Monday, January 18, 2016

Palestinian Terrorist Murders Israeli Mother, Three Americans Missing In Iraq, 'Putin Is Isolated' Meme Dies As Japan Calls For Closer Ties

Palestinian Terrorist Breaks into Home, Murders Israeli Woman in Front of Her Children

In a horrific scene, a Palestinian terrorist broke into a civilian home and murdered an Israeli woman in front of her children.

The terrorist attack took place in the West Bank Jewish community of Otniel, in the South Hebron Hills region.

An investigation revealed that the woman’s children had been present just inside the home. Security forces began searching the area for the knife-wielding assailant, who fled shortly after the 5:30 PM attack, allegedly in the direction of a Palestinian town.

Israel National News has more details:

The Arab terrorist who carried out the attack succeeded in breaking into the town, entering the woman’s home and murdering her before fleeing the scene. The woman fought with the terrorist, and her children returned to the house immediately after the mother was stabbed.
Security forces are currently pursuing the terrorist, aided by a helicopter, and residents of the town were asked to stay in their homes during the manhunt. The IDF has clarified that the terrorist is no longer in the town.
Witnesses of the attack have said the terrorist worked in the town and used his familiarity with the community to carry out the attack.
Noam Bar, a senior Magen David Adom (MDA) paramedic, said, “the sight was difficult, we saw an unconscious woman aged around 40, who was not breathing and had no pulse.”
“She suffered from stab wounds to her upper body; we performed continued resuscitation but in the end we were forced to pronounce her death,” said Bar.

The Jerusalem Post notes the incident comes “hours after a Palestinian knife attacker was shot dead while trying to stab Israelis at Hativa Square near Nablus, near the headquarters of the Samaria territorial Brigade.”
Also earlier Sunday, Breitbart Jerusalem reported three Israeli-Arabs were detained by security forces outside of a Jerusalem synagogue on suspicion of planning a knife attack.

Three Americans Reported Missing in Iraq, US Working on Recovery

Three Americans reportedly have been kidnapped in Baghdad, US State Department is working to find them.

Three Americans have been kidnapped in Iraq's Baghdad, Al Arabiya news channel reported on Sunday. An anonymous official from US State Department said that US government is aware of the reports and is working to find them.

"We are aware of reports that American citizens are missing in Iraq," the State Department official was quoted as saying by Reuters. "We are working with the full cooperation of the Iraqi authorities to locate and recover the individuals," the source stressed.

It has been reported that the people missing were American contractors. A security official in Baghdad said that a company had filed a report about three of its staff going missing two days before, CNN reported.
The situation in Iraq, which has been in a state of turmoil for years, has worsened in 2015, triggered mainly by the activities of Islamist militants such as Daesh, which is prohibited in many countries, including the United States and Russia.

The "Putin Is Isolated" Meme Officially Dies As Japan Calls For Closer Ties With Russia

One of the great ironies of the Obama administration’s foreign policy record is the extent to which Washington started 2009 with designs on normalizing frosty relations with Russia and started 2015 with the worst US-Russo dynamic since the Cold War.
To be sure, not all of that was Washington’s fault - but most of it was.
Of course the international community probably should have curbed its enthusiasm early on, given that the entire effort got off to a rather inauspicious start when then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton presented Sergei Lavrov with a big red button that was supposed to say “reset” (a nod to the “resetting” of relations between Washington and Moscow) but which actually said “overcharged” in Russian.

Six years, one annexed Crimea, a raft of economic sanctions, and one Ukrainian civil war later, and we’re back to Soviet-era politics.
Part and parcel of Washington’s PR and foreign policy strategy over the last three or so years has been to perpetuate the idea that Vladimir Putin is “isolated” on the world stage. This, along with subtle reminders in the media and on the silver screen that America needs to preserve a healthy bit of Russophobia if it is to be safe, has worked domestically, but not internationally.

Russia has strengthened ties with China, kicked off the BRICs bank, cemented an alliance with Iran (another “isolated” state), and worked to de-dollarize everything from oil markets to cross-border financial transactions.

Moscow’s dramatic entry into the Syrian conflict and Russia's common sense approach to ending the years-long affair has resonated with the likes of France and everyone else who understands that the way to fight terror is to kill the terrorists, not arm them.
Indeed, The Kremlin’s successful attempt to wake the world up to the fact that Washington and its regional allies are actually exacerbating the war in Syria by arming rebel groups with questionable motives has gone a long way towards forcing the international community to rethink who the “good” superpower really is.

Now, in what may be the best evidence yet that the “Putin is isolated” meme is officially dead, none other than US ally Japan is ready to “bring Putin in from the cold.”
Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe is pressing for President Vladimir Putin to be brought in from the cold, saying Russian help is crucial to tackling multiple crises in the Middle East,” FT writes, adding that “Mr Abe said he was willing to go to Moscow as this year’s chair of the Group of Seven advanced economies, or to invite the Russian president to Tokyo.” Here’s more:

Pointing to tension between Saudi Arabia and Iran, the war in Syria, and the threat of radical Islamism, Mr Abe said: “We need the constructive engagement of Russia.”

The former G8 excluded Russia following its annexation of Crimea and military support for separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine. But while Japan has joined in sweeping economic sanctions, Mr Abe made clear he wants to work with Mr Putin.

“As chair of the G7, I need to seek solutions regarding the stability of the region as well as the whole world,” he said, noting Japan’s ongoing territorial dispute with Russia over the Kuril Islands. “I believe appropriate dialogue with Russia, appropriate dialogue with president Putin is very important.”
As the only Asian nation in the club of rich democracies, Japan prizes its G7 membership, and Mr Abe is determined to make the most of the Ise-Shima summit he will host in May.

This is the kind of talk that will get you blacklisted in Washington and we wonder how long it will be before Abe gets a courtesy call from the Obama to remind Tokyo of the grave "threat" Putin poses to global peace and security.


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