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News broadcasting to you from Jerusalem; And in today’s top stories;
Israel has lost its patience with Turkey over the latter’s alleged efforts to spread its
influence over the pre-dominantly Arab-populated-neighborhoods of East Jerusalem. U.S. Forces began withdrawing from positions
along Syria’s northeastern border-region with Turkey this morning, ahead of an imminent
Turkish military invasion. Mossad Director Yossi Cohen has reportedly
provided the Israeli security cabinet with proof that Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary
Guards corps was behind the attack on Saudi oil installations last month. Israel has lost its patience with Turkey over
the latter’s alleged efforts to spread its influence over the pre-dominantly Arab-populated-neighborhoods
of East Jerusalem. Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs Yisrael
Katz, who also serves as Jerusalem’s top intelligence official, instructed his ministry’s
directors to prepare a comprehensive plan that will proactively thwart all of the Turkish
government’s activities in Jerusalem. Once the plan is drafted, Katz is expected
to present it to the Security Cabinet for approval, due to the sensitivity of the matter,
which may lead to probable Turkish reprisals. According to senior sources, who spoke to
TV7 on condition of anonymity, the plan aims to impose restrictions several Non-Governmental
Organizations that receive both financial aid and directives from the office of Turkish
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. One of the referred to organizations includes
the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency, TiKA, which has a reported annual budget of
some 12 million dollars that is earmarked for its activities in East Jerusalem. TiKA’s avowed objective is to “prevent
the Judaization of Jerusalem;” a goal President Erdogan had referred to – on multiple occasions
in recent years – as vital for the protection of the city’s so-called “Islamic Character.” Meanwhile;
A preliminary meeting was held at the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem, during which Minister
Katz underscored that “(Israel) will take all (necessary) steps in order to bring down
the political base of the Turkish activity in East Jerusalem.” Katz insisted that “Israel is the sovereign
in Jerusalem, while preserving complete freedom of worship for members of all religions.” As such, “(Israel) will not allow any figure
to undermine (its) sovereignty.” Furthermore, the Israeli top diplomat directed
his statement to the Turkish President, stressing that “The time of the Ottoman Empire is
over, and Turkey has no business in Jerusalem.” He emphasized that “Erdogan’s declarations
that Jerusalem belongs to all Muslims are groundless and unsubstantiated,” and that
the Jewish State will not accept a situation in which the Turkish government led by Erdogan
takes action to stir agitation and incitement in Jerusalem by means of funding and holding
radical Islamic activities…” “…under the guise of religious, social, cultural and
educational activities.” Neither the Turkish Foreign Ministry, nor
the TiKA Agency, immediately responded to TV7’s request for comment. Now to Israel’s northern neighbor, where;
U.S. Forces began withdrawing from positions along Syria’s northeastern border-region
with Turkey this morning, ahead of an imminent Turkish military invasion. While the Pentagon did not immediately confirm
an American withdrawal; Kurdish media outlets published footage purporting to show a long
convoy of U.S. armored vehicles, heading northwest, in the direction of the Turkish border. The apparent American withdrawal from northeastern
Syria has infuriated the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces. In response, the predominantly-Kurdish alliance
accused Washington of failing to abide by its previously declared commitments; effectively
leaving them to the mercy of the Turkish military and the Ankara-backed Syrian paramilitary
units. It is important to mentioned that the concerns
voiced by the Syrian Democratic Forces are legitimate, in light of repeated declarations
by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan – in which he pledged to exterminate the
Kurdish YPG and PYD militias which – Ankara believes – have ties to the internationally
recognized terror group, the PKK. As such, the leadership of the Ankara-backed
Syrian Paramilitary alliance announced their decision to back Turkey’s invasion of Syria. “These are Syrian lands and it is our duty
to give people back their rights and this section of dear Syrian land. Our Turkish brothers support us in this battle
and we stand in full force in support of our Turkish brothers in fighting all forms of
terrorism represented by the PKK and the PYD gangs.” Meanwhile in Ankara;
Turkish President Erdogan confirmed that Turkey’s invasion of Syria is imminent. “We finished our preparations, completed our
operation plans and gave the necessary orders. It is time to clear the way for the peace
springs that have been decided and already put in progress. One can say it is as soon as today or tomorrow. We will proceed this operation both with our
ground and air forces. And we have no doubt that our brothers in
the Syrian side will be on our side with all their power.” Now to Iraq, where;
More than 100 people were killed and more than 6,000 others were wounded in nationwide
protests. “We will start with the statistics. These statistics are accurate and in coordination
with the Ministry of Health, which were communicating with us throughout. The number of injured is 6,107 and the number
of martyrs – 104. These numbers include security forces, civilians
and protesters.” Despite efforts by Iraqi Prime Minister Adel
Abdul Mahdi to alleviate the situation by pledging to bring about much needed reform;
deadly violence by local security forces intensified public anger. While Iraqi security forces have claimed that
they responded with live fire to armed militants posing as protesters; there is a growing belief
among the Iraqi protesters, that Iran and its local proxies are the ones responsible
for employing the lethal force. Iraqi Protesters Chanting: “The marjaiya (Shia
clerical establishment) should intervene”, (Iranian Supreme leader) Khomeini is a ****”, “I
swear to God they’re worse than Israel”. The allegations levelled again Iran where
immediately rejected by the commander of the Popular Mobilization Forces, who sought to
lay the blame on Iraqi authorities, for fear of possible reprisal. “I am reaffirming that the interior ministry
with support from the military are the ones who stopped (these protests). However, the Popular Mobilization Forces and
the Peshmerga, they are reserve forces for the commander of the armed forces, who only
interfere to fight any conspiracy whenever an order is given, and no order was given
this time.” Now back to Jerusalem, where;
The security cabinet held an emergency meeting, during which it discussed rising tensions
with Iran. Among others, Mossad Director Yossi Cohen
reportedly presented the Senior Israeli Ministers with proof that the Islamic Revolutionary
Guards corps was behind the attack on Saudi oil installations last month, and warned against
the ramifications thereof. During the course of the meeting, fear that
Iran would fire cruise missiles at Israel was also discussed. Shortly thereafter, reports of an initiative
by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was reported in domestic media outlets, in which he seeks
to promote an anti-cruise missile air defense plan. The program’s estimated cost stands at billions
of shekels and economic officials said that they believed that it would require either
cuts to the national budget for public services, or an increase
of taxes. For more information on Israel and its region
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