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Gaza Update: Bibi’s Worried, The Carnage Continues, and Global Protests

6:05 pm in Uncategorized by CTuttle

As I noted in my last postIsrael fears UN investigation on its crimes in Gaza

…Israel Today quoted official Israeli politicians as saying that the UN commission of inquiry will be much more damning than the ‘Goldstone Commission’ report issued by a similar committee in the aftermath of the aggression on Gaza at the end of 2008, especially since the “Goldstone Commission” was a “fact-finding committee”, whilst the current committee is a ‘commission of inquiry.’

The newspaper considered the differences to be ‘extremely worrisome’ because the probe could refer its conclusions to the International Criminal Court and bring to trial the leadership in Israel on charges of committing war crimes, should the case reach such a conclusion.

The newspaper said that the Israeli government has formed a team to deal with the commission of inquiry, and the team will focus on facing legal and political campaigns as well as the international media immediately after the aggression on Gaza ends.

It seems that Israel will repeat its claims and arguments that the Palestinian resistance in the Gaza Strip worked from within populated areas and used civilians as human shields, and that this lead to a large number of civilian deaths.

Haaretz reported today that the IDF puts together team to deflect war-crime allegations…

Legal work is being done ahead of possible international investigations like those that followed the 2009 Gaza offensive and the Mavi Marmara incident.

The Israel Defense Forces has established a team to collect evidence on the fighting with Hamas in Gaza in case the army is accused of war crimes. The IDF reiterated yesterday that Hamas had committed crimes, not Israel.

The team, headed by the chief of the IDF’s Planning Directorate, Maj. Gen. Nimrod Sheffer, includes officials from the Military Advocate General’s Office, Southern Command, the Gaza Division and the air force.

The team will collect evidence about Palestinian civilians used as human shields, particularly video documentation by the air force. The officials note a number of events in which Palestinian civilians have been harmed and it is not clear who was responsible. This includes firing on the Shati refugee camp and Shifa Hospital, a military source said.

The IDF also intends to discuss the air force’s target planning, which includes calculations of possible damage to surrounding buildings and sites during an air strike.

The daily Israel Hayom, which first reported on the establishment of the team Friday, said officials from government ministries would also be on board, including the Foreign Ministry and the Defense Ministry.

Legal work is being done ahead of possible international investigations like the ones that followed Israel’s January 2009 ground offensive in Gaza and the 2010 commando raid on the Gaza-bound ship the Mavi Marmara. The new team will also present findings on the conduct of Hamas during the fighting in Gaza over the past three and a half weeks.

Sheffer’s work will run simultaneously with probes coordinated by Maj. Gen. Noam Tibon, who is heading a General Staff panel tasked with clarifying cases in which the IDF harmed noncombatants.

Reflecting back on the ‘Cast Lead’ debacle, Wikileaks, had released this Tel Aviv cable…

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Will Logic Prevail in The War on Iran?

8:30 pm in Uncategorized by CTuttle

Modality: mo·dal·i·ty : the classification of logical propositions according to their asserting or denying the possibility, impossibility, contingency, or necessity of their content.

Iran requires IAEA to sign Modality prior to access to sites

Iran on Monday required the International Atomic Energy Agency to sign Modality to resolve outstanding issues prior to access to Iranian sites.

Iran’s IAEA envoy Ali-Asghar Soltanieh said that the prerequisite to the IAEA inspectors’ access to Iranian sites is signing a Modality Plan to resolve the outstanding issues.

Speaking to IRNA after two-hour closed-door briefing session of Non-Aligned Movement at IAEA Headquarters, Soltanieh said the meeting discussed latest developments about Iran’s nuclear issue, including two rounds of Tehran-IAEA talks.

He said that at the NAM meeting, he expressed Iran’s preparedness for cooperation with the IAEA, adding that no compromise will be made over Iranian nation’s inalienable rights.

He added that he briefed the NAM Representatives to IAEA about intensive talks with the agency’s officials in Tehran and made it clear that the Islamic Republic of Iran showed goodwill and transparency on the legal and specialized aspects of the issue.

As for question of some NAM ambassadors on the IAEA inspectors’ access to Parchin, he said that first of all a modality in which duties of both sides are clarified, should be signed with all reservations so that the ground would be prepared for any inspection.

The Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to continue talks with the IAEA based on its international principles and commitments, including Non-Proliferation Treaty, said Soltanieh, adding that based on approvals of the NAM ambassadors, the working group of NAM, comprising deputy ambassadors immediately started work to prepare statement in support for the Islamic Republic of Iran.

He noted that once finally approved, the NAM envoys’ statement would be read out at the Board of Governors session by Egypt’s ambassador.

The IAEA Board session will convene next week.

IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano released his latest Iran report on Iran three days ago…

In other words, Iran will allow the IAEA into Parchin (again!) to investigate, as long as the IAEA reciprocates by calling off the dogs of war, and in particular, Amano and his politicized henchmen…! Now, I do foresee it as a real opportunity to finally put the issue to rest, but, I have faith that it will not placate the Neo/Ziocons one iota…!

Why you might ask…?

Take a gander at the latest Congressional Research Service report being distributed to all our Congress Critters… Iran’s Nuclear Program: Tehran’s Compliance with International Obligations (PDF! 18pgs)

In it, they used a whole lot of weasel words like; “May have violated,” “Serious concerns,” and, “Will not be in a position to progress in its verification of the absence of undeclared nuclear material and activities in Iran.”

Naturally, the lede was buried deep in the report… “A November 18, 2011, IAEA board resolution expressed “serious concern” that Tehran has not complied with the obligations described in IAEA Board of Governors and U.N. Security Council resolutions, but the November resolution did not contain a formal finding of noncompliance.

Fancy that…!

Also from the CRS report…

…As noted, Resolution 1929 also requires Tehran to refrain from “any activity related to ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons” and to comply with the modified Code 3.1 of its subsidiary arrangement.

Could you imagine the US submitting itself to that nonsense, much less Israel…?

Any chance that they’ll ease up on the inhumane sanctions on Iran if they find nothing in Parchin…?

*gah*