Former Israeli ambassador to Egypt: Sisi ‘disappointed’ by US

Former Israeli Ambassador of Egypt, Zvi Mazel

Former Israeli Ambassador of Egypt, Zvi Mazel

Egyptian President Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi is “disappointment with White House policies”, former Israeli Ambassador to Egypt Zvi Mazel wrote in an article yesterday.

In an article published in the Jerusalem Post, Mazel said that the eyes of the world were on Syria, and the US was looking at Iran’s nuclear deal, which makes Iran a real dominant power in the Middle East.

He noted that the great world powers are busy in their “narrow interests” and they are not looking at the “elephant inside the room”. He also noted that the US left the whole region under Iran’s mercy.

Mazel added that France has recently agreed to attack Daesh only in Syria, not in its strongholds in Iraq, while Iran is fastening its control over the region, Hezbollah’s power is increasing and Russia is sending weapons and planes to Syria thus undermining the stability in the region.

The former Israeli ambassador to Egypt and other European countries said that Al-Sisi could make his voice heard by world powers for a while and stressed on the importance of the comprehensive cooperation between the Arab states and the West in order to face terrorism in the region.

However, Mazel said that a strong Egypt is vital to the Western interests and that was the “covert” message of Al-Sisi.

Al-Sisi described his country’s relationship with the US as “improving, strategic and stable.” Mazel said that this is a diplomatic move to reflect his disappointment in the American policies regarding his country, noting to the delay in the US military aid to Egypt, which is badly needed to fight “Islamic terrorists” in Sinai.

Mazel also said that the military drills between Egypt and other Arab countries have not resumed as Egypt is still waiting for equipment and for its forces to be trained in guerrilla warfare.

Furthermore, Mazel claimed, the While House has strong connections with the Muslim Brotherhood, Al-Sisi’s main enemy.


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Millions of children uprooted by conflict, reveals UNICEF



The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Tuesday that conflicts and instability in Syria, Afghanistan, Somalia, Sudan and South Sudan have uprooted at least 4.5 million children.

“The world is facing the largest refugee crisis since World War II,” warned Afshan Khan, UNICEF’s Director of Emergency Programmes, “with millions of families forced to flee their homes due to conflict and persecution.”

Since the beginning of the year, more than half a million people have crossed the Mediterranean into Europe. About one-fifth of those who have reached European shores are children, Ms Khan said on the eve of a high-level UN meeting on the global migrant and refugee crisis.

“In Syria, a brutal conflict now well into its fifth year has forced more than 4 million people into refugee camps and makeshift shelters,” she added, “and overstretched host communities in Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon and Turkey.”

Afghanistan is the second major source of refugees worldwide; more than 2.6 million have fled the country. Instability and a hunger crisis have pushed nearly 1 million Somalis, half of them children, out of their country. Meanwhile, nearly 666,000 people have fled the conflict in Sudan and some 760,000 people, almost two-thirds of them children, have fled from South Sudan since the current conflict erupted in December 2013.

The UN official warned that children in countries in conflict are under daily attack and at risk of abduction, maiming, recruitment and death. “Their journey to safety is fraught with dangers. Whether they are fleeing by sea or by road, they are often at the mercy of smugglers and have to carry the physical and psychological burdens of war, displacement and hostility.”


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Chuck Todd Asks Hillary about Libya, but Omits Benghazi on MTP Daily Debut

September 28, 2015
5:16 p.m. Eastern

CHUCK TODD: Let’s start with foreign affairs here and Syria and obviously, there’s a lot going on, including this week at the United Nations about what to do with Syria. Can you defeat ISIS if Assad is still running Syria?


TODD: What does a President Clinton prioritize? Do you prioritize ousting Assad? 

CLINTON: I would prioritize both. You can’t really do one without the other, but ousting Assad has to be a political process. 

TODD: I was just going to say, is it only a political process? You can’t make it a military process?


TODD: You said in an interview about a year ago, don’t do stupid stuff is not a organizing principle for foreign policy and I know I became a tiff between the administration and you and you claimed it wasn’t about that, so let me ask you this: What is your organizing principle when it comes to American foreign policy?


TODD: Let me go back to Syria. You were an advocate – a stronger advocate than others in the administration of training some rebels to fight Assad and ISIS on the ground. We got a report this week that was startling. There are four or five, not 400, or 500, four or five rebels that we have trained with American military help and American might that are still there fighting the fight. 


TODD: This is a failure of policy, isn’t it?


TODD: Let move to Libya. Let me play something that you were caught on camera saying after Gadhafi was killed. 

CLINTON [on 10/20/11]: We came, we saw, he died. 

TODD: I’m guessing that’s not something you wanted to see out in public when it was done, but you were celebrating then. Is it still something worth celebrating, considering where Libya is today? Was that actually the right call? 


TODD: He also was somebody that the Bush administration negotiated with and convinced to stop a nuclear program.


TODD: What was the mistake now? Was it a mistake? Should we have had somebody, boots on the ground, to sort of build a post-Gadhafi Libya?


TODD: You said that in 2007 you that would have roles, you had roles in mind for your husband if you got elected. What roles do you have in mind for him? 


TODD: He’ll have a West Wing office if you get there? 

TODD: Well, he’s a busy guy. I don’t know anything like that, but I’m not counting my chickens before my hatch. I just want to be sure we get the chance to earn the votes of the American people and to win the White House.


TODD: I thought I was going to make that the last question, but I forgot to ask you about Speaker Boehner. This has been a challenge for this President, working with Republicans in Congress. Why do you think you’ll have better luck?

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Hollande: Syria’s future cannot include Assad

French President, Francois Hollande

French President, Francois Hollande

French President Francois Hollande said yesterday that Syria’s future cannot include Bashar Al-Assad.

The French president made his remarks during a press conference held at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

“France will communicate with all Syrian parties, without exclusion, in order to reach a political solution to the conflict, but the future of Syria cannot be with Bashar Al-Assad,” he said.

“Civilian populations must be protected against all forms of violence, that of Daesh and other terrorist groups, but also against the deadly bombings by Bashar Al-Assad.”

He revealed that France has launched the first airstrikes against the Islamic State militants in Syria and destroyed a training camp.

“Our forces reached their objectives: the camp was completely destroyed,” Hollande said.

“Six jets were used, including five Rafales, and they were able to ensure that our operation did not have any consequences for the civilian population,” he added.


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Russia Has No Plans ‘Right Now’ To Deploy Troops To Syria, Putin Says

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin said Russia had no plans “right now” to put combat troops on the ground in Syria, but would continue backing the Syrian government.

The Russian leader, speaking in an interview broadcast Sunday on the eve of his meeting with President Barack Obama, also sharply criticized U.S. military support for Syrian rebels, describing it as not only illegal but counterproductive.

His statements show how far apart Russia and the U.S. remained on Syria going into Monday’s meeting between the two presidents. Putin and Obama were set to meet on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly, after both address the annual gathering of world leaders.

A Russian military buildup in Syria, a longtime ally, has raised concerns in Washington. Putin and other officials have said only that Russia was providing weapons and training to Syrian President Bashar Assad’s army to help it combat the Islamic State group. Asked if Russia could send troops to join the fight, Putin previously said “we are looking at various options.”

He was somewhat more definitive in the latest interview.

“Russia will not participate in any troop operations in the territory of Syria or in any other states. Well, at least we don’t plan on it right now,” Putin said in the interview on CBS’ “60 Minutes.”

“But we are considering intensifying our work with both President Assad and with our partners in other countries,” he added, according to an English-language transcript. 

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New humanitarian aid from Russia arrives in Syria



Ships with a new batch of humanitarian aid from Russia have arrived at Syrian Tartus Harbour.

Food stuffs, medications, clothes, blankets, tents and other living essentials for refugees are being shipped to Syria along with automotive vehicles for civilian designation and military equipment, according to the Russian Ministry of Defense.

Russian sustainment center specialists are rendering all necessary assistance in unloading the ships with humanitarian aid, TVZvezda reported.

The supplies are being promptly delivered on local vehicles to population centers including temporary refugee camps, each housing around 500 people.

The war-ravaged nation lacks the bare necessities for people who have lost all their possessions in their destroyed home cities. Tens of thousands of refugees have fled Syria for Europe, causing the biggest refugee crisis since the Second World War.

Syria has been mired in a civil war since 2011, as government forces loyal to Assad fight several opposition and radical Islamist militant groups, including the Nusra Front and the Islamic State (ISIL).

Russia has been supplying Syria with humanitarian aid and military equipment for much of the conflict.


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US Exploited Assad’s Fight Against Al-Qaeda

Assad président

The US government has been relying on its standard narrative that the Syria crisis emerged spontaneously after an “Arab Spring” inspired protest was violently suppressed by the Syrian government. The entire US intervention was justified on these grounds. Thus the Obama Administration, as it did in Ukraine, has attempted to disavow any role in fomenting the uprising and thus any responsibility for the violence that ensued.

But like much else in US foreign policy the narrative is wholly false, constructed to propagandize the American people in favor of US intervention and shield the US government from any fallout.

In fact the US government had long had its sights on regime change in Syria, starting at least with the Project for a New American Century’s plan peddled to George W. Bush to overthrow five countries in five years and remake the entire Middle East. The neocons always like to think big, but like any slimy salesman they never deliver as promised. Their Iraq “cakewalk” proved a deathwalk.

In 2006, according to a secret State Department cable made public by Wikileaks, US Embassy Damascus drafted an extensive memo outlining nine “vulnerabilities” of the Syrian government with corresponding “possible actions” on how the US can exploit these “vulnerabilities” to destabilize the government of Syria.

The State Department cable was authored by William V. Roebuck, who was at the time the Political Counselor at the US Embassy in Damascus. Roebuck has since been rewarded for his “good work” on destabilizing Syria and now serves as US Ambassador to Bahrain, where one presumes his role is rather the opposite of what it was in Syria.

Roebuck’s bio suggests he has been somewhat of a regime change rock star: He managed the fallout from US regime change operations in Egypt, Libya, and Iraq, with a stint at the US Embassy in Israel as well.

What did Roebuck advise the US to do to Syria in 2006? Exploit the Syrian government’s fight against Islamist extremists in attempt to undermine Assad’s position in the region.

That’s right: use Syria’s fight against al-Qaeda against it.

Perhaps it’s best to let Roebuck speak for himself. The Syrian government’s “vulnerability” is:

Extremist elements increasingly use Syria as a base, while the SARG (ed: Syrian government) has taken some actions against groups stating links to Al-Qaeda. With the killing of the al-Qaida leader on the border with Lebanon in early December and the increasing terrorist attacks inside Syria culminating in the September 12 attack against the US embassy, the SARG,s policies in Iraq and support for terrorists elsewhere as well can be seen to be coming home to roost.

How to exploit that vulnerability? In Roebuck’s own words:

Possible Actions: — Publicize presence of transiting (or externally focused) extremist groups in Syria, not limited to mention of Hamas and PIJ. Publicize Syrian efforts against extremist groups in a way that suggests weakness, signs of instability, and uncontrolled blowback. The SARG,s argument (usually used after terror attacks in Syria) that it too is a victim of terrorism should be used against it to give greater prominence to increasing signs of instability within Syria. (emphasis added).

The US had long planned to overthrow Assad well before 2011 and had obviously spent a great deal of time, effort, and money cooking up plans to exploit whatever “vulnerabilities” he may have had to help make that overthrow happen. Roebuck captures that essence in the summary of his 2006 US Embassy Damascus secret cable:

The bottom line is that Bashar is entering the new year in a stronger position than he has been in several years, but those strengths also carry with them — or sometimes mask ) vulnerabilities. If we are ready to capitalize, they will offer us opportunities to disrupt his decision-making, keep him off-balance, and make him pay a premium for his mistakes.

If we are ready to capitalize…

Yes, they were ready to capitalize. And more than 200,000 people have been killed as the US “capitalized” on vulnerabilities produced by Assad’s fight against terrorists unleashed on his country by the US attack on Iraq. At this point, US foreign policy toward Syria has become too grotesque to even contemplate. In another time there would be a Nuremberg readying the dock for Roebuck and anyone else associated with this mass murder. These days the media just keeps churning out a steady diet of US regime propaganda.

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China Joins Russia in Fight Against ISIS in Syria

According to the Russian Senator Igor Morozov, Beijing has taken decision to take part in combating IS and sent its vessels to the Syrian coast.

Igor Morozov, member of the Russian Federation Committee on International Affairs claimed about the beginning of the military operation by China against the IS terrorists. “It is known, that China has joined our military operation in Syria, the Chinese cruiser has already entered the Mediterranean, aircraft carrier follows it,” Morozov said.

According to him, Iran may soon join the operation carried out by Russia against the IS terrorists, via Hezbollah. Thus, the Russian coalition in the region gains ground, and most reasonable step of the US would be to join it. Although the stance of Moscow and Washington on the ways of settlement of the Syrian conflict differs, nonetheless, low efficiency of the US coalition acts against terrorists is obvious. Islamists have just strengthened their positions.

As Leonid Krutakov told Pravda.Ru in an interview, the most serious conflict is currently taking place namely between China and the US. Moscow may support any party, the expert believes, and that is what will change the world order for many years.


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Russian Intervention in Syria Threatens Israel

As reported by TUT, Russia has already begun its offensive against ISIS in Syria:

Russian Jets Strike ISIS in East Aleppo to Propel the Syrian Army’s Advance on Kuweires Airbase

The uppermost question on our minds, naturally, should be, How will this affect Israel?

We know that Netanyahu went to Kremlin to appeal to Putin, hoping to make him understand that the presence of Russian troops in Syria will pose problems for Israel, because, see here, Israel is under attack by both Hamas in Gaza and Hezbollah terrorists launching rockets from the Golan. So Israel needs to strike various terrorists hangouts in Syria and it is difficult to do that with obstacles in the way, like Russian troops. Putin seemed distracted and apathetic during the meeting. And now the Russian attacks on ISIS have started.

Israel faces an existential threat from Hamas too. Their rockets, launched from Gaza, undoubtedly with Iranian help, in addition to killing millions of Jews, spread terror in Israel. The video below captures the very moment such a Palestinian rocket hits a target in Israel.
ALERT: This video may be too graphic for some people to watch. I have sent it to some of my friends but not to those who are cat lovers.

For some reason this video has not been shown on American television, which leads me to wonder if we still have a free press or if the 100% Muslim-owned media in the US is suppressing news that might show the American people the depth of suffering of Israeli Jews.

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