Archive for September 7, 2018

Israeli soldiers sing and dance during 3 hr break from the battle

September 7, 2018

( For the new year, this vid I posted, Check out the 157 comments… – JW )

CC: ENGLISH TRANSLATION OF LYRICS He Who Believes | מי שמאמין Moving video, which occurred yesterday on the outskirts of Gaza, while the soldiers left from battle zones for a rest of three hours. The song they are singing is titled, “THE ONE WHO BELIEVES.” We all pray for the return of all our troops in peace and uninjured. ! עלה קרב

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( Translated lyrics)
Every place, all the time
The old and young has Beautiful and less beautiful days
Among them answers to all the questions
There is one mighty God
He gives us everything in this world
Between darkness to a sun beam
We only need to choose the path
It is known life is a gift
All is expected and is allowed
The one who believes is not afraid
To lose faith
We all have the King of the universe
Who guards us from it all
This nation is a family
One and one more is the secret of success
The nation of Israel will never give up
We will always stay on the map
It is known life is a gift
All is expected and is allowed
The one who believes is not afraid
To lose faith
We all have the King of the universe
Who guards us from it all
בכל מקום, כל הזמן יש לכולנו מגדול ועד קטן
ימים יפים, וגם פחות ובניהם תשובה לכל השאלות
יש אלוהים אחד גדול הוא בעולם הזה נותן לנו הכל
בין אפלה לקרן אור את הנתיב אנחנו רק צריכים לבחור
וזה ידוע החיים הם מתנה הכל צפוי והרשות נתונה
מי שמאמין לא מפחד
את האמונה לאבד
ולנו יש את מלך העולם
והוא שומר אותנו מכולם
העם הזה הוא משפחה
אחד ועוד אחד זה סוד ההצלחה
עם ישראל לא יוותר תמיד על המפה אנחנו נשאר
וזה ידוע חיים הם מתנה
הכל צפוי והרשות נתונה
מי שמאמין לא מפחד
… מצוה גדולה להיות בשמחה להיות בשמחה תמיד מי שמאמין לא מפחד…

Happy New Year !  Shana Tova ! – JW

September 7, 2018

One who believes is not afraid

 

 

Rouhani: Israel, US will not achieve their objectives through rebels in Syria

September 7, 2018

Source: Rouhani: Israel, US will not achieve their objectives through rebels in Syria | The Times of Israel

At summit in Tehran with Putin and Erdogan on conflict, Iranian president says US must leave Syria immediately, while Turkish leader calls to prevent ‘bloodbath’ in Idlib

A handout picture taken and released on September 7, 2018 by the Turkish Presidential Press service shows Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) , Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (C) and Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) joining hands  during a trilateral summit in Tehran. (AFP/Turkish Presidency Press Office)

A handout picture taken and released on September 7, 2018 by the Turkish Presidential Press service shows Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) , Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (C) and Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) joining hands during a trilateral summit in Tehran. (AFP/Turkish Presidency Press Office)

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Friday said the US and Israel have realized “they will not reach their objectives” by arming Syria’s rebels, as he met with Russian leader Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for highly-anticipated talks in Tehran to shape the future of Idlib, Syria’s last major rebel bastion.

On Thursday Foreign Policy claimed that Israel had armed Syrian rebels for years to advance its interests in the war-torn nation.

Rouhani demanded an immediate withdrawal by American forces in the country. The US has some 2,000 troops in Syria. He added that “we have to force the United States to leave,” without elaborating.

“The fires of war and bloodshed in Syria are reaching their end,” Rouhani said, while adding that terrorism must “be uprooted in Syria, particularly in Idlib.”

Rouhani warned against a “scorched earth” policy in Idlib province. “Fighting terrorism in Idlib is an unavoidable part of the mission of restoring peace and stability to Syria,” Rouhani told the summit in Tehran.

“But this battle must not cause civilians to suffer or lead to a scorched earth policy,” he added, amid UN warnings of a humanitarian disaster if an offensive goes ahead.

Syrian protesters wave their national flag as they demonstrate against the regime and its ally Russia, in the rebel-held city of Idlib on September 7, 2018. (AFP/Zein Al Rifai)

The Turkish leader also urged the Syrian regime and its allies to avoid a bloodbath, but Putin insisted Damascus as “the legitimate Syrian government has a right and must eventually take under control all its national territory.”

The three countries are guarantors of the Astana process, a track of talks on Syria’s civil war launched after Russia’s game-changing 2015 military intervention that has eclipsed Western-backed Geneva negotiations led by the United Nations.

Erdogan called for a ceasefire to prevent any “bloodbath” in Idlib as Russian airplanes pounded rebel positions in the Syrian province.

“If we can ensure a ceasefire here, this will be one of the most important steps of the summit, it will seriously put civilians at ease,” Erdogan said. “We never want Idlib to turn into a bloodbath,” Erdogan said.

“Any attack launched or to be launched on Idlib will result in a disaster, massacre and a very big humanitarian tragedy.”

Iranian and Russian support for Syrian President Bashar Assad has shored up the Damascus regime, allowing it to regain the upper hand in the seven-year civil war which has claimed some 350,000 lives since 2011.

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin (L) shakes hands with his Turkey’s counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan during their meeting in Tehran on September 7, 2018 (AFP/Pool/Kirill Kudryavtsev)

Seized from government forces in 2015, Idlib and adjacent areas form the final major chunk of Syrian territory still under opposition control. It is home to some three million people — around half of them displaced from other parts of the country, according to the United Nations.

Putin said it was “unacceptable” to use civilians as a pretext to shield “terrorists” in Syria’s rebel-held Idlib.

He warned militants in Idlib planned “provocations,” possibly including chemical weapons. The Syrian government has been repeatedly accused of using chemical weapons in the long conflict.

Each of the three nations has its own interests in the yearslong war in Syria.

Iran wants to keep its foothold in the Mediterranean nation neighboring Israel and Lebanon. Turkey, which backed opposition forces against Assad, fears a flood of refugees fleeing a military offensive and destabilizing areas it now holds in Syria. And Russia wants to maintain its regional presence to fill the vacuum left by America’s long uncertainty about what it wants in the conflict.

Syrian rebel fighters prepare for an upcoming government forces offensive, in the countryside of the rebel-held northern Idlib province on September 3, 2018. (AFP/Omar Haj Kadour)

Northwestern Idlib province and surrounding areas are home to about 3 million people — nearly half of them civilians displaced from other parts of Syria. That also includes an estimated 10,000 hard-core fighters, including al-Qaeda-linked militants.

For Russia and Iran, both allies of the Syrian government, retaking Idlib is crucial to complete what they see as a military victory in Syria’s civil war after Syrian troops recaptured nearly all other major towns and cities, largely defeating the rebellion against Assad.

A bloody offensive that creates a massive wave of death and displacement, however, runs counter to their narrative that the situation in Syria is normalizing, and could hurt Russia’s longer-term efforts to encourage the return of refugees and get Western countries to invest in Syria’s postwar reconstruction.

For Turkey, the stakes couldn’t be higher. Turkey already hosts 3.5 million Syrian refugees and has sealed its borders to newcomers. It has also created zones of control in northern Syria and has several hundred troops deployed at 12 observation posts in Idlib. A government assault creates a nightmare scenario of potentially hundreds of thousands of people, including militants, fleeing toward its border and destabilizing towns and cities in northern Syria under its control.

Syrian and Russian forces stand guard as civilians enter the Abu Duhur crossing on the eastern edge of Idlib province, on August 20, 2018. (AFP/George Ourfalian)

Naji al-Mustafa, a spokesman for the Turkey-backed National Front for Liberation, said Friday his fighters were prepared for a battle that they expect will spark a major humanitarian crisis.

“The least the summit can do is to prevent this military war,” he said.

Early on Friday, a series of airstrikes struck villages in southwest Idlib, targeting insurgent posts and killing a fighter, said Rami Abdurrahman, the head of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Abdurrahman said suspected Russian warplanes carried out the attack.

Turkey also doesn’t want to see another Kurdish-controlled area rise along its border, as it already faces in northern Iraq.

Abbas threatens to sever relations with Israel if it negotiates with Hamas

September 7, 2018

Source: Abbas threatens to sever relations with Israel if it negotiates with Hama – Arab-Israeli Conflict – Jerusalem Post

According to this report, Abbas’s position caused Egypt to place the internal Palestinian reconciliation at the top of its list of priorities and to reject the “calm first” approach.

BY YASSER OKBI/MAARIV
 SEPTEMBER 7, 2018 09:04
Abbas threatens to sever relations with Israel if it negotiates with Hamas

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas threatened to sever ties with Israel if the state makes an agreement with Hamas, Palestinian sources told Al Hayat, a London based newspaper on Friday.

According to the report, the sources said that Abbas’s position caused Egypt to place the internal Palestinian reconciliation at the top of its list of priorities and to reject the “calm first” option.

Abbas said that he had met with Shin Bet director Nadav Argaman in early September. Argaman had tried to persuade Abbas not to sabotage the efforts to arrange a settlement between Israel and Hamas and to ensure a Palestinian reconciliation, according to an Israeli source on Monday. According to the report, Argaman told Abu Mazen that this is a historic opportunity and it would be a shame to waste it. 

Because of this change in priories, Hamas might be forced to seek alternatives other than direct talks with Israel towards a calm agreement, including possibly reaching a truce with Israel but having PLO delegate Azzam al-Ahmad sign the agreement.

The sources also said that Hamas sought calm over Palestinian reconciliation because of the unacceptable conditions imposed by the PA, including handing over responsibility for the Gaza Strip.

Hamas has a few other options, but all are difficult for them: disarmament; a total collapse of the social and economic situation in the Gaza Strip; or a popular revolt in Gaza, which will lead to thousands of casualties and war with Israel. Hamas rejected these options and decided that maintaining the status quo of quiet would be the lesser of all evils.

The source said that Hamas rejected the conditions of Fatah and referred to them as impracticable. Other factions such as the Islamic Jihad also rejected the conditions.

Yvette J. Deane translated this article. 

 

Syria and Russia strike in Idlib as leaders meet in Teheran

September 7, 2018

Source: Syria and Russia strike in Idlib as leaders meet in Teheran – Middle East – Jerusalem Post

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan warned Turkey can not accept any more refugees, claimed any attack in Idlib would result in a disaster.

BY MAARIV ONLINE
 SEPTEMBER 7, 2018 16:24
Syria and Russia strike in Idlib as leaders meet in Teheran

Syrian and Russian jets struck anti-Assad forces in Idlib on Friday as the leaders of Russia, Iran and Turkey – the three main nations with boots on the ground in the war-torn country – started their summit meeting in Teheran.

The conquest of Idlib will allow Syrian leader Bashar Assad to regain full control of the country and the Teheran summit meeting between Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is where the future of Syria is currently being discussed.

Faced with US demands Iranian forces pull out of Syria Rouhani stated it is the US that should withdraw its forces out of Syria. He made it clear that the operations against anti-Assad forces in Idlib will continue until they all leave Syria. Citing Israel alongside the US the Iranian leader claimed the two countries will not achieve their goals by arming the anti-Assad forces.

Erdogan argued his country can not take in any more Syrian refugees and argued that a “rational solution” to the Idlib situation should be reached. Erdogan said it is crucial to maintain Idlib’s current status and argued the US offers support to “terrorist groups” in Syria.

US President Donald Trump warned against a wide-scale operation in Idlib tweeting that “hundreds of thousands might die.” Chariman of the Joint Chief of Staff General Joseph Dunford warned against a large scale Assad-forces attack in Idlib as that might lead to a humaniterian disaster. “I think we all want to avoid that”, he said while visiting Athens earlier this week.

The visit to the Greek capital suggests the US looks to Greece as a potential partner should it need to use US forces to operate in Syria, reported Newsweek.   

The Secretary’s Special Representative for Syria Engagement Ambassador Jim Jeffrey stated on Thursday that American forces will remain in Syria until ISIS is defeated and Iranian forces exit the country.

“Right now (the Syrian government) is a cadaver sitting in rubble with just half the territory of Syria under regime control on a good day,” Jeffrey said.

He also warned that Assad “has no future as a ruler” in Syria, but it was not up to Washington to get rid of him and it would work with Moscow on a political transition.

Trump will chair a U.N. Security Council meeting on Iran during an annual gathering of world leaders in New York later this month. The meeting will focus on Iran’s nuclear program and its meddling in the wars in Syria and Yemen.

France has invited the United States, Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Germany and Britain for talks on the sidelines of the U.N. meeting to discuss Syria, Jeffrey said.

US to remain in Syria until Iranian forces withdraw, envoy says 

September 7, 2018

Source: US to remain in Syria until Iranian forces withdraw, envoy says – Israel Hayom

Ayatollah: US, Israel waging media war to weaken Iranians

September 7, 2018

Source: Ayatollah: US, Israel waging media war to weaken Iranians – Israel Hayom