Israel’s deceptive diplomatic success



The long-term effects of the 2014 Gaza war are still being felt: Israel’s international credit is depleted, public opinion has turned hostile and prospects of boycott loom larger than ever.

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Vatican refuses to give Israel details of accord signed with Palestinians


Pope Francis with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas at the Vatican Saturday, May 16, 2015.
Despite four appeals from Israeli diplomats, the Vatican has declined to disclose details about the content of the agreement, senior official in Jerusalem says.

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Israel a step closer to Guantanamo-style force-feeding of hunger-striking prisoners


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Israel slams UNESCO for ignoring Jewish, and Christian, connection to Jerusalem


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Foreign Ministry directors says: UN body’s “adoption of utterly false allegations about Israeli archaeological practices is misplaced and hypocritical, at best.”

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Report: Netanyahu asked UK to vote in favor of UN Gaza resolution accusing Israel of war crimes


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Jerusalem all but denies bizarre claim that PM lobbied Cameron, Merkel to back UNHRC’s Israel-bashing resolution for fear harsher version would replace it

ed note–an important piece of evidence in understanding how Jewish power politics works, where something that seems absolutely inimical to Israel’s interests (short term) is actually supported in order to achieve more-important interests in the long term.

Kind of like Israel saying publicly she is against ‘Islamic Terrorism’, but then building up terror groups such as ISIS and ISIL, ya know?

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Iran rejects claims of ties to Jordan terror suspect


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Revolutionary Guard official says allegations part of international ‘phobia and propaganda’ against the Islamic Republic

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Anti-Iran Propaganda Ad Seen On Cable TV, Funded By Adelson, Kaplan


According to the “Schedule B” filing that tax-exempt nonprofits must submit to the IRS, the top donors to UANI are a pair of trusts associated with the billionaire Thomas Kaplan and a family foundation operated by Republican mega-donor Sheldon Adelson and his wife Miriam. Together, the funding associated with Kaplan and Adelson accounted for more than three-quarters of the group’s total revenue of $1.7 million for the 2013 tax year.

As I previously reported for The Nation, Adelson’s family foundation contributed half a million dollars to UANI that year.

Kaplan’s contributions to the anti-Iran group were larger overall—totaling $843,000, around half the UANI’s annual revenue for that tax year—but through two separate trusts managed by his company, named in the schedule B document as The Tigris Group. (Known Kaplan companies include The Tigris Financial Group, The Tigris Group of Companies, and The Electrum Group.) The first, Butterfield Trust, is described in a 2011 Sunshine Silver Mines prospectus as “trustee of a trust primarily for the benefit of members of the family of Dr. Thomas Kaplan.” Butterfield Trust contributed $281,000 to UANI in 2013. The other Kaplan trust, New Generations, gave UANI $562,000, according to the Schedule B.

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