Chris Hayes says US indifference to Palestinian nonviolence is fostering terrorism

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The following is part of Chris Hayes’s great intro to his MSNBC show “Up With Chris” yesterday, which once again featured independent analysis of the conflict. (Though the initial tilt of the discussion is toward the J Street line on two states.)

Here’s the lesson as far as I can tell. If you recognize Israel, if you are credibly committed to nonviolence, you will get rolled, marginalized, undercut and left looking like a loser. [Palestinian Authority] But if you fire rockets into the heart of Israel, if you kidnap their soldiers, well then they’ll negotiate and adjust their policies. How perverse is that?…

In allowing this to continue and refusing to pressure the Israeli government to take concrete steps toward peace in the West Bank, such as stopping all settlement growth, they’re  turning a blind eye and turning a blind eye while unarmed protesters in towns like Budrus and Nabi Saleh are imprisoned, teargassed and in some cases shot and killed by IDF soldiers, away from the eyes of American cameras, with no condemnation from our government– we in the U.S. are creating the conditions in which terrorism, the great evil we have pledged ourselves to vanquish, brings strategic benefits, while the path of nonviolence leads to a dead end.  What a sorry legacy for everyone involved in helping this to come to pass.

In the next segment, Katrina vanden Heuvel of The Nation argues that Israel launched the war and opens the door on the most important factor in US policymaking, the Israel lobby.

“Overarching all of this– and this is such a painful issue to discuss, and anything we say on this show is going to be criticized– overarching all of it is a history, going back at least to ’67 of the United States role as the enabler, as the political, diplomatic, economic, military enabler of an Israeli policy that  in many ways and a younger generation is seeing– Israelis– that is not in the long term benefit of the security of the country….

She urges viewers to watch the documentary, The Gatekeepers. “Largely due to Israel’s failure to deal with the political causes of the Palestinian problem,” Palestinians have committed acts of terror. And Israel has responded with terror.

Hayes then notes that American policy is “on the road to nowhere.” And in the third segment says that Americans are imbedded in this conflict and again brings up the lobby: that certain American groups are “obviously very very invested in [the conflict].” Tennessee Congressman Steve Cohen immediately brings up the American Jewish community.  

Vanden Heuvel in the third segment speaks of Israel’s rightwing ugliness, and cites Ariel Sharon’s son Gilad’s argument that Israel should treat Gaza as the US treated Hiroshima.

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  1. pabelmont
    November 26, 2012, 10:36 am

    Anti-progress characterized as: “such as stopping all settlement growth” makes a mockery of international law. Time he and everyone else learns that Israel must not be allowed to keep the ill-gotten gains. ONLY by insisting on a roll-back of ALL SETTLEMENTS, the whole wall, etc., can Israel be brought to the bargaining table. It MUST have something to lose, and no-one (now) imagines it will “lose” any substantial part of pre-1967 Israel.

  2. American
    November 26, 2012, 10:57 am

    I am still wondering how Chris is getting away with this……an actual ‘honest’ discussion about I/P!

    • Kathleen
      November 26, 2012, 12:12 pm

      Chris Hayes has been busting out of the I/P silence envelope consistently on MSNBC. Dylan Ratigan and Cenk Uygar had all ready dipped their feet into this issue on their programs…but they are gone. Cenk I believe was let go and Dylan left (not sure why) But Hayes is going where no other MSM host has gone. The truth. Someone behind the scenes at MSNBC is reading the writing on the wall and supporting Hayes breaking free

      • chinese box
        November 26, 2012, 2:41 pm

        and yet Maddow won’t go there

  3. Donald
    November 26, 2012, 11:51 am

    The Chris Hayes show from the previous week (either Nov 17 or 18–I forget which) was better, IMO, because it had mainly Palestinians on, with one hasbarist (David Frum, who has been turning liberal on other issues) to balance it out. This past weekend’s show was pretty good, but it was more Israel/American-centric. More talk about what would be good for Israel, more J-Streetish. What’s her name from the Nation bragging about how the Nation supported the creation of Israel. Still way better than most of the discussion one sees in America.

    Not that I’m complaining–I think it’s fine to have panels with varying slants. And Hayes is on a different universe from most of the other MSNBC people on this subject, at least from what I’ve seen.

  4. sardelapasti
    November 26, 2012, 11:58 am

    “Palestinians have committed acts of terror. And Israel has responded with terror.”

    More terrorist Zionist propaganda by the usual The Nation. There may be some interest in having a halfway intelligent Liberal illustrate the absurdity of “non-violent” opposition to the most violent rape since 1945, but it is offset by its reinforcing stupid Nazi-initiated propaganda about “terrorism” when talking of resistance to aggression.

  5. Les
    November 26, 2012, 12:23 pm

    Such hyperactive indifference to Palestinian non-vilolent resistance is the hallmark of our media.

  6. Chespirito
    November 26, 2012, 12:39 pm

    Well alright, serious props to Katrina vanden Heuvel for mentioning the vigorous US role in arming/bankrolling/providing diplomatic cover to Israeli violence. Most US intellectuals strenuously ignore Washington’s heavy handed intervention here and make like we’re earnest, honest, innocent bystanders who want peace which is of course purest BS. In the US we badly need more discussion of Washington’s destructive role in all this instead of the disingenuous silence about it that you get from Pete Beinart, J Street, AIPAC, the State Department, CNN ad nauseam. How about US intellectuals take a little responsibility and at least acknowledge the thuggy role our country is playing.

  7. Taxi
    November 26, 2012, 2:29 pm

    Bravo Chris Hayes.

    Hope it lasts.

    And do us a favor while you’re at it, Chris – please stop saying “Khamas”. It’s Hamas with an ‘H’.



  8. dbroncos
    November 27, 2012, 3:03 pm

    Good for you Chris Hays! I hope this reflects a different attitude on the part of David Cohen and/or the Roberts honchos. Cohen has traditinally been a staunch PEP. There are enough ardent Zionists in Philly alone to give Cohen an earful about Hays’ covererage, and they’ll deliver that message in person. Time will tell. If Hays’ I/P coverage goes dark or if he and his show disappear then we’ll know that he strayed too far from the Zionist comfort zone at Comcast. On the other hand, if he continues with his angle of inquiry and pushes it even further, I’ll take that to mean that David Cohen and Brian Roberts have joined the fight – which would be most welcome!

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