Sunday, August 20, 2017

United States Announces $38 Billion Israel Military Aid Package

Israeli, American officials to sign the 'largest pledge of bilateral military assistance in U.S. history' on Wednesday. The United States announced on Tuesday that an agreement has been reached with Israel on a $38 billion 10-year military aid package for 2019 through 2028. Senior officials from both sides will sign the...

Facebook Is Collaborating With the Israeli Government to Determine What Should Be Censored

Last week, a major censorship controversy erupted when Facebook began deleting all posts containing the iconic photograph of the Vietnamese “Napalm Girl” on the ground that it violated the company’s ban on “child nudity.” Facebook even deleted a post from the prime minister of Norway, who posted the photograph in protest of the censorship. As outrage...

Israeli think tank: Don’t destroy ISIS; it’s a useful tool against Iran, Hezbollah, Syria

Head of a right-wing think tank says the existence of ISIS serves a "strategic purpose" in the West's interests. According to a think tank that does contract work for NATO and the Israeli government, the West should not destroy ISIS, the fascist Islamist extremist group that is committing genocide and...

Post, Share, Arrest – Israel Targeting Palestinian Protesters on Facebook

On the morning of August 28, 2014, two days after the end of the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza, Sohaib Zahda hopped into a shared taxi in Hebron that was going to Ramallah, where he had a job interview. Thirty-three-year-old Zahda, who owns a paintball company, is an unlikely terrorist. An avid cyclist who speaks Arabic, Italian, French, and English, he is a member of Youth Against Settlements, a nonviolent organization that protests against Israeli settlers who live in and around Hebron.

Israel and Turkey to Restore Full Diplomatic Ties

Move clears way for an easing of Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip. Israel and Turkey agreed to restore full diplomatic ties after more than six years of animosity, clearing the way for renewed cooperation between the U.S. allies and an easing of Israel’s blockade of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip. Officials...

The Real Reasons for the IDF’s Break with Netanyahu

The Political Utility of Military Restraint. In recent years, Israel's military leadership has appeared to be more dovish than the government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. From 2009 to 2012, for example, the Israel Defense Force’s top brass helped block the Netanyahu government’s plan to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities,...

Could Bibi’s Big Right-Wing Gamble Be His Undoing?

In a surprise reshuffling, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ditched the moderates in his government and taken up with hard-liners. Is it too much for Israel to bear? TEL AVIV — “It’s delusional,” said Benny Begin, a senior Likud parliamentarian, when asked what he thought of Avigdor Lieberman’s incipient appointment as...

Is Israel forming an alliance with Egypt and Saudi Arabia?

Egypt's April 9 announcement of the transfer of two islands, Tiran and Sanafir, to Saudi Arabian sovereignty came as a complete surprise to many in the Middle East. The only country that was not surprised was Israel. A top-level official in Jerusalem told Al-Monitor on April 12 that Israel had been privy to the secret negotiations. Israel...

How two Red Sea islands shed light on secret relations between Israel and Saudi...

JERUSALEM – The announcement that Egypt transferred two small Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabian sovereignty drew protests from Egyptians this week, but in Israel it quietly shed light on the Jewish state’s secret and selective dealings with Saudi Arabia. The two countries have no formal ties, but there have been...

Why a British Exit From the EU Should Worry Israel

A Britain outside the EU means Israel will lose an important insider voice and critical traction in the shifting and sometimes hostile EU debates about what policies to adopt toward Israel. It will, of course, be an internal, domestic decision for the United Kingdom’s voters on June 23 when they...

Russian Interests to Dictate Israel-Turkey Deals

Israel and Russia are about to agree upon a modus operandi in the East Mediterranean concerning weapons and natural gas deals, several Israeli media reports indicate. According to various assessments, the bottom line of such an agreement would be that Israel will not sell natural gas to Turkey and, in...

Netanyahu: Gulf States’ decision to blacklist Hezbollah a sign of improving ties with Israel

PM pans Israeli Arab MKs' condemnation of Hezbollah terror listing. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday praised the Gulf states that declared Hezbollah a terrorist organization, hours after Balad and Hadash, two of the parties in the Joint List, condemned the decision because, for among other reasons, it is good...

Israel to launch one of the most advanced missile defense systems in the world,...

TEL AVIV — A joint exercise now being conducted between thousands of Israeli troops and the U.S. European Command represents a final test before Israel begins to deploy one of the most sophisticated missile defense systems in the world. When it is complete, Israel's multibillion-dollar rocket and missile air defense...

Israel’s Defense Minister Exposes Israel’s Divide-And-Conquer Regional Strategy

In addition to blowing the cover on Israel’s secret dealings with the Gulf states to target Iran, the defense minister expressed Israel’s hope that Syria might be divided up into ethnic enclaves, each ruled by mini-warlords. SEATTLE (ANALYSIS) - Israel’s defense minister spoke with uncharacteristic bluntness recently as he outlined...

Israel Quietly Courts Sunni States

Shared animosity toward Tehran fosters a new push for closer ties. Growing tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran have raised hopes in Israel that officials can build closer ties with the Gulf monarchies based on their shared animosity toward Tehran. Led by Dore Gold, director-general of the foreign ministry, Israel has...

How Zionism helped create the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

The covert alliance between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Zionist entity of Israel should be no surprise to any student of British imperialism. The problem is the study of British imperialism has very few students. Indeed, one can peruse any undergraduate or post-graduate British university prospectus and...

Israel’s air superiority clouded by new Russian missiles in Syria

Putin's deployment of advanced S-400 system impacts a mainstay of Israel's defense strategy, though coordination with Moscow mitigates the threat. Israel's air superiority over its enemies has been a linchpin of its defense strategy for decades. The capacity of Israeli planes to carry out attacks well within enemies’ borders has...

Report: Israel Imports Three-quarters of Its Oil From Iraq’s Kurds

More than a third of Iraqi Kurdistan's oil exports between May and August have gone to Israel, the Financial Times reports. Israel has bought as much as three-quarters of its oil from Iraqi Kurdistan in recent months, the Financial Times reported Sunday. According to the report, which cited shipping data, trading...

Pro-Israel Lobby Prepares to Battle Obama Over Iran

As U.S. and Iranian negotiators approach the June 30 deadline to reach a nuclear deal, America's largest pro-Israel lobby is campaigning to kill such an accord in Congress. Since last month, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee has mobilized its members to press legislators to endorse five principles for a...

Israel-Linked Spy Virus Discovered At Hotels Used For Iran Nuclear Talks

Earlier this spring, the cybersecurity firm Kaspersky was testing an advanced antivirus software on one of its computers when it stumbled on something big: As the Moscow-based company puts it, it was "one of the most skilled, mysterious and powerful" spy viruses in the world. The piece of software was...

Rare footage shows IDF soldiers saving life of Syrian rebel on Golan Heights

Many of the wounded Syrians recently arriving to Israel in search of medical care belong to Islamic extremist groups, but when Givati troops receive an order, there is only one option: giving the wounded life saving treatment – on the condition that he is not wired with explosives. On one...

Israeli general sees common interests with Hamas

Israel and Hamas share common interests, and the Palestinian Islamists must stay in power in the Gaza Strip to prevent the enclave descending into chaos, an Israeli general was quoted as saying on Tuesday. Major-General Sami Turgeman, who as commander of Israel's forces outside Gaza had a leading role in...

Major deal: Israel to purchase four patrol ships from Germany to defend gas rigs

Germany will provide Israeli navy with ships at cost of NIS 1.8 billion and finance third of costs; deal announced day before Israel and Germany mark 50 years of diplomatic relations. Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon and his German counterpart Ursula von der Leyen signed a contract Monday under which Israel...

Israeli banks ordered to comply with sanctions against Russia

Bank of Israel orders local banks to to establish policies and rules for working with companies and banks in Russia, Globes reports. Israeli banks have been instructed by the Bank of Israel to adhere to the sanctions on Russia imposed last year by the United States and European Union, according...

Israel can now legally seize Palestinian homes in Jerusalem under ‘absentees’ property law

The Israeli government can now legally seize Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem after judges approved the use of a controversial law. The Palestinian side of the holy city had previously been exempt from the Absentees' Property Law, brought in after the 1948 war to allow arriving Israelis to move into abandoned...

Did Money Seal Israeli-Saudi Alliance?

For more than half a century, Saudi Arabia has tried to use its vast oil wealth to build a lobby in the United States that could rival the imposing Israel Lobby. At top dollar, the Saudis hired law firms and PR specialists – and exploited personal connections to powerful...

The Facebook spy who exposed Israel’s support for Syria rebels

Israel allegedly exposes world’s first Facebook espionage ring, and claims Golan Druze and former Israeli prisoner spied for Syria. In 2012, Israel released the longest-serving Arab security prisoner, Sedki al-Maket, from prison. He had served 27 years on charges of planning a terror attack. Al-Maket, age 48, is a resident...

Israel applies to become founding member of China Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

Tel Aviv bids to join 40 countries in the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank in a move likely to widen rupture with the US. The Israeli government has submitted its application to become a founding member of a controversial Chinese-led development bank, in a move that is likely to cause consternation...

Netanyahu: Iran-Lausanne-Yemen axis must be stopped

In apparent step forward, Iran reportedly agrees to limit centrifuges, ship out all enriched uranium produced to Russia. The developing agreement on Iran's nuclear program is even worse than Israel had feared and the "Iran-Lausanne-Yemen axis" must be stopped, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday, even as reports emerged of...

U.S. Doubts Over Netanyahu May Spur ‘Other Steps’ on Peace

(Bloomberg) -- The U.S. is weighing a new approach to Middle East peace that may be less supportive of Israel, after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu raised doubts that he would ever accept a Palestinian state. U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro said on Israeli radio Sunday that if it’s impossible...

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