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2-Apr-14 World View -- Egypt's terror cells get training in Syria and explosives from Libya

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2-Apr-14 World View -- Egypt's terror cells get training in Syria and explosives from Libya

Abbas applies to U.N. agencies as 'State of Palestine'

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Abbas applies to U.N. agencies as 'State of Palestine'

Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday, announcing plans to apply to U.N. agencies (EPA)
Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday, announcing plans to apply to U.N. agencies (EPA)

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday signed applications to join 15 international treaties and conventions as the "State of Palestine." In November, 2012, the U.N. General Assembly voted by an overwhelming majority to accept a Palestinian state in the West Bank, Gaza and east Jerusalem, lands Israel occupied in 1967. The intent is to force Israel back to its 1949 borders. It's thought that Abbas, as leader of Palestine, plans to bring charges to the International Criminal Court accusing Israel of war crimes and crimes against humanity. It's unclear whether Abbas's dramatic announcement was a negotiating tactic in the Mideast "peace process," or signaled a fundamental shift in strategy. AP

Kerry cancels meeting with Abbas and leaves Mideast

For months, U.S. Secretary of State has been flying from one foreign policy debacle after another, and that records seems to have continued on Monday. Kerry left the Mideast and canceled meeting with Abbas after he failed to get agreement from both sides to continue the "peace process" after its deadline of April 29, even though, according to reports, he offered to set U.S. spy Jonathan Pollard free.

The Obama administration got these "peace talks" going last year by "convincing" the Israelis to release 104 prisoners from the jails. These prisoners had been convicted of terrorist acts prior to the 1994 Oslo accords. The release of these prisoners has been extremely controversial in Israel, with very vocal opposition from the family members of the people whom these terrorists had killed. The last batch of 26 prisoners were scheduled for release last week on Friday, but Israel has refused to release them, unless Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas agrees to extend the "peace talks" beyond April 29. Abbas in turn demanded that 1,000 more prisoners be released, including multiple murderers, and also demanded that Israel freeze settlements.

So Kerry made a special trip to the Mideast on Monday, apparently to convince Israel's prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu to release the prisoners, and to sweeten the deal with the release of Jonathan Pollard. This has caused outrage in Washington from people who point out that Pollard is a major spy, and if he's going to be traded, he ought to be traded for something big -- like a Mideast peace deal. Instead, the offer is to trade him for almost nothing, just an agreement to keep the "peace talks" going for a few more months.

So we have the desperate Kerry running from his failed Ukraine peace talks to the Mideast to bribe Netanyahu to release the prisoners, who are being used as a bribe to get Abbas to continue the peace talks. This is so vomit-worthy, it's almost beyond belief, except that nothing is beyond belief these days.

Just to be clear, as we've said many times, the "peace talks" are a joke that never had any chance. Netanyahu will never agree to return to pre-1967 borders or "right of return," and Abbas will never agree to recognize Israel as a Jewish state or to guarantee Israel's security. According to some reports, the negotiators on the two sides never even met with each other, and the only people they spoke to was Kerry.

The "peace talks" were just for show, and now Kerry is trying to salvage them so he won't be responsible for yet one more debacle. So let's watch and see what the desperate Kerry and the Obama administration are going to give up next. NPR and Debka

Egypt's terror cells get training in Syria and explosives from Libya

We've written several times about major terrorist attacks across Egypt, with a Sinai terrorist group Ansar Jerusalem (Ansar Bayt al Maqdis or Champions of Jerusalem) claiming credit. Terror attacks have been on the increase since the army coup that ousted president Mohamed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood government on July 3 of last year, and Ansar Jerusalem has claimed credit for many of them. ( "17-Feb-14 World View -- Egypt's terrorism escalates with attack on tourist bus")

On March 19, Egyptian security forces raided a major bomb factory in the village of Arab Sharkas, on the outskirts of Cairo. In addition to a large cache of weapons and explosive belts, five tons of explosives were found, enough to destroy the dams that control the flow of the Nile river into the Delta. Eight terrorist cell members were arrested.

Interrogation and investigation revealed the following:

Terrorist groups have access to large quantities of heavy weapons from Libya. Egyptian security forces have been unable to obtain weapons, since the U.S. and Europe refuse to deliver arms shipments to Egypt. As a result, Egypt may be forced to turn to Russia for arms.

So, the western military intervention into Libya in 2011 was intended to save a massacre of civilians in Benghazi, but instead has made available large quantities of heavy weapons and explosives being used in Egypt and a number of other countries.

And the western military non-intervention in Syria, combined with Russia's unending shipments of heavy weapons to Syria's genocidal monster president Bashar al-Assad for use in exterminating innocent Sunni women and children, have turned Syria into a worldwide magnet for jihadists, who go for military and terrorist training and experience, to be used when they return to their home countries. Al-Ahram (Cairo) and Magharebia (US Africa Command) and Al Monitor (Washington)

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