Israel Annexation Plan: Jordan’s Existential Threat

Jordan is being forced to confront a new reality with alarming cartographic and demographic consequences

By Emile Badarin

Global Research, July 09, 2020

Middle East Eye 6 July 2020

More than any other Arab state, Jordan’s past, present and future are inextricably linked to the question of Palestine. Jordan’s emergence is an outcome of British imperialism, which imposed the infamous Balfour Declaration and the Zionist settler-colonial project on the indigenous population of Palestine and the region. 

Settler-colonialism is the essence of the question of Palestine. All else is derivative. Jordan emerged out of this historical reality, and therefore, its present and future will always be subject to it.

The founder of present-day Jordan, Emir Abdullah bin Al-Hussein, successfully carved a new sovereign space in Transjordan. But this was only possible because of his cooperation with British imperialism and “collusion” with Zionist settler-colonialism. This tacit relationship resulted in mutual restraint between Jordan and Israel, even during their direct military confrontations.

National security interest

In 1994, Jordan and Israel signed the Wadi Araba peace treaty, turning their tacit understandings and secretive relationship into an official peace between the two countries – even if an unpopular one. This peace treaty would have been inconceivable without the 1993 Oslo Accord and the implied promise of Israel’s withdrawal from the West Bank and Gaza, which were occupied in 1967 from Jordan and Egypt respectively, to establish an independent Palestinian state.

Land repatriation and Palestinian statehood hold a high national security interest for Jordan. Only the achievement of these two conditions can halt the border elasticity of the Israeli state and its expansion eastwards, which poses grave geographic and demographic threats to the Hashemite kingdom.

Besides the strategic significance, a Palestinian state would allow a substantial number of Palestinian refugees displaced in 1967 to return to the West Bank, in accordance with UN Security Council Resolution 237.

Yet, not only have neither of the two conditions been realised, but regional and international political dynamics have changed since 1994. In Israel, the political landscape has dramatically shifted to the far right, fuelling the settler-colonial practice of creating “facts on the ground” that make the prospect of Palestinian statehood and self-determination via the “peace process” a remote fantasy.

The political and material developments on the ground are complemented by complex regional and international dynamics. In particular, the Trump administration has taken a new approach towards most international conflicts, especially in the Middle East.

The Trump-Netanyahu plan (aka “the deal of century”) for Israel-Palestine promotes Israeli colonisation/annexation of the West Bank and sovereignty over the entirety of historic Palestine, as well as the Syrian Golan Heights.

Shifting geopolitics

Even worse for Jordanians and Palestinians, this plan enjoys the support of influential Arab states, especially Saudi Arabia and the UAE, which have stepped up their political rapprochement and normalisation with Israel.If Israel Annexes Part of West Bank, Palestine “Will Declare Statehood on 1967 Borders”

The EU, a staunch supporter and sponsor of the so-called peace process and two-state solution, failed not only to reach a common position on the US plan, but also to condemn Israel’s plans to officially annex any part of the West Bank.

Amid the changing international and regional politics, Jordan’s alliance with the US and EU has been a letdown. Jordan has become a victim of its own foreign and security policy, which has grown interlinked with the US and, more recently, the EU.

While half of this alliance, the US, is promoting Israel’s annexation and sovereignty over Palestine, the other half, the EU, is unwilling to act decisively.

The annexation is planned to take place while the entire world, including Jordanians and Palestinians, and the media are exhausted by the coronavirus pandemic. It provides the needed distraction for Israel to complete the annexation quietly, without effective local and international scrutiny and resistance.

Covid-19 has further entrenched the nationalist-driven trend in the Middle East. Even before the outbreak, the Arab world was consumed by domestic concerns, showing few qualms about the Trump-Netanyahu plan or recognition of Israel’s sovereignty over Jerusalem and the Golan Heights.

Israeli expansionism

The feeble Arab (including Palestinian and Jordanian) and international response to the US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and the relocation of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, has encouraged Israel and the US to press ahead and turn Israel’s de facto sovereignty over all of Palestine into de jure.

While this is all illegal under international law, it is a mistake to believe that empirical reality and time will not deflect, strain and fractureinternational law and legality.

Since 1967, the Israeli strategy has pivoted on two parallel components: empirical colonisation on the ground, coupled with the facade of a “peace and negotiations” public relations campaign to obfuscate the settler-colonial structure and market it to the international community, as well as Arab regimes.

With this strategy, Israel has expanded in the region both territorially, by de facto taking over Arab land, and politically, through overt and covert relations with most of the Arab states.

Only formal territorial annexation and gradual de-Palestinisation remains. The formal annexation of the West Bank, especially the Jordan Valley, officially torpedoes the century-old Jordanian foreign and security strategy of cooperation with its imperial patrons (Britain, then the US) and the Zionist movement, which evolved into a Jordanian-Israeli peace with an expected Palestinian buffer state between the two.

Another ethnic cleansing

It also puts Jordan face-to-face with a new reality with alarming cartographic and demographic consequences. The chances of another ethnic cleansing become a palpable prospect under the formulae of official annexation and a Jewish statehood in the entirety of Palestine, as articulated in the 2018 nation-state law meant to ensure a Jewish majority.

This is very much tied in with Jordanian fears grounded in previous (1948, 1967) and current experiences of forced migration in the Middle East. Against this backdrop, another ethnic cleansing in the West Bank, forcing a large number of Palestinians to flee to Jordan, is a real possibility. The transfer and elimination of Palestinians from Palestine are embedded in the settler-colonial structure of the Israeli state, which looks at Jordan as their alternative homeland.

While another population flow would be catastrophic for Palestinians, it would also adversely affect Jordan’s stability and future.

Beyond annexation, the Hashemite regime is witnessing a contestation of its custodianship of the Muslim and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem, which constitute a significant source of legitimacy for the regime. Even on this matter, the US plan unequivocally appoints Israel as the “custodian of Jerusalem”.

After five decades, Israel’s grip over and presence in the West Bank is ubiquitous and entrenched. Most of the West Bank is empirically annexed and Judaised, especially the Jordan Valley, Greater Jerusalem, parts of Hebron and Gush Etzion. The pretence of the peace process and negotiations has thus become superfluous.

‘Considering all options’ 

Only against this background may one understand the depth of the trepidations that underlie the warning of King Abdullah II that the Israeli annexation will trigger a “massive conflict” with Jordan and that he is “considering all options” in response.

This warning does not reveal a strategy to respond to what constitutes a “direct threat to Jordan’s sovereignty and independence”, as the former foreign minister of Jordan, Marwan Muasher, put it.

It displays, however, the difficult decisions that have to be taken. Indeed, King Hussein was prepared to discontinue the Jordanian-Israeli peace treaty had Israel refused to supply the antidote for the poison its agents had used in an attempt to assassinate Khaled Meshaal, the former head of Hamas, in 1997. It remains to be seen whether the termination or suspension of this treaty and the realignment of alliances are currently options for Jordan.

The Jordanian response to Covid-19 has generated a unique, popular rally around the state – a perfect opportunity to conduct serious reforms to stamp out corruption and involve citizens in the decision-making process, in order to forge a nationally grounded response to Israel’s planned annexation of the West Bank.

Historically, the survival of the Hashemite kingdom has been at stake several times. But today, Jordan finds itself in an unprecedented political, security, economic and health emergency.

Whatever domestic, economic and foreign-policy decisions – or indecisions – that Jordan takes are likely to leave a long-lasting mark on the future of Jordan and the question of Palestine. Such existential decisions must be collective, with broader national consensus and real citizen participation.

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Emile Badarin is a postdoctoral research fellow at the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) Chair, College of Europe, Natolin. He holds a PhD in Middle East politics. His research cuts across the fields of international relations and foreign policy, with the Middle East and EU as an area of study.The original source of this article is Middle East EyeCopyright © Emile BadarinMiddle East Eye, 2020

Turkish Forces Lick Wounds After Airstrikes Hit Their Base In Libya

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After a short break, the military confrontation between the Libyan National Army mainly backed up by Egypt and the UAE and the Turkish-backed Government of National Accord has once again entered an open phase.

On July 5, aircraft of the Libyan National Army conducted nine pinpoint airstrikes on the Turkish-operated al-Watiya Air Base in western Libya. According to the LNA, the strikes destroyed a Hawk air-defense system, several radars and a KORAL electronic warfare system. The Hawk system and other equipment were deployed to the base by the Turkish military in early July.

Turkish state media confirmed the incident saying that the strikes “targeted some of the base’s equipment, which was recently brought in to reinforce the base, including an air-defense system”. Pro-Turkish sources claimed that the airstrikes were carried out not by the LNA, but rather by the Egyptian or UAE Air Force. According to them, the warplanes took off from Egypt’s Sidi Barrani Air Base. However, according to the LNA, the strikes were delivered by its aircraft deployed in Libya. Commenting on the situation, the GNA said that it would respond at the “right place and at the right time.”

While the GNA in fact has no resources to conduct extensive airstrikes deep inside the territory controlled by the LNA, Ankara will have to respond to this attack in some way if it really wants to demonstrate that Turkey is committed to achieving a military victory (or at least a partial military victory) in the conflict in Libya.

At least 5,250 Syrian militants out of 15,300 originally deployed in Libya have returned to Syria, according to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The SOHR claimed that 300 Syrian child soldiers are still fighting in Libya. All of them range in ages between 14 and 18. Most of them were recruited by the Turkish-backed al-Sultan Murad Division. It’s interesting to note that the numbers provided by the SOHR mostly fit other sources that argue that about 10,000 Turkish-backed Syrian militants are currently deployed in Libya.

Therefore, Ankara is apparently set to continue its offensive operations by the hands of the GNA and Syrian groups in the countryside of Sirte. This strategic port city is now the main priority of Turkish-led forces.

On the other hand, if Turkey continues escalating the conflict, it may force Egypt and the UAE, the main backers of the LNA, to provide direct military support to the LNA and directly intervene in the conflict. In this case, the Libyan ‘civil war’ will officially turn into a war between Turkey and the UAE-Egypt bloc.

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Saudi Royal Palaces Will Be among Targets of Yemeni Strikes: General Sarea laces

Spokesman of Yemeni Armed Forces Brigadier General Yahya Saree

The spokesman of the Yemeni armed forces, General Yahya Sarea, held Tuesday a press conference in which he displayed US weapons seized during the recent campaign against the mercenaries in Marib and Al-Bayda, adding that the Saudi royal palaces will be among the targets of the upcoming strikes.

Our forces found a lot of weapons with the USAID’s logo in Al-Bayda governorate during the recent military operations, in other areas and fronts, General Sarea said.

“USAID supports and funds foreign organizations working in Yemen to carry out their activities in local communities in a number provinces. It has been playing intelligence roles with human slogans, on relevant security bodies, SCMCHA has to reveal and expose this role.”

“Our forces have succeeded, with God’s help, in carrying out qualitative military operations focusing on sensitive targets.”

General Sarea called on the civilians dwelling near the Saudi royal palaces to keep away from them as they will be targeted in the upcoming strikes.

Commenting on the economic war against the Yemeni people, General Sarea stressed, “in a clear message to the enemy”, that the Yemenis would not starve.

Source: Al-Manar English Website and other websites

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“Israeli’, UAE Technology Firms Pen Deal on COVID-19 Research

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“Israeli’, UAE Technology Firms Pen Deal on COVID-19 Research

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In the most recent act of normalization with the “Israeli” entity, a state-linked technology company in the United Arab Emirates [UAE] has signed a partnership with two major “Israeli” defense firms to research ways of combating the coronavirus pandemic.

The agreement, announced late Thursday, comes just weeks after the UAE warned the “Israeli” entity that proceeding with its planned annexation of parts of the occupied West Bank would upend its efforts to improve ties with Arab states.

G42, an Abu Dhabi-based company specializing in artificial intelligence and cloud computing, signed a memorandum of understanding with Rafael and “Israel” Aerospace Industries, the UAE’s state-run WAM news agency reported. It said executives held a signing ceremony by video link between the two countries, which do not have diplomatic relations.

Rafael and IAI’s Elta subsidiary confirmed the agreement. Elta, which specializes in sensors, radars, electronic warfare and communication systems, said they would cooperate on research and technology focused on artificial intelligence, sensors and lasers.

They said the collaboration would not only benefit the two countries, but the entire world as it grapples with the pandemic.

The “Israeli” entity’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has vowed to annex all of the occupied West Bank settlements as well as the strategic Jordan Valley, had announced an agreement with the UAE a week ago, without providing specifics.

“Israel” and Gulf countries have quietly improved ties in recent years, in part because of their shared concerns about Iran.

In recent weeks, senior UAE officials have warned that annexation would jeopardize those improved ties, but have also suggested that the two countries could set aside their political disputes to collaborate on humanitarian and other projects.

US President Donald Trump’s Middle East plan, which overwhelmingly favors “Israel” and was rejected by the Palestinians, would allow the entity to annex up to 30% of the West Bank, which it occupied in the 1967 war along with east al-Quds [Jerusalem] and the Gaza Strip.

The UN, European and Arab countries have warned “Israel” against annexation, which is widely seen as a violation of international law.

Group 42, also known as G42, is led by CEO Peng Xiao. He previously ran Pegasus, a subsidiary of DarkMatter, a cyber-security firm based in the UAE that has recruited Western intelligence agents.

Since late 2016, Dubai police have partnered with Pegasus to use its “big data” application to pool hours of surveillance video to track anyone in the emirate. DarkMatter’s hiring of former CIA and National Security Agency analysts has raised concerns, especially as the UAE has imprisoned human rights activists.

TURKEY IS NOW RECRUITING MERCENARIES FROM YEMEN FOR ITS WAR IN LIBYA

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Turkey Is Now Recruiting Mercenaries From Yemen For Its War In Libya

Military and intelligence sources in Yemen have claimed that up to 200 mercenaries from that country have been sent to Libya by Turkey to fight on behalf of the Government of National Accord (GNA).

The claims, disclosed by the Yemen News Portal, allege that a militia affiliated to the Islah Party in Marib sent fighters to Turkey under the guise of receiving hospital treatment, and that they were then transferred to the Libyan capital Tripoli. The sources added that Libyan National Army (LNA) forces headed by General Khalifa Haftar have already captured a number of Yemeni mercenaries fighting on behalf of the GNA earlier this year. LINK

The latest disclosures follow several reports relating evidence that Turkey is increasing its involvement in Yemen substantially, providing training and material support to the Islah Party in particular in the hope of gaining control over key facilities and resources in the event Islah manages to secure control over parts of the war torn country. LINK

The increasing attention being paid to the possibility of significant Turkish intervention in the conflict in Yemen followed the dramatic battlefield successes of the GNA due to the massive support provided by Turkey after concluding an agreement granting Turkey expansive resource rights in the eastern Mediterranean. The latest reports raise questions as to whether Turkey might be considering expanding its involvement in Yemen, either as part of the ‘proxy war’ against the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia in particular or in order to gain control over infrastructure, possible military bases, and/ or resources in the geo-strategically vital area. LINK

The rivalry between the regional powers intensified considerably after Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt severed relations with Qatar and attempted to impose a blockade on the country in 2017, in response to which Turkey provided critical support and supplies to Qatar to enable it to withstand the pressure.

If it can be verified that Turkey intends to increase its participation in the conflict in Yemen and is now recruiting large numbers of fighters from Yemen to send to Libya, it would demonstrate that Turkey’s already expansive geopolitical ambitions are surpassing all limits: enormously destructive military adventures in northern Syria and Iraq which seem set to pave the way for the annexation of substantial territories in each country adjacent to the Turkish border; followed by the transfer of thousands of its proxy militias and terrorists from the battlefields in Syria to Libya earlier this year to fight on behalf of the GNA, with which Turkey has signed resource agreements granting exploration rights in disputed maritime zones also claimed by Egypt, Greece and Cyprus.

Turkey has also been involved in recent military stand-offs with Greece and France in the Mediterranean.

According to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Turkey has recruited over 10,000 Syrians to fight in Libya. South Front has previously reported that Turkey has cut off support to at least one of its proxy groups in northern Syria for refusing to send fighters to Libya. LINK

In turn, the GNA has accused the LNA of recruiting foreign mercenaries. On Saturday 27 June, Libya’s permanent representative to the UN called for the imposition of sanctions against Russian and Sudanese mercenaries in the country fighting on behalf of the LNA.

It is thought that the Islah Party in Yemen may be deepening a political and military alliance with Turkey, and that it may be sending soldiers to fight on behalf of Turkish interests in Libya in return for financial and military support provided by Turkey to the Islah Party, in particular to assist the group in its conflict with UAE-backed militia in the south of the country.

Also, according to the Yemen Press Agency:

The sources said the Islah party is trying to consolidate the military alliance with Turkey in fighting alongside it in Libya, in preparation for its call for intervention in Yemen, as the Saudi-Emirati coalition turned against the party. LINK

The reports provide additional corroboration that Turkey has no intention of backing off in Libya and is willing to risk provoking an all-out war with Egypt in its pursuit of foreign resources and military bases, apart from suggesting multiple motivations for its deepening involvement in Yemen.

MILITARY SITUATION IN LIBYA ON JUNE 30, 2020 (MAP UPDATE)

Military Situation In Libya On June 30, 2020 (Map Update)

A brief overview of the recent developments in Libya:

  • France and Russia denied their interference or military intervention in Libya;
  • The US Department of State declared its deep concern about the presence of Russian Wagner group in the al-Sharara oil field and facility;
  • A Russian-made IL76T military cargo plane that took off from Syria landed at the Khadim al-Marj airbase;
  • The GNA Foreign Ministry thanked security forces of Sudan for arresting 122 Sudanese armed young men who were going to fight in Libya as mercenaries;
  • The LNA redeployed large military reinforcements from Benghazi towards Sirte, 570km/354 miles to the west;
  • Clashes with heavy weapons between GNA militias broke out in the Alhadba area in the south of Tripoli ;
  • LNA warplanes conducted 3 airstrikes on “Campo 50” near Sadadah Bridge, south of Misrata. 36 GNA soldiers were killed and 17 others were injured.

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No place for justice in UN dictionary: Lebanese journalist

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June 28, 2020 – 15:18

TEHRAN – Mohamad Kleit, a Lebanese journalist specialized in international affairs and geopolitics, tells the Tehran Times that the United Nations celebrates its 75th anniversary, while this international organization has failed to achieve justice.

“Considering Israel is the “U.S. pampered baby”, metaphorically speaking, any international resolution would be negligible if it doesn’t preserve Israeli interests, even if those interests were ethnic cleansing against Palestinians, preservation of the illegal and inhumane blockade on the Gaza Strip and building illegal settlements on the Palestinian soil in the West Bank,” says Kleit, who is deputy editor at U-News Agency.

On the future of the United Nations, Kleit notes, “I personally see that the role of the UN will be minimized considering that major powers are out their taking what they want with disregard to any UN resolution or the disruption of global stability.”

The text of the interview with Mohamad Kleit is as follows:

Question: The United Nations is an international organization founded in 1945 after the Second World War with several objectives primarily the prevention of war and maintaining peace in disputed areas. But the UN has failed to prevent war and fulfill peacekeeping duties many times throughout its history. In your opinion, what have been the main causes of this passivity?

Answer: The United Nations’ passivity is basically caused by the strong political powers controlling some of its major and most critical decisions; particularly by the United States of America which spent $10 billion in 2018 (almost 30% of UN’s peacekeeping operations are funded by the United States). This affects United Nations and its Security Council’s decisions in areas that the U.S. is directly involved in, for example, Syria, Yemen, Iraq in 2003, and others.

“Considering Israel is the “U.S. pampered baby”, metaphorically speaking, any international resolution would be negligible if it doesn’t preserve Israeli interests, even if those interests were ethnic cleansing against Palestinians, preservation of the illegal and inhumane blockade on the Gaza Strip and building illegal settlements on the Palestinian soil in the West Bank,” says Kleit, who is deputy editor at U-News Agency.

On the future of the United Nations, Kleit notes, “I personally see that the role of the UN will be minimized considering that major powers are out their taking what they want with disregard to any UN resolution or the disruption of global stability.”

The text of the interview with Mohamad Kleit is as follows:

Question: The United Nations is an international organization founded in 1945 after the Second World War with several objectives primarily the prevention of war and maintaining peace in disputed areas. But the UN has failed to prevent war and fulfill peacekeeping duties many times throughout its history. In your opinion, what have been the main causes of this passivity?

Answer: The United Nations’ passivity is basically caused by the strong political powers controlling some of its major and most critical decisions; particularly by the United States of America which spent $10 billion in 2018 (almost 30% of UN’s peacekeeping operations are funded by the United States). This affects United Nations and its Security Council’s decisions in areas that the U.S. is directly involved in, for example, Syria, Yemen, Iraq in 2003, and others.

“They (UN) didn’t call out who was clearly responsible for this (Yemen) catastrophe, yet they called for a political solution back in 2016 in Kuwait that would indirectly preserve the Saudi Arabia’s interest while acknowledging the newly formed government in Sana.”

It also acts as a pressure force on political issues, most recently the Israeli atrocities against Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, where Israel doesn’t abide by any Security Council decision nor UN resolutions ever since the entity joined the UN. This is because the U.S. has close ties and joint interests in Israel, thus it is not dealing with the Palestinian cause in an objective manner, where the U.S. always sides with Israel, consequently belittling any UN resolution, regardless how righteous and just it is.

Q: Ever since the creation of the Jewish state in 1948, Palestinians have been fighting against what a UN investigator once described as Israel’s ethnic cleansing. Today Israel controls dominantly over Palestine territories. It also has imposed a crippling blockade on Gaza and is continuing its construction of illegal settlements on occupied lands in defiance of several UN resolutions calling for an end to those activities. What is your take on it?

A: As in other areas of turmoil and disruption, the UN has its hands tied because of the U.S. financial advantage over its regular budget. This poses a threat and jeopardizes any resolution issued by the UN in matters the U.S. would consider part of its so-called “national security”, which, as history taught us, extends across the world far from the U.S. national borders.

Now considering Israel is the “U.S. pampered baby”, metaphorically speaking, any international resolution would be negligible if it doesn’t preserve Israeli interests, even if those interests were ethnic cleansing against Palestinians, preservation of the illegal and inhumane blockade on the Gaza Strip, building illegal settlements on the Palestinian soil in the West Bank, or even detainment of Palestinian children for investigation while mistreating prisoners of opinion and protests.

History has also taught us that Israel has never once abided by any UN resolution that isn’t fully in its favor, even when it’s waging an occupation like the one in 1982 in Lebanon or bombing civilian sites in Syria that is being internally war-torn since 2011. It also, rudely, disrespects any UN resolution that is internationally consented, like Resolution 1701 to end the 2006 war on Lebanon that was unanimously approved by the United Nations Security Council on 11 August 2006, where each side of the war (Lebanese Resistance Movement and Israel) goes back to their international borders before the war started in July, yet Israel, until this day, violates Lebanese airspace with fighter jets and occasionally targets civilian, scientific, and military targets in Syria from the Lebanese airspace.

Q: Saudi Arabia has been incessantly pounding Yemen since March 2015 in an attempt to crush the popular Ansarullah movement and reinstate former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, who is a staunch ally of the Riyadh regime. Many experts accuse the UN silence regarding Saudi Arabia’s aggression and argue that the UN has failed to send humanitarian aid and support to civilians amid a blockade imposed on the war-torn country. What is your thought?

A: Justice is a negligible term in international books; it is only used when the elite nations preserve their interests on the expense of smaller powers, or helpless nations in that case. The Saudi-led coalition, that is supported militarily and politically by (just to name a few) the UAE, USA, UK, France, Israel, Egypt, Bahrain, and other nations, launched a war on Yemen in 2015 that has been described by the UN itself as “one of the worst human catastrophes in modern history.” The war started on the request of the ousted Yemeni president Abed Rabu Mansour Hadi, who took Aden for refuge after a large-scale protest in the capital Sana, where a coalition of Yemeni parties rules now, most prominently Ansarullah led by Abdul Malek al Houthi. Now considering Ansarullah’s opposition to Saudi Arabia’s control over Yemen (Saudis controlled and interfered in Yemen’s politics and economy for over 40 years during the reign of Ali Abdullah Saleh and then Mansour Hadi), which would jeopardize what they call “national security”, thus they launched a full-scale war on Yemen that has led to the death of well-over 30,000 persons and displaced millions, while 19 million are suffering from poverty and in danger of famine.

What did the UN do? They didn’t call out who was clearly responsible for this catastrophe, yet they called for a political solution back in 2016 in Kuwait that would indirectly preserve Saudi Arabia’s interest while acknowledging the newly formed government in Sana. The talks failed because of the continuation of hostilities until 2018 in Stockholm, where another round of talks happened to mark a breakthrough, yet the war is still ongoing with more complications and disasters to put in short.

From 2015 until this day, neither did the UN nor the international community point out that it’s Saudi Arabia and the UAE which are the direct causes of the catastrophe by a huge margin, with the help of the U.S., Israel, the UK, and France, yet they put both sides (the Saudi-led coalition and the Sana government) as equally responsible for the war… It is quiet intriguing for a man shooting an AK47 and an RPG to be held the same responsibility as another man flying an F-16 with U.S. satellites giving him pin-point directions (not all the time though) with missiles that have proven to have the ability to put entire villages to the ground. This is a major problem that stands in the way of any problem-solving procedure that would be in the best interest of Yemen’s future, which is pointing out who holds responsibility for the problem in a just and fair way, not on the basis of equality.

Q: The United Nations is celebrating its 75th anniversary, while it is dealing with serious challenges, including poverty, disease, environmental breakdown, ongoing conflicts, and so on. In your view, is the UN ready to face the future?

A: In addition to the ongoing global crises from Palestine, Yemen, to general African wars, to the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, the Coronavirus and its financial backlash put huge pressure on the UN, as well as the rise of alt-right movements and populist ideologies affect the on-the-ground operations of the UN. One major example is U.S. President Donald Trump retreating from the World Health Organization with accusations that it is siding with China (U.S. economic rival), as well as cutting funding for UNRWA which is specialized with Palestinian refugees. Both cases place huge pressures on both organizations, considering that the U.S. is their biggest donor. The first one is a political decision to pressure WHO into joining the “Ideological Cold War” (as China’s Foreign Ministry named it) against China, while the second is to pressure the Palestinian authorities into accepting Trump’s “Deal of the Century” which is completely a pro-Israel agreement basically aimed to give full control of the West Bank to Israel.

These are just examples of what the UN is going to face from the U.S., in particular, as a cost for its not-so-total kneeling to the man in Washington. I personally see that the role of the UN will be minimized considering that major powers are out taking what they want with disregard to any UN resolution or the disruption of global stability.

Netanyahu: Israel, UAE to Cooperate in Fight against Coronavirus

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June 26, 2020


UAE Minister of Health and Prevention, Abdulrahman Al Owais. (Photo: File)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday that Israel and the United Arab Emirates would cooperate in the fight against the coronavirus – a possible boost to Israeli efforts to normalize relations with Gulf Arab countries.
Netanyahu said a formal announcement on working together with the UAE on confronting the COVID-19 pandemic was imminent and would be made by the UAE and Israeli health ministers.
The UAE’s foreign affairs ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Such cooperation would come at a time of strong Arab opposition to Israel’s plans to annex parts of the occupied West Bank – territory Palestinians seek for a state – under a US peace plan.
Last week, the UAE’s minister for foreign affairs, Anwar Gargash, said it could work with Israel on some areas, including the battle against the coronavirus and on technology, despite political differences.
Addressing a military ceremony in southern Israel, Netanyahu said Israel and the UAE would collaborate in research and development and technology “to improve the well-being of the entire region”.
Gulf Arab states do not have diplomatic relations with Israel. However, due to shared concerns over Iran’s influence in the region, they are are increasingly normalizing relations cooperating against a perceived threat from Teheran.
(Palestine Chronicle, MEMO, Social Media)

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What Should Bin Salman Understand from Yemeni Balanced Deterrence Ops?

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Translated article, Alalam website

Many realize and few admit that the Saudi-led aggression against Yemen has failed since the first weeks. When you wage a war that you promoted as the strongest party in it and you cannot resolve the field in the first days and weeks, you will have failed, much less, the war that has continued for more than 5 years without achieving any significant achievement, given the armament and billions spent on the Saudi army and its mercenaries inside Yemen.

The word “deterrence” means the action of discouraging an action or event and limiting its continuation. This definition applies to the Yemeni response to the aggression in the first and second year, however, recently and specifically for the last two years, the Yemeni military performance has surpassed the content of deterrence –from the bombing of the Abu Dhabi airport, targeting of Saudi Aramco, to the Quds and Zulfiqar missiles that fell north of the Saudi capital, Riyadh two days ago. This development in the Yemeni ability and response to aggression have implications for the field and policy implications.

In the Field:

The Saudi authorities resorted to recognizing the Yemeni strike, the 4th Balanced Deterrence Operation, by announcing intercepting Yemeni missiles fired at Saudi Arabia. But this mitigation of the strike has counterproductive results. The mere fact that Yemeni domestically-designed missiles reach the heart of the Kingdom as if they are on a picnic without interfering them throughout their path deserves a description of achievement and victory and the great penetration of Saudi military capabilities that cost tens of billions.

There are those who are trying to console themselves by saying that the US-made radars and intercept systems that help Saudi Arabia in its aggression deliberately do not intercept Yemeni missiles. But why does Washington allow Yemeni missiles to reach the heart of the Saudi capital as long as it is able to intercept them? And when that happens, where are the Saudi intercept systems? Where are the radars planted by Saudi Arabia on its borders, obtained from Israeli companies?

In Politics:

It has become evident that the allies of the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in his aggression against Yemen are no longer keen to continue the failed adventure.

The UAE started its withdrawal from the game months ago and focuses on preserving the field and economic gains obtained in southern Yemen, especially Aden and Socotra Island. While other countries, whose army leaders took a group photo with the start of the aggression to promote the strength of the Saudi-led coalition, were absent for a long time.

As for the US, bin Salman drained his credit with the Donald Trump administration. The billions that Riyadh provided to Trump during his visit to it were supposed to be a price for the service of bin Salman and his assistance to reach the throne. However, the crown prince needed Trump’s services to cover the arrests of dozens of princes and businessmen, then he asked for his help to cover the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, then came the lapse of raising oil production months ago, which angered Trump to the point that forced bin Salman to expel his assistants from the room as the US President’s voice rose on the phone.

All of this made the Saudi crown prince exhaust his influence with the US lobbies on ill-considered matters and adventures, to find himself now in a critical position in the face of the Yemeni response, which is rapidly heading in an upward trend.

The massacres against the Yemenis will not achieve an achievement for Riyadh, and the inhuman blockade of millions of innocent civilians will not convince Saudi allies that a victory will be achieved in the field. The immediate future carries economic unpleasant surprises for the crown prince, thus he will not be able to rely on his mercenaries who will not fight for free.

It is said that “to admit truth is a virtue”, and after the 4th Balanced Deterrence Op, there do not appear to be many options on the Saudi table. Bin Salman may soon hear from the American shepherd, allies, and followers that it is better to admit frankly, not by mistake but by failure.

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عامر التل: سورية وحلفاؤها سيفاجئون العالم‎ ‎بانتصارهم مجدّداً في مواجهة «قيصر» أميركا

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اعتبر رئيس تحرير شبكة «الوحدة» الإخبارية في الأردن عامر التل انّ هزيمة الولايات المتحدة الأميركية وحلفائها العدو الصهيوني وبعض الأنظمة العربية والعثمانيين في سورية والعجز عن تحقيق أهداف المشروع التفتيتي الذي وضعوه لسورية، دفعهم الى إرهاب من نوع آخر وهو الإرهاب الاقتصادي من خلال ما يُسمّى قانون قيصر.

وأكد التل في تصريحات صحافية انّ هذا التوحش الأميركي يؤكد مرة جديدة سقوط الولايات المتحدة من عالم الإنسانية، وأنها باتت إلى جانب العدو الصهيوني العنصري الاستيطاني الإرهابي، العدو الأول للإنسانية جمعاء، لأنها من خلال هذا التوحّش تتعمّد تجويع وقتل شعب بأكمله، بحجج واهية لا علاقة للإنسانية وكلّ القوانين والمواثيق الدولية.

وقال: انّ التداعيات السلبية لهذا الإرهاب الاقتصادي لن تقتصر على سورية فقط وإنما ستمتدّ لتشمل حلفاء سورية والمشرق برمته وخاصة الأردن الذي يعاني من أزمات اقتصادية متلاحقة.

واشار الى انّ حجم التبادل التجاري في الأشهر الأولى لفتح الحدود بين البلدين يبيّن انّ الأردن صدّر الى سورية بـ 30 مليون دولار مقابل استيراد الأردن من سورية بـ 19 مليون دولار ما يؤكد انّ الأردن سيتضرّر في حال الالتزام بما يسمّى قانون قيصر.

ودعا الى تشكيل مجلس التعاون الاقتصادي المشرقي ليشمل الأردن وسورية والعراق ولبنان لمواجهة هذا الإرهاب الأميركي .

وأشار إلى أنّ الكاوبوي الأميركي لم يقف عند حدّ معاقبة خصومه، فهو يهدّد بالعقوبات لحليف أميركا دولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة في حال استمرارها بالانفتاح على دمشق .

وأكد انّ سورية وحلفاءها سيفاجئون العالم بخطة اقتصادية سياسية تتضمّن الحلول لكلّ المشاكل التي تعاني منها سورية وستظهر نتائجها الإيجابية ويلمسها الشعب السوري قريباً بحيث يشعر بها المواطن السوري قريباً.

ولفت إلى أنّ الشعب السوري الذي علّم البشرية أبجدية الحرف سيعلّم العالم مرة جديدة كيفية التصدّي لهذا الإرهاب الأميركي المستجدّ، كما علّم العالم كيفية الصمود والتصدي للعصابات التكفيرية، ها هو يحقق الانتصارات المتتتالية على صهاينة الداخل والخارج.

وأعرب التل عن ثقته بحكمة الرئيس بشار الأسد والقيادة السورية وشعبنا في سورية والجيش السوري البطل قاهر الإرهاب ومعهم حلفاء سورية على التصدي على هذا التوحش الأميركي وهزيمته كما هزموا الإرهاب التكفيري قبله، وانهم لن يسمحوا بتحقيق ما عجزت عن تحقيقه في حربها الكونية عليها.

US threatens UAE with sanctions if they help Syria

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By News Desk -2020-06-20

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:45 A.M.) – The U.S. special envoy to Syria, James Jeffrey, renewed his warning to the U.A.E. about the sanctions they will face they continue efforts to normalize relations with Syria.

Jeffrey said in a press conference held on Friday, that the U.A.E. may be subjected to sanctions under the newly approved “Caesar Act” in the U.S. Congress.

The U.S. envoy noted that “the U.A.E. knows that the United States strongly opposes the normalization of Abu Dhabi’s relations with the Assad regime.”

Responding to a question about the U.A.E.’s efforts to open its embassy again in Damascus, Jeffrey replied: “They (Emiratis) are an independent country, they can make these decisions, but we made it clear to them that this is a very bad idea.”

Jeffrey stressed that any company or person, whether Emirati or otherwise, would be the target of the sanctions if they do any business with the Syrian government.

This is the second warning to the U.A.E. in the past two days, as Jeffrey previously made similar threats on Wednesday, coinciding with Washington’s announcement that the Caesar Law will enter into force, and start imposing sanctions on 39 people and entities associated with the Syrian government.

Under the sanctions, anyone who deals with the entities and people that appear on the American list, including Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his wife, are exposed to travel restrictions or financial sanctions, regardless of their location in the world.

متشابهات كثيرة ‏ بين صنعاء وبيروت!‏

د. وفيق إبراهيم

يتماثل الوضع الحالي للبنان مع المشهد السياسي اليمني قبل 2014 بشكل يلعب فيه السفير الأميركي علنياً دور القائد الفعلي الذي يوزع التعليمات على قيادات القوى السياسية المحلية علنياً.

هذا ما كان يحدث في اليمن قبل نجاح أنصار الله قبل ست سنوات بإلحاق هزيمة كبرى بالقوى اليمنية المتحالفة مع الأميركيين والسعوديين. فتحررت صنعاء من هيمنة السفراء وأصبح قرارها يمنياً صرفاً برفض أسلوب نثر المكرمات الخليجية والذعر من الأميركيين.

وها هي صنعاء المتحررة تعمل على مجابهة الاحتلال الأميركي السعودي الإماراتي لما تبقى من يمنها السعيد بهدف إنهاء أسلوب هيمنة السفراء الأجانب ودحرهم من كامل بلادها.

لجهة بيروت تكاد السفيرة الأميركية المعتمدة في لبنان شيا تعلن نفسها متصرفة فعلية في شؤونه وشجونه، فتنتقل يومياً من العاشرة صباحاً وحتى مطلع الفجر في استقبالات وزيارات تشمل معظم أنواع السياسيين اللبنانيين حتى تكاد هذه السفيرة تعرف زوايا بيروت وقرى الشوف ومعراب وبيت الوسط وبيت الكتائب والقصر الجمهوري والسرايا الحكومي.

وعندما تنتابها ضائقة فعلية تتوجه الى عين التينة.

هناك جانب آخر، أصبحت السفيرة شيا ملمة به وهي التصريحات الصحافية التي تردّ فيها احياناً على منتقدي سياسات بلادها وترسل في الوقت نفسه إشارات ليعتمدها مقلدوها من السياسيين المحليين. بالإضافة الى تعمّدها هذا الأسلوب الإعلامي لتعميم ثقة حلفائها بقوة بلادها على مهاجمة اي قوة لبنانية حتى لو كانت بمستوى حزب الله وقائده اللبناني الإقليمي السيد حسن نصرالله.

لكن هذا الأسلوب ينافي الأعراف الدبلوماسية التي تفرض على الدبلوماسيين تسجيل اعتراض على منتقدي سياسات بلادهم لدى وزارة الخارجية المحلية.

فكيف تخالف شيا هذا المنطق؟ إنها طريقة أميركية صرفة يمارسها الدبلوماسيون الأميركيون في البلدان الخاضعة لهم والمنخرطة ضمن حركتهم الاستعمارية.

هذا ما أشار اليه القائد اليمني السيد عبد الملك الحوثي في خطابه الأخير الذي يربط فيه بين الانتصار الذي أنجزه اليمنيون في 2014.

وجاء ترجمة لمشروع يقوم على الوعي الثقافي الذي يربط بين مجابهة المستعمر ثقافياً واقتصادياً وأمنياً وبشكل شعبي عام مستحضراً اسلوب السفير الأميركي المعتمد الذي كان يحكم صنعاء السياسية في تلك المرحلة ويترك أثراً حتى في الناس العاديين الذين كانوا يجنحون لتقليد الغرب في ثقافاتهم.

وكان السفير السعودي في تلك المرحلة شيخ مشايخ قبائل اليمن والحاكم السياسي له تنصاع لأوامره دوائر القصر الجمهوري والوزراء والأعيان، لذلك فإن تمرد أنصار الله على الهيمنة الأميركية السعودية ذهبت نحو عصيان كامل في الثقافة والتاريخ والوعي والأعمال العسكرية فاستعاد اليمن السعيد لقبه القديم «أم العرب».

على مستوى لبنان استبق حزب الله كل الحركات الجهادية في العالم العربي بنشر ثقافة المقاومة التي هي إعلام وثقافة وحضارة وتاريخ ومقاومات عسكرية.

لقد نجحت هذه المقاومة بطرد العدو الاسرائيلي ودحرت الإرهاب في سورية وجبال لبنان.

لكنها تعرضت لمعوقات في مسألة نشر ثقافة الجهاد. وهذا سببه وجود ثماني عشرة طائفة لبنانية شديدة الاستقلالية سياسياً وتكاد تشكل محميات داخلية محمية إقليمياً وخارجياً وتاريخياً.

فيما اليمن يمنان فقط شمالي وجنوبي وتعدديته المذهبية تقتصر على مذهبين متقاربين لم يسبق لهما أن اقتتلا لأسباب دينية، لذلك كانت مهمة نشر الثقافة الجهادية في اليمن أقل صعوبة مما يعاني منه حزب الله في لبنان.

لكن الطرفين يتعرّضان للمنظومة الاستعمارية نفسها، التي تتشكل من قوى داخلية منصاعة للتحالف الأميركي السعودي الإسرائيلي، ألم يلتق وزير خارجية منصور عبد ربه هادي في أحد المؤتمرات بوزراء إسرائيليين بشكل علني، غير آبه بالانتقادات وكاشفاً بذلك باستجابته لطلب سعودي بإعلان التحالف مع «اسرائيل» عبر هذه الطريقة.

كذلك فإن حزب الله الذي نجح بنشر ثقافته في مجالات لبنانية وسورية وإقليمية واسعة يتعرض اليوم من المحور الأميركي – السعودي الإسرائيلي نفسه الذي يستخدم قوى داخلية طائفية مرتبطة بالمستعمر منذ القرن التاسع عشر بصفتها وريثة للصراعات الداخلية – الخارجية في تلك المرحلة.

بذلك يتبين مدى التماثل بين صنعاء وبيروت في مشاريع متشابهة تعمل في اليمن والعراق وسورية ولبنان وفلسطين على نشر ثقافة التحرّر من المستعمرين.

بما يؤسس لعصيان تاريخي يرفض تقسيمات المستعمر لمنطقة عربية رسمت خرائط بلدانها دبلوماسية بريطانية كانت تحتسي الخمر، وتسند رجليها فوق طاولة قريبة.

هذه اللحظات أنتجت معظم حدود البلدان العربية في المشرق، وتركت لدبلوماسية أخرى رسم حدود شمال افريقيا والشرق الأوسط بالوسيلة نفسها التي لا تتفاعل مع حقائق اللغة والتاريخ والتفاعلات، بل تستند الى مصالح المستعمرين فقط.

فهل تنجح صنعاء وبيروت بنشر ثقافة تصحيح التاريخ لصالح بناء المستقبل؟

هذا ما تفعله غزة وسورية والعراق واليمن ولبنان، هذه المناطق التي ترسل تجاربها الى كامل العالم الإسلامي في دعوة بصوت عالٍ مع ميادين قتال مفتوح لاستعادة مناطق يسرقها المستعمر الغربي الأميركي الإسرائيلي بتغطية خليجية وعربية وإقليمية منذ القرن التاسع عشر.

فهل بدأت المنطقة بترجمة ثقافة الجهاد في ميادينها القتالية؟

الجواب عند السيدين حسن نصرالله وعبد الملك الحوثي وجماهير المقاومة في الشرق الأوسط والعالم الإسلامي.

مخاض ربع الساعة الأخير… الشرق الأوسط إلى أين؟

د. ميادة ابراهيم رزوق

أثارت تصريحات الجنرال كينيث ماكينزي قائد القيادة الأميركية المركزية الوسطى تساؤلات كثيرة عن نعت منطقة غرب آسيا بالغرب المتوحش، والتحذير من تعاظم القوة الإيرانية، والصعود الصيني المقلق، والدور الروسي الانتهازي الذي أظهر براعة في سورية، وسوْق الملاحظات بضرورة إدارة الولايات المتحدة الأميركية لغرب آسيا المتوحش، وهي في طور التفاوض على طريقة الخروج من المنطقة، وهنا مكمن السؤال في ما قاله أمام التحديات التي تمرّ بها الولايات المتحدة الأميركية من ارتباك في إدارة الملفات الخارجية، والانقسام الداخلي بين إدارة ترامب والقيادة العسكرية، وخلافه مع بعض حكام الولايات، والتظاهرات والاحتجاجات ضدّ التمييز العنصري وعنصرية الشرطة، بدور ترامب الرئيسي في تسريع تظهيرها وتفاقمها، بكذبه وغطرسته وعنجهيته وعنصريته وسياساته الفاشلة الداخلية والاقتصادية وفي مواجهة جائحة كورونا، التي أدّت إلى زيادة العنف وتفاقم الاضطرابات وإفلاس وإغلاق آلاف الشركات، وازدياد نسبة الفقر والبطالة ليكون تعداد العاطلين عن العمل أكثر من 40 مليون مواطن أميركي، رغم استمرار العبث في منطقة الشرق الأوسط من خلال الإصرار على فرض الحصار والعقوبات الجائرة، وتردّي الأوضاع الاقتصادية، وتجويع الشعوب وإثارة الفوضى في غير مكان؛ كسباً للوقت واللعب على عامل الزمن، آملا بتحسين الظروف لتمرير جزءاً من صفقة القرن بضمّ الضفة الغربية، قبل الوصول للحظة انتخابات الرئاسة الأميركية.

تَعتبر أنظمة الدول الخليجية الرجعية وفي مقدّمتها السعودية والإمارات نفسها جزءاً من تلك الأجندة، علّها تحافظ على عروشها التي بدأت معالم انهيارها بالوضوح تحت وطأة الأزمة الاقتصادية والافلاس وانهيار أسعار النفط بالتشبيك مع جائحة كورونا ومشاكلها وانقساماتها الداخلية، وعدم إمكانية الخروج من حرب اليمن بماء الوجه.

ففي ظلّ أزماتها وخسارة مقومات أمنها القومي المالية والدينية فقدت الدعم والحماية الأميركية المباشرة، إلا من صفقات الأسلحة التي تفرغ ما تبقى في الخزائن والاحتياطات بمزاعم درء الخطر الإيراني، وأوراق الاعتماد الوحيدة لضمان الحفاظ على العروش في جعبة كيان العدو الصهيوني، باستمرار ركوب قطار التطبيع بكلّ صفاقة، وليس آخرها مقدار الذلّ في هبوط الطائرة الإماراتية الثانية في مطار بن غوريون بمزاعم تقديم المساعدات لقطاع غزة والضفة الغربية دون تنسيق مع الفلسطينيين الذين رفضوها جملة وتفصيلا بعزة واباء، لمشهد ذلّ آخر فيما فضحته مجلة «ناشيونال انترست» عن رغبة الأنظمة الخليجية بنسج علاقات اقتصادية واستراتيجية أكبر مع (إسرائيل) من وراء الكواليس، وليطلّ صباح يوم الجمعة الوزير الإماراتي يوسف العتيبة بمقالته الحصرية لصحيفة «بديعوت أحرنوت» لمغازلة الكيان الصهيوني بتفاصيل مبادرات بلاده بالانفتاح والعلاقات الاقتصادية والعمل المشترك والدعوة للمشاركة في معرض «الاكسبو» الدولي المخطط إقامته في دبي العام المقبل، وتكريس أسس التطبيع واعتبار (إسرائيل) فرصة وليست عدواً، لدمجها في المنطقة.

يتخلل هذا المشهد المأساوي تنامي الوعي العربي في رفض مشاريع الأجندة الصهيوأميركية، وخاصة في تونس والسودان نحو تغييرات قد يكون، وسيكون الانتصار السوري بالتحرير الكامل حجر الرحى لانتصار خيارات الشعوب العربية المقاومة، وبتبلور قيادات ثورية تقود نضالاتها.

في خضمّ هذه التفاصيل والانشغال الأميركي والأوروبي باضطراباته الداخلية، يتقن أردوغان سياسة اللعب على الحبال، واستثمار فائض القوة التي يشعر بها بعد تقدّم حليفته حكومة الوفاق الليبية بمواجهة الجنرال خليفة حفتر الذي تدعمه روسيا، لاستثمارها بسياسة ديكتاتورية قمعية في الداخل التركي، ومحاولة تكريس احتلال إدلب السورية اقتصادياً وعسكرياً أمراً واقعاً، بضخ كميات كبيرة من العملة التركية وفرض التعامل بها، وربطها بالتعاملات التجارية والرسوم الجمركية للبضائع العابرة من الحدود، وبمسار متصل في تعزيز بيئة حاضنة لوجودها بفرض منهاجها التعليمي المدرسي، وزيارة وزير الداخلية التركي سليمان صويلو في سابقة أولى لمخيمات النازحين في إدلب، بالتوازي مع استمرار التحشيد العسكري التركي بآلاف الجنود والآليات في مناطق التماس مع خطوط انتشار الجيش السوري، ونشر بطاريات دفاع جوي في مطار تفتناز، قد تكون لفرض منطقة حظر جوي في وجه الطائرات السورية والروسية، واستمرار دعم وجود مجاميع العصابات الإرهابية التكفيرية في مناطق قريبة من نقاط المراقبة التركية، وهجومها على مواقع الجيش السوري، ومنع فتح طريق حلب – اللاذقية الدولي (M4)وتسيير الدوريات (الروسية – التركية) المشتركة عليه بحجج واهية بقطع المجموعات المتشدّدة للطريق وتخريب جزء منه، ضاربة بعرض الحائط تعهداتها لروسيا بالالتزام بتنفيذ آليات وبنود بروتكول موسكو واتفاق سوتشي، دون استبعاد الصدام العسكري مع القوات الروسية والجيش العربي السوري.

في كلّ هذا المشهد يحاول رجب طيب أردوغان وكعادته الكذب والمناورة لحجز مكان ودور قادم يوفر له أوراقاً ثمينة على طاولة التفاوض والتسويات، يقدمها كبطاقة اعتماد للداخل التركي وبما يدعي من أمن تركيا القومي.

باعتقادنا أجراس معركة إدلب الأخيرة تقرع لتنهي العربدة الأردوغانية، وتدق ناقوس إنهاء حياته السياسية، مع ما تمّ توقيعه خلال الأيام القليلة الماضية على اتفاق إيطالي – يوناني بشأن ترسيم الحدود البحرية لكبح الجماح التركي وتقويض فرصته بالقرصنة النفطية والغازية البحرية، لنطلّ في الختام وبتنامي وتعاظم قدرات وإمكانيات محور حلف المقاومة على مرحلة عنوانها الخروج الأميركي من غرب آسيا، وتكريس الانتصارات العسكرية والاقتصادية، وتغيير وجه المنطقة، والعين على فلسطين إلى مشهد حزم المستوطنين الصهاينة حقائبهم.

Palestinian Authority Rejects Second Batch of UAE Aid Sent Via Ben-Gurion Airport

Palestinian Authority Rejects Second Batch of UAE Aid Sent Via Ben-Gurion Airport

By Staff, Agencies

The Palestinian Authority rejected Wednesday the second batch of medical supplies sent by the United Arab Emirates [UAE] to help fight COVID-19 coronavirus.

“We refuse to receive it because it was coordinated directly between ‘Israel’ and them [the UAE],” Palestinian civil affairs minister Hussein al-Sheikh told AFP, adding that the delivery had not been coordinated with Ramallah.

The supplies, delivered on the first direct Etihad Airways flight from the Gulf to ‘Israeli’ occupation’s Ben-Gurion Airport, which landed in Tel Aviv on Tuesday, were the second UAE humanitarian cargo turned down by Ramallah in a month.

Jordan and Egypt are the only Arab countries to hold public normalization ties with the ‘Israeli’ occupation regime, but other Arab nations like the UAE have been warming up relations with the apartheid entity recently amid shared concerns over common rival Iran.

While a May 19 Etihad flight carrying Palestinian aid from Abu Dhabi to Tel Aviv was unmarked, Tuesday was the first time an Etihad aircraft landed in the occupied territories bearing its logo.

Saudi Arabia speaks out for first time about reopening embassy in Syria

By News Desk -2020-06-10

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:20 P.M.) – The permanent representative of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the United Nations, Ambassador Abdullah bin Yahya Al-Muallami, stressed on Wednesday, the need for Syria to return to the Arab League.

Al-Muallami said in an interview with RT Arabic that the relations between Riyadh and Damascus can be restored simply any day and any moment if the Syrian crisis ends and the factions of the Syrian people agree on the future directions in the country.

On the possibility of opening the Kingdom’s embassy in Damascus along the similar lines of the United Arab Emirates, Al-Muallami said that “there is currently no similar step in the near future because the time has not come yet.”

A delegation from Syria visited the Emirates after the UAE reopened its embassy in Damascus last year.

The Syrian-UAE private sector forum was held in Abu Dhabi with the participation of Syrian businessmen, according to the Syrian Arab News Agency.

“The forum comes within the framework of developing a positive relationship between the two private sectors in Syria and the UAE to establish joint investments,” said Mohammed Thani Murshid Al-Rumaithi, Chairman of the Federation of the UAE Chambers of Commerce and Industry.

لن نسمح لقيصر واشنطن تهديد سوريا

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محمد صادق الحسيني

على وقع احتدام الصراع الأميركي الروسي على امتداد حزام شرق المتوسط من بحر اللاذقية حتى جبل طارق قام الرئيس الروسي فلاديمير بوتين بإجراء مكالمة مطولة مع الرئيس المصري عبدالفتاح السيسي قبل أيام تطرق فيها الى الملف الليبي بشكل تفصيلي، لكنه تطرق أيضاً بالإجمال الى ما تعدّه واشنطن لكل من إيران وسورية ولبنان!

مصادر متابعة للسياسة الروسيّة وكذلك لما يجري في مطبخ صناعة القرار في حلف المقاومة اطلعت على أجواء تلك المكالمة فأوجزت لنا بخصوص الجزء المتعلق بإيران وسورية ولبنان، في المكالمة الهاتفية المذكورة أعلاه، بما يلي:

أولا: إن خطة العمليات التكتيكية الأميركية، التي يجري العمل على تنفيذها حالياً، خدمةً للهدف الأميركي الاستراتيجي، أوالمتمثل في إخراج روسيا من الشرق الاوسط، تهدف قبل كل شيء، الى زيادة الضغط وبكل الوسائل الممكنة على طهران، من مالية واقتصادية وعسكرية، عبر جماعات مسلحة، مرتبطة بأجهزة مخابرات لدول تابعة للولايات المتحدة، مجاورة لإيران، بهدف إيصال القيادة الإيرانية إلى أن لا طريق للخروج من المأزق سوى الخضوع للشروط الأميركية وتحجيم علاقاتها مع الصين وروسيا ووقف دورها «التوسّعي» في الشرق الاوسط، حسب التعبيرات الأميركية. وأضاف الرئيس الروسي انه لا يستبعد حدوث عمل استفزازي أكبر من ذلك بهدف رفع مستوى التصعيد، بين واشنطن وطهران.

ثانيا: وكذلك الأمر في سورية، فالهدف هو مواصلة الضغط المالي والاقتصادي، عبر تطبيق قانون قيصر، لحرمان الدولة السورية من حاضنتها الجماهيرية وخلق حالة من اليأس تدفع هذه الحاضنة الشعبية لمطالبة الدولة بتقديم تنازلات للطرف الأميركي «في سبيل وقف معاناة المواطنين»..!

كما أضاف الرئيس بوتين أن لديهم معلومات، تؤكد أن أطرافاً معينة في الإدارة الأميركية، تقوم بتشجيع «اسرائيل» على تكثيف عملياتها الجوية، في سورية بهدف زيادة الضغط على الحكومة السورية وإشعار المواطن السوري بعجز الدولة عن الدفاع عن أراضيها، مما يعزز الإيحاء المطلوب بعزلة الدولة عن الشعب، حسب الأوساط الأميركية المشار اليها أعلاه.

ثالثا: أما بخصوص لبنان، فقد أكد المصدر، أن الرئيس بوتين قد أبلغ الرئيس المصري أن نظرة الى وجوه المشاركين في التحركات الاحتجاجية، التي تشهدها المناطق اللبنانية كافية لمعرفة تابعيتهم الحزبية وبالتالي من يحرّكهم ومن يموّلهم، بينما تؤكد شعاراتهم المعادية لجهات لبنانية صديقة لروسيا مرةً أخرى أنهم يدورون في فلك المخطط الأميركي المعادي لروسيا في الشرق الاوسط.

وفي الوقت الذي لم يتطرّق الرئيس بوتين، بشكل مباشر، للطرف الذي يموّل ويحرّك الاحتجاجات في لبنان، فإنه (المصدر وليس الرئيس بوتين) يعتقد ان لدى القيادة الروسية معلومات تفصيلية حول التمويل الإماراتي والشبكة الميدانية الإماراتية المكلفة بإدارة عمليات الاحتجاج. وهي شبكة من اللبنانيين المرتبطين مع كبير المستشارين الاستراتيجيين السابق، للرئيس الأميركي ترامب، ستيف بانون، والذين يديرهم بشكل مباشر مجموعة من ضباط شركة أكاديمية، مقرّها أبوظبي، والتي كانت تسمّى بلاك ووتر حتى سنة 2007، حيث يشرف هؤلاء الضباط على جميع تفاصيل عمليات التوجيه والإمداد والتزويد للمنخرطين في عمليات التخريب التي يطلقون عليها اسم احتجاجات.

ويختم المصدر كلامه بالقول إنه غني عن الذكر ان محمد بن زايد شخصياً هو مَن يقوم بتمويل كل هذه النشاطات لحساب الطرف الأميركي – الإسرائيلي.

هذا وقد نقل المصدر فحوى تأكيد الرئيس بوتين في أن بلاده سوف تتصدّى لكل هذه المخططات بحزم شديد، من دون أن يفصح البتة للرئيس المصري، عن ماهية الوسائل التي ستستخدمها بلاده في عملية التصدي هذه.

لكن مصادرنا الخاصة تفيد بأن أطراف محور المقاومة باتت على يقين تام بأن مجموعة من الخطوات الجدية والعملياتية قد اتخذت لوأد المخطط الأمركي في مهده وأضافت نقلاً عن مصدر كبير معني بالخطط العملانية قوله:

«بأن لبنان وسورية أقوى من قيصرهم،..

وان ما لم يحصلوا عليه بالحرب والتآمر والفتن المتنقلة لن يحصلوا عليه بالعقوبات والضغوط المالية قطعاً…»

وطبقاً لمصادرنا الوثيقة الصلة بمصادر صنع القرار فقد أفاد مصدر أمن اقتصادي مختص بهذا الخصوص بما يلي:

أولا: لا خطر إطلاقاً على الوضع الاقتصادي السوري
ثانيا: سيطرة الدولة على الوضع الداخلي، اقتصادياً وسياسياً وعسكرياً جيدة جداً ومُحكَمة بالكامل
ثالثا: تم الاتفاق بين سورية وحلفائها على تأمين أي احتياجات مالية للدولة السورية من خلال الحلفاء
رابعا: لا داعي للقلق إطلاقاً وكل الأوضاع تحت السيطرة التامة

هذا في ما يخص سورية، وأما لبنان فيكفي القول بأن قوة لبنان لم تعُد في ضعفه، كما كان ما قبل تحوّله الى دولة مقاومة يُحسب لها الف حساب إن في المعادلة الإقليمية او في المعادلة الدولية، وهو ما يجعل اي رهان على استنزافه في حكم المستحيل ما دامت احتياطيات إيران البالغة أكثر من 189 مليار دولار تقف خلف مقاومته إذا ما جدّ الجد، فضلاً عن الصين وروسيا البالغة احتياطياتهما الى ما يفوق الـ 3 تريليونات دولار ونحو 600 مليار يورو ناهيك عن حجم الكتلة الذهبية الهائلة التي تتسلح بها دول الدفاع عن جبهة المقاومة ضد حرب أميركا الاقتصادية هذه..!

هذه هي جبهتنا الخلفيّة المترامية الأطراف والقوة

فهل يبلغنا المرجفون في المدينة من مروّجي «افيون» قيصر، ماذا تملك جبهة أميركا التي تحتضر على الهواء مباشرة وبالأسود والأبيض..!؟

إنها ساعة الخلاص التي تقترب، قيامتها نصراً مبيناً لنا وخسراناً مدوياً لهم.

بعدنا طيبين قولوا الله.

SYRIA: RUSSIA CHALLENGES THE US THROUGH THE LEVANT GATE.

By Elijah J. Magnier@ejmalrai

In 2011, a significant Western-Arab coalition joined together and invested huge finance, media support and military resources in attempting to topple the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. For this purpose, the alliance had established military operating rooms where US, British, Turkish and Arab intelligence services were established in northern Syria, Jordan and Turkey to prepare for the post-Assad stage. But this President had already refused any concessions to US Secretary of State Colin Powell when he visited him in 2003 after the occupation of Iraq. Two years after the beginning of the war, the Syrian President asked his allies in Iran and Lebanon (and then later on Russia) for help for each of them to preserve their interests, strategic goals and obligations with their Syrian partner. The Russian military intervention came in September 2015. It was due to several factors: while the Iranian and allied forces dominated the ground, the troops of Moscow were needed to dominate Syrian airspace, and this turned the tables on the Arab – international coalition. Has the situation changed today for President Assad, now that most parts of Syria have been liberated? What does Russia want: control of the Levant and the removal of Assad?

President Hafez al-Assad and his son Bashar did not offer concessions on the Golan Heights, and refused to reconcile with Israel: they would not give up Syrian territory in return for a peace deal. Many years later, President Bashar al-Assad refused to hand over the head of Hamas and “Hezbollah” as he was requested to do by the US in 2003, 2008 and even 2018. During the Syrian war, the United Arab Emirates mediated for a US delegation to visit Damascus in a proposal to end the war and rebuild what was destroyed in Syria in exchange for expelling Hezbollah, Iran and Russia from the Levant.

At the outbreak of the Syrian war in 2011, Russia was not ready to emerge from its self-imposed hibernation and kept on ice its international and Middle Eastern role. The then Russian President Dmitry Medvedev allowed NATO to destroy Libya in 2011. However, in 2015 when President Vladimir Putin was in power, the screws were tightened on Syria’s allies in the vast Syrian countryside with the deployment of tens of thousands of jihadists and militants financed and trained by dozens of western and Arab countries. The Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani travelled to Moscow and was able to persuade President Putin to send his planes to the Levant to defend Russia’s interests (naval base in Tartous that the jihadists threateneded to remove) and its Syrian ally.

Since that date, Western and Arab media have not stopped mocking Russia’s military capabilities. Western think tanks hoped that Russia would fail, and predicted its descent into the Syrian quagmire. When Russia proved its efficient air superiority (Iran was committed to securing ground forces to follow through the Russian airstrikes), reckless analysts claimed, in a mirror image of the US intentions, strategy and wishful thinking that Russia wanted to remove President Assad and impose whoever it wanted because Moscow has become the dominant force in the Levant. 

And when this theory is exhausted, another naive approach begins, that there is an American-Russian understanding in Syria to displace or marginalise President Assad. Naturally, those – who have spent nine years believing, promoting and foretelling the fall of President al-Assad and the government of Damascus every month or every year – are in a permanent state of wishful thinking. They ignore what the former Qatari Prime Minister Hamad bin Jassem said when he bravely admitted defeat: “the [quarry] has escaped the trap, and the time has come to acknowledge the reality of our defeat”, he said.

Leading sources within the “Axis of the Resistance” in Syria said “there is no Russian-US understanding, but a clear challenge to Washington’s influence in the Middle East. Russia is harassing US planes, approaching these at a critical distance. Russia aims to be granted Assad’s approval of expanding Hmeimim airport, its Tartous naval base and to create more static bases in northern Syria. Russia has decided that the Middle East is part of its strategic interests for confronting the US forces that are based in the Middle East and Europe. It is only possible for Russia to survive in the Levant if it establishes a strategic relationship with President Assad, Iran and its allies. Iran’s allies take every opportunity to challenge the authority of the US in the Middle Eastern region, which falls perfectly well within Russia’s objectives. “

Since Russia decided to engage within the Syrian arena, its leadership was nevertheless concerned about falling into the Middle East quagmire. Thus, it has depended on Iran and its allies to restore power to President Assad over all the Syrian occupied territories. Therefore, Russia has no intention to earn the hostilities of the Sunni jihadists as well as confronting Shia and Alawites in an unpredictable war of attrition. If this happened, Russia would be facing another 1981-Afghanistan war, an “objective” contrary  to Putin’s plan to establish himself in the Middle East. It is essential to add that Russia does not control the land or need an army to spread, protect, or even start a new costly war, after seeing the confirmed capabilities of Syria and its allies in the battlefield throughout the years of the Syrian conflict.

“Russia has promised to modernise the Syrian air fleet and the defensive-offensive missile capability of the Syrian army. Furthermore, Moscow will invest in rebuilding part of the Syrian infrastructure projects, mainly in the field of energy. In exchange, Russia will expand its combat capability to confront the US and NATO. The Syrian President is dealing with the Russian President as a strategic ally even if Russia has allies – such as Israel – that are the enemies of Syria. Russia has decided to cooperate with several Middle Eastern countries, and this means that it wants strong allies in Syria, Lebanon and Iraq. That could only be possible through its relationship with President Assad and with Iran, a strong and influential position in their respective countries,” explained the source.

President Putin has assigned the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Defence to negotiate with the Syrian state on expanding the military presence and deployment in other bases because Russia certainly does not wish to move away from the Middle East. American unilateralism has ended its era, and Russia’s new robust position in Syria and Libya has created a gap in ​​the NATO area of influence. Russia is no longer passive but, with its positioning, has moved to the confrontation phase. Hence, the expansion of the Russian strategic positioning has little to do with the continuity of President Bashar al-Assad in power. And Assad has decided to hold the forthcoming presidential elections notwithstanding the international attempt, which includes the United Nations, to prevent the return and vote of the Syrian refugees from nearby countries. 

Russia believes the US is weak now. Therefore, it should take advantage of President Donald Trump’s domestic struggle and the challenge he is facing in the coming months when the elections will be knocking on US doors. Russia would like to take advantage of this opportunity to progress on the Middle Eastern front, and thus establish a robust position in the warm waters of the Mediterranean. 

President Trump is struggling domestically due to the mismanagement of the “Coronavirus” pandemic and the large number of Americans finding themselves jobless. Furthermore, for more than a week, he is facing a real challenge to his ruling based on his provocative response to state-sponsored racial discrimination. He is in crisis with China and Russia. He has to swallow Iran’s challenges: not only has it bombed the largest US base in Iraq, but also violated the US sanctions on Venezuela by sending five oil tankers and spare parts to repair the refineries. The US president is showing severe weakness on several fronts and has managed to draw together both the Russian bear and the Chinese dragon to confront him. A new and solid strategic alliance – not a blind alliance – between Russia, China, Iran, Syria, and its allies in the Middle East is picking up and is challenging the US hegemony.

President Putin has appointed a special envoy as a go-between him and President Bashar al-Assad so that there is no hindrance between messages, agreements, and quick decisions that must be taken or to remove any obstacles as quickly as possible. It is the era of partnership between allies, not the age of domination and bullying or dominance, in contrast with the style of America’s usual dealings with the Middle East. The Middle East is living a new era: a balance has been created which was missing for decades.

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Saudi Arabia, UAE… Relentless Pursuit To Tear Yemen Apart

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Jun 8, 2020

The hatred of Yemenis for the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia has increased due to the conspiratorial role that this state and that kingdom plays to tear apart the Yemeni social fabric and their relentless pursuit of striking Yemeni unity by supporting a herd of unscrupulous mercenaries and a sense of citizenship under a false illusion called “southern independence.”

With this filthy policy, the UAE and Saudi Arabia have become the first enemy of Yemenis and even Arabs in general for their suspected conspiracy role against Arab and Islamic peoples, whose reach reached in many Arab countries “Syria, Libya, Palestine, Lebanon, Somalia, Algeria, and others” which makes us wonder in the interest of those who work in the UAE and Saudi Arabia, all of these actions Unethical in the Arab region?

It has become known that they are behind all the conspiracies, crises and wars in the Arab region, using an enormous financial stockpile to implement conspiracies and intimidations entrusted to them by the American intelligence and Zionism.

In fact, these two countries play their dirty game to tear the country apart, strike its unity at the core, and return to splitting, using a group of dolls calling themselves the Southern Transitional Council to implement their hidden agendas of colonial ambitions on the Yemeni land, its strategic location, its important islands and its multiple resources.

Since the first day that the so-called Saudi-led coalition launched its aggression against Yemen, many wise men and patriotic leaders warned that the issue is not a question of returning what is called legitimacy, but rather there is a hidden agenda and ambitions for Saudi Arabia and the Emirates in Yemen “geographically, history and wealth” and this is what the days revealed and it became clear to everyone.

Saudi Arabia wants security arrangements on the border strip with Yemen with unfair conditions that affect the Yemeni national sovereignty, as well as obtaining a seaport to export oil across the Arab Sea without submitting to international agreements that give the passage state 50 percent of revenue and other ambitions, while the UAE’s goal is to control Yemen’s ports The three are Aden, Al-Hodeidah, Al-Salif, and depriving Yemen of the revenues of those ports, in addition to their ambitions in the Socotra Archipelago.

The UAE and Saudi Arabia are two states without history and without civilization … and they feel the complexity of deficiency when you see the rest of the Arab countries with a glorious history and great civilizations that contributed in supporting the march of human civilization with great and significant contributions .. Saudi Arabia has emerged as a country in the thirties of the last century while what is called the Emirates emerged into existence in the seventies of the last century.

Two states of bastards that predestined to control a tremendous financial stock and instead of focusing on the future and forgetting the past that did not exist originally, they were behaving madly and unbalanced … acts of neglect of reason and common sense to escape from the inferiority complex that they suffer from.

To implement their malignant agendas in Yemen, Saudi Arabia and the UAE are seeking, in a deliberate way, to divide the country into weak and vulnerable entities led by semi-men, puppets implementing the Saudi and UAE agendas. But a country like the Republic of Yemen is rooted in the depths of history, where successive civilizations have prevailed during many historical periods that cannot be the dominant summit of two beings with no history and no roots. We have history to see how Yemeni wisdom and power will deal with them.

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دكاكين المخابرات المتنوّعة تسيطر على لبنان!

د. وفيق إبراهيم

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تهيمن عشرات أجهزة المخابرات الدولية والاقليمية على لبنان من خلال التنافس الطوائفي بين ابنائه، وضعف دولته الوطنية.

بذلك يصبح الميدان اللبناني جغرافيات متصارعة تديرها مجموعات تحت الطلب ترتبط بشبكات استخبارية تعمل حسب تطور الأحداث ومتطلبات بلدانها في لبنان والإقليم.

للإشارة فإن أجهزة المخابرات تعمل في كل انحاء العالم فتراقب الأحداث وتستجلب معلومات، لكنها هي التي تسيطر على الأحداث وتروج لمعلومات في لبنان فيصبح دورها فيه تأجيجاً للصراعات الداخلية حسب حاجات بلدانها الأصلية وادوارها وصولاً الى حدود فبركتها ودفعها نحو مناحٍ ترتبط بصراعات الإقليم.

هنا تختلف وظائفها عن الدور الاستخباري التقليدي بشكل يبدو فيه لبنان تحت رحمة ممارسات تنبثق فجأة وتتوقف فجأة لتعاود بعد مدة سيرتها الاولى، وهكذا دواليك.

ما هي هذه الأجهزة العاملة بقوة في لبنان؟

تنتشر هذه الوكالات على مدى الساحة اللبنانية. قسم منها يعمل بشكل احترافي على مستوى كامل الجغرافيا اللبنانية حسب قدرته على اختراقها، وعلى رأسها المخابرات الأميركية والإسرائيلية التي تهتم بجميع المعلومات عن حزب الله في الجنوب والبقاع وبيروت وفي مختلف المناطق الأخرى التي يمتلك الحزب فيها تحالفات واصدقاء.

كما تجمع معلومات عن الحركة السياسية والإرهابية على مستوى البلاد بأسرها.

هناك نمط تقليدي آخر لأجهزة مخابرات تنشط بشكل روتيني لتجميع معلومات هامة لسياسات بلدانها كفرنسا وروسيا ودول اوروبية اخرى، لكن هذه الفئة لا تلعب على مستوى التأجيج الميداني للأحداث كحال المخابرات الأميركية القادرة بشكل استراتيجي على الطلب من الأحزاب الداخلية الموالية لها التحرك في يوم معين بشعارات محددة للتأثير على هدف مطلوب.

هذه المخابرات الأميركية هي المهيمن الفعلي على مسار الاضطرابات التي تنتاب لبنان بين الفينة والأخرى، فيكفي ان السفارة الاميركية هي المركز الفعلي للقاءات الأمنيين الأميركيين بالاحزاب المحلية الموالية، وهي كثيرة تبدأ بأحزاب القوات والكتائب والاشتراكي وكثير من جمعيات تدّعي انها من «الانتفاضة».

الى جانب هذه الادوار الواضحة، هناك ثلاثة أجهزة استخبارية تتبع للسعودية والإمارات وتركيا تؤدي الادوار الميدانية الأكثر خطورة على الاستقرار اللبناني السياسي والوطني.

فالسعودية والإمارات تنسجان علاقة مذهبية الأبعاد مع شلل طائفية في أنحاء من بيروت والشمال والبقاع الغربي.

فتستعملها للتوتير والتأجيج في مفاصل مهمة.

يكفي أن تنظم في هذه المناطق بضع مئات من المراهقين والشبان الذين توفر لهم التمويل المغري ووسائل الانتقال والأهداف المطلوبة لجهة التخريب وإضفاء التوتير المذهبي على اي تحرك، كما تتعاون الأجهزة السعودية والإماراتية مع رجال دين واحزاب وجمعيات مذهبية لشد العصب الطائفي في وجه عصبيات أخرى.

إن لهذين البلدين العربيين صلات كبيرة مع احزاب الكتائب والقوات والتقدمي لإقناع جمهورها المذهبي وتأمين تغطية سياسية له.

هناك اضافات على هذا المشهد المخابراتي التاريخي يتعلق باقتحام المخابرات التركية للمشهد اللبناني واستيطانها فيه بشكل فاعل.

فتركيا التي تسعى لتعميق دورها الإقليمي من خلال احتلال قواتها المباشر أنحاء في سورية والعراق وليبيا وعبر الدور الارهابي للاخوان المسلمين في اليمن والسودان والجزائر.

تركيا هذه جاءت الى لبنان من خلال حركة الاخوان، ووضعت في مناطقه الشمالية أجهزة استخبارات استطاعت جذب قيادات طرابلسية على شاكلة الريفي ونظمت عشرات الشبان وقبضايات الاحياء لاستعمالهم في تأجيج الصراعات المذهبية، فتبدو تركيا وكأنها تنافس السعودية على قيادة العالم الإسلامي وتناهض سورية وتحارب ايران، وتفرض نفسها على الأميركيين ليعترفوا بها صاحبة الدور الاساسي في التأثير على الاحداث والدليل ان كل عمليات الفوضى والتحطيم والتكسير التي حدثت في وسط بيروت يوم السبت الماضي، انما كانت من صناعة مجموعات مرتبطة بمخابرات تركية وأخرى إماراتية – سعودية.

ما تجب إضافته على هذا المشهد يرتبط بصراعات داخل الاجهزة الامنية اللبنانية نتيجة للتنافس بين تغطياتها السياسية داخل الدولة وخارجها ما يجعلها ضعيفة لا تأثير لديها على التعامل مع الاحداث الطارئة.

وهذا لا ينطبق على الجيش اللبناني الذي يأتمر في مراحل نشوب أحداث بقيادته المتنبّهة.

بالمقابل يعتقد البعض ان هناك مخابرات سورية وإيرانية، ويقتضي المنطق الاعتراف بوجودها إنما كجزء تقليدي تحتويه كل السفارات في العالم، وهذا سببه قوة حزب الله الذي يشكل نقطة الاستهداف الرئيسية لكل أنواع الفوضى وإثارة القلاقل والفتن.

لذلك يعمل الحزب استخبارياً وبشكل وازن وعميق لإجهاض عشرات أجهزة المخابرات العاملة ضده في ميادين لبنان، ولا يبدو بحاجة لدعم من تحالفاته الإقليمية الحاضرة بكل تأكيد لهذه الادوار.

لبنان اذاً ساحة لأجهزة مخابرات تريد استعماله للتأثير على حزب الله وسورية وإضعاف ادوارهما في مجابهة «اسرائيل» والسياسات الاميركية في المنطقة.

فهل تنتفض الدولة اللبنانية لوقف هذه الاستباحة المخابراتية غير التقليدية لأراضيها؟ يبدو ان التسعير الطائفي والمذهبي يمنع الدولة من أداء دور وطني فاعلن والمطلوب من حزب الله الاستمرار في العمل الجهادي والأمني حرصاً على لبنان واهله ومقومات استمراره.

الخليج يواصل اللعب المحظور في زمن صعب!

د. وفيق إبراهيم

انهماك الأميركيين بمعالجة اضطراباتهم الداخلية العنصرية ومجابهة جائحة الكورونا والتراجع الاقتصادي وصراعهم الجيوبوليتيكي مع الصين، لم يمنع ثلاث دول خليجية من مواصلة تنفيذ أوامر أميركية وتركية تلقتها في أوقات سابقة لنسف وحدة كل من العراق وسورية واليمن وليبيا ولبنان.

هذه الدول أصبحت معروفة وهي السعودية والإمارات وقطر، لكنها لا تشكل فريقاً واحداً بل محورين متصارعين الى حدود الاحتراب في الخليج ويلتقيان بدعم كل اصناف الإرهاب في العالمين العربي والاسلامي.

للإشارة فإن انتماء هذه البلدان للنفوذ الأميركي ليس هو المشكلة. فهذه مسألة بدأت منذ نهاية الحرب العالمية الثانية في 1945 وتسلم الأميركيون منذ ذلك الوقت حماية الخليج مقابل هيمنتهم على النفط.

المشكلة في أن هذه البلدان الخليجية اعتادت على تنفيذ السياسات الأميركية من دون أي استفسار او استعلام عن الأسباب، حتى انها لا تأبه إذا انسجم هذا الدعم مع مصالحها.

لذلك فما يثير العجب هو استمرار الإفراط في الأدوار الخليجية في مرحلة لا أحد يعرف فيها إذا كان بوسع الأميركيين الاستمرار بالسيطرة الأحادية على العالم ام لا، ومن هم الأعضاء الجدد في النظام العالمي الجديد؟ وهل تناسبهم هذه السياسات الخليجيّة؟

ليبيا مثلاً هي واحدة من الدول التي يصيبها تورطٌ خليجي كبير ينقسم الى فريق سعودي إماراتي يدعم الجنرال حفتر بالسلاح والتمويل، مقابل فريق قطري يمول التورط التركي في دعم دولة ليبيا في طرابلس التي يقودها السراج المنافس لحفتر.

التمويل القطري هنا يشمل نقل عشرات آلاف الإرهابيين السوريين من احزاب الاخوان المسلمين والتركستاني والنصرة، الى ليبيا ودعم دولة السراج بكل انواع التمويل وذلك لخدمة تركيا التي تلعب في عصر رئيسها اردوغان دوراً استعمارياً في العالم العربي.

مَن هو المستفيد من تقسيم ليبيا؟ الأميركيون والأتراك والروس والأوروبيون مقابل خاسر واحد كبير هم العرب والليبيون، فماذا تستفيد السعودية والإمارات وقطر من أمر كهذا؟

كذلك الأمر بالنسبة لسورية حيث تدعم السعودية والامارات تمويل وتسليح عشائر عربية متحالفة مع الأكراد العاملين ضمن المشروع الأميركي. والعمل هنا جار لتأسيس دولة لقوات قسد الكردية تفتعل حلفاً وهمياً مع عشائر عربية لتغطي به استحداث دولة كردية مستقلة تصبح قاعدة للأميركيين.

ومرة ثانية نسأل من المستفيد من تجزئة سورية؟ طبعاً هم الأميركيون جيوبوليتيكياً و»إسرائيل» التي تستفيد من استنفاد القوة السورية استراتيجياً.

اما قطر فتدعم الاستعمار التركي في احتلاله للشمال الغربي السوري وتموله وتدعمه بالسلاح والتغطية، ويشمل دعمها منظمات حراس الدين واللواء التركستاني وهيئة تحرير الشام وكامل المنظمات المتفرّعة من الإخوان المسلمين.

وإذا كانت هذه الدول الخليجية الثلاث تتناقض في هوية الذين تدعمهم، لكنها تعرف انهم ينتمون بشكل كامل بالنهاية الى المحور الأميركي.

ماذا عن اليمن؟ لم يحدث عدوان يمني على السعودية منذ تأسيس البلدين، لكن السعودية تواصل سيطرتها عليه بأساليب مختلفة سياسية وعسكرية وتعتبرها حديثة خلفية لها.

لقد هاجم حلف عربي مزعوم مركب من السعودية والإمارات بتأييد مصري أردني سوداني وتغطية أميركية بريطانية اسرائيلية، اليمن منذ ستّ سنوات بقوات ضخمة، لم تتمكن من تحقيق أهدافها المتعلقة بالقضاء على أنصار الله في المناطق الشمالية والغربية والوسطى.

لكنها نجحت في تقسيم ميداني لليمن بين حوثيين في الشمال حتى أعالي صعدة عند الحدود مع السعودية وجنوبيين في الجنوب بين عمان بحر العرب والوسط.

ونجحت أيضاً في تقسيم الجنوب الى مناطق ساحلية مؤيدة للمجلس الانتقالي الموالي لدولة الإمارات وحضرموت وتامت والجوف الموالية لقوات هادي الملتزم السياسة السعودية.

وكل هذه الاطراف السعودية الإماراتية تندرج في اطار المشروع الأميركي، فلماذا يريد الأميركيون وآلياتهم الخليجية تقسيم اليمن؟ لتأمين حريات واسعة للهيمنة الأميركية على بحر عدن وباب المندب وبحر عدن المحيط الهندي وتستفيد السعودية بمجاورة يمن مبعثر وضعيف يبقى طويلاً حديقة خلفية لها، اما الامارات فحلمها تأسيس مشاريع سياحية واقتصادية في جزر اليمن وسواحله.

كذلك فإن «اسرائيل» منتفعة من تجزئة اليمن لان خط مرورها من ايلات الى البحر الاحمر والخليج يصبح اكثر اماناً بالإضافة الى سلامة الخط الذي يربطها بقناة السويس من طريق صديقها السيسي وورثة أنور السادات وشركاه اللاحقين من الاخوان.

ماذا عن العراق؟ تبذل السعودية والامارات وقطر جهوداً تمويلية جبارة لتقسيمه وفق خطة بريمر القديمة الى ثلاث دول شيعية وسنية وكردية مع نفوذ على شكل احتلال تركي في الشمال مموّل بالكامل من دولة قطر.

لكن السعودية والإمارات تمولان جماعات الحلبوسي في الوسط ومعظم التيارات الإرهابية فيه والنجيفي وعشائر عربية لا يهمها إلا تلقي المكرمات والأموال.

وتموّلان أيضاً إقليم كردستان الذي يمتلك إدارة خاصة لكن السعودية والإمارات حرصتا على تمويل جيش كامل مستقل لكردستان البرازاني لدفعه نحو شعور بفائض قوة يدفع هذا الإقليم نحو الانفصال، وبذلك يصبح العراق ثلاث دول وربما أكثر. والمستفيد كالعادة أميركا الجيوبوليتيكية وتركيا الجارة والسعودية التي تعمل منذ ستة عقود على إضعاف أرض السواد.

بذلك يتضح أن ذهاب الأميركيين نحو مزيد من التراجع يصيب هذه المشاريع الخليجية بتدمير العالم العربي بالخسارة واليتم، وعندها لن تستطيع التبرؤ منها، ولن يقبل المتضرّرون إلا بإسقاط هذه العائلات الحاكمة من آل زايد وسعود وخليفة بشكل نهائي إنقاذاً للعالم العربي من مفاسدهم التاريخيّة.

EGYPT SENDS BATTLE TANKS TO LIBYAN BORDER AS HAFTAR FORCES RETREAT UNDER TURKISH STRIKES

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After capturing Tripoli International Airport last week, GNA forces and Syrian militant groups with a direct support from the Turkish Armed Forces forced the Libyan National Army (LNA) led by Khalifa Haftar to retreat from a number of villages and towns including Tarhuna and Dawun.

Retreating LNA fighters left behind dozens of weapons and pieces of military equipment, including T-55 and T-62 battle tanks and howitzers. Pro-GNA sources also showcased a destroyed Pantsir-S system, which the LNA had received from the UAE. The town of Tarhuna was looted and a large number of buildings there were destroyed by Turkish-backed forces. The residents of this town are known for their support to the LNA. A large number of civilians fled the town with the retreating LNA units.

On June 6, Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced a new diplomatic initiative for Libya proposing a ceasefire from June 6 and the resumption of the political process. Egypt alongside with the UAE are key backers of the LNA.

Apparently, Anakra and the GNA saw this move as a sign of the weakness. The GNA even announced an advance on the port city of Sirte controlled by the LNA. However, Turkish-led forces failed to reach the city on June 6 and June 7 suffering casualties. According to local sources, over 30 Turkish proxies were killed. A Turkish Bayraktar TB2 combat UAV was also shot down. In response, Turkey shot down a Wing Loong II combat UAV operated by the LNA and conducted a series of airstrikes on LNA positions near Sirte. On June 8, the GNA and its allies conducted another attempt to advance on Sirte. Clashes are ongoing.

Egypt reacted to these developments by sending reinforcements to the border with Libya. At least 2 large columns with Egyptian battle tanks were filmed moving towards the border. The geographic location of Egypt allows its leadership, if there is a political will and a strong decision, to freely employ its ground and air forces to support the LNA in the conflict against Turkish proxies. Cairo could opt to choose the strategy of direct actions if Turkish-led forces capture Sirte threatening the LNA heartland in northeastern Libya.

The modern military political leadership of Turkey, in particular President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his inner circle, has views on the needed structure of the Islamic world, which are to a great extent similar to those of the Muslim Brotherhood. For example, the Muslim Brotherhood thinks that the leading Islamic states should be headed by leaders with a rather strong religious agenda.

Egypt traditionally has a complex and balanced cooperation of the religious and secular parts of their society. In the view of the Muslim Brotherhood, the religious factor should be developed further, even at the cost of the interests of the secular part of the society. This goes contrary to the current reality in Egypt, which is ruled by relatively secular leaders. Furthermore, the Muslim Brotherhood and armed groups affiliated with it are considered terrorist organizations in Egypt. Therefore, Cairo sees the expansion of forces ideologically close to the organization as a direct threat to its national security.

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