Wednesday, January 25, 2017

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PMW: Fatah already planning terror campaign to prevent US embassy move
Abbas’ Fatah Movement has already held meetings in preparation for a terror campaign against Israel should the United States decide to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, according to Deputy Secretary of Fatah’s Jerusalem branch, Shadi Mattour.
Mattour told official PA TV that Fatah is holding meetings with “all the field leaders in the branches and the Shabiba (Fatah’s youth movement)... in preparation for a fierce popular intifada.” He declared that Fatah “won't hesitate to take to the streets and return to confronting the occupation using all means."
The term “using all means” is a Palestinian euphemism for violence and terror. Already last week, Palestinian Media Watch reported that PA and Fatah leaders are preparing the population for a violent response to a decision to move the embassy by threatening that an embassy move will lead to bloodshed .

Trump administration to review $221m. payment to Palestinians in Obama’s last hours
The State Department is reviewing a last-minute decision by former Secretary of State John Kerry to send $221 million dollars to the Palestinians late last week over the objections of congressional Republicans.
The department said Tuesday it would look at the payment and might make adjustments to ensure it comports with the Trump administration’s priorities.
Kerry formally notified Congress that State would release the money Friday morning, just hours before President Donald Trump took the oath of office.
Congress had initially approved the Palestinian funding in budget years 2015 and 2016, but at least two GOP lawmakers — Ed Royce of California, the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Kay Granger of Texas, who sits on the House Appropriations Committee — had placed holds on it over moves the Palestinian Authority had taken to seek membership in international organizations. Congressional holds are generally respected by the executive branch but are not legally binding after funds have been allocated.
Republicans Plot Retaliation to Kerry's 'Closing Act of … Lawlessness'
Congressional leaders are moving to respond to a last-minute transfer of millions of dollars to the Palestinian Authority by the Obama administration with a range of measures, including a possible total freeze of funds to the PA, according to senators and other sources who spoke to THE WEEKLY STANDARD.
Former Secretary of State John Kerry endangered future funding to the PA by orchestrating the $221 million release in the final hours of the Obama administration, according to a report published Monday by the Associated Press and additional details provided to TWS. The release was made in spite of holds that had been placed on the funds by a number of lawmakers.
“I don't know if we can recoup that money, but I intend to suspend future funding to the Palestinian Authority until they change their laws that reward young Palestinians for killing Israelis and Americans," South Carolina senator Lindsey Graham told TWS.
Graham said he will reintroduce the Taylor Force Act, named after an Army veteran who was stabbed to death by a Palestinian terrorist last March, which cuts funding until the PA stops directly or indirectly financing terrorism. The PA set aside roughly $140 million to support imprisoned terrorists and their families in 2016, according to experts who spoke to Congress in July.
"I find that cruel and unacceptable," Graham said. "I will be pushing to stop those payments."
A congressional advisor who is working with Congress on Israeli-Palestinian issues in the aftermath of the $221 million release told TWS that lawmakers will retaliate against the move.

Giuliani to JPost Trump backs Jerusalem embassy move, but reality is complex
Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, who has long supported moving the US embassy to Jerusalem and is an advisor to US President Donald Trump, told The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday that he believes the issue “is under active consideration.”
He stepped back, however, from saying whether or not it will happen. “That is something that the president will have to decide. It is under active consideration.”
Asked in an interview with the Post whether he feels that Trump -- who was a strong advocate of moving the embassy during the campaign -- has changed his mind, Giuliani responded, “I think that now that he is in office, there are a lot more facts and arguments and people you have to consult with before you make a final decision, and it is a more deliberative process. I don't think his position has changed in any way.”
Giuliani, who Trump recently named as his cybersecurity advisor, said he has spoken with the president about the embassy issue, though he would not say when, or what he said. He did say, however, that he would advise that the move “be worked out carefully with the Israeli government, so that it is done in a way they are comfortable with.”
Has Trump gone soft on Jerusalem Embassy move after threats of violence?
Donald Trump repeatedly promised to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Israel’s capital, Jerusalem.
That promise was made not only during the campaign, but after the election.
In response, the Palestinians did what they always do — internationalize the conflict coupled with threats of violence.
Numerous high officials in the Palestinian Authority issued increasingly vitriolic threats and attempts to turn the Embassy move into an act against Islam. We explored these threats and strategy in prior posts:
  • Palestinian leadership launches ballistic tirades as US Embassy announcement nears
  • Palestinian leadership’s two-faced Jerusalem Embassy game
  • Palestinian leadership: There will be violence if U.S. moves Embassy to Jerusalem
In light of these threats, I asked Will Trump capitulate to Palestinian threats over U.S. Embassy move to Jerusalem?:
Palestinian sources deny report US assured PA it won’t move embassy
Senior Palestinian sources denied Wednesday an Arabic newspaper report that Ramallah had received assurances from Trump administration officials that the promised move of the US embassy to Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem would not take place unilaterally.
The report earlier in the day in the London-based Arabic-language daily Asharq Al-Awsat had cited an unnamed Palestinian source saying PA officials were “relieved” by the assurances.
Several times during his campaign, US President Donald Trump pledged to move the embassy to Jerusalem, a promise that in the immediate wake of the elections his advisers said he would follow through on. However, in recent days, while confirming that the issue is being looked at, his administration has been signaling that a relocation will not be taking place anytime soon. Some right-wing Israeli officials, though, have been treating the move as a fait accompli, in a perceived effort to pressure the administration.
Asked about the report on Wednesday, senior Palestinian sources flatly denied the report, saying no such assurances had been given by the US.
Iraqi Shia cleric Sadr condemns Trump, calls to liberate Jerusalem
In a statement on Tuesday Iraqi Shia cleric, politician and militia leader Muqtada al-Sadr called for the formation of a special force to “liberate Jerusalem,” in response to claims US President Donald Trump would move the embassy to Israel’s capital. He called the potential embassy move a “declaration of war on Islam,” and threatened the US embassy in Baghdad.
Sadr has a long history of inflammatory statements against the US. In 2004, shortly after the US-led invasion overthrew Saddam Hussein and permitted Shia leaders like Sadr to work openly, he gave an interview to CBS calling the US the “great serpent.” Between 2004 and 2008 his militia, the Mahdi Army, attacked US coalition troops and was a thorn in the side of the newly elected Iraqi government. He has sought to link the conflict in Iraq to Israel before, in 2009 he encouraged attacks on US troops in Iraq as a “reprisal” for Israel’s Gaza offensive that year. “Place Palestinian flags on the roofs of buildings and mosques,” he told his followers. In 2016 Sadr sent his followers to stage a sit-in in the heavily fortified Green Zone in Baghdad, taking over government buildings in a show of force in Baghdad.
In his Tuesday statement Sadr, whose militia has been accused of atrocities against Sunni Muslims in Iraq, sounded a unifying pan-Islamic message on Jerusalem. He told the Arab League and Organization of Islamic Cooperation to take measures against the US if the embassy is moved. The cleric, who has opposed the US role in Iraq and threatened Americans who are taking part in the war against ISIS, said the US embassy in Baghdad should be shuttered in response to any US policy change on Jerusalem.
Expert: For Peace, Palestinian Factions Must First Unite and Accept Israel
The main impediment to peace between Israel and the Palestinians is the lack of unity between Fatah and Hamas, which prevents Israeli diplomats from facing a legitimate interlocutor who represents all Palestinians, Jonathan Schanzer, the vice president for research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, wrote in an analysis for Politico on Tuesday.
While the past two U.S. administrations have sought to broker peace between Israel and the Palestinians, they suffered from a “bipartisan blind spot,” namely attempting “to achieve a two-state solution without giving serious thought to solving the current three-state scenario,” Schanzer noted.
Palestinians in the West Bank are ruled by Fatah, the main party in the Palestinian Authority, which “is open to making a deal with Israel in theory, but refuses in practice thus far.” Meanwhile, the Gaza Strip is controlled by the terrorist group Hamas, which seeks “Israel’s destruction based on both religious and nationalist grounds.”
Schanzer observed that the Bush administration’s plan to encourage elections between the two factions in 2006 ended up empowering Hamas, which subsequently ejected Fatah from Gaza in 2007, exacerbating the rift between the parties. Today, “both rule with brutality, for fear that the other may attempt to consolidate power across the Palestinian divide,” Schanzer observed.
David Singer: Trump and May Must Circumvent Security Council Resolution 2334
President Trump’s meeting with UK prime minister Theresa May this coming Friday affords them a perfect opportunity to discuss reaffirming their countries commitments to the Jewish People made by America in 2004 and Great Britain in 1922 – which were seriously undermined when neither country vetoed Security Council Resolution 2334 on 23 December 2016.
America’s commitments were given in a letter from President George Bush to then Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon dated 14 April 2004 to:
* encourage Israel’s unilateral disengagement from Gaza and part of the West Bank and
* give the Bush-Quartet Roadmap (“Roadmap”) every chance of ending a conflict that had raged unresolved for about 85 years.
Bush’s commitments included:
1. Preventing any attempt by anyone to impose any plan other than the Roadmap.
2. Acknowledging that Israel must have secure and recognized borders, which should emerge from negotiations between Israel and the PLO in accordance with UNSC Resolutions 242 and 338.
3. Agreeing in light of new realities on the ground, including already existing major Israeli populations centers, that it was unrealistic to expect that the outcome of final status negotiations would be a full and complete return to the armistice lines of 1949.
These commitments were overwhelmingly endorsed by the Congress by 502 votes to 12.
New settlement homes are just a ‘taste,’ Netanyahu tells MKs
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday that the 2,500 new West Bank settlement homes approved a day earlier were just a “taste” of things to come now that Barack Obama is no longer in the White House, and said he would discuss the issue with US President Donald Trump.
Taking lawmakers’ questions in the Knesset, Netanyahu said the move came after eight years in which Israel “suffered” from Obama’s “not-one-brick policy,” referring to claims the prime minister has made in the past that the US administration told him it would oppose all new building beyond the Green Line.
“And we are not talking about outposts or even settlement blocs,” Netanyahu told the plenary of the Obama era. “We are talking about here, in Jerusalem. They wouldn’t let us build here either.”
But, the prime minister said, “We are leaving the period. This building [approval] was a taste. We are going to be doing many things differently from now on,” he said.
In break from Obama, White House keeps mum as Israel expands settlements
Hours after Israel defied the international community by approving the construction of roughly 2,500 settlement homes in the West Bank, the nascent Trump administration declined to comment on the controversial move, marking a dramatic break from the policy of former President Barack Obama, who routinely castigated Israel for building in such areas.
Asked at Tuesday’s daily press briefing for a response to Israel’s announcement, White House press secretary Sean Spicer neither approved nor condemned the decision, saying that President Donald Trump would discuss the matter when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits Washington next month.
“We’re going to have a meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu and we’ll continue to discuss that,” he said. “Israel continues to be a huge ally of the United States, he wants to grow closer with Israel, to make sure that it gets the full respect that it deserves in the Middle East.”
The settlement announcement came two days after Trump and Netanyahu had their first phone call since the president assumed power, in which they discussed the Iranian threat and Mideast peace process. Neither the readouts from the White House or Prime Minister’s Office addressed the settlement issue.
Arab League says Israel showing ‘contempt’ with settlement plans
The Arab League on Wednesday condemned Israel’s announcement of thousands of new settlement homes the day before as a sign of “contempt” for the international community and an obstacle to peace.
Israel on Tuesday approved 2,500 new homes in the West Bank in a major expansion of settlement construction following the election of US President Donald Trump.
The settlements are seen as illegal under international law and critics label them as a major stumbling block to peace as they are built on land the Palestinians want for their own state.
Tuesday’s announcement “confirms the Israeli government’s approach, which is full of contempt and defiance for the will of the international (community),” the head of the Cairo-based Arab League, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, said in a statement.
Why the US-Israel reset may take longer than some might have hoped
Three days after the inauguration of US President Donald Trump, the US-Israeli reset appears to be starting to take shape. Trump called Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday, and invited him to visit the White House early next month to further cement what both sides proclaim will be a new golden age of bilateral relations, devoid of the wedge of “daylight” that split the alliance for the last eight years. Trump promised to consult closely with Netanyahu on addressing the threats posed by Iran, and offered to help Israel in what he stressed needed to be strictly bilateral Israeli-Palestinian talks on peace — music, doubtless, to Netanyahu’s ears, and quite the contrast with Barack Obama.
However, those who expect tectonic shifts in these very early days of the new administration are likely to be disappointed. To be sure, Monday is the new president’s first full workday. But the immediate, near-messianic expectations of the Trump era in some Israeli circles have been met thus far with only that warm call and a change in public phraseology on the part of the US president — who plainly has none of Barack Obama’s problem saying the words “radical Islamic terrorism.”
While both sides are making strenuous efforts to highlight the new harmony, in terms of substantive, credible policy statements, much less action, it’s a waiting game.
Arab Regimes Behind the Women March? The Linda Sarsour Connection
The Women March comes at a time the country is celebrating the first non-establishment president in its history. Like Trump or Hate him, the majority has put him in the White House, and the DC establishment, represented by both parties had stood passionately against him. So, why is this unusual anger and why all of a sudden with such advanced media and social media coverage?
First, whenever something is out of the ordinary, and hard to explain, one must look at the causes they cannot see and the players behind the scenes. It is safe to say that the Women March does have support coming from somewhere. Support here doesn’t have to be strictly financial, but also institutional.
While looking at the players behind the Women March is necessary, let’s begin with the March’s outspoken board member, Linda Sarsour. Sarsour is an American Muslim woman, born and raised in NYC from a Jordanian heritage. Her family arrived in US with Jordanian passports and she keeps extended ties to Jordan, where she still visits and has her entire clan, the Sarsorus, mostly living there.
Jordanian opposition figure, Naseem AlGheewn, made a very interesting post on 21 January 2017. First, he notes that Women March’s key person is Linda Sarsour, at the same time, Jordan’s king’s wife, Queen Rania is a Sarsour, in fact her former name was Rania Faisal Yassin Sarsour, which she had changed after she married Abdallah in 1993 to “Rania Yassin”. The reason for that could be the fact that her actual last name “Sarsour” simply means “cockroach” in Arabic. In fact, Jordanians still mock Rania by her actual last name to this day. (h/t Elder of Lobby)
Elle Magazine Defends Linda Sarsour, Attacking Her Critics As Islamophobic
This is highly disingenuous.
The criticism of Sarsour’s on-the-record statements has nothing to do with “Islamophobia,” and everything to do with how these views illustrate a disregard for women’s rights. Which is extremely relevant given her role as one of the organizers of the Women’s march.
As I mentioned in my own post exposing these views, she is on record advocating for Sharia law (where women’s rights are curtailed), and dismissing the fact women can’t drive in Saudi Arabia. What I failed to mention is she has also criticized a film calling attention to the plight of Muslim women.
Her hatred for Israel and support for those seemingly affiliated with terrorism are also relevant, especially considering the hijacking of the parade – and even other social causes -by anti-Israel elements.
This woman is being touted as a heroine. How are these views not relevant?
The Palestinians’ Real Enemy: Bashar al-Assad
The regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has not given families any information about the bodies of the 456 Palestinians killed while imprisoned, nor does it provide statistics about its detainees or grant the Red Cross access to the 1,100 prisoners.
More than 3,400 Palestinians have been killed over the course of the Syrian civil war, according to a report published by the Action Group For Palestinians of Syria. “[Nearly] 80,000 Palestinians have fled to Europe, while 31,000 fled to Lebanon, 17,000 to Jordan, 6,000 to Egypt, 8,000 to Turkey and 1,000 to the Gaza Strip,” the report added. Almost 200 Palestinians were said to have died of starvation or malnutrition due to sieges perpetrated by the Assad regime.
“Alarmed by the indifference of the international community to their plight, Palestinians in Syria have resorted to social media to be heard in the hope that decision-makers in the West or the UN Security Council, obsessed as they are with Israeli settlements, might pay attention to their suffering,” Abu Toameh wrote.
The latest campaign is called “Where are the detainees?” and aims to raise awareness about Palestinians who have been arrested by the Assad regime. According to its organizers, 54 Palestinian minors have been tortured to death in Assad’s prisons.
Council of Europe report accuses Israel of 'systematic killing' in Gaza
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe voted Tuesday to adopt a report accusing Israel of apparent "systematic and illegal killing" in the Gaza Strip.
The vote was held in Strasbourg, France and passed by a majority of 45-12, with two abstentions.
The report states that Israel is responsible for the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip, including "Cases of the deliberate fatal shooting of individuals who posed no imminent danger to life amounts to an appalling pattern of apparently systematic unlawful killings."
It calls on the countries of the European Union to back a formal investigation by the International Criminal Court.
MK blasts European report alleging ‘systematic’ Israeli killings in Gaza
An Israeli lawmaker on Wednesday excoriated a European group for an inter-parliamentary report that accused Israel of conducting “systematic unlawful killings” on the Gaza Strip, saying the document was far from the truth and served to perpetuate the demonization of Israel among European officials.
Aliza Lavie, of the opposition Yesh Atid party, spoke a day after the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly, also known as PACE, voted in favor of a resolution based on its report on the humanitarian situation in the Hamas-ruled Palestinian enclave.
“To charge us with the entire humanitarian situation in Gaza, that was wide of the mark,” she told Army Radio.
The resolution charged that Israel used “excessive and intentional force without justification against Palestinian civilians in the buffer zone, including against farmers, journalists, medical crews and peaceful protesters, [which] runs blatantly counter to human rights principles and the international law-enforcement standards.”
IDF destroys Hamas post in Gaza after soldiers come under fire
An IDF tank shelled and destroyed a Hamas post in the southern Gaza Strip on Tuesday night, after Israeli soldiers on routine patrol along the border came under fire. No Israeli troops were injured in the incident, the military said.
A similar incident took place on Sunday, when an Israeli tank destroyed a Hamas position in Gaza after troops operating a military bulldozer near the border came under fire.
Also on Tuesday, IDF soldiers on routine patrol near Metula, adjacent to the Israel-Lebanon border, came under fire. No injuries or damage were reported in the incident.
The military said both Tuesday's incidents are being reviewed.
Abbas’ rep. at event honoring terrorists: “Blessings to the souls of our Martyrs”
Official PA TV newsreader: "Under the auspices of [PA] Prime Minister Dr. Rami Hamdallah, the [PLO] National Gathering of the Martyrs’ Families [of Palestine] held a Palestinian Martyrs’ Day [event] in Gaza, during which it was demanded to follow the path of the Martyrs until the end of the occupation and the establishment of the Palestinian state."
Poster on stage with photos of terrorists: “Martyrs’ Day = The end of the rift:” Yasser Arafat, Ahmed Yassin (Hamas), Abu Ali Mustafa (PFLP), Abu Jihad - Khalil Al-Wazir (Fatah)
Official PA TV reporter: "A ceremony was held In Gaza with a representative of [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas, and under the auspices of Prime Minister Dr. Rami Hamdallah."
TV caption: “Zakaria Al-Agha, representing President Mahmoud Abbas”

Ex-Top Israeli Official: Iran Nuclear Deal ‘Like Carton of Milk That Will Go Sour at Definite Future Date’
A decade from now, Iran will be able to enrich uranium “in any quantity that it wants,” a former top Israeli diplomatic official warned on Wednesday.
Due to its “sunset clause,” ex-Foreign Ministry Director General Dore Gold said, the nuclear deal reached by the Tehran regime and six world powers in July 2015 is “like a carton of milk that goes sour at some definite date in the future.”
“What happens at that point,” the current president of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs continued, “is that Iran could then go ahead and enrich as much uranium as it wants, to whatever level it wants, including weapons-grade uranium, and the West can’t say anything or do anything about it.”
The Iran nuclear issue is expected to be a top agenda item when new US President Donald Trump hosts Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for a meeting at the White House next month.
That meeting, Gold said, is “is very likely to bring into relief the whole question of the future of the P5+1 agreement with Iran over its nuclear program. As currently constituted, the Iran agreement is extremely dangerous for Israel, Western European countries, and for the United States, and requires careful consideration about whether and how the West should proceed with it.”
The fate of the nuclear deal in the Trump era remains unclear.
Gen. Patraeus in Israel: U.S. Must Keep Military Option in Iran Open
The former CIA director, General David Petraeus, attended the tenth conference of The Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv and provided a glimpse into security issues facing the new administration in Washington. "The US must prepare for action against Iran, if necessary," he declared on Tuesday.
Petraeus, who was one of the final candidates for the new US Secretary of Defense, may not have gotten the coveted position but is still considered close to the new president, with whom he had many conversations over the past year that helped shape Trump's defensive strategy.
In conversation with the head of the Institute for National Security Studies, Maj. Gen. (res.) Amos Yadlin, Petraeus praised Trump and his positive impact on security permutations in Europe. "Following his declarations, the Europeans, for the first time, want to invest more in security", he said. "His conduct may have good ramifications. I think he is very pragmatic, and now he has to back up the slogans with policies".
Iran’s Illicit Missile Imports
The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action lifted sanctions on many weapons systems Iran says it needs for defense. Had it sought to import these weapons legally, it might have done so. There are two reasons for Tehran to import weapons with false manifests: Either the weapons are illegal and bust sanctions or they are meant for nefarious ends.
Secondly, this isn’t the first time Iranian authorities have been caught red-handed with weapons seized after they were omitted from manifests or deliberately mislabeled. Here, for example, is another case from Lagos, Nigeria. Of course, while some are discovered, an open question is how many of these illicit shipments get through.
Lastly, Iran also sought to import illegally aircraft spare parts. Given that the logic for the Boeing/Airbus deal was to purchase new planes for safety, for what ends are these spare parts intended?
The general philosophy of the Obama administration with regard to Iran was to see no evil and hear no evil. It is uncertain what President Trump’s policies toward the Islamic Republic will be—there is a lot of internal inconsistency with regard to his stated policies—but should he, Defense Secretary Mattis, and Secretary of State-designate Rex Tillerson calibrate Iran policy to reality, it would be refreshing.
Despite ISIS Attacks, Little Empathy for Israel in Turkey
In a November interview with Israel's Channel 2, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that he does not view Hamas as a terrorist organization. He called it instead a "political movement born from [a] national resurrection." He also said he meets with Hamas "all the time."
What Erdogan says about terror and terrorists often makes perfect sense. On June 11, 2016, he said that "for us there is no good terrorist or bad terrorist; all terrorists are bad." On June 15, 2016, Erdogan proposed that "let us oppose terror regardless of the terrorist's identity, rhetoric or faith... Let us disapprove of [terror] whoever it targets." And on Dec. 1, 2016, after meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Erdogan said that "terrorism has no religion, nationality or identity ... that we should exhibit a common stance and common solidarity in our fight against all kinds of terror."
Turkey, since a near civil-war paralyzed life in the 1970s, has been one of the most notable victims of terror in the world. The street violence along ultra left- and right-wing lines took thousands of lives and led to a military coup on Sept. 12, 1980. After barely three years of relative peace in post-coup Turkey, the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) burst onto the scene in 1984, launching a violent campaign for a Kurdish homeland. That war has so far taken nearly 40,000 lives. Turkey also is a relatively recent target of the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (IS). In its latest attack shortly after midnight on the New Year's Eve, an IS militant killed 39 people at an upscale Istanbul nightclub. By a modest estimate, in less than half a century, tens of thousands of Turks must have lost their lives in terror.
Common sense would expect such a front-runner victim at least to have some sense of empathy for terror victims elsewhere. Right? Wrong. Not in Turkey. Unfortunately, Erdogan's ideological attachments visibly defeat his fake rhetoric that there are no good terrorists and bad terrorists.
Saudi magazine prints Israeli journalist’s account of Iran role in Buenos Aires bombings
A leading Saudi newsmagazine closely tied to the Saudi royal family unprecedentedly published a major article by a prominent Israeli journalist that details Iran’s responsibility for the 1992 bombing of the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires and the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish community center offices in the Argentinian capital.
The article, “Holding Iran Responsible,” which cites “overwhelming evidence” of Iran’s role in the two devastating terrorist attacks in which more than 100 people were killed, was published in the November-December edition of Majalla magazine.
Majalla, which is published in London, is owned by a publishing house which is chaired by a Saudi prince, Badr bin Abdullah Al-Saud, and was formerly chaired by a son of Saudi King Salman, Prince Turki bin Salman Al Saud.
The piece was written by Israeli author Ronen Bergman, although Majalla does not explicitly state this. The article is, however, datelined “Buenos Aires – Tel Aviv.”

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