US in talks with India for providing missile defence

US in talks with India for providing missile

defence

As part of their overall strategic partnership, the US and India are engaged in talks over sale of missile shield systems to help New Delhi face any nuclear threats from Pakistan and other “volatile” countries in the region, a media report here said on Thursday.

Quoting unnamed US diplomats, the Financial Times said the preliminary talks took place mainly at a scientific and technical level and American defence officials had conducted computer simulations with their Indian counterparts.

Noting that India is a partner of the US, the officials said “we want to provide it with whatever it needs to protect itself. This fits into the overall strategic partnership we

are building.”

The Indo-US relations blossomed in the recent years culminating in the signing of a bilateral civil nuclear cooperation agreement. The report said India’s need for greater protection against threats emanating from Pakistan and other volatile countries in the region was highlighted by an escalation in the Indo-Pak tensions in the aftermath of the Mumbai terror attacks.

It claimed that India also views China, with which it has a border dispute, as “a potential adversary.”

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Israel’s Strategy of Terror against the Palestinians

Israel’s Strategy of Terror against the Palestinians

Massacre and state terror as tactics of war have been the meat and bones of Israeli military thinking ever since the foundation of the state in 1948, notes Simon Assaf.
When it comes to war Israel has a single, simple strategy. Trap millions of people between tanks and warplanes. Cut off all food, water and electricity. Then systematically bring buildings down on their heads.

This is the murderous aim of Israel’s ground invasion and air campaign against the Palestinians in Gaza. Israel does not distinguish between “militants” and “civilians” among Palestinians – their target is an entire people.

Massacre and state terror as tactics of war have been the meat and bones of Israeli military thinking ever since the foundation of the state in 1948.

Israeli generals think that if you starve and kill enough people, at some point the resistance will agree to save lives by surrendering.

Sometimes this strategy works – as in Israel’s 1982 invasion of Lebanon – but sometimes it does not, as Israel discovered when it invaded Lebanon again in 2006.

It was the actions of ordinary people that made the difference between victory and defeat. In 1982 the Palestinians and Lebanese were trapped in Beirut as Israeli forces and allied militias encircled the city.

Escape

In contrast during the 2006 war, over one million mainly Shia Lebanese managed to escape from the Israeli juggernaut to find refuge in Christian, Druze and Sunni areas of Lebanon.

This meant that resistance forces headed by Hizbollah were free to inflict a punishing military lesson on Israel’s invading army. In the final days of the war, the Shia refugees returned to their homes in huge numbers, sweeping away the remaining Israeli troops.

Israel’s intentions in Gaza are becoming clearer as the ground war progresses. It has sliced the Gaza Strip into three and surrounded Gaza City. From there it hopes to start on the systematic destruction of the city.

These are the tactics the Israelis used to destroy Beirut in 1982. The only relief from the onslaught came when Palestinian fighters and their allies agreed to abandon the city.

Just like today, the Israelis demonised the Palestinians as “terrorists, terrorists, terrorists”. Just like today, the “international community” made noises about a ceasefire, but took no action.

Israel’s current assault on Gaza is part of the wider “war on terror” – a war to crush any resistance to US imperialism and its allies in the Middle East.

This war has been going badly. The US and its allies have found themselves dragged into an endless war and are now caught in the killing fields of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Our rulers hoped these invasions would consolidate their power. Instead it has exposed their limits. Now they are desperately searching for a victory in Palestine to mark the last, bloody days of George Bush’s administration.

Israel aims to deliver that victory by crushing Palestinian resistance and handing over the smouldering remains of Gaza to Mahmoud Abbas, the corrupt president of the Palestinian Authority.

Abbas is collaborating in the destruction of his own people in the vain hope that the US will make good on its pledge of a “viable Palestinian state”.

Israel has no intention of honouring any such promise. Nevertheless Abbas has taken this opportunity to crush all dissent in the West Bank.

The defeat in Lebanon still hangs over Israel. Its generals declare that they have “learnt the lessons” of that war. For that they have Egypt’s dictator Hosni Mubarak to thank.

Mubarak has sealed Egypt’s border with the Gaza Strip to block any Palestinians fleeing the carnage. He has halted attempts by ordinary Egyptians to rush emergency supplies into the Palestinian territory. He has even told Egyptian troops to fire on Palestinians attempting to cross the border to safety.

Protests

All this triggered an unprecedented wave of mass protests in Egypt that has spread from the capital Cairo to smaller towns and cities.

The most notable was the huge demonstration on Friday of last week in Arish, the largest city in the Sinai region. Tens of thousands took to the streets chanting “Hosni Mubarak – you bring us shame!”

Arish is about 37 miles from the border with Gaza. It became a lifeline for Gaza when Palestinians stormed the border with Egypt in January last year. People in the city helped Palestinians grab much needed supplies and temporarily break the Israeli blockade.

The Mubarak regime is now facing a whirlwind of anger from every corner of the country. He has been able to quell the protest for now with his usual brand of mass arrests and vicious repression.

But the scale and nature of these demonstrations has deepened the crisis of a regime that has been rocked by two years of strikes and protests.

The anger against Egypt has found its expression across the Arab world. In Beirut demonstrators surrounded the Egyptian embassy, burning tyres and clashing with riot police before trying to storm the US embassy.

In Yemen the Egyptian embassy was briefly occupied by demonstrators. Similar protests took place in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and other oil rich states before being battered off the streets.

Israel can take comfort in the power of the mass destruction its military can wreak. It can be assured of help from the West and its Arab allies. But any Israeli “victory” over the Palestinians will be short-lived.

Their “victory” over Lebanon in 1982 gave birth to the Lebanese resistance movement Hizbollah. It is the only force in the region to have militarily humiliated Israel, in 2000 and again in 2006.

As the war on Gaza enters another bloody phase only one thing is certain – the retribution from ordinary people in the Middle East on the corrupt regimes and their Western backers will be immeasurable.

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Israeli propaganda takes international beating


Israeli propaganda takes international beating


Despite Israel’s propaganda campaigns on Gaza conflict, world public opinion remains critical of Tel Aviv.
TEL AVIV – Israel has taken a battering in the global media battle over its war on Gaza, despite deploying a propaganda campaign that used Youtube and blogs, experts said.

Populations and even governments worldwide have slammed the Israeli military onslaught on the Gaza Strip, with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon condemning attacks near UN schools that killed dozens and foreign media angry at being kept out of the Palestinian territory.

With images of parents carrying lifeless children to overwhelmed hospitals dominating international media, angry protests have been staged in major capitals and Israeli websites have reportedly come under cyber attack.

European Union External Relations Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner told President Shimon Peres in a meeting on Tuesday that “Israel’s image is being destroyed” by its refusal to heed appeals for a ceasefire.

Hamas has been largely shunned by western media, but its plight – as the legitimate representatives of the Palestinian people in Gaza, the West Bank and even in East Jerusalem – is recognized by much of the world. .

Israel has sought to blame Hamas for its attacks on Gaza, ignoring the fact that Hamas was democratically elected by the Palestinians and that the people in Gaza know very well that Israel is the party behind their suffering.

But that fact is not commonly known in the West, where Israeli propaganda enjoys a large influence.

Israeli military spokeswoman Major Avital Liebovich and Israeli ambassadors have joined the television battle.

The defence ministry in Tel Aviv has posted videos of Israeli air strikes on Youtube, and the government has also tried to spur debates on Facebook.

But both sites are also a favorite of peace and humanitarian activists condemning Israeli policies long before Israel’s new offensive.

The Israeli consulate in New York this week organised a Twitter social networking debate on the merits of the war which drew more than 2,500 bloggers.

But blogs are the last place Israeli propaganda is expected to prevail, where they have long been used as a platform to expose Israeli ‘crimes’.

Israel says it will not let world public opinion sway the decision whether to call a ceasefire in the conflict that has left more than 680 Palestinians dead since December 27 — a third of them children.

According to the president’s office, Peres replied to Ferrero-Waldner: “We are not in the business of public relations or improving our image.”

But experts say Peres tells a lie as Israel is doing all it can to present its war on the besieged Palestinian population in Gaza as an act of “self defense”.

Israel last year had hired a British public relations firm that had worked with Lebanon and the Northern Ireland governments on their image, experts say.

The Israelis “are the ones who have a grip on communications,” said Dominique Wolton, a specialist on media at France’s National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) in Paris.

“But Israel will not win the communications battle because whatever Israel’s legitimate rights are, the unbalanced use of force and the unleashing of violence by Israel is acting against it.

“The Palestinians are not saying a lot. Israel has a grip on the communications and Israel manages its very well,” Wolton commented. “The word ‘terrorist’ is systematically linked to Palestinians.”

Charles Tripp, professor of Middle East politics at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London, said that in Europe, “the very powerful images of what’s happening to civilians in Gaza must be having a greater impact than seeing Israeli spokesmen talking about the war on terror.

“In many ways, one of the main targets of the Israeli propaganda is Europe and the US, and I would have thought they’re not doing too well there.”

Meanwhile, two press rights groups Wednesday urged a media corridor in Gaza and called for Israel to allow journalists to work unfettered in the conflict zone.

Israel had blocked international journalists from entering Gaza. Israel had also bombed a Hamas-run TV station during its second day of raids against Gaza.

NATO ratifies ICP agreement with Israel

[The timing of this story and the fact that the only source for this story is the Israeli/Jewish press tells us that this news is not as alarming as it might seem.  This agreement is a maritime issue, primarily, dealing with the harmonization of forces and technology, making Israel and six other Mediterranean nations compatible.  This in no way relates to the op in Gaza, or future NATO peacekeepers.]

NATO ratifies ICP agreement with Israel

December 2, 2008
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FM Livni with NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer at ministerial meeting in Brussels (Photo: NATO)

Cooperation between Israel and NATO in defense and diplomatic matters will be boosted

(Communicated by the Foreign Minister’s Bureau)

With the arrival of Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Tzipi Livni to the NATO Ministerial Meeting, the NATO council ratified the Individual Cooperation Programme (ICP), an agreement that strengthens and expands the working relations between Israel and NATO in the fields of security and diplomacy.

The ICP encompasses a broad range of fields in which Israel and NATO will cooperate fully. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is in effect opening the door for cooperation of Israel’s security services and NATO in various fields such as counterterrorism, including the exchange of intelligence and security expertise, increasing the number of joint NATO-Israel military exercises, broadening cooperation in the fight against nuclear proliferation, improving cooperation in the areas of armament and logistics, connecting Israel electronically to the NATO system, etc.

The Commander-in-Chief of the IDF, Lieutenant-General Ashkenazi, visited NATO headquarters in Brussels two weeks ago.

Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Tzipi Livni commented on the upgrading of relations between Israel and NATO:

“Israel’s defense capabilities are world-famous, and we see the boosting of cooperation between Israel and international security bodies as a strategic goal that adds to Israel’s strength. The relations between Israel and NATO states are of prime importance, and translating the mutual understandings among the states into concrete security cooperation has serious operative implications.”

“All of the free nations of the world who understand the nature of the terrorist threat recognize the need to form a united front against it. Israel’s standing in terms of military might and counterterrorist capabilities is recognized by the entire world, aptly conveyed by the expansion of cooperation between Israel and NATO that we witnessed this morning.”

“The agreement is a practical expression of the values and responsibility shared by the free nations to preserve world security; it signifies genuine recognition of Israel’s special contribution to the international fight against extremism.”

Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Tzipi Livni will address the NATO ministerial meeting today.

During her visit to Brussels, she will meet with the NATO Secretary General, the US Secretary of State, the French foreign minister, and with other foreign ministers who are attending the meeting. She will also meet with heads of the European Union – President of the European Commission Jose Manual Barroso, Commissioner for External Relations Benita Ferrero-Waldner and others.

Hamas is a Creation of Mossad

Hamas is a Creation of Mossad

Thanks to the Mossad, Israel’s “Institute for Intelligence and Special Tasks”, the Hamas was allowed to reinforce its presence in the occupied territories. Meanwhile, Arafat’s Fatah Movement for National Liberation as well as the Palestinian Left were subjected to the most brutal form of repression and intimidation

Let us not forget that it was Israel, which in fact created Hamas. According to Zeev Sternell, historian at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, “Israel thought that it was a smart ploy to push the Islamists against the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO)”.

Ahmed Yassin, the spiritual leader of the Islamist movement in Palestine, returning from Cairo in the seventies, established an Islamic charity association. Prime Minister Golda Meir, saw this as a an opportunity to counterbalance the rise of Arafat’s Fatah movement. .According to the Israeli weekly Koteret Rashit (October 1987), “The Islamic associations as well as the university had been supported and encouraged by the Israeli military authority” in charge of the (civilian) administration of the West Bank and Gaza. “They [the Islamic associations and the university] were authorized to receive money payments from abroad.”

The Islamists set up orphanages and health clinics, as well as a network of schools, workshops which created employment for women as well as system of financial aid to the poor. And in 1978, they created an “Islamic University” in Gaza. “The military authority was convinced that these activities would weaken both the PLO and the leftist organizations in Gaza.” At the end of 1992, there were six hundred mosques in Gaza. Thanks to Israel’s intelligence agency Mossad (Israel’s Institute for Intelligence and Special Tasks) , the Islamists were allowed to reinforce their presence in the occupied territories. Meanwhile, the members of Fatah (Movement for the National Liberation of Palestine) and the Palestinian Left were subjected to the most brutal form of repression.

In 1984, Ahmed Yassin was arrested and condemned to twelve years in prison, after the discovery of a hidden arms cache. But one year later, he was set free and resumed his activities. And when the Intifada (‘uprising’) began, in October 1987, which took the Islamists by surprise, Sheik Yassin responded by creating the Hamas (The Islamic Resistance Movement): “God is our beginning, the prophet our model, the Koran our constitution”, proclaims article 7 of the charter of the organization.

Ahmed Yassin was in prison when, the Oslo accords (Declaration of Principles on Interim Self-Government) were signed in September 1993. The Hamas had rejected Oslo outright. But at that time, 70% of Palestinians had condemned the attacks on Israeli civilians. Yassin did everything in his power to undermine the Oslo accords. Even prior to Prime Minister Rabin’s death, he had the support of the Israeli government. The latter was very reluctant to implement the peace agreement.

The Hamas then launched a carefully timed campaign of attacks against civilians, one day before the meeting between Palestinian and Israeli negotiators, regarding the formal recognition of Israel by the National Palestinian Council. These events were largely instrumental in the formation of a Right wing Israeli government following the May 1996 elections.

Quite unexpectedly, Prime Minister Netanyahu ordered Sheik Ahmed Yassin to be released from prison (“on humanitarian grounds”) where he was serving a life sentence. Meanwhile, Netanyahu, together with President Bill Clinton, was putting pressure on Arafat to control the Hamas. In fact, Netanyahu knew that he could rely, once more, on the Islamists to sabotage the Oslo accords. Worse still: after having expelled Yassin to Jordan, Prime Minister Netanyahu allowed him to return to Gaza, where he was welcomed triumphantly as a hero in October 1997.

Arafat was helpless in the face of these events. Moreover, because he had supported Saddam Hussein during the1991 Gulf war, (while the Hamas had cautiously abstained from taking sides), the Gulf states decided to cut off their financing of the Palestinian Authority. Meanwhile, between February and April 1998, Sheik Ahmad Yassin was able to raise several hundred million dollars, from those same countries. The the budget of The Hamas was said to be greater than that of the Palestinian Authority. These new sources of funding enabled the Islamists to effectively pursue their various charitable activities. It is estimated that one Palestinian out of three is the recipient of financial aid from the Hamas. And in this regard, Israel has done nothing to curb the inflow of money into the occupied territories.

The Hamas had built its strength through its various acts of sabotage of the peace process, in a way which was compatible with the interests of the Israeli government. In turn, the latter sought in a number of ways, to prevent the application of the Oslo accords. In other words, Hamas was fulfilling the functions for which it was originally created: to prevent the creation of a Palestinian State. And in this regard, Hamas and Ariel Sharon, see eye to eye; they are exactly on the same wave length.
http://www.globalresearch.ca/articles/ZER403A.html

Last updated 08/01/2009

Israel Created Hamas to Split Palestine

Israel Created Hamas to Split Palestine

Israel’s False Flag Operations Know No Bounds

By Brandon Dean
waronyou.com

One thing that truly made me ill while perusing the photos of the world-wide anti-Israel protests in the last few days is the repeated use of Hamas flags/posters, as if Hamas is somehow fighting for the freedom of the Palestinians. Give me a god damn break…

For those unaware, Fatah and the Palestinian Authority were the government of Palestine until the Israelis invaded, only leaving in 2005, when Hamas had been secured in power. And hey presto! they are still the ruling party in Palestine!

Not only that, but all the Hamas fighters have (wisely) holed up and hidden themselves in anticipation of the Israeli massacre. Gee, how very convenient for them that the Israelis are content with killing 1.3 million civilians (the population of Gaza)…

The Israeli Mossad (their CIA) created Hamas in 1987, with the frontmen Sheikh Ahmed Ismail Yassin and Abdel Aziz al-Rantissi, because, as Zeev Sternell, historian at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, says: “Israel thought that it was a smart ploy to push the Islamists against the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO).”

Well ain’t that something? So, the Mossad starts Hamas, with the original “intention” of being a charitable organization to the Palestinian people. And charity they did. Slowly, of course, it turned into a political and military organization, which was the true original intention. It challenged Fatah and the PLO as it does to this day. Divide and conquer: the oldest military tactic in the book…

Do you doubt what you’re reading? Well, how about an actual photo of an Israeli Mossad agent in Hamas gear who forgot to take off his Star of David?

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Oops!

Or how about July 2006, when Hamas fighters supposedly kidnapped an IDF soldier, then went to the middle of Gaza City and held a press conference about it?

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If there had really been a kidnapping, those “terrorists” would have been executed, or at least arrested, on the spot. I mean, the photo above was taken not ten miles from the Israeli border! There are Israeli agents all over Palestine, for Christ’s sake!!

Hamas was invented by the Israelis to be an opposing force to the PLO, and that is the exact capacity in which it has acted. Hamas has done reportedly little to “help” the Gazans during this latest massacre besides hide. They kidnap Israelis, or even blow up Israeli bars, supposedly killing Israeli Jews. But in reality, the bar was an Israeli Arab bar, and 90 percent of the patrons are Muslim, not Jewish..

It’s nice to see the world angry at Israel for their obvious atrocities in the last few weeks, but it’s time for the world to the see the reality of the false flag operation as well. It’s time to be able to see it in the plain light of day, knowing the tactics. The Israelis are better at false flags than anyone else, as evinced by the utterly fantastical “holocaust” of World War II. And with a lie that monumental, which persists in earnest to this day, how hard is it to see the lie of the Hamas soldier, or their phony “Qassam” rockets? Again, give me a god damn break…

Must read article:
Hamas is a Creation of the Mossad, by Hassane Zarouky.

Must read book:
Devil’s Game, by Robert Dreyfuss

Red Cross Reports Grisly Find in Gaza

Red Cross Reports Grisly Find in Gaza

Israel Accused of Blocking Aid to Wounded

Washington Post Foreign Service
Thursday, January 8, 2009; 8:14 AM

JERUSALEM, Jan. 8 — The International Committee of the Red Cross said Thursday that it had found at least 15 bodies and several children — emaciated but alive — in a row of shattered houses in the Gaza Strip and accused the Israeli military of preventing ambulances from reaching the site for four days.

Israel’s offensive against militants in Gaza continued with intense bombing in the southern part of the territory, near the border with Egypt. There was also a brief exchange of fire across Israel’s northern border with Lebanon.

In the Lebanon incident, militants in the southern part of that country lobbed several rockets into Israeli territory, and the Israeli military responded with fire of its own. Though the exchange harkened to the 2006 war between Israel and the Lebanese-based militant group Hezbollah, Lebanese officials promptly condemned the fire from their side and said they were taking steps to more closely patrol the area.

Lebanese information minister Tareq Mitri released a statement saying that the government had been assured by Hezbollah — which serves as a political party in the Lebanese government and is particularly influential in the southern part of the country — that it was not responsible for the Katyusha rockets that landed near the Israeli town of Nahariya. Only minor injuries were reported.

The Israeli strikes in southern Gaza were focused on the area around Rafah, a border crossing town that is also the site of a network of smuggling tunnels used by the militant group Hamas.

Under an agreement announced on Wednesday, Israel was to pause attacks beginning at 1 p.m. local time so that Gaza residents could emerge for food and other basic supplies.

But humanitarian criticism of the ongoing operation intensified after the Red Cross announced its discovery of several underfed children in a house with a number of dead adults.

Red Cross officials said rescue crews had received specific reports of casualties in the houses and had been trying since Saturday to send ambulances to the area, located in Zaytoun, a neighborhood south of Gaza City. They said the Israeli military did not grant permission until Wednesday afternoon.

In an unusual public statement issued by its Geneva headquarters, the Red Cross called the episode “unacceptable” and said the Israeli military had “failed to meet its obligation under international humanitarian law to care for and evacuate the wounded.”

When rescue workers from the Red Cross and the Palestinian Red Crescent arrived at the site, they found 12 corpses lying on mattresses in one home, along with four young children lying next to their dead mothers, the Red Cross said. The children were too weak to stand and were rushed to a hospital, the agency said.

A spokesman for the Israel Defense Forces declined to comment early Thursday on the specific allegations made by the Red Cross but said in a statement that the military “has demonstrated its willingness to abort operations to save civilian lives and to risk injury in order to assist innocent civilians.”

“Any serious allegations made against the IDF’s conduct will need to be investigated properly, once such a complaint is received formally,” the statement added.


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