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"UN experts warn Islamic State aiming for resurgence in Iraq, Syria"

In einem Bericht für den UN-Sicherheitsrat warnen Experten, dass Anführer des "Islamischen Staates" dabei seien, die Rückkehr der Terrormiliz in Irak und Syrien vorzubereiten. "The panel of experts said in a report to the Security Council this week that the process is more advanced in Iraq, where IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and most of the militant group’s leadership are now based following the fall of the so-called 'caliphate' that he declared in the two neighboring countries. In Syria, where the last IS stronghold was toppled in March, the IS covert network is spreading and sleeper cells are being established at the provincial level, mirroring what has been happening in Iraq since 2017, the report said. (...) Looking ahead, the experts said the Islamic State group 'will reinvest in the capacity to direct and facilitate complex international attacks when it has the secure space and time to do so.' The panel added, 'The current abatement of such attacks, therefore, may not last long, possibly not even until the end of 2019.'"

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"UN urges stronger ‘global response’ to links between terror, organized crime"

Der UN-Sicherheitsrat hat eine Resolution verabschiedet, in der effektive Antworten auf die engen Verbindungen internationaler Terrorgruppen zum organisierten Verbrechen angemahnt werden. "The resolution asks states to 'enhance coordination of efforts at all levels in order to strengthen a global response to linkages between international terrorism and organized crime, whether domestic or transnational.' The nature and scope of such linkages could be better understood by combining research, the resolution explained, adding that states should 'accelerate the timely exchange of relevant operational information and financial intelligence' regarding terrorist networks’ actions. Additionally, financial intelligence could help states better understand the 'nature and scope' of potential links between terrorism and organized crime. The resolution also called for states to 'investigate, disrupt and dismantle organized crime networks' in accordance with national legislation regarding money laundering, corruption and bribery in addition to terrorism."

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"White House demands zero enrichment for Iran after cap broken"

Der Iran besteht darauf, dass die Überschreitung der im Atomabkommen vereinbarten Menge an gering angereichertem Uran keine Vertragsverletzung darstellt. Die USA fordern dagegen die vollständige Einstellung des zivilen Anreicherungsprogramms und werfen Teheran vor, den Vertrag bereits vor der Unterzeichnung verletzt zu haben. "Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif responded to the statement by highlighting the claim that Tehran violated the deal before it existed and sardonically tweeting the word 'Seriously?' (...) Zarif also insisted Iran had done nothing wrong. 'We have NOT violated the #JCPOA,' he tweeted using an acronym for the nuclear deal. He referred to a paragraph in the pact outlining mechanisms to resolve disputes if one side believes the other is not meeting its obligations. 'We triggered & exhausted para 36 after US withdrawal,' tweeted Zarif. He said Iran would 'reverse' its decision 'as soon as E3 abide by their obligations' — referring to the European partners of the deal Britain, France and Germany."

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"In first debate, Booker the lone Democrat to not call for reentering Iran deal"

In der ersten Debatte der Präsidentschaftskandidaten der US-Demokraten hätten sich alle Teilnehmer mit Ausnahme von Senator Cory Booker für einen Wiedereintritt der USA in das internationale Atomabkommen mit dem Iran ausgesprochen, berichtet Eric Cortellessa. "'We need to get into a deal, but I’m not going to have a platform to say I’m going to rejoin the deal,' said Booker, who as a senator in 2015 voted in favor of the deal. 'When I’m president of the United States, I will do the best I can to secure the country and the region and if I have an opportunity to leverage a better deal, I’m going to do it.' (...) In February, the Democratic National Committee passed a resolution that called on the US to reenter the deal, a sign that it would be come a policy priority for the party heading into 2020. Since then, a number of Democratic candidates have said they would get back into the agreement if elected, such as Warren, Sanders and Harris."

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"'Our Boys,' HBO series on Israel’s violent summer of 2014, set for premiere"

Eine neue Serie des US-Kabelsenders HBO beschäftigt sich mit der Entführung und Ermordung israelischer Teenager vor fünf Jahren und dem darauf folgenden Gaza-Krieg. "The show is set in the summer of 2014, when Jewish teenagers Gil-ad Shaar, Eyal Yifrach and Naftali Fraenkel were kidnapped on June 12 by Hamas terrorists in the West Bank and killed shortly thereafter. Two days after their bodies were found, following a search of nearly three weeks, Palestinian teenager Muhammed Abu Khdeir from East Jerusalem was burned alive in a brutal retaliatory killing by Jewish extremists. As a result of the rising tensions, the 2014 Gaza war broke out. (...) The show follows the investigation by a Shin Bet agent from the internal terror division as he probes the Abu Khdeir murder. The series tells the story of all those involved, Jews and Arabs alike, and of their lives forever changed by these events."

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"The bribe of the century"

Angesichts der einstimmigen Ablehnung des wirtschaftlichen Teils des Nahost-Friedensplans der US-Regierung durch palästinensische Spitzenpolitiker hält Avi Issacharoff den gesamten "Jahrhundert-Deal" bereits jetzt für gescheitert. Die US-Regierung habe offenbar darauf gesetzt, dass die palästinensische Bevölkerung dem "Bestechungsangebot" zustimmen und entsprechenden Druck auf ihre Führung ausüben wird. Dies treffe zum Teil sogar zu, werde aber nicht ausreichen. "(...) talk of economic improvement and the billions of dollars in investment is stirring a great deal of thought among many West Bank residents, who wonder if, perhaps, in light of the political stalemate and the absence of worthy Palestinian leadership, it is time to focus on the here and now and aim for economic improvement. But it is doubtful that moderate public pressure to give the American proposal a try will change the leadership’s stance. There is not even any real pressure at present — perhaps a few exceptional statements like those of Fadi Elsalameen, the Palestinian Facebook and Twitter star who lives in Washington, who in one of his tweets called upon President Abbas at least to try to listen to the American team and see what it could offer the Palestinian people. At this stage, Elsalameen is seen as an outlier. Most of the statements and calls have been to boycott the summit in Bahrain, whatever the price to the Palestinians may be. This is where the problem starts for Greenblatt and Kushner. At this stage, not even a single high-ranking Palestinian official can be found who will encourage the PA to attend the summit."

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"Germany is accused of downplaying anti-Semitic attacks by Muslims"

Cnaan Liphshiz berichtet über den Vorwurf, dass die deutsche Bundesregierung antisemitische Vorfälle in Deutschland oft unzulässigerweise rechtsextremen Kreisen zuschreibt, um muslimische Einwanderer zu schützen. Ein Beispiel sei der diesjährige Al-Quds-Marsch in Berlin, der erneut von antisemitischer Hetze begleitet worden sei: "(...) some of the incidents documented at the al-Quds Day march in Berlin have been classified by authorities as forms of far-right anti-Semitism, independent watchdog groups have discovered. Critics say the march example and other mislabeled incidents are facilitating attempts to politicize anti-Semitism and complicating the apparently losing battle to solve it. 'It means we can’t really use the official statistics on anti-Semitism in Germany,' Daniel Poensgen, a researcher at the Department for Research and Information on Anti-Semitism, or RIAS, told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. (...) Doubts about the ministry’s methodology have become more pronounced as its data have increasingly diverged with information from across Western Europe — and from the perceptions of German Jews themselves. (...) To some critics, there is a political dimension to the apparent reluctance of German authorities to blame anti-Semitism on Muslim immigrants. Surveys suggest that group is considerably more anti-Semitic than non-immigrants, or at least more open about it. But 'the new Muslim anti-Semitism is taboo, as addressing it would only strengthen opponents of immigration,' Krisztina Koenen, a journalist for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and der Welt, wrote in an analysis she published in March in the Hungarian-Jewish magazine Neokohn."

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"It is time for Israel to end the occupation"

Angesichts der Spekulationen über eine Annexion des Westjordanlands stellt Fred Maroun fest, dass Israel in diesem Fall seine jüdische Bevölkerungsmehrheit verlieren würde oder ein Apartheid-Staat werden müsste. Er befürwortet stattdessen ein sofortiges Ende der israelischen Besatzung und schlägt einen entsprechenden Marschplan vor. "The Gaza experience is often used to reject disengagement in Judea and Samaria, but Israel can end the occupation using a very different approach than the one used in Gaza, and there is no reason why that cannot start immediately. (...) For the disengagement to be successful, Israel must ensure that some basic principles are applied, such as the following: The disengagement is done in stages, with each stage being conditional on a successful assessment of the previous stage. The Palestinian Authority (PA) must have incentives to cooperate with Israel in implementing each stage, and it must have penalties when failing to cooperate. The final stage must allow for the creation of a Palestinian state that is contiguous (not including Gaza) and viable, while protecting Israel’s security. The creation of a Palestinian state must occur only as a result of negotiations between Israel and the PA."

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"BBC to stop using the word ‘terror’ to describe attacks – report"

Die BBC erwägt offenbar, in der Berichterstattung über Anschläge auf den "Terrorismus"-Begriff zu verzichten. "The British Broadcasting Corporation has decided to stop using the word 'terror' in order to avoid being perceived as being biased in its reporting, the Daily Mail newspaper reported Sunday. The report quoted 'well-placed BBC sources' as saying the worldwide network’s management is 'eager to report terror attacks consistently, regardless of the terrorist’s political ideology.' Instead of calling all incidents 'terror attacks' and risk accusations of bias, the BBC will be changing its editorial policy to remove the word 'terror' from its lexicon unless it is contained in a direct quote. 'It boils down to that phrase, ‘One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter,‘' a senior news source told the Daily Mail. (...) BBC editorial guidelines already require journalists to avoid using the terms 'terrorist' and 'terrorism' in their reporting, saying reporters 'should consider how our use of language will affect our reputation for objective journalism.' (...) A BBC spokesman told the Daily Mail that until the new guidelines on the word 'terror' were released publicly, 'people should wait to read the editorial guidelines.'"

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"Trump: I don’t want to fight but we can’t let Iran have nuclear weapons"

US-Präsident Trump hat dem Iran im Fall eines Angriffs gegen die USA mit der Vernichtung gedroht und in einem TV-Interview noch einmal bekräftigt, dass er iranische Atomwaffen nicht zulassen werde. "US President Donald Trump said in an interview Sunday that while he does not want to go to war with Iran, he will not let them acquire nuclear weapons. 'I will not let Iran have nuclear weapons,' he told Fox News in an interview that aired late Sunday. 'I don’t want to fight. But you do have situations like Iran, you can’t let them have nuclear weapons — you just can’t let that happen.' (...) Trump, who withdrew the US from the Iran nuclear deal forged by his predecessor Barack Obama, said that the sanctions he reimposed were working better than he imagined. 'I ended the Iran nuclear deal, and actually, I must tell you — I had no idea it was going to be as strong as it was. It totally — the country is devastated from the standpoint of the economy,' he said."

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"The people have spoken. They want to live in Netanyahu’s Israel"

David Horovitz schreibt, dass die jüngsten Parlamentswahlen in Israel als unmissverständliche Bestätigung der öffentlichen Unterstützung für Premierminister Netanjahus Vision von Israel betrachtet werden müsse. "The people saw everything, internalized what they chose to internalize, and made their decision. No nefarious forces, as far as we know, skewed these elections. The public was not under-informed; nor was it disaffected. The turnout was a healthy 67.9% (compared to 61.4% in the 2016 US presidential elections, or 66.1% in 2015’s British parliamentary elections). The people want to live in Benjamin Netanyahu’s Israel. The people have spoken. Not all the people. But more than enough of them. Israelis’ choice. Israelis’ consequences."

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"After election, all eyes on Trump to respond to PM’s annexation gambit"

Die israelischen Parlamentswahlen haben Ministerpräsident Netanjahu aller Voraussicht nach eine fünfte Amtszeit beschert. Eric Cortellessa zufolge stellt sich nun die Frage, ob die von Netanjahu angekündigte Annexion von Teilen des Westjordanlands tatsächlich umgesetzt werden wird. Viel werde dabei von US-Präsident Trump abhängen. "While the Trump administration has largely been simpatico with Netanyahu on policy — fulfilling his wishes to move the US embassy to Jerusalem, pull out of the Iran nuclear deal, cut aid to the Palestinian Authority, and, most recently, recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights — it has expressed daylight on one issue: expansion of West Bank settlements. (...) While the administration has held back from criticism of settlement building plans, it’s unlikely annexing West Bank settlements, which would make a Palestinian state impossible, will jibe with the unreleased peace plan. (...) In the meantime, there are signs that the administration could be moving closer to Netanyahu’s views on how to handle the West Bank. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday refused to tell senators during Congressional testimony whether the Trump administration was against annexing the West Bank or for a two-state solution. 'Ultimately, the Israelis and Palestinians will decide how to resolve this,' Pompeo said."

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"Netanyahu says Trump designated Iran Guards a terror group at his request"

Israels Premierminister Netanjahu hat verkündet, dass US-Präsident Trump die Iranische Revolutionsgarde auf sein Drängen hin zur "Terrororganisation" erklärt habe. "Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday thanked US President Donald Trump for designating Iran’s Revolutionary Guards a terrorist organization, claiming the dramatic move to further isolate Tehran came at his request. In a tweet, Netanyahu said that labeling the Islamic Republic’s elite military force a terror group was 'keeping the world safe from Iranian aggression and terrorism.' In a subsequent Hebrew tweet, Netanyahu said the move 'serves the interests of our countries and of countries in the region,' and warmly thanked the US leader for 'acceding to another one of my important requests.'"

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"Trump says he made snap decision on Golan after history crash course"

US-Präsident Trump hat mitgeteilt, dass er die Entscheidung zur Anerkennung von Israels Souveränität über die Golanhöhen nach einer kurzen historischen Einführung durch drei Berater spontan getroffen habe. "The president told the Republican National Coalition’s annual convention in Las Vegas that he decided on recognizing Israel’s hold on the territory after getting a rushed briefing from senior White House aide Jared Kushner — his son-in-law — ambassador to Israel David Friedman, and negotiator Jason Greenblatt. (...) Trump said he was told about the security ramifications of Israel holding on to the high ground of the plateau, which overlooks the Sea of Galilee and part of the upper Galilee. 'I said 'How do you like the idea of me recognizing exactly what we’re discussing?' because I agree, you need it, you need the height,' he said he told Friedman, who reacted 'like a wonderful, beautiful baby.' 'You would really, you would do that sir,' he recalled Friedman asking him, to which he replied. 'Yeah, I think I’m doing it right now. let’s write something up.' 'We make fast decisions, and we make good decisions,' he told the crowd."

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"Syria Kurds urge world to take back, reintegrate children of foreign IS jihadis"

Die syrischen Kurden haben die internationale Gemeinschaft nach dem Sieg über die letzte IS-Bastion in Baghuz aufgefordert, festgenommene internationale IS-Kämpfer und deren Familien in deren Heimatländer zurückzuführen. "Speaking a day after Kurdish-led forces announced the final demise of the jihadists’ physical 'caliphate,' the Kurdish administration’s top foreign affairs official Abdel Karim Omar warned that its foreign captives still pose a threat. 'There are thousands of fighters, children and women and from 54 countries, not including Iraqis and Syrians, who are a serious burden and danger for us and for the international community,' Omar told AFP. (...) The de facto autonomous Kurdish administration is northeastern Syria has warned it does not have capacity to detain so many people, let alone put them on trial. But many of the suspected jihadists’ countries of origin are reluctant to take them back due to potential security risks and a likely public backlash. Some have even withdrawn citizenship from their nationals detained in Syria. 'There has to be coordination between us and the international community to address this danger,' Abdel Karim Omar said."

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"Could ‘witch hunt’ Mueller report turn into Trump victory?"


Sebastian Smith zufolge deutet einiges darauf hin, dass der Abschlussbericht, den Sonderermittler Mueller am Freitag an das US-Justizministerium übergeben hat, keine unmittelbaren Anklagen gegen den Präsidenten oder seine Mitarbeiter zur Folge haben wird. Donald Trump könnte dieses Ergebnis in seinem kommenden Wahlkampf zugutekommen, so Smith. "The real battle will be over demands from Congress — and from the wider public — to be given both the entire report, as well as the underlying legal documents. This is because even though Mueller may not have landed a killer blow, through lack of evidence, Democrats believe his findings will fuel their own more politicized probes. (...) even if the Mueller report is damning, even if it leads to further peril, Trump will likely interpret the lack of an actual smoking gun as total vindication. That would be just the gift he needed to rally his right-wing base, saying that he’d been right all along."

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"EU says it will not follow Trump in recognizing Israeli sovereignty over Golan"

US-Präsident Trump hat sich in einem Tweet für die Anerkennung der Golanhöhen als Teil Israels ausgesprochen und damit die Abkehr von einer 50 Jahre währenden US-Position eingeleitet. Die EU will dem Beispiel des US-Präsidenten nicht folgen. "'The European Union, in accordance with international law, does not recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the territories it occupied since July 1967, including the Golan Heights, and does not consider them as part of Israeli territory,' Maya Kosyanchich, a spokeswoman for EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, said in a statement carried by several news outlets. (...) France added its voice, saying the Golan had been 'occupied by Israel since 1967' and it did not recognize Israel’s control. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned that the US announcement could throw the region into turmoil."

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"Born into al-Qaeda: Hamza bin Laden’s rise to prominence"

Hamza bin Laden, der Sohn des 2011 getöteten Al-Qaida-Chefs Osama bin Laden, könnte in den nächsten Jahren zur neuen Leitfigur des internationalen Dschihadismus aufsteigen, schreibt Jon Gambrell. "He is not the head of al-Qaeda but he has risen in prominence within the terror network his father founded, and the group may be grooming him to stand as a leader for a young generation of jihadists. 'Hamza was destined to be in his father’s footsteps,' said Ali Soufan, a former FBI agent focused on counterterrorism who investigated al-Qaeda’s attack on the USS Cole. 'He is poised to have a senior leadership role in al-Qaeda.' Much remains unknown about him — particularly, the key question of where he is — but his life has mirrored al-Qaeda’s path, moving quietly and steadily forward, outlasting its offshoot and rival, the Islamic State group."

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"Iraq saves France from thorny repatriations of Islamic State jihadists"

Die irakische Regierung hat angekündigt, 13 französische IS-Kämpfer in Irak vor Gericht zu stellen. Damit habe Bagdad der französischen Regierung die Beantwortung der schwierigen Frage erspart, ob den Extremisten die Rückkehr nach Frankreich erlaubt werden sollte, schreibt Ali Choukeir. "The alleged fighters, who were turned over to Iraq after being seized by Syrian Kurdish forces, 'will be judged according to Iraqi law,' Saleh told a news conference after talks with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris. 'Those who have engaged in crimes against Iraq and Iraqi installations and personnel, we are definitely seeking them and seeking their trial in Iraqi courts,' he said. The issue is extremely sensitive in France, where a deadly 2015 attack on the capital claimed by IS killed 130 people — but this arrangement could be Paris’s best option."

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"As 'caliphate' crumbles, Islamic State women remain defiant"

Die Evakuierung von Zivilisten aus der letzten IS-Enklave in Syrien zeigt diesem Bericht zufolge, dass einige weibliche Anhänger den Glauben an das zerfallende "Kalifat" des "Islamischen Staates" noch nicht verloren haben. "'My son will grow up to become a jihadist,' a woman cried proudly as she stepped off a bus ferrying people out of the Islamic State terror group’s last sliver of territory in eastern Syria. Defiant and angry, she is one of 2,000 people evacuated Friday from the jihadists’ final scrap of territory in the village of Baghouz near the Iraqi border. (...) When asked where they came from, a group of three veiled women sitting on the rocky terrain said they were followers of IS’s so-called 'caliphate.' One of them, who refused to give her name but said she was Syrian and originally from the area, burst with anger when asked about the desperate conditions among the holdout jihadists. (...) She insisted the jihadists had only 'stumbled,' adding she never wanted to leave their final patch of territory. 'Had the caliph not ordered it, we would not have left,' she said, referring to IS supremo Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi who remains at large. 'I hope the Islamic caliphate will return and spread across all corners of the globe.'"

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"Russia pioneering return of Islamic State children to their families"

Maxime Popov und Olga Rotenberg verweisen auf ein Programm der russischen Regierung, die Kinder russischstämmiger IS-Kämpfer in Syrien und Irak nach Russland ausfliegen und bei Verwandten unterbringen lässt. "As the end nears for the IS enclave in Syria and the fate of jihadists’ family members becomes a pressing issue, Russia can be seen as a pioneer in systematically returning children of Islamist fighters home. (...) The children themselves face a difficult reintegration process into life in Russia, a country they barely know, after spending formative years in the 'caliphate.' Russian authorities hope that bringing them back into their extended families can minimize risks of radicalization once they reach adulthood in the Caucasus, a region with a history of Islamic extremism."

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"Trump warns Europeans not to try to evade Iran sanctions"

Die US-Regierung hat die EU angesichts der europäischen Bemühungen, ein spezielles Zahlungssystem mit dem Iran einzurichten, vor scharfen Strafmaßnahmen gewarnt. "The White House is putting the Europeans on notice, saying that if they try to do an end-run around US sanctions on Iran, they will be subject to stiff fines and penalties. Unfazed, the European Union is marching forward with the plan, which, if implemented, could further strain trans-Atlantic relations. (...) Getting out ahead of a possible announcement, a senior administration official told The Associated Press on Friday that the US will fully enforce its sanctions and hold individuals and entities accountable for undermining them. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the issue. 'The choice is whether to do business with Iran or the United States,' Sen. Tom Cotton (Republican-Arkansas), told the AP. 'I hope our European allies choose wisely.'"

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"IDF chief finally acknowledges that Israel supplied weapons to Syrian rebels"

In einem Interview mit der Sunday Times hat der scheidende Chef der israelischen Streitkräfte Gadi Eisenkot eingeräumt, dass Israel in den vergangenen Jahren Rebellengruppen in Syrien mit Waffenlieferungen unterstützt hat. "Outgoing IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot this weekend acknowledged for the first time that Israel had indeed provided weaponry to Syrian rebel groups in the Golan Heights during the country’s seven-year civil war. Until Sunday, Israel would say officially only that it had given humanitarian aid to Syrian opposition groups across the border, while denying or refusing to comment on reports that it had supplied them with arms as well. In an interview in the British Sunday Times, before ending his tenure as chief of staff this week, Eisenkot said that Israel had indeed provided light weapons to the rebel groups along the border, saying it was 'for self-defense.'"

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"Father of Strasbourg shooter says son supported Islamic State"

Der Vater des Attentäters von Straßburg hat in einem Interview bestätigt, dass sich sein Sohn vor dessen Tat zum Anhänger des "Islamischen Staates" entwickelt habe. "He acknowledged that his son backed the IS group. 'He’d say, for example, that Daesh, fights for the just cause and all that,' the red-bearded father said, using the common term in France and elsewhere for the Islamic State group. The interview, initially outdoors with the father, continued briefly inside with Cheriff Chekatt’s mother, Rouadja Rouag, who expressed shock and sorrow for the deaths. France 2 said the couple had been divorced for a long time. Abdelkrim Chekatt, a French-Algerian, said he’d tried in the past to dissuade his son from backing the Islamic State, saying, 'You don’t see the atrocities they commit.' The son would reply that 'it’s not them,' the father said."

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"CIA says crown prince messaged key aide around time of Khashoggi murder – report"

CIA-Erkenntnissen zufolge stand der saudi-arabische Kronprinz Mohammed bin Salman im Zeitraum der Ermordung des Journalisten Jamal Khashoggi im engen Kontakt mit seinem Berater. "Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sent at least 11 text messages to his closest adviser, said to have overseen the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, in the hours preceding and following the journalist’s murder, the Wall Street Journal reported Saturday, citing excerpts from a highly classified CIA assessment. The Saudi royal sent the messages to Saud al-Qahtani, who is thought to have supervised the 15-man team that killed Khashoggi. The content of the electronic messages is unknown, the newspaper reported. (...) Although the excerpts do not directly state that the order to kill Khashoggi came from the crown prince, the US intelligence agency apparently had 'medium-to-high' confidence that the crown prince had targeted the dissident writer and to the point of 'probably ordering his death,' the Journal reported."

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"Is it the economy? Stupid!"

Die Migration aus Afrika hat auch in Israel eine kontroverse politische Debatte ausgelöst. Sheldon Gellar erläutert am Beispiel Eritreas, warum die Flucht vieler Bewohner afrikanischer Länder nicht immer vorrangig wirtschaftliche Ursachen habe. "Yonatan Jakubowicz, spokesperson for the Israel Immigration Policy Center (IIPC) has been arguing for years that nearly all African asylum seekers in Israel are economic migrants rather than refugees. 'It’s the economy, stupid,' he says. He has also been saying that it is safe to send our Eritrean asylum seekers back to Eritrea. (...) The primary cause pushing 50,000 young Eritreans to leave their country each year has been Eritrea’s National Service (ENS), a form of indefinite servitude imposed by the least free regime in Africa. (...) To date, the Afwerkli regime has made no official declarations or shown any inclination to adapt any measures to liberalize the regime or end indefinite involuntary servitude. In October, the UK announced that it has no evidence of human rights reforms in Eritrea since the last session of the UN Human Rights Council in September. Eritrea is not a safe place for anyone opposing its president, including returning asylum seekers. It’s the regime, stupid, not the economy."

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"Hamas will never change. Sooner or later, it must be faced down"

David Horovitz hält einen dauerhaften Frieden mit der radikalislamischen "Terrorgruppe" Hamas angesichts der erneuten Eskalation der Gewalt in Gaza für ausgeschlossen. "(...) Hamas will not rest, and will not change. A murderous extortionist cannot be bought off. Sooner or later, therefore, Hamas must be faced down. And in the battle between a sovereign state that is obligated to ensure security for its citizens, and a ruthless, cynical terrorist organization, backed by Iran and committed to Israel’s destruction, there can and must be only one winner."

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"Putin, Trump have ‘good’ talk on world situation over lunch in Paris"

Während der Gedenkfeiern in Paris sind Präsident Trump und Präsident Putin zu einem Gespräch zusammengekommen, an dem sich Berichten zufolge auch Präsident Macron und Bundeskanzlerin Merkel kurzzeitig beteiligten. "Arriving last for the event, Putin made for his US counterpart to shake his hand before giving him a thumbs-up sign, while smiling. Speaking in an interview with the Kremlin-backed channel RT France earlier in the day, Putin confirmed the pair did not want to steal French President Emmanuel Macron’s thunder. 'We agreed not to violate the host’s work schedule, we will not organize any meetings here at their request,' he said. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Putin and Trump had agreed to hold a more detailed discussion on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Argentina at the end of the month."

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"Netanyahu green-lights death penalty for terrorists"

Premierminister Netanjahu hat die Einwände von Experten des israelischen Geheimdienstes und des Militärs zurückgewiesen und einen Gesetzesvorschlag unterstützt, der die Verhängung der Todesstrafe für Terroristen erleichtern soll. "Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave the go-ahead Sunday for lawmakers to advance a controversial bill calling for the death penalty for convicted Palestinian killers of Israeli civilians and soldiers, reportedly rejecting the advice of the security establishment. (...) Although the death penalty formally exists in Israeli law, it has only ever been used once — in 1962 in the case of Nazi officer Adolf Eichmann, one of the architects of the Holocaust. It is technically allowed in cases of high treason, as well as in certain circumstances under the martial law that applies within the IDF and in the West Bank, but currently requires a unanimous decision from a panel of three judges, and has never been implemented. The bill, proposed by Yisrael Beytenu and championed by the party’s chairman, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, would allow a simple majority of two to one judges to impose the death penalty."

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