â¢ Al Jazeera
Al-Jazeera is a propaganda tool. It is not used to give news, but to promote an extremist political agenda. The news stories aired by the network are full of incitement with no regard for the truth.
Al Jazeera belongs to the Emir of Qatar, who is an ally of Teheran and Damascus. The Emir of Qatar considers himself affiliated to the Muslim Brotherhood, but he is also fascinated by pan-Arabism. It should be noted that Hamas allowed Al-Jazeera into Gaza, but not the Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya, which has a strong anti-Iran editorial line.
Other Arab countries already took measures against the Qatari channel. In 2007, the Algerian press defined Al-Jazeera a terrorist tool in the hands of Al-Qaeda. In 2008, Moroccan authorities banned Al Jazeera television from broadcasting a news program on North Africa from its studios in Morocco. A few months before, Ethiopia's government announced that it was breaking off relations with Qatar, due to Al-Jazeera’s misleading coverage. Al-Jazeera is also one of the main causes of anti-Americanism in the Middle East and has now become the spokesperson of Hamas. Israel should immediately follow their example and close down the network office in Jerusalem.
Iran needs Hamas. In the summer 2006, Iran needed Hezbollah to attack Israel, in order to create a regional crisis that could divert the attention from its nuclear program. Now, Iran needs Hamas to create another crisis for two reasons: to continue its nuclear program and to increase the oil price.
When Khaled Masha’al declared on TV from Damascus that the ceasefire with Israel officially ended - even though Hamas has never respected it - the Hamas leadership in Gaza was unaware of the decision, and after acknowledging the news, Ismail Haniya, who is in Gaza, did not seem to be very happy. Haniya knows that he can be a target of the Israeli Army, on the contrary of Masha’al who lives in Syria. However, money talks and Hamas obeyed to the orders of Iran, which is financing the group.
Some Western media said that Israel’s reaction to the break of the ceasefire was disproportionate. This is an odd statement. Israel, as a democratic State, has to respond military to Hamas’ attacks. To respond “proportionately” would mean that Israel should use the same means that Hamas is using: launching rockets into Gaza and send suicide bombers. The Israeli military operation was instead prepared to target Hamas militias and leadership, without having many Palestinian civilian losses.
â¢ The Arab “Street”
For the first time, the Arab States are not united against Israel. Actually, Arab regimes want the end of Hamas. In particular, Egypt and Saudi Arabia are afraid of a possible Iranian hegemony in the region. Furthermore, Nasrallah, “Iran’s man”, called on Egypt's residents and the Egyptian military to rebel against the Egyptian regime, and the Iranian Justice-Seeking Students organization announced that a one million dollar reward has been offered to whoever assassinates the "criminal" Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
However, as much as much as the Arab regimes are against Hamas, the Arab “street” is daily inflamed against Israel by the Qatari TV channel Al-Jazeera.
The ruling AK Party of Turkey has strengthened its relations with Iran and Syria, but most importantly the AKP has “Ottoman” ambitions in the region. Few days ago, PM Tayyip Erdogan, said that he was speaking as the descendant of the Islamic Ottoman state, condemned the Israeli strike as "savagery," and asked, "What reason can justify such savagery?". The Turkish newspaper “Vatan” condemned the Arab States for having a mild position towards Israel and stressed that the only leaders to have a firm standing in the last days are Erdogan, Ahmadinejad and Qaddafi, Turkey also tried to use Gaza as a pretext to become a regional player in bringing a ceasefire, while using an inflammatory language against Israel.
Many in the West and not only in the East - with CNN in the frontline - seem waiting for Israel to fail. But a victory for Hamas, would not just mean that Israel lost, but that the entire world did. If Hamas wins, Iran wins, and we don’t want to know what will await us next.
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by Louis René Beres
Jihadi violence serves not only to advance the terrorist's delusion of immortality, but also to add, however perversely, an apparent and desperately needed erotic satisfaction, using religion as the justification.
Persuasive promises of immortality -- the desperate hope to live forever -- underlie virtually all major religions.
Washington and Jerusalem should finally address what needs to be done in addition to military remediation -- reinforcing efforts to convince these terrorists that their expected martyrdom is ultimately just an elaborate fiction.
by Gill Gillespie and Shabnam Assadollahi
The aim of the current Iranian regime is clearly to acquire a nuclear weapons capability and to retain as much territory in Iraq as possible under Shia Islamist rule, whatever the human cost. Those aims are also the reason Iran's regime is now trying to intervene in Iraq.
Iran will doubtless be demanding that any cooperation with the West be compensated for by "concessions" permitting its nuclear weapons program.
Involving Iran in Iraq at this point will merely alienate any Sunni allies whose assistance is much needed to defeat IS.
Many people inside Iran have alerted the U.S. Administration for over two years about other industrial facilities being secretly built in Iran and not declared to the International Atomic Energy. So far, all intelligence from within Iran has been wilfully ignored by the Obama Administration.
by Burak Bekdil
The Turkish government "frankly worked" with the al-Nusrah Front, the al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria, along with other terrorist groups.
The Financial Task Force, an international body setting the standards for combating terrorist financing, ruled that Turkey should remain in its "gray list."
While NATO wishes to reinforce its outreach to democracies such as Australia and Japan, Turkey is trying to forge wider partnerships with the Arab world, Russia, China, Central Asia, China, Africa and -- and with a bunch of terrorist organizations, including Hamas, Muslim Brotherhood, Ahrar al-Sham and the al-Nusrah Front.
Being NATO's only Muslim member was fine. Being NATO's only Islamist member ideologically attached to the Muslim Brotherhood is quite another thing.
by Samuel Westrop
British politicians seem to be trapped in an endless debate over how to curb both violent and non-violent extremism within the Muslim community.
A truly useful measure might be to end the provision of state funding and legitimacy to terror-linked extremist charities.
by Soeren Kern
"My son and I love life with the beheaders." — British jihadist Sally Jones.
Mujahidah Bint Usama published pictures of herself on Twitter holding a severed head while wearing a white doctor's jacket; alongside it, the message: "Dream job, a terrorist doc."
British female jihadists are now in charge of guarding as many as 3,000 non-Muslim Iraqi women and girls held captive as sex slaves.
"The British women are some of the most zealous in imposing the IS laws in the region. I believe that's why at least four of them have been chosen to join the women police force." — British terrorism analyst Melanie Smith.