Netanyahu mentions ‘BDS’ 18 times in denouncing movement and its ‘gullible fellow travelers’

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Netanyahu puts finishing touches on his speech, per his twitter feed

Netanyahu puts finishing touches on his speech, according to his twitter feed. But he delivered the speech in English.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu devoted more attention to the boycott, divestment, and sanctions movement (BDS) than he did to John Kerry’s peace plans in his speech this morning to the Israel lobby organization the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).

By my count, Netanyahu said the word “BDS” 18 times in extended comments against the boycott movement. He likened BDS to classic tropes of anti-Semitism: the accusations that Jews use non-Jewish children’s blood for matzoh, or that Jews have spread the plague, or that Jews seek world control.

“Those who wear the BDS label should be treated exactly as we treat any anti-Semite or bigot,” he said.  Transcript here.

He said BDS really stands for Bigotry, Dishonesty and Shame, and that “naive and ignorant” people are being recruited as “gullible fellow-travelers” in an anti-Semitic campaign. Without mentioning prominent supporters of BDS, like Stephen Hawking, Roger Waters, and Alice Walker, Netanyahu said that T.S. Eliot, Voltaire, and Dostoyevsky were among the great writers who in another time spread “the most preposterous lies about the Jewish people.”

BDS will fail because Israel is drawing more international investment than ever, including from the leaders of the “knowledge industry,” Apple and Google, Netanyahu proclaimed. And he repeatedly praised Scarlett Johansson (even cribbing a line from Gone With the Wind that was directed to Scarlett O’Hara).

His extended comments on BDS took up the last five or six minutes of his speech. By taking on BDS so directly and insistently, Netanyahu has elevated the movement to new heights of importance, and will force American media to discuss the movement’s goals openly.

In his comments on the peace plan, Netanyahu praised John Kerry’s sleepless efforts but repeatedly cited Israel’s biblical claim to lands across the Green Line, lands envisioned as part of a Palestinian state in a two-state solution. He said that Abraham had bought land in Hebron and near Nablus, and he also cited the Jewish claims on Jerusalem, “the eternal and undivided capital of Israel and the Jewish people.”

“President Abbas, recognize the Jewish state,” Netanyahu challenged the head of the Palestinian Authority, in yet another sign that the new Israeli demand that Israel be recognized as a Jewish state is a stumbling block to any deal.

74 Responses

  1. RudyM
    March 4, 2014, 11:47 am

    Good. Maybe more Americans will learn about it.

    • Krauss
      March 4, 2014, 1:38 pm

      I’m curious about Bibi’s response to BDS. He always talks about investment.

      As if BDS is fundamentally about economics. Economics is a tool, yes, but the point is to educate people about the situation in the occupied territories.

      This is the point. That Scarlett stayed on (and that Sodastream’s stock has stabilized) is really beside the point.
      Remember the Financial Times’ powerful editorial after the Scarlett affair exploded? It wouldn’t have happened without the pressure from BDS and through that pressure, a lot of mainstream readers of the Financial Times got educated on BDS and Israeli Apartheid.

      Bibi still doesn’t understand this, which is weird for a guy who supposedly has an IQ of 180(even if it’s probably his PR team who edits his wiki, but still).

      Netanyahu has, as Phil pointed out, simply played into the hands of the BDS movement. But then again, he has no choice. He can’t stay silent forever and he feels he needs to go on the offensive. The problem is that the man has no arguments, because the root of the BDS movement is moral, not economical.

      And you can’t defend Apartheid on moral grounds.

    • thetruthhurts
      March 4, 2014, 5:40 pm

      so naive and ignorant people are being recruited as gullible fellow travelers in an anti-semetic campaign, eh bibsy?
      the wordsmithing techniques of the masters of deception just never fail to amaze me. just imagine, one of america’s most trusted and believed news broadcasters, wolf blitzer, used to be the chief scriptwriter, or more appropriately chief $hitspreader, for aipac.
      actually, and i know you just hate to hear the truth, like dracula cringing in a hideous, satanic grimace at the sight of the Cross, is that the naive and ignorant people being recruited as gullible fellow travelers are all the stupid brainwashed american idiots who mindlessly tune in to watch and hear and believe your manipulated mass media.
      you talk about a country brainwashed.

  2. Citizen
    March 4, 2014, 11:58 am

    Will this be covered on Fox, MSNBC, CNN tonight? And how will it be spun? Will they dare to even name BDS, and if they do, will it be coupled with Bibi N’s spin on it? Stay tuned. That’s where most political semi-junkies in US get their news; and will this be covered by the three old time networks? Will it be a contest among the three which can deliver a more banal 30 second statement? And, how about PBS weekend round up of the news? Again, stay tuned.

    • German Lefty
      March 4, 2014, 4:07 pm

      Will this be covered on Fox, MSNBC, CNN tonight?
      Joy Reid’s latest segment called “Pot, pancakes and Palestine”: link to msnbc.com

      • Kathleen
        March 5, 2014, 12:17 am

        Two days in a row that Joy Reid mentions Aipac, Palestine Netanyahu. Anyone else hear any of the MSM host bringing up this conference and influence?

  3. Chu
    March 4, 2014, 12:07 pm

    BDS is the counter movement to the pro zionist diaspora. They can’t be caged in like Palestinians, so it’s going to be a lot harder of a fight. And calling them anti-Semites is really going to backfire for the Jonestown Zionists.

  4. German Lefty
    March 4, 2014, 12:09 pm

    By taking on BDS so directly and insistently, Netanyahu has elevated the movement to new heights of importance, and will force American media to discuss the movement’s goals openly.

    Exactly!

    • Annie Robbins
      March 4, 2014, 1:57 pm

      exactly exactly. this is so rad.

    • Citizen
      March 5, 2014, 3:43 am

      MJ Rosenberg’s take is that he agrees with Bibi on BDS because he, MJR, has read BDS materials, which tell him BDS top goal is one state with Jewish minority. In contrast, MJR wants a secure Jewish state. He goes on to sing the myriad ways the occupation is responsible for isolating Israel, not BDS. He concludes Bibi spent so much time on BDS to avoid addressing the occupation as the main obstacle to peace. link to us4.campaign-archive1.com

      As Chu says above in this thread: “BDS is the counter movement to the pro zionist diaspora.” And MJR remains part of that diaspora. MJR should ask himself, why doesn’t Bibi feel any need to address the occupation this year at AIPAC? If Bibi was diverting by constantly hissing at BDS, who does MJR think is going to effectively pressure Bibi to talk about the occupation, if not BDS? MJR refuses to see that the occupation can only speak for itself if somebody gives it a mic and the mic is BDS.

      • German Lefty
        March 7, 2014, 6:12 pm

        MJ Rosenberg’s take is that he agrees with Bibi on BDS because he, MJR, has read BDS materials, which tell him BDS top goal is one state with Jewish minority. In contrast, MJR wants a secure Jewish state.

        MJR is just another Zio. Don’t waste your time on him.
        I just went on his website and got this message:
        “mjayrosenberg.wordpress.com is no longer available.
        The authors have deleted this site.”
        I wonder why.

  5. Balfour
    March 4, 2014, 12:22 pm

    “Gulliable Fellow Travellers”? An epithet spoken to an American audience by the leader of another country before an American lobbying organization whose sole criteria for membership is organizing maximum economic, military and diplomatic support for an ethnically defined foreign nation?

    • BillM
      March 4, 2014, 3:45 pm

      Well, this is the same group that applauded when he said Iranian ICBMs (which don’t exist, but whatever) are not aimed at Israel, they are aimed at the US.

      My favorite part had to be his rant about Iran’s evil: “They execute hundreds…, they throw thousands more into their jails, and they repress millions.” If there’s a better description of the Occupation, I haven’t heard it.

  6. eljay
    March 4, 2014, 12:26 pm

    >> “Those who wear the BDS label should be treated exactly as we treat any anti-Semite or bigot,” [Netanyahu] said.

    Funny stuff, coming from a supremacist Jew, leader of an oppressive, colonialist, expansionist and supremacist “Jewish State” which, for over 60 years, has been engaged in an offensive (i.e., not defensive) campaign of aggression, oppression, theft, colonization, destruction, torture and murder.

  7. LeaNder
    March 4, 2014, 12:31 pm

    I was pondering about, how to best get some kind of mental foundation or basics on Hostage’s efforts here, Israel and International Law:

    The top rated book was this:
    The Legal Foundation And Borders Of Israel Under International Law: A Treatise on Jewish Sovereignty over the Land of Israel Paperback
    by Howard Grief

    Only seven glowing reviews needed to get it to the first place under “Israel + International Law”. The first review made me immediately aware this wasn’t the book I wanted:

    The study pulls no punches in showing that the Balfour Declaration, Mandate and League of Nations were intent upon the rebirth of not just a Jewish national home but a Jewish state based upon a historical formula founded upon the 1st/2nd Temple period territories, including lands up to the Litani Valley in present day Lebanon. The present borders of Israel are shown to be clearly not those originally designated for the Jewish people by the aforementioned international agreements.

    In other words, Political Theology may have been a good “interior sell”, but sorry “bibi” that simply does not work on us outside (with a birthright) anymore. But then yes, maybe inside AIPAC they now know they have to join the fight and recruit fighters. …

    • Annie Robbins
      March 4, 2014, 4:50 pm

      leander, just to give you an idea of who howard grief is check out this video (and i highly recommend reviewing the post where we originally published this video link to mondoweiss.net )

      also grief and his book are featured here:

      • LeaNder
        March 5, 2014, 1:22 pm

        thanks, Annie. You may realize that I wondered to what extend people that simply want to inform themselves on the issue, since they stumbled across “lawfare” arguments, are taken in by the fact that this publication is listed on top. But then again, obviously the argument is counterproductive. The obvious set-back of hasbara, after all first aims at the insiders and only after towards the outside world. In other others words hasbara may have lost its connections with the world out there at one point in time, and crisis makes it apparent.

    • Hostage
      March 5, 2014, 7:15 am

      I was pondering about, how to best get some kind of mental foundation or basics on Hostage’s efforts here, Israel and International Law

      The ICJ provided a brief legal analysis of the status of the Palestinian territory as a necessary preliminary step to determining the applicable international laws. It’s tantamount to a miracle when all 15 ICJ Justices agree on anything, but in the Wall case, they all agreed that the 4th Geneva Convention applies. In light of that consensus, the various theories advanced by Howard Grief, Eli E.Hertz, Eugene Rostow, Julius Stone, and Alan Baker should be viewed as fringe theories with little or no real basis or support in international law.

      If you are looking for “up-to-the-minute works that specialize on the I-P conflict and international law, then I’d recommend John Quigley’s works, including “The Statehood of Palestine” and Iain Scobbie’s works, including “International law and the Israeli–Palestinian conflict: a rights–based approach to Middle East peace”. There are also many older works that provide invaluable discussions about the history of the Mandate, Balfour Declaration and the Zionist fringe theories, e.g. W. Tom and Sally Mallison’s works, including “The Palestine Problem in International Law and World Order”, and Musa E. Mazzawi’s “Palestine and the law: guidelines for the resolution of the Arab-Israel conflict”.

      • LeaNder
        March 5, 2014, 1:28 pm

        thanks, Hostage, I made this comment to indirectly ask for your help, admittedly.

        Fact is, I trust you fully on the issue, and I really only need a more general guidance (mental framework) to put basic matters in context. In any case this looks manageable. ;)

        John B. Quickley is already on my reading list as is this you once alluded to.

  8. Krusty
    March 4, 2014, 12:36 pm

    “His extended comments on BDS took up the last five or six minutes of his speech. By taking on BDS so directly and insistently, Netanyahu has elevated the movement to new heights of importance, and will force American media to discuss the movement’s goals openly.”

    This is precisely it. Now, the question will be how the narrative evolves from here on out. I frankly don’t think BDS will be the big takeaway, but rather that Netanyahu’s forceful support for a two state solution (still a relatively new position for him) will be. At least to the extent that any of this is covered, since there’s frankly way, way bigger news in Crimea right now.

    Watching the address, I got the distinct feeling that the BDS comments were really aimed to his home audience, where BDS and the Euro boycotts have been a major issue as of late. Moreover, these are *not* the big takeaway parts of the address, and so I’d be a little surprised if the coverage focuses in on them. It’s still very, very much a minority position native largely to the far-left, and I suspect a much bigger narrative will be the ongoing Kerry Framework talks and Bibi’s statements vis a vis that (to the extent that any of this is covered with the ongoing Ukrainian crisis.)

    Still, this is a little strange to see Netanyahu tackle BDS so forcefully in this setting. I think Schumer was right in his sentiments, and I have trouble reconciling the “don’t give them more pub/veiled threat” response to Kerry with the tone and tenor of Bibi’s vociferous anti-BDS comments today. Maybe I’m missing something about this?

  9. amigo
    March 4, 2014, 12:50 pm

    It will not fail and he knows it which is why he spent so much time on the subject.The cat is out of the bag and you or your criminal fellow travellers will not get it back in.

  10. mjordan
    March 4, 2014, 1:03 pm

    Netanyahu is a showman and a fraud – nothing more. The sad thing is how US officials – McCain, Kerry, Obama – all undermine the their own diplomacy and leadership by lecturing & threatening Iran/bullying Palestinians in these speeches – in an effort to appease and promote good public relations with Netanyahu and the rejectionist AIPAC front.

    • seafoid
      March 4, 2014, 2:27 pm

      “Netanyahu is a showman and a fraud – nothing more”

      Furniture salesman -what Avnery calls him. Zero strategic insight. Thinks might will sort out everything.
      The absolute worst leader Israel could have had right now.

  11. Justpassingby
    March 4, 2014, 1:06 pm

    No wonder netanyahu is talking BS he not only type the words backwards (see the pic), he have the paper upside down :)

    • mcohen
      March 5, 2014, 5:07 am

      Justpassingby says:
      March 4, 2014 at 1:06 pm

      ” type the words backwards (see the pic), he have the paper upside down :)”

      now you know what he thinks of the whole charade.circus coming to town

  12. seafoid
    March 4, 2014, 1:17 pm

    So, let’s see.

    Bishop Tutu is gullible. The FT is gullible. Philip Stephens is gullible. Gideon Rachman is gullible. Obama is gullible. Roger Waters is gullible. Dutch pension funds are gullible.

    I don’t buy that

    And now you do what they told ya
    But now you do what they told ya
    Well now you do what they told ya

    Those who died are justified, for wearing the badge, they’re the chosen Ashkenazim
    You justify those that died by wearing the badge, they’re the chosen Ashkenazim

    F*ck you Bibi, I won’t do what you tell me

  13. American
    March 4, 2014, 1:18 pm

    Where can I get a Boycott Israel T-shirt? Or do I have to have one made?

      • Citizen
        March 5, 2014, 3:55 am

        While you’re at it, you can get a Boycott Israel coffee mug there too: link to cafepress.com

      • Naftush
        March 5, 2014, 4:25 am

        While you’re at it, get a Boycott Israel computer and Boycott Israel medicines. When your country has an earthquake, get a Boycott Israel rapid-response team and direct it to its destination with Boycott Israel navigation software.

  14. Sycamores
    March 4, 2014, 1:41 pm

    Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Speech at AIPAC Policy Conference, 2014

    Netanyahu mentions:
    Iran 44
    BDS 18
    Palestinians 13

    compare to:

    Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Speech at AIPAC Policy Conference, 2013

    Netanyahu mentions:
    Iran 4
    BDS 0
    Palestinians 4

    Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Speech at AIPAC Policy Conference, 2012

    Netanyahu mentions:
    Iran 37
    BDS 0
    Palestinians 0

    Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Speech at AIPAC Policy Conference, 2011

    Netanyahu mentions:
    Iran 2
    BDS 0
    Palestinians 5

    if the BDS is a failing movement why does he mention it 18 times?
    also Palestinians gets mention 13 times is the highest in years.

    • Kathleen
      March 4, 2014, 4:17 pm

      Thanks

    • just
      March 4, 2014, 7:33 pm

      Many thanks, Sycamores. I should have perused the comments before commenting below.

      You answered my questions already.

      • Sycamores
        March 4, 2014, 10:38 pm

        @Kathleen and Just you are both welcome.

        Good point Just, peace was mention quite alot this year.

        i list the sources and the number of times the word peace was mention per year

        The Algemeiner link to algemeiner.com

        Netanyahu mentions peace / peaceful 32 times

        The Algemeiner link to algemeiner.com

        Netanyahu mentions peace / peacefully 6 times

        The Algemeiner link to algemeiner.com

        Netanyahu mentions peace / peacefully 2 times

        The Algemeiner link to algemeiner.com

        Netanyahu mentions peace 1 time

    • Citizen
      March 5, 2014, 4:03 am

      Here’s Bibi’s 2010 AIPAC speech: link to haaretz.com

      I just skimmed it and I’m tired, but I saw only one mention of Iran, O on BDS, & about 5 or 6 references to Palestnian agency or Gaza

  15. Kathleen
    March 4, 2014, 3:56 pm

    Alert

    CODEPINK Co-founder Medea Benjamin Detained, Brutally Attacked and Deported from Egypt en route to Gaza with International Delegation of Women
    – See more at: link to codepink.org
    link to codepink.org

    • jon s
      March 4, 2014, 4:27 pm

      Maybe the detention has something to do with the outlawing of Hamas in Egypt:

      link to reuters.com

    • Ecru
      March 4, 2014, 4:27 pm

      Terrible. Egyptian police brutality – here’s the new military dictatorship, same as the old military dictatorship. Just hope she makes a speedy and full recovery.

    • just
      March 4, 2014, 7:37 pm

      Oh no! My heart just raced. Please get well and stay safe, Medea. You are in my heart and thoughts.

    • American
      March 4, 2014, 8:40 pm

      This is outrageous!
      Who are her congressman and Senator?

      • just
        March 5, 2014, 6:05 am

        Medea lives in SF– that means that Pelosi and Feinstein and Boxer are supposed to serve her.

        I think that they were probably otherwise occupied wrt The Conference.

      • American
        March 5, 2014, 2:21 pm

        @ just

        I did read a news blip that said the US authorities got her out of Turkey but obviously the US Embassy did nothing for her in Egypt when she needed help…yellow bellied diplomatic cowards.

  16. Kathleen
    March 4, 2014, 3:59 pm

    “In his comments on the peace plan, Netanyahu praised John Kerry’s sleepless efforts but repeatedly cited Israel’s biblical claim to lands across the Green Line, lands envisioned as part of a Palestinian state in a two-state solution. He said that Abraham had bought land in Hebron and near Nablus, and he also cited the Jewish claims on Jerusalem, “the eternal and undivided capital of Israel and the Jewish people.”

    Once again demonstrating the one state solution is in reality the only solution. Netanyahu is burying a Jewish state

  17. Dan Crowther
    March 4, 2014, 4:28 pm

    Don’t forget Dickens.

  18. just
    March 4, 2014, 5:01 pm

    I never thought that I would say it, but thank you, miserable fool! More exposure for BDS — our ranks will swell!

    BDS got top- billing. How many times did he mention Iran? The Palestinians? Peace?

    (I really, really don’t want to watch/hear his speechifying!)

  19. Ellen
    March 4, 2014, 6:00 pm

    Hmmmm…Dutch pension funds with fudicial responsibilities are the “naive and ignorant” people are being recruited as “gullible fellow-travelers”

    Would Netanyahu say that to the board of some of the largest financial institutions?

    If he were a serious leader who believes this and not a fanatical clown whipping up his own fellow travelers, he we not be addressing AIPAC on this but instead the CEOs of Dutch pension funds.

  20. anthonybellchambers
    March 4, 2014, 6:17 pm

    UK economic links with Israeli Settlements in Occupied Palestinian territory

    A research paper prepared for Sir Joseph Hotung, SOAS, University of London

    Profundo economic research

    link to bricup.org.uk

    extract :

    ‘The purpose of this report is to document economic links between UK companies and those based in settlements. The research has identified 68 British companies which have direct or indirect relationships with Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territory; 49 of which have their head office in the United Kingdom and 19 of which are British subsidiaries of companies based in Israel or other countries.’

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  21. Citizen
    March 4, 2014, 6:28 pm

    On another recent thread here, I forget which one, we were talking about what input the Pope will have, and whether or not he will visit the OT, not just Israel. Well, before he goes, he will learn of this:

    In anticipation of the Pope’s May visit to the Holy Land, an Open Letter signed by more than 200 bishops, clerics, members of religious orders, and theologians from several faith traditions, was delivered to Pope Francis on March 5, 2014.

    Initiated by Friends of Sabeel- North America, the letter asks the Pope to publicly:

    speak out against the Israeli military’s program of kidnapping, detention, and systematic abuse of Palestinian children;
    call on Israel to respect international law, end its occupation of Palestine, and terminate its brutal siege on and blockade of Gaza;
    ask other nations to address policies toward Israel that have allowed the abuses of occupation and colonization of Palestine to fester for so many decades and to demand justice, accountability and the implementation of international law.

    • Giles
      March 5, 2014, 8:31 am

      It would be big if the Pope spoke out against Israeli occupation. Hard for the mainstream media to ignore it and it would be very risky for the Zionist strategists to tar the Pope as a Jew hater.

      Let’s see if this guy has any real balls.

      • UpSIDEdown
        March 5, 2014, 2:02 pm

        Giles
        You have no idea how much I hope that this
        Pope will show he carries his balls on his person instead of his purse.
        The global world specially I’m hearing much push from Israel about cleaning up the sexual abuses that they say have been covered up for far to long, with the Vatican responding that no one has done more for the crime then they this recent past. I truly feel if nothing is said in support of all Palestinians by the Pope it will cause more Harm then the Vatican realizes or maybe they also realize this .. Its difficult not knowing but in the meantime I will pray that the spirit of truth will pour from his soul on the day he speaks to the worlds people.

  22. lysias
    March 4, 2014, 6:35 pm

    I am almost finished reading Gareth Porter’s Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare. It’s astonishing how much mendacity it reveals on the part of the Israeli and U.S. governments. Especially by Netanyahu and Obama.

  23. just
    March 4, 2014, 7:31 pm

    “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared a unilateral end to peace talks in his speech at the annual AIPAC conference, a top Palestinian official said on Tuesday.

    In his address to a gathering of the pro-Israel lobby, Netanyahu reiterated his demand that the Palestinians recognize Israel as a nation-state of the Jewish people.

    “President Abbas, recognize the Jewish state,” Netanyahu declared. “In doing so you will tell your people that, though we have a territorial dispute, Israel’s right to exist is beyond dispute. You would finally make it clear that you are truly prepared to end the conflict.”

    Fatah central committee member and former negotiator Nabil Shaath responded that Netanyahu’s demand was tantamount to an “an official announcement of a unilateral end to negotiations,” AFP reported.

    Both the demand for recognition and Netanyahu’s insistence on keeping Israeli troops along the Jordan Valley in a future Palestinian state, were “totally rejected,” Shaath said.

    Netanyahu’s speech brought nothing new, said Nabil Abu Rudeineh, spokesman of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. “The intention of Netanyahu’s continued demand to recognize Israel as the Jewish state is to waste time and avoid reaching a true, just and viable peace agreement,” he said.

    The demand has already been rejected by the Palestinians and the Arab world, Abu Rudeineh said, and Netanyahu’s insistence on repeating it is designed to sabotage the American peace efforts. He added that the Palestinian position is clear and is based on the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with its capital in Jerusalem.

    Senior Palestinian official Hanan Ashrawi said that Netanyahu went to Washington “ready to allocate blame without, in any way, showing any sign of willingness to do the right thing — to stop settlement activities, accept ’67 borders, accept signed agreements, end illegal actions and move ahead. Instead, he is reiterating his ideological condition of recognition of a Jewish state.”

    Also reacting to the speech, Labor Party leader Isaac Herzog, the head of Israel’s opposition, said that he agreed with the prime minister that security measure were a necessary condition for any agreement and that the economic potential of peace could “advance Israel into areas in which we have never been before.”

    However, Herzog added that he “believes less and less that Netanyahu can or wants to be the one who leads us to a diplomatic solution.”

    He added that he “opposes with all my heart the boycott movement against Israel, but unfortunately it is turning into a strategic threat and the lack of diplomatic progress can only assist it.” ”

    link to haaretz.com

    Labor doesn’t believe anymore………………….

  24. eljay
    March 4, 2014, 7:50 pm

    >> “President Abbas, recognize the Jewish state,” Netanyahu declared. “In doing so you will tell your people that, though we have a territorial dispute, Israel’s right to exist is beyond dispute. You would finally make it clear that you are truly prepared to end the conflict.”

    What a load of Zio-supremacist bullshit. Abbas and the Palestinians should not be expected or required to recognize or accept Israel as a supremacist “Jewish State”.

    No-one should be expected or required to recognize or accept any state as a supremacist state.

    • Naftush
      March 5, 2014, 4:31 am

      The Arab Republic of Egypt. The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. The Islamic Republic of Iran. And “Palestine”? Try its embryonic constitution, enacted by the PA legislature and signed by Arafat).
      According to Article 4:
      – Islam is the official religion in Palestine. Respect and sanctity of all other heavenly religions shall be maintained.
      – The principles of Islamic Shari’a shall be the main source of legislation.
      – Arabic shall be the official language.

      • Walid
        March 5, 2014, 5:46 am

        “… Respect and sanctity of all other heavenly religions shall be maintained.”

        Other than for the minute Baha’i community, can you say as much for your apartheid state?

      • mcohen
        March 5, 2014, 4:28 pm

        Walid says:
        March 5, 2014 at 5:46 am

        “Respect and sanctity of all other heavenly religions”

        you surely are joking…..thousand year old buddhist statues blown up in afghanistan,churches burnt down in egypt,pilgrims bombed,camels smoked the list goes on and the devil makes his plans ……………..

        lo and behold

        tarry not on the road to the holy land for the gatekeeper awaits,judgement book in hand.

      • eljay
        March 5, 2014, 7:18 am

        The Arab Republic of Egypt. The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. The Islamic Republic of Iran. And “Palestine”? Try its embryonic constitution, enacted by the PA legislature and signed by Arafat).

        And…? Have I ever suggested that Egypt, Jordan, Iran or Palestine be recognized or accepted as supremacist states? These states – all states, including the currently-supremacist “Jewish State” of Israel – should be secular and democratic states of and for all of their respective citizens, equally.

      • German Lefty
        March 6, 2014, 6:29 am

        The Arab Republic of Egypt. The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. The Islamic Republic of Iran.
        Unlike Israel, these states do NOT claim to be Western countries that belong to Europe. That’s why they are free to mention the main religion or ethnicity of the indigenous people in their name.

        Islam is the official religion in Palestine. Arabic shall be the official language.
        The indigenous people of Palestine are Arabs. That’s why it is only logical to choose Arabic as official language. Also, the vast majority of the indigenous people are Muslims. So, if any official religion is chosen, then it can only be Islam.

  25. a blah chick
    March 4, 2014, 8:31 pm

    “President Abbas, recognize the Jewish state,” Netanyahu declared. “In doing so you will tell your people that, though we have a territorial dispute, Israel’s right to exist is beyond dispute. You would finally make it clear that you are truly prepared to end the conflict.”

    In other words surrender and go away.

  26. pabelmont
    March 4, 2014, 9:30 pm

    In the USA, it is an article of faith and practice among politicians that you need big money to win elections, and democrats have become used to getting a huge part of their money from pro-Israel folks. To such an extent that one might say that pro-Israel folks in the USA “own” the Democratic Party.

    Now it would be nice for so many, many reasons for USA to reform elections and get rid of the need for fund-raising. Perhaps a return to ideological “parties” or a legal regime in which TV and radio “belong” to politics at certain times and no electioneering is allowed any other time. I dunno.

    But as matters stand, how can we be wroth with Obama or the Dems? Does anyone expect them to cut their political throats by going with BDS and Palestine?

    The problem is way bigger than I/P. Think about climate change and how the big money seems to have prevented ANY action on it so far. Think about ending the USA’s imperialist “defense”/”intelligence” deep drain on our treasure and sink-hole for civil rights, etc. ad naus.

    • SQ Debris
      March 5, 2014, 3:25 pm

      The road to freedom and dignity for Palestinian people has to pass through publicly funded elections in the U.S. Without that, freedom and dignity for anyone is a waning nightmare in the spectral corporate mind.

  27. piotr
    March 4, 2014, 11:25 pm

    […] the line I want to draw today is the line between life and death, between right and wrong, between the blessings of a brilliant future and the curses of a dark past.
    […]
    the dividing line between decency and depravity, between compassion and cruelty. On the one side stands Israel, animated by the values we cherish
    […]
    on the other side of that moral divide, steeped in blood and savagery, stand the forces of terror — Iran, Assad, Hezbollah, al- Qaida and many others.
    […]
    one movement that’s definitely on the wrong side of the moral divide is the movement to boycott Israel, the so-called BDS.

    There you have it, forces of savagery and terror: Iran, Hezbollah, Mondoweiss and so on.

    Prime Minister made a speech chock full of specific clames, most of them familiar to us, if not necessarily factual. One claim

    And which country in the world doesn’t have water problems? Yep. Israel. (Applause.)

    raised my eyebrows, but it actually has a logical explanation.

    Dov Amitai, president of the Farmers Association in Israel, stressed that the shortage of rainfall has had a particularly negative impact on the cattle industry.

    “The shortage in precipitation has caused a reduction in the volume of pasture, and at this stage cattle herders are concentrating their herds in limited plots and serving them food,” Amitai said.

    Although expectations for potential rains next week had given the herders hope, it is uncertain whether grazing lands would be able to recover from such a long period without rain, he added.

    A good rainy season typically provides ample cattle grazing from mid-December to mid-May, Haim Dayan, CEO of the Israeli Cattle Breeder’s Association, explained.

    Meanwhile, the cattle feed purchased by the herders has become increasingly expensive.

    “In the situation in which the rains come late, the period of feeding cattle becomes longer, and taking out the cattle for natural grazing is delayed,” Dayan said.

    Yaron Solomon, head of the settlement department and coordinator of the economic, finance, and agriculture committee of the Israel Farmers Union, expressed hope that the government would declare an official drought, because such a declaration comes with compensation for the farmers, who pay sky-high rates for additional water.

    “In Israel there is no shortage of water; the only problem is the price of the water,” he told the Post on Monday night.

    This is from a leftist rag jpost.com. In a nutshell, if the government of Israel admits to having water problems it has to give some sustancial subsidies to farmers, so it saves a lot by denying it.

  28. Nevada Ned
    March 5, 2014, 2:07 am

    Mondoweiss readers who worry about whether or not BDS is effective should be buoyed by Netahyahu’s speech. He’s very worried. That’s why he mentioned BDS so many times in his speech. If it were not a threat to Israel’s racist policies, Netanyahu would have ignored BDS altogether.

    BDS was employed during the campaign against South African apartheid.

    And Martin Luther King got his start with the Montgomery (AL) bus boycott.

  29. NickJOCW
    March 5, 2014, 4:12 am

    The address comes across as a pre-match pep talk to psyche the players before a match, and so much devoted to BDS implies that’s the opponent’s player bothers them most. It’s rabble rousing stuff and he’s good at that, but I’d like to see the ICC judges’ expressions if anyone tries to invoke Abraham or a plenitude of high-tech customers to justify humanitarian abuses in Gaza. Fingers crossed for April 23 when the 9 month moratorium ends. That’s presumably what Obama was trying to warn Netanyahu about, he isn’t that sure he can be much use to them after that.

  30. Walid
    March 5, 2014, 4:46 am

    More good BDS news from Canada; University of Windsor is on board the BDS train ; other Canadian campus student unions at Regina, Carleton, York, Trent and Toronto have endorsed the BDS movement. Also on board are the YMCA/YWCA good guys in Norway. From Press TV:

    “Canada’s Windsor University boycotts Israel
    A demonstrator displays a sign reading “Boycott Israel” in Dublin, Ireland. (File photo)

    Tue Mar 4, 2014

    The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) international campaign against Israel is expanding as another academic institution has joined the movement.

    Students at the University of Windsor in Ontario, Canada, passed a resolution supporting the campaign against the Israeli regime.

    Under the resolution, the university’s Student Alliance would cut ties with companies that do business with Israel.

    … Last week, Norway’s Young Men and Women’s Christian Association (YMCA-YWCA) also joined the growing international boycott campaign. The group said in a statement published on its Norwegian-language website that it “encourages broad economic boycott of goods and services from Israel and Israeli settlements.”

    link to presstv.ir

  31. Shmuel
    March 5, 2014, 5:28 am

    I don’t know whether the scribbling (in very large letters) was actually for the speech, or just set up for the camera, but what appears on the page is part of a verse from Deuteronomy (30:19) that encapsulates the central messages of his speech to AIPAC (as described e.g. by Chemi Shalev in Haaretz) and, in fact, just about every speech he gives: the land is ours (both promised and earned), we value life (as opposed to the other guys) and everything we do is a matter of life (i.e. survival).

    • just
      March 5, 2014, 5:56 am

      It’s his schtick– hasn’t he memorized it yet? If he writes it a hundred times, does it become true? If the press sees him hard at work on his speech, is he somehow believable?

      (Somehow reminiscent of his cartoon bomb…………he’s so transparently crude.)

      • Shmuel
        March 5, 2014, 6:08 am

        If he writes it a hundred times … (Somehow reminiscent of his cartoon bomb…………he’s so transparently crude.)

        If I were Miss Krabappel, I’d have him write out the parts of the passage he never seems to get, like the bits about loving and obeying God (“life” as defined by Scripture — nothing in there about villas in Caesarea or luxury ice cream at the taxpayers’ expense), and what happens to those who engage in idolatry.

      • just
        March 5, 2014, 6:10 am

        Most excellent, Shmuel. You nailed it. I couldn’t.

  32. concernedhuman
    March 5, 2014, 6:09 am

    BDS is voice of common man against oppression and occupation .What BDS seems has achieved in short period of time ,hamas ,PA and Fatah failed to do .
    BDS you are on limellights !

  33. UpSIDEdown
    March 5, 2014, 1:39 pm

    The way I see it Bibi just brought out what was needed a universal talk on all things BDS` and why so many of us around the globe are behind the BDS.

  34. Shmuel
    March 5, 2014, 3:21 pm

    Chemi Shalev, in today’s Haaretz, has an interesting theory about the prominence Netanyahu gave to BDS. According to Shalev, it’s not the Israelis but the “US Jewish establishment” that needs to hype up the battle against BDS, because it’s one of the few remaining uncontroversial rallying points it has, with growing internal conflict over Iran and the Palestinians. Altogether, Shalev believes that the traditional roles were reversed, with Netanyahu supporting AIPAC rather than AIPAC supporting Netanyahu.

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