Israel’s former prime minister, Ehud Olmert, sentenced to six years’ imprisonment for taking bribes, in corruption case, first criminal conviction of former head of government in Israel. Olmert denied wrongdoing in real estate deal while Jerusalem mayor, minister of industry and trade.
Writer; journalist Alan Hart: Many Americans now realize that it is not good for United States to keep providing unconditional support to Israel. “Israel’s spies, or intelligence gathering assets, are everywhere” in the world, fears it would lose leverage it has over American politicians.
Lebanon’s Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri has condemned Israel’s violations of the Arab country’s sovereignty. Israeli forces crossed the Blue Line in al-Labbouneh border area Sunday, uprooted trees to have a Lebanese army checkpoint exposed, international forces “did nothing to stop them.”
Israel is pressing the United States for an increase in Washington’s military aid after 2017 when a 10-year deal between the two allies will expire. $3 billion of American taxpayers’ money is flowing to Israel every year. Israel seeking 3.5 billion a year.
Asia’s growing dependence on Middle Eastern oil more at risk than Europe and United States to a cut in Middle Eastern supplies if Strait of Hormuz is suddenly shut as it buys 75 percent of the region’s oil exports. Singapore and India, dependent on Middle East for more than half their supplies.
Israel military officially informed residents its intention to uproot all trees planted on both sides of the road. for security, protection” of Israeli settlers in area. Thousands of olive trees to be cut, uprooted. April 28, Israeli settlers uprooted 150 olive trees in village of Huwwara, day earlier, destroyed 60 trees.
Yak-130 is a twin-engine combat trainer jet that can also be used to attack ground targets. It is able to replicate characteristics of several of 4+ generation fighters, can also perform light-attack missions and reconnaissance duties, can carry combat load of 3,000 kilograms. $550-million deal
Israel's aggressive and widespread espionage activity in the US is increasingly angering American government officials and has “crossed red lines,”far exceeding similar activities by any other close US allies. Some of the spying was industrial in nature, conducted by Israeli companies or individuals.
Wheat farmers in Gaza begun harvesting crops before fully grown, fear Israeli attacks. Wheat not fully matured say, they prefer to have some wheat rather than none. Say Israeli soldiers burned their wheat fields last year at harvest season. Attacks include uprooting, burning, cutting down olive trees.
An al-Qaeda-linked Takfiri group says it has publicly crucified two militants in northeastern Syria in retaliation for an earlier grenade attack on its members. Syrian girl reportedly stoned to death for having Facebook account.
Israel warned Lebanese government it would be held responsible for any retaliation by Hezbollah after past Monday’s airstrike by Israeli Air Force that struck areas held by Hezbollah near Lebanese-Syria border, calls for bombing campaign against civilian infrastructure across Lebanon.
RUSSIAN rocket launched a new-generation surveillance spacecraft ,spy satellite perhaps capable of being used as a missile guidance system.
Agreement between Cairo and Moscow, Egypt will receive 24 of Russia’s advanced Mikoyan MiG-35 fighter jets, along with military and strategic advisers, as well as training for the Egyptian Air Force, follows $2 billion arms deal that Egypt signed with Russia in February.
Kuwait, a U.S. ally whose aid to besieged Syrian civilianssurpassed only by United States is also the leading source of funding for al-Qaeda-linked terrorists fighting in Syria’s civil war, according to Obama administration. Amount of money from Kuwaiti to Syrian rebel groups hundreds of millions of dollars.
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov: Russia will work to boost the capacities of the Lebanese Army adding that his country respects the democratic process in Lebanon. Russia will enhance military cooperation with Lebanon, mainly by reinforcing the defense capabilities of the Lebanese Army and security forces,”
Pro-Israeli US politicians trying to put in place visa waiver program that allows Israelis to travel to USA as tourists 90 days without having to apply for visa. American intelligence officials opposing the program. Concerns would increase risk of Israeli spying in US could harm national security.
Russian government has warned about delivering advanced weapons to Syria’s foreign-backed militants, saying it would destabilize the situation, thwart any political solution to the crisis in the country. Dangerously escalated with US anti-tanks missile systems delivered to militants.
Israel has grabbed more Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank in a move that could complicate efforts to extend the so-called peace talks with the Palestinian Authority. Israeli ministry of military affairs declared 100 hectares of territory south of East al-Quds (Jerusalem), as its property.
President Bashar al-Assad: Syria's three-year conflict at a "turning point" due to military gains, ending sieges on rebel-held areas closing off supply routes from Lebanon and securing main highway from Damascus to central Syria. Allies expect him to win presidential election in July.
Israel’s army chief of staff General Benny Gantz said an Israeli military operation in Lebanon is not only a realistic scenario but a necessary one. Israel is considering an increase in the level of its preparedness to emergency level.
A leader of the foreign-backed Syrian opposition calls for forging a coalition with Israel against the government of President Bashar al-Assad, noted overthrow of Assad is Israel’s main interests in Syria. offered handing Golan Heights to Tel Aviv in return for receiving military aid from Israel.
Israel’s Defense Ministry has successfully launched Ofek 10, a next-generation satellite that will provide highly-targeted surveillance of specific locations zooming in to take high-resolution images of objects as small as 18 inches across. Seventh Israeli satellite currently in space.
Russia oil-for-goods deal to buy 500,000 barrels Iranian oil per day, which Washington says will violate the terms of Iran’s interim nuclear agreement. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry threatens more ‘sanctions.’ Iran’s response: refuses to ‘wait for America’s permission’ to increase its oil exports.
Senior official in Prime Minister's Office told New York Times Israel "deeply disappointed" by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's assertion Jerusalem to blame for breakdown in talks with the Palestinians, added Kerry's remarks would hurt negotiations and harden Palestinian positions.
Israeli bulldozers demolished houses, tore down trees belonging to Palestinian Bedouins in Negev Desert. Destructions are part of the Prawer Plan, would expel 70,000 people, destroy 35 Bedouin villages. Israel refused to recognize rights of Palestinian Bedouins, denies access to basic services.
Hundreds of websites of Israeli ministries and organizations came under attack by Anonymous, dubbed #OpIsrael, will not stop until the police state becomes a free state and Palestine is free. Act of protest against Israel's policies. Hackers of the World Uniting against Israel.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, sending more and deadlier arms to help Assad score a string of advances against insurgents. Russia now doing everything to ensure Assad wins convincingly. Syria started using longer-range Russian Smerch and Uragan rockets for first time in February.
Western-backed rebel leader, Jamal Maarouf admitted fighting against Al-Qaeda was “not our problem” and his group is battling alongside the terrorist organization. His group not fighting against but helping Al-Qaeda. They asked us for weapons so we sent a lot. Previously viewed as moderate rebels.
IDF officers: IDF rehearsing scenarios of mass rioting and guerrilla warfare it may encounter if and when it invades Lebanon, takes over villages there. Preparing for similar reality to the one Americans encounter in Afghanistan. Includes preparation of tanks that will be in the urban warfare.
Iran, Russia progress towards oil-for-goods deal worth $20 billion. Oil exchanged for industrial goods, metals, food, no military equipment. Enable Tehran to boost exports in defiance of sanctions. White House: deal raises "serious concerns" inconsistent with nuclear talks between world powers, Iran.
Israel’s Iron Dome missile system has 'accidentally' fired interceptor rockets into the Red Sea resort city of Eilat in southern Negev. Army initially presumed a rocket attack had occurred, later claimed attacks were a false alarm caused by an error. Residents were panicked following a series of explosions.
.Cheney at Republican Jewish Coalition’s spring leadership meeting stated his support for a military strike against Iran’s nuclear program, drawing laughter and applause from the crowd.
Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas signed a request to join several UN agencies in an effort to win more recognition from the world body. Israeli Tourism Minister Uzi Landau threatened that Israel would annex more Palestinian land and hurt Palestinians economically.
Turkish officials caught planning attack on their own forces to manufacture pretext to attack Syria. Content of leaked audio recording, posted to YouTube, of meeting between Turkish diplomats, intelligence officials. Discuss organizing attack inside Syria across the Turkish-Syrian border.
India is ready to pay Iran in euros rather than rupees for crude oil imports after an Iranian official recently said Tehran prefers euro payment. India is among Asia’s major importers of energy, and relies on the Islamic Republic to satisfy a portion of its energy requirements.
Israeli news website Ynet reports Vadim Rabinovich, a Ukrainian Jewish oligarch who holds an Israeli passport and has lived in Israel, announced that he will run for Ukrainian president. Heads the All-Ukrainian Jewish Congress and is the founder of the European Jewish Parliament.
The United Nations (UN) has strongly condemned Egypt's military-installed government for handing down mass death sentences to more than 500 members of the Muslim Brotherhood supporters of country’s ousted President Mohamed Morsi. 700 more Morsi supporters are to stand trial.
Israeli diplomats launched an unprecedented strike on Sunday, forcing the complete closure of embassies around the world as they escalated a over pay dispute. Will close all of Israel's 102 missions abroad, paralyzing most diplomatic work with other countries, United Nations, not possible to submit complaints.
Israeli forces have attacked Palestinians in East al-Quds (Jerusalem) during a protest to condemn the killing of three people in the occupied West Bank. clashes took place after Palestinians gathered outside the Old City in East al-Quds in protest to the killing of the three Palestinians in the city of Jenin.
Gunbattles between supporters and opponents of Syrian President Bashar Assad subsided in Tripoli, north Lebanon, Friday after heavy fighting over the last 24 hours left three people dead. explosions rocked many parts of the city before fighting eased around 8 a.m. But sniper fire continued.
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