U.N.’s Goldstone criticizes U.S. reaction to Gaza report

From Reuters:

BERLIN (Reuters) – The head of a U.N. investigation that accused Israel of war crimes in Gaza, Richard Goldstone, has said he is disappointed there has been such a “lukewarm” reaction to his findings in the United States.

The report by Goldstone, a South African jurist, lambasted both sides in the December-January war, which killed up to 1,387 Palestinians and 13 Israelis, but was harsher toward Israel.

It gave Israel and Palestinian Hamas militants six months to mount credible investigations or face possible prosecution in The Hague. Both Israel and Hamas denied committing war crimes.

“The reactions in the international community were very mixed, but the lukewarm from the United States disappointed me,” Goldstone told das Parlament, a weekly political newspaper published by Germany’s lower house of parliament, the Bundestag.

“The fact that the reactions from Israel were so violent really surprised me at times,” he added, according to the German text of his comments published on Sunday.

“I had that hoped our call to take legal steps and pursue people at a national level would fall on more open ears.”

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US scientist faces death for plot to spy for Israel

Gee, I thought Israel was our friend. Seems like the most you would get for selling secrets to a friend would be a slap on the wrist.

From Raw Story:

WASHINGTON — A leading US scientist who had worked at the White House and NASA could face execution for offering to sell secrets to Israel for two million dollars, according to documents filed in federal court.

Stewart Nozette, 52, is set to appear in court Thursday for a hearing on whether he should remain in detention after he was arrested in a sting operation involving an FBI agent posing as an Israeli official.

Nozette, arrested Monday, is charged with two counts of attempted espionage for allegedly trying to sell secrets to Israel, according to court documents filed late Wednesday.

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Report: Palestinians denied water

From The BBC:

Israel is denying Palestinians access to even the basic minimum of clean, safe water, Amnesty International says.

In a report, the human rights group says Israeli water restrictions discriminate against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank.

It says that in Gaza, Israel’s blockade has pushed the already ailing water and sewage system to “crisis point”.

Israel says the report is flawed and the Palestinians get more water than was agreed under the 1990s peace deal.

‘Basic need’

In the 112-page report, Amnesty says that on average Palestinian daily water consumption reaches 70 litres a day, compared with 300 litres for the Israelis.

It says that some Palestinians barely get 20 litres a day – the minimum recommended even in humanitarian emergencies.

While Israeli settlers in the West Bank enjoy lush gardens and swimming pools, Amnesty describes a series of Israeli measures it says are discriminating against Palestinians:

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U.S., Israel Start Defense Drill

From The Wall Street Journal:

TEL AVIV — The U.S. and Israeli militaries began a combined air-defense exercise on Thursday involving about 1,000 American soldiers and simulating a scenario in which U.S. forces deploy to Israel to help defend the country against incoming missiles.

The three-week drill, the fifth since 2001, is part of a growing partnership between the two militaries that has coincided with rising fears in Israel about Iran’s growing arsenal of missiles and nuclear ambitions.

“In time of need the Israel Defense Forces will protect our country, however, if decided, our defenses will be enhanced by the United States’ capabilities,” Israeli Air Defense Corps commander Brig. Gen. Doron Gavish told a news conference.

Iran and Israel both confirmed Thursday that representatives of their governments attended a conference in Cairo last month focused on global nonproliferation issues, a rare joint appearance by officials from the enemy states. Continue reading

Netanyahu: World Must Rally against Iran

From CNSNews:

United Nations (AP) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanhyahu waved designs of the most infamous Nazi death camp from a U.N. podium on Thursday, exhorting the world to stop Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.

Just days after Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad once again denied the Holocaust, Netanhyahu used his speech before the U.N. General Assembly to warn of another catastrophe.

He held up a copy of minutes from a notorious meeting at Wannsee Lake where top Nazis formalized plans for the systematic extermination of Europe’s Jewish population.

“Is this protocol a lie?” he asked.

Then he brandished original construction plans for the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp- a representation in chilling detail of gas chambers, crematoria and other facilities where 3 million Jews perished.

“The most urgent challenge facing this body today is to prevent the tyrant of Tehran from acquiring nuclear weapons,” he declared.

Iran denies that it is producing nuclear arms, but Israel, the U.S. and other world powers do not believe that and are hoping to curb Tehran’s nuclear ambitions through a series of sanctions. The threat of additional sanctions looms, but Iran so far has refused to stop enriching uranium, a process that could be used to make bombs.

Israel considers Iran to be its greatest threat because of its nuclear program, its possession of missiles that could be equipped with nuclear warheads and its repeated talk of the Jewish state’s demise.

There has been much speculation Israel might launch a military strike against Iran’s nuclear sites as it did against an unfinished Iraqi nuclear reactor in 1981. This week, Netanyahu said again that “all options are on the table” and Israel “reserves the right of self-defense.”

Drawing a parallel between the Nazis and Iran has become a favored theme among some Israeli officials. At the U.N. on Thursday, he warned that Tehran’s nuclear program threatens not only Israel, but the entire world.

“Perhaps some of you think that this man and his odious regime, perhaps they threaten only the Jews. Well, if you think that, you’re wrong. You’re dead wrong,” he said.

He also castigated U.N. delegates who stayed for Ahmadinejad’s speech before the General Assembly.

“Have you no shame? Have you no decency?” he asked.

He questioned whether the U.N. was up to the task of standing up to Tehran – and roundly denounced a recent U.N. report accusing Israel of war crimes in its winter war against Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip.

The report, overseen by veterans war crimes investigator Richard Goldstone, a respected international jurist with close ties to Israel, accused the Israeli military of using disproportionate firepower against militants who bombarded southern Israel with thousands of rockets and mortars over eight years.

Netanyahu moved up his trip to New York this week after President Barack Obama summoned him to a three-way meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

In his speech, Netanyahu reasserted his desire for peace with the Palestinians. But in effect, the meeting failed to bridge the divides over Israeli settlement construction and an agenda for renewed negotiations.

In UN speech, Gaddafi suggests Israel behind JFK assassination

From Raw Story(with video) :

Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi called for a reopening of the investigations into the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., during his speech at the UN on Wednesday, and pointed the finger at Israel in Kennedy’s death.

In a wide-ranging speech that took place just after President Obama’s address to the UN, and which ran much longer than scheduled, Gaddafi asked why Jack Ruby, “an Israeli,” killed Kennedy’s assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, and suggested Kennedy may have been killed because of his interest in “investigating” an Israeli nuclear program.

“Why did this Israeli kill the killer of Jack Kennedy? The whole world should know that Kennedy wanted to investigate the nuclear reactor of the Israeli demon,” Gaddafi said.

Gaddafi also called for a reinvestigation into the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., whom Gaddafi described as a “black rebel.”

“His killing was a plot, and we should know why he was killed and who killed him,” Gaddafi said.

James Earl Ray, who died in 1998, was convicted of King’s murder. Some members of the King family believe Ray didn’t kill Rev. King. Ray maintained his innocence throughout his life.

In his wide-ranging speech, which ran much longer than scheduled, Gaddafi criticized the UN Security Council as being ineffective, stating that 65 wars had been launched in the time the council has been in existence.

He also stated that the fact the five permanent members of the Security Council — China, France, Russia, the UK and the US — have a veto power contravenes the principle, stated in the UN Charter’s preamble, that all nations are to be treated equally.

And he suggested that UN headquarters be moved out of the United States. Complaining of jet lag, he suggested the general assembly be relocated somewhere more “comfortable,” and insisted that the suggestion was not a sleight against the US, but instead would “relieve” the country of having to “suffer” providing security and maintenance to the UN.

Gaddafi also demanded $7.7 trillion from the West, “in the name of 1,000 African kingdoms,” for the colonization of Africa.

“7.77 trillion dollars — that is the compensation the Africans deserve from the countries that colonized Africa,” Gaddafi said.

GADDAFI? QADDAFI? KADHAFY?

Gaddafi’s appearance at the UN has stirred a long-running debate in the corridors of America’s newsrooms: How do you spell the man’s name?

“Library of Congress recognizes 112 different spellings of the name of the Libyan leader,” ABC’s Jake Tapper Tweeted Wednesday. “ABC News just ruled: Moammar Gadhafi.”

That spelling agrees with the Associated Press spelling, but differs from the New York Times and Bloomberg news service — “Qaddafi” — and AFP, which spells it “Khadafi.”

RAW STORY has settled on “Gaddafi,” for the simple reason that it gets the most hits in Web searches.

— Daniel Tencer, with AFP

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Russian report: Netanyahu may be planning attack

From YNetNews.com:

PM’s rushed visit to Moscow under cloud of secrecy occupies Russian media. Kommersant paper quotes ‘informed Israeli’ source as saying ‘It can’t be ruled out that Israel may be ready to move on to decisive actions with regards to Iran, and Netanyahu decided to inform Kremlin of this’

Olga Gouresky

Published: 09.10.09, 14:16 / Israel News

Russian media on Thursday continued to cover Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s mysterious visit to Moscow, that was leaked to the media from his office.

Kommersant newspaper quoted “experts” as saying they believe a visit of this kind could have stemmed from urgent circumstances, “for example, in the event that Israel plans to attack Iran”.

At first, Moscow denied a visit ever took place, but after Netanyahu’s office was forced to admit to the PM’s Military Secretary Meir Kalifi’s lie, a senior Kremlin source also confirmed to Kommersant that the Israeli prime minister did indeed visit the city.

Russian media also directed questions on the visit to the Israeli embassy in Moscow, but embassy sources said that if there was such a visit, “We know nothing about it.”

The paper then quoted what it called an “informed” Israeli source, who wished to remain anonymous, as saying, “Such a visit could be related to new information and could threaten the Iranian nuclear program. It should not be ruled out that Israel may be ready to move on to decisive actions with regards to Iran, and Netanyahu has decided to inform the Kremlin of this.”

Russian Foreign Minister Spokesman Andrei Nesterenko published an announcement saying, “We have no knowledge of a Netanyahu’s ‘secret’ visit to Moscow. We saw reports in various media. They are inconsistent. Other than that, I cannot tell you anything. I have no detailed information in the matter, or any information in the matter. We have seen the reports.”

On Wednesday, Ynet revealed that Netanyahu left Israel on a private jet belonging Israeli millionaire Yossi Maiman. Earlier Wednesday, Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper reported that his destination was Russia.

The prime minister’s aides who published the false announcements of his whereabouts were a loss for words.

Wednesday night the Prime Minister’s Office published yet another announcement in an attempt to rectify the damage, said, “The prime minister was busy with secret, classified activity. The military secretary took his own initiative to defend this activity.”