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UNIFIL after Security Council Resolution 2373: Same Forces, More Reports

UNIFIL after Security Council Resolution 2373: Same Forces, More Reports
On August 30, 2017, the United Nations Security Council adopted Resolution 2373, which extends Resolution 1701 (2006) and the mandate of the United Nation’s Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) for another year. The main changes in Resolution 2373 from earlier resolutions lie in the request “to look at ways to enhance UNIFIL’s efforts… including ways to increase UNIFIL’s visible presence…within its existing mandate” and “to continue to issue prompt and detailed reports on violations of Resolution 1701…on the restrictions to UNIFIL’s freedom of movement… on specific areas where UNIFIL does not access ... and to further develop a reporting mechanism in order to provide concrete and detailed information on the aforementioned issues.” Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon described it as “a significant political victory that could change the situation in southern Lebanon and expose the terrorist enterprise that Hezbollah established on Israel’s border,” and added that “the resolution requires UNIFIL to open its eyes, and forces it to take action against Hezbollah’s military force buildup in the area.”

By INSS -- Assaf Orion- Sunday, January 21, 2018 - Full Story

UNIFIL after Security Council Resolution 2373: Same Forces, More Reports

On August 30, 2017, the United Nations Security Council adopted Resolution 2373, which extends Resolution 1701 (2006) and the mandate of the United Nation’s Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) for another year. The main changes in Resolution 2373 from earlier resolutions lie in the request “to look at ways to enhance UNIFIL’s efforts… including ways to increase UNIFIL’s visible presence…within its existing mandate” and “to continue to issue prompt and detailed reports on violations of Resolution 1701…on the restrictions to UNIFIL’s freedom of movement… on specific areas where UNIFIL does not access ... and to further develop a reporting mechanism in order to provide concrete and detailed information on the aforementioned issues.” Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon described it as “a significant political victory that could change the situation in southern Lebanon and expose the terrorist enterprise that Hezbollah established on Israel’s border,” and added that “the resolution requires UNIFIL to open its eyes, and forces it to take action against Hezbollah’s military force buildup in the area.”

By INSS -- Assaf Orion- Sunday, January 21, 2018 - Full Story

Israel’s sustained economic growth

Tourism to Israel rose by 24.6% in 2017 and reached a record level of 3.6MN tourists, 800,000 from the USA. Tourism comprises around 2.5% of Israel’s GDP and is a substantial employer – a 35% growth in employment since 2010. (“Economist Intelligence Unit,” January 15, 2018).

Israel’s national debt-to-GDP ratio declines, systematically, from 70.6% in 2008, 69.6% in 2010, 67.1% in 2012 and 64.8% in 2014 to 60.6% in 2016 (Globes Business Daily, January 12, 2018). Israel’s exports are challenged by the appreciation of Israel’s Shekel, reflecting the robust performance of Israel’s economy (e.g., keeping inflation at 1%-3%; 4.1% unemployment, rising GDP and GDP per capita, etc.). In 2017, Israel’s exports surged, for the first time, beyond $100BN ($43BN hightech) – a 5% increase over 2016.

By Yoram Ettinger - Sunday, January 21, 2018 - Full Story

The Real International #resist Movement Behind the Hype

The Real International #resist Movement Behind the Hype
The #resist movement in this country started, by their own website admission, fifty years ago with the protest against the war in Vietnam. Today, they are resisting with vile language and actions our President Trump, his administration, police, all rational Americans who do not believe in anthropogenic global warming/climate change, our borders, our sovereignty, free markets, and anything rational that involves thought instead of rabid feelings. ANTIFA, a very fascistic organization, and BLM, a very racist organization, and pink vagina-hats women, are the most prominent and visible groups of the #resist movement.

Resistors are hateful, cowardly, but violent individuals who engage in barking to the sky episodes, howling at the moon, or just dressing like lunatics, twisting in animalistic rituals as a form of protest art. When they are not busy harassing and targeting cops, blocking interstates, highways, fire trucks and ambulances, they are trashing and burning neighborhoods and businesses of hard-working Americans.

By Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh - Monday, January 15, 2018 - Full Story

The UN Aftermath of President Trump’s Announcement on Jerusalem

The UN Aftermath of President Trump's Announcement on Jerusalem
On December 6, 2017 President Trump announced that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. What followed this controversial announcement in the UN realm was a flurry of initiatives, including a draft resolution submitted to the Security Council by Egypt; a resolution submitted to the General Assembly by Yemen and Turkey; Israel’s withdrawal form UNESCO (UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), and President Trump’s threat to cut funding from UNRWA (UN Relief and Work Agency responsible for Palestinian refugees).

In the Security Council, the United States was forced to use its veto power to prevent a unanimous decision to support the draft resolution. This was the precise intention of the Palestinian delegation, which reportedly held a series of bilateral meetings with Council members to discuss the contours of a resolution that would be broadly acceptable to all members besides the United States. Indeed, widely consensual parameters in the draft – affirming that decisions vis-à-vis Jerusalem must comply with relevant resolutions of the Security Council, and calling for a reversal of trends imperiling the two-state solution – were skillfully balanced with references to “deep regret at recent decisions concerning the status of Jerusalem”; assertions that actions that alter the status of Jerusalem are “null and void,” and that all states should refrain from the establishment of diplomatic missions in Jerusalem. The art of compromise and dialogue with Security Council players thus enabled the Palestinians to achieve their objective and demonstrate poignantly the lack of international support for the American unilateral decision on Jerusalem.

By INSS -- Michal Hatuel-Radoshitzky- Monday, January 15, 2018 - Full Story

Israel-Jordan negotiations could follow PLO threat to boycott Trump

Israel-Jordan negotiations could follow PLO threat to boycott Trump
The Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) threat to refuse to negotiate with Israel unless President Trump withdraws his recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel could see Jordan replacing the PLO as Israel’s negotiating partner to end the 100 years-old Arab-Jewish conflict.

This threat—unless unconditionally revoked—would give Trump the opportunity to consign the PLO to the political wilderness by inviting Jordan to step in and negotiate with Israel over Trump’s eagerly-anticipated “ultimate deal‚”.

By David Singer - Monday, January 15, 2018 - Full Story

How China is locking up critical resources in the US’s own backyard

China's new Silk Road
In the 1800s the United States under President James Monroe invoked the Monroe Doctrine, which stated that any effort by European nations to control any independent state in North or South America would be viewed as “an unfriendly disposition towards the United States.”

The intent of the Monroe Doctrine was to free the newly independent colonies of Latin America from mostly Spain and Portugal, so that the States could exert its influence undisturbed.

“The Monroe Doctrine, first articulated in 1823 as a means of blocking external interference in the Western Hemisphere, was the central pillar of US policy toward Latin America until Barack Obama’s secretary of State, John Kerry, told a roomful of Latin American diplomats in 2013 that “the era of the Monroe Doctrine is over.” The statement was part of an effort to rehabilitate the US image in a region long accustomed to seeing the United States as seeking to control it through persuasion when possible, and force when necessary.  In a policy paper published last December, Craig Deare, a dean at the US National Defense University and now Mr. Trump’s top Latin America advisor on the National Security Council staff, denounced Kerry’s statement “as a clear invitation to those extra-regional actors looking for opportunities to increase their influence. He specifically mentioned China.” Is Trump resurrecting the Monroe Doctrine? Max Paul Friedman

By Rick Mills - Monday, January 15, 2018 - Full Story

Is Peter Disoriented about the United Nations?

Is Peter Disoriented about the United Nations?
On Monday Pope Francis delivered the annual papal address to the diplomatic corps—the Vatican’s ambassadors from over 180 nations. His speech focused on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations 70 years ago this past December 10. The pope said, “At a distance of seventy years, it is painful to see how many fundamental rights continue to be violated today.”

The problem is that the United Nations is not about fundamental rights, but about the rights to revolt from God. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted in 1948 was satanic in agenda, in that it was all about instigating rebellion against moral authority and initiating a new era that would take away our fundamental human rights, especially the right to life. It was about empowering those who advance the destruction of Christianity through every form of moral corruption, including witchcraft, sodomy, pedophilia, and drug infiltration, and who from the beginning have determined to “marginalize” Christians and infringe upon their religious liberty.

By David Martin - Saturday, January 13, 2018 - Full Story

North Korea Games the Olympics

North Korea Games the Olympics
If the International Olympic Committee ever decides to add Totalitarian Cruelty and Nuclear Extortion to its roster of Olympic sports, it might make sense for the IOC to bend over backwards to include North Korea—which would be a shoo-in for the gold. But the Olympics are supposed to involve healthier forms of activity. So I’d strongly urge a sober rethink of the applause we’re now hearing for North Korea’s last-minute enrollment in the Winter Olympic Games, to be held Feb. 9-25 in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

And there sure has been plenty of applause, from many quarters, for Tuesday’s Inter-Korean talks at Panmunjom and the resulting joint North-South Korean announcement that North Korea would send a delegation to the Olympics.


What Happens When Socialists Run Out of Other People’s Money

What Happens When Socialists Run Out of Other People's Money
Prime Minister Thatcher once famously observed that socialists “always run out of other people’s money.” But what actually happens when socialism runs out of money?

Venezuela, a once wealthy nation with black gold coming out of the ground, is a test case.

The socialist regime ran out of other people’s money, and then out of money, years ago. The government met protests by its starving population with a 40% minimum wage hike. That’s the usual socialist solution to what leftists call ‘income inequality’. The problem is that 40% of nothing is still zero.

By Daniel Greenfield - Friday, January 12, 2018 - Full Story

UNICEF Works with Radical Pro-Palestinian Groups to Demonize Israel Defense Forces

UNICEF Works with Radical Pro-Palestinian Groups to Demonize Israel Defense Forces
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is a UN program that is supposed to provide humanitarian and developmental assistance to children around the world. While UNICEF does do valuable work on behalf of children, it is not the same organization that I remember collecting money for on Halloween decades ago. In more recent times, UNICEF has partnered with radical organizations pursuing pro-Palestinian and Islamist agendas.  NGO Monitor produces and distributes critical analyses and reports on the activities of the international and local non-governmental organization (NGO) networks. It has just issued a scathing report claiming that UNICEF’s Occupied Palestinian Territory (oPt) branch is working with radical anti-Israel NGOs to add the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) to a UN blacklist of “grave” violators of children’s rights.

Each year, the UN Secretary General publishes a report on “Children and Armed Conflict,” which, since 2001, has included an “annex” listing “parties to armed conflict” that engage in certain practices that fundamentally violate the rights of children. This annex is regarded as a blacklist of villainous entities that harm children. Palestinians and their advocates are seeking to abuse the process by enlisting UNICEF to do their dirty work in demonizing Israel yet again.

By Joseph A. Klein, CFP United Nations Columnist - Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - Full Story

Norks announce their nuclear missiles ONLY aimed at U.S. oh, and we’ll be able to root against them

Norks announce their nuclear missiles ONLY aimed at U.S
As you know, I’m bummed that Russia has been booted from the 2018 Winter Olympics. Sure, their athletes are finding a variety of ways around their country’s embarrassing drug-related ban, but it’s just not the same. Fortunately, we’ll have another global enemy to root against.

After a “historic” meeting between North and South Korean diplomats, Kim Jong Un has announced that the ridiculously named Democratic People’s Republic of Korea will be sending athletes, reporters, and cheerleaders to the Pyeongchang games.

By Robert Laurie - Tuesday, January 9, 2018 - Full Story

Trump odds-on to defund UNRWA if PLO won’t negotiate with Israel

Trump odds-on to defund UNRWA if PLO won't negotiate with Israel
President Trump appears determined to defund the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) should the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) refuse to resume negotiations with Israel.

Such negotiations—suspended since April 2014—won’t re-commence until Trump’s eagerly-awaited peace plan—his “ultimate deal” - sees the light of day. Until then current UNRWA funding will probably continue.

By David Singer - Saturday, January 6, 2018 - Full Story

Iran Erupts

Iran Erupts
Contrary to what many people think, Iran is not a stable Islamic state. The mullahs, like organized crime, have to hold their power over Iran with blood, the blood of their people. Yes, Iran, or Persia, as it was once called, has had their share of coups and revolutions, but for the most part, modern Iran’s problems began in 1950 when foreign influence began to change the nature of the country. For many older people in the East, Western culture is as foreign to them as Eastern culture is to us.

The religious makeup of Iran before the 1979 revolution was mainly Shia Muslims, but a significant number of Jews, Christians, and other faiths called Iran home as well, and they all lived together just fine.

By Ray DiLorenzo - Saturday, January 6, 2018 - Full Story

Iran’s mad mullahs getting awfully nervous as street protests continue for seventh day

Iran's mad mullahs getting awfully nervous as street protests continue for seventh day
Things you can’t imagine happening never happen . . . until they do. The Berlin Wall would never come down. The Soviet Union would surely not cease to exist. The Cubs would never win a World Series. Donald Trump couldn’t possibly be elected president.

Things that can’t happen because they simply can’t remain inconceivable until events change the limits of what we can conceive.

By Dan Calabrese - Tuesday, January 2, 2018 - Full Story

Bowl Cut Jr. gives starving Nork soldiers months off to forage for nuts and berries

Bowl Cut Jr. gives starving Nork soldiers months off to forage for nuts and berries
It’s no secret that horrific communist dictatorships have trouble feeding their people.  We’ve seen it everywhere it’s tried, from the Soviet Union to Venezuela. No matter how much you want your fascist totalitarian regime to succeed, eventually everyone has an unpleasant tendency to get really, really, hungry..

If a recent report is correct, that’s also true in North Korea.  There, glorious leader has given his troops a few months off so they can - get this - forage for nuts and berries.

By Robert Laurie - Tuesday, January 2, 2018 - Full Story

UN vote on Trump’s Jerusalem decision reaches new legal low

UN vote on Trump's Jerusalem decision reaches new legal low
The United Nations General Assembly resolution on 21 December 2017 asking nations not to establish diplomatic missions in Jerusalem (“Resolution”) was adopted by 128 of the 193 member States acting in breach of three specific articles in the UN Charter.

By David Singer - Sunday, December 31, 2017 - Full Story

Latest News on Iranian Revolt


Iran protests have violent night; at least 13 dead overall

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Protests across Iran saw their most violent night as “armed protesters” tried to overrun military bases and police stations before security forces repelled them, killing 10 people, Iranian state television said Monday.

The demonstrations, the largest to strike Iran since its disputed 2009 presidential election, have seen five days of unrest across the country and a death toll of at least 13 with the slaying of a police officer announced late Monday.—More…

Iran cuts social media access as unrest turns deadly

Tehran (AFP) - Iran cut access to social media on Sunday in a bid to head off further protests after days of unrest that saw two people killed and dozens arrested.

The interior minister warned protesters will “pay the price” as footage on social media showed thousands marching across the country overnight in the biggest test for the Islamic republic since mass demonstrations in 2009.—More…

Trump: Iranians ‘finally getting wise’ on their money ‘squandered on terrorism’

President Trump said Sunday the United States is keeping an eye out for human rights violations during the deadly Iranian protests, which have entered their fourth day.

At least two people reportedly have died so far, and Iranian officials have warned anti-government protesters will “pay the price.”—More…

By News on the Net - Sunday, December 31, 2017 - Full Story

Facing a Tamimi government

Facing a Tamimi government
This week, the Tamimi clan from Nabi Saleh beset Israel once again. Ahed Tamimi, the family’s teenaged golden girl, and her mother, Nariman, once again posted videos of themselves slapping and cursing hapless IDF soldiers.

The photogenic Ahed has been doing this number since she was a little girl.

There are two components of the Palestinian war to annihilate Israel: terrorism and propaganda. The two are integrally linked. The ties are nowhere more apparent than in the actions of the Tamimi family.

By Caroline Glick - Saturday, December 30, 2017 - Full Story

Socialist Venezuela, which has the world’s largest proven oil reserves, is out of gasoline

Socialist Venezuela, which has the world's largest proven oil reserves, is out of gasoline

I want to say that, sure, there has to come a point when ever those most determined to believe in socialism will see enough stories like this and be forced to reckon with the truth. But we all know better than that, don’t we? When you’re a true believer in something, there’s always another explanation apart from the one that would shake the foundations of your belief system.

Pretty tough to do in the case of the world’s most oil-rich nation running out of gas, but give them a few hours of watching MSNBC or reading the New York Times, and they’ll come up with a way to explain this away too:

By Dan Calabrese - Thursday, December 28, 2017 - Full Story