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UN Human Rights Stops Updating Syrian Death Toll

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

The United Nations no longer will report on how many people have been killed in the raging Syrian civil war because it says it no longer has enough sources in the field for reliable information.

The last official count by the U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights was around 100,000, while the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has said  that the verified figure is 130,000 but could be as high as 200,000. The United Nations say it could confirm or deny the estimate.

The number has risen by a few hundred or more the past week because of as a second war, pitting opposition forces against Al Qaeda terrorists, whom rebels accused of abuses, although the number of fighters in the war who have not committed abuses is somewhere around zero.

kidnappings, torture, assassinations and public executions have become routine practice by forces loyal to Syrian President Bassar al-Assad and by the opposition.

A security official in Damascus, referring to rebels and the Al-Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant told AFP that, “nothing unites them except terrorism.”

And there is nothing that could unite all parties in the war – including jihadists and Assad – except Israel.

Olmert Plays Dumb: ‘Foolish Prime Minister Wouldn’t Make Peace’

Monday, January 6th, 2014

Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said in an address at Hebrew University Monday night, ” A foolish Prime Minister doesn’t make peace, and a prime minister who makes peace is no fool…. Nothing more important than a peace agreement between us and the Palestinians”

In a typically immodest speech, he also boasted that  Syrian President Bassar al-Assad ”knows he missed the opportunity of his life when he didn’t grab my offer.”

Olmert, already convicted one criminal charge, acquitted on two others and still facing open indictments, loves to talk, especially when he gets paid five and even six figures – in dollars, not shekels – for standing at the podium for a few minutes and opening his mouth.

He was given the opportunity Monday by Hebrew University to mark the publication of a book by a Hebrew U. professor and doctor of, what else, the university’s Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace.

Olmert opined, “There is nothing more important, nothing that will change our lives so substantially, and nothing that could negatively impact our lives, more than the existence or absence of a peace agreement between us and the Palestinians, as soon as possible. The benefit for the State of Israel would be greater than on any other issue, and in all other areas combined, in the foreseeable future.

“Peace with the Palestinians would alter the relations between Israel and most Muslim countries, and turn the Middle East into a more stable, powerful, rich and successful region.”

Olmert insisted, “It’s possible to reach peace now, a peace that will secure Israel’s security, Jewishness and Zionism, the security of its residents, and its democratic nature, and also establish a Palestinian state as the national homeland of the Palestinian people. It’s possible to do that; you just need to reach decisions. That’s the job of leaders.”

Isn’t easy to be prime minister when you aren’t one anymore?

Let’s slow down a bit and understand Olmert. He offered Abbas almost all of land he wanted, but not all of it, and the Palestinian Authority refused it. Now we have Binyamin Netanyahu as Prime Minister and he has offered Abbas less of what he wants. So if Olmert is implying that Netanyahu is a fool for not signing a peace pact with Abbas, what does that make Olmert?

Since “a foolish Prime Minister doesn’t make peace,” you have the answer.

If the ” absence of a peace agreement between us and the Palestinians” is such a bad thing, why didn’t Olmert just go one step further and give Abbas 100 percent of what he wants, as the Palestinian Authority now demands of Netanyahu?

What has changed? One thing for sure is that Olmert has not changed.

His comments have about as much substance as a college sophomore, unless Olmert is secretly acting as Netanyahu’s negotiator with the Palestinian Authority.

Olmert imaginary peace agreement  that “will secure Israel’s security, Jewishness and Zionism, the security of its residents, and its democratic nature” has no content, no conditions, no limits and no meaning. Olmert also is trying to establish the pro-Arab agenda as a fact by referring to a Palestinian state “as the national homeland of the Palestinian people.”

He is behind on his reading. The Palestinian Authority has clearly stated the “Palestinian  homeland” includes every inch of land in Israel where an Arab ever set foot. Yafo (Jaffa), Akko (Acre) and Tsfat (Safed) are just some of the cities Abbas wants to conquer by flooding them with foreign Arabs who would jump at chance to get out of the UNRWA prisons in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan and elsewhere.

Syrian Rocket Smashes into Bus; 25 Dead

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

At least 25 people, including women and children, were killed in Aleppo Tuesday when Syrian forces attacked a bus with a rocket, according to the opposition Aleppo Medical Center,

It said the attack from a nearby Syrian military base burned everyone inside the bus beyond recognition and that it was impossible to know the actual death toll.

Aleppo has been wracked by fierce clashes between opposition forces and the Syria army and air force the past several weeks. More than 500 people were killed in attacks by “barrel bombs” that are packed with TNT and shrapnel, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The regime, of course, called the rebels “terrorists” and that despite their “destruction, murder and abduction the Syrian people continue to live their lives and the state’s establishments continue to carry out their duties.”

‘Barrel Bombing’ Toll in Syria Reaches 300

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

More than 300 Syrians, including at least  87 children and 30 women, have been killed in the week-long “barrel-bombing” offensive by the regime on Syrian President Bassar al-Assad, opposition sources reported.

The civil war’s violence, which consistently has been reported as the worst possible, continues to defy description for its barbarity on both sides. A rebel suicide bombing killed 10 people on Sunday in central Syria.

The International Committee of the Red Cross has estimated that more than 500,000 people have been wounded in  the war and that tens of thousands have been “detained.”

The death toll ranges anywhere from 125,000 to 200,000, and more than four million have fled the country, which only the years ago was considered the kingpin by the Obama administration for peace in the Middle East. The number of homeless is estimated to be at 9 million, which is more than a third of Syria’s total population.

Three Wounded Syrians Brought to Nahariya Hospital

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Three seriously wounded Syrians have been brought to Nahariya hospital in northern Israel for treatment. The three were injured in the chest and body in the country’s civil war.

Nahariya hospital has treated 169 wounded Syrians, of which 21 are still in the hospital.

Death Toll in Aleppo Bombing Reported at More than 100

Sunday, December 15th, 2013

The death toll in the bombing of Aleppo by Syrian government planes Sunday has risen to more than 100, including 16 children, according to opposition sources.

The “barrel bomb” attack hit nine different parts of the city and was the worst bombing of the commercial hub in six months, the London Telegraph reported. The bombs were dropped by helicopters and were made of TNT with nails and other metal materials.

One opposition medical source said that doctors called the attacks a “massacre” that struck a school, a bus station and a public market. Many of the victims were women and children

Aleppo is a key city in the Syrian Civil War and is split in two, with rebels and government forces each controlling different areas.

Assad’s Air Force Kills 14 Children in Bombing of Aleppo

Sunday, December 15th, 2013

Syrian President Bassar al-Assad’s Air Force dropped “barrel bombs” of explosives on Aleppo Sunday, killing 14 children and eight others, according to the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. A school was hit by the bombs, the Observatory said, and another activist group reported that there were several helicopter attacks.

The city, Syria’s second largest, is divided between rebel and government-held areas after the opposition had taken control of most of the city last year.

Attempts for a diplomatic solution to the conflict are doubted by most observers, and the opposition has said there can be no solution without the removal of Assad.

Syrian War Spillover Leaves Tripoli under Lebanese Army Control

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Deadly clashes between pro and anti-Assad forces in Tripoli forced Lebanon on Monday to place Tripoli under army control for six months, the first time the military has taken command over a city since the 15-year civil war that official ended in 1990.

At least 12 people were killed and 100 wounded in the northern city since Saturday as Sunni Muslim fought with Alawite supporters of Syrian President Bassar al-Assad.

The Salafist movement in northern Lebanon warned, “We will work on foiling this decision politically for the sake of Lebanon, its security and stability.”

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