After repeated calls for vengeance, Netanyahu urges Israelis to be ‘cool-headed’ and seek ‘justice’

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As Allison Deger noted yesterday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s statements on the day of the funeral for the three killed Israeli teens included vengeful language. That rhetoric is generating controversy in light of considerable Israeli violence directed at Palestinians. Even the Jewish Forward, a liberal Zionist newspaper in the U.S., has expressed sharp objections to Netanyahu’s comments as incitement.

Today Netanyahu seemed to walk the revenge theme back in a July 4 celebration at the US embassy in which he urged Israelis to be “cool-headed.” I’ve got an excerpt below, but the damage has been done. So first, here’s some of Netanyahu’s record.

From the speech, above, at the funeral on Tuesday:

The light you [the boy's families] radiate shines even brighter in contrast to the horrific darkness of those who seek our destruction — despicable kidnappers of children, heinous murderers whose brothers rejoice at the spilling of innocent blood.

A deep and wide moral abyss separates us from our enemies. They sanctify death while we sanctify life. They sanctify cruelty while we sanctify compassion.

This is the secret of our strength; it is the foundation of our unity. Throughout the history of our people, we have proven time and again that even when faced with the greatest of tragedies and the deepest agony and despair, the force of life that pulses in us overpowers the murderous aspirations of our enemies.

From CNN:

the Prime Minister spoke again about the three before a security cabinet meeting, saying, “May God avenge their blood.”

“Whoever was involved in the kidnapping and the murder will bear the consequences,” Netanyahu said Tuesday evening. “We will neither rest nor slacken until we reach the last of them. And It does not matter where they will try to hide.”

He also published tweets brimming with vengeance (riffing off Chiam Bialik’s poem on Kishinev massacre):

Those tweets were preceded by these two:

The Forward has published a story, “Did Bibi’s ‘Vengeance’ Tweets Provoke Violence?” Gal Beckerman reminded readers that the PM was once blamed for inciting Yitzhak Rabin’s murder, in 1995:

There are ways of channeling the pain and anger of a country without calling for vengeance, which in its classically biblical form is indeed an eye for an eye, a life for a life. Why not talk instead of justice, of tracking down the perpetrators and holding them to account for their crimes? Wouldn’t it have seemed more temperate, more responsible, to call for justice instead of vengeance?

Hody Nemes in the Forward also found the Israeli language offensive. “Why Israeli Thirst for Revenge Is Profoundly Un-Jewish.”

In the ancient Near East, this sort of literal punishment was expected: the Code of Hammurabi says that if your ox gores someone’s child, your child should be killed as punishment. Under middle Assyrian law, if a man’s wife was raped, he could rape the rapist’s wife. If you hurt my family, I get to hurt yours.

But the Torah rejects this barbaric notion. In Deuteronomy 24:16, we read, “Parents shall not be put to death for children, nor children be put to death for their parents: a person shall be put to death only for his own crime.” And while it’s true that the Torah commands us to “take an eye for an eye,” the rabbinic tradition we follow reinterprets this as a demand for monetary compensation. Literal bodily punishment is forbidden.

The Forward’s Nathan Jeffay pointed out that Netanyahu’s June 30 tweet about the Jewish people alienates Israeli Palestinians:

Nissim Ibarith, a Palestinian Israeli from the mostly Arab town of Umm al-Fahm… felt “angry” [at the killings], he told the Forward.
…“There is a war, there are problems. But a child? What did he do and what can he do?”…

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared to exclude Arab citizens like Ibarith from sharing in the national sense of grief over the murder of their fellow citizens. He instead seemed to speak as the leader of world Jewry.

Now here is Netanyahu walking back the revenge theme in a July 4 celebration at the US embassy:

We will pursue all those who had a part in the murders of Gilad, Eyal and Naftali and we will catch them…. we will bring those responsible for this crime to justice.

I appeal to all the citizens of Israel and ask you: Please exercise restraint in your actions and words. Our hearts ache, our blood boils, but we must remember that we are, first and foremost, human beings and we are citizens of a law-abiding country. We are making decisions in a responsible, cool-headed and considered manner.

 

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  1. just
    July 3, 2014, 5:46 pm

    Far too little, far too late.

    Should never have been said or written. Ever. I still believe that he needs to rebuked by all nations and their leaders– especially the US. GW was given to excess in his remarks, but NEVER, EVER have I heard such violence, vengeance, filth and bigotry spewed by any “world leader” and “ally”!

    It was intentional, it was no slip. He repeated it over and over. He means it.

    • Kay24
      July 3, 2014, 6:56 pm

      Of course it was intentional. He revealed to the entire world, what he really was, and just how unstatesmanlike he can be, in fact a disgraceful leader of a nation.
      He thought pounding his chest, spewing insults and threats would bring sympathy and justify his collective punishment, and excessive violence against all Palestinians, going right now. Somehow I think it has backfired on him. Apart from the usual zionist supporters like the US leaders and some EU leaders, I think no one
      liked what he said or how low he could go. I think he has outdone all leaders in showing hatred and inciting violence against civilians. I agree even Dubya did not speak in such harsh and racist tones. I hope Israelis are very proud of their PM.

      It is now too late for this man to backtrack and turn things around. He has exposed himself to the entire world, and he looks and sounds ugly.
      If one puts that mustache on him, he would look as nutty and dangerous as that nazi leader.

      • Nite_Owl
        July 3, 2014, 10:03 pm

        Netanyahu reminds me more of Boko Harām’s leader Abubakar Shekau both in word and deed. In between calls for bloody vengeance and daily kidnappings and murders there are the ongoing war crimes proudly committed by both.

  2. Woody Tanaka
    July 3, 2014, 5:50 pm

    “We will pursue all those who had a part in the murders of Gilad, Eyal and Naftali and we will catch them”

    And Netanyahoo can’t spare a second to also pledge to pursue the murderers of Muhammad Hussein Abu Khdeir. Because, of course, the human animals who lynched him, murdered him and burned his body beyond recognition are almost certainly a couple supposedly same life sanctifing and compassion sanctifying Jews.

  3. ohiojoes
    July 3, 2014, 5:52 pm

    He clearly and categorically does NOT call for vengeance. He quotes that only God can avenge, and that (re the Kishniev Pogrom) there is no vengeance for the murder of a child. Phil, you’re what my 2nd grade teacher, Mrs. Peterson, would have called “a too excited reader.”

    • Woody Tanaka
      July 3, 2014, 6:24 pm

      Don’t be stupid. From the article of Allison’s that Phil referenced in the very first sentence of this article:

      “No matter where they hide, we’ll reach them until the last one and we’ll take our revenge,” [Netanyahu] said, continuing, “We’ve already demolished homes,” referencing the demolition of the Qawasmeh and Abu Aisha houses, where at that very moment two families were condemned to living in rubble for the crime of being a relative to someone.

      So, no, Benji the Human Animal was not saying that God was going to avenge them, he was saying he, himself was. (Although given the fact that he is a sociopath with a narcissistic personality, he may think he is God.)

      • ohiojoes
        July 3, 2014, 9:39 pm

        I’m not stupid, and I resent being name-called. I’m certain you are capable of discerning the difference between calling for retribution against the specific individuals who killed those teens and “vengeance.” Killing a Palestinian 16 year old is vengeance–bringing justice to a murderer is not.

      • Woody Tanaka
        July 4, 2014, 12:33 pm

        I was calling your statement stupid, not you. It’s not name-calling to point out when someone makes a stupid statement.

        And my unleashing a pogrom on the Palestinians, terrorizing the populations of the West Bank and Gaza, inciting vigilante attacks and and destroying people’s homes before an arrest was made let alone a conviction demonstrating that anyone did anything is mot bringimg anyone to justice (even if we credit the nonsensical notion that a Palestinian can get justice in the Zionist “justice” system), it’s criminal racist terrorism. Calling them “calls for vengence” is a whitewashing. Netanyahoo’s acts were crimes against humanity.

      • Shingo
        July 4, 2014, 5:01 pm

        I’m not stupid, and I resent being name-called.

        We resent stupid idiots who can’t read saying stupid things.

        Stop doing it.

      • piotr
        July 3, 2014, 9:55 pm

        A modest person like Bibi would think that he is Hand if God. In any case, the guy is riding a tiger, if he would not show himself to be “tough”, the public anger could turn on him. Angry Israelis are damn hard to please.

        From that point of view, the murder in Jerusalem gave Bibi a respite, he can go into “responsible statesman” mode while provoking only a modicum of anger.

    • Citizen
      July 3, 2014, 6:40 pm

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      As Allison Deger noted yesterday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s statements on the day of the funeral for the three killed Israeli teens included vengeful language. That rhetoric is generating controversy in light of considerable Israeli violence directed at Palestinians. Even the Jewish Forward, a liberal Zionist newspaper in the U.S., has expressed sharp objections to Netanyahu’s comments as incitement.

      Today Netanyahu seemed to walk the revenge theme back in a July 4 celebration at the US embassy in which he urged Israelis to be “cool-headed.” I’ve got an excerpt below, but the damage has been done. So first, here’s some of Netanyahu’s record.

      From the speech, above, at the funeral on Tuesday:

      The light you [the boy's families] radiate shines even brighter in contrast to the horrific darkness of those who seek our destruction — despicable kidnappers of children, heinous murderers whose brothers rejoice at the spilling of innocent blood.

      A deep and wide moral abyss separates us from our enemies. They sanctify death while we sanctify life. They sanctify cruelty while we sanctify compassion.

      This is the secret of our strength; it is the foundation of our unity. Throughout the history of our people, we have proven time and again that even when faced with the greatest of tragedies and the deepest agony and despair, the force of life that pulses in us overpowers the murderous aspirations of our enemies.

      From CNN:

      …. the Prime Minister spoke again about the three before a security cabinet meeting, saying, “May God avenge their blood.”

      “Whoever was involved in the kidnapping and the murder will bear the consequences,” Netanyahu said Tuesday evening. “We will neither rest nor slacken until we reach the last of them. And It does not matter where they will try to hide.”

    • Mooser
      July 4, 2014, 12:12 am

      “He clearly and categorically does NOT call for vengeance.”

      Ohiojoes, c’mon now! You’re supposed to make people consider Zionism by convincing people Jews are brutal, vengeful, and can’t trusted to live with others on terms of equality. After all, any-antisemitism is a win-win for Zionism.
      Convincing people we are stupid is not a good way to go. They might start feeling sorry for us, instead of hating us. You wouldn’t want that.

    • just
      July 4, 2014, 12:53 pm

      Whew.

      I read your comment yesterday and thought it was meant as sarcasm. Guess I got that wrong.

      No sane “leader” would say/tweet the things he does.

    • Shingo
      July 4, 2014, 5:00 pm

      Phil, you’re what my 2nd grade teacher, Mrs. Peterson, would have called “a too excited reader.”

      Wait will you make it to the 3rd grade so someone can explain revenge to you.

  4. Rusty Pipes
    July 3, 2014, 5:58 pm

    Committing a massacre of Palestinians while Americans are distracted by a holiday, the World Cup or the conflict in Syria (Ukraine …) isn’t as easy as it used to be.

    • Kay24
      July 3, 2014, 7:05 pm

      Look how vicious he can be:

      “IDF planning to demolish homes of dozens of Palestinian militants in West Bank
      Israel has reinstated house demolitions in the West Bank after a decade-long hiatus as part of its latest efforts against Hamas.” Haaretz

      I am sure there are women and children living inside those homes. Besides, what proof do they have these are “militants”? Because Israel says so?
      He is such an evil man.

      • eljay
        July 3, 2014, 7:52 pm

        >> Kay24: He is such an evil man.

        He is blood-thirsty and he is a Zio-supremacist. Yes, he is an evil man.

  5. Reds
    July 3, 2014, 6:14 pm

    Headline should be

    Super toolbag walks back incitement.

    Hey but the U.S. Media buys it.

  6. MHughes976
    July 3, 2014, 6:31 pm

    Cursory research suggests that Netanyahu, in what seems to me to be ungrammatical English spread between two tweets, was alluding to a Nahman Bialik poem about pogroms in which the poet actually curses those who seek vengeance. That is, Bialik doesn’t say ‘The Black Hundreds were responsible and the Black Hundreds will pay!’ Netanyahu seems to be having it both ways, moving on the higher and the lower plane all at once. Beckerman quite rightly says that the idea of vengeance is what will strike the minds of readers, presumably the majority, who don’t happen to know the poem.

    • just
      July 3, 2014, 6:45 pm

      I don’t buy it at all. Not one teensy weensy bit. Does he have a literary scholar tweeting for him?

      Nope. And his heinous actions speak louder than his tweets– they started long before Monday.

      • MHughes976
        July 4, 2014, 6:42 am

        Wouldn’t be surprised if he has some highly literate people in the office. But as Shmuel observes the result is pretty garbled. Bialik might think his sentiments had been travestied.

      • Shmuel
        July 4, 2014, 8:51 am

        Wouldn’t be surprised if he has some highly literate people in the office.

        I would. Sure, some of them can put together a grammatically-correct sentence (Mark Regev comes to mind), but the self-righteous, self-referential bent is a sine qua non for the job. It’s hard to get a point across to others when you never stop talking to yourself.

      • just
        July 4, 2014, 9:04 am

        LOL— how right you are, Shmuel!

    • Shmuel
      July 4, 2014, 2:55 am

      Netanyahu seems to be having it both ways, moving on the higher and the lower plane all at once. Beckerman quite rightly says that the idea of vengeance is what will strike the minds of readers, presumably the majority, who don’t happen to know the poem.

      For all his US upbringing and reputation as a consummate “explainer” to the foreign masses, Netanyahu is actually remarkably provincial. So much of what he says is very culture-specific, often to the point of being incomprehensible in the rather literal translations he and his office broadcast to the world (when the remarks are not simply picked up in Hebrew and inadequately translated by someone else).

      • just
        July 4, 2014, 7:11 am

        Aha– that explains his cartoon bomb thing @ the UN.

  7. surewin
    July 3, 2014, 6:32 pm

    Netanyahu’s words bring to mind Richard Landes’s theories, as reported here a few days ago, except that Landes was talking about Arabs.

  8. DaBakr
    July 3, 2014, 6:39 pm

    yup. that old ‘revenge’ card cuts both ways. netanyahu looks foolish on this. i am anxious to find out who murdered this kid. i suspect-just like the 3 kidnapped/murdered boys was no IDF ‘conspiracy’ i highly doubt wether there is any ‘conspiracy’ involving this revenge murder and its equally as sick fof those who are pushing some type of ‘gay’ motive w/o any proof. If its anyone other then ultra-national zealots i’ll be surprised.
    not religious but I think the bible states clearly that unsanctioned extra-judicial revenge killing is more evil then kidnapping. not sure why but something about this odd ‘rule’ seems correct. maybe its knowing that the revenge murder will perpetuate a cycle of violence whereas the kidnapping-while evil-was meant for political/financial/societal gain? humans are consistently disappointing though and WB Palestinians and Israeli Jews are no exception.

    • crone
      July 4, 2014, 12:48 am

      Any people can be incited to kill… and it seems to me Bibi was ‘inciting’ ~ I concur with you that there was probably no IDF ‘conspiracy’ ~ tragically, persons out of control, committing a heinous act.

  9. David Doppler
    July 3, 2014, 6:42 pm

    I think regime change in Israel is called for. Netanyahu has built his political house on the foundation of the extreme right, panders to them regularly, and that should, at last, be acknowledged as unacceptable by the American and international communities. Let Israel decide. And then let America re-evalutate and re-articulate what it expects in exchange for its steadfast support for Israel. Lynching and burning of Palestinian children by racist mobs, and execution of youths by sniper fire, all while settlement expansion accelerates, cannot be part of the equation. The American people are tired of having all this blood and land theft on our hands.

  10. David Doppler
    July 3, 2014, 6:43 pm

    And tired of all the blow-back, especially now that Dick Cheney is back howling at the moon.

  11. Egbert
    July 3, 2014, 7:01 pm

    Netanyahu is only concerned about the use of the term ‘vengeance’ because it puts Israel in a bad light.

  12. palijustice
    July 3, 2014, 7:11 pm

    I think it’s probably clear to many people by now that Netanyahu is a sociopath. His incitement to hatred, his advocacy of collective punishment against one group (he won’t blow up the homes of the settler suspects), and his narcissistic attachment to one group, all point to a sociopath. He’s a dangerous man.

  13. Bumblebye
    July 3, 2014, 7:18 pm

    He’s ramping up war fever, another assault on Gaza.
    Daniel Rich says troops are massing on Gaza’s borders.
    Jon s says they’ll be going in in 24hrs.
    Gen Giora Ayelund(?sp), speaking to bbcR4 saidthey’d likely go in within two days, with “much more massive actions” including a ground invasion.

    • just
      July 3, 2014, 7:33 pm

      Here’s what I would love an answer to:

      Massive “problems” all over the place and deaths are occurring in the region…the US tried to broker “peace” in P/I, is trying to negotiate with Iran, was trying to get out of Afghanistan, etc.

      What does Israel do? Derails the “peace” process and jokes about it, stabs us in the back wrt Iran, attempts to destroy the “Unity government”, kills Palestinians willy- nilly and then lies and denies, doesn’t lift a finger to help anyone except to use a trigger or to declare new settlements and displace more indigenous people……tries to launch a third intifada because they are p.o.’ed that the US supported the Unity gov’t., and then launches it when the Palestinians won’t succumb to their egregious provocation!

      WHY are they our ally? WHY are they even considered anymore except as belligerents and dangerous to the national security and lives of everyone?

      • Ron Edwards
        July 3, 2014, 7:59 pm

        Well, Israel isn’t a U.S. ally.

        That’s right. No treaty, no alliance. All talk of “our ally” is vapor.

        Call it out whenever you see or hear it.

      • DaBakr
        July 3, 2014, 8:12 pm

        well, then if thats the case, no enforceable treaty, no real peace. call it out whenever you hear ‘israel doesn’t want peace treaty that ends conflict’

        *we already know we don’t want a treaty that is unenforceable, subject to whatever regime change is around the corner and subject to ongoing and endless litigation via international or regional courts. We already know that the US can only be trusted to continue its ongoing loan program whereby US military arms corporations continue to make billions fro israeli loans while paying lip-service to being our ‘best friend’. US is as self-interested as the rest. israel and Palestine included. I completely support a drastic reduction on israeli reliance on US loan guarantees. The attached strings are no longer worth the price. US and Israel are already engaged in major policy shifts with US towards Shia oil and Israel towards the east.

      • Ron Edwards
        July 4, 2014, 10:51 am

        DaBakr, be quiet. The grown-ups are talking.

      • Kris
        July 3, 2014, 8:33 pm

        @Ron Edwards: “Well, Israel isn’t a U.S. ally.”

        What? Surely U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell wouldn’t lie to me. Would she? Earlier today, she sent me a nice long email responding to my concerns about Israel’s human rights abuses against the Palestinians. Here is part of what she wrote:

        “The President has requested $3.1 billion in security assistance for Israel as part of his fiscal year 2014 foreign operations budget request, which currently is under consideration by Congress. … This aid request is part of the 10-year Memorandum of Understanding signed by the United States and Israel in 2007 to gradually increase U.S. security assistance to Israel. Israel uses this assistance to help procure U.S.-made defense armaments ranging from ammunition to advanced weapons systems and also fund training for their self-defense.

        “I was also pleased to support the United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012 which was enacted into law on July 27, 2012. This bill reaffirms our commitment to Israel’s security by stating it is United States policy to support Israel’s right to self-defense, helping Israel preserve its qualitative military edge, expanding military and civilian cooperation, and assisting in a peaceful negotiation to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

        “Israel is an important ally of the United States. The United States and Israel share common values and interests, and Israel sets an example of democratic government in the Middle East. Peace is possible, but it will take hard work. Ultimately, there must be a two state solution. While resolution of the conflict is up to the Israelis and Palestinians, I believe the United States, the international community, and Arab countries have an important role to play…”

        “Thank you again for contacting me to share your thoughts on this matter. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future if I can be of further assistance.”

        Sincerely,
        Maria Cantwell
        United States Senator

        Cantwell forgot to mention what “common values” the U.S. and Israel share. I’m guessing racism, arrogance, genocide, and contempt for international law and human rights.

      • Ron Edwards
        July 4, 2014, 10:55 am

        The senator has lied to you and attempted to deflect you with nonsense.

        1. Giving money to a state isn’t an alliance. It is aid.

        2. The U.S. legislature does not draft or establish alliances. The document the senator referenced has no power to do any such thing; it is nothing more nor less than an opinion-statement from that branch of government.

        An alliance requires a treaty. There is no U.S.-Israel treaty. In its absence, the only question to ask is why we provide so much aid and why our legislature wastes its time declaring its (meaningless) commitment to this other nation.

        I completely agree with you about the shared values, adding exceptionalism as the blanket term. I am also interested in these often repeated “historic ties,” which to date have never been identified.

      • Djinn
        July 3, 2014, 8:00 pm

        just says:
        WHY are they our ally? WHY are they even considered anymore except as belligerents and dangerous to the national security and lives of everyone?

        An ex spook I know (who didn’t work on I/P specifically) thinks that a large part of the leeway Israel gets is because they’re crazy enough to go the Samson option. Even if they don’t go quite that far they have the ability to cause enormous grief in the region. World Wars have been sparked before by a small number of violent acts in the right places.

        Essentially my friend thinks that the world community treats Israel like a psychotic abusive husband, tip toeing around them so as not to set off fatal violence.

      • DaBakr
        July 3, 2014, 9:11 pm

        it can be a great psychological advantage to one side to have people in positions of power “think” things. just ask netanyahu what lengths he thinks Iranian mullahs would go to to counter Israel for influence/power in region. does he believe Iran would really nuke Israel or does he just want to prevent them gaining the ‘option’ of psychologically using it as a threat.

      • Talkback
        July 4, 2014, 3:44 pm

        DaBakr says: I also missed the bigoted and racist tone of your comment before. “jewish junta”? if your referring to IDF military censors there are plenty of non-Jews who work in the office.

        No, I’m talking about the Junta that took a large Palestine through war and expulsion against the will of its majority and without any referendum. And you missed that it calles itself “Jewish” and not Israeli, because it’s as bigoted and racist as you are.

      • Shingo
        July 4, 2014, 5:10 pm

        does he believe Iran would really nuke Israel or does he just want to prevent them gaining the ‘option’ of psychologically using it as a threat.

        What Bibbi believes is anyone’s guess given what a pathological liar he is. For head of Shin Bet says he’s nuts.

        As for Iran, they’ve repeatedly insisted they are not interested in nukes and all 16 US intelligence agencies, as well Mossad all agree they have not even made a dedication to build nukes.

        This, Bibbi has completely manufactured the crisis to keep Israelis paranoid and believing they need him to protect them.

      • just
        July 4, 2014, 5:20 pm

        Iran has not made war on anyone for many decades.

        Israel and the US? Lots of aggressive war making & use of wmd.

      • Kay24
        July 4, 2014, 7:52 am

        Certainly no ally. It has spied on us, interferes in our political system, and has been the biggest welfare queen, weapons included.
        The relationship is more of a parasitic nature.

    • ohiojoes
      July 3, 2014, 8:04 pm

      “Daniel Rich says troops are massing on Gaza’s borders.”
      I think we may have a winner for the most Mondoweiss-like posting of the year!

      • Shingo
        July 4, 2014, 5:16 pm

        I think we may have a winner for the most Mondoweiss-like posting of the year!

        Never fear. You have the award for stupid, illiterate poster of the year sewn up.

    • a blah chick
      July 3, 2014, 9:06 pm

      Think about it, they are going to take on the military powerhouse that is Gaza!

      How do you say “shooting fish in a barrel” in Hebrew?

  14. a blah chick
    July 3, 2014, 7:25 pm

    Dear Mr. Sara:

    Having followed your career off and on for the past twenty years I have come to the conclusion that you have the makings of a first rate fascist leader. Unfortunately there is a problem…you are too wishy-washy!

    Not to be too crude but you need to “nut up” as we say here in the States. You need to resist your narcissistic tendencies to be loved and take the bull by the horns! Stop worrying about the next Charlie Rose interview; your supporters abroad have shown that they will forgive you anything. And don’t worry about American support. My country has supported dictators far more lethal than you without batting an eye. Trust me, your billions are safe.

    No doubt you want to maintain the fiction that your country is a modern democracy. But democracy is messy and it means listening to the needs and opinions of the minorities, be they political, religious or ethnic. You need to trash democracy and set into stone what you have now: a tyranny of the majority. And if people protest on the lack of human rights just tell them that human rights are a luxury your people can no longer afford.

    Your performance during the latest crisis shows that you have the tools. The way you looked those worried parents in the eye and told them that the shots they heard on that telephone call recording were blanks was brilliant! It takes a special kind of sociopath to do that. And then at the funeral, the way you invoked blood and vengeance and Satan! How many white, first world leaders could have gotten away with such talk, none that I know of.

    But the aftermath illustrates another problem…your people lack discipline! Appealing to their baser instincts is fine but these passions are powerful and can easily get out of control. The guys who snatched that kid and killed him thought they were acting on your admonition. Imagine their confusion when they picked up the morning papers and saw you condemning their actions! You need to be clearer that such behavior cannot be tolerated…by civilians. Tell them to join the army and then they can pretty much do what they like. Also these guys need to understand that messy deaths make people uncomfortable. Just a bullet in the chest will do.

    Your people have come a long way. Think about the number who marched in protest of the Sabra/Shatila massacre, how many would march today? I know that some are tweeting about the 1000 souls who turned out against racism but think about the tens of thousands who marched in your wake. Consider the young gentleman who said that he does not want the untermensch to raise their eyes to him, or the two young ladies who posted that hating the enemy is a family value. You have the country! Years of putting the ministry of education into the hands of the Hard Right is paying off. Now all you have to do is get rid of the Squishy Left. May I advise a youth movement where enlistment is mandatory. Anyone who doesn’t join is a traitor.

    I would suggest the uniforms be in some bold color, as to be eye-catching.

    Yours truly,
    A blah chick

    • amigo
      July 4, 2014, 5:34 am

      “Tell them to join the army and then they can pretty much do what they like. Also these guys need to understand that messy deaths make people uncomfortable. Just a bullet in the chest will do.” ABC

      Or a bullet in the back.Whichever is most convenient for the poor threatened victimized soldier trying to protect him/herself from all those Jew hating Anti semites hiding out in the open.

  15. yonah fredman
    July 3, 2014, 8:41 pm

    At this point in his career Netanyahu is a lesson in leadership: what not to do. He is so menutak removed from the reality of the people. I have to believe that the mourning families listening to him thought how pompous and insincere he seemed. Benny Begin, Menachem’s son, was probably to the right of Netanyahu regarding the West Bank, but he was a sincere person, although naturally aloof, his sincerity came through. Netanyahu seems like such a politician.

    as far as his content: we are for life and they are for death. I think that was more relevant during the phase of the second intifadeh when the weapon of the moment was the suicide bomb. I think at this point the Palestinians are searching for a strategy and a tactic and different political points of view see the use of violence and others do not see the use and I think that Halacha and Torah are sufficiently flexible that if the situation were reversed that Jews would resist an occupier in similar ways. I don’t see the difference, except that the Palestinians have been occupied for 47 years and followers of Islam had ruled the territory for some 1200 years and these dynamics are relevant and I cannot measure their precise input.

    I was surprised that there were not more anti Arab riots in Jerusalem during the height of the second intifada. The occupation may be the root cause of it all and compared to that the second intifada is merely one manifestation, but this racism, this “revenge” is born of the second intifada.

    I think Bibi has no common touch. I would prefer Gideon Sa’ar to replace him, not because his politics is better, it is probably 1 to 2% worse, but he does not have the role written out as artificially and as disconnected from the people as netanyahu has. This is not really a Saar for Prime Minister campaign kick off, just a feeling that Netanyahu is really disconnected.

    • oldgeezer
      July 3, 2014, 9:33 pm

      Netanyahu does not seem as much a politician as a smart psychopath. I say that with sincerity. I would truly not want the man living within 10 miles of me even if he was a common citizen. He is dangerous. I hesitate to throw in the word evil but it pretty much fits. The worst part is there are three others in that government that are far far worse.

      “but this racism, this “revenge” is born of the second intifada.”

      Sure. It’s never the fault of Jewish Israeli’s. Never. It can’t be. It’s the Palestinians fault. It must be. Those wicked wicked people. Sorry but the racism has been evident all along.

      • Kay24
        July 4, 2014, 12:54 pm

        I would not want to live anywhere near Nutty Beebs either, he will be stealing my land bit by bit, syphoning off my water and stealing my trees.
        All that, and he will lie to the authorities.

    • piotr
      July 3, 2014, 10:06 pm

      … preliminary investigation into charges that education minister, Gideon Saar, had sexual liaisons with underage girls and women who he either supervised or who asked for help landing government jobs [cleared him]

      A good side of Netanyahu is that he has a highly energetic and alert wife that can nip in the bud any inclinations of that kind.

    • Mooser
      July 4, 2014, 3:07 am

      “At this point in his career Netanyahu is a lesson in leadership: what not to do.”

      Stop whining. What are we supposed to do, say, “well, now that you’ve said something mildly critical of Netanyahoo, well, everything is all-right”? He’s your goddam mess, you clean it up, if you can or even really want to.

      “He lacks the common touch”

      Oh, I don’t know, for Israel he seems to be pretty goddam common.

    • seafoid
      July 4, 2014, 4:33 am

      That whole Likud worldview has run out of road. Abbas is more decent than anyone in the Israeli government and it comes across in the media. The death of hasbara doesn’t get enough attention in Israel either.
      Israel still thinks it gets a free pass on settlement construction but the world has moved on and wants to know why peace isn’t possible for Israel.

      • Kay24
        July 4, 2014, 7:54 am

        You are right seafood, Abbas comes out looking like the statesman here, and Benjy Nuts looks the dangerous nut.

      • seafoid
        July 4, 2014, 8:32 am

        Benjy’s nihilism would be fine if the guy on the other side of the table was Satan but it isn’t. Abbas is more like an accountant.

      • just
        July 4, 2014, 8:34 am

        LOL!

        seafoid, I needed that– many thanks. Too bad that Israel is keeping almost all of the Palestinian’s money.

        “The International Monetary Fund is urging Israel to lift restrictions on the West Bank and Gaza because the Palestinian economy is weakening, AFP reported Thursday. ”

        link to haaretz.com

  16. piotr
    July 3, 2014, 10:45 pm

    Ron Ben-Yishai regrets the murder of Abu Khdeir in ynetnews.com. I am sorry to say that this is perhaps most intelligent column on the topic that appeared there. link to ynetnews.com

    Absurdly, the Arab youth’s murder and the Jewish riots and racist calls for revenge on the social media are seriously eroding the international legitimacy Israel enjoyed until 48 hours ago.

    With this legitimacy, Israel could have launched an operation in Gaza. Now, an operation in Gaza after Mohammad Abu Khdeir’s murder will likely spark a major flare-up, not only in Judea and Samaria but also in Egypt and Jordan, and maybe even the Lebanese will be glad to forget about their internal quarrels for a moment and join the activity against Israel – diplomatic activity or, God forbid, violent activity.

    Gruesome as it is, the death of Abu Khdeir saved a lot of lives. It is also worth to ponder why the government of Israel needs “legitimacy” and dreads “delegitimization”. Legitimacy as a weapon of mass destruction.

    • ritzl
      July 3, 2014, 11:13 pm

      Really great comment, piotr.

      And as sad, small, or twisted a consolation as it may be to his family, Mohammed Abu Khdeir should and will get the credit for saving those many, many lives.

      I hope people remember his name, if only as just one among so many names that need to be remembered.

      The source of the impact of the Vietnam Memorial in DC is the names. So many names. I went there and picked one to remember. One was the best I could do. Clyde B. Gently, Gadsden, AL. I don’t know how he died in Vietnam, but he needed to be remembered and I, single-handedly, could give him that grace.

      Mohammed Abu Khdeir is my name to remember from this conflict.

    • seafoid
      July 4, 2014, 8:36 am

      “It is also worth to ponder why the government of Israel needs “legitimacy” and dreads “delegitimization”. ”

      link to ft.com

      “The exercise underlined both the remarkable pull that Israel holds over American political life, and a neediness on the part of a country that expects not only to be supported financially and diplomatically, but also understood”.

      Israel is like an abused child who has grown up to be a deeply insecure and paranoid adult, who craves attention and turns the violence on in a flash. Somewhere deep down in the mindset is black guilt for what it has done to the Palestinians and the fear that the tables will one day be turned.

  17. MahaneYehude1
    July 3, 2014, 11:34 pm

    @Philip Weiss:

    Unfortunately, what you are doing in this site, imo, is not journalism but pure propaganda: In the last week many events have occurred (and still going) in Israel but you deliberately ignore them:

    – Where is the report about the demonstration held in Tel-Aviv?
    – Where is the report about the last 48 hours of missile attacks from Gaza heating civilian houses and one kindergarten?
    – Where is the report about the new information about the teens kidnapping?
    – Where is the report about the Hamas calling to kidnap more Israeli Jews?
    – Where is the report about the incitement from the Palestinian side?

    This is only partial list. It seems to me that you choose to publish only the stories that comfortable to you and serve your goals. Near the photo of the two racist Jewish girls I can put 100 photos of Israeli demonstrate against racism.

    I hope you will be fair enough to report and cover all events going now in Israel. I do thank you in advance.

    • Talkback
      July 4, 2014, 3:59 pm

      @talkback:

      Why not? When the Palestinians will decide to recognize the Jewish state of Israel and live in peace with it, they will be able to return to the state of Palestine and will be compensated for their properties as well as the Arab Jews that left their homes and properties in Arab countries.

      How about granting everyone a their human right to return? Oh, no. That doesn’t suit your racist agenda, does it?

      Don’t be pessimistic – give peace a chance!!! Talkback. Peace and living together are the only solutions to Palestine.

      A racist like you can’t even think about a humane solution which doesn’t differentiate between Jews and Gentiles. And I’m very pessimistic that you will morally evolve in this life time to develop a universal morality instead of your tribal idiocy.

    • Shingo
      July 4, 2014, 5:25 pm

      Where is the report about the demonstration held in Tel-Aviv?

      Where is your report about the pogroms in the West Bank?

      – Where is the report about the last 48 hours of missile attacks from Gaza heating civilian houses and one kindergarten?

      Next to reports of the destruction of 30 civilian homes by Israel bombing.

      – Where is the report about the new information about the teens kidnapping?

      There isn’t any. The Iaraeli government refuses to show us their “evidence”.

      – Where is the report about the Hamas calling to kidnap more Israeli Jews?

      There isn’t any. The Iaraeli government refuses to show us their “evidence”.

      – Where is the report about the incitement from the Palestinian side?

      Israel have perpetrated all the incitement killing 9 Palwstibians abide Nakba day, demolishing homes, pogroms and lynchings.

      I think what you really meant to say is why is there not more Israeli propaganda potato man.

      • MahaneYehude1
        July 4, 2014, 10:12 pm

        @Shingo:

        By your reply, you agree with MW that this site should be propaganda site, rather than journalist site. The propaganda and ignoring many important events in this site cry out to heaven (if there is such idiom in English).

      • Shingo
        July 5, 2014, 4:28 am

        By your reply, you agree with MW that this site should be propaganda site, rather than journalist site.

        By your reply you demonstrate that whoever wrote this response under the name of MY1 is the illiterate member of the propaganda team.

        The propaganda and ignoring many important events in this site cry out to heaven (if there is such idiom in English).

        Your perception if debts bear no connection to reality. The demonstrators in Tel Aviv are still chanting “Death to Arabs” and no new evidence of the murders of the 3 Jewish youths has been made public.

        In fact, no evidence at all has been shown to us.

      • MahaneYehude1
        July 5, 2014, 5:53 am

        @Shingo:

        In fact, no evidence at all has been shown to us….

        …in contrary to the clear evidence of the murders of the Palestinian boy we have.

      • Shingo
        July 5, 2014, 6:45 am

        in contrary to the clear evidence of the murders of the Palestinian boy we have.

        Zero evidence. Zero credibility.

      • Djinn
        July 5, 2014, 6:16 am

        MahaneYehude1 says:

        In fact, no evidence at all has been shown to us….

        …in contrary to the clear evidence of the murders of the Palestinian boy we have.

        Even the stupidest of the Mahanes can’t be this ignorant.

        Unlike the kidnapping of the 3 Israeli teens, the kidnapping of Mohammed was WITNESSED, there is FOOTAGE of it happening and the witnesses provided details, apparently including a licence plate, to the cops. The cops responded by interrogating several of the deceased’s family members for hours in an attempt to pin the blame on them and savagely beating the deceased’s teenage cousin.

      • Woody Tanaka
        July 5, 2014, 7:12 am

        “The propaganda and ignoring many important events ”

        What important events? Sure, there are a few people marching against violence, now that a tiny bit of the violence you people dole out to the Palestinians every day has been returned to you. But so what?

        Where are the marches to end the violence and discrimination against Palestinians?
        Where are the marches demanding that the I”D”F thugs that murdered the boys on Nakba day be arrested and imprisoned for murder?
        Where are the marches demanding that the police and other government officials who are refusing to investigating and otherwise making a mockery of the proceeds concerning the murder of Mohammed Abu Khdeir?
        Where are the marches demanding that the Apartheid Wall be destroyed?
        Where are the marches demanding that the settlements be evacuated and all Israelis and Israeli military be pulled back behind the green line?
        Where are the marches demanding an end to the illegal blockade of Gaza?
        Where are the marches demanding an end to practices of home demolition, kidnapping and punitive detention and targeted murder with no regard for the innocents killed?

        Nowhere, that’s where. Why? Well the cushy Jews in Tel Aviv WANT those policies, that violence, that oppression, they vote for it, because it lets them live out their Jewish-Disneyland fantasy. So if they’re marching today, it’s only because they want a return to the time when they were cushy and unthreatened and the Palestinians were safely oppressed, out of sight and quiet. When they’re calling for the destruction of the racist Zionist system, then get back to us.

      • MahaneYehude1
        July 5, 2014, 7:33 am

        @Woody:

        Why do you bother yourself to write such long comment? You can shorten it to:

        where are the marches to end and destroy the state of Israel?

      • Shingo
        July 5, 2014, 8:55 am

        where are the marches to end and destroy the state of Israel?

        I don’t recall any marches to destroy the state of South Africa, but the apartheid system certainly came to an end.

        BTW. Why even mention the matches in Tel Aviv when they didn’t challenge the status quo ie. apartheid, ethnic cleansing, 30+ racist laws, land theft and occupation?

      • Woody Tanaka
        July 5, 2014, 8:38 am

        “where are the marches to end and destroy the state of Israel?”

        So in your view, the state of Israel can only exist if it oppresses and commits crimes against humanity on an ethno-religiously bigoted manner? That it is inherently and unavoidably a criminal Apartheid state? Kind of justifies every act taken against it by its victims, doesn’t it?

  18. iResistDe4iAm
    July 4, 2014, 1:00 am

    2 Palestinian teenagers murdered in cold blood in the West Bank on May 15:
    – No suspects identified.
    – No arrests or charges in spite of surveillance camera and news footage implicating Israeli forces.
    – Owner of surveillance cameras arrested and threatened by Israel, and cameras confiscated.

    3 Israeli teenagers kidnapped in West Bank on June 12 by suspected Palestinian militants:
    – Israel immediately blames Hamas for the kidnapping (Hamas denies any involvement), and starts a massive collective punishment rampage against Palestinians throughout the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
    – The collective punishment rampage which lasts 18 days, results in the death of 10 Palestinians, the wounding of dozens, the detention of 500+ suspects, and the bombing of Gaza.

    One judicial policy for Jewish Israelis, a different collective punishment policy for non-Jewish Palestinians = Israeli apartheid

    The 3 missing Israeli teenagers found dead in the West Bank on June 30:
    – Israeli collective punishment rampage continues with the demolition of the family homes of 2 Palestinian suspects (still at large) and the arrest of relatives of the suspects.
    – Calls for vengeance from Israeli officials including the Prime Minister.
    – Israelis hold anti-Arab rallies in Jerusalem, chant “death to the Arabs” and attack Palestinians.

    A Palestinian teenager kidnapped in East Jerusalem found dead in West Jerusalem on July 2, in a suspected act of revenge:
    – No suspects identified.
    – No arrests or charges in spite of surveillance camera footage implicating Israeli settlers.
    – No collective punishment of settlers in the West Bank and no punitive demolitions of settler homes.
    – No calls for vengeance from Palestinian officials.

    One judicial policy for Jewish settlers, a different collective punishment policy for non-Jewish Palestinians = Israeli apartheid

    “They were abducted & murdered in cold blood by human animals.”
    “despicable kidnappers of children, heinous murderers whose brothers rejoice at the spilling of innocent blood.”
    “They sanctify death while we sanctify life. They sanctify cruelty while we sanctify compassion.”
    “May God avenge their blood.”
    “No matter where they hide, we’ll reach them until the last one and we’ll take our revenge. We’ve already demolished homes.”
    “Vengeance for the blood of a small child, Satan has not yet created. Neither has vengeance for the blood of 3 pure youths…”
    ~ Benjamin Netanyahu

    Orchestrated campaign of incitement to murder = Israeli fascism

    • Shingo
      July 4, 2014, 5:48 pm

      Superb summation Iresist.

      Israelis hold anti-Arab rallies in Jerusalem, chant “death to the Arabs” and attack Palestinians.

      Thanks for mentioning that. Potato nan was wondering why this was not mentioned. Given it was a race riot, one has to wonder why he wanted to bring attention up it.

      No calls for vengeance from Palestinian officials.

      Yet potato man accuses them of incitement. It just proves what a lunatic he is.

  19. Shmuel
    July 4, 2014, 2:45 am

    Netanyahu is an old hand at racist (and other) incitement. This case (and not just at and after the funerals) is no different, but I wouldn’t cite “May God avenge their blood” and the line from Bialik’s famous poem as examples of this. This first is a traditional formula used for “martyrs”, and the second is, by now, a very tired and embarrassing cliché (another specialty of Netanyahu’s). The two phrases are not calls for revenge, but rather reflexive expressions of Israel’s warped self-image and cult of perpetual victimhood, which seeks to associate all Palestinian/Arab/Muslim violence against Jews with historical anti-Semitism.

    • seafoid
      July 4, 2014, 8:31 am

      I think Netanyahu is slowly losing the West. He can still wow the Israeli faithful with his bluster but a lynching looks real bad in Galut.

      • Walid
        July 4, 2014, 8:46 am

        Netanyahu has also just lost in northern Syria. His man, al-Golani that he treated for his injuries, trained, armed and given him cash simply dropped his arms and fled in the face of the advancing IS caravan of Humvees that reached his area. IS now controls Syria’s biggest oil fields and the local clans immediately swore allegiance to al-Baghdadi, the new caliph. Looking like Israeli military training is not so hot.

      • seafoid
        July 4, 2014, 9:07 am

        Do you know who is buying the oil, Walid ?

      • Walid
        July 4, 2014, 9:15 am

        Being reported that it’s Turkey and a bit of it being smuggled into Aleppo.It was also reported that IS’ entrance into Mosul had been preceded by Turkish and Israeli intelligence scouts that guided them on what positions to occupy. The way the Iraqi army fled from Mosul and left all of its equipment there appears as if they were either ordered to or simply paid handsomely to do it.

  20. Mooser
    July 4, 2014, 3:09 am

    “Netanyahu is an old hand at racist (and other) incitement.”

    Thanks, Shmuel. I’m sure that it will be a great comfort to Yonah to know that Netty does indeed, by Israeli standards, have the “common touch”. Yonah thought he lost it.

  21. piotr
    July 4, 2014, 3:30 am

    link to timesofisrael.com

    Incitement to mob violence was inadvertent. Clearly, the government wanted “proper Zionist response” with details yet to be spelled out, but performed orderly by the State. This response would be bloodier and more cruel by far, but masked in proper forms. Perhaps the drama of the search of possibly live victims somehow inflamed passions much more than intended. It may even happen that very, very Zionist Bnei Akiva movement will replace its “worldwide leader” for intemperate statements. Before checking what he said, just think what it would take to raised hackles among leaders of a “national modern orthodox Judaism” movement.

    • Shmuel
      July 4, 2014, 3:51 am

      The expression “proper Zionist response” is code for settlement construction.

      I’ve been wondering though. If the appropriate response to Palestinian terrorism is settlement construction, shouldn’t the appropriate response to Jewish terrorism be settlement removal?

      I’ve also been wondering how to reconcile B’nei Akiva Secretary General Rabbi Noam Perl’s repulsive remarks about revenge with Netanyahu’s funereal bombast about who sanctifies what, or Rabbi Benny Lau’s words (at a demonstration against Jewish revenge, held in Jerusalem, following the murder of Mohamed Abu Khdeir) that “revenge is not in our DNA”.

      • seafoid
        July 4, 2014, 4:36 am

        “revenge is not in our DNA”.

        Zionism is less than 150 years old so it can’t be in anyone’s DNA. It seems to me to be more like an Israeli version of Wahhabism.

      • piotr
        July 4, 2014, 1:20 pm

        “not in our DNA”

        One can always blame Khazars.

        By the way, I think that mayhem administered by IDF is also “proper Zionist response” in the sense that classic, proper Zionist is very statist, and in recent years we have increasing elements of “messianic anarchism”.

  22. seafoid
    July 4, 2014, 4:43 am

    “even when faced with the greatest of tragedies and the deepest agony and despair, the force of life that pulses in us overpowers the murderous aspirations of our enemies.”

    Does any other country have this notion of eternal persecution as the binding agent of the nation?

    • Ellen
      July 4, 2014, 5:32 am

      Does any other ethnic or cultural group have the self understanding as perpetual victim as it’s special group glue?

      So many groups have a period of injustice or terrible persecutions behind them, (think white man’s burden to the people of the dark continent, King Leopold, etcetera) but can’t think of any where it is celebrated and cultivated as identity.

      Not only is it as stunted as the narcissistic adolescent crying everyone hates her, it is like really sick.

      What kind of parent raises their kid to wear the cloak of “the victim,” and warn her that she is in constant danger of the other.

      • ritzl
        July 4, 2014, 7:25 am

        Truly, Ellen. I can’t imagine what being raised as a victim from the get-go does to your spirit. What kind of world view does that generate? How do two victims form a normal relationship with each other, or anyone? You couldn’t do anything that took perseverance because of constant, debilitating fear. You would lash out as a first response to everything.

        Heh, I honestly didn’t start out going “there” but I sure did end up “there” anyway, didn’t I.

  23. just
    July 4, 2014, 7:55 am

    Levy writes:

    “Israel does not want peace.

    The Israeli longing for peace seemingly died about a decade ago, after the failure of the Camp David summit in 2000, the dissemination of the lie that there is no Palestinian partner for peace, and, of course, the horrific blood-soaked period of the second intifada. But the truth is that even before that, Israel never really wanted peace. Israel has never, not for a minute, treated the Palestinians as human beings with equal rights. It has never viewed their distress as understandable human and national distress.

    The single most overwhelming item of evidence of Israel’s rejection of peace is, of course, the settlements project. From the dawn of its existence, there has never been a more reliable or more precise litmus test for Israel’s true intentions than this particular enterprise. In plain words: The builders of settlements want to consolidate the occupation, and those who want to consolidate the occupation do not want peace. That’s the whole story in a nutshell.

    But the settlements were only a touchstone of Israel’s intentions. Its rejectionism is embedded far more deeply – in its DNA, its bloodstream, its raison d’être, its most primal beliefs. There, at the deepest level, lies the concept that this land is destined for the Jews alone. There, at the deepest level, is entrenched the value of “am sgula” – God’s “treasured people” – and “God chose us.” In practice, this is translated to mean that, in this land, Jews are allowed to do what is forbidden to others. That is the point of departure, and there is no way to get from there to a just peace. There is no way to reach a just peace when the name of the game is the dehumanization of the Palestinians. No way to achieve peace when the demonization of the Palestinians is hammered into people’s heads day after day. Those who are convinced that every Palestinian is a suspicious person and that every Palestinian wants “to throw the Jews into the sea” will never make peace with the Palestinians. Most Israelis are convinced of the truth of both those statements.

    In the past decade, the two peoples have been separated from each another. The average young Israeli will never meet his Palestinian peer, other than during his army service (and then only if he does his service in the territories). Nor will the average young Palestinian ever meet an Israeli his own age, other than the soldier who huffs and puffs at him at the checkpoint, or invades his home in the middle of the night, or in the person of the settler who usurps his land or torches his groves.

    Add to this the repression, the concealment and the obfuscation, and you have another explanation for the rejectionism: Why should anyone strive for peace as long as life in Israel is good, calm prevails and the reality is concealed? The only way the besieged Gaza Strip can remind people of its existence is by firing rockets, and the West Bank only gets onto the agenda these days when blood is shed there. Similarly, the viewpoint of the international community is only taken into account when it tries to impose boycotts and sanctions, which in their turn immediately generate a campaign of self-victimization studded with blunt – and at times also impertinent – historical accusations.

    This, then, is the gloomy picture. It contains not a ray of hope. The change will not happen on its own, from within Israeli society, as long as that society continues to behave as it does. The Palestinians have made more than one mistake, but their mistakes are marginal. Basic justice is on their side, and basic rejectionism is the Israelis’ purview. The Israelis want occupation, not peace.

    I only hope I am wrong. ”

    Much more @ link to haaretz.com

    • seafoid
      July 4, 2014, 8:29 am

      “This, then, is the gloomy picture. It contains not a ray of hope. The change will not happen on its own, from within Israeli society, as long as that society continues to behave as it does. ”

      Because it’s a society with no morals once its people go over the Green Line.
      And it’s supposed to be a Jewish State.
      The crash is going to be brutal. It’ll be some small thing that precipitates it, like most engineering disasters.

      The Challenger space shuttle crash was down to an O ring.

      • MHughes976
        July 4, 2014, 9:51 am

        Levy speaks of Israeli policy in tones that suggest he’s still just slightly surprised by its intransigence, even after all his bitter experience. However, the whole idea of Zionism, clear as daylight, is that no one who is not Jewish shares the rights which it attributes to people who are.

      • seafoid
        July 4, 2014, 10:14 am

        No one who is not Jewish is as good as a Zionist. And they have had to destroy their morality to prove that.

      • RoHa
        July 4, 2014, 10:20 am

        In Saleema’s neat summary, “We matter, and you don’t.”

    • seafoid
      July 4, 2014, 3:34 pm

      “Levy writes”

      there have been some really insightful pieces in that series, particularly those by Levy, Sternhell and Strenger. Israel is slowly going to hell in a handbasket.

      • just
        July 4, 2014, 3:46 pm

        Agreed– I’ve found some very good articles there.

  24. just
    July 4, 2014, 8:11 am

    And the bouncer:

    “2:10 P.M. Messages being sent to Hamas about a cease-fire are a mistake, says Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, speaking on the issue during a visit to Sderot. “The attitude that ‘quiet will be answered with quiet’ is a grave mistake, and we in Yisrael Beiteinu reject out of hand this attitude.”

    It could not be that after “they kidnapped and murdered three of our boys and after two straight weeks of falling rockets” Israel’s approach is to postpone dealing with the problem, he added.

    Lieberman called on destroying the “terror infrastructure” and “factories for producing rockets that by now reach Netanya.” The foreign minister stressed that it is impossible to destroy this infrastructure solely from the air.

    “Most of those rocket factories are located under schools, clinics and mosques,” he said. “We need to catch all those who carried out and supported kidnapping and murdering the children, including Ismail Haniyeh and Khaled Mashal,” added Lieberman, referring to the two leaders of Hamas. (Jonathan Lis) ”

    link to haaretz.com

    Sounds more like warmongering than “cool- headed”.

    • eljay
      July 4, 2014, 8:25 am

      >> Lieberman called on destroying the “terror infrastructure” …

      I applaud Lieberman’s call for the elimination of Zio-supremacism and the removal of Israel’s existing Zio-supremacist leadership.

    • Kay24
      July 4, 2014, 8:43 am

      This is just another opportunity to decimate Hamas, arrest their leaders, make the Palestinians wish they were not born, and perhaps steal more land and territory as retaliation. Typical zionists dirty and cunning tactics.

      • piotr
        July 4, 2014, 1:31 pm

        Not really. It is Avigdor, sorely tired of playing a nice diplomat, letting himself rant the way he likes. He is really out of the loop as far as decisions are concerned.

  25. DICKERSON3870
    July 4, 2014, 9:48 am

    RE: I appeal to all the citizens of Israel and ask you: Please exercise restraint in your actions and words. Our hearts ache, our blood boils, but we must remember that we are, first and foremost, human beings and we are citizens of a law-abiding country. ~ Netanyahu

    MY COMMENT: Many people would disagree with the notion that Israel is a “law-abiding country”*.

    * AS TO ISRAEL NOT HAVING A “LAW-ABIDING” GOVERNMENT**, SEE: “Fighting Settlers’ Impunity and Immunity”, by Pierre Klochendler, Inter Press Service, 12/16/11

    [EXCERPT] . . . The Israeli occupation, particularly the future of wildcat settlements built by settlers without formal government approval has been a simmering issue ever since their creation during the 1990s.
    In 2005, former head of the State Prosecution Criminal Department Talia Sasson published a landmark report on the question. Commissioned by then prime minister Ariel Sharon, the report found the Israeli government guilty of “institutional lawbreaking”*
    and of the theft of private Palestinian land to covertly establish over a hundred “illegal outposts”. The damning irony is that the “outposts” were a 1997 initiativ by none but Sharon himself, then foreign Minister under Netanyahu, who’d urged settlers to seize hilltops in order to prevent the establishment of a Palestinian state.
    The report recommended criminal investigation against those allegedly involved in the scheme, but it was shelved. Repeated injunctions have since pressed successive governments to address the issue. . .

    ENTIRE ARTICLE – link to ipsnews.net

    ** BRANDEIS ON THE CONSEQUENCES OF A GOVERNMENT NOT BEING “LAW-ABIDING”:

    “In a government of law, the existence of the government will be imperiled if it fails to observe the law scrupulously. Our government is the potent, the omnipresent teacher. For good or for ill, it teaches the whole people by example. Crime is contagious. If the government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for the law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy.”

    ~ Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis in his dissenting opinion to Olmstead v. United States (1928)

    SOURCE – link to law.cornell.edu

    • Ron Edwards
      July 4, 2014, 11:16 am

      One step in the direction toward a law-abiding country would be adopting an actual constitution. I believe that was mentioned in the UN acceptance of membership back in 1949, as well as the requirement for declared borders. 65 years later and they’re still getting a pass on those, for no reason at all.

  26. just
    July 4, 2014, 3:09 pm

    The Guardian has finally put an article up that one can make comments on wrt the murder of Mohammed Abu Khdeir. It includes some of Netanyahu’s ‘speech’ yesterday:

    “Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu tried to calm the situation on Thursday, condemning Abu Khdeir’s killing and vowing to find the attackers.

    “We don’t know yet the motives or the identities of the perpetrators, but we will. We will bring to justice the criminals responsible for this despicable crime whoever they may be,” Netanyahu said in a speech celebrating US Independence Day at the American Embassy in Tel Aviv. “Murder, riots, incitement, vigilantism, they have no place in our democracy.””

    link to theguardian.com

    (How I wish that he wasn’t allowed to set foot in the embassy.)

  27. eGuard
    July 4, 2014, 7:16 pm

    Phil Weiss: Even the Jewish Forward, a liberal Zionist newspaper in the U.S., …

    There exists no “liberal” Zionism. This “liberal” is a false word, used to divert attention. To make us spend time & ink & bytes on non-changes. An intellect drowning sink. Please, Phil, ban this adjective from the editorials here. It is a red flag, saying: “A liberal Zionist does not want Palestinians be bombed more than one week. One week is enough”.

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