IN TOONS ~~ DANCING TO THE DRUMS OF WAR

In a rare public expression of support for Israel by a radical Islamist figure in Syria, a former leader in al-Qaeda’s Syrian militia on Saturday welcomed Israeli airstrikes against Syrian and Iranian targets in the country after an Iranian drone infiltrated Israeli airspace, and called on the Jewish state to quickly “uproot” Iran from its northern neighbor.

Full report HERE

Images by Carlos Latuff

In a Middle East plenty of collaborators, is refreshing to see an Arab country repealing an Israeli aggression, something I haven’t seen since Israel-Hezbollah War in 2006.

Waiting for some statement from  Netanyahu and his far-right zealots about the Israel F-16 jet shot down in Syria airspace. What’s next? More airstrikes against “Iran targets”? Boots on the ground?

NETANYAHU CALLS THE KETTLE BLACK

“The pot calling the kettle black.”

War rumblings continue, as Netanhayu says Iran is another Nazi Germany

Ironic or not?

WHY BUILD WALLS WHEN IT’S EASIER TO JUST KILL THE POPULATION …

Video shows coalition forces using phosphorous munitions against ISIS
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 Amaq News Agency releases videos purporting to show US-led coalition using white phosphorous munitions in Raqqa in heavily populated areas in violation of international law.

Meanwhile ….

Supreme Irony In Gulf — Latuff’s Cartoon This Week

WEEKS’ END TOON ~~ WHO’S BEHIND THE ISIS ATTACK ON IRAN

The revelation comes a day after Reuters reported that the US risks being branded a war criminal for its support of the Saudi war in Yemen, which has led to thousands of innocent civilian casualties.

Image by Latuff

Did ISIS do Israel’s, Saudi Arabia’s, and USA’s bidding in Iran?

Related ….. (Click on link)

Leaked Clinton Emails Confirm Saudi Arabia, Qatar Funding ISIS

TIMELY TOONS >>>> WHO’S BEHIND ISIS ATTACK IN IRAN

Iran’s foreign minister meets Qatar’s Emir

Saudi Arabia/UAE/Bahrain/Egypt cut ties w/ Qatar

ISIS attacks Iran

Take your own conclusions.

Images by Carlos Latuff

‘The answer my friends is blowin in the wind …..’

Wanna know who’s behind ISIS attack in Iran? Follow the money!


Saudi-US relations

REFUGEE POLITOONS

Don’t like refugees? Stop bombing their countries!

In his third week in office, Donald Trump is calling for war with Iran. We explain why Israel and Saudi Arabia are lobbying the US to bomb Iran (which will only create more refugees and has nothing to do with nuclear weapons)

Israel, Washington’s closest ally in the Middle East, is armed to the teeth with the aid and assistance of the United States, and has built its own substantial nuclear arsenal. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who bitterly opposed the 2015 nuclear agreement, immediately condemned the Iranian missile test on Monday. He said he would press the Trump administration to renew economic sanctions on Tehran when he visits Washington this month.

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Image by Carlos Latuff

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SOME POLITOONS TO START THE WEEK

America’s Drums of War: White House Issues War Threat Against Iran

Israel, Washington’s closest ally in the Middle East, is armed to the teeth with the aid and assistance of the United States, and has built its own substantial nuclear arsenal. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who bitterly opposed the 2015 nuclear agreement, immediately condemned the Iranian missile test on Monday. He said he would press the Trump administration to renew economic sanctions on Tehran when he visits Washington this month.

Image by Carlos Latuff

Trump’s War On Iran / Cartoon by Carlos Latuff For MintPress

Trump’s War On Iran / Cartoon by Carlos Latuff For MintPress

The caricature that’s inciting Germany

German magazine shows Trump beheading Statue of Liberty, draws criticism and support from media and public.

Berlin German news magazine Der Spiegel recently came under fire for publishing an image of US President Donald Trump beheading the Statue of Liberty.

Berlin German news magazine Der Spiegel recently came under fire for publishing an image of US President Donald Trump beheading the Statue of Liberty.

And from the Israeli Press

Some oldies but goodies …

'Enough, Vanunu!'

‘Enough, Vanunu!’

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 Steve Bell on the release of Israeli nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu

Steve Bell on the release of Israeli nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu

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Ask Netanyahu About Mordechai Vanunu & His Silenced Story of Israels Weapons of Mass Destruction

Ask Netanyahu About Mordechai Vanunu & His Silenced Story of Israels Weapons of Mass Destruction

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From the archives of Carlos Latuff

From the archives of Carlos Latuff

TOOSDAY’S TOON ~~ #PokemonGo BANNED IN IRAN

Pokemon Go Banned in Iran Due To “Security Concerns”

Pokemon No. For real this time.

Full report HERE

Fleeing from Morality Police:  Cartoon on Iran's #PokemonGO  Ban  Posted by Linda Hemby

Fleeing from Morality Police: Cartoon on Iran’s #PokemonGO
Ban
Posted by Linda Hemby

 

MIDWEEK SPOOF ~~ IRANIAN MISSILE TESTING

Image by Carlos Latuff

As sanctions end over nuclear program, US socks Iran with new sanctions over missile testing Related post at MONDOWEISS

As sanctions end over nuclear program, US socks Iran with new sanctions over missile testing
Related post at MONDOWEISS

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So True 😦

IMAGE OF THE DAY ~~ NETANYAHU CHICKENSHIT OR SHITHEAD?

 

That's not egg on his face ... Cartoon that Swiss envoy presented at presentation with Iranians, and later apologized for, in August 2015

That’s not egg on his face …
Cartoon that Swiss envoy presented at presentation with Iranians, and later apologized for, in August 2015

Chickenshit or Shithead?

IN PHOTOS ~~ SAYING YES TO IRAN DEAL

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More photos and full report from Mondoweiss HERE

GOP MADNESS EXTRAORDINAIRE

I CAN HARDLY WAIT TO SEE JON STEWART’S RESPONSE TO THIS ONE …

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Huckabee: Obama Leading Israelis to ‘Door of the Oven’

Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, talking about the Iran nuclear deal, said President Barack Obama will march Israelis “to the door of the oven.”

Huckabee, in an interview Saturday with Breitbart News, evoked Holocaust images of the ovens used to dispose of the bodies of Jews gassed in Nazi concentration camps.

“This president’s foreign policy is the most feckless in American history,” the former Arkansas governor said. “It is so naive that he would trust the Iranians. By doing so, he will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven.”

Calling the deal signed earlier this month by Iran and world powers the “most idiotic thing,” Huckabee said the agreement should be rejected by Democrats and Republicans in Congress, “and by the American people.”

“I read the whole deal,” he said. “We gave away the whole store. It’s got to be stopped.”

In May, when Huckabee announced he was running for the 2016 presidency, he cast Obama’s foreign policy as not sufficiently protective of Israel’s interests.

“Hell will freeze over before they get a nuclear weapon,” Huckabee said of Iran.

A pastor, Huckabee visits Israel three to four times a year and leads tours there for evangelical Christians.

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Meanwhile, some sane voices ….

Former US ambassadors to Israel back Iran deal

7 past State Department officials claim ‘risks will be much higher for US and Israel’ without nuclear accord

Full report HERE

TOON ~~ ISRAEL HAS NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT

The Billion$ will continue to flow in …..
Spoof by Latuff

Spoof by Latuff

TIMELY TOON ~~ NETANYAHU’S REACTION TO IRAN DEAL

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Image by Carlos Latuff

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ISRAEL THREATENED BY A POSSIBLE PEACE WITH IRAN

PEACE NOW ~~~ OR ~~~ PEACE NO!

In addition to the five year UN weapons embargo, missile sanctions will stay in place for eight years.

Netanyahu, not happy with the Iran deal. (Photo: Alex Kolomisky)

Netanyahu, not happy with the Iran deal. (Photo: Alex Kolomisky)

Negotiators reach historic Iran deal amid anger in Israel

Agreement to maintain missile embargo for eight years; Israeli politicians predict nuclear Iran; PM: Mistake of historic proportions.

Iran’s support for international terrorist groups remained undiminished last year and even expanded in some respects, the Obama administration said Friday, less than two weeks before the deadline for completing a nuclear deal that could provide Tehran with billions of dollars in relief from economic sanctions.

The assessment offered a worrying sign of even worse terror-related violence to come after a year in which extremists in the Middle East, Africa and Asia committed 35 percent more terrorist acts, killed nearly twice as many people and almost tripled the number of kidnappings worldwide. Statistics released by the State Department on Friday also pointed to a tenfold surge in the most lethal kinds of attacks.

Yet even as the Islamic State group and the Taliban were blamed for most of the death and destruction in 2014, the department’s annual terrorism report underscored the ongoing threat posed by Iran and its proxies across the Islamic world and beyond.

Tehran increased its assistance to Shiite militias fighting in Iraq and continued its long-standing military, intelligence and financial aid to Lebanon’s Hezbollah, Syrian President Bashar Assad’s embattled government and Palestinian groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad. While the study said Iran has lived up to interim nuclear deals with world powers thus far, it gave no prediction about how an Iran flush with cash from a final agreement would behave.

World powers and Iran are trying to conclude an accord by the end of the month, setting 15 years of restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for significant relief from the international sanctions that have crippled the Iranian economy.

The negotiations don’t involve Iran’s support for militant groups beyond its border. But Israel and the Sunni monarchies of the Persian Gulf, Iran’s regional rivals, fear a fresh wave of terrorism as a result of any pact. President Barack Obama, hoping to ease their fears, has said most of the money would go to Iran’s economic development.

America’s “grave concern about Iran’s support for terrorism remains unabated,” White House spokesman Eric Shultz said. “That is all the more reason that we need to make sure they don’t obtain a nuclear weapon.”

In total last year, nearly 33,000 people were killed in almost 13,500 terrorist attacks around the world, according to the State Department report. That’s up from just over 18,000 deaths in nearly 10,000 attacks in 2013.

Twenty-four Americans were killed by extremists in 2014, the report said. And abductions soared to 9,428 in the calendar year from 3,137 in 2013.

The report attributes the rise in attacks to increased terror activity in Iraq, Afghanistan and Nigeria and the sharp spike in deaths to a growth in exceptionally lethal attacks in those countries and elsewhere.

There were 20 attacks that killed more than 100 people each in 2014, compared to just two a year earlier, the report said. Among those were December’s attack by the Pakistani Taliban on a school in Peshawar that killed at least 150 people and the June attack by Islamic State militants on a prison in Mosul, Iraq, in which 670 Shiite prisoners died.

At the end of 2014, the prison attack was the deadliest terrorist operation in the world since Sept. 11, 2001, according to the report.

Despite all indications pointing toward increased violence, the State Department’s counterterrorism coordinator said the numbers didn’t reflect improvements by the US and its partners in stamping out terrorism financing, improving information sharing, impeding foreign fighters and forming a coalition to fight the Islamic State group. “We have made progress,” Ambassador Tina Kaidanow said.

Attacks occurred in 95 countries last year but were concentrated in the Mideast, South Asia and West Africa. Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India and Nigeria accounted for more than 60 percent of the attacks. Adding Syria, they comprised roughly 80 percent of the fatalities, the report found.

The rise in kidnappings is mainly attributable to the mass abductions by terrorist groups in Syria, notably Islamic State militants and the al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front.

In Nigeria, Boko Haram was responsible for most, if not all, of the nearly 1,300 abductions, including several hundred girls from a school in Chibok. By contrast, the report cited fewer than 100 terror-related kidnappings reported in Nigeria in 2013.

Friday’s report noted the “unprecedented seizure” of territory in Iraq and Syria by the Islamic State group, its ability to recruit foreign fighters to join its cause and the emergence of self-proclaimed affiliates, notably in Libya, Egypt and Nigeria. It cited a rise in so-called lone wolf attacks in the West and terrorists employing more extreme methods of violence to repress and frighten communities under their control.

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ANOTHER LOONEY TOON

The video, just 28 seconds long, was published on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s social media pages Tuesday and argued that allowing Iran to obtain nuclear weapons would be even worse than giving nukes to the jihadist IS group — also known as ISIS — that has rampaged across Iraq and Syria brutally murdering opponents in its path.

Once again treating us all as if we were children….

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ISIS TOONS OF THE DAY

Iranian cartoon features Netanyahu leading Islamic State

New exhibition asked cartoonists to mock ISIS; among the works are cartoons criticizing US and Israel’s ‘help’ in ISIS rise to power.

Netanyahu riding ISIS ‘monster’

 Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shown riding an ISIS "monster," holding a bloody sword - this in criticism of Israel's alleged contribution to the strengthening of the terror organization.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shown riding an ISIS “monster,” holding a bloody sword – this in criticism of Israel’s alleged contribution to the strengthening of the terror organization.

Israeli hands give an ISIS fighter a massage

Another cartoon shows hands with a Star of David give a massage to the back of an Islamic State fighter lying on top of an American flag.

Another cartoon shows hands with a Star of David give a massage to the back of an Islamic State fighter lying on top of an American flag.

Report and more cartoons HERE

IF AMERICANS ONLY KNEW ABOUT THE NEW US ARMS DEAL WITH ISRAEL

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Israel is the largest cumulative recipient of US foreign assistance since World War II, the United States providing Israel $121 billion as of April 2014, according to a report prepared for the US Congress by the Congressional Research Service, the majority in military assistance.

The Pentagon released documents in February 2015 confirming Israel as a nuclear power, believed to be the the only country in the Middle East holding nuclear weapons.

YET …

The United States said Wednesday it plans to sell thousands of bombs and munitions to Israel in a $1.9 bn deal, officials said Wednesday.

(Sell actually means GIVE when dealing with Israel)

Image by Zapiro in The Times

Image by Zapiro in The Times

US to sell $1.9 bn in bombs and munitions to Israel

The United States said Wednesday it plans to sell thousands of bombs and munitions to Israel in a $1.9 bn deal, officials said Wednesday.

The US State Department informed Congress of the proposed arms sales to Israel, as well as deal with Saudi Arabia, US two allies wary of Washington’s negotiations with Iran over Tehran’s nuclear program.

The planned weapons deal with Israel includes 14,500 Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM), a guidance system attached to bombs allowing Air Force fighter jets direct targetting with GPS assistance, as well as 3,000 Hellfire missiles, 250 medium-range air-to-air missiles, 4,100 glide bombs and 50 BLU-113 “super penetrator” bombs designed to reach underground sites.

The notification to lawmakers of the planned arms sales came after a report in the Israeli daily Haaretz suggested Washington might expand its military aid to Israel as compensation for a possible agreement between Iran and major powers to curtail Tehran’s nuclear work.

Israel, which has sharply criticized US diplomacy with Iran, has reserved the right to take unilateral military action against Iran to prevent it from obtaining nuclear weapons and the bunker buster munitions could be used to strike at buried nuclear sites.

The Pentagon released documents in February 2015 confirming Israel as a nuclear power, believed to be the the only country in the Middle East holding nuclear weapons.

Israel but has never publicly acknowledged the fact and is not a signatory to the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty.

In Wednesday’s announcement, US officials said the planned sale would “replenish” existing stocks in Israel’s arsenal and would not provide the country with new types of weapons.

“The proposed sale of this equipment will provide Israel the ability to support its self-defense needs,” according to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency.

The main contractors in the arms deal are Boeing, Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, Ellwood National Forge Company and Raytheon Missile Systems.

The deal comes weeks after Israeli army veterans NGO Breaking the Silence slammed Israel’s last summer’s offense on the Gaza Strip, as members of Israeli forces gave testimony that the military acted excessively with complete disregard for civilian casualties.

Partially in response to Israeli military operations in Gaza, the US put the brakes on a missile transfer to Israel in August 2014. A senior U.S. official told the Wall Street Journal at the time that the decision came in effort to improve oversight over arms shipments to Israel, and was intended to demonstrate that the White House would not give the Israeli military a “blank check” for its operations in Gaza.

The 50 day war between Israel and Palestinian militants in July and August of last year left over 2,200 Palestinians dead, the majority of whom were civilians, and thousands more injured.

In a similar deal, the US also plans to sell around $1.9 billion in weaponry to Saudi Arabia, officials announced jointly with Israel’s arms deal.

The equal value of the Israeli and Saudi arms sales reflected Washington’s commitment to ensure Israel’s “qualitative military edge” in the region, officials added.

The United States has agreed $90 billion in arms deals with Saudi Arabia between 2010 and 2014, the main defense firms for the Saudi sale being Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation and aerospace giant Lockheed Martin.

Israel is the largest cumulative recipient of US foreign assistance since World War II, the United States providing Israel $121 billion as of April 2014, according to a report prepared for the US Congress by the Congressional Research Service, the majority in military assistance.

Congress must be informed 30 days before the administration can take final steps on a military sale to a foreign government. The sale can go ahead unless lawmakers vote to block or amend the deal.

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ISRAEL READY TO ACCEPT IRAN DEAL — FOR A FEE

CHUTZPAH EXTRAORDINAIRE!

As deal between US and Iran seems more likely, some Israeli sources say it might be time to shift gears and trade silence for compensation.

Worse part is that the US will probably agree to this 😦

F-35 stealth fighter jet, a possible price for Israeli silence on Iran? (Photo: AP)

F-35 stealth fighter jet, a possible price for Israeli silence on Iran? (Photo: AP)

 

Israeli sources: Israel willing to accept Iran deal for US compensation

The US Congress will not be able to stop a nuclear deal with Iran from being signed, according to recent assessments by sources in Israel’s Foreign Ministry, the intelligence community and AIPAC, who now believe it might be time to shift gears.

Sources in Jerusalem have now realized that instead of continuing to fight a lost cause, Israel has another route that could help secure its interests – namely, asking the US for compensation in the form of expensive weapons or other favors.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could either continue to fight the deal or he could swallow the deal, asking in return far-reaching benefits from the US, the sources said.

A high-ranking government official told Ynet’s sister publication Yedioth Ahronoth that “The White House is willing to pay a hefty price to get some quiet from the Israelis at this point. We are surprised the demand has not been made.”

A week ago, the Senate voted in favor of a bill that would allow Congress to review any nuclear deal President Barack Obama intends to sign with Iran. According to the legislation, Congress would have 30 days to review the deal and pass a motion of disapproval.

The bill is considered only in principle, and even Obama chose not to oppose it. The bill’s opponents were unsuccessful in passing an amendment requiring any agreement to be submitted to the Senate as a treaty. Under the constitution, that would require approval of two-thirds of the Senate.

One of the most pivotal and vocal senators working against the Iran nuclear deal was former chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, New Jersey Democrat Robert Menendez.

The bill’s opponents, including those in the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office, had hoped that Menendez would be able to stop the bill from passing, mainly because he was a key Democrat willing to speak out against the White House, but a recent corruption investigation opened against Menendez by the US Justice Department caused those hopes to diminish.

In light of the investigation, Menendez announced on April 1 that he was suspending himself from the Foreign Relations Committee. “With his departure from the scene, at least at this time, the most important engine working against the signing of the deal has disappeared,” said a Senate staffer.

A journalist who regularly covers the White House said that over the past two weeks, there has been a sudden change in tone with regards to Netanyahu.

“It is not because all of a sudden they love the prime minister of Israel there,” he said. “But rather because, in their eyes, everything must be done to get the deal with Iran approved, if and when the remaining details that were left out of the outline signed in Switzerland are agreed upon.”

According to the sources, the White House is willing to seriously consider substantial compensation to Israel so long as it does not provoke strong protest against the agreement until the deal is signed in July.

According to these sources, at a meeting between the Pentagon and State Department, various possibilities that could meet Israeli demands were discussed – with the most reasonable option thought to be an increase in the amount of F-35 fighter jets given to Israel.

The US would be willing to consider a “serious subsidy” of some of the additional jets whose acquisition has been stalled. Another option is the production of additional Iron Dome batteries – paid for the by the US.

Israeli sources say they believe the US would be willing to pay a high price for Israel’s silence, but is in no hurry to make any demands.

“If we come with demands at this point, it would mean that we have given up our objections to the deal, and now it is just a matter of at what price,” said an Israeli source.

“If Israel believes that the deal is a bad one for its security, it cannot appear as someone who gave up in the end,” said the source.

 

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TIMELY TOON ~~ OBAMA’S ‘OK CORRAL’

OK For Everyone EXCEPT Israel

Image by Dana Summers in The International New York Times

Image by Dana Summers in The International New York Times

See this recent post (Click on link)

JUST WHAT IS ISRAEL ‘KVETCHING’ ABOUT?

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