MESOPOTAMIA NEWS Report: Obama offered Syria Israeli withdrawal from Golan Heights

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.

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The Abraham Accords: Kontrastierende Reflexionen



Von Prof. Shmuel Trigano2. März 2021 MEMRI REPORT

ZUSAMMENFASSUNG: Es könnte an der Zeit sein, einen Schritt zurückzugehen, um die Auswirkungen des neuen Zustands zu betrachten, der durch die Abraham-Abkommen eingeläutet wurde, die Israels strategische Landschaft verändert haben. Die Ära Trump ist vorbei, und nachfolgende Entwicklungen fördern solche Überlegungen. Bahrain lehnte einen Besuch des israelischen Ministerpräsidenten Benjamin Netanjahu ab, es sei denn, er besuchte auf derselben Reise auch die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate. Saudi-Arabiens König Salman weigert sich weiterhin, Israel anzuerkennen, weil die palästinensische Frage zuerst gelöst werden muss. Der nächste in der Reihe auf dem saudischen Thron, Kronprinz Muhammad bin Salman, zieht es vor, den Ansatz der neuen US-Regierung zu bewerten – und er ist sich jedenfalls sehr wohl bewusst, dass nur 30 % der saudischen Bevölkerung positiv auf den Begriff des Handelsaustauschs mit Israel reagieren. Diese Regionalstaaten wollen den eingeleiteten Prozess nicht unbedingt umkehren, sondern ziehen es vielleicht vor, die Dinge langsamer zu verfolgen.

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Von Dr. James M. Dorsey1. März 2021  ISRAEL – BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 1,946, 1. März 2021

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Die Veröffentlichung eines US-Geheimdienstberichts durch die Biden-Administration, der den saudischen Kronprinzen Muhammad bin Salman für die Tötung des Journalisten Jamal Khashoggi verantwortlich macht, stellt eine grundlegende Herausforderung für die geopolitischen Ambitionen des Königreichs dar.

The challenge facing Saudi Arabia in the wake of the Biden administration es 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.

Die Optionen, die Saudi-Arabien und den Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten zur Verfügung stehen, werden durch die Tatsache begrenzt, dass sie die USA nicht vollständig als Standbein ihrer Verteidigung sowie ihr Streben nach regionaler Hegemonie ersetzen können, selbst wenn der Bericht die Wahrnehmungen der USA als unzuverlässig und im Widerspruch zu ihrer Politik wiederbelebt.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : Israel weighs reprisal for Iranian rocket attack on freighter in context of US & Gulf ties

Feb 28, 2021 @ 12:24 – Before retaliating for the Iranian rocket attack on the MV Helios Ray automobile carrier in the Gulf of Oman on Friday, Feb. 26, Israel is bound to consider the incident’s wider ramifications.

Defense Minister Benny Gantz said it was his “initial assessment” that Iran was responsible. “The location of the ship in relatively close proximity to Iran indicates this,” he said, before two Israeli investigators set out for Dubai on Saturday to join the international investigation into the incident

Confirmation of his allegation came on Sunday from Kayhan, a hawkish Iranian publication, which stated that “the attack on the Israeli ship was legitimate.”

Our sources report that the waters in the area are rife with Iranian Revolutionary Guards missile boats and they most likely fired the rockets at the Israeli cargo ship while it was en route from Saudi Arabia to Singapore. The blasts left holes above the waterline on both sides of the hull. (See attached picture.) There were no casualties.

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US Intelligence Report Leaves Saudi Arabia with No Good Geopolitical Choices


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.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : Biden administration shouldn’t stop with Yemen

27 Febr 2021 – AL MONITOR – The Biden administration is giving top priority to ending the brutal war in Yemen, appointing a special envoy, Timothy Lenderking, who is already in full diplomatic surge.

Yemen has been dubbed the worst humanitarian crisis in the world by the United Nations. US leadership may be what it takes to get some traction for a peace effort that badly needs a boost. The same could be said for the wars in Syria and Libya.


Three of seven high intensity conflicts are in the Middle East

For the new administration, helping to end the Syria and Libya wars, as well as Yemen’s, would be a further sign that “diplomacy is back,” a goal of US President Joe Biden. The Middle East’s three running wars have been nothing short of catastrophic for those countries and the region. In the World Bank classification of states in fragile and conflict-affected situations, Yemen, Syria and Libya fall into the top, high “intensity” conflict category, meaning those battle-torn countries with the greatest likelihood to suffer from deep, chronic poverty (the only other states in this group are Afghanistan, the Central African Republic, Somalia and South Sudan).

• In Yemen, 250,000 lives have been lost since the war began six years ago. And it remains grim. A UN report this week said rapidly deteriorating conditions are “a death sentence for millions of families.” The war began in 2015 with US backing for a Saudi-led international coalition to support the Yemeni government. Since then, Yemen has become the kingdom’s Vietnam — a no-win quagmire with no military solution. Iran backs the Ansar Allah (the Houthis), a penny-stock investment to bleed Saudi Arabia and stain its international standing. The terrorist group al-Qaeda is also active in this blistered landscape. The suffering of the Yemeni people — including famine and disease — is incidental to these calculations, or so it seems.

• In Syria, approximately 500,000 people have been killed and about half the population displaced in the 10-year war, according to a UN report this month. The Syrian economy has “suffered multiple shocks,” including rising food insecurity and stunted growth and development in children, according to UN humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock. The Islamic State and various al-Qaeda progeny continue to terrorize civilians, and then there are the human rights abuses of the Syrian government. The United States, Russia, Iran, Turkey and Israel are all engaged militarily, backing the Syrian government or various armed groups, or via direct military action.

• In Libya, as many as 43,000 have been killed since a US-led NATO bombing campaign backed an insurgency that overthrew former Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi. Of Libya’s 7 million people, 392,000 are displaced and 1 million are in need of assistance, as we wrote here earlier this month. Libya’s health system is in disrepair and water and electricity are sometimes unavailable for up to 18 hours a day, according to the UN.


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New Biden policies snub Saudi prince, “uncover” Israel’s reputed nuclear program

Feb 25, 2021 @ 19:47 Dimona reactor, – DEBKA FILES ISRAEL  – The planned release of a declassified US report suggesting the Saudi Crown Prince’s implication in the Khashoggi murder coincides with a spate of “revelations” on extensive building work at Israel’s nuclear center in Dimona.

The two events seem to have nothing in common, except that both appear to derive from a radical switch in the Biden administration’s Middle East policy and its hot pursuit of diplomacy with Iran.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : JUST WORDS OR ACTION ? – CENTCOM chief warns Iran over strikes on Erbil, Saudi Arabia

Gen. Kenneth “‘Frank” McKenzie warned Iran in the boldest statement yet from the Biden administration over the attacks.

 CENTCOM commander Gen. Kenneth “Frank” McKenzie (R) and Vice Adm. James J. Malloy (L) speak during the 15th Manama Dialogue in the Bahraini capital, Manama, on Nov. 23, 2019. Malloy became CENTCOM’s deputy commander in September 2020

Jared Szuba Feb 24, 2021 AL MONITOR – The top commander of US military forces in the Middle East issued a subtle but unmistakable warning to Iran today over recent projectile attacks on Iraq’s Kurdistan region and Saudi Arabia.

CENTCOM commander Gen. Kenneth “Frank” McKenzie said he considers it “very dangerous” for Iranian officials to assume that an uptick in such attacks in recent weeks “can be non-attributable in some way back to Iranian policy.”

“We believe that all of this ultimately emanates from Iran,” McKenzie said during a virtual forum hosted by the Beirut Institute.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS SETTLERS ! : Settler movement takes over Jewish National Fund – ISRAEL

The decision by the Jewish National Fund to start purchasing land in the West Bank marks another victory for the right-wing and the settlement movement.

Mazal Mualem –  Feb 23, 2021 AL MONITOR – “It’s quite possible that, until two days ago, [President Joe] Biden had no idea what the Jewish National Fund is. Now, however, the old, established organization has turned itself into a major nuisance for his presidential agenda.” With this sarcastic note, Alon Pinkas, the former Israeli consul general in New York, concluded an article he wrote for the Israeli newspaper Haaretz that was published Feb. 14.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS  „SETTLER“! : Siedlerbewegung übernimmt Jüdischen Nationalfonds

Die Entscheidung des Jüdischen Nationalfonds, Land im Westjordanland zu kaufen, ist ein weiterer Sieg für die Rechte und die Siedlungsbewegung.

Mazal Mualem AL MONITOR    23. Februar 2021 – “Es ist durchaus möglich, dass [Präsident Joe] Biden bis vor zwei Tagen keine Ahnung hatte, was der Jüdische Nationalfonds ist. Nun aber hat sich die alte, etablierte Organisation zu einem großen Ärgernis für seine Präsidentschaftsagenda entwickelt.” Mit dieser sarkastischen Note schloss Alon Pinkas, der ehemalige israelische Generalkonsul in New York, einen Artikel, den er für die israelische Zeitung Haaretz schrieb und am 14. Februar veröffentlicht wurde.

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