إعادة البوصلة نحو فلسطين وإشعال الانتفاضة وعزل أميركا

 

ديسمبر 16, 2017

حسن حردان

قرار الرئيس الأميركي دونالد ترامب العدواني على القدس بالاعتراف بها عاصمة للدولة الصهيونية العنصرية الاستيطانية المغتصبة لأرض فلسطين العربية منذ عام 1948 كان بمثابة الزلزال الذي هزّ المجتمعات العربية والإسلامية والدولية وأدّى إلى تداعيات ونتائج غاية في الأهمية:

أولاً: كشف الوجه الحقيقي للولايات المتحدة الأميركية بأنها لا تقلّ عداء للحقوق العربية في فلسطين ودعماً وانحيازاً لكيان الاحتلال في فلسطين، وأنّ أميركا ليست على الحياد أو وسيطاً، كما حاول المراهنون على المفاوضات أن يوهموا أنفسهم ويقنعوا به الرأي العام لتبرير السير في المفاوضات. فأميركا تثبت من خلال هذا الإعلان، بأنها كانت تخدع هؤلاء المراهنين على التسوية وأنّ سياستها كانت ولا زالت تقوم على دعم كيان الاحتلال وتمكينه من تحقيق أهدافه عبر توفير كلّ المناخات المواتية لفرض مخططاته ومشاريعه. وهذا الإعلان يتوّج الدعم الأميركي غير المحدود للكيان الصهيوني عسكرياً ومالياً وسياسياً ودبلوماسياً.

ثانياً: توجيه ضربة قاصمة لحلّ الدولتين، والتأكيد مجدّداً لمن راهن على أوسلو لإقامة دولة فلسطينية في الضفة الغربية وقطاع غزة وعاصمتها القدس، أنّ أوسلو كان شركاً أميركياً «إسرائيلياً» استدرجت إليه منظمة التحرير، وكانت نتيجته إلهاء الفلسطينيين بمفاوضات عقيمة مجرّد ملهاة على مدى 25 عاماً تمكّن خلالها الكيان الصهيوني من الحصول على اعتراف منظمة التحرير بشرعية احتلاله لأرض فلسطين التي احتلت عام 48 وإبقاء الضفة الغربية وقطاع غزة والقدس مناطق متنازع عليها خاضعة للتفاوض. فيما نجح هذا الكيان بالاستفادة من المفاوضات والتنسيق الأمني بين السلطة الفلسطينية والاحتلال بموجب أوسلو، وقام ببناء عشرات آلاف المستعمرات في الضفة والقدس وجلب مئات آلاف المستوطنين إلى فلسطين المحتلة.

ثالثاً: تأكّد بشكل لا شكّ فيه أن لا سبيل أمام الفلسطينيين سوى المقاومة المسلحة والانتفاضة الشعبية الحاضنة للمقاومة، اللغة الوحيدة التي يفهمها المحتل والمستعمر، وأنّ خيار المقاومة أثبت أنه هو الأكثر واقعية والأقصر لتحرير الأرض واستعادة الحقوق. ولهذا فقد أدّى إعلان ترامب إلى إشعال الانتفاضة الفلسطينية الثالثة التي كانت أصلاً ناراً تحت الرماد وتنتظر حدثاً لتتفجر. وبسرعة منقطعة النظر اتسعت رقعة الانتفاضة لتشمل كلّ أرض فلسطين التاريخية وتوحّد من جديد نضال وكفاءة الفلسطينيين للتأكد أنّ الوحدة الحقيقية إنما تتحقق في ميدان التصدّي للاحتلال.

رابعاً: أسهم إعلان ترامب في كيّ الوعي العربي فاستفاق الشارع العربي بكلّ فئاته وتلاوينه واضعاً حداً للنتائج السلبية التي تمخّضت عن سنوات الحرب الإرهابية التكفيرية الأميركية الصهيونية التي أدخلت العرب في حروب استنزفت قدراتهم ودمّرت مقدّراتهم وأبعدتهم عن قضية فلسطين، وكان كيان العدو يراهن عليها، وبدعم أميركي، من أجل التمكن من تصفية القضية وتطويب كامل فلسطين للصهاينة وتحويل القدس عاصمة أبدية للكيان الصهيوني وجعل الدولة الصهيونية «دولة طبيعية» في المنطقة.

خامساً: سقوط الرهان الصهيوني الأميركي على يأس الشارع الفلسطيني والعربي والإسلامي، وأنّه لن يتحرّك في أعقاب قرار ترامب، وكان يتصوّر البعض في دوائر صنع القرار في واشنطن أنّ ردة الفعل العربية والإسلامية ستكون ضعيفة وكذلك كان تقدير المعلقين الصهاينة، لكنهم فوجئوا بردّة الفعل العارمة. لم يتوقعوا أن يحصل هذا التضامن العارم في العواصم والمدن العربية والإسلامية كلها. كما سقط الرهان على جعل شعوب العالم تنسى فلسطين وقضيتها العادلة فاندلعت تظاهرات عارمة في العواصم العالمية لا سيما في دول أميركا اللاتينية، فيما لم تبقَ دولة في العالم إلا وأعلنت رفضها ومعارضتها لقرار ترامب ودعت إلى التراجع عنه، ووجدت الولايات المتحدة نفسها في حالة من العزلة الدولية الشاملة، والتي عبّر عنها بوقوف جميع أعضاء مجلس الأمن الدولي الـ 14 ضدّ القرار الأميركي.

يجب أن يؤدّي ما حصل إلى إنتاج مرحلة جديدة تكون بمستوى انتفاضة الشارع العربي في فلسطين والدول العربية وانخفاض العالم الإسلامي والدولي، تؤسّس لإعادة توحيد الموقف حول خيار المقاومة وإسقاط الخيارات السابقة التي راهنت على حلّ الدولتين والمفاوضات.

مَن تابع ردود الفعل يلحظ أننا أمام انتفاضة شعبية عربية انتفاضة شعبية في كلّ الدول العربية، مسلمين ومسيحيين، وتظاهرات في كلّ العواصم والمدن العربية، إجماع شعبي عربي يعانق الانتفاضة الثالثة التي اشتعلت في فلسطين ويزيد من زخمها، الأمر الذي جاء مخالفاً لتوقعات ترامب ومستشاريه، وأيضاً جاء مخالفاً لتوقعات الصهاينة.

والواضح أنّ شروط تفجر واستمرار الانتفاضة الثالثة باتت متوافرة، وهي ليست مجرد احتجاج أو ردّ فعل مؤقت سينتهي بعد يومين أو ثلاثة أو أسبوع، لكن ما هو مطلوب أن تكون هناك مقاربة سياسية فلسطينية جديدة تقوم على بلورة مشروع وطني تحرّري يشكل قطيعة مع المسار السابق لصالح خيار الانتفاضة والمقاومة، لا سيما أنّ خيار التفاوض ثبت فشله وبات الاستمرار فيه يعني الاستسلام لقرار ترامب الذي لم يترك للشعب العربي إلا خيار المقاومة لردّ العدوان وحماية عروبة القدس وتحرير فلسطين.

المشروع السياسي التسووي أسقطه ترامب بقراره، والمشروع البديل هو مشروع المقاومة والانتفاضة، وكلّ كلمة تقال يجب أن تصبّ في خدمة تعزيز وتزخيم ودعم والانتفاضة والمقاومة وتوحيد الصف، والتركيز على إيجابيات ما حصل من نهوض شعبي منقطع النظير لم يسبق له مثيل في تاريخ الصراع مع كيان العدو الصهيوني والتضامن مع نضال وكفاح الشعب العربي في فلسطين.

من هنا يمكن القول إنّ القدس أعادت البوصلة نحو فلسطين واستنهاض الأمة وشعوب العالم، وأشعلت الانتفاضة، ووجّهت ضربة قوية للاحتلال الذي أُصيب بصدمة لم يتوقّعها، كما لم يتوقّع الأميركي أن يجد نفسه وحيداً، في مجلس الأمن والعالم أجمع لتُمنى السياسة الأميركية بهزيمة هي الأولى لناحية أثرها وتداعياتها على مكانة وهيبة الولايات المتحدة في العالم. في وقت مُنيت حربها الإرهابية في سورية والعراق بهزيمة مدوّية، وانتصر محور المقاومة وحليفه الروسي وإسقاط أحلام أميركا وكيان الاحتلال الصهيوني بإسقاط سورية وإقامة نظام تابع لأميركا والقضاء على المقاومة وعزل الجمهورية الإسلامية الإيرانية وروسيا والصين وإعادة تعويم مشروع الهيمنة الأميركي على العالم وتمكين الكيان الصهيوني من تصفية القضية الفلسطينية والإعلان عن الدولة الصهيونية العنصرية وعاصمتها القدس. ولهذا فإنّ قرار ترامب جاء بنتائج عكسية لما كانت تسعى إليه كل من واشنطن وتل أبيب. لا سيما أنه أعلن في أجواء انتصارات محور المقاومة التي أسهمت في تغيير موازين القوى في المنطقة والعالم في مصلحة تعزيز خيار المقاومة والانتفاضة في فلسطين واستنهاض الأمة للدفاع عن عروبة فلسطين التي تشكّل قلب الأمة وعنوان نضالها التحرري وحماية وحدتها وعروبتها.

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Why Washington’s Support For Israel Remains Unconditional

Why Washington’s Support For Israel Remains Unconditional

BRIAN CLOUGHLEY | 17.12.2017 | OPINION

Why Washington’s Support For Israel Remains Unconditional

On December 8 the US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, tweeted that Washington “will not be lectured to by countries that lack any credibility when it comes to treating both Israelis and Palestinians fairly” which was an insulting rejection of international reaction to Donald Trump’s declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. She did not mention the unpalatable fact, reported by the New York Times, that the UN Security Council “has adopted a number of resolutions, dating back 50 years, aimed in part at preventing Israel from claiming sovereignty over all of the holy city.”

In 1968 the world instructed Israel, by UNSC Resolution 252, to annul actions aimed at changing the status of Jerusalem, “including expropriation of land and properties thereon” and to “rescind all such measures already taken and to desist forthwith from taking any further action” in regard to the city. It could not be more clear that Israel’s current actions continue to add to its flagrant illegalities of decades.

Exactly a year ago, the Security Council’s Resolution 2334 unequivocally condemned Israel for building yet more settlements in Jerusalem and other occupied territories because construction “has no legal validity and constitutes a flagrant violation under international law and a major obstacle to the achievement of the two-state solution.”

Only a few minutes after this Resolution, President-elect Trump, due to enter the White House a month later, angrily tweeted that “As to the UN, things will be different after Jan. 20th.” We had been given fair warning that the new American President would ensure that the Middle East policy of the United States, always pro-Israel, would crash into top gear and destroy all hopes that a peaceful solution could be reached about the appalling situation in Israel’s colonies. Trump would declare Jerusalem to be the capital of Israel.

Trump at the Wall in Jerusalem on 22 May 2017

As with so many important matters of international policy, Trump rode roughshod over the hopes and aspirations of yet more millions of people and scornfully ignored the entire world, with the exception of one country. He told Netanyahu in February that “I’d like to see you pull back on settlements for a little bit,” which was an absurd and meaningless statement. He knew perfectly well that Netanyahu and the Zionists would continue their policy of illegal occupation and persecution, and now they’re going to go at full speed.

As noted by the analyst Jonathan Freedland, “The Old City of Jerusalem contains the holiest site in Judaism and the third holiest mosque in Islam, to say nothing of its enormous significance to Christians, meaning that even the slightest move there is felt by billions.”

The only people who support Trump’s deliberately disruptive decision are, as described by the Washington Post, “mostly anti-Islam European leaders holding little political power.” They include the president of the Czech Republic and two of Europe’s most rabidly bigoted right-wing extremists, Geert Wilders of the Netherlands and Hans-Christian Strache of Austria’s Freedom Party.

Trump’s malevolent provocation has been condemned most forcefully, including in the United Nations where Britain, France, Sweden, Germany and Italy issued a joint statement outside the council’s chambers condemning their American ally’s change of position, saying it was “not in line with Security Council resolutions and was unhelpful in terms of prospects for peace in the region.”

Jerusalem December 8, 2017

The strange thing, however, is lack of condemnation within the United States, especially as a Brookings Institution survey released on 1 December found that 63 per cent of Americans are against the move of the US embassy to Jerusalem and only 31 per cent in favour. A handful of legislators criticised Trump, but as reported by Israelʼs Haaretz newspaper, although there some Democrats disagreed, it was apparent that “members of the Republican Party overwhelmingly expressed support for the move”. Brookings, moreover, found that only 34 per cent of Americans thought their government should “lean towards Israel” in “mediating the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”

Which leads to the matter of Israeli influence in the United States. If over 60 per cent of American citizens are opposed to the Trump decision, how can it be that their elected legislators are so much in favour?

The answer lies in the money.

Open Secrets records that “The Republican Jewish Coalition spent $80,000 lobbying in 2016, and J Street [an Israel lobby] spent $400,000. But topping them both was the longtime giant in the arena, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee [AIPAC], which poured more than $3.6 million into lobbying efforts for the year.” The amounts of money donated by pro-Israeli groups and individuals to politicians seeking election are immense. Legislators have been bought by people supporting Israel, and they are not going to raise any questions about Israel’s blatant violations of UN Security Council resolutions. Of equal significance, these pro-Israeli proxies were interfering with the electoral process of the United States.

During presidential and Congressional election campaigns, AIPAC and other agents working on behalf of Israel were attempting to influence candidates at the behest of a foreign power. And they succeeded — as demonstrated by the lack of protest in Washington about Israel’s flagrant violations of international law.

It is therefore not surprising that in January it was reported that “the US House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a bipartisan measure that rebukes the United Nations for criticising Israeli settlements.” The House resolution “declares unwavering support for Israel and insists that the United States reject any future UN actions that are similarly ‘one-sided and anti-Israel’.”

But little critical is said in the US mainstream media about reasons for the unconditional support for Israel on the part of the legislators in Washington. And it is not only Congress and Trump who so ardently support Israel, for, as the Jerusalem Post reported on December 12, Vice President Pence was “one of the most enthused advocates of the [Jerusalem decision] — one warmly welcomed by the Israeli government. His trip there [from 20-23 December] will be a triumphant tour and defence of the policy from a true believer who has supported recognition of Jerusalem for many years.” Before becoming vice president, as a Republican representative for Indiana, the true believer Congressman Pence scored $206,192 in donations from pro-Israel sources.

As reported by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency in March 2017, when Vice President Pence spoke at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee annual convention, attended by 18,000 AIPAC activists, he was lavish in his praise of Israel. Not only that, but he recognised the massive influence that Israel had exercised over the 2016 elections and declared “Thanks to the support of so many in this room, President Trump won a historic victory. . . The United States will no longer allow the United Nations to be used as a forum for invective against Israel.”

America’s mainstream media has been devoting enormous energy and time into examining alleged interference in the 2016 elections by other countries. But it is intriguing that it doesn’t inquire into the impact that Israel has had and continues to have on the democratic processes of the United States. It seems that unconditional support can be purchased.

Yemen Conflict: 70+ Martyred by Saudi Warplanes Strikes

16-12-2017 | 11:13

More than 70 Yemeni people had been martyred in airstrikes by Saudi warplanes on the impoverished country of Yemen, reports said Friday.

Saudi fighterjet

Yemen’s al-Masirah television network said the Saudi warplanes bombed a market in the Mawza district in the west of Taiz province on Friday. According to a preliminary count, the airstrike left eight people dead and 15 others injured.

At least 15 people also lost their lives in Saudi air raids on the northern province of Saada. According to al-Masirah, 12 of the victims were martyred in two airstrikes that hit a market and a car in the Munabbih district. The three other victims, including two women, were martyred in earlier air raids on the districts of al-Dhaher and Shada. The aerial attacks also left five people injured in the Northern Province.

Medics and security sources also reported on Friday that Saudi air raids claimed the lives of 28 people around Yemen’s west coast.

Another 20 people, mostly women and children, had been martyred by Saudi airstrikes in al-Hudaydah Province, in Yemen’s northwest.

The airstrikes were carried out against residential areas on Friday. Another 10 people were injured.

Since March 2015, Saudi Arabia has been incessantly pounding Yemen in an attempt to crush the popular Ansarullah movement and reinstate the former Yemeni president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, a staunch ally of the Riyadh regime.

More than 12,000 people have been martyred since the onset of the campaign. Much of the Arabian Peninsula country’s infrastructure, including hospitals, schools and factories, has been reduced to rubble due to the war. The Saudi-led war has also triggered a deadly cholera epidemic across Yemen.

Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team

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America’s Permanent War Agenda Threatens World Peace

America’s Permanent War Agenda Threatens World Peace

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

Today is the most perilous time in world history. What’s going on should terrify everyone.

Endless US wars of aggression against sovereign independent states threaten world peace, stability and security.

Its megalomaniacal quest for world dominance risks eventual nuclear war against one or more countries – North Korea and Iran the most likely targets, Russia and perhaps China later on.

Madness defines America’s agenda, undemocratic Dems as bloodthirsty as Republicans. Humanity is at risk of annihilation like never before.

Full-blown tyranny is a hair’s breath away to quash homeland dissent and harden control, the nation on a fast track toward becoming Nazi Germany with nukes, ICBMs and other super-weapons, ready to use them against invented enemies.

No real ones exist so they have to be invented. Trump and ultra-hawkish generals in charge of geopolitical policy want wars and lots of them – ongoing in multiple theaters, new ones planned, ready to be launched at their discretion.

Will North Korea be struck next, followed by Iran? Will Washington use nuclear weapons for the first time since gratuitously against defeated Japan?

Will the Trump administration goad North Korea into a military response by cross-border provocations – the strategy used by Harry Truman to launch the 1950s war – US aggression, not North Korea’s, as falsely claimed to this day.

America uses the Security Council as a platform for its agenda, fortunately restrained by Sino/Russian veto power, Britain and France going along with US policies, virtual appendages of its imperial madness.

On Friday, Rex Tillerson represented Washington in a ministerial session on North Korea. Days earlier, he floated the idea of talks without preconditions.

Rejected by Trump through his press secretary, his position changed, saying “North Korea must earn its way back to the table.”

US provocations and pressure will continue until “denuclearization is achieved” – an unattainable goal.

Why would the DPRK abandon its most important deterrent, genuinely fearing US aggression could come any time, a strong defense essential for its security?

It would be irresponsible for its leadership to leave the country defenseless. Advancing its nuclear and ballistic missile capabilities is the most important way to give Washington pause about attacking the country – knowing it can strike back hard.

At Friday’s Security Council session, Tillerson called for toughening positions against North Korea, bellowing:

“The United States will use all necessary measures to defend itself against North Korean aggression.”

Fact: The DPRK never preemptively attacked another country throughout its post-WW II history, defending itself in the 1950s against Truman’s war.

Fact: Its leadership and military threaten no countries now. America threatens everyone, the most belligerent nation in world history – at war at home and/or abroad throughout its history, responsible for countless tens of millions of deaths, numbers way exceeding any other imperial state.

Tillerson sounded like political prostitute Nikki Haley, saying “(t)he United States will not allow (the DPRK) to hold the world hostage.”

“We will continue to hold North Korea accountable for its reckless and threatening behavior today and in the future.”

“We ask every nation here to join us in exerting sovereignty to protect all of our people. We ask all to join a unified effort to achieve a complete and verifiable denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.”

As long as America threatens DPRK security, its leadership and military won’t ever abandon their most effective defense.

East Asia and everywhere else is threatened by Washington’s rage for global dominance.

North Korea threatens no one!

A Final Comment

At Friday’s SC ministerial meeting, North Korean UN ambassador Ja Song-nam said the following:

“Our possession of nuclear weapons was an individual self-defensive means of defending our sovereignty and rights of resistance and development from the US nuclear threat and if anyone is to be blamed for it, the US must be held accountable.”

“There are several nuclear power states all over the world now, but there is no country like the US who is continuing to openly threaten and blackmail other countries with its nuclear weapons.”

His remarks were accurate. Washington is responsible for Korean peninsula brinkmanship, not Pyongyang!

israel Pursuing War against Iran Obliquely through Al-Qaeda and Directly via Airstrikes

Israel Pursuing War against Iran Obliquely through Al-Qaeda and Directly via Airstrikes

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL (Analysis) — On Saturday, December 2, 2017, Israeli missiles struck a Syrian Army arms depot (allegedly belonging to Iran), which in turn prompted Syria to activate its air defenses, resulting in the destruction of two Israeli missiles.

The facility targeted in the December strike was well-known to the Israeli authorities for some time and, as the Jerusalem Post notes, “raises questions as to the timing of the attack and what it was meant to achieve.” The strike allegedly killed 12 Iranian personnel.

Israel has admitted to attacking Syria’s sovereignty at least one hundred times since the Syrian Civil War began in 2011, with little reporting on Israeli aggression by the media. Most media headlines are cluttered with coverage of an expansionist Iran and demonization of its allies Syria, Russia, and Hezbollah.<img src=”http://www.mintpressnews.com/wp-content/themes/core/images/ads/ad-mp-squigl.jpg” class=”no-thickbox”/>

The narrative of the war in Syria and how it began has been rewritten and flipped by the media and politicians who benefit from the war to suit an agenda that works in Israel’s interest. Before the conflict began, Israel was one of the primary actors in calling for the destabilization of Syria along sectarian lines.  Since 2011, however, absent from the media’s coverage of the war in Syria has been Israel’s covert role in supporting al-Qaeda affiliates.

But, as the Trump administration’s support for Syrian rebels wanes — after Syria, Russia and Iran declared victory in defeating Western- and Gulf-backed proxies — Israel’s covert support for these terrorists is becoming more public. Even Israeli military commanders and politicians are speaking more openly about their alliance with these terror groups.

As an Israeli Defence Force (IDF) brigadier told Politico’s Bryan Bender:

If I can be frank, the radical axis headed by Iran is more risky than the global jihad one. It is much more knowledgeable, stronger, with a bigger arsenal.”

Israel’s Defense Minister, Moshe Ya’alon, stated that if he had to choose between ISIS and Iran, he would always “choose the Islamic State.”



Israel has even allegedly provided medical treatment to at least 3,000 Syrian rebels — mostly from the al-Qaeda affiliate, al-Nusra Front — in a four-year period. Israel’s desire to help wounded fighters, out of so-called humanitarian concerns, makes little sense to those following Israel’s constant bombing campaigns in Gaza that target women, children, and even the disabled.

According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, Israel has been covertly providing aid to Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights throughout the conflict, with the goal of maintaining a buffer zone to keep forces aligned with Iran at bay. The report notes that the aid has been substantial and direct — with the inclusion of cash, food, fuel and medical supplies — even suggesting that some of these groups have been completely reliant on Israeli aid.

Fighters openly admitted that they use Israeli cash to buy weapons and ammunition. Syrian rebels even returned to Israel an eagle that was found in ISIS territory. This signals a very cozy and disturbing relationship between the jihadists inside Syria and the Israeli military.

 

Putting the Stike in Context

A group of men, not specified which group of Syrian rebels, drive into an abandoned UN post at Syria's Quneitra border with Israel, in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, Nov. 28, 2016. (AP/Ariel Schalit)<img class=”size-full wp-image-235659″ src=”http://www.mintpressnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/kJGxPNqTRnFCebxARJzQA.jpg” alt=”A group of men, not specified which group of Syrian rebels, drive into an abandoned UN post at Syria’s Quneitra border with Israel, in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, Nov. 28, 2016. (AP/Ariel Schalit)” width=”2202″ height=”1468″ srcset=”http://www.mintpressnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/kJGxPNqTRnFCebxARJzQA.jpg 2202w, http://www.mintpressnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/kJGxPNqTRnFCebxARJzQA-300×200.jpg 300w, http://www.mintpressnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/kJGxPNqTRnFCebxARJzQA-768×512.jpg 768w, http://www.mintpressnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/kJGxPNqTRnFCebxARJzQA-800×533.jpg 800w, http://www.mintpressnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/kJGxPNqTRnFCebxARJzQA-1145×763.jpg 1145w, http://www.mintpressnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/kJGxPNqTRnFCebxARJzQA-316×211.jpg 316w” sizes=”(max-width: 2202px) 100vw, 2202px” />

A group of men, not specified which group of Syrian rebels, drive into an abandoned UN post at Syria’s Quneitra border with Israel, in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, Nov. 28, 2016. (AP/Ariel Schalit)

Israel’s support for jihadist groups is rooted in a desire to quell Iranian presence in Syria, as detailed in an email published by WikiLeaks from the archives of the former head of the State Department, Hillary Clinton, which states:

The best way to help Israel deal with Iran’s growing nuclear capability is to help the people of Syria overthrow the regime of Bashar Assad…For Israeli leaders, the real threat from a nuclear-armed Iran is not the prospect of an insane Iranian leader launching an unprovoked Iranian nuclear attack on Israel that would lead to the annihilation of both countries. What Israeli military leaders really worry about — but cannot talk about — is losing their nuclear monopoly.

An Iranian nuclear weapons capability would not only end that nuclear monopoly but could also prompt other adversaries, like Saudi Arabia and Egypt, to go nuclear as well. The result would be a precarious nuclear balance in which Israel could not respond to provocations with conventional military strikes on Syria and Lebanon, as it can today.”

And how was this to be achieved? The email further states:

Washington should start by expressing its willingness to work with regional allies like Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar to organize, train and arm Syrian rebel forces. The announcement of such a decision would, by itself, likely cause substantial defections from the Syrian military. Then, using territory in Turkey and possibly Jordan, U.S. diplomats and Pentagon officials can start strengthening the opposition. It will take time. But the rebellion is going to go on for a long time, with or without U.S. involvement.”

The email exposed the planning and execution of U.S. and Gulf Arab collaboration in financing and arming right-wing rebel groups, like the Free Syrian Army, in an attempt to violently overthrow the Assad government in Syria, Iran’s only major Middle Eastern ally, for the sake of Israel. The U.S. worked very closely with Arab dictatorships and monarchies like Turkey, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Qatar to train Syrian rebels in an effort to destabilize Syria along sectarian lines, creating one of the worst humanitarian disasters of our time.

A 2014 report by PBS detailed how the CIA was teaching these rebels battlefield tactics, including some that could amount to war crimes, in a training camp in Qatar:

They trained us to ambush regime or enemy vehicles and cut off the road,” said the fighter, who is identified only as “Hussein.” “They also trained us on how to attack a vehicle, raid it, retrieve information or weapons and munitions, and how to finish off soldiers still alive after an ambush.”

The leaked email makes it abundantly clear that Washington’s obsession with Assad’s removal was never about humanitarianism or saving the Syrian people from a tyrannical regime, but was instead aimed at containing Iranian influence for the benefit of the Israeli government.

After taking a more quiet and covert role in supporting al-Qaeda affiliates in Syria — an approach that is on the verge of failure — Israel doesn’t seem to be giving up and is willing to confront Iran on a more aggressive scale through the use of airstrikes.

 

Where we are headed, connecting the dots

Israeli tourists watch smoke rising near the Syrian-Israeli border as the fighting Syrian army fights to regain control of the Quneitra border crossing from rebel groups. (Atef Safadi/EPA)<img class=”size-full wp-image-231536″ src=”http://www.mintpressnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/la-fg-syria-israel-golan-heights-border-crossing-rebels-20140827.jpg” alt=”Israeli tourists watch smoke rising near the Syrian-Israeli border as the fighting Syrian army fights to regain control of the Quneitra border crossing from rebel groups. (Atef Safadi/EPA)” width=”1200″ height=”555″ srcset=”http://www.mintpressnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/la-fg-syria-israel-golan-heights-border-crossing-rebels-20140827.jpg 1200w, http://www.mintpressnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/la-fg-syria-israel-golan-heights-border-crossing-rebels-20140827-300×139.jpg 300w, http://www.mintpressnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/la-fg-syria-israel-golan-heights-border-crossing-rebels-20140827-768×355.jpg 768w, http://www.mintpressnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/la-fg-syria-israel-golan-heights-border-crossing-rebels-20140827-800×370.jpg 800w, http://www.mintpressnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/la-fg-syria-israel-golan-heights-border-crossing-rebels-20140827-1145×530.jpg 1145w” sizes=”(max-width: 1200px) 100vw, 1200px” />

Israeli tourists watch smoke rising near the Syrian-Israeli border as the fighting Syrian army fights to regain control of the Quneitra border crossing from rebel groups, thought to be covertly supported by the Israeli government. (Atef Safadi/EPA)

In the days following the December strike, Israel launched a large-scale surprise military drill along the country’s northern border with Lebanon, one of the many countries that has taken a strong stand against Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The drill was aptly summarized by Newsweek:

The Israeli military reportedly mobilized its Galilee division, including hundreds of logistics corps soldiers and dozens of vehicles, without prior notice, in an effort to test its rapid-response capabilities in the event of a conflict breaking out in the tense northern region, near foes Lebanon and Syria.”

Both Arab nations have recognized Jerusalem solely as the capital of an independent Palestinian state, and have been hit by Israeli airstrikes targeting Iran-backed forces, such as Lebanon’s Shia  Hezbollah movement, which has focused on battling Syrian rebels and jihadis in recent years, after having clashed with Israeli forces for decades.

In September, Israel quietly held another military drill, its largest in 20 years, which was designed to simulate a war with Hezbollah in Lebanon. Israeli soldiers playing the part of “the enemy”  even wore Hezbollah’s signature yellow and green flag and guerilla-style uniforms.

Israel is allegedly increasing its defense budget by more than $1 billion in the coming five years. This budget isn’t being prepared for nothing.

An Israeli military general tasked with drafting Israel’s defense policy publicly admitted that Israel was preparing for a war with Iran, but that it could not hope to take on Iran directly without America’s help.

According to Defense News, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has met with Russian President Vladimir Putin at least six times in a 17-month period to press his Russian counterpart for an Iran-free zone of influence. Israel is concerned that Iran’s military buildup inside Syria will extend beyond the deployment of its proxy forces and will instead take the form of “air bases, seaports and other critical infrastructure in Syrian territory.”

Hence Israel’s December strike, aimed at a Syrian facility which they allege was being used to provide arms to Iran’s proxies in the country, and even in the Palestinian territories. It is important to note that this was not a one-off strike. Within the space of about a week, Israel had allegedly struck Syrian territory at least four times, signaling a shift in attitude toward deeper involvement in the Syrian conflict.

Israel cannot hope to take on Iran directly unless the United States conducts the conflict on Israel’s behalf. In light of this, it has only one real option to confront Iran by lesser means, continued attempts to weaken Assad in Syria and to directly confront Hezbollah in Lebanon. If Israel does decide on another direct confrontation with Hezbollah, it likely will not play out in the same manner as it did in 2006, when Israel was repelled after attacking Lebanon in a bid to weaken Hezbollah. As The Hill explains:

The new cadre of fighters Hezbollah is bringing in is also professionalizing what was previously an explicitly guerrilla-oriented organization. The fight for Syria against the nominally Sunni ‘Takfiri’ (apostate) ISIS, has been a gift to the Shia Hezbollah, spurring recruitment efforts. Put simply, Hezbollah is not just getting better at fighting, its army is also getting bigger.”

In essence, Israel would have to intervene militarily in both Lebanon and Syria if it hopes to take on Hezbollah, and this would lead to a direct confrontation with Iran — whether or not Israel is prepared for it.  According to Israeli military analyst Alex Fishman, Iran is working on building a military airfield near Damascus where the Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) will be free to operate. It is only a matter of time before Israel attacks enough IRGC members that Iran decides it can no longer remain idle and watch Israel’s unchallenged aggression on neighboring sovereign allies.

According to the Times of Israel, the December strike allegedly killed 12 Iranian military personnel.  In 2015, Israel assassinated a top Iranian general with little to no outrage from the international community.

Further, Israel has already more or less accepted responsibility for the assassination of a number of Iranian scientists, something one would expect to bring outrage to the international community. Under the guise of defending itself from a repeatedly proven non-existent Iranian nuclear threat, Israel is prepared to do almost anything – even if it means a direct contravention of international law. This includes openly colluding with Saudi Arabia to interfere in domestic Lebanese politics in order to achieve its goal of countering Iranian influence.

The reality is that Israel is already in the business of killing Iranians with little mention from the media, a fact worth noting should a war ever eventuate between the two rival powers — given that the adversarial nature of the respective nations is consistently painted as being solely attributable to Iranian aggression.

Top photo | Two men, not specified which group of rebels, ride a motorcycle towards an abandoned UN base at Syria’s Quneitra border crossing between Syria and the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights, Nov. 28, 2016. (AP/Ariel Schalit)

Darius Shahtahmasebi has completed a Double Degree in Law and Japanese from the University of Otago, with an interest in human rights, international law, and journalism. Follow him on Twitter at @TVsLeaking.

The Roaring Mountain that Gave Birth to a Mouse

16-12-2017 | 08:20

Donald Trump’s recognition of “Jerusalem” Al-Quds as the “Israeli” capital spawned mass protests and sporadic violence in different corners of the globe.

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The near-universal condemnation of the move was accompanied by extensive analysis in the mainstream media – at times exaggerating the significance of the declaration.

This was in part what Washington was hoping for, as the Al-Quds decision is little more than a desperate attempt to delay the seemingly unstoppable process of the suppression of American influence in the Middle East.

It is precisely this decline of American hegemony in the region that has given way to new, US-fuelled crises – a decades-old Washington doctrine, which maintains that US influence can only be preserved through chaos and confrontation.

But Trump’s provocative declaration – merely a follow-up to existing US legislation dating back to 1995 – is unlikely to have the desired effect. The White House maneuver has not only helped to isolate the US. It is also altering the geopolitical landscape to Washington’s disadvantage.

The Saudi-“Israeli” alliance

Trump’s declaration is also linked to his administration’s obsession with subverting Iran.

For Saudi Arabia and its few remaining satellite states, Iran has officially become enemy number one.

There is only one regional entity that shares that level of hostility towards Tehran, and that’s “Israel.”

This unholy alliance, which is hoping to redefine the concept of ‘resistance’ in the Arab psyche, is spurred on by the White House, with Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner playing the role of mediator.

Responding to the Al-Quds announcement earlier this month, the leader of Lebanon’s Hezbollah rightfully pointed out that “Trump had support from the Arabs, or else he wouldn’t have been able to do this.”

“The Arab governments will scream for a few days then go on with the occupation,” Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said.

Barley a week passed before the Arab monarchies in the Persian Gulf offered the most public demonstration of their emerging alliance with “Israel,” which came in the form of a Bahraini delegation strolling through the streets of Al-Quds, hosted by city’s occupiers.

But just like Trump’s declaration, the Bahraini visit – aimed at getting the Arab street accustomed to the idea of open “Israeli”-Arab ties – appears to have backfired.

The news sparked widespread outrage in Bahrain and across the region, further eroding the legitimacy of the Arab monarchies.

The Iranian-Turkish strategic alliance

The accelerated unveiling of the US-Saudi-“Israeli” axis has further alienated the Arab masses while adding to the already mounting anti-“Israeli” and anti-US sentiment in the region.

The growing level of discontent has opened the door for other Middle Eastern powers to expand their clout, substituting American fuelled-chaos with regional stability and security.

Iran and Turkey have already enjoyed a great deal of success in this respect in both Syria and Iraq’s Kurdistan, where the US and its allies have been outwitted.

The Al-Quds crisis offers yet another arena for potential cooperation and the enhancement of the strategic alliance.

The two states are now leading the Muslim world’s opposition to the US president’s declaration. Moreover, Iran’s Hassan Rouhani and Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan have voiced the sharpest condemnation of Riyadh’s tacit approval of Trump’s move.

At this week’s extraordinary summit of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) President Rouhani threw the spotlight on regional countries that are cooperating “with the United States and the Zionist regime and determining the fate of Palestine.”

In the lead-up to the conference, Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu accused some Arab states of offering “very weak responses” on Al-Quds.

Not surprisingly perhaps, Arab monarchs stayed clear of the summit in Istanbul, dispatching lower-level officials.

Of course that did nothing to impede the expanding Ankara-Tehran alliance. The two have found common ground on Palestine – the latest on a long list of challenges being posed by Iran and Turkey to the US-Saudi-“Israeli” axis.

Russia’s role

Shortly after Trump recognized Al-Quds as the “Israeli” capital, Russia’s Vladimir Putin journeyed to the Middle East, visiting no less than three countries.

The first stop was Syria, where he downgraded the Russian military presence following a successful campaign against US-backed militant groups.

Next on the list was Egypt, where he inked a number of important agreements, including one that allows Russia’s armed forces to use Egyptian military bases.

The Russians and the Egyptians also found common ground on Libya, where Moscow is once again playing a prominent role.

Putin then traveled to Turkey, where he voiced his backing for Erdogan’s rejection of the Al-Quds declaration.

These are the relationships and diplomatic overtures that are shaping the new Middle East. Everything else comprises mere manipulation and attempts to sow unrest by leaders whose armies are in retreat on all fronts.

Washington’s only response to its waning influence has come in the form of symbolic gestures and confused statements about what others in the region are doing.

Source: Al-Ahed

I’m Not Racist, am I?

December 10, 2017  /  Gilad Atzmon

By Gilad Atzmon

I’m Not Racist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43gm3CJePn0

The above video is rapper’s Joyner Lucas’ “I’m Not Racist.” It’s uncomfortable for some of us to watch, but within a few days it was viewed by  12 million people.

The video opens with a big white man in a “Make America Great Again” hat ‘speaking his mind,’ by expressing what many white Americans believe about blacks.  In the second verse, the song takes a surprising turn — a young black man in dreadlocks tells his story and counters each of the white man’s identitarian generalizations.

Why has I’m Not Racist  attracted millions of viewers? Because unlike Western academia, media, politicians and progressives who try to suppress the way people think and express themselves, the artist here attempts to reshape the universe, offering a prospect of unity.

While oligarchs and their identitarian lapdogs push us into race wars, religious conflicts, immoral interventionist disasters  and identity battles, beauty focuses on the universal. Art shows us how to escape from the dystopia inflicted by the Soroses and their cultural and political mercenaries.

In I’m Not Racist’s  final scene we see forgiveness. The white and the black men reconcile. The big Trump supporter and the young black man embrace.  Human bonds prevail. Let us try extend this exercise a bit. Can we imagine an Israeli and a Palestinian telling each other what they really think about each other? I think we can. Can we think of a Jihadi Muslim playing a similar role with a  global war enthusiast? I think we can.

But what about a Goy and a Jew? Can we envisage a video of a Goy shouting angrily at a Jew what many Goyim think about Israel, choseness, the Fed, Goldman Sachs, Soros, Hollywood, the Holocaust industry, the Holodomor, Palestine, AIPAC, CFI, the Lobby, Weinstein, Epstein, Lord Janner?  Would a video with such content survive for one day on youtube? Can we also imagine an angry Jew standing in front of a camera sharing the Jewish side of the story? Will he proffer the Jewish view of the world and in particular, the Goyim?  Will he tell us the meanings of  Goyishe Kopfshiksa and Shvartze ? I suspect that we all know the answer to this. It is not going to happen for the same reason it has never happened.

Those who self identify (politically) as Jews are often removed from the realm of the universal.  When they ‘oppose racism,’ they are too often primarily concerned with antisemitsm. Even when they support the Palestinians, they do so within racially exclusive Jewish political cells as JVPs can attest. When they fight for ‘freedom of Speech on Israel’ within the Labour Party they still operate as the ‘Jewish’ Voice for Labour and form an ‘all-Jewish panel.’

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It is a reasonable argument that the Jew/Goy relationship is volatile territory, guarded and even policed by a variety of means including legal measures.

Rapper Joyner Lucas crosses the black/white divide because for him being in the world is being amongst others.  To achieve the same goal, Jews must find a way to rid themselves of all traces of choseness and exceptionalism. And here is the Jewish dilemma once again – when Jews do that, when they drift away from choseness, they become ordinary boring humans, they stop being Jews they become Goyim. Some Jews in the past have chosen this path – they have successfully blended into the universal.

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