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  • When it comes to untrustworthiness, the U.S. trumps Iran
    • That's right pabelmont, the veto wielding powers are above International law for all time, if four of the five tried to introduce a resolution against lets say the US, the US simply vetoes the resolution, and it goes down the memory hole. Cute ain't it? Yes Siree Bob.

    • Chomsky when interviewed in 'Salon' recently, had this to say on US duplicity.. "Once NATO had expanded to East Germany, Gorbachev was infuriated. He was informed by the Bush 41 administration that it was only a verbal promise. It wasn’t on paper, and the implication is if you’re dumb enough to accept a gentleman’s agreement with us, that’s your problem. Then Clinton came in, expanded NATO to the borders of Russia. And now it’s gone further, even to Ukraine which is right at the heart of, apart from historical connections, of Russian geo-strategic concerns. That’s very serious".

  • Baptism of Kardashian/West daughter moves celebrity press to place Jerusalem to Israel
    • Oldgeezer now this is what I call deceptive...Notice the false representations 'Wine of Israel' and 'Produced in Israel'. As an added factor, labels when viewed as a whole, show at least five other indicators
      1/ Golan Heights Winery with Galilee underneath, ‘Galilee’ is a region of Northern Israel.
      2/The wine is Kosher for Passover; And is authenticated for the Jewish religious holiday of Passover by a Rabbi from the Northern Israeli City of Tiberias.
      3/ The web page http://www.golanwines.co.il indicates an Israeli country code [il]
      5/ Barcode first three digits 729 indicates Israeli origin, although not conclusive proof of origin.

      link to i226.photobucket.com

    • Another example is when wine from the Golan Heights enters the UK, the Food Standards Agency have inspectors who when inspecting the relevant documentation can when incomplete or inaccurate, or if there is a fault with the labelling insist that either distribution is suspended, or corrective action is carried out to comply with the relevant EU legislation. Wine and documentation coming from the Israeli Occupied Golan Heights is labelled 'Wine of Israel' and Produced by Golan Heights Winery Katzrin Israel. Again a blind eye is turned to this blatant fraud and breach of EU Legislation.

    • The Israeli Tax Authority issued instructions to Israeli exporters, for exports to the European Union. Here is an example..7. 2[b]. Invoice Declarations covering goods which obtained their originating status entirely in locations that according to the EU's position are not included in Paragraph 83 of the Association Agreement for the purposes of preferential tariff treatment, or entirely in other locations in Israel - the names of all the locations (including postal codes) where production conferring originating status took place shall be indicated in parenthesis next to the word "Israel". link to ozar.mof.gov.il So all documentation issued by Israel from Occupied Territories whether it be the EURI or Invoice declarations are marked as from Israel. The EU turns a blind eye to this Israeli claim, Since the EU can refuse preferential duty on a post code or settlement not within Israel proper. But in the EU-Israel Technical Arrangements [non binding] no such license was given to Israel to include the word 'Israel' on the documents. In fact the documents being used by Israel to export produce from occupied territories the EURI and Invoice declarations should only be used for goods with an originating status and preferential duty status. In theory only the PA for the PLO have the right to issue those documents under the relevant EC-Israel and EC- PLOAssociation Agreements. Blind eyes being turned everywhere.

  • Marco Rubio and AIPAC allied in effort to insert poison pill into Iran deal
    • No country which is in breach of so many resolutions of the UNSC, is continually expanding and cannot describe where its borders are, cannot have a right to exist. Even having an agreed border within International law, does not mean 'any' state has a right to exist. For instance if Scotland had voted for independence at the recent referendum and left the UK, the UK as it exists today, would cease to exist.

  • Video: Pressure mounts on Robbie Williams to choose between Tel Aviv and UNICEF
    • Alice Rothchild writes in today's Mondoweiss about Gaza's children "The most massive child abuse in the world" and the UK Representative of the children's charity UNICEF is on a singing tour of Israel, the perpetrators of those children's plight. He should be kicked out of his position.

  • Israel could reduce anti-Semitic violence by not calling itself the Jewish state, Finkelstein says
    • The US Greens official platform makes no sense, why should facts on the ground make any difference to the legal situation as informed by International law. If those "facts on the ground" are to be recognized, then they would be acknowledging that it is legitimate to colonize and take over a territory [armed aggression] with no recourse to all the rights enshrined in International law for the dispossessed, and the right of the Palestinian people to self determination. The expulsion of the indigenous Palestinian people from the occupied territories into Jordan and Egypt as espoused by many Israelis would also establish "Facts on the Ground". If the former argument is sound, which it is not, so is the latter.

  • French philosopher who shut down Paris BDS event as 'anti-Semitic' and one-sided will lecture in NY on 'Free Speech'
    • Pabelmont, this from Haaretz "Trichine, 54, is one of approximately 20 anti-Israel activists who have been convicted under France’s so-called Lellouche law. Named for the Jewish parliamentarian who introduced it in 2003, the law is among the world’s most potent legislative tools to fight the growing Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, or BDS, and has catapulted France to the forefront of efforts to counter the movement through legal means". link to haaretz.com

  • Rand Paul's antiwar populism should be celebrated, not scorned
    • If we just let our vision of the world go forth, and we embrace it entirely, and we don't try to piece together clever diplomacy but just wage a total war, our children will sing great songs about us years from now.
      Richard Perle
      Need I say more?

    • Rand Paul, definitely not a chip off the old block, with the presentation of his foreign policy a backdrop of the USS Yorktown aircraft carrier, and his promise of billions more for defence. Nobody is going to call Paul a wimp. Seems the US electorate like tough guy Presidents. If the neo-cons get their way the next war, possibly with Iran, will cost far more than the 6 trillion dollars, Linda Bilmes of the Kennedy Law School estimated the long term costs of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. But hey, whats a minimum of 6 trillion dollars and the economic meltdown of Western economies, when all the neo-cons want is to facilitate Israels expansion into other peoples land, surely a small price to pay.

  • White House 'trolls' Netanyahu by co-opting infamous UN cartoon to sell Iran deal
    • "We are well aware of the support Iran has been giving Yemen," Kerry said. "Iran needs to recognize that the U.S. is not going to stand by while the region is destabilized or while people engage in overt warfare across lines — international boundaries — in other countries."
      Kerry is out of his mind. What must other countries think of him? No wonder Russia and China are making their own trade and financial arrangements with the other BRICS. It is a fact that International law no longer exists, if the US have a problem they no longer go to the UNSC. They have workarounds, economic sanctions, threats if they don't work, send in the marines. they even back so called "Good terrorists" provided they attack the countries who are not willing to be vassals of the US. US foreign policy is creating wars all over, with no end in sight. When will the US electorate rise up?

    • Kerry has the nerve to castigate Iran for "interfering" in Yemen, that is just unbelievable, The Iranians have not done anything in Yemen except call for a cease fire, followed by negotiations involving all concerned parties. Whereas the Saudis with the backing of the US, are bombing Yemen, against all norms of International Law, killing civilians and other war crimes. Yet it is all Iran's fault. You just could not make it up. Should Iran trust the US? No way, they should assume the worst and arm themselves to the teeth. Only when the bully on the block is confronted and the consequences of the inevitable disasters in the middle east to which US policy is leading, will the US electorate reject the warmongers, Tom Cotton, McCain and the other lunatic Israeli firsters.

  • Iran is 'congenital cheating' 'Islamic power bent on world domination' -- Netanyahu tells US media
    • I think the reason we have these hysterics from Netanyahu is because of Iran's growing regional power, economically, militarily, and its soft and hard power influence throughout the region. A deadly combination for Israel. It is the major component of the arc of resistance to Israel, GCC and US hegemony. Israel knows Iran cannot acquire nuclear weapons capability with all the safeguards now in place, so it wants do do the next best thing, keep the sanctions in place, try and stymie the Iranian economy in any way they can, short of a direct assault on it. Of course the Israelis could not do this on their own in any case, the Iranian response would be devastating, some estimates are of 150,000 rockets [confirmed by Israeli intelligence] and aimed at the vital economic areas in the Tel Aviv Metropolitan area by both Iran and Hezbollah. These rockets could be called in conventional weapons terms, mutual assured destruction [MAD]. This is why Israel is so wary of attacking Hezbollah, with Iran, more so.
      They need a willing executioner, unfortunately Obama's Chiefs of Staff have told him Iran would be no pushover, and that not only would the region go up in flames, the economies of Western Europe would go with them.

  • Finkelstein on God and Dershowitz
    • “She’s going to jail,” a pair of partygoers at the Midtown shindig say Dershowitz predicted, before he added, “Now she’s put herself on the record under oath.” Meaning Virginia Roberts. link to nydailynews.com Dershowitz quote.. I will try, by every fair and legal means, to get my client off--without regard to the consequences." In his memoir The Best Defense, Dershowitz noted that "almost all of my clients have been guilty." I hope that's true in his case.

  • Now Obama needs to 'compensate' Netanyahu -- NYT pipes Israeli propaganda (Update)
    • Netanyu sure has chutzpah, backing the Republicans against Obama in the Presidential race, then continually stabbing Obama in the back, and then trying to humiliate the President with that sneaky Congressional appearance, then to ask for compensation, you could not make it up. At least Rudoren did not refer to Obama as the Kenyan.

  • The epic season of spinning Iran deal begins!
    • Iran piles the pressure on, Iran said on Saturday that it will hold a much-awaited conference to present the new format of contracts for the development of its lucrative oil and gas projects in London in September 2015. Netanyu must be tearing his hair out link to presstv.com

    • The Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister seems to think ALL sanctions will be lifted, this from Press TV "All economic and financial sanctions as well as all resolutions issued by the UN Security Council (UNSC) against Iran will be null and void on the first day of the implementation of a final agreement to be reached between Iran and the six global powers, Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Abbas Araqchi said in a televised interview on Friday."

    • One of my doubts about the agreement was the ability of the IAEA to find excuses not to give Iran the clean bill of health only they can give, and since the IAEA and its current head Amano are heavily influenced by the US, I could see problems down the road, however Gareth Porter said.. "Iran, however, was demanding that those sanctions be lifted immediately upon delivering on their commitments under agreement. And a source close to Iranian negotiators told Middle East Eye that Iran was confident it could deliver on all of the actions related to its enrichment program and Arak within a matter of months". If that is the case we should know 'in months' rather than years, whether the deal will pan out.link to original.antiwar.com

  • How Obama won on Iran
    • Banderolo, thanks for your interesting take on the situation in Yemen.

    • Walid I am surprised at you, at this very moment the US are coordinating massive air attacks on the civilian population of Yemen, one of the poorest countries on earth. Iran is still in the cross hairs, as far as the US are concerned those sanctions will stay until there is regime change in Iran. The BRICS and Europeans may have other ideas and when the US move the goal posts as I am sure they will, then they will start trading with Iran regardless of US wishes.

    • I agree joemowrey, can't see why there is so much optimism about this framework agreement, in my opinion Obama has been proven to be a serial liar on so many occasions, cast your minds back to 2010 when Brazil and Turkey took what they thought were Obama's terms for a nuclear deal with Iran and actually got a deal.
      The consensus in Washington at the time was Turkey and Brazil were wasting their time. When a deal was done, Obama reneged on it causing Brazil to release the letters from Obama proving that he had changed his mind. When those letters were published Obama could not give explanations as to why he changed his mind. link to consortiumnews.com

    • The IAEA have to declare Iran to be in compliance with IAEA safeguards, but who leads the IAEA.
      In a US embassy cable of October 2009 (released by Wikileaks in 2010) said Amano “took pains to emphasize his support for U.S. strategic objectives for the Agency. Amano reminded the [American] ambassador on several occasions that … he was solidly in the U.S. court on every key strategic decision, from high-level personnel appointments to the handling of Iran’s alleged nuclear weapons program.” Iran will never get the all clear from that stooge.

    • Here is the extended interview with former Director of the IAEA on the framework deal mentioned in my comment above. link to youtube.com

    • Unfortunately the Devil will be in the details, one commentator on MoA had this very interesting observation of the agreement .... "retired IAEA guy 'analysing' the deal point out that this is the red flag. He reminded that the inspection regime in Iraq was orders of magnitude tougher than what's specified here ... and that the IAEA (a crypto US political operation) still wasn't 'able' to give Iraq a 'clear bill of health' TEN YEARS after those inspections were initiated. That would mean 10 more years of sanctions in Iran's case. And the destruction of their nuclear program, which they value, presumably." I do not trust the US government with this agreement, I hope I am wrong. Even the comments from H Clinton in Phil's piece above "It is also vital that these efforts be part of a comprehensive strategy to check Iran's regional ambitions" Now what does that mean? There is plenty of time for the deal to unravel and for the US to move the goal posts. Just watch them.

  • DEAL!
    • The worry is that Congress will try and block the lifting of sanctions, or those sanctions which only they can lift. On the other hand, once it is seen by the International community that trade can commence without the US Treasury Department trying to strong arm them, then the floodgates will open, the only ones to lose out in the rush for this lucrative trade will be US business, especially the oil companies, who will not be happy bunnies.

  • Day before deadline, Iran negotiations coming 'down to the wire' and Netanyahu still hopes to play spoiler
    • Dear Mr RoHa. Please do not refer to your ex School teacher as 7 feet tall and 3 feet broad. To do so could be an offence in the European Community [EC]. It should be she was 2.1336 metres tall and .91 metres broad. Since I suspect you live outside the EC, I will not report you, this once.
      “Queen obeys Europe and adopts metric rule” (The Daily Telegraph, 20 August 2001, page 5)
      The Queen has been told that the Sandringham Estate must stop selling wood in imperial measures within two weeks or trading standards officers will prosecute. The Sandringham sawmill, on the Queen’s Norfolk estate, has been selling oak and teak timber in feet and inches rather than metres, which is a criminal offence under EC metrication laws.
      Metrication in the UK is not the result of British membership of the EU. In 1965, …http://blogs.ec.europa.eu/ECintheUK/tag/metrication/

    • John McCain suggests Israel "Go Rogue" Blow up Iran negotiations by starting war. link to alternet.org The Logan Act (18 U.S.C.A. § 953 [1948]) is a single federal statute making it a crime for a citizen to confer with foreign governments against the interests of the United States. Specifically, it prohibits citizens from negotiating with other nations on behalf of the United States without authorization. McCains talk is far worse than the Logan Act sets out. McCain actually wants to start a war. Not only has the 'Songbird' got a huge yellow stripe up his back, he is a psychopath. He should be locked up for everybody's safety.

    • I would like to know how the US could ratchet up sanctions. Are there any US companies still doing business with Iran? What I think McConnell means, is threatening other counties not to trade with Iran. That will be a tall order, Russia, China and the other BRICS, with Europe waiting in the wings, will not tolerate US intransigence, and are eager to open up the lucrative trade with Iran. Of course, no deal, would mean that only the military option would be left. With that scenario, enter stage left the US electorate, who would rise up in far greater numbers than they did when bombing Syria was proposed by the usual suspects.

  • Thousands in Ramallah mourn Ali Mahmoud Safi, 20, killed by Israeli soldiers while protesting
    • Just when you thought the Palestinian Leadership could not stoop any lower a PA Official calls on other Arab states to bomb Gaza. "Arab states have a duty to “strike those who have violated legitimacy with an iron fist, regardless of the place, time or circumstances, beginning with Palestine,” said Mahmoud al-Habbash, religious affairs advisor to PA leader Mahmoud Abbas".
      link to electronicintifada.net

    • With all this resistance going on, we have the disgusting spectacle of Abbas supporting the Saudi bombing of Yemen. Nasrallah said of Abbas, when the Israelis decide to invade the West Bank and Gaza Strip you have no case, just go home you have no case to argue. Professor Norman Finkelstein on his blog rightly called Abbas, a brainless Traitor. link to normanfinkelstein.com

  • US Court of Appeals upholds discriminatory ruling against transit ads critical of Israel
  • Netanyahu's victory marks the end of the two-state solution
    • The White House said Wednesday the US may not use its veto power in the United Nations Security Council to shield Israel from unfavorable resolutions, a dramatic shift in a decades-old US policy.
      The US would reevaluate its approach based on Netanyahu's “change in his position,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters.
      “The United States and this administration are deeply concerned by divisive rhetoric that seeks to marginalize Arab-Israeli citizens,” Earnest said. link to presstv.ir Well we can dream can't we?

    • Interesting article, one wonders what ideas the Israeli leadership have to solve this question? 'Prisons', like Jeff say's would be the preferred option, then periodic attacks, like on Gaza, to put down any resistance, possibly followed by expulsion. Maybe they think they can get away with it, past experience could suggest they would. Even Jabotinsky envisaged a different scenario, when talking about the Palestinian people he said "And the leadership will pass to the moderate groups, who will approach us with a proposal that we should both agree to mutual concessions. Then we may expect them to discuss honestly practical questions, such as a guarantee against Arab displacement, or equal rights for Arab citizen, or Arab national integrity.
      And when that happens, I am convinced that we Jews will be found ready to give them satisfactory guarantees, so that both peoples can live together in peace, like good neighbors.
      But the only way to obtain such an agreement, is the iron wall, which is to say a strong power in Palestine that is not amenable to any Arab pressure. In other words, the only way to reach an agreement in the future is to abandon all idea of seeking an agreement at present". link to jewishvirtuallibrary.org
      Get that, even Jabotinsky thought equal rights for Arab citizens could be possible. I am not optimistic,and think the prison scenario will play out, followed by a great war. Many problems in the world are not resolvable, and war is the great decider, at present the military balance favors Israel, it will not in the near future, that's the choice the Israelis seemed to have made.

  • The implications of a U.S. court's indictment of the Palestinian Authority
    • " The verdict is an egregious step towards to an approach which deals with political conflicts through a legal framework". I don't agree with you, that has been the problem with the PA all along, Abbas simply refusing to approach the courts, even after the political process has broken down. The Israelis have used the courts to their advantage often. I remember the Israelis getting the Cypriot authorities to stop a vessel bound for Gaza, for some pathetic reason to do with safety, dirty windscreen or such like. The Palestinians have all the law on their side, they need to take a leaf out of Israel's book and give them both barrels in every court venue they can find, starting with the ICC.

  • Palestinian leaders vote to end security coordination with Israel, a cornerstone of Oslo and the occupation
    • Hostage, Sorry no reply facility on your earlier comment on the ICC, According to this article only three people in the Palestinian leadership are eligible to initiate the complaint link to middleeasteye.net The only remaining hurdle was to have an application signed by one of three members who the ICC consider as lawful representatives of a State, which are the head of state, the head of government and the minister of foreign affairs. All Maliki needed to do was to confirm the application made by fellow ministers in the Palestinian Unity Government. This he was unable to do.

  • In praise of Mr. Netanyahu’s political theater
    • Philip Munger.-a low ball figure, I agree, Linda Bilmes at the Kennedy School of Government estimated the combined costs of the Iraq/Afghanistan conflicts would be up to 6 trillion dollars. This figure includes the long term costs of the wounded. link to hks.harvard.edu I agree pabelmont's comment was good as usual, by the way here is what 1 trillion dollars looks like..link to pagetutor.com

  • Media are stunned by Congress's 'loyalty' to Netanyahu (but refuse to explain it)
    • Right on cue Obama calls for a freeze on all nuclear work for 10 years, "Obama said on Monday that Iran must commit itself to a verifiable freeze on nuclear activities for at least 10 years in order for a comprehensive nuclear deal to be reached". link to middleeastmonitor.com. No matter how demeaning and insulting Netanyahu is to the US, the US always folds or compensates with cash or 100 of the latest warplanes. The US does not have it in its DNA to do a deal with Iran, the sanctions have been in place since 1979, I suspect the US will insist on this freeze, and try to keep its sanctions in place, that's what delusional superpowers do. Will the rest of the world follow? I don't think so.

  • Warren's out, as list of skippers surges, and White House offers Selma for Iran
    • Any Palestinians who reads this puke inducing diatribe, must now be aware that the US is not in anyway a neutral or a friend to them in any sense, all the old cliches are there, one wonders whether she can believe what she is saying herself. But for one who admitted to spending more time defending Israel at the UN than anything else, surely it must dawn on her the futility of the Zionist project. But money talks, and her slobbering over Israel has certainly progressed her career.

  • Bipartisanship is dead, as Netanyahu, AIPAC, and GOP square off against Obama over Iran
    • “The U.S.-Israel relationship transcends politics and it always will,” Power said. How is it possible for a so called representative of the United States of America to say such a stupid thing? Unless it was an established fact that the State of Israel is indeed the 51st state of the USA.

  • Netanyahu's speech and the American Jewish condition
    • That caption reminds me of what Bill Clinton remarked privately after his first meeting with Bibi, "Who the fuck does he think he is? Who's the fucking superpower here?" Obama's fawning makes it obvious. link to slate.com

  • It's not about nukes, it's about the US shifting the power balance -- Parsi
    • Thanks Walid, I didn't say they wore them. It may be show business, but if I was the enemy, It would sure spook me, look what happened when a couple of thousand Islamic state head choppers invaded Iraq, 30,000 heavily armed Iraqi troops dropped their weapons and ran for their lives, I think they are still running. Strange how losing your head concentrates the mind.

    • There have been three game simulations of war with Iran, the US has been defeated in all three. In one such encounter the US blue forces took on the Iranian red forces led by tough US marine Lt General Van Ripen [the millennium challenge 2002]. The US fleet was sunk by Van Ripen who used unconventional warfare, hundreds of small craft attacked the US fleet which succumbed to the sheer weight of numbers link to cimsec.org As Jack Straw former UK Foreign Secretary said not so long ago, an attack on Iran "would be nuts".

    • Iran will be the dominant state in the region, that is why the arc of resistance Iran, Syria, Iraq and Hezbollah are being attacked by the mercenaries of Islamic State and Al Nusra paid for by rich Saudi and other Gulf state individuals and on a sectarian basis, facilitated by Turkey and the US training so called moderates to fight the low hanging fruit of the arc in Syria and Lebanon. This strategy is not going well, even in Lebanon Harari's March 14 group of Sunni muslims who are formally opposed to Hezbollah are now in talks with them in order to thwart attacks on Lebanon from the organ eating monsters. An attack on Iran is not going to happen, because Iran is too strong, and in military terms, Israel and US bases in the Gulf could be targeted with at least 150,000 rockets from both Iran and Hezbollah. The US fleet would be extremely vulnerable since Iran has so many of the latest anti-ship missiles [bought from the Chinese]. A land invasion like the Iraq debacle, would need an army of one and a half million men to try to secure the nuclear sites, in other words US conscription. With a population of nearly 80 million most of whom would fight to the death to kill any invader, [remember the Shia take their shrouds into battle]. Any aggression against such a proud and independent state would be far too costly, and Obama and his chiefs of staff know it.

  • Israel turns off power to hundreds of thousands of Palestinians in the dead of winter
    • PLO/PA found responsible for terrorist acts in Israel, will the US try and extradite Palestinian leaders including Abbas, put them on trial and execute them? I would not put it past the Israelis to try. On the other hand the Israelis use the courts very effectively, the Palestinians even though they have all the law on their side are very reluctant to pursue legal options. With Israels de facto annexation of area C [62% of West Bank] that fried 'chicken solution' as advocated by David Bar-illan Director of Communication and policy planning in Netanyahu's office, is coming along fine, then when the Palestinians are in bantustans surrounded by settlements, cut off the electricity, flood their homes and kill them whenever they get the chance.

  • Netanyahu claims to know 'details' of Iran deal -- and State Dep't mocks him
    • Too true Ramzi, David Hearst said that the Saudis and Egypt colluded with Israel to attack Hamas in 'operation protective edge' the Saudis would sell their own Grandmothers to keep their crowns, half men all of them. link to uprootedpalestinians.wordpress.com
      With friends like the Saudis the Palestinians don't need enemies. I hope the monsters the Saudis created [IS] turn on them, and hang them all on lamp posts.

    • It is entirely possible Israel is aware of the state of the negotiation with Iran. "In yet another representative example, Wright writes that Wendy Sherman, head of the American delegation to the Baghdad negotiations of May 2012, chose first to go to Israel to debrief the country’s leadership before she returned to Washington".

      “As an anonymous American official explained to the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz, ‘We updated the Israelis in detail before we updated our own government.’ link to thedailyjournalist.com In my opinion this is not about a nuclear Iran, rather Israel wants sanctions to stay in place fearing not only Iran's growing conventional weaponry, but also its influence in the region. Iran joining the community of nations trading with the west in a normal way is anathema to the Israelis.

  • White House suggests Israel is lying about Iran talks-- as Obama officials shun Netanyahu
    • There is one thing the US [Masters of the Universe] fear more than anything, and that is to be laughed at. Ms Psaki your doing a great job, you have missed your vocation, stand up comedian.

  • Netanyahu's disaster: speech cost 'omnipotent' lobby a veto proof majority for Iran sanctions
    • First comment on that link from E Burke...Let all the Demcrats skip the event. It will demonstrate conclusively to the people of Israel and Jews in the U.S. that Democrats favor Hezbollah and Hamas over the U.S. ally Israel. Would not go that far, but would be a nice thought if they did.

    • Natanyahu's ploy to stymie the 5 plus one talks are not so much about nuclear weapons because all US Intellegence Agencies say Iran does not have the capabilities nor the will to acquire them. Rather Israel sees Irans conventional missile capabilities as the main threat, some analysts reckon there are 100.000 missiles aimed at Israeli cities and vital infrastructure from both Iran and Hezbollah. That is why the US are trying to include these missiles in the nuclear deal. It won't happen of course, I suspect the US will be so reluctant to do a final deal with Iran that the negotiations will fail and go the same way the North Korean ones did, then "In 1994, faced with North Korea’s announced intent to withdraw from the nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT), which requires non-nuclear weapon states to forswear the development and acquisition of nuclear weapons, the United States and North Korea signed the Agreed Framework. Under this agreement, Pyongyang committed to freezing its illicit plutonium weapons program in exchange for aid.
      Following the collapse of this agreement in 2002, North Korea claimed that it had withdrawn from the NPT in January 2003 and once again began operating its nuclear facilities".
      Back then the Bush administration only had to supply 500,000 tons of oil and some light water reactors in order to do the deal. Unfortunately under pressure from hardliners he scuppered it. The difference today is that the US were probably aware North Korea might go for the bomb, but still took the gamble, how much harder is it going to be today to do a deal, when they know Iran does not aspire to nuclear weapons? There probably will not be a deal, and I suspect the sanctions will just fall away, the rest of the World finally exasperated by US incompetence.

  • Do we really want Benjamin Netanyahu guiding U.S. foreign policy?
    • CloakAndDagger@ "in an interview with American Lawyer insisting that he has always been a faithful husband of 28 years to his wife who he claimed always traveled with him. Yet the flightlog records show while flying with Epstein and company he never was accompanied by his wife".
      I can't quite get my head round this, are you suggesting that the world renowned and former Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard University and famous Anti Semite hunter, is a liar? Hej

    • Krauss is this the quote? ...Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has never worried much about what foreign dignitaries think of him. Barack Obama is certainly not the first American president to find him a tough customer. In 1996, Bill Clinton remarked privately after his first meeting with Bibi, "Who the fuck does he think he is? Who's the fucking superpower here? link to slate.com

  • Find the Israel lobby in the 'NYT' story about Obama versus Menendez
    • What do more sanctions against Iran mean? Surely there are no US companies doing business with Iran, the only way the US can impose more sanctions, is if they threaten other countries more than they are doing now, China and Russia for instance, in which case they will rightly tell the US to 'take a hike'. Senator Menendez [Likud] is only singing for his supper. How the American electorate put up him and that other crazy fool McCain, they have to explain.

  • Biden will skip Netanyahu's speech
    • Only give him 28 standing ovations, that will teach him a lesson.

    • "Matthews asked wisely. If we struck Iran we’d have to do so again every two years." That's wishful thinking, The US will not bomb Iran's nuclear facilities, the middle east would erupt in flames and Israel would be blamed. An Iranian General said if just one nuclear facility was hit then Dimona would be destroyed link to rense.com In my opinion all Israeli cities and infrastructure could be hit with a barrage of hundreds of Iranian missiles, so that the US would need to neutralize any possible retaliatory strike, which would entail a massive air campaign spread over many weeks, and over the whole of Iran and possibly Lebanon too. It ain't going to happen, the US electorate, along with Russia and China will see to that.

  • Lawrence Summers says BDS movement is 'persecuting' Israel
    • A German Judge thinks anti-Zionism equals, or is code for, Antisemitism when sentencing an activist recently
      During the hearing, Can claimed he was not an anti-Semite and had nothing against the Jewish people but only against the Zionist state. In response, Judge Sastry is quoted by Die Welt saying, “‘Zionist’ is the language of anti-Semites, the code for ‘Jew.'”

      Sastry’s judgment, which does not form a binding precedent in German law, essentially semantically equates antisemitism and anti-Zionism.
      Can was sentenced to three months’ probation and a fine of 200 euros. He has until Friday to appeal.
      On his Facebook page this week, Can reiterated he that he is not against Jews and stated his intention of appealing to both the district and federal courts. link to timesofisrael.com

  • Netanyahu is a paper tiger
    • One problem with that analysis is that if Natanyahu is replaced by Labor/Livni then the International community will laud that as an opportunity to return to the peace talks for the next 5 years?, when not only were Labor instrumental in starting the settlement enterprise, but have said they will keep it going.

  • Palestinians to take Israeli settlements to the ICC following announcement of 450 new units
    • Two comments stand out for me in Ocampos piece in the Israeli paper, 1. "and can also argue that the Oslo agreements exclude Israelis from Palestinian jurisdiction and as a consequence from the ICC’s authority". Does he not know Palestine is officially occupied territory? Israel can go anywhere and do anything [within the parameters of International law] in that territory, and it does so.
      2. On the settlements "This will be a difficult debate for Israel, but it should be ready to participate in order to do damage control. Israel could present its arguments connected with the jurisdiction but also allege that settlements are not in Palestine but rather in disputed territories, and additionally that the alleged crimes were eventually committed in the past by those who decided the settlements. The possibility to discuss the legal limits could contribute to a peaceful negotiation of the problem".
      Ocampo should apply to be Israels lawyer, "Disputed territories" please consult the opinion of the ICJ in 2004 all 15 Judges agreed the settlements are illegal.
      Good work Hostage

    • Professor William Schabas has resigned from the UN Commission, if he did that under pressure from Israel, [they said he was biased] by resigning wouldn't he be admitting there might be some truth in the allegation? He must have known the Israelis would attack him, far better to stand your ground and fight on principles. Why hasn't he done that?

  • 'Two Blue Lines,' Tom Hayes's third film on Palestine, premieres tonight in Columbus
    • "Zionist “settlers” claim all of historic Palestine", I'm afraid its worse than that, all the major movers and shakers in Israel from Livni to the extreme right including Likud claim all of historic Palestine and will not relinquish sovereignty of one inch without being forced to. That does not necessarily mean Palestinians will be expelled, only provided they keep their heads down and accept living as second class citizens in some kind of constitutional monstrosity called Bantustans. All paid for of course by handouts from the EU/US and rich Arab states. Any complaints and they will receive the Gaza treatment. The world will not put up with this, I suspect the axis of resistance Iran Iraq, Syria and Hezbollah will stockpile 100's of thousands of rockets that would have the capacity to destroy Israels infrastructure, together with BDS. A fatal combination for Israel coming down the pike, unless it changes its ways. All power to Tom Heyes and the success of his film.

  • Phila Inquirer publishes a lie: 'Anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism are one and the same'
  • Occupier’s justice: heads and tails you lose
    • This case is just a symptom of a much bigger malaise, one that can only be solved by a court applying International law, first by declaring all the settlements illegal and then indicting the individuals responsible. Although Abbas has signed up to membership of the ICC, I suspect Abbas will hold off any actual complaints. So, perverse as these Israeli decisions are, ultimately the Palestinian leadership are also partly responsible.

  • Netanyahu speech could turn Israel lobby into a political football
    • More US sanctions, just what might those be? The US has done all it can to threaten other countries from trading with Iran, we will see those sanctions fall away when others see US/Israeli intransigence. Short of a catastrophic war [which will not happen] the US has shot its bolt, the US public has not even spoken yet, when they do it will be Congress critters who will be fearful [remember the Syria fiasco]. One question which should be asked by the press when the professional bullshit artist Netanyahu addresses Congress is...Are you, the US electorate, willing to see your children go to war and die for Israel? I wonder what the answer would be?

  • In Iraq and Syria the US sanctions its allies while its friends back its enemies (got that?)
    • Whizdom. "Iran stays out of KSA and Gulf states, but gets Syria, Iraq and Lebanon. Russia is guarantor for Iran", that's basically the position now but Israel does not like it, fearing the so called "Arc of extremism" Iran, Iraq, Syria and Hezbollah will threaten its hegemonic aspirations in the region. The GCC worry for similar reasons, all their crowns are at stake. In my opinion the Sunnis now under the rule of IS will soon tire of living in the medieval middle ages and under threat of having your head cut off for the slightest misdemeanor, they call watching a football match worthy of death link to dailymail.co.uk In my opinion IS is anti human and should be wiped out.

    • Ted Snider makes a good explanation here on who the good and bad guys are. For those who are still confused here is a summary from a comment in Moon of Alabama last September. "ARE you confused about what's going on in the Middle East? Allow me to explain.
      We support the Iraqi government in the fight against the Islamic State. We don't like IS, but IS is supported by Saudi Arabia, whom we do like.
      We don't like President Assad in Syria. We support the fight against him, but not IS, which is also fighting against him.
      We don't like Iran, but Iran supports the Iraqi government against IS. So, some of our friends support our enemies and some of our enemies are our friends, and some of our enemies are fighting against our other enemies, whom we want to lose, but we don't want our enemies who are fighting our other enemies to win.
      If the people we want to defeat are defeated, they might be replaced by people we like even less. And all this was started by us invading a country to drive out terrorists who surely actually they're to begin with until we went in to drive them out". Do you understand now?

  • 'No to martyrdom by hunger in Yarmouk camp': Palestinian refugees protest Assad’s siege
    • Some of those opposition groups support this link to dailymail.co.uk

    • "During the rally, a representative spoke on behalf of the local armed opposition groups insisted that “our military factions in this camp all agree for an immediate ceasefire to open the camp and let in aid workers" Oh, so the armed groups are partly responsible for the conditions, most Palestinians reject those Islamist groups like Al Nusra and IS, but some [a distinct minority] and from a sectarian basis do. That's unfortunate since the Hamas leadership and other Palestinian resistance factions support Hezbollah and Iran and are thankful for their military and financial support.

  • Congress invites Netanyahu to rebut Obama on Iran, and White House slams 'breach of protocol'
    • Congress should be aware, cameras will be watching their every move, who is the first to stand up, but more importantly who is the first to stop clapping, money and careers are at stake, my advice start training now link to mepeace.org bibi and the yoyos.

    • This is a stunning breach of protocol, but it could backfire big time on Israel, Congress critters had to face the wrath of their constituents over bombing Syria, Syria would be a walk in the park compared to this. More sanctions would see the 5+1 group split Russia and China would back Iran, the others would get cold feet and the US imposed sanctions would fall away. Iran has promised that more sanctions would mean they will resume enrichment to 20% once again. Israels gambit has never been about the bomb, but to hamstring Iran's growing economic and conventional military capabilities. Like Russia, Iran cannot and will not capitulate and become a vassal state. I agree with Maximus Decimus Meridus that this could be a fatal move for Israel if Netanyahu accepts the invitation [how could he refuse]. As George would say "bring it on".

  • French terror attacks contribute to Israeli's isolation
    • Strangely enough the Arab peace plan of 2002 based on the 67 borders and an agreed formula for a limited right of return would have been the basis for a majority of people of Jewish origin to govern Israel for the foreseeable future, probably on something like approx 75%-25%. This together with the prospect of peace with all its Arab neighbors and the entire Islamic world was summarily rejected by the Israeli government. They want all the 'Land of Israel' and they are prepared to fight and kill in order to get it, their prospects are not good, 1/The demographics are against them, many people think there is already a majority of Palestinians between the Jordan and Mediterranean, 2/The world will not put up with an Apartheid regime, 3/ The technological and military developments of their enemies grow by the day, Hezbollah have 150,000 rockets aimed at Israels vitals, Iran has an even more destructive capacity, link to almanar.com.lb

  • Obama cites donor pressure re Iran, but 'NYT' won't tell you what he means

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