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Danny Danon, Israel’s new ambassador to the United Nations, has been described by Israeli Labor Party lawmaker Erel Margalit as “a right-wing extremist with the diplomatic sensitivity of a pit bull.” Ambassador Danon boasted on his official Facebook page on April 27, 2011 that he was proposing legislation that would have the Israeli government “annex the West Bank and repeal the Oslo Accords.” The Facebook post was deleted sometime on or after August 28, 2015—after Netanyahu had appointed him Israel’s ambassador to the UN—and the link is now dead. The page, however, can still be seen via an archived Google cache.

The original Facebook status read:

I am preparing a bill to annex the West Bank and repeal the Oslo Accords in order to convince the EU to stop a UN vote on Palestinian Statehood. I am also going to suggest to extend our sovereignty over the Jordan Valley and over the highly populated blocs we have in Judea and Samaria, just to start with.

Right-wing Zionists often use the phrase “Judea and Samaria” to refer to the occupied West Bank.

The comments on the Facebook post are joyous, rife with statements like “It’s about time.” One commenter wrote “About time to annex all of Eretz Yisrael and to hell with the erev rav and the rest of the world. We owe them nothing” (by “erev rav,” the commenter likely means secular Jews and/or Jews who do not live in Israel). Another wrote “there is no reason to annex what is already ours.” The West Bank has been under illegal military occupation since 1967, and Israeli colonization of the land via segregated settlement construction violates the Fourth Geneva Convention.

Prime Minister Netanyahu, who appointed Danon in August, was re-elected on the explicit promise that there would never be an independent Palestinian state. Upon winning the March 2015 election, however, Netanyahu reversed his position, and even tried to convince the public he had never actually opposed a two-state solution.

Like Netanyahu, Danon appears to be trying to cover up his hard-line positions. While he can delete past Facebook posts, nevertheless, there is some evidence Danon—who previously served as Deputy Minister of Defense; Minister of Science, Technology, and Space; and a deputy speaker in the Knesset before taking his position at the UN—cannot expunge.

Danny Danon, Israel's ambassador to the UN, in March Photo: Jim Hollander / European Pressphoto Agency

Danny Danon, Israel’s ambassador to the UN, in March
Photo: Jim Hollander / European Pressphoto Agency

In a May 2011 op-ed in the New York Times, Danon openly called for “Making the Land of Israel Whole,” that is to say annexing occupied Palestinian territory. While bemoaning “the mistake we made in 1967 by failing to annex all of the West Bank,” he insisted that Netanyahu “should annex the Jewish communities of the West Bank.” He attempted to justify such illegal action by pointing to past illegal actions carried out by former Israeli leaders. “Our leaders must seize this opportunity and right a historic wrong by annexing parts of our homeland,” Danon declared.

Ambassador Danon known for constantly trying to outflank Netanyahu on his right. The New Republic described him as a politician who is “doing everything he can to push his party—and his country—to the right.”

Danon is no stranger to extreme views. In his 2012 book Israel: The Will to Prevail, he repeatedly claims that God gave the land of historic Palestine to the Jewish people as an “everlasting possession.” In Danon’s view, Israel is blessed by God, whereas the US, Israel’s closest ally, is forsaken.

His disregard for international law is flagrant. Danon told the Times of Israel the “international community can say whatever they want, and we can do whatever we want.” In his book, he defended “preemptive, preventive strikes,” writing “They may not be greeted with enthusiasm or admiration from the international community. So be it. Israel must be willing to make decisions that are unpopular around the globe.”

The fact that that Danon represents Israel on the international stage at the UN demonstrates that he is by no means a fanatical outlier in Israeli politics. Au contraire, the Times of Israel founding editor David Horovitz lamented that “Danny Danon, dismally, is the true face of Netanyahu’s Israel.”

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  1. RoHa
    September 26, 2015, 12:31 am

    I love the background in the picture of Danon. Those glowering , “Big Bibi is watching you” , eyes must surely keep the lower orders in check.

  2. talknic
    September 26, 2015, 1:16 am

    The emperor, having disrobed, now reaches for the ‘E’raser

  3. WH
    September 26, 2015, 4:03 am

    “a right-wing extremist with the diplomatic sensitivity of a pit bull.”

    This surely applies to most or all of the Israeli government.

    • echinococcus
      September 26, 2015, 5:48 pm

      Do you really imagine that the “liberal” Zionists are any better?
      Do you think that the Zionist bastard who called Danone (deservedly) a pit bull, himself boasting a refined diplomatic sensitivity and less canine manners acceptable in a refined parlor, is any different when it comes down to business, i.e. the racial supremacist state and the elimination of the owners of Palestine?
      We have to do our best to keep the Yahoos in power as long as possible. It won’t be any worse than it already was for the Palestinians, but it helps a lot with the international climate.
      Go, Danone!

  4. John O
    September 26, 2015, 1:17 pm

    Neither man sports a good haircut. Are they in some sort of competition?

  5. RockyMissouri
    September 26, 2015, 1:23 pm

    Chilling.

  6. James Canning
    September 26, 2015, 1:48 pm

    One must assume Danny Danon is prepared to help end democracy in Israel, by achieving the insane annexation of the West Bank.

  7. just
    September 26, 2015, 5:57 pm

    “Palestinians Excluded From Israel Police Map of Southern West Bank

    According to the map, which hangs in the Kiryat Arba-Hebron police station, the population of the region is 81,000, 99.6 percent of whom are Jewish.

    The map of the Hebron region used by the Israel Police excludes all the Palestinian villages and communities in the area, other than the three big cities, and omits written data about the Palestinian population.

    In the map’s segmentation of the terrain between “built-up” and “open” areas, the populated Palestinian areas are included under “open.”

    The map was published in 2014 by the police’s planning division and bears the signature of division head Maj. Gen. Danny Chen. The Hebron sector in the Judea and Samaria police district covers the southern West Bank (up to and including Bethlehem) but not the Judean Desert.

    The map, a photograph of which is in the possession of Haaretz, is framed and hangs on the wall in the patrol room of the Kiryat Arba-Hebron police station. It consists of a large information board, in the center of which is the map.

    Only the cities of Bethlehem, Halhul and Hebron appear on the map, alongside Israeli settlements (but excluding unauthorized outposts.)

    The other Palestinian cities, towns, villages, shepherding communities – together numbering more than 200 localities – don’t appear. Areas A, B and C as defined by the Oslo Accords are color coded. The police don’t operate in Area A, but are authorized to operate in areas B and C, in other words to enter the dozens of villages and communities in those areas. They are also authorized to detain, arrest and issue traffic tickets to any Palestinian travelling the roads in Area C.

    The information section of the map puts the “number of residents” at 82,000. An asterisk points to a note that reads “Irrespective of the Palestinian population.” The religious segmentation of the area is given as 99.6 percent Jews and 0.4 percent others. …

    … The Israel Police responded: “We stress forcefully that the Israel Police operates professionally and equally with no connection to the identity of the citizens. Maps are a tool that provides visual representation for the officers and policemen and in no way encompasses a position, type of action or attitude to the population for which the force in the sector is responsible. …”

    There’s more, including pics @ http://www.haaretz.com/news/israel/.premium-1.677631?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

    Disgusting thieves and criminals.

  8. just
    September 27, 2015, 12:32 pm

    “Israel Will Never Hand Over Parts of the West Bank, Says Deputy FM Hotovely

    Deputy foreign minister also says EU labeling of produce from the West Bank would be tantamount to a boycott of Israel.

    Handing over parts of the West Bank to the Palestinians is not “even on the list of options we’re offering the Palestinians,” Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely …

    While professing to support the creation of a Palestinian state in principle, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu never said evacuating the West Bank was an option, Hotovely averred. The interview with her was published on the Times of Israel.

    In the absence of a permanent foreign minister – the post is held by Netanyahu – Hotovely functions as Israel’s top diplomat. 

    Hotovely also said that any European country that introduces the labelling of settlement products will be regarded as supporting a boycott of Israel and will remove itself from playing a significant role in the Middle East conflict. She described labelling as a “red line” for Israel and threatened to downgrade Israel’s economic ties with countries that implement it.

    The European Parliament passed a motion earlier this month supporting the labelling of products from Israeli settlements in the occupied territories. The EU Commission is expected to decide on the issue next month.

    Hotovely added that Israel had mapped the European capitals which Israel believed could be persuaded not to implement EU labelling guidelines and would be embarking on a diplomatic campaign to lobby them.

    “Europe is Israel’s number one trade partner,” she said. “They, too, have something to lose.”

    “Our concern is that once you put a label on Judea and Samaria, you put a label on Israel,” she said, referring to the West Bank. “We see it as a boycott of Israel for all intents and purposes. We view it as a slippery slope. It’s simply a sweeping disqualification of Israel.””

    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/1.677760?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

    Please, EU~ stand tall in the face of these threats from just another Zio- supremacist.

    Please, world~ sanction and boycott and divest from Israel.

    *”Hotovely practises Orthodox Judaism and is a self-described “religious rightwinger”.[1]

    Hotovely rejects Palestinian statehood aspirations, supporting a Greater Israel spanning over the entire land of current Israel along with the Palestinian territories.[12] She later reiterated her hardline position in a speech to Israeli diplomats on 22 May 2015, rejecting criticism from the international community regarding the West Bank settlement policies and saying that Israel has tried too hard to appease the world and must stand up for itself. She has also stated that she will make every effort to achieve global recognition for West Bank settlements (a move which is widely opposed by the international community), as well as asserting that Israel owes no apologies for its policies in the Holy Land towards the Palestinians. She justified her position as she referenced religious texts to back her belief that Judea and Samaria belongs to the Jewish people.[13]”

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tzipi_Hotovely

    • Annie Robbins
      September 27, 2015, 1:52 pm

      Hotovely also said that any European country that introduces the labelling of settlement products will be regarded as supporting a boycott of Israel and will remove itself from playing a significant role in the Middle East conflict. She described labelling as a “red line” for Israel and threatened to downgrade Israel’s economic ties with countries that implement it.

      but it’s not up to Hotovely or israel to decide who plays a significant role in the Middle East conflict. israel has had its best friend and ally plays a “significant role in the Middle East conflict” for years, and everything has gotten continually worse. and i do think israel should cut economic ties with countries that implement the labeling. i think israel should cut economic ties with every country and other countries with israel. israel should be isolated internationally until it complies with international law.

      • a blah chick
        September 27, 2015, 2:12 pm

        “She described labelling as a “red line” for Israel and threatened to downgrade Israel’s economic ties with countries that implement it.”

        Someday someone is going to call them on their empty threats.

      • amigo
        September 27, 2015, 3:10 pm

        The EU imports circa 17 billion annually from Israel , (2014 figures ) and exports circa 14 billion to them.

        http://ec.europa.eu/trade/policy/countries-and-regions/countries/israel/

        EU imports represents some 28 % of Israel,s total exports. The EU Exports to Israel is a minuscule % of it,s total exports , not even worth looking for a figure.

        So who would be he biggest loser.Not rocket science.

  9. just
    September 27, 2015, 9:56 pm

    “Double standards, one rule for all – except Palestinians

    On the 28th of August, Mahmoud Tamimi was arrested in Nabi Saleh during the weekly non violent demonstration. Every Friday, just after the prayer, the residents demonstrate against the expansion of the illegal settlement of Halamish which has continuously confiscated Palestinian land as well as the only water source of the village: ‘Ain al-Qaws.

    During the Friday march towards the expropriated lands the residents were stopped by Israeli forces using excessive brutality, shooting tear gas, rubber coated steel bullets, live ammunition and sound grenades against civilians. Additionally, demonstrators are often arrested and beaten up.

    On the 28th of August, in the course of the demonstration I, as a foreigner, was arrested by Israeli forces together with the 19-year old Palestinian Mahmoud Tamimi.

    Both of us have been brutally beaten by the soldiers with punches, kicks and the butts of their guns. Both of us were arrested and secluded for 6 hours, kept blindfolded and handcuffed in a small room in a military base.

    Afterwards, we were taken to the police station based in the illegal settlement of Ben Yamin and, at that point, our paths were divided: he was brought to the military prison of Ofer and I was brought to “Ramle” near Tel Aviv.

    Within a few days, my predicament was positively solved: I was acquitted from the charges of throwing stones and other objects, and returned to be a free citizen. Regarding Mahmoud, although the charges were exactly the same, because he’s Palestinian, the situation is completely different: in fact Mahmoud is still under arrest in Ofer military prison and is waiting to attend his first hearing, to be held on the 28th of October, that is 60 days after his arrest. In my case, the first hearing took place the day after my arrest.

    Mahmoud is now under threat of a penalty of a minimum of 7 months which, under the practice of military law and consequently administrative detention used on the Palestinians of the West Bank, this sentence can be arbitrarily renewed for additional 6 month periods of imprisonment.

    The absolute asymmetry of treatment endured by me and Mahmoud is a blatant demonstration of the discriminatory laws applied by Israel for over 40 years towards the Palestinians. According to the International law, the application of military laws in occupied territories is completely illegitimate.

    Mahmoud will be accused by military personnel covering the role of persecutors and will be judged by some other military personnel covering also the role of judges. He doesn’t have the right to be tried in front of a civilian court, although Mahmoud is a civilian – and not a soldier. All of this because he’s a Palestinian.

    Even if the evidence does not indicate his guilt, just the fact that he’s in a military court with both the prosecutor and the judge from the military, will most likely result in a guilty verdict. The procedures in military court are not about establishing the truth, the possibility of establishing a defense is extremely slim, justice simply isn’t done in a military court. It’s about punishment, punishment to weaken the Palestinian resistance to an illegal occupation, even if this resistance is non-violent.

    Within this system, it must be said, settlers from illegal settlements in the West Bank are judged in front of civilian courts, not military courts – just because they have a different status: they are not Palestinians.

    In my case, hard evidence would be required to bring charges against me, for Mahmoud in contrast, as a Palestinian, no evidence is required at all. All the trial is only based on the statement of 18-year old soldiers. …”

    More @ http://palsolidarity.org/2015/09/double-standards-one-rule-for-all-except-palestinians/

    Thank heavens for the good people of ISM.

    • just
      September 28, 2015, 12:26 am

      “Jews Throw Stones Too, but Arabs Get Harsher Sentences

      In verdicts over recent years, Arabs are much more likely to get prison sentences that approach or exceed a year.”

      read more: http://www.haaretz.com/news/israel/.premium-1.677685

      I’m quite sure that all Palestinians have slept better after reading this partial truth/NOT! The facts are that the GoI, the IOF, and the IOPolice are allowed to shoot to kill and/or incarcerate for up to 20 years any Palestinian for being a David (and exercising their rights to resist) among and amidst the foul and violent Occupying Goliaths belonging to, and revered by, Israel.

      +%&*@!

      • talknic
        September 28, 2015, 12:33 am

        David threw stones ……

      • Kay24
        September 28, 2015, 7:35 am

        Talking about Goliath, it seems Netanyahu/Israel has other reasons to fear this Iran deal:

        “Netanyahu’s attempts to kill the deal with Iran have been futile and counterproductive. His intrusion into American domestic politics, and his cynical use of the U.S. Congress to undercut a major foreign policy achievement, have been acts of gross discourtesy to the president and to the American people, and a violation of diplomatic protocol.

        The real reason for Israeli opposition to Iran’s nuclear program has been the fear of becoming irrelevant in the eyes of the U.S. administration as far as the Middle East is concerned. Iran’s alleged nuclear bomb also been used as an excuse to divert attention from Israel’s own nuclear arsenal and illegal expansion into occupied Palestinian territories.”

        http://www.juancole.com/2015/09/israels-demonized-irrelevant.html

      • just
        September 28, 2015, 7:43 am

        Sounds exactly right to me, Kay24.

      • talknic
        September 28, 2015, 8:51 am

        So Netanyahu tries Russia …. gotta have someone to veto UNSC Chapt VII resolutions

        https://www.google.com/search?q=Netanyahu+visits+russiia+2015

      • Kay24
        September 28, 2015, 9:47 am

        Talknic, I wonder what the outcome was after that meeting. Did he convince Putin to support Israel? Or was he shown the door diplomatically? Keep in mind Russia was one of the nations negotiating the Iranian nuclear deal.

      • talknic
        September 28, 2015, 12:24 pm

        @ Kay

        ” Did he convince Putin to support Israel? Or was he shown the door diplomatically? Keep in mind Russia was one of the nations negotiating the Iranian nuclear deal”

        Israel is running out of ‘power of veto’ candidates. Netanyahu will be chumming up to anyone who shows the slightest promise. Geographically Iran has it all over Israel strategically for all concerned, especially as it plans to be the central hub of a huge electricity power grid for all the surrounding countries.

        Everyone has been looking for evidence of mis-use of nuclear materials. Meanwhile there’s plenty of evidence for the peaceful use of nuclear power encompassing countries far further afield than Iran’s immediate neighbours.

        https://www.google.com/search?q=%22Azerbaijan,%20Turkey,%20Georgia,%20Iran%20and%20Russia%20are%20in%20talks%20to%20join%20their%20power%20grids%22

      • talknic
        September 28, 2015, 12:26 pm

        I wonder if the stones David threw were the remains of his bulldozed home?

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