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New poll shows UK PM Sunak facing landslide election defeat

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© Leon Neal/Getty Imagesspeaks to farmers as he campaigns on a farm near Barnstaple on June 18, 2024 in North Devon, United Kingdom. North Devon has been held by the Conservative Party since the 2015 general election.
Of the 632 seats being contested on July 4, Savanta said that 175 seats were currently "too close to call.".

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak could become the country's first sitting prime minister to lose their seat at a general election, according to the findings of a shock new poll.

The main opposition left-of-center Labour Party is on course to win a whopping 516 seats at the July 4 election, according to analysis published Wednesday by market research company Savanta, which was conducted in partnership with Electoral Calculus and the Telegraph.

If correct, the upcoming vote would deliver Labour a supermajority of 382, comfortably more than former Prime Minister Tony Blair's historic 1997 victory.

Comment: The tsunami of rejection of the globalists is gathering strength. And they seem to be clueless as to why. Sunak is a typical example: His only redeeming feature is his stance on the trans mess:


Crusader

Vatican charges Archbishop Viganò with 'crime of schism' - Viganò exposed abuse and fraud, condemned lockdowns

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© CopyrightScreenshot of Archbishop Viganò's YouTube channel. Ultra-conservative Carlo Maria Viganò says he is accused of splitting the church and denying pontiff's legitimacy.
A former Catholic church diplomat and virulent critic of Pope Francis has said the Vatican is putting him on trial for denying the pontiff's legitimacy.

Carlo Maria Viganò, 83, an ultra-conservative who was the Vatican's ambassador to the US from 2011 to 2016, said the powerful department of doctrine had summoned him on Thursday to hear the charges.

In posts in several languages on X, Viganò said the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith had set out accusations "of having committed the crime of schism" - that is, splitting the Catholic church.

He was also charged with "having denied the legitimacy of 'Pope Francis', of having broken communion 'with Him', and of having rejected the Second Vatican Council" in the 1960s, which set the church on a modernising path, Viganò wrote.

Comment: More research would be needed, but it seems that Viganò may be one of the more honourable members of the clergy; as summarized in the X-post below, that includes a video from his own social media account, and which is then laid out in more detail in the Wikipedia snippet that follows:
Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò has been summoned to the Vatican to be excommunicated by Pope Francis, the first Jesuit pope.

As seen in this video, he courageously spoke out against child trafficking and named individuals such as Hillary Clinton, John Podesta, and former editor of The Recount, Slade Sohmer, who was arrested for child p*rnography.

He went on to speak about how Jeffrey Epstein ran a blackmail operation on his island, collecting evidence of well-known people committing heinous ritual crimes against children while working for the Israeli Mossad.

Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò also spoke out against the following:

- Stolen elections
- COVID mandates
- Corruption of the church
- Israel killing civilians in Palestine
- Against the World Economic Forum

He is now being charged with denying the legitimacy of "Pope Francis" and breaking communion "with Him" and of having rejected the Second Vatican Council.


On Wikipedia we read:
Carlo Maria Viganò (Italian pronunciation: [vigaˈnɔ]; born 16 January 1941) is an Italian Catholic prelate who served as Apostolic Nuncio to the United States 2011 to 2016. He previously served as secretary-general of the Governorate of Vatican City State from 2009 to 2011. He is known for having publicized the Vatican leaks scandal of 2012, in which he revealed financial corruption in the Vatican, and a 2018 letter accusing Pope Francis and other Catholic leaders of covering up sexual abuse allegations against former cardinal Theodore McCarrick, although Viganò himself has been accused of covering for McCarrick and shifting the blame to Pope Francis.[1]

Viganò was ordained a priest in 1968 and spent most of his career working in a diplomatic capacity for the Holy See. As a priest, he served on a number of diplomatic missions before being consecrated a bishop by Pope John Paul II in 1992. Viganò was appointed secretary general of the Vatican City Governatorate in 2009, where he reformed the finances of Vatican City and turned a budget deficit into a surplus. He complained directly to Pope Benedict XVI about financial corruption. The unauthorized publication of two of his letters led to the Vatican leaks scandal, exposing financial mismanagement and wrongdoing in the Vatican. On August 25, 2018, Viganò published an 11-page letter accusing Pope Francis and numerous other senior church leaders of concealing allegations of sexual misconduct against McCarrick. Viganò called on Francis to resign.

[...]
In 2009, Viganò was appointed secretary general of the Vatican City governatorate. In that role he established centralized accounting procedures and accountability for cost overruns that reportedly helped turn a US$10.5 million deficit for the city-state into a surplus of $44 million in one year.[9]

In 2010, Viganò suggested that the Vatican should drop out of the Euro currency agreement in order to avoid new European banking regulations. Instead, the Vatican chose to adhere to the Euro agreement and accept the new scrutiny that tougher banking regulations required.[10]

In late January 2012 a television program aired in Italy under the name of Gli intoccabili (The Untouchables),[11] purporting to disclose confidential letters and memos of the Vatican.[12] Among the documents were letters written to the pope and to the Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, by Viganò, complaining of corruption in Vatican finances and a campaign of defamation against him. Viganò, formerly the second ranked Vatican administrator to the Pope, requested not to be transferred for having exposed alleged corruption that cost the Holy See millions in higher contract prices.[13]

[...]

In May 2020, National Catholic Reporter reported that a number of German bishops had rejected COVID-19 conspiracy theories spread by Viganò,[118][119] saying that "populists and other conspiracy theorists [...] want to interpret all efforts to contain the pandemic as a pretext to found a hate-filled technocratic tyranny and wipe out Christian civilization."[118] Viganò had circulated an appeal he wrote and posted on the website Veritas Liberabit Vos in which he criticized "disproportionate and unjustifiable restrictions" on the "exercise of freedom of worship, expression and movement" enacted during the COVID-19 pandemic, saying it was "social engineering" and "subtle forms of dictatorship" that violated "inalienable rights of citizens and their fundamental freedoms" and were a "disturbing prelude to the realization of a world government beyond all control".[120] He cast doubt on the "contagiousness, danger and resistance of the virus".[120] He said that "foreign powers" and "shady interests" were interfering in domestic affairs and were part of a "plot to create a world government" that "would result in the permanent imposition of unacceptable forms of restriction on freedoms".[121]

In his June 7, 2020 letter to then-President Donald Trump, which was published on LifeSiteNews,[122] Viganò made "apocalyptic claims about a looming spiritual battle and a globalist conspiracy pursuing a one-world government", according to the Catholic News Agency.[123] Viganò said that some Catholic bishops were aligned with the New World Order conspiracy,[124][125] and that they invoked the Masonic "universal brotherhood" — also part of the new world order plot. He described the protests and the COVID-19 restrictions and lockdowns as a Biblical struggle between light and dark, urging President Trump to fight against the deep state in the United States, which included responding to the protests.[124] Viganò alleged that the protests were organized by now President Joe Biden who embodies the deep state goals.[125] President Trump responded favorably to the letter in a Tweet and encouraged everyone to read Viganò's letter.[126]

Journalists, from Radio Canada, The New York Times and historian and theologian Massimo Faggioli, traced the link between President Trump and Viganò, to the archbishop's appointment in 2011 as Nuncio to the United States.[17][127][128] In 2008, when President Obama was elected, American Catholics had increased their influence through their alliance with the Tea Party, according to Faggioli.[128] Faggioli said that in Washington over the next five years, Viganò "forged close ties" with the "militant fringe" of traditionalist Catholics and gradually embraced conspiracy theories.[127] When Pope Francis became Pope, some Catholics in the United States believed it was part of a globalist elite plot to liberalize the Catholic Church. Faggioli said that Trump had popularized and normalized the conspiracy theories, so that when Viganò published of a series of letters with strong conspiratorial overtones from May to October 2020, Trump's "most ardent Catholic supporters" had adhered to Viganò's messages.[127]

In a July 2020 interview, Viganò accused Pope Francis of following the 'homosexual agenda of the New World Order'.[129]


On October 30, 2020, Viganò wrote another letter to President Trump which framed the World Economic Forum's Great Reset initiative within the context of the New World Order global conspiracy theory "against God and humanity".[130] He said the Great Reset was led by the "global élite" who wanted to "subdue" humanity using "coercive measures" to "limit individual freedoms".[130][131] Viganò said the price of a promised basic universal income from the International Monetary Fund would be the "renunciation of private property". He warned that a digital ID, a health passport, and Bill Gates' vaccination would become mandatory, and refusal to comply would result in internment. Viganò said that the lockdowns in the early months of 2021 were part of the activation of the Great Reset. Viganò said in the October 30 letter that then President Trump represented the "final garrison against the world dictatorship" and that the United States represented a "defending wall" in a "war" against globalists, such as the President of the United States Joe Biden, Pope Francis (whom Viganò addresses as simply Jorge Mario Bergoglio), Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, France's President Emmanuel Macron, and Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez.[130] Sections of this letter were included in an article by The Spectator columnist, James Delingpole — a key proponent of the great reset conspiracy theory — a version of the anti-lockdown conspiracy.[132] One Church official said that he was "simply stunned at what is being disseminated in the name of the Church and Christendom: crude conspiracy theories without facts or evidence combined with a right-wing populist combative rhetoric that sounds frightening."[118] Viganò did not offer proof to support his claims, according to the CNA.[123]
And there's more which can be found on the Wikipedia page. On balance, it seems there was a sexual abuse allegation, as well as a weak fraud allegation, against Viganò, but even establishment controlled Wikipedia doesn't appear to have much evidence backing those up.


Eye 1

Flashback Kings of cocaine: how the Albanian mafia seized control of the UK drugs trade

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© Getty images
Something had kicked off the night before and the guys on the corner were keen to offer advice. "You don't want to be hanging around here too long," one said, refusing to elaborate. They were standing near Crispe house, a tower block on east London's Gascoigne estate, undisputed territory of Hellbanianz.

The gang, an Albanian street crew of drug dealers, is known locally for its violence and more widely for a social media output featuring Ferraris, wads of £50 notes and gold Rolex watches to help enhance its reputation and recruit "youngers". The Gascoigne estate, built in the 1960s and occupying land that slopes south of Barking town centre to the Thames, is its historical home turf.

It was getting dark, another two men appeared and, when asked if they were Hellbanianz, one said: "You should go." The Observer was escorted off the estate and told not to return.

Comment: See also: 'Colombia' of Europe: Albanian mafia in Kosovo poised to become main supplier of heroin to Europe and North America


Cruise Missle

US permits Ukrainian strikes anywhere beyond conflict front line - Politico

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© AFP / South Korea's Joint Chiefs of StaffFILE PHOTO: A US-made Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) firing a missile.
The US has permitted Ukraine to strike targets on Russian territory using American-made weapons anywhere across the front line - not just in the Kharkov Region, Politico has reported.

This doesn't represent a change to Washington's policy on the use of US-supplied weapons by Kiev, anonymous sources told the outlet in an article published on Thursday.

In late May, media reported that the administration of President Joe Biden had quietly greenlighted Ukrainian attacks using American weapons inside Russian territory for "counterfire purposes in the Kharkov region." The ban on long-range strikes deep inside Russia remained unchanged, according to the reports.

In an interview with ABC News earlier this month, Biden clarified that Ukraine could use US-made arms "only in proximity to the border [with Russia] when [Russian weapons] are being used on the other side of the border to attack specific targets in Ukraine." Washington is "not authorizing strikes 200 miles into Russia and we're not authorizing strikes on Moscow, on the Kremlin," he clarified.

Syringe

U.S. Federal court opens up litigation on the question: Was it really a vaccine?

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The week before last, a panel of three federal judges at the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco did something unusual - it called out a government agency for lying and, in the process, opened up for litigation one of the crucial questions of the pandemic response: when is a 'vaccine' not a vaccine?

What is so important about the decision is that it is the first time a court has even opened the door to deciding the question the efficacy of the 'vaccine' itself.

In other words, what it means is that whether or not the Covid shot was an actual traditional vaccine - one that stopped transmission and kept people from getting the illness at hand - could be litigated in court for the first time ever.

The lawsuit itself involves the dissembling - as usual - of the Los Angeles Unified School District and its on-again, off-again Covid shot mandate and its subsequent firing of hundreds of workers for refusing to get an experimental medical treatment.

Comment: See also:


Bell

Trump points to 'cause' of Ukraine conflict: NATO expansion

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© Adam J. Dewey/Getty Images/AnadoluFormer US President Donald Trump
Russia's intervention in Ukraine was triggered by the irresponsible and provocative rhetoric of US President Joe Biden and his administration about Kiev joining NATO, Donald Trump has said.

Trump, who is seeking a rematch with Biden for the presidency in November, made the comments during a conversation on foreign policy with 'All-In' podcast co-host David Sacks on Thursday.

"For 20 years, I heard that if Ukraine goes into NATO, it's a real problem for Russia. I've heard that for a long time. And I think that's really why this war started," Trump said.

The Republican presidential candidate pointed out that there had been no talk about armed conflict between Russia and Ukraine when he was in the White House, but as soon as Biden replaced him, things began to deteriorate.

"I thought that [Russian President Vladimir] Putin may be - well, look, he's a good negotiator, I thought he was going to be doing that for negotiation purposes," Trump said. "Then all of a sudden, they attacked, and I said, 'what's going on here?'"

According to the former president, one of the key issues was the rhetoric coming out of the White House.

"Biden was saying all of the wrong things. And one of the wrong things he was saying [was] 'no, Ukraine will go into NATO'," Trump said.

Comment: Good to hear Trump coming out and saying it so clearly.

The clip starts at 22:47




Snakes in Suits

Cyprus PM says 'we will not participate in any war', after Hezbollah warns they will become part of the aiding an Israeli attack on Lebanon

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FILE: Nikos Christodoulides, the Greek Cypriot administration's new president-elect. February 12, 2023.
In response to Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah's warning to Cyprus, the Cypriot government spokesperson firmly stated that no country would be allowed to use Cyprus for conducting military operations.

Cypriot government spokesperson Konstantinos Lympiotis confirmed on Thursday that his country "is not involved" and "will not participate" in any wars, emphasizing that the Republic of Cyprus has excellent relations with Lebanon.


Comment: Cyprus isn't involved? Except for 2022 when it hosted Israel's IDF who held a wargame in which they attacked Lebanon. And more recently Cyprus has been hosting the British and American militaries, who are supplying Israel amidst its Gaza genocide.

In December it was reported: UK secretly sent 500 troops to Cyprus base supplying weapons to Israel


The government spokesperson shared a statement on social media from Cypriot President Nikos Christodoulides, emphasizing that "no country will be granted permission to conduct military operations through Cyprus." He indicated that all negotiations with Lebanon will occur at a diplomatic level.

In turn, Israeli Channel 10 reported that there was some panic in Cyprus yesterday due to threats from Hezbollah's Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah.

Comment: Some analysts have commented that this statement from the PM may also be an attempt to reassure Turkey whose military is also occupying Cyprus.

Al Jazeera provides more detail on the situation:
Is Cyprus about to be dragged into a war between Israel and Hezbollah?

Israel's army says it has approved an offensive on Lebanon targeting Hezbollah, and its foreign minister has said an announcement on whether Israel will go to war is imminent.

This came after Hezbollah released footage it said was taken by one of its drones over the Israeli city of Haifa, showcasing its ability to infiltrate deep into Israeli territory, and sending an implicit threat.

So, if Israel declares war on Lebanon, what does this mean for Cyprus? Here's all you need to know:

Would Cyprus help Israel attack Lebanon?

Cyprus has traditionally allowed Israel to use its airspace for air drills, but never during active conflict - and it doesn't look like Cyprus will start now.

After Nasrallah's threat, Cyprus announced that it would remain neutral and not get involved in any war.

However, the United Kingdom has bases in Cyprus, which it uses to conduct military operations in the region.

The UK allegedly used those bases to launch attacks against the Houthis in Yemen. The bases have also reportedly been used to arm Israel in its war against Gaza and south Lebanon.

"Cyprus's declaration of neutrality can be viewed as a strategic win for Hezbollah," said Imad Salamey, a political scientist at the Lebanese American University.

"This response ... suggests an indirect message from the EU that there is no appetite for backing an Israeli military campaign.

"It reinforces Hezbollah's deterrent position and contributes to a broader international refrain from supporting potential Israeli military actions," Salamey said.

What can Hezbollah do that would worry Cyprus?

For one, it could do exactly what it threatened to do: Hit Israeli targets in Cyprus.

Or at least, that's the possibility Amal Saad, author of Hizbu'llah: Politics and Religion, described to Al Jazeera.

An attack "would ... be devastating for Cyprus economically" according to Saad.

"There have - I think - been protests about this in the past from opposition politicians in Cyprus about how dangerous this policy [allowing its territory to be used in a conflict] is for its economy and security," Saad added.

Other analysts are less convinced that Hezbollah would actually hit Cyprus due to the regional implications.

"I'm not sure what they can do honestly beyond disruption and covert operation. [Hezbollah] understands that targeting Cyprus will bring in the EU and NATO," said Maha Yahya, the director of Malcolm H Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center, a think-tank.

Did Nasrallah say this to scare Cyprus?

Nasrallah's fiery speech could serve a purpose, even if Hezbollah doesn't follow through on its threats against Cyprus.

"[T]his speech is part of a psychological war and aims to send a clear message to Hezbollah's adversaries that any Israeli attempt to widen the scope of the war and attack Lebanon would have major repercussions on all western allies of Israel - particularly regional allies," said Karim Emile Bitar, an associate professor of international relations at Saint Joseph University in Beirut.

Salamey added that Hezbollah's psychological warfare could lead the EU to pressure Israel not to expand the scope of the fighting against Lebanon.

"The hesitation of Israel's allies, as indicated by Cyprus's stance, might lead Israel to reconsider the risks and consequences of a broader war," Salamey said.

"This international isolation and the lack of coherent objectives for military engagement in Lebanon highlight Israel's fragility."

What else would Cyprus be worried about?

Even if Cyprus isn't dragged into any conflict, a possible influx of refugees - Lebanese and Syrians in Lebanon - to its territory would be worrying to the country's government.

In April, Cypriot President Nikos Christodoulides said that he was concerned about the rise of Syrian refugees arriving to the island's shores from Lebanon seeking asylum.

The concern over refugees is shared by the European Union, which recently announced that it would give Lebanon more than $1bn in financial assistance. Most of the funds are stipulated to go towards combating irregular migration.

Bitar, from St Joseph University, said that there is a "possibility" that Hezbollah could ease control over its external borders in order to encourage refugees to flee to Cyprus. However, he added that the major worry for Cyprus - and the region - is that Hezbollah and Israel could spiral the region into war - even if they didn't mean to.

"We are living in a world where emotions are running extremely high and actors - on both sides of the border - are not necessarily [acting] rational," he said.

This is why I'm worried that both parties - even if they have not made the decision explicitly to go to war - any miscalculation could open the doors of hell."
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Arrow Up

Breaking: Russia's Putin 'probing' NATO suck-ups and sissies

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© New Eastern Outlook
Reports from The Telegraph and authors James Rothwell and Roland Oliphant tell the harrowing tale of Russian Vladimir Putin personally probing NATO's defenses. According to "security chiefs" somewhere in London, Sweden, or the Baltic States, "Vladimir Putin is testing NATO borders for weak spots." Heaven forbids (the liberal order) Russian leaders from gathering intelligence on aggressive states. The following is the story's comic book (or RAND report) version.

Allegations and Dramatic Imagery

The Telegraph report is supported by former Ukrainian MP Aliona Hlivco, who is looking into her crystal ball. The Managing Director of the Henry Jackson Society, Aliona Hlivco, has reportedly seen Putin stabbing a fixed bayonet from a Kalashnikov across foggy borders into Baltic territory. President Putin's vicious thrusts into NATO territory are further evidenced by girlish screams from the other end of Putin's weapon. Meanwhile, the latest assessments suggest the NATO borders up North are safe. This is proven by the constant and relentless whining of former MPs and Washington think tank geniuses.

As ridiculous as this all sounds, what else could the "logical" answer to the Baltic hysteria? Some analysts even think the EU, London, and Washington leaders are so worried that they've taken up defensive positions along these borders. Observers said the Russian president's latest "test pokings" have sent hundreds of Estonian, Latvian, and Lithuanian politicians to infirmaries with stab wounds to their posteriors.

For those among you wondering how geopolitical analysis has been transformed into sarcasm and cynicism, I assure you we have only seen the beginning. And this writer did not start it, and neither did Vladimir Putin. The Telegraph, BBC, the WAPO, the mighty New York Times, every major Western media outlet, think tank, political fundraiser, and corporate strategy meeting hinges on Vladimir Putin and the Russians as barbarians hell-bent on world conquest. All NEO readers have known this for years now. Only the lunacy continues to escalate.

Propaganda

Top IDF official says Hamas can't be defeated; Israeli troops want to leave Gaza but Netanyahu has 'other ideas'

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© Amir Levy / Getty ImagesIsraeli soldiers near the border with Gaza on Tuesday.
The Israel Defense Forces' top spokesman said "Hamas is an idea" that can't be eliminated and that saying it could be was "throwing sand in the eye of the public."

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may still be leading the country into its 258th day of war in Gaza, but on Thursday he stood increasingly alone — and at odds with his own military.

Long criticized at home as well as abroad, Netanyahu's approach is now the subject of a deepening disagreement with his top brass, as well as his country's top ally, the U.S.

Netanyahu dissolved his war Cabinet this week after former Defense Minister Benny Gantz, a political rival, stepped down, accusing Netanyahu of standing in the way of "real victory."


Comment: Four politicians resigned recently, and, over recent months, various IDF officials have resigned.


Comment: Andalou Agency reports:
Israeli military analyst Amos Harel on Friday said the army wants to withdraw from Gaza, but that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "has other ideas."

In an analytical article in the Israeli daily Haaretz, Harel said Netanyahu "continues to declare that the all-out war against Hamas will continue for as long as it takes."

"He's again scattering promises of total victory to his supporters. ... In reality, what we have is a war that looks more eternal than a victory that's total," he said.

The analyst noted that "Netanyahu's supreme goal remains survival: to get through the Knesset's summer session and wait in the hope that Donald Trump will be elected U.S. president in November."

"That's preferable for him compared to the alternative of a permanent cease-fire in Gaza (along with a hostage deal), an effective admission of failure to achieve the goals of the combat, and the almost certain resignation of the extreme right parties from the coalition and the collapse of the government," Harel added.

The Israeli analyst also said that "with political survival as the supreme goal, other likely implications of prosecuting an endless war are reduced in importance; namely, an increasing load on the combat troops in the regular army and in the reserves, a deepening crisis with the (Joe) Biden administration (of the US) and an erosion of international legitimacy for Israel's actions."

Regarding the army's plans, Harel said "the moment of truth - another moment of truth - in the war will likely arrive within a few weeks," without further explanation.

"The Israel Defense Forces will complete their offensive action in Rafah, under American restrictions and far from inflicting a total defeat on Hamas, and will want to declare a conclusion," he said, noting that "the generals will come to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and ask him to help them achieve strategic clarity."

Harel indicated that the generals "will recommend a cessation to the campaign in the Gaza Strip, in the present format."

"The army will suggest reducing the already limited number of troops operating in the Philadelphi Corridor along the Egyptian border and in the other corridor in the center of the Strip, and to focus on raids against additional Hamas targets and again giving other moves an opportunity," he added.

"Those moves are intended to include an attempt to restart the contacts for a hostage deal and a cease-fire in Gaza," Harel added, noting that "if that works out, and the odds don't look great at the moment, it will be possible to exploit the time to give the soldiers a refresher period, during which the United States will make a final effort to forge a diplomatic agreement in Lebanon geared to distancing Hezbollah forces from the border with Israel."

"Otherwise, preparations will be made for a possible all-out war in the north," said Harel, referring to Lebanon.

The military analyst pointed out that "in regard to the hostages, the army doesn't have encouraging news at the moment."

Israel, flouting a UN Security Council resolution demanding an immediate cease-fire, has faced international condemnation amid its continued brutal offensive on Gaza since Oct. 7, 2023 attack by the Palestinian group Hamas.

The Palestinian death toll from relentless Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip since last October has exceeded 37,400, according to the Health Ministry in the besieged enclave.

More than 85,600 people have also been injured in the onslaught, the ministry added.

Over eight months into the Israeli war, vast tracts of Gaza lay in ruins amid a crippling blockade of food, clean water, and medicine.

Israel stands accused of genocide at the International Court of Justice, which in its latest ruling ordered it to immediately halt its military operation in the southern city of Rafah, where over a million Palestinians had sought refuge from the war before it was invaded on May 6.



Star of David

U.S. officials say Netanyahu's accusation video hurts effort to avoid war in Lebanon

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© Jack Guez/Getty ImagesIsraeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu • press conference • June 8, 2024 • Ramat Gan, Israel
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's new feud with the Biden administration is hampering U.S.-Israeli diplomatic efforts to de-escalate tensions on the Lebanese border and avoid war with Hezbollah, U.S. officials say.

Why it matters: Three Biden administration officials tell Axios they are concerned that Netanyahu's actions create "daylight" between the two allies and as a result are further eroding Israel's deterrence power in the region, especially in the eyes of Hezbollah's leader Hassan Nasrallah and the group's main backer Iran.
  • "It is hard to fathom how a video like the one Netanyahu released on Tuesday helps with deterrence. There is nothing like telling Hezbollah that the U.S. is withholding weapons from Israel, which is false, to make them feel emboldened," a senior U.S. official said.
  • Nasrallah said on Wednesday that his militia could still invade northern Israel if the conflict escalates.
  • Israel Defense Forces chief of staff Herzi Halevi said in a visit to the northern border that the IDF still has capabilities Hezbollah doesn't know about. "The enemy will meet these capabilities at the right time," he said.
Driving the news: Speaking in English, Netanyahu said in a video on Tuesday: "It is inconceivable that in the past few months, the administration has been withholding weapons and ammunitions to Israel."
  • In public, the White House expressed bafflement. Press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre noted that only one weapons shipment had been paused since the war began, while billions of dollars of weapons had flowed unimpeded. "We genuinely do not know what he is talking about," she said.
  • White House spokesperson John Kirby in a briefing on Thursday said "Netanyahu's video was very disappointing, perplexing and vexing. We expressed our concern to the Israeli government at different levels."
  • "You have to ask Netanyahu what he was thinking."

Comment: When primary benefactors become alternate targets, it's 'game over'.