Israel’s bogus case for bombing Gaza obscures political motives

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Max Blumenthal

In the last two days, Israeli forces have killed at least 15 residents of the Gaza Strip and wounded over 30. Among the dead are two young boys (see here and here), while the wounded included a reporter from the Ma’an News Agency and his pregnant wife. Militant factions in Gaza have responded to the Israeli assault by launching several homemade rockets at Southern Israel, leaving two injured and no one dead.

The Israeli army claimed that it initiated the assault on Gaza in order to kill two alleged militants who supposedly “masterminded” a brazen and deadly terror attack near the Israeli city of Eilat in August of last year. The army also claimed the two were planning a new operation. According to Al Jazeera English’s Jerusalem correspondent Paul Brennan:

The Israeli army is saying these two people it targeted with its clinical airstrike on Friday night were senior militants who were plotting an attack.

The Israeli army says that last year’s attack on the road that runs alongside the Egyptian border, where eight people were killed and 25 Israeli soldiers were wounded, was masterminded by the two men they targeted.

“Zuhair Al-Qaissi and Mahmoud Al-Hannani were said to have been behind these attacks, and the Israeli army said that these two men were planning a similar attack and that is why they launched their aerial clinical attack.

The Jerusalem Post, which functions as a virtual bulletin board for the Israeli army, told a similar story: “The IDF said it decided to bomb Qaisi’s car due to intelligence that he was plotting a large terrorist attack along the border with Egypt,” the paper reported, “similar to the one the [Popular Resistance Committee] carried out last August that killed eight Israelis.”

As is so often the case, the Israeli army is lying through its teeth. According to the army’s own investigation of the Eliat attack last year, the attackers were not from Gaza as Israeli government spokespeople initially claimed — they were Egyptian. The army’s investigative findings were first reported by Alex Fishman, the military correspondent for the Israeli daily Yedioth Aharanoth, who had treated the earlier attempts to blame Gaza’s Popular Resistance Committees for Eilat with extreme skepticism. Bloggers Idan Landau [Hebrew only], Richard Silverstein and Yossi Gurvitz also marshaled evidence shredding the army’s case against Gaza.

Finally, in November, Egyptian security forces arrested the suspected mastermind of the Eilat plot, shattering the Israeli army’s initial claims about Gazan culpability. By then, however, Israeli forces had already killed 30 Gazans in retaliation for an attack they had absolutely nothing to do with.

This weekend, the Israeli army reverted to falsely blaming Gazans for last August’s Eilat attacks, contradicting its own investigation and heaps of evidence proving the attacks were planned in Egypt and carried out by Egyptians. The army has no proof that the men it assassinated on Friday — Al-Qaissi and Al-Hannani — were involved in the Eilat attacks, or that they were planning any military operations. So in order to manufacture a violent confrontation, the Israeli military simply concocted a lie that conceals what appears to be political considerations.

The renewed assault on Gaza coincided with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s return to Israel after days of discussions in Washington with President Barack Obama about Iran’s nuclear program. Netanyahu had hoped to secure a solid commitment from Obama to authorize an attack on Iran, or to at least support an Israeli strike in the near future. Instead, he was rebuked, with Obama condemning Netanyahu’s “loose talk of war” and warning him not to strike Iran. During his speech at AIPAC, Netanyahu was forced to mute his demand for Obama to agree to “red lines” on Iran’s nuclear program that would trigger a US attack, and he descended instead into an incoherent, demagogic rant about a “nuclear duck” and the Holocaust. If Bibi accomplished anything during his visit to Washington, it was keeping the Palestinians off the discussion table, guaranteeing his government a free hand to build expand settlements in the West Bank and attack Gaza with impunity.

Almost as soon as he limped back to Jerusalem in frustration, Netanyahu gathered with his generals to gin up a case for pounding Gaza. The Gaza Strip, with its warehoused population of stateless refugees, would serve as their punching bag and pressure release valve. They could not have their war on Iran — not yet, at least — but they could assault Palestinians in Gaza without fear of repercussions from Washington.

Yesterday, as the Gazan death toll climbed into the teens, US Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice took to Twitter to declare: “We thoroughly condemn terrorist rocket fire from Gaza into southern Israeli towns & cities and call on both sides to restore calm.”

(Originally published on Al Akhbar)

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  1. Bumblebye
    March 11, 2012, 11:33 am

    So this weekend’s bombing attacks on Gaza by Bibi were his “price-tag” vergeance on the Palestinians for being thwarted by Obama.
    Using US manufactured weapons bought and paid for by US taxpayers.

  2. Donald
    March 11, 2012, 12:54 pm

    “We thoroughly condemn terrorist rocket fire from Gaza into southern Israeli towns & cities and call on both sides to restore calm.””

    Yet more evidence the US can’t function as an honest broker in this conflict. Some other group or organization has to do it.

    • jewishgoyim
      March 11, 2012, 9:13 pm

      Susan Rice is out of control. She was the idiot who gave credence to the “babies’ incubators lie” of the Libya intervention: the pro Gaddafi mass-rapists who took viagra.

      She’s an idiot, a liar and a tool.

    • Woody Tanaka
      March 13, 2012, 7:00 am

      Is anyone surprised? The USA is bought and paid for by Zionist money. It is a willing participant in this evil.

  3. giladg
    March 11, 2012, 1:34 pm

    Max, are you going to apologize if the Israeli explanation is shown to be true? Don’t forget now.

    • Annie Robbins
      March 11, 2012, 1:36 pm

      if the Israeli explanation is shown to be true?

      pleeeease. the chances of that are zilch. if they had any proof whatsoever we’d have seen it by now.

      • Mooser
        March 11, 2012, 2:33 pm

        “Max, are you going to apologize if the Israeli explanation is shown to be true?”

        To who? Gilad Gats-man, the Zionist gunslinger? Typical Zionism arrogance. You have no knowledge of the situation, won’t even sign your comments with an identifiable name, but Max Blumenthal owes you an explanation! Yes, I know, by apologising to you, Gilad, Max is apologising to the entire Jewish people. You contain multitudes!

        I bet Giladg is already calling out the moderator for an explanation of why his comments don’t get printed if he doesn’t push the “post comment” button. It’s not fair! They only treat Zionists that way.

      • giladg
        March 12, 2012, 11:14 am

        Mooser, why don’t you go play with your Swastika? And Mooser is an identifiable name?

      • giladg
        March 15, 2013, 2:31 am

        Remember this Annie? It’s been a few month now. You may have forgotten your comment here. Three Hamas members have now been implicated in this attack by the Egyptians.
        I know, you will only accept actual video evidence that implicates them directly, as well notes signed by their mothers, before you begin to consider the possibility.

      • Annie Robbins
        March 15, 2013, 2:12 pm

        have now been implicated, by a newspaper. means very little to me. alleging anonymous egyptian intel was the source is not sufficient.

        link to jpost.com

        Hamas’s armed wing, Izzadin Kassam, on Thursday vehemently denied involvement in a terrorist attack that killed 16 Egyptian border guards in Sinai last August.

        The denial came in response to a report in the Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram which named three Hamas members as having participated in the killing of the soldiers.

        The three men, all senior figures in Izzadin Kassam, were identified as Ayman Nofal, Muhammad Ibrahim Abu Shamalah and Read al-Attar……….Abu Obaida, spokesman for Izzadin Kassam, accused the Egyptian media of lying and attempting to involve Hamas in Egypt’s internal affairs.

        He said that the report in Al-Ahram was nothing but “illusions and lies nesting in the head of its editor.” The Hamas spokesman said that his movement would sue the Egyptian newspaper for engaging in lies and fraud.

        ……

        Some Hamas officials believe that Palestinian Authority security forces in the West Bank are behind the Egyptian accusations.

        The officials said that the PA security forces were trying to drive a wedge between Hamas and the Egyptians “with the help of former aides to ousted president Hosni Mubarak.

        isn’t it hamas’s usual MO to brag about their attacks? yes, it is.

    • justicewillprevail
      March 11, 2012, 2:05 pm

      Who’s going to show it to be ‘true’? Oh yeah, the Israelis and their lapdogs in the US media. That’ll be irrefutable ‘proof’ then, the usual strategy of attacking blindly and wantonly first, then constructing absurd, unbelievable, uncorroborated excuses and justifications, whilst smearing anyone doing actual reporting of the events. The feeble propaganda is so transparent, it is worthless.

    • kma
      March 11, 2012, 2:14 pm

      giladg: no doubt there are Israelis and Americans for whom your explanation is true. and here is MY apology:
      I apologize for arming Israel and allowing the strangulation of Gaza and all the terror and killing Israel has committed. I apologize that there are people like giladg who cannot see crimes against humanity before his eyes and feel apologetic. there is so much to be sorry for.

      and here is some truth: in 2002-2003 during the run-up to the American invasion of Iraq, Israel hyped up its violence against Palestinians and also its killing and maiming of international peace workers such as Rachel Corrie right before March 20, 2003. I FULLY EXPECT THIS TO REPEAT ITSELF NOW IN THE RUN-UP TO THE INTENDED ATTACK ON IRAN.
      that is what is going on, and it’s the truth, and it makes me feel extremely sorry.

    • Talkback
      March 11, 2012, 2:23 pm

      I didn’t forget the so called “UNEDITED Radio Transmission Between Gaza Flotilla and Israeli Navy” which was a master example of sloppy audio manipulation and assembling.

    • tombishop
      March 11, 2012, 4:47 pm

      I’m sure you have no respect for him giladg, but here’s Gideon Levy’s take on this:

      Way to go, IDF!
      The cyclical ritual of bloodletting between Israel and Gaza always prompts two questions: ‘Who started it?’ and ‘Whose is bigger?’

      link to haaretz.com

      • OlegR
        March 11, 2012, 6:13 pm

        Gideon Levy (to whom i have a great deal of respect)
        is wrong.

      • Shingo
        March 12, 2012, 12:28 am

        Gideon Levy (to whom i have a great deal of respect)
        is wrong.

        Well, you convinced me with that compelling and rock solid rebuttal Oleg.

      • Pixel
        March 11, 2012, 6:58 pm

        Thanks much for the link, tb.

      • asherpat
        March 12, 2012, 3:23 am

        “Whose is bigger”? Gideon Levy’s of course, siliness or credulity, that is.

        Gideon Levy is the one that called Assad “a man of peace” as late as 2010.

      • Shingo
        March 12, 2012, 6:40 am

        Gideon Levy is the one that called Assad “a man of peace” as late as 2010.

        Do provodr the link if you would.

        Seeing as the Syrian rebels are made up of Al Qaeda, Levy might be onto something.

        I recall Bush called Sharon a man of peace.

    • seafoid
      March 11, 2012, 5:52 pm

      The 8 Israeli Jews were killed by Sinai tribespeople. I read about it somewhere recently. Israel has retreated from its 40 year long insistence that the Egyptian army be barred from the Sinai. Israelis are no longer welcome in the Sinai.
      Bombing Gaza doesn’t need any excuse. Wife beaters don’t use them.

    • Shingo
      March 12, 2012, 12:15 am

      Max, are you going to apologize if the Israeli explanation is shown to be true?

      Israeli intelligence has already proved it to be a lie.

      Now are you going to apologize to Max for jumping in on this thread without reading his column?

  4. Annie Robbins
    March 11, 2012, 1:35 pm

    This weekend, the Israeli army reverted to falsely blaming Gazans for last August’s Eilat attacks, contradicting its own investigation and heaps of evidence proving the attacks were planned in Egypt and carried out by Egyptians. The army has no proof that the men it assassinated on Friday — Al-Qaissi and Al-Hannani — were involved in the Eilat attacks, or that they were planning any military operations.

    excellent report max.

    yossi gurvitz is on top of these lies too. i recommend:

    “Escalation in south: IDF takes summer Gaza spin out for 2nd round”

    link to 972mag.com

    • Pixel
      March 11, 2012, 7:00 pm

      Thanks for the link, Annie!

      • Annie Robbins
        March 11, 2012, 7:08 pm

        my pleasure pixel. both gurvitz and max are crucial in their sourcing.

    • Mayhem
      March 12, 2012, 7:35 pm

      Blumenthal has wrongly claimed “Finally in November, Egyptian security forces arrested the suspected mastermind of the Eilat plot, shattering the Israeli army’s initial claims about Gazan culpability.”
      In fact the terrorist whom the Egyptians arrested died in a Cairo prison in February and was never implicated for any terrorists acts besides sabotaging the gas pipeline between Egypt and Israel. Refer link to maannews.net

      • Shingo
        March 12, 2012, 7:54 pm

        Blumenthal has wrongly claimed “Finally in November, Egyptian security forces arrested the suspected mastermind of the Eilat plot, shattering the Israeli army’s initial claims about Gazan culpability.

        Wrong as usual Mayhem.

        What Blumenthal writes is not contradicted by the maannews report. Blumenthal said that the Egyptian security forces arrested the suspected mastermind of the Eilat plot. He did not say that the suspect was arrestd on charges of terrorists acts.

        Secondly, the fact that the sustepct died in a Cairo prison in February does not contradict the vlaim by Blumenthal that he was arrested in November. The very fact he dies in a Cairo prison obviously means he had to have been arrested.

        Fail!

      • Mayhem
        March 13, 2012, 12:55 am

        @Shingo: absolute nonsense, totally devoid of logic. Don’t you get it – this time Israel finally got their man in Gaza; the guy who was clobbered by the Egyptians had nothing to do with the Eilat attacks last year.

      • Shingo
        March 13, 2012, 1:25 am

        Devoid of logic?

        How about devoid of reality? What evidence is there that anyone killed in Gaza had anything to do with the Eilat attack?

        None.

  5. yourstruly
    March 11, 2012, 2:34 pm

    what a coincidence that when it’s all quiet on the israel-gaza front and also at a time when relations with the dog (that the tail wags) are waning a bit, the zionist entity fires away at gaza, killing a dozen palestinians. didn’t this same sort of coincidence occur just before the zionist entity launched operation cas lead as well as its ’82 u.s. backed war on lebanon. sure seems that whenever the going gets tough for the zionist entity, especially in regards to slippage among its most reliable friends, the zionist entity instantly attacks gaza &/or lebanon, the better to force those same friends to rally-round-the-star-of david. on the surface it would seem that this tactic is working again, what with the statement by u.n. ambassador rice that falsely places the blame on palestinians for initiating this latest round of violence. somehow we have to succeed this time in getting across to the public the fact that it’s the zionists, not palestinians, who are responsibile for rekindled the flames of war. twitter experts among us, please do your thing so that the word gets out to the multitudes & stat.

  6. chet
    March 11, 2012, 2:52 pm

    In the press conference, Pres. Obama appeared to shift the onus in respect of the I/P peace process by asking the vile Netanyahoo for a “plan” to further the process and seemingly put him on the spot by doing so – many admired Pres. Obama’s adroitness for that maneuver, given the required obeisance to Israel in that venue.

    This wanton and provocative murderous brutality is the loathsome Netanyahoo’s reply to Pres. Obama’s proposal.

  7. DICKERSON3870
    March 11, 2012, 3:52 pm

    RE: “Almost as soon as he limped back to Jerusalem in
    frustration, Netanyahu gathered with his generals to gin up a case for pounding Gaza. The Gaza Strip, with its warehoused population of stateless refugees, would serve as their punching bag and pressure release valve.” ~ Blumenthal

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    Zoe Keating, Legions (War) [VIDEO, 09:49] – link to youtube.com

  8. OlegR
    March 11, 2012, 6:08 pm

    /Militant factions in Gaza have responded to the Israeli assault by launching several homemade rockets at Southern Israel, leaving two injured and no one dead./

    I guess you could get away with saying that 100+ rockets can be called several without being called a liar.

    /Eliat attack last year, the attackers were not from Gaza as Israeli government spokespeople initially claimed — they were Egyptian. /
    How does it prove again that the attack wasn’t planned IN Gaza by
    Resistance Committees.

    /Bloggers Idan Landau [Hebrew only], Richard Silverstein and Yossi Gurvitz also marshaled evidence shredding the army’s case against Gaza./
    Well that proves it clearly if bloggers say it is so then it must be true.

    And the rest of the article is a pathetic conjuncture of conspiracy theories
    based on the author’s prejudices.

    • Shingo
      March 12, 2012, 12:44 am

      I guess you could get away with saying that 100+ rockets can be called several without being called a liar.

      100 rockets in retaliation? Where did yo read that Oleg?

    • asherpat
      March 12, 2012, 6:16 am

      “homemade”? Since when is Grad (БМ-21 “Град”), a Soviet truck-mounted 122 mm multiple rocket launcher, BM stands for boyevaya mashina, ‘combat vehicle’, 20kg of weapons grade explosive warhead) “homemade”?

      • Shingo
        March 12, 2012, 6:46 am

          Since when is Grad (БМ-21 “Град”), a Soviet truck-mounted 122 mm multiple rocket launcher,BM stands for boyevaya mashina, ‘combat vehicle’, 20kg of weapons grade explosive warhead) “homemade”?

        How many Grad rockets were fired during this exchange?

      • asherpat
        March 12, 2012, 9:28 am

        @Shingo

        “Homemade” Kassam rockets will not reach Be’er Sheva, 40 kms from Gaza border. I don’t have time to show it on Palestinian websites, but do you dispute that fact?

      • Shingo
        March 12, 2012, 10:53 am

        “Homemade” Kassam rockets will not reach Be’er Sheva, 40 kms from Gaza border. I don’t have time to show it on Palestinian websites, but do you dispute that fact?

        Put up or shut up Asher. I asked you to produce evidence that the rockets used were Grad rockets.

        I’m not interested in your theories.

      • asherpat
        March 12, 2012, 12:28 pm

        Can you prove that the rockets are “homemade” and not in a factory?

      • Shingo
        March 12, 2012, 11:12 pm

        Can you prove that the rockets are “homemade” and not in a factory?

        I don’t have to. You’re tehone claiming they are GRAD missiles, so either you can prove it or you can’t.

      • asherpat
        March 13, 2012, 4:36 am

        OK Shingo, so you do dispute that Palestinians are firing Grad (BM-21) standard military rockets made in a foreign factories?

        How about Google-translating this site: link to paltoday.ps, from the horse’s mouth, so to speak. Or you will want more proof?

      • Woody Tanaka
        March 13, 2012, 6:57 am

        “OK Shingo, so you do dispute that Palestinians are firing Grad (BM-21) standard military rockets made in a foreign factories?”

        Good for them, if they are. The Zios are firing military equipment made in US factories. Good for the goose…

        If you people don’ t start learning some humility and humanity, then one day there might be a foreign-made nuclear warhead on one of those rockets and you can kiss Tel Aviv and Haifa goodbye.

      • Shingo
        March 13, 2012, 8:14 am

        The Zios are firing military equipment made in US factories. Good for the goose…

        It makes you wonder what kind of whimps the Israelis are when they are armed to the teeth with state fo the art weapons, (F16’s Apache helicopters, and 1000lb bombs), yet the throught of the Palestinians even having WWII era weapons makes them seeth with indignation.

      • asherpat
        March 13, 2012, 9:25 am

        @Shingo, even WWII weapons kill and maim. The difference between Israel and Palestinian Arabs is that the intention. Israel targets “militants” (20 out of 22 killed in the recent violence) and Palestinians target civilians.

        And by the way, can you prove that the recent bombings were using 1,000 pounds bombs, as you casually drop (no pun intended)?

      • Shingo
        March 13, 2012, 3:42 pm

        The difference between Israel and Palestinian Arabs is that the intention. Israel targets “militants” (20 out of 22 killed in the recent violence) and Palestinians target civilians.

        Really?

        “In South Lebanon we struck the civilian population consciously, because they deserved it…the importance of Gur’s remarks is the admission that the Israeli Army has always struck civilian populations, purposely and consciously…the Army, he said, has never distinguished civilian [from military] targets…[but] purposely attacked civilian targets even when Israeli settlements had not been struck.”

        and…

        “The Israeli army has always struck civilian populations, purposely and consciously. The army has never distinguished civilian from military targets, but has purposely attacked civilian targets.

        [Israeli military analyst, Ze’ev Schiff (Haaretz, May 15, 1978).]

        And by the way, can you prove that the recent bombings were using 1,000 pounds bombs, as you casually drop (no pun intended)?

        I said Israel were armed to the teeth with F16′s Apache helicopters, and 1000lb bombs.

      • asherpat
        March 13, 2012, 5:04 pm

        @Shingo – 1978, you must have stayed there…

      • Shingo
        March 13, 2012, 5:26 pm

        @Shingo – 1978, you must have stayed there…

        It was policy then and it is policy today. Nothing has changed in Israel’s strategy.

      • Woody Tanaka
        March 13, 2012, 5:50 pm

        “Israel targets ‘militants'”.

        Yeah, all those Palestinian civilians who the Israelis have been targeting with military law, occupation and blockade over the last 70 years are just a figment of everyone’s fucking imagination.

      • Shingo
        March 13, 2012, 5:59 pm

        BTW Asherpat,

        What Gur was describing is identical to the Dahiya doctrine, which was conceived in 2006 and applied in 2008/2009 and continues to be applied.

      • asherpat
        March 13, 2012, 7:51 pm

        @shingo, “Gur” or “Schiff”? I suspect that both are from Ha’aretz, the left-wing rag that has zero credibility (and close to zero circulation) in Israel despite being the favourite source of the Western credulity. So if the analyst you refer to said it, so what? And if you are so confident, surely, it will be easy to point to fresh, recent, explicit and unambigous statements of Israeli leaders, pls show us these, not some obscure ramblings from 30 yrs ago.

        20 militants hit, 2 civilians (however unfortunate), what “doctrine” are you talking about? Pls bring any research about urban warfare and show that this ratio is anything but miraculous. What makes you angry is that Israel’s mortal enemies were dealt a blow while cowardly targetting our civilians from among their own.

        Based on the latest bout of violence, if you claim that Israel is specifically targetting civilians, then you are either blind or insincere.

      • Shingo
        March 13, 2012, 10:20 pm

        “Gur” or “Schiff”? I suspect that both are from Ha’aretz the left-wing rag that has zero credibility (and close to zero circulation) in Israel despite being the favourite source of the Western credulity.

        Zero credibility in who’s eyes? Shahs and Likud?

        You obviously don’t even know who Gur is. Mordecai Gur was an Israeli politician and the 10th Chief of Staff of the IDF.

        Obviously a rabbid left winger.

        And if you are so confident, surely, it will be easy to point to fresh, recent, explicit and unambigous statements of Israeli leaders, pls show us these, not some obscure ramblings from 30 yrs ago.

        Like I said, look up Dahiya Doctrine – an unambiguous policy of targeting civilians. 

        20 militants hit, 2 civilians (however unfortunate), what “doctrine” are you talking about?

        Where did you get the 20 militants figure from? The same lying scum bags that keep changing the resin for attacking Gaza?

        Pls bring any research about urban warfare and show that this ratio is anything but miraculous.

        Right after you explain how dropping bombs from F16 attack planes constitutes urbane warfare.

        What makes you angry is that Israel’s mortal enemies were dealt a blow while cowardly targetting our civilians from among their own.

        What makeshift angry is when gutless scum bags, who would soil themselves at the first sight of an armed opponent, wantonly murder women and children, the label them militants and claim they ate defending their country.

        Like all Israeli apologists, you’re nothing more than a fascist sadist. Little wonder Israel’s reputation is in the gutter with North Korea. 

      • Shingo
        March 13, 2012, 10:56 pm

        BTW. Another think that makes me angry is when a shameless bully like Netenyahu doesn’t get gmhis way in Washington (where he didn’t get his war with Iran), and returns back home to take it out on a defenseless population.

        Reminds me of a wife beater who gets humiliated by other men and bashes his wife to proverb affirm his masculinity.

      • asherpat
        March 14, 2012, 3:56 am

        Shingo, you are obviously very angry. I am typing this sincerely without cynicism, have you ever visited Israel? Perhaps you want to read this article by a young Irish film-maker that actually did that. link to independent.ie

      • Shingo
        March 14, 2012, 3:49 pm

        I am typing this sincerely without cynicism, have you ever visited Israel?

        Yes, you are sanguine about all this because the US has given you so many arms that you needn’t worry about any reprecussions from the Palestinians. You’re leasders can commence slaughternign Gazan’s at a whim and it doesn’t affect your day, thogh undoutedly, you’ll still insist that Israel is being attacked and has to defend itself.

        Yes I have been to Israel, as have a nmber of friends of mine. We all agree it’s an apartheid state – one of the most racist, disturbing and surreal places on earth.

        Even George Bush Jnr (the most pro US president in history)was shocked and digusted by what he saw when he visited the West Bank.

      • asherpat
        March 17, 2012, 9:42 am

        @Shingo. If you visited Israel and you believe that it is “one of the most racist, disturbing and surreal places on earth”, you need psychological counselling for not perceiving reality.

        I hope that the moderator will not censor this reply if they read the quote above.

      • Shingo
        March 17, 2012, 4:34 pm

        If you visited Israel and you believe that it is “one of the most racist, disturbing and surreal places on earth”, you need psychological counselling for not perceiving reality.

        While like do many others who have visited Israel, Inwas shocked, deeply disturbed, and saddened, counseling was not necessary. Unlike the millions who have to live under such the oppressive rule of the fascist apartheid state of Israel, I had the luxury of being able to leave.

      • asherpat
        March 17, 2012, 5:55 pm

        @Shingo – how did this brutal murderous apartheid dictatorship let you come, protest and leave unmolested? Did you like the beer?

      • Shingo
        March 17, 2012, 7:32 pm

        how did this brutal murderous apartheid dictatorship let you come, protest and leave unmolested?

        Having a Western passport improves the odds. Don’t drink beer.

      • asherpat
        March 17, 2012, 8:14 pm

        @Shingo – “don’t drink beer”…that explains it all.

    • Woody Tanaka
      March 13, 2012, 7:03 am

      “I guess you could get away with saying that 100+ rockets can be called several without being called a liar.”

      So what if it was a million? You people brought them on yourselves. And have for 100 years.

      • asherpat
        March 14, 2012, 10:01 am

        woody, when you say “you people brought [the missiles] on yourselves”, who exactly do you mean by “you people”?

      • Woody Tanaka
        March 14, 2012, 10:57 am

        “who exactly do you mean by ‘you people’?”

        Israelis and Zionists who are not working to change the racist government to one which grants full rights and equality to all people from the Jordan to the Med.

      • asherpat
        March 14, 2012, 5:15 pm

        @Woody: “grants full rights and equality to all people from the Jordan to the Med”.

        Why? On what basis?

      • Woody Tanaka
        March 15, 2012, 2:51 pm

        “Why? On what basis?”

        On the basis that they’re human beings. The Israeli state should not be permitted to keep them in a state of peonage as they have for generations.

        If the Israelis want to pull everyone and everything back behind the 1967 line and not interfere in any way in Palestine, that would be different. But given their inability or unwillingness to do so leaves one option. Freedom for all. Or are the Jews now against freedom for everyone, regardless of religion, nationality or ethnicity??

  9. piotr
    March 11, 2012, 6:09 pm

    giladg says:
    March 11, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    Max, are you going to apologize if the Israeli explanation is shown to be true? Don’t forget now.

    Is there a way to create betting pools to settle such claims?

    gilatd, I am ready to bet 1000 dollars, but please, describe example of what it would take to “show it true”. Israel already made a claim based on secret evidence. I propose that if secret evidence is not revealed within 2 years, or if revealed, not preposterous, I win. In the meantime, mondoweiss could keep bets in an escrow account.

    On edit: I would keep 100 dollars if I win, the rest for Mondoweiss. Can any lawyer advise on legality? I think challenging trolls would be good. An easier bet is that Israel will never disclose evidence on Dirar Abu-Sisi who is an alleged “mastermind” from Gaza, captured, tortured but as of now, alive. All known evidence suggests that he was simply an engineer in charge of Gaza power station, a family man and really, nothing else.

  10. Justice Please
    March 11, 2012, 6:57 pm

    Thanks Max for some truth.

    BDS.

  11. Pixel
    March 11, 2012, 7:02 pm

    Thanks, Max!

  12. ToivoS
    March 12, 2012, 1:14 am

    Max nails this latest attack against Gaza correctly. Last week Obama defied Netanyahu. Bibi was humiliated. We saw the evidence before Aipac — poor Bibi presented one hysterical speech (crazy duck things and vague letters from WWII proving that American goyim supported the holocaust).

    Poor Israel is now desperate. So it launches more attacks against Gaza. As someone said above, Israel is extracting a price tag revenge — simply to save some face for Bibi. I have little doubt that Bibi is losing control of events, he realizes that Israel cannot go to war against Iran without US support so they will do the one thing Israel can do without serious danger — kill Palestinians in Gaza. No one in the West can object to that can they?

  13. talknic
    March 12, 2012, 1:08 pm

    Not quite right Max…… Israel is on plan…

    Bibi goes to the US, threatening to attack Iran, knowing full well Israel cannot even stop home made rocket attacks from Gaza even with billions of $$$ of US military aid, all it can do is kill a few militants and twice as many civilians, as it did in Lebanon, not achieving any of its stated aims. All it did was rain death and destruction, always killing plenty of civilians..

    Israel attacking Iran would result in a war Israel would not be able to win alone, the US and others would by consequence and necessity be drawn into. They cannot, by necessity ignore Israel’s threat even if they think it is bluff. So they play along and nothing will be done about Israel’s extrajudicial assassinations or it’s illegal acquisition of territory or illegal annexation and non-annexation of the Palestinians rightful territories under law, or Israel’s blatant lies justifying this latest round of violence (on that, by their own words, you’re right)

    Israel will demand the Palestinians be forced to bargain away more of their territory in an agreement, because an agreement can circumvent the law. Made to face the law, Israel would A) be sent to the wall, broke for decades. B) erupt in civil war (outside of Israel) as it tries to make hundreds of thousands of illegal settlers leave Palestinian territory and C) under the UN Charter, an Israeli civil war outside of Israel’s legal sovereign extent becomes the business of the neighbouring powers, who can legally intervene (as they did on May 15th 1948, when Jewish forces were outside of the newly declared State of Israel), none of the world powers want the Middle east to erupt in another war they will have to become involved in.

    The US will maintain the veto vote in the UNSC, protecting Israel from the law, while it continues to batter the Palestinians into submission.

    There’ll be no Israeli attack on Iran, the threat is a fake carrot on a fake schtick ….. the rest has already begun, just days after Bibi arrived home … on plan

  14. Shingo
    March 12, 2012, 11:11 pm

    Another great piece by Ali Abunimah, who sums up the same argument as Max.

    This weekend’s attacks have followed a typical pattern. Israel launches a lethal attack knowing full well that Palestinian resistance factions will respond. It then uses the response—dozens of rockets falling on Israel rarely causing injuries or damage—as the very pretext for continued bombing. Israel also claims to have shot down several dozen incoming missiles using its US-subsidized “Iron Dome” anti-missile system.

    link to electronicintifada.net

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