Erdogan Says

Posted By: Anita Mamgai Posted On: Oct 01, 2023

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday that “terrorists” will never achieve their aims, hours after a blast near the parliament in Ankara injured two police officers.

The powerful explosion outside the interior ministry, which was followed by large flames, was heard for several kilometres from the site of the attack.

The targeted district is home to several other ministries and the Turkish parliament, which reopened as planned in the afternoon with an address from President Erdogan.

“The villains who threaten the peace and security of citizens have not achieved their objectives and will never achieve them,” Erdogan told the parliament.

The interior ministry said two attackers arrived in a commercial vehicle around 9:30 am (0630 GMT) in front of “the entrance gate of the General Directorate of Security of our Ministry of the Interior, and carried out a bomb attack.”

“One of the terrorists blew himself up. The other was killed by a bullet to the head before he had a chance to blow himself up,” Interior Minister Ali Yerlikaya said in a press statement outside the ministry.

“Two of our police officers were lightly injured” in the exchange of fire, but their lives were not in danger, he added.

The Ankara police headquarters said on the social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter, that it was carrying out “controlled explosions” of “suspicious packages” to prevent other explosions.

The Ankara prosecutor's office said it was opening an investigation and banned access to the area. Local media was asked to stop broadcasting images from the scene of the attack.

Nobody immediately claimed responsibility for the blast.

Erdogan Slams EU

Erdogan later opened the parliamentary session by slamming his country's long wait for accession to the EU, stating that Turkey “no longer expects anything from the European Union, which has kept us waiting at its door for 40 years”.

“We have kept all the promises we have made to the EU but they have kept almost none of theirs,” he said, adding that he would not “tolerate any new demands or conditions” for his country to join the bloc.

This session of Turkey's parliament must also validate Sweden's entry into the NATO alliance.

Hungary and Turkey in July lifted their vetoes against Sweden's entry into the Atlantic alliance, but have been slow to ratify its membership.

Erdogan indicated in July that ratification by the Turkish parliament would not take place before October, but it is expected to be approved during this parliamentary year.

For months, Erdogan has been putting pressure on Sweden to take action against Koran desecrations that have strained relations between the two countries.

Sweden's prime minister Ulf Kristersson was quick to assure in a statement that his country “once again confirms its commitment to long-term cooperation with Turkey in the fight against terrorism”.

Numerous foreign leaders also voiced support for Turkey after the attack, with messages of support coming from Germany, the United Kingdom and the US embassy in Ankara.

The Turkish capital has been the scene of several attacks, particularly during the years 2015 and 2016 — many claimed by the outlawed separatist group the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), or the Islamic State group.

The PKK, which has waged an insurgency against the Turkish state since 1984, is blacklisted as a terror group by Ankara and its Western allies.

PKK-affiliated Kurdish militants control most of northeastern Syria.

In October 2015 an attack in front of a central station in Ankara claimed by the Islamic State group killed 109 people.

The most recent bomb attack in Turkey was in a shopping street in Istanbul in November 2022, where six were killed and 81 were injured.

There was no claim of responsibility, but Turkey accused the outlawed PKK of being behind the attack and said it had detained 46 people including a Syrian woman suspected of planting the device.

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Winless Hyderabad FC Look to Remedy Situation on the Road Against Kerala Blasters FC

Posted By: Jogendra Kumar Posted On: Nov 25, 2023

The Indian Super League 2023-24 action returns to the hotbed of footballing fandom as the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi will witness the clash between the Kerala Blasters FC and Hyderabad FC to round off the Saturday doubleheader on November 25.

An old rivalry will reignite, going back to the 2021-22 season, where Hyderabad FC edged past Ivan Vukomanovic's team in the penalty shootouts of the season final to clinch the trophy that season.

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With a contrasting run of form behind their back, both these clubs will have a common objective from this match, i.e. to get maximum points at all costs.

Sitting second in the table, Kerala Blasters FC are naturally better placed to attain a victory, but Hyderabad FC and their supporters will hope that head coach Thangboi Singto will have worked his magic around the setup to turn around their fortunes for the season.

The Tuskers have shown timely tactical awareness on both ends of the pitch to secure important victories in ISL 2023-24.

There is added responsibility on them whilst playing at home and Vukomanovic echoed those thoughts in a recent interaction stating, “We always have an obligation to show a little bit more than our opponents, whether we are playing home or away. Especially when we play at home, we have to show something else, that we are fighting for the logo, and we are fighting for the club, because that's a part of the identity of Kerala.”

A win in this match can temporarily take them to the top of the table, and that will be a big boost as the team goes about chasing their goals for the campaign.

Hyderabad FC are winless in their last five away games and they are still seeking their first victory of this campaign. They have played out 1-1 draws in each of their last three games, and it is just that additional bit of efficiency and goal-scoring instinct upfront that can help them better these results.

Singto must have had ample time to correct their mistakes during the halt as fans wait to see a renewed and rejuvenated Hyderabad FC unit after the international break.

Player to watch out for

Dimitrios Diamantakos (Kerala Blasters FC)

The Greek forward has recorded a goal contribution in every 106 minutes of ISL 2023-24, which is the second fastest amongst all players to have played at least 300 minutes this season, only behind Jorge Pereyra Diaz at 86.2 minutes.

The 30-year-old is sharp at putting balls into the back of the net but equally creative in carving open backlines with his timely assists. These traits make him a point of concern for the Hyderabad FC defensive unit.

Mohammad Yasir (Hyderabad FC)

Mohammad Yasir showed skillsets similar to a striker while bringing down a long ball and hammering it into the back of the net in the match against Bengaluru FC. Singto will bank heavily on the 25-year-old India international to both set up and finish off goal-scoring moves as Hyderabad FC look for answers to their woes in the frontline.

Head-to-Head

Played – 9

Hyderabad FC – 5

Kerala Blasters FC – 4

Draws – 0

A word from the coaches:

“They have been one of our most difficult opponents in the previous two years. Games against Hyderabad FC have always been the toughest. They are a very good team, with very good individuals; they were also our opponents two years ago in the finals. Seeing our rankings doesn't matter right now, in this league anything is possible, anyone can beat anybody,” Kerala Blasters FC head coach Ivan Vukomanovic remarked ahead of the game.

“The break has been good in terms of getting fresher both physically and mentally. If you see the scores, we haven't lost badly. There were some games where we could have gotten maximum points. Going to Kerala is always special. We know that Kerala is a place where football is on fire for everyone involved. Players want to play in that atmosphere. It's always a good memory for them,” Hyderabad FC head coach Thangboi Singto said in the pre-match press conference.

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Blinken Says Washington Working to Ensure More Aid to Gaza during Turkey Visit Published 47 minutes ago

Posted By: Vanshika Pathak Posted On: Nov 06, 2023

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Monday that Washington was working “very aggressively” to dramatically expand the amount of aid reaching trapped civilians in Gaza.

The top US diplomat held 2.5 hours of one-on-one talks with Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan focused on soothing the anger at both Israel and the West of one of Washington's most strategic but difficult allies.

NATO member Turkey has been an increasingly vocal critic of the way Israel has been pursuing its month-long offensive against Hamas militants who staged an October 7 attack into Israel — the deadliest in the country's history.

Police used tear gas and water cannon to disperse hundreds of protesters who marched on an air base housing US forces in southeastern Turkey hours before Blinken's arrival Sunday.

Hundreds more rallied outside the Turkish foreign ministry during his visit.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan himself was travelling across Turkey's remote northeast on Monday in an apparent snub of Washington's top diplomat.

Blinken told reporters after the meeting that Washington was aware of “the deep concern” in Turkey “for the terrible toll” in Gaza.

“We are working, as I said, very aggressively on getting more humanitarian assistance into Gaza and we have very concrete ways of doing that,” Blinken said before boarding a plane for Japan.

“I think we will see in the days ahead that the assistance can expand in significant ways,” he added without providing details.

A Turkish diplomatic source said Fidan pressed Blinken for “an immediate ceasefire in Gaza”.

“Fidan also pointed out to his US counterpart Blinken that bombing civilian targets and destroying infrastructure in Gaza is unacceptable,” the Turkish source said.

Blinken's talks with Fidan would have been packed with problems even before Israel launched a relentless bombing and expanding ground campaign aimed at eradicating Hamas.

The Hamas-run health ministry said nearly 10,000 people — mostly civilians — had been killed in more than four weeks of war in Gaza.

The operation started after the militants killed more than 1,400 people — also mostly civilians — and took over 240 hostages.

The war threatens to have broad repercussions on Washington's relations with Turkey.

Ankara has a muscular foreign policy and stakes in conflicts across the Middle East that occasionally fail to align with those of Washington or other NATO allies.

Washington is currently anxious to see Turkey's parliament finally ratify Sweden's stalled drive to join the US-led NATO defence organisation.

The United States has also been tightening sanctions against Turkish individuals and companies that are deemed to be helping Russia evade sanctions and import goods for use in its war on Ukraine.

And Ankara is upset that the US Congress is holding up the approval of a deal backed by President Joe Biden to modernise Turkey's air force with dozens of US F-16 fighter jets.

Turkey also has longstanding reservations about US support for Kurdish forces in Syria who spearheaded the fight against Islamic State group jihadists but are viewed by Ankara as an offshoot of the banned Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

Ankara has stepped up air strikes against armed Kurdish groups in Syria and Iraq in reprisal for an October attack on the Turkish capital claimed by the PKK in which two assailants died.

Blinken called his talks in Ankara “very good, lengthy and productive”.

But he provided few details about the outstanding dispute and highlighted Turkey's “commitment” to accept Sweden into NATO.

Blinken faced a chorus of Arab calls to support an immediate ceasefire in Gaza during a whirlwind tour of the Middle East that saw him visit both Iraq and the West Bank on Sunday.

Israel says it could accept a humanitarian pause to allow in additional shipments of aid once Hamas frees the hostages.

Blinken said on Monday only that “pause could help” secure more aid deliveries to Gaza.

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Understanding the mysterious sect called Jehovah’s Witnesses

Posted By: Ramesh Sharma Posted On: Oct 29, 2023
The blasts happened at Zamra International Convention in Kalamassery during a three-day prayer convention that started on Friday.. (Photo by Arun CHANDRABOSE / AFP) (AFP)

At 9:30 am on Sunday morning, a series of explosions reverberated through the usually serene environs of Kalamassery town in Ernakulam district of Kerala, around 200 km from the state capital Thiruvananthapuram, sending shockwaves through the state and the nation. At least one person (as yet unnamed) was killed and dozens were hurt.

Shaik Darvesh Saheb, head of the state police, confirmed to journalists that an IED (improvised explosive device) was used in the multiple explosions. It is not known who set off the blasts, but the police haven't thrown out the idea that they might have had something to do with the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine, which is a big political debate in Kerala.

The state's Muslim organisations have held protests and marches to support Palestine, and on the other hand, most of the Christian community's leaders have backed Israel. But there had been no fighting between the two groups earlier. A stakeholder of a Christian community in the district, author, and former MP Sebastian Paul even wondered if the explosions were part of a plan to make people hate Muslims and cause trouble in Kerala.

The blasts happened at Zamra International Convention in Kalamassery during a three-day prayer convention that started on Friday.

The convention was organised by a religious group called Jehovah's Witnesses, which has now naturally come into focus.

Seen in Kerala as part of the state's Christian society--happy, austere teachers who don't celebrate birthdays or festivals, and don't go for modern medical care like blood transfusions, etc.--the Jehovah's Witnesses are in reality “more Jewish than Christian", according to former MP Paul.

They do not see Jesus as God. The only God they believe in is Jehovah, who is the God of Israel as mentioned in the original, first Bible (Old Testament), which talks about how the world began, and details events before Christ.

So, instead of believing in the key concepts of the New Testament of the Bible (post-Christ) such as trinitarianism and hell, Jehovah's Witnesses preaches a return to the Christianity of the apostles (Old Testament).

Jehovah's Witnesses also believe that the kingdom of Jehovah will come to the world. Members are encouraged to share the Bible with people who aren't members of the community, warning them of the coming end of the world and trying to baptize them with the promise of living forever.

Interestingly, there are also some ways in which they are more Christian than Jewish. For example, their holy days (Sabbath) are on Sundays, like most Christians, not Saturdays like Jews.

You could call them the most Jewish among Kerala Christians," said former MP Paul. "They don't follow the traditional Christian ways of doing things. They don't agree with the idea of the Trinity (the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit). They follow what the Old Testament says.

However, according to a website related to the group's teaching, jw.org, the group takes its learning from both the Old Testament and the New Testament, but refers to these sections of the Bible as the Hebrew Scriptures and the Christian Greek Scriptures, respectively. In this way, it said, "we avoid giving the impression that some parts of the Bible are outdated or irrelevant".

In 1985, Jehovah's Witnesses got a lot of attention when one of their members fought the expulsion of two of the sect's children from a Kerala school for not standing for the national anthem. Even as the ruling came in its favour in the Emmanuel vs State of Kerala case, the Supreme Court had said that they should not disrespect the national anthem.

The origins of Jehovah's Witnesses can be traced back to the 1870s, when Charles Taze Russell, an American priest, started the Bible Student Movement (the forerunner to Jehovah's Witnesses) as a millenarian organization that rejected Christian doctrines. According to common folklore, Russell arrived in Kerala's Thiruvananthapuram district during the reign of Moolam Thirunal Rama Varma, the royal monarch of the erstwhile territory called Travancore, between 1885 and 1924.

Russell's speeches made him famous among the locals, and he impressed the king, to whom he gave his six-volume study titled "Studies in the Scripture". The king then arranged for Russell's painting to be made and a city neighbourhood, where he is thought to have held public meetings, is still called as Russellpuram.

Organisationally, Jehovah's Witnesses has a strict hierarchy with an all-male governing body at the top. According to jw.org, it has more than 56,000 ‘ministers' who preach the Bible in India, and has held more than 900 congregations so far.

The group is not known to have taken a political stand, not just in the Palestine-Israel war, but in most political conflicts, largely due to its lack of interest in worldly governments and their firm commitment to the kingdom of its God Jehovah. It is also not known to have any police history related to propagating hate speech— all of which stands in sharp contrast to the speculation that it might be targeted related to the war in the Middle East.

It should be investigated to see if someone was after them because more Keralan Christians back Israel, which can be seen in newspapers like Deepika (the Catholic Church's mouthpiece) and among Christian priests," said Paul. “It should also be investigated if someone wanted to make it look like this to cause trouble in the state.

Meanwhile, in a late development, Hindustan Times reported that one Dominic Martin, claimed to be a member of the Jehovah's Witnesses church, has surrendered before the police in the neighbouring Thrissur district, taking responsibility for the bomb blast.

Martin posted a Facebook video four hours ago saying he conducted the blasts due to differences with the leadership of the group. The video has now been taken down from the social media platform. Martin had said he was annoyed by the group's teaching including those about not respecting the laws of the land, disapproval of government jobs, and so on.

"For 16 years, I was part of this group... Six years ago, I realised this is a very wrong society. Even anti-national. They didn't correct despite my repeated complaints," Martin said in the video.

He said he was also angered by the society's negative portrayal of other communities and the countrymen. "They preach about the end of the world... I don't think they should exist," he said.

He said he wanted to take things into his own hands since no political party would raise these points "because they are afraid to take on religion". He told the police that he taught himself to make the blast, and got his supplies, online, according to regional news channel 24 News.

The police are examining the claim, and are yet to confirm it, but he had the visuals of the blast on his phone, according to regional news reports. Meanwhile, organisers of the Jehovah's Witnesses convention told reporters that they hadn't heard of the person until now and that he was not part of those who were invited to the convention.

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Uber spam emails

Posted By: Ramesh Sharma Posted On: Oct 26, 2023
Representative Image- An Uber sign is displayed inside a car (AP Photo/ Nam Y. Huh ,File)

Australia's communications watchdog, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), has imposed a fine of Aus$412,500 ($260,000) on Uber for sending in excess of two million emails to customers, violating anti-spam laws, AFP reported.

The emails, promoting an alcohol home delivery service, were dispatched on a single day in January. They also did not provide customers with an option to unsubscribe. Moreover, more than 500,000 of these emails reached recipients who had previously expressed their desire not to receive marketing emails.

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In response to these violations, Uber received a fine of Aus$412,500 (equivalent to US$260,000).

The Law

According to Australian law, businesses are prohibited from sending marketing emails without the explicit consent of customers. Moreover, these emails must include a clear option for recipients to unsubscribe.

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Nerida O'Loughlin, the chair of ACMA, described Uber's actions as an "avoidable error." She emphasised the importance of respecting customers' preferences, noting that they are becoming increasingly frustrated when their wishes are disregarded.

Uber issued an apology, acknowledging their error in sending these marketing emails. A spokesperson for the company informed AFP that they had made a mistake in this regard.

Over the past 18 months, businesses in Australia have collectively paid more than Aus$11 million in fines for breaching spam and telemarketing laws, as reported by ACMA.

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Salman Khan, Katrina starrer Tiger 3 song ‘Leke Prabhu Ka

Posted By: Tarun Kumar Posted On: Oct 22, 2023
Actor Salman Khan's song 'Leke Prabhu Ka Naam' from his most-anticipated movie 'Tiger 3' is set to release tomorrow at 11am. (Screengrab from YouTube/YRF)

Actor Salman Khan's song 'Leke Prabhu Ka Naam' from his most-anticipated movie 'Tiger 3' is set to release tomorrow at 11am. Salman said it is one of his favourite dance tracks and he hopes that people will love watching him and Katrina Kaif in this chartbuster. Directed by Maneesh Sharma, Tiger 3 is going to release in cinemas on November 12.

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Oppn leaders met Palestinian envoy in Delhi

Posted By: Ajay Rawat Posted On: Oct 17, 2023
Bengaluru: Activists during a demonstration to show solidarity with Palestine, in Bengaluru, Monday, Oct. 16, 2023. (PTI Photo/Shailendra Bhojak) (Representative Image) (PTI)

Opposition leaders including Mani Shankar Aiyar, K C Tyagi, and Danish Ali, gathered on Monday to show their support for Palestinians.

Leaders held a meeting with Palestinian envoy Adnan Abu Al-Haija, who expressed hope that India, being a friend to both Israel and Palestine, would use its influence to urge Tel Aviv to end the "blockade" and facilitate the delivery of humanitarian assistance to the Gaza population, as reported by PTI.

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In a statement signed by 15 opposition leaders, some of whom met the envoy at the Embassy here, they strongly condemned the "indiscriminate bombing" of Palestinians in Gaza by Israel and said that it amounts to an attempt at "genocide".

“We urge an immediate cessation of all hostilities to prevent further loss of innocent lives and the destruction of homes and infrastructure," the leaders said.

"We urge the international community to recognise the establishment of an independent Palestinian state along the 1967 borders in accordance with the UN resolution," the opposition leaders said.

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Speaking with PTI after the meeting, the Palestinian envoy said that the Indian government would play a “good role" to be a mediator with both sides.

"India is a friend of both sides. Hopefully, they will exert pressure on the Israeli government to stop the killing of the civilian Palestinian people, to break that siege and let humanitarian aid of water, food, fuel, medicine and electricity for 2.2 million people," Al-Haija said.

Tyagi stated that the meeting with the Palestinian envoy was a collective decision made by leaders who share similar views. “By cutting off the water and power supply to the Gaza Strip, Israel is forcing them to death", he said.

In their statement, the opposition leaders said they strongly believe in the statement of Mahatma Gandhi that Palestine belongs to the Arabs in the same sense that England belongs to the English or France to the French.

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The opposition leaders said they believe that violence is never a solution as it leads to a cycle of destruction and suffering.

“Therefore, we emphasise the need for increased efforts by the international community in bringing about a peaceful resolution to the conflict. The international community must exert pressure on the state of Israel to abide by international laws and respect the rights and dignity of the Palestinian people," the statement said.

"We call for intensified diplomatic efforts and multilateral initiatives to ensure lasting peace in the region," the opposition leaders said.

The leaders expressed deep concern regarding the "ongoing crisis in Gaza and the suffering of the Palestinian people". They also called for urgent and unimpeded delivery of humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza.

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The dire humanitarian situation demands immediate attention and action, the opposition leaders said, adding that all necessary measures must be taken to ensure that essential supplies, including food, water, and medical aid, reach the affected population without hindrance.

Besides BSP's Ali, Congress' Aiyar and JD(U)'s Tyagi, CPI (ML) general secretary Dipankar Bhattacharya, CPI D Raja, Samajwadi Party MP Javed Ali Khan, RLD's Shahid Siddiqui were also among those leaders who visited the embassy.

Meanwhile, days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi reiterated the country's support to Israel amidst the ongoing war in Gaza, an Israeli minister thanked the Indian leadership and citizens for supporting their fight against “jihadist barbaric Islamist".

On October 7, Israel declared war against Hamas, a Palestinian militant group, in response to attacks carried out by Hamas fighters on various settlements and military posts in southern Israel.

The Hamas attack reportedly resulted in the deaths of 1,200 people, including both soldiers and civilians. In retaliation, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) launched an offensive, resulting in an estimated 2,300 casualties, with over 1,400 of them being civilians, according to figures from the United Nations.

(With inputs from agencies)

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Peace, Deterrence and Other Gods That Failed

Posted By: Pawan George Posted On: Oct 11, 2023
Peace isn?t the answer when the enemy will come back to kill you the next day. (AP)

‘Too long have I lived among men who hate peace," says Psalm 120, recited by Jews around the world for safety in Israel. “I am for peace; but whenever I speak of it, they are for war." Israelis know the feeling. They awoke Saturday to a jihadist invasion that may shatter as many illusions as it has lives.

How can it be, Israelis have begun to ask, that they allowed a genocidal terrorist group to reign for so long in Gaza, the fiefdom next door? There was no mystery about Hamas's intentions. It seeks to kill Israel's Jews any way it can.

Crazy as it now seems, Israelis learned to live with that. They took a series of defensive measures: a blockade to keep weapons out, a missile-defense system to shoot down cheap rockets, and, when those rockets got out of hand, brief campaigns of targeted strikes to quiet Hamas down. But Hamas never had to worry about Israel sweeping it from power.

To force out Hamas, Israel might have had to govern Gaza itself, and the usual suspects in the safe Western democracies—diplomats, reporters, human-rights groups and prize-seeking politicians—would have screamed bloody murder. Our cautious eminences would have deemed it “bad for peace." But as the Jewish tradition teaches, whoever is kind to the cruel will end up being cruel to the kind.

A perverse alternative reality was constructed in which every Israeli response to the threat from Hamas was illegal, immoral and disproportionate, a war crime if not sadistic outright. Gaza, which Israel gave up in 2005, is still called “Israeli-occupied" by the U.N., a claim Western media parroted. Never mind the territory's dictatorial rulers sworn to Israel's violent destruction. The terrorists themselves—the ones live-streaming their slaughter and mutilation of defenseless Jewish civilians to shouts of “Allahu akbar"—were politely termed “militants," their savagery usually excused as a Newtonian reaction to Israeli security measures.

Israel was even condemned for using force to stop Hamas's previous attempts to rush the border. Gullible Western media described those would-be infiltrators as “protesters." Did Israel really need to shoot?

On Sunday, after a meeting with the Turkish foreign minister, Secretary of State Antony Blinken tweeted, “I encouraged Türkiye's advocacy for a cease-fire and the release of all hostages held by Hamas immediately." He deleted the tweet as criticism mounted, but we should recognize it as his department's first instinct. Its Office for Palestinian Affairs (in another deleted tweet) had already urged “all sides to refrain from violence and retaliatory attacks."

This is like calling for a cease-fire the day after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. It's just another word for surrender. Peace isn't the answer when the enemy will come back to kill you the next day.

But what could be more ingrained and respectable than the push to impose such a peace on Israel? Enlightened opinion in the West is firm that Israel needs to “end the occupation" in the West Bank, establishing a Palestinian state a stone's throw from Israel's capital, or a binational state in which Israel's Jews are subject to an Arab majority. Not doing so, Israelis are told, is unsustainable and against international law. It's even “apartheid." In other words, by law Israel must offer up its major population centers for the kind of slaughter we have witnessed in its south, doubtless provoking an even larger war. We call this “the peace process."

The Second Intifada (2000-05) disabused many Israelis of that idea. Maybe this, a whole intifada packed into a single weekend, will help Western liberals catch up. The two-state solution, rejected by the Palestinians every time it has been offered, is dead. Palestinian terrorism has killed it.

Israelis instead have put their faith in deterrence. Hezbollah, the story used to go, had been deterred by the pummeling it received in the 2006 Lebanon war. Iran, beset by the sabotage, bombings and assassinations that a former Mossad director called “divine intervention," knew that it could push Israel only so far. Hamas, too, it was thought, had been deterred by its previous bouts with Israel. That Hamas had stayed out of recent exchanges between Israel and Palestinian Islamic Jihad was taken as confirmation of the thesis.

Until Saturday, the threat from Gaza was supposed to be manageable. Israel even allowed Qatar to transfer monthly cash infusions to Hamas to grease the peace. The Jerusalem Post's Yonah Jeremy Bob, an expert on Israeli intelligence, writes that “every official who briefed the Jerusalem Post made it clear that Hamas was broadly deterred from a big conflict with Israel."

They were dead wrong, and Israel will never be the same because of it. One wonders if evidence will emerge that this conceptual error concerning deterrence, in a replay of the 1973 Yom Kippur War, led Israeli intelligence to discount indications of aggression. More important for the future, has Israel made a similar mistake with Hezbollah—sitting on its northern border with more than 100,000 rockets? We may find out in the coming days.

How about with Iran? Like the Psalmist, the Biden administration is all for peace. Its plan is to pay as much as it takes for Iran to stand on the nuclear threshold without tipping over. But Iran is for war. It doesn't stop pursuing nuclear weapons, and it sustains 19 terrorist proxies, including Hamas, on Israel's borders. For 20 years, Israel has sought to buy time and establish deterrence by striking Iran in the shadows. Once considered aggressive, this policy, too, may come to be seen as remarkably dangerous—because it is so restrained.

Mr. Kaufman is the Journal's letters editor.

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Caught On Camera

Posted By: Ramesh Sharma Posted On: Oct 01, 2023

Security camera footage from the exact moment when two terrorists carried out a bomb attack near the parliament building in Turkey's Ankara on Sunday surfaced on social media. The attack left two police personnel injured while no casualties have been reported.

The CCTV footage, which is now viral on micro-blogging platform X, shows two unidentified men parking what appears to be an SUV in front of the entrance gate of the General Directorate of Security of the Ministry of the Interior and one of the men blows himself up as he runs towards the building.

This followed a powerful explosion resulting in large flames, which was heard for several kilometres from the site of the attack.

The Turkish government in its statement said two attackers arrived in a commercial vehicle around 9:30 am (0630 GMT) “in front of the entrance gate of the General Directorate of Security of our Ministry of the Interior, and carried out a bomb attack.” The Turkish government has termed it a ‘terrorist attack.'

“One of the terrorists blew himself up and the other was neutralised,” the ministry said on social media, saying two officers received “minor injuries”.

Notably, the district, which was targeted by the attackers holds great political significance as it is not only home to several ministries but also the base of the Turkish parliament.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday that “terrorists” will never achieve their aims, hours after a blast near the parliament in Ankara injured two police officers.

“The villains who threaten the peace and security of citizens have not achieved their objectives and will never achieve them,” Erdogan told the parliament.

Meanwhile, the Ankara police headquarters said on the social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter, that it was carrying out “controlled explosions” of “suspicious packages” to prevent other explosions.

The Ankara prosecutor's office said it was opening an investigation and banned access to the area. Local media was asked to stop broadcasting images from the scene of the attack.

Nobody immediately claimed responsibility for the blast.

Source: News18
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