24 Nov 2013 Chairman of the Russian State Duma’s International Affairs Committee Alexei Pushkov says Israel’s position on the nuclear deal between Iran and six major world powers is unrealistic and displays Tel Aviv’s own security concerns. “No other compromise would have been possible in my opinion. Israel’s position reflects its security concerns, but does not look realistic,” Pushkov told Interfax on Sunday. He noted that all the countries that had been involved in drafting the Geneva agreement share the opinion that Iran cannot be denied of the right to develop peaceful nuclear energy program.
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Posted in economics, government, law, tagged Drug Enforcement Administration, Illegal drug trade, International Narcotics Control Board, Israel, Israel Police, Syria, Tel Aviv, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime on October 21, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
On a wall of a Israel Police classified intelligence unit hangs a map of the world. The countries of Central and South America are highlighted in red, the countries of western Africa are highlighted in green and arrows drawn the length and width of the map indicating drug trafficking movements all point to one country, whose name is highlighted: Israel.
It should be noted that Israel has a “star role” in the World Drug Report for 2013 issued by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and released last June. In the report, which discusses trends in the world, Israel is not infrequently listed in connection with cocaine. Over recent years, there has been a significant increase in cocaine trafficking to and from Israel: “Limited but non-negligible amounts of cocaine have also been seized in the Syrian Arab Republic, Lebanon and, notably, Israel, which registered an increase in 2011; hence a link between this emerging route and the Near and Middle East cannot be excluded.”
In its annual report for 2012, the International Narcotics Control Board lists Brazil and Israel among the “countries that are major manufacturers, exporters, importers and users of narcotic drugs.”
Whereas Israel is mentioned in the same breath with Brazil with regard to the cocaine trade, it is difficult to find up-to-date figures in Israel on the scope of cocaine trafficking at the local level. However, the latest survey by Israel’s Anti-Drug Authority on cocaine, which appeared in 2009, noted a clear trend: In comparison with 2005, the amount of cocaine used in Israel had doubled by 2009 and close to one percent of all Israelis aged 18-40 indicated they had used cocaine by then.
Dr. Haim Mal, head of the rehabilitation unit in the Israel Anti-Drug Authority, believes that the increased use of cocaine in Israel stems from changes in the lifestyle of Israelis. “Whereas people in the past looked for drugs that would soothe them and produce peace of mind, now they are looking for drugs that will enable them to be more alert. Cocaine is a social drug that can be found in nightclubs in Israel’s major cities and among a wide range of users, most of them in the liberal professions,” Mal said. He points out that cocaine is “a social phenomenon that has emerged in Israel as in other countries around the world.”
In recent years, there has been a significant increase in the number of persons who have been hospitalized in Israel as a result of cocaine use. “Unlike heroin, which damages the body physically,” he emphasizes, “cocaine damages the soul.”
“It was three in the morning and I had already had a number of drinks,” G., a young Israeli woman in her 30s with a Master’s degree in Law, describes an evening she spent in a local nightclub a year and a half ago. “The washrooms were really crowded, but not always because of bursting bladders. There was a disorderly lineup that was moving along very slowly. Sometimes the door opened and out would come two to four people, who had emerged from one of the stalls. After about a quarter of an hour, or it might have been 20 minutes, it was my turn.”
“I went in with two friends; one of them took out a bag of coke and began to spread the stuff on a small surface. He then used a credit card to arrange the coke in rows. I took out a 100-shekel note from my pocket, rolled it up and then each of us took turns snorting two rows. At that moment, I still felt nothing. I went to the bar and ordered a vodka chaser; we all then went back to the dance floor. We danced up a storm and felt we could go on doing that forever. Suddenly, you have this burst of energy. Everything was dark around me and I couldn’t give a damn about anyone; I was so full of self-confidence,” G. recounted her experience.
“After less than an hour, we went back to the washrooms. It was like some kind of ceremony and that’s how the entire evening progressed right up until dawn. I emerged from the nightclub. It was six in the morning and I couldn’t believe that it was daylight outside. Nor could I believe that I had danced without getting tired. Since then, I never go to a nightclub without my sunglasses,” she concluded.
According to figures released by the UN, the chief increase in cocaine trafficking and consumption is taking place in the developing countries of Asia, with Israel being one of these. However, the situation in Israel is not substantially different from that in Europe or the U.S.; cocaine has simply arrived in Israel fashionably late. What is more, the percentage of cocaine seized by the authorities – estimated to be about three to seven percent of the total amount being trafficked into Israel – is similar to the figures in other countries. In Israel in 2009, 63 kilograms were seized; for 2010, 2011, and 2012, the corresponding figures are 71, 264 and 171.
The Israel Police are painfully aware of the fact that these amounts are a drop in the bucket and that they have no impact whatsoever on the drug’s availability. Nor has the construction of the fence along Israel’s border with Sinai led to any “evaporation” of the hashish trafficked in this country and it has had no effect on the accessibility of cocaine, which can be obtained almost every evening in local nightclubs. This is a drug that brings in huge profits to those who sell it; thus, they always find ways to meet the demand of the market.
In Israel, as in other countries, cocaine is perceived as the drug of the rich, and not just because of its high price. Drug dealers call it “the drug that lifts you up, because it takes you to the best places imaginable but leaves you sharp and focused – king or queen of the world.” Crack cocaine is not prevalent in Israel.
As early as the first decades of the previous century, cocaine made its appearance in Tel Aviv. In 1929, the Tel Aviv Police seized 800 grams of the drug, which at the time was worth 300 Palestinian pounds. The cocaine had been concealed in a book that had arrived from Vienna. In 1936, a Jaffa resident was arrested with cocaine in his possession. The British magistrate’s court judge sentenced him to three months behind bars.
Cocaine is extracted from the coca plant, which grows primarily in South America. Last year, Peru became the world’s number one exporter of cocaine with a total of no less than 538 tons of the drug shipped out of the country, according to estimates made by international law enforcement agencies. Second in this notorious list is Colombia, with 345 tons exported in 2012, followed by Bolivia with 265 tons exported during that same year.
Because of the never-ending international war on drugs, which is being spearheaded by America’s Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), drug dealers use various sophisticated methods for reaching their customers. In recent years, a new drug trafficking route has opened up from West Africa – chiefly through the territories of weak countries with unstable regimes. Because of the prevalence there of weak governments in power and corrupt law enforcement systems, the West African countries have become virgin soil for the importation and redistribution of cocaine from South America. Recently, an additional smuggling route has been launched through Syria and Lebanon; it then continues through Turkey to all of Europe.
On the consumption end, the U.S. takes a leading role. In one University of Massachusetts study, 90 percent of all U.S. bank notes were examined had traces of cocaine. However, America is not alone as far as use of cocaine is concerned; it is simply at the top of a list that includes several European countries, such as Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands, Belgium, the United Kingdom and Italy. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime estimates that the main Mafia organizations in Italy – Ndrangheta, or the Calabrian Mafia, Cosa Nostra, and Camorra, or the Neapolitan Mafia – rake in an annual income of 116 billion euros. That is more than the annual sales volume of Italy’s energy giant, Eni, the country’s largest company.
When “black money” on such a monstrous scale is being circulated around the world, it invariably attracts the major crime organizations, including those in Israel. “There are Israeli crime organizations that have joined forces with the world’s major drug cartels,” says a member of the intelligence network of the Israel Police. “Criminals are measured by their ability to traffic huge quantities of drugs and today there are several Israeli criminals who can traffic impressive quantities around the world. Israeli drug criminals have a good reputation in the world because they meet several of the criteria in the field and because Israelis have global connections.”
The fact that a number of Israeli criminals have immigrated to other countries can be a boon to their drug business. “Israeli criminals never touch the drugs they traffic,” the police official continues, “they merely serve as middlemen. They open a ‘cashbox,’ namely, a shipping container holding several hundred kilograms of cocaine and they know how to find investors to fund the shipment.”
Recent police reports include references to such a “cashbox” that was opened and was on its way to Australia; a number of Israeli criminals were involved in this deal. Not very long ago, members of an international cocaine trafficking network were arrested by the
Israel Police’s International and Serious Crimes Unit. Some of the members of the ring were Israeli expatriates who were formerly identified with the criminal organization headed by Israeli crime boss Yitzhak Abergil.
In 2008, a major international smuggling ring was put out of business by Israeli law enforcement agents. Over 1.5 tons of cocaine were shipped in containers to Israel and other destinations. Moshe Elgrably, an escaped Israeli criminal and a number of the members of the ring were apprehended in Peru, Spain and Israel. The estimated value of the contraband in the container was NIS 2 billion (over half a billion dollars). Yoram Elal, someone who had close connections with the Abergil crime family and who, according to police estimates, was a major Israeli drug dealer, primarily trafficking in ecstasy but also in cocaine, was arrested in Brazil in 2011 after being placed on the wanted list by the international police organization, Interpol.
However, even when the police can place their hands on drug shipments, they do not always know the identity of the people behind the shipments. For instance, two years ago, in the spring of 2011, on the eve of the Passover, a container arrived at the port of Ashdod with 250 kg. of cocaine; the police are still waiting to see who will come to claim the container. Or, for instance, the destination of two shipments of 130 kg. and 139 kg. respectively of cocaine that were seized in containers holding coffee beans and which were sent from Colombia in 2008 and 2010 remains a mystery to this very day.
In Israel, a special unit has been set up in the national headquarters of the Israel Police whose mandate is the maintaining of ongoing intelligence and operational contacts with other police forces around the world for the purpose of more effectively waging the war on drugs. It has long been thought that local police forces are the most fruitful source of intelligence pertinent to this war.
In many cases, the absence of a budget for the global war on drugs has forced drug enforcement agencies to become highly creative. For example, there is no funding available for monitoring communications with distant courtiers over a period of several months. “Today,” observes the high-ranking official in the intelligence network of the Israel Police, “we work with police forces all over the world on cases that involve not only Israel but also other countries. The information flows constantly between the police forces of different countries. Not only does the Israel Police have nothing to be ashamed of in connection with the war on cocaine trafficking; it has a lot to be proud of.”
Over the years, cocaine continues to be the most lucrative of all illicit drugs. A kilogram of cocaine costs between $3,000 and $5,000 in South America. Nonetheless, people who are strangers to local drug dealers in South America will find it very hard to purchase “only” one kilogram. In many cases, South American drug dealers will prefer to hand over small-time buyers of this variety to the police in return for the latter’s turning a blind eye to major drug deals. Additionally, people interested in buying drugs sometimes find that, after they have paid for the drug, the drug dealer just disappears with their money. In this way, drug dealers maintain an exclusive relationship with crime organizations.
But how are things managed when local drug dealers agree to sell a small quantity of coke to a buyer? One method is to hide the material in a variety of hiding places, some of which are highly unusual – ranging from briefcases and books to memorial candles and even gravestones. The drug can be concealed in solid or liquid form. Another method, which is just as common, is to employ couriers who can conceal the drug inside their body.
Recently, the Tel Aviv Central Unit of the Israel Police arrested a number of drug couriers. One of them was a 60-year-old Colombian who was hired by a drug dealer in his native country to serve as a drug courier to Israel for $8,000. When the courier arrived at the Olympia Hotel on Hayarkon Street in Tel Aviv, Yaakov Tzaadi, 34, of Rishon Letzion, was waiting to receive the shipment. However, as the two were making the exchange, detectives attached to the drug squad of the Tel Aviv Central Unit burst into their hotel room, promptly arresting the two.
“On flights from Spain, which are also connecting flights from South America,” points out A., a senior official with the drugs and money laundering enforcement unit in the customs division of the Israel Tax Authority, “you will almost always find cocaine in the possession of one of the passengers.” This statement holds true for all of Europe, and Israel, he notes, “is no exception.”
Superintendent Naom Deshati, commander of the 747 unit of the Israel Police branch at David Ben-Gurion International Airport, says that some 13 million passengers pass through the airport annually. “You can bet your bottom dollar,” he observes, “that we do not have the capacity for checking each and every one of them. Although we do not know whether there has been any increase in cocaine use, we do know that there has been an increase in the number of drug shipment seizures.”
The Colombian courier arrested in a Tel Aviv hotel perfectly fits the profile of the classic courier who carries the drug within his or her body: a South American of little means who is exploited by local gangsters.
For anywhere between $1,000 and $8,000, these couriers agree to transfer the cocaine to a target country. In most cases, the drug dealers fill condoms with cocaine and the courier inserts the filled condom into his or her body through one of his orifices – mouth, anus or vagina. The largest quantity of cocaine ever discovered inside a courier’s body was 2.5 kg. Last year, a commercial airliner traveling the route between Peru and Israel landed the Ben-Gurion Airport with a dead passenger. Only after the corpse had been taken to hospital and an autopsy performed, was it discovered that a condom filled with 12 gm. of cocaine had burst in his abdomen.
Only last week, two suspected couriers who were arrested immediately upon their arrival in Israel were brought before the district court in Lod. District Court Judge Yaakov Spesser took pains to point out that the accused persons were “at the very bottom of the hierarchical pyramid of drug trafficking.” He said that couriers in this category are “pitiful human beings, who are usually illiterate, nearly penniless and unaware of the nature of the crime in which they have become involved. They are exploited by people who tempt them with a cash reward. Sometimes their exploiters deceive them and do not even pay them when the job is done.”
In January 1978, Major General Moshe Tiomkin, then commander of the Israel Police’s Tel Aviv District, summoned the editors of all the media in Israel in order to show them the nature of the uncompromising war being waged against drugs. He showed the editors the specially trained dogs recruited for this purpose and declared proudly that police in Tel Aviv seized in the previous year 130 gm. of cocaine. Many years later, in that same district, the commander of the Tel Aviv Central District of the Israel Police announced this week the seizure of 17 kg. of that very same drug.
If we don’t do this now our children will inherit our government filled with Zionist infiltrators in the mold of Zalman Shapiro and their many gentile helpers. The Syrians have primed the pump for us with the blood of a 100,000 dead., with American, British, French, Turkish, Israeli, Saudi and Qatari fingerprints all over the murder scene. The real battle, the real threat that we all face together is whose security ‘interests’ will win…theirs, or ours.
Obama put another nail in his presidential coffin with the crocodile tears he shed over concerns of WMD being a threat to innocent people. He has joined a long line of American presidents who have supported the biggest WMD threat in the Mideast for decades…Zionist Israel.
The only thing I agree with him on is that the public should act against those who support using WMD, but that means the world and the UN especially must get off their knees and respond to the Zionist gangsters and their protectors who are a threat to the US and everyone else.
This is another example of the American public’s growing awareness that their own country can be a national security threat to them. And from what I can see from the huge outpouring against Obama’s Syrian gunboat diplomacy with its al-Qaeda oarsmen, the silent majority are waking up to how cruelly we have been manipulated by our own leaders.
From John McCain and Lindsey Graham we expect the knee jerk war mongering. But Obama was thought to know better. His holding the line against the Zionist Lobby pressure to attack Iran based on the trumped up nuclear threat was admirable. Despite his coming out of Chicago mob politics we know that sometimes people transcend shady beginnings.
The Zios had even snagged themselves an attack Iran ringer with Mitt Romney, and tried to take Obama out. We now have calls from Syria that to make the world a safer place Israel should also turn over all of it’s WMD to international supervision, ‘to protect our children’ as Obama would say.
The Zionists were ready and willing to use weapons of mass destruction from day one. Declassified American Intelligence documents it all beginning with the 1948 war. They had agents combing war ravaged Europe to find any chemical weapons they could use on the Arabs. Military Intelligence (OMGUS) was even reporting Zionist raids on arms depots in the US.
Steven Green in his seminal book, Taking Sides (1984), was the first writer to use the new Freedom of Information Act to expose what American administrations had been hiding for years, which if the public had known we could have better protected ourselves against Jewish Lobby treason here.
Incredibly the Reagan administration actually was wanting to prosecute Green for his book but then realized how foolish they would look as they have provided everything that he used. But they did end up reclassifying much of the juicier material. Fortunately Green had stashed away all of his original copies.
In June of 1948, the Belgian Military Attache in Washington requested sample of stocks of toxic ammunition from a captured German chemical ammunition dump in Bavaria. A few days later, the U.S. military attache in Cairo reported that there had been reliable indications in Tel Aviv and elsewhere in the area that the Jewish forces were preparing to use gas to attack Arab population centers…Green p 57
The Neo-Axis of evil, the US, France and Britain, has a long history in assisting Israel’s offensive threat capacity, especially with it’s nuclear weapons. The French were first in line after the 1948 war when Israel’s plans to become a nuclear power were put into actions before the last Palestinian had been buried.
Phosphate deposits containing uranium were found in the Negev and in 1949, which led to the Weizman Institute in Tel Aviv starting its Department of Isotope Research. The bomb was on its way to Israel, one way or another. The French jump start turned into a long running program. From 1955 to 1977 the Zionists spent $600 million on French arms, including their first nuclear reactor, at a tidy $75 million.
All of this material has been public since 1984. Although many people have heard about the Israelis WMD programs they were not aware of how much documentation existed. We did not have the Internet in 1984 to spread the word. But our governments continue to hide the story of how they created a Jewish Frankenstein in the Mideast, and we are still paying for it to this day.
Using WMD offensively was always part of the Zionist plan. By 1957 Israel had unquestionable conventional military superiority over its neighbors. This was even publicly admitted by Israeli Secretary of Defense Shimon Peres. In an interview with the Israeli Daily Davar, he introduced the term “nonconventional compellence.”
Yair Evron, an expert on the Israeli nuclear program described it as… “acquiring a superior weapons system would mean the possibility of using it for compellent purposes…forcing the other side to accept Israeli political demands.
The CIA reported the Israelis were building the Negev reactor which could initially make one bomb a year. This slow process had the Zios out looking for already reprocessed uranium. And where else to go to get it but to the country with the Three Stooges counter Intel. There was no safer place to steal it than America, and they have been helping themselves ever since, with only a few token prosecutions.
The search story moves on to the NUMEC front company in Pennsylvania used to divert uranium to make more bombs in Zioland. Treasonous Jews like NUMEC’s Dr. Zalman Shapiro recruited other treasonous Jews (recorded on FBI phone taps in 1968) to work in the Dimona plant and of course provide espionage services against the American nuclear program.
The Atomic Energy Act provided the death penalty for anyone (but Jews) who violated AEC regulations with the intent to secure advantage to any foreign nation (like Israel). America’s leadership cheated its citizens in what was to become an ongoing process up to this day of allowing an industrial scale espionage operation to be run by Israel against Americans without even the courtesy of a warning to the public.
As I am typing the Zios and India have a joint ICBM program that will produce multiple warhead rockets for both parties. American taxpayers will have subsidized this nuclear threat against themselves and not a single Israeli or American has been executed for it during the entire time.
The leaders we have now stand on the shoulders of those who have failed us for decades, and appear willing to do so indefinitely unless stronger action is taken against them. But such an effort always requires a trigger, good timing with the public aroused and focused on the threat, and then a people with some guts to stand up to the bullies and traitors.
I have not been optimistic, but the public outrage over Obama-the-Bomber has encouraged me. Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad calls on the international community to put pressure on Israel to destroy its weapons of mass destruction, Press TV reported in Tuesday.
We have the best opportunity, probably of our lifetimes, to keep the O’Bomber rage rolling and do some good with it. Let us join hands to pull the traitors in our midst out by the roots, and cut off all financial, military and financial support for this long time rogue nation as long as it remains an offensive threat to the rest of us.
If we don’t do this now our children will inherit our government filled with Zionist infiltrators in the mold of Zalman Shapiro and their many gentile helpers. The Syrians have primed the pump for us with the blood of a 100,000 dead., with American, British, French, Turkish, Israeli, Saudi and Qatari fingerprints all over the murder scene. The real battle, the real threat that we all face together is whose security ‘interests’ will win…theirs, or ours.
Posted in foreign policy, government, law, media, military, tagged Chemical warfare, Chemical weapon, El Al Flight 1862, Gaza, Gaza strip, Israel, Tel Aviv, United States on September 10, 2013 | 3 Comments »
The deceptive, duplicitous, sanctimonious stance of the U.S. on chemical weapons is maddening. There are any number of countries who have them but the hypocrisy of the U.S. and Israel stands out. So we’ll focus a little on them.
from Israel’s Chemical Weapons by James Brooks 2004
For years, rumors persisted that Israel was using or testing unknown chemical agents on Palestinian civilians. The rumors began to reveal their substance February 12, 2001, when Israel began a six-week campaign of “novel gas” attacks in the Gaza Strip and West Bank. By chance, American filmmaker James Longley arrived in Khan Younis, Gaza in the middle of the first attack. That afternoon he began filming the victims. His award-winning film, Gaza Strip, documents the naked reality of Israel’s chemical weaponry – the canisters, the doctors, the eyewitnesses, and the hideous suffering of the victims, many of whom remained hospitalized for days or weeks.
The February 12 gassing of neighborhoods in Khan Younis presaged the attacks that followed. When the gas canisters landed, they began to billow clouds of either white or black, sooty smoke. The gas was non-irritating and initially odorless, changing to a sweet, minty fragrance after a few minutes. One victim recalled, “the smell was good. You want to breathe more. You feel good when you inhale it.” The smoke often shifted to a “rainbow” of changing colors.
From five to thirty minutes after breathing the gas, victims began to feel sick and have difficulty breathing. A searing pain began to wrench their gut, followed by vomiting, sometimes of blood, then complete hysteria and extremely violent convulsions. Many victims suffered a relentless syndrome for days or weeks afterward, alternating between convulsions and periods of conscious, twitching, vomiting agony. Palestinians agreed: “This is like nothing we’ve ever seen before.”
Forty people were admitted to Al-Nasser Hospital “in an odd state of hysteria and nervous breakdown,” suffering from “fainting and spasms.” Sixteen gas patients had to be transferred to the intensive care unit. Doctors “reported the Israeli use of gas that appeared to cause convulsions.”
Also by James Brooks The Israeli poison gas attacks A preliminary investigation
From Steve Lendman 2012
In 1993, the US Congress Office of Technology Assessment WMD proliferation assessment included Israel as a nation having undeclared offensive chemical warfare capabilities. In 1998, former Deputy Assistant Defense Secretary Bill Richardson said:
“I have no doubt that Israel has worked on both chemical and biological offensive things for a long time. There’s no doubt they’ve had stuff for years.”
Israel tests new weapons in combat. Against Lebanon in 2006 and Gaza during Cast Lead, it used direct energy weapons, chemical and/or biological agents, and others producing injuries and symptoms medical professionals never previously saw.
For example, bodies with dead tissue had no apparent wounds. Corpses were found shrunken. Civilians had heavy lower limb damage requiring amputations. Nonetheless, unstoppable necrosis followed (death of cells and living tissue) followed by death.
Internal wounds had no trace of shrapnel. Corpses were blackened but not burned. Some badly wounded victims didn’t bleed. The Palestinian health ministry said Israel used a new type explosive in Gaza. It contained toxins and radioactive materials. They burned and tore victims’ bodies from the inside. They also left long term deformations.
A Palestinian doctor accused Israel of using chemical ammunition that burns and injures soft tissue, but can’t be traced by X-rays. Severe internal wounds were reported. Unknown gases believed to be nerve agents were used. Those affected lost consciousness for about 24 hours. They experienced high fevers and muscle rigidity. Some needed urgent blood transfusions.
Overview: Israel’s Use of Chemical Weapons – Development and deployment of chemical weapons by Israel, 1974-2004
In April 1948, David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s founding father and first prime minister, wrote a letter to Ehud Avriel, one of the Jewish Agency’s operatives in Europe, ordering him to seek out and recruit East European Jewish scientists who could “either increase the capacityto kill masses or to cure masses; both are important.”
One of the scientists Avriel recruited was a 30-year old epidemiologist and colonel in the Red Army named Avraham Marcus Klingberg. In time, Klingberg became one of Israel’s leading scientists in the area of chemical and biological weapons (CBW). He was among the founding members and, subsequently, the deputy director of the Israel Institute of Biological Research (IIBR) in NessZiona, a dozen miles southeast of Tel Aviv.
On Oct. 4, 1992, an Israeli cargo jet carrying three of the four components of the nerve gas Sarin, as well as other hazardous materials, crashed into an apartment building in Holland. The known facts of the crash of El Al Flight 1862, the worst air disaster in Dutch history, reveal that Holland’s government engaged in a “huge cover-up” and lied to its citizens to help conceal Israel’s unlawful chemical weapons arsenal and the international network that supports it.
The United States…
Sixteen years after ratifying a treaty banning chemical weapons, the U.S. has destroyed 90 percent of its stockpile of poison gas. But the remaining 3,100 tons, stored in Colorado and Kentucky, represent one of the largest chemical arsenals in the world. Federal officials say it will take another 10 years to destroy it all.
Neither of the world’s two largest recipients of US military aid – Israel and Egypt – is a party to the Chemical Weapons Convention. Never has Congress or any administration of either party called on Israel or Egypt to disarm their chemical weapons arsenals, much less threatened sanctions for their failure to do so. US policy, therefore, appears to be that while it is legitimate for its allies Israel and Egypt to refuse to ratify this important arms control convention, Syria needed to be singled out for punishment for its refusal.
As an envoy from President Reagan, he had a secret meeting with Saddam Hussein and arranged enormous military assistance for his war with Iran.
The CIA had already warned that Iraq was using chemical weapons almost daily. But Mr Rumsfeld, at the time a successful executive in the pharmaceutical industry, still made it possible for Saddam to buy supplies from American firms.
THE US and Britain sold Saddam Hussein the technology and materials Iraq needed to develop nuclear, chemical and biological weapons of mass destruction.
Reports by the US Senate’s committee on banking, housing and urban affairs — which oversees American exports policy — reveal that the US, under the successive administrations of Ronald Reagan and George Bush Sr, sold materials including anthrax, VX nerve gas, West Nile fever germs and botulism to Iraq right up until March 1992, as well as germs similar to tuberculosis and pneumonia. Other bacteria sold included brucella melitensis, which damages major organs, and clostridium perfringens, which causes gas gangrene.
Fallujah The Hidden MassacreThe herbicides were sprayed over about 24 percent of southern Vietnam, destroying 5 million acres of upland and mangrove forests and about 500,000 acres of crops (a total area the size of Massachusetts). Of these areas, 34 percent were sprayed more than once; some of the upland forests were sprayed more than four times. One study found that 3,181 villages were sprayed as well. Areas of Laos and Cambodia near the Vietnam border were also sprayed.Agent
Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2013/07/22/197318/4-decades-after-war-ended-agent.html#.Ui5YiT_9Vjs#storylink=cpy
Memories of the Vietnam War are dimming, but veterans and Vietnamese nationals who were exposed to Agent Orange and other dioxin-laced defoliants are still experiencing devastating health effects, and birth defects have brought the impact into a second generation. Yet the U.S. government has yet to make full amends, either in the U.S. or overseas.
Ed. Note: Maybe you have known Vietnam vets who eventually died from Agent Orange exposure. I have.
All of this only scratches the surface. We must also mention the chemical and biological warfare our own government has used and allowed to be used against the American people; fluoride, GM foods, deadly pharmaceutical drugs, aspartame, lab created diseases, adulterated and contaminated vaccines, etc.
Now we have….. The US secretary of state, John (Kohn) Kerry, has said that President Bashar al-Assad has one week to hand over his entire stock of chemical weapons to avoid a military attack.
If we were the great humanitarian state we suppose ourselves to be then we would say the same thing to Israel, Egypt, Great Britain, Saudi Arabia and several others. We would also allow an independent coalition to round up all past and present war criminals, both here in the U.S. and elsewhere, for internationally sanctioned trials and punishment. Don’t hold your breath.
“City of London demands ad firm stop using spy cams in trash cans” Fox News, August 12, 2013
The story was headlined: “Jerusalem mayor demands investigation of secret ‘smart tracking devices’ in toilets”. The executives of an Israeli company that installed high tech toilets to secretly track the smart-phones of defecators are facing charges of ‘privacy violation’. The company, cleverly named ‘Two Commandments’, ( as in ‘Ye shall make money’ and ‘Ye shall not get caught’), a Tel Aviv-based marketing and private government subcontractor, developed ‘smart pods’ to capture smells, color, expulsive energy and volatile gases. One of the owners, Bibby Dershitz, (a ‘21st century Moses’, according to the Wall Street Journal), claimed the device provided valuable marketing information on consumer habits. According to Bibby’s partner, Laura Klapshitz, “the color, size, texture, density and chemical composition of turds reveals eating and drinking habits and can lead to the development of food products, which are easier to digest, reducing gas and disagreeable lower bowel sounds.”
They marketed the devices as a major breakthrough in health: Israelis would enter public or private bathrooms unaware that their most natural, intimate experiences were being recorded and photographed, because, as Bibby liked to point out, “facial expressions and sphincter tone can reveal serious underlying health issues which will benefit our Israeli pharmaceutical companies in designing new treatments – thus expanding their market”.
The original idea for high tech smart-tracking in public toilets came from Bibby’s time as an intern at the prestigious Israeli research center, Technion, where he was assigned to analyze the blood content in the turds of Palestinian prisoners following what Shin Bet (Israeli secret police) officials laughingly called ‘routine’ interrogation. Israeli scientists maintained that high blood content correlated positively with ‘high quality physical interrogation’ sessions. This could be used to track the performance of ‘interrogators’ for future promotion and bonuses. More importantly, they concluded that high blood content identified prisoners classified as ‘highly resistant (HR)’ to providing ‘reasoned responses’. Israeli scientists maintained that HR prisoners were most likely ‘members of terrorist cells’ and candidates for higher level interrogation protocols. All this critical national security data was derived from turd analysis!
From this stint at ‘Technion’, Bibby concluded that, ‘Turds talk!’ With this entrepreneurial insight, Bibby asked his partner, Laura Klapshitz, to prepare a prospectus to secure the backing of wealthy venture capitalists. Bibby and Laura’s success in raising funds focused initially on the impact on ‘consumer goods’ market. Rigorous analysis of foods and drinks, kosher and otherwise, provided invaluable “data in the well”, to use Laura’s euphemism for turds in the toilet. Ms. Klapshitz explained that the “visual dimension thing, especially through facial expressions, and the tight sphincter thing, can help us to break into the trendy, upscale health food market”. Laura also introduced innovative toilet accessories and upgrades, like ‘the gauge to accurately measure sphincter tone’. She and Bibby used the gauge to provides data measuring the ‘constipation index, to identify and address a common problem among “our highly stressed sedentary techno-warriors and high BMI index(overweight) settlement rabbis.”
Bibby described the initial heady days of the new ‘start-up’: “As soon as our campaign to install smart tracking in public toilets took off, the market-savvy investors and wealthy ‘insider’ financiers from the Diaspora jumped on board!” Their success, he philosophically declared to Laura, confirmed one of Freud’s most profound insights: that ‘money is crap and crap is money’.
Laura and Bibby met with a team of young Harvard law graduates and newly-minted Wharton MBAs to patent the ‘Crap Watch’ (as it came to be known to the insiders) and to discuss ‘new markets’.
This team of the best and brightest from the Ivy Leagues jokingly dubbed themselves as ‘the toilet tribe’, (TT). They developed a new marketing strategy based on moving to upscale private corporate toilets and government bathrooms and formed a joint venture with major Israeli business groups and security agencies. The ‘TT’ also decided to upgrade their promotional material and consider a public stock offering.
They agreed to eventually consider mergers and acquisitions -especially in what they called ‘turd-centered appliances’ designed to enhance ‘data collection’.
After winning the prestigious Forbes Award as ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’, Bibby and Laura signed off on a million-dollar book contract for a manuscript entitled, ‘Defecation: The Eye in your Toilet’.
Bibby and Laura were no longer just running a ‘mom and pop’ business: They borrowed big and re-invested their profits like ‘true entrepreneurs’, hiring salespeople, public relations specialists, market researchers and ‘special’ field technicians (a euphemism for agents adept at discreetly penetrating high-security facilities and planting smart pods in toilets under delicate circumstances).
Despite the major expansion of their workforce, Bibby and Laura were still personally responsible for negotiating with high-end clients. They secured lucrative contracts with Israel’s leading multi-nationals by convincing the CEOs that ‘smart’ turd-analysis could identify employees who were consuming well beyond their income level – important clues to rooting out potential trouble-makers, embezzlers, corporate spies and rogue speculators. In addition analysis of turd composition (color, texture, smell) would reveal if lower level employees had potentially expensive, undeclared health problems or drug habits – both grounds for their immediate dismissal without severance pay. As an added bonus, Bibby promised to provide ‘smart insurance’ to top CEOs: a security device, which would detect any smart-pod secretly placed in their own toilets.
Klapshitz insisted on the competitive advantages that toilet espionage offered to corporate clients: “Toilets are frequently used as discreet meeting places”. She argued persuasively that, “Behind the closed doors, strategic decisions are discussed which we record with our high-quality monitoring while removing any irrelevant, unseemly noises, such as flatulence”. “She means farting”, Bibby ejaculated. ‘Look. We provide the intimate data”, Bibby argued to potential clients,“ Call it blackmail, if you like. But it can increase your competitive advantage in any contract negotiation”.
Laura, striking a moralistic posture, pointed out that, “Our recordings may reveal ‘perversions’, unethical corporate activity during business hours, such as masturbation among the highly stressed executives or government officials grabbing female or male employees inside the water closet. This gives you powerful leverage in closing deals”.
As part of a major expansion program, a joint venture was worked out with the Mossad. Two Commandments went global! The new target market included the Arab countries, North America and the European Union.
Entry-level field technicians with Middle Eastern (Sephardic) backgrounds were hired especially for their ‘Arab looks’ for missions to plant the toilet-pods in Muslim countries – considered a ‘smelly assignment’ by Bibby, a Zionist-Neo-Con, who claimed that, “Arabs rarely flush”.
Laura, the Zionist-Liberal, corrected Bibby’s bigotry by pointing out that it wasn’t the Arabs’ poor hygiene, but their “frequent water shortages because the US and Israel had bombed their water systems and the West blocked sale of replacement parts”. She added that “Our target population, especially the elite in Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Egypt, use ultra-modern perfumed, air-conditioned toilets, especially designed with soothing musical flushing systems – better than anything here. Bibby, it’s wrong to label all Arabs as ‘non-flushers’. Do you really want our Sephardic technicians to complain that we are giving them the dirtiest and most dangerous assignments because they look like Arabs? ”.
The joint venture with Mossad took “Two Commandments” into the US market, where AIPAC and its cohorts among the ‘52 Presidents of the Major American Jewish Organizations’ brokered a long-term, large-scale, multi-million dollar contract to ‘toilet-watch’ members of Congress, White House officials, generals, oil company executives and anyone else involved in Middle East policy affecting Israel.
As Bibby later wrote in his ‘memoirs’, Defecation: The Eye in Your Toilet: “The AIPAC and Co. sent the toughest negotiators we had ever encountered. First, they tried the ‘tribal gambit,’ telling us that, “If it’s for Israel you should do it for free”. So I told them: “First, you should give up your $100 million dollar annual lobbying budgets.” Then they bargained for a discount rate claiming that AIPAC was a ‘non-profit’. “Yeah.”, I said, “You’re not counting the annual $ 3 billion-plus that Israel milks from the US Treasury and the big kickback to you and the Defamation League”. Finally, they resorted to the cheap charge that we were ‘profiteering at the expense of Israel’s security’, accusing us, Sabras, of verging on anti-Semitism for not confronting Israel’s ‘existential threat’. Such Chutzpah!”
“I laughed in their face! Both Laura and I served in the military, we are still in the Reserves and who are these guys really working for? Wall Street bankers! These guys were stink-tank policy wonks drawing six figure salaries to con the goys. And most of them weren’t even married to Jews. I started for the door saying, “No Deal! You AIPAC bums screwed up the Rosen Weismann spy case; you let Pollard get caught with bags of documents; ‘Lobo’ Wolfowitz temporarily lost his security clearance and Marty Indyk too! What amateurs! If you want a professional job you have to pay. Pick up the phone and call any of your billionaire philanthropists. Tell’um to cough up 20 million for Israel!”
“After some shouting and even shoving, Laura and I walked out the door. They called us back and signed the contract.”
“They got their money’s worth. The Congressional toilets were hooked up and in the first week we picked up one constipated senior Senator who uttered prophetic anti-Semitic slurs while he struggled: “The Jews won’t let me have a moment’s peace. They follow me into the bathroom to bugger me (!!) about upping the annual payola, tightening the sanctions on Iran and not cutting aid to the Egyptian military … They make me feel (“grunt and grunt”) like I am just working for Israel.” This guy was marked as a “fence-sitter on Israel”.
“The State Department, Pentagon and Treasury toilets were all brought ‘on-line’ by our teams of dual citizen agents and terror ‘experts’, strategically placed by AIPAC inside the institutions. We monitored members of Congress who had ‘plumbing problems’ (urinary frequency) and couldn’t sit through long-winded appropriation sessions. They could be relied on to close the debate and call for a vote to fund wars against Israel’s enemies – just so they could rush off to the nearest ‘facilities’.”
“Our ‘smart-pods’ tracked a top White House staffer with financial problems who we caught trying to arrange a loan on his cell-phone while ‘sitting in the stall’. AIPAC , used their financial contacts to cultivate this White House asset. They got ‘the inside dope’ on the White House’s Palestine peace proposals in exchange for a low-interest loan. Prime Minister Bibi ‘the Whale’ used that information to pre-empt Vice President Biden’s visit when he announced the construction of three thousand new settlement units”.
“This ‘toilet talk’ had become a goldmine: We went from continent to continent, deal to deal. We paid for new settlements in the West Bank, (Laura objected ‘a little’). The press crowed that our “Jewish genius had turned shit to gold”. The only objection came from some self-righteous Haredi draft-dodging loser who condemned us for worshiping ‘Mammon instead of the Y- guy’.”
“At the pinnacle of our success, the curse of that Haredi loud-mouth came back to haunt us! No it wasn’t an Arab terrorist, they were all under toilet surveillance; nor was it a competing intelligence service like the US Homeland Security, the Mossad had their own people in there. We were brought down by one of our own: The rat was a graduate of Hebrew University, Joshua Ben Ezra. We had hired him as a field technician, assigned (on account of his ‘Arab’ looks) to bug and monitor the toilets and turds of the Palestinian Authority: A dangerous and smelly assignment to which he felt he was over-qualified. This Ben Ezra, got some ‘chip on his shoulder’ because he looked Arab, forgetting, that was the reason we hired him in the first place. Then rumors began to circulate among our other employees that his ‘blood was tainted’ or that he was ‘using the race card to promote his career’… Joshua, from the start, was very good at what he did: He discovered ‘President’ Mahmoud ‘the Bagman’ Abbas’ secret overseas bank account worth $400 million while monitoring a long cell-phone call to his London bankers from a ‘session on the throne’ (Constipation- Conspiracy- Confidentiality) which only yielded a puny turd. Then he monitored a secret tryst between a devout Hamas leader and a rival’s daughter ‘over the toilet seat’. This helped the Mossad to set-off a mini-civil war in Gaza. Joshua was that good!”
“There was no doubt that Ben Ezra would ‘go places’. But he was too impatient. He felt his professional and personal ambitions were blocked by his ‘skin problem’. He secretly tried skin products, lightened and straightened his hair, waxed off his hairy arms, legs, chest and the rest… Josh was hoping to score some upscale Ashkenazi or make it with our leggy blond Long Island ‘college intern on the aliya’ junket. We know this because we bug our own employees’ toilets.”
“In the aftermath of our debacle, we investigated what led Ben Ezra to turn traitor, or what Laura called, a ‘whistle blower’. The historic turning point took place on the edge of the bath tub. His puny ‘performance’ with his tall Long Island lovely was a fiasco: He was too short, she giggled instead of moaning. He drooped and she dressed, walked out and described the whole encounter to the secretarial staff during a coffee break.”
“The fact is that Ben Ezra was and is a computer genius, whatever his other shortcomings. He had access to our files all around the world and he mined our findings, reports and evaluations, including industrial spying, speculation and blackmail. He secretly exposed our joint venture with the Mossad in Arab countries, including the assassinations, infiltration, bribes and converted spies (with their names, dates and bank account numbers). He released information on our collaboration with ‘the Lobby’ where we secured confidential White House documents, how we ‘arm-twisted’ Congressional ‘vacillators on Israel’ and demolished the ‘anti-Semitic’ critics of Israel.”
Nobody knew who he was. Ben Ezra escalated. At first, as a loyal Zionist, he would only leak documents to the Israeli press but the Israeli papers ‘self-censored’ and refused to print. Long Island leggy had done a lot of damage: He was ridiculed at work, Bibby and Laura snubbed him and the secretaries snickered. Joshua then sent a stream of documents to independent journalists, major newspapers and web sites the world over. The NY Times, Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post, the major TV networks and NPR all contacted the Israeli embassy in Washington and refused to follow-up on any of the documents. The BBC, quoted an anonymous Israeli official, who claimed that the ‘so-called whistleblower was an anti-Semitic neo-Nazi holocaust denier with a conspiracy complex’. Al Jazeera quoted a Gulf State expert who claimed the allegations especially the reports on Gulf state collaboration with Mossad were part of an ‘Al Qaeda disinformation campaign’.”
Ben Ezra then contacted Rachel (“Ray”) Klapshitz, the ‘black-sheep’ daughter of the Two Commandments founder, who had renounced her Israeli citizenship and become an investigative journalist for the Gatekeeper. Ray’s stories exposing the turd spy operations busted through the media blackout. The mass circulation ‘yellow press’ couldn’t resist: ‘Fellatio for Israel in Pentagon Toilets’, headlined the Daily Sun. ‘400 Million Bucks for Abbas, Turds for the Pals’, wrote an Israeli scandal sheet. The Washington Post discreetly jumped with its article entitled, ‘Presidential Toilets as a Site of alleged Israeli Spying. Is Israel endangering its ‘special relationship?’
Prime Minister Bibi, the Whale, was hysterical. Jowls twitching, he called in the heads of Mossad, Shin Bet’s Special Operations Unit (Yamas) and the National Security Council: “Find the Turd Spy at all costs and shut him up forever!” he bellowed. “Even, I mean, especially, if he’s a Jew, a self-hating traitor!”
The Mossad had already checked the toilets of all its spies and employees, including the mobile assassins, whores and bankers. It was realized much later that because of his computer skills and his innocuous reputation, Bibby and Laura recommended that Joshua Ben Ezra be made a member of the special investigating unit. He worked 18 hour days; 9 hours for the Jewish State and 9 hours for Truth, Democracy, Freedom and Justice for the Sephardi. Even more incriminating documents were published including the covert consultations between top Pentagon Zionists and Israeli Foreign Policy officials when they concocted the ‘data’ about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction in the lead up to the US invasion, proof that Treasury Zionists had written the entire policy for new sanctions on Iran in consultation with Tel Aviv and shocking information about the Mossad’s ‘prior knowledge of the 9-11 attack and its monitoring of the perpetrators in the air and on the ground’.
Ben Ezra had deeply penetrated the highly vaunted Mossad counter-espionage apparatus. Prime Minister Bibi ‘the Whale’ called for a much smaller super-elite Mossad team to investigate the investigators and Joshua was picked to be among the ‘final five’.
Meanwhile ‘Two Commandments’ became ‘No Commandments’: The company went ‘belly-up’. Investment capital evaporated. Bibby and Laura were under investigation. Share prices dropped from 500 shekals to near zero. Investors jammed the lines and traders refused to answer their phone. The Harvard ‘Toilet Tribe’ returned to Cambridge to scrounge for post docs. The ‘victims’ filed law suits. The clients claimed innocence and paid fines ‘without admitting guilt’. Forbes withdrew its entrepreneurial award. Bibby and Laura signed up for an extended cruise on the Nile. The whistleblower, Ben Ezra, hidden in broad sight on the elite Mossad ‘Special Commission’ quietly worked away. While he drew a double-salary as chair of the investigation, he planted amorous e-mails between Prime Minister Bibi ‘the Whale’ and Long Island Long Legs – special references to his ‘oversize gut and undersize ‘member’. ‘Yamas’ was exposed to have been spying on Mossad agents within Hamas, resulting in a shoot-out, which wounded an IDF soldier from Brooklyn…
‘Two Commandments’ filed for bankruptcy. The ‘Holocaust Foundation’, a major investor, lost millions and denounced it as a Ponzi scam claiming that Bibby and Laura were “worse than Madoff”. To escape threats and charges of “blood libel”, and Defamation League charges of “soiling the pristine reputation of Israel, the Only Democratic Country in the Middle East governed by the Only Moral People”, Bibby Dershitz and Laura Klapshitz left for their cruise, leaving no forwarding address. They made sure to check the ship’s toilets and ignore the turds.
Rachel’s reportage, based on Ben Ezra’s leaked documents, led to fame and harassment: She won the Colombia University Annual Investigative Journalism Award and the furious condemnation of the World Zionist Council. Meanwhile Joshua quietly packed his toothbrush and computer files and bought a one way ticket to Teheran, avoiding security checks by flashing his official passport as a member of the Whale’s Elite Super Special Counter Espionage Commission.
Furious, Israel demanded that Iran extradite the traitor, Ben Ezra. AIPAC threatened to round up a unanimous Congressional vote of support for whatever Israel demanded. The Iranians calmly pointed out that since Joshua’s grandfather was born in Iran, Ben Ezra could claim citizenship and Iranian citizens could not be extradited abroad; it was against their Constitution.
Under an existing aid agreement between Washington and Tel Aviv signed in 2007, $30 billion of American taxpayers’ money is currently flowing to Israel, reported Defense News.
However, Israelis are concerned with increasing US arms sales to countries in the region and are asking Washington for a surge in its advanced military aid.
According to Defense News the new package would extend through 2027 and would focus on “a full spectrum of Israeli concerns, including military modernization needs, new threats from regional instability and the erosion of Israel’s so-called qualitative military edge (QME) due to US arms sales in the Mideast.”
The US annual military aid to Israel has been elevated from $2.4 billion to $3.1 billion through 2017 under the existing agreement but the scope of the increase in the US Foreign Military Financing (FMF) levels demanded by Israel is not clear yet.
An unnamed US official has told Defense News that QME assessments, which have never been explicitly considered in long-term FMF agreements between Washington and Tel Aviv, would be applied to the 2018-27 aid package.
At a press conference during his visit to Israel in March, President Barack Obama said he had agreed to begin discussions with Israel over extending military aid to Tel Aviv.
“Our current agreement lasts through 2017, and we’ve directed our teams to start working on extending it for the years beyond,” Obama said.
- Amid Mideast arms race Israel demands more US weaponry (sott.net)
- US aid to Egypt is not for Egypt but Israel, JJ Goldberg explains (mondoweiss.net)
- Israel asks US to up military aid (rinf.com)
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“We lost the fight, because we were not fishermen, as we thought, but bait dangling from a hook.”
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s closest political ally has called for Israel to carry out a “thorough cleansing” of the Gaza Strip as a tenuous ceasefire between its Hamas rulers and the Jewish state frayed.
Speaking on Israel Radio, the far-right former foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman called for Israel to reconquer the crowded coastal enclave to avoid “finding ourselves in two years with Hamas having aircraft and hundreds of missiles that will reach beyond Tel Aviv”.
His comments came as the Israeli Air Force attacked targets in the Gaza Strip after six rockets were fired from Gaza into southern Israel into the early hours of Monday morning. No one was injured. It was the first ceasefire breach since April.
Israel’s Channel 10 recently reported that Netanyahu spent $127,000 in public funds on the special sleeping cabin for the five-hour flight from Tel Aviv to London for the funeral of former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
Netanyahu’s office initially defended the decision, saying the Israeli premier had a busy schedule ahead of the flight and needed to be fresh for important meetings in the UK.
Following a public outcry over the cost of installation of the cabin on the chartered El Al flight, Israeli authorities claimed that Netanyahu had been unaware of the amount of the spending.
Netanyahu’s controversial spending comes as thousands Israelis took to the streets in Tel Aviv and other cities on May 11 to protest against painful austerity measures and tax hikes.
Earlier this year, it was revealed that a large portion of Israeli taxpayer money is being spent on Netanyahu family’s ice-cream and makeup cravings.
The Israeli prime minister has awarded a contract valued at NIS 10,000 (about $2,716) to his favorite ice cream shop, Metudela, to keep him supplied with vanilla and pistachio ice-cream.
The Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported that the budget for Netanyahu and his wife’s clothing totals some NIS 50,000 a year (about $13,580). The Israeli prime minister and his family also have a limousine and a driver.
The Israeli daily added that some NIS 35,000 (about $8,960) a year is also paid to the people who do the makeup for the Netanyahu family.
There has long been a total lack of transparency with regard to the expenses of Israeli prime minister’s residence and office.
–Former IDF intel chief says Tehran will be able to break out to the bomb this summer; calls for drastic increase in sanctions
23 Apr 2013 Iran has essentially crossed the “red line” set by Israel for its nuclear activity, and the coming few months will be a crucial period, Maj. Gen. (res.) Amos Yadlin, a former head of IDF Military Intelligence, said on Tuesday. Speaking at a security conference in Tel Aviv, Yadlin said that “for all intents and purposes, Iran has crossed Israel’s red line… in the summer, Iran will be a month or two away from deciding about a bomb.”
[Israel 'crosses the red line' hourly - why no international outrage about that fact?]
Posted in foreign policy, government, military, tagged Ahmad Vahidi, Chuck Hagel, Iran, Israel, Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics (Iran), Tehran, Tel Aviv, United States on April 25, 2013 | 1 Comment »
“The US and the Zionist regime’s threats have no value and at the same time, show their aggressive nature, and reveal their deceitful and misleading claims,” Vahidi said on Wednesday.
He reiterated Iran’s complete readiness to give a swift response to any military aggression against the country.
Vahidi advised US authorities to try and solve the problems in their own country instead of making warmongering remarks.
The Iranian Defense Minister made the remarks after US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel supported the Tel Aviv regime’s warmongering rhetoric against the Islamic Republic on April 21, saying Washington and Israel see “exactly the same” threat from Tehran.
Vahidi said the United States issues inhuman threats while proudly donating weapons and funds to the criminal regime of Israel, which is notorious for killings and terrorist actions.
- Iran will give swift response to any Israeli aggression: Vahidi (theiranproject.com)
22 Apr 2013 A new report says Jordan has given the go-ahead to Tel Aviv to use its airspace for spying on Syria and attacking its industrial facilities. French newspaper Le Figaro reported on Monday that Jordan has opened two corridors in its airspace to Israeli Air Force drones seeking to monitor the ongoing conflict in Syria.Quoting western military officials in the Middle East, the report added that the Israeli drones “can hit a target anywhere in Syria.”
By Ulrike Putz
An Israeli agent commits suicide in his prison cell. Was he a traitor? The mysterious case of “Prisoner X,” reported to be Australian-born Benjamin Zygier, provides an insight into the workings of the Mossad.
The Milan office building exudes elegance with its stucco facade, brass name plate, concierge service and expensive wooden furniture inside. There’s nothing to suggest that the firm based here, which specializes in the sale of satellite communications technology, is a front for the Israel foreign intelligence service Mossad.
But the Milan company is reported to have hired Israeli agents who needed legends for their operations in enemy territory. One of them was Ben Zygier, an Australian Jew and a committed Zionist who emigrated to Israel as a young man. The company is reported to have vouched as Zygier’s employer when he applied for a work visa at the Italian consulate in Melbourne in 2005. That, at least, is what Australian intelligence agents claim.
Ben Zygier died aged 34, just four days after the birth of his second child, on December 15, 2010, in a solitary confinement cell in the Ayalon high-security prison near Tel Aviv. He was reported to have hanged himself, even though he was the country’s best-guarded prisoner, monitored by four cameras. His lawyer had met him one or two days beforehand and said Zygier had seemed normal.
His case made headlines last week after an Australian news program identified Zygier as Israel’s mysterious “Prisoner X.” What crime can the agent have committed to prevent even his guards from knowing his identity?
Israeli officials said he had been a danger to national security. His lawyer said the accusations against him were “serious.” When Zygier died, Israel issued a gag order preventing media from covering the case.
‘Access to Secret Installations’
The agent was arrested in February 2010, shortly after the Mossad had murdered the weapons dealer of Hamas in Dubai. Now there’s speculation that Zygier was involved in that killing, and that he may have divulged secrets. Or did he have something to do with the killings of Iranian scientists or software attacks against Iran’s nuclear program?
There are no answers, but Zygier and two other Australian Jews who also worked for the Milan firm were reported to have been successful agents. “The nature of their business gave them access to military and secret installations,” said an Austrialian intelligence source.
Zygier’s case provides insight into the methods of Mossad. It shows how the service recruits agents and masks operations.
As a young man, Zygier got involved with the “Community Security Group” in Melbourne, a kind of Jewish citizens’ defense league. These groups often have links to Mossad and are instructed by agents. Ben Zygier was probably recruited in this way. At around the same time, Paul Y. and David Z. were recruited.
Australian Jews are particularly attractive to the Mossad because of a quirk in the law: Australians are allowed to change their first and last names once a year. It’s a wonderful way to adopt a new identity.
After he completed his education, Zygier emigrated to Israel. Y. and Z. also moved there. The three of them — all holding Israeli and Australian citizenship — got jobs with the Milan-based firm. Back in Australia, they applied for new names. Ben Zygier got the names Benjamin Burrows and Benjamin Allen. Y. and Z. also changed their names at least twice.
But in 2009 their repeated name-changing aroused the interest of the Australian authorities — especially when Zygier handed in his old passports, filled with Iranian entry visas. Paul Y. spent a lot of time in Syria, Iran, Egypt and Dubai. David Z., too, travelled to Iran several times. That wasn’t just evident from his passport stamps. During one trip in 2004, he sought help from the Australian consulate in Tehran.
The three men were now put under surveillance whenever they went back to Australia. Britain’s MI6 foreign intelligence agency also began to take an interest in David Z., who possessed a British passport as well.
Ben Zygier also attracted attention with his choice of friends. During a trip to Melbourne in 2009, his followers noticed that he was approaching Iranian and Saudi-Arabian students at Monash University.
Soon after that, a source told the Australian journalist Jason Koutsoukis that the three men were caught up in espionage. When he confronted Zygier with these accusations, he denied it. “I asked him why he changes his name so often,” said Koutsoukis. “He replied he had personal reasons for that.”
They spoke three more times before mid-February 2010. Zygier was getting increasingly annoyed, he said he just wanted to build a normal life for himself in Israel. During the last telephone call he shouted: “Fuck off!”
At this point the Australian authorities already planned to arrest Zygier for espionage. But the Israeli authorities were quicker. On Feb. 24, Israel informed a liaison officer from the Australian secret service in Tel Aviv that Zygier had been arrested.
Zygier died in December. Calls to the firm in Milan are only answered by voicemail. Paul Y. and David Z. are reported to be still living in Israel. Possibly under new names.