ずくなしの冷や水

2019年07月10日

在米英国大使がトランプを酷評した電報が漏洩 辞任へ 英政府内の陰謀説

SPUTNIK 14:00 10.07.2019(updated 14:02 10.07.2019)
UK Ambassador to US to Resign Amid Scandal Over Leaked Cables
American President Donald Trump earlier slammed the UK ambassador to the US as a "very stupid guy" following the leak of British Embassy's cables, which revealed that the envoy had called Trump "inept and "incompetent".

SPUTNIK2019/7/7
UK Ambassador to US Calls Trump ‘Inept,’ ‘Incompetent’ in Memos – Report
In cables to the UK Foreign Office, the British ambassador to Washington provided a particularly “candid,” “unvarnished” and “honest” assessment of the Trump administration. The UK Foreign Office says that’s the way it likes it to be.

UK Ambassador to the US Sir Kim Darroch, in cables to the Foreign Office, reportedly acknowledged that US President Donald Trump is “inept,” “insecure” and “incompetent,” CNN reported Saturday. The leaked cables were originally published by The Daily Mail.

In the cables, dating from 2017 to today, the ambassador warned his bosses that Trump’s “career could end in disgrace” and described conflicts within the administration as “knife fights,” the report says.

“We don't really believe this administration is going to become substantially more normal; less dysfunctional; less unpredictable; less faction riven; less diplomatically clumsy and inept,” the ambassador said in one memo.

The diplomat disclosed that while talking to the US president “you need to make your points simple, even blunt.”

In a more recent memo, Darroch referred to US policy on Iran as “incoherent” and “chaotic,” arguing that Trump’s decision not to retaliate for a downed spy drone was motivated by his focus on the 2020 re-election. During his 2016 campaign, Trump vowed to get out of foreign wars and bring every American soldier fighting in foreign wars home.

“[It is] unlikely that US policy on Iran is going to become more coherent any time soon” as “this is a divided administration,” the memo reads.

Speaking to CNN, an undisclosed UK Foreign Office source confirmed the leaked cables were authentic.

"The British public would expect our Ambassadors to provide Ministers with an honest, unvarnished assessment of the politics in their country. Their views are not necessarily the views of Ministers or indeed the government. But we pay them to be candid. Just as the US Ambassador here will send back his reading of Westminster politics and personalities," the official said.

Darroch claimed that Trump has a habit of consulting with friends outside of the White House on policy issues. Many of those ‘friends’, the ambassador writes, were “cultivated” by London and therefore could be used to manipulate the president.

“You want as many as possible of those who Trump consults to give him the same answer,” the ambassador wrote home. “So we need to be creative in using all the channels available to us through our relationships with his Cabinet, the White House staff, and our contacts among his outside friends.”

It would not be far-fetched to assume that the publication of his statements could spell the end the ambassador’s tenure in Washington.

According to CNN, there is a possible explanation to the diplomatic scandal, as the leak has been made public as the UK Conservative Party elects a new prime minister to replace outgoing Theresa May.

The most likely candidate is former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, a hardline Brexiteer. If Johnson takes the UK away from the EU, he will need to negotiate a new trade agreement with the US, and will arguably require a like-minded ambassador, according to the CNN report.

UK Brexit party leader Nigel Farage has already called on the Darroch to step down.

“The sooner he is gone the better,” Farage, a long time proponent of Trump’s, said, according to The Daily Mail.

RT2019/7/7
UK envoy to US worries ‘dysfunctional’ Trump is one twitch away from Iran war, leaked memos show
US President Donald Trump’s erratic policies regarding Iran could lead to war at the slightest provocation, the UK’s American envoy has been warning his London superiors in internal memos leaked to media.
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The oldest files go back to 2017 and the most recent ones were penned just last month, including a dispatch from June, 22, in which Darroch shares uncensored insight into the erratic policies his country’s top ally is pursuing in regards to Iran.

He talks about Trump’s recent claim that he called off at the last moment a strike against Iran in retaliation to Tehran downing an American drone.

Trump at the time tweeted he did so because he was told around 150 Iranians would die if he went ahead with the strike – but Darroch’s internal memo ascribes the decision to the president’s 2020 re-election optics.
The oldest files go back to 2017 and the most recent ones were penned just last month, including a dispatch from June, 22, in which Darroch shares uncensored insight into the erratic policies his country’s top ally is pursuing in regards to Iran.

He talks about Trump’s recent claim that he called off at the last moment a strike against Iran in retaliation to Tehran downing an American drone.

Trump at the time tweeted he did so because he was told around 150 Iranians would die if he went ahead with the strike – but Darroch’s internal memo ascribes the decision to the president’s 2020 re-election optics.

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JNN/TBS 2019年7月8日(月)15時13分
英大使の米大統領「無能」報告報道、トランプ氏不快感示す
イギリスの駐米大使がアメリカ・トランプ大統領を「外交的に無能だ」などと本国に報告したと報じられ、トランプ氏も不快感を示すなど、波紋が広がっています。
 イギリスのメール・オン・サンデー紙は6日、極秘の公電の内容を入手し、ダロック駐米大使がトランプ氏について「外交的に無能」「不安定」などと本国に報告していたと報じました。ダロック大使はさらに、「ホワイトハウスは機能不全で、トランプ氏は不名誉なかたちで職を降りるだろう」とも伝えていたということです。
 「彼はイギリスの役に立っていない。我々は彼のことをあまり好きではない」(アメリカ トランプ大統領)
 トランプ氏は7日、こう不快感を示しましたが、これに先だって、イギリスのハント外相は「政府の意見とは一致しないが、大使は率直な意見を述べることが仕事だ」とダロック大使を擁護。イギリス外務省は情報漏洩の調査を始めるとしていますが、米英に亀裂が走っています。(08日14:25) JNN/TBS

RT2019/7/10
‘Political hit job’? Disgraced UK envoy victim of govt intrigue, Scaramucci tells RT
UK ambassador to the US Kim Darroch, whose leaked criticism of President Donald Trump has rendered him persona non grata, was the victim of a “hit job” by someone in the Foreign Office, a former White House official told RT.

“Someone wanted to embarrass him and knock him out of that post,” former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci told Afshin Rattansi, the host of RT’s Going Underground.

Because of Trump’s “predictable” response to the embarrassing leaks – which called his administration “dysfunctional,” “inept,” and “incompetent” – Darroch will most likely not receive a term extension, even though he is “very well liked in Washington,” Scaramucci said.

Give me 11 days inside the Foreign Office, I could figure out who’s doing it and we’d have to send him out.

posted by ZUKUNASHI at 20:30| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

フォロワーの多いブログにも報道倫理規定を デンマーク教育大臣

SPUTNIK10:15 10.07.2019
Denmark Prepares Social Media Regulation Following Popular Blogger's Suicide Note
Influencer Fie Laursen's suicide note received 30,000 comments and 8,000 likes and was available to the public for an entire two days until removed by the blogger herself.

Influencers and bloggers who have thousands of followers on social media must adhere to press ethics rules, Danish Minister of Children and Education Pernille Rosenkrantz-Theil of the Social Democratic Party has stated.

Her announcement came in the wake of a recent scandal, in which popular blogger Fie Laursen, who has over 330,000 followers on Instagram, published a suicide note. The letter, which received 30,000 comments and 8,000 likes, was publicly available for two days before being removed by Fie Laursen herself.

According to Pernille Rosenkrantz-Theil, similar incidents must not occur in the future.

“All journalists are familiar with the press ethics rules that, for example, that one must be careful about talking about suicide in the public space. When managing popular blogs with hundreds of thousands of followers, I think we can make the same demands. Had Fie Laursen known these rules, she would hopefully have pulled the brakes before publishing the letter”, Pernille Rosenkrantz-Theil told the newspaper Berlingske.

According to the minister, a specially appointed board should be tasked with observing that the rules are being followed and authorised to remove posts that presumably violate press ethics.

“The blogs must have a duty to designate, say, three people who must have the password for the blog or profile. These people can then remove a post if they believe it violates the press ethics even though it was the blogger has posted it”, the minister explained. According to her, this is a necessity, since some influencers now have a larger followship than established media.


Whether individuals and media outlets comply with press ethics rules is assessed by the Press Board, which may express criticism and ask for rectification. The minister suggested that the limit for press ethics responsibility may be drawn at about 5,000 followers.

Vibeke Borberg, lawyer at the Danish School of Media and Journalism, argued that imposing editorial responsibility on bloggers may be a tough task. Borberg also warned against equating established news media with social media such as Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

“The significant difference is that ordinary media work on the basis of editorial and journalistic methods, to which the press ethics rules apply. Social media, on the other hand, are just a platform where users post that something of completely different nature. It is rather of a form of communication than it a news platform”, Vibeke Borberg explained.

Conservative politician Mette Abildgaard denounced the suggestion.

“'Dear suicidal girl. You may be punished for violating editorial standards for your public suicide note'. Wow, how sympathetic”, she tweeted.

“This is called socialism... You say you want to protect the weakest, but in the end it is always the weakest that are hit”, another user chimed in.

By contrast, The Danish Bloggers Union welcomed a debate on blogging rules. According to its chairwoman, Lisbeth Kiel, the organisation is currently preparing an ethical code, in which, she hopes, many web personas will volunteer. According to her, advertisers can help push the trend in the right direction by investing their money with the bloggers who meet the ethical requirements.

One of Denmark's most popular bloggers, Sarah Louise Christiansen, the author of the fashion and lifestyle blog Sarahlouise.dk, agrees that more rules are needed in her profession.

“I believe bloggers and influencers should have greater responsibility for what we can and can't do. We have so many people who look up to us and listen to us. So we have a huge power. The truth is, there are people who follow the influencers blindly, and it's mega scary. So I totally agree, of course we should have tighter rules”, Sarah Louise Christiansen told Danish Radio, describing bloggers as “neither journalists, nor ordinary people”.

23-year-old Fie Cecilia Laursen is a Danish blogger, YouTuber, author, reality star, and photo model. Her suicide note published this past weekend was immediately reported to Instagram, while her family also struggled to get it removed. Instagram later parried that the letter was kept on purpose out of consideration for Laursen's health and very life.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 17:35| Comment(0) | デジタル・インターネット

元アルヌスラがトルコの年内解体の方針に反発

トルコがシリア軍のイドリブ侵攻を食い止めようとロシアに停戦などを申し入れているようですが、ロシアはテロリスト強硬派の元アルヌスラが軍事停戦ラインを守らないことなどを理由に挙げて空爆攻撃続行。イドリブの実効支配を続けたいトルコは、やむを得ずアルヌスラの年内解体の方針を出しますが、アルヌスラがこれを受け入れません。それはそうですよね。解体した後は彼らはトルコから打ち捨てられることになります。

トルコとの交渉が不調に終わったロシアは空爆を強化しています。G20でプーチンとエルドアンが会談し、エルドアンが米国の圧力を跳ね返してS-400導入を進める中でも、シリアの現地では戦いが続いています。

※ razan @urfavsyrian氏の2019/7/10のツイート
Turkish backed terrorists captured my neighbors nephew today who is a Syrian soldier in Northern Lattakia, beheaded him, and then posted his severed head as a profile picture on Facebook after stealing his phone.
I’m out of words... like I’m speechless. Literally shaking.

※ Alaa Ebrahim @Alaa_Ebrahim_tv氏の2019/7/10のツイート
An officer is killed in today's fighting; the attackers then behead him&using his smartphone take a picture of severed head making it his profile picture on Facebook. Hours later picture is still there 4everyone who once knew him to see it.
I guess it's just another day in #Syria

FARSNEWS2019/7/7
Tahrir Al-Sham Opposing Its Dissolution in Idlib Province
TEHRAN (FNA)- Tahrir al-Sham al-Hay'at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) terrorists have voiced their strong opposition to being dissolved by the yearend as proposed by Turkey as part of Ankara plan to annex Idlib to other areas under its control in Northern Syria, the Arabic-language media outlets said.

The Arabic-language al-Watan newspaper quoted media sources close to Tahrir al-Sham as saying that Tahrir al-Sham will not agree to its dissolution under any conditions.

The sources pointed to reports on Turkey's plan to dissolve Tahrir al-Sham and annexing Idlib province to other areas known as Olive Branch and Euphrates Shield in Northern Aleppo, and said that these reports are at a time while Ankara is trying to bring itself out of the current situation and it is trying to reinforce the Syrian dissidents in line with its expansionist policies.

They, meantime, noted that Tahrir al-Sham is a pressure lever for Turkey to achieve its long-term goals, and said that Ankara considers Tahrir al-Sham as its strategic partner and it will not victimize its under any agreement.

The sources also said that because Tahrir al-Sham has gained control over the entire Idlib province and Ankara's order to other terrorist groups to obey Tahrir al-Sham, Ankara does not intend to dissolve Tahrir al-Sham.

In a relevant development on Saturday, Syrian dissident sources claimed that "Ankara is attempting to take the preliminary steps for the political and military occupation of Idlib and annexing it to other areas occupied by the Turkish army in Northern Aleppo".

The Arabic-language al-Arabi al-Jadid newspaper quoted Syrian dissident sources as saying that Turkey wants to put Idlib province under the command and control of the Olive Branch and Operation Euphrates Shield forces which already control Afrin and the nearby areas in Northern Aleppo.

They added that the main problem for Turkey to attain this goal is the presence of Tahrir al-Sham terrorists, noting that the Turkish officials have told them that Tahrir al-Sham will be dissolved by the yearend, through either war or peace to leave the Russians with no excuse to continue their military operations in the region.

The sources also said that the interim government affiliated to the dissidents will gain control of the bordering corridors between Syria and Turkey and the residents of these regions will be provided with main services with the revenues of these passageways.

Meantime, the deputy governor-general of Turkey's Hatay province will supervise the administrative and service providing activities in Idlib province and the Ankara-backed National Army forces will carry out military and security missions, they said.

Based on an agreement with Russia, Turkey was due to pave the ground for the withdrawal of terrorists from the demilitarized zone in Idlib which was never materialized.

Reports said earlier this month that differences between Russia and Turkey had increased amid the Syrian army's air and ground offensives against the terrorist groups' positions and moves in Northern Hama and Southern Idlib.

Also, al-Watan newspaper reported in June that Turkey ordered Tahrir al-Sham to reinforce strategic military positions in Jbal al-Zawiyeh in Idlib province after it turned down Russia's demand for withdrawing militants from the region.

It wrote that with an aim to confront the Syrian Army in Northern Hama, Tahrir al-Sham has sent large volumes of its military equipment to al-Jolmeh to North of Mahradeh.

"Turkey's intelligence body has asked Tahrir al-Sham and other terrorist groups in Northern Syria to reinforce its defense lines, including 50 towns and villages up to the city of Ariha in Aleppo-Lattakia international highway as clean-up operation by the Syrian and Russian armies in Jabal al-Zawiyeh in Idlib is imminent," al-Watan quoted local and opposition sources in Idlib as saying.

The sources reiterated that Turkey's operations room in Shir Mughar region in Jabal Shahshabou in Northern Hama where terrorists are constantly supported in terms of weapons, ammunition and intelligence has warned terrorists that the Syrian army might soon capture Jbal Shahshabou which overlooks Sahl al-Ghab in Northwestern Hama and towns to the South of Idlib and then advance towards Jabal al-Zawiyeh.

The newspaper also further quoted the sources as saying that Russia had recently asked Turkey to make terrorists retreat from Jbal Shahshabou region in Northwestern Hama and Kabani town in Northeastern Lattakia which are regarded as the Southern and Western gates of Idlib, but Ankara has strongly turned down the demand.

Meantime, the Arabic-language al-Youm news website quoted media activists in Idlib province as saying that after supplying advanced weapons to terrorists, Ankara has ordered them to launch new attacks in Northern Hama to recapture the town of al-Saqilbieh.

FARSNEWS2019/7/7
Russia Increases Airstrikes on Terrorists in Idlib Province
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Russian Air Force increased its airstrikes against the terrorists in Idlib province in Northwestern Syria.

The Arabic-language al-Masdar News quoted Russian Army source as saying that the Russian Air Force carried out dozens of airstrikes over terrorists' centers in Hama and Idlib provinces this week after a relatively quiet end to the month of June.

Meantime, the Syrian army continued its military advances in other parts of Syria over past 24 hours.

Tens of terrorists were killed and dozens more were injured during the Syrian army's operations in provinces across Syria.

Idlib

The Russian Air Force has increased its airstrikes against the terrorists in Idlib province in Northwestern Syria, media reports said.

The Russian Air Force carried out dozens of airstrikes over terrorists' centers in Hama and Idlib provinces this week after a relatively quiet end to the month of June, the Arabic-language al-Masdar News quoted Russian Army source as saying.

The source said the recent rise in Russia's military activities comes just days after collapsed ceasefire talks with the Turkish Armed Forces with regard to the situation in Northwestern Syria.

The Russian Air Force pounded several military positions of Tahrir al-Sham al-Hay'at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) and Jeish al-Izza South-West of Idlib province.

The Russian Air Force pounded the terrorists' supply line from the town of Khan Sheikhoun to the Sahl al-Ghab.

FARSNEWS2019/7/6
Ankara after Annexing Idlib Province to Occupied Territories in Aleppo
TEHRAN (FNA)- Ankara is attempting to take the preliminary steps for the political and military occupation of Idlib and annexing it to other areas occupied by the Turkish army in Northern Aleppo, Syrian dissident sources claimed on Saturday.

The Arabic-language al-Arabi al-Jadid newspaper quoted Syrian dissident sources as saying on Saturday that Turkey wants to put Idlib province under the command and control of the Olive Branch and Operation Euphrates Shield forces which already control Afrin and the nearby areas in Northern Aleppo.

They added that the main problem for Turkey to attain this goal is the presence of Tahrir al-Sham al-Hay'at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) terrorists, noting that the Turkish officials have told them that Tahrir al-Sham will be dissolved by the yearend, through either war or peace to leave the Russians with no excuse to continue their military operations in the region.

The sources also said that the interim government affiliated to the dissidents will gain control of the bordering corridors between Syria and Turkey and the residents of these regions will be provided with main services with the revenues of these passageways.

Meantime, the deputy governor-general of Turkey's Hatay province will supervise the administrative and service providing activities in Idlib province and the Ankara-backed National Army forces will carry out military and security missions, they said.

Based on an agreement with Russia, Turkey was due to pave the ground for the withdrawal of terrorists from the demilitarized zone in Idlib which was never materialized.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 10:17| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

Norway Reportedly Detects Radioactive Leakage From Soviet Sub in Arctic (Photo)

SPUTNIK2019/7/9
Norway Reportedly Detects Radioactive Leakage From Soviet Sub in Arctic (Photo)
The sinking of the Komsomolets in 1989, which killed 42 seamen, is one of the most tragic stories of the Soviet Navy.

Norwegian researchers claim to have detected radioactive leakage from the Soviet nuclear submarine Komsomolets, which sank in Arctic waters in 1989.

On Monday afternoon, water samples were taken from the submarine's ventilation pipe. While two samples found no leakage at all, a third one indicated a level of radioactivity 100,000 times higher than in ordinary seawater, national broadcaster NRK reported.

“The results are preliminary. We will examine the samples more thoroughly when we get home. The levels we have found here are 100 bq per litre”, Researcher Hilde Elise Heldal at the Institute of Marine Research explained.

The joint Russian-Norwegian expedition to measure radioactive leakage from the Komsomolets started on Saturday, when the Norwegian research vessel G.O. Sars departed from a quay in Tromsø.

As the submarine lies at the depth of 1,700 metres, collecting seawater and seabed samples is considered challenging. Therefore, researchers used the Norwegian-built remotely controlled mini-submarine Ægir 6000, which also took photographs of the spot, one of which was subsequently released by the Directorate for Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety (DSA).

Heldal said she is not very surprised at the findings, since a 2007 Russian expedition also found radioactive emissions from the sunken submarine.

Previous Norwegian surveys also found elevated concentrations of the radioactive cesium-137 in the seawater around the wreck during the period 1991-1993. Norway has been surveying radioactivity around the Komsomolets every year since 1990.

“It is important that the monitoring continues, so that we have updated knowledge of the pollution situation in the area around the wreck. The surveillance helps to secure the consumer's confidence in the Norwegian fishing industry”, researcher Hilde Elise Heldal at the Institute of Marine Research explained.

The Soviet nuclear submarine Komsomolets sank on 7 April 1989 after a fire broke out in the machine room. The submarine sank southwest of Bjørnøya Island in the Norwegian Sea, and 42 of the crew of 69 died. The rest were picked up by fishing boats after a several hours' ordeal in the ice-cold water.

The Komsomolets rests at the depth of 1,700 metres with a nuclear reactor and two torpedoes.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 02:24| Comment(0) | 福島原発事故

米国とイランの戦闘が拡大したらイスラエルは余命30分?

米国がイランの経済妨害を強め、両者の応酬がさらに激化しています。ホワイトハウスが「(核の)取引が成立する前でさえ、イランがその条項に違反していたことは疑いようがない」と述べて失笑を買っています。
イスラエルとサウジ、UAEが親密度を強めています。UAEとサウジは、ペルシャ湾をはさんで戦闘行為が始まることを恐れています。イスラエルはイランと砲火を交える構えを見せていますが、イスラエルは全域がイランの弾道ミサイルの射程圏。イランの国会議員が米国とイランの戦闘が拡大したらイスラエルは余命30分と述べてイスラエルに改めてショックを与えました。

Tehran Warns US That American Bases Are ‘Within the Range' of Iranian Missiles
On Tuesday, Iran’s Minister of Cultural and Social Affairs Hossein Nejat warned that Iran could obliterate US aircraft carriers in the Gulf if the US attacks Iran, further increasing tensions between the two countries.

"American bases are within the range of our missiles ... Our missiles will destroy their aircraft carriers if they make a mistake," Nejat warned. "Americans are very well aware of the consequences of a military confrontation with Iran."

According to al-Masdar News, Nejat also added that war is not on “Trump’s agenda” and that the US president wants to “drag Tehran to negotiate through the maximum pressure.”

“Iran has put Israel’s security at risk and now it is troubling Saudi Arabia, America and Israel. Tehran is fighting the war at the enemy’s borders and not on its borders,” Nejat continued, the agency reported.

Earlier Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made similar remarks, warning Iran that it is within range of Israeli warplanes. The Israeli official's statement comes one week after Mojtaba Zolnour, the chairman of the Iranian parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, indicated that if the US attacks Iran, “only half an hour will remain of Israel's lifespan,” Sputnik reported.

"Iran recently has been threatening Israel's destruction. It should remember that these planes can reach anywhere in the Middle East, including Iran, and certainly Syria,” Netanyahu said at an Israeli Air Force base Tuesday.

Tensions between the US and Iran have been high ever since the United States pulled out of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in May 2018, despite Iran's continued compliance with the agreement by not pursuing a nuclear weapons program, as attested to by the International Atomic Energy Agency.

The US pullout prompted the deal's other signatories, including Russia, China and several European powers, to scramble to try and salvage it. Following the pullout, the US reimposed a series of sanctions that had been lifted against Iran under the terms of the JCPOA. Additionally, Washington has continued to introduce new sanctions against Tehran.


SPUTNIK2019/7/9
Netanyahu Warns Iran It is Within Range of Israeli Warplanes
This comes after Iranian MP Mojtaba Zolnour warned last week that if the US attacks Iran, “only half an hour will remain of Israel's lifespan”.

Referring to Tehran's threats to destroy Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned Iran that it is within range of Israeli warplanes.

"Iran recently has been threatening Israel's destruction. It should remember that these planes can reach anywhere in the Middle East, including Iran, and certainly Syria", Netanyahu said during his public remarks at an Israeli Air Force base on Tuesday.

“Our planes can reach any area in the Middle East, including both Iran and Syria”, the tweet reads.

The remarks come after Mojtaba Zolnour, the chairman of the Iranian parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, warned in last week's interview with the Tehran-based Arabic language news TV network al-Alam that if the US attacks Iran, “only half an hour will remain of Israel's lifespan”.

Earlier, Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz told the Herzliya Conference that the Jewish state is bracing itself for its possible military involvement in the event of an escalation in the political standoff between Iran and the US.

He singled out “mistaken calculations by the [Iranian] regime” that he claimed may bring about a “military conflagration” in the Middle East region.

“We must be prepared for this, and thus the State of Israel continues to devote itself to building up its military might for the event that it will have to respond to escalation scenarios”, Katz pointed out.

This comes amid frozen relations between Israel and Iran, with the Jewish state repeatedly accusing Iran of establishing a permanent military presence in Syria.

The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) have been conducting airstrikes against what they have claimed were Iranian military targets in Syria, while Tehran argues that it has only been sending military advisers to Damascus to help it fight terrorism.

Iran, which denies Israel's right to exist, has also ramped up its stern rhetoric against Israel, promising to wipe it off the political map.

RT2019/7/2
'Tactical' rapprochement: Top Israeli diplomat visits UAE for 1st time, talks 'common enemy' Iran
Yisrael Katz has visited the UAE for the very first time, discussing everyone’s favorite bogeyman - the “Iranian threat” - with an “unnamed official.” But is Tehran scary enough to cement ties between Israel and Gulf Arab states?

Katz, the Israeli minister of foreign affairs – and intelligence – visited Abu Dhabi over the weekend. It was the first time the Jewish state’s top diplomat set foot on UAE soil, albeit as part of a UN-led Climate Meeting.

The diplomat used the opportunity to meet an unnamed senior local official to discuss growing ties between the two countries, economic cooperation and the ever-trendy “Iranian threat.”

“I am excited to stand here in Abu Dhabi and to represent the interests of the State of Israel vis-à-vis the Arab Gulf states,” Katz said. “This is a significant step up in the relations between Israel and the states in the region.”

Even though it was not a state-level visit, it’s still “quite an unprecedented step, showing that the relationship has gone quite far,” believes Dmitriy Maryasis, senior fellow with the Russian Institute of Oriental Studies.

“The Iranian issue is definitely the base of their relationship, it’s always easier to unite against a common enemy,” Maryasis told RT.

Tactically, the Sunni countries of the Persian Gulf and Israel turned out to be on the same side regarding the relations with Iran – both of them perceive it as a threat.

The Iranian “threat” – real or imaginary – is not the only thing that brings together Israel and the Gulf States. The Arab monarchies have apparently also “grown wary” of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Maryasis believes, since it’s hard to imagine that such a “threat” would bring them together some 20 years ago. Still, the improving relations appear to be a tactical move and might not last.

“I see no strategy there, it’s a purely tactical thing. If the situation changes, the relations between Israel and these countries might change as well,” Maryasis warned.

The bonding between Israel and the Gulf States, many of which don't recognize Israel as a country, is unlikely to reach a high-profile formal level.

“Since the Palestinian issue exists, no one would dare to establish high-level political contacts with Israel over ideological and internal policy issues,” Maryasis said, bringing back the example of Egypt. Signing the peace treaty with Israel back in 1979 ultimately cost then-President Anwar Sadat his life.

While the Gulf States and Israel have quite a vast field to cooperate on – Tel Aviv possesses advanced irrigation technologies and the Arab nations have money to spend on them – prospects of their economic cooperation are still quite murky, Maryasis believes. Aside from political issues, the very unstable situation in the region is likely to derail any major infrastructure projects, such as the ambitious “Tracks to Peace” plan, promoted by Katz.

The plan envisions the construction of a railroad from Israel to Oman, which would provide infrastructure and access to the Mediterranean for the Gulf Arab states. Security risks would likely prevent the project from getting from paper into reality, just as they doomed the Egypt-Israel gas pipeline, which ceased to operate after being repeatedly blown up by terrorists in the Sinai peninsula.

RT2019/7/2
Israel ‘preparing’ for military involvement if US-Iran tensions erupt into confrontation
Amid escalating tensions in the region, Israel has said it is preparing for possible military involvement in a confrontation between the US and Iran.

Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz warned an international security forum on Tuesday that the situation might be brought out of the “gray zone” and into the “red zone” of “military conflagration” if Iran makes any “mistaken calculations.”

Israel, Katz said, “must be prepared” for such an escalation and continues to “devote itself to building up its military might” in the event that it would have to “respond to escalation scenarios.”

The comments came after a senior Iranian lawmaker warned on Monday that if the US attacks Iran, Tehran will respond and “only half an hour will remain of Israel’s lifespan.”

The two nations frequently exchange threats and Israel has previously threatened to take military action against Iran to prevent it from making nuclear weapons, though Tehran has denied it is trying to produce the bombs.

Israel has been a major supporter of US President Donald Trump’s aggressive “maximum pressure” policy against Iran, including the economic sanctions Washington has used to strangle the country’s economy. Katz predicted that the “economic war” on Iran would be successful despite the lack of enthusiasm for it shown by Europe and other powers − a source of frustration in Washington.

Tensions between the US and Iran has been mounting for months, with the US accusing Tehran of attacking two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman in June. Iran later shot down an American spy drone which it said had entered its airspace, prompting Trump to consider a military strike which he backed away from at the last minute.

Washington accused Tehran of "playing with fire" on Monday after it announced that it had breached uranium enrichment limits under the terms of the 2015 nuclear deal.

Trump abandoned the deal last year, calling it a “disaster” and the “worst deal ever” but expected Tehran to remain compliant. The White House also alleged on Monday that Tehran had violated the terms of the deal before it even existed.

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FARSNEWS2019/7/9
UAE Withdraws Troops from Yemen
TEHRAN (FNA)- The United Arab Emirates announced it is reducing the number of its troops fighting as part of a Saudi-led military coalition which presses ahead with a years-long atrocious military aggression against the impoverished Yemen.

A senior Emirati official during a press briefing in Dubai on Monday claimed that the withdrawal took place because Abu Dhabi was shifting from a military strategy to a peace plan in Yemen, Yemeni News reported.

"We do have troop levels that are down for reasons that are strategic in (the Red Sea city of) Hudaydah and reasons that are tactical" in other parts of the country, he said.

"It is very much to do with moving from what I would call a military-first strategy to a peace-first strategy, and this is I think what we are doing," the official added.

Meanwhile, an official from Yemen's former Saudi-backed government told AFP that UAE troops had "totally vacated" the military base in Khokha, located South of Hudaydah.

He went on to say that the UAE had withdrawn part of its heavy artillery from Khokha but was still overseeing the military situation in Yemen's West coast.

The Yemeni official also claimed that Emirati troops vacated a military post in Sarwah, West of Marib province, and pulled back the Patriot missile system that was previously deployed in the area.

Western diplomatic sources announced in late June that the UAE was scaling back its military presence in Yemen as worsening US-Iran tensions “threatened security closer to home”, according to Reuters.

Saudi Arabia and a number of its regional allies launched a devastating campaign against Yemen in March 2015, with the aim of bringing the government of former Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi back to power and crushing the Ansarullah movement.

The war has been unsuccessful to this day, and reports have revealed cracks in the coalition in the form of differences between Hadi and the UAE, which has reportedly gained oversized influence in southern Yemen.

Tensions between Riyadh and Abu Dhabi − yet to play out in full display − could have major consequences for the Saudi-led coalition, which has for more than four years been fighting a war it hoped to finish in a matter of weeks.

In May, the UAE reportedly deployed dozens of Southern separatists on the Yemeni island of Socotra in the Arabian Sea as divisions grew in the Saudi-led coalition over Abu Dhabi’s military build-up on the strategic island.

Citing sources close to Hadi, the Middle East Eye news website earlier reported that Hadi was angry at Emirati forces for acting “like an occupation power” in Yemen.

Despite Riyadh's claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi bombers are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures. Weddings, funerals, schools and hospitals, as well as water and electricity plants, have been targeted, killing and wounding hundreds of thousands.

According to a December 2018 report by the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED), a nonprofit conflict-research organization, the Saudi-led war has claimed the lives of over 60,000 Yemenis since January 2016.

Save the Children, a charity, has reported that more than 84,700 children under the age of five may have starved to death in Yemen since the Saudi regime and a coalition of its allies launched the brutal war on the already-impoverished nation.

France, the United States, the Uinted Kingdom and some other Western countries have faced criticisms over arms sales to the Saudi Arabia and the UAE, whose aggression against Yemen has affected 28 million people and caused what the United Nations calls “one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world". According to the world body, Yemen is suffering from the most severe famine in more than 100 years.

A UN panel has compiled a detailed report of civilian casualties caused by the Saudi military and its allies during their war against Yemen, saying the Riyadh-led coalition has used precision-guided munitions in its raids on civilian targets.

FARSNEWS2019/6/29
Dissident Syrian Analyst: Iran's Downing of US Drone Displays Washington's Power Decline
TEHRAN (FNA)- A prominent Syrian dissident analyst underlined that Iran's downing of a US spy drone near the Strait of Hormuz showed that Washington's power has decreased and will sustain a heavy damage in any possible war against Tehran.

"What happened over the Strait of Hormuz's sky was not theatrical but it displayed the decline of the US power," Ayad al-Ja'afari wrote in the Arabic-language Geiroon news website close to the Syrian dissidents on Saturday.

He referred to US President Donald Trump's threat to launch war and genocide against Iran, and said such a war will not be limited to Iran but will affect the entire US troops deployed across the region and will inflict damages on Washington way greater than the Vietnam war.

Al-Ja'afari advised the Americans to avoid such a war more than Iran, and said they are not ready for heavy damage and tolls as their fleets of warships and bases in the Persian Gulf and Iraq are within the range of Iranian missiles.

The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) shot down a US Navy RQ-4A global Hawk drone that had entered Iranian airspace in the Persian Gulf region to gather intelligence on June 20, using Sevom Khordad indigenous surface-to-air missile system.

FARSNEWS2019/6/29
TEHRAN (FNA)- The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has withdrawn large numbers of troops from the embattled country of Yemen allegedly in fear of escalating tensions between the United States and Iran, according to a report.

The withdrawal took place because Abu Dhabi wanted to have forces and equipment "on hand" following recent tensions in the Persian Gulf region, Reuters cited four unnamed Western diplomats as saying on Friday.

The tensions come after the United States ratcheted up its rhetoric against Iran, announcing the deployment of additional troop deployments to the Persian Gulf region in order to counter an unspecified "threat" from Iran in early May.

A week later, four oil tankers were sabotaged in the UAE sea-port of Fujairah. Earlier this month, two other oil tankers were damaged by explosions in the Gulf of Oman.

On Wednesday, the UAE announced there is no "clear, scientific and convincing" evidence to assign blame for the attacks, splitting with the United States and Saudi Arabia which held Iran responsible without any foundation.

The UAE's split came after Iran shot down a multi-million dollar US spy drone for violating its airspace, which surprised American military officials as well as the country's allies in the region.

Speaking of the recent tensions and the UAE withdrawal, one Western diplomat said the Arab country had effectively withdrawn "a lot" of its forces in the past three weeks.

However, confirming only "some troop movements" from Yemen, an unnamed senior Emirati official claimed that Abu Dhabi was not seeking to withdraw from the country and was committed to the Saudi-led military "coalition".

The official declined to provide further information on the number and location of the troop movements.

The troop withdrawal comes as the Saudi-led coalition has recently come under much pressure from Yemen's Houthi movement and armed forces.

In the past two months, the Yemeni forces have launched an array of missile and drone attacks on vital Saudi facilities, including oil installations, airports and air defense batteries in response to incessant Saudi-led strikes on the country.

Marking an improvement in Yemen's air defense capabilities, Yemeni forces have also managed to shoot down an increasing number of Saudi drones flying over the impoverished country.

Saudi Arabia and a number of its regional allies launched a devastating campaign against Yemen in March 2015, with the goal of bringing the government of former Yemeni president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi back to power and crushing Houthis.

The US-based Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED), a nonprofit conflict-research organization, estimates that the Saudi-led war has claimed the lives of over 60,000 Yemenis since January 2016.

The war has also taken a heavy toll on the country’s infrastructure, destroying hospitals, schools, and factories. The UN says over 24 million Yemenis are in dire need of humanitarian aid, including 10 million suffering from extreme levels of hunger.







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