9:45 [Strategic Culture Foundation] (E)
Some eight years ago, I wrote about the outbreak of popular stirring in the Middle East, then labelled the ‘Arab Awakening’. Multiple popular discontents were welling: demands for radical change proliferated, but above all, there was anger – anger at mountainous inequalities in wealth; blatant injustices and political marginalisation; and at a corrupt and rapacious élite. The moment had seemed potent, but no change resulted. Why? And what are the portents, as the Corona era covers the region once again with dark clouds of economic gloom and renewed discontent?
20:30 [Antiwar.com] (E)
by Grant Smith - Milchan-Netanyahu nuclear trigger smuggling caper impunity. Benjamin Netanyahu’s prosecution for corruption in an Israeli courtroom is now underway. The current Israeli Prime Minister is facing three counts of fraud and breach of trust and one count of bribery. The first count listed in the charge sheet details Israeli movie producer Arnon Milchan’s long relationship with Netanyahu. Netanyahu received approximately $140,000 worth of cigars, champagne, and jewelry in exchange for favors to Milchan. Those favors included advancing Milchan’s Israeli news media business interests and promoting at Milchan’s suggestion a free-trade zone between Israel, Jordan, and the Palestinian Authority to manufacture low cost vehicles. Netanyahu’s most important favor to Milchan, according to the charges, was using his influence as Prime Minister to respond in 2013 and 2014 to Milchan’s urgent pleas for help with a 10-year visa to continue residing in the United States.
9:15 [SANA] (E)
Head of the Russian Coordination Center Oleg Zhuravlev said that we have registered a number of shelling attacks by terrorist organizations from their positions on a number of towns in Idleb , including al-Dahr al- Kabir, Mallajah, and Maaret Moukhos.
9:20 [Middle East Eye] (E)
On 15 May it will be 72 years since Israel`s establishment and the Palestinian Nakba it led to. The consequences of this seminal event for Palestinians have been with us to this day: six to eight million refugees dispersed in camps or in exile inside and outside the original homeland; a previously whole country now fragmented into a series of territories ruled by Israel but of unequal status; and what looks like a grim future.
15:03 [Strategic Culture Foundation] (E)
Philip Giraldi - The Global War on Terror or GWOT was declared in the wake of 9/11 by President George W. Bush. It basically committed the United States to work to eliminate all “terrorist” groups worldwide, whether or not the countries being targeted agreed that they were beset by terrorists and whether or not they welcomed U.S. “help.” The GWOT was promoted with brain-dead expressions like “there’s a new sheriff in town” which, after the destruction of large parts of the Middle East and Central Asia, later morphed into the matrix of the God-awful belief that something called “American Exceptionalism” existed. With a national election lurking on the horizon we will no doubt be hearing more about Exceptionalism from various candidates seeking to support the premise that the United States can interfere in every country on the planet because it is, as the expression goes, exceptional.
14:37 [Antiwar.com] (E)
by Margaret Griffis - At least five people were killed, and two more were wounded in recent violence: Turkish jets bombed suspected Kurdistan Workers’ Party guerrillas in Metina and left four of them dead. In Sadr City, gunmen killed a man they believed to be gay and left a warning message on his person. A bomb wounded two employees of the Diyala Electricity Department in Sherwin. Also, security forces captured Abdul Nasser Qirdash, a potential successor to deceased ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
11:25 [Aljazeera] (E)
The Israeli plan to annex parts of the occupied West Bank shows a shocking disregard for international law.
These are the strangest of times. On this almost everyone will agree. Lives all over the planet are being torn apart either by the COVID-19 pandemic or as a result of its devastating social and economic dislocations. In such a moment, it is hardly surprising that the best and worst of humanity is being showcased.
22:51 [Syria News] (E)
In 2006 the Israeli IDF faced at max a 1,500 force strong Hezb Allah that was reestablishing its doctrine after the liberation of southern Lebanon in 2000. Hezb Allah understood that 2000 was not the end and that Israel is going to launch new wars, and so since Day One Hezb Allah’s commander Imad Moghneigh spearheaded the effort of Hezb Allah to train, to supply, and to fortify. This became public after Moghneigh was assassinated in 2008 as some of his videos became public.
9:26 [Mint Press News] (E)
Considering the number of UN resolutions that Israel has violated throughout the years – the perpetual occupation of Palestine, the siege on Gaza, and the elaborate system of apartheid imposed on Palestinians, finding Israel guilty of war crimes, among others “serious crimes” should be a straightforward matter.
8:02 [American Herald Tribune] (E)
Armed groups of the US-backed "Syrian Democratic Forces" have stolen the Syrian Commercial Bank located within the security square of the Syrian state in Hasakah city. Local sources from Hasaka said that during daylight hours, a large number of “SDF” militants attacked the bank and took control of the entire building after expelling the guards and employees from it and stealing the money and contents there. The sources pointed out that after controlling the bank, the militants broke the iron fences and the walls surrounding it, then they stole its contents and transferred them to their centers before they handed over the entire building to the American army under the pretext of converting it to a security center.
16:18 [News Front] (E)
A booby-trapped car exploded on Rajo Street in Afrin. According to preliminary data, two civilians (including a boy, Mustafa Sheikho) were injured in the explosion. Two local police officers were killed at the Ar Ra’i border crossing.
12:36 [Press TV] (E)
The Israeli military says one of its soldier has been killed by a stone dropped on his head during an arrest campaign near the northern West Bank city of Jenin.
12:31 [Press TV] (E)
The government of former Saudi-backed Yemeni president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi has threatened to “confront every armed rebellion” by once-allied UAE-aligned separatists, urging them to abandon a recent “self-rule” declaration in the war-torn country’s southern regions.
13:37 [Elija J. Magnier] (E)
Every year, before renewing the United Nations Interim Forces in Lebanon (UNIFIL) mandate, voices are heard from Israel and the US administration asking to expand the term and duties of UNIFIL in order to serve Israel’s goals. The US administration stands shoulder to shoulder with Israel in trying to achieve by other means what it could not accomplish through military confrontation. The aim is always to cripple Hezbollah and limit its social and military capabilities. Until this goal is achieved, the UNIFIL mandate is annually renewed until the time comes when Israel no longer needs these “peacekeeping forces” in Lebanon.
9:05 [Moon of Alabama] (E)
The recent financial turbulence in the oil markets and the global depression will have a large impact on the conflicts in the Middle East.
23:26 [Russia Insider] (E)
According to the NZIV publication, the Russian Resonance radar was identified in two locations in the eastern Mediterranean region, including an area along the Israeli-Egyptian border. “Eli Dekel, a retired military systems researcher, has found the exact location and location of two radar stations that can detect planes and missiles up to 1,100 km away,” the publication said.
13:13 [Global Research] (E)
Over the past year, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has been quietly facing a crisis of credibility. The crisis started when whistleblowers within the organization shared information that contradicted the findings of an OPCW investigation into the April 2018 alleged chemical attack in Douma, Syria. Leaks and whistleblower testimony show the organization suppressed the findings of its experts to fit the narrative that the Syrian government was responsible for the attack. That crisis of credibility continues. A group of OPCW insiders have just spoken out against a new report that blames the Syrian government for an alleged 2017 chemical weapons attack.
12:36 [Global Research] (E)
Since 2006, William Roebuck, a US Diplomat, has been working toward ‘regime change’ in Syria at any cost. The destruction of Syria, hundreds of thousands of deaths and injuries, and the migration of one-third of the population have been the price of the US policy under Roebuck’s tenure. The ultimate goal of ‘regime change’ has never been about greater freedoms, democracy, or human rights for Syrians, but has been with the single target spelled out by Roebuck in 2006: to break the relationship between Iran and Syria. William Roebuck, US Ambassador ‘to the Kurds in Syria’
16:03 [Syria News] (E)
Donald Trump has authorized the creation of a new terrorist group northeast of Syria, east of the Euphrates, to protect US mercenary forces looting Syrian oil. The new ISIS-like group will most likely be financed from the spoils of war and from the US taxpayers with a few millions of dollars a year as salaries, and tens of times of that amount in weapons and logistics. The new Trump terrorist battalion consists of 800 members all of youth Syrians who spent the best of their lives in constant fear from one US-sponsored terrorist group to another, starting with the terror inflicted upon them by the ‘peaceful protesters’ who were torching public buildings, farms, sniping and kidnapping villagers to force them into ‘protests for democracy’, to the terror by the FSA, assorted Gulfies terrorist groups like the Kuwaiti terrorists who massacred 61 women and children and one elderly cleric in Hatla, to later be intimidated and terrified by al-Qaeda,its Nusra Front derivative, followed by ISIS
22:54 [Al Masdar News] (E)
The Russian and U.S. forces have repeatedly blocked one another from accessing different sections of the roads around Al-Qamishli, leading to a small Cold War-like environment.
9:29 [Press TV] (E)
Syria, Iran and Yemen have slammed the German government’s decision to designate Hezbollah a “terrorist organization”, saying Berlin has complied with the dictates of Washington and Tel Aviv to ban the resistance movement.
16:39 [Fort Russ] (E)
SANA’A – The Yemeni army said it has cleared more than 95 percent of the northern province of Jawf from the presence of (mostly) mercenary forces fighting for a military coalition led by Saudi Arabia in an operation that killed at least 1,200 invading soldiers.
15:05 [Jonathan Cook] (E)
As the holy fasting month of Ramadan begins, the coronavirus outbreak in Israel and the Palestinian territories is proving how inevitably intertwined the two populations’ lives are, while also underlining the extreme differentials of power between them. While 15,000 Israelis have tested positive for Covid-19 so far, the numbers infected in the occupied territories are still measured in the hundreds – though that, in part, reflects the difficulties for Palestinians of getting tested. The Palestinian Authority is desperately short of equipment, including testing kits, to deal with the virus.
23:09 [The Palestine Chronicle] (E)
Spitting at someone is a universal insult. In Israel, however, spitting at Palestinians is an entirely different story.
Now that we know that the deadly coronavirus can be transmitted through saliva droplets, Israeli soldiers and illegal Jewish settlers are working extra hard to spit at as many Palestinians, their cars, doorknobs, and so on, as possible. If this sounds to you too surreal and repugnant, then you might not be as familiar with the particular breed of Israeli colonialism as you may think you are.
10:10 [Syria News] (E)
President Bashar Al Assad received in Damascus the Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Muhammad Javad Zarif, that would be a normal and regular bilateral friendly meeting, but at a time of a global lock-down especially on air flights due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic preventive measures, there must be something of top urgency.
9:59 [RT] (E)
The White Helmet ‘coronavirus campaign’ is a cynical exploitation of the pandemic to weaponize it against the Syrian government. To really help the Syrians they should demand a lift of Western sanctions, not support them. Five cases of coronavirus have now been reported by the health ministry in Syria. The country is subject to a curfew from 6pm to 6am as of March 25. Syria braces itself for a potential medical crisis.
7:36 [The Electronic Intifada] (E)
There has been a sharp uptick in Israeli settler violence against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Even after UN Secretary-General António Guterres called for a global ceasefire to obstruct the spread of the pandemic, Israel killed two Palestinians, including a child, and increased its attacks. Israel continued its “military raids into the West Bank, conducted widespread arrests and administrative detentions, allowed for serious spikes in settler violence and continued its draconian closure of the Gaza Strip,” the Palestinian rights organization Al Haq has stated. In the last two weeks of March, the number of settler attacks on Palestinians was 78 percent higher than usual, according to the UN monitoring group OCHA. During that time, “at least 16 attacks by Israeli settlers resulted in five Palestinian injuries and extensive property damage,” OCHA reported.
14:08 [youtube/The Last American Vagabond] (E)
I find it incredibly insulting that the western mainstream world can willfully ignore places like Gaza and Yemen, while they have been suffering intentionally created humanitarian crises, at the hands of the “good guys” for years.
11:30 [Sputnik] (E)
Reuters on Monday reported, citing its sources, that missiles hit near sites of foreign and state-run oil companies in Basra, Iraq. No casualties have been reported so far.
According to police, the missiles were Katyushas launched at around 3 a.m. local time and hit the Burjesia residential and operations headquarters west of Basra.
At the same time, the Iraqi military stated that the rockets hit near US-based Halliburton company site.
6:30 [Covert Geopolitics] (E)
Even as coronavirus spreads rapidly across the globe, causing a health crisis of historic proportions, the U.S. military is engaging in new military attacks in the Middle East. The U.S. must cease all military interventions and redirect its military budget to combat the pandemic.
Amidst the unprecedented crisis that the world is currently facing as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. military is continuing to carry out airstrikes abroad.
1:04 [RT] (E)
Three coalition service members have been killed and another 12 wounded in a rocket attack on Camp Taji, the Iraqi base outside Baghdad that hosts US troops, Operation Inherent Resolve has confirmed.
8:43 [The Grayzone] (E)
Red Lines host Anya Parampil speaks with Syrian journalist Bashar Bazari, who works as a correspondent for HispanTV in Damascus. Bashari criticizes international media’s coverage of the Syrian military’s efforts to retake Idlib province, the last territory in the country controlled by al-Qaeda affiliated extremist groups. He also discusses the intensification of the US-led economic war on Syria, and its devastating impact on the lives of average Syrians.
17:06 [Al Masdar News] (E)
As part of the Moscow agreement that was put in place last Thursday, the Russian military will take control of all areas south of the Aleppo-Latakia Highway (M-4) in the Idlib Governorate.
14:21 [globalresearch] (E)
Early on March 5, the Israeli Air Force carried out a series of airstrikes on targets in the Syrian provinces of Homs and Quneitra. According to the Syrian military, the attack was conducted from Lebanese airspace at 00:30 local time.
22:01 [PressTV] (E)
Lebanon says it cannot pay looming Eurobond maturities due next week, setting the heavily indebted state on course for the first sovereign default in its history as the Mediterranean country is hit by a severe liquidity crunch and months of anti-government protests.
18:46 [RT] (E)
This week’s meeting between Presidents Putin and Erdogan in Moscow was cast as preventing a war between Russia and Turkey in Syria. War, however, was never on the horizon. Putin called Erdogan’s bluff, and the Turk folded.
7:39 [PressTV] (E)
Syrian air defenses have intercepted several Israeli missiles over Quneitra province in the country`s southwest and the central province of Homs, reports say.
7:44 [PressTV] (E)
Based on the exit polls, Likud and like-minded parties combined could win 60 of Knesset’s 120-seats, only one short of a majority.
20:19 [Moon oft Alabama] (E)
After the confusion caused by the sudden stand down of Russian forces in Syria and the following Turkish drone attacks everything seems to be back to normal. Russian planes are again bombing Jihadis and Turkey has been told by Russia that none of its planes or drones will be safe within Syria`s sky. The Pentagon announced that it will not provide air support to Turkey. It will also not send any Patriot air defense to Syria but President Trump promised to ask other NATO countries to do so. They are likely to deny the request. It seems that Pentagon has won the fight with the State Department which supported the Turkish push for protection. The Turkish president Erdogan said that Turkey has no "particular problem" with Russian and Iran aligned forces in Idleb. This comes after Iran and Hizbullah had warned that Turkish troops in their now surrounded `observation posts` would be easy targets. The Turkish units which have invaded Idleb were quiet today.
21:27 [Fars News Agency] (E)
Turkey’s Vatan party warned President Recep Tayyip Erdogan against the consequences of military intervention in Syria and falling into a trap laid by the US and Israel.
18:52 [Press TV] (E)
Yemen`s armed forces have encircled the strategic city of al-Hazm - the capital city of the northern al-Jawf province - as Saudi attempts to break Yemeni advances failed, a report says.
18:11 [Al Masdar News] (E)
Backed by Russian airstrikes, the Syrian Arab Army and Hezbollah managed to retake the towns of Kafr Bateekh, Dadikh, Tal Dadikh, Jawbas, and San, putting their forces at the outskirts of Nayrab in eastern Idlib.
18:09 [Al Masdar News] (E)
Led by elements of the 25th Special Mission Forces Division (formerly Tiger Forces), the Syrian Arab Army managed to capture several areas inside of Saraqib, including a number of neighborhoods in the eastern part of the city.
18:04 [SANA] (E)
The pilots used parachutes and landed safely, the source added.
17:30 [youtube/The Grayzone] (E)
Red Lines host Anya Parampil speaks with Syrian journalist Bashar Bazari, who works as a correspondent for HispanTV in Damascus. Bashari criticizes international media’s coverage of the Syrian military’s efforts to retake Idlib province, the last territory in the country controlled by al-Qaeda affiliated extremist groups.
15:36 [Moon of Alabama] (E)
The last three days of the Idleb campaign were quite eventful. The Turkey supported Jihadis threw everything they had against Saraqib where the M4 and M5 highways join. This enabled the Syrian army to take some 40 towns and cities at the southern front. The whole Ghab plain is now in liberated and the frontline has been massively shortened....Throughout the last weeks Turkey had used large armed drones to attack the Syrian army. The Turkish troops in Idelb governorate had additionally used man portable air defense missiles (MANPADs) against Syrian helicopters and Russian bombers. Enough was enough. Turkey does not have permission to use drones within the Syrian airspace. On Wednesday Syria`s air defense destroyed one of them.
14:54 [Fars News Agency] (E)
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, in a telephone conversation with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, called for annihilation of terrorists stationed in Syrian province of Idlib, stressing that the lives of civilians must be safeguarded.
14:37 [SANA] (E)
A military source announced that the airspace over the northwestern region in Syria, particularly over Idleb province has been closed, and any aircraft that violates the Syrian airspace will be considered as a hostile aircraft that must be downed and prevented from achieving its hostile goals.
19:22 [The Saker] (E)
by Ghassan Kadi for The Saker Blog - It is hard to say if Erdogan is running out of choices, friends, time, or all of the above; and his stands on various issues and the contradictions he ploughs through are making his situation increasingly untenable. For the benefit of readers who haven’t heard this before; Erdogan is juggling being a Turkish Muslim reformer who parades under the photos of Turkish secular anti-Muslim nation-builder Mustafa Kemal; an EU-aspiring member and also an aspiring global Sunni leader; an ally of Israel as well as Hamas; an Islamist who is also at odds with the Wahhabi Islamists; a nationalist Turk who wants to curb Kurdish aspirations not only in Syria and Iraq but also in Turkey; a Sunni leader who wants to restore the Sultanate and Caliphate and the fundamentalist Sunni version of anti-Shiite Islam but is also a friend of Shiite Iran; a NATO member with a special relationship with America, and a special friend and ally of Russia.
7:37 [New Eastern Outlook] (E)
While using a civilian airliner as cover, four Israeli F-16 fighters approached the outskirts of Damascus and launched an attack on local residential areas late night on February 6. There’s no disputing that by adopting such tactics the Israeli Air Force endangered the civilian aircraft – an Airbus A320 owned by the private Syrian Cham Wings Airlines, arriving at Damascus from Najaf International Airport (NJF) in Iraq with 172 passengers on board. This Syrian airliner was running late and it’s clear from data provided by FlightrRadar24, that Israeli military aircraft were clearly expecting the arrival of yet another A320, owned by SyrianAir due to arrive from Tehran, hoping to provoke local air defence units into destroying the liner by mistake.
13:42 [Tass] (E)
The United States has been setting up new military bases in northeastern Syria to gain foothold in oil-rich regions of the country, Turkey’s Anadolu news agency has reported. According to the agency’s sources, US servicemen started creating a base near Tal Brak, a village in northern Al-Hasakah Governorate, in a bid to block Russian servicemen the way to the Rmelan district that houses Syria’s main oil fields. Equipment and materials for the construction have been redeployed from Iraq. Another base will be set up in former Kurdish fortifications in the south of Al-Hasakah, to control oil extraction in the Deir ez-Zor governorate.
7:32 [youtube/The Last American Vagabond] (E)
Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours.
23:26 [Sana] (E)
Last Thursday, units of the Syrian Arab Army liberated the city of Saraqeb and started to remove what the terrorists have left behind.
23:00 [SANA] (E)
The reporter added that the Army units operating in Aleppo southern countryside advanced in al-Eiss town and its strategic hill after concentrated strikes which destroyed the terrorists’ fortifications and bases.
9:31 [State of the Nation] (E)
Israeli strikes on Damascus suburbs put a civilian aircraft in serious danger and forced it to divert to Russia’s Khmeimim airbase as the Syrian air defense was activated to repel the attack, the Russian military said.
14:28 [Moon of Alabama] (E)
The continuing Syrian army operation to liberate Idleb governorate is leading to a new clash between Turkey and Russia.
The governorate of Idleb is still largely occupied by Turkish controlled `rebels` and al-Qaeda aligned Jihadi groups like Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS).
14:23 [Strategic Culture Foundation] (E)
Alastair Crooke - President Trump’s ‘deal of the century’ has been published this week. Mostly, it has been examined as a purely political project – whether in terms of the domestic needs of Trump and Netanyahu, or as a maximum squeeze on Palestinians, which may, or may not, work. But there is another (implicit) dimension, lying – a little out of sight – behind these explicit politics.
It has been argued, by at least one US historian, that the U.S. is no ordinary nation-state, but should be understood as a system leader, a ‘civilizational power’ – like Rome, Byzantium, and the Ottoman Empire. The ‘system leader’, historically, has always sought to embed its particular civilizational vision onto those distant ‘lands’ that serve, or abut, its empire: which is to say that the universalistic vision may be bound to one state, but is forcefully unfurled across the globe, as ‘our’ inevitable destiny.
17:06 [Southfront] (E)
The incident with the Syrian Army strike in Greater Idlib, which killed and injured several Turkish service members, once again demonstrated that Turkey was pursuing solely its own interests regardless its formal status of one of the the ‘key Russian partners’ in the region. On February 3, the Turkish Defense Ministry reported that 6 Turkish personnel were killed and 7 others were injured in a Syrian Army attack....Another point of pressure is the Turkish stance towards the conflict in Ukraine. On February 3, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and his Turkish counterpart discussed ways to “enhance strategic partnership and cooperation in all areas of interaction.” In his comments, the Turkish president once again condemned Russia’s ‘annexation’ of Crimea, particularly speaking up for the rights of the Crimean Tatars in the region.
14:29 [Asia Times] (E)
The absence of former Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani is beginning to be felt in Iraq. The two meetings that US President Donald Trump had with the leader of Iraq’s Kurdish Regional Government, Nechirvan Barzani, and Iraqi President Barham Salih in Switzerland on January 22 on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum are symptomatic of Washington’s agenda to press ahead with the rollback of Iranian influence in Iraq.
18:19 [Tass] (E)
At least four Turkish military servicemen have been killed and nine others wounded by shelling in Syria’s idlib province, Turkey’s NTV television reported on Monday citing a statement by the Turkish Ministry of National Defense. According to Ankara, Turkish troops were shelled by the Syrian army near the inhabited community of Saraqib.
14:52 [TASS] (E)
A Turkish military convoy has crossed the border with Syria, Al Arabiya TV channel reported on Sunday. According to the report, the new convoy consists of several dozen armored vehicles, including tanks. Asharq Al-Awsat reported that at least 40 armored vehicles and tanks of the Turkish army had crossed the border through the Kafr Lusein checkpoint located in the north of Syria’s Idlib Governorate.
14:50 [TASS] (E)
Moscow is in full compliance with its obligations concerning the Idlib de-escalation zone in Syria but the situation is far from perfect, Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. "We don’t agree with this view," Peskov said, commenting on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s statement that Moscow had allegedly failed to abide by Syria agreements. "Russia is in full compliance with the Sochi agreements on the Idlib zone. At the same time, we regret to say that the situation is far from perfect," he added. The Kremlin spokesman pointed out that "a large number of terrorists remain in the area and continue aggressive attacks on the Syrian army and Russia’s Hmeymim air base." "It causes us huge concern," he added.
10:08 [TLAXCALA] (E)
Gideon Levy - The Trump administration’s Middle East peace plan brings with it good news and bad news. It will put the final nail in the coffin of that walking corpse known as the two-state solution – that’s the good news. It will also create a new reality in which international law, the resolutions of the international community and especially international institutions are meaningless. Filled with the hope that the U.S. president instills in us, in his great mercy, let’s begin with the good news. Once his proposal is made public, no one will ever be able to talk with any seriousness about the two-state solution. It was probably never born, but now it is clearly dead. There is no Palestinian state and there never will be. The gall of America to support Israeli annexation now and the establishment of a Palestinian state only “in the future” – as if the burning issue were annexation, not the occupation – is only an ornament for the casket.
10:07 [Consortium News] (E)
Ignoring past Israeli prime ministers who warned that annexation of the West Bank would introduce legal apartheid to Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu said the first phase of annexations would go to the Cabinet on Sunday, reports Joe Lauria. Within hours of the so-called Trump peace plan on the Palestine-Israel question being revealed on Tuesday Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would propose the first phase of West Bank annexation to the Israeli cabinet on Sunday.
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