The threat of sanctions worked against Israel in 1956 — and it can work again

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In 1957, President Eisenhower addressed the US public:

“Should a nation which attacks and occupies foreign territory in the face of United Nations disapproval be allowed to impose conditions on its own withdrawal? If we agreed that armed attack can properly achieve the purposes of the assailant, then I fear we will have turned back the clock of international order.

If the United Nations once admits that international disputes can be settled by using force, then we will have destroyed the very foundation of the organization and our best hope of establishing world order. The United Nations must not fall. I believe that in the interests of peace the United Nations has no choice but to exert pressure upon Israel to comply with the withdrawal resolutions.” [1]

Eisenhower was referring to the 1956 Suez crisis, when France, Britain and Israel invaded and occupied the Suez canal, parts of the Sinai and Gaza. Gamal Abdel-Nasser, the charismatic and Pan-Arab leader of Egypt, had nationalized the Suez Canal on the 26th of July 1956. This especially antagonized Britain and France, and France was already wary with Nasser over his support of Algerian fighters. As scholar Avi Shlaim writes, on the 24th of October 1956 in Sevres, France, Britain and Israel met for secret talks to plan to attack Egypt. The goals included capturing the Sinai and Suez Canal, as well as toppling Nasser’s government.

And on 29 October, Operation Kadesh began with the invasion of the Sinai by Israel.

The US’s role and sanctions

The United States submitted a draft resolution to the Security Council on 30 October, calling upon Israel “immediately to withdraw its armed forces behind the established armistice lines”. However, France and Britain vetoed the resolution. The matter was then transferred to the General Assembly. The next day, the General Assembly adopted, on the proposal of the United States, resolution 997 (ES-I), calling for “an immediate ceasefire, the withdrawal of all forces behind the armistice lines and the reopening of the Canal.”

However, it seemed that the invading powers did not want to budge. Israel refused to withdraw from Gaza and from the Sinai, and Britain from the Suez. President Eisenhower threatened sanctions against Israel, but was thwarted by the pro-Israel lobby in Congress. Eisenhower demanded throughout January and February of 1957 that Israel withdraw from the Gaza strip.

Finally, it was the threat of sanctions that forced Israel in March 1957 to withdraw. Eisenhower threatened that the US would cut off all private assistance to Israel, which amounted to $40 million in tax-deductible donations and $60 million annually in the purchase of bonds. He would also terminate shipments of agricultural products and all military assistance, including deals already in the pipeline. He canceled export licenses for the shipment of munitions or other military goods. The threat of sanctions in the form of a resolution to the UN requiring the termination of all aid to Israel by UN members if it failed to withdraw was also decisive. Similarly, to force the British to pull out, the US administration withheld financial aid and applied an embargo on American oil.

Not the first time

In January 1952 the Truman administration threatened to withhold economic assistance if Israel did not replace its guards along the Jordan river, who were known to be particularly violent, and Israel complied. In 1953, Israel began to construct a canal near the B’not Yaakov bridge which would divert water from the Jordan river into Israel. The canal was being constructed in a demilitarized zone, and violated the armistice agreements. Israel had done something similar in 1951 when it drained another lake that was part of the Jordan River system, and was also in the demilitarized zone. In October 14-15 of 1953, Israel raided the Jordanian village of Kibya. This seemed to be the last straw for the Eisenhower administration. The UN Security Council strongly condemned Israel for the Kibya raid (with no veto by the US) and the State Department confirmed publicly they had suspended the $26 million of allocated Mutual Security Act funds. Israel then agreed to stop work on the diversion canal, and the US approved payment of the funds that were suspended.

What we can learn

On the 18th of July, a number of lawyers, academics, politicians, Nobel Peace Laureates and activists published an open letter calling for an arms embargo against Israel. This came after Israel’s attack on Gaza, where the death toll has now reached 1000 people, with the UN reporting that over 70% are civilians. Thirty-seven Israelis have been killed, 35 of them soldiers.

This is Gaza’s third major bombardment in 6 years. The Goldstone report, published in September 2009, found both Israel and Hamas guilty of war crimes during the 2008-2009 war on Gaza. Yet nothing was done, and Israel is once again acting with impunity. This is in addition to its brutal occupation over the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem for over 47 years, where there have been a steady stream of documented cases where unarmed Palestinians were shot at at military checkpoints and outright assassinations of Palestinians activists and leaders.

This military regime is supported by external allies. From 2009 to 2018, the US is set to give Israel $30 billion in military aid, which is then used to purchase arms from the US. Many European countries have also exported billions of euros’ worth of weapons to Israel. For example, since 2002, there has been more than 4 million worth of trade of anti-tank guided missiles between Finland and Israel. Israeli sales of weapons and military systems was worth $7.5 billion in 2012, and Israel ranked 6th on the list of world largest arms exporters, ahead of China an Italy.

This is alarming in more than one way. Arms deals with Israel strengthen its military rule and, moreover, show tacit approval of its illegal actions in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

Thus, while the UN has said that Israel may be guilty of war crimes in this current attack on Gaza, and on the 23rd of July 2014, after two weeks of relentless shelling of the Gaza Strip by Israel, the UN Human Rights Council established an international, independent commission of enquiry “to investigate all violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and concluded its Special Session on the human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem”, one has to wonder how effective these measures will be with no international muscle to hold Israel to account.

Thus, in 2011, the Palestinian BDS National Committee issued a call for a comprehensive military embargo on Israel. This would prevent any and all forms of military trade with Israel. Considering the extent of Israel’s arms industry, this is the most effective way to force Israel to comply with international law. We should learn from history, and impose military sanctions on Israel until it complies with its international obligations. It worked before, and it can work now.

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Notes

1. “The Changing U.S. Position on Palestinian Self-Determination and the Impact of the Iran-Contra Scandal” by Sally V. Mallison and W. Thomas Mallison in Journal of Palestine Studies, Vol. 16, No. 3 (Spring, 1987), p. 111. 

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  1. Boomer
    July 30, 2014, 2:55 pm

    Yes, it could work again, if there were a president willing to make the threat.

    • Robert Brooks
      July 31, 2014, 9:52 am

      It is clearly the potentially most effective step. Thus, Obama will never do this. The cards are so stacked against it (his ohh too cool modus operandi; pro-Israeli advisors; AIPAC et alii; Christian Right; media’s warp; vast pool of ignorant Americans.) A real pissing-in-the ocean project. Let’s do it.

    • Ellen
      July 31, 2014, 3:28 pm

      He would need the support of Congress and the Senate. AIPAC owns them completely.

      And the Congress is busying themselves with the question of impeachment of the President.

      AIPAC operatives are now working overtime to keep the Money flowing from US taxpayers to Israel.

  2. Rooster
    July 30, 2014, 3:23 pm

    Sanctions against Israel? (Obviously a GOOD thing…)

    My God: we’re REarming the abomination!

    Let’s see how quickly THAT message gets buried by MSM.

    • can of worms
      July 30, 2014, 11:37 pm

      Yes the US, as full accessory, is not only re-arming Israel — but in every imaginable way actively working to make Israel impervious to consequences. Due to the sheer massivity of the slaughter, Israel began to actually face dwindling supplies of ammunition, so the US restocked supplies (according to the Guardian). Iron Dome enhances the time-unlimited slaughter by again shielding the illegal occupiers from consequences. Not to mention the diplomatic shielding from consequences that has enabled the occupation and crimes against humanity to persist in the first place.

      So if you talk about sanctions, you have to talk about sanctions against the U.S.A., accessory to war crimes and crimes against humanity.

  3. Kay24
    July 30, 2014, 3:56 pm

    Boycotts Sanctions and Divestment can definitely work, if we had the leaders with the courage and the spine, who will do so. The Congress dare not elicit the wrath of AIPAC, and to expect them to even make such a suggestion is being delusional by us.
    Congresspeople do not want to tremble with fear when Israel yells the outrage from over there at such action. However, this is the ONLY solution to rein in an out of control aggressor, who keeps pounding Gaza with impunity.
    American leaders rather cut off their arms than suggest sanctions for Israel.

    • seafoid
      July 30, 2014, 4:08 pm

      1956 was the height of Keynesianism when rent seeking predatory capitalists were taxed to death , not running the political system as they do now.

  4. American
    July 30, 2014, 4:13 pm

    For the 1 millionth time.

    Nothing will be done on Israel until Americans make their politicians fear them more than they fear their Zionist donors.

    How long are Americans going to wait before they organize to do that? Every time Israel gets away with more and more murder they become more and more emboldened to commit more atrocities.
    Are we going to wait until Israel nukes Iran ?
    What is it going to take?

    BTW, Israel today asked for emergency resupplies of US munitions for their continued assault on Gaza and Obama has agreed to supply them.
    This is a good time to revisit the MW blow out on Slater’s “Just War’ theory and his (and others) claim that it doesn’t apply when its Israel committing the war crimes.

  5. Kay24
    July 30, 2014, 4:20 pm

    Israel has asked for MORE ammo from the US, and it seems the US is going to oblige.
    We are as guilty as Israel when it comes to the massacre in Gaza.
    The outrage shown by the US about the UN shelter being bombed is sheer American hypocrisy.
    This petition is by Amnesty International, asking the US to stop arming Israel:

    https://campaigns.amnesty.org/campaigns/us-stop-arming-israel

    • Daniel Rich
      July 30, 2014, 6:22 pm

      @ Kay24,

      Signed it, but 7,308 others? That’s very low given what’s transpiring as we speak. The outrage at the bodies of flight MH17 being ‘mistreated’ and the collective silence when the Apartheid State kills over a 1,000 innocent lives is fully self-explanatory.

      Sickening, very sickening.

      • bilal a
        July 30, 2014, 7:11 pm

        Eisenhower was complicit in Dresden and the starving of one million Germans to death in POST war Germany.

        but you’re right, humanity doesn’t seem to be evolving to a higher moral ground.

      • quercus
        July 31, 2014, 6:56 am

        @ bilal a. What the hell ARE you talking about Bilal A. Not to rehash history here, but there was a devastating war in Europe. Germany was in ruins. Sure there were people who may have died of hunger (love using the word ‘starvation’ don’t you, it has a suitably horrible sound to it), but when you use the word ‘complicit’ are you saying Eisenhower deliberately withheld food from the German people? Are you saying he denied requests to send in food aid? Disallowed trucks carrying food to pass into Germany?

        As for Dresden, because of the lack of clarity in your writing I ask whether are you specifically referring to German citizens in Dresden who died of starvation post World War II, or are you writing about two separate events — the bombing of Dresden, and the lack of food for the German people post World War II? Or perhaps are you playing the usual manipulative Zionist strategy to smear Eisenhower because he was in fact the last American president to stand up to the Zionists. Your smear hasn’t worked with me, and I will tell you this — Eisenhower, whatever his faults, and ALL have them, was a far better man than the vast majority of Zionist leaders.

      • Kay24
        July 30, 2014, 7:43 pm

        I think their aim is to get 10,000. I have forwarded to other parts of the world too, hopefully they will reach their target soon.Thank you for signing. There are so many petitions on line, and I just came across this one, and today being such a brutal day for the Palestinians, and the awful news that the US is going to give even MORE ammunition for civilians to be killed, I just linked it.

        I just watched the video of the slaughter in the market place, it was heartbreaking. Israel is carrying on it’s genocide with impunity and the blessing of the US.

    • michelle
      July 30, 2014, 7:38 pm

      .
      Kay24,
      ty i’m 7,373
      i wish i knew people
      to forward it to
      .
      G-d Bless
      .

      • Kay24
        July 30, 2014, 8:17 pm

        Thank you michelle. Every signature counts. G-d Bless u too.

      • just
        July 30, 2014, 8:28 pm

        (michelle)

    • Boomer
      July 31, 2014, 5:38 am

      Re: “The outrage shown by the US about the UN shelter . . .”

      As the BBC reported it yesterday, “the U.S. condemned the attack, without mentioning Israel.”

      It was sad, but there’s nothing we can do about it, except send more weapons and money to Israel.

    • Boomer
      July 31, 2014, 12:00 pm

      Petition was a nice idea, but Obama has already approved more, ending any fantasy that he might stop U.S. complicity and moderate Israel’s behavior:

      “The U.S. approved the sale of $300 million worth of ammunition to Israel, the Pentagon confirmed Wednesday. Among the ammunition Israel bought from the U.S. was “an undisclosed amount of 120 mm mortar rounds and 40 mm ammunition for grenade launchers,” ABC news reported

      “The interesting fact is that the sale was made from the U.S. stockpile (WRSA-I) – an emergency storage of ammunition and other military gear (including missiles and military vehicles) that the U.S. European Command has kept in a secret location in Israel since the early 90s. The storage belongs to the U.S. military, but the president can authorize a sale to Israel under special circumstances, as it did during the Second Lebanon War in 2006.”

      excerpt from: http://972mag.com/amid-gaza-war-idf-buys-ammunition-from-u-s-stock-in-israel/94723/

  6. a blah chick
    July 30, 2014, 5:33 pm

    Looks like another emulation death: “HEBRON (Ma’an) — A Palestinian youth was was found burned to death in Hebron on Tuesday, a Ma’an reporter said. Karama al-Hashlamon, 25, was pronounced dead early Wednesday in al-Ahli Hospital in Hebron.”

    Nothing in the brief report says anything about how he got burnt, whether it was a kitchen accident or something else. But the rumors will fly.

  7. ivri
    July 30, 2014, 5:37 pm

    Well, since 1956 a lot of things have changed in this regard. There was no yet a Sep 11 and the consequent Libya, Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria wars, which gave Americans an altogether different perspective on Arab politics. Also Israel is not what it was then – a relatively undeveloped country, rather poor, small in population and area and not yet a full pledged US ally. Giving up on missiles and tunnels as the main focus in favor of civil projects is a shorter and surer way to reach calm.

    • Shingo
      July 30, 2014, 9:49 pm

      . Giving up on missiles and tunnels as the main focus in favor of civil projects is a shorter and surer way to reach calm.

      No it isn’t. Israel will find another excuse to bomb Gaza and those civil projects will be among the first targets.

      • Citizen
        July 31, 2014, 4:03 am

        @ Shingo
        And the US and/or EU will pay to rebuild the Israeli targets. Tiresome.

      • Kay24
        July 31, 2014, 7:30 am

        Agreed. The want to keep these poor people in misery and their sadistic nature enjoys their suffering. You see it in the chants by hordes of Israeli thugs, calling for the deaths of Arabs, or rejoicing that there are no more children in Gaza. They are the scum of the earth.

    • Mooser
      July 30, 2014, 11:13 pm

      “projects is a shorter and surer way to reach calm”

      To reach the calm of the grave. Don’t you guys ever, ever get tired of lying?

      BTW IVRI, you basically said that being a “full pledged” (what are they “pledged” to? To attack our Navy boats?) “ally” of the US allows them to kill whomever they please.

      “There was no yet a Sep 11 and the consequent Libya, Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria wars”

      Those were consequences of 9-11?

      Nope Zionists never tire of lying. Why I rather think they enjoy it, especially this one, who thinks he is clever, a clever liar.

    • eljay
      July 31, 2014, 7:36 am

      >> Giving up on missiles and tunnels as the main focus in favor of civil projects is a shorter and surer way to reach calm.

      Zio-supremacists love “peace”, but they can’t stand the though of justice. Rather than take short-cuts to “reach calm” the focus should be on taking the proper route to reach justice, accountability and equality.

      The surest way to do this would be for Israel:
      – to immediately and completely halt its 60+ years, ON-GOING and offensive (i.e., not defensive) campaign of aggression, oppression, theft, colonization, destruction, torture and murder;
      – to withdraw to within its / Partition borders;
      – to honour its obligations under international law;
      – to accept responsibility and accountability for its past and ON-GOING (war) crimes; and
      – to enter into sincere negotiations for a just and mutually-beneficial peace.

    • Kay24
      July 30, 2014, 8:18 pm

      I think that allowed AIPAC and other lobbies to slither into our nation, and control our leadership. It is like an alien movies.

  8. Daniel Rich
    July 30, 2014, 6:17 pm

    Sanctions? Are you kidding me? 1,300 dead Palestinians and you want to bring them back to life with sanctions? This heinous monster [aka the Apartheid State] has lost its right to be amongst the nations of humanity. It should get lost and evaporate from the pages of time.

    That’s the only way to stop the killing of innocent lives [as no nation is going to step up to the plate and defend Gaza].

    The more sinister question: did Herr Hitler foresee all of this?

    • Mooser
      July 31, 2014, 6:59 pm

      “The more sinister question: did Herr Hitler foresee all of this?”

      You lost your head for a second there out of outrage (and not ill-considered outrage)
      and let your fingers do the talking.. It’s easy to do, under the circumstances, and I’m the verge of doing it myself, all the time, these days.

      But if you are looking for somebody who did forsee it, and said so pretty directly, try Henry Morgenthau

  9. American
    July 30, 2014, 7:01 pm

    Burying Sharon – and “We Jews control America”
    –“”
    … by Kevin Barrett, VT Editor

    I remember it like it happened yesterday.
    It was early October, 2001. I was driving through the Shorewood neighborhood of Madison, Wisconsin, listening to BBC News on WORT listener-sponsored community radio.
    The BBC announcer reported on an Israeli cabinet meeting: Shimon Peres had been pressuring Ariel Sharon to respect American calls for a ceasefire, lest the Americans turn against Israel.
    According to the BBC, a furious Sharon turned toward Peres, saying:
    “Every time we do something you tell me Americans will do this and will do that. I want to tell you something very clear, don’t worry about American pressure on Israel. We, the Jewish people, control America, and the Americans know it.”
    I was stunned. Such colossal arrogance!
    After a moment’s thought, it wasn’t so much the arrogance that was so stunning – it was that the BBC had reported Sharon’s indiscretion. Now it was on the record – undeniable – an ineradicable part of the national dialogue and the historical record. Surely the American mainstream media would plaster this story all over its front pages! This could start a long-overdue national dialogue about the power of the Israel lobby. It could even be a turning point – the end of America’s slavish subservience to Israel.
    At the very least, it would start a national debate: Was Sharon right? Or was he exaggerating?
    During the next several days I scanned the media in vain for any reference to Sharon’s boast. There were none. The story had been buried. It was as if it had never happened.”>>>>>

    Obviously Sharon was right…about our politicians at least.

    • Walker
      July 30, 2014, 10:12 pm

      I remember that report. It was never really substantiated.

      The story really caught my attention because Sharon’s alleged statement would have explained a lot, if it was accurately reported.

      I went through the trouble of contacting the original publisher – I can’t recall if it was the Maan news agency, Palestine Times or what. I finally exchanged emails with the reporter. He said that the source was a Palestinian taxi driver who claimed he heard the story on his car radio in Hebrew from an Israeli station. This man insisted it was true. His say-so was not enough to confirm the truth of the story, though I could see the Israeli censors and US intelligence eavesdroppers colluding to hush up something like this. Georgie Anne Geyer, the columnist who published the story in the US, was forced to retract.

      The lengths to which I used to go to uncover the actual truth about Israel/Palestine.

      • American
        July 31, 2014, 4:52 pm

        lol…oh really?…the taxi driver was a part time reporter for the BBC?

      • Walker
        August 1, 2014, 9:44 am

        I don’t know anything about the BBC story. In the US, all the reports seemed to be based on that one article from a Palestinian news agency.

    • Kay24
      July 31, 2014, 7:35 am

      Yes it is sheer arrogance, but actions prove it is true. We have been corrupted by alien lobbies, who have bought the loyalty of those we vote for, by large campaign donations, and most probably using influence to open doors for them.

      This is a diabolical and dangerous entity and we may never get rid of, because congress as we see cannot stop the unwavering support.

  10. American
    July 30, 2014, 7:02 pm

    http://voices.washingtonpost.com/checkpoint-washington/2010/07/netanyahu_america_is_a_thing_y.html

    Netanyahu: ‘America is a thing you can move very easily’

    ”The United States and Israel have made a huge effort this month to patch up the sometimes difficult relationship between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

    But a newly released video of Netanyahu, speaking in an unvarnished manner in 2001 about relations with the United States and the peace process, may cause some heartburn at the White House.

    “I know what America is,” Netanyahu told a group of terror victims, apparently not knowing his words were being recorded. “America is a thing you can move very easily, move it in the right direction. They won’t get in their way.”

    • can of worms
      July 31, 2014, 12:14 am

      “Netanyahu: ‘America is a thing you can move very easily’”

      = blackmail, esp. when based on info about inside jobs —

  11. scott9854958
    July 30, 2014, 7:16 pm

    Well, clearly Eisenhower was nothing more than an anti-Semite. Hey yo, I’ll be here all week.

    On a serious note, it seems Israel’s strategy in Gaza is clear. That alleged pullout in 2005? A ruse. Israel fully intends to re-populate Gaza–once it makes life there so unbearable for Arabs that they either pour into Egypt or just kill themselves. Of course Israeli rockets may do the job first.

    • Ellen
      July 31, 2014, 3:38 pm

      Yes, the strategy to repopulate is clear.

      There are also voices in the Israeli media calling for a complete cleansing of the West Bank with the same justification of the siege on Gaza. Tunnels will be built, terrorist will attack Israelis, so best to kill Palestinians.

      Once that phase starts, I guess the US will send Israel the weapons for the slaughter, all with cries of Israel’s “right to defend itself.”

  12. Kay24
    July 30, 2014, 7:40 pm

    Wow Saeb Erikeit PLO Ambassador to the US says that it is a shame that the US is arming Israel to wage this massacre. Well said. At last someone with some spunk is speaking out against it. He also said the Palestinians are being massacred by US made weapons, he also blames the CNN for covering Israel’s crimes.
    He is steaming mad….I do not blame him.

    As an American I feel ashamed about arming Israel too.

    • Annie Robbins
      July 30, 2014, 8:10 pm

      Saeb Erikeit PLO Ambassador to the US says that it is a shame that the US is arming Israel to wage this massacre.

      speaking of which:

      The United States has allowed Israel, waging an offensive in the Gaza Strip, to tap a local US arms stockpile in the past week to resupply it with grenades and mortar rounds, Rear Admiral John Kirby, the Pentagon’s press secretary, has said.

      The munitions were located inside Israel as part of a programme managed by the US military and called War Reserves Stock Allies-Israel (WRSA-I), which stores munitions locally for US use that Israel can also access in emergency situations.

      • Mooser
        July 30, 2014, 11:17 pm

        “which stores munitions locally for US use that Israel can also access in emergency situations.”

        An “emergency”? That beats all.

    • Marnie
      July 31, 2014, 4:00 am

      As an American I feel ashamed about arming Israel too.

      Me too. I wish the world was ashamed.

  13. Kay24
    July 30, 2014, 8:22 pm

    Chris Hayes reports that Congress passed an unanimous resolution condemning Hamas and showing the love to Israel. No mention of the occupation, or the blockage, no condemning the extraordinary numbers of civilians brutally killed, but certainly they had to mention the “human shields”. Sigh..

  14. tommy
    July 30, 2014, 9:57 pm

    Ending the American subsidy for Israel’s violent aggression is the only way to stop these cyclical pogroms, end territory seizure, and achieve a return to an approximation of the Israel/Palestine borders established by the UN. Americans stop arming Israel is a message that must become a part of every conversation about the Palestinian catastrophe caused by Israeli nationalism.

  15. Kay24
    July 30, 2014, 10:14 pm

    Fareed Ziokaria certainly working hard on CNN earning his salary.

    He is playing down the attack on the UN shelter by saying it is the usual pattern of wars. Looks like the zios have sent in some reinforcements, Richard Haas joins the “Israel can never do that much wrong” crowd.
    Israel is steamed that CNN is focusing on it’s massacre, they want the world to be in the dark about it. Most probably AIPAC might make a few calls tonight, and the truth might be diminished.

  16. Mooser
    July 30, 2014, 11:19 pm

    “He is playing down the attack on the UN shelter by saying it is the usual pattern of wars.”

    A “war”? Who declared war? This is too much.

  17. Sycamores
    July 30, 2014, 11:21 pm

    MJ Rosenberg’s conundrum http://mondoweiss.net/2014/04/mj-rosenbergs-conundrum.html

    watershed moment

    Yes, Adam, I will revisit the BDS issue now. This is the biggest watershed Israel moment in my life. I'll revisit EVERYTHING. (Not Israel!)— MJ (Mike) Rosenberg (@MJayRosenberg) July 31, 2014

  18. Denis
    July 31, 2014, 12:01 am

    Under 22 USC 2754 — the Arms Export Control Act — the president can cut off supply of arms and munitions to a friendly state if the president finds — and reports to Congress — that the state is using US arms for other than “internal security” or “legitimate self-defense”. There is also a 1952 defense treaty w/ GoI that limits what GoI can do with US arms/munitions, and it ain’t killing kids.

    There was an interesting report to Congress in 2005 that summarizes the few times these provisions have been used against Israel. In 1982 Reagan cut off sales of cluster bombs after the egregious GoI attacks on Lebanon. Of course, that didn’t stop GoI from dropping over a million of the things, some of which have still not gone off.

    Reagan also very briefly suspended delivery of F-16’s to GoI after Begin attacked Iraq’s Osirak reactor.

    Report here: http://fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/RL30982.pdf

    Yeah, so what’s Obomber done? After more phony, ineffectual whining about the Gaza travesty, he agrees to top up Bibi’s munitions. Wouldn’t want GoI to run out of mortar rounds, would we?? There are UN refuge centers waiting to be dusted. CNN:

    While there were calls on Israel to do more to protect civilians, the United States also agreed to Israel’s request to resupply it with several types of ammunition, a U.S. defense official told CNN on condition of anonymity. It’s not an emergency sale, the official said.

    Among the items being bought are 120mm mortar rounds and 40mm ammunition for grenade launchers, the official said. Those will come from a stockpile the United States keeps in Israel, which is worth more than $1 billion.

    Obama was a disingenuous, inept, flim-flam artist when he duped the country in 2008. Nothing has changed except that fewer (even on the left) are being duped. He will be seen as one of the worst, most spin-happy, spineless President’s in the country’s history.

    Here’s his next flam: Once he talks Kiki Ginsburg into resigning from the USSCt, he’ll resign from the WH and Biden will immediately nominate him to her seat. Obomber has the Senate set up so only a majority is needed to confirm judicial appointments, so he’s golden. But only until Jan04; after that the Republicans will control the Senate. Remember where you heard it. . .

  19. American
    July 31, 2014, 12:03 am

    Maybe social media and twitter can destroy zio Israel…since our politicians wont.

    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/why-young-hollywood-is-more-721353

    Why Young Hollywood Is More Willing to Question Israel’s Policies

    “When Vanessa Redgrave took the stage at the Oscars in 1978 and nearly detonated her career by denouncing the Israeli government for its treatment of Palestine, it was hard to imagine that one day her heirs apparent would be the likes of Rihanna (who tweeted #FreePalestine on July 15, then quickly deleted her post after a barrage of criticism) and Selena Gomez (who posted “It’s About Humanity. Pray for Gaza” on Instagram July 18).

    Sharpshooters were stationed on the roof of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in 1978 when Redgrave attended the Oscar ceremony because of death threats she’d received for her support of Palestinians. Today, American celebrities tweeting about Gaza get little more than sharp retorts.

    Stewart, director Jonathan Demme, Tori Amos, Rob Schneider, Kim Kardashian, Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Bourdain, Roger Waters, NBA stars Dwight Howard and Amare Stoudemire, Italy’s goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, D.L. Hughley, Mia Farrow, Whoopi Goldberg, Stephen Hawking and Annie Lennox are among the other big names who have weighed in with some degree of support for the people of Gaza or outright criticism of the Israeli government.

    None of the growing public sympathy for Palestinians is surprising to Stephen Walt, an American professor of international affairs at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and co-author of The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy.

    “There’s a generational change right now in the U.S. and elsewhere as World War II and those memories fade into the rearview mirror,” Walt said. “The public discourse on Israel has changed. A lot of it is due to social media. It gives people, especially celebrities who have a lot of influence, a platform to say how they feel without being pressured by editors and publishers, who are themselves being pressured by outside organizations.”

    That comes as good news to Palestinian activists like Washington D.C.-based Samer Badawi, 41, the son of Palestinian refugees who grew up in the Middle East. Badawi said he witnessed the changing perceptions firsthand when he accompanied Emad Burnat, the Palestinian farmer nominated for an Oscar for his documentary, 5 Broken Cameras, to the 2013 Academy Awards. Burnat and his family were famously detained at LAX and almost deported before they were allowed to stay in the U.S. for the awards show.

    Michael Moore became enraged about what happened to Burnat and attacked Homeland Security on Twitter and in the press. “After that, we were treated like rock stars by everyone in Hollywood,” Badawi said.”

    • Shingo
      July 31, 2014, 5:15 pm

      Maybe social media and twitter can destroy zio Israel…since our politicians wont.

      One interesting observation is that Israel bombed Gaza’s power station to put an end up Twitter feeds from Gaza

  20. Henry Norr
    July 31, 2014, 1:11 am

    For a little more about how Eisenhower forced Israel out of Gaza in 1957, see “US once threatened sanctions/tax deductions when Israel occupied land by force,” a 2010 post here by Phil excerpting a piece I wrote about this episode. Phil’s link to my article is now dead, but if anyone’s curious, it’s still posted at Znet, as well as at several sites in the Middle East, where it got a fair bit of play.

    • Citizen
      July 31, 2014, 4:24 am

      @Henry Norr
      Thanks for the MW memory link. I feel even more hopeless than I did then, if that’s possible. Remember Pelosi saying Congress needed to pass Obamacare so they could see what’s in it? Passing every law and resolution AIPAC lawyers write seems to have even weaker thinking. How many little brown non-Jewish kids have to die or be maimed, how many have to lose their house and home and parents, before one US congressman or congresswoman, or one POTUS or cabinet member say, “Enough. I call for an end to aid to Israel. I am telling the American people we are diverting said aid to the Gaza children. It’s the least we can do. We must live up to our own laws on the books.”

  21. Marnie
    July 31, 2014, 2:44 am

    I believe the only thing the israeli government will understand is cutting off military aid and it doesn’t appear this will happen in our lifetime. Obviously they cannot be shamed or coerced in any way to end the genocide. I’m afraid they are going to kill everyone in palestine, then kill everyone helping or “on the Palestinian side”, then kill whoever feels bad about that. The silence of any opposition in israeli government is deafening. I can’t stand the western countries fear of this sandlot bully.

    On a side note, about 10 years ago when the economy in israel was really crappy, there was a suggestion by some writer in the J Post (it figures) that maybe israel should declare war on the US – why? Because after the dust settles, the US will come in and rebuild their economy.

  22. Kay24
    July 31, 2014, 7:01 am

    BDS in Scotland. Good job. Israeli play expelled. Come on world be brave and follow.

    http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/sarah-irving/israeli-play-expelled-edinburgh-venue-scots-protest-against-gaza-attack

    • Marnie
      July 31, 2014, 9:03 am

      Scotland is a winner – The brave hearts defeat Bibi “Hamshanks” Netanyahu and Co!

  23. traintosiberia
    July 31, 2014, 10:43 am

    Before Hadabara kicks in blaming Hamas for refusing Blair supplied Egyptian peace deal , good accounts of the process and the contents that led to refusal by Hamas and the same by Israel against Kerry draft or verbal discussion are needed .

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