Archive for July 10, 2018

Arab media: Israeli strike on Syrian base targeted ‎Iranian officials 

July 10, 2018

Source: Arab media: Israeli strike on Syrian base targeted ‎Iranian officials ‎ – Israel Hayom

Iran’s regional proxies ‘awaiting orders to ‎eradicate evil Israel’

July 10, 2018

Source: Iran’s regional proxies ‘awaiting orders to ‎eradicate evil Israel’ – Israel Hayom

Syria strike is a message to Iran 

July 10, 2018

Source: Syria strike is a message to Iran ‎ – Israel Hayom

Yoav Limor

There was seemingly nothing new about the IDF’s alleged strike on the T4 air base ‎in southern Syria, Sunday night. According to ‎foreign media reports, Israel has targeted the base ‎more than once in the past year and in some instances, ‎Jerusalem assumed responsibility for the airstrikes.

As with previous attacks, it seems the air‎strikes were targeting components for the air defense capabilities Iran insists on establishing in ‎Syria.‎

Yet nothing about the attack was routine, and not ‎just because it was carried out in such close ‎proximity to Russian forces stationed in Syria. If ‎the reports are correct, Israel knowingly insisted ‎on enforcing its red lines in Syria at a very ‎significant point in time – three days ahead of Prime ‎Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s planned meeting with ‎Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow and ‎one week before Putin is set to meet with U.S. ‎President Donald Trump in Helsinki.‎

Since there are no coincidences in this world, the ‎alleged Israeli attack likely sought to send ‎an unequivocal message to both leaders. While ‎Netanyahu will likely reiterate this message in his ‎meeting with Putin, and his emissaries will do the ‎same with Trump, there is nothing like an airstrike ‎to get a point across. What Israel wants to make ‎clear is that it does not intend to compromise on ‎Iran’s presence in Syria and that if world ‎powers do not act on the matter, Israel will ‎continue to act on its own.‎

It is reasonable to assume Israel is not operating ‎in a vacuum but out of the understanding that the current ‎situation is a convenient one. The Trump ‎administration is very sympathetic to Israel and ‎very hostile to Iran. The Putin regime wants quiet ‎in Syria and Iranian involvement anywhere always spells potential ‎chaos. The Syrian regime wants to complete its ‎takeover of Syria and begin the process of ‎rehabilitating the country. The last thing President ‎Bashar Assad wants is a new conflict, especially ‎with Israel.‎

Under these circumstances, Israel understands there ‎is nothing stopping it from acting and moreover, ‎that now is the time to ‎shape clear boundaries.

One can link Sunday’s alleged strike to the ‎raid some two weeks ago on an ‎Iranian weapons convoy on the Iraq-Syria border – the ‎farthest attack attributed to Israel in recent years, which also clearly showed that Iran is looking for alternative land ‎routes to the aerial route that are ‎routinels attacked. This was also a demonstration of the unequivocal statements ‎from the heads of the diplomatic-security ‎establishment that any Iranian attempt to establish ‎itself in the Golan Heights would be met with force.‎

For the time being, Israel appears to have the upper ‎hand in this arena. Unlike in the past, Iran has ‎not responded, even though several of its men were ‎wounded and killed in the attack. Syria has also ‎avoided unnecessary provocations. And yet, one must ‎not infer from this about the future. Israel now has ‎some good cards to play, but the Middle East is a ‎dynamic and volatile place, and Iran will continue ‎to try to use this to its advantage.‎

IRAN: Demonstrators shout “Death to the Dictator” and “America is not our enemy”

July 10, 2018

July 10, 2018 by Bare Naked Islam

Source Link: IRAN: Demonstrators shout ‘Death to the Dictator’ and ‘America is not our enemy’

{In anticipation of a fast getaway, Mullah accounts in Swiss banks must be filling up with Iranian cash as we speak. – LS}

Iranians take to the streets to protest the regime and say “No to Gaza.” “No to Lebanon.” “Palestine and Syria make us miserable.”

Unlike Obama who did NOTHING to support the Iranian protesters, Trump’s actions against Iran have given the people the courage to speak out against the tyrannical government and hopefully start a revolution that will oust the radical mullahs.

 

“Jihad Allowance”: Views of Work in the Middle East

July 10, 2018

Undercover journalist: “The Muslim Brotherhood sit with Angela Merkel at a table”

July 10, 2018

https://www.journalistenwatch.com/2018/07/09/undercover-journalist-die/

Photo: Shutterstock

The famous Israeli undercover journalist Zvi Yehezkeli slips for his reports to other identities. The Arabian powerful, allowing him deep insight into the Muslim world. For his five-part series “wrong identities” he was touring Germany. he meets German extremism experts, government employees and Muslims under the title “The Muslim Brotherhood in Germany and Turkey”. They all confirm that Islam had already deeply taken root in Germany – The Muslim Brotherhood should be even in the highest government circles penetrated and sit with Angela Merkel at a table. 

Here the most important passages of his report :

“Islam will return and rule over Europe and the West. Does the conquest take place by the sword? No, that’s not necessary. There are something like the silent conquest “these are the words of Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi. He is regarded as the most influential Muslim clerics and his message is public to hear worldwide. Still, distributed in the underground, the Islamic Caliphate is growing by the soft jihad in the West. The Objective: The introduction of Sharia laws throughout the world.

His army is the Muslim Brotherhood, which has an enormous impact in the West. The relations between it and Turkey are currently the greatest threat to the Western world. “In order to reveal the hidden power, you can not work with the usual journalistic means. I have to cross borders. I have to stop Zvi Yehezkeli be. I have to be to Abu Hamza. I change my identity, become a Muslim Sheik Abu Hamza, “says Israeli journalist. With the help of the secret service he gets false papers that make him the Syrians for his trip to Turkey.

“In Turkey, the gentle Jihad has already won. The country, once a secular state, enduring the silent revolution by political Islam. It took a few decades, but today Islam is engaged in all areas of life. The construction of mosques that face veiling of women, to eliminate the secular state founded by Turkey Ataürk. For all this is is a man responsible. He calls himself sultan or caliph: Recep Tayyip Erdogan. As president, he ruled Turkey in line with the Muslim Brotherhood. He greets with the message of brotherhood, the “Fabia” – a hand einkrümmt the thumb and four fingers showing. Erdoğan million refugees in the country. He controls who continue to travel to Europe and who is not. And it is he who sends them Islam to Europe, and they show him their gratitude. I’ll take you to Europe and you behave loyal to me. Here I design the country after the Islam of the Muslim Brotherhood and you take these rules to Europe and verbreitest them there – that’s the deal. The refugees and in particular the Turkish population in Germany are useful tools against the EU. The cooperation of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) with Turkey is currently the largest threat to the West …. “.

The Syrian Pass is the ticket to Europe, who owns it, is recognized as a refugee in Germany and gets political asylum. Zvi Yehezkeli goes to Istanbul to search for a Syrian passport. He is not there as an Israeli, but as Jordanian traders and enters one of the many mobile phone shops of the city, known for the pass trade.

The seller told him about his good life in Turkey enthusiastic: “In Germany, the women separated because of quarrels of their men. They think they have rights. There, you can not beat your wife. If you raise the voice against them, they will coincide with the police … Here in Turkey, you can do it all. Here the man is protected, in Germany the woman, “says the pass dealer.

For a sum of around $ 1,000 he gets his new identity three days later after a little back and forth. He is now the Syrians “Abdullah Alatrash” born 1958th

Asylum in Germany – a matter of minutes

Shortly after landing the 47-year-old Yehezkeli alias Abdullah Alatrash in Berlin-Tempelhof, a former airport, now the largest initial reception of the German capital. He was to report in “Hangar 1”, told him the security guard at the entrance. There, waiting in a small cabin, a government official at him. “The first time here?” The older man asks him wearing glasses. “Yes, the first time”, “Abdullah” confirmed. “Do you have a passport?”. He hands the man over his fake identity card. From now on, it goes fast. Yet the message, “Abdullah” a short five-minute medical examination would have to undergo some papers to be filled out, “Abdullah” has another question. What about my family? My wife and children are still in Syria … “replica” You must live in Germany three years before you are entitled to family reunification “replies the man in the blue shirt. “But if I want to get them now,” the Arabic-speaking staff knows what to do: “There is the possibility to smuggle ago. You may come across Greece. Smuggling them over Greece, “said the officials. “With a bit of coordination can arrange that,” he is sure. The German officials, paid by German taxpayers, says the alleged Syrian, as he does it to deceive the German system. “With a bit of coordination can arrange that,” he is sure. The German officials, paid by German taxpayers, says the alleged Syrian, as he does it to deceive the German system. “With a bit of coordination can arrange that,” he is sure. The German officials, paid by German taxpayers, says the alleged Syrian, as he does it to deceive the German system.

Photo: From Mozo Productions / Shutterstock
former Tempelhof airport -now known as focal point for Refugees (Photo: From Mozo Productions / Shutterstock)

One last signature, a quick photo with the phone for identification, the authority staff handed out the documents. His asylum application is being processed and he has “ok” with the authorities immediately access to any government support. The new Islamic life can beginnen.Ab now running “Abdullah” as Syrian refugees through Berlin without anyone knows who he really is.

The employees come from Gaza, “Abdullah” experiences. Little jokes are made, there is agreement. “Abdullah” leaves happy smiling space – the reporter Zvi Yehezkeli, however, is noticeably shocked at how easy it make the Germans with the review of identities.

Neukölln – Arab district of Berlin

Zvi Yehezkeli then goes to Berlin in the footsteps of the Muslim Brotherhood. He meets with two Syrian refugees. Ahmed and Yusuf came last year via Turkey-Greece route. Now they live in Neukölln, the Arabic center of the city. “We got help from a Muslim British organization.” Most of the members were Muslims, they tell willingly.

The two left Syria as a secular Muslim and did not show much interest in their religion. On their way to Berlin they lived for a year in a warehouse in Pristina in Kosovo. There, the MB are active, they formed to pious Muslims. When they arrive in Berlin, they pray five times a day and fast course in Ramadan. “Do you think that Islam will rule here? All Germans are Christians? “Asks the” Syrians “. “I’m going to make me one by one. I start with those around me. You will listen to me. If any Muslim makes it so is the go equipped with no problems, “is the convincing answer.

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Sonnenallee in Berlin Neukölln is now called “Arab street” (Screenshot: YouTube)

“? Do you think there is a violent reaction by the Germans against the Muslims give” The Refugee replies: “You pray but with them, you do not compel yes. You do not confront with force. You’re doing so slowly. I tell you, it will happen. There will be clashes, but will subside, and people will accept the reality. There is no way out. Each change brings clashes with them. What is the dream of every Muslim? This is the Islamic state. An Islamic society. Muslims prefer Sharia law. The goal is that in 20 years, the Sharia will be a part of Germany. That Sharia has become part of the state … We build a good Islamic society. ”

Ahmed and Yusuf are not the only ones who dream to establish a Sharia state in Germany, says the Israeli reporters after a visit to Neukölln: “Do you want a Muslim rather live under European law or the Sharia,” he asks Men in a Neuköllner main road that gives the impression of long, she would lie in the Middle East and not in the former working-class district of Berlin. “Sharia, we are Muslims … This street is called not in vain Arab street. Here are not only Germans, no more blond people, only Muslims … Sharia – what I have to do with their laws? Which is better Da’wah or violence? – Da’wah … We want to live without meddle by our rules. We will be their teacher. We will carry out our religion, that they may lay joy ” are the clear announcements of the “German” Muslims. (N. D. Red .: Da’wah is a popular phrase of the Muslim Brotherhood and means “call to Islam”. )

Extremism expert: “There is not a meeting with Merkel without the Muslim Brotherhood”

It goes to Schöneberg, a popular especially with gay district in the old West Berlin. On the metro station of the idyllic Auguste-Viktoria Square waiting for a Extremism expert who wishes to remain anonymous.

“Why do we meet here. There are death threats against you? ”

“Unfortunately, yes. I have dealt for years with Islamic extremism. For different media in Germany and Europe. Of course I have criticized elements of Islam that lead to radicalization. That’s why I was threatened with death. “The threats come from all sides, so the informant.

“But you live in a free society?”

“Free for those who keep his mouth shut … Daesh here (IS) … Ikhawan (MB), al Qaeda are here … Ikhawan says,” we do not need explosives to introduce Islam in Europe. No, they are aimed at the media and try to propagate the acceptance of religion. “The mass media, the Internet and the political system they gain influence, the man claimed.

“There is not a meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel, where the Muslim Brotherhood is not participating and sitting in the front row. We are talking about people who have studied in the past four years in the world’s largest campaign in order to convince European society that violence that takes place in the name of religion has nothing to do with religion, “said the controversial statement of experts.

“Daesh will eventually cease to exist. But the greatest threat to Germany represent people whose approach is the political attitude in Islam. They identify with Mursi, with Erdogan and Qatar. They are busy every day in order to spread the Islamic faith on the Internet and in the mosques. This is the greatest danger. Not in the next one to two years, but in the next 20, 30, 40 years. In the next generation there will be a growing number of young German, who were born in Germany, but oppose all that is German, as the political approach, rules, laws. That is the danger. This is initiated by Qatar and Erdoğan process that takes place in Germany under the surface instead. ”

To look into the future, it is necessary to direct a look at Turkey. 

“The quiet revolution taking place in Turkey under Erdogan, goes into its active phase. Erdogan is on the home straight. He goes against the political opposition before, cleans the media, and eliminates other distracting elements. It is an ongoing, strategic and slow march … But in this country, the dream of the Muslim Brotherhood met. The targeted Islamic Caliphate we find here in Chershamba, a district in Istanbul. An old and growing district in the heart of the city, where only the law of Islam prevails. Here, everyone knows everyone, “said the undercover journalist.

“In this place, the rules and restrictions prevail under the laws of Sharia. The sale of alcohol is prohibited. Earlier swarmed here by tourists from all over Europe. Today, this road looks like a the Middle East. Without alcohol and with many Arab signs … The new tourists come from Jordan, Syria, Kuwait, Egypt, Lebanon, etc. The Arab booming. Across the country, Arab Islamic schools open. It is a return to Islamic culture … The Turkish state promotes Islamic physical education … Erdoğan has built soccer fields in poor areas. The coaches are all Islamic and attract a new generation approach. ”

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Turkish President waving the “Fabia-hand” the symbolic greeting of the Muslim Brotherhood (screenshot YouTube)

 

“We do not teach just football. If I train them, then they also respect me and my way of life. How to follow the laws and fast … For us, this is a mission “, the football coach says proudly.

The observance of Islamic laws and rules, the return to the Arabic language, the sport as an entry to the “true” Islam, the prohibition of alcohol. All this belongs to the classical methods of the Muslim Brotherhood, white Zvi Yehezkeli.

“The Muslim Brotherhood is a nest of extremists. Not Qatar, but Ankara is now centered. The cooperation of the Muslim Brotherhood with Turkey is currently the greatest threat to the Western world, because the Muslim Brotherhood “to gain through Turkey legitimacy, provides an informant clear with blackened face.

“Because they have failed in the Middle East, they are now trying the great experiment, this land that lies between the Middle East and Europe, slowly turning into a Islamic state,” Zvi Yehezkeli notes at the end of his nearly one-hour documentary.

With the help of a determined leader like Erdogan, who likes to present itself to the greeting of the Muslim Brotherhood, the Fabia, succeeds the Muslim Brotherhood to spread their Islamic faith not only in the East but in the West, in Europe. This was the conclusion of the journalist.

Rolling back Iran in battle for Red Sea’s Hodeidah 

July 10, 2018

Source: Rolling back Iran in battle for Red Sea’s Hodeidah – Middle East – Jerusalem Post

The Middle East’s other important war in Yemen has broad strategic significance after Iran threatened the world’s oil shipping.

BY SETH J. FRANTZMAN
 JULY 9, 2018 01:32

It is one of the world’s oil “choke points,” which sees around 5% of the world’s oil supply and 10% of world trade float past every day.

The Bab el-Mandab strait that links the Red Sea to the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean is one of the most important waterways in the world. It is also surrounded by weak and failing states, including Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, and most importantly, Yemen.

Yemen has been threatened by the growth of extremist terrorist groups for decades. In 2000 al-Qaeda members plotted the USS Cole bombing in the Port of Aden. Later al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula was able to penetrate large sections of the country.
Yemen strongman Ali Abdullah Saleh stepped down in 2012. Two years later Houthi rebels, made up of a Shi’ite religious minority and their allies, took over part of Aden. The US embassy was closed and foreigners fled the port city. The spread of the rebellion and fears it would take over most of strategic parts of Yemen bordering the Red Sea prompted Riyadh to lead an intervention.
Alongside the UAE and other allies such as Bahrain and Egypt, Saudi Arabia has been fighting the Houthis for three years. Riyadh is allied with the president of Yemen, Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi, who returned to Aden in June after spending much of the war in Saudi Arabia.

Increasingly the conflict in Yemen has taken on greater regional and strategic significance. Eighty-three ballistic missiles were fired at Saudi Arabia from Yemen in 2017 and dozens have been fired this year, some of them flying over 800 km. In addition the Houthis have increasingly spoken in regional terms, bashing Israel and the US in their speeches and seeking ideological link-ups with Hezbollah. They have used drones and fired on ships in the Red Sea. In January 2017 a missile fired by the Houthis struck a Saudi warship near islands south of Hodeidah. Iranian influence is seen as a key to their success and defeating them would be a blow to Tehran. The amount of oil transiting the Red Sea has declined to 4 million in 2015 from 17 million barrels a day in 2009. The Red Sea is also a key point of transit for imports to Israel.

The battle for Hodeidah on the Red Sea, which began last month, is now a key to pushing the Houthis back into the mountains and away from the Red Sea. The UAE has been helping coordinate the battle to retake Hodeidah and it is a major test of the Riyadh-led coalition. Hodeidah is located 900 km. south of Mecca and is Yemen’s largest port on the Red Sea. It was taken over by the Houthis in October of 2014.

In early July Iran threatened to harm oil exports around the world if it was threatened. The possibility of Iran’s threats to the Red Sea are now a serious issue. But it is a complex battle because freedom of navigation on the Red Sea is only part of the matrix. There is also a major humanitarian crisis in Yemen. The UN has called for the port of Hodeidah to be kept open even as the battle unfolds because of the need to keep supplies heading inland for civilians. UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths is also seeking to lead talks between the warring factions in Yemen.

The UAE’s strategic view of the battle for Hodeidah is bigger than just the port. The UAE has also been working in Somalia and Eritrea. On July 3 Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al-Nayan, crown prince of Abu Dhabi, welcomed President Isaias Afwerki of Eritrea during a visit to the UAE.

Some of this has brought controversy for Abu Dhabi as it seeks to expand its influence in the region, becoming more involved in security infrastructure and training. The Houthis by contrast are portrayed as a weak force being opposed by the most powerful Gulf countries and the West. But if they are so weak, critics wonder, how did they obtain ballistic missiles, anti-ship missiles, radio-controlled IEDs and drones. Conflict Armament Research showed that the drone technology the Houthis used was derived from Iran. In late June eight Hezbollah fighters were allegedly killed fighting with the Houthis in Yemen. In addition, the UAE’s The National reported on July 8 that the Iranian-backed Katab Sayyed Al-Shuhada militia in Iraq had declared its support for the Houthis.

The Katab Sayyed Al-Shuhada militia is part of the Iraqi Security Forces after Shi’ite militias like it were incorporated officially into Iraq’s security forces last year. Developments like this show that Tehran and its allies see Yemen as a regional or global conflict. As the Syrian conflict winds down, Yemen, which Saudi Arabia and the UAE see as a key security issue, may be the next central conflict of the region.

The battle for Hodeidah has gone on for several weeks but was paused in the first week of July to allow for a potential diplomatic solution. Elizabeth Dickinson, a senior analyst for the Arabian Peninsula of the International Crises Group, noted that the anti-Houthi coalition was keeping up the military pressure even as the talks go on.

Michael Knights of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy visited several important front lines in Yemen and wrote in March that the conflict is not well understood in the West. “Mistakes were made, but they were corrected much faster than was the case in many US-led interventions over the years.” He points out that although the Houthis try to focus attention on civilian casualties that it is they who has sowed the land with mines and disguise themselves as civilians. “As long as the Houthi rebels control the Yemeni capital and the country’s largest port they have no incentive to negotiate.”

The battle of Hodeidah has showcased the UAE’s ability to train local forces. Members of the Yemenite Tihama brigade returned to Yemen on July 7 after receiving training in Eritrea with UAE forces, according to The National. These are one three Yemeni brigades fighting alongside the UAE to defeat the Houthis. In a sense the UAE is employing the tactics the US has used in conflicts around the globe, partnering with local forces to advise and assist them while deploying air power to aid the battle. This has helped hone the UAE’s military as well, increasing their air force’s capabilities and giving them experience at deploying an expeditionary force 2,000 km. from home.

Unsurprisingly the battle for Hodeidah has come in for criticism by voices that tend to be sympathetic to Iran and Syria’s Bashar Assad in the region. A “ruthless attack” led by Saudi Arabia, says PressTV in Tehran. “A deliberate act of cruelty by the Trump administration,” says an article at The Independent in the UK, highlighting US support for Riyadh. Turkish and Qatari media have also been critical of the battle, highlighting civilian suffering.