’Israel’ and the ’Days of Great Anxiety’ إسرائيل و«أيام القلق العظيم»

“For the first time in its history, “Israel” today needs US military bases on the occupied land of Palestine”

“Today, “Israel” is no longer able to make a decision on its own. And disillusioned are those who believe that the enemy’s government or its military and security institutions are capable of making a war decision in the region without a direct US approval, coverage and input.”

Ibrahim Al Amin

17-10-2017 | 08:31

On the eve of the establishment of the “Israeli” entity, and in the decades that followed, we, the Arabs, have placed ourselves in the position of moral responsibility to deny, confirm or declare a decisive position on the massacres committed by the West against the Jews before and during the Second World War. It is a position no one assigned to us, and it is neither our specialty nor our direct responsibility.

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This submission is due to the fact that the “Israeli” entity is going through the most dangerous stage in its history today. Putting aside numerical calculations or data based on theoretical elements, “Israel” has practically entered the stage of transitioning from the time of the “eternal state” to the time of the fallen state. Since an operation of this magnitude requires huge efforts and larger wars, the enemy, before the West, will resort to the narrative of Jewish grievances once again.

Therefore, for the first and last time, we will have the duty to answer a question about any possible solution to the Jewish issue in our country, in connection with the decision to remove the “Israeli” entity. In order not to hold ourselves responsible for what some may see as injustice against the Jews living in “Israel” when their present state is gone, it is worthwhile to return to an easy, simple and clear position: The colonial West, whether with a Crusader, religious, or an oppressive totalitarian background is first and foremost responsible for what happened to the Jews in Europe as it is also responsible for finding a solution to the crisis of the Jews who will leave Palestine. Meanwhile, our responsibility is to create an orderly framework for a state in which the people of the land living are Palestinians and who can remain among their current inhabitants, after choosing a new regime for the rule of the State of Palestine, which is not missing any inch of its land or a letter of its name.

Is this delirium as the sons of the defeated current say?

Let’s let them be. There will remain with us, or in the world, those who would provide them with the fuel of life despite their defeat. Some of them no longer want an end to “Israel” anymore. Therefore, there is no use for them and their hallucinations. There is no point in discussing with the necessity of the great sacrifices that will be made to restore Palestine, as long as they see in it just suicide!

Today, “Israel” is living “the days of great anxiety” because of the erosion of its offensive and defensive capabilities, not only militarily, but also politically. For the first time in its history, “Israel” today needs US military bases on the occupied land of Palestine and American protection bases tens or hundreds of kilometers from its northern and southern borders. It also needs, without any concern, a direct US military presence to protect it from the enemies. Above all, the entity is in need, not for peace agreements that can no longer be justified, but for cooperation that provides it with the political umbrella to gain access to the Arab mind. After the role of Turkey, Egypt, Jordan and Morocco in protecting “Israel’s” right to exist collapsed, it is now seeking a direct partnership with the kingdom of oppression and backwardness in the Arabian Peninsula – the last empire of its kind similar to it in the Arab world – to give it an “Islamic pardon” to help it not survive but to use the Arabs to confront its adversaries led by Iran.

“Israel’s” difficult situation is not only the result of the growing strength of its adversaries, but also stems from the fact that it no longer has moral superiority, even to its own citizens, after its long wars turned its army into a group of murderers who were forced to carry out more brutal killings so that the survival of the state would insured. But each time they come out from their maneuvers with serious flaws, making the probability of defeat in any future war equal to the probability of victory. The social structure was also weakened because the people of this state know, as the mainstay of its army, that things are no longer like before, and that all maneuvers of the last ten years focused on defense and not offense. Even major military drills were aimed at “keeping danger away” and not finishing it off. All this is enough to accumulate in the “Israeli” consciousness one defeat after another.

Today, “Israel” is no longer able to make a decision on its own. And disillusioned are those who believe that the enemy’s government or its military and security institutions are capable of making a war decision in the region without a direct US approval, coverage and input. Therefore, the leaders of the enemy are constantly working to convince the US administration that striking the enemies of “Israel”, today and not tomorrow, is equally in the interest of the US. “Israel” may find the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia the only party in the world that shares this concern, after those madmen put themselves in “Israeli” shoes.

All these concerns are what dominated the events of the past months and weeks, including continuous military preparations that allows the enemy to wage a major war in the north and the south as well as to convince the Americans to launch a political and economic war against “Israel’s” opponents in the region, urging countries such as Saudi Arabia to take greater steps towards this confrontation. In the mind of the enemy, an American intervention would severely hinder its opponents’ front; and a Saudi participation would make the next war against a group of pro-Persian Arabs from an “opposing” political or religious doctrine a “consensus” that the West and “Israel” believe Saudi Arabia can speak for.

So that people do not get confused, what was aforementioned does not mean that there are military buildups on the border with Syria and Lebanon. But there is a special political decision leading to offensive readiness. This is accompanied by an increase in intelligence activity in Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Iraq, and even Iran, in order to ensure a clear and realistic picture of the enemies; which is something the United States follows up on with decisions made by its administrations and the actions of US forces on the ground in Syria and Iraq. It is also an atmosphere, which falls in line with US efforts – in cooperation with Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates – to complete a spiral step that ends with the declaration of a Palestinian state, but one without meaning, with no final borders, no independent authority, no free outlets, and no right of return for those who wish to live under it.

Today, we and the enemy, walk on a knife’s edge. Among us are those who fear confrontation, believing that the enemy alone is better, let alone if it is supported by America and Saudi Arabia. And among them are those who want to take us to a futile debate about the preference of this or that option to restore rights. But there are those among us, too, those who live in this land and do not waste a minute but work with all their strength, experience and knowledge to prepare for a moment when cries arise; screams of illegitimate children of an illegitimate entity, which was once, called “Israel.”

Source: Al-Akhbar Newspaper, Translated by website team

إسرائيل و«أيام القلق العظيم»

ابراهيم الأمين

عشية قيام الكيان الاسرائيلي، وفي العقود التي تلت، وضَعْنا، نحن العرب، أنفسنا في موقع المسؤولية الأخلاقية حيال نفي أو تأكيد أو إعلان موقف حاسم من المجازر التي ارتكبها الغرب في حق اليهود قبل الحرب العالمية الثانية وأثناءها. وهو موقع لم يكلّفنا به أحد، وليس من اختصاصنا، فضلاً عن أنه ليس من مسؤوليتنا المباشرة.

هذا التقديم سببه أن كيان العدو يعيش، اليوم، المرحلة الأكثر خطورةً في تاريخه. وفي معزل عن حسابات رقمية، أو معطيات تستند الى عناصر نظرية، فإن إسرائيل دخلت، فعلياً، مرحلة الانتقال من زمن «الدولة الأبدية» الى زمن الدولة الساقطة حكماً. ولأن عملية بهذا الحجم تتطلّب جهوداً ضخمة، وحروباً أضخم، فإن العدو، قبل الغرب، سيلجأ الى سردية المظلومية اليهودية مرة جديدة. وبالتالي سنكون، لمرة أولى وأخيرة، أمام واجب الإجابة عن سؤال حول أيّ حل ممكن للمسألة اليهودية في بلادنا، ربطاً بقرار إزالة الكيان الاسرائيلي؟ وحتى لا نحمّل أنفسنا، من الآن، مسؤولية ما قد يراه البعض ظلماً بحق اليهود القاطنين في إسرائيل، عندما تزول دولتهم القائمة اليوم، من المجدي العودة الى موقف سهل وبسيط وواضح: إن الغرب الاستعماري، سواء بخلفية صليبية أو دينية أو بخلفية قمعية شمولية، مسؤول أولاً وأخيراً عمّا حلّ باليهود في أوروبا، وهو مسؤول أيضاً عن إيجاد حلّ لأزمة اليهود الذين سيغادرون فلسطين. أما مسؤوليتنا، نحن، فهي خلق الإطار المنظّم لدولة يعيش فيها أهل الارض من الفلسطينيين، ومن يمكن أن يبقى من سكانها الحاليين، بعد اختيار نظام جديد لحكم دولة فلسطين غير الناقصة لأي شبر من أرضها أو حرف من اسمها.

هل هذا هذيان كما يقول أبناء تيار الهزيمة؟

لندَع هؤلاء وشأنهم. سيظل بيننا، أو في العالم، من يمدّهم بوقود الحياة مهزومين. وبعضهم لم يعد يريد نهاية لإسرائيل أصلاً. وبالتالي، لا طائل منهم ومن هلوساتهم، ولا فائدة من مناقشتهم في ضرورة التضحيات الكبيرة التي ستبذل لاسترداد فلسطين، ما داموا يرون في ذلك مجرّد انتحار!

إسرائيل تعيش اليوم «أيام القلق العظيم»، بسبب تآكل قدراتها الهجومية والدفاعية، ليس عسكرياً فقط، بل سياسياً أيضاً. للمرة الأولى، في تاريخها، باتت إسرائيل اليوم في حاجة إلى قواعد عسكرية أميركية على الارض المغتصبة في فلسطين، والى قواعد حماية أميركية على بعد عشرات أو مئات الكيلومترات من حدودها الشمالية والجنوبية، كما باتت تحتاج، من دون أي تشاوف، الى الوجود العسكري الاميركي المباشر لحمايتها من الاعداء. وفوق كل ذلك، بات الكيان في حاجة، ليس الى اتفاقات سلام معه لم يعد بالإمكان تبريرها، بل إلى تعاون يمنحه المظلة السياسية للنفاذ الى العقل العربي. وبعد تراجع أدوار تركيا ومصر والاردن والمغرب في حماية «حق إسرائيل في الوجود»، تسعى اليوم الى شراكة مباشرة مع مملكة القهر والتخلف في الجزيرة العربية، آخر الامبراطوريات الشبيهة بها في بلادنا، علّها تمنحها «صفحاً إسلامياً» يساعدها ليس على البقاء، بل على استخدام العرب مباشرة لمواجهة خصومها الذين تقودهم إيران.
وضع إسرائيل الصعب ليس ناتجاً من تعاظم قوة خصومها فحسب، بل لكونها لم تعد تملك تفوّقاً أخلاقياً، حتى بالنسبة إلى مواطنيها أنفسهم، بعدما حوّلت حروبها الطويلة جيشها الى مجموعة من القتلة، وصار هؤلاء ملزمين بالقيام بأعمال قتل أكثر وحشية حتى يستقيم بقاء الدولة. ورغم كل ذلك، يخرجون كل مرة من مناوراتهم بثُغَر خطيرة، تجعل احتمال الهزيمة في أي حرب مقبلة يوازي احتمال الفوز. كذلك أصاب الوهن البنية الاجتماعية للكيان، لأن أبناء هذه الدولة يعرفون، كونهم عماد جيشها، أن الأمور لم تعد كما في السابق، وأن كل مناورات السنوات العشر الاخيرة استهدفت الدفاع وليس الهجوم، وأنه حتى المناورات على عمليات عسكرية كبرى كان هدفها «إبعاد الخطر» وليس الإجهاز عليه. وكل ذلك يكفي ليتراكم في الوعي الاسرائيلي هزيمة تجرّ هزيمة.

اليوم، لم تعد إسرائيل قادرة على اتخاذ قرار بمفردها. وواهم من يعتقد أن حكومة العدو، أو مؤسساتها العسكرية والأمنية، قادرة على اتخاذ قرار بحرب في الإقليم ما لم تكن هناك موافقة وتغطية ومساهمة أميركية مباشرة. لذلك، يعمل قادة العدو، من دون توقف، على إقناع الادارة الاميركية بأن ضرب أعداء إسرائيل، اليوم وليس غداً، فيه مصلحة أميركية مساوية تماماً لمصلحتهم. وربما تجد إسرائيل في مملكة آل سعود الطرف الوحيد في العالم الذي يشاركها هذا الهاجس، بعدما وضع هؤلاء المجانين أنفسهم في الموقع الاسرائيلي.

كل هذا القلق هو ما يتحكم في مجريات الأحداث في الأشهر والاسابيع الماضية، من الاستعدادات المتواصلة لجاهزية عسكرية تتيح للعدو خوض حرب واسعة في الشمال والجنوب، ولإقناع الاميركيين بمباشرة حرب سياسية واقتصادية ضد خصوم إسرائيل في المنطقة، ولحضّ دول مثل السعودية على السير في خطوات أكبر نحو هذه المواجهة. وفي ذهن العدو أن تدخلاً أميركياً سيعيق جبهة خصومها بقوة، وأن مشاركة سعودية ستجعل الحرب المقبلة قائمة مع فئة من العرب الموالين للفرس، من مذهب سياسي أو ديني «مخالف» لـ«إجماع» يعتقد الغرب وإسرائيل أن بمقدور السعودية التحدث باسمه.

حتى لا يقع الناس في بلبلة، لا يعني ما تقدم أن هناك حشوداً عسكرية جرارة على الحدود مع سوريا ولبنان، لكنّ هناك قراراً سياسياً خاصاً يقود الى الى جاهزية هجومية. ويترافق ذلك مع تعزيز النشاط الاستخباراتي في سوريا ولبنان وفلسطين والعراق، وحتى إيران، بغية ضمان صورة واضحة عن واقع الأعداء، وهو أمر تواكبه الولايات المتحدة بما يصدر عن إدارتها من قرارات، وبما تقوم به القوات الاميركية على الارض في سوريا والعراق، كما أنه مناخ يتزاحم مع المساعي الاميركية، بالتعاون مع السعودية ومصر والامارات، لإنجاز خطوة بهلوانية تنتهي بالاعلان عن دولة فلسطينية، لكن من دون معنى، حيث لا حدود نهائية لها، ولا سلطة مستقلة ولا منافذ حرة، ولا حق لعودة من يرغب من الفلسطينيين العيش في ظلها.

اليوم، نسير، نحن والعدو، على حدّ السكين. بيننا من يخاف المواجهة معتقداً أن العدو أقدر وحده، فكيف إذا كانت أميركا والسعودية معه. وبيننا من يريد أخذنا الى النقاش العقيم حول أفضلية هذا الخيار أو ذاك لاستعادة الحقوق. لكن بيننا، أيضاً، من يعيش في هذه الارض، ولا يهدر دقيقة من وقته، بل يعمل بكل ما أوتي من قوة وخبرة وعلم للاستعداد للحظة إذا ارتفع فيها الصراخ، أن يكون حكماً صراخ الهاربين من أبناء غير شرعيين، لكيان غير شرعي كان يدعى… إسرائيل

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Eva Bartlett on Syria (interview with Syriana Analysis)

HOLLYWOOD EXPOSED: Harvey Weinstein Scandal BLOWS LID On Sick & Depraved Industry!

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Josh Sigurdson and Dan Dicks of Press For Truth break down the recent Harvey Weinstein scandal as Hollywood enters desperation mode.
Harvey Weinstein, the Hollywood producer behind Pulp Fiction, Good Will Hunting, Shakespeare In Love and many other massive hits was recently accused of abusing women and forcing women to watch him in some unseemly private situations.
Following many including Ashley Judd of all people, Gweneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie coming out about this, the lid has begun to come off the entire depraved Hollywood industry where kids and adults alike are abused and used and forced into terrible situations.
Terry Crews who happens to be a big guy came out saying he was harassed and grabbed by producers, saying that this story goes far further than Harvey Weinstein, and there’s no doubt about that.
Rob Shneider, Cory Feldman, formerly Cory Haim before he passed away and Elijah Wood have come out about this horrible things that happen behind closed doors.
Bill Cosby, Roman Polanski, Nelly, R Kelly, Woody Allen, Pete Townshend, the list of creeps in the industry goes on and on.
However, this is something we see in Britain at the BBC as well. We see it among billionaire investors, politicians from Dennis Hastert to Bill Clinton, advertisers like Jared Fogle and the list of sick degenerates grows by the day.
This links all forms of global elitism.
The do-good lefties in Hollywood and the music industry, Washington, finance and this needs to be called out in order to be stopped.
This story is breaking into the mainstream media after decades of independent media breaking these stories and being called crazy.
Is this the beginning of a massive expose’ of the entire global occult elite structure? Or is this just another media blitz?
We will find out soon enough

Who runs Hollywood? C’mon – latimes

 

Russian Foreign Ministry on Syria and US Threats Against RT and Sputnik News

Stephen Lendman

 

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova’s weekly press briefings are refreshingly straightforward and candid – polar opposite State Department baloney, ducking tough questions, suppressing hard truths.

Despite significant progress in freeing Syria from US-supported terrorists, they remain disruptive, why combating them will continue until they’re eliminated. Russia is committed to the task. In contrast, America supports the scourge it pretends to oppose, terror-bombing civilian targets, destroying vital infrastructure, seeking regime change, Russia committed to prevent it.

Zakharova blasted Washington’s meddling in Russia’s internal affairs, while falsely claiming Moscow interferes in America’s. “(I)t is hard to understand why the United States believes it possible to meddle in the life of other states,” she said.

It’s easy to understand, given Washington’s consistent interference in the internal affairs of countries worldwide, demanding their subservience to US interests, smashing unwilling ones, threatening others.

Demanding a company providing services to RT America register as a foreign agent is unacceptable, Zakharova stressed, more serious than a double standard, violating constitutionally guaranteed press freedom America preaches but doesn’t practice.

Demanding RT disclose its “corporate data, including…the staff list and employees’ personal information, may constitute an actual threat in the current witch-hunt climate in the United States,” Zakharova explained.

RT is a legitimate, highly respected news service, not Russian propaganda as Washington claims.

“There is not a single item of the so-called fake news distributed by the Russian television channel in the US,” said Zakharova. Washington’s intelligence community found no evidence suggesting it.

Unjustifiable criticism of RT and Sputnik News persists. They’re not foreign agents. “(A) huge number of Russian-language information sources, including those in the US that have an audience in Russia, receive funding from the US,” Zakharova explained.

“However, so far they have not been qualified as foreign agents; they withhold their sources of funding and do not register as foreign agents.”

Russia strictly complies with all international laws and regulations, including its media. Any hostile US actions against its broadcasters will be responded to proportionately, Zakharova stressed. “The clock is ticking,” she added.

Putin promised a “tit-for-tat response.” If RT and/or Sputnik broadcasts are blocked in America, its media will be targeted the same way, denied access to a Russian audience.

CNN is ripe for targeting, the most untrustworthy name in news worldwide, a propaganda service, not a legitimate news organization.

On Friday, Moscow accused CNN International of violating Russian media law, breaching the terms of its operating license, an explanation demanded. It’ll be closely monitored and action taken if violations continue.

A statement by Russia’s Federal Service and Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media (Roskomnadzor) said the following:

“Violations of Russian law on mass media have been registered in the activity of the TV channel CNN International, which envisages administrative liability under the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Russian Federation. The representatives of the TV channel have been summoned to Roskomnadzor for consideration of administrative cases.”

Roskomnadzor’s spokesman Vadim Ampelonsky cited systematic CNN violations of Russian law, the broadcaster ordered to correct them.

Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov called increasing pressure on and unfounded accusations against RT and Sputnik in America “unacceptable.”

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Nick Robinson @bbcnickrobinson and the Westminster bubble

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The BBC’s Nick Robinson (a former chair of the Oxford University Conservative Association) has desperately tried to discredit independent media by saying that criticism of the BBC is so persistent that it’s negatively affecting public perceptions of mainstream media, and also accused independent media of living in a “social media bubble”.

I’ll tell you what really negatively affects people’s perceptions of the BBC. It’s stuff like the BBC politics editor Robbie Gibb moving directly from the supposedly impartial BBC directly to Theresa May’s propaganda team at 10 Downing Street, BBC journalists like Laura Kuenssberg fabricating fake news stories to attack Jeremy Corbyn and being allowed to get away with it without punishment, and the shockingly biased BBC coverage of stuff like the Scottish Independence referendum (massive anti-Independence bias that was obvious to all but the most rabid of Unionists) and the General Election debates (Jeremy Corbyn getting relentlessly grilled on his sticky subjects while Theresa May was tossed one ridiculous softball question after another).

As for living in bubbles, it’s not the diverse range of independent media journalists who are living in a deluded political bubble, it’s clearly the mainstream media journalists who operate in the cosy Westminster clique alongside the politicians they’re supposed to be holding to account.

How else is it possible to explain that the political class and Westminster bubble journos were both so ridiculously out of touch with the public mood that their only debate about Theresa May’s vanity election was whether she’d end up with a super-majority of 100+ or a mega-majority of 150+?

Mainstream media journalists have become so absorbed in the Westminster political bubble that they’ve ended up uncritically repeating the tropes that are circulating amongst the privileged political class (many of whom went to the exact same elitist private schools as they did) instead of actually trying to hold the political class to account for their actions.

All too often mainstream journos just regurgitate these delusional tropes from Westminster bubble as if they’re news, whilst basically ignoring the serious real life issues faced by ordinary people (the lower orders) like the unprecedented ongoing Tory wage slump since 2010, the systematic abuse of disabled people, the housing crisis, and the critical state of the NHS, the education system, local government services, and the rail network.

Their total immersion in the insular Westminster bubble perspective is the reason so many mainstream media journos were flabbergasted and completely incapable of understanding how Theresa May lost her majority on election night.

The gradual realisation that independent media had a significant role to play in the result that took the mainstream journos by such surprise has got them fired up and angry.

They’re furious because they see themselves as the true and only legitimate gatekeepers of public opinion, and they can’t stand the idea that uppity plebs from ordinary backgrounds are now using social media to influence public opinion away from the predetermined news agenda favoured by the elitist establishment class of Westminster politicians, mainstream media hacks, and corporate fat cats.

People like Nick Robinson are outraged because they tried every propaganda trick in the book to guide the public into handing Theresa May a huge parliamentary majority, but we didn’t do as we were told, shopping around for news that better matches our own perception of reality than the ludicrous tropes that emanate from the Westminster bubble and get magnified by the BBC and the rest of the mainstream media.

Just hours after Robinson fearfully aimed both barrels at independent media the Tories shot a massive great hole in his already sinking argument by parachuting the former chair of the BBC Trust Rona Fairhead into the unelected House of Lords to take up a ministerial position in Theresa May’s government!

How on earth is anyone expected to believe that the BBC are actually an impartial public service broadcaster when these days they’re obviously more of a fertile recruiting ground for new members of the Tory government than an institution committed to holding the Tory government to account?

But Robinson and his ilk would have you believe that any critical coverage of the revolving door between the BBC and the Tory party, or the desperately deteriorating standard of BBC political coverage, is some kind of nasty conspiracy spread by sinister forces who are intent on upsetting the natural order of things.

As far as they’re concerned the intimate relationship between the BBC and the Tory government is all above board and nothing to worry about.

And it’s this complacency and complicity that is the main reason that their influence is being gradually eroded by independent media journalists who cover politics from outside the confines of the insidious Westminster bubble

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Trump Is Playing With Fire

By Abdel Bari Atwan

September 25, 2017 “Information Clearing House – This week’s headlines have been dominated by reaction to US President Donald Trump’s bluster against North Korea during his address to the UN General Assembly on Tuesday. This has overshadowed the equally threatening and ominous references he made in the same speech to Iran.

Anyone listening to will have been left with two impressions: Trump’s speech faithfully echoed the utterances Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, and it brazenly beat the drums of war against Iran.

Trump described Iran as a ‘rogue state’ and ‘corrupt dictatorship’ that exports violence, anarchy, and bloodshed. He also said that he had reached a decision regarding the P5+1 nuclear agreement with Iran, while declining to reveal what it is. This has led many observers to conclude that he will soon withdraw from the agreement, in line with his electoral promise to tear it up on the grounds that it is the worst agreement in US history, and in deference to the dictates of the Israel lobby.

Trump is widely expected to announce the US’ withdrawal from the agreement in mid-October when he testifies to Congress in his semi-annual review. This is likely to be accompanied by a further tightening of the sanctions and the economic blockade on Iran. And it could prompt the Iranian government to immediately resume the enrichment of uranium at very high levels, giving it the capacity it to produce nuclear warheads.

It was no coincidence that shortly before Trump spoke, Netanyahu demanded that the nuclear agreement be scrapped or altered, while likening Iran to a hungry tiger on a vicious rampage in the region and the world. Nor was it a coincidence for Israeli Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot to announce that Israel has plans already in place for attacking Iran and Hezbollah, which he described as an Iranian surrogate whose growing missile and intelligence-gathering capacity (via pilotless drones) was a top Israeli concern.

The Israeli occupation state is the only country that backs Trump’s stance. The EU is opposed to it, especially French President Emmanuel Macron who warned it would be a ‘mistake’ for the US to withdraw from the nuclear agreement. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov expressed the same view and vowed that his country would continue to uphold the deal.

Trump is literally implementing Israeli dictates. He is planning to drag his country and the world into a ruinous war in the Middle East: a war whose main victims will be Arabs and Muslims, and which will not spare the citizens of those states that host American military bases, which along with Israel can be expected to be targeted in any Iranian retaliation.

Iran will certainly not to stand by with folded arms in response to the attempt to cancel the agreement it spent five years negotiating with the six major powers, and ratchet up the economic sanctions that have stifled it for decades and inflicted huge damage on its economy and its people’s livelihoods. President Hassan Rowhani replied by stressing that his country was ready for all scenarios, including that of immediately resuming its nuclear activities. Revolutionary Guard Commander Mohammad-Ali Jafari went further, threatening to deliver a painful blow to the US if compelled to do so. Saturday’s test of a new ballistic missile a few days after Trump’s speech – apparently taking a leaf out of North Korea’s book – was intended to demonstrate that Iran is not prepared to take his threats lying down.

After the failure of his plans in Syria and the entire region, and after the humiliating embarrassment inflicted on him by North Korean President Kim Jong-un, who defied him by carrying out fresh nuclear and missile tests, Trump wants to return to the Middle East in force and start fires there. He is confident that the region’s oil-rich governments will cover the war’s expenses and does not mind turning their citizens into its victims.

But the Israelis who are pushing for this war will also pay heavy price. They too will not be secure, either during or after this war, as hundreds of thousands of missiles will be aimed at their cities and settlements from Iran, Lebanon and Syria. It would be the mother of all wars, and with Israel armed to the teeth with nuclear weapons, potentially the region’s last. This time round, however, it will not be one-sided.

Trump is playing with fire. He may not only burn his fingers but also millions of our innocent people unless he is restrained, and unless his deranged tendencies and the megalomania which dominates his behaviour and policies are brought under control.

This article was first published by Raialyoum –

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