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PM shelved pre-approved plans for immediate Iran reprisal after Biden call

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© WhatsApp Image/GPOIsraeli PM Netanyahu talks to US President Biden • IDF's Kirya military headquarters • Tel Aviv
US DENIES OKAYING RAFAH OP IF ISRAEL HOLDS BACK ON IRAN

Source pledges Israel will respond to Iranian attack, though not as initially planned, since 'diplomatic sensitivities won out'; ABC says Israeli response unlikely before Passover.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shelved plans that had been prepared for retaliation against Iran's weekend barrage after speaking with US President Joe Biden immediately following the attack, Israeli television reported Wednesday.

According to the Kan public broadcaster, the cabinet had already approved a series of possible responses depending on the scope of the Iranian attack, which were slated to be carried out immediately following the Iranian fusillade early Sunday.

A senior source was quoted telling the broadcaster:
"The response won't be what was planned any longer; diplomatic sensitivities won out. There will be a response, but it seems it will be different from what was planned."
The report noted the comments likely pointed to a weaker response than what had been approved. Kan also quoted unnamed Western diplomats saying that "the understanding is that Israel will respond."

Brick Wall

Russia asks United Nations to consider sanctioning Israel

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© Charly Triballeau/AFPRussian Ambassador to the UN Vasily Nebenzya at a UN Security Council meeting • New York • April 17, 2024
The Ramadan ceasefire in Gaza was not implemented, Moscow's envoy to the UN has said...

Russia's permanent representative to the UN Vasily Nebenzia has called on the United Nations to consider imposing sanctions on Israel over its non-compliance with obligatory resolutions passed by the Security Council.

He noted that UNSC Resolution 2728 demanded a ceasefire in Gaza during Ramadan, and this had not been implemented by Israel. During a UN Security Council meeting on Thursday, Nebenzia said:
"We remind you once again that non-compliance with mandatory Security Council resolutions must lead to sanctions against violators. We believe that the Council should consider this issue without delay."
French Foreign Minister Stephane Sejourne also called for sanctions on Israel earlier this month. In February, Paris sanctioned 28 Israeli nationals, though the French government has not published their names.
The Hamas ceasefire resolution was adopted by the Security Council on March 25 in a vote of 14 in favor to none against, with the US abstaining. The document demanded a ceasefire in Gaza during Ramadan, the immediate and unconditional release of all hostages, and for humanitarian access to Gaza to be ensured.

Comment: Once again Club UN stands ineffective when it matters most.


Arrow Down

Leaked cables show White House opposes Palestinian statehood

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© Charly Triballeau/AFP/Getty ImagesEmpty United Nations Security Council room ahead of a meeting on the situation in the Middle East • April 14, 2024
Ahead of the United Nations Security Council action to consider the Palestinian Authority's application to become a full member of the international body, the United States is lobbying nations to reject such membership, hoping to avoid an overt "veto" by Washington. The lobbying effort, revealed in copies of unclassified State Department cables obtained by The Intercept, is at odds with the Biden administration's pledge to fully support a two-state solution.

In 2012, the U.N. General Assembly passed a resolution granting Palestine the status of a non-member observer state.

The diplomatic cables detail pressure being applied to members of the Security Council, including Malta, the rotating president of the council this month. Ecuador in particular is being asked to lobby Malta and other nations, including France, to oppose U.N. recognition. The State Department's justification is that normalizing relations between Israel and Arab states is the fastest and most effective way to achieve an enduring and productive statehood.

While clarifying that President Joe Biden has worked vigorously to support "Palestinian aspirations for statehood" within the context "of a comprehensive peace that would resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict," a diplomatic cable dated April 12 details U.S. talking points against a U.N. vote for Palestinian statehood. The cable says that Security Council members must be persuaded to reject any proposal for Palestinian statehood — and thereby its recognition as a sovereign nation — before the council's open debate on the Middle East, scheduled for April 18.

Attention

West plotting to assassinate Zelensky - Medvedev

Polish claims of a thwarted "Russian plot" against the Ukrainian president are a warning sign, the senior official believes.
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Allegations that a Polish man was plotting with Moscow to assassinate Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky are a sign that Kiev's Western backers want to "liquidate" the Ukrainian leader, former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has claimed.

On Thursday, Polish officials reported the arrest of a man who is accused of trying to provide sensitive information to the Russian intelligence services. The information could have been used in an attempt to kill Zelensky, Warsaw and Kiev have claimed.

"An attempt on the life of the chief Banderite [Zelensky] in Poland? That is truly serious," Medvedev, who serves as deputy head of the Russian Security Council, wrote on social media on Friday in response to the claims.

"It may be the first piece of evidence that people in the West have made a decision to liquidate him. Be afraid, clown!"

The term 'Banderite' refers to the Ukrainian nationalist movement of Stepan Bandera, which was responsible for the ethnic cleansing of Poles during World War II. The Nazi collaborator is considered a national hero in modern Ukraine.

USA

US vetoes UN resolution for Palestinian statehood, 12 of 15 voted in favor

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© Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty ImagesThe United Nations Security Council meets on the situation in the Middle East on April 18, 2024.
The United States vetoed a resolution to accept the State of Palestine as a full member of the United Nations. Of the 15 members of the security council, 12 voted in favour, 2 abstained and the US opposed.

The US has vetoed a UN Security Council (UNSC) resolution that would have paved the way for the State of Palestine to gain full membership at the UN. The vote, held during a lengthy session in New York yesterday, saw 12 countries vote in favour of the resolution, while Britain and Switzerland abstained.


Comment: Britain likely knew the US would veto.


Robert Wood, the US deputy envoy to the UN, defended the veto, stating that Washington believes the only path to Palestinian statehood is through direct negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians.


Comment: The same Palestinians the UN believes Israel is genociding?


The US has overseen direct negotiations since the 1990s with the Oslo Accords marking the beginning of formal negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO). Direct negotiations failed to deliver Palestinians the dream of statehood and instead under US watch, Israel further entrenched its illegal occupation and annexed the very territory set aside for a Palestinian state.

Broom

Iran reports no damage after alleged Israel attack

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© Fatemeh Bahrami - Anadolu AgencyPeople walk on the streets of Tehran as they continue their daily lives after the explosions heard in Isfahan and Tabriz cities of Iran, in Tehran, Iran on April 19, 2024.
Sounds of heavy explosions were heard in at least two Iranian cities in the early hours of this morning amid an alleged Israeli attack inside the Islamic Republic.

Iranian authorities downplayed the incidents and said the sound of explosions in the central Iranian city of Isfahan and the northwestern city of Tabriz were the result of Iranian air defence systems firing at "suspicious objects", as reported by state media.

Officials insisted that all military and nuclear facilities located in and around the city of Isfahan were safe and no damage had been caused.

Comment: Scott Ritter provides some analysis on the incident:

Reports of an Israeli retaliatory strike on Iran appear to be related to a very limited attack in the vicinity of the Iranian city of Isfahan on military targets not related to Iran's nuclear program. The weapons used in this strike are unknown at this point, although Iran claims to have shot down at least three drones of an undetermined type. Israel has not taken public credit for the attack. Indeed, the only link to Israel comes from anonymous statements from sources claimed to be US officials. While Iran has stated it would strike Israel with immediate and decisive force if Israel were to attack, the extremely limited and anonymous nature of this attack may provide Iran with the opportunity to dismiss this attack as nothing of consequence, thereby eliminating the necessity of an Iranian retaliation. The Iranian Foreign Minister had issued a statement about decisive retaliation at the UN which constitutes official declaratory policy on Iranian deterrence policy which may be deemed sufficient for the moment. If the action in Isfahan is the limit of the Israeli action, then this matter may be concluded.
At least one of the missiles allegedly landed in Iraq:


The following is fake news Israel has been circulating as proof of its attack:


To which Iran responded:
BREAKING: NO STRIKES FROM OUTSIDE OF IRAN "There are no foreign airstrikes against Iran and what is being circulated are lies and a misinformation war of confusion. The complicit and suspicious American media is conducting a proxy misinformation war on behalf of the "israeli" occupation."




Whistle

Western tycoon claims Zelensky associates trying to extort millions of euros

FILE PHOTO: Arnulf Damerau in 2017.
© Sean Zanni / Patrick McMullan via Getty ImagesFILE PHOTO: Arnulf Damerau in 2017.
Ukrainian authorities have accused a major online casino co-owned by entrepreneur Arnulf Damerau of tax evasion

One of the largest private Western investors in Ukraine has told the Financial Times that senior Kiev officials, including some from President Vladimir Zelensky's office, are trying to extort money from him.

Anglo-German businessman Arnulf Damerau co-owns Cosmolot, one of the largest online casino operators in Ukraine, which is being investigated by the country's Economic Security Bureau (ESBU). In an interview with the British paper on Thursday, he alleged that senior Ukrainian officials some months ago had made to him what amounted to a criminal proposal.

Comment:
1) The information in the article that "some 90% of frontline troops suffer from a gambling addiction" is disturbing, add some drugs and alcohol to the picture, and it is clear why there is not more resistance from the people on the ground. Taking a step back, in many western countries teenagers loose class time and memory restoring night sleep due to computer games, helped along with legal and illegal drugs. Is it called zombification?

2) The German paper, Berliner Zeitung posted and article about the case, beginning, if translated:
German investor accuses Ukraine of corruption: "Reminiscent of Yanukovych's darkest times"
The owner of a large gambling platform in Ukraine sees himself being blackmailed by high-ranking officials in Kiev. The corruption is said to extend into government circles.

One of Ukraine's largest investors claims that corrupt Kiev security officials and people close to the government are blackmailing him. It's about tens of millions of euros. At least that's what the always well-informed Financial Times, based in London, reports.
3) From this page, Arnulf Damerau, there is in the about section:
Arnulf Damerau is a serial entrepreneur and globally active philanthropist. He is chairman and founder of the EuroAtlantic Group and the EuroAtlantic Institute which hosts the annual EuroAtlantic Security Dinners during the MSC Munich Security Conference and the WEF World Economic Forum. Arnulf is a shareholder in Crowdstrike, the leading global CyberSecurity firm that protects the Cybersecurity of 10 largest financial institutions the world. . Arnulf studied and worked in Europe, United States and Japan, and graduated from the Wharton Business School in 1991. He is a competitive sailor and pilot.
Mr. Damerau is undoubtedly a very sharp businessman, though the above expression "serial entrepreneur" is less familiar than "serial killer", but how come he did not realize what he was getting into when he began business in Ukraine, as in when you play in the dirt you get dirty. Can he not take a lesson from the people addicted to the games he has earned fortunes on, accept a big loss, and get over with it, rather than being a sorry looser? One could counter such pessimism and criticism with saying that there is always money to be made, also in war, and that it was courageous of him to step into the Ukrainian market after the war had begun. Counting on the war ending at some time is realistic, even if it could draw out, and being into a market early is always an advantage.

Alternatively one might argue, that taking risks is fine, but the amount of money he might loose is perhaps small compared to what he has or controls, so why did he not just leave, when he was threatened, and why this public whining now? Was one intention to entice the corrupt to show their face, so he would later be able to raise a voice against what is going on, given how difficult it has been for many German and European businesses, business people after the US and its EU lackeys pushed the confrontation with Russia through their front line NATO dressed up Ukrainian Nazionalists?

Whatever the case may be, considering how connected Damerau is, and his comparing of the current government with what they toppled could point to regime change being on the horizon. Zelensky assumed office on May 20, 2019 intended to last five years. Zelensky knows this as well as anyone else, and now Damerau, by going public with his complaint, has played the ball over to Zelensky.

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Nuke

Iran warns Israel it knows where its nukes are hidden

An Iranian “hypersonic” ballistic missile unveiled in June, 2023.
© Sepah News / Handout via Anadolu Agency / Getty ImagesAn Iranian “hypersonic” ballistic missile unveiled in June, 2023.
An attack on Tehran's facilities will trigger tit-for-tat retaliation, the IRGC officer in charge of their safety has said.

A senior officer of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has warned that Tehran is capable of striking Israeli nuclear facilities if its own are hit, according to local media.

Tensions have escalated in the Middle East this month following an alleged Israeli airstrike on the Iranian consulate in Damascus on April 1, in which seven IRGC officers were killed. Tehran retaliated last weekend with a massive barrage of drones and missiles, most of which were reportedly downed by the Jewish state and its Western backers.

The Israeli nuclear compounds "are identified, and the necessary information about all the targets is at our disposal to respond," IRGC Brigadier General Ahmad Haghtalab, claimed, as quoted by Tasnim, a semi-official news agency associated with the regiment. "We have a hand on the trigger to launch powerful missiles and destroy those targets."

Comment: See also:


Gavel

Riot revisited: Biden DOJ tested in Supreme Court fight implicating Trump and hundreds of Jan. 6 cases

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© Jacquelyn Martin/APPresident Donald Trump arrives to speak at a rally in Washington, January 6, 2021
More than three years after the riot at the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, the Department of Justice is continuing to pursue those who participated through hundreds of aggressive prosecutions. That includes Donald Trump, whose political future and personal freedom may depend on whether a jury believes he is to blame for the violence. But the intensity of the Biden DOJ's crackdown on Jan. 6 offenders has stirred controversy, drawn scrutiny from the Supreme Court in Fischer v. United States, and become a central focus of Trump's third presidential campaign. In this series, Riot revisited: Jan. 6, Justice, and Capitol Consequences, the Washington Examiner will look at the legal weaknesses in the DOJ's efforts to punish Jan. 6 rioters and the future of those cases should Trump reclaim the White House.

More than 1,265 defendants have been charged by the Department of Justice under President Joe Biden in relation to the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol. Hundreds of them may have been wrongly charged with a felony.

The Supreme Court is preparing to weigh oral arguments on Tuesday in Fischer v. United States, a dispute that could drastically alter the indictments against possibly hundreds of defendants, including former President Donald Trump. The namesake of the case is Joseph Fischer, a former Pennsylvania police officer who was charged for his alleged participation in violence on the day of the riot.

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UK insurers refuse to pay Nord Stream because blasts were 'government' backed

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© Swedish Coast Guard Handout/Anadolu Agency/Getty ImagesA screen grab from Danish Defense shows the gas leak from the exploded Nord Stream pipelines September 30, 2022
The legal team representing high-powered insurers Lloyd's and Arch says that since the Nord Stream explosions were "more likely than not to have been inflicted by... a government," they have no responsibility to pay for damages to the pipelines. To succeed with that defense, the companies will presumably be compelled to prove, in court, who carried out those attacks.

British insurers are arguing that they have no obligation to honor their coverage of the Nord Stream pipelines, which were blown up in September 2022, because the unprecedented act of industrial sabotage was likely carried out by a national government.

The insurers' filing contradicts reports the Washington Post and other legacy media publications asserting that a private Ukrainian team was responsible for the massive act of industrial sabotage.

A legal brief filed on behalf of UK-based firms Lloyd's Insurance Company and Arch Insurance states that the "defendants will rely on, inter alia, the fact that the explosion Damage could only have (or, at least, was more likely than not to have) been inflicted by or under the order of a government."

As a result, they argue, "the Explosion Damage was "directly or indirectly occasioned by, happening through, or in consequence of" the conflict between Russia and Ukraine" and falls under an exclusion relating to military conflicts.