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U.S. Will Be Ousted From Middle-East

by Oui Sat Apr 8th, 2023 at 08:18:21 AM EST

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China's yuan ideal for energy trade in Gulf Region: vice president of Tehran University

The meeting between the foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia and Iran in Beijing on Thursday will be hopefully the beginning of a much better situation in the West Asia, which can also create the momentum for rapprochement especially in the Gulf Region, Vice President of the University of Tehran, also also Member of Iran's Presidential Delegation to China, Professor Mohammad Marandi told the Global Times in an exclusive interview on Friday.

Marandi said that as the world is moving toward de-dollarization, it's important to have alternative currencies and it would be ideal to use China's yuan when China imports energy from the Gulf region.

Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud and Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian met in Beijing on Thursday. Saudi Arabia and Iran announced the resumption of diplomatic ties with immediate effect on Thursday in Beijing after the first formal meeting between the two countries' top diplomats in more than seven years, in a diplomatic rapprochement under a deal brokered by China last month.

During the talks, the two sides said they were ready to make every possible effort to overcome any obstacle that may hinder cooperation. At the conclusion of the meeting, the two sides expressed their thanks and appreciation to China for hosting this meeting, read the statement from Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

10 Years ago last month ...

US Will Be Ousted by Saudi King Abdullah in Middle-East | Oui @BooMan - Feb. 27, 2013 |

Crown Prince Abdullah worked behind de scenes for an Israeli-Palestinian peace settlement in 2000. Took the initiative for Saudi Arabia to accept the State of Israel in a new peace plan endorsed by all Arab states in 2002. Even George Bush the Elder intervened in an attempt to clear the air between the Saudis and the Bush/Cheney administration. It was all in vain as the US had their own agenda set with military sight on Iraq and Saddam Hussain.

A new attempt was made in December 2003 to rebuild good relationships between the two nations. The WikiLeaks publication gives much needed insight to what depth the US standing had deteriorated in the Muslim world. The repeated failure of the US to act as an honest broker for peace between the Palestinians and Israel has left an indelible mark.

The large picture of what is happening these last few years starts to make sense. It becomes clear the United States and Western powers will be ousted from the Arab nations now participating in the Arab Spring. Because of Europe's rejection of Turkey and the Mavi Marmara incident with Israel, Prime Minister Erdogan has decided to look towards its Muslim neighbours in the Middle-East. As Russia is ousted from Syria and Obama has decided to be passive in his support for military intervention, it's precisely where Saudi Arabia and the GCC countries want to be. Momentarily these nations are rebuilding the Arab states with funding of $$ billions and shipping arms to the rebels or jihadists from Mali to Syria.

In mid 2017 ...

Saudi king ousts nephew to name son as first in line to throne | The Guardian - June 21, 2017 |

Mohammed bin Nayef replaced by Mohammed bin Salman, 31-year-old in charge of economy and war in Yemen

King Salman of Saudi Arabia has ousted his nephew as crown prince and replaced him with his son, Mohammed bin Salman, confirming the 31-year-old as heir and consolidating the kingdom's move to reassert its influence as a regional power.

The move was announced by royal decree just after midnight, stunning the Saudi establishment, which has seen Bin Salman's profile soar over the past three years but regarded the role of the former crown prince, Mohammed bin Nayef, a veteran security tsar, as secure.

President Trump called Bin Salman to congratulate him on his "recent elevation".

"The president and the crown prince committed to close cooperation to advance our shared goals of security, stability, and prosperity across the Middle East and beyond," a White House statement said, adding that the two leaders talked about cutting off support for terrorists, resolving Saudi Arabia's dispute with Qatar, economic cooperation and "a lasting peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians."

A source familiar with Trump foreign policy and national security said that Bin Salman was seen by the White House as a key ally.

"The circles who have worked on the bridge between this administration and the Arab coalition, they know each other and they know Prince Mohammed is a solid ally," the source said. "The consolidation of Prince Mohammed's influence within the government of Saudi Arabia is going to be seen as a positive development for the administration ... and now there are less risks that there will be opposition to him in the near future."

The upheaval follows a dizzying series of moves from the usually cautious kingdom, which in recent weeks has seen it recalibrate relations with Washington and open a diplomatic offensive against Qatar, led by Bin Salman's office, while pressing ahead with a war in Yemen and an ambitious economic and cultural overhaul at home.

During several decennia, Prince Bandar was seen as key ally especially during the George Bush administration.

House of Saud - US Alliance Has Broken the Middle East | by Oui - Apr 10th, 2018 |

Setting the standard of intolerance. Some religions keep biblical times and culture in a contemporary suspension. Cutting off heads and ethnic purity. How the US operating in the Middle East has led to populist right-wing extremists in Europe, the Trump presidency and the so-called Clash of Civilisations. How the West has joined to become slaves of more wars serving what purpose?

America's Shameful Love Affair With A Saudi Prince | The Forward |

These days, you can't open an internet browser without coming face to face with the handsome, keffiyah-clad visage of Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, also known as MBS. For weeks now, he's been on a charm offensive, courting American politicians, tech giants, businessmen and journalists.

And they have been happy to receive him. From an interview on 60 Minutes ("At just 32, Mohammed bin Salman seems fearless and determined") to a lengthy sit-down interview with the Atlantic's editor in chief Jeffrey Goldberg ("He was jovial to the point of ebullience when I met him") to TIME magazine's cover story ("He looks like someone you knew in college, a big guy going on about something that seems really important to him"), MBS has been delighting the American media.

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Spread the good news of Easter to the whole world ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Apr 9th, 2023 at 11:57:21 AM EST

See posts h/t Cat ...

Great job digging through the disinformation from the official sources from the Pentagon, NATO and Atlanticists.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Apr 9th, 2023 at 11:58:21 AM EST
CIA complained US was blindsided by Saudi outreach to Syria and Iran: Report | MEE |

Burns' comments challenge the US's official line that Saudi Arabia kept it informed of its talks with Iran to restore diplomatic relations.

"The Saudis did keep us informed about these talks that they were having, just as we keep them informed on our engagements," White House spokesman John Kirby said last month.

US officials have been quick to point out that they publicly supported dialogue between Iran and Saudi Arabia long before Beijing brokered the rapprochement.

Yeah ... to root out jihadists, Mujahideen, Wahhabism preaching, etc. etc. 😂 😂

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Leaked Pentagon Report: Israeli Intel Agency Mossad Agitated against Netanyahu's weakening of Courts

Washington Post report that a leak of Pentagon documents reveals that the U.S. is intensively spying on Israel and concludes that Israel's intelligence service, Mossad, has encouraged both its own employees and the Israeli public to join protests against Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's attempt to gut the Israeli courts. Mossad is denying the report.

this document draws the curtain on the kind of pressures Minister of Defense Yoav Gallant was getting from the officer corps and intelligence chiefs, such that he publicly announced his opposition to Netanyahu's plans to weaken the courts. Netanyahu orally fired Gallant, but has not submitted the paperwork necessary actually to remove him, leaving Israel in limbo regarding the head of its ministry of defense.

Mossad is headed by David "Dadi" Barnea, 58. He did his BA and MBA in the United States and worked in an Israeli investment bank before joining Mossad in 1996.
Barnea had already been reported by the Times of Israel to be allowing "low-level" Mossad employees to participate in the anti-Netanyahu rallies. It is an old intelligence trick to release a little damaging information to cover up a big piece of damaging information. Apparently the TOI report was actually a cover-up of a widespread Mossad commitment to the protests that may have involved encouraging civilians to join them as well. Like any foreign intelligence-gathering outfit, Mossad is not supposed to operate domestically, particularly in opposition to the policies of the sitting prime minister.

Former Mossad head Danny Yatom has been vocal against Netanyahu's project, calling it a "judicial coup," and warning that if it is enacted there could be a revolt among top military and intelligence officials, as France 24 English reported a month ago.

Mossad, established in 1949, means "Institute," and is short for Mossad Merkazi le-Modiin ule-Tafkidim Meyuhadim, ("Central Institute for Intelligence and Special Operations"). It specializes in espionage abroad and covert operations, including dirty tricks and assassinations. The internal espionage agency is Shin Bet.

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Israels' Intelligence Chief: 'Iran Can Obtain Nuclear Weapons Within a Year' | Feb 2, 2012 |

"Iran has enough nuclear material for four bombs," the Director of Military Intelligence Major General Aviv Kochavi warned in a rare appearance at the 2012 Herzliya Conference, where he reviewed regional changes, the effects of the 'Arab Spring', the Iranian threat and their effect on Israel's security. "Vigorously pursuing its nuclear capabilities, Iran is estimated to have over four tons of enriched materials and nearly 100Kg of 20% enriched uranium - sufficient fissile material for four bombs," he added.

Israelis Suspect Obama Media Leaks to Prevent Strike on Iran | TOI - March 29, 2012 |

In the period 2010-2012, Netanyahu and his defense minister, Ehud Barak, seriously contemplated launching an attack on Iran no less than three times, as I discussed at Informed Comment in 2015.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Apr 9th, 2023 at 02:51:57 PM EST
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My coverage over the years ...

Hardliners win: "Death to America" | May 9, 2018 |

Summing it up for US Democrats ...

  • Americans Living In a Parallel Reality on Iraq and Syria

What A Joke He Is! | Oct 12th, 2018 |

A fortnight ago Trump said King Salman depended fully on military protection from the American military might or he would be overthrown in matter of two weeks

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Apr 9th, 2023 at 02:52:51 PM EST
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Saudi Arabia Feels Insecure | Le Monde Diplomatique - 2014 |

Saudi Arabia feels that its position in the Gulf and the world is being threatened by changing regional aims and alliances, in particular in Iran and Egypt. Its rulers, being old, are not coping well with radical change.

"Iran has always interfered in the affairs of Saudi Arabia. In 2003 it was Tehran that gave the green light to Al-Qaida attacks on the Kingdom", said a lecturer at King Saud University in Riyadh, certain of this improbable alliance between a Shia regime and an organisation that regards Shias as heretics. He is not alone: Tarik al-Homeid the influential editor in chief of Asharq Al-Awsat (which is owned by the Saudi royal family), has called on the US to recognise that Iran is the main sponsor of Al-Qaida.

Perhaps this wild speculation comes from a feeling that Saudi Arabia is surrounded by enemies. The lecturer (who asked for anonymity) said: "We are surrounded by instability, and behind it we see the hand of Iran" -- in Iraq, where the government now has almost no contact with Riyadh; in Bahrain, where a popular revolt in 2011 following those in Tunisia and Egypt was seen as an Iranian attempt at destabilisation and was put down by Saudi troops; and in Yemen, where a local Shia insurgency (known as the Houthi rebellion, after its instigator), with mainly domestic causes, has been blamed on manoeuvres by Iran's Revolutionary Guards.

Two axes dominate the Middle East: one led by Iran, with the Syrian government and Hizbullah, the other led by Saudi Arabia, with the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and former Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri's 14 March movement. Evidence of these axes can be seen in Syria and Lebanon.

Saudi Arabia's concerns have grown as cracks have emerged in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). In December 2013 Oman opposed Saudi plans for a union of GCC states, and plans for a unified command structure that would cover the armed forces of the six states remain a utopian dream. All the GCC states except Saudi Arabia and Bahrain approved the interim nuclear agreement reached by the US and Iran in November 2013, and received Iran's foreign minister. Kuwait is refusing to sign a GCC internal security pact (proposed by Saudi Arabia), on the grounds that it would go against rights enshrined in the Kuwaiti constitution.

In this uncertain context, Saudi Arabia and two other GCC states -- the UAE and Bahrain -- recalled their ambassadors to Qatar on 5 March. Relations between Qatar and Saudi Arabia have seldom been calm (there were armed border clashes in 1992), though both are Wahhabi states, but the overthrow of the emir of Qatar by his son Hamed bin Khalifa Al-Thani in 1995 heightened tensions. In 2002 Saudi Arabia recalled its ambassador in protest over an Al-Jazeera TV documentary about the founder of Saudi Arabia, Ibn Saud. Diplomatic relations only resumed in 2008, after Qatar promised to tone down Al-Jazeera's criticism.

Internal threats inside the Saudi Kingdom were aways blamed on foreign powers. The Grand Mosque attack in holiest city Makkah in 1979: Turning Point in Saudi Arabia. Further bombing of Khobar Towers in 1996 blamed on Iran, and the Bahrain uprising or unrest in 2011.

Related reading, see recent post ...

How Obama Empowered Al Qaeda In Syria

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At first I figured the quote was misplaced to Netanyahu's statement: "America is something that can be moved easily." Also from 2001 video tape.

Netanyahu: US easily manipulated | Al Jazeera |

[The video was shot in 2001, apparently without Netanyahu's knowledge - Channel 10]

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Apr 20th, 2023 at 08:38:59 PM EST
"I know what America is," Netanyahu said. "America is a thing you can move very easily, move it in the right direction. They won't get in the way."

Israeli PM seen discussing ways to undermine Oslo Accords in 2001 videotape.

The Oslo Accords specified that Israel would be allowed to keep "military zones" in the West Bank in any future agreement with the Palestinian Authority. Netanyahu told the settlers he would use that loophole to retain large portions of Palestinian territory.

"I'm going to interpret the accords in such a way that would allow me to put an end to this galloping forward to the '67 borders," he said.

"How do we do it? Nobody said what defined military zones were. Defined military zones are security zones; as far as I'm concerned, the entire Jordan Valley is a defined military zone."

In the recording, Netanyahu described Bill Clinton - the former US president who helped to negotiate the accords - as "radically pro-Palestinian".

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Apr 20th, 2023 at 08:42:53 PM EST
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"America is a thing you can move very easily" (a Netanyahu quote) | Mondoweiss |

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Apr 20th, 2023 at 10:04:49 PM EST
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Then I found this about Ariel Sharon ...

Sharon to Peres: "Don't worry about American pressure; we control America" | WRMEA |

Occupied Jerusalem: 3 October, 2001 (IAP News)

An acrimonious argument erupted during the Israeli cabinet weekly session last week between Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and his foreign Minister Shimon Peres during which Sharon reportedly yelled at Peres, saying "don't worry about American pressure, we control America."

According to Israel radio (in hebrew) Kol Yisrael, Peres warned Sharon that refusing to heed incessant American requests for a cease-fire with the Palestinians would endanger Israeli interests and "turn the US against us."

At this point, a furious Sharon reportedly turned toward Peres, saying "every time we do something you tell me Americans will do this and will do that. I want to tell you something very clear, don't worry about American pressure on Israel, we, the Jewish people control America, and the Americans know it."

The radio said Peres and other cabinet ministers warned Sharon against saying what he said in public because "it would cause us a public relations disaster."

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Apr 20th, 2023 at 08:47:37 PM EST
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Sharon slams hate messages | Ynet News - May 5, 2005 |

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon slammed opponents of his Gaza plan for comparing Israel's planned pullout of all 8,500 Jewish settlers from the territory to the atrocities committed to Jews during the Nazi Holocaust.
"Anyone who tries to compare the situation of the Jewish people today to their situation then is making a very grave mistake," he told reporters travelling with him to a Holocaust memorial service at the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland.
"Israel is an independent country with a large army and it has the ability to do what it thinks is right," he said.
Jewish settlers in Gaza who oppose Sharon's plan to evacuate all 21 settlements in the area and four of 120 from the West Bank have said the pullout constituted an expulsion of Jews and many have protested against it by pinning small orange stars on their lapels, similar to the yellow stars the Germans forced the Jews to wear during World War II.
Nazi graffiti and slogans of incitement against Sharon were sprayed in Jerusalem on Thursday, including at the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum, marking the latest incidents in a growing number of similar desecrations reported in recent months ahead of the upcoming Gaza and West Bank pullout.
Swastikas were spray-painted inside the museum complex, hours before Israeli leaders joined thousands at an annual ceremony to commemorate the six million Jews who were murdered in the Holocaust.
Various slogans of incitement against the prime minister were also found in various areas in Jerusalem, including his official residence, reading: "Sharon is following Hitler's path" and "Sharon - Hitler would have been proud of you."

In a comment to article, the Ariel Sharon quote is referenced.

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Media and the Political Power of Israel In the U.S. | Arab News - May 11, 2002 |

"I do not think I ever had as much pressure and propaganda aimed at the White House as I had in this instance" -- U.S. President Harry Truman writing in his memoirs about the Zionist pressure to support the partition of Palestine.


"... terrific control the Jews have over the news media and the barrage the Jews have built up on congressmen .... I am very much concerned over the fact that the Jewish influence here is completely dominating the scene and making it almost impossible to get Congress to do anything they don't approve of. The Israeli embassy is practically dictating to the Congress through influential Jewish people in the country" -- Sec. of State John Foster Dulles in Feb. 1957 quoted on p. 99 of Fallen Pillars by Donald Neff.


"We have exhausted our requests. President Clinton has answered all our needs. There has been no American president in history like President Clinton, in his support of Israel and the Jewish people." -- Shimon Peres (From Washington Report, July 1996, pg. 17)


"The Israelis control the policy in the Congress and the Senate ... somewhere around 80 percent of the Senate of the United States is completely in support of Israel -- of anything Israel wants...." -- Senator Fulbright, Chair of Senate Foreign Relations Committee: 10/07/1973 on CBS' "Face the Nation".

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Apr 20th, 2023 at 08:55:39 PM EST
Fulbright: Israel Controls Senate | Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) - April 17, 1973 |

Sen. J. William Fulbright claimed on the CBS "Face the Nation" television program yesterday that the Senate was "subservient" to Israel and prevented the Administration from applying pressure on that country.

The Arkansas Democrat, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the U.S. possessed the leverage on Israel because "we supply all the wherewithal -or a major part of the wherewithal-to finance or to pay for everything Israel does." But, he added, this leverage could not be applied because "Israel controls the Senate."

Fulbright said, "The Senate is subservient to Israel, in my opinion much too much. We should be more concerned about the United States interest rather than doing the bidding of Israel This is a most unusual development."

He also expressed opposition to the Jackson Amendment linking most favored nation treatment for the Soviet Union to the removal of emigration restrictions by that country. But Fulbright said the Senate would probably approve it. He said he had supported previous Administration plans to achieve a Middle Eastern settlement, but Israel's objections were supported by the Senate.

"The great majority of the Senate of the United States-somewhere around 80 percent-are completely in support of Israel, anything Israel wants. This has been demonstrated time and again and this has made it difficult for our government." Fulbright said.

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Apr 20th, 2023 at 09:01:01 PM EST
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John F. Kennedy, The Jewish Community and Israel: Some Preliminary Observations by Ian J. Bickerton

In April 1960, Chair of Senate Foreign Relations Committee, J. William Fulbright, angrily denounced the introduction of a Senate resolution designed to block aid to Egypt, stating that 'in recent years we have seen the rise of organizations dedicated apparently not to America but to foreign states and groups. The conduct of a foreign policy for America has been seriously compromised by this development'. Such activities, he claimed, would simply fortify the Arabs in their belief that 'in any issue arising from the Arab-Israeli conflict the United States, because of domestic political pressures, will be on the side of the Israelis'.Fulbright expressed his concerns directly to John F. Kennedy in September 1962 when news of the decision to supply Israel with  Hawk surface to air missiles became public.

Hawks vs. Doves: The Story of the First US-Israel Arms Deal

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Rethinking U.S. Economic to Egypt Aid | 2016 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Apr 20th, 2023 at 09:05:43 PM EST
Perspectives on Power: John F. Kennedy and U.S.-Middle East Relations | Dec. 2002 |

The Kennedy Administration is an excellent case study for the nature of power relationships during the Cold War because it came during a period in which policy shifted because of the actions of local players. This work is based on an analysis of diplomatic conversations between American ambassadors and officers in ten Middle East countries and their superiors in Washington. These conversations reveal conflicting aims of the United States and Middle East leaders, and the degree to which Kennedy and his advisors reshaped policy to meet new demands or conditions.

Ben-Gurion persuaded Kennedy to sell Israel missiles, beginning a gradual process of the United States becoming an arsenal for Israel. This support damaged a fragile relationship with neutralist, Arab states. The Shah of Iran managed to persuade the United States that he was a reformer, thus assuring a steady flow of dollars. Similarly, Prince Faisal of Saudi Arabia created paper reforms in order to persuade Kennedy to provide military aid. King Hussein of Jordan promised reforms and threatened to seek Soviet help in order obtain increasing amounts of American aid. Eventually, American support of traditional Arab regimes vis-a-vis more progressive ones further branded the United States as an enemy of pan-Arab nationalism.

However, in order to understand the implications ofthis study, one must identify Arab nationalism as well as Kennedy's aims for the Middle East. Kennedy and his advisors understood that there were two kinds of Arab nationalism at work in the region during the 1960s: a vague movement toward pan-Arab unity and nationalist goals of the separate states. In fact, conflicting aims of these two kinds of nationalism often created friction between Arab states, what Malcolm Kerr long ago labeled an "Arab Cold War."

While Kennedy was wary of the first kind of nationalism, he supported the second. He viewed Arab unity as a threat only if it were not oriented to the West. Safer, perhaps, was a collection of independent Arab states with which he could negotiate on an individual basis.

Regardless of whether or not there was Arab unity, Kennedy intended to work with whomever was necessary in the region to further his aim: to minimize Soviet influence in the region and safeguard Western access to oil. Even though Kennedy would have liked to broker an Arab-Israeli peace or at least make significant progress toward that goal, he more realistically expected to maintain a balanced approach to both Arab states and Israel while minimizing the opportunities for Soviet infiltration.

U.S. and Israel: The Development of the Special Relationship

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Apr 20th, 2023 at 09:06:41 PM EST
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George H.W. Bush vs. Israel | Jewish Press |

Although some argue Bush's foreign policy was a complex mix of support and opposition to Israel's foreign policy, a strong case can be made that the Bush administration was the most hostile to Israel in American history - until Barack Obama indisputably seized the presidential anti-Israel crown.

Perhaps most tellingly, upon his death last month as the oldest ex-president in American history, Bush was hailed by the Palestinian leadership as "the only U.S. president to have the guts to stand up to Israel."

Bush's term in office was marked by four years of relentlessly intense pressure on the Jewish state. He complained about "the power of the Jewish lobby," infamously characterizing himself as "one lonely guy standing up to something like 1,000 [Jewish] lobbyists on the Hill," and condemned AIPAC (the America-Israel Political Action Committee) and he invoked charges of "dual loyalty" against American Jews.

He also harshly criticized Israel's defensive efforts to quell the "First Intifada;" failed to veto nine anti-Israel UN resolutions in the Security Council; vociferously opposed Israeli "settlements," which he called "an obstacle to peace;" essentially forced Israel to refrain from defending itself by retaliating against Saddam Hussein's SCUD missile attacks; and later stated that "East Jerusalem" was not a sovereign part of Israel.

Bush ultimately paid the price for his anti-Israel policies when he was defeated by Bill Clinton in his bid for reelection, in no small part due to Jewish anger; he went from 35 percent of the Jewish vote in 1988 to 11 percent in 1992, and Jewish financial support for his campaign all but evaporated. (Bush himself later attributed his defeat to "the Jewish Lobby.")

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Apr 20th, 2023 at 09:09:51 PM EST
Gaza  Massacre by the Jewish State of Israel | May 16, 2018 |

The great ally for decades of the United States. Only George Herbert Bush with Secretary of State James Baker III and Barack Obama with John Kerry had the courage to follow through on Internationl Law and the UN Security Council resolutions to confront the state of Israel. Both the Republicans and Democrats lost the the next bid for presidency in the election. For President Bush it was more clear-cut due to a sluggish economy and his broken promise of no tax cut than it was for the surprise defeat of Hillary Clinton after wasting an 19 points lead from mid-August.

    Bush's most publicized successes as President came in foreign policy.  In an almost bloodless campaign, he authorized the use of military force to remove Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega from power.  And when in 1990 Saddam Hussein annexed Kuwait as a possible prelude to invading Saudi Arabia, rather than fulfilling Margaret Thatcher's fears that he might "go wobbly", Bush instead put together a domestic and international political and military coalition that drove Hussein out of Kuwait in less than a month of combat and with a minimal loss of American lives.

Removing the Democrats from power became a major goal for PM Netanyahu, Israel lobby groups and to undo the nuclear deal with Iran sealed by the UN Security Council. The US has become itself a pariah state within the global community of nations and spreading terror across te Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

In the next decade, Europe will need to adjust its reliance on the capital infrastructure which has it embeded in Wall Street, trade treaties and the financial banking system. A next step will be to remove the dominant US dollar currency in favor of a basket of foreign valutas. The Brexit should expediate the separation of mainland Europe with the AngloSaxon empire of pure capitalism, warmongering and policy of regime change by force as seen during the last twenty years.

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To all my Muslim friends and contacts, I sent a special greetings this year ... thx Antony 🥹

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Common roots ... now deliver on peace ☮️ 🕍 🕌

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Apr 21st, 2023 at 11:33:52 AM EST
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Free Palestine 🇵🇸 🇵🇸 🇵🇸

Stop Apartheid -- Stop illegal occupation -- abide by UN decisions

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Apr 21st, 2023 at 11:35:35 AM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Apr 21st, 2023 at 11:36:54 AM EST

Rightwing doctrine of leadership in today's Jewish State is racist  ... closing in on fascism. See support by populists as Dutch MP Geert Wilders et.al.

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No Justice, no Democracy, US Court of Chief Justice John Roberts

A Right-Wing Rout: The Roberts Court's Partisan Opinions

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Apr 21st, 2023 at 11:41:46 AM EST

American "moral values" are not mine ... never!

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Saudi crown prince, Russian president speak in phone call | Arab News |

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday, Saudi Press Agency reported.

During the telephone conversation, the Russian President congratulated the crown prince on Eid Al-Fitr.

The two sides also reviewed relations between the Kingdom and Russia and ways of developing them in various fields and discussed several issues of common interest.
The two expressed satisfaction with the level of cooperation between the two countries to bring stability to the global oil market, a Kremlin statement said, adding  Putin and the prince "also forged close business relations."

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Telephone conversation with Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud | Kremlin Briefing |

Vladimir Putin spoke by telephone with Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud, with the Saudi side initiating the conversation.

The parties discussed several key topics on the bilateral agenda, with an emphasis on further expanding mutually beneficial ties in trade, economic cooperation, investment and energy. They expressed satisfaction with the level of coordination at OPEC Plus aimed at ensuring the global oil market stability. Prospects for cooperation between Saudi Arabia and BRICS were also considered.

The two leaders exchanged views on various aspects of the developments in the Middle East in the context of the efforts Russia and Saudi Arabia are participating in to resolve regional crises.

Vladimir Putin wished all the best to the Saudi leaders and people on Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

The conversation was friendly, constructive and substantive. With this in mind, the parties agreed to build up contacts in specific areas of cooperation.

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Why My Labour Party Will Always Stand Up for Israel | Keir Starmer in Jewish Chronicle - Nov. 17, 2021 |

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Influence campaign against Corbyn

In August 2018, Act.IL ran a campaign directing its troll army to make and promote comments online against the British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, accusing him of anti-Semitism.

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UK appoints Friends of Israel Initiative founder to lead review of anti-radicalisation programme

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Apr 21st, 2023 at 09:18:32 PM EST
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Excellent news ...

Perhaps it's worthwhile to make peace, not war ...

"These are Israel's reserve stockpiles for times of war," a former cabinet minister says. "The move has had a bigger meaning in light of the threats on Israel in multiple theaters."

Stockpiles for war crimes should be depleted ... fools!

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Apr 30th, 2023 at 04:59:52 PM EST
US quietly shipping ammo to Ukraine from massive stockpile in Israel -- report | TOI - Jan. 18, 2023 |

New York Times says 300,000 artillery shells to be sent to Kyiv's forces from American supplies kept in Israel for emergency use

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Apr 30th, 2023 at 05:10:23 PM EST
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Israel wants US to bolster its weapons stockpile in Israel: Sources | Jan. 14, 2022 |

The stockpile is meant for US use, but weapons can be quickly transferred to Israeli forces in the event of an emergency

Israel has prepared a list of weapons systems it intends to ask the US to add to the American emergency stockpile in Israel as a precaution for future regional conflicts, according to defense sources here.

The list is highly classified, but sources said it includes aerial munitions that Israel predicts would be needed if the military takes action against Iranian nuclear facilities or defends against rocket salvos from Hezbollah in Lebanon.

The War Reserves Stock Allies stockpile, established in the 1980s, allows the US to "stockpile arms and equipment at Israeli bases for American use in wartime," according to a US Congressional Research Service report (pdf), and has included missiles, armored vehicles and artillery ammunition. Later the US amended the rules for the stockpile, saying Israel could have direct access "in emergency situations," and weapons could be transferred through significantly streamlined Foreign Military Sales channels.

"Officially, all this equipment belongs to the US military," an Israeli officer is quoted as saying in the 2020 CRS report. "If, however, there is a conflict, the IDF [Israel Defense Forces] can ask permission to use some of the equipment."

That's happened at least twice, according to CRS: once during the 2006 conflict between Israel and Hezbollah, and once in 2014 for an Israeli operation against Hamas. (The US also simulated a stockpile weapons transfer for a bilateral military exercise in 2019.)

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US may give Israel Iraq ammo | JPost - Feb. 11, 2010 |

Equipment could also be left in Iraq to assist local security forces.

A security agreement between the United States and Iraq calls for withdrawal of all US forces by the end of 2011. The equipment that Israel might receive, one official said, is ammunition, vehicles, and a specially designed rapid cannon - called C-RAM - that can intercept small projectiles such as mortars.

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Debate on UNIFIL raging in Spain / Arrecia el debate sobre la fuerza de paz en el Líbano | by Carrie Fri Sep 8th, 2006 |

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Another gross failure in the Middle East by the Neocon gang of military interventions for regime change ... when will it stop and the murderers be punished?

Keeping the blueprint for NATO of the Arabian peninsula in the White House freezer? A fascist Jewish State of Israel not a good bet for the Arab countries and the Islamic Republic of Iran. Authoritarians should love one another. The European Union is a loser for any influence in the Middle East ... better talk directly with the man in the White House.

While Ukraine was burning after VP Biden/Nuland's coup d'état in Februari 2014.

US With Both Feet in Syrian Quagmire |@BooMan on June 27, 2014 |

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Turkey slams Biden's past call for U.S. to back Erdogan opponents | Reuters - Aug. 15, 2020 |

Turkey condemned as "interventionist" comments that U.S. Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden had made in December when he advocated a new U.S. approach to the "autocrat" President Tayyip Erdogan and support for opposition parties.

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Navigating the Democracy-Security Dilemma in U.S. Foreign Policy: Lessons from Egypt, India, and Turkey | Carnegie Endowment for Int'l Peace - Nov. 4, 2021 |

Yet giving them a free pass on democracy and rights issues undercuts the credibility of U.S. appeals to values, bolstering the damaging perception that America only pushes for democracy against its adversaries or in strategically irrelevant countries.

Already in the first year of Biden's presidency, such tensions have emerged in relations with countries as diverse as Egypt, Hungary, India, the Philippines, Poland, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey. [missing troublemaker Israel run by Netanyahu, Trump's favorite son]

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri May 12th, 2023 at 09:41:12 PM EST
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The Israelis Destabilizing Democracy and Disrupting Elections  | Haaretz -  Nov. 16, 2022 |

No morals, no qualms, no borders: Tal Hanan and Team Jorge have turned chaos into business

Team Jorge also claimed responsibility for an infamous cyberattack that was intended to sabotage a referendum on Catalan independence in 2014. He also relayed how a client paid him to help in the arrest of Canadian fashion tycoon Peter Nygård for alleged sex crimes. And he boasted of a 2015 attack on the phones of the opposition party in Nigeria, within the framework of an election campaign in which - as the investigation subsequently discovered - he worked together with the notorious U.K. consulting firm Cambridge Analytica.

On top of all this came a presentation of a software, the likes of which had never been seen before. This system ran an army of avatars (fake identities) on social media sites, disseminating rumors, harassment, defamation or praise - whatever the client asked for.

Exposé Manipulation Elections Made In Israel | Feb 15, 2023 | 

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri May 12th, 2023 at 09:43:32 PM EST

Team Jorge sell a unique software called AIMS, which controls an army of 30,000 bots for #disinformation campaigns -- many of them on Twitter. Alongside #OSINT reporters from Le Monde and Der Spiegel, Manisha Ganguly hunted them down.

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri May 12th, 2023 at 09:45:21 PM EST
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Why the dollar's dominance is declining in the Middle East | DW News |

The experts that DW spoke with all agreed there are likely two major reasons for Middle Easterners' threats to use other currencies.

Firstly, they said, it has to do with Russia's war in Ukraine.

Motivated by war in Ukraine

Sanctions are a very significant part of the debate, McDowell thinks. His new book, "Bucking the Buck: US Financial Sanctions and the International Backlash Against the Dollar," says as much, arguing "that the more the US wields the dollar as a weapon of foreign policy, the more its adversaries will move their international economic activities into other currencies." 

"Currently, there's a lot of Russian money going through countries in the Middle East and Asia," Alhasan explained. "Essentially those are countries that have chosen not to comply with, or not to enforce, American or European sanctions." 

But should sanctions on Russia be toughened further, turning them into what are known as secondary sanctions, then those countries would have a much harder time avoiding them. Secondary sanctions also punish third parties -- countries or businesses -- that work with the sanctioned entity. Anybody who wants to do business with the US or European Union will find it hard to get around secondary sanctions.

"So governments concerned about US sanctions are increasingly thinking about how they might get ahead of the curve, even if they are not yet ready or interested in making a radical shift away from the dollar," McDowell reasoned.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun May 21st, 2023 at 08:16:08 AM EST

Middle East nations seeking alternatives

Earlier this year, Saudi Arabia's finance minister said his country was also "open" to selling oil using different currencies, including the euro and the Chinese yah. The United Arab Emirates has said it will work with India, using the Indian rupee. Last year, Egypt announced plans to issue bonds -- financial securities that help governments raise money -- in Chinese yuan. It had already issued bonds in Japanese yen.

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Millions #Yemen civilians paying price of deadly war. My AJEnglish analysis on how poorest are ignored by world.

Yemen war deaths will reach 377,000 by end of the year: UN | Al Jazeera - Nov. 23, 2021 |

On this date US, Ukraine and NATO allies were laying the groundwork for a devastating war on the European continent.

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Diaries with key word | Yemen | @EuroTrib and @BooMan

US, UK thank Russia for evacuation of their citizens from Yemen | April 2015 |

The British Foreign Office, as well as the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, have thanked Russian FM Lavrov for the evacuation of their citizens from war-torn Yemen, as Russian planes and ships take hundreds of Russian and foreign nationals from the conflict zone.

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Arab League statement on Yemen 'does not reflect reality': Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, 20 May
The statement comes as US officials are reportedly working to undermine Omani-mediated talks between Saudi Arabia and the Ansarallah resistance movement
Instead of proposing an Arab-led framework for peace, the Jeddah Declaration issued after the Arab League summit affirmed support for a resolution to the conflict based on UN security council resolution 2216, which calls for the Ansarallah movement to disband, give up its heavy weapons, and cede control of the country to the western-backed Yemeni parallel government appointed by Saudi Arabia.
the fireflies in al-Houthi's ear?
[1] The Intercept noted, "[2] Tim Lenderking, the US special envoy for Yemen, has been offering up particularly pessimistic comments on negotiations." ...According to [3] Erik Sperling, executive director of the Just Foreign Policy think tank, "Lenderking has made clear that his primary goal is not ending the war but advancing the US and Israeli anti-Iran crusade in the region. He would prefer the Saudis continue their brutal war and blockade against Yemen, even if it means endangering Saudi security, to a deal that legitimizes Yemen's de facto authorities*. The blood of Yemenis will once again be on US hands if he succeeds in his goal of scuttling the Saudi-Houthi deal [disarmament?] and the war escalates."
* which "defacto authorities", Ansarallah (Grimm-Sperling's assumption) or UAE guest-president Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi or an Arab League appointed transition council? I imagine that Jeddah (a foundational pact) and UNSC resolution complement, rather than contradict, the process of disarming regional conflict. These Anglo-american observers speak more to their exclusion from proceedings than their concerns for ahh equitable political representation agreed by an "Arab-led" convention. Which cannot help but be a more scrupulous arbiter than US diplomats luring Hamas into Palestine's 2006 election.
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middleeastmonitor | Yemen's Houthi gov't enters oil exploration deal with China, 22 May
According a report by the Sanaa-based Saba News agency yesterday, the MoU comes after many negotiations and coordination with several foreign companies to convince them to invest in the war-torn country's underdeveloped oil sector.

The Sanaa government's Ministry of Oil and Minerals who inked the agreement also warned foreign companies against dealing with the Saudi-initiated Presidential Leadership Council, which currently represents the internationally-recognised Yemen government.

soooo USA and KSA have connived to prevent people of Yemen realizing their oil wealth.
by Cat on Mon May 22nd, 2023 at 01:33:56 PM EST
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Sanctions No, engagement and diplomacy Yes!

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"different ball game"
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UAE invites Israel, Syria leaders to join COP28 climate conference | TRT World |

Emirati leaders extended a long-sought invitation to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Syrian regime's Bashar Assad to attend the UN climate conference, known as COP28, in November.

Netanyahu can finalize the Golan Heights deal for a peace agreement with Syrian president Assad. It had been negotiated to details at the end of 2010, a few months before the US and NATO allies intervened with their decade old Neocon blueprint for the Middle East.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun May 28th, 2023 at 05:43:58 PM EST

"For the freedom of speech and against extremism and radicalism"

Of course these illegal acts were in partnership with America and NATO states.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun May 28th, 2023 at 06:12:08 PM EST

More wishful thinking from Yossi Cohen, for simplicity act as if China doesn't exist and have their national interests in the Gulf region ... the window of opportunity for war on Iran has closed for now.

Deal between Israel and Saudi Arabia is 'absolutely possible,' says ex-Mossad chief

Dermer and Hanegbi are expected to meet with US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan and other top-level officials from the White House and State Department to discuss the Iranian nuclear threat and peace prospects with Saudi Arabia, four Israeli and US officials told the Axios news site.

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Late on the following day after some soul searching 🤣

#WeAreNato and you are a pain in the butt.

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon May 29th, 2023 at 08:26:47 AM EST
2017 Dutch-Turkish diplomatic incident

The Netherlands barred the aircraft of Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu from landing and expelled Turkish Minister of Family and Social Policies Fatma Betül Sayan Kaya from the country, when both tried to speak at rallies. In response, Turkey expelled the Dutch Ambassador from the country and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called the Dutch "fascists" and "remnants of Nazism" and accused the Netherlands of "massacring" Muslims in Srebrenica during the Bosnian War in 1995. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte called Erdoğan's remarks "unacceptable" and a "vile falsification of history" and demanded an apology. Rutte also called for talks to resolve the impasse, adding that Turkey had crossed a diplomatic line.

Dutch Election Prelude - Political Row with Turkey Escalates | Oui @BooMan - Mar 11, 2017 |

What really happened, a few days ahead of the Dutch general election, Mark Rutte needed to get the extreme rightwing electorate voting for Geert Wilders, back onboard to vote for the Liberal Conservatives of the VVD. Ugly voter deception to exploit the migration issue and feed Islamophobia in the Netherlands. Trust in politics or government going down the drain, so no tears once it comes back to haunt you or colleagues.

Report: Dutch Cabinet Rutte and Endemic Racism | Jan 2nd, 2023 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon May 29th, 2023 at 08:28:26 AM EST
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Daughters are worried about safety and security of their mom, former minister Foreign Affairs and in Rutte IV minister of Finance. They mentioned Els Borst, murdered by a mental patient, and not the clear example of a political assassination of Pim Fortuyn. Don't involve your kids in political discussion on national television. Too many crazies in Dutch society and politics. Not my world ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon May 29th, 2023 at 08:42:08 AM EST
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Hamdolsun ❤️ 🇹🇷', or ThankGod.

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon May 29th, 2023 at 11:39:20 AM EST

Horn blowing Turks take over the square after 'their leader' Erdogan won the elections. Example of failed integration. Leefbaar Rotterdam does not accept this and asks questions to the council of aldermen.

Municipal party Leefbaar Rotterdam founded by charismatic leader Pim Fortuyn, assassinated by an animal rights extremist/terrorist in 2002. Al Qaeda terror of 9/11, murder of Theo van Gogh in 2005 and the political assassination of Pim Fortuyn changed Dutch society forever. The US-NATO interventions Serbia-Kosovo in 1999, Iraq War and the Arab Spring military interventions of Libya and Syria sealed the fate of Western society with the influx of war refugees and creation of chaos and immense suffering across MENAT. Populism is the new normal with all violence and death threats. Even traffic quarrels leads to extreme violence fueled by drugs abuse and individualization of society.

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon May 29th, 2023 at 12:02:20 PM EST
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Fireworks explosion gone wrong in The Hague ...

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Why Erdogan's victory matters for the West | BBC News |

You can spot Turkey's global strategic significance - which has starkly increased against the backdrop of the Ukraine war - by the A-list potpourri of world leaders who rushed to congratulate Recep Tayyip Erdogan on his election win on Sunday night.

First out of the box was Russian President Vladimir Putin. [False - close allies Muslim Brotherhood, neighboring states and Central Asian countries with Turkic people]

He was so keen to stroke the ego of his Turkish counterpart and fellow "strongman" leader that he didn't even wait for the official results of the vote before singling out Mr Erdogan's "independent foreign policy" as a reason for his victory.

Trade between Turkey and Russia even increased significantly since the start of the war in Ukraine.

But also hot on Mr Putin's congratulatory heels on Sunday were US President Joe Biden [again false] and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron.

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If I hadn't fallen into Biden-India vortex of post-Trump QUAD rehab yesterday...
Readout of President Biden's Meeting with Prime Minister Modi of India, 24 Sep 2021
• Combined Military [sic] Forces CMF - Bahrain division
...I might not have noticed this item.

wam.ae | UAE rejects mischaracterisation of US-UAE conversations regarding maritime security,
31 May 2023 responding to US Naval Central Command tweet, 23 May

In a statement today, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) said that the UAE is committed to peaceful dialogue and diplomatic engagement as a means of advancing the shared goals of regional security and stability.

"As a result of our ongoing evaluation of effective security cooperation with all partners, two months ago, the UAE withdrew its participation in the Combined Maritime Forces," added the statement.

MoFA stressed that the UAE remains committed to responsibly ensuring the safety of navigation in its seas, in accordance with international law.

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UAE says it withdrew from US-led maritime coalition tasked with securing Gulf waters | TOI |

The Bahrain-headquartered CMF was established in 2001, initially as a partnership between 12 nations. It is active in crucial but troubled Gulf waters where tankers have been seized and attacked in recent months.

A spokesperson for the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) said the UAE remains a partner nation, despite putting its participation on hold.

"The CMF still includes 38 partner nations, of which the UAE is one," Commander Timothy Hawkins told AFP.

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Iran, China, and Russia conduct combined naval drills in Gulf of Oman | USN - March 20, 2023 |

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US Gun Boat Diplomacy Failures

"The UAE are using the tanker incidents symbolically for a failing US security partnership," he said, adding that the UAE's move was a demonstration to the US that "they are a confident and sovereign nation that can pick and choose, opt in and opt out as they please."

"The UAE is also pushing back against US demands to sever relations with Russia and China ... [because] they need to diversify their partnerships from the US, including with Russia and China, to serve its security interests," he said.

"The UAE is signalling to Washington in the context of the maritime partnership that the US requires Emirati support as well and that the UAE have leverage in this bilateral relationship as well," he explained.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jun 3rd, 2023 at 11:15:43 AM EST
presstv.ir | Iran, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Oman to form joint naval force under China auspice, 2 June
A Qatari [!] website has reported that Iran, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Oman are to form a joint naval force under China's auspices towards enhancing maritime security in the Persian Gulf.

Al-Jadid carried the report on Friday, saying China had already begun mediating negotiations among Tehran, Riyadh, and Abu Dhabi aimed at reinforcing maritime navigation's safety in the strategic body of water Persian and Oman Gulfs thereby Strait of Hormuz.

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Persian Gulf States to Form Joint Navy in Coordination with China | National Review |

The joint navy's formation may reflect the statement of Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps naval commander Alireza Tangsiri, who said that "the security of the Persian Gulf is provided by Iran and the countries of the region, and there is no need for you [the U.S.] or any other country to be present."

Gerard Filitti, senior counsel at the Lawfare Project and national-security and counterterrorism expert, told National Review that the navy may simply be charged with preventing piracy and drug-trafficking in the region, but "if this is meant to be a defensive navy, that's much more concerning .... This is intended, most likely, to snub the U.S., even Joe Biden. The U.S.-Saudi relationship has deteriorated over the years," he noted. "We've cozied up to Qatar. It's understandable that the Saudis are concerned over what appears to be a shift of American friendship."

Filitti also noted that China may have broader interests in the Middle East, where, apart from the Abraham Accords, America has kept its "head in the sand," and, "in the absence of leadership, China has stepped in." Beijing may hope to gain a peacemaker status that helps it access oil. China may also be "spreading us thin," in hopes of distracting and weakening the U.S. as Beijing contemplates eventually taking Taiwan.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jun 3rd, 2023 at 05:19:06 PM EST
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Read this well ... Pakistan andI India too ...

Iran's plan to form naval alliance with Gulf countries significant | CGTN |

Likelihood a start as coastguard against piracy and smugglers. Perhaps building a true alliance as trust grows. Future goal ... [Roman Empire wasn't build in a single day].

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thecradle | Iran looking to form `naval alliance' with Gulf states, including Saudi Arabia, 3 June
[Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Shahram Irani] also highlighted Abu Dhabi's recent withdrawal from the US-led 'Combined Maritime Forces,' a 34-nation task force headquartered in Bahrain, the home of the US Navy's Fifth Fleet.

"We previously had joint work with Oman, and now Saudi Arabia is heading in this direction, and there is also the UAE, Qatar [!], Bahrain, Iraq, Pakistan, and India," Irani said during a televised program on Friday night.

He did not elaborate on the shape of the proposed alliance.

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timesofisrael | Israel normalization on agenda as Blinken heads to Saudi Arabia next week, 2 June
During the June 6-8 trip, Blinken will "discuss US-Saudi strategic cooperation on regional and global issues and a range of bilateral issues including economic and security cooperation," the State Department said.

He will participate in a ministerial meeting on Wednesday with the Gulf Cooperation Council "to discuss the growing cooperation with our GCC partners to promote security, stability, de-escalation, regional integration and economic opportunities across the Middle East."

archived MbS hosts Jake "The Snake" Sullivan Entourage (08.05.23)
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Arabian Peninsula Affairs Daniel Benaim reiterated the administration's support for expanding the Abraham Accords during a briefing Friday previewing the trip.
state.gov | Secretary Blinken's Travel to Saudi Arabia, 2 June
by Cat on Sat Jun 3rd, 2023 at 08:56:20 PM EST
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Excellent stuff 😊

United for a Free Palestine 🇵🇸 🇵🇸 🇵🇸

The U.S. and Israel seen as rogue states in the MENAT region.

A choice of Qatar and Türkiye soon to be made ... BRICS-SCO vs. NATO Defense Pact of aggression.

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wapoo | Saudi crown prince threatened 'major' economic pain on U.S. amid oil feud, 8 June bye bye DISCORD LEAKS
In public, the Saudi government defended its actions politely via diplomatic statements. But in private, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman threatened to fundamentally alter the decades-old U.S.-Saudi relationship and impose significant economic costs on the United States if it retaliated against the oil cuts, according to a classified document obtained by The Washington Post.

It is unclear whether the crown prince's threat was conveyed directly to U.S. officials or < wipes tears > intercepted through electronic eavesdropping, but his dramatic outburst reveals the tension at the heart of a relationship long premised on oil-for-security ["win-win"?] but rapidly evolving as China takes a growing interest in the Middle East and the United States assesses its own interests as the world's largest oil producer. The U.S. intelligence document was circulated on the Discord messaging platform as part of an EXTENSIVE LEAK OF HIGHLY SENSITIVE national security materials.

masking KIRBY-content
A spokesperson with the National Security Council said "we are not aware of such threats by Saudi Arabia."

"In general, such documents often represent only one snapshot of a moment in time and cannot possibly offer the full picture," the official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss an intelligence matter.

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Blinken met with the crown prince, also known as MBS, for an hour and 40 minutes on Tuesday [6 June] during this three-day visit to the kingdom, U.S. officials said. The men had a "candid, open" conversation that included U.S. efforts to broker normalization between Israel and Saudi Arabia, the conflict in Yemen, human rights and the fighting in Sudan.

Following Blinken's meetings, differences appeared to remain over Saudi Arabia's ambitions to generate nuclear power, seen by Washington and others as a potential proliferation risk, and the notion that the United States has a right to admonish the kingdom over its human rights record.

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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Mao Ning's Regular Press Conference on December 9, 2022

During his trip to Saudi Arabia, President Xi Jinping expressed China's hope to level up trade, investment and financial cooperation and expand cooperation in such areas as e-commerce and digital economy with Saudi Arabia. We are confident that this visit will boost sustained, solid progress in China-Saudi Arabia cooperation for mutual benefits of higher quality and at a deeper level.

TASS: The US is set to levy fresh sanctions against China for its alleged human rights abuse and support for alleged illegal fishing in the Pacific, according to officials familiar with the matter cited by the Wall Street Journal. Do you have any comment?

Mao Ning: I am not aware of the specifics you said. I would like to say, as a principle, that China strongly opposes interference in other countries' internal affairs under the pretext of human rights. The US is in no position to impose unwarranted sanctions on other countries or act as a "world policeman". China will act resolutely to safeguard its lawful rights and interests.

China Daily: More than 100 young Chinese-language learners and enthusiasts from Saudi Arabia wrote a letter to President Xi Jinping recently to share their gains from and thoughts on learning the Chinese language. They expressed their wish to learn more about China. Do you have any comment?

Mao Ning: The exchange and mutual learning between the Chinese and Arab civilizations date back more than 2,000 years. We have traded goods, sparked innovation and shared ideas, leaving a splendid chapter in engagement and mutual learning across continents. In recent years, the China-Saudi Arabia comprehensive strategic partnership has grown rapidly, cooperation in various areas keeps expanding, and Saudis have developed great enthusiasm towards learning the Chinese language and getting to know China. These Chinese-language enthusiasts are the future of exchanges between Chinese and Arab civilizations.

As President Xi Jinping wrote in his reply to those young Saudis, learning each other's languages and understanding each other's history and culture will help promote mutual understanding and forge closer bonds between the two peoples. To date, Saudi Arabia has included the Chinese language in its educational system, set up majors related to the Chinese language in nine universities and provided optional Chinese language courses in eight middle and primary schools. And over 40 Chinese universities teach Arabic as a major.

As China and the Arab world further deepen cultural exchanges, more and more young people will learn each other's cultures and become envoys for promoting the friendship between China and the Arab world.

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Personally? I hated guided tours ...

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Macron opposes NATO's plan to open office in Japan: Report | Anadolu Agency |

French President Emmanuel Macron reportedly voiced his objections to NATO's plans to establish an office in Japan, which would be the first of its kind in Asia, aimed at facilitating consultations in the region.

The Financial Times reported that Macron, during a news conference last week, warned against the expansion of NATO's geographical scope beyond the North Atlantic region, stating that "we will make a big mistake."

In January, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg reached an agreement to enhance their partnership. They acknowledged that Russia's invasion of Ukraine and its military collaboration with China have created "the most severe and complex security environment since the end of World War II."

Kishida said in May that Japan had no intention of becoming a member of NATO but acknowledged the alliance's proposal to establish an office in Japan.

Following his remarks, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mao Ning warned that "NATO's eastward push and interference in the Asia Pacific matters will definitely undermine regional peace and stability."

What are the words and effort of a President of France worth these days?

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Chinese officials refuse calls by Pentagon Chief of War Lloyd Austin ...

A photo op standing in front of the National flag of Japan ... let bygones be bygones ??

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US defense secretary calls China's refusal to meet unfortunate

U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin stressed the importance of communication during a stopover Thursday in Tokyo, calling it unfortunate that his Chinese counterpart is refusing to meet him at an upcoming annual security conference in Singapore, which both men are attending.

On the way to the annual Shangri-La Dialogue Asian security summit this weekend, Austin held talks with Japanese Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada. Noting China's increasingly assertive military actions in international airspace and waterways in the region, he told a joint news conference in Tokyo, "The provocative intercepts of our aircraft and also our allies' aircraft, that's very concerning, and we would hope that they would alter their action."

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Blinken the scorpion visits the prince ...

Don't tread on me

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i24 Israel Produced News

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First Crack In AUS-US Foreign Policy | Oct. 18, 2022 |

The bullying and bribing of the Kingdom of Morocco to back the Abraham Accords aggravated the breach of the UN Charter and International law. The European Union for self-interest kept silent and allowed Spain to conclude deal over the disputed territory of Western Sahara.

Kushner 'disappointed' Abraham Accords haven't grown, says 6 countries were on deck | TOI - Sept. 22, 2022 |

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Head of the Sahrawi National Guard, Adah el Bendir, was killed in an alleged fight with Moroccan forces | April 9, 2021 |

Explainer ...

The Empire's Hidden Hand: How The US Benefits From Morocco's Occupation of Western Sahara

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Official Diplomatic Representation for the Polisario in Ireland? | Dec. 2022 |

A Dublin public meeting on Western Sahara attracted a high-powered attendance including ambassadors and other diplomats of four foreign states, along with the Prime Minister and Minister for Women and Social Affairs of Western Sahara.

Western Sahara - a Spanish colonial possession but then occupied by the Kingdom of Morocco, has been called "the last colony in Africa", by which is meant the last African region remaining under formal occupation by its coloniser.

The Western Sahara liberation politicians included the Prime Minister of the Polisario Front, the national political representation of the Saharawi nation, Mr. Boucharay Beyoun and Souilima Biruk, Minister for Women and Social Affairs.

Other diplomatic representation for the Saharawi people was provided by Mr. Oubi Bouchraya for the EU and Europe, Mr. Sidi Breika, for the UK and Mr. Nafi Sediki, for the Irish state.

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Western Sahara, October 2022 Monthly Forecast | Security Council Report |

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Virtual Presence Post for Western Sahara | U.S. Embassy in Morocco |

Ambassador David T. Fischer: It is my honor to inaugurate the U.S. Virtual Presence Post for Western Sahara.  This is our first step as we build on President Trump's historic December 10 proclamation, in which the United States recognized Moroccan sovereignty over Western Sahara.

In the weeks ahead, we will initiate the process of identifying an appropriate site for a physical consulate.  Opening a consulate will allow the United States to take further advantage of Morocco's strategic positioning as a hub for trade in Africa, Europe, and the Middle East. Specifically, it will support and encourage investment and development projects that bring tangible benefits for the region.

In the meantime, this Virtual Presence Post for Western Sahara represents our commitment to strengthening our already strong ties with Morocco, built over 200 years of friendship.

Key words | UN Charter | Sovereignty | Borders | John Bolton | Trump & Biden | regime change |

The conflict phosphates - four decades of plunder

For over 40 years, a Moroccan state-owned company has exported phosphate rock from occupied Western Sahara.

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In Defense of Al-Aqsa: The Islamic Movement inside Israel and the Battle for Jerusalem | 2012 |
By Craig Larkin and Michael Dumper

The past ten years have witnessed the collapse of Palestinian political authority and leadership in East Jerusalem. Evidence suggests that the Islamic Movement is beginning to fill this vacuum from within Israel. This article examines the growing involvement of the Islamic Movement of Israel in Jerusalem, both in terms of discourse and specific facts on the ground. It explores how the al-Aqsa mosque has been employed, particularly by Shaykh Ra'id Salah, as a symbol for political empowerment, a site for public contestation, and a focus for religious renewal. It debates whether their presence should be perceived as a growing strategic threat, part of an Islamizing trend, or rather as a consequence of weak local leadership, the unintended consequences of the separation wall and the non-recognition of the Hamas government.

Egyptian-Israeli Peace and Egyptian Jewish Histories

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The 1967 Arab-Israeli War
Origins and Consequences

The June 1967 War was a watershed moment in the history of the mod- ern Middle East. In six days, the Israelis defeated the Arab armies of Egypt, Syria, and Jordan and seized large portions of territory includ- ing the West Bank, East Jerusalem, the Gaza Strip, the Sinai Peninsula, and the Golan Heights. With the hindsight of four decades and access to recently declassified documents, two veteran scholars of the Middle East bring together some of the most knowledgeable experts in their fields to reassess the origins of the war and its regional reverberations.

Each chapter takes a different perspective from the vantage point of a different participant, those that actually took part in the war, and the world powers - the United States, Soviet Union, Britain, and France - that played important roles behind the scenes. Their conclusions make for sober reading. At the heart of the story was the incompetence of the Egyptian high command under the leadership of Gamal Abdel Nasser and the rivalry between various Arab players who were deeply suspi- cious of each other's motives. Israel, on the other side, gained a resound- ing victory for which, despite previous assessments to the contrary, there was no master plan.

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Boorish Diplomacy of the Americans in the Middle East

Public Diplomacy and the Clash of Satellites

The American funded TV channel to the Middle East-- Al-Hurra--went on air with a specific mission in mind: challenging Al-Jazeera's (the Qatari channel) predomi- nance and winning Arabs' hearts and minds. According to many American officials, there was a need to coun- ter- balance "biased" Arab media. For example, in his 2004 State of the Union address, President George W. Bush announced the launch of Al-Hurra in order to "cut through the barriers of hateful propaganda" (cited in Cochrane, 2004). However, the US public diplomacy mission was not very successful. Unlike Al-Jazeera, Al- Hurra was never the "channel to go to" for the majority of Arabs. Not only did it fail to challenge Al-Jazeera's supremacy, but it also lagged behind other Arab chan- nels. Subsequent results of Zogby's and the University of Maryland's poll (2008, 2009, 2011) showed that Al- Jazeera remained the most watched news channel for Arab viewers. In 2008, the polls found that after five years of being on air, Al-Hurra was the preferred news channel for only 2% of Arab viewers.

The question then becomes how do regional satel- lite media challenge the way the US conducts its public diplomacy in the Arab world? What is the difference between Al-Jazeera and Al-Hurra with regard to their media messages? This study argues that Al-Jazeera's discourse is counter-hegemonic as it represents and in- troduces a different set of ideas, values, and most im- portantly, a different Arab identity. Similarly, the US public diplomacy initiative represented in Al-Hurra is an example of a hegemonic discourse that represents the most powerful state in global politics, and conse- quently introduces another presentation of Arab iden- tity that serves its political interests.

IRAQ: THE MEDIA WAR PLAN | National Archives |

White Paper and PowerPoint Briefing on
"a critical interim rapid response
component of the USG's strategic
information campaign for Iraq - in the
event hostilities are required to liberate
Iraq. [Posted - May 8, 2007]

Key words | UN Charter | Sovereignty | Borders | John Bolton | regime change |

Archive diaries ...

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Quid Pro Quo: Deals Between Nations

Ukraine: Kidnapping a Palestinian in return for trade and visa deals

In Ukraine, its security service assisted in the kidnapping of Gaza civil engineer, Dirar Abu Sisi, who Israel falsely charged with being a Hamas "rocket engineer."  In return, Ukraine's then-president made a state visit to Israel and signed a trade deal. This followed an agreement to waive visa requirements for travelers to both countries.  But even more important was an agreement for "security cooperation" between the two nations.  

Yossi Melman wrote in Haaretz:

Within the framework of Ukraine's pro-western approach...Ukraine collaborated with the CIA in the international war against terror, even permitting CIA personnel to work on its territory under the rubric of the CIA's extraordinary rendition program. This was part of a wider program under which the U.S. asked countries in western and eastern Europe, the Middle East, and southeast Asia to detain those suspected of involvement with terror networks within their own territory and imprison them in secret detention facilities called "black sites ...

    Council of Europe (ECHR) Case of Husayn (Abu Zubaydah) v. POLAND  Id. v. LITHUANIA

    Take-off                  Destination                     Date of flight
    Washington, DC (KIAD)     Prague, Czech Republic (LKPR)   21 Sept 2003
    Prague, Czech Republic (LKPR) Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UTTT) 22 Sept 2003
    Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UTTT)  Kabul, Afghanistan (OAKB)    21 Sept 2003
    Kabul, Afghanistan (OAKB)  Szymany, Poland (EPSY)         22 Sept 2003
    Szymany, Poland (EPSY)  Constanţa, Romania (LRCK)         22 Sept 2003
    Constanţa, Romania (LRCK)  Rabat, Morocco (GMME)          23 Sept 2003
    Rabat, Morocco (GMME)  Guantánamo Bay, Cuba (MUGM)        24 Sept 2003

Ukraine played a role in the detention, imprisonment and transfers that happened under this program.

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Ukraine-Israel Quid Pro Quo: Abu Sisi Extraordinary Rendition in Return for Free Trade Agreement | March 17, 2011 |

The Ukrainian government has tipped its hand regarding what may've bought its cooperation in the extraordinary rendition of Dirar Abu Sisi from its territory last month to a Shabak dungeon inside Israel.  During a meeting with Avigdor Lieberman, Nicolai Azarov, Ukraine's prime minister said:

    The Prime Minister of Ukraine noted that he urged the Israel to speed up development of all necessary documents in order to introduce the FTA by year-end between Ukraine and Israel.

    "I urge Israel to take the next step after the abolition of visa regime between our countries that we try together and could complete the negotiations on a Free Trade Area by the end of year" - stressed Mykola [Nicolai] Azarov. He noted that it would intensify the economic relations between Ukraine and Israel.

    In turn, Avigdor Lieberman said that bilateral relations between Ukraine and Israel have developed a very high level. "We hope that this year will be done significant breakthrough not only in our political, but also in economic relations " - he said.

A Torn Technocrat -- Ukraine's prime minister, Mykola Azarov | Politico - Feb. 20, 2013 |

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From the diaries ...

Spain Urges NATO Role Southern Flank | June 6, 2022  |

NATO must not neglect southern flank: Spanish FM | Arab News - Jan. 31, 2022 |

Speaking ahead of a Madrid summit intended to modernize the alliance's strategy, José Manuel Albares said NATO should look south as well as east at potential security threats.

Spain depends heavily on gas-rich Algeria for energy, and on Morocco to control immigration into Spain and Europe.

Violence has also been escalating further south in the Sahel region of West Africa, displacing thousands.

A French military operation in August killed Adnan Abou Walid al-Sahrawi, the head of the jihadist group Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS) and Polisario | France24 - Sept. 16, 2021 |

Power vacuum from Gaddafi killing in 2011  to Wagner Group coup d'état in Mali

Abu Walid Al-Sahrawi: US Welcomes Death of Ex-Polisario, Terrorist Leader

The US stated it was "committed" to supporting Africa in stabilizing the Sahel region.

Ned Price recalled Al-Sahrawi's involvement in a long series of violent, lethal attacks in the Sahel. He highlighted the ambush of a joint US-Nigerien patrol that resulted in eight US and Nigerien casualties, saying this was proof of the destruction Al-Sahrawi ordered while he led an ISIS-affiliated group in the fragile Sahel region. 

Polisario terrorist & leader of IS in Greater Sahara killed by French lucky drone assassination | The North Africa Post |

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