Wednesday, July 23, 2014

UN Head Ban Ki-moon: 'Predictable, Uninformed, Dangerous Drivel'

This first review comes from the American Thinker and perfectly characterized 'the nations' reaction to the Gaza crisis:

What part of “death to Jews!” and all that goes with it do some people not understand?

On Tuesday, a UN delegation, lead by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, met with Prime Minister Netanyahu and Israeli leaders. At the end of the day, the Secretary General and the Prime Minister offeredstatements (video embedded below).
Prime Minister Netanyahu made an opening statement that was strong and clear.

He spoke about Islamic terror and jihad. He equated Hamas with al Qaeda, Hezb’allah, ISIS, and the growing list of terror organizations.
He spoke about how Hamas initiated and is now prolonging this conflict. And he spoke of how Hamas is committing a double war crime by targeting innocent Israelis and using Palestinian civilians as human shields.

He spoke about the numerous cease-fire proposals that Israel has accepted and that Hamas has rejected.

He spoke about how, at the request of the international community, Israel provided cement so Palestinians could build schools and hospitals. And he spoke of how Hamas used that very cement to build terror tunnels that are embedded in mosques, hospitals, and schools and that extend into Israel with the purpose of kidnapping and killing as many Israelis as possible.

He spoke about how Israel opened field hospitals to treat injured Palestinians and how Hamas is preventing Palestinians from going to those hospitals.
He spoke about how Israel will do what it needs to do to keep Israeli safe. And he spoke of how no country would tolerate what Israel is subjected to.
Then Ban Ki-moon spoke.

Ban Ki-moon began talking about how “too many Palestinian and Israeli mothers are burying their children.” This struck me as his transitional statement. I knew things would rapidly go downhill and Ban Ki-moon did not disappoint my lowest possible expectations.

“My message to Israelis and Palestinians is the same. Stop fighting. Start talking. And take on the root causes of the conflict.”

And things got even worse.

We must address the “underlying issues including mutual recognition, occupation, despair, and denial of dignity so people do not feel they have to resort to violence to as a means of expressing their grievances. Military actions will not increase Israel’s stability and security in the long run. I fully share and appreciate the legitimate security concern and right to defend your country and citizens. Israel is a democratic strong country and I urge to you to demonstrate fortitude by exercising maximum restraint.”

Hold it. Stop the presses. Did the UN Secretary General just validate terrorism? Did he just suggest that people must resort to violence as a way of expressing their grievances? (And what pathetic groups don’thave grievances these days?) Um, what special class of people did he have in mind? Hmm. Let me guess.

Israelis? No? That’s odd because they certainly seem like they could have an awful lot of grievances piled up at this point.

So, ok then. Palestinians. They have grievances and have no other option than to become violent. Interesting. I notice this rationale seems reserved for this group quite frequently.

And, dear readers, out of respect for your time, I’m not even getting into the Secretary General’s use of the word “occupation,” but do have a quick word about “military actions” as non-solutions.  Um, I’d say unless something dramatic changes for the better in the Middle East (which I don’t see happening anytime soon, or make that, ever), military actions most certainly will increase Israel’s security. A little help from the international community on that front would also be nice.

Anyway, as if not quite satisfied with having his dhimmitude on display, he piled more on as he droned on with the now familiar refrain: that Israel of course has a right to defend herself, but in light of the fact that she’s a strong democratic country, could she please take it easy?

Huh? Israel is supposed to be penalized for being a strong democratic nation? What’s up with that? It makes no sense. Unless at the heart of the matter, you wouldn’t mind seeing her go down.

And then the final bit of pure madness. Unless I misunderstood the Secretary General’s halting English, I do believe I heard him say that there must be one legitimate Palestinian government that adheres to “the PLO commitment to non-violence, the recognition of Israel, and respect for previous agreements.”

And finally: “No barrier can separate Palestinians and Israelis because they share a common future.”

Oh dear. I do believe the Secretary General really outdid himself.

Sir, there must be a barrier. A very large, strong, barrier that keeps the culture of darkness, death, hate, and evil at bay.  

But this is the UN, after all. A body that is useless. Worse than useless. So what should I have expected? Indulge me while I fantasize about something sane.

The UN Secretary General and all world leaders should be condemning Hamas and labeling it as the terror organization that it is. They should acknowledge the fierce battle we are in against jihad. They should be joining with Prime Minister Netanyahu in voicing zero tolerance for those who call for the death of all Jews and the complete destruction of the Jewish state. They should be declaring their commitment to stand with Israel with full support against the forces of evil that seek to destroy her. And they should announce to the world that the forces she is facing are the same forces threatening innocent people the world over as the caliphate grows and evil advances.

But of course no one is saying that. Except, of course, Prime Minister Netanyahu who had a brief response to the UN Secretary General before saying a few words in Hebrew to those in Israel who were listening

The UN's Human Rights Council (HRC) convened Wednesday afternoon in a special meeting to discuss Israel's Operation Protective Edge and its effects in the Gaza Strip where over 643 Palestinians have been killed according to Palestinian medical sources.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, opened the meeting with heavy criticism for the State of Israel saying that it is possibly committing war crimes against the civilian population in Gaza. 

Pillay cited the destruction of homes as a punishment and the killing of Palestinian children as creating the strong possibility that Israel is breaking international law in its military action against Hamas. "Every one of these incidents must be properly and independently investigated," said Pillay.

The Israeli representative, Evyatar Manor, was equally harsh in his reply to the accusations, calling the UN debate a "knee-jerk" reaction, and firmly stating that Hamas is committing war crimes whereas Israel is simply performing its duty to defend itself.

"Israel will destroy Hamas' military infrastructure," Manor told the debate. "However, the Gaza residents are not our enemy. Israel is fully committed to international law," he added.

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad al-Malki responded by urging world powers to end what he called Israel's impunity, adding: "Israel must be held accountable for its crimes." His speech was greeted by loud applause.

The French capital braced Wednesday for a fresh protest against the Israeli offensive in Gaza after similar rallies ended in violence and looting, raising concerns in the Jewish community about anti-Semitism.
The government, whose ban on several weekend rallies failed spectacularly after they went ahead anyway and descended into chaos, decided to authorize Wednesday’s protest in Paris after discussions with organizers who gave “security guarantees”, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said.

The protests over the weekend in Paris and in the suburb town of Sarcelles were marred by clashes between demonstrators and the police that sent locals scurrying as tear gas permeated the air, and scores were arrested.

Other demonstrations were to be held Wednesday in the cities of Lyon, Toulouse, Lille and Reims.
They have been called by far-left groups, pro-Palestinian organisations and some unions.
Another demonstration is due to be held in Paris on Saturday, and it is as yet unclear whether authorities will decide to ban it over fears of unrest.

Senior IDF commanders said Wednesday July 23 that the time had come for a decisive war move. Breaking up the Hamas’ subterranean tunnels would take weeks, they said, but the critical encounter for completing their military mission and bringing the war to a close was still to be fought after three key IDF victories: The battle for Shejaiya grabbed the headlines, but the confrontations in eastern Rafah and eastern Khan Younes in the south were just as important.

The commanders are now urging a large-scale assault on the bunker complex housing Hamas’ top military command and infrastructure. They say it is up to national leaders, i.e., the security cabinet, to determine the military’s next move and the disposition of the forces present on the battlefields of the Gaza Strip.
The tank units could undertake the opening moves for the next, critical stage of the Israeli operation at no more than hours’ notice.

Political circles in Israel agree that after Hamas rejected all the ceasefire proposals floated, the next stage is the war’s expansion for its closing shots. There is no word yet on how they are to be conducted.

The Times of Israel is liveblogging events as they unfold through Wednesday, the 16th day of Operation Protective Edge. The IDF death toll is at 29, with another soldier MIA presumed dead and claimed by Hamas to be in their hands (dead or alive). US Secretary of State John Kerry and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon are in the region, but a ceasefire does not appear close. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the operation will continue until sustained quiet is achieved for Israel and Hamas’s terrorist capabilities greatly degraded. Some foreign airlines are suspending flights to Israel after a rocket hit a home near the airport. IDF-Hamas fighting in Gaza remains intensive, Hamas is still trying to carry out attacks in Israel through tunnels, and rockets are still being fired. (Tuesday’s liveblog is here.)

The IDF has struck a terrorist position in Gaza's Al Wafa hospital, illustrating the highly sensitive and illegal use of civilian targets as human shields by Hamas and other Gazan terrorist groups.
IDF sources say that the controversial decision to attack the position was taken after several days in which ground forces came under heavy fire from gunmen positioned inside the hospital grounds. The fire reportedly included both light weaponry and heavy anti-tank missiles directed towards IDF armored vehicles.
"The hospital premises were being used as war rooms and command centers by the terrorist groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad," said an IDF spokesperson.
The military added that it had repeatedly warned international agenciesand the Palestinian head of the hospital directly about the gunfire from thehospital, as well as several other senior Palestinian officials - but to no avail. Instead, in the past several hours the intensity of the attacks has only increased, posing a real and imminent danger to the lives of soldiersoperating in the area, forcing the IDF to respond with fire of its own.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

More On MH17

It is becoming more and more apparent that Russia/Putin is being 'punished' and marginalized for not going along with the globalist agenda - Putin addresses this below (second article). It seems to be working. As a result of the downed flight 17 the EU is already threatening to withdraw further from Russia by imposing additional sanctions, as is the U.S. The fix seems to be in. 

As usual - look at who has the most to gain from any 'action' or any such 'incident'. One thing is clear - it sure isn't Russia. The very end of this article is very thought-provoking and worthy of some thought.

Zero Hedge has an interesting review (the question asked at the very end of the article may be the most germane question yet):

U.S. State Department 'Confident' MH17 'Mistakenly' Downed By Separatists, Finds No Direct Link To Russia

UPDATE: Having failed absymally with their earlier release of "information," US intelligence officials have tried to give more information... sadly this does not include any actual evidence, just statements and confirmation of YouTube clips...

Senior U.S. intelligence officials cited sensors that traced the path of the missile, shrapnel markings on the downed aircraft, voiceprint analysis of separatists claiming credit for the strike, and a flood of photos and other data from social media sites.

The officials also for the first time identified a sprawling Russian military installation near the city of Rostov as the main conduit of Russian support to separatists in Ukraine, describing it as a hub of training and weapons that has expanded dramatically over the past month. The officials said that tanks, rocket launchers and other arms have continued to flow into Ukraine


Senior U.S. intelligence officials said they have ruled out the possibility that Ukrainian forces were responsible for the attack.

“That is not a plausible scenario,” said one senior U.S. official, who noted that American intelligence agencies have confirmed that Ukraine had no anti-aircraft missile system within range of the Malaysian flight at the time it was struck.


The official was one of three senior U.S. intelligence officials who spoke on condition of anonymity during a briefing arranged for reporters in Washington


“We are seeing a full-court press by the Russian government to instruct affiliated or friendly elements to manipulate the media environment to spread Russia’s version of the story,” the official said. “What this looks like again is a classic case of blaming the victims.”


The officials also declined to provide more details on the satellites and other sophisticated sensors that enabled them to trace the path of the missile, citing concerns about compromising secret U.S. capabilities.


The U.S. officials said they have confirmed the authenticity of some of those recordings, including one in which the self-proclaimed defense minister of the Donetsk People’s Republic, Igor Strelkov, claimed responsibility for shooting down a military transport plane at the time the Malaysian aircraft was struck.

Analysis comparing that audio clip to other confirmed recordings of Strelkov’s voice “confirmed these were authentic conversations,” one of the officials said.


“If you listen to Youtube you get that: ‘we’re finding civilians,’” a senior U.S. intelligence official said. Partly for that reason, the official said, “the most plausible explanation to me is [it was] a mistake.”

So once again no actual evidence... conjecture on 'unknown' recordings provided by Ukraine (ignoring for a moment the fact that the ones that have been released publicly have been proved false). Illustrations of a large Russian military base near the border of Ukraine... well is anyone surprised by that?

With a somewhat shocking lack of evidence, AP reports that US officials (on condition of anonymity) have stated that intelligence suggests Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 was mistakenly shot down by separatists and can find no link to Russia.
However, the unnamed non-proof-providing officials believed Russia "created the conditions" for the downing of MH17. For now there is not even a YouTube clip to confirm this... as officials do not make the new technical evidence public...

As opposed to Russia's detailed 30-minute press conference,


Senior U.S. intelligence officials say they have no evidence of direct Russian government involvement in the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

They say the passenger jet was likely felled by an SA-11 surface-to-air missile fired by Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine and that Russia "created the conditions" for the downing by arming the separatists.

The officials briefed reporters Tuesday under ground rules that their names not be used in discussing intelligence related to last week's air disaster, which killed 298 people.

They said they did not know if any Russians were present at the missile launch, and they wouldn't say that the missile crew was trained in Russia.

A senior official said the most likely explanation was the plane was shot down by mistake.

So - to sum up - having told the world that they would release details surrounding intelligence about the MH17 disaster, US officials have pulled a "trust us" moment... blamed the "terrorists" and given themselves an out with Putin... all with absolutely no public proof whatsoever...
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Which leaves us with one question - What happened between The White House and Putin (and perhaps Merkel) that ended with this lowering the tone of the debate?

In the article below - we see Putin addressing the globalist movement and his feelings about that, which is very interesting and unexpected:

'We Will react To NATO Build-Up' - Key Putin Quotes From Defense Policy Address

Moscow will respond to NATO’s expansion towards Russia’s borders, President Vladimir Putin said at the emergency Security Council meeting in Moscow. Here are his key quotes on Russia’s defense, Western sanctions, and violence in eastern Ukraine.

We shall provide an adequate and well-measured response to NATO’s expansion towards Russia’s borders, and we shall take note of [the West] setting up a global missile defense architecture and building up its arsenals of precision-guided weapons,” Putin said on Tuesday.
No matter what our Western counterparts tell us, we can see what’s going on. As it stands, NATO is blatantly building up its forces in Eastern Europe, including the Black Sea and the Baltic Sea areas. Its operational and combat training activities are gaining in scale.”

On sanctions and sovereignty

Putin has criticized the rounds of sanctions that the US and EU have imposed on Russia, which began during Crimea's accession to Russia and continued after the MH17 plane crash in Ukraine.

The very concept of the state sovereignty is becoming diluted. Unwanted regimes and countries that are trying to exercise independent policy or simply stand in the way of someone’s interests are getting destabilized,” Putin said.
Attempts aimed at destabilizing the social and political situation, throwing off Russia and striking at its vulnerable and soft spots have been and will be made,” he added.
According to Putin, Western states are trying to “make Russia agreeable so that certain matters at the international arena are resolved in favor of other countries.”
The so-called competitive struggle at the international arena will imply the use of tools in both economic and political fields. This will include the potential of security services, modern information and communication technologies, and connections of dependent, puppet NGOs – the so-called soft power,” Putin pointed out. “Apparently, some countries regard it as democracy.”

Evening Update: Heavy Fire In Central Israel, Worse May Yet Lie Ahead

Heavy Rocket Fire On Central Israel

Gaza terrorists fired a sudden barrage of rockets at Israeli cities at around 9 p.m. Tuesday.
Rocket sirens were heard in the coastal cities of Holon, Bat Yam, and in Modiin, located inland between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Sirens sounded in Samaria, as well.
Terrorists also targeted Israeli towns near Gaza, as they had done on several previous occasions throughout the day.
No injuries or damage were reported in the attack. The Iron Dome defense system shot down two incoming rockets.
Earlier in the day Gaza terrorists fired on the Tel Aviv region. Shrapnel from one rocket hit a courtyard in the town of Yahud near Ben Gurion International Airport, causing damage. The Yahud attack prompted several international airlines to suspend their flights to and from Israel.
A short time later, terrorists fired on the southern cities of Ashdod and Ashkelon.
The frequency of rocket attacks has dropped since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge in Gaza. IDF commanders say troops have successfully destroyed over 1,700 terror targets, including rockets,launchers, and launch sites.

As of Tuesday night, despite the efforts of international intermediaries here in the region, there was no sign of an Israel-Hamas ceasefire. Visiting UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon had failed to achieve the long-term humanitarian truce he planned. This despite signs Monday that Hamas might want to halt the fighting.

The Al-Mayadeen satellite station, which has good contacts in the office of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, claimed late Monday that Abbas and Hamas political bureau chief Khaled Mashaal had reached a ceasefire deal, based on Egypt’s proposal for an immediate cessation of hostilities. Abbas’s intelligence chief Majid Faraj set off to persuade the Egyptians to make minor changes to their proposal.

After midnight, however, it became clear that Egypt wasn’t inclined to make the minor changes, and that Hamas’s military wing wanted more than minor changes. It still wants the release of prisoners, the opening of the Rafah border crossing, the opening of a seaport, and more.

The Hamas military wing has stuck by its demands for the whole two weeks of the conflict. But if until recently its demands seemed like the consequence of exaggerated, arrogant expectation, now its stubbornness seems to reflect a fear for its feature and a certain frustration. The Hamas political and military leadership know that a ceasefire now, with 600 dead Gazans, almost 4,000 injured and nothing dramatic to show for it will not go down well with the Gaza public. Hamas’s standing will simply crash.
It’s been telling Gazans that the siege — the Israeli-Egyptian security blockade — will be lifted. And that this is what it’s fighting for. The damage to Gaza is immense. Thousands of homes have been hit. More than 600 destroyed. Some 100,000 people have fled their homes. To agree a ceasefire now, after all that, will look like meek surrender.
Until a couple of days ago, most Gazans were supporting Hamas — that is, supporting the fighting. The battling in Shejaiya changed that to some extent. “Enough of this; we’re exhausted,” Gazans say in phone conversations now. Every few minutes there’s another Israeli attack, and more death. The atmosphere is one of despair. Eid al-Fitr, the celebratory end of Ramadan, is on Sunday. The killings of 27 Israeli soldiers and the possible capture of one more (likely dead) does not amount to sufficient comfort.
Hence the trap. Hamas will find it hard to end the fighting without a significant achievement. But such an achievement — the opening of the borders, for instance — is not at hand. Egypt has no desire to come to its aid. Israel has no intention of freeing prisoners.
And so after quite a few bad days for Israel and for Gaza, worse days still seem to lie ahead.

For the second time in less than a week, rockets have been found in a school in Gaza operated by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, the body said.

“Today, in the course of the regular inspection of its premises, UNRWA discovered rockets hidden in a vacant school in the Gaza Strip,” the organization said in a statement issued Tuesday. “As soon as the rockets were discovered, UNRWA staff were withdrawn from the premises, and so we are unable to confirm the precise number of rockets. The school is situated between two other UNRWA schools that currently each accommodate 1,500 internally displaced persons.”

Israeli officials reacted furiously to the discovery. “How many more schools will have to be abused by Hamas missile squads before the international community will intervene,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Yigal Palmor told The Times of Israel. “How many times can it turn its head the other way and pretend that it just doesn’t see?”

 “The rockets were passed on to the government authorities in Gaza, which is Hamas. In other words, UNRWA handed to Hamas rockets that could well be shot at Israel,” a senior Israeli official told The Times of Israel.

It was the ninth synagogue attack in France since Israel launched Operation Protective Edge in Gaza two weeks ago. To Eliyahu and many other French Jews, the attacks have contributed to a growing realization that, despite the extraordinary efforts of French authorities to protect them, French Jews need to rely mostly on themselves for their defense.

French authorities have been vigorous in their condemnations of recent attacks, with President Francois Hollande vowing not to allow violence in the Middle East to spill over into the streets of France and Prime Minister Manuel Valls promising to severely punish anti-Semitic attacks.
But while they are grateful for the government’s backing, many French Jews lack confidence in its ability to protect them. Bernard Cazeneuve, the French interior minister, temporarily banned protests against Israel last week out of concern for public order, but that ban was ignored by thousands who staged unauthorized protests anyway.
In this climate, there appears to be growing support for LDJ, a controversial group with a history of vigilantism and violence that has been central to recent efforts to fight back against mobs attacking French synagogues.
Martine Cohen, a sociologist who specializes in French Jewry, said LDJ’s activity has increased due to “the escalation of anti-Semitic attacks that target Jews, supposedly for Israel’s actions,” though she stressed that LDJ remains a small movement that pales in comparison to the threat posed by pro-Palestinian rioters.
“I used to tell my grandsons to focus on the studies and stay out of trouble, but now I sent them to join the LDJ and defend our synagogues against the scum,” says Victor Sofer, a barber who works in Paris’ heavily Jewish 10th arrondissement.
“The Arabs own the streets now,” said Sofer. “We need make them lose the appetite for messing with us if we’re to survive here. LDJ is our Iron Dome.”
Three Jews were wounded in the fight at the Synagogue de la Roquette, in which 30 young Jewish men from LDJ and other groups fought off 200 rioters while six police officers protected the 150 worshipers inside. For 15 minutes, the young Jews kept the mob from reaching the synagogue doors until French riot police arrived on the scene. Videos of the clashes show both LDJ members and anti-Israel rioters hurling bottles and even chairs at one another.