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After credit downgrade, Moody’s lowers deposit ratings of Israel’s five largest banks

Lower rating increases borrowing costs for banks, which in turn will likely be passed on to consumers and lead to higher lending rates

Moody’s Investors Service has downgraded the deposit ratings of Israel’s five largest banks, a move that could push up borrowing costs for consumers and businesses.

Late on Tuesday, the US credit ratings agency cut the long- and short-term deposit ratings of Bank Leumi Le-Israel, Bank Hapoalim, Mizrahi Tefahot Bank, Israel Discount Bank and First International Bank of Israel by one notch to A3 from A2.

The agency said its decision comes on the heels of “potential further weakening of the sovereign’s capacity to provide support” amid the ongoing war with the Hamas terror group. The action was “driven by a lower government support uplift” — referring to the state’s ability to support the banks — and came for the same reasons that led to the downgrade of Israeli government debt on Friday, the agency said.

Claire's Observations:  I have to wonder if some of the reasoning behind this move, is a realization by the number-crunchers at Moody's, that the country of Israel may well have" bitten off much more than it can chew", both economically and militarily, even with vast US help. 

 I mightily suspect that the military situation for Israel's IDF is infinitely more dire than anyone in the Israeli government - or military - dare admit.  

 

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Amidst the economic landscape, a significant divergence is emerging between the M2 money supply and the rise in consumer prices, indicating a concerning trajectory. This disparity, characterized by the national debt skyrocketing, paints a picture of an economy grappling with money scarcity despite the government’s extensive printing of currency.

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The United States condemned the demolition of Palestinian activist Fakhri Abu Diab’s home in occupied East Jerusalem, US State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller told reporters on Wednesday.

“We believe that demolition not only obviously damages his home, and his family, and the lives that they have built there, but the entire community who live in fear that their homes may be next,” said Miller.

“He has been an outspoken community leader, including against demolitions, and now his family has been displaced,” Miller added.

Webmaster addition: Israel still has standing in the world?!?

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The Israeli Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich responded to the reported American-Arab plan for peace and the formation of a Palestinian state, saying he will "demand today at the security cabinet meeting that a clear decision will be made, opposing the formation of a Palestinian state and the sanctioning of over half a million settlers".

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Under a repressive new act, British nationals could face prison for undermining London’s national security line. Intended to destroy WikiLeaks and others exposing war crimes, the law is a direct threat to critical national security journalism.

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At least 11 people including six children were killed in a barrage of Israeli strikes on villages across southern Lebanon

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The management of Poland's central bank, the National Bank of Poland (NBP), has decided to increase the share of gold in the country's reserves to 20 percent.

NBP President Adam Glapinski announced this momentous occasion during a press conference, where he noted that "a 20 percent share of gold in reserves is characteristic of the wealthiest, safest and most credible countries."

The latest estimates suggest that gold currently makes up around 12.6 percent of the country's reserve assets. Assuming that the value of foreign reserves and the gold price won't change significantly, this means that the NBP would need to have about 570 tons of gold in its reserves to reach the 20 percent mark, or around 211.3 tons more than the 358.7 tons it currently has. 

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Britain Foreign Secretary David Cameron on Tuesday called for Israel to ensure humanitarian aid reaches Palestinian civilians in Gaza, warning it would violate international law if it does not, while also stressing that any ceasefire that leaves Hamas in power will not hold.

“What is happening in Gaza is tragic. We want to see an end to the suffering and end to this killing,” he said during question time in the House of Lords. “The pause we’re calling for, we want to turn into a ceasefire by making sure that the conditions are right.”

Cameron said these conditions included getting “the Hamas leaders out of Gaza, otherwise any ceasefire won’t last because the problem will still be there. You have to dismantle the operation of terrorist attacks.”

“You got to have a new Palestinian Authority government in place. You have got to give the Palestinian people a political horizon to a better future and a two-state solution. And crucially, you have to release all of the hostages and do that very quickly,” he added

Claire's Observations:  Foreign Secretary Cameron,  a word, please.  While your "virtue signaling" waxes very poetic, almost as though you actually gave a flying Frisbee regarding the plight of the Palestinian people, you know, as well as a grown man, that Netanyahu is championing a total genocide of the Palestinian people, and conflating that with "self defense".

And until Netanyahu is no longer Prime Minister, this policy will continue.  So what, sir, are you actually going to do about it?!?  Short answer:  probably nothing.

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 In a shocking turn of events, authorities in Norway have approved genetically modified (GMO) canola oil as feed for its farmed salmon industry, despite the fact that GMO canola is grown using a banned herbicide called glufosinate that was withdrawn from the French market back in 2017 for damaging human reproduction. 

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The number of arrests in the West Bank since 7 October has risen to around 7,020, multiple institutions concerned with the rights of detained Palestinians reported in a joint statement on 13 February.  

According to the statement, 18 arrests were made in the West Bank overnight, including two women from Jericho alongside other children and former prisoners.  

Overnight arrests made by the Israeli forces were mainly carried out in Hebron and Qalqiliya, while other arrests were made across Jericho, Nablus, Jerusalem, and Ramallah.  

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Alex Jones breaks down how a government anti-terrorism unit in the U.K. has labeled various English literature as potential triggers for right-wing extremism.

Webmaster addition: "How sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is to have a thankless child." -- King Lear, Act 1, Sc 4 - Shakespeare

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Boeing's plane deliveries tumbled 29% in January - compared to the previous month, driven primarily by seasonal trends and fallout from a near-mid-air disaster of a fuselage panel that ripped off one of its 737 Max 9s.

Last month, the company handed over 27 aircraft, marking its lowest delivery count since September, in contrast to 67 deliveries in December. As for Max jets, it delivered 25 aircraft, down from 44 in December. 

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The New York Times recently hosted a focus group of undecided voters, proving just how badly President Joe Biden is perceived among moderate voters.

A panel of 13 undecided independent voters, ages 22-64, confirmed the most important issue for voters today is the economy, including inflation and the cost of living. Only one voter feels positive about the direction of the economy compared to a year ago, and that person's justification centered on a cooled housing market.

When the voters were presented with a list of five issues — the economy, the border crisis, abortion, "protecting democracy," and the war between Israel and Hamas — and asked which single issue most influences how they will vote in November, all but one member of the group said the economy.

"People want to stop seeing the debt ceiling climb and climb. We’re at $34 trillion. We want to be responsible with our fiscal spending. We want to see a net positive trajectory of how we’re tackling our debt. We’re sending money to Ukraine, Israel, what have you, but what about the things here?" said Kenneth from Texas.

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Three separate prosecutors reportedly met with White House aides before indicting former President Donald Trump, President Joe Biden’s political opponent.

The reported meetings suggest a coordinated attack against Biden’s 2024 rival. If coordination occurred, it lends credence to Trump’s belief that the indictments are election interference.

The timing of the indictments are peculiar. After Trump announced a reelection bid against Biden, four indictments hit Trump in four separate jurisdictions, each following revelations about the Biden family business.

In three cases, prosecutors reportedly met with the Biden administration before indicting Trump:

  1. Alvin Bragg: New York – “Stormy Daniels” Case (state)
  2. Jack Smith: Miami – “Documents” Case (federal)
  3. Fani Willis: Fulton County, Georgia (state)
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Scientists desperate to stop or reverse climate change are dumping chemicals in the ocean and spraying saltwater in the air. What can go wrong?
 

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A journalist who witnessed the scene at Al-Nasser hospital said the man warned others to leave before he was shot by a sniper

 The Palestinian man, sent inside the hospital to warn others to evacuate, was reportedly shot three times 

Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian man on Tuesday after sending him into al-Nasser Hospital in Khan Younis to warn others to evacuate, according to local media.

In footage shared online, the man is shown wearing protective overalls with his hands tied talking to Palestinians inside the hospital.

According to video testimony by Palestinian journalist Mohammed Akram al-Helo, which was shared by local media, the man was detained and arrested in the hospital, before being sent back to tell others that they needed to leave the building.

“He said the Israeli forces harassed him and treated him badly, and that if he did not do as he was told, they would storm the hospital, wound people and kill him,” Helo explained.

“When he finally left the hospital after doing what he was told, the Israeli soldiers shot him, he was shot three times in cold blood, in the vicinity of the hospital," he added. 

The Palestinian man, sent inside the hospital to warn others to evacuate, was reportedly shot three times 

Claire's Observations:In a truly civilized world, this would not be allowed to continue to happen.  Unfortunately, between Israel having compromised nearly every international politician of worth or substance ( and God only knows what it has on Biden), coupled with its nuclear arsenal, as well as the arsenals of other nuclear armed countries, like the US; China; France; Britain; Pakistan; India; and Russia, we do not live in a civilized world, but a massively compromised world, where massive ethnic cleansing is allowed to continue on a global scale, and no one dares stop it.  The IDF "Storm Trooper"s of the Middle East's "Assassination Nation", are proof positive of this.

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