MESOP ANALYSIS : Turkish-Hamas Relations: Between Strategic Calculations & Ideological Affinity

Gallia Lindenstrauss and Süfyan Kadir Kıvam 7 Dr. Gallia Lindenstrauss is a research fellow at INSS. Strategic Assessment | Volume 17 | No. 2 | July 2014

Introduction – While the deterioration in Israel-Turkey relations over the past decade is rooted in many factors, perhaps what exemplifies this deterioration most is the closeness forged between the Justice and Development Party led government and Hamas. The Mavi Marmara incident of May 2010, which sparked the deep crisis in Israel-Turkey relations that has persisted since, should be seen against the backdrop of this relationship. Hence, understanding the dynamics underlying Turkey-Hamas relations and the strengths and weaknesses of this relationship is extremely important from an Israeli perspective.

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MESOP : TODAY’S ACTUAL SITUATION REPORT IRAQ (BY ISW)

Iraqi Kurds, Battling Islamist Threat, Press Washington for Arms

MESOP : OBAMA ! – GIVE MILITARY AID TO KURDS ! IMMEDIATELY ! / DON’T LOOK ONLY FOR TEHRAN !

By Missy Ryan – REUTERS-  2014-07-31 22:32 GMT WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The semi-autonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq is pressing the Obama administration for sophisticated weapons it says Kurdish fighters need to push back Islamist militants threatening their region, Kurdish and U.S. officials said.

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DIE DEUTSCHE LIEBE ZU HAMAS & DIE “OPFERRAKETE”

“In Most Muslim Countries There Is Little Support for Hamas. Interestingly, the most violent anti-Israeli demonstrations have taken place in the West. Amazing though it might sound, hatred for Jews, thinly disguised as opposition to Israel, appeared to be more intense in Western capitals than anywhere in the Muslim world.”

Die Generallinie der deutschen Linken & Friedensbewegung hat seit langem klare Facon und nachhaltige Stringenz: Man sympathisiert ausschließlich mit den Opfern!

Daher die ganze triftige Schlüssigkeit todenhöferischer Ethik:  „Menschenketten für Saddam Hussein“, „Dialog mit dem Reformer Al Assad“, „Hände weg von Ghaddafi“ und viel Verständnis der linken „Putin Versteher“ für diesen Diktator. Über das Netzwerk „European Front“ mit 18 öffentlich bekannten Anlaufstellen in der BRD werden in diesen Tagen logistisch Hilfsgüter für jene „antifaschistischen Kräfte“ (Linkspartei) Richtung Rostow am Don expediert, die von da an die marodierende Soldateska geht, die erst ein Zivilflugzeug abschoss, um sich danach an den Leichen zu vergehen.

Allerdings ereignen sich auf dem klaren Weg traditionslinker Generalorientierung kleine Korrekturnotwendigkeiten: die nach 2000 von ihnen mit Spendenaufrufen in der „jungen welt“ unterstützten heutigen ISIS-Banden, erfreuen sich nun umstandsbedingt einem Kriegsverbrecher zuliebe auf der aktuellen Negativliste. Wie gut und wie anders und wieviel besser also steht doch die HAMAS-Leute da, die nicht nur ebenfalls indanthrenes Glied des terroristischen Islamismus sind, sondern die obendrein den sympathischen Vorteil haben, sich bis heute auf ihren Gründer al-Banna zu berufen, der seinerseits sich klar & deutlich bekannt auf den FÜHRER berief.

Niemand von den vielen alten & jungen Lemuren, die zur Zeit sich aus ihren Ritzen hervorwagen, hat das besser auf eine tiefempfindende Formel gebracht als der Generalinspekteur der deutschsprachigen Metapher, der Literatur-Feldwebel Theo Sommer“: „… die ungenauen Raketen, die Hamas gegen Israel opfert“. – Opfert ! Der Friedensbewegung wurde damit endlich der topos der „Opferrakete“ beschert.  (Dies zu hören wenigstens blieb Karl Kraus erspart!)

Wenn man erst einmal soweit ist, hat man nun auch das volle moralische Recht, das ganz „andere Israel“ zu verlangen.  So reden diese Bewährungshelfer der Juden!

Guy Debord – MESOP

MESOP LATEST ON IRAQ – LAST WORD

1-Aug- 2014 – Iranian Mehr News Agency reported that influential cleric Ayatollah Naser Makarem Shirazi released a public statement which proclaimed, “When there are political disputes inside Iraq, Grand Ayatollah Ali Al-Sistani’s opinion should be considered the final word.” – Read all : http://www.mehrnews.com/detail/News/2340738

Hezbollah ‘trainer’ killed during fighting in northern Iraq / THE LONG WAR JOURNAL (Click for pictures)

31 Jul 2014 12:34 PM PDT -Hezbollah celebrated the death of a military “trainer” who was killed recently during fighting against the Islamic State in northern Iraq. The Iranian-backed, Lebanon-based terror group has a long history of supporting Shia militias inside Iraq.

Ibrahim al Hajj, who is described as a Hezbollah “commander” and “a technical trainer,” was killed while “performing his jihadi duties,” Al Jazeera reported. Although initial reports claimed he had died fighting in Qalamoun in Syria, Hajj is now said to have been killed while fighting the Islamic State in the northern Iraqi city of Tal Afar.

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MESOP : THE BATTLE CAN BE WON – IN SYRIA & IRAQ

A Strategy to Defeat ISIS in Syria & Iraq

Prepared Statement BY MAX BOOT : U.S. House Committee on Armed Services – 2nd Session, 113th Congress / July 29, 2014

Hearing on Iraq and Syria / Chairman McKeon, Ranking Member Smith, members of the committee:

Thank you for inviting me here to testify about what is arguably the most pressing national security threat we face—the takeover of a vast swathe of territory in Iraq and Syria by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). ISIS, once known as Al Qaeda in Iraq, has recently renamed itself the Islamic State and proclaimed a fundamentalist caliphate, with its de facto capital in Raqqa, Syria.

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TODAY’S MESOP QUOTATION : KURDISH VOICES & WISHES

Rudaw English – 1. August 2014 : President of #Kurdistan Region announces “Kurdish armed forces will receive heavy weaponry to combat extremists” in the near future.

More on this: http://goo.gl/zp80XU  (Sorani) -

Kehy Kehî Ma Kurdish forces should be armed for free by America and Europe, the reason is the humanitarian aid and safety guaranteed by the Kurds for the whole Iraq and west Kurdistan. No other ethnicity was and is still so trustworthy than the KURDS, therefore the weaponry didn’t be misused like by the Iraqi Army!

Ozheen Maruf about time we upgraded our weaponry. we should buy israeli Merkava Tanks, they belong to the best of the world.

Farhad Xoshnaw Har bji serok , har bji peshmerga Kurdistan

Islamic State’s brutal videos send message to friend and foe alike

BY MITCHELL PROTHERO – McClatchy Foreign StaffJuly 31, 2014  / Click bottom links for pictures

UNCREDITED — AP -IRBIL, IRAQ — The Islamic State, the radical Islamist group that now controls large swaths of eastern Syria and northern and central Iraq, posted another slickly produced video online this week that warns its religious and political rivals that they face brutal torture and execution if captured.But the 36-minute film, “On the Path of the Prophets,” does much more than that, analysts said, and shows that the Islamic State has a remarkably sophisticated understanding of messaging that makes it clear that the group is probably the most tactically and strategically adept terrorist organization the world has ever seen.

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MESOP : SWEDISH LAWMAKERS RECOMMEND KURDISH INDEPENDENCE – BUT: Assyrian Representative in Sweden Blasts Kurdish Independence

SOUTH KURDISTAN (IRAQ) – By Deniz Serinci 11 hours ago – Rudaw – COPENHAGEN, Denmark – When Swedish MP Fredrik Malm argued in a newspaper article that Sweden should support the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in its plans to declare independence from Iraq, he probably was not looking for an argument. “The Kurds, like other peoples, have right to decide their future,” Malm, an MP from the Swedish Liberal Party, wrote in the SvD Nyheter newspaper.

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