استقلال, آزادی, جمهوری اسلامی

29 Dec tehran_air

بعضی از شهروندان حکومتی که برای مردم سوریه, لبنان, عراق, یمن و فلسطین میخواهد عدالت بیاورد…

What does the top echelon of the #Israel security establishment think about Netanyahu’s settlement expansion policy?

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No one likes to see the UN Security Council pass a resolution against their country, but, it seems that when it comes to finding Netanyahu’s settlement expansion policies being wrong and counterproductive, here in Israel, Obama is in good company.

As Ehud Barak explained recently to an Israeli reporter:

“If you put in one room all the living former heads of the Mossad, the Shin Bet, and the Israel Defense Forces, more than 90 percent of them would say that it’s simpler to protect Israel from a border that assures our security interests next to a Palestinian state, than to protect a ‘greater Israel’ with millions of Palestinians living under its control.”

The criticism of Netayhau’s settlement policies has in the past reached his advisors. According to the same article:

Of the 17 most-senior security & intelligence chiefs who have worked with Netanyahu, at least 13 have strongly criticized his policies.

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Yaakov Peri, a former head of the Shin Bet—Israel’s internal intelligence agency—who has also served as a cabinet member in one of Netanyahu’s governments, told me recently that “some people like to say the security establishment is in fact leading the opposition in this country. I think that’s an exaggeration, but there’s no doubt that on two issues—Iran and Palestine—the security establishment’s professional analysis has consistently contradicted Netanyahu’s policies and statements.”

I would like to thank the Iranian regime for this #Hanukkah miracle

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Video emerges of American Jewish millionaire Lazer Scheiner and his friends throwing a Hanukkah party in the Kingdom of Bahrain in the Persian Gulf. WOW- a Hanukkah party in Bahrain. It would have been unthinkable until a few years ago!

With thanks to the Iranian regime who with its atrocious policies in places such as Syria and Iraq is convincing more and more regional Arab Sunni countries that Israel is not their enemy. And with thanks to the Times of Israel for posting the video. You can read their full article here.

 

#Iran special forces vs a jar

24 Dec In this picture taken on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2008, Iranian Revolutionary Guards members march during a parade ceremony, marking the 28th anniversary of the onset of the Iran-Iraq war (1980-1988), in front of the mausoleum of the late revolutionary founder Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, just outside Tehran, Iran. Speaking to Arab students at Carnegie Mellon's Doha campus, US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday, Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps appears to have gained so much power that it effectively is supplanting the Iranian government. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

At a recent live exercise, members of Iran’s Special Forces embarked on an exercise in front of the chiefs of the Army and Navy to break a jar. Guess who won?

🙂

In #Yemen, 1,000 children currently die every week from treatable diseases

21 Dec This undated photo posted on the Local Revolutionary Council in Madaya, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows a starving boy in Madaya, Syria. The Syrian government has agreed to allow humanitarian assistance into three beleaguered villages following reports of malnutrition in the area, a U.N. official said Thursday.Two of the villages in question are the adjacent Shiite villages of Foua and Kfarya in the country’s north, which have been besieged by anti-government militants for more than a year. The third is the village of Madaya near the border with Lebanon, which has been under siege by government forces since early July. (Local Revolutionary Council in Madaya via AP)

While we focus on Syria, lets not forget about the other humanitarian disaster in this region, namely Yemen where currently there is a war between the Saudi armed forces and their local supporters vs  Houthi rebels.

According to Edward Santiago who is Save the Children’s Yemen Country Director: 

“Even before the war tens of thousands of Yemeni children were dying of preventable causes….But now the situation is much worse and an estimated 1,000 children are dying every week from preventable killers like diarrhea, malnutrition and respiratory tract infections.”

The article goes on to state:

The report said that the children of Yemen were potentially a “lost generation” due to illness, poverty and lack of education and would provide a vital breeding ground for militants groups such as al-Qaeda and Islamic State (IS), both of whom have a foothold in Yemen.

You can read the rest of the report here. 

Hezbollah paper attacks #Hamas re:#Aleppo

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According to the 16h of December report on the Middle East Monitor website:

Lebanon’s newspaper Al Akhbar, affiliated with Hezbollah, attacked Hamas due to its condemnation of the “massacres and genocide” committed by the Syrian regime, its Russian ally, and the Shia militias against civilians in Syria’s Aleppo.

The report goes on to state:

The Hezbollah newspaper considered Hamas’ position condemning the massacres in Aleppo as “an expression of an integral part of the Muslim Brotherhood’s involvement in the battle, as it is not far from Salafist theorisation and is hostile towards the Syrian state and its allies.”

 My take:

Its unclear whether Hamas military wing (Izadin Alqassam) also shares this condemnation, as historically it has been happy to receive weapons from Iran (for free), even at times when the political wing of Hamas has had tense relations with the Iranian regime.

In any case, this is bad news for the Iranian regime. First the PLO head Mahmoud Abbas took a picture with Maryam Rajavi, the head of the MEK which is an arch nemesis of the Iranian regime. An now Hamas is accusing Shia militia of “massacres and genocide”. The Iranian regime’s stock in the Sunni world is falling faster than many Israeli Generals could ever imagine (dream).

#Iran – #Russia differences emerge over #Aleppo

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According to the Guardian newspaper, the Tuesday ceasefire in Aleppo was brokered between Turkey and Russia:

with little input from Iran or the Syrian leadership, who had controlled the battle since Russia scaled back its bombardment.”

According to the same report, this startled the Iranian – Syrian regime forces, as the deal would have allowed some of the members of the opposition to leave the city. As a result on Wednesday, despite the ceasefire, they restarted their attacks. Then they placed new condition for the ceasefire.

And here is where the divergence emerges:

Iran and the Syrian government do not want to compromise on the battlefield or at the negotiating table, believing that total domination will give them a better hand to shape the aftermath. Russia, on the other hand, sees a benefit in transitioning from bludgeoning superpower to peace-broker.

The position of the Iranian and Syrian regimes will be discussed by the EU on Thursday.

The EU, increasingly marginal to a crisis being resolved by Russia, Iran and Turkey , is certain to make it clear that it will not supply any cash for economic reconstruction unless there is a negotiated political settlement – and not a military resolution imposed by Iran or the Syrian government. (I emboldened to emphasize importance).

You can read the rest of the report here