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Satire: Gazans Officially Run Out of Things to Set Fire To

May 25, 2018

Falls into the funny coz its true category.

Gazans Officially Run Out of Things to Set Fire To

by Jamie Yankie

https://www.themideastbeast.com/gazans-officially-run-out-of-things-to-set-fire-to/

Following weeks of protests and riots along the Gaza border with Israel as part of their “March of Return”, one Hamas spokesman has announced that Gaza has officially run out of things to set fire to, and has declared a state of emergency.

“It’s official”, the spokesman said in a statement, “we’ve literally run out of things to burn. We’ve got nothing, zilch, nada. Frankly, this is a disaster as it will leave tens of thousands of Gazans even more unemployed than they were before, as the closest we ever got to providing mass employment out here was encouraging people to set fire to things. Like Fahrenheit 451, but with more rock throwing.”

It is understood that Hamas is looking for flammable alternatives but is facing problems doing so. “We’ve used up all the tires we could find, and our kids are still crying about the fact that we took all their kites away to set them on fire and fly them into Israel”, one Hamas source has revealed. “Then we went for the fuel pipelines which come into Gaza from Israel. In fact, we set fire to those three times, but those bastard Israelis keep repairing them, so that’s no fun. One operative suggested we resort to hurling flaming kittens over the fence but even though we’re a genocidal organization which deliberately puts children in danger in periods of conflict, we’re not that heartless. Those critters are just so goddamn cute. Plus you get lot more bang for your buck with donkeys.”

Israel the first in the world to conduct strikes with F-35 jet, army says

May 22, 2018

Another “first” for Israel… leading the way yet again.

Israel the first in the world to conduct strikes with F-35 jet, army says

Showing picture of the aircraft over Beirut, air force chief reveals the stealth fighter was used in at least two separate operations

https://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-the-first-in-the-world-to-conduct-strikes-with-f-35-jet-army-says/

Israel's first two F-35 stealth fighter jets on their maiden flight as part of the Israeli Air Force on December 13, 2016. (Israel Defense Forces)Israel’s first two F-35 stealth fighter jets on their maiden flight as part of the Israeli Air Force on December 13, 2016. (Israel Defense Forces)

Israeli Air Force commander Amikam Norkin revealed on Tuesday that the F-35 fighter jet conducted airstrikes on at least two occasions, which he said made Israel the first country to use the stealth aircraft operationally.

“The Adir aircraft are already operational and flying missions. We are the first in the world to carry out operational strikes with the F-35,” Norkin told a conference of air force chiefs visiting Israel from around the world.

Norkin did not specify when those two attacks took place.

Israel began receiving the fifth-generation stealth fighter from the United States in December 2016. The aircraft were declared operational approximately a year later.

Norkin revealed the F-35’s operational uses while showing the visiting air force officers a photograph of the stealth fighter jet flying over the Lebanese capital of Beirut, in what could be seen as a tacit threat to the Lebanon-based Hezbollah terror group. [hahaha, I like their style]

Russia shoots down ‘unknown drone’ in Syria: Report

May 22, 2018

Hmmmm…..

Assuming that large enough bits of it are still intact, which would seem likely (unless it was blasted to smithereens by exuberant air defence gunners) it should be possible to identify the drone.

This other report on this says that “footage purportedly showing Russia shooting down the drone, whose owner is not known, has been posted to social media.”
https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/world-news/704310/russia-shoot-down-drone-military-base-syria-khmeimim-ww3-news

Russia shoots down ‘unknown drone’ in Syria: Report

Unidentified drone had veered close to Russian air base in Syria

Monday 21 May 2018 20:44 UTC

Last update: Monday 21 May 2018 21:15 UTC

http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/russia-shoots-down-unknown-drone-syria-608867373

Russia has shot down an “unknown drone” that veered too close to Hmeimim air base in Syria, Russia’s RIA news agency said on Monday, citing its defence ministry.

“There are neither casualties nor physical damage. Russia’s Hmeimim air base is operating as normal,” it said.

The UK-based war monitoring group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said explosions had been heard near the base and appeared to have come from Russian air defences confronting an attack.

RIA’s report did not disclose any more details. It remains unknown whether this drone belonged to the US, Israel or some other entity.

Nearly every foreign power involved in Syria’s conflict have used the country’s airspace for their own strategic interests.

In April, US officials said that American military operations in Syria have been hampered by Russia’s ability to jam US drones’ GPS systems. And in February, Israel said Iran launched a drone from Syrian airspace in an attempt to launch an attack inside its territory, according to a New York Times report.

Last year, a top Israeli general told Haaretz that Israel has conducted nearly 100 strikes on Hezbollah convoys in Syria.

Aussies stand with US and Israel against the UN Human Rights Commission rabble

May 20, 2018

As my fellow editor Louisiana Steve observed in his kind welcome message to me here,  Australia and the US are similar in may ways:
https://warsclerotic.com/2018/05/10/meet-our-new-editor-david-king/#comment-100728

And here is a good example of that similarity.

Although if the Labor Party (main left wing party in Australia, as opposed to the Liberal Party which is in government , being the main right wing party in Australia) was in government, the vote would have been an abstention.

UN Human Rights Council votes to investigate Israel for Gaza protest deaths

GENEVA, Switzerland — The UN Human Rights Council on Friday voted to establish an investigation into Israel’s killing of Palestinians during protests along the Gaza border, in a move Israel rejected as being an attempt to undermine Israel’s right to self-defense.

The council voted 29 in favor and two against with 14 countries abstaining. Australia and the US were the two countries to oppose the decision. The council also condemned “the disproportionate and indiscriminate use of force by the Israeli occupying forces against Palestinian civilians.”

A television screen at the UN Human Rights Council shows how countries voted on a resolution approving an investigation into Israel's handling of deadly clashes on the Gaza border, on May 18, 2018. (Foreign Ministry)

Rest of the article is here, if you wish to read the usual depressing, predictable stuff:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/un-human-rights-council-votes-to-investigate-israel-for-gaza-protest-deaths/

 

Why is it that Latin American countries are moving their embassies?

May 15, 2018

I was interested in this question when I saw who the first countries to follow the US were: why is it that Latin American countries are moving? I didn’t know of any particular connection between these countries and Israel.

This article gives 3 possible reasons. The one about the historical ties of these countries to Israel is interesting.

Why these Latin American countries support moving their embassies to Jerusalem

https://www.timesofisrael.com/why-these-latin-american-countries-support-moving-their-embassies-to-jerusalem/

Guatemala, Paraguay and Honduras look to strengthen ties with the US by supporting Israel, plus their leaders have personal connections to the Jewish state

(JTA) — US President Donald Trump’s decision in December to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital drew wide international criticism, with 128 countries including the United Kingdom, Germany and Canada voting in favor of a United Nations resolution condemning it.

But several countries saw Trump’s decision in a different light: as an example to follow.

Shortly after the United States officially moves its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on Monday, it will be joined by Guatemala and Paraguay. Both countries are planning to make the move this month, and Honduras may be next: Its Congress recently passed a resolution urging its foreign ministry to move its embassy.

Along with the Czech Republic, whose president said last month it will begin the process of moving its embassy to Jerusalem, these countries belong to a small club (albeit one with a superpower). On a visit to Venezuela on Monday, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas urged other Latin American countries not to move their embassies.

So how come? Why do these Latin American countries go where others fear to tread?

Observers suggest a number of reasons, or a combination thereof: The countries are likely motivated by a desire to curry favor with the Trump administration, their leaders’ personal views of the Jewish state and strong historic ties to Israel.

In the cases of Guatemala and Honduras, both countries are facing or recently faced political crises — Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales is mired in a corruption scandal and Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez’s recent re-election was dogged by allegations of voter fraud. Their leaders are looking to the US for support, said Arie Kacowicz, a professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem specializing in Latin America.

“They pretty much need and want support and legitimacy from the US and one way of achieving that is by being on friendly, cordial or even extraordinary terms with Israel,” he told JTA. “So if the U.S. is showing the way on this particular issue of Jerusalem, the natural candidates to follow would be those two Central American countries.”

Though the countries are looking to strengthen ties with Israel, that is not their primary focus, Kacowicz said.

“For Guatemala and Honduras, the US is primordial. It’s much more important than Israel,” he said.

The two countries also have large immigrant populations in the US that are facing threats of deportation. Those immigrants contribute to their home countries’ economies — for example, one-tenth of Guatemala’s gross domestic product comes from remittances sent back by Guatemalans living abroad. It makes sense to want to be on the Trump administration’s good side.

Moving their embassies or expressing support for doing so “is a show of good will” to Trump and the US, agreed Mariano de Alba, associate director of the Adrianne Arsht Latin America Center at the Atlantic Council, a think tank focusing on international affairs.

The embassies of Guatemala, Paraguay and Honduras in Washington, DC, did not respond to requests for comment by JTA in time for publication.

Trump has signaled that it cares about how other countries respond to its policies regarding Jerusalem. In December, the president said the US was watching the votes of its allies on the UN condemning his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. One hundred and twenty eight countries voted to pass the resolution with only nine — including Guatemala and Honduras — voting against it and 35 countries abstaining — including Paraguay. The resolution asserted the traditional position that “Jerusalem is a final status issue to be resolved through negotiations in line with relevant United Nations resolutions.”

Following the vote, UN ambassador Nikki Haley even threw a party for the 65 countries that did not support the resolution. The event was labeled as a means to thank the countries for “their friendship to the United States,” according to a copy of the invite obtained by CNN.

But it’s not all about Trump. The three countries have ties to Israel that date back to its founding.

Latin American countries were largely sympathetic to Israel in its early days, said Dina Siegel Vann, director of the American Jewish Committee’s Arthur and Rochelle Belfer Institute for Latino and Latin American Affairs.

 “Most Latin American countries are relatively young, and they were very much captivated by Israel’s story, a young country beating the odds after destruction in the Holocaust, and trying to make it in a very hostile environment,” Vann said.

Guatemala and its UN ambassador Jorge Garcia Granados played a crucial role in the adoption of the UN partition plan for Palestine in 1947, which recommended creating a Jewish and an Arab state in pre-state Israel. In 1948, Guatemala became the first in Latin America to recognize Israel, setting off a domino effect in the region.

Following Israel’s establishment, the country focused on achieving international recognition of Jerusalem as its capital, said Jonathan Grossman, a postdoctoral research fellow at the Institute for Israel Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. He has researched ties between Israel and Latin America.

“Latin America was a major target in this struggle because they were mostly very friendly toward Israel,” Grossman said.

The campaign was successful and some 11 Latin American countries opened up embassies in Jerusalem, starting with Guatemala in 1948.

But ties soured in 1967, following the Six-Day War, which drew wide international condemnation. Then in 1980, when the Knesset passed a law that declared the entire city of Jerusalem to be Israel’s capital, all the Latin American countries as well as the Netherlands and Haiti, decided to move their embassies out of Jerusalem. Venezuela turned hostile under its late dictator, Hugo Chavez, and ties between Argentina and Israel have blown hot and cold since the the 1992 terrorist attack on Israel’s embassy in and the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish center, both in Buenos Aires.

The last 15 years have once again seen improved ties between Israel and some Latin American countries, including Guatemala, Honduras and Paraguay, said Daniel Mariaschin, CEO of B’nai B’rith International, which has projects in Latin America.

“The leadership in these countries in this past 15-year period has made the point of reaching out to Israel, as Israel has reached out to them,” Mariaschin said.

In addition to trade interests, each of the countries’ leaders also have personal reasons for supporting Israel.

Morales of Guatemala is an evangelical Christian, as is 40 percent of Guatemala’s population, and evangelicals have strong religious attachments to Israel. Paraguay’s president, Horacio Cartes, has close ties with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, and one of his campaign advisers, Ari Harow, is an Israeli-American who previously served as Netanyahu’s chief of staff.

Hernandez of Honduras participated early in his career in an outreach program by Mashav, Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation.

Grossman said that Trump’s decision opened the door for Latin American countries that have good relations with Israel to follow suit.

“This move kind of removes the barrier for many of those small countries who have excellent relations with Israel, very developed trade relations and security cooperation,” he said.

Will the upcoming moves by Guatemala and Paraguay spark a trend? De Alba said it is “very highly unlikely” that a large number of Latin American countries will follow suit because such a move is seen as “too forceful.”

“The position of the majority of the Latin American countries will be not to do so and try not to take sides on the [Israeli-Palestinian] conflict,” he said.

Meanwhile Mariaschin thinks the Latin American countries’ decisions may lead others to at least rethink their policies.

“I think these moves will spur other countries to reconsider because there’s a critical mass which is assembling here, not only in Latin America but in other places as well.”

 

Aussie ex-Prime Minister Tony Abbot says move embassy to Jerusalem

May 15, 2018

Tony Abbot is a great guy, a true conservative and tough as nails. Did boxing at Uni, rides his bike for a zillion miles before breakfast and has done surf lifesaving.  He is also a volunteer bush fire fighter, and was even working putting out fires with other volunteers when he was Prime Minister. Top bloke.

And he is a strong supporter of Israel.

Blogger Andrew Bolt is also a top guy, high profile here in Australia and is also a strong supporter of Israel, and aware of the dangers of islam.

Abbot: Move our embassy to Jerusalem

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/blogs/andrew-bolt/abbott-move-our-embassy-to-jerusalem/news-story/8ae0a23b8b4b452dd186e97a07922d50

Tony Abbott is right: Australia should indeed consider moving its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. In fact, we should do it. It recognises a reality and says the terrorists cannot scare us into shunning either the truth or Israel.

Tony Abbott
✔@TonyAbbottMHR

The US embassy is now in West Jerusalem, which has been Israel’s capital for nearly 70 years. Australia should consider following Trump’s move.

10:19 AM – May 15, 2018

But Malcolm Turnbull [current Prime Minister – Ed.] immediately rejects it, claiming it’s “more conducive to the peace process” not to.

But what “peace process”?

Staying in Tel Aviv just emboldens the hardliner rejectionists.

 

More info on the Iranian threat to expose nuke deal bribe recipients

May 15, 2018

Following on from the post by Louisiana Steve here:
https://warsclerotic.com/2018/05/13/oh-boy-iranian-regime-threatens-to-release-names-of-western-officials-who-took-bribes-to-pass-nuke-deal/

… I came across the article below.

The veracity of the threat is sketchy at best, and I have my doubts about whether it is accurate or not, but….. would be nice if it were true and did happen.  Islamic nations always seem to make strategically dumb decisions.

Angry Iran threatens to expose Western officials who took bribes to make nuke deal happen

https://www.bizpacreview.com/2018/05/13/angry-iran-threatens-to-expose-western-officials-who-took-bribes-to-make-nuke-deal-happen-633970

Shortly after President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the Iran nuclear deal last Tuesday, an adviser to a top Iranian official retaliated by dropping a bombshell threat.

The threat concerned the president’s plan to reimpose sanctions on Iran:

An adviser to H.J.Ansari Zarif, the deputy for parliamentary and Iranian affairs within Iran’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, specifically threatened to expose every corrupt official who accepted bribes to make the Iran deal happen three years ago.

“If Europeans stop trading with Iran and don’t put pressure on US then we will reveal which western politicians and how much money they had received during nuclear negotiations to make #IranDeal happen,” he either said or wrote, according to Hassan Ghashghavi.

A Middle East analyst for The Jerusalem Post, Ghashghavi posted the adviser’s threat on his Twitter profile Tuesday afternoon, only about an hour or so after Trump’s announcement.

Raman Ghavami@Raman_Ghavami

H.J.Ansari Zarif’s senior advisor: “If Europeans stop trading with Iran and don’t put pressure on US then we will reveal which western politicians and how much money they had received during nuclear negotiations to make happen.”
That would be interesting.

The adviser’s tweet appears to suggest that some Western officials partook in “pay-to-play” schemes by accepting money to support and ultimately sign the deal. The accusation makes perfect sense given that there was no legitimate reason whatsoever to support the horrible one-sided deal pieced together in 2015 by then-President Barack Hussein Obama.

As noted by Fox News panelist Charles Krauthammer at the time, “The most astonishing thing [about the deal] is that in return, they [Iran] are not closing a single nuclear facility. Their entire nuclear infrastructure is intact.”

“They are going to have the entire infrastructure in place either for a breakout after the agreement expires or when they have enough sanctions relief and they want to cheat and to breakout on their own,” he added.

The world got absolutely nothing in return for signing the deal, yet numerous officials across the Western world signed it anyway. Why?

Some argue that the whole deal was in effect just a giant bribe, except in reverse — Obama essentially bribed Iran to stop pursuing nuclear weapons. He accomplished this by lifting sanctions and throwing the terror-supporting regime an economic lifeline.