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  • Stephen Walt: publishing 'Israel lobby' ended any thought of serving in US gov't
  • 'Poof' -- Kerry blames Israel for breakdown of talks (Updated)
    • I wonder if the announcement that:

      Russia's Gazprom and China are poised to conclude a gas supply contract in coming weeks, the first in a series of energy projects planned between the two countries. "We’re working now to sign a gas contract in May," said Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich. "Consultations are continuing and Gazprom's leaders are holding talks with Chinese partners on the contract terms. We hope to conclude the contract in May and believe it should come into effect by the year end."

      has anything at all to do w/ Kerry's statement of "truth"? imho, the West has blundered big time in orchestrating a campaign to isolate Russia... the PetroDollar will be impacted with this partnership between Russia & China...

  • Distracted by the peace process: What really happened during the talks
    • Haven't the Israelis been putting money (US taxpayer dollars) in Abbas' pockets for years? It's not that Abbas is not capable of standing up for Palestine, it is that he has simply not done so until recently... let's hope he has finally told the bribers to stuff it.

  • Pollard was in it for money, and sold so many dox Cap Weinberger wanted the death penalty
    • from the Washington Post 1998

      "Release Pollard At the Nation's Peril" by former past directors of Naval Intelligence, William Studeman, Sumner Shapiro, John L. Butts and Thomas Brooks, Washington Post, December 12, 1998 link to tinyurl.com

      "Jonathan Pollard is serving a life sentence for stealing massive amounts of highly classified and extremely sensitive U.S. national security information. In terms of sheer volume of sensitive information betrayed, Jonathan Pollard rivals any of the traitors who have plagued this nation in recent times. Nobody is clamoring for the release of traitors like Aldrich Ames, John Walker or Jerry Whitworth, but Pollard, by manipulating his supporters and conducting a clever public relations campaign both here and in Israel, has managed to generate a small but vocal movement advocating that he be released and allowed to emigrate to Israel, where he expects to be something of a national hero.

      We, who are painfully familiar with the case, feel obligated to go on record with the facts regarding Pollard in order to dispel the myths that have arisen from this clever public relations campaign aimed at transforming Pollard from greedy, arrogant betrayer of the American national trust into Pollard, committed Israeli patriot.

      Pollard pleaded guilty and therefore never was publicly tried. Thus, the American people never came to know that he offered classified information to three other countries before working for the Israelis and that he offered his services to a fourth country while he was spying for Israel. They also never came to understand that he was being very highly paid for his services -- including an impressive nest egg currently in foreign banks -- and was negotiating with his Israeli handlers for a raise as he was caught. So much for Jonathan Pollard, ideologue!"

    • Seymour Hersh wrote an article for the New Yorker in 1999

      link to cryptome.org

      For those who do not believe Pollard did any damage to the intelligence community or to the USA - in other words - do not believe he was a traitor, I suggest you do a little homework on the case... above would be a good place to start.

      One other thing - who is the source for "Obama/USA considering offering release of Pollard ...."? most of the time it is Israel - the State Department gets tired of denying the accusation, according to Hersh's article.

      According to most sources, Pollard certainly did it for the money - in fact he approached several countries before the Israel gov't contacted him... the Israelis were willing to pay Pollard mega bucks as he gave them more than 'secret' info - in fact, Pollard at the request of the Israelis moved beyond secret level to the top levels of intelligence to which he had access.

      A second link - from CNN in 2012

      link to cnn.com

  • JJ Goldberg says Adelson's influence fulfills anti-Semitic belief
  • 'Zionism has made us insiders' -- David Grossman tells Max Blumenthal
  • Netanyahu delivers predictable speech fear-mongering on Iran
    • The speech was highly inflammatory... not a diplomatic bone in this man's body.

      NYTimes had a very small piece on his speech, which was overshadowed by the Shutdown coverage I am sure.

      Obama needs to remember that we live in a small world now... whatever he says to Bibi to 'reassure' him is of course passed along to the rest of the world. Earlier on his Twitter account, Mr. Zarif alluded to the Obama-Netanyahu meeting on Monday in a message that read: “President Obama needs consistency to promote mutual confidence. Flip-flop destroys trust and undermines US credibility.”

      I'm interested in knowing how many were present for the speech, which was the last iirc... surely everyone had gone home.

  • 'NYT' offers cloak to religious zealots storming Al Aqsa-- 'mainstream Jews'
    • If the Jews are going to a 'holy place' - why is there so much violence? Where is the love/compassion for others? Isn't there room for everyone to pray? (That's a rhetorical question of course.)

      It's not about prayer or holiness... it's about territory, isn't it? How do you sleep nights?

    • totally agree with you Hostage...

      Didn't Bibi use the Temple Mount to provoke Palestinians/Arabs?

      Seems this is more provocation... do Jews want EVERYTHING!!!!!!?????? If so, WHY?

  • The idea of exceptionalism moves in different ways – toward community or toward empire
    • Sorry to disagree...
      'Exceptionalism' is a myth... just as 'chosen people' is a myth...
      Believing one is exceptional/chosen/superior is toxic...

      from Antiwar website:

      Weeks of failed efforts to sell the Syrian War to the American public seemingly still aren’t over, as President Obama used the occasion of his speech to the UN General Assembly to demand a UN resolution authorizing military action against Syria if the chemical disarmament process stalls.

      While giving lip-service to the idea of diplomacy, President Obama made it clear repeatedly during the speech that his view of American “exceptionalism” centers entirely around its willingness to fight unwise wars.

      “I believe America is exceptional, in part because we have shown a willingness, through the sacrifice of blood and treasure, to stand up not only for our own narrow self-interest, but for the interests of all,” Obama insisted. This of course segued back into calls for authorization to attack Syria.

      Noam Chomsky on American Exceptionalism

      "... The reigning doctrine of the country is sometimes called "American exceptionalism." It is nothing of the sort. It is probably close to a universal habit among imperial powers. France was hailing its "civilizing mission" in its colonies, while the French Minister of War called for "exterminating the indigenous population" of Algeria. Britain's nobility was a "novelty in the world," John Stuart Mill declared, while urging that this angelic power delay no longer in completing its liberation of India.

      Similarly, there is no reason to doubt the sincerity of Japanese militarists in the 1930s, who were bringing an "earthly paradise" to China under benign Japanese tutelage, as they carried out the rape of Nanking and their "burn all, loot all, kill all" campaigns in rural North China. History is replete with similar glorious episodes.

      As long as such "exceptionalist" theses remain firmly implanted, however, the occasional revelations of the "abuse of history" often backfire, serving only to efface terrible crimes. The My Lai massacre was a mere footnote to the vastly greater atrocities of the post-Tet pacification programs, ignored while indignation in this country was largely focused on this single crime."

      link to tomdispatch.com

  • 'If the world turns on us, we will go North Korea on them' -- say some Israelis
  • Syrian chemical weapons deal puts pressure on Israel to sign weapons treaties
  • Will Obama meet with Iranian president Hassan Rouhani?
  • Double standard: Disarming Syria puts Israel's nuclear and chemical arsenal in the spotlight
    • Really...

      Stuart Littlewood says:

      "... The public are becoming increasingly aware that Prime Minister Cameron and foreign secretary Hague are both fervent members of Conservative Friends of Israel, Hague since he was 15. Cameron is a self-declared Zionist and both have pledged undying love for Israel no matter what. Middle East minister Alistair Burt, was an officer of the party’s Friends of Israel lobby group. "

      link to english.alarabiya.net

  • Jews say no to AIPAC and say no to bombing Syria
    • Wonderful, wonderful action!!!! Hurrayyyyyyyyyyyyyy.

      Thanks so much for bringing this to Mondoweiss... will share and share...

  • Putin’s exceptionalism and our own
  • Will there be fallout from the NSA sharing intel with Israel?
  • Was Obama bluffing on Syria all along?
    • It will take a long time to destroy Syria's stockpile of CW... first, it's dangerous to move/transport it very far, so a facility will have to be built, probably in the desert. Some countries have been working on the destruction of CW for over a decade.

      Kerry's comment that it should be handed over in a week is totally misleading, intentionally so, imho. This gives wiggle room for moving forward with an attack. I no longer see Obama as a good guy... so, from my pov he is unpredictable.

      There has been a lot of discussion on this matter at MoA and many there believe that Putin checked Obama here... the CW will have to be guarded until such time as it is destroyed. US military estimates on this was about 75,000 boots -

      Syria is a sovereign state and has right to say who can and who cannot come onto their soil for the express purpose of guarding the CW. It probably will be Russia. Bingo! Russian boots on the ground in the ME!

      And I don't see that short of going to war, there is anything Obama can do about this.

    • wrt Obama going to Congress...

      iirc, there were loud noises about impeaching Obama as a war criminal if it attacked Syria without first going to Congress... rumblings that Libya had been the first instance, this would be the second.

      I truly think Obama heard that message loud and clear.

    • I don't think for one minute that we've been bluffed...

      Russia saved Obama's face, possibly breathed a little life back into his presidency. Obama has not only surrounded himself with Neocons since he stepped into the Oval Office, but I have come to conclude that he himself is of that persuasion.

      Believe me, I have evolved to this position. I not only voted for Obama both times, I worked, campaigned for and donated to him first go-round. By the 2nd campaign I was more than disappointed, but I voted for him, reluctantly.

      No, Congress - pushed by the American people who are beginning to see that this was a 2nd war for Israel - was about to hand him a mighty defeat. Russia deserves a Nobel Peace Prize for its diplomatic move... we may yet avoid WW3.

      Obama? A puppet on a string, unfortunately.

  • The Russia-Syria deal: What it means and what now?
    • thanks for the reminder Annie... gives me hope!

    • Nope... remember Iraq? millions took to the streets. Bush had the drapes in White House drawn.

      By the time they got thru beating the war drums 24/7, and Judith Miller/NYT published her lies, the numbers had come down, so that when Bush attacked Bagdad, country was split. The 1% owns the megaphone/the media...

    • Israel was/is keen on getting CW in Syria removed... as they were in Iraq and Libya. How can it move on (through US military of course) Iran if Syria poses a threat of CW attack?

      So, where are we? Kerry put his foot in his lying mouth (for the umpteenth time) and the Russians checkmated the US with a great diplomatic solution... Syria has agreed to have its stash of CW removed - what does that entail?

      Syria will sign the CWC treaty, and BY DOING SO will have already defined the inspection regimes that will be put in place i.e. the inspection/verification regime will then be negotiated between the Government of Syria and the OPCW because *that's* *what* *the* *CWC* *says*.

      There is no role for "the West" to "make absurd demands", precisely because the UN doesn't have any role in the negotiations that lead up to that inspection/verification regime.

      Q: Why not?
      A: The CWC is not a UN document, and the OPCW is not a UN agency.

      The only wrinkle in this - the only novelty in this latest proposal - is Lavrov's suggestion that an "international force" should secure the stockpile pending its destruction under the OPCW's oversight.

      That's it.

      That is the **only** opening for "the West" to impose any "absurd demands", because that is the only part of this proposal that requires some ad-hoc arrangements.

      Soooo, what is "the West" going to propose, exactly?

      That there should be US troops on the ground?
      That NATO forces should secure these warehouses?

      What, exactly, can they propose that will prevent Russia from offering its services, or which will force Assad to refuse to accept That Very Generous Of Offers? It is up to the sovereign state of Syria to make the choice of who comes onto their soil to facilitate the destruction of the CW, and one can be sure it will be Russia.

      Now, there will be Russian boots on the ground in Syria... in the ME... to guard the stash of CW while an appropriate facility for its destruction is built somewhere in the desert. This destruction will take time, up to ten years (see other countries where this has occurred). Meanwhile, the Russians may move for others in the region to destroy their CW/BioW - that includes Israel of course.

      It will be impossible for another false flag incident involving CW to occur once the CW is guarded by 'outside forces' - meanwhile, Assad's army will be freed from protecting the CW from the 'rebels' thereby enabling greater number to focus on beating back the 'rebels' ~

      Additionally, Syria/Russia have bought time for exposing the CW attack as a false flag... much to come in the weeks head.

      Russia has also saved Obama's presidency for the moment... all polls indicate that the number of Americans opposed to a strike on Syria increases every day... along with the knowledge that this would have been another war for Israel - the Israel Lobby is clearly in the daylight and will remain so.

      Of course Obama's puppeteers will find another excuse, another time to go for Iran... but you can be sure Bibi is punching holes in walls now, because this was such an opportune moment. Who knows, with Obama's and the Democrats fortune on the decline, the US might get a Paul in the Oval Office next time. the best laid plans of mice and men... in this case, RATS.

  • NYT article raises questions about possible US allies in Syria as rebels ransack Christian village
  • Pelosi begs Democrats for cooperation on Syria, but serious concerns remain
    • WASHINGTON -- The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted to authorize President Obama to use limited force against Syria Wednesday, after adopting amendments from Sen. John McCain designed to "change the military equation on the battlefield."

      The Senate resolution would limit hostilities to 60 or 90 days, narrow the conflict to Syria's borders and prohibit U.S. troops on Syrian soil. McCain's amendments didn't change that scope, but made clear that the end goal should be "a negotiated settlement that ends the conflict and leads to a democratic government in Syria."

      The vote was 10-7.

      Y'all rememeber 90-day wonders? Well, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, led today by McCain, think we can attack Syria (only), get rid of the intra-fighting, get everybody to the negotiating table and set up a Democratic government in Syria... in 90 days. (And I thought a pre-emptive strike on Iraq was HUBRIS (among others of course)!

  • Dubious Intelligence and Iran Blackmail: How Israel is driving the US to war in Syria
    • From Haaretz

      Analysis || Obama's critics in Israel should ask themselves: Why hasn't Netanyahu acted yet on Syria? Israeli leaders on the right denounce the world for not stopping Assad; let’s stop suggesting that others step into the line of fire.

      ... Snip... Israeli leaders, especially right-wing politicians and pundits, have in recent days loudly denounced the rest of the world for not lifting a finger to stop the slaughter in Syria and oust Assad. Until not too long ago, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the defense establishment quietly backed Assad, viewing him as a shield against radical Islam in Syria.

      Now the mood has changed. Assad has become the new Hitler, and the world is silent, just as it was during the Holocaust. What is to be done?Ostensibly, the solution is clear and simple. Israel has a strong army and a superb air force. If its leaders wanted to, they could easily use it to hit any strategic target in Syria, after years of precise intelligence monitoring and detailed operational planning. According to international reports, the Israel Air Force has already hit several targets in Syria this year, with exemplary precision and with no Israeli losses.

      Thus our leaders could order the planes to take off; the pilots know the route and the targets.Yet even after the “red line” was crossed by using chemical weapons to slaughter civilians, the air force is conducting business as usual.

      No one has ordered it to put a stop to Assad’s murderous rampage by destroying his command posts, air force, armored divisions, missile bases and chemical weapons.If the call for intervention in Syria stems from moral considerations, as its supporters claim, there’s no doubt that Israel, founded on the ashes of the Holocaust, should set an example for the world and send its air force to land a decisive blow on the “Syrian Hitler’s” SS units. The same strike could also hit the Hezbollah infantry units fighting nearby.

      Of course there’s a risk, but it’s clear the United States would give full backing to such an operation and replenish the Israeli army’s ammunition stores. Destroying Syria’s strategic weapons and shattering its army, with international backing, would remove the Syrian threat from Israel for years to come and deprive Iran of an important ally in advance of a possible Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities."

  • Former Bush official: Syria resolution could authorize attack on Iran and Lebanon
    • I concur... disagree about "a trillon dollars" as it was more like SIX trillon.

    • here is Nick Noe's prediction of the Syria/Hezbollah response:

      Excerpts from the Arab and Iranian Media & Analysis of US Policy in the Region
      Almost all the myths of the past 2.5 years of the war in Syria have now fallen – so you have a good idea about the response to the US-led attack

      In the beginning, despite warnings from many of us actually in the Middle East and closer to the actors involved, it was said that:

      1) Russia would not really back Assad – that myth fell, as expected.

      2) That Hizbullah would not get involved – that myth fell over time, as the existential nature of this conflict was revealed, as expected. I remember being chided on this at my LSE talk and by leading oppositionists last fall!

      Listen to the podcast debate here:

      link to lse.ac.uk

      3) That Hizbullah was a paper tiger – that myth fell in Qusayr – although one could only have looked at the July 2006 War to know this since a force – hizbullah – essentially beat the 4th strongest army in the world – Israel – to a standstill.

      4) That Assad would not go to extreme levels of violence to protect the regime – anyone who lived in syria and knew the regime – and hizbullah knew this VERY well – knows how cruel the regime has always been.

      5) That Assad would fall quickly or at some reasonable point – this myth fell as people realized that the Resistance Axis architecture is deep and enduring and will not fall easily – even via decapitation as per the july 2012 assassinations.

      6) That Syria did not have WMDS – I remember being chided on this at a talk in paris at AUP.

      7) That the “samson” option was never possible – and that Assad or others would never introduce such weapons in the field… well they got introduced as expected when the whole edifice of everyone fighting in syria is degrading into hell.

      8) That the US and allies would rapidly intervene – well it took some prodding, BUT the US congress may yet stand in the way….

      9) That violent jihadists would not control the field – that myth is over

      10) And my favorite – that if we had only attacked assad earlier, the outcome would have been just great – no jihadists, the regime falls, a nice sunni replaces him, iran and hizbullah are screwed, israel is unscathed and liberal feminists rule in Damascus, although they still believe in an acceptable form of “market socialism.”

      BUT THE BEST MYTH has yet to fall – WHAT WILL HIZBULLAH AND IRAN DO in response to a strike?

      The myth circulating now is the SAME, essential root from all the above: they are paper tigers and its better to act decisively and with great force and everything will be ok… or at least better than it is now.

      Then you read… you talk to the actors, reflect on conversations with the actors and read what THEY have said and are saying.

      link to naharnet.com

      link to alraimedia.com (translated by mideastwire.com)

      These bits of the information war are NOT likely to be mere posturing.

      The likely response is from WITHIN SYRIAN lands into Israel – and Israel will be forced to decide on escalation and escalation into Lebanon also.

      This will be a fatal mistake – but the Israelis are likely to take the step and the Amerians are unwittingly or not paving the way for this liklihood.

      A last Myth that will probably fall in this scene – That israel is well prepared in terms of missile defence and the homefront to adequately withstand the escalation.

      link to mideastwire.wordpress.com

  • The Art Of (Ineffectual) Diplomacy: Kerry says all Israeli settlements are 'illegitimate' but shouldn't hamper peace process
    • When the US vetoed a Security Council resolution which stated that all of the settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem are “illegal”, Ambassdor Rice responded by saying “While we agree with our fellow Council members—and indeed, with the wider world—about the folly and illegitimacy of continued Israeli settlement activity, we think it unwise for this Council to attempt to resolve the core issues that divide Israelis and Palestinians.”

      She either didn’t or couldn’t explain why the agreed upon international treaty body that the US and other UN member states established and tasked with primary responsibility for maintaining international peace and security shouldn’t have attempt to resolve the core issues in one of the longest-running unresolved armed conflicts that still threatens the peace in the region and in the world today.

      If words used in context have any meaning at all, then illegitimate is synonymous with illegal in this instance. Even Caroline Glick admitted that Rice had agreed with the international community that the settlements are illegal.

  • The power of Edward Snowden
  • Netanyahu may require DNA tests to prove immigrants have a Jewish 'bloodline'
    • I guess the Pope should be tested to see if he's really Catholic... and Obama? Should we test his DNA to see if he's really a Democrat?

  • Israeli negotiator demanded that Palestinians delete the word 'Nakba' upon getting a state
    • Newspaper forced to apologize over anti-Semitic clue in crossword puzzle
      Tribune Media Services newspapers printed a crossword clue where the three-letter answer for Shakespeare's 'Shylock' was 'Jew'
      In response the Anti-Defamation League asked the paper to print an apology and refrain from using clues that perpetuate negative Jewish stereotypes
      The paper issued an apology and promised not to print the clue again

      Read more: link to dailymail.co.uk

  • Morsi, the last caliph-president of Egypt
    • Thanks for your comments Max... totally agree with you... as does article in Counterpunch which I linked to downthread...

    • Here's a good take on the Egyptian crisis:

      Exposing the Hypocrisy of ElBaradei and His Liberal Elites
      The Grand Scam: Spinning Egypt’s Military Coup
      by ESAM AL-AMIN

      link to counterpunch.org

    • Exactly, Justpassingby, and a verrrrry long one at that...

      The Egyptian "people" don't have any say about their government, not with the military receiving 'AID' from US gov't along with arms... and Israel has been supplying the Egyptian military with arms ~ USrael is intent on crushing Egypt as they have Iraq and Syria...

      120 plus Egyptian protestors have been shot (most through the head and chest) by the military...

      link to telegraph.co.uk

  • How fair is Martin Indyk, who says he was motivated by 'my... connection to Israel'?
    • George Washington warned against alliances with foreign nations... he was the first but certainly not the last. Here are excerpts from his Farewell Address:

      "... [Page 23]

      In the execution of such a plan nothing is more essential than that permanent inveterate antipathies against particular Nations and passionate attachments for others should be excluded; and that in place of them just & amicable feelings towards all should be cultivated. The Nation, which indulges towards another an habitual hatred, or an habitual fondness, is in some degree a slave. It is a slave to its animosity or to its affection, either of which is sufficient to lead it astray from its duty and its interest. Antipathy in one Nation against another--disposes each more readily to offer insult and injury, to lay hold of slight causes of umbrage, and to be haughty and intractable, when accidental or trifling occasions of dispute occur. Hence frequent collisions, obstinate envenomed and bloody contests. The Nation, prompted by ill will & resentment sometimes impels to War the Government, contrary to the best calculations of policy. The Government sometimes participates in the national propensity, and adopts through passion what reason would reject; at other times, it makes the animosity of the Nation subservient to projects of hostility instigated by pride, ambition and other sinister & pernicious motives. The peace often, sometimes perhaps the Liberty, of Nations has been the victim. [return to top]

      [Page 24]

      So likewise, a passionate attachment of one Nation for another produces a variety of evils. Sympathy for the favourite nation, facilitating the illusion of an imaginary common interest, in cases where no real common interest exists, and infusing into one the enmities of the other, betrays the former into a participation in the quarrels & Wars of the latter, without adequate inducement or justification: It leads also to concessions to the favourite Nation of priviledges denied to others, which is apt doubly to injure the Nation making the concessions--by unnecessarily parting with what ought to have been retained--& by exciting jealousy, ill will, and a disposition to retaliate, in the parties from whom eql priviledges are withheld: And it gives to ambitious, corrupted, or deluded citizens (who devote themselves to the favourite Nation) facility to betray, or sacrifice the interests of their own country, without odium, sometimes even with popularity; gilding with the appearances of a virtuous sense of obligation a commendable deference for public opinion, or a laudable zeal for public good, the base or foolish compliances of ambition corruption or infatuation.

      As avenues to foreign influence in innumerable ways, such attachments are particularly alarming to the truly enlightened and independent Patriot. How many opportunities do they afford to tamper [return to top]

      [Page 25]

      with domestic factions, to practice the arts of seduction, to mislead public opinion, to influence or awe the public Councils! Such an attachment of a small or weak, towards a great & powerful Nation, dooms the former to be the satellite of the latter.

      Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence, (I conjure you to believe me fellow citizens,), the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake; since history and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of Republican Government. But that jealousy to be useful must be impartial; else it becomes the instrument of the very influence to be avoided, instead of a defence against it. Excessive partiality for one foreign nation and excessive dislike of another, cause those whom they actuate to see danger only on one side, and serve to veil and even second the arts of influence on the other. Real Patriots, who may resist the intriegues of the favourite, are liable to become suspected and odious; while its tools and dupes usurp the applause & confidence of the people, to surrender their interests.

      The Great rule of conduct for us, in regard to foreign Nations is in extending our comercial relations to have with them as little political connection as possible. So far as we have already formed engagements let them be fulfilled, [return to top]

      [Page 26]

      with perfect good faith. Here let us stop."

      link to gwpapers.virginia.edu

  • The deal: Kerry gets an 'announcement,' Netanyahu gets EU to drop sanctions
  • Update: Assaf in victory: 'Today I represent Palestine and I'm fighting for a cause'
  • UPDATE: Mohammed Assaf IS Arab Idol!!!
    • Annie, thanks for this marvelous coverage... and to the posters here who have added more links, etc. What a marvelous young man, and what a fantastic voice!

      Yes, he will be a VOICE for Palestine....

  • Why Palestine is different
    • Such a "cute" photo, don't you think? Kerry's wearing a blue tie for Israel, and Bibi is wearing a red/white/blue tie for US, with both flags behind them... yes, a photo is worth 1,000 words.

      And thanks Sam for your article and your insight into the situation.

  • Israel Project 'makeover' shows how U.S. stands between Israel and total isolation
    • Americans are basically DISinformed...

      If they were informed, for example told that Obama and Congress are taking the axe to Medicare and Social Security, while they are giving approximately $500 a year to Israelis... IF they knew that nugget of truth, there would be no end to the protest in the streets.

      As for US government/Empire's support of the actions of the State of Israel... here again there is DISinformation... the US military/industrial-corporate/complex USES Israel to make sure there is chaos in the Middle East, to insure the robber barons of the Empire can continue to steal the resources...

      If the Israeli people knew that nugget of truth, that they are denied a peaceful existence with their neighbors because the Empire must have chaos in the Middle East in order to continue to steal from Israel's neighbors ~ again there would be no end to the protests.

      "Divide and Conquer" works every time... Empire and greed is the real enemy. The masses are led to believe that the enemy is the "other".

      Even the posters on this board fight with each other. It's not the Israelis who are the problem... it is the government of Israel, the government of the US. World opinion is just as much against the US of A as it is against Israel. Yet the discussion on this forum focuses on when will American Jews stand against the Lobby, against zionism ~ when will the American people cease to support the State of Israel. .. when will Palestinians rise up, when will the Arab world rise up ~ there is no such monolith as "the Arab world" ~ anymore then there is such a monolith as American Jews or the American people, or Palestinians... we are individuals, all of us 'human beings' ~

      'Critical thinking' went out of vogue decades ago in the US ~ the schools teach 'facts' - but never how to think. And of course the propaganda of the Empire operates 24/7 to shape our opinions. My grandson informs me that public high schools in the US are recognizing that 'critical thinking' is important ~ so they have begun introducing the concept ~ in of all places, English classes.

      "they" don't want us to stop and ask ourselves why we should hate people of color or Jews or Catholics or Muslims or Buddhists or Christians... etc.

      Just imagine the 'chaos' if the masses 'thought' for themselves.

      Cannot one can be an American Catholic and still affirm that some priests are pedophiles... that the resignation of the previous Pope was a necessary thing?

      Cannot one can be an African-American and still affirm that Obama has been a disappointment?

      Cannot one can be a feminist and still affirm that Hillary Clinton would have been just as big a tool of the Empire as Obama has been?

      Cannot one can be a Jewish American and still affirm that Israel is an apartheid (any system or practice that separates people according to race, caste, etc,) state.

      Cannot one can be an American and still affirm that Americans contributed to a holocaust (1 destruction or slaughter on a mass scale, especially caused by fire or nuclear war) in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and that our ancestors were also contributors to a holocaust against Native Americans?

      However, if one bases their identity on being white or Catholic or female or American or Jewish or... a movie star ~

      ... won't one's beliefs and opinions be subject to bias and therefore in need of some 'critical thinking' ?

      (unfortunately, most of us who identify so strongly with one facet of our 'being' are often unable to recognize the problem... existing in a state of cognitive dissonance... having another suggest one is in such a 'state of being' only emphasizes the problem... round and round we go)

  • 'Do you know any Arabs in London?' Israeli airport authorities grill British photojournalist before kicking him out
    • susan1 ~ please in the future quote a poster in your post when you are responding after numerous posts... folks don't know what you're responding to otherwise...

      [Taxi's post:
      " susan1,
      Why don’t you give us a respectable link that ascertains that Arab jews are half of the israeli population?
      I see you’re running wild with this same lie on another thread and I’m just wondering why ashkanazim like you wanna hide their numbers behind the Arab jewish population?"]

      which leads me to ask - after finding Taxi's post - just what part of the Wiki cite supports one or more of your statements? Same question wrt Guardian and other link...

      or, are these just a couple of red herrings you tossed in to make it appear you were actually giving cites for your "facts"?

    • Israel has "borders"?

      Since when? iirc, they (the State of Israel) have yet to define Israel's borders...

      I guess when you're on the move constantly stealing the land of others, it's best to use natural boundaries... like the sea... well, there are soooo many seas to choose from ~ why not use all of them... no need to settle for one or two or three...

  • Day Two of Obama in Israel/Palestine — Obama visits Ramallah and addresses the Israeli people
    • Who would have thought the man who gave the famous "Cairo Speech" could have been such a ... words actually fail me.

      I knew I was disappointed in Obama... but at this point I am disgusted, nauseated, revolted etc. by a man I twice voted for President.

  • More on SNL's fellate-a-donkey for Israel skit
  • 'State of Palestine' it is
    • IMHO, it comes from Sec of State, Clinton... so, NOT from the top, meaning Obama.

      And yes, I agree Rice (Susan) is an attack dog... which is why I don't think Obama put her name forward - again, my own opinion... which these days is not worth even 2 cents!

  • Netanyahu out as PM?: Yair Lapid shocks Likud/Beiteinu in Israeli election
    • Blog at Haaretz reports:

      "LIVE BLOG: Exit polls give right-wing 61, center-left 59
      Of the more than 5.65 million Israelis eligible to vote, some 3.6 million cast their ballots, with a turnout of 4 percent more than in the 2009 elections; Likud-Beiteinu gets 31 seats, Lapid scores unexpected 19 seats, Labor wins 17."

      Results are unexpected and indicate a decrease in Bibi's popularity imho... I agree with Annie...

  • With conventional wisdom solidifying behind Hagel, will Obama finally declare on 'Meet the Press?'
    • Top Jewish Leader Says Chuck Hagel Nomination on Monday is “Most Likely”

      link to algemeiner.com

      Note 3rd paragraph:

      "... While some outlets reported that the White House contacted Jewish leaders about the appointment, Hoenlein told The Algemeiner in an email that “the White House did not call anyone that I know of.”

      I wonder... did the White House contact Democratic leaders? American leaders? AA leaders? Latino leaders?

  • Obamas' Christmas card gets thumbs down over cranberries and trifle
  • Obama gets backup from broad center-left group to defy neocons and nominate Hagel
  • UN approves Palestinian status upgrade with 138-9 vote (and US Senators threaten to cut aid)
  • US engagement fostered rogue Israeli policies, but Tom Friedman can't say so
  • 4 myths about the Israeli attack on Gaza
    • from Haaretz

      Tel Aviv Municipality has placed security guards in shelters south of the city to prevent the entry of immigrants

      Who are homeless and immigrants from Africa wanted to stay in shelters, started last Friday. The municipality responded guards were not only in the South, we monitor all shelters (google translation of Hebrew)

      link to translate.google.com

      ~~~~~

      Myth # ?

      Israelis are not racist...

  • In Photos: Aftermath of an Israeli airstrike on Gaza City
    • Juan Cole has an enlightening piece up:

      "Gaza’s Health Crisis and Israel’s Crimes Against Humanity"

      (last para:)

      A recent World Health Organization Report worries that in just 8 years, in 2020, if current Israeli policies continue, Gaza will be virtually uninhabitable. Israel as the occupying power since 1967 is directly responsible in international law for the well-being of its occupied populations, and is in severe violation of the 1949 Geneva Convention on the treatment of the occupied. Moreover, since Israeli policies of Apartheid, discrimination, exile, restriction of movement and infliction of harm on Palestinians in Gaza are long-standing, deliberate and systematic, Israeli leaders are guilty in this regard of crimes against humanity.

      The WHO report:

      “Ms. [Jean] Gough [of UNICEF] said that demand for drinking water was projected to increase by 60 per cent while damage to the aquifer, the major water source, would become irreversible without remedial action now. Mr.[Robert] Turner [of UNRWA] added that more than 440 additional schools, 800 hospital beds and more than 1,000 doctors would be needed by 2020.”

      Israeli airstrikes are exacerbating what had already been a parlous health care situation for Palestinians in Gaza.

      link to juancole.com

  • AP's Matt Lee confronts Nuland: 'You're staying silent while people are dying left and right'
    • "...the purpose of Hillary Clinton’s impending visit is to restrain Israel."

      Yeah? and pigs fly... opps, there goes a polka-dot one...

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