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Arabic daily: Liberman revealed details of Trump plan to Palestinians
The report says the Trump plan calls for a Palestinian state in the Gaza Strip, and sovereignty for the population in small areas of the West Bank, as well as generous economic incentives.
The Al-Hayat report said that sovereignty would be limited to Area A, roughly 13 percent of Judea and Samaria, parts of Area B (about 18 percent of Judea and Samaria) and a small part of Area C, which is about 60 percent of Judea and Samaria, Palestinian officials told the paper.
Al-Hayat also reports that according to the Palestinian officials Israel would keep control of what it called “occupied East Jerusalem.”
The London-based Arabic daily also reported that President Mahmoud Abbas blasted the plan, saying the Palestinians would fight it. “This is a conspiracy, a conspiracy that they are going to be waging from afar,” Abbas said in an improvised speech on Monday when the rumored details of the plan came to light.
“They say wait for the deal, what are we waiting for? Everything is on the table, anothing is left hidden, and what they offer is rejected, rejected, rejected, and we will fight to prevent it, because we will not sell our sanctity,” Abbas said
U.S. sanctions against the Palestinians to pressure them to accept the deal wouldn’t work, Abbas said, according to Al-Hayat.
Trump Trashes Mattis: ‘What’s He Done for Me?’
02 January 2019
The president — who was exempted from the draft during the Vietnam War over bone spurs — added that U.S. generals have done a bad job in Afghanistan over nearly two decades and said that he thinks he “would’ve been a good general, but who knows.”
Mattis announced his resignation in a searing letter just before Christmas, that highlighted his differences with the president over the role of American leadership and alliances. In the letter, Mattis said he would step down Feb. 28, but Trump later accelerated that to the end of the year.
Germany steps up to lead NATO high readiness force
NATO – North Atlantic Treaty Organisation
01 Jan. 2019
German forces on Tuesday (1 January 2019) took the lead for NATO’s Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF), providing thousands of soldiers to be on standby and ready to deploy within days. Germany takes over from Italy, which provided the VJTF lead brigade in 2018.
The VJTF in 2019 is based on a German brigade, the 9th Panzerlehrbrigade.The Netherlands and Norway support the German contingent adding capabilities such as aviation and mechanised infantry. France, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Czech Republic, Latvia and Lithuania also provide forces. Together, they represent a multinational brigade of around 8,000 troops.
“The VJTF is a substantial contribution to our collective defence,” said NATO Spokesperson Oana Lungescu. “In 2019, nine Allies will contribute to the VJTF. This is a strong display of our capabilities and our resolve to work together. Once activated, the VJTF, our Spearhead Force, is available to move immediately to defend any Ally against any threat“.
The VJTF is a joint force, consisting of a land component, supported by air, maritime and special forces. It is part of the Alliance’s larger NATO Response Force (NRF) with around 40,000 troops. This year, the 1st German / Netherlands Corps is in charge of the NRF’s land forces. Admiral James Foggo commands the entire NRF from NATO’s Joint Force Command in Naples, Italy.
Exercise Trident Juncture 18, which took place in Norway last autumn, certified the NATO Response Force for 2019, with the VJTF at its core. Trident Juncture involved around 51,000 personnel, including six army brigades and Marine ground forces supported by air, maritime and Special Forces. A main exercise focus was NATO’s ability to move personnel and armour quickly across Europe.
NATO heads of state and government agreed to create the VJTF at the Wales Summit in September 2014, in response to a changed security environment, including Russia’s aggressive actions against Ukraine and turmoil in North Africa and the Middle East.
THERESA MAY’S ANTI-CHRISTIAN REGIME
Britain’s blindfolded investigation of persecution of Christians.
You don’t need to be a fan of the vintage British political sitcom Yes Minister to understand how government reviews are instruments of inertia, damage control, public relations, virtue signaling, obfuscation and a surrogate for action. As the smooth-tongued civil servant Sir Humphrey Appleby from Yes Minister puts it: “The job of a professionally conducted internal inquiry is to unearth a great mass of no evidence.”
On Boxing Day, Britain’s Conservative in Name Only (CINO) government in cozy chumminess with the Church of England gave the nation a gift. The day was most certainly chosen for its significance: in British tradition postmen, errand boys, servants and the hoi polloi expect to receive a gift box from the high and mighty.
So as his Boxing Day 2018 gift, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt MP announced a review into the global persecution of Christians, which would be led by Philip Mounstephen, Anglican Bishop of Truro. The heralding of this great news of glad tidings was peppered with the standard British bureaucratic blather.
The Foreign Office said its independent review would consider “tough questions and offer ambitious policy recommendations.” It would provide “an objective view of Britain’s support for the most vulnerable Christians globally,” trumpeted Lord Tariq Ahmad, Britain’s special envoy on freedom of religion.
It looked like a docile beach donkey from C. S. Lewis’ Narnia had morphed into Rudyard Kipling’s Lion King. The media munchkins gobbled it down for brunch.
Britain has done little to help persecuted Christians since the 17th century, when it gave refuge to French Huguenots fleeing the terror unleashed by the Edict of Fontainebleau. The British saw this as a juicy opportunity to cock a snook at King Louis XIV, their frog-eating foe.
The present CINO regime under PM Theresa May has not only refused to rescue Christians, but has actively stepped up its Leftwing, anti-Christian foghorning.
In the first quarter of 2018, Britain refused to give asylum to a single Syrian Christian, but let in 1,112 Syrian Muslims. More shamefully, the Home Office refused to release this data until Barnabas Fundtook the extreme step of obtaining an order from the Information Commissioner threatening the Home Office with contempt of court proceedings. Even then, the figures were only released kicking and screaming just before the deadline, when the charity demanded that the immigration minister personally order their disclosure.
Just before Christmas, Frontpage Mag reported how Prime Minister Theresa May and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby had washed their hands of persecuted Christian mother Asia Bibi, who has spent eight years on Pakistan’s death row on trumped-up charges of blasphemy.
“Were you disappointed and saddened that Britain didn’t offer her asylum?” BBC pundit Andrew Marr asked Welby. “A lot goes on behind the scenes that we don’t know about,” spluttered Welby. “I know there is great deal of work being done and we need to stop talking about her and listen to her—what does she want, where does she want to go; I hope that our government and other governments will make it possible either for her to come here if that’s what she wants (Welby’s emphasis) . . . or for her to go somewhere else if that’s what she prefers,” said the weasel-worded Welby, worming his way out of the accusation of doing nothing.
Is la-di-dah Leftist Welby so ginormously delusional that he believes a woman being hunted by Muslim mobs and refused asylum by a lineup of Western countries has a choice? This isn’t the FBI asking Don Corleone to choose between Lichtenstein and Luxembourg in their Witness Protection Program if he testifies against the Mafia!
In a Kafkaesque twist, radical cleric Hassan Haseeb, who led the pro-blasphemy law demonstrations in Pakistan and called for the execution of Asia Bibi, was a key speaker at an anti-terrorism conference in Manchester, in July 2018, even though the government was warned about him in 2016.
Britain’s lower rung of deplorables and the alt-media had heard enough of this sophistry and by Christmas were giving our snootocracy two kicks up the kidney for its reprehensible treatment of Asia Bibi. Announcing an independent review is one way to stop your privileged upper-class ass from getting whupped.
“Fie such cynicism!” I hear my reader say. Surely the government has the best intentions of Christians at heart? “God save us from people who mean well,” retorts Vikram Seth in A Suitable Boy. Especially when their actions don’t follow their intentions and independent reviews.
Remember how the Church of England rebuffed the review into the George Bell scandal? Bishop Bell, who stood against Hitler and supported Bonhoeffer, was exonerated by an independent review of molesting a child. Instead of apologizing for slandering the bishop’s impeccable reputation, Welby gave a bum salute to the Lord Carlile review and refused to rescind his statement that Bishop Bell still had a “significant cloud” over his name.
In the Yes Minister episode “The Hospital without Patients,” Minister Jim Hacker asks Sir Humphrey if he can “get an independent inquiry to find no evidence.” “Minister, in an independent inquiry everything depends on who the chairman is. He absolutely has to be sound,” quips Humphrey. In civil service lingo, someone who is “sound” is a safe pair of hands who will not rock the canoe.
That’s another reason to be cynical about the review. The effete duo heading it has “Church-State Damage Control SWAT team” stamped on their foreheads. Worse, the Foreign Secretary is as effective as an umbrella in a gale. “He has quite the history of gaffes, quirks and snafus,” notes the Guardian.
Jeremy Hunt, who’s net worth is around £14 million, ballsed up big-time on a state visit to Japan, when he referred to his Chinese wife as “Japanese.” Hunt accidentally pulled the emergency stop cord in a train bathroom; posed for a photo in front of a whiteboard of confidential patient records, which he then tweeted; and almost decapitated a woman when ringing a bell.
When he was Health Secretary, Channel 4 presented him with a giant, gold penis for being “Dick of the Year” and doctors gave him an eight-foot mockup of a “Statistics for Dummies.” A pro-European Remainer who transitioned into a Brexiteer, Hunt is angling to become the next resident of 10 Downing Street.
Bizarrely, in 2017, the same Foreign Office produced the Wilton Park report insisting that evangelical Christians in the Global South should be expected to ‘reinterpret’ the Bible to make it compatible with LGBT ideology.
Bishop Philip Mounstephen, who will lead the review, is said to be as limp as lettuce. A former low-impact director of Church Mission Society, the media are breathlessly reporting his recent appointment with the sensational headline: “Former teacher appointed as Bishop of Truro.” Mounstephen is as controversial as white paint on a picket fence (otherwise he wouldn’t be given his managerial mitre in Welby’s politburo).
Neither Hunt not Mounstephen have wheezed a word demanding that Britain open its doors to Asia Bibi, the world’s best-known persecuted Christian, but have the warped audacity to grandstand on behalf of persecuted Christians.
One person who could have lent authenticity to the review is Baroness Caroline Cox. A member of the House of Lords, Cox has spent decades campaigning for persecuted Christians—even daring to visit North Korea—the worst country on earth for human rights abuses against Christians.
In July 2017, she introduced a bill to prevent women from Shariah-sanctioned discrimination. She was president of Christian Solidarity Worldwide and became patron of Barnabas Fund in 2016. But Cox has savaged cultural Marxism with her book The Rape of Reason and her review might call the government and Church of England to account and miraculously result in action!
Cox might even draw attention to the persecution of Christians in Britain. We can’t have that, can we? Because when the review is published and heads are patted, the state-approved hostility against orthodox and evangelical Christians in Britain will continue as if nothing ever happened.
There are enough cases to merit publishing a Dictionary of Christian Persecution in the United Kingdom. My favorite is the arrest of street preachers Overd and Stockwell. At trial, the public prosecutor Ian Jackson said that publicly quoting parts of the King James Bible in modern Britain should “be considered to be abusive and is a criminal matter.”
Britain’s highest-ranking legal eagles, the Lord Chancellor and Lord Chief Justice, removed Christian magistrate Richard Page from office in 2016 for saying that it was in a child’s best interests to be raised by a mother and a father. It could soon be illegal for Christians to pray for a homosexual who wants to be heterosexual; the Church of England General Synod has virtually banned “conversion therapy” and is pushing the government to make it a criminal offense.
Former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams downplayed this oppression by saying that Christians in Britain who claim they are persecuted should “grow up” and not exaggerate what amounts to feeling “mildly uncomfortable.”
The radical leftist archbishop should tell this to father-of-six Nissar Hussain, who was nearly beaten to death by Muslims, after being persecuted for years in Bradford. Hussain converted from Islam to Christianity. Neither the police nor Anglican bishops lifted a finger to help him, Hussain said. He also said he wasn’t the only convert from Islam facing violent persecution in 21st century Britain.
Williams should know that the dictionary definition of persecution is “hostility and ill-treatment, especially because of race or political or religious beliefs” and is not limited to violence.
Critics might contend that such persecution is on an individual level and not state-sponsored. Really? In 2017, following the arrest of a street preacher, Lord Pearson asked the government in the House of Lords: “My Lords, will the Government therefore confirm unequivocally that a Christian who says that Jesus is the only Son of the one true God cannot be arrested for hate crime or any other offense, however much it may offend a Muslim or anyone of any other religion?” The government whip refused to comment.
Barnabas Fund then ran a campaign seeking a new Act of Parliament in the UK to guarantee seven fundamental aspects of freedom of religion. It demonstrated how these freedoms are under grave threat: freedom to read the Bible in public, freedom to interpret Scripture without government interference, freedom of worship, freedom to choose or change your religion, freedom to preach and try to convince others of the truth of your beliefs, freedom to establish churches, synagogues, etc., and freedom from being required to affirm a particular worldview or set of beliefs in order to hold a public sector job or stand for election, work in professions such as teaching and law, or study at university.
Not a single serving Church of England bishop, including the archbishops of Canterbury and York, was willing to support the campaign.
Biologically, there’s no such thing as being half-pregnant or somewhat pregnant. Politically, in the Byzantine circumlocution of British church-state doublespeak, a half-pregnancy isn’t just possible—it’s inevitable. Britain’s Foreign Office review into persecuted Christians is a half-pregnant woman.
India, Pakistan Exchange Lists of Nuclear Facilities – Indian Foreign Ministry
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – India and Pakistan have exchanged lists of their nuclear facilities in accordance with an 1988 agreement, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement on Tuesday.
“India and Pakistan today exchanged, through diplomatic channels simultaneously in New Delhi and Islamabad, the list of nuclear installations and facilities covered under the Agreement on the Prohibition of Attack against Nuclear installations between India and Pakistan,” the ministry’s statement said.
It is the 28th time since 1992 when New Delhi and Islamabad have exchanged their lists of nuclear facilities.
“The Agreement, which was signed on 31 December 1988 and entered into force on 27 January 1991 provides, inter alia, that the two countries inform each other of nuclear installations and facilities to be covered under the Agreement on the first of January of every calendar year. This is the twenty-eighth consecutive exchange of such list between the two countries, the first one having taken place on 1 January 1992,” the ministry added.
Both India and Pakistan possess nuclear weapons and, along with Israel and South Sudan, are not parties to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
ABD heyeti, Patriot sistemleriyle ilgili satış teklifini Ankara’ya iletirken, Türkiye, Patriot satışında Rusya’dan S-400 alımının iptal edilmesinin ön koşul olmasına karşı çıkıyor.
ABD yönetiminin, Türkiye’ye Patriot hava ve füze savunma sistemlerinin satışı için teklifini sunduğu bildirildi.
Yetkililerden alınan bilgiye göre, ABD’den gelen bir heyet Ankara’da Savunma Sanayii Başkanlığı, Dışişleri Bakanlığı ve Milli Savunma Bakanlığı’ndaki muhataplarından oluşan heyetle görüşmeler yapıyor.
Görüşmelerde ABD yönetiminin Patriot sistemleriyle ilgili satış teklifini Türk tarafına ilettiği öğrenildi.
ABD Dışişleri Bakanlığı, 3,5 milyar dolar değerindeki Patriot sistemlerinin Türkiye’ye satışına 19 Aralık’ta onay vermişti. ABD Savunma Bakanlığı’na (Pentagon) bağlı Savunma Güvenlik İşbirliği Ajansı, “Dışişleri Bakanlığı, tahmini 3,5 milyar dolar değerinde 80 MIM-104E Güdümü Yükseltilmiş Patriot füzesi, 60 İleri Kabiliyet Patriot-3 (PAC-3) füzesi ve ilgili ekipman satışını onaylamaya karar verdi. Savunma Güvenlik İşbirliği Ajansı, bu satış konusunda bugün Kongreyi bilgilendirdi“ açıklamasını yapmıştı.
Savunma sistemi paketine 4 AN/MQP-65 radar seti, 4 kilitlenme kontrol sistemi, 10 anten direk grupları, 20 M903 fırlatma istasyonu, 5 elektrik santralinin yanı sıra iletişim teçhizatları, test cihazları, menzil programları ve destek ekipmanlarının dahil olduğu ifade edilmişti.
Dışişleri Bakanı Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu da gazetecilerle yaptığı yıl sonu değerlendirme toplantısında, “Yaklaşık 1,5 sene önce zaten Patriot almak istediğimizi mektupla ABD’ye iletmiştik. Zaten dışişleri bakanlığının olur vermesi de bu talep üzerineydi. Patriot alırız ama aldığımız S-400′ leri de iptal etmeyiz” ifadesini kullanmıştı.
ABD, uzun süredir Türkiye’nin Rusya’dan S-400 alımını iptal etmesini istiyor. Ancak Türkiye, S-400’lerin iptal edilmesinin Patriot satışında ön şart haline getirilmesine itiraz ediyor.
Ankara’nın füze savunma sistemi alımında fiyatın yanı sıra bir diğer beklentisi teknoloji paylaşımı.
Türkiye, ABD tarafının teknoloji paylaşımında da cazip öneriler sunmasını talep ediyor.
En az 2006’dan beri, ABD’de derin devletin, Neocon’ların, Dışişleri ve Savunma bürokrasisinin, Evanjelist Hıristiyan kiliselerinin, İsrail’de bazı mekanizmaların, Ortadoğu’da haritanın yeniden çizilmesi için siyaset ürettiğine, kitap ve makale yazdığına tanığız. Bu bazı meraklı gazetecilerin fantezi komplo teorisi de değildir. Bu siyasetin ABD toplumuna ve bu arada her iki partinin etki ekseni dışında kalan Başkan Trump’a kendisini kabul ettirmek için ürettiği argümanları hatırlayalım:
Bunlara karşı Trump cephesinde tek satırlık fikir üretilmiş değil. Trump’ın kendisi okumayı-yazmayı seven (hatta becerebilen) birisi değil. 280 karakterlik Twitter mesajlarını saymazsak, Trump açısından dünyada bütün ilişkiler sadece dolar hesabı, bordro, mizan, aktif-pasif defterinden ibaret. Suriye’nin ve Irak’ın bölünmesinin, PKK yönetiminde bir Kürdistan kurulmasının İsrail’e güvenlik sağlamayacağı, bu güvenliği bölgeye gelecek kalıcı barışın sağlayabileceği fikrini destekleyen somut bilgiler Trump’a sadece Cumhurbaşkanı Erdoğan, bakanlarına ve güvenlik danışmanına ise Türk mevkidaşları tarafından veriliyor.
Bir başka deyişle, ABD’deki derin her çevreye ve lobiye karşı Türkiye mücadele ediyor. Şimdi bu çevrelere, ABD içinde sağ ve sol liberaller, Fransa Cumhurbaşkanı’ndan Arap prenslerine kadar uluslararası kişiler, insan hakları kisvesi altında Türkiye ve İslam aleyhtarlığı yapan örgütler eklendi. Terane malum: ABD çıkarsa, Suriye Türkiye’nin olur! Türkiye Kürtleri ezer geçer! Türkiye Suriye’den çıkmaz. Yazıyorlar, konuşuyorlar. En son Demokrat Partililer bizzat gidip Trump’la görüştüler ve “kaygılarını” dile getirdiler.
Türkiye’nin 70 yıllık ret ve inkâr siyasetinin kötü mirası yine devrede. PKK ile mücadelenin Kürtler için bağımsızlık isteyen “özgürlük savaşçıları” ile değil, Türk’ten çok Kürt katleden bir terör örgütüyle mücadele olduğu gerçeğini dünya kamuoyuna bildirmekte başarılı olduğumuz söylenemez. Buna Türkiye’nin önce Irak sonra da Suriye Kürtlerine sağladığı hamiliği ve desteği yeterince anlatmamayı da ekleyin.
Her gün yeniden, yılmadan ve “Anlatacağız da ne olacak?” demeden, kamu diplomasisine daha çok kaynak ayırarak Trump’ın fikir değiştirmesine engel olmak gerekir. Türkiye’yi tanıyan ve seven ABD’li siyasetçilerin kolları sıvaması zamanı geldi de geçiyor.
ABD, Irak’ın Kuveyt’i işgalinden bu yana giriştiği müdahalelere göre ilk kez doğru adım atmaya hazırlanıyor. Buna engel olunmasına izin vermemek gerekiyor. Bölgenin selameti bunu gerektiriyor.
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