The International Criminal Court appoints a Palestinian official who overlooked torture in Palestinian jails


Headquarters of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands

Photo credit: Vincent van Zeijst

On December 26, 2018, Ambassador Alan Baker reported for the Jerusalem Center of Public Affairs:

The election of the Palestinian Attorney-General, Dr. Ahmad Barrak, to serve as a member of the “Advisory Committee on Nominations” of judges of the International Criminal Court, if it were not so serious, could be seen as comical. It cannot but invoke the ancient Latin maxim “ovem lupo commitere,” or in its literal and colloquial version “to set the wolf to guard the sheep.”

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December 31, 2018 | 0 Comments » | 724 views

Why Turkey’s Kurdish strategy will remain ineffective

While making moves to crush the Kurds’ de facto self-rule in northern Syria, Turkey has targeted also the Makhmour refugee camp in Iraq, which, ironically, holds a mirror to Ankara’s failed Kurdish policies over the years.

By Fehim Tastekin, AL MONITOR

  Kurdish refugee children play soccer at the Makhmour refugee camp, Iraq, Aug. 9, 2005.

Over the past decade, Turkey has pursued a “break and dent” strategy against the Kurds, by which the Turkish government seeks to dismantle Kurdish groups and push resistant factions into neighboring Syria and Iraq. Turkey has now come to rely on this strategy outside its border, particularly in the northern Syrian region of Afrin. Based on this approach, Ankara aims to “cleanse” all northeastern Syrian territories held by the People’s Protection Units, or the YPG. Yet this “break and dent” strategy is futile, and the Mahkmour refugee camp in Iraq, set up by Turkish Kurds banished from their native villages more than two decades ago, is an example of its futility.

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December 31, 2018 | 4 Comments » | 482 views

Putin’s next act: Syrian-Turkish rapprochement



Russian President Vladimir Putin has, so far, held off a Syrian government assault on Idlib and prevented an escalation by Israel and Syria, and by extension Iran. But keeping the peace in Syria will ultimately require deeper US-Russian coordination to manage the US troop withdrawal and prevent another round of costly bloodshed.

“When Moscow decided to launch a military operation in Syria in 2015, several goals were established. More than three years later, virtually all of them have been achieved,” writes Fyodor Lukyanov.

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December 31, 2018 | 1 Comments » | 398 views

Elite Snakes FEAR Populism and Nationalism

Amazing Polly. The ambitions of the elite for a World Government are crumbling.

In this video I discuss the subversion of our national sovereignty by looking at the role the Supreme Courts have in this process. They use rhetorical tricks and word games to pretend that there is such a thing as “International Law.” I also show that the UN is fundamentally corrupt by pointing to the Cairo Declaration and the situation in South Africa.

Antonin Scalia explains how “internationalists” are “living constitutionalists” and how they threaten sovereignty by referring to judgments outside of their jurisdiction. Canadian Supreme Abella confirms Scalia’s fears.

December 31, 2018 | 0 Comments » | 397 views

Top Republican indicates Trump rethinking plans to withdraw from Syria

After meeting president, Lindsey Graham says Trump is now vowing to stay and ‘destroy’ IS before leaving Syria and to make sure ‘Iran doesn’t become the big winner of our leaving’

By Brian Knowlton, TOI

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., speaks to members of the media outside the West Wing of the White House in Washington, after his meeting with President Donald Trump, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

WASHINGTON (AFP) — A senior Republican senator said Sunday that President Donald Trump had promised to stay in Syria to finish the job of destroying the Islamic State group — just days after announcing he would be withdrawing troops immediately.

“The president understands the need to finish the job,” Graham told reporters outside the White House after what he described as a two-hour lunch meeting.

“He told me some things I didn’t know that made me feel a lot better about where we’re headed in Syria,” the South Carolina lawmaker said.

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December 31, 2018 | 10 Comments » | 503 views

Israeli politics just got more complicated

By Victor Rosenthal

Two Israeli politicians, Ayelet Shaked and Naftali Bennett, announced yesterday that they will leave the party they have led for the past six years and form a new party, called Hayamin Hehadash (The New Right).

Recent polls say Shaked, who is Justice Minister in the present Likud-led coalition, is by far the most popular minister (Hebrew link) in the government, while Bennett, the Education Minister, comes in second.

Shaked and Bennett were formerly members of PM Binyamin Netanyahu’s Likud party, but joined with what was then called the National Religious Party to create the Beit Hayehudi (Jewish Home). The idea was to build a party that would appeal to both secular and religious Israelis on the right side of the spectrum: those who favor Jewish settlement in the territories, oppose a Palestinian state, and are hawkish on security issues.

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December 31, 2018 | 30 Comments » | 922 views

BRAZIL: A golden opportunity

By Ariel Kahana, ISRAEL HAYOM

The crowds of people waving Brazilian flags to welcome Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are just one reason for excitement. That President-elect Jair Bolsonaro bestowed Netanyahu – the first foreign leader to officially visit the country since Bolsonaro’s election – with his country’s highest honor is also just part of the story.

The main reason we should be rubbing our eyes in awe is the realization of the Brazilian dream.

Until a few months ago, this gigantic country, with a population of over 200 million people and the world’s eighth largest economy, was the unattainable object for Israeli diplomacy. Due to the burgeoning economies of China, India and Brazil, which have made them new powers on the global stage, Israeli officials deemed it imperative for Israel to gain a foothold in those countries. It has long since established footholds in China and India, among other reasons because of Netanyahu’s rare ability to forge relations and market Israel.

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December 30, 2018 | 0 Comments » | 516 views

Bennett, Shaked quit Jewish Home, announce formation of ‘The New Right’

Two ministers say they felt hobbled by their party’s acquiescence to PM’s edicts, seek to forge full, equal ‘partnership between secular and religious’ with new right-wing party

By TOI STAFF and RAOUL WOOTLIFF 29 December 2018,

Education Minister Nafatli Bennett and Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked seen after a press conference in Tel Aviv on December 29, 2018 (Yossi Zeliger/Flash90)
Education Minister Nafatli Bennett and Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked seen after a press conference in Tel Aviv on December 29, 2018 (Yossi Zeliger/Flash90)

In a shock announcement, Education Minister Naftali Bennett, leader of the Jewish Home, and his colleague Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked on Saturday evening said they were quitting the party and instead setting up HaYamin HeHadash (“The New Right”), a party based on “full partnership” between Orthodox and secular Israelis, to run in April’s elections.

The two made the announcement at a press conference in Tel Aviv, saying that the Orthodox Bennett and the secular Shaked would serve as the co-leaders of the new party.

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December 30, 2018 | 4 Comments » | 583 views

When Harry Cheated on Sally

By Linda Goudsmit, PUNDICITY

When Harry cheated on Sally he accused Sally of cheating. What? It is called projection. Psychological projection is a “psychological defense mechanism in which the human ego defends itself against unconscious impulses or qualities by denying their existence in themselves and attributing them to others.” Projection is a method of blame shifting – Harry blamed Sally for what Harry did.

When Harry accuses Sally it is incumbent upon Sally to defend herself from the bogus charges. This cunning maneuver shifts the focus from Harry to Sally which is the underlying strategic objective of the false allegations. So, while Sally is busy defending herself Harry’s guilt goes unchallenged and he can continue to cheat. The best defense is an offense.

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December 30, 2018 | 39 Comments » | 963 views

The US Withdrawal from Syria: A Blessing in Disguise?

By Maj. Gen. (res.) Gershon Hacohen, BESA

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: However misconceived, President Trump’s decision to withdraw US forces from Syria might have a silver lining for Israel. It forces Jerusalem to reevaluate the basic assumptions of the “peace process” with the Palestinians that has been actively and coercively led in recent decades by successive US administrations.

The Oslo process took place under unique global circumstances. The Soviet Union had just collapsed and the Cold War had come to an abrupt end with the West’s clear victory. The US became “the only remaining superpower” and the “End of History” loomed over the horizon.

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December 30, 2018 | 1 Comments » | 610 views

Yazidi girls as young as 11 being sold on private ISIS messaging app

By Geoffrey Clarfield, POST MILLENNIAL

Syria withdrawal abandons Yazidi sex slaves

Since America became a world power after WWII, its policies in the middle east have ignored some of the worst practices, such as slavery, which occur almost daily.

In war-torn Syria and Iraq, there has been a dramatic upsurge.

We are talking about the systematic rape and enslavement of Yazidi women by ISIS fighters and the colluding citizens of this trade, all who have been living under the everchanging regimes of Iraq and Syria.

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December 30, 2018 | 0 Comments » | 913 views

Is the US troop withdrawal going to take place as most people fear?

Before watching this video, I wrote to a number of editors and activists my thoughts on the troop withdrawal. I stand by them even after watching the video:

Prior to Trump’s announcement of the intended withdrawal of 2000 US troops ( believe that the actual number of troops there may go as high as 4000.), it appeared to me that America’s occupation of the 30% of Syria to the east of the Euphrates together with the Kurds, put them in control of the whole ME (Iran, Iraq and Syria.). Yes they were on a mission to destroy ISIS and the job was almost completed (90% done) but they had another mission which was just beginning to be pursued and that is namely the push-back of Iran and perhaps even regime change there. Trump made no mention of this mission and few if any commentators referred to its existence. I found that surprising. I also found it surprising that these troops were considered superfluous and could be brought home yet the 5000 US troops in Iraq weren’t. Why was Iraq more important than Syria?

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December 30, 2018 | 18 Comments » | 665 views

GLICK: Why should Israelis vote if their vote is meaningless

The question is how will the attorney-general’s decision on Netanyahu’s indictment impact his ability to govern in accordance with the will of the voters.

By Caroline B Glick, JPOST

In a recent conversation with a European ambassador, I asked about the possible consequences of the elections to the European parliament, which are scheduled to take place in May 2019. According to current polls, rightist, pro-Israel parties from a host of EU member nations are projected to win the vote in May.

I was curious about the impact the projected results may have on European Union policies towards Israel.

His answer was straightforward.

“European parliamentary election results aren’t particularly significant,” he said with a shrug.

“It’s true that pro-Israel rightist parties are expected to do very well. But their victories won’t impact the EU’s foreign policies or any of its substantive policies. All the substantive policy decisions are made by the European Commission in Brussels.”

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December 29, 2018 | 8 Comments » | 893 views

ANALYSIS: Trump’s actions in Iraq and Syria recipe for disaster

The president’s actions show he is out of touch with Middle East reality.

By Yochanan Visser, INN

US Defense Secretary James Mattis looks at US President Donald Trump

A week after he stunned not only the world but also his national security team by announcing he would reverse his new Syria policy and pull out all US troops from there, US President Donald Trump made another move which could destabilize the Middle East even further.

The President suddenly canceled his vacation at his private resort in Florida and flew to Iraq to pay a visit to the al-Asad airbase in Western Iraq which is home to a regiment US Special Forces.

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December 29, 2018 | 25 Comments » | 1,067 views

Book Review: Confronting The Deception: Inflamed by 9/11, fired up by eight bad years

The author, Tabitha Korol, is an excellent writer who extensively researches her subject. I often publish her articles to much acclaim. If you click on the image of the book it will take you to Amazon where you can read other reviews and order the book.

Since 9/11, the United States, Israel, and cultures that still value our freedoms have been fighting a battle of survival on several fronts. The ideology born out of the Islamic attempt to claim Ground Zero as its caliphate is still being fueled by the Shadow Government. The seriously deceptive media hides the truths about Islam’s invasion into other countries and our own, concealing the consequent tectonic changes in the intruded societies, with the result that America’s needs for urgent analysis and discussion are suppressed.

Academia, from kindergarten to university, is disinviting valuable speakers, and turning patriots into globalists. Curricula, textbooks and teaching methods are being changed, inspiration quenched, and competition discouraged by an equalizing grading system, engineering the children’s psyche to produce a compliant, nonproductive generation.

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December 29, 2018 | 1 Comments » | 554 views

Analysis: Meeting between Mahmoud Abbas and King Abdullah of Jordan

The Palestinian Authority leader felt a need to coordinate issues with Jordan, after Egypt drifted towards Hamas and took steps to establish Hamas as the main address for Gaza.

BY PINHAS INBARI, JNS  (Dec 25, 2018 / The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs)

On Dec. 18, Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas met with King Abdullah II of Jordan in Amman. According to sources in Ramallah, the main reason for the meeting was a request from Abbas to the Jordanian king to help him with his efforts to prevent Hamas from solidifying its separation from the West Bank and to reinforce Abbas’s position that Ramallah is the only address for both Gaza and the West Bank.

These sources claim that King Abdullah listened to Abbas and supported his position. However, the king asked the P.A. leader not to rush to take further steps against Hamas.

Abbas felt a need to coordinate this issue with Jordan after Egypt drifted towards Hamas and took steps to establish Hamas as the main address for Gaza. On this issue, Egypt’s policy was closer to that of Qatar and Israel rather than that of Ramallah.

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December 28, 2018 | 2 Comments » | 388 views

INTO THE FRAY Palestine: What if the Six-Day War never took place?

By Martin Sherman, IISS

If the “West Bank” was part of the “Hashemite Kingdom” up to 1967, how did it suddenly become the Palestinians’ long-yearned-for homeland which, up until then, they were submissively willing to cede to an alien potentate?

Not since the time of Dr. Goebels [Head of the Nazi Propaganda Machine] has there ever been a case in which continual repetition of a lie has born such great fruits…Of all the Palestinian lies, there is no lie greater or more crushing than that which calls for the establishment of a separate Palestinian state in the West Bank…From “Palestinian Lies” in Ha’aretz, 30-7-76, by former far-Left Meretz Education Minister, Prof. Amnon Rubinstein.

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December 28, 2018 | 7 Comments » | 1,013 views

American Jewry at the crossroads


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On December 27, 2018, the Valencia Isles Israel Club had Zionist pro-Israel activist Alan Bergstein as its guest speaker, discussing “Will Israel Survive?” at Sharei Shalom Synagogue in Boynton Beach, Florida.  Not one Jewish person praised him or agreed with him after hearing his unique and courageous lecture that demonstrated the truth about modern anti-Semitism, predominantly coming from the left and Islamists.

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December 28, 2018 | 4 Comments » | 844 views