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Turkey Blames PKK, Syrian YPG for Ankara Terror Attack, Vows Retaliation

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

Turkey is vowing to retaliate against the terror group who attacked its capital city Wednesday night.

No one has yet claimed responsibility for the massacre. A powerful car bomb exploded in central Ankara, killing 28 people and injuring 61 others as it ripped through military buses carrying young personnel to facilities near the parliament.

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu placed the blame for the attack squarely on the YPG Syrian Kurdish organization. Speaking to reporters in Ankara, Davutoglu identified the terrorist as Saleh Najar, a Syrian national born in the Hasakah province.

“It has been determined with certainty that this attack was carried out by members of the separatist terror organization PKK, together with a member of the YPG who infiltrated from Syria,” Davutoglu said.

Turkish security forces detained nine people in connection with the attack. Davutoglu added, “Their connection to the YPG has been confirmed” but said he could not comment further due to the ongoing investigation.

The Turkish Air Force conducted cross-border air strikes in northern Iraq, he said, killing more than 70 PKK terrorists, including senior members. “We will take all precautions under the scope of legitimate self-defense and will retaliate with no hesitation.”

Turkey’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mevlut Cavusoglu, has been instructed to forward documents about the attack to members of the United Nations Security Council, he said.

“It is our right to expect a common stance against a terrorist organization,” Davutoglu declared.

The comment was directed at members of the UN and NATO who do not see eye-to-eye with Turkey — another UN and NATO member — on the status of the YPG and PYD.

Turkey regards the YPG and PYD as terror groups linked to the PKK, but that is not the case in the rest of the world.

The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) is indeed recognized as a terrorist organization by the United States and the European Union. However, the Syrian Kurdish YPG and PYD groups are not seen in the same light by the U.S., nor by the European Union. Turkey regards both as terrorist organizations as well.

Davutoglu warned that those ‘directly and indirectly supporting’ the YPG ‘risk losing Turkey’s backing, according to the Daily Sabah newspaper. He added that it “unacceptable for members of NATO and the United States to have relations with an organization which carried out terrorist attacks ‘in the heart of Turkey.’”

Hana Levi Julian

Israel Condemned for Preparing to Designate State Land in Jordan Valley

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

Israel is preparing to designate 370 acres (approx. 1,000 dunams) of agricultural land in the Jordan Valley as state land – and the the expected reactions of outrage are already starting from the Palestinian Authority and the United Nations. Even “concern” from the United States, before the ink is dry.

The land is located in Area C – legally under the control of Israel under the internationally-recognized Oslo Accords – and a bit north of the Jewish community of Almog.

Israel farmers have been working the land for several years. It is agricultural land. And yet, the world is screaming about Israel extending its “settlements.”

Why? Because the parcel is within driving distance of the city of Jericho, which is currently under the complete control of the Palestinian Authority, in Area A — which makes it fair game for the PA’s expansionist policies and fantasies, fed by the European Union and egged on by some Arab nations as well.

Legally, however, under current Israeli law land which lies fallow for several years automatically reverts back to government property; the law dates back to 1858, under the Ottoman Empire.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon led the international chorus of condemnation Thursday with a statement on his website.

“The Secretary-General is deeply concerned about reports of the Israeli Government authorizing the declaration of 370 acres in the West Bank, south of Jericho, as so-called ‘state land. Settlement activities are a violation of international law and run counter to the public pronouncements of the Government of Israel supporting a two-state solution to the conflict,” the statement said.

Likewise, U.S. State Department spokesperson Mark Toner said in a statement Tuesday, “We strongly oppose any steps that could accelerate settlement expansion and we believe they’re fundamentally incompatible with a two-state solution and call into question frankly the Israeli government’s commitment to a two-state solution.”

That wasn’t enough, however.

Palestinian Authority journalist Said Erikat of the Al Quds newspaper has become a professional at lobbying for the cause in the guise of asking questions as a reporter.

Following is a transcript of his exchange with Toner over the U.S. view of Israel’s designation of state land in the Jordan Valley.

TONER: Please, Said [Erikat of Al Quds). ERIKAT: Can we go on to Palestinian-Israeli issue?

TONER: Yep, sure. I think so, yeah.

ERIKAT: I know John responded at length to the comments made by Ambassador Shapiro yesterday, and he also commented on the report by – a human rights report – but – and your position on the settlement. But the Israelis today announced the expansion of settlements, about 1,000 dunams or 300 acres and so on. And my question to you – not pertaining to your stance on your settlements, which is quite clear – but it seems that the Israelis, every time there is a report or there is any – or there’s criticism by you, by the Europeans, they go ahead and they just, like, poke you in the eye and just take more land and expand the settlement. Is that a pattern that you see?

TONER: I don’t know if it’s a pattern, Said. I mean, we’re obviously aware of the reports —

ERIKAT: You can almost —

TONER: No, I know, we’re —

ERIKAT: You look at it and you can see it every time.

TONER: We’re – yeah, you’re referring to the decision, the defense ministry’s decision for – to declare some 400 acres in the Jordan Valley as — ERIKAT: Right.

TONER: — yeah, as state land, and that obviously appears to be, as we’ve seen before, a step towards building settlements in that area. I don’t know if it’s a pattern. I feel as though I sound like a broken record, but we strongly oppose any steps that could accelerate settlement expansion, and we believe they’re fundamentally incompatible with a two-state solution and call into question, frankly, the Israeli Government’s commitment to a two-state solution.

Hana Levi Julian

American Jew Bob Levinson Sacrificed, 5 Other Americans Freed From Iran

Sunday, January 17th, 2016

Where is Robert Levinson?

Five U.S. families celebrated the reported release of their loved ones from Iran as “implementation day” got underway on Sunday.

Sanctions were rolled back as the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) confirmed Iran had complied with the terms of the nuclear pact it made with world leaders. Interpol deleted 11 Iranians from its “wanted” list.

But one American Jewish family in Coral Springs, Florida was crushed.

“We are happy for the other families,” said the family of Robert Levinson in a statement on Facebook. “But once again, Bob Levinson has been left behind. We are devastated.”

Seven Iranian prisoners were traded in exchange for the five Americans who were freed on Sunday, including Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian and a Christian pastor.

But Iranian government officials who originally discussed his release with American negotiators now deny knowing the 67-year-old Levinson’s whereabouts.

In March 2007, Bob Levinson disappeared off Kish Island in Iran. An American Jew in his sixties with diabetes at the time, his family and friends were deeply concerned about his fate.

The U.S. government said at the time the retired FBI agent had been working as a private investigator, and the family confirmed the tale.

But according to a report by the U.S. television network ABC News, Levinson was actually working at the time for the CIA. The family held their peace about the operation for a long time – until they realized that their silence and loyalty was not being reciprocated at the top echelon with equal efforts to free Levinson.

Family attorney David McGee expressed the family’s disillusionment with the government, and his own feeling that the CIA and FBI had betrayed Levinson. “Rather than acknowledge what they had done and try to save Bob’s life, they denied him,” McGee told ABC News.

A U.S. official told a news briefing, “Iran has also committed to continue cooperating with the United States to determine the whereabouts of Robert Levinson.”

But for Iranian officials to act as if they don’t know the whereabouts of an American citizen who has been in the country for more than eight years is beyond disingenuous: it’s ridiculous. U.S. officials supporting the behavior insult the intelligence of anyone to whom they repeat such nonsense.

FBI Agents Association President Renaldo Tariche stated that Levinson’s former colleagues have not forgotten him. “Bob, married for 38 years with seven children, has missed more than nine years of accomplishments and milestones in the lives of his children,” he said in a statement. “Each day brings renewed heartache to his family and friends.

“We celebrate today’s release of Americans but the world should not forget Levinson’s continued unjustified imprisonment and continue to work for his release.”

There is a fear among some U.S. officials and analysts that Levinson was left out of the prisoner release because he may not be alive.

Iranian claims of not knowing where he is ring hollow to anyone familiar with Iranian intelligence operations.

The question remains whether he was captured by Iranians, Iranian proxies, or others the Iranians simply refuse to discuss. The other question is whether American authorities have been informed of those details and choose not to disclose that information – and if so, why?

Hana Levi Julian

Geneva Jews Warned to be ‘Vigilant’ in New Terror Alert

Friday, December 11th, 2015

As the Sabbath approached, Geneva’s Jews were warned to be “vigilant” on Friday morning as the Swiss city went on high alert along with the Canadian city of Toronto and the U.S. Midwestern city of Chicago.

All three appeared on a terrorist hit list linked to the Da’esh (ISIS) terror organization, according to a report by Fox News. Four male suspects “tied to ISIS” were being sought in the Swiss city.

Swiss officials said Thursday that a car registered in Belgium, home to some of the Paris attackers, had driven through a police checkpoint near Geneva, Le Matin reported.

Geneva’s Jewish community was warned to be “vigilant,” Swiss television said. “Sensitive sites have been alerted,” said a government official.

Officials said the United Nations’ European headquarters is also on maximum alert following intelligence warnings from federal police in the capital city of Berne about people with “possible links to terror.”

“The heightened security affects the entire Geneva area, and the UN is taking measures that are commensurate with those taken in the host country,” said UN Geneva spokesperson Rheal LeBlanc.

 

 

Hana Levi Julian

Israel Hunts for Abu Dhabi Office After Joining International Renewable Energy Agency

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

Israel is hunting for office space in Abu Dhabi as a member of the independent international agency on renewable energy, based in the United Arab Emirates.

The headquarters of IRENA, the 144-member International Renewable Energy Agency, is based in Masdar City, just outside of Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the UAE. But it is not yet clear where Israel will set up its office.

According to an email statement sent to JewishPress.com by IRENA, under the organization’s headquarters agreement, Israel could open an office in Abu Dhabi with the “same privileges and immunities as are accorded to diplomatic missions” in a location approved by the UAE.

“The work of member missions is confined to engagement with the agency … and bears no implication on the relation between the member of IRENA and the host country,” the agency stated.

An Israeli delegation visited Abu Dhabi had “inquired into office space” at the agency’s office in Masdar last week, though no agreement was made, said agency spokesperson Timothy Hurst.

Foreign Ministry Director-General Dore Gold reportedly traveled to Abu Dhabi last Tuesday, a fact confirmed in remarks Sunday morning at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu personally commended him and the Foreign Ministry as a whole for their work”on the opening of an office in Abu Dhabi. This reflects the fact that Israel is appreciated in many fields including technology, and other fields, both within the Middle East and beyond.”

This is the first formal Israeli presence in the Arabian peninsula in years; Jerusalem currently has no diplomatic relations with Abu Dhabi.

 

A spokesperson for the UAE Foreign Ministry said in response to the announcement, “The move does not represent a change in the UAE’s diplomatic stance towards Israel. It (IRENA) is an independent agency.

“The mission is tasked with and limited to maintaining ties within the organization. The objectives of the mission have no bearing on the host country and its diplomatic relations,” the UAE spokesperson added.

Israel’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Emmanuel Nachshon said the new office will open “soon” under IRENA’s charter. In reality, this is not the first time in which Israelis have entered the UAE, a federation of seven emirates.

In 2010, then-National Infrastructures Minister Uzi Landau entered the country to participate in an IRENA conference on behalf of Israel. A number of Israeli athletes, business representatives and others are also allowed to enter the country from time to time as well. Officially, however, those who hold Israeli passports are not allowed to enter the UAE.

Hana Levi Julian

IAEA Chief Warns No Guarantee All of Iran’s Nuclear Material is for Peaceful Activities

Thursday, November 26th, 2015

The head of the United Nations agency monitoring the Islam Republic’s compliance with the deal signed with world powers in July warned in prepared remarks on Thursday that he cannot guarantee that “all nuclear material in Iran is in peaceful activities.”

Yukiya Amano, chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), told the November meeting of the agency’s 35-member board of governors in Vienna in his introductory statement that he was “not in a position to provide credible assurance about the absence of undeclared nuclear material and activities in Iran, and therefore to conclude that all nuclear material in Iran is in peaceful activities.” (Italics are Amano’s)

“The Agency has continued its monitoring and verification activities in relation to the Joint Plan of Action,” he continued.

“October 18th was Adoption Day for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which was agreed between Iran and six countries and the EU in July this year. On the same day, Iran informed the Agency that, effective on Implementation Day, it will provisionally apply its Additional Protocol and fully implement the modified Code 3.1.

“The Agency is conducting preparatory activities related to the verification and monitoring of Iran’s nuclear-related commitments under the JCPOA, including verification and monitoring of the steps Iran has begun taking towards the implementation of those commitments.

“The activities set out in the Road-map between Iran and the Agency for the period to October 15th were completed on schedule. A wrap-up technical meeting took place between Iran and the Agency on November 24th.

“Next week, I expect to provide my final assessment on all past and present outstanding issues, as set out in my report of November 2011, for action by the Board.”

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the United States and the other five world powers involved in negotiations with Iran over the nuclear deal from the outset that the terms being considered — and which were eventually agreed upon — left inspectors no way to assure Iran’s compliance with the agreement.

The deal was allegedly intended to prevent Iran from completing its race to achieve an atomic weapon of mass destruction, and from gifting or selling the technology or the weaponry itself to other enemy entities, such as radical Islamist terrorist organizations like Hamas, whose charter includes a declared intent to annihilate the State of Israel.

In other ways, however, it was more likely intended to get ‘business as usual’ back on track with the Islamic Republic, which has since seen European nations politely rushing to invite Tehran to gradually renew economic and diplomatic ties.

Hana Levi Julian

Ban Ki-moon Warns: Respect Human Rights when Fighting ISIS

Sunday, November 15th, 2015

The United Nations is once again trying to lead the world to surrender to evil, this time in the form of the Islamic State (ISIS).

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon warned the world on Sunday that violating human rights when fighting the barbarian army may make the radical Islamists angry and provoke them

He stated:

At this time of heightened tension, I caution against action that would only perpetuate the cycle of hatred and violence.

He has a better idea. Rather than fight the enemy, talk with the beheaders.

The secretary-general said the world has a “rare moment” to engage in diplomacy to end the violence, just like diplomacy was supposed to spread the wings of peace over the regime of Basher al-Assad when he brutally tried to snuff out peaceful protests against his autocratic regime nearly five years ago; and just like the wolves and lambs would lie down together in Israel with the creation of another Arab Muslim country within Israel’s borders.

Europe, already overrun by Islamic radical, now is trying to lock the barn door following Friday’s ISIS massacres in Paris. Locking the door keeps the wolves inside, but Ban Ki-moon is not worried.

Neither is Bernie Sanders, trying to become the Democratic party’s choice to be the first American Jewish president, following its first black president.

Sanders said in a debate Saturday that the United States should take in refugees from Syria and added that the ISIS threat to destroy the world never would have appeared if only the United States had not invaded Iraq and instead would have solved the problem of global warming.

He explained that the alleged climate change “is directly related to the growth of terrorism” because it is the reason for “limited amounts of water, limited amounts of land to…grow crops.”

 

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

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