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Israeli military preparing for possible large-scale invasion of Gaza Strip

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© Agence France-Presse/ Bashar Taleb
A ball of fire is seen above the Hamas-run Al-Aqsa TV station in Gaza City.
The current round of escalation started on November 11 when a covert unit of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) opened fire at a patrol of the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the Hamas military wing, in the town of Khan Yunis inside the Gaza Strip.

The Israeli Air Force (IAF) supported the retreating IDF unit by airstrikes. At least 7 Palestinians, including Nur Barake, a deputy commander of an elite unit of the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, and a lieutenant colonel of the IDF were killed in the clashes. Another IDF service member was injured.

Star of David

For Arab eyes only: Israeli military's English-language Twitter account deletes tweet threatening full-scale war on Gaza

Israel IDF threat Gaza twitter
© Israel Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories
A thinly-veiled threat to unleash the full military power of Israel on residents of the Gaza strip is apparently meant for Arabs only, since its English-language version is now gone from an Israeli military Twitter account.

Amid the latest flare-up of hostilities between Israel and Hamas militants both sides are also battling for hearts and minds online. Part of the Israeli messaging effort was a threat on Twitter, on the account of Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), a defense ministry unit that enacts policies related to civilian issues in occupied Palestinian territories.

Comment: "By way of deception, wilt thou do war." -- motto of Mossad

The PR department of COGAT made a bad slip here. Israel is supposed to be the innocent victim of "Palestinian aggression". Can't have the 'most moral army in the world' making threats to its captive population. Even the mainstream media acknowledges that Israel broke the ceasefire with Hamas. Hamas makes a serious response this time:

200 Rockets launched from Gaza into Israel, bus carrying IDF soldiers destroyed


Chess

Trump considers a cabinet reshuffle, eyes new DHS secretary & chief of staff - reports

Donald Trump (R) - Kirstjen Nielsen (L)
© Reuters / Leah Millis
FILE PHOTO. US President Donald Trump (R) looks on as DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen (L).
US President Donald Trump is again preparing to shake up his administration, eyeing removal of the Homeland Security secretary and the Chief of Staff, US media reports, citing anonymous sources within the White House.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen might lose her job as soon as this week, according to the Wall Street Journal. Trump has cancelled a planned trip with Nielsen to visit troops at the US-Mexico border, telling his aides that he wanted her out as soon as possible, five former and current White House officials told the newspaper.

Nielsen has reportedly been disgruntled with her job, as Trump has berated her during Cabinet meetings and branded her a "Bushie" months ago, as she used to serve under President George W. Bush. However, she is supposedly reluctant to leave the post before reaching the one-year mark.

Bad Guys

Directed Mass Migration: NGO caught red-handed coaching migrants in Greece how to trick EU border agents

Migrants crowded on the Greek border March 11 2016.
© Reuters / Stoyan Nenov
Migrants crowded on the Greek border March 11, 2016.
A group that helped over 15,000 refugees and migrants to get into Europe has been caught on tape admitting to systematically training asylum seekers to exploit screening interviews by feigning trauma and persecution.

Ariel Ricker, the executive director of Advocates Abroad, a major non-profit NGO which provides legal aid to migrants, has been caught on tape openly discussing how she teaches refugees to lie to border agents. The video was released by Canadian right-wing activist, author and internet personality, Lauren Southern, and will be a part of her new documentary film project 'Borderless,' which takes on the European migration crisis.


On its website, Advocates Abroad claims to have helped as many as 15,000 migrants cross the Greek border, and 2,500 more outside of Greece. The organization is massive, taking volunteers from major universities, and was even featured in a documentary film by the International Bar Association.

Comment: More from Southern here.




Rocket

Gaza defense forces declare ceasefire with Israel amid intense escalation of airstrikes

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Israel is pummeling Gaza again, but this time the Gazans have successfully hit Israeli targets
The hostilities on the Israeli-Gaza border resumed after the Palestinian militants launched rocket attacks at Israel in revenge for seven militants killed during an Israeli special forces operation at the weekend.

Gaza militant groups have announced an Egypt-backed ceasefire with Israel amid the escalation of hostilities.

"Egypt's efforts led to the cessation of fire between the resistance factions and the Zionist enemy. The Palestinian movements will adhere to it, provided that the enemy does the same," according to the joint statement by movements led by the Hamas movement ruling the Gaza Strip.

Comment: Wow, the Gazans have clearly acquired upgraded capabilities since the last major round of Israeli slaughter in 2014.


Fire

Gaza Burns Hotter Than Hollywood But There's Nobody to Put The Fires Out

gaza airstrikes
© AFP / Mahmud Hams
A ball of fire above the building housing the Hamas-run television station al-Aqsa TV in the Gaza Strip during an Israeli air strike, November 12, 2018
The world is fixated by the forest fires in Hollywood burning down stars' mansions. With supreme irony some of them belong to those who helped raise millions of dollars for the Israeli Army which is now burning the hovels of Gaza.

The Hollywood warriors have insurance of course, and other homes too, sometimes many of them. The hovel-dwellers of Gaza have neither.

The brave firefighters of California are well-equipped and have the wind of hope of millions of well-wishers at their backs. There are no firefighters in Gaza.

hollywood celebrities IDF
© Friends of Israel Defence Forces

Gear

America to the rescue! US-led coalition transports Daesh terrorists from Syria's Hasakah out of harm's way

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According to SANA's earlier reports, over 60 civilians were killed or injured in an airstrike carried out by the US-led coalition on the town of al-Sha'afa in eastern Deir ez-Zor.

The US-led coalition evacuated the other day a number of Daesh* terrorists by helicopter from the province of Hasakah to some unknown location, SANA reported.

"On November 10, the helicopters of the international coalition led by the US evacuated supposedly three militants out of As-Suwayda village in the north-eastern part of Hasakah province and headed in an unknown direction," the agency cited its sources as saying.

The coalition hasn't yet commented on the reports.

Head of the political division of the Syrian army, Gen. Hassan Akhmad Hassan earlier stated in an interview with Sputnik that the US and its allies support terrorists in Syria instead of fighting them, rather supervising them and issuing assignments. To prove the point, the general brought up reports of Daesh chiefs having been evacuated on more than one occasion to safe places by American aircraft and choppers.

Comment: No wonder the US DoD said it would take years to defeat Daesh - the US military keeps rescuing and re-locating the head-choppers!


Oil Well

Unexpected Iran waivers have Saudi's scrambling to stop oil price slide

oil pump
© Reuters / Todd Korol
Saudi Arabia is moving quickly to halt the slide in oil prices, telegraphing a production cut intended to erase some of the re-emerging supply surplus.

Saudi oil minister Khalid al-Falih said on Monday that the kingdom would slash oil exports by 500,000 bpd in December, a move that would go a long way to reversing the 1 million-barrel-per-day increase in output agreed to by OPEC+ in June.

It was only a few weeks ago that al-Falih was trying to reassure the market that Saudi Arabia had enough spare capacity in the event of an outage; now he is rushing to try to stop the slide in prices but paring back production.

The production cut would come just after crude oil officially entered bear market territory, falling 20 percent from its October peak.

Comment: Considering that Saudi Arabia's main income comes from oil, they must be desperate:


Snakes in Suits

Ever the globalist stooge, Macron trash talks 'America first'

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In a rebuke that bordered on a national insult Sunday, Emmanuel Macron sniped at Donald Trump's calling himself a nationalist.

"Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism; nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism," Macron said.

As for Trump's policy of "America first," Macron trashed such atavistic thinking in this new age: "By saying we put ourselves first and the others don't matter, we erase what a nation holds dearest, what gives it life, what makes it great and what is essential: its moral values."

Though he is being hailed as Europe's new anti-Trump leader who will stand up for transnationalism and globalism, Macron revealed his ignorance of America.

Trump's ideas are not ideological but rooted in our country's history.

Comment: See also:


Battery

Russia's Rosatom to construct 7th power unit at Chinese nuclear power plant

nuclear plan
© Tianwan NPP / atomstroyexport.ru
The construction of a new power unit at the Tianwan Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) in China will begin in 2021, according to Russia's state nuclear corporation Rosatom. It's the biggest joint NPP project between the two nations.

"Together with the Chinese partners, we have already built four power units at this site and thus have paved the way for further projects," said Vladimir Savushkin from Rosatom's engineering division Atomstroyexport (ASE).

Savushkin told Strana Rosatom newspaper that "cooperation continues, now on the basis of Russia's newest 3+ generation technologies," adding that the deadlines are tight and "in 2021 we are to begin construction works at Tianwan-7."

Comment: Russia is at the forefront of harnessing nuclear power, and, with the energy needs of the planet only increasing, unless another similarly reliable energy source is discovered, it won't be going away anytime soon: