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  1. Gezza

     /  February 26, 2018

    “In a rare move, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem has been indefinitely closed in protest against what church leaders say is “discriminatory” Israeli policy aimed at weakening Christian presence in the holy city.”

    • Gezza

       /  February 26, 2018

      “Nazareth, Israel – The legal noose has tightened sharply around the neck of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as dramatic developments on two fronts last week have left him more exposed than ever.

      He is due to be questioned by police in two new corruption probes before he leaves for the United States on Thursday. The question is no longer whether Netanyahu will be forced out of office but how soon, analysts say.

      According to reports in Israeli media, senior figures in Netanyahu’s Likud party have started calling him “a dead duck”.

      Netanyahu’s biggest setback is a major crack in what observers have termed his “black box” – an inner circle of loyal confidants and aides.

      Shlomo Filber, his former bureau chief, agreed to turn state evidence last week, providing the key to unlock a new and more serious corruption allegation: that the prime minister blocked regulation of Israel’s telecoms giant, Bezeq, in return for positive coverage of himself and his family from its news website. Police will question him about his role in the coming days.
      … … …
      The new development comes in the wake of a police recommendation earlier this month to charge Netanyahu with bribery in two other investigations. He is alleged to have helped leading businessmen in exchange for lavish gifts and media support.”

  2. Gezza

     /  February 26, 2018

    Aljajeera midnight tv news reports (with video) that the Syrian government has already launched a new military ground & air assault against Eastern Ghouta, just hours after the signing of a Syria-wide ceasefire agreement.

    This was largely expected to happen because they have not honoured any previous ceasefire agreements – beyond an eventual cosmetic opening of a single route for minimal humanitarian supplies and the enforced removal of the rebel-held area’s population to other enclaves, such as Aleppo, which were then subjected to concentrated, successful attacks.

    The ceasefire agreement allows hostilities to be continued against ISIS, Al Qaeda & Al Nusra Front. There are reportedly only an estimated 2-300 Al Nusra-linked fighters in Eastern Ghouta, however this small presence is obviously enuf for regime attacks against “terrorists” to be continued, rendering yet another ceasefire meaningless.

    The other rebel forces were said to comprise Free Syrian Army fighters who are a group backed by the US & another large group (name I forget), both of whom were hostile to each other? Man what a disaster that poor bloody country is.

  3. Joe Bloggs

     /  February 26, 2018

    why trump’s deplorable – reason #2378


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