Verfassungsrichterin mit „extremistischen“ Verbindungen auch in Hamburg
Stand: 14:24 Uhr | Lesedauer: 4 Minuten DIE WELT – Von Marcel Leubecher Politikredakteur 1. Juli 2020
Die Wahl einer radikalen Linken zur Verfassungsrichterin in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern hat bundesweit für Empörung gesorgt. Auch in Hamburg amtiert eine Richterin, die Kontakte zur linken Szene und zur verbotenen Kurdischen Arbeiterpartei (PKK) hat.

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Unity or PYD Power Play? Syrian Kurdish Dynamics After the Erbil Agreement 

Omar Hossino academia 1. July 2020 – On 11th July, the Democratic Union Party (PYD), which is affiliated with the militant Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and the Kurdish National Council (KNC; a group of 15 Syrian Kurdish groups in Syria), signed an agreement to prevent Kurdish infighting and to jointly administer the Kurdish areas of Syria with the newly-created Supreme …read more

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The meeting between the Iranian minister of the economy and the Syrian ambassador to Tehran (SANA, April 14, 2020)

The meeting between the Iranian minister of the economy and the Syrian ambassador to Tehran (SANA, April 14, 2020)

  • Overview
  • Senior Iranian officials denied reports about alleged agreements between Tehran and Moscow concerning deposing the Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad. A senior adviser to the speaker of the Majlis called these reports “a big lie and a game of the American and Zionist media.” The spokesman of the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs declared that the ties between Iran and Syria are strategic and that only the Syrian people will determine the future of their government.
  • In a rare reference to the extent of Iranian support to Syria in recent years, the outgoing chairman of the Majlis’ National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, declared that Iran provided Syria between 20 to 30 billion dollars and that it should demand those sums back.
  • Iran continues to closely follow developments in Iraq following the formation of the new government headed by Mustafa al-Kazimi. Of particular concern are reports about an understanding reached during the visit to Saudi Arabia of the Iraqi minister of finance concerning Riyadh’s willingness to provide Iraq with a three billion dollar loan and provide it with a greater amount of electricity and a reduced price than currently provided by Iran.
  • Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, International Qods Day was marked in Iran through propaganda on media outlets and online rather than public rallies. In a speech marking the day, the Supreme Leader of Iran, Ali Khamenei, repeated his well-known positions on Israel, which it called “a cancerous tumor” and a “virus,” and insisted that it must be fought until its eradication. In two recent interviews, the Secretary General of Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Ziad Nakleh, praised Iran’s assistance to bolstering the “resistance” including the transfer of weapons to Gaza.
Iranian Involvement in Syria
  • The Senior Adviser to the Speaker of the Majlis on International Affairs, Hossein Amir Abdollahian, denied the reports about an alleged agreement between Iran and Russia to bring about the removal of the Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad, from power. In a tweet on his Twitter account (May 17) Abdollahian wrote that Assad is the legitimate president of Syria and the great leader of the war on terror in the Arab world. According to him, the rumors about the Iranian-Russian agreement to depose Assad from power is “a big lie and a game of the Zionist and American media.” He stressed that Iran supports the sovereignty, national unity and territorial integrity of Syria.
  • In an interview to the TV channel al-Alam (May 17), Abdollahian described the relationship between Iran and Syria as strategic, adding that the Iranian “advisers” came to Syria based on the invitation of the Syrian government, and they continue to operate along the Syrian armed forces and the Russian air force in the war on terror. Therefore, there is no justification for reducing the presence of Iranian forces in the country, as long as it is needed for maintaining the country’s security.
  • During the interview, Abdollahian also addressed developments in Iraq, stating that Iran welcomes the formation of the new government in Baghdad. He denied reports about direct or indirect contact between Tehran and Washington concerning the formation of the Iraqi government. He claimed that the support expressed by the United States to al-Kazimi’s government is not real, and that the Americans are acting to advance their own interests and not Iraq’s. Addressing the Palestinian issue, the adviser to the speaker of the Majlis expressed Iran’s unending support for the Palestinians, declaring that it will continue despite American pressures, until the liberation of Palestine.
  • The Spokesman of the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abbas Mousavi, also denied the reports about agreements reached between Iran and Russia concerning the possibility of removing President Assad from power. During his weekly press conference, Mousavi stated that the relationship between Iran and Syria is close and strategic and that Iran or any other country can not decide for the Syrian people its future government (Entekhab, May 18).
  • The Iranian news website Mashregh News, reported (May 27) that Iranian unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) recently killed two commanders of the Syrian opposition. According to this report, Hisham Abu Ahmed a Commander with National Liberation Front and Maher Kojak, a commander in the Free Syrian Army were killed in recent weeks in attacks carried out by a Sahed-129 UAV and a Mohajed-6 UAV.
  • The outgoing Chairman of the Majlis’ National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh, stated in an interview to the Iranian daily E’temad (May 20) that Iran provided Syria between 20 to 30 billion dollars and that it must demand that money back.
  • On May 23, the Iranian Minister of Economy, Farhad Dejpasand, met with the Syrian Ambassador to Tehran, Adnan Mahmoud, and discussed measures to expand economic ties and investments between the two countries. The two decided to continue taking steps to realize the agreements signed between the two countries concerning the establishment of a joint Iranian-Syrian free trade zone (SANA, May 23). It should be mentioned that last month, an adviser to the president of Iran and the Chairman of the Supreme Council on Free Trade Zones, Morteza Bank, met with the Syrian ambassador to Tehran and discussed bolstering joint investments of the two countries by establishing common industrial and free trade zones. Bank stressed the willingness of Iran and Iranian companies, including private firms, to cooperate with Syria in the realm of free trade zones to further the trade cooperation between the two countries (SANA, April 14).
Iranian Involvement in Iraq
  • On May 18, the President of Iran, Hasan Rouhani, spoke on the phone with the President of Iraq, Barham Salih. President Rouhani stated political stability in Iraq is of paramount importance to the region and called for expanding economic and trade ties between the two countries, to overcome the problems facing them, including the drop in the prices of oil, the COVID-19 pandemic, security challenges and American meddling in the domestic affairs of countries of the region. He emphasized Iran’s support for Iraq and its sovereignty. The Iraqi president also stressed the importance of the relations between the two countries and expressed opposition to the meddling of foreign states in his country’s affairs (Asr-e Iran, May 18).
  • On May 23, the outgoing Speaker of the Majlis, Ali Larijani, spoke on the phone with the Speaker of the Iraqi Parliament, Mohammad al-Halbousi, and congratulated him on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr. Larijani stated during the call that Iran is prepared to bolster economic cooperation with Iraq (ISNA, May 23).
  • Meanwhile, Iran continues to track the ongoing talks between Iraq and Saudi Arabia, in light of the visit of the Iraqi Minister of Finance, Ali Allawi, to Riyadh. Following the visit, it was reported that Saudi Arabia intends to grant Iraq a three billion dollar loan and provide Iraq with electricity in greater quantity and for a lower price than the electricity currently being provided to Iraq from Iran. A commentary published on the website Khabar Online (May 24) argued that Saudi Arabia is determined to use the formation of the new government to bolster its ties with Iraq and the expense of the relationship between Iran and Iraq. The author assessed that the financial challenges faced by Iraq will be exploited by Riyadh to improve the ties between the two countries. However, the article concluded, due to Saudi Arabia’s conduct vis-a-vis Iraq during the years of the campaign against ISIS and the competition between the two countries in the oil market, the Saudis have never been considered by Iraq as partners on whom they can count.
  • On May 24, the Iranian Ambassador to Baghdad, Iraj Masjedi, and the Iranian Military Attache to Baghdad, Mostafa Moradian, met with the Iraqi Minister of Interior, Othman al-Ghannami, and spoke about maintaining cooperation between the two countries in the war on terror, the COVID-19 crisis, consular affairs and the closure of the border crossings connecting the two countries. The Iraqi minister of interior declared that his country is willing to maintain cooperation with Tehran in various spheres, including the struggle against terrorism (IRNA, May 24). In addition, Ambassador Masjedi met with Nabil Abd a-Sahab, the Iraqi Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research. Masjedi expressed Iran’s willingness to expand scientific and academic cooperation between the two countries (IRNA, May 24).
Iranian Involvement in the Palestinian Arena
  • In a recorded speech on the occasion of International Qods Day, the Supreme Leader of Iran repeated his well-known positions about Israel and the need to continue the struggle against it until its eradication. Khamenei proclaimed that “the occupation of Palestine and the establishment of the cancerous tumor of Zionism” is the gravest crime against humanity in modern history. He criticized the abnegation by most Arab countries of their responsibility toward the Palestinian struggle and stressed the central role Iran has been playing in the struggle against Israel since the Islamic Revolution. He claimed that the “Resistance camp” is growing stronger and stronger, while the camp of oppression and “arrogance” is growing weaken by the day. Israel, which managed to defeat two Arab armies within days [in the 1967 war] is being forced to withdraw and acknowledge its defeat by Hezbollah and Lebanon and Palestinian organizations in Gaza. Khamenei stressed that the goal of the struggle is the liberation of all Palestinian lands from the river to the sea, and returning all Palestinians to their homeland. He argued that the country of the West and international organizations can not be relied upon in the struggle for Palestinian rights, but only on the internal forces in the Muslim world. He again rejected any possibility of normalization with Israel, and declared that similarly to how the existence of the Corona virus can not be accepted, neither should be “virus of Zionism” and that it should be fought until it is eradicated. Khamenei called to expand the struggle in the Palestinian territories and provide whatever possible assistance to the Palestinian fighters. According to him, when Iran reached the conclusion that what the Palestinians are missing is weapons, it made the necessary preparations and the result was a change in the balance of power in Palestine (Fars, May 22). Due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the mass rallies held annually were not conducted across Iran this year, and International Qods Day was marked mostly through online and media propaganda.
  • On May 18, the plenum of the Iranian parliament (the Majlis) passed an anti-Israeli bill. The legislation bans any political, intelligence, cultural or economic cooperation with the “Zionist regime,” directly or indirectly, and prohibits the use of Israeli software and hardware and obligates the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to establish a “virtual embassy or consulate” representing Iran in Palestine. The legislation also imposes heavy penalties on those violating the law. The original bill included an article prohibiting meetings between Iranian and Israeli athletes, but it was dropped due to fears that it will lead to Iran’s expulsion from international competitions (Tasnim, May 18).
  • On the occasion of International Qods Day, in an interview to the Lebanese TV channel, al-Mayadin (May 18), which is affiliated with Hezbollah, the Secretary General of Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Ziad al-Nakhleh, declared that Iran is playing a significant role in bolstering the “Resistance.” He remarked that the Iranian military assistance continues to reach the organization and that Iran assists the “Resistance” with every opportunity it gets. According to him, Iran’s mere opposition to the American and Zionist policies are a significant form of assistance. Al-Nakhleh praised Qasem Soleimani, who realized Iran’s support for the “Resistance” and mentioned that upon his death, the Palestinians lost a man with whom they have worked for many years, who played a great and prominent role. He stressed, however, that Iran’s position has not changed after his death, and in fact his killing only increased Iran’s resolve to support “Resistance” movements in the region. Al-Nakleh stated that Soleimani’s successor, Esmail Qa’ani, played a certral role in supporting the “Resistance,” back when he served as Soleimani’s deputy, and now his importance has increased.
  • In another interview, al-Nakhle stated that the connection between the Qods Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and the “Resistance” has existed for a long time, and predates the appointment of Soleimani to the position of the commander of the force (in late 1997). According to him, Soleimani played a key role in assisting and bolstering the “Resistance,” mentioning that Soleimani personally tracked all matters, including the matter of operatives to left for training, and oversaw the transfer of weaponry into the Gaza Strip. Al-Nakhleh added that Soleimani turned the Palestinian revolution from a collection of military factions to a strong military that possesses all types of weaponry and all the capabilities (Palestine al-Youm, May 21).
  • On the occasion of International Qods Day, the Lebanese TV channel al-Mayadin revealed (May 19), a letter sent by the Commander of the IRGC’s Qods Force, Qasem Soleimani, prior to his assassination in January 2020, to the Head of Hamas’ Military Wing, Mohammad Deif. In the letter, Soleimani called Deif “the brave living martyr,” and stressed that Iran will not abandon Palestine to its own devices, regardless of the tightening of pressures and siege. He wrote that the support for Palestine is a source of honor and pride for Iran, and that it will never give up on this religious duty. “The friends of Palestine and the friends of Iran and the enemies of Palestine and the enemies of the Iranians,” wrote Soleimani.

MESOPOTAMIA NEWS “GENERAL REPORT:” Syrians’ livelihood under the ruling elite’s mercy

Enab Baladi  DEIR EZZOR NEWS  1. July 2020

Around an empty table devoid of the main course, carrying the same plates almost every day, sits a couple who has been living off the same food for days and forgot what it tastes like. Despite their suffering, they are thankful for having a roof over their heads, that spares them from paying the rent and mitigates some of “the economic burdens Syrian citizens deal with these days.” 

“People are starving”, in these words Maryam, a 30-year-old young lady, who lives with her husband in Aleppo city held by the Syrian regime forces, described the dire economic situation her family and millions of Syrians face where most of them are on the brink of an economic collapse.

Despite nine years of war and its accumulated impacts on the Syrian economy where most sectors are damaged with a noticeable decrease in gross output, Syria’s current economic situation is unprecedented amid expectations of further deterioration.

In the light of the recurrent crises hitting the Syrian economy, Enab Baladi tries in this report to shed light on Syrians’ living conditions and the reasons behind these crises. It also discusses the impacts of the recent rift between prominent businessman Rami Makhlouf and senior figures close to the President of the Syrian regime Bashar al-Assad, on the Syrian economy.

Poverty in Syria

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Ein dokumentarisches Sittengemälde – 1. Juli 2020

Während der Recherchen zu einem Artikel über den Streit zwischen dem deutschen Virologen Christian Drosten und der Bildzeitung über die Coronavirus-Maßnahmen fragte der Spiegel, ob der Bild-Reporter Filipp Piatov aus der israelischen Botschaft zu dem Massenblatt gekommen sei. Der Bild-Chefredakteur Julian Reichelt machte diese Anfrage seitens des Spiegel auf Twitter öffentlich und legte nahe, dass der Spiegel damit eine anti-israelische und antijüdische Verschwörungstheorie bedienen wollte.

Ja, Antisemitismus sei bereits immer schon gegeben, wenn sonst übliche Herkunfts- oder Abstammungsmerkmale notiert würden – letztlich biografische Daten also, die zu nennen „normalerweise“ bei Schriftstellern wie Journalisten einmal regulär war.

Piatov hatte kurz zuvor einen Artikel über Drosten veröffentlicht. Der Spiegel schrieb, Piatov sei Reichelts „Bluthund“ und hob Piatovs jüdischen Hintergrund hervor: er sei „mit seiner jüdischen Familie nach Deutschland gekommen“ und sei für seine „unbedingte Kritiklosigkeit gegenüber Israel“ bekannt.

Der Ursprung dieser war ein offenbar gescheitertes Projekt, das einmal ein großes Geschäft in Sachen Corona hätte ergeben und notwendig derart mit der Herabwürdigung der persönlichen wie wissenschaftlichen Reputation des integren Christian Droste vermittelt gewesen wäre: am Ende wohl einer der widerlichsten Akte eines heruntergekommenen Journalismus.

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Patrioten-Bonds“ – Italiens Sparer bekommen Renditen, von denen die Deutschen nur träumen können

31 Mai 2020 –  Von Daniel Eckert, Holger Zschäpitz DIE WELT

In Deutschland leiden Sparer seit Jahren unter Renditen, die unter der Inflation liegen. Da lässt ein üppiges Zinsgeschenk des italienischen Staates an seine Bürger aufhorchen. Doch mit den „Patrioten-Bonds“ lässt sich die Krise nicht lösen.

Überall ist Krise, nur für Italiens Sparer hat das süße Leben, „la dolce vita“, nie aufgehört. Im Gegenteil, Finanznöte hin oder her, der italienische Staat legt gerade jetzt größten Wert darauf, dass es den Anlegern zu Hause wohl ergeht. Nur so lässt sich die jüngste Volte des Finanzministeriums im Rom erklären. Das Dipartimento del Tesoro hat kürzlich ein Zinspapier aufgelegt, das Sparern eine nette Positivrendite oberhalb der Inflationsrate garantiert.

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Der Dietzenbach Aufstand (Hessen) : Das verräterische Schweigen zu den Tätern  31 Mai 2020

Vorgestern Morgen haben etwa 50 Personen in Dietzenbach (Landkreis Offenbach) zunächst gezielt einen Brand gelegt und daraufhin die zur Hilfe gerufenen Rettungskräfte mit Steinwürfen angegriffen.

Von Dr. David Berger

Zu den Tätern gibt es bislang betretenes Schweigen. Das lässt bereits einiges zu den möglichen Tätergruppen ahnen.

„Innenminister Beuth hat die Angriffe auf Polizisten & Feuerwehrleute in Dietzenbach scharf verurteilt: „Wir brauchen eine klare Antwort des Rechtsstaats: Wer Einsatzkräfte angreift, gehört in den Knast und darf nicht mit einer Geldstrafe davonkommen.“ – so die Hessische Staatskanzlei heute Mittag. Doch welche Gruppe es genau war, die den feigen Angriff auf Polizei und Feuerwehr zu verantworten hat, bleibt weiter im Unklaren.

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Trump will G7 zu G11 erweitern : Eine neue Allianz gegen China?

Russland reagiert zurückhaltend auf Trumps Vorstoß, die G7 zu erweitern. Australien, Indien und Südkorea zeigen sich offener – ohne Amerika wären sie Vasallenstaaten Chinas, warnt ein früherer Außenminister.  – Von Christoph Hein, Singapur und Patrick Welter, Tokio  – FAZ  31.05.2020-15:53

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : DO IT UNDER TRUMPS PRESIDENCY ! – Netanyahu undeterred on annexation

Netanyahu: Annexation is ‘top task’ AL MONITOR  30 May 2020

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said this week that he will not miss a “historic opportunity” to extend Israeli sovereignty over settlements in parts of the occupied West Bank and Jordan Valley, considering it a “top task” of the unity government.

The prime minister has dismissed or ignored calls by the European Union to hold off, as well as warnings by UN Middle East envoy Nickolay Mladenov that annexation would represent “a most serious violation of international law” and the League of Arab States that annexation would be considered a “new war crime.”

Netanyahu told Likud Knesset members that he is going ahead with a July date to introduce annexation legislation. He’s confident he will win on what he considers his legacy issue because most Israelis and US President Donald Trump appear to be in his corner.


More on that below, but first let’s review where some other stakeholders stand.

Abbas: a leap in the dark


Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas abrogated Palestinian Authority agreements with Israel and the United States on May 20 and transferred responsibility over the occupied territories to Israel in response to Netanyahu’s statements on annexation.



Abbas’ announcement “is a leap in the dark,” Ahmed Melhem writes, “as there is no clear-cut Palestinian plan for how to dissolve the agreements with Israel, most notably the Oslo Accords concluded on Sept. 13, 1993, in virtue of which the [Palestinian Authority] was established.”

“Some Palestinian factions doubt the PA’s ability to implement important decisions in response to the Israeli annexation plan” and both Islamic Jihad and Hamas may step up activities in the West Bank, Melhem reports.

“Senior Palestinian officials, such as Fatah Secretary General Jibril Rajoub, insist that the decision is strategic and sincere,” writes Daoud Kuttab. “Yet many are doubting the decision because it seems to come with little planning and almost no details are available. It is being argued that the decision by the Fatah-dominated PLO goes in line with Fatah’s practice of making decisions and then making adjustments as they are implemented.”

For now, Netanyahu is unfazed by Abbas’ declarations, betting that the security coordination that matters most to him will likely continue as it is in both parties’ interests.

The Times of Israel reports that the PA has back channeled to Jerusalem that it will keep a tight grip on terrorist groups and prevent any popular demonstrations against Israel. PA Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh confirmed as much Monday when he said the PA will keep order in the West Bank.

“Abbas needs the security coordination with Israel just as much as Israel does,” a Likud minister told Al-Monitor on condition of anonymity. “If he undermines the coordination, he will be hurting himself and he knows it.”

“Neither Netanyahu nor his government colleagues made any statements over the halting of security coordination,” writes Mazal Mualem. “Netanyahu is estimating that he should not fan the flames, but rather leave Abbas an opening to withdraw from his decision.”

The PA later suspended security coordination with the CIA, the last working channel for communication between the PA and the United States on security, Jared Szuba reports.

King Abdullah: steps short of ‘massive conflict’

Another reason Netanyahu may be feeling confident is that Jordan’s King Abdullah, who said that annexation would lead “to a massive conflict,” may instead be weighing steps short of war, at least initially.

“Jordan is considering, among other options, suspending parts of the 1994 peace treaty claiming that the Israeli annexation of the Jordan Valley violates the delineation of borders between Israel and Jordan, in addition to being illegal under international law and pertinent United Nations resolutions,” writes Osama Al Sharif. “Immediate reaction may include expelling the Israeli ambassador in Amman and recalling the Jordanian ambassador in Tel Aviv.”

But Netanyahu should not underestimate the stakes for Jordan.

“The unilateral annexation of parts of the West Bank is seen as presenting an existential threat to Jordan’s national security,” explains Sharif. “It not only renders the two-state solution irrelevant, but it resurrects some far-right Israeli claims that Jordan is a de facto Palestinian state. It also raises fears about the fate of over 2 million Palestinian refugees living in Jordan. Jordan had not supported Trump’s peace vision, unveiled last January, and rallied Arab and international support for the two-state solution.”

Gantz: his worst nightmare

It’s been a bad week for Defense Minister and Blue and White Party Leader Benny Gantz, co-prime minister with Netanyahu in the unity government.

“In his worst nightmare,” writes Mazal Mualem, “Gantz could not have imagined the major damage that would be inflicted on him on the opening day” of Netanyahu’s trial on bribery charges May 24.

“For several but seemingly endless minutes, while standing in front of mask-wearing silent Likud ministers, the prime minister hurled poison darts at the police and the state prosecution office,” adds Mualem. “Now [Gantz] had not only made a political alliance with the accused defendant but also found himself trapped between his promises to defend the legal system and the necessity of retaining a cordial relationship with the defendant.”

Gantz again blandly expressed his reservations about annexation, saying this week, “We will examine how to proceed and we will act responsibly,” but nobody, including Netanyahu, seems to care what he says on the subject.

Gantz has a few cards to slow the annexation train, Ben Caspit writes, by rallying opposition outside Israel, including perhaps “a clandestine call on Jordan’s King Abdullah in Amman or even a hush-hush meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Sharm el-Sheikh,” because it seems Gantz has lost the fight inside Israel.

Trump: stick to the plan

Netanyahu has said at every turn that whatever he does on annexation will be in accord with the US administration’s peace plan.

Given the US presidential election year and Netanyahu’s close personal connections with Trump and the family of Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law, senior adviser and lead on the peace proposal, the odds look good for Netanyahu to get the go-ahead for his plans.

The Trump administration’s formal statements have been careful, but with a Bibi tilt.

During a visit to Israel this month, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that “annexation is up to Israel.” State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus later said, “We think these discussions should be part of the peace process, part of discussions between the Israelis and the Palestinians.”

Netanyahu senses a window could close if Trump loses the election. Presumed Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden told campaign donors today that annexation would “choke off any hope for peace,” Bryant Harris reports. Nineteen Senate Democrats have also sent a joint letter to Netanyahu opposing annexation.

Are Israelis settled on annexation?

Netanyahu, like any good politician, reads the polls and that might be another source of confidence as his popularity appears to be rising as a result of the trial, Caspit reports.

“There is a majority in favor of partition and retaining the settlement blocs, Jerusalem (the Temple Mount in particular) and the Jordan valley,” writes Efraim Inbar. “A recent poll commissioned by the Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security confirmed that over 60% of Israelis (and over 70% among the wider Jewish public) favor extending Israeli law to these areas. The current composition of the Knesset favors incorporation of the Jordan Valley into Israel.”

However, in a perhaps unusual twist, there might be some surprising opposition from a key Netanyahu constituency.

“There is growing opposition to the plan among the settlers’ leadership,” writes Danny Zaken. “While some leaders have encouraged Netanyahu to embrace the plan as a sign of things to come, others have gone so far as to demand that he reject it out of hand. The main reason that these opponents give is that agreement to the proposal in principle would imply Israeli acceptance of an independent Palestinian state in the rest of the West Bank.”

Netanyahu said on May 28 that Palestinians living in annexed areas of the Jordan Valley would not be granted Israeli citizenship, but Israel would have control over security. To the settler critics, he said, “We are not the ones required to give up [territories], the Palestinians are,” and that Palestinians “have to recognize that we are the ones dictating security rules over the entire territory. If they agree to all of this, then they will have their own entity that President Trump defines as a state.”



Michel Foucault & Iran’s Ayatollahs

By Dr. Reza Parchizadeh May 28, 2020 – BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 1,586, May 28, 2020 / ISRAEL

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The Islamic Revolution in Iran, which brought Islamists to power for the first time in modern history, pitted the global left—perhaps best personified by Michel Foucault—against the global right. To this day, the global left’s advocacy for Islamism continues to guide the West’s general approach toward the Middle East.

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