«Israel’s» Main Goal in Syria: Curbing Hezbollah, Iran Influence in Golan

In addition to the internal issues, the “Israeli” entity may be dragged into regional developments at any time.

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The incident last Friday, in which Syria fired an anti-aircraft missile at “Israeli” warplanes after “Israeli” airstrikes in Syria, reminded the “Israeli” media about the ongoing war in that country.

That war is the main, but not the only, arena for the larger struggle among forces in the region. The two main sides are the Iranian-led axis and the Saudi-led alliance of Arab regimes. Tehran has an advantage on nearly every front. The “Israeli” entity is a secondary player. Its focus is on trying to curb Iranian influence on the front that is most important to it, the border with Syria in the Golan Heights.

The entity is particularly troubled by developments in Syria and Lebanon. As Tehran and Damascus are discussing a long-term lease of space in the Latakia port to Iran, the “Israeli” entity fears the delivery of weapons delivered to Hezbollah.

The “Israeli” entity was forced to admit its airstrikes in Syria last week. However, despite the Russian foreign ministry summoning the “Israeli” ambassador for clarifications, the entity’s message was firm: it will continue its strikes out of fear from Hezbollah and to prevent it from obtaining weapons, including rockets, missiles, drones and chemical weapons.

The reserve-duty generals Amos Yadlin and Giora Eiland argued in two separate articles in the “Israeli” Yedioth Ahronoth daily this week that foiling alleged arms smuggling is secondary to the entity’s main goal of thwarting Iran’s and Hezbollah’s presence in the Golan Heights.

Yadlin, presumably reflecting the position of the military establishment, believes “a reassessment is needed” of the benefits of the effort to keep weapons out of the hands of Hezbollah [by striking convoys and arms depots in Syria] versus the risk of escalation posed by these actions.

Yadlin said that while the entity should uproot the group’s infrastructure in the Golan Heights, the most important strategic goal in the north is to prevent Iran from establishing a base in Syria, using its contacts in Moscow and in Washington.

Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot, speaking at the same event, focused on the northern front.

He said that in a future war with Hezbollah, the “Israeli” entity could target Lebanese state institutions, without making a distinction between the government in Beirut and Hezbollah. It looks like a planned “Israeli” trend – renewing threats to wreak widespread destruction in Lebanon in order to deter Hezbollah from operating on the border in wake of its growing successes.

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Source: Haaretz, Edited by website team

24-03-2017 | 1

Lebanon: PM Hariri forced to flee as protesters send bottles flying at tax hike demo

(Ruptly) Protesters threw bottles at Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri as thousands continued to gather in central Beirut, Sunday, rallying for the fourth day in a row against a tax hikes.

Hariri attempted to address the protesters, but was booed and ushered away by his security staff as projectiles started to fly. Armed guards stood between the politician and the demonstrators, with the latter pulling down barricades blocking the prime minister’s headquarters, the Grand Serail.

The cabinet decided to raise VAT from 10 to 11 percent in order to fund a new salary scale bill, which is estimated to cost LL 1.2 trillion ($800 million). The revenue will fund pay scales for government employees such as judges, teachers and military personnel.

SOT, Samer Abou Khalil, protester (Arabic): “We ask Lebanese people today to participate in the demonstration to stop the corruption machine in the government. We hope they do because it is for all Lebanese.

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Sayyed Nasrallah Urges Syria Militants to Lay Arms: Resistance Axis Victorious

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Hezbollah Secretary General His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah confirmed that the Resistance’s axis will emerge victorious in the region.Sayyed Nasrallah Urges Syria Militants to Lay Arms: Resistance Axis Victorious

In a speech delivered on the anniversary of Sayyeda Fatima al-Zahra’s [PBUH] birthday, His Eminence denounced the UN body, describing it as a US-“Israeli” tool.

Following the resignation of the head of the United Nation’s West Asia commission over a report accusing “Israel” of imposing an “apartheid regime” on Palestinians, Sayyed Narallah denounced the international body as a “weak” organization.

“This international organization bowed to the US- “Israeli” pressure,” he said, noting that “the UN once again proved that it is incapable of defending any right and preserving any dignity.”

The Resistance Leader further stated: “The world can’t depend on this organization and its decision to grant us back our occupied land in Palestine, Lebanon and the Golan heights, to defend human rights and to protect our women and children.”

He also hailed UN Undersecretary-General and ESCWA Executive Secretary Rima Khalaf’s strong position in announcing the resignation and refusal to withdraw the report.

“I offer my deepest respect for UN official Rima Khalaf who announced her resignation on Friday after a request to withdraw the report,” Sayyed Nasrallah said, saluting her and urging the Arab and Islamic countries to abide by her report.

Praising the martyrdom of the Palestinian martyr Basil al-Araj, Sayyed Nasrallah condoled the martyr’s family, his village and the entire Palestinian people.

“Once again, the Palestinians confirmed their position on the solidity and steadfastness and that’s what we saw in the funeral of the resistance martyr al-Araj,” he added.

Moving to the internal Lebanese front, Sayyed Nasrallah said that “the taxes in Lebanon must be approached away from bidding and settling accounts and lies.”

“The populist approach does not work in the new salary scale because such approach make you win in a place and lose in another,” he warned, declaring that the salary scale was a right and that their attempts to obstruct it.

As His Eminence reiterated that Hezbollah refuses any additional taxes on the poor and families of low income, he revealed that the party will put a comprehensive suggestion on the alternatives.

“We ask results where around 260,000 families [who will be affected by the wage hike] – the poor and families of low income – are treated equally,” he stressed, noting that “we are seeking a courageous stance where unnecessary expenditures are scrapped. Some sectors can bear additional taxes.”

His Eminence went on to say: There are other realistic sources to fund it but those require a serious decision.

He also asked: “What is the problem in taxing the rich, the marine property and large enterprises as all countries do?”

In parallel, Sayyed Nasrallah demanded that all political parties make concessions in order to approve an electoral law.

Warning that the time is up once it came to the electoral law, he cautioned that this is becoming adventurous to all political groups.

“We are presenting to the Lebanese three bad options, vacuum, [conducting elections over the], 1960 [vote law] and a [new] extension,” Sayyed Nasrallah stated, cautioning that Lebanon will reach a political deadlock if no consensus is reached.

He also stressed that the electoral law is a top priority that needs to be tackled directly “even if the salary scale is put aside for a while.”

Sayyed Nasrallah also underscored that “this is a national duty,” urging all political rivals to loosen the grip on their stances.

In addition, Hezbollah’s Secretary General reiterated his party’s support of a proportional vote.

“It’s the most adequate even if it affects Hezbollah’s shares from the parliamentary seat,” he repeated, asking “What is the problem if all of us were [represented] at the Parliament?”

In this context, he called the political parties to have some modesty and return to its real sizes.

Moving to the Syrian front, the Resistance Leader assured that the days of Daesh [Arabic Acronym for the terrorist “ISIS”/”ISIL” group], Fateh al-Sham or the al-Nusra Front, and other terrorist groups fighting to topple the Damascus government are numbered.

6 years of the war on Syria, Sayyed Nasrallah highlighted that “The war on Syria has entered its seventh year and the scheme of all those who conspired against Syria is now facing failure.”

“The takfiri terrorist groups came to Syria with a foolish aim of establishing their own state thinking that they were exploiting the US and Turkey,” he said, expecting that “Daesh is reaching its end in Iraq and has no future in Syria.”

He further viewed that “the money spent on arms during the past six years could have ended famine in Somalia and poverty in Arab countries and accommodate homeless Palestinians.”

To the militants, Sayyed Nasrallah sent a clear message, “As I said 6 years ago, the US-Western powers were drawing on you in order to carry out their schemes in Syria.”

To them, His Eminence said: “Lay down your arms and join the resistance’s front.”
“Isn’t the blood shed so far enough?” he wondered.

“I have repeatedly called on Syria militants not to put trust in [the] West and implement their plots in Syria, because the US and its allies are only using them as cannon fodder and will abandon [them] as soon as they are defeated,” he said.

His Eminence also explained that the defeat of the Daesh in Syria would be tantamount to the fall of “Israeli” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu himself.

In this context, Sayyed Nasrallah clarified that Netanyahu had recently met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow to express his deep concern over the likely collapse of Daesh in Syria since such a development would mark a great triumph for the Resistance front in the Middle East.

“The axis of the resistance in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Yemen will not be defeated but will emerge victorious,” he vowed.

Source: al-Ahed news

18-03-2017 | 20:50

israel says will continue illegally trying to hit Hezbollah in Syria. A few more shot down could change their mind

Israel says will continue hitting Hezbollah in Syria 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (photo by AFP)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (photo by AFP)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said in brazen remarks that his regime will continue to conduct military attacks against Hezbollah targets inside Syria, a day after Tel Aviv had to admit airstrikes inside Syrian territory.

Israeli warplanes intruded Syrian airspace on Friday, striking several targets near the ancient city of Palmyra in the central part of the Arab country. The Syrian government said it had fired anti-aircraft missiles at the intruding Israeli jets. It said one warplane had been shot down and another damaged.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke about the incursion on Saturday, claiming that the strikes targeted weapons shipments to Hezbollah.

“When we identify attempts to transfer advanced weapons to Hezbollah and we have intelligence and it is operationally feasible, we act to prevent it,” he alleged. “That’s how it was yesterday and that’s how we shall continue to act.”

Hezbollah defended Lebanon against Israeli wars in 2000 and 2006. It has helped both prevent and contain the spillover into Lebanon of a terrorist campaign going on in Syria. The resistance movement has also been aiding the Syrian government in its own battle against extremist militants inside Syria.

The Syrian army has called the latest Israeli airstrikes “a desperate attempt” to help the Takfiri terrorist group of Daesh.

A picture taken on March 4, 2017 shows a Syrian Army T-62 tank at a damaged site in the ancient city of Palmyra in central Syria. (By AFP)

Israel, on the other hand, has been contributing to the terrorist campaign in Syria with the strikes against Hezbollah and the Syrian military and by offering medial treatment for the anti-Damascus militants in the Israeli-occupied Syrian territory of Golan Heights.

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Last September, an Israeli lawmaker said Tel Aviv was directly aiding the terrorist group formerly known as al-Nusra Front in the Golan Heights.

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In a message posted on his Facebook page and quoted by the daily Haaretz, Knesset member Akram Hasoon said Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, as the group is currently known, was bombing the Druze village of Khadr in non-occupied Golan with Israeli Minister for Military Affairs Avigdor Lieberman’s support and protection.

The Israeli regime every now and then hits targets inside Syrian territory in strikes that typically go unclaimed. While Netanyahu admitted for the first time in April 2016 that Israel had attacked dozens of convoys transporting weapons for Hezbollah in Syria, the Tel Aviv regime refuses to claim individual attacks.

It was forced to admit the Friday airstrikes, though, because its jets had been attacked by the Syrian military in that incursion.

israel again threatening Lebanon

Israeli minister wants Lebanon ‘sent back to Middle Ages’

Press TV – March 13, 2017

An Israeli minister says “life in Lebanon today is not bad” compared to Syria, adding Tel Aviv should target civilians in a future war with the country and send it “back to the Middle Ages.”

Education Minister Naftali Bennett has said all aspects of life in Lebanon must be targeted in a future war with Hezbollah, because the resistance movement is now an important part of the Lebanese people.

“Today, Hezbollah is embedded in sovereign Lebanon. It is part of the government and, according to the president, also part of its security forces,” Israeli newspaper Haaretz quoted Bennett as saying on Sunday.

The daily referred to statements made a month ago by Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun who ruled out outside pressures to disarm Hezbollah.

“As long as Israel occupies land and covets the natural resources of Lebanon, and as long as the Lebanese military lacks the power to stand up to Israel, [Hezbollah’s] arms are essential,” Aoun said.

“The Lebanese institutions, its infrastructure, airport, power stations, traffic junctions, Lebanese Army bases – they should all be legitimate targets if a war breaks out,” Bennett said.

“Life in Lebanon today is not bad – certainly compared to what’s going on in Syria. Lebanon’s civilians, including the Shia population, will understand that this is what lies in store for them,” he added.

Bennett said heavily targeting civilian infrastructure, along with additional air and ground action by the Israeli troops, will shorten the campaign as it will accelerate international intervention.

“That will lead them to stop it quickly – and we have an interest in the war being as short as possible,” he said.

Bennett’s approach is not new for the Israeli officials. In 2008, the head of the Israeli army’s Northern Command, who currently serves as the army’s chief of staff, Gadi Eisenkot, presented the “Dhahiya doctrine.”

This picture shows the aftermath of Israeli bombing of residential buildings in Dhahiya in southern Beirut in August 2006.

It referred to Israel’s heavy bombardment of the densely-populated Shia quarter in southern Beirut in the 2006 war because buildings in the neighborhood were identified with Hezbollah.

Haaretz said Hezbollah was able to launch more than 1,000 rockets into Israel in a single day of fighting, leaving Tel Aviv with either no or limited solution to confront them.

Bennett said hunting rocket launchers during a war is almost impossible, adding Hezbollah has learned to deploy them in a more sophisticated manner, thus the regime must hit civilian targets.

“If Hezbollah fires missiles at the Israeli home front, this will mean sending Lebanon back to the Middle Ages,” he said.

Bennett served as a reserve officer and commanded an elite unit sent deep into southern Lebanon to find Hezbollah’s rocket-launching squads during the second Israeli war on Lebanon in 2006, which ended after 33 days.

Many Israeli leaders admitted that the war marked a defeat for Tel Aviv, dealing another serious blow to its military’s myth of invincibility.

Last week, Israel’s Minister of Military Affairs Avigdor Lieberman said at a Knesset committee meeting that the Lebanese army was now “a subsidiary unit of Hezbollah.”

Hezbollah fighters are currently helping Syrian troops confront Takfiri terrorists and prevent the conflict from spilling over into Lebanon.

In a series of interviews with Lebanese media last month, President Aoun said Hezbollah operations “complement the actions of the army and do not contradict them.”

“They are a major part of Lebanon’s defense,” he said.

israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett: Next Lebanon War Must Target Civilians

Israeli Education Minister: Next Lebanon War Must Target Civilians

Israeli DM: Lebanese Army a Subsidiary of Hezbollah

Israeli military officials have been saying for the last several years that it’s pretty clear Hezbollah doesn’t want another war with Israel, with the belief that Hezbollah is more focused on fighting against ISIS and al-Qaeda in Syria than on border skirmishes with Israel.

Still, the 2006 Israeli invasion of Lebanon was very popular on the far-right, and even though Israel was roundly criticized for the civilian toll of their invasion, many are eager to make clear that the next war, which they consider an inevitability, will involve even more deliberate targeting of Lebanese civilians.

That was the message of Education Minister Naftali Bennett today, and while it was couched as a response to Lebanon’s President recognizing that Hezbollah’s militia forces, which have been helping defend the border from ISIS and al-Qaeda raids, are “essential” to Lebanon’s defense.

This is being presented by hawks as a “recognition” of Hezbollah, which is meaningless since Hezbollah has been part of the Lebanese government for years. Israeli officials have been talking up the idea of deliberately targeting populated areas around Hezbollah in the next war for years, however, and this is just the latest pretext to reiterate it.

The real reason this narrative has been pushed is likely the reality that Israel’s military has a decidedly difficult time not killing civilians wholesale during wars, and simply wants to get a head start on justifying the reckless targeting of civilian homes.

Who does adopt Feltman’s orphans? أيتام فيلتمان مَن يتبنّاهم؟

 Who does adopt Feltman’s orphans?

Written by Nasser Kandil,

The words issued unofficially by the US Ambassador in Lebanon commenting on the official speech of the President of the Republic the General Michael Aoun who sticks to the role of the resistance weapons raised inquiries that are circulated among the political circles affiliated to the forces of the Fourteenth of March especially Al Mustaqbal Movement and the Lebanese Forces  about the possibilities of the US escalation to the extent of talking about banning the US nationals from traveling to Lebanon, enlisting Lebanon in the US travel banning,  and stopping the cooperation with the Lebanese army, depending on the special status afforded by the administration of the US President Donald Trump to the security of Israel and the relationship with it.

To classify Hezbollah on the US lists allocated to the terrorism is not new, to consider it a ruthless opponent according to its vision of the interests in the region is an admission in its place, and to make every effort along with the new administration to exert pressure on the Lebanese country for not covering the resistance weapons within the concept of the US support to Israel, then this is a fact which will continue, and when Washington puts its importance to barter Russia for any cooperation in Syria by not allowing the achievement of Iran of any gains that affects Israel, which means the seek to alienate Hezbollah away from the success of fortifying and strengthening the structure of the resistance for the post stage of the stability of Syria then this is the conflict law.

The question is revolving somewhere else. Will Washington raise the pace of pressures in favor of its hostile vision toward the resistance which is accused vitally with the security of Israel, to the extent of exposing Lebanon to instability due to the position of its President who sticks to the resistance and its weapons?, and were these positions hidden in front of Washington before his election? Does Washington consider the stability of Lebanon a secondary matter and the war on terrorism especially ISIS a secondary matter too? Is it ready to sacrifice with them and to freeze this war and considering it mere a platform for the bargains in the war on Hezbollah which proceeds as a priority? Are Washington and Israel in a state of escalation toward the war? Most importantly, did the President of the Republic the General Michael Aoun raise the ceiling of his position which sticks to the resistance and its weapons, while he could saying that the weapons is a matter that the country is unable to bear outside the comprehensive national dialogue that started and will continue till achieving the results according to the words of the former President Michael Suleiman?, maybe this was meanly intended by the inquirers about the purposes of the words of the US Ambassador.

The Deputy UN Secretary-General Jeffrey Feltman who never stop being the most reflective honestly about the positions of the successive US administrations towards the weapons of Hezbollah and its resisting role simply said that if Washington has an escalation agenda then the first platforms for moving will be the United Nations through the gate of the committees to apply the resolution 1701 and linking it with the resolution 1559. Feltman who is the crucial player who has the passwords in the two issues said that in Lebanon there is a miracle its basis is the presence of weapons at the hands of the counterbalanced group outside the country, which is Hezbollah. Despite the crisis and the war as the size of what is going on in the neighboring Syria, Lebanon was not destabilized. These words are contrary to what is anticipated from Feltman the godfather of the hostile decisions and campaigns against Hezbollah and its weapons. They are contrary to the call of organizing UN campaigns that target and affect Lebanon and through it Hezbollah under the title of the weapons, as long as this weapon has proved its eligibility by not turning into a factor for destabilization. The words of Feltman grant the words of the President of the Republic legitimacy and credibility against the circulated speech by the US Ambassador, because the most prominent of what was said by the President was that Hezbollah’s weapons do not constitute a reason for destabilization.

The words of Feltman disclosed those who inquired “innocently” and made them his foundlings after they were his orphans, after he gave up their fatherhood, so they become Americans more than the Americans themselves if not more.

Translated by Lina Shehadeh,

أيتام فيلتمان مَن يتبنّاهم؟

مارس 8, 2017

ناصر قنديل

– أثار الكلام الصادر عن السفيرة الأميركية في لبنان بشكل غير رسمي تعليقاً على الكلام الرسمي لرئيس الجمهورية العماد ميشال عون المتمسّك بدور سلاح المقاومة، تساؤلات عن احتمالات التصعيد الأميركي تداولتها الأوساط السياسية المنتمية للرابع عشر من آذار، خصوصاً في تيار المستقبل والقوات اللبنانية، وصلت حدّ الحديث عن وقف سفر الرعايا الأميركيين إلى لبنان وإدراج لبنان على لائحة حظر السفر إلى أميركا ووقف التعاون مع الجيش اللبناني، مستندة إلى المكانة الخاصة التي توليها إدارة الرئيس الأميركي دونالد ترامب لأمن «إسرائيل» والعلاقة معها.

– أن تُصنّف أميركا حزب الله على لوائحها الخاصة بالإرهاب ليس جديداً، وأن تعتبره خصماً شرساً في رؤيتها لمصالحها في المنطقة، فهذا اعتراف في مكانه، وأن تبذل مع الإدارة الجديدة كلّ ما تستطيع كي تضغط على الدولة اللبنانية لعدم تغطية سلاح المقاومة ضمن مفهوم الدعم الأميركي لـ«إسرائيل»، فذلك ما كان وما هو كائن وما سيكون، وأن تضع واشنطن ثقلَها لمقايضة روسيا لأيّ تعاون في سورية بعدم السماح بتحقيق إيران لمكاسب تؤذي «إسرائيل» والقصد السعي لإبعاد حزب الله عن النجاح في تمكين وتمتين بنية المقاومة لمرحلة ما بعد استقرار سورية، فذلك هو قانون الصراع.

– السؤال يدور في مكان آخر، وهو هل سترفع واشنطن وتيرة الضغوط لحساب رؤيتها العدائية للمقاومة والمهتمّة بصورة حيوية بأمن «إسرائيل»، لدرجة تعرّض لبنان للاهتزاز بسبب موقف رئيسه المتمسك بالمقاومة وسلاحها؟ وهل كانت هذه المواقف غائبة عن واشنطن قبل انتخابه؟ وهل واشنطن تعتبر استقرار لبنان ثانوياً والحرب على الإرهاب، خصوصاً داعش، شأناً ثانوياً أيضاً، وهي مستعدة للتضحية بهما، وتجميد هذه الحرب واعتبارها مجرد منصة للمساومات في الحرب على حزب الله، التي تتقدّم كأولوية؟ وهل واشنطن وإسرائيل بالتالي، في وضعية التصعيد نحو الحرب؟ والأهم من كل ذلك وبناء عليه، هل غامر رئيس الجمهورية العماد ميشال عون برفع سقف موقفه المتمسك بالمقاومة وسلاحها، وكان بمستطاعه القول إنّ السلاح شأن فوق طاقة الدولة على معالجته خارج حوار وطني شامل بدأ وسيستمر حتى بلوغ نتائج وفقاً للغة الرئيس السابق ميشال سليمان، ولعل هذا ما قصد بلوغه المتسائلون بغير براءة عن مقاصد كلام السفيرة الأميركية؟

– يأتي كلام معاون الأمين للأمم المتحدة جيفري فيلتمان الذي لم يكفّ عن كونه الأشدّ تعبيراً بأمانة عن مواقف الإدارات الأميركية المتعاقبة تجاه سلاح حزب الله ودوره المقاوم، ليقول ببساطة إنه لو كان لدى واشنطن روزنامة تصعيد، فأول منابر التحرّك ستكون الأمم المتحدة عبر بوابة لجان تطبيق القرار 1701 وربطه بالقرار 1559، وفيلتمان هو اللاعب الحاسم الذي يمتلك كلمة السر في العنوانين، فإذ بفيلتمان يخرج ليقول إنّ في لبنان معجزة قوامها أنّ وجود سلاح وازن بيد فئة وازنة خارج الدولة، هو حزب الله، وبجوار وتداخل مع أزمة وحرب بحجم ما يجري في سورية، لم يزعزع استقرار لبنان. وهذا الكلام عكس ما يُنتظر من فيلتمان عراب القرارات المعادية والحملات المعادية لحزب الله وسلاحه، وهو عكس السير بالدعوة لتنظيم حملات استهداف وتضييق أممية على لبنان ومن خلاله على حزب الله تحت عنوان السلاح، طالما أنّ هذا السلاح أثبت أهليته بعدم تحوّله عاملاً يزعزع الاستقرار، لا بل إن كلام فيلتمان يمنح كلام رئيس الجمهورية مشروعية وصدقية بوجه الكلام المتداول عن لسان السفيرة الأميركية، لأنّ أبرز ما قاله الرئيس كان أنّ هذا السلاح لا يشكل سبباً لزعزعة الاستقرار.

– كلام فيلتمان يفضح المتسائلين بـ«براءة» ويجعلهم لقطاء فيلتمان، بعدما كانوا أيتامه، وتخلّى فيلتمان عن أبوّتهم، وصاروا أميركيين أكثر من الأميركيين كي لا نقول أكثر.

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