Re: The EU already recognises Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem, just more quietly than Trump

Viewers watching the televised emergency session of the United Nations Security Council on Friday may be forgiven for thinking the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) representative to the UN was trying to bore the Israeli ambassador into submission with his speech.

The meeting had been called in response to US President Donald Trump’s outrageous decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The PA’s man in New York, Riyad Mansour, spoke against the US decision by reading out prepared remarks, which sounded more like an academic essay than a speech appropriate to such a historical moment.

In it he listed decades worth of UN resolutions and declarations stating that East Jerusalem should be the capital of a future Palestinian state with the Israeli capital in West Jerusalem – the long promised two-state solution.

Mansour’s list was only so many words on paper. And it is totally disingenuous for PA representatives to now say that Trump’s decision undermines the US role as an “honest broker” between the “two sides” – the US government has always sided with Israel.

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This alignment has been particularly strong since the 1967 war when Israel attacked its neighbours and swallowed up the remaining 22 per cent of Palestinian land, leading to a new wave of refugees and the fifty-year military occupation (of the West Bank – including East Jerusalem – Gaza, and Syria’s Golan Heights) which endures till this day.

Since that war, the US has sent billions in military aid to Israel.

What popular support there is in the US for Israel is the result of two major factors: religious fundamentalism in the form of radical Christian Zionism, and masses of Israel lobby cash from fanatically Zionist donors, such as the casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, who funded Trump’s election campaign.

It is a combination of imperialist and religious reasons. Israeli colonialism in the occupied land of Palestine is viewed by Western leaders very much as a “villa in the jungle”, surrounded by the “wild beasts” of the Arab world – as racist Israeli leaders (from both Labour and Likud) often put it.

As such the disquiet currently being expressed against Trump by those European leaders who are lamenting damage to the non-existent peace process is entirely hypocritical. And in fact, the new Trump policy in Jerusalem is only a more open form of the same malign policy the European Union has been carrying out in practice for many years.

Despite repeated expressions of “concern” by the EU over Israeli settlement expansion in the West Bank, the EU in practice encourages the ongoing ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people.

It supports and even bankrolls Israel to the tune of millions of Euros with programmes like Horizon 2020, which funds Israeli high-tech research, giving EU tax-payers’ money over to the apartheid regime and the arms firms who “battle test” their weapons on Palestinian civilians.

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And as my colleague at The Electronic Intifada David Cronin pointed out recently, “Israel’s science ministry is one of the main bodies coordinating that state’s involvement in Horizon 2020. The science ministry is not based inside present-day Israel. Rather, its main offices are in occupied East Jerusalem”.

So the EU in practice already recognises Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem, but does so more quietly than Trump. It is a sort of silent recognition. These kinds of expressions of dismay towards Trump seem – to me – more concerned about the fact that he is openly and proudly recognising Israel, and drawing public attention to their blatantly unfair, dishonest, and ultimately unpopular policies.

In fact, the EU is so ‘concerned’ by Israel that it was set to reward Netanyahu with yet more high-level meetings on Sunday with French Prime Minister Emanuel Macron and later with EU foreign ministers.

The EU’s long-term toothless expressions of concern over continuing Israeli ethnic cleansing of Palestinians from eastern Jerusalem and the rest of the occupied West Bank are in fact diplomatic cover that acts as the other side of the coin to the US’ more overt support for Israel – something which far pre-dates Trump (Democrat politicians, after all, have also expressed support for Trump’s annexation of Jerusalem – so much for “The Resistance”).

It’s a sort of good-cop/bad-cop routine. But it’s all a game intended to distract attention from the real and practical support Western leaders lavish on Israel. As long as the EU and its constituent states refuse to take concrete action against Israel’s aggression, apartheid and ethnic cleansing, Israel will continue its crimes against the Palestinian people.

At a very minimum, such action would mean an end to arms sales to Israel and an end to free EU cash to Israeli arms firms.

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Israeli security guard stabbed at Jerusalem’s central bus station

Medics at the scene treated a 25-year-old man for a stab wound to his upper body, Magen David Adom (MDA), head of Israel’s national medical emergency service, said on Twitter. The attack occurred on Jaffa Street in central Jerusalem.

Little is known about the attacker beyond the detail that he was neutralized and sustained a head wound, but survived.

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2 more Palestinian bodies found in wake of Israeli air strike in Gaza Strip

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The statement comes after the Israeli air force struck four locations in the Gaza Strip, a Palestinian territory controlled by Hamas on Friday.

Two Palestinian fighters have been killed in Israeli airstrikes of the Gaza Strip, a local Health Ministry official told Sputnik Saturday.

“Ambulance brigades took the bodies of two fighters out from under the ruins of the Badr military installation south of Gaza, which was attacked by Israeli bombers at dawn,” the representative said.

Following the statement, the Israeli military said that the country’s air force launched a fresh airstrike in the Gaza Strip on Saturday, targeting four Hamas facilities, including two arms manufacturing sites, a weapons warehouse and a military compound.

According to the latest data provided by the Palestinian Health Ministry, at least 25 people have been injured as a result of the airstrike. At the same time, The Jerusalem Post newspaper reported Friday that six children were among the injured.

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Israel launched the strikes against Gaza after two rockets were fired towards southern Israel Friday. The air assault came after Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh called for a new Palestinian intifada following the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The first rocket was destroyed by the Iron Dome missile defense system, while the second activated the warning sirens in the Sha’ar Hanegev, Sdot Negev, Hof Ashkelon and Eshkol regional councils, as well as the city of Sderot. The second projectile failed to reach its intended target. Warning that more rockets could soon follow, the IDF advised Israelis to remain close to “protected spaces” and bomb shelters.

The advice proved useful after a third rocket was launched from Gaza Friday night. The Iron Dome failed to intercept the projectile and the weapon struck Sderot city, home to some 25,000 Israelis. While no casualties were reported, the missile damaged a number of cars parked on the street.

The response by the Israelis to these rather ineffectual rockets launched by Hamas has always been greatly disproportionate in kind. Since the IDF can’t simply walk in and kill them all, they will find any agression they can to use as a pretext to bomb them all to hell.

At least two Palestinians were slain, with some 1, 100 more injured on Friday during the so-called “day of rage” protests in Jerusalem, the West Bank. Skirmishes between the Israelis and Palestinians escalated after Israeli Air Force warplanes had targeted militants in response to rocket attacks, claimed by the al-Nasser Salah al-Deen Brigades, a Palestinian militant organization.

The protests came in the wake of a highly controversial announcement by US President Donald Trump to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the state of Israel.

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Jared Kushner: "Peace envoy" and funder of illegal Israeli squatters in Palestine

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As Jared Kushner leads the U.S. government’s effort to develop an Israeli-Palestinian peace plan, the Kushner Companies Charitable Foundation is funding a hardline Israeli settlement in the West Bank.

The charitable fund made a donation of at least $18,000 at the “Master Builders” level to American Friends of Bet El Yeshiva Center, according to a donor book distributed at the group’s annual gala Sunday evening.

The Kushner family has given money in past years to the group, which funds construction of the Bet El settlement outside the Palestinian city Ramallah, as Haaretz first reported. But this appears to be the first time they’ve done so while Kushner, whose title is senior adviser to the president, is the lead administration official brokering a peace plan.

Advocates of a two-state solution said the donation was troubling given Kushner’s role.

“Under normal circumstances, you would expect someone who has a background of activism related to Israel to be working very hard to take a step back from that to show that he can be a credible mediator. Not only is that not the case, it’s the opposite,” said Lara Friedman, president of the Foundation for Middle East Peace.

Israeli settlements in the West Bank, which eat away at any future Palestinian state, are one of the main obstacles to a two-state solution. Bet El, which was built on private Palestinian land seized by the Israeli military in the 1970s, is considered one of the most politically radical settlements. President Donald Trump has changed U.S. policy by saying he does not believe a two-state solution is a necessary part of a peace deal. In a move expected to exacerbate tensions, Trump will reportedly declare Jerusalem Israel’s capital today.

The donation to Bet El came from a charitable fund “solely controlled” by Charles Kushner, Jared’s father, according to Kushner Companies spokeswoman Chris Taylor. Kushner’s White House spokesman declined to comment.

Kushner stepped down from his job as CEO of Kushner Companies earlier this year but still has significant financial interests in the family empire, which mainly consists of real estate.

The mood of the 1,300 attendees at the Bet El dinner, held at a midtown Manhattan Marriott Sunday, was celebratory. “2017 is a year of construction starts for Bet El Institutions,” said a glossy book distributed at each table. “Facing a new policy of zero condemnations from the US State Department, Bet El is not wasting a minute.”

The former president of the Bet El group, David Friedman, is now the Trump administration’s ambassador to Israel.

Guests posed for pictures with a smiling John Bolton, the former Bush administration ambassador to the United Nations. A short film set to action-movie music showed high-school-age youth training in the settlement’s military academy. “Bet El is very important because it establishes our claim that God gave us this land,” said Karen Frager, an activist who spoke on a video shown on stage.

Earlier Sunday, Jared Kushner made a rare public appearance in Washington, striking a different tone.

“Our team has tried very hard to do a lot of listening – not just with Israelis, with Palestinians. [It] understands what their views and red lines are,” Kushner said at the Saban Forum.

The Kushner Companies donation to Bet El comes at a time when Jared Kushner is under scrutiny for his unsuccessful effort last December to block a United Nations resolution to condemn Israeli settlement-building in the West Bank. That effort, which was outlined in the charges against former national security adviser Michael Flynn, came after the election but before Donald Trump was inaugurated as president.

The Kushner family is associated with at least two other charitable funds, including the Charles and Seryl Kushner Foundation. A recent report in Newsweek raised questions about whether Kushner properly disclosed his role in the nonprofits on his official ethics disclosure.

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Israeli Army Strikes Targets In Gaza In Response To Rocket Fire

Israel’s army launched strikes on two locations inside the Gaza Strip on Thursday, according to Israeli media reports. The attacks targeted Hamas, the Islamist militant group that rules Gaza, and used both tank and air power.

Residents in the Gaza Strip reported that there were no casualties from the strikes, according to Reuters.

The Israeli strikes were apparently in retaliation for rocket attacks from Gaza earlier in the day. The Israeli military said two rockets were launched toward Israel, but fell short of their intended destination and landed inside Gaza. A third rocket reportedly did reach Israeli territory, but landed in an open area and caused no harm or damage.

An Islamist militant group called the Al-Tawheed Brigades took credit for firing the rockets at Israel. The Israeli Defense Forces issued a statement holding Hamas accountable for the attack, as Israel considers the group responsible for any actions coming from Gaza.

The attacks come one day after President Donald Trump controversially announced that the United States would recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and begin the process of moving the U.S. Embassy there. The move sparked international opposition and prompted Palestinian leaders to call for three days of protest.

Hamas militants participate in a protest on Dec. 7, 2017 against U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.Hamas militants participate in a protest on Dec. 7, 2017 against U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Demonstrators in cities including Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Ramallah rallied against Trump’s shift in policy, some burning American flags and photos of the U.S. president. The protesters also clashed with Israeli security forces firing tear gas and stun grenades, as well as rubber bullets and live ammunition.

At least 31 people were injured in the demonstrations, according to Israeli medics, including one person who was in critical condition.

A lengthy list of U.S. allies, regional powers and Palestinian politicians warned Trump against recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in the lead-up to his announcement on Wednesday, saying that it would inflame tensions and provoke violence. Although the decision’s long-term effects on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and attempts at peace remain unclear, the announcement has caused an immediate wave of unrest.

The Palestinian Authority called for a general strike in Palestinian cities as a result of Trump’s declaration, while Hamas has taken a harder line and is advocating for a new Palestinian uprising.

Both Israelis and Palestinians lay claim to Jerusalem, although Israel has retained control over the city since 1967. The final status of the city is one of the most sensitive issues in terms of finding a negotiated settlement between Israelis and Palestinians, and most United Nations states don’t recognize Israeli sovereignty over the city while the peace process is ongoing.

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‘Move of US Embassy would proceed without recognition of Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem’

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Escalated Israeli Aggression on Syria: Begging for War

Escalated Israeli Aggression on Syria: Begging for War

by Stephen Lendman ( – Home – Stephen Lendman)

Despite significant progress toward defeating US-supported terrorists in Syria, conflict resolution is far from achieved – not as long as Washington and Israel want war and regime change.

On Monday evening, for the second time in three days, an Israeli warplane flying illegally in Lebanese airspace fired multiple missiles at Syria’s Jamarya military facility and research center, northwest of Damascus.

The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) said “(t)he army’s air defense confronted an Israeli attack with missiles on one of the military sites in Damascus countryside, destroying three of them.”

“An informed source told SANA that at 11:30pm (local time) Monday, the Israeli enemy launched a number of missiles targeting one of the military sites in Damascus countryside, adding that the army’s air defense intercepted the Israeli missiles, downing three of them.”

“On December 1st, the army’s air defense confronted an Israeli attack with surface-to-surface missiles on one of the military sites in Damascus countryside, destroying two of them.”

Lebanese sources said the Israeli warplane fired six air-to-ground missiles at the military/research center, three intercepted, others apparently detonating on the ground, loud explosions heard.

On Monday, Israel’s ambassador to Washington/close Netanyahu confidant Ron Lauder said “(t)he chances of military confrontation are growing.” 

“I can’t tell you by the year or by the month. I’d say even by the week. Because the more they push, we have to enforce our red lines.”

“So in taking action to defend ourselves, you don’t know what could happen. But I think (chances of Israeli war on Syria) is higher than people think.”

In early November, Israel threatened to launch an incursion into Syria – on the phony pretext of protecting a Syrian Golan Druze village supporting Damascus, an IDF spokesman saying at the time:

Israel’s military “is prepared and ready to assist the residents of the village and prevent damage to or the capture of the village Hader out of commitment to the Druze population.”

Washington and Israel support ISIS, al-Nusra and other terrorists in Syria. Netanyahu threatened war if Iran maintains a permanent military presence in the country – its legitimate right, invited by Damascus to be there.

Iranian military personnel are largely helping in an advisory capacity from Syrian bases, none of its own as falsely reported.

Netanyahu gave Damascus an ultimatum. If Iranian forces establish bases or use Syrian ones, Israel will attack Syrian army positions and other military targets – a near-declaration of war.

Two instances of Israeli aerial aggression on Syria in three days perhaps indicates stepped-up attacks coming.

Russia has sophisticated S-400 air defense systems protecting Syrian airspace. They’re able to strike targets up to 400 km away at altitudes up to 90,000 feet.

They’re protecting Russian facilities and personnel in the country. It’s time they’re used against incoming missiles by Israel or any other foreign source, aimed at striking Syrian targets.

The only language Washington and Israel understand is force. Destroying incoming IDF missiles and its attacking warplanes close to Syrian territory will show Netanyahu his aggression will be forcefully countered.

If nothing is done to stop Israeli attacks, they’ll continue, likely escalate, making conflict resolution harder to achieve.

Much depends on how Putin responds to increasing Israeli aggression. Failure to confront it assures more to come.

Sophisticated Russian air defense systems can destroy air-to-ground missiles with pinpoint accuracy. 

It’s high time they’re used to defend Syrian territory from aerial aggression. Otherwise, it’s likely to escalate.

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Russian Aircraft Flying 420 Sorties Destroy Over 910 Israeli US ISIS Terrorist Facilities In Syria In Past Week

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MOSCOW, December 1. /TASS/. Russia’s Aerospace Forces carried out over 420 sorties in Syria over the past seven days and destroyed over 910 facilities belonging to international terrorist groups, the Russian Defense Ministry said in its weekly infographics published by the Krasnaya Zvezda newspaper on Friday.

The infographics shows that 19 foreign aircraft peformed surveillance flights near Russia’s borders in the reported period. Russian jets were scrambled twice.

This week, Russian military specialists conducted two international inspections in Germany and France under the Open Skies Treaty and in Denmark under the 2011 Vienna document of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

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