Op-Ed: Peter Baum – Things On My Mind, December 8th, 2018

Russia Supports Israel Anti-Tunnel Operation…
Another Pitiful Week for BBC:
> Interview collapses under questioning of Hizballah tunnel purposes…
> Africa genocide forfeited to 40 seconds of famine and ebola coverage…
Ireland’s lack of discernment blinds them to anti-Semitism…
Saudi Arabia and Egypt gets what Russia does, what Ireland doesn’t…
Palestinians have another lapse in history and geography…
Pakistan – or is it Islamistan? – denies the existence of Jesus as it moves closer to self-annihilation…

As the push for the NWO continues, Liberty pushes back – HARD…

In a clear sign of geopolitical adjustments, Russia could not have been clearer in identifying Shia expansionism will not be tolerated.

Coverage of this story has been quite muted despite the fact that it is a severe blow to Hizbollah politically and militarily.

Russia’s respect and support for Israel is rising as geopolitical dynamics readjust towards an anti-Shia trajectory.

From the Jerusalem Post…

Russia Offers Reserved Support for Israel’s Anti-Tunnel Operation

 

Moscow expressed reserved support on Wednesday for Israel’s efforts to neutralize terror tunnels from Lebanon, but said it hoped these efforts will not conflict with UN Security Council Resolution 1701.

That resolution from 2006 put an end to the Second Lebanon War and called for the Blue Line, the border between Israel and Lebanon, to be respected.

The Russian embassy posted a tweet saying that there is “no doubt that Israel has the right to protect its national security, including to prevent the illegal entry of anyone into the country.”

At the same time, the tweet continued, “we hope that the actions taken for this purpose will not conflict with  UNSC Resolution 1701.”

This tweet paraphrased and condensed comments Russian foreign Minister spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, made on Wednesday.

Zakharova said that Russia hoped UNIFIL would fulfill its monitoring mission in southern Lebanon and “not allow any violations.”

She also said that Moscow called on all parties “to show the necessary responsibility and restraint, to avoid provocative steps and harsh statements that can further aggravate tense situation.”

While IDF and government spokespeople  said Tuesday that the operation was taking place on Israel’s side of the border, there was no guarantee that at some point in time it might spill over to the Lebanese side of the fence.

Moscow’s comments came a day after the US gave unreserved support for the operation. US National Security Adviser John Bolton issued a statement saying that the US “strongly supports Israel’s efforts to defend its sovereignty, and we call on Hezbollah to stop its tunneling into Israel and to refrain from escalation and violence.”

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The incredibly analytical BBC Watch exposes the BBC’s distorted and Intellectually retarded output, as noted below…

BBC WS Radio Host Questions “factual accuracy” of Purpose of Hizballah Tunnels

The December 4th afternoon edition of the BBC World Service radio programme ‘Newshour‘ included an item billed “Israel targets Hezbollah tunnels” which related to the IDF’s announcement concerning the commencement of Operation Northern Shield earlier in the day.

Presenter Razia Iqbal introduced the item (from 14:07 here) as follows: [emphasis in italics in the original, emphasis in bold added]

Iqbal: “Israel now and the army has launched an operation to cut off tunnels infiltrating its territory from Lebanon. The military accuses the Lebanese militia Hizballah of having dug the tunnels with a view to using them for a surprise attack inside Israel. I’ve been speaking to Anna Ahronheim who is military reporter for the Jerusalem Post newspaper. She’s on the Israel-Lebanon border in the town of Metulla.”

By the time this item was broadcast the IDF had announced the discovery of the first cross-border tunnel (which later in the day was revealed to be meters away from a UNIFIL observation post) running from inside a ‘civilian’ building in the Shia village of Kfar Kila in Lebanon some 40 meters into Israeli territory.

Anna Ahronheim began by describing that tunnel.

Ahronheim: “From where I’m standing there’s about maybe 200 – 250 meters away from the tunnel they just announced that they found. The tunnel is closer to the border fence than homes in Metulla but a quick walk in the middle of the night at a brisk pace, it’ll take less than five minutes for them to reach homes. So the army said that this tunnel that was discovered has been neutralised, therefore won’t be able to be used by Hizballah forces.”

Although she failed to clarify to listeners that Hizballah is a widely designated terrorist organisation, Iqbal’s three initial questions were relevant to audience understanding of the story.

Metula

Iqbal: “And they’ve also said that they’re only operating within territory that is…ah…Israeli and will not cross the border into Lebanon and that is possible for them to do, given the geography?”

Ahronheim:  “I think what the army will do is right now they are operating strictly within Israeli territory but this is not going to be an operation for just several hours or several days. The army believes it’ll take several weeks for all the tunnels to be – or most of the tunnels – to be identified and neutralised and that might mean having to cross into the blue line, into the demilitarised zone in order to deal with the threat.”

Iqbal: “So how many tunnels are we talking about if it’s going to take them several weeks?”

Ahronheim: “They haven’t given any number yet. Right now we only know of one but there’s likely many more.”

Iqbal: “And if there is any…ah…suggestion or indication that they are going into Lebanese territory, that would be extremely serious?”

Ahronheim: “Definitely but of course the army has said today that they communicate a message both to UNIFIL and to the Lebanese army about what was happening and the seriousness of it. I don’t think anyone either in Lebanon or in Israel want to go to war with each other. It’s been 12 years of quiet up on the northern border. I think they want to keep it that way. I think Hizballah also understands that they’re quite occupied in Syria and across the region. A war with Israel is just not on the plate right now.”

At that point Razia Iqbal put relevant questioning aside, instead choosing to indulge her own irrelevant speculations.

Iqbal: “Well given that a war with Israel would not be in the interests of Hizballah, one wonders about the…err…the accuracy or the factual accuracy of those tunnels being potentially used for the way in which Israel is alleging that Hizballah might use them.”

Iqbal did not enlighten listeners as to her opinions on alternative uses for a 200 meter-long tunnel quarried through solid limestone and under the international border by a terror group dedicated to Israel’s destruction.

Ahronheim: “Of course but again, Hizballah has for years – and I can go back to 2012 of Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah saying…talking about, you know, the conquest of the Galilee and that there would be surprise tunnels that would be infiltrating into Israel. So this is something that they’ve been planning for several years.”

Iqbal then went on to promote another bizarre theory:

Iqbal: “Why do you think that Israel has made the announcement of cutting off these tunnels today? Is there any sense that this is a diversionary tactic to take attention away from Benjamin Netanyahu’s shaky coalition?”

In fact this operation had been in the pipeline for years and was given final security cabinet approval on November 7th – i.e. before the coalition government’s majority in the Knesset was reduced in the wake of Avigdor Lieberman’s resignation.

Ahronheim: “There’s a lot of talk about that; the corruption charges that he faces, the shaky coalition. The army says that this has been planned for over two years; that they’ve been having meetings every two weeks – the Chief of Staff and senior officials and the cabinet. Again, the timing of it really might be tied to Netanyahu’s troubles as a diversion but it also could be that, you know, this is a message to Iran. There were reports the other day of Iran flying in directly to Beirut international airport and not via Syria [unintelligible] weapons for Hizballah. So it could be a message in return of Iran’s message to Israel.”

Iqbal closed the interview there, having devoted 40% of her questions to promotion of the notions that Israel might be lying with regard to the purpose of the tunnels and that an operation to thwart an obvious threat to Israeli civilians might have baser political motives.

BBC World Service listeners however heard nothing whatsoever about the highly relevant context of Hizballah’s violations of UNSC resolution 1701 and the impotency of the UNIFIL force charged with overseeing implementation of that resolution.

[ link to the original posting]

Related Articles:

BBC News omits crucial background from report on IDF operation

Reviewing BBC reporting of Hizballah’s violations of UNSC Resolution 1701

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BBC and Africa – BREAKING NEWS

Friday November 30th 2108

snapshot from Al Jazeera video – click image for full story

I have often posted about the total non-coverage of conflicts, battles, wars, and genocides during the last 50 years that have happened in Africa and the disastrous legacies in terms of human suffering resulting from those conflicts.

The Central African Republic (CAR) and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are 2 such countries which have literally been subject to genocides ignored by the BBC and other Western media outlets.

The total number of deaths is estimated at between 5 and 12 million as a direct result of indigenous conflict and four times that number of maimed, injured and displaced humans.

I ask any of my readers to name the tribes, their leaders, the capital of either country or any details about these conflicts and I’ll wager that ignorance reigns supreme.

So how bizarre having completely been disinterested in African suffering that on November 30th 2018 at 5.15 am the BBC had two 20-second TV bulletins on both countries.

On CAR, it was about potential famine and on DRC, about the Ebola virus.

Undoubtedly, the BBC would have reported on the previous genocides in these countries had one of the conflicting parties been white South African farmers or Zionists.

Unfortunately for the slaughtered indigenous Africans these genres were non participants hence the lack of interest from the ‘liberal’ world media.

It is unlikely they will report on the three hundred thousand Congolese being ethnically cleansed from Angola as per the link below. We shall hold our breath

Ireland

IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR AVAAZ – Palestinian farmer Muna al-Taneeb, from the West Bank, with Irish senator Frances Black outside Leinster House on Wednesday, July 11, 2018, in Dublin. Palestinian farmers handed over a symbolic olive tree to show support for the Occupied Territories Bill, which will be voted on in the Seanad that afternoon. (Crispin Rodwell/AP Images for Avaaz) i24NEWS – Ireland advances bill banning goods from illegal settlements on occupied land; Critics of the bill argue it directly targets Israel’s West Bank settlements, which proponents deny

I am receiving numerous comments and feedback from recent articles and posts that I have been originating regarding the anti-Israeli. antisemitic, anti-Zionist, and pro-Palestinian agenda of Irish Republican parties and their supporters.

The vast majority of the feedback has been globally supportive and a minority has been critical and vicious.

I connect the Irish Republican policies with those of their World War 2 Irish Government who exposed themselves as being pro Nazi and I support such claims with sourced evidence.

Those most critical of my posts are in denial and hurl abuse calling me anti-Irish and xenophobic whilst others try to excuse the inexcusable.

I am informed that I don’t understand the anti-British feeling which should not be mistaken for antisemitism.

I do understand both and I also understand that antisemitism is deeply embedded within Catholic, Irish Republicanism’s DNA.

Historical facts are very unpalatable to those whose grandparents were guilty of such disgraceful behaviour.

The Germans have come to terms with their guilt, the Irish are still in denial, and believe their pro-Palestinian ideology is supporting the underdog of which they have been for centuries.

Not only does this display an ignorance of history paralleled only by rabid bigotry but it also defies belief regarding the underdog theory peddled from time immemorial by the Irish Republicans.

A review of the role the Irish played in the colonialism, land grab, apartheid and genocide inflicted on the indigenous American Indians of North America will turn this emotional, continuously played myth on its head.

Israel/Arab Relations

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman shakes hands with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi at the Presidential Palace in Cairo, Egypt November 27, 2018. (photo credit: BANDAR ALGALOUD/COURTESY OF SAUDI ROYAL COURT/HANDOUT VIA REUTERS)

There is no need to elaborate on the strengthening ties between Israel and her Sunni Gulf neighbours assisted by the Trump Administration and driven by natural trade and an anti Iranian Shia alliance.

The last 3 months have witnessed an unprecedented rapprochement which shows every indication of an upward trajectory.

From The Jerusalem Post…

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who met late Monday night, resolved to encourage Arab nations to establish economic relations with Israel, the Al-Arabi Al-Jadid newspaper reported Thursday.

Sisi and bin Salman also discussed the possibility of establishing an Arab Quartet with the participation of Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the Palestinian Authority. However, a proposal to establish such a quartet was rejected last August by Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, who felt that the Egyptian president was urging him to make too many concessions to reach an agreement with Israel.

The Egyptian president and the Saudi Crown Prince also discussed “deal of the century” that US President  Donald Trump is scheduled to officially present at the beginning of 2019.

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Dubai’s secret Jews come out of the shadows

Israel’s rising status in the Middle East has helped Dubai’s Jewish community step out of the shadows

Dubai’s skyline. (Shutterstock) – click image for full story

Moreover those few surviving Jews in Arab countries are discovering self confidence as is evidenced by the tolerance being shown in some Arab countries.

Israel/Palestinian Relations 

I’m confused —  Who are the real Palestinians?

Forgive me if you have seen this in a previous post but I could not resist the temptation of circulating just one more time.

ISRAELI LEADERS:

BENJAMIN NETANYAHU, Born 21 October 1949 in Tel Aviv,Israel (formerly Mandate of Palestine)

EHUD BARAK, Born 12 February 1942 in Mishmar HaSharon , British Mandate of Palestine

ARIEL SHARON, Born 26 February 1928 in Kfar Malal , British Mandate of Palestine

EHUD OLMERT, Born 30 September 1945 in Binyamina-Giv ‘ at Ada , British Mandate of Palestine

ITZHAK RABIN, Born 1 March 1922 in Jerusalem , British Mandate of Palestine

ITZHAK NAVON, Israeli President in 1977-1982. Born 9 April 1921 in Jerusalem, British Mandate of Palestine

EZER WEIZMAN, Israeli President in 1993-2000. Born 15 June 1924 in Tel Aviv, British Mandate of Palestine

ARAB PALESTINIAN LEADERS :

YASSER ARAFAT, Born 24 August 1929 in Cairo, Egypt

SAEB EREKAT, Born April 28, 1955, in Jordan. He has Jordanian citizenship

FAISAL ABDEL QADER AL-HUSSEINI, Born in1948 in Bagdad,Iraq

SARI NUSSEIBEH, Born in 1949 in Damascus, Syria

MAHMOUD AL-ZAHAR, Born in 1945, in Cairo, Egypt

So, if I understand this correctly, the Israeli leaders, who were born in Palestine, are called/considered “Settlers” or more accurately, “Occupiers.”

While Palestinian Arab leaders who were born in Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Iraq, and Tunisia are called “Native Palestinians”???!!!

??? Makes perfect sense ?!!!

Pakistan

Pakistani PM denigrates Jesus, wants world convention to prevent insult to Islam ‘There is no mention of Jesus in history,’ says Imran Khan, ‘but the entire life of Muhammad, who was Allah’s last prophet, is part of history’ Click the image for the full story…

 

Imran Khan, the ex-cricketer, now President of Pakistan, was supposed to bring Pakistan at least into the the 19th Century.

Unfortunately, it seems that he will play to the tune of the Islamists and Christians are in for a very hard time.

Blasphemy laws regarding Islam will not only stay but if he has his way, will be strengthened.

Editor’s note: Peter has another post published in the Gatestone Institute International Policy Council this week as well…

Why the Press Pays Less Attention to the Murder of Journalists Not Named Khashoggi

Raed Fares, who was among the most prominent critics of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s brutal regime, was assassinated on November 23, 2018. (Image source: Oslo Freedom Forum/Reka Nyari/Wikimedia Commons) Click the image for the full story

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