President Trump’s claim that Iran is the “number one terrorist state” has been proved false, as leaks originating from within the White House secretly acknowledge that Saudi Arabia is the world’s biggest sponsor of terrorism.
Throughout Trump’s presidential campaign, he has made Iran the number one enemy of the United States, urging the public and military to prepare for a confrontation with the country in the near future.
The truth, however, is that Saudi Arabia, a U.S. ally, is secretly considered the world’s biggest threat to terrorism by officials in Washington.
In a September 2014 email from John Podesta to Hillary Clinton (one of the many among the batches of emails exchanged between John Podesta, chair of Hillary Clinton’s campaign for the White House, and Clinton that were released by Wikileaks) Podesta writes,
“While this military/para-military operation is moving forward, we need to use our diplomatic and more traditional intelligence assets to bring pressure on the governments of Qatar and Saudi Arabia, which are providing clandestine financial and logistic support to ISIL and other radical Sunni groups in the region.”
Further evidence about the role of the Saudis and other Gulf States in actively and materially supporting terrorism is the 2015 sworn testimony of Zacarias Moussaoui, the so-called 20th 9/11 hijacker, claiming that members of the Saudi royal family had supported Al-Qaeda. As part of a civil case that was brought against the Saudis by the 9/11 families, Moussaoui went as far as naming the specific members of the Saudi royal family who had donated money to the terrorist group in the lead up to 9/11.
But even without any evidence of direct links between the Saudis and various Salafi-jihadist terrorist groups, the extreme Wahhabi interpretation of Sunni Islam embraced by the Saudis as a state religion is near indistinguishable from the ideology of ISIS or Nusra or any of those terror organizations.
Indeed the funding of mosques and Islamic centers by the Saudis across the world, places in which this extreme and perverse interpretation of Islam is preached, has become a source of mounting concern in recent years.
In 2015 the UK’s Independent newspaper carried a story claiming a leaked intelligence report compiled by Germany’s BfV domestic intelligence agency alleged the Saudis and other Gulf monarchies – the Qataris and Kuwaitis – were actively supporting extreme Islamic groups in Germany.
They are allegations that tally with those made by Donald Trump in an interview he conducted on NBC’s Meet The Press in August 2015. During the interview, NBC reporter Chuck Todd presented Mr. Trump with a 2011 statement he made regarding the Saudis, which reads, “It’s [Saudi Arabia’s] the world’s biggest funder of terrorism. Saudi Arabia funnels our petrodollars, our very own money, to fund the terrorists that seek to destroy our people while the Saudis rely on us to protect them.”
The barbarity and mendacity of the Saudis are beyond doubt. When they aren’t terrorizing and butchering their own people at home, they are engaged in despicable war crimes in Yemen – war crimes in which the US and UK are complicit.
So why in the face of all the evidence and acquired knowledge when it comes to Saudi Arabia’s role in supporting terrorism and fomenting extremism, does the US continue to count Riyadh as its closest and most valued ally in the region after Israel? The simple answer is commerce.
Saudi Arabia is the US defense industry’s biggest customer, a mantle that Donald Trump intends to maintain with his recent decision to lift the ban that was imposed by Obama on further arms sales to the Kingdom over its human rights violations in Yemen.
It is also significant that while Iran is one of the seven predominately Muslim countries placed on the Trump administration travel ban list, neither Saudi Arabia nor any of the other Gulf States has been put on it. This alone proves that the President is not as serious about fighting terrorism than he likes to make out.
Iran, to repeat, is not a state that sponsors, funds, or foments terrorism, while Saudi Arabia is. The mere fact that this needs to be pointed out to the President is redolent of a view of the world from the Oval Office that continues to be upside down.
The Israeli Defense Force last week conducted a five-day drill simulating a confrontation with Hamas including infiltrations by Hamas terrorist commandos on land, sea and air. The Gaza Division’s large-scale exercise, held once a year, included hundreds of reserve soldiers.
According to a report, in Hebrew-language website Ynet, it included scenarios in which dozens of terrorists enter Jewish communities through several entry points, attack tunnels, paragliders, and the sea. Forces also drilled operating under incessant rocket and mortar fire on the Gaza periphery communities and the cities of Ashdod and Ashkelon.
There are fears Hamas may begin its next confrontation with a heavy barrage of bombs on border communities to debilitate army forces from responding. They have a vast tunnel network and huge weapons caches. During Operation Protective Edge in 2014, five Hamas marine commandos tried to infiltrate Kibbutz Zikim before they were killed by the IDF. Israel’s defense establishment has warned that the army must especially prepare for the strengthening of Hamas’s marine commando unit, which is believed to have more divers today than during the 2014 war.
The drill included special units of the IDF, as well as the mandatory service battalions that routinely patrol and secure the Gaza Strip border fence and the communities close to the border. The army practiced an orderly evacuation of communities close to the border, according to a plan formulated over the past year by the IDF.
“The Gaza Division drill was an excellent opportunity to strengthen the readiness and capabilities of the division’s men in mandatory and reserve service. The division simulated various scenarios in its entire territory,” said IDF Division Commander Brig.-Gen. Yehuda Fuchs.
Terrorist organizations in the Gaza Strip possessed around 10,000 rockets including long-range missiles such as the M-302. Hamas is in control of 6,000 of these rockets. Hamas uses civilian infrastructure to store and hide weapons. The terrorist group used the densely packed civilian areas of the Gaza Strip to embed its weapons arsenal and command centers. To target these terror sites and limit civilian casualties, the IDF used precision attacks and provides warnings of strikes in advance. The Hamas terrorists aren’t so selective. They reign munitions indiscriminately down on heavily populated Israeli civilian areas. Suicide bombings target women and children.
Hamas’ tunnel network is a vast underground city with dozens of access points located throughout Gaza. Hamas uses these tunnels as weapons caches, bunkers, command centers and a concealed transportation artery for terrorists and weapons, including rocket launchers. Some of these tunnels lead directly from Gaza to Israeli communities near the border, enabling terrorists to infiltrate, kidnap and attack Israeli civilians. The residents of southern Israel live in constant fear knowing that, at any time, a terrorist could emerge from a tunnel near their house and abduct or murder their neighbors or children.
Hamas exploits the Palestinian population of Gaza by building tunnels beneath densely populated areas. Many times, the tunnels’ access points are hidden between schools, mosques, hospitals and other civilian buildings. The terrorist organization deliberately embeds its terrorist infrastructure inside civilian’s neighborhoods, knowing that the IDF is reluctant to strike civilian areas.
Hamas deliberately uses Palestinian civilians as human shields, and has a long history of doing so. Hamas hopes to achieve two goals by using human shields: to deter IDF attacks on legitimate military targets, and to exploit any incidental harm that is caused because of IDF military activity.
Hamas’ use of human shields is a clear and deliberate violation of international law. Under the law of armed conflict, the presence of the civilian population cannot be used to render certain points immune from military operations, or to shield one’s own military operations. International law also explicitly forbids directing the civilian population to shield military objectives from attack.
This practice not only makes the IDF’s efforts to reduce civilian harm more difficult, but is also potentially lethal for civilians in Gaza. Despite the IDF’s best efforts to avoid incidental harm, the increased presence of civilians in areas of planned IDF activity raises the risk of harm to the civilian population.
How does Hamas fund weapons and the building of tunnels? The answer was Barack Obama. The Trump administration is reviewing the release of millions of dollars for Palestinian projects made by the Obama administration in a last-minute transfer that flouted congressional objections.
Former Secretary of State John Kerry cemented the $221 million transfer in the administration’s final hours and informed Congress of it early on January 20, triggering anger on Capitol Hill and a statement from the Trump administration that they would be examining all expenditures.
“The Department of State is currently reviewing last minute spending approved by the previous administration and will make adjustments if needed to ensure that it aligns with the priorities of the Trump-Pence administration,” Acting State Department spokesman Mark Toner said in a statement.
Other reports suggest that the administration told Congress the funds would go to both the West Bank and Gaza, and that some money would be allocated for good governance projects, among other reforms. There is no accountability for the money.
Much of the anger on Capitol Hill is being directed specifically at Kerry, according to a senior official at a pro-Israel organization who works with Congress on Middle East appropriations issues. “Kerry bears personal responsibility for making it impossible for Congress to continue working with the Palestinians in any productive capacity,” the source said. “Offices on both sides of the aisle are openly talking about freezing almost all aid to the Palestinians, and they’re saying that he forced their hand.”
Thanks to pro-Muslim and anti-Israel Obama, Hamas is back up to strength, and threatening Israeli security. Israel can take care of itself, but now that Trump is president, they have a strong ally in the U.S. again.
One of the most gruesome assaults upon sovereignty and self-rule in human history has to be when Russia, under mass murderer Joseph Stalin, made a deal with Germany to split Poland up like a wishbone without Poland getting any say in the matter whatsoever.
Tanks were to simply roll in and it was to be as if Poland had no borders, no language, and no culture, to quote Michael Savage. Poland was not expected to do anything but sit back and willfully allow itself to be shared at will by two other nations. The end of this story did not go very well for the Polish, by the way. They lost 6,028, 000 when all was said and done.
With this history lesson in mind, it needs to be known that much of the world today wants to take one of the smallest nations in terms of land mass on the planet and divide it up like military rations. Worst of all, just like Poland, tiny Israel is expected to merrily give this land to those that have a pronounced and admitted visceral hatred from them.
This is why many, including Donald Trump, are starting to refrain from shying away or avoiding openly supporting Israel considering the atrocities that those who want Israels precious land have brought to the EU. Perhaps it is time to make some gestures that both support Israel and tests the Muslims at their word about sharing the land with the Jews.
All of this is coming into focus as it was announced that the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is condemning Trump for saying that he plans to move the Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Well to begin the discussion, what right does any nation have to say where another nation may place an embassy? If the nation receiving the embassy has no problem with it, then no one has the right to meddle. However, this is where the lie of many within the Muslim world that wants a bite of Israel is exposed. The OIC is saying that Israel and Donald Trump must not take actions that would harm the Arabs from taking PART of Jerusalem.
If they can not even share the land enough to be tolerant of an embassy, a place of peace, then perhaps they are not being truthful about sharing the land at all. Perhaps what they really want is to bomb Israel from whatever part of the land that they can slither out of Jewish hands. Israel, according to those who think that they rule the world at the OIC, must not be allowed to “pursue its illegal occupation and annexation of ….east Jerusalem, including any such encouragement through the transfer of their diplomatic missions to the city.”
The other truth that comes out here is that for this to be true, the Muslims do NOT recognize Israel as a sovereign nation any more than Stalin recognized Poland. The goal here is going be for the Palestinians to use the same tired play that was seen in Gaza where Israel gives up land, gets bombed FROM that land, and the Palestinians claim to condemn it, then keep funding the terrorists. The OIC is just mad because Trump has seen this and alerted the world and the American people to it. Sure, Zionists are detestable people, but ISIS is worse.
Israel does not need the world’s permission to not be sliced up like a White Chapel victim any more than Poland should have needed Germany or Russia’s permission to not have well over six million of its people slaughtered in a deal of which it never endorsed.
Also, America does not have to answer to the world for moving an embassy within a sovereign nation anywhere that America and the recipient nation damn well please to put one. There has been no deal yet to destroy Jerusalem (which is what will happen) yet and there won’t be one if the Palestinians decide to act as they have in the past when they sent rockets into Israeli families.
If Israel gives up more land, will the Muslims suddenly stop digging tunnels into the other part of the Holy Land as they have done in Gaza and other acquired lands? If so, there is no reason that Trump should recognize any dividing of Jerusalem any more than those dividing it recognize Israel. Israel has made a lush paradise out of what was a wretched desert, they have protected themselves from constant onslaughts, and they are expected to now just give in to those who are still pledged to annihilate them.
This is seen in the fact that the Muslims can not even share enough land to allow an embassy, something that Trump was able to prove before he was even in office since this happened the day prior to his grand inauguration that so many had worked tirelessly for.
The Muslim world is going to have to understand that if they act at least with some form of decorum, people will want to work for them. This is seen in how the world treats Egypt who, while not perfect, at least have the sense to protect itself and it’s treasures from radical Islamic decimation. When a nation acts as off center as North Korea does (and the Palestinians are) and demand land while bombing the nation that is to give the land, then there is a disconnect that only the radical Islamist is not seeing.
Trump can see this, while he is often called “the new Hitler,” he is one of the only people standing up for the state of Israel.
Not only does this make him a poor choice for role of a new Hitler, but it also separates him from the warmongers and hateful racists that make demands as they inflict misery in Norway, Sweden, America, China, Russia, Pakistan, India, Egypt, Syria, Libya, the United Kingdom, Indonesia, Spain, Germany, Austria, Australia, South Korea, most of Africa…
Pope Francis met with the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday for the opening of a Palestinian embassy in Vatican City.
The inauguration of the embassy came just one day before representatives from 70 countries gathered in the French capital for an Israeli-Palestinian peace conference and amid threats by President-elect Donald Trump to illegally move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
The Paris talks began just weeks after a historic U.N. Security Council vote condemned Israel’s flagrant violation of international law in ongoing settlement construction on Palestinian territory.
The Vatican formally recognized the State of Palestine in June 2015 despite opposition from Israel, which said that it would damage prospects for peace in the region.
However, it also comes amid an atmosphere of heightened concern for Palestinian politicians.
U.S. President-Elect Donald Trump has said he will move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which Palestinians claim as their capital.
“We are waiting to see if [the move] happens. If it does it will not help peace and we hope it does not happen,” Abbas told reporters minutes after meeting Pope Francis, according to the Associated Press.
France is hosting an event on a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict Sunday.
Abbas will attend but Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has refused an invite.
A Syrian opposition group have called for Israeli intervention in Syria to help overthrow President Bashar al-Assad
The group comprised of certain foreign-based oppositionists have openly pleaded with Israel to directly confront Assad
Press TV reports:
The so-called National Salvation Front in Syria, which represents certain members of the anti-Damascus opposition in diaspora, including some who are based in France and Belgium, also proposed a “roadmap” for closer relations with Tel Aviv, the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported on Monday.
Citing an Israeli radio station, SANA said the roadmap features the recognition of Israel by a post-Assad Syrian regime, arriving at a compromise over the issue of Syria’s Golan Heights, which have been occupied by Tel Aviv since 1967, and the setting up of friendly ties and strategic cooperation between the two sides.
The plan also obligates the dissolution of all Syria-based anti-Israeli Palestinian resistance groups.
The group’s spokesman Fahd al-Masri, meanwhile, released audio and video messages, demanding that Tel Aviv expand its support for anti-Damascus militants.
The Israeli regime has been a vociferous supporter of the Assad administration’s ouster. It has been arming the Takfiri militants fighting the government forces and providing treatment for those arriving in Golan Heights under the pretext that it would render such service to those in “its” territory.
Last year, Riad Hijab, the head of a Saudi-backed so-called opposition group, known as the High Negotiations Committee (HNC), met with former Israeli Minister of Military Affairs Moshe Ya’alon on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference.
In the past, Kamal al-Labwani, a well-known anti-Assad activist with close ties with US and Israeli officials, hailed Tel Aviv for its support for the militants, and urged the regime to establish a safe zone for them on the border with the Golan Heights.
Source: Middle East Monitor
The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is preparing a blacklist of Israeli companies working in the illegal Jewish settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories, an Israeli newspaper reported on Tuesday. According to Israel Hayom, the list is an initiative “prompted” by the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement and is scheduled to be released later this year.
Former UN Special Rapporteur in the occupied Palestinian territories, Richard Falk, is said to have come up with this idea six years ago when he was in office. Describing him as a “known BDS activist”, the newspaper said that Falk now has the support of a number of Arab states.
Pro-settlement group NGO Monitor has written to the UN claiming that such a list “would be a violation of international law” as it would target “Jewish-owned” companies. This, it argues, violates the UNHRC’s own guidelines against discrimination based on national origin.
BDS is an international initiative of Palestinians living under Israel’s brutal military occupation. It is an entirely peaceful movement which has spread across the world and discourages commercial and cultural trade with Israel and those companies which benefit from the occupation.
Interestingly, the Israel Hayom article does not mention the word “occupation” at all. It refers instead to companies “operating beyond the Green [1949 Armistice] Line” in “Judea and Samaria”, the Zionist term for the occupied West Bank.