Articles of the Day 9/21/16: Appeasement At Its Worst
Current Major Trends To Watch
(⇑=increasing, ⇓=decreasing ⇔=no change)
Deepening Russian involvement in the Middle East– ⇔
Temple Mount tensions– ⇔
Palestinian terror– ⇔
Palestinian incitement– ⇔
US retreat from Middle East– ⇔
Pope Francis active in politics– ⇔
Northern border tension– ⇔
Southern border tension– ⇔
One world government advancement– ⇔
One world religion advancement– ⇔
Inner Ring (Countries or terror groups that border Israel)
“Three prisoners had refused food for over two months; Ramallah official hails ‘victory’ over Israeli prison system.”
Big mistake by the Israelis. Now Palestinians know if they attack an Israeli and taken prisoner all they have to do is go on a hunger strike and they will eventually be released. This policy, along with incitement, fuels further attacks. This is appeasement at its worst.
“Hamas and Palestinian Authority (PA) officials have turned medical care into a business that earns them hundreds of thousands of dollars per year. This corruption has enabled top officials in the West Bank and Gaza Strip to embezzle millions of shekels from the PA budget.”
“Despite these threats, the geopolitical earthquake has created opportunities for Israel as well. Currently, the Middle East is divided into four broad camps: Iran’s Shiite axis, including the Assad regime, Hezbollah, and Yemen’s Houthis; the Muslim Brotherhood camp, led by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan but also encompassing elements in Egypt and Hamas; the global jihadist camp, including the Islamic State and al-Qaeda; and the Sunni Arab camp, which comprises Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, and others. Israel and the latter camp share several common adversaries, and while their cooperation is already robust (albeit quiet), it is in their mutual interest to increase it even further.”
“While speaking in front of the residents of the Gaza Envelope (the region in Israel adjacent to the border with Gaza), the IDF’s Southern Command chief said that Hamas is using the period of relative quietness in the region in order to become stronger and prepare for the next conflict with Israel.”
“Palestinian officials and reporters consistently portray terrorists as innocent victims executed under the ‘pretext’ of terrorism.”
Videos of the attacks prove the Palestinian officials are lying.
Outer Ring (countries or terror groups that are close to but not bordering Israel)
“Iran held large-scale military parades in Tehran and the port city of Bandar Abbas on Wednesday to mark the 36th anniversary of the start of the country’s war with Iraq. The parades displayed new weapons systems including Russian S-300 antiaircraft missiles and hundreds of planes, helicopters, ballistic missiles and other weapons made in Iran. The commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps, Mohammad Ali Jafari, said during the parade in Bandar Abbas that the US should remove its naval forces from the Persian Gulf. Some of the trucks used in the parades bore signs with threats against Israel including one saying “If the Zionist leaders act rashly, we will turn Tel Aviv and Haifa to dust.”
“Sudan has placed an order for 170 surplus T-72 tanks with Russia, according to unidentified sources cited by the Russian newspaper Izvestia on 20 September.
“The consultations started in 2015, yet a final agreement was reached at the Army 2016 forum [held in Russia earlier in September],” Izvestia quoted one source as saying. “It is planned to deliver 170 T-72 MBTs [main battle tanks] from the defence ministry’s stock.”
Another source said the Ministry of Defence had been ordered to prepare 150 tanks that are currently in storage and another 20 for spare part kits.
Sudan is also in the process of receiving additional Russian helicopters, Yuri Demchenko, chief advisor to Rosoboronexport’s director general, said during the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) show held in South Africa later in September.”
“The man who the authorities say set off powerful bombs in Manhattan and on the Jersey Shore over the weekend planned the attacks for months, conducted a dry run just days before unleashing his assault and took inspiration from “Brother Osama bin Laden” and other international terrorists, according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court on Tuesday.”