Monday, January 8, 2024

Deadly Dancing

 Changing Partners,

  Simplicius has this headline and further context. I can't tell what this declaration means. There are lots of moving parts, but this is a signal of de-escalation in the Gaza genocide. Israel has reportedly run out of targets for the air force to bomb, even with their AI target-generation system. Update on Palestine: IDF Claims Gaza City Victory

  Professor Anthony Hall , The Strange Dance of Hamas and NetanyahuThe History of Hamas Underlying the Israeli Assassination of Saleh al-Arouri in Beirut Lebanon
  The designation of Hamas as a terror organization served a number of agendas. Some in the Israeli government expressed their pleasure with the new arrangement. For instance Amos Yadlin, Israel’s National Security Adviser, told the US Ambassador that “Israel would be ‘happy’ if Hamas took over Gaza, because the IDF would then be able to “deal with Gaza as a hostile state.”

  Israeli Military Chief Says ‘Fighting’ in Gaza Will Continue All Year
  “The year 2024 will be challenging. We will be at war in Gaza,” said IDF Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi during a visit to the West Bank. “I don’t know if it will be all year long. We will be fighting in Gaza all year, that’s for sure, and this will also hold the other arenas, certainly in [the West Bank], to a certain state of alertness.”
  Halevi also warned of the possibility of “another war” in Lebanon as cross-border strikes between Hezbollah and the IDF have increased since Israel launched a drone strike in Beirut that killed a senior Hamas official last week.

​  Israeli war cabinet cracks at the seams over possible 7 October probe
An investigation of the Israeli army's actions during Hamas' Al-Aqsa Flood operation may shine further light on Israel's killing of its own soldiers and civilians
​  War cabinet minister Benny Gantz says he supports the Israeli Army Chief of Staff’s call for an investigation into the security and intelligence failures of 7 October, the Times of Israel reported on 6 January.
​  During a cabinet meeting on 5 January, several extremist ministers, including National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir and Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich, ganged up against Chief of Staff Herzl Halevi for his intention to launch a probe into the army’s shortcomings on 7 October, when Hamas carried out an unprecedented attack on military bases and settlements in southern Israel.
​  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu abruptly ended the meeting after shouting erupted as some ministers came to Halevi’s defense.
​  Gantz acknowledged it was appropriate for government ministers to challenge the information provided to them by security chiefs at cabinet meetings but added: “What happened yesterday was a politically motivated attack in the middle of a war.”

  The senior Hamas officials says the Resistance will take revenge from the Israeli occupation for the assassination of leader Sheikh Saleh al-Aroui and his companions.
  The assassination of martyr Sheikh Saleh al-Arouri will not change or alter the Resistance's convictions, Hamas politburo member Osama Hamdan confirmed on Sunday, vowing that revenge from the Israeli occupation entity for its crime is definitely coming.
"The enemy will face a response from us that will teach it that the assassination will not weaken the Resistance," Hamdan said in a televised address.
  However, he stressed that the greater revenge that the Resistance will take is the liberation of occupied al-Quds, ending the occupation, and the return of Palestinians to their land.
"The ones who will leave the land of Palestine and go back to where they came from will be the occupying settlers," Hamdan stressed.
"Our land will only be Palestinian, for the Palestinian people."
  I am referring to the 84-page “application” that South Africa filed with the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on 29 December 2023, accusing Israel of committing genocide against the Palestinians in Gaza.1 It maintains that Israel’s actions since the war began on 7 October 2023 “are intended to bring about the destruction of a substantial part of the Palestinian national, racial and ethnic … group in the Gaza Strip.” (1) That charge fits clearly under the definition of genocide in the Geneva Convention, to which Israel is a signatory.2
  The application is a superb description of what Israel is doing in Gaza. It is comprehensive, well-written, well-argued, and thoroughly documented. The application has three main components.
  First, it describes in detail the horrors that the IDF has inflicted on the Palestinians since 7 October 2023 and explains why much more death and destruction is in store for them.
  Second, the application provides a substantial body of evidence showing that Israeli leaders have genocidal intent toward the Palestinians. (59-69) Indeed, the comments of Israeli leaders – all scrupulously documented – are shocking. One is reminded of how the Nazis talked about dealing with Jews when reading how Israelis in “positions of the highest responsibility” talk about dealing with the Palestinians. (59) In essence, the document argues that Israel’s actions in Gaza, combined with its leaders’ statements of intent, make it clear that Israeli policy is “calculated to bring about the physical destruction of Palestinians in Gaza.” (39)
  Third, the document goes to considerable lengths to put the Gaza war in a broader historical context, making it clear that Israel has treated the Palestinians in Gaza like caged animals for many years. It quotes from numerous UN reports detailing Israel’s cruel treatment of the Palestinians. In short, the application makes clear that what the Israelis have done in Gaza since 7 October is a more extreme version of what they were doing well before 7 October.

  The Ministry of Health in Gaza confirmed on Sunday that the Israeli occupation forces committed 12 massacres against Palestinian families in the Gaza Strip during the past 24 hours.
  The Ministry said that the massacres claimed lives of 113 people and left 250 others wounded.
This brings the total deaths from the Israeli occupation aggression against the Gaza Strip to 22,835, in addition to 58,416 wounded since October 7, 2023.

  The “Transfer” of Palestinians Out of Gaza Is Not a “Voluntary Migration” 
  Palestinians have known all along that the real objective of Israel’s horrendous assault on Gaza is emptying the Strip of all Palestinians and the return of Jewish settlements. After nearly 90 days of relentless bombardment and a lackluster effort on the part of the Israeli government to negotiate the release of the hostages taken by Hamas, it has become clear even to Israelis that Netanyahu’s declared goals of “dismantling Hamas, returning our hostages, and ensuring that in Gaza there will be no one that threatens Israel” are nothing more than a cover for the government’s “transfer” plan.
  The first phase of the transfer plan commenced with the carpet bombing of northern Gaza and an evacuation order telling Palestinians to leave the area — one of the most densely populated in the world — and move to southern Gaza “where they will be safer.” But no sooner had they reached southern Gaza than bombs started to rain on them again — in Beit Lahia, Khan Younis, Maghazi, and other heavily populated residential neighborhoods...
..Recall Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant saying, “We are fighting human animals, and we are acting accordingly.… We will eliminate everything — they will regret it.” Or retired Maj. Gen. Giora Eiland telling Israeli media, “Creating a severe humanitarian crisis in Gaza is a necessary means to achieve the goal. Gaza will become a place where no human being can exist.”

Gaza destroys western divide-and-rule narratives
Since Israel's assault on Gaza began, three separate polls show that Arab and Muslim populations are shifting their support away from Washington's regional allies toward West Asia's Axis of Resistance.

​  Moon of Alabama , Palestine SitRep: Lebanese Resistance Causes Enemy Losses - Is Ready To Fight Off Attacks
​  Hizbullah's Secretary General Hassan Nasralla has given another speech.​ (1/5/24)
​  He emphasized the successes of the campaign which Hizbullah started on October 8 2023, a day after Hamas' latest revolt against Israel, along the Lebanese border with Palestine.
​  On the longer than 100 kilometer front all Israeli military bases have been targeted, as well as its settlements, with a total of 670 operations.
48 border posts have been targeted 495 times as well as 50 posts behind the borderline.
17 settlements, where Israeli soldiers went into hiding, have also been attacked.
Technical surveillance equipment with a cost above a $100 million has been destroyed.
The resistance published 90 videos and photos that showed the destruction of Israeli tanks and other vehicles.
Israeli media is silent about the resistance successes.
The eight Israeli hospitals nearest to the border have taken in some 2,000 wounded soldiers.
230-300,000 settlers have fled from northern Israel.
120,000 Israeli soldiers have to stay in the north to secure the border.
​  Nasrallah also empathized that the various resistance members can bring advantages to their respected homelands (Lebanon, Iraq, Yemen).
​  Since 1948 it was Israel that displaced Lebanese people and built security zones on Lebanese land. Today the settlers are fleeing and Israel is building a security belt on its side of the border.
Should the situation in Lebanon escalate it will have a chance to regain all its land that Israel still occupies.
​  In Iraq the resistance now has a chance to again kick the U.S. out. The U.S. claims to be there to fight ISIS but ISIS is a U.S. product.
​  In Yemen the resistance is winning international applause and respect for its Ansar Islam (Houthi) government.
All resistance countries are in danger of Israeli attacks should the resistance in Gaza be defeated. Helping Gaza is thereby in the interest of all those countries.

Anasrallah member: Yemeni operations in Red Sea will continue despite US, British, Israeli threats

US senator vows to make Iran’s ‘worst nightmare’ come true
Doing so is “essential” for Israel’s security, Lindsey Graham argued during his visit to Tel Aviv

​  US spies believe Israel wouldn't defeat Hezbollah – WaPo
​  A secret assessment from the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) in Washington has found that Israeli forces would find it “difficult to succeed” in a two-front war against Hamas in Gaza and Hezbollah in Lebanon, the Washington Post reported on Sunday.

​  Gilbert Doctorow,  Are there any winners in the Russia-Ukraine war?
  The single most flagrant error in the analysis of the enlightened and independent minded diplomat whose lecture caught my attention was to measure Russia’s success or failure in the Ukraine war by what we impute to Russia and not what Russians themselves define as their aims. In this war, Vladimir Putin listed three tasks at the outset: to demilitarize Ukraine, to denazify the country and to ensure it does not join NATO. The most important among them is, of course, ‘demilitarization’ which means crushing the Ukrainian armed forces. From this the other two follow necessarily. And destruction of the Ukrainian army is now a realistic expectation in the foreseeable future.
​  I have little doubt that this war will end, quite possibly in the coming six months, with a peace settlement that amounts to Ukrainian and Western capitulation to Russia’s demands.  

Mayorkas impeachment takes center stage inside House Homeland Security Committee
Hearing Wednesday will highlight impact on the country of Mayorkas’ “failed leadership and refusal to enforce the laws passed by Congress," Chairman Mark Green says.

​  Celia Farber looks into the life one of the most important and multifaceted spies in history.
​  "Robert Maxwell" Was First a Soviet Agent, "Kremlin's Most Important Propagandist Of The Soviet System Abroad" Also British Intelligence Asset, And Robert Maxwell Was His Fifth Name

Epstein document dump is ‘cover-up’ – plaintiff​ , Conservative commentator Mike Cernovich claimed the FBI was hiding the deceased pedophile’s blackmail stash

​  Footprints to singularity: A global population model explains late 20th century slow-down and predicts peak within ten years​  
​  Conclusions​:  Hyperexponential population growth implies a dynamic system with two intrinsically growing quantities, human impact and technology. In a closed system, growth of one quantity implies depletion of another. Knowledge depletes ignorance, and the humansphere depletes the ecosphere. The quantities that are being depleted affect each other in a negative feedback loop leading to a sharp peak followed by a collapse of humansphere and knowledge. The timing of the collapse was determined by fitting the global limits to population in the context of hyperexponential growth. Population is predicted with 80% confidence to be 7.0 to 7.5 billion in 2020, and to peak between years 2018 and 2023 at a value of between 7.2 and 7.6 billion people.

​  Meryl Nass MD ,  People ask about the WHO Deadlines, so I made a chart to clarify them
​  While the deadline for NEW amendments is late Jan 2024, the WHO is claiming that the modified amendments to be voted on in May were derived from amendments tabled in 2022, so they met its deadline.​

​  Jessica Rose Ph.D, Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo calls for moratorium on modified mRNA COVID-19 injectable products
Now it's time to make it illegal to destroy vials and confirm/deny degree of damage

​  Meryl Nass MD ,  French Researchers Identify ‘Improbably High Rate of Deaths’ in Newborns Who Received New RSV Shot
Independent French researchers discovered a significant increase in newborn deaths in France coinciding with the rollout of Beyfortus, a new respiratory syncytial virus shot for infants.​

​  Can Green Tea Naturally Lower Blood Pressure?
​  Green tea, consumed either in the form of a beverage or extract for two weeks or more, significantly lowers systolic blood pressure and diastolic blood pressure
A meta-analysis involving 25 randomized controlled trials also concluded that long-term tea intake — defined as 12 weeks or more — significantly improved blood pressure
​  Drinking about 0.5 to 2.5 cups of green tea daily for at least one year reduced the risk of developing high blood pressure by 46%, while those consuming more than 2.5 cups reduced their risk by 65%​.

​Teetotaler (took this picture of Jenny after we picked greens and broccoli a couple of days ago)

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