Towards a new War in the Middle East?


United States, Israel and their Arab allies discuss forming anti-Iran alliance 

Arab countries would have NATO-style mutual defense pact

The Trump administration is in talks with Arab allies about having them form a military alliance that would share intelligence with Israel to help counter their mutual foe, Iran, several Middle Eastern officials said.

The alliance would include countries such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates that are avowed enemies of Israel, as well as Egypt and Jordan, which have longstanding peace treaties with Israel, five officials from Arab countries involved in the discussions said. Other Arab countries could also join the alliance.

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Meanwhile Trump is reversing decades-old US policy:

US President Donald Trump has suggested he is open to the idea of a one-state, rather than two-state, solution to the intractable Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Asked in a media conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday whether the US would continue its policy of support for the creation of a Palestinian state alongside Israel, Mr Trump said: “I’m looking at two-state and at one-state, and I like the one that both parties like… I can live with either one.”

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Trump, Netanyahu dismiss “two-state solution,” threaten Iran

In a White House press conference Wednesday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, US President Donald Trump backed away from a decades-old pretense by Washington of a commitment to the pursuit of a “two-state solution” to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Instead, echoing remarks by Netanyahu, Trump advanced a “much bigger deal, a much more important deal” that “would take in many, many countries and…would cover a very large territory.” While vague in the extreme, in the context of the evolving foreign policy of the Trump administration, the statement suggested plans for a closer US-Israeli alliance of militarist aggression against Iran, combined with an attempt to bring Arab Sunni regimes such as Saudi Arabia, the other Gulf monarchies and others on board

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Meanwhile, in a quite impressive interview, an ex-chief of the Israeli Mossad is strongly criticizeing Netanyahu saying:
“There is no word in Hebrew for dignity…The Arab world has long felt deeply inferior, and Israelis are basically telling Arabs that they don’t suffer from an inferiority complex but are indeed inferior, Halevy said. “The problem we have had over the years has been that they have sought dignity and the last thing we ever thought of was addressing them in a manner that gave them a feeling of some dignity.”
You may read his interview here


Is this the path to Trump’s Middle Eastern PEace?

Jerusalem’s only rational and historical choice is to link up once more with the Christian community of Lebanon.” – Trump Foreign Policy Advisor Walid Phares writing in a 1997 paper.

Ten days after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 a member of the Joint Staff told General Wesley Clark that the United States was going to take out seven countries in five years.  The countries were listed as – Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Iran.  This story and the subsequent history which unfolded are well known to most readers.

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Is the building of settlements by Israel a prelude to the annexation of Palestinian lands? Gore Vidal is writing on this subject in the last issue of le Monde Diplomatique 

Israel’s parliament has approved a bill to retroactively legalise illegal Jewish outposts built on privately owned Palestinian land (6 February 2017). This confirms that the Israeli far right is banking on the Trump administration’s support to move from settlement building to annexation of the West Bank. If the Supreme Court validates the bill and the international community fails to act, despite UN condemnation, this legislation may mark a turning point in the conflict: the end of a two-state solution in favour of a single state. Would the Palestinians be citizens of such a state or victims of Israeli-style apartheid?

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U.S. Starts Withdrawing Troops From Syria but Campaign Not Over, White House Says

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Meanwhile, the negotiation on a solution in the Cyprus conflict were broken in Nicosia, but we have to wait and see if it is a definite collapse or not. The object of the negotiations has in reality to do with the terms under which Cyprus will become a second western protectorate inside the EU, after Greece, and especially with the rights Turkey will keep on the island. As British Minister of Defense said, during a recent visit to Cyprus, British military bases there are more important than ever in history. Usually conflicts in Cyprus (or attempts to “solve the Cyprus conflict”) precede big wars in the Middle East.
The real negotiations on Cyprus are held between Erdogan, Netanyahu, May and the Trump team. The United States is attempting to lure Erdogan in shifting alliances again and leave Russians. The Turkish President is a veteran of abrupt changes and a astute tactician, but he has not proven to be a strategist. It remains to be seen if the attempt to overthrow him has had any lasting effect on his policies.
As for the removal of Flynn has probably more to do with sharp differences, inside the US establishment about Israel, than with US-Russian relations
We are drawing also your attention to this article appeared in the Russian site. We strongly disagree with some of its assertions and expressions, still it contains some valuable information:
The term dystopia was coined in the late nineteenth century by John Stuart Mill as opposed to the term eutopia or utopia used by Tomas Moro to designate an ideal place or society. Thus, dystopia is supposed to be “a negative utopia where reality runs in terms antagonistic to those of an ideal society.” Dystopias are located in closed claustrophobic environments framed in antidemocratic systems, where the ruling elite is believed to be invested with the right to invade all areas of reality on the physical and virtual planes and even, in the name of the sacredness of the state, to eliminate the principle of inviolability (habeas corpus) of persons. All symptoms of a subsequent totalitarian drift of the system are embodied in the establishment of racial segregation (apartheid) and the systematic practice of torture, i.e., constituent elements of the so-called “perfection Negative “, a term used by the novelist Martin Amis to designate “the obscene justification of the use of extreme cruelty, massive and premeditated by an alleged ideal state.”