Iranian Offensives Forced Israel to Agree on A Temporary Ceasefire

Iran’s President, Ebrahim Raisi, urged BRICS leaders to consider labeling the Israeli government as a terrorist entity due to its actions in Gaza. He proposed seven measures during a virtual BRICS summit, suggesting that the organization recognize Israel as a terrorist regime and its military as a terrorist group.

“It is necessary that this fake regime be recognized as a terrorist regime and its army be regarded as a terrorist organization,” Raeisi said. 

Raisi highlighted the need for BRICS nations to collaborate in lifting the Gaza blockade, ensuring safe humanitarian aid delivery to the region, and initiating an investigation into Israel’s alleged use of prohibited weapons, such as white phosphorous bombs, resulting in extensive civilian casualties.

The meeting was called upon Iran’s request to address the continuous conflict in Palestine, wherein the Israeli government has engaged in a relentless war in Gaza, resulting in the deaths of over 13,000 Palestinians, aimed at confronting resistance fighters in the region.

The Iranian president also urged members of the group to acknowledge the Palestinian people’s entitlement to defend themselves against Israeli aggression and support their efforts to reclaim lands that have been under Israeli occupation for decades.

“With regards to the constant crimes [committed] by and the racist nature of the fake Israeli regime, free nations [of the world] expect all governments especially BRICS members to immediately put the issue of the severance of political, economic and military ties with the regime high on the agenda,” he further said.    

Ebrahim Raisi, Iranian President

Raeisi additionally expressed Iran’s backing for multiple BRICS nations intending to file a complaint against Israel at the International Criminal Court (ICC) for its actions in Gaza.

Nonetheless, he emphasized that the ICC’s prosecution should extend to include the United States and its endorsement of the Israeli government’s actions resulting in the deaths of children in Gaza.

BRICS is an acronym derived from the first letters of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa—the original five countries that established the bloc to counter Western dominance. In January 2023, Iran and an additional five nations became part of this coalition.

Houthi Offensive vs. MOSSAD Billionaire

This week marked the opening of a fresh chapter in Israel’s conflict with Gaza as Yemen’s Ansar Allah movement took control of an Israeli-owned cargo ship in the Red Sea.

Earlier, Brigadier General Yahya Saree had announced that Yemen would target ships flying their flag or owned and operated by Israeli companies. Saree urged all nations to remove their citizens working aboard these vessels.

“Avoid shipping on or handling these vessels. Inform your ships to stay away from these ships,” Saree said.

The Israeli Defense Ministry labeled the seizure of the ship as a “significant global incident.” Simultaneously, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office attributed the incident to Iran.

It was revealed that among the owners of the Galaxy Leader cargo ship, which had a crew consisting of individuals from Bulgaria, the Philippines, Ukraine, and Mexico totaling 25 members, was Israeli businessman Rami Ungar.

Who is Rami Ungar?

Abraham Ungar, known as Rami, stands as one of Israel’s wealthiest individuals, holding extensive business interests in car imports, real estate, and serving as the chairman of Ray Shipping. His endeavors in enhancing car trade between Seoul and Israel earned him recognition from the Korean government.

Born in 1947 in northern Tel Aviv, Rami hails from a notably affluent family background and pursued education in the UK. He served in the Israel Defense Forces’ Signal Corps before pursuing a law degree at Oxford University. Graduating from Tel Aviv University’s Faculty of Law in 1971, he was later awarded an honorary doctorate (Doctor Honoris Causa) from Bulgaria’s Nikola Vaptsarov Naval Academy in 2014.

During the late 1960s, Ungar established a small firm specializing in importing air conditioning systems designed for trailers and vans. His ventures expanded as he became the initial importer of Autobianchi automobiles followed by Lancia cars in Israel. In 1972, Ungar launched Ungar Holdings LTD, a prominent Israeli enterprise involved in constructing residential and office structures and offering aircraft rental services.

Ray Shipping LTD, under his ownership, possesses numerous car and bulk carriers. The company employs over 1,000 Bulgarian officers and engineers, with 80% of them being graduates from the Nikola Vaptsarov Naval Academy.

Influential Connections and Mossad Associations

By 2019, Rami Ungar secured a position among Israel’s top 30 wealthiest individuals, estimated to possess a fortune of $2 billion. Haaretz highlighted his extensive connections with Israeli politicians and referenced a scandal involving former President Ezer Weizman, who stepped down in July 2000 amidst corruption accusations. Allegedly, Weizman received $27,000 from Ungar in the mid-1980s.

Ungar’s close friendship with Israel’s current Defense Minister Yoav Gallant is well-documented. The businessman notably purchased tickets for Gallant to attend the FIFA World Cup final in July 2018.

Another controversy involving Ungar links him to Yossi Cohen, the former director of Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency. The Israeli businessman contributed 1.1 million shekels ($341,000) for building a synagogue opposite Cohen’s residence, directly paying the donation to Cohen. Shortly after, it surfaced that Cohen had assisted Ungar in resolving a dispute with Israeli businessman Michael Levy regarding representing the South Korean car manufacturer Kia in Israel.

Ungar’s connections with the Mossad extend beyond just corruption allegations. For instance, he played a role in a widely-discussed incident involving the organization ‘United Against Nuclear Iran,’ covered by the New York Times in 2014. Ungar served as an intermediary, reaching out to companies collaborating with Iran, urging them to sever trade relations with Tehran.

However, there are speculations suggesting that Ungar’s primary objective might have been to enlist leadership within the firms associated with Iran. The implication is that Ungar operated as an agent for the Mossad intelligence agency. These companies hold significant value for the agency because of the trust Iran places in them, offering Israel opportunities for sabotage and espionage.

This represents just a fraction of Ungar’s direct or indirect involvements. Yet, it provides enough insight into why his ship was seized by Yemen’s Houthis in the Red Sea.

Iranian Proxies Have Launched Attacks on US Troops in Iraq and Syria

The Islamic Resistance in Iraq, an umbrella organization for several Iranian-backed groups, has claimed responsibility for numerous attacks on U.S. troops in Iraq and Syria.

The group emerged after Hamas’s attacks on Israel and aims to signal unity while hiding individual culpability for attacks. Experts estimate that there are at least 10 to 20 Iranian-backed groups operating between the Iraq-Syria border alone, posing a threat primarily to the 2,500 U.S. troops in Iraq and the 900 in Syria.

The militia groups have explicitly linked their escalations to the U.S.’s support for Israel, citing it as the reason for their attacks. The Islamic Resistance in Iraq has also threatened to target U.S. forces in Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates.

The U.S. has responded to these attacks with airstrikes against Iranian-backed militants in Iraq and Syria. If the attacks escalate, it could lead to further confrontations between the U.S. and the Iranian-backed militia groups.

The situation is complex and could have broader implications for regional stability, especially given the involvement of various armed factions and the geopolitical context surrounding the Israel-Hamas conflict.

Temporary Ceasefire for Partial Release of Hostages and Humanitarian Aid to Gaza

Israel and Hamas have agreed to a temporary halt in the ongoing conflict, allowing the release of around 50 individuals held captive in Gaza since Hamas’ incursion into southern Israel on October 7. This agreement involves an exchange for Palestinians detained in Israeli prisons.

Following discussions facilitated by Qatar, the Israeli cabinet endorsed the deal, concluding talks that extended into the early hours of Wednesday. Reports from Israeli media highlighted intense debates among Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government ministers.

Ultimately, only three out of the 38 cabinet members opposed the ceasefire, including National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir and two other members from his far-right political party.

As expected, the White House is taking all the credit for the brief reduction in violence against Palestinians within their own territory. It must be remembered that its approval for Israel to “defend itself” has resulted in more than 14,100 people killed in Gaza since October 7.

Recently, Israeli forces were still operating against civilian targets with at least 100 Palestinians killed in attacks overnight and this morning around hospitals and refugee camps in Gaza.

Pro-Israel pundits have argued that the recent genocide is justified in response to an unprovoked Gaza militants attack in October 7th, and that Israel was just trying to make life easier in Gaza by constructing walls and fences to reinforce decades of economic blockade, and systematic ethnic cleansing.

Most significantly, the previously hidden Zionist operatives — entities that held significant influence behind the scenes—are now operating visibly, taking charge and directly impacting events. They are more exposed than ever for the whole world to see.

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