Thursday, May 31, 2018

Saudi Arabia: Where is bin Salman, Attack at National Guard Facility etc.,

Where is Mohammed Bin Salman- More then a month since he's been seen publicly.
Saudi Arabia has released a new video. Featuring Bin Salman at some random meeting.
The video included below with the newsweek article is not the recently released video- 
Making it's inclusion a weird choice for the article titled:
 Where’s Mohammed bin Salman? Not Dead, According to Saudi Arabia
Saudi authorities have released new video footage of Mohammed bin Salman amid conspiracy theories alleging the crown prince has been dead for more than a month.
The undated video shows Salman chairing a meeting of the Council of Economic Affairs and Development in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, that apparently took place on May 29, according to CNN.
On April 21, heavy gunfire was heard around the royal palace in Riyadh. According to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), the shots were fired by security guards neutralizing a hobby drone flown within the palace perimeter. There were no casualties, and 82-year-old King Salman was not at his palace, a Saudi official told Reuters at the time.
However, questions arose regarding the whereabouts of the crown prince, who usually has a high media profile and is regularly seen meeting fellow leaders and chairing events. Unusually, he was not pictured or filmed by Saudi media for several weeks after the drone was shot down.
 So if he's not dead, was he injured? Is he in hiding? Why no public appearances in all this time?  Admittedly I'm curious.

The recently released video is available here 

Still thinking it would be better to have a public appearance in a setting that can be identified as occurring present day .

Toronto Star had an interesting oped regarding Saudi Arabia.

Time to expose Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman for the tyrant that he is

The headline and content struck me as odd since Bin Salman is always presented as a reformer and a modernizer. Not sure where or why the tyrant theme is being pushed at this time? 

- We have an MIA bin Salman, negative Saudi  press and curiously enough- armed militias attacked a Saudi National Guard outpost- there were casualties..

Several wounded after gunmen attack Saudi military base in Taif
National guard base near Yemen

Several Saudi military officers were wounded in an attack on a military base in the western city of Taif after gunmen killed a policeman and seized his weapons before attacking the facility.
Two attackers exchanged gunfire with security forces at a National Guard facility in Taif, some 70km east of Mecca, after killing a police officer and stealing his weapons and car before entering the site
Sabq reported there several soldiers were wounded and one of the attackers sustained injuries and was arrested. The other escaped.
Videos uploaded on social media showed scenes of panic at the scene while the sound of rapid gunfire could also be heard in the background.
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اللهم عليك بمن يروع قلوب الآمنين واجعل بلادهم آمنة مستأمنة على أرواح الأبرياء منهم والخائفين . #الطايف_الآن #اطلاق_نار_في_الطائف pic.twitter.com/XoJX8wADiT — ابتسام آل سعد (@Ebtesam777) May 30, 2018

 The twitter is dated yesterday, yet, by all appearances this news is breaking today?

VIOLENT clashes in Saudi Arabia after ARMED militia attack National Guard
Local news site Sabq reported attackers stole the officer’s vehicle before forcing their way into the military location.
The officer is believed to have been on duty at the time.
The armed attackers exchanged fire with the security men in the Taif city building.
The man was taken to hospital, but later died of his injuries.
One attacker is thought to have been detained wounded, but the other has fled the scene.
There have also been additional injuries among security personnel.
It is unclear the extent or the number of people affected.
Video footage shows police swarming the guard station on 60th Street
The identity and motivation of the assailants are currently unknown.
Tail city is north east of the Hajj pilgrimage site of Mecca, the holiest place in Islam.


  1. Are we dealing with infighting and power grabbing?
  2. Is this related to Yemen?
  3. Are these some bigger geo political moves at play?

Related to..

Media speculates about ‘possible death’ of Saudi crown prince

Flashback : War Footings? Saudi Arabia: Mass Purge = Power Consolidation

 It's a head scratcher?

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Bill Browder (Magnitsky Act) "arrested" in Spain. PR Stunt/Demonize Russia

Boohoo Browder
CBC:

 Bill Browder, who led the effort for the, anti Russia/anglo-zionist sanctions, Magnitsky act was allegedly detained on a Russian warrant in Spain.  My opinion? This is a PR stunt- pure and simple. Poor Bill Browder being persecuted by big bad Russia- boohoo Bill Browder - I shed not one tear for you.

    "A Britain-based financier who has spearheaded a United States law targeting Russian officials was briefly detained Wednesday in Spain on a Russian warrant, which authorities later said had expired.
    William Browder tweeted Wednesday that he was being arrested, posting a photo on his official profile saying that he was in the back of a Spanish police car on the way to a police station.
    "Urgent: Just was arrested by Spanish police in Madrid on a Russian Interpol arrest warrant. Going to the police station right now," Browder wrote.

 Bill Browder claims he was arrested on a Russian Interpol arrest warrant. Was he? It's doubtful he was arrested at all! What with his ability to promote his arrest on twitter as his alleged arrest was taking place

    "A Spanish national police spokesperson confirmed that Browder had been detained Wednesday morning in Madrid and taken to a police station to check on the arrest warrant. Police found out there that the order was no longer valid, she said."


 Browder "detained"  To "check on the arrest warrant" ? So Browder set up a stunt- The Spanish police went along with it, allegedly? But who really knows? The order was no longer valid?
For how long had the warrant been invalid? Surely Browder was completely aware the alleged 'arrest warrant' was invalid before this stunt.
    "The spokesperson, who wasn't authorized to be identified in line with police rules, said the financier was released minutes after his detention. Browder confirmed his release on social media."

 The 'spokesperson' who was not identified. Convenient.
    "In an image of a detention report posted by Browder himself on Twitter, police identified the reason for the detention as "fraud".

Was this a legit report? Why would the "detention report" state the detainment was due to fraud- When Browder was tried for tax evasion.  Here's another link
(which I notice today, 24 hours after originally linking to it, the page is missing)
Here's yet another link
    "finding him guilty of deliberate bankruptcy and tax evasion, the country’s general prosecutor said"
A Russian court on Friday sentenced British investment fund head William Browder to nine years in prison in absentia after finding him guilty of deliberate bankruptcy and tax evasion, the country’s general prosecutor said. 

 I find it non credible that the alleged "police spokesperson" would claim the detainment was for fraud rather then tax evasion. The crime he was found guilty of.

    CBC continued: "A Moscow court sentenced Browder, who was born in the U.S. and is now based in London, to nine years in prison in absentia over tax evasion and funnelling money overseas. He has dismissed the accusations"

 Boohoo Browder is such a victim- NOT!

    The Magnitsky Act became a sore point between the U.S. and Russia after it was signed into law by then President Barack Obama in 2012. Shortly afterward, President Vladimir Putin signed a law banning American citizens from adopting Russian children, in a move widely viewed as retaliation.

    Canada signed its version of the act into law in 2017.
Nothing more then a political stunt.  Perhaps done to take some attention away from the Ukrainian journalist who faked his death in order to demonize Russia yet more.
 hattip to YaYa.
 Ukrainian journalist fakes his death complete with staged photos and global coverage.

And then there's the guy in Ukraine who pretended to have been killed by Russian agents.
https://twitter.com/search?q=%22Arkady%20Babchenko%22&src=tren

There was a funny comment at the ZeroHedge story:
"This guy faked his own significance."
https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-05-30/assassinated-anti-putin-journalist-shows-kiev-news-conference-remarkable-story
 Additional info on the Ukraine psyop:Russia say's Ukraine used journalist for propaganda

 - The Russian Foreign ministry said on Wednesday it was happy Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko had turned out to be alive after all, but said Ukraine has used his story as propaganda.
Babchenko, a dissident Russian journalist who was reported murdered in Kiev, dramatically reappeared alive on Wednesday in the middle of a briefing about his own killing by the Ukrainian state security service.
Just more of what can and should be expected as our perception is constantly being managed in order to keep us all dumb and down.
I can not say, state or write it often enough whether it's this 'news' regarding Browder or the Ukraine 'journalist', same as most other news stories,  done as perception management. PR. Spin doctoring.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Media speculates about ‘possible death’ of Saudi crown prince

What on earth to make of this news- Better then a week old. Obviously not getting much coverage globallyMedia speculates about ‘possible death’ of Saudi crown prince

Mohammed Bin Salman- Usrael fave, undeniably. Probable PKK Benefactor as well

"International media on Thursday claimed that Saudi Crown Price Muhammad Bin Salman has gone missing since April 21 attack on the royal palace in Riyadh.
It is believed that he had been injured in the attack and shifted to an undisclosed location by his guards. For almost one month, where is he, no one knows it officially, as reported by Russian and Iranian media.
As Press TV points out, the official Saudi websites have not released any new photo of bin Salman for several past weeks.
The crown prince was allegedly hit by two bullets during the attack.
According to local media reports, bin Salman was evacuated to a nearby bunker at a military base for his safety.
bin Salman’s long disappearance has raised speculation about his health.
However, no official statement regarding the disappearance came from Saudi Arabia.
Some sources claimed that attack on the royal palace was part of a coup led by Saudi royals who are opposed to King Salman, while Saudi authorities had rejected the claim saying that the incident merely involved palace security guards firing upon a drone which allegedly was flying too close to the premises"

Today Reuters is reporting: U.N. voices concern on Saudi arrests of activists, missing prince

This is however a different prince

Saudi authorities should also provide information about a Saudi prince, Nawaf Talal Rasheed, reported to be missing since being deported from Kuwait on May 12 and to make clear if was arrested and on what grounds, she said. 

 Confusing isn't it? Because there is a report of bin Salman meeting the head of FIFA:
Pretty poor picture with the article?

"While speculation  is ripe that Crown Prince of Saudi Mohammed Bin Salman is dead as he is not active on social media of late. 
He met the President of the International Football Association (FIFA) Gianni Infantino on Friday. Prince Salman wasn't seen after April 21 when a heavy gunfire echoed near the royal palace in Riyadh. State news agency claimed that gunfire was to topple King Salman"
Rasheed goes missing after this alleged incident at the royal palace in Riyadh?
The incident at the palace is the reason for the bin Salman is dead rumours.
Curious?

hattip YaYaC
Here's a photo of him just before he came out of his coma.LOL
https://www.geo.tv/latest/196611-saudia-releases-photo-of-crown-prince-salman
  1. Not a great image YaYa- wouldn't it be better if he made a live appearance? I'm just saying. That would be the best way to quash rumours IMO

Recall November 2017,  Bin Salman had conducted mass round ups of persons opposed to him?

Flashback : War Footings? Saudi Arabia: Mass Purge = Power Consolidation

LONDON — A midnight blitz of arrests ordered by the crown prince of Saudi Arabia over the weekend has ensnared dozens of its most influential figures, including 11 of his royal cousins, in what by Sunday appeared to be the most sweeping transformation in the kingdom’s governance for more than eight decades.

The arrests, ordered by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman without formal charges or any legal process, were presented as a crackdown on corruption.

“It is the coup de grâce of the old system,” said Chas W. Freeman, a former United States ambassador. “Gone. All power has now been concentrated in the hands of Mohammad bin Salman.”  

 It seems something is going on in Saudi Arabia.

From earlier:

Israeli academic says Jewish lobby made Turkish lira fall

Israeli academic says Jewish lobby made Turkish lira fall

What to make of the tweet from an Israeli academic regarding the manipulation of the Turkish Lira?
Be sure to share some thoughts!

Middle East Monitor
Edy Cohen, an Israeli academic and analyst, has blamed the Jewish lobby for the recent volatility of the exchange rate between the Turkish lira and the US dollar.
Cohen, a faculty member at Israel’s Bar-Ilan University and an analyst at the Begin-Sadat Centre for Strategic Studies, tweeted the remarks in Arabic accompanied by the hashtag, “support the Turkish lira”.
“The Turkish lira has fallen to its lowest level in Turkey’s history,” Cohen said, going on to claim that the sudden decline had happened shortly after the Israeli ambassador was insulted at an Istanbul airport as he prepared to depart the country.
Addressing Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Cohen said: “Don’t you know that half of the world’s wealth belongs to only one Jewish family, which is Israel’s primary supporter?”
Cohen went on to warn that the Turkish economy would experience further losses as a result of the lobby’s manoeuvres.
I have to assume that Cohen is referring to the Rothschild Family- Rothschild's being quite the supporters of of Israel. 

Tel-Aviv's Iconic Rothschild Blvd.
"It all happened over 100 years ago in 1909 when Tel Aviv was founded on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea. Around 66 founding families decided to participate in a lottery. Each would chose a shell with plot numbers etched inside to determine their plot of land. They began to build their homes. A draining system was built on top of sand dunes to drain the small wadi. They decided to construct on both sides of the street, leaving the center for pedestrians, therefore creating the city’s first boulevard. Originally named Rehov Ha’Am, meaning the street of the people, in 1910 it was changed to Rothschild Boulevard, in honor of philanthropist Baron de Rothschild.

"There are lots of museums to check out right along the boulevard. The Haganah Museum has an impressive collection of weapons, documents, and photographs from the Haganah archives and is located in a house once owned by Eliyahu Golomb, one of the founders of the Haganah"
Rothschild Boulevard holds many of Tel Aviv’s iconic monuments. Independence Hall is located right on the boulevard. This is the site where Israel’s first Prime Minister, David Ben Gurion, declared the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948.
 Rothschild Blvd is named in 1910, and it's right there on the street named after Israel's benefactor, that David Ben Gurion declares the establishment of Israel 38 years later. Doubtful that's a coincidence.
 
Haganah being a terrorist group- Israel the Original Terror State- Tablet Magazine
"“Does terrorism work?” asks Bruce Hoffman on the first page of Anonymous Soldiers: The Struggle for Israel, 1917-1947, his riveting and deeply researched new history; and the answer, in this case, would seem to be yes. Of course, there were many factors leading to the creation of the State of Israel in 1948. The British Empire was on the decline everywhere, as the crushing economic toll of World War II forced Britain to curtail its overseas commitments. The Holocaust had created sympathy for the Zionist cause, above all in the United States, which kept up a continual pressure on Britain to admit Jewish refugees to Palestine. Most important of all, perhaps, the Jews of the Yishuvthe prestate settlement in Palestine—had created the infrastructure for a state, complete with an illegal but tacitly tolerated army, the Haganah."
The prestate 'settlement' in Palestine had somehow magically created the infrastructure for a yet to come state via a terror army and perhaps funding from a generous benefactor?

Keeping in mind the above quoted paragraph is from Tablet Magazine (Jewishcentric) - calling Haganah an illegal but tacitly tolerated "army" Reality? Terrorists. Sanctioned by a fledgling terror state. No different then Kosovo. No different then the planned for  terror state Kurdistan aka Israel 2.0.

Monday, May 28, 2018

"Don’t Be An Idiot! Get Rid of Alexa!" James Corbett

Get rid of Alexa and all others like it.
I'd seen the news regarding this incident. Make no mistake this is exactly the point of Alexa.
I've one article saved that I will post below the James Corbett video.  Along with relinking another recent post on this very topic describing how your in home, payed for by you, spy bot can be controlled by others.

“A really efficient totalitarian state would be one in which the all-powerful executive of political bosses and their army of managers control a population of slaves who do not have to be coerced, because they love their servitude.” Aldous Huxley
Loving your own servitude....



Link

Don't believe the spin about inadvertent- These devices are there to record everything in your home- Everything.

"Amazon is trying to brush the story off as “hey, that’s weird!” and in isolation, this bug doesn’t seem all that serious. But what this story reveals is how little we actually know about our smart speakers, what they’re recording that they shouldn’t be, and how often they listen in on conversations that they shouldn’t.

Nowhere in there is any data on how often things like this happen. Amazon, Google, and Apple don’t offer any data on false positives for its always-listening smart speakers, which is a terrifying prospect for our privacy. We’ve let always-on devices into our homes because we’ve been repeatedly promised that they’re not listening until they hear a “wake word,” like an obedient butler standing discreetly outside the room until summoned.

But as this event shows, we don’t really have a handle on what they’re listening to. Last October, an Android Police blogger found that his Google Home Mini was recording nearly everything he said and uploading it to Google’s servers, something he wouldn’t ever have known about if he wasn’t checking the activity log for his device. We don’t have any data on how often these kinds of false positives happen, and the mere fact that they can should be cause for concern.
Sure, you can manually use the mute switch on most devices to physically disable the microphone, but I think the common assumption with these devices is that they’re not listening until triggered, rather than that they’re always listening, but only sometimes choose to act on your words.
These devices are always listening, collecting data, on you and yours and sending it back to the 'mothership'.  You are willfully and intentionally allowing this to happen.
 Please stop feeding the machine. Opt out.

Alexa and Siri Can Hear This Hidden Command. You Can’t.



Sunday, May 27, 2018

Turkey, Russia agree on 10 pct discount on natural gas: Erdoğan

So is Putin helping Erdogan with the upcoming election with this deal?
Maybe a duo back washing for both parties since Turkey is purchasing the S-400?
I think there is some of the above mentioned cooperation going on. 
Perhaps some economic help since the west has been playing  hardball with Turkey for some time now.

Daily Sabah

"President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Saturday said Ankara and Moscow reached an agreement to reduce the price of the natural gas imported from Russia by 10.25 percent after long negotiations.
Speaking at a rally of the ruling Justice And Development Party (AK Party) in eastern Erzurum province, Erdoğan said Turkey demanded a discount on the price of the natural gas from Russia via the Blue Stream and the Western Line in 2015.
The President said Turkey will also get a refund of $1 billion for the purchases made in the last two years when Gazprom initially agreed on the discount in early 2016.
Gazprom later on unilaterally canceled the 10.25 percent discount applied to natural gas and Turkey applied to the international court of arbitration to resolve the dispute.
Turkey, the second biggest consumer of Russian gas after Germany, imports around 30 billion cubic meters of gas from Russia annually via the two pipelines."

Flashback: If Oil Was Really A Consideration- Turkey Would NOT Have shot the Russian Jet down

 Last week I was saying to my husband, it doesn't make sense that the nation state of Turkey would shoot down the plane, for the most obvious, simple, plain, common sense reason, Turkey is very reliant or dependent on Russia for it's energy needs!
That's a fact!
If oil was a consideration for the Turkish authorities in their decision to shoot down a Russian jet, they would have had good reason to hold fire.
Of course the Russian jet was shot down by the Turkish military heavily embedded with NATO prior to the coup- because it made ZERO sense for Turkey the nation state to engage in behaviour that was against their own interest- A point made repeatedly here by yours truly!
  Daily Sabah continues: "The private sector in Turkey imports 10 billion cubic meters (bcm) of natural gas per year, representing over 30 percent of Russia's gas exports to Turkey. Out of 48 bcm, 38 bcm was imported by the state-owned crude oil and natural gas pipeline and trading company, BOTAŞ"

Contained in January 2018 post:  Construction of Turkish Russian Pipeline More then 50 percent done
"More than 50 % of the construction pipeline that will supply Turkey with Russian natural gas under the Turkish Stream project has been completed"
From 2016:  Who Suffers From Russia, Turkey Pipeline Deal?
The deal is good for Turkey. It is not so good for Ukraine and Bulgaria, who will lose out now that the South Stream pipeline is no longer needed. Bulgaria was going to collect transit revenues from that deal.
So making the deal with Turkey makes life tough for Ukraine- I'm sure Putin has thought about that! 

Two previous posts related to the situation in and around Syria, including Russia and Turkey:

Putin: Turkey Will Not Yield to US Bullying on S-400 Purchase

Damascus- Gaziantep: Restoring Relations/Economic Interests or Both & More

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Putin: Turkey Will Not Yield to US Bullying on S-400 Purchase


Putin did not use the word "bully" I did for my headline, cause I like it! 
It's so very topical,  popular and  so easily understandable :)

Press TV


Readers here know I can’t abide by out of context quoting, therefore, I’m enjoying the inclusion of the full context of Putin’s statement, provided by Press TV, below:
Russian President Vladimir Putin has lashed out at the United States for pushing NATO member Turkey into abandoning its decision to purchase S-400 surface-to-air missile systems from Russia, saying the US pressure will not produce any results.

"Turkey, a NATO ally, has decided to buy the world’s most advanced air defense system in its class, the S-400. So what? Why is it a crime?" Putin said at a meeting with global news agencies in St. Petersburg on Friday.

    "I am having a hard time to explain this pressure. Such attitude against Turkey is unfair," Putin said, adding, however, that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan would not yield to Washington’s pressure.

    "As well as I know President Recep Tayyip Erdogan it is quite difficult to get any results by using pressure tools towards him. On the contrary, this will encourage Mr. Erdogan, and he will not make compromises while protecting national interests," said Putin.

There is more in the linked article from Pompeo- but, I’ll save that for a post on that topic alone.
Thoughts?

Related:

Damascus- Gaziantep: Restoring Relations/Economic Interests or Both & More

Friday, May 25, 2018

Damascus- Gaziantep: Restoring Relations/Economic Interests or Both & More

Damascus-Gaziantep Road … Restoring Relations or Economic Interests?
  • Reopening these major roads will help restore neighbourly relations
  • Reconnect families
  • Ease the import of food, reducing prices
  • Give the populace more confidence in nation rebuilding
"The reopening of major roads in Syria will not only be good for relations with other countries, but will also come with major economic benefits reports Enab Baladi
 Ambiguity continues surrounding the outcomes of the most recent session of Astana talks which were held last week, especially with regards to the opening of two strategic roads — the first being the Aleppo-Damascus road, and the second being the Aleppo-Gaziantep road into Turkey, which passes through areas in northern Aleppo that are under rebel control.
Leaks from the Astana talks, between guarantor nations in Syria (Russia, Turkey and Iran), show that questions surround how the roads would be secured and the extent of economic interest for the conflicting parties; whether it will be in the interest of the regime and the opposition or for Turkey, who the administrating force in northern Syria.

There had been no official statements about this issue at the time this report was prepared, and there were also no movements on the ground.

The Aleppo-Damascus road has been closed since 2012 as a result of rebel groups taking over eastern Ghouta in Damascus and the Homs countryside, as well as sections of the road in Idleb and the Hama countryside.
The regime and Russia have tried repeatedly to open it through negotiations with rebel groups but to no avail. However, last month, Assad’s forces were able to open the road in Harasta north of Damascus and in the northern Homs countryside after rebel groups agreed to leave for northern Syria. Only a portion of the road now passes through opposition territories in Idleb, starting from the city of Murak in the northern Hama countryside. This section of road will be patrolled by Russia, Turkey and Iran and ten kilometers on each side of the road will be fully secured according to Ibrahim al-Idlebi, a military adviser in the Free Syrian Army.
The highway is a major strategic route that connects the political capital, Damascus, and the country’s southern region to the north and the economic capital, Aleppo. Its restoration would have economic benefits for the Syrian regime, in addition to the major benefits that it would have for citizens in that it would reduce the price of foodstuffs and goods because of the ease of transporting them between Damascus and Aleppo. Previously they had been arriving on the unsafe Athriya-Khanasar road which required more time and led to higher prices for goods.
The second route which has been discussed is the Aleppo-Gaziantep road which passes from Aleppo into the northern countryside of Afrin province, which is controlled by rebel groups backed by Turkey, following Operation Olive Branch, then reaches Azaz and from there goes into Turkey through the Bab al-Salama border crossing.
If there is an agreement to open the road, Turkey will be responsible for securing it from their borders, passing through the opposition areas and up to the al-Lermoun roundabout area north of Aleppo, before Russian police take on the task of monitoring it inside the city.

A researcher at the Syrian Economic Forum, Melham Jazmati, told Enab Baladi that the strategic road was an essential artery for commercial traffic between Syria and Turkey before the revolution, especially after the free trade agreement between the two countries in 2004, which allowed for goods to flow in both directions and established joint projects. Additionally, there were agreements between Aleppo and Gaziantep traders and at a meeting in 2009 they announced their intention to achieve five billion dollars worth of trade between the two countries.
Jazmati believes that opening the road will have benefits for opposition areas in the northern Aleppo countryside and for regime areas because of the flourishing of trade and the legal entry of Turkish goods.

However at the same time, he said that there were important steps that needed to be taken before opening the road, which was opening the roads between Turkey and opposition areas in the northern Aleppo countryside, because there were still difficulties in bringing goods to the northern countryside and Syrian traders in Turkey accessing it.
Turkish-Russian agreement, not Turkish-Syrian
Discussions on opening the road are not limited to its economic importance. Analysts say that opening the road is a new stage in the restoration of relations between Syria and Turkey.
A member of the board of directors of the regime’s Economists Syndicate in the Aleppo countryside, Mohamed Bakour, said that the road would pave the way for the restoration of Syrian-Turkish economic relations, and pointed to the international desire to activate the international trade route from Syria. In this case more than one country who has an interest in marketing through Syria to other countries will benefit.
But the economic benefit would be bigger for Turkey than Syria, according to Jazmati, because Syria does not export anything to Turkey because of its lack of production, which has turned the country into a consumer of goods and not a producer. Therefore the biggest beneficiaries will be traders who are exporting to Syria and sending their goods to regime areas.
For the time being the benefit is larger for Turkey, but, in time that can change. Prior to the destabilization Syria and Turkey had a free trade agreement. The author is also not considering the sort of moral boost to Syrians that this road passage way can create.
The regime’s benefit will only be moral, according to Jazmati, as its supporters will see the opening of the roads as a victory while the agreement is actually a Turkish-Russian agreement and not Turkish-Syrian agreement.
Honestly, I think Syria has to be on board with this. Despite what the author is suggesting.
I'm wondering if this move is being considered to kind of shut the SDF/YPG/PKK out of the potential economic benefits to be had?

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Israeli Missile Strikes on Homs Syria, Intercepted.

SANA

A military source announced on Thursday that the Syrian Air defense intercepted a missile aggression on one of the Syrian military airbases in the central region.
The source added that the air defense confronted a hostile rocket strike on one of the military airbase in the central region and prevented it from achieving its goals.
The new aggression comes in coincidence with the successive continued defeats of terrorist organizations in front of the Syrian Arab army which fulfilled the purification of Damascus surroundings and forced the terrorists to hand over their weapons and get out of Homs and Hama countryside.

Israeli media is covering this most recent news:

Arutz Sheva
“One of our military airports in the central region was exposed to a hostile missile attack, and our air defense systems confronted the attack and prevented it from achieving its aim,” SANA reported Thursday evening.
The pro-Hezbollah Al Mayadeen outlet claimed that four missiles had been fired in the attack.
Video footage of a Russian-made S-200 surface-to-air missile launching from a Syrian position was later released to social media networks, purportedly showing Syrian air defense units firing on Israeli fighter jets.
Some Lebanese outlets claimed Israeli fighter jets had crossed over Lebanese airspace en route to Syria.
An Israeli army spokeswoman refused to comment on whether the IDF was responsible for the explosions, Reuters reported.
Haaretz
Some witnesses in Syria claimed that aircraft flying from Lebanese airspace conducted the strike, following earlier reports of Israeli aircraft being seen above Lebanon.

Times of Israel
"A military air base in western Syria was hit in an airstrikes Thursday night, sparking large explosions, which were heard throughout the area, state media reported.
The targets of the strike were munitions depots belonging to the Iran-backed Hezbollah terrorist group, located on an air base south of the city of Homs, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group, which also said the strikes were most likely carried out by Israel.
“Six missiles were fired at the Daba’a military airport and surrounding area in the western sector of Homs province, targeting Lebanese Hezbollah weapons warehouses,” Rami Abd el-Rahman, director of the Observatory, told AFP."

From earlier:

US Led Coalition Attacks Syrian Army Positions in Deir Ez Zor Countryside

Related:

"U.S. Gave Jerusalem to Israel, Will Syria's Golan Heights Be Next?"


"U.S. Gave Jerusalem to Israel, Will Syria's Golan Heights Be Next?"

Yah, that's actually  the Newsweek headline

Talked about this a few days ago.

Congressman urges US to recognize Syria’s Golan as Israeli territory
"Israel has been pressuring the U.S. to recognize its self-proclaimed ownership of the Golan Heights, a southwestern Syrian territory seized by Israel during a 1967 conflict and later annexed without international recognition.

Israeli Intelligence Minister Israel Katz made the revelation in an interview with Reuters on Wednesday, saying such a follow-up to Washington's recognition of the disputed city of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel would likely come within the upcoming months. Katz said accepting Israeli control of the Golan Heights would target not only longtime foe Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, but also an even more powerful enemy: Iran.

Israel has targeted Iranian and pro-Iran positions in Syria for years and Katz said President Donald Trump's recent decision to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and exit from the 2015 nuclear agreement meant it was "the perfect time" to escalate the administration's anti-Iran campaign.

"The most painful response you can give the Iranians is to recognize Israel’s Golan sovereignty—with an American statement, a presidential proclamation, enshrined [in law]," he told Reuters. "You want to destroy [U.S. ally Israel], to generate attacks [against it]? Look, you got exactly the opposite."
The Israeli/US push to recognize Golan as Israeli walks side by side with......

Likud MK Pushes Israel to Recognize Kurdistan as Independent

US Led Coalition Attacks Syrian Army Positions in Deir Ez Zor Countryside

Surely aiding and abetting ISIS, as usual
Deir Ezzor, SANA-The US-led “international coalition” aircrafts have carried out an aggression on some of the Syrian Arab Army’s positions in the south-eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor on Thursday at dawn.
“Some of our military positions between al-Bukamal and Hmeimea were hit this morning in an aggression by “American coalition” warplanes,” a military source said.
The source added that only material damage was caused .
The new attack comes in the framework of the coalition’s explicit support to the terrorist organizations and uncovers its fake claims  about fighting terrorism.
The aggression came less than 24 hours after the Syrian army and the allied forces thwarted a terrorist attack by Daesh on a number of military points in al-Mayadeen Badiya (Desert) in the countryside of Deir Ezzor; the army killed over 10 of the attacking terrorists, among them terrorists of foreign nationalities, injured scores others and destroyed a vehicle mounted by a heavy cannon.
ABC News:
 The Syrian government-run media blamed the strikes on the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which tracks the war through a network of activists on the ground, said the fatalities were not Syrian nationals but foreign fighters. It said the coalition was likely behind the strikes.
The Pentagon said it had "no information" to substantiate reports the coalition was behind the latest airstrikes.
 ABC does not link to an original source for their out of context quote. 
Though, I will add if the Pentagon has "no information" to substantiate the claim- They have no information to discount the claim either? 
 We're left with SANA and SOHR both reporting the airstrikes occurred- both suggesting it was the coalition that was likely behind the strikes.  As the Pentagon claims to have "no information"? Where we seem to have discrepancy on the two validating reports of airstrikes is on casualty counts- SANA reports only material damage. SOHR reports a number of fatalities.

 If anyone wonders why I don't express 100 percent confidence in RT's reporting?
Or continue to question what RT is really about? The RT report linked below should help explain my non confidence in RT being the product it's alleged to be: Reports on US-led bombing of Syrian Army are incorrect – Russian military source 

The out of context quotations and alleged but unnamed Russian sourcing of information seem designed to muddy the waters.. Interesting that Pentagon reporting seems to be the actual basis of this report
"Overnight reports on US-led coalition strikes on Syrian Army positions are not “consistent with the reality,” according to a military source. (Alleged in the headline to be Russian??) Earlier, the Pentagon said it has no information on the operation. 
Early Thursday, Syrian state media reported that US-led coalition warplanes targeted Syrian Army positions in the eastern Syrian province of Deir ez-Zor. The allegations, however, appear to not be completely accurate.
The information about the alleged attack on Syrian positions by the US-led coalition “is not consistent with the reality, a military source said.
Shortly after reports on the attack emerged, a Pentagon spokesman said the US military has “no operational reporting” about any operation against the Syrian government.
Though the reports on the strike appear to be untrue this time, the US-led forces have repeatedly hit Syrian Army positions or allied forces. In one infamous case, a US-led strike killed 60 Syrian troops near the city of Deir ez-Zor in 2016. The US military later admitted it was a mistake. 
Are these recent reports of an airstrike really untrue RT? SANA has actually, in my experience with them as a media outlet, been reliable. I'll be watching this one
However, that was not the only attack on pro-government forces gaining ground against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) terrorists in Syria. In February, US forces launched a drone strike that destroyed a tank of the pro-government forces in eastern Syria, and earlier that month, a separate attack killed around 100 pro-government fighters. The Pentagon claimed both bombings came in retaliation for alleged attacks on the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) – US allies in the region. 
The presence of the US contingent and its operations in Syria have not been sanctioned by either Damascus or the UN Security Council. The Syrian government has repeatedly called their presence an illegal aggression against a sovereign state"

I've often wondered if RT is the wolf in sheep's clothing?

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Syria’s looming Deraa offensive risks raising Tensions with Israel

Israeli-supported rebel groups among the targets of an expected government offensive near Deraa

Nestled in southern Syria near the point where the edge of the Israeli occupied Golan Heights meets Jordan, the rebel-held town of Deraa has long been in the regime's sights. With the recent recapture of Eastern Ghouta and Yarmouk Palestinian camp on the edge of the Syrian capital, regime forces and their allies are looking to push south.
However, the offensive has the potential to be the powder keg that sparks a major regional escalation.
Israel has provided support for rebels and civilians on the border with the Golan Heights since at least 2013, (I'd say Israel was involved in 2011 and prior to that in preparation for the destabilization) treating them in their hospitals and providing weapons and other aid. After the United States ended a CIA-run program based in Jordan to support rebels in southern Syria in January, Israeli media reported that the Jewish state had increased aid to seven rebel groups in February.
Past Israeli beneficiaries have included extremist groups, such as Al Qaeda’s former Syrian affiliate.
Now, with the forces of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad beginning to mass in recent days and appearing to be preparing to start their push toward the southern border concerns are rising that the deployment of Tehran-backed forces could escalate the already tense standoff between Iran and Israel in the area.
The media, no matter from where on the planet, wants to make this all about Iran- It's such an Israeli friendly narrative

Iranian troops and Iranian-supported militia forces already play a key role in the Syrian government’s military capabilities.
Yazid Sayegh, senior fellow at Carnegie Middle East Center, told The National that he wasn’t sure if the offensive in the south was about to begin. However, he said Israel and the US knew it would be difficult to dislodge Iranian forces despite their acute and general attempts to impact Tehran’s abilities to operate.
The Iranians, faced with the possibility of escalation with the US, are going to be manoeuvring to try and push back — they are engaging in a sort of test of wills to see where the red lines are in Syria, whether it’s a response to recent Israeli strikes or a reminder that Iran hasn’t been deterred and they have the means to escalate in the south," he said.
“The Israelis probably know they can’t remove Iran from Syria fully — and probably what comes out of it is something halfway, a set of understandings worked out either through trial and error on the ground or with a bit of Russian negotiation,” Mr Sayegh said.
It is unlikely, though, that Iran would seek a wider confrontation with Israel in Syria right now, said Hanin Ghaddar, a fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
It's not likely Iran is looking to confront Israel- since that seems really irrational all things considered.  It seems to me that it's Israel looking for the confrontation. After all Israel has been bombing Syria for years and years now- long before the Iranian threat meme began to spread so widely.  Israel has been involved from day one of the Syrian destabilization

Recall?  March 30/2011: What role is this man, Fardi Ghadry, ready to play in Syria??

 "Don't fear the fall of Bashar Assad. Syria will not fall into the hands of the Muslim Brotherhood," exile Farid Ghadry told Ynet Monday in a reassuring interview in the US.- Israel should not fear the prospect of Bashar Assad's downfall, as the Syrian people are not interested in war with Israel, a leading Syrian dissident says.

 April 2011: Farid Ghadry spins a tale, for a receptive audience

 Not only was this man previously grovelling to Israel, he is proclaiming his alleged knowledge to the world, via FrontPageMag.com
I hate to even link to such crap, but, you gotta read this perception management garbage for yourself, I can only stomach posting so much of it here


June 2011: Israel warns Assad: Attack us and we will assassinate you

The (Israeli) government sent a message to Syrian President Bashar Assad in recent days, warning him that if he started a war with the Jewish state in order to divert attention from domestic problems, Israel will target him personally, Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Jarida reported on Tuesday.

Israel has been involved from the get go! 

From earlier:

Life Sentence for “pure evil” acid attacker

Related to Syria:

The Age of Economic Warfare Begins. Will It Lead to a Conventional War?

 



Life Sentence for “pure evil” acid attacker

This was not my intended post for today, however, it was one that really needed much more attention. For the reasons that will be explained below.

 This is a news story that you are most probably completely unaware of. I stumbled across it quite accidentally. The perpetrator and the victim are not quite ‘push the agenda’ right
The crime just doesn’t fit the present day meme pushing undertaken in order to manage your perception. More commonly we see this type of story getting global coverage if it fits these acceptable stereotypes
  • - occurring in a third world nation
  • - man as perpetrator (misogynist) against woman
  • - white man (privileged of course) oppressing black person (male or female)

  The news below fits none of our commonly presented concepts- so it’s not been pushed onto our global awareness. There’s no hashtag to spread the news via twitter.  No facebook outrage.
And very limited news coverage. You’ll understand why soon enough. 

 The incident occurred in Ireland. Not Pakistan. The perpetrator is a beast. Clearly a liar. Probably a psychopath. In my opinion the perp is, without a doubt, a sick psychopath.
 Not only did the perpetrator plan out this attack, calculating how to carry it out then choosing afterwards to not aid the victim , instead opting to sit and chat on the phone and revel in the misery, pain and harm caused by this attack

Perpetrator Berlinah Wallace- Female, black

Victim- Mark van Dongen (left)  Male, white.

Belfast Telegraph
 A fashion student has been jailed for life and ordered to serve a minimum of 12 years in prison for throwing acid over her former partner, who later died by euthanasia, in “an act of pure evil”.

Berlinah Wallace, 48, poured sulphuric acid over face of Mark van Dongen, 29, was he slept in her flat in Westbury Park, Bristol at 3am on September 23 in 2015.

She laughed and told the engineer: “If I can’t have you, no-one can,” before calmly chatting to an ex-boyfriend on the phone as Mr van Dongen fled in agony.
The graduate was left in a coma for four months, suffered extensive burns to his body, was left blind in one eye, paralysed from the neck down and had to have his lower left leg amputated.
He suffered 15 months of excruciating pain before dying by euthanasia at a hospital in Belgium on January 2 2017.

Wallace was acquitted of murder but convicted of throwing a corrosive substance with intent following a four-week trial at Bristol Crown Court.
Mrs Justice Nicola Davies described how Wallace bought a litre of 98% concentrated sulphuric acid on September 2 2015 after Mr van Dongen left her for another woman.

She viewed 82 websites about sulphuric acid including post-mortem images – and came up with her defence based on a court case of a man accused of tricking his partner into drinking it.
“You chose your moment for the attack,” the judge told Wallace, who remained emotionless.
bottle from scene of crime
“It occurred when Mark van Dongen, wearing only boxer shorts, was asleep in the bed which you had shared in your flat"
    Your intention was to burn, disfigure and disable Mark van Dongen so that he would not be attractive to any other woman. It was an act of pure evil.
    Mrs Justice Nicola Davies
“Vulnerable, almost naked, he awoke but had no real opportunity to avoid the focus of your acid attack, namely his face and then his body.

“Immediately before you threw the acid, you said to Mark: ‘If I can’t have you, no-one can.’
“Nothing better demonstrates your malicious and callous intention than your refusal to provide any help, even when Mark was screaming in pain,” the judge said.
Mr van Dongen suffered burns to two thirds of his face, a large percentage of his upper chest, arms and upper thighs – with 25% of his body affected.

A consultant at Southmead Hospital, where Mr van Dongen was taken after neighbours called 999, said he had never seen a patient with such extensive injuries following a chemical attack.
The judge said Wallace had told “lie after lie” about a man who had been unable to defend himself.
Mr van Dongen told colleagues and his father that he was “scared” of Wallace, who had previously poured boiling water over him and scratched him.

“He was right to be so because he had some idea of what you were capable of,” the judge said.
Your conduct can properly be described as sadistic. Mrs Justice Nicola Davies
“On the clearest evidence you have been shown to be a manipulative and controlling woman who has lied without compunction or conscience in an attempt to avoid culpability.”
Speaking outside court, Mr van Dongen’s father said Wallace’s actions had “completely ruined” his family’s lives.
 You can listen to an audio of the police interviewing her
 Additional reading here

Evil wears many masks

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

The Age of Economic Warfare Begins. Will It Lead to a Conventional War?

 Valdai Club
"In the early hours of May 10, a day after the US withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Israel launched a missile attack on “Iranian military facilities” in Syria, allegedly to punish the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) for having fired 20 missiles at Israeli military positions. This happened in the Golan Heights area, where, to believe the Israelis, some elements of Iran’s Al-Quds unit are deployed. The attack killed a number of Syrians. During the period of hostilities, the Israeli military launched over 100 strikes at the Iranian contingent in Syria, which cooperates with the Russian force. But Moscow never retaliated against Israel, nor even criticized it, although occasionally Russian military equipment that had been sold to Iran came under fire.

Following this serious event, there were media reports that the Middle East was on the verge of war. The Israeli Defense Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, made a more restrained statement to the effect that Israel was not seeking to escalate tensions. “I hope we finished this chapter and everyone got the message,” he said. Although countries like Israel and Saudi Arabia are dreaming of escalating their confrontation with Iran in order to open the gate to war, they want it to be fought by the United States and are unwilling to become involved directly. Israel has the bitter experience of waging (and losing) a war in Lebanon from 1982 to 2000; Saudi Arabia is facing a similar failure in Yemen. Despite their resolute efforts, Israel, the US and Saudi Arabia are in a deadlock, being unable to change the balance of power in Lebanon against Iran and its ally, Hezbollah, for the last 36 years."
Good thing Israel can be so persuasive
Where is the conflict headed?

"All of this is occurring against the background of Trump’s withdrawal from the nuclear deal, under which Iran has halted its nuclear program in exchange for a reduction in sanctions.

The Iranians have been fully complying with the JCPOA, but this did not stop Donald Trump from walking away from the nuclear agreement with Iran. Despite the best efforts of the Iranians to convince the rest of the world that they are faithfully adhering to the 2015 agreement, the JCPOA itself is now on life support, if not dead already. And, of course, the Iranians realize that the EU, no matter how “angry and humiliated,” will hardly be able to withstand Trump’s pressure. According to deputy head of the IRGC, Hossein Salami, the Europeans are powerless to save the deal. Although the EU is going out of its way to show – particularly in the days immediately after Trump’s announcement – that they are not America’s “vassals” and will continue to implement the deal, that they are even ready to challenge the US unilateral sanctions against Iran at the WTO, etc., this looks increasingly utopian"
flashback May 15/18: US To Turn Heat Up on EU as Trump Admin. Hits Iran Central Banker with "Terror" Sanctions

"Just look at what has happened only recently. A Danish shipping company, Maersk, has declared that it will not berth merchant ships at the Iranian coast in the Gulf and has already stopped sending ships to Iran; Merkel has stated that her government will not be able to compensate damage to German companies, which will come under US sanctions because of their cooperation with Iran; Macron has declared that France “has no intention to engage in a trade war with the United States.” Total, the biggest French oil and gas company, has announced that it intends to withdraw from its project with Iran unless supported by the EU and granted a special waiver from the US. All of this suggests just one conclusion: the Iranian economy will continue to be strongly affected because international banks and companies will in every way seek to avoid US sanctions"
Thursday May 17/18: The EU Caving to US Edicts Begins: Total and Maersk Out/Iranian Oil Off the Market
"Note, too, that oil prices surged immediately in the wake of these events (both Trump’s statement at 9 pm on May 8 and the exchange of missile strikes in the early hours of May 10). It certainly cannot be overlooked that there are speculators who will benefit from Iran’s isolation from the European markets.
 Given the US withdrawal from the nuclear deal, the way of presenting Iranian missile strikes on Israel is also aimed at creating a negative image of Iran as an extension of Trump’s statements. Right now, it cannot be predicted how the conflict will develop, for this depends on domestic politics in Iran and the country’s ability to manage relations with the international community. Still, as I see it, there will be no military conflict in the near future.
First, the age of economic warfare has begun. After Iraq, it will be very hard to convince the US legislators and Americans in general that military operations are required. The US has grown fond of sanctions as an alternative.[1]

If we take the worst-case scenario and assume that Tel Aviv and Riyadh will pressure the unpredictable Trump into war or that this will happen because of a miscalculation similar to one that led the US to plunge Iraq into chaos, it is clear that strikes on select facilities is the only possibility. But what comes after that? Of course, any outcome will affect the Iranian economy, hitting ordinary citizens the hardest.

Is there a way out?

Who would have predicted such a subversion of orientalist expectations? It is not Iran’s reliability but the reliability of its Western partners that is in question. The Europeans should think how to oppose the US rather than cave in to the pressure. They should revise their priorities in light of the history of their relations with the US and Iran in the 21st century, during which time the United States has imposed policies on the EU that benefitted itself in exchange for bolstering the economically vulnerable European bloc.

What are Iran’s options?

Iran maintains hope for partners like Russia and China, but regrettably this strategic triangle is unable to reshape the entire system of international relations. Besides, Russia and China are interested in advancing their interests outside of their alliance with Iran. For example, the next day after Netanyahu’s latest visit to Moscow, Moscow backed off its intention to sell to Syria or deploy there its S-300 systems and thus protect it from further air attacks."
I disagree with the author's contention regarding the sale or supply of the S-300 to Syria - Read anew or rereadthe May 11/2018  post titled: After Netanyahu Visit to Russia, Russia backs off Supply of S-300's to Syria

"It is clear that Iran will continue to promote its interests internationally in the same way. But it is still an open question whether or not it will change its priorities. It is quite probable that the countries with ongoing nuclear programs will soon pool efforts to create a mechanism to contain US political and economic pressure. At the same time, it would be fair to assume that Iran will continue with its good-neighbor foreign policy, using the tools of cultural diplomacy to cultivate and maintain real allies in the fight against US hegemony"   

Monday, May 21, 2018

Likud MK Pushes Israel to Recognize Kurdistan as Independent

'Cause when you just wanna get along with your neighbours taking every action to antagonize them makes perfect sense..... not! 
As US Congressman DeSantis pushes for the recognition of Syria’s Golan as Israeli territory we have an Israeli MK pushing for Israel to recognize Kurdistan as an "independent" state.

 Can anyone deny that the US and Israel are being intentionally provocative pushing these concepts? It seems to me neither the US or Israel are hiding their desire for a regional war.

The move of the US Embassy to Jerusalem was a provocation

Flashback: May 14/18- PROVOCATIVE Opening of US Embassy in Jerusalem

Flashback : Ivanka & Jared In Israel for US Jerusalem Embassy Opening: Palestinians Die

 The push to recognize annexed Syrian territory, as Israel's is a provocation

Earlier today:  Congressman urges US to recognize Syria’s Golan as Israeli territory


And the idea of recognizing Kurdistan as independent is obviously yet another provocation- Not even hidden.

Jerusalem Post: Likud MK Pushes Israel to Recognize Kurdistan As An Independent State 

Amid tensions with Turkey, Israel should back Kurdish statehood, Likud MK Yoav Kisch proposed in a motion to the Knesset’s agenda this week.

“Facing Iran’s increasing strength in the region, Turkey’s extremism and the dissolution of Syria, Israel must lead and support the Kurdish effort to establish an independent state,” is the title of Kisch’s motion.

The Likud MK’s proposal came as diplomatic relations between Jerusalem and Ankara have soured, with Turkey withdrawing its ambassador in protest over Israel’s response to violent riots in Gaza, and Israel reacting in kind.

According to Kisch, Turkey isdistancing itself from the West and calling out against Israel, supporting terror and continuing to oppress the Kurds in its territory.”

As such, “recognizing an independent Kurdistan can be good for Israel’s interests,” Kisch said, adding: “There is a reason why Israel was the first to publicly congratulate moves towards Kurdish independence in northern Iraq.”

If the Knesset approves Kisch’s motion, the topic will likely be moved to the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee for further discussion. The committee may then hold a vote on support for Kurdish independence, but such a move is not required.

I’ve long talked here about the Israeli push for an Israel 2.0 aka Kurdistan. I've talked for so long about this topic, in fact, it's become tiresome to me- Yet still people don't grasp that Kurdistan is simply Israeli expansion, obscured.


Posts you may have missed over this long holiday week end (here in Canada, anyway)-

 


Congressman urges US to recognize Syria’s Golan as Israeli territory

Coming hot on the heels of the inflammatory embassy move to Jerusalem this type of recognition would simply 'up the game' in the region.

 (PT) A member of Congress has urged the US to recognize Syria’s Golan Heights as an Israeli territory after Washington's relocation of its embassy to Jerusalem al-Quds last week.

Republican Representative Ron DeSantis said in an interview published on Israel’s Walla news website on Sunday that he had brought the proposal before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, of which he is a member.
Ron DeSantis- Israel firster
Israel seized the Golan Heights from Syria during the 1967 Six-Day War and has continued to occupy two-thirds of the strategically-important territory ever since, in a move that has never been recognized by the international community.
DeSantis also said the proposal is a natural follow-up to the US embassy’s relocation from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem al-Quds last Monday.
He noted that as the embassy move would help take Jerusalem al-Quds off the negotiating table, the US recognition of Israel’s claim to the Golan would clarify it has no intention of forcing Tel Aviv to relinquish the territory.
Bnei Yehuda, an Israeli settlement built in the occupied Syrian territory, southern Golan Heights.

(AS) According to a report by the Washington Free Beacon Thursday, the proposal describes the Golan Heights as an “integral part” of Israel, and recognizes that it is “crucial” for Israel to retain the strategically important area overlooking the Sea of Galilee.
"It is the sense of the Congress that the Golan Heights represent an integral part of the state of Israel and are crucial to the ability of Israel to safeguard its borders and maintain its existence," the proposal reads in part.
The draft drawn up by DeSantis also cites the ongoing Syrian civil war and Iran’s use of Syria as a forward base for attacks on Israel as justification for recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the Golan.
"Given the civil war in Syria and the expansion of Iranian influence in Syria, the United States should recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights."
The measure proposed by Rep. DeSantis has been given to the Republican-dominated House Rules Committee, which must decide whether to advance or quash the bill. The committee is headed by Texas Congressman Pete Sessions, a long-time supporter of Israel, and includes 11 Republican lawmakers and 4 Democrats.

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