miércoles, 20 de noviembre de 2019

MK Odeh: No FM Will Change the Fact — The Settlements Were Built on Occupied Palestinian Land


The American foreign minister, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, announced on Monday, November 18, that the US is softening its position on Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.
Pompeo renounced a 1978 State Department legal opinion, known as the Hansell Memorandum, that held that civilian settlements in the occupied territories are “inconsistent with international law.” “Calling the establishment of civilian settlements inconsistent with international law has not advanced the cause of peace,” Pompeo said. “The hard truth is that there will never be a judicial resolution to the conflict, and arguments about who is right and who is wrong as a matter of international law will not bring peace.”
Pompeo’s announcement is the latest in a series of Trump administration moves that have weakened Palestinian claims to statehood and efforts to reach a negotiated including Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the movement of the US Embassy to that city and the closure of the Palestinian diplomatic office in Washington.
Monday’s move angered Palestinians and immediately put the US at odds with other nations working to end the conflict. Spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Nabil Abu Rdeneh, condemned Pompeo’s announcement and said settlements are illegal under International law. “The US administration has lost its credibility to play any future role in the peace process,” he said.
Secretary of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Executive Committee Saeb Erekat slammed the announcement by Pompeo, saying that the Trump administration has “completely lost all credibility and no longer has any role in the peace process,” the Jerusalem Post reported. Erekat stressed that the US administration has put itself on the side of extremist-settlers and is defending the private settlement interests of some of its own officials.
In a statement released to the press on Monday evening, Erakat called on the advisers of the US administration to review the provisions of international law and international humanitarian law, and said: “All the tools of international law condemn settlement, starting with Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which prohibits the transfer of civilian population to the occupied territory, passing through The Rome Statute, which considers settlement as a war crime, the ICJ’s [International Court of Justice’s] advisory opinion, and the recent decision of the European Court of Justice, with its documented legal competencies, confirms this clear position of all instruments of international law regarding settlements, which is irrefutable or uncertain.
“The United States is looking at this and other positions in many areas and in various regions of the world, and is putting itself in direct defiance of international law and international will, and trying to undermine its pillars and replace it with the law of the jungle, and thus eliminates its role as a responsible international player and factor acceptable in solving international crises.”
Erekat called on the international community to respond to these illegal declarations. “Because this behavior poses a threat to international stability, the international community is required to address it, and hold the US administration accountable for these flagrant and continuing violations of international law and consensus, and the rumors that could lead to chaos and turmoil in the relations between the nations of the world.”
In Jordan, Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said Israeli settlements in occupied Palestine were in breach of international law and international legitimacy, a measure that would kill the two-state solution and undermine chances for a comprehensive peace. Safadi, in a tweet on Monday evening, saud that the Kingdom’s position in condemning the settlements firmly fixed, warning of the seriousness of the change in the US position on the settlements and its implications for all efforts to achieve peace.
The international community overwhelmingly considers the settlements illegal. This is based in part on the Fourth Geneva Convention, which bars an occupying power from transferring parts of its own civilian population to occupied territory.
European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said in a statement on Monday night that the EU still believes that Israeli settlement activity in the occupied Palestinian territories is illegal under international law and reduces the chances of a lasting peace. “The EU calls on Israel to end all settlement activity in the light of its obligations as an occupying power,” said Mogherini.
“Israeli settlements in the occupied territories are illegal,” declared US Senator Bernie Sanders following the announcement by the US Secretary of State. “This is clear from international law and the various UN resolutions,” said Sanders, a leading candidate for the presidential nomination of the Democratic Party. “Once again, Trump is isolating the United States and undermining diplomacy, by appeasing his extremist base.” Just three years ago, in the final days of the Obama administration, the US allowed the UN Security Council to pass a resolution declaring the settlements a “flagrant violation” of international law.
Even though the latest US decision is largely symbolic, it could give a boost to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is fighting for his political survival after he was unable to form a coalition government following recent elections. The Netanyahu government was dealt a blow on settlements just last week when the European Court of Justice ruled products made in Israeli settlements must be labeled as such.
Hadash MK Ayman Odeh, head of the Joint List tweeted in response to Pompeo’s announcement Monday: “No foreign minister will change the fact that the settlements were built on occupied land on which an independent Palestinian state will be established alongside the State of Israel.”

martes, 19 de noviembre de 2019

Iraqi Communist Party : Victory to the People’s Uprising




Statement of the Iraqi CP’s Central Committee

The uprising of our people did not start last month and made enormous sacrifices in pursuit of partial solutions or cosmetic reforms, but directly raised the goal of salvation from the existing system of governance, the power-sharing quota policy in all its forms and the rampant corruption. It has clearly declared that the time for comprehensive change has come, and that it is necessary to launch a new phase in the country's march and open up the way for the establishment of a state based on citizenship, true democracy and social justice.
After all the deliberate killings and the bloodshed in an unprecedented brutal and horrific manner, with hundreds of peaceful protesters and security forces injured, and campaigns of detention, kidnapping and forced ‘disappearance’, and after the support for the valiant people's uprising from various popular and social sections, as well as professional, trade union and religious organisations .. After all this, the peaceful protesters are adamant that there will be no return to what had existed prior to 1st October 2019.
We stress that any procrastination or delay by the Government, the Parliament and dominant ruling forces in complying with the demand for real change, will only inflict harm on our people and our country.
While noting that the Uprising, which is effectively an unparalleled popular referendum, has entered its 45th day with great momentum and vigour, and with great determination to achieve its objectives, we reiterate support for it by all peaceful means, and reaffirm the demands we already made:
  1. The resignation or dismissal of the existing government in accordance with constitutional procedures. There should be no more excuses given in order to cling to power.
  2. To start the formation of a new government composed of competent, impartial and national figures who are known for integrity. This government should have exceptional powers and be formed away from the abhorrent quota system and corruption and in accordance with the Constitution. Its term should not exceed the period necessary to prepare the requirements for transition, and in all cases not more than six months.
  3. The President of the Republic, in accordance with the Constitution, shall immediately take the necessary steps to select the Prime Minister, on the basis of criteria of patriotism, competence, integrity, independence and decision-making ability away from regional tendency, political sectarianism and narrow partisanship.
  4. The principal functions of the new Government should be:
A- To accomplish the immediate and urgent steps to secure the people's livelihood and satisfy their urgent needs, and implement the economic and social demands of the participants in the Uprising.
B- To bring just retribution to those who committed the crimes of killing the demonstrators and those who issued orders to them. To release all the ‘disappeared’, the detainees and the kidnapped, and to stop the campaigns of pusuing and harassing other participants in the Uprising.
C- To act on the cases of corruption, starting with the worst cases, to bring the corrupt to justice and recover the looted money.
D- To prepare for early elections provided that it is preceded by:
  1. Legislating a new democratic and fair electoral law, which enshrines the principle of citizenship, expands representation and convinces citizens about the importance of elections and participation in them. This law must not be formulated to please the ruling blocs.
  2. Amending the Political Parties Law to ensure a healthy democratic political life, and to effectively implement the provisions that do not allow having armed wings. Transparency regarding the financial resources of the parties must be ensured.
  3. Electing a new High Electoral Commission, which is truly independent, composed of qualified individuals from outside political parties and blocs, and is supervised by the judiciary.
  4. Ensuring effective international supervision.
Upon completion of the above tasks and legislations, the Parliament must dissolve itself. The Government would then be a caretaker government. The constitutional amendments that need to be made will then be one of the first tasks of the new elected Parliament.
E- To restrict the possession of weapons by the State.
F- To preserve the sovereignty of the Iraqi state, ensure the independence of national decision-making and prevent external interference in its affairs.
Let us work diligently to sustain the momentum of the peaceful Uprising until its objectives, the goals of the people, have been fully realized.

lunes, 28 de octubre de 2019

Grandson of Holocaust survivor banned from Israel





Israeli border police secure a road leading to a newly established Israeli settlers outpost, seen in the background, during clashes with Palestinian protesters in the West Bank village of Tormusayya, northeast of Ramallah


22-year-old Austrian Jew Edmond Sichrovsky says family's horrific past inspired activism

The grandson of Holocaust survivors has been banned and deported from Israel for supporting the people of Palestine.
Edmond Sichrovsky, 22, who is Austrian and of Jewish origin, has been a human rights observer in Palestine and has opposed the demolition of Palestinian homes by Israel.
He was detained when he landed at Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv on Thursday last week, October 24.
Mr Sichrovsky was interrogated and searched at the airport after arriving from Amman in Jordan before being forcibly returned to the Jordanian capital.
He has been told to pay the US$500 (£390) price of his flight back to Amman.
Mr Sichrovsky’s past activities in Palestine have included volunteering with the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) and documenting and reporting on human rights abuses by Israeli forces in Occupied Palestine.
In the past he was assaulted in Wadi al-Hummus by officers from the notorious Israeli riot police unit Yassam while opposing demolitions of Palestinian homes.
He is the grandson of Harry Sichrovsky, a renowned Austrian Jewish writer and journalist.
Mr Sichrovsky said: “Growing up, my grandparents being some of the only ones in their entire family to survive the Holocaust in Austria. ‘Never again’ is something I heard a lot and resonate strongly with.
“To me, ‘Never again’ isn’t just for Jews, it means never again should anyone in the world have to suffer because of their religion, race, or what they were born into.
“That’s why I came to volunteer in Palestine.
“Israel claims to be ‘a homeland for Jewish people around the world,’ yet by banning and deporting me and other Jews with differing political opinions, they have shown that Israel is a home for Jews only if they don’t question or speak up about the government’s apartheid policies.
“My ban and deportation from Israel only confirms what I have seen again and again in Palestine: that the Israeli government will do anything to keep people from seeing its brutal occupation, ethnic cleansing, and daily violations of Palestinians’ basic human rights.”
Mr Sichrovsky said he had called on Austrian Minister of Foreign Affairs Alexander Schallenberg to make a public statement on Israel’s detention and deportation of an Austrian citizen who had not violated any Israeli law.
He called the Austrian embassy in Tel Aviv while being held in Ben Gurion airport, but was told that they “could not provide any assistance.”
The ISM said that it “condemns the Israeli government’s banning and deportation of Edmond Sichrovsky.
“By forbidding entry to people with differing political views Israel is acting like the anti-democratic state it really is.
“Governments whose citizens have been banned must call out Israel on these blatant attempts to hide its crimes from the world.
“Failing to do so condones Israel’s abuse of human rights and silencing of those who expose them.”
Israel routinely bans and deports volunteers, activists, human rights observers and academics suspected of anti-occupation views or of activities in anti-occupation or Palestinian organisations.
Prominent Jews banned from Israel due to their political views include American-Jewish academics Norman Finkelstein and Noam Chomsky.
In 2017, Israel passed a law permitting foreign nationals to be banned from Israel for calling for the boycott of Israel or Israeli illegal settlements.

martes, 22 de octubre de 2019

CP of Armenia, Strongly condemns the invasion of Syria by Turkey





Communist Party of Armenia believes that the Turkey’s invasion of north eastern Syria on 9th October is both on human level and political level as well as the political situation in the Middle East region has been catastrophic.  It is threatening the physical existence of the civilian population and is worrying of CP Armenia as it also effects the lives mainly Armenian populated area. The communist party of Armenia views the invasion and as a result revives the memory of the tragic ethnic cleansing of the Armenian population in the area and hence a possible repeat of the history of 1915 Armenian Genocide.
The regime in Turkey has shown that like its predecessors in the beginning of the 20th Century it has expansionist ambitions and intends to carry out their plan of pan- Turkism at any cost.
We call up on the international community and progressive forces across the world to voice their rejection of Turkey’s invasion and to mobilise all their power to stop the illegal occupation of Syrian territories and prevent escalation of the invasion in order protect the Syrian population.
We express our solidarity with the Syrian people and their legitimate government as elected by them.  Only people of Syria have the right to decide the future of the political system in their country and no one else.
Central Committee
Communist party of Armenia
 October 2019

NCP of Yugoslavia, NKPJ MARKS BELGRADE WWII LIBERATION ANNIVERSARY




On October 20, New Communist Party of Yugoslavia marks 75th years anniversary of Belgrade’s liberation from Nazi German occupation at the end of WWII.
75-years anniversary of the “Belgrade Offensive” was commemorated by the Party ceremony, including laying wreaths at the Memorial Cemetery of Belgrade Liberators.
The tribute to the fallen heroes, members of the National Liberation Army and the Red Army was paid by the General Secretary of NKPJ with members of CC of NKPJ.
75 years ago, the Red Army launched the Belgrade strategic offensive against Nazi Germany. Soviet soldiers attacked the Nazi position along with units of the People's Liberation Army of Yugoslavia. During the fighting, vast territories in the east of the country, as well as its capital, Belgrade, were liberated. German forces stationed in the southern Balkan Peninsula lost the ability to quickly connect with other units of the Wehrmacht. This greatly facilitated the process of liberation of Hungary and the rest of the Balkans.
During the Belgrade operation, the Nazis lost about 45 thousand people killed and captured, were forced to retreat 200 km and lost control of the southern and eastern parts of the Balkan Peninsula. The irretrievable losses of the Soviet troops amounted to 4350 people.
The Belgrade operation played an important strategic role in the war. She created the conditions for the liberation of Hungary and the Balkans, and also brought closer the final victory over Nazism.
By the end of 1944, with the help of the Red Army the Partisans liberated Serbia and by May 1945 the remaining Yugoslav territories.
Yugoslavia were among the countries that had the greatest losses in the war: 1.700.000 (10.8% of the population) people were killed and national damages were estimated at 9.1 billion dollars according to the prices of that period.
Belgrade, October 20, 2019

viernes, 11 de octubre de 2019

CP of Venezuela, No to foreign military intervention in Syria!



The Communist Party of Venezuela expresses its strong rejection of the Turkish Government's plans to invade and occupy Syrian territories, in the framework of a new military offensive organized under the pretext of fighting terrorist forces in northern Syria. Such actions represent a flagrant violation of the sovereignty of the Syrian Arab Republic and a dangerous step aimed at extending the war and its terrible consequences on the population.
The Communist Party of Venezuela expresses its firm solidarity with the struggle of the Syrian people against imperialist aggression, towards achieving peace and recognition of their sovereignty and independence. In this regard, we demand the immediate termination of the presence of foreign military forces of occupation in Syrian territory, the respect for the territorial integrity of the Arab country and the ceasing of any foreign military action of aggression against their territories.

International Policy Department- CP of Venezuela

jueves, 3 de octubre de 2019

Communist Party of Swaziland calls for solidarity with public sector workers of Swaziland



The Communist Party of Swaziland (CPS) stands with public sector workers of Swaziland in their strike action. The workers demand a 7.85 per cent cost of living adjustment. The violent reaction by the regime’s police last week, 25 September 2019, and today, 2 October 2019, is a sign that the Mswati regime is getting more desperate and will do anything to cling to power.
The workers’ protests are a total rejection of the tinkhundla government, which is the employer in this case. The protest over wages is at one and the same time a protest against tinkhundla exploitation. In Swaziland, state resources are not used for what they should be for; social development and economic stimulation. Instead, the money goes to fund the luxurious lifestyle of the monarchy and wasted in corruption. The tinkhundla autocracy has collapsed the economy in this way. Money for education and health are redirected to Mswati, his family and friends.
The Mswati regime wants to treat workers as part of its royal regiment. The regime wants workers to do nothing but bend over twice in implementing tinkhundla rule and ideology. The royal regiment system is a form of slavery practiced by the monarchy, supported by imperialist forces, SADC and African leaders along with other reactionary forces.
The police violence against workers is thus intended to defend tinkhundla dictatorship and its exploitation. Exploitation of human by human must come to an end. In the Swaziland situation, this begins by bringing an end to the Mswati autocracy.
The Communist Party of Swaziland calls upon the masses of our country to support the protests by joining the workers’ pickets and protests. International progressive forces, including our friends, must reject Mswati and his suppression of workers and their rights. The Communist Party of Swaziland also calls for solidarity messages and demonstrations.
Swaziland needs Democracy Now!
Issued by the Communist Party of Swaziland

24-hour Nationwide Strike and Strike rallies in more than 50 Cities






The GS of the CC of the KKE, Dimitris Koutsoumpas, who was present at the PAME strike rally at the Propylaea, stated: “The least thing that the government must do right this moment is to withdraw this shameful Bill, a bill that further destroys Collective Bargaining, which attempts to put a muzzle on the trade union movement, that strikes a blow at vital labor rights and gains won over many years.”
 With a new nation-wide strike and rallies in dozens of cities on October 2nd, the mobilizations continued against the anti-people legislation being promoted by the ND government in the name of “development”. Sectoral Federations, Labor Centers and Trade Unions, continuing the 24/9 strike, confronted the government, employers and the undermining role of the GSEE leadership yet one more time.
In Athens a mass rally of the All-Workers Militant Front (PAME) took place, followed by a march to the Parliament, while similar strike rallies took place in more than 50 cities throughout Greece.
Addressing the rally, Giannis Tasioulas, President of the Federation of Construction Workers, revealed the anti-labor nature of the new legislation that stipulates an attack against fixed work hours, against minimum and mid-level wages, exemptions for those employers who do not deposit insurance contributions into the Funds, permanizing a bare minimum of salaries and wages, through the notorious “exceptions” concerning any Collective Bargaining Agreements that are signed, as well as a further attack against the unions and the right to strike.
Additionally, G. Tasioulas condemned the government's agreement with the USA and NATO, which was not made, as he stated, in the interests of the working people.
He expressed the solidarity of the trade unions with immigrants and refugees.
G. Tasioulas ended his speech as follows: “It's not coincidental that employers and the union mafia wake up and sleep with anti-communism in their mouths. Nor that the bourgeois parties lose any opportunity to spew the poison of anti-communism. Neither is it a coincidence that the EU resolutions that distort the History of the peoples, equating Nazism and fascism with communism, were co-signed by liberal, center, and fake left forces. This serves their interests. To attack the working class and the popular strata as a whole. Historical experience shows that anti-communism is the preparation by the forces of capital for an overall strike against the workers. This element must be seriously estimated by each and every one of us. We do not compromise. We do not lay down our weapons in battle. Through our struggle we will impose justice.”

CP of Cuba, URGENT MESSAGE TO THE WORKERS´ AND COMMUNIST POLITICAL FORCES OF THE WORLD





As it is stated in the Declaration of the Revolutionary Government of Cuba on the last February 13th, “the escalation of the U.S. Government´s pressures and actions to set the stage for a military adventure disguised as humanitarian intervention” is not just a real threat against the Venezuelan people, but also against world peace.
Washington should not underestimate the costs of an aggression against Venezuela. The possibility of a disastrous regionalization of the armed conflict would affect our peoples and all social, economic and political sectors.
We are in the face of a typical threat of imperialist aggression -regardless the disguise used- whose main objective is the appropriation by the United States of the biggest certified reserves of oil in the planet. It is evident, once again, Washington´s contempt for the dozens of thousands of civilian casualties that could be brought about by such at sight conflagration.
It would an attack not only to the Bolivarian Revolution. In the logic of the hawks that control Trump Administration´s policy towards Latin America, this action is seen as the final thrust against the left and progressive forces all over the world. Today it is Venezuela; tomorrow will be Nicaragua, Bolivia or Cuba. 
Therefore, the defense of the Bolivarian Revolution becomes the first trench in the struggle for the sovereignty of Our America, for the ideal of social justice, peace with dignity and unity all over the world.
We reaffirm at this time the thesis of our government when it reminds that “what it is at stake today in Venezuela is the sovereignty and dignity of Latin America and the Caribbean and of the peoples of the South. It is also at stake the survival of the norms of international law and the U.N. Charter. It is at stake whether the legitimacy of a government comes from the sovereignly expressed will of its people, or from the recognition by foreign powers”.
We call for a united march to show to the Yankee Empire that the peoples of the world do have a sense of sovereignty. This is the time for communist and workers´s parties from all continents to show the immense political potential that we represent in the struggle against war and in the defense of peace.

Communist Party of Cuba

viernes, 13 de septiembre de 2019

LETTER FROM THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENTARY GROUP AND THE PARLIAMENTARY GROUP OF THE KKE TO THE SECRETARY-GENERAL OF THE UN ANTONIO GUTERRES





PRESS BULLETIN
A delegation from the European Parliamentary Group of the KKE visited the offices of the United Nations (UN) in Brussels today, Wednesday 11/9/2019, and delivered this letter to the Secretary-General of the UN Mr. Antonio Guterres, from the Parliamentary and European Parliamentary Group of the Party.
The letter denounces the interference of the USA and its allies in Venezuela and the threats of military intervention against the country, while it expresses the solidarity of the KKE with the Venezuelan people.

The text of the letter is as follows:

To: Mr. Antonio Guterres
Secretary-General of the United Nations

Mr. Secretary-General,
The Parliamentary and European Parliamentary group of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE), which has already marked 100 years of life and action, unites its voice with the thousands of workers of Venezuela and other countries, who denounce the ending and extremely dangerous intervention by the government of the United States of America (USA) and its allies in the domestic affairs of Venezuela.
We strongly condemn this intervention aimed at are overthrowing the elected President of the country Nicolas Maduro, and the imposition on the people of Venezuelan Juan Guaido, a person who is at the service of the USA for their aggressive plans in Venezuela and the wider region.
We particularly condemn US threats of military intervention against Venezuela and its people.
Developments in this Latin American country, just as in any other country are a matter for its own people.
The Parliamentary and European Parliamentary group of the KKE demand that the intervention in the internal affairs of Venezuela by the USA, the European Union (EU) and their allies cease and that the plotting to overthrow the elected President of the country and any other type of threat desist.

11 September 2019 Sincerely,

THE PARLIAMENTARY AND EUROPEAN PARLIAMENTARY GROUP OF THE KKE
Dimitris Koutsoumpas, President of the Parliamentary Group and General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Greece
Aleka Papariga, MP State
Giorgos Lambroulis, Vice-President of the Parliament, MP Larisa
Thanassis Pafilis, Parliamentary Representative, MP Athens 
Nikos Karathanasopoulos, Parliamentary Representative, MP Achaia
Liana Kanelli, MP Athens
Christos Katsotis, MP Athens
Diamanto Manolakou, MP of Piraeus
Giannis Giokas, MP Eastern Attica
Giannis Delis, MP Thessaloniki
Leonidas Stoltidis, MP Thessalonki
Maria Komninaka, MP Lesbos
Manolis Sindichakis, MP Herakleion
Nikos Papanastasis, MP Aitoloakarnania
Giorgos Marinos, MP Evia
Costas Papadakis, MEP
Lefteris Nikolaou, MEP

Athens 11/9/2019 THE PRESS OFFICE OF THE CC OF KKE

lunes, 9 de septiembre de 2019

Mass demonstration at Aristotelous Square


With the slogan : “Struggle for unity – mass – class, for modern working conditions and pay, for a life with rights”, thousands of working people, unemployed, self-employed, farmers  women and youth rallied on Saturday, 7th September at the All Workers Militant Front (PAME) demonstration at the Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF), directing a call for struggle to every working person for contemporary working conditions, for a life with rights.
Behind the banners of the Trade Unions, Federations and Labor Centers, protesters from Thessaloniki and surrounding prefectures, gave the first mass, united class answer to the anti-people attack of the government – the EU – capital, making it clear that “normalcy” is not the anti-labor upheavals the curtailment of labor rights, of trade union and popular freedom. It is not 'normalcy' for the country to be integrated in imperialist plans and competitions, which create dangerous conditions for our people and the peoples of the neighboring countries.
At the same time, they directed an open call for unity and action against the new plans that the ND government is readying.
A delegation of the CC of the KKE was at the rally, headed by the GS of the CC, Dimitris Koutsoumpas, who in his statement to the Press noted:
“Capitalist growth is neither beneficial for all, nor is it a given, due to the international environment, as is claimed  and alleged by the current Greek government.
All of them seek to 'drag the labor – popular movement behind the chariot of monopoly interests', so that they can serve the profits of the few at the expense of the interests of the many.
This why here and now we need a dynamic organization of labor – popular struggle, the development of class unity, a widening of the social, popular alliance, a change in the correlation of forces, so that the new anti-labor – anti-trade union laws will not pass, to abolish  previous laws that have brought the working class and the Greek people to their knees, to open the way so that we can live our lives as we really deserve to live them today.”

viernes, 6 de septiembre de 2019

Israel Threatens to Use Nuclear Weapons to ‘Wipe Out’ Its Enemies


Global Research, September 03, 2019
Middle East Monitor 31 August 2019

Standing next to a secretive Israeli atomic reactor earlier in the week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened to “wipe out” his enemies. In a speech that many will see as the Jewish state breaking its long silence over the possession of nuclear weapons, the Likud leader warned that it has the means to destroy its enemies.
“Those who threaten to wipe us out put themselves in a similar danger, and in any event will not achieve their goal,” he said on Wednesday during a ceremony to rename the complex, near the desert town of Dimona.
The site has long been suspected to be the location where Israel has been developing nuclear weapons.
Iran hit back by describing Netanyahu as a “warmonger”.  The threat “atomic annihilation” against the Islamic Republic was denounced as “beyond shameless in the gall”.
“Iran, a country without nuclear weapons, is threatened with atomic annihilation by a warmonger standing next to an actual nuclear weapons factory,” Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote on his official Twitter account.
Zarif also commented on Israel’s nuclear programme saying:
“As the world marks Int’l Day against Nuclear Tests, let’s remember that only nuclear bombs in our region belong to Israel and the US; the former a habitual aggressor & the latter the sole user of nukes. Let’s also remember that Iran has called for Nuclear Weapon Free Zone since 1974.”
Israel has never acknowledged possessing nuclear weapons, instead maintaining a policy of “strategic ambiguity”. Foreign reports have put the size of Israel’s nuclear arsenal in the dozens to hundreds of weapons.
Earlier this month a science journal published by Princeton University’s Science and Global Security journal claimed that Israel conducted illegal nuclear test in contravention of international law.
Netanyahu’s remarks came as Israel lobbies world powers to follow the US in exiting a 2015 international deal with Iran that capped the Islamic Republic’s nuclear capabilities.
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