Revolving border: AIPAC works with Netanyahu to set colonization policy in W Bank

This seems to be one of the rare instances where the open collusion/consultation between AIPAC and the Israeli government is so clearly stated. From Ynet:

The West Bank construction freeze of all things should not be a problem: Firstly, because there was really never a full freeze, even for a moment. Secondly, because it’s possible to maintain a freeze without declaring it. A few days ago, AIPAC’s top brass visited Israel. AIPAC leaders met with Netanyahu and other ministers. They agreed that once the freeze period ends, Israel will engage in restrained, moderate construction in the West Bank and report to AIPAC accurately and in advance on every house or balcony to be built.

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  1. Avi says:

    These people have the nerve to publicly voice that which would otherwise land any other group either in jail or in a spy swap deal. That a superpower takes such abuse from a little ** Levantine country in the Middle East and its agents in the US is testament to the corruption in the US political system.

    • VR says:

      No, this is merely the form and function of this government (the USA), but you do not want to believe it (not just you but I think the majority that post here), you would rather call it “corruption.” Here is a novel idea, instead of calling it corruption, tear the whole thing down.

      • Mooser says:

        VR, it’s Sunday, and I rest hard all week. I’ll get started on that tomorrow.

      • Avi says:

        Here is a novel idea, instead of calling it corruption, tear the whole thing down.

        You don’t think the US is redeemable? I’m not talking about the government, I’m talking about the country as a whole.

        • Mooser says:

          “I’m talking about the country as a whole.”

          It’s been a pretty tough slog since the South rose again.

        • VR says:

          Well Avi, lets wait for the second economic dip, when the “austerity” campaign is applied. Of course, the system is different than the country, and the people are not the same thing as the government. The government is merely the instrument and serves who it was designed for, and it is not designed to serve the people. What I am looking for is a simultaneous uprising of the people, not just here, but everywhere a government is designed to merely serve a moneyed elite. My intention is to put the entire means in the hands of the people, and I am serving of notice to the powers that be (and that is not the government) – the means of the state (the real state, not what you were taught in school as the state) are going to accrue to the people.

          WAKE UP

        • Mooser says:

          “What I am looking for is a simultaneous uprising of the people, not just here, but everywhere a government is designed to merely serve a moneyed elite.”

          Ah ha! I knew that the whole “time zone” thing had a reactionary, counter-revolutionary basis! And that reminds me: where the hell is all that daylight they’ve been saving? Ever been here in the winter? But it’s always sunny in Crawford, Texas!

        • Dan Kelly says:

          And once you accomplish that, the cycle will begin again.

          “All revolutions degenerate into governments.”

          By the way VR, what are you personally doing to bring about revolution, aside from preaching to everyone else about revolution? I take it there’s no way you’re paying taxes, right?

        • RoHa says:

          Mooser, they keep all the saved daylight in secret warehouses dotted around the country. Of course, most of it is earmarked to be sent to Israel in case there is a daylight shortage there.

        • Bumblebye says:

          Nah, it’s used by the solar powered nightingale outside my window! He’ll power up in a few minutes from now, start tweeting his head off. Very talented little chap.

        • Keith says:

          DAN KELLY- “All revolutions degenerate into governments.”

          I’m not sure how to take that. If you mean to say that all revolutions replace one group of elites with another group of elites, then I agree. If you mean to say that government is intrinsically bad, then I disagree. Of course, “government” and the political system are not synonymous. In short, I would advocate a transformation of our current system to one which seeks to maximize the benefit to the polity as a whole, rather than one which exploits the majority to benefit the elites. How to achieve that is subject to debate, however, any sort of “revolution” (particularly armed revolution) is inevitably led by elites who seek to usurp the reigning elites.

          An additional comment seems in order. Any transformation will be preceded by a sign that there has been an awakening. The most likely sign will be a protest at the polls. Large numbers of people will protest the current system by either voting for a third party candidate or writing in a candidate (Cindy Sheehan?). Not that these candidates have a chance of winning. It is simply a matter of the citizens sending a message that they have had enough and have taken the first minimal step for change. So easy to do. So few negative consequences. Such an obvious way to send a message to your fellow citizens that you are ready to support change. The absence of such a message speaks volumes about the potential for change, doesn’t it?

        • Keith says:

          VR- “…a simultaneous uprising of the people….”

          Sounds like revolution to me. Terrific! And once we do that for you, what are you going to do for us? Or are you going to lead us? A unitary vanguard of the elite? Sounds good to me! But first, details, sir, details.

        • Dan Kelly says:

          Keith, I didn’t mean anything other than what the quote said (it’s evidently an old Mexican proverb).

    • I caught the last 3 minutes of a <a href = "link to c-spanvideo.org gig .

      He moved the bar wall. Again.

      1. Okay, so there’s Herzl’s “flowers bloom in the desert” zionism.
      2. Then Jabotinsky ‘improved’ on it; Iron Wall doctrine: Arabs will never like us, but if we kill enough of them, eventually, they will get the message that we Jews may not have a right to this land, but Arabs will be forced to acknowledge that we own it anyway; we have a de facto right, if not de jure.
      3. According to a paper Ian Lustic wrote in 2008, (www dot polisci dot upenn dot edu/faculty/faculty-articles&papers Lustick_MEP_2008.pdf) Israel upped the ante in the post-Oslo years: now, Palestinians MUST acknowledge the right of “Jews to exist” — that Israel is and will be a Jewish state:

      Since the
      mid-1990s, Israeli leaders have increasingly demanded, not Arab reconciliation to the fact of Israel’s existence, but explicit Arab approval of Zionism itself via demands to recognize the right of Israel to exist in the Middle East as a Jewish state.

      4. In his talk at CFR, Bibi said, Palestinian leaders must educate their people to acknowledge what the Palestinian leaders must agree to: That Israel must be secure, and that Palestinians must acknowledge that Israel is the Jewish national homeland.

      Netanyahu emphasized, in fact insisted, that the core of the problem is NOT about land, even tho everybody THINKS its about land. The real problem is that Palestinians don’t want Jews to be there. And it is necessary for Palestinian leaders to educate the Palestinian to no longer harbor the wish that Jews not be there. Bibi demands control of the inner life of the Palestinian people. In other words, Israel will continue to oppress Palestinians until Palestinians love Jews.

      But, even then — the Palestinians may SAY this, they may agree to this, they may sign agreements, BUT WILL THEY KEEP the agreement? Or will they change their minds, ‘roll back.’ To ensure that Palestinians don’t change their minds, security must be like concrete. We must have security as strong as concrete. (Bibi fumbled, looking for the right analogy until he settled rather awkwardly on ‘concrete.’ It thought the choice was telling, inasmuch as Israel denies Gazans the right to have cement, the chemical basis of concrete even to build their homes, the fundamental form of shelter: Israel intends to control the ‘security’, both psychological and, well, concrete, of the Palestinian people. )

      The more things change, the more they stay the same.

  2. radii says:

    Antagonistic
    Internal
    Parasitic
    Attack
    Cooperative

    … a nest of foreign agent spies in other words … or put another way a clear and present danger

  3. VR says:

    When I am speaking of these forms of government that do nothing but serve the elite, I am talking about Israel also. No matter where we are they assume to use us, and to sacrifice out future on the alter of their delusions.

    It is time to rise up, you owe them nothing, zero – they use you and laugh. Don’t do what they say, don’t sell yourselves to enrich these bastards. There is nothing right about their course, nothing honorable in the collective theft and murder they want to make you a participant in, it is merely the beginning to an infamous end. Tell them, I won’t do what you told me –

    I WON’T DO WHAT YOU TOLD ME

    Than go after those who want you to commit these atrocities, bring them down to the defeat and destruction they so richly deserve.

  4. Sand says:

    FARA anyone? I mean anyone?

    Foreign Agents Registration Act

    The Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) was enacted in 1938. FARA is a disclosure statute that requires persons acting as agents of foreign principals in a political or quasi-political capacity to make periodic public disclosure of their relationship with the foreign principal, as well as activities, receipts and disbursements in support of those activities. Disclosure of the required information facilitates evaluation by the government and the American people of the statements and activities of such persons in light of their function as foreign agents. The FARA Registration Unit of the Counterespionage Section (CES) in the National Security Division (NSD) is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the Act.

    link to justice.gov

  5. Les says:

    Here is resistance to occupation from a rarely heard source:
    * Latest update 21:44 11.07.10

    Druze protesters clash with police searching restaurant in Golan village
    A large number of police surrounded the village during the search, residents said, leading thousands of protesters to resist their attempts.
    By Jack Khoury

    Several Druze residents from the Golan village of Majdal Shams were wounded Sunday evening in clashes with Israel Police, according to eyewitnesses.

    The confrontation occurred after police officers entered a restaurant in the village in an attempt to carry out a search. A large number of police surrounded the village during the search, residents said.

    link to haaretz.com