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The pressure is increasing on Obama over his foreign policy; and it’s time for supporters of peace to line up behind him. Today in his efforts to counter the Iran deal, Netanyahu called the US part of the “Axis,” a naked reference to Nazi Germany and its allies in World War 2. Jerusalem Post:

“After the Beirut-Damascus-Baghdad axis, Iran is carrying out a pincer movement from the south to take over and occupy the entire Middle East. The Iran-Lausanne-Yemen axis is very dangerous to humanity and it must be stopped,” he said.

Lausanne means the P5+1 who are trying to negotiate the deal. Netanyahu then tweeted so no one would miss the message:

Dylan Williams of J Street challenges the rightwing Israel lobby to condemn the remarks.

Netanyahu says US part of an “axis” that is a “danger to humanity.” Where is the outrage @AIPAC [American Israel Public Affairs Committee] @ADL_National [Anti Defamation League] @AJCGlobal? [American Jewish Committee]

The Republicans are on Netanyahu’s side of course. Netanyahu met with Senator Mitch McConnell today in Jerusalem. And here’s more hate-filled rhetoric from Senator John McCain speaking on the Senate floor, five days ago, endorsing a neoconservative’s call that Obama be treated “with contempt.”

[T]here has been a lot of pressure on Israel as a result of the only free and fair election that you will see take place in that entire part of the world. There has been a harsh criticism of the things Prime Minister Netanyahu said during that campaign.

I point out to my colleagues sometimes things are said in campaigns that maybe we say in the heat of the campaign and maybe it is OK if we apologize.

Today, one of the most astute observers, in my view, Bret Stephens of the Wall Street Journal, had some advice for the Israelis. From his article in this morning’s Wall Street Journal entitled “The Orwellian Obama Presidency”:

“Here is my advice to the Israeli government, along with every other country being treated disdainfully by this crass administration: Repay contempt with contempt. Mr. Obama plays to classic bully type. He is abusive and surly only toward those he feels are either too weak, or too polite, to hit back. The Saudis figured that out in 2013, after Mr. Obama failed to honor his promises on Syria; they turned down a seat on the security council, spoke openly about acquiring nuclear weapons from Pakistan, and tanked the price of oil, mainly as a weapon against Iran. Now Mr. Obama is nothing if not solicitous of the Saudi Highnesses.”

Speaking of Nazi Germany, here is an American-Israeli rabbi likening Obama to a biblical enemy of the Jews, Haman. From the Jerusalem Post, March 29:

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, Chief Rabbi of Efrat on Saturday night compared US President Barack Obama to Haman and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Mordechai.

Speaking at the Jerusalem Great Synagogue, the American-born Riskin said that he could not understand what was going through Obama’s mind.

“The President of the United States is lashing out at Israel just like Haman lashed out at the Jews,” he said. “I’m not making a political statement,” he clarified, “I’m making a Jewish statement.” When a woman in the audience shouted out that Riskin was being disrespectful to the President of the United States, she was booed by the crowd. Riskin said he didn’t need any help from the audience. “I am being disrespectful because the President of the United States was disrespectful to my Prime Minister, to my country, to my future and to the future of the world.”

Efrat is an illegal settlement in the West Bank. Haman is a biblical figure from the Purim story: a Persian official who aims to exterminate Persia’s Jews, including Mordecai. Haman’s plot is foiled and he is hanged.

Riskin liked President Clinton. He wrote him this letter on behalf of the fugitive financier Marc Rich in November 2000:

Dear Mr. President,
Needless to say I have been very much impressed and even inspired by your many activities as the most powerful leader in the world and have heard only superlatives about you from two friends I believe we have in common, Rabbi Menachem Genack and Lou Weisbach. However the personality trait which has most impressed me is your very deep humanity, which was so much in evidence when I had the honor of observing your personal contact with each child you met in the residence of the President of Israel last Hanukka. It is because of your humanity that I wish to add my voice to the request that you bestow a pardon upon Marc Rich and enable him to visit and perhaps even live in the United States.

I have known Marc Rich for several decades. He has always given employ to worthy students of mine in need of occupation and in several instances has been extremely generous to their families when tragedies have struck. His philanthropy is well known: he dedicated a wing in the Israel Museum and he has subsidized many projects for American student — leadership-training in Israel as well as for immigrant rehabilitation and acculturation.

Rich was pardoned by Clinton on his last day of office in 2001. Very controversial. Rich was represented by Lewis “Scooter” Libby, who later served Dick Cheney and got in trouble in the Valerie Plame case.

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  1. just
    March 29, 2015, 2:37 pm

    I swear that these US fifth columnists are Israeli agents. They are saboteurs of the democratically, twice elected President of the US and US national security and sanity (discarding the PNAC agenda, at least somewhat).

    (Nobody can tell me that inbred racism has nothing to do with it, either!)

    Who needs AIPAC, J Street, JINSA, ZOA or Boteach when the US has Republicans and most Democrats who bow and scrape to Netanyahu and the 95% that cheered the bombing and death dealt in Gaza?

    As for Netanyahu use of “axis”, he’s Bush/Frum/Gerson redux. To call the US part of the new “axis” is well beyond the pale. Will the average American notice that this was voiced by their best “ally’? Will they question anything that they have been told to believe as an article of faith?

    Thanks.

    P.S. You must have seen this from Boehner today:

    “Boehner: Iran has ‘no intention’ of keeping its word on nuclear deal

    Speaker slams Obama, says Iran has ‘never kept their word about anything’
    Promises new sanctions will ‘come quickly’ if no agreement reached”

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/mar/29/john-boehner-iran-nuclear-deal#comment-49639268

    • just
      March 29, 2015, 3:24 pm

      As for Boteach:

      ““New Rabbi Shmuley Boteach ad in N.Y. Times urges Obama not to appease Iran

      The ad, published Saturday by Boteach’s World Values Network foundation, comes as the United States and other world powers work to achieve an interim deal on curbing Iran’s nuclear program before a March 31 deadline. …

      …In the new ad, the words “Mr. President: Fighting al-Qaeda made you like Churchill. Appeasing Iran will make you like Chamberlain,” appear with a photo of a determined-looking Obama. Superimposed over part of the Obama portrait is a reproduction of a Times newspaper article from Sept. 30, 1938, detailing the signing of the Munich Agreement, which allowed the Nazis to annex portions of Czechoslovakia, which became known as the Sudetenland.” – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2015/03/tipping-point#comment-144052

    • RoHa
      March 30, 2015, 2:40 am

      “Speaker slams Obama, says Iran has ‘never kept their word about anything’ ”

      And I’m sure he can cite every case in which Iran has given its word and then defaulted.

    • Pixel
      March 30, 2015, 4:21 am

      @just

      “Will the average American notice that this was voiced by their best “ally’? Will they question anything that they have been told to believe as an article of faith?”

      I ask myself why average Americans should notice when non-average Americans choose not to “see” things until they trip over them.

      To me, the question shouldn’t be do average Americans notice, the question should be what else is there that non-average American’s are choosing to not _yet_ “see”?

      You have to recognize that every out-front maneuver is going to be lonely. But if you feel entirely comfortable then you’re not far enough ahead to do any good. That warm sense of everything going well is usually the body temperature at the center of the herd. Only if you’re far enough ahead to be at risk do you have a chance for large rewards. – unknown

      There are people who are far enough out in front of the curve to see the bigger picture. They continue to try to get the attention of non-average Americans who, instead of listening to them mock, belittle, disparage, and demean them. Sadly, non-average Americans are the greatest participants in silencing them.

      I’ve personally found that, sometimes, Saran Wrap is not as effective as foil.

      • Pixel
        March 30, 2015, 4:27 am

        Sorry, just, I’m usually better able to mask the near constant state of panic I feel about this.

  2. Kay24
    March 29, 2015, 3:08 pm

    If the US aid, armed, and supported the Nazis, protected them from world condemnation, turned a blind eye to it’s despicable crimes against humanity, allowed Hitler to interfere in our policies especially the foreign policies, ignored the desperate appeals for help while civilians were slaughtered, Nazism might still be alive and well today, because of that support. So why are we doing it for zionists, and ignoring the crimes by them? Unlike the Nazis, The zionist occupation and war crimes have been going on for 60 plus years. Can the scourge of zionism be dismissed because the number of victims are less, are Arabs, and must suffer the consequences of land theft and collective punishment Why are Israeli agents like McCain and Cruz able to twist facts and go unchallenged, just to help the zionists? Have they been sworn into helping the zionists get rid of the Arabs from all the territories?

    • lysias
      March 29, 2015, 5:17 pm

      Well, they also show no gratitude towards the Persia that freed the Israelites from the Babylonian Exile, and instead keep talking about the mythical Haman.

    • Philip Munger
      March 30, 2015, 1:58 am

      If the US aid, armed, and supported the Nazis, protected them from world condemnation…

      We actually did that up until the fall of France. IBM, Ford, GM, oil companies, bankers, chemical and drug companies, and so on. GHW Bush’s father wasn’t forced to divest from his Nazi holdings until 1942.

      Americans who served on the Republican side during the Spanish Civil War were later labeled “premature anti-Fascists” by the State Department and FBI.

      • lysias
        March 30, 2015, 10:07 am

        The Dulles brothers at Sullivan & Cromwell were also involved in those dealings with the Nazis. As was Harriman.

  3. Blownaway
    March 29, 2015, 4:22 pm

    I’ve always said the U.S. needs to hit bottom before freeing itself from the yoke of Israel centric policy. But I think this is the most dangerous time for our republic when senate leadership swears allegiance to a foreign power against our own President is indeed a very dangerous time. Ther has to be an uprising not against Israel but against the likes of McCain, Graham, Boehner and McConnel as a start. Is there no more pressing need of their attention than what is best for Israel? What about what is best for America? I’m not sure how this will turn out but I’m not optimistic …not for the U.S. and not for the world these insane men will stage a coup and start wars with Russia China or in the Middle East megalomaniacs if ever there were any. mccains speech is the tipping point

  4. Annie Robbins
    March 29, 2015, 4:58 pm

    traitors. i’m ready for the fight. bring them down.

    • Blownaway
      March 29, 2015, 5:14 pm

      i hope the secret service is particularly alert. I put nothing beyond these ideologues. Dangerous times indeed

      • just
        March 29, 2015, 5:46 pm

        I can’t remember a less alert secret service than President Obama has had. Drunk, depraved, asleep at the wheel~ yessiree!

        from wiki:

        “In September 2014, the United States Secret Service came under criticism following two high-profile incidents involving intruders at the White House. One such intruder entered the East Room of the White House through an unlocked door.[24] (wiki)

        “Another incident involved a violation of procedure in which an armed security guard for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention rode in the same elevator as President Barack Obama during a visit to that agency’s headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia to discuss U.S. response to the Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa. The guard used his phone to record video of Obama and refused to comply with a request to stop.[25] The guard had been arrested multiple times in the past, but had never been convicted of a crime.[26]”

        (wiki)

        “President Obama is “disappointed” by the latest allegations of U.S. Secret Service misconduct, but retains confidence in his new director, Joe Clancy, to lead an overhaul of the agency, a White House spokesman said today.

        The president was informed earlier this week — five days after the incident — that two senior agents on his protective detail had allegedly driven while under the influence of alcohol, collided with a White House barricade and left the scene undisciplined, administration and Capitol Hill sources confirmed to ABC News. The agents, Mark Connolly and George Ogilvie, have been reassigned while the investigation is pending, according to Secret Service.”

        http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/secret-service-dui-probe-obama-disappointed-backs-chief/story?id=29595946

        (‘funnily’ enough, no arrest, no charges, or police report made…)

        I hope that they have forsworn their corrupt/negligent ways.

    • Blownaway
      March 29, 2015, 6:46 pm

      Great article by Ron Unz on Mccains true war record
      American Pravda: When “Tokyo Rose” Ran for President
      What Was John McCain’s True Wartime Record in Vietnam?

      http://www.unz.com/runz/american-pravda-when-tokyo-rose-ran-for-president/

  5. lysias
    March 29, 2015, 5:11 pm

    I would have hoped that such use of “axis” was discredited after the George W. Bush/David Frum use of “Axis of Evil”.

  6. lysias
    March 29, 2015, 5:15 pm

    Sounds like Rabbi Riskin wants Obama to meet the same fate as the fictional Haman in the mythical Book of Esther.

    These guys need to be reminded that it was Cyrus, King of Persia, who freed the Israelites from their Babylonian Exile, that he is praised in the highest terms by the Old Testament, and that the Cyrus Seal and Darius’s inscription prove that such tolerance was indeed the policy of Achaemenid Persia.

  7. just
    March 29, 2015, 5:54 pm

    A-ha!

    “Israel’s fourth submarine, ISS Tanin, to start operations within weeks

    Israel Navy also expecting to receive four new German-built ships in coming years, to protect offshore gas and oil platforms.

    …Foreign media reports say the Israeli submarines can carry cruise missiles with a range of thousands of kilometers. Reportedly, they can also be fitted with nuclear warheads. Foreign media say the Israeli submarine fleet – which is planned to double in size by 2018 – is intended to provide a “second-strike” capability in case of a nuclear attack on Israel.

    Lt. Col. A., commander of the ISS Tanin, called the Dolphin II-class subs a new generation of submarines that will enable Israel to carry out its missions better. “The submarine penetrates deep into enemy [territory], on long and complex missions that demand a large amount of experience and investment,” he said. Submarine officers declined to provide details of the subs’ long-distance operations, in areas that the IDF calls “the third circle.”

    The navy is also preparing to receive new ships in coming years. These are intended to help protect Israel’s offshore gas and oil platforms. These ships are also being built in Germany, though the final contracts have yet to be signed, said a senior navy officer. He expects four such ships to arrive within three years to protect the offshore drilling platforms.”

    “Reportedly, they can also be fitted with nuclear warheads.”

    No kidding. So why does Israel get these and not a peep from the world? Huh? Whose “offshore gas and oil” are they “protecting”?

    It’s got undeclared nukes everybody! Yoo- hoo, Ms. Merkel!

    • Citizen
      March 29, 2015, 8:50 pm

      Germany sells its state of the art subs to Israel at a deep discount, as part of its 70 year old reparations. Churchill said the Germans are “either at your throat, or at your feet.”

    • DaBakr
      March 29, 2015, 9:14 pm

      @jt
      and this is just the beginning of the new arms race which will undoubtedly commence when the ‘oh-so-fantastic’ and so-called ‘deal’ takes is finished. It won’t just be Israel and its “undeclared” nukes but other actors in states with no guarantee will be stable in coming years.

      All the lefties hear seem so convinced that Obama and his staff are correct in assuming a deal with Iran is in US interests. I have yet to see one reasonable explanation from his admin. for how and why exactly Iran is to be favoured over other traditional allies of the US. He seems to have sided with the shia’s but has not exp[lained his reasoning on this either. Perhaps there is a grand vision that would enlighten everybody if they simply bother to explain to the people instead of keeping the information from half the US congress.

      • just
        March 29, 2015, 10:55 pm

        Wow, you sound exactly like your PM, ‘db’.

        ““Iran will become even more aggressive when it’s economy has been unshackled and it has a clear path to the bomb,” said Netanyahu. “This deal won’t be a farewell to arms; it will be a farewell to arms control.””

        http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/mar/03/netanyuahu-congress-iran-nuclear-deal-path-to-bomb

        Pray tell when Israel itself has ever complied with or indulged in “arms control”. Then explain why they’ve never admitted to their nuclear weapons arsenal~ a nuclear weapons program that built from subterfuge and theft.

        I’m afraid that the “traditional allies” of the US (in the sense you mean) are not proving to be true allies.

      • Marnie
        March 30, 2015, 1:13 am

        N’Yahoo is a murderous freak with an inferiority complex who happens to have half or more of the US govt groveling at his feet. The US congress has proven, with very few exceptions, to be traitors to their president and their own people. ‘Yahoo’s government lied for years going back to Kennedy about having nuclear weapons. The GoI can only be trusted to do one thing – stab you in the back, spy on you, blackmail, embezzle and slit your throat then claim they’re ready to negotiate.

      • DaBakr
        March 30, 2015, 1:55 am

        So you have no opinion about Iran’s expansion into Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Bahrain, Gaza and Lebanon(thru Hezbollah)? You think it’s all harmless good will from the to totalitarian mullahs? Forget Israel for two seconds and explain why you put your trust in Iran for the region and the Palestinians for that matter

      • Annie Robbins
        March 30, 2015, 12:29 pm

        what expansion? is that how you would characterize the US invasion of iraq or our presence in afghanistan and drone killings in yemen? it’s clear to everyone iran is not interested in isis on it’s borders. doesn’t mean they want syrian territory. same w/hezbollah in syria. the last thing they want is isis destabilizing lebanon. seriously, you sound unhinged. iran is not an expanding empire. influential yes, but no indication, unlike israel, they are trying to increase their territory. you’re taking characteristics easily applied to the nation you are defending and transparently transferring those intentions on your enemies. #FAIL

      • RoHa
        March 30, 2015, 2:10 am

        “and this is just the beginning of the new arms race which will undoubtedly commence when the ‘oh-so-fantastic’ and so-called ‘deal’ takes is finished.”

        If a nuclear arms race is starting, Israel is starting it. But there is no certainty that Iran will follow suit. Indeed, both the declarations of the Iranian leaders and its current obligations under the Non-proliferation treaty argue for the contrary.

        ” It won’t just be Israel and its “undeclared” nukes but other actors in states with no guarantee will be stable in coming years.”

        But that is the way things have been since nukes were invented. The U.S. is full of religious crazies obsessed with apocalyptic visions, and the militant ignorance of its politicians terrifies Europeans. The Soviet Union broke up. France looked a bit dodgy in the 60s, and China even more so. India is not a prime example of stability, and Pakistan lurches from crisis to chaos. Israel keeps attacking its neighbours, and would (I suspect) fall apart if it didn’t.
        I agree that adding more nukes and greater capacity for delivering them will not make the world a safer place, but that is what Israel is doing. So far, at least, we have no reason to believe Iran will do the same.

        “how and why exactly Iran is to be favoured over other traditional allies of the US. ”

        The traditional allies of the U.S. are Britain, Canada, Australia, and France. How is Iran to be favoured over them?

        – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2015/03/netanyahu-part-axis#comment-757872

      • DaBakr
        March 30, 2015, 1:12 pm

        @an

        so then, I take it your fine with Iran’s expansion into Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, Gaza and even Bahrain . Your small-minded world view prevents you from seeing anything in terms other then ’caused by Israel’. There is a whole big world of people, kingdoms, nations and states that view Iran as an enemy and absolutely view its actions as expansionist. But it seems like if it can’t be used to paint Israel as at fault-the default position on MW is to support and cheer on Iran while most FP experts I have read still are very unclear on what basis Obama has such confidence. He hasn’t said. And if there is some ‘grand scheme or vision’-Obamas admin has done a very poor job of explaining it to the US people and the world.

        and btw-can you point tom anything Iran has done for the Palestinians except to threaten to “liberate Jerusalem” just like many Arab nations have threatened as well. Its usually meant as a pacifier to a restless populace with no intent to improve Palestinian lives. But then Iran is against Israel so in your book-they are heroic.

      • Annie Robbins
        March 30, 2015, 2:57 pm

        btw-can you point tom anything Iran has done for the Palestinians except to threaten to “liberate Jerusalem” just like many Arab nations have threatened as well.

        dabakr, i see instead of articulating your previous allegation about Iranian “expansion”, which is completely unconfirmed and unclear, you’ve not only launched into another allegation based on that flawed theory (“so then, I take it your fine with Iran’s expansion”) and double downed with an ad hominem thrown in (my so called ” Your small-minded world view”) for good measure you’ve ignored my request altogether!

        and i’m not interested in this excuse, this ‘everybody in the world agree w/me’ attitude. you can either back it up or not. so where’s your evidence the iran is “expnading”? unlike israel i don’t see shifting borders in the least. and it’s a little hypocritical denouncing iranian influence in the region (where it is actually located unlike the US!) days after netanyahu is over here pressuring US congress to bomb iran.

        so either back up your allegation or stand down. and don’t think you can shift the conversation by asking me questions. you answer first.

      • DaBakr
        March 30, 2015, 1:30 pm

        @rh

        your comparing the nukes that have supposedly been in Israel for over 30yrs with “starting” the current situation in the ME. Israel has never threatened any of its neighbors with nuclear attack. And Iran currently has troops money and arms in Yemen. Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Gaza and your comparing that to Israel ‘shooting’ at foreign troops in 2 neighboring countries, one of which is a country in name only and almost a million war dead. I seriously doubt leaders of Russia, China, India, EU, US or even Pakistan sit around worrying about who might ‘get their hands on’ Israeli nukes.
        Your attitude seems to be-the world is unsafe-and so be it if 3 or 4 more unstable regimes gain the bomb. This is why a lot of people are wary of Obama’s ‘deal’

      • Annie Robbins
        March 30, 2015, 3:02 pm

        supposedly? i think that question has been laid to rest.

        Iran currently has troops money and arms in Yemen.

        so they say. how do you feel about the US drone program in yemen?

        Your attitude seems to be-the world is unsafe-and so be it if 3 or 4 more unstable regimes gain the bomb. This is why a lot of people are wary of Obama’s ‘deal’

        Your attitude seems to be-the world is unsafe-and so be it if the US destabilizes another regime by invading another country and crating another war. This is why a lot of people are wary of the neocon no ‘deal’.

      • DaBakr
        March 30, 2015, 6:03 pm

        you seem to think unleashing the Shi’a Iran on the region would do more to help the Palestinians the having KSA, Egypt and all the other allies Obama is throwing over for his so-called ‘deal’ )including the Iranian propping up of the most brutal regime of Assad-which Syrians should rightfully be outraged at you for) While its true that the Saudi-Egyrp Axis has not done the Palestinians much good I can’t see what your reasoning is that Iran would do more. It seems like a knee-jerk-“my enemies enemy-I like kind of response. Foolish and short-sighted.

      • Annie Robbins
        March 30, 2015, 9:32 pm

        you seem to think [….yada yada fill in a bunch a of crap…..] Foolish and short-sighted.

        dabakr, it’s unfortunate that with over 26,677 comments on this blog as well as over 1k articles/posts you resort to creating strawmen to agrue with. i’m not addressing anymore of your “you seem to say” garbage. see ya round.

      • just
        March 30, 2015, 6:50 pm

        +1 RoHa!

      • RoHa
        March 31, 2015, 2:50 am

        @Da Bakr

        You brought up the “start of a new arms race”, and, if one has started, it has been started by Israel getting more submarines which can deliver nukes. No, Israel does not explicitly threaten other countries with its nukes. Their existence is the threat. People do not worry about who may get hold of them. They worry about those who have got them now.

        I certainly do not think Nuclear Proliferation is OK. Neither does Iran. They signed a treaty to that effect. Every indication is that Iran does not want nukes. This whole affair is a beat-up by Zionists and their stooges.

        Israel, on the other hand, never signed the treaty, and is upgrading its delivery system.

        The struggle in Yemen is between ex-US stooge Saleh and current US stooge Hadi. Iran might be sending money, but it is not directly involved. It is directly involved in Iraq, fighting ISIS. (This would make Iran a U.S. ally if the US were really interested in defeating ISIS.)

    • DaBakr
      March 30, 2015, 5:49 pm

      @an

      unconfirmed? again I have to accuse of of being ridiculous as it is well known by all players in the international arena that Iranian revolutionary guard forces as well as regular army are on the ground, arms are funded and tactical assistance is provided to conflicts in Yemen Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Gaza and if that doesn’t constitute expansion of Iranian FP and aspirations I don’t know what in the world you would consider “expansion” to mean. Are you parsing the word ‘expansion to define only your take on the Israeli policy of building Jewish and Arab(Palestinian)-yes-Israel funds building 100s of homes for Palestinians as well- homes on land disputed by the UN and international arena? Its a shallow definition if so-consideingr both the size of the land compared{iran vs. Israel] and the threat such sup[posed expansion poses to neighbors.
      You want to turn a blind eye to Iranian expansion-as an American-do so at your own peril. I still haven’t heard a reasonable explanation from your president

      heavens to mergatroid if Israel were to provide troops , arms and logistics to conflicts as far reaching as Iran has and you would have exploded with outrage and indignation by now. Simply typing “fail” doesn’t make me wrong. I am stating facts and you are parsing the interpretation of these facts to meet your agenda. Your debating skills are usually unparalleled here but not sure what your trying to prove. As I said-I would like to hear what Obamas ‘grand vision’ is for ME. He can;t just ignore KSA, Qatar, UAE, Iraqi Sunni(IS) Egypt Oman,etc. And you still have to explain what the Iranians have done for the predominantly Sunni Palestinians?

      • Annie Robbins
        March 30, 2015, 9:13 pm

        I don’t know what in the world you would consider “expansion” to mean.

        facepalm. golly gee, how very confusing /NOT.

        Are you parsing the word ‘expansion to define only your take on the Israeli policy of building Jewish and Arab(Palestinian)-yes-Israel funds building 100s of homes for Palestinians as well- homes on land

        i am not “parsing” anything. i am referencing the literal, common definition

        websters http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expand

        : to increase in size, range, or amount : to become bigger

        : to cause (something) to increase in size, range, or amount : to make (something) bigger

        wiki

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

        In general, expansionism consists of expansionist policies of governments and states. …., more commonly expansionism refers to the doctrine of a state expanding its territorial base usually, though not necessarily, by means of military aggression. Compare empire-building, colonialism, and Lebensraum.

      • Annie Robbins
        March 30, 2015, 9:24 pm

        heavens to mergatroid if Israel were to provide troops , arms and logistics to conflicts as far reaching as Iran has and you would have exploded with outrage and indignation by now.

        israel is cheap and smart. why on earth would they invest blood and treasure when they can manipulate the US to do it for them? it’s our troops that carry out their regional plans and do the dirty work. the absence of israeli troops / arms means nothing. don’t pretend because they don’t fight along side the US they are absent. they are obviously not for they have our congress critters by the balls when it comes to their interests.

        again, do not speak for me. i will trash the comment.

      • DaBakr
        March 31, 2015, 6:46 pm

        I would say that Iran has definitely expanded its RANGE since we are resorting to Merriams now. Thanks for the confirmation as RANGE is a good use for what Iran is expanding. And what are you so mad about-your the one who controls the moderator stick? I am playing by MW rules and you get angry. I don’t think I am being rude or inappropriate (except for my basic Zionist existence maybe)

        And as for your point about Israel not (i’ll only use single quotes) ‘fighting by the side of US ‘? You seem to be unaware of the fact that the US had to work extremely hard to get Israel to agree to stay completely out of the first Iraq war(Not fight side-by-side)-despite taking on SCUDS-so that Bush1’s precious Arab coalition would not fall apart. And as for the comment about Israel being “cheap”-well-I’ll assume you only meant that literally. Israel doesn’t have that much “precious blood” to sacrifice but have shown time and again that when it comes down to it-if blood is required and there is no other way-it will be sacrificed. But yes-Israel would never foolishly sacrifice the blood of its citizens to gain political or media created sympathy. Most rational people would (or should) be ‘cheap’ with their nations blood.

        Israel will also never ask the US to fight its land wars and will resist any attempt by US administrations to put Israel in the position where its physical survival would rest in the hands of the US military. This is currently what I believe Obama’s thinking is (or at least was up until just recently). This is something that is peculiar to US/Israeli relations since there is no problem with the provision of arms it must be confusing to anti-Zionists. But I bet they ‘get’ what this is really all about.
        And since your going to trash this comment(your words) I guess I should take a screen shot so the member here who is so completely obsessed with the MW archive will be able to add this to the list he is apparently compiling for future use.

      • Mooser
        April 6, 2015, 1:55 pm

        “And since your going to trash this comment(your words) I guess I should take a screen shot so the member here who is so completely obsessed with the MW archive will be able to add this to the list he is apparently compiling for future use.”

        Oh, it’s much, much more serious than that, “DaBarker”! I know what you did last summer!

  8. Keith
    March 29, 2015, 6:37 pm

    PHIL- “The pressure is increasing on Obama over his foreign policy; and it’s time for supporters of peace to line up behind him.”

    You have some chutzpah to suggest that anyone support the foreign policy of this President who recently had the audacity to claim that Venezuela was an “…unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States….” What President has been a bigger war monger than Obama? Seriously, name me one. As for the Iran negotiations, there shouldn’t even be negotiations or sanctions. Unlike the US, Iran has not violated the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Furthermore, Iran supports a nuclear weapons free Middle East, which the US pretends to support but actually scuttles. Is it your intention to spread fear about Netanyahu’s “bad cop” in order to garner support for Obama’s “good cop?” As far as I am concerned, the empire is on a rampage and you are effectively supplying aid and comfort to this insanity. Mondoweiss may have more in common with J-Street than either would care to admit.

  9. justicewillprevail
    March 29, 2015, 7:26 pm

    Amazing that these creeps use this kind of abusive language about their long-suffering protector and provider, while reacting hysterically at any mention of their own spectacular hypocrisy and outrageous behaviour. What gives them this kind of right to be so vituperative and obnoxious to others whilst claiming that any criticism of them is beyond the pale antisemitism blah blah? Another spectacular shot in the foot from Bibi the blunderer.

  10. Citizen
    March 29, 2015, 8:53 pm

    McCain, a chip off the old block, his father, who blocked saving USS Liberty crew and covered up the assault on it by Israel in ’67, including muzzling the crew survivors. Everytime I hear praise of Johnson for his civil rights legislation, I think of how he screwed the crew of the USS Liberty simply because he wanted Jewish media to save him from his terrible war in Vietnam.

    • DaBakr
      March 30, 2015, 1:58 am

      You seem to be much more deeply disturbed by the uss liberty then you are Iran’s involvement in the 241 marines murdered in the barracks in Lebanon. Wonder why that is..

      • Annie Robbins
        March 30, 2015, 12:23 pm

        Iran’s involvement in the 241 marines murdered in the barracks in Lebanon.

        lol

      • DaBakr
        March 30, 2015, 1:16 pm

        who do you think backed the Amal and Hezbollah with money and logistics? you think two guys just loaded a truck up with a bomb? your ridiculous with your ‘lol’. as ridiculous as if I put an ‘lol’ about the liberty attack.

      • Annie Robbins
        March 30, 2015, 1:31 pm

        hmmm. the allegation that was carried out by hezbollah came from anonymous israeli intel. pff.

        take a good look at who wanted the US out of lebanon. there’s a glaring hole/absence in your logic.

        who made the first allegation Mughniyah carried out that bombing and when? neocons that’s who. never trust a known liar.

        or maybe i missed the declaration from hezbollah it was their operation. do link please.

      • Pippilin
        March 30, 2015, 1:45 pm

        You appear not to know or understand the history of Western involvement in the screwing of Iran. It all started with BP’s attempts to control Iranian oil. Read “All the Shah’s Men” by S. Kinzer for a start. In the balance, the West owes Iran a huge apology rather than trying to make it a pariah state. Memories die too quickly.
        Go, Obama!

      • DaBakr
        March 30, 2015, 6:09 pm

        even Iran knows it funded the bombing. You have recycled your own teams revision of events and then gone to them as evidence that they never happened. People in the real world-and I am not talking about people that support Israel necessarily-do not dispute what the basic origins of the marine barracks bombing are. If you want to get into highly ethereal conspiracy theories-I can;t help you out. Your lost in that case and nothing could change your mind. I can’t even believe I have to argue who “wanted the marines out” and who was behind the bombing. Its pathetic. One does;t have to be a supporter of Zionism to acknowledge the obvious trail leading to that debacle. Its like arguing that iran had absolutely nothing to do with the bombings in Argentina.

        ….Oh no. Don’t tell me……

      • Annie Robbins
        March 30, 2015, 7:36 pm

        even Iran knows it funded the bombing. People in the real world-….-do not dispute what the basic origins of the marine barracks bombing are.

        ah, you and the “real world” impressive, not. here’s wiki:

        An obscure group calling itself ‘Islamic Jihad’ claimed responsibility for the bombings.[2]

        The chain of command likely ran from Tehran, to Iran’s Ambassador to Syria, Ali Akbar Mohtashamipur in Damascus, to IRGC commander Hossein Dehghan, in Beirut, as the Iranians drew on assets in Lebanon.[3] Hezbollah, Iran and Syria have continued to deny any involvement in any of the bombings

        likely – but nothing definitive. the rest is just a bunch of yada yada yada. remember when hariri was assassinated. at first it was definitely syria and then they changed their minds and decided it was hezbollah. winep claimed the lebanon bombing was Mughniyah and now that iran is the worst of the worst it’s iran. i mean please. it’s a constant shift of the goal posts when the primo enemy changes.

      • a blah chick
        March 30, 2015, 6:19 pm

        If I recall correctly the U.S. Navy had been shelling in Lebanon before the attack. So what happened was that they had taken sides in a civil war and the attack on the barracks was the result.

        Reagan pulled them out shortly after and it was the best thing he ever did.

      • ritzl
        March 30, 2015, 9:14 pm

        I had forgotten all about the “shelling,” a blah chick. Thanks.

        And it wasn’t just shelling. It was a US battleship, the New Jersey, pumping devastating, 16″, one ton shells Into Druze positions in the Bekaa Valley. Retaliation was promised, in this article, by the Druze militias.

        http://www.nytimes.com/1984/02/09/world/us-battleship-pounds-hills-held-by-syrians-in-lebanon-britain-pulling-out-troops.html

        As Annie is saying, the Marine barracks bombing could have been anyone. It was Lebanon in the ’80s (aka a vicious, multi-sided, hot mess).

      • DaBakr
        April 4, 2015, 8:43 pm

        @an

        for the record-it was not you that I referred to as “hyper-focusing” of the Liberty which I do not believe that you do. However-since your opinion is that one incident is a fact and the marine barracks is a mystery I would only say that your comment that …”everybody with a brain” the Liberty was attacked “on purpose” is not the same thing as claiming it was attacked with malevolent intent. It goes against every single declassified document on the incident as being a “non malevolent error” despite the continued barrage of conspiracy theories claiming otherwise. The marine barracks incident is only claimed by a very few (and almost all anti-Israeli/Zionists to be an actual; “mystery” but as I said before-I think comments on MW are based on reports of conspiracies from the past that get recycled into a unhinged version of history and then passed off as actual fact when in reality-they are the same discredited conspiracies from the very beginning harped on and promogulated by those with a specific anti-Israel bias.

        Also-Israel does not deny that it carried out the attack and the circumstances were difficult and murky i the haze of war-time. But you and the MW people keep insisting that the marine murders-far surpassing the Liberty deaths are some sort of ‘mystery’ thereby leaving room in the Israel-haters mind that Israel may have had something to do with it-which is so typical as to be laughable. Maybe you personal do not accuse anybody of the bombing but I have seen it implied by others many times over.

        @mssr
        who would you attack with your lame attempts at humour if there were only people here that agreed with your pov ? get over yourself. or better yet-take another hit and go peruse the MW archives for future evidence you feel will be useful. go on, hurry up. everybody is counting on you.

      • Mooser
        April 6, 2015, 2:01 pm

        “@mssr
        who would you attack with your lame attempts at humour if there were only people here that agreed with your pov ? get over yourself. or better yet-take another hit and go peruse the MW archives for future evidence you feel will be useful. go on, hurry up. everybody is counting on you.”

        Gosh, what a bathetic little whiner you are.

    • lysias
      March 30, 2015, 10:11 am

      Vietnam keeps being cited as the reason LBJ covered up for Israel after the attack on the USS Liberty. Myself, I suspect Israel was blackmailing LBJ because they knew of his involvement in the JFK assassination (or at the very least in the coverup, which we know LBJ led). And that’s ignoring Peter Hounam’s very plausible theory in Operation Cyanide that LBJ and Israel were both involved in a false flag attack on the Liberty which they meant to blame on Egypt, so that the U.S. could enter the Six Day War on the side of Israel.

      • DaBakr
        March 30, 2015, 1:54 pm

        @ly
        under current anti-zionist revisionism the 6 day war was a aggressive attack launched by an Israel confident it would be able to destroy the Egyptian army.(and the Jordanian and Syrian armies as well) So why would it be “plausible” that the US would be needed to enter the war on “the side of Israel” (something-btw-that zionists have always sworn would never be requested or accommodated for numerous reasons too many to inumerate here)

      • lysias
        March 30, 2015, 3:40 pm

        Read Hounam’s book, and judge the strength of his arguments for yourself.

        It certainly does look as if the Israelis intended to make sure none of the crew of the Liberty survived the attack (firing on the liferafts). Which would make sense if they wanted to make stick a false version of what happened. The attack began with the Israeli aircraft firing heat-seeking missiles at the Liberty’s antennas, and was preceded by jamming of the International Distress Frequency and the U.S. Navy frequencies the Liberty would use. I.e., first priority was given to preventing the Liberty from broadcasting an SOS. As soon as the Liberty, by heroic efforts, did succeed in getting off an SOS, the attack was broken off. I.e., once the cover story could no longer be maintained, the attack had lost its point.

      • DaBakr
        March 30, 2015, 6:16 pm

        Israels official explanation for the attack-which acknowledged responsibility btw-is every bit as plausible as all the highfaluting conspiracy theories floating about. I am sure you know the cliche about the most obvious explanation often being the most truthful. You can argue so-called “plausible theories” out the wazoo as an after-the-fact armchair detective but that can lead to all sorts of dead-ends and red-herrings. Since Israel has never denied the attack-its enemies are somehow not satisfied unless they can somehow pin the one-time attack to some other large world shattering event. Good luck with that, I just don;t see it happening. Especially-as I have mentioned-there are far greater killings of American servicemen from belligerent foreign actors such as the Marine barracks bombing and the USS Cole to mention just 2. You choose to hyper focus on the Liberty which is not really a mystery to those living in reality.

        But-i will admit-reality is strange here on MW since I have annie arguing that Iran-in 5 different nations spanning 1000s of miles is not ‘expansionist’ while Israel is the ‘most’ expansionist nation on earth (i guess barring the US?) and that she is totally satisfied that […..] to manage the problems of the ME. Good luck with that kind of policy.

      • Annie Robbins
        March 30, 2015, 6:39 pm

        don’t mind the dot dot dot dabkr, but you might think twice next time before putting words in the mouth of the moderator, words never spoken that is. i let you get away with it once in the comment, but twice? please.

      • DaBakr
        March 30, 2015, 8:37 pm

        @an

        well, you certainly seem satisfied with the Obama admins. handling of the security of the middle east-though if I actually used bar quotes improperly (i thought I used them correctly) to convey your position -I do apologize.

        Still- I don’t really see what your arguing about. Not even Iran spends any effort disputing this. Plus- Iran has done absolutely zero afaics for the Palestinians except to pay lip service and threaten the ‘zionist entity’. I am surely wary of how Obamas clear favouring of the Shi’a ‘axis’ (and no-I don’t see any allusion to nazis in the use of the word ‘axis’) over the Sunnis is going to work out for the Palestinians who are deeply Sunni in culture if not sentiments. The whole Obama ‘vision’ is totally a mystery to me and many others that-as I said-are not necessarily Zionist. Maybe if he would explain it would help.

        For cripes sake-even the friggin neo-cons explained the exact theory of their Iraq strategy. Then they quickly didn;t follow it after shock and awe-screwed the whole pooch- and we have the Iraqi debacle.

        And while commentors here on MW may consider the alignment of policy between certain gulf states and Israel I surely don’t consider those unstable regimes any less of a danger to the region then the mullah controlled and brutally managed regime in Tehran.

        And to the few other Iranian apologists who keep bringing up the overthrow of Mossedehg in 53 as the ’cause of it all’- I have to question wether the current 60-70% of Iranians under 40 really give two shts about an event grounded in post ww2 colonialism-NOT initiated by the US/CIA but aided by them in conjunction with the Brits and anti-Socialist /pro-monarchy factions inside Iran. I am sure many Iranians my age have never been thrilled with the level of support the US gave to Shah but then there are dozens of other nations post ww2 that suffered the fate of the waining euro colonialists and the rise of the American empire. It all has very little to do with the i/p conflict except as regards to the ‘enemy-of-my-enemy’ school of thought.

      • lysias
        March 31, 2015, 10:08 am

        Israel admitted it committed the attack, after the Liberty had gotten off its SOS and it was known that there were going to be survivors who had witnessed the attack. But it has never admitted that the attack on a U.S. naval vessel was knowing and deliberate. It has continued to maintain the thoroughly unbelievable cover story that it did not know the ship was a U.S. ship.

        And why? Because, if it admitted that, it would have to explain why it did such an unexpected and outrageous thing.

      • DaBakr
        March 31, 2015, 7:06 pm

        @ly

        did the US ever admit it ‘purposely’ targeted the Iranian civilian jetliner and admit it wasn’t an accident? Because I can assure you there are many Iranians who will never believe it was anything but a purposeful attack. To them it seems clear cut.
        So while you may hold a certain perspective that leads you to assume the worst of Israel in any given situation (and which attracts you to ‘accounts’ which make all sorts of wild conspiracies that can not really be proven one way or the other) I still say the current explanation supported by the US/Israel is as plausible as any conspiracy. Israel has never shown-either before-or since this incident anything but a profound admiration for the US military, the US people and US culture and most Israelis love America deeply even if they have quarrels about policy. (hell-Israelis say MUCH worse things about fellow Israelis then they do about Americans)
        But I understand that a ‘plausible’ but unprovable theory is a hard thing to resist when your mindset is already predisposed to dislike and distrust the one responsible for the incident. I also think its curious that there is very little motive for a premeditated attack . And as most attorneys-look for motive. But I’m sure as many motives have been concocted along with the ‘plausible theories’. I’ll try and take a look at the book mentioned though I am very familiar with how convincing some theorists can be.

      • lysias
        April 1, 2015, 10:18 am

        You seem to assume I believe the U.S. attack on the Iranian Airbus was not deliberate. On the contrary, I believe on the basis of things I learned when I worked in the Pentagon that it was deliberate.

        As for the Israeli attack on the Liberty, how can it have been anything other than premeditated, when they jammed U.S. Navy radio frequencies?

      • Mooser
        April 2, 2015, 5:18 pm

        Whoa! Look at “DaBakr’ discourse at length!
        Why is “Dabakr” discoursing at length at “Mondoweiss” the anti-Zionist blog, which some have speculated is funded by Hamas?
        I always get the funny feeling that the guys who come to be zio-bots at Mondo are the guys who got kicked off, banned from the Zionist blogs or sites.

      • Dan
        April 3, 2015, 9:39 am

        @mooser

        “Why is “Dabakr” discoursing at length at “Mondoweiss” the anti-Zionist blog”

        The tagline for MW is “The War of ideas…” You can’t have a war of ideas if only one side is allowed to engage. Apparently the creators and editors honor that concept more than you would like them to. Perhaps they have more confidence in their ideas than you do.

      • Annie Robbins
        April 3, 2015, 2:39 pm

        For cripes sake-even the friggin neo-cons explained the exact theory of their Iraq strategy. – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2015/03/netanyahu-part-axis/comment-page-1#comment-758847

        you mean michael ledeen’s caldron of fire? how special.

        well, you certainly seem satisfied with the Obama admins. handling of the security of the middle east – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2015/03/netanyahu-part-axis/comment-page-1#comment-758847

        lol! there are so many problems i have had w/obama’s policies over the last 6 years i wouldn’t know where to begin! don’t put words in my mouth. either quote me or in some way respond to what i have specifically said, not what i seem to be saying.

        You choose to hyper focus on the Liberty

        lol, more yada yada. except i didn’t. if you think you can reel me into a debate using these kinds of tactics you would be wrong. and everyone with a brain can figure out israel purposely attacked the liberty. trying to pin the same of iran for the marines bombing (especially after the the way the ptb have shifted the blame several times over the decades) is crazy. ones a mystery (hence – it’s speculation), the other isn’t. the only things the 2 attacks have in common is the perps both had intent to harm and knew exactly what and who they were attacking (common sense, try it).

      • Mooser
        April 6, 2015, 2:06 pm

        “The tagline for MW is “The War of ideas…” You can’t have a war of ideas if only one side is allowed to engage.”

        You think they are lobbing ‘ideas” at us? Wow.

  11. Citizen
    March 29, 2015, 9:50 pm

    Maybe Bibi had been talking to Biden? Remember when arch panderer VP Biden told folks at the AIPAC conference that Jews had no safe haven in the USA? I always wondered why nobody picked it up in the media; now somebody did: http://coreyrobin.com/2015/03/29/more-on-biden-and-the-jews-a-response-to-critics-of-my-salon-column/
    Phil, interested? I would have thought so…

  12. Kay24
    March 29, 2015, 10:41 pm

    It seems things are cooling down between the WH and Netanyahu, and who knows the Jewish congress people working hard to pacify Netanyahu, might be the ones to patch things up.
    We can all sing kumbaya again, soon:

    http://www.politico.com/story/2015/03/white-house-to-bibi-israel-your-move-116491.html?ml=tl_2

    • just
      March 29, 2015, 11:31 pm

      From your link:

      “A dozen Jewish House Democrats laid it out for deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes during a meeting in the Longworth House Office Building last week: Enough. They’re just as upset about what Benjamin Netanyahu said ruling out a two-state solution, but President Barack Obama didn’t need to keep reminding them and everyone else.”

      Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/03/white-house-to-bibi-israel-your-move-116491.html#ixzz3Vpsg17hY

      Au contraire, you “dozen House Jewish Democrats”. The President needs to fully inform the American people of the duplicity of their “best and most special ally”, and of the human cost of innocent Palestinian blood spilled with US complicity.

      • Kay24
        March 30, 2015, 5:46 am

        You know you are right. as soon as Obama has a substantial agreement with Iran, he must talk to the American people, and tell them exactly why we should accept this, and make sure to mention the many ways Netanyahu and certain members of congress have tried to sabotage these talks. The bottom line is, he should ask the American people if they think the other alternative, another bloody war, is the way they want to go, because that is what Netanyahu and his servants in congress is offering by rejecting ANY deal.

  13. Bandolero
    March 30, 2015, 1:18 am

    I wonder when the great leader of the free, Benyamin Netanyahu, will give his IDF forces the order to bomb Switzerland.

    Because obviously, in an axis “Iran-Lausanne-Yemen” Switzerland is the central part.

    Or maybe Netanyahu doesn’t mean Switzerland, but he meant an axis “Iran-US-Britain-France-China-Russia-Germany-Yemen” is standing up against the dictates of a Western Asian apartheid regime calling itself Israel, being always at the heart of the international community? But an axis “Iran-Switzerland-Yemen” seems to be more easily dismissed by the sole superpower in the world as an axis “Iran-US-Britain-France-China-Russia-Germany-Yemen,” doesn’t it?

    Btw: In German we easily speak of a European axis Paris-Berlin-Moscow – we did so a lot when the US invaded Iraq – but noone thinks of it as having anything to do with Nazis.

  14. JLewisDickerson
    March 30, 2015, 4:40 am

    RE: “Netanyahu says US part of an “axis” that is a “danger to humanity.” Where is the outrage @AIPAC [American Israel Public Affairs Committee] @ADL_National [Anti Defamation League] @AJCGlobal? [American Jewish Committee]” ~ tweet by Dylan Williams of J Street

    MY REPLY TWEET: Sheldon Adelson’s cat got their tongues! – http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/cat-got-your-tongue.html

  15. amigo
    March 30, 2015, 7:21 am

    Nietanyahu is the best friend the Palestinians have had so far.He is indeed a partner in peace , albeit , unintentional.

    Just imagine the audacity of accusing the nation that has given you 150 billion dollars, (by some estimates), since 1949 of being some part of an evil axis.Wake up America.You are being had.

    https://www.wrmea.org/congress-u.s.-aid-to-israel/u.s.-aid-to-israel-articles.html

  16. Kay24
    March 30, 2015, 8:22 am

    Netanyahu is so dense, he does not realize or does not care, that he is looking like the boy who cries “wolf”, keeps looking like a first class liar, and is meddling in matters he should not know much about as he is not involved in any of those negotiations with Iran. He has been the little drama queen on the world’s stage that whines, howls with false outrage, and makes unsubstantiated claims about doomsday scenarios that turned out to be only in his demented mind, then let us not forget the cartoon bombs that almost made UN delegations duck under their tables, because it was going to happen, according to Pinnochio, within months.

    He has put spokes in US wheels, manipulated and used the congress like doormats, to stab their own President, and has a filthy record of lying to congress, whether it is about Iraq’s WMDs, or the reasons why he keeps slaughtering civilians or building illegal settlements.

    Why are we giving this liar the platform for his theatrics?

  17. just
    March 30, 2015, 8:23 am

    He’s not letting go of his tirade and character assassination of America!

    “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attacked the United States and other world powers participating in the Lausanne talks on Monday, saying that they are awarding Iran a prize for its aggression.

    “The emerging agreement in Lausanne sends a message that there is no price to pay for aggression – on the contrary, Iran gets a prize for its aggression,” Netanyahu said.

    “Moderate, responsible countries in the region, primarily Israel but other countries as well, will be the first to be harmed by this agreement,” he added.

    Netanyahu emphasized that he finds it impossible to understand how the powers at Lausanne are averting their eyes to Iran’s ongoing aggression in Yemen, where Iran-backed forces are occupying more and more territory.

    “But we [in Israel] are not closing our eyes, and we will continue to act against any threat,” Netanyahu stressed.”

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/.premium-1.649592

    “Moderate, responsible countries in the region, primarily Israel but other countries as well, will be the first to be harmed by this agreement,” he added.”

    There’s nothing “moderate” nor “responsible” about Israel, but that’s a liar for you, and it plays well to the ears of the faithful! Who are the “other countries”, Netanyahu?

    • eljay
      March 30, 2015, 8:30 am

      “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attacked the United States and other world powers participating in the Lausanne talks on Monday, saying that they are awarding Iran a prize for its aggression. “The emerging agreement in Lausanne sends a message that there is no price to pay for aggression – on the contrary, Iran gets a prize for its aggression,” Netanyahu said.

      Pretty rich stuff, coming from a hateful and immoral Zio-supremacist whose religion-supremacist “Jewish State” regularly receives economic, political, financial and military support despite the fact that it:
      – has been stealing, occupying and colonizing Palestinian land and oppressing, torturing and killing Palestinians for almost 70 years;
      – refuses to honour its obligations under international law; and
      – refuses to enter into sincere negotiations for a just and mutually-beneficial peace.

      “Moderate, responsible countries in the region, primarily Israel …

      Israel might be better than Saudi Arabia, Mali and African “hell-holes”, but as an aggressive, oppressive, colonialist, expansionist and religion-supremacist state, it’s far from being a “moderate, responsible country”.

    • Kay24
      March 30, 2015, 8:40 am

      Good question. Exactly who are the other countries. I do not hear any whining from them, or threats. They must be the adults who are leaving it to the US plus the other nations to sort this out first, before looking like idiots making dramatic predictions, or being so critical of an ongoing negotiation, that no one, not even the US, knows the exact outcome of right now.
      What threats is he talking about? The one that supposedly someone said (years ago) might wants to “wipe Israel off the map”. If you count the threats from Israel against Iran these past few months, it is Israel who will lead in the “most outrageous threats” category.

      Netanyahu claims P5+1 will be “rewarding” Iran for it’s supposed involvement in Yemen, by agreeing to a deal. Now that we can understand…..last year in Gaza, Netanyahu ordered his troops to massacre civilians in UN shelters and in their homes, and still was handsomely rewarded by more ammunition, support by Congress, and a warm welcome by Congress in the halls of Congress, by having standing ovations that we don’t even show our American heroes.

      Litte Nutty does not want Iran to be rewarded in any way. Spiteful neighbor eh?

      • just
        March 30, 2015, 8:57 am

        Look at what one of Netanyahu’s faithful racists has done:

        “Outspoken Israeli singer Amir Benayoun has released a Passover-themed song in which U.S. President Barack Obama is cast as biblical villain Pharaoh.

        ……. Benayoun has released several overtly political songs in the past, including one in which he described a fictional Arab student as “ungrateful scum.” In response to that song, President Reuven Rivlin cancelled a planned performance by Benayoun at a ceremony marking the expulsion and departure of Jews from Iran and Arab countries.

        In his latest offering, Benayoun calls Obama “the stupid president” and says that he will “never manage to wipe out the People of Israel.”

        This is not the first time that Benayoun has taken aim at Obama. In 2014, he released a song titled “Jerusalem of Hussein,” in which he calls the American leader “determined and cruel” and accuses him of plotting to take Jerusalem away from the Jewish people.”

        http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/1.649585?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

        “Free speech” in Israel, supported by US taxpayers’ billions and weapons galore!

        For two translations of the racist screed that Rivlin objected to, one by Richard Silverstein and the other by Uri Avnery, go to the link and scroll to “controversy”.

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

      • John O
        March 30, 2015, 11:47 am

        “When he took to the stage for his victory speech on Tuesday night, Binyamin Netanyahu invited pop singer Amir Benayoun to come up and join him. The way politicians do.”

        As reported by the Irish Times: http://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/patrick-smyth-netanyahu-will-deliver-on-stonewalling-instead-of-peace-1.2147321

    • Teapot
      March 30, 2015, 11:37 am

      Netanyahu: “The emerging agreement in Lausanne sends a message that there is no price to pay for aggression…”

      Isn’t that the message the world’s been sending to Israel for the past 60+ years? What Netanyahu should be afraid of is that eventually there will be a price to pay for aggression.

  18. John O
    March 30, 2015, 8:40 am

    From my lofty eyrie, here on the Birmingham-Milton Keynes-London Axis, I can only agree with the excellent Juan Cole that Netanyahu has finally jumped the shark. http://www.juancole.com/2015/03/israels-netanyahu-lausanne.html

    • ckg
      March 30, 2015, 12:33 pm

      • Mooser
        March 31, 2015, 5:30 pm

        So that’s what that whole “jumped the shark” thing is about. Thanks. I thought it was a turn-of-the-century expression from “Music Man” like “get your beefsteak pounded”

      • DaBakr
        March 31, 2015, 7:08 pm

        Boy, have you got Trouble

      • Mooser
        April 2, 2015, 5:21 pm

        “Boy, have you got Trouble”

        Can’t imagine why. I’ve got clear title to my house and property.

    • ckg
      April 1, 2015, 12:07 am

      Mooser, I gotta agree with JLD. Pound your steak.

      • Walid
        April 1, 2015, 12:43 am

        ckg, if you have to pound it, maybe you shouldn’t buy it.

      • Mooser
        April 6, 2015, 2:08 pm

        “ckg, if you have to pound it, maybe you shouldn’t buy it.”

        If you don’t slaughter the cow in the first place, you just might get the milk for free!

  19. just
    March 30, 2015, 3:32 pm

    Whoops.

    “The Pentagon has strongly denied reports that a US drone strike killed two Iranian military advisers supporting Iraqi attempts to retake the city of Tikrit from Islamic State militants.

    Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard Corps said in an online statement that the two men were killed in an air strike on 23 March, but the US military said that its warplanes had not launched any attacks near the city on that date….

    …“We take great precaution to ensure we deliver precise air strikes and coordinate all air strikes with the government of Iraq. The coalition is committed to the safety and security of all those whom we support,” Marotto said.”

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/mar/30/us-denies-drone-strike-tikrit-killed-two-iranian-military-advisers#comment-49692674

    Marotto [he’s a spokesman based in Kuwait, btw] sounds very like the various IOF spokespeople and most of the MSM last summer…

    Hope this isn’t some kind of false flag/black ops to derail the agreement that I hope is forthcoming.

  20. amigo
    March 31, 2015, 8:10 am

    Meantime , Shurat doing their bit for the zionist entity.

    “Shurat Hadin on Monday filed a war crimes complaint with the US Department of Justice against a range of Hamas commanders for indiscriminate rocket fire against Ben Gurion Airport during the summer Gaza war.

    The complaints by 26 Americans on flights which were redirected or cancelled or were present at the airport on July 22 when most American and international airlines cancelled their flights due to rocket fire which struck close by, were filed with the DOJ “.

    http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/As-Palestinians-go-to-ICC-Israeli-NGO-sues-Hamas-for-rocket-fire-on-Ben-Gurion-Airport-395675

    Why are these lawsuits not being filed in Israel.Can I sue Israel for crimes committed against Palestinians in the USA.

    Not to worry though , Shu-rat Had-in, have a lousy track record so far.

  21. Joseph R. Davis
    April 20, 2015, 2:43 pm

    Dear Bibi Mileikowsky:

    I don’t know why you people think changing your name makes you more “Hebraic.” You’re no more “Semitic” than I am. And your “ancestral homeland” is the same as mine. Eastern Europe.

    And now I see you’ve referred to the US of A as Nazis. Let me set you straight on that. My father and my uncles, on both sides of the family, fought the Nazis and the Japanese Empire. They fought alongside their neighbors, and some of those boys didn’t come home from that war.

    And where were the Zionists, while Jews were dying in the camps? Down in Palestine, fighting the Brits, who were fighting the Nazis.

    I leave you now, with that old Yiddish salutation, hallowed by time and sanctified by usage: Stup es in toches.

    • RoHa
      April 21, 2015, 12:53 am

      To be fair, quite a few Jews did serve in the Palestine Regiment, along with a lot of Arabs. It seems probable that they included some Zionists.

      • echinococcus
        April 21, 2015, 1:56 am

        Certainly. I have known quite a few veterans. From they were telling me, the large majority was made of either Zionists (as logical in Palestine, not elsewhere) or Bundists who had managed to escape. The fact that Zionists were essentially practicing terrorism against the local population and the British did not cancel the fact that as Jews they risked to lose most in the case a German victory.

    • echinococcus
      April 21, 2015, 1:58 am

      No need to call him “Bibi” either.

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