Posts Tagged 'Israel'

Bolton: Gaza Conflict Could Lead To U.S. Attack On Iran

Paul Joseph Watson | Prison | Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Top Neo-Con John Bolton told Fox News yesterday that the conflict in Gaza could lead to a U.S. attack on Iran as the former U.S. ambassador to the UN exploited the crisis to propagandize for a new war.

“So while our focus obviously is on Gaza right now, this could turn out to be a much larger conflict,” said Bolton, adding that “we’re looking at potentially a multi-front war here.”

“I don’t think there’s anything at this point standing between Iran and nuclear weapons other than the possibility of the use of military force possibly by the United States, possibly by Israel,” added the former ambassador, suggesting that a strike on Iran’s facilities by Israel alone would be risky but could push Iran back by three or four years.

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Gaza ground invasion looks likely as weather clears

Tim Butcher | London Telegraph | Thursday, January 1, 2009

After two days of rain and cloud cover which made the use of tanks and armoured infantry difficult, the skies over the Gaza Strip cleared today.

Israel’s security cabinet of Ehud Olmert, prime minister, Ehud Barak, defence minister, and Tzipi Livni, Foreign Minister, were due to meet to decide on the next stage of Operation Cast Lead.

Since the attacks began last Saturday, a total of 450 targets have been struck by guided bombs and missiles. But with the number of potential targets now declining the cabinet will need to decide whether to keep up pressure on Hamas by sending in Israeli ground forces.

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Why Israel is Attacking Gaza Now: “They Want It To Be Over Before The Next Administration Comes In”

George Washington Blog | Thursday, January 1, 2009

Israeli’s leading paper, Ha’aretz, writes:


Sources in the defense establishment said Defense Minister Ehud Barak instructed the Israel Defense Forces to prepare for the operation over six months ago, even as Israel was beginning to negotiate a ceasefire agreement with Hamas. According to the sources, Barak maintained that although the lull would allow Hamas to prepare for a showdown with Israel, the Israeli army needed time to prepare, as well.


Therefore, it is certain that Israel’s massacre in Gaza is not related to any specific recent rocket attacks by Hamas.

So why did Israel choose this moment to attack Gaza?

Well, the Bush administration will be out in mere weeks. And while Obama has made nice with AIPAC and Israeli interests, Israel isn’t sure that he will be as acommodating as the current administration. Continue reading ‘Why Israel is Attacking Gaza Now: “They Want It To Be Over Before The Next Administration Comes In”’

Cyber Security Expert: Hackers Planning To Steal Election For McCain

Spoonamore says electronic voting machines represent national security threat, Israel, China and Russia have capability to rig presidential outcome

Paul Joseph Watson| Prison Planet | Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Stephen Spoonamore warns in a new interview that electronic voting machines represent a national security threat and that hackers are already planning to steal the 2008 presidential election for John McCain.

Spoonamore is a GOP member and a lifelong Republican, having worked on election campaigns with Rudy Giuliani and Michael Bloomberg. He also has 20 years worth of experience in encrypted and networked communications systems for banks, TV, telecommunications, EMS, Military and other uses.

In an ten part You Tube interview, Spoonamore warns that hackers are planning to steal the election on behalf of the McCain camp and even predicts the margin of victory, that McCain will make a “shocking recovery” and win 51.2 percent of the vote with three electoral votes over Obama.

“This is a national security threat,” said Spoonamore, “it is very possible for a foreign government to begin manipulating that transmission of code just as they attempt to do fairly often with our financial data….we deal with it every day on the commercial side,” he added, noting that China, and not the American people, has a greater chance of choosing the next U.S. president.

Spoonamore also fingered Israel as another foreign government that was planning to attempt to hack the 2008 election. Continue reading ‘Cyber Security Expert: Hackers Planning To Steal Election For McCain’

Biden: Israel should accept ‘nuclear’ Iran

Press TV | Monday, Sept 1, 2008

The US Democratic vice-presidential candidate Joe Biden has advised senior Israeli officials to come to terms with a ‘nuclear’ Iran.

In a clandestine meeting with unnamed Israeli officials, which was partially covered by the US Jewish Army Radio, Barack Obama’s vice-presidential nominee said, “Israel will have to reconcile itself with the nuclearization of Iran.”

According to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, Biden, a six-time Delaware Senator and chairperson of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told the “amazed” officials, “It’s doubtful if the economic sanctions will be effective, and I am against opening an additional military and diplomatic front.”

Biden has been a Senator for Delaware since 1973, and is running mate to Barack Obama in the race for the presidency of the United States.

The pro-Israeli Senator also said that Israel is America’s biggest ally in the Middle East and its strategic alliance has allowed the US to deploy fewer troops and warships in the region.

Iran says its nuclear program is only for civilian purposes but the Israeli regime and the US accuse the country of seeking nuclear weapons.

What’s right with the Middle East!

I switched the TV on half-way through a performance of Brahms’ 4th Symphony in London’s Royal Albert Hall last night. I’m not a great fan of Brahms (too stodgy, like German dumplings), but it was stirring nonetheless. 

Conductor: Daniel Barenboim.

Orchestra: ?, but with a number of Levantine and Semitic features in the orchestra, so not the usual crowd (BBC Symphony Orchestra). It emerged that it was the West-Eastern Divan orchestra, about which I knew nothing. At the end of the performance, Barenboim spoke:

“Usually when we come to the Proms, I am encouraged to say a few words about what’s wrong with the Middle East. But you’ve just heard what’s right with the Middle East.”

That, and the roar of applause, said everything. Here is a demonstration that young Israelis and Arabs can, and do, work together.

As they went on to play the overture to Wagner’s Die Meistersinger (What, Jews playing Wagner!), I was almost reduced to tears as I watched and listened to these young Israelis and Arabs play this soaringly lovely piece of music.

Barenboim, by the way, more than rustled a few feathers when he sneaked a performance of the overture to Richard Wagners Tristan und Isolde in a concert he gave in Israel a few years back, after which he was denounced as a person non grata. Wagner was deeply antisemitic (proof that a complete shit can nevertheless write good music) and Hitler’s favorite composer. His music remains taboo in Israel even to this day.

More on last night’s London Proms here.

More on the uproar Barenboim created in Israel with his 2001 perfromance of Wagner here.

More on the Western-Eastern Divan orchestra here.

And a video (not last night’s performance, I’m afraid, but one in La Plaza Major, Madrid of Wagner’s Walkyrie), of Barenboim conducting the Western-Eastern Divan.

And Barenboim on Frost over the world.

BTW, who was it who said; “Blessed are the peacemakers”?

Israel, Iran and the New Neocons

Posted by Brave New Films, American News Project on August 11, 2008 at 5:26 AM.

Washington’s neocons are alive and well, advising both John McCain and President Bush. Now many are saying Bush should permit Israel to attack Iran’s nuclear sites after Election Day. ANP chases down John Bolton, Bill Kristol.

U.S. Attacks Russia Through Client State Georgia

While U.S. media obsesses about John Edwards’ extramarital shenanigans

Paul Joseph Watson | Prison Planet | Friday, August 8, 2008

Georgian forces, trained and equipped by the Pentagon and the U.S. government, killed 10 Russian peacekeepers early this morning in a provocation attack that has escalated into military conflict, but the subsequent corporate media coverage would have us believe that the U.S. and NATO-backed client state Georgia is a helpless victim, when in actual fact a far more nuanced geopolitical strategy is being played out.

Original reports early this morning detailed how Georgian forces had killed 10 Russian peacekeepers and wounded 30 others, which was the provocation for Russian forces to begin military operations, but the fact that Georgian forces were responsible for starting the conflagration has been completely buried in subsequent media coverage.

“Georgia and the Pentagon cooperate closely,” reports MSNBC, “Georgia has a 2,000-strong contingent supporting the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq, and Washington provides training and equipment to the Georgian military.”

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Zachary Karabell on the Middle East

By Zachary Karabell | Posted on Aug 8, 2008

If you grew up in the 1970s, it was impossible not to be acutely aware of the Middle East as a flashpoint in the Cold War, a region fraught with danger, beset by conflict between Israel and the surrounding Arab states, home to radical groups that hijacked airplanes and in 1972 disrupted the Olympics. Long and difficult negotiations finally led to peace between Egypt and Israel in 1977, before darkness returned after the Shah of Iran was overthrown and replaced by a revolutionary group led by the Ayatollah Khomeini in 1979.

The kaleidoscope of war, peace, terrorism and revolution was a vivid and unsettling aspect of the 1970s, but what is both startling and depressing about the Middle East is that the same statement with different details could be made about the region for every single decade of the 20th century, and for the first decade of the 21st. It is not true that the Middle East has seen more war or instability than any other region in the world over the past century; far from it. Southeast Asia, Korea, China, Europe through 1945 saw far more devastation and death from war, as have large swaths of sub-Saharan Africa in the past decades. But the Middle East does have a singular ability to draw attention, create global shock waves and upset international politics. While the discovery of oil in the region early in the 20th century was certainly a factor, oil has not been the sole source of conflict or the primary reason for many of the crises. There is no one reason for the peculiar capacity of the Middle East to generate shock waves. Take history, a dollop of religion and ideology, mix in a bit of geography, add oil and serve over political sclerosis and corruption with some bad luck on the side, and you get a tumultuous corner of the world where “after a century of Western assertiveness, peace remains elusive and sectarian passions are virulent.”

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