"Stopping terrorism is simple. Just quit screwing around with other people's countries and the terrorists will go home. But the government of the United States wants to go on screwing around with other people's countries, refuses to stop, indeed views it as Manifest Destiny for the United States Government to persist in screwing around with other people's countries, and views the inconvenience, increased tax burden, loss of civil liberties, and even deaths among the American people as just another cost of doing business."  -- Michael Rivero

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The Ukrainian government announced on Monday it had failed to reach an agreement with a group of foreign bondholders that includes financial giants BlackRock and Pimco on restructuring Ukraine’s $20 billion in Eurobonds, according to a report by Reuters.

In February 2022, bondholders granted Ukraine a two-year debt freeze in view of the conflict with Russia. But that agreement ends in August, and bondholders are anxious for Kiev to begin paying interest on its debt again. Ukraine could end up in default if new debt relief is not arranged, which would damage the country’s credit rating and complicate its ability to borrow in the future.

Webmaster addition: Gee, I wonder who gets to pick up the slack!

Remember, in war, whoever runs out of money first loses!

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has approved the draft of a strategic partnership treaty with North Korea, which is expected to be signed during his upcoming visit to Pyongyang.

The Russian leader will begin a two-day state visit to North Korea on Tuesday, which will include a face-to-face meeting with the country's leader, Kim Jong-un, as well as talks on a wide range of issues, including security, the economy, and the international agenda.

Hours before Putin’s scheduled arrival in Pyongyang, Moscow released a presidential decree stating that it accepts “the proposal of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the signing of… Comprehensive Strategic Partnership Agreement between the Russian Federation and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.”

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Marine Le Pen has said she will not seek the immediate removal of President Emmanuel Macron from office should her National Rally (NR) party come out on top in France's upcoming general election. 

The former long-time NR leader currently heads the party’s faction in  parliament. Macron called a snap election after his party lost spectacularly to the NR in the EU parliamentary elections earlier this month.

Le Pen, who has run for president three times in the past, has been a vocal critic of Macron’s immigration and social policies, as well as his support for arming Ukraine.  

In an interview with Le Figaro published on Sunday, Le Pen was asked whether her party would call for the resignation of the president if the National Rally emerges victorious in the upcoming election. The veteran politician said she would not.

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As our society descends into chaos, vast numbers of people are choosing to pull the plug and walk away.  Of course it is nearly impossible to completely escape the ubiquitous madness that is seemingly all around us, but many are finding that an “off grid” lifestyle gives them the best opportunity to insulate themselves as much as possible.  When you become less dependent on the system, what happens to the system has less of an impact on you.  Unfortunately, it appears that our system is heading into a full-blown meltdown, and a significant portion of the population is feverishly making preparations in anticipation of what is coming.
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Why does it seem the Pentagon is far better at spending money than actually putting together a successful operation? The failed “Operation Prosperity Guardian” and the disastrous floating Gaza pier are but two recent examples of enormously expensive initiatives that, though they no-doubt enriched military contractors, were incapable of meeting their stated goals.

To great fanfare, last December the Pentagon announced the launch of Operation Prosperity Guardian, a joint US/UK military operation to halt the Yemeni Houthi disruption of Israel-linked commercial shipping through the Red Sea. The Houthis announced their policy in response to civilian deaths in Israel’s war on Gaza, but when the US and UK military became involved they announced they would target US and UK shipping as well.

The operation was supposed to be quick and easy. After all, the rag-tag Houthi militia was no match for the mighty US and UK navies. But it didn’t work out that way at all. Over the weekend the Wall Street Journal published a devastating article revealing that after spending more than one billion dollars on munitions alone, the operation had failed to deter the Houthis and failed to re-open commercial shipping in the Red Sea.

 

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‘Criminal Act’ – Israeli Army Burns Rafah Departure Hall, Severing Gaza’s Connection to World

The Israeli army burned down the departure hall on the Palestinian side of the Rafah crossing. (Photo: via Younis Tirawi, Twitter)
 

By Palestine Chronicle Staff  

This incident coincides with ongoing incursions by Israeli military vehicles into Rafah’s Philadelphi Corridor.

The Israeli army burned down on Monday the departure hall on the Palestinian side of the Rafah crossing, effectively severing Gaza’s connection to the outside world.

This act follows the Israeli army’s seizure of the Rafah crossing 40 days ago. 

The departure hall, along with other facilities and buildings, was set on fire, cutting off communication for Palestinians in Gaza. 

Several Palestinian social media accounts shared images showing the departure hall completely engulfed in flames.

This incident coincides with ongoing incursions by Israeli military vehicles into Rafah’s Philadelphi Corridor, a demilitarized buffer zone along Gaza’s border with Egypt.

Claire's Observations:  I don't know what the Hebrew equivalent is for "Like shooting fish in a barrel"; but that is how target-rich this environment will be for the IDF's genocide here.

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, IRAN, ISRAEL, MIDDLE EAST, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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Russian troops struck Ukrainian army units and military hardware in 110 areas over the past day in the special military operation in Ukraine, Russia’s Defense Ministry reported on Monday.

"Operational/tactical aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles, missile troops and artillery of the Russian groups of forces inflicted damage on massed enemy manpower and military equipment in 110 locations," the ministry said in a statement.

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Here is what is currently known about the sub:

- It can dive up to 600 meters deep and has a maximum speed of 16 knots on the surface and 31 knots underwater

- The submarine has a crew complement of 64 and an endurance of about 100 days, limited by food and maintenance requirements.

- The vessel’s armament includes 533mm torpedo tubes and vertical launch silos for Oniks anti-ship cruise missiles, Kalibr cruise missiles and Zircon hypersonic cruise missiles. Both Kalibr and Zircon missiles are nuclear-capable.

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By Noor Yacoubi in the Gaza Strip,
a mother comforting her newborn.

It's hardly the life Israa imagined for her baby daughter when she learned she was pregnant in late May last year.

Like most expecting mothers, she had hopes of buying soft and colourful baby blankets for her little angel Rushdi, along with other items such as socks and early-development toys.

But throughout much of her pregnancy, Israa, who gave only her first name, was instead repeatedly on the move, forced to forego baby shopping and flee on foot, precariously from one shelter to another, in an attempt to outrun Israeli air strikes and invading Israeli soldiers.

"I never imagined I would give birth to my first child away from home and surrounded by air strikes," the young mother told Middle East Eye.

In the midst of what should have been a cause for joy and celebration, Israa said she was made to think mostly about death

Claire's Observations:  No new mother should have to go through this, ever, anywhere!!

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Today, America First Legal (AFL) released new documents from its lawsuit against the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) for records from its Mis-, Dis-, and Malinformation (MDM) team regarding the 2020 election. Reinforcing AFL’s prior findings of federal election interference, the new documents reveal that:

  • CISA knew mail-in and absentee voting are less secure than in-person (i.e., verified voting) voting, confirming warnings by former President Trump and others of increased fraud, and shared these concerns with mainstream media outlets during an unclassified “media tour” the Friday before the 2020 election. However, the mainstream media, having derided the notion that “vote by mail” was less secure than in-person voting, covered up the truth.
  • CISA knew that there was no credible evidence to support the claim that in-person voting would spread COVID-19. Yet, it covered up the truth and supported mass vote-by-mail schemes.
  • CISA relied upon Deloitte, an accounting and consulting firm, to gather disinformation “narratives” regarding vote-by-mail across social media for the purpose of monitoring and censorship.

CISA Confirms Mass “Vote-by-Mail” Schemes Create Election Integrity Risks

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, VOTE FRAUD, WHITE HOUSE
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Biden Deploys Record Number of Troops to Jordan in Quiet Buildup

 
 
 
President Biden meets with King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein of Jordan. (Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

As the war in Gaza rages, the Biden administration has deployed a record number of U.S. troops to Jordan, a new report to Congress reveals. The troop buildup has not been previously reported.

There are now a record 3,813 American troops in Jordan, according to the White House’s war powers report to Congress released on June 7. That’s a 625 troop increase over December, with the number of soldiers and airmen exceeding the number at any time since the second Gulf War and the invasion of Iraq, a review of past war powers reports reveals.

Claire's Observations:  YIKES!!!!!  This signals to me, that the Bidenistas are expecting a MUCH wider war in the Middle East than just in Gaza.

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Putin To Arrive In North Korea Tuesday, First Visit In 24 Years

 

by Tyler Durden
 

On Monday the Kremlin has revealed details of Russian President Vladimir Putin's trip to North Korea. Last week South Korea's Yonhap news agency predicted that Putin could show up in the North Korean capital "as early as next week" as part of an expected Asian tour that will include Vietnam.

The Kremlin has now revealed that the Russian leader will fly to Pyongyang on Tuesday and will stay for one night. It will mark the first time Putin has visited the country since the year 2000 when he met with Kim Jong-il.

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, First Deputy Prime Minister Denis Manturov, Defense Minister Andrey Belousov, and some other top officials will accompany Putin on the trip.

A state media announcement detailed that "The two sides are expected to sign a number of documents during the visit, according to Ushakov, including a potential comprehensive strategic partnership agreement."

"The Russian delegation will also engage in extensive talks with its North Korean counterpart on a number of issues, including bilateral relations, the economy, security, and international cooperation," RT continued. "Putin is also expected to attend a state concert being held in honor of his visit and hold informal talks with Kim."

Last week, Kim said that "meaningful" ties with Russia will "further consolidate the eternal milestone" in a new era of relations, according to state KCNA. Putin will in essence be returning the favor of a visit, after Kim toured Russia's far east last year, and reportedly inspected several weapons and space-related sites.

During that prior trip, Kim had said closer relations with Moscow are his "number one priority" - as both countries find themselves under heavy US-led sanctions.

The Ukraine war, and accompanying Western punitive sanctions, have resulted in Russia forging closer defense and trade ties with US rival, enemies, and 'pariahs' like Iran, Venezuela, Cuba, and China. The US has even accused North Korea is supplying immense amounts of artillery shells and military supplies for Moscow's war efforts in Ukraine.

Reuters previously reported this week that Putin is expected in Vietnam from June 19 to 20. This fresh Kremlin news release confirms that the North Korea trip will take place before that

Claire's Observations:  It appears that every country in the world is "choosing up sides" for a coming world war. Kim made a very smart, nuanced decision to align with Russia.  I don't know how much North Korea's defence needs will be discussed, but I am certain they will be a very high priority. 

Ever had that archetypal dream, that you saw two trains coming at each other at full blast, but could not stop them from colliding into each other?!?  That is precisely how I feel right now.  

Kind of weird,  isn't it, that when the US economy is  on the skids, as it definitely is in this country right now, its "Leadership" decides it's time for a world war?!? 

Folks, that is precisely where we are at this point in time, and please understand;  you, your life, and the lives of those you love, mean nothing to people at the top of the "food chain" in this country; they have their bunkers, their champagne, their caviar, and their stock of usable medical supplies.

I know I sound like a chipped CD on this, but please:  clean water; storable food; and medicines for yourselves and your pets.  We are rapidly getting to a "past the point of no return" in terms of a massive war happening.   And if you are (magically thinking) "It can't possibly hit where I live", you had better think again, to enable you to take care of yourself, and the people you love.   

Are you aware that an amendment has been attached to the defense budget, mandating that all males of military age will automatically be registered with Selective Service?  You had better think about that, and its implications, for a little while.  Why would the Federal Government do this, if it were not planning to execute a draft, and very soon?!? https://www.foxla.com/news/house-passes-defense-bill-automatically-registering-men-18-26-draft  Do chew on that one for a while.

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This week, Attorney General Merrick Garland took to the pages of the Washington Post to lash out at critics who are spreading what he considers “conspiracy theories crafted and spread for the purpose of undermining public trust in the judicial process itself.” His column, titled “Unfounded attacks on the Justice Department must end,” missed the point.

It is Garland himself who has become the problem. The solution is in Wilmington, Delaware, where 12 average citizens just showed a commitment to the rule of law that seems to be harder and harder for the attorney general to meet.

Since his appointment, Garland has repeated a mantra that he is apolitical and would never yield to the pressures of politics or the White House. When he was nominated, I believed that claim and enthusiastically supported Garland’s confirmation. He was, I thought, the perfect man for the job after his distinguished judicial service as a moderate judge.

I was wrong. Garland’s tenure as attorney general has shown a pronounced reluctance to take steps that would threaten President Biden.

 

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Authored by Finian Cunningham,

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi could be forgiven for thinking the United States has a schizoid view of his government and the world’s most populous country.

Modi’s narrow re-election this month was greeted in the U.S. media with petulant satisfaction that Indian voters had “woken up”, as an oped piece in the New York Times put it.

The Washington Post’s editorial board rebuked Modi with the headline: “In India, the voters have spoken. They do not want autocracy.”

The Post editors went on to say that Modi “will lack a free hand for further repression of civil society, imprisonment of the opposition, infiltration and takeover of democratic institutions, and persecution of Muslims.”

That is quite a withering rap sheet for a political leader who not so long ago was given the VIP treatment in Washington

Biden’s fawning over India culminated in the White House extravaganza for Modi last June when the U.S. media championed the “new heights” of U.S.-India relations. There were at the time residual complaints about India’s deteriorating democratic conditions under Modi, but such concerns were brushed aside by the sweep of media eulogizing, epitomized by Biden’s grandiloquent toasting of the U.S. and India as supposedly world-conquering democratic partners.

It was discernible though that all the American charm and indulgence was setting India up for an ulterior purpose.

 

Tags: CHINA/TAIWAN, CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, PAKISTAN/ INDIA, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA
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Military officials have faced intense scrutiny over their failure to prevent the surprise Hamas attack last year.

The Israeli High Court of Justice has ordered the government to halt its investigation into intelligence failings in the lead-up to Hamas’ October 7 attack. The move comes after the court received classified briefings from security agencies, some of which have publicly opposed the probe.

In an interim ruling on Sunday, Justice Gila Canfy-Steinitz paused the investigation until the court can hear arguments from its opponents next month.

“In view of the complex security reality, the planned scope of the investigation, which will deal, among other things, with the combat support system and core operational issues, and the preparation required to respond to [the investigation] at the current time…I order the suspension of the investigation procedures in everything that relates to the IDF and [Shin Bet],” she wrote in her ruling, as quoted in Israeli media.

Launched in December by State Comptroller Matanyahu Englman, the probe sought to audit major security and intelligence failures ahead of Hamas’ deadly attack last year, which was not stopped despite a number of warnings. However, the investigation has faced opposition from a long line of top officials, among them Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Claire's Observations:  This investigation has been suspended, because the chain of guilt, runs all the way to the top of the government and that is what Netanyahu furiously wants to keep concealed, if he can.  The attack was deadly and despicable, and should be condemned by all civilized people; But that the IDF, Mossad, and the top politicians in the country, "... Didn't see this coming"?!?!?   Please, folks; give the rest of the world a break here!!

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The Prime Minister plans to make future decisions about the war in Gaza with a small consultation group by Kyle Anzalone June 17, 2024 at 10:07 am ET Categories News

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dissolved the Israeli war cabinet after two of its six members left. The Israeli leader will form a small consultation body of the remaining four members to make decisions about the war in Gaza.

On Monday, Netanyahu disbanded the war cabinet after Benny Gantz and Gadi Eisenkot resigned from the body. The war cabinet was set up as a unity coalition in response to the October 7 attack to advise the Israeli leader on decisions about the war in Gaza.

However, Gantz and Netanyahu disagreed on potentially negotiating with Hamas to get the remaining Israeli hostages held in Gaza released. After Netanyahu effectively killed a ceasefire agreement that would see the release of the Israelis, Gantz and Eisenkot left the war cabinet.

Claire's Observations:  So now, Netanyahu is, essentially, calling all the shots, particularly with regard to Gaza?!?  This is not a good thing for Israel's potential future, and a death sentence, without judge or jury, for potentially thousands more Palestinians

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by Tyler Durden
Monday, Jun 17, 2024 - 08:20 PM

There's been obvious escalation for several weeks at the Israel-Lebanon border, as we've been documenting. But on Sunday Israel's military issued one of the most dire alarms yet, saying it is on the brink of a full-scale war with Hezbollah.

"Hezbollah's increasing aggression is bringing us to the brink of what could be a wider escalation," the Israeli military’s chief spokesman, Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari, warned. "We are committed to the diplomatic process, however Hezbollah’s aggression is bringing us closer to a critical point in the decision-making regarding our military activities in Lebanon."

Anadolu/Getty Images: A plane tries to extinguish a fire after Hezbollah missile attacks on Safed city.

The statement was tailored largely in response to ongoing pressure from the Biden administration to avoid launching a bigger war at all costs.

The White House has repeatedly warned that escalation in Lebanon would neither be good for Israel nor for the region, and would risk a broader major war with Iran. There is also widespread acknowledgement that Hezbollah, the Shia paramilitary group backed by Iran, is much more powerful and better armed force than Hamas:

"Hezbollah is the crown jewel in the Iranian empire of terror and evil and is by far the most powerful Iranian proxy, equipped with nation state capabilities and even more firepower than several European countries have today," former IDF spokesman Jonathan Conricus told Fox News.

"In a military comparison, Hezbollah is far more powerful than Hamas," he added.

Earlier this month Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, "Whoever thinks he can hurt us and we will respond by sitting on our hands is making a big mistake." He had added at a time when massive fires were spreading in the north due to constant Hezbollah drone and missile attacks, "We are prepared for very intense action in the north."

The past several days have seen hundreds more missiles and drones launched by Hezbollah onto northern Israeli bases and settlements.

White House adviser Amos Hochstein has been meeting with Netanyahu in Jerusalem Monday to talk about the escalating crisis. The NY Times described the backdrop as follows: "Hezbollah’s attacks have gradually intensified, with the group using larger and more sophisticated weapons to strike more often and deeper beyond the border. Both sides have refrained from engaging in full-blown war, but the tension has increased in the past week.

Claire's Observations:  Yet another "regional war" to "nip off" part of Lebanon Israel wants because it wants the Litani River, only a few clicks away from the Israeli Border?!?  And when does Israel expect "US troops on the ground" in Israel to assist it?!?  

Because so help me, Hieronymus Bosch, that will be going to be the "escalation" in Israel's push toward a larger regional war, including war against Syria and Iran. 

But what happens if Russia gets annoyed because its regional BFF, Iran, gets attacked?!?  What will it be willing to do at that point, just sing Kumbyah?!?!?  I doubt that, very seriously.

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Authored by Kyle Anzalone via AntiWar.com,

In April 2022, Ukraine and Russia were on the brink of signing a deal to end the war just weeks after it began. The New York Times published documents showing President Vladimir Putin was willing to make concessions to get an agreement signed.

According to the documents, Putin initially sought to have Kiev recognize Moscow’s 2014 annexation of Crimea. However, a draft agreement from April 15, 2022, suggests both parties were prepared to set aside the issue to end the conflict. "Paragraph 1 of Article 2 and Articles 4, 5, and 11 of this Treaty shall not apply to Crimea and Sevastopol," the document says.

Swiss peace summit this past weekend, AFP

In December, Ukrainian negotiator Oleksandr Chalyi explained that an agreement was reached in the spring of 2022, stating the two sides "managed to find a very real compromise. We were very close in the middle of April, in the end of April, to finalize our war with some peaceful settlement."

Claire's Observations:  this is disgusting and horrific; how many have had to die, or be maimed for life, because this proposal was NOT accepted, courtesy of the US government?  I am certain, an almost unbelievable number on both sides.

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Authored by Conor Gallagher via NakedCapitalism.com,

One burning question following the European parliamentary elections that concluded on June 9: how did Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni’s ruling Fratelli d’Italia (Brothers of Italy – Fd’I) perform so well despite the following:

  1. lousy economy. That’s the norm in Italy, but…
  2. It was made even worse by Project Ukraine, of which Meloni has been a big backer and to which the Italian public is largely opposed.

For comparison’s sake, in Germany, which is the first industrial location in Europe while Italy is the second, the ruling coalition was absolutely hammered. Italy may not have suffered through the humiliation Germany has with the Nord Stream affair, but the economic carnage is similar.

Here are some possibilities why Meloni and company emerged strengthened from the EU elections.

Tags: EUROPE, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, PROTESTS/ REVOLUTION
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by Tyler Durden
 

This weekend wasn't great for the Biden campaign - after a viral video showed the president 'freezing' on stage during a star-studded 'weekend at Biden's' event in LA, and a Secret Service agent getting robbed at gunpoint that same night. Oh, and then Biden had a nursing home outburst at reporters. And to top it all off, Spox Karine Jean-Pierre wants us to believe recent videos of Biden are deepfakes.

If we're to start this out properly, on Thursday, Biden wandered off during a G7 flag ceremony when he was supposed to participate in a group photograph with a bunch of European leaders who just got their clocks cleaned in last week's election.

Claire's Observations:  I could laugh at all this, were it not so absolutely pathetic.  And with By-di-Bye, the problem, as always, is.....stopping laughing.

The other world leaders understand, very fully, that the alleged "Leader of the Free World" (whatever that means in 21st century America) is deteriorating badly, mentally and physically, and right before the world's eyes, in a live-stream meltdown.

As a volunteer for my church, I regularly visit with a number of people at an assisted living facility, very close by, which has a locked dementia ward. The signs and symptoms of dementia are both classic, and unmistakable with Biden.

And no matter WHAT his docs "shoot him up with" in preparation for the first debate at the end of June, it will not possibly be enough to get a "win" against Trump. 

 Were I a betting woman, I would bet that we will see some kind of "national emergency" fabricated right around that time of the month, to "excuse" Biden from participating, and distract the American public.  

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Via Middle East Eye

Israel's defense ministry said in a statement on Monday that its arms exports for 2023 hit a record in sales, as Israel's war in Gaza enters its ninth month and as the country's military continues to be supplied with hundreds of millions of dollars in American weapons.

The report by the defense ministry said that the total exports of Israeli arms reached $13.1bn in 2022, an increase of $500m from the previous year and double the amount of exports from five years ago. More than a third of the sales comprised missiles, rockets and air-defense systems, with one of the biggest contracts of 2023 being with Germany, which signed a deal to purchase the Arrow 3 long-range air defense system for around $4bn.

A picture shows Israel's Rafael stand at the Dubai Airshow in the Gulf emirate in 2021, AFP

Claire's Observations:  The Israeli weapons industry, collectively, needs a new image.  

How about a TV spot,  (read with a voice sounding like that of a boxing announcer) saying,  "Slaughtermania; the best weapons you can buy, if you need a genocide through which to cull your undesirables", showing graphic images of women and children murdered or maimed for life, courtesy of Israeli weapons  That ought to work, right?!?

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