Netanyahu’s holy war, and the coming Jewish schism

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This is one in a series of columns by Yakov Hirsch on Hasbara Culture, and its impact on discourse and politics in Israel and the U.S. You can see the other columns here.

This article will try to make sense of the vitriolic reaction by Benjamin Netanyahu and his defenders to the U.S abstention from UN Security Council resolution 2334 condemning settlements a week ago. There is no question that the Israeli response has been way over the top. And it’s not just a matter of a few undiplomatic slips of the tongue.

Uri Misgav is not alone in his impression (in Haaretz):

[T]he reaction of the prime minister, his ministers and courtiers…. looks possessed, irrational, contrary to Israel’s short-term and long-term interests.

This is how Henry Siegman saw it (in the National Interest):

Netanyahu’s ‘j’accuse’ against Obama and his administration is a concoction of… lies and deceptions…

It needs to be stressed that among serious Israel-watchers, there is no doubt about the good faith of Barack Obama and John Kerry. This is what Tom Friedman of the Times had to say:

 I have covered this issue my entire adult life and have never met two U.S. leaders more committed to Israel as a Jewish democracy.

Obama and Kerry want the same thing that Jewish liberal Zionists want. The motivation of the Obama administration and of Kerry’s diplomacy at State is the dream of Israeli and Palestinian democracies living side by side in peace.

Now even if that is too idealistic a vision for the security-conscious Netanyahu government, why so much hostility venom and disrespect? From an official at the Israel Project:

Why isn’t the Israeli response more diplomatic? Isn’t it obvious that however wrong they are, Obama and Kerry want what they honestly believe is best for Israel? Why, none other than Ehud Barak, a former prime minister and no Hamas sympathizer, agrees with them.

Also, no one can miss an utterly bizarre element of the drama: the lack of gratitude from the Israeli government towards the United States. The 38 billion dollar check Israel just received has barely even cleared. “Ingratitude, Jewish sages teach us, is the absolute worst of traits. ‘Whoever rewards evil for good, Evil will not depart from his house,’ as Proverbs puts it.” (So informs Haaretz’s Chemi Shalev.)

Jeffrey Goldberg epitomizes Hasbara Culture (Photo: Riccardo S. Savi/Getty Images)

Jeffrey Goldberg epitomizes Hasbara Culture (Photo: Riccardo S. Savi/Getty Images)

Maybe the most curious aspect of the discourse is that the many concrete points Kerry made in his speech “defending” the American abstention are hardly ever addressed in the attacks on him and the president.

Consider the main thrust of the speech. Kerry said repeatedly that if things continue as they are, a two-state solution will no longer be possible to the Israel/Palestine conflict. So, Kerry was asking, What’s the plan, Israel? “IT’S EASY TO SHOUT AT UN; BUT WHAT IS ISRAEL’S POLICY IN WEST BANK? NADA” — as Seth Frantzman puts it.

That is the concrete issue Kerry framed: How is Israel not going to turn into an apartheid state? There are millions of human beings in the occupied territory who Netanyahu and his Education Minister and rival Naftali Bennett are making plans for without their consent.

But all we hear from Netanyahu’s people in response to Kerry’s query is talk of Syria and Hamas, fantasies about the beautiful relationship they are about to have with the Trump administration, and defamation of Obama and Kerry as betrayers and connivers. But little argument against the idea that Israel/Palestine face a one state future.

The answer to all these riddles is that we must try to understand what at heart is really the complaint of Netanyahu and his supporters against Obama and Kerry.

And this Netanyahu sentiment on the prime minister’s website is an important place to start:

 “A deep and wide moral abyss separates us from our enemies. They sanctify death while we sanctify life. They sanctify cruelty while we sanctify compassion.”

In the Manichean construct of humanity that Netanyahu has cultivated, a simple question is asked of any actor or speaker: Are you with those “who sanctify life or those who sanctify death?”

From that perspective, Obama and Kerry are on the side of those “who sanctify death.”

And such is the power of Netanyahu’s social construction of reality for western listeners that once an idea, or a political position is defined as “taboo” a whole different type of discourse kicks in. For a leading Los Angeles rabbi:

From a former Israeli ambassador:

This ethnocentric innocence was perhaps best put by Elie Wiesel:

“How do Jews respond to violence? With retaliation? No. When the enemy is mad he destroys when the killer is mad, he kills. When we are mad we sing”

That is what needs to be understood from the attacks against Obama and Kerry: that dichotomy between sacred Israel and its unholy enemies to whose side Obama and Kerry have had the great misfortune of slipping.

Once the Obama and Kerry abstention was defined as “anti-Israel”—and it was, immediately and angrily– they are in a sense dehumanized. They go to the side of “them,” and the pro-Israel discourse reflects it. As Morton Klein, president of the Zionist Organization of America delicately put it:

“Obama has made it clear that he’s a Jew hating, anti-Semite”

To gain more insight into what this resolution has brought out in Israeli society, you must be mindful of an ideological theme cultivated by Benjamin Netanyahu:

“The will to destroy the Jewish people has not changed. What has changed is our ability to defend ourselves and our determination to do so.”

This is what the late, great Tony Judt called “macho victimhood.”

And as I have stressed before, this ethnocentric social construction of reality, what I call hasbara culture, is not just a parlor game for columnists and speechwriters and intellectuals. No, it is an experience of the world that they live and breathe. And the ethnocentric ideological reality of hasbara culture leaves little room for politeness and no room to try and see the other side.

Which makes sense when your opinion doesn’t just feel like an opinion to you, but feels like platonic truth. Look at how David Friedman, the man Trump nominated ambassador to Israel, doubled down when confronted with his shocking past statements about J Street being like “Kapos” in concentration camps. He had lots of time to think about it, and he just ramped it up:

Finally, are J Street supporters really as bad as kapos? The answer, actually, is no. They are far worse than kapos – Jews who turned in their fellow Jews in the Nazi death camps. The kapos faced extraordinary cruelty and who knows what any of us would have done under those circumstances to save a loved one? But J Street? They are just smug advocates of Israel’s destruction delivered from the comfort of their secure American sofas – it’s hard to imagine anyone worse.

It is my contention that if you give David Friedman a lie detector, it will disclose that this indeed is the way David Friedman thinks of J Street. And it is also the way Netanyahu supporters feel about Obama and Kerry.

This may be Netanyahu’s most impressive achievement. He has associated his politics and even himself personally with revered Jewish history and its hallowed lessons. Think of the reverential Netanyahu reception in Congress, with the nods to Elie Wiesel and the 6 million, and: “We are no longer scattered among the nations, powerless to defend ourselves. We restored our sovereignty in our ancient home.”

Inside Israel, Netanyahu has convinced a big part of that society to look on his political and even journalist critics as being “leftists,” which in Netanyahu’s construction of reality means being sympathetic with “those that sanctify death and cruelty.”

I would remind readers of what happened to Jimmy Carter when he issued virtually the same warning to Israel that the outgoing Secretary of State just did. We all remember Jimmy Carter putting his neck on the line and sticking the word apartheid in the title of his book, “Palestine Peace Not Apartheid,” as an intentional effort to sound the alarm before it was too late, ten years ago. Was the Carter book debated on its merits? Did the American Jewish community take up the challenge of the Carter book? Were synagogues across the country discussing the looming Apartheid threat?

We know what the Jewish community’s response to that book was. It was to attack Jimmy Carter, and with huge effect. He was dismissed and broadly discredited.

This is the reason why I have spent so much of my effort writing about the journalist Jeffrey Goldberg. Because Goldberg does for Jewish culture here what Netanyahu does in Israel. Goldberg is recognized as the most influential Jewish journalist in America, and it is his work as a “mashgiach,” or supervisor of what is kosher in the Jewish discourse, that makes him so important. (There is some irony that Leon Wieseltier, leading Jewish intellectual, friend of Leonard Cohen, and wannabe mashgiach himself, might be most remembered by Jewish history for pinning the Mashgiach label on Jeffrey Goldberg’s lapel.)

What was the “mashgiach”’s verdict on the Carter book? In an event at the Center for Jewish History in New York [archived November 5, 2007], Goldberg said that Carter is an anti-Semite. And note the motivation the new editor of chief of the Atlantic magazine assigns to the former-president.

“When you read it carefully, you realize that it is essentially a theologically based rant. The essential argument of his book is that Israel today plays the role the Pharisees played 2,000 years ago, during the time of Christ. And the conclusion I came away with was that Jimmy Carter never got the memo that evangelical Christians are supposed to like the Jews now, and he’s still stuck in sort of an old mode of thinking.”

The looming apartheid challenge facing Israel that Carter was warning about, and that Kerry is now echoing, was entirely missed when Jeffrey Goldberg did his “careful” reading of “Palestine: Peace not Apartheid.”

Goldberg’s analysis of Carter took place in 2007 in front of a packed audience, there for the pleasure of seeing the denunciation of the Israel lobby book by Walt and Mearsheimer, to which the authors were not invited. When Goldberg makes these pronouncements, he is not offering just an opinion like anyone else, as he and his bosses sometimes claim. No: Goldberg issues verdicts in the Jewish community. And people on the other side of Jeffrey Goldberg’s sacred world view become taboo. His verdicts have helped to create a Manichean social construction of reality for those under the sway of hasbara culture, and there are many. And Jeffrey Goldberg ranges the entirety of sacred Jewish history to make his points, as he did when a Spanish music festival cancelled a pro-Israel performer in 2015 because of his work supporting the occupation.

These pronouncements are holy writ– as is the verdict Netanyahu issued on President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry.

That explains the discourse we are hearing now. Defamation and dishonesty are no vice when used to fight the purported enemies of the Jews.

When Netanyahu has enough people convinced that his political decisions are sacred, he becomes a very powerful politician indeed. That’s how to understand the Iran deal hysteria, and his ability to waltz into the US Congress to standing ovations while attacking the U.S. president. In the real world, South Korea lives a few stretches of barbed wire away from a neighbor led by a madman who is one impulsive decision away from destroying their country. And now and then, South Korea makes the papers. But in the social construction of reality I am dissecting, it is the hysterical Benjamin Netanyahu who can drive the world crazy for years about an “existential” threat that exists only in his, Jeffrey Goldberg and a couple of their friends’ heads. As far as I can tell, Jeffrey Goldberg has no other credentials to voice his opinion about what is and is not an existential threat to Israel other than what Ezra Klein calls his “fearful tribalism.”

But inside the world of hasbara culture, Jeffrey Goldberg’s being in the Jewish Defense League as a kid and then the Israeli army and agitating against “anti-Semites” his whole career, gives him the experience and wisdom to assess the extent of the Iranian threat to the state of Israel. “I see it as the biggest challenge to Israel’s existence,” Goldberg told the Washingtonian.

And he spread Netanyahu’s message far and wide.

And this opinion about how threatening the Iranian nuclear program was carried more weight in American political culture, under the influence of hasbara culture, than did almost all the US expertise on Iran.

But we can never know for sure where ideology ends and personal ambition begins with the narcissistic mashgiach. Goldberg’s ambition has brought a new side out in the freshly-coronated editor-in-chief of the Atlantic: He has made an effort to rid himself of the Netanyahu yoke. And two days ago, he tweeted J.J Goldberg’s article in the Forward about the U.N vote.

This JJ Goldberg article has no hasbara culture. It is his usual sensible article. Articles like these have traditionally been ignored by Jeffrey Goldberg. Because J.J. Goldberg articles deal with the real world, not hifalutin ideological principles with ancient enemies lurking everywhere, which is Jeffrey Goldberg’s standard fare.

What’s happening is that Jeffrey Goldberg is positioning himself for the new ideological playing field that is forming by the day under Trump. He must turn the Atlantic into the principled opposition to Trump. And it is a bit much for the Atlantic magazine to have an affirmative action type exemption on coverage of the Israel-Trump love fest.

Just the fact that Jeffrey Goldberg is not retweeting this big article at the Daily Beast about the UN’s persecution of Israel tells you all you need to know. Goldberg thinks it best to keep a safe distance from Israel for now. Now is not the time to loudly celebrate Israeli virtue and pick fights with Zionism’s ideological opponents.

In one more week’s time we will have a better sense of the new Jewish and Israeli political, ideological, cultural and moral landscape that is forming.  It is then that Israel army sergeant Elor Azaria will be convicted for manslaughter for the point-blank execution of Abd al Fatah Al-Sharif as he lay on the ground in occupied Hebron that morning last March, caught on video.

The public response to that verdict will tell us how many in Israel agree with a notion central to hasbara culture: that sending Azaria to prison for his act would be (as Minister Bennett put it), “a moral mistake that blurs the lines between good and evil.”

The ideological divide in the Jewish world after that verdict next week will echo the divide over the UN resolution; and as Goldberg knows, you must not be caught on the wrong side. Hebrew University sociologist Eva Illouz perfectly describes the stakes, in an article in Haaretz today titled “An Earthquake in the Jewish world.”

I do not know if we are close to a Jewish Reformation, but I am sure that a part of the Jewish organizational world today resembles the state of the Church before it was challenged by Martin Luther. It displays the same mixture of fundamentalism, politics and money, a mixture that nowhere in the history of mankind has elicited respect or elevated the spirit.

To disconnect the fight against anti-Semitism from human rights as the Israeli right and Orthodox Jews do, is tantamount to declaring that only Jews have human rights.

Those of us, inside and outside Israel, who are committed to the memory of Jewish history and to the defense of the rights of Jews as human rights, must shout, like Luther, “Here I stand.”

Perhaps even Benjamin Netanyahu’s biggest critics owe him a big thank you. Without his extreme Manichean ideological fanaticism and unique emotional and psychological makeup, it is likely that the fundamental questions that the Jewish world must ask and answer would continue to be kicked down the road. But now the question whether Jewish justice and Jewish morality dictate that Elor Azaria go to prison, or the very opposite, be pardoned, might be the beginning of the Jewish reformation.

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  1. JWalters
    December 31, 2016, 7:02 pm

    Thanks for this excellent analysis. Netanyahu’s and Israel’s reaction – IGNORING the overwhelming facts and logic of Kerry’s case and PRESUMING Israel’s moral superiority – is clearly based on a fantasy reality.

    “It displays the same mixture of fundamentalism, politics and money, a mixture that nowhere in the history of mankind has elicited respect or elevated the spirit.”

    And it’s usually the money that manipulates the fundamentalists and the politicians. This appears true in the case of Israel. Netanyahu is an especially useful tool, being a fundamentalist, a financier, and a politician. For readers who haven’t seen it yet, this nexus is reviewed online in “War Profiteers and the Roots of the War on Terror”.

  2. lonely rico
    December 31, 2016, 7:30 pm

    Netenyahu –

    Are you with those “who sanctify life or those who sanctify death?”

    or with those who murder Palestinians ?

    January 2009 – November 2016:

    Palestinians killed by Israeli violence –
    Women 331
    Children 696

    http://www.btselem.org/statistics/fatalities/after-cast-lead/by-date-of-event

    • jsj
      January 2, 2017, 11:40 am

      Why is Netanyahu going ballistic over the US abstention? Why does Trump go ballistic about everything? It keeps the limelight on the nuts, sells newspapers, changes the subject and even has us (those supporting justice for Palestinians) talking about anything but the evils of Zionism. Our analysis of Netanyahu should hew to our POV about the Israeli exceptionalism Netanyahu sells and the US buys and the apartheid state Trump will be hastening to embrace.

  3. AddictionMyth
    December 31, 2016, 7:45 pm

    In addition to profiting off ‘terror’, they are also defending the ultra-Orthodox cults. Basically by constantly fanning the flames of ‘anti-Semitism’ no one will criticize them for fear of being so accused. But now it’s being revealed as a Hasbara hoax, and Boobi is terrified. It’s all coming apart at the seams.

  4. rhkroell
    December 31, 2016, 9:38 pm

    Hasbara culture dictates that any criticism of Israeli policies makes the critics permanent “enemies of Israel.” U.S. President Barack Obama and his Secretary of State, John Kerry, join former President Jimmy Carter (and millions of other Americans) as permanent “enemies of Israel” because “a deep and wide moral abyss separates us” [Israelis] from any critics of Israeli policies.

  5. Kay24
    December 31, 2016, 9:47 pm

    This may explain the drama and over reaction to the UN resolution. This may be why the king of zionists made a huge hue and cry about something that was done before by other US Presidents. Why not distract his people from the fact that again and again his family has always been suspected of corruption and dishonesty, and now yet again?

    I hope all Netanyahu supporters in the US, especially in Congress, realize they may be supporting and showing love for a crook. Looks like he does not like to only steal lands from helpless Palestinians:

    “The attorney general met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu more than two weeks ago to inform him that he is being investigated on suspicion of corruption, Channel 2 reported on Friday. 
    Netanyahu is reportedly suspected of receiving large-scale benefits from two businessmen, one Israeli and the other foreign.
    According to the report, Netanyahu asked Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit during the December 12 meeting to postpone the questioning until after his return from a state visit to Kazakhstan two days later. 
    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.762244

    • Annie Robbins
      December 31, 2016, 10:02 pm

      kay, this is the tip of the iceberg, the more you know the slimier it gets. you can start here:

      French Tycoon Linked to Netanyahu Sentenced to 8 Years in Prison
      http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.729465

      lots more where that comes from.

      France Likely to Probe French Tycoon’s Transfer of Funds to Destinations in Israel
      read more: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.724639

      http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.720506

      http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.725263

      http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.730320

      http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/news/1.622660

      bottom line, 1.6 billion euros were stolen from the french gov. they estimate 80% of it landed in israel. this one guy was convicted of stealing 283 mil, the other (5, i think) french (jewish) culprits are now in israel who is not deporting them back to france. plus, there’s murder involved.

      it’s a big story in france for a long time — you can find out more by googling “l’affaire Mimran” and reading the stories on google translate! nothing in the US of course.

      http://www.le-chiffon-rouge-morlaix.fr/2016/06/mafia-du-co2-les-nouvelles-connexions-d-arnaud-mimran-avec-le-clan-netanyahou-mediapart.html

      google translate:

      Mafia of the CO2: the new connections of Arnaud Mimran with the clan Netanyahou

      9 JUNE 2016 | BY FABRICE ARFI
      Official documents show that the sulphurous millionaire Arnaud Mimran created in Israel a company with the French deputy Meyer Habib, long-time trusted man of Benyamin Netanyahu. The company was legally constituted and domiciled by the lawyer’s office and confidant of the Israeli prime minister.
      It is no longer a relationship, it is a system. Documents obtained by Mediapart and Haaretz highlight new connections between Arnaud Mimran clan and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, mired for weeks in the scandal of its financial and friendly ties with the French millionaire.
      Mimran is suspected by the French justice of being one of the organizers of the “breakage of the century”, fraud to the quotas carbon, which concerns 283 million euros concerning him with his presumed accomplices – the total amount of the ” scam amounted to EUR 1.7 billion (at least) diverted in less than eight months to the nose and the state’s beard.
      Arnaud Mimran, against whom the prosecutor requested late May ten-year prison farm at the trial of CO2 – judgment July 7 – is also indicted in Paris in a criminal case of abduction, false imprisonment and extortion Of organized band funds; And his name is also cited in several cases of murder directly or indirectly related to CO2, without any legal challenge to date.
      Since the first revelations Mediapart and Haaretz in March on the links between Mimran and Netanyahu, head of the Israeli government changed three times version, showing extreme excitement on the subject. So, after first denying that he knew the deceased crook (despite the publication of photos revealing their proximity on vacation in Monaco), then after denying the slightest relationship of money between them, Netanyahou eventually acknowledged having perceived 40 In the early 2000s.
      Mimran, who also varied in his statements over time, first spoke of a payment of one million euros and then, following Netanyahu’s denied denials, referred to the sum of 170,000 euros And the payment of travel and holidays in France, up to an additional 150,000 euros.
      One thing, however, is certain: Mimran appeared under his first name, in 2002, in the secret notebook of the major international donors of Netanyahu, drafted by the current Prime Minister himself.
      But the links between Mimran and the Netanyahu galaxy do not stop there: Arnaud Mimran created in 2006, in Israel, a company christened Track Performance Ltd, of which he is the only leader. But documents from the Israeli Registrar of Companies on Track Performance unveil new and disturbing ramifications for the Prime Minister of Israel, which confirm and amplify raw information provided by the Israel Globes business daily.
      To the capital of this company is indeed the French MEP Meyer Habib (25% of the shares), both friend of Arnaud Mimran and intimate of the head of the Israeli government of which he is, in France, the personal representative.
      The company Performance Track Ltd, whose purpose is very fuzzy ( “act in any legal activity”) was also up legally by the office of lawyer David Shimron, board and confidant longtime Netanyahu. The company is domiciled at his office in Tel Aviv. When questioned, the lawyer said, without further clarification, that “it is possible that a former partner of the firm has provided legal services Mimran.” “But this has nothing to do with Mr. Netanyahu,” he says.
      Among the shareholders of this mysterious company is also a certain Pierre Denain (10% of the shares), another friend of Arnaud Mimran, whose name was also quoted in the monumental CO2 scam. According to the bank details discovered by the French judicial Customs, Denain had paid from his HSBC account in the United States, on January 9, 2009, $ 350,000 to Mimran, into an account opened at Safra Bank.
      This amount was then invested directly by Mimran in the CO2 fraud, according to several judicial documents. Denain, who escaped prosecution, had assured investigators have lent money to Mimran for “help,” “friendship” without warranty or contract. Solicited several times, he did not return our calls.
      Netanyahu denounces “political persecution”

      Arnaud Mimran’s ex-wife Anna Dray, whose billionaire father Claude was mysteriously murdered in October 2011 in his ultra-secure villa in Neuilly-sur-Seine, also appears in the shareholders’ pact of Track Performance Ltd , Up to 10%.
      Contacted, she said she had no connection with the company. ” This is very serious ! I never signed anything. I know nothing of this business, “if she suffocates the discovery of documents. Anna Dray says she is considering possible prosecutions in Israel to understand how her name could land in Track Performance’s statutes. Surprising detail: According to the elements deposited in the Israeli trade register, Anna Dray would be domiciled in … Chile. “It’s simple: I never set foot,” she swears.
      Also questioned about Performance Track, French MP Meyer Habib says Arnaud Mimran “wished [the] be included in that company because [he] knew Israel.” “But, to my knowledge, this company has never had the least activity, never made the least turnover, never had a bank account and, certainly, never reported a penny, “he added. No activity, no corporate purpose, no bank account, no turnover and even less dividends: it is to wonder why Track Performance, which has no longer filed any activity report Since 2009 and has not paid its annual fee, was created …
      “Arnaud Mimran, who as you know was a friend, comes from a very respectable family whose father was decorated in 2006 by the budget minister in person at Bercy [Jean-François Copé – ed],” adds Still the deputy UDI. The Franco-Israeli parliamentarian forgets only to point out that the father in question, Jacques Mimran, formerly number 3 of the Vinci group, was the main condemned in 2002 of a corruption case concerning the construction of the TGV Nord and that he was , Fallen in 2009 from the order of the Legion of Honor, received in fact from the hands of Jean-François Copé three years earlier under the gold of the Republic.
      Near Mimran, whom he had worked closely for years, Meyer Habib has for many years separated from Binyamin Netanyahu (see below video of support for the second legislative campaign in 2013 the first). He is, for France, his double, his personal ambassador. And also one of its generous financiers. In the secret notebook of its donors, revealed as of 2011 by the Israeli journalist Raviv Drucker, Netanyahou had also included alongside the name of Arnaud Mimran that of Meyer Habib, jeweler by profession. According to this document and invoices found by the Israeli press, the company of the deputy, the Vendôme group, had even taken charge in the early 2000s of expensive travels and stays of Benyamin Netanyhaou and his family in France. What Habib denies.
      He does not deny being an important point of contact between Mimran and Netanyahu. According to statements made by Arnaud Mimran himself during the CO2 trial in Paris and then on Israeli television, the supposed organizer of the “casse of the century” had thus celebrated in 2009, in a hotel, with Meyer Habib and Benyamin Netanyahu The accession to the head of the State of the latter. Neither of them have so far reversed this information.
      According to testimonies gathered these days by Mediapart, Mimran and Netanyahu would have met again in 2010 in Jerusalem on the occasion of the bar-mitzvah of a son of Meyer Habib. Questioned on this point, the French deputy did not wish to reply.
      The Mimran affair has become in Israel a poison for the head of government, already politically weakened. It makes the opening of the newspapers and the radios, it is at the head of all the press. Under pressure from opposition MPs, the Attorney General of Israel also decided to examine the file to see whether a criminal investigation should be opened.
      During a trip to Russia on June 7, Benyamin Netanyahu was questioned about the case, under the almost amused glance of Vladimir Putin. Israeli Prime Minister described the revelations of the press, first Mediapart and Haaretz, “systematic political persecution.” “The mountain gave birth to a mouse”, wanted to convince Netanyahu, surrounded by business, is looking more and more at an Israeli Berlusconi or Sarkozy.

      • Kay24
        January 1, 2017, 8:43 am

        Annie, it seems Nutty is as crooked as they come. We should not be surprised, Nutty has shown dishonest tendencies from a long time, he lies and for years we have heard accusations that his family is also dipping into the cookie jar, from time to time. If these accusations turn out to be true, it will be laughable that while the hasbrats have been calling Yasser Arafaat a crook for years, look at the list of Israeli leaders, who have been investigated, and shown to be crooks.
        It looks like Sara’s empty bottles were nothing compared to the crimes you have mentioned above.

    • Annie Robbins
      December 31, 2016, 10:39 pm

      here’s another from french google translate, it just gets bigger and bigger (see bold) http://www.leparisien.fr/faits-divers/escroquerie-a-la-taxe-carbone-arnaud-mimran-condamne-a-8-ans-de-prison-07-07-2016-5948605.php

      This condemnation, which concerns 283 million euros evaporated at the nose of the Treasury, is only part of the diversion of VAT on the quota markets of CO2. According to the Court of Auditors, this “swindle of the century” amounts to 1.6 billion euros of taxes that the defendants have never paid to the State. Europol, which coordinates policies in Europe, figure the same shortfall to 5 billion euros in the European market …

      The financiers bought non-taxed carbon allowances in foreign countries. They resold these quotas in France, at a price including VAT (19.6%), without ever returning the tax to the State. The pocketed amount was reinvested in a new transaction, and so on.

      Four killings related to the case

      A file that quickly took dramatic proportions. Arnaud Mimran had passed 8 million to Samy Souied to begin the scam. The one who was nicknamed” Kingpin of hippodromme ” killed twelve pistol bullets Porte Maillot in Paris (XVI) in 2010 , is one of the victims linked to cases concerning the carbon tax. As Claude Dray, a wealthy entrepreneur, whose daughter was married to Arnaud Mimran, died shot in 2011 in his mansion of Neuilly-sur-Seine (Hauts-de-Seine). These two crimes remain unsolved. In all, four vicious murders are related to the case .

      Only six of the 12 defendants appeared at the trial held in May in the 32nd chamber of the Paris Criminal Court. Most have sought refuge in Israel. Arnaud Mimran had also had to explain his links with Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister Iisraélien, which he paid large sums to finance an election campaign .

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      One of the cases of “carbon tax” already judged, closely linked to this one, resulted in the condemnation of a man of about fifty years, Michel Keslassy, ​​to five years of prison and 65 million d ‘ Euros of damages. But he is on the run, prosecutor Patrice Amar said.

      Among the files still under investigation, the most important of all concerns concerns not less than 385 million euros.

      In May, during the trial, the emission of France 2 Cash Investigation had broadcast a documentary revealing the generous quotas enjoyed by companies allowing them to release hundreds of millions of euros to their resale on the carbon market.
      Leparisien.fr with AFP
      On the same subject
      > Carbon tax scam: the “case of the century” process
      > Carbon tax trial: Arnaud Mimran, the CO2 scrambler
      > http://www.leparisien.fr/faits-divers/the-dernieres-heures-du-caid-des-hippodromes-26-09-2011-1625636.php

      http://www.leparisien.fr/faits-divers/escroquerie-a-la-taxe-carbone-proces-du-casse-du-siecle-02-05-2016-5760987.php

      “The scam has been dubbed the “heist of the century.” Twelve people are judged on Monday at the Paris Criminal Court, in the most important part of the scam to the carbon tax which will lose 1.6 billion euros in France and 5 billion in Europe .”

      • Citizen
        January 1, 2017, 1:21 am

        Bibi’s been busy, not only the carbon tax fraud–he apparently used the bribe money to finance his political campaign & to live high on the hog while in France. He’s also involved with pushing to buy more submarines from a German company which is partially owned by Iran, although Israel has no need for them: See Netanyahu facing Police investigation over alleged corruption http://jewishbusinessnews.com/2016/12/30/netanyahu-facing-police-investigation-over-alleged-corruption/ via @jbusinessnews

      • Kay24
        January 1, 2017, 7:07 am

        It seems Bibi is avoiding the police and making feeble excuses. Ron Lauder, wealth US business man has lavished the Netanyahu family with gifts of suits and sponsored holidays….the only suit Bibi should wear are prison garbs, for war crimes and corruption.

        Ron Lauder Says He Gave Netanyahu Gifts; PM Can’t Find Time for Police Questioning

        “The police have been trying for several days now to arrange a time to question Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over various allegations, but so far without success, according to reports.
        The investigators want Netanyahu to set aside a large enough block of time to enable them to discuss all the suspicions against him and obtain his responses. But his bureau said that so far it has been unable to find a hole in his schedule of the requisite length.
        The police don’t want to settle for a shorter initial interrogation, because that wouldn’t give them enough time to ask Netanyahu about all the allegations.”
        read more: http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.762339

      • echinococcus
        January 1, 2017, 11:21 am

        Citizen,

        No matter the excited, diversionary chatter, corruption is not part of any serious discussion.
        We are talking about the crimes of aggression, war, conquest, racial supremacism and genocide.

        No one gives a sh|t about petty theft and corruption here… except those who would like to divert the ire of the stupid crowd.

      • Annie Robbins
        January 1, 2017, 12:18 pm

        missing billions is not petty theft.

        why don’t you go monitor some other thread mr. highfalutin know it all.

      • Mooser
        January 1, 2017, 1:09 pm

        ” mr. highfalutin know it all.”

        Sounds like “echin” is talking himself into total radicalization The time for mere chatter is over, and “echin” is ready to meet the challenge!
        Whadja have in mind, “echin”?

    • echinococcus
      January 1, 2017, 11:25 am

      This diversionary nonsense about corruption and the Zionist entity is nothing but propaganda aiming at normalizing the illegitimate bastard of a racial supremacist, genocidal colonial crusader state on other people’s territory.
      The zionist entity has no right to exist in the first place. Who gives a scoot about its corruption?

      • Annie Robbins
        January 1, 2017, 11:29 am

        diversionary nonsense about corruption and the Zionist entity is nothing but propaganda

        LOL! our official site arbitrator of what is or is not propaganda is in the house!

        shut up about billions stolen and (possibly) stashed in israeli shadow companies under the watchful eye of the prime minister and his crony criminal cohorts!

      • Sibiriak
        January 1, 2017, 11:52 am

        Thanks Annie for the French translations. I agree, this is an important story. Maybe even an explosive one.

        I may be way off base here, but I wonder, is it possible that elements of the Israeli political Establishment (deep state) might be acting to take Netanyahu down, or at least clip his wings, with a criminal investigation, before he takes Israel completely over the cliff??

      • Annie Robbins
        January 1, 2017, 12:12 pm

        possible that elements of the Israeli political Establishment (deep state) might be acting to take Netanyahu down… before he takes Israel completely over the cliff??

        of course it’s possible but it’s not how i see it. this investigation has been a collaboration between israeli and french intel for years. it involves a lot of shady characters, shell companies, and a LOT of disappeared money, stolen from french taxpayers (and the EU which one report claimed was in the 10 billion range). a massive scam. that kind of money operating in a global underground (by thugs) can destabilize in unpredictable ways, and evidence suggests some of these characters are connected in a russian mob type situation within israeli society. my hunch is these are dedicated criminal investigators, not primarily motivated by politics but by getting to the bottom of it.

      • just
        January 1, 2017, 12:35 pm

        Yossi Verter:

        “It will be tough for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to part with 2016. It was a year of hubris, arrogance, stand-offishness, pride and high-handedness, as far as he is concerned. Next year is shaping up to be a year of disillusionment – and possibly, a crash.

        The portents loom. The latest police “inquiry” into suspicions of misconduct on his part is about to turn into a full-fledged criminal investigation. He will be questioned under caution, as a suspect. His mantra – “There will be nothing, because there is nothing” – will soon be measured against evidence, testimony and leaks that will find their way from the interrogation room into the media.

        Political figures who met him this week describe a worn-out, unfocused person, whose thoughts seem to wander. January 20 is indeed approaching fast, as U.S. president-elect Donald Trump tweeted, but even a president who is emerging as the most sympathetic ever will not extricate Netanyahu from the criminal mire. For that he’ll need good lawyers and more than a little luck. Not Twitter.

        The diplomatic tsunami that Israel has been coping with, from the United Nations Security Council resolution last week to Wednesday’s harangue by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, will not go away in 2017. It’s not just “the UN,” as Trump tweeted. It’s the whole world, from France and Britain to Russia and China, that is fed up with the Israeli government’s settlements policy. On January 21, Trump can send bulldozers to demolish the glass tower on Turtle Bay in Manhattan, but it won’t matter. The international community will continue to view settlement construction exactly as Kerry depicted it: a deliberate, creeping, determined and lethal effort to torpedo even the slight possibility that a Palestinian state will one day be established alongside Israel.

        Netanyahu’s reaction to Kerry’s speech totally ignored the principles – basic and vital – that the secretary set forth for a possible agreement. The prime minister’s response to Security Council Resolution 2334 was a model of aggressive isolationism, evoking North Korea. He likened it to the 1975 resolution that equated Zionism with racism. In his eyes, then, the settlements are the Zionism of today.

        He shows no signs of soul-searching, of contrition, or of possibly reexamining the policies he’s pursued in recent years. He doesn’t see himself as being responsible for Israel’s situation in the international arena. Slowly but surely, though, he is turning Israel into a pariah state. There’s no doubt that the scandal of the illegal Amona settler outpost, and the legislation aimed at expropriating land and legalizing other such outposts in the territories – against whose grave implications the premier himself warned (although he then voted in favor of it twice, for fear of being perceived as less right-wing than Education Minister Naftali Bennett) – contributed to Washington’s decision to abstain on Resolution 2334. But Netanyahu will not admit to his leadership failure by stopping the madness. …”

        read more: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.762110

        Netanyahu certainly deserves heaps of blame (and punishment), but so do many, many other Israelis and Zionists of all stripes~ both past and the present. Israel is already “a pariah state”! It didn’t happen overnight. The handwringing is all about the fact that the charade/lie of ‘the only democracy in the ME’ is exposed and coming to an end…

        I welcome the exposure! I also wish for a full-fledged international inquiry of Netanyahu’s ‘dealings’.

      • echinococcus
        January 1, 2017, 12:40 pm

        Sibiriak,

        Of course the other genocidal wing, “Labor” or “Zionist Bloc”, will make hay of it.
        Do you guys prefer it?
        It will be more successful in normalizing occupation and genocide.

      • Mooser
        January 1, 2017, 2:13 pm

        “echin” I don’t know why it took me so long to catch on. You are hung over. Try a raw egg beaten up in a cup of sherry with some Worcestershire sauce and pepper, with a dash of laudanum and a shot of Mariani’s.

      • echinococcus
        January 1, 2017, 3:22 pm

        Mooser,

        Your recipe falls short of Jeeves’ pick-me-upper, or even my own brain-molotov. More later.

      • Mooser
        January 1, 2017, 4:01 pm

        “Your recipe falls short…”

        I imagine it does. All the ingredients for a Jeeves special have never been revealed, that I know of.

      • Mooser
        January 1, 2017, 4:27 pm

        Not, I hasten to add, that there is anything untoward in being hung over on New Year’s day morning. I hasten to add that.

      • oldgeezer
        January 1, 2017, 8:45 pm

        @mooser

        Nor on a new years day afternoon for that matter.

      • MHughes976
        January 2, 2017, 5:50 am

        I think it’s indeed interesting that the whiff of corruption is so strong. It will make it that bit more difficult for those in the know to think of Israel as a sacred cause. But ‘that bit’ may not be that much and those in the know may not be that many. The carbon corruption news is mainly about six months old and it is in a way remarkable that the impact has been so little. It has fed into the standard pattern whereby those who love Zionism but despise Netanyahu cooperate in the end quite effectively with those who echo N’s angry rhetoric. A Jewish Reformation, meaning the emergence of a strong stream of Jewish opinion that did not merely oppose N’s furious ways but regarded Zionism itself as a mistake – made Phil into a thoroughly mainstream figure – still seems a long way off. You never know with Reformations. I don’t think Luther said anything that had never been said before but somehow the mixture that time went Bang.

      • echinococcus
        January 2, 2017, 8:57 am

        Hughes,

        You’re right: “‘that bit’ may not be that much and those in the know may not be that many”.

        Corruption crusaders always minimize or camouflage the essential, political problems; they always end up working for the shoring up of the system of domination and repression: your Luther analogy was so right! To one who needed the destruction of the Church qua Church, a reformer out to fight corruption and insufflate new life in the Church is the main enemy.
        Similarly, to anyone out fighting US imperialism and warmongering, the anti-corruption Dims making a big stink about tax evasion are nothing but the warmongering enemy itself.

        Also, there is another reason why “that bit” can never be significant with the Zionists: they all, be they dirty or squeaky clean, very well know that they all are wanted for hanging for crimes against peace and genocide. Not embezzlement or racketeering or robbing the US Treasury. They will all hang together if they hang apart.

      • Mooser
        January 2, 2017, 12:23 pm

        “Nor on a new years day afternoon for that matter.”

        I like Pres. Carter’s cure for a hangover: Set a dog on the hare that bit you!

        ( And I love Pres. Carter, but let’s face it, I’m a jokie. My family may intervene and send me to Humornon.)

      • Mooser
        January 2, 2017, 12:58 pm

        ,” very well know that they all are wanted for hanging for crimes against peace and genocide.”

        From what I can gather an awful lot of it can be taken care of by removal of the settlements, and fines or jail time, or ejection from Palestine. I am sure very, very few people will be in line for capital punishment, if such a thing is even considered.

      • echinococcus
        January 2, 2017, 2:12 pm

        Mooser,

        I love the way you refer to the dearly to be wished rational actions by reasonable actors.

      • Mooser
        January 4, 2017, 5:30 pm

        “I love the way you refer to the dearly to be wished rational actions by reasonable actors.”

        Actually, I do think that. Any possibility of accounting and responsibility, or loss of advantage and privilege will make ‘rational actors’ leave Israel.
        I can’t see very many hanging around to be prosecuted.

      • xanadou
        January 6, 2017, 3:13 am

        echinococcus

        Inasmuch as I share your terminal revulsion for the zio vainglorious conceit and means employed to maintain the farcical delusion of statehood, the stolen billion$ is not chump change nor a trifling matter. It is desperately needed money that will be/is used to pay the corrupt pols wherever in the world they may be found to “support” the fascists and their murderous enterprise. And with the world’s escalated loathing of israel, the price for each “Yes” vote in “support” of the zio abomination is only going to get higher. Furthermore, that’s money that gives corrupt “jewish” criminals a place to escape with impunity when pursued by law and order from wherever it may originate. (Who can forget the US teenage murderer who two decades ago escaped justice by taking an elal flight to hell on the dead sea.)

        That money is also necessary to pay israel’s useful idiots who are sent out into the world to harass, hack and harang people dedicated to bringing the Palestinian issue every day to the masses untroubled by the silent mass media.

        The nazi pathocrats are ruled by their obsession with money. If the case goes forward and the rendered verdict finds the 12 guilty, israel stands to lose a LOT of the bought “support”.

        Israel likes to present itself as a powerful economy, but that “success” rides on the successes achieved in the political arena with the help of useful idiots in assorted parliaments, senatorial chambers, and congressional halls and corporate suites. One hopes that even the money-obsessed US pols, may find the stench from this case too bad to ignore.

        And if none of the above sticks, let’s remember how the US succeeded in getting Al Capone behind bars: by trying him for tax evasion…

  6. aussiegeordie
    December 31, 2016, 11:04 pm

    I am beginning to think that Zionists get off on this “everyone wants to annihilate us” crap, even though it is utterly irrational. The Arabs have for years said they are prepared to make peace with Israel. After all, Jordan and Egypt have already done so. I was in Israel in early 1987 and read an article in the Jerusalem Post by Benny Morris setting out the various Arab peace approaches made from 1949 onwards. Simha Flapan, in “The Birth of Israel – Myths and Realities” also describes these Arab peace offers – rejected by Israel.

    More recently, the Jerusalem Post of 25 May 2006 published an interview with Amr Moussa, the then Secretary General of the Arab League. After Israel’s rejection of the Arab League’s 2002 peace offer, Moussa decided to speak directly to the Israeli public through the Jerusalem Post. In the interview he says that he had agreement from all the Arab leaders that the Arab/Israeli conflict must be resolved based on a two state solution, with Israel keeping some parts of the West Bank and the Palestinians being compensated with land in Israel.

    Moussa said the initiative has the support of the Arab world. “I’ve talked to all of them,” he said, “from presidents to kings to the simple man in the street. All of them agree. We want to solve the Palestinian problem. We cannot live for decades or generations with the same Arab-Israeli conflict. “We have accepted that Israel will exist in our midst – and read the Arab initiative again – we are ready to end that conflict” he added.

    Now – that seems clear enough to me. But no – according to Bibi and his loony mates, everyone wants to exterminate Jews. These people are truly mad.

    • Citizen
      January 1, 2017, 1:31 am

      Mad? They think they only want their due: Greater Israel, and it’s only fair they get it all back even if they lost it for 1800 years. If you dream it every day, it will come true. (Wasn’t it Hitler who said he goes though his life like a sleepwalker?)

    • MHughes976
      January 1, 2017, 5:55 am

      Not as irrational as all that. The Zionist movement has taken so much with such a high hand and continue to take more every day. The proposition is that they should stop taking more and have their existing holdings legitimised. A charming diplomat speaks on behalf of governments whose democratic mandate is questionable and on behalf of public opinion whose major concern may not be Palestine but which must still be quite angry. I’m not sure I would take the diplomatic initiative at face value, especially since there is no intention to let even a foot’s length of territory be non-Israeli but genuinely sovereign and when the other lot have not conceded that the Holy Land is rightfully Jewish and always has been, the idea on which Israel operates.

    • Kay24
      January 2, 2017, 10:48 am

      It is utterly ridiculous. Israel steals lands, builds illegal settlements against international laws, and when there is a UN resolution condemning them for doing so, they go all whiny and complain the world is out to get them, blames Obama, and claims the world wants them annihilated. What drama queens.

      Imagine how loudly they would be howling about their suffering had they been the people occupied and having their lands stolen!

  7. Nevada Ned
    December 31, 2016, 11:13 pm

    I dunno if there is going to be a schism among Jews, or not.

    You might have mentioned that Norman Finkelstein wrote a whole book on the topic,

    Knowing Too Much: Why the American Jewish Romance with Israel is coming to an end.

    Published a few years ago, by OR books. I think it’s not available from Amazon.

  8. talknic
    January 1, 2017, 1:50 am

    Israel has never been able nor can it now afford to adhere to International Law or the UN Charter.

    Israel’s only legal way out of the quagmire it has been led into by the Zionist Movement is through a plea bargain with the Palestinians. Unfortunately, Israel refuses even that.

    The leaders of a state that prefer to lie, cheat, steal and murder instead of peace, are either the epitome of evil or completely insane

  9. Ossinev
    January 1, 2017, 6:25 am

    The Yahoo is for sure completely off his trolley and is leading Israel into the “messianic abyss” as Barak says. That Trump will change everything vis a vis the US – Israel relationship is IMHO not at all a foregone conclusion. Trump is patently irrational and unpredictable but most importantly has a super swollen ego. Sooner or later the crazy Yahoo will say or do something in relation to US actions which will lead to a Clintonesque “who`s the f…ing superpower here ? ” moment for Donald. Only , unlike the lovable Ziostreetwise Clinton Trump will not back off and this wonderful tender new relationship will terminate abruptly .

    One can only hope.

    • Atlantaiconoclast
      January 1, 2017, 9:57 am

      The America firster Trump supporters, at least not those completely deranged by their Zionist ideology, whether Christian or Jewish, are the very people who would become most anti Israel if the truth about what Israel has done to us ever got out. These are the people who could sway Trump, not liberal Jews and Christians.

      • Citizen
        January 1, 2017, 10:50 am

        I agree

  10. echinococcus
    January 1, 2017, 10:45 am

    Atlanta,

    Exactly!

    Why else would the founder of “If Americans Knew” be broken on the wheel, drawn and quartered without judge or jury by something calling itself “Jewish Voice for Peace”?

    • Citizen
      January 1, 2017, 3:24 pm

      She wrote about how she stumbled upon the problem on a trip over there, and was so appalled, she looked into it, found her own country was enabling it, and so took up the struggle against what she came to see as a long term disaster for her country, the USA, the aider and abettor.

    • Annie Robbins
      January 1, 2017, 3:32 pm

      is she a trump supporter? and weir is definitely not broken, not last i heard anyway. nor drawn and quartered. she’s a warrior and still very much kicking.

  11. Annie Robbins
    January 1, 2017, 11:57 am

    what a great article Yakov. as i see it the fundamental problem with this “Manichean ideological fanaticism” brainwashing is it relies on the rest of the people (non jews) buying into this insanity. and the constant mantra of historical jewish victimhood, hauled out whenever israel is in the hotseat, loses it’s luster after awhile. especially when it’s used as a foundation in which to launch into any and all analysis of current events. so, in the case of the UN abstention or assessing punishment for the murder of Azaria, if one doesn’t accept the underlying premise of a constant threat of jewish annihilation — (like carter, obama/kerry or whomever) one is dismissed as an anti semite (hence rendering ones opinions as dismissible, unworthy, damning, evil or worse).

    it beggars the imagination how the majority of people would be able to buy into this mindframe over the long haul. maybe for awhile, but it gets so old. ultimately it’s unsustainable because it lacks common sense.

    • Mooser
      January 1, 2017, 1:20 pm

      “is it relies on the rest of the people (non jews) buying into this insanity”

      I agree with you, but I think there’s an extra “s” in the sentence.

      ,” if one doesn’t accept the underlying premise of a constant threat of jewish annihilation”

      It’s true, too. We don’t have anywhere near the numbers and birth-rate needed for world-changing colonial projects, we won’t give up on. We have a hard time retaining people, and don’t make conversion easy, and we are split into contentious factions. Our theology is a mess. When I find out who did that to us I will… well, let’s just say ‘the time for chatter will be over!’

  12. Maghlawatan
    January 1, 2017, 1:23 pm

    Judaism will split between Orthodox and others. Others live in the real world. Orthodox don’t. Orthodox will continue to support Israel which is another fantasy world.

    • Mooser
      January 1, 2017, 2:48 pm

      “Judaism will split between Orthodox and others”

      “Mag” uh, hasn’t that sort of already happened? Started happening about late 1800s, and we’ve been split for a long time. You know, “Conservative” and “Reform” and more, too.

  13. Maghlawatan
    January 1, 2017, 1:51 pm

    Surely the massive numbers of Jews opting to marry outside of the family are a sign that in the US a lot of people have given up on listening to the Dersh and the other sociopaths who prop up the Jewish traumastan in the near East.

    • Mooser
      January 1, 2017, 4:17 pm

      “Surely the massive numbers of Jews opting to marry outside of the family”

      Well, there can be serious medical consequences for marrying inside the family, is what I’ve heard.

      • echinococcus
        January 2, 2017, 3:11 am

        The Ashkenaze are not the only population that proved that the dangers of inbreeding, while not absent, had been greatly exaggerated.

      • Mooser
        January 2, 2017, 12:20 pm

        “The Ashkenaze are not the only population that proved that the dangers of inbreeding, while not absent, had been greatly exaggerated.”

        Uh, wait a minute. I’m confused. Just how much “in” are we talking about “breeding” here?

      • echinococcus
        January 2, 2017, 2:31 pm

        Mooser,

        Just barely enough to ensure the consequence is “not absent”; as an example the hem, haw, un-brothers Tay & Sachs occasionally answering “present!” I hope it won’t be sacrilegious to mention that us Mediterraneans have our cross to bear, too.

  14. Citizen
    January 1, 2017, 3:33 pm

    it’s worse, e.g., Ivanka Trump is annoyed some influential rabbis in Israel refuse to accept she is a real Jew. Some here too.

  15. shaun patrick
    January 3, 2017, 12:31 am

    Early in Obama’s first term racism targeting Obama was evident . There were bill boards in Israel showing him and underneath emphasizing his name add to that the fact that we is black and there you have the foundation of this ongoing campaign of disinformation bordering on outright racially motivated hate. In Israel Jews of Ethiopian descent have suffered countless acts of race related discrimination and even violence against them and solely because of the color of their skin. A sad sad statement on the culture of hate that appears to be nurtured by segments of the population but by no means the majority.

  16. gingershot
    January 3, 2017, 3:15 pm

    What we’re currently seeing is Bibi’s 2nd Putsch against the United States of America – let’s all preempt/cure this with massive ‘Redlining of Bibi and Trump’ – particularly around the Palestine Annexation Law 2nd and 3rd Knesset readings

    Bibi, Bennett, Oren are all GOING FORWARD into the Palestine Annexation Law Vote – this is Picketts Last Charge GOOD GROUND, everybody. The law is going to get shot down by the Israeli Supreme Court, UN SCR 2334 and should be reason for REGIME CHANGE for any government adovcating such a war crime in the presence of a fresh UN SCR 2334. Diksin is going to need UN Ch 7 support – that’s also the punishment for Bibi moving forward with the PAL-law vote

    @JohnKerry Powerful, lucid speech. World & majority in Israel think the same. Bibi, on verge of messianic abyss, determined to go forward

    Let’s make sure the Palestine Annexation Law vote costs Netanyahu his job IMMEDIATELY if not before. There will be no ‘after’ the Palestine Annexation Law – this can also be the trigger for updating the UN SCR 2234 to be passed as Chapter 7 so Diskin gets the help he needs to keep order and begin dismantling the Apartheid.

    There IS no Two State – we’re going DIRECTLY to 1P1V1S NOW!

    Netanyahu’s behavior is being made to cost him the Israeli premiership – bring on the P1V1S1 Transitional Working Group, Diskin/CIS/CNAS, and Yair Lapid’s swelling Shadow government as well. Hell, let Ehud run, we don’t care. It’ the transition to 1P1V1S that is the most important thing – Diskin knows the Palestinians as his own – he’ll be creative, no doubt

    There must and will be a COST of any attempts to pass the Palestine Annexation Law – updating UN SCR 2334 to be passed under Chapter 7 rather than the current Chapter 6.
    Diskin/and the CIS need the Chapter 7 support in order to be the spearhead of dismantling the Apartheid and avoiding the ‘2nd Masada being prepared for by Bennett and his Kahanist Messianics – this will be the 2nd aspect of the

    Let’s all REDLINE Bibi and Trump around the Palestine Annexation Law prohibited by UN SCR 2334 – let’s take Custer down, it’s Trump’s Last Stand!

    ‘General, You go down there…there are thousands of Indians down there, and when they get done with you… you go down there if you got the nerve’.

    We’re calling it into the stands. Let’s make the Palestine Annexation Law the move with these guys – this is GOOD GROUND.

    The Split in Jewish Power is between Kahanists and all other (mostly liberal) Jews – it’s the Kahanists that we’re bringing down, the Kahanists in both the US and Israel (also the ones like Wilder, Breivik and other Kahanist (anti-muslim and pro Kahanist Israel) fascist movements

    • echinococcus
      January 3, 2017, 9:37 pm

      Gingershot,

      Anyone with a working knowledge of Zionists would do anything to keep the crazies you call “Kahanists” in power. The other, more “liberal” factions are no different at all in conquest and genocide. In fact they started and managed it to the mid-80s. The only difference is that they will almost certainly be much more successful than their brethren in prolonging the “peace process” (essential instrument to continue doing nothing while intensifying the genocide) and in making their conquest and genocide look more presentable to Western colonialist governments and their gullible liberaloid Zionist sympathizers.

      What helps feed the very little there is of a movement against the Zionists and in support of Palestinian resistance is the presence of plumb crazy, openly racist and openly murderous fanatics at the helm. Do you really wish to have the much more efficient and successful version back?

  17. Arby
    January 3, 2017, 5:05 pm

    “Obama and Kerry want the same thing that Jewish liberal Zionists want. The motivation of the Obama administration and of Kerry’s diplomacy at State is the dream of Israeli and Palestinian democracies living side by side in peace.” This statement falls, perversely, into the category of ‘Hasbara’.

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