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So the Turks gave the Syrian Arab Army, Iranian IRGC & Hezbollah units a hammering last night, with armed drones hitting 100’s of targets in Idlib province of Syria. 

Seems to be shaping up the same way again this evening. If Russia allows this to continue unchallenged then Turkish army & their AQ allies will start taking non-trivial tract’s of ground from their current SAA owners.

Meanwhile Erdogan’s boys have been busily busing various flavours of refugee to the Greek border, advising them not to cross using official checkpoints. 

Pretty unfortunate timing for all this given the Coronavirus outbreak, enlarging the area where it could spread unchecked, right on Europe’s doorstep.

 

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Never waste a good crisis and so on

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US to recognise annexation of occupied West Bank, Jordan Valley

Palestinians reject application of Israeli law on occupied WB areas, saying it will shut the door on two-state solution.

The United States said it was ready to recognise Israel's annexation of much of the occupied West Bank, but asked the new unity government also to negotiate with the Palestinians.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has reached a power-sharing deal to remain in office after three inconclusive elections, has vowed to press ahead with annexations that the Palestinians say will shut the door on a two-state solution.

"As we have made consistently clear, we are prepared to recognise Israeli actions to extend Israeli sovereignty and the application of Israeli law to areas of the West Bank that the vision foresees as being part of the State of Israel," a US State Department spokesperson said on Monday.

The step would be "in the context of the Government of Israel agreeing to negotiate with the Palestinians along the lines set forth in President Trump's Vision," she said.

The statement came after Netanyahu said on Monday he was confident the US would give Israel the approval within two months to move ahead with the de facto annexation of parts of the occupied West Bank.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/04/recognise-israel-annexation-west-bank-jordan-valley-200428080228123.html

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'in the context of the Government of Israel agreeing to negotiate with the Palestinians along the lines set forth in President Trump's Vision'

What a **** sentence.

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Likely about to kick off in Israel as well after the police shoot dead an unarmed Palestinian man living in a home for people with special needs. "They thought he had a gun"

Add this to the scheduled annexation of even more Palestinian soil on the West Bank and it will be a hot summer down there.

 

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Been shockingly quiet about this.

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The slaying of 32-year-old Iyad al-Halak in east Jerusalem on Saturday by Border Police, who shot him after a pursuit outside Jerusalem’s Old City, has sparked anger once again among Israel’s Arab community over police treatment of Arab citizens.

The police have said the officers involved believed that Halak was holding a gun, although he was actually unarmed. A caretaker who was escorting Halak — who was autistic and on his way to a special needs institute — said she told the police numerous times that he was “disabled” before they shot him.

The incident was the third of its kind in May, during which an Arab citizen was killed by police personnel or security guards, and the 15th incident in the last decade in which an Arab citizen has been killed by police.

https://www.jpost.com/arab-israeli-conflict/iyad-al-halaks-killing-raises-concerns-over-police-behavior-towards-arabs-629960

Apparently the officers shot him an extra 3 times in the back for good measure when he was laying on the ground already shot and with his caretaker pleading with them that he was autistic and unarmed.

Demonstranter i Jerusalems gamla stadskärna håller upp plakat som kräver rättvisa för Iyad Halak och George Floyd. Bilden är från den 30 maj, samma dag som Halak sköts ihjäl.

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Iran blaming human error for the shicking downing of the Ukrainian flight in January (remember that?)

Not sure why this story isn't getting more coverage as this was heinous crime by the iranians even if it was a accidnet or not.

 

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Israel green light another 5000 settlements on illegally occupied Palestinian territory on the West Bank. Some European countries complains but does f all, not even a slap on the wrist and it's soon forgotten among all the other stuff that is happening in the world. Never waste a good crisis.

Remember when we had that Hasbara poster on here a few years back who claimed Israel would never do something like this again. Good times.

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Interesting bombing in Saudi today at a WWI memorial with many western/international diplomats/spies in attendance. It appears to have a specific French leaning, but one can never be sure.

https://au.news.yahoo.com/bomb-strikes-wwi-memorial-saudi-143029636.html

"A bomb blast struck a World War I commemoration attended by French and other diplomats in the Saudi city of Jeddah Wednesday, wounding at least two people in the second such assault in weeks.

The attack at a non-Muslim cemetery comes less than a month after a guard at the French consulate in Jeddah was wounded by a knife-wielding Saudi citizen, amid anger among Muslim nations over satirical cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed."

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9 hours ago, magnkarl said:

I wonder how Benny feels now that his best mate has lost power. The likelihood that he can stay out of jail is growing slimmer each day.

Trump has just provided the necessary cover for long desired policies. These will be continued in practice if not in rhetoric.

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21 minutes ago, bickster said:

The archtect and top scientist of Irans Nuclear Programme assasinated in what Iran describes as an act of State Terror

Another Mossad murder no doubt. And no doubt Trump gave the OK as a final gift to Israel before him and Netanyahu are off to jail.

Iranian nuclear scientists have the same life expectancy as German U-boat crewman during the latter part of WW2

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Iran's nuclear facilities and personnel keep blowing up.

Iran has continued to poke at the limits of what is acceptable under the nuclear deal to push the US to come back into compliance with it as well.

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Well I never!

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Israel to tell ICC it does not recognise court's authority, Ynet reports

 Israel will tell the International Criminal Court it does not recognize the authority of the tribunal, which is planning to investigate possible war crimes in the Palestinian territories, the news website Ynet reported on Thursday.

The Israeli website said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had decided not to cooperate with the inquiry after meeting with senior ministers and government officials ahead of a Friday deadline to respond to an ICC notification letter.

One Israeli official confirmed to Reuters that the government would indeed respond to the court’s letter. But Israel did not immediately expand on what the response would entail.

Israel is not a party to the Rome Statute that established the ICC and therefore by definition not a party to the court.

https://www.reuters.com/article/israel-palestinians-icct-int/israel-to-tell-icc-it-does-not-recognize-courts-authority-ynet-reports-idUSKBN2BV1UH

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15 hours ago, LondonLax said:

Isn’t that the stance the USA takes as well?

Yup, Trump even put in sanctions against a ICC judge who wanted to prosecute the US soldiers who committed war crimes in Afghanistan.

Some of the nicest nations in the world in that group not in the ICC: United States, China, India, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Qatar and Israel...

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