Netanyahu: Our Cooperation with Arab States Has Never Been Greater علاقاتنا العربية غير مسبوقة

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September 6, 2017

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tel Aviv Israel is enjoying a greater level of cooperation today with the Arab world than it has ever had in its history.

At a ceremony in the Foreign Ministry on Wednesday, Netanyahu said the cooperation today with countries in the Arab world is actually greater than it was when the Zionist entity signed agreements with Egypt and Jordan.

In practice, he said, there is cooperation in “different ways” and “at different levels,” though it is not public. And even though it is not public, “it is much larger than any other period in Israel’s history. It’s a huge change.”

Netanyahu, who also serves as foreign minister said that Tel Aviv today is “in a different place” than before. He said that the alliance with the United States is “stronger than ever” and that – in addition – there are strong ties with Europe, with openings being made in eastern Europe.

“There are great breakthroughs on all the continents; our return to Africa and the expansion of our technical assistance there is leading to a great deal of interest on the continent,” he said.

The Israeli PM added that important breakthroughs were made this past year in Asia as well – China, India and Japan – as well as with the Muslim countries there, especially Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan, which he visited in December.

Netanyahu also praised a “great change” with Russia, which he said was of great importance in terms of connecting economic and cultural interests.

Referring to his upcoming trip to Argentina, Colombia and Mexico, before going to the UN General Assembly in New York, Netanyahu said that Latin America was a “huge market in a large bloc of important countries.”

SourceJerusalem Post

نتنياهو يفاخر بالواقع الجديد: علاقاتنا العربية غير مسبوقة

رغم تنازلات السلطة يرى نتنياهو أنها لم تقدم ما يكفي للتوصل إلى تسوية (أ ف ب)

مجدداً يفخر بنيامين نتنياهو بما أنجزه في السنوات الماضية على صعيد العلاقة مع أنظمة عربية. ورغم استعماله التلميح، فإن فحوى كلامه يشير إلى دول خليجية على وجه التحديد تسارع إلى تصعيد مستويات العلاقة، في وقت يستمر فيه برنامج الأميركيين لفرض تسوية «مذلة» على السلطة الفلسطينية

علي حيدر

لم يكشف رئيس حكومة العدو الإسرائيلي، بنيامين نتنياهو، سراً عندما تحدث عن علاقات سرية غير مسبوقة تاريخياً مع دول عربية، باتت أسماؤها أشهر من أن تذكر. ومع أن نتنياهو اكتفى بالعموميات في تحديد طبيعة هذه العلاقات، فإنه كشف أنها من النوع الذي لا يفصح عنه، وهو ما ينطبق على التعاون المشترك في مواجهة أطراف محور المقاومة. وفي ما يخدم هذا المسار، تتزايد المعطيات التي تتحدث عن قمة أميركية ــ إسرائيلية ــ فلسطينية، في سياق صفقة إقليمية، تهدف في النهاية إلى إيجاد الظرف الملائم للخروج بالتعاون السري إلى المرحلة العلنية.

وفي العموم، ليس مفاجئاً أن يتباهى نتنياهو بأن أبواب العالم مفتوحة أمام إسرائيل من دون التوصل إلى اتفاق تسوية مع الفلسطينيين، خاصة أن العالم يرى أن دولاً عربية تهرول مسرعة للتطبيع مع تل أبيب في الوقت الذي تواصل فيه التنكيل بالفلسطينيين على المستويات السياسية والأمنية والجماهيرية. ففي كل يوم تذل إسرائيل أنصار التسوية، وكلما تراجعوا خطوة إلى الوراء، واصلت الضغوط عليهم ليتراجعوا أكثر. وعلى المستوى الأمني، تواصل سياسة الاعتقالات والاعتداءات، وعلى المستوى الشعبي، تواصل سياسة الحصار على قطاع غزة، والتضييق على سكان الضفة المحتلة، إضافة إلى كل ذلك، الزحف الاستيطاني.

وما مكَّن نتنياهو من مواصلة سياسة القمع التي يتبعها ضد الشعب الفلسطيني إدراكه أنه لن يترتب عليها أي أثمان، بما فيها الأثمان السياسية، انطلاقاً من أن أكثر الأنظمة العربية إما أدارت ظهرها للقضية الفلسطينية، وإما مشغولة بأولويات أخرى. ومن هنا يأتي ما لفت إليه رئيس الحكومة الإسرائيلية في أن «ما يحدث مع كتلة الدول العربية لم يسبق حدوثه تاريخياً، حتى عندما كنا نبرم الاتفاقات. ورغم عدم بلوغ التعاون بشتى الطرق والمستويات مرحلة الظهور علناً بعد، فإن الأمور الجارية بصورة غير معلنة أوسع نطاقاً إلى حد كبير من أي حقبة مضت على تاريخ دولة إسرائيل». وفي هذا الحديث ما يشير إلى أبواب واسعة من التعاون بين معسكر «الاعتدال» العربي وإسرائيل على المستويات كافة، بما فيها الاستخبارية والعملانية، وذلك في مواجهة «التهديدات المشتركة».

مع ذلك، والتزاماً بالتكتيك المتّبع في مواجهة أيّ دعوة لتسوية نهائية تلبّي الحد الأدنى من شروط أنصار التسوية، يأتي اتهام نتنياهو الجانب الفلسطيني ـــ السلطة بوضع الشروط أمام استئناف المفاوضات، وأنه ليس بإمكان إسرائيل قبول هذه الشروط.

وترجمة للضريبة الكلامية، التي تجد إسرائيل أنه لا بد منها، رأى نتنياهو في كلمة خلال حفل في الخارجية الإسرائيلية، لمناسبة عيد رأس السنة العبرية الذي يصادف بعد أسبوعين، أن «الفرضية التي كانت سائدة سابقاً تقضي بأن التوصل إلى اتفاق مع الفلسطينيين، وهو أمر كنا نريده وما زلنا نريده، سيفتح أبواب العالم أمامنا، ومع أن ذلك سيساعد دون شك، فإن أبواب العالم تُفتح دون ذلك أيضاً، ولكن ذلك لا يقلّل أهمية دراسة المسارات والعملية السياسية والتطبيع».

ومع أن السلطة تنازلت عن نحو %80 من أرض فلسطين، بعدما وضعت إسرائيل خطوطاً حمراء على الكتل الاستيطانية الكبرى، واستعداد رام الله للتنازل عن قضية اللاجئين ضمن إطار تسوية شاملة، وأيضاً البحث في أي صيغة تشكل مخرجاً لقضية شرقي القدس، اتهم نتنياهو الفلسطينيين بأنهم «لم يعدلوا بعد شروطهم للتوصل إلى تسوية سياسية، مع أنها غير مقبولة بالنسبة إلى قسم كبير من الجمهور».

في السياق نفسه، لفت نتنياهو إلى أن علاقات إسرائيل في ظل حكوماته الأخيرة «أصبحت أقوى مع دول عدة في العالم، بينها الولايات المتحدة ودول أوروبا وأستراليا وأفريقيا وآسيا وآذربيجان وكازاخستان». وبعدما أعلن التغيّر الإيجابي في علاقة تل أبيب مع العالم العربي، لفت إلى أن ما يجري «تغيير كبير، فالعالم برمته يتغيّر، ولكن لا يعني ذلك أنه حدث تغيير في المحافل الدولية والأمم المتحدة واليونسكو بعد»، حيث تواجه إسرائيل انتقادات شديدة بسبب سياستها في الأراضي الفلسطينية المحتلة عام 1967.

على خطّ موازٍ، كشفت صحيفة «هآرتس» أمس عن قمة ثلاثية تجمع الرئيس الأميركي دونالد ترامب، مع كل من الرئيس الفلسطيني محمود عباس، وبنيامين نتنياهو، على هامش قمة الأمم المتحدة التي ستعقد بعد أسبوعين في واشنطن. ويهدف ترامب من القمة إلى بحث سبل تحريك المفاوضات بين الجانبين، ضمن تسوية إقليمية، التزاماً بالمبادرة التي أطلقها بعد توليه منصبه وزيارته للشرق الأوسط في أيار الماضي.

وقالت الصحيفة إن ترامب «عمّم على طاقم مستشاريه المشرفين على ملف المفاوضات، وأبرزهم صهره جاريد كوشنير، ومبعوثه الخاص إلى الشرق الأوسط جيسون غرينبلات، والسفير الأميركي لدى تل أبيب ديفيد فريدمان، تصميمه على التوصل إلى تسوية وصفقة إقليمية، وأن ذلك على رأس جدول اهتماماته في السياسة الخارجية الأميركية».

ويتوقع أيضاً أن يبحث اللقاء في قضايا دبلوماسية وأمنية، مثل قضية الاتفاق النووي الإيراني والتسوية في سوريا. ولفتت «هآرتس» إلى أن المفاوضات التي تجري حالياً تتمحور حول تحديد مواعيد اللقاءات التي ستجمع الثلاثة. ورجّحت مصادر دبلوماسية إسرائيلية وفلسطينية أن مواعيد اللقاءات قد تكون بين 17 و19 أيلول الجاري. مع ذلك، أكد مصدر أميركي في البيت الأبيض أن جدول ومواعيد اللقاءات والجلسات ستنشر فور إغلاق تسجيل المواعيد.

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The Brave Builder!

Created on Saturday, 10 June 2017 10:15

Father, they wanted to crush our bones and feed the terrorists the dishes of our burnt flesh! They are those who have been deceiving the entire world for decades. They waited and waited, and soon after your untimely demise, they wanted to take revenge from the Syrian rich and deep rooted history, civilization and culture.

Unable to control, nor to subdue your son, President Bashar, and for about a decade following your demise, the anti-Syrians ewes, new-colonialists, ottomans rallied and exerted every evil effort and backed every terrorists from more than a hundred country; they wanted to eat our flesh, rape our women, stead our resources, and.. and… Here is Syria, the capital of Bashar  Hafez Al-Assad, the man who has been living in the hearts and minds of the millions of Syrians, Arabs and freedom and Resistance fighters.

President Hafez Assad, the builder of Modern Syria, passed away on June 10, 2000 leaving behind unforgettable pages of glory and treasures of unshaken principles and doctrines. “There are always men who can catch history” is an important saying of the great Indian leader Gandhi. The late leader President Hafez Al-Assad did not only catch but rewrote and made history through the depth of his thoughts and wisdom.

I re-asked my son, Hafez, do you remember this  date 17 years back. The answer by Hafez, second year university student, came as no surprise to me: ” year by year, the late president is even greater; we do miss him more and his imprints are crystal clear in every aspect of Syria.”

Yes, the generations of Hafez Al-Assad are indeed lucky, because they have been honored to live under his presidency twice, if not forever! Bashar Hafez Al-Assad is Al-Assad of modern Syria, built by his late father. Syria is being built anew away from terrorism, extremism and treason.  Like father, like son, the Syrians are so proud to have the two men in one as well as in all and for all! Each of them has been the far-sighted man of his age, as well as of the coming! Each of them is the father for all Syrians, particularly the poor among them. Each of them is but God’s gift to all humanity, peace and prosperity.

On the late President’s style-made correction approach, Syria has followed the march under the leadership of his son, Bashar. Once the father changed Syria from a coup-plagued and a barren country to an oasis for progress, democracy and development. The son has pursued the march on the way of modernization, welfare, steadfastness and progress. 17 years following President Hafez Al-Assad’s  untimely demise, millions of the Syrians still feel today, more than ever, their urgent need for his fatherly smile, wise stances, peace efforts, prophetic visions, and the many of much of badly needed force. The Syrians, at least the majority do see the late father in President Bashar.

Personally, the tears of my son, Hafez, who was only six-years that day are still alive inside me with unanswered rhetorical questions: how is it possible even for children to so cry . Emotions, as all know, are never to be exported, imported, neither imposed or whatsoever; they are but to be felt! What might console us, however, is the presence of Assad’s son, Bashar, who, masterfully, has been professional in navigating the Syrian Ship amid the strong storms of today’s crazy world and terrorism into the safety shores; and apart from the heinous treason of those who were supposedly, one day, close associates and comrades! And apart from the warmongers  hunger for killing, disorder and for innocents blood in today’s jungle zoo!!!

On June 10, 2000, the builder of modern Syria, the late president Hafez Al-Assad passed away. 17 years following the untimely demise of the Late president, the question of life and death is still at times a puzzle, as realities on the ground do show; it is unknown whether death ends others’ life or brings it more and more into limelight! Thus, there are many of the livings but dead in spirit, the dead but ever living in deeds as well as words. This isn’t a philosophical theory but rather an observation by a journalist when it comes to the untimely demise of the late President, Hafez Assad, whose presence was even stronger day by day.

Almost all the said and done by the late Assad do remind the majority of his heroic principles stances. The very stances, which came in an accurate translation for a wise balanced policy, based on the principles of unlimited belief in the power of masses and of the Arab Nation, betterment and improvement of the masses living conditions, welfare and prosperity, full return and liberation of the occupied territories and usurped rights, and of strong commitment to peace realization and world legitimacy.

In the Arab masses and Syrians, the late president put his deep trust; they were one of the main sources of his power, and the driving force and objective for every measure and step taken. His 1970 Correction Movement targeted the majority, if not all. The masses, especially the millions of Syrians, were led out of chaos and coups to the shores of safety and rest on the long so far running march of building, development and modernization.

The late president built on the rubbles of pre-1970; 30 years later, the masses voted for President Bashar, who non-stopping has been working to build on the achieved and accomplished during the said 30 glorious years. Remarkably, the symphony was orchestrated to the pulse of the public, their satisfaction and desire. New democratic institutions, constitution, organizations were enshrined; equality, justice the rule of law and its precedence did prevail.

Redistribution of resources to suffice all, everybody was judged in terms of how much work and effort, not of what color or origin. The more you belong to your country, the more you deserve. This was a turning transitional point in the social life, promotion of peasants and farmers status, lifting of restrictions on political parties and on freedom of speech, emancipation of women and so many others.

The liberation of the Arab land occupied by Israel was always, and ever is, the objective and noble aim. For the sake of peace, a just war was launched. It was a war in defense of world peace and security; hence no peace and security without the liberation of the 1967 occupied land. This compelled the other side, some years later, following a further dealt blow and defeat in Lebanon, thanks to the late president for defending and preserving of its present demographic mosaic, to unwillingly take part in Madrid Conference, dragging peace efforts into years of procrastination and futility as Mr. Shamir pledged. During years of on and off rounds of peace talks on the Syrian and Lebanese tracks of peace, others fell into the trap of behind curtains deformed deals! Such a deviation from Late Assad’s long sought for Arab solidarity and coordination did yield the fruits of Adam’s apple. You have by now to pluck the thorns from your hands by your bleeding without-fingers-hand!

The issue of the liberation and return is still for us, as defined and underlined by the great leader of Syria’s most turbulent phase of foreign conspiracies and plots. 242, 338, UN Charter and resolutions are not only the most quoted terms of reference by Syrians worldwide, but also the most frequently repeated guidelines and principles used by the late president. These two resolutions, not to mention Beirut’s Initiative, still dominate the political agenda in our country. Unfortunately,  in the ongoing terrorist war against Syria, Israel allied itself with the terrorists and backed them with every support!

The other side has developed a UN Phobia, not even to mention any UN terms of reference. Israel has developed a complex of fear from its past, rather than capitalizing on the suffering imposed by others; Moslems defended Jews, when the world let them down. The Sephardem are those of Spain, when the origin of the world itself means the prosperous Jews of Spain under the protection of Arabs.

Unfortunately, Israel paid no heed to the serious honest commitment of the late president, nor to President Bashar’s commitment to just and comprehensive peace. The Israeli side summarized the dispute as a matter of a few meters, when it was indeed a struggle between liberation and occupation, dignity and humiliation, logic and illogic. One would have no wonder that the assassination of Mr. Rabin was merely a further step on the long way of aborting every peace effort, and so were the Israeli ongoing slander campaigns of misinformation and distortion against Syria and Lebanon, not to mention Israeli Premier, Netanyahu’s recent hallucination regarding the occupied Syrian Golan.

Peace won’t only secure the interests of the oppressed, but more that of Israel itself. So far, the majority in this part of the region are more than willing to build on the accomplished on the Syrian and Lebanese tracks of peace, and restart from where the talks broke off; it is a win-win solution for all. Yes, peace and only the just and comprehensive peace which would flush out terrorists and bring prosperity, security and humanity to the region.

Arab solidarity was and is still the unaccomplished goal. The late President as well as President Bashar nobly shelved every grievances, differences and plot hatched by some close Arab neighbors and brothers against the stability of Syria. Actually, the repeated calls by the late president for a further Arab solidarity have been recently felt so direly needed for, in light of recent tragedies imposed on a fragmented in tatters Arab World of the ewes! We do miss you Father Hafez, especially in these dark times of twisted facts, Al-Qaeda and Wahabi affiliated terrorism, unjust and groundless accusations, and denial of saving lives!

Further, the United Nations umbrella, Charter, and role have proved themselves to, as the late President for all his life held, the only possible exit out from the region dark tunnel. This exit is sadly still blocked and hindered by selectivity and multi standardization of world affairs and people destiny. Such a blind approach is still leading the region into the more of bloodshed and massacres.

Another strong deep convention held by the late president was to resist occupation. Resisting and repelling aggressors has been the oldest practice by Man against every force of tyranny and oppression including that of nature. Once occupation ends, there is no justification for armed resistance against the other side. It might be changed into civilized peaceful resistance against acts of subjugations, hegemony and domination! The South of Lebanon was liberated, and so the remaining of the occupied would soon be.

Unfortunately, the world turned deaf ears to the late president 1980’s calls for a clear-cut definition of terrorism and distinction between resistance and terrorism. The world had at large to pay for such carelessness and to bear the evil consequences of terrorism. To the disadvantage of every human, in a very short time in the aftermath of the late president untimely demise, the world had been swept by a wave of terrorist attacks by some outlawed gangs, which once were groomed up and patronized by the so called world big powers under different silly pretexts!

Dr. Faustus has to pay for his signed contract with the devil!  Those who signed the contract with the terrorists have to pay a heavy price, as is the case with the losing of the ewes, Erdogan, and the masters! The evil Lucifier and Mephostophilos caused unfortunately the massacring of many innocent civilians worldwide, particularly in Syria, Iraq, Tunisia, Libya, and in Egypt.

The present wanted dead or alive forces of hatred are no more the closet allies of the so-called land of the free! What is even more painful happened when others tried to export their hand-made rotten and evil products to the victimized! Now that the region countries shelter the millions of the disposed refugees, that the press offices are closed, who is to be held accountable? Is it the generous who host them; or the oppressors who uprooted them? Is it the oppressed or the oppressor? If it is the oppressed, the world has to wait ,yet longer, for the more of chaos, killing and bloodshed! If not, the oppressors should by now have realized the futility of alliances with evil; so that a new chapter of coexistence, peace, and security for all can be written.

Syria is now stronger than ever! Actually, an objective transparent reading for the glorious chapters of the late president’s epics would, undoubtedly, lead to the conclusion that the world has lost with his untimely demise, a staunch fighter for just and comprehensive peace, a strong advocate of tolerance, coexistence, and noble dignified life. The leader, who has never surrendered nor ceded a grain of the holy land, passed away only in body. It is an international loss by all accounts. To what extent the other side would capitalize and take advantage of Syria’s ever honest and sincere peace commitments, and of her fight against terrorism, poverty and backwardness is still vague and ambiguous among different issued contradicting signals.

Dr. Mohammad Abdo Al-Ibrahim

alibrahim56@hotmail.com

 

 

Trump’s Art of the Deal: Selling Wars and Terrorism

The  Man 0f Shalom = Peace for JEWS

By Finian Cunningham

May 25, 2017 “Information Clearing House” – It would be funny if it were not so sickening. US President Donald Trump’s whirlwind tour through the Middle East was a “triumph” of make-believe rhetoric over reality. Donald “the peace-maker” is sowing decades of further violence in the war-torn region.

The horrific repercussions of American foreign policy are all around us, from the illegal occupation of Palestinian territories to the ongoing wars in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen, to the latest terror attack in Britain where 22 people were killed in a suicide bombing at a concert in Manchester.

With a typical inane understanding of the web of international terrorism that American foreign policy has generated over many years, Trump glibly condemned the bombing atrocity in Manchester as the work of “losers.”

Trump – on his first overseas tour as president – regaled Middle East leaders with florid words about peace and prosperity and a faux pretense of historical appreciation, referring to the region as thecradle of civilization,” a sacred land and rich heritage.”

There were minimal details in how Trump would achieve peace between the Israelis and Palestinians, or defeat terrorism in the Middle East. It was all the just feel-good rhetoric that papered over the systemic causes of conflict and terrorism.

The one tangible takeaway was the American president’s mammoth arms deal signed with Saudi Arabia – $350 billion-worth over ten years. It was hailed as the biggest ever weapons contract, with an initial payment of $110 billion. Put in perspective, Trump is selling the Saudi rulers a total three times what Obama managed to achieve over his two administrations – some $115 billion in weapons to Saudi Arabia, which itself was a record high.

The proposed weapons supply is truly staggering, not least because of their destination to a regime up to its eyes in terror sponsorship.

During his next stop to Israel, Trump’s entourage visited the Wailing Wall abutting East Jerusalem, thus giving Washington’s imprimatur to the creeping annexation of the entire city by the state of Israel. Moves are underway to shift the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in what would sound the death knell for Palestinian aspirations to claim East Jerusalem (al-Quds) as the capital of a future independent state.

That would also signal the abandonment of long-standing US policy avowedly advocating a two-state solution. Something which Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his rightwing Likud government are lobbying for. Everything about Trump’s kowtowing indicates he is a willing patron to Israeli expansionism.

From Jerusalem, Trump drove to the Israeli-occupied West Bank where he met with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem. Families protesting the incarceration of hundreds of hunger-striking Palestinians by Israel were kept at bay, while Trump delivered the ultimatum: “Peace can never take root where violence is tolerated.

Trump would never have the integrity or understanding to deliver the same ultimatum to Saudi and Israeli leaders. Even though the admonishment of “not tolerating violence” there is manifold more pertinent and meaningful.

During the past fifty years since the Six Day War, America has condoned the relentless illegal annexation of land by Israel. The last round of futile “peace talks” ended in failure in 2014, when then US Secretary of State John Kerry adopted the usual policy of turning a blind eye to Israeli settlements and military occupation. The Trump administration is prepared to capitulate even further.

The Saudi and other Arab rulers are also jettisoning any pretense at pursuing a just peace accord for Palestinians.

They utter not a word of protest over Israel’s land grabs and moves to kill off Palestinian claims to East Jerusalem – the site of Islam’s third holy

Trump’s visit to the Middle East – ahead of his trip to the Vatican to meet Pope Francis and then NATO leaders in Brussels – is yet another sign of a geopolitical realignment. It seems an antiquated notion that Saudi Arabia and allied Arab regimes are somehow in opposition to Israel. As if the former are defenders of Arab and Muslim rights.

What’s going down is a tawdry tie-up in the region between American-backed client regimes. This has nothing to do with forging peace and all about consolidating Washington’s hegemony over the oil-rich region. That hegemony is primarily underpinned by Washington’s militarization and saturated selling of weaponry.

Significantly, the $350 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia caused no concern for Netanyahu’s government.

How can it hurt?” Amos Gilad, a former Israel defense official, told the Times of Israel. For now, there’s an alliance between the US and the Arab world against Iran, said Gilad.

The Times also quoted Yaakov Amidror, the former national security adviser to Netanyahu, as saying, Israel has no reason to worry about the massive Saudi-US arms deals.” He added that the latest Saudi arms deal could help pave the way for Israeli-Arab cooperation in the future.

Besides, Washington’s strategic doctrine is that Israel will always be given US priority to retain a so-called qualitative military edge over all other states in the region. That means US arms transfers to its Arab allies will be met with ever-more military aid to Israel, which currently clocks about $3.8 billion a year.

In other words, Trump’s arms dealing are a win-win for the US, more than ever. Mammoth sales to Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf Arab monarchies will drive up American weapons business with Israel. But a virtuous circle for Washington is a vicious cycle for the region whereby an already militarized conflict zone is being deluged with American firepower.

Given that the US-backed regimes are in various ways indelibly connected to territorial strife, sectarian conflict and in particular the sponsorship of Wahhabi terror groups it is almost certain that Trump’s reckless weapons trading will fuel more violence. It is well documented that Saudi Arabia serves as a conduit for American weaponry to Al-Qaeda-affiliated terror networks in Syria and elsewhere.

Still more ominous is how Trump’s military racket is pushing the region into a war with Iran. This fatuous president is giving full vent to Israeli and Saudi propaganda accusing Iran of “fueling the fires of sectarian conflict and terror” in the region, citing Lebanon, Iraq, Syria and Yemen. This is a breath-taking inversion of reality, given the nefarious role of Saudi Arabia in those same countries.

In the Saudi capital, Riyadh, Trump called on assembled Arab regimes to stamp out terror by targeting Iran for regime change.

While in Jerusalem, Trump said:

There is a growing realization among your Arab neighbors that they have a common enemy with you in the threat posed by Iran.

Israel premier Netanyahu also remarked that

old enemies [sic] have become allies against a common enemy.

We can be sure that the “common enemy” spoken of is not terrorism, but rather Iran.

Donald Trump, the business tycoon-turned-president, never stops boasting about his prowess on boosting the “bottom line.” He may well boost the profits of American weapons manufacturers by flooding the Middle East with ever-more military arms. But the bottom line for the region and beyond is more wars, destruction, and bloodshed.

Finian Cunningham (born 1963) has written extensively on international affairs, with articles published in several languages. Originally from Belfast, Ireland, he is a Master’s graduate in Agricultural Chemistry and worked as a scientific editor for the Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, England, before pursuing a career in newspaper journalism. For over 20 years he worked as an editor and writer in major news media organizations, including The Mirror, Irish Times and Independent. Now a freelance journalist based in East Africa, his columns appear on RT, Sputnik, Strategic Culture Foundation and Press TV.

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Haniya is expected to remain in the Gaza Strip, the Palestinian enclave run by Hamas since 2007, unlike Meshaal who lives in exile in Doha and has completed the maximum two terms in office.

“The Hamas Shura Council on Saturday elected Ismail Haniya as head of the movement’s political bureau,” the group’s official website announced.

He beat contenders Moussa Abu Marzuk and Mohamed Nazzal in a videoconference vote of the ruling council’s members in Gaza, the West Bank and outside the Palestinian territories.

On Monday, Hamas unveiled a new policy document, announcing it accepts the creation of a Palestinian state in the West Bank, east Al-Quds (Jerusalem) and Gaza, the territories occupied by the Zionist entity in the Six-Day War of 1967.

It also says its struggle is not against Jews because of their religion but against the Zionist entity as an occupier.

The original 1988 charter will not be dropped, just supplemented, the movement said.

Hamas officials said the revised document in no way amounts to recognition of the Zionist entity as a state.

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Palestinian resistance group Islamic Jihad reiterated its stance on a Palestinian state limited to the 1967 borders.

The announcement comes few days after other Palestinian resistance movement, Hamas unveiled a new policy document, announcing it accepts the creation of a Palestinian state in the West Bank, east Al-Quds (Jerusalem) and Gaza, the territories occupied by the Zionist entity in the Six-Day War of 1967.

Islamic Jihad’s deputy leader, Ziad al-Nakhala said his movement rejects what he described as Hamas’s new policy of easing its stand on the Zionist entity.

“As partners with our Hamas brothers in the struggle for liberation, we feel concern over the document” which the main Islamist movement that rules Gaza adopted on Monday, said Islamic Jihad’s deputy leader, Ziad al-Nakhala.

“We are opposed to Hamas’s acceptance of a state within the 1967 borders and we think this is a concession which damages our aims,” he said on Islamic Jihad’s website.

Nakhala said the new Hamas policy formally accepting the idea of a state in the territories occupied by the Zionist entity in the 1967 Six-Day War would “lead to deadlock and can only produce half-solutions”.

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