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貝內特,普京在五小時的會議上討論伊朗,在敘利亞的空襲

貝內特對俄羅斯的訪問將持續到安息日之後,因為他與普京的會面被描述為“溫暖而親密”。

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2021 年 10 月 22 日 18:43

2021 年 10 月 22 日,納夫塔利·貝內特總理和以色列議會部長級聯絡員 Ze'ev Elkin 會見俄羅斯總統弗拉基米爾·普京

(照片來源:KOBI GIDEON/PMO)

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總理納夫塔利·貝內特(Naftali Bennett)和俄羅斯總統弗拉基米爾·普京(Vladimir Putin)在周五的索契會議上同意繼續現行有關以色列在敘利亞空襲的政策。

以色列和俄羅斯國家元首會晤持續了五個小時,貝內特留在俄羅斯參加安息日。

同時擔任以色列議會部長級聯絡人的建築和住房部長澤耶夫·埃爾金陪同貝內特參加了他的索契會議。

埃爾金在會後的新聞發布會上說:“這次會議與過去十年中的任何一次會議一樣溫暖和親密。” 埃爾金說:“總理和總統之間的對話非常熱烈,他們還談到了個人問題,”他補充說,此類問題通常不會在此類高層會議上出現。

貝內特和普京討論了阻止伊朗軍事核計劃的努力,並同意成立一個工作組,為俄羅斯遊客進入以色列尋找解決方案,俄羅斯人造衛星 V COVID-19 疫苗尚未獲得 FDA 的批准。

外交部長亞伊爾·拉皮德在推特上祝賀兩人成功會晤,並補充說,他已與俄羅斯外長謝爾蓋·拉夫羅夫通話,並邀請他訪問以色列。

貝內特原定於上午 10 點與普京會面,下午 1 點飛回以色列,沒有過夜。然而,會議又進行了兩個小時,然後普京帶著貝內特參觀了他在黑海度假勝地索契的度假屋。

貝內特遵守安息日,以色列總理傳統上不會在安息日旅行。在喀布爾發生恐怖襲擊導緻美國軍人喪生,美國總統喬拜登將他們的會議從周四推遲到週五之後,他八月份的華盛頓之行也被延長到週六晚上。

以色列總理納夫塔利·貝內特和俄羅斯總統弗拉基米爾·普京於 2021 年 10 月 22 日會面。(圖片來源:KOBI GIDEON/GPO)

早些時候,普京周五在索契與總理納夫塔利·貝內特(Naftali Bennett)的首次會晤開始時提到了俄羅斯和以色列之間的問題。

“有很多有問題的話題,但也有接觸點和合作機會,特別是在反恐方面,”普京說。

俄羅斯總統發表上述言論之際,他的政府一直在推動伊朗重新加入 2015 年的核協議,同時也正值以色列-俄羅斯在敘利亞解決衝突的機制出現問題。

“以色列有一百萬大使,一百萬講俄語的以色列人,他們對以色列的文化以及他們帶來的勤奮、權力和力量的心態做出了巨大貢獻,”貝內特說。

貝內特說,他與普京的會晤“基於兩國之間的深厚聯繫。我們將您視為猶太人民的真正朋友。”

普京表示,“儘管以色列存在政治問題”,他希望耶路撒冷將繼續與莫斯科接洽。

“我們與前任政府有良好的業務關係,我們很高興在俄羅斯接待以色列總理,”他說。

以色列總理提到了紅軍在擊敗納粹德國方面的作用,這對普京來說是一件重要的事情,以及以色列為紀念這段歷史所做的努力,例如普京去年在耶路撒冷為列寧格勒圍困中遇難者設立的紀念碑。 .

貝內特說:“作為一名歷史學生,必須為整個俄羅斯民族在那些艱難歲月中所表現出的勇氣表示感謝。”

今年是以色列和俄羅斯建交30週年。蘇聯解體後,兩國建立了全面的聯繫。

總理曾考慮不顧衛生部的反對,授權已接種俄羅斯 Sputnik-V 疫苗的遊客進入以色列,以示對普京的一種姿態。

此次訪問也正值以色列和俄羅斯在敘利亞的衝突化解機制中出現摩擦,俄羅斯軍隊在敘利亞保持存在。以色列襲擊伊朗在敘利亞的目標是為了阻止伊朗及其代理人在以色列北部邊境建立基地或向真主黨轉移武器。

8 月,在敘利亞的俄羅斯軍方表示,其防空系統已經擊落了以色列向敘利亞發射的 24 枚導彈中的 22 枚。兩週後,一枚從敘利亞發射的俄製導彈降落在以色列中部。

Tal Spungin 為本報告做出了貢獻。

Bennett, Putin discuss Iran, airstrikes in Syria in five-hour meeting

Bennett's visit to Russia will carry on until after Shabbat, as his meeting with Putin was described as "warm and intimate."

By LAHAV HARKOV

OCTOBER 22, 2021 18:43

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Ministerial Liaison to the Knesset Ze'ev Elkin meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, October 22, 2021

(photo credit: KOBI GIDEON/PMO)

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Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Russian president Vladimir Putin agreed on the continuation of current policy regarding Israeli airstrikes in Syria in their Sochi meeting on Friday.

The meeting between the Israeli and Russian heads of state lasted five hours, leaving Bennett in Russia for Shabbat.

Construction and Housing Minister Ze’ev Elkin, who also acts as the ministerial liaison to the Knesset, accompanied Bennett to his Sochi meeting.

"The meeting was as warm and intimate as any over the last decade," Elkin said in a press briefing following the meeting. "The dialogue between the prime minister and the president was very warm, they also spoke on personal matters," Elkin said, adding such matters do not usually come up at such high-level meetings.

Bennett and Putin discussed efforts to halt Iran's military nuclear program and agreed on the establishment of a task force to find solutions for Russian tourists to enter Israel, with the Russian Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine yet to gain approval from the FDA.

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid congratulated the two on the successful meeting on Twitter, adding that he has spoken to Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov and invited him to Israel.

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Bennett’s planned schedule was to meet with Putin at 10 a.m. and fly back to Israel at 1 p.m., without an overnight stay. However, the meeting went on for an additional two hours, and then Putin took Bennett for a tour of the grounds of his vacation home in the Black Sea resort town of Sochi.

Bennett observes Shabbat, and Israeli prime ministers have traditionally not traveled on the Sabbath. His trip to Washington in August was also extended until Saturday night, after a terrorist attack took place in Kabul, killing US servicemen, and US President Joe Biden postponed their meeting from Thursday to Friday.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Russia President Vladimir Putin meeting, October 22, 2021. (credit: KOBI GIDEON/GPO)

Earlier, Putin referred to problems between Russia and Israel at the start of his first meeting with Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in Sochi on Friday.

“There are a lot of problematic topics, but there are also points of contact and opportunities for cooperation, especially in relation to fighting terror,” Putin said.

The Russian president’s remarks come as his government has been pushing Iran to rejoin the 2015 nuclear deal, and amid hitches in the Israel-Russia deconfliction mechanism in Syria.

“Israel has a million ambassadors, a million Russian-speaking Israelis, who are a great contribution to Israel’s culture, as well as the mentality they bring here of hard work, power, strength,” Bennett said.

Bennett said his meeting with Putin is “based on the deep connection between the two nations. We see you as a real friend of the Jewish people."

Putin said that he hopes, “despite the political problems in Israel,” that Jerusalem will continue its approach to Moscow.

“We had good business relations with the previous government, and we are happy to host the prime minister of Israel here in Russia,” he stated.

The Israeli prime minister referred to the Red Army’s role in defeating Nazi Germany, an important matter for Putin, and Israel’s efforts to commemorate that history, such as the memorial in Jerusalem for those who perished in the siege of Leningrad, which Putin dedicated last year.

“As a student of history, one must appreciate the courage in those difficult years for the entire Russian nation,” Bennett stated.

Israel and Russia mark 30 years of diplomatic relations this year. The countries established full ties after the fall of the Soviet Union.

The prime minister had considered authorizing tourists who had received the Russian Sputnik-V vaccine against COVID-19 to enter Israel, over the objections of the Health Ministry, as a gesture to Putin.

The visit also comes amid friction in the deconfliction mechanism between Israel and Russia in Syria, where the Russian Army maintains a presence. Israel attacks Iranian targets in Syria in order to stop Iran and its proxies from establishing bases on Israel’s northern border or transferring weapons to Hezbollah.

In August, the Russian military in Syria said its air-defense systems had shot down 22 of 24 missiles launched by Israel into Syria. Two weeks later, a Russian-made missile launched from Syria landed in central Israel.

Tal Spungin contributed to this report.

阿拉伯天然氣管道是否會繞過伊朗,為黎巴嫩帶來能源?- 觀點

天然氣將通過阿拉伯天然氣管道從埃及流向黎巴嫩(到的黎波里)。

作者:邁克爾·哈拉里

2021 年 10 月 21 日 20:30

3 月,在貝魯特,一名示威者在抗議黎巴嫩鎊貶值和日益嚴重的經濟困難期間舉著黎巴嫩國旗。

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黎巴嫩日益惡化的危機給地區和國際舞台帶來了深深的困擾,正在產生旨在幫助黎巴嫩的創造性嘗試,同時也阻止伊朗在該國的影響力加強。

9月8日,埃及、約旦、黎巴嫩和敘利亞的能源部長在安曼舉行了一次罕見的會議。作為會議的一部分,達成了一項雄心勃勃的路線圖,目的是為黎巴嫩供應天然氣以生產 450 兆瓦的電力。天然氣應該來自埃及,通過阿拉伯天然氣管道,融資可能通過世界銀行。

此舉背後的理由集中在阻止伊朗石油供應的明顯利益,使用將到達敘利亞海岸的油輪,從而在黎巴嫩內部和區域領域向伊朗和真主黨投射成就。此舉是由華盛頓發起和支持的,黎巴嫩前總理薩阿德·哈里裡(Saad Hariri)也參與其中,他最近幾個月在貝魯特組建政府的嘗試失敗了。

出現的路徑:天然氣將通過阿拉伯天然氣管道從埃及流向黎巴嫩(到的黎波里)。該天然氣管道為陸上管道(其中一小部分在水下),全長1200公里,用於從埃及向約旦、敘利亞和黎巴嫩出口天然氣。

鋪設通往約旦亞喀巴的管道於 1998 年開始,於 2003 年完工。該段從埃爾阿里什到塔巴,從那裡鋪設一條 15 公里長的海底管道。久,到亞喀巴。第二段從亞喀巴到敘利亞邊境以南的al-Rahab於2005年完工。第三段將管道連接到敘利亞霍姆斯附近的一個發電站,最後一部分連接到黎巴嫩北部的的黎波里。

2020 年 8 月 5 日,特拉維夫市政府點亮了黎巴嫩國旗。(圖片來源:SASSONI AVSHALOM)

必須說,由於能源原因(埃及的能源部門多年來一直處於嚴重危機中)和安全原因,由於其部分的恐怖襲擊,特別是在西奈。

新興大綱面臨的挑戰不容忽視:

政治上

敘利亞角是一個重大障礙。畢竟,這樣的舉動將為敘利亞政權賦予合法性,這一進程在最近幾個月確實在進行。此外,美國的製裁不允許為涉及敘利亞政權的項目提供資金。

經濟上

據推測,該項目的成本不會被忽略,黎巴嫩政府無法支付有關援助的費用也是如此。因此,世界銀行有可能為該項目提供資金。這也將使以某種方式規避美國對阿薩德政權的製裁成為可能(畢竟,敘利亞的角度對於以所討論的形式幫助黎巴嫩是必要的)。

技術上

阿拉伯輸油管道很可能不適合其各個部分,需要進行適當的工作和測試。

安全

據推測,各種行為者會試圖破壞管道以試圖挫敗雄心勃勃的冒險,因此確保管道在漫長而復雜的路徑上的完整性非常重要。

儘管存在這些障礙,但在許多方面,這對所有相關國家都是雙贏的,首先考慮到遏制伊朗在該地區強硬的外交政策的共同利益。此外,每個相關參與者都有互補的利益:

埃及

埃這樣的大綱就會實現。

約旦

據各種報導,阿卜杜拉國王在最近訪問華盛頓期間向美國總統喬拜登提出了這個想法。約旦在這種情況下的戰略地位將說明其在比以往任何時候都更需要哈希姆君主制的情況下的中心地位。

敘利亞

敘利亞將這個項目視為加強阿薩德政權在地區和國際舞台上合法性的黃金機會。黎巴嫩競技場也是如此。雖然這可能會讓大馬士革對德黑蘭造成一些尷尬,但這並不是它無法應對的挑戰。

黎巴嫩

無需過多介紹不同的黎巴嫩參與者(儘管這是一個非常相關的角度),這是一項區域國際舉措,旨在幫助該國,並說明國際社會對黎巴嫩正在發生的事情的興趣。如上所述,所涉及的外部行為者應該幫助政府克服一系列困難和障礙。

美國

顯然,它的興趣在於阻止伊朗和真主黨取得成就,包括利用一些阿拉伯國家進行政治經濟行動的可能性,這可能會在此過程中產生重要後果。

俄羅斯

雖然俄羅斯不太可能對美國倡議的成功行動充滿熱情,但其背後的加強阿薩德政權的信息彌補了這一點。據推測,對她來說,對伊朗在該地區的外交政策進行一定程度的遏制也是可取的。

那麼以色列呢?

這是一項引人入勝的充滿政治活力的倡議,值得從兩個主要角度加以審視:

1. 與伊朗的鬥爭:利益會議將我們上面提到的許多參與者聚集在一起,這對以色列來說是個好消息,特別是如果它有助於阻止其在黎巴嫩的影響力,儘管是有限的。此舉將阻止真主黨強化其“黎巴嫩救世主”的形象,這一點也不容忽視。

2. 能源角度:現在評估其運營或阿拉伯天然氣管道的使用對以色列和該地區的影響還為時過早。然而,這對於“區域能源圖”的進一步可能替代方案可能具有迷人的潛力。無需急於下結論,但創造潛力本身並非小事。

總而言之,這是一次雄心勃勃的創造性體驗的開始,具有重大的政治和能量影響。困難和障礙很多,成功的機會根本不明確。我們將返回並更新此事。

作者是前以色列駐塞浦路斯大使,目前是以色列區域外交政策研究所 Mitvim 的政策研究員。

Will the Arab gas pipeline bring energy to Lebanon, bypass Iran? - opinion

Natural gas will flow from Egypt to Lebanon (to Tripoli) through the Arab gas pipeline.

By MICHAEL HARARI

OCTOBER 21, 2021 20:30

A DEMONSTRATOR holds a Lebanese flag during a protest against the fall in the Lebanese pound and mounting economic hardships, in Beirut in March.

(photo credit: AZIZ TAHER/REUTERS)

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The exacerbating crisis in Lebanon is deeply troubling to the regional as well as the international arena, and is producing creative attempts designed to help Lebanon, while at the same time, is preventing the strengthening of Iranian influence in the country.

On September 8, a rare meeting was held in Amman, between the energy ministers of Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. As part of the meeting, an ambitious road map was agreed to, with the purpose of supplying Lebanon with gas to produce 450 megawatts of electricity. The gas is supposed to come from Egypt, through the Arab gas pipeline, and the financing would probably be through the World Bank.

The rationale behind the move in question focuses on the clear interest in preventing the supply of Iranian oil, using tankers that will reach the shores of Syria, thereby projecting achievements to Iran and Hezbollah, in the intra-Lebanese and regional arenas. The move was initiated and supported by Washington, with the involvement of Saad Hariri, the former Lebanese prime minister, who failed in his attempt to form a government in Beirut in recent months.

The path that emerges: Natural gas will flow from Egypt to Lebanon (to Tripoli) through the Arab gas pipeline. The gas pipeline in question is a land pipeline (the small part of which is underwater), with a total length of 1,200 km., intended for the export of natural gas from Egypt to Jordan, Syria and Lebanon.

Laying the pipeline to Aqaba in Jordan began in 1998 and was completed in 2003. The section goes from El Arish to Taba, and from there in a submarine pipeline, 15 km. long, to Aqaba. The second section, from Aqaba to al-Rahab, south of the Syrian border, was completed in 2005. The third section connected the pipeline to a power station near Homs in Syria, and the last part connected to Tripoli in northern Lebanon.

Tel Aviv Municipality lit up with the Lebanese flag, August 5, 2020. (credit: SASSONI AVSHALOM)

It must be said the pipeline never operated at full capacity, both for energy reasons (the energy sector in Egypt has been in a severe crisis for quite a few years), and for security reasons, due to terrorist attacks in its sections, especially in Sinai.

The challenges facing the emerging outline are not negligible:

Politically

The Syrian angle is a significant obstacle. Such a move will, after all, give legitimacy to the Syrian regime, a process that has indeed been taking place in recent months. Moreover, the US sanctions don’t allow financing a project involving the Syrian regime.

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The cost of the project, presumably, will not be negligible, as will the inability of the Lebanese government to pay for the aid in question. Therefore, there is a possibility that the World Bank will finance the project. This will also make it possible to somehow circumvent the US sanctions on the Assad regime (after all, the Syrian angle is necessary for aiding Lebanon in the format in question).

Technically

It is likely that the Arab oil pipeline is not fit for its various parts, and appropriate work and testing will be required.

Security

It is presumable that various actors will try to damage the pipeline in an attempt to thwart the ambitious venture, and thus it is very important to ensure the integrity of the pipeline along a long and complex path.

Despite these obstacles, it is, in many respects, a win-win for all the countries involved, and first and foremost in view of the common interest in curbing the assertive Iranian foreign policy in the region. Moreover, each of the players concerned have complementary interests:

Egypt

Egypt is establishing its status as a regional energy hub, a status that was strengthened with the establishment of the Regional Gas Forum and will now have a tangible political-strategic-economic expression (even if it is not a very significant economic deal), if such an outline will be realized.

Jordan

King Abdullah raised the idea to US President Joe Biden, according to various reports, during his recent visit to Washington. Jordan’s strategic position in this context will illustrate its centrality, in more necessary circumstances than ever for the Hashemite monarchy.

Syria

Syria sees this project as a golden opportunity to strengthen the legitimacy of the Assad regime in terms of the regional and international arena. The same is true of the Lebanese arena. While this may create some embarrassment for Damascus against Tehran, it is not a challenge it will not be able to meet.

Lebanon

Without going into too much detail about the different Lebanese players (although this is a very relevant angle), this is a regional-international move, designed to help the country, and illustrates the interest of the international community in what is happening in Lebanon. The external actors involved, as outlined above, are supposed to help the government overcome the range of difficulties and obstacles.

United States

Obviously, its interest is in preventing an Iranian achievement, as well as Hezbollah’s, including the possibility of harnessing a number of Arab countries for a political-economic move, which could have important consequences along the way.

Russia

While it is unlikely that Russia will be enthusiastic about the success of a move on an American initiative, the message behind it in strengthening the Assad regime makes up for it. Presumably, for her, too, a certain containment of Iranian foreign policy in the region is desirable.

And what about Israel?

This is a fascinating political-energetic initiative, which deserves to be examined from two main angles:

1. The struggle against Iran: A meeting of interests, which brings together a number of players as we mentioned above, is good news for Israel, and especially if it contributes to halting, albeit limited, its influence in Lebanon. Such a move would prevent Hezbollah from strengthening its image of the “Lebanese savior” and this too is not negligible.

2. The energy angle: It is too early to assess the consequences of its operation, or the use that will be made of the Arab gas pipeline, on Israel and the region. However, this could have a fascinating potential for further possible alternatives to the “regional energy map.” There is no need to rush to conclusions, but creative potential in itself is not a trivial matter.

In conclusion, this is the beginning of an ambitious and creative experience, with significant political and energetic implications. The difficulties and obstacles are many, and the chances of success are not clear at all. We shall return and update on the matter.

The writer is a former Israeli ambassador to Cyprus, and is currently a policy fellow at Mitvim – The Israeli Institute for Regional Foreign Policies.

以色列國防部長簽署扣押令,要求黎巴嫩公司幫助真主黨

在向真主黨提供其精確制導導彈項目的設備後,Shreif Sanitary Co. 被 Gantz 下達了扣押令。

作者:安娜·阿羅海姆

2021 年 10 月 22 日 10:41

以色列國防部長本尼·甘茨(Benny Gantz)簽署了對一家總部位於黎巴嫩的公司的扣押令,據稱該公司向真主黨提供了該集團精確制導導彈項目的設備

該部在一份聲明中說,針對該公司 Shreif Sanitary Co. 及其所有者 Haytham Ahmad Muhammad Shrief 的指令是“在針對真主黨精確制導導彈項目的廣泛活動的框架內”下達的。

扣押令是在以色列國防軍情報局和國防部國家反恐融資局聯合工作後簽署的。

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據該部稱,該公司在黎巴嫩註冊,定期與真主黨開展商業活動,並為黎巴嫩恐怖組織提供用於與生產精確彈藥相關的項目的設備。

“該公司是真主黨的首選供應商,完全了解該組織的工作,並以低價向真主黨提供設備,”援引以色列國防機構收集的情報的聲明中寫道。

2019 年 1 月 21 日,在敘利亞大馬士革上空看到導彈射擊。(圖片來源:SANA/HANDOUT VIA REUTERS)

該組織自 2013 年以來一直致力於這個昂貴且機密的項目,一直試圖在伊朗革命衛隊高級官員的指導下,在黎巴嫩南部、貝魯特和貝卡建立工廠生產精確導彈。

真主黨擁有超過 130,000 枚各種射程和有效載荷的火箭和導彈,雖然該組織自 2013 年以來一直致力於這個項目,但他們只有幾十枚精確導彈。

恐怖組織於 2013 年首次嘗試將現成的精確導彈從伊朗通過敘利亞運往黎巴嫩。但當大部分企圖被以色列空襲挫敗後,真主黨於 2016 年決定從伊朗運送“啞彈”導彈。敘利亞並將其升級為精確導彈。

但持續的空襲迫使該組織將他們的項目轉移到黎巴嫩,在那里以色列很少採取行動,因為雖然以色列安全內閣成員推動對黎巴嫩真主黨進行先發製人的打擊,但以色列國防軍反對這種行動。

儘管如此,儘管投入了大量時間、資源和金錢,真主黨仍無法建立運營工廠來生產用於對抗猶太國家的精確導彈。

該部表示,甘茨從真主黨轉移給公司和所有者的 17,000 美元扣押令“將使該公司進入國際金融‘黑名單’,並將極大地阻礙其活動”。

該命令將一直有效到 2023 年 8 月 1 日。

“該命令是針對黎巴嫩項目開展的運動的一個組成部分。對每個商業實體來說,這是一個明確而尖銳的信息,即向恐怖組織提供的援助和與恐怖組織的業務是不可接受的,並將對其在國際金融體系內的運作能力產生負面影響,”國防部說。

Israeli Defense Minister signs seizure order against Lebanese company for helping Hezbollah

Shreif Sanitary Co. was slapped with a seizure order by Gantz after providing Hezbollah with equipment for its precision guided missile project.

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OCTOBER 22, 2021 10:41

Israel’s Defense Minister Benny Gantz signed a seizure order against a Lebanon-based company after it allegedly provided Hezbollah with equipment for the group’s precision-guided missile project.

The directive against the company, Shreif Sanitary Co. and its owner Haytham Ahmad Muhammad Shrief, was given “within the framework of a wide range of activities conducted against Hezbollah’s precision-guided missile project,” the ministry said in a statement.

The seizure order was signed following joint work of the IDF’s Intelligence Directorate and the National Bureau for Counter Terror Financing in the Ministry of Defense.

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According to the ministry, the company is registered in Lebanon and regularly conducts commercial activities with Hezbollah as well as provides the Lebanese terror group with equipment for use in projects related to the production of precision munitions.

“The company is a preferred supplier of Hezbollah, is fully aware of the organization’s work, and supplies Hezbollah with equipment at a reduced price,” read the statement which quoted intelligence gathered by Israel’s defense establishment.

Missile fire is seen over Damascus, Syria January 21, 2019. (credit: SANA/HANDOUT VIA REUTERS)

The group, which has been working on the expensive and classified project since 2013, has been attempting to build factories to produce precision missiles in South Lebanon, Beirut, and the Bekaa under the guidance of senior officers from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps.

Hezbollah has over 130,000 rockets and missiles of all sorts of ranges and payloads and while the group has been working on this project since 2013, they have only several dozens precision missiles.

The terror group first tried to bring in ready-to-use precision missiles from Iran to Lebanon overland via Syria in 2013. But when the majority of those attempts were thwarted by alleged Israeli airstrikes, Hezbollah decided in 2016 to take “dumb” missiles from Syria and upgrade them to precision missiles.

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But continued airstrikes forced the group to move their project to Lebanon, where Israel rarely acts because while members of Israel’s security cabinet have pushed for preemptive strikes against Hezbollah in Lebanon, the IDF is against such actions.

Nevertheless, despite significant investments of time, resources and money, Hezbollah has been unable to build operational factories to produce precision missiles for use against the Jewish State.

Gantz’s seizure order of $17,000 that was transferred from Hezbollah to the company and owner “will enable the introduction of the company into international financial ‘black lists’ and will greatly hinder its activity,” the ministry said.

The order will remain in effect until August 1rst 2023.

“This order is an integral part of the campaign conducted against the Lebanese project. It is a clear and sharp message to every commercial entity that assistance provided to and business with terror organizations are unacceptable and will negatively affect their ability to operate within the international financial system,” the defense ministry said.

埃塞俄比亞政府本周連續第四天襲擊提格雷首都

由於聯邦軍隊與TPLF準軍事組織之間的緊張局勢升級,埃塞俄比亞政府週五對提格雷地區的首府進行了空襲。

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2021 年 10 月 22 日 13:43

衛星圖像顯示,2021 年 10 月 20 日,埃塞俄比亞梅克勒冒出濃煙。

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由於中央政府和地區部隊之間的戰鬥愈演愈烈,埃塞俄比亞於週五對提格雷北部地區的首府進行了本週第四天的空襲。

政府發言人 Legesse Tulu 說,週五的空襲目標是一個以前屬於埃塞俄比亞軍隊的基地,現在被叛亂的 Tigrayan 軍隊用作地區首府默克勒的訓練基地。

控制該地區的提格雷人民解放陣線 (TPLF) 發言人 Getachew Reda 告訴路透社,罷工襲擊了默克爾大學的大院。他說他沒有關於傷亡的信息。

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埃塞俄比亞的兩名人道主義消息人士援引默克勒居民的信息告訴路透社,空襲襲擊了默克勒大學。政府發言人 Legesse 說,這所大學沒有受到打擊。

人道主義消息人士稱,由於空襲,一架聯合國飛機在默克勒的預定降落中止。Legesse說他沒有這方面的信息。

2020 年 12 月 16 日,在蘇丹東部卡薩拉州,逃離蒂格雷地區正在進行的戰鬥的埃塞俄比亞人在穿越蘇丹-埃塞俄比亞邊境的塞蒂特河後攜帶著自己的財物。(圖片來源:MOHAMED NURELDIN ABDALLAH/REUTERS)

本週一、週三和周四,政府軍還襲擊了默克勒的目標。

近一年前,聯邦軍隊和 TPLF 之間爆發了戰爭,TPLF在多民族聯盟的領導下統治了埃塞俄比亞30 年,現在控制著北部地區。數千人被殺,超過200萬人被迫逃離。

本周政府空襲是在鄰近北部地區阿姆哈拉的激烈戰鬥中進行的,政府上週在該地區發動了地面攻勢,以收復幾個月前輸給 TPLF 的領土。

Ethiopian government strikes Tigray capital for fourth day this week

The Ethiopian government conducted an airstrike on the capital of the Tigray region on Friday amid escalating tensions between federal troops and the TPLF paramilitary organization.

By REUTERS

OCTOBER 22, 2021 13:43

A satellite image shows smoke rising from Mekelle, Ethiopia, October 20, 2021.

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Ethiopia conducted an airstrike on the capital of the northern Tigray region on Friday for the fourth day this week, as fighting has intensified between central government and regional forces.

Government spokesperson Legesse Tulu said Friday's airstrike targeted a base formerly belonging to the Ethiopian military and now being used by rebellious Tigrayan forces as a training site in the regional capital Mekelle.

Getachew Reda, spokesperson for the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) which controls the region, told Reuters the strike had hit the compound of Mekelle University. He said he had no information on casualties.

Two humanitarian sources in Ethiopia, citing information from Mekelle residents, also told Reuters that the strike had hit Mekelle University. Legesse, the government spokesperson, said the university was not hit.

The humanitarian sources said a U.N. plane had aborted a scheduled landing in Mekelle because of the airstrike. Legesse said he had no information about this.

Ethiopians, who fled the ongoing fighting in Tigray region, carry their belongings after crossing the Setit River on the Sudan-Ethiopia border, in the eastern Kassala state, Sudan December 16, 2020. (credit: MOHAMED NURELDIN ABDALLAH/REUTERS)

Government forces also struck targets in Mekelle on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday this week.

War erupted nearly a year ago between federal troops and the TPLF, which ruled Ethiopia for three decades at the helm of a multi-ethnic coalition and now controls the northern region. Thousands of people have been killed and more than 2 million have been forced to flee.

The government airstrikes this week come amid intensified fighting in Amhara, a neighboring northern region where the government launched a ground offensive last week to recover territory it lost to the TPLF several months ago.

海地黑幫頭目威脅要殺死被綁架的美國人

一名自稱是綁架 17 名美國和加拿大傳教士團伙的頭目的男子表示,如果他得不到 1700 萬美元的贖金,他就會殺死人質。

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2021 年 10 月 22 日 08:40

2021 年 10 月 18 日,在海地太子港,一群傳教士被綁架幾天后,海地人在全國范圍內舉行罷工,抗議越來越多的綁架浪潮,人們在燃燒的路障附近騎摩托車。

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一名自稱是綁架美國和加拿大傳教士團伙頭目的海地男子週四在 YouTube 上發布的一段視頻中說,如果他得不到他需要的東西,他願意殺死“這些美國人”。

視頻中的演講者身著紫色西裝,在海地被稱為別名 Lamo Sanjou,他是 400 Mawozo 團伙的頭目,當局稱該團伙是周末綁架傳教士的幕後黑手。

16 名美國人和一名加拿大人(包括 5 名兒童)正在參加由總部位於俄亥俄州的基督教援助部組織的旅行。傳教士沒有出現在視頻中。

路透社無法獨立確認視頻的真實性或製作時間。

視頻中的男子說:“如果我找不到我需要的東西,這些美國人,我寧願把他們都殺了,我會在他們每個人的頭上卸下一把大槍。”

2021 年 10 月 21 日,海地太子港,當地人穿過燃燒的路障以抗議燃料短缺,背景中出現了被暗殺的總統 Jovenel Moise 的照片。(圖片來源:REUTERS/ADREES LATIF)

海地司法部長李斯特·奎特爾本週告訴路透社,綁架者要求每人支付 100 萬美元以釋放傳教士。

傳教士的被捕使全球關注海地可怕的綁架問題,在加勒比國家的經濟和政治危機導致暴力升級的情況下,這一問題變得更加嚴重。

該視頻包括似乎有五名死者躺在棺材中的鏡頭,該男子稱他們為“倒下的士兵”,將他們的死歸咎於警察局長萊昂·查爾斯。

‘ “萊昂·查爾斯讓我哭了,先生們。輪到我的時候,我的眼睛哭了,當我讓你哭的時候,我會讓你流下血淚,”他說。

海地媒體Le Nouvelliste週四表示,查爾斯已經提出辭職。海地警方發言人沒有立即回應置評請求。

白宮週四表示,將盡一切可能來幫助傳教士。白宮副新聞秘書卡琳·讓-皮埃爾說:“我們將盡一切努力幫助解決這種情況。”

一位國務院高級官員告訴記者,這段視頻是合法的。

“如果你是綁架者,你的工作就是說出那種話,”這位官員說。“我們需要與我們的海地執法夥伴以及家屬和機構合作,努力推動這一進程以安全的方式解決。”

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基督教援助部表示知道這段視頻,但在人質談判人員確定任何此類言論不會危及該組織的福祉之前不會發表評論。

據安全專家稱,400 Mawozo 最初是當地的小偷,後來成為海地最令人恐懼的團伙之一,控制著首都太子港以東的大片鄉村。

近年來,海地幫派穩步擴大其領土,自 7 月總統 Jovenel Moise 被暗殺以來變得更加肆無忌憚。

他們的領導人——主要是吉米·切里齊爾(Jimmy Cherizier)——一個名為 G9 的幫派聯盟的領導人——承擔了越來越多的公共角色,提供廣泛的在線採訪,有時還公開威脅政客。

週日,當總理阿里爾·亨利試圖主持一場紀念海地開國元勳之一讓-雅克·德薩林 (Jean-Jacques Dessalines) 逝世的儀式時,幫派開槍,直到他的代表團撤退到別處舉行儀式。

化名“燒烤”的切里齊爾後來身著白色西裝出現,並在德薩林斯遇害地點獻花,接替首相的位置。

燃料抗議

海地對貨幣貶值、兩位數的通貨膨脹、犯罪率飆升以及對公職人員的貪污指控引發了廣泛的憤怒,這些抗議活動引發了暴力,有時甚至是致命的抗議活動。

週四,示威者用石頭和樹枝封鎖了太子港的街道,並焚燒輪胎以抗議燃料短缺。

司機們穿過首都的小巷,經常在遇到路障後被迫掉頭。

26 歲的 St Luc Lector 是首都附近佩蒂翁維爾的一名摩托車司機,他說他參加抗議是因為他對不斷尋找燃料感到憤怒。

“我的摩托車就是我的麵包和黃油,”他說。“幾個月來,當我必須工作時,我不得不努力尋找汽油。這次罷工是必要的,因為我們作為摩托車司機的生活很艱難。”

Haiti gang leader threatens to kill kidnapped Americans

A man claiming to be the leader of the gang that kidnapped 17 American and Canadian missionaries said he would kill the hostages if he does not receive $17 million in ransom.

By REUTERS

OCTOBER 22, 2021 08:40

People ride on a motorcycle near a burning barricade as Haitians mount a nationwide strike to protest a growing wave of kidnappings, days after the abduction of a group of missionaries, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti October 18, 2021.

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A Haitian man identifying himself as the leader of the gang that kidnapped a group of American and Canadian missionaries said in a video posted on YouTube on Thursday that he was willing to kill "these Americans" if he does not get what he needs.

The speaker in the video, dressed in a purple suit, is recognizable as the man known in Haiti by the alias Lamo Sanjou, the leader of the 400 Mawozo gang that authorities say is behind the abduction of the missionaries at the weekend.

The sixteen Americans and one Canadian - including five children - were on a trip organized by the Ohio-based Christian Aid Ministries. The missionaries were not present in the video.

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Reuters was unable to independently confirm the veracity of the video or when it was made.

"If I don't find what I need, these Americans, I'd rather kill them all, and I'll unload a big gun in the head of each of them," said the man in the video.

An image of assassinated President Jovenel Moise is seen in the background as locals maneuver past a burning barricade in protest of fuel shortages in Port-au-Prince, Haiti October 21, 2021. (credit: REUTERS/ADREES LATIF)

Haitian Justice Minister Liszt Quitel told Reuters this week that the kidnappers were demanding $1 million per person for the release of the missionaries.

The missionaries' seizure has focused global attention on Haiti's dire kidnapping problem, which has worsened amid economic and political crises in the Caribbean nation that have led to spiraling violence.

The video includes footage of what appear to be five dead men laying in coffins, who the man described as "fallen soldiers," blaming their deaths on police chief Leon Charles.

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"Leon Charles made me cry, gentlemen. When it was my turn, I cried my eyes out, and when I make you cry, I will make you cry tears of blood," he said.

Haitian media outlet Le Nouvelliste on Thursday said that Charles had presented his resignation. A Haitian police spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The White House said on Thursday it would do all it could to help the missionaries. "We will do everything that we can to help resolve the situation," said White House deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre.

A senior State Department official told reporters that the video was legitimate.

"If you are a kidnapper, your job is to say those kind of things," the official said. "We need to work with our Haitian law enforcement partners and the families and the institutions to try and move this process forward to a safe resolution."

KIDNAPPING EPIDEMIC

Christian Aid Ministries said it was aware of the video but would not comment until the hostage negotiators determined that any such remarks would not jeopardize the well-being of the group.

The 400 Mawozo began as small-time local thieves and rose to become one of Haiti's most feared gangs, controlling a swathe of countryside east of the capital Port-au-Prince, according to security experts.

Haitian gangs have steadily expanded their territory in recent years, and have grown more brazen since the July assassination of President Jovenel Moise.

Their leaders - mostly notably Jimmy Cherizier, leader of a gang coalition called G9 - have taken on increasingly public roles, offering extensive interviews broadcast online and at times publicly threatening politicians.

When Prime Minister Ariel Henry attempted on Sunday to lead a ceremony commemorating the death of one of Haiti's founding-fathers, Jean-Jacques Dessalines, gangs fired shots until his delegation withdrew to hold the ceremony elsewhere.

Cherizier, who goes by the alias 'Barbecue,' later emerged in a white suit and made a floral offering at the location of Dessalines' murder, taking the place of the prime minister.

FUEL PROTESTS

Widespread anger in Haiti over a weakening currency, double-digit inflation, soaring crime, and graft accusations lodged against public officials have sparked violent, sometimes deadly, protests.

Demonstrators on Thursday blocked streets of Port-au-Prince with rocks and tree branches, and burned tires to protest fuel shortages.

Drivers wound through the side streets of the capital, often forced to turn around after coming across barricades.

St Luc Lector, 26, a motorcycle driver in Petion-Ville, near the capital, said he joined the protest because he was angry about constantly searching for fuel.

"My motorcycle is my bread and butter," he said. "For months I have had to fight to find gasoline when I have to work. This strike is necessary because life is hard for us as motorcycle drivers."

納斯魯拉:以色列在海上邊界爭端中不能為所欲為

黎巴嫩和以色列在其領海的劃定問題上存在爭議,自去年 10 月以來,美國一直在斷斷續續地進行調解談判。

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2021 年 10 月 22 日 22:09

黎巴嫩真主黨領袖賽義德·哈桑·納斯魯拉在紀念阿舒拉節的宗教儀式上通過屏幕講話

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黎巴嫩真主黨領導人周五警告以色列,在問題得到解決之前,不要在兩國之間有爭議的海上邊界地區鑽探石油和天然氣,並表示如果這樣做,伊朗支持的組織將採取行動。

賽義德·哈桑·納斯魯拉(Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah)在電視講話中說:“如果敵人認為他們可以在解決這個問題之前為所欲為,那他們就錯了。”

在以色列授予美國油田服務集團哈里伯頓在地中海的海上鑽探合同後,黎巴嫩內閣向聯合國常駐代表和國際社會其他人士提出了這個問題,要求澄清鑽探是否會在有爭議的地區進行。

黎巴嫩和以色列在其領海劃定問題上存在爭議,老對手之間的談判可能會導致黎巴嫩能夠在有史以來最嚴重的金融危機中釋放寶貴的天然氣儲備。

以色列已經從巨大的海上油田抽取天然氣

抗議在地中海進行天然氣鑽探可能對健康和環境造成危害的海報(來源:CITIZENS COALITION)

自10月以來,兩國一直在斷斷續續地舉行美國斡旋談判,以期解決這一問題。

“我不會就此發表任何立場,因為我不想使談判複雜化,但可以肯定的是,當黎巴嫩發現黎巴嫩石油和天然氣在有爭議的地區處於危險之中時,黎巴嫩會在適當的時候通過這個問題進行抵抗。將採取相應行動,”納斯魯拉說。

間接會談的美國調解人阿莫斯·霍赫斯坦 (Amos Hochstein) 本周訪問了貝魯特,他表示,兩國之間的間接會談將類似於 2020 年 10 月在黎巴嫩納古拉聯合國維和人員基地舉行的會談。 .

Nasrallah: Israel cannot act as they please in maritime border dispute

Lebanon and Israel are in dispute over the delineation of their territorial waters, holding on-off US mediated talks since October.

By REUTERS

OCTOBER 22, 2021 22:09

Lebanon's Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah speaks through a screen during a religious ceremony marking Ashura

(photo credit: AL-MANAR/HANDOUT VIA REUTERS)

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The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah on Friday warned Israel against drilling for oil and gas in the disputed maritime border area between the two countries until the issue is resolved, and said the Iran-backed group would take action if it did so.

"If the enemy thinks they can act as they please before reaching a solution to this issue they are wrong," Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said in a televised speech.

Lebanon's cabinet had raised the question to the United Nations permanent representative and others in the international community after Israel granted US oilfield services group, Halliburton, an offshore drilling contract in the Mediterranean, asking to clarify whether the drilling would take place in disputed areas.

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Lebanon and Israel are in dispute over the delineation of their territorial waters and negotiations between the old foes could lead to Lebanon being able to unlock valuable gas reserves amid its worst-ever financial crisis.

Israel already pumps gas from huge offshore fields.

A poster protesting the possible harm to health and environment of natural gas drilling in the Mediterranean (credit: CITIZENS COALITION)

The two countries have been holding on-off US mediated talks since October to try to resolve the issue.

"I will not state any positions on this as I don't want to complicate the negotiations but for sure the resistance in Lebanon at the right time through following this issue when it finds that Lebanese oil and gas is in danger in the disputed area it will act accordingly," Nasrallah said.

The US mediator for the indirect talks, Amos Hochstein, visited Beirut this week and said a period of shuttle diplomacy would proceed any return to indirect talks between the two countries similar to those held in October 2020 at the United Nations' peacekeepers base in Lebanon's Naqoura.

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