Jul 282014

The Jerusalem Post: “Amid Israel’s Operation Protective Edge to stop Hamas rocket fire from Gaza, a “Freedom Flotilla” was being organized in Turkey to bring humanitarian aid to the Hamas controlled Palestinian coastal enclave.

The flotilla being organized, called the “Freedom Flotilla II,” is the successor of the Mavi Marmara flotilla that sought to break Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip in May 2010.

The new flotilla is being organized by the Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief” (Insani Yardim Vakfi), otherwise known as the IHH.”

Opinion: Established in 1992 and officially registered in Istanbul in 1995, İHH is a Turkish NGO, whose members are predominantly Turkish Muslims, active in more than 100 countries.

Prime Minister Erdogan is fresh from an Obama-coerced apology from PM Netanyahu over the 2010 Mavi Marmara Flotilla. Israel is being pushed from all sides in the midst of relentless attacks from Gaza and politically motivated attacks from the US government and UN.

Diplomatic officials said Jerusalem was following the reports carefully, but stressed that it was not clear whether the flotilla would ultimately set sail.


Jul 242014

Stratrisks: “Militants from ISIS now control or threaten key facilities on the Euphrates and Tigris rivers, generating fears that the Al-Qaeda splinter group could turn off the taps to the Shiite south of Iraq, sparking a massive humanitarian crisis. Last month’s ISIS-led offensive across Iraq saw it overrun cities and battle for oil refineries as the national army melted away, but it has also been waging a war for water, trying to wrest control over rivers, dams and desalination plants in a bid to solidify its territorial gains.

Iraq’s 32 million people are entirely dependent on water flowing down from two great rivers in Turkey, the Euphrates and the Tigris. Where those waterways enter Iraq in the north, ISIS holds key dams and surrounding areas, leaving Shiite-majority southern Iraq vulnerable to the use of water as a strategic weapon.”

Opinion:  Bakr al Baghdadi robs banks, takes oil fields, and controls water supplies, sounding a bit like the Jesse James of the Middle East. Maybe our new friends, the Iranians, will bail us out before ol’ Bakr makes good on his promise to see us in New York.

ISIS gains highlight ‘aggressive’ use of water as weapon of war

Jul 232014

kerry-in-cairoFront Page Mag: “The objective here is to get the fastest possible ceasefire. That doesn’t mean that it’s going to be fast, and it certainly doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy, but that’s the goal,” a senior US official travelling with Kerry was quoted by AFP as saying on condition of anonymity.

Kerry is even throwing in additional money for Gaza to help seal the deal. On top of the half a billion dollars that the Obama administration is continuing to send to the Palestinian “unity” government in which Hamas is a partner, Kerry has just offered a $47 million bribe in the form of so-called “humanitarian” aid for Gaza.”

Opinion: Israel is being pulled back. You’d think that the US would at least support neutralizing the vast tunnel network in which Hamas’ political and military commanders are said to be hiding. But no, the US objective is to end the war under a phony humanitarian banner.

Here is what Israel is up against:

  • Iran: The largest financier and supplier of rockets to Hamas
  • Muslim Brotherhood: Hamas, al Qaeda and Islamic Jihad make up the Brotherhood military wing
  • Turkey: Financier of Hamas, sponsored the Mavi Marmara incident
  • Qatar: Financial supporter of Hamas, Al Nusra and ISIS
  • USA: Financier of Unity government of which Hamas is a part

While that sounds like impossible odds, the Creator of the universe always provides protection for such a time as this.

“Behold, He who keeps Israel Shall neither slumber nor sleep” Psalm 121:4.

Jul 192014
Turkey: Violent Riots Target Israeli Embassy

The Algemeiner: “As IDF forces entered Gaza on Thursday night in the latest phase of Israel’s ongoing Operation Protective Edge, violent riots broke out around Turkey threatening the local Jewish community and Israeli institutions. The head of the IHH terror-tied humanitarian NGO behind the infamous Mavi Marmara Flotilla, Bulent Yildirim, told local television station Haber

Jul 162014
Here’s What the U.S. Has to Do to Deal With the Mad Middle East

The Daily Beast: “The beginning of wisdom for Americans is to realize that the Arab world is tumbling through an earthquake, and that no mere policy can stop it, let alone shape it. At this stage, Washington can only prepare for the aftermath. The natural American impulse is to search for solutions, for policies that

Jul 162014
Erdogan: Israeli policy in Gaza no different than Hitler's mentality

YNet News: “Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday stepped up his rhetoric against Israel over its deadly air offensive on Gaza when he compared Israel to Adolf Hitler, Turkish daily Hurriyet reported. Referring to a purported remark by a Knesset member that “all Palestinians are our enemies,” Erdogan reportedly said this was no

Jul 102014
Twenty-First Century Energy Wars

Stratrisks: “Iraq, Syria, Nigeria, South Sudan, Ukraine, the East and South China Seas: wherever you look, the world is aflame with new or intensifying conflicts. At first glance, these upheavals appear to be independent events, driven by their own unique and idiosyncratic circumstances. But look more closely and they share several key characteristics — notably,