Russia’s Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu officially stated that Israel bears full responsibility for the downning of Russian IL-20 plane off Syrian coast because its actions had led to this situation.
“The blame for the downing of the Russian plane and the deaths of its crew members lies squarely on the Israeli side,” Shoigu said during a convesation with Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman on the phone. “The actions of the Israeli military were not in keeping with the spirit of the Russian-Israeli partnership, so we reserve the right to respond.”
Earlier, the Russian Defense Ministry revealed that Israeli warplanes used the IL-20 to hide from Syrian air defense fire during the September 17 strike on targets in the war-torn country. MORE HERE
On September 4, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) stated that over the last 1.5 years Israel has carried out around 200 airstrikes on Syria using 800 munitions. The scale of the strikes shows Israel’s long-standing intention to remain a powerbroker in the ongoing Syrian conflict. It’s interesting to note that in most of the cases, the IDF strikes led to a further escalation of the war thus making situation more complicated.
According to Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov, the plane was shot down by Syria’s S-200 air defense system because Israel’s F-16 fighters used it as a cover.
“By using the Russian plane as a cover the Israeli air pilots made it vulnerable to Syrian air defense fire. As a result, the Ilyushin-20, its reflective surface being far greater than that of F-16, was downed by a missile launched with the S-200 system,” Konashenkov said. “The bombing raid was not far from France’s frigate The Auvergne and in close proximity to the UIyushin-20 plane of Russia’s Aerospace Force that was about to land.”
Konashenkov added that Israeli warplanes had been carrying out strikes in the area of Latakia and deliberately created a dangerous situation for surface ships and aircraft in that area. He added that Russia reserves the right to give a due response.
“We see these provocative actions of Israel as hostile,” Konashenkov said. “Israel did not warn the command of the Russian troops in Syria about the planned operation. We received a notification via a hotline less than a minute before the strike, which did not allow the Russian aircraft to be directed to a safe zone.”
Israel’s Embassy in Moscow has refused to comment on the Russian statement on the IL-20 incident.
Meanwhile, Russian forces found the crash site of the downed IL-20. It’s located in the sea 27km west of the settlement of Banias, the province of Latakia. 8 vessels are participating in the search and rescue operation.
The Green Line disguises the fact that Palestinians in Gaza are no longer being oppressed outside the Israeli state, but are being caged and brutalized inside it.
Palestinian activists have long criticized the use of the word “border” to describe the 1949 armistice line that divides Gaza and Israel, and which protestors in the Great March of Return have been trying to cross at great risk to life and limb. By invoking the term, Israel insists that its open-fire policy toward the march is part of its legitimate right to defend its sovereignty and security. It further claims that, because the government dismantled its settlements in 2005, it no longer occupies the Strip and therefore bears no responsibility for its conditions.
These are disingenuous arguments. Israel’s blockade and control of Gaza stretches from its eastern and northern land crossings to the Mediterranean Sea in the west, with Egypt controlling the south. What it calls a “border” is actually a militarized network of naval ships, barbed wire, electronic barriers, lethal no-man zones, and surveillance systems that operate as the fence of an open-air prison. In legal terms, Israel retains “effective control” of the Strip (including people’s movement, its airspace, flow of goods, and other needs of daily life), and therefore remains its occupying power.
The human rights community has spent years articulating the nature of Israel’s occupation under international law and the responsibility of third-parties to end it. The law, however, is only worth as much as the will to enforce it; and half a century later, these efforts have failed to produce meaningful outcomes. It is not that the law is incorrect, but that it has been unable to mobilize political action or make Israel’s military rule less sustainable.
The Palestinians’ own ambiguities about the Green Line have further complicated matters. We focus on the military structures that have spawned since 1967, yet emphasize that the real problem is 1948. We cite Israel’s obligation to abide by international law, but chastise the law for being useless in practice. We combine settler colonialism, occupation, and apartheid as lenses to explain the ongoing Nakba, but arrive at different conclusions for what the solution entails. These debates are natural, but they also muddle the struggle’s priorities and the discourse it promotes.
Exploiting these uncertainties, Israel has turned Gaza into an area that is simultaneously separated from and annexed under Israel’s control. It is a purgatory designed to provide whatever answer is most convenient for shirking responsibility and justifying violence at any given time. This has obscured a controversial but perhaps inexorable fact: after 51 years, Gaza can hardly be described as “occupied territory” anymore. It is now a segregated, debilitated, and subjugated part of Israel; a replica of the districts, townships, and reservations that imprisoned native populations and communities of color in apartheid South Africa, the United States, and other colonial regimes. In other words, Palestinians are no longer being oppressed outside the Israeli state; they are being caged and brutalized inside it.
The Green Line has been key to disguising this complex system. Like the de facto annexation of the West Bank – where Israel’s growing settlements and military presence have similarly made the “border” there non-existent – Gaza has effectively been absorbed into Israel’s political jurisdiction. Hamas, like the Palestinian Authority, is viewed as a pseudo-government of hostile “enemy aliens,” but one that can be managed in Israel’s domain so long as it is contained behind the fence. The thousands taking part in the March of Return are not “infiltrators” trying to breach a sovereign state, but displaced and disenfranchised “citizens” breaking out of a state-built ghetto. The army is not holding off “foreign invaders,” but is killing and suppressing its own native subjects.
This framing is crucial to understand the scale and severity of Israel’s policies, and to devise stronger paths to correcting their injustices. By tearing off the mask of the Green Line, Palestinians and their allies can reverse Israel’s efforts to isolate Gaza from the West Bank and to deny its people’s rights to their ancestral homes. What Israel fears more than a Palestinian state is a Palestinian population it cannot disown, and the myth that Gaza is “separated” from Israel helps it to balance that fear. That myth must be broken, and that racist fear must be exposed. Doing so would also reveal the political solution: if Palestinians cannot win their independence along the Green Line, they will demand their full equality beyond it. The March of Return is doing just that.
Palestinians are gathering for fresh protests in the Gaza Strip after Israeli massacre of more than 60 people in the besieged enclave on Monday.
The committee which organized weekly “March of Return” rallies has called on the Gazans to come out en masse on the first day of the fasting month of Ramadan, under the slogan “Friday for the martyrs and the wounded.”
Israeli snipers, tanks and armored vehicles remain deployed near the Gaza fence after they killed at least 62 Gazans on the same day the US opened its embassy in occupied Jerusalem al-Quds.
Tens of thousands of people have been protesting along the fortified fence since March 30, calling for Palestinian refugees and their descendants to be allowed to return to their homes now inside Israel.
On Thursday, Israel carried out airstrikes on what it described as militant sites in Gaza, apparently targeting Hamas which it accuses of organizing protest rallies. The Palestinian Health Ministry said one man was injured during the attacks.
UN voting to probe Gaza attacks
Israel was also scrambling to thwart a special session by the United Nations Human Rights Council on Friday to decide whether to dispatch “an independent commission of inquiry” to investigate allegations of Israeli war crimes in Gaza.
The team would be mandated to look into “alleged violations and abuses, including those that may amount to war crimes and to identify those responsible,” read the text of a resolution submitted on Thursday night.
The commission should look at “ending impunity and ensuring legal accountability, including individual criminal and command responsibility, for such violations,” it added.
The Israeli mission at the United Nations has been ordered to prevent the investigation, said a Thursday report by Israel’s Channel 10.
Meanwhile, international condemnation of the Israeli killing, which shocked the world by its ferocity, continued. On Thursday, French President Emmanuel Macron condemned the “heinous acts” committed by Israel.
Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki, who was addressing a meeting of the Arab League, called the carnage “a bloody racist massacre committed by the Israeli occupation forces in cold blood against our defenseless people.”
More than 2,700 Palestinians were wounded as the Israeli forces used snipers, tank fire and tear gas to target the demonstrators. A Canadian physician was shot by an Israeli sniper in both legs while treating the injured.
“Canada deplores and is gravely concerned by the violence in the Gaza strip that has led to a tragic loss of life and injured countless people,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Thursday.
“We are appalled that Dr Tarek Loubani, a Canadian citizen, is among the wounded – along with so many unarmed people, including civilians, members of the media, first responders, and children.”
Palestinian protesters have hoped to draw attention to a dire humanitarian crisis in Gaza, where the economy has collapsed under an Egyptian-Israeli blockade since 2007.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Thursday he had made a rare decision to open the Rafah crossing with Gaza for a month, allowing Palestinians to cross during the holy period of Ramadan.
The Rafah crossing is Gaza’s only gateway to the outside world not controlled by Israel, but Egypt has largely sealed it in recent years under a security cooperation agreement with Tel Aviv.
AIDA, a network of more than 80 INGOs operating in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), on Tuesday condemned Israel’s unlawful killing of demonstrators at the border of the Gaza Strip on 14 May 2018. So far, 61 Palestinians have been killed, including one medic and eight children, and over 2,700 others have been injured, the majority by live ammunition fired at protesters by Israeli security forces, according to the Ministry of Health in Gaza. The casualties occurred in the context of protests near the fence with Israel.
“Israel’s continued use of lethal and excessive live-ammunition against protestors is not only deplorable, but also in sharp contravention of international law,” said William Bell, Head of Middle East Policy and Advocacy, Christian Aid.
Monday’s demonstration is a culmination of a sequence of protests organized since 30 March 2018 to mark 70 years since the expulsion of more than 750,000 Palestinians from their homes in 1948. More than 70 % of Gaza’s population are refugees, living under dire circumstances in the besieged Strip.
“The Gaza Strip is on the verge of a humanitarian disaster as a result of 11 years of blockade, which has crippled Gaza’s economy and increased aid dependency, with some 84 % dependent on humanitarian assistance, and an unemployment rate which stands at a staggering 45 %. Gaza is an open air prison for 2 million women, men, boys and girls, living under air, sea and land blockade. People are losing hope that the untenable situation they find themselves in will ever be resolved”, said Chris Eijkemans, Country Director for Oxfam in the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel.
Since 30 March, more than 100 Palestinians have been killed, and another 12,271 injured, including hundreds of children. In addition, medical personnel and facilities have also come under fire, resulting in the injury of 211 medical staff and damage sustained to 25 ambulances, according to WHO. Hospitals are at the brink of collapse, unable to deal with the vast number of injured as a result of a decade-long blockade and insufficient electricity and medical supplies and equipment. Due to the near impossibility of obtaining a medical referral for surgery outside of the Gaza Strip, 21 Palestinians injured during demonstrations have so far had limb amputations since 30 March.
According to international law, lethal fire may only be used in circumstances where threat to life is imminent. Israeli forces are obliged to exercise restraint and refrain from excessive use of force, and respect Palestinians’ right to life, health and freedom of assembly. Targeting medical personnel is a breach of IHL and is considered a War Crime under the Rome Statute. Preventing injured persons from accessing treatment is a violation of their right to health, and amounts to collective punishment.
AIDA called on third states to condemn Israel’s unlawful killings and to step up their pressure on Israel to immediately halt its practice of using live ammunition against unarmed demonstrators, which runs contrary to Israel’s obligations under international law, and to lift its unlawful blockade of the Gaza Strip. Echoing the words of UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, AIDA urges third states to demand independent and credible investigations into the incidents, and for those responsible to be held to account.
Today is unfolding as a horrifying and tragic day in Palestine. The Israeli military has opened fire on Gaza protesters as the U.S. and Israeli governments prepare to mark the move of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem. Today has been the deadliest day in Gaza since the end of Operation Protective Edge in 2014.
According to the Gaza Ministry of Health (as of 18:50 GMT):
55 killed, including 7 minors and 1 paramedic
2,771 injured – including 225 minors, 11 journalists, 17 paramedics
130 in serious and critical condition
1,359 shot by Israeli soldiers using live Israeli ammunition.
Since the beginning of the Great March of Return on March 30,105 Palestinians have been killed, over 3,000 protesters have been shot with live ammunition, and almost 13,000 injured.
We will be updating this post with updates throughout the day and have embedded our Twitter feed below that will most likely include the most up-to-date news.
Live video of the U.S. Embassy dedication ceremony in Jerusalem
The demonstrations I just left near the new American embassy in Jerusalem were a dismal object lesson in Jewish sovereignty. The police beat up Palestinians merely for holding Palestinian flags and chanting that Palestine would be free. The police crumpled the flags, while women on an apartment balcony four floors up were spraying water on the Palestinian demonstrators.
Gilad Erdan, Israel’s minister of Strategic Affairs and Hasbara, referred to Gazans as “Nazis” twice within five minutes today.
Israel does not wish to escalate and doesn’t want the death of residents of the Gaza Strip. Those who want this are solely the leadership of the Hamas terrorist organization, which uses a cynical and malicious use of bloodshed. The number of killed doesn’t indicate anything – just as the number of Nazis who died in the world war doesn’t make Nazism something you can explain or understand.
Updated 18:55 GMT
South Africa has recalled its ambassador to Israel, Sisa Ngombane, “with immediate effect until further notice,” citing Israel’s use of lethal force against Palestinian protesters in Gaza today that killed at least 50.
“The South African government condemns in the strongest terms possible the latest act of violent aggression carried out by Israeli armed forces along the Gaza border, which has led to the deaths of over 40 civilians. The victims were taking part in a peaceful protest against the provocative inauguration of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem.
This latest attack has resulted in scores of other Palestinian citizens reported injured, and the wanton destruction of property.
Updated: 18:15 GMT
MSNBC’s Ayman Mohyeldin noticed the White House omitted a paragraph from their official transcript of Jared Kushner’s speech today where he condemned protesters in Gaza. The section the White House did not include is in bold below:
“President Trump was very clear that his decision and today’s celebration do not reflect a departure from our strong commitment to lasting peace. A peace that overcomes the conflicts of the past in order to give our children a brighter and more boundless future.
As we have seen from the protest of the last month and even today those provoking violence are part of the problem and not part of the solution. The United States is prepared to support a peace agreement in every way that we can. We believe that it is possible for both sides to gain more than they give so that all people can live in peace safe from danger, free from fear and able to pursue their dreams.
The United States recognizing the sensitivity surrounding Jerusalem, a city that means so much to so many. Jerusalem is a city unique in the history of civilization. No other place on earth can claim significance to three major religions.
Each day Jews pray at the Western Hall. Muslims bow in prayer at Al Asqa mosque, and Christians worship at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. That is why President Trump has called many times, including right now, on all parties to maintain the status quo at Jerusalem’s Holy sites.”
Updated 17:55 GMT
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave a speech this afternoon with strong religious overtones commemorating the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem.
“In Jerusalem, King David established our capital three thousand years ago,” Netanyahu said before citing biblical landmark events that took place in the ancient city. He added that relocating the embassy is a foundation for reaching a peace deal with the Palestinians, despite communication between Palestinian negotiators and the Trump administration abruptly halting last December when the moving the embassy was first announced,
“I want to thank Jared, Jason and David for your tireless efforts to advance peace, and for your tireless efforts to advance the truth. The truth and peace are interconnected. A peace that is built on lies will crash on the rocks of Middle Eastern reality. You can only build peace on truth, and the truth is that Jerusalem has been and will always be the capital of the Jewish people, the capital of the Jewish state.”
Netanyahu concluded his remarks by reciting the shehecheyanu, a Jewish prayer said when marking new or exceptional events.
Updated 17:40 GMT
President Donald Trump delivered a video message this afternoon celebrating the relocation of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, “the true capital of Israel.” Trump said the embassy opening today comes “many, many years ahead of schedule,” noting, “The United States remains fully committed to facilitating a lasting peace agreement and we continue to support the status quo at Jerusalem’s holy sites including at the Temple Mount also known as Haram al-Sharif.”
Updated 16:55 GMT
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas spoke to reporters in Ramallah today, announcing three days of mourning across the occupied Palestinian territory where schools will close and shops will shutter. In his speech, he described the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem as a “settlement” and said he would soon begin implementing decisions passed by the Palestinian legislature in a meeting earlier this month.
This morning in Washington DC, the Palestinian Ambassador Husam Zomlot released a statement calling the U.S.’s decision to relocate the embassy to Jerusalem an endorsement of “full-fledged apartheid,”
“Today will go down in history as the day the U.S. encouraged Israel to cross the line towards what numerous U.S. and international leaders have been warning from: A full-fledged apartheid. The reality has evolved into a system of privileging one group and continuing to deny the human and national rights, all granted by international law, of over 12 million Palestinians.”
Updated 16:28 GMT
This is a stunning statement from Gilad Erdan, the Israeli Minister of Public Security and Strategic Affairs.
The Jewish Insider reports Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump received a blessing last night from the Sephardic Chief Rabbi Yitzchok Yosef who called black people “monkeys” and used racial slurs when referring to Ethiopian Jews.
This morning Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with a Congressional delegation led by Joe Wilson (R-SC) and a Senatorial delegation led by Lindsey Graham (R-SC). Florida Gov. Rick Scott was also in attendance.
Updated 14:30 GMT
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed the delegation from the White House last night in Jerusalem. President Donald Trump is not attending the embassy opening. The team sent by the administration is headed by his daughter Ivanka Trump, son-in-law Jared Kushner, Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin, Deputy Secretary John Sullivan, special envoy Jason Greenblatt and the U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman.
Netanyahu dedicated about a third of his speech to welcome the White House officials by applauding President Trump for pulling out the Iran agreement:
“And to achieve peace, we have to do one other thing: We must confront the enemies of peace, and I thank President Trump for his decision to confront Iran rather than to appease it. Pulling out of the nuclear deal means that the world’s greater sponsor of terrorism, greatest sponsor of terrorism, is no longer on a glide-path to attaining an arsenal of nuclear weapons. This is good for Israel, this is good for the region, it’s good for the world.
Now, I have something to say to part of the world: With all due respect to those sitting in European capitals, we here in the capitals of the Middle East—in Jerusalem, in Riyadh and elsewhere—we’ve seen the disastrous consequences of the Iran deal. And so when President Trump decides to pull out of this deal, to walk away from it, we know that when he walks away from a bad deal, he’s doing a good thing for our region, for the United States and for the world.”
Netanyahu also spoke of the close personal relationship between his family and Jared Kushner’s:
“I’ve known Jared for 105 years, and there’s a special bond between our families, but I think the fact that you and Ivanka are here is a special, personal testament, but also a national and international statement. It is one that touches our hearts, and we are all delighted by your presence at any time, at any day, but especially on this day. Thank you.”
In addition to firing on Gaza protesters, Israel has also started bombing Gaza as well:
A protest by 200 activists delayed the start of the fourth stage of the Giro d’Italia in the Sicilian city of Catania on Tuesday.
The activists had planned to shut the prestigious cycling race down altogether to protest how it had been launched in Israel last week, but they were confronted and kettled by riot police, as the video above shows.
As members of the Israeli government-backed Israeli team went past, protesters threw out flyers and carried banners with slogans including, “Israel kills, Italy is an accomplice.”
“We made everyone hear our dissent against the exploitation of sport by a state that has for decades practiced apartheid against the Palestinians and which does not respect UN resolutions regarding occupied territories,” protest organizers said, according to an early version of a report from the newspaper La Sicilia.
“There were moments of tension with police,” who used their batons against demonstrators, the newspaper reported.
“Stained with blood”
One activist, Simone di Stefano, told Catania Today that activists had gathered to send the message that “we don’t want this Giro d’Italia that is stained with blood of the Palestinian people.”
“I could have remained indifferent, but I fear I would have been despised by the people I respect,” Ulivieri wrote. “Viva the Palestinian people, free in their land.”
At a recent meeting of the leftist movement Potere al Popolo (power to the people), Ulivieri elaborated that “the true sporting spirit calls for the unity of people and condemns discrimination and abusive occupation like Israel’s apartheid.”
The latest actions are part of a continuing campaign by Palestinians and their supporters against Israel’s use of the Giro d’Italia to glamorize itself and distract attention from its abuses.
The human rights group Al-Haq noted that 4 May, the day the race started in Jerusalem, coincided with the sixth Friday of protests as part of the Great March of Return in Gaza.
On that day, Israeli occupation forces “injured 195 Palestinian protesters, paramedics, medical staff and journalists, in a demonstration of excessive use of force, including lethal force, against protected civilians,” according to Al-Haq.
A particularly pernicious aspect of the Israeli policy – especially in the context of the Giro d’Italia’s purported celebration of athleticism – is “Israel’s deliberate ‘shoot-to-disable’ practice, targeting protected persons in the Gaza Strip with intention to maim and at times permanently disable Palestinians by targeting specific body parts, including the lower limbs,” Al-Haq stated.
“One of the injured protesters who required amputation is Alaa al-Dali, 21, a Palestinian cyclist who was shot by an Israeli sniper with a live bullet under his right knee on 30 March 2018, while he was standing some 200 metres away from the fence,” the human rights group stated.
Al-Haq noted that in the months leading up to the Giro’s kickoff, the first time the race has started outside Europe, “Israel continued to unlawfully alter the status of Jerusalem, introducing legislation to alter the demography of Jerusalem, by targeting Palestinian residency rights and introducing bills to unlawfully incorporate settlement blocs into Israel’s Jerusalem municipality.”
“Giro d’Italia’s choice of location, along with its partners, sponsors and participating teams and individuals, is an indication of its support for Israel’s occupation and violations against Palestinians, including in East Jerusalem,” Al-Haq stated.
Alarmed and angered by a draft bill that would strip Israel’s Supreme Court of the power to overturn laws, thousands of activists have staged a protest in Tel Aviv, accusing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of a power grab.
Chanting slogans against the Israeli PM, hundreds of anti-government activists marched down the streets of Tel Aviv holding banners. “’Bibi take your hands off the supreme court’, ‘Corrupted, you don’t have a mandate’ and ‘Bibi, organized crime, leave the supreme court alone’,” they shouted.
The Knesset’s next parliamentary session, which starts on April 29, will debate and vote on the bill, designed to curb the High Court’s power. If adopted, the bill, based on the so-called ‘British model’, would allow only the Israeli parliament to cancel or change laws, limiting the Supreme Court’s power to override the Knesset in approving legislation that could potentially be unconstitutional.
Opponents of the initiative see the new bill as an infringement on their guaranteed rights, and as a potential power grab by the Prime Minister.
The Supreme Court is the “last place laws and regulation can be stopped, the ones which Netanyahu is trying to pass in order to make this country a ‘Netanyahu’ state,’” Tom Tzoker told RT’s Ruptly video agency at the rally. “I hope we will live in a better country, one that supports its residents.”
“Today I’m especially concerned, we are talking about a new law, that means the supreme court will not be able to tell the parliament that a law is illegal,” Hani German added. “I’m also concerned about the democracy that is getting weaker.”
L’ostinazione con cui il giornale israeliano di Torino La Stampa insiste a pubblicare storie di fanciulli – tutti fotogenici – “sfuggiti alle bombe chimiche di Assad”, e tutta la narrativa di propaganda ormai screditatissima e dimostrata falsa, può rivelare due cose: o imperturbabile chutzpah, o estremo disappunto. Perché il tentativo di Netanyahu di trascinare USA ed Europa nella guerra decisiva in Siria appare fallimentare. Il gratuito e limitato attacco dei tre aggressori, USA, Francia, Gran Bretagna, sembra essersi risolto in un danno: politico, militare, d’immagine e psicologico.
La stessa ridda di informazioni contraddittorie sui fatti che esce dalle tre capitali dimostra la confusione che regna i quel campo. Il generale Mattis, capo del Pentagono, che annuncia “il nostro è un colpo isolato”; Nikki Haley, l’ambasciatrice all’Onu, che decreta nuove e durissime sanzioni contro la Russia, evidentemente a nome della lobby, scontenta dei troppo simbolici lanci di missili; Macron che dichiara che ha convinto Trump a lasciare soldati americani in Siria (ossia ciò che vuole Netanyahu), e viene subito smentito dalla Casa Bianca. Si aggiunga che prima esce l’indiscrezione che Trump voleva bombardare siti iraniani e russi ma Mattis s’è fermamente opposto, seguita poi dal dettaglio contraddittorio che Trump, posto di fronte a tre opzioni di attacco in Siria, ha scelto la meno dispendiosa, limitare l’attacco ai tre siti che la fantasia occidentale ha definito “fabbriche e depositi clandestini” di armi chimiche di Assad – e di cui il principale, la palazzina di Berzah, era un laboratorio farmaceutico visitato regolarmente dagli osservatori dell’OPWC (Organisation for the Prohibition of chemical weapons) .
“Trump sta abbandonando Israele?”
Netanyahu. Lo stato d’animo del governo sionista dopo l’attacco, è rivelato dal titolo del Jerusalem Post: “Trump sta abbandonando Israele?”. Ci limitiamo a due frasi. “Senza una presenza americana in Siria per aiutarci a contenere il regime di Assad, Israele può sentirsi obbligata ad aumentare il livello e la letalità delle sue azioni unilaterali per proteggere i suoi confini”. “E’ un grave smacco strategico per la leadership americana e la sicurezza israeliana. I governanti dello stato ebraico non possono fare a meno di chiedersi se Washington gli parerà il didietro se decide un colpo preventivo contro la minaccia dell’Iran basata in Siria”. La sola speranza è John Bolton, “che ha molti amici in Israele”, da cui l’ordine alla lobby di far pressioni sul baffuto consigliere.
Emmanuel Macron, partecipando all’attacco, ha danneggiato la sua posizione internazionale che credeva di migliorare. Il suo governo ha emanato un documento (Evaluation Nationale) che pretende di portare le “prove” delle violazioni siriane (attacco chimico) onde giustificare “giuridicamente” l’attacco bellico al regime di Damasco. Senza il mandato ONU. Ossia, come ha riconosciuto persino una tv francese, TV5 Monde, “violare il diritto internazionale per farlo rispettare”. Ovviamente, le opposizioni, da Marine Le Pen a Melenchon passando per Les Republicains, gli sono saltate alla gola: è la prima volta dal 1945 che la Francia esce dalla legalità internazionale. Ora, già questo fatto indica che il giovanotto ha subito una pressione “talmudica”: non riconoscere i trattati internazionali, lo jus publicum aeroropaeum che riconosce anche nello stato nemico un justus hostis, è proprio del diritto talmudico. La superpotenza americana lo fa dall’11 settembre, dichiarandosi (con la dottrina Bush) pronta ad aggredire ogni Stato che a suo giudizio disturbi il proprio interesse nazionale, ossia senza riconoscere allo stato aggredito la legittimità di esistere. Che possa farlo Parigi, è dubbio. Macron rischia di finire come Sarkozy, che è sotto processo in relazione alla sua aggressione alla Libia per far uccidere Gheddafi, il pagatore della sua campagna elettorale. In ogni caso, Macron si è isolato dalla UE e la “relazione speciale” che sperava di approfondire con la Germania per guidare a due l’Unione, si allontana. Anche la posizione di Parigi come onesto mediatore in questione internazionali, dal Medio Oriente all’Iran, è intaccata, e così nell’Africa Francofona.
Ha perso l’appoggio della UE. I 28 ministri degli esteri, riunitisi due giorni dopo l’attacco, hanno invocato il dialogo con la Russia in Siria. Altrimenti, la UE si spaccava, ha detto un anonimo presente alla riunione: “Bisogna evitare che ogni paese faccia la sua politica autonoma di fronte a Mosca. E’ importante perché la UE esista”. Mettete in conto a Salvini anche questo successo.
Anche l’opinione pubblica francese – mentre i media inneggiavano a Macron “chef de guerre” – è rimasta fra l’irritazione, l’ironica incredulità (“Abbiamo convinto Trump a restare in Siria- chi, lui?”) e la derisione: specie quando dopo tutte le accuse “la Russia è colpevole”, si è saputo che la Francia ha preavvisato la Russia dei luoghi e delle ore in cui avrebbe voluto colpire. Macron torna ai problemi interni (scioperi, opposizione di massa alle sue “riforme” liberiste) molto rimpicciolito. Le Monde, a nome dei Rotschild, titola: “Missione Incompiuta”.
Militarmente, l’attacco è stato un clamoroso insuccesso. Su questo sono d’accordo gli esperti militari francesi come quelli americani. Sull’autorevole sito Sic Semper Tyrannis, un “Publius Tacitus” (pseudonimo sotto cui si nasconde un generale o un ammiraglio in servizio, obbligato all’anonimato) giudica che “il generale Mattis e il generale Dunford [il capo degli stati maggiori riuniti] si sono disonorati a prestarsi a questa mascherata”.
Il generale Dominique Delawarde è sarcastico. Riporta la versione russa – 103 missili su sei obiettivi (di cui quattro aeroporti militari siriani) dei quali 71 sono stati intercettati dalla contraerea siriana, senza che quella russa sia intervenuta.
E la versione americana: 105 missili su 3 “installazioni clandestine di armi chimiche”. Tutti andati a segno.
Il generale Delawarde commenta con ricordi personali: “Gli americani hanno fornito foto satellitari «Battle Damage Assessment» (stima dei danni inflitti dopo un bombardamento). Anche nel dicembre 98, al tempo dell’Operazione DeseertFox, gli americani avevano colpito e fornito questo tipo di foto satellitari. Il nostro satellite francese, molto preciso, dava dei risultati molto diversi dai loro. Erano rimasti sorpresi di come li avevamo colti in flagrante menzogna” . E “mi ricordo personalmente delle menzogne quotidiane del portavoce della NATO sulle false perdite dei serbi in Kossovo da marzo a maggio 1990. La NATO dichiarava più di 800 materiali importanti distrutti al 78 mo giorno di bombardamento. Il conteggio reale effettuato dopo il cessate il fuoco, risultò di una trentina. Tutti i MiG distrutti a Pristina il primo giorno di guerra, una ventina, al momento del cessate il fuoco sono usciti dai sotterranei ed hanno decollato tranquillamente per Belgrado. Questa coalizione ha troppo mentito negli anni passati per essere credibile oggi”.
Dunque il generale francese tende a credere alle stime russe. Anche se, onde fosse vero che il 70% dei missili sono stati intercettati, “i risultati sarebbero semplicemente catastrofici per i tre aggressori. Significa che se fosse intervenuti i S-400 russi, nessun missile di Usa, Regno Unito e Francia avrebbe raggiunto nemmeno il territorio siriano”.
Con un caveat e un’eccezione: tutti i 19 missili JASSM-ER a bassa tracciabilità, lanciati dai bombardieri B-1B e usati per la prima volta in un conflitto, non sono stati nè intercettati né visti dai radar russi. Ed hanno raggiunto il bersaglio. I russi dovranno lavorarci.
Erdogan s’è rimesso nei guai. Tradendo di nuovo.
Prima dell’attacco, il suo ministro degli Esteri ha applaudito ai lanci di missili e lui, applaudendo gli attacchi occidentali, ha di nuovo dichiarato che Assad deve essere cacciato.
Erdogan insomma ha scelto di tornare “con la NATO” senza essere informato della natura limitata dell’attacco; insomma la NATO continua a non parlargli. In quste ore, tace. Come chi s’è messo unpiede in bocca. Infatti adesso ha perso anche la fiducia di Mosca e Teheran, che lo avevano accettato nella nuova coalizione per la sistemazione della Siria e l’integrità territoriale siriana; i due alleati gli hanno lasciato occupare Afrin, chiudendo un occhio sulla sua avidità. Adesso la posizione del turco presso Mosca e Teheran è scaduta – può dare addio agli S-300 – mentre l’Alleanza non lo ha recuperato e non gli perdonerà il suo flirt con la Russia.
Il saudita Mohamed Bin Salman ha commesso lo stesso errore: si aspettava che i missili contro Assad fossero il preludio automatico a una guerra contro l’Iran (deve averglielo assicurato Netanyau). Ora, il suo appoggio all’attacco alla Siria gli sarà ripagato in Yemen dall’Iran; le buone relazioni con Mosca, che ha tanto cercato, sono di nuovo al gelo. Adesso il regno wahabita è il solo alleato di Sion nell’area: posizione imbarazzante. Del resto, anche Netanyahu s’è giocato la buona relazione personale con Putin: “S’è dimostrato come il vero istigatore della guerra contro la Russia. Mosca ha preso nota”, scrive il sito Geopolitka. Ru
L’Egitto non si è unito al coro anti-Assad, né ha commesso l’errore di farsi nemica Mosca. Ciò mette Il Cairo in una posizione futura di guida del mondo sunnita, specie dopo che Erdogan, con le sue oscillazioni, è scaduto.
Nell’insieme, il risultato dell’attacco agli occhi delle capitali del Medio Oriente (ma non solo Teheran, e gli emirati di Golfo filo-americani, ed anche di Cina, India, Pakistan) è interpretato come una dimostrazione di debolezza, inconcludenza, inaffidabilità e confusione mentale del dominio delle potenze globaliste occidentali.
Naturalmente, Israele ritenterà. Intraprenderà le sue aggressioni unilaterali e sempre più letali in Siria. Ma oggi è più scoperta e i suoi alleati, da Macron alla May a Bin Salman, hanno perso e dimostrato la loro inefficacia anche militare.