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Thousands in Gaza, West Bank rally in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners

■ Abbas calls on int'l community to intervene

■ Clashes with Israeli forces

■ Hamas backs strike

Tens on thousands of Palestinians from throughout the West Bank and the Gaza Strip marched and attended rallies to show

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As Saudi Arabia continues to show its military weakness, it is also likely to embolden dissidents inside the country who have been kept down in the past by threat of Saudi security forces.

In its agitation and panic over the recent Houthi invasion of Saudi territory and overtaking of Saudi military installations on the Yemeni border, KSA is now attempting to take back control of its Jizan region.

Fully engrossed in its illegal war on the Yemeni people, the Saudis responded rather slowly to aninvasion of their own territory, demonstrating even further that Saudi military forces are nothing but a paper tiger incapable of even defending their own territory much less invading and defeating another country.

On August 17, Saudi forces attempted to break the Houthi forces’ control over their positions in the Jizan Region. The Saudi air raids took place after three Houthi ballistic missiles struck their positions in Jizan.

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Interestingly enough, the air raids took place primarily in the village of Al-Qamr. The Saudi bombings were indiscriminate and civilians were largely the target of the helicopter-based attack, according to reports by al-Masirah News Agency and Al-Masdar.

KSA is now not only losing its war in Yemen but it is losing territory within its own borders as the Houthis penetrate at least 10kms into the country.

In a story that went virtually unreported in the West, the Houthis managed to wrest control of three Saudi military bases in Saudi Arabia’s Jizan province, located near the Saudi-Yemen border in January of this year. The bases Jabal al-Doud, al-Aril, and Madba were all seized by Houthi forces and fighters with “allied Popular Committees.”

In addition, the Houthi forces along with Yemeni soldiers launched retaliatory shelling strikes inside Saudi Arabia’s al-Makhrouq military base in the southern Najran region.

Houthis and allied Yemeni fighters have long been inflicting heavy damage upon Saudi and Saudi-led coalition troops and vehicles deployed on the ground inside Yemen as well as occasionally downing coalition jets. The fighters have also managed to damage Saudi ships located off the coast.

In July, 2016, Houthi forces launched ballistic missiles into Saudi Arabia. According to reports coming from Al-Masdar, Houthis launched a Tochka ballistic missile toward the Ahad al-Masarihah Military camp, resulting in a heavy death toll of Saudi soldiers as well the destruction of several armored vehicles.

In addition, it was announced in early August that a coalition that will function as a “political council” is in the works between the Houthis and fighters loyal to former President Saleh, a move that flies in the face of the GCC resolutions regarding the governing structure of Yemen.

As KSA continues to show its military weakness, it is also likely to embolden dissidents inside the country who have been kept down in the past by threat of KSA’s security forces. With such abysmal failure of KSA to actually accomplish military goals and with its targeting of its own citizens indiscriminately, dissatisfaction with the feudal monarchy may soon reach new heights, spelling ruin to the Western-supported kingdom.



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Israel fears, however, that Arab states will try to start debate on safety of Israel's nuclear facilities during the conference, on the assumption that there is an international consensus on the issue of nuclear safety.

The Arab states, led by Egypt, plan to refrain this year from seeking a vote on a resolution regarding the oversight of Israel’s nuclear facilities during the International Atomic Energy Agency’s general conference next month, according to a cable sent to several Israeli embassies abroad, whose contents reached Haaretz.

Three Israeli diplomats who are privy to the content of the classified telegram, sent by Tamar Rahamimoff-Honig, head of the Foreign Ministry’s Arms Control Department, said it stated that the Arab League member states had made the decision not to demand a vote on a resolution regarding Israel’s nuclear program. The Israeli diplomats noted the telegram warned the Arabs’ decision could change on short notice, so the envoys had to be prepared to counter such a resolution, like every year.

In the telegram, the ambassadors were asked to convey to their interlocutors in the countries where they serve that Israel is pleased with the Arab states’ decision not to seek a vote on such a resolution, but to stress that if a vote does take place, Israel would like that country’s envoy vote against it. Israel’s Atomic Energy Commission also fears that the Arab states will try to start a debate on the safety of Israel’s nuclear facilities — not on the production of weapons of mass destruction — during the conference, on the assumption that there is an international consensus on the issue of nuclear safety.

On June 24, the Moroccan ambassador to the IAEA, Ali Mohammadi, who serves as the current chairman of the Arab group, sent a letter to IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano asking to include “Israel’s nuclear capabilities” on the agenda of the general conference, but there was no request for a vote to be called on a resolution on the issue. Israeli and Western diplomats dealing with the matter said the Moroccan ambassador and the envoys of other Arab states made it clear to IAEA officials and American representatives that in contrast to previous years, they have no plan to advance a resolution on the subject.

Israel’s ambassador to the IAEA, Merav Zafary-Odiz, sent Amano a letter on July 26, in which she welcomed the Arab states’ decision. However, she noted that the fact that the Arab states want the issue of Israel’s nuclear program on the agenda shows they are still trying to politicize the IAEA’s debates and single out Israel.

“Israel welcomes the decision of the Arab League to refrain, this year, from submitting a draft resolution under this agenda item,” Zafary-Odiz wrote. “Israel views this decision as a positive step, and remains hopeful that it will mark the path forward for a future meaningful regional dialogue. Unfortunately, the Arab Group’s letter is a clear deviation from this path. Our neighbors’ insistence on Israel’s joining the NPT not only ignores the repeated pursuit of nuclear weapons by Middle Eastern members of the Treaty, but also masks their refusal to engage sincerely with Israel.”

Senior Israeli diplomats noted that the Arab states’ decision was most exceptional. The Arab states, led by Egypt, have been advancing resolutions on Israel's nuclear facilities nearly every year since 1987. During this decade alone, a vote on such resolutions was taken in 2010, 2013, 2014 and 2015. Over the last three years Israel foiled the resolutions by recruiting more and more countries to vote against them.

Israeli and Western diplomats dealing with the matter believe that there are two reasons for the decision not to advance a resolution on Israel’s nuclear weapons. The first is the fact that the Arab states have failed to gain a majority for the resolutions in recent years. “They simply understand that they’ll lose and they don’t want to be humiliated again,” said an Israeli diplomat.

The second reason, they said, is the dramatic warming of relations between Israel and Egypt, which has always been the country spearheading this issue. The Egyptian Foreign Ministry was responsible for dealing with this subject, and that ministry is now headed by Sameh Shoukry, who visited Israel recently.

“Apparently Shoukry understands that advancing this move against Israel’s nukes is illogical, doesn’t serve Egyptian interests and will undermine other issues it is trying to advance with Israel,” a Western diplomat said.

Barak Ravid

Haaretz Correspondent


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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Israeli Land Authority (ILA) and the Maale Adumim Economic Development Company Saturday opened four tenders for leasing land, establishing a hotel, and constructing a park in the illegal Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim, according to Israeli media.Two tenders were published to lease land for renewable 49-year contracts, while the others were for building a hotel and park near the industrial zone of the settlement, according the Israeli newspaper Kol Hair.The six-story hotel will reportedly be the first in the settlement, and is planned to be built over 2,300 square meters. It will also be located near the mall.A park taking over 100 dunums (25 acres) of land is planned to the east of the industrial zone to serve the residents of Maale Adumum.The mayor of Maale Adumim Benny Kashriel said in a statement that the industrial zone is expected to double its capacity over the next decade, Kol Hair reported.Maale Adumim, located just seven kilometers east of Jerusalem, is the third largest settlement in population size, encompassing a large swath of land deep inside the occupied West Bank. Many Israelis consider it an Israeli city which would remain under Israeli control in any final status agreement reached with Palestinians as part of a two-state solution.According to a poll published last month by the Land of Israel caucus in the Knesset, 78 percent of Israeli citizens were in favor of annexing the settlement, which the caucus believes would just be the first step before annexing the entirety of the Area C, the 60 percent of the West Bank already under full Israeli civil and military control.The area of E1, northeast of Jerusalem, has already been included within the municipal boundaries of Maale Adumim, according to Israeli human rights group B’Tselem. Israeli authorities plan to establish another settlement in the area called Mevasseret Adumim in order to form a contiguous settlement bloc between Maale Adumim and occupied East Jerusalem, which would virtually cut the West Bank in half, and make the creation of a contiguous Palestinian State nearly impossible.

The area is also located in Area C where Palestinian communities routinely face Israeli demolition campaigns and are restricted from development as a result of Israel’s discriminatory permit regime that prevents Palestinians from receiving Israeli-issued building permits.Last week, the Israeli prime minister's office decided to push for the closure and demolition of a Bedouin primary schoollocated in the E1 area, while some 20 families of the village’s Jahalin Bedouin community wereleft homeless by demolitions last August, which community members said were carried out in order for Israel to expand Maale Adumim.Meanwhile, Israel has come under harsh criticism for a spike in illegal settlement activity in the occupied West Bank in recent weeks. In addition to approving plans to construct 770 out of 1,200 settlement units between the illegal settlement of Gilo and the Palestinian town of Beit Jala in the southern Bethlehem district last month, Israel also opened tenders for 323 units in and around occupied Jerusalein the illegal settlements of Gilo, Neve Yaakov, Pisgat Zeev, and Har Homa.In early July, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman announced plans to build 560 additional units in the illegal settlement of Maale Adumim and 240 units in the illegal settlements of Ramot, Gilo and Har Homa.Israeli authorities are also considering leasing privately-held Palestinian land whose residents are residing outside the occupied West Bank for the residents of the Amona outpost after Israel’s Supreme Court ordered the settlement outpost to be demolished by the end of the year.It was also revealed last week that Israeli authorities had been conducting a land survery in the southern West Bank near Bethlehemin order to declare the area state lands to build a new settlement. Surveying Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank is considered the first step to declaring it state land and eventually annexing it for settlement expansion, according to the Applied Research Insitute - Jerusalem.In a statement released at the time, Israeli NGO Peace Now said the Israeli government had notified the Israeli Supreme Court on Aug. 10 that it had begun a land survey in the area of the Palestinian village of Nahla in the occupied West Bank district of Bethlehem, with the aim of declaring “state lands” in the area.“A declaration as such, combined with the allocation of a small portion of the state lands in the area for the purpose of a road, will enable to connect the planned settlement of Givat Eitam to the settlement of Efrat,” Peace Now said, adding that the move would facilitate the establishment of the illegal settlement of Givat Eitam.Israeli authorities have discussed plans for the creation of the Givat Eitam settlement for years, to be located past the Israeli separation wall inside the occupied West Bank, and meant to host some 2,500 housing units, according to blueprints from the Israeli Ministry of Construction and Housing.
In July 2015, Peace Now revealed that Israel’s Civil Administration was planning to allocate land for 800 settlement housing units in the area, despite orders by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in 2013 to cancel planning tenders for the planned settlement of Givat Eitam.
The declaration of state land in the area, combined with 300 dunams of land already owned by the Jewish National Fund (JNF) -- an organization that works to "reclaim" and repurpose land for use by Jewish citizens, often at the expense of Palestinian right to land and control of resources -- would pave the way for the establishment of the new settlement in a zone Peace Now called E2, in reference to the E1 settlement corridor in the area of occupied East Jerusalem.
“A new settlement in E2 will pose a serious blow for the possibility to reach a two-state solution and establish a viable Palestinian state alongside Israel,” Peace Now deplored on Monday. “The government's efforts to appropriate lands and connect Givat Eitam with the settlement of Efrat are another step on the way to a one-state reality.”Human rights groups and international leaders have strongly condemned Israel’s settlement construction in the occupied West Bank, claiming it is a strategic maneuver to prevent the establishment of a contiguous, independent Palestinian state by changing the facts on the ground, while members of Israel's parliament, the Knesset, have publicly announcedtheir support for plans aimed to annex the entirety of Area C.
Each of the 196 Israeli government-approved settlements scattered across the Palestinian territory are illegal under international law, while the more than 200 Israeli settler outposts in the occupied West Bank are considered illegal even by the Israeli government. However, Israeli authorities often legalize the outposts retroactively by declaring them official settlements after they have been connected to Israel’s water and electricity infrastructure.
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