November 18, 2019
  • 3:51 pm US ARMY: Back day
  • 6:51 am U.S. Air Force Commissioned Officer Training / Phase 01: Orientation
  • 6:51 am Just the Job – Air Force Officer
  • 2:50 pm The Navy SEAL Who Killed Bin Laden and The Lone Survivor Give advice on BUD/S – Vigilance Elite
  • 1:52 pm Those Who Serve: Investigation Into Medical Negligence In The Military | NBC Nightly News


Shalom and good evening, this is TV7 Israel
News broadcasting to you from Jerusalem; And in today’s top stories;
Israel’s military chief warns that despite Jerusalem’s presiding assessment that its
enemies do not want a war (at this stage), “the situation is tense and fragile and
is liable to devolve into a clash. Clashes erupted between Turkish and Syrian
Regime forces in several villages in Syria’s Ankara-envisioned northeastern “safe zone.” U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper accuses
Turkey of “unwarranted” actions that put its allies in “a very terrible situation.” IDF Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Aviv
Kochavi listed Israel’s regional challenges, identifying Iran’s activities in Syria and
Lebanon as the main threat to the security of the Jewish State. In excerpts released by the IDF Spokespersons
unit from an undisclosed meeting earlier this week, the top Israeli general confirmed that
despite Jerusalem’s presiding assessment that its enemies do not want a war (at this
stage), “the situation is tense and fragile and is liable to devolve into a clash… in
both the northern and southern theaters of Israel.” And while “Israel is today coping with several
theatres and enemies simultaneously,” the Israeli military chief pointed to “Israel’s
central strategic challenge that lies in the northern arena,” where Jerusalem has to
contend with “the entrenchment of Iranian troops and others in Syria” and Hezbollah’s
“precision-guided missile project” in Lebanon. General Kochavi elaborated on the matter,
saying: “In both Syria and in Lebanon, these efforts are being led by Iran, which makes
use of the territory of states where governance is extremely limited.” He added that “for many years, Hezbollah
has taken Lebanon hostage. It has built an army of its own (namely Hezbollah)
and (the Islamic Republic) is the party that in practice, decides Lebanon’s ‘security
policy.” It is important to note that while the IDF
Chief of Staff Kochavi confirmed that the Israeli military is diligently preparing for
a next confrontation – only “miscalculation” by Jerusalem’s enemies could lead to an
all-out conflagration. Furthermore, a source told TV7 that the remarks
by Israel’s top military official were made in light of the country’s political deadlock
– to remind the leaders of Israel that the Jewish State must remain vigilant amid growing
regional tension and instability. Furthermore, it aims to bolster the military’s
public campaign for an additional military defense budget, at a time when Jerusalem functions
without a budgetary mechanism, due to the absence of a functioning government. The persisting threat to regional stability,
posed by the Islamic Republic, is not exclusive to Israel’s agenda;
Saudi Arabia, which was subject to devastating Iranian attacks on the Kingdom’s oil infrastructure
two months ago, is stepping up its efforts to secure global support with the aim of deterring
Tehran. To this end, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir
is currently on an extensive tour of the West, where he repeatedly urges both European powers
and the United States to persist with the Trump Administration’s maximum pressure
campaign against the Ayatollah regime in Tehran. The message the Saudi top diplomat focused
on during all of his interviews and public sessions, among others in Paris and London,
is Iran’s evident involvement in almost all of the regional conflicts. “The direction of Turkey, with regard to
the alliance (NATO), is heading in the wrong direction. On any number of issues, we see them spinning
closer into Russia’s orbit that into the Western orbit. And I think this is unfortunate. And I think we all need to work together to
strengthen our partnership with Turkey and make sure they trend back to being the strong
reliable ally, responsible ally, that they have been in the past.” Minister Jubeir sought to warn the international
community, especially France, Britain and Germany, from adopting a policy of appeasement
vis-à-vis Iran’s nuclear program in particular. He insisted, during a Q&A session at London’s
Chatham House – which is the Royal (British) Institute of International Affairs – that
the Islamic Republic and its Supreme Leader blatantly lie about Tehran’s true intentions,
repeatedly contradicting their own words by conflicting actions. “The supreme leader of Iran has said, issued
a fatwa (Arabic: Islamic ruling), saying that having a nuclear weapon violates the tenets
of Islam. If that is their position, they should have
no problem giving up the unlimited enrichment that they would get twelve years after the
signing of the (2015 nuclear) deal. So why don’t they do that?” Because of Iran’s evident nuclear weapon
aspirations, Al-Jubeir stressed that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia supported U.S. president Donald
Trump’s withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal, and Washington’s policy of maximum
economic pressure – with the clear aim of forcing Tehran back to the negotiating table. “We supported President Trump when he withdrew
from the JCPOA (Nuclear agreement) and we support the (U.S.) policy of maximum (economic)
pressure. It is really up to the Iranians to come to
the table and make an agreement that actually stands.” Turning now to Israel’s northern neighbor,
where; Clashes erupted in several villages in Syria’s
Turkish-envisioned northeastern “safe zone.” Five Turkish soldiers and numerous militants
of the Ankara-backed Syrian paramilitary forces were reportedly wounded in heavy exchanges
of fire with Syrian army and separately, elsewhere, with the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces. In tandem, the Syrian army and SDF forces
have reportedly sustained several casualties. The referred to clashes erupted in spite of
the two separate written-agreements Turkey had reached with the United States and Russia,
indicating Ankara’s miscalculation of two factors that are crucial for the success of
its envisioned “safe zone”: The refusal of the Damascus government headed by President
Bashar al-Assad to accept Turkey’s military presence on Syrian lands, and subsequently,
the hatred of the Turkish-backed paramilitary forces toward the Assad regime. When Turkish-backed militants of the so-called
Syrian Free Army where asked what they think of Ankara’s agreements with Moscow and Washington,
they had a unified response. “To us, this recent agreement doesn’t concern
us, our greatest enemy is still the regime. We will continue and these safe zones will
not have regime forces. We will advance until we beat the (regime).” “With regards to the safe zone, we want one
that is free of the regime. When we first took part in this revolution,
we protested the regime and injustice. The regime is the one who killed us and killed
our families. We are definitely against the regime, completely,
absolutely.” It is important to mention that the deal struck
between Russia and Turkey, similar to the agreement with the United States, has an agreed-upon
expiration date. Per the agreement, Moscow pledged to force
a withdrawal of all Kurdish militants from Ankara’s safe zone by the 29th of October
at 6PM, Jerusalem time. If Russia fails, Turkish President Recep Tayyip
Erdogan vowed to follow-through on his previous plans for a wide-scale offensive. “If the terror group will be removed from
the area with all their elements at the end of the determined time, this agreement (with
Russia) will be implemented successfully. If the terror group keeps disturbing our country
from these areas, we will continue to implement our plans for an offensive.” Meanwhile in Brussels;
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization, commonly known by its acronym NATO, held a meeting
of the alliance’s Defense Ministers. The summit focused on several global and regional
challenges, including: the Turkish offensive in Syria and Ankara’s so-called safe zone,
as well as Russia’s increased involvement in the Middle East – among other matters
that are perceived as pressing by the 29-member alliance. Prior to the summit, U.S. Defense Secretary
Mark Esper accused Turkey of “unwarranted” actions that put its allies in “a very terrible
situation.” Speaking at an event organized in Brussels
by the German Marshall Fund think tank, the Pentagon Chief stressed that the United States’
efforts to avert conflict with its NATO-ally Turkey, played a key component in Washington’s
decision to withdraw from northeastern Syria. That said, Esper cautioned that Turkey is
heading in the wrong direction vis-à-vis the NATO alliance. “The direction of Turkey, with regard to
the alliance (NATO), is heading in the wrong direction. On any number of issues, we see them spinning
closer into Russia’s orbit that into the Western orbit. And I think this is unfortunate. And I think we all need to work together to
strengthen our partnership with Turkey and make sure they trend back to being the strong
reliable ally, responsible ally, that they have been in the past.” For more information on Israel and its region
visit our website at WWW.TV7ISRAELNEWS.COM

Tony wyaad

RELATED ARTICLES
LEAVE A COMMENT