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普京與貝內特會談是在俄羅斯與西方關係緊張之際進行的——分析

俄羅斯最近成為新聞,主要是因為它與西方的競爭。它已經暫停了與北約的外交使團,並且還有其他擔憂。

作者:SETH J. FRANZMAN

2021 年 10 月 23 日 22:49




納夫塔利·貝內特總理和俄羅斯總統弗拉基米爾·普京於 2021 年 10 月 22 日會面。


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俄羅斯塔斯社強調了總理納夫塔利·貝內特與俄羅斯總統弗拉基米爾·普京之間的會談,不僅說明了會談時長的重要性,而且說明了俄羅斯官方新聞媒體對以色列的整體看法及其在莫斯科外交政策中的作用。

俄羅斯最近成為新聞,主要是因為它與西方的競爭。它已經暫停了與北約的外交使團,並且還有其他擔憂。例如,有人質疑俄羅斯利用能源政策來加強歐洲。

美國有線電視新聞網表示,“不可否認,普京和俄羅斯總統的核心圈子在此期間信心大增。無論是通過吞併另一個國家的部分地區,在外國戰爭中支持獨裁者,還是在俄羅斯領土上毒害持不同政見者,普京的克里姆林宮似乎不再尋求西方的認可,這讓莫斯科的好戰情緒增長而對他的行為幾乎沒有影響。”

俄羅斯的Argumenty i Fakty論文週六辯稱,美國“未能通過高超音速武器的測試”。這與中國已測試高超音速武器的報導形成對比。

與此同時,俄羅斯媒體報導稱,吉爾吉斯斯坦拒絕接納美國軍事基地。俄羅斯媒體還稱,德國社會民主黨領導人支持北溪2俄羅斯管道。塔斯媒體稱,俄羅斯與中國進行了聯合海軍演習。

與此同時,俄羅斯國防部長謝爾蓋紹伊古週六表示,北約“在呼籲對俄羅斯進行軍事威懾的情況下,一直在向俄羅斯邊境撤軍”。這是莫斯科希望引起北約注意的更廣泛背景的一部分。

俄羅斯的消息報指出了美國使用巴基斯坦領空的擔憂,並補充說,俄羅斯伊斯坎德爾導彈的精確性令外國人“感到驚訝”。俄羅斯還指出,美國的防空能力不夠,同時對美國向烏克蘭出口標槍反坦克導彈表示擔憂。

總的來說,俄羅斯的立場是明確的。它關注北約並渲染有關該條約組織“集結”軍隊的報導。

“據報導,10 月 21 日,北約成員國國防部長計劃批准一項新計劃,以同時從多個方向反擊俄羅斯的理論攻擊,”消息報說。“有人指出,該聯盟'仍決心遏制莫斯科。'”

此外,“同一天,俄羅斯外交部官方代表瑪麗亞·扎哈羅娃表示,北約和該組織的秘書長延斯·斯托爾滕貝格已經將與俄羅斯的關係推向了一個他們甚至沒有經歷過的狀態。冷戰。據她介紹,在這種情況下,不可能與聯盟合作應對緊迫的國際挑戰。”

在此背景下,俄羅斯與貝內特舉行了長期會晤。他留在安息日對莫斯科來說很重要,因為這讓俄羅斯有更多時間觀察並熟悉以色列領導人。

克里姆林宮知道,貝內特最近也在華盛頓舉行了 8 月的會晤,而且以色列和美國的關係很牢固。這個猶太國家也在改善整個中東的關係。

俄羅斯關心增加其在該地區的權力,並在敘利亞以及利比亞、中非共和國和其他國家報導的軍事承包商都有軍隊。莫斯科與德黑蘭關係密切,而伊朗和以色列則是宿敵。

俄羅斯還通過阿斯塔納進程與土耳其和伊朗合作,討論敘利亞局勢。莫斯科希望美國離開敘利亞。最近幾天,無人機襲擊了位於坦夫的美國設施。俄羅斯也知道,約旦、伊拉克、埃及和海灣國家希望讓敘利亞恢復在地區的尊重。

這意味著結束敘利亞政權在內戰期間受到的冷遇。這對 2015 年代表該政權進行干預的俄羅斯來說是個好消息。俄羅斯在敘利亞的赫邁米姆設有基地,並在這個中東國家擁有海軍資產和特種部隊,以及防空和其他國防資產。這是莫斯科的重要國家。


俄羅斯總統普京周三準備在莫斯科郊外的新奧加廖沃州官邸發表講話。(來源:SERGEY ILYIN/SPUTNIK/VIA REUTERS)

對於以色列來說,敘利亞的問題是伊朗已經在那里站穩腳跟,而德黑蘭及其像真主黨這樣的代理人從那裡威脅以色列。以色列前參謀長表示,以色列在敘利亞打擊了超過一千個伊朗目標。兩次戰爭之間的這場戰役對猶太國家來說變得很重要。

除了伊朗核問題,以色列還有俄羅斯知道的其他擔憂。一名以色列安全官員最近表示,“伊朗訴諸於顛覆、恐怖主義融資和武器出口。伊朗正在繼續其在充滿不穩定的國家鞏固自己的計劃,目的是威脅該地區的其他國家。”

以色列還強調了伊朗無人機的威脅。最近幾個月,它一直在觀察伊朗如何使用無人機攻擊整個中東地區的目標。

耶路撒冷繼續對將精確制導導彈轉移給真主黨感到關切。“伊朗和恐怖組織真主黨繼續在敘利亞紮根,威脅以色列。以色列將繼續在這個灰色地帶開展行動——並且會一直持續下去,以保護以色列公民,”以色列安全官員說。

在更廣泛的地區,以色列正在與七個國家舉辦藍旗空軍演習,並正在加強與希臘和塞浦路斯以及阿聯酋、巴林、印度、埃及和約旦的關係。在歐洲司令部的幾十年之後,它也正式轉移到美國中央司令部的行動區。這有後果。以色列的主要詞是“穩定”——從希臘到海灣地區的穩定,巴勒斯坦地區的穩定,黎巴嫩的穩定。

俄羅斯也希望該地區保持穩定,但這意味著俄羅斯的影響力會增加,而美國的影響力會回落。美國今天在伊拉克和敘利亞發揮作用,該地區有美國的傳統盟友。俄羅斯有它的朋友,比如德黑蘭和大馬士革。它還希望在海灣、埃及和伊拉克取得更多進展,並希望鼓勵土耳其與美國保持距離。


這些不同的政策不一定符合以色列的利益。土耳其目前的執政黨對這個猶太國家充滿敵意,儘管它在去年暗示了一些和解。伊朗也對以色列懷有敵意。

敘利亞政權經常假裝是“抵抗”以色列的一部分,儘管該政權自 1970 年代以來就承認與以色列作戰是徒勞的。然而,敘利亞擁有反以色列分子,政權的軟弱意味著伊朗代理人已經回填敘利亞南部的地區,威脅以色列並轉移武器。

這一切在莫斯科都是眾所周知的。那裡被問到的問題是如何管理這種情況。這表明以色列對其政策很重要。

這與中國最近在 5 月加沙沖突期間發表的聲明不同,當時北京對以色列更為批評,也許已經開始將其視為全球存在的更廣泛的美中緊張局勢中的潛在對抗點。美國經常強調以色列需要與中國保持距離。

對於以色列和俄羅斯官員之間的會晤,美國決策者通常沒有說同樣的話——莫斯科也沒有談論它與以色列的關係在某種程度上與以色列和美國的密切關係不一致的想法。

Putin-Bennett talks come amid Russia tensions with West - analysis

Russia has been in the news lately, mainly for its competition with the West. It has suspended a diplomatic mission with NATO and there are other concerns on the horizon.

By SETH J. FRANTZMAN

OCTOBER 23, 2021 22:49




Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Russia President Vladimir Putin meeting, October 22, 2021.


(photo credit: KOBI GIDEON/GPO)

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Russia’s Tass news agency highlighted the talks between Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Russian President Vladimir Putin, illustrating the importance not only of the length of the talks but the overall Russian state news media view of Israel and its role in Moscow’s foreign policy.

Russia has been in the news lately, mainly for its competition with the West. It has suspended a diplomatic mission with NATO and there are other concerns on the horizon. For instance, there are questions about Russia using energy policy to strong-arm Europe.

CNN says that “it’s undeniable that Putin and the Russian president’s inner circle have grown in confidence during this period. Whether it be through annexing parts of another nation, backing a dictator in a foreign war or poisoning dissidents on Russian soil, Putin’s Kremlin seemingly no longer seeks validation from a West that has allowed Moscow’s belligerence to grow with little effect on his behavior.”

Russia’s Argumenty i Fakty paper argued on Saturday that the US had “failed the test of hypersonic weapons.” This is in contrast to reports that China has tested a hypersonic weapon.

Meanwhile, Russian media reports that Kyrgyzstan has refused to host a US military base. Russian media also says that the leader of the Social Democrats in Germany supports the Nord Stream 2 Russian pipeline. And Russia has carried out a joint naval drill with China, Tass media says.

Meanwhile, NATO is “consistently pulling its forces to Russian borders amid calls for military deterrence of Russia,” Russia’s Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Saturday. This is part of the wider context where Moscow wants to put NATO on notice.

Russia’s Izvestia pointed out concerns about the US using Pakistani airspace, adding that foreigners have been “amazed” by the precision of the Russian Iskander missile. Russia also notes that US air defenses are not sufficient, while expressing concerns about America’s export of Javelin anti-tank missiles to Ukraine.

Overall, then, the stance of Russia is clear. It is concerned about NATO and playing up reports of the treaty organization’s “massing” of troops.


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“On October 21, it was reported that the heads of defense departments of NATO member states plan to approve a new plan to counter a theoretical attack by Russia in several directions at once, Izvestia says. “It was noted that the alliance ‘is still determined to contain Moscow.’”

Furthermore, “on the same day, the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, said that NATO and the organization’s secretary-general, Jens Stoltenberg, had driven relations with Russia into a state where they hadn’t even been during the Cold War. According to her, in such circumstances, it is impossible to work with the alliance on urgent international challenges.”

In this context, Russia held its long meeting with Bennett. It is important for Moscow that he stayed over for Shabbat because it gives Russia more time to observe and become familiar with the Israeli leader.

The Kremlin knows that Bennett also had a recent meeting in Washington in August and that Israel-US relations are strong. The Jewish state is also improving relations across the Middle East.

Russia cares about increasing its power in the region and has forces in Syria as well as military contractors who have been reported in Libya, the Central African Republic and other countries. Moscow enjoys close relations with Tehran, while Iran and Israel are bitter foes.

Russia also works with Turkey and Iran via the Astana process to discuss the situation in Syria. Moscow wants the US to leave Syria. In recent days, there was a drone attack on the US facility at Tanf. Russia also knows that Jordan, Iraq, Egypt and the Gulf states want to return Syria to regional respectability.

That means ending the cold shoulder the Syrian regime got during the civil war. This is good news for Russia, which intervened on behalf of the regime in 2015. Russia has a base at Khmeimim in Syria and has naval assets and special forces, along with air defense and other defense assets in the Middle Eastern country. This is an important country for Moscow.


RUSSIAN PRESIDENT Vladimir Putin prepares to speak at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow on Wednesday. (credit: SERGEY ILYIN/SPUTNIK/VIA REUTERS)

FOR ISRAEL, the issue in Syria is that Iran has entrenched itself there and that Tehran and its proxies like Hezbollah threaten Israel from there. Israel’s former Chief of Staff said Israel had struck more than a thousand Iranian targets in Syria. This campaign between the wars has become important for the Jewish state.

Besides the Iranian nuclear issue, Israel has other concerns that Russia is aware of. An Israeli security official recently said that “Iran resorts to using subversion, terrorist financing and arms exports. Iran is continuing its project of entrenching itself in countries rife with instability, with the aim of threatening other countries of the region.”

Israel has also highlighted the Iranian drone threat. In recent months, it has been seeing how Iran uses drones to attack targets across the Middle East.

Jerusalem continues to be concerned about the transfer of precision-guided missiles to Hezbollah. “Iran and the terrorist organization Hezbollah continue to establish themselves in Syria and threaten Israel. Israel will continue its campaign in this gray area – and will continue for as long as it takes in order to protect the citizens of Israel,” the Israeli security official said.

In the wider region, Israel is hosting the Blue Flag air force drill with seven countries and is growing relations with Greece and Cyprus, as well as the UAE, Bahrain, India, Egypt and Jordan. It has also officially moved to the US Central Command’s area of operations, after decades under European Command. This has ramifications. The main word from Israel is “stability” – stability from Greece to the Gulf, stability in the Palestinian areas, stability in Lebanon.

Russia also wants stability in the region, but one that will mean more Russian influence and the rollback of US influence. America has a role in Iraq and Syria today and there are traditional US allies in the region. Russia has its friends, such as Tehran and Damascus. It also wants more inroads in the Gulf, Egypt and Iraq, and it wants to encourage Turkey to distance itself from the US.


THESE DIFFERING policies are not necessarily in line with Israel’s interests. Turkey’s current ruling party is intensely hostile to the Jewish state, even though it signaled some reconciliation over the last year. Iran is also hostile to Israel.

Syria’s regime has often pretended to be part of the “resistance” against Israel, even though the regime since the 1970s has recognized that fighting Israel is futile. Nevertheless, Syria hosts anti-Israel elements, and the weakness of the regime means Iranian proxies have backfilled areas in southern Syria, threatening Israel and transferring arms.

All of this is well-known in Moscow. The question being asked there is how to manage the situation. This shows that Israel is important to its policy.

This is different than recent statements from China during the Gaza conflict in May where Beijing was more critical of Israel and perhaps has come to see it as a potential point of confrontation in the wider US-China tensions that exist globally. America has often stressed the need for Israel to distance itself from China.

US policymakers have not generally said the same about the meetings between Israeli and Russian officials – and Moscow also doesn’t talk up the idea that its ties with Israel somehow are at odds with close Israel-US ties.

埃爾多安稱土耳其將驅逐10名西方大使

在呼籲“緊急釋放”慈善家奧斯曼卡瓦拉後,土耳其不再歡迎 10 名西方國家大使。

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2021 年 10 月 23 日 21:38




土耳其總統塔伊普·埃爾多安於 2021 年 3 月 4 日在土耳其安卡拉通過視頻鏈接參加了他執政的 AK 黨的會議。


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土耳其總統塔伊普·埃爾多安週六表示,他已下令外交部宣布 10 名西方國家的大使為“不受歡迎的人”,因為他們呼籲釋放慈善家奧斯曼·卡瓦拉。

驅逐 10 位大使,其中 7 位代表土耳其北約盟國政府,這將標誌著埃爾多安執政 19 年期間與西方最深的外交裂痕。

卡瓦拉已入獄四年,被控為 2013 年的全國抗議活動提供資金,並參與 2016 年未遂政變。在繼續審判期間,他一直被拘留,並否認指控。

在 10 月 18 日的聯合聲明中,加拿大、丹麥、法國、德國、荷蘭、挪威、瑞典、芬蘭、新西蘭和美國的大使呼籲公正、迅速地解決卡瓦拉的案件,並呼籲他的“緊急釋放。” 他們被外交部傳喚,稱該聲明不負責任。

埃爾多安在一次演講中說:“我向我們的外交部長發出了必要的命令,並說必須做什麼:必須立即宣布這 10 位大使為不受歡迎的人。你們會立即解決問題,”埃爾多安在講話中說,使用的術語的意思是外交官在國內已經不受歡迎了。


上週,土耳其總統塔伊普·埃爾多安在安卡拉議會舉行的一次會議上向執政的 AK 黨(AKP)的成員致意。(信用:穆拉特 CETINMUHURDAR/REUTERS)

“他們會了解並了解土耳其。在他們不了解和了解土耳其的那一天,他們將離開,”他在西北部城市埃斯基謝希爾的人群中對歡呼聲說。

美國、德國和法國大使館以及白宮和美國國務院沒有立即回應置評請求。

埃爾多安此前曾表示,他計劃下週末在羅馬舉行的 G20 峰會上會見美國總統喬·拜登。

挪威外交部表示,其駐安卡拉大使館目前尚未收到土耳其當局關於此事的信息。

“我們的大使沒有做任何需要驅逐的事情,”該部的通訊負責人特魯德·馬賽德在一封電子郵件聲明中告訴路透社,並補充說土耳其非常了解挪威對此案的看法。

“我們將繼續呼籲土耳其遵守該國根據《歐洲人權公約》承諾的民主標準和法治,”馬賽德說。

卡瓦拉去年因與 2013 年抗議活動有關的指控而被無罪釋放,但今年該裁決被推翻,並與另一起與未遂政變有關的案件的指控相結合。

人權組織表示,他的案件象徵著埃爾多安對異議人士的鎮壓。

'權威漂移'

涉及的六個國家是歐盟成員國,包括德國和法國。歐洲議會主席大衛·薩索利在推特上說:“驅逐十名大使是土耳其政府獨裁傾向的標誌。我們不會被嚇倒。奧斯曼卡瓦拉的自由。”

丹麥外交部長傑佩·科福德說,他的外交部沒有收到任何關於這個問題的正式通知,並與朋友和盟友保持密切聯繫。

“我們將繼續捍衛我們共同的價值觀和原則,正如聯合聲明中所表達的那樣,”他在一封電子郵件聲明中說。

卡瓦拉週五表示,鑑於埃爾多安最近的評論,他參加審判是“毫無意義的”,因為公平聽證是不可能的。

週四援引埃爾多安的話說,這些大使不會在他們自己的國家釋放“土匪、兇手和恐怖分子”。

歐洲人權法院呼籲在 2019 年底立即釋放卡瓦拉,稱沒有合理懷疑他犯了罪,並認定他被拘留是為了讓他保持沉默。

今年,它就親庫爾德人民民主黨(HDP)前主席塞拉哈丁·德米爾塔斯(Selahattin Demirtas)的案件發布了類似的裁決,他已被關押近五年。

負責監督歐洲人權法院裁決執行情況的歐洲委員會表示,如果卡瓦拉不被釋放,它將開始針對土耳其的侵權訴訟。

針對 Kavala 和其他人的案件的下一次聽證會將於 11 月 26 日舉行。

Turkey to banish 10 Western ambassadors, Erdogan says

10 ambassadors from Western countries are no longer welcome in Turkey after calling for the 'urgent release' of philanthropist Osman Kavala.

By REUTERS

OCTOBER 23, 2021 21:38




Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan attends a meeting of his ruling AK Party via video link in Ankara, Turkey March 4, 2021.


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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday he had ordered the foreign ministry to declare 10 ambassadors from Western countries 'persona non grata' for calling for the release of philanthropist Osman Kavala.

Expelling the 10 ambassadors, seven of whom represent governments from Turkey's NATO allies, would mark the deepest diplomatic rift with the West during Erdogan's 19 years in power.

Kavala has been in prison for four years, charged with financing nationwide protests in 2013 and with involvement in a failed coup in 2016. He has remained in detention while his trial continues, and denies the charges.


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In a joint statement on Oct. 18, the ambassadors of Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Finland, New Zealand and the United States called for a just and speedy resolution to Kavala's case, and for his "urgent release." They were summoned by the foreign ministry, which called the statement irresponsible.

"I gave the necessary order to our foreign minister and said what must be done: These 10 ambassadors must be declared persona non grata at once. You will sort it out immediately," Erdogan said in a speech, using a term meaning that a diplomat is no longer welcome in the country.


TURKISH PRESIDENT Tayyip Erdogan greets members of his ruling AK Party (AKP) during a meeting at the Parliament in Ankara, last week. (credit: MURAT CETINMUHURDAR/REUTERS)

"They will know and understand Turkey. The day they do not know and understand Turkey, they will leave," he said to cheers from the crowd in the northwestern city of Eskisehir.

The US, German and French embassies and the White House and US State Department did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Erdogan has said previously that he plans to meet US President Joe Biden at a G20 summit in Rome next weekend.


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The Norwegian Foreign Ministry said its embassy in Ankara had not received information from Turkish authorities regarding the matter at this time.

"Our ambassador has not done anything that warrants an expulsion," the ministry's head of communications, Trude Maaseide, told Reuters in an emailed statement, adding that Turkey was well aware of Norway's view on this case.

"We will continue to call on Turkey to comply with democratic standards and the rule of law to which the country committed itself under the European Human Rights Convention," Maaseide said.

Kavala was acquitted last year of charges related to the 2013 protests, but the ruling was overturned this year and combined with charges in another case related to the coup attempt.

Rights groups say his case is emblematic of a crackdown on dissent under Erdogan.

'AUTHORITARIAN DRIFT'

Six of the countries involved are EU members, including Germany and France. European Parliament President David Sassoli said on Twitter: "The expulsion of ten ambassadors is a sign of the authoritarian drift of the Turkish government. We will not be intimidated. Freedom for Osman Kavala."

Danish Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod said his ministry had not received any official notification regarding the issue and that it was in close contact with its friends and allies.

"We will continue to guard our common values and principles, as also expressed in the joint declaration," he said in an emailed statement.

Kavala said on Friday that it would be "meaningless" for him to attend his trial as a fair hearing was impossible given recent comments by Erdogan.

Erdogan was quoted on Thursday as saying the ambassadors in question would not release "bandits, murderers and terrorists" in their own countries.

The European Court of Human Rights called for Kavala's immediate release in late 2019, saying there was no reasonable suspicion that he had committed an offense, and finding that his detention had been intended to silence him.

It issued a similar ruling this year in the case of Selahattin Demirtas, former head of the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), who has been held in jail for nearly five years.

The Council of Europe, which oversees the implementation of ECHR decisions, has said it will begin infringement proceedings against Turkey if Kavala is not released.

The next hearing in the case against Kavala and others is due on Nov. 26.

紅十字會警告援助團體不足以避免阿富汗人道主義危機

在西方支持的政府垮台和塔利班重新掌權後,數十億美元的外國援助突然中斷,阿富汗陷入危機。

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2007 年,紅十字國際委員會的成員站在埃雷茲十字路口附近。


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紅十字會週五呼籲國際社會與阿富汗塔利班的新統治者搞,說自己的援助團體將無法避開了人道主義危機。

在西方支持的政府垮台和塔利班於 8 月重新掌權後,數十億美元的外國援助突然中斷,阿富汗陷入危機。

紅十字國際委員會(ICRC)以來增加了在該國,而其他組織也加緊努力,總幹事羅伯特·馬爾蒂尼說。

但他告訴路透社,國際社會的支持對於提供基本服務至關重要,國際社會迄今為止在與塔利班接觸時採取了謹慎的態度。

“人道主義組織聯手只能做這麼多。他們可以想出臨時解決方案。”

聯合國周四宣布已設立一個基金,直接向阿富汗人提供現金,馬爾蒂尼表示,這將在三個月內解決問題。

“阿富汗是一場日益惡化的複雜危機,”他說,並引用了數十年因氣候變化和 COVID-19 大流行的影響而加劇的衝突。

馬爾蒂尼說,阿富汗 3900 萬人口中有 30% 面臨嚴重營養不良,該國 1800 萬人需要人道主義援助或保護。

塔利班在 1996 年至 2001 年上次執政期間驅逐了許多外國援助團體,但這次表示歡迎外國捐助者並將保護其工作人員的權利。

但強硬的伊斯蘭主義者面臨批評它未能保護包括女童接受教育在內的權利,也表示援助不應與條件掛鉤。

Red Cross warns aid groups not enough to stave off Afghan humanitarian crisis

Afghanistan has been plunged into crisis by the abrupt end of billions of dollars in foreign assistance following the collapse of the Western-backed government and return to power by the Taliban.

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OCTOBER 23, 2021 08:27




Members of the International Committee of the Red Cross stand near Erez Crossing in 2007.


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The Red Cross on Friday urged the international community to engage with Afghanistan's new Taliban rulers, saying that aid groups on their own would be unable to stave off a humanitarian crisis.

Afghanistan has been plunged into crisis by the abrupt end of billions of dollars in foreign assistance following the collapse of the Western-backed government and return to power by the Taliban in August.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has since increased its efforts in the country while other organizations were also stepping up, Director General Robert Mardini said.

But he told Reuters that support from the international community, who had so far taken a cautious approach in engaging with the Taliban, was critical to providing basic services.

"Humanitarian organizations joining forces can only do so much. They can come up with temporary solutions."

The United Nations on Thursday announced it had set up a fund to provide cash directly to Afghans, which Mardini said would solve the problem for three months.

"Afghanistan is a compounded crisis that is deteriorating by the day," he said, citing decades of conflict compounded by the effects of climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mardini said 30% of Afghanistan's 39 million population were facing severe malnutrition and that 18 million people in the country need humanitarian assistance or protection.

The Taliban expelled many foreign aid groups when it was last in power from 1996-2001 but this time has said it welcomes foreign donors and will protect the rights of their staff.

But the hardline Islamists, facing criticism it has failed to protect rights, including access to education for girls, have also said aid should not be tied to conditions.

敘利亞基地組織高級指揮官被美軍擊斃 - 五角大樓

五角大樓稱,美國軍方在敘利亞殺害了一名基地組織高級領導人。

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在敘利亞伊德利卜省馬拉特努曼鎮星期五祈禱後,抗議者在反政府抗議期間舉著基地組織的旗幟


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美國中央司令部發言人說,美國軍方周五在敘利亞的一次無人機襲擊中殺死了基地組織高級領導人阿卜杜勒·哈米德·馬塔爾。

美國陸軍少校約翰·里格斯比在一份書面聲明中說:“這位基地組織高級領導人的免職將破壞恐怖組織進一步策劃和實施威脅美國公民、我們的合作夥伴和無辜平民的全球襲擊的能力。”

襲擊發生在美國在敘利亞南部的一個前哨基地遭到襲擊兩天后。Rigsbee 沒有說明美國的無人機襲擊是否是為了報復。

Senior al-Qaeda commander in Syria killed by US army - Pentagon

The US millitary killed a senior al-Qaeda leader in Syria said the Pentagon.

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OCTOBER 23, 2021 08:01




Protesters carry Al-Qaeda flags during an anti-government protest after Friday prayers in the town of Marat Numan in Idlib province, Syria


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The US military killed senior al-Qaeda leader Abdul Hamid al-Matar in a drone strike in Syria on Friday, a US Central Command spokesman said.

"The removal of this al Qaeda senior leader will disrupt the terrorist organization's ability to further plot and carry out global attacks threatening US citizens, our partners, and innocent civilians," US Army Major John Rigsbee said in a written statement.

The strike comes two days after a US outpost in southern Syria was attacked. Rigsbee did not say if the US drone strike was carried out in retaliation.

IDF, Police foil attempt to smuggle drugs, guns across Lebanon border

A smuggling attempt across the Israeli-Lebanese border was spotted by IDF soldiers and around NIS 350,000 worth of contraband was seized.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF

OCTOBER 23, 2021 21:46




An Israeli soldier cleans the cannon of an artillery unit on the Israeli side of the border with Lebanon, August 6, 2021.


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IDF soldiers and Israel Police foiled an attempt to smuggle weapons and drugs across Israel’s border with Lebanon, the Police said on Saturday.

The attempt was spotted by IDF soldiers and around NIS 350,000 worth of contraband was seized. Two guns and nine kg. of hashish were seized, Police said.

The IDF and Police are investigating the incident and examining the possibility that the attempt was aided by Hezbollah, the IDF said.


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The economic situation in Lebanon leaves the IDF concerned that there may be an increase of drug smuggling and infiltration of migrant workers and refugees along the northern border.


Drugs and weapons seized after a smuggling attempt across the Israel, Lebanon border. (credit: ISRAEL POLICE)

“The Lebanese economy is not good, and that can lead to things happening on the border,” Lt.-Col. Raz Haimlich, commander of the Artillery Corps Fire Brigade 411th “Keren” Battalion, told The Jerusalem Post in July. “I’m always ready for something to happen… whether it’s drugs being smuggled or people infiltrating, looking for work. I think the work that the IDF is doing will stop people from trying to smuggle.”


Anna Ahronheim contributed to this report.

IDF, Police foil attempt to smuggle drugs, guns across Lebanon border

A smuggling attempt across the Israeli-Lebanese border was spotted by IDF soldiers and around NIS 350,000 worth of contraband was seized.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF

OCTOBER 23, 2021 21:46




An Israeli soldier cleans the cannon of an artillery unit on the Israeli side of the border with Lebanon, August 6, 2021.


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IDF soldiers and Israel Police foiled an attempt to smuggle weapons and drugs across Israel’s border with Lebanon, the Police said on Saturday.

The attempt was spotted by IDF soldiers and around NIS 350,000 worth of contraband was seized. Two guns and nine kg. of hashish were seized, Police said.

The IDF and Police are investigating the incident and examining the possibility that the attempt was aided by Hezbollah, the IDF said.


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The economic situation in Lebanon leaves the IDF concerned that there may be an increase of drug smuggling and infiltration of migrant workers and refugees along the northern border.


Drugs and weapons seized after a smuggling attempt across the Israel, Lebanon border. (credit: ISRAEL POLICE)

“The Lebanese economy is not good, and that can lead to things happening on the border,” Lt.-Col. Raz Haimlich, commander of the Artillery Corps Fire Brigade 411th “Keren” Battalion, told The Jerusalem Post in July. “I’m always ready for something to happen… whether it’s drugs being smuggled or people infiltrating, looking for work. I think the work that the IDF is doing will stop people from trying to smuggle.”

美國擔心以色列建造 3,000 個定居者家園的計劃

在宣布定居者住房計劃之際,有媒體報導稱,總理納夫塔利·貝內特 (Naftali Bennett) 面臨著美國要求凍結此類計劃的額外壓力。

作者:TOVAH LAZAROFF , OMRI NAHMIAS

2021 年 10 月 23 日 22:59




2020 年 6 月 30 日,一名猶太定居者走過耶路撒冷附近西岸 Givat Zeev 和 Ramat Givat Zeev 周圍的以色列定居點建築工地。


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美國對以色列國防軍推進 3,000 座西岸定居者住房計劃的意圖感到“擔憂”,包括將兩個前哨基地合法化。

這是自美國總統喬拜登宣誓就職以來,猶太和撒馬利亞高級規劃委員會首次大規模推進定居者住房計劃。

宣布這一消息之際,媒體報導稱,納夫塔利·貝內特總理正承受著美國要求凍結此類計劃的額外壓力。與貝內特關係密切的內閣部長和官員否認了這些報導。

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美國國務院發言人內德·普萊斯在周五的新聞發布會上被問及這一消息。

“我們對下周宣布召開會議以推進西岸深處的定居點單位感到關切,並認為以色列和巴勒斯坦權力機構必須避免採取加劇緊張局勢和削弱推進談判達成的兩方面努力的單方面措施,這一點至關重要國家解決方案,”普萊斯說。“這當然包括定居活動,以及定居前哨的追溯合法化。”


2020 年 12 月 1 日,約旦河西岸 Gush Etzion 的 Efrat 猶太人定居點和周邊田地。(圖片來源:GERSHON ELINSON/FLASH90)

該委員會通常每年召開四次會議來推進定居計劃,但今年它只在 1 月份召開了一次會議,以推動 780 戶定居者住房的計劃,這只是過去幾年推進的金額的一小部分。

據左翼非政府組織 Peace Now 稱,高級規劃委員會在 2020 年推進了 12,159 套住房計劃,並在 2019 年推進了 8,457 套移民住房計劃。

在貝內特離開與拜登的第一次會面之前,該委員會最初定於 8 月召開會議,以批准建造 2,223 座定居者房屋的計劃。


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那次會議因罷工而被取消,現在才重新安排,計劃中的房屋數量更多。

民政局表示,它打算就涉及 3,144 套住宅計劃的 30 個項目進行辯論。其中,1,800 套房屋將獲得最終批准。

根據現在的和平,這包括將 Mitzpe Danny 前哨站合法化為 Ma'aleh Mishmash 定居點的新社區,以及將 Haroeh Haivri 合法化為教育機構的計劃。它補充說,由於某些計劃的重複計算,其計劃的數量達到了 2,862。

10 月 31 日,該委員會還將在以色列國防軍軍事和文職人員控制下的西岸 C 區推進六個項目,共計 1,303 套巴勒斯坦人住房。

這包括伯利恆地區 Al-Ma'assara 村的 270 所房屋、圖爾卡姆地區 Almasqufa 的 233 所房屋和南希伯倫山 Dkeika 的 200 所房屋。

此外,傑寧地區的計劃將就 Abba a-Sharqiya 的 160 套住宅、Khirbet Abdallah Younas 的 170 套住宅和 Bir Albasha 的 270 套住宅進行辯論。

在所有這些中,只有阿卜杜拉的 170 所房屋將獲得最終批准。在 Gush Etzion 地區的 Khirbet Zakariya 建造 50 座巴勒斯坦人房屋的計劃被取消。

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US concerned about Israeli plans for 3,000 settler homes

The announcement about settler housing plans comes amid media reports that Prime Minister Naftali Bennett is under extra US pressure to freeze such plans.

By TOVAH LAZAROFFOMRI NAHMIAS

OCTOBER 23, 2021 22:59




A Jewish settler walks past Israeli settlement construction sites around Givat Zeev and Ramat Givat Zeev in the West Bank, near Jerusalem June 30, 2020.


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The US is “concerned” by the IDF’s intention to advance plans for 3,000 settler West Bank homes, including for the legalization of two outposts.

It is the first such large-scale advancement of settler housing plans by the Higher Planning Council for Judea and Samaria since US President Joe Biden was sworn into office.

The announcement comes amid media reports that Prime Minister Naftali Bennett is under extra US pressure to freeze such plans. Cabinet ministers and officials close to Bennett have denied those reports.

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US State Department spokesman Ned Price was queried about the announcement at Friday’s news briefing.

“We are concerned about the announcement of a meeting next week to advance settlement units deep in the West Bank, and believe it is critical for Israel and the Palestinian Authority to refrain from unilateral steps that exacerbate tension and undercut efforts to advance a negotiated two-state solution,” said Price. “This certainly includes settlement activity, as well as retroactive legalization of settlement outposts.”


View of the Jewish settlement of Efrat and the surrounding fields, in Gush Etzion, West Bank, on December 1, 2020. (credit: GERSHON ELINSON/FLASH90)

The council usually meets four times a year to advance settlement plans, but this year it has met only once, in January, to promote plans for 780 settler homes, a fraction of the amount it advanced in past years.

According to the left-wing NGO Peace Now, the Higher Planning Council pushed forward plans for 12,159 homes in 2020, and advanced plans for 8,457 settler homes in 2019.

The council had initially been set to convene in August to approve plans for 2,223 settler homes, prior to Bennett’s departure for his first meeting with Biden.

That meeting was canceled due to a strike and has only now been rescheduled, with a larger number of planned homes.

The Civil Administration has said that it intend…

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