The last quarter of war …. And Al Sayyed Nasrallah الربع الأخير من ساعة الحرب… والسيد

The last quarter of war …. And Al Sayyed Nasrallah

أغسطس 31, 2018

Written by Nasser Kandil,

As the War of July 2006 symbolizes the open confrontation between the resistance as a project of liberation and the occupation entity as a project of aggression, every subsequent round of this confrontation can be described as the new aspect of the War of July. This can be applied also on the rounds of the Lebanese internal exhaustion of the resistance between the War of July 2006 and the Doha Settlement in 2008 which ended the presidential vacancy and the abnormal governmental situation, after the last quarter of the internal decision of the government of the Prime Minister Fouad Al Siniora  about uprooting the communications network of the resistance, and which was ended on the seventh of May 2008,  when the resistance was obliged for the first time to deal with the internal differences  not from its additive value, rather from its surplus power in the field even for few hours.

In his pre-last speech the Secretary-General of Hezbollah Al Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah described the war launched on Syria for eight years as the Great War of July, after everything became very clear, and after it was clear the presence of the project of the alliance of the American-Israeli-Saudi War of July, that aims at achieving the same goals of the War of July but in new geography, trying to benefit from the lessons of the War of July, most importantly to be away from the direct confrontation, to tamper with the internal structure, to ignite the sectarian  strife, to spread chaos, and to make use of the takfiri terrorism as a reserve army, so this enables administrating the war without the involvement of waging it directly, and provides the negotiating opportunities to impose the conditions of this axis on the forces of the resistance as an only way to stop this destructive war on Syria and the region countries.

The resistance axis succeeded in embracing the Great War of July in its internal Syrian dimension due to the strength and solidity of the Syrian state, the political, cultural, and historical dimensions of the collective conscience of the Syrian people in their different segments, and the solid ideological composition of the Syrian Arab Army and the impossibility of dismantling it, according to the red lines of sects and doctrines.  Moreover the axis of the resistance succeeded due to the surplus power of Iran and Hezbollah to achieve the needed military balance against the surplus of power of the external intelligence military forces along with hundreds of thousands of the fighters of Al-Qaeda Organization and its branches, so the required deterrence balance for overthrowing Syria has been achieved. Later, the axis of the resistance succeeded due to the strategic decision taken by Russia and the Syrian state to purge Syria of the foreign presence and the terrorist groups through adopting the opposite attack to restore the unity and the sovereignty of Syria over its entire geography without giving any concessions at the expense of Syria’s constants and its geostrategic identity. Therefore the project of dividing Syria and the sharing of its parts as security belts for Israel and Turkey has fallen. The Great War of July has become in its last quarter after the failure of every negotiation for a settlement that achieves some of the goals of the war, as the last moments of negotiation which accompanied the last days of the War of July 2006.

It seemed that the events of the last year have been planned to meet this last quarter by the leadership of the war axis to undermine the additive value of the victory axis in Syria represented by Hezbollah. The US withdrawal from the nuclear understanding and the return to the severe sanctions on Iran became a project to weaken the sources of strength of Hezbollah, after the Americans conceded the impossibility of Iran’s siege of reducing the ceiling of its positions or to spread the chaos in it. Furthermore, the supportive American procedures to Israel regarding the fate of Jerusalem or the talking about the deal of the century seem without any goal except, igniting the hostile force of Israel in order to weaken Hezbollah for a decisive confrontation if its circumstances were provided, thus Yemen, Iraq, and Palestine become arenas for waiting till the Lebanese scene becomes clear, where the detention of the Prime Minister Saad Al-Hariri in Riyadh to tame him and to make him ready for the next round is just a round of the last quarter of war.

Between Idlib and the east of Euphrates, the military and the political hours of resolving are passing very quickly, where America is seeking to disrupt them in order to pave the way for the round which must preceded it, where Lebanon is its arena. Therefore, the obstruction of the birth of a government with unattainable demands will not be mere an exaggeration of internal sizes, rather a needed waiting for the resolution of the international tribunal which the preparation for it have become an entry for the criminalization of Hezbollah and the call to exclude it from the government. The plan would not be complete in Washington, Tel Aviv, and Riyadh without the cooperation of those in Lebanon. Therefore, the governmental process has become related to the concept of the national security of the axis of the resistance, while the international tribunal has become a direct tool of war. This is the meaning of the words of Al Sayyed Nasrallah “Do not play with fire” “This is not negotiable. Period”  because this playing in the last quarter of the last round of the Great War of July is recalling what happened in 2008 in the last quarter of the small War of July and will ignite a regional fire as the seventh of May, where the tribunal and the government will fall as long as the wisdom has fallen before… This the meaning of the warning of Al Sayyed of playing with fire ‘to return to wisdom, before some Lebanese will turn into just fuel for an Israeli war which is not desired by the resistance but it does not fear it, because it is aware that it will change the face of the whole region in the twenty-first century if it occurs.

Translated by Lina Shehadeh,

 

الربع الأخير من ساعة الحرب… والسيد

أغسطس 28, 2018

ناصر قنديل

– بمقدار ما ترمز حرب تموز 2006 إلى المواجهة المفتوحة بين المقاومة كمشروع للتحرير وكيان الاحتلال كمشروع للعدوان، يمكن وصف كل جولة لاحقة من هذه المواجهة بالفصل الجديد من حرب تموز. وهكذا كانت جولات الاستنزاف الداخلي اللبنانية للمقاومة بين حرب تموز 2006 وتسوية الدوحة عام 2008 التي أنهت الفراغ الرئاسي والوضع الحكومي الشاذ، بعد ربع أخير في الساعة الداخلية آنذاك تمثل بقرار حكومة الرئيس فؤاد السنيورة باقتلاع شبكة الاتصالات الخاصة بالمقاومة، أنهته عملية قيصرية في السابع من أيار 2008 شكلت المرة الأولى لاضطرار المقاومة للانتقال من معاملة الخلافات الداخلية بقيمتها المضافة إلى استحضار فائض قوتها في الميدان، ولو لساعات قليلة.

– وصف الأمين العام لحزب الله السيد حسن نصرالله في خطابه ما قبل الأخير، الحرب التي شنت على سورية لثمان سنوات بحرب تموز الكبرى، باعتبارها بعدما صار كل شيء فيها شديد الوضوح، قد تكشفت عن مشروع حلف حرب تموز الأميركي الإسرائيلي السعودي لتحقيق أهداف حرب تموز ذاتها في جغرافيا جديدة، محاولين الإفادة من دروس حرب تموز، وأولها الابتعاد عن المواجهة المباشرة والخاطفة، والذهاب للعبث بالنسيج الداخلي واللعب على الفتن الطائفية والمذهبية، وتعميم الفوضى واستثمار الإرهاب التكفيري كجيش رديف، ما يتيح إدارة الحرب لسنوات دون التورط في خوضها مباشرة، ويوفر الفرص التفاوضية لفرض شروط هذا المحور على قوى المقاومة كطريق وحيد لوقف هذه الحرب المدمرة لسورية ودول المنطقة.

– نجح محور المقاومة باحتواء حرب تموز الكبرى ببعدها الداخلي السوري بفضل قوة ومتانة ورسوخ مشروع الدولة السورية، والأبعاد السياسية والثقافية والتاريخية للوجدان الجمعي للشعب السوري بشرائحه المختلفة، والتركيب العقائدي الصلب للجيش العربي السوري واستحالة تفكيكه وفقاً لخطوط التماس المرسومة للطوائف والمذاهب. كما نجح محور المقاومة بفضل فائض القوة الذي زجّت به إيران وحزب الله بتحقيق التوازن العسكري المطلوب بوجه فائض القوة الخارجي العسكري والمخابراتي، ومعه مئات آلاف مقاتلي تنظيم القاعدة ومتفرعاته، فتحقق ميزان الردع اللازم لمشروع إسقاط سورية، وفي مرحلة لاحقة نجح محور المقاومة بفضل القرار الاستراتيجي الذي اتخذته روسيا وإيران والدولة السورية بتطهير سورية من الوجود الأجنبي والمجموعات الإرهابية، بإطلاق الهجوم المعاكس لاستعادة وحدة وسيادة سورية على كامل جغرافيتها، دون تقديم أي تنازلات على حساب ثوابت سورية وهويتها الجيوستراتيجية. فسقط مشروع تقسيم سورية أو تقاسم أطرافها كأحزمة أمنية لـ«إسرائيل» وتركيا، وصارت حرب تموز الكبرى في الربع الأخير من ساعة النهاية، بعدما فشل كل تفاوض لتسوية تحقق بعض أهداف مشروع الحرب، أسوة بلحظات التفاوض الأخيرة التي رافقت آخر أيام حرب تموز 2006.

– تبدو أحداث السنة الماضية وكأنها قد صممت لملاقاة هذا الربع الأخير من الساعة، من قبل قيادة محور الحرب للنيل من رأس الحربة والقيمة المضافة لمحور النصر في سورية، الذي يمثله حزب الله، فيكاد يختصر الانسحاب الأميركي من التفاهم النووي والعودة للعقوبات المشددة على إيران ليصير مشروعاً لتجفيف مصادر قوة حزب الله، بعدما سلّم الأميركيون باستحالة أن يؤدي حصار إيران لخفض سقف مواقفها أو لإطلاق مسار الفوضى فيها. وتكاد الخطوات الأميركية الداعمة لـ«إسرائيل» في مصير القدس أو الحديث عن صفقة القرن، أن تبدو بلا قضية سوى تحفيز القوة العدوانية لإسرائيل تمهيداً لملاقاة شروط إضعاف حزب الله بالجهوزية لجولة مواجهة حاسمة إذا توافرت ظروفها. وهنا لا يعود اليمن ولا العراق ولا فلسطين إلا ساحات انتظار، حتى تتبلور صورة المشهد اللبناني، حيث يظهر معنى احتجاز رئيس الحكومة سعد الحريري في الرياض لترويضه وتهيئته للجولة المقبلة، جولة الربع الأخير من ساعة الحرب.

– بين إدلب وشرق الفرات تسير عقارب ساعة الحسم السياسي والعسكري بسرعة، ويسعى الأميركي جاهداً لعرقلتها، لإفساح المجال للجولة التي يجب أن تسبقها ويكون لبنان مسرحها، فلا تبقى عرقلة ولادة الحكومة بمطالب تعجيزية مجرد تكبير أحجام داخلي، بل انتظار مطلوب لقرار المحكمة الدولية الذي بات التمهيد له كمدخل لتجريم حزب الله والدعوة لاستبعاده عن الحكومة، والخطة لا تستقيم لواضعيها في واشنطن وتل ابيب والرياض بلا استجابة المطلوب شراكتهم في بيروت. وبات الأمر الحكومي الآن، أمراً يرتبط بمفهوم الأمن القومي لمحور المقاومة، كما باتت المحكمة آلة حرب مباشرة. وهذا معنى كلام السيد نصرالله «لا تلعبوا بالنار» و»نقطة عالسطر»، لأن هذا اللعب في الربع الأخير من الساعة بجولة أخيرة من حرب تموز الكبرى، تستعيد بحجم أكبر ما جرى عام 2008 في ربع الساعة الأخير من حرب تموز الصغرى، سيجلب حريقاً بحجم 7 ايار كبرى إقليمية وليست لبنانية فقط، تسقط فيه المحكمة والحكومة طالما أن المحكمة تكون قد سقطت قبلهما، والمطلوب ألا تسقط الحكمة…

لا تلعبوا بالنار»!… لماذا قالها السيد نصرالله؟

«لا تلعبوا بالنار»!… لماذا قالها السيد نصرالله؟

هذا مغزى تحذير السيد من اللعب بالنار، العودة للحكمة، قبل أن يتحول البعض من اللبنانيين إلى مجرد وقود لحرب إسرائيلية، لا تريدها المقاومة لكنها لا تخشاها، لأنها تدرك أنها ستغير وجه المنطقة وتأخذ معها الكثير من أوثان وأصنام المنطقة في القرن الحادي والعشرين عندما تقع.

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Ibrahim’s Palestine…

Hussein Samawarchi

Traveling is a wonderful activity. It lets you see other parts of this beautiful Earth and the wonderful people living throughout. All, of course, given that your journey has not been a forceful one, just like that of Ibrahim.

Ibrahim, an elderly gentleman I had the pleasure and honor of meeting in Latin America, was an incredibly educated 84-year-old Palestinian with a memory so vivid, he could describe colors of clothes he had seen 75 years ago. He truly was a universal human that got along with everyone he met. Sometimes, we would be seated in a café enjoying coffee and he would start chatting with strangers across tables. It is actually how I met him; an elderly stranger who introduced himself as a refugee from Palestine asked me if I was from the Middle East on account of my facial features and a friendship followed.

An unforgettable hometown

You would think that a man who has lived his adult life in so many different countries would not remember the place where he was born; or, at least, would not be so attached to it.

This was not the case with Ibrahim. During the time that I knew him, Palestine always found a way to surface in our conversations. He spoke about the country where he was born and raised with so much pride. Actually, one of the first things he ever told me was “Ana min Beit Jala” (Arabic for: I am from Beit Jala), and he said it with a gleamy face and dreamy eyes. He remembered how, although they were a family of five at home, their house almost always had at least three more people sleeping there.

Ibrahim’s father belonged to an educated elite who held secret night meetings to organize a resistance against the British and the danger of the new population being injected into the country. According to Ibrahim, he would share a big bed with his two other siblings and his mother while his father and friends would stay up most of the evening writing leaflets against what had become an inescapable national tragedy.

Uncle Dawood’s oranges

Ibrahim always spoke of the oranges of Palestine. He liked to repeat the story of how his father had a best friend called Dawood who happened to be a Palestinian Jew. Dawood lived in what Ibrahim calls ‘the old Jerusalem’ and was a great supporter of the movement against the British occupation. Ibrahim refers to his father’s best friend as ‘Ammoo Dawood’ as a sign of respect (Ammoo in Arabic means Uncle.)

The story Ibrahim liked repeating was that Ammoo Dawood never came to visit without bringing something along with him – usually sweets or concentrated homemade juice. It’s an Arab custom to bring something along when visiting someone’s home. That evening, when Ibrahim and his siblings were about to sleep, Dawood had come to sleep over and had brought oranges with him. They could smell them in their bed; the scent remained in their house for two days. Ibrahim says that the scent of Palestinian oranges is still stuck in his nose after all these years. He always follows this short story with the statement ‘no wonder they wanted to steal our land.’

The death of a priest

Dawood informed his best friend that he was going to take his family to live in England because they were all in danger. Ibrahim remembers that day especially well because it was when Dawood had come to visit in a car loaded with gifts. He had brought them many things from home including a phonograph and all the provisions of the kitchen. His father was very sad that day.

Dawood told them a story of how a Zionist gang had attacked a priest the night before. How they ransacked his house and left him dead after piercing his hands, feet, and abdomen. He also told them that most 1948 Arabs were receiving death threats by those European immigrants and many are leaving.

Goodbye Deir Jala

After that day when Dawood had come to bid them farewell, nothing was the same again. Ibrahim recalls his father being distant most of the time. The evening meetings had come to an end and his mother would peek out of their window whenever the slightest sound of footsteps outside was heard. Palestine had become a dangerous place for Palestinians. He could hear his parents arguing frequently; his mother wanted to leave to Jordan or Egypt but his father wanted to stay – she was very scared for her husband’s life; a few of his friends had been assassinated. He remembered his father being furious and saying “They sold us.”

The day finally came when Ibrahim’s father did not return from work. Witnesses reported that he was abducted by three men with pistols in the old town. He was never heard of after that.

Shortly after, the mother took her three children to Chile.

Home

Ibrahim continued his few remaining teen-age years in Chile where his mother had found a job in a textile factory whose owner saw great potential in him. He had him trained as a machinery technician and then sent him to Italy and Germany for further specialization. From there on, life smiled at him – Ibrahim worked and lived all over Latin America and became a champion swimmer and mountain climber.

Chile was a country that gave him security and a new chance at living up to a full potential. He always called it “Mi Pais” which means “My Country.” But, he referred to Deir Jala as “Home.”

Ibrahim’s sparkly blue eyes shut for the last time earlier this year. A few days before passing away, I visited him at the hospital and he said to me: “Don’t worry my friend, I am not dying until I see the Galilee” in reference to Hezbollah’s Secretary-General’s historical statements regarding Palestine’s northern region. See, Ibrahim followed up on Sayyed (Hassan) Nasrallah’s news without fail.

Zionists have stolen the wrong country. Palestinians do not see Palestine as land, they see it as the one and only HOME. No amount of illegal settlements or “Israeli” terror can take that away. Looking into Ibrahim’s eyes whenever he mentioned Palestine was seeing an intense passion for the return to what was rightfully his. May you rest in peace Ibrahim, your grandchildren will be planting an orange tree for you in Palestine soon.

Source: Al-Ahed News

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – AUGUST 30, 2018: RUSSIA SAYS TERRORISTS IN IDLIB HAVE TO BE LIQUIDATED

On August 28, ISIS militants carried out several positions of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the al-Azraq oil field area in eastern Deir Ezzor. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the SDF repelled the attack with help from the US-led coalition airpower.

This was the second major ISIS attack on SDF positions in Deir Ezzor province in August. The previous one took place on August 20 and also targeted the SDF-controlled oil field – the al-Omar oil fields in southeastern Deir Ezzor.

These attacks show that despite claims by the SDF and the coalition that ISIS was fully defeated in most of northwestern Syria, cells of the terrorist group are still operating there.

Over the last few days, the Syrian military has deployed a large number of former Free Syrian Army (FSA) members, whom reconciled with the government in eastern Damascus, to a frontline with Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra) in northern Hama.

According to reports in Syrian media, more former FSA members from the Damascus countryside will be deployed in the area soon. The participation of these units in the upcoming operation against Hayat Tahrir al-Sham shows that all sections of the Syrian society see Hayat Tahrir al-Sham as a dangerous terrorist group, which has to be eliminated.

Idlib militants are trying to hold civilians hostage to be used as human shields and this festering “abscess” has to be eliminated, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on August 29 following talks with his Saudi counterpart Abdel Al-Jubeir.

“For understandable reasons, Idlib is the last major stronghold of terrorists who are trying to gamble on the status of the de-escalation zone and hold civilians as human shields and bring the armed formations ready for negotiations with the Syrian government to their knees. So, from all standpoints, this ‘abscess’ has to be liquidated,” the foreign minister said.

“It is necessary to urgently separate regular armed formations from Jabhat al-Nusra gunmen and simultaneously lay the groundwork for an operation against these terrorists and do everything to minimize risks to civilians,” Lavrov added.

Media reports on the alleged June meeting in Damascus between high-ranking representatives of US and Syrian special services are “fake news,” Russian Special Presidential Envoy for the Middle East and Africa and Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said on August 29. Bogdanov’s remarks followed a report by Lebanese newspaper Al Akhbar that representatives of US special services made a private visit to Damascus in June and held consultations with the Syrian government.

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روسيا وحلفاؤها يغلقون السماء السورية وتل أبيب تنكشف استراتيجياً!

أغسطس 31, 2018

محمد صادق الحسيني

المناورات الروسية الضخمة في المتوسط يوم غد السبت والتهديدات المشتركة الروسية السورية من موسكو لواشنطن والغرب وإغلاق السماء السورية روسياً وسورياً بوجه أيّ هجوم جوي أو صاروخي محتمل يدفع واشنطن إلى موقع الدفاع وتل أبيب إلى انكشاف استراتيجي كارثي هو الأوّل من نوعه في تاريخ الكيان الصهيوني الغاصب!

وعبثاً يحاول نتن ياهو الخروج من مأزق اللا قرار الذي يبدو أنه حشر فيه بعد زيارة وزير الدفاع الإيراني التاريخية لدمشق وما أفرزته من تداعيات كبيرة على مشهد التوازنات الإقليمية والدولية.

وفي هذا السياق يمكننا القول إنّ من أهمّ نتائج وتداعيات زيارة وزير الدفاع الإيراني إلى سورية وتوقيع الاتفاقية العسكرية بينهما هي إصابة رئيس الوزراء الإسرائيلي بصدمة عميقة أفقدته توازنه وأدخلته في غيبوبة كاملة مدة يومين كاملين، أيّ منذ توقيعها يوم 26/8/2018 وحتى مساء 28/8/2018، حيث عاد إليه النطق بعد أن صعق بخبر توقيع الاتفاقية.

خاصة إذا علمنا أنّ الإيرانيين وفي إطار عرضهم للسوريين بإعادة بناء البنية الدفاعية السورية سيقدّمون فيما سيقدّمون لحكومة دمشق سرباً من طائرات الكوثر الإيرانية الحديثة والمتطوّرة جداً، والتي ستساهم بشكل كبير في إغلاق السماء السورية أمام أيّ عدوان «إسرائيلي»، كما تؤكد المصادر الإيرانية المرافقة للضيف الإيراني الزائر!

كما أنّ أيّ متابع لزيارة الوزير الإيراني في ظلّ التطورات الميدانية السورية المتسارعة يصل لقناعة بأن توقيع الاتفاقية قد أدّى عملياً إلى زلزلة الوضع الاستراتيجي للكيان الغاصب في المنطقة، كما أدّى إلى انكشافه استراتيجياً بشكل كامل. أيّ أنّ الوضع الاستراتيجي الذي تعيشه دويلة «إسرائيل» الآن لا يمكن وصفه بأقلّ من أنه كارثي وذلك لسبب بسيط جداً، وهو أنّ العمق الاستراتيجي «لدولة نتن ياهو» لا يزيد عن اثني عشر كيلو متراً. وهي المسافة بين مدينة طولكرم في الضفة الغربية وتل أبيب. بينما صار العمق الاستراتيجي لعدوّه السوري هو المسافة الفاصلة بين دمشق وطهران وهو ما يقارب ألفي كيلومتر .

وهذا يعني أنّ سفن الأسطول السادس الأميركي المحتشدة في المتوسط وغيرها من الأساطيل البحرية والجوية الموجودة في المشرق العربي لم تعد قادرة على حفظ «أمن إسرائيل» بسهولة.

ثم إنّ من يجيد القراءة الاستراتيجية لتوقيع الاتفاقية العسكرية الإيرانية السورية يصل إلى استنتاج مفاده أنّ هذه الاتفاقية تحظى بمباركة روسية إن لم نقل إنها تمّت بتنسيق وثيق بين كلّ من روسيا وإيران وسورية وحزب الله. وهو ما يعني:

إنّ الرئيس بوتين أظهر مزيداً من التلاحم، من خلال رعايته توقيع الاتفاقية، في العلاقات المميّزة بين روسيا وأطراف حلف المقاومة المذكورة آنفاً .

– ما يعني أنّ الموقف الروسي المؤيد من توقيع الاتفاقية بات يقدم غطاءً جوياً/ بحرياً/ لقوات كلّ من سورية وإيران وحزب الله العاملة في الميدان السوري في مواجهة أيّ عدوان جوي أو صاروخي ثلاثي أو رباعي، بمشاركة «إسرائيل» في حال حصوله .

هذا كما يمكن القول بأنّ موقف روسيا ورئيسها من توقيع الاتفاقية قد أدّى الى:

كشف أكاذيب نتن ياهو حول تفاهمات مزعومة عقدها مع الرئيس بوتين خلال زياراته المتكررة لروسيا، وبالتالي دحض أكاذيبه حول وجود ضمانات روسية بإبعاد المستشارين العسكريين الإيرانيين عن حدود الجولان المحتل.

إن ما أشاعته أوساط نتن ياهو، حول تفاهمات أميركية روسية حول التمركز الإيراني في جنوب سورية، لم يكن صحيحاً، لا بل إنه كان أضغاث أحلام تسربت الى رأس نتن ياهو .

إن توقيت توقيع الاتفاقية يؤشر الى أنه قد تمّ التفاهم عليه، وتحديده بين كلّ من روسيا وإيران وحزب الله بشكل يُؤمن ورقة استراتيجية إضافية لكلّ من الرئيس الروسي والإيراني، خلال القمة التي ستعقد في طهران يوم 7/9/2018، مما يقلّص هوامش لعب أردوغان على الحبال، وذلك لأنه سيكون في مواجهة ثلاث دول ترتبط باتفاقيات تعاون عسكري بالغة الأهمية وبالتالي مواجهة قوى ضغط موحدة لإنجاز تحرير إدلب من أنصار أردوغان الذين يضمّون بينهم حوالي أربعة عشر الف مواطن تركي او ممن يحملون الجنسية التركية او جوازات سفر تركية .

ما ذكر أعلاه يؤكد أيضاً انعدام أيّ احتمال لمواجهة مرتقبة بين الكبار في المنطقة، كما يُشاع لوجود ردع كافٍ يمنع وقوع مواجهة كهذه!

لا بل إننا نعتقد بأنّ مفعول الزيارة والمناورات سيزيد من حجم تقدّم محور المقاومة العالمي للأحادية الأميركية ويعزّز هجومه الاستراتيجي المنطلق منذ تحرير حلب، باعتباره المحور المنتصر على المحور الأميركي «الإسرائيلي» المهزوم انطلاقاً من البوابة السورية.

بعدنا طيبين قولوا الله…

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Trump is willing to starve Palestinians into compliance with his Deal of the Century

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The Trump administration has permanently cut $250 million in aid for the Palestinian West Bank and Gaza, saying the appropriated funds will be “redirected” elsewhere.

Palestinians have always had just 3 wishes: a capital someday in Jerusalem, a return to the 1967 borders, and the Right of Return. Between Trump and Israel, there’s nothing left to even dream of: the barest minimum is disappearing – food, medicine, the title of “refugee.”

by Kathryn Shihadah, Palestine Home

President Trump seems to think he’s the perfect blend of Santa Claus and Scrooge. On Tuesday, he revealed that since Israel got its present last May – the embassy (what a glorious day) – the Palestinians will now “get something very good” because “it’s their turn next.”

What could it be? A pony? What could the Palestinians possibly wish for?

Ever since the 1948 Nakba, Palestinians have had only 3 modest longings.

  • Each generation has dreamed of worshiping unimpeded in Jerusalem, the city that PLO executive Hanan Ashrawi has called “the core of Palestinian existence, history and culture” and “beyond price,” the capital of their future state
  • Palestinians have imagined a return to the 1967 borders (no doubt many have fantasized about reclaiming the whole land, but 22% would be a windfall)
  • Palestinian refugees have visualized returning home to Palestine – the “Right of Return”

A capital? Nope.

Of course, Jerusalem is now just a memory to Palestinians: Trump essentially gave it as a Hanukkah gift to Israel last December.

(My Jewish acquaintances responded in the days following, “well, Jerusalem was ours all along, so this just makes it official. It’s no big deal. Nothing has changed.” Does this indicate ignorance or privilege, or perhaps a combination? Because for every Palestinian in the world, a part of their soul died that day.)

President Trump explained that his idea was brilliant (not stupid and reckless, like we thought): he had “taken Jerusalem off the table,” so now it’s no longer a point of contention. So simple, yet so elegant. This should streamline the peace process. Definitely.

African refugees in Israel face deportation.

1967 borders? Fat chance.

As for the 1967 borders, Palestinians recognize that’s a pipe dream. Settlements are growing, unimpeded – in spite of the United Nations’ frequent reminders that settlements are illegal. Israel is apparently the exception to every rule – breaking international laws, shooting unarmed people, imprisoning children, ethnically cleansing villages, dropping bombs on civilians.

Yep, that’s the country with which we share an “unbreakable bond based on common values.” These inspiring words have been uttered countless times by our Congress people, in spite of the above atrocities.

As of 21 August, 500 undocumented children in the US are still separated from their parents as they await deportation.

(Our legislators have a point: the United States and Israel have both treated indigenous peoples somewhat unreasonably; both have behaved rather shamefully toward minorities; each believes itself to be “a nation of immigrants” with total disregard for the natives of the land, and selectivity about which immigrants are desirable. We do have much in common.)

But to return to the issue of the settlements: there are now over 600,000 Israelis living on Palestinian land in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Although there was plenty of available land within Israel, they took Palestinian land to build homes, schools, settler-only roads (does that sound like apartheid?); they created roadblocks so that Palestinians couldn’t drive or walk near settlements; they built a 25-foot-high concrete wall that blocks many Palestinians from their own families, farmland, schools, and businesses.

(Don’t bother with the argument that “the wall keeps the terrorists away,” because it doesn’t fly. It took 15 years to complete the wall – that means for 15 years, people could go around it. As recently as 2017, tens of thousands of Palestinians were illegally slipping into Israel every day – mostly through gaps where the wall had not yet been completed. Also, 1.5 million Palestinians live in Israel. One more thing: take a look at any detailed map of the wall, and you will see that – heavens to Betsy –  some settlements are on the same side of the wall as the Palestinians. So really, it is only the good will of Palestinians that will keep Israelis safe.)

So, in order for Palestinians to see their dream fulfilled, to return to the 1967 borders, 600,000 settlers would have to be relocated. Back in 2005, when only 8,000 settlers were evacuated from Gaza, they were given a generous compensation package and all kinds of incentives, totaling – in 2005 dollars, mind you, for just 8,000 settlers, mind you – about $2.5 billion. Israel “asked” the US to pay at least $2 billion of that, which is only fair since the US also paid for the building of the Gaza settlements to begin with. Someone (I’m guessing not Israel) would have to cough up a rather large sum today to relocate 600,000+ settlers.

An Israeli Jewish settler shoots in the air as Palestinians protest against the forced relocation of Israel’s Palestinian Bedouin minority from their villages in the Negev Desert.

But not to worry. According to US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, Israeli settlers “aren’t going anywhere.” More and more settlers today – and the IDF soldiers who would enforce an evacuation – believe that the land in question was not snatched away from Palestinian farmers, but “given to them by God.” Resistance against any relocation program would be fierce, so it’s out of the question. Sorry, Palestinians. You’ll have to make do.

Golly, it’s a shame that the Israeli government actually encouraged ideological settlement, and that the Israeli Supreme Court approved settlement building time and time again (although the UN has declared settlements illegal), because now Palestinians are stuck with the burden of Israel’s failure to think ahead.

Right of Return? No can do.

A Jewish, Zionist acquaintance of mine explained why the Right of Return can never happen: Israel needs to have a Jewish majority. If a bunch of non-Jewish “Arabs” (um, they’re Palestinians) came swarming in, the Jewish State would no longer be Jewish.

Never mind that the United Nations guaranteed the Right of Return to the Palestinians in 1948. It’s just not really convenient.

Gee, maybe the founding fathers of the Jewish State should have thought about that 70 years ago. Their neglect to plan ahead is now the burden of several million Palestinian refugees.

But again, not to worry! President Trump will take care of it. When he’s not busy figuring out how not to get impeached, he’s working on a scheme to strip the refugee status from all but 20,000 Palestinians – rendering the Right of Return practically meaningless. (Not exactly the fix that Palestinians were hoping for.)

Which would also kill the last of the Palestinians’ dreams.

“For Hanukkah this year, Israel, Uncle Donald is giving you something you think is already yours: Jerusalem. Mazel tov!”

When Trump announced the embassy move, Palestinians suspended contact with him and his Dream Team. Clearly he is too partisan to be trusted. He went on to cut $65 million in funding to UNRWA; week after week he has ignored Gazan deaths during the Great March of Return; he wants to disappear millions of refugees.Thanks but no thanks

Now suddenly he says “it’s your turn,” and he expects Palestinians to come running back, ready to accept whatever crumbs he wants to drop on them? Is he surprised that they aren’t interested in his trinkets?

Spurned and insulted by this indifference, now Trump has also cut $251 million in economic aid to Palestinians. If there was any food or medicine left after the cuts to UNRWA, Palestinians can now count on starving until they get on the Trump Train.

What kind of “deal” is so bad that you have to be forced to take it?

And have you met Palestinians, Mr. Trump? They don’t cave.

Hanan Ashrawi

In the words of Hanan Ashrawi,

The US administration is demonstrating the use of cheap blackmail as a political tool. The Palestinian people and leadership will not be intimidated and will not succumb to coercion. The rights of the Palestinian people are not for sale.

There is no glory in constantly bullying and punishing a people under occupation. The US administration has already demonstrated meanness of spirit in its collusion with the Israeli occupation and its theft of land and resources; now it is exercising economic meanness by punishing the Palestinian victims of this occupation.

No, President Ebenezer Scrooge, you won’t get Palestinians to sign on any dotted lines by persecuting them – they have mastered the fine art of survival in the face of oppression. They will settle for nothing less than justice.

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Ariyana Love

Ariyana Love is Founder of Occupy Palestine TV, TLB Director of Middle East Rising and Goodwill Ambassador to Palestine (ICSPR, Gaza). Ariyana is Chairwoman of Meta Nutrients Trust, a Human Rights Defender and Activist.

israeli (apartheid state) weapons used in genocide against Rohingya Muslims

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Rohingya Muslims fled to Bangladesh after being persecuted in Myanmar

Israeli weapons are used in the ethnic and religious cleansing carried out by the Myanmar army against the Rohingya minority, resulting in the persecution of 700,000 Muslims who were slaughtered and expelled from their country, ”said Israeli writer and journalist Tsur Shezaf in an article published by the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth.

Shezaf asserted that “Israel contributed to the grievances of Rohingya Muslims through its refusal to abide by the UN international boycott resolutions to prevent supplying Myanmar with arms.”

He also noted that Israel continues, through its army, security services and military industries, sending various weapons to the Armed Forces of Myanmar, including military technology.

Shezaf added that “Israel and Myanmar have longstanding historical ties, and it is not reasonable that we repeat today the same mistakes that we made in South Africa, during the apartheid regime, with Myanmar which is committing ethnic cleansing crimes. Currently, Israel is contributing to a new tragedy.”

Read: Military intervention to protect the Rohingya still isn’t on the Western agenda

He confirmed that “Israel’s continued support for Myanmar’s actions, through sending arms and military supplies despite the mass killings, property destruction and rapes committed by the Army. This is an unjustifiable imbecility. This will result in the creation of new refugee camps around Myanmar, specifically in Bangladesh, and from there more armed groups will surface.

Shezaf also noted that “the Rohingyas are subjected to systematic deportation and ethnic cleansing by the Myanmarese and Buddhists in the western side of Myanmar. They are forced to stay in refugee camps set up by Bangladesh on small areas, sheltering one million women, toddlers, men, elders and infants.”

He pointed out that some Rohingya women are still having babies as a result of rapes committed by the Myanmar army, police and Buddhist monks.

Shezaf concluded: “Millions live amidst poor environmental circumstances, where they cannot have a minimum of decent living conditions.  Today, after Rohingyas’ lives became almost impossible, the UN woke up and officially declared that Myanmar, including the army, the police as well as the Buddhist establishment and even the Prime Minister and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, are all responsible for killing an entire population.”

Anti-Semitism Charges Against Jeremy #Corbyn are Diversion from israeli (apartheid state) Occupation of Palestine

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Jeremy Corbyn is a man who has dedicated his entire life to fighting racism and injustice — he is not a racist and therefore clearly he is not anti-Semitic. He has not once denied the Holocaust and therefore he is not a Holocaust-denier. It seems, however, that none of this matters to those who would bring him down.

By Miko Peled

LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM — The U.K. Labour Party conference is more than three weeks away and Jeremy Corbyn, true to himself and his principles, has risen above the mud-slinging and continues to fight for the principles to which he has dedicated his entire life. He focuses on issues like social justice; caring for the many rather than the few, the millions not the millionaires; and, as Corbyn himself said in his speech at last year’s convention, “end[ing] the oppression of the Palestinian people.”

Zionist groups within the Labour Party, which include LFI (Labour Friends of Israel) and the JLM (the Zionist ‘Jewish Labour Movement’), skillfully utilize the pro-Zionist media. They are trying — and failing — to paint Jeremy Corbyn as an anti-Semite. However, the problem is not anti-Semitism but Corbyn’s stance on Palestine. These Zionist groups want to get rid of Corbyn because of his principled stance on Palestine, Israeli colonialism and occupation of Palestine, and they use anti-Semitism labels because they think it will work.

The 1972 Munich-attacks issue

The desperation of those seeking to oust Corbyn can be seen by the latest accusation against him: attending a memorial for terrorists.

It was given impetus by a remark by the Israeli prime minister, in what is a shocking intervention by Israel in British politics. Benjamin Netanyahu made remarks about the Labour leader, saying that he deserves “unequivocal condemnation.” In what can only be described as an escalation of the already heavy-handed intervention of Zionist groups to end Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, Netanyahu said that Corbyn’s participation in a ceremony at a cemetery in Tunis in 2014 is deserving of condemnation, because — according to Netanyahu — terrorists are buried there.

Corbyn did not remain silent. True to himself once again, he struck back, reminding Netanyahu that what is deserving of condemnation is Israeli forces’ killing of hundreds of protesters in Gaza and the passing of the new, racist Israel Nation State Law.

Netanyahu — along with what may well be the loudest Zionist mouthpiece in Britain, The Daily Mail — claims that Corbyn was present at a ceremony and even laid a wreath on the graves of terrorists connected with the 1972 attack on the Israeli athletes during the Munich Olympic games.

The truth of the matter is that the event in which Corbyn participated had nothing to do with the Munich attack. In 2014 Jeremy Corbyn attended a service at a cemetery in Tunis commemorating the victims of the 1985 Israeli airstrike on the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) offices in Tunis. This Israeli attack was a breach of international law, violated the sovereignty of another country, and received worldwide condemnation, including by the United States.

Furthermore, none of the eight men who participated in the Munich attack are buried in Tunis. The four men who are buried there — and whose tombstones are shown in The Daily Mail photo — are Salah Khalaf, who was Yasser Arafat’s deputy; his aide, Fakhri al-Omari; Hayel Abdel-Hamid, who was the PLO chief of security; and Atef Bseiso. Bseiso was assassinated in Paris in 1992 — 20 years after the Munich Olympics. He was heavily involved in talks with the CIA in an attempt to advance relations between the U.S. and the PLO. Israel claimed that all four were involved in the attack in Munich and had all of them assassinated either directly or by the proxy terror group, Abu-Nidal. There was never a shred of proof, not to mention a trial, to substantiate Israel’s allegations against these men.

 

Blatant intervention

The big question is why does the Israeli prime minister feel he needs to engage in such blatant intervention and and make such blatantly false accusations just as Britain’s largest political party is about to convene? Netanyahu and his henchmen must realize that U.K. Labour, having gained over half a million members since Jeremy Corbyn’s ascent as leader, is poised to win in the next elections, so that, if Israel fails to oust him, Jeremy Corbyn will end up in 10 Downing Street.

One of the ridiculous charges laid against Corbyn is the following: He was criticized for attending a passover Seder with a particular group of Jewish people who “dismissed concerns about anti-Semitism in the party.” So it is not good enough that he went to a Seder and that he opted to do so among people who live in his own constituency; he had to do so with Jewish people who think a particular way.

Corbyn was also criticized for participating in an event with the late Hajo Meyer, a Jewish holocaust survivor himself. This was in 2010, when Corbyn hosted a Holocaust Memorial Day event in London with Meyer as the main speaker. Hajo Meyer was, like many holocaust survivors, a fervent advocate for Palestinian rights and a severe critic of Israel — hence the criticism.

 

Anti-Semitism

Another sticking point is the self-appointed International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), which apparently adopted a new and, in their own words, “non-legally binding” working definition of anti-Semitism. Initially Labour’s national executive committee refused to accept this definition, but there are signs that a compromise might be on the horizon. This definition of anti-Semitism is one that entire Jewish communities do not accept because it seeks to silence criticism of Israel and conflates Zionism with Judaism. The anti-Semitism definition includes several clauses that have nothing to do with racism or anti-Semitism and have everything to do with protecting Israel from criticism. For example:

  • Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination; e.g., by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavor.
  • Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis.

 

War of attrition  

Another example, in which I was personally involved, has to do with a comment that I made at a fringe event during the 2017 Labour conference and that turned into a major news item. During a panel on free speech, I said that free speech means we should be able to discuss every issue, including Palestine and the Holocaust. The Daily Mail published this as though it was a scandalous thing to say and accused Labour and even Corbyn himself for allowing it to happen.

Every other newspaper in Britain followed suit and then papers in Palestine and even the Israeli papers picked it up as well. I added in my remarks that, while free speech should not be criminalized, we do not need to give a platform to proponents of any racist ideology, and that includes Zionists who regularly demand to be present and give their perspective at events and lectures.

My presence during the conference and my comments did not warrant such attention. However, this is a war of attrition in which Labour Friends of Israel, the so-called ‘Jewish Labour Movement, and the British Daily Mail are leading the charge and will jump at every opportunity to get attention. Once again, the problem was not denial of the Holocaust or anti-Semitism — because there was no expression of either one — but the fear of a discussion on Palestine and Zionism.

By trying to silence the discussion regarding Zionism and its legitimacy, Israel abuses the memory of the millions who died in the Holocaust, particularly the Jewish victims. There are entire communities of Jewish Holocaust survivors and descendants of survivors who are quite ready to discuss and debate any issue, including the Holocaust, and who view the Zionists’ stance as absurd. These same Jewish communities also reject Zionism and support the Palestinian call for BDS, or Boycott Divestment and Sanctions against Israel. It is time that these voices be heard.

A woman walks past a Jeremy Corbyn mural in Camden, London on, June 1, 2017. (AP/Frank Augstein)

A woman walks past a Jeremy Corbyn mural in Camden, London on Thursday, June 1, 2017. After a career marked more by his appearance at peace marches and union rallies than speeches in Parliament, Jeremy Corbyn, the bearded 68-year-old who promotes “the socialism of the 21st century’’, is trying to overcome skepticism about his leadership in a national election that will determine how the country exits the European Union. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Jeremy Corbyn is a man who has dedicated his entire life to fighting racism and injustice — he is not a racist and therefore clearly he is not anti-Semitic. He has not once denied the Holocaust and therefore he is not a Holocaust-denier. However, none of this matters. As was stated clearly in The Daily Mail, “The Board of Deputies of British Jews warned Mr. Corbyn to ‘come out of hiding’ and said the anti-Semitism crisis would not go away.” In other words, there is nothing he can say or do to “clear” himself. They are determined to oust him and they think the anti-Semitic card will do the trick.

Top Photo | Jeremy Corbyn addressing the Support for Gaza rally, 19th June 2014. (Photo: David Hardman/Flickr)

Miko Peled is an author and human rights activist born in Jerusalem. He is the author of “The General’s Son. Journey of an Israeli in Palestine,” and “Injustice, the Story of the Holy Land Foundation Five.”

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