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an attempt by pomp aoe to address the other security threats considerations with in lebanon so he didn't think about the many violations into lebanese sovereignty by the israeli army he didn't speak about the destabilizing force that many of you with regard to saudi arabia and its allies inside lebanon from his counterparts perspective the lebanese foreign minister was trying to entice u.s. investments in lebanon he said it was. needed in order to secure lebanese stability and was hopeful that through this visit that's would give a green light of encouragement for u.s. companies to invest their money here in lebanon. algerians are out in force again for a fifth friday calling for president abdullah have these what if he had to set down there running in the capital algenis as well as in smaller cities across the country demanding sweeping changes june has our report. for the fifth friday in a row demonstrators across algeria poured into the streets gray skies did not cloud
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their enthusiasm rain could not dampen their passion appropriate to the occasion this man carried an umbrella designed in the colors of his country's flag. we're coming from all over the country we're all one united under the umbrella of one nation we will keep protesting in the sun in the rain until we get what we want it's been almost a month since demonstrators led by the young began demanding president eyes he's beautifully withdraw from running for a fifth term in office the eighty two year old leader reversed his decision to stand for reelection but he also postponed polls that were due in april until he said political reforms could be implemented he remains the nominal head of the transition process which hasn't just further angered the protesters it's also deepened their resolve. to get it no matter how harsh the. when to and rain will be
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no matter how bad the weather will be the regime is harsh and we will keep on protesting on thursday even judges joined the demonstrations this sit in outside a local court in the capital was meant to show solidarity with more than one thousand other judges who had earlier refused to oversee the upcoming election if president with a was a candidate another big setback for beautifully who also appears to have been deserted by his own party analysts believe friday's protests are among the largest demonstrations ever seen in algeria think it would do the city bus with up and the last week and it basically turned into president we. hope we have got the momentum and you and your government would leave for all of them the army chief says the public has expressed what he calls noble aims during the demonstrations analysts believe those words to be the strongest signal yet that the military may be distancing itself from within and the political elite who support him and if so
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that would be a problem for a president who has been in power for twenty years and a huge support for the hundreds of thousands of protesters who want to ensure the remnants of beautifully because government are gone for good. and just see it end. said ahead sitting uncomfortably you need is agree to a break said delay but it comes with conditions last dozens of people are killed in a ferry accident in iraq most of them are women and children. the weather looks decidedly unsettled across a good policy of the middle east over the next couple of days that a cloud showing up on the satellite picture making its way through iran pushing ever towards afghanistan in the fit of that cloud also effect in the gulf. through
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the next couple days is this area cloud which pilots way down across the caspian and the other the black sea when she whether they're just around armenia maybe tools georgia as well be some pieces of cloud a few spots of rain there into syria and that's all gathering it's all making its way further east was said by the tal be coming to sunday look at that really heavy rain there it's a good part of iraq western areas of iran and yeah a fair bit of snow also spilling in across that eastern side of the relevant laws the drive for many by rotating in celsius in the nazi bad here but we have got some wet weather that you can see into syria from that same weather system the same weather system bringing some disturbed weather down across saudi arabia tools concerts was bahrain towards that southwestern corner of iran as well could see some bits and pieces of rain there into the u.a.e. into our models well for a toddler but skies do return as we go on into sunday temps just lifting quite nicely here and with a top temperature of twenty seven. nothing
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hello again you're watching al-jazeera live from doha a reminder of our top stories the white house says eisel has been quote one hundred percent eliminated from syria since february of the u.s. led coalition and many kurdish syrian democratic forces have been trying to recapture about coups the last remaining under the control of the armed groups in syria syria's ambassador to the united nations has denounced trumps announcement that the u.s. should recognize israeli sovereignty over the occupied golan heights as irresponsible bashar jaafari says trump's tweet risks more wars and in algeria protesters are out in force again for a fifth friday calling on president abdelaziz bouteflika an entire establishment to step down their running in the capital loud cheers as well as in smaller cities across the country. british prime minister theresa may is back in the u.k. after persuading e.u.
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leaders in brussels to extend the deadline for brakes it for britain to exit from the e.u. beyond march twenty ninth may says she is determined to deliver on her brakes a deal but that will involve changing the minds of m.p.'s who have already rejected the deal twice john who has more from london. there is no evidence that opinion has shifted in favor of this deal that has suffered to the ments defeats already. there's no evidence that the democratic unionists of northern ireland have decided to overcome their objections to the irish backstop there was no evidence of m.p.'s in to resume a zone party rallying to support a many of them it now seems favor no deal over what they consider a bad deal those in other parties who she would have had to rely on to make up the numbers where they may have been some sympathy a week or so ago they're probably now is a great deal less off to the assault she launched on m.p.'s on wednesday not blaming them for the entire mess and so it looks all but certain
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a good deal will go down at that point there will be a scramble to meet the next deadline which is april the twelfth at which point britain has got to turn up back in brussels with a viable plan b. and agreement to take part in european parliamentary elections both of those huge question marks are left to be a series of votes in parliament so-called indicative votes looking at the sort of menu range of options from the existing deal to a softer deal to cancelling breaks it all together or having a second referendum and there is no viable majority at this point or even evidence of one for any of those and consider that in three years there hasn't been a single positive majority on a on a way forward since the referendum and the idea that suddenly this consensus can be magic doubt if the near in just a matter of weeks is too many i think at this point quite fanciful. while french president to mannion michael says bracks it is more a political lesson than a lengthy technical negotiation hoda abdel-hamid has more not from brussels. to
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visit me to not get away here in boston either she came off a plane extension to article fifty until the end of june well the u. leaders said no that cannot be you can have at the most until may twenty second just ahead of the european elections but only. condition you get a yes vote in the house of commons next week now if you get a no vote that much shorter it's only until april twelfth at that point do you k. we'll have to decide which way it want to go forward now e.u. commissioner donald tusk today again said that's really at this point here in brussels everything has been done and the ball is now in the court of the u.k. the fate of bridget. so far over to strengthen. the you. for the worst. but told for the first. it took
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to e.u. leaders more than eight hours of discussions behind closed doors and sometimes without to reason may true reach some sort of consensus but they were divisions some countries like france belgium and spain wanted a harder approach whereas germany for example wanted to keep in the words of german chancellor anger american an open mind until the end now no deal is still not off the table a deal is not of the table basically all options as of now are still there. south american leaders are meeting in chile as they look to form a new regional bloc called cross war more than half the members of the previous sore left last year as it became divided over how to respond to the crisis in venezuela and as well as not a member of the new group but his opposition to has been invited to attend the talks latin america at its embassy and human reports go. beyond venezuela
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a lot of people who are you even are critical of mughal say that this is this organization rather than favoring and defending multilateralism seems to be playing into this new right wing populist wave in the region being led by president donald trump in the united states and also not oprah brazil remember these are the two largest and most powerful countries in the americas and so they believe that this is very dangerous because it's moving away from the independence of the region and also that it should not be ideological it was criticized for being too much to the left clearly this new version a would be version of a regional bloc is being criticized for being too much of the right they say that it must be pluralistic because governments change but institution should not people all over new zealand mourned and prayed together on friday to mark one week since a mass shooting that left fifty people dead a nationwide memorial service was held where islamophobia was condemned those presents which included prime minister just into our day and also remembered the
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lies of those who were killed in the attacks on the two mosques. the. new you. can you nation and then. i just want one more thing. we need of the body surface the home already feels prime you see him and mourns with you. we are one. the united nations has described the flooding disaster in southern africa as hugely complex fifteen thousand people many of them are still stranded more than a week after cyclonic die struck emergency teams in mozambique have increased efforts to rescue trapped people in the areas worst affected by floods the situation on the ground remains critical to the reasonable electricity or running water hundreds of thousands of children need immediate help the priority right now
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is to give them shelter food water education protection. well in zimbabwe meanwhile the floods have cut off communities making it hard for help to reach them or some where many are looking for their missing relatives. they say they can't wait any longer for authorities to help them find their relatives so they are digging themselves up a village in eastern zimbabwe has completely changed from day. one dark these boulders never used to be here the shops schools and government offices are gone. after cycling through the community it's now an eerie gravesite my nephew. who was working at the clinic was now living. structures. and. he can see in.
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these wife in which four children. among the four children. all took an hour but people are. under the stones where the people. community leaders say people climb trees in a desperate attempt to stay alive but the huge rolling boulders crashed into them throwing them down into the fast moving water below. it's frustrating a lot of people are missing they could be under the stones yesterday a child's body was found in the mud there are people buried here cyclonic die is a worse storm to hit zimbabwe since like ilene nearly twenty years ago the impact was devastating it slipped away an entire community some people were sleeping at the time survivors say it happened just after nine pm on friday the water came from that direction and it kept rising and rising very quickly some people ran to
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a police camp which was near this area for safety but the water was too powerful and swept. many of them away the floods ravaged several parts of eastern zimbabwe completely transforming parts of minicon and province it really has changed the landscape of this reform. as it is you know most of the bridges have been washed away. or certainly the entrances approaches to the bridges have been washed away this makes bringing in the man a tearin aid more challenging and this is how people now get across to what used to be a business center the precarious makeshift bridge is meant to be temporary until a more permanent structure is built as long as this place is difficult to reach by road people here say they have to improvise there is an official death toll for the province but community leaders fear once the missing are accounted for that number could be much higher those who haven't found their relatives say they won't stop
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looking for them survivors believe those who were swept away joining the floods are buried somewhere under these boulders and mud. chipping in zimbabwe at least sixty six people have been killed in central ghana after two buses collided head on it happened at about two in the morning on friday on a highway connecting two cities one of the buses caught fire. into a. search operations continue in mosul a day after a ferry carrying about two hundred people capsized the ministry of interior has one hundred people have died mostly women and children at the name has more from back that. people are angry in mosul protestors are calling the iraqi president and other government officials the news they say the government has failed to keep a check on the safety of ferries and how they're operated and they want justice for the victims. this ferry was packed with people enjoying
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a holiday at an amusement park it didn't get far from the banks of the tigris river before capsizing social media video shows bystanders screaming passengers struggling against the swift current to get to safety dozens drowned most were women and children more than fifty people were rescued so we do a firm and my wife and my daughters are in the water and those police officers are not letting me through leave me leave me let me go this accident has been described as unprecedented the iraqi prime minister announced three days of mourning and iraqis placed candles along the banks of the tigris to remember the victims. the most important thing is to stay in solidarity with the victims' families and to treat the injured and pull the bodies out of the river iraqi civil defense says the boats operators allowed to many people on board exceeding its maximum capacity
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arrest warrants have been issued for the amusement park owner and the ferry operators they're accused of mismanagement and neglect but i was an eyewitness unfortunately they're using old ferries that lack safety equipment to that they exceeded the maximum weight a search operation is under way the floodgates of the mosul dam have been lowered to assist emergency workers the iraqis. civil defense says one body has been recovered twenty kilometers downstream from where the boat capsized dozens of families have gathered at the morgue desperate for information about their loved ones so far the iraqi authorities have not said how many people are missing natasha going to zero baghdad. hello again i'm fully back to bill with the headlines on al-jazeera in algeria
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protesters are out in force again for a fifth friday calling for president abdelaziz bouteflika and the entire establishment to step down they are rallying in the capital as well as in smaller cities across the country aid agencies say hundreds of thousands of people in mozambique will need humanitarian assistance in the coming days hundreds have died from the floodwaters caused by died but officials warn the numbers are likely to rise the white house says i saw has been called one hundred percent eliminated from syria since february the u.s. led coalition and mainly kurdish syrian democratic forces have been trying to recapture by guus the last remaining pocket under the control of the armed groups in syria. there is international condemnation of the u.s. president's plan to recognize the occupied golan heights as part of israel as estimated twenty thousand israelis live there as well as twenty thousand syrians syria's ambassador to the united nations bashar jaafari has been speaking at the u.n. he strongly condemned the statement by president chavez irresponsible and said it
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was a recipe for more wars at a time when the world these diplomacy we reaffirm the united states states administration has no right or mandate to decide the fate of the occupied. and that any tickled nation or any action that involves. violation of the public sovereignty over its occupied territory is in fact an act of aggression. provocation and illegal act and a failure to comply with the united states' obligations as a permanent member of the security council but also as the host country of the united nations. and the us secretary of state has warned lebanese leaders of what he calls. activities in lebanon and the region. has been meeting officials including some who are lined with the iranian backed lebanese. the visit
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. of. middle east to war you're up to date with headlines on al-jazeera i'll be back with a news hour in under half an hour's time coming up next on it since i story. donald trump says the u.s. should change its policy on syria is going heights which is occupied by israel that's being condemned around the world but israel's prime minister is celebrating so what's behind trump's move and what are the implications this is inside story.
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and welcome to the program i'm nick clegg the state says of the occupied golan heights has been the delicate issue for more than fifty is israel captured the area from syria in one thousand nine hundred sixty seven and next to it in a move never recognized internationally now once again a donald trump tweet is threatening to overturn decades of to play missy he posted that it's time for the united states to fully recognize israel sovereignty over the golan heights saying it is strategically important for israel and for regional stability while syria iran turkey and russia say the announcement is irresponsible recognizing israeli occupation would defy u.n. resolutions and malcolm major shift in u.s. policy israel's prime minister is praising trump's move as historic he did again first. recognize drusilla was israel's capital and moved the
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u.s. embassy then he pulled out of the disastrously wrong tree to reimpose arms and but now he did something. of equal. historic importance to recognize israel's sovereignty over the golan heights and he did so at a time when iran is trying to use syria's a platform to attack and destroy israel and the message that president trump has given the world is that america stands by israel while its head now from stephanie decker our correspondent who has more from the occupied golan heights. what you're looking at now is the syrian golan heights where we are is these radio go to heights of course this region is now firmly in the international spotlight following a tweet by u.s. president donald trump saying that the americans will be recognizing this area as legitimately israeli territory while there's been
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a deluge of international reaction saying they don't agree with that from the european union to the russians to the iranians to the french to turkey and even the syrians saying that they will do anything it takes to take it back now what many analysts will tell you is that this is playing very firmly into the hands of these really prime minister benjamin netanyahu ahead of hotly contested elections here in israel that will take place on april the night we are expecting an official announcement of this decision perhaps next week when benjamin netanyahu visits the united states but certainly it is seen as a major victory for him netanyahu has been lobbying for this for years but the fact that this timing is happening just two weeks ahead of these elections is seen as president donald trump and dorsett the israeli prime minister when it comes to a very hotly contested election what will be the repercussions practically when it comes to this decision will remain to be seen but certainly there are now three things that netanyahu is playing at the fact that the u.s.
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embassy's been moved to jerusalem the fact that the americans pulled out of the iran nuclear deal and now the fact that the americans will be recognizing this area internationally recognized recognized as occupied land as sovereign israeli territory stephanie decker for inside story. we're going to try and dig into some of those repercussions let's bring in our guests joining us first of all from west jerusalem is mitchell barrett. global research and he was an adviser to former israeli president shimon peres from brussels we're joined by softly advocacy officer for. human rights center in the golan heights and joining us from. simon mabel no you see the electra in international studies at lancaster university welcome to you all so i puff a century of u.s. policy reversed in just one tweet first up let's just get you'll brief please reactions to this news and then we'll delve more deeply into the mire of questions
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that it presents and if we could start with you your based in the golan heights what do you say to this absolutely thank you for having me so as the only organization in the occupied golan dedicated to preserving human rights and protecting international law unequivocally rejects this policy shift the suggested policy shift because it blatantly violates international law to pull levels and it validates israel as systematic human rights abuses in the region that have been occurring since israel initially occupied the reason region ok we have secured what about you how do you how is this going to houses going down in this row well this is an absolute consensus issue meaning there's not any israeli that is going to say this is wrong it's really not even a groundbreaking tweet everyone knows that the golan heights belongs to israel it was annexed by israel in one thousand nine hundred one all of the people there were
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given citizenship and the fact that in the beginning of your story you said syria iran russia and turkey condemned it because all those terror actors are active in syria and this protects the israeli people simon to differing views what's the dispassionate view if you like well look this is just the tweet up present as a great deal more that has to be done for it to be formally recognized in u.s. foreign policy i think the other thing is that while it doesn't necessarily change anything on the ground it's going to have serious repercussions in terms of how international politics is conducted because there is a essentially a flagrant breach of international law ok well before we launch into it let's give it some background now israel and syria have. fought two wars over the golan heights the main conflict was in june one thousand nine hundred sixty seven when israel captured the area from syria after defeating egypt and jordan six years later syria tried to regain control but was repelled in one thousand nine hundred eighty four syria and israel signed an agreement to establish
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a un buffer zone but in nine hundred eighty one israel announced it was an exciting the region and that's not recognized internationally leaked documents have suggested that in two thousand and ten the israeli prime minister offered to withdraw from the golan heights during secret talks with syria benjamin netanyahu tonight this a negotiation stopped when the syrian civil war began in two thousand and eleven so i'm not going to come back to you first of all the thing is the golan heights was not a major issue it wasn't really an issue at all out in the open at least it wasn't on the table but suddenly it's front and center and everybody's shouting about it and in that way it creates a problem. you know there's i think there are two issues at play here one is that it's deeply symbolic the the fact that it was an ex that was occupied and now the change of language is deeply symbolic but the second point is that it's strategically incredibly important and that gets at the real sort of changing security dynamics in the region we know that israel has a long had a real sense of
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a fear with regard to its neighborhood numerous foreign ministers have said that israel lives in a bad tough neighborhood and the golan has always been an area that that is seen to be a bit of a strategic weakness it's the site that that israel controls its northern border through so it's deeply important for its strategic purposes but also the symbolism of its moving from the annexation of the occupation through to the sort of the nod to formal recognition and sovereign power is is really quite significant erin the mitchells point really that many in israel would simply say it just acknowledges reality that israel effectively annexed the golan heights years ago. yes so israel annexed the golan heights. on its own it didn't consult the native syrian population in the region whatsoever and mitchell stated that syrians in the golan
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were offered citizenship they were offered citizenship however the vast majority reject that citizenship only six point five percent of the syrian population in four of the five remaining native villages have actually sought out israeli citizenship and last year in an election the first local elections held in the region since occupation began voter turnout to support israeli authority in the region was between one and three percent between four of the five native villages the people have rejected this the people have always rejected this and it's just a blatant violation of international law and the right to self-determination mitchell barghoorn to come back on that point. yeah i mean i i bet they probably are disappointed that they can't be voting for hafez assad again for not hafez assad for us again you know because those are the elections they're used to participating in where they vote for us out and then five hundred thousand people are killed in a civil war and isis almost takes over i mean i think it's
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a little bit ludicrous some of this discussion in that the people that are there they are living in the as in israel those that want to participate can they were extended the right to do that and you know it's basically the high ground above israel in the north it's looks out on the. lake and it's not even up for discussion there's no there's no discussion here every israeli believes that it is part of israel it is strategically in part part of israel and maybe if we would have had the discussion before the arab spring or during the arab spring where it looked like the arab world was turning into this democratic oasis there could even be a discussion about it with various there thing is material there would not be terror by the actors wait a second the actors that are taking place in syria in syria are syria iran russia turkey it's basically a hot bed and a incubator for terrorism terror attacks against it will come to that in the second
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what i want to put you michel back is that the talks about the city for this to happen because it's important for the security of israel but now you have because of this announcement you have iran saying it brings it to the edge of a new crisis syria saying it's going to use all means to get it back does this sound like it's done much good for the security of the region it's what does it good luck good luck good luck to syria but what about how we've been able to do anything but that if they want to try this and it hasn't done in the security the reason it's going to make it worse yeah. you know the problem is there needs to be more international influence not against israel annexing it or not against the u.s. recognizing the facts on the ground that it is part of israel. the international pressure should have been for the last decade where a half a million syrians are being killed where the russians are involved there where the iranians are involved where it's basically a hotbed for terror that's what people should be concerned with and i'm sure that donald trump is not afraid that if that it's that people may say it's
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a violation of international law and the u.s. may condemn it as trump would say bring on the fight because it's not even it's not even a serious issue but most of the people understand for regional stability you know syria doesn't need to have more opportunities to launch terror attacks they need to have less air and saw theocracy want to come back yeah absolutely i want to make two very quick points first michel said israelis believe the golan is part of israel that doesn't really matter it's not israeli territory the israelis don't have a say and what happens in syrian territory whether or not it's occupied by israel that's the first point the second point is there has been a lot of talk about the security situation in the go on and how it threatens israel when in reality the former i.d.f. officials within the last week have said a lot of these concerns specifically the hezbollah the creation of hezbollah a terrorist cells on the golan heights is overstated a former commander of the north called it noise and ruckus about nothing
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there isn't a security threat to israel the security threat is donald trump provoking middle eastern countries to have reactions to this issue they're going to assign them a bomb is do you think it's donald trump's tweet is it the action of somebody who does not understand the sensitivities of the regional or somehow is it more calculated tactically. perhaps a bit of both to be honest i think we know that he's got his is grand plan for peace between israel and the palestinians and the arab world more broadly we know that he wants the united the israelis and the gulf arab states against iran and and this is perhaps another step in that great strategic vision but obviously it comes a cost and that cost is the people of the golan heights in i must just point out that over the past twenty years or so benjamin netanyahu has engaged in secret talks with the syrians and so have other israeli leaders and the issue of the golan
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heights has come up time and time again where it's been suggested and discussed about the goal i'm going back to syria so i think it tells you a great deal about about the israeli public's view of this yes of course there are many who view it as an integral part of the israeli state but there are others including mr netanyahu who at times have said sure we're willing to give this up in order to get a more peaceful neighborhood so i think that it's quite a contest that issue and i'm sure will get on to the concept of sovereignty later on but there's a whole host of issues that have been raised up just from this one tweet proclaiming that the golan is now israeli sovereign territory ok we are going to come into servant in a minute i just want to talk about the business of these radio election that's coming up that will trump has perhaps given a leg up to netanyahu in the coming elections michel to what degree will this help netanyahu is going to help ensure menace lays out one leg up its two leg up two
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legs up i mean this is this is tremendously helpful for him it's a yeah because it again in the israeli mind it cements the fact that he has an unbelievable excellent relationship with donald trump and with the u.s. administration and they're talking from the same talking points they're on the same they're on the same page and he brought up those as we said in the beginning of the program those three things moving the embassy to jerusalem which again was going to be the most disaster in the region as. because violence everything u.s. move the embassy it's worked out fine the second one was cancelling the agreement with the iranians was a biggest threat to israel what netanyahu has been talking about for the last decade trump now did it and now the golan heights so he's now a few weeks before the election able to show the israeli voters not only does he has a best relationship with the us president of any leader in the whole world but he's taking on or helping the likud agenda or the right of center and it's and our government agenda for things that no one ever dreamed possible certainly not in one
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ministration and certainly not with massive concessions in order to get those things that are the mood in israel be very good and i think we will see a movement back towards and that's and you know because a lot of people say in israel people are voting on geopolitics and on defense and security and this fits perfectly it right there in so as to how does it make you feel based on the golan heights and then the people who live there and how would they feel indeed about that your graffiti their region being used as a poor one in the election. you know it really is being used as as a political tool and these people's rights are being used as upon the thing that really isn't being covered in the media simon touched on it briefly and in the violations of international laws that israel systematically discriminates and impresses native syrians in the golan and they have for over fifty years this comes in and land them building rights this comes in hijacking agricultural industries in
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the region over thirty four illegal settlements over one hundred sixty seven illegal settlement businesses that manipulate syrians natural resources in the region this is all validated through this tweet and it's simply trying trying to show support for his friends and in doing so playing with the lives of about twenty seven thousand native syrians michel sleiman talked to all of sovereignty and that's something we must come on to because time is running on this in this show no one denies that the golden is syrian in name all that is rather quiet during the war so it is a dangerous precedent is it not to go against the founding principle of the un charter that the acquisition of territory by war is wholly inadmissible in this is what has happened here. well i know that there's a lot of people that are trying to say well here's what the real problem is if trump tweets out that israel belongs to the go on that the go on the losses of
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which has been happening since one thousand nine hundred eighty one according to israeli law according to what israelis think any even according to what the international community and many countries are you know accepting and then you're going to have other countries that have taken over areas russia and others that are going to now annex and use this as an example i don't think this is really a great argument i don't think it's really of concern to israelis israelis see this one thousand nine hundred eighty seven was a defensive war syria had the high ground it's been a you know dictators from dictators ships there that are there evil even to their own people they kill and slaughter their own people they are family so this is a protection for israel having the golan heights is that protection nobody is really concerned geopolitically what happens in other regions and with other places and it may be a you know example of well could happen partner should be concerned rather read
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what president or similar what happens geopolitically in other places in france and germany have already come out and said that they disagree with this that is that legal as simon mabel it is the danger that you know how can you accept the an exaggeration of the golan by israel and then refuse the annexation of crimea by russia. exactly i think what it does fundamentally is misreads the concept of sovereignty it's equating sovereignty with power and i think that's deeply problematic of course there is a degree of power and there is or thora to within the concept of sovereignty but it's so much more it's about recognition it's about what ptolemy it's about self-determination it's about citizens haven't the right to establish their own set of governance and their own elections and there's no doubt that the assad family the assad then is the has been disastrous and had a devastating impact for the people of syria that's never in doubt but what is in doubt what is in question is the equation of sovereignty with power the fact that
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israel has calmed rolled the golan heights through force through military forces are next then occupied the golan heights through force and that that has thus been equated with sovereignty that is deeply problematic and it's certainly set a worrying precedent for any state to go and then conquer any territory and to hold it for a certain period of time what this does is says that over that time you can then have a precedent for it being recognized as your own sovereign territory there and you want to jump in the. yeah very quickly first first and foremost the talking point about sixty seven being a defensive war israel was helpless and needed to take the heights to ensure its its protection is simply overstated his or ill acted with aggression first we can talk about build up of tension but israel acted first in that conflict
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so what simon is saying is correct this is aggressive action on behalf of israel to take territory of another land and then if you hold it long enough other countries what trump is saying is other countries will recognize it. another issue is that people often compare this to russia in crimea as a recent example there are a lot of similarities i want to draw one really stark difference and it's that we can argue about the validity of it but in crimea there was at least a referendum with the people where they had a say in what they what who would govern their territory the people in syria have never been consulted the people in the occupied syrian golan have never been consulted in fact they've been pushed down israel has perpetuated this narrative that these are druze like the druze in galilee and they don't feel oppression they don't they aren't discriminated against they were offered israeli citizenship the reality is these are syrians they don't have israeli citizenship and they are being
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discriminated against are going to have never had a say going to jump on that is what is very out of harmony and we're running out of time so i'm going to want to move on to the peace process quickly which currently of this obviously is moving it's all of the moment to trump has promised a deal of the century how how does all this fit into that. well it's got potentially worrying implication for in the sense the israel has is going to a complex relationship with the palestinian territories with the west bank it's it's got obviously exits power and so and or thora t. over it but if if we follow the logic of this argument from the golan heights then it could easily be argued that israel considers the palestinian territories sovereign israeli territory now that in itself would be devastating for any type of peace process but it would also raise serious questions for for the israeli body politic in terms of its maintaining its its nature as
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a jewish and democratic society a jewish and democratic state because if it was the do that to lay claim to sovereignty over the palestinian territories then there are serious issues for its very essence its x. the stench or existence if you will maintain that jewish and democratic character so i think there are serious concerns for the peace process and it's a very worrying time which will barack obama do you say to the. well i think he made some good points in that it does bring it may bring some serious questions about a jewish and democratic state about land and so forth but what i think i think this whole thing and i think that everything is trump a president of his own will be helpful to the peace process here for one very simple reason is because there has been a total frozen mentality for many many decades and everyone is hoping the u.s. is going to support them the palestinian side the arabs the state department and you know what has happened now there's a new sheriff in town and his name is donald trump and he doesn't care what
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happened before and he doesn't care what anyone thinks and he's going to shake things up because when you shake things up in the region and you make some very bold moves things change and that's what's happening now and i think well who knows if it will chase israel were they more likely to take a risk to nation with a from the window neighborhood they're going to realize general we could have to leave it that we're going to have to leave it there we run out of time do appreciate all your perspectives on this thanks very much indeed mitchell barak error and south lee and simon maybe and thank you too for watching you can see the program again any time by visiting our website al-jazeera dot com and for further discussion go to our facebook page that's priest but dot com for slash a.j. inside story and you can also join the conversation on twitter handle is at a.j. inside story for me nick luck and the whole team here it's goodbye for now.
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isn't the problem for your town that they really don't have a health question mark over him but he does have a corruption question mark or really doesn't look good for the image business a pickle has not going to do any will you have known about it or you cited the rich you get why there's a lot of disillusionment with the un across the globe to supply that is cool for all of the breaks doesn't build confidence it breaks spoke to join me mad the hot sun on up front of my guests from around the world take the hot seat and we debate the week's top stories and take issues here on al-jazeera. three he is off to the u.k. vital to the european union accept is yet to take for. the camp britain seen
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through its divorce from its european name based the whole process to still be read to stay without as a raft for the latest. on counting the cost this week on al-jazeera we'll take a deeper dive into what's behind algeria's protests last what it's really get from joining china's belton road initiative plus we'll take a look at the plight of venezuela struggling fishermen. counting the cost on al-jazeera. al-jazeera. where every. and
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monday put its world on. u.s. and british companies have announced the biggest discovery of natural gas in west africa but what to do with these untapped natural resources is already a source of heated debate nothing much has changed they still spend most of the days looking forward to full dry river beds like this one five years on the syrians still feel battered or even those who managed to escape their country have been truly unable to escape the war. this is al-jazeera. fully back to go this is the news hour live from my headquarters in doha coming up
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in the next sixty minutes. out on the streets again hundreds of thousands of algerians demand sweeping changes to the political establishment the united nations appeals for help for those affected by syco any die in southern africa more than two hundred forty people have been killed in mozambique alone also this hour the united states says i saw no longer controls any territory in syria but u.s. backed forces say they're still fighting. and i'm maryam namazie in london with the top story from europe the fate of bridget. so far able to shred a bruising day in brussels for the u.k.'s prime minister who gets a little more time to change m.p.'s minds about how breaks it deal. on porridge sold the sport coming up a boxing hopes to be back in favor for tokyo twenty twenty after the sports
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president backs down from a fight with the international olympic committee. thank you for joining us algerians are out in force again for a fifth friday calling for president abdelaziz bouteflika to step down they're rallying in the capital algiers as well as in smaller cities across the country demanding sweeping changes and has a report. for the fifth friday in a row demonstrators across algeria poured into the streets gray skies did not cloud their enthusiasm rain could not dampen their passion appropriate to the occasion this man carried an umbrella designed in the colors of his country's flag. we're coming from all over the country we're all one united under the umbrella of one lation we will keep protesting in the sun in the rain until we get what we want
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it's been almost a month since demonstrators led by the young began demanding president up to as he's beautifully withdraw from running for a fifth term in office. the eighty two year old leader reversed his decision to stand for reelection but he also postponed polls that were due in april until he said political reforms could be implemented he remains the nominal head of the transition process which hasn't just further angered the protesters it's also deepened their resolve. to get it no matter how harsh the winter and rain will be no matter how bad the weather will be the regime is harsha we will keep on protesting on thursday even judges joined the demonstrations this sit in outside a local court in the capital was meant to show solidarity with more than one thousand other judges who had earlier refused to oversee the upcoming election if president with a was a candidate another big setback for beautifully who also appears to have been
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deserted by his own party. analysts believe friday's protests are among the largest demonstrations ever seen in algeria a think it would do the city bus with up and last week and it basically turned into president we. hope will god and you and your government with lives full of them the army chief says the public has expressed what he calls noble aims during the demonstrations analysts believe those words to be the strongest signal yet that the military may be distancing itself from which to flee and the political elite who support him if so that would be a problem for a president who's been in power for twenty years and a huge support for the hundreds of thousands of protesters who want to ensure the remnants of beautifully because government are gone for good mohammed jim doom and . now i really spoke to my battery who is a lecturer of islamic studies at qatar university he says the momentum is on the protesters side. they in they want to reshape the new government of syria according
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to the people the algerian people when they they would like a real democracy to be in place so with a free election they are objecting totally and they're injecting any influence from foreign. powers whether the french or the americans or some arabs they would like an algerian sort of the terms out from the people some would say that the problem right now this protest movement is that it doesn't have a head it doesn't have a leadership so they can organize themselves better perhaps would you agree with that. we cannot hold this judgment because i can't see any clear leadership in the street but. if i see it from another angle it's a clever. way of managing the situation by the protesters
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that such big protests cannot gather in different cities and different successive weeks without a leadership but it's not coming out to the street i think they are waiting for a signal home. from the government that the ready to to give way for the new people to come to come along and the new dialogue to shape the future of syria. in other world news agencies say hundreds of thousands of people in mozambique will require humanitarian assistance in the coming days hundreds have died from the floodwaters caused by. officials warn the numbers will likely rise those who have survived are becoming increasingly desperate and they now have the added threat of water borne diseases emergency teams in mozambique have increase efforts to rescue trapped
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people in areas worst affected by floods more survivors who had been stranded on rooftops and in trees have been rescued aid agencies have also started to airlift food to flood victims many people had gone for several days without clean water or anything to eat the world food program says more than one point five million people will need aid over the next three months in neighboring zimbabwe meanwhile the situation is dire many people are still missing and damage to roads and bridges has cut off some communities officials have declared two days of national mourning there. the situation on the ground remains critical of the reason. why there are hundreds of thousands of children need immediate help the priority right now is to give them shelter food water education protection as we've said many remain stranded in some of the worst affected areas family day miller reports from barrow where a fisherman is doing all they can to help the desperate trapped in flood waters.
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this is a domicile immense fourth trip to boozy in two days the fisherman is using his boat to risk you as many people as he can who are stranded in the flood hit area after cyclonic die struck mozambique. daughter now reaches as high as eleven meters. when i first saw a woman with babies on their backs crying for help saying they're dying i knew i had to do something what i saw there was a catastrophe it reminded me of two thousand and eight when another disaster struck . on the boat is a mother desperate to save her child she's come from the capital she last received word from her daughter days ago but there's been nothing since when do you think you're here as. i say yes as a mother i had to make this bold decision even though the rest of my family was against me coming here nobody thought i could survive this i have to save my
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daughter and my grandchild it's out of here when there any area is vast flooding stretches for one hundred twenty five kilometers. hours later and from the dark of thing to whistle in the distance alerts us to people calling for help as soon as the boat reaches them they pleads to get on they say they are exhausted they've not slept for days women children and the elderly are brought on board first hungry and thirsty it hasn't taken much time to fill the boat about two hundred people have been rescued and more want to get on but this simply no space. up among those who have found a place on the boat is a dire her daughter and grandchild that had to leave her son in law behind he's a doctor and says there are too many people who need his help in boozy on the boat they do what they can to help the injured finally they reach para some of these people will return to their families others have nowhere to go adama says he'll
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return the next day to the water that's taken so many lives from either miller al-jazeera bear a muslim beak. and zimbabwe the floods have cut off communities making it hard for help to reach them al jazeera how much faster reports from copa where many are still looking for their missing relatives. they say they can't wait any longer for authorities to help them find their relatives so they are digging themselves up a village in eastern zimbabwe has completely changed. these boulders never used to be here the shops schools and government offices are gone. after cycling through the community it's now an eerie gravesite my nephew. who was working at the clinic was now living. where do you see the stones. under structures that
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this is the model many area and. you can see in. his wife in which four children. among the. for children the dreams. are all took an hour but people are saying under the stones where the people are. community leaders say people climb trees in a desperate attempt to stay alive but the huge rolling boulders crashed into them throwing them down into the fast moving water below. it's frustrating a lot of people are missing they could be under the stones yesterday a child's body was found in the mud there are people buried here cyclonic di is a worse storm to hit zimbabwe since like low ileen nearly twenty years ago the impact was devastating it slipped away an entire community some people were sleeping at the time survivors say it happened just after nine pm on friday the
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water came from that direction and it kept rising and rising very quickly some people ran to a police camp which was near this area for safety but the water was too powerful and swept many of them away the floods ravaged several parts of eastern zimbabwe completely transforming parts of minicon and province it really has changed the landscape of this reform. as it is you know most of the bridges have been washed away. or certainly that the entrances approaches to the bridges have been washed away this makes bringing in the man a terran aid more challenging and capa this is how people now get across to what used to be a business center. the precarious makeshift bridge is meant to be temporary until a more permanent structure is built as long as this place is difficult to reach by road people here say they have to improvise there is an official death toll for the province but leaders fear once the missing are accounted for that number could be
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much higher those who haven't found their relatives say they won't stop looking for them survivors believe those who weren't swept away joining the floods are buried somewhere under these boulders and mud.

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