‘Our situation today is worse than it was at the time of the  nuclear deal,” A., outgoing deputy head of the Mossad, tells Israeli paper.
By YONAH JEREMY BOB – MARCH 4, 2021 18:10 JERUSALEM POST – The Islamic Republic has accumulated more enriched uranium since Israel pushed for the annulment of the Iran nuclear deal, and is spreading its influence and power throughout the Middle East, outgoing deputy head of Mossad said in an interview with Israeli media in which he criticized Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
“Our situation today is worse than it was at the time of the  nuclear deal,” the official – who can only be identified by the first initial of his name, “A” – told Yediot Aharonot. “They didn’t stop their spread in the region for a moment. They are developing missiles… the deal we made wasn’t good; we are back to the same place.”
“A” retired last month after narrowly losing out on becoming the next Mossad chief to replace current director Yossi Cohen, who leaves his post in June.
by Aaron Y. Zelin and Oula A. Alrifai
PolicyWatch 3443 – March 3, 2021 – Even if the growing regional and geopolitical stakes were not sufficient on their own, the regime’s domestic negligence, illegitimacy, and criminality provide ample reason to shake up Washington’s approach.
As President Biden ponders Washington’s best approach to the Syrian quandaries that bedeviled the previous two administrations, it can confidently draw at least one conclusion: Bashar al-Assad’s regime has abdicated all levels of responsibility as a legitimate ruler. Part of this conclusion stems from the regime’s vast portfolio of human rights violations; as Stephen Rapp, the former ambassador-at-large for war crimes issues under the Obama administration, asserted in a recent 60 Minutes segment, “We’ve got better evidence against Assad and his clique than we had against Milosevic in Yugoslavia…Even better than we had against the Nazis at Nuremberg.” Yet the regime has failed Syria and its people in far more comprehensive ways as well, ensuring that destabilization, regional spillover, and exploitation by U.S. adversaries will only grow if the Biden administration sticks with status-quo policies.
MESOPOTAMIA NEWS RED LIGHT TO ISRAEL – ICC prosecutor announces formal investigation into Israeli ‘war crimes’
Hundreds of Israelis could find themselves at risk by court decision; Israel bracing for protracted legal battle.
International Criminal Court Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda announced on Wednesday that she would open a full war crimes probe into Israel and Hamas.”The decision to open an investigation followed a painstaking preliminary examination undertaken by my office that lasted close to five years,” outgoing Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said in a statement.
“In the end, our central concern must be for the victims of crimes, both Palestinian and Israeli, arising from the long cycle of violence and insecurity that has caused deep suffering and despair on all sides,” Bensouda said.
“My office will take the same principled, non-partisan, approach that it has adopted in all situations over which its jurisdiction is seized.”The Palestinian Authority said that it welcomed the decision to open a war crimes investigation.
According to the Saudi-owned newspaper “Asharq Al-Awsat,” the talks reached an advanced stage; the sides had even prepared a document for signing. JEWISH NEWS SYNDICATE
(March 1, 2021 / Israel Hayom) Just a few months before the Syrian civil war erupted in March 2011, the Obama administration offered the Assad regime an Israeli withdrawal from the Golan Heights in return for severing ties with Iran and Hezbollah, the London-based Arabic newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat reported on Sunday.
US reaffirms commitment to Iranian nuclear talks, despite Iran’s rejection
Laurie Mylroie March 2 2021 16:00 – WASHINGTON DC (Kurdistan 24) – State Department Spokesperson Ned Price on Monday reaffirmed the continued US commitment to discussions with Iran over the 2015 nuclear deal, which President Donald Trump abrogated in 2018, although Iran has rejected such talks.
Already on Feb. 18, the US said it was ready to participate in such discussions, along with the signatories to the nuclear deal: Iran, plus what is known as the P-5: the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, which, in addition to the US, include Britain, China, France, Russia, while the “+1” is Germany.
Iran’s first response to the invitation, issued by the European Union (EU), was only that it was studying the invitation. On Sunday, Foreign Ministry spokesman, Saeed Khatibzadeh, finally gave Iran’s reply. He issued a statement, saying, “Iran does not consider this the time to hold an informal meeting with these countries.”
MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : BIDEN’S AND PELOSI’S STUPIDIY ABOUT SAUDI ARABIA
By Dr. James M. Dorsey March 1, 2021 BESA CENTER ISRAEL BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 1,946, March 1, 2021
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The Biden administration’s publication of a US intelligence reportthat holds Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman responsible for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi creates a fundamental challenge to the kingdom’s geopolitical ambitions.
The challenge facing Saudi Arabia in the wake of the Biden administration’s publication of an intelligence report holding Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman responsible for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi lies in whether and how the kingdom will seek to further diversify its alliances with other world powers in response to the report and US human rights pressure.
The options available to Saudi Arabia and the UAE are limited by the fact that they cannot fully replace the US as a mainstay of their defense as well as their quest for regional hegemony, even if the report revives perceptions of the US as unreliable and at odds with their policies.
One month since Autonomous Administration stopped fuel supplies to Syrian regime – By Enab Baladi – 27/02/2021 It has been a month since northeast Syria’s Kurdish-led Autonomous Administration stopped sending petroleum tank trucks to the Syrian regime-held areas, despite the de-escalation of tensions between the two sides.
Enab Baladi has learned from a worker (who spoke on the condition of anonymity for security reasons) in the oil fields of Rmelan, controlled by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), that the administration has suspended the sale and supply of oil products to the Syrian regime since 29 January. The areas under the control of the Syrian government used to obtain about 130 oil tanks from the Rmelan oil field and 50 tanks from the field of al-Shaddadi on a daily basis.
„Grenzen für die Tech-Giganten : Deutschland muss Amerika heilen helfen ! – Von Ben Scott FAZ – 27.02.2021-
Warum Plattformkonzerne wie Facebook, Google oder Twitter die Demokratie gefährden, hat der Sturm aufs Kapitol gezeigt. Europa kann dem entgegentreten und ein Zeichen für die Welt setzen. Ein Gastbeitrag. „
… Unter solch lustiger Parole, nämlich Uncle Sam „heilen (zu) helfen“ tritt Ben Scott international für die Omidyar.Gruppe auf: vorgeblich entrüstet über deren Macht und Einfluss, der aber an sich nicht schlecht ist – wenn er nur in die richtige Richtung zentriert wird:
BEN SCOTT ist Leiter von RESET. RESET ist Teil von LUMINATE, einer Stiftung, die von der OMIDYAR-GRUPPE finanziert wird. Pierre Omidyar ist der Gründer von ebay. Zuvor ar Ben Scott Vorstand der Stiftung NEUE VERANTWORTUNG in Berlin. Davor war er Hillary CLINTONS persönlicher Berater für Innovation und Technologie im US Aussenministerium, dann Leiter von Clintons Beraterstab im Wahlkampf 2016.
Am 29. Febr ab 14 diskutiert Steinmeier mit Ben Scott in der Reihe FORUM BELLEVUE – zusammen mit EU Vestager, dem Soziologen Armin Nassehi, Thema: Transnationaaale Herausforderung. (Livestream bundespraesident.de )
WHO IS BEN SCOTT & THE OMIDYAR FOUNDAT ION AND THEIR SUB-ORGANISATIONS?
After creating eBay in 1995 — a pioneering company that today provides more than 150 million people around the world with a platform to connect — Pierre turned much of his focus to philanthropy and, ……..
“Our vision comes to life through the organizations we create as well as the groups with whom we partner.”
Feb 26 2021 10:50 Gmt+3 AHVAL NEWS – : Feb 27 2021 07:50 Gmt+3
Turkey’s state-owned Ziraat Bank and largest GSM operator Turkcell, which are fully and partially owned by Turkey’s Wealth Fund respectively, are at the centre of a scandal involving questionable offshore deals, conflicts of interests and irregular transactions, Foundation for Defense of Democracies Turkey Program Director Aykan Erdemir wrote on Friday.
Erdemir cited news reports that Ziraat extended a $1.6 billion nonperforming loan to an offshore company in the British Virgin Islands, “likely under the direction of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan”.
The Wealth Fund, with Erdoğan himself at the helm, used Ziraat Bank “to disappear a nonperforming loan” used for the purchase of Turkcell, Erdemir said.
Turkcell is a strategic asset in controlling communications throughout Turkey as the most used operator with the strongest coverage network. In January, Erdoğan urged the use of Turkcell’s proprietary instant messaging app BiP as he spoke against WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook.
Pulling defeat from the jaws of defeat / THE SPECTATOR USA
February 26, 2021 | 2:53 pm – Shiite fighters from the Hashed al-Shaabi flash the sign for victory as they enter the village of Abu Shuwayhah, 2016 –
Written by: Dominic Green – THE SPECTATOR
The Biden administration is trying to set some rules in its negotiations about negotiations with Iran. But the first rule of the Middle East is that there are no rules. There are only balances of force and fear. And this is why Iran will defeat the US in Syria just as it has already defeated the US in Iraq.
Like a tourist in a foreign restaurant, the administration knows just enough of the local lingo to order the wrong thing. After years in the region, American strategists have absorbed the crude calculus of force: to be taken seriously, they reason, we have to respond to the rocket attack on an airbase in northern Iraq earlier this month, which killed a military contractor and wounded a US serviceman.
The US has also absorbed the calculus of fear. Much as America’s politicians and generals pretend otherwise, the US was defeated in Iraq years ago. The winner was Iran and its Shia allies.