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Shit's hitting the fan so hard and so fast that the fan's breaking down under the weight.
 

Netanyahu's top aide turning state's witness leaves little doubt: The PM will be indicted

The state's witness agreement reached between the prosecution and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's former aide, Ari Harow, on Friday has one virtually irreversible implication: An indictment against Netanyahu is coming.


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Israel the Latest Middle Eastern Nation to Ban Qatar’s Al-Jazeera

Israel said Sunday it plans to ban Qatar's flagship Al-Jazeera network from operating in the country over allegations it incites violence, joining Arab nations that have shut down the broadcaster amid a separate political dispute. The news organization, in turn, said it will take legal action.
Communications Minister Ayoob Kara said he plans to revoke the press credentials of Al-Jazeera journalists, effectively preventing them from working in Israel.
Kara said he has asked cable and satellite networks to block Al Jazeera transmissions and is seeking legislation to ban them altogether.


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As Netanyahu Investigators Close In, Some Ask: How Long Can He Hold On?

Political cartoons depict flames licking at the foundations of the fortresslike household of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Commentators say the noose is tightening around his neck.
For months, Mr. Netanyahu has been under investigation in two separate, leak-ridden graft cases involving illicit gifts from wealthy friends and back-room dealings with a local newspaper magnate in a bid for favorable coverage. The latest blow came just before the weekend, when the Israeli police signed a state’s witness deal with Ari Harow, Mr. Netanyahu’s former chief of staff and once one of his closest confidants.
A day earlier, in a legal document pertaining to the negotiations with Mr. Harow, the police said in writing, for the first time, that Mr. Netanyahu was suspected of bribery, as well as fraud and breach of trust.


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This will be bad, clashes break out in West Bank over Trump Jerusalem speech
Source: Washington Post

 

RAMALLAH, West Bank Skirmishes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli soldiers broke out Thursday in Ramallah and other places in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, one day after President Trump announced that his administration would recognize Jerusalem as Israels capital.

The Palestinian Authority called for a general strike in Palestinian cities and, in Gaza, the Islamist Hamas movement urged its followers to ignite a third intifada, or uprising, against Israel.

At a checkpoint near Ramallah, Israeli forces fired dozens of rounds of tear gas and stun grenades at hundreds of Palestinian protesters gathering to air their anger over Trumps statement. They burned tires and pelted the soldiers with rocks.

This will be bad, said an ambulance driver.

 

Read more: https://www.washingt...m=.4443582e2a49

Fake POTUS rolls out Jareds peace process. What a fucking mess he's making out of the entire world.



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Fake POTUS rolls out Jareds peace process. What a fucking mess he's making out of the entire world.

 

Regardless of his intentions, he destroys the US-led "liberal" world order. In the long term, this is a good and progressive thing and therefore i welcome his efforts.



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Fake POTUS rolls out Jareds peace process. What a fucking mess he's making out of the entire world.

 

Regardless of his intentions, he destroys the US-led "liberal" world order. In the long term, this is a good and progressive thing and therefore i welcome his efforts.

 

 

 

Pretty much handing American leadership to russia. Of course you welcome it. lol



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Clashes erupt across West Bank over U.S. Jerusalem pivot
Source: Associated Press

 


By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS 12/08/2017 07:48 AM EST

JERUSALEM — Palestinians clashed with Israeli troops across the West Bank and Gaza, and Muslim worshippers from Jordan to Indonesia poured into the streets after Friday prayers to protest President Donald Trump's recognition of contested Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

At least one Palestinian was killed in skirmishes between protesters and Israeli troops along the Gaza border fence, the Palestinian Health Ministry said. Dozens more were reported wounded in clashes in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Protesters burned Israeli and U.S. flags or stomped on Trump posters in displays of anger.

In the West Bank, demonstrators torched heaps of tires, sending columns of thick black smoke rising over the cities of Ramallah and Bethlehem. Palestinian stone-throwers traded volleys in the streets with soldiers firing tear gas and rubber bullets.

The Israeli military reported protests at 30 locations across the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and said Israeli forces arrested six people.

Read more: https://www.politico...em-pivot-287138

 



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Trump's Jerusalem move: Arab allies attack decision
Source: BBC

 

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Arab officials say US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital risks plunging the Middle East into "violence and chaos". The move ended US neutrality on one of the region's most sensitive issues. Arab League foreign ministers now say it means the US cannot be relied upon as a broker of Middle East peace.

The statement by 22 countries, including close US allies, comes after a third day of violence and protests in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Israel has always regarded Jerusalem as its capital, while the Palestinians claim East Jerusalem - occupied by Israel in the 1967 war - as the capital of a future Palestinian state.
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The Arab League resolution was agreed at 03:00 (01:00 GMT) after hours of talks in Cairo. It was backed by a number of US allies, including the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Jordan, who had already voiced their concern.

The resolution said:
◾The US had "withdrawn itself as a sponsor and broker" of any possible Israeli-Palestinian peace process through its decision
◾Mr Trump's move "deepens tension, ignites anger and threatens to plunge region into more violence and chaos"
◾A request would be made for the UN Security Council to condemn the move
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Read more: http://www.bbc.com/n...e-east-42297437



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Fake POTUS rolls out Jareds peace process. What a fucking mess he's making out of the entire world.

 

Regardless of his intentions, he destroys the US-led "liberal" world order. In the long term, this is a good and progressive thing and therefore i welcome his efforts.

 

 

 

Pretty much handing American leadership to russia China. Of course you welcome it. lol

 

Let's face it. China's literally biding their time right now, but they've been expanding like crazy into the Arab and African spheres. I don't think most people even know how red Africa is right now. The whole ordeal with Zimbabwe? Guess whose shadow loomed behind it all? I mean, if you're building a hegemonic empire, international regime change is a must-have skill.

 

The one who gains the most from a Disunited States of America isn't Russia, but instead China. 


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Fake POTUS rolls out Jareds peace process. What a fucking mess he's making out of the entire world.

 

Regardless of his intentions, he destroys the US-led "liberal" world order. In the long term, this is a good and progressive thing and therefore i welcome his efforts.

 

 

 

Pretty much handing American leadership to russia China. Of course you welcome it. lol

 

Let's face it. China's literally biding their time right now, but they've been expanding like crazy into the Arab and African spheres. I don't think most people even know how red Africa is right now. The whole ordeal with Zimbabwe? Guess whose shadow loomed behind it all? I mean, if you're building a hegemonic empire, international regime change is a must-have skill.

 

The one who gains the most from a Disunited States of America isn't Russia, but instead China. 

 

And ironically, at Russia's expense as well. It's one thing to have an arch-nemesis superpower half a world away (not counting Alaska). It's quite another to have one in your backyard, one which has been showing it doesn't give two shits about getting all up in your Central Asian business. Oh yeah, it's also right on the border of a vast, almost inhabited part of your country which might start to look real tasty as global warming thaws it up.

 

Of course, China and Russia could end up being the best of friends, but power politics rarely allow for such fairy tales.



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Of course, China and Russia could end up being the best of friends...

 

Yes, China may become the best friend or the worst enemy... other hand, USA is and will be the worst enemy, always, under any circumstances. So, China is preferable.



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EU tells Netanyahu no support for Trump's Jerusalem move
Source: Reuters
DECEMBER 11, 2017 / 4:10 AM

 

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday urged the European Union to follow U.S. President Donald Trump’s lead and recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, but EU ministers shook their heads at Trump’s move.

Netanyahu, arriving for a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels, said Trump’s move made peace in the Middle East possible “because recognising reality is the substance of peace, the foundation of peace.”

But even Israel’s closest European allies such as the Czech Republic warned Trump’s decision was bad for peace efforts, while France insisted Jerusalem’s status could only be agreed in a final deal between Israelis and Palestinians.

Asked by reporters about Trump’s decision to switch the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek said: “I‘m afraid it can’t help us.”

 

Read more: https://www.reuters....SKBN1E50KO?il=0



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US outnumbered 14 to 1 as it vetoes UN vote on status of Jerusalem

Nikki Haley furious over resolution, describing it as an insult and saying US won’t be told where it can put its embassy

US vetos ‘insulting’ UN vote over status of Jerusalem – video @ link

Peter Beaumont in Jerusalem

Tuesday 19 December 2017 05.46 EST
First published on Monday 18 December 2017 14.06 EST


A UN security council resolution calling for the withdrawal of Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital has been backed by every council member except the US, which used its veto.

The unanimity of the rest of the council was a stark rebuke to the Trump administration over its unilateral move earlier this month, which upended decades of international consensus.

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https://www.theguard...salem?CMP=fb_gu



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UN votes to condemn Trump's Jerusalem decision
Source: The Hill

 

BY MAX GREENWOOD - 12/21/17 12:17 PM EST

The United Nations on Thursday delivered a stunning rebuke of President Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, casting an overwhelming vote condemning the move and calling on the U.S. to withdraw the decision.

The final vote count in favor of the resolution was 128. Nine countries abstained from the vote, and 35 opposed the resolution.

The resolution – essentially a formal statement of a U.N. opinion – is not legally binding. But it is represents a symbolic condemnation of Trump's decision and exerts political pressure on him to reverse the move.

In the runup to the General Assembly vote, Trump and U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley sought to warn countries against opposing the Trump administration's Jerusalem decision.

 

 

Read more: http://thehill.com/p...usalem-decision


U.N. passes measure implicitly condemning Trump administration’s recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital

By Carol Morello December 21 at 10:09 AM

 

The United Nations General Assembly on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a measure rejecting the Trump administration’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, which was repeatedly criticized as undermining the prospects for peace.

Despite blunt warnings of U.S. funding cuts, 128 countries voted in favor of the nonbinding resolution and only nine voted against it. Another 35 countries abstained.

“The United States will remember this day in which it was singled out in this assembly for the very act of exercising our right as a sovereign nation,” Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N said. “We will remember it when, once again, we are called up to make the world’s largest contribution to the U.N., and we will remember it when many countries come calling on us to pay even more and to use our influence for their benefit.”

Characterizing the United States as being expected to “disrespected,” Haley said the U.S. embassy will be moved to Jerusalem regardless of the vote.

 

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Trump threatens to cut US aid to Palestinians to force peace talks
Source: Associated Press

 

Donald Trump on Tuesday appeared to threaten to cut off US aid money to the Palestinian Authority, saying they were no longer willing to negotiate.

Trump, in a pair of tweets, said the US paid “the Palestinians HUNDRED (sic) OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS a year and get no appreciation or respect. They don’t even want to negotiate a long overdue … peace treaty with Israel.”

He added: “We have taken Jerusalem, the toughest part of the negotiation, off the table, but Israel, for that, would have had to pay more. But with the Palestinians no longer willing to talk peace, why should we make any of these massive future payments to them?”

Trump infuriated many in the Middle East when he announced late last year the US would consider Jerusalem the capital of Israel and move its embassy there.

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Tue 2 Jan ‘18 23.50 GMT

 

Read more: https://www.theguard...ans-peace-talks



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Netanyahu: U.S. will move embassy to Jerusalem this year
Source: Axios

 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told reporters Wednesday it is his "solid assessment" that the U.S. embassy would move to Jerusalem at some point this year, which is much sooner than the Trump administration indicated the move would happen, the AP reports. Netanyahu spoke with reporters while traveling through India.

State Department Press Secretary Heather Nauert told Axios, "The U.S. government is currently assessing the suitability of various Jerusalem sites for a future embassy. For now, we have no updates” on the timeline.

 

Read more: https://www.axios.co...362fa7f900.html



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Well, this is how Haaretz is covering the story:

 

Trump Denies Netanyahu's Claims

 

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(Haaretz) WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump said Wednesday that the U.S. Embassy in Israel won't move to Jerusalem within the next year, contradicting a statement made earlier in the day by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Trump said in an interview to Reuters that the embassy move would take longer than that. "By the end of the year? We're talking about different scenarios," Trump said, according to the news agency's transcript.

 

Trump then explained that "I mean, obviously that would be on a temporary basis" - perhaps hinting that while the embassy won't move in its entirety, some temporary arrangements could be made to allow more of the embassy's work to take place in Jerusalem.

He then added, however - "we're not really looking at that, no."

 

 

Netanyahu meets Trump.  Sounds like the name of a horror movie.  No good will probably come of it.


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Also in Haaretz:

 

Belgium Steps in After Trump Admin Suspends Aid

 

https://www.haaretz....s-cut-1.5744638

 

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(Haaretz) Belgium has stepped in to help out the UN Agency assisting Palestinian refugees with an immediate disbursement of $23 million Wednesday a day after the Trump administration suspended $65 million in aid for the international organization.

 

Belgian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander De Croo said Wednesday that "for a lot of Palestinian refugees, the UNRWA is the last life buoy." Among the group's projects are helping half a million children get an education and fending off attempts to radicalize them.

 

De Croo said he was responding to a global fundraising appeal from UNRWA in hopes of making up for funding cuts announced by the United States. The 19 million euros is Belgium's allocation for three years but because of the group's immediate need, De Croo's office said it will be "disbursed immediately."

 

The UN Palestinian aid agency has laid off dozens of teachers in East Jerusalem and the West Bank and about 100 workers in 13 refugee camps in Jordan, citing a delay in the transfer of $125 million from the United States that was due in recent weeks.

 

The United States will withhold $65 million from a payment it was scheduledto transfer this month to the UNRWA, a U.S. official said Tuesday. He said that U.S. will provide $60 million in aid, amounting to roughly half the planned sum of $125 million.


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The state of Israel’s cybersecurity market

 

https://techcrunch.c...ecurity-market/

 

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(Techcrunch) The Equifax breachWannaCryNotPetyathe NSA leak, and many more cyber incidents – 2017 was certainly a busy year for hackers, illustrating yet again just how vital innovative cybersecurity solutions are in the fight against cyber threats.

 

Second only to the U.S., in terms of cybersecurity investment 2017 was another excellent year for Israeli cybersecurity startups, with dozens of companies being formed, breaking fundraising records and producing solid exits. The 2017 data also suggest that the Israeli cybersecurity industry is maturing, as we see a shift in funding towards later stage companies.

 

In 2017 we witnessed 60 newly founded cybersecurity startups emerge in Israel, a 28% decrease from the 83 companies founded in 2016. Conversely, the average 2017 seed round increased 16% YoY, growing from $2.85 million to $3.3 million. This is Israel’s fourth consecutive year of increasing round sizes at the seed stage – a trend that we are observing and contributing to as we write larger checks to invest in great cybersecurity entrepreneurs.

 

One might think that the decrease in the number of cybersecurity startups is an alarming signal, warning of an industry in decline. Our view is that this is a positive indicator of a maturing industry. Cybersecurity is a crowded space, in which thousands of companies operate. CISOs are bombarded with dozens of solutions every day, each of which promises to stop the next big attack. Given this dynamic, it is getting harder for “me too” cybersecurity companies to receive funding, as investors are looking for more differentiated and broader solutions that address the increasingly complex needs of customers.

 

Those who do manage to raise money tend to convey a grander vision, while aiming to build robust products that require more capital. The result is fewer startups being funded by more capital. This is a positive development for the entrepreneurs who want to build sustainable companies, the investors backing those ideas, and the customers who need more sophisticated solutions. 

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Israel Attacks Iranian Targets in Syria After Jet Crashes Under Fire

 

JERUSALEM — The Israeli military said that one of its F-16 fighter jets crashed early Saturday in northern Israel after coming under heavy Syrian antiaircraft fire and that it had seized an Iranian drone that penetrated its airspace from Syria.

 
The events appeared to be Israel’s first direct engagement with Iranian forces across the increasingly volatile boundary in the Golan Heights, risking a new escalation in Syria’s multifaceted seven-year war in the area.
 
The Israeli military said two pilots had bailed from the downed aircraft “as per procedure.” One pilot was severely injured as a result of “an emergency evacuation,” it said.
 
Israel also said it had carried out a “large scale attack” against the Syrian Aerial Defense System and Iranian targets in Syria, presumably in response to the downing of the F-16. The military later said that the jet had crashed after been targeted by Syrian ground antiaircraft fire.

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