|Southwest Asia News Digest
Puppet Obama Bows to Phony Blair-Netanyahu Deal on Gaza
June 20 (EIRNS)President Obama will dance to Tony Blair's tune on July 6, when he meets Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu in the Oval Office to bless the so-called easing of the blockade of Gaza that was negotiated by Blair in Israel on June 18. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu came out of a meeting of his security cabinet on June 20 to announce: "Israel seeks to keep out of Gaza weapons and material that Hamas uses to prepare and carry out terror and rocket attacks toward Israel and its civilians.... All other goods will be allowed into Gaza," reported the Israeli daily Ha'aretz.
But there is no date for the publication of this "narrow" list of prohibited items, until which time, the official blockade of all goods continues. And, on the same day as Netanyahu's announcement, the government of Germany denounced Israel's denial of entry into Gaza of Dirk Niebel, Germany's Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development.
The White House, however, immediately issued a statement that praised the "easing," and threatened those who are organizing attempts to deliver aid to Gaza. "All those wishing to deliver goods to do so through established channels so that their cargo can be inspected and transferred via land crossings into Gaza," the White House said. The Administration warned the humanitarian aid sources to "act responsibly" and avoid "unnecessary confrontations."
Obama is still defending the Israeli murders of May 31 in the attack on the Gaza aid flotilla, and the Israeli press is gloating over Obama press secretary Robert Gibbs' Sunday statement that the U.S. supports "Israel's right to self-defense," and that the U.S. is committed to continue to "prevent the illicit trafficking of arms and ammunition into Gaza." Blair virtually endorsed the Israel attack on the Mavi Marmara, in saying that all goods sent by sea to Gaza would be diverted, by force, to the Israeli port of Ashdod. Netanyahu asserted, as always, that any material could be dubbed "dual use" and banned.
The elected Hamas government in Gaza called the so-called policy change, "a joke," and neighboring Jordan, which has diplomatic relations with Israel, said the move is only a "cosmetic."
The British and their puppet Obama are the only allies that the fascist Netanyahu government has, to give cover for its perpetual war policy. Inside Israel, there is a move afoot to dump Netanyahu and his fellow right-wing fanatics. Israeli sources report that the failed no-confidence vote against Netanyahu by the Kadima party in the Knesset earlier this month was the opening shot of a drivewhich includes some elements of the Likud and the military establishmentto dump the Likud-led coalition and install a Kadima government, which would both be free of the radical right wing and settler parties, as well as the religious parties. No Israeli government coalition that includes the religious parties is capable of a peace agreement with the Palestinians, these Israeli sources conclude.
Iraq War Inquiry Continues in Britain; Blair To Be Recalled
June 19 (EIRNS)The British Iraq Inquiry (the Chilcot Commission) has announced a partial list of witnesses for its June 29-July 30 Summer session of testimony, as well as the fact that it may recall former witnesses such as Tony Blair this Fall, before completing its report toward the end of 2010. Prospective high points of the June-July testimony will be that of former UN chief weapons inspector Dr. Hans Blix, and former MI5 chief Baroness Manningham-Buller, to discuss the evidence for Iraq possessing WMD, which the Blair government falsely insisted that it did.
On Jan. 28, 2010, Hans Blix informed the Guardian that, "A month before the war, I told Tony Blair it would be absurd if 250,000 troops were to invade Iraq and find no WMD. So it was."
Also testifying will be witnesses to the military situation during and after the original invasion: two Chiefs of the General Staff; witnesses to the post-invasion economic and political planning, including the director of infrastructure, Coalition Provisional Authority; and witnesses on the war's legality: legal counsellor, Legal Secretariat to the Law Officers.
On June 2, in preparation for its report, the Iraq Inquiry requested statements from international lawyers as to whether, as the U.K. Attorney General had at first maintained before he was pressured to change his mind, UN Security Council Resolution 1441 authorized the use of force (which it did not). It appears the Iraq Inquiry is broadening its scope to the legitimacy of the U.K.-U.S. invasion. After the final report is written this Fall, the Scottish Attorney General could decide whether or not to indict Tony Blair for violating the Nuremberg Code by waging an aggressive war.
Israel Sabotaging South Korean-Jordanian Nuclear Deal
June 15 (EIRNS)King Abdullah of Jordan, in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, accused Israel of trying to pressure France and South Korea against selling nuclear technology to Jordan, in order to prevent it from developing its peaceful nuclear program. He said that Israel's "underhanded" actions are adding tension to the already strained relations between Israel and Jordan, which have reached their lowest point since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1994. Abdullah told the Journal, "There are countries, Israel in particular, that are more worried about us being economically independent than the issue of nuclear energy, and have been voicing their concerns. There are many such reactors in the world and a lot more coming, so [the Israelis must] go mind their own business."
On June 8, Israeli President Shimon Peres visited South Korea, which had downgraded his visit from "official" to "working," because of the Israeli attack on the aid flotilla headed for Gaza.
Jordan has recently discovered uranium deposits, which it wants to utilize in its own power stations. But, according to the Israeli daily Ha'aretz, Washington is pressuring Jordan to give up the right to enrich its own uranium. Jordan has refused.
British-Run Kurdish PKK Escalation Targets Turkey
June 19 (EIRNS)Turkey is being targetted by the Anglo-Israeli-run terrorist Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). These attacks began after Turkey negotiated a agreement with Iran to transfer its enriched uranium to Turkey, and the Israeli attack on the Gaza aid convoy comprising Turkish humanitarian organizations.
On June 18, eight Turkish soldiers were killed in a PKK attack in the Semdinli region close to the border with Iraq, according to a report in Bloomberg, citing a statement on the Turkish military website. The attack has led to Turkish aircraft bombing locations within Iraq. Fourteen troops were also wounded, Bloomberg reported. As EIR Online previously reported, the PKK, a declared "narco-terrorist kingpin organization," involved in trafficking in Afghan opium and heroin, had launched a fifth-column attack against Turkey, simultaneous to the Israeli attack on the Turkish-supported Gaza humanitarian aid flotilla. The PKK has killed 9 Turkish soldiers and wounded more than 20 people since May 31, the day of the Israeli assault on the flotilla, where 8 Turks, and 1 Turkish-American were killed by Israeli commandos.