Who broke the ceasefire? Obama blames Hamas against the evidence

Israel/Palestine
Palestinians flee from the Shuja'iyeh neighborhood in the northern Gaza Strip. (Photo: Allison Deger)

Palestinians flee from the Shuja’iyeh neighborhood in the northern Gaza Strip. (Photo: Allison Deger)

In a bid to legitimize Israel’s violence in Gaza, Washington continues a disturbing pattern of baselessly blaming Hamas

A beleaguered-looking President Barack Obama appeared before the Washington press corps on August 1 to lash into Hamas for supposedly violating the 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire that his Secretary of State John Kerry and the United Nations had labored so tirelessly to secure. “I have unequivocally condemned Hamas and the Palestinian factions that were responsible for killing two Israeli soldiers and abducting a third minutes after a ceasefire was announced,” Obama said.

But evidence supporting Obama’s claim of Hamas responsibility has been difficult to come by. Indeed, even the Israeli Army news desk was unable to provide Mondoweiss with a clear narrative or substantial evidence regarding the incident in question. Moreover, accounts published in Arabic by Hamas’s military wing along with details provided by the PLO indicate that the killing of two Israeli soldiers and disappearance of another actually occurred before the ceasefire went into effect — when Israel was assaulting Rafah.

“Today at 9:30, terrorists executed an attack from which two soldiers were killed and an additional is now missing and therefore he is suspected to have been abducted,” an Israeli army spokesperson told Mondoweiss. The army spokesperson went on to state that Hamas and the army “exchanged shelling,” yet they were unable to provide details on the source of the Palestinian fire. “They used several forms of fire simultaneously,” was all the spokesperson could divulge.

“I cannot confirm at the moment as we are still looking into it, but it may have been live bullets and a suicide belt,” which killed the soldiers, the army spokesperson said.

When asked why the army did not have a solid account of the events that broke the promised 72-hour ceasefire, the army spokesperson maintained, “There were terrorists and they attacked the soldiers, two soldiers didn’t just drop dead.”

Tweets from Gaza contradict official US-Israeli claims

The PLO and Palestinian Authority both insisted to Mondoweiss that Hamas fighters engaged Israeli soldiers inside Gaza well before the ceasefire took effect – and during an Israeli assault on Rafah leading up to the 8 AM ceasefire.

“They aborted the ceasefire from the beginning,” said Nabil Shaath from the PLO’s Central Committee. A veteran negotiator, Shaath has become the de facto liaison between the PLO and Hamas. He confirmed to Mondoweiss that PA President Mahmoud Abbas received a briefing from Hamas this morning on the incident near Rafah. Shaath’s account reflects details provided directly by Hamas officials in the Gaza Strip.

According to Shaath, at after 6 AM, Hamas fighters engaged Israeli forces in Rafah. He maintained that it was then — almost two hours before the ceasefire went into effect — that the two Israeli soldiers were killed and the other went missing.

Shaath’s account was supported by dispatches published before the ceasefire went into effect by the official Twitter account of Hamas’s Qassam Brigades military wing. In a tweet published at 7:34 AM on August 1, the Qassam Brigades stated, “At 7 AM a group [of Hamas fighters] clashed with [Israeli] forces east of Rafah and caused many injuries and death to them.”

In a separate tweet published at 6:22 AM on the say day, the Qassam Brigades declared, “At 6:30 AM, a group of the Qassam infiltrated behind enemy lines at east Rafah and bombed a house that the enemy had taken as a stronghold with a Tandem missile after the enemies bombed the whole area.”

The following day, Qassam Brigades reiterated its description of the incident in an official statement: “The clashes began at 7.00am, before the proposed truce was in effect, while the enemy launched its attack on civilians at 10.00 am, blatantly violating the truce in aims of finding a missing soldier.”

Qassam Brigades added that it had “no knowledge regarding the soldier missing in action [Lt. Hadar Goldin] or his location or the circumstances of his disappearance” — a departure from previous instances when it trumpeted claims that it had captured Israeli troops. Despite the denial, Obama demanded that Hamas unconditionally release Goldin.

The ceasefire was first violated at 8:30 AM, according to Shaath, when the Israeli army destroyed 19 buildings in an operation to demolish tunnels. “Destroying tunnels is destroying houses,” Shaath said, noting that the ceasefire allowed hostile Israeli forces to continue to operate inside the Gaza Strip, making violence almost inevitable. “We do not accept a ceasefire that allows the invader to attack and murder,” he declared.

Conflicting claims and evidence ignored

In announcing the brief ceasefire, Kerry said its terms authorized Israeli forces to carry out “defensive” operations against tunnels. He seemed unaware of the ramifications of such an agreement, or what Israel’s attacks on tunnels actually entailed. A glimpse at Human Rights Watch’s bracing report on the Israeli army’s brutal assault on Rafah in 2004, “Razing Rafah,” which it conducted under the auspices of anti-tunnel operations, would have offered a glimpse of what was to come. (American activist Rachel Corrie was killed by an Israeli bulldozer during the 2004 attack on Rafah).

Following the incident in Rafah that left two Israeli soldiers dead and one presumed missing, Kerry immediately declared that Hamas had committed an “outrageous violation of the ceasefire.” White House Press Secretary Joshua Earnest echoed Kerry by accusing Hamas of “a barbaric violation of the ceasefire agreement.”

But sources offer starkly conflicting accounts of the incident in question. The Israeli army claimed to Mondoweiss that Lt. Hadar Goldin went missing at 9:30 AM, an hour and a half after the ceasefire was declared. Yet Obama claimed that the attack occurred “minutes after the ceasefire began.” For their part, Qassam reported engaging and killing Israeli soldiers well before 8 AM.

So when did the incident actually occur? And why was Obama’s information so dramatically different from details the Israeli army was furnishing journalists with?

More importantly, why was the Obama administration so quick to jump to conclusions?

Framing Hamas, driving the death toll

Perhaps the answer was credulousness or sheer laziness, with its diplomatic corps and intelligence services neglecting to examine sensitive details from sources on the ground. But the more likely explanation is that Washington has sought to frame Hamas as the aggressor to enable Israel to intensify military operations disproportionately directed against a besieged civilian population.

Since violence escalated in mid-July, the Obama administration has demonstrated a disturbing pattern of legitimizing suspect Israeli claims about Hamas’s malevolence and bad faith. In each case, the administration provided political cover for disproportionate Israeli violence, deepening the damage to civilian life in the West Bank and Gaza. And in each case, Washington’s claims were ultimately discredited — but only after Israel had ratcheted the violence up to a frightening new stage.

The first case of irresponsible enabling by the Obama administration occurred in the immediate wake of the kidnapping of three Israeli teens in the occupied West Bank on June 12. It was on June 15, before evidence was made public about the kidnapping suspects’ identities, that Kerry pointed the finger at Hamas, suggesting that the organization’s leadership had authorized the crime. His words helped justify Operation Brother’s Keeper, an army rampage through the West Bank in which thousands of Palestinian homes were raided, over 500 were arrested without charges, and 6 civilians were killed.

A month later, Israeli Police Spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld finally admitted what was widely known and had been extensively documented: Hamas leadership had no role in or advance knowledge of the kidnappings. But by then, the damage to the West Bank had already been done. Kerry has yet to retract his demonstrably false and damaging claim.

The next case of Obama administration enabling came on July 15 as the military regime of Egypt – a ferocious antagonist of the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas – introduced a ceasefire proposal developed in intimate collaboration with Israel that would not have lifted the 8-year-long siege of Gaza. Hamas had not been consulted on the proposal or even briefed on its details, exposing it as a hollow document conceived as a ruse to frame the Palestinian faction as rejectionists. Kerry brought the Israeli-Egyptian scheme to its fulfillment when he launched into an indignant condemnation of Hamas for rejecting the Egyptian proposal, accusing the group of “purposely playing politics.”

Kerry’s statement was a political boon to Netanyahu, providing the Prime Minister with all the cover he sought to initiate and expand ground invasion of Gaza. Hamas’s refusal to accept the proposal “gives Israel full legitimacy to expand the operation to protect our people,” Netanyahu declared on July 15.

Human catastrophe with no end in sight

Some thousand civilian deaths later, with morgues filled with the bodies of children and the UN no longer able to care for the 25% of the Gaza Strip forced to flee from sectors of the Gaza Strip that resemble post-apocalyptic moonscapes, the Obama administration was at it again. As before, they blamed Hamas without the benefit of anything remotely resembling substantial evidence.

In turn, Washington provided political legitimacy to military operations aimed at an occupied and vulnerable civilian population with nowhere to flee, allowing the killing to continue unabated. Following the collapse of the ceasefire, Israel bombarded Rafah with US-supplied F-16’s and tank artillery, decimating the center of the city and killing over 70. At the time of publication, the death toll is rapidly rising.

Meanwhile, the talks scheduled to take place in Egypt over the next 72 hours seem to have fallen into shambles. Obama has described the scenes of human misery pouring out of the Gaza Strip as “heartbreaking.” If only he and his administration had demanded evidence before enabling Israeli aggression, he might have been able to forgo the empty displays of hand-wringing. More importantly, hundreds of innocent lives might have been spared from a marauding army operating behind a shroud of impunity.

151 Responses

  1. just
    August 2, 2014, 10:31 am

    Thank you both so very much for this ‘pinpoint’ article.

    “But the more likely explanation is that Washington has sought to frame Hamas as the aggressor to enable Israel to intensify military operations disproportionately directed against a besieged civilian population.

    Since violence escalated in mid-July, the Obama administration has demonstrated a disturbing pattern of legitimizing suspect Israeli claims about Hamas’s malevolence and bad faith. In each case, the administration provided political cover for disproportionate Israeli violence, deepening the damage to civilian life in the West Bank and Gaza. And in each case, Washington’s claims were ultimately discredited — but only after Israel had ratcheted the violence up to a frightening new stage.”

    Exactly.

    • Kay24
      August 2, 2014, 11:13 am

      Israel keeps bombarding so called “terrorist targets” and sending their not so precise bombs into civilians, right now the number of children killed exceed the number of militants killed. It is disgraceful that Obama and the rest of the zionist slaves keep lying and justifying Israel’s massacre, and I have stopped believing anything our American officials say, as they have shown complicity for Israel’s war crimes, as they kill children, and women, as if Arab lives don’t matter, and arming the baby killers.
      Keep in mind, that we did the same. Our Congress gave Bush/Cheney the blessings to wipe out Arabs in Iraq, and Muslims in Afghanistan, there is underlying racism and hatred for all things Muslims in their eagerness to shock and awe the people, and massacring hundred and thousands. Most nations we have bombed lately have been Islamic nations, there is a pattern here.
      Christian and Jews are always spared. It is those pesky Muslim civilians that must be wiped out.

      • Citizen
        August 3, 2014, 4:26 am

        America finally saved Bosnia’s Muslims – and later those of Kosova – from total genocide. US Jewish groups raised hell in Washington, pressuring President Bill Clinton to act. When Americans finally saw the horrors of Bosnia on TV, they demanded action.
        In one of its finest moments, America used its power to rescue a tortured people and halt genocide in a region where the US had no strategic interests. Sadly, the ensuing invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq quickly obscured America’s admirable role in the Balkans. And now look at Gaza. Where’s the Establishment US Jews today?

      • Annie Robbins
        August 3, 2014, 4:38 pm

        hmm, not sure it was quite that benevolent. didn’t we gain a huge foothold (military base) in the region as a result of our balkanization?

      • Giles
        August 3, 2014, 11:49 am

        Palestinian Christians are most certainly not spared. They are just never mentioned in the media.

        While Ashkenazis are spared — unless they violate the GroupThink — other Jews are not. Ask the Ethiopian Jews who came to Israel

      • Peace2All
        August 3, 2014, 11:52 am

        People still Muslim for being angry.

  2. Jackdaw
    August 2, 2014, 11:11 am

    @Max

    When did ordinary citizens in Gaza, Rafah residents in particular, begin tweeting that there were explosions and fire being exchanged in Rafah?

    • oldgeezer
      August 2, 2014, 11:33 am

      One doctor tweeted at 8:03am that he thought the ceasefire was supposed to have come into effect but he could still hear artillery exploding. There wasn’t a follow up tweet so it’s hard to tell if it was a matter of a single battery with a screwed up clock a slight delay in issuing the order to cease, or something that continued.

      This is a hard one to piece together. I went through a number of twitter accounts last night and couldn’t be sure. It is starting to look like another lie like the one used to cover the rampage through the west bank though.

      • Kate
        August 2, 2014, 2:21 pm

        Mohammed Zeyara (link to facebook.com) posted the following status update on Facebook Friday, right after the ‘ceasefire’ began:

        Yesterday at 08:16
        Ceasefire period started 16 minutes ago. Israel bombed “Al-Salam” area in Gaza 8 minutes ago. Israel already violated the ceasefire.

      • just
        August 2, 2014, 2:25 pm

        thanks, Kate. The truth is out there, it seems our government doesn’t care.

      • Jackdaw
        August 2, 2014, 2:32 pm

        Al Salam is in Rafah?

      • Peace2All
        August 3, 2014, 11:54 am

        israel survives on lies and deception.

    • amigo
      August 2, 2014, 3:11 pm

      “When did ordinary citizens in Gaza, Rafah residents in particular, begin tweeting that there were explosions and fire being exchanged in Rafah?” jackduh??.

      Whats wrong meingruppen korporal.

      Did ze soldaten not get all ze means of communication from those pesky Palestinians.

      How dare zay put ze truth out behind our backs.

      Everyone back in and bomb zem some more.

      Israel needs no enemies with friends like you.

  3. Qualtrough
    August 2, 2014, 11:55 am

    If you were under the impression that President Obama was the most powerful man in the world, think again (from AP wire):

    Sources familiar with conversations between Netanyahu and senior U.S. officials, including Secretary of State John Kerry, say the Israeli leader advised the Obama administration “not to ever second guess me again” on the matter [a ceasefire].

  4. Jacques
    August 2, 2014, 12:00 pm

    Max, without reflecting on the rest of your evidence, I believe that you are mistaken about the timing of the Qassam Brigades tweets.

    Looking at the time it shows me now (in a browser, without logging into twitter), and comparing that time with a new tweet from that same account, the actual times of the tweets seem to be later than you believe: 13:22pm and 14:34pm local time in Gaza (EEST – UCT/GMT+3). It looks like PDT timezone is shown, when not logged into twitter, and there’s a 10 hour difference between that and EEST.

    That error may be exploited by some to distract from the very valid points you make.

    Hamas’s Qassam Brigades was politically stupid to capture this Israeli soldier (long after an agreed-to ceasefire was announced), even though the Israeli army also did not stop its bombing of Gaza (after the announcement), or it’s tunnel-related operations within Gaza (after the ceasefire start-time).

    Irrespective of who is to blame, no action by Hamas (or other faction) gave Israel the legal or moral right to massacre a high number of civilians in Rafah. (view the #rafah Twitter tag stream for the horrible scenes)

  5. phylliprezzel
    August 2, 2014, 12:03 pm

    I “googled” the website of the Nobel Peace Prize committee and used their “Contact Us” button to sent them a message. I asked them to place on their agenda, for discussion and action, the rescinding of the 2009 award to Obama, and to give the returned prize money to UNRWA as reparations.

    I doubt it will do any good, but it will show that at least one person is holding them to account for their error. What else can I do?

    Any request for donations from politicians get the response that all my discretionary contributions are going to the American Friends of UNRWA to help them in alleviating the suffering of Palestinians caused by the munitions they voted for.

    I am in the process of divesting my IRA from TIAA-CREF, and we watch carefully when shopping at our food co-op to boycott Israeli settlement produce. I haven’t used the Soda Stream machine I received as a present to avoid purchasing replacement cartridges.
    What else can I do?????

  6. Bandolero
    August 2, 2014, 12:16 pm

    Norman Finkelstein has just endorsed this AJ video: Why Does Israel Keep Changing Its Story On Gaza?

    link to youtu.be

    Regarding the question who broke the ceasefire, there is – what I find – an interesing quote from Netanyahu in that video:

    “… We are determined to continue this mission with or without a ceasefire.”

    • Jackdaw
      August 2, 2014, 12:23 pm

      @Bandolero

      Not so interesting a quote if the ‘mission’ is only to destroy tunnels into Israel.

      • Citizen
        August 3, 2014, 4:31 am

        @ Jackdaw
        Are you saying Bibi N is going to lift the siege of Gaza, or too, the expanding settlements? LOL

      • Shingo
        August 3, 2014, 6:55 am

        Not so interesting a quote if the ‘mission’ is only to destroy tunnels into Israel.

        Before that it was to stop rockets, and before that it was to punish Hamas for a murder they did not commit.

      • Peace2All
        August 3, 2014, 12:01 pm

        Bibi found a better way for his genocidal actions against the defenceless Palestinians; blame it all on Hamas.

    • American
      August 2, 2014, 9:31 pm

      The reports I read in most every overseas newspaper (I dont read US press except when Phil post it here) said that the cease fire required Hamas to quit firing rockets which they did —- BUT—– allowed Israel to continue their work destroying tunnels ‘during the cease fire’ .
      They also said IDF was working tunnels on the Gaza side (however that was determined) and Hamas came out of the tunnel rather than being buried in it and shooting ensued.
      I dont call this breaking the cease fire on Hamas part.

      • Annie Robbins
        August 3, 2014, 2:48 am

        i read a statement somewhere saying hamas never agreed to a ceasefire where israel could continue incursions into gaza.

      • Shingo
        August 3, 2014, 6:59 am

        i read a statement somewhere saying hamas never agreed to a ceasefire where israel could continue incursions into gaza.

        Yes Annie,

        Kaleed Meshaal said so in an interview I heard on the radio this morning.

        He said that Hamas had made it clear to Qatar and that Qatar has made it clear to Kerry that Hamas would not agree to Israel continuing these operations inside Gaza.

        Can anyone imagine Israel agreeing to a ceasefire while Hamas members were in Israeli territory?

      • Peace2All
        August 3, 2014, 12:05 pm

        israel is special in some many ways like calling his enemy for a ceasefire and insist on the right to continue their operations on them (Hamas) surely will be noted in the war terminology as “israel’s ceasefire”.

  7. Donald
    August 2, 2014, 12:27 pm

    Even if you accepted the US/Israeli story, whatever it is, when Joshua Earnest labels Hamas’s alleged violation of the ceasefire as “barbaric”, it tells you all you need to know about the US stance. Israel kills 1000 civilians and that is self-defense, if a little troubling. A ceasefire is broken under murky conditions is “barbaric” (even if Hamas did shoot first and we don’t know that, it’s the easiest thing in the world to imagine how someone might not get the word, or how one person could shoot and all hell breaks loose).

    A genuinely impartial mediator wouldn’t be lashing out like that unless there was clear proof that the Hamas leadership had ordered a ceasefire violation on terms that Hamas had agreed to. I’m also a little skeptical about that–do we know that Hamas agreed to tunnel destruction (where some of their soldiers are?) during a ceasefire?

    And a genuinely impartial mediator wouldn’t be arming the side that is killing the civilians.

    The rest of the world needs to tell the US to butt out. We do nothing but harm. Let someone impartial do the mediating.

    • David Samel
      August 2, 2014, 2:13 pm

      Donald, I was just about to post a similar comment when I saw yours. “Barbaric” is an absurd term to describe this event, even if Hamas had violated the cease fire by attacking IDF soldiers on the Israeli side of the border, none of which seems to be true. The most the Administration can muster about hundreds of dead Palestinian children is “heartbreaking.” In fact, when the IDF kills Hamas fighters in Gaza, that is considered praiseworthy; why should the reverse be “barbaric”?

      • Shingo
        August 3, 2014, 7:00 am

        Isn’t it amazing how one capture of an Israeli soldier is barbaric, but the arrest of 500 Palestinians in the West Bank is justified?

    • Citizen
      August 3, 2014, 4:34 am

      Nobody’s impartial. The US is the biggest direct funder of the UN and everybody knows the sole superpower US will back up Israel, no matter what it does. Everybody tries to get along with the US. That means Israel is free to do what it wants.

    • Peace2All
      August 3, 2014, 12:12 pm

      That is what “super” power is for bullying anyone and everyone. Hamas sin was to win the democratic election and all hell broke loose for them. The name of the game that Bibi is enjoying is blame it on Hamas. We are all learning new terminology in the 21st century; the last one from Bush – Might is right !

  8. Philip Munger
    August 2, 2014, 1:02 pm

    “American activist Rachel Corrie was killed by an Israeli bulldozer during the 2004 attack on Rafah”

    — Rachel Corrie was murdered on March 16th, 2003.

    Otherwise, an excellent article. However, somebody should develop a detailed, chronological timeline of as many operations by both sides as are traceable through statements or social media entries, running up to the so-called “ceasefire” start time. This article should cast significant doubts on claims that Hamas alone broke the “ceasefire.”

    • Don
      August 3, 2014, 12:40 am

      Someone did just that a few years ago (2009). The pattern was rather clear…when ceasefires between Israelis and Palestinians was broken…Israel did the breaking about 100% of the time.

      That is a rather impressive pattern…

      Reigniting Violence: How Do Ceasefires End?
      link to huffingtonpost.com

      I know I keep posting this article repeatedly…but it seems to be necessary.

      • JennieS
        August 3, 2014, 6:51 am

        Thank you for posting that article – I have saved it for future reference. It has always been a feeling I had that Israel reacts to periods of calm by killing one or more Palestinians but I don’t have the time or energy to do the research.

      • Peace2All
        August 3, 2014, 12:16 pm

        Don a good one. Like i said earlier israel is somewhat “special” they can do anything in this world and get away with it like having more than 200 nukes !

  9. Bandolero
    August 2, 2014, 1:07 pm

    It seems like Israeli goals of the military operation in Gaza shifted again. Haaretz reports:

    4:15 P.M. The security cabinet decided after a five-hour meeting Friday night that Israel will no longer attempt to reach a cease-fire in the Gaza Strip via negotiations with Hamas, senior Israeli officials said, adding that Israel does not intent to send a delegation to the Cairo truce talks as previously agreed in the course of the last cease-fire, before it was violated by Hamas.

    The cabinet also agreed that instead of seeking a cease-fire, Israel will consider ending the operation and retreating from the Gaza Strip unilaterally, relying on the restored deterrence.

    “If we feel that deterrence has been achieved we’ll leave the Strip based on the principle of calm for calm,” a senior official said. “If we feel deterrence has not yet been achieved, we’ll continue the operation in the Gaza Strip, or leave and press on with aerial strikes.”

    Israel will also seek to reach understandings with Egypt, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and the international community regarding the reconstruction of the Strip, demilitarizing Hamas and the supervision of goods entering the Strip. (Barak Ravid)

    Source: link to haaretz.com

    I see there no mention anymore of an IDF soldier captured by Hamas whom Israel is trying to get back – but just the goal of “restoring deterrence.”

    Put in another way I would read the Israeli strategy and aim of “restoring deterrence” as massacrering so many Palestinians that Palestinians subjugate themselves to whatever Israel wants from them.

    • Donald
      August 2, 2014, 1:14 pm

      Restoring deterrence is the Dahiya doctrine. It’s a euphemism for blasting away at Gaza in general, Hamas and civilians alike.

      • Mazal
        August 2, 2014, 1:45 pm

        Donald and Bandelero, I invite you to go to Gaza and show your support in action. I will personally plead for Israel to let you through the border. You can then transform your armchair politics into something useful. Now what I mean with ‘something useful’ will be in the eye of the reader.

      • Donald
        August 2, 2014, 7:48 pm

        Thanks Mazal. As a response yours lacked logic, but it had a certain playground bully quality that made up for its lack of actual content.

      • just
        August 2, 2014, 7:54 pm

        Nasty.

        You’re new here– what an entrance you’ve made.

      • Annie Robbins
        August 3, 2014, 2:59 am

        just between you and me (secret) this wasn’t his first comment. he had some real doozies but they all violated our comment policy #1,#2, & #6.
        a real winner/not!

        probably sent by central; mehane replacement.

      • Shingo
        August 3, 2014, 7:03 am

        And he’ll be gone just as quickly. Another drive by hasbara coward.

      • just
        August 3, 2014, 8:04 am

        mazal tov, Annie!

      • Kay24
        August 3, 2014, 11:05 am

        The come here with such arrogance and fizzle out into nothingness when their lies are challenged with facts. Must be the new hasbara recruits from their high schools. This too will come to nought, Israel has lost the PR battle, and no little kid from high school can change that.

      • eljay
        August 2, 2014, 7:56 pm

        >> Mazaleee: Donald and Bandelero, I invite you to go to Gaza and show your support in action. I will personally plead for Israel to let you through the border.

        Plead instead 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.

        That would be something useful and just and moral.

      • Peace2All
        August 3, 2014, 12:26 pm

        I’m afraid he is unable to do all that you have listed. He can only plead on our behalf for visitation rights.

        Kay …no wonder Bibi is pleading to the world to be behind israel in his latest massacre in Gaza, now that their PR is no longer effective.

      • Bandolero
        August 2, 2014, 8:02 pm

        Mazal

        I can assure you that I will go to Gaza when the time is ripe. So far I’m here where I am more useful in the battle against the oppressor.

        But if I do so I will not go through the borders of the occupying Zionist terrorist entity as you suggest I should do. I can’t imagine that relying on the mercy of the Zionist regime I can do anything to contribute to the liberation of the world from the Zionist regime.

        See you in Palestine.

      • Taxi
        August 3, 2014, 1:18 am

        Mazal,

        Even when I’m 99 years old, this is how I intend to dance when Apartheid israel is demilitarized:

        link to youtu.be

      • Annie Robbins
        August 3, 2014, 2:52 am

        you won’t have to wait til you’re that old taxi. besides, by the time you’re 99, whatever formation of a state it is, it probably won’t be called israel anymore.

      • Citizen
        August 3, 2014, 4:40 am

        @ Mazal
        Which hasbara bot did you replace? Or are you supplementing? Did Bibi’s stenographer’s get a pay boost? Or are you just high on ziocaine?

      • Shingo
        August 3, 2014, 7:02 am

        Mazal,

        Get out of Palestine you colonial parasite.

      • amigo
        August 3, 2014, 10:16 am

        “Donald and Bandelero, I invite you to go to Gaza and show your support in action. ” Mazal.

        I invite you to go back to Hasbara central, your training is not nearly complete.

  10. chet
    August 2, 2014, 1:51 pm

    Who cares about evidence, or the lack thereof, when there is a donkey to be fellated – the midterms are coming up.

  11. concernedhuman
    August 2, 2014, 2:04 pm

    Seems isreal again gets away fooling US and the world .
    Israel wanted the status quo to remain.
    There were talks of ceasefire and negotiations which israel did not want. Israel was looking for a exit strategy and played “kidnap and blame hamas for breaking ceasefire”.
    israel is talking of pulling out troops from gaza by Saturday evening .

    • Bob_Salad
      August 2, 2014, 10:31 pm

      I was wondering how things were going to play out (naively it would now seem) and found myself willing Hamas/Gaza to hang in there and endure the onslaught as we all knew it wouldn’t go on indefinitely. I figured if things reached a stalemate, then they’d have to talk eventually, which one would assume, would give the Palestinians a much better chance of improving their lot.

      How wrong I was. The Israeli exit strategy would appear to have been as calculated as the entry. Absolutely nothing lost, no concessions made and Gaza left utterly devastated. Normal serviced resumed.

    • Peace2All
      August 3, 2014, 12:32 pm

      Guess the death toll of idf is much more then their own figure of 70 and the injuries perhaps run into hundreds after encountering Hamas fighters that fought a different battle from the 2008-2009 incursion. Good for the invader !

  12. Walid
    August 2, 2014, 2:05 pm

    Donald, Dahiya doctrine backfired for Israel. It resulted in Israel having to leave Lebanon with its tail between its legs, of causing Hizbullah to quadruple its stock of missiles, to build drones and most of all to multiply its standing army of professionally trained fighters through voluntary enlistment 20-fold. That surely was not restoring any deterrence. BTW, most of Dahiya that used to be a collection of neglected run-down and overcrowded tenements because of Israel’s total destruction has since, thanks in good part to Iranian funding, been totally rebuilt as a professionally-planned urban development with all buildings having elevators, heating and air conditioning, ample parking spaces and green areas for playgrounds, such comforts not having been there prior to the destruction of Dahiya.

    Israel may have destroyed much of Gaza and killed and injured over 10,000, but it will have also created a Dahiya II backfire with the people of Gaza and there will be a new Gaza, just like there was a new Dahiya.

    • Donald
      August 2, 2014, 2:22 pm

      I think you’re probably right, Walid, but the Israelis obviously don’t seem to think so.

      One of the things their tactics remind me of is America in the Tet offensive. We blasted away whole towns and neighborhoods. Of course we blamed the NLF entirely, but at that time liberals had the good sense to see that the use of indiscriminate firepower in an urban setting can’t be justified by guerilla tactics. Only apologists for America in Vietnam said otherwise. I have a number of books on this I haven’t read in awhile, but Neil Sheehan’s “A Bright Shining Lie” was pretty good. And Jonathan Schell and others. There was a tendency for Americans to reply to a single NLF sniper with artillery fire and air strikes that would destroy a village. Liberals back then recognized this was wrong. Nowadays they (the ones in Congress at least) all claim it is entirely the fault of the guerilla.
      Liberals have really gone downhill since Vietnam.

      I’d forgotten all this until just now.

    • Keith
      August 2, 2014, 7:11 pm

      WALID- “…there will be a new Gaza, just like there was a new Dahiya.”

      With all due respect, you are delusional. Gaza is surrounded by hostile states and is totally dependent upon outside aid for survival. Aid which must pass through either Egypt or Israel. Gaza is still effectively occupied by Israel and has no independent economy nor control over its borders or much of anything else. Its infrastructure has been destroyed and its fresh water supplies are in peril. Gaza is not Lebanon, and Hamas cannot conceivably emulate Hezbollah.

      • Walid
        August 3, 2014, 4:36 am

        Keith, those surrounding hostile states will one day become less hostile. 2 million people in Gaza are just too many people for Israel to kill or for other Arabs to keep down. Israel’s killing of 2000 of them every few years is an infinitesimal part of newborns every year. I’d be delusional to say that this is about to happen in the very near future as this will take a long time, perhaps decades. But it will definitely happen, in the end the good guys always win and the bad guys always lose.

      • Citizen
        August 3, 2014, 4:44 am

        Problem is there is no end, just cycles.

      • Shingo
        August 3, 2014, 7:13 am

        The resourcefulness of the Palestinians in Gaza is extraordinary. They have more smarts, resourcefulness, cunning, skill and intelligence than the entire Egyptian population combined. The stupidity of closing the tunnels is that is closed commerce not only in Gaza but in Egypt too.

        Egypt should just hand over the Sinai to Hamas. It’s not like their doing anything with the place. Hamas would do things with the place the clueless Egyptians wouldn’t even imagine.

      • ritzl
        August 3, 2014, 8:40 am

        Agree so much it hurts, Shingo.

        The maybe $Bs in trade Sisi is simply taking away from his own people and giving straight to Israel is astoundingly corrupt even for an astoundingly corrupt regime.

        What the Palestinians could do with that opportunity (i.e. their freedom) channeled through their toughness and resilience is hard to overstate, imho.

      • Peace2All
        August 3, 2014, 12:44 pm

        Maybe this time around the israel will be focusing on cements only into Gaza.

    • Bandolero
      August 2, 2014, 7:51 pm

      Walid

      I agree with you that the Dahiya doctrine backfired. Throughout history disproportionate massacres with the intent of subjugating the population oftenly backfired. Take for example the German Wehrmacht in WWII, Britain in India after WWII, the US in Vietnam and Iraq, Israels massacres in Lebanon and many more. If I understand military history correct using disproportionate force is not labeled a war crime because it is cruel, but because it is senseless. War is always cruel, but disproportionate force was labeled a war crime because it’s senseless.

      That in no way is any indicator that such massacres are not a crime. In the opposite, they are a grave and senseless crime, for which the perpetrator is rightfully shamed and – at least sometimes – persecuted. To this rightful shame and blame add resulting military defeats, just like the US was defeated in Vietnam and Iraq, and the IDF was defeated in Lebanon.

      And now, the IDF is on verge of being defeated in Gaza, not in spite of, but especially because the IDF employed the shameful, senseless and backfiring massacre strategy of the Dahiya doctrine.

      And I agree with you, that Gaza will live. In my opinion, internally in Gaza and Palestine Israel’s Dahiya doctrine will lead to be the people more united against the culprit Israel. But that’s not all, the Dahiya doctrine has also an external effect. More people around the world will support the poeple of Palestine and Gaza, and it’s Hamas government, against the perpretrator of the Dahiya doctrine. I see as a sign for this for example that Brazil’s president called Israel’s actions in Gaza “a massacre.”

      While Egypt may be in Israel’s hands, and in the hands of it’s covert Israel friend, the Saudi paymaster, more and more people in the world will demand that Gaza get access to the high seas, so it can blossom.

      • Citizen
        August 3, 2014, 4:46 am

        US is also Egypt’s paymaster.

      • Peace2All
        August 3, 2014, 12:52 pm

        Whatever the outcome for this round of brutal revengeful attack by israel the one good positive sign is more people around the world is becoming aware of the real israel that just thrives on “wars” . Prof. Finkelstein is absolutely correct by describing Israel the only country in the world that wakes up each morning to plan an attack on its neighbor like Iran !

      • Peace2All
        August 3, 2014, 12:53 pm

        like attacking Iran.

    • Shingo
      August 3, 2014, 7:08 am

      It resulted in Israel having to leave Lebanon with its tail between its legs, of causing Hizbullah to quadruple its stock of missiles, to build drones and most of all to multiply its standing army of professionally trained fighters through voluntary enlistment 20-fold.

      It backfiered in many ways Walid.

      It achieved something quite remarkable. When the Israeli dick heads decided to start bombing Maronite Christian neighborhoods to the north, they were hoping to incite them to blame Hezbollah and bring them down. It had the complete opposite effect and united them with Hezbollah.

      Quite an achievement.

      thanks in good part to Iranian funding, been totally rebuilt as a professionally-planned urban development with all buildings having elevators, heating and air conditioning, ample parking spaces and green areas for playgrounds, such comforts not having been there prior to the destruction of Dahiya.

      In fact, Hezbollah were so effective and efficient at carrying out and organizing this restoration that Americans were joking they should get them to clean up New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, because the FEMA and the local authorities were doing such a crap job.

  13. Bandolero
    August 2, 2014, 7:33 pm

    Israel now admits that it’s pretext of a captured IDF soldier for violating the ceasefire and continueing to attack Gaza was completely bogus:

    A special committee of Israel’s IDF just concluded that Israel was wrong and Hamas was right in the assertion that Lt. Hadar Goldin was killed in combat in Gaza on Friday.

    Source: IDF Spokesperson

    link to twitter.com

    • just
      August 2, 2014, 7:36 pm

      Psychopathic liars, murderers, terrorists and thieves.

    • bilal a
      August 2, 2014, 11:06 pm

      Wolf Blitzer understood the cabinet’s delay in accepting the cease fire had significance. Clearly it was an acceptance with a plan to break it and escape the Cairo talks calling for an end to the siege/blockade. Strategic genius on Cabinet’s part allows Israel to go it alone breaking from Kerry-Turkey-Qatar pressure without consequences. Only problem was call by soldier’s family to not leave Gaza — this mandated the announcement of the soldier’s death. If they produce his remains, he was never captured nor killed with his captors under Gaza rubble. USA has been put on the bleachers.

      Chemi Shalev [email protected]
      Can any Israeli official please confirm cease fire so Wolf Blitzer will stop obsessing? Thanks
      link to twitter.com

      Netanyahu sugarcoats going-it-alone in Gaza by praising Obama’s ‘terrific’ support
      Israel’s decision to abandon Kerry’s cease-fire efforts deprives Hamas of gains, ejects Qatar and Turkey from the game and puts the U.S in the bleachers – but may come at a steep price.
      link to haaretz.com

  14. tear-stained uzi
    August 2, 2014, 9:05 pm

    So in other words, “oops.”

    Looking forward to Obama’s next denunciation: “Kkkhamas has barbarically embarrassed the IDF — and me! — by causing us to spew disinformation which lead to the cancellation of the ceasefire and further carpet bombing of innocents. Is there no limit to their depravity?!”

    • just
      August 2, 2014, 11:54 pm

      Diabolical. Genocidal. Deliberate.

      Israel doesn’t do “oops”.

  15. In2u
    August 2, 2014, 9:16 pm

    How we can Revoke Israel’s License to Kill

    link to medium.com

    • Peace2All
      August 3, 2014, 12:58 pm

      Stop the aid instead use the 6 billion dollar aid to help New Orlean.

  16. anthonybellchambers
    August 2, 2014, 9:40 pm

    So, after a huge and obscene song and dance about a heavily-armed, 2nd lieutenant allegedly abducted by Hamas, the Israelis now find that he was killed in action unlike the 1000 unarmed men, women and children they have liquidated in an orgy of atrocity against a civilian population, in Gaza. Nothing highlights the out-of-control conduct of Israel’s army and prime minister so accurately as this report that says more about this asymmetrical, obscene conflict than any official UN report.

  17. JLewisDickerson
    August 2, 2014, 9:50 pm

    RE: Obama has described the scenes of human misery pouring out of the Gaza Strip as “heartbreaking.” If only he and his administration had demanded evidence before enabling Israeli aggression, he might have been able to forgo the empty displays of hand-wringing. More importantly, hundreds of innocent lives might have been spared from a marauding army operating behind a shroud of impunity. ~ Max Blumenthal and Allison Deger

    MY COMMENT: Being in a “Special Relationship” means that you are willing to lie for one another (especially when you both benefit from the lie).
    You’ve got to look at ‘The Big Picture’. The Democrats are in the midst of prime time for raising money for the 2014 elections?!?! This is money the Democrats desperately need in order run enough TV ads so as to have a chance of holding on to the U.S. Senate!?!? If in order to raise that kind of money, Obama has blame Hamas for violating the ceasefire (despite evidence to the contrary), then “a man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do . . .”

    • just
      August 3, 2014, 12:12 am

      Criminal isn’t it?

      (you’ve changed your screen personality a bit, but remain the good person that you are)

    • Devils Advocate
      August 3, 2014, 1:03 pm

      Increasingly the question isn’t being willing to lie, but being willing to tolerate serial public humiliation. One imagines that there is only so much of this that Kerry and Obama are willing to take. And then Netanyahu’s stupidity will bring about his nemesis. Fundamentally, both Obama and Kerry are personally immune to the pressures of AIPAC et al because these are their last political jobs. This means that they have plenty of opportunity to act if they are so minded. Clearly, the EU in private have made several threats regarding delegitimisation and sanctions – hence the thinly -veiled warnings. They can quietly give the EU the nod and say “Who, me?”. Or if they really want to kick over the traces, they can refuse to veto an open-ended Chapter 7 sanctions resolution in the security council. That would mean that to any subsequent attempt to lift the sanctions would require an affirmative vote by the council without any vetoes. Alternatively a reference to the ICC. These are things that Congress can’t directly affect. They can obstruct unrelated things in Congress, but I am not sure that AIPAC really wants its influence over Congress to become too much the stuff of front page news.

      Revenge is a dish best served cold.

  18. Daniel Rich
    August 2, 2014, 9:56 pm

    Israel says has evidence 47 percent of Gaza dead were combatants – via yahoo

    That means 53% were innocent men, women and children. Well done, bravehearts…

    • Annie Robbins
      August 2, 2014, 11:20 pm

      israel saying it has evidence means nothing

      • bijou
        August 2, 2014, 11:21 pm

        Yeah were they standing by the hospital beds checking name, rank and serial number of each body party fergoddsakes? That number is so bogus.

      • Daniel Rich
        August 3, 2014, 12:35 am

        @ Annie/bijou,

        I could not help but notice the absence of the word ‘provided‘…

        The Sun Son of Sam also said he was–

        ‘Woof, woof…’

        “Shut up!!!!!!!”

    • just
      August 2, 2014, 11:44 pm

      One more lie piled on the the other lies.

      “Israel has said they have scientific evidence that Hadar Goldin, the soldier feared abducted by Hamas on Friday in an ambush that shattered a humanitarian ceasefire, was killed in action during the attack.

      The announcement, by Israel’s chief military rabbi, came just hours after prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu indicated that Israel’s military operation was coming to an end. Army personnel met the soldier’s family at their home in Kfar Saba on Saturday night to inform them. Hundreds of people from around Israel gathered outside praying and showing their support.”

      link to theguardian.com

      So Hamas told the truth, and Israel lied. Again they murdered more of the suffering and traumatized, besieged Palestinians while they lied to the world. In Netanyahu’s presser, it was said that he was going to visit the soldier’s parents later and there was some kind of promise that Israel would not leave him behind and “kidnapped”.

      • Ron Edwards
        August 3, 2014, 9:29 am

        Arrrgh, “feared” abducted, is that the spin now? Whereas just yesterday the NYT front page featured Goldin’s handsome (we must get him back!) smiling (oh no! poor abductee) face in full color, the text braying about Hamas breaking ceasefires with its vicious abducting ways.

      • just
        August 3, 2014, 9:41 am

        Yep. Now he’s “fallen”:

        “More details on the funeral of Israeli Soldier which will take place at 5.30pm local time, from the Jewish Press.

        The funeral for fallen IDF officer, Lt. Hadar Goldin will be in the Kfar Sava Military cemetery at 5:30pm, Sunday.

        The family has requested that the Nation of Israel come to the funeral to honor Hadar.

        May his memory be a blessing and may his death be avenged by G-d and the IDF.”

        link to theguardian.com

        (note the “avenged” part)

        I guess he got promoted to full Lt. posthumously. Palestinians can’t even find their dead and bury them…

    • tree
      August 3, 2014, 2:36 am

      That means 53% were innocent men, women and children.

      No, it means that Israel is admitting that at least 53% of the Gaza casualties were innocent civilians. No doubt the IDF considers any Palestinian male in Gaza over the age of 12 as a combatant simply because of his age and gender. At age 12 the IDF officially allows its soldiers to fire upon them. Unofficially of course, as the T-shirt says, “One shot, two kills” and “The smaller they are, the harder to hit”.

      link to meezaan.org

    • oldgeezer
      August 3, 2014, 11:21 am

      They had piles of evidence that Hamas was behind the kidnapping of the three youth as well. Netanyahu said he was going to release it. The world still waits for it.

  19. bijou
    August 2, 2014, 10:49 pm

    OFF TOPIC, but not sure if this has been shared here yet. Mohammed Assaf recently released a powerful and stirring song for Gaza, where he grew up:

    **Attn: Annie**

    link to youtu.be

    • Annie Robbins
      August 2, 2014, 11:11 pm

      oh wow.i had no idea! and subtitles. unbelievable.

      • bijou
        August 2, 2014, 11:20 pm

        :)

    • just
      August 2, 2014, 11:36 pm

      thanks bijou! I had linked this the other evening and saw this today:

      “SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Muhammad Assaf, UNRWA Goodwill Ambassador:
      “There is pain in my heart from what is happening in my town and to my people in my beloved home, Gaza that is hurting. No words can describe what I feel and how the Arab world feels and how the world feels. Now we all have to help my beloved people in Gaza, all those who suffer in Gaza, all those who suffer under the attacks.”

      SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Muhammad Assaf, UNRWA Goodwill Ambassador:
      “Thanks to all everywhere. We have to help Gaza stand up on its feet one more time, Gaza is strong. Gazans are heroes. They always get back on their feet after they have been destroyed. That is the Gaza I trust. The number of people who have been killed is so immense, civilians, children, women, elderly. It is a very bad situation.””

      more @ link to en.cihan.com.tr

      • dbroncos
        August 3, 2014, 12:50 am

        The peace prize winner is an evil racist and fascist and that’s how he’ll be remembered. He’s no captive and there are no better angels of his nature. What he’s said and what he’s done reflect his truest thoughts and feelings.

      • Walid
        August 3, 2014, 6:49 am

        Your peace prize winner doesn’t care, never did.

        Another school has been hit; 10 kids killed with 20 injured among the over 60 dead from a few hours today.

        People are being told by Israel to return to their homes to what has become safe areas, but when they do, the people are met with tanks firing on them.

        For lack of room at the morgue, dead children are now being placed in ice cream freezers.

      • Daniel Rich
        August 3, 2014, 7:18 am

        @ Walid,

        Q: For lack of room at the morgue, dead children are now being placed in ice cream freezers.

        R: That imagery brings tears to my eyes…

        How very, very saddening…

        RIP little angels… I’m sorry I couldn’t protect you…

      • just
        August 3, 2014, 7:53 am

        Nary a peep on MSM– heard about it on RT. Lerner says he knows nothing about the murder of these children– he’s moaning about the 15 seconds that poor Israelis have to run to shelters– all because of “Khamas.”

        From last evening, RT had an interview with James Petras that some might be interested in seeing, it’s the first video at the link.

        link to rt.com

        “For lack of room at the morgue, dead children are now being placed in ice cream freezers.”

        All with little to no electricity…”humanitarian disaster” doesn’t even begin to describe this. It’s inhuman in every way.

      • just
        August 3, 2014, 8:28 am

        CNN is having a Priest and a Rabbi on to explain the ‘religious roots of the conflict in the ME — it goes back to biblical times.’ (how lame!) No Muslim in sight.

        Beck is good, though. He says all three have much in common and the land belongs to G-d, and people need to find a way to coexist. He speaks about the blockaded Palestinians, the Pope at the wall and his wishes.

        Gewirtz (rabid Zionist) stands firmly behind ‘his homeland’ (he’s got a very American accent, though) and condemns Hamas.

      • Kay24
        August 3, 2014, 8:40 am

        I am utterly disgusted by Obama and even more of Congress, for they keep aiding and arming the zio -nazis, that lie brazenly and keep escalating the violence on civilians. From the time the massacre of Gaza started, they have passed resolutions to arm the massacre, and agreed to supply them with more ammo to use against civilians. MORE children have been killed that militants. The zionists are the nazis of our time, even the pictures comparing the two are similar to the brutality.

      • Bumblebye
        August 3, 2014, 9:10 am

        Ed Miliband has spoken out (from radio), says Cameron should send a message to Israel that its “actions in Gaza are unacceptable and unjustifiable”.

        I picked this up from Guardian:

        “Der Spiegel is reporting that Israel spied on Kerry during peace talks last year. This report from Agence France-Presse

        Israel eavesdropped on US Secretary of State John Kerry during doomed peace talks with the Palestinians last year, German news weekly Der Spiegel reported Sunday.

        The article said the Israelis and at least one other secret service listened in on Kerry’s conversations as he tried to mediate, in a development that Der Spiegel said was likely to further strain ties between Israel and the United States.”

        link to theguardian.com

      • Shingo
        August 3, 2014, 9:24 am

        The article said the Israelis and at least one other secret service listened in on Kerry’s conversations as he tried to mediate, in a development that Der Spiegel said was likely to further strain ties between Israel and the United States.”

        Expect all of Congress to pass a unanimous resolution supporting Israeli spying on Kerry. Obama will give a speech blaming Hamas.

      • Bandolero
        August 3, 2014, 10:11 am

        Shingo

        Before Congress will pass a unanimous resolution supporting Israeli spying on Kerry I’ld expect that all main stream media in the US report that Kerry is such an unreliable and untrustworthy friend of Israel – Israel, the very best ally the US ever had during the history of mankind, whose interests are always 100% the same interests as the interests of the American people – that Israel was forced to listen to some of Kerry’s phone calls with the sole intention of keeping harm away from the American people.

    • Justpassingby
      August 3, 2014, 3:40 am

      Did he ever perform on Fifa?

  20. peeesss
    August 3, 2014, 4:16 am

    Sickening. 2,000 dead all innocents, civilians, men , woman and children. And yes the Palestinian fighters called militants, terrorists ,

    yes HAMAS. All 1500 fighters , Palestinians, against the might of the 4th.strongest , largest military in the world.. 86,000 soldiers are

    engaged in combat armed to the teeth with the most modern weapons of death , furnished by the United States and our great Liberal,

    Progressive African American President.. Obama says it is heartbreaking to witness the civilian casualties. Yet he has just

    re supplied Israel with more weapons. guns, ammunition, rockets, mortars

    missile’s to kill more Palestinian babies. And , of course, complete diplomatic backing. 450 children dead, thousands maimed for life,

    without parents, siblings, grandparents, friends. School, hospitals, Mosques, power plants, refugee centers, whole neighborhoods and

    homes demolished, no electricity , no water. Obama says repeatedly that “Israel has the right to defend themselves”. What f……..g

    world am I living in.. He made a big thing about an Israeli soldier supposedly captured by Hamas. A soldier of an invading Army

    , armed to the teeth, to kill Palestinians is , somehow, a figure of sympathy . But not his unarmed victims, men, woman and children.

    Even this was BS as Israel admitted he was killed in battle. Many sources say he was killed deliberately by the moral Israeli Offence

    Forces rather than having him be prisoner and thus be a possible negotiating instrument.. So as Israel violates every law , humane

    moral, international our “Israeli Occupied Congress” passes unanimous resolutions praising Israel, granting hundreds of million

    dollars more for more war, military funding. Israeli politicians and citizens talk of mass murder, extermination, genocide which

    coincide with US citizens and politicians joining in this rampant hatred, racism against Palestinians that permeates Zionist ideology. .The people of Gaza

    of 2,000,000 50% under the age of 16 are refugees or ancestors of refugees and now being slaughtered for the third time in 5 years while the world

    is silent. This racist State of Israel ‘s policies toward the Palestinian people have been described by leaders in South Africa as far

    worse than what they had to endure under the white Racist Government of Aparthied .South Africa. . So as this massacre continues I

    stand on the side of the victims and those that try to defend them, call them Hamas, militants, Terrorists. They are Palestinian

    resistance fighters just like the French, resistance, the Jewish Resistance, against the Nazi’s. . The Hasbara, and Israeli occupied

    mainstream media can scream Hamas, Hamas, Hamas all they want. I shout back, refugees, occupied, resistance. , Palestinian.

    Sickening. 2,000 dead all innocents, civilians, men , woman and children. And yes the Palestinian fighters called militants, terrorists ,

    yes HAMAS. All 1500 fighters , Palestinians, against the might of the 4th.strongest , largest military in the world.. 86,000 soldiers are

    engaged in combat armed to the teeth with the most modern weapons of death , furnished by the United States and our great Liberal,

    Progressive African American President.. Obama says it is heartbreaking to witness the civilian casualties. Yet he has just

    re supplied Israel with more weapons. guns, ammunition, rockets, mortars

    missile’s to kill more Palestinian babies. And , of course, complete diplomatic backing. 450 children dead, thousands maimed for life,

    without parents, siblings, grandparents, friends. School, hospitals, Mosques, power plants, refugee centers, whole neighborhoods and

    homes demolished, no electricity , no water. Obama says repeatedly that “Israel has the right to defend themselves”. What f……..g

    world am I living in.. He made a big thing about an Israeli soldier supposedly captured by Hamas. A soldier of an invading Army

    , armed to the teeth, to kill Palestinians is , somehow, a figure of sympathy . But not his unarmed victims, men, woman and children.

    Even this was BS as Israel admitted he was killed in battle. Many sources say he was killed deliberately by the moral Israeli Offence

    Forces rather than having him be prisoner and thus be a possible negotiating instrument.. So as Israel violates every law , humane

    moral, international our “Israeli Occupied Congress” passes unanimous resolutions praising Israel, granting hundreds of million

    dollars more for more war, military funding. Israeli politicians and citizens talk of mass murder, extermination, genocide which

    coincide with US citizens and politicians joining in this rampant hatred, racism against Palestinians that permeates Zionist ideology. .The people of Gaza

    of 2,000,000 50% under the age of 16 are refugees or ancestors of refugees and now being slaughtered for the third time in 5 years while the world

    is silent. This racist State of Israel ‘s policies toward the Palestinian people have been described by leaders in South Africa as far

    worse than what they had to endure under the white Racist Government of Aparthied .South Africa. . So as this massacre continues I

    stand on the side of the victims and those that try to defend them, call them Hamas, militants, Terrorists. They are Palestinian

    resistance fighters just like the French, resistance, the Jewish Resistance, against the Nazi’s. . The Hasbara, and Israeli occupied

    mainstream media can scream Hamas, Hamas, Hamas all they want. I shout back, refugees, occupied, resistance. , Palestinian.

    Sickening. 2,000 dead all innocents, civilians, men , woman and children. And yes the Palestinian fighters called militants, terrorists ,

    yes HAMAS. All 1500 fighters , Palestinians, against the might of the 4th.strongest , largest military in the world.. 86,000 soldiers are

    engaged in combat armed to the teeth with the most modern weapons of death , furnished by the United States and our great Liberal,

    Progressive African American President.. Obama says it is heartbreaking to witness the civilian casualties. Yet he has just

    re supplied Israel with more weapons. guns, ammunition, rockets, mortars

    missile’s to kill more Palestinian babies. And , of course, complete diplomatic backing. 450 children dead, thousands maimed for life,

    without parents, siblings, grandparents, friends. School, hospitals, Mosques, power plants, refugee centers, whole neighborhoods and

    homes demolished, no electricity , no water. Obama says repeatedly that “Israel has the right to defend themselves”. What f……..g

    world am I living in.. He made a big thing about an Israeli soldier supposedly captured by Hamas. A soldier of an invading Army

    , armed to the teeth, to kill Palestinians is , somehow, a figure of sympathy . But not his unarmed victims, men, woman and children.

    Even this was BS as Israel admitted he was killed in battle. Many sources say he was killed deliberately by the moral Israeli Offence

    Forces rather than having him be prisoner and thus be a possible negotiating instrument.. So as Israel violates every law , humane

    moral, international our “Israeli Occupied Congress” passes unanimous resolutions praising Israel, granting hundreds of million

    dollars more for more war, military funding. Israeli politicians and citizens talk of mass murder, extermination, genocide which

    coincide with US citizens and politicians joining in this rampant hatred, racism against Palestinians that permeates Zionist ideology. .The people of Gaza

    of 2,000,000 50% under the age of 16 are refugees or ancestors of refugees and now being slaughtered for the third time in 5 years while the world

    is silent. This racist State of Israel ‘s policies toward the Palestinian people have been described by leaders in South Africa as far

    worse than what they had to endure under the white Racist Government of Aparthied .South Africa. . So as this massacre continues I

    stand on the side of the victims and those that try to defend them, call them Hamas, militants, Terrorists. They are Palestinian

    resistance fighters just like the French, resistance, the Jewish Resistance, against the Nazi’s. . The Hasbara, and Israeli occupied

    mainstream media can scream Hamas, Hamas, Hamas all they want. I shout back, refugees, occupied, resistance. , Palestinian.

  21. Justpassingby
    August 3, 2014, 4:45 am

    Yes israel lied about capture to reject the truce. Does israel gov do anything but lie?
    And the stupid west and UN accept the lies.

    “Obama do you hear us? 15k Americans saying Justice for Palestine. Enough is enough”
    link to twitter.com

  22. Justpassingby
    August 3, 2014, 6:02 am

    I still wait for Goldstone to utter some words, where are you Goldstone? Where you hiding in these 1850-palestinians-killed-by-israel days?

  23. Kay24
    August 3, 2014, 8:35 am

    So now that Israel has admitted that the so called captured soldier has indeed, as claimed by Hamas, been killed in those tunnels, will Obama admit he was wrong to accuse Hamas and calling this BARBARIC? So who is barbaric now, Mr. President?

    It seems Hamas is turning out to be telling the truth is these situations. First it was the 3 kids being kidnapped, and that too Hamas denied, and it turns out to be some individual without Hamas knowledge. Now Israel has once again lied and accused Hamas about this, with the President of the USA, calling it barbaric and outrageous.

    So for how long are we going to pretend we buy the lies and for how long are we going to put up with the immediate escalation of violence, after these lies?
    Would Blitzer and the other zio shills retract what was being said and admit they were going with the lies by Israel.
    Why is the world watching the lies and the brutal actions by Israel afterwards, and not strong condemning Israel. The EU is silent, excepting for some South American nations, the rest of the world is mute, while children are being blown up. The US is just as guilty of genocide as the Israelis, by encouraging this brutal nation to keep killing civilians, arming it, and justifying even the lies and false claims.
    Time to collectively punish Israel.

  24. RobertB
    August 3, 2014, 8:40 am

    It seems that Ole Obama can say or do … is recite the zionist AIPAC/Apartheid Israel’s narratives. Yep…Obama just repeats Netanyahu’s lies & does what his zionist handlers tell him what to do or say. What an incompetent, spineless AIPAC/Israel servant and that goes for that ole Kerry… too!

    The carnage, the massacres and the genocide of hundreds of helpless Palestinian women & children… and all that Ole Obama can muster is “heartbreaking” to describe Gaza’s human disaster…and his beloved Israeli IDF war crimes. Gaza’s genocide is happening on Ole Obama’s watch!

    What a damn disgrace… and he is sending more $$$ & weapons to his beloved terrorist state of Israel so that more massacres can be committed while he sits there and does nothing… in a shameful state of paralysis!

  25. just
    August 3, 2014, 8:48 am

    “An Israeli air strike has killed at least 10 people and wounded about 30 others in a UN-run school in the southern Gaza Strip, witnesses and medics said, as dozens died in renewed Israeli shelling of the enclave.

    The Israeli military said it was looking into reports of the attack, the second to hit a UN school in less than a week.

    A missile launched by an aircraft struck the entrance to the school in Rafah, the witnesses and medics said.

    They said there was an explosion at about 10.30am just outside the gates of the Rafah Preparatory A Boys school, where a group of children and adults were buying sweets and biscuits from hawkers.

    Ashraf al-Qidra, a spokesman for the Gaza health ministry, said 10 people had been killed and 30 wounded.

    Adnan Abu Hasna, a spokesman for the UN Relief and Works Agency in Gaza, said: “It is believed that there was an air strike that hit outside the gate of an UNRWA school, a designated shelter for at least 3,000 displaced residents.”

    “There were multiple dead and injuries inside and outside the school, including an UNRWA staffer,” he said.”

    link to theguardian.com

    • chocopie
      August 3, 2014, 12:19 pm

      I guess if you’re prepared to bomb one school you might as well go ahead and keep doing it, bomb six or seven or eight. There were no repercussions for bombing one the first time, and even if somebody writes a report about it and issues a condemnation six months from now, whether Israel bombs one or bombs eight is not going to matter. In fact, bombing one school looks very bad; bombing eight makes it seem more routine. Obviously, Israel has figured this out.

  26. Kay24
    August 3, 2014, 9:04 am

    What is unacceptable is Israel has insulted the US, by treating John Kerry so shabbily, and yet we keep arming them and the President stand up in front of the world and keep justifying the slaughter, and we even keep arming Bibi’s brutal army.

    Now it turns out Israel was SPYING ON JOHN KERRY during the peace negotiations.
    Still we keep kissing up to Israel. Anyone has a clue why we keep becoming Israel’s whipping boy so often and still are so devoted to it?

    link to haaretz.com

    • just
      August 3, 2014, 9:08 am

      Business as usual. There will be no ‘outrage’.

      CIA spies on Congress. US spies on Merkel. NSA spies on all of us.

      “Anyone has a clue why we keep becoming Israel’s whipping boy so often and still are so devoted to it?”

      Nope. It is antithetical to our professed ‘values’.

      • just
        August 3, 2014, 9:30 am

        Perhaps Kerry told the truth about Netanyahu and Israel and is being held hostage by the GoI.

        Wonder what other folks were spying…

      • Kay24
        August 3, 2014, 9:35 am

        Absolutely no outrage or even mention of these rogue actions by Israel.

        I am beginning to think we keep rewarding Israel by showering it with more aid, weapons, and the support, the more our so called ally keeps committing such acts of betrayal against us. They have insulted us, insulted Kerry, and regularly caught spying on us, but yet the loving by the US keeps going.

      • justicewillprevail
        August 3, 2014, 10:30 am

        It’s the very definition of an abusive relationship

  27. Mayhem
    August 3, 2014, 9:07 am

    UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon speaking on behalf of the UN (that generally gives Israel a very rough ride) condemned “in the strongest terms” the reported ceasefire violation by Hamas and had demanded that an Israeli soldier that was thought to have been captured in Gaza be released immediately.

    The Secretary-General condemned in the strongest terms, the reported violation by Hamas of the mutually agreed humanitarian ceasefire straight after it had commenced. He was shocked and profoundly disappointed by these developments, remarked Ban’s spokesman in an official statement.

    Seems like Obama’s team is in good company on its call of who defied the ceasefire truce.
    Israel has no choice but to totally destroy Hamas’ military arsenal.

    • Shingo
      August 3, 2014, 5:01 pm

      Seems like Obama’s team is in good company on its call of who defied the ceasefire truce.

      So was Bush when he lied about WMD.

      Of course Israel started this like they always do. The reports have already refuted Israel’s lies.

      !Israel has no choice but to totally destroy Hamas’ military arsenal

      What military arsenal? Their stocks of fire crackers? Their chicken shit IDF won’t be up to it.

      And Israel won’t be able to do it anyway.

    • Tuyzentfloot
      August 4, 2014, 7:54 am

      UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon speaking on behalf of the UN (that generally gives Israel a very rough ride) condemned “in the strongest terms” the reported ceasefire violation by Hamas and had demanded that an Israeli soldier that was thought to have been captured in Gaza be released immediately.

      From the press conference Ban Ki-Moon gave together with Netanyahu(it’s on Netanyahu’s site) begin of july I only take away the feeling that Ban Ki-Moon is very much on Israel’s side, probably to the dismay of many people in his organisation.

  28. Vera Gottlieb
    August 3, 2014, 9:48 am

    But of course Obama knows everything. Isn’t he one of the three Wise Men? Could not think who the other two might be.

  29. just
    August 3, 2014, 10:13 am

    “An Israeli sniper has admitted to killing 13 children in the Gaza Strip in one day, as Tel Aviv continues its aerial and ground attacks in the besieged enclave.”

    link to presstv.ir

    • Shingo
      August 3, 2014, 10:31 am

      Did you see what he posted on Istagram?

      “I [sic] killed 13 childrens [sic] today and ur [sic] next f****** muslims [sic] go to hell b******,”

      Yes, most moral army in the world. But it’s Palestinians who are at fault for being full of hate.

      At least we have firm evidence now that IDF do indeed target children.

      • just
        August 3, 2014, 11:00 am

        Yes. There are some that are saying it wasn’t “for real”… but,

        “For her part, ElKaderi has tirelessly confirmed the post by the IDF soldier, even who boasted of murdering 13 Gazan children in one day. An IDF Combat Engineering Corps Soldier, specifically, Ovadia posed with a Barrett .50 caliber sniper rifle, taunting the Palestinian ElKaderi with the now famous screen captured post.

        As we said from the beginning, it was unclear and perhaps unlikely that the Barrett was used in the commission of such crimes, as this weapon is usually reserved for the best of the best marksmen. But Ovadia’s posting of himself with the .50 caliber rifle was obviously meant to be visually intimidating to Palestinians.

        As Israeli, Iranian, European and pretty much everyone but U.S. media outlets (save the International Business Times), took our report seriously, the IDF began doing an investigation of their own. Ovadia’s initial plea was that his account had been “hacked”, a claim which many proponents of the IDF incursion into Gaza quickly jumped on, as we had reported the “hacktivist” group ”Anonymous” took control of his Instagram account, deleting it entirely after our report first broke.

        Ovadia thought that would be the end of it. Within hours, armies of self-described “debunkers” flooded social media, claiming that this was a “hoax”. But the IDF investigators still smelled something funny about Ovadia’s professions of innocence. They pressed on with their questioning, only to catch him in a number of lies. Finally, Ovadia confessed to having made the post, and quickly deleting it once it was clear he was going to get in trouble for his hateful comments.

        Now, the IDF has announced that Ovadia is being sentenced to 30 days in jail. They assert that he did not actually shoot 13 children, but was instead using the claim to harass and terrorize Palestinians on social media. As we suspected, Ovadia has not even qualified for the .50 caliber rifle, but had posed with it to look intimidating.

        Before finally confessing, Ovadia’s hateful claims of proudly carrying out war crimes led to Anonymous hacking the websites of the Mossad intelligence agency in Israel “for the brave IDF Sniper”, in reference to Ovadia, and following up by taking down the Israeli Ministry of Defense as well, similarly attributing attack to Ovadia’s online claims.

        Meanwhile, there are still people who believe they are “debunking” this story, which is now headline news in Israel. On the contrary, however, this story has been investigated, confirmed, and led to Ovadia doing some (though not enough) jail time.”

        link to countercurrentnews.com

    • Kay24
      August 3, 2014, 10:32 am

      How easily they brag about their brutality.

      He must think he is a hero among that land of the blood thirsty. He brags because he knows he will be applauded.

      Human beings who have a conscience, will be disgusted by his act.

      So who says Israel does not target civilians, especially children? More children have been killed by militants. If these were Israeli kids the cowards would be whining and Bibi would have fished out another cartoon to show his outrage.

      • Shingo
        August 3, 2014, 10:35 am

        He must think he is a hero among that land of the blood thirsty. He brags because he knows he will be applauded.

        He’ll probably get laid when he’s on leave with all those sexy young things cheering on genocide.

        It mentions that Anonymous has been hacking into Israel’s networks. Haven’t heard a lot about it. I wonder what they’ve been able to achieve?

      • Bumblebye
        August 3, 2014, 11:22 am

        link to angryarabscommentsection.blogspot.co.uk

        “In the mean time, while more information is gathered on Ovadia, the “hacktivist” group “Anonymous” took control of his Instagram account, deleting it entirely. For “good measure” Anonymous sources said that they hacked the websites of the Mossad intelligence agency in Israel “or the brave IDF Sniper”, in reference to Ovadia. By 11:30, they had taken down the Israeli Ministry of Defense as well, and similarly attributed it as a response to Ovadia’s confessions.”

      • Bumblebye
        August 3, 2014, 11:34 am

        Further, from the authors of the original article:

        link to countercurrentnews.com

        “…IDF investigators still smelled something funny about Ovadia’s professions of innocence. They pressed on with their questioning, only to catch him in a number of lies. Finally, Ovadia confessed to having made the post, and quickly deleting it once it was clear he was going to get in trouble for his hateful comments.

        Now, the IDF has announced that Ovadia is being sentenced to 30 days in jail. They assert that he did not actually shoot 13 children, but was instead using the claim to harass and terrorize Palestinians on social media. As we suspected, Ovadia has not even qualified for the .50 caliber rifle, but had posed with it to look intimidating.”

    • a blah chick
      August 3, 2014, 10:36 am

      I heard about this some days ago and this is the latest: the guy just finished his sniper training and has never been to Gaza. At first people suggested that the account was a fake one but it turned out that it was real, only the guy is a liar. Also the weapon he was shown with was not one a newly minted sniper would use.

      Anyway he’s still an a**hole.

  30. traintosiberia
    August 3, 2014, 10:27 am

    link to theguardian.com

    link to theguardian.com —–UK condemnation of Israel would threaten peace hopes, says minister

    • Shingo
      August 3, 2014, 6:07 pm

      UK condemnation of Israel would threaten peace hopes, says minister

      Susan Rice used the same excuse when she veto’s the UNSC resolution condemning the settlements, yet they’re quite happy to condemn Hamas/Palestinians etc.

      It’s as though they are admitting the Israelis are childish and irrational and can’t handle criticism, whereas the Palestinians can.

      I guess they are aware who the adults are.

  31. just
    August 3, 2014, 10:31 am

    “If the U.S. decided to join the world, the impact would be great. Over and over, Israel has abandoned cherished plans when Washington has so demanded. Such are the relations of power between them.

    Furthermore, Israel by now has little recourse, after having adopted policies that turned it from a country that was greatly admired to one that is feared and despised, policies it is pursuing with blind determination today in its march toward moral deterioration and possible ultimate destruction.

    Could U.S. policy change? It’s not impossible. Public opinion has shifted considerably in recent years, particularly among the young, and it cannot be completely ignored.

    For some years there has been a good basis for public demands that Washington observe its own laws and cut off military aid to Israel. U.S. law requires that “no security assistance may be provided to any country the government of which engages in a consistent pattern of gross violations of internationally recognized human rights.”

    Israel most certainly is guilty of this consistent pattern, and has been for many years.

    Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, author of this provision of the law, has brought up its potential applicability to Israel in specific cases, and with a well-conducted educational, organizational and activist effort such initiatives could be pursued successively.

    That could have a very significant impact in itself, while also providing a springboard for further actions to compel Washington to become part of “the international community” and to observe international law and norms.

    Nothing could be more significant for the tragic Palestinian victims of many years of violence and repression.”

    more from Chomsky here:

    link to truth-out.org

  32. just
    August 3, 2014, 11:08 am

    “The Times of Israel, which had to apologise after writing a live blog considering if genocide was permissible, is reporting that Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin called the parents of soldier Hadar Goldin ahead of his funeral. It reports:

    Netanyahu calls Simcha and Leah Goldin, the parents of slain Givati Brigade officer Hadar Goldin — who was initially thought kidnapped Friday morning — telling them that he was a “great hero.”

    “I know that you’re going through horrible agony, the feeling that a part of you was taken away and that you’re no longer complete,” Netanyahu tells the bereaved parents. “These are feelings impossible to calm in an instant. I hope that you will take comfort in the fact that in his death he sustained the people of Israel in their struggle for independence.””

    link to theguardian.com

    WHAT? “struggle for independence”?????

    • chocopie
      August 3, 2014, 12:33 pm

      They want to be free of the Palestinians, haha, not going to happen. They can’t get their independence from the Palestinians, whose land they squat on, whose houses they live in, whose water they drink, whose food they eat. And they know it. If the Palestinians would just disappear or keep quiet, Israelis could forget that everything they have, they stole from Palestinians.

  33. traintosiberia
    August 3, 2014, 11:12 am

    Using the false claims again ,Israel resumed killing civilians and destroying the destroyed infrastructures . US and media behaviors are as predictable as the sun rise on the east is, US and UN chief did not disappoint and blamed Hamas for start or restart of the violence.
    Israel in 1967 attacked Syria after the truce brokered by UN and captured Golan.
    Every past claims of the Zionist going to back to the ancient times should be reevaluated . Chances are that it would be found to be nothing but false.

  34. Kay24
    August 3, 2014, 11:26 am

    Haaretz
    “LIVE UPDATES: Rocket sirens sound in Tel Aviv as Israeli forces pull out of Gaza
    UN chief calls bombing of Rafah school a ‘criminal act’; Hamas says Israel lied by claiming soldier was abducted; Gaza fighting continues, 48 Palestinians killed, including 10 in UN school attack; IDF soldier moderately wounded by sniper fire in north Gaza;”

    Hamas accuses Israel of lying about soldier being abducted, like it did when the 3 kids were killed. See the pattern here? They lie, escalate the violence against the Palestinian people, assault them, massacre them, on these lies, and then it seems it was all a hoax on the world.

    To think the President of the US also propagates this lie, with no proof of the crimes, and calls them barbaric, is “outrageous”.

    • just
      August 3, 2014, 11:36 am

      “Pierre Krähenbühl @PKraehenbuehl · 54m

      How can it possibly be? Another Israeli strike, in immediate vicinity of @UNRWA school in Rafah, kills & injures many in & outside building.”

      link to twitter.com

      • just
        August 3, 2014, 12:30 pm

        “The Gaza Ministry of Health, has issued a press statement which says the Kuwati Maternity Hospital in Rafah is unable to cope with the numbers of dead and injured. It states that at least 118 people have died today in Gaza:

        Missile and mortar attacks are continuing in Rafah, putting enormous pressure on the 20-bed Kuwaiti Maternity Hospital, which is overflowing with dead and injured. There are 30 bodies lying on the floor of the dental clinic, and children’s bodies stored in ice-cream, flower, and vegetable freezers as there are no morgue facilities. Other bodies have already been taken for burial in the western cemetery, the eastern cemetery being inaccessible because of Israeli shell-fire.

        “We desperately need blood, we do not have enough for transfusions,” said Fatma Abu Musa, a laboratory technician at Kuwaiti Hospital. “We only have two operating theatres, one for minor surgery. They have to operate on two people at the same time on one operating table, major surgeries, with intestines on the outside, eyes on the outside. It is impossible to deal with all the wounded.”

        Kuwaiti Hospital has sent many patients on to the Emirati Red Crescent Maternity Hospital nearby, which is slightly bigger but equally unequipped to deal with the types of injuries presenting.

        The Ministry of Health Gaza has made numerous calls to the international community over recent weeks for assistance – calls which have largely gone unanswered.

        We again implore of you that you take immediate concrete action to bring the Israeli carnage in Gaza to an end.”

        link to theguardian.com

      • eljay
        August 3, 2014, 12:40 pm

        >> just: link to theguardian.com

        This sounds like one of those situations the U.S. finds “heartbreaking”.

      • Annie Robbins
        August 3, 2014, 5:43 pm

        How can it possibly be? Another Israeli strike, in immediate vicinity of @UNRWA school in Rafah, kills & injures many in & outside building.”

        you have no idea how frustrating it is for me writing a post to have it sit there all day long and sometimes til the next day. but yes, this happened. after everyone and their brother reads about it maybe it will get published here.

      • just
        August 3, 2014, 5:50 pm

        {{{Annie}}}

        You’re right, I can’t imagine…your work is invaluable to so many.

  35. just
    August 3, 2014, 11:41 am

    “”With Hamas, one doesn’t talk one shoots,” Minister of Justice Tzipi Livni said tonight (Motzei Shabbat). “You don’t make deals with Hamas, you make deals against Hamas, which is what we are doing,” she continued.

    “The campaign will continue by our decisions, and through our initiative until we achieve Israel’s objectives,” she said.”

    link to israelnationalnews.com

    And we know what “Israel’s objectives” are.

    • Bubba
      August 3, 2014, 5:03 pm

      We have sort of run off the article track. Thanks for evidencing the lies, Allison and Max. Your view from the area along with your sources and the local feel are very important. Without this type of insight we are left with the rebaked party lines written for the mass distribution of disinformation.

  36. RobertB
    August 3, 2014, 11:54 am

    CNN, FAUX/FOX….MSM….their zionist editors…reporters….all working 24 hours per day for Apartheid Israel’s lies and zionist propaganda!

    Hundreds of helpless Palestinian women, children being massacred by Israel’s war criminals….and yet the missing/dead IDF soldier gets most their so called news coverage!!!

  37. scott9854958
    August 3, 2014, 12:37 pm

    Someone needs to remind Obama that he’s a lame duck prez and has NOTHING to lose by standing up on his hind legs and telling the truth.

    • Citizen
      August 4, 2014, 7:27 pm

      Obama’s looking at a nice income from speaking and writing as post-POTUS. He must toe the zionist line to live the good life after leaving orifice.

  38. James Canning
    August 3, 2014, 1:33 pm

    Do rich and powerful Jews in the US in effect demand that Obama spoon up Israeli propaganda, right and left? I think this is the sad truth of the matter.

  39. Boomer
    August 3, 2014, 1:46 pm

    At the risk of sounding like some people on the far right, I must say that Obama dishonors us, betrays us, and indeed humanity. This is tragic, but no longer disappointing, for who now can hope for better from him.

    • James Canning
      August 4, 2014, 2:03 pm

      @Boomer – – Obama has to keep his eye on the elections later this year, and he obviously knows the Democrats depend on rich Jews for success. This is a cruel fact of the matter. Republican control of the US Senate?

  40. Tuyzentfloot
    August 3, 2014, 5:20 pm

    A triumphant analysis of how Hamas messed up by breaking the latest ceasefire by by john Cassidy at the New Yorker. He’s smart. He uses words like ‘opprobrium’. I hardly know what it means.

  41. Max Blumenthal
    August 4, 2014, 5:09 am

    Quickly checking to answer those who’ve questioned the timing of the Qassam Brigades tweets: The time stamp that appears on the tweets reflects the time zone you are currently in. Perhaps we should have embedded the original tweets to avoid any confusion.

    • Jackdaw
      August 4, 2014, 4:17 pm

      @Max

      ” The time stamp that appears on the tweets reflects the time zone you are currently in. Perhaps we should have embedded the original tweets to avoid any confusion.”

      Huh? What are you trying to say? In plain english.

  42. John D
    August 4, 2014, 4:25 pm

    Let’s cut to the chase: Obama is as big a war criminal as Netanyahu. End of.
    They both have the blood of many innocents on their hands. End of.

  43. JLewisDickerson
    September 11, 2014, 11:41 pm

    RE: “Who broke the ceasefire? Obama blames Hamas against the evidence”

    MY COMMENT: Obama is a notorious, serial liar. He seems to lie very casually, and quite shamelessly. I certainly would not buy a used car from him.

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