Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Barry Shaw: The Consequences of a Failed Palestinian Authority.

A month ago I wrote an article entitled ‘The Failed State of the Two-State Solution.’ In it, I wrote that “by the ballot or by the ballot Hamas will head any Palestinian state as they did when Israel withdrew from the Gaza Strip in 2005.”
So what has happened in the short time since I released that article?
In Nablus, on August 27, an estimated 120,000 protesters demonstrated against the Palestinian Authority after an Arab was beaten to death by PA security men. Many called for an international investigation into the murder as the Palestinian Authority threatened to arrest some of the leaders of the protest march. The town of Nablus has been described as being in “total anarchy.”
Sporadic violence has broken out in recent days against the Palestinian Authority, often by individuals but also by tribal groups or clans at odds with the increasingly unpopular rule by perceived corrupt leaders.
Universities are the crucibles that produce the next generation of opinion and influence makers. What has flown below the radar of the international community is that, at Birzeit University, the student body overwhelmingly elected students affiliated to Hamas with the Islamic List taking a majority 26 seats against Fatah’s 19. For the uninitiated, Birzeit is not a campus in the Gaza Strip. Birzeit University is located ten kilometers north of Ramallah, an easy march to Palestinian Authority headquarters.
Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, propped up by the international community and, by default, the Israeli government, has failed this community by his stubborn refusal to negotiate with Israel, a refusal based on his adamant rejection of living alongside a Jewish state. 
He has clearly also failed his own people who elected him back in 2005 and have been barred from expressing their democratic voice ever since.
Surveys show a sharp fall in Palestinian Arabs supporting a two-state solution. There has been a radical fall in support for an Abbas-led Palestinian rulership and a rise in support for Hamas.
The persistent fever for violence against Israel was highlighted in a study made in March 2016 by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Study which found that the majority of Palestinian Arabs yearn for violence. 60% of West Bank Arabs and three quarters of Gaza Strip Arabs favor violence against Jews. 
If truth be told, Arabs living under Palestinian control are angrier at their leaders than they are against Israel. 

The proof of this statement can be found in the results of a recent 22 August 2016 poll conducted by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research which discovered that a majority 68% of the Palestinian population admire Israeli democracy while only 10% of Israelis see anything positive with Palestinian democracy. It is telling that this Palestinian NGO did not ask Palestinian Arabs what they thought of their own leadership and democracy. The result of this vital question would expose the rotten heart of Palestinian ‘democracy’ that is driving people to the streets in protest.
The only way that Abbas can prevent Hamas from using the democratic process to take over the West Bank is to block Hamas affiliated candidates in municipal elections. This is democracy, Palestinian-style. 
This brings me to question the shallow mantra of a two-state solution being the only show in town. Has Kerry, Obama, or Hillary Clinton ever thought their way beyond this empty slogan? Have they ever considered the consequences of forcing Israel to withdraw from essential territory that is rightfully theirs to produce a Palestine that will, inevitably, be controlled by the Islamic terror organization, Hamas?  For this surely is the direction they are taking us.
My criticism is also aimed at the gullible Israeli politicians and Israeli strategic think tanks of the left. They think everything will be hunky-dory by waving a magic wand and declaring any future Palestine will be “demilitarized.”  
What? You mean demilitarized like in Gaza?  What will demilitarized look like when West Bank Palestine is in the grips of a population-supporting Islamic regime, and their demilitarized terrorists are looking down on Ben Gurion Airport and Tel Aviv from the heights of Rantis with their demilitarized rocket launchers? What then?
As Palestinian Arabs head to the municipal polling stations on October 8 (unless they are cancelled), it is sobering to consider the reality of the inevitable collapse of the Abbas Palestinian Authority. It will highlight the continuing myopia of short-sighted diplomats who think they can predict the outcome of their foolish policies.
As for Israel, it is time to openly debate alternatives to a failed two-state solution before the consequences of a failed Palestinian Authority collapses on us. 

Barry Shaw is the Senior Associate for Public Diplomacy at the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies.  He is the author of the best-selling book “Fighting Hamas, BDS & Anti-Semitism.”

The fix is in with the Fatah-led PA restricting the municipalities that can vote in the upcoming local elections set for October 8. 
The Palestinian Central Elections Commission announced on 29th August that only 196 out of the 416 municipalities will be registered to vote. Expect uproar, even violence against the Palestinian Authority, from the population of the majority of the districts prevented from registering their vote. The reasons given by the Palestinian leadership is that the local tribes, many of whom back Hamas, failed to register their lists in time. 
If the elections go ahead, and that is far from certain given the raging anger on Palestinian streets, expect to see a kick back against the Mahmoud Abbas-led Palestinian Authority.

EU Navfor media: Counter Piracy Newsletter August

Italian Warship ITS Euro Hosts Operation Atalanta Force Commander
EU Naval Force Somalia’s Force Commander, Royal Netherlands Navy Commodore Luyckx, took the opportunity to visit Operation Atalanta’s Italian warship, ITS Euro, recently.

Op Atalanta’s Dutch Flagship has her Tanks Topped Up
On a recent clear, bright and early morning in the Gulf of Aden, Operation Atalanta’s Dutch Flagship, HNLMS Tromp, was refueled at sea by the American tanker, USNS John Ericsson.

Force Commander Visits Support Elements in Djibouti
Whilst on a recent visit to Djibouti, Operation Atalanta’s Force Commander, Commodore Luyckx, paid a visit to the German National Support Element (NSE) and Support Element Atalanta (SEA). Both provide crucial logistical support to the counter-piracy operation.

Operation Atalanta Warship ITS Euro Escorts World Food Programme Vessel
Protecting potentially vulnerable vessels from piracy off the coast of Somalia is one of Operation Atalanta’s key tasks. Italian warship, ITS Euro, recently escorted World Food Programme (WFP) ship MV Antaios as she transited through the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden carrying precious food-aid.

Japanese Counter-Piracy Sailors Visit Operation Atalanta Flagship
On 21 August 2016, Japanese officers from Combined Task Force (CTF) 151 visited Operation Atalanta Flagship, HNLMS Tromp, for a meeting with the Force Commander, Commodore Luyckx.

Spanish Marines Training Ensures they are Always Ready to Deter Pirate Attacks at Sea
ESPS Santa Maria is currently deployed with Operation Atalanta in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean as part of Spain’s contribution to the European Union’s efforts to ensure piracy remains suppressed off the coast of Somalia.

Operation Atalanta Force Commander Visits Marine Unit at Mogadishu International Airport
Operation Atalanta’s Force Commander, Commodore Rene Luyckx, recently visited the AMISOM marine unit at Mogadishu International Airport. The visit was one of a series made by the Commodore to regional partners who are working hard to strengthen maritime security in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean.

Counter-Piracy Force Commander Visits Djiboutian Navy Operations Centre
Royal Netherlands Navy Commodore Luyckx received a briefing on the capabilities of the Djiboutian Navy by its Head of Operations and was impressed with the professionalism of the staff and the set up of the Centre which aims to protect maritime security in the waters off the Djiboutian coast.

Counter-Piracy Force Commander Pays a Visit to Spanish Maritime Patrol Aircraft Detachment in Djibouti
During his visit, Commodore Luyckx of the Royal Netherlands Navy was introduced to the commanding officer, air crew and ground support teams. He was then provided with briefings regarding the P-3’s capabilities and later visited the aircraft, where the crew explained in detail the equipment and sensors on board.

Operation Atalanta’s Italian Warship Trains with Tanzanian Navy
Whilst on a port-visit to Dar Es Salaam recently, Operation Atalanta’s Italian Warship ITS Euro took the opportunity to train with sailors and divers from the Tanzanian Navy.

Op Atalanta Force Commander Meets Serbian Vessel Protection Team
Protecting vulnerable vessels in the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden is one of Operation Atalanta’s key tasks. The World Food Programme (WFP) ship MV Douro has an embarked Autonomous Vessel Protection Detachment (AVPD) aboard to ensure her valuable cargo of food-aid is protected en route to Somalia.

Counter-Piracy Task Force Commanders Meet at Sea
Whilst on counter-piracy patrol off the coast of Somalia recently, Operation Atalanta’s Force Commander hosted the Commander of Combined Task Force (CTF) 151, Rear Admiral Nam of the Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy.

Pit-Stop in the Gulf of Aden for Operation Atalanta Flagship
Operation Atalanta warships are on patrol around the clock off the coast of Somalia to keep the seas safe from piracy attack. Ensuring the ships remain topped up with fuel is a logistical feat in the waters of the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean, with opportunities for Replenishment at Sea (RAS) taken wherever possible.

FGS Bayern on her Way Home After Successful Counter-piracy Deployment with Operation Atalanta
Under the command of Commander Markus Brüggemeier, during her time with the EU naval operation, the German frigate and Operation Atalanta flagship sailed over 32,000 nautical miles conducting sea patrols in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean to ensure pirate attacks against seafarers remained suppressed.

Netherlands Force Commander Back with Operation Atalanta
On Saturday 6 August Rear Admiral Jan Kaack (German Navy) handed over Force Command of the EU’s counter-piracy Operation Atalanta to Commodore René Luyckx (Netherlands Navy).

Welcome Back to Operation Atalanta HNLMS Tromp!
On Saturday 6 August 2016 Operation Atalanta welcomed back Dutch frigate, HNLMS Tromp, to the EU Naval Force off the coast of Somalia.

“Auf Wiedersehen” FGS Spessart – Thanks for Your Support to Op Atalanta
Eighty eight days after joining the EU Naval Force off the coast of Somalia and having sailed over 13,600 nautical miles, the German tanker support ship, FGS Spessart, is saying goodbye to the EU’s counter-piracy operation ‘Atalanta’ off the coast of Somalia.
EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Somalia - Operation Atalanta is part of the EU's comprehensive approach to tackle symptoms and root causes of piracy off the coast of Somalia and the EU Strategic Framework for the Horn of Africa adopted in November 2011.

EU NAVFOR conducts anti-piracy operations off the coast of Somalia and the Indian Ocean and is responsible for the protection of World Food Programme (WFP) shipping carrying humanitarian aid to the people of Somalia and Horn of Africa as well as the logistic shippings supporting the African Union troops conducting Peace Support Operations in Somalia (AMISOM). Additionally, Operation Atalanta contributes to the monitoring of fishing activity off the coast of Somalia.

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

U.S Secretary of State John Kerry: Media should cover terrorism less so that “people wouldn’t know what’s going on”

Jihad Watch made a very good observation and wrote as following: 
During Secretary of State John Kerry’s first official visit to Bangladesh, he met with top Bangladeshi government officials and held a press conference at the Edward M. Kennedy Center in Dhaka. In light of recent terror attacks in that country, Kerry addressed the problem of terrorism, including root causes and how the terrorists spread their message. The secretary said that the media could “do us all a service” by reducing coverage of terror attacks:
Remember this: No country is immune from terrorism. It’s easy to terrorize. Government and law enforcement have to be correct 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. 
But if you decide one day you’re going to be a terrorist and you’re willing to kill yourself, you can go out and kill some people. 
You can make some noise. Perhaps the media would do us all a service if they didn’t cover it quite as much. People wouldn’t know what’s going on. (Applause.)…

Monday, 29 August 2016

Really Iran? Nuclear deal negotiator arrested on spying charge...

An Iranian man has been arrested on suspicion of informing about Iran's nuclear deal with the West.

A judiciary spokesman described the unidentified man as a "spy who had infiltrated the nuclear team". SDR thinks that we can usually translate this having to do with some innocent person just randomly choosing as negational bargain-tool to press the US and the West for more concession. In other words blackmail.

A suitable Russian saying seems very fitting for this matter, now and in the past: 
"If it barks like a dog - bites like a dog - and looks like a dog , it most likely is a dog ".

Not to many years a innocent German peanut importer was arrested and Jailed and used against Germany while they had a dispute as a bargaining asset.... 

We in the West would call that simple blackmail the Iranians however thing that they can arrest any foreigner they want if it shows that he or she can become a valuable asset in the political game of bargaining . 

Iranian politics have the same set of negotiating tactic´s the desert rules of smaller tribes used many centuries ago.  Basically the tactics are as old as the Sharia laws and don't even respect foreign diplomatic statuses while wanting such status them selfs abroad. 

Lets not forget that only Iran of all nations has taken entire foreign Embassy hostage. 
When Khomeini took over the power the US embassy and families where held as hostages.

52 American diplomats and citizens were held hostage for 444 days (November 4, 1979, to January 20, 1981) after a group of Iranian students belonging to the Muslim Student Followers of the Imam's Line, who supported the Iranian Revolution, took over the U.S. Embassy in Tehran.

Many times after that Iran has under all sorts of excuses stormed foreign embassies like 2011 (5 years only ago)  when the UK embassy and residence where stormed and senior Iranian Government Qods Brigade officials where seen taking photograph inside the Embassies while the regime did blame Students. 

The most stupid thing that could take place. Did take place. 
And that was the the snooping agents where documented  in the international press....

"See the truth here below"

The so called spy was held for several days, Gholamhosein Mohseni Ejehi said, before being released on bail. 
Last year's nuclear deal was widely celebrated in Iran and internationally, but some Iranian hardliners saw it as a capitulation to the US.
The deal with the US, UK, China, France, Germany and Russia resulted in the lifting of sanctions against Iran imposed over its nuclear programme.

Economic 'spy'

No details have been given about the arrest and it remains unclear on whether it is the same case as the one reported on Wednesday by semi-official Iranian news agency Tabnak.

It said that Abdolrasoul Dorri Esfahani, a dual-national in charge of banking issues during the two-year negotiations, was arrested for "selling the country's economic details to foreigners".

But Mr Dorri Esfahani later gave an interview with Tabnak in which he dismissed the reports as "ridiculous".

He was a member of a parallel team working on lifting economic sanctions, under one of the main negotiators for the deal, Iranian media reported.

Tehran prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi said last week that the suspect was "active in the field of the Iranian economy, and was linked to the British espionage service".

Unconfirmed reports in Iranian media linked the detained man with US and British intelligence.

Lets not forget the latest incident where the entire US navy crew allegedly where bought free by the Obama Kerry administration by allegedly letting the Iranians have their confiscated funds ...That will be used most likely to buy arms for terrorists who fight against US and the West and lets not forget the most hated Israelis.

And what about the 4 US citizens that U.S President Obama and VP Kerry 
did leave in Iran while giving the Iranians all and anything they wanted....

Jason Rezaian is a 39-year-old dual American-Iranian citizen who was stationed in Tehran to cover regional affairs. Rezaian has been a correspondent for The Washington Post in Tehran for two years, covering stories from a growing baseball scene in Iran to local corruption.
In 2014, Rezaian was detained for questioning, along with his wife.
Washington Post Iranian-American journalist Jason Rezaian  and his Iranian wife Yeganeh Salehi during a foreign ministry spokeswoman weekly press conference in Tehran, Iran. (Photo: Stringer/EPA/Newscom)
Washington Post Iranian-American journalist Jason Rezaian and his Iranian wife Yeganeh Salehi during a foreign ministry spokeswoman weekly press conference in Tehran, Iran. (Photo: Stringer/EPA/Newscom)
Rezaian has been kept in Evin Prison, while his wife was released on bail, for the charges of espionage, working with hostile governments and “propaganda against the establishment.”
Rezaian has been held for long periods of time in solitary confinement while his trial has already gone through multiple hearings. He could be convicted of 10 to 20 years in prison for his “charges.”
(Photo: Mohammed Kheirkhah/UPI/Newscom)
A guard walks through the halls of Evin Prison, which is known for brutality and abuse of its prisoners. (Photo: Mohammed Kheirkhah/UPI/Newscom)
“We knew the trial would have to start before there would be an end to it,” his mother, Mary Rezaian, told The New York Times. “We have no idea how many sessions this trial will take. It seems to be going quite slowly.”
Rezaian has had the shortest length of imprisonment out of these American captives, as he has been held for a year. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, there are currently 30 journalists imprisoned in Iran.
Robert Levinson
Working for the government does not always have its perks.
Robert Levinson was kidnapped in 2007 from Kish Island off of Iran, where he was working for a rogue CIA operation.
The 67-year-old grandfather from Florida was hired as a contractor for the Office of Transnational Issues at the CIA when he disappeared. The CIA paid the Levinsons $2.5 million to avoid a lawsuit due to the sensitive nature of this case.
The Iranian government denies being responsible for Levinson’s disappearance, but many believe they are aware of his location.
Family of Robert Levinson (Photo: Morteza Nikoubazl/Reuters/Newscom)
Robert Levinson’s family holds a press conference to plead for the release of their husband and father. (Photo: Morteza Nikoubazl/Reuters/Newscom)

The Levinson family was sent proof of life pictures in 2011 that taunted the family and the United States for failing to secure his release.
“When I first saw these photos, I realized how unrecognizable my father had become … It was clear that on a daily level, he has been living through hell,” Levinson’s son, David, wrote for CNN.
This picture of Robert Levinson was sent to his family four years after his disappearance. (Photo: Levinson family)
This picture of Robert Levinson was sent to his family four years after his disappearance. (Photo: Levinson family)

“I believe in my father, and I know how determined he is to get home. There is no doubt in my mind that one day he will succeed, that one day we will see each other again and he will meet my future wife,” David Levinson said. “She is hopeful for that day as well, and longs to meet the man I am constantly trying to emulate each day.”
According to CBS News, Levinson is the longest-held American hostage in the history of the U.S., as he has been missing for over eight years. The FBI has increased its reward from $1 million to $5 million for any “information leading directly to his safe location, recovery, and return.”

Saeed Abedini
Pastor Saeed Abedini met his wife in Tehran, shared his faith in Tehran, and is now imprisoned in Tehran.
Abedini had traveled to Iran multiple times starting in 2009 in the efforts to construct an orphanage.
The 35-year-old pastor from Idaho was abruptly taken into custody by Iranian officials in 2012 under the guise of undermining national security.
Rev. Franklin Graham, left, prays with Naghmeh Abedini and Abedini's two children, Jacob, 6, and Rebekka, 8, at a prayer vigil outside the White House in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Toby Jorrin/MCT/Newscom)
Rev. Franklin Graham prays with Naghmeh Abedini and Abedini’s two children, Jacob, 6, and Rebekka, 8, at a prayer vigil outside the White House in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Toby Jorrin/MCT/Newscom)
Abedini was convicted a year later to serve eight years in Evin Prison for starting local home churches.
He is frequently subjected to beatings by prison guards, psychological torture and long periods of solitary confinement.
There has been a global campaign started by the American Center for Law and Justice that has reached over one million signatures asking for Abedini’s release.
U.S. Senator Ted Cruz delivers his remarks with members of the Christian Defense Coalition in front of the White House in Washington September 26, 2013. The event marked the one year anniversary of Saeed Abedini, (Photo: Gary Cameron/Reuters/Newscom)
Sen. Ted Cruz delivers his remarks with members of the Christian Defense Coalition in front of the White House in Washington on  Sept. 26, 2013. The event marked the one year anniversary of Saeed Abedini, (Photo: Gary Cameron/Reuters/Newscom)

Naghmeh Abedini wrote a letter to her husband on their anniversary, detailing how life has been without him.
“For 1,007 days I have remembered you in prayer and felt your pain. For 1,007 days I have been in prison with you as your wife and soul mate. Each night I have struggled with anxiety and a sense of urgency that we need to get you out,” Abedini wrote. “Each night that I have laid my head on our bed, I have hugged your empty spot and have wept myself to sleep. Each morning I have woken up with an excruciating pain to my new reality without you. I have prayed. Oh how I have prayed.”

Amir Hekmati
Visiting aging relatives led to the death penalty for the then 28-year-old ex-Marine.
Amir Hekmati, a dual citizen of Iran and the United States, served the United States from 2001 to 2005 as a Marine specializing in linguistics.
He visited Iran for the first time in 2011 in order to celebrate Ramadan in Tehran with his extended family.
Hekmati never made it to the celebration, however, as he was taken by Iranian authorities and wasn’t heard from until a week later.
After a forced confession of espionage, Hekmati was sentenced to death after a three hour, closed-door trial.
Iranian-American Amir Mirza Hekmati (Photo: Reuters TV/Reuters/Newscom)
Iranian-American Amir Mirza Hekmati in an undisclosed location. (Photo: Reuters TV/Reuters/Newscom)

Three months later, the case was repealed based on shaky evidence, and a new trial was ordered. His new crime was “cooperating with hostile governments” and Hekmati was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
“We were worried about him a lot when he was in Iraq,” Hekmati’s mother, Behnaz, said. “But he was free. He wasn’t in prison. We worry now because I can’t talk to him. I’m more worried now, more than when he was in military.”
Obama commented on the status of these prisoners when asked during a press conference last week about why the hostages were not connected to the Iran deal.
“Now, if the question is why we did not tie the negotiations to their release, think about the logic that that creates,” Obama said. “Suddenly, Iran realizes, you know what, maybe we can get additional concessions out of the Americans by holding these individuals—makes it much more difficult for us to walk away if Iran somehow thinks that a nuclear deal is dependent in some fashion on the nuclear deal.”
Amir Hekmati's sister, Sarah, discusses her brother's situation at a news conference in Vienna, Austria. (Photo: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters/Newscom)
Amir Hekmati’s sister, Sarah, discusses her brother’s situation at a news conference in Vienna, Austria. (Photo: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters/Newscom)

While support and recognition for these Americans trapped in Iran continues to grow, the mood remains ever hopeful of securing their freedom.