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Israel, Assad quiet as 2nd weapons depot in Syria attacked in 3 days

Syrian human rights NGO reports the missiles attacked more ammunition depots, this time at the technical industry institution located in the eastern outskirts of Latakia.

By Daniel Salami, Liad Osmo and Reuter

 

Missiles targeted several locations in the Syrian coastal city of Latakia on Monday but were intercepted and downed by air defenses, Syrian state media said.The official SANA news agency said state technical industry institutions in Latakia had been targeted, adding they are likely the result of Israeli strikes on a state technical company.

Israel has yet to comment on the incident.

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“Air defenses have confronted enemy missiles coming from the sea in the direction of Latakia, and intercepted a number of them,” SANA quoted a military source as saying. Continue Reading »

Ignored by the Arab world, Abbas finally gets it: Fighting Trump was a mistake

PA officials in Ramallah tick off long list of US actions taken in response to Abbas’ intransigent posture. Abbas tells underlings to end attacks on Trump administration, shelves a speech criticizing anti-Palestinian acts by Trump administration, for upcoming U.N. General Assembly.

By Daniel Siryoti

 

A series of recent U.S. steps against the Palestinian Authority have infuriated the Palestinian leadership, but the outrage directed at the U.S. administration has been amplified by growing criticism directed at Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who has made “every possible mistake” since President Donald Trump entered the White House, according to a senior Palestinian official who spoke to Israel Hayom. Continue Reading »

Damascus arms depot hit after weapons recently arrived for Hezbollah

Britain-based Human Rights NGO in Syria reports missile attack targeted an arms depot near Damascus airport where recently arrived weapons were stored for the Iranians or Hezbollah.
– IDF: ‘Israel does not comment on foreign reports’

By Daniel Salami

 

Syria’s state media says Israel has launched a missile attack on Damascus International Airport Saturday, adding that Syrian air defenses shot down some of them.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said Israel does not comment on foreign reports.

The Saturday night attack shook the capital Damascus as blasts were heard in the city. Syrian media quoted an unnamed military official without giving further details. Continue Reading »

Lebanese PM rebukes possibility of citizenship to ‘Palestinian refugees’

Responding to reports that the Trump peace initiative has the hosting mid-East countries granting their so-called “Palestinian refugees” citizenship, Lebanon’s Foreign Minister says his country will never agree.
– UNRWA accepts donations to aid  449,957 “Palestinian refugees” in Lebanon, but official 
Lebanese count stands at 174,422.

By Dalit Halevi

 

Lebanon’s Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil says his country will never agree to grant Lebanese citizenship to so-called “Palestinian refugees”, in response to reports that the US government would like the countries hosting the “refugees” to grant them citizenship.

“Even if the entire world agrees to naturalization, we will never agree to that, and just as we defeated Israel by removing its occupation [from Lebanon in 2000], we will defeat it with regard to the naturalization plan and the right of return that will remain sacred,” Bassil said in an interview with Lebanese newspaper Al Joumhouria. Continue Reading »

Abbas tells visiting activists US proposed Palestinian-Jordanian confederation

According to Israel’s left-wing daily, Palestinian Authority kleptocrat Mahmoud Abbas related to visiting Israeli lawmakers & peace activists that he responded positively to Trump’s peace-team suggestion that the PA join a confederation with Jordan.

By i24NEWS

 

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday told Israeli lawmakers and peace activists that US President Donald Trump’s team of peace negotiators proposed that Palestinians join a confederation with Jordan, according to Israeli media reports.

“I was asked if I believe in a federation with Jordan,” Abbas said of talks held with White House senior adviser Jared Kushner and Middle East peace envoy Jason Greenblatt, according to Haaretz newspaper. Continue Reading »

Syrian air base explodes, controversy over cause, Israel or “short circuit”

A Lebanon news channel and the Syrian Observatory for Human Right both blamed Israel for the alleged overnight missile strike that reportedly left people killed & wounded at a Damascus airbase, but Syrian military source says ‘short circuit’ caused massive explosions at its weapons depot.

By Daniel Salami and news agencies

 

Syrian state media said loud blasts coming from an airbase early on Sunday were from an explosion at an ammunitions dump caused by an electrical problem, but an official in the regional alliance backing Damascus said they were from Israeli strikes.

Opposition leaders claimed that a weapons depot situated in the Mezzeh airbase in the capital belonging to Syrian President Bashar Assad’s army was the target of the the attack. Continue Reading »

Analysis: Abbas struggling to survive, convinced world conspiring against him

The aging Palestinian president, whose 4-year-term ended January 2009, is convinced that the whole world is conspiring against him – the Israelis, the Americans, Egypt, among several Arab countries, some Europeans, the special UN coordinator and many, many, Palestinians.

By KHALED ABU TOAMEH

 

It’s hard to believe that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas enjoyed last week’s Muslim feast of Eid al-Adha – a holiday he often loves to spend with his family, especially the grandchildren.

Just before the feast began, the first reports about an imminent truce agreement between Abbas’s rivals in Hamas and Israel started appearing in various Arab media outlets. Continue Reading »

REPORT: Abbas works 2hrs daily, doesn’t recognize those around him

Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian Authority kleptocrat who threatened to resign 7 times in the past, is reportedly suffering from severe memory problems and is refusing to appoint a successor to replace him.

By Elad Benari

 

Palestinian Arab officials close to Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas claim that his health is worsening, Channel 10 Newsreported on Wednesday.

According to the report, Abbas is suffering from severe memory problems and at times does not recognize those around him.

His associates say that he holds meetings for a maximum of two hours a day, and even then he is distracted at times. Continue Reading »

Palestinian intransigence has Trump anointing Jordan as ‘partner’

Since Mahmoud Abbas has steered the PLO into refusing to negotiate with Israel on President Trump’s still to be revealed peace ‘deal of the century’, Jordan has resurrected its claims over ‘West Bank’ sovereignty and the U.S. is prepared to have the Kingdom step in to replace the Palestinian Authority as a negotiating partner.

By David Singer

 

The three day visit to Israel last week by President Trump’s National Security Advisor – John Bolton – indicates Jordan will replace the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO)  in concluding negotiations with Israel to resolve territorial sovereignty in Judea and Samaria (‘West Bank’), East Jerusalem and Gaza (”the disputed territories”) under Trump’s peace plan. Continue Reading »

PA autocrat Abbas, “outraged” at being ignored over Gaza ceasefire

PA autocrat Mahmoud Abbas is reportedly furious that Egypt is facilitating a Hamas-Israel ceasefire arrangement without him, saying, “Over my dead body will there be a ceasefire and agreement for calm between the sides.”

By Tal Polon

 

Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas reportedly expressed outrage that a ceasefire agreement between Hamas and Israel was being formulated without his participation.

[Israeli TV news] Channel 10 reported that it had been informed today, Tuesday, by a senior Fatah official in Ramallah that Abbas had said, “Over my dead body will there be a ceasefire and agreement for calm between the sides.”

Palestinian kleptocrates: Hamas political leader Ismail Haniyeh (left) and his second-in-comand, Gaza leader, Yahya Sinwar (center) ignore their nemesis, Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas (right).

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Trump strips $200m in aid to the Palestinian Authority

Failing a review directed by President Trump “to ensure these funds are spent in accordance with U.S. national interests and provide value to the U.S. taxpayer,” the State Department cut  $200+ million in aid to the Palestinians.

By MICHAEL WILNER

 

WASHINGTON — The State Department has cut more than $200 million in aid to the Palestinian Authority “at the direction of the president,” the administration announced on Friday.

Mahmoud Abbas ultimately rejected President Trump’s message to the Palestinian Authority in Bethlehem, May 23, 2017. – Screenshot: White House:IsraelandStuff.

The aid cut is the result of a review of US assistance to the Palestinian Authority ” to ensure these funds are spent in accordance with US national interests and provide value to the US taxpayer,” said a State Department spokesman. Continue Reading »

Iran unveils its domestically-built fighter jet

Iranian state television debuted Iran’s new domestically made fighter jet called Kowsar, capable of carrying limited weaponry, and could be used for short aerial support missions.
– Iranian President Hassan Rouhani: “Why does the United States not attack us? … because it knows the consequences.”

By Reuters and Ynet

 

Iran unveiled a new fighter jet on Tuesday, state media reported, as tensions rise between Tehran and regional rivals over conflicts in the Middle East.

The fighter jet called Kowsar was fully domestic made, capable of carrying various weapons, and will be used for short aerial support missions, Tasnim news agency said. Continue Reading »

Abbas gets no respect as Hamas willing to work with Israel

Mahmoud Abbas & Co. conspire to torpedo any ceasefire deal the UN & Egypt negotiate with Israel, if Hamas maintains their refusal to disarm and transfer control of Gaza to the Palestinian Authority.

By i24NEW

 

Hamas will not disarm or “pay any political price” as part of a ceasefire agreement with Israel, an official from the Gaza ruler said on Monday.

“We benefit from the truce. Our weapons will remain in our hands and there are no conditions regarding Hamas’s right to (continue) the resistance. The truce does not require a political price (from Hamas) and it is not part of the deal of the century,” senior Hamas official Mahmoud Zahar reportedly told online newspaper Al-Khaleej. Continue Reading »

Erdoğan’s war with Netanyahu and now Trump is crashing Turkey’s lira

Ignoring US suggestions to end support of Hamas, stop attacks on Netanyahu & Israel, stop attacking Kurds who’ve allied with the U.S., respect US sanctions on Iran, and now refusing to release Pastor Brunson from incarceration have led the Turkish lira to lose over 40% of its value so far this year.

By i24NEWS – AFP

 

Turkey’s embattled lira on Thursday hit a new record low against the dollar as high-level talks seeking to slacken tensions between Ankara and Washington produced no apparent breakthrough between the two NATO allies.

The lira lost 2.0 percent to trade at 5.4 to the dollar and lost 2.2 percent against the euro to trade at 6.3, also a record low. Continue Reading »

REPORT: UN and Egypt working hard to secure Hamas-Israel ceasefire

‘Top Guns’, Abbas Kamel, director of the Egyptian General Intelligence Service and UN Special Coordinator for the Mid-East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov, are in discussions with Nadav Argaman, Israel’s Shin Bet chief to put an end to the current chain of violence on the Gaza-Israel border.

By i24NEWS

 

The United Nations and Egypt are close to presenting an initiative to dramatically cool tensions between Israel and Hamas, Israel’s Channel 10 reported Friday.

Months of weekly protests and clashes along the Gaza-Israel border have also given rise to an uptick on rocket attacks from the enclave and retaliatory Israeli air strikes. Continue Reading »