Nate Jackson: Trump’s Middle East Triumph — The Patriot Post

Posted August 15, 2020 by Joseph Wouk
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He’s advancing peace and U.S. interests abroad, while repudiating his predecessor.Nate Jackson · Aug. 14, 2020  

Barack Obama may have been handed a Nobel Peace Prize merely for ascending to the presidency, but Donald Trump is the one actually securing peace deals. The president announced a historic agreement Thursday between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.

Trump summed up the “Abraham Accord,” saying, “After 49 years, Israel and the United Arab Emirates will fully normalize their diplomatic relations. They will exchange embassies and ambassadors, and begin cooperation across the board and on a broad range of areas, including tourism, education, healthcare, trade, and security.”

Gary Bauer notes, “This marks the first peace treaty between Israel and an Arab country in more than 25 years and only the third such deal.” Most Arab nations still refuse to recognize Israel at all, though don’t be surprised if this lays the groundwork for a similar deal with Saudi Arabia.

The accord also marks a big win for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has been embattled by domestic political attacks that bear resemblance to those Trump has survived. It both shores up concerns about foreign policy and quiets some domestic opposition regarding Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

Naturally, Joe Biden had the audacity to claim credit, thanks to his supposedly key work in the Obama administration. “The coming together of Israel and Arab states builds on the efforts of multiple administrations to foster a broader Arab-Israeli opening, including the efforts of the Obama-Biden administration to build on the Arab Peace Initiative,” Biden’s handlers wrote in a statement. “I personally spent time with leaders of both Israel and the UAE during our administration building the case for cooperation and broader engagement and the benefits it could deliver to both nations, and I am gratified by today’s announcement.”

He shouldn’t be. In fact, he should be ashamed of such a brazen revision of history. The true Obama-Biden policy was to marginalize Israel and the Gulf states by cutting a deal with the mullahs in Iran. It’s telling that former Obama adviser Ben Rhodes, one of the architects of and propagandists for the Iran deal, slammed Trump’s agreement for “the total exclusion of the Palestinians.” Tehran seeks hegemony in the Middle East while fomenting violence, seeking the destruction of Israel, and opposing the U.S. at every turn. Obama helped advance that goal not just with the nuclear deal but with his war policies in Iraq, Syria, and Libya.

Trump decided a better course would be to work with our allies and against our enemies.

After decades of empty promises from American presidents, it was Donald Trump who finally moved the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem — a move his critics promised would lead to unrest. It was Donald Trump who rescinded the deal with Iran and who replaced it with a different “deal” — killing General Qasem Soleimani, leader of Iran’s elite terrorist Corps-Quds forces. Critics decried that, too, as provoking further violence.

Yet here we are with a peace deal, in large part because of Trump’s actions. To be sure, Trump has not once and for all secured “peace in our time” with this agreement. But it is notable for Middle East stability and it advances U.S. interests. That’s a welcome change, and one we’d rather not see undone come November.

Israeli Air Force declares operating capability for second F 35I squadron – YouTube

Posted August 15, 2020 by Joseph Wouk
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Ben Shapiro Breaks Down Trump’s Middle East Peace Deal – YouTube

Posted August 15, 2020 by Joseph Wouk
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Israel – UAE peace accord; IAF bombs Hamas targets over Gaza terror – TV7 Israel News 14.08.20 – YouTube

Posted August 14, 2020 by Joseph Wouk
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Trump Just Brokered An HISTORIC Middle East Peace Deal, Does He Deserve A Nobel Peace Prize??

Posted August 14, 2020 by Joseph Wouk
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Were suspicious tunnels near Beirut port discovered after blast?

Posted August 13, 2020 by davidking1530
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Hmmm…

https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/were-suspicious-tunnels-discovered-near-beirut-port-after-explosion-638131

A member of the army is seen at the site of Tuesday's blast in Beirut's port area, Lebanon August 8, 2020. (photo credit: REUTERS / HANNAH MCKAY)

Videos circulating online, as well as rumors and reports, indicate that “tunnels” have been found in the wake of the Beirut explosions. Some have asserted that this is evidence of Hezbollah “tunnels” storing weapons at the Port of Beirut, while others think they were used for human trafficking. Both SkyNews and Russia’s Sputnik News claimed there was a “labyrinth network of tunnels.”

The Lebanese Armed Forces have denied the existence of tunnels, just as Hezbollah has denied doing anything at Beirut Port. It’s unclear how the army could refute the claims without investigating the images and videos already circulating online. Nevertheless, the army denied the existence of tunnels.

Yet Sky News did show a ceiling of a subterranean chamber and noted that people had hope that loved ones might have survived the blast in the tunnels. The Sky News report, which was posted online on Sunday, said the people excavating the site and searching for survivors “know there is a labyrinth of subterranean chambers here; they have discovered the opening of one of them.”

This comment appears to indicate that the search-and-rescue teams and officials know about these chambers.

Are these “tunnels,” or is there another explanation for these underground rooms? There may be a more prosaic explanation for underground rooms or other aspects of the urban environment having underground infrastructure, such as tunnels for electrical, water and sewage facilities.

For now, the question of the “tunnels” appears to feed stories that Hezbollah was using the area for illicit trafficking of weapons or munitions. However, the investigators who found the opening to one alleged tunnel were not wearing any kind of suits or using devices as if the area was full of unexploded ordnance. That means there didn’t appear to be a concern that they would find missiles and dangerous items inside these areas.

Nevertheless, the quick denial by Lebanon that these areas exist and the video of the subterranean chamber or “tunnel” seems to illustrate that Lebanon is still afraid to fully investigate the area for fear of finding the suspicious activities that those critical of Hezbollah allege were taking place here.

Hezbollah is known to have expertise in building tunnels and underground bunkers.

 

Israel’s Imminent Security Challenges – Jerusalem Studio 529

Posted August 10, 2020 by Joseph Wouk
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Israely Navy’s New SA’AR 6 Corvette succesfully passed its first test drive

Posted August 6, 2020 by Joseph Wouk
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https://www.navyrecognition.com/index.php/news/defence-news/2020/march/8157-israely-navy-s-new-sa-ar-6-corvette-succesfully-passed-its-first-test-drive.html

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Kiel shipbuilders can build corvettes in record time. Just two years and a month after construction began, the first of the four new corvettes of the Israeli Navy successfully passed its first test drive on the Baltic Sea last Tuesday and Wednesday.


Israel Navy’s first SA’AR 6-class corvette INS Magen (Picture source: Twitter account: Defensa_Israel)


The first SA’AR-6 class corvette was named INS Magen in May 2019. German shipbuilder ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) acts as General Contractor to build four corvettes of this class for the Israeli Navy.

Each ship will carry an Oto Melara 76 mm main gun, two Typhoon Weapon Stations, 40 Barak 8 naval surface-to-air missiles to intercept and destroy all types of airborne threats such as anti-ship missiles, cruise missiles, combat aircraft, helicopters and unmanned aerial systems (UAS).

The ships will also be fitted with 16 anti-ship missiles such as Gabriel, RGM-84 Harpoon and RBS-15 Mk 3 to attack enemy ships and boats. The armament will also include two torpedo launchers for MK54 Lightweight Torpedo, and two 30mm Rafael Typhoon remote weapon stations.

The four corvettes were christened INS Magen, INS Oz, INS Independence and INS Victory in April 2018. The vessels are expected to be commissioned by the Israeli Navy between 2020 and 2022.

The warships will be used to conduct patrol duties in Israel’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) to protect the country’s gas reserves, shipping lanes and other strategic assets in the Mediterranean.

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Israel Navy’s first SA’AR 6-class corvette INS Magen at the Kiel shipyard (Picture source: Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems)

Merkava Tank History and Review

Posted August 6, 2020 by Joseph Wouk
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The Merkava has been the main battle tank for Israel’s Defense Forces since 1979. Though originally lacking in mobility and sheer armor protection, the Merkava has a unique design that greatly enhances the survivability of its crew. In this video, I talk about the events leading up to the Merkava’s development, how it was designed, the problems in encountered, and what my overall opinion on it is.

Thans to Spookston

‘We’ll light up Tel Aviv…with our rockets’: Lebanese rebuff Israeli solidarity

Posted August 6, 2020 by Joseph Wouk
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https://www.timesofisrael.com/theyll-destroy-our-country-lebanese-unmoved-by-tel-aviv-show-of-solidarity/

‘They’re raising our flag now, but soon enough they’ll destroy our country,’ writes one Twitter user, as Tel Aviv city hall lights up with Lebanese flag after Beirut disaster

By TOI STAFFToday, 11:31 amUpdated at 12:57 pm  1Tel Aviv municipality in Rabin square is lit up with the Lebanese flag in solidarity with the victims of the the Beirut port explosion, August 5, 2020. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

If you thought the backlash to the Tel Aviv municipality projecting a Lebanese flag on the side of its building was strong inside Israel, try the backlash inside Lebanon.

Many Lebanese took to social media on Wednesday to express their ire over the attempted gesture of solidarity by the Tel Aviv municipality with the victims of the previous night’s Beirut port explosion. The blast, which was apparently caused by the ignition of 2,750 metric tons of ammonium nitrate, has claimed at least 135 lives, and left over 5,000 injured and 300,000 homeless.

“Sure, they’re raising our flag now, but soon enough they’ll destroy our country and violate our country’s sovereignty,” wrote one Twitter user.

Israel announced Tuesday night that it had reached out to offer humanitarian aid to Lebanon after the massive blast rocked Beirut. The disaster has pushed Lebanon, already laboring under an unprecedented economic crisis, to the brink, and hospitals have struggled to cope with the influx of injured.

“This evening we will light up City Hall with the flag of Lebanon. Humanity comes before any conflict, and our heart is with the Lebanese people following the terrible disaster that befell them,” Tel Aviv Mayor Huldai wrote on Twitter.

Yair Netanyahu, the son of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, tweeted that he was opposed to displaying the colors, falsely claiming that it was illegal. The Prime Minister’s office, however, sent out a photo of the Lebanese flag, accompanied by a statement affirming “support [for] the Lebanese people.”

Many other countries, including Jordan, Iran, and the United Arab Emirates, also lit up major public buildings to express solidarity with the victims of the blasts.https://platform.twitter.com/embed/index.html?dnt=true&embedId=twitter-widget-0&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1291077104940048388&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.timesofisrael.com%2Ftheyll-destroy-our-country-lebanese-unmoved-by-tel-aviv-show-of-solidarity%2F&siteScreenName=timesofisrael&theme=light&widgetsVersion=223fc1c4%3A1596143124634&width=550px

Using the hashtag “We don’t want it,” many Lebanese expressed their rejection of both Israeli solidarity and offers of medical aid. Some also shared remarks by politician Moshe Feiglin, leader of the Zehut party, who had said that the Beirut port blast was a “wonderful celebration.”

“As a Lebanese citizen, it disgraces me for Tel Aviv to show Lebanon solidarity. Anyone who circulates those photos I will consider a collaborator,” another user wrote of the brightly lit municipality building.

ٍSome users — especially those supportive of Hezbollah — said that they hoped for violence.

“We will be the ones to light up Tel Aviv — with our rockets. Tel Aviv is already lit by the ghost of Imad and Jihad [Mughniyeh],” wrote Mohammad Ali Sakr, referring to two leaders in the terror group — a father and his son — allegedly killed by Israel.

“We don’t want anything from you, you are our enemies… you who killed the children of Qana,” wrote Saad Dai’ri. Around 106 Lebanese civilians died in the 1996 incident in the village of Qana, when Israel shelled a United Nations position in an attempt to strike back at Hezbollah fire. The prime minister at the time, Shimon Peres, expressed “bitter surprise” that civilians were in the area.

Others posted photos of Ramallah, where the Palestinian Authority’s central broadcasting station had also been lit by a projection of the Lebanese flag.

Israel has fought two major wars against Lebanese forces, which many in the country recall painfully. In 1982, Israel invaded after repeated cross-border attacks by the Palestinian Liberation Organization, and ended up occupying a strip of southern Lebanon until 2000. In 2006, Israeli forces entered Lebanon again following the abduction of two Israeli soldiers by Hezbollah.

“Israel is the largest source of martyrs and wounded in all of Lebanon…it is absolute evil. Working with it is forbidden,” wrote Jamal Chaiito, posting photos of First Lebanon War destruction and the Qana incident.

Some appeared to disagree, saying that they welcomed Israeli aid.

“But we do want it — peace, that is. Screw Iranian ideas,” wrote Hussein Nasr, who describes himself as a resident of south Lebanon.

Tel Aviv has in the past lit up its City Hall with the colors of other countries going through disasters. The municipality’s tribute to Egypt’s flag after an attack on Christian Copts in May 2017 was the first time the gesture was made toward an Arab country, although unlike Lebanon, Egypt has a peace accord and ties with Israel.