Netanyahu-Lieberman deal tears ‘mask off face of Israel’ — but ‘NYT’ keeps the mask on

Israel/Palestine

The big news from Israel is that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has turned away from potential centrist Zionist partners and asked the militant nationalist Avigdor Lieberman to become his Defense Minister, and that the deal with Lieberman’s rightwing party is likely to be in place by the weekend. The news has brought an explosion of condemnation from the Israeli left and from the Haaretz newspaper, but typically the New York Times buries its head in the sand.

Jewish Voice for Peace says it’s alarmed:

The announced deal to include the Yisrael Beiteinu [Israel home] party in Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s governing coalition and the appointment of Avigdor Lieberman as Defense Minister will make the proposed new Israeli government the most right-wing in Israel’s history.

Americans for Peace Now is also disturbed:

Gideon Levy of Haaretz says the deal tears the mask off the face of Israel for the world and that it is enormously dangerous: “The territories will burn like they’ve never burned before.”

For the first time in Israeli history, fascism is a clear and possibly present danger. True, Menachem Begin’s election as prime minister evoked similar fears, as did the appointment of Ariel Sharon as defense minister. But those were other times, when Israeli society still had immune mechanisms, a system of checks and balances. They were eliminated long ago. Now the state is in the hands of someone who could destroy it.

On Wednesday, a process that began nearly 40 years ago was completed. The right rules and Lieberman will soon be defense minister. If it weren’t so dangerous, it would be tempting to shout at the right, “We dare you.” To shout at the center-left: “We dare you to to keep quiet.” And to shout at the world: “Show them all.” Will you keep arming and funding this Israel? Will you continue to view a state in which Lieberman is No. 2 “the only democracy in the Middle East?”. . .

If Lieberman will be Lieberman, we will miss Benjamin Netanyahu. If Lieberman will be Lieberman, the territories will burn like they’ve never burned before. If Lieberman will be Lieberman, all Israeli Arabs will become enemies. If Lieberman will be Lieberman, no one will be able to complain about Maj. Gen. Yair Golan’s comparison with dark times. They will be here and now. However, if Lieberman will be Lieberman, Golan will not be Golan and Israel will not be Israel. If Lieberman will be Lieberman, this op-ed would not even be published.

I was always for tearing off the masks off the face of Israel. On Wednesday, they were torn off finally.

Haaretz‘s editorial expresses the same fears about the occupation, and blasts Netanyahu for “blatant racism.”

Yisrael Beiteinu’s leader has for many years represented a racist position that views Israel’s Arab citizens as a nuisance and their Knesset representatives as traitors. He calls for an aggressive defense policy, the reoccupation of the Gaza Strip and the overthrow of the territory’s Hamas government and the economically destruction of the Palestinian Authority, which in his opinion encourages, incites toward and is responsible for attacks on Israelis.

In recent weeks he has led the political struggle on behalf of Elor Azaria, the soldier who executed a dying Palestinian assailant in Hebron. Lieberman called for Azaria to be released from arrest and not charged with manslaughter.

When he was foreign minister Lieberman did very little, but his ability to cause damage to the state was limited. Now he will be in charge of the army and of the occupation machine in the territories, with an almost unlimited potential to foment crises and to jeopardize the national interest . . . .

At the moment of truth, the prime minister has demonstrated that he is prepared to drag the country into a potentially disastrous military adventure, to remove all moral constraints and to encourage blatant racism, for the sole purpose of staying in power. The high price will be paid by Israel’s citizens and their Palestinian neighbors.

Contrast the orange-level concern from Haaretz with the New York Times‘ coverage of the deal. “Benjamin Netanyahu Seeks Ultranationalists for Coalition in Israel” is the headline, on page A6. Isabel Kershner’s report is straightforward but there is no sense of the gravity of this development. And no editorial in the paper. Gideon Levy wants the mask torn off, but the Times is keeping the mask on. Once again, America’s leading newspaper is trying to hide the ugly face of Israel in the closet.

Daniel Sokatch of the liberal Zionist group New Israel Fund is also anguished and links the news to Lt. Gen. Yair Golan’s speech likening political trends in Israel to currents in Nazi Germany.

Instead of turning to Labor, the Prime Minister offered the Defense Ministry to Avigdor Lieberman, leader of the Yisrael Beteinu (“Israel is Our Home”) party, the only far-right wing party currently in the Opposition. Lieberman, who formerly served as Foreign Minister, is a hardliner who has called for the death penalty for terrorists, for Israel to rid itself of parts of the country in which most Arab Israeli citizens reside, and for the beheading of Arab Israeli citizens who are deemed insufficiently loyal to the state. He has also called for the bombing of Egypt’s Aswan Dam, and for the toppling of the Palestinian Authority.

As I write this, it is still unclear whether or not this latest deal will go through. And some pundits have commented that this all may be an elaborate shot across the bow of the IDF, after the current Defense Minister (no liberal himself) defended the right of the IDF top brass to speak their minds about their concerns over growing racism and extremism in Israeli society. Either way, the political landscape in Israel is once again shifting, and yet another voice of extremism, intolerance, and divisiveness seems poised to assume one of the most powerful positions in the land.

Sokatch’s post is titled, “The Hope is Still Here, We Just Have to Make Room for It.” How realistic is that interpretation?

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  1. just
    May 19, 2016, 4:43 pm

    The self- imposed implosion continues, but some NYT readers will be shocked and are ill- served. Oh, well~ stock up on smelling salts for your neighbors is the best that I can come up with.

    (Isn’t it past time to tear “the mask off the face of Israel” and all the “liberal Zionists”, too?)

    • Marnie
      May 20, 2016, 2:48 am

      Isn’t it also time to tear off the mask that the united states gives a damn? This seems like a perfect storm for the whole world – netanyahoo and former bouncer cum statesman Lieberman who wants the death penalty (beheading, but for Palestinians only, of course) paired with the warmonger in chief Clinton or racist clown, beloved by all red and orange necks, wall buildin’, Muslim deportin’, nightmare in chief Drumpf.

      • just
        May 20, 2016, 8:59 am

        True, Marnie.

        Here’s Beaumont:

        “Israel’s defence minister quits over rift with Binyamin Netanyahu …

        Israel’s defence minister has announced his resignation, saying he no longer had faith in Binyamin Netanyahu, in a stinging rebuke to the prime minister.

        The departure of the former defence chief Moshe Yaalon came after Netanyahu, with whom he had recently clashed, invited the hawkish ultranationalist Avigdor Lieberman to replace Yaalon as part of moves to widen his fragile coalition.

        Before Yaalon resigned there had been speculation that Netanyahu planned to offer him the post of foreign minister, one of several cabinet positions occupied by Netanyahu.

        Israel’s president, Reuven Rivlin, said he was greatly saddened by Yaalon’s departure. “Against the background of recent events, the break from political life he is taking is understandable, and even appropriate, but at the same time represents a great loss to us all,” Rivlin said.

        Snap polls suggested Israelis preferred Yaalon to Lieberman as defence minister by a wide margin. A poll aired by Israel’s Channel 10 television on Thursday found that 51% of Israeli Jews believed Yaalon to be best suited for the cabinet position, while 27% favoured Lieberman.

        Yaalon’s exit could put a fresh dent in domestic and western confidence in the Netanyahu government.

        The Palestinian foreign ministry has issued a statement criticising the expected appointment of Lieberman, declaring that Netanyahu is turning his government into the most extreme administration in Israel’s history.

        A former chief of Israel’s armed forces, Yaalon had shored up relations with the Pentagon, providing a counterweight to Netanyahu’s policy feuds with Barack Obama over peace talks with the Palestinians and Iran’s nuclear programme.

        His resignation comes ahead of the completion of negotiations between Netanyahu and Lieberman to bring the latter’s hard-right Yisrael Beiteinu party out of opposition and in to government.

        Although Netanyahu’s office has said Lieberman would be “pragmatic and moderate”, there has been little evidence of that in his political career. Indeed, a key demand of Lieberman – in addition to cabinet seats – is that Netanyahu commit to new legislation to introduce the death penalty for terrorism.

        The expected appointment of Lieberman, an outspoken and hawkish rightwinger who has called Israeli Arab lawmakers “traitors”, has drawn widespread criticism, including from Netanyahu supporters including former cabinet minister Benny Begin. …”

        http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/may/20/israel-defence-minister-moshe-yaalon-quits-rift-binyamin-netanyahu

        And what does the US gov’t say???

        “REUTERS – The United States said on Friday it was looking forward to working with whoever succeeds Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, after he announced his resignation.

        “We appreciate Mr. Ya’alon’s leadership and partnership as defense minister and we look forward to working with his successor,” State Department spokesman John Kirby said. “Our bonds of friendship are unbreakable, and our commitment to the security of Israel remains absolute.””

        read more: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.720663?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

        and here’s Ya’alon:

        “…Earlier on Friday, Ya’alon wrote on Facebook that “I notified the prime minister this morning that following his conduct in the latest developments and in view of the lack of trust in him, I am resigning from the government and the Knesset and taking time out from political life.”  

        Noting that he worked harmoniously with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for a long time, Ya’alon said in his speech that “unfortunately, I recently found myself in strong disagreement on moral and professional issues with the prime minister, a number of ministers and several MKs.” 

        “I fought with all my might against manifestations of extremism, violence and racism in Israeli society, which are threatening its sturdiness and also trickling into the IDF, hurting it already,” he said. 

        “I fought with all my might against attempts to harm the Supreme Court and Israel’s justices, trends whose outcomes greatly harm the rule of law and could be disastrous for our country.”

        The latest confrontation between Netanyahu and Ya’alon, which took place at the beginning of the week, was over the public backing Ya’alon gave senior IDF officials to express their opinions. His remarks followed Netanyahu’s criticism of comments made by IDF Deputy Chief of Staff Yair Golan on Holocaust Remembrance Day.

        The rift between Ya’alon and significant parts of the Likud central committee and party voters widened over the past year over the obstacles the defense minister placed in front of efforts regarding construction in the settlements.

        “The rupture between Netanyahu and Ya’alon is real and serious, not political spin. Netanyahu owes a lot to right-wing voters who marked Ya’alon as a red flag,” a Likud source said. 

         “In general, Israeli society is a healthy society, and the majority of it is sane and aims for a Jewish, democratic and liberal country,” Ya’alon said. “But to my great sorrow, extremist and dangerous elements have taken over Israel and the Likud Party and are shaking the foundations and threatening to hurt its residents.” 

        “Sadly, senior politicians in the country have chosen the way of incitement and segregation of parts of Israeli society instead of unifying it and bringing it together. It is unbearable to me that we will be divided among us out of cynicism and lust for control, and I expressed my opinion on the matter more than once out of honest concern for the future of society in Israel and the future of the next generations.”…”

        read more: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.720653?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

        blergh.

      • Mooser
        May 20, 2016, 12:19 pm

        “blergh.”

        Hey, you gotta give the man his due. Even tho Ya’alon has a lot of problems with Israelis, he doesn’t seem to have any problems with the Palestinians. Not a one, doesn’t even mention them.

  2. talknic
    May 20, 2016, 6:16 am

    Bizarre – Lieberman is an illegal settler

  3. pabelmont
    May 20, 2016, 8:03 am

    Let’s listen to the American candidates talk about this new development. Sanders will be in a pickle. Trump and Clinton will ho-hum, “only democracy in M/E” it.

    • Kay24
      May 20, 2016, 8:22 am

      Pabelmont, you may have to wait forever….so far no candidate, nor the media, has reported or spoken on this, and they should, after all this is the nation that gets the most aid from us, and add to that endless weapons too. This is serious, and it should bring about a debate whether we want to keep giving aid and weapons to what is becoming a fascist nation very fast.
      I guss those shekels keep the silence going.

      • DavidDaoud
        May 20, 2016, 12:15 pm

        “keep giving aid and weapons to what is becoming a fascist nation very fast.”

        When in fact much of Europe and even the U.S.A. is slouching in the direction of fascism as well.

      • MHughes976
        May 20, 2016, 12:45 pm

        Yes indeed, DD, bad news is expected from Austria on Sunday.

  4. John O
    May 20, 2016, 8:38 am

    Won’t be long, then, before Elor Azarya is out of jail, and the Breaking the Silence soldiers are inside.

    • just
      May 20, 2016, 9:08 am

      Perish the thought!

      You’re sadly and probably right, though.

  5. Ossinev
    May 20, 2016, 10:02 am

    In the accompanying picture the Yahoo looks totally pissed off whilst the Moldovan Einstein alongside him looks bemused with his sudden good fortune.With Ya`alon jumping ship and Herzog not playing ball he appears to have had little choice but to opt for the man who was such an outstanding success on the international stage in his previous role as JSIL Foreign Minister.

    Two lunatics – same asylum.

    Even Ya`alon ( himself no cuddly centrist but a hardened right winger) appears to have woken up and smelt the coffee”

    “In general, Israeli society is a healthy society, and the majority of it is sane and aims for a Jewish, democratic and liberal country,” Ya’alon said. “But to my great sorrow, extremist and dangerous elements have taken over Israel and the Likud Party and are shaking the foundations and threatening to hurt its residents.”
    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.720653

    I wonder if Hillary if elected will be persuaded to extend the promised First Priority after election invitation to the White House for the Yahoo to allow Lieberman to come along as his official handmaiden. Who knows she might be impressed and offer him a security post as the official WH bouncer.

  6. Boomer
    May 20, 2016, 10:15 am

    re “keeping the mask on”

    The passing of Morley Safer is much in the news, e.g., http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2016/05/19/cbs-icon-morley-safer-dead-age-84/84592038/

    The stories all mention his report about U.S. troops burning a village in Vietnam. LBJ was angered, and called the president of CBS to complain about Safer, suggesting he “shat on the flag” and was a communist (a dirty word in those days, for those too young to remember). CBS President Frank Stanton defended Safer, saying that he was a Canadian, not a communist.

    These reports prompted me to have a fantasy about a major U.S. network reporting on the events in the West Bank and Gaza the way they reported on Vietnam. We all know from Kate’s compilations what those events include. In my fantasy there are outraged calls to the networks complaining of anti-semitism, which are met by support for honest journalism by the network executives. It’s a fantasy, of course, but instructive to consider.

    • Marnie
      May 20, 2016, 10:23 am

      It’s almost impossible to believe there was a time when journalists reported the truth and their employers stood by them for doing it.

      • Kay24
        May 20, 2016, 4:18 pm

        You may still find some around the world but certainly NOT in the US. Those who dare to speak up were kicked out, and made into examples for others who may be thinking about doing the same. We are the United States of Israel.

  7. SonofDaffyDuck
    May 20, 2016, 10:20 am

    We would like to think that any foreign dignitary with a record this racist from any other country would be shunned by the American Government. However, we know that Israel is the exception.
    Experience tells us that with it’s grip on Congress and the American Defense Establishment – through AIPAC and Co. – it can send us a representative bearing any ideology, no matter how odious, and he will not only be received, but warmly embraced. Despite his Racism and dedication to Ethnic Cleansing, Lieberman will successfully negotiate ever larger extractions of money from the American purse, not just for Israel’s security, but so that he and Bibi may pursue, if not accelerate, their agenda of freeing Israel from a meaningful Palestinian presence and their agenda of tightening Israeli Hegemony in the region.

    Yes, the mask is torn from right-wing Israel, but – of more importance to many Americans – a corollary mask is lifted from from the American visage, revealing the true hypocrisy of this country’s insistent stance on Human Rights and Pursuit of Peace around the world.

    Hillary’s exhalation of “taking our relationship to the next level” will no doubt include a hearty embrace of Leiberman.

  8. James Michie
    May 20, 2016, 10:44 am

    Hey Phil, this reader is curious to know why Mondoweiss did not feature the Gideon Levy piece instead of giving Levy an “also-ran” third position in this piece, below Jewish Voice for Peace and JPN? You should have led with Levy instead of mediocrity.

  9. genesto
    May 20, 2016, 12:46 pm

    I’m with Gideon, and have been for some time, that the mask be torn off and Israel completely exposed for the fascist, racist rogue state it really is. There will be more suffering, but Zionism will meet its bitter end sooner.

    Why, already there is progress with Lieberman calling for an end to the PA!

    • Annie Robbins
      May 20, 2016, 1:17 pm

      yep, there’s something very apropo about a moldovan bar bouncer as israel’s defense minister.

  10. klm90046
    May 20, 2016, 3:22 pm

    “Once again, America’s leading newspaper is trying to hide the ugly face of Israel in the closet.”

    America’s leading newspaper–you mean the US edition of the Jerusalem Post?

  11. Kay24
    May 20, 2016, 4:55 pm

    It seems Adelson is supporting Trumps pilgrimage to apartheid land, after pledging $100 million.
    He is trying hard to buy the Presidency for his motherland.

    http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/may/20/donald-trump-sheldon-adelson-israel-trip-campaign-donation?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Gmail

  12. Boo
    May 21, 2016, 4:03 pm

    “The Hope is Still Here, We Just Have to Make Room for It.” claims the NYT.

    Simple, then. Just bend over.

  13. DaBakr
    May 21, 2016, 6:33 pm

    most israelis think levy makes leiberman look like a centrist. bibi outfoxed ben rhoads. lol. greece, egypt, ksa, and now turkey, again. much bigger things are afoot and the pa leadership has once again screwed over its people while the world keeps on spinning around. there is standing on principle and there is cutting your nose off in spite of your head. the hardcore left here must think Iranian mullahs and hezbolahis will set things on the liberal left as they should be.

  14. Joe Swifteagle
    May 31, 2016, 12:18 pm

    Articles by Gideon Levy , Have always been anti Israel, and Anti Zionist and Pro Palestinian.
    I simply can’t believe anything he says or writes. He is a total hypocrite > His only experience
    in the the Israel Army was serving as a reporter on the Army news media and Army Radio.
    If he he complains so much of occupation , then why does he OCCUPIES a comfortable home near Tel Aviv which is located on the land of a former Arab Village.. I have never heard about him trying to financially compensate any one of the former inhabitants.
    Often his writing is fabrication and not based on facts….To me he is simply a dangerous WINDBAG.

    As for Liberman he an Opportunist , with no idea of what Democracy is all about having been brought up in the USSR Regime….and will probable show his wishy washy fangs when the time
    is opportune…Netanyahu is playing power politics just to remain Prime Minister… But
    when when looks at other choices in Israel. it seems is the best to face the Arab Threat of Annihilation. However, there are already signs that the Dispose MInister of Defense will organize a new party… which will be joined by other formed top army leaders…In my humble
    because of economic, and social, and security , the Israeli citizens, will not put up with their
    elected members of their Knesset (Parliament) much longer…

    Finally one must not overlook and ignore the terrible almost daily acts of terrorism…
    which puts pressure on the Military and Police.. who apparently are doing an excellent job
    In light of this Israel still lives, and develops worldwide programs in the field of Medicine, Water, and Agriculture, and runs a problem of Doctors without borders which treats persons , especially children,from all over the world, and even those who live in Countries which do not
    recognize Israel. Israel Has a Rescue team of Doctors, Nurses, which has travelled all over the world to the various disaster area. “See the Program ONE CALL AWAY”…

    AS for Philip Weiss , and North, Your ” discrimination and prejudice get in the way of of writing facts and ruin what could otherwise be a good newspaper

    • eljay
      May 31, 2016, 12:56 pm

      || Joe Swifteagle @ May 31, 2016, 12:18 pm ||

      All hail the Thousand Year “Jewish State”!, eh, Joe*?

      But I hear ya. The universal and consistent application of justice, accountability and equality doesn’t hold a candle to Jewish supremacism in/and a religion-supremacist “Jewish State” in as much as possible of Palestine.

      So cheer on, Joe, cheer on! Your Zio-supremacist co-collectivists appreciate your support. :-)
      __________________
      (*No apologies to J. Hendrix required…this time.)

  15. Joe Swifteagle
    May 31, 2016, 3:26 pm

    eljay: All hail the Thousand Year “Jewish State”!, eh, Joe*? –

    Be explicit, I have no idea what this means…
    All hail the Thousand Year “Jewish State”!, eh, Joe*? –

    Your Zio-supremacist co-collectivists— that’s your incorrect assumption.

    As an old timer, ex educator, and engineer, I know how much I have to thanks the Israelis for
    their invention: You should too

    When we travel in airlines, much of the security systems used are Israeli invented,
    Many of the chips used in cell phones first created by Israelis
    High Tech equipment used in Hospitals were created in Israel. even the electronic- eye one swallows in like a pill which photos ones digestive system is an Israeli Invention.
    Drip Irrigation, water desalination, and purification of water sewage, used in Many part of the USA, as well as 60 other countries is an Israeli Invention….
    So because necessity is the mother of invention– I credit what Israel has done…

    In villages in the West Bank, and in Arab villages inside Israel where Arabs,and Bedouins used
    to carry water from wells, Israel put in pipelines so that over 80% of the homes in these area
    have running water…

    You see I know how to appreciate what Israel is doing and has done , without even being so called Zionist.
    I am a mild quiet living Canadian, who enjoys travelling around the BC Coast
    River and Mountains, enjoying its scenery, especially Vancouver Island, and the Glacier Highway, in a very simple manner using Canadian Made Camping Gear . We Even spoilt ourselves by using a Class B Motor Home to travel up to the Yukon, we enjoyed the comfort of being able to keep warm at nights when the weather started turning cool.

    So you see I have no axes to grind, no preaching to do.
    I Thank G-d I was raised , educated, and worked mostly in BC and Alberta, Have worked hard to reach fairly comfortable life together with the same wife for almost 57 years. I am proud of My sons and daughter and grandchildren… and still proud of Being a Canadian

    • Annie Robbins
      May 31, 2016, 3:59 pm

      there’s so much wrong with your comment joe it challenging knowing where to begin. but this:

      In villages in the West Bank, and in Arab villages inside Israel where Arabs,and Bedouins used to carry water from wells, Israel put in pipelines so that over 80% of the homes in these area
      have running water…

      you do know israel steals water from palestinian illegally occupied territories and sells it back to palestinians for a profit do you not? you do know the allocation of water is 5 times higher for the settlements that for palestinians do you not? when you say “Arab villages inside Israel” — i presume you know just because israel doesn’t recognize many Bedouin villages (why they are called “unrecognized villages”) doesn’t mean they do not exist. and finally, just because a home has access to running water, doesn’t mean israel allows the water to run 24/7, like it does in jewish homes. if the water was running 80% of the time in palestinian homes this would be a vast improvement. it’s not.

      and wrt to israel inventions, i presume you are aware of the nazi doctors experiments too. just because researchers make scientific advances doesn’t mean we can’t and don’t weight those advances against the costs paid by human beings, the toll it takes on human lives and quality of life matters. after all, israel does its weapon testing on palestinians too, and then brags about its weapons industry. disgusting.

    • oldgeezer
      May 31, 2016, 4:58 pm

      @joe

      Thank G-d? When did you convert to Judaism?

      Many inventions claimed by Israel are pure fantasy. As an engineer you should know that. Many that aren’t fantasy are inventions by Jewish people d claimed by Israel in error.

    • eljay
      May 31, 2016, 6:36 pm

      || Joe Swifteagle: eljay: All hail the Thousand Year “Jewish State”!, eh, Joe*? –

      Be explicit, I have no idea what this means… ||

      It’s quite clear and you do know what it means.

      || … Your Zio-supremacist co-collectivists— that’s your incorrect assumption. … ||

      My assumption is that you support Jewish supremacism in/and a religion-supremacist “Jewish State” in as much as possible of Palestine.

      But I’m happy to be proven wrong.

      So, are you saying that you in fact support justice, accountability and equality in I-P, including Israel:
      – ending its on-going occupation and colonization of territory outside of its / Partition borders;
      – honouring its obligations under international law (including RoR of refugees);
      – accepting responsibility and accountability for its past and on-going (war) crimes; and
      – transforming from a religion-supremacist “Jewish State” – a state primarily of and for Jewish Israelis and non-Israeli Jews – into a secular and democratic Israeli state – a state of and for all of its Israeli citizens, immigrants, expats and refugees, equally?

      Please do clarify. Thanks.

  16. Joe Swifteagle
    June 1, 2016, 3:12 am

    To ejay, old geezer, Annie Robbins, and others,
    Your comments seem to have become a personal attack rather based on fact.
    When one praises something Israel invented , you accuse him of having converted to Judaism,
    Now that’s really logical.
    As an engineer, specializing in water, I travelled to many countries, on various projects, including that of Israel. And I witnessed the construction of pipelines to the villages…. Including using underground aquifers, and developing plants and trees, that will be able to use this sometimes saline water. As for cost everyone pays a higher price to offset the cost, and avoid Wastage. As for Stealing Water…I suggest to learn something about the Water Sources… and then comment….
    Comparing Israeli Inventors to Nazis is a new low… and shows an underlying hatred on your part…

    A new book printed in USA in 2015 describes the facts much better than I can: “Let There Be Water- Israel’s Solution For A Water -Starved World. I also such that you read Scientific Journals and UN reports….
    About some of the Medical Inventions: I suggest you watch CNN (unless of course you claim
    all CNN staff have been converted to Judaism)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGf0YTLSLGY
    Well I’ll sign off .. It’s impossible to communicate with those who are a
    Anti Zionist , Anti Semitic Wave Length

    Over and Out

    Joe

    • Annie Robbins
      June 4, 2016, 9:48 am

      A new book printed in USA in 2015 describes the facts much better than I can: “Let There Be Water- Israel’s Solution For A Water -Starved World

      ha!!! the author of that book is a professional PR hack and board member for aipac! he’s no scientist nor does he travel in “facts” he’s a hasbara merchant. we wrote about him here:

      Last month the LA Times ran a cute test on its op-ed page to show that Israel doesn’t practice apartheid, and that Palestinians are treated very well by Israel.

      Today the NY Times runs an op-ed saying that Israel gives Palestinians all the water they need, and as the region dries out, Palestinians are going to feel very lucky. ….

      Both pieces are by Seth M. Siegel– a founder of Beanstalk, a brand-licensing agency, and of Sixpoint Partners, an investment bank

      Neither the LA Times nor the NY Times tells you that Siegel serves on the national board of AIPAC….

      Last month the LA Times ran a cute test on its op-ed page to show that Israel doesn’t practice apartheid, and that Palestinians are treated very well by Israel.

      Today the NY Times runs an op-ed saying that Israel gives Palestinians all the water they need, and as the region dries out, Palestinians are going to feel very lucky…

      Siegel, who specializes in “extending brands through the strategic and creative development,” has got his work cut out for him cleaning up Israel’s sewage, literally. His New York Times Op-Ed Israeli Water, Mideast Peace? reads like a love letter for Israeli innovation.

      read the rest of the article if you’re interested in “facts” about water in the region.

      http://mondoweiss.net/2014/02/without-telling-readers/

      there are a few worthwhile videos at the link to. like settlers flooding palestinian fields w/sewage and Siegel explaining his commitment to aipac.

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