Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Ilan Halimi's Last Day (Pinned Post)

I will keep this post pinned to the top until I have kept my promise to write something for every one of the 24 days that Ilan Halimi was held captive and tortured.

On the final day, Youssef Fofana, the leader of the Barbarians, slit Ilan's throat, twice, and poured a flammable liquid on him to try to set him on fire. But this reportedly did not burn him to death, because Ilan walked for perhaps one hour trying still to find a way to live.  Source

I know I promised to "post something on Ilan Halimi every day until the 13. February, day of his death, to get a tiny inkling of how long his torture lasted". I did not keep my promise, but I will make up for it, and add something here, for each of the 24 days he was tortured. And I will pin this post to the top until I have done so. 

Here is how Ilan's mother, Ruth Halimi, described the 13. February 2006 to the journalist, Deborah Freund: (Full article at

February 13

That night I feel a strong force hurl my bed against the wall and I wake up. “Something happened to Ilan! I’m sure of it!” I tell the policemen in my living room. Of course, they think it’s only the ranting of a hysterical woman. It was five a.m. They say that a mother knows. I checked it out later.

On February 13, at five o’clock in the morning, Ilan was first shaven, like six million other Jews, and flung into the forest by his torturers. He managed to take the mask off his eyes, and as Fofana later reported, look them straight in the eye. I am a human being, his eyes told them. He received a few knife stabs for that. Then, like many of the six million before him he was set on fire and burned alive, having been sprayed with a flammable substance. Then his tormentors left.

It was raining that morning; Ilan managed to roll down on the leaves towards the highway. A black woman, a secretary like me, saw him lying by the side of the road, stopped her car and called the police. She accompanied him in the ambulance and did not leave his side. He was still alive in the ambulance but died on the way to the hospital. I console myself that my son died hearing a soothing voice.

When he was found guilty Fofana declared, “I killed a Jew, and for that I will go to Paradise.” The police publicly admit to the press that it was an anti-Semitic crime.


The second part of the video shows members of the French Branch of the Jewish Defence League entering the "cité" of Bagneux, a no-go zone where even Firefighters need police protection. It was in Bagneux where Ilan was held prisoner and tortured. The young men from the Jewish Defence League put up posters and  chanted  "Justice for Ilan" remembering him on the 5th anniversary of his death. 

I consider the JDL a brave group of young Jews who do not believe in  "meekly tending the other cheek" and consequently get often a bad press from a media who tend to be more on the side of the racaille

Day 6 

Ilan's Mother   

While I will write something for each day of Ilan's Calvary, and while I will number the days in order, it will not be a correct chronology of facts. I will also keep the posts on one page to make it easier to read. 

Marc Weitzmann, in a series on French anti-Semitism, wrote one article on Ilan Halimi. He titled it:

The following extracts come from this article.

Ruth Halimi, Mother of Ilan

About Ilan's mother Marc Weitzmann writes: 

"The 20th (January 2006, day of the abduction) was a Friday.

“It was Sabbath! Sabbath!” Ilan’s mother, Ruth Halimi, told me.

A small but strong and maternal woman of Moroccan origins, she has managed to keep her strength and dignity through the whole ordeal thanks, she says, to the comfort of her religion and the support of the Jewish community. (Ruth Halimi has been employed at the Council of Jewish Organizations in Paris for the last 22 years.)

I’m furious with Ilan to this day!” she said, before adding, “Do not get me wrong, he was a great, great kid. He was amazing, the pillar of the house. He played the father role with his sisters since I divorced, a very responsible young man. But I was already pulling my hair out because of this Chinese girlfriend he got. So, what did he need to see this other one for? A Muslim? And a Friday night on top of it?

Well, he was 22."

Day 7 

"Yalda" the honey trap

"...The daughter of an Iranian nurse and political refugee, Sorour Arbabzadeh was 17, beautiful, and fleshy. Although obviously smart, she also was still in the 10th grade.

In France since 1999, after the death of her father—a violent man, diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, who had married her mother by force and reportedly beat Sorour during most of her childhood—she was raped two years later, at 14, by three teenagers of the cité. (A complaint filed by the mother against the boys at the time was soon withdrawn, possibly under pressure of the neighborhood.) The battalion of juvenile court judges, trained caregivers, and social workers who’d followed the girl since then had been unable to prevent her from multiple suicidal attempts.

Sorour, the trial showed, was brought into the gang by Tiffen, a semi-homeless young woman of 20, who was born in Brittany to a Catholic family and then converted to Islam at 15. Out of her devotion to Fofana, Tiffen had found some targets for the kidnappings in the cité for him—some of them among her own friends—but she lacked confidence to play the vamp part and had suggested Sorour instead. In a blink, Fofana was convinced. “I can do marvels with you,” he is reported to have said to Sorour the minute they met.

Immature, manipulative, and manipulated both, Sorour said she accepted Fofana’s proposal to be used as a honey trap as “a favor to him” only—and against the promise of a reward of 3,000 to 5,000 euros...."

Day 8

The Kidnapping

"...On Jan. 16, 2006, Sorour entered a cellphone store on the Boulevard Voltaire, where she flirted with a 22-year-old clerk named Ilan Halimi. One hour after the young man gave her his number, she called him to fix a date for a drink four days later, on the 20th at 10 p.m., in the inner south suburb. “He’s nice,” she confided to Tiffen after hanging up, “he’s cute.”

The said day, he met his new acquaintance for a drink at the Paris-Orléans, one of those gray, anonymous cafés where the ground is strewn with cigarette butts and race tickets and migrant workers from the old generation watch TV. She said she lived alone, offered that he bring her back home. When she arrived, to the gang hidden nearby she gave the proper signal, which was to look in her purse for her keys.

Some months later, after Ilan had been found walking on a railway line, naked and handcuffed, three times wounded by a knife and with two-thirds of his body covered in third-degree burns (he died a few hours after his transportation to the hospital), Sorour told the cops that she heard his shrill voice cry for two minutes as he resisted the gang members who were trying to lock him up in a car trunk. (Students in an adjacent street also saw him from afar, struggling as he was taken by the arms and legs. Because of the high pitch of his cries, they say they took him for a girl playing a joke, and thought of a joke and didn’t call the cops—they would’ve come too late, if ever, anyway.) In tears after the car took off, Sorour found comfort in the kind words of Maurice, another one of the gang members—a computer engineer from Martinique who also had converted to Islam. “This is not your fault,” he told her. “This is all over anyway.”

A bit later that same evening Fofana invited the two of them plus Sorour’s boyfriend Sami—an apprentice model she’d recently met on the Internet—to a cheap restaurant in Montparnasse to celebrate. She had an ice cream. Fofana also offered Sorour and Sami a 109-euro three-star hotel room nearby for the night. Not exactly the 5,000 promised but a good, relaxing time nonetheless. And she did get pregnant that night..."

Day 9

The Torture 

During the whole three weeks Ilan Halimi was wrapped in tape from foot to head with only a hole left for him to breathe (“He looked like a mummy,” said one of his jailers to the police afterward), nourished with a straw only and left on the ground, first in an empty unheated apartment of the cité, then in the building’s boiler room, which was even colder.

The cellar where Ilan was held and tortured
(Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)

Ilan would be untied only to be taken to the toilet, and beaten and burned with cigarette butts out of Fofana’s frustration, since, despite threats and pressure, “the Jews” did not pay. 

His situation worsened, once in the boiler room because then he could only piss in a bottle and defecate in a plastic bag, which infuriated the jailer who had to hold the bag for him and would beat him for it— at the end of these weeks he was cleaned up with cheap soap and water first, and then with acid, because his jailers, inspired by a TV series, thought acid would erase any traces of their DNA. He was then beaten again, handcuffed, and put naked in a pair of sheets, taken out of the building and into the woods only to be stabbed and burned alive by Fofana.

Day 10

The Demonstration

A friend commenting on the riots taking place in  Paris at the moment under the pretext of "solidarity with Theo" a black Muslim migrant who was (allegedly) man-handled by the Police while resisting arrest, asked me why there were no such demonstrations of solidarity with the young Ilan Halimi after his assassination.  "There were demonstrations" I told him. But when Jews demonstrate in Paris, they don't attack police, bash people, burn cars and destroy property as do the thugs  referred to by the French people as "racaille".  (Politicians will refer to them as "disadvantaged youth" or other such euphemisms, religiously avoiding any allusion  to their mostly migrant, more often than not arabo-sub-Saharan Muslim background). 

A fortnight after they found the tortured body of Ilan Halimi,  a crowd of  up to 200,000 people, of mainly  Jewish confession, went into the streets of Paris, demonstrating against violence, racism and anti-Semitism. 

Day 11

A Song

Day 12

“All Jews are rich”

In the final part of a series on French anti-Semitism, dated September 2, 2014, Marc Weitzmann writes about what he calls  "echoes and paradoxes of a gruesome murder". The title of the article reads: 


"The trap that would lead to the abduction, torture, and murder of Ilan Halimi was set in the winter of 2006 on Boulevard Voltaire in Paris, a few blocks from where I live. In the months prior, kids from one of the toughest cités, Bagneux—who called themselves, Clockwork Orange-style, “the gang of the Barbarians”—had repeatedly tried to abduct people for ransom. Led by a 27-year-old first offender named Youssouf Fofana, the fifth child of Ivory Cost migrants, the gang members were between 16 to 26 years old and ethnically diverse.

They set up their prospective victims in a particular way: A girl, selected by Fofana, would get in touch with some man for a date and ask him to bring her back into the suburb after their appointment. As a diversion for the cops, the youngest members of the gang would set fire to a car, while the others would jump on the potential victim.

So far, though, their method had spectacularly failed: All the targets, most of whom had Jewish names, had either foreseen the trap or escaped. In one almost successful attempt—which ended after the gang apparently panicked—the victim, Mickaël D., was found handcuffed and swimming in his own blood and told the police that his aggressors had called him “kike” and “dirty Jew.” Fofana had also tried to blackmail doctors by sending his pawns to ask for fraudulent sick leave. All those doctors were also Jews. And he had sent anonymous threat letters or Molotov cocktails to public figures—the president of Doctors Without Borders, Rony Brauman; Jérôme Clément, director of the French cultural channel Arte; lawyer Joseph Cohen-Saban among others, all of whom were Jewish. All these plots had failed, too.

But persistence is the key to success. In January 2006, under the assumption that had driven Fofana from the start, and that he repeatedly stated at his trial three years later—namely, that “all Jews are rich”—he and some of his gang started to pace the Boulevard Voltaire, looking for “Jewish stores.”...

(from: Tablet Magazine)

Day 13

Anti-Semitism Kills

In this ^^^ video, there is mention of Mohamed Merah who murdered, among others,  3 little Jewish children and a father/teacher. I wrote about it then, but things have become even more repulsive in that there are now nasty pieces of work who openly and shamelessly "hero-worship"  the Arab terrorist,  Merah, among them one of his brothers and his sister who are reported to  have become quite "popular" among local jihadis.  

Day 14

Does this Darkness have a Name ? 

Day 15

"24 Days" The Film

Published on Sep 23, 2014

The True Story of the Ilan Halimi Affair

Now on Blu-ray, DVD & Video-on-Demand

French director Alexandre Arcady delivers one of the most “wrenching and politically astute” films to come out of France over the past year (Screen Daily). Based on a book co-written by the victim’s mother, Ruth Halimi, Arcady’s cinematic adaptation offers a vicious circle of dangerously realistic events: from the kidnapping and torture of Ilan Halimi at the hands of the Gang of Barbarians, to the the 600-plus phone calls, insults, and threats received by the family, though the Parisian police’s incompetence in dealing with what was clearly an anti-Semitic crime.

Day 16

The Dying

"...It was raining that morning; Ilan managed to roll down on the leaves towards the highway. A black woman, a secretary like me, saw him lying by the side of the road, stopped her car and called the police. She accompanied him in the ambulance and did not leave his side. He was still alive in the ambulance but died on the way to the hospital. I console myself that my son died hearing a soothing voice..."

An extract from the film "24 Days":

Day 17

Going Home to Israel

Following are a few short extracts from the book that Emilie Frèche wrote in co-operation with Ruth Halimi, Ilan's Mother "24 Jours" The book was also the base for the film of the same title. The following passages are taken from pp 13 - 15. 

"There is no tranquillity in this cemetery of the Paris region, no peace, no silence, nothing but a dull and incessant noise that hinders the repose of the dead. No doubt this is why I wanted to bury Ilan in Jerusalem. 
I wanted it right away, right from the start, it was obvious to me. But his father and sisters thought differently. They wanted to keep him close to them, to be able to visit him whenever they felt the need. And so Ilan was buried here, in Pantin, on Friday, February 17, 2006." 


"I came back to Ilan's grave in March, April, May, and then every other month until this Wednesday, February 7, which is the first anniversary of his death. Throughout this year, I have never abandoned the idea of transferring his remains to Israel. I felt it my duty, as a mother, to offer my son a rest that I thought was impossible here. For it is here, on this earth, that Ilan was starved, beaten, wounded, burnt. How can you rest in peace on a soil where you have suffered so much? "


And as Ilan's coffin is loaded on to the hearse for his last voyage, his mother, Ruth Halimi, has this message for his torturers: 

"It's finished. Ilan leaves the cemetery of Pantin, he leaves Paris, he leaves France, and you who have massacred him, you will never be able to hurt him ever again. I came to take him away for that reason, now I know, I took him out of here because one day you will be free, and you could have spit on his grave...."(*)

(*) "Dieu Donné" is the self-given name by a nasty piece of Jew-Hatred-Made-Flesh who will prove Ruth Halimi wrong yet. I shall report on that later. "Dieu Donné" meaning "Gift of God". 

Day 18

The Grave Desecrators

Paris,  24. March 2017
Breaking News:

Sandra Wildensteinfrom the Europe Israël News  reports:

Dozens of Jewish graves were destroyed and / or vandalised in the Parisian cemetery of Pantin.

The incident reportedly took place in the night from Thursday to Friday, according to a source close to the cemetery.

Only Jewish squares and Jewish graves were targeted. There are at least 20 tombstones destroyed and / or vandalised, tombstones have been broken or fallen to the ground.

According to an "official" official of the cemetery we contacted on the telephone, it was a "car accident" ... But, knowing the configuration of the cemetery it is impossible for a car to do this much damage.

A car could strike 2 or 3 graves but not several dozen ... This is an excuse of circumstance that must be confirmed or reversed by the investigation.

Last update: According to a new version circulating on social networks, it was the accident was caused by a Paris Council truck that had hit the graves ... This explanation is far from convincing.

Anti-Semitic act or accident? No media reported this incident.

Perhaps a modest silver lining for Ruth Halimi, the mother of Ilan who, today,  might  feel vindicated having taken her son Ilan  from this very cemetery (Pantin) to Israel. (see entry under "Day 17"). 

Day 19

French "black" humour: 

Dieudonné M’bala M’bala 

Here is a little "fait divers" reported on July 4, 2014:

French "comedian" (my quotation marks), 

Dieudonné, mocks Ilan Halimi.


Months after his comedy tour was banned for its anti-Semitism, comedian Dieudonné M’bala M’bala launched a new show that mocks the Holocaust and Jewish murder victim Ilan Halimi.

Dieudonné (*), who has multiple convictions for inciting racial hatred against Jews, is planning to launch his new show, titled “The Impure Beast,” in the coming weeks, according to a report earlier this week by the France TV Info channel and the Le Point weekly magazine.

The show contains profanities connected to Halimi, a young Parisian Jewish phone salesman who was tortured and murdered in 2006 by a gang of mostly muslim kidnappers who targeted him because he was Jewish.

“If I knock down a Jewish journalist, it will be a serious thing,” journalists who saw sneak previews of the news show quoted Dieudonné as saying on stage. “They will reopen the Nuremberg trials. They will even exhume Ilan Halimi. They’re going to find my DNA in his ass hole.”...

(*) Dieudonné translates as "Gift of God" or "Godgiven".....seriously !!!

PS: meanwhile, this racist creep has been leading protest marches FOR the libération of Yousuf Fofana, the sub-human who burnt Ilan alive. 

--- to be continued ---

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Le Front National fights Jew Hatred

And they are still calling Marine Le Pen and "Le Front National"  anti-Semitic among other things!!!

What does a girl have to do!!!  In an oedipal Tragedy of Greek proportions, Marine Le Pen distanced herself and the party from her father  for his perceived  anti-Semitic tendencies. He might have them - but no more so  than your Mr. French Average and certainly to a far lesser extent  than those who make up  the islamophile, socialist Government of François Hollande or the members of the Government that will follow (largely the same), if the media-manipulated French vote for Emanuel Macron.  This spiritual son of Hollande  was enthusiastically endorsed by the whole  Muslim community, including the Muslim Brotherhood, who are not really known for their love of Jews.  (See yesterday's post)

I will present some of Macron's closer circle to you between now and the 2nd Tour, but here I would like to show you a video from a couple of years ago. Recorded on November 28, 2014, it shows you the spirited defence of Israel and the Jewish people from  the Deputy Gilbert Collard, MP of Marine Le Pen's party, against a resolution proposed by the Socialists, to recognise the Palestinian State, unilaterally, right there and right now !  "You embrace Hamas, terrorism and hatred" said Mr. Gilbert Collard MP, who - I understand - is close to Marine Le Pen. 

Being so decisively pro-Israel and pro-Jewish does not get you the electoral advantages  in France as will  schmusing the Islamic votes, but I think that it is  the symbolism that  motivates Marine Le Pen, a symbolism and motivation I can happily live with. 

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Muslim Brotherhood votes for Macron

The Fifth French Republic
The Great Skulduggery
A Film by
The Socialist Party
They have had you ! 

Emmanuel Macron's "movement" is called "En Marche" (which I would translate as "on the March"). Some 10 days ago, Marine Le Pen warned the French People that, should Macron become President of France, this will mean "Islamism En Marche" and "Communitarianism En Marche". ..

Like so often, she was right. Yesterday came the Order from the Grande Mosque of Paris to vote "massivement" (massively) for Macron.

This is my translation of the Article published yesterday in Le Figaro, a conservative French broadsheet: 
Hat TiResistance Républicaine

The grande mosque of Paris calls to vote "massively" for Macron

The grande mosque of Paris today called on Muslims "to vote massively" for the candidate of En Marche! Emmanuel Macron in the second round of the presidential election, "which promises to be decisive for the destiny of France and its religious minorities."

"It seems that all French must imperatively remain united in facing the reality of the threat incarnated by xenophobic ideas dangerous for our national cohesion," was the message from  the flagship for the institution of Islam who has been in the French capital for 90 years, without naming the candidate FN candidate, Marine Le Pen.

In a statement, "the grande mosque of Paris and its national federation call on the Muslims of France to vote massively for the candidate Emmanuel Macron who, respecting the republican values ​​and the strict application of the principles of secularism, embodies the way of Hope and confidence in the spiritual and civil strenghts  of the nation ".

The French Council of Islam (CFCM), representative body of the second religion of France (four to five million faithful, 2,500 mosques) to which the grande mosque of Paris belongs, might also give directives before the 2nd tour of the election "in view of the exceptional situation," said its president Anouar Kbibech.

The official recalled on Monday that the office of the CFCM had asked for a meeting with Emmanuel Macron before the first round but that he had not done the same with Marine Le Pen, "which is revealing," he noted .

On the eve of the first round, the Muslim Movement of France (ex-UOIF aka Muslim Brotherhood) had spoken out against "the irresponsible ideas and statements of Mrs. Le Pen", which "divided the national community" Source and original article

Macron - M. Coran - MaCron - M. Coran 

Sunday, 23 April 2017

French Presidential Elections 2017

Les jeux sont faits, rien ne va plus (*)

The polls have opened for the first round of the 2017 French Presidential Elections which will be disputed today by the 11 candidates below. Should no candidate reach a majority (which is most likely) the top two candidates will go to a second and decisive round on May 7. 

My birthday wish list has gone to my French friends, some hailing from the Left, one even a self-proclaimed "Anarchist". It was a very short list: 

"This hear for my birthday I want YOUR VOTE FOR MARINE LE PEN". 

To say that I'm no expert is probably stating the obvious, but that has never stopped me from giving my opinion (even unsolicited) and so, here are a few random comments (incl. videos) of those who might yet beat Marine Le Pen to the post of President. 

1. The Media Darling and hot (if manufactured) favourite: Emanuel Macron, seen here with one of his very early official "supporters", the mother of Still-President Hollande's 4 children. 

Emmanuel Jean-Michel Frédéric Macron , a  former investment banker, was  born 21. 12. 1977 in Amiens, France. He married his English Teacher, 25 years his senior. One day, seemingly out of nowhere, he joined President Hollande as  Finance Minister. After a couple of not very glamourous years, he "suddenly" left. Simple folk, like myself, considered that rather ungrateful, not to say disloyal to President Hollande who obviously had given him such a chance. A short time later he reappeared at the head of a new "movement" calling it "En Marche" ( which I would translate as "lets go" or "forward"). The initials of "En Marche" are the same as his own: Emanual Macron.

When he announced that he would be running for president, the people who came out supporting his candidature were all the usual Suspects, possibly including Soros and Obama. The United Fake News  ran at least 3 to 4 title pages on him and his wife every day...He seemed to have a way with mature ladies (note to self: dont call them cougars), complimenting Merkel on her  destructive open borders policy, but when even Segolene Royal, the mother of President Hollande's 4 children came out in his support, I started smelling a fish.  Would all this have been a charade, and had the "coup" been planned long before?  But who is the puppet master ? Some of the people surrounding him seem to be very close to the Salafist form of Islam and other Islamists and he certainly seems to be an enthusiastic Multi-Culturalist. The "real French people" for him are this:

*Sigh* Oh Dear

Next, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, born in Tangier International Zone in 1951, whom I consider a real danger for France. He launched his new party "La France Insoumise" - Unsubmissive France - in February 2016.  But, if  his surging poll numbers are to be believed, he has a serious chance of winning this election. 

With his love for South American Dictators, someone called him "the Camenbert version of Chavez" the other day. He left the Communist Party of France, considering their direction not "left" enough. With his populist Leftism, in one of his election rallies in Marseille he called for a minute of silence in memory of the victims, not for the ones massacred by a Muslim in Nice, just a few miles up the road, not for the ones of the Bataclan, but for the victims of the people smugglers. He does not like "Whites", is certainly not fond of "Jews", approves of the thugs who are calling for the killing of cops, and asserts that ISIS, Catholics and Jews practice the same fundamentalism...

I fervently hope that the huge number of  those who apparently intend to vote for him are just as ficticious as his soi-disant "popularity" on social media: 

And while we are still on the Left  I might just mention, in passing, another far left candidate, the trade unionist, Philippe Poutou who thought it very "macho" to wear a T-shirt during one of the TV debates rather than shirt and tie.... ho-hum.  

Philippe Poutou

However, it's not his attempt at originality which rates him a mention here, but  his demand for "Coppers to be disarmed". And while hatred for Police is nothing new on the Left, the fact that he demanded this while Xavier Jugelé's body was not yet cold, made this demand obscene.  

Xavier Jugelé

Xavier Jugelé was the young police man, killed on the Champs Elysées by a Muslim just a couple of days ago. 

Last Monday the president of the Front National spoke in a meeting at the Zenith in Paris.

More than 6,000 people were at the rendezvous, having braved the gatherings of a hundred violent, extreme-left thugs, antifa style, whose violence  then set fire and blood to the district ... 

For excellent French News and News about France I recommend: 

TV Libertés:  who will bring live coverage and analyses of the results from 9 PM Paris Time zone. 

Résistance Républicaine  who are just informing their readers that there is some sabotage happening with the vote bulletins for Le Front National (Marine Le Pen's Party)

And for the non-French speakers: 

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Who gassed the Children of Syria yet again ?

Yesterday, when  I first heard that  "Assad has gassed children yet again" I knew it was a lie, just like last time, see here  and  here. But when President Trump bombed Syria "in response to the photos of these poor children" I asked a friend who knows more than I, what this was really about, he skyped  me: 

"Deep state has turned Trump around. Either he does what they say or he loses the presidency all together Trump’s choice is, get to do a few things he wants, or nothing.Watch Season 6 of Homeland. SERIOUSLY . Get it, watch it."

The blackmail power of this  swampy "Deep State" must be quite powerful to make Trump buckle under its weight. I'm disappointed, of course, because I really wanted Trump to do better for longer. This episode puts him close to becoming a loser because: if he really fell for the story of "Assad has gassed the children again (when it was proven that he had not in the first place) and he must go", then he is very very very naive and this just won't do for a POTUS, however, should he know that it was not Assad and yet play along with the charade, then he is more cynical than Machiavellian and quasi complicit in the horrific death of these children and the ones that will no doubt follow.  

Paul Joseph Watson, once again, puts it well, or at least in a way that is very close to my own understanding: 

Those who want Assad out of the way are more or less the same that eliminated Saddam and Gaddafi, and they have obviously not given up the hope for a trifecta.

And yes, I think Israel is among them - but their motivation is understandable, because for the Jews the threat is existential. Iran is not even disguising  their desire to eliminate Israel from the face of the earth and yet they are the ones supporting Assad. (For easy access to Israel I wonder? because it certainly couldn't be for the religious tolerance he shows to other religions). 

I just wish that Israel, Russia, and, under Trump the US could have combined to protect Syria from this unholy trinity: the Shiite Mullahs of Iran, the Salafist wannabe World Rulers from Saudi Arabia/Qatar and Adolf Erdogan. 


And "Black Pigeon Speaks" is, despite his quaint pseudonym a serious voice, well worth listening to:

Some say: "Politics is Show business for Ugly People", others say "There is no Business like Show business".......