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Put down any beverages you might be consuming. This is priceless. From the UK Sun:

JIHADI KARMA ISIS fighter killed by drone bomb he was operating after it ran low on battery and flew back
An ISIS terrorist blew himself up when the drone bomb he was operating ran low on battery — and flew back.

The idiotic killer was targeting allied forces after the Battle for Mosul in northern Iraq.

He had customised his weapon to carry plastic explosive and planned to detonate it by troops based in the city.

But his plan backfired because he had forgotten to sufficiently charge the device.

Civilian drones — as weaponised by ISIS — automatically 'boomerang' back to their point of launch when they start to run out of power.

They are programmed to return to prevent owners losing their machines.

And considering that he was probably one of the smart ones (they let him drive the drone after all), this lowered the overall IQ of their pool of fighters to somewhere around 60 or so. If it was even that high to begin with. Interbreeding will do that.

Good move - Israel

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From Associated Press:

Israel bars entry to outspoken US congresswomen
Israel said Thursday that it will bar two Democratic congresswomen from entering the country ahead of a planned visit over their support for a Palestinian-led boycott movement, a decision announced shortly after President Donald Trump tweeted that it would “show great weakness” to allow them in.

The move to bar Reps. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota from visiting the close American ally appeared to be unprecedented, and marked a deep foray by Israel into America’s bitterly polarized politics. It is also a sharp escalation of Israel’s campaign against the international boycott movement.

In a statement, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel is “open to critics and criticism,” except for those who advocate boycotts against it.

“Congresswomen Tlaib and Omar are leading activists in promoting the legislation of boycotts against Israel in the American Congress,” Netanyahu charged. He said their itinerary “revealed that they planned a visit whose sole objective is to strengthen the boycott against us and deny Israel’s legitimacy.”

Bibi is doing the exact right thing. These two are just grandstanding - they are trying to promote a narrative while getting a nice trip on taxpayer dollars. Shut them down. Their hate and antisemitism have no place in this world.

From NBC News:

U.S. military has begun reestablishing air base inside Saudi Arabia
In June the U.S. military began moving equipment and hundreds of troops back to a military base in Saudi Arabia that the U.S. deserted more than 15 years ago, according to two U.S. officials familiar with the deployment.

Over the coming weeks the deployment to Prince Sultan Air Base, intended to counter the threat from Iran, will grow to include fighter jets and Patriot long-range missile defense systems, the officials said. The Patriots have already arrived at the base and should be operational in mid-July, while the aircraft are expected to arrive in August.

Several hundred U.S. service members are already on site preparing the facility south of Riyadh, which is controlled by the Royal Saudi Air Force, a number that will grown to more than 500 after the arrival of an air squadron.

Looks like the mullahs in Iran are going to be taken down a notch or three. Good. The Saudi's are our allies - they are not ideologically aligned with us but they perceive that there is a common enemy and are working with us to defeat it.

That earth-shattering Ka-Boom

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This will not end well for Iran - what were they thinking? From FOX News:

Iran's Revolutionary Guard seizes two UK-operated tankers in Strait of Hormuz
Iran seized two British-operated oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz Friday, marking a fresh escalation of tensions between Tehran and the West.

The U.K.-flagged Stena Impero, which has a crew of 23 aboard, “was approached by unidentified small crafts and a helicopter during transit of the Strait of Hormuz while the vessel was in international waters,” Stena Bulk, the shipping company that owns the vessel, said in a statement. "We are presently unable to contact the vessel which is now heading north towards Iran."

Iran's Revolutionary Guard forces, in a statement on their website, say the ship was seized for "non-compliance with international maritime laws and regulations" and is being brought to an unnamed Iranian port, according to the Associated Press. Websites tracking the ship's path showed it turning sharply in the direction of Iran's Qeshm Island, instead of its intended destination of Saudi Arabia.

The Strait of Hormuz is 33 miles wide at its narrowest point. (54 km or 29 Nautical Miles) (one nautical mile = one minute (1/60th) of a degree of latitude)

It will be interesting to see the response. President Trump has forged very good relationships with England, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Israel and all of these nations are getting very tired of Iran's advancement of terrorism.

A bit of Arkancide in Egypt

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Works for the Clintons - no reason for other people not to do it too. From Breitbart:

Report: Former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi ‘Collapses and Dies’ in Court
Ousted Egyptian president and Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Morsi collapsed and died in court during a trial on Monday, according to state television and members of his family.

The 67-year-old Morsi had just addressed the court, speaking from the glass cage he is kept in during sessions and warning that he had “many secrets” he could reveal, said a judicial official, per the Associated Press. A few minutes afterward, he collapsed, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the press.

State TV said Morsi died before he could be taken to the hospital.

Emphasis mine - wonder what they used...

Interesting background story - Iran

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Looks like they got taken by Russia - from Oil Price:

How Iran Was Swindled Out Of $3.2 Trillion
Underlying the one-year anniversary in mid-August of the signing of the ‘Convention on the Legal Status of the Caspian Sea’ is one of the greatest oil industry swindles in recent years. When representatives of the five Caspian littoral states meet on the 11th and 12th of August, Iran intends to seek some redress from Russia on Moscow’s manoeuvring last August. The Islamic Republic believes that it was robbed of its historical rights in the Caspian, conned out of a US$50 billion per year income, and left without Russia’s support against the re-imposition of U.S. sanctions.

Little of any apparent consequence was decided last August when the five Caspian littoral states – Russia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, and Azerbaijan – signed the ‘Convention on the Legal Status of the Caspian Sea’. The limited publicity that surrounded the signing stated only that the agreement stipulated that relations between the littoral states would be based on the broad principles of national sovereignty, territorial integrity, equality among members, and the non-use of threat of force.

It refrained from specifically going into details about share allocations in the Caspian Sea resource and talked only vaguely about giving the area ‘a special legal status’. However, a senior oil and gas industry source who works closely with Iran’s Petroleum Ministry told OilPrice.com that there was a secret second part to the deal that has proven explosive for the perennially fractious relations between the Caspian states.

At stake is the massive Caspian Sea hydrocarbons resources prize that has been fought over since the dissolution of the USSR in 1991 resulted in three additional partners – Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, and Azerbaijan - to the original partnership of Russia and Iran. Prior to the fracturing of the USSR into its constituent independent states, Iran and the USSR had struck the original agreement in 1921 to split all ‘fishing rights’ in the Caspian area 50-50. This was amended in 1924 to include ‘any and all resources recovered’, meaning in practical terms that all hydrocarbons resources would be shared equally between Russia and Iran. “Iran should have said back then that Russia should have shared its Caspian stake with the three former USSR states, but it [Iran] was content to wait for the official legal dispute to be settled,” underlined the Iran source.

A long and fascinating article. I bet that if Iran was not such a nasty actor sponsoring islamic terrorism all through the world, they would have a much larger voice at this table. I wonder if this will be used as a lever to get them to change their tactics.

Fun times - Iran this time

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From gCaptain:

U.S. Believes Iran Encouraged Tanker Attacks - U.S. Sources
U.S. officials believe Iran encouraged Houthi militants or Iraq-based Shi’ite militias to carry out Sunday’s attacks on four tankers near the Strait of Hormuz, two U.S. government sources said on Wednesday.

The sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity and who are familiar with U.S. national security assessments, said they viewed the attacks as a serious provocation by Iran which posed a significant threat to shipping.

Iran rejects the allegation of Iranian involvement and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said that “extremist individuals” in the U.S. government were pursuing dangerous policies. No one has claimed responsibility for the tanker attacks.

Of course they are going to deny everything - that is their modus. They never do anything overt but they are the primary source of funding for terrorism. They bankroll the so-called palestinians (actually nomadic Jordanians).

Fun times in Iraq - developing

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From the U.S. Department of State:

Iraq Travel Advisory
Do not travel to Iraq due to terrorism, kidnapping, and armed conflict.

U.S. citizens in Iraq are at high risk for violence and kidnapping. Numerous terrorist and insurgent groups are active in Iraq and regularly attack both Iraqi security forces and civilians. Anti-U.S. sectarian militias may also threaten U.S. citizens and Western companies throughout Iraq. Attacks by improvised explosive devices (IEDs) occur in many areas of the country, including Baghdad.

The U.S. government’s ability to provide routine and emergency services to U.S. citizens in Iraq is extremely limited. On May 15, 2019, the Department of State ordered the departure of non-emergency U.S. government employees from the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and the U.S. Consulate in Erbil; normal visa services will be temporarily suspended at both posts. On October 18, 2018, the Department of State ordered the temporary suspension of operations at the U.S. Consulate General in Basrah. The American Citizens Services (ACS) Section at the U.S. Embassy Baghdad will continue to provide consular services to U.S. citizens in Basrah.

U.S. citizens should not travel through Iraq to Syria to engage in armed conflict, where they would face extreme personal risks (kidnapping, injury, or death) and legal risks (arrest, fines, and expulsion). The Kurdistan Regional Government stated that it will impose prison sentences of up to ten years on individuals who illegally cross the border. Additionally, fighting on behalf of, or supporting designated terrorist organizations, is a crime that can result in penalties, including prison time and large fines in the United States.

Shit's getting hot over there.

Interesting times - Iran

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Iran is the leading sponsor of islamic terrorism. Things are about to get interesting. From The Associated Press:

US sends carrier to Mideast, citing unspecific Iran threats
The U.S. is sending an aircraft carrier group to the Middle East ahead of schedule and warning that Iran and its proxy forces are showing “troubling and escalatory” indications of a possible attack on American forces in the region.

Exactly what prompted the action was unclear, but it marked a further step in sharply rising tensions between the Trump administration and the Islamic Republic.

National Security Adviser John Bolton said Sunday night the U.S. was deploying the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group and a bomber task force to the Middle East, intending to send a message that “unrelenting force” will meet any attack on American forces or allies.

“The United States is not seeking war with the Iranian regime, but we are fully prepared to respond to any attack, whether by proxy, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps or regular Iranian forces,” he said.

It might be that the rest of the Arab world is fed up with the constant attacks..
This from The Associated Press, November 19, 2017:

Arab League delivers harsh criticism of Iran, little action
In a resolution long on criticism but short on concrete steps, Arab foreign ministers who met in Cairo Sunday delivered a tirade of criticism against Iran and its Lebanese proxy Hezbollah, saying Tehran was destabilizing the region.

They said they planned to “brief” the U.N. Security Council on Iran’s destabilizing policies in the region, particularly its support for Shiite rebels in Yemen, with a view to submit at a later stage an anti-Iran Arab resolution.

In what is perhaps the only concrete measure, the ministers said Arab telecommunications satellites would ban Iranian-financed television stations for what they said was their fomenting of sectarian and ethnic tensions and because they posed a threat to Arab security. It gave no details.

“We are not declaring war on Iran at this stage,” Arab League chief Ahmed Aboul-Gheit said. “We have not taken a decision to ask the Security Council to meet, but we are just briefing the council and maybe the next stage would be for us to meet and call for a Security Council meeting and submit a draft Arab resolution (against Iran).”

We are exporting a lot more oil and drinking their milkshake. They can no longer afford to continue as they have been - ignoring the global realpolitik and funding sectarian violence. Time to join the rest of us in the 21st century. Good!

The Palestinians - a history

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A fascinating look back at the origins of the Palestinian people in 1947 and their constant refusal of statehood. Their leaders are doing this to themselves and then crying to the general public that they are aggrieved.

From The Washington Free Beacon:

How the Palestinians Created Their Own Plight
It is easy to forget that, in 1947, when the United Nations recommended the creation of a Jewish state in Mandatory Palestine, the international body also recommended the creation of an Arab state—what would today be a national home for the Palestinians. The idea was to partition the land into two separate entities—in other words, a two-state solution. Indeed, in 1988, the Palestine National Council described the partition resolution as what "still provides those conditions of international legitimacy that ensure the right of the Palestinian Arab people to sovereignty." Yet at the time of the resolution, the Arabs—no one used the term "Palestinians" then—boycotted the U.N. Special Committee on Palestine, which the General Assembly empowered to make recommendations about the future government of the territory, rejecting both the partition and a single, binational state. Then the Arabs completely, and unambiguously, rejected the General Assembly's partition plan, believing that, once the British left Mandatory Palestine, they would defeat the Jews and control the entire area. Of course the Arabs failed, despite the help of several armies. The Jewish state of Israel, established in 1948, endured, and the Palestinian Arabs, who could have had their own state, remained stateless.

Since then, the Palestinians have repeatedly turned down offers of statehood. First, they did not seek the West Bank when Jordan controlled it from 1949 to 1967. Only when the land was back in Israeli control following the Six-Day War did the Palestinians again call it disputed. Twelve years later, Israel worked to offer the Palestinians autonomy, which would have been a major step toward full independence, to no avail. Then in 2000 and 2008, Israel offered the Palestinians control of virtually all of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, with a capital in East Jerusalem. Each time the Palestinians rejected the offer, even waging a violent uprising against the Israelis following the failure in 2000. One would be hard-pressed to find another national independence movement, beyond the Palestinian one, that has turned down formal offers of statehood in the territory they claim. Indeed, the Palestinians have, time and again, set new standards for stubbornness.

And yet, despite this history, most of the world seems to blame Israel for the Palestinians' situation. Just look at the recent wave of articles and comments assailing the Jewish state that followed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's election victory earlier this month. Naturally, the New York Times led the charge, "reporting" that, with Netanyahu's reelection, Palestinian families see "no light at the end of the tunnel." In a front-page feature, the Times discusses how the Palestinians are despairing about the stalemate in the peace process. Importantly, the article notes that many Palestinians see the Palestinian Authority, or P.A., for the corrupt, ineffective regime that it is, and that at least some want to make peace with Israel.

Much more at the site - this is all a matter of the historical record. These are facts you can look up. Another fact is that Palestinian "leader" Yasser Arafat studied in Moscow for nine years before moving back to become their leader. His operation was bankrolled by the USSR, specifically the KGB, which feared a strong Israel and wanted to destabilize the region.

Mexico ISIS will build the wall

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Here is the money to build the wall - from the Syrian Arab News Agency:

Gold deal between United States and Daesh: Mission accomplished
A few days after reports from local sources in the Syrian al-Jazeera area about the gold deal between the United States and Daesh (ISIS) terrorist organization were published, new information emerged to confirm these reports.

Information suggest that the US occupation forces in the Syrian al-Jazeera area made a deal with Daesh terrorists, by which Washington gets tens of tons of gold that the terror organization had stolen in exchange for providing safe passage for the terrorists and their leaders from the areas in Deir Ezzor where they are located.

And a bit more:

The sources said that tens of tons that Daesh had been keeping in their last hotbed in al-Baghouz area in Deir Ezzor countryside have been handed to the Americans, adding up to other tons of gold that Americans have found in other hideouts for Daesh, making the total amount of gold taken by the Americans to the US around 50 tons, leaving only scraps for the SDF militias that serve them.

Recently, sources said that the area where Daesh leaders and members have barricaded themselves in contains around 40 tons of gold and tens of millions of dollars which had been stolen from various areas in Syria and Iraq by the terror organization.

Very interesting if true. I would want to see this story corroborated by several other news sources before I completely believe it but still...

Life in the "nation" of palestine

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Could not happen to a nicer bunch of 9th century bigots. Two stories from The Times of Israel:

Hamas arrests 5 suspects in raid on PA television offices in Gaza
Authorities in the Gaza Strip arrested five men on Saturday on suspicion that they trashed the headquarters of the Palestinian Authority’s television station in the territory a day earlier, the Hamas-run interior ministry said.

A bit more:

The Palestinian Broadcasting Corporation is funded by the West Bank-based PA, which has a longstanding dispute with the Hamas terror group, and the building houses offices for Palestine TV and the Voice of Palestine radio station.

During the raid, workers were assaulted and equipment destroyed, Wafa reported.

“At least five people broke into the building, broke the radio door and completely destroyed the main studio, including cameras, equipment, furniture and broadcasting equipment,” a staffer at the radio station said.

AFP correspondents at the scene found a number of video cameras and computers badly damaged, with chairs and doors destroyed

They have been given so much by Israel but all they know how to do is destroy. They smash what they do not understand and there is much that they do not understand. The $14million Gaza greenhouses in 2005 for example.

And the workplace accident - delightful:

Separately on Saturday evening, five people were injured in an explosion in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, the Hamas-run health ministry said.

Local media reported the blast emanated from the home of Mohammed Talal Al-Ajani, the Rafah Brigade commander of the Popular Resistance Committees, a Gaza terror group. The explosion, apparently triggered by explosives, was said to have caused a fire and damage to neighboring buildings.

So close to those white raisins of incredible purity. Golda Meir said it best:

"Peace will come when the Arabs will love their children more than they hate us."

So true. Islam needs a reformation. Christianity used to be a cruel religion but we saw the errors of our ways and reformed. They need to do the same thing. Well overdue.

Great find for Greece

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From Reuters:

Greece seizes big drugs haul from Syrian freighter sailing for Libya
Greece has seized drugs worth more than 100 million euros ($113 million) after intercepting a Syrian ship sailing for Libya, the coast guard said on Friday.

Officials found about six tonnes of processed cannabis and 3 million super-strength “Captagon” amphetamine pills hidden aboard the Syrian-flagged “Noka”, it said in a statement.

The freighter, with a crew of 11, was en route from the Syrian port of Latakia to Benghazi when it was intercepted by Greek authorities off the southeastern coast of Crete on Dec. 5.

The Noka was escorted to Heraklion port on the Greek island on Dec. 8, where the authorities unloaded its entire cargo.

The drugs were found under false floors in eight containers, hidden between layers of coffee, spices and wood shavings.

Reading between the lines a little bit, it sounds like the drugs were going to be used by the terrorists themselves and not for sale to raise money. The "processed canabis" could well be hasish from which we get our word Assassin and the Reuters article has this to say about the Captagon:

Captagon was said to be a fund-raising tool and stimulant for militants.

And

Scientists say Captagon is a super-boosted amphetamine with unique chemical complexities allowing it to induce potent psychoactive effects far more rapidly than amphetamines alone.

More on Captagon - sounds like nasty stuff and very popular in the Middle East.

Interesting find in Jerusalem

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From The Times of Israel:

Straight from the Bible: Tiny First Temple stone weight unearthed in Jerusalem
An extremely rare, minuscule biblical stone weight inscribed in ancient Hebrew script with the word “beka” was discovered in rubble taken from excavations at the foundations of the Western Wall.

Only a handful of similar stone beka weights have been unearthed in Jerusalem, said archaeologist Eli Shukron, who directed the excavations on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority. He told The Times of Israel that none had previously been found with this exact inscription.

The “beka,” a First Temple-period weight measure used by pilgrims paying their half-shekel tax before ascending to the Temple Mount, was recently discovered by a volunteer in the City of David’s wet sifting project in Jerusalem’s Emek Tzurim National Park.

Talk about an historical find - mentioned in the Bible too: Exodus 38:26

“A bekah for every man, that is, half a shekel, after the shekel of the sanctuary, for every one that went to be numbered, from twenty years old and upward, for six hundred thousand and three thousand and five hundred and fifty men.”

The location of the find is important too - from archaeologist Eli Shukron:

What is key to Shukron is the location of the find: right next to King Solomon’s Temple.

“This is a word that is used both inside and outside of the Bible. You don’t need to ask too many questions, just open the Bible and see it. It’s very simple. You can see beka written in the Bible and what it was used for, and there you have it,” he said.

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How easy it would have been to overlook this little pebble. Wonderful link to 2,000+ year old history.

Great news from the United Nations

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From Bridget Johnson at PJ Media:

Haley Announces Flip from Longstanding U.S. Abstention on Golan Heights Resolution to 'No'
For the first time, the United States plans to vote "no" today instead of abstaining on an annual United Nations resolution slamming "continued Israeli military occupation" of the Golan Heights.

In past years, the resolution has called upon Israel "to desist from changing the physical character, demographic composition, institutional structure and legal status of the occupied Syrian Golan and in particular to desist from the establishment of settlements."

It also calls upon Israel "to desist from imposing Israeli citizenship and Israeli identity cards on the Syrian citizens in the occupied Syrian Golan, and from its repressive measures against the population of the occupied Syrian Golan."

The U.S. Mission to the United Nations cited as the reasons for the change from abstention to "no" the "resolution’s anti-Israel bias, as well as the militarization of the Syrian Golan border, and a worsening humanitarian crisis."

Good - finally showing some backbone. Syria attacked Israel in 1981. The war lasted six days and ended with Israel being spectacularly victorious. They captured the Golan Heights fare and square but the palestinians and their sponsors in Syria are still chafing. They want it back.

Here is one article from 2005 that shows how intelligent the palestinians are - from NBC of 09/13/2005. Israel had just ceeded a bunch of land on the West Bank - giving it to the palestinian leaders for their use:

Looters strip Gaza Greenhouses
Palestinians looted dozens of greenhouses on Tuesday, walking off with irrigation hoses, water pumps and plastic sheeting in a blow to fledgling efforts to reconstruct the Gaza Strip.

American Jewish donors had bought more than 3,000 greenhouses from Israeli settlers in Gaza for $14 million last month and transferred them to the Palestinian Authority. Former World Bank President James Wolfensohn, who brokered the deal, put up $500,000 of his own cash.

Palestinian police stood by helplessly Tuesday as looters carted off materials from greenhouses in several settlements, and commanders complained they did not have enough manpower to protect the prized assets. In some instances, there was no security and in others, police even joined the looters, witnesses said.

They want their own state? Let's give it to them. Plasma is a state.

Heh... From The Times of Israel:

TV report: Israel silent as Iran hit by computer virus more violent than Stuxnet
Iranian infrastructure and strategic networks have come under attack in the last few days by a computer virus similar to Stuxnet but “more violent, more advanced and more sophisticated,” and Israeli officials are refusing to discuss what role, if any, they may have had in the operation, an Israeli TV report said Wednesday.

The report came hours after Israel said its Mossad intelligence agency had thwarted an Iranian murder plot in Denmark, and two days after Iran acknowledged that President Hassan Rouhani’s mobile phone had been bugged. It also follows a string of Israeli intelligence coups against Iran, including the extraction from Tehran in January by the Mossad of the contents of a vast archive documenting Iran’s nuclear weapons program, and the detailing by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the UN in September of other alleged Iranian nuclear and missile assets inside Iran, in Syria and in Lebanon.

Saw some reviews of Stuxnet when it came out in 2010 - pretty sophisticated. The Israelis have had eight years to develop it further. Should be interesting to see what it does now. News like this makes my little hacker heart go pitty-pat.

If it was not for Iran's sponsorship, the whole "palestinian" thing would dry up and blow away. They are a state sponsor of terrorism.

Good news this morning - President Trump

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Making some progress on peace in the middle-east. From Associated Press:

TrIf you study your history,ump closing Palestinian mission in pro-Israel move
President Donald Trump is closing the Palestinian Liberation Organization’s mission in Washington, the latest U.S. blow against the Palestinians and an international court during the stalled Mideast peace process.

What a wonderful way to start the day! If you read your history, you will find that there never was a palestinian state - these people are the Hashemite tribe from Jordan. The person who organized the current palestinian state was an Egyptian named Yasser Arafat who spent nine years in Moscow being groomed for his role. The Russians were worried that the USA might take over the middle-east and they were very dependent on ME oil at that time.

A classical case of projection - Iran

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Liberals tend to suffer from psychological projection  a lot - from Infogalactic:

Psychological projection is a theory in psychology in which humans defend themselves against their own unconscious impulses or qualities (both positive and negative) by denying their existence in themselves while attributing them to others. For example, a person who is habitually rude may constantly accuse other people of being rude. It incorporates blame shifting.

Today's example comes from Yahoo/Agence France Presse:

Iran FM says Trump, Bin Salman, Netanyahu are 'isolated'
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Monday that the leaders of the United States, Saudi Arabia and Israel were isolated in their hostility to Iran.

"Today, the entire world has declared they are not in line with US policies against Iran," Zarif said in a speech, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency.

"Talk to anyone, anywhere in the world and they will tell you that (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu, (US President Donald) Trump and (Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed) bin Salman are isolated, not Iran," he said.

Talk about channeling their inner Baghdad Bob

Interesting outreach of Hamas

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Hamas is the terror-enabling group that runs the claimed palestinian territory and organizes the people who want to overthrow Israel. Article eight of their Covenant says this:

Allah is its goal, the Prophet is the model, the Qur'an its constitution, jihad its path, and death for the sake of Allah its most sublime belief.

Nice bunch of people. They are heavily funded by Iran and Turkey. This bit of information caught my eye - from Israel National News:

Native Americans are being brainwashed by PA lies
Very recently, I was honored with a phone call from a native American tribal leader who was, perhaps surprisingly to many as it was to me, on a visit to Israel.

He told me of his passionate support for Israel. He rightly saw the Jews as the indigenous people of the land, something that appealed to his own tribal history. He also saw our modern history, including the return of the Jewish people to their land, as a confirmation of his biblical teachings.

He shocked me by what he told me next. The Palestinians have been conducting a well-orchestrated propaganda campaign to reach the hearts and minds of this ignored American community. My new contact informed me that much of the funding and organization of this anti-Israel jihad is based in Turkey. Sections of Hamas operates from there after becoming severely restricted in Gaza.

The campaign is based on strategic disinformation. Native Americans are reminded of a history of being indigenous natives of America who have had their land occupied by white colonial supremacists and about suffering centuries of oppression, which parallels the so-called history of the Palestinian people who have also been robbed of their land and suppressed by colonial white oppressors.

This simple message is having an effect, particularly as native Americans (and to a large extent, native Canadians) have been ignored by the Israeli government as if they do not exist. The battleground of thoughts, ideas, history, and facts have been left deserted, vacant for the false narratives of our adversaries ot take effect. This has to stop.

Much more at the site. This does not surprise me at all. These mokes need to be defunded - sanctions need to be placed on Iran and Turkey until they cut the funding for these proxy wars.

Pitch perfect message:

Interesting turn - part two

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Had no idea these meetings were taking place - from Breitbart:

Jared Kushner: U.S. Ready to Work with Abbas
President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner slammed Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for issuing a blanket rejection of the U.S. peace proposal before seeing it, but added that the U.S. is willing to work with the Palestinian leader, in a rare interview published Sunday.

The interview, published in the Arabic-language Al-Quds newspaper, comes as Kushner and Trump’s Mideast peace envoy Jason Greenblatt wrap up a trip to the region to discuss the humanitarian crisis in Gaza as well as the White House peace proposal. The American officials held meetings in Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Egypt, but were shunned by the Palestinian leadership itself.

Kushner said he is “ready to work with [Palestinian Authority] President Abbas, if he wishes.”

Abbas' power comes from his alliance with Hamas. He doesn't want peace because he will lose his position of power. Like any tyrant, he has nothing real to offer the "palestinian" people and if they get the chance to have a free election, his whole party will be swept from office and consigned to the dustbin of history. Do not forget that Abbas' predecessor, Yasser Arafat, was a KGB plant to destabilize that area of the world. Russia was worried that Israel would dominate the Middle East and wanted to curtail their power. Arafat spent 9 years in Moscow training.

If they do not stop the terrorism, the cash will stop flowing. Talk about getting their attention - from i24 - International:

EXCLUSIVE: US freezes Palestinian aid budget
The United States has quietly frozen its aid to the Palestinian Authority (PA) pending review, i24NEWS has learned. The move comes two months after Congress passed the Taylor Force Act, which aimed to force the PA to terminate its “pay-for-slay” policies of paying stipends to convicted terrorists in Israeli jails and to the families of dead terrorists.

The act orders that US assistance to the West Bank and Gaza “that directly benefits the PA” be suspended unless the Secretary of State certifies that the Palestinian Authority has met four conditions: terminating these payments to terrorists, revoking laws authorizing this compensation, taking “credible steps” to end Palestinian terrorism, and “publicly condemning” and investigating such acts of violence.

The PA is run by Hamas which is a terrorist organization. Terrorist organizations need to be defunded. End of story.

Great news from Haaretz:

World Cup 2018: Israel Wishes Saudi Arabia 'Good Luck' in Opener vs. Russia
The Israeli Foreign Ministry's official Arabic Twitter account wished Saudi Arabia good luck ahead of Thursday's opening match against Russia in World Cup 2018.

"The Saudi team is about to play the opening match in the World Cup against Russia after 12 years of absence. The team's star is Mohammad Al-Sahlawi. The Saudis suceeded in reaching the round of 16 in the 1994 World Cup. Best of luck!"

The tweet comes four days after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told a major Jewish gathering in Jerusalem on Sunday that Israel’s relations with Arab nations were “improving beyond imagination” and predicted that “this will ultimately help achieve peace with our Palestinians neighbors.”

Excellent news - peace with the palestinians will have to be brought about by external force. The palestinians are being controlled by the terrorist group Hamas who is funded by Iran. Make things uncomfortable enough for Iran and true peace can flourish.

From Russia Today:

Multiple explosions reported at Syrian military base near Hama
Syrian state television has reported a series of explosions at a military base near Hama in the west of the country.

Local sources are reporting hearing four explosions at the site. No casualties or injuries have been reported.

Syrian journalist Mousa Alomar tweeted a video showing a large plume of smoke in the aftermath of the explosions.

A short time later another explosion was heard inside the airport, according to Syrian state media.

My only questions are who and how - infiltration? Drone?  USA, Israel, Saudi Arabia?
Regardless, this could not be happening to a nicer group of people.

Daniel Greenfield explains a bit about what is actually happening there - Hamas is a terrorist organization funded by Iran which has been funded by President Obama.

Attacking Israel for $100, Defending it for $13
Hamas supporters in Gaza held the world’s first peaceful protest with hand grenades, pipe bombs, cleavers and guns. And Israeli soldiers peacefully defended their country leaving multiple Hamas attackers at peace. The Great Hamas March of Return came with instructions to, "bring a knife, dagger, or handgun, if you have one, and to leave them under your clothes and not use them or show them, except if you identify one of the soldiers or settlers."

"We will tear down the border," Hamas Prime Minister Yahya Sinwar had peacefully vowed. "And we will tear out their hearts from their bodies."

Why do these people put themselves into harms way? Follow the benjamins:

Hamas had offered $100 to every rioter. During previous violent assaults back in April, the Muslim Brotherhood terrorist group had been offering $200 to anyone shot by Israelis, $500 for severe injuries and $3,000 to the dead.

$100 a day may not seem like a lot, but the Israeli teen soldiers they’re trying to kill, earn $13 a day.

The Hamas supporting thugs are depicted as helpless, starving victims who can barely lift the firebombs they’re throwing at Israelis, but they make ten times as much as the Israeli soldiers they are there to kill.

Hamas can write all those checks to its aspiring killers because the cash is coming from Iran.

And Barry?

With as many as 50,000 Hamas supporters in Gaza participating in the day’s attacks at $100 a head, over 1,000 allegedly injured at least $200 each, and another 52 allegedly killed at $3,000 each (there is no reason to treat Hamas casualty figures coming out of Gaza as anything other than propaganda), the whole thing cost Hamas and Iran $5.3 million. The unmarked cargo plane filled with foreign currency that Obama dispatched to Iran carried $400 million. That was part of a known $1.7 billion cash payment.

But the total Obama terror payments to Tehran may go as high as $33.6 billion.

Like they say, if you are not outraged, you are not paying attention.

Problems with the media

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Look at any demonstration anywhere in the world and most of the signs are in English. Why? Because they are playing to the American media which gobbles up anything that makes America or her allies look bad. Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz had this to say:

Hamas is a terrorist group - their charter is virulently anti-semetic. This quote from Abraham Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League pretty much sums it up:

"The Hamas credo is not just anti-Israel, but profoundly anti-Semitic with racism at its core. The Hamas Charter reads like a modern-day 'Mein Kampf.'" According to the charter, Jewish people "have only negative traits and are presented as planning to take over the world." The charter claims that the Jews deserve God’s/Allah’s enmity and wrath because they received the Scriptures but violated its sacred texts, disbelieved the signs of Allah, and slew their own prophets. It quotes a saying of Muhammad from a hadith: "The Day of Judgment will not come until Muslims fight the Jews, when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say, 'O Muslim, O servant of God, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.' Only the Gharkad tree would not do that, because it is one of the trees of the Jews."

Nice people - they want a state? Let's give them one - PLASMA

Just wonderful - Israel

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Looks like Iran is striking out because of the withdrawl of Obama and Kerry's disasterous Arms Deal - three headlines:

Looks like the Iranians are seeking a war.

Interesting if true - Syria

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From Heshmat Alavi's twitter account:

Report indicate in the past 48 hours 3 Syrian passenger planes have landed in Tehran's Mehrabad Airport & not returned. There is word that Assad's family & a number of senior regime officials were on board.

Further reports show 22 Syrian Sukhoi warplanes have flown over Iraq & landed in Shahid Vahdat airbase in Dezful, SW #Iran, the M15 airbase in Kermanshah, W Iran, & the Fakuri airbase in Tabriz, NW Iran. IRGC bases are on high alert.

Heshmat is a Human Rights & Political Activist. Writer/Commentator on Iran & the Middle East

I like the new Saudi Crown Prince

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Seems to have his head on his shoulders - from The Atlantic:

Saudi Crown Prince: Iran's Supreme Leader 'Makes Hitler Look Good'
This much, at least, can be said for Mohammed bin Salman, the putatively reformist crown prince of Saudi Arabia: He has made all the right enemies. Among those who would celebrate his end are the leaders of ISIS, al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, and Hamas, as well as Yemen’s Houthi rebels, and the entire clerical and military leadership of the Islamic Republic of Iran. As a bonus, there are members of his own family, the sprawling, sclerotic, self-dealing House of Saud, who would like to see him gone—or at the very least, warehoused at the Ritz-Carlton in Riyadh, where the 32-year-old prince recently imprisoned many of his enemies and cousins during an anti-corruption sweep of the kingdom.

And a bit more:

Prince Mohammed (who is known widely by his initials, MbS) seemed eager to download his heterodoxical, contentious views on a number of subjects—on women’s rights (he appears doubtful about the laws that force Saudi women to travel with male relatives); on Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, who is, in the prince’s mind, worse than Hitler; and on Israel. He told me he recognizes the right of the Jewish people to have a nation-state of their own next to a Palestinian state; no Arab leader has ever acknowledged such a right.

Much more at the article - a nice interview. Seems to be a good leader with the best of interests for everyone in that area.

Not hearing about this on the mainstream media - from the UK Independent:

Saudi Arabia opens airspace to Israel for first time ever for Air India flight bound for Tel Aviv
Saudi Arabia opened its airspace for the first time to a commercial flight to Israel with the inauguration of an Air India route between New Delhi and Tel Aviv.

Flight 139 landed at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport after a seven-and-a-half hour journey, marking a diplomatic shift for Riyadh that Israel says was fuelled by shared concern over Iranian influence in the region.

“This is a really historic day that follows two years of very, very intensive work,” Israeli tourism minister Yariv Levin said, adding that using Saudi airspace cut travel time to India by around two hours and would reduce ticket prices.

Israel's own El Al airline is still blocked from flying over Saudi Arabia but allowing Air India to use this route is a start. Baby steps toward normalization.

Great choice of date - sending a signal

From The Washington Free Beacon:

Report: U.S. Plans to Move Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem on May 14
The Trump administration plans to move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem on May 14, according to Israeli officials.

Israeli officials told Axios that an "interim embassy" will be assembled at the consular annex in West Jerusalem, a building that currently handles visas and passports. U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman will move to the interim embassy with a small staff until a permanent location for the embassy can be determined.

May 14?

Moving the embassy on May 14, the 70th anniversary of the day Israel declared its independence, is much sooner than expected.

Emphasis mine - great sense of timing. Israel is a true democracy in an area ruled by tinpot dictators and oligarchs.

Two from Palestine

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Two stories - first from Canada Free Press:

John Kerry Versus Nikki Haley on How to Deal With Abbas
Former Secretary of State John Kerry reportedly sought to undermine the Trump administration’s current policy in dealing with the nihilist Palestinian leadership. According to an article appearing in Maariv, as quoted by the Jerusalem Post, Kerry met a senior Palestinian leader, Hussein Agha, in London recently and told him to convey a clandestine message to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. The message was that Abbas should “play for time” and “not yield to President [Donald] Trump’s demands.” Kerry reportedly predicted that President Trump would not be in office for long - perhaps not more than a year. Possibly for that reason, Kerry allegedly advised that the Palestinians should aim their criticisms at President Trump personally, rather than more broadly at the United States. According to the report, Kerry also offered to help the Palestinians devise an alternative peace plan and advance it with Europeans, Arab states and the international community at large. Finally, Kerry reportedly told Agha that he was seriously considering running for president in 2020, as if he had not done enough damage to U.S. national security already in negotiating, for example, the disastrous nuclear deal with Iran.

Clueless - completely and utterly clueless. And this - from the Middle East Monitor:

Despite US aid cuts, Palestine president gets $50mn jet
The Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority (PA) has just bought a private jet for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Israeli media reported on Thursday.

“The PA has purchased a luxurious $50-million private jet to be used by Abbas,” Israel’s Channel 12 reported.

And this:

Notably, the reported purchase comes amid major reductions of US financial assistance to the PA and an ongoing economic crisis in the blockaded Gaza Strip.

Nothing says leadership like stealing money from your constituents. Doesn't he know that he can lease a jet? A true sign of corrupt governence is when the "leaders" are more interested in concentrating wealth than in actually leading.

President Trump is doing some really wonderful things - from The Times of Israel:

Macron says he won’t recognize Palestine in response to Trump’s Jerusalem move
DAVOS, Switzerland — French President Emmanuel Macron said Wednesday that he would not recognize Palestine as an independent state as a reaction to US President Donald Trump’s declaration of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

It is called leadership. You do not appease a terrorist state. You make them give up terrorism. Then, you begin the negotiations.

Iran - getting serious

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From Al Arabiya:

Iran cuts off internet access in several cities as mass protests continue
Several reports indicate that telecoms providers in Iran have begun blocking internet access across several cities in the country as mass protests erupted for the third day in a row.

Among the telecoms company was Hamrahe Aval, the primary Mobile Telecommunication Company of Iran (MTCI or MCI) as social media continues to play a pivotal role in documenting mass protests and subsequent brutal crackdown on peaceful protesters in the country.

The MTCI is considered a firm jointly held by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and other firms controlled by Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.

The last paragraph is telling - this means that MTCI's profits go directly into Khamenei's bank account and those of his friends. Scratch a "revolutionary" dictatorship and you will find a few very corrupt and very wealthy people at the top.

Hope for Iran

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The rallies are getting bigger and bigger - from Associated Press:

New economic protests in Tehran challenge Iran’s government
A wave of spontaneous protests over Iran’s weak economy swept into Tehran on Saturday, with college students and others chanting against the government just hours after hard-liners held their own rally in support of the Islamic Republic’s clerical establishment.

The demonstrations appear to be the largest to strike the Islamic Republic since the protests that followed the country’s disputed 2009 presidential election.

Thousands already have taken to the streets of cities across Iran, beginning at first on Thursday in Mashhad, the country’s second-largest city and a holy site for Shiite pilgrims.

And you can tell that this is a home-grown protest. Yes, the signs they carry are commercially printed but, they are in their native language and not English. This is a protest from the citizens to the government through the media.

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Compare and contrast to this image from a typical palestinian protest:

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Note the sign in English talking about "justice" - aimed right at the heart of the US Media.

Interesting times - Iran

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From the Beeb:

Iran cities hit by anti-government protests
Anti-government demonstrations that began in Iran on Thursday have now spread to several major cities.

Large numbers reportedly turned out in Rasht, in the north, and Kermanshah, in the west, with smaller protests in Isfahan, Hamadan and elsewhere.

The protests began against rising prices but have spiralled into a general outcry against clerical rule and government policies.

More faster please... Very good news.

Now this is interesting

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A lot of what President Trump does flies under the media's radar screens. This is perfect - from DEBKA File:

Trump administration to snap ties with Palestinians, no peace plan, no more monetary aid
The White House has decided to quietly withdraw from all its ties with the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority and Mahmoud Abbas.

DEBKAfile’s exclusive sources report that the Trump administration has resolved to scrap all ties with the Palestinian leadership in retaliation for its campaign against US President Donald Trump and his Jerusalem policy. Several warnings to Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) of what was in store if he did not desist from castigating the US president fell on deaf ears.

Last week, two Arab crown princes, Saudi Muhammed bin Salman and UAE Sheikh Muhammed bin Zayed, summoned Abbas to their capitals and urged him strongly to back away from his attacks on President Trump. He got the same advice from the ruler of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Al Thani, who conferred with Washington on the subject – all to no avail. The Trump administration has therefore set out an eight-point program of sanctions, which is first revealed here:

    • The Israeli-Palestinian peace plan under preparation in Washington will not be submitted to Ramallah – only to Israel and the relevant Arab governments.
    • US-Palestinian interaction is to be suspended – not just at the senior levels but in day-to-day interchanges. The administration has notified Palestinian and other Arab parties to stop addressing queries on political and economic matters to the US consulate in Jerusalem, because they will not receive answers.
    • The status of the PLO office in Washington will be reevaluated with a view to shutting it down.
    • Palestinian officials will no longer be invited to Washington by the US government, including the State Department and Department of Treasury.
    • Above all, they will not be welcome at the White House or the National Security Council where US Middle East policy is designed. Senior US officials congratulated the senior Palestinian negotiator Saab Erekat, who also holds the PA’s American portfolio, on his recovery from illness, at the same time warning him that he would no longer be received at the White House.
    • The Trump administration will not make any public announcement of the cutoff of financial aid to the Palestinians. Since the funds are mostly earmarked for specific economic projects, each allocation will simply be held back on the pretext of the need for a “reappraisal.”
    • The US will halt its contributions to the UN Work and Relief Agency (UNWRA), an estimated one billion dollars per annum.
    • The US administration moreover intervened with the governments of Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi and Qatar with a request that they freeze or slow their economic aid to the Palestinian Authority.

According DEBKAfile’s sources, Palestinian officials in Ramallah were devastated by news of the sudden cutoff of the main sources of the PA’s revenue. Even the Qatar ruler, whom Abbas visited last week as a last resort to save the PA from economic meltdown, refused to release any more funding.

Good - the palestinians are a construct of the KGB from the mid-1960's. Palestinian "leader" Yasser Arafat spent almost ten years in Russia being indoctrinated.

Christmas around the world - Iraq

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Some wonderful Christmas news from Breitbart:

Iraqis Erect a 30-Foot Christmas Tree in Baghdad to Celebrate the Defeat of ISIS
Residents of Baghdad have erected a 30-foot-tall Christmas tree to celebrate Christmas and to mark the end of the terror army Islamic State (ISIS), beaten back by Iraqi Security Forces.

The giant tree made international news, according to a Fox News tweet which read, “Iraqi Christians have raised a 30-ft.tall Christmas tree in Baghdad to celebrate both the holiday and the expulsion of ISIS extremists by Iraq Security Forces”

Presidential spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders also remarked on the incredible display in a December 24 tweet reading, “Thank God for the President’s leadership in fight to defeat ISIS”

This year’s display mirrors last year’s tree erected by Muslim businessman Yassi Saad who then said he hoped that the display would help bring together Christian and Muslim Iraqis in a new spirit of cooperation as his country continued to heal after being freed from Saddam Hussein’s tyranny.

Nice to see the common sense is breaking out all over this world!

About that United Nations vote

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An interesting perspective from Eli Lake writing at Bloomberg:

The U.S. Just Had a Very Good Week at the UN
After the UN General Assembly voted this week to condemn U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, the conventional wisdom is that the Trump administration has only isolated itself at the United Nations.  

A bit more:

But that headline is hiding the real news. While most of the world was focused on the symbolic gang up at the UN General Assembly, the Trump administration had some quiet diplomatic success.

Let's start with the meaningful 15-0 vote on Friday to impose new sanctions on North Korea. The U.S. persuaded China, North Korea's primary patron, and Russia, another key trading partner to the Hermit Kingdom, to go along with the resolution -- no small feat. The new sanctions cap oil exports to North Korea at current levels and demand countries expel North Korean foreign workers. The sanctions could be tougher, but diplomacy is a give and take.

On Thursday, the same day of the General Assembly vote, the UN Security Council quietly passed resolution 2396, 15-0, urging all member states to better screen for foreign fighters returning from Syria, imposing new checks on fake passports and requiring member states to notify other countries when such fighters are detained or prosecuted.

Finally, Haley won a personal diplomatic victory on Iran. This week German government spokesman Steffen Seibert acknowledged a recent UN report on the implementation of the Iran nuclear deal that compiled evidence of Iranian missile transfers to Houthi rebels in Yemen. "The findings contained in the secretary-general's report reinforce our fears that Iran is violating the restrictions on the transfer of arms and ballistic missiles imposed on it," Seibert said. "The report contains several clear indications that there is Iranian involvement in the firing of missiles on civilian targets in Saudi Arabia on July 22 and November 4, i.e. missiles launched by the Houthis in Yemen."

It was the Houthis that fired the missle into Saudi Arabia that almost hit the Royal Palace. Why did Obama do his deal with Iran? What did they have on him?

Two headlines:

Ballistic missile intercepted over Saudi Arabia capital Riyadh just seconds before it slammed into royal palace

Saudi 'intercepts Yemen rebel missile over Riyadh'

I bet some of the Yemeni military are changing their underpants at this moment. Sure, probably a "rebel" attack but the Saudi's have every right to retaliate for this.

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