Lost Jewish property in Arab countries estimated at $150 billion

Lost Jewish property in Arab countries could amount to $150 billion, according to a government assessment obtained exclusively by Israel Hayom.

The property valuation pertains to assets left behind by Jews who were expelled or fled Arab nations and Iran in the late 1940s and 1950s. The review was two years in the making and its authors stressed that it is a conservative assessment that does not account for current inflation rates.

The project has been in the works since 2002 but it wasn’t until 2017, when Social Equality Minister Gila Gamliel assumed the mantle, that serious progress was made in this investigation.

Gamliel teamed with the National Security Council, which cast a wide international net with the aim of estimating the scope of lost Jewish property in Arab nations.

The exact methods used to compile the report remain classified, but a rough breakdown of the figures shows lost Jewish property in Iran is worth some $31.3 billion. Assets in Libya, for example, were pegged at $6.7 billion, followed by Yemen proper ($2.6 billion), its temporary capital of Aden ($700 million), and Syria ($1.4 billion).

Gamliel is expected to present the findings to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the coming weeks.

“We may be able to begin righting a historical wrong, as part of which hundreds of thousands of Jewish refugees who have lost their property could regain it, alongside their forgotten place in the historical narrative of the young state that emerged as they became refugees.”

A lost chapter in history

The parameters examined in the report include rural and urban property, businesses’ value, loss of income and potential income, and loss of communal property, to name a few.

The report’s authors worked off the assumption that in order for any political process to be credible and long-lasting, “It is necessary to ensure that all refugees in the Middle East receive equal treatment under international law.”

In 2010, the government passed a law by which any future peace deal with Arab countries will entail compensation for lost Jewish property, but until now the state did not actually know the extent of the property left behind or its exact location.

For the most part, when addressing the issue of “refugees” in the Middle East, the international community, as well as different sectors automatically attribute the term to Palestinian refugees, even though the same period of time (1948-1967) saw over 850,000 Jews leave various Arab countries and Iran. Some 600,000 arrived in Israel and the rest relocated mainly to the US or Europe.

Jewish communities’ roots in the Arab world date back over 2,500 years, but unfortunately, the geopolitical upheavals of the Middle East – especially in the 20th century – have relegated these vibrant communities to a little more than a footnote in history.

In the current political climate in the region, the issue of Palestinian refugee often makes headlines while most remain oblivious to the existence of the issue of hundreds of thousands of Jewish refugees who were forced to leave their countries of origin and who, by emigrating to Israel, have significantly shaped its social fabric.

Commenting on previous Israeli governments’ neglect of this issue given its ramifications on any future negotiations, Gamliel said that she was “stunned to discover so little has been done over the years.”

The current review “is very important for the past and the present but even more so for the future, as diplomatic efforts the likes of [US] President Trump’s ‘deal of the century’ are about to unfold and entail significant implications,” she said.

Since 2014, Israel officially marks the Day of Departure and Expulsion of Jews from the Arab Countries and Iran on Nov. 30.

The symbolic date was chosen since it follows Nov. 29 on which the United Nations Partition Plan for Palestine was adopted and after which many Jews living in Arab countries were pressured or forced to leave their countries.

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Satellite images show Iran continuing construction on Imam Ali army base along Iraq-Syria border despite airstrikes, 17 November, 2019

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Drones give militants new precision weapon in Gaza conflict -Israeli Analysis JP

A drone is seen over the border between Israel and Gaza in June

The drone attack against an IDF Humvee by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad over the weekend was a dangerous escalation by the Gazan terrorist group. But it wasn’t the first time.

In late May, PIJ used a drone to drop a mortar shell on a tank stationed at the border. The attack, during a violent flare-up between Israel and terrorist organizations in Gaza, was filmed by the group and later released on social media.In the video, small explosions can be seen on and next to the tank, with Arabic captions reading “your defenses are nothing to us.”
A few days before, a drone armed with explosives launched from the northern part of the Gaza Strip landed in the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council.

While no one was injured in any of the attacks, the incident over the weekend was a warning to the IDF: terrorist groups in the blockaded coastal enclave are continuing to innovate and find new weapons to attack Israel’s military.

Beginning in late March 2018, during the “March of Return” protests, Hamas began using kites, balloons and condoms to burn Israeli land. It was a cheap but effective tool that Israel had trouble containing.

Close to a year and a half later, incendiary balloons are still being flown across the border, frustrating the military and first responders who rush to the scene to put out the flames.

Now drones are the new “it.”

This weekend’s attack is a wake-up call that Israel must take seriously because drones, like rockets, pose threats not only to troops but to the thousands of residents who live in communities near the border.

This time, an IDF Humvee was lightly damaged by an improvised explosive device dropped by the drone. And Israel hit back hard, first shelling the cell that launched the drone, and then striking Hamas targets across the northern and central Gaza Strip for close to an hour.

In comparison, five rockets were launched toward southern Israel communities the night before, leading Israel to strike several Hamas targets.

The military understands the threat, and it understands that a rocket attack on southern communities is an indiscriminate attack on civilians, while the drone attacked a military target. While there were no injuries or casualties in either event, both need to be met with an iron fist.

Hamas and other terrorist groups in the Strip have been working for years to improve their drone capabilities, both by smuggling in civilian drones and by manufacturing them locally. Israel, for its part, has worked to thwart Hamas from increasing their drone arsenal, stopping them at border crossings and, according to foreign reports, eliminating Hamas operatives involved in their drone program.

In February 2017, a Hamas drone that was making its way toward Israel from the Gaza Strip fell into the sea after being shot down by an Israeli F-16. The previous year, Hamas’s chief drone expert and engineer, Mohamed Zouari, was gunned down in his car near his home in the Tunisian city of Sfax in an operation blamed on the Mossad.

In 2012, during Operation Pillar of Defense, the IDF said it struck Hamas facilities in Gaza that were being used to develop drones capable of carrying explosives. Then-GOC southern commander Maj.-Gen. Tal Russo said at the time that the IDF destroyed “advanced weaponry like the development of a UAV that isn’t used for photography, but for attacks deep inside Israel.”

The IDF has been dealing with this phenomenon for years, and with the increase of small easily operable drones that can be bought cheaply online from anywhere in the world, the threat is only increasing.

And while they are cheap, they are difficult to spot and intercept even for skilled sharpshooters, making them the perfect weapon for terrorists.

Dozens of civilian companies have been working to provide solutions to intercept drones, and the air force is said to be testing several different technologies to intercept or hack drones with the aim of integrating them in the coming months.

In the meantime, the men and women on the ground who are the first at the scene, even before the military, are getting frustrated.

Eyal Hajabi, chief security officer at the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council, told The Jerusalem Post that the threat posed by drones is something that has increased over the past few months and is likely not limited to military targets.

“They stopped launching balloons and started with drones,” said Hajabi. “Since 2018, we have not had any quiet. [There are] rockets, tunnels, anti-tank, kites and now drones. For the rockets, we have the Iron Dome. [For] tunnels, we have an underground barrier. For anti-tank missiles, we have more barriers, but for the threat of kites – which is so primitive – we don’t have a solution, and now we have the drone threat, which is new and dangerous.”

And for Hajabi, this is not a threat that only targets the military. “The moment they succeed against the military, they will try to target communities,” he said. “Wherever they find a target, they will want to strike. We can’t say that these drones are targeting only military jeeps or positions, but if groups in Gaza can fire hundreds of rockets toward civilian communities, who is to say that they won’t send drones to communities?”

Just like the incendiary kites and balloons that wreaked havoc on Israel’s South, the threat of drones needs to be dealt with before one of them hits its mark, killing Israeli troops or civilians and dragging Israel into another war with the Gaza Strip. 

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TRUMP REVOLUTIONARY FIGURE ALLOWS RUSSIA RELATIONS WITH THE WEST TAKE NEW FORMAT UNDER RENEWED WORLD ORDER

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After an interview with President Vladimir Putin in the Financial Times a month ago, the theme of the future “liberal world order” in its idealized version is constantly present in London’s political discourse. Increasingly, the emphasis is on the topic of moral and political leadership in the modern world.

For decades since the war, America has been the undisputed leader of the Western world, including instilling the liberal values ​​of occupied Germany. Europe followed in everything. This state of things seems to be coming to an end. Following the victory of Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election, Angela Merkel was predicted to become the new leader of the Western world. The words of the Chancellor of Germany that Europeans should take their fate into their own hands and rely primarily on themselves caused a wide resonance. But many admit that the world order, defended by the West, needs to be modernized according to the well-known maxim – if you want everything to remain as it is, change!

The decline in the confidence of the population of Western countries in the policies of their governments and the elites in general, growing material inequality and the destruction of the pillars of Western democracy, the middle class, all this as a result of global integration processes based on the liberal economy, aggravates the contradictions in society and threatens democratic foundations. At the same time, direct democracy, which the elites tend to associate with authoritarianism, insures representative when it does not work. This was clearly shown by the British referendum on Brexit.

Since then, “everything has mixed up” in the western house, which has entered a transitional state after the comfort of the announced “end of history”. That is why Trump is in a sense a revolutionary figure, not only for America. He is able to thoroughly shake up the whole American system, and with it the state of affairs in the world, in the isolationist-protectionist vein. The renewed world order and a new format of relations between Russia and the West will only begin to take shape according to the results of this “Trump revolution” (here he is promised re-election in 2020). By and large, it remains to be shown, as experts point out, whether capitalism of the 19th century is compatible with widespread democracy of the 20th century.

It is simpler for the Anglo-Americans – they take the initiative in their own hands and go further along the path of economic liberalization. Things are more complicated in Europe, where it is necessary to uphold the foundations of the liberal “end of history” understood by Europeans much more broadly – not only as a neoliberal economy, but also as a welfare state in which they have lost interest in Washington. Both that and another are incompatible – actually, from here and the crisis of the western society, which marks the resumption of the course of history.

By London standards, Russia remains among the main challenges promoted by the West values. It is believed here that Moscow is seeking recognition of its real role in world affairs and is opposed to the basic foundations of a “liberal order” led by the West, which has developed de facto, but has never become the subject of a truly collective settlement after the end of the Cold War. The West admits the possibility of humanitarian intervention, regime change, destabilization of rogue countries, primarily through sanctions pressure, which has become the main means of conducting hybrid wars.

Here they cannot openly admit that the Russian Federation adheres to the norms of the postwar international law and order with the central role of the UN. The main thing for Russia is that these standards be applied universally, and not selectively. However, the outcome of the “all against all” competition announced by Trump, and this must be directly recognized, will not be determined by the effectiveness of the corresponding efforts of Moscow, but by the course and results of the transformation processes that unfolded in the West a quarter of a century later than in the Soviet Union.

The notorious “Russian interference” in the internal affairs of leading Western countries was so actively discussed only because protest moods, dissatisfaction with the prevailing governance model – essentially uncontested, have already gained significant proportions. If the West can solve its systemic problems, and citizens believe in the viability of national governments and in the effectiveness of its proposed policies, this topic will go away by itself. In order for Russia to accept the western version of the world order, Some British experts believe that it is first necessary to restore confidence in their own countries towards the liberal democratic values ​​that they are promoting, modernize the party and political system, and also propose effective solutions to pressing global problems, such as climate change, which have come to the fore for many.

If successful, talking with Russia, according to the UK, will become easier. The Russian leadership, even if not immediately, “recognizes the realities” and gradually reformulates national interests in the spirit of a new Western consensus, the parameters of which are not yet visible. I add that any such consensus can only be effective provided that it is truly collectively agreed upon, that is, with the direct participation of Russia, and therefore will already be pan-European, will become the basis for the political unity of our continent.

In the meantime, Moscow has no motive to agree with the rules-based world order, which it considers to be exclusive by definition, unviable and proposed by countries whose models of internal structure still have to prove their worth under changing conditions. “Challenging liberal values,” experts say, Russia is fighting to ensure that Western countries do not impose on others principles of world order that lead to chaos, as evidenced by the examples of Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, migration and financial crises, and finally , Washington’s downfall of key arms control arrangements.

Moscow is not going to gain some ideological and political revenge over the West. Revenge takes the story for its proclaimed “end.” The West must prove its ability to adapt to new conditions that, in principle, arose in 1989, but declared themselves crisis only 20 years later. As at the beginning of the 20th century, globalization, with its enumeration and uneven distribution of benefits and costs, would still be in conflict with the tasks of the internal development of states. To overcome these contradictions, this time the war is not needed, it is necessary to restore social cohesion, which is easier to do at the national level, that is, within each individual country. And here, indeed, the advantage among the Anglo-Americans is the meaning of Brexit and Trump. Europe will also need to maintain the integration project, which is an order of magnitude more complicated, which explains the acuteness of the struggle around Britain’s exit from the European Union.

In the next 10 years, the economic and technological power of states, combined with social policy, will form a new geopolitical redivision, where the technological factor will play a key role. The “rule-based world”, as it was seen in the West at the end of the 20th century, will come into ever greater contradiction with the cultural and civilizational diversity of the real world, where only international law can be a universal regulatory principle, as always in history.

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WALMART SHOOTER MANIFESTO

This manifesto will cover the political and economic reasons behind the attack, my gear, my expectations of what response this will generate and my personal motivations and thoughts – Shooter

……………………..I am against race mixing because it destroys genetic diversity and creates identity problemsAlso because it’s completely unnecessary and selfish. 2nd and 3rdgeneration Hispanics form interracial unions at much higher rates than average. Yet another reason to send them back. Cultural and racial diversity is largely temporary. Cultural diversity diminishes as stronger and/or more appealing cultures overtake weaker and/or undesirable ones. Racial diversity will disappear as either race mixing or genocide will take place. But the idea of deporting or murdering  all non-white Americans is horrific. Many have been here at least as long as the whites, and have done as much to build our country. The best solution to this for now would be to divide America into a confederacy of territories with at least 1 territory for each race. This physical separation would nearly eliminate race mixing and improve social unity by granting each race self-determination within their respective territory(s). 

………………...My ideology has not changed for several years. My opinions on automation, immigration, and the rest predate Trump and his campaign for president. I putting this here because some people will blame the President or certain presidential candidates for the attack. This is not the case. I know that the media will probably call me a white supremacist anyway and blame Trump’s rhetoric. The media is infamous for fake news. Their reaction to this attack will likely just confirm that. 

Many people think that the fight for America is already lost. They couldn’t be more wrong. This is just the beginning of the fight for America and Europe…I am honored to head the fight to reclaim my country
from destruction.

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