركية، وأدوار قادة مثل فرانكلين روزفلت وجوزف ستالين وونستون تشرشل، دخلت المقاومة الفرنسية ومعها شارل ديغول رغم كراهية روزفلت وتشرشل له وحقدهما عليه، صفحات تاريخ الحرب كعلامة فارقة لصناعة النصر على النازية، سيكتب التاريخ الحديث في سجل الحرب على النازية الجديدة اسم الرئيس السوري، الذي يشبه ما قاله فيه الرئيس الأميركي باراك أوباما ما قاله فرانكلين روزفلت بشارل ديغول، لا أحبّ هذا الرجل ولا أستطيع تخيّل فرنسا وهو يحكمها.

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Turkey Warms To Russia; Pipeline, Sanctions To Be Discussed, Qatar Blames KSA, UAE For Coup

JULY 28, 2016
It’s been over a week since the Turkish coup has taken place and still no one definitively knows what happened, who was behind it, and who was originally meant to benefit. It is rather obvious now that, since the coup did not succeed, Erdogan will find himself in a much safer position domestically than before it took place by virtue of the massive governmental and military purge that has taken place in its aftermath. Internationally, however, is another question.
Still, no one fully knows whether or not Erdogan was actually set to benefit from the coup to begin with. Was Erdogan behind the coup himself? Was Fethullah Gulen behind the coup? Were the nationalists behind the coup? Did Erdogan and the United States stage the coup together to allow for a crackdown and double-down on the nationalist faction? Was the coup actually the work of the United States attempting to overthrow Erdogan over his previous moves toward warming relations with Russia? All of these questions have been asked but none have yielded any definitive answer.
What is certain, however, is that Erdogan’s behavior in the weeks after the coup will tell us more about who was actually behind the coup.
While it is still too early to tell who organized the coup or even to fully analyze Erdogan’s behavior afterwards, some recent developments are notable.
For instance, on August 9, Erdogan is expected to travel to St. Petersburg, Russia in order to take part in talks with Vladimir Putin for the purposes of speeding up the repair of Turkish/Russian relations.
Announcing the August 9 visit, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek stated that Russia “isn’t just our close and friendly neighbor, but also a strategic partner.”
“Today,” he said. “we are here to normalize the situation and our relations as soon as possible and at an accelerated pace since they were disrupted on November 24.” Simsek was referring to the downing of the Russian jet fighter over Syria by Turkey that took place months ago.
Bloomberg news describes the upcoming meeting in glowing terms and as more than a mere diplomatic formality. The agency writes,
The attempt to overthrow Erdogan has turbo-charged efforts to restore ties between Turkey and Russia that were already under way after the crisis over the warplane. The rapprochement may even lead to a political realignment in the region. Erdogan has drawn strong criticism from the U.S. and other NATO allies for a sweeping crackdownon tens of thousands of alleged opponents following the failed coup, while Turkey has heaped praise on Russia for its support since the crisis erupted on July 15.
Simsek emphasized Turkey’s gratitude to Russia at the talks with Dvorkovich on restoring economic ties, saying: “You supported democracy, supported the government. Thank you very much.”
. . . . .
Turkey received “unconditional support” from Russia over the coup attempt, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said in an interview to Haberturk TV on Monday. He also said anti-U.S. sentiment is rising in the country after the failed revolt.
Putin ordered the Russian government last month to begin lifting sanctions imposed on Turkey after Erdogan sent a letter offering “sympathy and profound condolences” to the family of the pilot who died when Turkey shot down his plane during the November mission to bomb Islamic State and other militants in Syria.
Putin had accused Turkey of a “stab in the back” for downing the jet and railed against the “ruling gang” in Ankara, as Russia retaliated with a ban on charter flights that harmed tourism and sanctions on imports of some Turkish fruits and vegetables. In December, Russia directly accused Erdogan’s family of being involved in illegal oil trading with Islamic State, a charge Turkey rejected.
Bloomberg also mentions a renewed interest and hope for the Turkish-Stream pipeline. It reports,
Turkey confirmed interest in resuming the Turkish Stream gas-pipeline project, Alexander Medvedev, deputy chief executive officer of Gazprom PJSC, told reporters after taking part in talks between Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak and Zeybekci. A decision on an agreement will be made after Putin and Erdogan meet, he said.
Russia shelved talks in December on the planned Black Sea link that would make Turkey a linchpin in Europe’s energy supplies by 2020, with Gazprom saying the route was still possible if political relations improved.
Meanwhile, Turkey continues to launch accusations against the United States and demand, to no avail at least at the current time, that Fethullah Gulen be extradited. Some sources in Turkey have even pointed the finger at U.S. Commander Of The International Security Assistance Force, a NATO-led security mission in Afghanistan, as the organizer of the coup. Pro-Erdogan Turkish newspaper Yeni Safak reports,
A former U.S. commander of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), a NATO-led security mission in Afghanistan, was the organizer of the July 15 military coup attempt in Turkey, sources said.
General John F. Campbell was one of the top figures who organized and managed the soldiers behind the failed coup attempt in Turkey, sources close to ongoing legal process of pro-coup detainees said.
Campbell also managed more than $2 billion money transactions via UBA Bank in Nigeria by using CIA links to distribute among the pro-coup military personnel in Turkey.
The ongoing investigation unveiled that Campbell had paid at least two secret visits to Turkey since May, until the day of the coup attempt.
The coup plot that was foiled by the comprehensive effort of Turkish Nation, including its citizens, politicians, media and police forces, was organized by the Fethullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) led-by so-called cleric Fethullah Gülen who has been living in self-exile in America for several years.
American Intelligence, Military and other institutions are accused of supporting the FETO leader Gülen and his gangs for the military coup.
Military sources said Campbell, who was the commander of ISAF between August 26, 2014 and May 1, 2016, had made some top secret meetings in Erzurum military base and Adana İnicrlik Airbase.
İncirlik Airbase has been used by the U.S. Military for conducting the anti-Daesh campaign in Syria.
Military sources said that Campbell was the man, who directed the process of trending / blacklisting the military officers in the base.
If the coup attempt was successful, Campbell would visit Turkey in a short time, according to the sources.
The Nigeria branch of the United Bank of Africa (UBA) was the main base for the last six-months of money transactions for the coup plotters.
Millions of dollars of money has been transferred from Nigeria to Turkey by a group of CIA personnel.
The money, which has been distributed to an 80-person special team of the CIA, was used to convince pro-coup generals.
More than 2 billion dollars were distributed during the process leading to the coup.
After taking money from their bank accounts, the CIA team hand delivered it to the terrorists under the military dresses.
In the Persian Gulf, accusations are also starting to circulate with Qatar’s Minister of State for Defense claiming that both Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates supported the coup. According to Khalid al-Attiyah, “This document [which he posted on his twitter account]reveals that a Saudi Emir and a top Emirati military official have been aware, in advance, of an imminent plot to topple the Turkish President through their participation in the Anatolian Eagle maneuvers held last May. However, they refrained from informing the Turkish authorities.” According to the document, the coup was scheduled for August but took place on July 15th.
Likewise, fallout is taking place in Europe with the EU warning Erdogan that his reaction to the coup may jeopardize his chances of being admitted into the EU. In fact, Brussels has warned that, if Turkey decides to go ahead with its reinstatement of the death penalty for the putchists, its bid for membership would be effectively over.
These recent developments (a greater trend toward Russia and continued shaky relations with Europe and the United States) tend to lend credence to claims by those suggesting that the coup was initiated by West (the United States in particular) as a response to Turkey’s recent warming of relations with Russia. These individuals claim that the U.S., in fear that they were losing an ally and useful pawn in the war against Syria to Russia, attempted to overthrow Erdogan and replace him with a more amenable government or, at the very least, frighten Erdogan into playing ball.
One such individual is researcher and analyst, Mimi al-Laham (aka Syrian Girl, Partisan Girl). She says,
“I don’t believe it [the coup] is [an inside job], the man had to go on FaceTime to tell his people to come out in the streets and protest, it was quite humiliating! The reason I don’t believe it was, it’s because a few days before the coup, about 4 days, Turkey started making statements that they were sorry for shooting down the Russian jet, and they wanted to re-affirm their alliance with Russia, and they wanted to get closer to their regional allies. This was like a few days or weeks after Brexit. Basically, the EU wasn’t the same EU anymore.. and the Turkey wasn’t desperate to join it any-more, so Turkey decided to maybe come up with a different Foreign Policy, and Turkey is also unhappy with the agenda to create a Kurdish state in Syria, because that is going to create a Kurdish state in Turkey as well, and of-course, it is going to displace the Christian and Syrian population in Syria as a result, but I guess those people don’t matter, as long as the agenda is pushed.
But, Erdogan is / has been a criminal for the last 4 years, and there is no doubt that he has supported terrorism up until this day, but, he is not the biggest criminal: the biggest criminals were his puppet masters which were in the White House, because, obviously, those people are far more powerful, and those people – there is a lot of indication that it was actually the CIA that was behind it. There were reports that came out that Russia actually tipped off the Turks : the leader behind the coup is in Washington, and Washington has refused to extradite him.
If you look at the Media, the Main Stream Media, for some reason, even though we have been calling Erdogan a terrorist supporter for ages, only now have they decided: “Yep! Oh yea, yea, he is a terrorist supporter.”
France, just before the Nice attacks, or – I’m not quite sure but at-least before the coup, they shut down their Embassy in Turkey. I mean, France has made statements now that Erdogan can no longer be a partner against terror. It’s a joke, cause France itself has been openly arming terror for the last 4 years, and, of-course, so has Turkey : so what’s really going on is France is angry that Turkey is choosing to go a different way now, it’s leaning now towards trying to reverse the disaster it has created for itself, with this instability, with economic problems with Russia, taking advice and shooting down a Russian jet, all because they wanted to join the EU – which is on its way to collapsing.
This is how I read the situation, and I think that *the idea that they did it to themselves.. uhm, I think it comes from a hate and distrust of Erdogan, like a lack of understanding as to why sometimes puppets are just thrown away when they are no longer doing what they are told, or they are no longer useful – which – you know, it’s a confusing situation, but no, many people died, people are in exile, coup leaders are in jail, I don’t think he did it to himself, I think that Russia tipped him off about a CIA agent to get rid of him, and put in some-one else that was gonna maintain the status-quo, and not try to make friends with Russia.”
Still, as Tony Cartalucci writes in his article “Turkey’s Failed Coup A Gift From God,” if the United States was truly involved in the Turkish coup or even if the U.S. had merely facilitated the coup via the Gulen Movement, Turkey’s response has been “disproportionately subdued.” “No one is suggesting that Turkey would “go to war” with the United States,” writes Cartalucci, “but even amid diplomatic rows of far lesser significance, nations have expelled diplomats and withdrawn the use of their territory for specific uses by the nation in question. Turkey, so far, has done none of this in regards to the United States.”
If the U.S. was truly involved in the Turkish coup one would expect a number of actions to follow the incident. First, as Cartalucci suggests, we would expect to see the expulsion of diplomats and the expulsion of U.S. forces from Turkish territory, namely Incirlik Air Base. We would expect the closure of the rather large American embassy in Ankara. Likewise, Turkey would then be forced to rethink its membership in NATO since, despite the organization being based upon the concept of “collective defense,” no one came to Turkey’s aid even though the coup would be considered an overt act of war against the Turkish government.
We would also expect to see Turkey move closer to Russia, Iran, and possibly China as well as some elements of Europe. While international developments are clearly still in flux, we have seen at least some signs that Turkey is moving closer to Russia but, interestingly enough, signs that Turkey may be moving further away from Europe.
So there still stands as a distinct possibility that the United States was indeed involved in the coup but that it was not alone.
At this point in time, we can only watch and gauge the reactions of Turkey and the subsequent behavior of the Erdogan government. Will Turkey engage in punitive measures or will it double down against Syria, Russia, Iran, and political dissent within the country? Without being privy to inside information, Turkey’s behavior will tell us all we need to know in regards to who was behind this coup.
If Erdogan did indeed conspire with the United States to stage a coup and provide a pretext for a massive crackdown and purge of his political enemies, then the man known for narcissism and delusions of grandeur made one hell of a gutsy move that appears to be paying dividends in the form of solidifying his control over the country. If this is case, then Turkey is in for an even rougher ride and, unfortunately, so is Syria.
Brandon Turbeville – article archive here – is the author of seven books, Codex Alimentarius — The End of Health Freedom7 Real ConspiraciesFive Sense Solutions and Dispatches From a Dissident, volume 1 andvolume 2The Road to Damascus: The Anglo-American Assault on Syria, and The Difference it Makes: 36 Reasons Why Hillary Clinton Should Never Be President. Turbeville has published over 650 articles on a wide variety of subjects including health, economics, government corruption, and civil liberties. Brandon Turbeville’s radio show Truth on The Tracks can be found every Monday night 9 pm EST at UCYTV. His website is He is available for radio and TV interviews. Please contact activistpost (at)


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In The Name Of Freedom

Friday, July 29, 2016

Hanin Elias
July 29, 2016

I grew up in Syria as a child. My childhood was filled with happy memories surrounded by my family in Damascus and Aleppo. They belong to the Christian minorities but never encountered any problems related to that. Of course, there was always some Islamist extremism that lurked into the country but a very wide majority of Sunni Muslims took it easy, enjoyed secular Syria, and took some pride in being part of a country that had managed to live peacefully and united for decades.

When I see the news about the “civil war,” knowing that reality is different by being in touch with real Syrians in the country, I can only say that I have enough of this charade… It is a planned “uprising” engineered in order to further control the Middle East. This wasn’t just pushed by democracy-loving protesters. It is well-organized stratagem planned by foreign countries. Chemical weapons and attacks on hospitals have been used by chosen so-called “moderate” rebels to create more reasons for the West to fight Assad and the Syrian people who lived in secular conditions without religious struggle – including Christians, all sort of Muslims, and other religions.

Saudi Arabia is Syria’s enemy because the Saudi’s stand for Wahhabism and are not tolerant towards religious freedom or musical, artistic or female expression. If Assad fell, democracy would not be the alternative; it would be a Sharia government in its most primitive way!

There are geopolitical interests at work as well of course, and this war has been planned by the CIA and the Pentagon to complete a global long-term plan to control the Middle East and its resources.

Assad was elected by 80 % of the Syrian people, so why are we funding the rebels who want to install the Sharia law and oppress and behead people? Why would we support the very people who committed 9/11? The answer is that, if Assad is gone, the U.S. and Saudi Arabia can build a gas pipeline and Israel can sell the oil they found on the stolen Golan Heights, Iran can be attacked next and so on.

At the moment, it is Russia, Hezbollah and the Syrian Arab Army (all Syrians with different religions united) who are fighting ISIS and thousands of internationally recruited terrorists. Of course the U.S., Turkey, the Saudis and Israel are not happy about this because they profit from destabilizing Syria just as they did with Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya. If nobody funded the rebels, this war would be over and the refugees would be able to safely go home. But then the economy of all foreign arm dealers would stagnate. The more people die and shoot each other, the more they earn. They even fund different groups that fight each other just to keep the dollar rolling!

Imperialist megalomaniac ideas clash with the Eastern wish of staying authentic and untouchable make the possibility of a World War 3 awfully real. All the chaos that has been created by the U.S., Saudi Arabia and NATO in the Middle East is a crime against humanity. The U.S. sending troops without an invitation from the legally elected government is illegitimate!

Syria took in Palestinian, Greek, Armenian and Iraqi refugees, gave them free healthcare and school education even in times of drought and sanctions. This is something the U.S. cannot even do for their own people in their best economic days. But because nobody is trained to see the complexity of all that’s happening, people fall for simple explanations and blame Assad, call him a tyrant or bloody dictator. At the same time, the so called “freedom fighters” and “moderate rebels”, who are actually Al Qaida , Al Nusra Front and other Islamic extremists, are painted as good and freedom-lovers by a heavily corrupt western media.

They support their propaganda with millions of dollars to get it down our throats just like the weapons of mass destruction lie in Iraq. The U.S. is known for installing puppet governments in order to move forward with their own interests. I’m sick of it and I want the mainstream press to go to Syria and see for themselves what is happening. I want them to represent the Syrian people and not the terrorists who came to destroy and destabilize the country, displacing its people and who are now starting to destabilize Europe.

I have honestly never seen so many lies in the news as with this invasion, this proxy war in Syria. So many sources have been used to brainwash the people of the West, most notably that of the western press and the so-called humanitarian organizations who attempt to legitimize the horror.

No government and its people should have to accept a foreign-backed regime change for the worse.

The destabilization is doing nothing but providing us with the destruction of worldwide artifacts, loss of culture and the last Muslim and Christian people who spoke the tongue of Christ. These people are now dead, kidnapped, tortured, raped, sold as slaves, and displaced.

How can we accept this in the name of Freedom?

Hanin Elias was born 1972 in Wittlich, Germany. Daughter of a Syrian doctor and a German doctor’s assistant. She spent her childhood in Damascus and Aleppo. Co founder of the Band Atari Teenage Riot, Founder of Fatal Recordings, and political activist, she toured with Rage against the Machine, Wutang Clan, and Nine Inch Nails. She has also released an album under the name “Fantôme” entitled It All Makes Sense. Elias has released 13 albums as a solo artist. 


Ziad Fadel

ALEPPO:  In Handaraat Camp, occupied by the U.S.-supported Nooreddeen Al-Zangi gang of terrorist child-killers, Syrian Army commandos helped by local Palestinians drew a bead on this wretch named ‘Aamir Sha’baan, killing him instantly with a shot to the neck.  He was a major field commander for the gang of mass murdering, mostly foreign, jihadist cockroaches in the Handaraat Camp and played a part in the beheading spectacle of the innocent 13-year old ‘Abdullah ‘Issaa. (See photo below):

That’s the cockroach in the lower left hand corner of the photo which has gone viral.  Gee.  I wonder who wanted to kill him? He also seems high on Captagon.


Deputy Secretary of the Ba’ath Party Regional Command, Hilaal Al-Hilaal, meets with residents of Bani Zayd after its liberation by the Syrian Army and its allies.  Dr. Assad requested his presence there and in Al-Layramoon and Al-Ashrafiyya there to assure the citizens of the continuing concern for their well-being.


Comrade Al-Hilaal, seen here also helping to inaugurate the opening of the brand new Medical Complex for the Physician’s Union in Al-Hamdaaniyya.





People are ecstatic in the Mogambo District after the SAA’s monumental victory. (Thanks, Khaled)

Syrian soldiers prepare for the final assault in Aleppo.  (Photo sent by Khaled Nawaz Al-Nouri)

Displaced Syrians in Damascus receive 4.5 tons of food from the Russian Federation. (Thanks, Khaled)

Abu Muhammad Al-Jawlaani, a native of Dayr El-Zor, but, whose nom de guerre is meant to throw off those who try to pin down his actual origins.  His real name is Usaamaa Al-‘Absi Al-Waahidi.  He claims to have disconnected his group, a Robert Ford creation called Jabhat Al-Nusra (The Front for Assistance), from its mother organization, Al-Qaeda.  The gesture is most certainly related to the SAA’s conquest of Aleppo and the seemingly endless numbers of defectors from his criminal enterprise.  His televised speech was taped and delivered in Jordan.

Syrian residents of Bani Zayd and other recently liberated quarters of the northern capital have begun leaving the area in large number through 3 corridors established for them by the government.  Initially, the rodent terrorists would not permit them to leave and persisted in sniping at families carrying their only moveable property.  After 3 days, when the rats took note that Syrian members of terrorist gangs could actually be granted amnesty, they relented and stopped sniping.  Some stories are emerging about former terrorists turning their guns on foreign rodents who were not willing to consider surrender.  Of course, as you all know, the SAA turns foreigners over to the militias for “dispensation”, so to speak, after they have been interrogated.  The majority of civilians are passing out of Bani Zayd through the Salaahuddeen Quarter and into safety.

The number of Syrian terrorists who have surrendered has just passed the 400 mark as I am writing this article on Sunday, July 31, 2016, at 10:20 EDT.



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Jewish Power In Decline

By Gilad Atzmon

The Jewish lobby is peeved with Baroness Tonge because she shared an article about ‘Jewish power.’

The horrid Time of Israel writes, ‘It emerged that the anti-Israel peer had earlier shared an article about ‘Jewish power’ being behind Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s current woes.”

Yours truly is the author of the article Baroness Tonge shared. Apparently, the Lobby doesn’t like it when their opponents openly exchange ideas. After all, Jewish power it the power to silence criticism of Jewish power. Yet, the fact that I dare to publicly criticise Jewish power and the Baroness circulated the critique suggests that Jewish power is in a sharp decline.

Here is an interesting twist.  Yesterday I was told that Hasbara agent Gary Spedding,  exposed on this page last week, was active behind the scenes exerting pressure on the hero humanist baroness Tonge.

On his FB page, Spedding expressed ‘deep concerns’ regarding Baroness Tongesharing an article written by Gilad Atzmon. Spedding, who is notorious for being stupid as well as treacherous, insists that Jewish power is a known anti-Semitic trope. Someone should help Spedding to figure out that for people who live in the USA, Britain and France, Jewish Power is the medium through which our politics is taking place.


In bed with the ardent ultra Zionist Jewish lobbyist in Britain; Spedding discusses with Moshe how to expel the Baroness from the Liberal Democrat Party.

The verdict is clear. The time is long overdue for the Palestinian solidarity movement to clean its ranks or just fade away. 

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