Monday, 12 August 2013

Syrian rebels claim they killed 40 Hezbollah, Iranian fighters  

Opposition says it detonated a car bomb next to a building packed with foreign pro-Assad forces; no official confirmation
Syrian citizens gather near damaged cars that were
burned after a car bomb exploded in the suburb of Jaramana,
Damascus, Syria, on Thursday, July 25, 2013. (photo credit:
AP Photo/SANA)
Syrian citizens gather near damaged cars that were burned after a car bomb exploded in the suburb of Jaramana, Damascus, Syria, on Thursday, July 25, 2013. (photo credit: AP Photo/SANA)
According to their reports, rebels belonging to the Free Syrian Army detonated a car packed with explosives next to a compound belonging to the government defense apparatus, where the pro-Assad fighters were gathered. Members of the Shabiha, the regime’s civilian-clad enforcement apparatus, were reportedly also at the compound when the blast occurred.
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America’s Retreat Becomes a Fiasco in Russia as Well as Egypt  

The events of the last week prompt me to write a sequel to last week’s column about the general withdrawal of the United States from world affairs.
First, I retract my apology for having written that the Bust of Sir Winston Churchill in the Oval Office was returned by President Obama to the British. It was returned, and is now in the British embassy in Washington. Readers had, with perfect good faith, sent me a denial of that event from a White House official, which itself has now been retracted and made the subject of an apology from the official who wrote it.
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Bibi’s choice  

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — U.S. law enforcement officials expressed outrage over the release from prison of Mexican drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero and vowed to continue efforts to bring to justice the man who ordered the killing of a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent.
    Caro Quintero was sentenced to 40 years in prison for the 1985 kidnapping and killing of DEA agent Enrique Camarena but a Mexican federal court ordered his release this week saying he had been improperly tried in a federal court for state crimes.
I can understand how they feel.
    The Association of Former Federal Narcotics Agents in the United States said it was “outraged” by Caro Quintero’s early release and blamed corruption within Mexico’s justice system.

State: If talks don’t proceed well, terrorists may not be released  

In the next rounds of release, the prime minister will demand that dangerous prisoners be exiled • Terror victims to appeal releases to Supreme Court • Netanyahu to Kerry: Abbas continues to incite, peace and incitement cannot coexist.

Mati Tuchfeld, Daniel Siryoti, Efrat Forsher, Eli Leon and News Agencies
Bereaved families protest the release of Palestinian prisoners, July | Photo credit:
The special ministerial team for the release of Palestinian prisoners convened on Sunday to approve the release of 26 terrorists serving time in Israeli prisons since before the Oslo Accords of two decades ago. The move is intended to move the peace process forward. This week will see a second round of peace talks, beginning on Wednesday in Jerusalem.
Senior diplomatic sources said on Saturday night that after the release of prisoners this week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu intends to demand that dangerous prisoners released in the coming rounds not be allowed to return to their homes in Judea and Samaria but that they be exiled.
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Israel announces tenders for over 1,000 new settlement homes in West Bank  

According to the Housing Ministry, 793 of the 1,187 new homes will be in Jewish neighborhoods of east Jerusalem, including 400 new units in Gilo, 210 in Har Homa, and 183 in Pisgat Ze’ev. As well as their regular classes, the stables now offer equestrian Tai Chi and Qi Gong.
Israel intends to publish tenders for 1,187 new Jewish homes over the pre-1967 lines, the Ministry of Construction and Housing said on Sunday.
The announcement comes in advance the vote by the Ministerial Committee on Prisoner release also on Sunday, to free 26 Palestinian prisoners with blood on their hands, who have been jailed for over two-decades.
According to the ministry, 793 of the new homes will be in Jewish neighborhoods of east Jerusalem. It includes 400 new units in Gilo, 210 in Har Homa and 183 in Pisgat Ze’ev.
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Obama to impose a solution if necessary  

By Ted Belman
Barack Obama, when running for President the first time, surrounded himself with a host of vehemently anti-Israel advisors including Lee Hamilton, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Samantha Power, Susan Rice and Gen Jones, many of whom advocated imposing a solution on Israel. In his second administration, Samantha Power is U.S. Ambassador to the UN, Chuck Hagel is Secretary of Defense and Martin Indyk is one of the peace process facilitators, all of whom support ’67 lines plus swaps and wouldn’t be adverse to imposing such a solution on Israel.
He also made common cause right from the beginning  with Jewish leftists represented by J Street and Israel Policy Forum who were urging him to increase the pressure on Israel and if that didn’t work, to impose a solution.
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Ted Belman
Jerusalem, Israel