by Jonathan Spyer, MEFORUM
Turkey is the latest regional predator seeking to gain a foothold in Lebanon.
According to a report on the pro-Saudi Al Arabiya website published on August 19, officials in Lebanon are concerned at increased indications of Turkish efforts to build strength and influence in the country. The report quoted two sources in Lebanese intelligence, who mentioned recent Turkish efforts to bring weapons into northern Lebanon. “We are pretty worried about what’s going on. The Turks are sending an incredible amount of weapons into the north,” the website quoted its source as saying.
These reports await confirmation, and Al Arabiya is of course a media source linked to Saudi Arabia – a state rival of Turkey’s. But the evidence for a broader Turkish effort to build influence and allies in Lebanon in recent months is considerable, and solid. As are the indications of a Turkish-controlled infrastructure emerging in Sunni northern Lebanon. Both fit with the broader pattern both of Turkish behavior and of broader regional realities.
By Burak Bekdil, BESA
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Only 12% of Turks say they trust Islamic clerics, and more and more young Turks are unhappy at religious school. As high a proportion as 60.5% of pro-Erdogan youths say they would rather live in Switzerland with half the salary they could have earned in Saudi Arabia. The fertility rate has fallen to 1.99—below the 2.1 rate required to sustain existing population figures. Despite Erdogan’s unchallenged popularity, power, and authoritarian rule, Turkey is evolving demographically in a way that defies the dictates of Islamist social engineering.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has not lost a single election, including municipal elections and referenda, since his AKP (Justice and Development) party came to power in November 2002. This is ostensibly a flawless performance for a politician. But Erdo?an wants more than just to win one election after another. In 2012 he declared his political mission to be “raising devout generations.” That is a far more ambitious mission than just winning at the ballot box.
By Jon Levine, NY POST August 29, 2020
A top Democratic operative says voter fraud, especially with mail-in ballots, is no myth. And he knows this because he’s been doing it, on a grand scale, for decades.
Mail-in ballots have become the latest flashpoint in the 2020 elections. While President Trump and the GOP warn of widespread manipulation of the absentee vote that will swell with COVID polling restrictions, many Democrats and their media allies have dismissed such concerns as unfounded.
Draft of Hitler decree setting up Germany’s brutal slave labor program proves involvement and interest in one Holocaust aspect that enslaved 15 million from occupied lands.
By Lewis Regenstein, ATLANTA JEWISH TIMES
Roll call at Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.
I recently purchased at auction an important document consisting of an original draft order to expedite Nazi Germany’s slave labor program, with editing changes in Adolf Hitler’s handwriting.
The document clearly demonstrates Hitler’s personal interest and involvement in this murderous program, an important aspect of the Holocaust, and presumably other war crimes as well.
T. Belman. Another victory for Trump and Israel. This resolution sounded OK but was never enforced. Rather than enabling UNIFIL and Lebanon to control Hezbollah, UNIFIL and the Lebanese Army took orders from Hezbollah and allowed them to deploy a huge stockpile of rockets. This is about to change, thanks to Trump.
According to Security Council resolution 1701 (2006) of 11 August 2006, UNIFIL, in addition to carrying out its mandate under resolutions 425 and 426, shall:
- Monitor the cessation of hostilities.
- Accompany and support the Lebanese armed forces as they deploy throughout the South, including along the Blue Line, as Israel withdraws its armed forces from Lebanon.
- Coordinate its activities referred to in the preceding paragraph (above) with the Government of Lebanon and the Government of Israel.
Israel’s U.N. Ambassador Gilad Erdan said Lebanon’s government “will bear full responsibility” if Hezbollah turns southern Lebanon “into a base for its terrorist activity under UNIFIL’s nose.”
By Associated Press August 29, 2020
Indonesian U.N. peacekeepers serving with the UNIFIL (United Nations Interim Forces In Lebanon), Oct. 20, 2010. (AP/Mohammed Zaatari)
The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a resolution Friday cutting the U.N. peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon and expanding its mandate to address Israeli and U.S. concerns about activities of the Hezbollah terror group in the area.
The French-drafted resolution reduced the troop ceiling for the force, known as UNIFIL, from 15,000 to 13,000 under U.S. pressure. And it also made another concession to the Trump administration and close ally Israel.
Britain, France, and Germany support Russia and China in shoring up Iran, a regime that has waged a 40-year war against the West, intends to wipe Israel off the map, and seeks nuclear weapons.
By Melanie Phillips
When Britain’s foreign Secretary Dominic Raab visited Jerusalem this week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly chewed his ear off.
Small wonder. It’s hard to exaggerate the perfidy, cynicism, and head-in-the-sand cowardice currently being displayed by Britain, along with France and Germany, over Iran.
Instead of joining forces with those trying to neutralize the growing threat from the Iranian regime, Britain and these two other key European powers are actually acting in concert with the world’s twin empires of evil, Russia and China, in shoring up this terrorist rogue state.
Visiting Jerusalem before heading to Emirates with US and Israeli delegations, Jared Kushner says Trump is ‘writing a script for a new Middle East’
By TOI STAFF
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, and White House adviser Jared Kushner make joint statements to the press about the Israeli-United Arab Emirates peace accords, in Jerusalem, Sunday, August 30, 2020. (Debbie Hill/Pool Photo via AP)
Israel’s normalization of ties with the United Arab Emirates will pave the way for treaties with more Arab countries since it has removed the “Palestinian veto” on peace between the Jewish state and the Arab world, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday, as he hosted senior American officials who brokered the historic deal between Jerusalem and Abu Dhabi.
Netanyahu spoke Sunday during a press conference in Jerusalem alongside US President Donald Trump’s senior adviser Jared Kushner and US National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien, a day before a US-Israeli delegation including Kushner is set to take the first-ever Israeli commercial flight from Tel Aviv to Abu Dhabi to put the Israeli-UAE normalization deal into practice.
Provisional Death Counts for Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Updated August 26, 2020
- Daily Updates of Totals by Week and State
- Weekly Updates by Select Demographic and Geographic Characteristics
- Health Disparities: Race and Hispanic Origin
- Excess Deaths Associated with COVID-19
- Index of Available Data Files
- Technical Notes
Estimates of excess deaths can provide information about the burden of mortality potentially related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including deaths that are directly or indirectly attributed to COVID-19. Excess deaths are typically defined as the difference between the observed numbers of deaths in specific time periods and expected numbers of deaths in the same time periods. This visualization provides weekly estimates of excess deaths by the jurisdiction in which the death occurred. Weekly counts of deaths are compared with historical trends to determine whether the number of deaths is significantly higher than expected.
This week the CDC published data that only 6% of all the 153,504 COVID-19 deaths recorded listed COVID-19 as the sole cause of death.
That’s 9,210 deaths
The other 94% had on average 2.6 additional conditions or causes per death.
Some of these people would probably be COVID-19 case deaths, but 94%? I don’t think so.
Table 3 shows the types of health conditions and contributing causes mentioned in conjunction with deaths involving coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). For 6% of the deaths, COVID-19 was the only cause mentioned. For deaths with conditions or causes in addition to COVID-19, on average, there were 2.6 additional conditions or causes per death. The number of deaths with each condition or cause is shown for all deaths and by age groups. For data on comorbidities,
Research shows that most Arabs came to the area called Palestine in the 19th and 20th centuries, looking for work. Op-ed.
By Amb. (ret.) Yoram Ettinger, INN
Ad for “Palestine” trip
Have Arabs been in the area west of the Jordan River from time immemorial?
In 1881, Arthur Penrhyn Stanley, a leading British cartographer and Dean of Westminster Abbey, reported that “in Judea it is hardly an exaggeration to say that for miles and miles there was no appearance of life or habitation” (Sinai and Palestine in Connection with Their History, New York 1895, pp. 184-186).
The Egyptian immigration
Documents reveal the private discussions behind both Pope Pius XII’s silence about the Nazi deportation of Rome’s Jews in 1943 and the Vatican’s postwar support for the kidnapping of two Jewish boys whose parents had perished in the Holocaust.
by David I. Kertzer, THE ATLANTIC
In early 1953, the photograph of a prominent nun being arrested was splashed across the front pages of French newspapers. Over the next several weeks, other French clergy—monks and nuns—would also be arrested. The charge: kidnapping two young Jewish boys, Robert and Gérald Finaly, whose parents had perished in a Nazi death camp. The case sparked intense public controversy. Le Monde, typical of much of the French media, devoted 178 articles in the first half of the year to the story of the brothers—secretly baptized at the direction of the Catholic woman who had cared for them—and the desperate attempts by surviving relatives to get them back. It was a struggle that pitted France’s Jewish community, so recently devastated by the Holocaust, against the country’s Roman Catholic hierarchy, which insisted that the boys were now Catholic and must not be raised by Jews.
What was not known at the time—and what, in fact, could not be known until the opening, earlier this year, of the Vatican archives covering the papacy of Pius XII—is the central role that the Vatican and the pope himself played in the kidnapping drama. The Vatican helped direct efforts by local Church authorities to resist French court rulings and to keep the boys hidden, while at the same time carefully concealing the role that Rome was playing behind the scenes.
By Ted Belman
Three years ago I held a conference in the Begin Center in Jerusalem to present the Jordan Option. Subsequently I posted many articles explaining it and supporting it. They are all included in the menu item above called “Jordan Option”. Here are some:
Ted Belman explains the Jordan Option Nov 2017 Video
T. Belman. Not even remotely do I back this movement. In fact I am sickened to see the support it is getting from our Jewish brethren, most of whom are anti-Israel. For me, ALL LIVES MATTER.
Secondly, statistics amply prove that there is no systemic racism in America. here are some articles I have posted which make the point.
Over 600 Jewish organizations sign letter published on anniversary of March on Washington backing ‘current day Civil Rights Movement’
Over 600 Jewish organizations, representing the majority of American Jews, signed a letter in support of the Black Lives Matter movement that was published in a full-page New York Times ad on Friday.
“We support the Black-led movement in this country that is calling for accountability and transparency from the government and law enforcement. We know that freedom and safety for any of us depends on the freedom and safety of all of us,” reads the letter, which was published on page A17 of the print edition of The New York Times.
T. Belman. The Palestinians themselves didn’t rise up in protest even though Abbas urged them to do so. They have had enough of the PA.
The UAE took to Twitter to accuse Iran, Qatar and Turkey in particular of being wedded to a worldview defined by conflict and antisemitism.
By Donna Rachel Edmunds, JPOST AUGUST 28, 2020
Supporters of the Palestine Foundation Pakistan (PLF) chant slogans as they carry a banner in support of Palestinian people to condemn the diplomatic agreement between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Israel, during a protest in Karachi, Pakistan August 21, 2020
The United Arab Emirates’ US embassy hit back at the critics of its recent deal with Israel, taking to Twitter to slam Iran, Turkey, Qatar, Hamas and Hezbollah, among others, for their negativity.
In a series of Tweets posted to the UAE Embassy US account, the Gulf state accused its critics of speaking “nothing but fear and hate,” adding “their rants say something about what kind of world they want to see.”The Tweets were illustrated with examples of some of the criticism the deal has drawn from states and organizations in the Middle East. Among them was a quote by the Turkish Foreign Ministry which commented that “the consciences of the peoples of the region will never forgive the hypocritical behavior of the UAE, which betrayed the Palestinian cause.”
JaFaJ intelligence sources in Iraq has confirmed that two drone strikes were carried out at 20:00 Baghdad time targeting the Al-Saqir police training camp in Al-Dura, Baghdad. Al-Saqir police training camp is regularly used by Al-Hashed Al-Shabi (The Popular Mobilization Committee) Militia and has been serving as Al-Hashed’s the terror academy.
Al-Hashed Al-Shabi is an infamous group that is trained and controlled by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards. For the last three years, Al-Hashed has served as Iran’s terrorist militia and army on the move in Iraq. Initially established to combat ISIS, Al-Hashed has proven to be made up of Shiite radicals who are committing terrorist acts and atrocities throughout Iraq against anyone who opposes Iran, including Al-Hashed’s fellow Shiites.