Archive | May 11th, 2014

Zionist Settlements delegitimize I$raHell on int’l stage


Zio-Nazi Tzipi Livni echoes Martin Indyk’s argument that settlement activity undermines both negotiations and I$raHell’s future. Justice Minister Tzipi Livni


Justice Minister and chief negotiator Tzipi Livni (Hatnua) condemned the settlements in undermining Israel and contributing to “the delegitimization of Israel in the eyes of the world” in an interview with Army Radio Friday morning.

“They want to prevent us from living here in a reasonable manner, and are opposed to the values of the State of Israel. Politically, they are the ones who will prevent us from reaching an agreement [in peace negotiations],” said Livni.

Her sentiments echoed those of US special envoy Martin Indyk’s from his Thursday night speech.

“Rampant settlement activity– especially in the midst of negotiations— doesn’t just undermine Palestinian trust in the purpose of the negotiations, it can undermine Israel’s Jewish future,” he said. “If this continues,” he added, “it could mortally wound the idea of Israel as a Jewish state. And that would be a tragedy of historic proportions.”

Livni cited increased building within the Green Line as the reason for increased violence on the part of the settlements.

Referring to the rising number of “price tag” attacks in Israel, Livni said, “We are talking about an extremist ideological group based in certain settlements in Judea and Samaria that doesn’t adhere to any authority,” she said.

Following an emergency hearing on the attacks held Wednesday at the Ministry of Justice, Livni and Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch said they would petition the cabinet to classify “price tag” activities as terrorism. A previous attempt to do so last year was thrown out by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

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Zionist nuclear expert: Netanyahu using Iran threat for political gain



Ex-head of Israel’s Atomic Energy Commission says Iran is at least a decade from a nuclear bomb, doubts whether Tehran even wants a nuclear weapon.


Iran’s nuclear program is at least 10 years from being operational, and in the meantime Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is using the Iranian threat for political gain, according to a leading Israeli nuclear expert.

The former head of the Israel Atomic Energy Commission, Uzi Eilaman, told Yedioth Ahronoth daily (Hebrew) in an interview that Israel’s threats of attacking Iran are empty – and that he is not sure Iran even wants a nuclear bomb.

“Talk and threats regarding an attack on Iran were harsh words that did not help,” Eilam says. “We cannot be at the forefront of this. Practically speaking, the situation is that Iran’s nuclear facilities are spread out and buried, tucked under tons of meters of dirt and concrete and steel. It requires much more than a single blow, like the [bombing of] the nuclear reactor in Iraq or Syria,” Yedioth Ahronoth cited him as saying. If Israel were to attack Iran, it would be starting a war, he said.

Eilam, a central figure in the development of Israel’s nuclear program, headed the nuclear agency for 10 years until 1985. Since then he has worked as a defense consultant and researcher.

“Because I was involved in many technology projects, I learned the hard way that things take time,” Eilam told the daily. “Netanyahu and other politicians have instilled a terrible and unnecessary fear in the Israeli public, and I’m pleased that the flames of the talk surrounding the Iranian issue are low at the moment.”

While Netanyahu condemned the West’s interim deal with Iran as an “historic mistake,” Eilam is far more optimistic. The steps Iran has reportedly taken are “most significant,” he said. Among these, he highlighted Tehran’s reduction by half of its stockpile of uranium fuel enriched to 20 percent.

The nuclear expert believes in diplomatic steps, accompanied by sanctions. “I think you have to give diplomacy a serious opportunity, alongside continuing sanctions, and I’m not sure that Iran even wants a bomb. It could be enough for them to be a nuclear-threshold state in order to become a regional power and scare the neighbors.”

Attacking Iran now would only unite the people behind the regime, and encourage the regime to invest more resources in the program, he said. It will achieve exactly the opposite of what Israel wants, Eilam added.

Why is Netanyahu using the Iranian issue for political reasons? Eilam doesn’t have a clear answer. “I learned engineering and dealt with research and development. I gave no idea about his psychology, or about ours,” he told the paper.

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Day of joy and grief: Russia marks 69th Victory Day

Russian World War II veterans celebrate Victory Day at their traditional veterans meeting in Gorky park in central Moscow, on May 9, 2013.( AFP Photo / Andrey Smirnov)Russian World War II veterans celebrate Victory Day at their traditional veterans meeting in Gorky park in central Moscow, on May 9, 2013.( AFP Photo / Andrey Smirnov).

With a mixed feeling of joy and grief, young and old are flooding the streets all across Russia and former Soviet states to commemorate those millions who sacrificed their lives to defeat the Nazi invasion 69 years ago.

Emotional embraces and red carnations are just some of the modern symbols of appreciation that thousands of veterans of the Great Patriotic War (how people in Russia and across the former Soviet states refer to the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany in 1941-45) will receive in every corner of the biggest country on the planet.

Parades big and small will of course showcase Russia’s current military might, but first of all will honor the sacrifice of some 27 million Soviet citizens who perished during the national struggle against Nazi Germany. The main national parade, as always, is taking place in Moscow’s Red Square. More than 11,000 troops, 49 military vehicles and 69 warplanes will be on display for the spectators in the Russian capital.

The parade marathon was kicked off in Vladivostok in the far east of Russia, home to the country’s Pacific Fleet. After the procession of the armed forces, an “Immortal regiment,” comprised of relatives of those who died during the war, reminded the onlookers of the faces of victory, by holding up pictures of deceased veterans.

St. Petersburg, which marked the anniversary of liberation from the Siege of Leningrad this year, will also witness the parade on Palace Square followed by a procession of veterans and blockade survivors on the main artery of the city, Nevsky Prospect. Just like in Moscow and other cities across Russia, WWII-themed special exhibits will await the spectators on this truly national holiday.

In the Hero City of Sevastopol – home to the Russian Black Sea fleet in Crimea – a total of 70 warplanes and helicopters will feature during the parade on May 9. Afterward, a traditional Victory Day military parade will be held with more than 1,000 Russian navy officers and soldiers, Sevastopol’s security forces and local military academies participating in it.

Throughout the day, celebrations are held for war veterans. In Moscow, open air concerts have been organized in major squares with traditional veterans’ meetings held in the city’s parks. For those eager to taste wartime food rations, a field kitchen is offering samples in the center of Moscow. Similar commemorative events are planned all across the nation.

RIA Novosti / Alexandr KryazhevRIA Novosti / Alexandr Kryazhev

Traditionally, a minute of silence is also observed throughout the country, at 19:00 Moscow time (15:00 GMT). It was introduced in 1965 as a way to commemorate those Soviet soldiers and civilians who died in the Great Patriotic War. The day will be concluded with spectacular displays of military salutes and fireworks.

Ukraine, which also marks the 69 anniversary of defeat over Nazi Germany, will commemorate the holiday in a more low-key way amid great tensions and a split in society. Most cities have canceled mass commemorations over fears that there may be violence from the ultra-nationalist Right Sector group, which opposes what they call a Soviet occupation and deny the historical importance of the Soviet multinational fight against the Nazi invaders. Earlier this week, Ukraine’s government media watchdog urged TV channels not to include Russian war films or documentaries in their rundown.

“If possible, refrain from any mass rallies, and in the case of participation in them, do not succumb to provocations. Demonstrate tolerance to flags, slogans, and other opinions,” coup-installed Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said.

The Victory Day parade will not go ahead in Kiev, as the head of the city administration is afraid of destabilization of the capital, blaming Russia for possible unrest. Law enforcement agencies were also asking people to avoid clashes and help maintain peace. According to Bondarenko, all Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) officers have been placed on high alert. EuroMaidan paramilitary groups will also be keeping order.

In western Ukraine, traditionally more nationalist, in the cities of Ternopol and Lvov, the display of all communist symbols and nationalist insignia has been banned. Military parades have also been canceled, as well as the traditional laying of wreaths of flowers next to the Monument to the Unknown Soldier.

RIA Novosti / Vitaly BelousovRIA Novosti / Vitaly Belousov

Yet despite the ban, the veterans in Lvov are still planning to hold their own commemorations. The head of the Lvov veterans association, Timofei Mahanyuk, told RT that, despite the ban, he and many of the veterans will fulfill their duty and pay their respects to their fallen comrades by laying flowers at their graves.

Mahanyuk says that Lvov has become a “breeding ground for Ukrainian Nazism.” He says that he and many of his veterans always face the possibility of being attacked. But despite a threat to their well-being, veterans will hold May 9 commemorations.

In the southeast of Ukraine, some Victory Day events will take place, but celebrations are expected to be more low key once darkness falls.

In Odessa, the scene of the May 2 deadly clashes, authorities will deploy over 2,000 security officers to ensure order amid fears of possible provocations. The parade has been canceled, but residents will have the opportunity to greet veterans, lay wreaths and watch firework displays.

In Lugansk, the parade and the fireworks have been canceled, but residents will have the opportunity to show respect for all those who perished during the world’s bloodiest war.

RIA Novosti / Alexsey Nichukchin

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Nuland has tough time justifying US involvement in Ukraine


US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland.(AFP Photo / Nicholas Kamm).

US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland.(AFP Photo / Nicholas Kamm).

While the Obama administration insists that supporting Ukrainian Presidential elections are vital to national interests, some members of the US political elite are questioning the costs of getting involved.

During a two hour House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing, the US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland shared her assessment of the US role in Ukraine’s crisis and the upcoming presidential election.

But instantaneously she came under fire from Dana Rohrabacher, a republican congressman from California.

We did have legitimate election before, and the legitimate president was removed after we had major street violence. There were pictures of people running around that we were told were neo-Nazis,”Rohrabacher challenged Nuland.

Nuland faced a hard time coming up with answers.

First of all the vast majority of those who were participating on Maidan were peaceful protesters. There were mothers and grandmothers and veterans,” Nuland said, but before being able to continue, Rohrabacher reminded the diplomat of vast presence of violent Ukrainian radicals.

I saw those pictures and I also saw a lot of people throwing fire bombs at groups of policemen. There were people shooting into the ranks of police. So, yes, there were mothers with flowers, but there were also very dangerous street fighters engaged in those demonstrations. The question is: were there neo-Nazi groups involved?”

Nuland could not provide a definitive answer, saying that “there were many colors of Ukraine involved including very ugly colors.”

For the record, Nuland submitted and read out a statement where she said that US policy towards Ukraine is based on four pillars.

First of all Washington is offering “financial, technical and non-lethal security assistance” for the May 25 election.

In addition to $92 million in FY2013 State/USAID funds and $86 million in FY2014 funds, we are providing an additional $50 million in technical assistance and the $1 billion dollar loan guarantee under the authority passed by Congress on April 1st.”

The US electoral assistance includes “$11 million for non-partisan election activities, including efforts to support voter education and civic participation” as well as participation as observers in the upcoming poll.

In addition to the 100 OSCE observers we are sending, the United States is supporting 255 long-term observers and over 3300 short-term observers,” Nuland said.

Financial aid also involves “$18 million in non-lethal security assistance to the Ukrainian armed forcesand State Border Guard Service to enable them to fulfill their core missions.”

AFP Photo / Alex WongAFP Photo / Alex Wong

Secondly the US, Nuland outlined, is working with its international partners “to leave the door open for diplomatic de-escalation should Russia change course,” claiming that Kiev implemented the terms of the Geneva deal, while “Russia fulfilled none of its commitments.”

Third, Washington is steadily increasing economic sanctions Russia’s which Nuland claims is bearing fruit.

The Russian economy … is already buckling under the pressure of these internationally imposed sanctions. Its credit ratings are hovering just above junk status,” said Nuland.

Not everyone agreed, with Ted Poe, a Texas Republican, saying many are not convinced that sanctions do indeed produce any effect.

I don’t think it’s worked,” he said. “In all fairness, I don’t think it’s stopped Russia from doing anything.”

Meanwhile, Nuland stated that the last step US is taking in regards to Ukraine is reassuring its NATO allies of US commitment as well as “providing support to other frontline states like Moldova and Georgia.”

We have worked with our NATO Allies to provide visible reassurance—on land, sea and in the air—that Article 5 of the NATO Treaty means what it says.”

In the meantime, the only tangible proposals on resolving the Ukrainian crisis reached by President Putin and OSCE Chairperson-in-Office and Swiss President Didier Burkhalter during negotiations in Moscow on Wednesday, were ignored by the government in Kiev.

Rejecting the OSCE roadmap, Kiev has put forward its own vague plan of organising “national unity roundtables” with “representatives of all political forces from all regions and civil society.” At the same time Kiev pledged regardless of other developments to continue its “anti-terrorist operation” against southeastern Ukraine, which the Russian foreign ministry says bluntly contradicts the agreement reached in Geneva.

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Is UKIP the “white knight” of British politics

Nigel Farage with mouth wide open

or just another mercenary of the pro-Israel lobby?

By Stuart Littlewood

UKIP (United Kingdom Independence Party) is poised to cause an earthquake in British politics at the European elections on 22 May. The mainstream parties – Conservatives, Labour and Liberal Democrats – are panicking as they watch UKIP surge ahead in the polls.

So much so that they are reported to be conspiring to brand UKIP racist.

If UKIP’s leader, Nigel Farage, is smart he’ll turn the tables and throw the spotlight on the three parties’ avid support for the racist Israeli regime and its apartheid policies that have terrorized, tormented and dispossessed the Arab Christians and Muslims in the Holy Land throughout the 66 years of brutal occupation. He could expose the many MPs who actively support this criminal cruelty through their membership of Friends of Israel groups that are allowed to flourish in those parties.

However, UKIP now has its own Israel fan club, an unseemly blot on any white knight’s escutcheon. But Farage, if not already compromised by Israel lobby funds, should shut it down and hold up his action as a shining example, challenging the others to follow. Of course they will not, or cannot, because they rely so heavily on funding from the same source and are terrified of the backlash. Their paralysis could therefore give UKIP the moral high ground. At the same time UKIP would earn the respect of the rapidly growing Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, whose campaign against corporations that profit from the occupation are having considerable success.

…the idea that UKIP can combat the many accusations of far-right extremism by bolstering support for Israel, as claimed on the Friends of Israel UKIP website, is not only ludicrous but offensive to the Christian and Muslim communities who live a life of misery under the Israeli jackboot…

Some 80 per cent of Conservative MPs/MEPs are reported (by Peter Oborne) to be signed-up FOI members, which raises the question, Why? Anything to do with Israel lobby funding? If so, how can we rely on them to put British interests first?

It is also said that membership of FOI is an essential stepping-stone to high office. This seems to be confirmed when you look at the involvement in FOI of the government’s top post-holders.

The BDS movement boycotts certain products in order to teach the corporations a lesson in ethics. MPs, MEPs and parliamentary candidates who wave the occupier’s flag may be next on the BDS target lists. After all, they are the product of their parties. They go through a “remanufacturing” process involving rigorous selection procedures and training to ensure compliance with party diktat. Remember how, last year, MP David Ward was recalled by the Liberal Democrat factory for re-education and reprogramming after exhibiting a “language” fault?

But the idea that UKIP can combat the many accusations of far-right extremism by bolstering support for Israel, as claimed on the FOI-UKIP website, is not only ludicrous but offensive to the Christian and Muslim communities who live a life of misery under the Israeli jackboot and to anyone who has bothered to go see the truth for themselves.

Freed from the EU only to be chained to Israel

In last year’s foreign policy document, Out of the EU, into the world, UKIP said it

fully supports the right of Israel to exist as a Jewish state… Israel is surrounded by hostile states committed to its destruction. The tiny state has been the frequent victim of rocket attacks and suicide bombings from terrorist groups, almost all deliberately targeting civilians. Israel has every right to respond with proportionate force to these attacks, and a UKIP government would do the same were Britain similarly threatened. [the updated version of the document is focused entirely on trade and omits references to other foreign policy issues]

Ridiculous. Britain is not illegally occupying, blockading, dispossessing and committing war crimes against its neighbour, so where is the comparison?

The policy document continued: “UKIP rejects the notion that Israel should be punished through sanctions or cancellation of trade deals (such as the EU-Israel Association Agreement) for defending itself from attack.”

The document contained no acknowledgement that the Palestinians had suffered illegal occupation, dispossession and ethnic cleansing for the last 65 years and they too are entitled to defend themselves. UKIP didn’t even mention law and justice as the path to a solution, didn’t demand due process, didn’t call for an end to the illegal occupation of the West Bank and the vicious blockade of Gaza, didn’t note Israel’s imprisonment and torture of children, and didn’t require compliance with the countless UN resolutions. They seemed quite happy for the oppressor to carry on holding a gun to the head of the oppressed, with no prospect of a just peace.

The collapse of the latest peace talks in disarray, and the reasons for it, must surely tell UKIP leaders something.

The same policy document said UKIP believed a nuclear Iran would be unacceptable and would support “military means” to eliminate its nuclear weapons capability. UKIP seemed indifferent to the fact that Israel possesses hundreds of nuclear warheads (and the means to deliver them), menaces the whole region and defies all calls to sign up to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and place all its nuclear facilities under comprehensive International Atomic Energy Agency safeguards.

Also, UKIP has rejected calls for the suspension of special trade privileges such as the EU-Israel Association Agreement. What part of Article 2 of the EU-Israel Association Agreement does UKIP not understand? The purpose of the Agreement is to promote (1) peace and security, (2) shared prosperity through, for example, the creation of a free trade zone, and (3) cross-cultural rapprochement. It governs not only EU-Israel relations but Israel’s relations with the EU’s other Mediterranean partners, including the Palestinian National Authority. To enjoy the association’s privileges Israel undertook to show “respect for human rights and democratic principles” as set out as a general condition in Article 2, which says: “Relations between the parties, as well as all the provisions of the agreement itself, shall be based on respect for human rights and democratic principles, which guides their internal and international policy and constitutes an essential element of this agreement.”

UKIP’s perverse leadership claims to put Britain first but has decided that the party needs a Friends of Israel fan club, and Nigel Farage has been described by the Jewish Chronicle as “a good friend of Israel”.

“Essential” is the operative word. Respect for human rights and democratic principles is not optional. Article 2 allows steps to be taken to enforce the contractual obligations regarding human rights and to dissuade partners from pursuing policies and practices that disrespect those rights. The agreement also requires respect for self-determination of peoples and fundamental freedoms for all.

Given Israel’s contempt for such principles, honourable politicians would have enforced Article 2 and not let matters slide. They would have suspended Israel’s membership until the regime fully complied. Israel relies heavily on exports to Europe so the EU could by now have forced an end to the brutal occupation of the Holy Land instead of always rewarding it.

UKIP’s perverse leadership claims to put Britain first but has decided that the party needs a FOI fan club, and Nigel Farage has been described by the Jewish Chronicleas “a good friend of Israel”. The objectives of UKIP’s FOI include organizing delegations to Israel; ensuring that UKIP has “a fully informed” foreign policy; providing UKIP’s elected representatives with information relevant to Britain and Israel’s mutual security concerns; and ensuring Israel gets a fair hearing in all forums in which UKIP is represented. In other words UKIP, or at least those members who participate in its Israel admiration society, are expected to act as agents for that belligerent foreign power.

Perhaps that is why their latest foreign policy document has sheen stripped of references to foreign policy. But there is no point in UKIP freeing us from the unelected wasters of the EU only to shackle us to the hateful warmongers in TelAviv.

If UKIP is still unconvinced about Israel’s apartheid tendencies it should read this.

And it should carefully consider what being a Friend of Israel makes it look like.

So, when “Sir Nigel” rides forth to rescue the fair damsel Britannia from her EU prison tower, he should consider what an unknightly deed it would be to sell her into harlotry for a foreign racist enterprise.

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Turkish officers charged for blocking Syria arms shipment



The indicted security personnel are to be tried soon in Adana Court while state prosecutors have called for life imprisonment for the military officers since they are accused of revealing “a state secret” for political and espionage objectives, Syrian state news agency SANA reported Thursday.

According to the report, the Turkish gendarme personnel inspected seven trucks laden with weapons in Adana city near the Syrian border after receiving information that the trucks were transporting weapons and ammunition to foreign-backed insurgent groups inside Syria.

Shortly afterwards, the report says, the officers were relieved of their duties.

The incident coincided with a corruption scandal targeting Turkish Prime Minister Reccep Tayyip Erdogan in December 2013. Erdogan launched a wide-scale purging process in the judiciary and police ranks, claiming that a “foreign conspiracy” was targeting his government.

Meanwhile, Turkish Tag Khabar website has further unveiled that Erdogan’s government continues to provide logistical support to extremist insurgent groups inside Syria.

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Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander: US preparing for attack



Commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards’ Navy, Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi, said the US is preparing for an attack against its navy and is worried about Iranian speedboats that can travel twice as fast as US warships.

Fadavi said that the Iranian boats can launch missiles, and that the navy is working on increasing their speed from 60 knots to 80 knots so that they can travel three times as fast as US warships, the Fars news agency reported on Wednesday.

The senior Revolutionary Guards commander said in an interview to Fars that Iran’s navy has been practicing for the past few years how to destroy US warships.

He said the US has become dependent on its aircraft carriers in order to project its air power, making them a high-value target, adding that Iran constructed “replicas of the US aircraft carriers” for training.

“They [the Americans] know nothing. We have been making and sinking replicas of US destroyers, frigates and warships for years, and we have sunk the replicas of their vessels in 50 seconds through a series of operational measures.

“We practice the same drills on replica aircraft carriers because sinking and destroying US warships has, is, and will be on our agenda,” he added.

Fadavi’s fellow commander, Rear Admiral Majid Zamani, said that Iran had mounted advanced radar and communication equipment on the speedboats, Fars reported.

“We have today built highly advanced hulls which are appropriate for high speed and raging seas, state-of-the-art propulsion systems and advanced nano-coverings for the speed vessels,” Zamani said while addressing a forum on speed vessels in Tehran on Wednesday.

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Zio-Nazi regime fears Jewish terrorists might carry out massive hate crime during papal visit



Bishops’ statement expresses concern over ‘lack of security’ for Christian property and what they call the ‘lack of responsiveness from the political sector.’


The Israel Police and the Shin Bet fear that right-wing extremists might exploit Pope Francis’ visit to the Holy Land on May 24-26 to carry out a major hate crime to drum up media attention.

The security services estimate that the hate crime would target the Christian population in Israel or Christian sites across the country.

The various police districts were instructed by authorities to focus their operational and intelligence efforts on the Christian population and its institutions, and to consolidate extra security in these communities until the end of the visit.

The police was also asked to increase its security assessments of the right-wing extremists in their various districts, with particular emphasis on holy sites.

The Roman Catholic Church in Jerusalem, preparing for the visit, has expressed alarm over threats to Christians scrawled by suspected Jewish extremists on church property in the Holy Land.

In an incident Monday, “Death to Arabs and Christians and all those who hate Israel” was daubed in Hebrew on an outer column of the Office of the Assembly of Bishops at the Notre Dame Center in East Jerusalem.

“The wave of fanaticism and intimation against Christians continues,” the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem posted on its website, referring to so-called “price tag” incidents.

“Mere coincidence?” the patriarchate statement asked. “The Notre Dame Center is property of the Holy See and this provocation comes two weeks before Pope Francis’ visit to the Holy Land and Jerusalem.”

The bishops’ statement added that “it was very concerned about the lack of security” for Christian property and what they called the “lack of responsiveness from the political sector” after earlier attacks. They feared “an escalation of violence.”

In recent years, hate attacks have targeted mosques, Palestinian homes and Christian monasteries in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, areas Israel captured in a 1967 war and Palestinians seek as part of a future state.

“Price tagging” – a reference by far-right Jews to making the government “pay” for any curbs on Israeli settlements in the West Bank – has also occurred in Israeli military installations in the West Bank and Arab villages in Israel.

The Patriarchate said the heads of churches in the Holy Land are preparing “a series of actions aimed at informing local and international public opinion, and to make the authorities and law officials aware of their responsibilities.”

Pope Francis is due to visit Israel, Jordan, the West Bank and Jerusalem, where he will meet Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, spiritual leader of the world’s Orthodox Christians.

The pontiff, who like his predecessors John Paul and Benedict has friendly ties with Jewish religious leaders, is due to meet Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Notre Dame Center, located just outside the walls of the old city.

Israel boosts investigation into hate crimes

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon has described these hate crimes as terrorism and pledged to step up efforts to curb them. Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni said Wednesday they would ask the cabinet to classify groups behind “price tag” attacks as terrorist organisations, opening the way for the possible use of detention without trial against members.

The Israel Police has also decided, meanwhile, that the investigation of the more serious hate crimes, such as the arson attack on a mosque in the town of Fureidis and similar incidents in the West Bank, should stay under the responsibility of the unit currently in charge of looking into crimes with nationalist motives, based in the Judea and Samaria district.

Both the police and the Shin Bet have identified a direct link between a number of the incidents both within and outside of the Green Line.

The perpetrators of the crimes in the Galilee village of Jish, and in the towns of Fureidis and Umm al-Fahm, are known rightists from the West Bank, apparently moving their operations from the West Bank inside the Green Line.

The Judea and Samaria unit, which is most familiar with the suspects, will handle the larger investigations – carried out by known extremists – even those that take place in other districts.

Crimes perpetrated by unorganized groups or individuals, such as the recent attacks in Yokne’am, will still be dealt with by local district polices.

The frequency of “price tag” attacks – 14 have been reported this year – has risen sharply over the past month since the Israeli military demolished structures in a West Bank settlement built without government authorisation.

Despite dozens of arrests over the past year of suspected “price-taggers,” there have been few convictions. Police say there are only a few score culprits, many known by name, but about half of them are minors to whom courts show leniency.

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Zio-Nazi officials vow serious crackdown on hate crimes against Arabs


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Zio-Nazi Livni and Zio-Nazi Aharonovich to  ask  cabinet to  consider  classifying hate crimes as terror; Public Security Minister: Progress made, such phenomena must be eradi-cate.



Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovich and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni will ask the political-security cabinet to consider classifying the right-wing groups behind the hate crimes against Arabs as “terror” organizations.

Aharanovich said Wednesday that progress was underway in the investigation into the recent spate of vandalism, adding that the phenomena must be eradicated in every possible way.

At a deliberation on the matter, attended by security and government officials, Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein said that the legal establishment planned to ask the courts to harshen the penalty against perpetrators of hate crimes, and said that he would personally follow up on cases like these himself.

Livni lashed out against the perpetrators of the attacks as well as those who have remained silent over the course, saying that the recent settlement incitement calling for the killing of Israel Defense Forces troops proved that symbols of Israel themselves have become a target of hate.

The emergency meeting to discuss the expansion of such attacks and the possible law enforcement steps that could be taken was also attended Israel Police head Yohanan Danino and other officials, including from the state prosecutor and attorney general’s offices.

The deliberation was held on the heels of a morning hate crime, when vandals scrawled “Death to Arabs” and “Greetings to Fureidis, Price Tag,” on the windows of the practice of a Druze dentist in.

A resident of the city, 25, was arrested later in the afternoon in the midst of puncturing tires on a car in a local construction zone. Police are investigating whether he is connected to the latest string of attacks in that city, which included multiple incidences of vandalism on Arab-owned cars.

“Price tag” refers to right-wing extremists’ campaign against Israel’s policy in the West Bank settlements, and is commonly used in Israel to refer to anti-Arab vandalism. Fureidis is an Arab town near Zichron Ya’akov that was also recently targeted by vandals. Like Yokneam, it is in northern Israel.

Police Major General and Coastal District Commander Haggai Dotan said the police would make every effort to find those who vandalized Khatter Nashed’s dentistry practice, which they classified as a serious incident.

Also on Wednesday, graffiti of swastikas was discovered in a graveyard in the northern Menashe Regional Council and on a guard post in the northern town of Harish.

The Menashe Regional Council filed a complaint with the police. Head of the council Ilan Sadeh said in response: “This is an atrocious act, part of the wave of price tags in the area of late. We condemn such acts and call on the government of Israel to deem such price tag attacks as terror, and enable the security forces to stop the inciters with all means at their disposal. The residents of the Menashe Regional Council will continue to honor one another and live in coexistence and educate our children to maintain such relations.”

The latest anti-Arab incidents in Yokneam came on the heels of a similar one in the town last week, when tires on the car belonging to an Arab man were slashed in a parking lot and the car doors spray-painted with the words “price tag.” The Afula police are investigating the incident, but no arrests have been made.

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I$raHell Won’t Stop Spying on the U.S.


Whatever happened to honor among thieves? When the National Security Agency was caught eavesdropping on German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cell phone, it was considered a rude way to treat a friend. Now U.S. intelligence officials are saying—albeit very quietly, behind closed doors on Capitol Hill—that our Israeli “friends” have gone too far with their spying operations here.

According to classified briefings on legislation that would lower visa restrictions on Israeli citizens, Jerusalem’s efforts to steal U.S. secrets under the cover of trade missions and joint defense technology contracts have “crossed red lines.”

Israel’s espionage activities in America are unrivaled and unseemly, counterspies have told members of the House Judiciary and Foreign Affairs committees, going far beyond activities by other close allies, such as Germany, France, the U.K. and Japan. A congressional staffer familiar with a briefing last January called the testimony “very sobering…alarming…even terrifying.” Another staffer called it “damaging.”

The Jewish state’s primary target: America’s industrial and technical secrets.

“No other country close to the United States continues to cross the line on espionage like the Israelis do,” said a former congressional staffer who attended another classified briefing in late 2013, one of several in recent months given by officials from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the State Department, the FBI and the National Counterintelligence Directorate.

The intelligence agencies didn’t go into specifics, the former aide said, but cited “industrial espionage—folks coming over here on trade missions or with Israeli companies working in collaboration with American companies, [or] intelligence operatives being run directly by the government, which I assume meant out of the [Israeli] Embassy.”

An Israeli Embassy spokesman flatly denied the charges Tuesday after initially declining to comment. Aaron Sagui told Newsweek “Israel doesn’t conduct espionage operations in the United States, period. We condemn the fact that such outrageous, false allegations are being directed against Israel.” Representatives of two U.S. intelligence agencies, while acknowledging problems with Israeli spies, would not discuss classified testimony for the record. The FBI would neither confirm nor deny it briefed Congress. A State Department representative would say only that staff in its Consular and Israel Palestinian Affairs offices briefed members of Congress on visa reciprocity issues.

Of course, the U.S. spies on Israel, too. “It was the last place you wanted to go on vacation,” a former top CIA operative told Newsweek, because of heavy-handed Israeli surveillance. But the level of Israeli espionage here now has rankled U.S. counterspies.

“I don’t think anyone was surprised by these revelations,” the former aide said. “But when you step back and hear…that there are no other countries taking advantage of our security relationship the way the Israelis are for espionage purposes, it is quite shocking. I mean, it shouldn’t be lost on anyone that after all the hand-wringing over [Jonathan] Pollard, it’s still going on.”

Israel and pro-Israel groups in America have long lobbied U.S. administrations to free Pollard, a former U.S. naval intelligence analyst serving a life sentence since 1987 for stealing tens of thousands of secrets for Israel. (U.S. counterintelligence officials suspect that Israel traded some of the Cold War-era information to Moscow in exchange for the emigration of Russian Jews.) After denying for over a decade that Pollard was its paid agent, Israel apologized and promised not to spy on U.S. soil again. Since then, more Israeli spies have been arrested and convicted by U.S. courts.

I.C. Smith, a former top FBI counterintelligence specialist during the Pollard affair, tells Newsweek, “In the early 1980s, dealing with the Israelis was, for those assigned that area, extremely frustrating. The Israelis were supremely confident that they had the clout, especially on the Hill, to basically get [away] with just about anything. This was the time of the Criteria Country List—later changed to the National Security Threat List—and I found it incredible that Taiwan and Vietnam, for instance, were on [it], when neither country had conducted activities that remotely approached the Pollard case, and neither had a history of, or a comparable capability to conduct, such activities.”

While all this was going on, Israel was lobbying hard to be put on the short list of countries (38 today) whose citizens don’t need visas to visit here.

Until recently, the major sticking point was the Jewish state’s discriminatory and sometimes harsh treatment of Arab-Americans and U.S. Palestinians seeking to enter Israel. It has also failed to meet other requirements for the program, such as promptly and regularly reporting lost and stolen passports, officials say—a problem all the more pressing since Iranians were found to have boarded the missing Malaysia Airlines flight with stolen passports.

“But this is the first time congressional aides have indicated that intelligence and national security concerns also are considerations in weighing Israel’s admission into the visa waiver program,” Jonathan Broder, the foreign and defense editor for CQ Roll Call, a Capitol Hill news site, wrote last month. He quoted a senior House aide as saying, “The U.S. intelligence community is concerned that adding Israel to the visa waiver program would make it easier for Israeli spies to enter the country.”

The Israelis “thought they could just snap their fingers” and get friends in Congress to legislate visa changes, a Hill aide said, instead of going through the required hoops with DHS. But facing resistance from U.S. intelligence, Israel recently signaled it’s willing to work with DHS, both Israeli and U.S. officials say. “Israel is interested in entering into the visa waiver program and is taking concrete steps to meet its conditions,” Israeli Embassy spokesman Aaron Sagui told Newsweek. “Most recently, the U.S. and Israel decided to establish a working group to advance the process,” Sagui added, saying that “Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Zeev Elkin will head the Israeli delegation.” He refused to say when the Elkin delegation was coming.

Congressional aides snorted at the announcement. “The Israelis haven’t done s**t to get themselves into the visa waiver program,” the former congressional aide said, echoing the views of two other House staffers working on the issue. “I mean, if the Israelis got themselves into this visa waiver program and if we were able to address this [intelligence community] concern—great, they’re a close ally, there are strong economic and cultural links between the two countries, it would be wonderful if more Israelis could come over here without visas. I’m sure it would spur investment and tourist dollars in our economy and so on and so forth. But what I find really funny is they haven’t done s**t to get into the program. They think that their friends in Congress can get them in, and that’s not the case. Congress can lower one or two of the barriers, but they can’t just legislate the Israelis in.”

The path to visa waivers runs through DHS and can take years to navigate. For Chile, it was three years, a government official said on a not-for-attribution basis; for Taiwan, “several.” Requirements include “enhanced law enforcement and security-related data sharing with the United States; timely reporting of lost and stolen passports; and the maintenance of high counterterrorism, law enforcement, border control, aviation and document security standards,” a DHS statement said.

Israel is not even close to meeting those standards, a congressional aide said. “You’ve got to have machine-readable passports in place—the e-passports with a data chip in them. The Israelis have only just started to issue them to diplomats and senior officials and so forth, and that probably won’t be rolled out to the rest of their population for another 10 years.”

But U.S. counterspies will get the final word. And since Israel is as likely to stop spying here as it is to give up matzo for Passover, the visa barriers are likely to stay up.

As Paul Pillar, the CIA’s former national intelligence officer for the Near East and South Asia, told Newsweek, old habits are hard to break: Zionists were dispatching spies to America before there even was an Israel, to gather money and materials for the cause and later the fledgling state. Key components for Israel’s nuclear bombs were clandestinely obtained here. “They’ve found creative and inventive ways,” Pillar said, to get what they want.

“If we give them free rein to send people over here, how are we going to stop that?” the former congressional aide asked. “They’re incredibly aggressive. They’re aggressive in all aspects of their relationship with the United States. Why would their intelligence relationship with us be any different?”

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