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Joe Biden Bestows Praise On Netanyahu and Himself

by Oui Sat May 22nd, 2021 at 08:29:19 PM EST

Who does the old man think he is kidding?


Palestine advocates slam Biden's 'victory lap' over Gaza ceasefire | Middle East Eye |

The administration's approach of unquestioning public support for Israel coupled with what officials have called "quiet" and "relentless" diplomacy had earned rebuke from progressives.

On Friday, the White House sent an email to reporters titled, "WHAT THEY ARE SAYING: President Biden's Remarks on the Ceasefire in the Middle East."

It included remarks lauding the US administration by dozens of Congress members, analysts and pro-Israel lobby groups, including AIPAC. Missing from it was any Palestinian, Arab or Muslim American voices.

Palestinian rights advocates are rejecting giving Biden credit for the truce that went into effect early on Friday, blaming him for prolonging the war by blocking UN Security Council calls for an immediate ceasefire.

In turn, President Biden bestows elaborate praise on ally PM Bibi Netanyahu. Briefly mentioning Egyptian General Al Sisi, whom he spoke for the first time on Thursday.

Remarks by President Biden on the Middle East | White House - May 20, 2021 |

Egypt has taken political and diplomatic steps to encourage ceasefire, condemn the Israeli aggression, and support the Palestinian's legitimate rights.

Since May 7, Israeli forces in the West Bank and Jerusalem have been engaged in clashes with civilians who were protesting forced displacement, particularly from Sheikh Jarrah eastern Jerusalem, and assaults on worshippers in Al Aqsa Mosque. And, since May 10, Israel has been shelling and carrying out airstrikes against Gaza Strip. The aggression has thus far incurred 236 deaths and 6,278 injuries, as reported by the Palestinian News and Information Agency (WAFA).

The strikes also caused the destruction of more than 200 residential units in Gaza Strip and 31 educational establishments, including schools, colleges, and vocational training centers. According to the United Nations, 40,000 Palestinians got displaced - mainly from the North to the South - while 2,500 lost their homes.

Israeli FM Ashkenazi praises Cairo efforts to reach ceasefire in Gaza

US media doing their duty to set a new narrative from inside the Washington bubble to educate the American public with their "facts"... thank goodness the local citizens journalists are present in Gaza-Ramallah. and Jerusalem.

Inside Biden's 'quiet,' 'relentless' diplomatic scramble on Gaza | NBC News |

The Israeli government was always prepared to lose the global public relations battle and take heat from the progressive wing of the Democratic Party. But Israeli officials were surprised to lose the battle among more centrist congressional Democrats, particularly Murphy, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., a member of the Armed Services and Foreign Relations committees. When Murphy and Kaine called for a cease-fire, Israeli officials knew the pressure was going to mount.

That gave Biden leverage to increase the pressure on Netanyahu.

Yet while administration officials were confident that Biden could deal effectively with Netanyahu, they needed someone to restrain Hamas. Four days before the cease-fire was announced, Egypt showed that it could play that role. The Egyptians told the U.S. that Hamas' long-range rockets would stop going into Tel Aviv -- and they did.

Overall, Biden's personal diplomacy had an intentionally narrow focus. It wasn't until Thursday that he held his first phone call since the violence began with a leader in the region other than Netanyahu or Abbas. Biden spoke with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi.

Biden's message to al-Sissi was essentially that he was encouraging the Israelis to end the conflict -- and that he needed to make sure the other side would do the same.

Al Aqsa police action ...

Cease-fire agreement did not affect Temple Mount in East Jerusalem according to police statements.

Unrest inside Mosque on Friday as worshipers ousted Grand Mufti for not mentioning Gaza or Hamas in prayers. The PA stooge was chased off the pulpit. Hamas has managed to make the battle about the status of Jerusalem, a phase the political establishment thought was solved with the signing of the Abraham "Business" Accords with authoritarian Arab nations.

MK Ben-Gvir urged the police be instructed to use live fire to shoot the "terrorists In the head" instead of wasting rubber bullets on Temple Mount.

For Jordan, Turkey and Qatar it's about the Palestinian people too ... for all other Islamic states , the offence is entry by Jews inside the sanctity of Al Aqsa Mosque/Al Haram Al Sharif during worship.

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"As soon as the noon prayer service ended, a riot broke out," a spokeswoman for the Jerusalem District Police said in a statement quoted by NBC News. "Following this, the Jerusalem District Commander, Doron Turgeman, ordered the police forces to enter the Temple Mount and deal with the rioters ... and at the same time allowed uninvolved people to leave."

Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee approves extension of declaration of a special situation on the home front. Chairwoman MK Barbivay: "We've reached a state of anarchy".

I-P Coverage Journalists Under Fire

Prominent Israeli journalist Asaf Ronel resigns over Haaretz Jaffa coverage

AP Fires Journalist Over Pro-Palestine Views

You should know ... Emily Wilder | Jewish AZ - Nov. 2020 | [cached]

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CNN Reporter with Pro-Israel Opinion Interviews FM Pakistan Shah Mahmood Qureshi

Perhaps with the Maxwells-Murdochs-Adelsons media empires in the Australian-United Kingdom-Israel-USA these outlets are strong influencers of opinion, the global community is however much larger. Social media and citizens journalism can offset much of the biased damage done. The resultant of rightwing policy is populist leaders which do constitute a threat for Democracy. It doesn't need to happen. Pakistan has released the murderers of US journalist Daniel Pearl.

Israeli-Arab Negotiations: Background, Conflicts, and U.S. Policy

Israel Loses the War, Again

Dennis Ross the eternal reference for Hillary Clinton how to approach the Palestinians is still making the rounds on national prime time television about the Middle East crisis.

Dennis Ross side-lined at State over his foreign agent status with Israel

Ross' problems within the Obama administration began when it was discovered that he failed to register as a foreign agent for the government of Israel in his capacity as the chairman of the Jewish People Policy Planning Institute (JPPPI) * in Jerusalem. Unlike the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and WINEP, the JPPPI is run by the Jewish Agency, which is an organ of the Israeli government. Official statement

US Interests vs. The Jewish State

* Renamed as an Independent Institute -- Jewish People Policy Institute

Fantasies of a Middle East Envoy | The Cairo Review |

Veteran U.S. policymaker Dennis Ross argues that the U.S.-Israeli relationship is "doomed to succeed." But a hardheaded look at the political, demographic, and ethnic changes in both countries suggests otherwise.

U.S. envoy Dennis Ross with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Jerusalem, Aug. 10, 1997. (Photo: Jacqueline Arzt / AP)

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Dennis Ross Moves to NSC ¶ A Hawk Within? | July -2009 |

Dennis Ross Back in Town | May 2011 |

    Whether it's his home town Jerusalem or his place of business Washington DC, Dennis Ross is once again the president's advisor on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. I just read two interesting articles/analysis in the Jerusalem Post.

Obama Turncoats: CNN Facilitates UANI Advocate Pro-Israel | July - 2015 |

A pro-Israel and anti-Iran stance written in a Letter to Obama on the P5+1 negotiations shortly before reaching the June 30 deadline, covered by CNN GPS host Fareed Zakaria on Sunday.

    "It was signed by 18 experts, including five former top Obama administration officials who were critical advisers on Iran. Those senior advisers include former State Department official Robert Einhorn, former White House official Gary Samore, former State Department adviser Dennis Ross and retired Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. James Cartwright.

    Members of a bipartisan group of experts have been meeting regularly within the last three years, under the auspices of The Washington Institute for Near East Policy [WINEP] to discuss the Iran nuclear issue, the letter said."

Biden Blames US Allies in Middle East for Rise of ISIL

US Vice-President Joe Biden has accused America's key allies in the Middle East of allowing the rise of the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorist group, saying they supported extremists with money and weapons in their eagerness to oust the Assad regime in Syria.

Jordan to participate in 'train and equip' programme against IS | MEE - March 2015 |

Government spokesman says Jordan will train members of 'Syrian tribes' to fight against IS militants

Biden and Cabinet Stand with Israel - Review

In an April 2007 interview, Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.) declares "I am a Zionist" and discusses his support for Israel.

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In 1958, speaking at a meeting of the American Jewish Congress, King said:

My people were brought to America in chains. Your people were driven here to escape the chains fashioned for them in Europe. Our unity is born of our common struggle for centuries, not only to rid ourselves of bondage, but to make oppression of any people by others an impossibility.

A turning point in the decision to claim Palestinian land was 1967 ... David became Goliath ... occupier and placing another people in bondage. The Jewish state of Israel has changed.

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Major GOP donor Sheldon Adelson gives $500K to PAC supporting Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

Help The World Values Network defend Israel against defamation. With celebrities posting lies about Jews while Israel fights for the lives of its citizens, now is more important than ever to defend Israel in the Media.

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For some The New York Times isn't enough pro-Zionism and in defence of Israel ...

Why does 'The New York Times' incessantly attack Israel? | JNS |

The situation has become so extreme that opinion editor Bari Weiss, one of the few openly Zionist voices employed by the Times in recent years, felt forced to resign in July 2020 because of harassment. According to Weiss, her colleagues called her a "Nazi" and "racist," and intimated that she wrote too many "Jewish stories."

While in the past the Times has allowed some nuanced voices to be heard, including those of William Safire and Abe Rosenthal, in recent years, all pretense has been dropped.

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Not forgetting the infamous Judith Miller of George Bush White House fame and of course the presentation of Colin Powell at the UNSC for the world to see. The New York Times and Saddam's weapons of mass destruction ...

The New York Times' role in promoting war on Iraq | The Sydney Morning Herald |

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Enforcing Housing Rights: The Case of Sheikh Jarrah | ASF - May 2011 |

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Bloody bombing of Gaza puts Biden at odds with progressives in generational divide | The Guardian |

Activists and analysts suggest that various push and pull factors are at work. Netanyahu's ostentatious alliance with Trump, whom he praised for moving the US embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, makes him a singularly unsympathetic figure for Democrats. Netanyahu fiercely opposed Barack Obama's nuclear deal with Iran, which Trump scrapped but Biden is seeking to revive.


Donald Trump's identification with the policies of Benjamin Netanyahu have weighed more heavily with younger Democrats than historic ties with Israel. (Photo: Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images)

Bayroff added: "When you have an Israeli leader who has identified himself so closely with the ideology, rhetoric and tactics of rightwing ethnonationalism and has explicitly echoed Donald Trump and Trumpism - as well as aligning himself with other illiberal democracies and leaders like Orbán and Bolsonaro and Modi - that's the antithesis of the pluralistic, diverse liberal democracy that most Democratic voters and an increasing number of Americans are supporting. So that is going to lead to a collision."

Israel's Netanyahu Removes Trump From His Twitter Banner Photo | Ynet News |

    Instead, Netanyahu posted a banner image of himself with the president and the foreign ministers of the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain signing an agreement at the White House in September on normalizing ties with Israel.
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Among the Settlers in the Holy Land

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B'Tselem: Settlers set fire to Palestinians' fields, threw rocks at them | TOI - May 23, 2019 |

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So, how did the Israeli government and religious community react to something so horrible? Did they applaud the moment or condemn it? (On Purim morning February 25 1994)

    In the early morning hours of Friday, 25 February, a Jewish settler from Kiryat Arba, Dr. Baruch Goldstein, entered the Tomb of the Partriarchs and opened fire on Moslem worshippers. 29 persons were killed and 90 wounded. Dr. Goldstein was killed by the enraged worshippers. The murder took place on a Friday, during the month of Ramadan. It shocked Israel and the world and effectively halted the peace process. Few hours after the massacre, Prime Minister Rabin issued the following statement which condemned the atrocity in clear language, and expressed the hope that the peace process will not fall victim to the act of a single man.
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Hard core Israelis remember man who killed 29 Palestinians kneeling in prayer | Irish Times |

    Said one middle aged woman on her way to the bar mitzvah: "If there was a murderer in this country, it was Yitzhak Rabin." And what of Baruch Goldstein, she was asked. "He saved Jews," she retorted.

The assassination of Yitzhak Rabin: `He never knew it was one of his people who shot him in the back' | The Guardian |

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Rabin's Widow Accuses Political Foes of Fostering Hate : Reaction: 'Surely I blame them,' she angrily says of her slain husband's most vocal critics in Parliament | LA Times - Nov. 8, 1995 |

Just a day after the funeral, still gracefully accepting the condolences of friends, Rabin's strong and articulate wife of 47 years recalled the many personal verbal attacks that hurt her husband but never dissuaded him from his single-minded pursuit--"like a bulldozer," she said--of peace.

So upset was she with the moderate rightist members of the Knesset, the nation's Parliament--who she claimed stood by while extremists harassed Rabin--that she admitted snubbing Benjamin Netanyahu, leader of the opposition Likud Party, at the funeral by being "as cold as I could be."

"Surely I blame them," Leah Rabin said of the Likud members, her husband's most vocal critics in the Knesset. "If you ever heard their speeches, you would understand what I mean. They were very, very violent in their expressions: 'We are selling the country down the drain.' 'There will be no Israel after this peace agreement.' I mean, this was wild."

Success in solving the division between Israel and Palestine, evictions in Sheikh Jarrah, conquer of E Jerusalem, Temple Mount and Custodianship Al Aqsa Mosque. Solve the differences in Hevron, a holy place of worship for both Jews and Muslims, and you are on the way to replace religious hatred with tolerance and war with peace.

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European Parliament express quite a nuanced view on Israeli bombings ...

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Ron Lauder - World Jewish Congress - sponsor Dubai Business Summit

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Not just Sheikh Jarrah: Palestinians elsewhere are facing forced eviction | MEE |

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Can Silwan's rekindled protests beat back Israel's eviction threats? | +972 |

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Calculating his friend Netanyahu will soon have a chair in the courtroom ...

Yad Vashem and Holocaust: Putin's Private Party | Jan. 24, 2020 |

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Global Tentacles of Palantir Spread to EU

Turkey's Eastern Pivot: A Challenge for NATO and a Threat to US National Security

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Turkish foreign minister says Ankara's plan to buy Russian missile defense system is a 'done deal' | Atlantic Council |

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu on April 3 insisted that Ankara will not bow to US pressure to scrap a deal to buy a Russian missile defense system and said mixed signals on Syria from the United States show that the administration does not have a coherent strategy.

The Trump administration has prevented Turkey from receiving equipment related to the F-35 fighter jet until Ankara cancels an order of the Russian S-400 Triumf missile defense system, which it says would compromise the security of the F-35.

Çavuşoğlu insisted that Turkey's purchase of the S-400s is a "done deal and we will not step back."

Turkey, he explained, has an urgent need for missile defense systems given the threats in its neighborhood. "NATO," he added, "is not capable enough to cover our airspace yet."

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Turkish FM, US counterpart discuss bilateral, regional issues | Hürriyet Daily News - May 21, 2021 |

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Turkish police detain top Islamic State leader in Istanbul | Al-Monitor |

Acting on a tip from the US government, Turkish authorities have arrested a senior Islamic State operative in Istanbul, the latest in a string of arrests of jihadis in Turkey, state-run Turkish radio and television reported today.

Mustafa Abdulwahab Mahmud, a 32-year-old Egyptian who was a top explosives expert for IS, was detained with three other suspects in Istanbul after fleeing Syria, TRT said, following a tip from US intelligence services. In early May, Turkey arrested an Afghan national code-named Basim described as the "right-hand man" of IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who killed himself to avoid capture by US forces in October 2019 after he was tracked down in a hideout close to the Turkish border.

The United States has been turning the screws on IS operatives who continue to move money through Turkey. On May 17, the Treasury Department announced sanctions against three people and one company said to have played key roles in IS' financial network. One of the sanctioned individuals, Alaa Khanfurah, is accused of using a Turkish-based money services company to funnel funds to his colleagues inside Syria, where IS resurgence is a mounting worry.

The sanctions also target another money services company, also based in Turkey, that is run by brothers Idris and Ibrahim al-Fay. The Treasury reckons that IS holds up to $100 million in cash reserves.

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Within the hour as if Dutch National Security is at stake ...

The Dutch stayed silent on Palestine for many days ... I admit his statement is balanced.

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Free Palestine 🇵🇸 🇵🇸 🇵🇸 End Occupation

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Biden and staff caught flat-footed on Israeli violence against Palestinians in a political power vacuum of a new cabinet.

Making matters worse for Biden during the recent conflict, he didn't have some key personnel in place. Four months in office, the president has yet to name an ambassador to Israel, Egypt, and the UAE--the latter two countries having helped broker the cease-fire. [It was definitely not the UAE - partner with Israel in Abraham Accords - but Qatar that has a good relationship with Hamas in Gaza - Oui]

Likewise, the State Department's Assistant Secretary for Near East Affairs job is vacant, occupied by a senior diplomat in an acting capacity. Moreover, Trump relegated U.S. official dealings with the Palestinians to a low-level within the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem. The NSC staff Middle East director positions, however, are filled with seasoned national security experts.

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Every time hostilities and punitive bombing  in Gaza takes place causes more hatred and unrest across many nations ...

Latest Gaza conflict fuels anti-Semitism, Islamophobia across U.S., Europe | Axios |

In the US hate crimes have been on the increase over the last five years.

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Expulsions and Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine (1948 to present)

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Free Palestine 🇵🇸 🇵🇸 🇵🇸

Monster of Terror: David or Goliath

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Silwan

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Backed by Israeli police, Jewish settlers enter Al-Aqsa compound | Al Jazeera |

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Jews allowed on Temple Mount for first time in three weeks | The Jewish Voice |

"This is a very important morning that saves some of the national honor of the people of Israel," the head of the Temple Mount Heritage Foundation, Tom Nissani, told Ynet.

"We call on the government to remove all the administrative powers over the Temple Mount from the Jordanian Waqf, to open it to the entry of Jews around the clock and from all its gates with full freedom of movement and worship, and to stop surrendering to Hamas threats that only lead to more terror," Nissani said.

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Right-wing Knesset member Itamar Ben-Gvir condemned Gafni's comments, saying the head of UTJ was pushing Netanyahu to capitulate and surrender control of the Mount to "terrorists."

Settler Extremists Provoke Violence, Threaten Muslim Sovereignty Over Temple Mount | Tikun Olam - Feb. 2012 |

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Jordan warns Israel it's violating Temple Mount status quo | JPost - April 3, 2021 |

The effect of the Jared Kushner's Abraham "Business" Accords opened the Gates of Hell ...

Propaganda of the Jewish State of Israel to Judaize the Temple Mount and E Jerusalem. The Twitter accounts are likely fake and part of the Israeli government hasbara trolls farm.

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Saudis Say Temple Mount and Al Aqsa Not Important to Islam | Israel Today - March 8, 2021 |

In further departure from Palestinian narrative, Saudis recognize Jewish connection to the Temple Mount.

Palestinian politicians, clerics and terrorist warlords tireless invoke the Temple Mount and Al Aqsa Mosque as a rallying cry to stir up pan-Muslim emotions against Israel. The Jews are threatening to "Judaize" this Islamic holy site, claim the Palestinians, even as they reject the biblical history of Mount Moriah.

But according to a bunch of Saudis and other Middle East Arabs on social media, the Temple Mount and even, gasp(!), Al Aqsa itself aren't all that holy to them.
Last week on Twitter, Saudis conducted a campaign promoting Islam's true holy sites, Mecca and Medina, while downplaying the importance of Jerusalem in their religion.

Another express his deep desire for there to soon be peace between Israel and Saudi Arabia so he can visit Tel Aviv and meet "our cousins," the Jews.

Tom Nissani, head of the Temple Heritage Foundation, told Arutz 7 that this is a golden opportunity.

"In the end, it is becoming increasingly clear that the main obstacle - the Temple Mount - is in our hands," he said. "This is a historic opportunity to expel the hostile Waqf from the Temple Mount and transfer it to full Israeli management that will allow full freedom of access and religion to the mountain in cooperation with the Emirates, Saudis and Moroccans, Jews and non-Jews who will attain shared goals."

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Isn't Nissani aware the Custodianship of the Islam Holy Place has been offered by PM Netanyahu to Saudi Crown Prince Muhammed Salman, alternately to the Sheiks of the Emirates.

My recent writings ...

Which State Is Behind Coup Attempt Jordan | Apr. 3, 2021 |

Assassins for Hire In UAE and Saudi Arabia | Apr. 10, 2021 |

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Israel Today is the English version of Israel HaYom, a daily free publication owned and funded by the Myriam and Sheldon Adelson Foundation.

Hundreds of millions in "charity" for Trump and his clout of the Republican Party wasted ... major donor of Likud and Bibi Netanyahu ... every opportunity to Influence policy to advance settlement expansion, more division and hatred. The Godfather of the recent Gaza War and attacks on Iran by both Netanyahu and Trump/Pompeo.

Who Really Owns the Land?

From my early writings about expulsion of Palestinians from E Jerusalem...

Palestinian Neighborhood Sheik Jarrah, East Jerusalem
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Irving I. Moskowitz Foundation Aids Israeli Right Wing | LA Times - May 1995 |

Some of the money supports charities in Hawaiian Gardens that distribute everything from free groceries to smoke alarms. But records show that far more of the millions goes to groups backing the agenda of the Israeli right wing: by buying up property in contested areas such as Jerusalem and campaigning to defeat peace plans under which Israel would surrender land to its Arab neighbors.

An Orthodox Jew who lost 120 relatives in the Holocaust, he has condemned the peace accords between Israel and its Arab neighbors as a "slide toward concessions, surrender and Israeli suicide." So he shrugs and says he is merely doing the "natural thing for a Jew," trying to "save our nation."

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In Israel, meanwhile, the role of the right wing has come under rising scrutiny since the Nov. 4 assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin by a law student who came from its ranks.

Although no one accuses Moskowitz of condoning such violence ("a terrible thing," he calls it), backers of peace talks with the Palestinians complain that he and others engage in "deliberate provocations" by buying property in "the most holy place on Earth."

"He is a man who lives far away with a big box of matches, facing a huge keg of gunpowder which is Jerusalem," said Ornan Yekutieli, a left-wing member of that city's Municipal Council.

"He sits and he throws matches," Yekutieli said. "And one of the matches will succeed and make a gigantic explosion."

Funding rightwing State terrorism with tax-free US dollars ... charity??

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Biden condemns attacks on US Jewish community as 'despicable' | JPost |

US President Joe Biden on Monday condemned violence against the Jewish community after a string of attacks amid the conflict between Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers.

Israel's Ambassador to the US and UN Gilad Erdan responded to Biden's tweet, thanking him "for taking a tough stance on these outrageous attacks."

The Israel-Palestine Crisis: Causes, Consequences, Portents | OCHA ReliefWeb |

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On 21 May  Israel and Hamas agreed to a ceasefire after eleven days of fighting, but the days of 'quiet' - as the New York Times tellingly describes the last seven years, in which Israel intensified its domination over the Palestinians with impunity - are over. Dead, too, is Trump's plan to bypass the Palestinian question through 'normalisation' between Israel and Arab autocrats keen to do business with the Jewish state (and to buy its surveillance technology to monitor their own dissidents).

If Netanyahu imagined that by attacking Gaza he could inflict defeat on Hamas, and rescue his own precarious political career, he has miscalculated. Hamas fired more than four thousand rockets across the border, hitting deep inside Israel and killing a dozen people, shifting the balance of fear. It also gained politically from the fighting by presenting itself as a defender of the Palestinians facing expulsion from their homes in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah, and, even more important, as a protector of al-Aqsa Mosque, under siege from Israeli security forces.

The territory it governs lies in ruins, but Hamas has reason to celebrate. While 90 per cent of its rockets were repelled by Iron Dome, Israel's defence system, 100 per cent hit their other target: the Palestinian Authority, which looks even more impotent than usual.

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Do not stop protest ... to be silent is accepting occupation and mistreatment of the Palestinian people ... Israel and Netanyahu refused implementation of Oslo Accords negotiated by the Bush/Baker team and signed in 1993. The Israeli invasion and occupation of Southern Lebanon in 1982 led to a prolonged campaign supporting Christian proxies, Beirut was in ruins, and Israel had been under threat of Iraq and Saddam Hussein's Scud rockets during the First Gulf War.

James A. Baker III Emphasizes Israeli Role in Peace With Arabs | 1989 - 1993 |

From the diaries ...

Gaza Massacre by the Jewish State of Israel | May 2018 |

by Oui on Mon May 24th, 2021 at 06:45:35 PM EST
by Oui on Mon May 24th, 2021 at 06:58:34 PM EST

Over 500 Democratic staffers urge Joe Biden to `hold Israel accountable' | The Guardian |

More than 500 Democratic party staffers and alumni ofJoe Biden's 2020 campaign have signed an open letter
calling for the US president to do more to protect Palestinians and hold Israel accountable for its actions in and over Gaza, where a ceasefire currently holds.

Biden has come under increasing pressure to take a firmer stance against Israel after the recent conflict in which more than 230 Palestinians were killed and dozens of buildings leveled in Gaza, while 12 Israelis died from rockets fired by Hamas.

The letter will add to that push and also reflects a more subtle turning point in broader US public opinion, which has become more critical of Israel.

by Oui on Mon May 24th, 2021 at 07:47:55 PM EST
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by Oui on Mon May 24th, 2021 at 08:18:43 PM EST
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by Oui on Sun May 30th, 2021 at 10:50:22 AM EST
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What about the Yemen War ... not on the agenda of exchanging niceties with the Sheikh. No Antony, the UAE didn't play a role in the cease-fire negotiations ... major role for Egypt and assisted by Qatar. Or is mentioning the state of MB not done in the UAE as the MB is outlawed. The Emirates is willing to fund conditional rebuilding of Gaza.

by Oui on Tue May 25th, 2021 at 06:56:43 AM EST
Free Palestine 🇵🇸 🇵🇸 🇵🇸

End all wars 🌿 🕊 ... fight for peace ... ☮️

Excellent statement ... thinking out loud after the Abraham "Business" Accords were signed on initiative by Israel and Abu Dhabi Intelligence cooperation.

We welcome the news today of a ceasefire agreement, and hope that it is durable, lasting, and might contribute to the resumption of a credible wider peace process while restoring calm and building confidence between the parties at the same time. The events of the past two weeks have been a somber reminder of the urgent need for peaceful dialogue aimed at a long-term solution to ending this conflict and bringing peace to our entire region.

The UAE is alarmed by the actions against the Palestinian people since early May, in violation of international law, including at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the forced displacement of Palestinian families from the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, which led to civilian casualties including women and children.

We stress that Israel must comply with its obligations under international law, including international humanitarian law and human rights law, and with all relevant United Nations resolutions. In particular, Israel must protect Palestinian civilians, cease building settlements and demolishing Palestinian property in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, and halt the forcible displacement of Palestinians.

In addition, my country underscores the fundamental importance of upholding the status of Jerusalem, in compliance with relevant United Nations resolutions. We further emphasize the right of the Palestinian people to freely practice their religions and the importance of respecting the role of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan as custodian of the holy sites in Jerusalem and in preserving their legal and historical status quo. The sanctity of Jerusalem as a city of historic and religious importance for all three Abrahamic faiths must be upheld and protected.

by Oui on Tue May 25th, 2021 at 07:00:22 AM EST
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by Oui on Thu May 27th, 2021 at 07:50:53 PM EST
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by Oui on Thu May 27th, 2021 at 07:53:03 PM EST
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Saudi Arabia's intelligence chief meets with Syrian counterpart in Damascus | Al-Monitor - May 5, 2021 |

Saudi Arabia's intelligence chief met with his Syrian counterpart in Damascus on Monday in a sign of possible rapprochement between the two governments a decade after relations were severed.

London-based Rai al-Youm news outlet reported that Gen. Khalid al-Humaidan's met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his trusted intelligence chief Ali Mamluk to discuss restoring diplomatic ties after the Eid al-Fitr holiday later this month.

The Guardian independently confirmed that Humaidan met with Mamluk.

by Oui on Thu May 27th, 2021 at 07:55:58 PM EST
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Trump administration approves the "stealing" of Syria's oil | TRT World |

Biden ends Trump's waiver for US oil company to operate in Syria | TOI |

Treasury Department rules prohibit most US companies from doing business in Syria. The waiver for Delta Crescent Energy was issued in April 2020, months after Trump announced that he wanted to keep some US troops in the oil-rich region to maintain control of the oil profits.
Trump's "keep the oil" message is no longer US foreign policy under the Biden administration, and using the US military to facilitate Syrian oil production is deemed inappropriate, according to the official, who is not authorized to publicly discuss the decision and speaks on condition of anonymity.

The company was founded in 2019 by James Cain, US ambassador to Denmark under president George W. Bush; James Reese, a retired Army Delta Force officer; and John Dorrier Jr., a former executive with United Kingdom-based Gulfsands Petroleum. Cain, a onetime executive with the NHL's Carolina Hurricanes, has donated more than $30,000 to the Republican Party and GOP candidates over the years.

Northeastern Syria is the center for what remains of Syria's oil industry. It is in shambles but remains one of the main sources of revenues for the Kurdish-led autonomous administration there.

by Oui on Thu May 27th, 2021 at 08:25:39 PM EST
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Where the EU odd couple Charles and Von der Leyen failed miserably, Wendy Sherman Undersecretary to Blinken is in Ankara to iron out differences with Turkey.

With cutting ties with ally Kurds in NE Syria as illustrated to end US waiver to steal Syrian oil.

by Oui on Thu May 27th, 2021 at 08:42:36 PM EST
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by Oui on Tue May 25th, 2021 at 07:55:56 AM EST
by Oui on Tue May 25th, 2021 at 07:57:49 AM EST
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by Oui on Tue May 25th, 2021 at 07:58:54 AM EST
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To meet with lame duck PM Bibi Netanyahu awaiting trial for corruption as soon as his immunity transpires.

Israel: Witnesses testify in Netanyahu corruption trial

by Oui on Tue May 25th, 2021 at 08:01:08 AM EST
Blinken lands in Israel in start of Mideast tour to shore up Gaza truce | Ynet News |

The secretary is also set to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Benny Gantz and President Reuven Rivlin, as well as other senior officials.

He  is also scheduled to travel to Ramallah for a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and other senior officials to discuss U.S. support for the Palestinian Authority, including the resumption of financial aid.

A senior State Department official said ahead of the visit that Blinken is will focus on coordinating reconstruction of the Gaza Strip without engaging with the enclave's militant Hamas rulers, who are considered terrorists by Israel and Western countries.

Blinken also set to visit Egypt and Jordan during his first official tour of the region.

by Oui on Tue May 25th, 2021 at 08:29:14 AM EST
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by Oui on Tue May 25th, 2021 at 08:03:05 AM EST
by Oui on Tue May 25th, 2021 at 08:04:28 AM EST
Blinken to Meet Yesh Atid Leader Lapid Today

Antony Blinken will meet with Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid, Israel's de facto opposition leader, this evening.

by Oui on Tue May 25th, 2021 at 08:26:02 AM EST
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Free Palestine 🇵🇸 🇵🇸 🇵🇸 stop the war - stop incitement - unify, don't divide. Accept International rule of law.

Protect human rights of Palestinians.

by Oui on Tue May 25th, 2021 at 08:27:51 AM EST
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Many Palestinians in Israel live in the mixed cities of Jaffa, Acre, Ramla, Lod, Haifa where Jews and Arabs coexist. Many of them protested during airstrikes on the Gaza Strip, leading to clashes with Jewish extremists. 

The city of Lod has experienced an unprecedented outbreak of violence, jeopardising the coexistence between Arab and Jewish communities in the town. These events revealed a build-up of resentment towards the Israeli state, which is accused of working to progressively oust Arabs from the city to the benefit of "Jewish colonisers".

by Oui on Tue May 25th, 2021 at 08:40:43 AM EST
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