Israeli media: New Iranian military ship is “a floating arsenal”

An Israeli newspaper, referring to the advanced Iranian transatlantic ship Martyr Rudaki, wrote that it is “an asymmetric threat and a floating arsenal.”

“On the surface, this military vessel is just a transport ship, but Iran has equipped its deck with a variety of weapons to showcase its capabilities.”, reads a report published on Saturday by the Israeli newspaper The Jerusalem Post, alluding to the new Iranian military ship, called the Martyr Rudaki, which was unveiled on Thursday in the waters of southern Iran.

The Zionist regime newspaper made such comments, to later report that, according to aerial images, the Martyr Rudaki “It is equipped with several operational boats. It also has a Jordad 3 air defense system and military helicopters, drones [drones] and anti-ship missiles. This ship is a floating arsenal or a floating market [de armas]”.

The Jerusalem Post He also noted the deployment, on the ship, of Qader long-range anti-ship missiles, the Iranian version of China’s C-802 missile system, and asserted that this ship “could constitute a disproportionate threat to the US”.

Also, according to the report, although the operational focus of the Iranian Army of the Guardian Corps of the Islamic Revolution (IRGC) is in the Persian Gulf, the ship could be sent to the Mediterranean Sea or help Iran to collect information in Yemeni waters.

Iranian military experts describe the Martyr Rudaki ship as “a mobile naval city”, which is fully ready to carry out ocean missions, as well as ensuring the safety of shipping lines and providing assistance to Iranian commercial fleets and US ships. regional countries on the high seas.

The Persian country, even under the sanctions regime it is in, has made considerable progress in the defense industry, achieving self-sufficiency in the production of different types of weapons and military systems. It has also made spectacular progress in the production of military ships and submarines.

However, the Iranian Armed Forces assure that they are not seeking a war with anyone, although they warn that they will respond to the slightest intention to undermine Iran’s security, especially in the Persian Gulf, an area that is considered one of the red lines of the Republic. Islamic

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Palestinians and a Democratic President in the White House

On November 17, 2020, the Palestinian Authority announced that it would restore security cooperation with Israel and agreed to receive the tax money that Israel had collected for them.

But for the near future, the prospects for the Palestinian Authority (PA) remain bleak. The Arab Spring changed priorities in the Middle East. Observers must be careful to avoid the common mistake of judging the PA’s perspectives through the dual vision of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, while the truest and broader assessment should be regional. Palestinians must make decisions with an eye toward their natural environment – the Sunni Arab world – and not Turkey, Iran, or the Shiite world in general. In this new reality, the Sunni Arabs are on the side of Israel and not the Palestinians.

What makes matters even worse for PA leader Mahmoud Abbas is that the Israeli-Arab Sunni alliance attracts European powers such as France due to Turkish-French tensions in the Mediterranean and its satellite war in Libya. President-elect Biden cannot ignore these real facts on the ground and dismiss them. What he can do is convince the PA and Israel to come back to the negotiating table, not to challenge the Sunni-Israeli Arab alliance, but to join the PA.

The PA’s hesitation in this regard is to lose Turkey and Iran as diplomatic cards to use and to be forced to rely on Qatar to balance the Gulf states and Saudi Arabia. During Trump’s tenure, this was not possible. In the Biden presidency, the PA hopes to be able to keep the Sunni world while keeping Turkey and Qatar aside, but not losing them. This is especially important to Mahmoud Abbas in defiance of political rival Mohammed Dahlan who lives in the United Arab Emirates. Relying only on the Gulf with no other cards to play means strengthening Dahlan loyalists in the West Bank [Cisjordania] and the Palestinian diaspora.

Abbas’s shuffling of letters with the bogus reconciliation talks in Turkey led by Qatari proxies, Jibril Rajoub (Fatah) and Salah Aruri (Hamas), was deemed anti-Trump. In the Sunni Arab world, however, the move was seen as dangerous.

Cooperation between Fatah and Hamas lit the Arab warning lights

The first Arab state to be alarmed by the talks between Fatah and Hamas was Jordan. The prospect of Hamas gaining power in the West Bank is a horror for the Hashemite Kingdom. Although the Muslim Brotherhood, of which Hamas is a subsidiary, is a legitimate power in Jordan – as a political party – Hamas is seen as the dangerous armed wing of the Muslim Brotherhood.

According to Palestinian sources, Jordan recently took advantage of the visit of an important American figure, who has the doors open from both Trump and Biden, to convince Mahmoud Abbas to withdraw from the course dictated by Hamas and return to the negotiating table with Israel. . The American promised to work with Biden, once elected, to renew talks with Israel. Apparently, Jordan also applied its diplomacy in Washington in this regard.

During the bogus talks between Rajoub’s Fatah and Aruri’s Hamas in Turkey, Mahmoud Abbas considered giving his approval to the elections with a joint Hamas and Fatah list, but not holding the elections, in order to give new relevance. to the long-forgotten and deviant “Palestinian problem.”

Negotiations on the terms of the PLO

On November 17, 2020, the PA announced that it would restore security cooperation between the PA and Israel, accept $ 100 million per month from taxes collected for them by Israel, and restore the salaries of public workers. With that, Abbas is signaling to the Biden administration his willingness to return to negotiations, but on the terms of the PLO. That includes the restoration of American aid, the repeal of Trump’s policies on Jerusalem and the US Embassy, ​​the 1967 borders, and a solution for Palestinian refugees.

Those maximalist bargaining points do not fit the new mood of Sunni Arab countries that prefer the “deal” approach and compromise on the borders in the West Bank rather than the PLO myth of “people’s struggle” – even as a “political struggle”. These Sunni countries accepted Trump’s measures regarding Jerusalem, but the issue of Jerusalem is very sensitive in the inter-Arab-Muslim struggles and deserves a separate examination.

One issue that worries Sunni Arab powers is the refocusing on human rights issues that Biden, like Obama, will almost certainly adopt. Concerned Saudi and Egyptian voices are already being heard.

The news that President Trump lost the election was greeted in Ramallah with relief, not so much because of the political prospects of resuming the peace talks, but because the Trump plan had overturned the PLO doctrine of the liberation of Palestine through the ” fight, “whether military or political. The path of “struggle” brought the Palestinians to a standstill; the “deal” path led to the normalization of the peace treaties between Israel and the Gulf states. Today, the term “peace” is associated with the Gulf and not with Palestine, and the incentive for Western leaders to invest in the Palestinian problem to win their Nobel prizes is drastically reduced.

Fuente: Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs

Pinhas Inbari is a veteran Arab affairs correspondent who previously reported for Israel Radio and the newspaper Al Hamishmar, and currently works as an analyst for the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.


Israeli Arab members of the Knesset: enemies of peace

The recent normalization of Israel’s relations with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain changed the rules of the game in the region. The winners so far are Israel and the Arab Gulf states. The losers are the Palestinian Authority, Turkey, Qatar and Iran. The historic normalization of relations even has opponents within Israel in the form of Israeli Arab members of the Knesset. [Parlamento], whose unanimous opposition represents the interests of the Palestinian Authority more than the interests of its own constituents.

Outside players like Turkey and Iran are not the only opponents of Israel’s recent normalization of relations with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. There are also opponents of the new peace within Israel. The Israeli Arab members of the Knesset who are supposed to look out for the interests of the Israeli Arab citizens of Israel voted unanimously against the agreements with the UAE and Bahrain.

That vote will not be soon forgotten. Another similar vow brings to mind. In 2016, Israeli Arab members of the Knesset and their leader, Ayman Odeh, refused to attend the funeral of the Israeli president who cared most about the interests of Israeli Arab citizens: Shimon Peres. Even the president of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, attended. In fact, he wept at the funeral, while the Israeli Arab members of the Knesset didn’t even bother to show up for their own president’s funeral.

Israel Today has reported on the ways in which Israeli Arab members of the Knesset are not working in the interests of the Arab citizens of Israel who elected them and whom they are supposed to represent. Rather, they are working in the interests of the Palestinian Authority (PA). Arab members of the Knesset are taking advantage of their position to advance the Palestinian question, an issue in which most Arab countries have lost interest, at the expense of their own constituents.

Only naive Europeans continue to donate to the Palestinians. The Arab states have stopped donating as they know their money is being diverted to senior officials in the Palestinian Authority.

It should be noted that the Oslo Accords were approved with the support of the Arab members of the Knesset. However, the Arab members of the Knesset today are more radical and less pragmatic. This type of approach can have negative consequences. For example, when Yasser Arafat supported Saddam Hussein’s occupation of Kuwait in 1990, once liberated Kuwait retaliated by deporting the 400,000 Palestinians who lived there.

Today, the Gulf states could logically assume that Israeli Arabs support the behavior of their elected representatives and treat them accordingly, a consequence that could prove costly.

Arab members of the Knesset are angry that the Abraham Accords do not address the issue of the Palestinian state and do not contain real concessions for the Palestinians. One member, Sami Abu Shehadeh, was quick to be interviewed by Aljazeera on the day of the vote. In his interview, he repeatedly stated that he considers himself a Palestinian and that he opposes the entire agreement, which he considers nothing more than an “arms pact”.

Israeli Arab citizens are an integral part of Israeli society with equal rights. Most of them have successfully integrated into Israeli society. But Arab members of the Knesset hurt rather than help Israeli Arabs when they oppose peace. By condemning the Abraham Accords, the Arab members of the Knesset demonstrated to all Israeli citizens, Jews and Arabs, that they are not only against peace, but are tools of the intransigent Palestinian Authority.

Source: BESA Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies

Dr. Edy Cohen (Ph.D. Bar-Ilan University) is fluent in Arabic and specializes in Arab relations, the Arab-Israeli conflict, terrorism, Jewish communities in the Arab world. He is a researcher at the BESA Center and author of the book The Holocaust in the eyes of Mahmoud Abbas (in Hebrew).


Johnson and Von der Leyen agree to “redouble efforts” toward a post-Brexit deal

The British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, and the president of the European Commission (EC), Ursula von der Leyen, they agreed ‘Redouble efforts’ towards a post-Brexit deal in a telephone conversation held this Saturday, a British government spokesman said.

The source noted that during the call, planned to Taking stock of the negotiationsJohnson noted that, while progress has been made, “significant differences persist in several areas” of common concern, including competition and fisheries.

The two leaders agreed that their respective teams will continue negotiations next Monday in London in order to “Redouble efforts to reach an agreement”, which would enter into force at the end, on December 31, of the post-Brexit transition period, which was formally executed on January 31.

For their part, Johnson and Von der Leyen “will remain in contact,” the spokesman said. If they fail to negotiate a bilateral pact, as of January 1, 2021, the United Kingdom and the European Union (EU) will start trading based on the generic, less beneficial regulations of the World Trade Organization (WTO).


▷ Meghan Markle’s vote in the US elections

Meghan Markle’s vote in the US elections.


In these last American electionss  Meghan Markle has been encouraged to vote in its public comments. ‘Page Six’ has been confirmed by sources close to the Sussex that the Duchess voted days before by post, and they go further by adding that she would also have exercised her right as an American citizen if she continued to live in the United Kingdom.


Virtual Macorrueda opens space for 78 Atlantic companies

With the participation of 78 companies from different sectors of the Atlantic began the virtual macro-wheel of Las Américas that seeks to promote commercial exchange between national and international exporters and buyers.

The department’s representation is in 15 companies in the agri-food sector; 16 from industries 4.0; 21 from the metalworking sector; 12 from chemistry and life sciences and 14 from the fashion system.

The conference organized by ProColombia and which runs until November 13, was installed by the president Ivan Duque who assured that this strategy is part of the economic reactivation plan.

He stressed that “Colombia is on the radar of investors because this is a country that believes in institutions,” added that the two major challenges facing the country in terms of international trade are enteringl Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum (APEC) and ratify the FTA with the United Kingdom, after Brexit.

“Macro wheels are and must continue to be a great tool,” added the president.

For her part, the president of ProColombia stressed that in the macorrueda 500 companies from 38 countries and more than 1,200 Colombian exporters participate. The three invited countries are the United Kingdom, Israel and the United Arab Emirates.

Buying companies include Walmart from the United States, which is looking for fashion and agri-food; and Kent Foods Limited of the United Kingdom, one of the largest independent distributors of ingredients for the food industry.

Of Latin America stand out Ferremundo, the main Ecuadorian company that imports and distributes hardware products; and Peruvian Supermarkets.


▷ The new virtual BlizzCon will be free for everyone: Blizzard says goodbye to the classic ticket in this edition

BlizzConline will be the event to learn more about Overwatch 2, Diablo 4, and other games.

Blizzard It has been holding a face-to-face event for 15 years where it announces news for its video games, and where fans can meet to participate in all kinds of activities related to their favorite titles. As we already knew, the 2020 pandemic has caused this BlizzCon to become “BlizzConline“an exclusively digital edition destined to maintain tradition from a safer perspective. And with this new format, they also arrive monetization changes.

In a video reviewing Blizzard-related news, products and services, President J. Allen Brack announces that BlizzConline, dated to February 19 and 20, will be free for all viewers. This is, in part, a first for the event: although the opening ceremony has always been free to watch, the rest of the tournaments, contests and collectibles were part of a virtual ticket of 40 dollars / euros.

In spite of everything, a good part of the activities which WoW parents are accustomed to, including competitions, cosplay contests or the fun march of the murlocs, where fans interpret these tribal fish with greater or lesser visual fidelity. Of course, we will also have ads.

In this edition, we will have to closely track Overwatch 2 Y Diablo IV, among other novelties. The former will add campaign heroes and PvE content to Blizzard’s cooperative shooter, while the latter will take a more sinister and traditional approach to the loot progression-based RPG series. Neither has a release date for now.

More about: Blizzard, BlizzConline, BlizzCon 2020, Diablo IV Y Overwatch 2.


Irish Prime Minister on Brexit: “The last thing we need now is a second shock”

Sile at the end of June, Micheál Martin has been Ireland’s Prime Minister, or “Taoiseach” in Irish. He leads a grand coalition, as his Dublin office shows. There is a portrait of both the founder of his party Fianna Fáil and the founder of the opposition Fine Gael party.

WORLD ON SUNDAY: In the second corona wave, Ireland is the first country in Europe to go into lockdown. With success?

Micheál Martin: We are now at the highest level five. Citizens are not allowed to meet anyone who does not belong to their household and not more than three miles from their home. The hospitality industry is closed, all cultural institutions, non-essential shops. We have already observed with the introduction of the less restrictive level three that the increase in infections became controllable. Now the strategy is to bring the numbers to a very low level by the end of November in order to reopen the country for the important Christmas season.

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WORLD ON SUNDAY: The pandemic hit people hard in Europe in the spring. Why the EU put together a 750 billion euro Covid aid package. Will additional help be needed soon?

Martin: Before we talk about new financial aid, we should first use the money that has been made available. Their effectiveness also needs to be proven before we talk about further support. Above all, however, the EU Parliament now has to ratify the budget swiftly, which is imperative. To be honest, Ireland is now a net contributor. We can currently borrow at historically low rates. The EU aid package will benefit countries that are in greater difficulties due to Covid, but also due to their general economic situation.

WORLD ON SUNDAY: The other big challenge is Brexit. Can you rule out a no-deal at the end of the year?

Martin: No, I can’t rule out a no-deal at the end of the year. Which is why we passed our latest budget on the basis that there is no agreement between the UK and the EU.

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Among Brexit supporters: Prime Minister Boris Johnson with fishermen in Scotland

WORLD ON SUNDAY: The negotiations are now in their final stages. How optimistic are you?

Martin: I am careful with the use of the term optimistic because it can be understood in different ways and we are in the middle of negotiations. We are still facing three major challenges: control mechanisms for the institutional framework, fair competition and fisheries. Fishing is particularly difficult. As already mentioned, Covid-19 has had a massive effect on our economies. The last thing we need now is a second shock. It would be incomprehensible to me to expose citizens to such a shock. As political leaders, we are responsible for the people we represent. From our perspective, that means limiting the damage caused by Brexit.

WORLD ON SUNDAY: But the damage to the British is greater?

Martin: The optimal outcome would be a comprehensive free trade agreement. That requires political will on both sides. Britain undoubtedly needs access to the EU’s internal market. But Europe also needs the British from a geopolitical perspective. We share common values ​​such as democracy, freedom of expression and the rule of law. The British have always been a strong voice against authoritarian states in this regard. The UK has also been a leader in the fight against climate change for the past 20 years.

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Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits the headquarters of Octopus Energy, in London, Britain October 5, 2020. Leon Neal/Pool via REUTERS

WORLD ON SUNDAY: Your counterpart Boris Johnson has rarely shown recently that you can rely on him. Do you still trust him?

Martin: The introduction of the UK Single Market Act (which violates Johnson’s exit treaty and international law, d. Ed.) In early September undermined confidence, yes. The Europeans had to wonder what guarantees they would have if they now sign another treaty with the British. That is why so much emphasis is placed on the control mechanisms in the current negotiations.

WORLD ON SUNDAY: Does Johnson’s Single Market Law Endanger Peace in Northern Ireland?

Martin: Indeed, the dispute over this law ran the risk of re-igniting tension. In the past, British governments have always understood the vulnerability of the Good Friday Agreement because it came about with such great difficulty and is so difficult to maintain. The great thing about this agreement is that we no longer have to talk about constitutional issues every day.

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WORLD ON SUNDAY: Not only the Brexit, but also the corona pandemic prove how closely Ireland and Northern Ireland belong together. Does that make a referendum on unification inevitable?

Martin: Our government has decided that such a referendum will not be on the agenda for the next five years. Rather, I want to promote coexistence. Calls for a referendum only create more tension and push people back to their respective camps.

WORLD ON SUNDAY: In contrast to Donald Trump, Joe Biden is campaigning for the protection of the Good Friday Agreement. Would a US President Biden be better for Ireland?

Martin: We traditionally have close ties to both political sides. When I was banning smoking as a young health minister in Ireland, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg asked me to meet. He usually doesn’t meet ministers. When I asked an advisor why at the time, he said: There are three Is in New York politics: Israel, Italy and Ireland. With every new US president, we always meticulously search the family books for Irish roots.

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Flanders wields a 1666 treaty to fish in British waters even if Brexit fails

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Charles II of England had a hectic life. A woman he married in two separate ceremonies, no legitimate children, but a minimum of 12 with his lovers, a beheaded father, and himself spending nine years in exile before taking the thrones of England, Scotland and Ireland after the Cromwell’s death. He spent three of his years in exile in the Flemish city of Bruges and, grateful for their hospitality, in 1666 he awarded them the Privilegie der Visscherie, the privilege of fishermen who gave 50 boats from that city rights …

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The day Sean Connery surrendered to Barcelona and Camp Nou

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Sean Connery passed away this Saturday ats 90 years, the legendary actor who is considered the best James Bond ever and that he was not unaware of football, since there was a day when floor the Camp Nou y surrendered to Barcelona and to the Blaugrana stadium.

“The Camp Nou is huge, immense, and from the grass it is even more impressive. Today for Barça is in terms of game and football show the best team, I’m sure he will play a great role in the Champions League “Connery said in 2005.

That year, the British actor floor the house of the culé team for the friendly match ‘Match for Peace’, which was organized to encourage peace between Palestine e Israel and raise funds, he also had to make the kickoff and received a jersey that had 007 as the number.

Ehe Barcelona in 2005 was led by Ronaldinho and Sean’s phrase about the role they would play in Champions It ended up being a premonition, since the Catalans reached the Final and beat Arsenal 2-1 in Paris.