Thursday, May 4, 2017

Netanyahu Warns Israel Not Bound By 2015 Iranian Nuke Deal, War Of Words Escalates Between China - N Korea, Russian Bombers Fly Near Alaska Prompts Air Force Escort

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday that Israel is not bound by the 2015 agreement, signed between Iran and six world powers including the US, to curb Tehran’s nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief, and warned that Jerusalem will insure that Iran does not attain nuclear weapons.

“We will not allow Iran to acquire nuclear weapons and this [2015 nuclear] agreement does not bind us,” Netanyahu said during a speech at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center for an event marking 40 years since Begin led the Likud party to victory in 1977, ending almost 30 years of left-leaning led politics.

In his address, Netanyahu also warned that Israel will “retaliate” against “those who attack or try to attack us.”
“Those who threaten our existence put themselves at existential risk,” he promised.
“When it comes to Israel’s security, there are no compromises and in the face of the threats posed by radical Islam, we are honing defensive and offensive abilities, thus ensuring our existence,” said the prime minister, adding that radical Islam threatened the world, not just Israel.

These were familiar words from the prime minister who over the years has repeatedly said that Israel would consider all options, including the military option, in the face of an Iran advancing toward nuclear capability. Netanyahu has always strongly opposed the nuclear agreement signed two years ago with Iran, and on numerous occasions before and after it was concluded clashed publicly with the Obama administration over the accord.

The Israeli leader has said that the agreement poses a threat to Israel’s existence and paves Iran’s path to the bomb.
Iran has long backed armed groups committed to Israel’s destruction and its leaders have called for the Jewish state to be wiped off the map.
Israel has also been closely watching Iran’s activities in neighboring Syria, where Tehran is heavily invested in the civil war, and has vowed to not let it open a new front against Israel in the Golan Heights. Israel has also vowed to prevent advanced weaponry from Iran from reaching Lebanese terror group and Iranian proxy Hezbollah, and several airstrikes in recent years on weapons convoys were attributed to Israel.

War Of Words Escalates: China Blasts "Hyper-Aggressive" North Korea's "Irrational Logic"

The last few days have seen the unprecedented war of words between China and North Korea escalate dramatically. Following China's non-veiled final threats of sanctions (or oil embargoes) unless North Korea de-escalates with US (and embassy calls for Chinese citizens to return home from North Korea), North Korea struck back with claims of "betrayal" and threats of "grave consequences," The Global Times, published by the Communist Party mouthpiece People’s Daily, then hit back on Thursday, dismissing Pyongyang’s broadside as a “hyper-aggressive” move motivated by “nationalist passion” and “irrational logic”.

As The South China Morning Post reportsChina’s foreign ministry also weighed in on Thursday with comments suggesting that bilateral ties would not be affected by the spat.

Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said China’s stance on North Korea’s nuclear development and its ties with Pyongyang were “consistent”.

Analysts said that although North Korea constantly engaged in sabre-rattling with Washington and Seoul, it usually held off from direct verbal attacks on Beijing, its traditional diplomatic and economic backer.

They said the escalating rhetoric between the two neighbours showed Beijing’s “strategic patience” with Pyongyang was rapidly running out.

“I’ve never seen such a direct attack on China by North Korea’s state media and it shows their relations have plunged to a historical low,” said Cui Zhiying, a Korean ­affairs analyst at Shanghai’s Tongji University.

North Korea’s ties with China, Pyongyang’s top trade partner and provider of economic aid, have taken a major dive since Beijing slapped a sweeping ban on coal imports from North Korea in February.

The Global Times has published at least 11 editorials dedicated to North Korea’s nuclear threats since North Korea’s failed ballistic missile test on April 16.

Zhang Liangui, a professor of international strategic research at the Communist Party’s Central Party School, said the Chinese people had long appealed for a tougher stand on North Korea but top leaders in Beijing were still grappling with whether to dump the regime of unruly North Korean leader Kim Jong-un despite the growing nuclear threats.

As we noted previously, the bottom line is that the window for threading a diplomatic solution, brokered by China, is closing rapidly...

"The DPRK will never beg for the maintenance of friendship with China."

Two Russian Bear bombers -- escorted for the first time by a pair of Su-35 "Flanker" fighter jets -- entered Alaska's Air Defense Zone on Wednesday night, U.S. officials told Fox News.
The Russian formation was intercepted by a pair of U.S. Air Force F-22 stealth fighter jets that were already flying a patrol about 50 miles southwest of Chariot, Alaska. A NORAD spokesperson told Fox News the intercept began at 9 p.m. ET on Wednesday and a defense source said it also occurred into Thursday.
It was the first time the U.S. Air Force has seen advanced Russian Su-35 fighter jets escort Russian Cold War-era bombers near Alaska.
The Russian fighter jets were unarmed and remained in international airspace, officials said.
Late last month, Russian bombers flew near Alaska over four consecutive days for the first time since 2014.
This week's latest episode comes one day after President Trump spoke over the phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The White House said the conversation focused on crises in the Middle East and North Korea, with no mention of recent Russian provocations.

China, to the world, is a great nation of peace and democracy but on the home front the communist country is quietly silencing, raiding and imprisoning Christians. All while, silencing free speech online.
The communist country is setting in place new rules that would allow for more control over what is said online, especially what is said in regards to news media. Sound familiar? Google apocalypse.
Christian persecution is on the rise globally; each year roughly 215 million Christians suffer at the hands of tyrants, in addition to the 90,000 that are martyred each year. For the first time the USA was placed on a watch list for committing persecution against Christianity. Meanwhile, China was rated high on the category for persecution. The communist nation last year announced a religious winter, in a bid to destroy Christianity because it was beginning to take off in the country.

In China, free speech is also censored. The communist nation just recently announced new rules for media publications and online news. To be a reporter or a media outlet in China one must now obtain a government license. Also, investors must be local and public, news outlets in China must undergo a security check before working with foreign companies, according to a statement from the Cyberspace Administration of China, the agency charged with enforcing the rules, which take effect June 1. The move follows a crackdown on dissent under Communist Party leader Xi Jinping that has led to tighter controls on what can be published online.

With the latest rules, the government will require Internet companies to censor what their customers see or risk losing their right to distribute news, Chinese media expert Qiao Mu said. “This is aimed at the companies rather than the individual users,” he said. “It’s not only to ideologically control information, but also to control the source of the information.”
Such is similarly going on in the United States. However, censorship is not coming from the government at this time, it is coming from the hands of corporations who are actively blacklisting independent media outlets across the country, and yes you guessed it we are one of those that is being censored.

One month after Trump flip-flopped on his Syrian position, launching cruise missile strikes on a Syrian airfield as "after dinner entertainment" during Trump's meeting with the Chinese president, just days after declaring he would allow the Syrian people to decide the fate of Assad when another "chemical attack" video emerged at the end of March, a false flag chemical attack against civilians in Syria was reportedly filmed recently by al-Jazeera stringers in Syria.
Around 30 fire engines and ambulances, as well as 70 local residents with children transported from a refugee camp were used in the filming of the Al Jazeera clip across three locations in Idlib province, including Jisr Shughur.
"The "effectiveness" of the White Helmets' TV-spectacle of accusing Syrian authorities of attacking civilians in Khan Shaykhun with sarin inspired terrorists to continue filming the fake 'series'. According to info confirmed via several channels, al-Jazeera television channel stringers have recently filmed a staged, fake scene of an alleged chemical attack against civilians by the Syrian Army," the source told Sputnik.

"A multiple simultaneous uploading of filmed fake footage with 'screaming' social media comments was due to take place in the next few days (by Sunday) at the separate command of a mastermind and sponsor of the film in one of the European countries."

This filming was said to have been ordered from a European country. 
It wouldn't be the first time - in December 2016, Egyptian police arrested 5 men for making staged "wounded children" photos, which they planned to use to misrepresent on social media as photos of destruction and injured people in Syria's Aleppo.

Meanwhile, Russia described the attack as an aggression against a sovereign state, while the Russian Foreign Ministry reminded the Trump administration that all chemical weapons had been taken out of Syria in mid-2014 as John Kerry infamously declared in 2014. Discussing the attack, Syrian President Assad said in an interview with Sputnik that Western states were blocking attempts to investigate the Idlib chemical incident because in the event of a probe it will be established that the "attack" was a false flag and lie.
In January 2016, the OPCW announced that Syria’s weapons arsenal had been destroyed in accordance with an agreement reached after the 2013 Ghouta attack.

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