MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : MAZEL TOV TO NETANJAHU & DONALD TRUMP

The Crumbling Israeli Left-Wing and Netanyahu’s Power (FIKRA FORUM)

Ilyssa Tuttelman – Ilyssa Tuttelman is a M.A. Candidate in International Affairs focusing on the U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East at the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. She is a research intern at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.  Also available in العربية  05-31-2018

Background: The Infallible Israeli Right-Wing

As Israel faces an election due in 2019, the factors that have caused the deterioration of the Israeli left will likely inhibit their ability to take the majority from the right-wing Likud. Since 2009, Likud chairman Benjamin Netanyahu has held onto power as the Prime Minister of Israel. Prior to this government, there were predominantly Prime Ministers from unity governments, making Netanyahu the most right-wing government formed. In the last Knesset election of 2015, the Likud party won thirty seats and right-wing Isaac Herzog’s Zionist Union party won twenty-four.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : PUTIN’S DAILY MASSAKER – SYRIA

#PressRelease Dozens Killed in Horrible Massacre by Russian Jets in Rural #Idlib Thursday https://buff.ly/2sICT – 8 June 2018 www.mesop.de

MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : PKK = WE CREATED YPG (PYD) IN SYRIA !

Charles Lister‏Verified account @Charles_Lister  6 June 2018

#PKK‘s top military leader Bahoz Erdal confirms provision of support (staging attacks, ammunition & military guidance) to the #YPG in #Syria. – “I do not deny the party’s (the PKK) role in Rojava… people in the party’s ranks helped create the YPG.” https://www.okaz.com.sa/article/1647137/ …

THE TRUMP OF ISRAEL !

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 Jilted Democrats fume over Trump-Netanyahu lovefest

Bryant Harris June 5, 2018 – AL MONITOR – 6 June 2018

Article Summary – Democrats in Congress are taking aim at US Ambassador David Friedman as the deepening alliance between the US government and the Israeli right leaves them in the cold. US Ambassador David Friedman has been acting as the Israeli right-wing’s unfiltered apostle of late.He has insisted that “settlers aren’t going anywhere” and consistently blamed the Palestinians for the breakdown in peace talks. He invited prominent pro-Trump evangelicals to dedicate the US Embassy in Jerusalem last month, then pronounced himself “very concerned” that no Democrats showed up, even though none had received a White House invitation. And just this week, he admonished journalists who question Israel for shooting protesters in Gaza and told the reporters to “just keep your mouths shut.”

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS SPECIAL : PLAYGROUND WITH MASS MURDERS (SYRIA)

 

Do you remember the @FIFAWorldCup political boycott calls after the poisoning of Sergey #Skripal? Well. The football team of the German #Bundestag will travel to #Moscow and play against the #Duma team on Friday. Here is what the @OSCE wrote about the last Duma election:

MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : WHO BOMBED RAQQA ? HOW & WHEN

 

Julian Röpcke‏Verified account @JulianRoepcke 2h2 hours ago  6 June 2018

Isn’t it funny how the #Kremlin argues almost every day that “Raqqa was reduced to rubble by US-led coalition during its ‘liberation’”? These are four 2018 satellite images of Syrian cities. Only one of them was destroyed by the #US. Three by #Russia. Can you spot the difference? www.mesop.de

MESOPOTAMIA NEWS TODAYS TOP OF THE AGENDA – Turkey Targets Kurds in Iraq Air Strikes

Turkey carried out air strikes in northern Iraq against more than a dozen targets of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), killing at least six suspected PKK fighters (Anadolu), the head of the Turkish armed forces said.

Turkish ground forces had recently advanced further into Iraqi territory, saying over the weekend that they pushed another fifteen miles (National) into Iraqi Kurdistan’s Qandil Mountains. Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that there would be “four-way cooperation” (VOA) between Ankara, Baghdad, Washington, and Irbil in the fight against the PKK, considered terrorists by Turkey, though the United States has not confirmed its participation. In neighboring Syria, U.S.-backed Kurdish forces announced they will leave the northern town of Manbij (Al Jazeera) following an agreement between Ankara and Washington.

ANALYSIS

“Due to the difficult terrain and the small number of forces despatched to northern Iraq by Ankara, this latest incursion may simply be a way to drum up greater support for the ruling party ahead of Turkish voters heading to the polls on 24 June,” writes the New Arab.

“Some Arab residents in Manbij would prefer the city to be taken over by the Turkish Army and Syrian rebels allied with them. Others see risks in allying with Turkey, and say they want the Syrian government to retake Manbij,” Jenan Moussa and Harald Doornbos write for the New York Times.

This CFR InfoGuide looks at the Kurds, one of the world’s largest ethnic groups without a state.

 

MESOPOTAMIA NEWS TODAYS RELEVANT TWEETS & SHORT CUTS / POMPEO

 

Secretary Pompeo‏Verified account @SecPompeo  6 June 2018

We welcome the launch of operations by the Syrian Democratic Forces against #ISIS in Dashisha, #Syria. We have full confidence in our partners and are proud to work with them to rid Syria from the scourge of ISIS and build a better future for all Syrians.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : LEADING GERMAN GOVERNMENT THINK TANK SWP-BERLIN CHANGING DIRECTION TO PUTIN

Volker Perthes‏ @volkerperthes 7 hours ago  5 June 2018 – Freshly published article in “Survival” (by @IISS_org) on pragmatic alignments in the #MidEast, #Syria, #SaudiArabia, and #Russia replacing the US as main diplomatic player in the region. (Preprint version available on @SWPBerlin English website): https://www.iiss.org/en/publications/survival/sections/2018-9a32/survival–global-politics-and-strategy-june-july-2018-7fc7/60-3-06-perthes-cm-c174 …

MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : JOINT US / TURKEY STATEMENT ON ROAD MAP MANBIJ (SYRIA – KURDISTAN)

MESOPOTAMIA NEWS EXCLUSIV : Joint statement from #America and #Turkey after the Pompeo-Cavusoglu meeting at the @StateDept: they agreed to the Road Map proposal over Minbij and to “fight terrorism in all its forms and manifestations”. 4 June 2018

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