Archive for July 27, 2018

Here Is How lSRAEI Protects Itself From Enemy!! – YouTube

July 27, 2018

 

 

 

 

Dignity for the Palestinians

July 27, 2018

Exclusive: India’s HPCL cancels Iran oil shipment after insurer excludes coverage: sources

July 27, 2018

By Nidhi Verma Jul 26, 2018 Reuters

Source Link:
Exclusive: India’s HPCL cancels Iran oil shipment after insurer excludes coverage: sources

{Creating instability has its price. Too much risk and the insurance companies back out. Combine this with sanctions and you effectively have an oil blockade imposed on Iran. – LS}

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s Hindustan Petroleum Corp (HPCL) canceled the purchase of an Iranian oil cargo earlier this month after its insurance company refused to provide coverage for the crude because of U.S. sanctions, three sources with knowledge of the matter said.

HPCL, India’s third-biggest state-owned refiner, renewed its installation insurance, which protects against any accidents at its refinery or storage sites, in early July. However, the new policy would not protect against any incidents involving Iranian oil processed or stored at its refineries, the sources said.

The refiner had planned to load 1 million barrels of Iranian crude onto the Suezmax tanker Ankaleshwar in early July but canceled the purchase after it was unable to sell it on to another buyer, said the sources who declined to be identified because of the sensitivity of the matter.

India is the second-biggest buyer of Iranian crude after China and without insurance coverage to protect their plants, the country’s refineries may have to cut off their imports earlier than anticipated.

The United States said in May it plans to re-impose some sanctions against Iran starting in August, with full sanctions in place by November, after withdrawing from a 2015 accord with Iran limiting its nuclear program.

“HPCL faced problems in lifting cargo from Iran because its annual insurance policy was renewed in July after the U.S. pulled out of the nuclear deal in May,” said one of the sources, adding the company will not be able to lift any Iranian oil.

HPCL’s Iranian imports account for only 20,000 barrels per day (bpd) of its full demand of 316,000 bpd but other Indian refiners that take larger volumes are likely to face the same problem if their annual policy is up for renewal before November.

HPCL did not respond to requests from Reuters for a comment.

Companies have until Nov. 4 to fully wind down activities with Iran or risk exclusion from the U.S. financial system. However, banks, shipping firms and insurance companies are already cutting ties with Iran and without financing or insurance coverage refiners will have to halt their purchases.

Iran had hoped to sell more than 500,000 bpd of oil to India during the current fiscal year that started in April, Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said in February.

However, the insurance issues may mean a reduction in imports even as India is intent on continuing dealings with Iran.

HPCL did not respond to requests from Reuters for a comment.

Companies have until Nov. 4 to fully wind down activities with Iran or risk exclusion from the U.S. financial system. However, banks, shipping firms and insurance companies are already cutting ties with Iran and without financing or insurance coverage refiners will have to halt their purchases.

Iran had hoped to sell more than 500,000 bpd of oil to India during the current fiscal year that started in April, Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said in February.

However, the insurance issues may mean a reduction in imports even as India is intent on continuing dealings with Iran.

“The problem in procuring Iranian barrels appears to be happening much before the Nov. 4 deadline,” said Senthil Kumaran, a senior analyst at consultants FGE. “Most of the reinsurance market is based in the U.S. so without the blessing of the U.S., Iranian oil buyers will find it almost impossible to take and process Iranian cargoes.”

{This bears repeating….“Most of the reinsurance market is based in the U.S. so without the blessing of the U.S., Iranian oil buyers will find it almost impossible to take and process Iranian cargoes.”…and that, my friends, is why Iran is so damned pissed. Enjoy. – LS}

Indian insurers rely on state-run General Insurance Corp for reinsurance, which depends on western re-insurers to hedge its risk. General Insurance did not reply to a request for comment.

US ‘prepared’ and may strike Iran next month – reports

July 27, 2018
https://www.rt.com/news/434399-us-ready-bomb-iran/
FILE PHOTO: US Navy F18 fighter jets on the deck of aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson © Erik De Castro / Reuters
The US may be ready to target Iran’s nuclear facilities soon amid a bellicose exchange of threats between the two countries, ABC reported. However, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull dismissed the claim as “speculation.”

The outlet cites senior figures in the government of Malcolm Turnbull, who believe the United States is “prepared” to bomb Iran’s nuclear sites. The grim prediction suggests the move could happen as early as next month.

The report comes at a time when tensions between Washington and Tehran are hitting boiling point. In one of the latest exchanges of threats between the two nations, Iran said that a war with it would be the “mother of all wars.” This prompted Donald Trump to issue a harsh response, warning that Iran would face“consequences the likes of which few throughout history have ever suffered before.”

READ MORE: ‘War will destroy everything you own,’ head of Iran’s elite troops warns Trump

Australia, a member of global intelligence alliance known as the Five Eyes, is reportedly poised to play a part in the operation, providing its defense facilities to identify targets in Iran. The same assistance may be offered by the UK, while two other parties in the alliance – Canada and New Zealand – “would be unlikely to play a role in any military action in Iran,” according to ABC.

However, the outlet’s security sources noted the significant difference between a country directly participating in a mission, and providing intelligence on Iranian facilities.

Read more

FILE PHOTO: Iran's military drill in the Strait of Hormuz © Hamed Jafarnejad

“Developing a picture is very different to actually participating in a strike,” the unnamed security source said.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull dismissed the ABC’s report calling it a “speculation.” He acknowledged though that “the whole world” is aware of Trump’s attitude towards Iran.

The commander of the Iranian elite Quds Force cautioned Trump, should he resort to military action, saying on Thursday that “war will destroy everything you own.” He also warned the US against further public outbursts against Iran’s leadership and its people.

US-Iranian relations has been on a downward spiral since the US leader put into action his longstanding threat to withdraw from the landmark Iran nuclear deal in May, citing its supposed flaws and Iran’s malign activities. However, the International Atomic Energy Agency has repeatedly confirmed that Tehran had not been violating the agreement.

The European signatories of the deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), were reluctant to comply with Trump’s calls to rip it apart. On the contrary, they vowed to maintain it – even without Washington’s participation – and hold additional talks with Tehran. America’s withdrawal was also condemned by Russia and China, which are also signatories of the JCPOA.

Head of the Russian Upper House Committee for International Relations Senator Konstantin Kosachev warned that the world may face a crisis worse than that seen on the Korean peninsula if world powers sit idle in the wake of Trump’s decision.

‘Close to war, no policy for Gaza’

July 27, 2018

Minister Yisrael Katz harshly criticizes the defense minister’s conduct against terrorism: tLiberman’s policy is impossible and incorrect,’

Yisrael Katz-Hillel Meir/TPS

Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz (Likud) said Friday morning that the incitement propagated by the Palestinian Authority is what leads to terrorist attacks such as the the deadly stabbing attack in the town of Adam last night.

“It’s interesting that this terrorist came from the same village from which the terrorist who massacred the Salomon family came. This is proof of the inspiration and the atmosphere. It is enough to see Abu Mazen (Mahmoud Abbas), who also claims that he will pay the last shekel he has as an incentive to the families of the terrorists, to understand the picture in the region. This is the time to implement the law that determines the cessation of funding and the transfer of a budget exactly equal to amount that Abu Mazen funds the families of the terrorists,” Minister Katz said in an interview with Nissim Mishal on Radio 103FM.

Katz mentioned his initiative to pass a law calling for the expulsion of families of terrorists to Gaza: “I am no longer talking about punishment. It is a means of deterrence beyond the demolition of a house whose purpose is to save lives. I called on the prime minister to allow the advancement of the law, because Hamas encourages such terrorism and they receive support and incentives from Abu Mazen.”

He also addressed the security situation in the south and harshly criticized the defense minister. “Israel has no clear policy vis-à-vis Gaza, and there are two options for dealing with the situation in Gaza: complete civil disengagement, or creating a plan for Hamas to decide. The policy Liberman supports is to keep Hamas’ head above water, and that is a failed policy. It is an impossible and incorrect policy.”

“In the Hamas decision, there are military elements that I will not discuss. I always suggest separating from Gaza, but I am being prevented from making a final decision on this proposal, and I have been proposing for years to separate from Gaza and to create a border, like Lebanon and Syria, It is absurd. How can it be that with Nasrallah, who heads an army of 150,000 rockets in Lebanon, we have succeeded in creating a deterrent force, but in Gaza, where there are enormous power gaps, Hamas leaders [are not dettered] from harming the IDF soldiers. Something is wrong with Israel’s policy, and it does not allow itself to express its full power,” added Minister Katz.

According to Katz, the problem is the lack of a consistent policy vis-à-vis Hamas in Gaza. “The defense minister still thinks Hamas should be made to decide on a proposal, in my opinion, if the peace is not restored, we are very close to another battle in Gaza. It is important to understand that I am not pushing for war. We want to supply fuel, electricity, concrete, cement, or water to Gaza, as the security establishment is doing today. As far as I’m concerned, this is not a normal situation, and it is impossible to leave the residents of the State of Israel in the situation they are in.”

Israel Cooperated to Secure Trump’s Prisoners Deal with Erdogan, But the Turks Cheated

July 27, 2018

http://www.jewishpress.com/news/us-news/israel-cooperated-to-secure-trumps-prisoners-deal-with-erdogan-but-the-turks-cheated/2018/07/27/

Photo Credit: Screenshot – Pastor Andrew Brunson

President Trump thought he had a deal, after his meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan earlier this month had ended with a smile, a fist-bump and what Trump thought was an agreement to free Andrew Brunson, an American pastor imprisoned in Turkey, the Washington Post reported Friday (A fist bump, then a rancorous call: How Trump’s deal to free an American pastor in Turkey fell apart).

The deal involved Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s agreeing to release Ebru Özkan, a Turkish woman suspected of helping Hamas in return for Brunson’s release. But the deal fell apart on Wednesday, when a Turkish court ordered Brunson’s transfer to house arrest for the duration of his trial.

Turkey’s judicial system will have the ultimate say on a detained American pastor, Turkish Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gul tweeted on Thursday. “Turkey is a fully independent and sovereign country that determines its own destiny,” Gul added, “The Brunson case will proceed in its own way, as it should be in a fully independent and sovereign country, and supreme Turkish justice will have the ultimate say.”

Israel deported Özkan on July 15, a week after indicting her for ties to Hamas. She had been arrested by Israel while on a tourist visa in June.

Brunson, an evangelical pastor of the Izmir Resurrection Church, was arrested in October 2016 for “Christianization” activities. The arrest took place during the government purges that followed the 2016 alleged Turkish coup d’état attempt, when tens of thousands of Turkish military personnel, civil servants, educators, academics, dissidents, and journalists were arrested. Brunson’s Protestant church has about 25 congregants.

Trump, who was proud of his skill at cementing the prisoners’ exchange, was raging on Thursday when he tweeted: “The United States will impose large sanctions on Turkey for their long time detainment of Pastor Andrew Brunson, a great Christian, family man and wonderful human being. He is suffering greatly. This innocent man of faith should be released immediately!”

Vice President Pence said in as speech Thursday that should Turkey not free Brunson, it must be “prepared to face the consequences.”

US senators warn Europe against flouting Iran sanctions

July 27, 2018

Source: US senators warn Europe against flouting Iran sanctions – Israel Hayom