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Pass the popcorn: House Dems to vote on Israel, BDS today

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If we had known that a Democratic majority in the House would be this entertaining — and revealing — we might have been inclined to support it last November. Today’s moment of enlightenment will come in a vote today on whether to support one of America’s closest allies, or whether to cheer on a boycott aimed at their destruction. Decisions, decisions …

The House is slated to pass legislation Tuesday to oppose the global boycott movement against Israel, a vote that will put a spotlight both on Democratic divisions and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.).

Most Democrats in the House oppose the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, an international campaign meant to exert pressure on Israel over treatment of the Palestinians. Critics say it would isolate and harm Israel, which retains strong support in Congress from both parties.

But the BDS movement has support in Congress from some progressives, including Omar, who has offered her own resolution affirming the rights of Americans to participate in boycotts meant to promote human rights either in the United States or other countries.

Omar has cited boycotts of Nazi Germany and Apartheid-era South Africa in making the case for her resolution — comparisons that have drawn the ire of Israel’s supporters.

Even that might be explainable if it happened in a vacuum. Unfortunately, all of the other anti-Semitic comments made by Omar in her brief time in office gives the game away on BDS and her true intent in supporting it. Nancy Pelosi has twice had to act to clean up after Omar, although in the second instance she watered down a resolution rebuking Omar’s anti-Semitism into a gutless “gee, ain’t hate bad?” statement.

At least Pelosi’s smart enough to get this over quickly:

Democratic leaders, conscious of the intraparty debate, are bringing the anti-BDS resolution to the floor under a fast-track process, known as suspension of the rules, that requires a two-thirds supermajority for passage with only 40 minutes of debate — a briefer period that will cut down on the theatrics of a divided party.

It might “cut down” the popcorn-passing period, but it won’t eliminate it. Republicans have made it clear that they won’t play games with Israel, with 90% of their caucus signed on as co-sponsors. Democrats only have two-thirds of their caucus co-sponsoring the bill, according to The Hill, and getting outpaced by the GOP on their own bill isn’t a very good look for Pelosi. Where are the other Democrats? Are they lining up behind Omar and Rashida Tlaib in supporting the BDS endorsement? Or behind John Lewis in providing tacit political cover to its anti-Israel aims?

That sets up a big, big fight between the hard-Left progressives, who have co-opted the Palestinian cause as a knee-jerk attack on traditional US consensus on foreign policy, and the rest of the Democratic Party. It’s hardly the only fault line, but it might turn out to be one of the most active of them. It certainly has the potential to be among the most embarrassing of them, especially with the progressives being led by House members with a propensity of making anti-Semitic comments in public. At some point, the Democrats’ small but loyal Jewish voting bloc will have to wonder just what it is they’re supporting.

And Republicans can keep passing the popcorn.

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Omar: Now that I’ve filed my boycott-Israel motion, I’ll go to … Israel

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The order of these two actions by Ilhan Omar tells us all we need to know about her motives. Omar announced yesterday that she will introduce a measure in the House endorsing the boycott movement against Israel, cheering it as a “non-violent” rebuke to Israel. That bill has already dropped, but it might run into a conflict on the agenda, US News & World Report noted yesterday:

House Democrats today rallied around a resolution to condemn President Donald Trump’s racist tweets against four high-profile freshmen congresswomen.

But at least one of those congresswomen — Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota — is about to drop her own resolution that may not go over so well with Democratic leadership. Her resolution would defend the pro-Palestinian boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel.

“We are introducing a resolution … to really speak about the American values that support and believe in our ability to exercise our first amendment rights in regard to boycotting,” Omar told Al-Monitor. “And it is an opportunity for us to explain why it is we support a nonviolent movement, which is the BDS movement.”

The Minnesota Democrat noted she intends to introduce the bill early this week. At the same time, Democratic leadership plans to advance another nonbinding resolution condemning the BDS movement on Wednesday.

Awwww-kward! This move comes at a tricky time for her House Democrat colleagues anyway, as they scramble to defend Omar and three other frosh House Democrats at the same time they’re busy attacking Nancy Pelosi. According to Jake Tapper’s sources in the House Democratic caucus, the resolution adds to their frustration and disgust with the four, and Omar in particular:

Perhaps unaware of the irony, Omar proposes to follow up her endorsement of boycotting Israel by, er, visiting Israel. She’s going for an education, you see:

“We must support an end of the occupation and seek to achieve a two-state solution,” she added. “I believe firmly that the path to peace does not lies with a violent mean. We should condemn in the strongest terms violence that perpetuates the occupation. Whether it’s Israel, Hamas or individuals. We cannot also condemn non-violent means. We cannot simultaneously say we want peace and to oppose peaceful means to hold our allies accountable.”

At the end of the hearing, she told reporters that she’d be traveling to Israel and the Palestinian territories in a few weeks. “I am going in a couple of weeks and so I’ll learn more.” She did not provide any additional details regarding her travel plans.

If Omar needs to “learn more,” then why introduce an anti-Israel resolution in the House? Why not go there first, get an education, and then make a decision on policy issues? This is nothing more than a shameless ploy for attention, so threadbare that it exposes Omar’s ignorance and radicalism.

Well, to be fair, it might also be a way to troll the Israeli government. Fox News suggested earlier today that the Benjamin Netanyahu government might bar entry to both Omar and fellow Squad member Rashida Tlaib:

Israeli law permits authorities to deny entry to any people who support a boycott of the Jewish state — which both U.S. lawmakers have done. …

According to Haaretz, the congresswomen may be allowed to enter if the Foreign Ministry recommends that the Strategic Affairs and Interior ministries issue a waiver for them on the basis that they are political figures and denying them the entry would negatively affect Israel’s foreign relations.

But due to the sensitivity of the issue, it will come down to Netanyahu, who enjoys a stellar relationship with President Trump, to decide whether to allow the congresswoman into the country, the newspaper reported.

Netanyahu’s a pretty canny politician, so I’d expect him not to take the bait and bar them from entry. Instead, he’ll use their attempt to create propaganda with some media bait of his own. Neither Omar nor Tlaib are terribly experienced politicians, which might mean they’ll be in way over their head. Even if they’re not, though, Netanyahu will be able to claim that he has nothing to fear from their visit — and neither does anyone else, which makes the BDS movement silly and pointless.

Meanwhile, as the House drama over impeachment overshadowed everything, Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) reminded everyone that the BDS movement shrugs off any issues with Hamas, “a designated foreign terrorist organization.” Why are Omar and Tlaib endorsing a movement that won’t distance itself from terrorists?

“My colleague who just spoke used the frequent use of the words ‘honestly’ and ‘honest.’ Let’s just get to a lot of what is left out,” the 39-year-old New York Republican said Wednesday, referring to Omar, who had just given a speech during a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing supporting a resolution promoting the BDS movement. “The BDS movment has not distanced itself from Hamas, a designated foreign terrorist organization. BDS supporters individually are not distancing themselves from Hamas either.”

Zeldin extended his remarks in a statement to the Washington Examiner, scoffing at comparisons made by Omar between BDS and the Boston Tea Party:

“We have witnessed the rise of anti-Semitism and anti-Israel hate throughout the world, in our nation, on college campuses and within the halls of Congress, and whether this bigotry is brazen or it’s blatant anti-Semitism deceptively called ‘legitimate’ we must crush it wherever it exists. Unfortunately, there are Members of this House who have emboldened this rhetoric and continued to prop up the BDS movement whose founder, in referring to Zionism, said ‘I, for one, support euthanasia.’ I’d strongly caution my colleagues that there is no moral equivalency at all to be drawn between the BDS movement attacking Israel and opposition to the Nazis or the Boston Tea Party.”

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Ilhan Omar Compares BDS to the Boston Tea Party, Rep. Lee Zeldin Absolutely Crushes Her

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During a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing Wednesday, Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar earned her congressional paycheck by introducing a resolution affirming American’s right to stick it to Israel. The idea: Isolate the country through Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions — otherwise known as BDS (though she never used the term).

As reported by The Jerusalem Post, the resolution proclaims that “all Americans have the right to participate in boycotts in pursuit of civil and human rights at home and abroad, as protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution.”

In an effort to really sell it, Ilhan weirdly compared the move against Israel to the Boston Tea Party:

“[The resolution] recognizes the proud history of boycott movements in this country dating back to the Boston Tea Party. We should honor these movements and that history. We should honor our commitment to the principles that say we must hold our friends to the same standards that we hold our adversaries.”

So we honor history by trying to substantially shut down Israel?

In response, Republican New York Rep. Lee Zeldin absolutely crushed Ilhan’s offering:

“My colleague who just spoke used the frequent use of the words ‘honesty’ and ‘honest.’ Let’s just get to a lot of what is left out.”

Here we go…

“The BDS movement has not distanced itself from Hamas, a designated foreign terrorist organization. BDS supporters individually are not distancing themselves from Hamas, either. It is wrong to be blaming all Israeli and Palestinian violence ‘as being due to an occupation.’”

And what does Hamas do? This:

“Hamas uses women and children as human shields. They declare jihad as an obligation. They deny humanitarian aid to their own people. They deny human rights, launching rockets from Gaza into Israel, killing innocent civilians.”

Lee went on to note the dangers the tiny country — with whom the United States has had a traditionally strong relationship — faces:

“Existential threats to Israel [are] all around it. [Israel is] our greatest ally in the Middle East, one that there’s been a historic relationship between our two nations — a beacon of hope and freedom and liberty in a region of the world that is filled with challenges.”

Ilhan’s proposal falls in line with a growing trend on her side of the aisle — the Democratic Party hasn’t exactly been fawning over the beleaguered nation as of late.

In the realm of media, left-wing CNN commentator Marc Lamont Hill was fired in November after appearing to champion the destruction of Israel while speaking to the United Nations (here).

But there’s a staunch resistance elsewhere — some on the Left dropped a brick last year over Trump’s relocation of the American Embassy to Jerusalem (here).

As for Ilhan, perhaps for some she represents, BDS really is like the American revolution. It’s a revolution for a new America: Omar’s district is the #1 terrorist recruitment area of the United States (here).

To her — as well as, presumably, a contingent of those who voted her into office — Israel clearly has no right to exist. It is, simply, an “occupation”:

“We must support efforts to end the occupation…”

-ALEX

 

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Anti-Semite Ilhan Omar Compares Jewish Israel to Nazi Germany

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But do tell me more about the grave dangers of some randos chanting stupid crap at a Trump rally.

Ilhan Omar, apparently emboldened by recent events, decided it’d be a good idea to drop a resolution supporting the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanction movement this week. That’d be the same BDS movement that even Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer directly called anti-Semitic just weeks ago.

While that would have been bad enough, she also decided it wasn’t insensitive and racist at all to use the resolution to compare Jewish Israel to (checks notes)…Nazi Germany.

This via the Washington Examiner.

Omar introduced a resolution Tuesday in support of groups wanting to boycott Israel while comparing them to the American Jews who boycotted Nazi Germany.

“Americans of conscience have a proud history of participating in boycotts to advocate for human rights abroad, including … boycotting Nazi Germany from March 1933 to October 1941 in response to the dehumanization of the Jewish people in the lead-up to the Holocaust,” the Minnesota Democrat’s resolution stated.

In the hearing, Omar also compared the boycotts of Israel to the Boston Tea Party.

Yes, that’s Omar directly comparing opposing Nazi Germany to opposing Jewish Israel, because they are pretty much the same thing right?

I mean, is there really a difference between a genocidial regime built on delusions of world domination and a small, democratic Jewish state that actually provides medical care for its adversaries and does everything it can to avoid collateral damage, even in the face of constant violent aggression? And it’s not like Nazi Germany sought to exterminate the Jews, necessitating the need for Israel.

Keep in mind, this is the same Ilhan Omar who called sanctions against a brutal dictator in Venezuela “bullying” and would lift sanctions on Iran tomorrow if she could. Yet, for some reason, her tactics toward Israel are different. Now, what could possibly be the distinction present driving her selectiveness in who she wants to boycott, divest, and sanction? Maybe some valiant media outlet should ask her.

This is blatant antisemitism on display. But no one outside of the right will care. The Democrats will excuse it, the media won’t even cover it, and the double standards will continue. If you care about people chanting at a Trump rally, you should care about Omar’s antisemitism.

If you don’t, you are being disingenuous and don’t deserve to have your outrage heard.

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Ilhan Omar Claims Palestinian Opposition to Israel Is “Non-Violent”

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Netroots Nation has been a goldmine of Democrats saying ridiculous things. This may qualify as the most disconnected from reality though.

This past weekend, Rep. Ilhan Omar was speaking on a panel and went on a several minute monologue on hypocrisy. Apparently, because our country celebrates the non-violent movements of our civil rights era but we aren’t celebrating Palestinians for their non-violent movement, we are all hypocrites. Amazing how it always comes back to how awful Americans are.

People can have varying views on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. It’s no secret that I find the Palestinian Authority and Hamas to be dumpster fire organizations that purposely choose suffering and terrorism over peace. Regardless, what Omar is saying here is objectively false no matter what your view of Israel is. There is no “non-violent” Palestinian movement to “liberate” (her words) them from Israel.

Here’s more non-violence from the Palestinian movement in a video put out just last month.

It should also be noted that liberate in this context clearly means to destroy Israel. How do I know that? Because the Gaza Strip is not occupied. Israel pulled out over a decade ago and it is governed by a terrorist group that was voted in by the residents there. Omar is never pressed on that fact, nor is Rashida Tlaib, as they continually push the “occupation” talking point that is simply false. The logical end game of their views on Israel is its downfall and the erection of yet another Muslim fundamentalist government in the Middle East.

How that’s not more controversial is beyond me, but I realize that inter-sectionalism essentially provides these Congresswomen with total immunity from hard questions.

I’ll also note that at the end of the video, Omar makes another nonsensical comparison that shows how illogical her thought processes are. Namely, that if you think healthcare is a human right, you must support Medicare for All or you are a hypocrite. I don’t think healthcare is a human right for obvious reasons, namely that you can’t make something a right to relies on the labor of others. But even pretending that’s not the cardinal issue, couldn’t someone believe healthcare is a human right but simply think Medicare for All is a terrible, completely unworkable plan that would collapse the system?

This is how Omar operates though. She sets up a false dichotomy and then calls you a bigot and/or hypocrite if you don’t agree with her. And because she’s from Somalia and is a Muslim, no one is allowed to even object without being accused of inciting violence against her. It’s a nice racket she’s got going.

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John Jenkins: Too many excuses are made for Iran – especially by the EU. We must get real, stand with America – and take decisive action

Sir John Jenkins is a former British Ambassador to Saudi Arabia and co-author of the Government’s Muslim Brotherhood Review of 2015.  He is a Senior Fellow at Policy Exchange.

How do we – the UK – solve a problem called Iran? The answer is more complicated than it should be, given the fragmented state of British politics, the way in which the Brexit debate has sucked all the policy oxygen from the room and now the absurd diplomatic spat with the Trump Administration.

But it is also urgent, given the way regional tensions are rising, bellicose noises from Washington DC and Tehran and our own self-understanding as a major international actor with a massive stake in global order and the reduction of conflict in the Middle East. What we decide to do about Iran now will also shape the views of Russia, China, Saudi Arabia, the US, France and Germany about what sort of power we shall continue to be after Brexit. It’s a test of our national will.

The general view of the commentariat seems to be that recent tensions are the fault of Donald Trump and his National Security Adviser, the belligerent John Bolton. They shouldn’t have abandoned the JCPOA, the nuclear deal negotiated over many painful years by the EU3+3, it is said. They shouldn’t have reapplied sanctions. They certainly shouldn’t overreact to Iran’s deliberate breach of the 300kg/3.67 per cent limits for uranium enrichment. And they should lay off Twitter. Is this fair?

Well, let’s remember that Iran has been an aggressive and often hostile presence in the Middle East since 1979. Under the Shah, it may have thrown its weight around from time to time. But it did so largely through OPEC and by trying to bully much smaller countries like Bahrain, backing down when confronted.

By contrast, the Islamic Republic tried from the start to export revolution. When this failed, it sought to subvert its neighbours by providing support to a wide variety of largely Shia Islamist groups. It helped to establish Hezbollah in Lebanon in the early 1980s. After 1983 it built similar groups in Iraq – and after 2011 in Syria – on the same model. It now backs the Houthis in Yemen.

Throughout this period, Iran has engaged either through others or on its own account in terrorist attacks on the US (Beirut and Kuwait 1983), France (Beirut and Kuwait 1983), Kuwait (1983, 1985, 1988), Saudi Arabia and the US (Al Khobar 1996) and Israel (Buenos Aires 1994, and Thailand and Bulgaria 2012). It sponsored kidnappings in Lebanon throughout the 1980s and the 2007 abduction of a British IT adviser, Peter Moore, and his close protection team in Iraq. Through its allies in Iraq it killed and maimed US and UK military personnel from 2003 to 2010. It has conducted regular assassinations at home and abroad.

During the latter part of the Iran-Iraq war, it indiscriminately sowed mines in international shipping lanes. It is almost certainly behind the recent attacks on shipping off the UAE, in the Gulf of Oman and elsewhere. For years it has offered tactical if intermittent support to Al Qaeda – and at one time to the Taliban – including training the operatives who carried out the 1998 East Africa bombings. It has given substantial and sustained military support to the Assad regime in Syria. It has illegally supplied missiles and advanced guidance systems to Hezbollah, some Iraqi Shia militias and the Houthis. And it continues to seek to establish permanent military bases in Syria in order to threaten Israel directly.

You’d think that all this would give commentators pause, especially when they wonder whether war is coming. They don’t seem to have noticed that it never really went away as far as Iran is concerned.

Now you could argue that this picture is exaggerated. Everyone’s doing it in the Middle East. And that in any case Iran is simply defending itself against sectarian Sunni revanchism and bone-headed US hostility.

But everyone’s not doing it. The brutal murder of Jamal al Khashoggi was shocking for many reasons. But one of them is precisely that the Saudis don’t normally do that kind of thing. They may, of course, do lots of other things people don’t like, including locking up human rights activists, executing people without what we would consider due process and exporting extremism.  There’s truth in all that – but Iran does the first two things on an even greater and the third on at least a comparable scale. And the point here is not whether a particular country has an unpleasant way of managing itself, but what the impact is on regional and therefore global security.

On this point, there is no comparison. The Saudis, together with the UAE, certainly helped fund popular opposition to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. But such opposition already existed, was widespread, peaceful and growing from 2012 onwards. There has been regional competition for influence in Syria since the outbreak of the civil war there in 2011. But no other Middle Eastern power has sought so consistently as Iran to foment violent revolution in neighbouring states or exported vast quantities of weapons to those who seek to subvert them. No-one else since the collapse of Saddam Hussein and Gaddafi has sponsored terrorist attacks across the region and abroad, obstructed maritime free passage, harrassed foreign naval vessels or laid mines. Virtually everyone else has made some sort of accommodation with Israel.

And no other state has talent-spotted, backed or created and sustained such an array of powerful and purposeful sub-state actors – from Lebanese Hezbollah to the Badr Brigade, the Leagues of the Righteous and Kata’ib Hezbollah in Iraq, the Afghan and Pakistani Shia militias in Syria and the Houthis in Yemen. No doubt these groups have their own interests and their own purposes. Hezbollah in particular is also a global criminal enterprise with its tentacles extending through West Africa to Europe, Australia and South America, engaging in human trafficking, money laundering, the drugs trade – including a nice recent line helping smuggle Captagon out of Syria to pay for Iranian oil – and cheque fraud on a vast scale

But with the exception (mostly) of the Houthis, they all recognise the supreme religious and political authority of the Supreme Leader in Iran and in practice share the same overriding goals, of an expanded Shia hegemony over the greater Levant and, if possible, further afield under an Iranian umbrella and the eventual triumph in these areas of Khomeini’s heterodox doctrine of Wilayat al Faqih – the trusteeship of the righteous jurisprudent, in practice the Supreme Leader in Tehran.

The Houthis now fire missiles with gay abandon at airports, power stations and desalination plants in Saudi Arabia, and have threatened to do the same to the UAE. It turns out that the most recent drone attack on oil pipelines in the Kingdom – something that only makes sense in the context of Yemen – originated in Iraq. You might say that KSA is at war with the Houthis. But you can’t condemn Saudi attacks on civilian infrastructure in Yemen without doing the same for the Houthis. And what’s Iraq got to do with any of this?

The answer, of course, is that they’re all in it together. Iran has mobilised its allies and assets from the Bab al Mandab through the Gulf of Oman up to Iraq, Syria and indeed Lebanon in order to send a clear signal about its geographical reach, the variety and deadliness of its partners and the way in which it can use asymmetric and often deniable attacks to compensate for its conventional weaknesses as it seeks to preserve its gains in the wider region, face down the US and intimidate Europe.

The US under Trump seems incapable of transmitting such clear and consistent signals – there’s the constant hiss of tantrum-driven static instead. But you’d think in the circumstances that the EU would be inclined to stand with Washington – its single most important ally – and state clearly and collectively that we will not be intimidated, we condemn all targeting of civilian infrastructure and interference with shipping; that we will join forces to guarantee the freedom of navigation in the Gulf and adjoining seas, work to prevent further missile proliferation and respond robustly to attacks on the Arab Gulf States – at the same time as seeking to end the calamitous war in Yemen.

You’d be disappointed. The EU’s incoming High Representative for Foreign and Security Affairs, the Spanish Foreign Minister, Josep Borrell instead simply shrugs his shoulders and says that the EU will continue to work with Iran – and if Iran wants to destroy Israel, well, we’ll just have to learn to live with it. His predecessor, Federica Mogherini, quixotically used her last months in office to promote a special financial mechanism to enable European companies to avoid the impact of US bilateral sanctions on Iran. They won’t use it, of course. Who in their right minds would? But it was important to show willing. Willing to help Iran, that is.

And this points to a bigger problem in the mindset of European and indeed US elites over Iran, quite separate from the question of whether the US was right to withdraw from the JCPOA. If there’s any benefit of any doubt going around, Iran gets it. This isn’t just because Iran keeps teasing Europe with the idea that they might be the ones to save the JCPOA (though it does). And it isn’t quite universal. There’s an excellent and acerbic account of the intense final stages of the nuclear negotiations by the then French Foreign Minister, Laurent Fabius, which makes clear his view of how Iran played the Kerry team. And even Europe may eventually run out of patience with Iranian posturing.

But there has long been a strong thread of Iranophilia in European policy circles, particularly but not exclusively on the Left. This is not out of love for Iran: but because far too many people in these circles dislike the US and did so even before Trump. A year or so ago at an Iran-related event, I heard a senior European External Action Service adviser tell a friend that it was important to support Iran (rather than Saudi Arabia) because only Iran in the region stood up to US imperialism.

That’s not an uncommon view and is now combined with a visceral loathing for Trump. It’s reflected in the way that many liberal commentators can’t bring themselves to admit that Iran, the Houthis, Hezbollah and many of the Iraqi Shia militias are in cahoots. The argument tends to be twofold: (a) Iran has a right to defend itself and (b) proxies equals puppets – any suggestion that these groups are just proxies misses their functional independence within particular socio-political contexts.

It’s a classic straw man argument. No one serious claims that these groups are puppets or simply proxies. They’re actually lots of different things, most of them unpleasant. But none of that alters the fact that they will serve Iran when Iran calls. We have seen them do so repeatedly from the 1980s – when Badr fought with Iran against their fellow Iraqis and Hezbollah bombed and kidnapped with impunity – to the present – when the Houthis keep the Saudis pinned down and distracted with Iranian technology while pumping out their propaganda from the Hezbollah stronghold of South Beirut. And little of this is about Iran’s right to self-defence.

It’s still not clear to me that there will be open war between the US and Iran. The latest French outreach to Iran may encourage both sides to step back. Neither wants a real fight. Trump has made clear his aversion to one as the US enters an election year. Iran knows and seeks to exploit this just short of conflict, though it also believes that if something does kick off, Trump is likely to want to end it quickly.

But you never know. And there are some clear if unsurprising policy conclusions for the new Foreign Secretary – when one is appointed and has decided who will replace the admirable Kim Darroch in Washington. First, si pacem vis, bellum para. What stokes the flames at times of tension is weakness and a lack of clarity. During the 1980s, Iran backed off because the US was crystal clear about both sending and acting upon its signals. Barack Obama set a bad precedent by abandoning his red lines in Syria in 2013. Trump didn’t do much better by striking Syrian targets once in 2017, blustering, and then last month advertising the fact that he had aborted a military response to the Iranian downing of a US surveillance drone.

This can only be remedied in Washington. That’s going to do take a lot of work. We should certainly advise against war – there are other things we can do instead. But we must stand by the US when it acts – whatever we may think about the President, the US is more than one person and remains indispensable to our security. The instinctive wringing of hands in Brussels and other European capitals simply encourages Iran.

The French at least will probably also want to be robust. We should work with them in shaping a realistic response with the US. If that means joint military action, we need to be part of it. We also need collectively to be clear about the triggers for any escalation ladder – from the new Gulf maritime protection force proposed by the US to the use of proportionate force in self-defence against Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) naval forces, the possible targeting of IRGC command and control nodes if they persist in hostile action and so forth.

We should be hard over against the Iran-aligned Shia militias in Iraq – just as we’ve decided belatedly to get real with Hezbollah by ending the feeble pretence (which they publicly ridiculed) that they have separate military and political wings. The Iraqi Prime Minister has said he wants to bring them under proper central governmental control. Some people suspect that’s an excuse to let them take over the state instead. We need to work with partners – again the US and the French, the Kurds, elements of the Iraqi government and key Iraqi Shia clerics – to stop them doing so.

We need to push for a settlement in Yemen. The war damaging, draining and entirely counterproductive. The UAE have wanted a settlement for the last couple of years and are now drawing down their forces. We have our differences with them. This is an area where we can potentially work together.

In the longer term, British and indeed western policy towards Iran needs to be what it always should have been, clear, robust, sustained and collective containment and deterrence. I’ve recently seen some very prominent former Obama officials argue that that’s precisely what the JCPOA was.

I didn’t think that withdrawing from the deal was particularly sensible. But that wasn’t because I thought it was a great deal. It was because I thought it bought us time – around 15 years to be precise. The task was to agree how to use that time well. But that’s not what actually happened. When the deal was formally ratified in 2015, the Obama Administration did nothing about Iran’s horizontal escalation in the region. Instead, they urged western businesses to start flooding back.

But business was reluctant – they suspected rightly that they’d find themselves in bed with some alarming partners which would spell serious trouble for them back home if these partners didn’t stop doing what they were doing in Iran, in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon, not to mention further afield. And that was the problem. There was no effort to stop them nor any plan for containment and deterrence, just relief that we’d escaped from the trap we’d set for ourselves when we’d threatened consequences we weren’t prepared to deliver.

I’m glad to see we’ve now had the guts to stop a tanker we believe is smuggling Iranian oil in defiance of sanctions on Syria. The fact that the Iranians have threatened to retaliate – and may already have tried – suggests the charge is true. This won’t have been an easy decision to make. Over the last decade, there has been a startling lack of action over Iranian smuggling – of weapons, missile components and oil, even in areas where international maritime task forces – with British participation – operate such as the Gulf, the Indian Ocean, the Horn of Africa and the approaches to the Red Sea. So to stop a tanker now – even if it is Syria-related – sends a message of intent. It may also suggest that we are becoming more inclined to back the US – which has probably have supplied the intelligence on which the stop order was based.

And this is one way ahead. It’s not a question of toppling the Iranian regime. That’s a matter for Iranians. Nor is it a question of war: if the Iranians insist on continuing to threaten their neighbours, imperil shipping and subvert our friends, then we need to find and use ways to stop them doing so. But we need to do so proportionately, coolly and in partnership with others who are similarly willing, the US and the French in particular: the Germans will remain ambivalent. We also need to go after the criminal money flows around the world that sustain Iran and its allies in the region. The US Department of the Treasury and the FBI have been doing so for years. We should be part of all this.

In doing so we need to make sure that our military, our intelligence and security services and our diplomatic effort are properly funded, with the right equipment, staff and skills. And that they feel they have the full backing of ministers. That’s not been the case for some years now. Putting things right will be a generational task.

Needless to say, none of this will be remotely possible if a Corbyn government gets elected. So best get cracking now…

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Pence Blasts AOC for Trivializing the Holocaust, Promises Trump ‘Will Always Honor the Memory of the Victims’

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is certainly making lots of headlines on the right side of the aisle.

And those headlines find her being clueless and wrong. To a breathtaking degree — particularly the clueless part.

But that begs a question: For every conservative action, is there an equal or opposite one of the left-wing sort? Is she being, just as frequently, hailed as a spot-on genius over there?

Oy.

As for more from RedState: VP Mike Pence blasted the socialist twentysomething at the Christians United for Israel Summit Monday, over what he considered her trivialization of the Holocaust.

He told the crowd:

“We must never allow the memory of those lost in the Holocaust to be cheapened as a cliche to advance some left-wing political narrative.”

(That would be her).

“Sadly in recent weeks, that’s exactly what some Democrats have done in the national debate. Last month, a leading Democrat in Congress actually compared our U.S. Customs and Border Protection detention facilities to concentration camps. And her allies in Congress, the Left, and the media shamefully came to her defense.”

They certainly defended her.

But Mike didn’t:

“To compare the humane work of dedicated men and women of Customs and Border Protection with the horrors of the Holocaust is an outrage. The Nazis took lives.”

The Vice President needs to get with the program — the word “nazi” now only has two possible meanings:
A) Conservative
B) Anything anyone who isn’t conservative doesn’t like.

Among the latest First World generation, completely lost on mushy minds are the high stakes of real life and death. These days, pronouns are at the epicenter of the best and worst the world can bestow. That’s life, death, and the violence in between. Hence, perchance to many, the border’s a veritable genocide.

But Mr. Pence believes there are more profound things:

“American law enforcement saves lives every day. Make no mistake about it, this slander of law enforcement was an insult to the six million killed in the Holocaust. And it should be condemned by every American of every political party everywhere.”

Alexandria’s clueless comments certainly brought their share of stories. Such as these:

Two Prominent Jewish Groups Lambaste Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Over Her Claim Of ‘Concentration Camps’ At The Border

Nancy Pelosi Uses Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Concentration Camp Remarks As A Lesson On The Evils Of The GOP

The Left Condemns Chuck Todd For His Correction Of AOC’s Embarrassingly Ignorant Concentration Camp Remarks

Don Jr. Pounces Like A Cat On AOC & Those Backing Her ‘Concentration Camp’ Remarks, Calls Freshmen Dems ‘The Clown Show’

Holocaust Denier’: Alan Dershowitz Excoriates Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez For Her ‘Concentration Camp’ Remarks

That’s a lot.

During Mike’s speech, he also managed to get in a plug for the ol’ Commander-in-Chief:

“I promise you — President Donald Trump will always honor the memory of the victims of the Holocaust, and he will always honor the service of the brave men and women of law enforcement.”

That should be a headline; I think I’ll make it one.

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America Has Gravely Disappointed Ilhan Omar

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Omar’s short time on the public scene has been filled with one controversy after another. Whether it’s her consistent habit of delving into antisemitism, the evidence she committed marriage fraud, or just the general way she conducts herself as a lawmaker, Omar has managed to find herself in the news over and over and rarely for positive reasons.

Despite plenty of issues at play, because she’s a Democrat, that means she gets puff pieces in The Washington Post. This latest one caught my eye.

We’ve all disappointed her, guys.

There’s a certain arrogance to Omar’s time in the United States that tends to rub people the wrong way and that’s on full display as The Washington Post dives into one of the fluffier pieces you’ll read about a D.C. politician. Take this anecdote for example.

Five years earlier, Omar told the students, she was working for a Minneapolis city councilman who asked her to report back on problems with the courts. There, she recalled encountering a “sweet, old . . . African American lady” who had been arrested for stealing a $2 loaf of bread to feed her “starving 5-year-old granddaughter.”

After spending the weekend in jail, the woman was led into the courtroom and fined $80 — a penalty she couldn’t pay. “I couldn’t control my emotions,” Omar continued, “because I couldn’t understand how a roomful of educated adults could do something so unjust.”

“Bulls—!” she recalled yelling in the courtroom.

Omar, perhaps because of her lack of background with American ideals, seems to not understand that prosecution for criminal activity, even supposed “crimes of desperation,” are what help hold society together. It’s a short walk from arbitrary decriminalization to the anarchy of her home country of Somalia. There’s also the fact that the story she told, much like her entire career, is likely complete nonsense.

Omar’s story echoed the plot of “Les Miserables.” If true, it is also probably embellished. City officials said that police aren’t allowed to arrest people for shoplifting unless there’s a likelihood of violence or further crime. Typically, shoplifters are sentenced to attend a three-hour class.

In an interview, Omar said she may have flubbed some facts. “She might have had a prior [arrest],” Omar said. “I’m not sure. . . . The details might not have all matched, but that’s what I remember.”

Much like we witnessed with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s slanderous claims about Border Patrol last week, this new generation of leftist politicians rely on exaggeration and falsehood to push their narratives. It doesn’t matter if what they say is actually true, only that it paints a moralistic picture they feel can advance their goals.

Omar goes on to call America a “broken promise.”

In Omar’s immigrant story, America wasn’t a “city on a hill,” a haven for grateful masses fleeing war and oppression. Rather, it was a broken promise. “I arrived at the age of 12 and learned that I was the extreme other,” she often said. “I was black. I was Muslim. I also learned I was extremely poor and that the classless America that my father talked about didn’t exist.”

While I can sympathize with the idea that her expectations may have been unrealistic, perhaps not being in a war-torn country, being offered government assistance, and being part of a society that allows a refugee to become a Congressional member should count for something. No one actually promised Omar utopia. What America has always been is a promise of opportunity and she, even though she’ll never admit it, proved the inclusiveness of that promise by attaining her current position.

One particularly jarring passage from the piece involved Omar giving this description of U.S. military combat veterans.

At times, she struggled to see the humanity in her opponents, dismissing a paralyzed Gulf War veteran’s suggestion that the presence in Congress of more combat veterans, who have experienced the costs of war, might produce a more cautious foreign policy and improve veteran care.

“I’ve been in rooms with people who have served who say the most horrendous things, who have complete disregard for life,” she said. “I would love for that statement to be true, but it isn’t in most cases.”

The article keeps going from there, but the essential point is that America has failed to live up to Omar’s demands throughout her time here.

In Omar’s version, America wasn’t the bighearted country that saved her from a brutal war and a bleak refugee camp. It wasn’t a meritocracy that helped her attend college or vaulted her into Congress. Instead, it was the country that had failed to live up to its founding ideals, a place that had disappointed her and so many immigrants, refugees and minorities like her.

I’ll give the author credit for tacitly countering some of her claims, i.e. him pointing out above that this country helped pay for her to go to college and gave her the pathway to attain almost anything, including becoming a U.S. House member. Still, if the United States has been such a grave disappointment to refugees and immigrants, there’s always the option to not come here. The truth is, the United States, while not perfect, is still the greatest country on earth. Some semblance of gratitude from Omar would go a long way, yet she chooses to show absolutely none.

Of course, the writer stops short of any real push back, instead choosing to tell “her story” mostly uncritically. Nowhere in the article is there mention of the evidence that has mounted that she committed marriage fraud. There’s no mention of the proven campaign finance violations she committed. Most egregiously, The Washington Post doesn’t bring up her bouts of antisemitism while in Congress at all. You’d think that would be relevant. Would the Post write an article about a Republican without laying bare every questionable aspect of his or her past? We all know the answer to that.

While the article mostly focuses on her past, Omar’s graceless treatment of the country that saved her continues apace. We see it in her political rantings, defending terrorist regimes like Iran and the Palestinian Authority while outright lying about the actions of Israel. The presence of Muslim fundamentalism in her worldview, even though we aren’t supposed to talk about those things, clearly influences her to defend the indefensible while attacking those who have outstretched their hand to her.

Omar manages to find time to defend ISIS terrorists and ask for radical members of the Muslim Brotherhood to be released, but she trashes American veterans of the Battle of Mogadishu as “Satan.” We’ve seen her laugh about Al Qaeda with anti-Semitic figures, defend tyrants like Nicolas Maduro, and laud literal terrorists like Angela Davis. But one thing always eludes Omar’s lips, that being any praise for the country that took her in and gave her everything.

It’s all completely bizarre and I don’t believe just how bizarre is lost on most of the American voters who are watching this from afar. The reason Omar remains relatively unscathed is simply because of the culture of that inter-sectionalism has propagated in the country. People are afraid to speak the obvious about her actions and worldview for fear of retribution.

At some point though, the truth has to outweigh fear of the mob. Omar has no business being in Congress. While the Congresswoman may constantly focus on her disappointment in America, we all have far more reason to be disappointed in her.

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Anti-Semite Linda Sarsour is Trying to Appropriate Jesus Again

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Noted anti-Semite Linda Sarsour is at it again.

We constantly hear about “cultural appropriation” in liberal circles, that being the idea that it’s unseemly and racist to partake in another culture’s food, dress, and customs. There have been uproars over wearing a sombrero on Cinco De Mayo or a Chinese dress to a prom.

Apparently though, falsely appropriating Jesus is no big deal to the far-left. Here’s Sarsour’s latest ridiculousness.

It’s also true that Native Americans were born in what is now called Louisiana a thousand years ago. People migrate and the names of places change. There is almost no connection between your typical, modern Louisiana resident and the indigenous residents of centuries past. Even to the point where some ancestry could be tracked, one would still never claim that a Native American born in what is now modern day Baton Rouge was actually a white Cajun guy.

After getting push back, she continued ranting.

Bethlehem was not in “Palestine” because, and stick with me, Palestine did not exist (even as a territory) during Jesus’ time. Bethlehem was in the Jewish region of Judea, populated by Jews who’s descendants would eventually be pushed westward (as well as out of the area completely). The Arabic name of the town is also irrelevant because, and stick with me again, Arabic was not even a language at the time. In fact, the Arabs who make up much of the modern Palestinian lineage wouldn’t migrate into the area until many years later.

Perhaps more insulting is the fact that it was via several ancient Muslim invasions that the Arabs who make up the Palestinian people today got to where they are. In some ways, the appropriation of Jesus here echoes the Muslim practice of conquering and then claiming foreign religious sites as their own.

Despite that, we get stupid replies like this.

The term Palestine in the 5th century BC referred to the area inhabited by the Philistines. Modern Palestinians have little to no connection to that people historically. It is not debatable that the Romans called the area Judea and that the area was made up of Jews. Jesus was not Palestinian. Period.

Sarsour’s lack of knowledge of even basic history aside, her claims about Bethlehem in the modern day also fall offensively short. It is not a “predominately beautiful Palestinian community.” It hasn’t been majority Christian for a while because of the violent actions of Islam. Secondly, there is no “military occupation” present. Israel pulled out of the area over a decade ago. Currently the Palestinian Fatah party rules the area with an iron fist and autonomy.

There’s a certain antisemitism to claiming that one of most famous Jews in world history was actually an “Palestinian” just because Arabs would conquer the area later. But Sarsour is no stranger to such things. She’s made a career out of anti-Semitic attacks and a-historical nonsense.

Of course, she’s not the only one. Rep. Rashida Tlaib, another noted anti-Semite, has also made the false claim that “Jesus was Palestinian” before. This came in an anecdotal story about a supposedly aggrieved Palestinian woman, told back in April.

She said her immigrant mother keeps her grounded, and is so compassionate.  She said her mother told a man who voiced opposition to her hijab, “You don’t understand.  Jesus was born in my country!”  Tlaib said her mother believes that if people know that, things will be so much better.

All other issues aside, no, Jesus was not born in this woman’s country. Given that Palestine is not a country and never has been, that would seem obvious. The fact that it didn’t exist, nor was the area populated by the same people in Jesus’ lifetime seems the more relevant piece of evidence though.

Look, it’s one thing to argue over the modern Israeli-Palestinian conflict. I’ve made no secret where my views on that lie. But trying to appropriate Jesus, who had zero connection to modern Arab Palestinians, is a bridge too far and Sarsour is doing it on purpose. It’s anti-Christian, anti-Semitic tripe. She should stick to lying about the IDF and ignoring the human rights abuses of the Palestinian Authority. Jewish and Christian history simply isn’t her thing.

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Israel’s Energy Dilemma: More Natural Gas Than It Can Use or Export

TEL AVIV — For decades, Israel was an energy-starved country surrounded by hostile, oil-rich neighbors.

Now it has a different problem. Thanks to major offshore discoveries over the last decade, it has more natural gas than it can use or readily export.

Having plenty of gas is hardly a burden, and it offers a cleaner-burning alternative to Israel’s longtime power sources. But it presents challenges for a country that wants to extract geopolitical and economic benefits from a rare energy windfall, including building better relations with its neighbors and Europe.

Part of the problem is timing. Just as Israel prepares to produce and export large amounts of gas, the United States, Australia, Qatar and Russia are flooding the market with cheap gas. The other is math: Israel’s 8.5 million people use in a year less than 1 percent of the gas that has been found in the country’s waters.

“We have a surplus of gas,” Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz said in an interview. “Israeli waters are swimming in gas, and what we have discovered is only the beginning.”

Noble Energy, a Houston-based company that made its first discovery of gas in Israel in 1999, has found more than 30 trillion cubic feet of gas off the country’s coast over the last decade. Some experts say new discoveries could double that.

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A platform under construction in the Leviathan natural gas field, which should be connected to the mainland by the end of the year.CreditTamir Kalifa for The New York Times

As a result, Israel is phasing out diesel and coal-fired electricity, replacing it mostly with gas-fired generation and some solar power. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s cabinet is considering banning the import of gasoline and diesel cars starting in 2030 and gradually switching to vehicles fueled by compressed natural gas or electricity.

Israel is also stepping up exports to neighbors like Jordan and Egypt. There are even plans to supply gas to a power plant in the West Bank for Palestinian customers.

Yet these efforts will make only a dent in the country’s reserves.

“We want to export,” said Jacob Nagel, former head of Israel’s National Security Council. “The question is: How much will it cost? Is it possible? How much time will it take?”

For decades, Israel depended on Russia and other sources for fuel, while its industries and homes relied on coal and oil power plants that blanketed its cities with smog. The switch to gas has helped clear the air in cities like Tel Aviv and Haifa that have converted diesel-fueled plants.

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The Orot Rabin power plant in Hadera relies on Russian coal transported by ship.CreditTamir Kalifa for The New York Times

Israel’s biggest coal plant — in Hadera, a coastal city — will be converted over the next three years, cutting national coal consumption by 30 percent. Officials say they expect to eliminate coal use in 11 years.

In Hadera, improvements are already noticeable after gas replaced oil in one part of the plant and officials installed a scrubber, an exhaust-cleaning device. The beach is no longer caked with sticky black tar, and a yellowish tinge on the horizon is gone.

Guy Stansill, a 38-year-old vegetable farmer at the nearby Sdot Yam kibbutz who can see the plant’s chimneys from his kitchen window, hopes it’s for good. His 5-year-old son, Tayo, has asthma but is breathing better now that the plant is reducing its emissions.

“Reducing the coal industry will be better for the air and health,” he said, though he worries about a possible spill from drilling and gas processing offshore.

But his wife, Lee Kush, thinks the country ought to be investing more in renewable energy. “We have so much sun,” she said. “Why use gas at all?”

Tayo Stansill, right, has asthma, but his condition has improved since one part of the nearby power plant switched to natural gas and officials installed an exhaust-cleaning device.CreditTamir Kalifa for The New York Times

Israeli officials acknowledge that the gas will compete with cleaner solar energy. But they argue that the plentiful supply of electricity from gas-fired power plants will encourage the use of electric vehicles, reducing pollution.

“Electric cars are a big market for electricity, so at the end of the day it’s a big market for gas,” said Ofer Bloch, president of Israel Electric, the state utility.

The Israeli government says it is committed to the Paris climate accord, and is close to getting 10 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by next year. Environmentalists say the country could do better.

The Leviathan field, Israel’s largest, will be connected to the mainland by pipeline by the end of the year, and that should speed the use of gas in transportation, which has been minimal so far. Fifteen garbage trucks in Haifa are running on compressed natural gas. The country has imported 59 such buses from China, and has ordered another hundred or so.

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Israel has begun switching to buses and trash trucks that run on compressed natural gas, a possible prelude to a ban on the import of cars powered by gasoline and diesel.CreditTamir Kalifa for The New York Times

But because it has a small industrial base and its residential use of gas is limited because of mild winters, Israel needs to export more to take advantage of its energy bounty.

There are many hurdles.

Last year Noble and the Israeli company Delek Drilling signed a 10-year deal to deliver gas to Egypt by pipeline beginning later this year. Some of that fuel may be re-exported from two Egyptian terminals.

Energy executives say they are optimistic that Egypt’s growing population, now 100 million, will make it a big market, and that gas can bring the two neighbors closer even as Egypt, with its own recent large-scale finds, becomes a bigger producer.

The importance of the Egyptian market was underscored by a trip to Cairo in January by Mr. Steinitz, the first official visit by an Israeli minister since the 2011 unrest that shook the Arab world. He and representatives of five other Mediterranean countries and the Palestinian Authority had met to form an association to coordinate regulations on gas pipelines and trading.

Still, officials acknowledge that doing business with Egypt is risky. A gas pipeline between the countries was sabotaged in 2012.

Israel could seek to sell gas to Asia, where demand is growing, but public opposition has blocked plans for an export terminal on the small, densely populated shoreline.

That leaves pipelines as the best option.

Concrete barriers help protect an Israeli gas pipeline. Houston-based Noble Energy and the Israeli company Delek Drilling signed a 10-year deal to deliver gas to Egypt by pipeline beginning later this year.CreditTamir Kalifa for The New York Times

Israeli policymakers long favored a proposal to build a pipeline to Europe through Turkey. But relations with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan have deteriorated in recent years, closing that option, at least for now.

The most ambitious proposal is to build the world’s deepest and longest gas pipeline, to Italy through Cyprus and Greece. That project has the support of the European Union, Cyprus and Greece, but investors are reluctant to invest the estimated $6 billion to $7 billion it would cost.

“There is a question mark on the financials of this pipeline and the returns for its shareholders,” said Mathios Rigas, chief executive of Energean, a Greek energy company that produces gas off Israeli shores.

Mr. Rigas said he favored building a terminal in Cyprus connected to Israeli and Cypriot fields. But that would be costly and take up to a decade. It would also probably face opposition from Turkey, which is drilling in waters claimed by Cyprus.

“The gas needs someplace to go,” Wesley Johnson, Noble’s Leviathan asset manager, said at a recent conference in Houston.

But some Israeli experts doubt that the country will become a big exporter and would be happy to see the gas remain at home.

“I don’t see anything wrong with leaving the gas for future generations,” said Gal Luft, a former Israeli military officer and an energy expert. “We’re talking about deepwater gas in the most volatile region in the world. So let’s be humble.”

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