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A pro-Israel star has caused a storm in Oman and a political assassination has stirred up Iraq Israel today

2022-05-21T18:10:51.263Z

Samir Jaja won among Christians in Lebanon but won a tough dilemma between Hezbollah and the bloc opposing him • A visit by a pro-Israel yoga guru to the Gulf provoked demons from their lair • In Iraq the trial of a pro-Iranian militiaman accused of killing a well-known journalist was postponed • This week in the Arab world



The social networks in Oman have been in turmoil in recent days, following the expected visit of the Indian spiritual guide and activist for environmental protection, Sedgoru Jagi.

Arab media reported that the guide would visit the sultanate to attend a conference in the capital Muscat on the climate crisis.

This is another visit of the monk to the Middle East as part of his journey, which is marketed under the name "Save the Earth".

Sedgoro began his journey in Jordan, and from there moved to Bahrain.

He has previously lectured in other Arab countries, including Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Syria and Saudi Arabia.

Sedgoro, 64, is a famous mystic and yoga instructor.

For years he has owned a philanthropic foundation called Isha, which seeks to spread the teachings of yoga to the masses.

Social media activists have voiced opposition to the visit, which they say encourages atheism and encodes ideas that undermine local society.

In addition, the Indian guide was accused of supporting Israel, after praising the fact that the country had turned sands into fertile lands.

Further, one of the Omani journalists said that "such people should not be allowed to enter the country to spread destructive ideas".

A local businessman even posted a video, in which he said that the monk calls for the sanctification of the land according to the same logic that sanctifies cows, and sees a blessing in their dung.

Lebanon: Samir Jajah faces a dilemma

In October, the leader of the Lebanese Forces Party, Samir Jaja, will turn 70 years old.

The former medical student, who starred through the bloody civil war, and who pushed his Christian militia partners and ran a prison sentence in solitary confinement, recorded an impressive political achievement in the parliamentary elections.

Despite a well-oiled incitement machine on behalf of Hezbollah and threats against candidates who collaborated with its people, his party won 19 seats.

Four more representatives than in 2018.

Jaja can boast that Hezbollah's coalition and the free patriotic current (its Christian rival) have lost the majority.

But beyond that, the new political situation makes it a perfect timing.

At the end of October, 88-year-old Michelle Aoun will end his six-year term as president.

Jaja, who intended to run for office in the past, will be able to take advantage of the tangle in Beirut to his personal advantage.

Samir Jajah, Leader of the Lebanese Forces Party,

In exchange for the formation of an "agreement government" with the Hezbollah camp, Lebanese forces will be able to demand support for their presidential candidate.

Jaja may prefer to run a less controversial candidate than run on his own.

Either way, this will not be the first time he has collaborated with his rivals.

In the previous presidential election, Jaja supported Ba'on against Saad Hariri.

With Hariri's retirement from political life and the division of the Sunni voice into fragmented parties and independent representatives, the political flick will become much easier.

Nasrallah understands the situation well.

In recent days he has called for cooperation with all parties and an end to the clashes in the media.

The Hezbollah leader may be referring to the front page of the newspaper Al-Akhbar, which was published a few months ago.

Then Samir Jaja appeared in a Nazi uniform.

The paper referred to an incident in which Hezbollah supporters were shot in Beirut, but hinted at the Christian leader's dark side in the civil war.

For example, at the age of 26, he participated with Eli Hoveika in a massacre in the Frangia family.

Such a government would do well with the political interests of the rival parties, but it is doubtful whether it will be able to solve Lebanon's problems.

80 percent of the population is below the poverty line, the local pound has crashed and electricity is flowing for a few hours a day.

Hezbollah's participation in the government will make it difficult to raise financial aid from the West, and Gulf state investors will not be in a hurry to risk their capital in the country when an organization sits in power that smuggles drugs into their territory and assists their Houthi rivals in Yemen.

Storm in Iraq: The trial of the accused in the murder of the journalist has been postponed again

A Baghdad court has for the third time postponed the trial of the accused in the murder of investigator and journalist Hisham Hashemi in July 2020. That summer, Hashemi was killed in front of his house by four assassins riding two motorcycles.

The shocking murder provoked public outrage, and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Khazmi pledged to arrest the killers and bring them to justice.

On July 16, 2021, one of the suspects in the journalist's assassination was apprehended.

Ahmad Kanani admitted that the operation was planned by the Iraqi Hezbollah battalion.

Kanani was an Interior Ministry officer, in the rank equivalent to a deputy in the IDF. According to reports, the recalcitrant officer used his weapon to assassinate Hashemi, and apparently belonged to Iraqi Hezbollah.

Following the postponement of the trial, al-Haddad reported that one of the people responsible for the assassination was an Iraqi politician named Hussein Moanes, whom Hashemi revealed as a senior Hezbollah figure in Iraq.

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Source: israelhayom

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