AVE MARIA - by Helene Fischer - video ~ link
Addressing masses in Beirut in a televised speech Nasrallah said: "Members of the factions were not in hiding. We saw their resistance, steadfastness and ability." "The resistance managed to make half a million Israelis run for shelter," he boasted.
Haaretz: Netanyahu is preparing Israeli public opinion for a war on Iran ~ link ~ I have known since the lead-in to the First Gulf War (about 21 or so years ago) that Bibi Netanyahu would someday be the leader of Israel (he was just an Assistant Minister of Information at that time) and would begin The Final Battle...World War III. No I did not hear any voices or have any visions, I did however, after watching him lie so very well several times on television, have a really strong gut feeling that this is the one who would ignite the greatest and most horrific war in human history. Sadly, I seem to have been correct. Stirling
In response to Netanyahu's AIPAC speech, Haaretz's editor-in-chief says that what looks like a preparation for war, acts like a preparation for war, and quacks like a preparation for war, is a preparation for war.
That the United States is in such a parlous condition is directly due to the effective work of Israel’s principal lobby in Washington, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), which has just completed its annual convention. Consider what AIPAC and its friends in Congress and the media have accomplished: Understanding that the truth about Iran would not support their case, they have completely skewed the narrative about the threat posed by that country. Iran has no nuclear weapon, has not made a decision to acquire one, and may not even have the technical ability or financial resources to do so even if its government decides to move in that direction. Yet, AIPAC has succeeded in convincing the American public that Iran is already a nuclear power and is somehow a threat to the United States, all despite the fact that Iran, far from being an aggressor, has been on the receiving end of covert operations run by Washington and Tel Aviv that have killed scores of Iranians. President Barack Obama has unhesitatingly endorsed the AIPAC line, emphasizing in his speechto that organization on March 4 that Iran is a security problem for the United States and the entire world, an elaboration straight out of Israel’s playbook that was noted approvingly by no less than Tom Friedman of The New York Times. Friedman asks “whether he [Obama] is the most pro-Israel president in history or just one of the most.”
Pro-government demonstrations have also been reported in several other cities across Syria.
The Damascus rally was held two days after President Assad announced that parliamentary elections will be held in Syria on May 7, the third legislative vote in Syria since Assad took office in 2000.
The parliamentary elections will be held under a new constitution that was approved by a majority of Syrian voters in a February 26 referendum. Assad endorsed the new constitution on February 28 as part of the promised reforms in the country.
The new constitution excludes Article 8, which declared the ruling Baath Party as the “leader of the state and society,” and also establishes a multiparty system in Syria and limits the presidential term to two seven-year periods.
The May 7 parliamentary elections will also be the first such vote under the new multiparty system.