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MENA Mashup: Al Aqsa, Dempsey, ISIS, and Mission Creep

It’s really an ugly scene in Jerusalem, folks…! Bibi is playing with fire…

272 Palestinians Injured In Jerusalem Clashes

Palestinian medical sources have reported that at least 65 residents have been shot by Israeli rubber-coated metal bullets, while more than 207 suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation, during clashes with the soldiers in different parts of occupied East Jerusalem…

Netanyahu tries to deport Arab-Jerusalemites to Gaza

Interestingly, Abu Mazen seems to be developing a spine…

UN Security Council to vote on ending occupation

The Arab draft resolution regarding setting a timeframe for ending the Israeli occupation will be presented for voting at the UN Security Council before the end of the month, the Palestinian Ambassador to the United Nations Riyad Mansour said. {…}

“We are currently in negotiations with the four European countries who are members of the Security Council. They have agreed among themselves that France will represent them in the negotiations with regards to the wording of the draft resolution which we will present to the Security Council for voting before the end of this month.”

Last month, the Palestinian mission distributed a draft resolution November 2016 as the deadline for ending the Israeli occupation of the occupied Palestinian territories.

The draft resolution highlights the Security Council’s role in protecting the Palestinians, the two-state solution, rejecting Israel’s confiscation of land and recognising of East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine. It also demands that Gaza be recognised as an essential part of the State of Palestine with the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

The Palestinian ambassador said: “The representatives of the four European countries are negotiating with us now about making some minor amendments to the formulation of the draft resolution, and we are open to accept some of them that do not affect the spirit and the text of our resolution.” {…}

On Monday, Israeli newspaper Maariv quoted an Israeli politician stating that Obama may decide not to use the US’ veto powers, abandoning Israel at UN Security Council.

“Among them are: going to the United Nations General Assembly to vote on the draft resolution as well as joining the Treaty of Rome, in preparation for bringing the Israeli war criminals to justice to stand trial before the International Criminal Court.”

He stressed that “going to the International Criminal Court means applying justice, and this is one of our rights as Palestinians”.

Mansour said his Israeli counterpart, Ron Prosser, represents an “ISIS of Israel”, referring to the recent statements he made before members of the Security Council at the meeting, which was held last week about the settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories…

I’m not holding my breath that Obama would actually have the chutzpah to even consider abstaining, the AIPAC howls would be ferocious, if not deafening…!

From Ma’an… Israeli restrictions on movement strangle Palestinian life

Larry Davidson wrote a great analysis of the The Peace Process Hustle

Now, if your outrage meter couldn’t possibly be more pegged out… Along comes our JCS Chief, Martin Dempsey, proclaiming…

Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff says Israel went to “extraordinary lengths” to limit civilian deaths during Gaza war.

…Dempsey was asked about the ethical implications of Israel’s handling of the Gaza war, during an appearance in New York at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs.

“I actually do think that Israel went to extraordinary lengths to limit collateral damage and civilian casualties,” Reuters news agency reported Dempsey as telling the gathering.

“In this kind of conflict, where you are held to a standard that your enemy is not held to, you’re going to be criticised for civilian casualties,” he added.

Dempsey said Hamas had turned Gaza into “very nearly a subterranean society” with tunneling throughout the coastal enclave.

“That caused the IDF some significant challenges. But they did some extraordinary things to try and limit civilian casualties, to include … making it known that they were going to destroy a particular structure,” Dempsey said.

The general said civilian casualties during the conflict were “tragic, but I think the IDF did what they could” to avoid them.

Dempsey was sooo impressed with the IDF’s prowess… US sent ‘lessons learned’ team to model Israel tactics in Gaza operation. Wtf, over…? b at MOA called it right… Pentagon Team To Learn How To Commit War Crimes

Moving along to ISIS…

From TRNN… The Rise of ISIS is Fueled by Iraq’s Deteriorating Economic Conditions

Here’s an interesting wrinkle… Obama Coordinating With Iran In Islamic State Fight, Growing Evidence Suggests

And yet… ‘ISIS Sees Turkey as Its Ally’: Former Islamic State Member Reveals Turkish Army Cooperation

Syria is concerned about the Warhawks being recently elected… Fearing U.S. air strikes, Syria asks for Russian S300

And, rightly so… Incoming Hawkish Senate Drawing Up War Plans

Ironically… Spies Warned White House: Don’t Hit Al Qaeda in Syria

In wrapping up, Mission Creep marchs on…

*gah*

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