| UN official busts David Gregory for using Israeli propaganda video: ‘That’s really unfair!’

UN official busts David Gregory for using Israeli propaganda video: ‘That’s really unfair’ ~ David Edwards, The Raw Story.

NBC host David Gregory was forced to issue a correction at the end of his weekly Meet the Pressprogram on Sunday after a United Nations official confronted him for using a unconfirmed Israeli video that allegedly showed Hamas shooting rockets from a UN school.

Following an interview with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday, Gregory brought on UN Relief & Works Agency spokesperson Chris Gunness.

“The Israeli government has released videotape within the past hour, it was posted on YouTube, NBC News hasn’t independently verified,” Gregory explained to Gunness. “The Israelis say — and I realize that you cannot see this video, our audience can, and I’m going to describe it to you — that purports to show rockets being fired from a UN school.”

As the host spoke, NBC played fuzzy black and white video of rockets being fired from buildings at an unknown location.

“Is this accurate?” Gregory asked. “Could this be happening without the UN’s knowledge, that would only bolster the prime minister’s point that, in fact, Hamas is using civilians, using the United Nations even in a kind of propaganda war.”

Gunness found the notion that he was being made to respond to a unconfirmed video that he couldn’t even see so ridiculous that he could barely contain laughter.

“Look, to be fair to me, to bring me on a live program and expect me to comment live on air on pictures I haven’ actually seen, I think anyone looking at this program would agree that’s really unfair,” Gunness insisted. “I mean, if I can see it, I’ll happily comment on it.”

NBC's David Gregory

At the conclusion of the program, Gregory said that the United Nations had “confirmed that the video does not show rockets being fired from a UN-administrated school in Gaza.”

“So this is a back and forth that we are not able to settle at this point,” Gregory said.

Watch the video below from NBC’s Meet the Press, broadcast July 27, 2014.

(h/t: Egberto Willies)

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he’s also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.


| Were the Three Settler Kidnappings an Israeli “False Flag” Operation?

Were the Three Settler Kidnappings an Israeli “False Flag” Operation? ~ Karin Brothers, Global Research.

Evidence that came to light after Israel removed its gag order on information regarding the June 12 kidnapping and murder of three Jewish Israeli students suggests that it could have been an Israeli government operation that was intentionally used to punish Hamas and break up the new Palestinian unity government.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had immediately accused Hamas of the kidnapping — without presenting any evidence — and proceeded to “conduct a search” throughout the entirety of the West Bank until the bodies were reportedly found on June 30th.

The “search” entailed arresting and beating up about 600 Hamas members (including legislators) and trashing about 2100 homes; Israeli forces killed at least 7 Palestinians. Israel also heightened its daily air strikes on the Gaza Strip, which has been under the Israeli blockade since Sept. 2006. The Gaza government appealed to the UN for relief, which responded by condemning the kidnappings rather than the massive abuse of the Palestinian population. And then urging “all parties” to show restraint.

On July 1, Israel removed a gag order on information about the kidnapping that revealed shocking facts:

  • The Israeli government had informed members of the press around June 15th that it was aware that the students had been killed (1) but placed a gag order on that information: the government must thus have known where the bodies were.  The brutal “search” was merely cover for punishment of members of Hamas, the democratically-elected party of Palestinians throughout the occupied territories. The Israeli media played along with the pretext for the abuse.
  • The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) were only called in 8-9 hours after the first call to report the kidnapping. One of the students placed a call to the police emergency hotline 10 minutes after they accepted a hitchhiking ride home, with the message that he was being kidnapped. The statement was followed by what sounded like several gunshots, groans and silence; the call lasted for 49 seconds. Police ignored the call. The teen’s father called police 5 hours later, at 3:30 am, to report his son missing. “Several hours” after that, after an exchange of 54 phone calls, the IDF and Shin Bet finally became involved. (2)
  • Despite possession of all of the evidence of the kidnappings and murders, the Israeli government has offered no evidence that indicates responsibility for the acts. Those with any direct connection to the phone calls or the finding of the bodies have remained unidentified.

Prime Minister Netanyahu has used this event for huge political gain:

  • to create divisions within the new “unity government” of Fatah and Hamas,
  • to physically punish Hamas members and the cause of Palestinian resistance,
  • to get legislation passed through the Knesset to block the return of East Jerusalem to Palestinians (1),
  • to try to foment a third intifada to legitimate further attacks on Palestinians (1) and
  • to whip up such hatred of Palestinians that it has become dangerous for them to be seen on Israeli streets.

The Israeli government is continuing to harass and attack Palestinians until it supposedly finds the killers. The two young Hebron men named as the accused have been missing since June 12th.

The uncovering of this deception should arouse world condemnation.

Karin Brothers is a freelance writer.


1. Lia TarachanskyIsraeli Government and Press Knew Teenagers Were Dead for Weeks. The Real News Network (TRNN). July 1, 2014. Accessed on July 1, 2014: http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=767&Itemid=74&jumival=12063

2. Amos Harel. Tapes reveal pleas of kidnapped boy’s father met with call center apathy. Ha’aretz. July 2, 2014. Accessed July 2, 2014 at: http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/.premium-1.602537


| Balkanisation: Iraq crisis ‘made in Israel!’

Iraq crisis ‘made in Israel’ ~ Dr. Kevin Barrett, PressTV.

Who is responsible for the disaster in Iraq?

Some blame the US for its calamitous invasion and occupation. Others fault Iraqis, pointing to sectarianism, corruption and incompetence.

But on Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu inadvertently revealed the truth: The tragedy in Iraq (like similar tragedies in Syria, Libya, Sudan and elsewhere) was made in Israel. All of these countries have been destabilized as part of Israel’s Oded Yinon plan to balkanize the Middle East.

Kurdish Peshmerga forces man a checkpoint on the road leading from Kirkuk to the northern Iraqi city of Tikrit, June 30, 2014.

Kurdish Peshmerga forces man a checkpoint on the road leading from Kirkuk to the northern Iraqi city of Tikrit, June 30, 2014.


Speaking at a Tel Aviv University think tank, Netanyahu declared Israel’s support for the destruction of Iraq to make way for an independent Kurdish state. Israel “should support the Kurdish aspiration for independence,” Netanyahu announced, celebrating the success of Israel’s plan to ignite sectarian strife in key Middle Eastern countries and set the stage for their fragmentation.

The destruction of Iraq would be a bonanza for Israel. Such a move would not only eliminate the geo-strategic threat of a united Iraq, but would also hand Israel the lion’s share of the oil of an independent Kurdistan. (Zionists have been infiltrating Kurdistan for years; they are well positioned to dominate its oil and send it to market via a pipeline to Israel.)

ISIL’s attack on Iraq has made this Zionist dream possible. Using the “ISIL threat” as an excuse, Israeli-backed Iraqi Kurds have seized Kirkuk, a major oil production center. If Kirkuk were included in an independent Kurdistan, Iraq would lose much of its future oil revenues, while Israeli-dominated Kurdistan would funnel its vast oil wealth to Tel Aviv.

And by intensifying the destabilization of other Middle Eastern countries, a Kurdish declaration of independence would yield another benefit to Israel. Turkey, Syria and Iran, like Iraq, include regions where Kurdish-speaking people form a majority. Should Iraqi Kurds break away from Baghdad, extremist and/or Zionist-supported elements of neighboring Kurdish communities would want to dismember those nations too. The likely result: An interlinked series of civil wars that might even explode into a regional war.

This is precisely what Netanyahu and other Israeli extremists want. They are desperately searching for a powder-keg and a spark to ignite a big Mideast war that would give Israel the opportunity to finish its ethnic cleansing of Palestine under cover of “the fog of war.”

Officially, the US opposes Netanyahu’s plan to smash Iraq into pieces. Last Tuesday, US Secretary of State John Kerry visited Iraq’s Kurdish region and spoke to Kurdish leaders. Kerry told the Kurds to remain part of Iraq. The US, he said, supports a united Iraq and opposes its dismemberment.

But can the US really oppose Israeli policy? History suggests that Israel has a way of bending the American superpower to its whims.

During the 1990s, Netanyahu’s US-based Israeli agents, including Paul Wolfowitz, Douglas Feith, Richard Perle, and Scooter Libby, were pushing for the US to invade and occupy Iraq. Though they claimed they wanted to convert Iraq into a Western-style democracy, and predicted that invading US troops would be welcomed with candy and flowers, their real aim was to destroy Iraq and set the stage for its partition.

Throughout the 1990s, the non-Zionist faction of the US ruling elite successfully opposed the Zionist plan to invade Iraq. Such a war, they knew, would not serve the US national interest.

But the Zionists did not care about the US national interest. All they cared about was pursuing the Oded Yinon plan.

So on September 11th, 2001, the Zionists staged a coup d’état in America. They blew up the three World Trade Center skyscrapers, bombed the Pentagon, blamed their enemies, and used the resulting wave of outrage to seize power and change national policy. Under Zionist command, in service to Israeli interests, the US military invaded and occupied Iraq.

During the US occupation, the Israelis and their nominally American mercenaries created and oversaw the sexual torture at Abu Ghraib. They assassinated hundreds of Iraq’s leading scientists and scholars in an intellectual genocide designed to cripple Iraq’s future potential. And they unleashed a wave of false flag terror aimed at fomenting sectarian strife. Today, they are preparing to harvest the fruits of their labors.

Will the US stick to its official policy supporting the unity of Iraq? Or will it surrender to the Zionists and allow Kurdistan to be violently ripped from the national body?

There is some question about whether the US is sincere in its professed support for Iraqi unity. Sometimes the American leadership takes a principled stand in its official positions, while pursuing an unprincipled secret policy that is diametrically opposed to the official one. And often that unprincipled secret policy is in line with Israel’s policy.

For example, when the brutal thug and Israeli agent al-Sisi overthrew Egypt’s democratically-elected President Mohamed Morsi, the US officially opposed the coup d’état, while Israel openly welcomed it and called al-Sisi “a national hero for all Jews.” But America’s professed opposition to the coup was only skin deep. Even as Morsi was being overthrown, Netanyahu reassured al-Sisi that the billions of dollars of US taxpayer funds that prop up Egypt’s military would continue to flow. And they have.

Another example of the US doing the exact opposite of what it says is the American sponsorship of ISIL. Officially, the US pretends that ISIL is public enemy number one. But behind the scenes, the American taxpayers are funding these too-extreme-for-Al-Qaeda militants, and the CIA is training and equipping them at not-so-secret bases in Jordan. The US seems to have aided and abetted ISIL’s assault on Iraq. This could only have been done in service to Israel and its Oded Yinon plan to balkanize Iraq and the whole region.

Will the US ever decide to assert its own interests – and foster peace and stability in the Middle East? Or is the world’s sole superpower destined to remain forever an abject slave of Israel?

And will the Iraqi people succumb to Zionist-incited sectarianism and ethnic strife? Or will they rise above such petty concerns and manage to preserve their national unity?




| Debunking Netanyahu’s ‘destruction of Israel’ mantra!

Netanyahu’s ‘destruction of Israel’ mantra ~ John V. Whitbeck is an international lawyer who has advised the Palestinian negotiating team in negotiations with Israel, Al Jazeera.

When, in response to the threat of potential Palestinian reconciliation and unity, the Israeli government suspended “negotiations” with the Palestine Liberation Organization on April 24 (five days before they were due to terminate in any event), Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office issued a statement asserting: “Instead of choosing peace, Abu Mazen formed an alliance with a murderous terrorist organisation that calls for the destruction of Israel.”

In a series of related media appearances, Netanyahu hammered repeatedly on the “destruction of Israel” theme as a way of blaming Palestine for the predictable failure of the latest round of the seemingly perpetual “peace process”.

The extreme subjectivity of the epithet “terrorist” has been highlighted by two recent absurdities – the Egyptian military regime’s labelling of the Muslim Brotherhood, which has won all Egyptian elections since the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak, as a “terrorist” organisation and the labelling by the de facto Ukrainian authorities, who came to power through illegally occupying government buildings in Kiev, of those opposing them by illegally occupying government buildings in eastern Ukraine as “terrorists“. In both cases, those who have overthrown democratically elected governments are labelling those who object to their coups as “terrorists”.

It is increasingly understood that the word “terrorist”, which has no agreed definition, is so subjective as to be devoid of any inherent meaning and that it is commonly abused by governments and others who apply it to whomever or whatever they hate in the hope of demonising their adversaries, thereby discouraging and avoiding rational thought and discussion and, frequently, excusing their own illegal and immoral behaviour.

Netanyahu’s assertion that Hamas “calls for the destruction of Israel” requires rational analysis as well.

He is not the only guilty party in this regard. The mainstream media in the West habitually attaches the phrase “pledged to the destruction of Israel” to each first mention of Hamas, almost as though it were part of Hamas’ name.

In the real world

In the real world, what does the “destruction of Israel” actually mean? The land? The people? The ethno-religious-supremacist regime?

There can be no doubt that virtually all Palestinians – and probably still a significant number of Native Americans – wish that foreign colonists had never arrived in their homelands to ethnically cleanse them and take away their land, and that some may even lay awake at night dreaming that they might, somehow, be able to turn back the clock or reverse history.

Hamas is not remotely close to being in a position to cause Israel’s territory to sink beneath the Mediterranean or to wipe out its population or even to compel the Israeli regime to transform itself into a fully democratic state pledged to equal rights and dignity for all who live there.

However, in the real world, Hamas is not remotely close to being in a position to cause Israel’s territory to sink beneath the Mediterranean or to wipe out its population or even to compel the Israeli regime to transform itself into a fully democratic state pledged to equal rights and dignity for all who live there. It is presumably the latter threat – the dreaded “bi-national state” – that Netanyahu has in mind when he speaks of the “destruction of Israel”.

For propaganda purposes, “destruction” sounds much less reasonable and desirable than “democracy” even when one is speaking about the same thing.

In the real world, Hamas has long made clear, notwithstanding its view that continuing negotiations within the framework of the US-monopolised “peace process” is pointless and a waste of time, that it does not object to the PLO’s trying to reach a two-state agreement with Israel; provided only that, to be accepted and respected by Hamas, any agreement reached would need to be submitted to and approved by the Palestinian people in a referendum.

In the real world, the Hamas vision (like the Fatah vision) of peaceful coexistence in Israel/Palestine is much closer to the “international consensus” on what a permanent peace should look like, as well as to international law and relevant UN resolutions, than the Israeli vision – to the extent that one can even discern the Israeli vision, since no Israeli government has ever seen fit to publicly reveal what its vision, if any exists beyond beyond maintaining and managing the status quo indefinitely, actually looks like.

As the Fatah and Hamas visions have converged in recent years, the principal divergence has become Hamas’ insistence (entirely consistent with international law and relevant UN resolutions) that Israel must withdraw from the entire territory of the State of Palestine, which is defined in the UN General Assembly resolution of November 29, 2012, recognising Palestine’s state status as “the Palestinian Territory occupied since 1967” (including, significantly, the definite article “the” missing from “withdraw from territories” in the arguably ambiguous UN Security Council Resolution 242), in contrast to Fatah’s more flexible willingness to consider agreed land swaps equal in size and value.

After winning the last Palestinian elections and after seven years of responsibility for governing Gaza under exceptionally difficult circumstances, Hamas has become a relatively “moderate” establishment party, struggling to rein in more radical groups and prevent them from firing artisanal rockets into southern Israel, a counterproductive symbolic gesture which Israeli governments publicly condemn but secretly welcome (and often seek to incite in response to their own more lethal violence) as evidence of Palestinian belligerence justifying their own intransigence.

Netanyahu’s “destruction of Israel” mantra should not be taken seriously, either by Western governments or by any thinking person. It is long overdue for the Western mainstream media to cease recycling mindless – and genuinely destructive – propaganda and to adapt their reporting to reality, and it is long overdue for Western governments to cease demonising Hamas as an excuse for doing nothing constructive to end a brutal occupation which has now endured for almost 47 years.

John V Whitbeck is an international lawyer who has advised the Palestinian negotiating team in negotiations with Israel.

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 Palestine can be won in a street fight ~ , Al Jazeera.

The global street is where a defenceless oppressed indigenous people have a chance at justice.

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| Deranged NuttyYahoo: Iran nuclear deal ‘historic mistake!’

Israeli PM Netanyahu: Iran nuclear deal ‘historic mistake’ ~

David Simpson and Josh Levs, CNN.

  • NEW: The deal made the world ‘a much more dangerous place,’ Netanyahu says
  • NEW: ‘You are not our enemies,’ Israel’s president tells Iranians
  • The countries once enjoyed a “honeymoon”
  • Last week, Iran‘s supreme leader said Israeli officials “cannot be even called humans”

(CNN) — While the EU and the United States cheered a deal that world powers reached with Tehran over its nuclear ambitions, Israel was fierce in its criticism Sunday.

“What was concluded in Geneva last night is not a historic agreement, it’s a historic mistake,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told reporters. “It’s not made the world a safer place. Like the agreement with North Korea in 2005, this agreement has made the world a much more dangerous place.”

“For years the international community has demanded that Iran cease all uranium enrichment. Now, for the first time, the international community has formally consented that Iran continue its enrichment of uranium.”

The deal, Netanyahu argued, leaves Iran “taking only cosmetic steps which it could reverse easily within a few weeks, and in return, sanctions that took years to put in place are going to be eased.”

“This first step could very well be the last step,” he said.

“Without continued pressure, what incentive does the Iranian regime have to take serious steps that actually dismantle its nuclear weapons capability?”

Iran insists its nuclear program is purely for civilian purposes, with no long-term goal of developing a nuclear weapons arsenal.

In an earlier written statement, Netanyahu said the agreement “threatens many countries and of course Israel among them. Israel is not obliged to the agreement.”

“If in five years, a nuclear suitcase explodes in New York or Madrid,” Naftali Bennett, the Israeli minister of trade and industry, said, “it will be because of the agreement that was signed this morning.”

Shimon Peres, Israel’s president, took a different note.

“This is an interim deal. The success or failure of the deal will be judged by results, not by words,” Peres said in a statement.

“I would like to say to the Iranian people: You are not our enemies, and we are not yours. There is a possibility to solve this issue diplomatically. It is in your hands. Reject terrorism. Stop the nuclear program. Stop the development of long-range missiles. Israel, like others in the international community, prefers a diplomatic solution.

“But I want to remind everyone of what President Obama said, and what I have personally heard from other leaders. The international community will not tolerate a nuclear Iran. And if the diplomatic path fails, the nuclear option will be prevented by other means. The alternative is far worse.”

READ: World powers strike historic deal on Iran’s nuclear program

Reaction to deal in Tehran

To be sure, there is no love lost between Iran and Israel.

Iran, which in the past has questioned Israel’s right to even exist, continues to push Tel Aviv’s buttons with incendiary statements.

Israel, which says it has the most to lose if Iran develops a nuclear bomb, has repeatedly warned the West to tread warily when dealing with Tehran.

READ: White House releases deal details

So to find that their greatest ally, the United States, has struck an interim deal with Iran prompted stunned Israeli lawmakers.

“Israel cannot participate in the international celebration, which is based on Iranian deception and the world self-delusion,” Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz said.

All three lawmakers stopped short of saying whether Israel would go it alone militarily, if the need arose.

But Israeli officials told CNN’s Ian Lee they would not rule out a strike against Iran — and Netanyahu certainly didn’t mince words. Israel bombed a reactor construction site in Iraq in 1981.

“The regime in Iran is dedicated to destroying Israel and Israel has the right and obligation to defend itself with it’s own forces against every threat,” he said. “I want to make clear as the Prime minister of Israel, Israel will not let Iran develop a nuclear military capability.”

Obama to call Netanyahu

The heightened rhetoric means President Obama has his work cut out for him in appeasing its staunchest ally in the Middle East.

Iran deal ‘important step forward’
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“You can be sure that President Obama will speak to Prime Minister Netanyahu” on Sunday, a senior administration official told reporters.

“Ultimately, we understand why Israel is particularly skeptical about Iran,” the official said, adding, “This is not simply about trusting the Iranian government. There are strict verification measures.”

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said as the deal was announced in Geneva that Israel and the United States agree that Iran must not be allowed to have a nuclear weapon.

But Kerry said none of the world powers represented in Geneva believe that unrelenting sanctions can achieve that goal. He said the deal will make Israel safer by freezing some Iranian nuclear development and removing its stockpile of uranium enriched to 20% purity.

Kerry also said military action, while still an option Obama would preserve, could not permanently solve the problem.

Israeli leaders ‘sleep with one eye open

It’s hard for most Americans to understand why all Israeli prime ministers are said to sleep with one eye open, says Aaron David Miller of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He was a Middle East negotiator in Democratic and Republican administrations.

America, he says, has “non-predatory neighbors to its north and south and fish to its east and west.”

Israel, on the other hand, is a small Jewish state surrounded by antagonistic Muslim neighbors.

“Israel cannot participate in the international celebration, which is based on Iranian deception and the world self-delusion.” – Israeli intelligence minister

“I don’t think Iran wants nuclear weapons to launch a first strike against Israel. But it’s impossible to ignore, let alone trivialize, Israeli security concerns and vulnerabilities in this regard, particularly in the face of Iran’s rhetoric, regional ambitions and support for terrorism over the years,” he said.

Indeed, the verbal attacks have been relentless.

Even as the P5+1 met in Geneva, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei unleashed another volley last week in Tehran.

Khamenei said Israeli officials “cannot be even called humans” and referred to Netanyahu as “the rabid dog of the region.”

Once a ‘honeymoon

What is forgotten in this tense relationship is that it wasn’t always this way.

After the birth of the nation of Israel in 1948, the countries enjoyed a “honeymoon” that lasted until just before the 1979 Islamic revolution, David Menashri, professor emeritus of Tel Aviv University, told CNN last year.

Israel’s ties with Iran were chiefly motivated by “a single word with three letters — O-I-L,” he said.

But the Islamic revolution that overthrew the Shah of Iran marked a turning point.

The Islamic republic, led by Shiite clerics in the predominantly Shiite nation, saw Israel as an illegitimate state with no right to exist, certainly not amid Muslim nations.

Despite harsh rhetoric, though, then-Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khomeini “didn’t want to get into a confrontation with Israel,” said Ervand Abrahamian, a professor of Iranian and Middle Eastern history at Baruch College of the City University of New York.

One reason: Israel and Iran had a common enemy in Iraq, a country that fought an eight-year war with Iran. Israel even supplied weapons to Iran to help it fight.

In the years after the Iran-Iraq war, however, Israel began to regard Iran and its support of global terror as a chief threat.

And it watched uneasily as Iran has gained influence in the Middle East since the first Gulf War began eroding Iraq’s power.

Those concerns escalated when international inspectors found traces of highly enriched uranium at a power plant in Iran in 2003.

In the escalating conflict, the United States has always said it has, in the words of Obama last year, “Israel’s back.”

“The United States has no stake in concluding an agreement with Iran that leaves Israel angry, aggrieved and vulnerable. So, the two sides will find a way to work this through,”Miller said. “But for now, buckle your seat belts. We could be in for one bumpy ride.”

How to enrich uranium into fuel

CNN’s Michael Schwartz and Joe Sterling contributed to this report.


NuttyOb2 NuttyYahooMadSo, NuttyYahoo thinks he knows better than the world’s foreign ministers who finally negotiated the breakthrough deal in Geneva, after a ten-year hiatus with Iran.  

How typical. 
Now, watch out for a major false-flag attack from your friendly-neighbourhood ziocolony to sabotage the detente.

Par for the course.
Unless it’s cut loose first.


| War-monger Netanyahu visits Russia to lobby against Iran deal!

Netanyahu visits Russia to lobby against Iran deal ~ DAN WILLIAMSJERUSALEM, Reuters.

(Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flew to Russia on Wednesday to appeal for tougher terms in a nuclear accord with Iran after failing to convince the United States that world powers are pursuing a bad deal.

Netanyahu was due to meet President Vladimir Putin as envoys from Russia, the United States, ChinaFrance, Britain and Germany began a third and possibly conclusive round of talks with Iran in Geneva on easing economic sanctions in return for curbs on Tehran’s disputed nuclear program.

Israel, thought to have the Middle East’s only nuclear arsenal, sees a nuclear-armed Iran as a mortal threat and wants its uranium enrichment capabilities dismantled and its enriched uranium removed. Tehran denies seeking atomic weapons.

Netanyahu says the deal now under negotiation, the exact details of which have not been disclosed, would still enable Tehran to build an atomic bomb quickly if it chose to do so.

The right-wing Israeli leader, locked in his most serious dispute yet with U.S. PresidentBarack Obama, has made veiled threats of Israeli military action against Iran if negotiators sign what he has called an “exceedingly bad deal” in Geneva.

He has dismissed widespread skepticism over Israel’s ability to cause lasting damage to Iran’s distant, dispersed and well-defended facilities.

Israel’s military chief, Lieutenant-General Benny Gantz, told reporters his task was “to ensure we retain and continue to strengthen relevant capabilities” to tackle Iran if necessary.

Russia, which built Iran’s first nuclear power plant and remains on better terms with Tehran than Western powers, has expressed less suspicion than them about Iran’s nuclear work.

“Our job is to try to sway the Russians, as we have been doing with all the players,” said Deputy Israeli Foreign Minister Ze’ev Elkin, who accompanied Netanyahu to Moscow.

“Russia is not going to adopt Israeli positions wholesale. But any movement, even small, in the Russian position can affect the negotiations,” Elkin told Israel Radio.


Moscow is hopeful the Geneva talks will produce a preliminary deal this week to ease the nuclear standoff, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

Without mentioning Netanyahu by name, Lavrov referred to his warnings of a “historic mistake” that would win time for Iran to make a nuclear bomb, which he said were “removed from reality”.

Lavrov has also suggested Iran was prepared to produce less enriched uranium and halt production of uranium enriched to a fissile concentration of 20 percent, a relatively short step from weapons-grade material. Those are two of the concessions Western powers want Iran to take, but they fall far short of Netanyahu’s demands for shutting certain Iranian nuclear sites.

“We are addressing the sorts of problems which Israel has raised with us consistently and forcefully over a very long period of time,” said a European diplomat involved in the Iran discussions who declined to be named.

“You know, speaking honestly, I don’t think that there is a deal that we could remotely have done which would have Netanyahu coming up and saying, ‘hmm, that’s pretty good'”.

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a joint news conference with French President Francois Hollande (not pictured) at his residence in Jerusalem November 17, 2013. REUTERS/Alain Jocard/Pool

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a joint news conference with French President Francois Hollande (not pictured) at his residence in Jerusalem November 17, 2013.

The Moscow trip has stirred little optimism in Israel, where Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, a member of Netanyahu’s security cabinet, wondered how much leverage he could apply.

“Russia and China were the ones that, until now, did not take action to increase sanctions. It was very hard to enlist them to impose sanctions on Iran,” she told Israel Radio.

“Therefore it is hard for me to see how, suddenly today, they could be the ones to demand that the world be firmer with the Iranians.”

(Additional reporting by Steve Gutterman in Moscow; Writing by Dan Williams, Editing by Jeffrey Heller and Alistair Lyon)



| Ziocolony Israel’s History of Assassinating Palestinian Leaders!

Israel’s History of Assassinating Palestinian Leaders ~ Institute for Middle East Understanding [IMEU].

On November 6, several news outlets reported that the widow of former Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Chairman Yasser Arafat announced that the results of a Swiss investigation into her late husband’s death concluded he was poisoned with polonium, a radioactive substance.

In November 2012, Arafat’s body was exhumed in order for medical examiners to take samples of his remains to test for polonium, part of a murder investigation launched by French authorities at the request of Suha Arafat following the discovery last summer of traces of the highly toxic substance on some of his personal effects. In October 2004, after enduring a two-year siege by the Israeli military in his West Bank headquarters, Arafat fell seriously ill. Two weeks later he was transported to a French military hospital where he died. Doctors concluded he died from a stroke caused by a mysterious blood disorder.

At the time, many Palestinians suspected that Arafat was murdered. Over the years, he had survived numerous assassination attempts by Israel, and just six months before his death then-Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said that an agreement he had made with US President George W. Bush promising that Israel wouldn’t kill Arafat was no longer valid, stating: “I released myself from the commitment in regard to Arafat.”

Two years prior to that statement, in an interview published in February 2002, Sharon told an Israeli journalist that he regretted not killing Arafat when he had the chance during Israel’s invasion of Lebanon in 1982, stating: “I am sorry that we did not liquidate him.” In 2002, current Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, then in the opposition following his first term as prime minister (1996-1999), told the Likud party Central Committee: “We must completely and totally eradicate Arafat’s regime and remove him from the vicinity… This one thing must be understood: If we do not remove Arafat and his regime, the terror will return and increase. And only if we do remove them is there any chance of turning a new leaf in our relationship with the Palestinians.” When Arafat died, Netanyahu was serving as Minister of Finance in Sharon’s government.


2012 – On November 14, two days after Palestinian factions in Gaza agree to a truce following several days of violence, Israel assassinates the leader of Hamas’ military wing, Ahmed Jabari, threatening to escalate the violence once again after a week in which at least six Palestinian civilians are killed and dozens more wounded in Israeli attacks. Although Israeli officials know that Jabari is in the process of finalizing a long-term truce, and that he is one of the few people in Gaza who can enforce it, they kill him anyway, marking the start of a week-long assault on Gaza that kills more than 100 Palestinian civilians, including at least 33 children, and wounds more than 1000 others.

2012 – On March 9, Israel violates an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire and assassinates the head of the Gaza-based Popular Resistance Committees, Zuhair al-Qaisi, sparking another round of violence in which at least two dozen Palestinians are killed, including at least four civilians, and scores more wounded. As it usually does, Israel claims it is acting in self-defense, against an imminent attack being planned by the PRC, while providing no evidence to substantiate the allegation.

Following the assassination, Israeli journalist Zvi Bar’el writes in the Haaretz newspaper:

“It is hard to understand what basis there is for the assertion that Israel is not striving to escalate the situation. One could assume that an armed response by the Popular Resistance Committees or Islamic Jihad to Israel’s targeted assassination was taken into account. But did anyone weigh the possibility that the violent reaction could lead to a greater number of Israeli casualties than any terrorist attack that Zuhair al-Qaisi, the secretary-general of the Popular Resistance Committees, could have carried out?

“In the absence of a clear answer to that question, one may assume that those who decided to assassinate al-Qaisi once again relied on the ‘measured response’ strategy, in which an Israeli strike draws a reaction, which draws an Israeli counter-reaction.”

2010 – In January, suspected Israeli assassins kill senior Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in a Dubai hotel room. As in the past, the Israeli agents believed to have carried out the killing use forged and stolen foreign passports from western countries, including Britain, France, Ireland and Germany, causing an international uproar.

2009 – On January 15, an Israeli airstrike kills Said Seyam, Hamas’ Interior Minister and member of the Palestinian Legislative Council.

2009 – On January 1, an Israeli airstrike on the home of senior Hamas military commander Nizar Rayan kills him and 15 family members, including 11 of his children.

2006 – On June 8, Israel assassinates Jamal Abu Samhadana, founder of the Popular Resistance Committees and Interior Minister of the Hamas-led Palestinian Authority government, killing three other members of the PRC in the process.

2004 – On April 17, Israel assassinates Abdel Aziz Rantisi, a co-founder of Hamas and its leader since the assassination of Hamas spiritual leader Sheik Ahmed Yassin a month earlier. Rantisi is considered a moderate within Hamas.

2004 – On March 22, Israel assassinates the 67-year-old wheelchair-bound spiritual leader and co-founder of Hamas, Sheik Ahmed Yassin, as he leaves prayers at a mosque in Gaza, killing nine innocent bystanders in the process.

2003 – On March 8, Israel assassinates Ibrahim Maqadma, one of the founders of Hamas and one of its top military commanders.

2002 – On July 23, hours before a widely reported ceasefire declared by Hamas and other Palestinian groups is scheduled to come into effect, Israel bombs an apartment building in the middle of the night in the densely populated Gaza Strip in order to assassinate Hamas leader Salah Shehada. Fourteen civilians, including nine children, are also killed in the attack, and 50 others wounded, leading to a scuttling of the ceasefire and a continuation of violence.

2002 – On January 14, Israel assassinates Raed Karmi, a militant leader in the Fatah party, following a ceasefire agreed to by all Palestinian militant groups the previous month, leading to its cancellation. Later in January, the first suicide bombing by the Fatah linked Al-Aqsa Martyr’s Brigade takes place.

2001 – On November 23, Israel assassinates senior Hamas militant, Mahmoud Abu Hanoud. At the time, Hamas was adhering to an agreement made with PLO head Yasser Arafat not to attack targets inside of Israel. Following the killing, Israeli military correspondent of the right-leaning Yediot Ahronot newspaper, Alex Fishman, writes in a front-page story:

“We again find ourselves preparing with dread for a new mass terrorist attack within the Green Line [Israel’s pre-1967 border]… Whoever gave a green light to this act of liquidation knew full well that he is thereby shattering in one blow the gentleman’s agreement between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority; under that agreement, Hamas was to avoid in the near future suicide bombings inside the Green Line…”

2001 – On August 27, Israel uses US-made Apache helicopter gunships to assassinate Abu Ali Mustafa, secretary general of the leftist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. In response, PFLP members assassinate Israel’s Tourism Minister and notorious right-wing hardliner, Rehavam Ze’evi, who advocated the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians from the West Bank and Gaza.

2001 – On August 15, undercover Israeli soldiers assassinate Emad Abu Sneineh, a member of the Fatah linked Tanzim militia, opening fire on him at close range.

2001 – On August 5, Israeli forces assassinate Hamas member Amer Mansour Habiri in the West Bank city of Tulkarem, firing missiles at his car from helicopter gunships.

2001– On July 29, Israel assassinates Jamal Mansour, a senior member of Hamas’ political wing.

2001 – On July 25, as Israeli and Palestinian Authority security officials are scheduled to meet to shore up a six-week-old ceasefire amidst the violence of the Second Intifada, Israel assassinates a senior Islamic Jihad member, Salah Darwazeh in Nablus.

1997 – In September, the Israeli government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attempts to assassinate Khaled Meshaal, the chairman of Hamas’ political bureau, in Amman, Jordan. Israeli agents using fake Canadian passports attempt to kill Meshaal by injecting poison into his ear. The would-be assassins are quickly captured and in the ensuing diplomatic uproar Jordan’s King Hussein threatens to cut off relations with Israel and publicly try and hang the Israeli agents unless Israel provides the antidote to the poison. The Netanyahu government turns over the antidote, saving Meshaal’s life. As part of the deal, Israel also releases Hamas spiritual leader Ahmed Yassin from prison.

1996 – On January 5, Israel assassinates Hamas military commander Yahya Ayash, known as “The Engineer,” detonating explosives in a cell phone he is using. Over the next two months, Hamas responds by launching four suicide bombings that kill more than 50 Israelis. Israeli intelligence later concludes: “the attacks were most probably a direct reaction to the assassination of Ayash.”

1995 – In October, Israeli gunmen assassinate Fathi Shiqaqi, a founder of Islamic Jihad, in Malta, as he leaves his hotel in Valletta.

1994 – On November 2, Israel assassinates journalist Hani Abed, who has ties to Islamic Jihad, using a bomb rigged to his car.

1988 – On April 16, Israel assassinates senior PLO leader Khalil al-Wazir in Tunisia, even as the Reagan administration is trying to organize an international conference to broker peace between Israelis and Palestinians. The US State Department condemns the murder as an “act of political assassination.” In ensuing protests in the occupied territories, a further seven Palestinians are gunned down by Israeli forces.

1986 – On June 9, Khalid Nazzal, Secretary of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, is shot dead by Israeli agents in Athens, Greece.

1983 – On August 21, senior PLO official and top aid to Yasser Arafat, Mamoun Meraish, is shot and killed by Israeli agents in Athens, Greece. According to later Israeli press reports, future Foreign Minister (currently Minister of Justice) Tzipi Livni  is involved in Meraish’s killing.

1978 – On March 28, Wadie Haddad, a senior member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, dies in East Germany from slow-acting poison ingested several months earlier. It is later revealed that Israeli agents were behind his murder.

1972 – On July 8, Palestinian author and intellectual Ghassan Kanafani and his 17-year-old niece are killed in Beirut by a car bomb, believed to have been planted by Israeli agents. A member of the left-wing Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Kanafani was considered a major literary figure in the Arab world and beyond.

1972 – During the 1970s, Israel carries out a series of assassinations against Palestinians they accuse of being involved with the Black September militant organization, which is responsible for the hostage taking of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympics in Munich, Germany, resulting in the deaths of 11 Israeli athletes and officials. On October 16, 1972, Wael Zwaiter, a renowned Palestinian intellectual and the PLO representative to Italy, is shot and killed by Israeli agents in Rome. Israel accuses him of being involved with Black September, a charge strenuously denied by PLO officials and those who knew him, who pointed out that Zwaiter was a pacifist.




| Scaremongering frenzy: Netanyahu’s UN speech: Sounds like a sociopath?

Netanyahu’s UN speech: Sounds like a sociopath? ~

Pepe Escobar, RT.

Iranian missiles will hit New York in “three to four years”. A nuclear Iran is like “50 North Koreas”.

This could be the sound of a deranged, dangerous sociopath, or this could be the sound of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu addressing the UN General Assembly.

Compare for yourself. Last week we had Iranian President Hassan Rouhani calling for the world to surf a WAVE (as in World Against Violence and Extremism).

This week we had Bibi saying that was a “cynical” and “totally hypocritical honey trap”.  

In the world according to Netanyahu, “Ahmadinejad was a wolf in wolf’s clothing. Rouhani is a wolf in sheep’s clothing.” Rouhani tried to present himself as “pious”, but he’s always been involved with“the terror state of Iran”. He’s like “a serial killer going to court dressed in clerical attire and giving testimony to his nature as an ‘ethical’ and ‘religious’ man.”  

Ranting aside, Bibi did change his game. Now it’s not silly cartoons and begging the US to bomb Iran virtually on a weekly basis. Now it’s Iran’s “military nuclear program” that must be shut down – a program, by the way, that the alphabet soup of US intelligence agencies says does not exist.

And this after Netanyahu told US President Barack Obama to forget – forever – UN Security Council resolution 242, which determined total Israeli withdrawal from all lands occupied after the 1967 war.

What a bomb

So let’s get some things straight.

The state of Israel does not have any internationally recognized borders, and does not have an internationally recognized capital. It’s bound to be perpetually expanding.

Israel has disrespected no less than 69 UN Security Council resolutions and has been “protected”from no less than 29 more, courtesy of US vetoes.

It has been occupying sovereign territory of Lebanon and Syria without giving a damn to UN Security Council resolutions.

Israel signed the Oslo Accords promising to stop building for good, any new settlements in Palestine. Instead, it has built over 270 new settlements. This is part of the slow motion ethnic cleansing of Palestine over the past six decades.
Israel has been threatening to bomb Iran on a weekly basis for at least three decades.

Israel is an undeclared nuclear power with as many as 400 nuclear warheads; refuses to sign the nuclear non-proliferation treaty (NPT); bars international inspections; never ratified the Chemical Weapon Convention Treaty; used chemical weapons on Gaza; and holds an undeclared stockpile of chemical weapons larger than any other nation in the Middle East.

Iran, on the other hand, has no nuclear warheads. Iran has signed the NPT and is inspected on a regular basis. Iran has not invaded another country for at least 250 years. Iraq under Saddam Hussein invaded Iran in 1980, but Iran did not occupy Iraqi territory.

The Israel lobby in Washington and the US Congress  imposed a financial blockade on Iran, which for all practical purposes is a declaration of war. This has led to a massive depreciation of the Iranian rial – with drastic consequences for the lives of ordinary Iranians. Yet in his meeting with Obama this Monday in Washington, Netanyahu not only asked for more sanctions; he said Israel will unilaterally attack Iran if Rouhani’s words are not followed by “action”.

The real “international community”, as in the overwhelming majority of the developing world, including the BRICS group of emerging powers, have all these facts at their fingertips. These facts help to see right through Bibi’s game.

Just look at the map

The mere possibility of a US-Iran dialogue is the Israeli right’s real “existential threat”. Bibi won’t accept even Iran’s right to enrich uranium for civilian purposes, accorded to it by the NPT.

A US deal with Iran is a win-win proposition for all; not only the two principals but energy-starved Europeans, the global economy, multinational corporations, you name it. Except for Israel.

Bibi’s nightmare is the Islamic Republic of Iran not only as an independent geopolitical actor in Southwest Asia – which it already is – but also as a thriving regional power; in this aspect, the only way for Iran is up, considering its huge, young, well-educated population, its massive energy resources, it’s fabulous location and its complex ties to South, Central and East Asia.

For the Israeli right, the status quo is ideal. Either we find US puppets such as the petro-monarchies of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC); or Arab secular republics that – with various degrees of Israeli input – have been mired in extreme turmoil, like Iraq and especially Syria.

It’s very easy for Israel to maneuver among these actors; the Israelis can, for instance, rejoice with a military coup in Egypt (because the Egyptian military are no threat) while partnering with Saudi Arabia to try to bring down Assad in Syria. Middle East balkanization over sectarian lines is sweet as honey for Israel.

But Iran as an emerging economic/political power, with normalized relations with the US and Western Europe, it’s a much more serious matter, “existentially” threatening Israel’s supposed hegemony in the Middle East, which rests solely on its military muscle (not to mention hidden nuclear capability).

So much for Netanyahu ’s obsession with regime change in Tehran – or the next best option, which is total isolation from the West (because as far as the East is concerned, Iran has thriving relations with all key actors in Asia).

The crucial point is that Iran’s “existential threat” has been extremely useful for the Israeli right as a diversionary tactic, changing the subject from what’s happening in real life; a nuclear garrison state/settler colony literally, graphically wiping a whole people – the Palestinians – off the map. When in doubt, just look at the map.

So here’s where we are. Netanyahu  is a hawk who swears by Eretz Israel – a “Greater” Israel with ever-expanding borders and undisputed military/nuclear hegemony in the Middle East. He has powerful allies; US extreme right-wingers and neo-cons, demented Republicans who will support anything as long as it’s against Obama, a great deal of the Israeli-manipulated US Congress, large swathes of corporate media.  They will stop at nothing to derail even the hint of an agreement between Washington and Tehran.

The temptation for the real “international community” would be to tell Netanyahhu to shut up – and go play with his silly cartoons. Obama at the UN last week said his priorities are now Iran and taking another shot at solving the Israeli-Palestinian tragedy. So the ball is really in Obama’s court – not the sociopath’s.

The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of RT.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (AFP Photo / Andrew Burton)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (AFP Photo / Andrew Burton)


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FACT: Iran threatens NO-ONE so since WHEN is BLINDLY supporting Israel indicative of anything other than being pusillanimous, blackmailed and otherwise morally supine? 

| Quintessential Question: Does Israel even have the legal Right to exist in International Law? http://wp.me/p1xXtb-26G 

A: No, for two clear reasons: 

[1] The UN General Assembly has no legal right or basis to Partition ANY land, especially against the wishes of the majority indigenous population living there. 

[2] Un General Assembly Resolution 273 SPECIFIES Israel’s admission to the UN as “conditional.” 

*CONDITIONAL on DISCHARGING all the obligations contained in the UN Charter and REMAINING able and willing to carry out those obligations as a PEACE-=LOVING NATION. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Nations_Gener… 

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*CONDITIONAL on Israel’s acceptance of UNGA Resolution 181: the “Partition Plan” of Palestine. 

YET the fact is that by 1949 Israeli actions had VIOLATED UNGA Resolutions 181, hence 273. 

By showing SCANT REGARD for the UN, Israel AGAIN bared its TRUE COLOURS and ETHNICALLY-CLEANSED some 800,000 Palestinians from their homes in order to acquire an additional 22% of Palestine by force BEYOND the 56% of Palestine already allocated to them by UNGA 181. 

Thus the Resolution STILL REQUIRES COMPLIANCE by Israel to return the additional 22% of land it has acquired and usurped BY FORCE against the indigenous Palestinians, the will of the International Community and the SPIRIT of international Law. 

*CONDITIONAL on Israeli COMPLIANCE with UNGA Resolution 194: “Right of Return” of Palestinian Refugees or their Compensation. 

While Israel rejected this Resolution OUTRIGHT, inexplicably it was still admitted to the UN. 

United States (Vote: For): President Truman later noted, “The facts were that not only were there pressure movements around the United Nations unlike anything that had been seen there before, but that the White House, too, was subjected to a constant barrage. I do not think I ever had as much pressure and propaganda aimed at the White House as I had in this instance. The persistence of a few of the extreme Zionist leaders—actuated by political motives and engaging in political threats—disturbed and annoyed me.”[24] 

India (Vote: Against): Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru spoke with anger and contempt for the way the UN vote had been lined up. He said the Zionists had tried to bribe India with millions and at the same time his sister, Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit, had received daily warnings that her life was in danger unless “she voted right”.[25] 

HENCE, given that Israel did not and still does not meet Resolution 273′s “conditional” requirements for admission, its membership to the UN is and REMAINS illegal, null and void ab initio. 

Make NO MISTAKE, Israel is simply a ROGUE STATE – nothing but all wolf since 1948! 

nuttyUNaWe ALL live in a post-colonial world now so time to ditch backward, apartheid, tribal, racist ideologies and smell the coffee. 

Perhaps even share it too – like good neighbours do, for, after all, COMMON SENSE dictates building bridges NOT fences and enjoins us to be GOOD to our NEIGHBOURS not just our TRIBE. 


Portrait of a boy with the flag of Palestine painted on his face

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