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New deal in the Middle East: Israel has (almost) won the Iran war.


THIS IS AN ORIGINAL ARTICLE APPEARING IN LESFRANCAISPRESS. Here is my translation of this article. For the original French version, click here.

May 14, 2020 0 By  LAURENT DOMINATI (Translated, in part,  by Gina Lacava)

Before the time of the coronavirus, the world was already, according to the collapsologists*, on the brink of disaster. A tweet or fatwa could trigger a war between Iran and the United States. That disaster did not happen, but the war did, discreetly. It should soon end with an Israeli victory, which could be less discreet.

*Collapsology is a new trending word in France which is the study of how the world will meet its doom.

In November 2019[1], with the words of Ron Dermer, Israel’s Ambassador to the United States, and Aviv Kokhavi, I was IDF Chief of Staff, I interpreted the code name of the new Israeli strategy “Momentum”  Momentum  with “Now  is the Time”.  Good translation: The war has been fought; it is (almost) finished.

Exhausted Iranians

Since November, the IDF, the Israeli army, has been conducting two to three air strikes a week against Iran. Its planes fly unashamedly over Lebanon and the Russian military base of Tartus. The Syrians are firing a few missiles as well, they have never managed to shoot down a plane, which speaks volumes about Russian technology sold to the Syrians. Just last week, two Israeli attacks, carried out by F35s, destroyed a headquarters and military warehouses of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards in Syria. The affected airport is only a few kilometres from Assad’s palace. If some wanted… It may not have only been General Suleimani. The leader of the Revolutionary Guards could have also disappeared. The Iranians, with the coronavirus crisis helping, should withdraw their forces from Syria. Only Hezbollah is holding them back. Nasrallah, its leader, acknowledges that Israel is attacking everything related to missile manufacturing in Syria, but disagrees that the Iranian presents is low presence, while at the same time recognizing that Iran will diminish its forces. Assad is pressing them because Syrians are also under Israeli attack. As for the Russians, they got tired

of everything, the Iranians, the Turks, and even Assad. Putin is feeling down. His popularity is plummeting. So are his resources.

Cutting off the highway from Tehran to Beirut

Adding to Israel’s military supremacy was the collapse in oil prices. Russia, Iran, Iraq, all are affected, almost sunk. Iran does not have the means to continue this battle, even by capturing the oil resources of the Iraqi vassal (Beautiful American success (wink wink) of having fought two wars to entrust Iraq to Iran). If the Israelis completely expelled Iran from Syria, the Shiite highway from Tehran to Beirut would be cut off. This would mean a new deal for bankrupt Lebanon, which is dying under the control of Hezbollah and its allies.

Mike Pompeo surprise visit to discuss the formation of a new Israeli government

The Israeli government, formed by a surprise alliance between yesterday’s two adversaries, a quasi-national unity of 71 out of 120 deputies, will conclude, the reason for this Gantz-Netanyahu coalition being not the Coronavirus crisis but rather the end of this war. The IDF led it alone, now there are decisions to be made. Mike Pompeo, the US Secretary of State, went on a whirlwind trip to Israel on 13 May. There, he met Netanyahu, Gantz and Gabi Ashkenazi, the new foreign minister, a centrist, former IDF leader, like Gantz.

In Israel, as is often the case, the military are the moderates. Thus, the most vocal opponent of the plans to annex Trump and Netanyahu is deputy, Ram Ben-Barak, a former deputy leader of Mossad, the secret services.

The U.S. Plan provides for the annexation of the Jordan Valley and 130 settlements in the West Bank. As with the transfer of embassies to Jerusalem, Trump and Netanyahu believe that after the outrageous statements will fade. Especially if this annexation is linked to an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities, much to the relief of Arab countries and Europeans.

Destroying Iran’s nuclear facilities

The Israelis can destroy Iran’s nuclear facilities. Who would blame them? While Pompeo was in Jerusalem, the United States denounced Iran’s firing of a ballistic missile at the United Nations last April and called for an extension of the arms embargo against Iran in 2015. It is expected to be renewed in October, except that the Russians oppose it. A good reason to show that there is no other solution than to destroy these facilities and missile construction sites. The window of fire for Israel would be between July and October [The October surprise?], before the U.S. election, which would not displease Trump.

Arab states all threatened

Right now, most Arab states are all under pressure. In addition to conspiracies and revolts, bankruptcies are added. Lebanon, Iraq, Iran, the Shiite axis is fraying. Assad wins, but what? A cemetery. Prince Salman’s modernist plan, which had to declare a unilateral truce in Yemen, is evaporating. Trump had a battery of Patriot missiles removed to get him to more conciliation on oil. Egypt is hardening its regime. The War of Libya sets up a de facto score. All in the Arab world are sitting on powdered seats. A little water prevents the explosion, but dissolves. It takes the right dose, the right mix.

The Israelis have not quite won: a war is won only when the adversary accepts peace. Unilateral peace is not a peace. An Iranian defeat would be an opportunity for a new deal in the Middle East, and more generally in the Arab and Muslim world.

This is directly affecting France, who can, they say, talk to everyone. It’s time to propose something new, including to Israel. Not just ambiguous counter-terrorism, bartering of weapons for oil and human rights, against a background of mistrust and susceptibility. France’s interest is not to have a desperate and ruined Arab world.

France can use these crises to define a policy of peace – based on interests – in the Mediterranean. It is not the peace between The Palestinians and the Israelis that must be aimed at, nor peace in Syria, it is an alliance for peace and prosperity in the Mediterranean. Only the United States, the Russians, and the Chinese don’t care. It’s time. “Momentum”  as the Israelis say.

[1] See “The Iran War Begins in Israel,” published in November 2019, in the French.press. This is a sign that this is an excellent digital weekly that speaks of the French in the world, and of the world in which the French live. This remarkable weekly is complemented by a daily letter, to which you have the right to subscribe, with a premium service, for 1.5 euros per month, the price of a coffee.  Sometimes coffee is more expensive.

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It’s Mueller Time!


Get your full (redacted for Congress) Mueller Report right here!

I have been so overwhelmed with lies from the White House and his entire administration, I just haven’t been able to post anything for a while.

Today, I bring to you the truth. Click here to read it for yourself. This is the full, redacted report as released to Congress on April 18th, 2019.

I will say that it does not contraction any information reported as fact on the so-called “fake news.” I guess the news wasn’t so fake after all.

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Asking for your help!


I am in search of an emotional support animal and have created a go fund me campaign.

I invite you to have a look at my campaign. Any help, no matter how small, would be greatly appreciated! Visit Go Fund Me. Thank you!

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Can Trump Change?


Republican operatives are planning an intervention to help Donald Trump stay on message and stop the bleeding of his continuous outbursts showing that he is a danger to the office of the presidency, and I believe, a danger to our democracy.

In this intervention, the best thing they could really do is to train Trump to act presidential, to stop saying things that reveal who he really is. But that is the danger. They can only try, and the best they can do is to help him hide the fact that has a serious personality disorder that would be a danger to the country. If they succeed and hiding that from the American People, he might improve his chances of winning. But once (if) he wins, the true Donald Trump will try to run this country.

This would mean the end of the United States of America as we know it.

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Trump does not know the meaning of the WORD, Sacrifice!


A Trump supporter on CNN said, in to response the ultimate sacrifice the Khan family made for this country, “Trump *did* make sacrifices when creating jobs. He sacrificed two marriages because he worked so hard!”

Another guest on the panel said that it was not sacrifice, “it was infidelity!”
This would be a joke with a punchline, but sadly, it is not a joke.

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Will We Retain Freedom of Speech under TRUMP?


We all know that Donald Trump is thin skinned, and he lashes out at everyone and anyone who criticizes him. So if her were President, what will he do to protesters, or private citizens speaking out against Trump, the president. Don’t you think he would lash out at those people, too?

And once president, his new law and order presidency can easily put down anyone who speaks against him. He can hassle anyone through legal means (that is not hard to do).

So what is happening here is that we would no longer be a free country, and we would no longer have free speech. People would feel afraid to speak against the president. This is what we have in nations run by a dictator. Trump would try his best to run this country as a dictator.

In addition, I don’t believe he is capable of understanding that as president, he would have many, many limits to his power.

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Julian Assange is Not Acting as Whistle Blower


julian-assangeI have taken some heat over my criticism of Julian Assange. I do support the principle of whistle blowing and all of those that support it. Today, Assange is not acting as a whistle blower. He is acting as his own agent, clearly trying to control the results of our elections. His timing is strategically placed to give the advantage to Trump. He absolutely hates Hillary Clinton, he has made that clear. He has never even lived in this country and he is using the cover of the support for his original noble mission to control the results of our elections. Why didn’t he release these before or after the election? Nina Khrushcheva, the granddaughter of Nikita Khrushchev, firmly believes that Putin wants Trump to win because he feels that if Trump becomes president, the country would fall apart on many levels. I think most of us agree that Putin is right. Mr. Assange will never live under a Trump presidency, so he doesn’t fully appreciate the importance of a Trump-free country. This is not whistle blowing, the is an effort to control our elections, and it will clearly help Trump win, especially if he holds on to some of the most egregious emails for an October surprise.

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A Strong Woman is Running for President


I am so proud that we have such a strong woman likely to be the next president of the United States.  It is sad to say, but I don’t think everyone is proud.

In fact, I think there are many that feel threatened by such a strong woman. The day Hillary Clinton became First Lady, and began working on establishing health insurance for all, was just too much for the Good Old Boys (GOP) and conservative Democrats to handle.

We need to look past the Republicans’ effort who are trying everything and anything to keep this wonderful strong woman from becoming president. They have been trying, in vain, to discredit Hillary Clinton for years. We cannot let them get away with it.

 

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It’s Election Season Again!


Bernie sanders with we the people

Bernie Sanders with We the People

So we are back. Back in the windy world of presidential politics.

As a person whose goal is to seek and disseminate the truth, I will say that I believe Bernie Sanders is the most truthful candidate I have ever seen.  He wants to work within the rigged system, then mobilize the American people to fix the system with their votes. The current system is set up so  private companies can give a lot of money to politicians so that they will legislate policies that enable these companies to make more money. This prevents our elected officials from doing what is best for We the People.  If these politicians do NOT do what the private companies want, they will give their money to another candidate, a candidate that they CAN control.

Well, the days are over when the People vote against there own self interests by believing the false rhetoric  “take our country back” or “make America great again.”  What the People didn’t understand, until finally Senator Sanders is now telling them, is that when they say “take our country back,” what they really mean is, take it away from We the People, and give it to wealthy.  When they say “make America great again,” what they are really saying is make the wealthiest Americans great again. And the word “again” is really unnecessary because it always was great for the wealthy, and it always will be great for the wealthy unless if we, yes, We the People, stand up and VOTE!

The voters of yesterday thought that government was too big. They thought they wanted  smaller government. If the government is made smaller,  all that extra “power and money” of the government will NOT be given to We the People! It will be given to the wealthy, the big corporations, the banks, the 1/10 of 1 percent.  If the voters want to “reduce the size of government,”  we the People will NOT be the beneficiaries! We the People will not prosper.  The wealthy will prosper. The wealthy will take  control, doing what is best for their profit line, definitely NOT what is best for We the People.

We the People, and only We the People have the power, but we must use that power by voting! And we must vote for someone who is going to keep We the People in power by taking that power and money away from the wealthy, the big corporations, the banks, the 1/10 of 1 percent. That wealth does not trickle down. That wealth does NOT create jobs. If it did, We the People would be getting richer, too. But, as we all know, the rich are getting richer and the We are getting poorer.

Bernie Sanders is the only one who can effectively bring this truthful message to We the People, and enable Us to rebuild this nation, to make is strong, to make it safe, to make it the envy of all the world.

 

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Trust the Teacher


I think the paradigm of the process of education needs to be turned upside down. We, the teacher, need to be the trusted one, because we care more for our students than anyone else. We spend every day with them, we listen to them, we understand them, which is as much a part of our job as teaching them. We know best what works and doesn’t work. We know what we need to do to help them.

I would continue by asking the question then, why do the higher ups continue to tell US what WE need to do in order to best plan for our students? Why do they insist on asking the teacher to account for everything we do, creating more lesson plans, unit plans to a level of detail that DOES NOT HELP US TEACH BETTER! What it does is it takes time away from our kids. We didn’t have extra time laying around, waiting for something more to do, like writing more lesson plans. This means that something that we were doing before gets pushed off our plate. And what do you think that would be? Well, it comes directly out of the time we spend on our students. Why? Because students aren’t going to give us a lower rating. We have to FIRST do what admin wants so we don’t get a lower rating and we can keep our jobs. Or so we won’t get “dinged” as they say. So what is the first thing I would stop doing? I will have to cut back on the crucial process of carefully and thoroughly grading papers. This gives me the feedback I need to inform my instruction. So in order to make time to write all of these unit and lesson plans, I will have to just mark incoming papers with a “Check +” or “Check -” Really? Is this what is best for our students? Of course not, because the top priority of the administration, and the politicians who push the administration is to hold the teacher accountable. To make sure we are doing our job. So we spend more time trying to prove that we are doing our job than actually doing our job. When is anybody going to trust the teacher? Maybe if we could spend the time on the things WE feel will help our students, they will start performing better and have a more successful outcome.

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