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Assassins for Hire In UAE and Saudi Arabia

by Oui Sat Apr 10th, 2021 at 07:25:56 PM EST

A bit of history put into context due to recent developments in the Middle East, the Abraham "Business" Accords, neglect of Palestinian cause and "regime change" in the White House from Trump to Biden. A new ball game?

Dahlan hired US mercenaries for UAE killings in Yemen | MEMO - Oct. 17, 2018 |

The Palestinian Authority (PA)'s ex-Security Chief Mohammed Dahlan arranged for US mercenaries to carry out targeted assassinations in Yemen on behalf of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The deal emerged yesterday after the founder of the security firm hired by Dahlan - Hungarian-Israeli security contractor Abraham Golan - gave an interview to Buzzfeed News in which he detailed the elaborate details of the arrangement.

Golan told Buzzfeed that his firm - Spear Operations Group - began its contracted killings of clerics and politicians at the end of 2015, at the behest of the UAE. One of the main targets was political party Al-Islah, which the UAE sees as the Muslim Brotherhood's branch in Yemen. Golan claims that he was told in his first meeting with Dahlan to help "disrupt and destruct" Al-Islah, so subsequently assembled a team of mercenaries to carry out the operation. Dahlan promised that the team would receive $1.5 million a month in return, Haaretz reported.

The team of mercenaries was comprised of former US Special Forces and Navy SEALs, with Buzzfeed describing how on 29 December 2015 "their job was to carry out [the] assassination [of] Ansaf Ali Mayo, the local leader of the Islamist political party Al-Islah".

Standing in front of a UAE military plane are Gilmore (middle left), Golan (middle right), and two soldiers on their mercenary team [Buzzfeed]

The deal between Golan's company and the UAE was struck by Mohammed Dahlan - the PA's Security Chief during the Oslo years until his resignation in 2007. He has since been living in exile in the UAE and worked as a close adviser of Emirati Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

The UAE has been heavily involved in the civil war in Yemen, which has been ongoing since 2011, forming an integral part of the Saudi-led coalition fighting in the country. The US and Britain have provided weapons, intelligence and other support to the coalition, with the war seen as one of the worst humanitarian catastrophes of the 21st century.

The Israeli assassin who teamed up with Mohammad Dahlan | Ynet News |

The United States is assisting coalition forces and supplies weapons and intelligence, among other things. The exposé by Buzzfeed comes amidst the "murder at the consulate" scandal: the alleged assassination of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.

Golan said that the team he headed was responsible for several major assassinations, but he refused to specify the names of those killed. He said that the United States needs an assassinations program similar to the one he has been running for months in Yemen.

"I just want there to be a debate," he said. "Maybe I'm a monster. Maybe I should be in jail. Maybe I'm a bad guy. But I'm right." According to him, the model for the assassinations industry is based on Israel's targeted killing of terrorists.

Golan, who maintains good relations with Israel through security deals in which he is involved, said he had lived in Israel for several years. In the past he attended a party with former Mossad chief Danny Yatom, and his expertise "was to provide security for energy clients in Africa."

Yatom confirmed in a conversation with Ynet that they had indeed met at a party in London: "I have not been in contact with him for years; we were in touch during my time as a businessman."

According to Yatom, "My acquaintance with Golan was not extensive, but he gave me the impression of an enthusiastic Zionist, a courageous man who was prepared to take great risks, and unfortunately, in the end, after he immigrated with his family to Israel, he emigrated and since then we have not spoken for many years."

Regarding the things attributed to Golan in the article, Yatom said: "I have nothing to do with these things."

Former Yemen allies furious as UAE assassination campaign exposed | Middle East Eye - Oct. 18, 2018 |

Since 2015, al-Islah, the Yemeni branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, and the United Arab Emirates have been fighting against Houthi rebels in an attempt to prop up the internationally recognised government of President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi.

Buzzfeed revealed that the Emiratis had hired a team of American and Israeli mercenaries to assassinate members of the Islahi leadership - enraging the influential party and exposing the UAE's presence in Yemen to fierce criticism.

It has also placed Saudi Arabia, which leads an anti-Houthi coalition and is closely allied to both the Islahis and Emiratis, in a deeply uncomfortable position.

"Although the announced aim of the Emirates in Yemen is to support the legitimate government, it fights legitimacy with all its might," Issa Qadhi, a member of al-Islah in Taiz, told MEE.

Instead of prioritising the defeat of the Iran-allied Houthi rebels, Qadhi said, "the UAE made the annihilation of the al-Islah party the first aim of its presence in Yemen".

"The UAE is willing to destroy the whole country and bring mercenaries from around the world to annihilate al-Islah," he added. "The UAE is cunning but God does not help the cunning to succeed."

Ankara Red Notice Request for Mohammed Dahlan  

Key reasons why Turkey placed a bounty on Mohammed Dahlan | TRT World |  

Interpol rejected Turkey's request to arrest dismissed Fatah leader Mohammed Dahlan | al-Monitor - Aug. 28, 2020 |

The General Secretariat of Interpol informed its National Central Bureau (NCB) in a letter published Aug. 22 of its decision to reject the Turkish request to issue an international arrest warrant (red notice) against dismissed Fatah leader Mohammed Dahlan who is currently residing in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The General Secretariat said Turkey's request does not comply with Article 3 of the Interpol Constitution, which states, "It is strictly forbidden for the Organization to undertake any intervention or activities of a political, military, religious or racial character."

The General Secretariat further confirmed that all information related to Dahlan has been deleted from Interpol's databases, and no police contact or cooperation can be made in this case through Interpol channels.

On Aug. 21, the Turkish TRT channel reported Turkey's diffusion of a request from Interpol's NCB in Ankara against Dahlan, accusing him of carrying out espionage activities targeting Egyptian citizens and Palestinians residing in Turkish territory.

In November 2019, Ankara had issued an Interpol red notice request for Dahlan on charges related to his involvement in issues affecting Turkey's national security.

Imad Mohsen, spokesman for the Democratic Reform Current led by Dahlan, told Al-Monitor, "Turkey is greatly disturbed by the Arab position that Dahlan adopts, as it represents an obstacle to its greedy colonial ambitions in the Arab region."

On the Arab position adopted by Dahlan, Mohsen explained that the latter is part of the Arab alliance between Egypt, the UAE, Jordan and Saudi Arabia against any foreign interference in Arab affairs, especially from Turkey. Mohsen denounced Turkey's false and fabricated allegations against Dahlan, which he said are not based on any legal arguments and documents.

Interpol makes 'first arrest' at PA request as new member | I24 News - Aug. 15, 2018 |

Serbia Quietly Grants Citizenship to Abbas Rival | Balkan Insight - Jan. 30, 2015 |

Serbia's government has quietly granted citizenship to Mohammed Dahlan, a key rival of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and adviser to the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, BIRN, can reveal.

Dahlan, his wife and four children, a nephew  and five key political supporters were all granted citizenship between February 2013 and June 2014, according to documents from the state's Official Gazette analysed by BIRN.

The government is able to grant citizenship during closed cabinet sessions to foreigners when it is deemed to serve "state interests" without offering any detailed public explanation.

Dahlan is credited with facilitating Abu Dhabi's promised investment of billions of euros in Serbia. However, the government in Belgrade has refused to explain whether this is the reason it has gifted citizenship to 12 Palestinians since 2013, all of whom are linked to the powerful politician.

Nobel Peace Prize winner Tawakkol Karman to deliver the third Hanway Lecture in Global Studies

Human rights activist Tawakkol Karman will deliver Loyola University Maryland's third Hanway Lecture in Global Studies on Tuesday, April 7, 2015, at 7 p.m. in McGuire Hall. The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required.

Karman, a journalist and politician in Yemen, has played a major role in the peace-building movement and revolution in her country, protesting for human rights and against government corruption. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011 for her leadership in the non-violent fight for women's rights and peace.

She was the first Yemeni, the first Arab woman, and the second Muslim woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, and at the time was the youngest Nobel Peace Laureate at age 32.

"With her inspiring courage, tenacious spirit, and ability to bring voice--and action--to the difficult position of Muslim women in our world, Tawakkol Karman can give our students deep insight into the human rights movement and the role we can each play in improving our world," said Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., president of Loyola. "I look forward to welcoming Ms. Karman to Loyola and seeing how she will continue to elevate the conversation on our campus and in our community, just as the previous speakers in the Hanway Lecture in Global Studies have."

My earlier coverage on Yemen atrocities ...

Further reading, European nations complicit in war crimes ...


    Translation: "If this is true - it's a scandal"

USS Liberty ... Israeli commandos make a habit of attacking espionage vessels ... this time at the request of Saudi Arabia ... for national security of the Jewish State.

Was no secret of its presence ...

Iranian Spy Ship Commands Strategic Position on Vital Oil Route | USNI - Oct. 26, 2020 |

by Oui on Sat Apr 10th, 2021 at 07:39:21 PM EST

State Department announces intent to break law - comment | JPost |

It is illegal for the Biden administration to restore that aid because every year since 2014 the United States has made clear in annual appropriation legislation - adopted by a massive bipartisan majority each time - that if the Palestinian Authority were to initiate an International Criminal Court investigation, and/or so long as they were actively supporting such an investigation, the US would cut funding for the PA. This requirement was reaffirmed again very recently by a strong bipartisan majority in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. Despite these clear and repeated warnings, the PA did initiate, and does continue to openly and officially support, just such an investigation. By law they must be held to account for the willful disrespect of and disregard of American laws, values and interests. Anything else reflects the soft bigotry of low expectations.

Finally, restoring aid is immoral because the Biden administration knows exactly what the PA does with its international aid money. In a recent non-public report to Congress, the administration confirmed that the PA has continued to use that money to pay stipends through its official "Martyrs Fund" to murderous terrorists and their families. The PA spent at least $151m. in 2019 on its "pay-to-slay" program and at least $155m. in 2020. The fact that this program is codified in PA law - including that deadlier attacks get more money, thereby incentivizing bloodshed - is beyond sickening.

Congress was rightfully sickened, and in 2018 it passed an overwhelmingly bipartisan law called the Taylor Force Act, which prohibits the US government from resuming Palestinian aid until these payments to terrorists are stopped. Taylor Force was a US Military Academy graduate and veteran of both Afghanistan and Iraq. In 2016 he went on a school trip to Tel Aviv, and he was stabbed to death by a murderous terrorist.

The Hague: Mossad Suspect In Death Threats to ICC Employee

by Oui on Sat Apr 10th, 2021 at 09:38:36 PM EST
After 3-year stint in South-East Asia ...

by Oui on Sun Apr 11th, 2021 at 09:56:10 AM EST
by Oui on Sun Apr 11th, 2021 at 09:56:51 AM EST
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    Translation: With hearts believing in the judgment of God and his destiny, I extend my deepest condolences and condolences to the shrine of my master His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and to all the honorable Maktoum family, on the death of the late Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, God Almighty asked to inspire His family and his family and loved ones patience and solace
by Oui on Sun Apr 11th, 2021 at 10:05:19 AM EST
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Indeed, inspire family and loved ones ... not my concept of morals and law enforcement. I lived through a tough adventure in Dubai in the 90s to retour for a visit a few years ago. Not at all attractive on human rights! Play ball by dominance of wealth.

by Oui on Sun Apr 11th, 2021 at 10:09:46 AM EST
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Princess Latifa: 'Hostage' ordeal of Dubai ruler's daughter revealed | BBC Panorama - Feb. 16, 2021 |

The daughter of Dubai's ruler who tried to flee the country in 2018 later sent secret video messages to friends accusing her father of holding her "hostage" as she feared for her life.

In footage shared with BBC Panorama, Princess Latifa Al Maktoum says commandos drugged her as she fled by boat and flew her back to detention.

The secret messages have stopped - and friends are urging the UN to step in. Dubai and the UAE have previously said she is safe in the care of family.

Queen Elizabeth in 2019 with Sheikh Mohammed, second from right, who regularly attends horse racing events

Ex-UN rights envoy Mary Robinson, who had described Latifa as a "troubled young woman" after meeting her in 2018, now says she was "horribly tricked" by the princess's family.

The former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and president of Ireland has joined calls for international action to establish Latifa's current condition and whereabouts.

"I continue to be very worried about Latifa. Things have moved on. And so I think it should be investigated," she said.

by Oui on Sun Apr 11th, 2021 at 10:35:31 AM EST
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The Great Escape

Amid a rash of women fleeing oppressive families in the middle east, the case of Princess Latifa, who has tried to run away twice, has been splashed across headlines around the world. In exclusive interviews with her friends and family, Marie Claire goes behind the scenes of her last attempt and their fight to #FreeLatifa.

Princess Latifa bint Mohammed al-Maktoum, the daughter of the billionaire ruler of Dubai, was careful to avoid suspicion. On the morning of February 24, 2018, the then-32-year-old modern and sporty royal instructed her driver to drop her off at a shopping mall downtown so she could meet her close friend, Finnish personal trainer Tiina Jauhiainen, for breakfast. The two women had met at the same time and place several times before in order to give the impression that this was a normal Saturday. But this particular day was far from ordinary.

Once inside the mall, Princess Latifa went to the bathroom and changed out of her black abaya into a hoodie and sweatpants. She redid her hair and makeup, put on mirrored sunglasses, and threw her cell phone into the trash and destroyed the SIM card. Then, heart hammering, she slipped out an exit to Jauhiainen's waiting SUV, which she hoped would take her on the first leg of a journey to long-desired freedom.

About a week earlier, Princess Latifa had secretly recorded a 40-minute video documenting why she wanted to flee Dubai, a city in the dazzlingly rich United Arab Emirates in the Persian Gulf. With her black hair casually pulled back in a ponytail, and wearing a washed-out blue tee, Latifa talked about the abuse, torture, and imprisonment she had suffered at the hands of her family, as well as her suffocating existence behind royal palace walls. "There is no justice here," she said in a calm tone, sitting near a window with billowing cream-colored drapes in Jauhiainen's Dubai apartment.

by Oui on Sun Apr 11th, 2021 at 11:16:21 AM EST
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By returning Dubai princess Latifa, India's hard-nosed realism paid off. But at what cost?

Join the dots between India sending back Dubai princess Sheikha Latifa to UAE two years ago and the Gulf countries siding with Delhi on everything from oil to Kashmir.

File photo of PM Narendra Modi with Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum in 2018 | Twitter

UAE confers award on Modi amid Kashmir crackdown | Dawn News Pakistan |

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi received the United Arab Emirates' highest civilian honour during a visit to the oil-rich Gulf nation, reinforcing ties between the countries even as he pursues stripping occupied Kashmir of its special status.

The induction of Modi into the Order of Zayed [a list of WhoIsWho in corruption - Oui] shows the importance the UAE places on India, the world's third-largest consumer of crude oil. India is home to a rapidly growing consumer market and labour pool that the federation of sheikhdoms relies on for its own economy.

Activists, however, decried the UAE bestowing the award on Modi as he pursues a clampdown on the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir. Modi is also to travel to Bahrain to become the first Indian premier to visit the island nation.

"With several Gulf states in an ever-tightening embrace with Modi, human rights have been discarded in favour of economic opportunities," wrote Samah Hadid, a Beirut-based human rights advocate.  

I just want to puke in disgust ...

by Oui on Sun Apr 11th, 2021 at 11:18:22 AM EST
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by Oui on Sun Apr 11th, 2021 at 05:55:05 PM EST
AEOI chief: International community, IAEA must address 'nuclear terrorism' against Iran

The head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) has slammed the act of sabotage against the country's nuclear site in Natanz earlier in the day, noting that the international community, as well as the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), must deal with such "nuclear terrorism" that targets Iran's facilities.

Ali Akbar Salehi's remarks came hours after the AEOI spokesman said on Sunday that an incident took place at the electricity distribution network of Shahid Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan nuclear facility in Natanz, which is a uranium enrichment center located in the city of the same name in Iran's central province of Isfahan.

    "The Islamic Republic of Iran, while condemning this despicable act, underlines the need for the international community and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to address this nuclear terrorism and reserves the right to take action against masterminds, perpetrators and conspirators of this [terrorist] act," Salehi said.

He added that the Islamic Republic will seriously pursue the development of its nuclear technology, on the one hand, and make efforts to remove the oppressive US sanctions, on the other hand, so that those who ordered the terrorist act would not reach their goals.

by Oui on Sun Apr 11th, 2021 at 05:56:23 PM EST
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Defense analyst: We're nearing point where Iran will have no choice but to respond to Israeli attacks

by Oui on Sun Apr 11th, 2021 at 06:05:36 PM EST
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Black Cube and Oligarchs in the Shadows | Tikun Olam - Nov. 2017 |

Citizens Lab: 36 journalists from the Al Jazeera Media Network were hacked using advanced spyware from Israel, and it is believed that the attacks were probably linked to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE)

by Oui on Mon Apr 12th, 2021 at 07:48:54 PM EST
UAE-based intelligence firm said recruiting IDF veterans from elite cyber unit | Times of Israel - Oct. 18, 2019 |

DarkMatter was founded in 2015 by telecom entrepreneur Faisal al-Bannai, and currently employs around 650 people in several countries including Cyprus, Singapore, China, Finland and Canada.

In the interview, al-Bannai acknowledged that DarkMatter was recruiting Western intelligence analysts, mainly from the NSA and CIA, for their experience.

While he made no mention of recruiting Israelis, al-Bannai said during the interview that the "only country in the region that's strong in cybersecurity is Israel... other than that, it's blank."

In 2017, the New York Times reported that the private Israeli cybersecurity firm NSO Group mysteriously lost the services of numerous employees, all of them Unit 8200 graduates.

The report said that a private investigator hired by NSO discovered that the former employees had moved to Cyprus and were working at a research and development facility owned by DarkMatter. Sources also told the Times that Israeli programmers ran DarkMatter's Singapore office.

by Oui on Mon Apr 12th, 2021 at 07:49:59 PM EST
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Abu Dhabi: Mohamed bin Zayed appoints ATRC's Secretary General  (27 May 2020)

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, has issued Decision No. 13 for 2020 to appoint His Excellency Faisal Abdulaziz Al Bannai as the Secretary General of the Advanced Technology Research Council (ATRC).

Linked to Faisal Abdulaziz Al Bannai ...

HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein is a woman of many facets. She is a devoted wife and mother, a former Olympic athlete, a humanitarian, a UN Messenger of Peace, a former member of the International Olympic Committee, former President of the International Equestrian Federation and the first Jordanian woman to hold a license to drive heavy trucks.

Princess Haya and Sheikh Mohammed, pictured at Epsom Derby in 2016, are regular race-goers

She is the daughter of HM the Late King Hussein Bin Talal of Jordan (1935-1999) and HM the Late Queen Alia Al Hussein (1948-1977); and the wife of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai.

A devout Muslim no doubt! May I presume there is no love lost between the Tyrannic ruler of Dubai and the brother-in-law of sorts King Abdullah II of Jordan. Haya is the full sister of King Abdullah II.

Princess Haya Bint al-Hussein: The Dubai royal 'hiding in London'

by Oui on Mon Apr 12th, 2021 at 07:51:11 PM EST
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Choices Made for Permanent War

Undermining all efforts for peace by new settlements on the West Bank thwarting a Palestinian State and Nuclear free Middle East. Eternity is forever ... sowing seeds of hate.

Today's Middle East where corruption and evil triumphs.

by Oui on Tue Apr 13th, 2021 at 08:05:23 AM EST
Israel hand in hand ... found their destiny with Bushites and Trumpism ... terror, war, invasion, detentions, bombing and assassinations. Behavior outside of Universal and International Law and treaties. End of time for Jews and Evangelists dictating course of history ... the Sunni regimes of the Gulf joining the brew.

Pariah states in Middle East unrest

Corruption trial PM Netanyahu where the "Bezeq-Walla Affair"  crosses Obama's JCPOA Iran nuclear deal | JPost |

by Oui on Tue Apr 13th, 2021 at 08:07:36 AM EST
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Numerous attacks and murders have been left unanswered ...

by Oui on Tue Apr 13th, 2021 at 05:02:04 PM EST
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What difference does it makes who owns it? It was flying the Bahamas flag; let the Bahamas deal with it.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Apr 13th, 2021 at 05:18:08 PM EST
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Good point ... hopefully you are invited in Bibi's National Security Council Meeting. 💪🏼
by Oui on Tue Apr 13th, 2021 at 05:39:02 PM EST
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Ship Owned By Israeli Firm Attacked By Missile Off UAE Coast: Media

A commercial vessel owned by an Israeli firm was attacked near Fujairah port in the United Arab Emirates, two pro-Iran media outlets based in Lebanon said on Twitter on Tuesday.

Israel's top-rated television news quoted unnamed Israeli officials as blaming Iran for an assault on an Israeli-owned ship off the UAE coast and said there were no casualties. The channel said a missile had hit the ship.

An Israeli Transportation Ministry spokesman said he was aware of the reports but that he could not confirm them. There was no immediate confirmation from the UAE.

The incident comes a day after Iran accused arch-foe Israel of sabotaging a key nuclear site and Iran's government spokesman vowed revenge against those responsible.

The Lebanon-based Unews news agency, which has previously reported news of attacks on vessels in Gulf waters, said the vessel was transporting cars and had been at Kuwait's Mina Al Ahmadi port 48 hours earlier.

Al Mayadeen television channel, also citing sources, identified the vessel as Hyperion.

Refinitiv ship tracking data showed the Bahamas-flagged vehicle carrier HYPERION RAY was headed to Fujairah port from Kuwait.

The United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) said in an advisory notice that it was aware of a possible incident near Fujairah and that investigations were ongoing.

by Oui on Tue Apr 13th, 2021 at 05:09:53 PM EST
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A former IDF military intelligence chief said on Tuesday that the process to approve sensitive security-related operations was not being followed, adding that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may be acting outside of legal measures. 

Amos Yadlin also suggested that Netanyahu was fueling tensions with Iran for domestic political purposes, as the prime minister tries to form a coalition following last month's elections.

"Sensitive operations, with diplomatic and security importance that include the risk of escalation, require government approval," Yadlin wrote in a series of tweets.

"The government authorizes the security cabinet to decide, and the cabinet authorizes the Prime Minister and the Minister of Defense," he said. 

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The attack occurred as U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin was visiting Israel and was preparing to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Top Biden administration officials apparently were given no advance notice of the attack against the Iranian uranium-enrichment facility, according to people familiar with the situation.

The head of Iran's atomic energy agency, Ali Akbar Salehi, said more sophisticated centrifuges would soon replace the ones destroyed in the attack on Natanz and that electrical power systems would be quickly restored in the coming days. Backup power is already online.

"Every single centrifuge is being checked and damaged centrifuges will be replaced," Iranian state television reported him as saying. "We will definitely move towards 60% enrichment."

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Jerusalem Post based this story on a fake news account of Sabreen News in Iraq, publication of an Iran-backed Kata'ib Hezbullah militant group.

Fake journalists spread anti-Israel disinformation, part of Iranian plot | JPost - May 2019 |

by Oui on Wed Apr 14th, 2021 at 10:36:11 AM EST
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Translation: The UAE claims to play the role of mediator in establishing better relations between Pakistan and India

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Report: Iran identifies culprit behind Natanz sabotage act; says he fled country before attack | PressTV |

by Oui on Sat Apr 17th, 2021 at 05:53:50 PM EST
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Informed source: Only removal of sanctions will save Vienna talks

by Oui on Sat Apr 17th, 2021 at 06:57:59 PM EST

In blow to Netanyahu, Arab MKs help anti-Bibi bloc win control of Knesset | JPost |

by Oui on Mon Apr 19th, 2021 at 08:59:51 PM EST
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Global trending tweets - Emily Mayer

by Oui on Thu Apr 22nd, 2021 at 08:27:57 AM EST
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After an IAF assault on Damascus from the disputed Golan Heights ...

Many dozens of strikes had been repelled bij Syrian anti-aircraft batteries

Syria says Israel carries out strikes near Damascus, Golan Heights border | Times of Israel - Feb. 28, 2021 |

A stray Syrian missile SA-5 in north-south direction landed near Dimona nuclear facilities ...

by Oui on Thu Apr 22nd, 2021 at 08:12:23 AM EST

Syria has a history of wildly firing air defense missiles | JPost |

by Oui on Thu Apr 22nd, 2021 at 10:17:12 AM EST
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US AFB @Beersheba

In first, US establishes permanent military base in Israel | Times of Israel - Sept. 2017 |

Dozens of US Air Force soldiers will call home the new base, located inside the Israeli Air Force's Mashabim Air Base, west of the towns of Dimona and Yerucham.

Maj. Gen. John Gronski, deputy commander of US Army National Guard in Europe, said the base "symbolizes the strong bond that exists between the United States and Israel."

It is located not far from a US military radar installation east of Dimona that tracks ballistic missiles once they are launched and provides details on their flight paths to defense systems.

In air defense drill with EUCOM, IDF works on ties to a unit it's due to leave

by Oui on Fri Apr 30th, 2021 at 06:10:33 PM EST
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Congressional Republicans unveil largest package of Iran sanctions amid Vienna talks to revive JCPOA | PressTV |

Republicans in Congress have introduced legislation containing the "largest package" of sanctions against Iran to prevent the Joe Biden administration from potentially removing the sanctions that Washington reimposed against Tehran when it left a landmark nuclear agreement in 2018.

The legislation, dubbed the Maximum Pressure Act and unveiled on Wednesday, has been described by the Congressional GOP as the largest package of Iran sanctions in history.

The bill, spearheaded by the Republican Study Committee, seeks to force US President Joe Biden's administration to submit any revamped nuclear deal with Iran to Congress for review before it is approved.

Besides expanding sanctions on Iran's ballistic missile program, the bill would mandate that Congress approve any agreement the Biden administration might agree to during talks in Austrian capital, Vienna. It would also limit the president's ability to unilaterally ease sanctions via executive order.

It would also codify into law Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's 12 tough conditions for any new deal with Iran that were presented while he was in office, and included a total halt to Iran's nuclear program.

by Oui on Thu Apr 22nd, 2021 at 07:11:17 PM EST
Dehumanizing acts by an occupying power with no legal recourse for victims with IDF, soldiers, rabbi's and Shin Bet acting with impunity. Actors of the holocaust failing to learn the lessons of history and genocide. Tolerance of torture chambers in the 21st century: hell on earth in Evin prison, Shin Bet torture, torture prisons of Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Egypt plus MENA countries.  

Translation: Yariv Ben Ezra, the IDF attaché in Korea, "Malach Ha'aretz", all according to foreign sources, is one of those responsible for the crime.

Sexual Torture, Rendering, Practices, Manuals | Leiden University |

A sub terra network of international state actors and security agencies deploy sexual torture against Arab and Muslim detainees. Such methods are intended to extract information, enlist informants, or shame prisoners in a manner that manipulates perceived notions of authentic Arab/Muslim masculine identity.

15 years later: Abu Ghraib and the faces of torture in Iraq

Abu Ghraib torture based on lessons used by Israelis on Palestinians in occupied territories, dehumanizing and shaming Muslims and their religion of Islam.

Lessons of Abu Ghraib | The Atlantic - July/August 2004 |

The photographs were shocking--but the disturbing reality is that for some people they clearly weren't

In certain rare cases keeping a prisoner cold, uncomfortable, frightened, and disoriented is morally justified and necessary; but the danger in acknowledging as much has always been that such abusive treatment will become the norm. This is what happened in Israel, where a newly introduced regime of officially sanctioned "aggressive interrogation" quickly deteriorated into a system of routine physical abuse. (The Israeli Supreme Court reissued a ban on all such practices in 1999.) Routine physical abuse appears to have resulted already at Abu Ghraib, where such torments were apparently employed wholesale, and where a climate of dehumanization and sadism took root.

Before the 2004 presidential election with Ariel Sharon pulling settlers out of Gaza, president George Bush made the promise his administration would support peace negotiations for a Palestinian State in 2005.  

From American Iraq detention centers, the terror of Al Qaeda was reborn as AQI and later formed ISIL, ISIS or Islamic State. The scourge of Osama Bin Laden and hosts the Taliban extended for many generations. Fighting the Soviet Army in Afghanistan so we don't have to fight them at our borders. Really great how that panned out. No one has been held accountable.

by Oui on Sat Apr 24th, 2021 at 01:05:11 PM EST

It was one of the thorniest investigations carried out in recent years - motivated by a suspicion that Shin Bet security service agents and Israel Defense Forces officers had two female soldiers perform an invasive search of a Palestinian woman's most sensitive body parts. So delicate was the case that the attorney general convened a special meeting to discuss it. "If we don't investigate this, the International Criminal Court in The Hague will," said one of those present.

The army doctor gave her testimony to a special team of investigators from the Military Police and from the Justice Ministry department that investigates police officers. "I inserted my fingers between half a centimeter and centimeter inside," she recalled. "Because I felt uncomfortable, and it was also clear that it was hurting her, I stopped. I think she groaned with pain and even asked in English what I was doing, so I recoiled."

Investigator: Do you have authority to conduct an examination like that?

Medic: Of course, by virtue of my being a physician and an officer and by virtue of having received a directive. I knew it was something important, so I did it. I also remember the girl saying to me, in English, "What are you doing? I am a virgin."

Investigator: Who gave you the directive to execute the invasive search, an army person or a Shin Bet person?

Medic: I just don't remember.

by Oui on Sat Apr 24th, 2021 at 01:07:46 PM EST
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