Likud MK Danon: Destroy Gaza neighborhoods for every rocket fired

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likud mk danny danon’s facebook page, november 10, 2011 (screenshot via  +972 mag’s ami kaufman)

Ami Kaufman of +972 Magazine highlights this disgusting message from Danny Danon, a Likud Party member of the Israeli Knesset:

I am currently in Ashkelon to witness the security problem facing the city specifically in neighborhoods with new Olim and have come to two main conclusions. Firstly, we must do everything we can to ensure the safety of all residents with an emphasis on areas with new immigrants who greatly lack protection, and more importantly, to deal with Hamas leaders in Gaza, and for every missile that falls in our southern towns, we retaliate by deleting a neighborhood in Gaza

It is disturbing to hear such a blunt call for collective punishment and the wholesale destruction of civilian life in Gaza from a politician with power in Israel. Unfortunately, it is no surprise–a similar mentality was behind Israel’s conduct during Operation Cast Lead.

Danon’s call echoes what former combatants in the Israeli army told the UK-based Channel 4 early this year:

24-year-old tank commander Ohad remembers being told the night before the operation that the entry into Gaza was to be “disproportionate”. Once into Gaza, he says his orders were unambiguous:

“The order was very clear that if a car came within 200 metres of me I could simply shoot at it. Shoot a shell at it.”

Some of the most disputed claims about the operation centre around firing at family homes and mosques.

Ohad also says: “We needed to cleanse the neighbourhoods, the buildings, the area. It sounds really terrible to say “cleanse”, but those were the orders….I don’t want to make a mistake with the words.”

Danon is only vocalizing what has long been the Israeli establishment’s mentality towards the people of Gaza.

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27 Responses

  1. Les
    November 10, 2011, 3:29 pm

    Is this Likud member writing in English because his audience is in the US and/or the UK?

  2. eljay
    November 10, 2011, 3:44 pm

    Mr. Danon must have missed RW’s memo about making the “better argument…

  3. Woody Tanaka
    November 10, 2011, 3:45 pm

    What he is calling for is no less than a crime. That filth like this scumbag can be elected in that shitty country tells you all you need to know about the shitty people doing the electing there.

    • Bumblebye
      November 10, 2011, 4:20 pm

      How do elections in Israel work? Aren’t people appointed from a party list once the vote for each party is counted? If so, the electorate is being duped in another way, since they vote for a set of policies, then get warm bodies with other ideas who take them ever further rightwards, and are ever grooming the next gen electorate to push further right. Maybe that’s how it’s been worked over. Attitudes in Israel didn’t used to he as harsh and cruel as they currently are.

      • Woody Tanaka
        November 10, 2011, 4:32 pm

        “Attitudes in Israel didn’t used to he as harsh and cruel as they currently are.”

        When were these people anything other than “harsh and cruel”?

  4. Dan Crowther
    November 10, 2011, 4:16 pm

    ” we retaliate by deleting a neighborhood in Gaza”

    It’s hard to keep reading statements like this from Israeli leaders and not hope for the day of their “deletion.”( Im referring to Danon specifically, not Isreali jews in general eee and co.) This guy is the definition of a coward, and I would say the same for most Zionists, they’re as tough as they come, as long as they have a massive advantage in mechanized force. I bet the average Gazan would tear this guy to pieces mano-a-mano

    • Jeffrey Blankfort
      November 11, 2011, 2:37 am

      This is one more example of the similarity between the Zionist and Nazi mentality, which is not surprising given that the Zionist concept of “blut and boden” (blood and soil) is not only identical to that of the Third Reich but that Zionism preceded it. It is not just a historical curiosity that both Hitler and Eichmann acknowledged reading Herzl’s Der Judenstaat which might have been titled old Theo’s “Mein Kampf.”

  5. annie
    November 10, 2011, 4:27 pm

    this is the attitude of a person who has lost his sense of humanity. it’s very sad.

    • Woody Tanaka
      November 10, 2011, 4:32 pm

      you presume he ever had a sense of humanity to lose.

      • Chaos4700
        November 11, 2011, 12:31 am

        He was a child at one point. His parents would be the culprits for beating that sense of humanity out of him.

      • Woody Tanaka
        November 11, 2011, 6:58 am

        I do not discount the possibility that he purposefully disregarded the lessons in humanity he was given. Garbage like this guy usually do. He could also be a full fledged sociopath. So I wouldn’t necessarily blame the parents yet.

      • Theo
        November 11, 2011, 7:17 am

        He could also had an accident by falling in front of a speeding truck.
        The air would be just a bit fresher.

    • seafoid
      November 10, 2011, 5:20 pm

      It is doubly sad because Danon is Sephardi but he has all the Ashkenazi paranoia. Deputy speaker of the Knesset, remember.

      • Taxi
        November 11, 2011, 12:47 am

        seafoid,

        I can’t find any info on Danon’s Sephardi roots. All you get is the same wikipidea info repeated word for word on thousands of sites and this info doesn’t go anywhere near his childhood or heritage except to mention the name of his dad and mum – no maiden name for his mother either, just a passing mention of Joseph and Yoheved Danon – that’s it!

        Hmmmm I wonder why a politician would want so badly to blot out details of his parent’s origins.

        But anyhooz if what you say about his Sephardi origins is right, then that evil wretch Danny Danon surely must be the worst self-hating Arab who’s trying to pass himself off as a euro metrosexual.

  6. David Samel
    November 10, 2011, 4:58 pm

    The only thing surprising about this is that Danon is willing to say it publicly. Once in a while, Israeli pols speak candidly of their fondness for terrorism and mass murder. Danon’s statement is quite similar to Gen. Gadi Eizenkot’s famous articulation of the Dahiya doctrine:

    What happened in the Dahiya quarter of Beirut in 2006 will happen in every village from which Israel is fired on. We will apply disproportionate force on it (village) and cause great damage and destruction there. From our standpoint, these are not civilian villages, they are military bases. This is not a recommendation. This is a plan. And it has been approved.

    link to ynet.co.il

    In a just world, these criminals would be serving a life sentence at hard labor. Instead, members of Breaking the Silence and similar heroes are ostracized as traitors and fear losing their anonymity.

  7. seafoid
    November 10, 2011, 5:30 pm

    I don’t have words to describe how I feel about Danon.

    This is Ashkenazi history. This is what his German equivalents did to the Warsaw Jewish ghetto using the same logic. They retaliated by deleting neighbourhoods until everything was destroyed.

    http://fotoforum.gazeta.pl/zdjecie/2874258,2,21,Robert-Capa–Ruins-of-the-Warsaw-Ghetto.html

    This is what Israel has already done to Gaza :

    link to youtube.com

    Start at 1:49

    Danny Danon is welcomed in synagogue.

  8. dumvitaestspesest
    November 10, 2011, 5:32 pm

    Nazis were using the same type of a collective punishment.
    For one, dead German soldier, killed by partisants, tens of innocent civilians paid the price with their life.

  9. Avi_G.
    November 10, 2011, 6:31 pm

    Why only one neighborhood? Why not the entire Middle East? I’m sure if Israel wiped the entire region off the map, states around the world would rush to embrace Israel and welcome it. So, there is a positive in all that gloom and doom, no?

  10. eGuard
    November 10, 2011, 6:59 pm

    Uh, Likud ah? Remember those days when Likud was not in government. What a peace that was (for those new here: it doesn’t mind a fuck which government Israel has).

  11. Chaos4700
    November 11, 2011, 12:30 am

    But Goldstone told us Israel would never deliberately target civilians?

  12. rensanceman
    November 11, 2011, 1:47 pm

    As a rational person who happens to be furious that Israel has bought our congress, et al and repeats the horrors inflicted on the Palestinians as were inflicted on them by the Nazis, I am beginning to scrutize more closely the conspiracy theories advanced by the 9 11 groups, the USS Liberty, Operation Northwood, etc for Israeli/Mossad involvement. Operation Northwood which preceded the Liberty incident (Israeli attack on American ship killing 37 American servicemen) proposes killing fellow Americans to provide pretexts for Cuban military intervention, and the Project for a New American century which likewise proposes a “pearl harbor” type event to provide pretexts for going to war with Iraq all point to Israeli involvement. Could it be true that the Zionist would go this far? The time may be getting closer that we truly understand that the u.s. is only the host to carry out the aims of Zionist israel

    • dumvitaestspesest
      November 12, 2011, 7:29 pm

      If you are in a mood of ” scrutinizing”, I advise you to scrutinize pop culture as well. You will be very surprised to discover what and who is hidden behind symbols, words, gestures, that many of so called, pop stars are performing, wearing, singing etc.
      And it happens all over, not only in the USA.

  13. W.Jones
    November 12, 2011, 5:22 pm

    Hello- I wanted to ask whether you thought the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza was wise. Netanyahu opposed it (although voted for it), and it is complained by its opponents that it allowed militants to launch rockets from its territory better.

    Ultimately the best thing would be to have a peace treaty and good relations with Gazans. It is natural that being restricted to such a small space in Gaza with so many people, while much of the surrounding areas are deserted, and the economy there is pitiful, with major reliance on outside aid, would lead to the rocket attacks and that people being upset naturally resulted in Hamas’ election. Thus the main thing would be to address the underlying conditions that are leading to the attacks.

    Plus, I think that the attacks out of Gaza’s territory, despite the large number of rockets, have caused significantly less casualties than the attacks onto Gaza, like the massive assaut in 2009.

    I think that two of the main reasons for the withdrawal were that it was difficult to maintain the occupation there, and because the government didn’t plan on holding onto it anyway. As to this second reason, there is a quote by one official, that by unilaterally disengaging, the government hoped that it could avoid the kinds of Palestinian demands that would arise in peace negotiations.

    So, assuming that Israel wasn’t willing to address the underlying reasons for militant attacks (eg. restricting a huge population to a very small, impoverished place, separated from empty land they were pushed out of), was it wise for the Israeli army to withdraw from Gaza, or did this lead to more attacks?

    Or would you say that the situation now is easier for those who withdrew and/or that the amount of conflicts and casualties has decreased since the 2005 withdrawal?

    Thanks.

    • Jeffrey Blankfort
      November 12, 2011, 7:12 pm

      Israel wanted exactly what has happened in Gaza to happen, that it would provide yet another excuse for not agreeing to halt the settlements and withdraw from the West Bank.

      Why should the Gazans have not continued resisting when Israel withdrew. It was still occupying most of Palestine and while the two sectors are physically separated both are a part of Palestine. While the PA was willing to collaborate with the Israelis, Hamas wasn’t and Israel hoped that division would extend to the people themselves. It hasn’t. They are all Palestinians.

      • W.Jones
        November 12, 2011, 8:45 pm

        Hey Jeff!

        I enjoyed watching a videoclip of an interview you had on the internet. I found it admirable that you were working on behalf of the Palestinians many years ago during the movement to integrate South Africa when it seems there was less awareness about the Palestinians.

        When I transferred to a large university, I also heard a significant amount of discussion about the issue, which was placed next to other progressive issues as a significant topic at the university student community. So would you say there is alot more awareness about the problems today?

        Also, you impressed me as someone with alot of insight and knowledge. It sounds like here you are saying that the government expected a militant group to be elected, and wanted this election in order to say that the two state solution is dangerous, a solution which they never wanted anyway.

        In other words, as long as there is resistance, then they can point to it as a reason to avoid leaving the West Bank, so they allow resistance in Gaza? If there was no resistance, then their position might look weaker, but they would still occupy anyway.

        But still, I am not completely sure about this. The ultimate goal appears to be to give the small Gaza Sector and a truncated part of the West Bank some form of independence or autonomy.

        They had two choices when it comes to Gaza:
        (A) leave Gaza and thus try to avoid peace negotiations related to Gaza. I read one quote to this effect. One would expect at least some minimal level of continued resistance, but the PA was keeping it down anyway in the West Bank, so it’s not like the IDF was going to do that much better a job.
        But the result was a radical group taking over (although I assume this was forseen as a possibility). So is the Israeli military position worse as a result?
        (B) stay in Gaza, continue to deal militarily at close range with militants, and give Gaza independence at some indefinite point in the future, if at all. Would the military position though be weaker, because there would be more conflicts?

        Of course like I said the best thing would be to address the underlying causes of the conflict, but assuming they aren’t going to be addressed, would A or B be better?

        Or is this just a stupid question (eg. like asking would continued occupation of Cherokee villages have been better for 19th c. America than sending them to Oklahoma)?

      • Jeffrey Blankfort
        November 13, 2011, 12:55 am

        Thanks for the kudos. Israel has never wanted a Palestinian state of any size in either the West Bank or Gaza, but I believe its primary goal in cutting Gaza loose, technically, but nothing beyond that, was to focus on expanding settlements and the Jewish population in the West Bank so as to make even a truncated Palestinian mini-state an impossibility.

        After all, Israel has done quite well with under the present set-up, using the phony “peace process” as no more than a protective cover. Without any pressure, financial or military, from the US, there has been no reason to change course although in the long run it may backfire.

        It is well known that Israel encouraged the growth of Hamas as a religious counter to the secular PLO but I believe even had it not done so, the manifest corruption of Arafat and his PLO cronies would have produced a religious movement that mirrored what was happening in other area of the region, not the least of which was Afghanistan.

        In Lebanon, one found the same corruption within the secular parties and their failure to respond to the Israeli occupation and its sadistic abuses was one of the driving factors that produced Hezbollah, at least that was what I observed at the time I was there, a year after Israel’s 1982 invasion. It was also the corruption of the PLO in Lebanon and the abuses against the Lebanese Shia in the South indulged in by some of the PLO’s smaller militias that turned the Lebanese against the Palestinians, a problem the Palestinian refugees there are paying for to this day.

        By withdrawing its relatively small population of settlers from Gaza, Israel was now free to attack it at will without fear of retaliation against those settlers and consequently turn the occupation there into what even a BBC commentator described as “the world’s largest outdoor prison.”

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