لقاء نتنياهو وابن سلمان.. لماذا إخراج السري إلى العلن؟

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أليف صباغ

أليف صباغ

محلل سياسي مختصّ بالشأن الإسرائيلي

مشاريع “السلام” الاقتصادية لا يمكن أن تخرج إلى حيّز التنفيذ من دون علاقات رسمية بين السعودية و”إسرائيل”، حتى لو طبَّعت الأخيرة مع السودان والإمارات والبحرين.

لقاء نتنياهو وابن سلمان.. لماذا إخراج السري إلى العلن؟
لقاء نتنياهو وابن سلمان.. لماذا إخراج السري إلى العلن؟

انشغل العالم مؤخراً باللقاء “السري” بين رئيس الحكومة الإسرائيلية بنيامين نتنياهو وولي العهد السعودي محمد بن سلمان في مدينة “نيوم” السعودية، بمشاركة رئيس “الموساد” الإسرائيلي يوسي كوهين، وبرعاية وزير الخارجية الأميركي مارك بومبيو.

 قبل انتهاء اللقاء، كان أحد المقربين من نتنياهو قد سرَّب خبراً عنه، يقول فيه إنّ “سيّده” يقوم في هذا الوقت “بصنع السلام”، ما أثار حماس وسائل الإعلام لمعرفة سبب إلغاء نتنياهو اجتماعاً كان مقرراً في ساعات المساء. 

في الليلة ذاتها، وقبل إغلاق الصّحف اليومية، سُرّب الخبر أيضاً، وبشكل أوضح بكثير، إلى وسائل إعلام أميركية وإسرائيلية سمحت لها الرقابة بنشره، ويفترض أنه سري للغاية! يقول الخبر إنَّ الطّرفين بحثا مواضيع مهمّة، ولكنّهما لم يتوصّلا إلى اتفاق جوهري.

فجأة، أنكر وزير الخارجية السعودي مشاركة نتنياهو في الاجتماع، ولكنَّ مسؤولين كباراً في المملكة أكَّدوا لوسائل الإعلام الأميركية والإسرائيلية، موقع “واي نت” وصحيفة “هآرتس” و”إسرائيل اليوم”، المقربة جداً إلى نتنياهو، مشاركة نتنياهو في الاجتماع. ليس ذلك جديداً، فالعشق بين الإنكار والاعتراف هو قصة يعيشها الطرفان زمناً طويلاً تعدى مائة عام من الزمن، وانتقل من الأجداد إلى الأبناء، وابتُلي به الأحفاد أيضاً.

هنا، يُسأل السؤال: ما المواضيع التي تهم الطرفين، الإسرائيلي والسعودي، في هذه الأيام، وخصوصاً أن إدارة ترامب الجمهورية تقضي أسابيعها الأخيرة، لتأتي بدلاً منها إدارة جديدة برئاسة جو بايدن الديموقراطي؟ هل ترعى الإدارة الجديدة هذا العشق، كما رعته الإدارة المنتهية ولايتها وأرادت تحويله إلى زواج رسمي أم أنها ستبقيه عشقاً يحلم به الطرفان ويختلفان على المهر المقدم والمؤخر؟

لا يختلف مراقبان على أن المواضيع التي ناقشها الطرفان أو التي تهمهما كالتالي:

أولاً، يتفق الطرفان على موقفهما المعادي لإيران، الصامدة في وجه الإمبريالية الأميركية وطموحات الغطرسة الإسرائيلية في منطقة الشرق الأوسط، وعلى ضرورة قيام إدارة ترامب بعملية عسكرية ضدها أو إبقائها تحت العقوبات الاقتصادية المشددة حتى تخضع من دون قيد أو شرط.

لا شكّ في أنّ هذا الموضوع مرتبط بالموقف من سوريا التي تقاوم الإرهاب، ومن حزب الله الذي تتعاظم قوته في وجه “إسرائيل”. وعليه، يتفقان أيضاً على أن ما يخيفهما أو يقلقهما هو أن الإدارة الجديدة قد تنتهج نهجاً آخر لا يحقّق لهما رغبتهما في المواجهة العسكرية مع إيران. من هنا، يتفقان على ضرورة إشهار هذا التحالف غير الرسمي، في رسالة إلى الإدارة الأميركية الجديدة، خشية أن تعود إلى الاتفاق النووي مع إيران، من دون الأخذ بعين الاعتبار رغبة السعودية و”إسرائيل”.

ثانياً، يتفق الطرفان أيضاً، وفق ما جاء في وسائل الإعلام التي اعتمدت على مصادر إسرائيلية وسعودية كبرى، على أن هذه العلاقة ستشهد تطبيعاً في المستقبل، ولكنّ السعودية تشترطه بشروطها، في حين تريده “إسرائيل” مجانياً. تشترط السعودية أن يكون التطبيع بعد الاتفاق الإسرائيلي مع الفلسطينيين وفق المبادرة السعودية منذ العام 2002، وهو ما صرّح به علناً وزير الخارجية السعودي، فيصل بن فرحان، قبل حصول اللقاء أيضاً. هذا هو شرط الملك سلمان بن عبد العزيز، تقول المصادر، على الأقل لحفظ ماء الوجه، لكن من يضمن استمرار هذا الشرط في حال توفي الملك سلمان وورثه ابنه محمد المتحمس للتحالف مع “إسرائيل”؟ 

ثالثاً، إن الشرط الثاني للسعودية، والذي تحدَّث عنه ابن سلمان في اللقاء المذكور، هو السماح لها بأن تقيم جمعيات في القدس الشرقية وأن تموّلها، لصد التغلغل التركي في القدس كذلك في الحرم القدسي بشكل خاص. كما طلب ابن سلمان من نتنياهو بأن يسمح بإدخال ممثلين عن السعودية في دائرة الأوقاف الإسلامية في القدس، لتحجيم دور الجهات الأخرى، من مثل الأردن وتركيا. 

تفيد مصادر سعوديّة مطّلعة أيضاً بأنّ ابن سلمان يخشى عقوبات أميركية ضده شخصياً في ظل إدارة بايدن. وعليه، فهو يرى في “إسرائيل” حليفاً قادراً على مساعدته لتخفيف اليد الأميركية عنه. من هنا، لا يريد أن يتنازل عن كلّ أوراقه مسبقاً، فقد حصل أأن تنازل لترامب عما يقارب نصف ترليون دولار، ولم يحصل على ما يريد لغاية الآن. 

في المقابل، ووفقاً للتقديرات الإسرائيلية، فإنَّ السعودية هي “مركز المحور العربي لمناهضة إيران”، فهل تتنازل “إسرائيل” عن هذا الدور بسهولة؟ وهل هي مستعدة لأن تدفع الثمن للسعودية بالعملة الفلسطينية؟ سؤال يبقى على الطاولة، وينبئ بلقاءات مستقبلية إضافية، وربما تعقيدات أيضاً. 

رابعاً: ماذا عن اليمن والضغوط الأميركية المتوقعة على السعودية لوقف الحرب الوحشية عليها، والتي لم تحقق أي إنجاز للسعودية، وكانت نتائجها كارثية لغاية الآن على الشعب اليمني وأطفاله وبنيته التحتية، وعلى الاقتصاد السعودي أيضاً؟ وهل تقدم “إسرائيل” أي مساعدة إضافية في ملف اليمن في ظلّ إدارة بايدن؟ ألم يتعلَّم السعوديون وغيرهم أنّ “إسرائيل” لا ترى فيهم إلا سوقاً لبضاعتها وأداة لتنفيذ مخططاتها الاستراتيجية، وإن قدمت لهم سلاحاً على شكل قواعد مضادة للصواريخ أو خبراء أو طيارين، فذلك لمصالح مادية، ولتوريط العرب بمجازر ضد بعضهم البعض، وهو ما يفيد “إسرائيل” ويزيد من نفوذها في الشرق الأوسط على المدى القريب والبعيد.

ماذا يخفي التطبيع الرسمي من مشاريع؟ 

من يراجع تاريخ ما نشر عن المشاريع الاستراتيجية للحركة الصهيونية، المتمثلة بـ”إسرائيل”، في الشرق الأوسط، يدرك أنَّ تلك المشاريع لن تخرج إلى حيز التنفيذ إلا بعد إقامة علاقات سياسية بين “إسرائيل” وبلدان الخليج العربية، أهمّها مشاريع مد أنابيب النفط والغاز من الخليج المنتِج إلى أوروبا عبر الأراضي السعودية، ومنها إلى الشواطئ والموانئ الإسرائيلية، إضافةً إلى سكة حديد تشقّ دول الخليج والأردن والعراق، وشوارع وطرقات سريعة مخطّطة وجاهزة للتنفيذ تربط بين هذه الدول والبحر المتوسط عبر “إسرائيل”، ومشاريع أمنية كبرى تحول البحر الأحمر إلى محور أمني للتعاون السعودي الإسرائيلي بالأساس ضد إيران وتركيا وغيرهما. 

كل هذه المشاريع لا يمكن أن تخرج إلى حيّز التنفيذ من دون علاقات رسمية بين السعودية و”إسرائيل”، حتى لو طبَّعت الأخيرة مع السودان والإمارات والبحرين. تبقى السعودية هي “المحور الأساس”، كما يراها الإسرائيليون.

لماذا إخراج السري إلى العلن؟

انتقد بيني غانتس، رئيس الحكومة البديل، نتنياهو، لتسريب هذه اللقاءات السرية إلى العلن، معتبراً ذلك إهمالاً للمسؤولية وإضراراً بمصلحة “إسرائيل”. وأضاف: “لقد قمت بنشاطات سرية كثيرة في حياتي، ومنها ما كان بتوجيه من نتنياهو، ولكنني لم أصرح عنها”، متهماً نتنياهو بتفضيل المصلحة الشخصية على مصلحة “إسرائيل”. 

أما نتنياهو، فإضافة إلى المكسب الشخصي من تسريب هذه اللقاءات، فهو ليس أول رئيس حكومة يسرب لقاءات سرية مع زعماء عرب، فقد اعتادت الصحافة الإسرائيلية أن تنشر عن لقاءات سرية بموافقة الرقابة العسكرية، وغالباً ما يكون ذلك “نقلاً عن وسائل إعلام أجنبية”، والهدف منه يكون دقّ أكبر ما يمكن من أسافين الشكّ والريبة بين الزعماء العرب، ونزع ثقة المواطن العربي بقيادات نظامه، فيضعف النظام والزعامات المتعاونة، وتصبح أكثر عرضة للابتزاز.

وحين ينزع المواطن العربي ثقته بزعامته، ويرى أنها تتعاون مع العدو، فهل سيحارب عدوه من أجل نظام خائن لشعبه؟ وهل سيمتنع رجل الأعمال عن التعاون مع “إسرائيل”، وهو يعلم أنَّ نظامه رئيسه أو ملكه أو أميره غارق في علاقاته معها؟ إنَّ الهدف الأساس من الإعلان عن هذه اللقاءات هو كيّ العصب الوطني أو ما يُسمى “كيّ الوعي” لدى جماهير الشعب، ليسهل عليها ابتلاع التطبيع والخيانة.

هذا اللقاء الأخير ليس الأخير في مسلسل العشق الممنوع بين الحركة الصهيونية والحركة الوهابية، المتمثلة بمملكة آل سعود، فقد سبق ذلك لقاءات علنية وأخرى سرية في “إسرائيل” والسعودية وأوروبا وأميركا، ورسائل غرام منها ما بقي في السر ومنها ما خرج إلى العلن، ومبادرات استرضاء منسقة مسبقاً برعاية بريطانية أو أميركية منذ مائة سنة تقريباً وحتى اليوم. ولم تكن مبادرة الأمير فهد في العام 1981 إلا واحدة منها، مروراً بمبادرة الملك عبد الله في العام 2002 وحتى اتفاقيات إبراهام بين “إسرائيل” والبحرين والإمارات التي أجريت بمباركة سعودية. 

كلّ هذا المبادرات تأتي ضمن علاقات تاريخية تهدف إلى استرضاء “إسرائيل”، لتضمن الأخيرة في المقابل هيمنها على الشرق الأوسط، إلا أنها لم ترضَ ولن ترضى حتى يصبح الجميع عبيداً مستسلمين لها، كما هي عقيدتها التلمودية.

أما نتيجة هذا كله، فهو ليس إلا مزيداً من الضغط العربي على الفلسطينيين للتنازل عن حقوقهم. ورغم كل التنازلات التي قدَّمها الفلسطينيون على مدى عقود، وغداة كل مبادرة سعودية، فإنَّ ذلك لم يحفّز “إسرائيل” المتغطرسة إلا على طلب المزيد من التنازلات والمزيد من الهيمنة، فهل يفهم العرب عامة، والفلسطينيون خاصة، أن سياسة الاسترضاء، استرضاء المتغطرس، هي التي أوصلتهم إلى هذا الحضيض، وأن نهج المقاومة هو وحده الذي أجبر “إسرائيل” على التراجع في محطات مختلفة من هذا الصراع؟

The Empire Has Collapsed

October 28, 2020

The Empire Has Collapsed

by Paul Craig Roberts, cross-posted by permission

Paul Craig Roberts

The Saker has written another interesting article in which he gives us the date of the collapse of the AngloZionist or American Empire:  January 3, 2020, the day when Washington did not retaliate against Iran for Iran’s retaliation against Washington for murdering General Qasem Soleimani.

You can read The Saker’s case and make up your mind:  https://thesaker.is/when-exactly-did-the-anglozionist-empire-collapse/

An equally good case could be made that the American Empire collapsed on September 11, 2001.  This was the day that two symbols of American power—the World Trade Center and the Pentagon—were successfully attacked, according to the US government itself, by an old and dying Osama bin Laden and a handful of Saudi Arabians armed with box cutters.  This unlikely group was able, according to Washington, to overcome the entire intelligence networks of the United States, NATO, and Israel’s Mossad, and deliver the most humiliating blow ever suffered by a ruling Superpower.

It was the day when nothing in the National Security State worked.  US Airport Security failed four times on the same morning, allowing four US airliners to be hijacked. The US Air Force was unable to put fighters in the air to intercept the hijacked airliners, and two of them were flown into the World Trade Center towers and one into the Pentagon itself, while the Great Superpower was unable to defend itself from an old man in a cave in Afghanistan and a handful of young Saudis.

September 11, 2001, was the day that the world realized that the emperor had no clothes.  If Osama bin Laden and a handful of Saudis could defeat the United States, anyone could.

I think The Saker is wrong about Donald Trump. Trump wanted to save American influence by ceasing its fruitless attempts to impose hegemony on the world.  Trump wanted to bring the US soldiers home from the Middle East and to normalize relations with Russia.  This was a major threat to the power and budget of the military/security complex and to the zionist neoconservatives’ desire to use American military power to make the Middle East into Greater Israel.  If 9/11 did not end the American empire, the attack on President Trump from within the government did.  The internal demonization of the American president called to mind the internal conflicts that destroyed the Roman Empire.

I agree with The Saker that the Empire is finished.  Even if Trump wins and manages to be inaugurated, what can he do?  He faces the same powerful forces that stymied his first term. If the crook Biden and the anti-white racist Kamala win, The Camp of the Saints will continue to unfold in the US as the majority white population is demonized, its memorials and history erased, and its power exterminated.

No white American will fight for a government that has demonized him, torn down his statues,  and erased his people’s history.  An army of feminists, transgendered, Hispanic immigrants, disaffected blacks, and displaced Muslims will not fare well against Russian, Chinese, and Iranian forces.  Such a collection is not imbued with pride of country, a requirement for a fighting force.

More than the empire is dead. The country itself is dead.

Trump is trying to resurrect America, but are the people too far gone to respond?  We will soon know.

Mossad Chief: Our Relations with Saudi Arabia Is Not Subject to Any Condition Or Obstacle

Mossad Chief: Our Relations with Saudi Arabia Is Not Subject to Any Condition Or Obstacle

By Staff, Agencies

Mossad Chief Yossi Cohen believes that the relationship between Saudi Arabia and the “Israeli” entity “should not be an obstacle nor a condition for continuing contact with them in order to establish bilateral relations between us and the countries of the region”.

This comes as the Saudi authorities allege that normalization with the entity is conditioned by the negotiations with the Palestinians.

Cohen gave his comments during an interview with the “Israeli” broadcaster KAN.

The spy chief further said, “We are in contact with a large number of countries in the region and outside it, that is, the Middle East and Africa”.

He added that he hoped “these efforts will mature, such as those that have matured so far, and other countries in the region establish public and official relations with ‘Israel’”.

The Mossad Chief explained, “This maturation process is long … Maybe this is another opportunity to tell everyone, in my unit and elsewhere, who worked day and night for the sake of the slow but very orderly arrangement of bilateral relations between countries from the Middle East and Africa”.

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The story of ammonium nitrite and linking it to Hezbollah for years Why?

قصة نتريت الأمونيوم وربطها بحزب الله لسنوات لماذا؟

Bahrainis Rally Against Normalization Despite Crackdown

Bahrainis Rally Against Normalization Despite Crackdown

By Staff, Agencies

Bahraini protesters staged rallies across the tiny Gulf kingdom to denounce the recent agreement between the ruling Al Khalifah regime and the Zionist entity to establish full diplomatic ties.

Waving Palestinian flags and wearing face masks for protection against the coronavirus, demonstrators rallied in the northern villages of Abu Saiba and Shakhura on Friday, walking over the name of Bahraini monarch King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifah in an apparent show of outrage over the normalization deal.

Protests were also held in the villages of Barbar, Karzakan, Nuwaidrat and Sehla, Salmabad town as well as Sar residential area west of the capital, Manama.

Protesters trampled ‘Israeli’ flags before they were burned along with pictures of the Bahraini king, and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Banners were carried reading “Death to America, Death to ‘Israel’”, “The Bahraini Nation Rejects Normalization,” and “Bahrain is Enraged over al-Quds.”

Pictures and witness testimony indicated that regime forces were heavily present on the streets during the marches.

The rallies came as the head of the Zionist entity spy agency Mossad met Thursday with Bahraini officials to discuss topics of mutual interest and strengthening bilateral cooperation.

Bahrain’s National Intelligence Agency President Adel bin Khalifah Al Fadhel and Strategic Security Bureau Chairman Shaikh Ahmed bin Abdulaziz Al Khalifah welcomed Yossi Cohen upon his arrival in Manama, the official Bahrain News Agency reported.

The two sides stressed the importance of the agreement recently signed between Bahrain and the ‘Israeli’ occupation entity, saying it would pave the way for future cooperation in various fields.

Zionist prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu signed agreements with Emirati Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Abdullatif Al Zayani in a US-brokered event hosted by US President Donald Trump at the White House on September 15.

Watch Netanyahu Crash and Burn! انظروا الى نتنياهو… إنه «يحترق»!

By Ali Haydar – Al-Akhbar Newspaper

Translated by Staff

Watch Netanyahu Crash and Burn!

Benjamin Netanyahu had never lost a media battle that was focused on international, ‘Israeli’, and domestic incitement against the resistance in Lebanon, in such a short period of time. He never saw it coming.

The problem isn’t that the enemy’s prime minister fell victim to his traditional showmanship. Rather, it was a professional mistake of strategic dimensions committed by one or both sides: Either Netanyahu himself needed an information, even a false one, to fuel incitement against Hezbollah in his speech at the United Nations, or the intelligence service was the one that committed a serious professional mistake when it presented the prime minister with what was supposed to be a “final piece of information” regarding a facility Netanyahu proudly claimed had been seized.

One of the reasons for the mistake by the intelligence apparatus may stem from the political leadership’s insistence on the need for information with specific characteristics that serve a clear goal in the context of the incitement policy.

In a matter of hours, ‘Israel’ received a media blow no less significant than the one that accompanied the bombing of the Sa’ar battleship at sea during the July 2006 war, when the Hezbollah Secretary General uttered his famous phrase “watch it burn.”

The information was handed to everyone, especially the media outlets that are allied with ‘Israel’, in both Lebanon and abroad, which didn’t have enough time to play with what Netanyahu said.

Hezbollah dealt a loud political, propaganda, and intelligence blow to the enemy’s entity, with its political and intelligence apparatuses. In more direct terms, the live broadcast featuring the Secretary General of Hezbollah, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, dealt the ‘Israeli’ premier a resounding slap, which will echo and perhaps have repercussions within the ‘Israeli’ intelligence establishment and contribute to undermining the credibility of the head of the pyramid in Tel Aviv.

It will also lead to a blame game over the failure at a sensitive time internally, as well as in the context of the conflict with Hezbollah. Of course, the repercussions of the slap inside the intelligence establishment may not go out publically, but it will represent an experience to draw lessons from and try to answer specific questions: Where did the intelligence make mistakes, where did Netanyahu make a mistake, and how can you weave the false information in subsequent positions?

The successful step taken by Hezbollah in undermining Netanyahu’s plan to exploit the UN platform represents a blow to the propaganda strategy that ‘Israel’ is pursuing in confronting Hezbollah. This blow has both intelligence and political dimensions. What exacerbates these dimensions is the fact that the tools for their implementation were neither soldiers in the army, nor a minister, nor an administrative official, nor a distinguished expert. Rather, it was the whole ‘state’, its top hierarchy, and from the highest international forum regarding a very sensitive issue.

Before the Beirut Port explosion on August 4, ‘Israel’ was pursuing a policy of inciting the resistance’s ecosystem and the entire Lebanese population against it and its weapons.

‘Israel’ saw in the incident as an ideal opportunity that could serve as solid ground and a driving force to take the incitement plan against the resistance to new horizons. Hence, it adopted a propaganda policy based on exploiting the fears of the Lebanese people of a recurring disaster. Netanyahu did not hide his goal. Rather, he directly addressed, during his speech before the United Nations, the residents of the Jnah area in Beirut’s southern suburbs, and the rest of the Lebanese, telling them to rise up against Hezbollah because “if this storage explodes, another tragedy will happen. And to the Lebanese citizens … you should ask them to dismantle these warehouses.”

On the other hand, Hezbollah took a two-way step aimed at exposing Netanyahu’s lies and blocking the way for him and his intelligence to benefit from them later. Sayyed Nasrallah announced that journalists are invited immediately to visit the place that Netanyahu mentioned, in order to eradicate the possibility of any subsequent allegations about the facility being evacuated.

In parallel, he was keen to block the road for the ‘Israeli’ intelligence [specifically] by affirming that this step “does not bind us to the principle that whenever Netanyahu talks about a place, we should call the media to check it out.”

The importance of this move is essential, as it’s aimed at preventing ‘Israel’ from transforming every allegation that a place contains missile stores into an opportunity to expose the resistance and Lebanon at the security level.

At the level of messages:

Hezbollah scored a qualitative achievement in the battle of awareness and public opinion. It is one of the most important arenas and axes of the ongoing conflict in Lebanon where internal and external parties try to distort the image of the resistance and its weapons.

It also undermined Netanyahu’s credibility in the battle for consciousness, as he was betting that this station would represent a qualitative asset on which to build his subsequent steps. He considers this one of the most important aspects in this type of battle. Instead of undermining the credibility of the resistance and inciting the Lebanese people against it, Netanyahu’s image and credibility were undermined. It can be said that any subsequent allegations of this kind will from now be questioned and neglected by large sectors of the public opinion in Lebanon and in the entity as well.

Hezbollah dealt a severe blow to the ‘Israeli’ intelligence, which was supposed to have provided Netanyahu with false and misleading information. It seems that the latter with its security and political staff were depending on the assumption that Hezbollah would either not invite the media to this place, in keeping with its policy of securely fortifying the resistance, or it will do so at a later time. Then Netanyahu and his apparatus, as it happened previously, could claim that Hezbollah emptied the site of the missiles.

Hezbollah provided tangible evidence to the public opinion that ‘Israel’s’ goal is nothing but incitement against the resistance, which was what Netanyahu called for during his speech [calling on the residents of Jnah to rise up], based on lies and misinformation. This station will remain engraved in the memory of the public as a witness and an indication of what will come next in terms of allegations.

انظروا الى نتنياهو… إنه «يحترق»!

علي حيدر الأربعاء 30 أيلول 2020

لم يسبق أن خسر بنيامين نتنياهو، في ساعات قليلة، معركة إعلامية تشكّل محور سياسة التحريض الدولي والاسرائيلي والمحلي على المقاومة في لبنان. ولم يخطر في باله للحظة أن يحصل ما حصل. المشكلة ليست في كون رئيس وزراء العدو وقع ضحية ألاعيبه الاستعراضية التقليدية، بل تكمن في خطأ مهني ذي أبعاد استراتيجية ارتكبه أحد طرفين أو كلاهما: إما نتنياهو نفسه الذي كان يحتاج الى معلومة ولو كاذبة للتحريض على حزب الله في كلمته في الامم المتحدة، أو جهاز الاستخبارات الذي ارتكب خطأ مهنياً خطيراً، عندما قدم إلى رئيس حكومة بلاده ما كان يفترض أنه «معلومة محسومة»، حيال منشأة قال نتنياهو، باعتزاز، إنه تم ضبطها. وقد يكون من أسباب وقوع الجهاز في هذا الخطأ إلحاح القيادة السياسية على ضرورة توفير معلومة ذات مواصفات محددة، تخدم هدفاً مرسوماً في سياق سياسة التحريض.

في ساعات قليلة، تلقّت إسرائيل ضربة إعلامية لا تقل حجماً عن الضربة التي رافقت قصف البارجة «ساعر» في عرض البحر خلال حرب تموز 2006، عندما نطق الأمين العام لحزب الله جملته الشهيرة «انظروا اليها تحترق».

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أُسقط في أيدي الجميع، خصوصاً وسائل الاعلام الحليفة لإسرائيل في لبنان وخارجه، والتي لم تجد فسحة زمنية للعب على ما قاله نتنياهو. وجّه حزب الله ضربة سياسية دعائية استخبارية مدوّية لكيان العدو، بجهازيه السياسي والاستخباري. وبتعبير أكثر مباشرة، وجّه الأمين العام لحزب الله السيد حسن نصر الله، في بث مباشر على الهواء، صفعة مدوية لرئيس وزراء العدو ستترك صداها، وربما تداعياتها، داخل المؤسسة الاستخبارية الاسرائيلية، وستُسهم في تقويض مصداقية رأس الهرم في تل أبيب، وستؤدي الى تقاذف المسؤوليات عن الفشل في توقيت حساس داخلياً، وكذلك في سياق الصراع مع حزب الله. بالطبع، قد لا تخرج تداعيات الصفعة داخل المؤسسة الاستخبارية الى العلن، إلا أنها ستمثّل محطة لاستخلاص العبر ومحاولة الاجابة عن أسئلة محددة: أين أخطأت الاستخبارات وأين أخطأ نتنياهو، وكيف يمكن حبك المعلومة الكاذبة في المحطات اللاحقة؟

الخطوة الناجحة التي أقدم عليها حزب الله في تقويض خطة نتنياهو لاستغلال منبر الامم المتحدة، مثّلت ضربة ذات أبعاد استخبارية وسياسية، وللاستراتيجية الدعائية التي تنتهجها إسرائيل في مواجهة الحزب. وما يُفاقم من هذه الأبعاد أن أدوات تنفيذها لم تكن جنوداً في الجيش ولا وزيراً ولا مسؤولاً إدارياً، ولا خبيراً مرموقاً، بل الدولة بكيانها، من خلال رأس هرمها، ومن على أعلى منبر دولي، وفي قضية شديدة الحساسية.

ما قبل انفجار المرفأ في 4 آب، كانت إسرائيل تنتهج سياسة تحريض البيئة الحاضنة للمقاومة ومجمل الشعب اللبناني عليها وعلى سلاحها. ورأت اسرائيل في الحادثة فرصة مثالية يمكن أن تمثّل أرضية صلبة وقوة دفع للمخطط التحريضي ضد المقاومة نحو آفاق جديدة. فاعتمدت سياسة دعائية تستند الى استغلال مخاوف اللبنانيين من تكرار الكارثة، ولم يُخفِ نتنياهو هدفه من هذا التحريض، بل توجه بشكل مباشر، خلال كلمته أمام الامم المتحدة، الى سكان منطقة الجناح في الضاحية الجنوبية والى سائر اللبنانيين للانتفاض ضد حزب الله، لأنه «إذا انفجر هذا المخزن فستقع مأساة أخرى. وللمواطنين اللبنانيين… عليكم مطالبتهم بتفكيك هذه المخازن».

في المقابل، أقدم حزب الله على خطوة مركبة وفي اتجاهين، تهدف الى كشف كذب نتنياهو وقطع الطريق عليه وعلى استخباراته للاستفادة منها لاحقاً. فأعلن السيد نصر الله أن الاعلاميين مدعوون فوراً لزيارة المكان الذي حدده نتنياهو لقطع الطريق على أي مزاعم لاحقة بتفريغ المنشأة، وفي الموازاة حرص على قطع الطريق على الاستخبارات الاسرائيلية (تحديداً) بتأكيد أن هذه الخطوة «لا تلزمنا بمبدأ أنه كلما تحدث نتنياهو عن مكان ينبغي علينا دعوة الاعلاميين اليه». أهمية هذا القيد في هذه المحطة جوهري جداً، لكونه يهدف الى منع إسرائيل من تحويل كل ادّعاء عن مكان بأنه يحتوي على مخازن صواريخ الى فرصة لكشف المقاومة ولبنان أمنياً.

بكلمات قليلة، وخلال ساعات، خسر نتنياهو معركة إعلامية كبرى في سياق سياسة التحريض على المقاومة


على مستوى الرسائل:
حقق حزب الله إنجازاً نوعياً في معركة الوعي والرأي العام. وهي إحدى أهم ساحات ومحاور الصراع القائم في لبنان. حيث تحاول جهات داخلية وخارجية تشويه صورة المقاومة وسلاحها، وهو قوَّض مصداقية نتنياهو في سياق المعركة على الوعي، إذ كان يراهن على أن تمثّل هذه المحطة رصيداً نوعياً يبني عليه خطواته اللاحقة. وهي من أهم ما يستند اليه هذا النوع من المعارك. فبدلاً من المس بمصداقية المقاومة وتحريض الشعب اللبناني عليها، تقوّضت صورة نتنياهو ومصداقيته. ويمكن القول إن أي مزاعم لاحقة من هذا النوع، ستكون منذ الآن موضع تشكيك وإهمال لدى قطاعات واسعة من الرأي العام في لبنان وكيان العدو ايضاً.

وجّه حزب الله ضربة قاسية الى استخبارات اسرائيل التي يفترض أنها زوّدت نتنياهو بمعلومات خاطئة ومضللة. ويبدو أن الأخير وطاقمه الأمني والسياسي، كانوا يستندون الى فرضية أن حزب الله إما أنه لن يدعو الاعلاميين الى هذا المكان، كما هي سياسته في تحصين المقاومة أمنياً، أو أنه سيفعل ذلك في وقت لاحق. وعندها يمكن لنتنياهو وأجهزته، كما حصل سابقاً، زعم أن حزب الله أفرغ المكان من الصواريخ.

قدّم حزب الله دليلاً ملموساً للرأي العام على أن هدف إسرائيل ليس إلا التحريض على المقاومة، وهو ما نطق به نتنياهو خلال الكلمة (دعوة سكان الجناح إلى الانتفاض)، مستندة الى كمّ هائل من الأكاذيب وعمليات التضليل. وهو ما يفرض أن تبقى هذه المحطة محفورة في ذاكرة الرأي العام كشاهد ومؤشر على ما سيأتي لاحقاً من مزاعم وادعاءات.

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Beyond the Gratuitous Normalization: An Escalating War on Palestine ما بعد التطبيع المجّاني: نحو تسعير الحرب على فلسطين

Beyond the Gratuitous Normalization: An Escalating War on Palestine

By Ali Haidar – Al-Akhbar Newspaper

Translated by Staff

With the opening of a new era in the region, titled “The Declared Arab Alliances with the ‘Israeli’ Enemy”, the war on Palestine is moving towards more extensive levels, in order to escalate pressure on the Palestinians and force them to accept the fait accompli. The statements –published yesterday- of the American ambassador to “Israel”, David Friedman, in which he claimed that the Arabic-‘Israeli’ conflict has reached “the beginning of the end”, are perhaps a clear proof of that. In parallel, there are continued talks about the intention of other states to join normalization, in the light of exposing further information about the trajectory that led to this result, and which was commanded by the Mossad over the past years

After the Emirati and Bahraini regimes have accomplished their task, which is enhancing political, security and economic supplies to the enemy entity, in the context of the war that it is waging against Palestinians and the region, eyes are now focused on the Saudi regime, which is awaiting its next task to be outlined and waiting for setting the time at which it will take the lead of the Gulf States. These states are working on distorting the direction of the conflict to make it fit the “Israeli” priorities and interests. In this context, Mossad Chief Yossi Cohen repeated, in an interview with the entity’s “Channel 12”, that the deal with Saudi Arabia was “within reach”, expressing his conviction that the deal might be sealed “during the current year”. He reiterated that many states, whether Gulf States or others, will join the normalization deals. “Israeli” reports mentioned that Oman was the next state to normalize, as it dispatched its ambassador in Washington to the signing ceremony for the ‘Israel’-Bahrain-UAE “Peace Deal” at the White House.

This ceremony, with all the following seasons of the same series, are just a result of a secret or declared trajectory that has been ongoing for years. This trajectory was supervised by the Mossad, who has to manage relations with non-normalizing states, as one of its official missions. This is what Cohen himself has confirmed, when he said that “The body was always working on creating relationships at various levels. These relations could be, at the beginning, economic, commercial or reciprocal concerning understanding regional and international security relations.” He added that “We all seek, in the end, official relations with Arab States”. Building on this, Cohen considered the two “Israeli” deals with the UAE and Bahrain to be “the culmination of years of efforts and communications that have been managed in a pretty accurate way.” These efforts are being made by the Mossad which comes under the direct authority of the Prime Minister, so the political level brings their rewards. Besides, the Mossad has many plans that target –as declared in the “Israeli” political and media discourse- the Palestinian cause firstly, then Iran secondly since it is considered to be the strategic depth of the axis of Resistance. Concerning this, Cohen said that the signed agreements with the UAE and Bahrain are a great message which is more important than the idea of supporting “Israel”. He added that the agreements were a strategic change in the war against Iran.

Although the attempts to give the ‘Israeli’-UAE and ‘Israeli’-Bahraini deals a strategic nature seem to be exaggerated given the two States’ size and regional role, the situation will be different when Saudi Arabia joins them. It would be possible then to talk about a new regional map that has a strategic nature. However, the engagement of all these regimes in the normalization has less consequences than Egypt’s exit from the confrontation with “Israel”, through the “Camp David Accords” in 1979, which created a radical transformation in the balance of power to the benefit of the “Israeli” enemy. This transformation needed another one on the opposite side, in the magnitude of the Iranian Revolution, to contain its consequences, and realign the movement of the regional reality in directions that are different from the ones for which the enemy was planning four decades ago.

Concerning the direct consequences of the two agreements, it is highly unlikely that the Zionist entity will play a direct role in protecting the regimes that are newly normalizing with “Israel”, or that it will engage in a military intervention for their sake. Also, it is unlikely that “Israel” will take the initiative, in the foreseeable future, to set up military bases in the Gulf as some are saying, simply because the entity doesn’t want to put direct military targets in front of its enemies, since they could restrict its ability to make aggressive operational choices in the region, especially against Iran. On the other hand, the normalizing regimes will continue playing a military role to the benefit of Tel Aviv, but this time, with a fake political legitimacy.  

Regarding the Palestinian cause, it is obvious that the establishment of a new era, titled “The Declared Arab Alliances with the ‘Israeli’ Enemy”, absolutely means the amplification of the attempts to end the Palestinian cause. Accordingly, it seems that the next stage will see an escalating aggression against Palestinians, with the participation of the normalizing regimes that think that the insistence of Palestinians on keeping their cause alive will undermine their efforts and plans, and constitute a durable conviction of them. Hence, they will treat every Palestinian stance that claims one of the Palestinians’ minimum rights as a missile that targets their thrones.

The American ambassador to “Israel”, David Friedman, is the one who opened the direct war against Palestine and its people, by attacking Palestinians again, and considering the Arab-‘Israeli’ conflict to have reached the “beginning of the end” in the light of the normalization agreements. In a clear message to Ramallah, Friedman revealed, in a conversation with the “Israeli” newspaper “Israel Hayom”, that the United States was thinking of replacing the former leader of Fatah movement, Mohammed Dahlan, by the president of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas; but “they didn’t want to reorganize the Palestinian leadership.” It seems that Friedman wanted to suggest that Ramallah’s insistence on rejecting normalization, and refusing the Palestinian legalization of it, will make Washington more willing to topple the current leadership. Friedman sees that “this leadership didn’t stop upholding the same old complaints, which had nothing to do with this issue.”

In parallel, Washington and Tel Aviv are still refusing to provide the UAE and Bahrain with an umbrella, even a fake one, for their normalization choices. Friedman has stressed that the postponement of the annexation plan was just a “temporary suspension”, pointing out that the current US administration was the first one to recognize the legitimacy of settlement, and to share a “Peace plan” that excludes the evacuation of settlers from their homes across the West Bank. Friedman had previously indicated that the West Bank was a part of “Israel”.


ما بعد التطبيع المجّاني: نحو تسعير الحرب على فلسطين

ما بعد التطبيع المجّاني: نحو تسعير الحرب على فلسطين
سيختلف الأمر لدى انضمام النظام السعودي، إذ يمكن عندها الحديث عن خارطة إقليمية جديدة تتّسم بطابع استراتيجي (أ ف ب )

مع افتتاح حقبة جديدة في المنطقة عنوانها التحالفات العربية المعلَنة مع العدو الإسرائيلي، تتّجه الحرب على فلسطين وداعميها نحو فصول أكثر شراسة، بهدف تصعيد الضغوط على الفلسطينيين وإجبارهم على قبول الأمر الواقع. ولعلّ التصريحات التي نُشرت أمس للسفير الأميركي في إسرائيل، ديفيد فريدمان، والتي ادّعى فيها أن الصراع العربي – الإسرائيلي وصل إلى «بداية النهاية»، تُعدّ دليلاً واضحاً على ذلك. على خطّ موازٍ، يتواصل الحديث عن اعتزام دول إضافية الانضمام إلى ركب التطبيع، في ظلّ انكشاف المزيد من المعطيات حول المسار الذي قاد إلى هذه النتيجة، والذي تزعّمه «الموساد» على مرّ السنوات الماضية.

بعدما أكمل النظامان الإماراتي والبحريني مهمّتهما التي أُوكلت إليهما في تعزيز الإمداد السياسي والأمني والاقتصادي لكيان العدو في سياق الحرب التي يشنّها على شعوب فلسطين والمنطقة، تَتوجّه الأنظار نحو النظام السعودي الذي ينتظر اكتمال رسم معالم الخطوة المطلوبة منه، وتحديد توقيت تصدّره القافلة الخليجية التي تعمل على حرف وجهة الصراع نحو أولويات تتماهى مع المصالح والأولويات الإسرائيلية. وفي هذا الإطار، أعاد رئيس «الموساد»، يوسي كوهين، في مقابلة مع «القناة 12» في التلفزيون الإسرائيلي، الحديث عن أن الاتفاق مع السعودية «في متناول اليد»، معبّراً عن اقتناعه بإمكانية تحقق ذلك «خلال هذا العام»، مجدّداً القول إن العديد من الدول، الخليجية وغير الخليجية، سينضمّ أيضاً إلى ركب التطبيع، فيما تحدّثت تقارير إسرائيلية عن أن «الدولة التالية ستكون سلطنة عُمان»، التي أوفدت سفيرها في واشنطن إلى مراسم توقيع اتفاقيتَي «السلام» مع الإمارات والبحرين في البيت الأبيض.

مراسمُ ليست، وما سيعقبها من حلقات إضافية في المسلسل نفسه، إلا نتيجة لمسار سرّي وعلني امتدّ على مدار السنوات السابقة، وأشرف عليه جهاز «الموساد»، الذي من مهمّاته الرسمية إدارة العلاقات مع الدول غير المُطبّعة. هذا ما أكّده كوهين بنفسه، بحديث عن أن جهازه «يعمل دائماً للوصول إلى وضع نقيم فيه علاقات على مستويات مختلفة. ويمكن أن تكون في البداية علاقات اقتصادية، وعلاقات تجارية، وعلاقات تبادلية في فهم الأحداث الأمنية – الإقليمية والدولية. في النهاية، أعتقد أن هدفنا جميعاً هو الوصول إلى علاقات رسمية مع الدول العربية». وانطلاقاً من ذلك، اعتبر كوهين الاتفاقيتين الإسرائيليتين مع الإمارات والبحرين «تتويجاً لسنوات من الجهود والاتصالات التي تدار بطريقة دقيقة للغاية». هذه الجهود التي يبذلها «الموساد»، التابع مباشرة لرئيس الوزراء، يقطف ثمارها المستوى السياسي، ويؤسّس عليها مخططات تستهدف مباشرة، كما هو معلن في الخطاب السياسي والإعلامي الإسرائيلي، قضية فلسطين أولاً، وإيران تالياً باعتبارها العمق الاستراتيجي لمحور المقاومة. عن هذا، قال كوهين إن «الاتفاقيات الموقّعة مع البحرين والإمارات تعتبر رسالة كبيرة جدّاً تتجاوز فكرة دعم إسرائيل. الاتفاقيات هي تغيير استراتيجي في الحرب ضدّ إيران».

من المستبعد جدّاً أن يلعب الكيان العبري دوراً مباشراً في حماية الأنظمة المُطبّعة


وعلى رغم أن محاولات إضفاء الطابع الاستراتيجي على الاتفاقيتين الإسرائيليتين مع النظامَين البحريني والإماراتي تبدو مبالغاً فيها، بلحاظ حجم الدولتين ودورهما الإقليمي، إلا أن الأمر سيختلف لدى انضمام النظام السعودي إليهما، إذ يمكن عندها الحديث عن خارطة إقليمية جديدة تتّسم بطابع استراتيجي. على أن إقدام كلّ تلك الأنظمة على التطبيع لا يوازي في تداعياته خروج مصر من المواجهة مع اسرائيل، عبر «اتفاقية كامب ديفيد» عام 1979، والتي أحدثت تحوّلاً جذرياً في موازين القوى لمصلحة العدو. وهو تحوّلٌ كان يحتاج إلى آخر مقابل بحجم ثورة إيران لاحتواء تداعياته، وإعادة تصويب حركة الواقع الإقليمي في اتجاهات مغايرة لِما كان يُخطَّط له قبل أربعة عقود.

في التداعيات المباشرة للاتفاقيتين الأخيرتين، من المستبعد جدّاً أن يلعب الكيان العبري دوراً مباشراً في حماية الأنظمة المُطبّعة معه حديثاً، أو أن يذهب إلى حدود التدخل العسكري لمواجهة أيّ تهديد تتعرّض له. كذلك، يستبعد أن تبادر إسرائيل، في المدى المنظور، إلى نصب قواعد عسكرية لها في الخليج وفق ما يجري تداوله أحياناً، والسبب – ببساطة – أنها لا تريد وضع أهداف عسكرية مباشرة أمام العدو، يمكن أن تُقيّد قدرتها على اتخاذ خيارات عملانية عدوانية في المنطقة، خصوصاً تجاه إيران. في المقابل، ستواصل الأنظمة المُطبّعة لعب دور أمني لمصلحة تل أبيب، لكن هذه المرّة مع شرعية سياسية مصطنعة.

في ما يتعلّق بقضية فلسطين، من الواضح أن التأسيس لحقبة جديدة عنوانها التحالفات العربية المعلنة مع كيان العدو، يعني بالضرورة تزخيم محاولات تصفية القضية الفلسطينية. ومن هنا، يبدو أن المرحلة المقبلة ستشهد تصاعداً في العدوان على الشعب الفلسطيني، بمشاركة من أنظمة التطبيع التي تعتقد أن إصرار الفلسطينيين على إبقاء قضيّتهم حية سيُقوِّض الكثير من جهودها ومخطّطاتها، وسيشكّل إدانة مستمرّة لها. ولذا، فهي ستتعامل مع كلّ موقف فلسطيني يطالب بالحدّ الأدنى من الحقوق على أنه بمثابة صاروخ مُوجّه إلى عروشها.

تسعير الحرب المباشرة على فلسطين وشعبها افتتحه السفير الأميركي في إسرائيل، ديفيد فريدمان، بمهاجمة الفلسطينيين من جديد، واعتباره أن الصراع العربي – الإسرائيلي وصل إلى «بداية النهاية» في ظلّ اتفاقيات التطبيع. وفي رسالة واضحة الدلالة إلى رام الله، كشف فريدمان، في حديث إلى صحيفة «إسرائيل اليوم»، أن الولايات المتحدة الأميركية تدرس استبدال القيادي السابق في حركة «فتح» محمد دحلان، برئيس السلطة محمود عباس، مستدركاً بأنه «ليست لدينا رغبة في هندسة القيادة الفلسطينية». والظاهر أن فريدمان أراد الإيحاء بأن إصرار رام الله على رفض سياسة التطبيع، وممانعتها إضفاء الشرعية الفلسطينية عليها، سيدفعان واشنطن إلى إطاحة القيادة الحالية التي يرى أنها لا تزال «تتمسّك بنفس الشكاوى القديمة، التي لا أعتقد أنها ذات صلة».

على خطّ مواز، لا تزال واشنطن، ومعها تل أبيب، ترفض توفير مظلّة، ولو شكلية، للإمارات والبحرين، في خياراتهما التطبيعية؛ إذ شدّد فريدمان على أن تأجيل تنفيذ مخطّط الضم ما هو إلا «تعليق مؤقت»، لافتاً إلى أن الإدارة الأميركية الحالية أول إدارة تعترف بشرعية الاستيطان، وتنشر «خطّة سلام» تستبعد إخلاء المستوطنين من منازلهم في جميع أنحاء الضفة، التي سبق أن أشار في الماضي إلى أنها «جزء من إسرائيل».

إنزال «إسرائيلي» في أبو ظبي وإعلان حرب ضدّ طهران…!

محمد صادق الحسيني

الإنزال «الإسرائيلي» خلف خطوط تاريخ العرب والمسلمين وجغرافيا محور المقاومة وتحديداً على بعد ١٥ كم من حدود الجمهورية الإسلامية، لم يكن الهدف منه التطبيع فحسب، فهذا كان موجوداً بالأساس مع الإمارات وسائر دول مجلس التعاون عدا الكويت منذ سنين…!

انّ هدف هذا الخرق الاستعراضي الوقح في الشكل والجوهر في هذه اللحظة التاريخية هو نقل مستوى الصراع بين الجانبين من مجرد حرب استخبارية وخوض معارك «ناعمة» واغتيالات كانت قد شهدتها ولايات عديدة من الإمارات بالتنسيق بين كلّ من الموساد الإسرائيلي والاستخبارات الأميركية وأمن أبو ظبي خلال العقود الماضية كان آخرها عملية قتل المبحوح باعتباره صلة الوصل بين فلسطين المحتلة وطهران، وذلك في دبي في العام ٢٠١٠، وفر لها مدير شرطة دبي المتبجّح ضاحي خلفان الغطاء العملياتي الكامل… إلى حرب مفتوحة بين تل إبيب وطهران…!

وفي هذا السياق كشف مصدر أوروبي غربي واسع الاطلاع، مختصّ بالشأن الإيراني، في إطار تعليق له على اتفاقية الإمارات مع «إسرائيل»، بما يلي:

تمّ تشغيل غرفة عمليات أمنية عسكرية أميركية إسرائيلية سعودية، بداية شهر حزيران الماضي، في أبو ظبي.
الهدف المرسوم لهذه الغرفة هو: تحقيق كلّ ما فشلت الولايات المتحدة و«إسرائيل» والسعودية في تحقيقه، خلال السنوات العشرين الماضية، وذلك قبل نهاية هذا العام، أيّ قبل ان يتسلم الرئيس الأميركي الذي سيُنتخب في شهر ١١/٢٠٢٠، مهامه.
اما عن طبيعة هذا الهدف، حسب القائمين على تشغيل الغرفة، فهو اختراق الوضع الإيراني، من خلال دمج أسلوب إحداث الفوضى الشاملة، والاحتجاجات الشعبية الواسعة النطاق، مع عمليات تخريب عسكرية داخل إيران، تبدأ بتنفيذها مجموعات مسلحة، جرى ويجري تدريبها في أبو ظبي، وسيتمّ التطرق لها لاحقاً.
يمثل الإدارة الأميركية (وزارة الخارجية) في هذه اللجنة إليوت أبرامز، الذي تمّ تعيينه حديثاً مسؤولاً عن الملف الإيراني، بعد استقالة بريان هوك المفاجئة من هذا المنصب، بينما يمثل السعوديه بندر بن سلطان، فيما يمثل الإمارات طحنون بن زايد.
ملاحظة: من الجدير بالذكر انّ بندر بن سلطان يدير ملف العمليات الخارجية، في المخابرات السعودية، وهو يشرف على كافة تفاصيل هذه العلاقات، سواء كانت مع أفراد او تنظيمات او أحزاب، ايّ أنه هو من يدير العلاقات مع التنظيمات التكفيرية مثل القاعدة وداعش وغيرهما.

بينما يتولى تركي الفيصل إدارة ملف العلاقات مع جميع الشخصيات والتنظيمات والأحزاب الدينية، التي تدور في فلك السعوديه، ولعلّ علاقاته مع تنظيم «مجاهدي خلق» أوضح الأمثلة على نشاطاته.

اما المدرّبون فعددهم ٣٢ ضابطاً، بينهم عشرون ضابطاً أردنياً وخمسة سعوديين وسبعة إماراتيين، بالإضافة الى أربعة ضباط ارتباط وتنسيق أميركيين، وضابطين إسرائليين برتبة رائد يقومون بمهمات المتابعة الاستخبارية، وبرمجة تدريب أعضاء المجموعة الأولى، على عمليات جمع المعلومات الاستخبارية، بعد دخولهم الى إيران.

يقوم الديوان الملكي السعودي، وكذلك الأميري في أبو ظبي، بتغطية نفقات هذه الغرفة، من خلال قنوات خاصة بذلك، لا علاقة لها بأيّ جهات إدارية أخرى في الدولتين، وهي نفقات غير محدّدة بالأرقام. ايّ أنها تتمتع، عملياً، بموازنة مفتوحة وبلا سقف محدّد.
علماً انّ هذا الأسلوب متبع لدى المخابرات السعودية والخليجية وبأوامر أميركية. وقد سبق لكونداليزا رايس ان أعطت أمراً شفوياً، لبندر بن سلطان، حين كان سفيراً في واشنطن منتصف تسعينيات القرن الماضي، لتغطية نشاط خارجي، لجهة عربية غير سعودية، بدون تحديد أيّ سقف لتلك التغطية المالية، ما يعني أنها مفتوحة، خاصة أنها أكدت لإبن سلطان على ضرورة التغطية مهما بلغت الأرقام.

كما أكد المصدر انّ هذه الغرفة قد شرعت، منذ أواسط شهر حزيران ٢٠٢٠، بتدريب المجموعات التالية:
شبان باكستانيون، من قومية البلوش الباكستانية، عدد ٨٦ فرد.
شبان إيرانيون، من قومية البلوش في إيران، عدد ١٠٢ فرداً.
شبان أفغان، من قوميتي الطاجيك والهزارة، في مقاطعة حيرات(هرات)، عدد ٧١ فرداً.
شبان إيرانيون، من عرب الاحواز (اهواز)، عدد ٦٩ فرداً.
افراد من «مجاهدي خلق»، ممن يتحدّرون من اصول إيرانية، ومقيمون في مختلف الدول الأوروبية، عدد ٢٤٦ فرداً.
وهم يكملون الآن دورة تدريبية عسكرية، في القاعدة الجوية بمدينة زايد جنوب غرب أبو ظبي، مدتها ثمانية أسابيع.

كذلك سيخضع عدد مماثل، للعدد المذكور أعلاه، لدورة تدريبية لمدة ثمانية أسابيع أيضاً، في معسكر صحراوي، أقيم خصيصاً لهذا الغرض، شرق بلدة عَصَب، بالقرب من الخط رقم E 65، وسيتمّ تدريبهم على عمليات القوات الخاصة.
أما عن نوعية التدريبات، التي ستخضع لها هذه المجموعات، فقد أضاف المصدر:
انّ المجموعه الأولى ستتلقى تدريبات عسكرية شاملة على الشكل التالي:

أ ـ التدريب على كافة أنواع الأسلحة الفردية، من بنادق رشاشة ومسدسات وقنابل يدوية دفاعية وهجومية، مختلفة العيارات. بالإضافة إلى التدريب على استخدام الرشاشات المتوسطة، كرشاش PKS، والرشاشات الثقيلة، من مختلف أنواع الرشاشات عيار ٢٣ ملم.

ب) التدريب على استخدام القذائف الصاروخية المضادة للدروع، خاصة قذائف «آر بي جي» وصواريخ «لاو»، وغيرها من القذائف المضادة للدروع.

ج) التدرّب ليس فقط على استخدام كافة أنواع المتفجرات وخاصة طرق إعداد العبوات الجانبية وزرعها على الطرق وتفجيرها عن بعد، وإنما على تصنيع عدة أنواع منها بمواد مزدوجة الاستخدام، لمواجهة ظروف ميدانية معينة قد لا يتوفر فيها مجال تزويد بعض تلك المجموعات بذخائر ومتفجرات من الخارج.

د) التدرّب على تنفيذ عمليات: اغتيالات بمسدسات مع كواتم صوت/ تنفيذ عمليات تفجير من خلال زرع عبوات ناسفة وتفجيرها عن بعد/ عمليات تخريب دون استخدام الأسلحة خاصة في محطات الطاقة ومحولات نقل الطاقة/ عمليات إغارة سريعة على أهداف ثابتة، كحواجز الجيش والقوى الأمنية او مواقع ومنشآت هامة، والانسحاب السريع الى نقاط الانطلاق.

هـ) التدرّب على السباحة وقيادة الزوارق المطاطية.

أما المجموعة الثانية، ودائماً حسب المصدر، فإنها ستتدرّب على:

– تنفيذ العمليات الخاصة على النمط الذي يستخدمه الجيش الأردني، وهو نمط هجين بين تدريبات قوة ديلتا الأميركية وتدريبات القوات الخاصة البريطانية.

– علماً انّ هذه المجموعات سيتمّ استخدامها او تفعيلها، بعد ان يتمّ إدخالها تسللاً الى الداخل الإيراني، عندما تبدأ الفوضى الشعبية في الشارع، وذلك بهدف تنفيذ عمليات استعراضية (بمعنى مؤثرة) للتأثير على معنويات المواطنين سلباً وإيجاباً وإعطاء الدفع المعنوي للمجموعات المعادية للثوره داخل إيران.

كما توفرت معلومات، غير مؤكدة ١٠٠٪ حتى الآن، بأنّ مجموعة أخرى، قوامها ١٢٠ فرداً إيرانياً وباكستانياً وأفغانياً، يجري تدريبهم في مدينة التدريب المسماة: مدينة محمد بن زايد للتدريب، التابعه للجيش الأردني في الأردن، والتي تمّ بناؤها بتمويل إماراتي كامل وافتتحت في شهر ٣/٢٠١٩.
أما عن طرق تسريب هؤلاء الإرهابيين، الى داخل إيران، فقد أكد المصدر على انّ ذلك سيتمّ عبر:

*البحر، من الإمارات، والحدود العراقية، منطقة شمال البصرة وخانقين، على الحدود الغربية لإيران.

*عبر الحدود الباكستانية الإيرانية، اذ انّ أولئك الذين سيتمّ تشغيلهم في المناطق الشرقية والجنوبية الشرقية من إيران، سيتمّ إدخالهم من منطقة تافتان ، بعد ان يتمّ نقلهم بالطائرات الى مطار جوزاك ، الذي يبعد ١٢ كم عن الحدود مع إيران، وليس الى مطار تافتان، الذي لا يبعد سوى ٣ كم عن الحدود الإيرانية مع باكستان، وذلك بهدف إيصالهم الى بلدة ميرجاوه حيث توجد نقطة ارتكاز، في تلك المنطقة، تديرها الاستخبارات السعودية.

*عبر الحدود الأفغانية الإيرانية، حيث سيتمّ نقل المجموعات الأفغانية، التي سيجري إدخالها الى إيران، جواً الى مطار حيرات (هرات) ثم يتسللون الى داخل إيران، بمساعدة عناصر استخبارية أميركية من المواطنين الأفغان المحليين، باتجاه ما يطلقون عليه اسم: قواعد ارتكاز، في كلّ من:

سانغان / قاسم آباد ومنطقة مشهد ريزه .

منطقة أحمدآباد / تُربَتْ إيجام (تربت جام) .

كلّ هذا تعرفه طهران بالطبع كما تعرفه قوى محور المقاومة ولديها سجل كلّ الخونة والمتعاملين، وهي لهم بالمرصاد…!

قل الله اسرع مكراً ان رسلنا يكتبون ما تمكرون.

بعدنا طيبين قولوا الله…

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‘Israeli’ Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper revealed that the discussion about supplying UAE with advanced American F-35 jets is the tip of the iceberg of much wider deliberations between the enemy’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Mossad agency, and the occupation army in this regard.

“While the army opposes selling UAE any advanced ‘Israeli’ weapons, the Mossad –under Netanyahu’s knowledge- is exerting pressure to supply Abu Dhabi with top-secret weapons and information,” the paper mentioned.

According to informed sources at the ‘Israeli’ security agency, Netanyahu’s office and the Mossad, for two years, have been persuading the War minister not only to sell the UAE intelligence capabilities, but also advanced and accurate offensive weapons.

For this reason, the announcement of a possible F-35 sale was part of the “peace” agreement with the Zionist entity was not a big surprise last week, according to the newspaper.

The paper further pointed out that the UAE, from an ‘Israeli’ point of view, is considered a “special state,” and that is why the entity sells non-super-secret weapons to such country class, in the way that even if they are leaked to hostile states, their impact will not be severe.

According to the newspaper, Netanyahu’s office and the “Mossad” are trying to persuade the Ministry of Public Security to tolerate the sale of advanced weapons to the UAE, for “strengthening bilateral relations” and for economic reasons.

It also mentioned that from the Ministry of War point of view, the sale of top-secret military equipment to the Gulf states is a threat that can lead to such ‘Israeli’ equipment and knowledge being leaked to the enemies’ hands, as the region is subject to ‘the Iranians’ active movement.’

Who Profits from the Beirut Tragedy

by Pepe Escobar : Republished from Asia Times by permission of author

The narrative that the Beirut explosion was an exclusive consequence of negligence and corruption by the current Lebanese government is now set in stone, at least in the Atlanticist sphere.

And yet, digging deeper, we find that negligence and corruption may have been fully exploited, via sabotage, to engineer it.

Lebanon is prime John Le Carré territory. A multinational den of spies of all shades – House of Saud agents, Zionist operatives, “moderate rebel” weaponizers, Hezbollah intellectuals, debauched Arab “royalty,” self-glorified smugglers – in a context of full spectrum economic disaster afflicting a member of the Axis of Resistance, a perennial target of Israel alongside Syria and Iran.

As if this were not volcanic enough, into the tragedy stepped President Trump to muddy the – already contaminated – Eastern Mediterranean waters. Briefed by “our great generals,” Trump on Tuesday said: “According to them – they would know better than I would – but they seem to think it was an attack.”

Trump added, “it was a bomb of some kind.”

Was this incandescent remark letting the cat out of the bag by revealing classified information? Or was the President launching another non sequitur?

Trump eventually walked his comments back after the Pentagon declined to confirm his claim about what the “generals” had said and his defense secretary, Mark Esper, supported the accident explanation for the blast.

It’s yet another graphic illustration of the war engulfing the Beltway. Trump: attack. Pentagon: accident. “I don’t think anybody can say right now,” Trump said on Wednesday. “I’ve heard it both ways.”

Still, it’s worth noting a report by Iran’s Mehr News Agency that four US Navy reconnaissance planes were spotted near Beirut at the time of the blasts. Is US intel aware of what really happened all along the spectrum of possibilities?

That ammonium nitrate

Security at Beirut’s port – the nation’s prime economic hub – would have to be considered a top priority. But to adapt a line from Roman Polanski’s Chinatown: “Forget it, Jake. It’s Beirut.”

Those by now iconic 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate arrived in Beirut in September 2013 on board the Rhosus, a ship under Moldovan flag sailing from Batumi in Georgia to Mozambique. Rhosus ended up being impounded by Beirut’s Port State Control.

Subsequently the ship was de facto abandoned by its owner, shady businessman Igor Grechushkin, born in Russia and a resident of Cyprus, who suspiciously “lost interest” in his relatively precious cargo, not even trying to sell it, dumping style, to pay off his debts.

Grechushkin never paid his crew, who barely survived for several months before being repatriated on humanitarian grounds. The Cypriot government confirmed there was no request to Interpol from Lebanon to arrest him. The whole op feels like a cover – with the real recipients of the ammonium nitrate possibly being “moderate rebels” in Syria who use it to make IEDs and equip suicide trucks, such as the one that demolished the Al Kindi hospital in Aleppo.

The 2,750 tons – packed in 1-ton bags labeled “Nitroprill HD” – were transferred to the Hangar 12 warehouse by the quayside. What followed was an astonishing case of serial negligence.

From 2014 to 2017 letters from customs officials – a series of them – as well as proposed options to get rid of the dangerous cargo, exporting it or otherwise selling it, were simply ignored. Every time they tried to get a legal decision to dispose of the cargo, they got no answer from the Lebanese judiciary.

When Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab now proclaims, “Those responsible will pay the price,” context is absolutely essential.

Neither the prime minister nor the president nor any of the cabinet ministers knew that the ammonium nitrate was stored in Hangar 12, former Iranian diplomat Amir Mousavi, the director of the Center for Strategic Studies and International Relations in Tehran, confirms. We’re talking about a massive IED, placed mid-city.

The bureaucracy at Beirut’s port and the mafias who are actually in charge are closely linked to, among others, the al-Mostaqbal faction, which is led by former Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri, himself fully backed by the House of Saud.

The immensely corrupt Hariri was removed from power in October 2019 amid serious protests. His cronies “disappeared” at least $20 billion from Lebanon’s treasury – which seriously aggravated the nation’s currency crisis.

No wonder the current government – where we have Prime Minister Diab backed by Hezbollah – had not been informed about the ammonium nitrate.

Ammonium nitrate is quite stable, making it one of the safest explosives used in mining. Fire normally won’t set it off. It becomes highly explosive only if contaminated – for instance by oil – or heated to a point where it undergoes chemical changes that produce a sort of impermeable cocoon around it in which oxygen can build up to a dangerous level where an ignition can cause an explosion.

Why, after sleeping in Hangar 12 for seven years, did this pile suddenly feel an itch to explode?

So far, the prime straight to the point explanation, by Middle East expert Elijah Magnier, points to the tragedy being “sparked” – literally – by a clueless blacksmith with a blowtorch operating quite close to the unsecured ammonium nitrate. Unsecured due, once again, to negligence and corruption – or as part of an intentional “mistake” anticipating the possibility of a future blast.

This scenario, though, does not explain the initial “fireworks” explosion. And certainly does not explain what no one – at least in the West – is talking about: the deliberate fires set to an Iranian market in Ajam in the UAE, and also to a series of food/agricultural warehouses in Najaf, Iraq, immediately after the Beirut tragedy.

Follow the money

Lebanon – boasting assets and real estate worth trillions of dollars – is a juicy peach for global finance vultures. To grab these assets at rock bottom prices, in the middle of the New Great Depression, is simply irresistible. In parallel, the IMF vulture would embark on full shakedown mode and finally “forgive” some of Beirut’s debts as long as a harsh variation of “structural adjustment” is imposed.

Who profits, in this case, are the geopolitical and geoeconomic interests of US, Saudi Arabia and France. It’s no accident that President Macron, a dutiful Rothschildservant, arrived in Beirut Thursday to pledge Paris neocolonial “support” and all but impose, like a Viceroy, a comprehensive set of “reforms”.  A Monty Python-infused dialogue, complete with heavy French accent, might have followed along these lines: “We want to buy your port.” “It’s not for sale.” “Oh, what a pity, an accident just happened.”

Already a month ago the IMF was “warning” that “implosion” in Lebanon was “accelerating.” Prime Minister Diab had to accept the proverbial “offer you can’t refuse” and thus “unlock billions of dollars in donor funds.” Or else. The non-stop run on the Lebanese currency, for over a year now, was just a – relatively polite – warning.

This is happening amid a massive global asset grab characterized in the larger context by American GDP down by almost 40%, arrays of bankruptcies, a handful of billionaires amassing unbelievable profits and too-big-to-fail megabanks duly bailed out with a tsunami of free money.

Dag Detter, a Swedish financier, and Nasser Saidi, a former Lebanese minister and central bank vice governor, suggest that the nation’s assets be placed in a national wealth fund. Juicy assets include Electricité du Liban (EDL), water utilities, airports, the MEA airline, telecom company OGERO, the Casino du Liban.

EDL, for instance, is responsible for 30% of Beirut’s budget deficit.

That’s not nearly enough for the IMF and Western mega banks. They want to gobble up the whole thing, plus a lot of real estate.

“The economic value of public real estate can be worth at least as much as GDP and often several times the value of the operational part of any portfolio,” say Detter and Saidi.

Who’s feeling the shockwaves?

Once again, Israel is the proverbial elephant in a room now widely depicted by Western corporate media as “Lebanon’s Chernobyl.”

A scenario like the Beirut catastrophe has been linked to Israeli plans since February 2016.

Israel did admit that Hangar 12 was not a Hezbollah weapons storage unit. Yet, crucially, on the same day of the Beirut blast, and following a series of suspicious explosions in Iran and high tension in the Syria-Israeli border, Prime Minister Netanyahu tweeted , in the present tense: “We hit a cell and now we hit the dispatchers. We will do what is necessary in order to defend ourselves. I suggest to all of them, including Hezbollah, to consider this.”

That ties in with the intent, openly proclaimed late last week, to bomb Lebanese infrastructure if Hezbollah harms Israeli Defense Forces soldiers or Israeli civilians.

headline – “Beirut Blast Shockwaves Will Be Felt by Hezbollah for a Long Time” – confirms that the only thing that matters for Tel Aviv is to profit from the tragedy to demonize Hezbollah, and by association, Iran. That ties in with the US Congress “Countering Hezbollah in Lebanon’s Military Act of 2019” {S.1886}, which all but orders Beirut to expel Hezbollah from Lebanon.

And yet Israel has been strangely subdued.

Muddying the waters even more, Saudi intel – which has access to Mossad, and demonizes Hezbollah way more than Israel – steps in. All the intel ops I talked to refuse to go on the record, considering the extreme sensitivity of the subject.

Still, it must be stressed that a Saudi intel source whose stock in trade is frequent information exchanges with the Mossad, asserts that the original target was Hezbollah missiles stored in Beirut’s port. His story is that Prime Minister Netanyahu was about to take credit for the strike – following up on his tweet. But then the Mossad realized the op had turned horribly wrong and metastasized into a major catastrophe.

The problem starts with the fact this was not a Hezbollah weapons depot – as even Israel admitted. When weapons depots are blown up, there’s a primary explosion followed by several smaller explosions, something that could last for days. That’s not what happened in Beirut. The initial explosion was followed by a massive second blast – almost certainly a major chemical explosion – and then there was silence.

Thierry Meyssan, very close to Syrian intel, advances the possibility that the “attack” was carried out with an unknown weapon, a missile -– and not a nuclear bomb – tested in Syria in January 2020. (The test is shown in an attached video.) Neither Syria nor Iran ever made a reference to this unknown weapon, and I got no confirmation about its existence.

Assuming Beirut port was hit by an “unknown weapon,” President Trump may have told the truth: It was an “attack”. And that would explain why Netanyahu, contemplating the devastation in Beirut, decided that Israel would need to maintain a very low profile.

Watch that camel in motion

The Beirut explosion at first sight might be seen as a deadly blow against the Belt and Road Initiative, considering that China regards the connectivity between Iran, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon as the cornerstone of the Southwest Asia Belt and Road corridor.

Yet that may backfire – badly. China and Iran are already positioning themselves as the go-to investors post-blast, in sharp contrast with the IMF hit men, and as advised by Hezbollah Secretary-General Nasrallah only a few weeks ago.

Syria and Iran are in the forefront of providing aid to Lebanon. Tehran is sending an emergency hospital, food packages, medicine and medical equipment. Syria opened its borders with Lebanon, dispatched medical teams and is receiving patients from Beirut’s hospitals.

It’s always important to keep in mind that the “attack” (Trump) on Beirut’s port destroyed Lebanon’s main grain silo, apart from engineering the total destruction of the port – the nation’s key trade lifeline.

That would fit into a strategy of starving Lebanon. On the same day Lebanon became to a great extent dependent on Syria for food – as it now carries only a month’s supply of wheat – the US attacked silos in Syria.

Syria is a huge exporter of organic wheat. And that’s why the US routinely targets Syrian silos and burns its crops – attempting also to starve Syria and force Damascus, already under harsh sanctions, to spend badly needed funds to buy food

In stark contrast to the interests of the US/France/Saudi axis, Plan A for Lebanon would be to progressively drop out of the US-France stranglehold and head straight into Belt and Road as well as the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. Go East, the Eurasian way. The port and even a great deal of the devastated city, in the medium term, can be quickly and professionally rebuilt by Chinese investment. The Chinese are specialists in port construction and management.

This avowedly optimistic scenario would imply a purge of the hyper-wealthy, corrupt weapons/drugs/real estate scoundrels of Lebanon’s plutocracy – which in any case scurry away to their tony Paris apartments at the first sign of trouble.

Couple that with Hezbollah’s very successful social welfare system – which I saw for myself at work last year – having a shot at winning the confidence of the impoverished middle classes and thus becoming the core of the reconstruction.

It will be a Sisyphean struggle. But compare this situation with the Empire of Chaos – which needs chaos everywhere, especially across Eurasia, to cover for the coming, Mad Max chaos inside the US.

General Wesley Clark’s notorious 7 countries in 5 years once again come to mind – and Lebanon remains one of those 7 countries. The Lebanese lira may have collapsed; most Lebanese may be completely broke; and now Beirut is semi-devastated. That may be the straw breaking the camel’s back – releasing the camel to the freedom of finally retracing its steps back to Asia along the New Silk Roads.

Iran Intelligence Ministry rejects reports on US-based group ringleader’s overseas arrest

Press TV

Monday, 03 August 2020 5:51 AM  [ Last Update: Monday, 03 August 2020 6:44 AM ]

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
This photo released by Fars news agency shows Jamshid Sharmahd after his capture by Iranian security forces.

Iran’s Intelligence Ministry, which recently announced the apprehension of the ringleader of a US-based anti-Iran terrorist group, has rejected reports alleging that the person in question was actually nabbed in Tajikistan.

The reports “are roundly rejected,” the Ministry said in a statement that was cited by Tasnim News Agency on Sunday.

Statements released by the Ministry’s Public Relations Office are the ultimate source of any official information detailing the operations that are carried out by the Ministry’s operatives, the statement asserted.

The Ministry announced arresting Jamshid Sharmahd, the ringleader of the Tondar (Thunder) outfit, otherwise known as the so-called “Kingdom Assembly of Iran,” on Saturday, notifying that he had directed “armed operations and acts of sabotage” inside Iran from the US in the past.

Upon arrest, Sharmahd admitted to providing explosives for a 2008 attack in southern Iran that killed 14 people. US-based group ringleader admits providing explosives for 2008 deadly bomb attack in Iran

Upon arrest, the ringleader of a US-based anti-Iran terrorist group admits providing explosives for a 2008 attack in southern Iran.

“I was called before the bomb was about to be set off,” he was seen confessing in footage provided by the Islamic Republic of Iran News Network later in the day. 

The attack that targeted the Seyyed al-Shohada mosque in the city of Shiraz also wounded 215 others.

According to the Ministry, the group had planned to carry out several high-profile and potentially hugely-deadly attacks across the Islamic Republic, but had been frustrated in the attempts owing to intricate intelligence operations targeting the outfit. These included blowing up of Sivand Damn in Shiraz, detonating cyanide-laden bombs at Tehran International Book Fair, and carrying out explosions during mass gatherings at the Mausoleum of the late founder of the Islamic Republic, Imam Khomeini.

Details of the arrest

Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi, meanwhile, congratulated the Ministry’s operatives on their success in arresting the terrorist ringleader, detailing the circumstances that surrounded the operation.

Sharmahd enjoyed “serious support” from the American and Israeli intelligence services, which “considered it to be far-fetched for the Iranian Intelligence Ministry to be able to penetrate their intelligence cover and put him under its command through an intricate operation,” the minister said.

The Americans still believe that pictures showing Sharmahd in Iran after his arrest have been snapped outside the Islamic Republic, he added, saying, “They will found out about everything [concerning the operation] in near future.”

Alavi differentiated between Sharmahd’s outfit and other so-called royalist groups, which mostly resort to rhetoric and statements to try to establish themselves.

Tondar “was the only movement that was very violent and was after establishing itself through terrorist operation,” the minister noted.

‘Iran neutralized 27 ops by Tondar’

Alavi noted that the Ministry had succeeded in frustrating 27 operations by Sharmahd and his group.

The minister again highly rated the arrest operation, recalling previous remarks by Sharmahd, in which he had considered himself to be comfortably nested within the US Federal Bureau of Investigation.

“He considered his place to be lying on the sixth floor of the FBI [‘s building],” and now sees himself in the grips of Iranian intelligence operatives, Alavi said.

Following the terrorist attack in Iran, the Islamic Republic notified the Interpol of Sharmahd’s identity and demanded his arrest. However, he would still travel freely between countries with his real identity.

Alavi said the inaction despite Tehran’s complaint “indicates the hollowness of the Americans and their European allies’ claim of fighting terrorism.”

The minister finally hailed that the arrest “has not been and will not be” the first such complicated operation to be aced by Iranian intelligence operatives, asserting that “they have carried out such arrests in the past, the due time for explaining which has not yet arrived.”


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طهران تعلن اعتقال زعيم “مجموعة ارهابية” مقرّها الولايات المتحدة

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وزارة الأمن الإيرانية تعلن اعتقال زعيم تنظيم “تندر” الإرهابية التي تتخذ من الولايات المتحدة الأميركية مقراً له، كان يعتزم خلال تنفيذ عدة عمليات تخريبية كبيرة من ضمنها تفجير سد سيوند في شيراز.

أعلنت وزارة الأمن الإيرانية اعتقال زعيم تنظيم “تندر” الارهابية الذي يتخذ من الولايات المتحدة الأميركية مقرّاً له.

وأفاد بيان صادر عن وزارة الأمن الإيرانية اليوم السبت، عن اعتقال “جمشيد شارمهد” زعيم هذه المجموعة المسماة “تندر” والذي كان يدير العمليات المسلحة والتخريبية في إيران من أميركا.   

وأضاف البيان بأن شارمهد هو الآن في قبضة قوات الأمن التي تمكنّت من اعتقاله في إطار عمليات معقدة.

وكان هذا الإرهابي قد قام قبل 12 عاماً بتخطيط وتوجيه عملية تفجير حسينية “سيد الشهداء (ع)” في شيراز والتي استشهد خلالها 14 شخصاً وأصيب 215 آخرون من المواطنين المشاركين في مراسم العزاء الحسيني.

وكانت هذه المجموعة الإرهابية تعتزم خلال الأعوام الأخيرة تنفيذ عدة عمليات تخريبية كبيرة من ضمنها تفجير سد سيوند في شيراز وتفجير قنابل سيانور في معرض طهران للكتاب وتفجير مرقد “الامام الخميني (رض)”. وقد تم إحباط جميع هذه العمليات في ظل يقظة كوادر وزارة الأمن الايرانية.

وسيتم الإعلان لاحقاً عن تفاصيل العمليات “المعقّدة والناجحة” لكوادر الأمن في إلقاء القبض على زعيم هذه الزمرة الارهابية.

من جهته، أشاد المتحدث باسم الخارجية الايرانية عباس موسوي، بجهود وزارة الأمن في اعتقال شارمهد، الذي وصفه “بزعيم زمرة إرهابية وتخريبية”.

وقال موسوي، إن “النظام الأميركي يتحمل مسؤولية دعم زمرة تندر الإرهابية وغيرها من الزمر والمجرمين، الذين يقودون العمليات الإرهابية ضد الشعب الإيراني، من داخل الولايات المتحدة”، بحسب تعبيره.

وبالتزامن، كشف وزير الأمن الإيراني محمود علوي أن “شارمهد مدعوم من الموساد والـسي آي أيه ولم يتصوروا أن استخباراتنا قادرة على خرقهما”.

وبالتزامن، كشف وزير الأمن الإيراني محمود علوي أن “شارمهد مدعوم من الموساد والــسي آي أيه ولم يتصوروا أن استخباراتنا قادرة على خرقهما”.

وتابع قائلاً “الاستخبارات الإيرانية اخترقت الموساد والــسي آي أيه واستدرجت شارمهد إلى إيران واعتقلته في عملية معقدة”.

وكان رئيس لجنة الأمن القومي والسياسة الخارجية بمجلس الشورى الإيراني مجتبى ذو النوري، أكد أن التحقيقات تشير إلى أن “مصدر الإنفجار في نطنز كان في الغالب من عناصر داخلية ولا يمكن الإفصاح عنها الآن”.

وقال إن التحقيقات تشير إلى أنه ليس هناك احتمالية لهجوم عبر الطائرات بدون طيّار والصواريخ والقنابل والقذائف.

وشهدت إيران انفجاراً في مبنى تابع لمحطة “نظنز” النووية، وأعلن المتحدث باسم المنظمة الإيرانية للطاقة النووية، بهروز كمالوندي، أن “الحريق الذي اندلع في المحطة أحدث أضراراً جسيمة”.

The Sword of Damocles Over Western Europe: Follow the Trail of Blood and Oil

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Cynthia Chung June 3, 2020

In Part 1, we left off in our story at the SIS-CIA overthrow of Iran’s Nationalist leader Mohammad Mosaddegh in 1953. At this point the Shah was able to return to Iran from Rome and British-backed Fazlollah Zahedi, who played a leading role in the coup, replaced Mosaddegh as Prime Minister of Iran.

Here we will resume our story.

An Introduction to the ‘Shah of Shahs’, ‘King of Kings’

One important thing to know about Mohammad Reza Shah was that he was no fan of British imperialism and was an advocate for Iran’s independence and industrial growth. That said, the Shah was a deeply flawed man who lacked the steadfastness to secure such a positive fate for Iran. After all, foreign-led coups had become quite common in Iran at that point.

He would become the Shah in 1941 at the age of 22, after the British forced his father Reza Shah into exile. By then, Persia had already experienced 70 years of British imperialism reducing its people to near destitution.

Mohammad Reza Shah had developed very good relations with the U.S. under President FDR, who at the behest of the Shah, formed the Iran Declaration which ended Iran’s foreign occupation by the British and the Soviets after WWII.

His father, Reza Shah came into power after the overthrow of Ahmad Shah in 1921, who was responsible for signing into law the infamous Anglo-Persian Agreement in 1919, which effectively turned Iran into a de facto protectorate run by British “advisors” and ensured the British Empire’s control of Iran’s oil.

Despite Reza Shah’s problems (Mosaddegh was sent into exile during his reign), he had made significant achievements for Iran. Among these included the development of transportation infrastructure, 15 000 miles of road by 1940 and the construction of the Trans-Iranian Railway which opened in 1938.

Mohammad Reza Shah wished to continue this vein of progress, however, he would first have to go through Britain and increasingly the U.S. in order to fulfill Iran’s vision for a better future.

In 1973, Mohammad Reza Shah thought he finally found his chance to turn Iran into the “world’s sixth industrial power” in just one generation…

OPEC and the European Monetary System vs the ‘Seven Sisters’

In 1960, OPEC was founded by five oil producing countries: Venezuela, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Kuwait in an attempt to influence and stabilise the market price of oil, which would in turn stabilise their nation’s economic return. The formation of OPEC marked a turning point toward national sovereignty over natural resources.

However, during this period OPEC did not have a strong voice in such affairs, the main reason being the “Seven Sisters” which controlled approximately 86% of the oil produced by OPEC countries. The “Seven Sisters” was the name for the seven transnational oil companies of the “Consortium of Iran” cartel which dominated the global petroleum industry, with British Petroleum owning 40% and Royal Dutch Shell 14%, giving Britain the lead at 54% ownership during this period.

After 1973, with the sudden rise of oil prices, the Shah began to see an opportunity for independent action.

The Shah saw the price increase as a way to pull his country out of backwardness. To the intense irritation of his sponsors, the Shah pledged to bring Iran into the ranks of the world’s top ten industrial nations by the year 2000.

The Shah understood that in order for this vision to become a reality, Iran could not just stay as a crude oil producer but needed to invest in a more stable future through industrial growth. And as it just so happened, France and West Germany were ready to make an offer.

In 1978, France and West Germany led the European community, with the exception of Great Britain, in the formation of the European Monetary System (EMS). The EMS was a response to the controlled disintegration that had been unleashed on the world economy after the fixed exchange rate became a floating exchange rate in 1971.

French foreign minister Jean Francois–Poncet had told a UN press conference, that it was his vision that the EMS eventually replace the IMF and World Bank as the center of world finance.

For those who are unaware of the devastation that the IMF and World Bank have wreaked upon the world, refer to John Perkins’ “Confession of an Economic Hit Man”… the situation is 10X worst today.

As early as 1977, France and West Germany had begun exploring the possibility of concretizing a deal with oil producing countries in which western Europe would supply high-technology exports, including nuclear technology, to the OPEC countries in exchange for long-term oil supply contracts at a stable price. In turn, OPEC countries would deposit their enormous financial surpluses into western European banks which could be used for further loans for development projects… obviously to the detriment of the IMF and World Bank hegemony.

The Carter Administration was not happy with this, sending Vice President Walter Mondale to France and West Germany to “inform” them that the U.S. would henceforth oppose the sale of nuclear energy technology to the Third World…and thus they should do so as well. West Germany’s nuclear deal with Brazil and France’s promise to sell nuclear technology to South Korea had already come under heavy attack.

In addition, the Shah had started a closer partnership with Iraq and Saudi Arabia cemented at OPEC meetings in 1977 and 1978. In a press conference in 1977 the Shah stated he would work for oil price stability. Together Saudi Arabia and Iran at the time produced nearly half of OPEC’s entire output.

If an Iran-Saudi-Iraq axis established a permanent working relationship with the EMS it would have assembled an unstoppable combination against the London world financial center.

Recall that France and West Germany had already ignored British calls to boycott Iranian oil in 1951 under Mosaddegh, and therefore, there was no indication that they were going to follow suit with Britain and the U.S. this time either.

As far as London and Washington were concerned, the Shah’s reign was over.

British Petroleum, BBC News and Amnesty International as Servants to the Crown

Were we to select a date for the beginning of the Iranian revolution it would be November 1976, the month that Amnesty International issued its report charging brutality and torture of political prisoners by the Shah of Iran.

Ironically, the SAVAK which was the secret police under the Shah from 1957 to 1979, was established and pretty much run by the SIS (aka MI6), CIA and the Israeli Mossad. This is a well-known fact, and yet, was treated as somehow irrelevant during Amnesty International’s pleas for a humanitarian intervention into Iran.

For those who haven’t already discovered Amnesty International’s true colors from their recent “work” in Syria… it should be known that they work for British Intelligence.

Gruesome accounts of electric shock torture and mutilation were printed in the London Times, the Washington Post and other respected press. Within a few months, President Carter launched his own “human rights” campaign. With this, the international humanitarian outcry got bigger and louder demanding the removal of the Shah.

The Shah was caught between a rock and a hard place, as he was known not to be strong on “security” matters and often left it entirely up to the management of others. Once Amnesty International sounded the war-cry, the Shah made the mistake of not only defending the undefendable SAVAK in the public arena but continued to trust them entirely. It would be his biggest mistake.

With the international foment intensifying, the British Broadcasting Corporation’s (BBC) Persian language broadcasts into Iran fanned the flames of revolt.

During the entire year of 1978 the BBC stationed dozens of correspondents throughout the country in every remote town and village. BBC correspondents, often in the employ of the British secret service, worked as intelligence operatives for the revolution.

Each day the BBC would report in Iran gory accounts of alleged atrocities committed by the Iranian police, often without checking the veracity of the reports. It is now acknowledged that these news reports helped to fuel and even organise the political foment towards an Iranian revolution.

In 1978, British Petroleum (BP) was in the process of negotiating with the government of Iran the renewing of the 25 year contract made in 1953 after the Anglo-American coup against Mosaddegh. These negotiations collapsed in Oct 1978, at the height of the revolution. BP rejected the National Iranian Oil Company’s (NIOC) demands, refusing to buy a minimum quantity of barrels of Iranian oil but demanding nonetheless the exclusive right to buy that oil should it wish to in the future!

The Shah and NIOC rejected BP’s final offer. Had the Shah overcome the revolt, it appeared that Iran would have been free in its oil sales policy in 1979 – and would have been able to market its own oil to the state companies of France, Spain, Brazil and many other countries on a state-to-state basis.

In the American press hardly a single line was published about the Iranian fight with BP, the real humanitarian fight for Iranians.

The Sword of Damocles

The “Arc of Crisis” is a geopolitical theory focused on American/western politics in regards to the Muslim world. It was first concocted by British historian Bernard Lewis, who was regarded as the leading scholar in the world on oriental studies, especially of Islam, and its implications for today’s western politics.

Bernard Lewis was acting as an advisor to the U.S. State Department from 1977-1981. Zbigniew Brzezinski, the National Security Advisor, would announce the U.S.’ adoption of the “Arc of Crisis” theory by the American military and NATO in 1978.

It is widely acknowledged today, that the “Arc of Crisis” was primarily aimed at destabilising the USSR and Iran. This will be discussed further in Part 3 of this series.

Egypt and Israel were expected to act as the initiating countries for the expansion of NATO into the Middle East. Iran was to be the next link.

Iran’s revolution was perfectly timed with the launching of the “Arc of Crisis”, and NATO had its “humanitarian” cause for entering the scene.

However, the fight was not over in Iran.

On Jan 4th, 1979, the Shah named Shapour Bakhtiar, a respected member of the National Front as Prime Minister of Iran. Bakhtiar was held in high regard by not only the French but Iranian nationalists. As soon as his government was ratified, Bakhtiar began pushing through a series of major reform acts: he completely nationalised all British oil interests in Iran, put an end to the martial law, abolished the SAVAK, and pulled Iran out of the Central Treaty Organization, declaring that Iran would no longer be “the gendarme of the Gulf”.

Bakhtiar also announced that he would be removing Ardeshir Zahedi from his position as Iran’s Ambassador to the U.S.

An apple that did not fall far from the tree, Ardeshir is the son of Fazlollah Zahedi, the man who led the coup against Mosaddegh and replaced him as Prime Minister!

Ardeshir was suspected to have been misinforming the Shah about the events surrounding the Iranian revolution and it was typical that he spoke to Brzezinski in Washington from Teheran over the phone at least once a day, often twice a day, as part of his “job” as Ambassador to the U.S. during the peak of the Iranian revolution.

With tensions escalating to a maximum, the Shah agreed to transfer all power to Bakhtiar and left Iran on Jan 16th,1979 for a “long vacation” (aka exile), never to return.

However, despite Bakhtiar’s courageous actions, the damage was too far gone and the hyenas were circling round.

It is known that from Jan 7th to early Feb 1979, the No. 2 in the NATO chain of command, General Robert Huyser, was in Iran and was in frequent contact with Brzezinski during this period. It is thought that Huyser’s job was to avoid any coup attempts to disrupt the take-over by Khomeini’s revolutionary forces by largely misleading the Iranian generals with false intel and U.S. promises. Recently declassified documents on Huyser’s visit to Iran confirm these suspicions.

During the Shah’s “long vacation” his health quickly deteriorated. Unfortunately the Shah was never a good judge of character and kept a close dialogue with Henry Kissinger as to how to go about his health problems. By Oct 1979, the Shah was diagnosed with cancer and the decision was made to send him to the U.S. for medical treatment.

This decision was very much pushed for and supported by Brzezinski and Kissinger, despite almost every intelligence report indicating this would lead to a disastrous outcome.

In Nov 18th 1979, the New York Times reported:

‘The decision was made despite the fact that Mr. Carter and his senior policy advisers had known for months that to admit the Shah might endanger Americans at the embassy in Teheran. An aide reported that at one staff meeting Mr. Carter had asked, “When the Iranians take our people in Teheran hostage, what will you advise me then?” ‘

On Oct 22, 1979, the Shah arrived in New York to receive medical treatment. Twelve days later, the U.S. Embassy in Teheran was taken over and 52 American hostages would be held captive for 444 days!

With the taking of the hostages, the Carter Administration, as preplanned under the “Arc of Crisis”, set into motion its scenario for global crisis management.

The hostage crisis, a 100% predictable response to the U.S.’ decision to accept the Shah into America, was the external threat the Carter Administration needed to invoke the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, authorising the President to regulate international commerce after declaring a national emergency in response to an extraordinary threat

With this new authority, President Carter announced the freezing of all U.S.-Iranian financial assets, amounting to over $6 billion, including in branches of American banks abroad. Instantly, the world financial markets were thrown into a panic, and big dollar depositors in western Europe and the U.S., particularly the OPEC central banks, began to pull back from further commitments.

The Eurodollar market was paralyzed and most international lending halted until complex legal matters were sorted out.

However, the most serious consequence by far from the Carter Administration’s “emergency actions,” was in scaring other OPEC governments away from long-term lending precisely at a time when West Germany and France were seeking to attract deposits into the financial apparatus associated with the European Monetary System (EMS).

In addition, the Carter Administration’s insistent demands that western Europe and Japan invoke economic sanctions against Iran was like asking them to cut their own throats. Yet, the raised political tensions succeeded in breaking apart the economic alliances and the slow blood-letting of Europe commenced.

Within days of the taking of the hostages, the pretext was given for a vast expansion of U.S. military presence in the Middle East and the Indian Ocean.

Sound familiar?

The message was not lost on Europe. In a Nov 28, 1979 column in Le Figaro, Paul Marie de la Gorce,  who was in close dialogue with the French presidential palace, concluded that U.S. military and economic intervention into Iran would cause “more damages for Europe and Japan than for Iran.” And that those who advocate such solutions are “consciously or not inspired by the lessons given by Henry Kissinger.”

During the 444 day hostage crisis, a full-scale U.S. invasion was always looming overhead. Such an invasion was never about seizing the oil supply for the U.S., but rather to deny it to western Europe and Japan.

If the U.S. were to have seized the oil supply in Iran, the body blow to the western European economies would have knocked out the EMS. Thus, during the 444 day holding of American hostages, this threat was held over the head of Europe like the sword of Damocles.

It is sufficed to say that today’s ongoing sanctions against Iran cannot be understood in their full weight and international ramifications without this historical background.

US-ISRAEL MEETING: WHEN IS THE HEZBOLLAH RESPONSE EXPECTED?

Posted on  by Elijah J Magnier

By Elijah J. Magnier: @ejmalrai

The last time that the US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, visited Israel was shortly before the assassination of Major General Qassim Soleimani at Baghdad Airport. General Milley re-visited Israel a few days ago and met with Defence Minister Benny Gantz, the chief of staff Aviv Kochavi, and Mossad Director Yossi Cohen. The visit, which lasted for a few hours in the context of “confronting Iran and its allies in the Middle East, especially the threat posed by the Lebanese Hezbollah”, may be announcing a “hotter” summer. The topics were Iran but also the dangerous escalation between Hezbollah and Israel. Israel has removed forces along the Lebanese borders and deployed tanks and artillery brigades. Is this an act of intimidation or a mere precaution? Are the US and Israel preparing to ignite a war and change the rules of engagement? Are these defensive or offensive measures? And when will Hezbollah respond by selecting an IDF target to kill?

On Monday, Israel opened fire against a suspected movement in the occupied Shebaa Farms that turned out to be the apprehension and the excess of security procedures by the Israeli deployed troops along the Lebanese borders. It is inevitable for a nervous army waiting to be attacked, knowing that this government will accept the losses and turn the page, to fire against an non-existing enemy.” Hezbollah said “Israel was firing against an imaginary enemy and will be held accountable for damaging a Lebanese house during the Israeli artillery bombing of Lebanese territory, triggered by fear of a Hezbollah’s retaliation”. Hezbollah ended its communique’ saying to Israel: “Wait for the punishment”.

However embarrassing the incident is, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked “all ministers should avoid releasing any information about the event”. Netanyahu also stated that he would hold “Lebanon and Syria responsible for any attack,” and that he is “ready to respond if soldiers are hit.” Intelligence Minister Eli Cohen said, “any action that violates our sovereignty will be met with a strong response. We advise our enemies not to test us.” Israeli chief of staff Kochavi visited the border with Lebanon and told the commanders of the 91st Brigade, preparing for a possible retaliatory operation (reinforced by the Golani Brigade), that “tensions will continue in the coming days; Hezbollah will respond before Eid al-Adha,” celebrated by Muslims this Thursday.

Kochavi’s words are mere speculation: in fact, the decision is in the hands of Hezbollah, not Israel. The Chief of Staff is attempting to reassure Israeli soldiers that the state of alert, with them hiding inside their barracks, will not last long. According to a well-informed source, Hezbollah’s response will not follow Kochavi’s timing, thus excluding this week. It

By sending a message through UNIFIL, Israel not only recognized the superiority of Hezbollah but that it has definitely lost the balance of deterrence, probably permanently. Israel admitted that it was unable to impose its own rules of engagement and is being subjected to the balance of terror imposed by Hezbollah. The Israeli intensification of sorties by drones and warplanes is a psychological effort to dissuade Hezbollah from striking “comfortably”, and to avoid heating up the frontline. However, speaking from decades of experience, the source considers that “when the decision is taken to hit an Israeli target, all these Israeli measures will be disregarded. “

For now, Hezbollah has decided … to remain silent.

Proofread by:   Maurice Brasher and C.G.B.

Copyright © https://ejmagnier.com   2020 

What Will Lula Do?

What Will Lula Do?

July 27, 2020

by Pepe Escobar – cross posted with Consortium News

A version of this article first appeared on The Asia Times.

Decades after the fact, a political earthquake that should be rocking Brazil is being met with thunderous silence.

What is now described as the Banestado leaks and CC5gate is straight out of vintage WikiLeaks: a list, published for the first time in full, naming names and detailing what is one of the biggest corruption and money laundering cases in the world for the past three decades.

This scandal allows for what Michel Foucault characterized as the archeology of knowledge. Without understanding these leaks, it’s impossible to place in the proper context the sophisticated Hybrid War unleashed by Washington on Brazil initially via NSA spying on President Dilma Roussef’s first term (2010-2014), all the way to the subsequent Car Wash corruption investigation that jailed former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and opened the way for the election of neofascist patsy Jair Bolsonaro as president.

The scoop on this George-Orwell-does-Hybrid War plot belongs, once again, to independent media: the small website Duplo Expresso, led by a young, daring Bern-based international lawyer named Romulus Maya, which first published the list.

An epic, five-hour podcast brought together the three key protagonists who denounced the scandal in the first place, back in the late 1990s, and now are able to analyze it anew: then governor of Parana state, Roberto Requiao; federal prosecutor Celso Tres; and police superintendent, now retired, Jose Castilho Neto.

In an earlier podcast, Maya and anthropologist Piero Leirner, Brazil’s foremost analyst of Hybrid War, briefed me on the the myriad political intricacies of the leaks while we discussed geopolitics in the Global South.

The CC5 lists are herehere , and here . Let’s see what makes them so special.

The Mechanism

Brazil’s central bank in Brasilia. (Senado Federal, CC BY 2.0, Wikimedia Commons)

Way back in 1969, the Brazilian Central Bank created what was described as a “CC5 account” to facilitate foreign companies and executives to legally wire assets overseas. For many years the cash flow in these accounts was not significant. Then everything changed in the 1990s – with the emergence of a massive, complex criminal racket centered on money laundering.

The original Banco do Estado do Parana (Banestado) investigation started in 1997. Federal prosecutor Celso Tres was stunned to find that from 1991 to 1996 no less than $124 billion in Brazilian currency was wired overseas. Between 1991 and 2002 that ballooned to a whopping $219 billion – placing Banestado as one of the largest money laundering schemes in history.

Tres’ report led to a federal investigation focused in Foz do Iguacu in southern Brazil, strategically located right at the Tri-Border Area of Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay, where local banks were laundering vast amounts of funds through their CC5 accounts.

This is how it worked. U.S. dollar dealers in the black market, linked to bank and government employees, used a vast network of bank accounts under the name of unsuspecting ”smurfs” and phantom companies to launder illegal funds from public corruption, tax fraud and organized crime, mainly through the Banco do Estado do Parana branch in Foz do Iguacu. Hence it is called the Banestado case.

The federal investigation was going nowhere until 2001, when police superintendent Castilho ascertained that most of the funds were actually landing in accounts at the Banestado branch in New York. Castilho arrived in New York in January 2002 to turbo-charge the necessary international money tracking.

Through a court order, Castilho and his team reviewed 137 accounts at Banestado New York, tracking $14.9 billion. Though the CC5 accounts were meant only for foreigners to use, in quite a few cases, the beneficiaries had the same name of Brazilian politicians then serving in Congress, cabinet ministers and even former presidents.

After a month in New York, Castilho was back in Brazil carrying a hefty 400-page report. Yet, despite the overwhelming evidence, he was dropped out of the investigation, which was then put on hold for at least a year. When the new Lula government took power in early 2003, Castilho was back in business.

In April 2003, Castilho identified a particularly interesting Chase Manhattan account named “Tucano” – the nickname of the Partido da Social Democracia Brasileira (PSDB) led by former President Fernando Henrique Cardoso, who was in power before Lula and always kept very close ties to the Clinton and Blair political machines.

President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and wife Marisa Letícia, President Fernando Henrique Cardoso and wife Ruth Cardoso, Jan. 1, 2003 at Lula’s inauguration. (Marcello Casal Jr., Agência Brasil, CC BY 3.0, Wikimedia Commons)

Castilho was instrumental in setting up a parliamentary inquiry commission over the Banestado case. But again, this commission led nowhere – not even a vote on a final report. Most companies involved negotiated a deal with the Brazilian Internal Revenue Service and thus ended any possibility of legal action in regard to tax evasion.

Banestado Meets Car Wash

In a nutshell, the two largest political parties – Cardoso’s neoliberal PSDB and Lula’s Workers’ Party (which never really faced down imperial machinations and the Brazilian rentier class) actively buried an in-depth investigation. Moreover Lula, coming right after Cardoso, and mindful of preserving a minimum of governability, made a strategic decision to not investigate PSDB, or “Tucano,” corruption, including a slew of dodgy privatizations.

New York prosecutors duly prepared a special Banestado list for Castilho of what really mattered for a criminal prosecution to proceed:  the full circle of the money laundering scheme, with

(i) funds first illegally remitted out of Brazil using the CC5 accounts,

(ii) passing through the New York branches of the Brazilian banks involved,

(iii) reaching offshore bank accounts and trusts in tax havens (e.g., Cayman, Jersey, Switzerland) and then finally

(iv) going back to Brazil as – fully laundered – “foreign investment,” for the actual use and enjoyment of the final beneficiaries who first got the unaccounted-for money out of the country using the CC5 accounts.

But Brazilian Justice Minister Marcio Thomaz Bastos, appointed by Lula, then nixed it. As superintendent Castilho metaphorically put it,  “This, deliberately, prevented me from going back to Brazil with the murdered body.”

While Castilho never got hold of the critical list, at least two Brazilian congressmen, two senators and two federal prosecutors, who would later rise to fame as Car Wash investigation “stars,” Vladimir Aras and Carlos Fernando dos Santos Lima,  did get the list.

Why and how the list (let’s call it the “body bag”) never found its way into the criminal proceedings back in Brazil is an extra mystery wrapped up inside the enigma.

Meanwhile, there are “unconfirmed” reports (several sources would not go on record on this) that the list might have been used for outright extortion of the individuals, mostly billionaires, featured on it.

Extra sauce in the judicial sphere comes from the fact that the provincial judge in charge of burying the Banestado case was none other than Sergio Moro, the self-serving Elliot Ness figure who in the next decade would rise to superstar status as the capo di tutti i capi of the massive Car Wash investigation and subsequent justice minister under Bolsonaro. Moro ended up resigning and is now, de facto, already campaigning for president in 2022.

Sérgio Moro holding a press conference in September 2015. (Marcos Oliveira/Agência Senado, Wikimedia Commons)

Here is where we find the toxic Banestado-Car Wash connection. Considering what is already public domain about Moro’s modus operandi on Car Wash, as he altered names in documents with the single-minded objective of sending Lula to jail, the challenge now would be to prove how Moro “sold” non-convictions related to Banestado.  He has a very convenient legal out: no “body” was found (or formally brought back to criminal proceedings in Brazil), so no one could be found guilty of murder.

As we plunge into excruciating details, Banestado increasingly looks and feels like the Ariadne’s thread that may lead to the beginning of the destruction of Brazil’s sovereignty. It is a tale full of lessons to be learned by the whole Global South.

The Black Market Dollar King

Castilho, in that epic podcast, rang alarm bells when he referred to $17 million that had transited the Banestado branch in New York and then was sent, of all places, to Pakistan. Castilho and his team discovered that a few months after 9/11. He told me his investigators would dig it all up again and that a report exists indicating the origin of these funds.

This is the first time such information has surfaced – and the ramifications may be explosive. We’re talking about dodgy funds, arguably from drugs and weapons operations, leaving the Triple Border Area – Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay – which happens historically to be a top site for CIA and Mossad black ops.

Financing may have been provided by the so-called King of The Black Market Dollars, Dario Messer, via CC5 accounts. It’s no secret that black market operators at the Tri-Border Area are connected to cocaine trafficking via Paraguay – and also to evangelicals. That is the basis of what Maya, Leirner and I have already described as Cocaine Evangelistan.

View from the Argentine side of the Triple Border Area. (Wikimedia Commons)

Messer is an indispensable cog in the recycling mechanism inbuilt into drug trafficking. Money travels to fiscal paradises under imperial protection, is duly laundered, and gloriously resurrects on Wall Street and the City of London, with the extra bonus of the U.S. easing some of its current account deficit. Cue Wall Street’s “irrational exuberance.”

What really matters is free circulation of cocaine — hidden in the odd soya cargo, something that comes with the extra benefit of securing the well being of agro-business. That’s a mirror image of the CIA heroin ratline in Afghanistan I detailed here.

Most of all, politically, Messer is the notorious missing link to judge Moro. Even mainstream O Globo newspaper was forced to admit, last November, that Messer’s shadowy businesses were “monitored” nonstop for two decades by different U.S. agencies out of Asuncion and Ciudad del Este in Paraguay. Moro for his part is had very close relationships with the FBI, CIA and the Department of Justice.

Messer may be the joker in this convoluted plot. But then there’s the Maltese Falcon: There’s only one Maltese Falcon, as the John Huston classic immortalized it.  And it’s currently lying in a safe in Switzerland.

I’m referring to the original, official documents submitted by construction giant Odebrecht to the Car Wash investigation, which have been undisputedly “manipulated,” “allegedly” by the company itself, possibly in collusion with (then) Judge Moro and the prosecution team led by Deltan Dallagnol.

Roberto Requiao. (From his Twitter account)

This was done possibly for the purpose of incriminating Lula and persons close to him, but also – crucially – to delete individuals’ names who should never be brought to light, or justice.

The first serious political impact after the release of the Banestado leaks by Duplo Expresso is that Lula’s lawyers Cristiano and Valeska Zanin have finally requested Swiss authorities to hand over the originals.

Ex-Senator and former Governor Robert Requiao of Paraná state was the only Brazilian politician to publicly ask Lula, back in February, to go for the documents with the list in Switzerland. It is no surprise that Requiao was the first public figure in Brazil to now ask Lula to make all this content public once the former president gets hold of it.

The real, not adulterated Odebrecht list of people involved in corruption revealed by Duplo Expresso is crammed with big names – including the judiciary elite.

By comparing the two versions, Lula’s lawyers may finally be able to demonstrate the falsification of “evidence” that led to the jailing of Lula but also, among other developments, the exile of Ecuador’s former President Rafael Correa; the imprisonment of Correa’s vice president, Jorge Glas; the imprisonment of Peru’s former President Ollanta Humala and wife and, most dramatically, the suicide of Peru’s former two-time President Alan Garcia.

Peru’s Alan García, at left, in 2010 with Brazil’s Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. (Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores from Perú, CC BY-SA 2.0, Wikimedia Commons)

The Brazilian Patriot Act

The big political question now is not in fact to uncover the master manipulator who buried the Banestado scandal two decades ago.  Rather, as anthropologist Leirner details it, what matters most is that the leaked CC5 accounts focus on how the corrupted Brazilian bourgeoisie, with the help of their political and judicial partners, both national and foreign,  solidifies itself as a rentier class, while remaining submissive and kept in check by “secret,” imperial files.

The Banestado leaks and the CC5 accounts should be seen as a political opening for Lula to go for broke. This is all-out (Hybrid) War. Blinking is not an option. The geo-political and geo-economic project of destroying Brazilian sovereignty and turning it into an imperial sub-colony is winning – hands down.

A measure of the explosiveness of the Banestado leaks and CC5gate has been the reaction by assorted limited hangouts: a thundering silence that encompasses leftist parties and alternative, supposedly progressive media. Mainstream media, for whom judge Moro is a sacred cow, at best spins it as “old story,” “fake news” and even a “hoax.”

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Odebrecht headquarters in São Paulo.
(Luiz Gonzaga da Silva Filho,

It’s now clear that creditors of the Brazilian state were, originally, debtors. Comparing different accounts, it’s possible to square the circle on Brazil’s legendary “fiscal imbalance” – exactly as this plague is brought up, once again, with the intent of decimating the assets of the ailing Brazilian state. Finance Minister Paulo Guedes, a neo-Pinochetist and Milton Friedman cheerleader, has already warned he’ll keep selling state companies like there’s no tomorrow.

Lula’s plan B would be to clinch some sort of deal that would bury the whole dossier — just like the original Banestado investigation was buried two decades ago — to preserve the leadership of the Workers’ Party as domesticated opposition, and without touching on the absolutely essential issue: how Finance Minister Guedes is selling out Brazil.

That would be the line favored by Fernando Haddad, who lost the presidential election to Bolsonaro in 2018: a sort of Brazilian Michelle Bachelet (Chile’s former president), an ashamed neoliberal sacrificing everything to have yet another shot at power possibly in 2026.

Were Plan B to happen it would galvanize the wrath of trade unions and social movements – the flesh and blood of Brazilian working classes that are on the verge of being totally decimated by neoliberalism on steroids with the toxic combination of the U.S.-inspired, Brazilian version of the Patriot Act, replete with military schemes to profit from “Cocaine Evangelistan”.

All this after Washington – successfully – nearly destroyed national champion Petrobras, an initial objective of the NSA spying. Zanin, Lula’s lawyer, also adds – maybe too late – that the “informal cooperation” between Washington and the Car Wash op was in fact illegal (according to decree number 3.810/2001).

What Will Lula Do?

Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (Lula) sworn in as chief of staff by President Dilma Rousseff, March 17, 2016. (José Cruz, Agência Brasil, CC BY 3.0, Wikimedia Commons)

Included in the leaked list is Banestado “VIP list.” It includes the current president of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal, Supreme Court Justice Luis Roberto Barroso, bankers, media tycoons and industrialists. Car Wash prosecutor Deltan Dallagnol is very close to Barroso, the neoliberal Supreme Court justice in question.

The VIP list should be read as a road map of the money laundering practices of the Brazilian 0.01 percent  – roughly estimated to be 20,000 families who own the close to $1 trillion of Brazilian internal debt. A great deal of those funds had been recycled back to Brazil as “foreign investment” through the CC5 scheme back in the 1990s. And that’s exactly how Brazil’s internal debt exploded.

Still no one knows where the Banestado-enabled torrent of dodgy money actually landed. The “body bag” was never formally acknowledged to have been brought back from New York and never made its way into the criminal proceedings. Yet money laundering is still in progress – and thus the statute of limitation does not apply – so somebody, anybody would have to be thrown in the slammer. It doesn’t seem that will be the case anytime soon, though.

Meanwhile, enabled by the U.S. Deep State, transnational finance and local comprador elites, some in uniform and some in robes, the slow motion Hybrid War coup against Brazil keeps rambling on. And day by day inching closer to full spectrum dominance.

The key question is: what will Lula do about it?

تفاصيل مثيرة بشأن تفجير «نطنز» النوويّ

المصدر

رجّحت صحيفة بريطانية تورط «إسرائيل» وأميركا في سلسلة الانفجارات التي طالت إيران خلال الأيام القليلة الماضية.

وأفادت صحيفة «الغارديان» البريطانية، أمس، أن «تل أبيب وواشنطن تقفان وراء انفجار مفاعل نطنز الإيراني، وسلسلة انفجارات أخرى في إيران، خلال الأسابيع الماضية»، محذرة من أن «مثل هذه الهجمات قد ترتدّ على إسرائيل والغرب».

وأشارت الصحيفة إلى «تقارير مماثلة أوردتها صحف أميركية خلال اليومين الماضيين، بأن «عملاء «إسرائيل» وراء تفجير مفاعل نطنز النووي»، وبأنه «بات من شبه المؤكد أن تل أبيب مسؤولة عن الانفجار بمعرفة إدارة الرئيس الأميركي، دونالد ترامب».

وترى الصحيفة البريطانية أن «المسؤول الاستخباري الإسرائيلي الذي أطلع الصحف الأميركية بأن بلاده وراء الهجوم على إيران، كان رئيس جهاز الاستخبارات الإسرائيلي الخارجي الموساد، الجنرال يوسي كوهين، المعروف بقربه من رئيس الوزراء، بنيامين نتنياهو».

ولفتت الصحيفة إلى أنه «في حال استمرت تلك الحملة الأميركية – الإسرائيلية المشتركة على إيران، وأصبح الضغط لا يمكن تحمله، فإن الأخيرة قد تردّ بعنف، ما يعني أن هذه الأفعال سترتدّ على تل أبيب والغرب معاً».

وفي السياق ذاته، قال وزير الدفاع الإسرائيلي الأسبق، أفيغدور ليبرمان، إن «رئيس الوزراء، بنيامين نتنياهو، هو المسؤول عن تسريبات الحديث عن سلسلة الضربات الإيرانية الأخيرة».

وأجرت صحيفة «يديعوت أحرونوت» العبرية، صباح أمس، حواراً مع ليبرمان، هاجم فيه نتنياهو، واتهمه بأنه «المسؤول عن تسريبات الحديث أو التصريحات التي تزعم مسؤولية إسرائيل عن سلسلة الضربات الأخيرة على إيران، أهمها في مفاعل نطنز النووي».

وأفاد ليبرمان، بأن «التسريبات الأخيرة حول إيران بعلم نتنياهو نفسه، وهي تسريبات تضر بالأمن القومي الإسرائيلي، وهي أمور أو قضايا تهدف إلى تغيير جدول الأعمال، وتشتيت الانتباه والهروب من المسؤولية».

وأوضحت الصحيفة أن «حديث ليبرمان يدور حول ما كتبته صحيفة نيويورك تايمز الأميركية، أول أمس السبت، من أن الانفجارات، التي وقعت في منشآت إيرانية في الأسابيع الأخيرة، جزء من عمل أميركي إسرائيلي مشترك للتعامل بقوة مع التهديد الإيراني».

ونقلت الصحيفة الأميركية عن مصادر أمنية «إسرائيلية» وأميركية أن «الانفجارات استهدفت مواقع شديدة الحساسية، من بينها: منشأة نطنز النووية، وقاعدة صواريخ جنوب طهران وقاعدة عسكرية للحرس الثوري»، موضحة أن «التفجيرات تهدف لزعزعة نظام الحكم في إيران، وأن الاستراتيجية الجديدة تقوم على استهداف منشآت حساسة وقيادات في الحرس الثوري من خلال عمليات سرية».

وعلّق ليبرمان حول هذا الأمر، بأن «سياسة بلاده تحوّلت من سياسة الغموض إلى سياسة الثرثرة. وإن لم يشر وزير الدفاع الإسرائيلي، صراحة، إلى دور بلاده المؤكد في سلسلة الضربات التي وقعت في إيران».

وكانت صحيفة «نيويورك تايمز» الأميركية، قد نقلت، أول أمس السبت، عن مسؤولَين اثنين في المخابرات الأميركية قولهما إن «ترميم المنشأة لإعادة البرنامج النووي الإيراني إلى ما كان عليه قبل الانفجار، قد يستغرق عامين»، متوقعين أن يكون التفجير قد تمّ عبر عبوة ناسفة أو عبر هجوم إلكتروني، وبأن هذا «الاستهداف تم التخطيط له لأكثر من عام».

وقالت الصحيفة، إن «المسؤولين الغربيين يتوقعون نوعاً من الانتقام من إيران على التفجير قد يكون عبر استهداف القوات الأميركية في العراق أو عبر هجمات إلكترونية، أو عبر استهداف مرافق حيوية مثل المؤسسة المالية الأميركية أو نظام إمدادات المياه الإسرائيلي».

وأكدت الحكومة الإيرانية، يوم الثلاثاء الماضي، أن «طهران ستردّ بالشكل المناسب، في حال ثبت أن الحادثة في منشأة نطنز النووية الأسبوع الماضي، ناجمة عن عامل أو إجراء خارجي».

وشهدت إيران انفجاراً في مبنى تابع لمحطة نطنز النووية. وقال ثلاثة مسؤولين إيرانيين، رفضوا الكشف عن أسمائهم، لوكالة «رويترز»، إن «الانفجار نتج عن هجوم سيبراني»، فيما قال مسؤولون آخرون إن «إسرائيل يمكن أن تكون وراء الهجمات».

«الإسرائيليون»: قنبلة نوويّة إيرانيّة خلال أشهر ولا نريد الحرب مع حزب الله…!

محمد صادق الحسيني

في تقرير هامّ وخطير يكشف العقل الباطني الإسرائيلي تجاه الأحداث المتسارعة في المنطقة رئيس الموساد الإسرائيلي السابق يضعه في كتاب سيرى النور قريباً اليكم أهم ما جاء فيه لأهميته :

نشر الموقع الالكتروني لصحيفة “ذي تايمز أوف إسرائيل”، يوم 8/7/2020، مقابلة موسعة مع رئيس الموساد السابق، من سنة 1989 حتى 1996، شابتاي شافيط، أجراها معه الصحافي الإسرائيلي ديفيد هوروڤيتس ، بمناسبة قرب نشر كتابه في شهر ايلول المقبل.

واهمّ ما جاء في المقابلة هو التالي :

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رغم ان عملية السلام (العربي الإسرائيلي) لم تكن ترق لرئيس الوزراء الإسرائيلي، اسحق رابين، الا انه كان ينوي الاستمرار في عملية السلام، مع الفلسطينيين ومع سورية، رغم التعثر الذي كانت تشهده.

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بعد لقاء الرئيس السوري، حافظ الاسد، مع الرئيس الاميركي، بيل كلينتون، في جنيف في شهر 1/1994، استدعاني رئيس الوزراء، اسحق رابين، وقال لي إنه، وعلى الرغم من تلقيه الكثير من المعلومات حول الموضوع، الا انه لا زال غير قادر على تقييم موقف الرئيس السوري، حافظ الأسد، وما حجم التنازلات التي لديه استعداد أن يقدمها (في مقابل السلام). وقد طلب مني التوجه الى ملك المغرب، الحسن الثاني، والطلب منه ان يحاول جسّ نبض الرئيس الأسد في هذا الخصوص. وقد ذهبت الى المغرب فعلاً، وقابلت الملك الحسن الثاني وأطلعته على الموضوع. وقد قام بدوره بتكليف رئيس جهاز المخابرات المغربية آنذاك، عبد اللطيف الحموشي، الذهاب الى سورية ومقابلة الرئيس الاسد لاستطلاع موقفه من موضوع التنازلات. وعندما قام المبعوث المغربي بطرح الموضوع على الرئيس السوري، بصورة غير مباشرة وبطريقة لا توحي بأن رابين هو مَن يريد سبر موقفه، قال له الأسد إنه يريد وضع قدميه في بحيرة طبريا. وهذا ما جعله (الحموشي) يستنتج بأن الرئيس السوري ليس على استعداد لتقديم تنازلات. وقدم رئيس جهاز المخابرات المغربي لطرفي وأبلغني بذلك.

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أن كل ما يقوم به نتنياهو، في الداخل والخارج، بما في ذلك موضوع صفقة القرن وضم الضفة الغربية وأزمة الكورونا وغير ذلك، انما يستخدمه لهدف واحد، يتمثل في حماية نفسه من القضاء / المحاكمة / وهو لا يفكر إطلاقاً بمصلحة “إسرائيل” (بمعنى انه لا ينطلق من مصلحة إسرائيل).

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بعد انتخابه رئيسًا للوزراء، سنة 1996، طلب مني نتنياهو ان اعمل معه وان اتولى ملف إيران. فوافقت شرط ان تكون رسالة التكليف موقعة منه ومن وزير الدفاع، كي توفر لي غطاءً في السيطرة على جميع الأجهزة الأمنية الإسرائيلية، الموساد والشاباك وأمان / وزارة الدفاع ولجنة الشؤون النووية. لكن نتنياهو رفض أن يشاركه وزير الدفاع التوقيع على رسالة التكليف واعتبر فذلك انتقاصاً من مقامه، وهو ما أدى الى فشل العملية. وقد أراد نتنياهو من وراء ذلك اظهار نفسه كالمنقذ الوحيد وكي يقول للناس إنه الوحيد الذي يقوم بحمايتهم.

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إن أولى اولويات نتنياهو هي الهروب من المحاكمة… فبعد طرح مشروع ترامب، الذي يسمى صفقة العصر، اعتبر نتنياهو ان هذا المشروع مخصص لبيبي (بنيامين نتنياهو) وليس لدولة “إسرائيل”، اذ انه لم يتشاور، حتى الآن، لا مع وزارة الدفاع ولا مع وزارة الخارجية، ولم يطلع أي أحد على الخرائط المتعلقة بالمشروع.

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إن بالإمكان قول أي شيء عن نتنياهو، الا انه ليس غبياً.. فباستطاعته تقييم المواقف بشكل أفضل من الآخرين… وضعنا السياسي مهلهل… اذ يمكن ان تسقط الحكومة في اي لحظة… الاقتصاد في أسوأ أحواله… وضعنا في العالم، ما عدا الولايات المتحدة، هو أسوأ وضع منذ عقود…

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في شهر نوفمبر المقبل ستجري الانتخابات الرئاسية الأميركية، التي يتوقع ان يفوز فيها المرشح جو بايدن، وهو يقول لنتنياهو: معي (في عهدي) لا يوجد ضمّ. ونتنياهو يعرف ذلك ويبحث عن مخرج وعن جهة ما يحملها مسؤولية ذلك (فشل موضوع الضم).

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وحول سؤال عن أن إيران ستعلن نفسها قوةً نووية، في وقت ما، أجاب شافيت بالقول: إنني أتكلم الآن كرجل استخبارات، يجمع المعلومات ويقيمها ويرفعها لرئيسه مع التوصيات، وعليه فإنني انطلق دائماً من أسوأ السيناريوهات… المتمثل في أن الإيرانيين لن يتراجعوا عن هدفهم وأن يصروا على امتلاك قدرات تسليحيةٍ نووية، فإنني أرى أنه ليس من الضروري، او المؤكد، ان يستند موقفهم دائماً الى انهم يريدون امتلاك القنبلة من أجل إلقائها على تل أبيب، وانما اعتقد ان منطقهم يرتكز الى انهم يريدون القول بان أحداً لن يكون قادراً على ارتكاب اي أخطاء تجاههم عندما يمتلكون القنبلة (هو استخدم تعبيراً بالانجليزية. تماماً كما حصل مع كوريا الشمالية. فعلى الرغم من استمرار المفاوضات فإن كوريا احتفظت بسلاحها النووي وتعمل على تطوير تكنولوجيا جديدة.

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وعندما يتحدث الإيرانيون عن امتلاك المناعة (بمعنى الردع او ان يكونون محصنين) فإنهم لا يقصدون “إسرائيل” فقط وإنما يقصدون الولايات المتحدة وتركيا والعراق أيضاً. فهم لا يمكنهم ان ينسوا حرب الثماني سنوات. اما من ناحية تركيا، فعلى الرغم من الزيارات المتبادلة فإن هناك تنافساً إيرانياً تركياً على الشرق الاوسط وبامتلاك إيران للسلاح النووي فإنها ستوجه ضربةً للنفوذ / الدور التركي (هذا ما يعتبره رئيس الموساد مناعة ضد تركيا… تضييق هامش المناورة عليها في مقابل توسيع هامش المناورة الإيراني).

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كما أن هناك “إسرائيل” ايضاً، فأنا لست ممن يقولون بأن إيران ستقصف “إسرائيل” بسلاح نووي، حال امتلاكها القنبلة، ولكنني اقول بان الدولة التي تملك القنبلة يصبح بإمكانها اقامة كل انواع التحالفات، لتوسيع نفوذها وحماية مصالحها. إن امتلاك إيران للقنبلة يوسع تأثيرها ويغير وضعها في الإقليم وفي العالم.

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اتفاقية 2015 (يقصد الاتفاق النووي بين إيران ودول الـ 5 +1) أعطتنا 15 عاماً من الزمن (لتأخير البرنامج النووي الإيراني) بينما انسحاب ترامب منها قد جعل إيران تمتلك ما يكفي، من اليورانيوم المخصب، لصناعة قنبلةٍ نووية خلال أشهر. وفي حال اعلنت إيران عن امتلاكها القنبلة النووية فان علينا ان نجد طريقةً لردعها. لكن هذا الردع لن يكون باستخدام السلاح النووي ضدها، وذلك لان من غير الممكن ان نكون ثاني دولة تستخدم السلاح النووي بعد هيروشيما، وانما بإيجاد طريقة ردع حقيقية، وان نضمن امتلاكنا للقدرات التي تمكننا ان نقول للإيرانيين: اذا ما فقدتم عقلكم، وقررتم استعمال القنبلة ضدنا، فعليكم أن تضعوا في حسبانكم أن إيران لن تبقى موجودة )، وان الثمن الذي ستدفعونه، في حال استخدمتم القنبلة ضدنا، سيكون باهظاً.

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إذا أعيد انتخاب ترامب فإن ذلك سيكون بمثابة كارثة على أميركا وعلى العالم الحر أجمع… انني ضابط استخبارات ويمكنني ان اكون مثالياً، لكن المثاليات لا مكان لها في تقييماتي. لذا فإنني براغماتي وهذا ينبع من طبيعة مهنتي…. (قال ذلك في معرض رده على سؤال للصحافي حول الصورة القاتمة التي رسمها في كتابه عندما انتقد كلاً من أوباما وترامب على حدٍ سواء).

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وتابع، عائداً الى سياق الردع الذي تحدث عنه تجاه إيران، تابع قائلاً: يجب تطبيق نفس استراتيجية الردع أعلاه ضد حزب الله ايضاً. نحن لا نريد ان نبدأ (الحرب) ولكن اذا، لا سمح الله، بدأ (الحزب) بإطلاق عشرات الصواريخ ( فعلينا التقدم داخل جنوب لبنان وتسويته بالأرض.

هكذا يجب أن تكون استراتيجيتنا: اولاً الردع واذا لم يفد الردع، فالضرب بلا رحمة.

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وحول سؤال، عن احتمالات تطور علاقة “إسرائيل” مع إيران، أجاب شافيط بالقول :

هناك احتمالان :

الاول: أن تحدث انتفاضة شعبية تطيح النظام. ولكن هذا الاحتمال ضئيل.

الثاني: ان يستولي الحرس الثوري على السلطة وأن يبعد رجال الدين عنها. وهذا الاحتمال الذي أُرجِحَهُ.

وعندما سأله الصحافي عن تداعيات تطور كهذا، أجاب بالقول :

الأخبار الجيدة هي انه سيكون بالإمكان التحاور مع أناس براغماتيين وعقلانيين.
أما الأخبار السيئة فهي أن تؤثر السلطة على عقولهم وتدفعهم الى اتخاذ قرارات ليست مريحة او مزعجة.
ويمكرون ويمكر الله والله خير الماكرين.

بعدنا طيبين قولوا الله.

Alleged photo surfaces of Quds Force spy with Qassem Soleimani before his assassination

Alleged photo surfaces of Quds Force spy with Qassem Soleimani ...

By News Desk -2020-06-10

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:20 A.M.) – An Iranian news agency published a picture showing the leader of the late leader of the Quds Forcs, Major General Qassem Soleimani, and the deputy head of Iraq’s Hashd Al-Sha’abi, Abu Mahdi Al-Mohandis, with the man accused of spying on the Iranian commander for the CIA and Mossad.

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Seyyed Mahmoud Mousavi Majd, who was connected to both the Mossad service and the CIA service and had provided them the location and whereabouts of martyr General Haj Qasem Soleimani in exchange for US dollars

Commenting on the photo, the agencywrote: “The man behind Soleimani and Mohandis is Mahmoud Mousavi Majd, who was sentenced to death after being convicted of providing information about the whereabouts and movement of the commander of the Quds Force.”

For their part, the Media Center of the Iranian Judicial Authority issued a clarifying statement today, in which it confirmed that all the judicial stages of the Mossad spy file and the CIA were carried out before the assassination of Qassem Soleimani.

The statement continued that “the first death sentence against Mahmoud Mousavi Majd was issued on August 25, 2019.”

The director of the Mazan News Agency, which is affiliated to the judiciary said: “The spy was in prison when the assassination of Qassem Soleimani and it was not he who provided information about the arrival of Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Mohandis at Baghdad Airport.”

It is noteworthy to mention that Soleimani and Al-Mohandis were assassinated by a strike carried out by a U.S. drone near Baghdad International Airport on January 3rd, 2020.

Israel Perfecting Surveillance Tech

By Philip Giraldi

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Israel’s external spy organization Mossad and its internal espionage equivalent Shin Bet have reputations that are much larger than their actual successes, but the one area where they have excelled is electronic intelligence gathering. Recent electronic spying around the White House and other federal buildings in Washington carried out by the Israeli Embassy demonstrates that Israel does not differentiate much between friends and enemies when it conducts espionage. In fact, spying targeting the U.S. is probably its number one priority due to the fact that the Jewish state is so heavily dependent on American support that it feels compelled to learn what discussions relating to it are taking place behind closed doors.

Israeli penetration of U.S. telecommunications began in the 1990s, when American companies like AT&T and Verizon, the chief conduits of the National Security Agency (NSA) for communications surveillance, began to use Israeli-produced hardware, particularly for law enforcement-related surveillance and clandestine recording. The devices had a so-called back door, which meant that everything they did was shared with Israel. Israeli cyber-specialists even broke into classified networks with the NSA and FBI aware of what was going on but unwilling to confront “America’s best ally.” President Bill Clinton once quipped to Monica Lewinski that they should avoid using the Oval Office phone because someone might be listening in. He was referring to Israel.

To be sure, the Jewish state’s high-tech sector has been much assisted in its effort by “own goals” provided by the United States, which allows Israel to bid on government contracts relating to national security, virtually guaranteeing that any technical innovations will be stolen and re-exported by Israeli high-tech companies. Major technology innovators like Intel, which works with the NSA, have set up shop in Israel and have publicly stated, “We think of ourselves as an Israeli company as much as a U.S. company.” Vulture capitalist Zionist billionaire Paul Singer has recently been accused of steering highly paid U.S. tech sector jobs to Israel, jobs that are lost to the American economy forever.

So, Israel is a leader in using electronic resources to carry out espionage and collect information on various targets of interest. Israel is also an innovator, and its close relationship with the U.S. intelligence community (IC), most particularly the NSA, means that technologies and procedures developed by the Jewish state will inevitably show up in America.

The U.S. is in any event working hard on its own tools for managing the public, spurred by Covid-19 hysteria. Special ID cards could help track the health status of individuals. This status would be recorded and updated on a chip readable by government scanners that, by some accounts, might be either carried or even permanently embedded in everyone’s body. Another plan being promoted in a joint venture by Apple and Google that appears to have White House support involves “add[ing] technology to their smartphone platforms that will alert users if they have come into contact with a person with Covid-19. People must opt into the system, but it has the potential to monitor about a third of the world’s population” with monitoring done by central computers. Once the legal principle is established that phones can be manipulated to do what is now an “illegal search,” there are no technical or practical limits to what other tasks could also be performed.

Developments in Israel

With those steps being taken to control the movements of possibly infected citizens in mind, some recent developments in Israel are, to put it mildly, ominous. The Jewish state is currently achieving multi-level 24/7 surveillance of everyone residing in the country conducted in real time. Investigative reporter and peace activist Richard Silverstein describes in some detail why it is happening now, what it means, and how it works.

Per Silverstein, Israel, like every other authoritarian state, is currently taking advantage of the distraction caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose political fortunes seemed to be on the wane due to three hung elections, exploited the fear of the virus to assume emergency powers and obtain Knesset approval to use a highly classified national database “compiled by the Shin Bet and comprising private personal data on every Israeli citizen, both Jewish and Palestinian. In the aftermath of 9/11, Israel’s Knesset secretly assigned its domestic intelligence agency the task of creating the database, which was ostensibly meant as a counterterrorism measure.”

The database, nicknamed “The Tool,” includes names, addresses, phone numbers, employment, and educational information but it goes well beyond that in using phone tracking data to record every phone call made by the individual to include names and numbers of those called and the geo-location of where the call was made from. Phone tracking also enabled Shin Bet to create a log of where the caller traveled in Israel and the occupied territories. Internet use, if active on the phone, was also recorded. It is as complete and total surveillance of an individual as is possible to obtain and it does not involve any human participation at all, every bit of it being done by computer.

Netanyahu publicly proclaimed his intention to use the database, stating that it would be employed to combat the coronavirus, which he described as a threat to national survival. As a result of the claimed crisis, he and his principal opponent, Blue and White party leader Benny Gantz, were able to come to terms on April 20 to form a “national emergency unity government” with Netanyahu as prime minister yet again.

The exploitation of the fear of the virus plus that revelation about Israel’s powerful technical tool to thwart it produced a victory for Netanyahu, who effectively portrayed himself as a strong and indispensable leader, erasing the stigma resulting from his pending trial on charges of massive corruption while in office. One of the first steps Netanyahu will reportedly take is to replace the attorney general and state prosecutor who were seeking to send him to prison, effectively taking away the threat that he might go to prison.

The exposure of the existence of the database inevitably led to charges that Netanyahu had, for personal gain, revealed Israel’s most powerful counterterrorism weapon. There were also concerns about the significance of the huge body of personal information collected by Shin Bet, to include suggestions that it constituted a gross violation of civil liberties. But carefully stoked fear of the virus combined with some political deals and maneuvers meant that use of the data was eventually approved by the Knesset security committee at the end of March.

Israel, which has closed its borders, and which still has a relatively low level of coronavirus infections and deaths, has already started using the Shin Bet database while also turning the attempts to deal with the disease as something like an intelligence war. The information obtained from “The Tool” enables the police and military to determine if someone were standing near someone else for more than a few minutes. If the contact included someone already infected, all parties are placed under quarantine. Any attempt to evade controls leads to arrest and punishment of a six-month prison term plus a $1,500 fine. Armed soldiers patrolling the streets are empowered to question anyone who is out and about.

Mossad is also involved in fighting the virus, boasting of having “stolen” 100,000 face masks and also respirators from a neighboring country presumed to be the United Arab Emirates. Silverstein observes that “Israel’s far-right government has militarized the contagion. Just as a hammer never met a nail it didn’t want to pound, it is only natural for a national security state like Israel to see Covid-19 as a security threat just as much or more than a health threat.” And when it comes to bioweapons, Israel is no parvenu. Ironically, the hidden story behind the “war on the coronavirus” is that Israel is itself one of the most advanced states in developing and testing biological weapons at its lab at Nes Tziona.

Returning to the emergence of “The Tool,” hardline Defense Minister Naftali Bennett has also suggested monetizing the product by selling a “civilian version of it,” to include its operating system, analytic capabilities, and setup details to foreign countries, including the United States. Israel has already successfully marketed to security agencies and governments a similar product called Pegasus, which has been described as the most sophisticated malware on the market.

Like The Tool, Pegasus does data mining and real-time analysis of individuals based on a range of collection techniques. The Israeli cyber company NSO Group that markets Pegasus was recently involved in an attempt to hack Facebook-owned secure communications system Whats-App, targeting journalists and political activists, on behalf of an unknown client. Ironically, it is believed that Facebook had earlier used NSO Group’s somewhat shadowy services. Perhaps more notoriously, Pegasus was also used to monitor contacts and establish physical location in the case of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was murdered by Saudi intelligence agents in Istanbul.

So, Americans should beware when confronted by the new cyber-security software being promoted by Israel because the Jewish state is also exporting its own vision of a centrally controlled militarized state where all rights are potentially sacrificed for security. As whistleblower Edward Snowden has already revealed, the NSA has the capability to collect vast amounts of information on citizens. If the United States government falls for the bait and moves in the Israeli direction, using that data to enable the surveillance and manage all the people all the time, the temptation will be great to employ the new capability even if its use is not strictly speaking warranted.

And there will be no one there to say nay to the new powers, not in Congress, on the Supreme Court or in the White House. And the media will be on board, too, arguing that security against external and internal threats requires some infringements of individual rights. It is one of the ironies of history that the United States of America, with its vast resources, large population and legacy of individual freedom, has been becoming more like its tiny militarized client state Israel. It is a tendency that must be resisted at all costs by every American who cares about fundamental liberties.

Lebanon summons German ambassador after classifying Hezbollah as terrorist organization

By News Desk -2020-05-05

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:20 P.M.) – The Lebanese Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants, Nassif Hitti, summoned the German ambassador to Lebanon, George Bergeln, and asked him about the decision taken recently by the German parliament, in which they classified Hezbollah as a “terrorist organization.”

The ambassador stated that the decision was taken some time ago, and has recently entered into force, stressing that the decision does not classify Hezbollah as a terrorist organization, but rather prohibits its activities on German soil.

For his part, the Minister even stressed Lebanon’s principled position that Hezbollah is a major political component in Lebanon, and represents a wide segment of the Lebanese people and part of the Lebanese Parliament.

It is noteworthy that the German Interior Ministry announced in late April that government banned Hezbollah, including both political and military wings, on its soil and described it as a “terrorist organization”.

The Secretary-General of Hezbollah, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, addressed the ban, saying that Germany was carrying out the will of the U.S.

He added that he expects more countries in the European Union to follow suit in the coming months.

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