U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter says the nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1 does not prevent Washington from using military force against Iran if it deems a military option necessary.
Carter made the remarks before arriving in Tel Aviv for talks with Israeli leaders who have been angered by the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action between Iran and the P5+1. But Carter made it clear that his visit is not to stop Israel’s opposition to the nuclear deal but rather aimed at deepening military ties between the two nations.
Washington and Jerusalem have been discussing the renewal of a 10-year pact that grants Israel some 3 billion dollars annually in military aid from the US. The deal will expire in 2018.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has set up a committee to work out how to stop racism, following months of protests by Ethiopian Jews who complain of institutionalised discrimination in the country. Many black Israelis, however, believe the move is “too little, too late” and that a committee will change little.
Five Palestinians are in custody. Charged in the murder last month of an Israeli in the West Bank. The accused trigerman, identified by Shin Bet as Mohammed Abu Shaheen, is said to have ties to an armed group linked to Fatah. Fatah is the party of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. The victim was not a settler but a hiker, 25-year-old Danny Gonen.
The leader of Lebanon’s resistance movement, Hezbollah, has slammed Israel as a hypocrite entity, which is the source of terrorism and is now claiming to fight terrorism.
Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah who was speaking on the occasion of International Quds Day said Israel was initially created by a terrorist organization and through committing acts of terror. He said Israel has formed an alliance with certain Arab regimes and they are now supporting Takfiri militants in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere in the region.
The Hezbollah secretary general also criticized some Arab leaders for what he called selling out the Palestinian cause, nation and the holy city of Jerusalem al-Quds. According to Nasrallah, Israel and its allies, are trying to topple the Syrian government, a member of the axis of resistance, because if Syria falls then Palestine will fall and al-Quds will be lost forever.
Hamas says it will not enter into talks to swap prisoners with Israel until people who were rearrested following a previous prisoner swap are first released. Hamas says more than 70 Palestinians who were freed in a deal in previous exchange have been rearrested. Hamas says they must be released first before they’ll consider trading two Israelis who are being held in Gaza for even more Palestinians held by Israel. This even though Hamas hasn’t actually publicly acknowledged holding the two Israelis who voluntarily crossed over into Gaza and then disappeared.
Israeli officials say they want to hold talks with Hamas regarding the exchange of prisoners. prisoners.
Hamas’ deputy foreign minister says it’s untrue that they fired rockets from Gaza into Israel before the Israelis attacked Gaza in a much criticized effort a year ago.
“We did not start this aggression,” said Dr. Ghazi Hamad. “Israel started this aggression against Palestinians. They started targt(ing) civilians, target(ing) homes, hospitals, mosques,” he told Britain’s Channel 4 News.
When the reporter challenged him, saying, “Your rockets came first,” Hamad flatly denied it. “This is not true, this is not true,” he responded.
Hamad also defended the summary executions of Palestinians without trial for what he says was their treasonous collaboration with Israel.