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Official: Israel will attack Iran to prevent it acquiring nuclear weapons

October 27, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Israel is willing to use military force against Iran to prevent it from acquiring nuclear weapons, Israeli Minister of Transportation and Intelligence Yisrael Katz said during a visit to Tokyo yesterday. “If international efforts, led these days by US President Trump, don’t help stop Iran obtaining nuclear capabilities, Israel will act militarily by itself,” Katz was quoted as saying. “There are changes that can be made to ensure that they will never have the ability to have a nuclear weapon,” the minister said in reference to the agreement signed between Iran and the P5+1 countries; the US, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany. Trump announced two weeks ago that he will not certify the Iranian nuclear deal while CIA chief […]

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US lawmaker calls to halt military support for Saudi Arabia

October 27, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

US Democratic Congressman Ro Khanna said he hoped a resolution could be passed that puts an end to US military support for Saudi forces in their war against Houthi rebels in Yemen. “We have to work to provide food and medicine to the Yemeni people, to end the Saudi siege and to invite other countries to provide assistance in providing these materials and medical staff,” Khanna said during an interview to be aired on Al Jazeera. “Yemen suffers from the biggest humanitarian crisis at present where about one million people suffer from cholera and seven million are on the verge of famine,” the Congressman said, adding that the second priority for the United States is to stop providing any assistance […]

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Sudan asks EU to support weapons collection campaign

October 27, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Sudan yesterday asked the European Union to provide political and technical support for a campaign to collect weapons from local residents and armed groups in Darfur which began two months ago. This came during a meeting between Sudanese Vice President Hasabo Mohamed Abdul Rahman and EU Ambassador in Khartoum Jean-Michel Dumond. The two officials discussed issues of “peace, combating human trafficking and drugs, and reducing tribal conflicts” the Sudanese news agency reported. “Collecting weapons, implicitly supports the fight against human trafficking and drugs and the reduction of tribal conflicts,” the Sudanese official is reported to have said. Read: EU offers $200m grant to Sudan After the meeting, Director of the European Affairs Department at the Sudanese Foreign Ministry Ambassador Khalid Musa […]

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Morocco slams Algeria remarks that it transports drugs

October 27, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

The Moroccan government yesterday criticised statements made by Algerian Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel who claimed that the national airline, Royal Air Maroc, transports and sells cannabis in Africa. Moroccan government spokesman Mustapha El-Khalfi said: “The unacceptable, irresponsible and childish statements issued by the Algerian foreign minister … will not affect Morocco’s position in Africa or the world.” During a press conference held in Rabat, El-Khalfi said that his country’s position was “firm and decisive”, adding that the statements were mere false allegations. He pointed out that the Moroccan institutions which were attacked by the Algerian foreign minister will take the necessary steps to respond to the allegations. Read: Moroccan airlines respond to ‘slanderous remarks’ of Algerian minister On Friday, the Moroccan […]

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UN official slammed for urging sanctions on Israel

October 27, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Special Rapporteur on the Palestinian territories Michael Lynk has been slammed by Israeli ambassador to the UN after he urged for economic and travel sanctions to be enforced on the occupying state to force it to withdraw from the West Bank, according to the Times of Israel. During a press briefing at the UN Human Rights Council yesterday, Lynk cited a report he released on the situation of the Palestinians earlier this week, calling for the international community to increase pressure on Israel “Israel is very dependent upon trade with the outside world,” he said in response to a question on whether sanctions could affect Israel. If there was an understanding that all of a sudden Israelis wanting to travel abroad needed […]

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Israel defence minister may gain ‘totalitarian’-style powers

October 27, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Israel’s defence minister may acquire new powers that critics describe as “draconian”, including the ability to impose a wide range of restrictions on citizens. According to yesterday’s editorial in Haaretz, a Knesset committee has postponed to an undetermined future date a vote on an amendment to the law regulating emergency measures. The paper states that “the amendment will give the defence minister the authority to issue administrative detention orders or other restrictions, while limiting the oversight of the Attorney General or the courts over these orders.” The new bill is part of efforts to place measures into the law books that have, until now, been implemented using emergency measures from the British Mandate period. Last year, the Knesset passed an […]

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Iran’s Khamenei warns Iraqi PM not to count on US

October 27, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has advised Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi not to rely on the United States in its fight against Daesh. “Unity is the most important factor in your gains against terrorists and their supporters”, Khamenei told Abadi during a visit to Iran on Thursday.  “Do not trust America … it will harm you in the future”. “We are working to consolidate Iraq’s unity and we will not allow partition to threaten our country” Abadi is reported to have told the Iranian Supreme Leader. During the visit to Tehran, Abadi also met with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his First Deputy Eshaq Jahangiri. Iraq is one of a few countries with close alliances with both the […]

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More than 300 rabbis urge Israel to end arms sales to Myanmar

October 27, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

More than 300 rabbis in the United States have urged Israel to end arms sales to Myanmar, whose government is committing serious human rights violations against its Rohingya Muslims. The petition, addressed to the Israeli government, was organised by T’ruah, a human rights-focused network of rabbis. Signatures included Rabbi Rick Jacobs, the president of the Reform Movement, and Rabbi David Saperstein, former US Ambassador for Religious Freedom under President Obama. The Israeli government has continued to sell weapons to Myanmar even as revelations have emerged about the scale of atrocities being committed in the country’s Rakhine State. The petition states: “as American citizens and as Jews, we refuse to accept any involvement by the U.S. or Israel in training or […]

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