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Duly Noted Disinfogater  | US Congressional Committee approves bill on sanctions against ICC, 4 June
A bill to impose US sanctions on the International Criminal Court (ICC) for handling cases against Washington and its allies has been approved by the House of Representatives ' procedure committee. The document card is published on the congress website.
Nine congressmen supported the bill, while three opposed it. Later, the document should be considered by the House of Representatives, and then it will be sent to the Senate, where, as expected, it will be blocked by Democrats, writes The Hill.
by Cat on Tue Jun 4th, 2024 at 08:52:50 PM EST
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omg. I've been revising a post about Biden's counterfeit "Israel proposal" since last Friday's inexplicable afternoon broadcast. The first draft was wildly impolitic. Successive drafts drifted into the weeds over the weekend as I wrote dialogue for a cast of four WH advisers, burdened by the task of persuading "ima Zionist" Joe to change tack with facts on the ground in Gaza and failure of "Gulf Case" mega-deals against the backdrop of world-class opprobrium. Naturally, I assigned MOTIVATION a ROLE in my one act drama.

me: With confidence in the American system of justice and customary braggadocio JOE co-opted the studied patience that Gulf diplomats had cultivated in his absence.

Now, this.
"I did it": Biden demands credit for foreign policy, domestic achievements

by Cat on Tue Jun 4th, 2024 at 11:06:46 PM EST
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White House fires back at Wall Street Journal over Biden story, 6 June
Democrats rallied to Biden's defense and took issue with key parts of the story, blasting the [pay-wall 04.06.24] Journal for largely citing the accounts of Republican officials who had spent time with the president, including former Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA). The [semi-secret] Journal story was based on interviews with 45 people over several months, including Democrats and Republicans who were in meetings with Biden or briefed on them. The [hidden] story cites examples of Biden reading from notes in meetings on Ukraine aid, sometimes deferring questions to aides and at times speaking too softly to be audible or closing his eyes. "Most of those who said Biden performed poorly were Republicans, but some Democrats said that he showed his age in several of the exchanges," the Journal reported.
Pelosi slams Wall Street Journal article on Biden's mental acuity as 'hit piece', 6 June
That's some fancy footwork around the consolidated FOIA lawsuit to release audio record of Special Counsel R. Hur's interview with the "well-meaning elderly man". Evidently, plaintiffs are not satisfied with either US Atty Weinsheimer's clinical opinion on "executive privilege" or selected "draft" transcripts delivered 11 March, (a) 8.10.23, 159 pp | (b) 9.10.23, 99 pp

archive Read the special counsel's report 9 Feb 2024

by Cat on Thu Jun 6th, 2024 at 04:09:28 PM EST
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libertarianinstitute | US Testing Anti-Drone Weapon for War with Russia in Gaza, 4 Jan
The US has deployed a new combat vehicle to Gaza with the aim of field testing the weapon for use in Ukraine, as the Pentagon hopes it will help repel Russian drone attacks. Moscow's forces have made significant territorial gains in Ukraine, in part, by overwhelming Kiev's air defenses.

The Defense Department stationed two Mobile-Low, Slow, Small-Unmanned Aircraft Integrated Defeat Systems (M-LIDS) in Gaza stating in May, the Telegraph reported [scrubbed msn telegraph file; 14.05.24 title].

@Sprinter May 20, 2024
Centurion C-RAM and M-LIDS battery photo and video  
armyrecognition | US Army Deploys Its New M-LIDS Counter-Drone System for the First Time to Protect Gaza Floating Pier (21.05.24)
photo source: X
bulgarianmilitary | US M-LIDS system's first baptism by fire in the Middle East (22.05.24)
tech talk
"The US Army sailed some of its coastal landing ships to Gaza as part of the US military's humanitarian flotilla, the ships carried one of the initial M-LIDS vehicle sets," the outlet wrote, adding that "At least one M-LIDS vehicle rolled down the pier and took up station at the edge of the beach."
That sooo Obama 2014 ebola "logistical support"
archive May JLOTS, Apr JLOTS + satellite depiction, Mar JLOTS, AMZN of "marine corridors
by Cat on Thu Jun 6th, 2024 at 01:15:56 PM EST
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whitehouse | Remarks by President Biden on the Middle East, 31 May
"Now, after intensive diplomacy carried out by my team and my many conversations with leaders of Israel, Qatar, and Egypt and other Middle Eastern countries, Israel has now offered—Israel has offered a comprehensive new proposal."
ChatGPT | Around 80 hostages still alive in Gaza—Israel, 4 June
A total of 43 Israelis who were abducted by Hamas on October 7 have been declared dead in absentia, according to official estimates

The four hostages perished while the country's military was operating in the city [Khan Younis], IDF spokesman Daniel Hagari admitted.

"We are thoroughly examining the circumstances of their deaths and checking all possibilities. We will soon present the findings, first to their families, and then to the public. We will present them with transparency, as we have done until now," he added.

ChatGPT | Aid is delivered to Gaza from newly repaired US-built pier, US military says, 8 June JLOTS watch
The first aid from an American-built pier arrived in Gaza on Saturday since storm damage required repairs to the project, the U.S. military said, relaunching an effort to bring supplies to Palestinians by sea that had been plagued with problems. The pier constructed by the U.S. military was operational for only about a week before it was BLOWN APART in high winds and heavy seas on May 25. A damaged section was reconnected to the beach in Gaza on Friday after being repaired at an Israeli port [ASHDOD].

About 1.1 million pounds (492 metric tons) of humanitarian aid was delivered to Gaza through the pier on Saturday, U.S. Central Command said in a statement. It reiterated that no U.S. military personnel went ashore in Gaza.

ChatGPT | At least 94 killed by Israeli airstrikes in central Gaza as Israeli operations intensify, 8 June Nuseirat refugee camp
The deliveries came the same day that Israel mounted a heavy air and ground assault that rescued four hostages, who had been taken by Hamas during the Oct. 7 attack that launched the war in Gaza. At least 210 [?] Palestinians, including children, were killed, a Gaza health official said.
ChatGPT | Gaza's Health Ministry says 274 Palestinians were killed in Israeli raid that rescued 4 hostages, 9 June Nuseirat refugee camp "labyrinth of tunnels"
nypost | Inside one of the `most complicated hostage rescue missions in history' that saved four captured Israelis, 8 June
"Noa Argamani, 25, Almog Meir Jan, 21, Andri Kozlov, 27, and Shlomi Ziv, 41, were saved during the "Summer Seeds" operation in Nuseirat, central Gaza, at 11 a.m. local time Saturday, IDF spokesperson Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari announced."
RT | Israeli troops free four hostages from Gaza - video
"A Russian citizen was among those liberated during a daylight raid in the heart of the enclave"
by Cat on Sun Jun 9th, 2024 at 01:14:08 PM EST
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So many NCOs, so few recruits to crush Hezbollah and Hamas.
F24 | Israeli army in urgent need of troops amid rising casualties in Gaza (19.06.24)
The Israeli army does not officially comment on the state of fatigue of its troops, but the signs are clear. "We are seeing examples of sooner-than-expected rotation of brigades and battalions," said Steven Wagner, historian and lecturer in international security at Brunel University London. In other words, the soldiers need more frequent breaks. The situation is complicated by increased fighting between Hezbollah and Israeli forces on Israel's northern border with Lebanon, reported the US public radio NPR. An extension of the war in the north "would be catastrophic for both Lebanon and Israel", said Bregman. "In terms of soldiers, tanks and quality of equipment everything is fine on paper for a short war. But in terms of a long war with Hezbollah, no, Israel isn't ready, and it's mainly about morale," said Omri Brinner, a Middle East analyst at the International Team for the Study of Security Verona (ITSS).  

Approve exit strategy. Israeli military to hand occupied West Bank real estate to Smotrich Finance Ministry

haaretz | Number of Israeli Hostages Still Alive in Gaza Estimated to Be as Low as 50 (20.06.24)
According to the [Pay] Wall Street Journal report, the IDF has rescued 7 hostages alive, compared to 105 brought home through a release deal and 50 that are believed to have been killed, 19 of whose bodies have been brought back to Israel by the army. Paradoxically, the success of Israel's raid could actually make the remaining hostages' conditions worse as Hamas moves them to more secure locations.
by Cat on Sat Jun 22nd, 2024 at 02:11:01 AM EST
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newsqueak | Netanyahu Responds After Benny Gantz Resigns, 9 June
Upon [Gantz's] resignation, Netanyahu posted on X, formerly Twitter, a national call and wrote: "Citizens of Israel, we will keep fighting until victory and the achievement of all of the goals of the war, first of which is to free all of our hostages and to eliminate Hamas." He added: "My door will stay open to any Zionist party that is willing to share the burden and help bring victory over our enemies and ensure the safety of our citizens," according to The Jerusalem Post's translation.
jpost | 'This is exactly what Sinwar, Nasrallah, and Iran were aiming for', YOU ARE HAMAS! X flame war translations
Yisrael Beiteinu chairman Avigdor Liberman wrote in a statement to X, "Better late than never, the time has come for a Zionist coalition."
by Cat on Sun Jun 9th, 2024 at 07:58:52 PM EST
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17 June
i24news.tv | Netanyahu dissolves war cabinet, says no need after Gantz's resignation
Netanyahu made it clear that he will continue limited [?]security consultations. He rejected establishing a forum of coalition heads for security consultations, an idea that was brought up during the meeting. In practice, the expanded [?!] cabinet will meet more often. According to < wipes tears > Israeli law, the powers and responsibilities for making decisions on managing the war effort are vested in State Security Cabinet.
israelhayom.co.il | Netanyahu announced at a meeting of his political-security cabinet: "There is no war cabinet anymore."
As mentioned, the prime minister's announcement comes in the background of Ben Gvir[!]s demand to join the limited forum and after the retirement of Benny Gantz [!] and Gadi Eizenkot [!], whose entry into the government at the beginning of the war led to its establishment. At a cabinet meeting yesterday, National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir criticized the conduct of the army and the management of the war.

"If the army does not inform the government that there is a humanitarian lull ["tactical pause"?] between 8:00 and 19:00 pm, then stop deluding yourself, we will not be able to bring the residents back and terrorism will only increase," he said.

bbc | Israeli PM scraps war cabinet after key departures
"Cabinet members are being changed and the method is being changed. We have the echelon, we know the chain of command. We're working according to the chain of command. This is a democracy," IDF's chief spokesman Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari [!] told reporters.
euronews | Netanyahu dissolves war cabinet amid coalition shifts
Netanyahu now plans to consult a smaller group of ministers on critical decisions related to the Gaza war. This group will include Defence Minister Yoav Gallant and Strategic Affairs Minister Ron Dermer, both of whom were members of the now-dissolved war cabinet.
archive ICC elephants in da house
Netanyahu under pressure
The Israeli PM had been under pressure from his nationalist-religious coalition partners, Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich and National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir, who sought inclusion in the war cabinet. Their inclusion, however, risked exacerbating tensions with international allies, including the US.
lolwut U.S.-Israel Strategic Consultative Group
wapoo | Netanyahu dissolves war cabinet but plans to keep far right sidelined
bwahahahahaha m'k hahahaha shure. alrighty, then.
by Cat on Mon Jun 17th, 2024 at 02:14:25 PM EST
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axios | U.S. to release part of suspended bomb shipment to Israel (28.06.24)
About 1,700 500-lb. bombs are expected to be delivered after Israel's operation in Rafah ends, which is expected to happen in two weeks, according to an Israeli official. Israel says it needs the bombs in case fighting with Hezbollah on the northern border escalates into an all out war. U.S. and Israeli officials say the Biden administration is still reviewing another part of the shipment that includes 1,800 2,000-lb. bombs. U.S. and Israeli officials said the release of the 500-lb. bombs was one of the issues discussed, including in the meeting between Israel's Minister of Defense Yoav Gallant and senior White House officials. The officials said the solution was to separate the 500-lb. bombs from the rest of the shipment, which includes the 2,000-lb. bombs that are still on hold.
voting to "finish the job"
US House Votes to Suppress Gaza Death Toll, 27 June
"Rep. Jared Moskowitz's (D-FL) amendment to H.R. 8771, the State Department Foreign Operations and Related Programs Appropriations Act of 2025, passed by a vote of 269-144 on Thursday with broad bipartisan support."

European Council, 27 June 2024, "stressed that any action to weaken the Palestinian Authority must stop and called on Israel to release any withheld clearance revenue"

Trump dodges question on whether he will recognize Palestine's independence, 28 June
"In his opinion, Biden fails to provide Israel enough support to allow the Jewish state defeat the radical Hamas movement. Biden, in turn, said the only thing he had denied to Israel was 2,000-pound bombs."

archive 4 days ago, Kirby-content, Elliott Abrams

by Cat on Fri Jun 28th, 2024 at 02:06:45 PM EST
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news.un | Gaza: Security Council adopts US resolution calling for 'immediate, full and complete ceasefire', 10 June burlesque
The United States-drafted text calls for Hamas to accept a ceasefire proposal announced on 31 May by President Joe Biden that has already been accepted by Israel.

Adopted by a large majority with 14 votes in favour and Russia abstaining—choosing not to exercise its veto power—the resolution also urges both parties to fully implement the terms of the proposal "without delay and without condition."

What terms? Hamas' "General Framework for a Comprehensive Agreement among the Parties" 07.02.24 or 06.05.24?
Russia's Permanent Representative told the Council after the vote there was a lack of clarity over what exactly Israel had signed up to in the resolution, leaving too many questions unanswered for Moscow to offer its support.
Literally, Genocide Joe's 31 May "Israel proposal" script.
President Biden described the deal as "not just a ceasefire that would inevitably be fragile and temporary" but one that would provide a "durable end to the war". He added that the terms of the deal had been transmitted by Qatar to the leadership of Hamas.
For the past several months, my negotiators of foreign policy, intelligence community, and the like have been relentlessly focused not just on a ceasefire that would eve— that would inevitably be fragile and temporary but on a durable end to the war. That's been the focus: a durable end to this war.
Three-phase approach
The motion envisages [?!] a three phase approach to ensure a lasting and comprehensive end [?!] to the fighting.
Now, I'll be straight with you. There are a number of details to negotiate to move from phase one to phase two. Israel will want to make sure its interests are protected. But the proposal says if the negotiations take longer than six weeks for phase one [42 days], the ceasefire will still continue as long as negotiations continue.
In the resolution, the Security Council rejects any attempt at demographic or territorial change in the Gaza Strip, including any actions that reduce the territory of the enclave [Palestine's occupied territory]. The text also reiterates the Council's "unwavering commitment" to the vision of the two-State solution where two democratic States, Israel and Palestine, live side by side in peace within secure and recognized borders consistent with international law and relevant UN resolutions.
Literally, Sullivan's 9 June newsreel bullshit.
Hamas must accept deal: US
But the fact is that the whole world is looking to Hamas to say, yes, because for all those people, for all these months who've been calling for a cease fire, now's the moment there could a cease fire tomorrow, today even, if Hamas would say, yes, to the deal.
The fighting could stop today if Hamas agrees to the deal now endorsed by the Security Council, said US Ambassador Linda "Eat muh Gumbo" Thomas-Greenfield.
naked brinksmanship
Algeria voted in favour of the draft because it represents a step towards an immediate and lasting ceasefire.
China voted in favour of the resolution but there needs to be a permanent ceasefire which has been at the core of the international community's concerns. Ending the bombardment and offensive is also the most pressing need for civilians under fire in Gaza.
Russia have a whole of host of questions about the American draft resolution, whereby the Council welcomes some deal—the ultimate outlines of which are not known to anyone perhaps except the mediators"
Israel: War aims unchanged
The Representative of Israel Reut Shapir Ben Naftaly said her country's goals have been "very clear" since the first few days following 7 October: "To bring all our hostages back home and to dismantle Hamas' capabilities...and ensure that Gaza does not pose a threat to Israel in the future ... As we have echoed several times in this very chamber, once these goals are met, the war will end," she added, noting that 120 [?] hostages remain in captivity and that Hamas continues firing rockets at Israeli towns and cities.
At this point, Hamas no longer is capable of carrying out another October 7th, which—one of the Israelis' main objective in this war and, quite frankly, a righteous one.
She called for more pressure on Hamas, stating that although three resolutions have been adopted by the Security Council calling for hostages to be released, none have been freed as a result.

"The pressure on the terrorists should have begun long ago but it is still not too late, it must begin now," she added. "We will continue until all of the hostages are returned and until Hamas' military and governing capabilities are dismantled," she said. "Israel will not engage in meaningless and endless negotiations which can be exploited by Hamas as a means to stall for time."

How many "relevant" UNGA cease fire resolutions THAT DID NOT CONDEMN HAMAS did the US block? Last 12 months or last 50 years—you choose.

webtv.un | The situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question - Security Council, 9650th meeting, 10 June A/V 01:39:57

by Cat on Tue Jun 11th, 2024 at 12:30:43 AM EST
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archive 6-day 'fighting pause' 24-29 Nov 2023
by Cat on Tue Jun 11th, 2024 at 12:51:11 AM EST
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nbcnews | Biden admin has discussed potentially negotiating unilateral bilateral deal with Hamas to free U.S. hostages, 10 June mental disorder laces up, circles world
if current cease-fire talks involving Israel fail, according to two current senior U.S. officials and two former senior U.S. officials. Such negotiations would not include Israel and would be conducted through Qatari interlocutors, as current talks have been, said the officials, all of whom have been briefed on the discussions. White House officials declined to comment.
The officials did not know what the United States might give Hamas in exchange for the release of American hostages. But, the officials said, Hamas could have an incentive to cut a unilateral bilateral deal with Washington because doing so would likely further strain relations between the U.S. and Israel and put additional domestic political pressure on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
DICTION CORNER unilateral, bilateral, multilateral

• Affirming Israel's "unilateral concept" of UNGA Palestine state and cease fire resolutions as well as ICJ jurisdiction, US has opposed all multilateral judgments and unilaterally rejected two (2) UNSC resolutions carried by the majority of members
• The US has not recognized that Hams, Islamic Jihad, and Palestinian Authority (herein after "Hamas") accepted the S/Res. 2735 (2024) authority
S/2735 (2024) text has not been published, has not bee ratified, has not been deposited in the UN Treaty Collection...not even in the manner of the Military Armistice of Korea
• US Dept. of State unilaterally—without knowledge or consent of Israel—presented a "Israel Proposal" to Palestine ("Hamas")
• "Biden's Israel Proposal" does not credit "comprehensive" cease fire terms conveyed by Qatar and Egypt as proposed by Palestine ("Hamas") including but not limited to multiple guarantors, namely Qatar, Egypt, the United States, the United Nations)
• Since US is not a party in the conflict between Palestine ("Hamas") and Israel—just as it's not a party in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine—any decision US proffers to any one belligerent in either conflict would represent a bilateral proposition "targeting civilians for the purpose of effecting social or political change"

by Cat on Tue Jun 11th, 2024 at 01:21:19 PM EST
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dw | Israel-Hamas war: Hamas responds to US cease-fire proposal, 11 June
The White House said it is 'evaluating' Hamas response.
Qatar, Egypt confirm Hamas cease-fire response, joint mediation with US. The statement made no mention of Israel
Blinken announces Gaza aid, says Netanyahu backs Hamas Qatar-Egypt Israel US proposal
by Cat on Tue Jun 11th, 2024 at 10:24:33 PM EST
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starring Bibi, Biden, Blinken, and Sullivan

aol reuters | Hamas responds to Egypt, Qatar on ceasefire plan; source ays group proposes new timeline, 11 June 12:38 PM  EDT Al-Mughrabi, Makary, Taha, Osterman

...The statement from Egypt and Qatar did not disclose what the response said, but the official, who declined to be identified, said Hamas proposed a new timeline [same as the old timeline?] for a permanent ceasefire with Israel and withdrawal of Israeli troops from Gaza, including Rafah....
reuters | Hamas says it accepts UN-backed Gaza truce plan, US cites 'hopeful sign', 11 June 2:23 PM UTC Psaledakis and Al-mughrabi
...On Tuesday, senior Hamas official Sami Abu Zuhri, who is based outside Gaza, said it accepted the ceasefire resolution and was ready to negotiate over the specifics. This required a formula stipulating the total withdrawal of Israeli troops from Gaza and a swap of hostages held in Gaza for Palestinians jailed in Israel, he told Reuters....
Hamas formally responded on Tuesday to a U.S. ceasefire proposal for the eight-month-old war in the Gaza Strip, and Israel said the response was tantamount to a rejection while a Hamas official said the Palestinian group merely reiterated longstanding demands not met by the current plan. The United States has said Israel accepted its proposal, but Israel has not publicly said this. Israel, which has continued assaults in central and southern Gaza, among the bloodiest of the war, has repeatedly said it would not commit to an end of its campaign in Gaza before Hamas is eliminated.
The first phase would last for six weeks.  Here's what it would include: a full and complete ceasefire; a withdrawal of Israeli forces from all populated areas of Gaza; a release of a number of hostages—including women, the elderly, the wounded—in exchange for the release of hundreds of Palestinian prisoners.  There are American hostages who would be released at this stage, and we want them home.
Then phase two: There would be an exchange for the release of all remaining living hostages, including male soldiers; Israeli forces would withdraw from Gaza; and as long as Hamas lives up to its commitments, a temporary ceasefire would become, in the words of the propo- —the Israeli proposal, "the cessation of hostilities permanently," end of quote. "Cessation of hostilities permanently."
An Israeli official said on Tuesday the country had received Hamas' answer from the mediators and that Hamas "changed all of the main and most meaningful parameters." The Israeli official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Hamas "has rejected the proposal for a hostage release that was presented by President Biden."
Liars always lose. Which evidently is The Internationalists' plan.
by Cat on Wed Jun 12th, 2024 at 12:09:29 AM EST
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Secretary Antony J. Blinken And Qatari Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani At a Joint Press Availability , 12 June "six weeks"
QUESTION: And Prime Minister, even with the elaborate three-phase deal that's being created to try and bridge the divide between Israel and Hamas, we still seem to be stuck on the fundamental question of a temporary versus a permanent truce, which is effectively will Israel allow Hamas to survive this. Do you think these negotiations can really be salvaged, and what is the risk to the region if these talks continue to fail?
AL THANI: Regarding, I think, your question about how can we have this proposal to become a permanent ceasefire, this is an issue that we've been struggling with for a very long time, is how to ensure that we bridge the gap between those two fundamental differences, between what Hamas wants as a permanent ceasefire and what Israel wants as the hostages released—maybe a plan to continue the war. I think what we have achieved in this structure is the best way to bridge those gaps and to merge both tracks. And I believe that having three countries—United States, Qatar, and Egypt —as guarantor for this process to ensure that these negotiations keeps going until we reach the permanent ceasefire is something significant that we are putting ourself at stake.
ibid arabcenterdc.org (06.05.24): guarantors Qatar, Egypt, the United States, the United Nations
QUESTION: Osama bin Javaid with Al Jazeera English.  My question for Secretary Blinken. I just want to go back to the words that you used.  You said the deal was on the table and yet there are workable parts that you were will be working towards. Which one is it? Was there a deal or is there still a deal on the table? And as the UN Security Council and the United Nations at large remains the cornerstone for your policy towards finding a solution, today, the latest UN investigation says Israel committed "crimes against humanity," including "extermination," is the words used.
ibid COI, "Report of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and Israel"
And Israel is already facing a genocide case at the ICJ, warrants were request at the ICC. And last month, you said there are no red lines for Israel. Is that still the case?  And if there is, what will this mean for yourself and the U.S. administration?
BLINKEN: The proposal speaks for itself. What's in the proposal—backed by the United States, by Qatar, by Egypt—speaks for itself.
Security Council resolution 2735 (2024) on ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, S/RES/2735 Draft resolution / United States of America, pdf
Secretary Antony J. Blinken With Jalal Chahda of Al Jazeera, 12 June
QUESTION: (In Arabic.) Mr. Blinken, thank you for talking to Al Jazeera. Hamas submitted a response to the proposal—
BLINKEN: That's right.
QUESTION: —seeking some amendment. How do you assess the response so far?
BLINKEN: Well, just to step back for one second, 12 days ago President Biden laid out thisproposal. And in that time, almost THE ENTIRE WORLD came out in support of it, including the United Nations Security Council, but also the Arab League, virtually every country in this region, and well beyond. Israel accepted the proposal [lolwut], the Palestinian Authority accepted the proposal. Hamas was the one answer we were waiting for. And the answer that we got last night—that was submitted to Qatar, it was submitted to Egypt, and to us as the mediators of this process—unfortunately was not the yes that everyone else has provided. It was looking for more changes to the agreement, including changes on items that Hamas had previously accepted.
QUESTION: What is not workable for you and for Israel?
BLINKEN: Well, I can't get into the details.  You'll understand that given the sensitivity of the negotiations, we're not going to talk about the details. But what I can say is this: The proposal that President Biden laid out 12 days ago was virtually identical [lolNO] to one that Hamas had accepted and put forward itself on May the 6th [that Israel rejected]. So there's no reason why this agreement should not be reached. The only reason would be Hamas continuing to try to change the terms.

But here is what's the reality. The reality is as this negotiation is going on, during the 12 days that it took Hamas to respond, the world wasn't standing still. Gaza wasn't standing still. People were suffering every single day —Palestinian children, women, and men suffering every single day. So from my perspective, from our perspective, it's time to stop all of this haggling and back and forth, and start a ceasefire.

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lin Jian's Regular Press Conference on June 13, 2024
Al Jazeera: According to the Times of Israel, Hamas has demanded that China, Russia, and Türkiye serve as guarantors for any hostage deal with Israel.
rejected by both the US and Israel
The demand is said to be one of several changes made by Hamas to the proposal put forward by Israel last month and publicized by US President Joe Biden. What's China's comment?
Lin Jian: China has noted the report. The Gaza conflict has been dragging on for more than eight months. The most urgent priority is to fully and effectively implement relevant UN Security Council resolutions, achieve an immediate ceasefire, protect civilians, guarantee humanitarian assistance and ensure the early release of all those held captive. China will continue to work with all parties to make unremitting efforts to end the fighting in Gaza as soon as possible, ease the grave humanitarian situation and implement the two-State solution.
by Cat on Sat Jun 15th, 2024 at 03:35:07 PM EST
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ChatGPT | Israel's army says it will pause daytime fighting along a route in southern Gaza to help flow of aid (16.06.24)
The "tactical pause," which applies to about 12 kilometers (7½ miles) of road in the Rafah area, falls far short of a complete cease-fire in the territory that has been sought by the international community, including Israel's top ally, the United States. The army said that the daily pause would begin at 8 a.m. (0500 GMT) and last until 7 p.m. (1600 GMT) and continue until further notice. It's aimed at allowing aid trucks to reach the nearby Israel-controlled Kerem Shalom crossing, the main entry point, and travel safely to the Salah a-Din highway, a main north-south road, the military said. The crossing has had a bottleneck since Israeli ground troops moved into Rafah in early May. COGAT, the Israeli military body that oversees aid distribution in Gaza, said the route would increase the flow of aid to other parts of Gaza, including Khan Younis
wapoo | U.S. to sideline Gaza pier and suspend aid deliveries again, 14 June
by Cat on Mon Jun 17th, 2024 at 12:24:45 AM EST
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APsplainin how Netanyahu rejects key elements of Israel proposal, 24 June
he would only be willing to agree to a "partial" cease-fire deal that would not end the war...In the interview, Netanyahu said that the current phase of fighting is ending, setting the stage for Israel to send more troops to its northern border to confront the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, in what could open up a new war front. But he said that didn't mean the war in Gaza was over.
Hamas has insisted it will not release the remaining hostages unless there's a permanent cease-fire and a full withdrawal of Israeli forces from Gaza. When Biden announced the [Israel] proposal [31 May 2024], he said it included both.
Hamas said ["Netanyahu's remarks"] represented "unmistakable confirmation of his rejection" of the U.S.-supported [Israel proposal], which also received the backing of the United Nations' Security Council.
"vexing and disappointing" arithmetic
"This is an abandonment of the 120 hostages and a violation of the state's moral duty toward its citizens," [Hostage Families Forum] said, noting that it held Netanyahu responsible for returning all the captives.

In its Oct. 7 cross-border assault, Hamas-led militants killed 1,200 people and took 250 people captive, including women, children, and older people. Dozens [sic] were freed in a temporary cease-fire [sic] deal [24-29] November [2023] and of the 120 remaining hostages [dead and alive], Israeli authorities say about a third [40] are dead.

Who's left? US American aid to "finish the job"
by Cat on Mon Jun 24th, 2024 at 02:02:29 PM EST
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wapoo | OpEd |  The U.S. military plans a 'Hellscape' to deter China from attacking Taiwan, 10 June
President Xi Jinping [?] has called on China's People's Liberation Army to be ready to take Taiwan by force by 2027 [circular ref: wapoo 20.02.23]. The United States, together with regional partners, must ensure a Chinese invasion can't succeed. That plan hinges on quickly building and deploying thousands of new drones that would swarm the Taiwan Strait and keep China's military busy until more help can arrive, according to the top U.S. military official in the Pacific.
"They want to offer the world a short, sharp war so that it is a fait accompli before the world can get their act together," [INDOPACCOM  Adm. Samuel] Paparo told me on the sidelines of the annual Shangri-La Dialogue, hosted by the International Institute for Strategic Studies [IISS]. "My job is to ensure that between now and 2027 and beyond, the U.S. military and the allies are capable of prevailing."
The key to thwarting Xi's assumed strategy is a U.S. strategy called "Hellscape," Paparo told me. The idea is that as soon as China's invasion fleet begins moving across the 100-mile waterway that separates China and Taiwan, the U.S. military would deploy thousands of unmanned submarines, unmanned surface ships, and aerial drones to flood the area and give Taiwanese, U.S., and partner forces time to mount a full response.

"I want to turn the Taiwan Strait into an unmanned hellscape using a number of classified ["attritable"?] capabilities," Paparo said. "So that I can make their lives utterly miserable for a month, which buys me the time for the rest of everything..."I can't tell you what's in it," he replied when pressed about details. "But it's real and it's deliverable."

There are some public signs the Hellscape plan is making progress. In March, the Defense Department announced it would spend $1 billion on a program called "Replicator" to build swarms of unmanned surface ships and aerial drones for this very mission. Paparo said the Replicator program shows that the United States is also learning lessons [lolwut] from the Russia-Ukraine war, where Ukraine has innovated with drone technology.
taipeitimes | US plans ["Ukrainization"] strategy to defend Taiwan, 12 June dumbass
However, drones alone would not be enough to match the Chinese People's Liberation Army's buildup of forces with an estimated US$700 billion annual military budget, he said. The US Indo-Pacific Command was US$11 billion short of the funding it needs for this year, the article said, citing a letter by Paparo's predecessor to the US Congress in March.
by Cat on Wed Jun 12th, 2024 at 12:38:35 AM EST
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ChatGPT wapoo | Biden, Zelensk* to sign 10-year U.S.-Ukraine bilateral security deal at G-7 summit, 13 June
...The deal aims to commit future U.S. administrations to support Ukraine, even if former president Donald Trump wins November's election [lolwut], officials said. It will be a framework for a long-term effort by the United States to help develop Ukraine's armed forces, which have innovated on drone warfare and other < wipes tears> cutting-edge [AI!] techniques in the fight against Russia, but are also desperately outgunned and in need of modern [AI!] weapons.
Biden on Thursday will join 15 [?] other countries that have signed bilateral agreements with Ukraine, including Britain, France, Germany, and Italy. An additional 16 countries have committed eventually to making similar agreements. Officials expect the nations will coordinate how they carry out their assistance pledges, potentially starting at a summit of NATO [!] leaders in Washington next month, although not every country that has signed a deal with Kyiv is a member of that alliance....
Slava Big Israel!
archive Zelensk* drafting the text, Swarming on the Battlefield
by Cat on Thu Jun 13th, 2024 at 12:47:54 PM EST
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Mark Rutte of The Netherlands was close behind Great Britain to commit to a 10 year bi-lateral security deal with military support and financial aid.  Bastards all of them 😡

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jun 13th, 2024 at 01:28:45 PM EST
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by Cat on Sun Jul 7th, 2024 at 06:07:25 PM EST
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NY Yella Cake | Pentagon Opens Ammunition Factory to Keep Arms Flowing to Ukraine, 29 May: "To keep Ukraine's artillery crews supplied, the Pentagon set a production target last year of 100,000 shells per month by the end of 2025. Factories in Scranton [!] and Wilkes-Barre, Pa., together make about 36,000 shells per month."

state.gov | U.S.-Ukraine Bilateral Security Agreement, 13 June

The United States intends to provide assistance, advice, and training to build Ukraine's defense and security capabilities, advance the reforms necessary to light Ukraine's path toward EU accession and NATO membership, and bolster Ukraine's defense industrial base through co-production and joint ventures with U.S. industry.  The agreement furthers our goal of a secure, sovereign, and independent Ukraine that is integrated with the Euro-Atlantic community and militarily capable of defeating Russian aggression now and deterring it in the future.
archive Euro-Atlantic Integration "no later than 2028"
by Cat on Sat Jun 15th, 2024 at 03:46:24 PM EST
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New York Yella Cake | U.S. Pier for Gaza Aid Is Failing, and Could Be Dismantled Early, 18 June JLOTS watch
In the month since it was attached to the shoreline, the pier has been in service only about 10 days. The rest of the time, it was being repaired after rough seas broke it apart, detached to avoid further damage or paused because of security concerns.
In the month since it was attached to the shoreline, the pier has been in service only about 10 days. The rest of the time, it was being repaired after rough seas broke it apart, detached to avoid further damage or paused because of security concerns. After the videos emerged, U.S. Central Command said in a statement that the pier and "its equipment, personnel and assets were not used in the operation to rescue hostages today in Gaza."
fdd.org | U.S. To Reportedly Dismantle Gaza Aid Pier as Early as July, 19 June
In a further sign that the United Nations has fallen short of its aid distribution goals [!], COGAT also noted on June 18 that "the content of over 1,000 aid trucks" was sitting on the Gazan side of the Kerem Shalom border crossing waiting "to be picked up by UN aid agencies."
18 June | 20 June liars club
In public, the White House expressed bafflement. Press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre noted that only one weapons shipment had been paused since the war began, while billions of dollars of weapons had flowed unimpeded. "We genuinely do not know what he is talking about," she said. In private, Biden's team was angry and shocked by Netanyahu's ingratitude. Some U.S. officials who watched Netanyahu's video said the prime minister looked "unhinged." Netanyahu met on Wednesday with a delegation of bipartisan dumbasses from Congress led by Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD).
by Cat on Thu Jun 20th, 2024 at 05:55:45 PM EST
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