Sanctions against Iran are going forward at a rapid pace. Today we feature (Article 1) Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, making very clear that Iran’s continued proxy battles around the world will be met by US force directly against Iran, the source.
See the sanctions hard at work in China (Article 2)!
- Pompeo: Iran will be held accountable – CNN, Zachary Cohen and Jennifer Hansler
- CNPC suspends investment in Iran’s South Pars after U.S. pressure – Reuters, Chen Aizhu
- Fatah calls on Palestinians to confront IDF, escalate situation – Jpost, JERUSALEM POST STAFF
- Palestinian recounts torture by PA for helping Israel to thwart terror attacks – TimesofIsrael, TOI staff
- The Hamas Plan to Take Judea and Samaria – GatestoneInstitute, Khaled Abu Toameh
by Zachary Cohen and Jennifer Hansler for CNN, December 13, 2018
But while allies echoed some of Pompeo’s concerns, the divide between the US and nations remaining in the Iran nuclear deal was abundantly clear yet again.
Pompeo again claimed that Tehran has increased its ballistic missile activity since the Iran nuclear deal took effect in 2016 and defended the Trump administration’s decision earlier this year to withdraw from the agreement.
by Chen Aizhu for Reuters, December 13, 2018
Workers lay pipelines for China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC)’s Shaanxi-Beijing natural gas pipeline network, ahead of Beijing’s winter heating season, in Xianghe, Hebei province, China November 11, 2018. (Photo, Su Dan/CNS/REUTERS)
China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC) has suspended investment in Iran’s South Pars natural gas project in response to U.S. pressure and to minimize tensions amid trade talks between Beijing and Washington, three Chinese state oil executives said.
South Pars is the world’s largest gas field and CNPC’s investment freeze is a blow to Tehran’s efforts to maintain financing for energy projects amid the re-imposition U.S. sanctions on its energy sector earlier this year.
Iran said on Nov. 25 that CNPC replaced Total (TOTF.PA) as the operator of Phase 11 project at South Pars after the French company ended its participation rather than violate the sanctions.
by JERUSALEM POST STAFF for Jpost.com
Locals respond to the Givat Assaf terror attack that left two soldiers dead, December 13, 2018 (Video/Photo, Tovah Lazaroff)
“Hamas praises the numerous resistance attacks as well as the citizens of the occupied West Bank and the revolutionary youth,” Hamas Spokesman Abdel Latif al-Qanou said. The attack, he said, “is in response to the crimes of the Zionist occupation in the occupied West Bank. Our members will stand against the occupation and will resist it – until it ends.”
Fatah placed the blame for the attack on Israel.
by TOI staff for TimesofIsrael, December 13, 2018
A Palestinian man this week attended a Knesset meeting and described torture he was subjected to while in the Palestinian Authority’s custody for collaborating with Israel and preventing terror attacks. In rare Knesset discussion, Walid says he and other suspected collaborators were forced to carry heavy cinder blocks; official says government seeking to up pressure on Ramallah.
Tearful and angry, the man recounted his detention during an unusual discussion on Tuesday at an Interior Committee discussion that dealt with Israelis and Palestinian collaborators arrested by the PA, which was called following the arrest of a different man, Isaam Akel, two months ago on suspicion of selling land to Jews.
by Khaled Abu Toameh for GatestoneInstitute, December 13, 2018
Hamas and its allies are openly working to export their “armed struggle” against Israel beyond the Gaza Strip and ultimately to take control of the Judea and Samaria. Pictured: Masked Hamas terrorists. (Photo by Abid Katib/Getty Images)
Hamas and its allies are openly working and encouraging the eruption of a new anti-Israel uprising in the West Bank, and they have been emboldened by the recent failure of the UN General Assembly to adopt a US-sponsored resolution condemning Hamas and other Palestinian groups for firing rockets at Israel and inciting violence.
The Hamas-engineered attacks are not only a threat to Israeli civilians and soldiers; they also undermine the Western-funded Palestinian Authority (PA) of Mahmoud Abbas. Each “successful” attack carried out by Hamas earns it more popularity in the West Bank, at the cost of Abbas and his regime.