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Argentina Spymaster Testifies Fernandez Govt Involved in Death of Prosecutor Alberto Nisman

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

The most famous spy chief in Argentina told a local judge this week that he believes prosecutor Alberto Nisman was murdered by someone linked to the government of former President Cristina Fernandez.

Santiago Blanco, attorney for Jaime Stiuso, told the Vorterix radio station on Wednesday that his client does not have “direct proof” that Nisman was murdered. “He is interpreting the precedents and motives that might have led to Nisman’s killing,” Blanco told the station.

Nisman was found dead of a gunshot to the head at his apartment on Jan. 18, 2015, just before he was to publish the findings of an investigation of the deadly July 18, 1994 bombing at the AMIA Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires.

On October 25, 2006, Nisman and a colleague had formally accused the government of Iran of having directed the bombing, and the Lebanon-based Iranian proxy Hezbollah terror group with carrying it out.

But according to a report by the New York Times, Nisman was holding a warrant for the arrest of Fernandez. Had he lived he would have presented his findings the next day to the court, including a claim that Fernandez had conspired to derail his investigation and had conspired with the Iranians to protect them from implication in the bombing. After his death the case against Fernandez was dismissed.

But his evidence did not die with him, as many probably hoped.

Just days before Nisman was found dead, he took measures to make sure his research into the bombing and high-level conspiracy didn’t disappear with him, according to a Makor Rishon report.

Nisman sent an email to three friends with a backup of his research and report. One of them was Israeli-Argentine writer and educator, Gustavo Daniel Perednik.

A month before, Perednik met with Nisman in a cafe, where Nisman told him about what he was working on. Nisman told Perednik, “In case someone murders me, all the data is saved.”

The emails were sent from Nisman’s private, secure account in the prosecutor’s office. It was the last email from Nisman Perednik received.

Another recipient is believed to be Jaime Stiuso, the country’s former chief of counterintelligence. Stiuso was fired last year by then-President Cristina Fernandez.

Attorney Federico Casal, representing Nisman’s family, was present in the courtroom for Stiuso’s testimony. He told local media the former intelligence director directly blamed the former president for the prosecutor’s death. Stiuso also reportedly implicated Fernandez administration officials in Nisman’s death, including former Cabinet chief Anibal and former legal secretary Carlos Zannini.

It was Ricardo Sáenz, the prosecutor at the Buenos Aires Criminal Appeals Court who insisted that the probe into Nisman’s death be handled by federal judicial authorities.

Sáenz also confirmed Nisman’s death was a homicide, the Buenos Aires Herald reported last week.

In a ruling presented to the Appeals Court, Sáenz supported the hypothesis of the plaintiffs in the case, Nisman’s daughters, his ex-wife Sandra Arroyo Salgado, and his mother and sister, arguing the case could no longer be handled by Judge Fabiana Palmaghini, who took over the probe from prosecutor Viviana Fein last December. He insisted the investigation required a federal magistrate.

“The procedural action in this case according to the evidence produced until now is the hypothesis that Alberto Nisman was the victim of a homicide,” the prosecutor said. Sáenz raised the issue of Diego Lagomarsino, the IT engineer who worked with Nisman at the AMIA special unit, and was the source of the .22 caliber Bersa gun that ended Nisman’s life.

The 1994 attack killed 85 people and left hundreds wounded. It was the deadliest bombing in the history of the country. Argentina is home to 200,000 Jews – the largest such community in Latin America and the sixth largest Jewish community outside the State of Israel.

Hana Levi Julian

Saudi-led Gulf Cooperation Council Declares Hezbollah a Terror Group

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

The six-member Gulf Cooperation Council led by Saudi Arabia formally declared Hezbollah to be a terrorist organization on Wednesday (March 2). The group has already been declared a terrorist entity by the European Union and the United States.

Hezbollah was blacklisted by the group in response to hostile acts perpetrated within GCC member states, the GCC said in a statement. Among the offenses listed were attempts to recruit new terrorists and smuggling weapons and explosives. In particular, Hezbollah’s support for the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen is of great concern to the Saudis and its Gulf partners.

The other five members of the GCC are the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman. All have recently withdrawn staff members from their embassies in Beirut and issued warnings to their citizens against travel to Lebanon.

The move is seen by analysts as the lining up of Sunni Muslim nations against the Shi’ite Iranian axis being formed in the region. But it is also a move by Saudi Arabia to draw closer to the Western world at a time when radical Islamists are pulling Muslim-majority nations in the opposite direction.

Arab leaders are being faced with a difficult choice: join the 21st century with the West or risk one’s role at the top by either doing nothing or siding with extremist Islamists. As deeply conservative and even radical Saudi Arabia itself might be, it appears that its leadership sees the writing on the wall and has opted to avoid another Arab Spring.

Hezbollah has been sending fighters to the Syrian front for years to battle on behalf of President Bashar al-Assad alongside the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps. Hezbollah has also provided training and other technical assistance to Hamas on behalf of Iran prior to the Gaza-based terrorist group’s wars with Israel.

Hana Levi Julian

Analysis: Iran, ISIS Likely to Unite for WWIII

Sunday, February 28th, 2016

Israeli military analysts are now beginning to prepare top officials, who are in turn beginning to prepare the nation, for what eventually may become the start of World War III.

Most analysts still believe the Syrian crisis is a sectarian conflict between the Sunni, Shi’a and Alawite Muslims. But that time is long gone.

A cataclysmic clash of civilizations is taking place in Syria, one that a number of nations have patiently awaited for decades.

Turkey, so deeply invested in the glorious history of its Ottoman Empire period, would find great satisfaction in stretching its influence with a modern-day “Turkish Islamic Union” that might embrace like-minded nations in the region and perhaps also beyond.

Da’esh, as it is known in the Middle East and which in English calls itself the “Islamic State” (known by others as ISIS or ISIL) is rapidly stretching its influence to build a worldwide Sunni caliphate. It began as a splinter group from the Al Qaeda terrorist organization, and then morphed into the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (hence “ISIS”) — but at last count had successfully recruited more than 41 other regional Muslim terrorist organizations to its cause from around the world on nearly every continent.

And then there is the Islamic Republic of Iran, a Shi’ite Muslim nation, which is extending its tentacles as rapidly throughout the world as Da’esh, but far more insidiously and certainly more dangerously. If in this world one might define any nation today as Amalek, that ice-cold, black-hearted evil that first picks off the weakest of the Jewish nation, it is Iran, which has quietly extended its influence and control farther and more deeply than any other enemy Israel has ever had. Wealthy, patient, smiling and calculating, Iran acquires new allies each year, even among those Israel once counted as friends. Meanwhile, Iranian officials never forget to keep the home fires burning, to stir the pot and keep it simmering, and always to nurture the various conflicts at home in the Middle East.

This past week, Iran announced the money it donates to families of Arab “martyrs” who murder Israelis will be paid via its own special charity organization, and not through the Palestinian Authority government.

But Tehran has yet to reveal the details of exactly how it intends to pay.

Instead, a high-ranked government official simply made an announcement this weekend saying Iran did not trust the Ramallah government, driving a deeper wedge already dividing the PA’s ruling Fatah faction from Gaza’s ruling Hamas terror organization — Iran’s proxy group.

Hamas has been planting sleeper cells and budding regional headquarters, however, throughout the PA-controlled areas of Judea and Samaria, and it is clear the group’s next goal is an attempt to wrest control of those two regions from the PA, thus completing Iran’s takeover of the PLO — the PA’s umbrella organization and liaison to the United Nations.

Money is always helpful in such an enterprise, and Iran has recently enjoyed a massive infusion of cash that came courtesy of the United States and five other world powers after sanctions were lifted last month as part of last July’s nuclear deal.

Iranian Ambassador to Lebanon Mohammed Fath’ali announced last Wednesday that Iran would pay Arab families for each “martyr” who died attacking Israelis in Jerusalem and each Arab family whose home was demolished by Israel after one of its occupants murdered Israelis in a terror attack.

Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani last week underlined Tehran’s continued strong support for the wave of terror against Israel.

“The Islamic Republic supports the Palestinian Intifada and all Palestinian groups in their fight against the Zionist regime. We should turn this into the main issue in the Muslim world,” Larijani said in a meeting with a number of “resistance” groups in Tehran, FARS reported Sunday (Feb 28).

Hana Levi Julian

Ya’alon: Iranian Appetite to Arm Terrorists Will Grow

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon issued a blunt warning Tuesday about the budding axis of evil in the region being formed by Iran, and its continuing active support for terror activity.

Speaking to reporters during a working visit to Cyprus on Wednesday, Ya’alon pointed out that Tehran has not stopped arming the Lebanese Hezbollah terrorist group. He also noted that Hezbollah has tried to set up terror cells in Cyprus this past year as well – attempts that were foiled by Cypriot security forces.

“The State of Israel views Cyprus as a true friend. Relations between the defense establishments, militaries, and intelligence communities go back years, are deep, and important,” Ya’alon said.

Ya’alon signed a Status of Force agreement on Wednesday together with his Cypriot counterpart. The document strengthens cooperation between the militaries of the two nations.

The Israeli defense minister told reporters that “true friends” are becoming more important as the region becomes more unstable. In fact, Ya’alon said the region may be on the verge of launching World War III.

“Syria has turned into a playground in which powers play, as do terror organizations and the states that activate them. The situation is chaotic, not only in Syria but in other states in the Middle East, and it influences not only the area, but the whole of Europe…

“We are in the midst of a war between cultures. In a certain sense, this is a third world war, [albeit] in a different manner from what we have known,” he added. Any state prepared to help Israel in stabilizing the situation will find “a partner in us, including states we have no relations with,” Ya’alon said.

Iran is a main force driving this impending cyclone, he added.

“The Iranian regime, through the proxies it trains, funds, and arms, is trying to undermine stability in the Middle East and beyond.

“It attempts to spread the revolution, and stops at nothing, including ambitions to build a dangerous axis, which starts in Tehran, moves through Baghdad, Damascus, Beirut, Sana’a, and other regional states,” Ya’alon said.

“Thus, the Iranian appetite to arm terror organizations that obey them, including Hamas and Hezbollah, will grow. The Iranians are trying to arm Hezbollah all of the time, including attempts that have occurred recently,” he said.

“The Western world must act with determination against the threat, since this common threat, whose values and ways are the opposite of ours, strives to disrupt our lives and create a reality we must not agree to.”

Hana Levi Julian

Kerry on Syria: May Be Too Late to Keep Whole, May Get Much Uglier

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry warned Tuesday the world community may not be able to save Syria – what once was Syria, anyway – if the current fighting continues much longer.

Speaking at a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the State Department’s annual budget request, Kerry had a grim outlook for the future of Syria.

“It may be too late to keep it as a whole Syria if we wait much longer,” the Secretary said, according to Reuters.

Even if the regime’s Russian-backed forces re-take the northern city of Aleppo – the largest commercial hub in the country – Kerry said it is hard to hold territory in Syria at this point.

For starters, the Secretary told the committee that he cannot guarantee that Russia will stick to the new cease-fire signed this week between the regime of President Bashar al-Assad and moderate opposition forces. Moscow and Washington also signed on to that truce, which excluded the Da’esh (ISIS), Al Qaeda and Jabhat al-Nusra (Al Nusra Front) terrorist groups.

The U.S. military is already looking ahead to a “Plan B,” he said, and will continue to support rebel efforts to overthrow Assad if Russia abandons its obligations under the truce.

“This can get a lot uglier,” Kerry warned. “Even if Russia took Aleppo… holding territory has always been difficult,” he said, according to Foreign Policy magazine. “Russia has to be sitting there evaluating that.”

Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Bob Corker (R-TN) asked Kerry what would happen if in fact “this cease-fire doesn’t hold? I don’t think Russia believes that anything is going to happen.”

Kerry ducked the question, replying instead, “I’m not going to say this process is sure to work because I don’t know. But I know that it’s the best way to end the war, and it’s the only alternative available to us if indeed we’re going to have a political settlement.”

The Arab world, on the other hand, may not be as willing to wait around and see.

Gulf nation governments and that of Saudi Arabia have already warned their citizens to leave Lebanon if they haven’t already. As early as last week, rumors were flying that Turkey and Saudi Arabia were preparing their troops for a ground invasion of Syria to deal with the Da’esh (ISIS) terrorist threat on their own.

Hana Levi Julian

New IDF Barrier at Northern Border Frustrates Hezbollah

Sunday, February 21st, 2016

Innovative new barriers under construction along Israel’s northern border seem to be frustrating Lebanon’s Hezbollah terrorist organization.

An article published by the Hezbollah-backed Al Manar TV news outlet commented this weekend (Feb. 20) that the “artificial barriers” were being built “in order to prevent Hezbollah fighters from invading Galilee.”

According to the report, the IDF has been building “cliffs and scarps that turns the military movement in the area very difficult.”

The news outlet claims the IDF is creating the barriers as an acknowledgment of its “incapability to face the Islamic Resistance fighters directly. An Israeli officer considered that Hezbollah has not abandoned the southern front despite [his] intervention in Syria.”

The article went on to predict a “victory” by the Syrian army and Hezbollah as the “probably outcome of the crisis.”

Hana Levi Julian

Report: IAF Airman Ron Arad Tortured to Death in Lebanon in 1988

Saturday, February 20th, 2016

The mystery over the fate of missing Israeli Air Force navigator Ron Arad may almost be solved – but the people who know the truth remain in a Beirut court house.

The Lebanon Daily Star reported Saturday that one of five people charged in a military tribunal as a collaborator with Israel told the court he knows what happened to Ron Arad.

The navigator had bailed out of his smoking aircraft as it fell from the sky over Lebanon in October 1986, as did pilot Yishai Aviram. The IDF managed to rescue Aviram shortly after but Arad was never found, and it was believed that he was taken captive by the Shi’ite Amal terrorist organization, handed to Hezbollah, sent to Iran and then back to Lebanon.

German negotiator Gerhard Konrad told Israel in 2008 that Hezbollah said Arad died during a 1988 escape attempt, but had no idea where he was buried.

Now, according to the report published in the Daily Star, it would appear the claim by Hezbollah may be at least partially true, albeit not entirely.

The defendant identified only as Moufeed K. testified that he was a commander in the military wing of the (Shi’ite) Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP) in 1988 when he was informed a captive had been taken.

He and the other members of the group took the captive to the town of Dhour Choueir, near Beirut, he told the court. He did not remember whether the captive was wearing an aviator’s uniform; this is relevant because recently information came to light that former Hezbollah second-in-command Imad Mughniyeh found Arad’s parachute and uniform, and had kept them in order to use them as bargaining chips in a future prisoner exchange deal with Israel.

Moufeed told the court he told his men to ‘clean up their captive’ and then left. He was informed a short time later that the prisoner was dead.

“They told me he had entered the bathroom and stayed there for a long time,” he testified, according to the Daily Star. “When they went to check on him they found him dead… Of course he passed away due to exhaustion and of course he was subject to beatings and torture as that is how interrogations are carried out.”

Only later did Moufeed realize who the captive was, he said. Ten years later, in 1998, Arad’s name began to appear in the media once more and Moufeed “went to our base to ask the young men who were involved where they had buried our prisoner.” He said that he and the men went to verify the body was that of missing airman Ron Arad. Two of the other defendants at the current tribunal, Elias D. And Mahdi D. decided together with Moufeed to request a meeting with then-President of Lebanon, Emile Lahoud.

At this point, reported the Daily Star, the judge shut down the proceedings and closed the court to the public. The case was adjourned until April 20.

There have been countless theories over the years about what happened to Ron Arad. In 2004, an IDF commission determined he had died in the 1990s. In 2008, the State of Israel officially declared him dead, after receiving the information gleaned from Hezbollah via the German negotiator.

Regardless of when or how he died, the pain to his wife and children who were bereft and left wondering and hoping desperately for so long is unimaginable. May his memory be for a blessing, may he rest in peace, and may his blood be avenged.

Hana Levi Julian

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