Saban confronts Bennett: ‘Are you willing to cut commercial ties with Europe?’

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In an openly-confrontational appearance with leading American supporters of Israel in Washington this weekend, Israel’s economics minister, Naftali Bennett, dismissed global threats of boycott criticisms of Israel, referring to “a little thing called the rest of the world.” He said that if Europe cuts Israel off, Israeli products might stop working and Europeans will have heart attacks.

Haim Saban

Haim Saban

The warning about heart attacks came in a defiant response to a concerned question from Haim Saban, a huge supporter of Israel who has funded the Clintons [Video below, Minutes 59 and 1:01].

Saban: “Are you willing to cut commercial ties with Europe, because this is what’s going to happen if you have your way in annexing Area C [most of the occupied West Bank]. Can you afford disconnecting from Europe?”

Bennett, the leader of the rightwing Jewish Home Party, who is thought to have a real chance to become Israel’s next Prime Minister, said that he does not envision annexing Area C tomorrow.

Things take time. I’m not suggesting overnight… We have to change the direction. It’s already working in Israel, now we have only a little thing called the rest of the world. But you have to start somewhere.

Regarding cutting commerce? Look, if today you pressed the button, and you stopped using Israeli products, you wouldn’t wake up in the morning because the chip in your cell phone doesn’t work because it’s made in Israel. You wouldn’t get to work because you don’t have Waze. You might have a heart attack because the stent in your heart doesn’t work. The vegetables you eat would be lousy because you’re not getting Netafim [irrigation system]. Your account would be hacked and I could go on and on.  Israel needs to be indispensable, and it is. And what we’re good at, we’re not good at selling products. We export innovation.

It wasn’t clear just what Bennett meant by these threats, but he implied that Israeli-made stents and chips that are now working would cease to work the morning after “you pressed the button” of boycott. Bennett dismissed the threat of European boycotts. “We’ve had boycotts since our inception… [When he was a boy] we didn’t have Pepsi in Israel… If anyone boycott us, they’re anti-semtiic.”

Bennett spoke at the Saban Forum’s annual conference on the US and Israel. The conference is part of the special relationship between Israel and the U.S.; it is funded by Saban, an ardent Zionist and Democratic Party giver who lately palled around with Republican warchest Sheldon Adelson, musing about buying the New York Times together to support Israel.

Bennett has opposed the creation of a Palestinian state and was often harshly treated in the appearance. Martin Indyk, a longtime Israel supporter, opened the talk by saying he was going to “kick Naftali’s ass,” audience members expressed open discomfort with Bennett’s defiance of the world, and another longtime Israel supporter, Dennis Ross, said Bennett was not talking to Palestinians. While Brookings Institution fellow Khaled Elgindy said that Bennett was trampling Palestinian rights.

 

What in the last 100 years of this conflict and the history of the conflict would suggest to you or lead you to believe that Palestinians would accept the money, the roads, establishing their own curricula [that you are offering them]… as opposed to something more fundamental such as their rights? You don’t want Palestinians as citizens of Israels. There’s only one other way for Palestinians to have the right to self determination, and that is through a state of their own… Can you make the case… for why the Palestinians are the only group of humans in the world that do not have the right to self-determination?

Bennett responded that the situation was tragic, but that Palestinians deny the existence of a Jewish state, thereby threatening his children’s survival– and said that there was enough land on the highway medians from Atlanta to Columbus GA to give Palestinians a state 17 times over, but not enough in the West Bank for them to have a state.

Saban thanked Bennett for serving in an elite unit of the Israeli army, but he also said, “You and I live in different bubbles and in different realities.”

Bennett is having a rough trip in the United States. He was sharply questioned by Joe Scarborough this morning on Morning Joe, and the Israeli press is highlighting his differences with former peace processor Martin Indyk.

If you watch Bennett’s performance at the Saban Forum, he seems to swagger even as the audience is dead silent; and he seems not to notice the audience’s discomfort. For instance, speaking of his qualifications to be prime minister of Israel, Bennett emphasized contempt for the world’s opinion as a prerequisite for the office.

I think in our very difficult situation there is one quality that is almost more important than the rest. And that is that internal spine. I’d buy even less on intelligence…. The immense pressures– like Martin is presenting, the whole world is going to be against us… When you look at Israel’s history, ultimately, the big distinction was the people having that inner spine.

He also defended the highly-controversial bill to define Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people.This bill has been widely opposed by American supporters of Israel. As Bennett spoke in favor of the bill, you could hear a pin drop.

He said that basic laws giving rights to all citizens of Israel were passed in the dead of night during the Shamir government (86-92) and with these laws “you only have the human-rights piece and not the Jewish piece.” Under those laws, Bennett said, Palestinians could sue to be included on the free Birthright trips to Israel, and they might win the case; and Palestinians could demand to exercise the right of return to their homes, as Jews exercise the law of return to move to Israel.

He went on to deride former Supreme Court justice Aharon Barak, a hero of liberal Zionists, for knocking down a host of laws that denied Palestinian rights.

Bennett’s appearance will surely catalyze the growing distance between American supporters of Israel and the rightwing political establishment of the state. Even Haim Saban is uncomfortable with Bennett, along with Establishmentarians Dennis Ross and Martin Indyk. If as seems likely the Israeli government continues to lurch rightward, we’re going to see some real tumult inside the special relationship, leaving room for politicians to be openly critical of Israel. Maybe almost as critical as the members of the Israel lobby who spoke up at the Saban Forum.

 

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  1. a blah chick
    December 8, 2014, 1:08 pm

    Maybe the Israeli government should stop using Arabic numerals, that’ll show ’em!

    As for Bennett he is the gift that keeps on giving. That statement about how “there was enough land on the highway medians from Atlanta to Columbus GA to give Palestinians a state 17 times over” should finally cement his reputation as Zionism crazy uncle who’s too rich to ignore. I hope he and Lieberman get the bulk of the votes next year because until Israel starts pissing off Jews with money and influence little will change.

    • bilal a
      December 8, 2014, 7:18 pm

      Bennett made Arab female work participation a high priority. Israel understands the consequences based upon the success of this program in europe and the usa: destruction of intact families, demoralization of the local religion, destruction of ethnic solidarity against the occupation. transformation of people into consumer bots. There must be a truly progressive alternative to issues of female discrimination in employment which is not so colonial in its outcome.

      Israeli Organization Empowers Palestinian, Israeli Arab and Druze Women
      http://unitedwithisrael.org/israeli-organization-empowers-palestinian-israeli-arab-and-druze-women/

      • Marnie
        December 9, 2014, 3:56 am

        Yes, he’s taking his points from the US history of hiring African-American women by the score and leaving African-American men on the side of the road. It has done a lot of damage to African-American families which was obviously the point. As soon as I read about his big push to get Arab women in the workforce all I could think was what a dirty bastard he is. And the right will scream “Bennett is the best person for Arabs”, how much he cares, and at the same time brags about how easy it was to kill them. Freak.

    • Marnie
      December 9, 2014, 3:52 am

      a blah chick – you are a gift that keeps giving – can’t begin to tell you how much I enjoy your humor and wit and you are right on target.

  2. amigo
    December 8, 2014, 1:46 pm

    You have to laugh at this moron threatening 450 million Europeans.The man is clearly mad.

    He is right about not being able to sell products.He and his cohorts have done real damage to brand Israel and it is being removed from many shelves .Way past it,s sell by date.

    The reference to Israeli vegetables is equally idiotic..Ireland, s largest export is in the agri field , so we would benefit from bennets threats if carried out. From our perspective , we welcome this threat.

    Sorry also to disappoint you nutali but there is more than one waze to get to work.

    • John Douglas
      December 8, 2014, 6:38 pm

      I can’t get myself to laugh at this guy. He reminds me a bit of GW, about whom it was famously said, “Never in doubt, seldom right.” How many died in Iraq? For absolutely nothing. A gift that keeps on costing. Yet Bennett makes GW look like a wise rational actor. Whatever the chance that Bennett, and numerous other right wing Israelis, could get his hands on Israel’s nukes, they are far too great. Israel’s nukes constitute one of the greatest threats to violent human death on the planet.

    • Ellen
      December 9, 2014, 3:48 am

      With that ignorant and narcissistic threat, Bennett just gave a reason not to buy cardiac stents from Israeli suppliers. Yes, he is the gift that keeps giving.

      Besides, the major manufacturers are not even Israeli companies (there are 60+ manufacturers world wide). Abbott and Boston Scientific have the largest share of a crowded market.

      • seafoid
        December 9, 2014, 4:33 am

        Zionism is a form of cancer

        Cancer has 6 identifying signs

        • self-sufficiency in growth signaling (the appropriate Zionist response is always to build more )
        • insensitivity to anti-growth signals (Thinking justice is for losers)
        • evasion of apoptosis (cell death – they just kill all dissent)
        • enabling of a limitless replicative potential (1948 and how they built their cities then 1967 and all the wars)
        • induction and sustainment of angiogenesis (this is about blood cells- for Israel the blood function is performed by money)
        • activation of metastasis and invasion of tissue. (YESHA)

        (Metastasis is the transference of disease-producing organisms or of malignant or cancerous cells to other parts of the body by way of the blood or lymphatic vessels or membranous surfaces)

  3. eljay
    December 8, 2014, 2:05 pm

    Look, if today you pressed the button, and you stopped using Israeli products, you wouldn’t wake up in the morning because the chip in your cell phone doesn’t work because it’s made in Israel. You wouldn’t get to work because you don’t have Waze. You might have a heart attack because the stent in your heart doesn’t work. The vegetables you eat would be lousy because you’re not getting Netafim [irrigation system]. Your account would be hacked and I could go on and on.

    Hmmm…that smacks of threats of all sorts of terrorism (eco-/bio-, financial, medical, etc.).

    Israel needs to be indispensable, and it is.

    Wow, what a sad statement. “I need to feel popular, and I am. Right? Tell me I’m popular!”

    • Marnie
      December 9, 2014, 4:01 am

      Bam! Don’t forget we have nuclear weapons which we pretend not to have but you know, just sayin’, you might piss me off really bad when I’m the king of the zionuts state and I might push a button (that doesn’t exist because we really don’t have nukes, ha-ha).

    • MRW
      December 9, 2014, 6:57 am

      you wouldn’t wake up in the morning because the chip in your cell phone doesn’t work because it’s made in Israel

      Hahaha. Unless you’re one of the 70 million that has an iPhone. The A6 chip, the audio and controller chips are made here in the US: in TX and CA.

  4. Walid
    December 8, 2014, 2:18 pm

    I wouldn’t take him too lightly, amigo, he’s right about the stents and chips and a few thousand other gizmos that Israel has planted all over the world. These crazies can do a lot of damage if they decide to play dirty against the West. Lately, they have been planting such mines in Arab countries too.

    • John O
      December 8, 2014, 2:30 pm

      The stents is an intriguing piece of blackmail (for that is what Bennett’s statement amounts to). If European countries adopt BDS, Israel will somehow command the stents inside elderly Europeans to stop working. That will make us Europeans say, “Whoah! We’d better make nice with Israel – they’ve just offed my great-aunt Julia.”

      It leaves a burning question on my mind. Should Bennett increase or decrease his medication?

      • Mooser
        December 8, 2014, 3:46 pm

        ” Should Bennett increase or decrease his medication? “

        Take away his copy of “The Protocols”. He seems to think it’s an instruction manual.

    • American
      December 8, 2014, 3:02 pm

      @ Walid

      I am not sure what you are saying. Are you saying that they included some kind of self destruct device in their ‘gizmos”?

      If so that’s sort of far fetched.

      We’ve been over the myths that Israel invented everything from cherry tomatoes and irrigation to cell phones to computer and phone chips and is the only place in the world to get them.

      So this time I will just kill the heart stent myth. There are *60* manufactures of heart stents in the world outside of Israel and the US. As far as I can tell from the list Israel has only *one* manufacture of heart stents.
      Of the 4 billion world wide market in heart stents –the US has 2 billion of the market. Abbot labs and Johnson and Johnson being the majors.
      http://www.investopedia.com/stock-analysis/2008/whos_really_winning_the_heart-stent_race.aspx

      The actual scariest thing about the Israelis is their stupidity that comes from their hubris and narcissism .
      People this stupid are quite capable of using nukes and because of their hubristic and narcissism thinking that they could get away with it without any repercussions to themselves.

      And before the trolls show up to claim that Jews or Israelis invented the metal heart stent–nope, it was Julio Palmaz in 1985.
      And it was a not Jewish or Israeli German surgeon in Switzerland, Andreas Gruentzig, who did the first angioplasty–with a balloon device in 1977 even before then.

      • Walid
        December 8, 2014, 4:59 pm

        It’s not just about the stents, we are discussing them because blabbermouth did, it’s about influence and control. What about almost every American police force having been “trained” in Israel on something or other. As far as I’m concerned, these policemen have been inculcated with the Zionist mentality, including choke holds and rubber bullets have become ticking time bombs. You also have several major international airports being manned by Israeli security staff and most of the equipment of major phone companies in the US are are being monitored by Israeli companies. Last week, Silverstein had an article up on an Israeli company hired to set up $300 million’s worth of securty equipment and systems for the UAE government; it can’t get more absurd than that.

        I’m not saying that Israel simply has to press a button as the idiot is insinuating, but I’m saying that Israel’s long tentacles are already stretched all over the West and it can do a lot of harm if wants. Whether it’s stupid enough to pull such a stunt is another story. How many Congress people does Israel NOT control?

      • just
        December 8, 2014, 5:23 pm

        +1 Walid.

        (And the “West” gave them not only carte blanche, but and financial incentives/donations, and a never- ending pity party built on falsehoods)

      • Ellen
        December 9, 2014, 3:55 am

        Great comment, Walid. And with threats to populations coming from Senior Israeli legislators, we now see significant security concerns when contracting Israeli firms for critical supplies and services.

      • seafoid
        December 9, 2014, 5:09 am

        Walid

        Russia can’t control Ukraine and it has a much bigger army and more fearsome weapons than Israel. Those Chechen mercenaries are brutal.
        Israel can always choose the nuclear option but what happens the following Monday ?
        Sufiism versus Wahhabism. Sufi says you get on with people in your own interest. Zionism is Wahhabi.
        And Wahhibi doesn’t work for a globalized economy.

      • Horizontal
        December 9, 2014, 10:02 am

        Here I’ll repeat my story about the several Israeli employees who were caught spying at the big telecom I worked for years ago. It was said that they had installed back doors to all the telephony software that they had designed and that the big telecom used. I’ve got zero proof, but having such a capability would explain the somewhat mysterious J. Edgar Hoover-like power over so many politicians that might not just be all about the money.

        What Bennett mentioned were the things belonging in the white world that we all know about. I’m thinking with Israel’s many defense-related relationships, there must be similar black world items that went unmentioned. The back door I described above could be one such capability.

      • Walid
        December 9, 2014, 11:28 am

        “Here I’ll repeat my story about the several Israeli employees who were caught spying at the big telecom I worked for years ago. ”

        It happened in Lebanon a few years back, Horizontal, only it was actual Israelis doing the work deep within the country’s largest cell provider but Lebanese employees that had been hired by Israel to set up back doors accessible to Israel. With these systems in place, Israel manipulated phone company records to frame 5 Hizbullah members in the International Tribunal for the Hariri assassination that the court is using a circumstantial evidence to indict the 5 while it has been proven that Israel mucked around with the cell companies’ records to create this bogus evidence.

        Also for the International Tribunal’s ongoing investigative work, it has asked that the Lebanese government provide all records of its civil registers, academic records of all students, all motor vehicles registrations. These were all uploaded to computers to be sent to the Tribunal in The Hague, but rather than be taken by the UN to Beirut’s International airport to be flown to the Hague, they were trucked about 100 miles overland from Beirut to Tel Aviv to be flown to The Hague. The very long arm of Israel.

      • Walid
        December 9, 2014, 11:32 am

        I meant “it wasn’t actual Israelis doing the work”

        Where is the damned edit function?

      • lysias
        December 9, 2014, 11:41 am

        I’ve always suspected that it was Israel and/or the U.S. that was behind that Hariri assassination. Cui bono? What did Assad stand to gain?

      • Walid
        December 9, 2014, 11:48 am

        “Russia can’t control Ukraine and it has a much bigger army and more fearsome weapons than Israel. ”

        Seafoid, it’s the $65/barrel that’s going to hurt Russia. Arabs too can play dirty and they can afford the losses to help their uncle Sam, especially that it also targets Iran.

      • Walid
        December 9, 2014, 1:18 pm

        “What did Assad stand to gain?”

        Absolutely nothing, lysias, Hariri with the help of his poodle Chirac, was keeping the dogs away from Assad. The biggest loser with Hariri’s death was in fact Assad. It’s said that to trigger the start of the “New Middle East”, a Pearl Harbor event was needed and that event became Hariri. The following year was the failed July Israeli war on Hizbullah as a prelude to hitting Iran.The Syrians were not bright enough nor possessed the sophistication to have pulled it off in any event; it appears to have been a collective effort of several countries, as demonstrated by the half-dozen countries that categorically refused to help with the investigation, such as the US with an AWAC and Israel with a drone in the sky over Beirut at the time of the blast, Germany that produced the super-sophisticated explosive, the UAE where the rigged truck was purchased, and so on.

      • just
        December 9, 2014, 1:23 pm

        thanks to lysias and Walid for the Hariri info.

        I thought much the same.

    • amigo
      December 8, 2014, 3:15 pm

      “I wouldn’t take him too lightly, amigo, he’s right about the stents and chips and a few thousand other gizmos that Israel has planted all over the world. These crazies can do a lot of damage if they decide to play dirty against the West”Walid.

      Walid , I do not take him too lightly but to suggest that he/Israel can shut down Europe is a bit far fetched ,even for him, imo.
      Many large Euro companies have Jewish owners and share holders.The Pharma industry is the second largest exporter in Ireland.Most of those companies are Jewish owned.I cannot imagine they would appreciate their stock plummeting or profits disappearing. How would Jews in Europe fare if it was understood that Israel was causing mass loss of jobs.
      Conversely, what would Israelis think of Bennet when they get laid off as a result of bennet/Israel stopping shipments to Europe.Israel,s economy will tank very quickly , which is why bennet is making these vacuous threats

      It is a complicated situation but I am not convinced that such threats from bennet will cause Euro leaders to bow to his/Israel,s will.Remember also that our leaders answer to their voters and the feelings towards Israel are already negative , although our leaders are out of step with their constituents , at the moment.This is David and Goliath except Goliath is much bigger than David , this time around.

      • Mooser
        December 8, 2014, 3:48 pm

        The point is not whether Israel can actually do those things with the electronics, the point is that Bennett is willing to say that they are.

      • Walid
        December 9, 2014, 11:59 am

        “The point is not whether Israel can actually do those things with the electronics,”

        Mooser, nothing has to be done, it’s about planned obsolesence.

      • CigarGod
        December 9, 2014, 12:08 pm

        Good point. And while his testosterone fueled apocalyptic end of of days rant makes us all laugh…the over all tenor of his comments make me think of a suicide bombers psych profile.

      • Mooser
        December 9, 2014, 3:57 pm

        “Mooser, nothing has to be done, it’s about planned obsolesence.”

        That’s what I keep on telling my wife about my retirement strategy, but she makes me do stuff.

    • Pixel
      December 9, 2014, 6:12 am

      ” These crazies can do a lot of damage if they decide to play dirty against the West. “

      I couldn’t agree more.

      The only threats that can be made right now are coded. We’ll get lost in vegetable and stents, to our own peril.

      These people are rabid. They have many seriously dangerous “aces in the hole,” which I don’t think they’re afraid to use. Signs point to the fact that they may be making their move.

      Things seem to be speeding up, the veil quickly dropping away, finally revealing their true colors, so bright that they can’t be missed and which glow in the dark.

      Will things move right or further right? “Left-right” is an artificial construct. These people are sociopaths/psychopaths – a world devoid of conscience, devoid of soul.

      • Pixel
        December 9, 2014, 6:20 am

        Oh, I almost forgot.

        Apparently, swastikas have been found on hanukkah wrapping paper.

        http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/swastikas-found-on-hanukkah-wrapping-paper/ar-BBgvaKU?ocid=ansIntBusinessTimes11

      • Pixel
        December 9, 2014, 6:24 am

        (In my first, longer post I meant to write “veiled threats.”

        “Coded threats” sounds too conspiratorial.)

      • Kay24
        December 9, 2014, 7:21 am

        Pixel, I just saw this article in Haaretz, and it thought it sounded ridiculous, when you have to stare hard to find it (which I could not really). It has become such an ultra sensitive matter.

        http://www.haaretz.com/jewish-world/jewish-world-news/1.630723

      • just
        December 9, 2014, 8:55 am

        It’s the paranoid and trained eye that can spot such things, and the loud outrage & demand that follows to “remove this offensive thing and I’m telling everybody” that is truly interesting. She succeeded.

        Actually, it appears to be more Islamic art inspired~ both in color and design. Maybe that’s what really creeped her out.

        (Didn’t Walgreens also sell a “terrorist” costume and an “illegal alien in an orange jumpsuit” costume this halloween?)

      • Walid
        December 9, 2014, 11:36 am

        Remember those hundreds of Israeli kids-tourists that end up opening temporary kiosks in shopping malls to sell Israeli cosmetics? And now they want to do away with visas for Israelis?

    • kma
      December 9, 2014, 11:13 pm

      Walid, etc,
      Israel can do whatever it wants, but 300 million Americans who love their guns are probably going to win in the end. Seriously!
      let them try to kill Grandma, and see how far that gets. Israel can nuke us, and we’ll win that too. Really?
      this Bennett guy is a moron, but anyone who believes this shit is dumber. seriously.
      it’s just politicians blowing gas.

      oh, and if Grandma dies, guess where the US will teeter over the edge on support for BDS…

  5. oldgeezer
    December 8, 2014, 2:23 pm

    Rather a scary fellow. The way he rationalizes the crimes and brutality.

    Not just a nutter but a very dangerous nutter.

    • amigo
      December 8, 2014, 3:55 pm

      reply to Mooser .

      “The point is not whether Israel can actually do those things with the electronics, the point is that Bennett is willing to say that they are “Mooser.

      We ought to at least thank him for showing us his hand.

      Smart fella , this Arab killer.

  6. ckg
    December 8, 2014, 2:56 pm

    He said that if Europe cuts Israel off, Israeli products might stop working..

    I read his remarks differently. He may be saying instead that if Europeans quit buying Israeli products, then the products they do buy elsewhere may not work because of inferior design or quality. It’s not that Israeli-made chips will stop working, but that chips made anywhere else are inadequate for Europe’s needs. But he deludes himself as economics minister. Israel’s products and technology will never be indispensible because markets and manufacturers already understand the political risks of doing business with Israeli firms and take measures to mitigate those risks by diversifying supplies of critical components and parts. And if he thinks I can’t find my way to my office in the morning without Waze, he is nuts.

    • American
      December 8, 2014, 4:29 pm

      ” read his remarks differently. He may be saying instead that if Europeans quit buying Israeli products, then the products they do buy elsewhere may not work because of inferior design or quality. It’s not that Israeli-made chips will stop working, but that chips made anywhere else are inadequate for Europe’s needs”..ckg

      Humm…..that doesn’t work either.
      Israel’s ‘chip’ industry is 90% owned by Apple, Intel, Microsoft and other foreign high tech ownership to the tune of adding 10 billion a year to the Israel economy.
      They all have ‘manufacting plants’ and facilities in many other countries besides Israel—Intel for example has over 40 other country locations.
      I am pretty sure that the same “quality control” is enforced in all their plant locations…not just in Israel.

      On the bright side —if Israel ever did get sanctions put on it and these IT companies needed to make up for the stoppage of Israeli production out of the country — it would be a good jobs boom in other countries where they have have manufacturing facilities.

      • oldgeezer
        December 8, 2014, 6:53 pm

        There aren’t 40 other locations producing chips though as far as I’m aware and not all chip factories are equal. Some are older and aren’t capable of producing the newer chips. That said I am pretty sure Vietnam’s plant is equal to Israel’s.

        The bottom line, as you noted, is that these are not really Israeli products and it can be relocated elsewhere.

        I don’t know if the people spouting that type of bs are stupid or ignorant. Or if they think the rest of us are.

      • ritzl
        December 8, 2014, 6:57 pm

        Bingo, American. All which shows just how close Israel is to implosion.

        I read Bennett’s words as those of someone with a very tenuous grasp on reality (the reality you explain). It’s like he is so far into believing his own self-aggrandizing [“We’re indispensable, and we’ll hurt you to prove it!”; like that isn’t the definition of political self-immolation] BS that he is within a gnat’s breath of going full-on maniacal crazy talk, but there’s just a faint niggle of the reality of global substitutes that prevents him from letting go.

        My guess is that in a few months that niggle will be completely submerged.

        It’s weird, and it would be funny if so many people weren’t going to be hurt or killed because Israel is just that crazy.

      • ckg
        December 8, 2014, 8:35 pm

        There is only one word to describe Israel’s leaders and supporters when they talk about its high-tech economy: hubris. Unfortunately for them, markets don’t understand hubris.

      • just
        December 8, 2014, 8:41 pm

        Pride goeth before the fall…

      • ckg
        December 8, 2014, 9:27 pm

        Just, methinks their pride will remain intact. But they will fall.

      • KarlRKaiser
        December 9, 2014, 4:39 am

        great point, American. Boycotting Israel could be the next great growth industry – everywhere but in Israel.

        I’m heading down to my bank today to get a small business loan, to sell stickers saying “Not from Israel”.

      • MRW
        December 9, 2014, 7:16 am

        All of the chip manufacturers–ALL OF THEM–are dependent on rare earth companies in Mongolia, and if you think China and Taiwan are going to sit by idly while Israel threatens their cash cow, you’ve got another thing coming. There is no way that Israel could start a rare earth company that could supply them. It would take 10-15 years to learn how. We were the leaders in rare earths in 1984. Clinton killed the industry off in 1994. Rare earth manufacture is a four-company process (usually, only a few cos are vertical globally) from extracting the raw ore, to the company that then extracts the first pass, to the company that separates rare earth elements, which leads to the final stage where the final production is as much an art as a science.

        Rare earths produce incredible amounts of radioactive waste. A single wind turbine uses about 2.5 Kg of rare earth product that produces enough radioactive waste to give an entire family cancer. This, of course, is what is happening in Mongolia. The ruination of entire communities.

      • MRW
        December 9, 2014, 8:56 am

        The two largest memory chipmakers in the world are Samsung and SK Hynix (formerly Hyundai). Israel does not come within a mile of their capacity and reach. Samsung has over 221,000 employees in 61 countries. (And Korea was in worse shape than Israel in the early 50s.)

        The UAE and Abu Dhabi were sandboxes in 1972. Non-existent, basically. What they have produced in the time since exceeds what Israel has. International business. Architecture. Technological financing. Global trade zones. Amazing infrastructure, and cultural innovation. Doesn’t Israel understand what their Spartan stance has prevented them from accomplishing? While they are strutting around the stage claiming they have these superior IQs, and bragging about 10 Nobel prizes? Do they understand what a joke they are in the eyes of many of us? Especially when they are American parasites.

      • hophmi
        December 9, 2014, 4:53 pm

        “The UAE and Abu Dhabi were sandboxes in 1972. Non-existent, basically. What they have produced in the time since exceeds what Israel has. International business. Architecture. Technological financing. Global trade zones. Amazing infrastructure, and cultural innovation. ”

        Thank you for the ad.

        Men with four wives, apostasy punishable by death, homosexuality punished by death, kissing in public illegal, racist treatment of migrant workers that has been compared to “modern-day slavery” (http://www.alternet.org/world/modern-day-slave-labor-conditions-abu-dhabis-migrant-workers-shame-west). . . sounds like paradise. Whatever. It’s an oil state. Give me 98 billion barrels of oil, and I’ll build a fake beach and some skyscrapers too.

      • Annie Robbins
        December 10, 2014, 12:10 am

        Men with four wives, apostasy punishable by death, homosexuality punished by death, kissing in public illegal, racist treatment of migrant workers that has been compared to “modern-day slavery”

        regardless, a massive improvement over israel’s military occupation and blockade, any day. when was the last time they slaughtered thousands of people under their rule. do they mow grass like israel does. you’re so blind hops. 1/2 the people under israeli rule have no rights. and you defend them?

      • American
        December 9, 2014, 6:10 pm

        oldgeezer
        December 8, 2014, 6:53 pm

        There aren’t 40 other locations producing chips though as far as I’m aware and not all chip factories are equal
        >>>>

        Sorry oldgezzer i meant to say Microsoft, not Intel— who does have 60 facilities around the world , some of them production and some of them research.
        I posted a complete run down on the IT companies re Israel from their own sites some while back but am too lazy to go hunt it up—you can find it thru my archive comments if you want.

        The Israeli gov site list 250 foreign companies that have outsourced some of their operations to Israel===an insignificant number for a large country but significant for country Israel’s size.

        HOWEVER if one can believe what they read in Forbes, Bloomberg, Economist, Financial Times and industry journals,etc. multinationals are pulling back some from outsourcing because cost ( in cheaper labor, etc) which drew them abroad are now increasing. Now that US and other outsourcing has floated some countries boats the boats aren’t as cheap as they once were.

        I noticed this yesterday when looking for the latest info on Israel IT—-

        UST-Global-logoDecember 8, 2014 |

        The American information-technology company UST-Global has plans to establish an R&D center in Israel that will train engineers in cyber security, according to a report in “TheMarker.” The statement was reportedly made on Israeli Economy Minister Naftali Bennett’s Facebook page after the cabinet member met with UST CEO Sajan Pillai. UST hopes that the R&D center will train engineers from the peripheral cities in Israel, as well as Hassidic individuals, to become professionals in cyber security in a period of 90 days. Over an allotted period of time, the company hopes to train 10,000 new employees in the cyber security sector, who will staff a potential subsidiary in the South of Israel, making UST the largest foreign employer in Israeli high tech.”

        It may or may not be true, one never knows with Israeli announcements.

        The point about the Isr economy is that it only has a few ways it can go.
        40% + of its economy is dependent on exports. Of those slightly more to Europe than US and elsewhere. And it is dependent on imports for raw materials for much of its manufacturing. 70% of all investment in Isr companies and venture capital comes from foreign investors.
        These are figures from Israel’s own economic development office.

        Which makes Bennetts statements all the more insane—he’s speaking on Israel’s economy as an Israeli leader and he doesn’t even understand what Israel economy is based on?

        Sanctions on Israel and its curtains for their economy. Much worse than sanctions on a country like Iran who had oil to sell and therefore a lot of countries who were dependent on Iran crude got ‘waivers’ exempting them from the sanction enforcement.

      • oldgeezer
        December 10, 2014, 12:45 am

        @American

        Hardly a need for apologies. To my mind we agree completely. It’s merely a nitpick over some details and not a disagreement. In short, and to paraphrase a saying, Israel is a legend only in it’s own mind.

      • oldgeezer
        December 10, 2014, 12:50 am

        @Annie

        I’m not sure whether I would, or wouldn’t, disagree with massive improvement.

        What totally amuses me (in a sad way) though is that Israelis believe that because they don’t abuse some human rights for some people that they hold a moral highground when they are abusing all human rights for millions of individuals. It’s insane.

        They really are one of the worst human rights violators on the planet. Far short of a democracy they represent the tyranny of the majority in action.

      • Walid
        December 10, 2014, 1:51 am

        “The UAE and Abu Dhabi were sandboxes in 1972. Non-existent, basically.” (MRW)

        Big changes since back then. Dubai is all about smoke and mirrors, which Abu Dhabi ends up paying for anyway, but the real substance is found in Abu Dhabi. Among its current mega projects, it’s having the Guggenheim Foundation build an $800 million museum designed by Frank Gehry that also designed the one in Bilbao. Museums-wise, Guggenheim has come a long way since Frank Lloyd Wright’s basic marshmallow on 5th Ave.

      • Annie Robbins
        December 10, 2014, 3:14 am

        wow that sooo cool walid, blowing my mind.

      • Walid
        December 10, 2014, 3:20 am

        “… Men with four wives.”

        What’s Hophmi’s complaint about men with 4 wives? Didn’t the 12 tribes issue from Jacob’s 4 wives?

      • Walid
        December 10, 2014, 3:53 am

        Annie, I think Abu Dhabi is trying to best Doha’s Museum of Islamic Art that’s also built on a small island and designed by the great American architect I.M. Pei (then aged 91)that also designed the pyramid in front of the Louvre. The Doha museum is great with its super simple and uncluttered Arabic lines. I’ve been to the one in Doha and from the animation of the one to be built in Abu Dhabi, I think Doha’s is going to be hard to beat.

      • Annie Robbins
        December 10, 2014, 5:05 am

        they are both beautiful and can stand alone. no need for one to outshine the other. i have to go there and see them both. thanks walid.

      • Mooser
        December 10, 2014, 3:59 pm

        ,“What’s Hophmi’s complaint about men with 4 wives?”

        I refuse to acknowledge his complaint, and I think that it’s big of me.

      • hophmi
        December 10, 2014, 4:26 pm

        The four wives thing is the least of my complaints. It wouldn’t be a complaint at all if the women were allowed to have four husbands.

      • hophmi
        December 10, 2014, 4:33 pm

        But generally, I think it’s silly to deny Israel’s accomplishments as a country, which are amazing considering how poor the population was 60 years ago, whatever your views on the political system. or the country’s origins. I should hope that in the event of a peace agreement, and even without one, that Israelis share the benefits of what they’ve learned with their Palestinian neighbors, and indeed, there already is quite a bit of collaboration. Of course, it appears that BDS is dedicated to making sure that this does not happen.

      • Annie Robbins
        December 10, 2014, 5:47 pm

        which are amazing considering how poor the population was 60 years ago,

        not really when you consider they stole the land, the resources to build on the land, the water allocated to the palestinian state thru riparian laws, and get billions in hand outs every single year AND they have a captive market from the population they imprisoned.

        plus every time they slaughter and bomb gaza they make a fortune from the global community http://www.bdsmovement.net/dont-reward-israel

        International donors have pledged $5.4 billion to rebuild Gaza after Israel’s 50-day assault last summer that killed 2,254 Palestinians, including 538 children, and caused widespread destruction.

        About 45% of the aid pledged by international donors will benefit the Israeli economy. Some studies calculate this figure to be as high as 71%. Israeli companies see Israel’s siege of Gaza a profit making opportunity, exploiting Gaza’s captive market.

        The companies that are set to rake in profits providing materials for the reconstruction of Gaza are corporate criminals. They pillage Palestinian natural resources and participate in the construction of illegal settlements:

        Nesher, an Israeli cement monopoly, supplies cement to the apartheid wall, checkpoints and settlements.
        ReadyMix runs plants in various settlements, including the Ariel and Mishor Edomim industrial zones.
        Hanson Israel, which manufactures ready-made cement and asphalt, operates four plants in West Bank settlements and is involved in illegal quarrying.
        – See more at: http://www.bdsmovement.net/dont-reward-israel#sthash.uuJKaDpi.dpuf

      • eljay
        December 11, 2014, 7:26 am

        >> hophmeee: … I think it’s silly to deny Israel’s accomplishments as a country …

        Yeah, it’s amazing what a country can do with stolen land and natural resources and and 60 years of economic, financial, military and political support from the U.S. and other Western nations behind it.

      • CigarGod
        December 11, 2014, 10:02 am

        It always horrifies me when israel supporters brush aside the bulldozing of a culture with justifications of superiority of race and efficiency. Do they have any idea who they are imitating?

      • Mooser
        December 17, 2014, 11:50 pm

        “Do they have any idea who they are imitating?”

        Yes, and what makes it such a farce is the fact that Zionism can’t command a fraction of the resources, population and territory.

  7. Felipe
    December 8, 2014, 3:34 pm

    Is Mr. Bennett actually suggesting that every critical Israeli-made high-tech product has a “safe-guard” feature that allows it to be remotely-controlled and, if need be, shut down to the detriment of human beings and machinery alike so as to create widespread death and chaos?

    Does he not realize that by making these threats he is actually validating hardcore ANTI-SEMITIC propaganda that seeks to paint Jews as evil, conniving schemers bent on controlling the world through what amounts to mass extortion???

    Now I am not into conspiracy theories but what this smiling sociopath is suggesting is very disturbing indeed.

    • amigo
      December 8, 2014, 3:49 pm

      Does he have a list of Jewish owners of these stents/chips or are they just human shields in his battle against the anti semitic world.

      • Mooser
        December 8, 2014, 3:56 pm

        “Does he have a list of Jewish owners of these stents/chips or are they just human shields in his battle against the anti semitic world.”

        “amigo”, the stent knows! It’s built to profile the DNA of the body it is inserted into. Talk to the stent.

      • KarlRKaiser
        December 9, 2014, 4:44 am

        “Does he have a list of Jewish owners of these stents/chips or are they just human shields in his battle against the anti semitic world.

        Apparently you haven’t heard of the Hannibal Directive. Diaspora Jews suffering heart failure from spontaneously disabled stents should be honored to give their lives for the Jewish State.

    • lysias
      December 8, 2014, 4:25 pm

      Bennett has also provided foreign countries (and customers in those countries) with an excellent reason not to buy products made in Israel.

      • ritzl
        December 9, 2014, 1:03 am

        +10, lysias!

        From the bowels of the Israeli political swamp comes the call to do something about an accelerating BDS movement.

        The answer, by acclamation, seems to have been, “Send out Naftali to threaten everyone that buys our products!” If people/customers didn’t have a non-political reason to avoid Israeli products, they sure do now.

        Oddly, if that doesn’t get him elected as the next Israeli PM, I don’t know what will. Sarcasm or actual dynamic, you make the call. I’m going with actual dynamic because he seems to be proclaiming the belief and will of the electorate.

        The other interesting bit about Bennett doing this in a public, international forum is what is the background and genesis of such a pronouncement. This is not normal or even rational behavior. Is Israel so used to getting its way in back room manipulations that this did seem either normal or rational to “dangle” publicly?

        Israel gets political people to go against their own fiduciary/constituent self-interest all the time, and has for decades. Has that manipulative mechanism/technique become so “normalized” in Israel political circles that pols like Bennett can’t resist trying it out on (or think it can be transposed to) more moral popular and/or more unflinchingly rational business sentiment?

        Seems like it.

        In any event, I think Bennett’s implied threat/tirade really pulls back the curtain on just how Israel gets its way so often, and the limits to their approach to doing so – threaten dislocation (or worse). They simply can’t go public with it. It doesn’t work (in fact has the opposite effect, which I believe was where Saban’s reaction came from). It (the manipulation/redefinition of self-interest to suit Israel’s needs) has to be done in private, compounded by money, to a small, easily-corruptible set of people.

        There is a limit to Israeli influence — the political box canyon of public, distributed, rational decision-making. How to get the private Israeli manipulations out into that space is still an unanswered question, but at least we know effect if they are moved in that direction.

        As always, sorry to drone on. I think this was an important moment.

  8. Mooser
    December 8, 2014, 3:54 pm

    “Does he not realize that by making these threats he is actually validating hardcore ANTI-SEMITIC propaganda that seeks to paint Jews as evil, conniving schemers bent on controlling the world through what amounts to mass extortion???”

    Gee, I wonder why? Now why on earth would a Zionist do anything to sow discord between Jews and other people? What possible profit could there be for Zionism in that? I’m stumped.

    • amigo
      December 8, 2014, 4:08 pm

      “amigo”, the stent knows! It’s built to profile the DNA of the body it is inserted into. Talk to the stent. ” Mooser

      In that case , all I want for xmas is some Jewish DNA.

      • Mooser
        December 8, 2014, 8:52 pm

        “In that case , all I want for xmas is some Jewish DNA.”

        Exactly, get some DNA, splice it into the gene sequence at the critical points, and you’re good to go.

      • a blah chick
        December 8, 2014, 11:59 pm

        “the stent knows!”

        This should be the password for our next secret meeting.

      • Mooser
        December 9, 2014, 9:31 pm

        “This should be the password for our next secret meeting.”

        I’ll grab my marlinspike and put on some Old Splice cologne. We’ll embroidner everybody’s genes!

      • oldgeezer
        December 10, 2014, 12:25 am

        If there’s a secret meeting then why haven’t I been informed?

        Oh… wait… nevermind.

  9. just
    December 8, 2014, 3:54 pm

    “The United States will not involve itself in any way “in the choice of the Israeli people” during the forthcoming election, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday night during an address to the Brookings Institution’s Saban Forum, currently being held in Washington.

    “We will work with whatever government is elected, whatever its composition,” he stressed.”

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/.premium-1.630479?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

    Dunno why, Israel interferes in US elections. However, it sounds as though Saban, etc. just might.

    Bennett is a narcissistic sociopath. Mr. Obama, are you paying attention?

    • just
      December 8, 2014, 3:56 pm

      PS~ Bennett has a rather large following in Israel from what I’ve been able to gather…

      • seafoid
        December 8, 2014, 3:59 pm

        Hebrew cult members who think money grows on trees

      • Mooser
        December 8, 2014, 4:07 pm

        I don’t see why Saban should be so uncomfortable with Bennet. Am I thinking of the right guy, or didn’t Saban’s whole career start with cartoon monsters?

      • just
        December 8, 2014, 4:59 pm

        These folks aren’t cartoons. Neither is the IOF that he hosts huge fundraisers for.

        Perhaps Saban was only “uncomfortable” because Naftali was so HONEST in such a public forum here in the US.

    • bilal a
      December 8, 2014, 4:10 pm

      I can’t imagine the national security deep state appreciates Bennett basically spitting in Indyk’s face by this quite rude , almost psychoticly so, brazen contempt for an American senior diplomat, and btw a senior member of the American Jewish organized community.

      His most credible threat is the use of his own companies banking technology. If his claims are correct, he could personally paralyze the global economy.

    • ckg
      December 8, 2014, 4:53 pm

      Instead of setting his sites on buying the NY Times or Washington Post, Saban should think about buying the Jerusalem Post and Arutz Sheva.

      • ckg
        December 8, 2014, 4:54 pm

        *sights Sigh.

      • MRW
        December 9, 2014, 7:23 am

        Doesn’t Adelson own Arutz Sheva?

    • Horizontal
      December 9, 2014, 10:13 am

      “The United States will not involve itself in any way “in the choice of the Israeli people” during the forthcoming election, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday night during an address to the Brookings Institution’s Saban Forum, currently being held in Washington.

      That’s got to be one of the big all-time bedtime stories that the US constantly tells its citizens; that we don’t routinely interfere in other nations’ internal affairs. And of course, did any reporter dare ask Kerry about Israel’s interference in ours?

      • Mooser
        December 9, 2014, 4:11 pm

        “The United States will not involve itself in any way “in the choice of the Israeli people” during the forthcoming election, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said…”

        Horizontal, I think Kerry is saying that the US will do nothing to say, point out how far any particular candidates are at variance with US policy on settlements, just for one example.

    • Walid
      December 9, 2014, 5:06 pm

      Just, something else Kerry mentioned on Sunday night to the enlightened Zionists, he said that Arab states are willing to enter into a joint pact with Israel to take on ISIS. This comes at the heels of news last week on Silverstein’s blog that the UAE government has contracted with an Israeli company to provide security systems for it.

      Where does that leave the Palestinians? It’s looking more and more that the Palestinian cause as far as the Arabs are concerned is toast. Nonetheless, it is a perplexing proposal; how can states allegedly financing ISIS enter into a pact to fight ISIS with a state that is helping ISIS in Syria and Iraq and that’s opened a field hospital for it on the Golan and a small tent city inside Israel? Twilight Zone stuff.

      • just
        December 9, 2014, 5:36 pm

        It certainly is, Walid.

  10. Felipe
    December 8, 2014, 4:34 pm

    Conspiracy theories aside, perhaps the main difference between Saban, the rest of the “liberal zionist” crowd in attendance that day and Bennett is that Bennett is quite open about his utter contempt for human rights, democracy, international public opinion and international law. His public embrace of ethnic supremacy and quasi-fascist rhetoric make the liberal Zionists very uncomfortable because, as mentioned elsewhere, it makes the job of presenting Israel to the world as a vibrant, if flawed, “western-democracy” more and more difficult before the court of public opinion.

    The last veneer of respectability is being shred to pieces very quickly. In times past, Israeli politicians would often proclaim themselves admirers of western democratic ideals. Now, just like Max Blumenthal so masterfully articulated in Goliath, the underlying fascist element of Israeli society is out in full force. The logical outcome of the Zionist political enterprise has finally come to fruition and is there for everyone outside Israel to clearly see.

  11. peter123
    December 8, 2014, 4:40 pm

    Zionists are clearly narcissist. Psss’t don’t tell them…it would just be a waste of time..but there was creativity long before Israel existed and it didn’t stop because of them. I’d bet that life would be just fine without Israel as it exist today.

  12. surewin
    December 8, 2014, 4:43 pm

    Bennett’s threats are so reckless and foolish that you almost have to wonder whether he is a liberal mole.

    Whether he is or not, any country, company, or individual in the little thing called the rest of the world that is not already working feverishly to eliminate its dependence on Israeli products should fly into action today.

  13. HarryLaw
    December 8, 2014, 5:20 pm

    In a trade war with Europe, 8 million Israelis are bound to win against the 507 million people in the European Union.

  14. Kay24
    December 8, 2014, 5:36 pm

    They speak with arrogance because the know that they have the protection and support of the US Congress. The unwavering support must be initiated by junket trips, so the idiot in the picture, can kiss zio butts:

    “U.S. conservative groups funding free trips to Israel for Republican leaders, TIME reports
    About 60 RNC members have signed up for February trip financed by American Renewal Project and American Family Association.

    Two U.S. conservative organizations will be funding free trips to Israel for Republican Party leaders next month, Time Magazine reported Monday.

    The trip is not a Republican National Committee event, but is organized for RNC members and guests, RNC chairman Reince Priebus said in a November 21 email published by Time.

    The trip to Israel, which will take place January 31 to February 8, is being funded by U.S. conservative political operative David Lane’s American Renewal Project, a conservative non-profit focused on getting Christians more involved in American politics, and the American Family Association, which says it aims to help “strengthen the moral foundations of American culture,” according to the report.

    Israel-related links on the American Renewal Project include an article by conservative U.S. columnist Dennis Prager called “Why do people hate Israel?” and a news piece from Israeli right-wing publication Arutz Sheva headlined “Mass prayer rally at Kotel against ‘Kerry’s decrees.'”
    http://www.haaretz.com/news/world/1.630674

    • Horizontal
      December 9, 2014, 10:20 am

      . . . conservative political operative David Lane’s American Renewal Project, a conservative non-profit focused on getting Christians more involved in American politics.

      Sorry, Kay, but doesn’t seem to conflict with a religious organization’s tax-free status to specifically be entering into politics like this? If it’s not, it should be.

      I thought the idea of non-tax status was to ensure that there would be no conflict between church and state, and that religious entities could use their resources in their communities for feeding the poor, education, helping the sick, those sorts of things.

      You want to recruit the next mouth-breather to the senate? Fine. But We The People shouldn’t have to pay for it.

  15. Bornajoo
    December 8, 2014, 5:44 pm

    A few weeks ago Gideon Levy wrote an article entitled “why I’m all for Bennett”. It was absolutely spot on as usual

    This maniac is working wonders in exposing the real face of the right wing zionist agenda. The more interviews, tours, speeches, chat shows he does the quicker will the uninformed majority realise what is really going on. We need this guy out there as much as possible

    What we absolutely don’t want, imho, is a return to centre left politics in israel. That will just usher in another Era of absolutely nothing happening but lots of pretending it is. We’ve had enough of those eras!

    I agree with Gideon Levy, I’m all for Bennett And The Maniacs (good name for a band!) . It needs to get worse before it can get better. It’s horrible to admit but the positive results seem to increase in parallel with their increasingly heinous behaviour

    • Felipe
      December 8, 2014, 6:22 pm

      Levy and you do make an excellent point…the more Bennett and his ilk parade around the US openly declaring their ethnocentric, quasi-fascists views and contempt for values the US public holds in high esteem (at least nominally), more and more people begin to question the true nature of the Israeli state and whether it is in the best interests of the American people to keep nurturing the so-called “special relationship” with a country as openly racist and on its way to full-fledged fascism.

      I also agree that the worst that could happen is for the Israeli political establishment to pull an “Obama tactic” and somehow manipulate the coming electoral process to put in power a “moderate”-right/center PM who continues the charade of “negotiations” and the “peace-process” without actually doing anything and thus prolonging the agonizing status-quo that has been so detrimental to Palestinian self-determination.

    • bintbiba
      December 8, 2014, 8:07 pm

      True words, Bornajoo. Still , reading that idiot’s spoken words, I was getting chills up and down my back! What a sorry example for a human being. So depressing.

    • Mooser
      December 8, 2014, 10:14 pm

      “Bornajoo” would you take a look at this latest Uri Avnery column?

      http://original.antiwar.com/avnery/2014/12/05/the-israeli-plebiscite/

      “The Israeli Plebiscite” by Uri Avnery,

      • ritzl
        December 9, 2014, 1:47 am

        Great article, Mooser. Thanks.

      • Bornajoo
        December 9, 2014, 3:28 am

        Thanks for the article Mooser. If there really was a strong movement to form such a national emergency government as he describes in his article then I think that would be a huge landmark moment. I would also have to agree that it would advance peace and reconciliation because that would be its primary purpose. However although his ideas are highly honorable, this one is also highly improbable

        It would need to go that far to the left for any real change to happen and it would have to be some kind of emergency government. Unfortunately, in my opinion, if we do get a more “normal” centrist or centre left government they will go back to doing what they do best which is to rebuild relationships and their international image in order to make israel look cleaner, nicer, more gentle, more democratic and put on another long never ending show called the Peace Process (series 5, episode 10). The aim will be to rebuild israel’s image, it will be primarily about getting back to the usual status quo and not about genuine peace which will require concessions they are not willing to make. That’s my take on it anyway

      • Mooser
        December 9, 2014, 11:05 am

        Thanks very much, “Bornajoo”.

        I was going to say that as far as I know, if anything like Avnery suggests (a “plebiscite”)ever came about the Zionist reaction would be a military coup. But really, that would be superfluous in Israel, so who knows.

      • ritzl
        December 9, 2014, 6:47 pm

        @Bornajoo- I agree with you, FWIW, except that the fear-imperative trade off for embracing Avnery’s new politics has, imho, changed from what happens if they do it (fear of ostracization), to what happens if they do it (end of the Israel experiment).

        I think that’s a pretty profound shift in the Israeli political situation, but probably not profound or compelling enough to make it happen.

        One possibly doable prerequisite/sign of change is that Palestinian-Israelis would have to ditch their cynicism and vote at a near 100% turnout. If there are rumblings to that effect over there, there might be a chance to re-form the power structure along the lines Avnery suggests. It would move the “Arab” lists from near oblivion/de-listing to 20%+/- of the Knesset seats (depending on what simultaneous Jewish turnout might be).

      • ritzl
        December 9, 2014, 7:02 pm

        Argh… to what happens if they do it (end of the Israel experiment). SHB: “to what happens if they DON’T do it (end of the Israel experiment).”

        And you’re right, Mooser. A coup may be the inevitable outcome in any circumstance.

      • Mooser
        December 9, 2014, 9:38 pm

        “A coup may be the inevitable outcome in any circumstance.”

        I think it would take a lot to push the IDF to an open military coup. Does the IDF not already get almost everything it wants, no matter who’s in the government?

      • ritzl
        December 10, 2014, 5:19 pm

        Hi Mooser. Yes, I was trying to agree with you without using the word “military.” It’ll be something that limits participation and/or ends notional Israeli “democracy” while enabling Israel’s further militarization. Soviet-style one party elections or banana republic figurehead civilian control, or some form of a change of political state.

        Avnery is an optimist.

  16. just
    December 8, 2014, 6:05 pm

    The “innovation nation”:

    “Pipeline disaster proves: Israel must remove unjustified shroud of secrecy

    Residents of southern Israel didn’t even know a pipeline was under their feet for 46 years – until it exploded

    Residents of Eilat and the surrounding area didn’t know a pipeline had run through their city for the last 46 years – one that could cause the heavy stench that enveloped the area last week, and might also leave their beaches with black stains this morning when the rains arrive. The Environmental Protection Ministry also had no idea until last week of what was flowing through this pipeline, or what impact a fire could have. And the Israel Nature and Parks Authority is still in shock at the revelation of the danger posed by an oil pipeline running through a nature reserve.”

    http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/1.630685?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

  17. hophmi
    December 8, 2014, 6:21 pm

    You really are a shameless liar. It’s crystal clear that he’s just pointing out the hypocrisy of boycotting Israeli products and saying that stents include Israeli invented or produced chips, not that anyone is going to make stents stop working.

    This is disgusting, even for you.

    • just
      December 8, 2014, 6:36 pm

      Not even you can twist Naftali’s words~ even with your rudeness.

      He must be one of your heroes. There you go, defending the indefensible again!

      • just
        December 8, 2014, 6:44 pm

        And another thing~ Bennett was speaking in English. We know English. This isn’t the time to go mis-translating something we all understand~ like ya’ll did over and over and over again with Ahmadinejad!

      • RoHa
        December 8, 2014, 8:24 pm

        “We know English.”

        Well, I do. Some of the rest of you …

      • hophmi
        December 8, 2014, 10:19 pm

        So let me get this straight: You think that Bennett was threatening to turn off people’s stents. This is what you believe? Yes or no, please. And if yes, explain how.

      • just
        December 9, 2014, 8:38 am

        True.

        (I really appreciate the art of language, RoHa. I also appreciate your attention to the proper usage of same. I miss the edit function…but do love being back in school! You are a gem.)

      • Mooser
        December 9, 2014, 11:07 am

        “Well, I do. Some of the rest of you …”

        I know, “RoHa” I know, but I’ve been speaking “Yinglish” my whole life, and I can’t stop now.
        My Yibonics is pretty good, too.

      • hophmi
        December 9, 2014, 11:15 am

        “He must be one of your heroes. There you go, defending the indefensible again!”

        He isn’t. I can’t stand the guy. But Phil knows very well that this is not what Bennett said or meant. It is silly. Yes, people, Naftali Bennett is going to come and shut up your cell phone and your stent if you support BDS. In addition to controlling the media and causing 9/11, Israel controls every Intel chip and cell phone on earth. What do you mean, he was just repeating a talking point about the presence of Israeli technology in lots and lots of consumer products?

        Gee, I can’t fathom why people accuse the BDS movement of hatemongering and trading in old antisemitic stereotypes.

      • Annie Robbins
        December 10, 2014, 12:02 am

        Gee, I can’t fathom why people accuse the BDS movement of hatemongering

        well, the bdsmovement didn’t make the claim. just thought i’d point that out.

        and trading in old antisemitic stereotypes.

        trrriple yawn. since practically everything has now been classified as an old antisemitic stereotypes by now that hardly packs much of a punch anymore hops.

    • Mooser
      December 8, 2014, 10:43 pm

      Hophmi, shame on you! Finally, we get here a man speak as a New Zionist Jew, not the Ghetto diaspora, meek, humble, beaten down Jew of yesteryear, and you try to walk it back, because you are afraid of offending Gentiles.
      This is not the meek, beaten Jew of pre-Jewish State days, begging only for “justice” and (puke) “tolerance” and “peace”! No, this is a man who knows his power! A man ready to hurl Zionist defiance in the teeth of the world! A possible Prime Minister!
      And he’s not joking, either, Hophmi, he’s serious, as serious as a heart attack!

      • Mooser
        December 8, 2014, 11:00 pm

        And look, Hophmi, Bennett was saying all that about the stents in answer to Hiam Saban!! worrying about European reaction!
        So that’ll shut anybody up who says that Zionists are influenced by big donors! One of the biggest businessman and media guys, Saban is, and a big Zionist, and Bennett had no problem telling Saban where it’s at. That’s the kind of idealism and moral courage you don’t see in those suffering from trauma! Well, unless it’s blunt force trauma to the head. Maybe that’s what happened to Bennett?

  18. a blah chick
    December 8, 2014, 7:01 pm

    What really gives me pause is that there apparently people in Bennett’s party who are even crazier than he is.

    (Shudders)

  19. RoHa
    December 8, 2014, 8:14 pm

    “Bennett responded that the situation was tragic, but that Palestinians deny the existence of a Jewish state, thereby threatening his children’s survival”

    How does that work?

    “and said that there was enough land on the highway medians from Atlanta to Columbus GA to give Palestinians a state 17 times over, but not enough in the West Bank for them to have a state. ”

    I’ve got a better idea. give this enormous tract of land to the Israeli Jews as a long, thin, Jewish state, and let the Palestinians have Palestine back.

    • just
      December 9, 2014, 8:35 am

      Funny you should say that. On another thread we have some people very concerned about BDS working, and then where will the “settlers” go?

      I think Naftali just gave them the “roadmap”.

      • Mooser
        December 9, 2014, 11:11 am

        “and then where will the “settlers” go?”

        Just, how dare you? Don’t you think Israel has perfectly good contingency plans for the failure of YESHA? Of course they do! Tribal Unity demands it!

        Why I’m shocked at the notion that Israel is in some way using those good pious people.

      • just
        December 9, 2014, 11:22 am

        They would NEVER do such a thing.

      • just
        December 9, 2014, 11:31 am

        Another thing, the “settlers” can always ask their Remax realtor where they can buy a new legal home…

        that is, until Remax leaves the OPT because they will be boycotted by good people all over the US.

        http://mondoweiss.net/2014/12/boycott-protests-action

      • Mooser
        December 9, 2014, 4:27 pm

        “Another thing, the “settlers” can always ask their Remax realtor where they can buy a new legal home… “

        Settler: ‘Yes, Mr. MaxReal man, I’m afraid we’d like to move away from the settlement, and buy a place somewhere else’

        MaxReal rep: ‘I could show you some very nice split-levels in Great Neck. What do you have for a down-payment?’

        Settler: ‘Oh, I thought we would sell this place in the Occupied Territory, (frankly, we always thought that was a pretty strange name for a subdivision) and apply the proceeds towards a nice place in a “Jewish suburb” near the U of Ill.’

        MaxReal: ‘Well, see, there’s a little problem with selling this, turns out you don’t have what’s called ‘clear title’, so you’ll have to wait, it’s not worth bupkis now, better hang on here for a while.

        Settler: ‘Oh MaxReal man, you are truly an agent of Greater Israel, possibly an Angel in Disguise! Yes, the Lord of Hoax has shown us where our future is.’

        MaxReal: Oh, don’t thank me, with MaxReal you always get more than you bargain for.

      • just
        December 10, 2014, 9:12 am

        lol.

  20. JLewisDickerson
    December 8, 2014, 8:16 pm

    RE: “In an openly-confrontational appearance with leading American supporters of Israel in Washington this weekend, Israel’s economics minister, Naftali Bennett, dismissed global threats of boycott criticisms of Israel, referring to “a little thing called the rest of the world.” ~ Weiss

    URI AVNERY (2009):

    I argued . . . that Nazism was not a specifically German disease, that in certain circumstances any country in the world could be infected by this virus – including our own state. In order to avoid this danger, one had to understand the underlying causes for the development of the disease.
    To the assertion that I am “obsessed” by this matter, that I see this danger lurking in every corner, I answer: not true. For years I have avoided dealing with this subject. But it is true that I carry in my head a little red light that comes on when I sense the danger.
    This light is now blinking.
    *

    * SEE: “A Little Red Light”, by Uri Avnery, zope.gush-shalom, April 18, 2009
    LINK – http://zope.gush-shalom.org/home/en/channels/avnery/1240086714/

    P.S. I wish to hell the Israelis would keep their middle-aged skinheads over there. We already have far too many problems over here in this country.

    • just
      December 8, 2014, 8:21 pm

      +1, JLD.

      (I am so glad that your last two initials are in the order that they are!)

    • JLewisDickerson
      December 8, 2014, 8:24 pm

      P.P.S. And people think Iran is an existential threat! ! !

      • just
        December 8, 2014, 8:27 pm

        Nuts and those prone to ridiculous fear- mongering by said nuts… and those that are bereft of knowledge.

  21. RoHa
    December 8, 2014, 8:17 pm

    “I think in our very difficult situation there is one quality that is almost more important than the rest. And that is that internal spine. … When you look at Israel’s history, ultimately, the big distinction was the people having that inner spine. ”

    So much better than the external spine the rest of us are stuck with.

  22. yonah fredman
    December 8, 2014, 9:49 pm

    When did Phil Weiss stop being a journalist and sign up as full fledged out to lunch propagandist? I’m not sure. But certainly this: “It wasn’t clear just what Bennett meant by these threats, but he implied that Israeli-made stents and chips that are now working would cease to work the morning after “you pressed the button” of boycott.

    Utter unadulterated bushwa. There was no threat that things would stop working the next day, it was a claim that Israel must fight its battle not by changing its policies, but by becoming indispensable as an economic ingredient in the world economy.

    Here i was complaining about graphics and mistranslated “grassy knolls” taken to extreme by contributors. But here is Phil out to lunch playing to the choir. If there was such a thing as disbarment in the “profession” of journalism, phil would deserve to be disbarred for this nonsense.

    • Mooser
      December 8, 2014, 10:35 pm

      “But here is Phil out to lunch playing to the choir. If there was such a thing as disbarment in the “profession” of journalism, phil would deserve to be disbarred for this nonsense”

      Yonah, I agree! This habit Phil Weiss has, of looking at the comments thread first, and then writing the article to fit the comments has got to stop! No real journalist works like that. It’s pandering, that’s what it is, unless you feel like using euphemism or understatement!

    • Kris
      December 8, 2014, 11:09 pm

      Let’s see, Bennett says, “IF YOU STOPPED using Israeli products, you WOULDN”T wake up, you WOULDN’T get to work. You MIGHT have a heart attack. ” This sounds like a threat to me.

      The effect of these words is to suggest to a U.S. audience that Israel is vicious and sneaky, and willing to turn on us (even on cardiac patients!) despite all the blood and money we have wasted on it.

      Bennett sounds like a bully, not the kind of person we like to think we support. Uncomfortably we remember the Iranian scientists who have been mysteriously murdered, the Israelis who have been caught sneaking around with stolen passports, and the dangerous computer viruses we remember hearing about. And weren’t there some strange poisons, too, like the one in someone’s ear? And what about the dancing Israelis?

      • hophmi
        December 8, 2014, 11:49 pm

        He said that you wouldn’t wake up because the alarm on your phone wouldn’t go off (because the phone is made with Israeli technology) . Give me a break. You’re lying.

      • Mooser
        December 9, 2014, 11:16 am

        ” Give me a break. You’re lying.”

        Hophmi, why don’t you simply quote Bennett, and prove your contentions with his actual words?

        Hophmi, you do know how ‘quoting’ works, right? It’s not putting quote marks around what you wish he said, or what you want him to say, ‘quotes’ consist of what a person actually said.

      • hophmi
        December 9, 2014, 11:33 am

        Sure. Here’s the entire quote:

        “If today you pressed a button, and you stopped using Israeli products, you wouldn’t wake up in the morning because the chip in your cell phone doesn’t work because it’s made in Israel, you wouldn’t get to work, because Waze wouldn’t bring you there, you might have a heart attack because the stent in your heart doesn’t work, the vegetable you eat would be lousy because you’re not getting Netafim, your account would be hacked, and I can go on and on. Israel needs to be indispensable, and it is. We’re not good at selling products. We export innovation.”

        He then talked about how that innovation and those products are what is most important to governments abroad, rather than the conflict itself.

        So clearly, the entire passage is about what products Israel makes, and about how those products are important. They’re not a threat to shut anything off. Obviously, there are other methods besides Waze to get around, other stent technologies, and other cell phone chips, but the technology that is integral to many of the devices humanity uses is technology that Israel had some part in creating.

      • Kris
        December 9, 2014, 12:26 pm

        @hophmi: Here is, again, what Bennett said: “Look, if today you pressed the button, and you stopped using Israeli products, you wouldn’t wake up in the morning because the chip in your cell phone doesn’t work because it’s made in Israel.”

        So what is your problem? He said that you wouldn’t wake up because the chip wouldn’t work BECAUSE THE CHIP IS MADE IN ISRAEL. Why would a chip not work because it is made in Israel? Maybe it is has been booby-trapped! This is a logical assumption, given Israel’s history of bad deeds and it’s flaunting of the “Samson Option.”

        You’lll notice that Bennett didn’t even say he meant the phone’s alarm. Maybe we wouldn’t wake up because the phone was designed to gas us! Obviously, we must AVOID products made with Israeli technology, since they are designed to fail, or worse, when and if Israel wants them to, which is CREEPY but probable.

        The problem is that language has meaning that does not vary depending on what someone wants to imagine it means.

      • Kris
        December 9, 2014, 12:41 pm

        Alas, wish there were an edit function! Meant to say that the CHIP is made in Israel!

      • Annie Robbins
        December 9, 2014, 2:58 pm

        kris, i did my best to fix it. let me know if this works for you.

      • just
        December 9, 2014, 12:43 pm

        hophmi~ did hasbara central send out a memo on how to ‘play’ his speech?

      • hophmi
        December 9, 2014, 1:45 pm

        No, basic common sense and an understanding of the English language did.

      • amigo
        December 9, 2014, 4:39 pm

        “And weren’t there some strange poisons, too, like the one in someone’s ear? And what about the dancing Israelis” Kris

        Or the stolen passports putting citizens of sovereign nations at risk.

      • Kris
        December 9, 2014, 5:54 pm

        Thanks for fixing my error, Annie!

      • Annie Robbins
        December 9, 2014, 6:47 pm

        happy to anytime kris. and i will erase the trail soon.

      • Sibiriak
        December 10, 2014, 6:18 am

        hopmi: “clearly, the entire passage is about what products Israel makes, and about how those products are important. They’re not a threat to shut anything off .”

        Yes, that’s the obvious commonsense interpretation. Bennett’s phrasing was awkward and unclear, though.

        —————-
        Kris: “@hophmi: Here is, again, what Bennett said: “Look, if today you pressed the button, and you stopped using Israeli products, you wouldn’t wake up in the morning because the chip in your cell phone doesn’t work because it’s tmade in Israel.”

        So what is your problem? He said that you wouldn’t wake up because the chip wouldn’t work BECAUSE THE CHIP IS MADE IN ISRAEL

        Bennett is saying that if you *stopped using Israeli products*, your phone would not work because it uses an Israeli product. The chip that is made in Israel that makes the phone work would not be there if Israel were boycotted, so your phone wouldn’t work. That’s Bennett’s point, however awkwardly expressed.

        Whether that is a realistic assessment is another question.

    • seafoid
      December 9, 2014, 12:25 am

      “it was a claim that Israel must fight its battle not by changing its policies, but by becoming indispensable as an economic ingredient in the world economy. “-

      Yonah , that claim is deluded. The population of Israel is 7 million, right

      Say half of Israelis are poorly educated- either because they are Orthodox and want it so or because they are not Jewish and Israel wants it so.
      So 3.5 million people . Educated in Hebrew with all that baggage.

      And they are supposed to be the driver of the world economy and fully indoctrinated to fight for the IDF . I wonder how good the sleep of Israelis is and how many need tranquilisers.
      And then the wars. Supply issues when Israel goes postal.

      Lebanon used to think it could keep a central economic role in the region despite its civil war

      And Israelis overestimate how shit hot they are- from the IDF to Bibi and over to the rabbis.

    • amigo
      December 9, 2014, 1:19 pm

      “When did Phil Weiss stop being a journalist and sign up as full fledged out to lunch propagandist? I’m not sure” yonah

      Pray tell yonah, is your opinion on Phil,s journalistic skills based on in depth research or just the usual shoot from the hip Trollope.

    • oldgeezer
      December 9, 2014, 1:41 pm

      Quite the rant. Oh and you think disbarrment is appropriate as well.

      I would hope this puts paid to your complaints about being bullied by the words of posters on this site and we can move along without the constant whining.

    • hophmi
      December 9, 2014, 1:49 pm

      “When did Phil Weiss stop being a journalist and sign up as full fledged out to lunch propagandist?”

      When did he start being a journalist? He’s an advocate, Yonah. He does what advocates do – he spins, even if it requires lying. This one requires lying. And of course, a community of dittoheads to eat it up.

      • Mooser
        December 10, 2014, 2:48 pm

        ” He’s an advocate, Yonah. “

        And what, Hophmi, is Phil an “advocate for”? He just “advocates”? Doesn’t he “advocate for” something? Would you like to tell us what it is?
        It seems to me that everything Mondoweiss “advocates” is pretty well listed on the “about” page, and anyone in the world is free to read it.

        Is there something else Phil Weiss “advocates” that he is not willing to disclose? What is it, Hophmi? Oh, what’s this: ” He does what advocates do – he spins, even if it requires lying”
        Gee, Hophmi, as one of the few among us with some credentialed right to the title “advocate”, I guess you know.

      • hophmi
        December 10, 2014, 3:07 pm

        “And what, Hophmi, is Phil an “advocate for”? He just “advocates”? Doesn’t he “advocate for” something? Would you like to tell us what it is?
        It seems to me that everything Mondoweiss “advocates” is pretty well listed on the “about” page, and anyone in the world is free to read it.”

        He’s primarily an advocate for the Palestinian cause. He’s not an objective journalist. And here, he’s lying.

      • eljay
        December 10, 2014, 3:17 pm

        >> hophmeee: He does what advocates do – he spins, even if it requires lying. This one requires lying. And of course, a community of dittoheads to eat it up.

        Lying advocates and a community of dittoheads to eat it up: What an excellent description of Zio-supremacism!

    • Mooser
      December 10, 2014, 4:06 pm

      “When did Phil Weiss stop being a journalist and sign up as full fledged out to lunch propagandist?”

      Yonah, do you have some objection to Phil Weiss getting a square meal once in a while? A fella, as you know, has got to eat, and a fella should eat right. And five’ll get you ten, he’s gonna treat himself right, tonite.
      He’ll have the the frim fram sauce
      With oss-en-fay with sha fafa on the side. And a nice bottle Dr. Brown’s Cel-Ray.

      • Mooser
        December 10, 2014, 4:08 pm

        You do know what those are, Yonah? Or is your knowledge of Jewish cuisine and Kosher cookery that deficient?

  23. JLewisDickerson
    December 8, 2014, 9:52 pm

    RE: “If as seems likely the Israeli government continues to lurch rightward, we’re going to see some real tumult inside the special relationship, leaving room for politicians to be openly critical of Israel. Maybe almost as critical as the members of the Israel lobby who spoke up at the Saban Forum.” ~ Weiss

    MY COMMENT: I wouldn’t count on our politicians being openly critical of Israel!

    SEE: “Bibi and the Yo-Yos”, by Uri Avnery, Antiwar.com, 05/26/11

    [EXCERPT] It was all rather disgusting.
    There they were, the members of the highest legislative bodies of the world’s only superpower, flying up and down like so many yo-yos, applauding wildly, every few minutes or seconds, the most outrageous lies and distortions of Binyamin Netanyahu.

    It was worse than the Syrian parliament during a speech by Bashar Assad, where anyone not applauding could find himself in prison. Or Stalin’s Supreme Soviet, when showing less than sufficient respect could have meant death.
    What the American Senators and Congressmen feared was a fate worse than death. Anyone remaining seated or not applauding wildly enough could have been caught on camera – and that amounts to political suicide. It was enough for one single congressman to rise and applaud, and all the others had to follow suit. Who would dare not to?
    The sight of these hundreds of parliamentarians jumping up and clapping their hands, again and again and again and again, with the Leader graciously acknowledging with a movement of his hand, was reminiscent of other regimes. Only this time it was not the local dictator who compelled this adulation, but a foreign one.
    The most depressing part of it was that there was not a single lawmaker – Republican or Democrat – who dared to resist. When I was a 9 year old boy in Germany, I dared to leave my right arm hanging by my side when all my schoolmates raised theirs in the Nazi salute and sang Hitler’s anthem. Is there no one in Washington DC who has that simple courage? Is it really Washington IOT – Israel Occupied Territory – as the anti-Semites assert? . . . [ANSWER: Yes, it is; and there are many other “occupiers”. Like the military-industrial complex. And, the NRA. And, Wall Street. And, the Chamber of Commerce. And, (continued ad nauseam) ~ J.L.D.]

    ENTIRE COMMENTARY – http://original.antiwar.com/avnery/2011/05/25/bibi-and-the-yo-yos/

  24. JLewisDickerson
    December 9, 2014, 12:35 am

    RE: Saban thanked Bennett for serving in an elite unit of the Israeli army, but he also said, “You and I live in different bubbles and in different realities.”

    SEE: “Religious Fundamentalism in Israel”, By Stephen Lendman, warisacrime.org, Aug 12, 2009

    [EXCERPTS] Israel Shahak’s (1933 – 2001) “Jewish History, Jewish Religion” argued that while Islamic fundamentalism is vilified in the West, comparable Jewish extremism is largely ignored. . .

    . . . As a leading Israeli human rights activist and Holocaust survivor, [Israel] Shakah reviewed Jewish fundamentalist history, examined its strains, and explained the dangers of extremist messianic ones. They oppose equality of Jews and non-Jews and destroy democratic values by espousing dogma calling Jews superior to all others.

    The earlier influence of fundamentalist Rabbi Abraham Kook (1865 – 1935), or Kuk, was significant. He preached Jewish supremacy and said: “The difference between a Jewish soul and souls of non-Jews – all of them in all different levels – is greater and deeper than the difference between a human soul and the souls of cattle.” His teachings helped create the settler movement, and his son, Rabbi Tzvi Yehuda Kook, founded the extremist Gush Emunim (GE) under the slogan: “The Land of Israel, for the people of Israel, according to the Torah of Israel.”

    Like the elder Kook, GE sees state power as a way forward to a new messianic era. It believes that God created the world for Jews. Others are lesser beings. Greater Israel belongs to Jews alone, and holy wars are acceptable to attain it.

    Kook was Israel’s first chief rabbi. In his honor and to continue his teachings, the extremist Merkaz Harav (the Rabbi’s Center) was founded in 1924 as a yeshiva or fundamentalist religious college. It teaches that “non-Jews living under Jewish law in Eretz Yisrael (the Land of Israel) must either be enslaved as water carriers and wood hewers, or banished, or exterminated.” It gets no more extremist than that and highlights the dangers for Palestinians in Israel and the Occupied Territories. Their lives and welfare are being sacrificed for a Greater Israel for Jews alone.

    Gush Emunim adherents and other Israeli religious zealots plan it. They’re active in politics, hold seats in the Knesset, are Netanyahu government coalition partners (including Shas, United Torah and Yisrael Beiteinu), and are prominently represented in Israel’s military throughout the ranks and rabbinate. Chief military rabbi, Brigadier General Avichai Rontzki, called Operation Cast Lead a “religious war” in which it was “immoral” to show mercy to an enemy of “murderers.”

    Many others feel the same way, prominently among them graduates of Hesder Yeshivat schools that combine extremist religious indoctrination with military service to defend the Jewish State. . .

    . . . Nearly all Hesder graduates perform combat service for up to six years. Today 41 schools operate throughout Israel. In 1991, Hesder was awarded the Israel Prize (the state’s highest honor) for its exceptional service to the nation.

    One commander expressed how many feel in explaining the military’s mission:

    “We are the Jewish people. We came to this land by a miracle. God brought us back to this land and now we need to fight to expel the Gentiles who are interfering with our conquest of this holy land.”

    Extremist Israeli rabbis teach this ideology, and in 2003 Rabbi Saadya Grama’s book, “Romemut Yisrael Ufarashat Hagalut (The Majesty of Israel and the Question of the Diaspora), argued that non-Jews are “completely evil” while Jews are genetically superior. Reform and conservative rabbis condemned it. Extremist orthodox ones endorsed it. Some more moderate ones also saying Grama advocates separating Jews from an intrinsically hostile anti-Semetic world. Rabbi Yosef Blau called the book “a call for a superior people to withdraw from the world and live in isolation while submitting to its enemies and placing trust in God.”

    Others in Israel teach the extremist notion that the ten commandments don’t apply to non-Jews. So killing them in defending the homeland is acceptable, and according to Rabbi Dov Lior, chairman of the Jewish Rabbinic Council:

    “There is no such thing as enemy civilians in war time. The law of our Torah is to have mercy on our soldiers and to save them….A thousand non-Jewish lives are not worth a Jew’s fingernail.”

    Rabbi David Batsri called Arabs “a blight, a devil, a disaster….donkeys, and we have to ask ourselves why God didn’t create them to walk on all fours. Well, the answer is that they are needed to build and clean.” Extremist zealots want them for no other purpose in Jewish society.

    In 2007, Israel’s former chief rabbi, Mordechai Elyahu, called for the Israeli army to mass-murder Palestinians. In fanatical language he said:

    “If they don’t stop after we kill 100, then we must kill 1000. And if they don’t stop after 1000, then we must kill 10,000. If they still don’t stop we must kill 100,000. Even a million. Whatever it takes to make them stop.”

    In March 2009, Safed’s chief rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu called for “state-sponsored revenge” to restore “Israel’s deterrence….It’s time to call the child by its name: Revenge, revenge, revenge. We mustn’t forget. We have to take horrible revenge for the terrorist attack at Mercaz Harav yeshiva,” referring to an earlier incident in which eight students died.

    “I am not talking about individual people in particular. I’m talking about the state. (It) has to pain them where they scream ‘Enough,’ to the point where they fall flat on their face and scream ‘help.’ ”

    In June 2009, US Hasidic Rabbi Manis Friedman [Bob Dylan’s Chabad mentor – J.L.D.] voiced a similar sentiment in calling on Israel to kill Palestinian “men, women and children.”

    “I don’t believe in western morality, i.e. don’t kill civilians or children, don’t destroy holy sites, don’t fight during the holiday seasons, don’t bomb cemeteries, don’t shoot until they shoot first because it is immoral. The only way to fight a moral war is the Jewish way: Destroy their holy sites. Kill men, women and children (and cattle).”

    Views like these aren’t exceptions. Though a minority, they proliferate throughout Israeli society, and are common enough to incite violence against Palestinians, even when they rightfully defend themselves as international law allows.

    • Religious Extremism Threatens Any Chance for an Equitable Solution to the Israeli – Palestinian Conflict

    Israeli extremists are a minority but influential enough to make policy, and therein lies the threat to peace and likelihood of a sovereign Palestinian state. In his book, “A Little Too Close to God,” David Horovitz recalled that before Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin’s assassination, he attended a Netanyahu-sponsored anti-Rabin rally he described as follows:

    “I felt as if I were among wild animals, vicious, angry predators craving flesh and scenting blood. There was elation in the anger, elation bred of the certainty of eventual success.”

    In his book, “Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence,” Professor Mark Juergensmeyer compared the similarities among religious-motivated extremists, whether Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh or others.

    He related a conversation with Yoel Lerner who was imprisoned for trying to blow up the Dome of the Rock, the Muslim holy site, because he believed that an ancient Jewish temple stood there before it was destroyed.

    He expressed messianic Zionism in saying the “Messiah will come to earth only after the temple is rebuilt and made ready for him,” so Jews must assure it’s done. These views are prominent in high places and throughout Israeli society; that is, religious fervor for a Greater Israel for Jews only, a Jewish state excluding all Arabs with violence an acceptable tool to remove them, and conflict will continue until they’re gone.

    • The Jewish Telegraphic Agency’s (JTA) Report on Jewish Extremists

    On June 24, JTA wrote a special report on Jewish extremists in which it described “the face of radical Jewish nationalism in Israel….a movement of settler youths, rabbis, leaders and supporters determined to hold onto the West Bank at any cost.” They represent a minority, but are a “vocal and increasingly violent constituency of the Jewish settler movement” rampaging against Palestinians and Israelis, confident that God is on their side, and one day a “Torah-based theocracy (will) triumph over the State of Israel.”

    Rabbi Yisrael Iriel is one of its adherents in preaching Jewish superiority and unwillingness to cede any part of biblical Israel to non-Jews. He’s one of a “small group of (extremist) rabbis who provide the theological and ideological underpinnings for radical settlers.”

    The Israeli human rights group Yesh Din believes they number about 1000 but exert considerable influence nonetheless. They’re an extremist fringe element, determined to use violence to achieve their goals, and are supported by other West Bank settlers. One young adherent expressed their agenda by saying “I think God chose a good and beautiful land for us,” and we’ll fight to keep it. If so, it makes peaceful resolution harder than ever to achieve, especially with political hard-liners in charge and most Israelis supporting them. . .

    . . . Though a minority, Israel’s religious community wields considerable influence politically, in the military and society overall. Moreover, synagogues and yeshivas are popular places where people gather to discuss issues of common interest and hear the views of their rabbinical leaders.

    The most extreme believe in Jewish sovereignty over all biblical Israel, so foregoing any of it is unthinkable. Thirteenth century Rabbi Moses Ben Nachman was their spiritual godfather. He wrote that Jews “should settle in the land and inherit it, because He gave it to them, and they should not reject God’s inheritance.” Our rabbis say it’s “a mitzvah (commandment) to settle in the land and it is forbidden to leave it.”

    Similar dogma today holds that reclaiming Israel for Jews will foreshadow the coming of the messiah. Rabbi Avraham Kook preached it. Today’s most extreme zealots believe that conceding any biblical land will delay or subvert messianic redemption, so it can’t be tolerated. Palestinians are called enemies for wanting land of their own. Yielding any violates Jewish law they believe. . .

    ENTIRE ARTICLE – http://warisacrime.org/node/45138

    • RoHa
      December 9, 2014, 5:42 am

      I feel sorry for the chickens.

    • JLewisDickerson
      December 9, 2014, 4:19 pm

      P.S. ALSO SEE: “Israel and the Palestinians: A conflict viewed through olives”, By Jeremy Bowen, BBC Middle East editor, West Bank, 6 December 2014

      [EXCERPTS] For Israelis and Palestinians everything is politicised, even the olive harvest.

      The first time I realised how delicious olive oil from the West Bank can be was more than ten years ago when a Palestinian farmer offered me breakfast as I stood watching a broad strip of his land being destroyed.

      He was unlucky enough to live close to Ariel, one of the biggest Jewish settlements Israel has inserted into the land Palestinians want for a state.

      In the first few years of this century Israel was in the early stages of building its separation barrier, the complex of walls and high tech fences that it says are necessary to protect its people from attacks by Palestinians.

      The barrier would be less controversial if it followed the old 1949 ceasefire line.

      It was the boundary between the West Bank, including East Jerusalem and Israel, until the Israeli army captured the area in the 1967 war.

      But instead the barrier takes big bites out of land Palestinians consider to be theirs.

      That morning it was the turn of the farmer to see the dark earth of his olive groves torn up.

      He had tried to move as many trees as possible, but his land was still going to be divided by a fence.

      He was going to have to get permits to tend his trees on the other side of the wire. Most farmers, if they are lucky get a day to plough and a day to harvest, assuming the Israeli army is there to let them through gates in the barrier. . .

      . . . The harvest is about much more than olives and oil. It is an annual battleground in the struggle for possession and control of land.

      The Israeli occupation of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, is enforced by violence and breeds violence. Jewish settlers and Palestinians attack each other.

      Some Jewish extremists believe the land is theirs alone, and the trees are legitimate targets. Increasingly too, olives have their place in the growing religious war between Muslims and Jews.

      In a valley not far below the Jewish settlement of Tapuach, I met Avraham Herzlich.

      He is a sharp, charismatic, and a religious Jew who emigrated to Israel from Brooklyn in New York more than 50 years ago.

      Mr Herzlich is a guru to the young men in his settlement. His daughter Talia was killed in a Palestinian gun attack in 2000, along with her husband, a rabbi who was the son of the notorious Jewish militant, Meir Kahane.

      He herds goats.

      Mr Herzlich says they give him a connection to the land he believes God gave to the Jews, a link to the soil and the vegetation that is unobtainable for Israelis living in Tel Aviv and the other towns on the Mediterranean coast, which can seem a long way from the conflict.

      He pastures his goats in olive groves that belong to Palestinians from a nearby village. His rangy, wiry animals stand on their long hind legs to pull and chew on the olive branches and the mature fruit.

      Under his arm, Mr Herzlich carries the Torah.

      He has an answer for Palestinians who are angry about the damage his goats do to crops.

      “Well, I tell them very simply this is our land. When I see an Arab with a tree I say this is Israel – this is the land of Israel. Are they are your trees? Then take them to your village. This is our land. It’s not their land,” says Mr Herzlich.

      He brandished his holy book: “Torah tells us this land was given to the people of Israel, to the seat of Abraham, to the seat of and Isaac and Jacob, not to Ishmael. This is our land.”

      And then Mr Herzlich produced what he said was not a threat, but a statement of fact: “I speak to the Arabs, I tell them I don’t want to see them dying.

      “They have to leave. Because if they don’t leave they’re going to die here, they’re going to die here. There’s going to be another war, and the next war they’re not going to be leaving. It’s going to be a very difficult war.

      “You see there are many who speak about peace with the Arabs but a person that suffered so directly, the Arabs killed my daughter, and made my grandchildren orphans, you cannot measure the pain. The epitome of brutality are these people. They can explode themselves.”

      Settlers like Mr Herzlich are leaders in their communities, but many mainstream Israelis, including some settlers who moved to the occupied territories for cheap housing and fresh air rather than to be closer to God, consider them at best an expensive nuisance and at worst a threat to the future of Israel and its democracy.

      But Mr Herzlich and other ideological settlers are important, because settlers dominate Israeli right wing politics and the debate over the future settlements is one of the key issues that would need to be discussed if ever there was to be another peace process. . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE – http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-30290052

  25. jon s
    December 9, 2014, 4:48 am

    I had the opportunity to hear Mr. Bennett speak, at the Haaretz conference in TelAviv, in July. There were a few other right-wingers invited to speak, but Bennett was the only one who was booed and heckled – his speech was simply exceedingly stupid. We literally couldn’t believe our ears (“did he really say that?”).

    • seafoid
      December 9, 2014, 6:05 am

      Bennett is honest.
      Lefty Israelis aren’t.
      Anyone who supports the bombing of schools and hospitals should have the guts to stand with Bennett.

      • jon s
        December 9, 2014, 11:17 am

        As long as we’re back to the bombing of schools and hospitals: do you support using schools and hospitals (and mosques) as launching sites for rockets, arms depots and such?

      • just
        December 9, 2014, 11:20 am

        Show us the proof, jon.

      • seafoid
        December 9, 2014, 12:12 pm

        500 kids murdered , Jon. Many of them in UN schools.
        You think you’re superior to Bennett but there’s no difference.

        Anyone who supports the existence of Gaza as a ghetto for the people surplus to Israel’s requirements should vote Bennett. At least he’s honest.

      • Annie Robbins
        December 10, 2014, 4:44 pm

        As long as we’re back to the bombing of schools and hospitals

        back? what does that even mean? it’s been barely a few months. we’ve got the holocaust in our schools, libraries, museums on our tv and movie screens — for decades and you reference the recent gaza slaughter like it’s past tense? what do you you think, it’s so over and were now moving on to years and years of references to the synagogue massacre?

        do not even go there jon, the bodies are not even fully decomposed, the neighborhood are still gone, the hospitals and schools have not been replaced or rebuilt. so we never left, at least wait until there’s something to “go back to” before treating gaza like it’s past tense. it is NOT past tense. it’s now. people who survived are suffering right now in the bitter winter cold. thousands still homeless. thousands orphaned

    • Mooser
      December 9, 2014, 11:25 am

      JonS, where did you get the idea that providing some mealy-mouthed excuse about your own vaunted sensitivity changes a goddam thing about the situation?

      I’m very sure you “literally couldn’t believe our ears”. If you did believe your goddam ears, and lying eyes, you might even actually have to admit the truth.

      And I love the way you always offer yourself as a human sheild for Zionism ‘But me and my friends, we’re nice people’ It’s sickening, it’s smarm covered with schmaltz liquor.

      • Mooser
        December 9, 2014, 11:27 am

        Well, well, look at that. “JonS” makes one attempt at conciliation and as soon as he challenged, goes right back to hurling the same tired shit accusations. Who the hell do you think you are fooling “JonS”?

      • CigarGod
        December 9, 2014, 11:46 am

        I get the feeling that jon s cringed because he said it…not that he disagreed…or thought bennett a thoroughly bad character.

      • jon s
        December 10, 2014, 4:30 pm

        Just,
        “Show us the proof”? During the summer I did that, provided links to various sources. Most of the commenters here wouldn’t allow themselves to be confused by the facts.

      • just
        December 10, 2014, 4:34 pm

        riiiight.

        yep. that’s what i thought. bupkis.

      • jon s
        December 11, 2014, 2:06 pm

        Annie, all I meant was now that we’re back to that topic. You don’t have to read things into my comments that aren’t there.

    • amigo
      December 9, 2014, 12:03 pm

      “I had the opportunity to hear Mr. Bennett speak, at the Haaretz conference in TelAviv, in July. There were a few other right-wingers invited to speak, but Bennett was the only one who was booed and heckled – his speech was simply exceedingly stupid. We literally couldn’t believe our ears (“did he really say that?”). Jon S

      You need to have a chat with hoppy above .He is calling everyone a liar.

      “He said that you wouldn’t wake up because the alarm on your phone wouldn’t go off (because the phone is made with Israeli technology) . Give me a break. You’re lying. hoppy- See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2014/12/israeli-minister-working#sthash.how5HsBd.dpuf

      “You really are a shameless liar. It’s crystal clear that he’s just pointing out the hypocrisy of boycotting Israeli products and saying that stents include Israeli invented or produced chips, not that anyone is going to make stents stop working.

      This is disgusting, even for you.”hoppy
      – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2014/12/israeli-minister-working#sthash.how5HsBd.dpuf

      You go get him Jon S, I love a good cat fight.

      • hophmi
        December 9, 2014, 1:35 pm

        Again, I’m not defending Bennett the politician. I’m simply disputing the claim made here that Bennett made a “threat.” As the context of the quote makes clear, if you consider a comment about the prevalence of Israeli tech in consumer products a “threat,” you’re either extremely paranoid or extremely stupid.

        So, amigo, cut the garbage. I didn’t make any claim about whether Bennett’s speech was smart or stupid. I’ve said above that I am not a Bennett fan. As usual, you’re arguing a straw man.

        Here, again, is the entire quote, which makes clear that he’s just talking about the prevalence of Israeli technology in consumer products:

        “If today you pressed a button, and you stopped using Israeli products, you wouldn’t wake up in the morning because the chip in your cell phone doesn’t work because it’s made in Israel, you wouldn’t get to work, because Waze wouldn’t bring you there, you might have a heart attack because the stent in your heart doesn’t work, the vegetable you eat would be lousy because you’re not getting Netafim, your account would be hacked, and I can go on and on. Israel needs to be indispensable, and it is. We’re not good at selling products. We export innovation.”

      • Mooser
        December 9, 2014, 5:24 pm

        Hophmi, are you really this obtuse? Nobody says Bennett is a threat to the world (except when we are twitting your exceedingly risible and gullible ass), but everybody thinks he is a threat to Israel, and to these who are whatever it is enough that they follow him.
        He’s a threat to Israelis, to Jews.

        Or would you like to argue Bennett is a boon, a big advantage, to Israel and Jews world-wide?

      • CigarGod
        December 9, 2014, 5:32 pm

        Bad behavior by Israeli Jews, is a threat to Jews worldwide. Bad behavior by dual-citizenship Jews is a threat to other Jews worldwide. Bad behavior by any Jew is a threat to other Jews. I am one of three Jews in a little western town of about 1400. That is just about the ratio of 7 billion non-Jews to 13 million Jews. History repeats its self…and I don’t like the odds.

      • Mooser
        December 9, 2014, 5:26 pm

        I’m sure the Israeli manufacturers of medical devices and electronic components are calling his this morning and congratulating Bennett on his forceful advocacy for Israeli products?

      • American
        December 9, 2014, 6:36 pm

        CigarGod
        December 9, 2014, 5:32 pm

        Bad behavior by Israeli Jews, is a threat to Jews worldwide. Bad behavior by dual-citizenship Jews is a threat to other Jews worldwide. Bad behavior by any Jew is a threat to other Jews. I am one of three Jews in a little western town of about 1400. That is just about the ratio of 7 billion non-Jews to 13 million Jews. History repeats its self…and I don’t like the odds.”>>>>

        LOL. If you want a non Jew’s opinion I doubt you are in any danger.
        My theory on Jews living where there isnt a huge block of Jews is that not having enough Jews to form strictly or mostly Jewish social groups or political groups and etc. they incorporate into the communities in whatever social or political sides they prefer as individuals. Therefore however else they practice or express their Jewish identity is not a concern or anything of note to the non Jewish community.

      • CigarGod
        December 9, 2014, 6:47 pm

        Thanks, American.
        I certainly agree when things are going well. My rightwing “friends” seem to be a bigger threat to my safety…and America in general than any group of Jews in my state. Of course, there are only 400 in Wyoming.
        I formed my comment using history as a guide.

      • jon s
        December 11, 2014, 1:40 am

        Just,
        yeah , your reply is an example of what I meant.

  26. KarlRKaiser
    December 9, 2014, 4:48 am

    He just gave the world a good reason why the D in “BDS” should also stand for “Diversify”.

  27. bryan
    December 9, 2014, 6:02 am

    What marvelously refreshing honesty, and what a wonderful boost to anyone interested in justice in Palestine. For decades now, Israeli governments have assiduously created a pass from the west by portraying themselves as an isolated and beleaguered state, beset by numerous existential enemies, and desperately keen to make peace, if only this could be done with no threat to their security, with terrorism defeated, and if only they could find anyone to speak to who would accept both their legitimacy and their generous determination to transform swords into plowshares. For decades the west has colluded in a long-standing, illegal but temporary occupation, awaiting the emergence of a Palestinian leader courageous enough to act in his nation’s best interests. Even in the recent House of Commons’ motion which urged the recognition of a Palestinian state, virtually every speaker prefixed their remarks by asserting allegiance to a two-state solution as the only possible resolution. Even the government, explaining that this would not change its policy, insisted that this was only because such action would gravely prejudice the freely-entered negotiations which must be the necessary outcome.

    Then along comes Naftali Bennett and bursts this bubble of unreality. With an endearing frankness but with none of the guile (or duplicity) with which countless earlier leaders have defended the state, he lays it on the line. Israel is it in no sense endangered: it is a technological powerhouse, and if the west has scruples about trading with an Apartheid colonial occupier – no problem: other less demanding states will happily do so. There is no demographic threat: Zionist fertility, including his own personal contribution (the only laugh he achieved) is overcoming the problem. There is no Palestinian threat: these are pragmatic, rational actors who far prefer Israeli domination to the oppressive rule of their own corrupt leaders. The “right of return” is no threat: Palestinians in the West Bank and Galilee are utterly opposed to potential inundation by alien immigrants. BDS cannot work because Israeli alchemists have a monopoly on entrepreneurship and innovation.

    But most of all there is no possibility of a two-state solution, or a one-state solution, or any solution. All that is possible is painful mitigation, but whatever happens will be of Israel’s choosing. There may be democracy but this will be a Jewish-only democracy, based on populist voting and populist leadership and totally unmediated by the constitutionalism of Supreme Court justices. Israel is doing what it has always done: seeking maximum land with minimum Arabs, and land for peace is completely off the table. Limited autonomy, the right to sweep your Bantus tan streets, and pay for the privilege, is freely offered – but not a jot more. And even secular Israelis will pay lip-service to archaic myths of a God-given land while we happily make a fortune out of twenty-first century leading edge technology – and we will see no irony in this. And all you Diaspora Jews, and western liberals, (who subsidise and protect us) with your baggage, your scruples about justice and pluralism and internationalism – you can get stuffed. Zionism rules OK!

    Well thanks for clearing that up – the Diaspora and the Western World will have no illusions – you have single-handedly rewritten the Hasbara manual.

    • hophmi
      December 9, 2014, 1:37 pm

      Right; as I often say, the BDS movement is in league with Israeli rightists.

    • jon s
      December 9, 2014, 2:09 pm

      I’m no fan of Bennett (see my comment, above) but Hophmi is correct that Bennet was not making grotesque threats of heart-attacks. He was saying that trade with Israel is mutually beneficial and that a boycott would be mutually harmful.

      • oldgeezer
        December 9, 2014, 2:24 pm

        Trade with Israel is mutually beneficial for sure but Israel needs that trade more than the rest of the world. Irsael is not only not indispensable in terms of world trade it is insignificant. Israel on the other hand cannot go on without world trade. Indeed if multinational companies are put under pressure to cease their branch plant operations there then Israel’s economy will flat line in very short order. It also produces very little that can’t be sourced elsewhere. Israelis make significant contributions in many fields but it’s much touted claims to having invented things is pure fabrication.

      • seafoid
        December 9, 2014, 2:31 pm

        It wouldn’t make much difference, Jon.
        Israel is hardly central to the global economy. Teva is the only company in the top 500.
        Israeli is all hat and no cattle.

      • CigarGod
        December 9, 2014, 3:19 pm

        “All hat and no cattle”?
        Love to agree…but the “cattle” seem to be congress.
        Media seems to be pretty well hog-tied.
        …and the churches…call themselves christian…but seldom reference anything but The Law (the old book).

      • seafoid
        December 9, 2014, 2:41 pm

        Israel needs trade with the outside world and the panic over the rockets targeting BGA in July proved it.

        The Dersh really soiled himself with this one

        http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.606701

        “Hamas’s decision to fire rockets in the direction of Ben-Gurion Airport may well have ended any real prospect of a two-state solution. Whether the regulators and airlines that have stopped flights to and from Israel are right or wrong, this stoppage cannot possibly be tolerated by a democratic country that relies so heavily on tourism and international travel”

      • oldgeezer
        December 9, 2014, 3:21 pm

        Last time I checked Teva only held a single patent. That may have changed but it’s primary business model is a generic copycat manufacturer. I’ll buy my aspirin elsewhere.

    • amigo
      December 9, 2014, 3:31 pm

      to hoppy at 1.35

      Here, again, is the entire quote, which makes clear that he’s just talking about the prevalence of Israeli technology in consumer products: hoppy.

      .

      1,“If today you pressed a button, and you stopped using Israeli products, you wouldn’t wake up in the morning because the chip in your cell phone doesn’t work because it’s made in Israel,” bennet

      Personally, I use “The crack of dawn ” to get me up and i prefer my chips with salt and vinegar .

      “you wouldn’t get to work, because Waze wouldn’t bring you there ” bennet

      Dont know about you but I would just keep going the way I normally do.On the “Free-waze”.

      Why do you defend a man who is isolating Israel with his hatred and racist bigotry.You had better invest in a Stent .Bennet is going to give people like you many heart attacks.

      No explaining taste , is there.

  28. Palikari
    December 9, 2014, 6:23 am

    Israel will not cut commercial ties with Europe, as the EU is Israel’s main commercial partner. I know you’d like an isolated Israel, but that’s not gonna happen.

    • amigo
      December 9, 2014, 4:34 pm

      “Israel will not cut commercial ties with Europe, as the EU is Israel’s main commercial partner. I know you’d like an isolated Israel, but that’s not gonna happen.”

      Israel will have no say in the matter titch.It seems to me that bennet and co are the ones who want an isolated Israel Best you have a chat with him.When he arrives on your door step , share your concerns with him.

      • seafoid
        December 9, 2014, 4:50 pm

        Israel’s tragedy lies in the solemnity of the remorseless working of things. All those people who go to work for YESHA every day against their own long term interest but of course they can’t see it.

    • just
      December 9, 2014, 5:01 pm

      lololol “Palikari”.

    • Mooser
      December 9, 2014, 5:31 pm

      “Israel will not cut commercial ties with Europe, as the EU is Israel’s main commercial partner.”

      Tiny, resource and population-sparse Europe, against the mighty economic powerhouse Israel?
      Europe hasn’t got a chance! Please, Israel, don’t pull the plug!

  29. Kay24
    December 9, 2014, 7:25 am

    Getting closer?

    Palestinian status at ICC summit upgraded to ‘observer state’
    Move said to be step toward joining the world’s permanent war crimes tribunal.

    The 122 member states of the Internation Criminal Court gave the Palestinian delegation “observer status” at their summit meeting on Monday, in a step seen as moving closer toward joining the world’s permanent war crimes tribunal.

    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has threatened to seek membership in the ICC in order to press charges against Israel for alleged war crimes.

    The Palestinian United Nations ambassador, Riyad Mansour, said his government is moving in that direction “but that’s another step in that process,” and the timing will be decided by Abbas.

    “The Palestinians have been promising to join the court but have repeatedly delayed action,” Balkees Jarrah, international justice counsel at Human Rights Watch, told AP. “We’ve been calling on them to join the court which could open up the prospect of justice for serious crimes by all sides.”

    The Palestinians’ official acceptance as an observer at the two-week meeting came in a procedural move at the opening session of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute that established the ICC.”

    Haaretz

  30. Pixel
    December 9, 2014, 7:39 am

    NB needs to use some double-sided tape on his kippa.

  31. MRW
    December 9, 2014, 8:18 am

    Phil, were you there physically?
    ___________________________

    This guy isn’t an economic minister, he’s a foreign affairs guy. Not one single idea about the economy, because he doesn’t understand it.

    I really want him to win the election. Really, really, really.

    • Annie Robbins
      December 9, 2014, 3:08 pm

      I really want him to win the election. Really, really, really.

      lol, him or feiglin. ;)

    • Bornajoo
      December 9, 2014, 3:51 pm

      So do I! Here is the article by Gideon Levy I mentioned in my comment further up.

      By Gideon Levy

      Published 00:30 13.11.14

      The name is Bennett, Naftali Bennett. And the blame is on Bennett, Naftali Bennett. Of course, he’s not the only culprit, far from it; the prime minister is above him, the right-wing ministers are beside him, and the ministerial collaborators of the “center-left,” the inflammatory media, and the indifferent public, all may be congratulated on having brought us to this point. But Bennett had a special role. We dare not forget this, especially not as we take the toll of damage and accumulating bodies.

      In early April the economy minister imposed the fateful veto on the release of 14 Arab Israeli prisoners who had been jailed in Israel for decades. That was the original sin in the current chapter of Israel’s generations-long obstinateness. He put the fear of God into the government with his threat to bolt, and Israel backed away from its commitment to the fourth round of prisoner releases that had been part of the deal that restarted the diplomatic process last year.

      The process died, and the rest is history, part of the chronicles of the third intifada, or whatever they will call the next phase of Palestinian resistance, which never really ended.

      This achievement bears Bennett’s signature; no one can take that away from him. Just in case, he also made sure to get the Basic Law on a Referendum passed, which sealed the end of the peace process. Not that the process had any chance, but its gravedigger accelerated its end and brought the uprising forward.

      Bennett’s role didn’t end there, of course. While Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu squirms and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman curses, Bennett acts. The murder of the three yeshiva students in June provided the economy minister with the perfect excuse to push Israel into another war in Gaza. He has admitted this in private conversations. The kidnapping was the excuse; the camouflage was the tunnels; while the real goal was to deal another brutal blow to the Palestinians, just in case.

      Bennett was the primary instigator during Operation Protective Edge. He viewed Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon as a sissy, and thought the Israeli military was too restrained. For the man who’s proud of having killed “a lot of Arabs,” the operation was not enough. If it had been up to him, it would never have ended with only 2,200 Palestinians dead.

      What followed could have been written in advance; Israel ignoring its vague commitment to discuss the future of Gaza, its tightened grip on the West Bank, and mass arrests within the Green line of Israeli Arabs who dared to protest against the war.

      The spirit is the spirit of Bennett, an evil spirit which has swept Netanyahu away. Bennett calls for the killing of “every terrorist,” including an Israeli fleeing police; Netanyahu wants to send them all to Gaza. The ministers and rabble-rousing MKs serve as the background chorus. You can discount all of them, but not Bennett.

      In an op-ed piece Bennett wrote last week in The New York Times, he once again explained his diplomatic initiative, a carbon copy of his 2012 “plan to bring calm.” His solution is amazingly simple – an apartheid state. Without embellishment, guilt, or disguises. Apartheid. He calls for the unilateral annexation of Area C, (those areas under Israeli control), autonomy (including road improvements!) for Areas A and B, which are under partial or broad Palestinian control, while leaving most of the Palestinians in their current situation, lacking civil rights forever.

      There was no mention of two states or one democracy. Apartheid. Because that’s Bennett, the techie from the elite commando unit and settler leader from Ra’anana, who says what he means and means what he says – a rare breed in Israeli politics. You won’t hear any Bar-Ilan-type promises or hollow talk of a new dawn or a new Middle East that no one has any intention of realizing. From him you will hear the truth: Apartheid.

      Now he’s making his way up. The damage he’s causing is increasing, and he’s liable to be the next big thing. But his damage is nothing compared to the damage caused by those who led us astray, who brought us to where we are. With Bennett, both the world will know and Israelis will know what his goals are; with him Israel will no longer wear its lying, false, pretty face, which has allowed it to continue its policies. That’s why I’m for him. “

  32. MRW
    December 9, 2014, 9:01 am

    Don’t tell me the crowd wasn’t with him. They clapped about letting that m’fn traitor Pollard go.

  33. CigarGod
    December 9, 2014, 10:08 am

    If i was a stent competitor, i’d have already had my sales team in to train them on a new approach. Fear is a great sales tool…death threats are the ultimate sales tool. This guy seems to think his threats will “make” us love israel…or die.

    • Mooser
      December 9, 2014, 11:31 am

      . “This guy seems to think his threats will “make” us love israel…or die.”

      I know, it’s so sad.
      Shows how beaten-down and persecuted we are! Can’t you just feel all the trauma Bennett suffers from. He must be a Survivor. Of what, I shudder to think.

  34. edwardm
    December 9, 2014, 11:04 am

    The cell phone was invented by an american – Martin Cooper. (mine was made in China) So I’m not exactly shaking in my shoes, here. Gonna throw some magic switch – so everything shuts off? What a maroon!

    • JLewisDickerson
      December 9, 2014, 3:56 pm

      Yes, but Israel invented cherry tomatos, computer-controlled drip irrigation, skunk water, hummus, and Arabic numerals!

      • jon s
        December 9, 2014, 4:12 pm

        Also the penalty-kick shootout as a method to break ties in soccer games is an Israeli invention.

      • Mooser
        December 9, 2014, 5:35 pm

        “Also the penalty-kick shootout as a method to break ties in soccer games is an Israeli invention.”

        Oh, my G-d, that changes everything!!! Talk about being a light unto the nations! Wow, to think I thought once that Palestinians were people. And they play soccer, too, don’t they, the hypocrites!

      • JLewisDickerson
        December 9, 2014, 5:36 pm

        I meant tomatoes, of course! I’m not as dense as Dan Quayle. Really, I’m not!

      • Bornajoo
        December 9, 2014, 5:42 pm

        Good one JLD! I remember that one and very fond memories of Bill Hicks taking the piss out of him in the best possible way;
        Bill Hicks on Dan Quayle: http://youtu.be/UtQs2CX57ro

      • amigo
        December 9, 2014, 5:50 pm

        Yes, but Israel invented cherry tomatos, computer-controlled drip irrigation, skunk water, hummus, and Arabic numerals! JLD

        And Basketball rules .

        “Basketball Rules in Palestine!

        Rule 1: Israelis have the right to play on both sides of the court, but Palestinians can only play on their own side.

        Rule 2: For security reasons Palestinians do not have the right to pass the ball between players, the ball could hit an Israeli player.

        Rule 3: There will be no basket on the Israeli side.

        Rule 4: Israel is allowed to shoot at any time even during
        time-outs.

        Rule 5: Palestinians are not allowed to have supporters. Only Israelis should be supported.

        Rule 6: Israel selects the sports press writers and what they report.

        Rule 7: Israel encourages Palestinians to shoot into the Palestinian basket. Players who refuse will be nominated as terrorists and will not be allowed to play.

        Rule 8: Palestinian players are allowed to leave the field, but cannot return. One exception: A Palestinian can be replaced by an Israeli!

        Rule 9: Israel selects and instructs the referees, and tells them when to look away.

        Rule 10: Israel selects the captain of the Palestinian team.

        Rule 11: Israeli faults and Palestinian good plays will not be shown on TV.

        Rule 12: Israel takes the money which sponsors pay to Palestinians clubs.

        Rule 13: Only Israeli players get refreshments.

        Rule 14: Palestinians are required to play, when and where designated by Israel.

        Rule 15: Rules only apply to Palestinians; Israelis may change the rules during the game and are not required to advise the Palestinians of the changes.

      • amigo
        December 9, 2014, 6:08 pm

        reply to Jon s @ 4.12

        “Also the penalty-kick shootout as a method to break ties in soccer games is an Israeli invention.” Jon S

        Too bad they cannot invent a system to break the tie (term used loosely) between the Ist division Israeli team and the 4th Division Palestinian team.

        Interesting that you use the term shootout.Was that deliberate.No , of course not.

      • amigo
        December 9, 2014, 6:29 pm

        “Also the penalty-kick shootout as a method to break ties in soccer games is an Israeli invention.”jon s

        As was the other shootout method whereby the Israeli team hired the services of the IDF to break the bones of the opposition so they could not possibly win the shootout.

        http://mondoweiss.net/2014/03/vicious-palestinian-athletes

      • Kris
        December 9, 2014, 6:40 pm

        @Mooser: “Wow, to think I thought once that Palestinians were people. And they play soccer, too, don’t they, the hypocrites!”

        Well, some Palestinians (I refer to those who are still alive) don’t play soccer any more, since their legs and feet were destroyed by Israelis, in Israel’s innovative contribution to world sport.

        The creativity of Israel has no bounds, we know that. Another example has been Israel’s policy of pushing the boundaries of human rights laws (many of which were established in response to the Jewish Holocaust!!!!), so that unprotected civilians are fair game to whoever has the weapons to kill them.

        Imagine, I can remember the time when “targeted assassinations,” “pre-emptive war,” and slaughtering people trapped in a concentration camp like Gaza were beyond the pale!

      • gamal
        December 9, 2014, 6:51 pm

        in football the penalty kick is an Irish invention, well the Milford, county Donegal, goal keepers invention at a time when enthusiastic tackling could lead to death or serious maiming, shoot outs are one thing, i prefer sudden death aka golden goal from open play. its good manners to source ones claims, with credible wiki type sources being the dog bollocks, init.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_McCrum

      • Mooser
        December 9, 2014, 7:50 pm

        Gosh, “JonS” I am sensing a low regard for Israel here. It’s pretty much opprobrium and contumely all around.
        There must be something you can say, something which will convince us of the dignity and human rights of the people in Israel!

      • Walid
        December 10, 2014, 5:36 am

        Great rules, amigo, you could add to them the one about breaking the Palestinians’ legs and knees so they would never play again. Looks like FIFA swallowed that one too and nothing became of what Israel did to young Palestinian footballers.

      • Mooser
        December 10, 2014, 4:23 pm

        “you could add to them the one about breaking the Palestinians’ legs and knees so they would never play again.”

        “JonS” should really wait to push the “Post” button, wait until he’s taken a couple of good sniffs, and examined the bottom of his sandals.
        He stepped in it again, didn’t he, when he brought up soccer and Israel.
        Ah, what an effective advocate he is for Israel!!

      • oldgeezer
        December 12, 2014, 2:07 am

        @jon s “Also the penalty-kick shootout as a method to break ties in soccer games is an Israeli invention. ”

        Wow. A rule change in soccer.

        I’ve lost a wife of over 30 years and a fiance of over a decade due to disease. Israel has given us a rule change (not an invention, get a grip ffs).

        I never knew it was such a special country filled with such superior people.

        I think we will survive without your basic human rights abuses. I know I can.

  35. CigarGod
    December 9, 2014, 11:39 am

    One other awful comment that betrays bennet’s character…and that of his support group, no doubt…is the distain he has for palestinians as evidenced by his highway mefian comment. Trying to recall the documentary of the famous photographer who takes pictures of people pushed to the absolute edge. India, indonesia? Whole communities living between the north and south rails lines. In the space between. Living on top of sheets of cardboard. Cooking, sleeping, making love…inches from the racing trains passing in either direction. The wind ..like a hurricane…tossing cardboard, hair, clothing, belongings…each time one passes. Nice image bennett cooked up.

    • Mooser
      December 9, 2014, 5:39 pm

      Cigar God, that is because a man like Bennett is always haunted by scenes of trauma. The ones he can inflict on others. That trauma might be inflicted on him, well not so much.

    • jon s
      December 10, 2014, 4:06 pm

      Amigo, I called it a shootout because that’s what it’s usually called. See here:
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penalty_shootout

      Gamal , For the penalty shootout as an Israeli invention see the link, above. Scroll down to “history”.

      Mooser, a low regard for Israel? No kidding? Let me remind you that this is Mondoweiss, home of “Israel is to blame for ………”(fill in on the dotted line).

      • Mooser
        December 10, 2014, 4:27 pm

        “JonS” Do you have the slightest idea what quote marks (” and “) are for? Contrary to what they told you at Zionist college, they are not used to assist in lying.

        Who are you quoting “JonS” and from which article?

        Now, what about the knee-cappings and broken bones?

  36. Theo
    December 9, 2014, 12:46 pm

    Hitler and his nazi crazies must be smiling in their graves, if such thing is possible in the here after. His work is now done by crazy zionist jews, who do everything to damage, and even destroy, the jewish values and civilisation.
    Bennett must be totally crazy! Europe supported up to now if not all, but most of the tactics of the various israeli regimes, however he must see the signs of a fast coming change. Sweden recoignised the state of Palestina, in France, with the highest jewish population, anti-semitic attacks and riots increased in numbers so much, that the government had to step in, although it is sworn to neutrality, same as the USA. In Germany a young man gets beaten up, because of his cappy and so further all over Europe. If it comes to another anti-semitic area, then the ones responsible for it are all sitting in Israel.

    • jon s
      December 11, 2014, 1:57 pm

      Mooser, So why am I in quote marks? (“JonS”)

      • Mooser
        December 11, 2014, 7:53 pm

        “Mooser, So why am I in quote marks? (“JonS”)”

        Since a user name can be just about anything from an ordinary name (“John Smith” etc.) to a string of numbers or letters I put them in quotes for clarity.

  37. amigo
    December 9, 2014, 1:11 pm

    bennet would feel quite at home with these guys.He does not need to change his hairstyle.

    “White Racial Protection Themes: In keeping with the popular racist slogan of the 14 Words (“We must secure the existence of our race and a future for white children”), many hate songs focus on protecting or defending the white race, the white family, or white children. Such songs are often used to urge white men to take action. Thus, in the band Das Reich’s (Wisconsin) song “Which Way White Man,” white males are urged to take up arms: “White man wake up/Fence sitters we can’t afford/In the name of the Reich the White man’s fight/It’s time to take the sword.” Similarly, Youngland (California) sings, in “Stand One, Stand All,” for white men to “Stand one stand all, stand up, stand proud/and raise the white man’s flag.” Other bands focus on the notion of a “white man’s land,” as in Final War’s track “Land of the White”: “This is our land, this land I see/This is our land so White, Proud and Free/This is our land when we’ve won the fight.”

    http://archive.adl.org/nr/exeres/32be45ea-7300-477d-bf3e-d01c0c56b809,db7611a2-02cd-43af-8147-649e26813571,frameless.html

    • oldgeezer
      December 9, 2014, 1:31 pm

      The parrallels between white supremacy and zionism are unmistakable. I’m sure both groups would think their cause is not only unique but justified by their own special nature.

      • Mooser
        December 9, 2014, 7:58 pm

        old geezer, I see no real reason why Zionism can’t be considered a variant of, or subsidiary development of “white supremacy”
        And I see no reason why the two causes can’t work hand-in-glove, with the more successful Zionists giving their bros’ some tip on how to make their alabaster titties gleam from sea to shining sea.

  38. seafoid
    December 9, 2014, 2:46 pm

    “The vegetables you eat would be lousy because you’re not getting Netafim [irrigation system”

    Like the Chinese can’t copy it LOL
    Vegetables grown with Palestinian blood are far more lousy

    And go on bots, call me out for blood libel.

  39. a blah chick
    December 9, 2014, 3:19 pm

    “The Stent Knows!”

    That should be rallying cry of Bennett’s party.

  40. Walid
    December 9, 2014, 4:49 pm

    Bennett is the Israeli version of ISIS; if Netanyahu can say that Hamas is ISIS, then I can say that Bennett is ISIS.

    About the faux-Moslem version of ISIS, last week ISIS came upon 4 kids all under the age of 15 and asked them to convert to Islam. The kids refused by the ISIS guys asked them again to profess their faith in Islam. The kids again refused, answering “we love Jesus”. The 4 kids were beheaded.

    http://myocn.net/before-being-killed-children-told-isis-no-we-love-jesus/

    Right up the air in the same class as Bennett.

    • W.Jones
      December 9, 2014, 5:08 pm

      The Quran says “There is no compulsion in religion.” This passage has been used by Muslim scholars to say that forced conversions do not count as real conversions, and in history, it is one of the cases when reversion to Christianity was allowed, around the period of Caliph Hakim in Palestine.

      Granted, conversion to Christianity from Islam was banned normally under Sharia custom. But in any case, this is another example of how ISIS is not practicing real “traditional” Islam.

  41. amigo
    December 9, 2014, 5:43 pm

    I have just watched Dianne Feinstein condemning the torture meted out to the GB “Detainees” (don,t you just love that term) by the CIA .She claimed this behaviour was counter to “Our Values”.

    This from a bought and paid for lifetime supporter of Israel and it,s values.

    Puke inducing hypocracy.

    • just
      December 9, 2014, 5:49 pm

      I’ll bring my own bucket… move over, I’ll be there in a moment with a cool cloth.

      (For that Gang of Eight henchwoman Feinstein feigning faux outrage)

    • lysias
      December 9, 2014, 5:58 pm

      Certainly Feinstein is a hypocrite, but nevertheless I welcome her castigating the CIA. Whatever you think of her, they deserve it.

      • amigo
        December 9, 2014, 6:51 pm

        “Certainly Feinstein is a hypocrite, but nevertheless I welcome her castigating the CIA. Whatever you think of her, they deserve it.”lysias.

        I agree , it,s just that, that smarmy look on her face gets my gander up.

      • just
        December 9, 2014, 7:57 pm

        We’ve done much of this in the past, and probably still are.

        One of the things that I kept hearing today (from 911 commission member, etc) was: ‘torture bad, drone strikes ok’???

        What I find missing is any admission of guilt and responsibility. It’s finger- pointing, done very carefully.

        There’s a long road ahead, plowing through this crud. I hope it’s done in my lifetime.

  42. RobertB
    December 9, 2014, 10:08 pm

    Why are London’s Police traveling to Israel?

    @WakeupAct

    “Your Police are being trained by the Israeli Army to defeat and control their enemy, and when your police come back, you become their enemy” — Eran Efrati — Israeli Army Whistle blower warns the American public in March 2014

    https://medium.com/wake-up-act/why-are-londons-police-travelling-to-israel-cf15bb9b8848

  43. RobertB
    December 9, 2014, 10:18 pm

    New Evidence Suggests Israel Is Helping Syrian Rebels in the Golan Heights

    By Samuel Oakford
    December 7, 2014

    “Israel continues to interact with Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights and allow them to cross the border, according to a new UN report corroborated by a VICE News team that visited the area in November, uncovering additional incidents beyond what has been described by the UN.”

    https://news.vice.com/article/new-evidence-suggests-israel-is-helping-syrian-rebels-in-the-golan-heights

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    UN Reveals Israeli Links With Syrian Rebels

    “Reports by UN observers in the Golan submitted to 15 members of Security Council detail regular contact between IDF officers and armed Syrian opposition figures at the border.

    By Barak Ravid

    December 08, 2014 “ICH” – “Haaretz” –

    Reports by UN observers in the Golan Heights over the past 18 months reveal the type and extent of cooperation between Israel and Syrian opposition figures. The reports, submitted to the 15 members of the UN Security Council and available on the UN’s website, detail regular contacts held on the border between IDF officers and soldiers and Syrian rebels.”

    http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article40414.htm

  44. kma
    December 9, 2014, 10:58 pm

    damn. I accidentally bought an Israeli-made irrigation product for my yard, and it never did work. maybe it knew I was against zionism?
    no, I think it was just a piece of crap. BUT NOW I KNOW NOT TO BUY ANY MEDICAL DEVICES FROM ISRAEL!!!

  45. kma
    December 9, 2014, 11:29 pm

    um, wow, I’m reading all these comments, and I have to say that you guys are kinda misled about the quality of Israeli products… I’ve tried them, they kinda suck. at the very least, none are better than any others…..
    so… relax about the “threat”, okay? there isn’t one.

  46. Kay24
    December 10, 2014, 6:01 am

    So when do we take our cue from Israeli court ruling? Either they are training our police, or the CIA follows their rulings to justify torture.

    http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/CIA-Cited-Israeli-Court-Rulings-to-Justify-Torture-20141209-0059.html

  47. just
    December 10, 2014, 9:07 am

    “Former Israeli leader Ehud Barak said this week that the current government had damaged Israel’s relationship with the United States, according to Globes.

    “I told my friend in the cabinet that we need to respect American sovereignty,” Barak, the former prime minister who served as defense minister from 2007 to 2013, said at the Globes Israel Business Conference in Tel Aviv on Monday. “We must protect our own sovereignty, but, at the same time, promise that we won’t destroy our relationship with the U.S. president or with the American public. The relationship was not destroyed, but it was damaged.”

    Barak was responding to a question about the deteriorating American-Israeli relationship, Globes reported.

    Gideon Rachman, the Financial Times chief foreign affairs commentator, said the Western world had a sense that Israel is drifting rightward. “If there is a government that’s not interested in two states for two nations, it’s dangerous for Israel.”

    Barak added, “When calls to boycott Israel come from Europe, it’s serious, and we must take this into account. Europe is Israel’s number one partner – not the U.S., and not China.”

    Barak also assailed Netanyahu for openly favoring Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in the 2012 U.S. election. “We cannot get involved in U.S. politics,” he declared.”

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/1.630937

    Tell it to AIPAC, Barak. btw, do you have a stent?

  48. just
    December 10, 2014, 4:24 pm

    “A Jerusalem company is marketing what it calls the smallest bible in the world.

    Jerusalem Nano Bible announced it has developed its version of the New Testament on a three-millimeter chip in cooperation with Tel Aviv University’s nanotechnology department. “The chip is in fact a bible book for all practical purposes and can be examined through a special microscope in any nanotechnology labs,” according to the company’s website.”

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/video/1.631024

    innovation nano-nation! what for?

  49. just
    December 10, 2014, 4:46 pm

    “Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker surely meant well when well-wishing a Jewish constituent, but his Hebrew could use a little work if he’s going to make a run at the White House.

    The Capital Times reported Wednesday on a undated letter, unearthed in the John Doe investigation that has dogged Walker, in which Walker mixed up his Jewish salutations and makeshift explosives while he was serving as Milwaukee County executive.

    “Thank you again and Molotov,” read the note from Walker to Franklyn Gimbel, chairman of the Wisconsin Center District, a convention complex, who had asked Walker to set up a menorah at the county courthouse to celebrate Hanukkah.”

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/scott-walker-molotov

    Hilarity aside, why would he need to brush up on his Hebrew to run for the WH?????

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