South Africa has recalled its ambassador to Israel following a bloody crackdown on Palestinian protesters by Israel forces that left at least 55 dead and 2,700 injured either by live gunfire, tear gas or other means.
Israeli troops shot the protesters on the Gaza border on Monday when the high-profile opening of the U.S. embassy to Israel in Jerusalem raised the tension to boiling point after weeks of demonstrations.
The South African foreign ministry explained that its decision had been taken to protest the indiscriminate killing of protesters.
“Because of the grave and indiscriminate nature of the latest Israeli attack, the South African government has decided to recall Ambassador Sisa Ngombane with immediate effect,” read part of the statement.
The violence took place on the day of the controversial transfer of the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. read more…
Iran launches missiles at Israel from Syria – May 10, 2018
Scrapping the landmark 2015 nuclear deal with Iran “would mean opening Pandora’s box, it could mean war,” according to an undated quote from Macron provided in the latest Der Spiegel magazine edition.
However, the worst-case scenario may not in fact materialize, as the French leader said he does not believe that US President Donald Trump is really seeking a military conflict.
US President Donald Trump has repeatedly criticized the nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), branding it the “worst deal ever” and urging parties to “fix”it. Following the recent visit of Macron to the US, Trump boasted that he changed the French President’s stance on the deal, stating that “he is viewing Iran a lot differently than he did before he walked into the Oval Office.” read more…
US will face ‘regret like never before’ if it pulls out of Iran nuclear deal – Rouhani
“If the United States leaves the nuclear agreement, you will soon see that they will regret it like never before in history,”Rouhani said in a televised speech on Sunday, as quoted by Reuters.
Rouhani went on to state that Tehran has “plans to resist any decision by Trump on the nuclear accord,” and that “orders have been issued to our atomic energy organization… and to the economic sector to confront America’s plots against our country. read more…
FORMER US army colonel Doug Macgregor warned there could be a “major war” if the United States’ allies Israel and Saudi Arabia persuade President Donald Trump to completely abandon the Iran nuclear deal.
But retired US army colonel Doug Macgregor warned Israel and Saudi Arabia will do whatever it can to persuade Donald Trump to abandon the Iran nuclear deal, which he said could lead to a “major war”.
Mr Macgregor said there are “no benefits for the United States with going to war with Iran”.
The army colonel warned the United States’ allies Israel and Saudi Arabia want to see Iran as a “smoking ruin”.
He told Fox News: “Whatever they can do to persuade us to abandon this joint comprehensive plan of action they will do in the hopes that that then will clear away the obstacle to direct military confrontation.” read more…