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22.02.2020

"Ryanair CEO sparks outrage after calling to profile Muslim men at airports"

https://www.timesofisrael.com/ryanair-ceo-sparks-outrage-after-calling-to-profile-muslim-men-at-airports/

Ryanair-Chef Michael O'Leary wird nach seinen Äußerungen über strengere Flughafenkontrollen für muslimische Männer Rassismus und Islamfeindlichkeit vorgeworfen. "Michael O’Leary told The London Times that terrorists are 'generally… of a Muslim persuasion.' 'Who are the bombers? They are going to be single males travelling on their own… If you are travelling with a family of kids, on you go; the chances you are going to blow them all up is zero,' he said. 'You can’t say stuff, because it’s racism, but it will generally be males of a Muslim persuasion. Thirty years ago it was the Irish,' the firebrand CEO added. (…) Following the criticism, Ryanair released a statement saying that 'no call for extra checks on any group or persons was made' in the interview and that The Times had not accurately reported what the CEO had said. 'Michael was only calling for more effective airport security checks which would do away with much of the unnecessary queues at airport security today for all passengers,' a Ryanair spokesperson told BBC."

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04.02.2020

"So, you think the Trump plan is pro-Israel? Think again"

https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/so-you-think-the-trump-plan-is-pro-israel-think-again/

Susie Gelman meint, dass der neue Nahost-Friedensplan der USA Israel keineswegs zugutekommt. Sie fürchtet, dass mögliche demokratische Amtsnachfolger Donald Trumps ebenso unilateral zugunsten der Palästinenser vorgehen könnten. "The radical reshifting of the US position by this White House sets a precedent that future administrations of both parties need not adhere to the norms their predecessors respected. One day, a Democratic administration could unilaterally recognize Palestine, call for conditioning military assistance to Israel, or even demand that Israel confer citizenship on Palestinians living under de facto Israeli sovereignty, compromising Israel’s security and the Zionist vision of a Jewish state. And such positions could become increasingly appealing for Democrats if Israel moves ahead with adopting the U.S. plan and begins annexing parts of the West Bank. (…) With no Palestinian involvement and its unanimous rejection by the Arab League on Saturday, the plan is dead on arrival. But even if the Trump plan is never actually enacted, it still risks resetting the goalposts in both directions, laying the groundwork for an American conversation on Israel that is increasingly dominated by voices from the political extremes."

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01.02.2020

"Savaging Trump plan, Abbas says Palestinians cutting all ties with Israel, US"

https://www.timesofisrael.com/arab-fms-meet-in-cairo-as-palestinians-seek-support-against-trump-plan/

Palästinenserpräsident Abbas hat in Reaktion auf den Nahost-Friedensplan der US-Regierung bei einem Auftritt vor der Arabischen Liga die Einstellung jeglicher Kooperation mit Israel in Aussicht gestellt. "Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said he was cutting all ties, including security coordination, with both Israel and the US on Saturday, in a lengthy speech delivered at an Arab League meeting in Egypt’s capital denouncing the new White House plan for ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. 'We’ve informed the Israeli side…that there will be no relations at all with them and the United States, including security ties,' Abbas declared. (…) Abbas has threatened to cut security ties in the past on several occasions though he has not followed through with action on the ground. (…) Abbas insisted Palestinians were not rejectionists and were not simply refusing without any counter offer. 'We’re not nihilists,' he said. The Palestinian leader said he was willing to present an alternative proposal before the UN Security Council."

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29.01.2020

"Arab states in perilous balancing act on US peace plan"

https://www.timesofisrael.com/arab-states-in-perilous-balancing-act-on-us-peace-plan/

Die arabischen Verbündeten der Palästinenser hätten mit "sorgfältig formulierten" Stellungnahmen auf den Nahost-Friedensplan der USA reagiert, berichten Mohamed Hasni und Haitham el-Tabei. "Arab states have cautiously welcomed the US peace plan for the Middle East, but the balancing act aimed at appeasing their powerful ally risks provoking domestic public opinion and Palestinian ire. (…) The only Arab ambassadors present were from Bahrain, Oman and the United Arab Emirates — three of Washington’s closest allies in a region where many nations host US forces. Other Arab states released carefully worded statements, in what experts said showed that the Palestinian cause has gone out of fashion and that security ties with Washington outweigh any appetite to oppose the plan."

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27.01.2020

"Bibi and Benny agree: the Jordan Valley is just a matter of time"

https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/bibi-and-benny-agree-the-jordan-valley-is-just-a-matter-of-time/

Eine israelische Annexion des Jordantals sei nur noch eine Frage der Zeit, ist Meir Buchnick überzeugt. Die Maßnahme werde von einer Mehrheit der israelischen Öffentlichkeit und auch von Netanjahu-Herausforderer Benny Gantz unterstützt. "The vast majority of Israelis understand the security significance of the Jordan Valley for Israel, the strong biblical and historic ties, and the unique opportunity of having an American president who will not only not oppose the move, but may even support it. Bibi and Gantz recognize this, of course. They did not quarrel on whether Israel should annex the Valley, but rather who will set the move in motion sooner. A groundbreaking consensus, but for the usual naysayers, who put forth two main arguments — foreign policy and questions of legal authority."

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27.01.2020

"The unnoticed speech in which US envoy revealed contours of peace deal"

https://www.timesofisrael.com/the-unnoticed-speech-in-which-us-envoy-revealed-contours-of-peace-deal/

Der US-Botschafter in Israel, David Friedman, habe in einer Rede die Umrisse des immer noch unveröffentlichten Nahost-Friedensplans der US-Regierung dargestellt, berichtet Raphael Ahren. "Addressing the pro-settlement Kohelet Policy Forum’s celebration of US Secretary of State’s November 18 declaration about the legality of Israel’s settlements, he hinted at the likely contours of the proposal, which, according various reports, will recognize Israel’s sovereign rights over all of Jerusalem and large parts of the West Bank, but also includes the call for Palestinian statehood, if several conditions are met. More specifically, the proposal is said to give Israel a green light to annex the Jordan Valley and possibly many, if not all, settlements. In his speech, Friedman not only acknowledged that more than two million Palestinians live in the area, which he consistently refers to by its biblical name, Judea and Samaria. Perhaps surprisingly, he referred to these Palestinians as 'indigenous,' thus refusing to endorse the talking point of many Israelis on the right who consider the Palestinian presence illegitimate and want to encourage their emigration. Indeed, by calling Palestinians 'indigenous' to this land, Friedman was implying that they, too, have rights to it. In another hint at the deal’s parameters, the US top diplomat expressed his wish for Palestinians to 'live in dignity, in peace, and with independence, pride and opportunity.' Independence, not autonomy."

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24.01.2020

"The difference between a plan and a deal…of the century"

https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/the-difference-between-a-plan-and-a-deal-of-the-century/

Nach Ansicht von Gideon Remez wird US-Präsident Trump in dieser Woche keinen "Jahrhundert-Deal", sondern lediglich einen Plan zur Nahost-Konfliktlösung präsentieren, der bei näherer Betrachtung keine plausible Chance auf Realisierung habe. "Simply put, a deal is a plan that works, at least as far as a handshake between two sides. Anyone can dream up a plan to resolve any dispute on his or her preferred terms. Getting the other side — or, for an honest broker, both sides — on board is the tricky part. Nobel peace prizes have justly been awarded to the few in the Arab-Israeli arena who have swung such deals. Some — the Israeli-Egyptian (and Israeli-Jordanian) peace treaties — have lasted. Another — the Oslo Accords — was reached with high hopes, but was scuttled by extremists on both sides of the even more intractable Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Trump is sure he deserves to join those Nobel laureates, but he has thrown one of the two essential parties to his supposed deal overboard even before it was proposed, let alone consummated. But is it so much as a plan? Even to qualify as a plan, an idea must have a plausible claim to feasibility."

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24.01.2020

"Under Trump deal, Israel said to retain security control over Palestinian state"

https://www.timesofisrael.com/under-trump-deal-israel-said-to-retain-security-control-over-palestinian-st
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Die Times of Israel berichtet über weitere Details des erwarteten Friedensplans der US-Regierung zur Beilegung des israelisch-palästinensischen Konflikts. "Under the terms of the soon-to-be released Trump administration peace plan, Israel would retain overall security control of the entire West Bank even if a Palestinian state is established in parts of it, Israeli TV reports said Friday night. Adding fresh ostensible details regarding the content of the plan, Channel 13 said it ultimately provides for a demilitarized Palestinian state in some 80 percent of the West Bank, under overall Israeli control. That state would not be empowered to maintain an army and sign military treaties, and Israel would control its borders, further reports on Friday said. The Channel 13 report said the US expects the Palestinians to reject the plan, but would encourage them to think again, and would say that the 80% of West Bank territory intended for their state would be kept for them for several years. The various Israeli reports on the plan to date have made no mention of the intended fate of the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip."

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20.01.2020

"Norway populist party quits government over return of jihadist’s spouse"

https://www.timesofisrael.com/norway-populist-party-quits-government-over-return-of-jihadists-spouse/

In Norwegen hat der Streit um den Umgang mit IS-Rückkehrern zum Zerfall der Regierungskoalition geführt. "Norway’s populist Progress Party said Monday it was leaving the right-wing coalition government over the repatriation of a suspected Islamic State member and her two children last week. 'We don’t compromise with people who have voluntarily joined terror organizations. That was the last straw,' party leader Siv Jensen told reporters in Oslo. Without the Progress Party, the coalition, headed by Prime Minister Erna Solberg, loses its majority in parliament, but she will still remain in charge. (…) The 29-year-old Norwegian woman, who is of Pakistani origin, was married to two different Islamic State fighters. She was brought back to Norway with her two children on humanitarian grounds, as her 5-year-old son was allegedly very ill. The Progress Party had been in favor of bringing back the children but opposed her return."

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14.01.2020

"Time for Germany to outlaw all of Hezbollah"

https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/time-for-germany-to-outlaw-all-of-hezbollah/

Die Bundesregierung unterscheidet in ihrem Umgang mit der Hisbollah seit langem zwischen dem militärischen Flügel, der als Terrororganisation betrachtet wird, und dem politischen Flügel, dessen Aktivitäten in Deutschland erlaubt sind. Josh Lipowsky hält diese Differenzierung für überholt. "Hezbollah’s secretary-general, Hassan Nasrallah, has promised revenge for Soleimani’s death. This should raise concern everywhere Hezbollah operates. (…) Germany’s parliament last month called on the government to declare Hezbollah in its entirety a terrorist organization, but the government has thus far rebuffed lawmakers. (…) Hezbollah’s leaders are themselves on record disputing this artificial division of Hezbollah. According to Hezbollah deputy leader Naim Qassem: 'We don’t have a military wing and a political one; we don’t have Hezbollah on one hand and the resistance party on the other… Every element of Hezbollah, from commanders to members as well as our various capabilities, are in the service of the resistance, and we have nothing but the resistance as a priority.' Qassem’s message is clear: Hezbollah’s politicians and its fighters share the same jihadist ideology and goals. Support for one side is support for the other."

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09.01.2020

"71% of Israelis approve of Trump, but his global ratings are mostly negative"

https://www.timesofisrael.com/survey-71-of-israelis-approve-of-trump-but-global-ratings-mostly-negative/

Einer neuen Umfrage des Pew Research Center zufolge genießt US-Präsident Trump in vielen Ländern der Welt nur geringes Vertrauen. "Sixty-four percent of those surveyed outside the US said they do not have confidence in Trump to do the right thing in foreign affairs, while just 29% expressed confidence in the US leader. The survey looked at public opinion in 33 nations and was conducted among 37,000 people between May and October 2019. Trump is viewed particularly poorly in Western Europe, Pew said. (…) In some countries, the public did express support for Trump: India (56%), Nigeria (58%), Kenya (65%), Israel (71%) and the Philippines (77%)."

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07.01.2020

"Pentagon says it will reject Trump threats to bomb Iranian cultural sites"

https://www.timesofisrael.com/pentagon-says-it-will-reject-trump-threats-to-bomb-iranian-cultural-sites/

Würde das US-Militär im Fall eines bewaffneten Konflikts mit dem Iran gezielt ausgewiesene Kulturstätten angreifen? US-Verteidigungsminister Esper hat ausdrücklich klargestellt, dass das Pentagon unter seiner Führung dem internationalen Kriegsrecht folgen würde, welches derartige Angriffe ausschließe. "The Pentagon has long had a list of potential targets both inside Iran as well as those associated with Iran throughout the Middle East. Those targets and war plans are routinely updated, including during the recent uptick in hostilities. Officials won’t discuss the list, but it is certain to include an array of Iranian military sites and capabilities, including missile, air defense and command and control locations. Any targets would go through a lengthy vetting process within the military and the Pentagon to determine that they are legal, appropriate and proportionate to any Iranian action. Only after that process is complete would a list of potential sites go before the president for approval."

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30.11.2019

"Iraqis shatter taboos in rage at Iran, but bloodshed may follow"

https://www.timesofisrael.com/iraqis-shatter-taboos-in-rage-at-iran-but-bloodshed-may-follow/

Die Massenproteste im Irak richten sich nicht nur gegen die als korrupt empfundene Regierung, sondern auch gegen den iranischen Einfluss in Bagdad. "The protests have uncovered the enormous rift between the public and the political elite, as well as between rival Iranian and Iraqi religious authorities, [Maria Fantappie, the International Crisis Group’s Iraq analyst,] said. Iraq’s highest Shiite religious authority Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani has backed the protesters and urged outside powers not to intervene. Many have interpreted his words as a veiled warning to Tehran, including Sistani’s Iranian counterpart — and rival — Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. But swelling public criticism of Iran could also trigger more bloodshed, observers fear. 'The burning of the consulate is obviously a blow to Iran, but it can also be used as a pretense for strengthening the security response,' [Fanar Haddad, an expert at Singapore University’s Middle East Institute,] said. Indeed, a day after the fire, two protesters were shot dead in Najaf. Another 25 protesters were killed in the southern hotspot of Nasiriyah as security forces cleared streets and bridges."

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28.11.2019

"It’s not Facebook, Sacha, it’s humanity"

https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/its-not-facebook-sacha-its-humanity/

Biranit Goren, Chefredakteurin der Times of Israel, widerspricht der These des britischen Schauspielers Sacha Baron Cohen, dass Facebook und Twitter es Diktatoren wie Hitler und Stalin leichter gemacht hätten, ihre Verbrechen zu verüben. "One can wonder whether Facebook’s existence during World War II would have changed the course of history. It may be argued, with the same hypothetical accuracy, that the existence of social media during the war would have exposed the world to the atrocities in real-time, and might possibly have brought about the end of the war sooner, saving lives. Furthermore, at no other time in human history were there fewer genocides than in the decade and a half since Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube were launched. (…) It is doubtful that it is possible to truly build a human society free of evil, hatred, and violence — documented centuries prove that — but history has also shown that nothing good ever comes from regulating information. Not when the church controlled what people were allowed to read, not when emperors or royal houses determined what was true and what was false, and not when states exercise institutionalized censorship — in culture, in the judiciary or in the military. Information can be dangerous, yes. But it is also the most significant weapon in the war against threats to human beings’ complete and free existence."

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19.11.2019

"In northeast Syria, last Assyrians fear Turkish advance"

https://www.timesofisrael.com/in-northeast-syria-last-assyrians-fear-turkish-advance/

Die assyrischen Christen im Nordosten Syriens gehörten nach 2015 zu den Opfern des "Islamischen Staates". Die verbleibenden Mitglieder der Gemeinschaft fürchten Delil Souleiman zufolge nun, von der türkischen Offensive endgültig vertrieben zu werden. "Despite two ceasefires, Turkish forces and their Syrian proxies have taken control of dozens of towns, including some Assyrian-majority villages, the Britain-based monitor said. 'There are Turkish threats to attack our villages and many are fleeing,' 48-year-old Assyrian Aisho Nissan told AFP in Tal Tamr. 'The fate of the region remains uncertain, we are afraid for our children and our families.' In Tal Tamr, cars and buses loaded with people and their belongings can be seen heading south, most towards the city of Hasakeh, where hundreds of families fleeing the violence have taken shelter. At the headquarters of the Assyrian militia, spokesman Nabil Warde said the Turks are 'our long-time enemies,' referencing the 1915-1918 massacres of Armenians and Assyrian-Chaldeans under the Ottoman Empire."

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13.11.2019

"As rockets paralyze half the country, was eliminating Abu al-Ata worth it?"

https://www.timesofisrael.com/as-rockets-paralyze-half-the-country-was-assassinating-abu-al-ata-worth-it/

Angesichts des Raketenbeschusses aus Gaza würden sich in Israel mittlerweile viele die Frage stellen, ob die Tötung eines Anführers der militanten Palästinenserorganisation "Islamischer Dschihad" tatsächlich notwendig gewesen sei, schreibt Judah Ari Gross. "In immediate terms, the killing of Abu al-Ata appears to have more costs than benefits. The border attack he was planning would be unlikely to match the intensity of the waves after waves of rocket barrages that forced the closure of Tel Aviv schools on Tuesday for the first time since the 1990 Gulf War and the ongoing shuttering of schools and businesses in southern Israel on Wednesday and into Thursday. Though there have been relatively few people physically injured by the constant rocket strikes from the Gaza Strip — thanks to effective use of the Iron Dome defense system, Israelis’ disciplined adherence to the warnings of the IDF Home Front Command and a degree of luck — the past two days of fighting have come at a significant price economically and psychologically, and represent a massive interruption of hundreds of thousands of Israelis’ lives. (…) Though the death of Abu al-Ata presents an opportunity for Israel to try to reach a stable ceasefire with Hamas and terror groups in the Strip and appears to have been green-lighted due to the PIJ commander’s alleged plans to imminently conduct another attack on Israel, the timing of this event remains somewhat suspicious."

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13.11.2019

"Netanyahu threatens to target Gaza terror leaders as fighting persists"

https://www.timesofisrael.com/idf-hits-islamic-jihad-launchpads-as-over-200-rockets-fired-into-israel/

Die Times of Israel verfolgt die erneute Eskalation der Gewalt in Gaza und Israel in diesem Liveblog. "Israel has sent a message to Hamas through intermediaries, warning the terror group that if it joins the fighting against the Jewish state, the IDF will begin flattening high-rise buildings, as it did during the 2014 Gaza war, the Kan public broadcaster reports. The broadcaster cites a Palestinian official, who says that Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad are working together, and are being careful to avoid dragging Gaza into an all-out war with Israel. Hamas is not believed to be directly involved in firing rockets at Israel."

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27.10.2019

"Baghdadi’s death a blow, but IS has survived other losses"

https://www.timesofisrael.com/baghdadis-death-a-blow-but-is-has-survived-other-losses/

Der "Islamische Staat" habe mit dem Tod seines Anführers ohne Zweifel einen schweren Schlag erlitten, schreibt Joseph Krauss. Einen baldigen Kollaps der Terrormiliz sollte man seiner Ansicht nach aber nicht erwarten. "His death is a major blow, but the extremist group has survived the loss of previous leaders and military setbacks going back to the aftermath of the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq. (…) As the world’s most-wanted terrorist with a $25 million US bounty on his head, Baghdadi’s ability to run the day-to-day affairs of IS was probably very limited. He would have had to move among various safe houses with a small group of loyalists and avoid using electronic communications that could be tracked by intelligence agencies. But he was an imposing figurehead, and his ability to elude the world’s most powerful intelligence services for so many years added to his mystique among his followers. He proved to be a highly effective leader and will be hard to replace. Baghdadi never publicly designated a successor, and many of his top deputies have been killed. His death could spark infighting among prospective successors, potentially further weakening the group. (…) It’s possible that a future IS leader is wearing a prison jumpsuit, quietly recruiting supporters within concrete walls lined with barbed wire and plotting his next move — just as Baghdadi once did."

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20.10.2019

"Syrian Kurds will withdraw from border in accordance with US deal"

https://www.timesofisrael.com/syrian-kurds-will-withdraw-from-border-in-accordance-with-us-deal/

Die Kurdenmilizen in Nordsyrien haben Berichten zufolge zugesagt, sich aus dem unmittelbaren Grenzgebiet zur Türkei zurückzuziehen. "A senior Syrian Kurdish official said his forces will pull back from a border area in accordance with a US-brokered deal after Turkey allows the evacuation of its remaining fighters and civilians from a besieged town there. Redur Khalil, a senior Syrian Democratic Forces official, said Saturday the plan for evacuation from the town of Ras al-Ayn was set for the following day, if there are no delays. He said only after that will his force pull back from a 120-kilometer (75-mile) area between the towns of Ras al-Ayn and Tal-Aybad. It will withdraw and move back from the border 30 kilometers (19 miles). This is the first time the Kurdish force has publicly acknowledged it would withdraw from the border, saying it had coordinated it with the Americans. The agreement has not specified the area of its pullback. Previous agreements between the US and Turkey over a 'safe zone' along the Syria-Turkish border floundered over the diverging definitions of the area."

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16.10.2019

"Tunisia’s new president regards any ties with Israel as ‘high treason’"

https://www.timesofisrael.com/new-tunisian-president-regards-any-ties-with-israel-as-high-treason/

Der neu gewählte tunesische Präsident Kais Saied macht aus seiner Abneigung gegen Israel keinen Hehl und lehnt eine Normalisierung der Beziehungen beider Länder strikt ab. "(...) in the final televised presidential debate, Saied became animated when moderators asked about his stance on normalization of relations with Israel, a sensitive issue in the Arab and Muslim world. ''Normalization' is the wrong word to use,' he retorted. 'We should be talking about high treason.' That is a common Arab nationalist position that ended up earning him praise among supporters and voters. Tunis currently has no diplomatic relations with Israel. (...) During the debate, Saied also said Tunisia was in a state of war with the Jewish state. Saied seemed to express tolerance of Jews, saying that Jewish people with no Israeli passport were welcome to visit the country’s synagogues. But he rejected 'dealings with Zionists,' whom he accused of displacing Palestinians."

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14.10.2019

"For Syria Kurds, the end of autonomy?"

https://www.timesofisrael.com/for-syria-kurds-the-end-of-autonomy/

Der Rückzug der US-Truppen aus Syrien könnte die Autonomie-Träume der syrischen Kurden beenden, schreibt Alice Hackman. "The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) control the country’s main wheat-producing region, as well as major oil fields in eastern Syria. (...) Assad’s regime has since 2015 gained back large swathes of the country from rebels and jihadists with key military backing from Russia. It is now in control of around 60 percent of the country and has vowed to eventually retake every inch of Syrian soil. (...) In talks until now, Damascus has demanded a full return of government institutions to Kurdish-majority areas, but the Kurds have sought to hang on to some degree of newfound autonomy. With the expected US withdrawal, those dreams may have come to a screeching halt. SDF chief Mazloum Abdi has acknowledged that help from Assad’s government would mean making some concessions."

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14.10.2019

"US moves toward a rapid, complete withdrawal of its military forces from Syria"

https://www.timesofisrael.com/us-moves-toward-a-rapid-complete-withdrawal-of-its-military-forces-from-syr
ia/

Nach dem Rückzug aus Nordsyrien plant das US-Militär Robert Burns zufolge den vollständigen Truppenabzug aus dem Land. "Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Sunday that President Donald Trump had directed US troops in northern Syria to begin pulling out “as safely and quickly as possible.” He did not say Trump ordered troops to leave Syria, but that seemed like the next step in a combat zone growing more unstable by the hour. A US official familiar with the situation on the ground told CNN earlier Sunday that US forces in Syria are preparing to withdraw from the country. (...) The US has had about 1,000 troops — the vast majority of its forces in Syria — deployed in the northeastern Syria area, allied with the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces to combat IS. The Pentagon previously had pulled about 30 of these troops from the Turkish attack zone along the border."

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13.10.2019

"Kurdish politician, other civilians ‘executed’ by Turkey-backed group"

https://www.timesofisrael.com/kurdish-politician-among-9-civilians-killed-by-turkey-backed-rebels-monitor
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Einem Bericht des Syrian Observatory for Human Rights zufolge haben Rebellen, die derzeit im Norden Syriens für die Türkei kämpfen, eine kurdische Politikerin und mindestens acht weitere Zivilisten "hingerichtet". "The Kurds said a Kurdish political leader Hevrin Khalaf and her driver were among those killed. Khalaf, 35, was 'taken out of her car during a Turkish-backed attack and executed by Turkish-backed mercenary factions,' the political arm of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said in a statement. 'This is a clear evidence that the Turkish state is continuing its criminal policy towards unarmed civilians,' it added. (...) The allied fighters are Syrian former rebels who once fought against President Bashar Assad’s regime. But the conflict has morphed since erupting in 2011, and these factions now receive training and funding from Ankara. Kurdish activists circulated two videos on social media of the killings."

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10.10.2019

"Germany shooter livestreamed attack despite efforts by tech firms"

https://www.timesofisrael.com/germany-shooter-livestreamed-attack-despite-efforts-by-tech-firms/

Der Täter von Halle hat seinen Angriff auf eine Synagoge in einem Twitch-Stream live gefilmt. Das Video ist Berichten zufolge 35 Minuten lang und wurde von etwa 2.200 Twitch-Nutzern gesehen. "Twitch, which has gained a following for livestreaming gaming, was acquired in 2014 by Amazon for $970 million, and has an estimated 15 million daily active users. It said the account used by the gunman was created 'about two months prior to streaming the shooting' and had only been used to attempt to stream once before. After the Christchurch massacre, Facebook and others pointed out the challenges of preventing the sharing of violent content, often with minor changes to avoid detection by artificial intelligence. 'This video was not surfaced in any recommendations or directories; instead, our investigation suggests that people were coordinating and sharing the video via other online messaging services,' Twitch said. (...) 'Filtering algorithms so far have not been very good at detecting violence on live-stream,' noted Jillian Peterson, a professor of criminology at Hamline University, who suggested that social media firms may end up being 'held accountable' for their role in spreading violent and hateful content."

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08.10.2019

"Trump says despite pullout plan US has not 'abandoned Thema Kurds'"

https://www.timesofisrael.com/trump-says-despite-pullout-plan-us-has-not-abandoned-the-kurds-in-syria/

US-Präsident Trump besteht darauf, dass der Rückzug der US-Truppen aus Nordsyrien nicht als Abkehr der USA von den Kurden interpretiert werden sollte. "US President Donald Trump said Tuesday that the US has not 'abandoned' its Kurdish allies inside Syria, continuing to give a mixed message to Turkey. 'We may be in the process of leaving Syria, but in no way have we Abandoned the Kurds, who are special people and wonderful fighters,' Trump tweeted. (...) Trump on Tuesday did not say he opposed any operation by Turkey against the Kurds, but warned that 'unforced or unnecessary fighting' would prompt 'devastating' consequences for the country’s economy and their 'very fragile currency.' 'We are helping the Kurds financially/weapons!,' he added."

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11.09.2019

"How would Netanyahu go about annexing the settlements? An explainer"

https://www.timesofisrael.com/how-would-netanyahu-go-about-annexing-the-settlements-an-explainer/

Raphael Ahren geht in The Times of Israel technischen und rechtlichen Fragen einer möglichen Annexion des Jordantals nach. "Netanyahu did not specify precisely which steps he intends to take if he wins the election and goes ahead with his promised West Bank sovereignty moves — first in the Jordan Valley and then, with US backing, in the settlements. Will he simply declare one day that Israel hereby applies its sovereignty over this or that area? Will he first hold a vote in the cabinet, or take the issue to the Knesset? Israel enshrined its annexations of both East Jerusalem (in 1980) and the Golan (in 1981) in legislation, but legal scholars said there is no absolute need for a law. Rather, a simple government decision would suffice for the annexation to take effect. 'If Netanyahu really wanted to annex all or part of the West Bank, he could do it in an hour, without any Knesset legislation,' according to Daniel Seidemann, a veteran left-wing analyst of Israeli politics. 'The Law and Regulation Ordinance empowers the Cabinet to apply the law, governance & administration of Israel in any area in what was British Mandate Palestine by means of a Government Order, adopted by a simple majority,' Seidemann tweeted on Tuesday. But during his ostensibly 'dramatic' presentation Tuesday, Netanyahu said that he wants to 'apply sovereignty in the next Knesset' — apparently envisaging seeking majority approval from among all 120 members."

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11.09.2019

"Trump ready to meet Rouhani without preconditions"

https://www.timesofisrael.com/trump-ready-to-meet-rouhani-without-preconditions/

Enge Berater des US-Präsidenten haben mitgeteilt, dass Donald Trump ohne Vorbedingungen zu einem Treffen mit Irans Präsidenten Rohani bereit wäre. "Even as the removal of national security hardliner John Bolton triggered speculation that Trump might soften his approach to Iran, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo joined Israel in alleging 'possible undeclared nuclear activities' by Tehran, and the US administration imposed new terrorist designations on leaders of some groups linked to the Islamic republic. Amid the fraught political climate, Trump loyalists signaled he is prepared to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani — something that French President Emmanuel Macron had proposed in an effort to salvage a 2015 nuclear accord with Tehran from which Trump withdrew the United States."

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04.09.2019

"Rouhani: Starting Friday, Iran to develop faster nuclear enrichment centrifuges"

https://www.timesofisrael.com/rouhani-starting-friday-iran-to-develop-nuclear-centrifuges

Irans Präsident Rohani habe den nächsten Schritt der iranischen Abkehr vom internationalen Atomabkommen angekündigt und damit die Europäer weiter unter Druck gesetzt, berichtet Nasser Karimi. "(...) Rouhani elaborated, saying in comments aired on state TV that starting on Friday, Iran’s atomic agency would work on the research and development of 'all kinds' of centrifuge machines that can more quickly enrich uranium. However, he said the activities will be 'peaceful' and under surveillance of the UN nuclear watchdog. (...) Both Rouhani and Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi expressed doubts Europe would succeed in salvaging the nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers. (...) 'I see that it’s unlikely a conclusion will be reached with Europe today or tomorrow,' Rouhani said. Araghchi was quoted by the official IRNA news agency as saying 'it is unlikely European countries can take an effective step' before the deadline."

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03.09.2019

"France seeks $15b letter of credit for Iran to keep nuclear deal alive"

https://www.timesofisrael.com/france-seeks-15b-letter-of-credit-for-iran-to-keep-nuclear-deal-alive/

Frankreich will Iran offenbar eine Kreditlinie von 15 Milliarden US-Dollar anbieten, um Teheran im internationalen Atomabkommen zu halten. "According to The New York Times, which cited a US official and Iranian reports, the proposed sum was aimed at salvaging the accord after US President Donald Trump withdrew from the pact last year and reimposed biting sanctions on Iran, including on its oil sector. The $15 billion package would make up for about half of Iran’s annual oil sales, the report said, and ease some of the economic pressure on it. On Sunday, a conservative Iranian lawmaker said French President Emmanuel Macron had proposed a $15 billion line of credit on condition Iran returns to the fold."

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