Pompeo Says Israeli Settlements Aren’t Illegal
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Nov. 18 that Israeli settlements in the West Bank aren’t illegal, marking a shift in State Department policy.
Pompeo told reporters during a press briefing, “The establishment of Israeli civilian settlements in the West Bank is not, per se, inconsistent with international law.” He later added, “that there will never be a judicial resolution to the conflict, and arguments about who is right and who is wrong as a matter of international law will not bring peace.”
The Times of Israel noted that Pompeo’s statement is a repudiation of a 1978 State Department legal opinion calling such settlements illegal. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office called Pompeo’s comments mark “an important policy that rights a historical wrong when the Trump administration clearly rejected the false claim that Israeli settlements in Judea and Samaria are inherently illegal under international law.”
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Netanyahu: Arab-backed government will be ‘celebrated in Tehran, Ramallah’
By Aryeh Savir, TPS
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday night assailed the Blue and White party, his arch political rivals, for their apparent willingness to establish a minority government supported by the Arab Members of Knesset (MK), a development he said will be “celebrated in Tehran and Ramallah.”
Netanyahu addressed an emergency event held by his Likud party in Tel Aviv “in a fateful moment for the State of Israel.”
“Blue and White leaders Benny Gantz, Gabi Ashkenazi, and Boogie Ya’alon decided to form a minority government that will rely on the members of the Joint Arab List,” he warned.
“Knesset Members of the Joint List support the terrorist organizations and call IDF soldiers murderers. They also want to prosecute IDF soldiers as war criminals. Benny Gantz, I tell you – they want to prosecute you as a war criminal. The same goes for Ashkenazi and Boogie Ya’alon,” Netanyahu stated, referring to their roles as IDF chiefs of Staff. “What went through your brain?”
Netanyahu quoted Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei who said over the weekend that he does not want to destroy all the Jews but only the State of Israel, (ΠΕΡΙ ΑΥΤΟΥ ΑΚΡΙΒΩΣ ΠΡΟΚΕΙΤΑΙ, ΟΠΩΣ ΕΧΟΥΜΕ ΠΕΙ) and that the destruction of the Zionist regime meant that the Palestinians would elect their government and remove the Zionist government, in apparent support of a minority government supported by the Arab MKs.
“I tell you that such a minority government will be celebrated in Tehran, celebrated in Ramallah, it will be celebrated in Gaza. As they celebrate after every terrorist attack,” he stated.
He underscored that he was not talking about all Arabs.
“Arabs can be Zionists and support the State of Israel,” but he added, “[the Joint List] are not Zionists and do not support the State of Israel. Being dependent on them at all times, and especially at this time, is a huge danger to the State of Israel, and it is an unparalleled crisis in the history of the state,” he declared.
While the prospects of the establishment of such a government are slim, Netanyahu has launched a public campaign in recent days to counter such a possiblity.
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New Right leader says gap closing between Liberman and religious MKs
By World Israel News Staff
New Right leader MK Ayelet Shaked says that she believes that Israel Beiteinu, which has waged a campaign against religious coercion, and religious parties can find a way to reconcile their differences.
“I think that in the next few days, a way will be found for progress between Liberman and the Haredim,” she said, in an interview with the Arutz 7 news website, referring to Israel Beiteinu leader MK Avigdor Liberman and the Haredi ultra-Orthodox parties.
“There is no reason at this time to attack Liberman; instead he should be seen as a partner. From the beginning, I believed that it’s the right way and I made great efforts in this regard,” said the New Right leader, as quoted by Arutz 7.
“I prepared a very comprehensive plan and passed it on to the relevant parties,” she said, while cautioning that if it were to “be discussed in the media, it would end up going nowhere. So at this point, I’m keeping it under wraps,” Shaked added.
Speaking then on Kol Barama Radio, Shaked charged that “if Liberman doesn’t return to the Right and join us, the other option is a government with [center-left] Blue and White.”
Liberman has insisted since the September elections that there could only be a “unity” parliamentary coalition of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party, the Blue and White faction led by MK Benny Gantz, and his own party, with the Haredim kept out of the government. Liberman has also vowed to pass a string of laws that would upend the religious status quo in Israel.
He has traditionally been viewed as a member of the right-wing political bloc on issues relating to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and publicly promoted a tough stand against Palestinian rocket fire, for example.
However, after the April Knesset election, he refused to join a right-wing government led by Netanyahu, protesting that “messianics” and Haredi “coercers” would rule the governing coalition.
Israel concerned that “Hamas” and “Islamic Jihad” are warming ties!
Gazan terror organizations putting on a show of unity following last week’s confrontation in which Islamic Jihad fought Israel alone.
By Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
The gestures and conciliatory words between the two top terror organizations in the Gaza Strip have continued to grow warmer following last week’s clash between the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) and Israel, Hebrew media reported Monday.
Hamas political leader Ismail Haniyeh did not suffice with a phone call to PIJ Secretary-General Ziyad Nakhleh, during which he agreed to “deepening the civilian and military cooperation” between the groups. He also went to pay a condolence call on the family of Baha Abu Al-Ata, the top PIJ commander who was assassinated by Israel last week.
Hamas sat out the two-day barrage of hundreds of rockets launched by PIJ at Israel after the targeted killing, reportedly deeply angering Islamic Jihad, which has often acted against the stated wishes of Hamas to maintain relative quiet on the Gazan border with the Jewish State.
“Our victory in the last round,” he stated, “is not determined by the number of rockets launched but specifically by Israel’s paralysis during the escalation.” He also made clear that “the round of fighting has ended but not the war.”
According to Brig. Gen. (res.) Yossi Kuperwasser, senior researcher in the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, the situation in Gaza is “quite fluid” right now.
Hamas “can’t show that it’s against launching rockets at Israel,” he said in a Sunday interview on Kan Israeli public radio, but on the other hand, it very much wants to show that it is in control, he added.
“The ball is in Hamas’ court,” said Kuperwasser.
Netanyahu slammed a European court for going after Israeli winemakers in Judea and Samaria, while refusing to thwart Iran’s race to obtain nuclear weapons.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blasted a ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) which mandates that Israeli products coming from Judea, Samaria, eastern Jerusalem, and the Golan Heights must be labeled as coming from “settlements,” charging that the EU was sanctioning Israel while refusing to act against Iran.
Meeting with members of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) in Jerusalem on Wednesday, Netanyahu said that “while the EU chooses not to join the sanctions on Iran, it imposes economic-diplomatic restrictions on Israel.”
Europe has taken no action against the Islamic Republic of Iran, despite its blatant breach of the 2015 nuclear deal with them and despite the recommencement of its nuclear program.
A State Department spokesperson stated Wednesday that the US is “deeply concerned by the EU requirement,” saying that the “circumstances surrounding the labeling requirement in the specific facts presented to the Court are suggestive of anti-Israel bias.”
“This requirement serves only to encourage, facilitate, and promote boycotts, divestments, and sanctions (BDS) against Israel,” the US charged. The US “unequivocally opposes any effort to engage in BDS, or to otherwise economically pressure, isolate, or otherwise delegitimize Israel.”
“America stands with Israel against efforts to economically pressure, isolate, or delegitimize it,” the statement said.
Israel and several organizations have vowed to fight the ruling.
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US, Allies Split Over Fate of IS Foreign Fighters
The United States and other members of the coalition to defeat the Islamic State failed to reach consensus on what to do with captured foreign fighters, one of several issues threatening to reverse gains made against the terror group in Syria and Iraq.
The lack of progress followed a nearly daylong meeting in Washington with just more than 30 of the coalition’s 81 members, during which the U.S. vowed not to abandon its leadership of the fight against IS.
Despite such pledges, however, U.S. diplomats were unable to persuade coalition allies to repatriate about 2,000 IS fighters who left their homes to join the self-declared caliphate.
“There is unanimity that the foreign terrorist fighter problem is a serious one,” Ambassador Nathan Sales, State Department counterterrorism coordinator, told reporters following the ministerial-level meeting. “There is candidly a difference of opinion about the best way to solve this problem.”
Many countries, especially those in Europe, have balked at requests to repatriate their own foreign fighters, often citing concerns their respective legal systems are not equipped to effectively prosecute and punish those charged with fighting in Syria or Iraq.
That has not gone over well with U.S. officials, who repeatedly have warned that the longer these fighters are left to languish in makeshift prisons, the more likely they are to eventually escape and rejoin about 14,000 IS fighters waging a growing insurgency across Syria and Iraq.
“There should be a sense of urgency to repatriate now while we still can,” Sales said. “Today the situation with [foreign fighters] in Syria may seem relatively stable. But it’s Syria. We all know things can change in the blink of an eye.”
U.S.-backed forces in Syria liberated the last of IS-held territory this past March, ending the terror group’s self-declared caliphate. And late last month, the U.S. announced the death of IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and his presumed successor, IS spokesman Abu Hassan al-Muhajir, in successive raids.
Yet IS has been resilient, with major IS affiliates rallying behind Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurashi, the terror group’s newly named caliph.
“The insurgency is alive and kicking in northwest Iraq for sure,” Russell Travers, acting director of the U.S. National Counterterrorism Center, warned last week.
“There are already no-go areas at night,” he said, adding, “We see ISIS flags and we see small areas where Sharia is being implemented.”
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg echoed the concerns Thursday.
“The fight is not over. ISIS is still a threat,” he said, using an acronym for the group. “The situation in northern Syria remains fragile and difficult.”
Ambassador James Jeffrey, the U.S. special representative for Syria, agreed.
“Our success is threatened,” he told reporters at the conclusion of the meeting, noting other, growing concerns, including the instability introduced by Turkey’s incursion into Syria last month that targeted Syrian Kurds who had been fighting with the coalition to defeat IS.
According to U.S. officials, the fighting and subsequent deal-making strengthened IS while also introducing Turkish-backed militias, as well as Syrian and Russian forces, into the conflict zone in northeastern Syria.
But Jeffrey said the coalition was intent on not letting differences and complications sidetrack the mission to defeat IS.
“What we’re going to do is close ranks, maintain unity, keep coordinating and work together to deal with these crises, rather than to point fingers,” he said.
U.S. officials said they also pushed coalition members to help alleviate funding shortfalls for stabilization efforts in Iraq and northeastern Syria, and to repatriate thousands of women and children, the wives and family members of IS fighters, who are being held in displaced-persons camps in Syria and Iraq.
‘Taking the fight to ISIS’
Earlier Thursday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo opened the meeting of coalition members by rejecting criticism that U.S. leadership has been lacking after President Donald Trump announced multiple times last month that U.S. forces would be leaving Syria.
“You all know we must keep taking the fight to ISIS. So do we,” he told visiting ministers.
“We took out Baghdadi and his would-be successor,” Pompeo added. “Ask each of them whether there’s a deficit in American leadership.”
Despite what U.S. military officials have described as a measured withdrawal from bases used to counter IS across northeast Syria, senior defense officials have said they plan to keep 500 to 600 troops in the Deir el-Zour area of eastern Syria.
The mission, according to officials, is both to continue supporting the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces as they battle IS cells on the ground and to protect nearby oil fields so they cannot be exploited by IS.
But while hosting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the White House on Wednesday, U.S. President Donald Trump said the main concern was the oil itself.
“We’re keeping the oil,” he said. “We left troops behind only for the oil.”
The State Department’s Jeffrey defended the president’s assertions Thursday, while insisting Washington’s focus remains on IS as a whole.
“It is absolutely legitimate for the president to decide … which part of that mission he wants to highlight,” he said. “I know what he has signed off on.”
Jeffrey also told reporters that coalition members expressed “general support” for the U.S. approach and posture in northeast Syria, and that some, while choosing not to go public, have even offered support.
Some analysts have raised concerns, though, about the impact that lingering confusion over Washington’s Syria policy could have on coalition members.
“Our allies rightly are questioning what is our strategy, what is our operational approach to ISIS, knowing that the administration has essentially changed its position day to day on the whims of President Trump,” Mark Simakovsky, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council and a former U.S. defense official, told VOA ahead of Thursday’s meetings.
“I think there’s real confusion,” he said.
VOA State Department Correspondent Cindy Saine contributed to this report.
Pompeo: Iran using “Islamic Jihad” to attack Israel
By World Israel News Staff
“Iran uses its terrorist proxy Palestinian Islamic Jihad to strike our great ally Israel,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted on Saturday.
“Iran does not want peace in the region. It does not want the Palestinian people to prosper. It wants more conflict. Until we address Iran’s threats, the cycle of violence will continue,” he tweeted.
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) November 16, 2019
Islamic Jihad doesn’t hide its connection to Iran. “Only Tehran will decide if this round continues or stops,” a senior Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader told Israel Hayom last Wednesday.
A ceasefire that went into effect on Thursday morning seems to be more honored in the breach than in the observance as rockets continue to be fired from the Gaza Strip.
The IDF determined that the last attack – two rockets fired on Beer Sheba on Saturday night – were from Hamas and not Islamic Jihad.
Israel’s Air Force bombed some empty Hamas installations in retaliation.
Netanyahu: Israeli government based on Arab parties would be historic disaster
By World Israel News Staff
Israeli politicians on the right side of the political spectrum responded with concern to news on Sunday that a minority government may be established. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called an emergency meeting for Sunday morning with his coalition members to discuss their next steps.
Former Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked warned, “Everything has to be done to create a Zionist government, in no way a minority government that supports and rests on the Joint List.”
Shaked also said in a separate interview that a left-wing government would harm the Orthodox. “A minority government will promote anti-religious legislation, without any religious party in the coalition,” she said.
“I am very upset and troubled for the people of Israel by the fact that three chiefs of staff and two defense ministers are selling the state to terror supporters and terrorists such as Ahmed Tibi and Ayman Odeh,” Regev said, referring to two members of the Arab Joint List, Arutz7 reports.
On Saturday, Netanyahu held a conference call with Likud ministers to talk about the possibility that Blue and White Chairman Benny Gantz would be prepared to establish a minority government.
Netanyahu said that Blue and White had not negotiated with the Likud for more than 10 days, Israel’s Channel 13 reported.
“We are facing an emergency like no other in the history of the State of Israel. There is a conclusion in Blue and White to go to a minority government with the Joint List. We know for sure that such a decision was made there,” Netanyahu said.
“Election is a disaster, but setting up a government that depends on the Arab parties is a bigger disaster. It is a historic danger and a serious violation of Israel’s security, it’s forbidden that such a government will rise for even an hour,” he said.
Iran Intel leak: 700 documents show how Iran outplayed the US in Iraq
Iran’s role became so connected to abuses in some cases that locals said they would prefer Israel to Iran.
IT’S HARD to know what “close ties to Iran,” means when Iran and Iraq are neighbors. Many American politicians may have close friends in Canada, but it doesn’t make them agents of Trudeau. Proximity and Shi’ite milieu make for close connections, as well as the clear militant link between leaders of the PMU and the IRGC.
But Iran didn’t just want friends or allies. It wanted to know what the Americans were doing. To do that it needed men with a certain set of skills. In one quoted document, an informant was procured to try to insert themself into a place where they would become knowledgeable about US “covert operations” or to know what the State Department was doing. Iran even worked to find a “spy inside the State Department” and sought to roll up former CIA assets and put them on the dole. In the free-for-all days after the 2003 US invasion, Iran also “moved some of its best officers from both the intelligence ministry and from the Intelligence Organization of the Revolutionary Guards” to Iraq, the Intercept notes.
The report characterizes some Iranian actions as silly, such as breaking into a German cultural institute, but not having the right codes. Is that more silly than the Watergate break in during the 1970s? The important thing is they tried to get to the Germans – and that Iran wanted to be everywhere. What were Iran’s goals? It wanted Iraq not to sink into chaos, as eventually happened in 2014. It wanted to stop an “independent Kurdistan,” which it did in 2017. It wanted to protect Shi’ites. It wanted to crush Sunni takfiri (apostates), and jihadists, like ISIS. It has done that. Win, win, win, and another win for Iran.
Unsurprisingly, Tehran benefited not because it is some genius actor in Iraq but because it had a massive pool of recruits and sympathizers, and people that needed its largesse. When ISIS came knocking in 2014, it’s no surprise that Soleimani of the IRGC’s Quds Force was looked on as a savior by some in the Shi’ite sectarian militias.
Iran also benefited from how the US tends to treat its friends in the Middle East. Because the US, through men like James Jeffrey at the State Department, view relationships with people in Iraq and Syria as “temporary, transactional and tactical,” the US doesn’t cultivate long-term friends. It uses locals and then discards them, thinking that this short-term planning will work. Iran played the long game, the one where you start in 1981 and you work your way to get to 2019. “The CIA had tossed many of its longtime secret agents out on the street, leaving them jobless,” the Intercept notes. Whoops.
One man said that he had worked for the US for 18 months and been paid $3,000 a month. That’s a large amount in Iraqi terms. Oddly, the agent’s fake name was “Donnie Brasco,” named after an FBI agent who infiltrated the mob. In this case he apparently infiltrated Al Qaeda. Once again though, the reports of the agents reveal things that make sense. Another man, who apparently worked for Iraqi military intelligence, went to meet his Iranian “brothers” to tell them some details. His commander was happy, noting they are all fighting ISIS together. This wasn’t exactly clandestine. “All of the Iraqi army’s intelligence, consider it yours,” they told Tehran.
To track the American efforts, the Iranians not only infiltrated Sunni Arab parties and offices in Baghdad, they also followed US movements. They were concerned that Washington would work with Sunnis as it had in the past.
THE REAL coup for Iran was penetration of government institutions at all levels. In one discussion, in late 2014 or early 2015, the Iranians went down a list of Iraqi officials. At the Minister of Municipalities they didn’t need to worry: These were members of the Badr Organization, linked to the PMU and also to Amiri, allies of Iran. The Minister of Transport was close to Iran. Abdul-Mahdi was close to Iran. The foreign minister was close to Iran. The Minister of Health is from Maliki’s Dawa Party. He’s “loyal,” the note said. They were concerned about men close to Sadr, who now runs the largest party in Iraq. They preferred others.
Iran had larger strategic considerations as well. It needed Iraqi airspace to supply the Syrian regime and also to get weapons to Hezbollah. Soleimani was sent to deal with the problem through the Ministry of Transport. It wasn’t even a discussion; the minister put a hand over his eyes to indicate that he would pretend not to see the flights. Soleimani kissed the man’s forehead. It was a tender moment.
But Iran may have overstretched and been too arrogant. In 2015, an agent described the Sunnis in Iraq as “vagrants” and mocked their cities for having been destroyed by ISIS. They had little future. The Iranians would also outplay the Kurds in 2017 and use the Americans to help punish the Kurdish region. By 2018 they were supremely confident, but protests against Iran and its allied militias were beginning. Now those protests have grown. Soleimani went to Baghdad in October to help suppress them. 350 Iraqis have been gunned down by snipers, many allegedly backed by Iran. But it could backfire.
Indeed, agents reported back to Iran that Soleimani’s star was fading. He was posting too much on social media. Iraqis, angry at Shia militia abuses were saying they would turn to America and “even Israel” to enter Iraq and save it from Iran. There, the seeds were sown in 2015 for the mass protests that have come in 2019.
Iraq’s future is still unclear. But what is clear is that Iran sought total domination of Iraq. It grew arrogant through the open channels of support it had, often due to the legacy of the 1980s war. But a new generation was rising and they only knew Iran as the power in charge: not the liberator, not the underdog. For them, Soleimani, Amiri, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, Qais Khazali, Abadi, Maliki and so many others were not young men fighting the power of America and Saddam, but the big men running things.
Iran now has to control Iraq, not be the one choosing the time and place of its battles. And Iraq is not easy to control.
‘Islamophobes, terrorists’: The war of words behind Turkey’s invasion
While Turkish-backed militias fight the Syrian Democratic Forces and Syrian Arab Army, their supporters fight online about the terms to use for each group
Turkish-backed Syrian rebel groups have been seen on video calling for murdering “infidels” and calling Kurdish minorities “pigs” and “atheists.” Meanwhile, the spokesman for the Syrian Democratic Forces has described the groups attacking Kurds as jihadists using “ISIS chants.”In war, words matter and the videos depicting Turkish-backed groups vowing to kill and pillage, while those opposing them have accused them of being linked to ISIS, has inflamed tensions online between supporters of both sides. The videos and allegations have hardened attitudes on the ground as thousands fled and fear to return to their homes.Even before Turkey’s offensive began on October 9, after the US withdrew from a part of northeast Syria, there were already concerns that Turkey would conduct an operation similar to the one in Afrin in January 2018. In Afrin, a Kurdish area in northwest Syria, Turkey unleashed 10,000 Syrian rebel fighters it backed, and they looted and destroyed the homes of 180,000 Kurds who were forced to flee. The graves and temples of minorities were attacked. Archaeological sites were destroyed. Monuments were blown up.But the attack on areas around Sere Kaniye and Tal Abyad in Syria was supposed to be under the guise of Ankara’s “security concerns” and got approval from NATO, with only the caveat that Turkey show restraint. In Washington, the US was informed that Turkish-backed Syrian rebel groups, known as the Syrian National Army, were ill-disciplined and had begun executing people and killing civilians. Soon, they were looting homes.US forces apparently saw some of this on video while monitoring it, and the rebels themselves made videos. They would shout “God is great” as they executed people. They kidnapped a woman they claimed was a Kurdish fighter and said she should be “slaughtered.” They called another dead woman’s body, that they desecrated on camera, a “w***e.”The SDF, a group the US supported the creation of 2015 and which the US has helped train up to 100,000 members of, including internal security forces in eastern Syria, has spoken out against the atrocities carried out by Turkish-backed units. A US State Department spokesman has called these Turkish backed groups as having an “ideology [that] is essentially Islamic ideology.” Another US diplomat named William Roebuck called them “jihadi mercenaries” in a private memo that was leaked. He also called them “Islamist groups.”BUT CRITICS say the SDF and its supporters are exaggerating by terming these groups and their chants similar to ISIS. The SDF sometimes says “ISIS jihadists.” Calling Turkish-backed groups that is “Islamophobia,” others say. Mustafa Bali, the SDF spokesman, responded on Twitter that when someone chants “Allahu akhbar,” or “God is great,” while threatening to attack a Christian or Kurdish minority town like Tel Tamir in eastern Syria, as happened recently, then the chant is extremist.
“Not everyone who says Allahu akhbar is a terrorist,” many pointed out in response. More than a billion Muslims who pray say this phrase, so to claim it is linked to ISIS is wrong, is the line of critique. The SDF supports say context matters. If you chant religious slogans in war and vow to kill “infidels,” it sounds like ISIS or Al-Qaeda. There are some oddities in this discussion. Many of those who are angry at the pro-SDF supporters for linking the Turkish-backed groups to ISIS are also supporters of Turkey. In their narrative, it is the SDF that is linked to the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and it is therefore the SDF that are “terrorists.”One man responded to Bali by arguing that while not everyone saying “God is great” is a terrorist; it is Bali who is a “terrorist.” Another man pointed out that some members of the SDF, which includes Arabs, Kurds and others, have been seen on video saying “Allahu akhbar” in various contexts.
17. Trump Admin Kills Left’s Main Line of Attack on Israel
This is big. Very big.
The Left’s main line of attack on Israel was that the towns in the parts of the country that had been captured by Islamic colonial forces in ’48 and liberated by Israel in ’67 were “settlements”. And these “settlements” were illegal. Muslims living anywhere in Israel wasn’t illegal. It wasn’t illegal for Qatar to develop areas for Muslims inside Israel. But there was an insistence that this was “illegal” for Israel under international law.
That’s been the position of too many presidential administrations. Now it’s being tossed out.
In a historic reversal of US policy, the Trump administration announced on Monday that it does not view Israeli settlements in the West Bank as illegal. The policy change was announced by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington.
“After carefully studying all sides of the legal debate, this administration agrees with President Reagan,” Pompeo said in reference to Ronald Reagan’s position that settlements were not inherently illegal. “The establishment of Israeli civilian settlements in the West Bank is not per se inconsistent with international law,” Pompeo said.
Pompeo said that the new announcement was not about specific settlements about which there still could be specific legal questions. “The Israeli legal system affords an opportunity to challenge settlement activity and assess humanitarian considerations,” he said.
America, Pompeo said, was also not prejudging the ultimate status of the West Bank. That, he said, would need to be worked out by the sides. In addition, he stressed that the new policy was not applicable to other situations around the world.
The US policy, Pompeo said, was “based on the unique facts, history and circumstances presented by the establishment of civilian settlements in the West Bank.”
The Israeli Prime Minister’s office tweeted, “This policy reflects an historical truth – that the Jewish people are not foreign colonialists in Judea and Samaria. In fact, we are called Jews because we are the people of Judea.”
This is a direct response to Europe’s move to increase pressure on Israel by targeting Israeli goods from these areas. And it’s another unprecedented show of support and a reminder that the United States is no longer wedded to the “Palestinian” cause for the first time in generations.
18. ΓΙΑ ΝΑ ΓΛΥΤΩΣΟΥΝ ΟΙ “ΔΗΜΟΚΡΑΤΙΚΟΙ” ΤΟΝ ΜΠΑΪΝΤΕΝ, ΤΟΥ ΟΠΟΙΟΥ Η ΟΙΚΟΓΕΝΕΙΑ ΧΡΕΟΚΟΠΗΣΕ, ΜΕ ΑΠΟΤΕΛΕΣΜΑ Ο ΓΙΟΣ ΜΠΑΪΝΤΕΝ ΝΑ ΕΧΕΙ ΚΑΝΕΙ “ΥΠΟΠΤΕΣ ΜΠΙΖΝΕΣ” ΣΤΗΝ ΟΥΚΡΑΝΙΑ, “ΒΡΗΚΑΝ ΠΑΤΗΜΑ” ΤΟ ΣΧΕΤΙΚΟ ΤΗΛΕΦΩΝΗΜΑ ΤΟΥ ΤΡΑΜΠ ΣΤΟΝ ΟΥΚΡΑΝΟ Π-Θ, ΓΙΑ ΝΑ “ΚΤΙΣΟΥΝ” ΕΝΑ ΨΕΥΔΕΣ ΑΦΗΓΗΜΑ, ΜΕ ΔΙΤΤΟ ΣΤΟΧΟ, ΗΤΟΙ ΚΑΙ Ο ΤΡΑΜΠ ΝΑ ΠΡΟΣΒΛΗΘΕΙ ΥΠΟΥΛΑ ΚΑΙ ΣΥΚΟΦΑΝΤΙΚΑ, ΑΛΛΑ ΚΑΙ Η ΥΠΟΨΗΦΙΟΤΗΤΑ ΜΠΑΪΝΤΕΝ ΓΙΑ ΤΙΣ ΕΠΙΚΕΙΜΕΝΕΣ ΕΚΛΟΓΕΣ ΤΟΥ 2020 ΝΑ ΣΤΗΡΙΧΘΕΙ, ΟΣΟ ΑΥΤΟΣ ΚΑΙ ΝΑ ΕΙΝΑΙ ΠΙΑ “ΚΟΥΤΣΟ ΑΛΟΓΟ”, ΑΝΑΜΕΣΑ ΣΕ 2, 3 ΑΛΛΟΥΣ “ΠΕΘΑΜΕΝΟΥΣ” “ΔΗΜΟΚΡΑΤΙΚΟΥΣ” ΥΠΟΨΗΦΙΟΥΣ!.. (ΓΙ’ ΑΥΤΟ ΚΑΙ… ΕΜΦΑΝΙΣΤΗΚΕ Ο ΜΠΛΟΥΜΕΡΓΚ)!..
Dems’ Surreal Impeachment Circus Rolls On
Case built on hearsay, innuendo and manufactured “crimes” crumbles before our eyes.
The House Democrats’ impeachment investigation circus moved into its televised public hearing phase, presided over by ringmaster House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff. The public hearings began on Wednesday. The way things are going, the Democrats will need all the comfort they can get from the therapy dogs who were brought to the Hill by Pet Partners, a therapy-animal registration organization, and the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council. The Ukraine case narrative the House Democrats have been trying to build against President Trump, centering on his July 25, 2019 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and President Trump’s alleged use of “irregular” channels to Ukrainian officials to push his personal political agenda, is turning into a quagmire. As Jonathan Turley, professor of law at George Washington University who testified as a constitutional expert in the Clinton impeachment hearings, wrote, “Democrats want to move forward on a barely developed evidentiary record and cursory public hearings on this single Ukraine allegation.” He added, “If Democrats seek to remove a sitting president, they are laying a foundation that would barely support a bungalow, let alone a constitutional tower. Such a slender impeachment would collapse in a two mile headwind in the Senate.”
The Democrats are trying to establish what some of their more outspoken members have charged variously as President Trump’s “abuse of power,” “extortion,” “bribery” and a “shakedown.” They base their accusations of presidential “crimes” on the shaky allegation that President Trump used the leverage of withheld security assistance and the dangling of a White House meeting to improperly advance the president’s personal political interests over the national security interests of the United States. What has emerged so far, and will likely continue, is a desperate attempt by the Democrats and their friends in the mainstream media to make a mountain out of a molehill, using mainly hearsay and circumstantial evidence from witnesses in the foreign policy and national security establishment who don’t like the direction of President Trump’s policy towards Ukraine.
The Democrats have some fundamental problems that undermine their case. Much of their case relies on secondhand, thirdhand and even fourth-hand hearsay evidence. The bizarro world they inhabit is illustrated by this nugget from Democrat Rep. Mike Quigley, describing his understanding of what constitutes credible evidence: “Hearsay can be much better evidence than direct … and it’s certainly valid in this instance.”
More substantively, the facts we know of so far run contrary to the Democrats’ narrative. President Zelensky was not aware that any security assistance had been withheld at the time of his July 25th call with President Trump. President Zelensky and Ukraine’s foreign minister have backed up President Trump’s denial of any improper linkage of the release of the security assistance to opening investigations in Ukraine of the president’s political opponents. President Zelensky said publicly that he did not feel “pushed” by President Trump. Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko said, as reported by Reuters, “I have never seen a direct relationship between investigations and security assistance. Yes, the investigations were mentioned, you know, in the conversation of the presidents. But there was no clear connection between these events.” In any case, the security assistance was released less than two months after the July 25th call with no investigation strings attached. President Zelensky did not make any public announcement committing to open the investigations that President Trump had requested during the call involving reported Ukrainian interference in the 2016 presidential election and the role of former Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter with the corrupt Ukrainian energy company Burisma while his father was serving as the Obama administration’s point man in Ukraine.
The House Democrats’ first two witnesses testifying before the television cameras on Wednesday were William B. Taylor Jr., the acting U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, and George P. Kent, a deputy assistant secretary of state. They each recounted their understandings of what they characterized as efforts by the president himself and by back channel intermediaries on his behalf to improperly pressure the Ukrainians to open investigations for President Trump’s personal benefit. If their testimony is any indication of things to come, the House Democrats are hurtling towards a totally partisan impeachment that will get nowhere in the Senate. Yet, in a vain effort to make something out of nothing, the House Democrats’ rising socialist star, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, turned the truth on its head as she usually does when she tweeted, “Today’s hearings put Trump’s own fingerprints all over the scene of the crime.”
House Democrats banked on their star witnesses’ credibility, based on their years of public service during Republican and Democrat administrations. However, whatever we may think of the two experienced diplomats’ credentials and professed patriotic desire to serve their country, their testimony revealed no firsthand evidence regarding President Trump’s actions or intentions. They both admitted during cross examination that they never spoke directly with President Trump. They did not listen themselves to the July 25th call. They had no firsthand knowledge of the president’s motives in temporarily withholding security assistance from Ukraine, which in any case was not mentioned at all during the July 25th call according to the call memo.
Ambassador Taylor conceded, in response to Rep. Jim Jordan’s questioning, that there was no mention of any linkage of security assistance dollars to investigating Burisma or the Bidens during three meetings with President Zelensky in which Ambassador Taylor testified that he did participate. Ambassador Taylor has previously admitted during his closed-door deposition that the Trump administration’s decision to provide the Ukrainians with lethal military weapons was a “substantial improvement” over what had been provided previously and “was a demonstration that we support Ukraine.” (p. 155) If President Trump resolved to condition military assistance to Ukraine on first receiving help from the Ukrainians for his personal political benefit, it makes no sense that he would have significantly expanded the military assistance program before receiving what he was after from the Ukrainians. Yet that is precisely what happened, undercutting a key element of the Democrats’ narrative.
As to the corruption problem in Ukraine, Deputy Assistant Secretary Kent stated during his public testimony that the “pervasive and longstanding problem of corruption in Ukraine included exposure to a situation involving the energy company Burisma.” Mr. Kent admitted that he had been concerned about Hunter Biden’s role on the board of Burisma and had raised the issue of a perceived conflict of interest with a member of then-Vice President Biden’s staff. Nothing happened. Hunter Biden remained on Burisma’s board. Mr. Kent further testified that Ukraine should still investigate Burisma’s corruption, which is precisely what President Trump has been asking for. Whether Joe Biden’s presidential candidacy might be affected by such an investigation, because it could involve Hunter Biden’s connection to Burisma while his father was vice president, should not be a reason to scuttle a thorough investigation. Yet the fallacious premise of the Democrats’ case seems to be that it was somehow inherently wrong for President Trump to ask for the reopening of the Burisma corruption investigation because he might be running against Joe Biden next year. In other words, following this premise to its absurd conclusion, Joe Biden deserves immunity as long as he is a presidential candidate. Talk about corruption!
When both witnesses were asked during their public testimony whether they believed that President Trump had committed an impeachable offense, they ducked.
Since much of what we heard from Ambassador Taylor and Deputy Assistant Secretary Kent was a secondhand rehash of what has already been reported, the mainstream media and Democrats had to pretend that there was a new “bombshell” during the testimony that they must relentlessly track down. This is likely to be the pattern, as Democrats desperately hope that repetition of unsubstantiated charges and the addition of a few hyped pieces of peripheral evidence will finally turn their molehill into a mountain.
The so-called “bombshell” was Ambassador Taylor’s revelation that a member of his staff told him last week he overheard President Trump on a phone call with U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland last July. The staffer was at lunch with Ambassador Sondland at the time. “The member of my staff could hear President Trump on the phone asking Ambassador Sondland about ‘the investigations,’” Ambassador Taylor testified. The staff member then reportedly asked Ambassador Sondland what President Trump thought about Ukraine. “Sondland responded that President Trump cares more about the investigations of Biden, which Giuliani was pressing for,” Ambassador Taylor said. The staffer has been identified as David Homes, a counselor for political affairs at the embassy in Ukraine, who will testify in a closed session on Friday.
Even if what Ambassador Taylor’s staff member first reported to him, more than three months after the overheard conversation, happened exactly as he said, so what? It adds nothing of substance to the Democrats’ case. The memo of President Trump’s July 25th call with President Zelensky already revealed President Trump’s interest in having the Ukrainians open “investigations” into the Bidens’ activities in Ukraine as well as into reported Ukrainian interference in the 2016 presidential election. At the end of the day, whatever his frustrations with Ukraine were that President Trump shared privately with Ambassador Sondland, he lifted the security assistance suspension at issue without any strings linked to the investigations. Considering Ambassador Sondland’s direct communications with President Trump and his role as an “irregular” channel on the president’s behalf to Ukraine’s leaders, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Prystaiko’s statement on Thursday about his interactions with Ambassador Sondland is highly instructive: “Ambassador Sondland did not tell us, and certainly did not tell me, about a connection between the assistance and the investigations.”
There is no real bombshell here. There has not been any bombshell since the House Democrats began their travesty. Instead, the House Democrats’ political theater is turning into a bomb that Representative Devin Nunes, the Republican ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, described as a “low-rent Ukrainian sequel” to the Russian collusion hoax. Yet the Democrats are persisting with more scheduled public hearings, including an appearance on Friday by Marie Yovanovitch, the U.S.’s former ambassador to Ukraine. Several other witnesses are expected to testify next week. The Democrats and their media pals can spin all they want. Their manufactured narrative of alleged wrong-doing by President Trump is collapsing under its own weight.
‘Too Many to Count’: The Global Persecution of Christians
International Day of Prayer for the persecuted Church reminds us of some hard truths.
This article was originally published by the Gatestone Institute. Raymond Ibrahim is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center.
Last November 10 was one of the International Day[s] of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (known by the acronym IDOP). Initiated over 20 years ago by the World Evangelical Alliance, 100,000 congregations around the world and millions of Christians participate on this day.
“This November let us unite in prayer for our persecuted brothers and sisters,” IDOP said in a brief video that highlights a few examples of recent persecution, including the Easter Sunday church bombings in Sri Lanka and the ongoing slaughter of Christians by Islamic groups in Nigeria and increasingly Burkina Faso.
Discussing this day’s significance, Vernon Brewer, the CEO and founder of World Help, a Christian humanitarian organization, wrote:
It’s easy to go about our lives and forget that in places like Nigeria, Iran and North Korea being a Christian can often lead to death. After all, for the most part, persecution for our faith isn’t something most of us face… But I can’t forget the believers I’ve met in Iraq, China or at the North Korean border. I can’t forget their scars or their haunted eyes and horrific stories… The more I travel, the more I see that in many countries Christian persecution is worse than ever before.
Statistics bear out this grim assertion: “4,136 Christians were killed for faith-related reasons,” noted Open Doors USA in its World Watch List 2019. “On average, that’s 11 Christians killed every day for their faith.” Additionally, “2,625 Christians were detained without trial, arrested, sentenced and imprisoned” and “1,266 churches or Christian buildings were attacked.”
The report further asserts that a whopping 245 million Christians around the world are currently suffering from persecution. In other words, “1 in 9 Christians experience high levels of persecution worldwide.”
Typically women fare worse: “In many places, they experience a ‘double persecution’— one for being a Christian and one for being a woman.” As for specific numbers: “At least six women every day are raped, sexually harassed or forced into marriage to a Muslim man under the threat of death for their Christian faith…”
A separate study led by Rev. Philip Mounstephen, the Bishop of Truro, and published earlier this year, states that “Evidence shows not only the geographic spread of anti-Christian persecution, but also its increasing severity. In some regions, the level and nature of persecution is arguably coming close to meeting the international definition of genocide, according to that adopted by the UN.”
Both studies make clear that the majority of persecution occurs in the Muslim world. In seven of the top ten worst nations, “the primary cause of persecution is Islamic oppression,” notes Open Doors. Additionally, 38 of the 50 nations that persecute Christians the most are Muslim majority.
The Bishop of Truro’s report gives specifics:
- “The persecution of Christians is perhaps at its most virulent in the region of the birthplace of Christianity—the Middle East & North Africa.”
- “Christianity now faces the possibility of being wiped-out in parts of the Middle East where its roots go back furthest. In Palestine, Christian numbers are below 1.5 percent; in Syria the Christian population has declined from 1.7 million in 2011 to below 450,000 and in Iraq, Christian numbers have slumped from 1.5 million before 2003 to below 120,000 today.”
- “In countries such as Algeria, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Syria and Saudi Arabia the situation of Christians and other minorities has reached an alarming stage.”
- “[T]here is mass violence which regularly expresses itself through the bombing of churches, as has been the case in countries such as Egypt, Pakistan, and Indonesia.”
- “The single-greatest threat to Christians [in Nigeria] … came from Islamist militant group Boko Haram, with US intelligence reports in 2015 suggesting that 200,000 Christians were at risk of being killed… Those worst affected included Christian women and girls ‘abducted, and forced to convert, enter forced marriages, sexual abuse and torture.’”
- “An intent to erase all evidence of the Christian presence [in Syria, Iraq, Egypt, north-east Nigeria and the Philippines] was made plain by the removal of crosses, the destruction of Church buildings and other Church symbols. The killing and abduction of clergy represented a direct attack on the Church’s structure and leadership.”
Outside the Muslim world the persecution of Christians is getting significantly worse, particularly in North Korea, where “never-ending pressure and violence” is directed against Christians; in India, for the first time in modern history Christians are experiencing “extreme persecution.”
In the end, numbers and statistics will never suffice to capture the magnitude of the problem. “Too many to count, too many unknown,” states the video by International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church: “All because they bear the name of Jesus.”
20. ΜΠΡΑΒΟ ΠΡΟΕΔΡΕ!!..
Trump Grants Clemency to Three U.S. Service Members
Justice is finally served for Clint Lorance, Matt Golsteyn and Eddie Gallegher.
President Donald Trump granted clemency to three members of the United States military – two army officers and a Navy SEAL. The three – Army 1st Lt. Clint Lorance, former Green Beret, Maj. Matt Golsteyn, and Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher – received full pardons over the weekend.
Maj. Golsteyn had been accused of murdering an unarmed Taliban bomb-maker. He believed that the terrorist would kill again if released; not an unreasonable assumption given the recidivist rate among released terrorists. An initial Army probe found insufficient evidence to bring charges but a second probe, opened six years later, found sufficient evidence to move forward with a murder charge. Golsteyn was charged in December 2018 and was due to begin trial.
Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher was acquitted in 2019 of killing an ISIS terrorist in Iraq in 2017. He was however, found guilty of posing with a dead ISIS terrorist and received a reduction in rank, which cost him about $200,000 in retirement funds. His rank will now be restored.
Lt. Clint Lorance was convicted in 2013 for the murder of two Afghan motorcyclists. He was serving his sixth year of 19-year sentence when Trump issued the full pardon. Like Golsteyn and Gallagher, Lorance’s case could have been scripted right out of a chapter from Orwell’s 1984.
In July 2012 Lorance led his platoon on a patrol in Kandahar in an area known to be a hotbed of insurgent activity. He was informed by pilots who reconnoitered the area that motorcycle-mounted Taliban terrorists were active in the vicinity. The Taliban routinely employ motorcycles to track U.S. patrols. Moments later, Lorance spotted Afghans riding motorcycles near his patrol. With the information that he already had at his disposal and with the safety of his platoon being paramount, Lorance immediately made a command decision during the fog of war and ordered one of his snipers to neutralize what he considered to be a threat to the well-being of his men. Two motorcyclists were killed and a third escaped. The Afghans were unarmed and this was the basis for the Army’s decision to charge Lorance with murder and violating the Army’s Rules of Engagement.
Biometric evidence, which was withheld from Lorance’s legal defense team, linked one of the dead to an improvised explosive device. The man’s DNA was found on a detonated roadside bomb. In addition, there was evidence suggesting that some of those who testified against Lorance were coerced by Army prosecutors to do so with threats of criminal prosecution.
Lorance, Gallagher and Golsteyn were heroes who volunteered to put their lives on the line in service of their country. All three were exemplary servicemen whose records reflected a history bravery and courage. But instead of being treated like heroes, they were treated like common criminals by the very government they swore to protect.
But unlike his predecessor Barack Obama, Trump has demonstrated an innate ability to seek out justice and sense injustice. The instant pardons (as well as past Trump pardons) are a reflection of this.
By contrast, while Obama rejected pardon pleas for Lorance, he granted clemency for Chelsea Manning (formerly known as Bradley Manning), the transgender intelligence officer who leaked sensitive top secret information and compromised America’s national security. Thanks to Obama, the treasonous Manning served barely seven years of a 35-year sentence. Obama also commuted the sentence of Oscar Lopez Rivera, who was part of a Puerto Rican terrorist organization that carried out multiple, indiscriminate bombings in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Finally, in 2014 Obama released five hardened Taliban terrorists for Bowe Bergdahl, a deserter whose desertion jeopardized American servicemen serving in Afghanistan. Bergdahl was later court martialed and pleaded guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. Prior to his conviction, Obama’s oleaginous national security advisor, Susan Rice, told echo chamber media outlets that Bergdahl served his nation with “honor and distinction.” The absurdity of this characterization cannot be overstated.
At least three of the five terrorists released for Bergdahl either resumed their terrorist activities or attempted to reconnect with their former Taliban employers. Moreover, the release of the detainees without giving Congress adequate notice violated the law. Under the National Defense Authorization Act, a law passed by Congress and signed by Obama, the administration was required to provide notice to four Senate and four House committees at least 30-days prior to the release of detainees from Guantánamo. But notice was only given by phone on the actual day of the exchange, which occurred on May 31, 2014. Consequently, the chief counsel for the Government Accountability Office determined that the Pentagon had illegally spent the money used to facilitate the prisoner exchange.
The contrast between the two presidents and their use their pardoning power could not be starker. Trump used the power to grant clemency for those who truly served their country with honor and distinction. Obama by contrast used and abused his power by granting clemency to those who hate America and compromised its national security.
Almanya Dışişleri Bakanlığı, her ülke hakkında seyahat ve güvenlik bilgilerinin bulunduğu internet sayfasının Türkiye bölümünü güncelledi. Son güncellemede Türkiye’ye seyahat edecek olan Alman vatandaşlarına Sanal Özel Ağ (VPN) uyarısı yapıldı.
“Ceza Hukuku” alt başlığı altındaki bölümde, Türkiye’de VPN ağlarının kullanımının denetlendiğine dikkat çekildi, “doğrulanmamış VPN ağı kullanımı cezalandırılabilir” uyarısında bulunuldu.
Almanya Dışişleri Bakanlığı ayrıca daha önce yaptığı uyarıları da güncelleyerek yineledi. Türkiye’de “cumhurbaşkanına hakaret” ya da “bir terör örgütüne üyelik veya terör örgütü propagandasını yapma” suçlarından yargılananların, birçok yıl hapis cezasına çarptırılma riskiyle karşı karşıya bulunduğu hatırlatıldı.
“Türkiye’ye giriş ve çıkışlarda, son dönemde herhangi bir kişinin gözaltına alınmaması, benzer gerekçelerle bir cezai kovuşturma tehdidi bulunmadığı anlamına gelmemektedir” ifadelerine yer verildi.
BARIŞ PINARI IŞIĞINDA GÜNCELLEME
Öte yandan Almanya, Türkiye’nin 9 Ekim tarihinde Suriye‘nin kuzeydoğusuna başlattığı Barış Pınarı Harekatı üzerine seyahat tavsiyelerini güncellemiş, vatandaşlarından Türkiye’nin Suriye ile sınır bölgesine seyahat etmekten kaçınmalarını istemişti. Alman hükümeti ayrıca, “Türkiye genelinde saldırı tehlikesi arttı” ifadesiyle de vatandaşlarına dikkatli olunması yönünde uyarıda bulunmuştu.
Alman Dışişleri Bakanlığı yaptığı son güncellemelerle bu uyarılarını daha keskin ifadelerle yineledi ve ayrıntılandırdı. Vatandaşlarını Türkiye’nin Suriye ve Irak ile sınır bölgesine seyahat etmemeleri konusunda uyaran Almanya, “Diyarbakır, Cizre, Silopi, İdil, Yüksekova, Nusaybin, Batman, Siirt, Mardin, Şırnak ve Hakkari’ye gitmekten kaçınılması elzem” ifadelerine yer verdi.
BÜYÜK METROPOLLER HEDEF ALINABİLİR
Ayrıca “Türkiye genelinde saldırı tehlikesinin arttığı göz önünde bulundurulmalı” denilen son güncellemede, “Terör” alt başlığı altında şu uyarı yapıldı: “Türkiye’nin Suriye’deki askeri operasyonları da dikkate alındığında, terör gruplarının, özellikle büyük metropollerde, saldırı düzenleme çabalarını sürdürecek olmaları hiçbir şekilde dışlanamaz. Bu saldırılarda doğrudan yabancılar hedef alınabilir.”
Bakanlık, Türkiye genelinde güvenlik önlemlerinin arttırıldığına, özellikle büyük kentlerde polis ve güvenlik güçlerinin gözle görülür şekilde mevcudiyet gösterdiğine dikkat çekmekle birlikte, “Terör gruplarının askeri olmayan hedeflere de saldırı düzenlemiş olması nedeniyle tüm Türkiye genelinde terör tehlikesi olduğundan yola çıkılmalı” ifadelerine yer verdi.
“TAHAMMÜLSÜZLÜĞE DİKKAT EDİN”
Bu arada Almanya Dışişleri Bakanlığı’nın Türkiye’ye yönelik seyahat tavsiyeleri arasında vatandaşlarının dikkate almalarını önerdiği çarpıcı bölümler de yer alıyor.
“Özel davranış kalıpları önerileri” alt başlığı altında Türkiye’nin çoğunluğu Müslüman bir ülke olduğuna işaret edilerek, “Turistik plajlar dışında, davranış ve hareket tarzı ile kılık kıyafetin yerel örf ve adetlere uygun olması önerilir” denildi.
Alman hükümeti ayrıca Alman vatandaşlarına, “Ramazan’da, turistik bölgeler dışında yemekten, içmekten ve sigara içmekten kaçının” tavsiyesinde bulundu. Ramazan sırasında, turistik bölgeler haricinde “kısıtlamalar” olduğu ifade edilirken, “yemek yemenin, içecek tüketmenin, sigara içmenin tahammül edilmemesi söz konusu olabiliyor” görüşüne yer verildi.
Türkiye seyahat tavsiyelerinde bir de fotoğraf uyarısı yer alıyor. “Fotoğraf çekmekten kaçının, ihtiyatlı olun, icabında izin isteyin” ifadelerine yer verilen bu bölümde, Türkiye’de askeri ve diğer güvenlik kurumlarının, sınır bölgelerinin ve güvenlik kurumu çalışanlarının fotoğraflarının çekilmesine izin verilmediğine dikkat çekildi. Metinde, “Mezarlıklar, dini yerler ve özel mülklerde fotoğraf çekilmesi halkın ve güvenlik güçlerinin olumsuz tepkisine yol açabilir” uyarısı yapıldı.