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Israeli Government Passes Law Legalizing Illegal West Bank Settlements 

Just another example of how the right-wing Israeli government continues to run an illegal occupation, colonization and slow-burn ethnic cleansing. From Mondoweiss.net:

“The legislation, referred to as the “Regularization Bill,” legalizes more than 4,000 settler outpost units under Israeli law, and has been dubbed the first step toward de facto annexation.”

Bayit Yehudi party MK Bezalel Smotrich, one of the sponsors of the bill, said the law was “a historic step toward the completion of a process that we plan to lead; the application of full Israeli sovereignty on all the cities and communities in Judea and Samaria,” according to the Jerusalem Post.

The law is in direct contravention with international law, which deems all Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem illegal.

Even Mossad is warning the Israeli government & the US against more sanctions on Iran.

Israel source says leaked report of Netanyahu-Mossad rift on Iran sanctions is ‘Obama’s revenge’

Israeli officials in Jerusalem told Army Radio on Thursday that a report in Bloomberg highlighting the rift between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the vaunted intelligence agency Mossad over Iran sanctions was “the Obama administration’s revenge” over the Republican-controlled Congress’ invitation to the premier to speak before a joint session without consulting the White House.

According to the report, officials from Mossad have lobbied Congressional and administration officials to refrain from imposing new sanctions against Iran for fear that it would lead to a collapse of the Western powers’ talks with the Islamic Republic over its nuclear program.

The White House expressed anger over the invite extended to Netanyahu, calling it “a departure from protocol.”

Tzachi Hanegbi, the deputy foreign minister and a Netanyahu ally from the ruling Likud party, told Army Radio that the invite extended to Netanyahu was an attempt by the Republicans to embarrass President Barack Obama.

“There’s tremendous tension between Congress and the administration, and that’s nothing new,” Hanegbi said. “The new Congress was elected just a few weeks ago. There’s been a change in control.”

“Now the Republicans are the majority,” Hanegbi said. “They’re happy about this, and they will look to be a thorn in the president’s side in the remaining two years of his term, while the president will ignore them and continue to implement the policy in which he believes as much as he can.”

“Israel has no interest in being involved in these matters,” Hanegbi said.

Israel Escalates Demolishing of Palestinian Homes

Via Yahoo:

— Israel said Monday it has sent notices to the families of several Palestinians in the West Bank implicated in attacks against Israelis to vacate their homes ahead of their impending demolitions.

The development indicated that Israel is intensifying its much maligned policy of punitive destructions of homes of suspected attackers.

The assaults the attackers are accused of involved deadly intent against civilians — ramming vehicles into commuters at Jerusalem light rail platforms, for example — rather than just throwing stones or Molotov cocktails at Israeli soldiers.

The Israeli military said that in recent weeks, an unspecified number of notices warning of impending house demolitions have been issued to Palestinian families in the West Bank, whose relatives had carried out the attacks.

The military said that families have 48 hours to petition against the notices. Should they fail to do so — or should the petitions be rejected — the houses would become subject to immediate demolition.

Mossad-Backed Jundallah Pledges Support for ISIS

Antiwar.com reports that a terrorist group formerly and openly funded by both the CIA and Israeli intelligence has joined ISIS. The post includes multiple sources including stories from Foreign Policy.

In a statement today Jundallah, a high-profile Balochistan-based Islamist faction, announced that it is pledging loyalty to ISIS, and will back “whatever plans they have” going forward. The move follows reports from the Associated Press last week that the group’s leadership was meeting with ISIS members.

Jundallah is primarily a Balochistan separatist group, active in both Pakistan’s far west and in southeastern Iran. In recent years, the group’s attacks have mostly centered on Iran, and there is evidence they have been backedby Israel’s Mossad in doing so.

Jundallah was originally an ally of al-Qaeda, but had a falling out with them in 2003. The group then started getting funding from what they claimed were CIA agents, and there was ample evidence at the time that it was the US funding them.

The Two Billionaires That Will Pick The 2016 Nominees. And Neither Cares About What Americans Want.

The billionaire political kingmakers planning to bankroll much of the 2016 presidential campaign spoke out together Sunday with blunt warnings on key issues for their respective parties.

Haim Saban, a media mogul and close Democratic ally of Hillary Rodham Clinton, criticized President Obama’s outreach to Iran, declaring that “we’ve shown too many carrots and a very small stick.”

Sheldon Adelson, a casino magnate who is likely to tap into his fortune in an effort to elect a Republican to the White House, upbraided many in the GOP for their opposition to legalizing millions of undocumented immigrants. Without a comprehensive overhaul, he said, the country would not be “the America that I’m proud to live in.”

Adelson, 81, and Saban, 70, have gained enormous political power in the new era of super PACs and unlimited contributions, and both made it clear during a rare joint appearance Sunday before an audience of several hundred Israeli Americans that they intend to assert that power during the next presidential campaign and beyond with policy demands for their candidates. In particular, they vowed to press both sides for a more hawkish approach to the Middle East.

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Netanyahu Says White House Criticism of West Bank Settlements: “Un-American”

Says the non-American. Everything is man says is doublespeak:

 Israel’s prime minister dismissed a recent White House rebuke of Israeli settlement construction, saying in comments broadcast on Sunday that the criticism goes “against American values.”

Netanyahu said he does not accept restrictions on where Jews could live, and said that Jerusalem’s Arabs and Jews should be able to buy homes wherever they want.

He said he was “baffled” by the American condemnation. “It’s against the American values. And it doesn’t bode well for peace,” he said. “The idea that we’d have this ethnic purification as a condition for peace, I think it’s anti-peace.” The interview was recorded Thursday.

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But when his political party states that Israel is a JEWISH STATE, that is not pushing for “ethnic purification”. He also believes above that not allowing Israeli Jews to illegally build settlements on someone else’s property is “anti-peace”.

Fuck this guy.

ISIS: Blowback of a Greedy Foreign Policy

Two excellent articles on the history/creation of ISIS.

ISIS: Made in Washington, Riyadh – and Tel Aviv

“ISIS didn’t just arise out of the earth like some Islamist variation on the fabled Myrmidons: they needed money, weapons, logistics, propaganda facilities, and international connections to reach the relatively high level of organization and lethality they seem to have achieved in such a short period of time. Where did they get these assets?”

The History of the Islamic State

“The document that follows offers a brief history of the Islamic State entity and the method by which US policies under both Bush and Obama facilitated its growth, primarily through the opening of power vacuums created via ill-advised and ruinous imperialist policies. The underlying irony of this story is that George W. Bush fabricated a premise for invading Iraq under the assumption that Saddam Hussein was harboring al Qaeda operatives, and what has resulted from the events set in motion by the US invasion is the fall of a significant portion of Iraq to an organization even worse than al Qaeda, and the establishment of a jihadist haven the likes of which bin Laden could have only dreamed.”

The Politics of the Pro-Israel Stance

We start with this guy:

Sen. Mark Kirk Says Thousands Dead in Gaza “Worth It” to Destroy Hamas

When asked whether he thought the fighting in Gaza between Hamas and Israel would cost thousands more lives, Kirk said, “It was worth thousands of lives to wipe out the Nazis. And then the world was much better once they were wiped out.

“The only way to secure peace in the Middle East is to wipe out those who would bring terror to the Middle East,” Kirk added.

Kirk, a friend of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, estimated fighting in Gaza could last a couple more months. The Associated Press has reported that 1,000 Palestinians, 53 Israeli soldiers and three Israeli civilians have been killed in the fighting so far.

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Sen. Kirk needs a better research department show he doesn’t have to go the “Hitler” route. A simple Google search shows that Hamas can’t even be measured in the same category as the Nazis.

We move up to more of the actual politics and fundraising of the Israel lobby game. Mondoweiss breaks down the campaign of Michelle Nunn in her run for Senate in Georgia. Vox has the original scope.

The story goes, how she “stands” on Israel determines her amount of donations in the amount of $250,000. This is treason. She doesn’t KNOW it’s treason, but it’s treason.

The photo below came from her campaign website:

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The rest of the article here.

Harry Reid Wants More Aid for Israel. Because They Are Losing Their “War” or Something

“The Obama administration’s $225 million request to aid Israel during its war with Hamas may not be enough, warned Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Monday afternoon.
At the request of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, Senate Democrats folded $225 million for Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system into a larger bill that offers $2.7 billion in emergency funding to deal with the influx of Central American migrants to the southern border. But Reid said Israel will need even more help from the United States if the war in Gaza continues, demonstrating the need to pass the funding package this week ahead of a five-week congressional recess.

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Israeli Officials in Europe Demand “Strict Regulation” of Antiwar Protests Because “Holocaust”

The public relation wing of the warmongering assholes running the Israeli government went full retard yesterday. They decided to link any protest in Europe against their military killing operate of human fucking beings in Gaza as of course… “anti-Semitic”. They went as far as to say that they are seeing the “beginnings of a new Holocaust”.

Yes, anti-Semitism in Europe is real. Just ask the US-backed regime in Ukraine. The disgusting world view of “kill the Jews” is spreading in Europe for a multitude of reasons; the rising population of Arabs who come from countries affected by Israeli policy, racist assholes left over from WWII, and new assholes who can’t separate “Israel” from “Jews”.

But for the government of Israel to claim that any protests against their wars need to be regulated and are automatically a sign of a fucking Holocaust is shallow and distasteful. And in my opinion worthy of a good old American: “Fuck Off”.

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