In a telephone call with Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh on Monday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif vowed his country’s continued backing of the “Palestinian resistance movement” — the euphemism used by the Tehran regime to describe anti-Israel terror groups.
The conversation took place as the US was seeking to gather support for a UN General Assembly resolution condemning Hamas.
The semi-official state news agency Fars reported that Zarif promised Haniyeh Iran would “make its utmost efforts” to “prevent approval of the resolution in coordination with other Islamic states and progressive countries.”
Zarif — the face of the Tehran regime during the negotiations that led to the July 2015 nuclear deal with six world powers — also “blasted certain regional states for their policies which have emboldened the US to adopt such measures,” according to Fars.
Syrian Regime closes accounts with west- and Israel-linked rebels, as Iran builds and expands its presence in the area.
Evidence emerging from south west Syria indicates that the Assad regime has begun to ‘close accounts’ with former rebels who worked with Israel and with western countries during the years that this area was outside of regime control. A number of prominent former rebel commanders in Deraa and Quneitra Provinces have recently disappeared after being apprehended by regime forces. Other former rebels have been prevented from leaving the area for opposition-controlled Idleb province in the country’s north east.
The regime’s measures against those it deems unfit for ‘reconciliation’ are continuing parallel to the integration of rank and file former rebels into the regime’s security structures. What is returning to Syria’s south, however, is not the status quo ante bellum. Iran and its allies have a central role in the emergent power structure. Indeed, the emergent reality is one in which it is difficult to discern where precisely the Syrian state ends and Iran and its allies begin. Syria’s south west, which was the cradle of the uprising against Assad, is now being transformed into the birthplace of a new Syria, in which Iran and its allies form a vital and inseparable component.
Theresa May presented her Brexit deal to her cabinet on November 14, 2018 and to the House of Commons the next day. It consists of two documents, the “Draft Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community” (585 pages) and the “Outline of the political declaration setting out the framework for the future relationship between the European Union and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland” (8 pages). The documents were released to the public only after the conclusion of that cabinet meeting.
The Problematic Protocol
The Members of Parliament hardly had time overnight to read the Draft Agreement in its entirety. Instead, they rushed to read the “Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland” because they knew that this had been the most controversial element in the negotiations between the United Kingdom and the European Union.
The Protocol recalls in its preamble that “the Withdrawal Agreement… does not aim at establishing a permanent future relationship between the Union and the United Kingdom” while noting that both parties recognize the need to maintain the “soft border” that exists between Northern Ireland, as an integral part of the United Kingdom, and the Irish Republic. Although it is hoped that that “permanent future relationship” will have been negotiated by the end of the “transition period” during which the United Kingdom completes its withdrawal from the EU, this may not happen. The aim of the Protocol, therefore, is to serve, if necessary, as a “backstop” arrangement to preserve the soft border even after the transition period while negotiations on the permanent future relationship are completed.
Massive projection from Musa Abu Jleidan. But notice that all his hatred of the Jews is based upon the Qur’an.
“The Jews are treacherous and conniving cheaters. Allah said about them: ‘Is it not true that every time they enter into a pact, a group from among them casts it aside? In fact, most of them do not believe.’”
That’s Qur’an 2:100.
“They are the pinnacle of terrorism. [Allah said:] ‘Whenever they kindle the fire of war, Allah extinguishes it, but they strive to do mischief on earth. Allah loves not those who do mischief.’”
That’s Qur’an 5:64.
“They are the strongest among people in enmity to our religion. Even if snakes gave up their venom and scorpions their stinging, the Jews would not relinquish their enmity towards Muslims. [Allah said:] ‘You shall find the strongest among people in enmity towards believers to be the Jews and the polytheists.’”
That’s Qur’an 5:82.
“In addition, they are the slayers of the prophets.”
That’s Qur’an 2:61, 2:91, 3:21, and many other verses.
“Gaza Imam Musa Abu Jleidan Calls the Jews Treacherous Cheaters, Claims Israeli National Anthem Says: ‘We Will Go Where Allah Wants When We See Our Enemies’ Severed Heads,’” MEMRI, November 23, 2018:
Chancellor Angela Merkel has appointed a Turkish immigrant to fill the second-highest position in Germany’s domestic intelligence agency, the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz, BfV).
As the BfV’s new vice president, Sinan Selen, a 46-year-old Istanbul-born counter-terrorism expert, will be the first Muslim to fill a top leadership position within Germany’s intelligence community.
The appointment comes just weeks after Merkel fired BfV President Hans-Georg Maaßen for publicly defending the anti-mass-migration party Alternative for Germany (AfD) against attacks from Merkel and her junior coalition partner, the center-left Social Democratic Party (SPD).
By choosing Selen, Merkel appears to be trying to achieve several objectives. First, she seems to be attempting to save her floundering government by placating the SPD, which has demanded that the domestic intelligence agency begin monitoring the AfD party, and which has called for more people with a “migration background” in leadership positions at federal agencies.
In his famous 1946 “Iron Curtain” speech in Fulton, Missouri, Winston Churchill said, “From what I have seen of our Russian friends … I am convinced that there is nothing they admire so much as strength, and there is nothing for which they have less respect than weakness.”
For Israel and Ukraine, countries both dealing with Russian-supported proxy wars in their backyards, Churchill’s maxim has never been more relevant or insightful. Russia can be negotiated with only from a position of strength. All other negotiations are destined to fail — often with loss of human life.
Russia recently closed naval traffic through the Kerch Straits; it also wounded six Ukrainian sailors and captured a Ukrainian navy vessel. The next day, Ukraine’s parliament approved a declaration of martial law in regions bordering Russia, the Black Sea, and the Russian proxy state of Transnistria. The willingness of the Ukrainians to show resolve in defense of their country was a historic moment. In contrast, when Russia annexed Crimea and took control of half of the eastern Donbas region in the spring of 2014, Ukraine could not declare martial law, and its armies were in no shape to defend their territory.
Ukraine has learned what Israel has long known: weakness invites war.