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  • Syrie : des bombardements aériens, israéliens selon Damas, font quatre morts - moyen orient
    Par RFI Publié le 01-07-2019
    Avec notre correspondant à Beyrouth, Paul Khalifeh
    http://www.rfi.fr/moyen-orient/20190701-syrie-bombardements-aeriens-israeliens-selon-damas-font-quatre-morts

    Des missiles tirés par des avions dans la nuit de dimanche à lundi ont fait au moins quatre morts civils, dont un nouveau-né, et 21 blessés, selon l’agence officielle syrienne Sana.

    Des chasseurs-bombardiers probablement israéliens ont tiré plus d’une vingtaine de missiles à partir de l’espace aérien libanais vers des cibles à l’intérieur de la Syrie. Le vrombissement des avions était perceptible dans plusieurs régions du Mont-Liban et une série d’explosions ont été entendues dans les zones frontalières entre les deux pays.

    Des sources militaires syriennes citées par l’agence officielle Sana ont indiqué que la défense anti-aérienne a abattu plusieurs missiles israéliens qui se dirigeaient vers des cibles dans les régions de Damas et dans la province centrale de Homs. Mais d’autres projectiles ont atteint leurs cibles et ont fait des victimes et des dégâts, notamment dans la localité de Sahnaya, au sud-ouest de Damas. Des explosions ont été entendues dans le ciel de la ville où des habitants ont pu voir le départ d’au moins une dizaine de missiles tirés par la défense anti-aérienne vers des cibles qui approchaient de la capitale.

    #IsraelSyrie

    • Damas accuse Israël de « terorrisme d’Etat » après des frappes meurtrières
      Par Le Figaro avec AFP Mis à jour le 02/07/2019
      http://www.lefigaro.fr/flash-actu/damas-accuse-israel-de-terorrisme-d-etat-apres-des-frappes-meurtrieres-2019

      (...) « Les autorités israéliennes pratiquent de plus en plus le terrorisme d’Etat », a déclaré le ministère des Affaires étrangères syrien dans un communiqué rapporté par Sana. « La dernière agression odieuse s’inscrit dans le cadre des tentatives constantes d’Israël de prolonger la crise en Syrie », a-t-il ajouté.

      Après l’attaque, le ministère des Affaires étrangères syriennes a porté plainte auprès du Conseil de sécurité de l’ONU, selon Sana. Les actes « hostiles » d’Israël n’auraient pas été possibles sans le soutien de ses alliés à Washington, a ajouté l’agence. Selon l’OSDH, les frappes de dimanche ont touché des positions iraniennes près de Damas et visé un centre de recherche et un aéroport militaire à l’ouest de la ville de Homs où des combattants du Hezbollah chiite libanais et des Iraniens sont déployés. (...)

  • Apartheid under the cover of a Jewish state -

    | Haaretz.com
    https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-apartheid-under-the-cover-of-a-jewish-state-1.7402080

    The smell of shampoo wafted through the bathroom. Steam covered the mirror and blurred the image of the person standing in front of it. The guy who had just gotten out of the shower hadn’t even dried himself off before reaching for his phone. Before getting into the shower he had angrily debated right-winger Bezalel Smotrich about whether Israel should draft ultra-Orthodox Jews into the army.

    “Bezalel, damn it, look at the facts,” he had tweeted before getting into the shower. It’s no coincidence they wrote in the newspaper that Yair Lapid, the No. 2 in Benny Gantz’s Kahol Lavan, is the only person in the party with a killer instinct.

    >> Read more: The next big bang of Israeli politics | Analysis ■ Democracy for every Israeli and Palestinian. It’s not hard | Opinion

    The shower didn’t take his mind off the argument. “And another thing, Smotrich. Israel has to be a state of all its citizens.”

    Boom. Smotrich quickly replied: “Thank you, Yair, for finally putting it out there.” And Abba Eban’s protégé, new Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz, hastened to join in: “A seriously outrageous anti-Semitic remark … the slogan of the enemy.” Help.

    Now the candidate for prime minister had to dry himself off and do some damage control. “Somebody really misunderstood what he was reading,” Lapid tweeted. “I’ve been totally against a state of all its citizens all my life. Israel is a Jewish and democratic state, and that’s how it will remain. What I wrote referred to LGBT rights.”

    What he followed up with was characteristic Lapid: “The following are two facts about a state of all its citizens: 1. I’m against it. 2. I’m not going to tweet from the shower anymore before drying off.” So now the reader understands the message correctly: Israel has to be, yet doesn’t have to be, a state of all its citizens.

    Drying off or not, this is something that actually took place on Twitter the other day, and it might have been funny. But it’s not. Once the steam lifted the picture was clear: racism in all its ugliness. Lapid meant Jewish members of the LGBT community, to whom the state also belongs. But it’s not a state of all its citizens. That’s what happens when you live a lie: You get confused in the shower.

    If Israel is a democracy, it’s a state of all its citizens. There is no democracy that isn’t a state of all its citizens. From America to Germany, all are states of all their citizens. If they weren’t, to whom would they belong? Only to their privileged citizens. There’s no such thing as a democracy that belongs only to the privileged of one nationality.

    The state belongs to everyone. A regime that segregates and discriminates is called apartheid. There is no other name. The fact that Azmi Bishara, who fled Israel amid suspicions he supplied information to Hezbollah, was the first to draw attention to this obvious truth doesn’t detract from it one iota. A state of all its citizens isn’t “the slogan of the enemy,” as the new foreign minister put it. It’s the heart and soul of democracy.

    But the center-left feels exactly the same as the right and doesn’t recognize this simple truth. From their standpoint Israel is a democracy for its Jews and a guesthouse for its Arabs. Let’s thank Lapid’s towel for returning things to their proper place. One moment he was in favor of a state of all its citizens and the next he was against. He has been against it all his life, like almost all Israeli democrats.

    How can a democrat be against a state of all its citizens? Only in Israel. In no other democracy is there room for such a question. The state belongs to everyone. Equally.

    The right’s annexation plan will soon raise questions about the citizenship of millions of Palestinians. But in present-day Israel, right, left and center are talking apartheid – under the cover of the slogan a Jewish state. That’s the real slogan of the enemy, the enemy of democracy. This combination doesn’t work. It’s an oxymoron. Either Israel is a state of all its citizens and it’s a democracy, or it’s a Jewish state and it’s apartheid.

    It’s good that the steam from Lapid’s shower lifted quickly and he could return to the truth he shares with Smotrich. Zionism’s eternal truth. It’s an undemocratic truth. Smotrich at least admits to it, Lapid tries to hide behind a towel.

  • Venezuela : pour ce député à l’Assemblé nationale réfugié à l’ambassade du Mexique depuis la tentative de coup d’état, le Hezbollah a les mains libres pour y réaliser ses opérations financières.
    C’est tellement vrai, que Mike Pompeo a promis une récompense à qui apporterait des preuves de la présence de ce groupe dans le pays.

    Casella : Hezbollah hace grandes transacciones financieras desde Venezuela
    http://www.el-nacional.com/noticias/politica/casella-hezbollah-hace-grandes-transacciones-financieras-desde-venezuel


    source : Contrapunto

    […]
    —¿Por qué lo persigue el chavismo?
    —Hay dos temas a los que atribuyo el ensañamiento en mi contra. Primero, porque presido, dentro de la Comisión de Seguridad y Defensa, la Subcomisión de Derechos Humanos, y nosotros hemos denunciado la situación de más de 220 militares que son presos políticos, las torturas que les hacen, contactamos a los familiares y documentamos todo lo que está pasando.

    Y, en segundo lugar, creo que esta persecución surge por la misión que me llevó a Israel antes de mi detención para denunciar la existencia de células terroristas en Venezuela. Nuestro objetivo era generar un enlace diplomático y de cooperación para formalizar la lucha contra el terrorismo. También denuncié directamente a Hezbollah y sus vínculos en la Isla de Margarita y Punto Fijo, donde existe un puerto libre y aprovechan la ausencia de aranceles para grandes transacciones. Se trata de mecanismos de financiamiento donde utilizan los dólares preferenciales que ha otorgado el gobierno de Nicolás Maduro durante mucho tiempo.

    —¿Hezbollah actúa libremente en Venezuela?
    —Actúa libremente desde el punto de vista financiero. Una de las fuentes de financiamiento de Hezbollah procede de Venezuela, hasta el punto de que Mike Pompeo (secretario de Estado norteamericano) anunció una recompensa a quienes dieran pruebas de la presencia de estos grupos en el país.

  • Israël aurait largement compté sur la #NSA pendant la #guerre du #Liban de 2006 | The Times of Israël
    https://fr.timesofisrael.com/israel-aurait-largement-compte-sur-la-nsa-pendant-la-guerre-du-lib

    Israël a largement compté sur les renseignements américains lors de la guerre du Liban de 2006, et a demandé, à de nombreuses reprises, de l’aide pour localiser des terroristes du #Hezbollah en vue d’assassinats ciblés, selon les derniers documents classifiés ayant fuité par l’intermédiaire du lanceur d’alerte américain Edward Snowden.

    Les deux documents divulgués mercredi ont révélé que même si l’Agence de sécurité nationale (NSA) n’avait pas l’autorisation légale de partager des informations en vue d’assassinats ciblés, la pression israélienne a conduit à la création d’un nouveau cadre de travail pour faciliter le partage de renseignements entre les deux pays.

    L’un des documents rendu public cette semaine, par The Intercept, était un article de 2006 paru dans la newsletter interne de la NSA, SIDToday, écrit par un officiel anonyme de la NSA à Tel Aviv qui officiait comme agent de liaison avec des officiels israéliens pendant le conflit de 2006.

    [...]

    Le rapport explique que la guerre de 2006 a poussé l’ISNU [l’unité israélienne SIGINT de renseignements militaires] dans ses « limites techniques et de moyens », et des officiels israéliens se sont tournés vers leurs homologues américains à la NSA pour obtenir un grand soutien et de nombreuses informations sur des cibles du Hezbollah.

    #états-unis #agression #guerre_des_33_jours

  • ضابط إسرائيلي : قمنا باغتيال سمير القنطار في سوريا بمساعدة أحد قادة فصائل المعارضة السورية | رأي اليوم
    https://www.raialyoum.com/index.php/%d8%b6%d8%a7%d8%a8%d8%b7-%d8%a5%d8%b3%d8%b1%d8%a7%d8%a6%d9%8a%d9%84%d9%8a

    Un officier israélien à la retraite déclare sur une chaîne israélienne que l’assassinat de Samir Kountar, proche du Hezbollah, en 2015 à Damas a été rendu possible grâce à des informations d’un « membre de l’opposition syrienne »... On apprend aussi que des commandos israéliens se seraient infiltrés en Syrie en prétextant apporter des soins aux blessés syriens [de l’opposition on suppose].

    #syrie #israël

    • L’original du Jerusalem Post en anglais

      Mossad, Saudi intel officials get along well, says former chief - Arab-Israeli Conflict - Jerusalem Post
      https://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Mossad-Saudi-intel-officials-get-along-well-says-former-chief-590531

      “You can be an enemy when you are walking from the room, but when you are sitting together, you can share your experience, you can talk a lot, and you can deal with many obstacles,” he continued.

      Mossad and Saudi Arabian intelligence agents communicate well, the agency’s former chief indirectly revealed in an interview with Intelligence Matters podcast host and former CIA director Michael Morell Wednesday.

      Discussing the strength of cooperation between agents of different countries’ intelligence agencies, Tamir Pardo started rattling off many of the usual suspects with whom the Mossad cooperates, and then unexpectedly tossed in the Saudis.

      Before talking about the relationship between the CIA and Israel and the United States, even to speak to Arab countries that you don’t have any kind of relation, when you meet people from your profession, it’s so easy, okay?” Pardo said.

      You can be an enemy when you are walking from the room, but when you are sitting together, you can share your experience, you can talk a lot, and you can deal with many obstacles,” he continued.

      Finally, Pardo said that when intelligence agencies “are looking for certain qualities, and whether you’re serving in the CIA, the MI6, or one of any other country, France, Italy, Saudi Arabia, you need the same people, the same qualities. So it’s quite easy… They can fight each other very well, but they can talk and communicate very well.

      In November and December 2017, there was a flurry of rare public confirmation of contacts between Israel and the Saudis by former IDF chief Gadi Eisenkot, minister Yuval Steinitz and then-CIA director Mike Pompeo.

      However, Pardo’s statement dated the Israeli-Saudi intelligence cooperation back to an earlier period, since he served as Mossad director from 2011 until March 2016.

      Furthermore, Pardo’s statement was a much more personal reflection about his dealings with intelligence agents from Saudi Arabia and other countries – implying that Mossad-Saudi dealings are often similar to dealings with traditional allied intelligence agencies.

      Besides cooperation, Pardo reflected on the current tensions between Iran, Israel and the US.

      Asked by Morell if Iran sought “the elimination of the State of Israel,” he replied: “Look, that’s what they are stating, okay? I think that they know that that’s an illusion. Maybe it’s good for their own propaganda, and it might serve us if we want to do a few things, but it’s – come on. When they are facing reality, they will never be able to do it. It doesn’t matter which kind of weapon they’re going to hold.

      The reason, he said, is “because I believe that we know how to defend ourselves. We showed it when we were a very young country, against, let’s say, combined forces from all Arab countries. Now we have peace with some of them, and quite good relations with others. So I think that maybe for them, it’s a dream, but it’s more an illusion than a dream.

      Despite Pardo’s confidence that Iran does not endanger Israel’s existence, he did warn of multiple threats from the Islamic Republic.

      One is the nuclear program,” said the former Mossad chief. “The other [is] their vision that they’re going to have a corridor between Tehran and the Mediterranean Sea. And the third thing is [to] be dominant in many other countries by supporting minorities like they’re doing in Yemen, like they did in South America, in certain places in Africa.

      Pardo also told Morell that cyberattacks pose a major concern.

      I believe it’s the biggest threat that the free world, our planet, is dealing with these days,” the spy chief said. “You can compare it to a nuclear threat that we used to see during the Cold War days.

  • Nasrallah reveals new details about ambush, killing of 12 Israeli commandos
    Lebanon in 1997 and offers hints about a mysterious murder of a militant leader in Syria
    Amos Harel
    May 13, 2019 5:32 PM

    https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-nasrallah-reveals-new-details-about-ambush-killing-of-12-israeli-c

    Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah revealed new details earlier this month about the disaster in September 1997, when 12 members of Israel’s elite naval commando unit were killed in southern Lebanon.

    Nasrallah claims that Hezbollah had been tracking Israel’s preparations for the mission and ambushed the commandos from the Shayetet 13 unit of the Israel Defense Forces – a scenario that some Israeli sources have also suggested over the years.

    Nasrallah spoke on May 2 at a memorial ceremony for Mustafa Badreddine, a senior Hezbollah figure who died under mysterious circumstances three years ago in Syria, and had been involved in the 1997 incident.

    Nasrallah’s remarks have been translated and analyzed in an article by Dr. Shimon Shapira, a brigadier general in the IDF reserves and an expert on Iran and Hezbollah. The article was published on the website of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, a research institute.

    On the night of September 4, 1997, 16 Shayetet fighters, under the command of Lt.-Col. Yossi Korakin, were tasked with laying bombs along the coastal road in Lebanon between Tyre and Sidon. After landing on the beach, an explosive device was detonated that caused serious casualties and severed the force into two. Korakin and 10 commandos were killed. Those who survived reported they were fired upon after the blast.
    Lebanon’s Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah addresses his supporters during a public appearance October 24, 2015
    Lebanon’s Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah addresses his supporters during a public appearance October 24, 2015\ REUTERS

    The survivors and the bodies of their comrades-in-arms were evacuated by helicopter, with great effort, during which an IDF doctor was killed by Lebanese gunfire. The body of one of those killed, Sgt. Itamar Ilya, remained behind and was returned to Israel in a swap with Hezbollah nine months later.

  • La troisième guerre mondiale ? Un des plus grands officiels iraniens se moque de Trump : « Ils ne sont pas prêts pour une guerre, surtout quand Israël est à notre portée »
    https://www.crashdebug.fr/international/16014-la-troisieme-guerre-mondiale-un-des-plus-grands-officiels-iraniens-

    le 12 mai 2019 par Michael Snyder

    Les Iraniens menacent ouvertement de commencer à tirer des missiles sur Israël si Trump décide d’attaquer l’Iran. Et cette menace ne doit pas être prise à la légère, car l’Iran dispose d’un arsenal de missiles balistiques très sophistiqué et le Hezbollah a actuellement environ 150.000 missiles pointés directement sur Israël. Si l’ordre est donné, les Iraniens et leur mandataire, le Hezbollah, pourraient faire pleuvoir une énorme quantité de morts et de destruction sur Israël, et bien sûr, Israël les frapperait encore plus fort. Nous parlons d’un scénario qui pourrait déclencher la troisième guerre mondiale, et les Iraniens croient apparemment que la possibilité d’un tel résultat empêchera Trump de prendre des mesures militaires contre eux. Ce (...)

    #En_vedette #Actualités_internationales #Actualités_Internationales

  • Patrick Syring Convicted Of Hate Crimes After Targeting Arab American Group : NPR
    https://www.npr.org/2019/05/10/721864034/former-u-s-diplomat-convicted-of-threatening-arab-american-group

    The institute’s ordeal with Syring began in 2006, during Israel’s war with the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah. Syring, at the time a long-serving State Department diplomat, saw Zogby interviewed on TV about the conflict and began sending him hate-filled emails and voicemails. Often, he spammed the whole office with his tirades, which included phrases such as, “Death to all Arabs.”

  • Riposte palestinienne : 600 missiles tirés contre « Israël », 4 morts et 115 blessés israéliens | Réseau International
    https://reseauinternational.net/riposte-palestinienne-600-missiles-tires-contre-israel-4-morts-

    Selon les médias israéliens » le cabinet israélien a décidé de ne pas accepter la proposition du « retour au calme en échange du calme » et a donné pour instruction à l’armée d’occupation de poursuivre ses attaques et de rester en état d’alerte. Ils ont révélé que plus de 650 missiles avaient été tirées de la bande de Gaza et interceptées environ 400 par le Dôme d’acier antimissile.

    Al-Manar, proche du Hezbollah, minimise curieusement le taux d’échec du "dôme de fer" israélien. Ailleurs (https://www.lopinion.fr/edition/international/gaza-cessez-feu-conclu-entre-israel-palestiniens-185988), on lit que 150 sur 600 ont été interceptées. En tout cas, de quoi se poser des questions en cas de bras de fer entre #Israël et le #Hezbollah...

  • Réactivation du marronnier états-uniens : le Venezuela abrite des centres d’entrainement du Hezbollah

    Tarre : Vínculos con Hezbolá convierten a Venezuela en centro de terrorismo
    http://www.el-nacional.com/noticias/politica/tarre-vinculos-con-hezbola-convierten-venezuela-centro-terrorismo_28117

    Actores Externos en Venezuela que Nicolás Maduro se ha involucrado con Siria e Irán.

    Conocemos la existencia de entrenamiento y centros de identidad de miembros del Hezbolá, lo que convierte a Venezuela en uno de los centros del terrorismo mundial”, aseguró.

    • … assortie de « révélations » d’agents des services secrets vénézuéliens sur le vice-président, Tarek el-Assaimi, complice du Hezbollah, narcotrafiquant, possédant 140 tonnes d’urée (destinées à la production de cocaïne).

      Dossier fourni au NYT par un ancien officier de haut rang, confirmé «  indépendamment  » par un autre agent…

      NYT : Los documentos que vinculan a Tareck el Aissami con Hezbolá
      http://www.el-nacional.com/noticias/politica/nyt-los-documentos-que-vinculan-tareck-aissami-con-hezbola_281159

      Tareck el Aissami es uno de los dirigentes oficialistas a quien el gobierno de Estados Unidos ha acusado de corrupción y narcotráfico en los últimos años. También ha sido objeto de amplias investigaciones por parte del servicio venezolano de inteligencia por sus presuntos vínculos con organizaciones terroristas.

      En documentos secretos recopilados por agentes venezolanos, y que fueron enviados a The New York Times, se pudo constatar que El Aissami y sus familiares han ayudado con el ingreso de militantes de Hezbolá en Venezuela, han hecho negocios con un narcotraficante y resguardado 140 toneladas de químicos (urea) que, se cree, fueron usados para la producción de cocaína, lo que ha contribuido a convertirlo en un hombre rico.

      The New York Times recuerda que Hezbolá es considerada una organización terrorista por Estados Unidos, y funcionarios de ese país dijeron que desde hace tiempo tiene presencia en América del Sur, donde ha ayudado a lavar dinero del narcotráfico.

    • Whether Hezbollah ever set up its intelligence network or drug routes in Venezuela is not addressed in the dossier. But it does assert that Hezbollah militants established themselves in the country with Mr. El Aissami’s help.

      merci @gonzo, j’ai eu la flemme,…

      PS : dans la liste de ceux qui ne seraient pas vraiment tristes d’une disparition prématurée de Juan Guaidó, on peut certainement compter Leopoldo López lui-même… (réfugié à l’ambassade d’Espagne et non pas (non plus ?) à celle du Chili comme indiqué initialement.

  • Le leader du Hezbollah : “Israël va sans doute nous attaquer cet été et vous pourriez me perdre”. – Elijah J. Magnier
    https://ejmagnier.com/2019/04/20/le-leader-du-hezbollah-israel-va-sans-doute-nous-attaquer-cet-ete-et-vous

    Le dirigeant du Hezbollah Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah croit en la possibilité d’une guerre surprise avec Israël, cet été, au Liban.

    S’adressant à ses plus hauts commandants, Sayyed Nasrallah leur a demandé de ne pas cacher la réalité de la situation ni la possibilité d’une guerre à leurs hommes, leurs familles et aux gens des villages et des villes dans lesquels le Hezbollah opère.

    “Il se pourrait bien que je ne sois plus parmi vous très longtemps ; il est possible que tout le premier niveau du leadership soit tué. Israël peut réussir à assassiner de nombreux dirigeants et commandants. Leur mort n’entraînera pas celle du Hezbollah, parce que notre parti ne s’appuie pas uniquement sur des individus mais sur l’ensemble de la société, qui est un élément essentiel de son existence”, a déclaré Sayyed Nasrallah pendant le meeting. Il a ajouté que “des mesures et des procédures ont déjà été décidées pour répondre à la situation la plus grave (l’assassinat d’un membre du haut-commandement y compris celui de Sayyed Nasrallah lui-même).”

    Propos inquiétants d’un dirigeant qui parle rarement pour ne rien dire...

    #hezbollah #nasrallah

    • Netanyahu polishes security image in Moscow as vote approaches
      Ben Caspit April 3, 2019
      https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2019/04/israel-russia-syria-benjamin-netanyahu-vladimir-putin.html#ixzz5kCuSazCq

      Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will pass up no opportunity for political points as the April 9 elections approach. Today, April 4, he will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, their second meeting in about six weeks. The last one took place on Feb. 27, after a long disconnect between the two leaders. This one comes only a few days before the political electoral verdict that will also decide Netanyahu’s personal fate. During this meeting, Netanyahu will also thank Putin. The Arab media reported that Russia was a third country that helped Israel to return the body of soldier Zacharia Baumel, who had been missing for 37 years. After he milked the March 25 celebration with President Donald Trump in the White House, Netanyahu is looking toward Putin, who is still venerated by many former Soviet Union citizens who moved to Israel. In this last-minute trip, Netanyahu is again trying to convey that no one can replace him in terms of international status.

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      Russia helps find remains of Israeli soldier missing since 1982
      April 4, 2019 4:56 P.M. (Updated : April 5, 2019 1:03 P.M.)
      http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=783107
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      https://seenthis.net/messages/772531

    • Le Hezbollah se mure dans son silence après le « cadeau » russe fait à Netanyahu
      Jeanine JALKH | OLJ | 05/04/2019
      https://www.lorientlejour.com/article/1164974/le-hezbollah-se-mure-dans-son-silence-apres-le-cadeau-russe-fait-a-ne

      La remise par Moscou des restes du soldat porté disparu en 1982 n’affectera toutefois pas les relations entre le parti chiite et la Russie, estime un analyste proche du Hezb.

      Par-delà sa signification et ses effets escomptés sur les relations russo-israéliennes, la remise des restes de Zachary Baumel, commandant de char du 362e bataillon blindé porté disparu en 1982 au Liban, par la Russie à Israël, n’a suscité aucune réaction de la part du Hezbollah qui se refuse catégoriquement à commenter cette affaire. Le parti a probablement du mal à comprendre pourquoi Moscou, voire même le régime syrien, partenaire présumé de la Russie dans cette opération, aurait consenti à cet échange, sachant qu’il a de tout temps adopté la politique du donnant donnant, notamment dans le cadre d’échanges de prisonniers de guerre ou des dépouilles de combattants ou de soldats.

      Hier, la Russie a annoncé officiellement son parrainage de l’opération de recherche qui a abouti à localiser le corps du soldat, un commandant de char qui avait disparu entre le 10 et le 11 juin 1982 lors d’une bataille qui s’était déroulée à la Békaa, dans la localité de Sultan Yacoub, non loin de la frontière libano-syrienne. (...)

    • Poutine : la Syrie a aidé la Russie à récupérer la dépouille de Zachary Baumel
      Par Judah Ari Gross, Times of Israel Staff et AFP 4 avril 2019
      https://fr.timesofisrael.com/poutine-la-syrie-a-aide-la-russie-a-recuperer-la-depouille-de-zach

      Le président russe Vladimir Poutine a déclaré jeudi que l’armée russe, avec l’aide de la Syrie, avait participé aux efforts visant à récupérer la dépouille du sergent Zachary Baumel, qui avait été tué en 1982 lors de la Première guerre du Liban lors de la bataille de Sultan Yacoub contre l’armée syrienne.

      « Les soldats de l’armée russe ont trouvé le corps en coordination avec l’armée syrienne », a déclaré Poutine durant une conférence de presse avec le Premier ministre Benjamin Netanyahu.

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      La Syrie contredit Poutine, nie avoir aidé au rapatriement de Zachary Baumel
      Par Judah Ari Gross, Adam Rasgon et Times of Israel
      https://fr.timesofisrael.com/la-syrie-contredit-poutine-nie-avoir-aide-au-rapatriement-dun-sold

      Damas soutient que "toute l’opération était l’œuvre d’Israël et de groupes terroristes," après que le Kremlin a indiqué que les troupes russes l’avaient menée avec l’armée syrienne
      (...)
      « Nous n’avons pas la moindre information sur le sujet et ignorons s’il y a des restes ou pas, » ajoute le communiqué.
      Un responsable de l’organisation terroriste palestinienne du Front populaire de libération de la Palestine (FPLP) basé en Syrie a fait savoir mercredi que des insurgés ayant pris le contrôle du camp de réfugiés palestiniens de Yarmouk à Damas jusqu’à l’année dernière avaient excavé des tombes à la recherche des dépouilles de trois soldats disparus. Le FPLP l’avait déjà affirmé par le passé.

      Le ministre de l’Information syrien Imad Sara a assuré à la télévision officielle que la Russie n’était pas non plus impliquée. « Ce que nous croyons, c’est que toute l’opération a été menée par Israël et des groupes terroristes armés en Syrie. »(...)

  • Nawaf Moussaoui, le Hezbollah et les risques de guerre... - Scarlett HADDAD - L’Orient-Le Jour
    https://www.lorientlejour.com/article/1164779/nawaf-moussaoui-le-hezbollah-et-les-risques-de-guerre.html

    Les informations sur l’intention du commandement du Hezbollah d’exclure le député Nawaf Moussaoui de ses rangs après avoir gelé sa participation au Parlement ont poussé le parti à publier un démenti sur le sujet. Mais la confusion demeure au sujet des propos attribués au député qui auraient entraîné une telle décision de la part du commandement du parti.

    En effet, selon le journaliste palestinien établi à Londres Abdel Bari Atwan, qui avait rapporté des propos attribués au parlementaire « suspendu » Nawaf Moussaoui, ce dernier aurait estimé que la reconnaissance américaine de la souveraineté israélienne sur le Golan occupé est au final une bonne chose car elle justifie et renforce l’option de la résistance pour la libération des territoires occupés. Selon le journaliste, Nawaf Moussaoui, qui aurait rencontré le secrétaire général du Hezbollah quelques jours avant de tenir ces propos, aurait même été plus loin, annonçant une probable guerre régionale à partir du 3 mai, date de l’entrée en vigueur de nouvelles sanctions américaines contre l’Iran destinées à empêcher ce pays de vendre un seul baril de pétrole hors de ses frontières. Ce qui ne laisserait au commandement iranien d’autre choix que de se lancer dans une guerre dans laquelle le Hezbollah serait impliqué, toujours selon ce qu’a rapporté l’éminent journaliste palestinien. Des informations très graves qui ont suscité la rumeur selon laquelle le commandement du Hezbollah aurait été poussé à exclure Nawaf Moussaoui de ses rangs.Mais le département médias au sein du parti chiite a immédiatement publié un communiqué dans lequel il a, à la fois, démenti la prise de nouvelles sanctions contre le député, tout comme les informations publiées par Abdel Bari Atwan et attribuées à Nawaf Moussaoui. Des sources proches de l’Iran à Beyrouth ont, en outre, estimé que la République islamique n’a aucune intention de déclencher une guerre dans la région ni le 3 mai, ni avant, ni après, précisant que le commandement iranien a déjà pris toutes les mesures nécessaires pour contrer les effets négatifs des sanctions américaines sur l’économie du pays et que, depuis novembre 2018, date de l’entrée en vigueur des nouvelles sanctions qui étaient censées provoquer une déstabilisation interne et pousser des millions d’Iraniens dans les rues pour protester contre le régime, aucun mouvement de protestation notoire n’a été enregistré alors que la situation économique s’est stabilisée.

    Ces démentis successifs visent à montrer que l’Iran et ses alliés dans la région n’ont pas l’intention de provoquer une guerre, même l’administration américaine annonçant, pour sa part, qu’elle est déterminée à porter un coup à l’influence iranienne dans la région, et ce à n’importe quel prix. Les sources proches de l’Iran révèlent ainsi que Téhéran n’a nullement l’intention d’ouvrir de nouvelles hostilités avec l’Arabie saoudite, et encore moins avec les Israéliens et les Américains. Les guerres qui se déroulent actuellement au Yémen et en Syrie sont suffisantes, et il n’est nul besoin d’ouvrir un nouveau front. La décision de déclencher une nouvelle opération militaire est donc entre les mains des Israéliens et des Américains, non des Iraniens et de leurs alliés.

    #liban #bruits_de_bottes

  • UAE: Eight Lebanese Face Unfair Trial | Human Rights Watch
    https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/03/25/uae-eight-lebanese-face-unfair-trial

    (Beirut) – Emirati authorities detained eight Lebanese nationals for more than a year without charge in an unknown location, ill-treating them and denying them their due process rights, Human Rights Watch said today. Their trial, which began on February 13, 2019, continues to be marred with violations. The third session is set for March 27.

    Family members told Human Rights Watch that the defendants, who face terrorism charges, have been held in prolonged solitary confinement and denied access to their families, legal counsel, and the evidence against them. At least three detainees told family members that state security forces forced them to sign statements while blindfolded and under duress, and one said they forced him to sign a blank paper.

    “The UAE authorities reveal in their treatment of these men just how unwilling they are to reform their unjust state security apparatus,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “These men deserve, at the very least, to be treated humanely and to receive a fair trial.”

    The men – all of whom are Shia Muslims – have each lived and worked in the UAE for more than 15 years. Seven worked at Emirates Airlines as flight attendants, pursers, or senior managers. Family members said that none had any known political affiliations.

    State security forces arrested one defendant between December 2017 and January 2018, three defendants on January 15, and four others on February 18, and continue to hold them in solitary confinement without access to legal assistance, family members said. At the second session of their trial, on February 27, the prosecutor charged them with setting up a terrorist cell with links to Hezbollah in Lebanon. Hezbollah holds several key positions in the Lebanese government, yet is designated a terrorist organization in the UAE. Family members said that at least seven of the men still have not been able to meet with their lawyers and six remain in solitary confinement. All of the defendants deny the charges, family members who attended the hearings said.

    #Emirats nos amis clients et amis... #hezbollah

  • Le Hezbollah, menace pour la stabilité du Moyen-Orient, selon Pompeo 21 mars 2019 Par Agence Reuters
    https://www.mediapart.fr/journal/international/210319/le-hezbollah-menace-pour-la-stabilite-du-moyen-orient-selon-pompeo?onglet=

    JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Le secrétaire d’Etat américain Mike Pompeo a estimé jeudi en Israël, avant de poursuivre sa tournée régionale par Beyrouth, que le Hezbollah chiite libanais était une menace pour la stabilité du Moyen-Orient.

    Reçu par le président israélien Reuven Rivlin à Jérusalem, le chef de la diplomatie américaine a dit considérer le Hezbollah, le mouvement palestinien Hamas et la milice yéménite des Houthis - qui bénéficient tous du soutien de Téhéran - comme « des entités représentant des risques pour la stabilité du Moyen-Orient et pour Israël ».

    « Ils sont résolus à rayer ce pays de la carte et nous avons l’obligation morale et politique d’empêcher que cela advienne. Vous devez savoir que les Etats-Unis s’y tiennent prêts », a dit Mike Pompeo lors de son entretien avec le président israélien.

    La visite de Mike Pompeo à Jérusalem passe pour un coup de pouce à Benjamin Netanyahu, à trois semaines d’élections législatives qui s’annoncent serrées, le 9 avril. (...)

    #IsraelUsa #Hezbollah

    • Trump’s Golan Heights Diplomatic Bombshell Was Bound to Drop. But Why Now?
      Anshel Pfeffer | Mar 21, 2019 9:18 PM
      https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/elections/.premium-trump-s-golan-heights-diplomatic-bombshell-was-bound-to-drop-but-w?

      Trump couldn’t wait until Netanyahu joined him in Washington on Monday, and his calculated move right before the election could cause Israel damage

      Since no one is any longer even trying to pretend that Donald Trump isn’t intervening in Israel’s elections on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s behalf, the only question left to ask following the U.S. president’s announcement on Twitter that “it is time for the United States to fully recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights,” is on the timing.

      Why now? Since Netanyahu is flying to Washington next week anyway, surely it would have made more sense for Trump to make the announcement standing by his side in the White House.

      You don’t need to be a conspiracy theorist to speculate, that given the extremely intimate level of coordination between Trump and Netanyahu’s teams, the timing is no coincidence. For a possible reason why Trump didn’t wait for Netanyahu to arrive in Washington before lobbing his diplomatic bombshell, check out Netanyahu’s pale and worried features at the press conference on Wednesday where he stated that Iran has obtained embarrassing material from Benny Gantz’s phone.

      Netanyahu is petrified that the new revelations on his trading in shares in his cousin’s company, which netted him $4.3 million and may have a connection with the company’s dealings with the German shipyard from which Israel purchases it submarines, could dominate the last stage of the election campaign. That’s why he so blatantly abused his position as the minister in charge of Israel’s intelligence services, to claim he knew what Iran had on Gantz. He desperately needs to grab back the news agenda.

      But the Gantz phone-hacking story, which leaked to the media last Thursday evening, has proven a damp squib. There is no credible evidence, except for the word of a panicking prime minister, that whoever hacked his phone, even assuming it was the Iranians, have anything to blackmail Gantz with. So the next best thing is to get a friend with 59 million followers on Twitter to create a distraction. Conveniently, this happened just before the agenda-setting primetime news shows on Israeli television.

      And how useful that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is currently in Israel anyway and has just visited the Western Wall, accompanied by Netanyahu – another diplomatic first as previously senior U.S. officials, including Trump during his visit in 2017, refrained from doing so together with Israeli politicians, to avoid the impression that they were prejudging the final status of eastern Jerusalem.

      A recognition of Israeli sovereignty on the Golan is also the perfect political gesture as far as Netanyahu is concerned. The Golan isn’t the West Bank, and certainly not Gaza. There is near-complete consensus among Israelis today that under no circumstances should Israel relinquish its control over the strategic Heights. Certainly not following eight years of war within Syria, during which Iran and Hezbollah have entrenched their presence on Israel’s northern border. Netanyahu’s political rivals have absolutely no choice but to praise Trump for helping the Likud campaign, anything else would be unpatriotic.

      They can’t even point out the basic fact that Trump’s gesture is empty. Just as his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital was. It won’t change the status of the Golan in international law and with the exception of a few client-states in Latin America, no other country is going to follow suit. It could actually cause Israel diplomatic damage by focusing international attention on the Golan, when there was absolutely no pressure on Israel to end its 51-year presence there anyway. Trump’s tweet does no obligate the next president and a reversal by a future U.S. administration would do more damage to Israel than the good that would come from Trump’s recognition.

      But none of that matters when all Netanyahu is fighting for is his political survival and possibly his very freedom, and he will use every possible advantage he can muster.

      In 1981, Israel passed the Golan Law, unilaterally extending its sovereignty over the Golan. A furious President Ronald Reagan responded by suspending the strategic alliance memorandum that had just been signed between the U.S. and Israel. The no less furious Prime Minister Menachem Begin hit back, shouting at the U.S. Ambassador Sam Lewis, “are we a vassal state? Are we a banana republic? Are we fourteen-year-old boys that have to have our knuckles slapped if we misbehave?”

      In 2019, the U.S. is treating Israel as a vassal state and a banana republic by flagrantly interfering in its election. This time the Israeli prime minister won’t be complaining.

    • Israël demande la reconnaissance de l’annexion du Golan suite à la découverte de pétrole | Jonathan…
      https://seenthis.net/messages/430645

      Israel steps up oil drilling in Golan | The Electronic Intifada
      https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/charlotte-silver/israel-steps-oil-drilling-golan

      The members of the strategic advisory board of Afek’s parent company include Dick Cheney, the former US vice-president, the media tycoon Rupert Murdoch and Larry Summers, the former secretary of the US treasury.

    • Plateau du Golan-Damas condamne les propos « irresponsables » de Trump
      22 mars 2019 Par Agence Reuters
      https://www.mediapart.fr/journal/international/220319/plateau-du-golan-damas-condamne-les-propos-irresponsables-de-trump
      Le gouvernement syrien a condamné vendredi les propos du président américain Donald Trump, lequel a déclaré que l’heure était venue pour les Etats-Unis de reconnaître la souveraineté d’Israël sur le plateau du Golan.

      BEYROUTH (Reuters) - Le gouvernement syrien a condamné vendredi les propos du président américain Donald Trump, lequel a déclaré que l’heure était venue pour les Etats-Unis de reconnaître la souveraineté d’Israël sur le plateau du Golan.

      Dans un communiqué publié par l’agence de presse officielle Sana, une source au ministère syrien des Affaires étrangères estime que la déclaration de Trump illustre le « soutien aveugle des Etats-Unis » à Israël et ajoute que Damas est déterminé à récupérer le plateau du Golan par « tous les moyens possibles ».

      Les déclarations de Donald Trump ne changent rien à « la réalité que le Golan est et restera syrien », ajoute cette source, estimant qu’elles reflètent une violation flagrante de résolutions du Conseil de sécurité de l’Onu.

      A Moscou, également, la porte-parole du ministère russe des Affaires étrangères, citée par l’agence de presse RIA, a déclaré que tout changement de statut du Golan représenterait une violation flagrante des décisions des Nations unies sur cette question.

    • Point de presse du 22 mars 2019
      https://basedoc.diplomatie.gouv.fr/vues/Kiosque/FranceDiplomatie/kiosque.php?type=ppfr
      1. Golan
      Q - Sur le Golan, le président américain Donald Trump vient d’annoncer que le temps est venu de reconnaître la souveraineté israélienne sur les Hauteurs du Golan, « qui est d’une importance stratégique et sécuritaire décisive pour l’Etat d’Israël et pour la stabilité régionale ». Cette analyse a-t-elle un sens, et une telle reconnaissance, venant après la négation américaine d’une paix négociée concernant le statut de Jérusalem, va-t-elle déclencher une réaction diplomatique française au nom de la seule France, de la France à l’UE, et de la France à l’ONU ?

      R - Le Golan est un territoire occupé par Israël depuis 1967. La France ne reconnaît pas l’annexion israélienne de 1981. Cette situation a été reconnue comme nulle et non avenue par plusieurs résolutions du Conseil de sécurité, en particulier la résolution 497 du Conseil de sécurité des Nations Unies.

      La reconnaissance de la souveraineté israélienne sur le Golan, territoire occupé, serait contraire au droit international, en particulier l’obligation pour les Etats de ne pas reconnaître une situation illégale.

  • Mahan Air (Iran) annule sa desserte parisienne, invoque des « sanctions » | Atlantico.fr
    https://www.atlantico.fr/node/3568569

    La compagnie aérienne iranienne Mahan Air annule ses vols de et vers la France à compter du 1er avril, a-t-on appris auprès de son service client, qui invoque des « sanctions » de Paris à son encontre.

    Les vols de Mahan Air de et vers l’aéroport parisien Charles-de-Gaulle sont annulés « à compter du 1er avril », a confirmé à l’AFP un opérateur du service client de la compagnie, joint par téléphone.

    Plus tôt, deux Français résidant en Iran avaient indiqué avoir reçu un mail de Mahan les notifiant de l’annulation d’un voyage prévu en avril.

    « C’est à cause de sanctions [françaises]. C’est ça la raison », a ajouté l’employé de Mahan.

    La France a confirmé l’interdiction de desserte de son territoire, sans plus de précisions.

    « La compagnie iranienne Mahan Air ne sera plus autorisée à desservir le territoire français à partir du 1er avril prochain », a-t-on indiqué au ministère français des Affaires étrangères.

    Mahan Air figure sur la liste noire des entités visées par les sanctions américaines contre l’Iran depuis 2011.

    Washington reproche à la compagnie d’apporter « un soutien financier matériel et technique » à la Force al-Qods, unité d’élite des Gardiens de la Révolution iraniens, l’arme idéologique de la République islamique, notamment en Syrie et en Irak, ou encore d’avoir fait transiter des armes pour le compte des Gardiens à destination du mouvement chiite libanais Hezbollah.

    Fin janvier, le gouvernement allemand avait annoncé sa décision de bannir de ses aéroports Mahan Air, allant au-delà du régime de sanctions adopté par l’Union européenne contre Téhéran pour ses activités présumées d’élimination d’opposants en Europe.

    #iran #usa

  • Les USA poussent le Liban dans les bras de l’Iran et de la Russie : les sanctions américaines nuisent à l’économie locale – Elijah J. Magnier
    https://ejmagnier.com/2019/03/18/les-usa-poussent-le-liban-dans-les-bras-de-liran-et-de-la-russie-les-sanc

    Le Liban attend la visite du secrétaire d’État des USA Mike Pompeo cette semaine, à un moment oùla carte politico-économique libanaise se redessine et oùle Liban subit sa pire crise économique de son histoire récente.

    Les raisons de la détérioration de l’économie locale s’expliquent non seulement par la corruption du leadership politique et des échelons inférieurs de l’administration du Liban, mais aussi par les sanctions des USA imposées à l’Iran. Les plus récentes sanctions sont les plus sévères de toutes. Elles toucheront durement le Liban aussi longtemps que le président Donald Trump sera au pouvoir s’il ne se plie pas à la politique et aux diktats des USA.

    Si, comme prévu, Washington déclare une guerre économique contre le Liban, les sanctions ne laisseront guère de choix au pays. Elles pourraient forcer le Liban à compter de nouveau sur l’industrie civile iranienne pour contrer la pression économique des USA et sur l’industrie militaire russe pour équiper les forces de sécurité libanaises. C’est ce qui arrivera si Pompeo continue à menacer les responsables libanais, comme ses assistants l’ont fait lors de leurs visites précédentes dans le pays. Le sempiternel message des responsables américains n’a pas changé : vous êtes avec nous ou contre nous.

    Politiquement, le Liban se divise en deux courants, l’un favorable aux USA (et à l’Arabie saoudite), l’autre en dehors de l’orbite des USA. La situation économique pourrait bien accroître la division interne jusqu’à ce que la population locale réagisse avec vigueur pour mettre fin à toute influence des USA et de ses alliés au Liban.

    Pareil scénario peut encore être évité si l’Arabie saoudite investit suffisamment de fonds pour relancer l’économie locale agonisante. Sauf que l’Arabie saoudite craint que ceux qui ne sont pas au diapason avec ses politiques et celles des USA tirent avantage de son soutien. Jusqu’à maintenant, Riyad n’a pas tellement compris la dynamique interne au Liban et ce qui est possible et impossible de réaliser dans ce pays. Le kidnapping du premier ministre Saad Hariri était l’illustration la plus éloquente de l’ignorance du jeu politique libanais par les Saoudiens. Leur manque de vision stratégique au Liban va probablement empêcher tout soutien important à son économie défaillante, ce qui pourrait causer une grande instabilité.

    (...)
    Mais après l’arrivée de Donald Trump au pouvoir et son rejet de l’accord sur le nucléaire iranien, le gouvernement des USA a imposé les sanctions les plus dures contre l’Iran et a cessé les dons aux organismes des Nations unies qui soutiennent les réfugiés palestiniens. Les sanctions contre l’Iran ont forcé le Hezbollah à adopter un nouveau budget, dans le cadre d’un plan d’austérité de cinq ans. Ses forces ont été réduites au minimum en Syrie, les mouvements de troupes ont ralenti en conséquence et toutes les rémunérations additionnelles ont été suspendues. Le Hezbollah a réduit son budget au quart de ce qu’il était, sans toutefois suspendre les salaires mensuels de ses militants ou contractuels ni les soins médicaux, sous l’ordre de Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, le secrétaire général du Hezbollah.

    Cette nouvelle situation financière affectera l’économie libanaise à mesure que les flux de trésorerie et les devises se tariront. Les conséquences devraient se faire ressentir davantage au cours des prochains mois et il est plausible que la population locale réagisse sous le poids de l’économie défaillante.

    Les USA et l’Europe imposent des contrôles stricts sur tous les montants transférés en direction ou en provenance du Liban. Le pays est sur une liste noire financière et toutes les transactions sont passées au peigne fin. Les dons religieux provenant de l’étranger ne sont dorénavant plus possibles, car les donateurs risquent alors d’être accusés de soutenir le terrorisme par les pays occidentaux.

    Tant que Trump sera au pouvoir, le Hezbollah et l’Iran croient que la situation restera critique. Ils s’attendent aussi à ce que Trump obtienne un second mandat. Les cinq prochaines années seront difficiles pour l’économie libanaise, notamment si Pompeo est porteur de messages et de diktats auxquels le Liban ne peut se plier.

    Pompeo veut que le Liban abandonne son tracé de la frontière maritime avec Israël, ce qui mettrait en péril ses prétentions sur les blocs 8, 9 et 10 du gisement d’hydrocarbures au profit d’Israël. Cette demande ne sera pas accordée et les responsables libanais ont dit à plusieurs reprises qu’ils comptent sur les missiles de précision du Hezbollah pour empêcher Israël de s’accaparer d’eaux territoriales libanaises.

    Pompeo veut aussi que le Liban abandonne le Hezbollah et mette fin à son rôle au sein du gouvernement. Là encore, l’administration américaine semble ignorer que le Hezbollah représente presque le tiers de la population du Liban, en plus de bénéficier du soutien de plus de la moitié des chiites, des chrétiens, des sunnites et des druzes qui y vivent, qui comptent parmi eux des membres officiels des pouvoirs exécutifs et législatifs du pays. En outre, le président libanais fait partie de la coalition du Hezbollah et maintient fermement son lien avec le groupe, qu’il juge nécessaire à la stabilité du pays.

    Quelle est l’alternative alors ? Si l’Arabie saoudite s’engage, ce n’est pas un, deux ou même cinq milliards de dollars qu’il faut pour relever l’économie du Liban, mais des dizaines de milliards de dollars. Le Liban doit bénéficier aussi d’une politique de non-intervention de la part de l’administration américaine pour permettre au pays de se gouverner lui-même.

    Les Saoudiens souffrent déjà de l’intimidation que Trump exerce sur eux et leurs fonds commencent à se tarir. Si l’Arabie saoudite décide d’investir au Liban, elle cherchera à imposer des conditions pas très différentes de celles des USA. Elle se fait des illusions en voulant éliminer l’influence de l’Iran et des partisans du Hezbollah au Liban, un objectif impossible à remplir.

    Le Liban n’a pas tellement de choix. Il peut se rapprocher de l’Iran afin de réduire ses dépenses et le prix des biens, et demander à la Russie de soutenir l’armée libanaise si l’Occident refuse de le faire. La Chine se prépare à entrer dans le jeu et pourrait devenir une alternative intéressante pour le Liban, qui pourrait lui servir de plateforme pour parvenir en Syrie, puis en Irak et en Jordanie. Sinon, le Liban devra se préparer en vue de joindre la liste des pays les plus pauvres.

    Une ombre plane au-dessus du pays du cèdre, qui a déjà dû combattre pour assurer sa survie au 21e siècle. Le Hezbollah, dorénavant sous le coup des sanctions des USA et du R.‑U., est la même force qui a protégé le pays contre Daech et d’autres combattants takfiris qui menaçaient d’expulser les chrétiens du pays, d’où le conseil lancé par le président français Sarkozy au patriarche libanais qu’il vaudrait mieux que les chrétiens libanais abandonnent leurs foyers. C’est que les djihadistes takfiris et l’OTAN partageaient les mêmes objectifs au Liban. L’incapacité de l’administration américaine à diviser l’Irak et à créer un État en déliquescence en Syrie dans le cadre d’un « nouveau Moyen-Orient » a réveillé l’ours russe de sa longue hibernation. Aujourd’hui, la Russie rivalise avec les USA pour assurer l’hégémonie au Moyen-Orient, ce qui oblige Trump à tout mettre en œuvre pour tenter de briser le front antiaméricain.

    C’est une lutte sans merci où tous les coups sont permis. Les USA poussent le Liban dans un goulet d’étranglement, en ne lui donnant pas d’autre choix que de resserrer son partenariat avec l’Iran et la Russie.

    #liban #hezbollah #grand_jeu

  • Blanchiment : une majorité de pays de l’UE s’oppose à une nouvelle liste noire
    http://www.lefigaro.fr/flash-actu/2019/02/28/97001-20190228FILWWW00292-blanchiment-une-majorite-de-pays-de-l-ue-s-oppose

    Une majorité « très large » d’Etats membres de l’UE s’est opposée aujourd’hui à une « liste noire » contre le blanchiment de capitaux et le financement du terrorisme qui ajoutait 7 pays, dont l’Arabie saoudite, sur proposition de la Commission, a indiqué une source au Conseil.

    Dans la presse arabe, cette info se traduit « l’Europe cède aux pressions saoudiennes et retire le Royaume de sa liste noire » (الاتحاد الأوروبي يرضخ لضغوط السعودية ويُنقذها من « القائمة السوداء » https://raseef22.com/politics/2019/03/01/%d8%a7%d9%84%d8%a7%d8%aa%d8%ad%d8%a7%d8%af-%d8%a7%d9%84%d8%a3%d9%88%d8%b1%)

    Je rappelle aussi que les Britanniques n’ont pas eu autant de problèmes de conscience pour condamner le Hezbollah comme organisation terroriste (La décision britannique est « une insulte au peuple libanais », selon le Hezbollah : https://www.lorientlejour.com/article/1159639/la-decision-britannique-est-une-insulte-au-peuple-libanais-selon-le-h)

    #terrorisme à dimension variable

  • La Grande-Bretagne a-t-elle un problème avec le Hezbollah ?
    Abdel Bari Atwan - 27 février 2019 – Raï al-Yaoum – Traduction : Chronique de Palestine – Lotfallah
    http://www.chroniquepalestine.com/grande-bretagne-probleme-avec-hezbollah

    La décision de la Grande-Bretagne de s’attaquer au Hezbollah est non seulement cynique mais aussi stupide.

    Le projet du gouvernement britannique d’interdire le mouvement Hezbollah dans son intégralité – qu’il s’agisse de la branche politique ou militaire – et de le qualifier d’organisation terroriste ne peut être considéré isolément des tentatives américaines et israéliennes de mobiliser pour la guerre contre l’Iran. Cette mobilisation a été implacable au cours des dernières semaines aux niveaux régional et international.

    Le gouvernement conservateur britannique de droite a rompu avec la politique européenne de longue date en déclarant qu’il traiterait désormais les ailes militaire et politique du Hezbollah comme une seule et même entité. Le ministre de l’Intérieur, Sajid Javid, a annoncé que l’interdiction déjà actée de l’aile militaire serait désormais appliquée à l’aile politique, et que toute l’organisation serait interdite.

    Cette mesure a été prise en réponse aux pressions des États-Unis et d’Israël et il n’est pas surprenant que le ministre israélien de la Sécurité publique, Gilad Erdan, ait été parmi les premiers à s’en féliciter. Il a exhorté les autres pays européens à faire de même, et nous ne devrions pas être surpris si Donald Trump vomisse bientôt un tweet disant la même chose.

    C’est le gouvernement britannique qui a eu pour la première fois l’idée de faire la distinction entre les ailes politique et militaire des mouvements de résistance. Il avait uniquement interdit l’aile militaire de l’armée républicaine irlandaise (IRA) lorsqu’elle luttait pour l’unification de l’Irlande.

    Mais sa dernière initiative rompt avec ce concept, illustrant la manière dont de doubles normes sont appliquées aux Arabes et aux Musulmans, et en particulier dans le cadre du conflit israélo-arabe.

    Le Hezbollah s’est habitué à de telles initiatives et nous doutons que l’organisation soit très affectée par la décision du Royaume-Uni. Depuis des décennies, il est sans cesse attaqué par les États-Unis, Israël et divers régimes arabes, et il s’est adapté à toutes les difficultés qui en résultent pour effectuer des transferts financiers et recevoir des dons de ses soutiens à l’étranger. De plus, le Hezbollah ne possède pas en son nom propre des dépôts dans les banques occidentales ni aux noms de ses dirigeants. (...)

  • The Knesset candidate who says Zionism encourages anti-Semitism and calls Netanyahu ’arch-murderer’ - Israel Election 2019 - Haaretz.com
    https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/elections/.premium.MAGAZINE-knesset-candidate-netanyahu-is-an-arch-murderer-zionism-e

    Few Israelis have heard of Dr. Ofer Cassif, the Jewish representative on the far-leftist Hadash party’s Knesset slate. On April 9, that will change
    By Ravit Hecht Feb 16, 2019

    Ofer Cassif is fire and brimstone. Not even the flu he’s suffering from today can contain his bursting energy. His words are blazing, and he bounds through his modest apartment, searching frenetically for books by Karl Marx and Primo Levi in order to find quotations to back up his ideas. Only occasional sips from a cup of maté bring his impassioned delivery to a momentary halt. The South American drink is meant to help fight his illness, he explains.

    Cassif is third on the slate of Knesset candidates in Hadash (the Hebrew acronym for the Democratic Front for Peace and Equality), the successor to Israel’s Communist Party. He holds the party’s “Jewish slot,” replacing MK Dov Khenin. Cassif is likely to draw fire from opponents and be a conspicuous figure in the next Knesset, following the April 9 election.

    Indeed, the assault on him began as soon as he was selected by the party’s convention. The media pursued him; a columnist in the mass-circulation Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper, Ben-Dror Yemini, called for him to be disqualified from running for the Knesset. It would be naive to say that this was unexpected. Cassif, who was one of the first Israeli soldiers to refuse to serve in the territories, in 1987, gained fame thanks to a number of provocative statements. The best known is his branding of Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked as “neo-Nazi scum.” On another occasion, he characterized Jews who visit the Temple Mount as “cancer with metastases that have to be eradicated.”

    On his alternate Facebook page, launched after repeated blockages of his original account by a blitz of posts from right-wing activists, he asserted that Culture Minister Miri Regev is “repulsive gutter contamination,” that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is an “arch-murderer” and that the new Israel Defense Forces chief of staff, Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi, is a “war criminal.”

    Do you regret making those remarks?

    Cassif: “‘Regret’ is a word of emotion. Those statements were made against a background of particular events: the fence in Gaza, horrible legislation, and the wild antics of Im Tirtzu [an ultranationalist organization] on campus. That’s what I had to say at the time. I didn’t count on being in the Knesset. That wasn’t part of my plan. But it’s clear to me that as a public personality, I would not have made those comments.”

    Is Netanyahu an arch-murderer?

    “Yes. I wrote it in the specific context of a particular day in the Gaza Strip. A massacre of innocent people was perpetrated there, and no one’s going to persuade me that those people were endangering anyone. It’s a concentration camp. Not a ‘concentration camp’ in the sense of Bergen-Belsen; I am absolutely not comparing the Holocaust to what’s happening.”

    You term what Israel is doing to the Palestinians “genocide.”

    “I call it ‘creeping genocide.’ Genocide is not only a matter of taking people to gas chambers. When Yeshayahu Leibowitz used the term ‘Judeo-Nazis,’ people asked him, ‘How can you say that? Are we about to build gas chambers?’ To that, he had two things to say. First, if the whole difference between us and the Nazis boils down to the fact that we’re not building gas chambers, we’re already in trouble. And second, maybe we won’t use gas chambers, but the mentality that exists today in Israel – and he said this 40 years ago – would allow it. I’m afraid that today, after four years of such an extreme government, it possesses even greater legitimacy.

    “But you know what, put aside ‘genocide’ – ethnic cleansing is taking place there. And that ethnic cleansing is also being carried out by means of killing, although mainly by way of humiliation and of making life intolerable. The trampling of human dignity. It reminds me of Primo Levi’s ‘If This Is a Man.’”

    You say you’re not comparing, but you repeatedly come back to Holocaust references. On Facebook, you also uploaded the scene from “Schindler’s List” in which the SS commander Amon Goeth picks off Jews with his rifle from the balcony of his quarters in the camp. You compared that to what was taking place along the border fence in the Gaza Strip.

    “Today, I would find different comparisons. In the past I wrote an article titled, ‘On Holocaust and on Other Crimes.’ It’s online [in Hebrew]. I wrote there that anyone who compares Israel to the Holocaust is cheapening the Holocaust. My comparison between here and what happened in the early 1930s [in Germany] is a very different matter.”

    Clarity vs. crudity

    Given Cassif’s style, not everyone in Hadash was happy with his election, particularly when it comes to the Jewish members of the predominantly Arab party. Dov Khenin, for example, declined to be interviewed and say what he thinks of his parliamentary successor. According to a veteran party figure, “From the conversations I had, it turns out that almost none of the Jewish delegates – who make up about 100 of the party’s 940 delegates – supported his candidacy.

    “He is perceived, and rightly so,” the party veteran continues, “as someone who closes doors to Hadash activity within Israeli society. Each of the other Jewish candidates presented a record of action and of struggles they spearheaded. What does he do? Curses right-wing politicians on Facebook. Why did the party leadership throw the full force of its weight behind him? In a continuation of the [trend exemplified by] its becoming part of the Joint List, Ofer’s election reflects insularity and an ongoing retreat from the historical goal of implementing change in Israeli society.”

    At the same time, as his selection by a 60 percent majority shows, many in the party believe that it’s time to change course. “Israeli society is moving rightward, and what’s perceived as Dov’s [Khenin] more gentle style didn’t generate any great breakthrough on the Jewish street,” a senior source in Hadash notes.

    “It’s not a question of the tension between extremism and moderation, but of how to signpost an alternative that will develop over time. Clarity, which is sometimes called crudity, never interfered with cooperation between Arabs and Jews. On the contrary. Ofer says things that we all agreed with but didn’t so much say, and of course that’s going to rile the right wing. And a good thing, too.”

    Hadash chairman MK Ayman Odeh also says he’s pleased with the choice, though sources in the party claim that Odeh is apprehensive about Cassif’s style and that he actually supported a different candidate. “Dov went for the widest possible alliances in order to wield influence,” says Odeh. “Ofer will go for very sharp positions at the expense of the breadth of the alliance. But his sharp statements could have a large impact.”

    Khenin was deeply esteemed by everyone. When he ran for mayor of Tel Aviv in 2008, some 35 percent of the electorate voted for him, because he was able to touch people who weren’t only from his political milieu.

    Odeh: “No one has a higher regard for Dov than I do. But just to remind you, we are not a regular opposition, we are beyond the pale. And there are all kinds of styles. Influence can be wielded through comments that are vexatious the first time but which people get used to the second time. When an Arab speaks about the Nakba and about the massacre in Kafr Kassem [an Israeli Arab village, in 1956], it will be taken in a particular way, but when uttered by a Jew it takes on special importance.”

    He will be the cause of many attacks on the party.

    “Ahlan wa sahlan – welcome.”

    Cassif will be the first to tell you that, with all due respect for the approach pursued by Khenin and by his predecessor in the Jewish slot, Tamar Gozansky, he will be something completely different. “I totally admire what Tamar and Dov did – nothing less than that,” he says, while adding, “But my agenda will be different. The three immediate dangers to Israeli society are the occupation, racism and the diminishment of the democratic space to the point of liquidation. That’s the agenda that has to be the hub of the struggle, as long as Israel rules over millions of people who have no rights, enters [people’s houses] in the middle of the night, arrests minors on a daily basis and shoots people in the back.

    "Israel commits murder on a daily basis. When you murder one Palestinian, you’re called Elor Azaria [the IDF soldier convicted and jailed for killing an incapacitated Palestinian assailant]; when you murder and oppress thousands of Palestinians, you’re called the State of Israel.”

    So you plan to be the provocateur in the next Knesset?

    “It’s not my intention to be a provocateur, to stand there and scream and revile people. Even on Facebook I was compelled to stop that. But I definitely intend to challenge the dialogue in terms of the content, and mainly with a type of sarcasm.”

    ’Bags of blood’

    Cassif, 54, who holds a doctorate in political philosophy from the London School of Economics, teaches political science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Sapir Academic College in Sderot and at the Academic College of Tel Aviv-Yaffo. He lives in Rehovot, is married and is the father of a 19-year-old son. He’s been active in Hadash for three decades and has held a number of posts in the party.

    As a lecturer, he stands out for his boldness and fierce rhetoric, which draws students of all stripes. He even hangs out with some of his Haredi students, one of whom wrote a post on the eve of the Hadash primary urging the delegates to choose him. After his election, a student from a settlement in the territories wrote to him, “You are a determined and industrious person, and for that I hold you in high regard. Hoping we will meet on the field of action and growth for the success of Israel as a Jewish, democratic state (I felt obliged to add a small touch of irony in conclusion).”

    Cassif grew up in a home that supported Mapai, forerunner of Labor, in Rishon Letzion. He was an only child; his father was an accountant, his mother held a variety of jobs. He was a news hound from an early age, and at 12 ran for the student council in school. He veered sharply to the left in his teens, becoming a keen follower of Marx and socialism.

    Following military service in the IDF’s Nahal brigade and a period in the airborne Nahal, Cassif entered the Hebrew University. There his political career moved one step forward, and there he also forsook the Zionist left permanently. His first position was as a parliamentary aide to the secretary general of the Communist Party, Meir Wilner.

    “At first I was closer to Mapam [the United Workers Party, which was Zionist], and then I refused to serve in the territories. I was the first refusenik in the first intifada to be jailed. I didn’t get support from Mapam, I got support from the people of Hadash, and I drew close to them. I was later jailed three more times for refusing to serve in the territories.”

    His rivals in the student organizations at the Hebrew University remember him as the epitome of the extreme left.

    “Even in the Arab-Jewish student association, Cassif was considered off-the-wall,” says Motti Ohana, who was chairman of Likud’s student association and active in the Student Union at the end of the 1980s and early 1990s. “One time I got into a brawl with him. It was during the first intifada, when he brought two bags of blood, emptied them out in the university’s corridors and declared, ‘There is no difference between Jewish and Arab blood,’ likening Israeli soldiers to terrorists. The custom on campus was that we would quarrel, left-right, Arabs-Jews, and after that we would sit together, have a coffee and talk. But not Cassif.”

    According to Ohana, today a member of the Likud central committee, the right-wing activists knew that, “You could count on Ofer to fall into every trap. There was one event at the Hebrew University that was a kind of political Hyde Park. The right wanted to boot the left out of there, so we hung up the flag. It was obvious that Ofer would react, and in fact he tore the flag, and in the wake of the ruckus that developed, political activity was stopped for good.”

    Replacing the anthem

    Cassif voices clearly and cogently positions that challenge the public discourse in Israel, and does so with ardor and charisma. Four candidates vied for Hadash’s Jewish slot, and they all delivered speeches at the convention. The three candidates who lost to him – Efraim Davidi, Yaela Raanan and the head of the party’s Tel Aviv branch, Noa Levy – described their activity and their guiding principles. When they spoke, there was the regular buzz of an audience that’s waiting for lunch. But when Cassif took the stage, the effect was magnetic.

    “Peace will not be established without a correction of the crimes of the Nakba and [recognition of] the right of return,” he shouted, and the crowd cheered him. As one senior party figure put it, “Efraim talked about workers’ rights, Yaela about the Negev, Noa about activity in Tel Aviv – and Ofer was Ofer.”

    What do you mean by “right of return”?

    Cassif: “The first thing is the actual recognition of the Nakba and of the wrong done by Israel. Compare it to the Truth and Reconciliation Commissions in South Africa, if you like, or with the commissions in Chile after Pinochet. Israel must recognize the wrong it committed. Now, recognition of the wrong also includes recognition of the right of return. The question is how it’s implemented. It has to be done by agreement. I can’t say that tomorrow Tel Aviv University has to be dismantled and that Sheikh Munis [the Arab village on whose ruins the university stands] has to be rebuilt there. The possibility can be examined of giving compensation in place of return, for example.”

    But what is the just solution, in your opinion?

    “For the Palestinian refugees to return to their homeland.”

    That means there will be Jews who will have to leave their home.

    “In some places, unequivocally, yes. People will have to be told: ‘You must evacuate your places.’ The classic example is Ikrit and Biram [Christian-Arab villages in Galilee whose residents were promised – untruly – by the Israeli authorities in 1948 that they would be able to return, and whose lands were turned over to Jewish communities]. But there are places where there is certainly greater difficulty. You don’t right one wrong with another.”

    What about the public space in Israel? What should it look like?

    “The public space has to change, to belong to all the state’s residents. I dispute the conception of ‘Jewish publicness.’”

    How should that be realized?

    “For example, by changing the national symbols, changing the national anthem. [Former Hadash MK] Mohammed Barakeh once suggested ‘I Believe’ [‘Sahki, Sahki’] by [Shaul] Tchernichovsky – a poem that is not exactly an expression of Palestinian nationalism. He chose it because of the line, ‘For in mankind I’ll believe.’ What does it mean to believe in mankind? It’s not a Jew, or a Palestinian, or a Frenchman, or I don’t know what.”

    What’s the difference between you and the [Arab] Balad party? Both parties overall want two states – a state “of all its citizens” and a Palestinian state.

    “In the big picture, yes. But Balad puts identity first on the agenda. We are not nationalists. We do not espouse nationalism as a supreme value. For us, self-determination is a means. We are engaged in class politics. By the way, Balad [the National Democratic Assembly] and Ta’al [MK Ahmad Tibi’s Arab Movement for Renewal] took the idea of a state of all its citizens from us, from Hadash. We’ve been talking about it for ages.”

    If you were a Palestinian, what would you do today?

    “In Israel, what my Palestinian friends are doing, and I with them – [wage] a parliamentary and extra-parliamentary struggle.”

    And what about the Palestinians in the territories?

    “We have always been against harming innocent civilians. Always. In all our demonstrations, one of our leading slogans was: ‘In Gaza and in Sderot, children want to live.’ With all my criticism of the settlers, to enter a house and slaughter children, as in the case of the Fogel family [who were murdered in their beds in the settlement of Itamar in 2011], is intolerable. You have to be a human being and reject that.”

    And attacks on soldiers?

    “An attack on soldiers is not terrorism. Even Netanyahu, in his book about terrorism, explicitly categorizes attacks on soldiers or on the security forces as guerrilla warfare. It’s perfectly legitimate, according to every moral criterion – and, by the way, in international law. At the same time, I am not saying it’s something wonderful, joyful or desirable. The party’s Haifa office is on Ben-Gurion Street, and suddenly, after years, I noticed a memorial plaque there for a fighter in Lehi [pre-state underground militia, also known as the Stern Gang] who assassinated a British officer. Wherever there has been a struggle for liberation from oppression, there are national heroes, who in 90 percent of the cases carried out some operations that were unlawful. Nelson Mandela is today considered a hero, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, but according to the conventional definition, he was a terrorist. Most of the victims of the ANC [African National Congress] were civilians.”

    In other words, today’s Hamas commanders who are carrying out attacks on soldiers will be heroes of the future Palestinian state?

    “Of course.”

    Anti-Zionist identity

    Cassif terms himself an explicit anti-Zionist. “There are three reasons for that,” he says. “To begin with, Zionism is a colonialist movement, and as a socialist, I am against colonialism. Second, as far as I am concerned, Zionism is racist in ideology and in practice. I am not referring to the definition of race theory – even though there are also some who impute that to the Zionist movement – but to what I call Jewish supremacy. No socialist can accept that. My supreme value is equality, and I can’t abide any supremacy – Jewish or Arab. The third thing is that Zionism, like other ethno-nationalistic movements, splits the working class and all weakened groups. Instead of uniting them in a struggle for social justice, for equality, for democracy, it divides the exploited classes and the enfeebled groups, and by that means strengthens the rule of capital.”

    He continues, “Zionism also sustains anti-Semitism. I don’t say it does so deliberately – even though I have no doubt that there are some who do it deliberately, like Netanyahu, who is connected to people like the prime minister of Hungary, Viktor Orban, and the leader of the far right in Austria, Hans Christian Strache.”

    Did Mapai-style Zionism also encourage anti-Semitism?

    “The phenomenon was very striking in Mapai. Think about it for a minute, not only historically, but logically. If the goal of political and practical Zionism is really the establishment of a Jewish state containing a Jewish majority, and for Diaspora Jewry to settle there, nothing serves them better than anti-Semitism.”

    What in their actions encouraged anti-Semitism?

    “The very appeal to Jews throughout the world – the very fact of treating them as belonging to the same nation, when they were living among other nations. The whole old ‘dual loyalty’ story – Zionism actually encouraged that. Therefore, I maintain that anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism are not the same thing, but are precisely opposites. That doesn’t mean, of course, that there are no anti-Zionists who are also anti-Semites. Most of the BDS people are of course anti-Zionists, but they are in no way anti-Semites. But there are anti-Semites there, too.”

    Do you support BDS?

    “It’s too complex a subject for a yes or no answer; there are aspects I don’t support.”

    Do you think that the Jews deserve a national home in the Land of Israel?

    “I don’t know what you mean by ‘national home.’ It’s very amorphous. We in Hadash say explicitly that Israel has a right to exist as a sovereign state. Our struggle is not against the state’s existence, but over its character.”

    But that state is the product of the actions of the Zionist movement, which you say has been colonialist and criminal from day one.

    “That’s true, but the circumstances have changed. That’s the reason that the majority of the members of the Communist Party accepted the [1947] partition agreement at the time. They recognized that the circumstances had changed. I think that one of the traits that sets communist thought apart, and makes it more apt, is the understanding and the attempt to strike the proper balance between what should be, and reality. So it’s true that Zionism started as colonialism, but what do you do with the people who were already born here? What do you tell them? Because your grandparents committed a crime, you have to leave? The question is how you transform the situation that’s been created into one that’s just, democratic and equal.”

    So, a person who survived a death camp and came here is a criminal?

    “The individual person, of course not. I’m in favor of taking in refugees in distress, no matter who or what they are. I am against Zionism’s cynical use of Jews in distress, including the refugees from the Holocaust. I have a problem with the fact that the natives whose homeland this is cannot return, while people for whom it’s not their homeland, can, because they supposedly have some sort of blood tie and an ‘imaginary friend’ promised them the land.”

    I understand that you are in favor of the annulment of the Law of Return?

    “Yes. Definitely.”

    But you are in favor of the Palestinian right of return.

    “There’s no comparison. There’s no symmetry here at all. Jerry Seinfeld was by chance born to a Jewish family. What’s his connection to this place? Why should he have preference over a refugee from Sabra or Chatila, or Edward Said, who did well in the United States? They are the true refugees. This is their homeland. Not Seinfeld’s.”

    Are you critical of the Arabs, too?

    “Certainly. One criticism is of their cooperation with imperialism – take the case of today’s Saudi Arabia, Qatar and so on. Another, from the past, relates to the reactionary forces that did not accept that the Jews have a right to live here.”

    Hadash refrained from criticizing the Assad regime even as it was massacring civilians in Syria. The party even torpedoed a condemnation of Assad after the chemical attack. Do you identify with that approach?

    “Hadash was critical of the Assad regime – father and son – for years, so we can’t be accused in any way of supporting Assad or Hezbollah. We are not Ba’ath, we are not Islamists. We are communists. But as I said earlier, the struggle, unfortunately, is generally not between the ideal and what exists in practice, but many times between two evils. And then you have to ask yourself which is the lesser evil. The Syrian constellation is extremely complicated. On the one hand, there is the United States, which is intervening, and despite all the pretense of being against ISIS, supported ISIS and made it possible for ISIS to sprout.

    "I remind you that ISIS started from the occupation of Iraq. And ideologically and practically, ISIS is definitely a thousand times worse than the Assad regime, which is at base also a secular regime. Our position was and is against the countries that pose the greatest danger to regional peace, which above all are Qatar and Saudi Arabia, and the United States, which supports them. That doesn’t mean that we support Assad.”

    Wrong language

    Cassif’s economic views are almost as far from the consensus as his political ideas. He lives modestly in an apartment that’s furnished like a young couple’s first home. You won’t find an espresso maker or unnecessary products of convenience in his place. To his credit, it can be said that he extracts the maximum from Elite instant coffee.

    What is your utopian vision – to nationalize Israel’s conglomerates, such as Cellcom, the telecommunications company, or Osem, the food manufacturer and distributor?

    “The bottom line is yes. How exactly will it be done? That’s an excellent question, which I can’t answer. Perhaps by transferring ownership to the state or to the workers, with democratic tools. And there are other alternatives. But certainly, I would like it if a large part of the resources were not in private hands, as was the case before the big privatizations. It’s true that it won’t be socialism, because, again, there can be no such thing as Zionist socialism, but there won’t be privatization like we have today. What is the result of capitalism in Israel? The collapse of the health system, the absence of a social-welfare system, a high cost of living and of housing, the elderly and the disabled in a terrible situation.”

    Does any private sector have the right to exist?

    “Look, the question is what you mean by ‘private sector.’ If we’re talking about huge concerns that the owners of capital control completely through their wealth, then no.”

    What growth was there in the communist countries? How can anyone support communism, in light of the grim experience wherever it was tried?

    “It’s true, we know that in the absolute majority of societies where an attempt was made to implement socialism, there was no growth or prosperity, and we need to ask ourselves why, and how to avoid that. When I talk about communism, I’m not talking about Stalin and all the crimes that were committed in the name of the communist idea. Communism is not North Korea and it is not Pol Pot in Cambodia. Heaven forbid.”

    And what about Venezuela?

    “Venezuela is not communism. In fact, they didn’t go far enough in the direction of socialism.”

    Chavez was not enough of a socialist?

    “Chavez, but in particular Maduro. The Communist Party is critical of the regime. They support it because the main enemy is truly American imperialism and its handmaidens. Let’s look at what the U.S. did over the years. At how many times it invaded and employed bullying, fascist forces. Not only in Latin America, its backyard, but everywhere.”

    Venezuela is falling apart, people there don’t have anything to eat, there’s no medicine, everyone who can flees – and it’s the fault of the United States?

    “You can’t deny that the regime has made mistakes. It’s not ideal. But basically, it is the result of American imperialism and its lackeys. After all, the masses voted for Chavez and for Maduro not because things were good for them. But because American corporations stole the country’s resources and filled their own pockets. I wouldn’t make Chavez into an icon, but he did some excellent things.”

    Then how do you generate individual wealth within the method you’re proposing? I understand that I am now talking to you capitalistically, but the reality is that people see the accumulation of assets as an expression of progress in life.

    “Your question is indeed framed in capitalist language, which simply departs from what I believe in. Because you are actually asking me how the distribution of resources is supposed to occur within the capitalist framework. And I say no, I am not talking about resource distribution within a capitalist framework.”

    Gantz vs. Netanyahu

    Cassif was chosen as the polls showed Meretz and Labor, the representatives of the Zionist left, barely scraping through into the next Knesset and in fact facing a serious possibility of electoral extinction. The critique of both parties from the radical left is sometimes more acerbic than from the right.

    Would you like to see the Labor Party disappear?

    “No. I think that what’s happening at the moment with Labor and with Meretz is extremely dangerous. I speak about them as collectives, because they contain individuals with whom I see no possibility of engaging in a dialogue. But I think that they absolutely must be in the Knesset.”

    Is a left-winger who defines himself as a Zionist your partner in any way?

    “Yes. We need partners. We can’t be picky. Certainly we will cooperate with liberals and Zionists on such issues as combating violence against women or the battle to rescue the health system. Maybe even in putting an end to the occupation.”

    I’ll put a scenario to you: Benny Gantz does really well in the election and somehow overcomes Netanyahu. Do you support the person who led Operation Protective Edge in Gaza when he was chief of staff?

    “Heaven forbid. But we don’t reject people, we reject policy. I remind you that it was [then-defense minister] Yitzhak Rabin who led the most violent tendency in the first intifada, with his ‘Break their bones.’ But when he came to the Oslo Accords, it was Hadash and the Arab parties that gave him, from outside the coalition, an insurmountable bloc. I can’t speak for the party, but if there is ever a government whose policy is one that we agree with – eliminating the occupation, combating racism, abolishing the nation-state law – I believe we will give our support in one way or another.”

    And if Gantz doesn’t declare his intention to eliminate the occupation, he isn’t preferable to Netanyahu in any case?

    “If so, why should we recommend him [to the president to form the next government]? After the clips he posted boasting about how many people he killed and how he hurled Gaza back into the Stone Age, I’m far from certain that he’s better.”

    #Hadash

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      Le candidat à la Knesset dit que le sionisme encourage l’antisémitisme et qualifie Netanyahu de « meurtrier »
      Peu d’Israéliens ont entendu parler de M. Ofer Cassif, représentant juif de la liste de la Knesset du parti d’extrême gauche Hadash. Le 9 avril, cela changera.
      Par Ravit Hecht 16 février 2019 – Haaretz

      (…) Identité antisioniste
      Cassif se dit un antisioniste explicite. « Il y a trois raisons à cela », dit-il. « Pour commencer, le sionisme est un mouvement colonialiste et, en tant que socialiste, je suis contre le colonialisme. Deuxièmement, en ce qui me concerne, le sionisme est raciste d’idéologie et de pratique. Je ne fais pas référence à la définition de la théorie de la race - même si certains l’imputent également au mouvement sioniste - mais à ce que j’appelle la suprématie juive. Aucun socialiste ne peut accepter cela. Ma valeur suprême est l’égalité et je ne peux supporter aucune suprématie - juive ou arabe. La troisième chose est que le sionisme, comme d’autres mouvements ethno-nationalistes, divise la classe ouvrière et tous les groupes sont affaiblis. Au lieu de les unir dans une lutte pour la justice sociale, l’égalité, la démocratie, il divise les classes exploitées et affaiblit les groupes, renforçant ainsi le pouvoir du capital. "
      Il poursuit : « Le sionisme soutient également l’antisémitisme. Je ne dis pas qu’il le fait délibérément - même si je ne doute pas qu’il y en a qui le font délibérément, comme Netanyahu, qui est connecté à des gens comme le Premier ministre de la Hongrie, Viktor Orban, et le chef de l’extrême droite. en Autriche, Hans Christian Strache. ”

      Le sionisme type-Mapaï a-t-il également encouragé l’antisémitisme ?
      « Le phénomène était très frappant au Mapai. Pensez-y une minute, non seulement historiquement, mais logiquement. Si l’objectif du sionisme politique et pratique est en réalité de créer un État juif contenant une majorité juive et de permettre à la communauté juive de la diaspora de s’y installer, rien ne leur sert mieux que l’antisémitisme. "

      Qu’est-ce qui, dans leurs actions, a encouragé l’antisémitisme ?
      « L’appel même aux Juifs du monde entier - le fait même de les traiter comme appartenant à la même nation, alors qu’ils vivaient parmi d’autres nations. Toute la vieille histoire de « double loyauté » - le sionisme a en fait encouragé cela. Par conséquent, j’affirme que l’antisémitisme et l’antisionisme ne sont pas la même chose, mais sont précisément des contraires. Bien entendu, cela ne signifie pas qu’il n’y ait pas d’antisionistes qui soient aussi antisémites. La plupart des membres du BDS sont bien sûr antisionistes, mais ils ne sont en aucun cas antisémites. Mais il y a aussi des antisémites.

  • En fait, c’est parce que « Venezuela », ça rime avec « Hezbollah ». Si tu prononces trop vite, on peut même confondre.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1bPogl4R9c

    Et donc :
    – Hezbollah Is in Venezuela to Stay
    https://foreignpolicy.com/2019/02/09/hezbollah-is-in-venezuela-to-stay
    – L’Iran et Hezbollah au cœur de la crise au Venezuela
    https://www.jforum.fr/pompeo-iran-et-hezbollah-au-coeur-de-la-crise-au-venezuela.html
    – Déjà en novembre 2017 :
    Venezuela Infos : Les tentacules du terrorisme Hezbollah
    https://blogs.mediapart.fr/otrava-gamas/blog/151117/venezuela-infos-les-tentacules-du-terrorisme-hezbollah
    – Déjà en 2008 : Hezbollah link to Venezuela worries U.S.
    https://www.thespec.com/news-story/2104775-hezbollah-link-to-venezuela-worries-u-s-
    – Mais déjà en 2006 : HEZBOLLAH In Venezuela : Chávez Joins The Terrorists On His Path To Martyrdom
    http://www.vcrisis.com/index.php?content=letters/200609010809

  • Cuban, Hezbollah and Iranian cells drawn to embattled Venezuela : Mike Pompeo | Fox Business
    https://www.foxbusiness.com/politics/cuban-hezbollah-and-iranian-cells-drawn-to-embattled-venezuela-mike-pom

    “People don’t recognize that Hezbollah has active cells – the Iranians are impacting the people of Venezuela and throughout South America,” he said Wednesday. “We have an obligation to take down that risk for America.”

    Plus c’est gros !... Je me demande si Hitler n’est pas réfugié dans le palais de Maduro...

    #venezuela

  • De la fausse opposition entre culture de l’espace et culture du territoire à propos du Hezollah libanais
    A propos de
    III – Le Hezbollah entre culture de l’espace et intégration au système libanais - Michel TOUMA et Michel HAJJI GEORGIOU - L’Orient-Le Jour
    https://www.lorientlejour.com/article/1155791/iii-le-hezbollah-entre-culture-de-lespace-et-integration-au-systeme-l

    En tant que tête de pont des pasdaran aux frontières avec Israël et sur le littoral de la Méditerranée, le Hezbollah inscrit ainsi son action dans le sillage d’un vaste projet supranational chiite à caractère régional : celui de l’expansionnisme du nouvel empire perse emmené par les pasdaran.

    Cette dimension qui caractérise le projet Hezbollah ne fait pas toutefois l’unanimité au sein de la communauté chiite. Elle est notamment en porte-à-faux avec l’orientation essentiellement libaniste défendue par l’imam Mohammad Mehdi Chamseddine qui succéda à l’imam Moussa Sadr à la tête du Conseil supérieur chiite. Dans son ouvrage Wassaya (son testament politique), qu’il élaborera peu avant son décès en 2001, cheikh Chamseddine exhortera les chiites à ne pas s’engager sur la voie d’un projet chiite transnational, les appelant à lutter dans le cadre de leur société respective afin de défendre leurs droits légitimes. En clair, il les invitait à ne pas s’ancrer au projet de la wilayat el-faqih, rejoignant sur ce point l’actuel chef de la communauté chiite en Irak, l’ayatollah Sistani, ainsi que nombre de dignitaires chiites en Iran même.

    Dans un article publié dans Le Monde en juillet 2005, Samir Frangié analysait cette remise en cause de l’existence même d’un projet chiite autonome par Mohammad Mehdi Chalseddine, soulignant que l’apport de l’imam sur ce plan a été de lier la légitimité de l’État à sa capacité à préserver le « vouloir-vivre-ensemble » et donc à prendre en compte les sensibilités et les appréhensions des composantes communautaires qui forment le tissu social libanais. Cela implique une nécessaire « libanisation » du discours et de la posture politique de la communauté chiite, et donc du Hezbollah.

    Culture de l’espace et culture du territoire

    Le Hezbollah ne tiendra pas compte, ou très peu, du testament politique de Chamseddine. Sa doctrine, définie et rendue publique en 1985, le place dans une autre dimension, celle du projet transnational, d’une « culture de l’espace », par opposition à la posture libaniste, ou la « culture du territoire », prônée par Chamseddine, pour reprendre la notion définie par Bertrand Badie dans son ouvrage La fin des territoires.

    Si la logique transnationale est ce qui définit la culture de l’espace, pourquoi n’appliquer cette notion qu’au Hezbollah, et pas au réseau capitalisto-sunnite reliant les Hariri à Riyad, en passant par Paris et Washington ? La diaspora maronite, où il y a plus de fidèles en Amérique (latine et du nord) qu’au Liban, ne fonctionne t elle pas elle aussi selon une culture de l’espace ?
    Et à l’échelle locale, où existe t il une culture du territoire ? La plupart des Libanais vivent sur un double ancrage, entre leur lieu actuel de résidence et leur village d’origine. Ce territoire, largement virtuel, n’est il pas en fait aussi une culture de l’espace ?
    Au fond, ces deux notions renvoient à deux formes concomitantes de toute spatialité humaine.
    En fin de compte, cette opposition factice ne sert qu’à délégitimer un groupe politique et ses partisans - et je ne dis pas cela pour dédouaner le Hezbollah de son allégeance iranienne mais simplement pour signifier qu’il faut s’intéresser à toutes les formes d’allégeance transnationale dans ce cas.

  • Israel just admitted arming anti-Assad Syrian rebels. Big mistake - Middle East News
    Haaretz.com - Daniel J. Levy Jan 30, 2019 5:03 PM
    https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/.premium-israel-just-admitted-arming-anti-assad-syrian-rebels-big-mistake-1

    In his final days as the Israel Defense Forces’ Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Gadi Eisenkot confirmed, on the record, that Israel had directly supported anti-Assad Syrian rebel factions in the Golan Heights by arming them.

    This revelation marks a direct break from Israel’s previous media policy on such matters. Until now, Israel has insisted it has only provided humanitarian aid to civilians (through field hospitals on the Golan Heights and in permanent healthcare facilities in northern Israel), and has consistently denied or refused to comment on any other assistance.

    In short, none other than Israel’s most (until recently) senior serving soldier has admitted that up until his statement, his country’s officially stated position on the Syrian civil war was built on the lie of non-intervention.

    As uncomfortable as this may initially seem, though, it is unsurprising. Israel has a long history of conducting unconventional warfare. That form of combat is defined by the U.S. government’s National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 as “activities conducted to enable a resistance movement or insurgency to coerce, disrupt or overthrow an occupying power or government by operating through or with an underground, auxiliary or guerrilla force in a denied area” in the pursuit of various security-related strategic objectives.

    While the United States and Iran are both practitioners of unconventional warfare par excellence, they primarily tend to do so with obvious and longer-term strategic allies, i.e. the anti-Taliban Northern Alliance fighters in Afghanistan, and various Shia militias in post-2003 Iraq.

    In contrast, Israel has always shown a remarkable willingness to form short-term tactical partnerships with forces and entities explicitly hostile to its very existence, as long as that alliance is able to offer some kind of security-related benefits.

    The best example of this is Israel’s decision to arm Tehran during the Iran-Iraq War, despite the Islamic Republic of Iran’s strong anti-Zionist rhetoric and foreign policy. During the 1980s, Iraq remained Jerusalem’s primary conventional (and arguably existential) military threat. Aiding Tehran to continue fighting an attritional war against Baghdad reduced the risk the latter posed against Israel.

    Similarly, throughout the civil war in Yemen in the 1960s, Israel covertly supported the royalist Houthi forces fighting Egyptian-backed republicans. Given Egypt’s very heavy military footprint in Yemen at the time (as many as a third of all Egyptian troops were deployed to the country during this period), Israelis reasoned that this military attrition would undermine their fighting capacity closer to home, which was arguably proven by Egypt’s lacklustre performance in the Six Day War.

    Although technically not unconventional warfare, Israel long and openly backed the South Lebanon Army, giving it years of experience in arming, training, and mentoring a partner indigenous force.

    More recently, though, Israel’s policy of supporting certain anti-Assad rebel groups remains consistent with past precedents of with whom and why it engages in unconventional warfare. Israel’s most pressing strategic concern and potential threat in Syria is an Iranian encroachment onto its northern border, either directly, or through an experienced and dangerous proxy such as Hezbollah, key to the Assad regime’s survival.

    For a number of reasons, Israel committing troops to overt large-scale operations in Syria to prevent this is simply unfeasible. To this end, identifying and subsequently supporting a local partner capable of helping Israel achieve this strategic goal is far more sensible, and realistic.

    Open source details of Israel’s project to support anti-Assad rebel groups are sparse, and have been since the outbreak of the Syrian civil war.

    Reports of this first arose towards the end of 2014, and one described how United Nations officials had witnessed Syrian rebels transferring injured patients to Israel, as well as “IDF soldiers on the Israeli side handing over two boxes to armed Syrian opposition members on the Syrian side.” The same report also stated that UN observers said they saw “two IDF soldiers on the eastern side of the border fence opening the gate and letting two people enter Israel.”

    Since then, a steady stream of similar reports continued to detail Israeli contacts with the Syrian rebels, with the best being written and researched by Elizabeth Tsurkov. In February, 2014 she wrote an outstanding feature for War On The Rocks, where she identified Liwaa’ Fursan al-Jolan and Firqat Ahrar Nawa as two groups benefiting from Israeli support, named Iyad Moro as “Israel’s contact person in Beit Jann,” and stated that weaponry, munitions, and cash were Israel’s main form of military aid.

    She also describes how Israel has supported its allied groups in fighting local affiliates of Islamic State with drone strikes and high-precision missile attacks, strongly suggesting, in my view, the presence of embedded Israeli liaison officers of some kind.

    A 2017 report published by the United Nations describes how IDF personnel were observed passing supplies over the Syrian border to unidentified armed individuals approaching them with convoys of mules, and although Israel claims that these engagements were humanitarian in nature, this fails to explain the presence of weaponry amongst the unidentified individuals receiving supplies from them.

    Writing for Foreign Policy in September 2018, Tsurkov again detailed how Israel was supporting the Syrian rebel factions, stating that material support came in the form of “assault rifles, machine guns, mortar launchers and transport vehicles,” which were delivered “through three gates connecting the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights to Syria - the same crossings Israel used to deliver humanitarian aid to residents of southern Syria suffering from years of civil war.” She also dates this support to have begun way back in 2013.

    The one part of Israel’s involvement in the Syrian Civil War which has been enthusiastically publicised, though, has been its ongoing humanitarian operations in the Golan. Dubbed “Operation Good Neighbor,” this was established in June 2016, and its stated aim is to “provide humanitarian aid to as many people as possible while maintaining Israel’s policy of non-involvement in the conflict.”

    Quite clearly, this is - at least in parts - a lie, as even since before its official commencement, Israel was seemingly engaging with and supporting various anti-Assad factions.

    Although Operation Good Neighbor patently did undertake significant humanitarian efforts in southern Syria for desperate Syrian civilians (including providing free medical treatment, infrastructure support, and civilian aid such as food and fuel), it has long been my personal belief that it was primarily a smokescreen for Israel’s covert unconventional warfare efforts in the country.

    Although it may be argued that deniability was initially necessary to protect Israel’s Syrian beneficiaries who could not be seen to be working with Jerusalem for any number of reasons (such as the likely detrimental impact this would have on their local reputation if not lives), this does not justify Israel’s outright lying on the subject. Instead, it could have mimicked the altogether more sensible approach of the British government towards United Kingdom Special Forces, which is simply to restate their position of not commenting, confirming, or denying any potentially relevant information or assertions.

    Israel is generous in its provision of humanitarian aid to the less fortunate, but I find it impossible to believe that its efforts in Syria were primarily guided by altruism when a strategic objective as important as preventing Iran and its proxies gaining a toehold on its northern border was at stake.

    Its timing is interesting and telling as well. Operation Good Neighbor was formally put in place just months after the Assad regime began its Russian-backed counter-offensive against the rebel factions, and ceased when the rebels were pushed out of southern Syria in September 2018.

    But it’s not as if that September there were no longer civilians who could benefit from Israeli humanitarian aid, but an absence of partners to whom Israel could feasibly directly dispatch arms and other supplies. Although Israel did participate in the rescue of a number of White Helmets, this was done in a relatively passive manner (allowing their convoy to drive to Jordan through Israeli territory), and also artfully avoided escalating any kind of conflict with the Assad’s forces and associated foreign allies.

    Popular opinion - both in Israel and amongst Diaspora Jews - was loud and clear about the ethical necessity of protecting Syrian civilians (especially from historically-resonant gas attacks). But it’s unlikely this pressure swung Israel to intervene in Syria. Israel already had a strong interest in keeping Iran and its proxies out southern Syria, and that would have remained the case, irrespective of gas attacks against civilians.

    Although Israel has gone to great lengths to conceal its efforts at unconventional warfare within the Syrian civil war, it need not have. Its activities are consistent with its previous efforts at promoting strategic objectives through sometimes unlikely, if not counter-intuitive, regional partners.

    Perhaps the reason why Eisenkot admitted that this support was taking place was because he knew that it could not be concealed forever, not least since the fall of the smokescreen provided by Operation Good Neighbor. But the manner in which Israel operated may have longer-term consequences.

    Israel is unlikely to change how it operates in the future, but may very well find future potential tactical partners less than willing to cooperate with it. In both southern Lebanon and now Syria, Israel’s former partners have found themselves exposed to dangers borne out of collaboration, and seemingly abandoned.

    With that kind of history and record, it is likely that unless they find themselves in desperate straits, future potential partners will think twice before accepting support from, and working with, Israel.

    For years, Israel has religiously adhered to the official party line that the country’s policy was non-intervention, and this has now been exposed as a lie. Such a loss of public credibility may significantly inhibit its abilities to conduct influence operations in the future.

    Daniel J. Levy is a graduate of the Universities of Leeds and Oxford, where his academic research focused on Iranian proxies in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Palestine. He lives in the UK and is the Founding Director of The Ortakoy Security Group. Twitter: @danielhalevy

    #IsraelSyrie